Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Around Town

Trail effort ramps up with open house
    The Blaine County Recreation District will hold a public information Open House regarding the proposed Wood River Trail Rehabilitation Project today, April 24, at 5:30 p.m. at the Wood River Y in Ketchum, to provide the public with planning details and maps. BCRD staff and a board member will be on hand to answer questions following a brief presentation.
    The Wood River Trail is a multi-use, non-motorized recreational path that connects the communities of the Wood River Valley. With the path approaching its 30-year life span, the BCRD board of directors has passed a resolution calling for a special levy election to be held on May 21, for an additional two-year levy to reconstruct, resurface and rehabilitate the trail.
    For more detailed information, visit

Learn more about the home front
    Enjoy a glass of wine and learn more about the art on view during a free tour of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts’ “Home Front” exhibition on Thursday, April 25, at 5:30 p.m. No reservations are necessary—just drop in.
    “Home Front” looks at what it’s like for a soldier to return home. The exhibition features vintage World War I and II posters alongside work by contemporary artists Jennifer Karady, Cat Mazza, Stephanie Freid-Perenchio, Chad Person, Allison Smith and Monica Haller.
    The display continues through May 25. For more information, visit

Silver Dollar Saloon goes smoke-free
    The Silver Dollar Saloon in Bellevue has gone smoke-free. However, the music and entertainment continues. The saloon will offer an acoustic happy hour with Carter Freeman from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, April 25. Mia and the Rhythm Rangers will play Friday, April 26, at 9:30 p.m.

Idaho Dance Theatre to perform
    The Idaho Dance Theatre from Boise will present an ensemble of contemporary dance for audiences at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in the performing arts center at the Community Campus in Hailey.
    Tickets are available at the door and at Iconoclast Books in Ketchum for $22, $12 for students. (The Express previously reported a higher cost, based on incorrect information released by the company.)
    For more information on the company, visit

Wood River Community Orchestra to play
    The Wood River Community Orchestra will present its free Spring Concert on Sunday, April 28, at 4 p.m. in the Wood River High School Performing Arts Center at the Community Campus in Hailey.
    This season’s performance will include “Radetzky –Marsch” by Johann Strauss, “Symphony No. 100” by Franz Joseph Haydn and other selections.
    The orchestra, under the direction of Brad Hershey, strives to enrich the lives of valley residents by providing opportunities to actively perform and enjoy music as a daily part of life. Through concerts, music ensembles, private instruction and other performance opportunities, the orchestra encourages individuals to be actively engaged throughout their lives. Currently, members range from 15 years old to 84.
    String, woodwind, brass and percussion musicians are welcome and encouraged to join the orchestra.

Duet recital at St. Thomas
    Melodie and John Maulden will perform a recital called “In Duet” on Sunday, April 28, at 4 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Sun Valley.  The recital is free and open to the public.  
    This is the third in a series of four recitals in the annual Great Fifty Days’ series sponsored by the church, Caritas Chorale and The Barry Keller Fund.
    The final event, Sunday, May 5, at 4 p.m. will be held in a private home with David Tacher, organist, harpsichordist and pianist, giving an “All Brahms” piano recital.  Seating is limited and RSVPs should be made no later than May 3.
    For further information, contact Dick Brown at 721-7469.

Be a peer for mental health
    NAMI of the Wood River Valley is encouraging people to become Peer-to-Peer mentors by learning how to teach the 10-week course that helps other peers to cope with mental illness.
    The training will be held Friday, May 3, at 5:30 p.m.  through Sunday, May 5, at 10:30 a.m. The only requirement is that you must be a person with mental illness living well in recovery and be a member of NAMI-WRV. The cost to join is $3. Otherwise, the training is free and meals will be provided. Mentors can be compensated for courses they go on to teach peers after the training.
    NAMI-WRV will be offering a free, 10-week recovery education course for adults living with mental illness starting Monday, May 6, from 7-9 p.m. in two-hour sessions. These classes are designed to be a safe place to share experiences.
    Both trainings will be held in the Hailey home office, in the old clinic at Main and Maple streets.
    For more information, call 309-1987 or email

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