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Central Bench Spring Festival

Bench dwellers are getting all neighborly


On Saturday, April 3, Cassia Park becomes host to the inaugural Central Bench Spring Festival in Cassia Park.

The festivities begin at 10 a.m. with an Easter egg hunt, split up into three age groups. The recreational festivities continue with tennis, soccer, softball and football games or you can get a little crafty and make your own kite.

The festival also sneaks in a little education for the kiddies with appearances by Smokey Bear, McGruff the Crime Dog, Eddie the Trout, Firefighters from Station No. 8. The adults can learn a little something too at booths from local organizations such as Neighborhood Housing Services, Parks and Recreation, International Rescue Committee, Idaho Office for Refugees, the Girl and Boy Scouts, BUGS Community Garden, Central Bench Neighborhood Association, Weight Watchers and more.

A big clothing swap will also take place, so bring your gently used clothes to trade with your neighbors. Any remaining wardrobe items will go to the Boise Rescue Mission.

Providing the soundtrack for the days events will be local musicians A Seasonal Disguise, ADIO (Audio Dynamic Indigenous Oracle), Jessi Dobrusky, Failla Drums, Fauxbois, Steve Fulton, The Heard, Hillfolk Noir, Leta Neustaedter and Tim Willis, The Very Most and Voice of Reason (though not necessarily in that order).

To participate as a sponsor, volunteer or to provide an activity, contact Sarah Cunningham at

Saturday, April 3, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., FREE, Cassia Park on Camas St. between Orchard & Roosevelt, Central Bench Neighborhood Association,,