Playing Outdoors calendar: Wednesday, Feb. 24

Saturday, Feb. 27

Diamondback Revenge: Participants may register at the Sun Valley Nordic Center up until 10 a.m. A ski, snowshoe and fat bike race — classic and skate skiers will have the option of 5k or 10k, fat bikers will have a 5k or 15k option and snowshoers will do one 5k lap. $10 for the 5k and $15 for the 10k or 15k. (208) 622-2250, iradlova@sunvalley.com.

Junior Duck Stamp Art Day: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 13751 Upper Embankment Road, Nampa. Young artists are given the opportunity to create and submit their own masterpiece to the Idaho Junior Duck Stamp art contest. Drop in any time to learn about Idaho waterfowl and create a contest entry. Supplies will be provided. Artwork must be submitted by March 15. Other drop-in date: March 5. 467-9278, deerflat@fws.gov or fws.gov/deerflat.

Starlight Snowshoe Benefit: 4 to 9 p.m. at Bogus Basin Nordic Lodge, 2600 N. Bogus Basin Road, Boise. Snowshoe under the stars on a lit path, then come into the lodge for music, food, drinks. Benefit for JDRF. $16 general, $11 children younger than 12, or $53 per immediate family. www2.jdrf.org/starlightsnowshoe.

Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 27-28

Stanley Sled Dog Rendezvous: Check-in at 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning at Mountain Village Restaurant for those unable to register Friday evening (5 p.m. at Stanley Community Building followed by a Mushers Meeting at 7 p.m.). Races for six-dog and eight-dog teams starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. An eight-mile race for four-dog teams will begin at 12:30 p.m. Sunday’s races for six-dog and eight-dog teams start again at 8:30 a.m. The four-dog and Skijoring races will start at 11:30 a.m. (208) 774-2286, stanleycc.org.

Sunday, Feb. 28

Snow-Ga SnowSchool Fundraiser: 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Bogus Basin Nordic Lodge, 2600 N. Bogus Basin Road, Boise. Snowshoe yoga taught by Edna Rey-Vizgirdas. Benefit for Bogus Basin SnowSchool. $25, includes trail pass; snowshoe rental is extra. Must register on or before Feb. 26. Email SnowSchool@bogusbasin.org.

Thursday, March 3

“New Mexico Backcountry Discovery Route” premiere: Reception and sponsors expo at 6 p.m. and movie followed by Q&A at 7:30 p.m. at Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St. Experience challenging riding on remote backcountry roads covering 1,200 miles through the beautiful state of New Mexico. Guest speakers: Shalmarie Wilson, BDR Ambassador, NMBDR expedition team member, holding a record for the most BDRs (6 total) ridden in one season; Bill Whitacre, BDR Ambassador. $10. backcountrydiscoveryroutes.com.

Saturday, March 5

Hope on the Slopes Ski and Ride for a Cure: Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and the vertical challenge at 9:30 a.m. at Brundage Mountain Resort, 3890 Goose Lake Road, McCall. Individuals and teams of 4 to 10 participants compete for the most vertical feet skied and most donations received. Hope on the Slopes is a non-profit organization benefiting the American Cancer Society. Registration is $35. Once registered, participants will be eligible to purchase that day’s Brundage lift ticket for half-off the regular price for their age group. brundage.com/HOTS.

Brew-Ski: 2 to 5 p.m. at Seven Devils Pub patio, Tamarack Resort. Sample local beers, music by Spencer Batt and Soul Serene, and skiing. The Sports Dome will have free ski demos and $5 hot waxes. $15 advance at eventbrite.com, $20 at the door, includes beer glass.

Les Bois Film Festival: 6 p.m. at The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise. Features a diverse array of nature films from across the globe, as well as several local nature films shot in Idaho. $14 advance, $18 at the door, $5 students, free for children 13 and younger. lesboisfilmfestival.org.

Wednesday, March 9

Fish in the Foothills?: 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center, 3188 Sunset Peak Road, Boise. Join Dr. Chris Walser, ichthyologist and professor at The College of Idaho, and Tim Breuer, Executive Director of the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley, to learn about the Dry Creek redband trout. Free. 493-2530, bee.cityofboise.org.

Friday, March 11

Idaho Enduro Series Movie Party: 7 to 10 p.m. at The Pursuit, 2590 N. Bogus Basin Road, Boise. A MTB film; IES will be unveiling the 2016 race season. $10 advance, $15 at the door, includes one free beer. 695-0816.

Saturday, March 12

Orange Crux: Start times vary by category at Boise State University. Climbing competition with routes for all ages and skill levels, including a youth category. $25 students/rec members, $35 nonmembers, on or before Feb. 29. Late registration starts March 1: $30 students/rec members, $40 nonmembers. http://rec.boisestate.edu/orange-crux-climbing-competition.

Refuge Star Party: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 13751 Upper Embankment Road, Nampa. Learn how wildlife use the stars to navigate. Family activities include storytime (in both English and Spanish) and the College of Idaho’s StarLab. The Boise Astronomical Society will give a short presentation at dusk, followed by an hour of stargazing. Free. 467-9278, fws.gov/refuge/deer_flat.

Saturday, May 21

Cycle for Independence: Metric century starts at 8 a.m., 25 mile at 9 a.m. and 10 mile at 9:30 a.m. at Riverglen Junior High School, 6801 N. Gary Lane, Boise. $20-$40. Register at tvcblindidaho.org. Volunteers needed: 336-5333.

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