Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Around Town

From left to right, Wilson Baker, Logan Lindstrom, Saba Grossman and Liesl Gerlach are Community School students..
Photo by Kristin Cheatwood and Community School

Ark walk slated for students on Saturday
    The Community School’s elementary school students invite the public to the inaugural CS Gallery Walk on Saturday, May 10.
    Students in kindergarten through eighth grade will display various works at Silver Creek Realty on Sun Valley Road and at the Broschofsky Gallery on East Avenue from 4-6 p.m. Black-and-white photos of Community School students and other valley children will be on display at the Lipton Gallery, located at 411 N. Leadville Ave., Suite 3, in Ketchum, next to The Coffee Grinder.
    The Art Walk will include live music from The Diner in Ketchum Town Square from 4:30-6 p.m., as well as discounts at restaurants in the area, including Velocio, Starbucks, Bigwood Bread and Iconoclast Books. Participating galleries and restaurants will display balloons to guide participants on their way.
    “This is a tremendous opportunity for our students to feel like ‘real artists’ with their work being displayed and seen around Ketchum,” said Elementary School Head Janet Salvoni. “We are excited to celebrate their year of learning, and are so grateful to have the community’s support.”
    The Community School Early Childhood Center will have a separate display of work the following weekend, May 17 and 18, at the Lipton Gallery in Ketchum. Early Childhood Center art teacher Nichole Moos said the work was created by the students to document their year of learning, not to achieve a final, polished result.
    “The exhibit will display how our students are thinking about their world,” Moos said. “Their creative representations reveal their interpretations and understandings—this exhibit is meant to demonstrate a learning process, how their brains work and how their hearts work.”
    The Lipton Gallery will host a family day of art on Saturday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., during which families are invited to view the works and write reflections about what feelings or emotions the work evokes. The exhibit will also be available for viewing on Sunday, May 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Deadline nears for Heart of the Valley Contest
    The Wood River Land Trust’s 10th annual Heart of the Valley contest, which invites the public to express their love for the area through either photos or prose, will accept entries until Monday, May 12.
    Winners will be announced at Velocio Sun Valley, in Ketchum, on Thursday, May 22, from 4:30-6 p.m.
    Visit or for more information.
    Contact Jill at 788-3947 with questions.
    First-place prizes will be awarded for students, adult non-professionals and adult professionals in photography and writing. Prize donations have been made by CK’s Real Food, Despo’s Mexican restaurant, Lost River Outfitters, Mahoney’s Bar & Grill, Mule Shoe Tavern, Perry’s, Surefoot, Wildflower and Coffee Grinder.
    Since 1994, the Wood River Land Trust has protected nearly 15,000 acres of land in the Wood River Valley and surrounding areas.

Smokey the Bear out of hibernation
    Girl Scout Troop 349 followed their curiosity when they noticed that the Smokey the Bear image that adorned the fire danger sign along state Highway 75 was missing.
    “We believe he went hibernating or someone acquired him as a pet,” said Hailey Fire Chief Craig Aberbach.
    Girl Scouts teamed up with the Hailey Fire Department to see how to remedy the situation. Their aim was to right a wrong and achieve the coveted Bronze award, which Aberbach said is one of the highest medals a scout can receive. It involves exploring their community, choosing a project, planning it, setting it in motion and spreading the word about it to the community.
    Ultimately, the Division of Forestry’s Ketchum office supplied a new Smokey figure, which is back in position.
    “The department looks forward to building relationships and partnering with other community groups such as the Girl Scouts,” Aberbach said.

Story of swimmer Diana Nyad shared in documentary
    Inspirational swimmer Diana Nyad swam from Cuba to Florida in September 2013 at age 64 and broke a world record. And next up, she will be the keynote speaker at the Sun Valley Wellness Festival later this month.
    Get a preview into her personality through the new documentary “The Other Show,” which the Sun Valley Wellness Institute will screen on Saturday, May 10, at 6 p.m. at the nexStage Theater in Ketchum.
    A pre-screening reception, hosted by Rivera Vineyards and Main Street Market, will take place at 5:30 p.m.
     The film follows Nyad as she comes out of a 30-year retirement to re-attempt an elusive dream: swimming 103 miles nonstop without the use of a shark cage, a feat that nobody has ever accomplished.
    At the edge of the Devil’s Triangle, the route could bring tropical storms, sharks, venomous jellyfish and one of the strongest ocean currents in the world. Timothy Wheeler’s documentary brings Nyad’s extraordinary adventure to life.
    Tickets for the film screening are $10 and available for advance purchase at Chapter One and Zenergy in Ketchum, and also at the door.
    The 17th annual Sun Valley Wellness Festival will take place May 22-26. Nyad’s presentation, “Find A Way,” will take place Friday, May 23, 6 p.m. at the Sun Valley Inn. 
    Festival tickets and details can be found at

Get ready for a Clean Sweep of the valley
    ERC’s Clean Sweep is the one event each year when the whole community turns out to clean up the valley’s towns and the bike path. People can kick off the event by dropping electronics for recycling and sensitive documents for shredding at Cox Communications between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday, May 9, at 340 Lewis St. in Ketchum.
    Also Friday, 100-plus students from Bellevue Elementary School will be joined by some alums to pick up litter along two miles of bike path.
    Then, on Saturday, May 10, volunteers can meet at 9 a.m. at the designated spot for each town and register, collect supplies and maps, choose clean up areas and fan out to work. Register at Atkinson Park for Ketchum and Sun Valley, Memorial Park for Bellevue, and Hop Porter Park for Hailey.
    The ERC will give group and individual awards, raffle prizes and a chance to win a 2014-15 Nordic Pass, courtesy of Blaine County Recreation District.
    After lunch, plan to move over to Hop Porter Park for the city of Hailey’s Arbor Day Celebration and Mud Run. The Wood River High School WATER Club will also be cutting the ribbon on recycling bins, a collaborative effort between WATER Club, the ERC, and the Wood River Foundation WOW Project.
    Take a selfie for the Green Community Facebook photo contest to win another Nordic Pass (details on ERC Sun Valley).
    Participation is free. Youth and business groups should give the ERC a heads up that they are participating. For details, call 726-4333.

Rossini’s ‘La Cenerentola’ to be broadcast live from the Met
    Join Sun Valley Opera at the Bigwood Cinema 4 in Hailey on Saturday, May 10, to see a live broadcast of Rossini’s “La Cenerentola.”
    Doors open at 10:15 a.m. with Dick Brown offering a pre-opera lecture. The opera begins at 11 a.m. and ends at
2:40 p.m.
    The story of Cinderella and Prince Charming comes to life in “La Cenerentola,” with Rossini opting for a non-magical resolution to the story.
     In this variation, the wicked stepmother is replaced by a wicked stepfather, Don Magnifico. The Fairy Godmother is replaced by Alidoro, a philosopher and the Prince’s tutor. Cinderella is identified not by her glass slipper but by her bracelet.
    Tickets are available for purchase at any time at the theatre box office. They are $24 for general admission, $20 for seniors and $18 for student.
    For more information about Sun Valley Opera, go to

Open auditions for ‘South Pacific’ and ‘Hello Dolly’
    The Summer Theater Project, specifically for high school teens and young adults, is holding auditions for Rogers and Hammerstein’s classic World War II musical “South Pacific.”
    No previous theater experience is required and there is a spot for all who audition. There is no cost to be in the show, but participants must make a solid commitment to a busy rehearsal schedule.  
    Auditions are on Monday, May 12, from 4-6 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Sun Valley and on Wednesday, May 14, from 3:30-6 p.m. at the Community Campus in Hailey.
    Rehearsals begin immediately on May 18 and the show runs from June 18-21 at the Community School Theater.  The Summer Theater Project is a performing arts program sponsored by St. Thomas Playhouse.
    The entire community is also invited to audition for the humorous, fast-paced musical “Hello Dolly!” which is the 2014 selection for the inter-generational Family Main Stage performing arts program from St. Thomas Playhouse.
    No theatrical experience is required and anyone 5 years and older is eligible. The auditions take place on Saturday, May 17, from noon-2 p.m. at St. Thomas Church in Sun Valley and then immediately move south to the Wood River High School Choral Room from 3-6 p.m.
    Auditioners will be required to sing anywhere from a few lines to a complete song from the show and read lines from a few scenes.
    “Hello Dolly” will run from Oct. 16-19 at the nexStage Theater in Ketchum and rehearsals will begin in early September.  
    For more information, contact Sara at 726-5349, ext. 16, or  See the website at
Wood River Orchestra announces upcoming concerts
    The Wood River Orchestra opens the spring and summer season with two concerts in May. The first concert will be performed on Sunday, May 18, at 4 p.m. at the Wood River High School Performing Arts Center at the Community Campus in Hailey.
    The next will be in conjunction with Music Week at the Community School and will be held in the Community School’s Theatre in Sun Valley on Thursday, May 22, at
7 p.m.
    Under the direction of Brad Hershey, they will present Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 101 “The Clock” and Mozart’s Overture from “The Magic Flute,” as well as other seasonal selections.
    Upcoming performances will include the orchestra’s annual fundraiser, “Music and Margaritas,” on Sunday, June 29, at 6 p.m. Watch for more details or call Sue at 726-4870.
    Summer concerts at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden south of Ketchum will be on Wednesdays, June 25, July 23 and Aug. 27. Plan to bring a picnic and enjoy a summer evening of music in a lovely setting.
    As always, there is no charge for the concerts. Donations and new musicians are always welcome.

2nd week of Magic Lantern Film Festival under way
    The Magic Lantern Cinemas presents the second week of the 2014 Spring Film Festival, featuring a retrospective on the late director, actor and writer Harold Ramis, as well as several exciting and new independent comedies, thrillers, dramas and documentary films.
    Films starting Friday, May 9, include “Alan Partridge,” “Gloria,” “Under the Skin,” “Enemy,” “Anita,” “The Wind Rises” and the final two Harold Ramis features, “Groundhog Day” and “Caddyshack.” Entry to all Ramis films is $5.
    For film festival dates, times and trailers, visit

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