Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Around Town

Climb Carbonate, raise money and awareness of sexual assault

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 cookout in Hop Porter Park.

Pre-register at Sturtevants, The 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 provided by the Hailey-based Advocates for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, 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 1 in 10 girls will be physically forced to have sex by the time they graduate from high school.

Free play reading of comedy at nexStage

"Four Dogs and a Bone" by the writer who created the screenplay for the film "Moonstruck" will be read by local actors Pamela Sue Martin, Scott Creighton, Charlotte Hemmings and Andrew Alburger.

Writer John Patrick Shanley, best known internationally for the play "Doubt," takes a darkly comic look at Hollywood as four principals of a failing movie fight for control.

"He's one of our funniest playwrights today," said director Jon Kane. "And this is one of the funniest plays he's ever written." 

Grab some cookies and wine on the way into the nexStage Theater on Monday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m.

The reading is part of the theater's ongoing play-reading series that in recent months featured plays from Christopher Durang, Martin McDonagh and Lyle Kessler.

Prep the artsy birdhouses for summer festival now

The Dog Days of Summer, the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley's annual gala fundraising event, once again will feature the Birdhouse Festival with submissions being sought before June 29.

Artists, builders and creative friends of the shelter are invited to submit handcrafted birdhouses and bird feeders to be a part of the festival. Birdhouses can range from practical homes for local birds to artistic masterpieces for display in homes.

Entries will be juried by local experts and prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Most Artistic, Best Architectural Inspiration, Best Engineering Feat, Most Idaho Rustic, Best Craftsmanship, Best Sun Valley Landmark, Best Found Objects as Birdhouse and Best in Show.

Finished birdhouses with artist name and phone number can be dropped off at Sun Valley Brokers, 680 Sun Valley Rd. in Ketchum, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information about the Dog Days benefit and the Birdhouse Festival, call 788-4351 or visit the shelter's website at

Dog Days of Summer will be held July 27 at Trail Creek Cabin in Sun Valley.

Essay contest deadline approaches

Entries for a contest for young writers and history buffs with the theme "What I learned through my visit to the Ski and Heritage Museum and why the museum benefits my community" are due April 30.

The contest is open to Blaine County students in grades 6-12 and must be about a particular fact or exhibit that most interested the writer during a visit to the museum.

Essays must be the original work of the students and can be no more than 1,000 words. Citations and bibliography are not included in the word count.

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

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

Students perform Honors Recital

The Sun Valley Summer Symphony School of Music are holding a free Honors Recital Sunday, April 29, at 4 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood.

Earlier this month, more than 30 students auditioned before a selection panel comprised of School of Music department heads for 15 recital openings. The audition process emphasizes preparedness, stage presence and quality of performance.

"Whether students are selected to perform or not, the audition process is critical to student's music education," said Kim Gasenica, Education Director for the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. "It teaches important life skills that will help students in many facets of their future."

The recital will feature piano, string and vocal soloists, as well as a string quartet and the advanced chamber orchestra. The recital will also include the presentation of the Carol Nie Outstanding Music Student Award, which is given each year to a School of Music student in honor of the school's founder. 

The award includes a certificate, the student's name engraved on a perpetual commemorative plaque on display in the Sun Valley Summer Symphony offices and a $1,000 honorarium to be used for further music study.

Sixth annual Kiwanis Club chili cook-off is Saturday

The Kiwanis 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 and $2 for kids 10 and under. 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.

Bug Zoo cocktail party

Make a beeline for the first ever Bug Zoo Cocktail Party on Friday, April 27, at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden south of Ketchum at Gimlet Road.

Tickets include appetizers, Mosquito Mojitos and live music as well as a tour of the visiting Bug Zoo exhibit. Sturtevants is hosting a booth for fly fishers that will answer questions about how to select the best flies for a river trip.

Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are $25.

The Bug Zoo will be at the garden until May 5 and admission is free.

For more information, call the garden at 726-9358.

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