Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Around Town

Trout Unlimited meets

To learn more about Trout Unlimited, consider dropping by one of its monthly meetings, always held at The Roosevelt Grille in Ketchum.

Next up is Thursday, Nov. 3, from 5-7 p.m. Art Talsma, director of restoration and stewardship for The Nature Conservancy, will discuss the Heart Rock Ranch stream restoration project.

Talsma brings 20 years of experience in wildlife management in Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Washington to the talk. He will give a PowerPoint presentation about what is challenging Idaho's trout fisheries and then about water conservation at Silver Creek and then to the restoration projects on Crystal Creek and Spring Creek along the Big Wood River on the Heart Rock Ranch.

Monthly raffles at the meeting help raise money for the many outreach projects performed by the volunteers of Trout Unlimited. The meeting is free.

For a full schedule of upcoming events, visit


Laughing Stock offers up "Black Coffee"

The Agatha Christie mind-bender, the only play she wrote featuring her novels' hero, Hercule Poirot, continues this week at nexStage Theatre.

Laughing Stock's Jamey Reynolds directs and stars in the play. The rest of the characters are played by Joy Bond, Bill Nagel, Cam Cooper, Hollie Ann Hatch, Adam King, Ben Schepps, Erin Burbank, Mark Cook, Doug Neff, Chris Campbell, Nancy Auseklis and Mike Black.

Catch the play and see if you can outwit the heroic detective Thursday, Nov. 3, through Saturday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Stop by nexStage Theatre on Ketchum's Main Street for tickets or call 726-4857. Tickets are $20 for general seating and $30 lets you reserve the seat of your choice.

Catch the Met: Live in HD's "Siegfried"

Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle continues with the broadcast of "Siegfried" at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Big Wood 4 Cinemas in Hailey. Order lunch from the Golden Elk and it will be delivered at intermission.

First performed in 1876, the opera tells the story of the legendary Norse mythological character Sigurd. It was an attempt by Wagner to fill out the Ring Cycle's bank story by following the events of Siegfried's youth and early conquests. Using the re-forged sword of his father, he conquers magical obstacles to reach his prize, Brunnhilde.

The Sun Valley Opera hosts this event with general admission tickets for $22 and $20 for seniors.

Be thankful and Generous this Thanksgiving

Demand on the pantry of The Hunger Coalition is already ahead of last year, and with the holidays approaching, applications for a Thanksgiving basket need to be in by Thursday, Nov. 10.

Applications in both English and Spanish are available at The Hunger Coalition, St. Luke's Center for Community Health, the Advocates, from all Blaine County School District social workers and online at

For those in the position to help this year, an additional 150 turkeys are needed. Contact Naomi Spence at 788-0121 for details.

All around the valley, businesses are hosting food-specific collection drives for everything from canned chicken stock to cranberry sauce. The Sage School, Pioneer Montessori School and The Mountain School are making and donating 350 pies to go in every basket.

More than 1,000 children and adults in this community find themselves faced with a daily shortage of food. Refer anyone in need to The Hunger Coalition, which also works with the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley to ensure that valley pets are fed.

To hand deliver applications, visit The Hunger Coalition at 121 Honeysuckle St. in Bellevue or submit by email to

Baskets will be distributed at Hailey's Community Campus, in the gym, Monday, Nov. 21, from 4-6 p.m.

Scarecrow Showdown

The scarecrows are planted in the patch at Sawtooth Botanical Garden and all that's missing is admirers.

Go to the garden between now and Nov. 21 and stroll among the contestants and cast a vote for the winning garden companion.

Prizes will go to the winning business and public scarecrow creators.

The garden is free and open to the public daily until dusk. For more information, call 726-9358.

Ketchum Community Dinners

The Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood in Ketchum has launched its annual Ketchum Community Dinners running now until the end of May.

Free dinner will be served every Wednesday from 6-7 p.m. at the church across from the Wood River Y.

This year, the program is also offering take-out food service for yourself or a friend in need.

In years past, more than 30 people a night sidled up to their neighbors over a plate of food at the church.

For more information, contact Beth Grinstead at 622-3510.

Raise money for the Avalanche Forecast Center

Attend the showing of a Loyalty Telemark Movie at Ketchum's Whiskey Jacques' on Friday, Nov. 4, and a portion of the ticket price will help support the Sun Valley Avalanche Center.

Loyalty explores the revolutionary youth telemark movement while also introducing some of the most profound telemark skiing on the planet.

The flick blends appearances from TSM Crew, a first-of-its kind athlete/content creation team including the likes of J.T. Robinson and Weston D., along with performances by innovative newcomers like Kate Hourihan, Tony Gill and Dylan Garner.

Tickets are $10 and the show starts at 7 p.m.

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