BW Picks

Broken Barker Bash • Work it Out • The Year of the Ox • Geeking Out • Bobbing down the Boise River


23 Friday

Broken Barker Bash

On Oct. 2, 2008, a near-fatal motorcycle accident caused by an impaired driver fleeing from police at high speeds sent local graphic designer Jeff Barker on a long road to recovery. It also left him with a mountain of medical bills. Well-known in the design world, Barker is being aided by his co-workers at Wirestone, a marketing solutions company, and when local ad agencies heard of the effort, they kicked it into high gear to help get the word out. Donations, including signed sports and music memorabilia, wine and food items, and hotel stays, have flooded in for a silent auction, and donations are still being accepted. Anybody who likes good music, people who know Barker, people who support the effort and fans of the bands who play weekly in Boise are all on board to meet the goal of raising $10,000. Musicians on the bill include Bill Coffey, Ned Evett, Travis Ward and Hillfolk Noir. Organizers are all abuzz about the Soft Gong reunion (Bill Coffey, Ned Evett, John Warfel and Tim Willis), and DJs from Vinyl Preservation Society will do what they do best to keep the party spinning.

7 p.m., $10, The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St.,

24 Saturday

Work it Out

The Dance4Life message is "start dancing, stop AIDS," and the campaign is meant to inspire, mobilize and unite young people to push back HIV and AIDS. Gold's Gym in Boise has joined the worldwide collaboration by hosting a fundraiser with the launch of Les Mills programs including Bodyattack, RPM and Bodyjam classes. Guests are welcome to attend the event free of charge, and the first 100 people to donate $10 receive a gift bag. Money raised helps support Dance4Life school projects in Africa, Asia and South America. The campaign involves global organizations, businesses and local gyms and focuses on school-aged children who are encouraged to become agents of change. The young participants get actively involved in raising awareness by finding their individual voices and learning valuable life skills. Last year, 50,000 participants worldwide danced together via live satellite to celebrate a Dance4Life global effort.

8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., FREE, Gold's Gym, 7316 W. Fairview Ave., Boise,,

The Year of the Ox

Boise Public Library celebrates the Chinese New Year by gathering children for story time, then constructing dragon masks and showing them off during a grand dragon parade through the auditorium. Fireworks come in a safer, fireless form as children jump up and down on bubble wrap to simulate the sound of celebratory explosions.

2-3 p.m., FREE, Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-384-4200,

Geeking Out

The Reuseum is the place where one person's useless cable wire might become another's new headband with built-in fan. Get hooked on circuit bending and noisemaker-making at do-it-yourself craft and hobby workshops. This weekend's theme is children's toys, and participants will be able to build their own Atari Punk Console, tone generator or toy organ from old parts.

Organizers came up with a snappy description of the event as "geeking out on geeky stuff with geeks," but the real draw is that the electronics and industrial surplus store offers all types of supplies just waiting to be tinkered with, re-wired and essentially transformed. Owners of the store know the place has the potential to be a "true facility of innovation, creativity and practicality" and every customer who comes in offers a unique perspective.

4:30-10 p.m., FREE, The Reuseum, 4566 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-375-7507,

27 Tuesday

Bobbing down the Boise River

Tom Bicak, director of Canyon County Parks and Recreation, is one of the guest speakers of an Idaho Rivers United presentation on the Boise trails system and canoeing the Boise River. After Bicak gives an introduction, Tom Chelstrom, author of the guidebook Canoeing the Boise River, steps in with a preview of what's to see and do while canoeing the "blue" trails of the Boise River. The vision for the Boise River Trails System includes a master plan for community connectivity between land trails and waterways. At the helm of the effort is the Boise River Trails Coalition, a bi-county collaboration working to create both land and water trails from Lucky Peak to the Snake River.

6 p.m., FREE, Garden City Hall, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-343-7481,