Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Around Town

Essay Contest for middle andhigh school students

A contest for young writers and history buffs has the theme "What I learned through my visit to the Ski and Heritage Museum and why the museum benefits my community."

Visit the Ketchum Sun Valley Ski and Heritage Museum as a class or with the family and explore the exhibits and collections. Then write an essay about a particular fact or exhibit that was most interesting and tell judges why in 1,000 words or less.

The contest is open to Blaine County students in grades 6-12. Essays can be submitted from April 15-30.

Citations and bibliography are not included in the word count and essays must be the original work of the students.

Three winners from each grade level (6-8 and 9-12) will receive cash prizes.

For the full contest parameters, contact the museum at 726-8118, email, visit or stop by at 180 E. First St. in Ketchum's Forest Service Park.

"Souled" Out, Yve Evans and the Sun Valley Hallelujah Chorus

Yve Evans, the popular queen of soul and regular guest at the Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree, is returning to Ketchum to perform an evening of black history in story and song with the Sun Valley Hallelujah Chorus.

The choir, now in its second year, launched Christmas 2010 at the nexStage Theatre with the Vanilla Soul Christmas under the direction of Patty Parsons Tewson.

Evans is here for "Souled Out, an Emancipation Celebration" for one night only. The free concert will come to life Saturday night, April 14, at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood. A Parton Party at 5:30 p.m. will begin the celebration, followed by the concert at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Brown-bag lunch with artist Jane Dixon

Join British artist Jane Dixon, Thursday, April 5, for an informal talk and slideshow about her work, in particular the rubbed drawings she has on display at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts.

The free, hour-long program starts at noon. Grab lunch and a friend and go—no advance registration is required.

To create the 35 drawings on view, Dixon chose cities—including Berlin, Chicago, Tokyo and Yokohama—that had been destroyed through war and other man-made causes or through natural catastrophes, and then rebuilt. She climbed to the highest point in each city that she could reach on foot and took photographs of the cityscape below. She then made heavily textured, nearly three-dimensional paintings based on the photographs.

For more information, visit or call 726-9491, ext. 10.

'Urbanized' free film screening

Produced and directed by Gary Hustwit, "Urbanized" looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world's foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders and thinkers. The film sold out at its premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and in New York City during Urban Design Week.

"Urbanized" is the third of a trilogy of films by Hustwit that explore design in everyday life. It is being shown by the Sun Valley Center for the Arts as part of the Urban Lifecycles project, which includes visual arts exhibitions in Ketchum and Hailey.


The film will screen Thursday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey.

For more information, visit or call 726-9491, ext. 10.

See's Candy sales benefit senior citizens

This year's See's Easter candy features a bunny box with peanut butter-filled chocolate eggs, marshmallow and chocolate cream eggs, and Bordeaux eggs with delicious cherry filling.   

Also gift wrapped in Easter paper are the one-pound boxes ready for Easter gifts with prices as low as $5.50 and no box more than $20.

All profits from See's Candy sales go toward Meals on Wheels and other senior meal programs.

Stop by the Senior Connection in Hailey at 721 Third Ave. S.

Galena Lodge hosts Easter and end-of-season fun 

Dust off bikes and break out the running shoes, it's time for the 11th annual Ride, Stride and Glide winter triathlon on Saturday, April 7. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and start time is 9:30 a.m.

The race requires a bike ride for nine kilometers, a run for 4.5 kilometers and a ski for 9 kilometers on the Galena Nordic trails.

Cost is $30 for a team or $15 for a solo participant and includes lunch following the event.

There will be an Easter brunch buffet with an egg hunt on Sunday, April 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $18 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. The hunt begins at 11:30 a.m.

Galena Lodge will close for the winter season Easter Sunday. For more information, call 726-4010.

Met Opera Live in HD shows 'Manon'

Sun Valley Opera and the Bigwood 4 Cinema in Hailey are sponsoring a broadcast of the "Met HD: Live" production of the French opera "Manon" on Saturday, April 7, at

10 a.m.

Anna Netrebko's dazzling portrayal of Massenet's tragic heroine in Laurent Pelly's new production travels to the Met from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

"Manon is an adventure that amuses, moves and frightens us," says Pelly. "The title character is lively, free and young, and she manipulates all the men around her purely for her own pleasure."

Set in France at the end of the 19th century, the opera opens in an inn where Manon arrives on her way to entering a convent. Fate has other plans for her as she encounters four men, and by the end of the first act she has escaped with one of them. As the opera unfolds, she is both a pawn and a player in the lives of these four men.

From being the toast of Paris to a convict sentenced for deportation to America, Manon gives us insight into the power of seduction.

Tickets may be purchased at the theater box office and are $22 general admission, $20 seniors and $18 students. Lunch may be ordered from Rasberry's and will be delivered at intermission. The opera is broadcast in French with English subtitles.

John Rember to speak

Writer John Rember will give a free community lecture titled "The Hardest Part is the Ending: Teaching, Writing, and the Fall of Industrial Civilization" on Thursday, April 5 at 6 p.m.

Rember is the author of "Traplines: Coming Home to the Sawtooth Valley" and most recently, "MFA in a Box: A Why to Write Book."

His talk will be a wide-ranging meditation on composition classes, geriatric ski resorts, college loans and narcissim as a learning disability.

He is writer-at-large for the College of Idaho. The talk is being hosted by the College of Southern Idaho Blaine County Center and it will be held at the Community Campus in room 512.

For more informatin, contact CSI Hailey at 788-2033 or visit

Nominate a contestant for this year's Battle of the Blades

Back by popular demand, Battle of the Blades is seeking nominations for competitors in the event to be held this fall.

Nominees will be paired with a world class skater and prepped for a competition this fall.

Nominate the person by visiting between now and April 15 and then encourage votes. Contestants compete for their favorite charity.

The winner will be announced on April 30.

Follow this year's contest on Facebook at Battle of the Blades Sun Valley.

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