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A Season of Giving

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s we turn the page of this year’s calendar to December, it seems like it was just yesterday we were singing carols, unwrapping gifts and toasting to 2017. Now—as unbelievable as it may seem—it’s time to do it all over again. The holiday season and the end of the year always bring about a feeling of reflection and a feeling of closure. Whether we’re jumping head first into the spirit of the season, enjoying time with family—no matter if the distance is near or far—or reflecting on the past year while making plans and setting goals for the next, December always has a way of keeping us busy. While shopping for the perfect gift, prepping the perfect dinner or planning the perfect holiday party, can all become a little overwhelming, we encourage you to take a deep breath, take a step back and take in all the moments, memories and people that have made 2017 what it is. When you’re reflecting on everything this year has brought, we also encourage you to reflect on those who haven’t had the benefit of people, memories and moments to make 2017 a year to remember. Those who are in need of a family to spend the holidays with, those who can’t afford to buy gifts and prep the perfect dinner, and those who may not even have a home. Just as much as December is a time of reflection and closure, it is also a time of giving to those who haven’t been as fortunate. It’s a time to find ways to make the holiday season as special as it can be for those who haven’t seen 2017 as very special. Whether it’s volunteering your time at local shelters or donating to local charities, giving back to the Treasure Valley can help make this time of year special for everyone. Merry Christmas, happy holidays and happy New Year,

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Camp Hodia's Fourth Annual Dinner & Auction

The Idaho Diabetes Youth Programs hosted A Night Under the Stars gala in September. The generous patrons of this cause enabled the organization to exceed its goal and raise more than $95,000 to send children with diabetes to camp.

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Owyhee Cottage. Located at the base of the Buttercup Chairlift for direct ski in/ski out access. Two master suites, private covered deck, hot tub, wood flooring, alder cabinetry, gas fireplace, single car detached garage. Good rental history.

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GOVERNOR RECOGNIZES ORGANIZATIONS FOR EXCEPTIONAL LEADERSHIP IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY Gov. Butch Otter recognized recipients of the 2017 Idaho Awards for Leadership in Energy Efficiency during the Idaho Energy and Green Building Conference in Boise. The awards highlight Idaho organizations that are exceptional leaders in implementing energy efficiency at their facilities. The recipients of the 2017 State of Idaho Award for Excellence in Commercial Energy Efficiency include General Growth Properties/ Boise Towne Square Mall, Boise State University Foundation and Ada County Juvenile Probation Services-West in Meridian. Each organization has demonstrated a long-term commitment

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to reducing its energy use and environmental impacts in Idaho. Projects implemented by recipients would save enough energy to power more than 1,200 Idaho homes for a year. These organizations are among Idaho’s outstanding leaders in achieving energy efficiency at the local level.

BOISE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS ANNOUNCES PROFESSIONAL AWARDS Boise Young Professionals has announced the winners of the Young Professional Awards. The awards honor those that demonstrate exemplary leadership, professionalism and service. Young Professional Awards winners include Adan David Callsen, Idaho Botanical Garden, Young Citizen of the Year; Jessica Cafferty, Route Networking Group, Young Entrepreneur; Liz Brodie, MWI Animal Health, Young Leader; and Kyle Bellnap, Northwest Bank, Young Professional. Micron Technology was awarded the best Next Generation Workplace. “ This year’s award recipients all share a common thread of excellence, community impact and servant leadership that set them apart as being exemplary Boise Young Professionals,” Mark Cork, an associate vice president of Northwest Nazarene University, says. BYP also presented Boise Mayor Dave Bieter with the Sage Award for his years of support of the organization. The Sage Award was created to recognize a community member who has shown outstanding leadership and commitment to develop and retain a talented workforce.

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ADA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE RECEIVES $1 MILLION GRANT The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced a

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$1 million grant to the Ada County Sheriff’s Office to continue building on local efforts to implement criminal justice system reforms and safely reduce Ada County’s jail population. The grant is part of the Safety and Justice Challenge, a more than $100 million national initiative to reduce over-incarceration. The Safety and Justice Challenge is determined to tackle one of the greatest drivers of over-incarceration in America—the misuse and overuse of jails. Ada County was first selected to join the collabora-

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KADE ATWOOD SELECTED AS ARTISTIC DIRECTOR FOR BOISE CHORUSES New artistic director Kade Atwood has been selected to lead the Boise Men’s and Women’s Choruses. As a founding member of

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With a wide range of varying musical training and backgrounds, the choruses are committed to fostering an environment of professionalism, respect, pride and unity. The choruses meet weekly to combine their voices in song for the greater understanding and education of diversity and women’s issues in Idaho.

GLOBAL LOUNGE, MORRISON CENTER SELECTED AS CULTURAL AMBASSADORS Mayor David Bieter named Global Lounge, founder of the World Village Festival, and the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, a performing arts center located on the campus of Boise State University, as the city's cultural ambassadors for a term of two years. As part of the recognition, Global Lounge and the Morrison Center will act as Boise’s honorary representatives to the world. CONTINUED >

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Established by Dayo Ayodele in 2006, Global Lounge was established to fill a need to educate others about the diversity of the expanding community. For the last three years, the organization has put on World Village Festival, a three-day multicultural celebration in Capitol Park. Since 1984, the Morrison Center has showcased national and international artists in the performing arts while providing growth opportunities for local arts groups. More than 200 bookings and 150,000 patrons from all over the state and country flow through

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its doors every year. The Boise Cultural Ambassador program is designed to share Boise’s cultural and creative community with other cities across the globe and foster connection to global audiences.

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The Women’s and Children’s Alliance, a nonprofit agency serving those affected by domestic violence, recently received a HopeLine from Verizon grant of $10,000 to expand its work. “This donation from Verizon Wireless will help us reach out to those who need our services in the community,” Bev La Chance, WCA deputy director, says. The grant will be used to provide financial literacy education to victims of domestic and/or sexual violence. This component to the WCA’s direct victim services is a collaborative partnership using

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evidence-based curriculum designed to empower women to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Through personal financial and money management education, victims of domestic violence can move toward greater economic and personal autonomy and move away from abuser dependency.

CBH HOMES' RONDA CONGER HONORED WITH WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION AWARD

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Constructech magazine honored Ronda Conger, CBH Homes vice president, with the coveted 2017 Women in Construction award. Constructech is a go-to publication that focuses on where construction and technology unite. This award is comprised of some of the most successful women working within the construction community who are taking advantage of technology and represent the largest, most innovative construction companies in the country. In 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 872,000 women in the construction industry. Of these women, 100 leaders were nominated for the award and Conger was one of 38 chosen. Conger has pioneered new software for building, warranty and scheduling, along with marketing and sales strategies into CBH Homes.

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As COO, Zamzow will oversee the commercial development process for Rocky Mountain Companies including property acquisition/disposition, construction, property management and company operations. Zamzow spent nine years as a top producing commercial real estate broker. He is one of a select group in the country who holds both the Certified Commercial Investment Member and Certified Leasing Specialist designations, as well as an MBA. Zamzow joined Rocky Mountain Companies in 2015 as vice president of development services.

DUTCH BROS. RAISES $4,500 FOR LEUKEMIA AND LYMPHOMA SOCIETY In September, the Boise Dutch Bros. located at 1181 N. Milwaukee St., raised $4,500 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. "We are so proud to be a part of the Boise community,”  Brian Wight, owner of Dutch Bros. Boise, says. "The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society does amazing work. We are honored to be

fallen and injured firefighters and their families. The organization provides immediate financial and crisis assistance to families of fallen and injured wildland firefighters.

LONECONE.COM RANKS NO. 895 ON 2017 INC. 5000 LIST Inc. magazine recently ranked LoneCone.com number 895 on its 36th annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fast-

able to help support them." September was Blood Cancer Awareness month. The Leukemia

est-growing private companies. This puts LoneCone.com as the fast-

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10 BARREL BREWING CO. RAISES MORE THAN $17,000 FOR FIREFIGHTER FOUNDATION As a culmination of the brewery’s fundraising efforts, 10 Barrel Boise raised $17,867.23  for the Wildland Firefighter  Foundation.

“To once again be honored as part of the prestigious Inc. 5000 list is thrilling to us,” Ken Johnson, CEO of LoneCone.com and member of the Idaho Outdoor Business Council, says. "We moved LoneCone. com to Idaho in 2014 as this is a state that’s adamant in supporting its local businesses and dedicated to conserving public lands for generations to come—a perfect mix for our growing company.”

10 Barrel Brewing Co. began hosting fundraising events for the

The average company on the list achieved a three-year growth of

Wildland Firefighter Foundation at its pubs in Bend, Portland and

481 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $206 billion, gener-

Boise. All three cities have been affected by this summer’s wildfires.

ating 619,500 jobs over the past three years.

Burk Minor and Dina Pfeifer from the Wildland Firefighter Foundation accepted the funds.

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SUGAR COOKIES Heidi Tilby from Sweet Valley Cookie Co. is sharing some joy with

Boise Lifestyle readers. A holiday classic, her sugar cookies for rolling and cutting out are sure to please your friends and family.

Ingredients 2/3 cup butter, softened 1 1/2 cup white sugar 2 tablespoons milk 2 eggs 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 5 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions 1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs, milk and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder and salt. 2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Roll out dough on floured surface, 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch thick. Cut into desired shapes. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. 3. Bake 6 to 8 minutes until firm to touch. Cool completely. Frost and decorate as desired.

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feel a little frazzled. Here are some very simple ideas for wrapping up your cookie gifts. For decorated sugar cookies, a lot of wrapping options will destroy your lovely designs. Instead of stacking or boxing, try this:

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Pull the cellophane up around the cup and secure with a rubber band.

5 Add a beautiful ribbon or bow and a tag.

SWIRL MERINGUES Charon Knight at 208 Bakes took extra care to pick out just the right

recipe to share with readers. These peppermint swirl meringues look especially beautiful on a plate for the holidays. This recipe makes about 6-8 dozen cookies so there will be plenty to share with your neighbors. The meringues can be stored at room temperature for two weeks, so they are a perfect make-ahead treat.  

Ingredients 5 large egg whites Pinch of salt 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon white vinegar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract 1 tablespoon cornstarch 

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medium-high until stiff peaks form. 2. Fold in white vinegar, vanilla extract, peppermint extract and cornstarch. 3. Using a small brush, lightly paint 3-4 stripes of green or red food coloring inside a large pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch round tip. 4. Transfer meringue to piping bag. Pipe meringue into 1 1/2-inch rounds onto cookie sheet spacing 1 inch apart.   

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Place meringues in a cellophane bag.

5. Bake one hour. Turn oven off. Leave in oven 1-2 hours with door closed. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

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St. Luke's Santa's Toy Box A HOLIDAY BLESSING ARTICLE BY KRISTEN LYNCH

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our child has diabetes.” These are words that no parent ever wants to hear. However, it is estimated that more than 15,000 children will face such a diagnosis each year. Diabetes is a life-altering diagnosis for the entire family.  It means blood-sugar testing 5-10 times a day, careful carbohydrate counting, insulin injections every time they eat, and constantly checking their health to ensure their disease is being properly managed.

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Julie Meyer knows this scenario all too well. The busy mother of six recalls her son’s experience that led to his diagnosis. “In the weeks leading up to winter break, I noticed my 16-year-old son, Braxton, was just not feeling right—feeling off and very sick,” Julie says. "He was getting more and more sick, so the first day of Christmas Break, we took him to the doctor." The doctor sent them immediately to the emergency room. The diagnosis? Type 1 diabetes.


This program blesses many families at a time of emotional, and for many, financial crisis, and adds a spark of joy to the holiday season

“We’ve had the privilege of hosting Santa’s Toy Box for several years now. It remains a highlight during the Christmas season.  The numerous families that are able to partake in this event are always so grateful. For some families, this is a nice way to add a few fun items to what they already have to give to their children. For others, this is the extent of what they have to give to their children. We would not be able to offer this wonderful service to our families without the generous support of community members.” —Denise Rayburn, St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital

“We were shocked. Not knowing any of the symptoms of type 1 diabetes, we thought he had the f lu," she says. Diabetes is a silently insidious disease—the symptoms can present so subtly and stealthily that by the time a child receives a diagnosis in the hospital, they could be only moments away from slipping into a diabetic coma or even death. In hindsight, Julie reflects on some of the warning signs that were present but not really recognized, such as excessive urination, unusual thirst, lethargy. However, these can also just be signs of a normal teenager. “One thing we did notice was that our son kept complaining that he was using the restroom more than usual," she says. “We do have a family history of kidney issues, so I thought maybe he was having similar issues, but diabetes was not even on my radar.” To add to the collective stress of the event, their son’s hospitalization and diagnosis occurred just days before Christmas. “It was such a stressful time for our family, not knowing if we would all be together for Christmas. We have six children, and suddenly our entire world was turned upside down," she says. "As a parent when you’re dealing with such a huge health crisis, priorities shift and we realized that Christmas preparation would be put on hold.” Which is exactly where St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital Santa’s Toy Box program steps in. Created through the Child Life Department of St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, Santa’s Toy Box is dedicated to serving the needs of sick children and their families. This program relies solely on the generous donations of anonymous donors who drop off toys for some very special patients.

“A representative from St. Luke’s pulled me away privately to invite me to shop at Santa’s Toy Box,” Julie says. “She brought me into this enormous room, and I couldn’t believe the amount of toys and presents they had for me to choose from. They helped me select gifts for each of my children and volunteers wrapped, labeled and delivered the gift to my car. It was a huge comfort to know that our family would have gifts to open Christmas morning.” This program blesses many families at a time of emotional, and for many, financial crisis, and adds a spark of joy to a holiday season that is, for those spending time with a child in the hospital, far from ideal. “Our story is a happy one,” says Meyer. “Braxton was able to come home late Christmas Eve, and with his little brothers open presents, Christmas morning.” For more information, and to donate to Santa’s Toy Box, contact the Child Life Department office at 208.381.4758. December 2017 | Boise Lifestyle

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Leku Ona—literally “the good place”, is a great place to dip your toes into the many Basque options Boise has to offer. Established in a vintage Basque boarding house, Leku Ona offers intimate dining rooms, a bar, and open air patios with weekly entertainment. The fine dining restaurant serves up a tantalizing assortment of Basque and Spanish dishes. Soups, salads, seafood, and a long and varied list of meat dishes fill out the menu. Choices range from formal to casual and are served by servers who are friendly and open.

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Leku Ona’s beer and wine list includes many imported Basque and Spanish beers and wines, as well as some domestic favorites. Many of the dishes on the menu also feature these distinctive flavors. With many dining rooms to choose from, Leku Ona is prepared to handle large groups for special functions or intimate gatherings of friends and family. Inside, outside, upstairs, downstairs, casual, formal, sit down, or mingle, Leku Ona has a little piece of everything in its little corner downtown. It is indeed, a “good place”.


MCCALL WINTER CARNIVAL ARTICLE CHRISTINA LORDS

A WINTER TRADITION NOT TO BE MISSED JANUARY 26 - FEBRUARY 4

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MCCALL WINTER CARNIVAL (CON TI N U ED)

The McCall Winter Carnival features more than 40 snow sculptures that are free to view.

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tephanie Johnstone knows her way around the McCall Winter Carnival. A longtime resident of Boise, she and her family, including her twin sister, Jennifer, looked forward to skiing at Brundage Mountain Resort and perusing the snow and ice sculptures at the carnival over the course of many winters growing up. Now that she's a mother of two, Stephanie wants to create memories for her own young daughters that include barreling down the sledding hill, walking across the frozen Payette Lake and bundling up to take in dozens of massive snow sculptures. “I want them to grow up and have fond memories of their childhood like I did,” Stephanie says. “It's just a fun, festive event. There's fireworks over the lake, and there's so many kids to play with. You make new friends when you're up there.” For the Johnstones, this year is no different. They'll join up to 60,000 other people from across the country—and the world—who are anticipated to visit the 53rd annual Winter Carnival from January 26 to February 4 in downtown McCall. Events are also featured in other nearby towns, such as New Meadows and Cascade. McKenzie Kraemer, who has been the carnival's director for eight years, says the festival was inspired by a 1924 event called the

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Payette Lake Winter Games. A train from Boise brought 248 visitors to McCall for the first winter games, but the official McCall Winter Carnival as people know it today started in the 1960s. During the carnival, attendees can enjoy dozens of the event's famous snow sculptures, Torchlight and Mardi Gras parades, live music, daily events spanning everything from comedy shows to art auctions, snowbike races to the Monster Dog Pull and much more. Each day is packed full of family-friendly events. Festivities on the weekends generally run from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and events generally start at noon on weekdays. “Winter Carnival is, in general, a celebration of all things winter,” McKenzie says. “It's 10 solid days of events. A lot of those events are standard events that everyone looks forward to. The big ones are of course the sculptures, and everyone for the business competition is finished carving and judged that first Friday of the carnival.” She encourages everyone to look at the chamber's map online to take a peek to see where each sculpture is located and to scope out a route to maximize seeing as many as they can. Levi Johnstone, Stephanie's husband, said there's simply no way to see everything, including all the sculptures, in just a day. Their family tries to book lodging months in advance and stay over a weekend, he says. This year, the family had their Airbnb booked in October.


The McCall Winter Carnival features two parades each year: the Torchlight parade and the Mardi Gras parade.

A corgi runs in the 2017 Monster Dog Pull during the McCall Winter Carnival.

McKenzie suggests anyone planning to stay the night book their lodging as soon as they can. She also suggests logging on to the McCall Chamber of Commerce's website and scrolling to the bottom of the Winter Carnival page to check out local property management companies' offerings if hotels are booked up. “The McCall Chamber is dedicated to listing all these companies, including companies with condos and houses, to offer more options to people,” she says. “Especially if you have a couple of groups coming or have a large family, sometimes it's just as economical as a hotel room. Those don't fill up as fast, and there are still some availabilities.” Because many of the sculptures are so spread out, the Johnstones both agree that wearing proper snow boots and winter gear is critical to having a good time. “The sculptures are just incredible,” Levi says. “It's well worth it. Typically we see the ones on the main drag in downtown, and then if we hear through the grapevine about a great one further out, then we'll drive to them and get out and look.” But the whole event is something to experience, Levi says. “It's something everyone in Idaho should see,” he says.

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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE ARTICLE JULIE MEYER

LOOKING FOR HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS? TRY SOME OF THESE UNIQUE FINDS.

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2. PERSIAN ROSEWATER BODY CREAM, $17

New Persian Rosewater Collection restores skin after just one use! Made with pure and clean ingredients including skin-nourishing herbal extracts, sweet almond oil and pure vegetable glycerin. Available at CamilleBeckman.com. Submitted by Michaela Hill 3. BOOK DARTS, $13

Save your page, or mark passages you want to remember or come back to. Slide onto the side of a page, but your book still closes completely flat and does not damage pages. Includes 125 mixed metal darts. Available at Amazon.com. Submitted by Jamie Ames

4. STEAM GIFT CARD, $20

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The perfect gift for the teen in your life: the gift of choice, featuring thousands of downloadable computer games for kids of all ages. Available in most retail stores where video games are sold, including GameStop, Best Buy and Walmart. Submitted by the Meyer boys 5. VARIETY PACK OF IDAHO CANDY

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2. OPERA TICKETS, $25-75

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A modern classic performance snowshoe from the designers at Yukon Charlie’s. The Pro II will

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Water & Woods

GETTING GIFTS FOR OUTDOORS LOVERS YOU HAVE LOTS OF CHOICES, AND THAT'S BOTH GOOD AND BAD

ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY ROGER PHILLIPS

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f you live in Idaho, there’s a good chance there’s an outdoors person or two on your gift list. That’s great because there are so many things a full-fledged Idaho outdoors person needs to stay active throughout the year. While that’s the good news, the bad news is it can be tricky to buy for them.  For example, snowboards and surf boards both use wax, but one doesn’t work for the other, so close doesn’t cut it. The point is, getting almost the right thing can lead to disappointment, so gift buying can veer into tricky territory. But, let me be clear, I am old school enough to believe that a gift is exactly that. It’s not an order from a catalog or website where the person should expect to get exactly what he or she ordered.  If you’re the buyer, you also want the person  to be happy with what you bought them, so here are some tips, and beware, some are a little unconventional, but they remain in the spirit of Christmas gift giving.  BE A SLEUTH

This goes beyond asking leading questions. There’s a good chance your friend or family member has a favorite store. Find out what it is and visit if you haven’t already. If it’s a big-box store, they probably won’t know him or her. If it’s a small store, chances are good they do, and they can help you pick out the right gift.


HAVE THEM MAKE A SPECIFIC LIST

You choose how many items, but let them list specific items they would like and you decide what to buy. They will know what they’re getting, but not know which item, so there’s still some surprise.  SURPRISE THEM WITH A PRE-CHRISTMAS SHOPPING TRIP

This probably works best for adults, not kids because they love opening presents from under the Christmas tree. It can be a fun way to buy the person exactly what they want, but still have an element of surprise. Take them to their favorite store and let them pick something out before Christmas. It’s more fun if there’s a little misdirection, like saying you’re going someplace else—even a place that person prefers to avoid—then swinging by their favorite store. ENLIST A SPY

This can a hunting or fishing buddy, a sibling, a skiing or riding buddy—anyone who

knows the person really well and can pry out information without tipping them off. BUY A GIFT CARD

These can seem a little impersonal, but it’s one way that you can be assured to get them exactly what they want. Now you have some ideas on how to buy a gift, but there are also some pretty safe bets for outdoors people. • Long underwear: Go ahead and laugh because, as kids, the thought of getting underwear for Christmas was about as exciting as getting broccoli for Halloween candy, but hear me out. A high-end base layer (that’s technical talk for long undies) is one of the most comfortable and versatile pieces of clothing an outdoors person wears. What else can you use for snow sports, spring fishing, summer camping and fall hunting? A good base layer doesn't come cheap, so many people aren’t willing to splurge. But trust me, it’s a gift that will be used and used for a long time. 

• Passes, licenses, etc.: One thing an angler is guaranteed to use is a fishing license. Ditto for a hunter. A season ski pass is a great gift, but mid-winter isn’t the best time to buy them (late winter/early spring is). Many ski resorts sell multipack passes at a discount. A ski and lodging package at a resort is another nice gift. Also consider a guided fishing trip or other ways to give an outdoors person a cool outing. • Knives: Honestly, I don’t know what it is about knives and multitools, but we can’t get enough of them. There are so many cool ones out there, and many are specialized for everything from whitewater rafting to big game hunting.  • Headlamps, flashlights and lanterns: It’s another gift that will get used for years, especially for camping. One that’s bright, waterproof and impact-resistant will be long-lasting and useful.  December 2017 | Boise Lifestyle

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WORTHYREADS

Page Turners

WEDNESDAY’S RESCUE BY JANICE HILDRETH (BOISE AUTHOR) SHAKESPEARE’S CHRISTMAS BY CHARLAINE HARRIS ARTICLE RACHEL BENNETT

“He considered his words before responding. ‘I’m not looking for love.

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anice Hildreth is the author of an international newsletter turned blog, PastorsWife.com, offering encouragement to those who are married to pastors. Her love for the Lord and of writing led her to start a Christian romance series. Wednesday’s Rescue is the fourth installment in the A New Day Series where every book centers on a member of the McKinnon family. Wednesday’s Rescue focuses on a topic a bit heavier than her others—human trafficking. Hildreth's book is seriously and tastefully done, exposing the problem that exists everywhere–even in our own beloved state—while remaining light enough for the reader and skillfully weaving together a heartwarming romance. Ultimate planner John Maxwell is reluctantly falling in love with free spirit Anna McKinnon. I wish I had more space to give you the startling facts and tricks used to enslave young people I learned about as a result of reading this book, but, Hildreth’s book gives you sources at the end so you can do some more research. All of her books are available through Amazon and are sure to please and entertain. A worthy read for sure. 38

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I cut my teeth on Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series. Then I moved to the Harper Connelly series (still my favorite) and then found the Lily Bard series, a little darker than the others but still the strong f lavor that Harris delivers in all of her books. I jumped in at book three, not knowing there were two others ahead of this one, but I was still able to follow this one enough to enjoy it. Lily is reluctant to go home to an estranged family but come home she must as her sister is due to get married. Her return isn’t as smooth as she hopes for with a cold kidnapping case bringing her detective boyfriend to town, which may or may not have something to do with the gruesome murders that happened soon after she arrived. Not one of my favorite  reads, but definitely interesting enough to keep me turning the pages.

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Driver’s Notebook

CADILLAC XT5 MODERN DESIGN + CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY

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he Cadillac XT5, a five-passenger crossover, bursts with creature comforts such as adaptive remote start, hands-free power liftgate, rain sense automatic wipers and available lane keep assist and blind zone alert. Sitting in the XT5, you will notice the authentic materials like natural wood, leather and suede along with tasteful aluminum and carbon fiber accents. Additional features include the intuitive infotainment system, advanced safety features and a very distinct style.

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CUSTOMER TESTIMONIALS “I love my XT5 because it's sleek and sporty inside and out, combined with luxury and comfort! Being able to easily connect my iPhone through Car Play is the feature I enjoy the most, along with the large and clear backup camera and vibrating seat alerts for extra precaution when in reverse. It's so easy to get my son in and out of the back seat, and with a spacious trunk, I can fill it with groceries without needing to take out my stroller!” —Brii Mason

“ The XT5 is an incredibly comfortable vehicle to ride in, whether you are the driver or a passenger. This SUV is the perfect size for my family of four and is an ideal height for easily accessing a car seat. I appreciate the well-thought-out design of the trunk space with an attachment to securely keep your groceries or anything else in place. The panoramic sunroof feels luxurious as does the touchscreen display which is very easy to navigate. I would highly recommend the Cadillac XT5!” —Becca Poluhoff

Sofia Estrada, new inventory manager at Peterson Cadillac, says buyers looking for a new vehicle should consider the XT5. "The XT5's modern design and cutting-edge technology are sure to please," she says. "Additionally, the amount of personalization allowed through the infotainment system and interior cabin along with ride and handling options, allow you to truly make the vehicle your own." The 310-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 engine, active fuel management and three available drive modes combine for a powerful

and responsive ride which allows for towing up to 3,500 pounds. The stable chassis of the XT5 gives it a very balanced center of gravity. With the driver select modes, you can customize your experience to a smooth touring feel or a firmer sporty feel for maximum driver experience. The snow/ice or all-wheel drive mode offer enhanced handling, making this a great choice for Idaho mountain driving in any weather conditions. For family outings around town or long road trips, the new Cadillac XT5 Crossover will have you riding in safety, comfort and style. December 2017 | Boise Lifestyle

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JEWELRY

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December DECEMBER 1 AND 3

OPERA IDAHO'S "AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS" THE EGYPTIAN THEATRE Opera Idaho will present “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” an opera in one act by Gian Carlo Menotti, at The Egyptian Theatre. The December 1 show will begin at 7:30 p.m., while the December 3 performance will begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets range from $26-$36 and can be purchased at 1718.OperaIdaho.org.

NOVEMBER 27-JANUARY 1 WINTER GARDEN AGLOW THE IDAHO BOTANICAL GARDEN See our dazzling display of over 380,000 sparkling lights artfully displayed throughout the holiday season. Special guest Santa will visit from the North Pole select nights and the Holiday Express, a G-scale model train, will wind its way through the glowing winter wonderland. Local choirs will fill the air with music on select nights. Gates open at

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6 p.m. – Last admissions at 8:45 p.m.

DECEMBER 1-2 "ELF: THE MUSICAL" MORRISON CENTER The hilarious tale of Buddy, an orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag and is transported to the North Pole. Unaware he's actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to

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it’s always the season for classic jazz, cocktails and cuisine at Chandlers.

DECEMBER 1-31 CHERYL K. SHURTLEFF: "THE ROAD IS WIDER THAN LONG" BOISE ART MUSEUM Born in Ontario, Oregon, in 1947, celebrated artist Cheryl K. Shurtleff grew up on a fruit ranch near Payette and went to college in Boise. "The Road is Wider than Long" explores Shurtleff’s complex body of work, which has a strong bent toward the uncanny, mysterious and surreal. The exhibit will be featured through May 2018.

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DECEMBER 6 MILLENNIAL CHOIRS & ORCHESTRAS' "JOY TO THE WORLD: CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD" MORRISON CENTER Millennial Choirs & Orchestras ushers in the holiday season with "Joy to the World: Christmas Around the World." Featuring some of the most beloved holiday favorites from across the globe, MCO's annual Christmas concert will feature hundreds of musicians.

DECEMBER 7 FIRST THURSDAY DOWNTOWN BOISE First Thursday takes place on the first Thursday of each month, throughout downtown Boise. The event takes place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and focuses on providing downtown visitors the chance to stroll through the unique shops and galleries in downtown while enjoying in-store entertainment and special events.

DECEMBER 9 BOISE PHILHARMONIC HOLIDAY POPS CONCERT MORRISON CENTER Bring your family to the symphony at the Morrison Center for an evening of holiday carols and cheer. Special guests include the Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale and other solo vocalists. Holiday Pops

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DECEMBER 15 WOODWORKING FOR WOMEN JUMP MAKE STUDIO Demystify the difficulty of woodworking, connect with creative women and build the confidence to make projects a reality in this class. You'll learn different approaches to woodworking, become adept at using tools and create a cutting board (and potential holiday gift) from start to finish. The class begins at 6:30 p.m.

DECEMBER 15-17 BALLET IDAHO PRESENTS "THE NUTCRACKER" MORRISON CENTER Ballet Idaho continues the beloved holiday tradition of the timeless classic, "The Nutcracker." Celebrate the season in glittering fashion — an elegant holiday party for the children, magical mice, Clara’s life-size Nutcracker doll’s transformation into the handsome prince, and a beautiful swirling snow scene.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE IN BOISE CELEBRATE IN STYLE ARTICLE ELENA TOMOROWITZ

WINTRY FUN

Head north for the holiday if you’re looking to get out of town, and

maybe do a bit of skiing. Get festive with friends in downtown McCall or head to Brundage Mountain for food, a bonfire, hot cocoa or spiced cider and even some fireworks to ring in the new year. But don’t forget your parka!

ROCK ’N’ ROLL

For those city dwellers who want to ring in the New Year in a venue

that’s within Ubering distance, the Knitting Factory Concert House is putting on their annual show, this year featuring Mickey and the Motorcars. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and they’ll offer a complimentary champagne toast with the purchase of a ticket.

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For those seeking a quieter evening, but perhaps a good reason to

dress fancy, make a reservation for The Owyhee Tavern or Chandler’s Steak House. Both offer special menus that will make you feel like

There are many ways to ring in the New Year in style in Boise.

a million bucks—but remember to book early. Head back to one of Boise’s (many) new hotels for champagne and to watch the ball drop.

POTATO DROP

BE SPONTANEOUS

for a chilly night of music, food and a giant potato. The Idaho

bing some snacks and drinks along the way. Clubs like China Blue or

Potato Drop is a favorite tradition and takes over downtown. This

Amsterdam typically provide plenty of fun—DJs, dancing, drink spe-

year, the headlining act is Jeff Crosby & The Refugees, along with

cials and VIP treatment—if you’re up for it. Be sure to check if tickets can

other great musicians and family fun!

be bought at the door, ahead of time or if entry is free.

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