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You're Never Too Old • Now that you've got the learning bug ...• Are you the next Bogart? • Looking at the West with and east coast eye


You're never too old

While it's true that as we age, it becomes more difficult to master new things (it's hard enough holding on to what we already know), with the right environment and the right instructors, learning a new form of creative expression—and overcoming the challenge—can be a relatively painless and very rewarding process.

The True North Creative Learning Center in Eagle offers several adult education classes (as well as a large number of youth education classes). For the closeted rock star, take Guitar Instruction with instructor John Phillips, who helps students learn to play chords, read music and better understand music theory. Newbie photographers can take Photographic Composition, described on the True North Web site ( as learning "placement of elements, form, texture, color, line, light, using the image format, the basics of giving and receiving feedback." If writing the next great American novel is your goal, How to Edit and Market Your Novel may offer you just the tools you need. How to Focus and Succeed is "for everyone who is creative, including artists, photographers, and writers, anyone who wants to be more efficient and productive." Who doesn't?

For more information, including class dates, times and fees, visit

Now that you've got the learning bug ...

The Idaho Botanical Garden (IBG) offers more than just a place to see pretty flowers. They also provide classes in which burgeoning botanists can learn more about Idaho's flora.

Idaho Native Orchids will be instructed by Jim Jensen of the Magic Valley Orchid Society. In the class, students will learn why orchids are such unique flowers and what species of orchids are native to Idaho and where to find them.

Green thumbs can take Basic Plant Taxonomy. IBG teacher Cindy Lysne helps students identify plants and plant families, and the class will then apply that knowledge in the garden.

Idaho Native Orchids: July 18, 7 p.m., $10 members, $15 nonmembers, pre-registration required. Basic Plant Taxonomy for Gardeners: July 25, 7 p.m., $10 members, $15 nonmembers, pre-registration required. Both classes meet in the administration building. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Rd., 208-343-8649.

Are you the next Bogart?

Boise Little Theater (BLT) takes on heavy subject matter with The Desperate Hours, the true story of a family of four held hostage in their own home by three escaped convicts. BLT is holding auditions for 10 men, three women and one boy. The play runs Oct. 19 through Nov. 3, and auditions will be held Aug. 4 and 5 at BLT in the green room.

For more information, call 208-342-5104. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St.,

looking at the west with

an east coast eye

Living in Boise, it's easy to stop seeing the natural beauty that lies just at our city limits and beyond. It sometimes takes a fresh eye—and an artist's at that—to remind us of the stunning landscapes that surround us. Boston-based photographer Laura McPhee spent two years in the Sawtooths, documenting the people and the prairies, shooting a series of large color photos titled "River of No Return." The traveling exhibit will arrive at the Boise Art Museum in August and will be exhibited through January of next year.

McPhee's photography subjects span the globe and her work includes exotic images of Sri Lanka and Calcutta, but her Idaho photos are just as striking (and possibly just as exotic to viewers across the sea) conveying the vast openness that is much of this state. According to a museum press release, all of McPhee's photographic series are based on a dilemma, and in the "River of No Return" series, she "sees these images as a microcosm of America and the dilemmas that communities and people face nationwide."

Exhibit opens Aug. 25. Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Dr. For more information on Laura McPhee, visit

—Amy Atkins