Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Around Town

Rebecca Rusch is looking for new recruits to love biking. Photo by Roland Lane

Girls on wheels club starting
    Wheel Girls is a weekly mountain bike club for girls in the seventh to 12th grades.  
    The group will meet from June 17 through July 22, every Tuesday in Ketchum/Sun Valley.  
    Girls get to ride with professional racer Rebecca Rusch and a handful of local female mountain bike experts to learn technique, trail etiquette, bike maintenance, nutrition and more.  
    Girls will get small-group instruction from the best in the world and learn to love and ride our local trails.  A jersey and lots of great gear included.
     Cost is $125, and there are scholarships available.
    Learn more at or contact

Play reading set at nexStage
    The nexStage Theatre is offering “Rapture, Blister, Burn” by Gina Gionfriddo for its next installment in a free play-reading series.
    The reading will be Wednesday, May 28, at 6:30 p.m. and admission is free. Complimentary wine and cookies will be served. The cast features Claudia McCain, Freddie Harris, Patsy Wygle, Keith Moore and Savina Barini.
    The running time will be approximately two hours with an intermission.
    The Huffington Post wrote that it’s a “new, roaringly funny satire on the effects of Internet porn on gender politics, the women’s movement and way post-feminism, and the fate of Western civilization. It is also about the self-delusions of people ruefully questioning the youthful life choices that they make.”
    Call the nexStage at 726-9124 for more information.

Plan ahead for ‘stage-caytions’ at the Liberty Theatre
    This summer, Company of Fools will present two plays that are guaranteed to make viewers feel almost as good as a trip away.
    Things start with “Enchanted April.” This production will run July 1-26,  at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey. Tickets are $35 for full price, $25 for seniors and Center members, and $10 for students (18 and under). These ticket prices do not include the “Pay What You Feel” preview (July 1), 10 for $10, and Educator Night (July 5). There is also a special group rat—groups of six or more receive $25 tickets.
    Then, “Shirley Valentine” is back by popular demand for three nights only. Company of Fools presents this critically acclaimed, Tony-nominated, one-woman show starring Denise Simone Aug. 7-9 at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey.  
    Inside Mrs. Joe Bradshaw—a mother of two grown children—is the former Shirley Valentine longing to get out. Her hope and self-confidence badly shattered by school, marriage and life, she is reduced to talking to the kitchen wall while preparing her husband’s evening meal.
    As she sips a glass of wine, she dreams of drinking in a country where the grape is grown. Her friend offers her a holiday in Greece. This humorous and touching play reminds us all that it’s never too late to change your life.
    This production marks Simone’s fourth turn in this role, having performed it in Hailey in 2003 and 2005, as well as in Boise and Sandpoint.
    “Bringing Shirley Valentine back is like bringing a dear friend out for a visit,” said Simone, “and she’s such a fun friend—we just want to share her with the whole valley!”
    The full creative team for Shirley Valentine includes John Glenn (direction), Joe Lavigne (set designer), Ann Price (dialect coach) and K.O. Ogilvie (stage manager).
    Tickets are $35 for full price, $25 for seniors and Center members, and $10 for students (18 and under).  There is also a special group rate for groups of six or more to receive $25 tickets.
    Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at 578-9122 or at the Liberty Theatre box office starting one hour prior to curtain.
    Company of Fools’ box office is located at the Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St. in Hailey, with hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. All seats are reserved.
‘Understanding Your Grief’ summer series offered
    “Understanding Your Grief,” is a “drop-in” summer workshop series on Tuesdays, beginning June 3, from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Hospice and Palliative Care office at 507 First Ave. North in Ketchum.
     Dates of discussion and topics are as follows:
•    June 3, “Open to the presence of your loss.”
•    June 10, “Dispel the misconceptions about grief.”
•    June 17, “Embrace the uniqueness of your grief.”
•    June 24, “Explore your feelings of loss.”
•    July 1, “Recognize you are not crazy.”
•    July 8, “Understanding the six needs of mourning.”
•     July 15, “ Nurture yourself.”
•    July 22, “Reach out for help.”
•     July 29, “Seek reconciliation, not resolution.”
•    Aug 5, “Appreciate your transformation.”
    These sessions will be led by professional staff. Please call the Hospice & Palliative Care of the Wood River Valley if you have any questions: 726-8464.

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