Sing along with Caritas
The Caritas Chorale under the direction of Dick Brown will present a series of seasonal favorites on Monday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Sun Valley Road.
Then the chorale will be joined by The Hallelujah Chorus and the audience will be engaged in a sing-a-long of holiday songs.
Because this event is to benefit The Hunger Coalition, requested admission to the concert is a nonperishable food item or cash.
The chorale has decided to contribute the usual after-party funds to the coalition as well.
Extra services planned at St. Thomas
Any denomination is welcome to a special early Christmas service with contemporary and traditional poetry as well as biblical readings and songs at St. Thomas Church on Sun Valley Road on Sunday, Dec. 4.
The service from 5:30-6:30 p.m. will be "Reflections on Christ's Nativity" and will draw on the wonder, joy and warmth of the season. A reception with plates of appetizers, wine and beverages will take place immediately after.
Also at St. Thomas through the winter there will be silent prayer sessions or Taize service at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday nights until Dec. 14 and then Jan. 4 through February.
Santa Paws pose time
Bring the favorite pet for a picture with Santa.
No appointment necessary, just go to the Dirty Beagle Dog Wash at 810 S. Main St. in Hailey behind the Post Office on Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Flolo's Imaging Center will do the snapping, and all money raised will go to the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley. Every participant can help the shelter earn a $2,500 matching gift from Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial.
Save the date for "The Nutcracker"
A rousing snowstorm sends a blizzard of ballerinas across the stage, sweeping the audience to exotic locales in the enchanting Land of Sweets. Marching toy soldiers, the heroine Marie and the valiant Nutcracker she loves, who saves her from the villainous, seven-headed Mouse King. All the action and beauty, dazzling costumes and one-ton growing Christmas tree with Tschaikovsky's incomparable score.
It's live in HD when George Balanchine's "The Nutcracker" debuts at the Big Wood 4 Cinema Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in an event co-sponsored by the Sun Valley Opera.
Tickets are on sale at www.fathomevents.com or, after Dec. 4, at the theater's box office in Hailey. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, $16 for children and students.
Performing arts day camp
Take your theatrical kids and let St. Thomas Playhouse's Company B players hone those skills to a holiday production.
The camp is for ages 4-13 from Dec. 26-30. Kids will learn solo and group singing and choreography, and act with scene work led by the professional staff.
The campers will present a variety show, "Musical Blasts from the Past" for family and friends on Saturday, Dec. 30.
Ages 4-6 will attend from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and those 7-13 years old will attend from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The camp will be held at St. Thomas Church on Sun Valley Road. For details contact Sara at 726-5349.
Santa stops at camera shop
Looking for a lens in your stocking? Bring the kid or the beloved with the checkbook to F-Stop Camera in Ketchum on Friday, Dec. 2, from 3-5 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Have a look around the store and whisper in Santa's ear.
Electronic petting zoo,
jewelry-making at the library
Inspired by its newest eBook services, the Hailey Public Library will host an electronic petting zoo to offer a hands-on exploration and demonstration of today's eReader devices.
Businesses have been invited to showcase their products on Thursday, Dec. 1, from 4-7 p.m. at the library on Main Street in Hailey.
On Dec. 6, fourth- through 12th-graders are invited to a free holiday bracelet-making party at 4 p.m.
Advance registration is requested by calling 788-2036.