Hobnob at the Knoll • Girls on Wheels • Here a Schnitzel, There a Schnitzel • Doggone Mile • Ripe for the Picking • 

3 Wednesday

Hobnob at the Knoll

Camp River Run's inaugural fundraiser will raise money for Camp River Run, a camp for children with cancer and other life threatening illnesses. The camp was started after the founder questioned a teenage girl with cancer on what makes her tick. The girl answered that spending one week feeling "normal" at summer camp made the rest of the year, with all its challenges, more bearable.

The main goal of the organization is to offer the campers at Camp River Run a healthy dose of optimism to refresh their spirits. The hope is that being surrounded by nature will nurture their youthful spirits. The first week of camp is planned for the summer of 2008 in Cascade.

The fundraising event will feature silent and live auctions with speakers starting at 7 p.m. Before then, vie for raffle prizes, dance to live music by Signature Sound, and partake in hor d'oeuvres to round out the night at the Knoll.

3-11 p.m., $25 advance, $30 at door, or sponsor a table of eight for $250. Winery at Eagle Knoll, 3705 N. Hwy 16, Eagle, 208-898-1400, CampRiverRun.org.

4 Thursday

Girls on Wheels

Rollergirls from the teams The Derailers, B Town Battalion, Devil's Darlings and Cell Block B will be at The Record Exchange to show off their skating skills and share their passion for roller derby. Whether recruiting or practicing, the all-woman-owned league tries to make sure there's some fun involved in their fundraising. They will be giving away cozies, T-shirts, stickers and tickets to their upcoming event, Franken-stomp, at Expo Idaho.

6-7 p.m., The Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., 208-344-8010, TheRecordeExchange.com.

6 Saturday

Here a Schnitzel, There a Schnitzel

Dust off your lederhosen because it's Octoberfest at the Idaho Botanical Garden. It's a German-themed afternoon in the garden with food and beverages available for purchase from TableRock Brew Pub and Highlands Hollow Brew House.

Tuck any coronary-clogging thoughts aside and enjoy traditional foods like bratwurst and sauerkraut, hot potato salad with bacon, sauerbraten or jagerschnitzel with red potatoes, and a cherry-wood-smoked German sausage sandwich. For the sweet of tooth, there will be an offering of desserts like apple strudel. And don't forget to drink your fill of Oktoberfest beer, wine or soft drinks. Need an opportunity to get up and move after all that rich food? You're in luck because members of the Edelweiss Club will teach the steps to traditional folk dances with music by The Edelweiss Band.

Noon to 5 p.m., adults, $6; IBG members and children (4-12), $4. 2355 N. Penitentiary Rd., 208-343-8649, IdahoBotanicalGarden.org.

Doggone Mile

On this day, canines and humans are on their best behavior as they intermingle for the Idaho Humane Society's 15th Annual See Spot Walk. Dogs take their owners on a one-mile walk through downtown Boise, beginning at the park entrance, and end up at the Gene Harris Bandshell at Julia Davis Park. There will be food, contests and fun for all Fidos and the people on the other end of the leash. The preregistration fee is tax-deductible and benefits the 15,000 animals the Idaho Humane Society helps every year. The entry fee also includes a long-sleeved T-shirt designed by local artist Keri Lyn, a proud friend of many different rescue groups. Lyn's pet-oriented artwork, with its colorful and cheery presentation, was used as the logo for 2007 event.

10 a.m., $15-$20 ($25 day of registration), Julia Davis Park Gene Harris Bandshell, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-342-3508, www.idahohumanesociety.com/seespotwalk2007.html

Ripe for the Picking

Friends and family can partake in the bounty of Idaho's fall harvest with food, wine and music at the Seventh Annual Taste of Harvest at Albertson College. Sample items from many of Idaho's premium vineyards, caterers and growers. Entertainment will be provided by The Rockin' Hippies, The Taiko Drummers, The Traditional Mexican Dancers and Sudha's Indian Classical Dance Group. Canyon County's harvest depends largely on the contributions of migrant workers, and all proceeds from the event will benefit a scholarship fund for children of migrant laborers.

1-5 p.m., $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and $5 for children under 12. Albertson College of Idaho, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell.

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