Wednesday, July 18, 2012

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The Matsiko Children's Choir performs at Ketch'Em Alive in Forest Service Park last year. Courtesy photo by Will Caldwell

Meet amazing children's choir at Town Square Tunes

Save a child and celebrate life through music at Ketchum Town Square Tunes on Thursday, July 19, with the Matsiko Children's Choir from 6-8 p.m.

Born from a heart for every forgotten child in the unreached corners of the world, International Children's Network began its choir program in 2008, with the first U.S. tour of Matsiko Children's Choir.

Matsiko was the first step toward bringing together children from the various countries in which International Children's Network provides sponsorship networking, and with its success, the World Orphans Choir was born. The World Orphans Choir tells the stories of the lives and cultures of children from Peru, India and Liberia through song and dance as the children's hearts connect with audiences everywhere.

Outlet offered for creatives at Poetry Dance Slam

All poets, dancers, artists, students, thinkers, creators, movers, shakers, writers, philosophers, bards and anyone else with a talent to try out on a crowd is invited to a Poetry Dance Slam on today, July 18, from 6-9 p.m. in Ketchum Town Square.

Sign up before at Iconoclast Books, call 726-1564 or email to

All ages are welcome and there will be prizes.

Fly Fishing Film Festival for The Nature Conservancy

The 7th annual Fly Fishing Film Festival includes fish tales from pros, a film produced by Silver Creek Outfitters as well as films from around Idaho and beyond.

The Friday, July 20, festival benefits The Nature Conservancy and will be held at 7 p.m. at the Sun Valley Opera House. Seats are limited so advance ticketing is encouraged. Tickets are $15 and include a pre-party at the Sun Valley Mall at 5 p.m.

For more details and tickets, visit or call 800-732-5687.

On Saturday, Saddletree Gallery will welcome visitors at 460 Sun Valley Rd. on Saturday, July 21, from 7-9 p.m. to meet artist Ed Anderson with his "Sketch of Idaho" compositions and photographer Bryan Huskey, who will be displaying atmospheric fly-fishing images and meeting with other fishing and outdoor enthusiasts.

Refreshments and light snacks will be served.

Dog Days of Summer here with raffle tickets available

Get a raffle ticket for a $10,000 gift certificate from Atkinsons' Market and help out shelter animals, and attend the annual Dog Days of Summer benefit and dinner for the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley.

For $175 per person, guests will gather under a tent at Trail Creek Pavilion in Sun Valley on Friday, July 27, at 5:30 p.m. for a Canine Couture Fashion Show and a live and silent auction of items including a trip to Italy and an Academy Awards Party in Ketchum.

Full details and reservations can be found at Raffle tickets are $20 each of six for $100.

Watch for Wine Down Wednesdays in the garden

The Sawtooth Botanical Garden is celebrating its blooming gardens with free music events this summer. Visit the garden from 5-7 p.m. tonight, July 18, for Wine Down Wednesday when the Wood River Community Orchestra will play musical selections and families are welcome to bring picnics and a blanket to spread on the lawn area.

The lawn is adjacent to blooming perennial gardens that feature peonies, blanket flower, irises, lavender, daisies, roses, sea holly, bee balm and many other gorgeous varieties of flowers.

For more information about the free event or the Sawtooth Botanical Garden, visit, or call 726-9358.

Innovative health leader to speak

The community is invited to hear Dr. Barry Bittman on Thursday, July 26, at 5:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood in Ketchum as part of its 2012 Health and Well-being Speaker Series.

"We are privileged to bring Dr. Bittman to the Wood River Valley," said Megan Thomas, chief development officer of St. Luke's Wood River Foundation. "Dr. Bittman is a recognized industry leader in innovation and has demonstrated tremendous success in improving the health of a community."

Bittman, a neurologist, author, international speaker, researcher and leader in community health innovations, will discuss a new paradigm for treating the whole person and engaging communities in the active pursuit of health and well-being.

His work has been featured on CNN Headline News and in USA Today, Business Week, Time, Prevention, Discover, O (Oprah Magazine), The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, Scientific American and Men's Fitness. Bittman also serves as CEO of the Yamaha Music & Wellness Institute, a nonprofit organization engaged in research with the Cleveland Clinic and the MIT Media Lab.

For more information, contact Kathleen McCabe at 727-8419.

Sun Valley Writers' Conference tickets available now

For four days each August some of the world's best writers and thinkers—fiction and nonfiction writers, journalists, playwrights, poets and filmmakers—talk about their work.

The Sun Valley Writers' Conference will celebrate its 17th annual gathering of readers and writers from Aug. 17-20 at Sun Valley Resort. Though full event passes are sold out, individual event tickets to several of the talks in the pavilion are available for $25 at local bookstores and the door prior to each talk as space is available. Speakers are Walter Isaacson on Steve Jobs, Tom Brokaw on America's future, Jennifer Homans on ballet and Paul Hendrickson on Hemingway.

There are scholarships available to students and teachers.

For full details, visit

Visitors, vendors sought for Sawtooth Mamas Arts & Crafts Fair

The 36th annual Sawtooth Mountain Mamas Arts & Crafts Fair will be held in Stanley on Saturday, July 21, and Sunday, July 22. Visitors are encouraged to mark their calendars and 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 and spaces can be reserved by calling 253-222-5342 or by emailing

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