Christmas is over, so it’s time to enjoy those interesting days between that day and New Year’s Day. There might be some college bowl games worth a look-see, but don’t forget to get out and take in some tunes and a crisp winter hike.Dec. 28
If your resolution for 2019 involves taking more risks, then the free open mic night Dec. 28 at Moscow’s One World Cafe might be your chance to leap out of your safety zone.
All ages are eligible to sign up beginning at 6:30 p.m. for a 10-minute set with performances starting at 7 p.m. Signups are first come, first served.
One World Cafe is at 533 S. Main St.
The Intentions, a band that embraces multiple musical genres including rock, blues and folk, will take the John’s Alley stage beginning at 8 p.m. Dec. 28.
Cost is $5, and the venue is at 114 E. Sixth St.
Tradition and contemporary music will highlight the Idaho County Orchestra’s annual holiday concert which begins at 2 p.m. Dec. 29 in the chapel at the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood.
The free concert is titled “A Prairie Christmas” and will feature Carletta Allen (violin), Alli Kohrman (violin), Crissi McCarty (violin), Lori Graham (viola), Joan Haaland (flute), Hannah Schwartz (flute), Mary Schwartz (clarinet), Sr. Karen Martin (clarinet), Barbara Cleary (cello) and Bruce Graham (string bass).
A reception will follow the performance. The monastery is at 465 Keuterville Road.
A free holiday dinner for the community is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 30 at the 1912 Center in Moscow.
The dinner, in its 10th year, is organized by Moscow High School students with support from community volunteers and businesses.
The center is at 412 E. Third St.
Two Lewiston fraternal organizations plan music, dinner and dancing for New Year’s Eve Dec. 31.
The Morgan Brothers will play from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Lewiston Elks. A bite-size steak and shrimp dinner will be served from 6 to 8 p.m. and breakfast will be served starting at about 11 p.m.
Cost for the evening of music, including dinner and breakfast, is $50 per person. For music and breakfast, cost is $35, and for those who just want to listen to the music, cost is $20.
The Elks is at 3444 Country Club Drive.
Rough Kutt will play from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Lewiston Eagles. A bite-size steak dinner will be available for purchase from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Cost for the music is $12 per person or $20 per couple.
The Eagles is at 1310 Main St.
The annual First Day Hikes event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 1 at Hells Gate State Park in Lewiston.
Hikes are open to all and feature both a guided hike and self-guided hikes. All hikes begin and end at the Lewis and Clark Discovery Center at the park. Hikers may enjoy free soup, coffee and hot cocoa in the center.
There is a $5 park entry fee for those who do not hold an Idaho State Parks Passport allowing free entry to all state parks.
The First Day Hikes are a national event and take place in state parks in all 50 states.