Friday, June 1, 2012


Girl Scouts target air pollution

People who need a bike for local transportation can obtain one this weekend from Local Girl Scout Troop 106.

The troop is working on its Bronze Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve.

According to troop co-leader Rain McDonald, the girls worked with their leaders and three AmeriCorps volunteers to create a project they named Planet Ride. They set out to encourage people in their community to bike more and drive less. They asked for donations of used bikes from the community and then partnered with local bike shops to repair and tune them up so they can be distributed to deserving locals in need of a good set of wheels.

The bikes will be given to people on Sunday, June 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the lower soccer field at Atkinson Park. Applications must be filled out prior to the event. They are available at Formula Sports, Backwoods, Sun Summit and Sturtos in Ketchum. A limited number of bikes are available.

Hunger Coalition seeks help

The Hunger Coalition is urging shoppers to buy a Stop Hunger card while doing their grocery shopping at Albertsons or Atkinsons' Markets, or to make a contribution to Idaho's Bounty. The donations provide fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs and locally raised, organically grown foods to the 3,000 people living in "food insecurity" in Blaine County.


People can also volunteer time at the Hope Garden, which the Hunger Coalition developed in 2010 to grow vegetables, fruits and herbs to share through its Mobile Food Bank program.

Stop Hunger cards are available at Albertsons in Hailey and Atkinsons' Markets in Bellevue, Hailey and Ketchum. Idaho's Bounty accepts donations online at

For more information about volunteering, contact The Hunger Coalition at 788-0121 or visit

Experience ChiRunning

To continue serving young girls in the valley with its self-esteem-raising program that combines jogging with life lessons, Girls on the Run is offering a benefit running workshop.

To get a discounted rate, sign up today, June 1, for one of the two workshops that will be held Saturday, June 9, and Sunday June 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Led by Cheryl Lloyd, a registered nurse and certified to teach ChiRunning and ChiWalking, the course is designed to help exercisers to improve speed and form, learn about the barefoot trend, and to run easily and injury free.

Beginners and experienced athletes are welcome. No special attire required.

Registration is limited. Register by emailing GOTR Wood River Valley Exectuive Director Mary Fauth at or mail a check to GOTR, PO Box 7016, Ketchum, ID 83333. Be sure and indicate which day the fee is for.

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