Boise Canine Festival 2007 • Camp Obama comes to Boise • Basque Perspectives • Sip, dip and tip 

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dog show: Boise Canine Festival 2007

A brand-new event is happening this weekend, and you may leave it with a light heart and, quite possibly, a new furry friend. The first-ever Boise Canine Festival 2007 will be held in the fountain area at Ann Morrison Park.

The event will feature food, vendors, a kids' fun zone, demonstrations, silent auction, photos and on-site microchipping of dogs. Dress your dog to the nines in formal wear, casual wear or in sporty attire to compete in a variety of walk-up contests without having to pre-register. Fabulous prizes will be given for most talented pet, best kid's pet or ugliest pooch in the park. Pre-register on the fun and colorful Web site for a more formal pageant. Purebred and mixed-breed dogs alike can shimmy down the red carpet and compete in their very own categories, complete with costumes in the Miss and Mr. Boise Canine Pageant.

The highlight, and main point, of the festival is the Pet Adoption Village, which will feature rescue agencies and dogs available for adoption. All proceeds from the silent auction will benefit area rescue agencies.

Sat., Aug. 18, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 208-639-2735. To register visit the Web site Ann Morrison Park, Americana Blvd., Boise.

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Camp Obama comes to Boise­

The official Barack Obama campaign is holding Camp Obama in Boise to train Idaho volunteers. All levels of experience are welcome to take part in this Democratic Party grassroots movement.

As of yet, no other Democratic candidates vying for president are putting this much time and effort into Idaho's constituents. (Although if you're in Idaho Falls, Mitt Romney might have a job for you; the Republican candidate and former governor of Massachussetts has been to Idaho four times himself already. Obama hasn't made it here yet.)

Obama Volunteers who want to take their commitment to his campaign to the next level are asked to commit to the Obama campaign. After completing the training, each participant will be required to make a commitment to volunteer in Nevada, the West's first primary state.

Plan to attend the full training and submit your application at Volunteers must attend both days.

Sat., Aug. 18, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sun., Aug. 19, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., location to be determined, check Web site for more information.

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Basque Perspectives

Perspective can change the way a story is told and bring a new light to historical events. Boise State history prof (and brother of Mayor Dave) John Bieter will discuss his perspective on three generations of Basques in Idaho, from 1890 to the present, and examine how each generation had a different experience. Stories passed down through the generations tell of strong beginnings, and Basque culture forms a rich part of the state's history. The tales have become more triumphant throughout time as they outline numerous contributions the people have made in Idaho. Many Basque immigrants came to this country to start a new life in the untamed West and yet were not interested in forgetting ties to the homeland. Past, present and future generations continue to be part of the compelling Basque community in the Gem State and share their heritage across cultures.

Tues., Aug. 21, 6 p.m. $4 General, $2 children 6-12, FREE for members and kids younger than 6. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Rd., Boise, 208-343-8649,

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sip, dip and tip

It promises to be an enchanting evening. Cabernet sauvignon guru and award-winning Provenance winemaker Tom Rinaldi will offer samples of his beautiful wines while, at the same time, help raise money for a great charity. Rinaldi will be pouring his Provenance sauvignon blanc, merlot, Oakville and Rutherford cabernet sauvignons, as well as his Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet sauvignon. A $15 donation will get you a complimentary Riedel crystal Bordeaux glass, the chance to taste five exquisite wines, appetizers and cheese fondue. All proceeds go to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Wed., Aug. 22, 6-9 p.m. The Melting Pot, 200 N. 6th St., Boise, 208-383-0900.

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