Next week is Unplug and Be Outside Week in Meridian. From April 22 to 29, city and community leaders will host free activities to inspire families to get off the couch and get active.

The kickoff event is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 22 at Storey Park, 205 E. Franklin Road. The event will include:

  • Bicycle rodeo with Meridian Police, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • Nature Scavenger Hunt by the Meridian Library District, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pick up a scavenger hunt from the bookmobile, check off outside to-do list items on the hunt, and return to the bookmobile for a prize.
  • ​Double Dutch demonstration and lesson by Summerwind Skippers, 1-2 p.m.
  • Capoeria demonstration by Motions Dance, 2-3 p.m.

​Food trucks and 94.9 The River will be on site.

UNPLUG WEEK EVENTS

Classes and clinics throughout the week will feature outdoor photography, Zumba, rugby, disc golf, dance, lacrosse, acting and more. Find a full schedule at meridiancityspecialevents.org/unplug-and-be-outside-schedule.html.

Among the events is a spring gardening workshop hosted by the Boise Co-op in Meridian and Next Generation Organics from 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 25.

The city will host an "Unplugged" town hall from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 26, at Cole Valley Christian High School, 200 E. Carlton Ave., Meridian. Residents will be able to choose the topics to discuss with Mayor Tammy de Weerd and other city leaders.

The city will gather questions via social media (@MeridianIdaho), or residents can email questions or topics they would like to see covered to Meridian Community Liaison Jodi St. Martin at jst-martin@meridiancity.org. The meeting will be live streamed and recorded, accessible at meridiancity.org.

“We want to hear what is on the minds of citizens and help answer any questions they may have,” De Weerd stated. 

KITE FESTIVAL

On April 29 is the fourth annual Treasure Valley Kite Festival by Epique Events, along with Cumulus Radio, Toytown and Bang on the Wall Burgers. The festival is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kleiner Park, 1900 N. Records Ave. in Meridian.

Free kites will be provided while supplies last. Awards and prizes will be available for kite competitions, and there are no losers in the kids’ competition. All ages are welcome to join the free event.

Those who would like to donate to the kite fund should contact becky@epiqueevents.com.

CALENDAR

Outdoor Photography Adventure by Meridian Anti-Drug Coalition

  • When: 4-5 p.m., April 22
  • Where: Kathryn Albertson Park, 1001 N. Americana Blvd., Boise
  • What: ​Learn about outdoor photography from acclaimed photographer Monte Stiles. All ages are welcome, and no previous experience is necessary. Bring your digital camera or use your phone. No registration required.

Zumba Gold by Meridian Parks and Recreation

  • When: 2 p.m., April 22
  • Where: Meridian Community Center, 201 E. Idaho Ave.
  • What: A modified Zumba class that recreates the original moves you love at a lower intensity. A great class for beginners. Adults only, no registration required.

Learn to Play Lacrosse by About The Kids Lacrosse

  • When: 5:30-7 p.m., April 24
  • Where: Settlers Park, 3245 N. Meridian Road
  • What: Learn the basics of lacrosse during this introductory clinic. Online registration required: aboutthekidslax.sportngin.com

Walking Group by Fleet Feet

  1. When: 7-8 p.m., April 24
  2. Where: Meridian City Hall plaza, 33 E. Broadway Ave.
  3. What: Learn about correct shoe fit and proper form for running and walking, then take a 45-minute walk in downtown Meridian. No registration required.

Beginners Disc Golf Clinic by Gem State Disc Golf

  • When: 6-7 p.m., April 24
  • Where: Kleiner Park disc golf course, first tee, 1900 N. Records Ave.
  • What: Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Learn the basics of how to toss and score during this free clinic. Age 10 and up. No registration required.

Rookie Rugby by Rugby Idaho

  • When: 5:30-6:30 p.m., April 24
  • Where: Heritage Middle School, 4990 N. Meridian Road
  • What: In this introduction rugby skills clinics, players will learn catching and passing skills, running with the ball, beginning tracking and evading skills as well as the basic rugby laws of course. Ages 5 to 13. Email rwhite@meridiancity.org to regisgter, with subject line of "Rookie Rugby on Monday."

Theater Workshop by the Treasure Valley Children's Theater

  • When: 4:30-5:15 p.m., April 24
  • Where: Kleiner Park bandshell, 1900 N. Records Ave., Meridian
  • What: Give children the opportunity to learn and express themselves through the dramatic art. No registration required.

Budding Artists by Meridian Library District

  • When: 10-10:30 a.m., April 25
  • Where: Meridian Library District, 1326 W. Cherry Lane
  • Art in the great outdoors. Ages 10 and younger. No registration required.

Plant Your Starts & Start Your Plants by The Boise Co-op

  • When: 6-7:30 p.m., April 25
  • Where: Boise Co-op, The Village at Meridian, 2350 N. Eagle Road
  • What: Join Bart and Elaine from Next Generation Organics at this spring gardening workshop. You will learn the basics of transplanting, from preparing the planting site to hands-on techniques to properly spacing your starts to your garden. This workshop will include a written handout of tips and a buy-one-get-one-free coupon for a tomato plant when they arrive in May. All ages. RSVP requested at facebook.com/boisecoop.

Pajama Storytime by the Meridian Library District

  • When: 7-8 p.m., April 25
  • Where: Meridian Library District, 1326 W. Cherry Lane 
  • ​What: Join us as we trek through the wilderness, sit and sing around a campfire, and, of course, read stories. There might even be s'mores! All ages. No registration required.

Jazzy Juniors by Dance Arts Academy

  • When: 6:30-7:15 p.m., April 26
  • Where: Dance Arts Academy, 2989 E. Copper Point Drive, Ste. 100, Meridian
  • What: Children are invited to move, groove and jump into this jazz and hip hop infused dance class. Online registration required.

The classes and events continue through April 29. Find a full list here

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