December 20, 2006 

Don't be a grinch

Next time you're out doing some holiday shopping, pick up a toy for a child who might otherwise go without this Christmas. Drop your new unwrapped gift at one of many Toys for Tots drop sites, including Idaho Trust bank on the corner of Broad and 9th Street. Toys for Tots is sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps and The Salvation Army. Visit http://toysfortots2006.com for more information.

We may not have the big parade, but we have Santa

Take your tiny tykes to Macy's downtown and, for a small donation, they can tell Santa what they want for Christmas and then have their picture taken with him. Proceeds from the donations benefit the American Cancer Society.

December 23, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Macy's, 918 W. Idaho St.

Attention Wordsmiths and Artists

Whether you're into poetry, prose or painting, there are several contests and events coming up to keep your artistic juices flowing over the holidays.

Poets, check out the Amateur Poetry Contest sponsored by the The Talent Literary Guild. Poems can be written in any style and must be 21 lines or less. The contest is free to enter and the deadline is January 20. Visit www.freecontest.com for more information.

Do you have a fabulous family recipe for Apple Brown Betty that you want to share? Send your traditional or non-traditional apple recipes to applerecipes@gmail.com for possible inclusion in a cookbook to celebrate Julia Davis Park's 100-year anniversary. The deadline for entries is Janurary 31. Call Bev Harad at 345-0808 for more information.

Fancy yourself more of a filmmaker than a writer? Then enter the Boise State Film and Video Festival. Films can be on SVHS, VHS or mini-DV. They must be 25 minutes or less in length and the categories for this year are fiction, documentary or animation. Entry fees are $25 for professionals, $15 for college students and amateurs and $10 for junior high and high-school students. The deadline for entries is April. For more information, visit www.TVCTVOnline.org.

Prefer painting to producing? Every week Boise Weekly chooses one submitted original work for the cover of the paper. We pay $150 plus a $25 gift certificate to Boise Blue Art Supply for every published cover. We ask that published original covers then be donated as part of a charity auction we hold each fall with proceeds benefiting local arts programs. Works must be original and may be in any medium, including digital and photography, however digital covers must be of archival quality or a gyclee print. Square format works are preferred, but original artwork may be any size and does not have to be framed when submitted (we take care of that). Art submitted and not selected for our cover is available for pick-up anytime. For more information, contact leila@boiseweekly.com or call 344-2055.

The Eagle Arts Commission and the City of Eagle are still looking for artists to design artistic, sculptural outdoor benches. The winning designers will be offered $3,000 to construct and deliver their benches. The deadline to submit sketches is December 30. For more information, contact Barbara Burton at 489-8788 or visit www.eaglearts.org.

--Amy Atkins

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