Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Around Town

The Stages of Wonder program by Company of Fools invites children to roam free with their imaginations.
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Stages of Wonder heading to schools
    The Company of Fools’ “Stages of Wonder” program will be in area schools through April 11.
    Company of Fools created Stages of Wonder in 1998 to engage children in individual and collective creativity through the medium of the theatre.
    The program encourages elementary school-age children (grades one through five) to explore creativity expressed through the theatrical arts. For many students, Stages of Wonder is their first contact with the dramatic arts.
    Facilitated by specially trained Company of Fools artists, Stages of Wonder brings together storytelling, role-playing, theatre games and exercises designed for each grade level. These activities are both structured and improvisational, allowing children the opportunity to create in their own personal way without the worry of getting it “right” or “wrong.”
    This innovative in-school program seeks to address the absence of an ongoing theatre experience in the elementary schools by introducing theatre as an essential component in the development of the whole child. To date, this program has served more than 22,000 students.

Scars on 45 at Sun Valley Brewery
    Fans of television’s big crime and hospital dramas will recognize the music if not the name of the group coming to Sun Valley Brewery in Hailey on Tuesday, March 25, at 8:30 p.m.
    Scars On 45 are an accomplished band from Leeds, England. They have had their songs played on several TV series including “Grey’s Anatomy” and “CSI, New York.”  They have also appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” as well as several times on VH1 “Morning Buzz” and MTV’s new artists feature. They were also signed by Atlantic Records’ Chop Shop Records.
    Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 day of show.

Kids can make art over spring break
    The Sun Valley Center for the Arts is offering its Spring Break Art Camp for students in first through fifth grades from March 24-28 at The Center in Hailey.
    “Spring Break Art Camp is a great opportunity for students to get their hands dirty with art,” said Katelyn Ziegler, director of education and humanities. Children at the weeklong camp will explore a variety of art techniques and develop skills in drawing, surface design and sculpture.
    The morning session for the younger children runs from 9 a.m. to noon, and the afternoon session, from 2-5 p.m., is for fourth- and fifth-grade students.
    Tuition is $50 for Center members and $75 nonmembers. Register at or 726-9491.

Trailing of the Sheep gathers grant
    The Idaho Humanities Council has awarded a grant to the Trailing of the Sheep Cultural Heritage Center to assist with “Celebrating Generations,” a three-year program that starts in 2014 during its annual October Festival. The goal is to listen, learn, share and save the memories of Western families—who live and work the land and are the keepers of open space.  
    On Friday, Oct. 10, an evening of storytelling will feature Hank Vogler, an outspoken Nevada sheep rancher who shares his deep love for ranching through stories filled with humor. He is a regular host on “Rural Radio,” a radio show with a mission of bridging rural and urban America.
    The weekend will also feature an expanded Fiber Festival, lamb and culinary events, a full-day Folklife Fair, a Sheepherder’s Ball, museum presentations and many other events, including the Big Sheep Parade on Sunday, Oct. 12.
    For more information or to donate to the film project or festival, contact Mary Austin Crofts at the Trailing of the Sheep Festival, 720-0585, or check the website:

Hailey Public Library gets grant
    New scanning and color printing services are available at Hailey Public Library, thanks to a $1,620 grant from the Donald W. and Gretchen K. Fraser Fund of the Idaho Community Foundation.
    The newly arrived Xerox WorkCentre fills a gap in services offered by the library, which already supplies Internet access, black-and-white printing and photocopying services. It also provides public computers, 10 of those purchased in 2011 with financial assistance from the same grantor. By adding the WorkCentre, the library can meet patrons’ needs to scan and print in color.
    “Patrons are impressed. We can scan a document and send it from the WorkCentre to an email address,” said Library Director LeAnn Gelskey. “We are very grateful to the ICF’s board of directors for helping us achieve this level of service.”
    A library card is not required to use public computers at the Hailey Public Library. Printing and photocopying is available for a nominal cost. Contact the library for more information: 788-2036, or visit online at

Experience Rawandans’ road to the Olympics through film
    The Sun Valley Center for the Arts, with support from the Wood River Bike Coalition, will screen the documentary film “Rising From Ashes” on Thursday, March 20, at the Magic Lantern Cinemas in Ketchum. The film chronicles the development of a world-class cycling team in Rwanda and their journey to the 2012 London Olympic Games.
    “‘Rising From Ashes’ is a moving documentary filmed over six years that follows a fledgling dream of creating a cycling team in post-genocide Rwanda to a team of riders who are an inspiration to their fellow Rwandans and the world,” said Kristine Bretall, director of performing arts. “The team takes a six-year journey to get to the Olympic Games in London—and along the way lives and communities are transformed—and not just from bike riding.”
    “Rising From Ashes” is not rated and runs 82 minutes. Tickets are $10 for Center members and $12 for non-members. They are available at or by calling 726-9491.

Crisis Hotline training offered
    Learn how to help fellow community members in crisis and the services available by participating in Crisis Hotline training every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. in Hailey through April 24.
    The organization asks volunteers to work two days a month. The sessions, led by professional health care specialists, will teach supportive communication with people who are struggling with difficult life transitions or situations.
    No previous experience is necessary.  Participation in the training is free of charge and it is open to anyone in the community interested in developing listening skills, the dynamics of crises such as family violence, suicide, substance abuse, depression, child abuse and neglect, mental illness and domestic violence.
    Those involved in the training will also find out about the many organizations within the community that offer services and support such as The Advocates, St. Luke’s Center for Community Health, NAMI, Hospice of the Wood River Valley, 911, Red Cross and others.
    The classes will be held next to the old Hailey Chamber of Commerce office, in the downstairs meeting room on the north side of the Blaine Manor parking lot at 706 South Main St.
    For more information, contact the Crisis Hotline office at 788-0735.

NexStage presents a reading of ‘The Lyons’
    The nexStage Theatre in Ketchum will present a reading of Nicky Silver’s dark comedy “The Lyons” as part of its 2014 play reading series.
    The reading will take place on Wednesday, March 26, at 6:30 p.m. with a running time of two hours and a 10-minute intermission. Admission is free and complimentary refreshments will be served. The theater is located on Main Street.
    “The Lyons” is the first play that the nexStage has read by Silver, an acclaimed playwright. The cast is comprised of Claudia McCain, Levie Smith, Steve D’Smith, Nate Farrell, Charlotte Hemmings and Jon Kane. The reading will be directed by Kane.
    “The Lyons” debuted on Broadway in 2012 to rave reviews. The comedy documents the travails of a seriously dysfunctional family, struggling to come to terms with the meaning of life and relationships.

Get tickets online for the Sun Valley Summer Symphony Gala
    The Sun Valley Summer Symphony 30th Anniversary Gala is the chance of a lifetime to experience one of the most celebrated musical ambassadors of today, soprano Renée Fleming.
    Last summer, the president awarded Fleming the National Medal of Arts, America’s highest honor for an individual artist. Fleming’s versatility, authenticity and approachability have inspired her unofficial title, “the people’s diva.” A four-time Grammy winner, Fleming won the 2013 Best Classical Vocal Solo Award for “Poèmes.” In February of this year, she became the first classical artist ever to perform the “Star-Spangled Banner” at the Super Bowl, a broadcast seen by more than 100 million people in the United States.
    She will perform Aug. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sun Valley Pavilion.
    Tickets range from $75-$500. For more information, visit

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