Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Around Town

Wood River senior Storm Anderson won the Challis Invitational 170-pound title Satur-day, Feb. 2.
Courtesy photo

Four films to complete Ketchum festival
    The Magic Lantern Fall Film Festival heads into the final stretch with four more films at the Ketchum venue.
    Among them is “The Bling Ring,” from writer and director Sofia Coppola, telling the true story of a group of fame-obsessed teenagers robbing celebrity homes.
    “Unfinished Song” presents a story about a grumpy retiree named Arthur who honors his recently deceased wife’s passion for performing by joining the unconventional local choir, a process that helps him connect with his estranged son, James. The film stars Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave and Gemma Arterton. It is open to ages 13 and up.
    An outlaw who escapes from prison sets out to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met is the premise of “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” which is a tragic but not despairing tale of fatal romance set in the Texas hill country in the mid-1970s.
    Susanne Bier’s follow-up to her Oscar-winning “In a Better World”  is a comedy-romance about a  hairdresser who has recently recovered from cancer finding out her husband is having an affair. But while she’s on her way to Italy for her daughter’s wedding, she meets a widower who also happens to be the father of the groom. 
    For a complete schedule of all the films through Thursday, Oct. 3, visit

Play glow ball to benefit special education
    Save the date for the third annual glow-in-the-dark bocce ball game at Atkinson Park in Ketchum Friday, Oct. 4.
    Organizer Danny Walton said registration begins at 5:30 p.m. and the game starts at 6 p.m. Entry fee is $20 per person—that includes live music, barbecue, snacks and keg beer.
    Prizes will be awarded for the top teams and previous champions are encouraged to come defend their title. Proceeds go to Idaho Social Learning Center’s scholarship fund.
    For more information, visit To register, send an email to

Dog training seminar at YMCA
    Is Fido’s behavior leaving you flustered?  Join the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley and renowned animal behaviorist Kelley Bollen for a canine behavior seminar from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the YMCA in Ketchum.  Bollen will cover a wide range of topics including behavior evaluations, understanding aggression, stress recognition and reduction, and positive enrichment. She will reserve time for specific questions.
    Bollen is the owner and director of Animal Alliances, has a master’s degree in animal behavior, is a certified animal behavior consultant and a professional member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and Association of Pet Dog Trainers.
    For more information about the workshop, visit or call 788-4351.

Foundation seeks letters from nonprofits
    The Wood River Women’s Charitable Foundation is soliciting letters of intent for possible project funding from its pooled fund.  
    Areas of interest include social services, education, environment, health, cultural arts and recreation.  The group is looking for effective solutions to persistent problems and community challenges.
    The foundation has funded more than $1 million to Wood River organizations in its nine-year history.
    Organizations chosen by member committees will be asked to submit full grants for consideration by the membership.  
    An informational meeting for nonprofit applicants will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 8:30 a.m. at the Golden Eagle Clubhouse. All are welcome.
    Application forms and further information and details are available on the organization’s website, For forms, email  The deadline for letter submission is Friday, Nov. 1.  

Book club warming up for colder weather
    The Hailey Public Library’s free book club hopes to ignite—or reignite—a romance with the Wild West through stories it inspired.
    The discussion opens with a quintessential Western story, Jack Schaefer’s “Shane.”
    Topics will include: What makes a story a Western one? What defines the Western hero?  Where do the stereotypes and dreams of the West begin; where do they end?
    Next up is Wallace Stegner’s “Angle of Repose.” Have you read it before? Have you been to the Snake River locations described in the book? How does the Western landscape impact a story and the trials characters experience?
    The club hopes to inspire similar discussions throughout the winter with Leslie Marmon Silko’s “Ceremony” on Jan. 16; “Fools Crow” by James Welch, on Feb. 20, and “The Professor’s House,” by Willa Cather, on March 20.
    All events are at 6 p.m. and will be facilitated by a librarian. There is no sign-up process. The monthly book is on display near the main entrance and books will be provided for the club’s run.

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