Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Around Town

Woodside Elementary debuts ‘It Happened in Sun Valley’ concert
    Students from Woodside Elementary are performing “It Happened in Sun Valley” this week in front of a background featuring scenes from the film “Sun Valley Serenade.” The holiday concert is under the direction of music teacher Dorinda Rendahl.
    “Students are learning about how great communities like Sun Valley begin and learning about the history of where we live,” said Rendahl, who created three original poems for the show telling the Sun Valley story and edited some popular holiday songs to include phrases about Sun Valley.
    The concerts are free and open to the public tonight, Dec. 19 through Thursday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m. The school is at 1111 Woodside Elementary Lane off Woodside Boulevard in Hailey.
Stuff stockings with tickets to ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’
    The family-oriented musical “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” by Company of Fools, continues tonight through Dec. 22 at Hailey’s Liberty Theatre at 7 p.m.
    Additional shows will be at 3 p.m. Dec. 23 and 30, and at 7 p.m. Dec. 26-29.
    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 cast of enthusiastic young actors, old enough to be nostalgic about the strip yet young enough to convincingly embody each character.
    Get tickets from the box office or visit Prices are $10 for students, $20 for seniors and $30 for adults.    
    Music led by R.L. Rowsey and direction by John Glenn.

St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation adds members
    The St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation announced this week the addition of Sheila Fryberger, Jim Luckman and Cornelius (Neil) Ryan to its board of directors.
    A long-time resident of the Wood River Valley, Fryberger currently serves on St. Luke’s Volunteer Core board. Luckman is a retired architect who led The Luckman Partnership, a nationally recognized architectural firm based in Los Angeles. Ryan is a health-care venture capitalist with Tullis Health Investors and co-founder of Oxford Bioscience Partners.

Local arts director takes on additional regional post
    Kristine Bretall, director of marketing and performing arts for the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, has been appointed to the board of directors of Arts Northwest, a nonprofit organization that brings together performing arts presenters with performing arts providers throughout the western United States and Canada.
    Bretall will also be part of the Arts Northwest Showcase Panel, which will review work submitted by musicians, dance companies and theater companies to determine who will be able to present work at the Arts Northwest booking conference, to be held in October 2013.
    A graduate of Middlebury College who earned her master’s degree in education from Harvard University, Bretall has been with The Center since 2000.
    “As someone who lives far from a major city, Arts Northwest provides me and my organization with a connection to performers and colleagues who would otherwise be out of reach,” Bretall said. “I am honored to help sustain the work that Arts Northwest does in bringing the arts to our region.”
    Artistic Director Kristin Poole said, “In spite of our relative isolation in central Idaho, The Center has established a national reputation for innovative performing-arts programming. Reaching out to colleagues helps keep us connected at the same time that it enables us to make a contribution to the museum field and other arts related nonprofits.”

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 scenic 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.
    According to a press release from the recreation district, 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 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 or stop by the recreation district offices at the Community Campus in Hailey.

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