August 2015 Around Town

Discovery Center of Idaho Opens New 

After a record-setting year of growth, the Discovery Center of Idaho recently unveiled its newest exhibition, FIZZYOLOGY: The Science Behind Bubbles, presented by the Micron Foundation. This will be the science center’s second consecutive exhibition designed and produced in-house.

FIZZYOLOGY, a hands-on exploration of the science behind bubbles and how and why they appear in everyday life, will run through November 2015. Marquee exhibits include a giant bubble ring patrons can get inside, a bubble geyser, a bubble heartbeat tank, a toddler area, and an activity station where visitors can perform bubble experiments. The exhibition features more than 10 interactive exhibits overall.

“FIZZYOLOGY is the perfect way to enjoy summer and beat the heat,” says Discovery Center Exhibits Director Eric Miller. “Adults will love the science behind the exhibits, and what kid doesn’t love bubbles? It’s a win-win for every member of the family.”

Andy Grammer Headlining Baldapalooza 2015

Grammer will headline the 3rd annual family friendly music festival Baldapalooza to raise money to help Idaho’s children who are battling cancer. The event will be held at the campus of Scentsy’s headquarters in Meridian. Local acts will also be featured including the Runaway Hamsters.

The festival is once again joining forces with Camp Rainbow Gold. Last year, Camp Rainbow Gold sent more than 200 Idahoans to camp, but these aren’t typical camps. At Camp Rainbow Gold there is a fully functioning “Med Shack” where oncology kids receive chemotherapy and other complicated treatments during their stay. See the Lifestyle Calendar on page 30 for more information.

Local Professional Guitarist Giving Away One Month Free Guitar Lessons

Esteban Anastasio, M.M.  believes that learning music is not only fun but teaches children and adults how to be successful. Esteban’s job is to motivate, inspire, lead, encourage, train and coach his students to be successful guitar players. Discipline, persistence, and goal achievement are fundamental concepts in learning music.

As a professional guitarist and educator Esteban has taught more than 10,000 guitar lessons to all ages of students. He has taught at major universities and has been a professional guitar educator for more than 10 years, specializing in classical, flamenco, and modern electric guitar. Esteban performs with local bands Afrosonics and Tambalka. For more information about how to get enrolled in free guitar lessons with Esteban call 208.252.5636 or visit

Curt Aspey, Proven Leader and Builder, Returns to Boise State Athletics

Boise State University recently announced that Curt Apsey has been named the university’s new athletic director.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be home,” Apsey says. “Looking at the high level of performance across all sports on the field and in the classroom, it is clear that Boise State Athletics has never had a more promising future. I look forward to working with our coaches, student-athletes, athletics leadership team and the university in continuing to build one of the most admired programs in the country.”

“Curt is one of the main reasons Boise State University has achieved the incredible athletics success it has enjoyed for more than a decade,” Boise State University President Bob Kustra says. “He understands how we got to where we are today, and knows where this university needs to go in the future. I know that our coaches, players, fans and supporters will be as glad as I am that he is back.”

Local Fundraiser Raises Big Bucks

The 12th Annual Western States CAT/Idaho Ronald McDonald House® Sporting Clays Tournament was very successful and raised more than $60,000.

The weather was perfect. A total of 295 shooters take part in the tournament. The proceeds from this event will help ensure that the House remains a welcoming and comfortable “home away from home” for the more than 550 families that stay there each year.

Diamond Girls Open Store at New Location

The Diamond Girls recently moved into their new location on the corner of 11th and Grove. With more than 20 years of combined experience, Natalie and Lisa are experts on all things diamond. Please note that these local diamond brokers work by appointment only. They welcome you to call and set up an appointment to visit them at their new location.

“We are very low key, and try to make everyone feel completely comfortable in the buying experience,” says Natalie. “We are not high pressure sales people at all and are always looking out for the needs of our clients.” Each purchase is tailored to the budget and style of the client. For more information visit or call 208.853.6670.

Boise Arts Earn City Best Place to Retire Honors

Money magazine recently released an annual “Best Places to Retire” list, and Boise tops the list as The Arts winner. According to Money there are 17 museums withing 30 miles.

“Celebrated for its natural wonders, Boise is also rich in culture, including the annual outdoor Shakespeare festival, the art deco Boise Art Museum, the Boise Philharmonic, Ballet Idaho and Opera Idaho. Despite a booming economy, Boise has also maintained a low cost of living and median-priced homes for $184,500.”

Saint Alphonsus Receives Honors

Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its knee replacement, hip replacement and palliative care programs by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety. The certification award recognizes Saint Alphonsus’ dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center underwent a rigorous on-site review in April and May of 2015. A Joint Commission expert evaluated Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

“I’m so proud to be part of a team that makes significant investments in quality on a day-to-day basis,” says Dr. Richard Moore, orthopedic surgeon. “The Joint Commission’s award in hip and knee replacements is a well-deserved recognition for the hard work of our physicians, medical staff and support staff.”