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Festival of Trees • Aron Ralston • Purrr • Pottery Classes

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Wednesday 22-Monday 27

festival of trees

That familiar scent is in the air and it's exuding from the now-forested Centre on the Grove in downtown Boise. Mmm ... trees. Celebrating over 22 years of holiday and healthcare, the Saint Alphonsus Festival of Trees is back with six days packed full of auctions, prizes, workshops, tea parties, fashion shows, decorative crafts and more. The decorated trees will be on exhibition each day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., with shortened Thanksgiving hours from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday hosts Senior Tea Day, Iron Designer and the "Boughser, the Too Proud Tree" holiday show. On Friday there will be a special tree lighting ceremony with an appearance from Boise Mayor David Bieter followed by carol singing. And be sure to take the entire family down for a full day on Saturday, featuring a breakfast with Santa in the morning followed by art classes and a kids craft corner throughout the day. The festival will close with a "Diva for a Day" luncheon and fashion show featuring the latest from local boutiques (special tickets with reservations are required).

Nov. 22-27, $6 adults, $4 seniors ($2 on senior day, Nov. 22), $3 children ages 3-12, FREE children 2 and under, $25 family pass (group of 6), Boise Centre on the Grove, Downtown Boise. For a full list of events, including hours, visit

Wednesday 29

Too much to do, and only one day to do it. Ahhh.

aron Ralston

When an 800-lb. boulder shifted, fell and pinned Aron Ralston's hand under its colossal weight, he had no choice but to sit and think out his options. Considering his situation, there weren't many. Having entered Utah's Bluejohn Canyon alone on the premise of having a normal climbing day, Ralston hadn't exactly prepared for this, bringing with him only basic supplies, including a multi-tool. He hadn't even told anyone where he was climbing that day.

For six days Ralston, warded off hypothermia, dehydration and mental exhaustion. For nearly 144 hours, he sat alone, sometimes taking video images to say goodbye to friends and family, until finally he pulled out the multi-tool and began to do the unimaginable--cutting off his own hand. When asked in an interview how he finally decided to start cutting, Ralston replied, "After having enough sleep-deprived, meandering thoughts about how I arrived in the canyon, I realized that my situation was the result of decisions that I had made ... I took responsibility for all of my decisions, which helped me take on the responsibility of getting myself out."

Author of his new book, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Ralston will be passing through town next Wednesday as part of a nationwide tour. A book-signing along with door prizes will follow the presentation. All proceeds benefit the Idaho Youth Ranch.

Nov. 29, 7 p.m., $10-$12. The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454,


Hello, Kitty ... Club Burlesque. The five kittens and one cat who make up this sexy troop with be strutting their stuff across the Neurolux stage next Wednesday.

The club is Miss Take (the club's glamorous founder), the sweet but dangerous Absinthia Verre, Scylla (a woman you'd love to find yourself stuck between a rock and a hard place with), darling Beverly Black, the exotic Miss Mia Diablo and the oh-so debonair emcee, Hollywood. If you aren't familiar with the KCB or burlesque in general, you'll need to do two things: 1. Read the following dictionary definition: "Burlesque is a humorous and provocative stage show featuring slapstick humor, comic skits, bawdy songs, striptease acts, and a scantily clad female chorus." 2. Go see the Kitties in action. Corsets, fishnet stockings, song, dance ... need we say more?

Nov. 29, 9 p.m., $8, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., Boise, 208-343-0886.

Pottery Classes

How about a beautifully, personally hand-crafted bowl (or plate, vase, mug, creative piece of art) for your Christmas offering this year? The Potter's Center offers plenty of opportunities to really get your two hands into it. Established in 1976, the Center was first a clay market for purchasing pottery and ceramic supplies and equipment. Today, not only do they offer even more supplies, they also host a gallery offering Idaho's potters a venue in which to show their original pottery and clay works, and owner Scott Brown teaches a pottery and wheel-throwing workshop for anyone interested in getting down and somewhat dirty. Students with varying ranges of experience (from never having laid eyes on a pottery wheel, to those with some exposure to the process) can sign up for a six-week course that will familiarize them with the wheel, some hand-building techniques and cover basic glazing methods. Courses meet for three hours each Wednesday and the cost also includes three additional hours of open studio time each week--that's six hours, each week, of studio time. Here's your chance to develop a talent and engage in a new hobby while producing something that eases those seasonal aches.

The next six-week course begins Nov. 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesdays. Cost of course is $150 and includes a 3 hour instructed course each week, 3 hours of open studio time per week, 25 lbs. of clay, glazes and firing. To register, contact Scott at The Potter's Center, 110 Ellen St., Boise, 208-378-1112.