Friday, February 1, 2008

News briefs

Memorialize Praeger

A memorial gathering will be held for family and friends of the late Ketchum resident Carl Praeger, to remember and share all the good memories and fun adventures, from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at the Continental Room in the Sun Valley Inn. It will be a very casual, upbeat and fun event, as is appropriate, an announcement said. There will be an open microphone for anyone with stories to share.

'Tasty Travels' to shoot in area

The Food Network show "Rachael Ray's Tasty Travels" will shoot in Ketchum and Sun Valley from Saturday, Feb. 2, through Monday, Feb. 5. The show will feature the Roundhouse on Bald Mountain, Rustic Moose, Ketchum Grill, Globus, Roosevelt Tavern & Grille, Trail Creek Cabin, Apple's Bar & Grill and Irving's Red Hots.

Show producers made their decision on which restaurants to feature based on a scouting trip to the area and recommendations from local residents. Restaurants will be open during filming, and patrons might be interviewed on camera.

Due to scheduling, Ray herself will not be in Sun Valley during the taping of the show.

Girls and Women in Sports Day

The 22nd annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day will be held Wednesday, Feb. 6.

The day is for females to celebrate their participation in sports and athletics. When Title IX was enacted in 1971, one in 27 high school girls participated in athletics. Now one in three girls participate in athletics in high school. There has been an explosion in the number of athletic opportunities open to women and girls.

However, the nonprofit Girls on the Run organization believes the U.S. Department of Education has made a major change to the policy that threatens to reverse the progress women and girls have made in sports. The organization contends that the department's latest clarification ignores long-held policy and years of court rulings by telling girls they must prove their interest to receive funding, while male athletes are excluded from that requirement.

For more information, visit, or Girls on the Run at

Girlfriends, Unite!

St. Thomas Playhouse invites all valley women to its "Crazy for You, Girlfriend" cabaret luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 13, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Ketchum Grill.

The event will include a three-course luncheon with champagne and wine, live entertainment and love songs from the popular Gershwin musical "Crazy for You," performed by cast members of the St. Thomas Playhouse's upcoming March production of the musical. Tickets to the luncheon event are $150 ($125 of which is tax deductible) to go to the Benefit Scholarship Fund for Children and Youth and Underwriting for Productions

To reserve a seat or a table, call 726-5349, ext. 15, by Feb. 11.

Men's group to hold open house

Begun in 2004, a consciousness-raising group of 30 Wood River Valley men meets regularly to explore issues of men and power, personal growth and how to relate to women.

On Feb. 4 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., an open house to welcome new men's group members to the informal association will be held in Gimlet subdivision south of Ketchum. There are 15 openings for new members to engage in an eight-week introductory course exploring men's issues.

To find out more, contact Cam Cooper at 726-6016, David Wilkinson at (206) 819-2387 or Jim Mulenos at 720-5433.

Reading Rainbow accepting entries

Children in kindergarten through third grade are invited to submit entries for the 14th annual Reading Rainbow contest for young writers and illustrators.

Sponsored by PBS and Idaho Public Television, entries are judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustrations.

Entry forms and additional information are available at

The deadline for entry is March 25.

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