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Keep it Simple • Promote and Preserve • Treasure Trunk • Buy the Book • Healthy Rivers = Happy Fish • Harnessing the Wind

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14 wednesday

Keep it Simple

Just in time for the heavy food spreads of the holiday season comes a class all about raw foods taught by IBG teacher Liz Woodruff. Shake up your food repertoire by learning to love food prepared with fresh ingredients that aren't heated above 115 degrees. Included in the principles of a raw food diet will be ways to prepare food for all meals, including healthy snacks. Vegan holiday fare will be featured, including pates made with sprouted nuts and seeds. And if you are so inclined to bring the teacher an apple, it will go directly into a raw apple pie that the teach promises will please.

6:30 p.m., $15/IBG member, $20/nonmember, Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Rd., 208-343-8649, IdahoBotanical Garden.org.

16 friday

Promote and Preserve

The people who organize the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival are concerned with more than enjoying the bliss of an untouched winter snowfall. They showcase grass-roots films meant to inspire and educate about human-powered snowsports and about protecting public land so that recreating in the backcountry can be enjoyed for generations to come. The films and shorts featured in this year's lineup include the history of telemarking in China, global warming, and backcountry skiing eco-tourism in Russia. As an added bonus, author/filmmaker Dan Austin is stopping in Boise as part of a nationwide tour touting his new book, The Road Trip Pilgrim's Guide and his film Hybrid.Pedal. After the festival, Austin will talk about how his book and he'll sign copies, too.

6:30 p.m to 9 p.m., $10, The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., WinterWildlands.org.

Treasure Trunk

Be the first to see the wares of local crafters at the Hyde Park Trunk Show featuring artists Mary Sheets' knit work and Lea Bowman's jewelry. Watch as Sheets demonstrates wool-spinning techniques and listen as she explains the wide variety of ways to work with wool. Bowman uses stones from Idaho and all over the world to make necklaces, bracelets and earrings. The program will include a one-hour presentation followed by a reception and product fair, door prize drawings and sales on merchandise.

6 to 9 p.m., EveryWear, 1521 N. 13th St., 208-336-1687, EveryWearSport.com/events.

17 saturday

Buy the Book

The "Baker's Dozen," sponsored by the Popular Fiction Association of Idaho, brings a batch of local authors to The Rediscovered Bookshop. The event gives the authors a chance to share their favorite recipes while encouraging readers to venture outside their regular selections. The 13 fiction authors represent a variety of genres, from mystery to children's fiction, romance to literary fiction. Large and small press authors will be present, including Anthony Doerr, Joane Pence and Kelly Jones. Events include talks by the authors, refreshments, and door prizes, including a set of autographed books by the participating authors.

4 p.m., FREE, The Rediscovered Bookshop, 7079 Overland Rd., 208-376-4229.

Healthy Rivers = Happy Fish

Idaho Rivers United holds its annual auction to benefit Idaho's rivers and fish. A silent auction with more than 100 desirable items, the event offers beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres with door prizes and a raffle. River rat or not, the items up for auction this year will have bidders competing in a flurry. Up for the taking are guided fishing and river trips, ski weekends, a week of paddling and boating in Costa Rica and a grand seven-day stay in Akumal, Mexico. Items for lovers of nature include a whitewater cataraft, inflatable kayaks and fishing and outdoor gear. For land lovers, items of interest might include original framed art, sculptures and spa care.

6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Boise Train Depot, 2603 Eastover Terrace, $10 for members and $15 for the general public. 208-343-7481, IdahoRivers.org.

Harnessing the Wind

Blustery weather is fun for flying kites, but the wind can also function as a renewable energy source. Dr. John Gardner, associate vice president for energy research, policy and campus sustainability at Boise State, discusses where Idaho's energy comes from now and where it might come from in the future. In a presentation titled: "Idaho's Energy Future: Is the Answer Blowin' in the Wind?" Dr. Gardner acknowledges both the promise and difficulties of using wind as an energy source and its potential to reduce the effects of global warming. Gardner works diligently to make sure alternative energy sources are firmly planted in the Idaho energy network with renovating the wind turbines visible from the interstate between Boise and Mountain Home.

7 p.m., FREE, Idaho Fish and Game, 600 S. Walnut St. More information can be found at Idaho.SierraClub.org/middlesnake.