Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Briefs


Ketchum Arts Commission seeks artists

The Ketchum Arts Commission is inviting artists to apply for a public art project for vinyl images of original art to be wrapped around utility boxes throughout the city.

According to a news release, the commission envisions utility boxes as canvases to further enliven the city with art through its Utility Box Art Project.

For the project's inaugural year, the commission chose four locations for eight utility boxes of various sizes and configurations. Images may be single or multiple depending on the concept. Each location will be produced by a single artist. Artwork should cover all exposed sides and the top of the box.

Requests for qualifications are due May 4. Artists selected from that group will be asked to submit proposals later.

For details, visit www.ketchumidaho.org.

Tree light removal deadline extended

The deadline to remove holiday light strands from public trees in Ketchum has been extended to Tuesday, April 24.

According to a news release from the city of Ketchum, the change is due to Sun Valley Co.'s closing of Bald Mountain on April 15 and the importance to Ketchum business owners to "leave the lights on" for commerce. Lights are typically removed by April 15 to allow for early-season tree trimming.

The city arborist may provide exceptions to the new deadline.

Any person performing work on city-owned trees (those that exist in sidewalks or other rights of way) is required to hold a city-issued tree permit. Permits are available through the Parks & Recreation office at Atkinson Park.

For questions, call 726-7820.

New young-adult section at library

The Community Library in Ketchum is hosting an open house Thursday, April 12, to inaugurate the facility's new young adult room.

The space has been set aside for teens, with an increased emphasis on young-adult programs to follow.

The open house coincides with Support Teen Literature Day, marked this Thursday during National Library Week.

Sparkling cider will be served during the open house.

The event begins at 5 p.m. For questions, call 726-3493.

Ketchum P&Z wants more involvement

Members of the Ketchum Planning and Zoning Commission say they hope to communicate more with other city entities in an effort to be more helpful with pending issues and to have more unity with the City Council.

At a special meeting on Friday, April 6, the P&Z discussed with Mayor Randy Hall and City Council members how information flow between the two entities can be improved.

"If we could work a little bit more together ... we could help the process in general," said Commissioner Deborah Burns.

City staff agreed to increase reports to the P&Z regarding issues before the council. The council and P&Z also will increase their joint meetings to a quarterly basis rather than yearly. In addition, the P&Z may seek presentations from external agencies, such as Mountain Rides, to help commissioners stay abreast of matters being considered by the city.

"I look at it as a team effort, whatever it is we're working on," said Commissioner Rich Fabiano.

Nomination deadline near for Battle of the Blades

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 competition.

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

The winner will be announced April 30.

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

Deadline approaches for kids section

Final deadline is Wednesday, April 18, for organizations and groups wishing to submit information about their kids summer programs so they can be included in the Express' Kids Summer Fun section.

That section will be published on Wednesday, April 25.

Information submitted should include dates, times, locations and contact numbers along with brief descriptions of camps and clinics. Email information to Jeff Cordes at sports@mtexpress.com.

Health tests available in Hailey and Ketchum

St. Luke's annual Heart of the Matter brings low-cost health screenings to valley residents, beginning tomorrow.

Screening includes a blood cholesterol test for HDL and LDL, triglycerides and glucose level, as well as blood pressure check, for $10 (cash or check preferred). A prostate cancer screening for men will be available at no additional charge.

People wishing to be tested must fast for at least eight hours, preferably 12, prior to testing. Drinking plenty of water is encouraged.

Test results are mailed out within seven days.

Screenings are available Thursday, April 12, from 7-10 a.m. at the Community Campus in Hailey, and Saturday, April 21, from 7-10 a.m., at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood, 100 Saddle Rd., in Ketchum.

Appointments are not necessary.

For more information, call 727-8733.

Intuitive eating concepts explained

Registered dietitian Becky McCarver will explain the 10 principles of intuitive eating during a Brown Bag talk today, April 11, from 12:15-1:15 p.m. at St. Luke's Hailey Clinic. According to a news release from St. Luke's Center for Community Health, intuitive eating teaches people how to create a healthy relationship with their food, their mind and their body. Learn gradually how to distinguish between physical and emotional feelings, get rid of "food worry" and gain a sense of body wisdom.

All Brown Bag lectures are free and no pre-registration is required.

An opportunity to more thoroughly explore the principles of intuitive eating will be offered Mondays, April 16, 23 and 30, from 4-5 p.m. Pre-registration is required for this series. Call 727-8733.

Sage School wants to hear about Africa

Eighth- and ninth-grade students at the private Sage School in Hailey are studying Africa and hoping for community input on their project.

Any community members who have traveled to Africa are asked to share photographs, stories, experiences and impressions about the continent.

To help the students out, contact Bags Brokaw at 788-0120.

April means swing dancing

Wood River High School students are welcome to attend free swing classes Thursdays through April at the Community Campus in Hailey from 6:45-8 p.m.

For more information, call 481-1600.




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