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Wilderness Safety 101-13th on 13th Block Party-Lipizzaner Stallions-Zoo Daze-Wine Creators Party-


Wednesday 11

Wilderness Safety 101

Camping season is fast approaching (even already well under way), so before you spend another night in the wilderness, spend an evening at REI with former U.S. Air Force global survival instructor Gene Ward. Ward will demonstrate the tools and skills necessary to keep an unexpected night's stay in the wilds from becoming a life-threatening experience. Ward will prepare the audience for unexpected wilderness events such as: reacting to life-threatening events positively; how to build easy, quick adequate emergency shelters with minimal materials; sure-fire fire-starting techniques and effective signaling techniques. Gene has been teaching wilderness survival skills since 1968 and achieved national attention when he walked solo across America in 1984. Gene's DVD, Survival Beyond the 10 Essentials, will be available for purchase at the presentation.

7 p.m., FREE, Boise REI, 8300 W. Emerald, 322-1141.

Friday 13

13th on 13th Block Party

Head down to Hyde Park for a non-creepy Friday the 13th "unique neighborhood gathering." The Hyde Park merchants behind the family friendly event aim to make it a monthly gig for friends and neighbors to get together while rediscovering landmarks of this historic district. Marcus and Steve Eaton as well as Ryan Peck provide the tunes, and star-gazing fun will be presented by "Paul the Street Astronomer." Retail stores stay open late, a plethora of food and drink options will be available thanks to the district's diverse restaurants, and local street performers get their five minutes of fame throughout the night.

6 to 9 p.m., Hyde Park, 13th St. between Alturas and Brumback, 571-1304,

Saturday 14 -Sunday 15

Lipizzaner Stallions

The Lipizzaner Stallions are on their 35th anniversary tour after gaining exposure in North and South America, Europe and Australia as a premier family arena attraction. Over the years, more than 23 million people have seen the international spectacle. The anniversary tour features new music, choreography and routines with a focus on the historical background and foundation of the Lipizzaner breed, from its original breeding and use as a horse of war, to a horse of nobility and aristocracy, to a living form of equestrian art. The show emulates the Spanish Riding Schol of Vienna, Austria, in its presenation of Lipizzans. The program also includes a segment called "Airs Above the Ground" consisting of spectacular maneuvers once used by riders in saddle to protect and defend themselves on the battlefield­­-now preserved as an equestrian work of art. When you see the Lipizzans perform, it's like stepping back 400 years and viewing one of the greatest equine ballets in history.

The Walt Disney movie The Miracle of White Stallions, depicting General Patton saving the Lipizzaners at the end of World War II from certain extinction, created a worldwide interst in the breed. Hats off to Patton for the chance to see the current show. Although the Lipizzans star in this presentation, the ancestral forefather of the Lipizzan, the Spanish Andulasian, is featured in a high school presentation with special wardrobe themed to traditional Spanish music. Riders will also perform all the maneuvers of the Grand Prix Olympic level dressage on the longline, while walking behind the horse and guiding him through his paces.

The conclusion of the performance is the traditional Grand Quadrille, featuring six to eight Lipizzaner stallions performing an intricate, equine ballet as they prance, march and weave their way across the floor to the music of masters in a ballet of four-footed white dancers, no tutus here.

Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, 2 p.m., $19.50-$24.50, Bank of America Centre, 331-TIXS.

Sunday 15

Zoo Daze

Either you'll come for Dora or the Boise Philharmonic, but doubtfully both as Dora happens to be the Dora of Nickelodeon's the Explorer. (How many children really go crazy for stringed instruments?) Sunday's Zoo Daze has something for everyone with the Philharmonic gearing the performance to be a "Sounds like Fun" concert for families. Zoo Daze also features Gem State Gymnastics, a Dora-style scavenger hunt with prizes, games, face painting, Tates FunJumps and special food concessions.

Zoo Boise is home to more than 200 animals from 80 species, including a red panda, Magellanic penguins, Amur tigers, a sloth bear and a Komodo dragon, not to mention our beloved zoo is accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, a national organization supporting excellence in animal care, conservation, education, science and recreation. Only 212 of the more than 2,500 zoos and aquariums in North America have received accreditation-so check out the festivities because Zoo Boise is no slouch.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $5, $2.75 seniors, $2.50/FREE kids, Julia Davis Park, 384-4125

Tuesday 17

Wine Creators Party

For all budding wine makers with visions of Tuscany dancing in their heads, don't miss the Treasure Valley Wine Society's evening for people who enjoy making wine. Meet other vine connoisseurs who enjoy drinking the fruits of their labor. Whether your creations are made from the dandelions in your front yard, a kit, or in big, bold, Bordeaux style from fresh grapes, all are welcome. If available, bring two bottles from your personal production for all to taste. It will be an evening to swap stories, ask questions and meet others who share an interest and curiosity in the art of home winemaking.

7 p.m., Signature Pointe club house, near Cole and Ustick (behind Asiago's),, 867-7828.

Monday 16

Boise Bike Week

Driving to work is overrated. Actually, driving anywhere is overrated while we still enjoy mild perfect biking weather. In recognition of this, Boise Bike Week kicks off Monday as the Treasure Valley's catalyst to get rusty bikes everywhere out and about town. Boise Bike Week is a nonprofit group organizing a series of events to take place in conjunction with National Bike to Work Day to increase cycling awareness in Boise. The third annual event will feature clinics on bike safety, skills and health as well as additional events designed to promote the fun and enjoyable aspects of cycling. Cyclists of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to participate.

Though biking to work with all the hassle of changing clothes, taking longer (potentially), getting sweaty etc., can be disheartening, driving just brings parking headaches, roadrage and gas expenses. Organizers of Boise Bike Week believe, "once you discover the freedom, convenience and fitness benefits of biking to work, you'll wonder why you didn't start riding sooner," according to their Web site. So swap your car horn for some handlebars to reap the numerous cycling benefits of exercise, saving money and doing your civic duty to reduce traffic-related pollution.

The week's festivities begin with bike inspections provided by REI at Dawson Taylor Monday morning (7:30 to 9 a.m.) and an hour-long ride for beginning to intermediate riders at 6:30 p.m., leaving from Camel's Back. The week's final event proves every outdoors extraganza should end in a parade when cyclists unite for the Pedal Power Parade at 4 p.m. in Ann Morrison Park before traipsing around the streets of downtown Boise and ending up at Camel's Back for a food and raffle party.

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