Wednesday, October 9, 2013


Yve Evans will sweep the place with soul. Express file photo

October SoulFest to make its debut
    The Sun Valley Hallelujah Chorus, Idaho’s only full-time gospel choir, will hold a free 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

Free community dinners to start
    The free Ketchum Community Dinner will be open for business starting Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the gymnasium of the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood, 100 Saddle Road in Ketchum.
    Free meals to enjoy on site or to take away will be served until July 30, 2014.
    For more information, call 622-3510.

Enjoy a free reading of Conor McPherson play
    “Shining City,” another work of Ireland’s preeminent playwright Conor McPherson, will be read by actors Keith Moore, Scott Creighton, Charlotte Hemmings Baker and Will Hemmings under the direction of Jonathan Kane.
    The free reading will be held Thursday, Oct. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the nexStage Theatre on Main Street in Ketchum.
    The story is of a Dublin man claiming to have seen the ghost of his recently deceased wife seeking help from a therapist. What begins as an unusual encounter becomes a struggle between the living and the dead that will define both men for the rest of their lives.

Hailey Greenway Workday scheduled
    The Wood River Land Trust and the Friends of the Hailey Greenway invite the public to help work on the Hailey Greenway, Thursday, Oct. 10, from 4-6 p.m.
    The work will entail raking in native seed mix, weeding around new shrubs, clearing debris and other trail maintenance.  Meet at Lion’s Park pavilion.
    For more information, contact Chad at Wood River land Trust at 788-3947.

Open house for new mental-health services clinic
    St. Luke’s Clinic Mental Health Services will open its doors this week. It will hold an open house Friday, Oct. 11, from 4- 6 p.m. at 1450 Aviation Drive, Suite 202, in Hailey. People can tour the new facility, meet the physician and staff, and enjoy light refreshments.
    The new clinic will provide a full spectrum of mental-health services to patients with varying diagnoses, including but not limited to: mood disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and crisis intervention. The clinical team currently consists of a full-time psychiatrist, Dr. Tim J. Stoddard, and a licensed clinical social worker, Gay Miremont. The goal is to offer short-term, solution focused treatment in conjunction with primary care providers.
‘Mindfulness for Everyday Health’
    In a free lecture Thursday, Oct. 10, Ryan Redman, executive director of the Flourish Foundation, will explain current findings in psychology and neuroscience that show health benefits of mindfulness. Mindfulness is the specific practice of creating heightened awareness of the present moment and quieting down our inner voices. Redman will guide people through some mindfulness exercises.
    The event is set for 12:15-1:15 p.m. in the Baldy Rooms of St. Luke’s hospital, south of Ketchum. No registration is required. Call 727-8733 for more information.

Warm up for Wood River Valley Studio Tour
    The Wood River Valley Studio Tour “Mosaic Project” is a visually exciting installation of individual 8-square-foot panels upon which original works of art have been created. 
    The Mosaic Project will be unveiled during Gallery Walk, Friday, Oct. 11, at Wood River Fine Arts, in The Courtyard at 360 East Avenue, in Ketchum.
    Fifty-five of the best artists working and residing in the valley are participating in the inaugural Wood River Valley Studio Tour, which will be held Oct. 19 and 20.
    Each “tile” in the mosaic was created by a local artist and donated to the new Idaho nonprofit organization promoting the valley-wide open studio.   Individual tiles are available for sale, with proceeds benefiting the organization.

Joyful noise coming to the valley
    Okaidja and Shokoto will bring a joyful enthusiasm with their unique blend of Afro-Pop sounds when they visit Wood River Valley schools on a tour that includes more than 2,000 elementary and middle schools. The visits were arranged by the Sun Valley Center for the Arts.
    Born in Ghana to a family of singers and songwriters, Okaidja performs traditional African music, drumming and dance with programs that are educational, innovative and entertaining. It’s a traditional dance and music of Ghana mixed in with sounds from South America and the Caribbean. Plus, Okaidja is a dancer. This is a show for all ages.
    The Center for the Arts is hosting a show Friday, Oct. 11, at 6:30 p.m., at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey.
    For more information, contact The Center at 726-9491.

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