Summer’s Last Hurrah: 8 Ways to End the Season in Style

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The kids have headed back to school, the Western Idaho Fair has ended, and Alive After Five won’t be back until next year. Summer days are behind us, right? Not so fast! It’s still technically summer, and there are still a lot of fun outdoor events in the Treasure Valley in the weeks ahead. Here are seven ways we plan on making the most of the warm months that remain.

Markets, Festivals, and Fairs

The Capital City Public Market (held on 8thStreet) is open Saturdays through December 19thand the Boise Farmers Market (located at 10thand Grove) is also still going strong. What better way to keep your fridge stocked with farm-fresh goodies—all while reveling in the lingering warmth of summer mornings?

vegetables for sale at an outdoor market

Saturday markets are the quintessential end-of-summer activity.

The Hyde Park Street Fair, which hosts vendors and artisans from all over the west, is an annual fundraising event held in Boise’s Camel’s Back Park. This year’s festivities (which take place September 18-20) promise live music, kids’ activities, and exotic foods, beer, and—our personal favorite—a wine garden.

Get Outta Town

If you’re feeling adventurous and would like to get out of Boise proper for an off-the-beaten-path excursion, here are a few ideas.

mountain biker riding on trail near rocks

Bogus Basin Mountain Resort is a mecca for outdoor activities—even during the summer and fall months.

In answer to recent years of disappointing snowfall, Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area has offered an impressive line-up of outdoor events for mountain bikers, yogis, frolfers (Frisbee golfers), and music lovers. In the months to come, there will still be more live music on the grounds, but Bogus has also teamed up with Treefort Music Fest to feature a fall edition of Alefort. Check out an updated events listing here.

Outdoor Movies

Whether you’re looking to take the family to a movie under the stars or you’re jonesin’ for or a kid-free flick, experiencing the silver screen via an outdoor screen is more popular than ever.

If you (or the kids) have never been to a drive-in movie, Parma Motor-Vu (in business since 1953!) holds screenings of recently released films every weekend throughout the summer, and is open Friday and Saturday through the fall.

Typically geared toward night owls and grown-ups, Movie Mondays at Saint Lawrence Gridiron are a great way to experience Southern-inspired fare at late-night happy hour prices, all while watching popular films from their outdoor patio. SLG hopes to continue showing movies through October, but stay tuned to their Facebook page for updates.

Live and Local: Musical Venues Not to Miss

For a memorable afternoon of beautiful views and good tunes, the Ste. Chapelle Concert Series features musical performances, on-site catered lunch, and beer and wine at the venue’s scenic Vineyard Park. While it’s a bit of a jaunt out of town, the experience is worth the drive. Concerts run every Sunday through September 20th. Visit the Ste. Chapelle Winery’s website for updates.

One of Boise’s most ambient patios is the setting for live music from local legends all summer long. The Sandbar (located at the Riverside Hotel, right off the Boise Greenbelt) is open for the season until early October (the 4th, according to the website). Find more information about their schedule and the food and drink menu on the Riverside’s website. 

cup between knees looking over audience at an outdoor performance

Outdoor performances at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival are a summertime must-do.

Last but not least, if you haven’t yet experienced the magic of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, be sure to catch this season’s last performance of the world’s longest running musical: The Fantasticks. (The show runs through September 27th.)

The Capital City Public Market (held on 8th Street) is open Saturdays through December 19th and the Boise Farmers Market (located at 10th and Grove) is also still going strong. What better way to keep your fridge stocked with farm-fresh goodies—all while reveling in the lingering warmth of summer mornings?

Boise to Celebrate National Bike Month (and Beyond)—in Style

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“The City of Trees” is a moniker often used to describe our capital city, but Boise is known just as well for our community’s bike-centric lifestyle.

Here, cycling is not just a means of recreation, it’s a way of life. Whether you see roadies in spandex shorts, BMXers riding dirt jumps at Eagle Bike Park, mountain bikers navigating technical terrain amidst the trees near Bogus Basin, or laid-back cruisers on the Greenbelt (this last one might be me), our town lives and breathes BIKES.

And Boise is about to get even more bike-friendly.

Boise Bike Share bicycle

A sneak peek of Boise GreenBike equipment. Image: Boise Weekly

You’ve likely heard rumors about a bike-sharing program soon to launch in the Downtown area. Well, it’s on. Boise GreenBike introduced the first eight bikes Wednesday, April 15th, with the full 115 bike roll-out hitting the streets on Earth Day – April 22nd!  Visit Boise GreenBike online for more information on how it works and how to become a member. If you’d like to find the bikes, but aren’t yet sure where to look, there’s an ap for that: Social Bicycles Inc.

Boise’s bike sharing program will likely have it’s official start just in time for Boise Bike Week, which takes place May 9th through the 16th.

In fact, the entire month of May is celebrated annually as National Bike Month. And Boise, being the velo-hub that it is, will be host to several events dedicated to all things cycling. Years past have seen parties; a “Pedal Power Parade”; group rides for all types of cyclists (mountain, roadies, and casual riders); and more. Also, don’t forget: Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 16th. (Visit boisebikeweek.org for a full schedule of events.)

If you’re looking to incorporate more bike-related activities into your summer schedule, there is plenty happening post-bike-week, too. After all, Boise is the quintessential cycling community, and several non-profit organizations exist for the sole purpose of cultivating this culture in the Treasure Valley.

Boise Bicycle Project headquarters

Boise Bicycle Project headquarters. Image: BBP

For starters, if you’re looking to meet other cyclists in a casual setting, the BBP holds a social ride the first Friday evening of the month (May 1st is the date of the next ride). The group typically convenes at BBP headquarters, then rides to a predetermined destination, usually for beers and dinner.

This June, the BBP will again hold Pedal for the People, Boise’s ten-day community bicycle festival. Also coming up: the BBP is proposing to transform Boise into “the bicycle capital of America” for 24 hours beginning on May 7th. (For more information about this endeavor as well as other BBP-related events, follow them on Facebook or view their online calendar.)

man using tool on trail

Trail maintenance efforts keep the foothills in good shape. Image: SWIMBA

If dirt trails, hill climbs, and steep descents are more your style, the Southwest Idaho Mountain Biking Association (SWIMBA) has group rides planned all summer, as well as skills and maintenance classes, and trail work days, when volunteers can sign up to help build and maintain trails throughout the Treasure Valley and all of Southwest Idaho. Visit SWIMBA’s event schedule for more information.

hundreds of bikes on grass

Tour de Fat, Boise’s summer spectacular. Image: SWIMBA

Lastly, don’t forget New Belgium’s Tour de Fat, by far Boise’s biggest and most spectacular bike-related event. Riders—in lavish and deliberately laughable costumes—begin the day with a parade throughout the streets of Downtown Boise. Then, the crowd descends upon Ann Morrison Park for food and beer, contests, live music, and more. Last year, the Boise event raised more funds than ever before—about $70,000—all of which benefited the local biking community. This year’s event is scheduled for August 18th, and is not to be missed.

So tune up those bikes and get ready for a breezy ride in Boise this summer, because there’s  something fun—on two wheels—for everyone!

Sincerely,

Shana Moore, Your Local Boise Real Estate Professional and source of real estate market trends in Boise IdahoSherri Battazzo Boise

 

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Get Happy! 10 Ways to Brighten Someone’s Day

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“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” –Oscar Wilde

Did you know March 20th, 2015 has been designated the International Day of Happiness by the U.N.?

The organization recognizes that “the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal” and invites international and regional organizations and individuals to observe the day “through education and public awareness-raising activities”.

And what’s the best way to get happy than to engage in acts of service for others? In fact, last month, people from all over the world observed International Random Acts of Kindness Week. This celebration got me thinking: why can’t we engage in simple acts of kindness all year round? Here are ten ways to get started in making the world—and our local community—a better place:

Start close to home. Say “I love you,” give someone you care about an extra hug or share simple praise. Today, is a great day to call someone out for something good (whatever day it may be and whatever the compliment may be).

Smile. Even something that seems as simple as smiling at a stranger can actually significantly brighten a person’s day. A recent study found that seeing one child’s smile provided the same level of brain stimulation as up to 2,000 chocolate bars.

Donate. Your local shelters, non-profits, and animal rescue organizations will appreciate your unwanted or unused clothes and household goods.

Give the gift of food. Make a plan to enjoy a meal with someone new who may appreciate the gesture. Consider inviting the neighborly widow over for a family dinner, or bring a meal to a new parent, or a friend who may be recovering from surgery.

Reach out. Send a positive message or handwritten note to someone who may be in need. Think: acquaintances recovering from an illness, loss, or depression.

Pay it forward. Begin an act of kindness chain at Starbucks, by purchasing the coffee for the next person in line.

Get acquainted. Try to learn the names of your coworkers or those who may work in your building. If you already know everyone, spend a few minutes each week getting to know one person better.

Help a neighbor. If you know of someone living nearby who might need extra help around the house (an elderly widow, a single mom, etc.), offer to lend a hand with household chores. Or, offer to shovel their walk when it snows or rake up leaves during autumn months.

Volunteer. Think of a local non-profit that could benefit from a few hours of your time. Consider coaching a youth sports team, helping out at a community garden, or preparing a meal at the local soup kitchen.

Keep it up. Most of the time, doing kind things for others and spreading joy means remaining aware of your surroundings and how you might help others. Did you know you can even join an Action for Happiness movement? Download your free “Happiness Pack”, and you can start making even more of a difference.

It has been a couple years since “the girls” and I read the book The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, and tackled some of the to-dos it offered. We started with a weekend getaway in Loman and may have been more ambitious than practical in promising that we’d cook more, drink less, get organized, exercise and most ambitiously stick with 12 months of happiness resolutions. That said, it was a good idea that helped me shape my definition of happiness, and reminded me to forgive my over ambitions. “Forgive failure” Rubin advised right near the start. Thank goodness for that good advice it came in handy when we “completed” the “12-month” project in several months. :)

Happy warm fuzzies to you, my dear clients and friends,

Shana Moore, Your Local Boise Real Estate Professional and source of real estate market trends in Boise Idaho

 

 

Shana Foster Moore

your Boise real estate resource

14 Boise Foodie Destinations to Love

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“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” –George Bernard Shaw

This Valentine’s Day, we felt it appropriate to share a little love with some of our favorite local restaurants, just in time to share a special meal with that special someone. This is by no means an exhaustive list (there are many places about which we’ve heard rave reviews and have yet to try!), but here are my top 14.

1) a’Tavola Gourmet Marketplace & Café.

Open for breakfast, lunch, and Saturday brunch, a’Tavola is a satisfying answer to the question, “Where can I find fresh and delicious locally made food?” Inspired by Chef Lisa Peterson’s 20-year culinary background, a’Tavola’s ever-changing food menu features daily-made salads, sandwiches, and soups.

What’s to love: the simplicity and joy of freshly prepared food, pastries fit for a queen.

www.atavolaboise.com/

2) Bar Gernika.

Boise is home to the world’s second largest Basque population, so it stands to reason that our city would also be the perfect place to find authentic Basque fare. For a lamb grinder and a bread pudding that will knock your socks off, look no further than Bar Gernika, located in Old Boise Historic District.

What’s to love: beef tongue Saturdays, croquetas, a diverse beer selection with rotating taps.

www.bargernika.com/

3) Bleubird.

While this Downtown Boise hotspot is open only for lunch, and only on weekdays, it’s quickly becoming a Boise foodie’s staple—and for good reason. Lines are often out the door, so arrive early to grab seating, or order to-go.

What’s to love: sandwiches made on the spot, vegetarian options, house-made sodas.

http://www.bleubirdboise.com/

On any given weekday, Bleubird is abuzz with sandwich-making, soda-slinging activity.

4) Bittercreek Alehouse (and Red Feather Lounge).

A list of my favorite Boise haunts wouldn’t be complete without this dynamic duo. The sister restaurants complement one another well; the alehouse is perfect for a laidback dinner with friends, and the adjacent lounge is ideal for cocktail hour.

What’s to love: Bittercreek’s extensive beer selection and great American grub, Red Feather’s hip, inventive drink menu and cool vibe.

http://bcrfl.com/

5) Boise International Market.

The City of Trees is stepping up its game in the way of offering authentic foods from cultures all over the world, thanks to the Boise International Market. From Ethiopian/Eritrean food from Kibrom’s Restaurant, Middle Eastern fare from The Goodness Land, or Colombian from El Cafetal, these restaurants (and more to come) are well worth the visit.

What’s to love: ethnic foods with flair, Kahve Coffee’s Turkish coffee, Joyful Tea’s hot beverages and crumpets.

www.boiseinternationalmarket.com/

The Goodness Land (located in the Boise International Market) offers up tasty Middle Eastern fare.

6) Chiang Mai.

This is one of my favorite lunch spots, and I’m happy to be considered a regular. Despite its strip mall location, Chiang Mai offers some of Boise’s best authentic Thai food.

What’s to love: somtum papaya salad, crab rangoons, great service.

https://plus.google.com/116562492610800477082/

7) The Dish.

Dining here is always a pleasure; it’s apparent that the chefs have put the utmost care into preparing foods that will delight their guests, whether it’s a brie burger and fries or grilled salmon with coconut sauce and jasmine rice.

What’s to love: an innovative menu, local ingredients, gluten free options, intimate space.

www.thedishboise.com/

The Dish provides a dining experience for all five senses.

8) Dutch Goose.

A perfect weekend activity is a bike ride to ‘the Goose’, as locals affectionately call this Boise mainstay. Here you can hang out and dine in a traditional pub setting with the entire family or watch the game (and play one of your own) with friends.

What’s to love: fingersteaks, chicken strips, horseshoe pits, pool tables.

http://www.dutchgoose.com/BoiseGoose/BDGoose.html

9) Highlands Hollow

This Northend brewhouse is one of my family’s favorites, with its great food, great beer, and great atmosphere. Highlands Hollow offers growler specials every Monday, and live, local music on Wednesdays.

What’s to love: happy hour daily from 3-6 p.m., The Avalanche burger, huge plates of fresh-cut fries.

www.highlandshollow.com/

10) Kind Cuisine Café

Boise’s new fast casual vegetarian restaurant offers locally sourced, made-to-order entrees with a variety of vegan, raw, and gluten-free options.

What’s to love: rotating art shows, live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights, from music and dance to poetry.

www.kindcuisinecafe.com/

11) The Lift Bar & Grill.

We fell in love with The Lift back when they offered $2 fish tacos and 50 cent cans of Olympia on Tuesdays. Although they’ve stopped running that particular special, the rest of the menu is pretty great, and weekend brunch means $3 mimosas and bloody marys.

What’s to love: 50 cent wings on Monday nights, $7 all-you-can-eat spaghetti on Thursday (just through the winter).

http://theliftboise.com/

12) Reel Foods Fish Market & Oyster Bar

Despite being the land-locked city it is, Boise still has access to some of the freshest seafood in the Northwest. It’s because of this availability I’ve been able to share my love of seafood with my young daughter (imagine my surprise at learning a 5 year old really likes clams!).

What’s to love: new lunch menu and oyster bar, fresh-made sushi, frequent cooking classes.

http://reelfoodsfish.net/

With its new oyster bar and lunch menu, Reel Foods is worth a visit.

13) Saint Lawrence Gridiron

Even the walk up to this food-truck-turned-restaurant makes an immediate impression, since meat is almost always smoking out front (and it always smells amazing). The menu changes frequently, but SLG’s brisket and pulled pork are standby items that make an appreciated appearance in several food items.

What’s to love: Saturday brunch (free glass of sangria when you bring your Capital City Public Market purchase), lunch buddy beer specials, poutine.

www.saintlawrencegridiron.com/

Smoked meats make a frequent appearance on Saint Lawrence Gridiron’s innovative menu.

14) Viking Drive-In.

I’d be remiss not to include this neighborhood burger joint, since it’s in the family, and they really do serve some of the most amazing milkshakes this side of the Boise River (along with burgers with flavor!).

What’s to love: the Eric 2 with grilled onions (yes, this is a burger), chocolate milkshakes, scotch and sodas.

http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/95/824710/restaurant/Viking-Drive-In-Boise

Wherever you dine this holiday, we wish you a happy Valentine’s Day with the ones you love!

Sincerely,

Shana Moore, Your Local Boise Real Estate Professional and source of real estate market trends in Boise Idaho

Shana Foster Moore

A Year of Giving Ends; A 5-Year Anniversary Celebration Begins

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“Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” -Clarence Odbody, It’s a Wonderful Life

This quote from the 1946 classic film perfectly summarizes why we believe even little things add up, especially when it comes to helping to foster a better Boise.

That was part of the inspiration behind Buy-Boise’s sponsorship of It’s a Wonderful Life, during the final Boise Classic Movies event of 2014. In case you missed it, you may click to view our Christmas announcement and end-of-year video.

And, in true George Bailey form, when we reflect upon 2014, I can’t help but think it was Buy-Boise’s best year yet. It feels good that nearly all of my business came from referrals. I value those connections and return client interaction.

Many of our clients have been surprised to learn that the spirit of holiday giving lasted the entire year, at Boise’s fully women- owned and operated independent real estate brokerage. At Buy Boise Real Estate Group, we put time, energy and nearly ALL of the company’s profits right back into the community in 2014, to support organizations that make Boise a better place to live.

2014: A Year of Giving

Buy-Boise Real Estate Group, with support from loyal clients, allocated nearly all their profits to support the following organizations:

  • Silver Sage Girl Scouts (cookies for clients!)
  • Ada County Sheriff’s Association event to support relationships between police and at-risk youth
  • Highlands Elementary Parent-Teacher Association
  • BUGS (Boise Urban Garden School)
  • The Boise Bike Project (BBP), in memoriam of fallen firefighter Mark Urban, and to support their permanent building fund
  • Kinderhaven – North Idaho’s community organization dedicated to supporting children in crisis, so that they may restore a feeling of safety and well-being in their lives
  • Community Cancer Center in Sandpoint, Idaho, dedicated to supporting people who receive a cancer diagnosis
  • A sponsorship of one year of shelter for a person in need at Interfaith Sanctuary

These philanthropic activities are just a few of the reasons why I feel proud to be a part of this dynamic, big-hearted, and generous team.

“All you can take with you is that which you’ve given away.” -Pa Bailey, It’s a Wonderful Life

Celebrations to Follow in 2015

If 2014 is any indication of what’s in store for this year, we believe good things are ahead.

It’s Buy-Boise Real Estate Group’s five-year anniversary! That is a milestone anniversary indicating that a small business has beaten the statistics. We’ll also be paying extra attention to working with sellers at Buy-Boise Real Estate Group. If you’re in the market to sell a home, ask me (or any of my buyers) why now is the perfect time to move forward.

Call for sellers and future sellers – it’s your year!

Let’s talk now and plan ahead if needed. If you’re not already signed up to receive my email updates, I invite you to contact us and I’ll make sure to keep you up-to-date on all the latest real estate happenings in Boise as well as:

  • Market trends
  • Tips and insights for sellers and buyers
  • Community updates
  • Story Time

If you’re not familiar with Story Time, here is a sneak peek of what you’ll be seeing: one-of-a kind buyer and seller stories that illustrate the home buying and selling process in a fun and unique way.

Looking forward, we expect 2015 to be not only a 5-year celebration, but also another year of community involvement, local thinking and successful buyers/seller introductions. After all, we believe fostering a better Boise really does make for a wonderful life!

We invite you to join us on the journey.

Sincerely,

Shana Moore, Your Local Boise Real Estate Professional and source of real estate market trends in Boise Idaho

Shana Foster Moore

 

Merry Christmas

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Happy Holidays!

Thank you to all of you who joined us at the Egyptian Theater on December 16th, to join us in watching the holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.” It is indeed a wonderful life and I’m so glad you’re a part of it.

Before the movie, Buy-Boise’s first video played on the silver screen for a packed house, as part of our sponsorship of this warm and fun annual event. We received great feedback on our giveaways and goodies, but also some surprise at all that we’ve done to support and foster the community in 2014. This sounds like the making of a future blog topic to recap of 2014, but for now, here’s a replay of Buy-Boise’s first video.

Thank you for supporting us this year, and helping fuel the support we’ve returned to your community. Merry Christmas!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsmIGj1mGGk&feature=youtu.be

Happy Holidays!

Shana Moore, Your Local Boise Real Estate Professional and source of real estate market trends in Boise Idaho

My Favorite Places in Boise

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Eight Reasons I love Boise, Idaho

Evidenced in part by the pride people take in living in Boise, Idaho, this place has a lot to offer. The reasons for loving Idaho and being a Boisean are many, but today I’m sharing a few of mine.

The Foothills & Camel’s Back Park is one of my favorites. My daughter’s too – she had her birthday party at the picnic area near the park. I also appreciate  its proximity to the open spaces and foothills and trails that connect us to Bogus Basin, and beyond. Right now, the city is accepting commentary on your preferences for these lands, which it controls. http://parks.cityofboise.org/open-space-matters/

Local Food & Coffee.  True foodies might disagree with me here, especially when comparing Boise to the larger and more culinary cunning cities or the coffee culture of Portland and Seattle . . . and they have a point. We don’t have pizza like Chicago,  the ethnic diversity of New York or the beans of Portland. That said our city has a strong commitment to supporting local restaurants, particularly those who in turn support our local farmers, growers and ranchers with conscientious practices.
See my blog on my favorite restaurants to compare tastes, or comment on it to share yours!

Rivers.  The Boise River is my favorite, due to its proximity to my house and kid-friendly flows, however the Payette River system offers world-class whitewater and rapids of all levels, and I can’t imagine a Boise without this resource.

Bicycle Culture. I love it that the bike you drive is more of a material status symbol than your car. Then again, in a city that prioritizes the most practical rigs, like pick-ups and Subarus, it’s way more difficult to differentiate yourself by vehicle alone.

Green Belt. Many cities have one and every city should. When you need to “Take a Walk,” it’s where to go. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZX6Q-Bj_xg

Location The Northwest has so much to offer. Boise has long-weekend access to Portland, the Oregon coast, Seattle, Yellowstone, Montana, Sun Valley, Stanley, Jackson Hole, Utah, Tahoe, etc.

Ski Hills. With Bogus Basin being half an hour door-to-door from my house, it was hardly surprising to find myself with a kid in love with skiing since being in the front pouch at 6 months old. It’s fully feasible to go after work  in addition to weekends.  For a longer journey, Brundage Mountain in McCall has great skiing and Targhee in Driggs has epic conditions comparable to Utah.

The Number One Thing To Love About Boise, Idaho is . . . Hands down, the people are the best thing about this valley. They make eye contact and return smiles; drive less competitively than everywhere else; and have the friendly, laid-back inspirations of the rural life that surrounds and once was this area. They treat their dogs like family members and bring them along more often than not. I like to remind those who move here to take a look at the culture as it is and try to adapt to it, if it’s part of the reason they were drawn to this special place. (Even if the slower driving drives them crazy).

No RSVP Required. Whether you’ve moved to Boise to retire, work, recreate or escape, or if you are considering a move, don’t worry about the social graces of RSVPing to our city, or the first invitation you receive here. Just show up here, with your pets, and find yourself welcome. You may also want to note that we’ll probably do the same for any parties you may throw (fair warning- Boise is simply not an RSVPing city).

If you’d prefer to be welcomed to Boise, Idaho with a home to call your own, I can help with that. Don’t hesitate to give me a call or email and together we’ll find exactly what you need. When you’re ready for a second home McCall, let me know that too. We have a favorite agent there who we can refer you to.

Sincerely,

Shana Moore, Your Local Boise Real Estate Professional and source of real estate market trends in Boise Idaho

 

Shana Foster Moore,

Your local Boise Real Estate Resource

 

 

Where does your green grass go?

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Happy mowing season! I hear a lawnmower grinding away in the background as I write to inform you that the options for your grass clippings have increased.

Did you know that at the end of last mowing season, Boise introduced a grass recycling program to add to our grass clipping management options? With four hundred folks already enrolled, Republic Services is pleased that it started taking off this spring, according to a quick investigative phone call I placed.

For $7.95 a month, participants receive an extra, tan 95 gallon trash bin dedicated to clippings and leaves. They’re hauled to a Silage Pit in Ada County, instead of the landfill. The cart is dedicated specifically to grass clippings April through October, and leaves in November (that’s right –no more leave bags). December through March it serves as an extra trash bin.

The silage is tested for chemical content and safety, tarped and will be used as cattle feed. Participants in the program are asked to use only animal- and Earth-friendly products on their lawn.

While grass may not be the most water-wise investment, Boiseans love their lawns and have several choices on what to do with the waste.

Other options for grass clippings include mulching nutrient-filled grass back into the yard, or using as mulch in garden beds, offering them to your backyard chickens, and sending them to the landfill. The landfill option also is well managed.

“The Ada County Landfill employs a methane recapture system to generate electricity and provide power to thousands of local homes. The presence of yard waste and other organic material in the landfill actually facilitates the generation of gas and more electricity,” according to the web site with all the information on grass clippings http://curbit.cityofboise.org/residential/yard-waste/grass/ .

Cutting out grass clippings all together in our arid location is another option many progressive Boiseans have converted to. Xeriscapes and edible gardens don’t create grass clippings but they do put water to wise use.

I hope you’re enjoying your yard this summer, no matter how you’re managing it!

Sincerely,

Shana Moore, Your Local Boise Real Estate Professional and source of Boise housing market trends

 

 

Your Local Boise Real Estate Resource

 

 

Buying Buckets for Paint the Town- I’ll Match Your Donations!

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Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) is hosting the 32nd annual Paint The Town™, this Saturday, June 7, 2014. With the help of nearly 2,000 volunteers, dozens of community and business sponsors, and hundreds of generous donors, NHS will paint 51 homes this year! They still seek donors to “buy a bucket” of paint and I’m all in if you are!

Buying Buckets of Paint!

If you’re among my clients who love and support non-profits in Boise, you are cordially invited to get twice as much out of your generosity this weekend! For every bucket my clients buy to support Paint The Town™, I’ll buy a bucket to match.

Buy One Bucket (but they’ll get two, because I’ll match your donation) Simply enter “Foster Boise” in the special instructions section.

Help provide the paint and supplies & WIN prizes! For every bucket you buy, you’ll receive a raffle ticket!

Join NHS at the Block Party, June 7th in Cassia Park There will be food, neighbors, celebrating volunteers and raffle drawings!

Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS)

Do you know NHS hosted Paint the Town? I’d be willing to bet, if asked, you’d have been tempted to incorrectly say “The City of Boise,” like many other neighbors and Boise locals.  The REAL host is this wonderful, local non-profit whose board I’m actively participating in. It’s their biggest event of the year. Thousands participate. The benefits directly affect individuals and the community and Boise City has no complaints about unwarranted credit they often receive for this successful endeavor.

NHS also brings us Rake Up Boise in fall and provides numerous programs that foster communities, families and future homeowners. They offer a series of programs that connect people with affordable housing options. They also find innovative ways to help people rent and progress toward sustainable home ownership.

Supporting NHS or Paint the Town is yet another fun way to Foster our Boise communities. Thank you for all who help make it happen through donations, volunteerism, or attendance!!! If raking is more your style, guess what else NHS does? If you said Rake Up Boise, than you guessed right. For information on NHS  or to invite yourself to a free informational luncheon, email info@nhsid.org.

Thank you for all you do to Foster Boise!

 

Shana Moore, Your Local Boise Real Estate Professional and source of real estate market trends in Boise Idaho

 

 

Shana Foster Moore

Buy-Boise Real Estate Group

Board Member, NHS

 

My Boise Bucket List

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20 Things All Boiseans Should Try at Least Once

Boise State Public Radio recently published the Idaho Bucket List: The 75 Things All Idahoans Should Try (At Least Once). Wow, I’ve got a lot to do! But, it got me thinking about my own bucket list nearer to home – what are the things that I love and want to do in and around Boise?

Sometimes, when we live in a place for a long time, we get into our everyday routine and forget to appreciate what’s around us and experience new things. Boise and surrounding areas offer so many fun and unique opportunities, so here’s a list to get you started:

  1. Sit at the classic counter at Moon’s Kitchen and enjoy a hearty breakfast and one of their delicious milkshakes. Image from newmoonskitchen.com

    Breakfast at Moon’s Cafe, followed by a stroll through the Farmer’s Market.

  2. Volunteer at one of the community gardens.
  3. Stand up paddle boarding at Quinn’s Pond.
  4. Lunch at Chang Mai.
  5. Dinner and freshly brewed beer at Highland’s Hollow (We walked about 1.5 miles from our house in a snow storm one evening!)
  6. Riding bikes downtown.
  7. Mountain bike or take a hike in the foothills.
  8. Find your favorite water hole on the Boise River for summer relaxation – mine is near Veterans Memorial Park.
  9. Picnic on the hillside behind the Botanical Gardens while listening to an outdoor concert at Outlaw Field or hit their Great Garden Escape Concert series.
  10. Get a great view of Boise from the numerous foothill trails. Photo courtesy of Boise Guest House. (Boise Guest House is a great place to stay for visiting family and friends!)

    Be a kid again at Boise Jump Time.

  11. Movie and wine at the Flicks Theatre.
  12. Tuesday afternoon movie at the dollar theater (less than $5 gets you in with a drink and a popcorn), followed by gourmet pizza buffet at Flying Pie – kids under 5 are free that night!
  13. Go digging for deals at local thrift stores.
  14. Try women’s hockey at Ice World (there’s intro clinic sign-ups for women and men right now).
  15. Tour de coop – a great way to see people’s urban chicken coops.
  16. Depending on the season – head up to Bogus Basin, or down the Payette river.
  17. Wax and Beer at Sockeye Brewery – $10 gets you a fresh coat of wax and a FREE pint of Sockeye, benefitting the Bogus Ski Patrol.
  18. Eat a gooey, freshly baked Cinnamon roll from Boise’s Bakery, locally owned by master baker, 14 year old Isabelle.
  19. Tuesday Night at the Jordan Street Garden – meet the farmers, neighbors, and see how this community garden is flooded once a week.
  20. Go ice blocking down Simplot hill.

Thank you for reading and I hope you will join me in trying all-things local and fostering the finest things our Boise community has to offer.

Sincerely,
Providing you real estate market trends
ShanaFosterMoore@gmail.com
Your Local Boise Real Estate Professional