Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Around Town

From the people that brought “Food Inc.”
    Kick off hunger awareness month with a free screening of the film “A Place at the Table,” Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 6 p.m. at the Community Library in Ketchum.
    Fifty million people in the U.S. and one in four children don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine the issue of hunger in America through the lens of three people struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.
    Ultimately, “A Place at the Table” shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides — as they have in the past — that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all.

Catch the Wood River Wave
    The area of the Big Wood River headgates by the Howard Preserve in Bellevue is targeted for a special eco-friendly “water” park by a group called the Wood River Wave Project.
    The group is holding a party for those who missed out on a fundraiser at Mahoney’s bar and grill because of the Beaver Creek Fire in August.
    “The last party was so much fun, we couldn’t resist throwing another one,” said organizer Craig Wolfrom.
    There will be prizes, music, a silent auction and more at the Power House restaurant in Hailey on Friday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m.
    Donations can be made in advance online: For more information about the project, visit

Opera Live in HD begins
    The Metroplitan Opera’s MET Live in HD begins Saturday, Oct. 5, with “Eugene Onegin” at 10:55 a.m. at the Big Wood Cinema 4 in Hailey.
    To kick off the season, mimosas and muffins will be served in the lobby before the opera and musicians from the Wood River Community Orchestra will be on site to entertain. Doors open at 10:15 a.m.
     This production will unite soprano Ann Netrebko with conductor Valery Gergiev and with longtime colleagues Mariusz Kwiecien and Beczala.
    Netrebko, considered one of the greatest living singers plus a major actress, brings her talent and beauty to the roll of Titiana. Tchaikovsky was said to declare himself in love with Titiana as he wrote her music. This tale of a fateful romance set in the 19th century moves episodically from farmhouse to ballroom, with a blinding snowstorm providing the dramatic setting for the finale. Deborah Warner has designed the sets for this new production.
    “Onegin” is based on the novel of the same name by 24 year-old poet Aleksandr Pushkin, who wrote it in verse in 1823. Tchaikovsky was encouraged by a leading singer with the Bolshoi Ballet to turn it into an opera. By the last years of Tchaikovsky’s life, it had achieved the status as a national treasure and brought him international fame.
    Tickets can be purchased at the theater’s box office—$24 general admission, $20 for seniors and $18 students.

October SoulFest at Catholic church
    The Sun Valley Hallelujah Chorus, Idaho’s only full-time gospel choir, will hold a concert Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m. with special guest Yve Evans.
    The SoulFest will be held at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church in Sun Valley.
    For more information, call Patty Parsons at 721-0133, or email

New director joins The Center
    Katelyn Ziegler has joined the staff of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts as director of education and humanities. Ziegler began work at The Center in early September.
    “I am so pleased to be working with the wonderful staff here at The Center and am excited to work with an institution that has such a strong commitment to its surrounding community,” Ziegler said in a news release. “As the director of education, I will have the opportunity to support education through arts integration, engaging learners of all ages.”
    Ziegler said she looks forward to working on future programming—particularly efforts to link learning in the gallery with the classroom—as well as enhancing the docent program.
    Ziegler is a Colorado native and holds a bachelor’s degree in Art History from the University of Colorado. She is currently completing her master’s in education from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont. Prior to moving to the Wood River Valley, Ziegler spent six years in Vermont, serving as the adult programs coordinator at the Shelburne Museum. She has also worked with the education department at the Denver Art Museum and the Fleming Museum of Art at the University of Vermont.  
    With the school year just starting and a busy fall calendar at The Center, Ziegler is already very active in her new position and in the community.
    “I am working on introducing myself to Blaine County educators and getting the word out about our current exhibitions in Ketchum, “Stories of a Changing China,” and in Hailey, “Behind the Seen: Theatre Design at Company of Fools,” opening Sept. 19,” she said.
    Ziegler fills the director of education and humanities position Britt Udesen held for eight years. Udesen was named the executive director of The Cabin, a literary center in Boise, in February 2013.

End of summer jamboree offered
    Popular performers like Old Death Whisper and Up a Creek are getting together for a free end of summer party Thursday, Oct. 3, at Mahoney’s Bar and Grill in Bellevue.
    There is no cover, and music starts at 6 p.m.

VW Reunion and party planned
    Join in the first ever Big Wood Volkswagon reunion and Octoberfest at the Wicked Spud in Hailey on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 4-7 p.m.
    This cruise-in organized by Bob Wiederrick is intended for all VW enthusiasts. It is not a car show, but a car show off Wiederrick said.
    “If your car has a VW emblem on it, or you grew up with one in the family, used to have one, ever wanted one, knew someone who had one, or just love them, then you should come and enjoy this event of good friends and good eats. Details? 720-2438.

Bring the animals to be blessed
    The annual fall blessing of the animals will be held Sunday, Oct. 6, at Noon, St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Sun Valley Road.
    Join “Blessers”:  Father Ken Brannon of St. Thomas Episcopal Church and Rev. John Moreland of Light on the Mountains Church, the “Blessers of Record” for the past several years.

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