Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Briefs


Baldy open through April 18

Sun Valley Resort announced Monday that Bald Mountain's ski area would remain open through April 18. The resort originally announced this closing date at the beginning of March and has now said it will meet that mark.

However, the last day to ski Seattle Ridge will be Sunday, April 11. The last day of skiing at Dollar Mountain will be Sunday, April 4.

Updated mountain reports are available at sunvalley.com or (800) 635-4150.

Scottish fair coming to valley

The Sun Valley Celtic Faire & Scottish Heavy Events will be held June 5-6 at Festival Meadows in Sun Valley.

The new event will feature an array of traditional Scottish competitions for both professional and amateur participants, as well as lively Celtic music and dancers, vendors and other festivities.

The event is organized by the Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber & Visitors Bureau, Mountain Town Events and the Scottish American Athletic Association.

A detailed schedule of events will be available soon at www.visitsunvalley.com, as well as information on special lodging and activity deals.

BCRD to honor pass holders

The Blaine County Recreation District is inviting Nordic season-pass holders to an end-of-season celebration at Galena Lodge north of Ketchum on Saturday, April 3. People can participate in or cheer on the Ride, Stride, Glide, eat lunch and show their season pass to receive one free beer. There will also be prize drawings for those completing the 200K challenge.

For more information, call 788-2117 or go to www.bcrd.org.

Timmerman rest area work to begin

Timmerman rest area, located at the junction of U.S. Highway 20 and state Highway 75, will close in mid-April for reconstruction, a project that will take most of the summer, the Idaho Transportation Department announced.

Reconstruction will require closure of the facility to all traffic and parking for the duration of the project.

Improvements to the rest area have been designed to accommodate growth and additional traffic for at least 20 years. Among enhancements will be an expanded restroom facility, an expanded parking area and ADA- (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible parking, ramps and restroom facilities.

The project is scheduled for completion in September.

Get free depression screening

The St. Luke's Center for Community Health depression screening program is taking appointments for Tuesday, April 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at St. Luke's Center for Community Health in Hailey.

Appointments are free, one-hour confidential screenings for individuals. To make an appointment, call 727-8738.

Relay for Life rallies scheduled

The Blaine County Relay Life for the American Cancer Society will hold two rallies' on Thursday, April 1, at the Wood River Community YMCA in Ketchum and at The Powerhouse in Hailey. The rallies start at 6:30 p.m.

Both sites will offer food, fun and prizes. Team registration is $50. Free registration will be given to the team registering the most members. For details, call (208) 866-7629.

PTSA looking for new officers

The Wood River High School Parent Teacher Student Association is accepting nominations for officers and is looking for new members for the 2010-11 school year.

"You may nominate yourself or anyone who you think would help to catapult our school into the future," states a news release from the organization. "No experience is necessary, just a desire for camaraderie and doing good deeds."

The organization provides support for academic progress and for social and artistic expression, encourages a positive relationship between staff and students and raises money for special events and activities.

To nominate someone or to join the organization, contact Dody Chatterton at 578-5020, ext. 2100 or at dchatterton@blaineschools.org. Nominations can also be made at www.blaineschools.org/schools/wrhs.

YMCA camp registration begins

YMCA summer camp registration begins Thursday, April 1. The camps include day camp, climbing camp, specialty workshops and, new this year, parent-and-kid programs. A $25 registration fee per session will save your spot.

Talk set on laser liposuction

Dr. Thomas Crais, a plastic surgeon, will discuss the SmartLipo Laser Body Sculpting System during a St. Luke's Center for Community Health Brown Bag lecture on Thursday, April 1, from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in the St. Luke's Baldy Conference Rooms.

According to a news release from St. Luke's, the technique is a less-invasive one for fat reduction and body toning, using a laser to literally melt away fat, without the downtime, discomfort or bruising of traditional liposuction techniques.

All Brown Bag lectures are free and no pre-registration is required. Call St. Luke's Center for Community Health at 727-8733 for information on this or other educational programs.

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Chicks don't make good gifts

Signs advertising baby chicks or ducklings for sale are beginning to show up around the state, and parents might be tempted to purchase them as Easter gifts. The young fowl can be dangerous for young children, warn state health officials, and should be avoided as gifts.

Dr. Leslie Tengelsen, deputy state epidemiologist for the Division of Public Health, said the birds may appear healthy, but can carry strains of salmonella and other bacteria that can cause serious illness.

Holiday tree lights must come down

The Ketchum Parks & Recreation Department's Community Forestry division is reminding residents and business owners that holiday lights placed on publicly owned trees, including those existing in city sidewalks and public rights of way, must be removed by Thursday, April 15, under Ketchum's tree ordinance. Exceptions may be made by the city arborist only.

In addition, any work performed on public trees must be undertaken by a person holding a tree permit issued by the city. Tree permits are available online at www.ketchumidaho.org and must be approved by the city arborist.

The city supports its seasonal tree lighting program by installing and removing LED tree lights on Sun Valley Road, Main Street and the Fourth Street Heritage Corridor from Nov. 1 through April 15. The Parks Department will begin removing lights from trees in early April to perform pruning for public safety and tree health.

Tree questions can be answered at Ketchum Parks & Recreation at 726-7820 or jsmith@ketchumidaho.org.

Repeat Jesus' journey

People are invited to walk through the last 24 hours of the life of Jesus Christ on Maundy Thursday, April 1, from 6-9 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood in Ketchum. Individuals or groups will be directed through the walk every 15 minutes. Call 726-5123 to sign up for a specific time slot, or just show up. Everyone is welcome.

According to a news release from the church, the journey will be interactive, reflective and prayerful.

Will you be a mentor for kids?

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Blaine County is seeking mentors for kids. Mentors get together with their Little

Brother or Sister two to three times a month for activities of their choosing, which help kids build confidence and trust.

Volunteers do not need special skills or experience to mentor a child. People of all ages, backgrounds and career types are encouraged to become volunteers. For details, call Bronwyn Patterson, Blaine County program coordinator, at 578-5405 or e-mail bronwyn.patterson@bbbs.org.




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