Happy Earth Day • Tree Hugs • Ride Boise Ride • Tap on into the Trashin' Show • Three Sales, Endless Selections • Eat Local • ladies, Get Paid the same 

22 Wednesday

Happy Earth Day

Earth Day celebrations are virtually everywhere and Boise State celebrates Earth Week with a slew of events. Take a stroll along the Greenbelt and hit up a Farmers Market on the Boise State Quad from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for locally grown food and handmade crafts. From 2-3 p.m., in the Student Union Jordan Ballroom, local chef Andrew Mayer leads a Sustainable Cooking Workshop with delicious and nutritious meals using local foods and vegetarian recipes. Samples provided.

Every year for Earth Day, Pacific Steel and Recycling gives locals "an added inCENTive" (clever and Earth-friendly) to protect the environment—collect cans and haul them in for cash. On April 22, receive 30 cents per pound on aluminum cans.

8 a.m.-5 p.m., Pacific Steel and Recycling, 5120 Emerald St., Boise, 208-375-2131, getgreenboise.com.

24 Friday

Tree Hugs

Arbor Day is a day to celebrate trees, and a big part of the party is about cultivating new greenery. In Boise, the Idaho State Arbor Day Celebration includes a ceremony led by State Controller Donna Jones. Taft Elementary students are giving a presentation, and the winner of Idaho's 2009 Arbor Day poster contest will be honored. The ceremony wraps up with the planting of a Kwanzan cherry tree. Also, participants can gain a bushel of knowledge during tree tours conducted by representatives from the Society of American Foresters. For more information, contact Betty Munis of the Idaho Forest Products Commission at 208-334-3292 or e-mail ifpc@idahoforests.org.

10 a.m., FREE. Capitol Park, 601 W. Jefferson, Boise.

At the Boise City Arbor Day Celebration, songs will be sung, poetry will be recited and the Koelsch Elementary student body will share thoughts about trees. Mayor Bieter and the Boise City forester will speak, followed by the planting of new trees around the school grounds, giving new generations something to celebrate for years to come.

2 p.m., FREE. Koelsch Elementary, 2015 N. Curtis Road, Boise.

Ride Boise Ride

On the last Friday of every month during the summer, make way for a horde of Boise bicyclists in a demonstration/spectacle of humanpowered transportation. More than 300 cities around the world take part in Critical Mass rides. In Boise, cyclists will gather at the Julia Davis Park Gene Harris Bandshell to ride in one big mass through the streets. The first Critical Mass ride of the season is a FOODRIDE and cyclists are asked to bring a donation for the Idaho Foodbank. The donations will then be transported to a donation center in a most eco-friendly manner using cargo bikes and bike trailers.

6:30 p.m., FREE, Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise.

Tap on into the Trashin' Show

As part of Earth Week, a giant eco-sculpture in the shape of a water faucet was constructed on the Boise State Quad. The sculpture, titled Take Back the Tap, is made out of water bottles found discarded along the Boise River and demonstrates what the creators say is the need to stop the insanity of mass-producing water bottles. If the bottles aren't reused or reincarnated into art or adornment, they end up in a landfill until the end of time. After taking in the recycled art exhibit, head over to the Trash 'n' Show, a fashion show featuring eco-clothing from the Repeat Boutique and Lux Fashion Lounge. The fashion-forward designs of Krista Muir are on display including her "upcycled" clothing created from thrift store finds along with completely redesigned clothes made from discarded items. At intermission, sip refreshments while belly dancers from Mazana and Isis of Cairo Fusion entertain the crowd.

6:30-8:30 p.m., $5 general, $3 students, Student Union Jordan Ballroom, Boise State, 1910 University Dr.

25 saturday

Three Sales, Endless Selections

The time of year to plant has come, and those of the green thumb variety have their pick of three different plant sales happening on the same day. Idaho Botanical Garden's annual plant sale is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at 2355 N. Penitentiary Road in Boise (208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org). Drop a buck to get in and root through a variety of houseplants and outdoor selections such as tomatoes, long-blooming annuals, sun and shade perennials, and both native and drought-tolerant plants. Proceeds benefit the horticulture education programs at Idaho Botanical Garden and Boise State. The Idaho Native Plant Society Annual Native Plant Sale runs from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the MK Nature Center, 600 S. Walnut St. in Boise. Choose from more than 50 different species of plants, trees and shrubs. See a selection of species at idahonativeplants.org. Lastly, the Idaho Earth Institute's Annual Spring Plant Sale features organic vegetable starts along with native and water thrifty plants suitable for desert landscaping from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Lucy's Coffee and Espresso (1079 Broadway Ave., Boise, 208-344-5907). Sip a fair-trade brew while shopping for locally grown plants from Canyon Bounty Farm and Draggin' Wing Farm.

Eat Local

Throw together a potluck dish made with local ingredients and bring it to the park to share at a locally grown potluck meal sponsored by Boise Sustainable Living Community and Idaho's Bounty Co-op. The Boise Earth Week Eat Local food festival includes music, prizes and activities for the children. Local food enthusiasts are encouraged to bring their own table service. A cleaning station will be available.

1-4 p.m., FREE, 208-401-4499, idahosbounty.org. Municipal Park, 500 S. Walnut St., Boise.

28 Tuesday

ladies, Get Paid the same

Idaho Women's Network is hosting a series of events in honor of Equal Pay Day starting with a free brown bag luncheon titled "Negotiating Better Salary and Benefits" from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Boise State's Student Union Building. An expert panel hashes through the ins and outs of salary range research, utilizing social networking sites and negotiation tactics. That evening from 5:30-6:30 p.m., the group is meeting for an "Un-Happy Hour" at Tablerock Brew Pub. Afterward, the group kicks off its annual fund drive by screening Yes Madam, Sir directed by Megan Doneman and narrated by Helen Mirren. The film is about how India's first female police officer overcame the many challenges in her role. Doneman will host a Q&A session after the screening. Admission includes entry and one ticket for prizes such as massages, nights out on the town, gift certificates and spring house cleaning services. More info at idahowomensnetwork.org.

7 p.m., $18, The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., Boise.

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