Thursday, September 25, 2014

Need Something To Do Thursday?

Posted By on Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 6:00 AM

We don't want to nag but if you're fond of fillies, you should already have plans to check out the Sport Horse National Arabian Championship Horse Show happening at the Ford Idaho Center Horse Park through Saturday, Sept. 27.

High-caliber athletes—both human and equine—compete in dressage, hunter/jumper, pleasure carriage driving, in-hand and more. So stop horsing around and go see some of the best broncs in the business.

Sept. 24-27, 8 a.m.-10 p.m., FREE, Ford Idaho Center Horse Park, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa 208-442-3335,
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Friday, September 19, 2014

Third Annual B'Arc and Brew Craft Beer Fest Benefits Disabled

Posted By on Fri, Sep 19, 2014 at 7:32 AM

A lot of job training and skills can be learned from something as simple as making dog biscuits. The Arc Idaho launched B'Arc, a business that produces dog biscuits, to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities gain job skills.

Those working for B'Arc "hand-make the dog bones, use a dough sheeter machine, hand-cut, package and label the products," said Nicole Lang, Program and Development Director of The Arc Idaho. "They are an amazing part of the marketing and selling, too. They go to businesses to see if we can sell the bones out of the shop."

After working at B'Arc, Lang said individuals can take those skills into the community, and transfer them into other jobs.

The Arc wants to expand the B'Arc program—which needs a new dehydrator—so it's teaming up with seven breweries for the third annual B'Arc and Brew Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, Sept. 27. The fest will be outside Highlands Hollow Brewhouse and feature beer from them and Payette Brewing, Sockeye Brewing, Boise Brewing, Slanted Rock Brewing, Lagunitas Brewing and Ninkasi Brewing.

Highlands Hollow will provide food, and The Wooly Buggers, Emily Tipton with Kayleigh Jack, and Like a Rocket will provide music, starting at 2 p.m.. 

The festival welcomes dogs, of course, and will have activities just for them like a parade at 1 p.m., followed by a "best dressed" doggie costume contest. A silent auction will include pet-related and beer-related items, and both the Idaho Humane Society and Fuzzy Pawz Rescue will have mobile adoption units set up. 

Lang said last year, the event drew about 150 people but almost didn't happen this year.

"But Highlands Hollow invited us to join their monthly deck party," she said. "So we hope to at least double attendance." 

The event runs from noon to 8 p.m., and costs $15 for a tasting mug and eight beer tickets. All proceeds go toward B'Arc's expansion and a new dehydrator. 

Last year's B'Arc and Brew helped raise money to keep the B'arc bone business operational. - THE ARC IDAHO
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  • Last year's B'Arc and Brew helped raise money to keep the B'arc bone business operational.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Check Out Chipotle's Cannes Award-Winning Ad

Posted By on Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 10:02 AM

At a glance, Chipotle and CAA Marketing's award-winning animated commercial, "The Scarecrow," looks like a refurbished installment of Wallace and Grommit: Its vivid, lo-fi color palate and Little Big World-ish animation style lend it a childish innocence. Set to Fiona Apple's cover of "Pure Imagination" from the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, there's a little Roald Dahl in there, too.

That innocence is almost immediately betrayed by heartbreaking images of farm animal abuse. While the titular scarecrow navigates his depressing, pre-fab world, he peeps behind a slipped slat of siding to find robot crows pumping a chicken full of growth hormones. While repairing a rooftop cow sculpture, he finds dairy cows, eyes pleading for freedom, stuffed inside. 

The commercial ends on a softer note, with the scarecrow discovering the joys of ethically sourced foods and selling them to the delighted denizens of an otherwise ticky-tacky world. 

CAA and Chipotle won two Grand Prix in 2012, and this ad won the same prize in the PR Lions contest June 16, but at 3:23, this is an ad better seen from your tablet or laptop screen than your television.
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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Need Something To Do Sunday?

Posted By on Sat, May 31, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Those inflatable dollar bill machines look enticing upon first glance, but there is something eerie about them. Let's break it down: They hold one person, are seen on college campuses everywhere and the person inside grabs like an idiot at dollar bills blowing in the air in hopes of getting rich quick. Sure, free money is nice, but you'll look like a greedy fool if you get in there. What if you could enter a space and have the glory of nature fly around you?

You'll experience true riches at the opening of Butterflies in Bloom at Zoo Boise. Exotic Costa Rican butterflies will fly around you as you stand in a greenhouse filled with flowers and foliage. If you can think of a better way to spend a spring Sunday, go for it.

9 a.m. FREE-$10. Zoo Boise, 355 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-608-7760, 
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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Need Something To Do Sunday?

Posted By on Sat, Mar 15, 2014 at 6:30 PM

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You love spaghetti and you love animals. You're hungry and you want to support a good cause and better your community. Well, it just so happens SNIP Idaho is hosting an event that's right up your alley. 

At the 'Spay' Ghetti No Balls Spaghetti Feed and Dessert Dash you'll enjoy a meal, as well as live music from Blaze and Kelly and live and silent auctions. Proceeds will benefit SNIP Idaho to help them provide low-cost spay and neutering services for pets. Tickets are available at and H3 Pet Foods. For more info, email or call the number below. 

5 p.m. $40 individual, $300 for a table of eight. Riverside Hotel Ballroom, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-343-1871,
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Friday, March 14, 2014

Need Something To Do Saturday?

Posted By on Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 6:30 PM

The annual Westminster Dog Show is a beloved event—it’s well-attended, and hundreds of thousands watch it on TV. But it’s nothing compared to the millions who watch, re-watch, comment on and make cat videos. The Idaho Cat Fanciers organization knows as well as anyone how popular cats are, and they’re proud to present Idacats 2014, a show featuring “championship, premiership, kittens, household pets and veterans.”

Unlike Westminster, your Fluffy, Whiskers, or Jasper T. Buckleman doesn’t need a lengthy, documented bloodline to be eligible for competition. Just make sure your kitty is at least four months old, is spayed or neutered, and has all of their proper vaccinations. And don’t stray from the Idaho Cat Fanciers’ guidelines (available at, or your cat may not qualify for a win.
You don’t have to enter a cat in the competitions or even adopt one to enjoy this event—all you need is a case of cat-scratch fever.

9 a.m. $6. Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood, 208-888-9934,
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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Need Something To Do Sunday?

Posted By on Sat, Mar 8, 2014 at 6:30 PM

It has been said that dog is man's best friend. They're certainly reliable, always welcoming you when you come home, waiting to hear the clang of little nuggets against their food bowl. Sure, they tear through pillows and shoes once in awhile, but that's a small price to pay for loyal companionship and unlimited snuggles.

Accompany your beloved canine to the Black Dog Walk and socialize with other humans and dogs. Ted Coe will be on hand to provide tunes as well as Bad Behavior/Good Dog to give free training tips. IF lady luck is on your side, you may come away with a prize from the free raffle like goods from H3 Pet Foods or a three day stay at Camp Bow Wow. 

Noon. FREE. Participants meet at The Ram, 709 E. Park Blvd., Boise, 345-2929,
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Monday, March 3, 2014

Mr. Cope’s Cave: Milk Matters?

Posted By on Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Early last week my Cousin Jenny called me. Jenny is probably the kindest-hearted person I know. Sometimes I wish she would harden up some, for her own sake. The trouble with kind hearts is that they are so easily bruised. And when the focus of so much of your kindness is towards animals, as is Jenny’s, it’s hard to avoid going through life with a constant low-grade ache in your soul, knowing what goes on in the world.

Jenny would never consider herself an animal activist. She simply thinks causing animals needless pain, needless abuse and needless slaughter is wrong, indecent and immoral. She has written letters to the editor against fur trapping and she’s volunteered much of her time to the Humane Society. If dressing mutts up for adoption with a bath and a bandanna makes her an “animal activist,” so be it. But I’m pretty sure she just thinks of herself as a 60-something-year-old woman who tries to help in whatever small ways she can.

Last week, she thought it would help to call her legislators and urge them to vote against that vile “ag-gag” bill, and she called me to suggest I do the same. Jenny is fortunate to live in a Boise district represented entirely by Democrats. I don’t think she would mind me telling you this, but she tends to be a tad naive when it comes to politics. I asked her who her district’s legislators are, and when I heard the names, I told her she needn’t worry because I was confident they would vote against it whether she called them or not.

What I didn’t tell her is that I wouldn’t be calling my legislators, not for that ag-gag bill or any other bill I might feel passionately about. I am not so fortunate as Jenny with my representation in the state government. Here in my part of Meridian, I am represented entirely by douches. Stupid, black-hearted, bought-off, Republican douches whom I can trust to always... always... do the wrong thing.

I also didn’t tell Jenny that, no matter how her Democrat reps voted, the ag-gag bill would pass. Though Jenny is a Democrat now, she grew up Republican—not so long ago had two dogs named “Dwight” and “Mamie”—and is still under the illusion that there might be some lingering decency and morality left in the Republican Party.

I know better. I know the stupid, black-hearted, bought-off douches are the majority in the Idaho Legislature, and I know they are bound and determined not to do anything decent or moral, not as long as there are special interests to pander to.

I also knew that after the douches passed the ag-gag bill, it would be signed into law. Governor Hopalong may well be the alpha douche in the state of Idaho. And in his three decades of slopping at the public trough, decency and morality have never been his strong suit. There aren’t enough tortured dairy cows in the entire world for Otter to turn his back on the Farm Bureau crowd.

No, Jenny, as the “Add The Words” people have found and the “No Guns On Campus” people will find (if they haven’t already when this opinion appears), Idaho state government is not the place to go looking for decency and morality. But that’s not to say we all have to roll over in despair. There is something we can do in response to this ag-gag travesty.

Yes, we could work to unseat all the douches in the Legislature, along with the alpha douche who signs their indecent and immoral legislation into law. But that’s going to take a long time, if ever. On the whole, Idaho is a backward, hayseed, ignorant land—perfect breeding grounds for douche politicians—and it’s likely to stay that way into the foreseeable future.

What we can do is be more aware of where our milk comes from. Today. Right now. There are plenty of folks right here in Southern Idaho—small and independent farmers—whose cows produce milk under humane conditions. While there is nothing I can find on milk labels in local stores to say where it’s processed, all you have to do is ask. That's a place to start. And tell them why you’re asking. Let your grocery store of choice know you are a consumer of conscience.

Think about it, neighbors. With so many other non-brutal sources of milk—not to mention potable, lactose-free options like soy, rice and almond milk... even yogurt—there are plenty of ways to get your calcium without it tasting like abuse. 

If you think I have something against dairy farmers, I don’t. Or didn’t until this came up. I grew up on a dairy farm. It was a small operation; all of our girls had names. In cold weather, I warmed my hands on cows’ udders. (FYI: Like dogs, cows love to have their heads rubbed and to be scratched behind the ears.) They are not among God’s brightest creatures, I know that all too well. But they are as sentient as half the people I’ve met. And under any circumstance, they do not deserve this (warning: graphic content):

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Need Something To Do Tuesday?

Posted By on Tue, Feb 4, 2014 at 6:00 AM

When you hear the word "wolverine," it's hard not to think about an X-man wielding adamantium claws against evil enemies in a fight for justice and the good of mankind. However, there are in fact creatures of a different variety that are not superheroes but just as fierce.

Idaho Fish and Game wants to teach you about a wolverine of a different sort. Together with the Idaho Sierra Club, they're hosting an evening dedicated to examining the largest and most secretive of the weasel family. Attend and become part of an elite, nonmutant team that knows key facts about the feisty mammal.

7 p.m. FREE. MK Nature Center, 600 S. Walnut St., Boise, 208-334-2225,

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Need Something To Do Sunday?

Posted By on Sun, Jan 12, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Dogs are unique and beloved creatures. You put up with their slobber, mud-caked paws and the time they ate your Hank Aaron rookie card because they're cuddly, good at catching a Frisbee and a loyal companion. Sadly, many dogs have no permanent home and are stuck in a shelter without any TLC (not the hip-hop trio). 

Spay Neuter Idaho Pets, a.k.a. SNIP, wants to raise awareness for these unclaimed canines and educate the public on how to prevent dogs from being unloved or homeless. Take your dogs to The Ram downtown and embark on a Greenbelt journey for socialization with dogs and people, a raffle, live music and free training tips from Bad Behavior/Good Dog. It's impossible for you to adopt all the dogs at the humane society, but this is something you can do to help. 

Noon. FREE. The Ram, 709 E. Park Blvd.,

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