Spring really has sprung in the Treasure Valley and this weekend should prove it. Temperatures will be in the 70s, which should be warm enough to entice you to get out and enjoy your community.
• The biggest event is Race to Robie Creek, one of the most grueling half-marathons around. Runners take off at noon from Fort Boise and finish at the Robie Creek Campground. Parking will be tough, so carpool at least, ride your bicycle at best, to send your friends off or greet them at the finish.
• It’sRecord Store Day
, the national celebration of independent record stores, and Boise happens to have one of the best in the Northwest (maybe the world) inThe Record Exchange
, 1105 W. Idaho St. from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. You’ll find more than 400 limited-edition items, so beware, people start lining up at 3 a.m. to snag the exclusive vinyl releases. This year you’ll find Built to Spill’s new album “Untethered Moon,” a reissue of The White Stripes’ “Get Behind Me Satan” and a previously unreleased Metallica bootleg demo on cassette. You’ll also find a sidewalk bake sale fundraiser and street buskers from Go Listen Boise from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
•The Capital City Public Market
will open its 22d season with early spring produce, artisan food and crafts, flowers and planting starts, seeds and wine tasting. You’ll find new food vendors and bench seating throughout. It goes from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (with a soft opening at 9 a.m.) along 8th Street between State and Main streets.The Boise Farmers Market
also is underway at 11th and Grove streets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and theEagle Saturday Market
launches from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Heritage Park, 185 E. State St.
• Swing back to Bannock and 8th Street from 4 to 10 p.m. forIdaho Green Fest,
a celebration of sustainability and the environment. You’ll find two stages with live music featuring acts such as Steve Fulton Music and Voice of Reason, performance artists, local food and beverages and loads of information about going green from area nonprofits and businesses. This event is free.
• Folks with kids 8 and younger can head to Ann Morrison Park, 1000 Americana Blvd., from noon to 3 p.m. for theWeek of the Young Child
. The free celebration includes interactive games and sports from Boise Parks and Recreation, as well as bicycle safety from the Treasure Valley YMCA. Learn how to fly fish with Kids Cast First; learn about area ponds and free fishing programs from Boise Fish and Game; do arts and crafts with the MK Nature Center; try kids zumba and yoga. You’ll also find car seat safety from St. Luke’s and other health and safety activities.
• Head to Meridian’s Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park for the annualTreasure Valley Kite Festival
from 9 a.m. to noon April 18. You’ll find kite-flying competitions, music and other entertainment, food and free kites for kids while supplies last. This event is free.