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While a partisan game of chicken in Washington locked down the federal government for a few days, Boise Weekly reporters were hard at work rounding up the latest in local news from Senior Staff Writer Harrison Berry's preview of the partnership between local breadshare Sable Baking and soon-to-be bistro Petite 4, to News Editor George Prentice's deep dive into the new Idaho Public Television channel for kids.

Prentice also looks at how city officials in Meridian are reacting to the recycling restrictions imposed by China, and he talks with newly-inducted Boise City Councilwoman Lisa Sanchez about, among other things, why she carries a rolling pin in her purse.

In music news, freelancer extraordinaire Ben Schultz reveals inspiration behind local band Dark Swallows' name and sound, and Editor Amy Atkins provides a preview of local band Lounge on Fire's highly anticipated annual show. On the same page, I spotlight four local book clubs that use out-of-the-box ideas to attract bookworms.

When you put away this copy of BW, take out your calendar, because we have some big events coming up. To start, March 1 marks the release of our second annual We Are Boise, a special issue that gives local business owners the opportunity to tell their own stories. Then, we're happy to announce, we're publishing our beloved Best of Boise issue early this year. It hits stands on May 30, and we'll celebrate with our annual Big Le Boise block party on Saturday, June 2. Annual Manual, our guide to the City of Trees, publishes July 30, and then on Sept. 30, we'll catch you up on food and booze news with Boise Eats, Boise Drinks. Last but not least, our annual Cover Art Auction is scheduled this year for Wednesday, Oct. 17. Stay tuned for details.

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