As a PGA-certified pro, Jeff Thomsen's distinguished golf career began decades ago, when the 16-year-old Thomsen swung his way to the Idaho State Amateur championship, becoming the youngest player ever to earn that rarefied distinction. His early success would pave the cart path to a long career that included 55 PGA Tour events, participation in four major championships, multiple tournament victories, and once saving a course-side community from a feral golf cart. Today, Jeff showers pupils with golf wisdom culled from both his 35-year competitive career and a certification from the Nicklaus/Flick Golf School. The passionate pedagogue helps players sharpen their game, lengthen their drives, and fold scorecards into paper cranes with hands-on, comprehensive lessons conducted at multiple courses throughout the hills of Treasure Valley.
For 12 years, Prairie Dog Productions has tickled funny bones both young and old with original scripts that parody pop culture and classical stories. Just in time for Halloween, season opener Vampire vs. Wolfman skewers the vampire mania that’s reared its fanged head over the past few years. Local talent instills the yuletide values of generosity and humane reindeer ownership in Scooge…Older, but Miser! before jabbing superhero stories in the vividly costumed Gnat Man!. With casual cabaret seating, families can snag seats together to enjoy the ageless appeal and peroxide-squirting pistol of international super spy James Blonde.
Multiplatinum-selling and multiple-Grammy-winning quartet Third Day’s stirring Southern rock thrills multitudes on its Make Your Move spring tour. One of the most popular Christian bands of the A.D. era, Third Day has moved millions of fans with hits such as “Cry Out to Jesus” and “Love Song,” as well as hundreds of tumbleweeds with its tour bus. With a sound that evokes Lynyrd Skynyrd in its Sunday best, the band tenderly testifies while rocking through a hook-laden marathon live show.
Planet Kid hosts one of the largest soft indoor playgrounds in Idaho. Offering healthy recreational alternatives to the basketball-shaped video-game consoles and vegetable-shaped junk food so heavily marketed to children, Planet Kid sends excitable tykes and active 12-and-unders tumbling through blood-pumping playable obstacles. Gaze upward at the towering climbing tube known as the Astral Ascent, or crane your neck further for a glimpse of Moon Mountain, a giant wade-able ball pit. A collection of space-themed slides like the Comet, the Milky Way, and the Star Shoot test fundamental laws of gravity without resorting to pelting famous physicists in the face with apples. Kids looking to conquer their fear of heights before moving onto their fear of inherently evil clowns will enjoy the Reach the Peak two-sided mountain-rope climb.
Muse Bistro and Wine Bar dazzles diners and sates stomachs with a rotating menu of artfully designed and presented entrees built from seasonal ingredients and market-fresh fish. Lasso stampeding appetites with starters such as calamari fritti dredged in crispy panko crumbs and sidled up next to a lemon-basil aioli. Though entrees change weekly, like a fickle gorilla's opinions on foreign affairs, offerings include dishes such as top sirloin garbed in a sherried mushroom ragout and joined by a sidecar of vegetables and whipped potatoes. Gastronomic gurus tickle market-fresh fish en papillote with basting brushes coated in sun-dried-tomato-basil butter before nestling the piscatorial provender atop a bed of flavor-enhancing aromatics.
Boasting more than 150 superstores nationwide, Hastings keeps entertainment enthusiasts entertained and enthused with 20,000 square feet of new and used movies, music, games, books, novelty gifts, and more. Adorn coffee tables with an array of readable coasters, including Jon Stewart's Earth ($13.99 used/$18.99 new), or add to video libraries with a vast selection of classic and newly released DVDs, such as The Social Network ($19.38 new). Hastings also hooks up sundry electronics with helpful accessories such as the iPod Touch G3 Defender case ($19.99), which protects portable jukeboxes from spillage and Henry Winkler's elbow. Hastings' rental service for films and video games makes it as easy to try before you buy as the popular online service NetHusbands.
Sustainable practices and organic, all-natural ingredients abound at Tree City Juice and Smoothie Café, where health-conscious chefs fortify their menu with homegrown wheatgrass and handmade whole-wheat tortillas crafted in-house. Tree City’s all-natural approach is evident in its nourishing selection of fresh-squeezed juices and frosty smoothies, which can be boosted with shots of whey, matcha, multivitamin blends, and strongman tears. Every day, staff members prepare the savory sauces they smear onto wraps and paninis from Tree City’s own probiotic yogurts.