Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Around Town

Revisit ‘Thelma & Louise’
    The Sun Valley Center for the Arts will screen the Academy Award-winning film “Thelma & Louise” on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. at Magic Lantern Cinemas in Ketchum. The screening is part of The Center’s current multidisciplinary project, called “Wish You Were Here.”
    “As we planned the ‘Wish You Were Here’ exhibition, we thought of so many films that relate to road trips and traveling,” said Kristine Bretall, director of performing arts.
    They chose “Thelma & Louise” because it’s not only a classic road-trip film, but also represents the freedom that American women can find on the road.
    “There is a wonderful section of the current exhibition that highlights three women’s road trip through the Northwest; it’s a wonderful snapshot of friendship and travel that links perfectly,” Bretall said.
    Tickets for the film are $10 for Center members and $12 for non-members. They are available at or 726-9491. 

Skate for Hailey Ice
    Valley resident Teagan McAvoy, a sixth-grader at Pioneer Montessori School and Sun Valley Youth Hockey PeeWee, has made fundraising for Hailey Ice his community service project.  He will hold an All Day Skate-A-Thon at the Hailey Ice rink at the rodeo grounds in Hailey on Friday, Jan. 31, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    Skaters can make pledges or donations to support the building of a new ice rink. Sign up as a group, team or an individual to skate.
    Grumpy’s will be serving burgers from 5-7 p.m. for $5, with all proceeds going to Hailey Ice. Guests can enjoy hot chocolate from the Hailey Coffee Co. and cookies at 8 p.m.

Despite lack of snow, it’s play time at Rotarun
    Until snow comes and ski racing resumes, Friday nights in February will be game nights at Rotarun ski area west of Hailey.
    Starting at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, will be a backgammon tournament for beginner to expert players. A 5B backgammon champion will be crowned.
    The game is perfect for families; it involves a mix of luck and skill, and is easy to learn.
    Food, beverages and a bonfire will be provided. There will be a snow dance at 9 p.m.
    Suggested donation are $5 for kids and beginners, $20 for want-to-be-champions.
    For more information, call Troy at 788-9893.

NAMI Connection support set
    NAMI Connection is a recovery support group program that offers respect, understanding, encouragement and hope for people familiar with mental illness.
    NAMI Connection groups are free and confidential. They are held weekly for 90 minutes, are designed to connect, encourage, and support participants using a structured support group model, and are led by trained facilitators living in recovery themselves. 
    NAMI—Wood River Valley, the local organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, offers its NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group each Monday evening from 5:30-7 p.m., on the lower level of its offices on the southeast corner of South Main and East Maple streets in Hailey.

Experience the benefits of different meditation
    Learn about Rythmatic Meditation with intuitive consultant Alex Laws
and physical therapist Colleen Coyne of Sun Valley Sports Rehab Clinic during an interactive experience Saturday, Feb. 1, at 5 p.m. in the Zenergy Health Club and Spa Yoga Studio in Ketchum.
    The event is $25 per person, which will include wine and light fare.
     “Alex creates a zen state for putting one’s body into a flow and my treatment for physical therapy is all about alignment and flow,” Coyne said. “If you don’t have alignment in your body, this is an opportunity to enhance flow and find soulfulness. My number one task is biomechanical function.”
    For details, call Zenergy Health Club and Spa at 725-0595 or visit

Art on Fourth seeking artists
     The city of Ketchum is seeking artists interested in showcasing their work for the sixth annual “Art on Fourth” outdoor exhibition. The selected three-dimensional artwork will be featured in downtown Ketchum, along the Fourth Street Heritage Corridor. Selected artists will receive a $500 stipend, and there is no fee to apply. The deadline for submissions is March 7, 2014.
    Selected artwork will be featured on the Fourth Street Heritage Corridor, a pedestrian-friendly street with widened sidewalks, benches and designated sites for artwork.
    Artists can submit images of up to three works for consideration. The call for artists, which provides detailed information on the submission process, can be found at or by contacting the office of Sharon Arms, arts & events coordinator, at or 726-7820.

Animation lessons for youths at The Center in Hailey
    The Sun Valley Center for the Arts is hosting a “stop animation” workshop for teens on Saturday, Feb. 1, and Sunday, Feb. 2. The class is open to middle and high school students.
    This workshop explores stop animation, a film technique used to make objects appear to move on their own. Objects are moved in small increments and photographed. The stills are then uploaded into iMovie and edited to create the illusion of movement. Participants will need to bring an assortment of photographs and other souvenirs from their travels to create their video journals.
    The two-day workshop will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Center in Hailey. A $10 pre-registration fee is required. Please register at or call 726-9491.

Get signed up for Expedition Inspiration
    Expedition Inspiration will host its annual Twilight Snowshoe, Dinner and Auction on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 5:30 p.m. to midnight at the River Run Lodge in Ketchum. Event proceeds will go directly to breast cancer research and feature guest speaker Dr. VK Gadi, who is an associate professor in the department of medicine at University of Washington and an associate member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
    “There are some exciting developments on the horizon of breast cancer research, including in my own area of research — the benefits of pregnancy on breast cancer,” said Dr. Gadi. “I look forward to sharing my knowledge in Sun Valley, and I love supporting Expedition Inspiration every chance I get.”
    The evening will include a twilight snowshoe or ski (EI will provide snowshoes, but not skis), a champagne reception, dinner, a silent and live auction, a paddle up to support future young investigators and an “afterglow” dance party.
    Tickets to the Twilight Snowshoe, Dinner and Auction are $100 per person or $1,000 per table of 10. They can be purchased at or by calling (208) 342-6065.

Prelude to Wellness Festival to feature Steven Post
     A gathering called “The Supreme Yogas of Black Sect Tantric Buddhism” with Feng Shui expert Steven Post will be held on Feb 8-9,  at All Things Sacred in the Galleria in Ketchum.
    Post will perform a free and public ceremony, a “Blessing for Sun Valley,” in the Ketchum Town Square at noon on Friday, Feb. 7.
    This weekend will provide an intensive and in-depth exploration of the nine meditation stages of the Supreme Yogas, and their application for self-development and Feng Shui.
    Tuition for the weekend workshop is $360 and private consultation sessions for residences or businesses are also available with Post during the week after the workshop.
    For details and online registration for workshop and private sessions, go to

Family day slated at The Center in Ketchum
    Families are invited to enjoy a special exhibition tour and postcard printmaking workshop on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Ketchum.
    The upcoming family day is part of The Center’s “Wish You Were Here” multidisciplinary project—an exploration of travel, tourism and the American road trip. In addition to educational opportunities, the two-month project includes a visual arts exhibition, film, live theatre performances and interactive large-scale postcards.
    Family day exhibition tours will be offered at 3 and 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, at The Center in Ketchum. For more information, visit or call 726-9491.

Grant helps the Hope Garden grow
    The Hunger Coalition has received $20,000 from the Gordon R. and Mary M. Howard Family Foundation to support the Hope Garden in downtown Hailey.  The Hope Garden is an outdoor classroom for children and adults and a highly productive fruit, vegetable and herb garden.  From its inception in 2010 through the 2013 growing season, the Hope Garden has contributed nearly 6,000 pounds of organically grown fruits, vegetables and herbs to The Hunger Coalition’s Mobile Food Bank.  
    “We are so honored to have the generous support of the Howard Family Foundation,” said Executive Director Jeanne Liston.  “Their gift will go a long way toward ensuring families have fresh food on their tables and the ability to participate in growing and harvesting their own food.”

‘Forever Plaid’ returns for special performance

    Sun Valley’s own singing quartet Forever Plaid will perform on Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Sun Valley Opera House. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show is at 7:30 p.m.
    The performance takes place 50 years to the day of the Beatles making their U.S. debut on the “Ed Sullivan Show,” which is the event that sets the Forever Plaid show into motion. The group no longer performs regularly in Sun Valley.
    Tickets can be purchased at the Sun Valley Recreation Center, 622-2135, or at the Opera House the day of the show for $25.
    A special cast party will take place after the performance at the Ram Bar in the Sun Valley Inn.

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