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Give and Receive • Hyde Park Candle Lantern Festival • Season of Song • Bikes for All • Boise's Second annual Rockin' Bazaar • Get to Shopping

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Give and Receive

Do something good for the heart and soul by attending a fundraiser for the City of Boise's Charitable Assistance To Community's Homeless. According to the city's Web site, approximately 84 percent of CATCH participants become self-sufficient within six months of receiving assistance. The award-winning film, Where God Left His Shoes, stars John Leguizamo as Frank, a down-on-his-luck boxer between jobs. When his family loses their New York City apartment, they have nowhere to go. Anxious to move on from the shelter, they receive news about an opening in a housing project. The only catch is that Frank must be employed before the family can move in. Frank and his stepson spend the night before Christmas desperately searching for work so they have a place to call home for the holidays. Purchase a VIP ticket and attend the reception with producer Michael Caldwell at 6 p.m.

7:15 p.m., $30 general; $15 student; $50 VIP tickets; Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, cityofboise.org.

Hyde Park Candle Lantern Festival

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For 12 years now, the Hyde Park Candle Lantern Festival has lit up the neighborhood. This year, the theme is Holiday Story Time and Lantern Parade. The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with holiday stories at Goody's. From 6-7 p.m., everyone will be busy making lanterns out of 2-liter soda bottles, tin cans or paper on the patio at Bungalow restaurant. Santa joins in the festivities during the lantern parade that marches through Hyde Park beginning at 7 p.m. Everyone is in on the action with food specials offered by the restaurants in Hyde Park and singing by carolers on the corner.

5:30 p.m., FREE, Hyde Park, 13th Street, Boise, northend.org.

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Season of Song

This year, there won't be a sing-along as in years gone by. However, the holiday performance from Boise Master Chorale includes members of Boise Philharmonic. Expect to see a full orchestra, soloists, trumpets and timpani together performing Messiah by George Frideric Handel. For more information, call 208-426-3980.

7:30 p.m., $18 general; $15 seniors; FREE for students of all ages with ID; all tickets $20 door, Brandt Center at Northwest Nazarene University, 707 Fern St. Second performance is Sunday, Dec. 21, 2 p.m., $18 general, $15 students, Cathedral of the Rockies, 711 N. 11th St., Boise, boisemasterchorale.net.

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Bikes for All

The Boise Bicycle Project is a volunteer run, nonprofit organization that strives to make sure anyone who wants to roll on two wheels has access to a bicycle. The group does good work all year, providing a spot to donate unwanted bikes and by hosting volunteer nights to teach riders how to repair their mounts. During the second annual Christmas Kids Bike Giveaway, children from the Treasure Valley were invited to handpick a bike, and volunteers spent time fixing it up, sliming the tires and collecting all the necessary gear to outfit the kids for safety and fun. On Dec. 20, those same volunteers will adjust the seats on the bikes, distribute helmets and lights and conduct bicycle safety and repair tutorials. Volunteers are welcome to bring treats such as cookies and hot chocolates to sweeten the deal. For more information, e-mail boisebicycleproject@gmail.com or call Jimmy Hallyburton, the magnanimous director of BBP at 208-859-3984.

10 a.m.-4 p.m., FREE, Boise Bicycle Project, 520 W. Front St., boisebicycleproject.org.

Boise's Second annual Rockin' Bazaar

All ages are welcome to listen while they shop this holiday season. Organizers say this rockin' bazaar is a good opportunity to see artists and musicians together in one place steeping in creativity. Artisans include handblown-glass vendors, painters and crafters, and even Psychic Sheila will offer shoppers a glimpse of their futures. Attendees are encouraged to dress up for the costume contest with categories including funniest, sexiest and most festive holiday costume, which could be awarded to the guy in the warmest sweater or to the woman sporting reindeer antlers. Also new this year is a potluck dinner, so bring a delicious dish to share. The musicians include Sleeve of Wizard, Barefoot Backstage, VB and the G's, Nude Oil, Kelly Lynae, Indy and the Jones, Kooth, Beginner's Luck, The Placebo Effect, Janelle Davis, DJDMT and more. Call Home Street Entertainment for more information or to schedule a vendor audition at 208-860-6779.

2 p.m., $5 donation or whatever you can spare; no one will be turned away, Mardi Gras Ballroom, 615 S. Ninth St., Boise.

23 Tuesday

Get to Shopping

Shoppers know something is going on downtown when it's all lit up with twinkling Christmas lights. The decorations make it feel so festive, you'll forget there's much to do. For those who function best on a deadline or just prefer to stay in denial about the length of their Christmas wish lists until the final countdown, the merchants of downtown Boise have taken mercy on you this year. Businesses will stay open late this Tuesday for last-minute shoppers.

More information at downtownboise.org.

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