Rock the Block and Recycled Art • Dance to the Jazz • No Naked Dogs Allowed • A Place to Belong • One Fine Weekend 

4 thursday – 5 friday

Rock the Block and Recycled Art

September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month and joining in the celebration of sobriety is the 2008 Rock 'N' Recovery Block Party, which takes over the Linen District on First Thursday. The alcohol- and drug-free event features live music, entertainment, resource booths, food, fire dancing and face painting.

Running in conjunction with the block party is the second annual Recycled Art Show, a fundraiser for Supportive Housing and Innovative Partnership. The public can take a look at the creative pieces of art constructed from found and recycled materials during the artist's reception from 4-9 p.m. on First Thursday, and then from noon-5 p.m. on Friday. The silent auction wraps up during the gala fund-raising event Friday, Sept. 5, from 7-10 p.m. Be present and accounted for during the service awards ceremony honoring people in the green and therapeutic communities, and enjoy a coffee and dessert bar. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple and are available at the Second Chance Building Materials Center, 1423 W. Grove St.

4-10 p.m., FREE, Linen District, 14th and Grove, shipinc.org.

5 Friday

Dance to the Jazz

Shake it right into fall with the funky sounds of Garaj Mahal and Boise's own Onomatopoeia, the featured acts for this year's Jazz on the Grove. The free concert is a signature event of Fall for Boise.

Winners of a 2007 Independent Music Award, Garaj Mahal is a tight-knit group performing music described as jazz-style improvisation, mystical Middle-Eastern atmospheres and danceable American funk. The members are guitar and sitar virtuoso Fareed Haque, bass master and educator Kai Eckhardt, gospel-inspired funky jazz keyboardist Eric Levy and natural-born drummer Alan Hertz. Grab a chair in the open seating and enjoy food, refreshments, beer and wine available for purchase from local restaurant booths.

5-10 p.m., FREE, The Grove Plaza, fallforboise.org.

6 saturday

No Naked Dogs Allowed

This Saturday, the Natatorium swimming pool will be loaded with dogs enjoying a last summer splash. Beginning at noon, and then every hour on the hour, a maximum of 50 pooches per session are welcome to paddle across the water retrieving small pool and chew toys under the watchful eyes of their owners. As with any good pool party, there are some rules to keep everyone safe. No humans allowed in the pool. Dogs must be brought into and out of the facility on a leash, but once inside, the leash comes off and the party is on.

Other restrictions are just good common sense. Handlers must be at least 18 years old or accompanied by an adult; there's a two-dog-per-handler limit; no aggressive dogs or dogs in heat allowed; owners are asked to pick up all droppings and to make sure Fido is current on all vaccinations. Lastly, no skinny dipping—collars must be left on while in the pool. Although the event is free, donations are gladly accepted with proceeds benefitting the Idaho Humane Society.

Noon-5 p.m., FREE, The Natatorium, 1181 Warm Springs Ave., dog owners need to sign a waiver available online at cityofboise.org/parks, then click on "Pools."

A Place to Belong

"Walk me home ... to the place I belong" is a fundraiser walk for the Idaho Foster and Adoptive Parent Association and is a 5K (3.1 mile) walk around Ann Morrison Park. Monies raised help support foster children and foster parents, as well as fund programs. This event is the first of its kind in Idaho, and more than 20 states are participating in similar fundraisers this year. After the walk, members of the Idaho Foster and Adoptive Parent Association will be on hand to answer questions and share information about foster opportunities.

Register online for the event or make a pledge of support online and do a virtual walk on your own time. You can also sponsor an individual walker or a team. With a minimum pledge of $30, participants receive a "Walk Me Home" T-shirt to wear, showing they care about making a difference in the lives of more than half a million foster children and foster parents.

9 a.m., $30, Ann Morrison Park, Americana Blvd., Boise, walkmehome.org.

5 Friday – 7 Sunday

One Fine Weekend

At the 54th annual Art in the Park more than 250 artists display jewelry, pottery, textiles and everything in between. Receipts from art purchases enter shoppers into a raffle for round-trip Southwest Air tickets, and purchasing a $5 sticker showing support for BAM gives supporters the chance to roll off on a new "Buddy" scooter. Enjoy Jazz in the garden with music by the Otni Trio from 5-10 p.m. on Saturday, plus receive free admission to BAM all weekend. Get a complete guide to Art in the Park in this issue of Boise Weekly.

Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Julia Davis Park, 670 Julia Davis Dr., boiseartmuseum.org.

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