What Are You Working on with Hammer & Stain

Hammer & Stain owner Jennifer Braaskma tells us about her business hosting public workshops that teach you how to use paint and stain to transform your unfinished wood project into a custom-designed piece of art.

A Date with the Arts

 So Much Fun!  -  Rent bikes downtown (weather permitting). $5/hr, Boise.GreenBike.com. Ride to Boise Art Glass (1124 W. Front St.) for a one-hour glass blowing class, schedule online, $80/2 people, check Groupon. Finished? Ride, walk or drive to Fork (199 N. Eighth St.) for dinner.

Art for All

1. Vox Poplar, Library! at Bown Crossing, 2153 E. Riverwalk Drive

February 2019 Around Town

Boise Native Gives Ship Tour During Fleet Week Boatswain’s Mate Second Class Thomas Oloughlin, from Boise, talked to students on a ship tour aboard amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry during San Diego Fleet Week 2018. SDFW is an opportunity for the American public to meet their Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard teams … Continued

Andrus Center for Public Policy’s Women and Leadership Conference

The Andrus Center for Public Policy welcomed a sold-out crowd of 920 women and men to its sixth annual Women and Leadership Conference. The conference highlights women leaders across a variety of backgrounds to emphasize the importance of gender balance within America's leadership ranks and encourages both women and men to foster growth in themselves and … Continued

Curating Creativity 

February—it’s the shortest month of the year, but there’s definitely no shortage of exciting things happening here in Boise.  When thinking of ideas for our Arts + Makers issue, we were inspired by the talented local creatives who beautify our community with their work. Whether it’s local theater performances, the Boise arts scene or handmade … Continued

BSU Broncos Skate with Special Needs Children

The Boise State Broncos hockey club took 15 people with special needs ice skating at the Manchester Ice and Events Centre in McCall. For some, it was their first time on the ice. Special equipment provided by Courageous Kids Climbing was available for those who faced physical challenges.

Inspired by Success

When did you know you were going to have a career in art?

Confessions of an Art Addict

I admit it. I have an addiction. I'm addicted to great art in all genres and from all cultures.

No Sled? No Problem!

Dashing through the snow on a one-horse open sleigh might make a great Christmas carol, but dashing through the snow on a snowmobile is a whole lot more fun. Snowmobiles are amazing pieces of machinery that make snowy places like McCall a vast playground and a great winter getaway.

Lindsay Grantham

 What defining moments set you on your career path?  I enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom for 14 years. However, I always found such joy and fulfillment when I was at the gym, and the fitness environment stretched me, pushed me, challenged me and gave me purpose. I joined Orangetheory Fitness as a Founding Member in January 2016 and instantly knew it…

Drink to Your Health

The juice and smoothie bar at the Boise Co-op uses only the best organic produce (local when in season). Drinks are made to order so you’ll enjoy the ultimate flavor and nutritional value.  When you peruse the menu, you’ll find something for everyone, even the most vegetable-averse picky eaters! Options include smoothies that are thick and often dessert-like. And the juices?…

Bring on New Year

January marks the beginning of not only a new calendar year but also the opportunity for setting personal goals. Perhaps you’ve resolved to exercise more regularly, take up a new hobby or volunteer at the local animal shelter. Whatever your goals may be, we hope the people, places, recipes and tips in this issue will … Continued

This Is How You Vegan

To me, health doesn’t only encompass our dietary or physical habits. It is also defined by the dynamic of our relationships, how we cope with stress or trauma, our thought processes and the way in which we treat the world around us.

The Idaho Orkin Man

Regular pest services are an integral part of a clean and healthy environment. Insects and rodents perpetrate many illnesses and diseases. It’s through pest control that we limit the spread of things like West Nile Virus, foodborne illnesses, Zika virus, plague, hantavirus and others. Controlling ants, mosquitos, cockroaches, mice, bedbugs and other common pests is critical to a healthy lifestyle.

January 2019 Around Town

Ice Ribbon at Indian Creek Plaza Open to the Public Residents in Boise can now make a quick trip to Downtown Caldwell to experience the Ice Ribbon at Indian Creek Plaza. The semi-permanent outdoor ice-skating attraction is the first in Idaho and seventh in the United States. Indian Creek Plaza’s ribbon is one-tenth of a mile … Continued

Gov. Butch Otter Auditorium Dedication

Gov. Butch Otter cuts the ribbon on his namesake auditorium at Idaho's new College of Osteopathic Medicine. ICOM President Dr. Tracy Farnsworth, Dean Dr. Robert Hasty, Student Doctor Jacob Boyd, Professor Dr. Dennis Rau and Professor Dr. Rodney Bates joined the governor and first lady Lori Otter for the ceremony.

New Year, New Success!

The new year fills us with energy to rise to new challenges. We feel inspired to achieve new goals. We resolve to be better. But a few weeks go by, and slowly we drift from our targets. Here are some tried-and-true tips for staying on track with New Year’s resolutions once and for all.

How to Find Your Winter Groove

I grew up on the Oregon Coast where 50 shades of gray described winter, not a tawdry novel. The weather ranged from overcast to misty to monsoon rains and gale-force winds, and if you loved the outdoors, it was a mental test of endurance. 

Live for Today, Prepare for Tomorrow

When and how did you discover you were serious about cycling? 

Wish List

 In the Kitchen with Jackie Kiralla  Why do you enjoy cooking?  Cooking is a combination of science and creativity—what could be more fun? I love both experimenting with new recipes and making tried-and-true family favorites. I also like collecting kitchen gadgets and appliances and putting them to use, sometimes with good results and sometimes not so much. Cooking and sharing…

Inspired by Success

 What defining moments set you on your career path?  After being in the high-tech industry for several years with a part-time janitorial business on the side, the demand for care services from our senior clients emerged to a point that couldn’t be ignored. From there, we allowed the business to change and become who we are today.  What motivates you?

Worthy Reads

Our worthy reads this month are classics. Published before 1923, all these books are public domain and available to download free online or readily available at the public library.

Staying In or Going Out: Sweet Treats for the Holidays

 Blue Ribbon Café & Bakery   515 S. Washington Ave., Emmett  Angelique (Angie) Rose Dauenhauer has been head dessert baker at the Blue Ribbon Bakery & Cafe in Emmett Idaho for the past six years. Angie discovered this recipe for pumpkin whoopie pies four years ago in an old baking book, and they were an instant hit. Big, fat, cake-like cookies are sandwiched with a…

For Auld Lang Syne

As the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun. And time sure has flown by this year as we can’t believe we’ve put together the final issue of Boise Lifestyle in 2018! It seems like just yesterday we were sitting down to write our January letter—talking about new beginnings—and yet, here we are, almost … Continued

Robert Comstock Store Raises Money for Birds of Prey Fund

Boise's Robert Comstock Store hosted the Peregrine Fund and the World Center for Birds of Prey on Aug. 25 and Sept. 15. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from those events was donated to fight conservation problems faced by birds of prey around the world. Visitors fell in love with Oliver, a milky eagle owl; and Bob, a kestrel.  

December 2018 Around Town

Boise’s Tyler Aragon Named Best Steak Master in the Region Tyler Aragon was recently named regional champion of LongHorn Steakhouse’s Steak Master Series, a grilling competition. He is one of 57 team members to achieve this distinction from around the country. Tyler is a Grill Master at LongHorn Steakhouse at 7997 Franklin Road in Boise. LongHornSteakhouse.com … Continued

Four Winter Activities that Won’t Break the Bank

We’re in the middle of the holiday season, and many of us are hosting with a revolving door of family, extended family and other guests. Nothing against Idaho’s favorite winter activities, such as skiing and snowmobiling, but it can be tough to get a bunch of folks outfitted and into those sports if they don’t have the gear and the…

Sparkling Wine Spectacular Gala Benefiting Life’s Kitchen

The annual gala was held on Oct. 12 at the JUMP Center. A delicious tapas buffet was prepared and served by staff and students from Life's Kitchen. Aurora Fisher was selected as the Davis Butler Student of the Year. The award was created in 2011 in memory of Davis, a former program graduate who was loved by … Continued

Winter Wonderland

McCall is an ideal destination for a fun winter vacation. With a wide variety of activities, breathtaking scenery and up to 300 inches of snow per year, McCall is the perfect place to enjoy snow sports and adventures. You may be familiar with the Winter Carnival, Brundage Mountain and Shore Lodge, but there is always something exciting and new to try.  

Deck the Halls

 Modern Farmhouse, designed by Marcia Houston  For this look, pair garlands of frosted cedar with cut birch branches in a bucket, recycled metal candlesticks, birdhouses and a "Merry Christmas" sign, with a burst of big red ornaments for color. Christmas tree cutout pillows made of burlap. All items shown can be purchased at the NEST, 3210 W. Chinden Blvd. #133, Eagle. TheNestBoise.com  Heavenly Wonderland, designed by…

American Red Cross Celebrates New Emergency Response Vehicle

The American Red Cross of Greater Idaho unveiled a new emergency response vehicle during a ceremony at the Ada County Public Safety Building in conjunction with the Ada City-County Emergency Management Executive Council meeting. The design of these new vehicles has been overhauled from the chassis up, making this generation nimbler when encountering difficult terrain … Continued

Thankful

As November rolls around, we’re anxiously awaiting the approach of Thanksgiving, the holiday season and time spent with our loved ones. The winding down of the year always brings about a time of reflection for us—remembering everything we’ve done or accomplished in months past; looking forward to a morning watching the Thanksgiving Day parade or afternoon spent curled … Continued

Give by Number

$10 CAN FEED AND SHELTER ONE PET FOR A WEEK: IDAHO HUMANE SOCIETY

Waterfowl Watching:

The honk of a Canada goose or the quack of a mallard is nearly as common as traffic noise in the Treasure Valley. They’re the spokesmodels for the valley’s abundant waterfowl population, and if waterfowl watching were a bingo game, they would be the free space.

STEM Day Delights Kids at the Western Idaho Fair

KBOI and the Idaho STEM Action Center hosted the third annual STEM Day the opening day of the Western Idaho Fair. The event featured a STEM scavenger hunt for prizes and the technology-packed STEMBusUSA was on site. Kids could build BristleBots, operate robots, construct LEGO creations, explore the world of virtual reality and more. Photos by Otto Kitsinger 

November 2018 Around Town

Scentsy to Raise Money for Charity through New Warmer Each catalog season, Scentsy creates a product specifically to benefit charity. This season, a portion of the sales from Scentsy’s Share Your Heart Mini Warmers will be donated to help fight heart disease and stroke in the U.S. and Canada and to help families in other parts … Continued

Southern-Style Thanksgiving

Growing up in Idaho, I had never had cornbread stuffing. In Idaho, it seems the potatoes are the star side dish, and the stuffing is a sad little side note. Well, that all changed as our family grew and my sister's sister-in-law, Susan Hackney Richeson, started bringing the stuffing to Thanksgiving dinner. Now we all make Susan’s stuffing, and she is…

Inspired by Success

 What defining moments set you on your career path?  My career path launched at a very young age, maybe 10 years old, watching my hero, Jacques Cousteau, explore the undersea world from his ship Calypso. The sense of adventure and discovery I felt then turned to action when, aged 18 years, I drove the length of Africa with a rag-tag bunch of…

Expressions of Gratitude

1. Determine your theme: This is where both personality and availability come into play. Focus on the aspects of Thanksgiving ambiance that appeal to you: Are you drawn to more formal place settings? Do you prefer a more whimsical feel? What are your family dynamics? What are your favorite parts of this season? Family-focused? Food? Sports? Autumn? Color scheme? Choose what is…

Scentsy Rock-a-Thon Raises Raises Record-Breaking $260,568

For 12 hours, more than 1,300 volunteers kept 70 rocking chairs going nonstop to raise funds for the Women’s and Children’s Alliance. Scentsy owners Heidi and Orville Thompson donated a total of $210,000, while $50,568 was donated by everyone at the Rock-a-Thon. Scentsy employees collected 2,635 jars of baby food, 441 baby snacks and 183 cans of formula.

Cookbooks Worth Owning

Today, most home cooks looking for a recipe turn to Google or Pinterest. Cookbooks must offer more than recipes alone. They must be beautiful, entertaining, clever and of course be packed with amazing recipes. We recommend these cookbooks as being well worth purchasing and each a worthy read.

What Chefs Eat

Treasure Valley is home to some world-class, award-winning chefs. This month we are getting to know three of them a little better. Take a look at what they like to do when they are away from their restaurants and what they make and eat at home. 

Introducing Warm Springs Village

Warm Springs Village is a great new neighborhood in East Boise offering low-maintenance carriage lane homes as well as traditional-style homes with backyards backing up to the foothills and common area. These homes will be built by Blackrock Homes and will include single-level plans and plans with main-level master suites. Residents who live here will benefit from three key elements: location, amenities and lifestyle. …

The Cadillac XT5

The XT5 is Cadillac’s all-new third-generation, renamed and redesigned SRX crossover boasting a new lighter chassis and revised 3.6-liter V-6 providing 310 hp at your disposal. It features a new Electronic Precision Shift, eight-speed automatic transmission with front- and all-wheel drive availability. The XT5 provides tailored comfort for 5 passengers and offers 63 cubic feet and maximum cargo capacity.

Food Glorious Food!

I’ve really enjoyed putting our October “Food” issue together and completing all necessary “homework” in researching and exploring many of the food related features we are sharing this month.  Unfortunately, I’ve also gained a few pounds in the process. It was a sacrifice I was willing to make. A few weeks ago, Julie asked if … Continued

Inspired by Success

 What defining moments set you on your career path?   I believe that it's always about timing and being prepared to see the path. People are often presented with an opportunity, but if they are not prepared, they will not see it.    I was in college working for a nationwide retail company, and I was given the opportunity to start a retail management…

Eat This!

Having relocated to Boise from Portland where Jonni Armani and Shelly West ran FoodPDX.com, they recently started FoodBOISE.com, an immersive online destination for everything food in the Greater Boise Area and all of Idaho. With their focus on the burgeoning food scene in Idaho, Jonni and Shelly are excited to dig in—whether it’s fresh off the farm or locally distilled,…

October 2018 Around Town

RideOut Technologies Builds Comfortable Bicycle Seats Located in Boise, RideOutTech.com builds and sells truly comfortable bike seats. Jeri Rutherford, the creator of RideOut, says she’s a lifetime bike rider and an atypical inventor. She designed the seats after she turned 40. “Although a lifetime rider, it seemed I couldn’t go over 5 miles without hurting … Continued

ICOM Welcomes Students, Opens for First Semester

The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, Idaho's first medical school, welcomed visitors and students alike as it readied for its first semester. The college aims to educate osteopathic medical students using the most current research in clinical and biomedical sciences and recruit those who are committed to serving in areas throughout Idaho, the region and … Continued