Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Around Town

Inspiration and education about philanthropy is guest speaker’s goal

    The Wood River Women’s Charitable Foundation, an organization of more than 150 women dedicated to philanthropy in Blaine County, will hold its annual Winter Education Forum on Wednesday, March 6, from 2–4:30 p.m. at The Valley Club Clubhouse.
    Part of the organization’s mission is to inspire and educate women to become leaders in philanthropy. More than $1 million has been donated to valley nonprofits in the organization’s seven-year history.
    This year’s guest speaker is Nancy Napier, a professor of management and the executive director of the Centre for Creativity and Innovation in the College of Business and Economics at Boise State University. Her wide-ranging experience includes managing Boise State’s $8.5 million nine-year Capacity Building Project at the National Economics University in Hanoi, Vietnam.
    Pre-registration is encouraged by calling Andrea van Every at 726-6011. A $10 donation is appreciated for guests. Staff from nonprofits are invited free of charge.

Learn the ‘ABC’s of the Knee’
    Zenergy Health Club and Spa will host this chat with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tony Buoncristiani on Tuesday, March 5, at 5 p.m. The event is free and the public is invited.
     Buoncristiani will discuss everything about and everything that can happen to the knee from arthritis to meniscus.
    Meet in the Zenergy lobby. Call 725-0595 for more details.

Enjoy ‘Casino Royale’ with the Fools and friends
    The Sun Valley Center for the Arts will hold its fifth annual Casino Royale, Saturday, March 2, an exciting evening of gambling, cocktailing and fundraising to benefit the work of Company of Fools.
    “Creativity is an escape from the pressures of today,” said event co-organizer R.L. Rowsey, resident Company of Fools artist. “Creativity is a key ingredient to building a tomorrow that we want to embrace. For more than 17 years, Company of Fools has been a true nexus of creativity in this community.”
    The event will take place from 6:30-10 p.m. at The Valley Club. Tickets are $125 per person and include $1,500 of “funny money” to try your hand at black jack, poker, roulette and craps. Attendees will be treated to heavy hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar.  
    Reserve tickets for this night of decadent fun can be obtained at 788-6520 or online at

Deadline looms to win film prize
    The Sun Valley Film Festival, Alaska Airlines and Sun Valley Resort have teamed up to offer a Reel Sweet Sweeps with the winner enjoying an all-expenses-paid trip to Sun Valley for a weekend of spring skiing and the best in indie cinema.
     The festival, March 14-17, includes a curated slate of more than 60 cutting-edge films and TV premieres, engaging coffee talks with industry insiders such as Hollywood legend Jodie Foster, and parties with music provided by indie rock band Built to Spill.
    The winner will receive two roundtrip tickets to Sun Valley on Alaska Airlines, three nights at the Sun Valley Lodge, a pair of VIP festival passes and three days of skiing for two at the resort.
    The Reel Sweet Sweeps contest ends March 1.  Film lovers can register to win and view complete contest rules at
    For Sun Valley Film Festival details and tickets, visit Get festival updates on Facebook and Twitter.

ERC Bingo fun begins Friday
    Dig out your Hawaiian shirt and grass skirt, and come to the Bingo Goes Hawaiian benefit for the Environmental Resource Center on Friday, March 1, at the nexStage Theatre from 6:30-9 p.m.
    Proceeds will help support EcoCamp and other educational programs.
    Travis Jones, community educator for the Advocates, will be emcee. Pu-pu platters, Spam sliders, and beer and wine will be available for purchase throughout the evening.
    A special presentation of winners from the Community School’s Green Week Challenge will start the evening.  Students were asked by the ERC to track daily sustainable actions for two weeks and to find a new word for “green.” Winners will receive cash prizes, a portion of which will be donated to their favorite nonprofit.
    Bingo cards are $10 each or four for $30, available at the door. There is no cover charge for this all-ages event.
    The Environmental Resource Center is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to serving the Wood River Valley by promoting a more sustainable environment through community education, awareness and participation.
    For more information, call 726-4333 or see

Get revved up for the Kiwanis’ Snow Box Derby
    Artists and fun-loving sledders wanting to slide, glide, roll or tumble their creations on snow have a place to share their enthusiasm at Rotarun in the Kiwanis Snow Box Derby, Saturday, March 2.
    Win, Place or Show medals will be awarded for each division, Junior (5-12), Teen (13-17), Adult (18 plus) and Business, along with the Most Creative Sled and the Most Inspirational Rider.
    The entry fee is $10 per individual or $25 per business. Registration and inspection of the racing rigs begins at 9 a.m. and closes at 10:15 a.m. at Rotarun’s lodge. After the long march up to the race course, the race begins at 10:30 a.m.
    Need inspiration? See the entries from L.L. Greens of Hailey’s hanging from the rafters as cameras, trains, dinosaurs, race cars, corn dogs, various tools and even a Sphinx have all made the journey in years past.
    Snowboxes can only be made from cardboard, tape, paint or glue with enclosed sides. No epoxy, plastic or metal is allowed. Participants must also wear a helmet, ride feet first and demonstrate that they can control and stop their snowbox. Weather and course conditions will determine the start location and course layout, and rules may be modified for safety on the day of the event.
    Rotarun is off Croy Street west of Hailey. The latest information and complete set of rules can be found at

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