A Legend Lives On • Christmas Comes Earlier Every Year • Light Up the Night 

A Legend Lives On

November 30 is Club Night, the kickoff for the 10th Anniversary of the Gene Harris Jazz Festival. As always, Club Night features a number of great local jazz musicians performing at a variety of places in downtown Boise. The special guest artist for this year is Dennis DiBlasio playing with the Boise State Big Band in a Tribute to Maynard Ferguson. The Gene Harris All-Stars, a group of up-and-coming young jazz musicians, will also make their first appearance as part of the festival.

Nov. 30, $12 general, $5 students. Reef, 6-9 p.m.: the Ben Burdick Trio; Humpin' Hannah's, 6-9 p.m.: Mike Rosenthal and friends with special guest Dean Jennings; The Gamekeeper Lounge, 5-7 p.m.: the Justin Neilson Trio; The Owyhee Plaza ballroom, 5-6 p.m.: the Gene Harris All-Stars, 6-8 p.m.: Tom Shook Quartet, 8-10 p.m.: Boise State Big Band with Dennis DiBlasio. Tickets are available at Qwest Arena Box Office or at the doors.

Christmas Comes Earlier Every Year

Thanksgiving leftovers will still be warm when the annual Zion's Bank Tree Lighting Celebration is held this year. On Friday, Mayor Dave Bieter will light the grand Christmas tree in the Grove Plaza. Bundle up the kids, the oldsters and all the family in between and head over to the Grove on November 24 to sing carols and join in the candle- lighting ceremony. There will be live music, and if you didn't get enough mashed potatoes and pie, there will be food and beverages, too.

The schedule of events is as follows: At 5 p.m., revelers will be welcomed by Channel 7's Maggie O'Mara and 94.9 FM's Ken Bass. At 5:05, the Encore Theatre Carolers perform, followed at 5:20 by God's Kids Salute to Military. At 6:19, Mayor Bieter, Zion's Bank Regional President Toni Nielsen and WCA Vice President Mary Monroe welcome guests and sponsors. The actual tree lighting takes place at 6:26, followed by God's Kids at 6:40 and a 10-minute bit from the Celebration Band at 6:50 before a big fat goodbye at 7 p.m.

Light Up the Night

Whether believers in "less is more" or hoping to outshine Clark Griswald's lighting extravaganza in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, residents along 13th Street between Hayes and Hill Road are encouraged to decorate their homes with lights. Judging takes place between November 26 and December 6. Winners will be announced during the Hyde Park Holiday Art Crawl on December 13. Prizes will go to the top six illuminated luminaries.

One way to keep warm this winter

The folks at the Idaho Botanical Garden aren't about to let a little frost get in the way of enjoying what might be considered purely a warm-weather venue.

Winter Garden a Glow 2006 is a great way to take in a special view of the city. Take a short expedition to the top of the garden's new Lewis and Clark Native Plant Garden and see all the holiday lights displayed below. Take your friends and family and celebrate the season with hot refreshments, holiday music and a big, toasty bonfire.

Nov. 23-26, Dec. 1-3, Dec. 8-Jan. 7. IBG is open Sunday through Thursday 6-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 6-10 p.m. General admission is $6, $4 for IBG members and children under 13, and children 3 and under are free. IBG is open on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Hey, it's Sky (Image) Lab!

Did the boss leave early for Thanksgiving vacation? If so, and you have some time to kill, check out www.skyimagelab.com for an array of photos (some digitally altered) of space taken by the Hubble Space telescope, the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, NASA and more.

--Amy Atkins

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