Join the YMCA for its Multicultural Holiday Party on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 4-6 p.m. All are invited to attend this free festival event. Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, Day of the Kings, Day of the Dead and Virgin Mary Day will all be celebrated.
Crafts, food and an all-around fun time for the whole family will be provided. Each participant will receive a prize. Kids, grandparents and friends can all get their pictures taken with Santa Claus.
Participants are encouraged to bring ornaments and a gift for a child in need for the YMCA's Giving Tree, as well as a canned good for its food drive. Call the YMCA for any questions at 727-9622.
Learn about joint arthroplasty
People can learn about surgical options for hips, knees and shoulders during a brown-bag lecture at St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center on Thursday, Dec. 11.
The talk will cover the hospital's pre-operative program, anesthesia and post-operative physical therapy. It will be led by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Stephen Wasilewski, registered nurse Nancy Wasilewski, certified registered nurse anesthetist John Driscoll and physical therapist Jen Cook.
The presentation will be held from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the Baldy Conference Room.
For information call 727-8733.
'Be the Change'
St. Luke's Youth Adult Konnection, or YAK, will present two "Be the Change" panel discussions on Friday, Dec. 12 from 8:30-9:45 a.m. and 9:50-11:10 a.m. at the Wood River High School's Distance Learning Lab.
The topic will be communicating with adults and parents. Panel presenters will be licensed counselor Melissa Boley, Darrel Harris of Advocates for Survivors of Domestic Violence and La Alianza Executive Director Millie Gaitan-Gonzalez.
The panel is open to all.
Holiday music programs set for Blaine schools
Students in the Blaine County School District and The Community School in Sun Valley are getting ready to treat their parents, families and friends to special holiday music programs prior to the schools' adjourning for winter break on Friday, Dec. 19. Here's a listing:
Wood River High School/Middle School: Orchestras from the two schools perform tonight, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. in Hailey's Community Campus auditorium.
The high school has its concert choir "Rockathon" overnight fundraiser starting Friday at 5 p.m. and its Holiday Masquerade Ball on Saturday at 9 p.m. in the commons area.
`The schools' choirs will take the stage for "A Sleigh Ride" with a variety of holiday music on Monday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Community Campus.
Community School: Middle school music concert Thursday, Dec. 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the school theater, and elementary school holiday shows Thursday and Friday, Dec. 18-19.
Carey School: Winter music concert Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m.
Bellevue Elementary School: Holiday concerts today, Wednesday, at 6:30 p.m. (preschool, K-1 and dual immersion) and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. (grades 2-5).
Hemingway Elementary School: Winter music program (kindergarten plus grades 2 and 4) with choir, Bell Choir and strings Friday, Dec. 12, at 12:45 p.m. in the Ketchum gym.
Hailey Elementary School: Holiday music for grades 4-5 on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. at the school.
The Center's architect wins national award
The American Institute of Architects' board of directors has awarded Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects its 2009 AIA Architecture Firm Award.
The firm is the architect of the new Sun Valley Center for the Arts, to be built at the corner of Second Avenue and Fourth Street in Ketchum.
Given annually, the AIA Architecture Firm Award is the highest honor that the organization bestows on an architecture firm. It recognizes a practice that consistently has produced distinguished architecture for at least 10 years.
Jim Olson founded the firm in Seattle in 1971.
In recognition of its legacy to architecture, the firm's name will be chiseled into the granite Wall of Honor in the lobby of the AIA headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Poems for Peace receives international attention
Periodically, the Dalai Lama Foundation features an organization whose mission is aligned with its own. In December, the foundation chose Poems for Peace, a Ketchum-based nonprofit founded by Hailey resident Lauri Bunting.
Poems for Peace is a cross-cultural poetry exchange between children in this community and children around the world that gives youth a means to transcend prejudices, embrace differences and recognize the common thread that unites us all.
"The goal is to raise awareness and allow curiosity and empathy to replace prejudice, apathy and fear," Bunting said.
For more information visit poemsforpeace.org.
Idaho's Bounty ups its service
Local online food co-op Idaho's Bounty now offers weekly ordering and delivery service. For more than a year, the nonprofit organization worked in two-week shifts.
Members can now log on to their accounts, Thursday through Sunday, to order fresh, regionally grown and made produce, meats and products.
One reason Idaho's Bounty has increased service is the higher demand and the greater diversity of goods offered this year. Members can choose to pick up their bags of goods in Hailey and Ketchum or arrange for delivery.
For more information visit idahosbounty.org or call 721-8074.
Upcoming Galena auction seeks donations
Jenny Busdon, the doyen of Galena Lodge, is doing her own "let it snow" dance, as she waits for the ski season on the nordic trails and at Galena Lodge.
She is also preparing the 13th annual Galena and the Trails Winter Benefit Dinner & Auction, to be held Saturday, Jan. 24, at 5:30 p.m. at the Limelight Room in the Sun Valley Inn.
The event helps support the lodge and the trails, which both rely on donations for survival.
Busdon is accepting auction item donations "big or small" for the event.
She can be reached at 726-1649 or email@example.com.
Skate with Olympic medalist Linda Fratianne
The Girls Academie is offering ice skating lessons with Olympic medalist Linda Fratianne on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the indoor ice rink at Sun Valley.
Girls Academie is an international club for girls that offers worldwide programs for girls to help them build leadership skills.
The lessons are free for Girls Academie members and $40 for non-members. For details, call 720-4586.
BAH scheduled in Ketchum
Mountain West Bank will host the next Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber & Visitors Bureau's Business After Hours on Thursday, Dec. 11, from 5-7 p.m. The business networking event will be held at Mountain West Bank's new location at 331 N. Leadville Ave. in Ketchum.
Mountain West moved into its new location in October.