The Idaho Botanical Garden is joining with hundreds of gardens across the U.S. to mark the fifth annual National Public Gardens Day on Friday, May 10.
The day is meant to remind residents about the role of gardens in plant and water conservation, and environmental leadership - not to mention general well-being.
Here's what's on tap at the Idaho Botanical Garden.
Educational booths will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. Guides will offer tours of the garden every hour. Live music from the Boise Straight Ahead begins at 2 p.m.
A Food Truck Round-Up will include pizza, cupcakes and more. And don't forget the Children's Adventure Garden, featuring a tree house deck, garden discovery back packs, a koi pond and carnivorous plants.
The garden is at 2355 Old Penitentiary Rd. in Boise. (343-8649) Admission is free, from 9 a.m. until dusk.
'LET'S TALK ABOUT IT' BOOK DISCUSSIONS CELEBRATE IDAHO AT 150
The third book in Boise Public Library's Idaho at 150 discussion series is Ruthanne Lum McCunn's "Thousand Pieces of Gold," a novel based on the life of Polly Bemis, a Chinese slave girl brought to the Warren mining district of Idaho in the late 19th century.
Jennifer Black from the BSU English department will discuss the book at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 9 at the Main Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. in the Marion Bingham Room. The Library has several copies of the book available for participants to check out. Call 384-4076 to reserve one and to register for the discussion.
LEND A HAND TO STAMP OUT HUNGER
The annual National Association of Letter Carriers' food drive is Saturday, May 11. Residents will be able to leave food donations on their front steps to be picked up by mail carriers.
The foodbank is also looking for volunteers to help with the project. Volunteers will collect food from the mail carriers as they arrive at area post offices, and put it in bins for transportation to the Idaho Foodbank warehouse.
This is a physical assignment, and volunteers should be in good health, with the ability to lift at least 20 pounds. Volunteers must be of high school age and older. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Interested? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
VA MEDICAL CENTER LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD DUNK TANK VOLUNTEERS
The center is recruiting folks who are not afraid of a little chilly water for the 2013 All Veterans Welcome Home event happening at the Boise VA Medical Center at 500 W. Fort St. on June 29.
The family event is free for veterans. In addition to the festivities, vendors and representatives from veterans organizations and veteran employers will be on hand to help connect veterans to a range of resources.
Interested in "taking a dip" for a good cause? Contact Josh Callihan at 422-1054.
IDAHO JAZZ SOCIETY FUNDRAISER TO SUPPORT MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS
The Idaho Jazz Society presents an evening of jazz featuring Essential Jazz, a new 20-member ensemble, and The Van Paepeghem Quartet with special guest Joel Bean.
The show is at 6 p.m., Friday, May 10, at The Sapphire Room at The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise.
Proceeds support college scholarships for young jazz musicians. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 students. Reservations Suggested: 375-1671.
Anna Webb: 377-6431