June 28, 2006 

BAM Extends Hours for Summer

If you're looking for something fun and culture-ish to do this summer, look no further than Boise Art Museum. They have extended their hours this summer and will be staying open on Mondays. Summer hours for the museum are as follows: Open seven days (June through August) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (September through October 16, that's noon to 5 p.m. on Mondays before closing on that day for the winter); Thursdays open until 8 p.m. and First Thursday open until 9 p.m. Visit www.boiseartmuseum.org to plan the family's summer museum outings.

Local Student Garners Honor for Holocaust Essay

The Holocaust Remembrance Project, sponsored by the law firm Holland & Knight LLP and the Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation and now in its 12th year, is a national essay contest for high school students designed to encourage and promote the study of the Holocaust. Local student Mindy Thompson, a junior at Centennial High School in Meridian, is the author of one of the 10 first-place essays, chosen from over 3,000 entries. As her prize, Thompson will travel to Washington, D.C. (all-expenses paid) to visit the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, accompanied by 10 Holocaust survivors. Winners will also attend lectures and record their winning essays. The event culminates on July 20 at an awards banquet, which includes a keynote address by world-renowned writer, activist and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. At the banquet, each student will be awarded a scholarship of up to $10,000.

To read the winning essays, visit http://holocaust.hklaw.com.

Lake City Playhouse Offers Scholarships For Children's Workshop

Lake City Playhouse in Coeur d'Alene is offering scholarships for its Huckleberry Children's Workshop Summer Series. The first workshop, Magical Musicals, is fast approaching, scheduled for July 3, 5, 6 and 7. To apply, stop by the LCP offices at 1320 E. Garden Ave., Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., or one hour prior to performances, or call (208) 667-1323.

For more information, visit www.lakecityplayhouse.org.

Company of Fools Announces Young Playwrights Selected for New Voices For the Theatre 2006 Program

Earlier this spring, Hailey-based theater group Company of Fools put out a call for kids in grades 7 to 12 to participate in their New Voices for the Theatre program, a three-week intensive play-writing workshop designed to cultivate young writers in the playwrighting art.

The following students were selected from all the applications to participate in the program: Cody Cole (Wood River High School ), Zana Davey (Community School), Sean Dhalman (Wood River Middle School), India Emerick (Community School), Stormy Mataya (Wood River High School), Reke Pere (Idyllwild Arts Academy), Terrell Sampson (Wood River High School) and Connor Zaft (Wood River Middle School).

In the first week of the June 12 through June 30 workshop, participants got to work with playwright, novelist and storyteller Clay McLeod Chapman. Students also got to work Company of Fools' core company artists and other theater mentors, including Denise Simone (of COF), Max Kessler (a New Voices writer from 2005) and Joel Vilinsky (a teacher from Community School).

After two weeks of writing, improv classes and hands-on theatrical experience, New Voices writers spent the final week working with their theater mentors to bring their work to life for staged readings on the Liberty Stage in Hailey.

Form more information, visit www.companyoffools.org.

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