The annual holiday tradition is back. The lights of Winter Garden aGlow 2008 at the Idaho Botanical Garden illuminate the holiday season beginning Thanksgiving Day and continue sparkling every evening through Jan. 3. Displays and decorations are hung on anything and everything that stays still. The garden scenery shines bright courtesy of thousands of colorful lights hung with care to enhance the natural setting. Roaring bonfires help take the chill away as spectators enjoy entertainment by local volunteer performers, holiday music and hot beverages.
6-9 p.m., adults $6; IBG members and children (4-12 years old) $4; children 3 and younger FREE, Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Rd., idahobotanicalgarden.org.
The 11th annual Empty Bowls event features more than 2,000 empty bowls for sale, which can be filled with soup and in turn, can help the Idaho Foodbank fill empty stomachs all year long. Each year, area restaurants whip up a variety of homemade, gourmet soups sold in handcrafted bowls donated by artisans from all over the country. The unique bowls are usually made from clay and ceramics and this year, the ASBSU Art Metals Club members fabricated aluminum bowls for the event. Music and entertainment fill the silent spaces as attendees purchase one-of-a-kind bowls with soup and a side of bread.
11 a.m.-8 p.m., $10, The Grove Plaza, downtown Boise, idahofoodbank.org.
28 Friday – 29 Saturday
Don't be a Scrooge
During the Theater for Food, Food Drive Nov. 28-29 benefiting the Idaho Foodbank, take nonperishable, unexpired food items to the opening weekend performance of The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge and receive a voucher for half-off the price of tickets for any Boise Little Theater 2008-2009 season show. The play, directed by Cricket Langworthy, is about the trial of the century, when a year after his miraculous transformation, Ebenezer Scrooge is back to his old ways, suing Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.
Nov. 28-29 and Dec. 4-6, 8 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 7, 2 p.m.; Wed., Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m.; and Dec. 11-13, 8 p.m. $11 general; $9 for students and seniors, Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104, boiselittletheater.org.
A Whole Lot of Holiday Going On
Ready or not, the holiday season is here and it kicks off with the Boise Holiday Parade at 9:45 a.m. at the Morrison Center on University Drive. The parade marches on until noon with festive floats, bagpipers and band members in Santa hats. Balloons in the form of classic characters float by, but the real draw is an appearance by the man of the hour, Santa Claus. After getting all hopped up on holiday spirit, shoppers can bring their children by Macy's at 918 W. Idaho St. to share their wish lists and for a small fee, get a photo snapped with the City Santa 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.
As darkness falls, it's time for the annual Tree Lighting Celebration from 5-7 p.m., in the Grove Plaza. Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and his family light up the 30-foot evergreen Christmas tree while everyone in attendance belts out carols. The event includes much more than firing up the lights on the community tree. Enjoy live music, a candle-lighting ceremony and festive food and beverages.
World AIDS Day
Since 1988, Dec. 1 has been designated as an international day of reflection and action meant to raise awareness about AIDS and the spread of HIV infection. A series of events at Boise State Dec. 1-5 mark World AIDS Day. On Dec. 1 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., know your status during a free, confidential rapid HIV testing provided by Health, Wellness and Counseling Service and a.l.p.h.a. in the Student Union Ah Fong room. Duane Quintana, executive director of a.l.p.h.a., is on the front line of the fight against HIV and AIDS in Boise and discusses ways to protect against being infected. The AIDS Memorial Quilt maintained by NAMES Project Foundation is on display Dec. 1-4. Each of the three 12-by-12-foot panels depicts a different story created by the loved ones of someone who has died of AIDS-related causes.
Show support for those infected and affected by the pandemic by wearing a red AIDS Awareness Ribbon during an AIDS vigil at 8 p.m. in Ann Morrison Park.
Boise State University, 1900 University Drive.