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Dine at your own risk • Toys on the Ice • Nutcracker for the Curious • Phenomenal Forces • The Boise Christmas Show • Claus 'N Paws • Hip Holiday Market • Hell's Bells • Honor Heroes


3 Wednesday

Dine at your own risk

The Idaho Actors Collective is a theater that is not afraid to produce socially relevant and political performances and their inaugural show touches on the topics of love, sex, life and death all at one table. The Last Supper, written by Dan Rosen and directed by Cammie Pavesic, follows a group of idealistic yet frustrated liberals who succumb to the temptation to murder a group of right-wing pundits because of their political beliefs. Patrons may bring their own beverages and snacks are provided. Tonight is pay-what-you-feel night.

8 p.m. Also shows Dec. 4-6 and Dec. 11-13 at 8 p.m., $10. Idaho Actors Collective, 2722 W. Sunset Ave., Boise, 208-344-4121,

Toys on the Ice

Watch the Idaho Steelheads hockey team take on the Utah Grizzlies. The annual Teddy Bear Toss for Tots happens during the game on Friday, Dec. 5. After the first home goal, cover the ice with new, stuffed, unbreakable toys to be donated to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.

7:10 p.m. Also Dec. 5-6, 7:10 p.m. Tickets $9-$32.50 Qwest Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd.,

4 Thursday

Nutcracker for the Curious

Peter Anastos, Ballet Idaho's artistic director and board member Carl Daugenti share interesting facts about the beginnings and past productions of The Nutcracker. Attendees can sip hot chocolate and munch on candy canes while checking out the set models and costume samples designed exclusively for Ballet Idaho's all-new 2008 production.

Ballet Idaho's Ballet Holiday is Saturday, Dec. 6, 1-6 p.m. The open house, in an old-fashioned Victorian setting, has guests sipping mulled cider and snacking on gingersnaps while they enjoy Victorian era activities such as Christmas crafts, decorating sugar cookies and storytelling. A full description is on page 37 of 8 Days Out.

5:30-6:30 p.m., FREE. Esther Simplot Center for the Performing Arts, 516 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-343-0556,

Phenomenal Forces

The newest hands-on exhibits at the Discovery Center of Idaho feature more than 20 different experiences meant to de-mystify environmental changes, including the effects of magnetism, motion, electricity, energy, light, force and matter. Explore geyser eruptions and the transformation of motion to heat. Stop by the "Uphill Roller" that makes a ball appear to roll uphill; the "Water Freezer" exhibit, which guides visitors through a sequence of steps causing water to boil and a sheet of ice to form; and large electrical bolts give spectators of all ages a shock.

General $6.50; children (3-17) $4; seniors $5.50; members and children 2 years and younger FREE. Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., Boise, 208-343-9895,

5 Friday

The Boise Christmas Show

The Boise Christmas Show has been a holiday tradition for 35 years. Stuff bags full of Christmas cheer while perusing the booths of more than 300 vendors offering unique items. Santa and Mrs. Claus stop by all weekend for photo opportunities and to listen to wish lists.

11 a.m.-9 p.m. Also runs Sat., Dec. 6, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 7, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults $5; seniors $4; FREE for children 12 and younger, Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-287-5650.

6 Saturday

Claus 'N Paws

Zoo Boise is offering free admission during this holiday event. Line up for a photo with Santa Claus, enjoy musical entertainment throughout the day and watch some of the zoo's residents receive special holiday treats.

10 a.m.-5 p.m., FREE, Zoo Boise, 355 Julia Davis Dr., 208-384-4125,

Hip Holiday Market

The Flying M Coffeegarage in Nampa is hosting a local crafters' market showcasing unique handmade items. The space is already full of fun items to paw, but with the addition of more than 25 local crafters' wares, shoppers will get their fill of eye candy and at the same time, check off every item on their lists. If all the purchasing makes a shopper weary, they can plop down on one of the many comfy sofas and take a quick holiday snooze.

11 a.m.-7 p.m., Flying M Coffeegarage, 1314 Second St. S., Nampa, 208-467-5533.

Hell's Bells

Every couple of years, the Boise State English Majors Association and the Medieval Drama Guild bring medieval entertainment back into style. For the fall production of Hell's Bells, take in four plays on the topic of the devil incarnate. Evil appears in myriad amusing and sometime frightening forms in the plays The Last Judgment, Soul Food, The Knight and the Devil and Lady Prioress. Get tickets by visiting the Liberal Arts Building room 228. For more information, contact Linda Marie Zaerr at 208-426-1213.

2 p.m. Also shows Mon., Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m. $6 general; $4 students and seniors. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Dr., Boise,

7 Sunday

Honor Heroes

The Warhawk Air Museum will hold a special ceremony to honor the survivors of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor and the final meeting of Idaho Chapter No. 1 Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. Six of the 26 original members of the Idaho Chapter No. 1 Pearl Harbor Association, founded in 1966, are living today. All of the men were directly involved in the attack and have been dedicated to preserving the memory of their fellow comrades who perished. After the last chapter meeting is held, the ceremony closes with a reading of the names of all chapter members, living and deceased. Sue Paul will read the Pearl Harbor Survivors' prayer and Bugle Taps will be played by Staff Sgt. Ginny Eggleston.

10 a.m.-3 p.m., $8 general; $6 seniors/veterans; $4 children (5-12). Warhawk Air Museum, Nampa Airport, 201 Municipal Dr., Nampa, 208-465-6446,