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Bicycle Block Party • Absolutely Drinkable • Heaving Bosoms • Star-Spangled Sousa • Live Free or (Tie) Dye • Clean River

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14 Thursday

Bicycle Block Party

Boise Bike Week continues with a bicycle block party at the Basque Block with all types of bike-related activities, raffles and races. Watch as Northstar Cycle Couriers deliver a series of smack downs to the competition using modified ski poles during a Bike Polo Expo beginning at 6 p.m. Then at 6:30 p.m., the public can sport their free Boise Bike Week T-shirts and get in on the action during a family friendly scavenger hunt race, as well as the annual Boise Bike Week Alley Cat Race at 7 p.m. While the band Low-fi performs, dance on over to an eclectic display of wild rides that were pieced together using random bike parts for the Frankenbike Competition starting at 8 p.m. The public can vote for their favorite Frankenbike and even take a spin on one. Local vendors will sell food and a beer garden is available for the 21-and-older crowd.

6 p.m., FREE, Basque Block, 601 Grove St., boisebikeweek.org.

Absolutely Drinkable

Hop aboard the Martini Trolley for a night of taste-testing your way through downtown Boise. Thursday is the first night for the 2009 Martini Mix-Off judging in which the esteemed judges grab their note pads, clear their palates and prepare to award points. The judges' first stop is Red Feather Lounge at 7 p.m. They'll spend an hour stirring, sipping and socializing, and then it's time to hit the second spot, Bonefish Grill, at 8 p.m. The last stop of the night is Angell's at 9 p.m. For more, turn to Page 59 of this week's Boise Weekly.

15 Friday

Heaving Bosoms

According to Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan, authors of Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches Guide to Romance Novels, the most popular of literary genres has been around a long time for good reason. The real-world heroines are smashing stereotypes, trash talking the haters and touting the value of romance novels. The authors encourage readers to curl up with torrid tales and escape into a world brimming with deep sighs and magnetic attraction. Their debut book includes their take on a number of important issues--such as cliche plots, the power of the "Magic Hoo Hoo and Heroic Wang of Mighty Lovin'" and whether romance novels can be considered porn--at an author event and book signing.

7-9 p.m., FREE, The Rediscovered Bookshop, 7079 Overland Road, Boise, 208-376-4229, rediscoveredbookshop.com.

Star-Spangled Sousa

Boise Philharmonic's season closes with guest conductor Keith Brion portraying the style of "the march king" John Philip Sousa, who conducted sold-out concerts at Boise High School Auditorium in 1927 and 1928. Brion said the modern-day Sousa concerts "exemplify the rollicking beat of a young and vital society." After the American Legion presents the color guard, Brion, along with narrator Carole Whiteleather and Kelly Pekar, soprano, will announce the repertoire from the stage. The program of marches, waltzes and crowd-pleasing patriotic selections includes a tribute to the armed forces.

8:15 p.m., $20-$61, 208-344-7849, boisephilharmonic.org. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise.

15 Friday -- 17 Sunday

Live Free or (Tie) Dye

Join mascots Rufus, the tie-dye dragon and the Elder Princess for a three-day community extravaganza. The 2009 Eagle Island Experience Festival celebrates both local and global sustainability with arts, crafts, music and food plus tons of novelty and educational tools. Every year, the festival harnesses good times into good deeds by donating part of the proceeds to a different nonprofit organization. Climb up on the Soap Box and share your thoughts, pin a message on the Peace Tree or get lost in the Enchanted Forest. Create art from recycled material, dance around the May Pole and get into character at the Costume Castle. On Friday, Jimmy Bivens, Cosmic Family Band and Trippin' hit the stage. On Saturday, hear Bank, Polyphonic Pomegranate, Juntura, Finn Riggins and Built to Spill. On Sunday, Blaze and Kelly, Low-fi, The Quartertons and Denae perform.

Friday, May 15, 4-9:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 16, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Sunday, May 17, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $15 per person for three days, $12 online, $6 per person per day, gruntwerks.net. Eagle Island State Park, 2691 Mace Road, Eagle.

16 Saturday

Clean River

The Boise River Volunteers assist Boise River floaters if they get into trouble on their tubes, and help to keep the river and surroundings pristine. The good deeds continue with a volunteer appreciation party to kick off the clean-up season. Celebrate the beauty of a clean Boise River by gathering a group of friends, scouring the river and then reaping the rewards during a party with free hamburgers and hot dogs, pot-luck-style. Bring a dish or snack and the beverage of your choice (live it up BYOB--alcohol is permitted at the party, but not on the river during the summer months).

Noon-5 p.m., $4 per vehicle park fee, Discovery State Park, 9725 E. Highway 21, Boise, riverhelpers.com, 208-724-8842.