Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Around Town

Hemingway students to host spring art fair
    Hemingway Elementary School students will put their artistic and literary accomplishments on display in the school lobby, Thursday, May 2, from 5-7 p.m.
    The event is sponsored by the Hemingway Publishing House Committee and art teacher Tom Van Slyke. The Publishing House, now in its 23rd year of operation, is an innovative program through which parent volunteers publish students’ stories.
    The public is invited to this free event.

Hailey actress in provocative play about sex
    Brita Gaeddert of Hailey is participating in the Linfield College Theatre production, “Spring Awakening,” this May in Oregon.
    Gaeddert, a junior majoring in economics, will be a member of the ensemble. She is a 2010 graduate of Wood River High School and the daughter of John and Claudia Gaeddert of Hailey. She has been involved in past Linfield productions “Kickin’ Sand and Tellin’ Lies” and “Lend Me a Tenor.”
    “Spring Awakening,” with book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik, is the winner of eight Tony Awards and is based on German playwright Frank Wedekind’s controversial 1891 play about teenage sexuality and society’s efforts to control it. The piece seamlessly merges past and present, underscoring the timelessness of adolescent angst and the universality of human passion.

International exhibit of handmade books
    What does a book in the form of a fold-out psychedelic castle have in common with a book in the form of a speeding ghost train? Find out this month at the Hailey Public Library, when Idaho Center for the Book reveals its international exhibit of handmade books, the Idaho Booker’s Dozen 2013.
    The exhibit is free to view.
    The 2013 tour is the 10th edition of the Idaho Booker’s Dozen and features 15 artists’ books. It opened at the Third Street Gallery in Moscow’s city hall in late January. Since then, it has been making its way throughout Idaho, changing its location each month. The purpose of the Idaho Center for the Book is to encourage interest in reading, writing, making, disseminating and collecting books, as well as preserving and publicizing the bibliophilic heritage of Idaho.
    Idaho Booker’s Dozen is the only biennial traveling juried exhibition of artists’ books in the state. Joining books from all over Idaho are those from the United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands, as well as other non-Idaho locations in the USA. This year’s entries were juried by New Zealand artist Kate Walker; Boise State Professor of Graphic Design Jennifer Wood; artist/writer/designer Will Spearman; and writer/photographer/artist Tom Rockne.
    For a complete schedule of the tour, see
    For more information about this and other Hailey library events, call 788-2036 or visit

One stop registration for Rec District
    The Blaine County Recreation District is hosting a convenient, one-stop registration night tonight, May 1, from 4-7 p.m. at the Community Campus in Hailey. Registration will be available for all summer programs, including summer day camp and all aquatics programs and passes.
    This year, the BCRD Aquatic Center is offering a pre-season savings on season pool passes from May 1 to June  2 featuring up to $29 savings on a Family Season Pool Pass. Save on Youth, Adult and Senior passes, too! Registration will continue through May at the BCRD office and Aquatics registration will move to the pool in late May.
    For more info visit or call 578-BCRD.

‘Making Sense of Green Building’
    At an event called “Making Sense of Green Building,” hear from a panel of professionals who have put green building practices into action to help their bottom line. Panelists include Boise developer Gary Christensen and Ketchum architect Michael Doty.
    There will be refreshments offered before the Thursday, May 2, event starting at 5:15 p.m. at the Ketchum Community Library.

See the Tortoise vs. The Hare in Stanley
    “The Tortoise Versus The Hare” will be presented free at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 3, and at noon, Saturday, May 4, at the Stanley School, on the hill above the town of Stanley.          The Missoula Children’s Theatre residency in Stanley is presented locally by Stanley School Parents’ Association and the Pioneer Montessori School Supporters with help from Mike Mahoney, the Steele Reese Foundation, Sawtooth Hotel, Sawtooth Vacation Rentals, Christi and Charlie Thompson, and the Sawtooth Mountain Mamas.

Summer Symphony School of Music schedules honors recital
    On Monday, May 6, at 7 p.m. at the Wood River High School Performing Arts Center, young musicians and vocalists will perform at the annual Sun Valley Summer Symphony School of Music Honors Recital. Thirty-six students auditioned for 14 available spots.
    Performers include three graduating seniors: Katie Walton (violin), Jessica Lamprecht (piano) and Chloe Barrymore (voice). The recipient of the 2013 Carol Nie Outstanding Music Student award will also be awarded at the concert.
    In other news, three School of Music/Wood River High School students were selected to compete in the State Solo competition. The talented trio earned their spots by receiving superior scores in the District IV competition in March and by placing first or second in their instrument category.  The students are: Luke Verst, violin, playing concerto No. 3 in G Major (W.A. Mozart); Gisel Guzman, cello, playing Cello Suite No. 1, Prelude, by J.S. Bach; and Joel Rinckwald, cello, playing Concerto No. 1, op. 49, by Dmitri Kabalevsky. The State Solo is held in Post Falls each spring.

The music of the Andes comes to town
    Los Hermanos de los Andes will perform a show of Peruvian and Andean music on Friday, May 10, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 11, at 2 p.m. at the Wood River High School’s Performing Arts Theater in Hailey.
    Proceeds from the evening will assist the Young Wolverines’ Spanish Club, a group of middle school students who are raising funds for their cultural and educational immersion trip to Puerto Rico in June 2014.
    Since 1989, the group has traveled the globe enticing listeners to soar with the condor to the highest summits of the Andes. They use instruments dating back to the Incan civilization, including the charango, a 10-string instrument made from an armadillo back, a notched bamboo flute called the quena, a bamboo pan flute called a zampona and a goat-skin bass drum.
    Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for students. Children under 5 get in free.

Sun Valley Wellness Festival grows daily
    Memorial Day weekend in Sun Valley is synonymous with wellness, thanks to the ever-growing draw of speakers and presenters to Sun Valley Resort. This year, from May 23-27, professionals will present various modalities of body, mind, spirit and environmental wellness.    
    Leading off a long list of nationally renowned speakers is keynote speaker Dr. Eben Alexander, a neurosurgeon and author of the No. 1 New York Times best-selling book “Proof of Heaven.”
    Other featured keynote speakers, Armory Lovins and R. James Woolsey, will foster a dialogue on sustainable energy. NPR’s family doctor Zorba Paster M.D., astrologist and author David Pond, Olympic coach Garret Kramer, feng shui master and scholar Steven Post and many others are slated to present as well.
    For a full roster, visit

Find the Heart of the Valley
    What special place in our valley pulls at your heart? The Wood River Land Trust invites the public to rediscover the unique wonders of where we live, from the iconic places that define Sun Valley to the special sites near Bellevue and Hailey. Take a photo of it, make a video about why it’s important, or pour your heart out in prose.
    This year’s entries are due Monday, May 6. Winners will be announced at Velocio in Sun Valley on Saturday, May 25, from 4:30-6 p.m. Guests can enjoy coffee, gelato, craft beer and wine on tap.
    Visit the website at or for more information. In the meantime, get out in nature and be inspired. Contact Jill at
788-3947 with questions.
    First-place prizes will be awarded to students, adult non-professionals and adult professionals in each of the following categories: photography, video and writing. Cash prize donations will be awarded.
    Since 1994, Wood River Land Trust has protected nearly 15,000 acres of land in the Wood River Valley and surrounding areas.

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