Ninth Annual Culinary Walk About • The Musical Movies Project • Rural Roots • Winter Games of Idaho Adult Ice Hockey • The St. Petersburg Classic Ballet • Bogus Basin Nordic Ski Racing Association's B 

Thursday 2

Ninth Annual Culinary Walk About

The Culinary Walk About is a great annual event: You buy a ticket and get to sample some of the most delectable fare from some of Boise's finest restaurants, and the proceeds benefit the Meals on Wheels programs in Ada and Elmore counties (a program offered courtesy of the Central District Health Department, delivering hot and nutritious meals to over 500 homebound seniors in both counties). Sweet.

Sponsored by CDHD and Idaho Chefs de Cuisine, the Walk About is aptly named. Attendees can circulate and graze on palate-pleasing goodies from the Arid Club, Asiago's, Richards and Taste, Boise Centre on the Grove, Dawson Taylor, Goody's, Life's Kitchen, MilkyWay, Villano's, Berryhill & Co. and Westside Drive-In (professional home to Chef Lou). Bring your appetite for a full menu, from appetizers to main dishes to salads to desserts. (There will be coffee to wash it all down.)

While everyone is ruminating, Boise Straight Ahead Jazz Band will play some tunes. Save room for the silent and live auction, too: there will be lots of great items auctioned to raise additional funds for Meals On Wheels.

Tickets available at CDHD, 707 N. Armstrong Place, or pick up your tickets at the door. For more information about the Culinary Walk About or Meals On Wheels, call 327-7460 or visit www.cdhd.idaho.gov.

6-9 p.m., $40. Boise Centre on the Grove, 850 W. Front St., 336-8900.

The Musical Movies Project

Pairing classic films with classical performance, this event to benefit the Treasure Valley Youth Symphony is not to be missed.

In a pitch-perfect setting--the retro designed Egyptian Theatre--the Treasure Valley Youth Symphony performs live accompaniment to the classic Buster Keaton film, Cops. For the fourth year in a row, the music was written especially for the group by Ben Model, a renowned silent film accompanist with New York City's Museum of Modern Art. Come hear TVYS play the first movement of Mozart's Symphony No. 27, then hear Model accompany the Charley Chase silent film Dog Shy on the Egyptian's organ, followed by Model at TVYS accompanying Cops.

All money raised will benefit the Treasure Valley Youth Symphony. Made up of the area's most accomplished young musicians, the group plays under the auspices of the Boise Philharmonic and is conducted by Dr. David Saunders.

7:30 p.m., $10 adults, $5 students and seniors (FREE performances for students at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.). Tickets available by calling 344-7849 or on the Web at www.boisephilharmonic.org, or at the Egyptian Theatre. The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 387-1273.

Thursday 2 --Sunday 5

Rural Roots 2006

Rural Roots is an organization dedicated to actively supporting and participating in locally-owned and operated food and farm enterprises. The theme of this year's conference is "Reclaiming Our Local Foods and Farms." Farmers and foodies alike will learn about supporting local food producers in a variety of ways.

For more information, see the story on page 36.

Conference: Feb. 2-5, $150 (including lunches and the author's reception.

Author reception only: 6-9 p.m., Feb. 3, $30 (including lecture and hors d'ouvres), The Basque Center, 6th and Grove St.

Farmer's Market Workshop only: Feb. 3, $45.

For more information about conference schedule or to register for workshops, visit www.ruralroots.org.

Friday 3 --Sunday 5

Winter Games of Idaho Adult Ice Hockey

If you're looking for a little aggression release by proxy, head over to Idaho IceWorld this weekend to watch the Winter Games ice hockey tourney.

Noon. Idaho IceWorld, 7072 S. Eisenman Rd., 331-0044, www.idahoiceworld.com. For more about the Winter Games of Idaho, visit them on the Web at www.wintergamesofidaho.com.

Saturday 4

The St. Petersburg Classic Ballet Gala Ballet Program

This ballet gala is presented by the St. Petersburg Classic Ballet, a Russian dance troupe with dancers from such companies as the Kirov Ballet, the Maly Ballet and the St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre. The group was founded in 1996 and has performed all over Russia, Scandinavia and since 2001, the United States.

Come watch a delightful, graceful performance of highlights from such classics as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, the Flames of Paris and many others. Part of the Nampa Civic Center's Performing Arts Series.

$28, 8 p.m. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 468-5555, www.nampacivicenter.com.

Sunday 5 --Wednesday 8

Bogus Basin Nordic Ski Racing Association's Banff Film Festival

Check out the best in mountain film at the 10th Annual Boise Banff Film Festival. Featuring seven shorts on Sunday and Monday, and eight shorts on Tuesday and Wednesday, there is plenty of great film footage here to slake any ski aficionado's thirst.

For more information, see the story on page 32.

$15, Sun.-Wed., 7 p.m. each night. The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 387-1273. Tickets available at www.idahotickets.com.

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