Everyone loves a Fair • Blitz, blitz, it's a BioBlitz • Summer Sunday • Sounds Like Fun • Learn Stand-up 

15 Friday – 24 Sunday

Everyone loves a Fair

It's city slickers' annual opportunity to visit all types of animals ranging from gigantic workhorses to pigmy sheep and prize-winning fowl. This year at the fair, stroke a live barbless stingray, watch "Splash Dogs" dive from platforms 20 feet high and gaze into the eyes of a hypnotist. And that's just the beginning of the entertainment. Closing day of racing at Les Bois Park is Saturday, Aug. 16. Rock out to the eight-man band Chicago performing at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, and groove to the sounds of The Temptations on Friday, Aug. 22.

Check out exhibits of vegetables, fruit and flowers grown by master gardeners in the hopes of earning a ribbon, as well as animals all gussied up and paraded around by 4H students who work with their stock all year in preparation for the fair. It's time to eat, ride and have fun.

11 a.m.-11 p.m. (closing at 9 p.m. on Sun., August 24), $7 general (children 12 and older); $5 seniors (62 and older); $4 children 6-11; children 5 and younger, FREE, Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood, Garden City, idahofair.com.

16 Saturday

Blitz, blitz, it's a BioBlitz

During the BioBlitz 2008, naturalists, scientists and volunteers scurry around the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge cataloging the biological diversity. Idaho's only BioBlitz, now in its third year, offers a chance to find and identify as many species of plants and animals as possible in a 24-hour period. Activities include hummingbird banding demonstrations, guided bird and plant walks, and a boat trip on Lake Lowell for net fishing. Interactive exhibits give participants the chance to see birds of prey and native fish, along with opportunities to identify insects in the Bug Tent. Check the Web site for a schedule of activities and sign up for the guided walks and demonstrations.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m., FREE, Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor's Center, 13751 Upper Embankment Rd., Nampa, 208-467-9278, fws.gov/deerflat.

17 Sunday

Summer Sunday

The First Presbyterian Church's Boise First: The Forum hosts First Prezz Jazz in the Park. Festivities begin with games for children at 5:30 p.m., followed by folk and jazz music. At 6:30 p.m., acoustic folk group the Duncan Filson Band performs. At 7 p.m., The Michael Civiello Quintet takes the stage, with local musicians Michael Civiello on keyboard, John Jones on guitar, Terry Hill on bass, Scott Reusser on drums and Spence Stout on tenor sax. All that activity and jazz make for a hungry crowd, so chicken and ribs by Goodwood Barbecue are provided courtesy of the church.

5:30 p.m., FREE, Gene Harris Bandshell, Julia Davis Park, 100 Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-345-3441, Ext. 113, first-presbyterian.org.

18 Monday

Sounds Like Fun

Tony Hawk's Boom Boom Huckjam is where it's at for extreme sports action, and Hawk himself is on board for this year's tour along with fellow skaters Neal Hendrix and Jesse Fritsch. The BMX and biker crowds can head out to watch Kevin Robinson, Elliott Sloan and Dennis McCoy, as well as Freestyle Moto-X riders Drake McElroy, Graham Gustin and Greg Garrison. Mike Relm, the multimedia artist opener for the Blue Man Group, joins the Huckjam to provide a soundtrack to all the action before and during the show on turntables and a jumbotron screen.

5 p.m., $25 or family of four packs for $85, Idaho Center Amphitheater, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa, boomboomhuckjam.com.

18 Monday – 20 Wednesday

Learn Stand-up

A stand-up comedy workshop for children ages 9 to 12 teaches the next generation of comedians to find the funny. The workshop is a collaboration between Cammie Pavesic, a founding member of the Idaho Actors Collective, and 12-year-old comedian Trevor Hattabaugh. After learning timing, how to come up with suitable content and what to do when the audience isn't reacting, students' comedic chops will be tested in front of a live audience on Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m., which is free to the public.

Hattabaugh sweet-talked his way into a contest at the ripe age of 9. After a taste of the spotlight, the kid of clean comedy has continued to perform at clubs all over the Northwest. Pavesic fine-tuned her acting skills at the National Shakespeare Conservatory in New York City. She helped start Prairie Dog Productions and enjoys working with actors of all ages. "The workshop is intended to be fun," said Pavesic. "Trevor knows a lot about comedy, so it makes sense that he should teach it."

For more information, e-mail info@idahoactor.org.

9 a.m. to noon, $75 tuition, Idaho Actors Collective, 2722 W. Sunset Ave., Boise, 208--344-4121, idahoactors.org.

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