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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels • Get to the Garden • Sounds Like Fun! Percussion • how gull-able are you? • Dublin, Ireland; Shanghai, China and Boise, Idaho • Team in Training

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9 Friday – 10 Saturday

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

The stage production based on the 1988 movie of the same name is about a couple of con men making a living the only way they know how—by sweet-talking rich women out of their money. Lawrence Jameson, the slicker of the two, thinks fast on his feet and is often surrounded by adoring ladies. Freddy Benson is a small-time crook who uses a sob story revolving around fabricated tales about his grandmother's health to get gals. When their chosen locale becomes too small for the both of them, the con men agree that the first one to secure $50,000 from the young heiress Christine Colgate gets to stay in the French Riviera.

Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; $28-$48, Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, mc.boisestate.edu.

10 Saturday

Get to the Garden

Learn a different way to arrange flowers during an introduction to ikebana class. Japanese-trained ikebana artist Mariko Ueda demonstrates ikebana of the Koryu School "Moribana" style using a kenzan, or florist's frog. Ikebana translates to "living flowers" and uses asymmetrical forms and empty space as part of the composition. Preregistration is required and attendees can make reservations for the ikebana workshop to be offered in spring 2009.

2 p.m., $10 IBG member, $15 nonmember, Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.com.

Sounds Like Fun! Percussion

Start cultivating an appreciation for noise making during the first Sounds Like Fun! concert. The event introduces a younger audience to the joys of the symphony by way of banging a drum, cowbell or any form of beat-keeping instrument. Conducted by the principal chairs of each orchestra section, the series of performances include percussion, strings, brass, woodwinds and orchestral specialists. The concerts, kept short and sweet, feature musical selections chosen specifically for children, and between songs the performers explain how their instruments work and share with the audience how music can enrich the lives of both musicians and listeners.

10:30 a.m. and noon, $7 adult, $5 child/student/senior, $30 family, Esther Simplot Center, 208-344-7849, boisephilharmonic.org.

how gull-able are you?

Bundle up, grab some binoculars and check out a different kind of scavenger. Learn to identify gulls, which can be seen riffling through heaps of refuge at the Hidden Hollow landfill. RL Rowland, an expert birder, leads a group of avifauna adventurers on a bird watching mission. Meet at Northgate Plaza parking lot near the corner of Gary Lane and State Street and head up to the landfill with the group for an impromptu workshop titled Gull 101. Call 208-336-9808 or e-mail boisebirdguy@aol.com to let organizers know you're planning on birding with the group.

9 a.m., FREE, Hidden Hollow Landfill, 10300 Seaman's Gulch Road, Boise.

13 Tuesday

Dublin, Ireland; Shanghai, China and Boise, Idaho

Boise is set to host athletes from more than 100 countries during the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games Feb. 7-13. January's Brown Bag lecture is on the History of the Special Olympics by Kirk Miles, vice president of games and events, and Heather Hill, vice president of marketing. Miles discusses the history of the nonprofit organization, which gives athletes from all over the world a chance to compete in winter sporting events every four years. Hill will talk about the features of this world-class sporting event, how spectators can get involved by cheering the athletes on during competition and how the games will affect the state and community. Hill said this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience an international and cultural exchange.

Noon-1 p.m., $2 adults, $1 students, Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-334-2120, 2009worldgames.org.

Team in Training

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team In Training program is a meeting of minds, bodies and undauntable spirits. Attend an information meeting for the TNT program and find out about resources for marathon training and fundraising. First-time athletes all the way to seasoned runners train together and strive for more than the glory of competition. The group is working to constantly raise funds for blood cancer research. Participants are able to utilize a professional coaching team, sports and nutrition clinics and the knowledge of past members. Patient honorees made up of local blood cancer patients interact with TNT to help keep a focus on all the good the group does for medical research. A full list of introductory TNT meetings is available online.

Noon and 6 p.m., FREE, Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, teamintraining.org.