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Birder talk and golf show among Treasure Valley events next few weeks

Putter on in to the Boise Golf and Travel Show this weekend, Feb. 9-11, at Expo Idaho.
Putter on in to the Boise Golf and Travel Show this weekend, Feb. 9-11, at Expo Idaho.

Thursday, Feb. 8

Southwestern Idaho Birders Association

Meeting at 7 p.m. at the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 13751 Upper Embankment Road, Nampa. Julie Heath, professor at Boise State University in the Department of Biological Sciences, will be giving a talk about the role of migration in the biology of American Kestrels (small falcon) in the Treasure Valley.

Friday-Sunday, Feb. 9-11

Boise Golf and Travel Show

5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 9 (VIP Business After Hours early opening), 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 10 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 11, Expo Idaho, 5610 N. Glenwood St., Garden City. Featuring 70-plus exhibitors representing golf retailers/manufacturers/travel, PGA quick tip instruction, demo area, putting and long drive contests, kids zone, show specials, more. $12 general, $20 VIP night. All event tickets include a free round of golf from Eagle Hills. boisegolfshow.com.

Stanley Winterfest

Held in Downtown Stanley. Starts Friday night with a beach party. Events include music, a ski plane fly-in, Winterfest 40 fatbike race, the infamous outhouse race, raft sledding, kids snow castle, a street dance, more. Free. stanleywinterfest.com.

Friday, Feb. 16

Cross-Country Skiing for Seniors

Bus loads at 9 a.m. at Touchmark Health & Fitness Club, 625 S. Arbor Lane, Meridian, for travel to Bogus Basin. Join a group of adults ages 50 and older for cross-country skiing on the groomed trails and then grab a bite to eat at Simplot Lodge (cost of lunch not included). $45 for nonmembers, $35 for members of Touchmark Health & Fitness Club. Cost includes transportation and Nordic trail pass. RSVP: 208-319-5261.

Thursday, Feb. 22

Winter Wildlands Lecture Series: CuMo Mine & Boise’s Watershed

7 p.m. at Idaho Fish and Game’s Trophy Room, 600 S. Walnut St., Boise. Join Rich Rusnak and Zack Waterman to learn more about a proposed mega strip mine on the Boise National Forest. Discuss the latest developments, as well as ongoing efforts to monitor for rare carnivores and how you can get involved. Free. 208-384-1023.

Saturday, March 3

Starlight Snowshoe Benefit

4 to 9 p.m. at Bogus Basin Mountain Resort, 2600 Bogus Basin Road, Boise. Snowshoe under the stars on a lit path and then come into the lodge for a dinner buffet, music by Emily Tipton and raffle. Benefits JDRF to fund research for a cure, better treatments and prevention methods for type 1 diabetes. $16 general, $11 children younger than 12 or $53 per immediate family, includes use of snowshoes. eventbrite.com.

March 15-17

Janss Pro-Am Classic

Three days of spring ski racing, socializing and parties in Sun Valley. Register at svsef.org/2018janssproam or email jody@svsef.org.

Saturday, May 19

Cycle for Independence

Start times vary from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Riverglen Junior High, 6801 N. Gary Lane, Boise. Choose the 10-mile, 20-mile or metric century ride. Fundraiser for the Treasure Valley Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind. Preregistration ends May 15. On-site registration will be available. cycleforindependence.org.

Birds of All Seasons

8:30 and 9:30 a.m. at Kathryn Albertson Park, 1001 Americana Blvd., Boise. Join Boise Parks and Recreation and the Golden Eagle Audubon Society for a free birding tour. Local bird enthusiasts will introduce participants to the joys of birding and highlight birds that can be found in Boise during spring. Tours last about an hour. Space is limited. Sign up at bit.ly/BPRCommEd.

Saturday, June 9

Sawtooth Relay

Six-person teams complete a 62-mile running and walking relay, which begins in Stanley and finishes in Ketchum. 208-853-1221, sawtoothrelay.com.

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