We play for the residents of the Ohwyee Memory Care Center at Meadow Lakes / Touchmark on the first and third Fridays of each month from 3:00 - 4:00 pm. The residents really enjoy these performances, and so do we. (Note that their clock is always five minutes fast, so it is useful to get there a few minutes early, if you can).


​ 1st Friday, OCT 06, 2017
 3rd Friday, OCT 20, 2017


For these performances, we play from the most current Nifty Fifty song book, just like at our jams.  

If there are any questions not already answered here, contact Karen or Earl by email at

We almost never meet or perform on the fifth Fridays or fifth Mondays of any month. As a group, we need a break once in a while -- even from something as fun as the ukulele.

​​"Absolute Beginner" Ukulele - now 2nd and 4th Wednesdays

Bill McKeeth is running a free instructional session / jam for absolute beginners on the second and fourth  Wednesday evenings from 6 pm – 8 pm.  All are welcome.   Classes are held at:

independent living
Karcher Estates  
1127 Caldwell Blvd.
Nampa, ID 83651

This is not an extra BUG event, but Bill certainly has our blessing to proceed, especially since BUG members no longer provide basic instruction or lessons.  As people learn and build skills, he will also direct them to join our twice monthly jams at Meadow Lakes.  Check in here regularly for updates.


updated SEP 28, 2017

The jams in Meridian are just that - jam sessions for those who can already play with at least some degree of skill. But you don't have to be an expert player to take part and have fun.  Instruction is not part of the regular jams, we just make music.  All are welcome to play, sing, or listen, and there is no charge for participating in BUG events.

2nd Monday, OCT 09, 2017 --------- Elkhorn 6:45 - 8:15 pm

​4th Monday,   OCT 23, 2017 --------- main lodge chapel     6:17 - 8:30 pm

The 2nd Monday jam is at the Elkhorn Assisted Living center, and the 4th Monday jam in the main lodge chapel.  Reminder emails will let you know which space and are sent out 2-3 days prior to each jam.  If you are not on our BUG email list, send a request to and we can add you.

Meetings / jams are always held on the 2nd and 4th Monday evenings.  For the second Monday jams, we will be in the Elkhorn Assisted Living center on the south side of the main lodge (just follow the loop road around to the south side of the complex. Elkhorn is well marked and parking is actually easier there). They have asked us to start a bit later to reduce conflicts with dinner.

4th Monday jams are in the second floor chapel of the main lodge building.  Go through the main lodge entry to the front desk, then take the elevator on the right to the second floor.  The chapel is on the right after you exit the elevator. Meetings begin at our regular start time of 6:17 pm.  We choose this admittedly odd time because want to actually start around 6:30 while there are still some MLV residents listening.  If we say "starting at 6:30" then many people drag in around 7-ish and that often disrupts the flow of the jam. 

You can download and print song sheets from the "Music" page.  We use a core group of roughly 50 songs called the "Nifty Fifty".

We almost never meet or perform on the fifth Fridays or fifth Mondays of any month. As a group, we need a break once in a while -- even from something as fun as the ukulele.


We play from the official Nifty Fifty songbook. But at 8 pm we go "open mic" for the last half hour. Anyone can choose any song, whether or not it is in the official Nifty Fifty songbook. It might help to bring copies to pass.   Remember, if you choose a song that isn't in the Nifty Fifty book, then YOU LEAD IT. It is unfair to ask someone who probably doesn't know your song to lead it.


All BUG events and jams are free. All we ask is that you bring your enthusiasm for the ukulele and an aloha spirit.

Meadow Lakes Village Senior Living Complex

4037 E. Clocktower Lane

Meridian, ID

The facility is located southeast of St. Luke's

Meridian Medical Center on Eagle Road

BUG INTERMEDIATE EXPERIENCE (BUGIE) for those who want to move beyond the basics, and all are welcome!  Come play with us!

​Meetings are at 7 pm on a Monday, usually, once a month. They are hosted in a private home.   Call or text Karen at (208) 996-9241 if you need an address.


There is no need to let us know if you are coming or cannot make it on any given evening. You can get added to or taken off our BUGIE reminder mailing list at any time just by asking

Suspended for summer...

This is not a jam, but informal, self-directed group sharing.   Topics vary according to who shows up on any given night, and what they want to share - or ask.  It is all about encouraging each other and pushing to improve our playing experience.

Players are should generally have all the basic chords in their grasp as well as facility with different keys. 
Music sheets other than lyrics or for teaching purposes are not necessary.  
We actively encourage playing without a music sheet in front of you - that is a vital skill for any musician.

We appreciate experienced players that join us and share tips and ideas.

Learn to play and lead better, learn new songs, learn some great licks!   It all happens at BUGIE!

Updated May 31, 2017


Eastbound on Franklin Road, take the first traffic light east of Eagle Road  (go past the RC Willey store)

turn south at the traffic light onto Touchmark Drive

follow the street around both traffic circles heading southeast

(don't turn west onto Louise at the first traffic circle heading toward the medical offices)

drive southeast toward the main lodge back by the freeway

Park in front of the lodge (but please don't park in the spots marked "resident")