Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Around Town

Sue Dumke's work "The Golden Mandalay Buddha" will be displayed at the American Hospital of Paris. Courtesy photo

Local artist gets Paris show
    Some of Sue Dumke’s artwork, always a winner at the Sun Valley Center’s annual Arts and Crafts Festival, has been selected to be a part of the 2013 edition of Frimousses de Créateurs, an art exhibition in December benefiting UNICEF. This show in Paris enables UNICEF to finance immunization campaigns.
    Each year, designers and artists set themselves a challenge: to vaccinate the children of Darfur, Africa. Each designer and artist contributes their imagination and creativity to this honorable cause by creating their own version of “Wonderful Paris: A magical, incredible, turbulent, surprising, generous city.”
    Fashion houses Dior, Chanel, Vuitton, Gucci, Lanvin, as well as independent designers such as Jean-Paul Gaultier, Alexis Mabille and Chantal Thomass, invest their talents for the cause.
    Artists from all over the world, such as Dumke, who submitted “Barbie in Paris,” are also contributing this year with an original work.
    UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories worldwide to help children to survive and thrive, from early childhood through late adolescence. As the world’s largest provider of vaccines to developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good access to clean water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and all girls.

Young filmmakers sought for submissions
    The Sun Valley Film Festival and its Future Filmmakers Forum are now accepting student submissions for the third annual Sun Valley Film Festival, scheduled for March 13-16. The Future Filmmakers Forum will debut at the festival Saturday, March 15, showcasing a slate of student-made films. A reception and awards ceremony will follow the screenings.
    Students in grades seven to 12 are invited to submit films no longer than 15 minutes. Submissions will be received through, accessible through the Sun Valley Film Festival website, Fees are $10 for early submission by Nov. 22; $15 for regular submission by Dec. 20; and $25 for late submissions by Jan. 3.
    Two awards will be granted to future filmmakers. The Hot Shot is awarded for the best national film submitted by a student and will include a $500 cash prize from Big Wood Ski. The Gem State Junior is awarded for the best film submitted by a student from the state of Idaho and the winner will receive a $250 cash prize from Big Wood Ski.
    The Future Filmmakers Forum encourages filmmaking for Middle School and Upper School students, and to have them experience the full process of filmmaking, submission and festival attendance, and to meet kindred student filmmakers.
    For details and submissions, go to, or contact Laura Melhaff, programing director, at

Writer awarded fellowship from the Idaho Commission on the Arts
    Local fiction writer Kim Frank Kirk was awarded a 2104 Literature Fellowship from the Idaho Commission on the Arts.
    The award is based on artistic excellence and demonstrated professional commitment. Only five fellowships were granted across the state.
    Kirk’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in “Drunken Boat International Journal of the Arts,” “Blackbird,” “Every Day a Century” and “The Colorado Review.”
    She is a 2012 UCross Fellow. Kirk also teaches creative writing to individuals and groups. The Idaho Commission on the Arts Literature Fellowship runs in three-year cycles and is made possible through the National Endowment for the Arts and the Idaho State Legislature.
Help raise funds for
heavenly voices
    Praise rang throughout the valley after a recent, spirited concert by the Sun Valley Hallelujah Chorus. Words such as “transformative,” “joyful” and “healing” were used to describe the music. And it was all for free.
    The chorus needs support to continue. Singers will throw a Cabaret party at the Cornerstone Bar and Grill in Ketchum on Friday, Nov. 22, and Thursday, Dec. 12, from 5-8 p.m.
    During this happy-hour party, guests will be serenaded at their table by talented duos, trios and soloists from the chorus singing songs you know and love, accompanied by talented pianist Cliff Cunha.         
    Attendees will have a chance to win donated raffle items. If you would like to donate an item for the raffle, call Sandy Nichols at 622-7381.
    Guest bartenders will include Russ Kirk, Patty Parsons Tewson and Tito Rivera.

Welcome to the Food Fest this week
    Eighth-grade students at the Community School in Sun Valley are aiming to educate the community about healthy eating by celebrating an inaugural Food Fest Thursday, Nov. 21, at 6 p.m. at the school’s Trail Creek Campus.
    The event will include booths with food samples, cooking demonstrations, information on cold-frame building, soil education and even a raffle. Raffle prizes will include food, gift certificates and hand-built cold frames. The event will also feature kids’ games, including a dart balloon toss and science experiments.
    There will also be a special screening of “Symphony of the Soil,” an award-winning documentary about farming organically. The screening will begin at 4:30 p.m.
    Admission to both events is free. For more information, contact Kristina Poydenis at

Making money with salsa moves
    The Young Wolverines Spanish Club is trying to get to Puerto Rico next year and their instructor, Jorge Pulleiro, is donating his salsa dancing skills to aid in the cause.
    The Wood River Middle School cafeteria will become a dance floor Friday, Nov. 22, and Friday, Dec. 6, with two sessions each night costing $20 each.
    No experience is needed, but pre-registration is required. Babysitting can be provided. Call 788-1041 or email to register or for more information.

Girls on the Run benefit film festival starts with online auction
    Girls on the Run of the Wood River Valley will show films related to girl empowerment at the annual Lunafest, to be held Saturday, Dec. 7, at the nexStage Theatre in Ketchum.
    The evening includes a reception, silent auction and film screenings for $20 for adults, $10 for students and $50 for special “Red Carpet Reception” seekers who buy in advance online at, or at Sturtevants in Ketchum or Sturtos in Hailey. Tickets at the door will cost $25/$10/$60, respectively.
    For a shot at some unique auction items, visit the web and bid on a variety of offerings including a month’s membership to Zenergy Health Club and Spa, a blue jean party at the Blues Jean Bar in Ketchum, a wild horse photo by photographer Mark Oliver and more.
    Proceeds go to aid the Breast Cancer Fund and the local self-esteem building club Girls on the Run.

Celebrated ukulele wizard coming to town
    In his young career, ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro has redefined ukulele performance, having been declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone magazine. He has entertained for the queen of England.
    On May 1, 2014, at 6:30 p.m., he will be a guest of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts to perform for the public at the Wood River High School Performing Arts Theater in Hailey.
    Tickets are $25 for Center members/$35 non-members/$10 kids/and $60 premium seating. Shimabukuro’s performance replaces the previously scheduled April 16 concert by Dala.
    For more information visit, or call 726-9491.

Festival of Trees to partner with tree experts this year
    The Senior Connection and the Sawtooth Botanical Garden have partnered for the 15th annual Festival of Trees fundraiser, which will benefit both entities.
    First up will be the Open House and Tree Viewing at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden south of Ketchum on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 5-7 p.m. Refreshments will be served at this free event.
    Then, it’s the much anticipated Fashion Show by Paula’s-The Dress Shop at The Senior Connection in Hailey on Friday, Dec. 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., which includes a luncheon, champagne and wine. Tickets are $50 each or $350 for a table of eight.
    Finally, the Gala Event at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, starting with signature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music by Colla Voce, a raffle and tree auction. Tickets are $100 per person.
    Raffle tickets are also available for $10 each or six for $50. Prizes include a full-season ski pass, a private wild-game dinner for eight, two $500 Atkinsons’ gift cards and a $2,000 jeweled pendant necklace. Tickets are available by calling The Senior Connection or the Sawtooth Botanical Garden. The winner need not be present to win.
    For more information, contact the Sawtooth Botanical Garden at 726-9358.

Use intuition and meditation for higher energy
    In what is being described as an evening of inspiration and, perhaps, revelation, Alex laws will discuss Tapping into Your Intuition on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 6 p.m.
    Laws, an intuitive consultant and the creator of Rythmatic Meditation, will talk about the paths and ability to open one’s intuition, as well as offer advice through his unique meditation spin workout at Zenergy Health Club and Spa.
    Laws has competed in Ironman triathlons, 40 marathons, the Ultraman in Hawaii three times, and is a two-time cancer survivor using his life experience to help others as a motivational speaker.
    “When we start to quiet the mind and start trusting it and not listen to the ego, we can shift,” Laws said. “Breathing is a process that works for me. The setting I create inspires me, and people become inspired by this. The energy will work together for all of us, if you allow it to happen. You have to get the body and mind into a position to receive your own powerful intuition.”
    The lecture is $25 per person. Enjoy a reception following Law’s presentation with light fare and wine. Giveaways, which will take place throughout the evening, will include15- and 30-minute readings with Laws, as well as Zenergy guest passes and a 30-minute session on the Vibroacoustic Therapy Chair at the Zenergy Spa.
    Visit then click on Program Registration/Special Events to reserve a spot. Advance sign-up requested. For more details, call 725-0595.

12 weeks to vitality preview offered
    Structural Integration practitioner Sonia Sommer will hold a launch party and free information session on her new 12-week program, Vital: 12 Weeks to the Best You, on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 6 p.m. at the Coffee Grinder in Ketchum.
    The program was designed by Sommer to offer a small group of individuals the opportunity to discover the best body and life they can possibly have for the rest of their life.
    “We’re all capable of making something incredible happen and most of us don’t realize it,” said Sommer.
    Vital is designed for individuals who are tired of having pain in their body and feeling stuck in any areas of their lives. Over 12 weeks, Sommer said, she will “dig into the root of issues and create permanent change so that anyone can have a body and life they love for the rest of their life.”
    This program is targeted toward people who experience ongoing, limiting, physical pain; feel trapped in their repetitive thinking and behavior patterns; are tired and never seem to have enough energy; and have tried everything and nothing seems to work or last.
    Sommer has more than 20 years of experience in the field, with additional qualifications in massage therapy, sports training and nutrition. She has been a student of Hua Shan Taoist Chi Kung for the past decade and the energy medicine of the Q’ero Shamans, gaining hands-on experience working directly with shamans in Peru.
    For more details, visit

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