Wednesday, April 18, 2012

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10th annual Bug Zoo celebrates the Lorax

Celebrate Earth Day among the plants and insects at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden with a reading of Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax" on Sunday, April 22, from 1-4 p.m.

The Bug Zoo Festival kicks off two weeks of millipedes, butterflies and an emperor scorpion, many of which will be available to make the skin crawl on visitors with the help of volunteers.

Games, crafts and lots of surprises are promised for the festival, which features more than 25 insects.

The festival is $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers and free for adults. The bug exhibit will be on from April 23 to May 5, from 1:30-5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends, and is free.

For more information, visit or call 726-9358. The garden is off state Highway 75 at Gimlet Road, south of Ketchum.

'Suessical jr.' preview for Community Campus theater debut

The Wood River High School drama department will present a preview of "Seussical jr." to celebrate the grand opening of the new performing arts theater Wednesday, April 25, at Hailey's Community Campus.

The ribbon-cutting gala starts at 7 p.m.

The drama students will offer the whole show starting Thursday, April 26, at 7 p.m., Friday, April 27, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 28, at 1 p.m.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, $3 for middle school students and free for elementary-school ages and younger.

6th annual Kiwanis Club chili cook-off

The Kiwanas Club of Hailey and the Wood River Valley will host a chili cook-off at the Blaine County Senior Connection on Saturday, April 28, from noon to 2 p.m.

Entry fee is $10 and there will be trophies for the best individual and best company entry. Admission for tasting is $5 for adults, $2 for kids 10 and under, and the price includes drinks and cornbread.

Proceeds will go to pay for swim lessons for the Hailey Head Start 3- to 5-year-olds this summer.

For details, contact Jim Spinelli at 721-7246.

Community School presents fun-filled family play

The Community School's Middle School Drama Club will present "How to Eat Like a Child and Other Lessons in Not Being Grown-up" on Friday, April 20, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 21, at 5 p.m.

The family event is based on Delia Ephron's best-selling book and features an endearing collection of songs and comedy sketches that let the audience see the world through the eyes of a child.

Important dilemmas such as "how to stay home from school," "how to beg for a dog," "how to understand your parents," and "how to torture your sister" are finally explained by an ensemble cast during this light and whimsical excursion through childhood.

Tickets are $5. They will be sold at the door and are on sale now at Iconoclast Books.

For more information, call Joel Villinsky at 622-3955, ext. 138.

Call for artists

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

According to a press release from the commission, the intention of the project is to create vitality throughout the city by transforming infrastructure elements into engaging works of art.

For this year's projects, the commission has chosen 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.

The selection process is in two parts: a request for qualifications, due May 4, with selected artists submitting proposals later. Full information can be found at

April is sexual assault awareness month

The Advocates' Carbonate Hill Climb and barbecue is scheduled for Saturday, April 28.

The family-friendly event includes the race up the popular hiking venue, and a cook out in Hop Porter Park.

Pre-register at Sturtevants, Elephant's Perch, Backwoods or Price is $10 per person, $25 per family. Race day registration is $20 per person, the barbecue is $5.

According to statistics providing by the Hailey-based Advocates for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assualt, in Idaho, 8.8 percent of students report having been physically forced to have sex against their will; 1 in 6 women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime; 15 to 25 percent of American women and 5 to 15 percent of men report having been sexually abused when they were children; 1 in 4 college women report surviving rape or attempted rape since their 14th birthday and more than one in 10 girls will be physically forced to have sex by the time they graduate high school.

See kids' role models on display

Who is your role model?

Students in Betty Ervin's Studio Art class at Wood River High School responded to that question with drawings of their role models. Subjects ranged from parents to sports and historical figures. The drawings are installed in the windows of the old North and Company store at the corner of Main and Bullion streets for the next several weeks.

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