Platform of Platitudes • Best Snow Show Wins • Move it • Boasting Bikes • No Lap Rides Allowed 

4 Friday

Platform of Platitudes

Stage Coach Theatre presents its first play of the new year, The Sensuous Senator. The bedroom farce written by Michael Parker and directed by Ben Hamill follows the story of Senator Douglas and his somewhat shaky platform. Running for senate aboard a morality bandwagon bound for exposure, the truth about his secret life comes out when his wife leaves town, and the characters come out of the woodwork. The mistress, an escort service employee, a fellow congressman and reporter all contribute to the chaos as the senator's alter-reality comes crashing down around him. Preparation for the production, including auditions, casting and inside updates have been archived through written entries and the director's video blog and can be seen at SenatorBlog.Blogspot.com. Thursday through Sunday, January 4 to 26. Check the Web site for specific times and ticket prices.

8:15 p.m., $12, Stage Coach Theatre, 5296 W. Overland Rd., Boise, 208-342-2000, StageCoachTheatre.com.

6 Sunday

Best Snow Show Wins

Brundage Mountain claims to have some of the best snow in Idaho. They say this is because the location of the mountain makes for colder winter storms, resulting in drier snow conditions, which in turn produce high quality fluff over the entire mountain. True or not, they'll need good snow for the upcoming competitions sponsored by the United States of America Snowboard Association. The Payette River Mountain Freeride series hosts the Giant Slalom Boardercross and SkierCross events, with top snowboarders and skiers competing in multiple heats of intense, mountain action. Top riders test their speed and skills to vie for spots in the annual national championships. Skiers are welcome to test their skills, however, only snowboarders are eligible to earn USASA-qualifying points in this event. Registration begins at 10 a.m. The event starting at noon. Helmets are required to ensure riders live to race another day.

10 a.m., $25 per event with active membership, Brundage Mountain Resort, 3890 Goose Lake Rd, McCall, www.brundage.com.

8 tuesday

Move it

Mearah of Mearah's Treasures and the Desert Dreams Dance Studio says belly dancing is "absolutely a scream, it is just fun, and it can really help a dancer come out of their shell." Belly dancing brings to mind masked women with alluring hips slithering by in flowing scarves. But, there are male and female belly dancers, and Mearah says Boise has a phenomenal community of belly dancers. If you have ever longed to take lessons, here's your chance. Beginner level classes start Tuesday, January 8. The hour-long lessons are fun for the dancers because they get to dress up and move for entertainment and exercise. This form of non-impact dancing gets you moving, gets you into shape, and, according to the teacher, belly dancing won't break you down. Dress up in the traditional belly dance clothing and play around while you learn the moves. For information, e-mail hennadancer@msn.com.

7:30 p.m., $50/month for one class per week; drop-in rates, $15 per class, Mearah's Treasures and The Desert Dreams Dance Studio, 4419 Marvin St., Boise, 208-794-1929, Mearah.com.

Boasting Bikes

WWW.IDAHOVELOPARK.ORG/BRS ARCHITECTS
  • www.idahovelopark.org/brs architects

The Ada-Eagle Sports Complex has some exciting plans for 20 acres of land just off Old Horseshoe Bend Road and Floating Feather Road, which are sure to appeal to all types of bicycle enthusiasts. In cooperation with the Idaho Velodrome and Cycling Park Association, officials from Ada County and Eagle will break ground on the proposed Idaho Velodrome and Cycling Park. The public park will be developed into the country's first multi-disciplined cycling venue including cross-country mountain bike trails, dual slalom and cyclocross courses. The 333-meter velodrome is a concrete surface cycling track and the cornerstone of this world-class facility. The idea is to attract cyclists from all over the region. Bike shops throughout the Treasure Valley are supporting the project by offering merchandise in anticipation of the opening in spring 2008.

5 p.m., Ada-Eagle Sports Complex, Old Horseshoe Bend Rd., Eagle, Idaho. For more information, go to IdahoVeloPark.org.

No Lap Rides Allowed

Kick it into four-wheel drive, travel up the winding road to Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area and hop on a tube. The GoldRush Tubing Hill is a fun option for a quick adrenaline-filled activity. One by one, tubers zoom down the hill sitting upright or on their stomachs posed to take flight. Some tubers prefer to go downhill like little insulated islands on a frozen stream of snow, while others travel down all attached in a glob. Tubers can race family and friends, complete strangers or the wind: The point is to dress warmly so that the only frozen part of your body is the smile on your face.

10 a.m., $9 per person and can be purchased in advance at BogusBasin.org. Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area, 2600 Bogus Basin Road, 208-332-5100.

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