Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Around Town

One Act Play Festival at Community School

"What We Do for Love" is the question that will be posed in six short, off-center skits presented this weekend.

Middle school drama students will present the 10th annual One Act Play Festival on Friday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 12, at 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 and will be sold at the door at the Community School's auditorium.

The festival includes "Top of 16" about a dysfunctional acting troupe whose director and leading lady are falling for each other. "Skin Deep" takes the audience behind the scenes of a toddler beauty pageant. "Dean of Students" gives a glimpse of a meeting between two young students and a loony, absent-minded school official. "Speed Dating" follows a night of crazy matchmaking in which two out of three couples in search of a relationship aren't compatible and one cheats the rules.

"The Fire Breathing Lady and the Sugar Plum Fairy" portrays the story of Gloria Bouvier, an overly devoted stage mother who manipulates her daughter's way into a starring role.

The evening wraps up with "Sure Thing," the story of two people trying to find their way to love through a conversational minefield that gets a do-over thanks to a mysterious bell.

Drink up for "Girls on the Run"

Go to Cornerstone Bar & Grill tonight, Nov. 9, from 5-7 p.m., buy a drink from one of the guest bartenders and help raise money for the self-esteem building club aimed at girls from third to eighth grade.

Arrive dressed as a runner or as your favorite yoga pose and you'll be entered to win a lululemon outfit or New Balance shoes. Guest bartenders are Kate Whitcomb, Liz Kantor, Ashley Scrapelli and Gina Thomas.

Girls on the Run inspires young women to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experienced-based curriculum that creatively integrates running.

Help with grief during the holidays

Share dessert and comforting company Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 7-8:30 p.m. at an evening designed to help people who recently experienced the death of a loved one and might be needing a little extra help to cope.

Hosted by the Hospice & Palliative Care of the Wood River Valley, the free event will be staffed by professionals prepared with tips on going forward to the holidays with a sense of renewed hope and peace, and on how to celebrate the past while making new memories.

For more information, call 726-8464.

Tickets for sale for Sun Valley Artist Series concert

Kicking off the 2011-12 season, the Sun Valley Artist Series is selling tickets starting Nov. 16 to a concert scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m.

The Amadea Piano Trio features two members of St. Petersburg String Quartet: Alla Aranovskaya on violin, Boris Vayner on viola and Sun Valley's Susan Spelius Dunning on piano.

For more information, visit or call 725-5807.

Wayne "The Train" Hancock live

Since Wayne "The Train" Hancock's debut with "Thunderstorms and Neon Signs" in 1995, critics have called him the undisputed king of juke joint swing.

Hancock brings his mix of honky-tonk, Western swing, blues, Texas rockabilly and big band to Ketchum's Whiskey Jacques' on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 10 p.m. for $10.

His music is described as steeped in tradition and hardcore with a swing. He's Austin, Texas, by way of Dallas, and in his video bio says he's been a Marine, an alcoholic and now a musician.

His latest album is called "Viper of Melody,"

Call for young artists

The Community Campus in Hailey is inviting all sixth- through 12th-graders living in Blaine County to submit work for a juried selection of two-dimensional artwork to be displayed there from March 2012 to February 2013.

For details on the specifications for submittal, contact Hilarie Neely at 578-5462.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Film for mountain bike lovers

"From the Inside Out" follows a group of three young mountain bikers as they begin to turn their passion for mountain biking into a career and a lifestyle.

Promoters say it's full of mountain bike action, all shot in scenic British Columbia with some of the biggest names in the sport. There is even a section of one of the riders jumping a moving train.

The film will be screened on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey. Doors open at 6 p.m. with cocktail hour sponsored by Powerhouse. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets at the door are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under.

This is a fundraiser for the Wood River Bicycle Coalition and the Blaine County Recreation District.

4th annual Taste of Idaho's Bounty food fair

Come sample some of the best Idaho has to offer, cooked by various chefs, like Tim Cron's stewed lamb shank and Mike Diem's slow-cooked rabbit with beluga lentils.

Ten farmers from Idaho's Bounty, a food cooperative based in Hailey, will be offering samples of their products and will be on hand to explain the origin of their delicacies.

Brooke Hovey, Chris Kastner, Becky Ludwig and Scott Mason will present soups, vegetable dishes and desserts for the dinner as well.

Live music, an apple cider press demonstration and a silent auction round out this fundraising event on Thursday, Nov. 10, at Elkhorn Springs Restaurant in Sun Valley.

Tickets on sale at NourishMe, 151 Main St. in Ketchum, or through Idaho's Bounty at 721-3107. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door and $10 for 12 and under. Three and under are free.

Mackay author to speak here

Sharron Larter Akers, of Mackay, has just released her second novel, in the "Truth Sayers" trilogy and will hold a book signing and talk about the novel.

Akers' latest book, "In Search of Sarina," is the continuation of a post-apocalyptic story in which tyranny has taken over and moral conduct has been forgotten.

The writer spent years as a missionary in Mexico and in Africa and experienced the deadly circumstances of countries in turmoil, and used her perspective to shape her novels. As founder of the nonprofit Veterans of Custer County Memorial, she has written the personal military stories of more than 400 soldiers.

She will be at Sun Valley's Konditorei Coffee Shop on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 1-3 p.m. and at the Coffee Grinder and Gallery in Ketchum on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 1-3 p.m. In the meantime, more information about the book can be found at

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