Frim Fram Farewell • Purrfect Pet Party at the Garden City Library • Idaho Tattoo Expo • Chocolate Fundraiser for ACI • Celebration of Basque Pride and Culture 

Thursday 27

Frim Fram Farewell

The Frim Fram Four is one of Boise's most popular jazz ensembles. It's been five years since he founded the group, and since all swinging things must come to an end, FFF guitarist Tom Moore is playing his last set with the group before he goes off to the greener pastures of law school. Friends and admirers are invited to hear his farewell set. Toes will be tapping even as hearts are breaking.

7:30 p.m.-midnight. FREE. Pengilly's Saloon, 513 Main St.

Purrfect Pet Party at the Garden City Library

This year, the theme for Treasure Valley libraries' summer reading program was "Paws, Claws, Scales and Tales." Summer is coming to an end and the kids will be back in school in less than a month. The program's last hurrah is this week, and it's a doozy. To celebrate the end of "Paws, Claws, Scales and Tales," the Garden City Library is encouraging people to bring in their beloved pets for a show-and-tell. Bring your iguana, your chihuahua or your macaw (assuming these critters aren't the bitey kind) and meet other people and their pets. All ages and pets are welcome.

5:30-7:30 p.m. FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 472-2940.

Friday 28-Sunday 30

Idaho Tattoo Expo

Ink enthusiasts, rejoice. In what organizers hope will be the first of many in kind, the Idaho Tattoo Expo is taking over the fairgrounds this weekend in celebration of and education on body art.

The Expo opens at 2 p.m. on Friday, and 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Register for tattoo contests on Friday ($5 per category entered), or just watch the judging all weekend. Besides a sea of walking canvasses, expect an art gallery, flash contest, tons of live music, fashion shows, educational seminars and more. There will be vendors offering apparel, accessories, beer and food.

To see a full schedule of events, visit www.idahotattooexpo.com.

July 28-July 30. $15 per day, $25 weekend pass on Sat., $30 weekend pass on Fri., FREE kids under 12. Expo Idaho Fairgrounds, 5610 Glenwood St.

Friday 28

Chocolate Fundraiser for ACI

One doesn't often conjure "chocolate" and "museum of natural history" in the same thought bubble. However, that's exactly what Albertson College of Idaho is asking us to do with their upcoming "Doc Choc" lecture. Doc Choc (that's Patrick Fields, Ph.D., to his mother) will present a program detailing everything you ever wanted to know about chocolate. Expect a thorough discussion complete with photographic slides. Not to worry, though, Doc Choc wouldn't get your salivary glands going and then leave you hanging. After the lecture, there will be a tasting with a dozen or more different kinds of chocolate--in the name of chocolate science, of course.

If you can tear yourself away from the chocolate, there will also be raffle prizes and a silent auction to help raise even more money. All proceeds from this chocolately fun benefits Albertson College's Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History.

7 p.m. $15. Call John at 459-5507 or Barb at 344-6017 for reservations (required). Boone Science Hall, Room 127, Albertson College of Idaho campus, Caldwell.

Friday 28-Sunday 30

Celebration of Basque Pride and Culture

Each year, the San Inazio Festival honors St. Ignatius Loyola, the patron saint of the Basque people. However, the Basque Center is holding a weekend-long celebration for everyone to attend. On Friday at 5 p.m., Friends and Family Night is an evening social at the Basque Center, with live music and tapas available. There will also be pala games in the Fronton. On Saturday, expect festivities on the Basque block all day. The opening ceremonies and music will be from 11-11:30 a.m. and there will be performances by Boise'Ko Gazteak (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) and Oinkari Basque Dancers (2:15-3:15 p.m.) and music by Ene Bada and Txantxagorriak (12:30-1:15 p.m.), as well as a sheep wagon display and souvenirs. Food and drink will be available. From 1:15-2:15 p.m. will be the traditional weightlifting competition. There will be a Basque-language mass over at St. John's at 7 p.m., then it's back to the Basque block for the Saturday Night Dance (9 p.m.-1 a.m.). On Sunday, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., there will be food, fun and games in the Municipal Park and back to the Basque Center for the Sunday night dance (8-11 p.m.).

For a full schedule of events, visit www.basquecenter.com/sanInazio/sanInazio.html.

July 28-30. FREE. Basque Center, 601 W. Grove St., 331-5097, www.basquecenter.com.

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