A Roundup of Exciting News from Local Organizations

Unplug and Be Outside

Meridian Parks and Recreation, in collaboration with the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, invites businesses and organizations to participate in the annual Unplug and Be Outside initiative. This event aims to promote positive mental, physical, and emotional health by encouraging families to engage in outdoor activities. Opportunities include hosting exhibits, demonstrations, workshops, or field trips. The kick-off event takes place on May 11 at Kleiner Park, with a Field Day on May 15 at Settlers Park. Businesses and non-profits can showcase their offerings for a fee of $40 and $20, respectively. The initiative extends throughout the week of May 11-18, 2024, fostering community well-being. MeridianCity.org

Eagle's All-Weather Bike Trail

The city of Eagle in the Treasure Valley is breaking new ground with the introduction of the "Concrete Jungle" all-weather bike trail at the Ada/Eagle Sports Complex. In response to unpredictable weather, the city aims to provide a durable trail experience for bikers. The quarter-mile path, unveiled in a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony, features 400,000 pounds of repurposed concrete from local buildings. Designed over a three-year period, the trail caters to riders of various skill levels, offering advanced beginner and lower intermediate features, as well as 200 feet of intermediate and 300 feet of technical options. The "Concrete Jungle" promises an exciting, safe, and environmentally conscious biking experience. 

My Artrepreneur Program

Artists embody the spirit of inventors, engineers, explorers, and discoverers, yet navigating the challenge of monetizing creativity can be formidable. Recognizing this, the Idaho Commission on the Arts introduces the My Artrepreneur™ Program, an intensive professional development initiative aimed at equipping artists with essential business skills. Rotating through various regions, the 2024 program partners with the West Central Mountains Economic Development Council, offering workshops and mentorship opportunities in Cascade, New Meadows, Donnelly, and McCall. With Saturday sessions from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday sessions from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., artists engage in over 40 hours of instruction and workshop activities. The program, known for its success in Montana, emphasizes building a sustainable artistic career through skill development, community engagement, and strategic patronage. Scholarships, reducing the cost from $1,000 to $300, make this transformative program accessible, fostering confident and thriving artists. arts.idaho.gov

NEWS RELEASE AND STORY IDEAS: We're always interested to hear about new business openings, upcoming events, local news items, and community members contributing in new and exciting ways. Email: Editorial@MeridianCityLifestyle.com | @meridian.lifestyle

Photo: Opening day for Meridian Main Street Market is April 13 with fresh produce, artisanal goods, live music, food trucks on the city hall plaza. meridianmainstreetmarket.com

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