Friday, April 2, 2010

Living Briefs

Progress amid environmental crisis

A lecture by professor Rochelle Johnson, "Thinking About Progress in an Age of Environmental Crisis," is scheduled at The Community School Theatre tonight at 7 p.m. The free event is open to the public.

Johnson is an associate professor of English and environmental studies at the College of Idaho. The lecture is part of The Community School's Winter Speaker Series.

Johnson helped to create the environmental studies major at the college and has been involved in community environmental efforts. She published the book "Passions for Nature: Nineteenth-Century America's Aesthetics of Alienation" and is a past president of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment.

For details, call Mary Hall at 622-3960, ext. 101.

Yoga center to offer Kirtan

Kirtan sacred chanting will be led by Benjy and Heather Wertheimer at the Hailey Yoga Center on Saturday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. The event is $20 for adults and youths 16 and under can attend for free.

Benjy and Heather are known as the duo Shantala and will perform soul-stirring vocals, sacred lyrics and exotic instrumentation. Attendees are encouraged to participate fully through call-and-response chanting, dance and meditation.

For details, call 721-0767.

Benefit to feature Steve Miller

The Mint in Hailey will host a benefit for the nonprofit Snake River Alliance with a performance by rock legend Steve Miller and The Accelerators on Saturday, April 3, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30.

The organization is a self-described environmental "watchdog" that monitors nuclear energy and research.

For details, call 788-1051.

Free yourself from plastic

This Earth Day, April 22, Hailey's Just Bag It project is promoting a day free from the use of plastic bags. The public is invited to a kickoff event at the Hailey Public Library on Thursday, April 8, at 6 p.m. The event will feature demonstrations with plastic bags, prizes and information to help promote the program and raise awareness of the environmental issues surrounding plastic bags. All attendees will receive a complimentary reusable shopping bag.

Many local businesses are participating, and more are welcome. Contact Just Bag It project manager Elizabeth Jeffrey via e-mail at

Just Bag It has many facets, including a poster contest, a YouTube video contest and a temporary public art display (deadline for submissions is April 2).

Just Bag It seeks donations of non-plastic bags to supplement the project's supply of reusable bags for the Earth Day bag-free day. Bags can be dropped in a box inside the Main Street entrance to Hailey City Hall. Volunteers are also needed, and can contact Jeffrey to sign up.

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