BW Picks

Snow Ball - Dane Cook - Hip Holiday Market - Practice New Year's Eve - Wine Women and Hockey

30 Friday

Let Your Generosity Show

Feel good about giving during the holidays by attending the Snow Ball fundraiser for the Northwest Children's Home. Master of Ceremonies for the evening is Patricia Kempthorne, former first lady of Idaho. Kempthorne is director of the Twiga Foundation, which advocates workplace flexibility and the importance of family first. The evening will be filled with dancing, music and opportunities to contribute. Organizers of the fundraiser are full of hope that the event will raise tens of thousands of dollars for the nonprofit home for abandoned, abused and neglected children.

6 p.m., Basque Center, 601 W. Grove St., Boise. Information at NorthwestChildrensHome.org.

Laugh Riot

A sure indication that a comedian has made it to the big time is when other comedians make fun of his or her signature antics to get laughs. Dane Cook is hardly a salty, old comic, but his star is rising. On the road for his Rough Around the Edges Tour, Cook is coming to Taco Bell Arena. Relating to everyday people provides an endless supply for Cook's punchy comedy routines. At times, even listening to the tone of his voice as he spouts into the microphone is enough to make a person burst out in laughter. Other comedians can tease all they want, but Cook will have the last laugh at the Taco Bell Arena.

7:30 p.m., tickets range from $32-$102, Taco Bell Arena, 1910 University Dr., Boise, 208-426-1766, IdahoTickets.com.

1 Saturday

Local Flavor

During the giving season, shoppers are searching for something that jumps out at them and begs to be bought. The Second Annual Hip Holiday Market at the Flying M Coffeegarage in Nampa is not your average holiday bazaar. You can pick up unique items made by local artists while sipping hot beverages and munching on baked goods. Items include hand knit accessories, jewelry, body products, handbags, clothing, kids' items and more. Some of the items created by local artisans are from Intentions perfumery, Mosaic Essentials, marymakesart, Revive-unique handicrafts, Zucru Creations and more.

2-10 p.m., Flying M Coffeegarage, 1314 Second St. S., Nampa, 208-467-5533.

Rockin' Radio

Host A.J. Eaton will be the master of the microphone at a fundraiser to benefit Boise Community Radio. Join local musicians and a variety of DJs as they all come together for the second annual Practice New Year's Eve party. Leaving no genre behind, the DJs will be spinning music from several different eras with a countdown at the top of every hour. Boise Community Radio is a nonprofit organization working to secure a home on the FM dial. If it happens, they say, they would be the only fully community-based, locally-programmed radio station in the Treasure Valley. All the good times and tunes will be topped off by a silent auction jam-packed with gifts donated by local businesses. The performance lineup includes: The Universal, The Invasion, Aces & Eights, Rochelle Smith, Louie Simon, Aaron Brown, Nathan Walker, Art Hodge and DJ Pat Benolkin with more acts joining on up until the event; check MySpace.com/practicenye.

8 p.m., $7 donation, The Bouquet, 1010 Main St., Boise, 208-345-6605.

2 Sunday

There's no "wining" in hockey

For five years now, the annual Silent Auction and Wine Tasting Party for the Boise Women's Hockey Association has been coined, "Wine, Women and Hockey." The event raises money for the organization, which gives the women of the Treasure Valley the confidence to grab a hockey stick, gracefully slide across ice and smack a puck into a net for glory and points. Ticket price includes a chance to bid on items in a silent auction, wine, appetizers and door prizes. The biggest draw is a chance to win a couple of Tamarack lift tickets. If you are dying to know what other treasures will be added to the silent auction, visit StasiaBuffenbarger.com.

4-9 p.m., $15 for one ticket; $25 for two tickets, Bardenay, 610 W. Grove St., 208-577-7372.