Professional Performers • Finest Vintages • Walk Silently and Carry a Big Message • All About Arbor Day • Ironic Icons 

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Professional Performers

The Boise Baroque Orchestra joins forces with members of the Boise Master Chorale to perform one of Handel's rarely performed oratorios, Joshua. The concert program features an orchestra of more than 20 members and a full chorus featuring four special guest vocal soloists. A second performance takes place Sunday, April 27, at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Rockies, 717 N. 11th St. An hour before the start of the Sunday concert, season ticket holders can attend a reception at which music director Daniel Stern will go over some highlights of the 2008-2009 season while attendees snack on hors d'oeuvres. Other concertgoers are welcome to attend with a $20 donation.

7:30 p.m., $17 adults, $13 for students and seniors, Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third Street, Nampa, nampaciviccenter.com, 208-468-5555.

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Finest Vintages

Much love and exposure has been given to the largest annual wine festival in the area, the Beaux Arts Wine Festival. The fundraising begins with Vintner Dinners at various local restaurants matching up gourmet food with the perfect wine.

But the event for everyone that is sure to bring out the masses is the Wine Tasting and Silent Auction, where participants sample more than 250 vintages, all the while enjoying live music.

This year, the 21st Annual Beaux Arts Wine Festival will conclude with an exclusive gala at The Arid Club on April 26. If you really feel like dropping a Benjamin, a Jackson and a Lincoln to gain access, then by all means, go right ahead, you patron of the arts, you.

5:30-8:30 p.m., $50 per person advance, $55 at the door, Boise Centre on the Grove, 850 W. Front St., www.idahotickets.com.

Walk Silently and Carry a Big Message

My place in the world is to make change, and the first thing I must

change is life as I know it. —Sami Cronk

Last year, Sami Cronk, a student at ANSER Junior High, organized an event to raise awareness about the genocide in Uganda. This year, the event boasts even more participation with students from ANSER Junior High, Bishop Kelly, Boise High School, Borah High School and North Junior High. The second-annual Ugandan Displacement Night represents a typical night as experienced by the children of Uganda, who must leave their villages and walk at least five miles to sleep at a safe location, or risk being kidnapped by rebels.

The first time around, 50 students raised $3,800 for a school program sponsored by the Invisible Children's Fund, and during the silent parade, the group got a few puzzled looks along with a couple of "Rock on's!" This year, the students have been armed with pledge envelopes to raise money for the Agency for New Americans in Boise.

The Boise Displace Me Night will begin at 8 p.m. from three different locations—Timberline High School, Hillside Junior High and Hillcrest Shopping Center—with the students walking five miles to the Boise High School football field. Once the estimated 300 students arrive, a candle-lighting ceremony, followed by 21 minutes of silence, will be conducted to represent the 21 years of civil war in the region. Students and chaperones spend the night on the field with nothing more than a sleeping bag and a bottle of water. The following morning, students walk the five miles back to where they started the previous night; the notable difference being that they have done something very worthwhile to help change their world.

8 p.m., Boise High School football field, 1010 Washington St., Boise.

All About Arbor Day

Boise hearts trees and to prove it, Arbor Day celebrations are a big deal in these parts. Kicking off the foliage festivities at 10 a.m., State Controller Donna Jones leads the ceremony with a special presentation by students from Taft Elementary School. A Kwanzan cherry tree will be planed in honor of Lily Cuoio, who won first place in the Arbor Day 2008 Poster Contest. Drop some green and support the Idaho Botanical Garden's Annual Spring Plant Sale. The member-only sale is on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. (membership is $35 a year for individuals and $50 for families), and then on Saturday, the sale opens to the public for a $1 admission. The garden fills with people who seem to come out of the woodwork to snap up thousands of trees, shrubs and native plants, many of which have been propagated from vegetation at the Idaho Botanical Garden and grown in greenhouses at Boise State.

Take a deep breath ... and lastly, at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 26, meet at Boise Community Forestry, 4969 W. Dorman St., to enjoy a free breakfast, pick up your free trees and participate in ReLeaf Boise, the annual volunteer tree-planting program.

For more information, contact Boise Community Forestry at 208-384-4083 or visit www.cityofboise.org/parks/forestry.

Ironic Icons

Head swiftly over to Stewart Gallery and check out Charles Gill's "Effigies," a most impressive collection of paintings and works on paper. Samples of the artist's renderings include representations of iconic symbols such as the ceramic couples perched on top of wedding cakes. Additionally, the artist's work appeared as part of the Idaho Triennial Exhibition at BAM. The exhibit is only on display through the end of April; don't miss out.

Stewart Gallery, 1110 W. Jefferson St., Boise, www.stewartgallery.com, 208-433-0593.

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