Participate in the Christmas Bird Count
Join fellow birders at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve for the annual Christmas Bird Count. This year’s count is cosponsored by the Snake River Audubon Society.
The Christmas Bird Count is an international effort to count wintering birds in the Western Hemisphere. Craters of the Moon offers a unique winter birding experience. Participants of all skill levels are welcome.
To participate, meet at the Craters of the Moon visitor center on Friday, Dec. 14, at 9 a.m. The visitor center is 18 miles west of Arco on U.S. Highway 20. Remember to wear boots and warm clothes, and bring binoculars and a lunch. People should be prepared to spend the day outside in winter conditions. Snowshoes will be provided if conditions require.
For more information on the Christmas Bird Count program, contact Todd Stefanic at 208-527-1352 or visit www.audubon.org/bird/cbc/index.html.
Wood River Community Orchestra’s Christmas Concerts
The Wood River Community Orchestra, under the direction of Brad Hershey, will offer the public two opportunities to enjoy live holiday music this season. On Saturday, Dec. 15, at 4 p.m., the orchestra will perform at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood in Ketchum. On Sunday, Dec. 16, at 4 p.m., it will perform at the Performing Arts Center of the Community Campus in Hailey.
Featured artists for this concert will be harpist Marina Dellago and flautist Linda Staum, who make up The Lark Duo. They will perform “Walking on Air” and two French carols.
The orchestra will perform “Carol of the Drums,” “March of the Toys,” “Greensleeves,” “The Christmas Waltz” and “Concerto Grosso” along with many other holiday favorites, ending the concert with traditional Christmas carols.
Musicians are invited to join in January to prepare for the spring concert season.
Visit the website at www.wrcorchestra.org for more information about the orchestra and to experience past concerts online.
WRHS Drama Club students honored
The Wood River High School drama department recently concluded the Idaho High School Activities Association-sanctioned competitive portion of the year by competing at state drama at Century High School in Pocatello.
Shea Goitiandia, Caroline Scarbrough and Taylinn Lake placed 13th out of 41 pantomime entries after preliminaries with great performances of their original pantomime, “The Forgotten Heart.” That allowed them to compete in the semi-final round.
The young women created an original piece that acknowledged the roots of pantomime in costume design, makeup and slapstick comedy originally presented in Commedia dell’Arte during the 16th and 17th centuries. Though they did not break into finals, they placed somewhere between ninth and 13th out of those 41 entries with superior ratings and blue ribbons. Katie Walton, Ian McKenzie and Tracy Otto had three fine performances of a “Seussical” number (Amazing Horten and Solla Sollew) in the preliminary rounds, placing 20th out of 41 events and earning excellent ratings and red ribbons.
Student sculpts for the Hunger Coalition
Wood River High School senior Grace Carroll has an exhibition today, Dec. 12, through Friday, Dec. 14, at Gilman Contemporary art gallery on Sun Valley Road in Ketchum, with any proceeds from the sale benefiting the Hunger Coalition.
The four pieces of sculpture depict the four seasons. Carroll worked with local sculpture artist Pamela de Tuncq (her mentor) to cast the head of another senior girl, to make the pieces. The process will be shared as part of the show.
For gallery times, call 726-7585.
Help out a ‘Solemate’ and spread the word about running scholarship
Thanks to a grant made possible by the Little Black Dress Club, and help from partners such as Sun Valley Co., VAMPS and the Boulder Mountain Tour, the Girls on the Run organization can help a budding cross-country skier set his or her sights on completing the Boulder Mountain Tour on Feb. 2.
“When the summer racing calendar filled up with athletes taking on their first half and full marathons, and a team of racers decided to tackle a 24-hour relay race, it became apparent to us that some of these athletes could use a little help to realize these race goals,” said Girls on the Run Director Mary Fauth. “The reality was that the real costs to train, travel and participate in a goal in any sport comes with substantial costs. But the rewards are tenfold with what you can accomplish for yourself and on behalf of something you care about.”
The Solemate Charity Racing Program is the fundraising arm of Girls on the Run. Male and female athletes pursue individual goals, such as running a marathon, completing a triathlon or cycling event, or even doing a first 5k or 10k, to raise money for Girls on the Run of the Wood River Valley.
“We wanted to expose the Solemate program to winter athletes,” Fauth said. “The timing of the Little Black Dress Club grant to help offset some of the training and racing costs has allowed us to launch our first scholarship application request for those who can demonstrate a financial need and a desire to race on behalf of the Girls on the Run program, and who would like to race in the Boulder Mountain tour, perhaps for the first time.”
One athlete will be awarded a spot on the VAMPS cross-country skiing training program, a Sun Valley Nordic ski pass and an entry in the Boulder Mountain Tour. Applicants should visit the Girls on the Run website at www.girlsontherunwrv.org for the full application. Deadline to enter is Friday, Dec. 14.
Plan ahead to be a part of history at Galena benefit
Historic Galena Lodge has more than 100 years of history, dating back to the 1870s. Nestled in the spectacular Boulder Mountains and surrounded by world-class Nordic skiing, it has become a cherished part of the Nordic skiing community and the history of the Wood River Valley.
To maintain and preserve the lodge and the trails, the Blaine County Recreation District and the Galena and the Trails Advisory Council will hold the 17th annual Galena & the Trails Winter Benefit on Saturday, Jan. 26, in the Limelight Room at the Sun Valley Inn, coinciding with the kickoff of the Sun Valley Nordic Festival.
No tax dollars are used for Galena or the Trails, making the funds raised at the benefit crucial for their future. Individual seats are $95, tables of 10 are $950 and tables of eight are $760. All include a three-course meal, wine and live music with the High Street Band.
This “Nordic party of the season” features a live and silent auction and a raffle for a 2013-14 BCRD Nordic/Sun Valley Nordic season pass. Live auction items include an ultimate vintner dinner at Galena Lodge, a once-in-a-lifetime weekend with 2012 Olympic mountain bike bronze medalist Georgia Gould, a Nordic skiing getaway in the Methow Valley and a summer climbing adventure package from The Elephant’s Perch.
Call 578-5459 for a spot or email Megan Stevenson at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the Recreation District offices at the Community Campus in Hailey.
For a good man, head to the Liberty Theatre for the Peanuts gang
Tonight is opening night for “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” by the Company of Fools, which kicks off the musical with a “Pay What You Feel night.”
Based on the beloved “Peanuts” comic strip, the musical has the cast dancing and singing their way through memorable moments from the life of Charles Schulz’s Charlie Brown and friends, from Valentine’s Day to baseball season, optimism to despair.
The Fools have imported a fabulous cast of enthusiastic young actors, old enough to be nostalgic about the strip but young enough to convincingly embody each character.
The show will be at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey from tonight, Dec. 12, through Saturday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m.; from Dec. 19-22 at 7 p.m.; Dec. 23 at 3 p.m.; Dec. 26-29 at 7 p.m.; and Dec. 30 at 3 p.m.
Get tickets from the box office or visit www.companyoffools.org. Prices after tonight’s show are $10 students, $20 seniors and $30 adults.
Music is led by R.L. Rowsey and direction is by John Glenn.