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Pedal on down for Bikin’ 4 Lovin’

Show off your playful side at the tandem photo booth, which will be set up at Boise Fry Company for Boise Bicycle Project’s Bikin’ 4 Lovin’ on Saturday, Feb. 17.
Show off your playful side at the tandem photo booth, which will be set up at Boise Fry Company for Boise Bicycle Project’s Bikin’ 4 Lovin’ on Saturday, Feb. 17. Provided by Boise Bicycle Project

Do you love bikes, and are you down to hang with others who love bikes?

If it’s a double “heck yeah,” then Boise Bicycle Project’s 9th annual Bikin’ 4 Lovin’ might just be your speed.

The social ride and soiree is back and kicks off at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, with a bring-your-own-bike-and-beverage social hour at the BBP headquarters, 1027 S. Lusk St.

Then at 6 p.m., bundle up for a ride to Boise Fry Company, 204 N. Capitol Blvd., where the love continues with a tandem photo booth and raffle.

Boise Fry Company will donate a portion of food and beverage proceeds from the evening to BBP, a community-oriented cooperative that promotes the personal, social and environmental benefits of bicycling

Be sure to sport your best sock hop threads — think poodle skirts, varsity letter sweaters, suspenders and even socks. The guy or gal with the coolest socks wins a prize.

The fundraiser is free to attend and open to singles and couples.

Call 208-429-6520 or find the event on Facebook for more information.

Spay Neuter Idaho Pets, Inc., celebrates the grand opening of its new clinic

SNIP (Spay Neuter Idaho Pets, Inc.) opened it’s new spay/neuter clinic at 1785 W. Cherry Lane, Meridian, on Monday, Feb. 12.

The public and their well-behaved pets are invited to celebrate the grand opening at an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, at the Meridian clinic.

Take a tour, meet SNIP’s staff and board members, and enjoy food provided by Grants Neighborhood Grill and music by Ted Coe. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase.

Door prizes will be raffled off to guests who donate an item from SNIP’s Wishlist.

SNIP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of Idaho’s cats and dogs by reducing overpopulation with low-cost spay and neuter surgeries.

For those who cannot afford the regular low costs, SNIP offers income-qualified programs about three to four times a year.

And one of those events is coming up! Schedule a reduced-cost spay/neuter from Feb. 19 through March 16. With proof of gross household income, qualifying individuals can have their animal fixed for a minimum $5 per cat and $10 per dog contribution.

SNIP also offers low-cost vaccines and microchipping at the time of the surgery.

Appointments for spay/neuter are available at and by calling 208-576-7660.

Since its founding in August of 2008, SNIP has helped spay and neuter more than 18,000 animals, preventing the birth of 126,000 puppies and kittens who could have faced suffering, neglect and homelessness, according to SpayUSA calculations

No health insurance? Still need to protect yourself from the flu?

Basic physical and dental exams and testing for blood sugar levels and cholesterol are included in free services offered at a community health screening Thursday, Feb. 15, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Whitney United Methodist Church, 3309 W. Overland Road, Boise.

Free flu shots are available while supplies last.

“It is not too late to receive your immunization,” says Glenda Carr, screening organizer and Idaho State University-Meridian clinical assistant pharmacy professor.

The comprehensive screening takes approximately 90 minutes.

Patients in immediate need are given appointments at low-cost or free Treasure Valley clinics for additional care. The Idaho Foodbank will provide free boxes of food for participants.

For more information, call 208-373-1700 or email

Michelle Jenkins: 208-377-6451