Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Around Town

Bellevue's gardens primped for event

Eight unique gardens—one of which is more than 50 years old with 100-year-old trees—have been preened and poised to look their season's best to help raise money for Bellevue's Public Library.

On Friday, July 13, the public is invited to tour the gardens from 4-7 p.m.

The summer garden tour plays a significant role in helping to provide equipment and materials to support Bellevue Librarian Patty Gilman, who champions tirelessly for the children of the south valley. She creates enticing early literacy programs that draw people to the library and does extensive outreach with the schools throughout the year to plant the seeds outside as well. Last year, the $2,000 raised facilitated a move for the library into the old marshal's office providing much needed space for expansion.

Some of the amazing gardens have special features like a koi pond, sculptures, creative beds, greenhouses and zeroscape landscaping, all designed, executed and maintained by the home owners themselves.

The Friends of the Bellevue Library invite everyone to join the tour, which begins at Branching Out Nursery on Bellevue's Main Street at 4 p.m. and concludes at the Green Antelope Gallery at 7:30 p.m. for an after party that includes champagne and snacks, and a raffle drawing for a 2012-13 Nordic ski pass and other items.

Tickets are $10 with children 15 and under free, and can be purchased at Bellevue sites including Isadora, Oak Street Café, Sun Valley Garden Center, Branching Out Nursery and the Bellevue Public Library. They will also be available on site at the tour's start.

Jesse's and Mahoney's restaurants will offer 20 percent discounts with garden ticket stubs presented that evening.

Golf classic and Diane von Furstenberg fashion for cancer research

The Lynne Cohen Foundation for Ovarian Cancer Research will host its Sun Valley Golf Classic and Fashion Event today, July 11, and Thursday, July 12. Proceeds will benefit the cancer foundation as well as St. Luke's Wood River Foundation.

The event will include the sixth annual Diane von Furstenberg Trunk Show at Panache in the Sun Valley Village on Thursday from 4-6 p.m. The event will showcase von Furstenberg herself and her Pre-Fall 2012 Collection. Ten percent of the sales will be donated to the Lynne Cohen Foundation for Ovarian Cancer Research.

Ovarian cancer is the deadliest gynecologic cancer, killing nearly 15,000 women each year. According to the foundation, further research is paramount as there is currently no early detection test available for ovarian cancer. One in 70 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in their lifetime.

The Lynne Cohen Foundation seeks to reduce these numbers by funding preventive care clinics for women who are at high risk for cancer. To learn more about the Lynne Cohen Foundation and how to help, visit

To RSVP and buy tickets for the Golf Classic and/or Fashion Preview, visit or call 310-877-5205.

To RSVP for the Trunk Show, call 622-4228 or email

12 Hours of Om today

Participate in a new fundraising event created by the Sun Valley Wellness Institute that features a full day of complimentary yoga classes from traditional to hip hop taught by top local instructors, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, July 11.

Wellness vendor booths will be on hand with healthy food and drink, Thai massage, acupuncture, henna tattoos and a free Rockin' Kirtan Concert from 8-9:30 p.m. in the Ketchum Town Square.

For more information, visit


'Welcome Home' to Cowboy Ball at new location

The Cowboy Ball, the annual fundraiser for therapeutic riding programs for children and adults with disabilities is on Thursday, July 12, with dinner by Silver Fox Catering, live and silent auction with unique items like a moonlight snowshoe, and tickets to the Las Vegas Rodeo Finals and music by Old Death Whisper.

The event starts at 5 p.m. at the new Swiftsure Ranch Therapeutic Equestrian Center south of Bellevue.

Tickets are $175/person with $125 tax-deductible; call 578-9111.

Some of the other auction items include a barbecue at Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch for 25, Lucchese boots, a villa in Antigua for a week and an outing to blow things up and shoot all kinds of weapons.

The program ensures that a vital form of physical and mental equine-assisted therapy is available at no cost to anyone who needs it. Disabled vets and children with cancer are among those served.


Don't be left out of the year's best picnic

Do you have your tickets? On Saturday, July 21 are two highly anticipated events that are part of the fun and fabulous Sun Valley Center Wine Auction weekend.

The Picnic and Concert at Warm Springs Ranch serves upscale picnic fare from local restaurants and provides live music by the March Fourth Marching Band. The Wine Tasting Extravaganza at Dollar Mountain Lodge is the auction's least expensive event and is suited to every palate and level of knowledge.

Tickets are still available—though the picnic usually sells out. Visit or call 726-9491 for details and times.

  These two events provide The Center with half its annual operating budget, which allows it to bring incredible performances, authors, speakers, workshops and events to the valley throughout the year. On the horizon this summer are Ladysmith Black Mombazo, Pink Martini and Bonnie Raitt, to name a few. It also allows for free educational programs for K-12 students, scholarships for art students and a nationally accredited, free museum.

More than one way to tour Sawtooth Botanical Garden

The Sawtooth Botanical Garden has just released a free iPhone app that features a self-guided tour of the valley's public garden.

Visit the App Store on your iPhone to download the app today (enter Sawtooth Botanical Garden in the search) and then head on over to take a tour. The app includes a map of the five-acre site's individual gardens and information on the plant collections and designed features at each stop on the tour. iPhone users can learn about the native and cultivated plants found in the alpine, montane and perennial gardens, as well as information on the lush, drought-tolerant lawn and the "you-pick" raspberry patch.

Natalie Ertz, Sawtooth Botanical Garden's resource center coordinator, is also leading guided tours Thursdays from 3-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ertz is also available by appointment for private tours.

The garden is located at 11 Gimlet Rd., off state Highway 75, about four miles south of downtown Ketchum. For more information, go to

Street musicians and artists invited

Join the third annual A Day of Chalk on Saturday, July 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event mingles artists with families, groups and individuals of all ages and levels of experience in creating chalk art on Hailey's Main Street sidewalks.

For artists, a 3-foot-by-3-foot square costs $5 and includes a box of chalk. Artist chalks are available for less than $10.

In keeping with the "street" theme, acoustical musicians are encouraged to sign up. Each musician pays $5 and is welcome to put out a jar and keep tips.

The event closes at 1 p.m. though the chalk art will remain on the sidewalks for public viewing until they fade or wash away.

Contact event director Sheila Kelley at 720-9361. A Day of Chalk is presented by the Hailey Art Commission, with all proceeds going toward providing public art in the city.

Vibrational EFT and sound healing taught

Grab a blanket and pillow and head over to the Galleria Building in Ketchum for a session with two alternative healers who will explain how sound and vibration can be an effective therapy for anxiety and other ailments.

The event with Victoria Bliss and Gray Jeffery is Monday, July 16, at All Things Sacred from 7-9 p.m. Pre-registration is suggested by calling Sonia Sommer at

Vendors sought for Sawtooth Mamas Arts & Crafts Fair

The 36th annual Sawtooth Mountain Mamas Arts & Crafts Fair will take place in Stanley on Saturday, July 21, and Sunday, July 22. Vendors are invited to reserve a booth now.

All vendor items must be handcrafted and vendors must provide their own tables and booth tent. Food booths are also available. Fees are from $100-$200. Booths can be reserved by calling 253-222-5342 or by emailing

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