Ashley Judd to speak
Actor, advocate and author Ashley Judd will be in Ketchum on Monday, Feb. 20, for a speaking engagement at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church to raise awareness and funding for programs provided by the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Judd, seen recently by many in the uplifting family film "Dolphin Tale" and the critically acclaimed "Helen," about a woman and her family dealing with mental illness, will sign copies of her book about her philanthropic work and how it rose from her own recovery from depression.
"All That is Bitter & Sweet" is Judd's memoir of life as the baby of the family adrift while her sister Wynona and mother, Naomi, rose to fame in the country music world and how the experience led her to humanitarian work abroad.
Tickets are $25 for the 7 p.m. event and are available by calling 720-9145 or 720-9631 or at Iconoclast Books. No cameras allowed.
There is also a philanthropic luncheon Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 12:30 p.m. at the home of Susan and Jerry Flynt. Tickets are $500.
8th annual Heart of the Valley contest
The Wood River Land Trust is hosting its eighth annual Heart of the Valley contest with this year's theme "Our Valley in Motion" and what that means to the public.
Submissions are due March 7 by 5 p.m., at the Land Trust office at 119 E. Bullion St. in Hailey.
First-place prizes will be awarded to students, adult nonprofessionals and adult professionals in each of the following categories: photography, video and writing.
Entries will be showcased at valley establishments throughout the 2012 winter season. For sponsorship inquiries and submission forms, call Jill at 788-3947 or visit heartofthevalley.net.
Prize donations from CK's Real Food, Perry's, Mahoney's Bar & Grill, Despo's Mexican Restaurant, Lost River Outfitters, the Mule Shoe Tavern, Sturtevants and Surefoot.
Since 1994, Wood River Land Trust has protected nearly 15,000 acres of local lands.
Understand the power of collective giving
The Wood River Women's Charitable Foundation will host Colleen Willoughby, who will explain the significance of pooled giving, Wednesday, Feb. 15, at The Valley Club.
"The Power of Collective Giving: Now Is the Time" is the topic of the annual winter forum and the basis of the local version with its 125 members serving Blaine County organizations.
Willoughby, a former teacher and founder of Washington Women's Foundation, spearheaded an organization to make pooled, high-impact gifts to improve the community while developing members' skills as philanthropists.
She will help listeners understand why women are relevant to philanthropy and why their participation is so needed now. She will also describe the changes in the power of the women's collective in the 21st century.
The foundation pools talents and money to find solutions to community problems. It recently celebrated a milestone in giving with a total of nearly $1 million distributed in the valley.
The event is open to all and is not a fundraiser. However, a donation of $10 for nonmembers would be appreciated. Refreshments will be served.
To register, call Andrea Van Every at 726-6011 or email email@example.com.
Learn the must-dos to writing a great story
Alan Heathcock, author of the critically acclaimed short story collection "Volt," will be in town to teach "Five Things You Absolutely, Positively Must Do To Write a Great Story."
Heathcock teaches at Boise State University and will be at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts over Presidents Day weekend, Feb. 18-20, for a special three-day seminar.
With a 16-year career of writing and teaching, Heathcock has worked diligently to dissect what makes a story great. His fiction has been published in America's top magazines and journals.
For more information, contact www.sunvalleycenter.org or call 726-9491 ex. 10.
Summer Symphony School of Music to perform
Enjoy a free concert on behalf of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony on Saturday, Feb. 11, as the faculty of the School of Music gathers to share a variety of musical selections.
The symphony is the largest privately funded, free-admission orchestra in America, and its School of Music provides music education year-round to Blaine County students.
"The concert is designed to be a highly accessible, music-friendly and enjoyable experience for all ages," said School of Music Artistic Director R. L. Rowsey. "It also gives students a unique opportunity to hear their teachers perform."
The concert will be held at 6 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood, 100 Saddle Rd. in Ketchum.
Call for artists and scholarship applicants
The Sun Valley Center for the Arts is accepting scholarship applications from Blaine County students and teachers who wish to further their individual studies in the arts and humanities.
The deadline is Friday, Feb. 24, at 5 p.m.
Three kinds of scholarships available are: Ezra Pound Award, for a high school junior to pursue visual art study during the summer; Gay V. Weake Award, for college students intending to major in arts or humanities; and the High School Arts & Humanities Scholarships, for students interested in the visual or performing arts or humanities.
In addition, Educator's Awards are available for teachers who wish to pursue professional development opportunities in their fields of expertise.
Decisions will be made by March.
The Center's annual Arts & Crafts Festival ranks among the top 20 in the country for sales of fine art at juried fairs and festivals. The 2012 festival, to be held Aug. 10-12 at Atkinson Park in Ketchum, will mark its 44th year.
Applications from artists are being accepted through Wednesday, Feb. 29.
Applications and instructions can be found at www.sunvalleycenter.org or by calling Sarah Kolash at 726-9491, ext. 21.
A night of happiness to make the world better
As part of the global event World Happy Day, being celebrated Saturday, Feb. 11, the Sun Valley Wellness Institute and lululemon athletic have teamed up to host "A Night of Happiness" from 5:30-8 p.m. at All Things Sacred in the Galleria in Ketchum.
The evening will feature a free yoga class from 5:30-6:30 p.m. led by Cathie Caccia, owner of Hailey Yoga Center, followed by a free film screening at 7 p.m. of the award-winning movie "Happy," complete with a healthy popcorn bar and refreshments. The public is invited to attend both the yoga class and movie.
Stanley prepares for Winterfest
Curling, often called chess on ice, is a new feature to the upcoming Winterfest in Stanley.
Festival participants can enjoy outdoor mayhem on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 11-12. The schedule includes a snowshoe drag race, a "big air" contest and a hockey tournament known as the Stanley Cup. There will also be a kids fun area, a winter triathlon, a street dance and food and drink.
"Adding the sport of curling to our Winterfest lineup helps us make this year's festival the best ever," said Doug Plass, Stanley city clerk and an event organizer. "We always have a great time and do our best to welcome everyone and make the event worth the drive to Stanley."
For more information, visit www.stanleycc.org.