Wednesday, December 3, 2008

News Briefs

Mend releases book

"The Altered Toy Project: The Art of Re-used Toys," a hardbound, 64-page book that highlights handmade toys by craftsmen and women around the world is now available at All toys created for The Altered Toy Project were made to donate to children participating in programs provided by the Children's Home Society of Idaho.

This limited-edition book was photographed, designed and published by The Mend Project. Proceeds will help The Mend Project continue its quest to expand awareness of the importance of craft, improve quality of life for those in need and provide an organized opportunity to give back.

The introduction is by Hailey native Rachel Reichert, who founded the nonprofit organization with Michelle Keller. Illustrated by Rebecca Rogers, it was edited by Karen Oswalt of Sun Valley.

BCRD opens facility to rentals

The Blaine County Recreation District is taking reservations for birthday party and facility rentals at the Community Campus in Hailey. The district offers a variety of rental packages that include the HUB Youth Center and its music studio, the gymnasium and the newly remodeled fitness studio.

"We have people inquiring all the time about using the HUB or the gym for one thing or another," district Recreation Director Dave Keir said. "We can host everything from baby showers in the HUB to large sporting events in the gym—the facility has a lot of versatility."

Rentals are subject to availability. Contact the rec district at 788-2117 or for more information.

Replace Christmas tree lights

Idaho Power wants everyone to replace their standard Christmas tree lights with strings of LED lights. People may bring their old Christmas tree lights to Hailey's Hometown Holiday on Friday, Dec. 5, turn them in to Wood River Middle School students and help the town. Idaho Power will pay the town a certain amount for every light bulb brought back.

Look for students dressed as elves with shopping carts to deposit strings of lights during the parade on Main Street and the other festivities.

Y celebrate?

The YMCA has a Giving Tree in the front lobby decorated with ornaments with wish lists of children from the Advocates and The Family Connection. Pick up an ornament, shop for Christmas gifts at local stores and bring the wrapped gift back to the YMCA. All presents will then be delivered to the children

Webb Nursery donated the tree to the cause. For more information call Suzanne at 727-9622.

Botanical Garden encourages local shopping

Bring proof of your Sawtooth Botanical Garden membership to any of the following shops for a discount: Big Wood Nursery, Moss Garden Center, Sun Valley Garden Center, Webb Nursery, Clearwater Nursery, Chapter One Book Store, Iconoclast Books, Primavera Plants & Flowers, Monkey's and Mangoes, Sue Ellen Bridgeman Florist, Petals and Stems and Tara Bella Garden & Floral Design.

Other membership benefits include discounted rates on workshops, cooking classes, special events, youth programming, plant sales and a quarterly newsletter.

For more information call 726-9358.

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