Volunteers from last year’s Wine Auction will likely be among those welcoming newcomers at The Center’s Volunteer Information Party.
Volunteer Information Party
The nonprofit Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Company of Fools will host a volunteer information happy hour on Tuesday, May 6, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey.
Active, returning and new volunteers are invited to get to know key people at both organizations and learn about volunteer opportunities.
“We’re coming up on an exciting summer season of outdoor concerts, the Sun Valley Wine Auction, the Arts and Crafts Festival, live theater and more,” said Mia James, volunteer coordinator. “Volunteers not only make our programming possible, they contribute skills and enthusiasm that help us run first-rate events and make everyone’s experience special.”
The event is open to all Center and Company of Fools volunteers—current and returning volunteers and anyone who would like to learn more about getting involved with these organizations. Volunteer coordinators James and Kris Olenick will offer general information on volunteering and about upcoming opportunities. Guests will be able to sign up as volunteers that evening. Wine and refreshments will be served and some event tickets will be given away.
Anyone who can’t attend the May 6 event and is interested in volunteering is invited to contact James by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 726-9491, or Kris Olenick by email at email@example.com or phone at 788-6520.
Volunteer information and an application are also available at www.sunvalleycenter.org.
Show off your best kid shots through photo show
Lipton Fine Arts is curating its Mother’s Day Photo Show and invites the public to submit photos of local kids taken by amateur photographers.
The gallery, next to the Coffee Grinder in Ketchum, at 411 N. Leadville Ave., will host the free show on May 9 and 10, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, call Gary Lipton at (248) 561-5120.
Experience The Met Live in HD with music, lecture
Opera lovers can hear the Wood River Community Orchestra play before a lecture on Mozart’s comic operas before they watch “Cosi fan tutte” live from New York’s Metropolitan Opera on Saturday, April 26, at the Big Wood 4 Cinema in Hailey. Doors open at 10 a.m.
Dick Brown will start his lecture on Mozart at 10:15 a.m. The opera begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m.
In the main event, Music Director James Levine will conduct the Mozart comedy about testing the ties of love. The title means “Women are like that.” Although it was first performed in 1790, it did not make its U.S. debut until 1922 at the Metropolitan Opera. It ranks 14th in most performed operas.
Tickets are available for purchase at any time at the theatre box office. The cost is $24 for general admission, $20 for seniors and $18 for students.
For more information, go to www.sunvalleyopera.com.
Upcycling the curriculum for Hailey Elementary students
Hailey Elementary School kids will celebrate Earth Day with a number of programs this week, which started with the “upcycling” of old, unwanted T-shirts into high-fashion artwear, headbands and dog toys.
Students have extended Earth Day to Earth Week, taking specific action each day to improve the environment. The following declarations and actions for the remaining week are: Save Water Wednesday, today, April 23; Waste-Free Lunch Day on Thursday, April 24; and Green Transportation Day, Friday, April 25.
The public is invited to consider water conservation efforts such as turning off the water while brushing teeth, packing a trash-free lunch and to find fuel-free means of transportation.
Crisis Hotline has new Facebook page
The Crisis Hotline is staffed by volunteers 24-7 who are trained to help callers needing resources or just an ear to get through trying times and situations.
Sher Foster, director of the hotline, invites the public to explore the organization’s new Facebook page and familiarize themselves with the service and the hotline number.
The page is “The Crisis Hotline.” For other information, call 788-3596.
‘Annie Jr.’ coming out sunny at the Community School Theater
The sun will come out at the Community School Theater this weekend, as the Community School Middle School Drama Club presents “Annie Jr.” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 25, and at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 26. Tickets are $5 and will be sold at the door.
Middle School drama teacher Joel Vilinsky said he’s excited for this year’s musical, which is set to rival last year’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.” in sheer fun, both to perform and to attend.
The musical features the popular numbers “Tomorrow” and “It’s a Hard-Knock Life,” and the beloved characters of Little Orphan Annie, her dog, Sandy, Daddy Warbucks and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
The role of Annie will be played by Laine Allison, supported by Lucy More as Sandy, Peter Morawitz as Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks, Anik Zarkos as Miss Hannigan, Libby Lindstrom as Grace Farrell, Shea Brokaw as Rooster Hannigan and eighth-grader Chloe Kosrowshahi as Lily St. Regis.
Other cast members include Tallulah Gilbreath, Christine DuFur, Blake Letourneau, Aurora Wilkinson, Alex Steussi, Tatum Fuller, Kai Younger, Lucca Vernoy, Johnny Hagenbuch, Andrew Garrett, Jasper Mott, Elena Guylay, Kristina Poydenis, Arianna Carlson, Amelia Cookston, Sammi Brunker, Jaren Bothwell, Rachel Roudabush, Tillie David, Grace Cleveland, Hayley Allen, Kate Connelly, Leyla Ba, Rylee Whorton, Sophia Sturgeon, Sophie Harder, Kristina Poydenis, Katherine Estep and Ridley Lindstrom.
Self-defense class offered Friday
Learn to defend yourself using a few techniques with a free self-defense class on Friday, April 25, at 6 p.m. in the Blaine County Recreation District fitness room at the Community Campus in Hailey.
Join The Advocates and professional self–defense trainer Gary Peterson to learn safety techniques dealing with personal empowerment, social safety and how to escape from violent situations.
Peterson is a fifth Dan Kukkiwon Black Belt and head instructor of Sun Valley Taekwondo.
This training session is free for adult and teenage women. Teens are encouraged to attend with parental consent.
For more information or to enroll, contact Darrel Harris or Jackie Hennessy at 788-4191.
Food drive by Hailey Fire Department through May 21
Hailey firefighters have a team preparing for the annual Relay for Life at Wood River High School, and are adding a food drive to the challenge.
Canned food can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. until Wednesday, May 21, at the city fire station at 617 S. Third Ave.
For more information, call 788-3147.
The relay to raise money to combat cancer is scheduled for July 18.
Visit the Mediterranean Sea from a seat at the Liberty
The Company of Fools will give “staycationers” a getaway of sorts through two plays this summer that involved personal transformation and the gorgeous Mediterranean Sea.
First up will be “Enchanted April,” by Matthew Barber, from July 1-26 at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey.
The story takes two unhappy London housewives to a villa in Italy, where they find joy outside of, and a reluctance to return to, their old lives.
Then, “Shirley Valentine,” by Willy Russell, will run from Aug. 7-9.
This transformative comedy follows middle-aged Liverpool housewife Shirley Valentine, played by Denise Simone, who is trapped in humdrum domesticity, frequently talking to her kitchen walls just for a bit of conversation. But when her best friend wins a trip-for-two to Greece, Shirley is suddenly pulled away from her boredom into a life-altering adventure.
For more details or to purchase tickets, call 788-6520 or visit www.sunvalleycenter.org.
Discover ideas to change the world
Celebrate world-changing ideas Thursday, April 24, at 6 p.m. with an evening of award-winning films and a presentation by Ben Otto, the Idaho Conservation League’s energy associate.
The films depict ideas and innovations by which the power people need to run the world is derived entirely from our own trash, from the road we drive on or even from the surfaces we walk on—where sun and water are combined to create enough power to run the planet. Add to these ideas invisible bike helmets, toxin-eating mushrooms and a toilet for everyone and you have the makings of a sustainable world.
The event will be held at the Community Library in Ketchum.
It’s time for the ERC Clean Sweep
The 18th annual Clean Sweep event to pick up litter in the Wood River Valley is scheduled for the day before Mother’s Day—show Mom you care by helping to clean up your town.
Volunteers should meet at a local park at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 10, to sign up and get supplies. Bellevue residents should meet in Memorial Park; Ketchum and Sun Valley residents should meet at Atkinson Park; and Hailey volunteers should meet at Hop Porter Park.
Volunteers will fan out to pick up litter in a chosen area until 11:30 a.m., and will then meet up to celebrate the good work with a free lunch and raffle prize drawings. Awards will be given for the weirdest items found and the most litter collected. Costumes will be welcomed.
Participation is free. Youth and business groups should give the ERC notice that they are participating.
Get details at www.ercsv.org or Facebook.com/ERC Sun Valley. For questions, call 726-4333 or