Saturday, Sept. 19
Sinker Butte — Explosive History of Southwest Idaho: Meet at the WinCo parking lot on Meridian Road off I-84 (Exit 44) at 7:30 a.m. Bring lunch and water and dress for the weather. Return to Boise by 5 p.m. Brittany Brand, professor of geology at BSU, will lead the trip. Sponsored by Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology. $10 museum members, $15 nonmembers. idahomuseum.org.
Sunday, Sept. 20
Rock Party: Noon to 4:30 p.m. at the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, 2455 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. Hillside geology hikes, gold panning, museum mini-tours and activity stations for kids covering Idaho mining history, fossils and geology. Each child takes home a certificate and a free rock. $4 general, $2 children 5-12, free for ages 4 and younger and museum members. 283-3186, idahomuseum.org.
Tuesday, Sept. 22
Dog training seminar: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 495 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. Maureen Backman, founder of the Muzzle Up! Project and owner of Mutt About Town, discusses safety and education on muzzle training, the importance of the muzzle, bonding with your dog through muzzle training and more. $125. helpingidahodogs.org.
TWAW (The Well Armed Woman) Nampa Shooting Chapter: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Nampa Rod and Gun Club indoor range, 222 W. Railroad St. Women interested in learning more can contact Sarah Carling at email@example.com.
Saturday, Sept. 26
Castle Rock: Mysteries of the Past: Meet at 10:45 a.m. at the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, 2455 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, for an 11 a.m. departure. During a moderate hike to Castle Rock, the hillside point near the Old Penitentiary, Todd Shallat, BSU, will entertain and educate people of all ages with stories of the area. Free for museum members, $5 nonmembers. 283-3186, idahomuseum.org.
Sunday, Sept. 27
Boise River Greenbelt Bird Watching and Litter Patrol: Meet at 9 a.m. at the Greenbelt parking lot behind the Tavern at Bown Crossing (near east end of ParkCenter Boulevard), Boise. Bring gloves, water and binoculars. Alex Takasugi, 484-9132 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DogFest Walk ‘n Roll: 12:30 p.m. at Settlers Park, 3245 N. Meridian Road, Meridian. One-mile walk, booths, games, food, music, silent auction, performances, more. Benefit for Canine Companions for Independence. Free. cci.org/dogfest.
Saturday, Oct. 3
Bruneau Algal Reef field trip: Meet at 7:30 a.m. for an 8 a.m. departure at the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, 2455 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. Sam Matson, professor of geology, BSU, will lead the trip, plus take the group to other fossil sites in the Bruneau area. $10 IMMG members, $15 nonmembers. Bring lunch and water. No preregistration required. idahomuseum.org.
Sunday, Oct. 4
Southern Comfort Gaited Horse Club Poker Ride: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Eagle Island State Park, 4000 W. Hatchery Road. Benefit for Idaho Horse Therapy, Friends of Sound Horses and The Ride for Joy Therapeutic Riding Program. $20 registration, includes first hand, lunch and raffle tickets. $5 park entry fee required. 870-2201, gaitedhorseclub.com.
Sunday, Oct. 25
Geology of Islands and Archipelagos: 1 to 2 p.m. at the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, 2455 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. Geologist Terry Maley will discuss the origin and evolution of oceanic islands and archipelagos, including the coral islands. Free to museum members, $5 nonmembers. idahomuseum.org.
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