Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Around Town

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 today, 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.

Meditation teacher Anam Thubten to give free talk
    Popular speaker and meditation  teacher  Anam  Thubten will be in Ketchum on Thursday, March 7, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church.
    Thubten is returning to Ketchum with the question: “Are we ready to be awakened to divine reality at every moment?”
     As a young child growing up in Tibet, Thubten was intent on entering the monastery, where for much of his childhood and young adult life he received the benefit of extensive academic and spiritual training from several teachers in the Nyingma branch of Tibetan Buddhism. After arriving in America in the early 1990s he began to teach the Dharma at the request of others. Today he travels extensively in the U.S. and occasionally abroad, teaching in fluent English and offering in a direct experiential manner the essence of the timeless, nonconceptual wisdom teachings of the Buddha.
    He is the author of various articles and books in both the Tibetan and English language. His first book in English appeared under the title ‘‘No Self, No Problem.” He is the founder and spiritual advisor of the Dharmata Foundation based in Point Richmond, Calif.

Ethan Tucker Band on local mini-tour
    Fresh off opening two shows for Slightly Stoopid in Spokane, Wash., and Bend, Ore., the Ethan Tucker Band is ready to flex its musical muscle around Ketchum from March 7-10.
    The band will be playing at River Run from Thursday, March 7, through Sunday, March 10, from 3-6 p.m. for free on the patio. It will play Thursday night, March 7, at Whiskey Jacques’ beginning around 9 p.m. for a $5 cover.
    Tucker’s latest album with the jazzy title track “Misunderstood” will be released in 2013 and contains an eclectic, soulful mix of electric and acoustic material with stirring songs such as “Tease Me”  and “Coming Home” as well as two tracks produced by Michael Franti, “Cool Kids” and “Dance the Night Away.”
    To sample his latest work, “All I Need” can be streamed on SoundCloud at
    Last summer, Tucker opened solo for Ziggy Marley and Michael Franti in Boise, Missoula and Spokane.

Tony Furtado to give free concert in Bellevue
    Mahoney’s Bar and Grill in Bellevue is hosting Tony Furtado on Saturday, March 9, at 8 p.m.
    Furtado has been called a genius on banjo and slide guitar, touring for most of the last two decades with a gregarious and engaging show of his own creative hybrid of Americana and indie folk/rock.
    Furtado grew up in Pleasanton, Calif., and took up the banjo at age 12. Hailed by the industry as a banjo prodigy, he got his first record deal with Rounder Records in 1992. He went on to record six albums for the prestigious label, collaborating with the likes of Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, Mike Marshall and Kelly Joe Phelps.

Summer Spanish Institute deadline looms
    There is an application deadline of March 15 for scholarships to participate in the seventh annual Sun Valley Summer Spanish Institute.
    The institute is a week-long language immersion program for adults, sponsored by the College of Southern Idaho Blaine County Center in Hailey. Unique in the region, the Spanish institute provides a significant opportunity to develop Spanish language skills for beginners as well as more advanced students.
    The institute includes intensive morning academic classes with lots of interactive practice. Each afternoon consists of a range of cultural workshops, including “tours” of various Spanish-speaking countries, and classes on how to cook enchiladas, dance the salsa, and read and navigate maps in a Spanish city. The workshops provide meaningful, fun language practice while also providing insights into a diversity of Spanish-speaking cultures.
    Scholarship applications should be submitted to the College of Southern Idaho Blaine County Center. More information about the Spanish Institute, including the scholarship application and registration information, is available online at or by calling the CSI Blaine County Campus at 788-2033. Registration for the Summer Spanish Institute opens on April 1.

Substitute named for Speaker Series lecture
    Anyone who bought a ticket to hear Vice Admiral Robert S. Harward speak at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood on April 2, at 6:30 p.m. can use it to listen to Admiral Jay Johnson instead.
    If attendance isn’t possible, The Center will issue a donation letter for the value of the original ticket or a refund.
    Admiral Jay L. Johnson retired on Dec. 31 as Chair and CEO of General Dynamics, one of the nation’s largest aerospace and defense companies. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, his naval career included service as a naval aviator in Vietnam, and command at every level from fighter squadron to the U.S. Second Fleet. He was the chief of Naval operations and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1996 to 2000.
    Drawing on his range of military and business experiences, Johnson will discuss the realities facing the U.S. military and private enterprise after more than a decade of war.
    For details, visit

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