by Deanna Darr
Last year, we debuted our guide to life, the Treasure Valley and everything. The behemoth was so well received that we decided to do it again.
The 2011-2012 edition of Annual Manual will make its grand entrance on Wednesday, July 27. The glossy magazine will be inserted into that day's edition of Boise Weekly, then it will be available at various locations throughout the valley (including BWHQ) for the next year.
Like last time, we take a closer look at the communities that make up the Treasure Valley, but this time we expand our scope a little more, adding our neighbors to the north, including the Wood River Valley, Garden Valley and Long Valley (we have a lot of valleys in Idaho).
We highlight Boise's growing arts community and offer tips on how to take advantage of that community even on a limited budget. We also look at what the idea of culture means in the City of Trees.
And we dedicate plenty of space to eating and shopping. We tackle both with listings of some of our favorite places to indulge in the culinary scene and do some retail therapy. We also take a closer look at the community garden trend, and offer a photographic tribute to our growing ethnic food options.
We know you need to blow off steam every now and then, so that's why we include a guide to bar games, some of our favorite alcoholic libations, and where you can get your groove on. If hanging out with Mother Nature is more your idea of getting wild, you can learn more about Idaho's national monuments and plan out your year, one race at a time.
Of course, we don't limit our advance planning to the race season. We also include a calendar of major events for the next year.
As an added bonus this year, watch for exclusive online content, including videos and event guides.
Now you won't have any excuse for not taking advantage of what's happening in the Treasure Valley—or any of the surrounding valleys for that matter.