Friday, August 19, 2011


Footlight Dance Co. kicks off fall season

Melodie Mauldin will join with Footlight Dance Centre as a new faculty member teaching jazz dance.

Mauldin graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater/Dance and has been performing and teaching for many years.

"She brings a wealth of experience and joy to all she does," Footlight Dance Director Hilarie Neely said. "We are thrilled to have her a part of the Footlight family."

Footlight is offering registration for fall classes beginning Wednesday, Aug. 31, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Community Campus in Hailey and Thursday, Sept. 1, from 2:30 pm. To 4:45 p.m. at the Ketchum location, Nia of Sun Valley Studio at 131 W. Fourth St., below Perry's restaurant.

Classes are offered for children 4 years to high school. Adult ballet and tap are also offered.

Footlight has been giving classes under Neely's direction since 1984 with an array of dance techniques including ballet, pointe, creative movement, jazz, hip-hop, modern and tap.

Women's foundation disperses grants

The Wood River Women's Charitable Foundation granted a total of $92,000 to seven local organizations and celebrated its $500,000 giving mark at a recent annual meeting.

Grants were awarded to The Hunger Coalition, Senior Connection, The Advocates for Survivors of Domestic Violence, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, Blaine County Education Foundation, Wood River Fire & Rescue and the Wood River Community Orchestra.

Five members of the group also funded a group of Carey High School students to attend an "envirothon" for the next two years.

Each recipient organization reflected on the impact of the grants, allowing them to increase services, buy equipment and perform more outreach.

"I can't talk about this group without saying that we cause little miracles in this valley," said Barbara Thrasher, president of the foundation. "Things happen because of this group, and we refuse to accept the status quo."

Since 2005, the Foundation has grown from 27 members to 125. It was formed to engage women in the power of collective giving. Each member donates $1,000 plus a $75 administrative fee.

The group's grants committee begins reviewing letters of interest submitted by organizations and selects 10 to 12 nonprofit projects to support with most receiving at least $10,000.


Summer trails benefit at Galena

The Ketchum Grill's Scott Mason and Galena Lodge's Don Sheppler will prepare a six-course dinner to be paired with Grassi, Pierson Meyer and L'Angevin wines this weekend with proceeds going to Galena Summer Trails Plan.

The event begins at 6:30 pm., Sunday, Aug. 21, at Galena Lodge north of Ketchum.

For reservations and tickets, call 726-4010. Dinner and wine cost $125 (gratuity not included).

Learn about wolverines, SNRA

Jeff Copeland, research biologist and co-founding director of the Wolverine Foundation, will present a program on one of the most elusive, least understood, and at-risk animals in this region in his lecture "Wolverine Research and Conservation in the West." He will speak Friday, Aug. 19 at 5 p.m. at the Stanley Museum and at 8 p.m. a the Redfish Center in Stanley.

Copeland has been in wolverine research for more than 20 years as a research biologist for Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the Forest Service's Rocky Mountain Research Station in Missoula, Montana.

Much of the recent pioneering research on wolverines has been done in the Sawtooth Mountains.

Also in Stanley, on Wednesday, Aug. 24, Orval Howard Hansen, who served in the United States House of Representatives from 1969 to 1975, representing Idaho's 2nd Congressional District, will give his first-hand account of how the Sawtooth National Recreation Area was founded.

Hansen will speak at 5 p.m. at the Community Center on state Highway 21.

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