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Crafts & Chocolate Affaire: Launch your holiday season on Nov. 2 & 3 at the 17th annual chocolate celebration at the Nampa Civic Center, free entry. Runs Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free visits with Santa Sat. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. For details:, or call: 208-468-5500.



As November approaches and the nights grow longer, The College of Idaho’s Whittenberger Planetarium is inviting the community to ease into the fall season gently with its “Under the Stars” program, a collaboration with the C of I’s Chamber Singers.

The program is set to begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2 at the Whittenberger Planetarium in Boone Hall, located on the C of I campus near Jewett Auditorium on the corner of 20th Avenue and Fillmore St. in Caldwell. Advanced ticket purchase is strongly encouraged due to limited seating, and ticket holders are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before show time to avoid losing their seat to walk-in visitors.

In the planetarium’s first ever program with the choral department, visitors will be treated to a collage of astronomy stories, history and images interspersed with the Chamber Singers live music.

“This will be an evening for enjoying the awesomeness of the night sky through sight and sound as the choir sings songs inspired by the magnificence of the stars,” said Planetarium Director Amy Truksa.

Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children. To purchase your tickets, visit or contact Kinga Britschgi at (208) 459-5211.



String and piano teachers who intend to enter their students in the Caldwell Fine Arts Music Festival are advised that the deadline for sending in their CFA Music Festival Participation Fee is Nov. 16, according to Peggy Miller.

March 2, 2019 is the date of the festival, which gives teachers and students time to prepare their music selections.

The Caldwell Fine Arts Music Festival is an annual event benefiting piano, violin, viola, cello students and their teachers. This festival has served the community since the early 1960s, Miller said, when it was started by members of Caldwell Thursday Musicale. Caldwell Fine Arts has sponsored the festival since 2009.

This non-competitive event for beginners through high school gives students an opportunity to perform polished pieces for a qualified adjudicator. One unique feature of this festival is that the judge is allowed time to interact with each student in order to explain suggestions for improving technique and musicianship.

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I just heard from a former neighbor of mine, Irene Chandler, that she is now a member of the Nampa Art Guild, a wonderful, long-time art group in this area. She said they host guest artists on the first Monday of the month, and the coming program will be given by Lizzie Taylor on Monday, Nov. 5, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The program is free for Guild members and guests are asked to pay $5. The meeting is held in the Fleet House at 1012 11th Ave. N. Ext., in Nampa. (Just 2 blocks past Lakeview Park.)

Irene said Lizzie is not comfortable painting “in front of people,” so she is bringing several of her works and will discuss the thought process behind them: “Why certain techniques were used, etc. Since I have a huge range of styles and techniques, believe me it will be colorful and entertaining,” Lizzie said.

Lizzie has exhibited in Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance shows, had one-person shows at the Meridian and Eagle libraries, and donated to the Flying M “Valentines for AIDS” benefits.

Marie Galyean writes the Front Porch column for the Idaho Press-Tribune. Email your local news, club activities, honors and other "tidbits" to

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