Casino Night Benefit for the Larry J. May Scholarship Fund • Richard Vine Art Lecture • Doug Cameron CD Release Party • 29th Annual Race to Robie Creek • Capital City Public Market • Earth Fest 2006 

Thursday 13

Casino Night Benefit for the Larry J. May Scholarship Fund

A night of big spending at the casino rarely means raising funds, but at this Casino Night, raising money is exactly the goal. This Vegas-style casino gaming agogo will--with the help of Lady Luck, of course--drum up some money for the Larry J. May Hospitality Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to Idaho students pursuing a degree in a hospitality-related college program.

Casino Night will feature all the (legal) Vegas-like trimmings: "funny money" gaming, comedy entertainment, a lounge show, a jazz band and fantastic prizes--including hotel and dinner packages, lift tickets, hockey tickets and football tickets. And the grand prize? Some lucky gamer will win a trip for two to the real Las Vegas. Sweet.

6:30 p.m. $30 per person (with heavy hors d'oeuvres and no-host cocktails), with all proceeds going to the scholarship fund. Doubletree Riverside Hotel, 2900 Chinden Blvd., 343-1871.

Richard Vine Art Lecture

Art in America is one of the premiere art mags in circulation today. Its managing editor, Richard Vine, will be in town to give a lecture entitled "Why is Contemporary Art So Weird?" to help make sense of contemporary art in its historical, socioeconomic, psychological and philosophical context for those of us (read: most of us) who don't feel that contemporary art is accessible to the masses.

Vine has the chops to know whereof he speaks, so whether you love modern art, hate it or are simply perplexed by it, this is a great (and inexpensive) opportunity to, in a sense, let contemporary art explain itself through the mouth of one of its knowledgeable adherents.

5:30 p.m. $5 general, FREE to students with ID. Idaho Historical Museum, 610 Julia Davis Dr. For more information, call 426-3994 or visit

Friday 14

Doug Cameron CD Release Party

Local singer-songwriter Doug Cameron has a new album out and is holding a CD release part at the Big Easy to launch it. The new disc is entitled Remedies, and it will take you to some mellow places. But don't take our word for it: Come check out the live show before you pick up the disc. Local musician Ryan Peck will be Cameron's special guest.

Get more info on the Web at or at

Doors open at 8 p.m., show begins at 9 p.m. $5 cover. The Big Easy, 416 S. 9th St., 367-1212.

Saturday 15

29th Annual Race to Robie Creek

Spring is in the air, and of course a young runner's fancy turns to shlepping 13 miles--and without even being chased by a coyote. Believe or not, people actually like to run long distances over hilly terrain. They've been running Robie--billed by organizers as "the toughest 13.1 miles in the Northwest"--for nearly three decades.

It's too late to be one of this year's 2,400 Robie racers, but you can always go watch 'em run, cheer 'em on and take part in the pre-, post- and everything-in-between revelry. Come prepared--the race is on, rain or shine.

Spectate for FREE. Race begins at noon at Fort Boise Community Center, 700 Robbins Rd. For race route or other information, visit

Capital City Public Market

It's that time again: the Capital City Public Market is back, with its family-friendly blend of arts, crafts, specialty vendors, food and tons of stuff for the kids to do. Get the family together and take advantage of the newly-nice weather.

FREE, every Saturday 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Downtown, on 8th Street between Bannock and Grove. More at

Monday 17-Saturday 22

Earth Fest 2006

The theme of this year's Earth Fest is "Make every day Earth Day," so get ready for a week of educational activities, concerts and service projects celebrating the natural world. All events highlight the importance of environmental responsibility. Upcoming events include an April 17 Energy Forum at the Crystal Ballroom; a free concert by Walkin' Jim folk concert at Boise Little Theater on April 18 and another free Walkin' Jim folk concert on April 19 at Langroise Recital Hall at Albertson College in Caldwell.

Saturday is Earth Day and so Earth Fest organizers are pulling out all the stops. First, from 8 a.m. to noon, they have organized a morning of local service projects. To see a list of volunteer opportunities, visit The first 400 volunteers get a free T-shirt. Then from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Earth Day Festival at Julia Davis Park will feature kid activities, live music and entertainment, food, a native plant sale and dozens of booths with information on living Earth Day every day. Then at 8 p.m., head over to Tom Grainey's (109 S. Sixth St., $5) for a benefit concert with Spindle Bomb and silent auction to benefit the Idaho Environmental Education Association.

For more about Earth Fest 2006 activities, visit

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