The golden days of autumn.

Autumn is, hands down, my favorite time of the year. It always has been. As a child I loved the fall season because it brought a few of my favorite things, like my birthday and the start of a new school year and new school supplies. I was one of those kids who got more excited about the new pencils…

A Great Garden Escape with The Big Wow Band

A beautiful night in a gorgeous setting with food, libations and dancing at the Idaho Botanical Garden.

14th Annual Tour de Fat Parade

The Tour de Fat is a fundraiser organized yearly by New Belgium Brewery for three Boise cycling advocacy groups: SWIMBA, Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance and Boise Bicycle Project.

October 2015 Around Town

Commercial Home Furnishings is holding its annual Pet Food Drive during the month of October. Bring in a five pound or larger bag of dried dog or cat food to any Home Furnishings location during the month of October and receive a $50 discount off of your purchase of $499 or above.

Idaho Botanical Garden Fall and Winter Preview

Autumn brings cool breezes and scarecrows to the Idaho Botanical Garden located on Old Penitentiary Road. Throughout the garden in October, scarecrows created by local families, schools, artists, community organizations, non-profits and businesses, welcome garden visitors during the 8th annual Scarecrow Stroll presented by Icon Credit Union. Anyone can submit a scarecrow to celebrate the harvest season and everyone can…

The Boise Boom!

Chinden Boulevard has always been known as a place you could find a good watering hole, but drive down it these days and it’s hard not to notice that a change is taking place. Slowly, but surely, local craft wineries and breweries are staking claim to what was once the exclusive domain of bars and nightclubs. It’s testament to a…

The Olympic Hotel Venue

The former Olympic Hotel in the historic Larson Building above Mulligans Pub and Eatery has long been nothing more than a forgotten, dust-collecting, dilapidated storage space—but times are changing. Renamed the Olympic Venue, the former-hotel-turned-special-events-space at 1009 Main Street in downtown Boise opened to the public in mid-June after being closed for years and years.

Medicare Choices and The Affordable Care Act

With 23 years working in the health insurance industry, my experience tells me that we are clearly in an unprecedented time of change. The idea of finding and enrolling in a health insurance plan is a daunting task for most people. With over 60 plans to choose from, where do you begin? Who should I contact? How can I enroll?…


To get on board for a musical journey with Smooth Avenue, visit or find them on Facebook. If you’re a blues fan in Boise, you’ve probably heard Smooth Avenue—the six-piece blues band fronted by vocalist James ‘JT’ Tyler. “People sometimes ask where the name Smooth Avenue comes from,” says Tyler. “A former band member commented that I have a…

Enhancing Natural Beauty

Rebekah Guy M.D. has always had a keen interest in aesthetics and health. Recognizing a need for a medical spa with hands on physician involvement in Boise, Dr. Guy opened Foothills Med Spa in June. Medical spas typically provide products and procedures for treating hyper-pigmentation (sun spots), fine lines, wrinkles, loss of facial volume and other unwanted aging concerns.

October 2015 Driver’s Notebook

After last year’s styling tweaks to the S60, Volvo has given the car a midyear update that includes more technology and in-car connectivity. One example is Volvo On Call, a smartphone app that lets you lock and unlock the car, read the fuel level, odometer, average speed and average fuel consumption remotely. It was most handy on a recent cold…


My adventures in brewing and beer began in the mid 90s. At the time I worked for a small company in Solana Beach, California. A couple guys at work started home brewing, and would bring their beer in to sample on Friday afternoons. I was given a basic home brew kit as a gift, and soon my version of Dr.…