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Find Out What's Happening in One Boise 'Hood at the Central Bench Spring Festival

Saturday, June 2


Looking for a place to eat Nepalese dumplings while hula hooping to the sounds of Atomic Martini? Look no further than Boise's Bench.

The third-annual Central Bench Spring Festival on Saturday, June 2, will celebrate the diversity of Boise's Central Bench neighborhood with a festival incorporating tasty treats, live music and interactive activities from around the globe.

The 'hood celebration is presented by the Central Bench Neighborhood Association, along with the Central Rim, Vista, Borah and Sunrise Rim Neighborhood associations and will be held in Cassia Park.

Vendors will dish up Uzbek, Nepalese, Mexican and Indian dishes along with soul food and smoothies. Event organizers have added a beer and wine garden to the festival for the first time, so there will be plenty of good stuff to wash back that world's worth of food.

On the main stage, artists including Atomic Martini, Idaho Bosses, Essencia Bohemia and Mladi Behar will add to the cultural experience. Nine performers will take the main stage from noon-8 p.m.

The day will include tennis lessons and interactive dance including salsa and the sensory-based practice Nia or dance along to global grooves of Radio Boise's DJ Brian Allred.

Four-legged fiends can compete for prizes in categories such as dog that most resembles its owner, most creative costume and virtuoso howling at a dog walk at 10 a.m.

Artist Francis Fox's story circle will honor Vietnam War veterans through storytelling and oral history and local artists will encourage guests to get their hands dirty on potter's row, create a hula hoop or participate in the clothing swap.

Local political candidates will be available to answer questions from 2-4 p.m., and the Ada County Highway District will share bicycle pedestrian development plans for the Bench.

Kids can enjoy face painting and bounce houses, and all can participate in drop-in softball games throughout the day.