What’s Your Style?

As September comes and the change of weather approaches, so 
 comes one of the essential issues of the season: the fashion issue. Fashion: a—a prevailing custom, usage or style; b (1)—the prevailing style (as in dress) during a particular time; (2)—a garment in such a style.

Fourth Annual Kids in Motion Health and Fitness Fair

Molina Medicaid Solutions organized a special day for more than 150 local children as part of its fourth annual Kids in Motion Health and Fitness Fair. The event benefited the Boys & Girls Club of Ada County to teach kids about the benefits of good nutrition and physical fitness.

Idaho Foodbank

The Idaho Foodbank teamed up with the Boise Police Department as well as athletes from the Boise State football team. The Foodbank 
distributed free lunches through its Picnic in the Park program in Boise and Garden City to children who are in need. Photos by Mike Sharp.

Apple Tart Topped with 
Salted Caramel Ice-Cream

Heat oven to 400º F. Mix 1/2 cup sugar and the flour in large bowl. Stir in apples. The sugar-flour mixture 
 will not all stick to the apples; that’s OK.

September 2017 Around Town

Following statewide voting from association members, Boise teacher Kari Overall has been elected president of the Idaho Education Association. Her three-year term began in August. Overall teaches United States history at South Junior High School in Boise and has a substantial track record of leadership in the IEA. She succeeds Penni Cyr, who is retiring following six years as IEA…

Worthy Reads

Don't let the title fool you—this is not a romance novel. If you're familiar with the author at all, you'll know it's a crime thriller with a paranormal twist. My mom recommended this book to me, and I have to admit that after finishing The Lovers, I hurried over to my local library to see what other John Connolly books…

Boise’s Fashion Finds

When you’re sitting at your desk at work staring out the window, all you can think about is that trail you’re going to bike on after work, the cold mountain lake you’ll want to jump into or the hills you’re going to hike with your dog. Luckily, the experts who work in Boise’s fashion scene understand this lifestyle and carry…

Soar like an Eagle at the Eagle/Ada Sports Complex

The Eagle/Ada Sports Complex has grown from its dusty origins as a dry patch of sagebrush and cheatgrass east of Eagle to one of the most vibrant, unique parks in the Treasure Valley. The park’s calling card is its bike facilities, but it’s also a hangout for skaters, hikers, trail runners, dog walkers and a hardy bunch of roller derby…

Elegance, Ambiance and, Oh My, the Food!

Fine dining isn’t just a destination; it’s an experience. It doesn’t matter if it’s New York, Paris or anywhere else in the world, you know when you’ve found it. And for the past 10 years, that singular experience has been delighting diners right here in Boise at Chandlers.

10th Anniversary for Chandlers Steakhouse

The 10th-anniversary celebration event for Chandlers Steakhouse, which included a ribbon-cutting and grand reopening, was held at the restaurant at Ninth and Grove streets. More than 200 people attended the event, and a $15,000 donation was made to the Women’s and Children’s Alliance, a Boise-based nonprofit.

Idaho Humane Society

Twelve dogs arrived safely in the Treasure Valley after they were rescued by Humane Society International from dismal conditions at a backyard breeding operation for the dog meat trade in South Korea. The Idaho Humane Society, based in Boise, took over care of the dogs and handled adoptions.

August 2017 Around Town

Boise Mayor David Bieter awarded Paul J. Schneider the Key to the City, the highest honor the city can bestow upon a resident, for his 50-year broadcasting career in Boise. Bieter presented the award live on the air during the mayor’s regular monthly interview on “Idaho’s First Morning News,” the show Schneider hosts on 670 KBOI. The mayor also proclaimed…

Back to School!

As the summer starts to wind down and schools are starting back up, we can’t help but notice that fall is right around the corner. This is my favorite time of year. It was almost exactly one year ago at this time that my oldest son and I hiked Mount Borah, the highest mountain peak in Idaho at 12,662 feet.…

Shear Madness! Barbershop

It’s true—barbershops might seem a little anachronistic in our age of super speedy, uber-techno conveniences. After all, we’re of such a busy, stressful mindset, we, the American public, have demanded that the multitude of hair-cutting chains follow suit to keep up with the insatiable need of our get in/get out lifestyle.

Influential Teachers

The job of a teacher is a special one and, though you’ve probably had that one teacher in your life you’ll never forget, there are so many teachers inspiring their students every day. The great teachers stand out because they can introduce that one novel to a student that could be the catalyst to becoming the next Stephen King, can…

Worthy Reads

I LOVED this book. It catches you from the very beginning and holds you until the last page. It's a light read, perfect for summer, with all the necessary ingredients: good writing, good plot and lots of good humor. Annie and Sarah are best friends. Sarah is the beautiful, rich, barren one and Annie is the frumpy stay-at-home mom of…

Strawberry Spinach Salad

This delicious salad is my go-to side item for any summer potluck or barbecue. Every time I serve it, someone asks for the recipe. I’m happy to share it, and always mention that if you are short on time, buy candied cashews and wonton salad toppers. You can skip to step 3, but the homemade strawberry dressing is worth the…

Take Me to the River, Float Me on the Water

Summer heat is here, and many Treasure Valley residents look for some respite by heading to the mountains or hitting the water. Fortunately, the Boise River runs through much of the Treasure Valley, and there are other rivers nearby that give you a place to cool off, splash through a rapid, catch a trout or watch golden eagles soaring in…

Keeping it Real

The annual roundup of lunches featuring a parade of cartoon characters and woodland creatures can be a little overwhelming. I am overcome with both their cuteness and the feeling that I am failing as a parent because, as Sweet Brown says, “Ain't nobody got time for that.” If this is something you too have felt, let me stop you right…

Local Music Venues

During the summer months, this little high-desert haven offers a spectacular spot to enjoy an evening with your favorite band. Family friendly, easily accessible and with lots and lots of room to stretch your legs, the Idaho Botanical Gardens provides a memorable concert-going experience. The expansive lawn of Outlaw Field begs for the summer repertoire of folding lawn chairs, blankets…

Summer Fun and Adventure

My family wanted hamburgers tonight, so I dusted off the outdoor grill and fired it up for the first time this year. Just as I was finishing up, I was hit with a sudden burst of wind, followed by rain. I could feel the cold burst of air rushing by and it reminded me of the weeks preceding Halloween, sharp…

Grand Opening of Boise WaterShed River Campus

Boise Mayor David Bieter was joined by the city council, participating artists and community partners in celebrating the grand opening of the newly completed Boise WaterShed River Campus. The 2-acre complex is being recognized as the largest concentration of public art in Idaho. Photos courtesy of the city of Boise.

July 2017 Around Town

The Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho announced Tom Laws, associate planner—bicycle and pedestrian, has received the American Trails 2017 Outstanding Trail Leader Award for Idaho, presented by American Trails. This award honors one individual per state each year. Laws received the award at the International Trails Symposium in Dayton, Ohio.

Man and Women of the Year Campaign

After 10 weeks of fundraising, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Idaho and Montana Branch commemorated the Man and Woman of the Year campaign with a grand finale celebration. This year’s winners were Shaun Buck and Heather Harrington.

Take Me Out to the Lost and Found

Staring at the clock, I counted down the seconds until school was out. The last click, the bell would ring, and the boundaries would melt away. Summer had arrived. Gone were divisions by age or subject. No more recess that always felt a little too short. No more shoes! I could spend my time relaxing, casual in a swimsuit and…

Sometimes Angels Wear Badges

Last September, a call came into the Garden City, Idaho, police dispatch of a structure fire in the vicinity of 52nd and Remington streets. Detective James O’Gorman and Officer Danny Pierce were the first responders on the scene. The front of the trailer was already engulfed in flames when the officers heard screams emanating from the inside. Jaime Randall, who…

Tantalizing Food Trucks

There’s something special about a chef on a food truck. When Kevin McIntosh decided to give up truck driving, he knew he liked food and wanted to cook for people, but he also loved interacting with the people enjoying his food. That’s why operating a food truck was a perfect fit for him.

Summer Bucket List

Things to do this Season in Boise

July 2017 Driver’s Notebook

BMW does not disappoint in releasing the 2017 X3 xDrive35i, a Sport Activity Vehicle (SAV) with potential for a family road trip or track day. With four different drive modes, the ease of moving from city to mountains is seamless. The default comfort mode relaxes the throttle for everyday driving. For those eco-friendly drivers, the Eco-pro mode is, even more,…

Worthy Reads

A Man Called Ove is a heartwarming read about a grumpy, crotchety, mean old man whom you instantly create a soft spot for in your heart; despite how much he loathes people who don't drive Saabs. This funny, thoughtful and endearing story follows a man named Ove (pronounced Oo-vah) who believes there is nothing worthwhile about life since the passing…

Watermelon Cooler

Watermelon is the iconic summer fruit. If you love watermelon and want to try something new, this refreshing watermelon cooler is quick and tasty. You can also freeze this recipe in ice cube trays to add a flavor burst to your other summer beverages.

Bogus Basin Blooms with Summer Recreation

Summer is a beautiful time in the Treasure Valley with its long, sunny days and variety of outdoor pursuits, but it can also get blazing hot. Many people flock to rivers and reservoirs to cool off, and others head up in elevation.

We All Scream for Ice Cream

Boise's sweetest spots for cold treats

June 2017 Lifestyle Letter

My wife Julie and I have been married for 22 years now. We have six sons, ranging in age from 19 down to 2. We have our hands full and spare time doesn’t really exist anymore. Despite that lack of time, I’ve always achieved more around the house in May and June than any other time of the year. June…

The Women and Children’s Alliance

The Women’s and Children’s Alliance honored 51 women at its 24th Annual Tribute to Women and Industry Luncheon at the Boise Centre. Along with honoring the nominees, Luci McDonald received the 2017 Joyce Stein Award for her efforts in the advancement of women in the Treasure Valley.

STEM Day

A group of about 70 students from Sage Valley Middle School attended STEM Day at the University of Idaho Boise. 
The students belong to the school's AVID program, a college readiness program designed to help students prepare for 
and succeed at colleges and universities.

June 2017 Around Town

The Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce announced Boise State University President Bob Kustra is the 2017 recipient of the chamber’s Hall of Fame Award. Kustra was selected for the award for his contributions to the betterment of the chamber and support of its mission to advocate for a vibrant economy and outstanding quality of life.

Upgrading and Updating Your Home

Kitchens are no longer isolated rooms and are now considered the hub of a home. Having an open floor plan kitchen with easy access to the family room or dining room will make it more of a functional and appealing space.

Porsche Macan

Porsche is a brand that is synonymous with class, style and desirability. Throughout its automotive history, this trendsetting sports car has outdriven its competition and continues to set the bar for excellence. You might be hard-pressed to find another car that epitomizes a unique pairing of sex appeal and raw power. Porsches have graced the silver screen, been immortalized in…

Mrs. Ronneburg’s Cinnamon Rolls

The heavenly smell of baking cinnamon rolls makes a house feel like a home. When my friend Nancy Ronneburg shared this quick and easy cinnamon roll recipe with me, I was delighted. When other aspects of my house make me want to run and hide, in under 45 minutes, I can have a delicious treat for my family and a…

Sprawling Estate in Eagle

Call me a romantic, but I've always thought the city of Eagle was a bit whimsical and just a touch outside of reality. The sprawl of the town, it's reputation, the lifestyle it represents—all of these things contribute to an ideal location and way of life for many people, including myself.

Homestead Bar and Grill

Success in the restaurant biz can be a tough equation to figure out. The ingredients for a thriving business rely on a combination of differing factors: location, sweat equity, hardworking staff and, above all, a variety of great food!

Toys Donated by the Idaho Artistry in Wood Association

Hundreds of toys made by members of the Idaho Artistry in Wood Association were donated to the El Korah Shrine in Boise for distribution to hospitalized children in the intermountain region. The presentation took place at the Wyndham Garden Boise Airport Hotel.

May 2017 Around Town

Jean Henscheid was named interim director of the University of Idaho’s James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research, based in Boise. Her appointment follows the retirement of Priscilla Salant, who has served as the director since 2014.

Showstopper!

In 1592, Shakespeare achieved his first masterpiece on stage with Richard III. The Tempest, Shakespeare’s last completed play, was performed in 1611. 1720 marks the year the symphony began to develop as a musical form, deriving from the overtures of operas. In 1763, 7-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart began a three-year concert tour of Europe. The ballet Swan Lake premiered at…

Idaho Day

With the theme "Idaho the Beautiful," residents, legislators and schoolchildren celebrated Idaho Day with special programs and music March 3 at the Idaho Statehouse in Boise. Idaho Day commemorates the day in 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln made Idaho a territory.

Captured by Color

As a former makeup artist for 30 years, I simply adore color. Years before obtaining real training, in my eager-to-look-grown-up-in-high-school years, I used practically every shade on my face—at one time. Clowns came to me for tips.

The All New BMW 5 Series

As a nation that values freedom, especially seeking adventure upon the open road, summer days were custom made to embrace such opportunities. So, why not upgrade your driving experience with a new set of wheels? The all-new BMW 5 series is all about the user experience, incorporating the latest technology with the fully integrated iDrive 6.0 system. Imagine taking the…

Aunt Dru’s Old Fashioned Banana Bread with a Twist

One of the smells that remind me of my home is my Aunt Dru's banana bread. I make this when I want to bring back memories of my childhood, and I am sure it will for you as well.

Performing Arts in Boise

Though Boise is tucked into the mountains and may be most known for fly-fishing, trail hiking or amazing ski slopes just a short drive away, the secret is quickly coming out that it is also a well-curated cultural hub. People of a community are brought together by the arts, and it offers one of the biggest reasons why people don’t…