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December 6 - 12, 2006

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History of the City, Part I

On December 16, Arthur A. Hart will give a talk on and selected readings from his recent book Chinatown: Boise, Idaho, 1870-1970. Hart, who is the director emeritus of the Idaho Historical Society has written a number of books, given lectures all around the country and writes a regular column for the Idaho Statesman. Hart also contributed to Boise Weekly for several years, and wrote a Historical True Crime column that was a favorite among BW readers. The Rediscovered Bookshop will be hosting Hart as he reads selections from Chinatown.

Saturday, Dec. 16, 3 p.m., FREE, the Rediscovered Bookshop, Overland Park Shopping Center near the intersection of Overland and Cole Rd., 376-4229, www.rediscoveredbookshop.com.

Now Is the Winter of our Discontent

Doug Copsey is a founding member of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and the author of With Our Good Will: 30 Years of Shakespeare in Idaho (commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival) a 280-page full-color book published by Caxton Press in Caldwell. Copsey, along with a troupe of ISF performers, will be on hand to sign his book on Saturday, Dec. 9, at Barnes and Noble Bookstore on Milwaukee. The accompanying thespians will perform scenes from, of course, Shakespeares plays.

Saturday, Dec. 9, 1:30-3:30 p.m., FREE, Barnes and Noble, 1301 Milwaukee Blvd.

You Can Dance, You Can Dance, 'Specially If you're Given Some Grants

The Idaho Community Foundation Sara Maas Fund has bestowed a grant of $1,413 on the Idaho Dance Theatre. The grant money is to be used in establishing a mentoring program for pre-professional dancers ages 13 to young adult who hope to make a career of dance. According to a press release from the IDT, "Currently there is no program that bridges the dancers present level of training with what is required to become a professional contemporary dancer, or be accepted into a major university with a BFA in Dance."

For more information on IDT, call 331-9592.

They're Never Too Young To Start Learning the Important Things in Life

Each year, the Idaho Human Rights Education Center sponsors an art contest for children in grades K through 12. This year was the sixth annual event and the question for the aspiring young artists to muse on was "What responsibility do you have to stand up for the rights of others, even if your own rights are not threatened?" Pretty heady stuff for youngsters, but hundreds of them submitted their artistic answers to that question.

Out of the Idaho kids who entered, first through third place prizes were awarded in different categories: Head Start and Kindergarten, grades 1 to 3, 4 to 6, 7 to 9 and 10 to 12. The winning art will be displayed at the Garden City Library through the month of December, and everyone is invited to attend the opening reception and a presentation by the Idaho Human Rights Education Center, executive director, Amy Herzfeld.

Opening reception Thursday, Dec. 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m., FREE, Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St,, Garden City, 472-2940.

--Amy Atkins