Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Around Town

Book fair kicks off in Bellevue
    Books are presents that look different every time you open the pages.
    Valley residents can shop for books at the Bellevue Elementary School Book Fair in the library today, Dec. 4, from 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., and Friday, Dec. 6, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Help victims of Typhoon Haiyan
    The death toll in the Philippines from Typhoon Haiyan is now estimated to be at least 5,500 people. The typhoon hit the islands on Nov. 18.
    A food sale and raffle will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, and at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the St. Charles Catholic Church Parish Hall in Hailey. Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church in Sun Valley will host another event at noon Sunday, Dec. 15.
    Donations can provide badly needed water and food.
    For details, contact Cora Pedersen at 721-8331, Bea Sloan at 720-8400 or Ella Scuder at 309-1920.

Learn how to prevent injuries
    Join health specialist Maria Maricich for a lecture on injury prevention at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Wood River YMCA in Ketchum.
    Maricich is a chiropractor and 1984 Olympics athlete.
    The event is free.

Winter Wonderland open in Hailey
    The Kiwanis Club of Hailey and the Wood River Valley will host its eighth Winter Wonderland for Kids at the Hailey National Guard Armory on Saturday, Dec. 7, from noon-3 p.m. The entry fee is $5 per child.
    Visitors can create crafts, ornaments and a gingerbread house, and visit with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus.

Celebrate the season in Bellevue
    Meet Santa and the elves of Bellevue for caroling and small-town charm at the 10th annual Hometown Holiday Celebration.
    The event begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Bellevue Museum, at 204 N. Main St.

Hailey Holiday Raffle starts Dec. 7
    The Hailey Chamber of Commerce will hold its Holiday Raffle in the Hailey Holiday Square at 3 p.m. each Saturday starting Dec. 7 through Sat. Dec. 21.
    Raffle prizes include Hailey Chamber Bucks as well as prizes from Hailey restaurants, shops, and service providers.
    The Hailey Holiday Square will host a holiday celebration each of the Saturdays from noon-4 p.m. Santa, various music groups, warm refreshments and vendors will be present. Benches will surround a fire pit.
    Hailey shoppers will receive one raffle ticket for every $10 spent at participating businesses, with a limit of 25 tickets per purchase. Five raffles will take place from Dec. 7 to Dec. 21. Players must be present to win.

Student film submissions sought
    The Sun Valley Film Festival and its Future Filmmakers Forum are now accepting student submissions for the third annual Sun Valley Film Festival, to be held March 13-16. The Future Filmmakers Forum debuts 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 that are no longer than 15 minutes. Submissions will be received through, accessible through the Sun Valley Film Festival website, Fees are $15 for regular submission by Dec. 20 and $25 for late submissions by Jan. 3, 2014.
    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; 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, the submission process, festival attendance, and to meet kindred student filmmakers and filmmakers working in the field.
    For details and submissions, go to, or contact Laura Melhaff, programing director, at

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. To raise money, singers will throw a Cabaret party at the Cornerstone Bar and Grill in Ketchum on 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 people know and love along with talented pianist Cliff Cunha.         
    There will be donated raffle items on hand to win. If you would like to donate an item for the raffle to support the chorus, call Sandy Nichols at 622-7381
    Guest bartenders will include Russ Kirk, Patty Parsons Tewson and Tito Rivera.

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, Dec. 6, with two sessions 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.

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