BW Picks

Natural Highs • Tour de Fat at ann Morrison Park • Sweet Deal • House of 10,000 Flowers • Don't Squish the Bugs • Dam Party • Bad A.S.S. Band Name

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22 Friday – 23 Saturday

Natural Highs

Bliss out with music, psychic readings and demonstrations at the Bliss Unity Healing Fair, where supreme good feelings and a sense of well-being are doled out to the masses. On the agenda: healers, energy and body workers, gifts of the spirit, beer and libations, free classes, food and a play area with bouncy castles for children. Music by Rebecca Scott, BlazenKelly and The Naughties and others keeps the physical body moving while the subconscious absorbs all the good vibrations.

Friday noon-8:30 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 6200 N. Garrett, Garden City, wingsowater.com.

23 Saturday

Tour de Fat at ann Morrison Park

Get the full story on page 36 of this week's Boise Weekly, but here's the important part: This year's Tour de Fat is at Ann Morrison Park for the first time. Register for the bike parade at 9 a.m. The parade starts at 10 a.m. and that party rages all day.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Ann Morrison Park, 100 Americana Blvd., Boise, tour-de-fat.com.

Sweet Deal

Powell's Sweet Shoppe hosts its Sweet Summer Dreams Art Walk benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Idaho this Saturday. Grab coffee and a danish at 9 a.m., and then watch art being created on site. Attend a cooking demonstration by chef Jon Mortimer and purchase fruits, vegetables and flowers at Powell's Farmers Market, where artisans will sell unique jewelry designs. A row of hot rods from the era introduces the '50s-themed Candy Dance from 6-9 p.m. People are encouraged to go decked out in style. Donations accepted for admittance.

9 a.m.-4 p.m., FREE, Powell's Sweet Shoppe, 3064 S. Bown Way, Boise, 208-208-424-6099.

House of 10,000 Flowers

The eighth annual Festival of India marks the 22nd anniversary of the Boise Hare Krishna Temple. Experience the festivities with food, entertainment and activities lasting well into the night. Following an age-old custom of decorating the altar, congregation members spend more than 1,000 hours stringing flower garlands creating the House of 10,000 Flowers. The children dress up in traditional Indian clothing such as colorful saris and dhotis, and guests can enjoy 108 dishes prepared for a grand vegetarian dinner served throughout the evening beginning at 7:15 p.m.

6:45 p.m., FREE, Hare Krishna Temple and Vedic Cultural Center of Boise, 1615 Martha St., Boise, 208-344-4274 or visit boisetemple.org.

Don't Squish the Bugs

Idaho Botanical Garden dedicates an entire day to bugs this Saturday. Activities like "Ask an Entomologist" allow participants to bring in a bug for identification, catch live bugs during an insect safari and play a rousing game of bug bingo. Children can compete in the Insect Olympics, comparing their abilities to those of insects, and get a "Certificate of Bugology." Hop-Dogs (ha-ha) will be for sale and delicious Bug Juice will be served throughout the event.

9 a.m.-3 p.m., $6 adults; $4 IBG members and children (4-12), Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Rd., 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.

Dam Party

Trout Unlimited, Sierra Club and the U.S. Forest Service along with volunteers will create small dam breaks so the Kokanee salmon can swim through Mores and Grimes creeks. After catching a glimpse of the bright orange fish, volunteers are rewarded with a catered barbecue at 6 p.m. at the Hayfork campground. Participants can stay overnight for free. Meet at the Historical Society Building in front of the Idaho Botanical Gardens and carpool to the location. The group gathers at the Granite Creek Recreational Center three miles above Idaho City on Highway 21 to receive details. Space is limited. RSVP by e-mail at pelkovich@tu.org or call 208-938-1110, Ext. 14.

10:30 a.m., FREE, idaho.sierraclub.org/ middlesnake.

27 Wednesday

Bad A.S.S. Band Name

After a two-week stint at New York City's Barrow Street Theater where they performed a stage show titled "What? And Give Up Show Business?" the Asylum Street Spankers have committed to playing a couple of gigs in Boise. The group appears on stage at Alive After Five and then at Neurolux on Thursday, Aug. 28, at 8:30 p.m. The eight-person band out of Austin, Texas, uses an arsenal of instruments to entertain including washboards, harmonicas, clarinets and upright bass.

5 p.m., FREE, Grove Plaza, asylumstreetspankers.com.