WOW!  (like the one in downtown Boise on Saturday). You can have your pick of: Ice skating, hockey, free BSU Mens Tennis matches, Saturday Farmers Markets, a super duper Lego and K’nex party, and becoming a bird at Lake Lowell (see explanation below).

Have a great Easter-Earth Day week, don’t forget to check out my Appetite for Idaho Facebook page, and prepare your minds for “Appetite for Idaho: The Book”, coming to bookstores, resorts and Idaho eateries soon!
~Amy

Learn to Skate
Sat., April 19, 1:30 & 2 p.m.
Idaho IceWorld 7072 S. Eisenman Road, Boise
The first time I ice skated, I darn near sprained my date’s wrist, hanging on for balance. My kids, however, can skate figure eights around me. Go figure. This is for all ages, but you need to go online and register at idahoiceworld.com FREE.
208-331-0044

Good Friday
Fri., April 18, 7 p.m.
First Congregational United Church of Christ 2201 Woodlawn Ave.
Have you ever tried out a Labyrinth? Walk and meditate for FREE.
Good Friday Service available that evening.
208-344-5731

Talkin’ about Not Walkin’ (Bike Talks)

Third Friday of every month, 6:30 p.m. Continues through June 30
Boise Bicycle Project 1027 Lusk St., Boise
Listen to an informative Guest Presenter talking about bikes. FREE
208-429-6520

Eggstravaganza
Sat., April 19, 10 a.m.
Karcher Church of the Nazarene 2515 W. Karcher Road, Nampa
That Karcher Church! They’re always doing something fun. This time it’s an Easter Egg Hunt, but with a bonus. Games of the carnival variety, painting of the face, houses of the bounce, story tents, train rides, door prizes, and food trucks. Let’s go! FREE
208-467-7479

Earth Day Work Day
Sat., April 19, 9 a.m.
Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor's Center 13751 Upper Embankment Road
---Is anyone else hearing a Mom Voice in their heads right now that’s saying, “Hey, you, clean up your earth!”
We can help by yanking out some noxious weeds and removing rubbish at the Visitor’s Center. HINT: A good way to meet new friends, and there’s pizza involved. FREE
208-467-9278

Easter Eggstravaganza
Sat., April 19, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
First Baptist Church 607 N. 13th St., Boise
Egg hunts every 30 minutes for kids fourth grader age and under. Sixth graders need not apply. FREE.
208-344-7809

Earth Day Celebration
Sat., April 19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Boise WaterShed 11818 W. Joplin Road, Boise
What could be better than eco-friendly games and crafts and activities and stuff? FREE
208-489-1284

Eggstravaganza 2014
Sat., April 19, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Cathedral of the Rockies, First United Methodist Church 717 N. 11th St., Boise
Kids! Get your Egg Scramble game on, make a craft, decorate a yummy cookie, and take some Eastertime photos. Parents! If you want to donate to help with costs, feel free. FREE
208-343-7511

Boise State Men’s Tennis
Sat., April 19, 11 a.m.
Appleton Tennis Center Boise State campus, Boise
Go and support BSU Mens Tennis, home of Coach Greg Patton and the GMan.
Vs. Air Force; and vs. San Francisco at 6 p.m. FREE

Concerning Hockey: Have You Ever Tried It?
Sat., April 19, 11 a.m.
Idaho IceWorld 7072 S. Eisenman Road, Boise
For new players only (unlike those girls that tried to sneak into the Bogus Basin newby program to get the lower priced season ticket the one year I was a true, true beginner…and you know who you are…ha ha!). Kids ages 5-13 can attend a 1-hr. clinic that provides helmets, skates, and sticks. You have to register beforehand, so you know the drill: idahoiceworld.com FREE
208-331-0044

Unplug and Be Outside

Sat., April 19, 12 p.m.
Ridgecrest Golf Club 3730 Ridgecrest Drive, Nampa
All three of the offspring golf, and they love it. I’m still learning.
Check out free Wee 9 green fees for kids 17 and less than 17. Clubs available. FREE.
208-468-9073

Unplug and Be Outside
Sat., April 19, 12 p.m.
Centennial Golf Course 2600 Centennial Drive, Nampa
Free large bucket of range balls for ages 17 and younger. FREE
208-468-5889

Easter Egg Hunt
Sat., April 19, 2 p.m.
Silver Sage Baptist Church 5858 S. Maple Grove Road, Boise
The kids hunt eggs while the grownups scarf hot dogs. Sounds right to me. Everyone welcome. FREE-$5
208-362-0309

Idaho Green Fest
Sat., April 19, 4-10 p.m.
Hey, we’ve got an Earth. That’s cause for celebration! Pulling out all the stops with local food, live music, and exhibits. On Bannock between Capital and Ninth, and on Eighth Street between Bannock and Idaho. FREE

Eagle Saturday Market
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Continues through Oct. 11
Heritage Park 185 E. State St., Eagle
Get your hometown on with the little downtown Eagle market that works its way into your heart. Fresh Idaho produce, fine arts, unique foods…enough to make you take a deep breath and imagine strolling through already. Live music, stuff for kids, and cooking demos. Saturdays through Oct. 11. FREE

Capital City Public Market
Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. Continues through Dec. 20
Capital City Public Market Eighth Street between Main and Bannock streets, Boise Festive, fun, and family-friendly. Tons to see and do and eat and buy. Saturdays through Dec. 20. FREE
208-345-3499

Unplug and Be Outside Idaho
All week! April 19-26
Unplug. It’s healthy, it’s wise, it’ll rest your tired computer eyes. Activities all week long. Check out unplugandbeoutside.com for a schedule.

Legos and K'nex Time!
Mon., April 21, 4:30 p.m.
Ada Community Library, Lake Hazel Branch 10489 Lake Hazel Road, Boise
All right, all right…now the “Everything is Awesome” from the new Lego movie soundtrack is playing in my head, and if you’ve heard the song, you’ll know it won’t be leaving anytime soon. Kids and whoever else loves building stuff: Lego and K’nex OUT at the Libe. FREE
208-297-6700

Unplug and Be Outside: Traveling Playground

Mon., April 21, 4-5 p.m.
Lions Park 409 Lyons Drive, at the corner of Davis Avenue and Winther Boulevard,
Enjoy organized activities such as soccer, football, basketball, jump rope activities, volleyball, tag games and more. All equipment provided. FREE
208-468-5858

Unplug and Be Outside: Introduction to Birds and Birding
Mon., April 21, 4 p.m.
Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor's Center 13751 Upper Embankment Road, Nampa
Find out what makes a bird a bird and go on a bird watching hike along the Refuge nature trail. Registration information: Call or email deerflat@fws.gov to preregister before 3 p.m. April 21. FREE
208-467-9278

Earth Day Fair
Tue., April 22, 4-6 p.m.
Hawthorne Elementary School 2401 W. Targee, Boise
A triumphant new school garden and cool outdoor picnic shelter awaits your approval. Help Hawthorne break in the benches with a party, featuring garden fun and arts and crafts. FREE

More Unplugging and Being Outside: Park Bingo
Tue., April 22, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Lions Park 409 Lyons Drive, at the corner of Davis Avenue and Winther Boulevard, Nampa . How well do you B-I-N-G-O? Show your mad skills at the park. FREE
208-468-5858
Weave a Web
Wed., April 23, 4 p.m.
208-562-4995
Library at Collister 4724 W. State St., Boise
Are you ages 6-12 and want to weave? Bring your parental unit and the Library will show you how. FREE.
208-562-4995

Unplug and Be Outside: Park Bingo
Tue., April 22, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
West Park Lone Star Road and Midland Boulevard, Nampa
Same thing, different location, new opponents. FREE

Even More Unplug and Be Outside: Be the Bird
Wed., April 23, 4 p.m.
Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor's Center 13751 Upper Embankment Road, Nampa Wear a beak, step into bird feet, and live the feathered friends’ life for a moment. Pre-reg at deerflat@fws.gov before 3pm on Apri 23rd. FREE.
208-467-9278

International Day of the Child
Thu., April 24, 5-7 p.m.
Garden City Library 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City
Sunday School Kid Levi, age six: “You have a blue tooth, and that’s bad. It’s not good to have a blue tooth.”
Me, feeling self conscious: “Oh.”
Levi: “You should get that blue tooth fixed. It’s not good to have a blue tooth.”
Me, after figuring out what he was talking about: “Levi, that’s my gum.”
Kids are great! I’d celebrate ‘em any day. Festivities begin at 5 and last till 7.
For ages 4-12. FREE
208-472-2941

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
April 23-25, 7 p.m. and Sat., April 26, 2 p.m.
208-939-1404
Centennial High School Performing Arts Center 12400 W. McMillan Road, Boise
Centennial High School. Okay, so here’s the deal: Jane Austen had the whole ‘snark’ thing DOWN. Before there was snark, there was Jane. Watch her words in action for $5.
208-939-1404