Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Around Town

How Kaya ‘came to sparkle again’
    “Church of the Dog” author Kaya McLaren, writer, skier, dog-lover, elementary school teacher and Jane of All Trades (see her website:, is coming to Chapter One Bookstore in Ketchum on Sunday, Oct. 14, making Ketchum the 11th stop on her 23-city, seven-state tour to promote her latest and third novel, “How I Came To Sparkle Again.”
    She will read from the novel and sign books from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

New series to help nonprofits starts
    The new “Nonprofit Education Initiative,” created by the College of Southern Idaho, starts today, Oct. 10, with a talk from 2:30-4:30 p.m. by Kay Sohl on “Board Recruitment and Development.”
    Sohl has provided training and consultation for boards of directors, executive directors, and chief financial officers of more than 5,000. U.S. nonprofit organizations.
    The series is designed to help local nonprofit organizations strengthen their infrastructure, foster professional development and enhance relationships across the community.
    “We are a small rural community with a robust nonprofit sector,” said Jenny Emery Davidson, director of the CSI Blaine County Campus. “This educational initiative focuses specifically on the needs of that sector. Our hope is that it can help all of the local nonprofits to make the progress that they want toward fulfilling their respective missions.”
    The second seminar, to be held Jan. 9, will focus on strategic planning, and the third, on April 10, will focus on conflict management.
    Tuition is $20 per individual seminar or $50 for the full three-part series. Advance registration is required through the CSI Blaine County Center by calling 788-2033.

‘King and I’ at nexStage
    St. Thomas Playhouse is offering the musical “The King and I” by Rogers and Hammerstein for four days at the nexStage Theater on Main Street in Ketchum from Thursday, Oct. 18, through Sunday, Oct. 21.  
    Based on a true story, the play is set in the exotic kingdom of Siam in 1862 where an English widow, Anna, takes a position to teach the King’s many children and wives Western ways. Though Anna and the king experience cultural clashes, they develop a deep friendship and respect for one another.
    Curtain is at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:15. In addition, there will be matinees at 2 p.m on Saturday and Sunday. There is no reserved seating except on Friday, Oct. 19, which is a benefit for the Bilkey Memorial Scholarship Fund. Reserved center seating is available for patrons.
General admission tickets are available by calling 726-5349, ext. 15 or at Iconoclast Books. Tickets are $25 for adults, and $10 for children through age 18. Special student rush prices for first 10 young adults ages 19-22 are $10.

Screen Door Porch plays this weekend
    Screen Door Porch, a fast rising favorite in the field of Americana, will appear at Whiskey Jacques’ in Ketchum Friday, Oct. 12, at 9 p.m. Cover charge is $5.
    The band’s album “The Fate & The Fruit” reached No. 21 on the Euro-Americana chart. had this to say. “They swap lead vocals to suit the song and songwriter, a sort of Lennon/McCartney arrangement and get it right every time: Heartfelt yes, earthy certainly, but never languid. … The reality is that Seadar Rose and Aaron Davis go together like bacon and eggs, they’re meant for each other. This is the sound of America, untamed and infinite.”

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