20X20 Loyalty Card Replaces Think Boise First Coupon Book 

Plus a fancy wine dinner and a Bench-y chili feed

Editor's note: The 20X20 event at Humpin' Hannah's on Thursday, Dec. 1 has been canceled due to lack of registration.

Sustainable Community Connections' 20X20 Decade Campaign is all about foresight--seeing clearly into the future, if you will. The campaign is designed to help "promote a shift to 20 percent more local and sustainable action by the year 2020." The end goals differ by individual but might include consuming 20 percent more local produce, riding your bike 20 percent more, or spending 20 percent of your entertainment budget on local events.

And on Thursday, Dec. 1, the campaign is entering its Roaring '20s with a big bash at Humpin' Hannah's. For $20, you can sip on two gratis cocktails, listen to jams from Steve Fulton Music, and throw back snacks from City Peanut Shop, all while learning about SCC's programs and mission.

The Power of 20 event goes down from 7-9:30 p.m. at 621 W. Main St.

Staying on the SCC beat, there's some big news for local coupon snippers: The Think Boise First Coupon Book is kaput this year. In place of three-for-one cocktail coupons, you can now purchase a 20X20 Local Loyalty Card that will get you many similar deals at Think Boise First and Think Nampa First locations. Some current specials include a $2 slider for cardholders at Archie's Place, 20 percent off recycled glassware during the holiday season at Sustainable Futures, and a free $20 gift card when you purchase $100 in gift cards at La Belle Vie.

For more info on where you can snag a $20 20X20 card, visit sccidaho.org.

Speaking of community connections, the Central Bench Neighborhood Association will host a homemade chili feed, bake sale and artisan craft fair on Monday, Dec. 5, from 4-8 p.m. in the Wright Community Congregational Church basement social hall. You can nurse free cider and hot cocoa while savoring heaping spoonfuls of chili for $2 a bowl. Make sure to get some fresh air in the Boise Urban Garden School garden next door, where you can check out the Light Up the Garden contest, featuring local "lighting spectacles" installed in garden plots.

For more information, visit centralbench.org or email centralbenchna@gmail.com.

And down in the Fort Street nabe, Cafe Vicino announced it will host a pinot noir-themed dinner on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m., featuring wines from Cristom Vineyards of the Willamette Valley. The $80-per-person menu is peppered with awesome dishes, including mini tartlets with manchego, pears and walnuts, and lasagna with morels, Oregon black truffles and foie gras-infused bechamel.

For reservations, call 208-472-1463.

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