Additional terrain, lifts to open
Sun Valley is set to open additional runs and lifts this Saturday.
Bald Mountain runs opening Dec. 17 include Ridge, Blue Grouse, Mid and Lower Hemingway, and the Seattle Ridge area's Gretchen's Gold, Muffy's Medals, Broadway and Christin's Silver. Seattle Ridge Day Lodge also will be open.
The three lifts opening for the season are Seattle Ridge No. 12, Mayday No. 14, and Greyhawk No. 7. Already operating are River Run No. 1, Lookout Express No. 5, Challenger No. 10, Roundhouse Gondola No. 2 and Christmas No. 3.
Dollar Mountain's tubing hill will open Saturday. Work continues to open the Super Pipe by Christmas.
For updated mountain reports, visit www.sunvalley.com or call (800) 635-4150.
Christmas tree lighting Saturday
Sun Valley will illuminate its Christmas tree Saturday, Dec. 17, an event complete with holiday offerings.
Visitors can partake in free hot chocolate, cookies, ice- and snow-sculpture displays, Christmas caroling and a visit from Santa Claus.
Festivities will begin about 5 p.m. in Sun Valley Village.
Luke's to expand diabetes programs
The State Office of Rural Health and Primary Care has awarded St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center a $22,716 grant, which the hospital will use to expand its diabetes and pre-diabetes programs.
The hospital currently offers adult weight-management classes, medical nutrition therapy and diabetes self-management training for adults with diabetes. The grant will allow the hospital to partner with St. Luke's Family Medicine and St. Luke's Center for Community Health to expand the scope and reach of those programs, according to a news release issued by the hospital.
St. Luke's also will obtain diagnostic equipment for management of complex diabetes cases and expand care for the pediatric population at risk for, and with, diabetes.
Diabetes affects an estimated 8 percent of adult Idahoans.
Give a musical gift
Know someone who needs to think about summer in the dead of winter?
Give the gift of live music and support the community at the same time. The nonprofit Northern Rockies Folk Festival has a special holiday discount on the 35th two-day festival passes through Dec. 25.
For this limited time, these $18 tickets will be available by going to the website www.northernrockiesfolkfestival.com and clicking on "tickets." This ticket price will be a good deal lower than the ticket prices next year.
The annual festival will take place Aug. 3-4, 2012, in Hailey.
Rotarun to open Saturday
Rotarun ski area, about three miles west of Hailey off of Croy Creek Road, will kick off its 64th season Saturday with a free pancake breakfast, and free skiing and sledding.
Rotarun will be presented with a $50,000 check from the Seagraves Foundation for snowmaking equipment.
The breakfast, funded in part by Atkinsons' Market, will take place from 9-10 a.m., followed by a ribbon cutting officiated by Hailey Mayor Rick Davis.
Day passes at Rotarun cost $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 6-16. Kids 5 and under ski free.
Night skiing is offered from 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.
Seasons passes are $50 for juniors, $75 for adults and $150 for families. For more information, call 788-6204.
Flash mob meditation Dec. 21
A plan is in place for thousands of people in more than 270 cities around the world to meditate in highly visible public places from 12:15-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 21, the winter solstice. This year, people in Ketchum and Hailey plan to join them. The events have been initiated by an organization known as MedMob, which began in Austin, Texas.
The group claims that research has shown that meditating in large groups creates an electro-magnetic field that will have profound effects on the meditator and the world.
Meditations will take place in Ketchum at All Things Sacred in the Galleria building and in Hailey at Hailey Coffee Co. on Main Street. They are sponsored by A Winter Feast for the Soul. For more information, contact Valerie Skonie at 788-6373 or email@example.com, or Alexandra Delis-Abrams at 720-5875 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Botanical Garden gets new director
Valley resident Kathryn Goldman has been named executive director of the Sawtooth Botanical Garden, a nonprofit public garden south of Ketchum. Carter Hedberg, who has led the garden during its largest growth since its inception, is stepping aside, but will remain an active volunteer, ambassador and advocate.
Goldman has been heading the Wood River Land Trust's river protection program.
Hailey library sets holiday hours
The Hailey Public Library will close at 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, and reopen Tuesday, Dec. 27.
For more information about the library's services, call 788-2036 or visit www.haileypubliclibrary.org.