It’s heating up outside, are you getting outdoors?

Climbing all over the foothills in Mackay last weekend, we got a little sun, ran my sister’s two yellow lab dogs up a dry creek bed, and met up with a prospector named Ron that had lots of modern-day mining stories to tell. Just the sort of adventure Laurel and I were looking for.

Saint Patty’s Day is on Tuesday, so don’t forget to go out and watch the Boise Highlanders. Groups of them will be performing all over the Valley, and they like it when you stuff a buck or two into their armbands. (For a full list of their schedule, go to the Appetite for Idaho page on Facebook.)

Have a FUN week!


Idaho Capitol City Kennel Club Dog Agility Trials
Fri., March 13, 8 a.m., Sat., March 14, 8 a.m. and Sun., March 15, 8 a.m.
Canyon County Fairgrounds 111 22nd Ave. S., Caldwell
Like the furry friends? See them run, jump, and race off-leash against each other and the clock. FREE for spectators; concessions available.

Family Fun Night
Fri., March 13, 6:30 p.m.
Ada Community Library Lake Hazel Branch 10489 Lake Hazel Road, Boise
Grab the fam and take them down to the library for a new release feature film, games, and snacks. It’s FREE!

Cathedral Concert Series Chamber Music Spectacular
Fri., March 13, 7:30 p.m.
Cathedral of the Rockies, First United Methodist Church 717 N. 11th St., Boise
MUSIC! Hear artists Craig Purdy, Brian Hodges, Carola Winkle, Jennie Ficks and Peggy Purdy play various chamber music by Brahms, Dunhill and Piazalla. By donation.

Off the Wall Fundraiser at BAM
Sat., March 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun., March 15, 12-5 p.m.
Boise Art Museum 670 Julia Davis Drive, Boise
Get some color in your life with a piece of art from the Off the Wall Fundraiser at the BAM. Artwork, books, jewelry, frames, paintings, prints, and sculptures will all be on sale. It’s a once-a-year BAM tradition that helps out BAM and adds a splash of excitement to your walls. By donation

March for Meals on Wheels
Sat., March 14, 11-11:30 a.m.
Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park 1900 N. Records Ave., near Fairview Avenue and Eagle Road, Meridian
Metro Meals for Wheels is expecting the largest March for Meals “march” event yet, maybe even the largest in the country. There’s no entry fee! And, for every marcher, Food Services of America donates $5 to Metro Wheels. This is all part of a month-long Meals on Wheels national campaign that’s focusing on senior hunger and the utmost importance of the Meals on Wheels program for seniors. FREE.

EECDP Urban Garden Initiative
Sat., March 14, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Salvation Army Service Center 1904 W. Bannock St., Boise
Like playing in the dirt? The Ethiopian and Eritrean Community Development Project could use your help. They’re looking for volunteers for their plan to spruce up and prepare a local community garden plot. Food from the upcoming garden will benefit Boise refugees and displaced community members. Volunteers benefit, too: You’ll get to work the land for a great cause, AND, Ethiopian food and beverages will be provided for your hard work. Bring your garden tools and gloves, and dig in! FREE

Nampa Public Library Grand Opening
Sat., March 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Nampa Public Library 215 12th Ave. S., Nampa
Nampa Public Library’s opening ceremony. I’ve heard that it’s beautiful inside, with lots of local art and an overall tree theme where the colors change on every floor. There’s a three-story feature wall by artist Leslie Dixon with butterfly books floating around the main tree, and a large hanging sculpture by local artist Matt Grover of maple seeds being scattered by the wind.
The tree theme is carried throughout the library, with signs made from natural wood. It’s a really creative place. Some of the same people that helped with the art in Kleiner Park were a part of the new library’s design.
Hear terrific musical groups perform all day long. FREE

Second Saturdays: Spring Animal Babies
Sat., March 14, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center 3188 Sunset Peak Road, Boise
It’s spring, and it’s happening! The baby animals are being born, and are starting to move about. Join Bill London of Idaho Department of Fish and Game as he shares baby animal stories and expertise about their survival strategies, challenges and successes. Lots of fun and interactive activities for all visitors FREE

Drill Team No.1 Practice
Wed., March 18, 6 p.m.
Canyon County Fairgrounds 111 22nd Ave. S., Caldwell
Want to join a horse drill team and take part at rodeos and other events? Check out this indoor practice. FREE to watch.

Soldiers in Skirts: Women of the Civil War
Wed., March 18, 7 p.m.
Boise Public Library 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise
It’s Women’s History Month! Find out more about the women who got dressed up as men and fought in the Civil War. They were spies, smugglers, and they harbored fugitives. Discussion on how history and fiction meld to help us discover more about this world we live in. Meet in the Main Library’s Marion Bingham Room. FREE

Volunteer for Wildlife
Wed., March 18, 7 p.m.
Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor's Center 13751 Upper Embankment Road, Nampa
Do you want to volunteer at the Refuge? This orientation will help you learn more about the place, it’s wildlife, and about the exciting upcoming opportunities like the BioBlitz and Kids’ Fishing day. There’s also field trips and staffing the Visitor Center on Saturdays! Refreshments served at this meeting. For more info, contact Mackenzie Tietjen at 208-467-9278 or FREE