If you're of a mind that a killer sandal or bike short tan is a sign of a life well-lived, then come on along, partner. Boise and the surrounding areas have lots of opportunities for you to work on that melanoma or get stoked about the season.
KlunkerzMountain biking film
Mountain biking is a relatively young sport so it still has its living legends. Two of them will be at the Flicks this Monday for the Idaho premiere of Klunkerz, a documentary about how the sport of mountain biking was born. Gary Fisher and Charlie Kelly were there at the beginning and have continued to have an effect on the sport's growth and development. Written by William Savage, Klunkerz features great footage of cyclists taking modified pre-WWII bikes down the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais in California. The bikes were beaters, but those rides gave birth to a whole new sport. Pedal on down to the theater and get psyched for the rest of the season to come. The Flicks, May 19, 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit the SWIMBA bicycle school. $10 adult, $8.50 students, klunkerz.com.
Margaret Fuller's Hiking Slideshow
Renowned local author Margaret Fuller presents this slide presentation, sponsored by REI Boise, covering hikes suitable for early and late season. Fuller will include destinations from all five of her hiking guides, including Trails of the Sawtooth and White Cloud Mountains, Trails of Western Idaho, Trails of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness and Trails of Eastern Idaho, a book she wrote with Jerry Painter. She'll stay after the presentation to sign books. REI, 8300 W. Emerald St., FREE, 208-322-1141.
The PBR Whitewater Revival
It's whitewater nirvana on the Payette River system, and the goal is to raise money and support for the proposed Boise City River Recreation Park. You'll have opportunities to compete, participate and celebrate Idaho's Payette and Boise rivers. This year's event will also host the 2008 National Rafting Championships. If that's not enough, there will be giant slalom extreme kayak races, junior and cadet freestyle events and riverboarding exhibitions. It almost goes without saying that they'll have music there the whole time. May 30-June 1, near Banks, Idaho, pbrkayakevent.com.
Host An Ironman or Woman
IRONMAN 70.3 Boise is looking for Boise residents who would be interested in hosting professional athletes for the half Ironman here in June. Anyone with a spare room who can accommodate an athlete for two to four days will be seen as a true hero. They might need you to shuttle them to and from the airport and IRONMAN 70.3 Boise events. They're looking for host families who live close to the event start in southeast Boise or the finish line downtown. Interested? Contact Ann at email@example.com or 208-639-1434.
National Trails Day at Shaffer Butte
Mountain bike and hiking aficionados will be doing some important trail maintenance on the Eastside Trail up at Bogus Basin. Anyone who's handy with a pair of loppers and has some work gloves should meet at the school at the bottom of Bogus Basin Road. June 7, 8 a.m. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boise to Idaho City MTB Tour
The former Cycle Idaho is still the same idea: ride a mountain bike from Boise to Idaho City, spend the night and return the next day. Stop for lunch along the way. This is a benefit ride with a portion of the proceeds going to Southwest Idaho Mountain Bike Association. June 21-22, registration at wildrockies.com.
The Wild Boise River
"Mr. Boise River," fish biologist and river naturalist John Heimer, returns with his popular hands-on river program. He'll start with an inside orientation and then lead a river walk. Open your eyes to the wild river that runs through our back yards. June 24, 6 p.m., Garden City Hall, 6015 Glenwood St., idahorivers.org.
Wells Fargo Twilight Criterium
The popular downtown bike race, set for July 19, won't be able to loop around the under-construction Capitol building. Word came from the Downtown Boise Association, sponsor Wells Fargo and race director Mike Cooley of George's Cycles.
The new course will still use much of the previous footprint. Now, it's like this: The start will be on Ninth Street just south of Main. Riders will go south on Ninth, then west on Grove. Riders will go north on 10th, east on Bannock and then south on Ninth back to the finish. Let's face it, the crashes are the fun part for spectators. We recommend camping out at Ninth and Grove. July 19, downtown Boise, boisetwilightcriterium.com.
Wolf Ecology Hike
Find out more about one of Idaho's most exciting residents. Join John Robison and Lynne Stone on an educational hike that coincides with Stanley's Sawtooth Music Festival, July 28. They're limited to 20 people maximum so sign up soon. The plan is to look for wolves, wolf tracks and other signs of wolf presence. Approximately five to six miles, depending on wolf activity. July 27, FREE, Stanley, Idaho, wildidaho.org.
Climb to Conquer Cancer
The American Cancer Society is sponsoring this hike up TableRock in Boise to raise money for cancer research and awareness. It also happens to provide you with one of the best views in town. Last year, they raised $12,000. Find out more at community.acsevents.org/ctcboise.
The Bogus to Boise Banzai
Technically, this is after summer, but it's such a great way to wind up the warm season, we had to include it. Everyone from beginners to pro racers should enjoy this rocking mountain bike race. Racers start at Deer Point chairlift at Bogus Basin. The 16.5-mile downhill adventure finishes up with a party at Boise Co-Op. Sept. 14, register at wildrockies.com.