News & Notes: Fun in McCall, Michael Franti, and more

The Mardi Gras parade will wind through downtown McCall at noon Saturday, Jan. 30.
The Mardi Gras parade will wind through downtown McCall at noon Saturday, Jan. 30.

Huckleberry Jam Music Festival

Michael Franti and his band Spearhead will headline the second Huckleberry Jam Music Festival, Friday, Aug. 12, and Saturday, Aug. 13, at Tamarack Resort near Donnelly. The full lineup will be rolled out in the next few weeks.

Early bird general admission and VIP passes go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 29, at TheHuckleberryJam.com. Read more at IdahoStatesman.com.

Goodbye, Kate

Radio DJ and local personality Kate McGwire will do her last broadcast of the popular “Mike & Kate in the Morning” show on Mix 106 from 5:30 to 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 29 (today). McGwire announced earlier this week that she is leaving the show after 15 years of drive-time fun with co-host Mike Kasper. McGwire is vague on her reasons for the move, posting on her blog that she’s just ready for a change. The station is searching for a replacement. Kasper will host the show with producer DJ Hanks in the meantime.

Innovate at JUMP

Check out the next generation of Philo T. Farnsworths from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Southwest Idaho Regional Invent Idaho competition at JUMP, 1000 W. Myrtle St., Boise, on the fifth floor. About 100 kids from across the Treasure Valley will present their ideas at the new event and creative center. You also can explore JUMP’s interactive studios, which will be filled with fun things to do. The winners will go on to the state competition in March at the University of Idaho in Moscow. Free. InventIdaho.com; JacksUrbanMeetingPlace.org.

Fun in McCall

The McCall Winter Carnival takes over the picturesque mountain town starting today (Friday, Jan. 29) through Sunday, Feb. 7. The festivities include parades, fireworks, an all-local music lineup, arts and crafts, snow sculpture competition, winter sports and more. Find more details mccallchamber.org. Read more at IdahoStatesman.com.

Dana Oland