Off the couch and outdoors: Meridian promotes Unplug and Be Outside Week By Meridian Press staff firstname.lastname@example.org HollyBeechMP Apr 18, 2017 (…) Children play disc golf at Kleiner Park in Meridian. Courtesy of Steve Siddoway 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. × Advertisement Food trucks and 94.9 The River will be on site.UNPLUG WEEK EVENTSClasses 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 email@example.com. 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 FESTIVALOn 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.CALENDAROutdoor Photography Adventure by Meridian Anti-Drug CoalitionWhen: 4-5 p.m., April 22Where: Kathryn Albertson Park, 1001 N. Americana Blvd., BoiseWhat: 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 RecreationWhen: 2 p.m., April 22Where: 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 LacrosseWhen: 5:30-7 p.m., April 24Where: Settlers Park, 3245 N. Meridian RoadWhat: Learn the basics of lacrosse during this introductory clinic. Online registration required: aboutthekidslax.sportngin.comWalking Group by Fleet FeetWhen: 7-8 p.m., April 24Where: Meridian City Hall plaza, 33 E. Broadway Ave.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 GolfWhen: 6-7 p.m., April 24Where: 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 IdahoWhen: 5:30-6:30 p.m., April 24Where: Heritage Middle School, 4990 N. Meridian RoadWhat: 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 email@example.com to regisgter, with subject line of "Rookie Rugby on Monday."Theater Workshop by the Treasure Valley Children's TheaterWhen: 4:30-5:15 p.m., April 24Where: Kleiner Park bandshell, 1900 N. Records Ave., MeridianWhat: Give children the opportunity to learn and express themselves through the dramatic art. No registration required.Budding Artists by Meridian Library DistrictWhen: 10-10:30 a.m., April 25Where: Meridian Library District, 1326 W. Cherry LaneArt in the great outdoors. Ages 10 and younger. No registration required.Plant Your Starts & Start Your Plants by The Boise Co-opWhen: 6-7:30 p.m., April 25Where: Boise Co-op, The Village at Meridian, 2350 N. Eagle RoadWhat: 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 DistrictWhen: 7-8 p.m., April 25Where: 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 AcademyWhen: 6:30-7:15 p.m., April 26Where: Dance Arts Academy, 2989 E. Copper Point Drive, Ste. 100, MeridianWhat: 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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