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May 18, 2005

Wining and Dining for the Kiddies • Listen and Sip • Lightsabers at the Ready


Wining and Dining for the Kiddies

On Saturday, May 21, Copper Canyon (that fine little restaurant in downtown Nampa) will hold a fundraiser to benefit the Nampa Boys and Girls Club.

Copper Canyon will block off the street in front of their building and hold a block party, with music by Midnight Mover (jazz/blues), wine by Eagle Knoll Winery, Ste. Chapelle Winery, Williamson Vineyard, Sawtooth Winery and Carmela Winery, and food by-of course-Copper Canyon. The wine peddlers will donate 1 percent of their profits and Copper Canyon will donate a generous 100 percent of their proceeds to the Boys and Girls Club.

Saturday, May 21, 12-4 p.m. Copper Canyon, 113 13th Ave. S., Nampa. For more information, contact Melody at Copper Canyon, 461-0887.

Listen and Sip

Everyone likes a bit of free entertainment-even better when said entertainment is complemented by a nice glass of wine.

Next Wednesday, the Boise Blues Society will descend upon the Flipside Café and regale its patrons with acoustical sets by a variety of local musicians-free of charge. Flipside's concurrent wine tasting is an additional $10, so if you want to partake, you can't be a total cheapskate.

Wednesday, May 25, 7-9:30 p.m. Flipside Café, 808 W. Fort St. For more information or to register for the wine tasting, call 472-4523.

Lightsabers at the Ready

Apparently movies aren't proper movies anymore without massive product tie-in campaigns. Burger King was there in '77 for the first Star Wars release, and they're peddling the Star Wars swag again-action figures and collectors cups and all that junk that ends up on eBay-for the latest and lastest Star Wars film, Revenge of the Sith. You've never seen so many adults buying kid meals since the Golden Arches handed out Beanie Babies.

Think it's out of hand? From a cheeky Burger King press release (see picture): "Stormtroopers watch over a giant Darth Vader inflatable and delivery of Star Wars toys at a Burger King restaurant in North Hollywood, Calif., Tuesday, May 10, 2005. The company took extra security precautions as a result of last year's 'Spongenappings' in which several SpongeBob SquarePants inflatables mysteriously disappeared from Burger King restaurant rooftops across the country."

We'd call it excessive, but those sporting homemade Vader costumes who stood in line for months to get movie tickets might have a thing to say about true overkill.

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