Friday, February 22, 2008

News Briefs


Community School offers new fifth-grade class

The Community School in Sun Valley has announced it will offer an additional section of fifth grade for the 2008-2009 school year.

A press release attributes the addition to "unprecedented market demand at this age group and a deep and talented pool of applicants." The new class will accommodate 12-16 students.

The press release further states the application deadline for the coming school year has been extended to March 14 for fifth grade applicants only.

For more information contact The Community School at 622-3955.

Lodge Dining Room becomes private party and banquet venue

Sun Valley Resort will end dining service until next winter in the Lodge Dining Room and make it a private party and banquet venue beginning Saturday, March 22. However, the dining room's popular Sunday brunch will continue. The dining room will reopen for dinner Dec. 15.

Executive Chef Scott Wamsley will continue to oversee food service for private functions and Sunday brunch.

During summer, al fresco dining at the Sun Valley Resort will be available at the Ram's Terrace, Trail Creek Cabin and Gretchen's Terrace. There will be more outdoor dining available mid summer when the new Sun Valley golf course and nordic clubhouse reopens.

Fuel reduction workshop slated

The first HELP Hailey 2008 Challenge is on, and proponents are getting ready for the first pubic workshop.

The workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, March 4, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Hailey Public Library meeting room. It will be led by Jim Mason from Idaho Power Co., Ingo Stroup from Energy Star and Dale Bates from Living Architecture.

HELP Hailey 2008 is a city-wide competition involving five homeowners and five business owners looking to reduce their carbon footprints while cutting their heating bills. Each contestant has had three weeks to work on a checklist of changes before measurement begins in March.

Across the nation, as well as in the Wood River Valley, the top priorities on Focus the Nation day, Jan. 31, were for investing in clean energy and for building green, carbon-neutral buildings.

Idaho for Obama to stay open

While the Democratic caucus has come and gone, the grassroots organization Idaho for Obama will keep its office in Boise open.

Volunteers at the office will continue to work on fund-raisers, organize events and do phone banking for other states.

Anyone wishing to volunteer can contact the office at 354-6210.

Thunder Spring throws weekly to-do

The Residences at Thunder Spring in Ketchum will hold ongoing get-togethers at its gallery from 4 to 6 p.m. every Monday through Wednesday to view its facilities. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Everyone is invited.

For more information call 726-6060.

Someone's in the Kitchen

After the success of the Winter Feast cooking class the Sawtooth Botanical Garden will offer another on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. with Chef Lynn Sheehan of Papa Hemi's Hideaway in Ketchum. The intimate laid-back setting at the Botanical Garden's kitchen is the perfect blend of learning and community.

Sheehan will volunteer her time on behalf of the Sawtooth Botanical Garden. An honors graduate from the California Culinary Academy, Sheehan built a high profile career in some of San Francisco's top kitchens including Stars, Masa's, Zola's, Citron, Postrio, and as the sous chef at Rubicon. She was also the executive chef at both MECCA and at Vertigo. After leaving San Francisco for the wine country, she restored the historic Sand Rock Farm in the Monterey Bay Area into an award-winning country inn.

The cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. To register call 726-9358 or e-mail allison@sbgarden.org.




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