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Hyde Park 13th on 13th • I Am My Own Wife • Fundtasia • Harley Davidson Traveling Museum

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Thursday 13

Hyde Park 13th on 13th

This month's Hyde Park 13th on 13th is their Best of Boise version of the event.

Summer is really gone, but the festivities keep right on going, with a program focusing on Halloween and the fall season. Cornstalks, straw bales and scarecrows will dot Hyde Park as people gear up for this family friendly neighborhood event.

There are quite a few scheduled activities this month, and the main event involves, of course, pumpkins. Volunteers will marshal pumpkin-painters through their decorative paces on 120-150 pumpkins and tempura paints and brushes at the pumpkin painting event at EveryWear (at 13th and Eastman). Participants will also get the chance to enter their masterpiece in a painted pumpkin contest--leaving behind their pumpkins to be displayed by participating Hyde Park merchants and voted on through November 12. (Winners will be announced at the November 13th on 13th event.) The Gallery at Hyde Park will host a paper plate mask making activity

It doesn't stop with pumpkins, though. There will be caramel apple making and apple dunking at Goodys; Richard's and Taste will host a Halloween lantern-making activity; at Stinker Station, kids can decorate trick or treat bags for Halloween; there will even be hay wagon rides originating at the RMI/Hyde Park Hotel.

The weather's still nice, so grab a jacket and get out there and have some free family fun.

Friday 14

I Am My Own Wife

Doug Wright's play is the winner of myriad awards, including the 2004 Tony Award for Best Play; the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama; the 2004 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play; the 2004 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Broadway Play and the 2005 Lambda Literary Award for Drama.

The story that has garnered so much critical praise opened on Broadway in 2003 and is based on the autobiography I Am My Own Woman: The Outlaw Life of Charlotte Von Mahlsdorf, Berlin's Most Distinguished Transvestite. Mahlsdorf's story is a colorful one. Born Lothar Berfelde, Mahlsdorf killed her father, spent the War in detention and survived both the Nazi and Communist regimes in East Berlin as an openly gay transvestite, subsequently hailed as a hero and reviled as a colluder. Attendees are sure to leave this thought-provoking play with their tongues wagging.

Oct. 12-15, 19-22, 26-29, 8 p.m., $28.50-$33, Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 331-9224, www.bctheater.org.

Saturday 15

Fundtasia

Soroptimist International of Garden City is holding their 2nd Annual Fundtasia, A Big Band Affair. This fundraising event will feature live entertainment by Gib Hochstrasser's Little Big Band, wine tasting sponsored by A New Vintage Wine Shop, a silent auction and raffles, as well as a dinner. The emcee for the evening will be Debbie McCallister from the radio station KQFC.

Soroptimist International is an international volunteer service organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. One of the club's major projects is the Women's Opportunity Award, a cash award to assist women who are the head of their household with the primary responsibility of supporting themselves and their dependents and who are attending an undergraduate degree program or a vocational skills training program.

The local chapter of the club, the Soroptimist International of Garden City, focuses their service skills on Garden City, as a community that has a large percentage of underserved residents. In addition to the Women's Opportunity Awards, the Garden City chapter participates in a number of projects to advance the status of women and girls, including the Boys and Girls Club of Ada County, the Garden City Library, the Garden City Police Association programs and the Ada County Fire and Rescue's "Holiday Families in Need" and Burn-out Fund. If Garden City has a need, the Soroptimist Club tries to address it.

6 p.m., Doubletree Riverside. Tickets are $45 each. More information is available on the Web at www.gardencitysoroptimist.org.

Tuesday 18

Harley Davidson Traveling Museum

A little less stuffy than your average museum exhibit. No paintings, just 100 years of Hog History, with bikes, clothing and advertising. Looking for something different to do?

FREE, High Desert Harley-Davidson, 3602 Chinden Blvd., 338-5599, www.highdeserthd.com.