Outdoors

Unplug and get outside Saturday, May 5, at Kleiner park in Meridian

During the 10-year period from 2007-2016, 29 Idaho bicyclists died and 460 suffered serious injuries, according to Idaho Transportation Department data.
During the 10-year period from 2007-2016, 29 Idaho bicyclists died and 460 suffered serious injuries, according to Idaho Transportation Department data. Idaho Statesman file

Wednesdays, year-round

Golden Eagle Audubon Society’s Wednesday morning bird walks: Meet at 8 a.m. at Janjou Patisserie, 1754 W. State St., Boise, for coffee and carpool from there to various locations. goldeneagleaudubon.org/Birding-Field-Trips.

Thursday-Saturday, May 3-5

Gear and Beer: 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, noon to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Lone Cone, 406 S. 3rd St., Boise. Selling top quality outdoor gear, footwear, and apparel at up to 80% off retail prices during the three-day flash sale. Free beer with purchase. 208-789-4424.

Saturday, May 5

Volcanic Features near Mountain Home: Join Steve Cox, Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, as he takes folks to see volcanic features in the Mountain Home area, including a ferro-magmatic basalt flow full of plagioclase crystals, the Crater Rings, Sheep Maar vent, and more. Some walking. Register at 7:30 a.m. at the museum, 2455 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, with departure at 8 a.m. Return to Boise by 5 p.m. Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water. No pre-signup required. $15 general, $10 IMMG members. Steve, 208-853-1678; idahomuseum.org.

Boise Gear Collective (formerly Backcountry Pursuit) Expansion Grand Opening: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 671 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. Local old-time/bluegrass band, Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats, will be performing from 2 to 5 p.m. Beverages will be available for those age 21 and older with a valid ID from Long Drop Cider, Gas Lantern Drinking Company, and White Dog Brewing. Also, free self-serve taco bar provided by Smoke & Thyme. Cast Iron Climbing will have a mobile wall set up in the parking lot. 208-429-1124.

Unplug and Be Outside Kick-off: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park, 1900 N. Records Ave., Meridian. Families can bring their bicycles for free tire slime to get prepared for summer rides, participate in the bike rodeo, try out a free smoothie, and take a jump rope lesson from. Boise State student athletes will also be on hand to provide 45-minute clinics in football, volleyball and soccer. Kick-off for the Unplug and Be Outside event (May 5-12), which features free activities for people of all ages to choose from in the areas of arts, sports and recreation throughout the week. Free. Full schedule at meridiancity.org/unplug.

Saturday, May 12

Dig into Idaho!: Celebrate Idaho Preservation month from noon to 5 p.m. at the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, 2455 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. Geode cracking and gold panning. Lecture at 1 p.m.: Putting it Back the Way We Found It: Mine Site Remediation and Restoration by Historian Troy Lambert. $5 general, free for IMMG members. Eliza, 208-368-9876; idahomuseum.org.

Sunday, May 13, through Saturday, May 19

Boise Bike Week: Celebration of cycling in all of its forms, for all ages and abilities. Schedule of events at facebook.com/BoiseBikeWeek.

▪  Kick-off party, 6 to 10 p.m. Monday at Highlands Hollow Brewhouse, 2455 N. Harrison Hollow Lane, Boise. Music by Lonesome Jet Boat Ramblers from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday-Wednesday, May 15-16

Free “Boat Idaho” Boating Safety Course: 6 to 9 p.m. at the Canyon County Emergency Operations Center, 1323 E. Chicago St., Caldwell. Introductory course to meet the boater education needs of recreational boaters. Attendees will learn general information about boats and maintenance, information to make their boating experience safer, and tips on how to be a more courteous boat operator. Also, learn about Idaho laws and regulations associated with owning and operating a boat. Registration is encouraged but not required at parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/activities/boating or by calling 208-371-6811.

Wednesday-Friday, May 16-18

Idaho Walk Bike Summit: Advocates, city staff, transportation professionals, planners, and elected officials from all over the state will come together at the Idaho State Capitol, 700 W. Jefferson St., Boise, to share information, learn from one another, and get to know each other. The goal is to provide education and training to a diverse audience through a selection of relevant topics on bicycle and pedestrian design, advocacy, land use, funding options, health and wellness, and more. $65. 208-345-1105, cynthia@idahowalkbike.org, idahowalkbike.org/summit-2018.

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.

Rattlesnake, Porcupine and Skunk Avoidance Training for Dogs: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 930 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Boise. Experienced dog handlers work one-on-one with each dog owner and their dog to train the dog to avoid the sight, smell and sound of rattlesnakes, skunks and porcupines. Presented by the Idaho Chukar Foundation. $25-$70. Register at dogavoidancetraining.org.

Tuesday, May 22

Mayor’s Bike Ride: 6 p.m. at Lloyd Park, 1350 Front St., Nampa. Family-friendly one hour ride will show participants how the downtown pathway connects to the city’s larger pathway system. All who attend will be eligible for door prizes. To promote and educate bicycle safety, Bike Walk Nampa encourages all riders to wear a helmet. Contact LaRita Schandorff at bikewalknampa@gmail.com with questions.

Saturday, June 2

Rattlesnake, Porcupine and Skunk Avoidance Training for Dogs: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. Experienced dog handlers work one-on-one with each dog owner and their dog to train the dog to avoid the sight, smell and sound of rattlesnakes, skunks and porcupines. Presented by the Idaho Chukar Foundation. $25-$70. Register at dogavoidancetraining.org.

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.

Sunday, June 10

Premier Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 930 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Boise. Idaho Fish and Game officers will be holding a free trap awareness seminar as part of the day’s events. $50 for preregistered dogs. 208-463-2304, snakeavoidance.org. For information on the trap awareness seminar: 208-465- 8465.

Friday-Sunday, June 29-July 1

Great Northwest Outdoor Expo: Noon June 29, 10 a.m. June 30 and July 1, Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa. An interactive experience for everything outdoors. Learn from the hunting, fishing and camping experts with how-to-seminars, product demos, and the latest gear and techniques. Hosted by Idaho Ducks Unlimited. $8 general, $5 seniors and military. ICTickets.

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