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Wednesday 4

Alive After Five

Summer's officially here, thanks to the annual resurgence of Alive After Five. Music provided by CrashFour (see concert review of CrashFour on page 32) and food by Asiago's. So come one, come all to the first night out for Boise's weekly Wednesday groove, and shake it, eat it, drink it (ID at the gates of course)-but don't forget to pray for sun, because we all remember what a little rain can do.

5 p.m., FREE, 385-7300, www.downtownboise.org.

Thursday 5

Zen Teacher Lecture

For those past the point of mindless Cinco de Mayo partying, try a "mindful" event instead, when Buddhist teacher Eileen Kiera kicks off a three-day mindfulness retreat with a free public lecture. The title of the talk and the retreat is "The Circle of Understanding, Meditation and Action."

"I'll speak about finding a place of rest and peace in the midst of our fast-paced lives," Kiera says. "I offer some concrete practices, based in mindfulness that anyone can use in their daily lives to become more centered, peaceful and present in each moment." An ecologist by training and a vegetable gardener by passion, Kiera has focused for the past 20 years on the practice and support of the Buddha's teachings. Hailing from the mountains east of Bellingham, Washington, at Wild Rose Farm, the rural practice center of the Mountain Lamp Buddhist Community, Kiera is a student of Vietnamese Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh. In 1990 Nhat Hanh acknowledged her as a Dharma teacher (Dharmacharya). She also studied with Robert Aitken Roshi, a Zen master in the Japanese Soto tradition. She has led retreats in the U.S., Europe and Australia.

Kiera recently returned from a pilgrimage to Vietnam with Nhat Hanh, who had been exiled from his native land for nearly 40 years. "I'll be sprinkling all my talks with stories about Nhat Hanh's return to Vietnam," she says.

Kiera's Boise visit is sponsored by Beginner's Mind Sangha, a mindfulness practice community in the tradition of Nhat Hanh.

6:30 p.m., FREE, Nazareth Retreat Center, 4450 N. Five Mile Rd., 336-2128, e-mail billghs272@yahoo.com for retreat information.

Friday 6

Spring Fling

If it's not the end of your college career just yet and you can't throw a silly cap into the air (or if you've already sent one flying or never plan to), you can still celebrate the end of the school year via Boise State's annual Spring Fling festivities.

In its 27th year, there's something slated for everyone at the Julia Davis bandshell with a lineup of musical performers including Reel Big Fish, The Clumsy Lovers, Raining Jane and Enation. Games and activities abound as well as remote control car racing, video making, an inflatable slide, a gyroscope, shooting gallery and an obstacle course. Food and drink vendors will also be nearby the two music stages.

Enation kicks off the day at 12 p.m., followed by Cary Judd at the side stage an hour later, and Kirsty Thirsk outing Enation from the bandshell by 1:30. Anonymous belly dancers apparently take the stage (the side stage) at 4 p.m., the Clumsy Lovers begin at the bandshell at 4:30 (see page 30 for CL band bio/preview), and Somewhere Far plays at 5:30 at the side stage. Confused yet?

By the time Raining Jane starts the evening off at 6 at the Bandshell, the sun will be setting for Alfred and Seymour's show at 7 at the side stage. Finally, Reel Big Fish brings it all home-beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the bandshell stage.

12 to 9 p.m., $5 or FREE for students, Julia Davis Park, 426-3835, annualevents@boisestate.edu.

Saturday 7

Wild Rockies Bordertown Challenge

If you've yet to register for the 14th Annual Bordertown Challenge 250 miles outside of Boise in Oasis, Nevada, get your butt and bike in gear because the deadline is Thursday, May 5. If you're planning on making the trip as a super-trooper spectator instead, pat yourself on the back before finding your sunglasses and sun block for the event Saturday.

Quite possibly one of the best mountain bike cross country courses, Bordertown returns to Nevada's high mountain country featuring long singletrack sections through the cedar trees and an old school big-loop format. "You'll talk about this one for months," Wild Rockies promises according to their Web site. Pros ride a 27-mile loop and start at 11 a.m., sports ride a 20-mile loop at 11 as well, experts ride a 24-mile loop starting at 11:05 and beginners set off last at 12 p.m. for a 12-mile loop. Trailblazers ride one 8-mile loop and start at 12:05 and the usual free kids race on the grass starts at 3:30. Take advantage of the free camping and bring your pooch as dogs are OK.

11 a.m., FREE, Take exit 376 off of I-80 between Wells, Nevada and Wendover. Visit www.wildrockies.com for registration details and map.

Saturday 7 -Sunday 8

Idaho Dressage Festival

Brush strokes, music notes and horse folks come together when the Idaho Dressage and Eventing Association bring fine art, performing art and the art of horsemanship to the public at the Idaho Dressage Festival-a benefit for the Idaho Equine Foundation. More than 70 competitors are expected to ride for two judges over the weekend, including Lilo Fore, a German-born, Grand Prix-level competitor who officiates at the highest levels of the sport worldwide.

"Dressage, when done correctly, is a performing art similar to that of ballet, in that a truly great performance takes years to perfect, yet looks effortless," says Nancy Roché, Idaho Dressage Festival manager. "I hope that the people that come to this event will be inspired to find more artistic expression in everything they do, including working with their animals. I believe that in doing so, a person begins to live each moment of their life more fully-that's what this event is all about."

Roché and her husband, Tom Frazee, were the entertainment directors of the Boise River Festival for 8 years and produced the Boise 2000 Millennium Show.

Not just your average horse show (as evidenced by its planned performances of horses from throughout the Northwest). "The Art of Excellence" is a special Saturday night reception featuring an equestrian art exhibit, live concert by the band Roche', hors d'oeuvres and cash bar. Entertainment for the evening also includes a combined driving demonstration and a herding dog performance.

On Sunday, the Mother's Day Freestyle Brunch features white linen elegance ringside while musical freestyle competitors and upper-level dressage competitors perform. The brunch also includes demonstrations by "Treasure Valley Whips" president Amanda Horton and dog trainer Kelly Orr.

Regional and nationally acclaimed professional artists Mike Dustin, Sarah Minkiewicz-Breunig, Dyrk Godby, Tricia Sheele, Bernie Justrebek-Hart, Helen Glidden, Tracey Bajt, Chantal Simoneau, Pam Wilson, Nancy Liston and others have created one-of-a-kind pieces for the silent art auction and will have other works for purchase throughout the weekend. The silent auction is open for bidding all day Saturday and closes immediately following the Mother's Day brunch at 1 p.m., Sunday.

$20, Idaho Horse Park, Nampa, ICTickets.com, 442-3232, www.idahodressageandeventing.org.

Sunday 8

Once Upon a Wolf

For a casual, G-rated Sunday afternoon, head to Boise Little Theater to witness a collection of fractured fairy tales about a big bad wolf who doesn't want to be big or bad anymore. Performances begin May 6 and run through May 15 and the show includes audience participation.

Old Granny Stinkyfeet is just trying to tell the kiddies some stories but is having trouble with the Wolf, who won't eat her, as the old story goes. Instead he wants to be a "good guy" so he's off on a mission to become a hero.

Written by Steph DeFerie and directed by Cricket Langworthy, this familiy show is a a fairy tale with a modern twist.

2 p.m., $7, $4 children, Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St. next to the Elks Rehabilitation Hospital, 342-5104, www.boiselittletheater.org.