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Image above from 2019 MBG "Drive for the Boise School District"

The month of November is a time for grateful reflection, ushering in the holidays and the season of giving. It has been said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Irrespective of whether giving includes some of your time or your resources, collectively we can make a great impact within our community.

Here are a few organizations for your consideration to give back:

Idaho Youth Ranch - The Idaho Youth Ranch is a non-profit 501(c)(3) agency that offers emergency shelter, residential care, youth and family therapy, job readiness training, adoption services, and more for kids and their families. They also operate a network of thrift stores that

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Boise Veterans Day Parade
November 2, 10 AM

This year's parade theme is "Letters from Home”. Receiving letters from a loved one has an impact not only on our armed forces, but their families and communities.  With the imminence of danger and the uncertainty of war, families are encouraged to write about the most basic daily routines, family news and local gossip. Letters are a lifeline for our service members and is second only to getting a good meal. Mail is still indispensable and plays a significant role in maintaining morale on the battlefront giving the troops the strength to carry on.

More Family Events

  • The Aquabats with special guests PPL MVR: November 8, 7 PM
  • Rake up Treasure Valley: November 9, 8 AM - 12 PM
  • Kids
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where to buy a home in Boise if you're in the tech industry

Boise's tech industry is booming.

So much so that industry workers have been fleeing western tech hubs, like San Francisco and Seattle, to find innovative careers in Treasure Valley.

But, how can a small city like Boise compete among some of the most prosperous tech cities in the United States?

The simple answer is quality of life.

Along with the city's incredible variety of career opportunities, Boise offers great dining and shopping experiences, as well as its natural landscapes and scenic parks. And a slice of this can be yours for a reasonable price.

With a median home price in the 300,000s, Boise real estate attracts tons of young professionals because of its affordability and charm.

To get the most out of everything this city

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Amazon and Trader Joes logos on map of meridian and nampa

BoiseDev first broke the news that Trader Joe’s would open its second Idaho location in Meridian and it’s officially open! Trader Joe’s will take up a portion of the large former Rosaeurs store, located at 2986 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, ID 83646 and is keeping with its usual smaller footprint. The Meridian store measures 16,744 square feet according to permit records with the City of Meridian. That measures about 3,000 square feet larger than the Boise location and will offer a much better parking situation than the downtown location. 

This is good news for Treasure Valley homeowners, as ATTOM Data Solutions examined the impact grocery stores have on the housing market and reported, “Homes near a Trader Joe’s realized an average home seller ROI of

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Man running with dog

In recent years, Boise has taken top spots on every list imaginable - including ones for our treasured fur babies. WalletHub listed us on their list of Most Pet-Friendly Cities, and we made American Veterinary Medical Association’s top 10 list of pet-owning states, with 62 percent of our households having at least one four-pawed friend. While Boise doesn’t have the most dog parks in the nation, it does lead the pack with the highest number of dog parks per capita: 6.7 dog parks per 100,000 residents, edging out the second-place cities of Portland, Oregon and Henderson, Nevada.

Boise City Council President Lauren McLean states, “Boise is awash in parks and trails for people, and I think dogs have it pretty good here in our fair city, too. As the

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Kleiner Park Family Fun Halloween Trick and Trunk or Treat Bash
October 26, 9 AM - 3 PM

Fun for all ages with pumpkins on site to purchase. There will be a pumpkin carving contest & costume contest, face painting, games, inflatables, rides, all ages free scavenger hunt, trunk or treat booths inside and outside vendors. Fun for the whole family & More!

More Halloween Events

  • The Haunted Halls Of Atlantis Labs in Boise: October 4 - October 31
  • Cookin' with Kids: Healthy Halloween Treats: October 12, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas: October 12, 6 PM
  • Witches Night Out 2019: October 16, 6 PM - 8:30 PM
  • 6th Annual Idaho Horror Film Festival: October 17 - October 20
  • Spooktacular Evenings:
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2019 Best of Treasure Valley

Photo courtesy of The Idaho Statesman

It’s certainly no secret that the Treasure Valley boasts stellar amenities, it’s why everyone loves it here! From pocket boutique retail stores to tantalizing restaurants to parks built just for our pups, we have it all. Recently, over 95,000 locals participated in The Idaho Statesman's annual Best of Treasure Valley 2019 survey, with the primary objective to identify the best of the best in our area.

You probably aren’t surprised that the Boise River and greenbelt ranked #1 for the best place to impress out-of-towners, (with downtown Boise and attending a BSU football game as runners-up). You might already have guessed Chandlers Steakhouse won the best steakhouse in town (winning year after year), with Ruth’s

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27th annual Frisbee Fest: September 14, 11 AM - 2 PM

The 27th annual Frisbee Fest is Saturday, September 14th — see the most exciting competition on four legs!

You can enter your high flying pup at any of the 13 Zamzows for a $15 entry fee which includes a Frisbee Fest t-shirt and the official Frisbee Fest disc.

Attendance to the event is free to the public, so bring the whole family to Boise’s Ann Morrison Park at 11:00 am, North West of the Fountain.

Volunteers from the Idaho Humane Society will be selling hot dogs, chips, cookies, and drinks for a donation. All proceeds benefit the Idaho Humane Society. And back by popular demand, the Powderhaus Brewing Company beer garden.

More Festivals and Events

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