Classical guitarist Scott Kritzer to present evening concert and special needs concert Nov. 8

CALDWELL—Classical guitarist Scott Kritzer will appear in two concerts on Nov. 8, including a concert for special needs sensory-friendly concert.

The special needs concert will take place at 11 a.m. in the Langroise Recital Hall at the College of Idaho. Kritzer will present this concert with special accommodations of light, sound and movement. A limited amount of tickets are available for this concert.

The evening concert will begin at 7 p.m. and will also be at the Langroise Recital Hall. Kritzer will perform works by D. Scarlatti, Domenico Cimarosa, Sylvius Leopold Weiss and the masterwork and musical eulogy Le Tombeau de Claude Debussy by Manuel de Falla. Also included are a set of Indonesian inspired works by Portland’s Lou Harrison, as well as The Five Bagatelles for Guitar by William Walton. Kritzer is excited to visit Caldwell and promises a diverse program. “This program hits on all my favorite eras and styles for the classical guitar,” he said.

A Concert Connection will begin at 6:15 at Simplot Dining Hall with a free mini-lecture given by Dr. Paul Moulton of the C of I Music Department about the performance pieces. Tickets for the concerts are available at or 208-459-5275. Tickets are $15 and $25 for Adults, and $8 and $12 for Children and Students.

Kids to have opportunity to meet Sesame Street’s Walk Around Julia Nov. 7

BOISE—Idaho Public Television and Blue Cross of Idaho have teamed up to provide a special meet and greet and photo opportunity with Sesame Street’s Walk Around Julia on Nov. 7 at the Boise Centre on the Grove. Sensory friendly children’s activities will also be available for children who have registered.

There are a limited number of time slots to meet with Julia, and only those who have registered will be able to meet her. To register, visit

Holiday Bazaar to be held Nov. 9 at Prestige Assisted Living

CALDWELL─The 17th annual Holiday Bazaar at Prestige Assisted Living at Autumn Wind will be held Saturday, Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The bazaar will feature hand-crafted gifts, baked goods and other vendors. Some proceeds will go back to the residents for activities. For more information call 208-459-3335.

Free Veterans Day concert Nov. 11 features Boise Phil Chorale, choruses

BOISE─The Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale, the Treasure Valley Concert Band and the Opera Idaho Children’s Chorus will present a free concert honoring the valley’s veterans on Monday, Nov. 11.

The three ensembles invite all veterans and their families to cap off Veterans Day with an evening of music, including patriotic selections dedicated to all who have served our nation. The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, at the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts at Boise State University.

Admission is free. Free parking will be available south of the Morrison Center.

For more information, visit

Free admission to Oregon Trail center on Veterans Day

BAKER CITY, Ore.─The Bureau of Land Management’s National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center announced that Monday, Nov. 11 will be a free admission day for all visitors, with all regular daily interpretive programs, videos and exhibits offered.

Additionally, a Family Fun Day is planned Friday, Nov. 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy pioneer games, tall tales from the Oregon Trail, a selfie station, and other fun surprises. For $3 per person, make your choice of three seasonal crafts to take home: paper snowflakes, pine cone bird feeders, recipe in a jar, rag doll tying or sagebrush disc ornaments.

State accepting submissions from students for annual Holiday Card Contest

BOISE─The Idaho State Department of Education is now accepting Holiday Card Contest submissions from Idaho students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

Winning entries from each grade level will be published on the State Department of Education website. One artwork will be selected for use as the department’s official holiday card, and the young artist who submits the winning design will receive cards for personal use.

See last year’s winners and contest guidelines at The deadline for submitting artwork is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20. Mail entries to Idaho State Department of Education, Holiday Card Contest, attn. Karli Bennett, P.O. Box 83720 Boise 83720-0027.

LIFT, STEM Action Center launch second MakerMinded manufacturing learning platform competition

BOISE─Idaho Gov. Brad Little and the Idaho STEM Action Center have announced that competition for year two of MakerMinded in Idaho is now open. The STEM Action Center is again partnering with LIFT — Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow, a Detroit-based national manufacturing innovation institute, to bring MakerMinded to public school students in fifth through 12th grades. The program utilizes a digital platform to provide students with meaningful advanced manufacturing and STEM activities in a competitive format.

A focus of this year’s competition will be to directly connect students and teachers to local manufacturers for plant tours, internships, and other experiential learning opportunities. “We had 55 schools participate in last year’s competition and we also signed up 62 manufacturers across the state to offer schools site visits, guest speakers, mentorships, job shadows, and internships,” John McFarlane, Idaho’s MakerMinded coordinator at the STEM Action Center, said. “One of the winning schools, Basin Elementary, used their cash award to convert an unused classroom into a makerspace for the whole district to use.”

The latest competition ends at noon April 23, 2020, with recognition events scheduled for early May. Students, schools, employers and others interested in joining the Idaho MakerMinded campaign should visit or contact John McFarlane at

Gettysburg Address panel discussion held Nov. 16

BOISE─To celebrate the 156th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, a panel discussion, “Addressing the Address” will be held Saturday Nov. 16 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Idaho Historical Society, 2205 Old Penitentiary Road.

The panel will include the Hon. Cherie Buckner Webb, State Senator Doctor David Adler, The Alturas Institute’s Rick Etulain, History Professor Emeritus and Lincoln Author Dave Leroy. There will also be an appearance by Little Lincoln, Landon Palmer Skip Critell, delivering the address.

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