Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Around Town

Book signing and dog party unleashed
    Chapter One Bookstore will present a special event for humans and their furry, four-legged friends when noted naturalists and longtime animal advocates Sophie and Derek Craighead and local illustrator Maxton Beckwith sign “The Story of Rusty: One Lucky Dog” on Thursday, Aug. 30, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Dollar Mountain Lodge terrace.  
    It’s a heartwarming tale of a golden retriever who was rescued from the despair of confinement only to discover a life of extraordinary adventure and love with his new owners. The beautifully illustrated book now available locally at Chapter One and Iconoclast in Ketchum and national booksellers is appropriate for all ages, with universal messages of love and hope.
    A portion of the event’s book sales will benefit “Lucky’s Place” in Montana, as well as other no-kill animal shelters.
    Well-behaved dogs are welcome to attend the event, free to roam the grass adjacent to the terrace behind the lodge.

Orchestra to perform free concert this week
    The Wood River Community Orchestra will perform at Ketchum Town Square, the third annual Wagon Days concert, during Gallery Walk on Friday, Aug. 31, from 5-7 p.m.
    The free concert will feature 28 musicians, strings, winds and percussion performing popular favorites under the direction of conductor Brad Hershey.
    The orchestra begins its sixth season this fall, featuring a series of free community concerts throughout the year.
    For more details, visit

Photo contest entry deadline Thursday
    In anticipation of the third annual Fur Ball benefiting the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley, photos of pets exuding a lively party attitude or dressed up to party are being sought, with the winner to be featured in promotional materials and to receive two tickets to the Sept. 28 ball.
    High-resolution pet photos may be submitted digitally to with a name and phone number. All photos submitted will be posted publicly on the shelter’s Facebook page for voting. Photo contest entries are due by Thursday, Aug. 30.
    For more information, contact the shelter at 788-4351.

The Hunger Coalition hosts Wine in the Garden
    The Hunger Coalition will honor the women in the community who have invested their time or treasures with the organization by hosting an event at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Aug. 29, at The Hope Garden at the corner of  First Avenue and Walnut Street in Hailey.
    Members of the Wood River Women’s Charitable Foundation, Little Black Dress Club, Papoose Club and The Rosies will be in attendance. The Hunger Coalition has provided its services with the support of these women’s philanthropic groups.
    “These women have allowed us to accomplish a tremendous amount of good work over the last several years,” said Executive Director Jeanne Liston. “We look forward to bringing them all together to thank them publicly and give them the opportunity to meet each other.”  
    An RSVP is requested by calling 788-0121 or emailing

Race for groceries, raise money for the arts
    The Cart Dash is a raffle with proceeds going to the Sun Valley Center for the Arts and a competition to win thousands of dollars worth of store credit at Main Street Market.
    To enter, buy a raffle ticket before 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at The Center, 191 Fifth St., or the Main Street Market, 100 N. Main St., Ketchum.
    Tickets cost $25 each or five for $100 and the raffle winner will receive $1,000 and a chance to participate in the
Cart Dash for even a bigger gift certificate.
    Three two-person teams will compete in the Cart Dash at the Main Street Market. Each team will have five minutes to load their cart with merchandise, and the team that follows the rules and checks out with the biggest total at the register wins—not their load of groceries but a $5,000 gift certificate.
    One team was determined in July at the Sun Valley Center Wine Auction with a winning bid of $20,000. Team 2 will be named at a drawing at the Bonnie Raitt concert Thursday night, Aug. 30. Team 3 will be picked at the party.
    The Cart Dash will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, with KECH radio broadcasting from a block party out front from 5-7 p.m. Main Street Market and the Sun Valley Center for the Arts will give away prizes ranging from concert and lecture tickets to coupons and free products. Food and beverages will be served and all ages are welcome.
    For full raffle rules and information, go to

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