If you like art and animals, this is your weekend. Cutting horses and culture abound.
Other suggestions: Kleiner Park, Hulls Gulch (if it’s not rainy), and biking up the Boise River Greenbelt.
For more FREE, family-friendly fun, visit the Appetite for Idaho page on Facebook.
Have a super week!


BFA Exhibition: Ball of Wax Opening Reception

Fri., April 10, 6-8 p.m.
Boise State Visual Arts Center Gallery 2 Hemingway Center, Room 110, 1819 University Drive, Boise
Ball of Wax?!?
Here’s a reception brimming with intriguing artwork and the artists who made the pieces happen. It’s free to the public and runs Monday through Friday, clear till the end of the month.

Cutting Horse Indoor Spring Weekend Show
Sat., April 11, 8 a.m. and Sun., April 12, 8 a.m.
Canyon County Fairgrounds 111 22nd Ave. S., Caldwell
For those who grew up city, “cutting” is when a horse and rider separate an animal from its herd, and keep them that way for a time. In competition, it’s judged, and there are points. You can watch the action for FREE all weekend long at the the Boise Valley Cutting Horse Association/NCHA Indoor Spring Weekend Show. Concessions on site. For more info, call 208-861-9512. FREE

CWI Visiting Artist Series: Watercolor with Pen Workshop
Sat., April 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
College of Western Idaho-Nampa Campus 5500 E. Opportunity Drive, Nampa
Artfully-inclined? Get in on this FREE pen and ink and watercolor class, taught by CWI’s Visiting Artist Linda Aman. All skill levels welcome. In Room 206 of the CWI Nampa Campus Academic Building. FREE

Second Saturdays: Resident Raptors and Migrating Song Birds
Sat., April 11, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center
3188 Sunset Peak Road, Boise
They’ve been seeing some of the new Great Horned Owlets around the Learning Center, so this Saturday they’ll have the binocs and spotting scopes set up and ready, just in case they decide to make an appearance. While you’re there you can learn all about the hawks, kestrels, songbirds, and others returning to Boise after the short winter, and find out about the birds that’ll just be passing through on their way to other locations. Hands-on activities, plus the extensive knowledge of Jessie Sherburne and Terry Rich. FREE

Read to a Therapy Dog
Second Saturday of every month, 2-3 p.m. Continues through April 11
Library at Collister 4724 W. State St., Boise
If your kid had the chance to read to a dog, what book do you suppose they’d choose? Clifford? The Pokey Little Puppy? Something Snoopy?
They’ll get their chance at the Library! at Collister this Saturday when two dogs registered with Therapy Dogs Inc., will visit. Kids will get to bring their own book or borrow one to read to a friendly dog for up to 10 minutes. No registration required. FREE

Friends of the Historical Museum Brown Bag Lecture Series
Noon - 1pm
Washington Group Plaza 720 Park Blvd., Boise
What if “Here We Have Idaho” got lost in the shuffle, and we’d never heard it? Life wouldn’t be complete. Gary Eller tells us why he founded the Idaho Songs Project in 2006, the mission to find, interpret, and preserve Idaho songs that were written before the time of radio. (Pre-1923). Learn all about early Idaho’s people, places, and events through the tunes that tell the tale. FREE

Lincoln’s Importance to Idaho
Tue., April 14, 7 p.m.
Touchmark at Meadow Lake Village 4037 E. Clocktower Lane, Meridian
President Abraham Lincoln was instrumental in helping to create the Idaho Territory. Historian and author David Leroy talks about how it all went down. FREE
Shangri-La's 9th Anniversary Party with Celtic Ways
Wed., April 15, 7 p.m.
Shangri-La Tea Room 1800 W. Overland Road, Boise
Nine years of good tea and vegetarian cuisine is something to celebrate, Irish-style! With Celtic Ways and other performers.FREE

Visiting Artist Rebekah Bogard Ceramics Workshop

Thu., April 16, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Fri., April 17, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Boise State Liberal Arts Building 1910 University Drive, Boise
BSU’s visiting artist Rebekah Bogard presents a ceramic workshop in Room 150.
Boise State visiting artist Rebekah Bogard, associate professor in ceramics at the University of Nevada, Reno presents a workshop on ceramics in Room 150. FREE