1. SEE A MOVIE OUTDOORS
Settlers Park in Meridian kicks off its annual Friday-night movie series this weekend. The film: Disney’s “Moana.” It’s the first of 12 movies this year. The flicks are free and begin at dusk, and there are kids activities beforehand. Rather sit in air conditioning? Bust out your wallet and go chill at “Wonder Woman” or “Captain Underpants,” which both open this weekend.
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2. VISIT THE RANCH
After closing unexpectedly in February, the reborn Ranch Club returns this weekend at 3544 W. Chinden Blvd. The place is gonna get rowdy with live country bands on Friday and Saturday night. No cover charge. I checked out the remodeled saloon this week, and I can verify: It’s cool enough for Clint Eastwood again.
3. EAT GREEK
The Greek Food Festival will fling feta from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. You’ll find authentic Greek food, music and dancing under a large tent at Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 2618 W. Bannock St., in Boise. Heads up: There is a $2 charge, er, donation (yes, it was a buck last year) to get in. Food is then sold a la carte, such as a gyro sandwich or falafel on pita for $7.50. Kids 12 and under get in free.
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4. GO FOR A SWIM
Seriously? 90 degrees already? The heat is on. Fortunately, a ton of pools are opening this weekend, too. Check out the list, choose your body of water, then make sure your own body is coated in sunscreen. Or go scream your face off at Roaring Springs Water Park, which already opened.
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5. GET ARTSY
To be or not to be ... outdoors. Idaho Shakespeare Festival opens its second play of the season, “Hamlet,” on Friday (preview), Saturday (opening) and Sunday (family night). Or check out cultural trek First Friday in Garden City. It has more than 20 art stops. Find out more about both events here.
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