Pengilly's Turns 29 • Drive-Thru Nativity • The Boise Master Chorale Presents Handel's Messiah • Wine Sale to Benefit Boise Contemporary Theater • Idaho City Solstice Luminaria 

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Thursday 15

Pengilly's Turns 29

Other than a 21st birthday, the best birthday to have and celebrate is the 29th. We know people who've turned 29 at least five or six times. Our favorite 29-year-old right now is Pengilly's. Join them this Thursday and help them celebrate 29 years of being one of the friendliest, classiest pubs in town.

Festivities begin at 4 p.m. and the public is, of course, invited. Entertainment will include an appearance by the Grinch, as well as some of Boise's favorite performers: John Hansen and the Frim Fram Four.

Go enjoy the Pengilly's party and see old friends or meet new ones. Just get there early, because the place will likely be packed with revelers.

4 p.m., FREE, Pengilly's, 513 W. Main St., 345-6344.

Friday 16-Saturday 17

Drive-Thru Nativity

We don't know about you, but we here at BW feel that not enough holiday activities can be enjoyed from the comfort of a bucket seat. Which is why we're so excited about the "Bethlehem to Boise" drive-thru nativity this weekend at Eastwind Church.

Participants include live actors and animals bringing the streets of ancient Bethlehem to life and you can enjoy their re-enactment of the old story without stepping foot from your minivan, roadster or Model T. And the only cost? Gas.

6:30-9 p.m. FREE, Eastwind Community Church, 4750 S. Surprise Way, 387-0818, www.eastwindcc.com.

Saturday 17

The Boise Master Chorale Presents Handel's Messiah

There's nothing like a full choir rendition of Handel's holiday masterpiece. When you hear the final "hallelujahs" echoing from the ceiling of St. John's, we dare your spine to refrain from tingling.

The performance is at 8 p.m. and marks the 30th anniversary of the Boise Master Chorale. There is also an open sing-along at 10 a.m. the same morning. Warm up your pipes and go give Handel a whirl.

8 p.m., $15-$20 evening concert, $10 sing-along, FREE for students with valid I.D., St. John's Cathedral, 807 N. 8th St., Boise. For more information, contact the Boise Master Chorale at 344-7901 or visit www.boisemasterchorale.org.

Tuesday 20

Wine Sale to Benefit Boise Contemporary Theater

Oenophiles will have the opportunity this Tuesday to beef up their collections and help out local theater while doing it.

Mike Fitzgerald, owner of Tablerock Brewpub, is liquidating his collection, so to speak. He will sell his 400-bottle wine collection at a wine sale. Fitzgerald's collection spans 30 years and holds some really fine French and American wines, including Chateau Latour, Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Silver Oak, Jordan, Quilceda Creek, Robert Mondavi Reserve and BV George Latour. There's something for every pocketbook, with prices ranging from $10 to $1,000 per bottle. While you browse, Tablerock Brewpub will serve light hors d'oeuvres and wine during the event.

And here's the best part: A percentage of wine sales benefits Boise Contemporary Theater. So when you buy a few of those four-digit bottles of wine, you can explain to your significant other that it was for a good cause that there's no new car in the driveway this Christmas.

5:30-8 p.m., FREE, Fulton Street Theater, 854 Fulton St., 331-9224.

Wednesday 21

Idaho City Solstice Luminaria

A simple construction--votive candles set in bags, for a simple reason--marking the shortest day of the year and the coming of a new year, can be beautiful.

If you go to the solstice luminaria in Idaho City, meet in the Community Hall parking lot, follow the candlelit path to the airport for a bonfire, warm drinks, chili and an evening of community goodwill. Bring a snack to share.

5:30 p.m. FREE, Idaho City Community Hall, 206 Commercial St., Idaho City, 392-4497.

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