Wednesday, May 21, 2014


Rose Beal in a photo from the 1940s.
Courtesy photo

Holocaust survivor to speak to students
    Holocaust survivor Rose Beal will address students in two events this week to discuss her time in Germany during Adolf Hitler’s rise to power.
    Beal will visit the Community School Theater in Sun Valley on Wednesday, May 21 at 6 p.m. and Wood River Middle School in Hailey on Thursday, May 22, at 1 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
    Beal was 11 years old when Hitler took control of Germany, and she spent several years desperately trying to escape the country. Her family’s clothing business was destroyed by the Nazis on the Kristallnacht, Nov. 9, 1938.
    She will share her experiences of trying to emigrate, not being able to attend school, hearing Nazi troops singing about spilling Jewish blood in the streets and being beaten by soldiers.
    At one point, Beal was packed on a train of 17,000 people headed for Auschwitz and the German-Polish borderlands. Only 200 of those people, including Beal, managed to leave the country before World War II began. She was able to get to New York with part of her family in 1939.
    The parents and kids from Wood River Middle School have been hosting bake sales so the students can give Beal a donation for the garden in Boise where a sapling from the chestnut tree Holocaust victim Anne Frank could see from her hiding place will be planted.
    Boise was one of eleven U.S. sites selected for a sapling.

Circus of music headed to Whiskey’s
    The multi-award-winning WYOmericana Caravan ambles through the Rockies with a tour stop at Whiskey Jacques’ in Ketchum on Sunday, May 25, at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8.
    The Caravan is a dozen musicians—three bands representing one state: Screen Door Porch, The Patti Fiasco and J Shogren Shanghai’d.
    Self-described as a traveling concert circus of sorts, the WYOmericana Caravan is a rolling representation of Wyoming’s burgeoning songwriter scene. Artists will rotate performance slots each night, making the headliner/opener scenario unique to each tour stop.
    The debut 2013 Caravan was such a home run it caught the attention of The New York Times, which sent a writer and photographer to cover the tour for a full-page Sunday feature.
    Wyoming’s own Square State Film Co. also put a crew of videographers together, traveling the lengthy 3,000 miles to craft the documentary film, “WYOMERICANA,” which was released April 1 to YouTube and was a finalist in the Wyoming Short Film Contest.

Wildflower Walks continue with the Garden
    The Sawtooth Botanical Garden has announced the second week of its summer 2014 Wildflower Walks.  The walks will be hosted by a different expert with changing locations and themes each Thursday from May 15 to July 31.
    On Thursday, May 22, walkers will head to the Silver Creek Nature Conservancy Preserve near Picabo. This walk will be led by Jeanne Cassell, who is beginning her ninth year of organizing and leading these walks. She will be assisted by Sunny Healey, preserve manager.
    Meet at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden at 9:30 a.m. to carpool.  
    Bring a picnic and wear comfortable walking shoes. The outing is expected to last until 2 p.m.  
    To make a reservation for this free experience, call the garden at 726-9358.
Jaquet to speak to
contractors this week
    Former Idaho Rep. Wendy Jaquet will address members of the Wood River Building Contractors Association on Thursday, May 22.
    The meeting is also a membership meeting that is open to all parties of the Wood River Valley construction community.
    Jaquet and Gus Conrad, winner of the WRBCA annual scholarship award, will convene at Rotary Park in Ketchum from 5-7:30 p.m.
    For more information, call 721-8461.

CSI Summer Spanish Institute partners with the consulate of Mexico
    The eighth annual Sun Valley Summer Spanish Institute, slated for June 6-20, is a week-long language immersion program for adults, sponsored by the College of Southern Idaho Blaine County Center in Hailey.
    This year, CSI has partnered with the consulate of Mexico in Boise to bring a culturally and historically significant photographic exhibition to the Blaine County Center. In addition to the exhibition; “War Testimonials: Photographs of the Mexican Revolution,” the consulate has provided a collection of films from the “El Santo” series, of which one will be shown to the participants of the institute along with the general public.
    The photographic exhibition will open on June 19 at 4:30 p.m. and be on display at the Blaine County Center until Aug. 1. The Spanish Language film “El Santo and the Blue Demon (English subtitles)” will be screened at 6 p.m. on June 19. The screening is open to the public and is free of charge.
    The Spanish Institute provides an opportunity to develop Spanish-language skills for beginners as well as more advanced students. This program is appropriate for teachers, healthcare staff, travelers and those who want to learn Spanish for personal enrichment.
     Those who are interested can see a full schedule and register at or by calling the CSI Blaine County Campus at 788-2033.

Stanley Museum opens and speaker lineup announced
    The Sawtooth Association has announced its 2014 summer season with the opening of the Stanley Museum on Saturday, May 24.
    The museum will remain open for the Memorial Day weekend through Monday, May 26, and will open for the following two weekends on Saturday, May 31, and Sunday, June 1, and Saturday, June 7, and Sunday, June 8.
    Starting on Friday, June 13, the Stanley Museum will be open every day through Sunday, Sept. 7, with exciting historic exhibits including the restored ice house (cold cellar), new outdoor displays and a new medical equipment exhibit made possible by the Salmon River Clinic. In addition, the bookstore will have new titles, guidebooks and maps for the area. The museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    The Sawtooth Association’s programs for the summer also include the Redfish Center & Gallery, which will open on Friday, June 13, and will remain open seven days a week through Sunday, Sept. 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Join Idaho artists for Scones and Scenery at the Redfish Gallery on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 27, July 18, Aug. 15 and Sept. 5.
    The Sawtooth Association annual Forum and Lecture Series will begin on Friday, July 11, and will kick off with a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act with lectures continuing throughout the summer.
    For more information on the Sawtooth Association, programs and membership, visit
Hear lectures in the Sawtooths
    Every Friday from July 11 through Aug. 29, free lectures will be offered to outdoor enthusiasts in the Stanley area. The lectures will be at 5 p.m. at the Stanley Museum and 8 p.m. at the Redfish Center and Gallery. The schedule is:
-    July 11: Richard Holmes presents “Bound for the Backcountry: Aviation in Idaho’s Largest Wilderness Areas.”
-    July 18: Journalist Rocky Barker presents “The 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act.”
-    July 25: John Freemuth presents “Imagining Wilderness in 2064.”
-    Aug. 1: Ketchum resident Nappy Neaman presents “Mountain Goats: A Sawtooth Wilderness Icon.”
-    Aug. 8: Carol Miller presents “Wilderness Fire: What’s the Problem?”
-    Aug. 15: Greg Kaltenecker (Idaho Bird Observatory) and Bill Heinrich (Peregrine Fund) present “Idaho is raptor habitat: The art and science of conserving birds of prey,” with live birds.
-    Aug. 22: Bert Bowler presents “Wilderness and Salmon: the Habitat and the Fish” at the Stanley Museum at 5 p.m.
-    Aug 23: The documentary film “DamNation” at 8 p.m.
-    Aug. 29: John Rember and Katy Nelson present “Then and Now: The Lives of Wilderness Rangers.”

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