Wednesday, January 21, 2009

News briefs

Winter Wonder Fun

Wood River High School's Be a Fan Team will hold a fundraiser for the entire community, on Saturday, Jan. 24, from noon to 3 p.m. at the school's campus in Hailey. Proceeds from the Winter Wonder Fun Carnival will go toward Special Olympics events hosted by the school, such as the Snowflake Ball on Feb. 8 for athletes and coaches. With activities both indoors and out for all ages, the carnival is intended to be a fun time for the entire family and will include food, music, games, an obstacle course, races, and arts and crafts.

Admittance is $10 for a family of four, or $3 per person, and free for children 4 and under.

Public events planned for Special Olympics

A special evening to celebrate the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games will be held in Sun Valley on Feb. 11 from 6:30-9 p.m. The games will hold winter sports events in Idaho from Feb. 7-13.

This event is free.

· 6:30--7:30 p.m. Athletes and the public are invited to a free open skating session. Free ice skate rentals will be donated by Sun Valley Co. At 7 p.m. DJ Lenny will spin music on the deck of the Ram Restaurant followed by the Forestry Fiddlers until 9 p.m.

· 7:15--7:30 p.m. Ice skating exhibition with local and guest skaters at Sun Valley Outdoor Ice Rink, followed by torchlight parade on Dollar Mountain.

· 7--9 p.m. Pin trading in the Camas and Lupine Rooms; "World of Differences," a 24-minute documentary about cross-cultural communication, will be shown at the Sun Valley Opera House. There will be photo opportunities with Woodsie the Owl and Smoky Bear.

Head to Nepal with UNFPA

The Americans for United Nations Population Fund will take a delegation of Americans to visit sites in Nepal from March 29 to April 5. The fund operates in more than 180 countries to provide and promote reproductive health care and women's rights.

The delegation will visit programs working with sex-trafficked women, as well as youth development projects, maternal health clinics and refugee camps for internally displaced persons.

"An Americans for UNFPA-sponsored trip goes beyond the experiences most visitors to a developing country are able to have," said Peggy Goldwyn, an Americans for UNFPA board member and a Sun Valley resident. "You not only have meaningful discussions with government officials and community activists, you also experience the day-to-day challenges faced by women and their families and are able, at least in a small way, to provide help and hope."

For details, contact Goldwyn, at 622-1554, or visit

Families learn about mental illness

The Wood River Valley Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will hold a free annual "Family-to-Family Class" beginning Jan. 25, from noon to 2:30 p.m. at Light on the Mountain Spiritual Center.

The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 12-week course for family caregivers of people with a mental illness. The course offers most current information about mental illness, medications, empathy, awareness, problem solving, crisis intervention, care, community support/services and advocacy.

Space is limited. Age limit is 18. To enroll call Wendy Norbom of NAMI at 309-1987 or 720-9145.

Light on the Mountain is located at 12446 Highway 75 mid valley between Hailey and Ketchum.

Dark skies over Hailey

The Milky Way Galaxy is only visible to one-third of the human population due to light pollution, or sky glow, which blocks our view of the starry sky.

The city of Hailey will present information on an existing ordinance that prohibits the use of glaring light bulbs at night on Wednesday, Jan. 28, from 6-7 p.m. at the upstairs City Hall meeting room, 109 S. Main St. in Hailey.

The Outdoor Lighting Standards and Dark Sky Ordinance workshop is open to all business owners and residents in the town. Instructions will be given on how to screen lightbulbs and use low-wattage bulbs to comply with the ordinance.

For more information call City Planner Mariel Platt, 788-9815

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