Green with Envy
Celebrate National Public Garden Day by visiting Idaho Botanical Garden for free from 10 a.m. to dusk. Stroll through the garden to see native plant species, water-wise displays and get an idea of what type of vegetation grows plentifully in Idaho.
10 a.m., FREE, Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.
Evening in the Garden
The Shabby House is a 100-year-old farmhouse full of treasures, which is run by a group of ladies who call themselves the Women of Shabby House. The skilled treasure hunters go antique shopping and bring back major scores, but they also make crafts out of reused items. They are hosting an evening in the garden to benefit Friends In Action. Guests get first pick of an estate sale stocked by a former antique dealer, the chance to bid in a silent auction, and an earful of live music by Pinto Bennett. Food and drink are provided by 3 Girls Catering, and the ticket price includes unlimited ice tea and lemonade, appetizers, early admission to the estate sale (not open to public until Saturday) and one complimentary glass of wine. If one glass doesn't cut it, additional beverages will be for sale at a no-host bar.
5-9 p.m., $10, The Shabby House, 4906 W. State St., Boise, 208-853-1005, fiaboise.org.
Take Me Out ... to the ball field
The Boise Hawks and Drug Free Idaho batted around the idea of hosting an evening of free fun mixed with some serious subjects and came up with the Fan Fest 2009. Learn about safety awareness, substance abuse prevention and visit interactive/educational booths while living it up at Hawks Memorial Stadium. Fans can grab some $1 concessions, hit the kids' carnival, rock out to a concert by Johnny Law, and watch fireworks in the night sky. Humphrey the Hawk and other Treasure Valley mascots will provide the cheers while fans knock around some baseballs on the field, scamper up a climbing wall, see martial arts demonstrations and jump in bounce houses. Check out hot rods parked on the field in between fire and emergency vehicle tours and K9 dog demonstrations.
6-10 p.m., FREE. Hawks Memorial Stadium, 5600 N. Glenwood, Garden City, 208-322-5020, boisehawks.com.
Super Funny Stand-up
Boise audiences can wish comedian Doug Benson a belated happy birthday when he hits the stage the day after he's spent all night celebrating. Benson's stand-up act includes bits of bitter reality peppered with hilarious insights, but the jokes go down smoothly because he's so damn funny. As the starring stoner of Super High Me and joke writer for VH-1's Best Week Ever, Benson's got something to say about everything from pop culture to politics—it just sounds better with his spin on it.
9:30 p.m., $21 seated, $15 standing, Knitting Factory Concert House, 416 S. Ninth St., Boise.
Born to Rock
A group of young rockers 6-12 years old are going straight from school to the stage to perform at the Record Exchange under the direction of teachers/musicians Jared Goodpaster and Ryan Peck. The Boise Rock School (boiserockschool.com) teaches little rockers how to really wail and helps uncover a passion for music at an impressionable age. Five different bands with influences ranging from The Clash to Green Day will split the time in the spotlight. So get ready to see high kicks, lead singers taking command of the microphone and a little bit of head banging going on at the show.
4 p.m., FREE, The Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., Boise.
Flinging into Spring
Boise State's 31st annual Spring Fling is full of springtime fun with music, food and recreation. The headlining band is Reel Big Fish with openers Everclear, Centrevol of Long Beach, Calif., and local rockers Twelve-21. A couple of graffiti artists demonstrate their craft as they transform a blank slate into a work of art by the end of the day. Both adults and children can take turns in bounce houses, and laser tag games keep spring flingers on the hunt. Hit up food vendors for some nourishment in between good times, and tables will be available for those picnic people who forget to bring blankets.
1-8 p.m., $5 general; FREE for Boise State student with ID, Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. These Birds Get Around
During International Migratory Bird Day, free activities at the Foothills Learning Center (3188 Sunset Peak Road) run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Go on guided bird walks, get close to a raptor nest and learn to draw birds with local artist Joni Frey.
The theme of this year's event at the World Center for Birds of Prey is "Celebrating Birds in Culture." Visitors receive a passport at the door and are encouraged to pretend they are a migrating peregrine falcon as they flit around visiting interpretive displays. Take in educational films, play games, and watch live bird presentations. Other activities include lessons on how to identify wild birds, mask making, dressing like a bird of prey (in the latest feathered fashions) and learning about The Peregrine Fund's work with bird people and raptors around the world.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., $5-$7, World Center for Birds of Prey, 5668 W. Flying Hawk Lane, Boise, 208-362-8687, peregrinefund.org.