Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Wood River senior Storm Anderson won the Challis Invitational 170-pound title Satur-day, Feb. 2.
Express photo by Roland Lane

Play in the new sandbox Saturday
    Join the Sawtooth Botanical Garden to shop for your plants and celebrate the grand opening of the all-new Sawtooth Sandbox on Saturday, June 7.
    Choose from a wide selection of water-wise flowers and shrubs including penstemon, echinacea and sedum.  
    All of the plants are suited for our climate and short growing season. The sale begins at 9 a.m. for Sawtooth Botanical Garden members and is then open to the public from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.
    An official ribbon cutting for the Sawtooth Sandbox will take place at 10 a.m. to celebrate the new picnic spot and children’s attraction.  Light refreshments will be served.
    For more information, call the Garden at 726-9358 or visit

End-of-school carnival set
    It’s time for the Summerfest Hometown Carnival to celebrate the end of another school year. The event is set for Friday, June 6, from 12:30-3:30 p.m.
    The South Valley Merchants Alliance and the Hailey Chamber of Commerce have moved the festival this year to Nelson Field behind the Hailey Rodeo Grounds.
    Cost is $10 per child—food and drinks are separate.
    There will be fun for the whole family. This old-fashioned carnival includes children’s games with prizes, a Bouncy House, a fortune teller, food, drinks and more.
    All children from Ketchum to Carey are welcome to join in the festivities.
    Park in the Hailey Welcome Center parking lot.
    For more information, contact Tanya Olson at 309-8400.

Summer golf scramble this weekend
    The Building Contractors Association invites the public to join in a summer golf scramble on Thursday, June 5, at the Bigwood Golf Course in Ketchum.
    The check-in begins at 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. is the shotgun start.
    The cost is $40 per person, which includes a cart and participants’ first drink. Bigwood members pay $20 for the same.
    Reservations can be requested by calling 721-8461.
    Singles are welcome. There will be contests and prizes for four places. Pizza and prizes will follow the round.
    This event is open to all people in the Wood River Valley building community.
    Please RSVP to

Ride your bike and support NAMI
    NAMI Wood River Valley, an Idaho affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), is holding its second Biking for NAMI event on June 21, with the start/finish on the bike path near the upper parking lot at River Run in Ketchum.
    The bike-riding event will raise awareness about mental illness, treatment and recovery—and the need for important services and support in the community for individuals and families affected by mental illness.  
    Riding under the banner “Fight Stigma and Ride,” cyclists will pedal for hope and change. There will be a 50-mile-long ride starting at 9 a.m. and a 10-mile family ride starting at 10 a.m.
    “We ride to break down the stereotypes that surround mental illness,” said Gail Marguerite Miller Wray, the president of NAMI—Wood River Valley.  “When we see the same compassion given for a diagnosis of a mental illness as we give for a physical illness, then we will begin to see real change.”
    All registered riders will receive a free continental breakfast during event check-in/registration, as well as snacks and beverages along the routes. If you register to ride prior to noon on June 16, you will receive an event T-shirt at check-in. All late registrants and day-of-event registrants will pay an extra $10 to register and won’t receive a T-shirt until two weeks after the event.
    A no-host barbecue provided by Sun Valley Resort will offer food items for purchase from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There will be a DJ and music during the event.  
    Serious mental illnesses include: major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, major anxiety disorders, borderline personality disorder and post-traumatic-stress disorder.
    The deadline for sponsorship is noon on Monday,
June 9.
    For more information about the “Fight Stigma & Ride” event, how to sponsor or donate, and how to register to ride or volunteer, contact Carla Young at or call 309-1987.

Silvercreek Art opens with a group exhibition
    Silvercreek Art, a cooperative gallery of Idaho artists working in a wide range of media, opened in Ketchum June 2, with a group show featuring works in painting, ceramics, photography and jewelry. It is located at 331 Leadville Ave.
    Shows at Silvercreek Art will always feature a local nonprofit group, which receives 15 percent of the month’s sales. June’s featured nonprofit is the Hunger Coalition, whose motto is “fighting hunger, feeding hope.”
    Their mission is to “to end hunger in our community by providing wholesome food to those in need and by promoting solutions to the underlying causes of hunger through collaboration, education and advocacy.”
    Silvercreek Art is the brainchild of Boise-based artist Rachel Teannalach and Silvercreek Realty office manager and Realtor Levie Smith. Its mission is to provide a high-quality gallery exhibition space in downtown Ketchum to Idaho artists that will help build community and professional growth for local and regional artists.
    Currently, the gallery features Nolina Burge (painting), Sue Dumke (photography), Jerry Hendershot (ceramics), Karen Klinefelter (jewelry), Jerri Lisk (painting), Melissa Osgood (jewelry), and Rachel Teannalach (painting). Silvercreek Art will feature new exhibits each month, including both solo and group shows.
    To learn more about Silvercreek Art, visit

Promotion from within at Wood River Land Trust
    The Wood River Land Trust has announced that staff member Keri York has been promoted from within the organization in recognition for her dedication and commitment to helping preserve Blaine County landscapes.
    York, who has been with the organization since 2008, is now the director of conservation.
    York has a master’s degree in environmental science from Washington State University.
    “It is a great pleasure to be able to reward and recognize the commitment to Wood River Land Trust from Keri,” said Scott Boettger, executive director. “Being able to promote from within the organization gives WRLT continuity with our landowners and donors, building important relationships which result in land, water and wildlife habitat protection.”  

Up and out to the wildflowers!
    The Sawtooth Botanical Garden has announced the third week of its summer 2014 Wildflower Walks.  The walks will be hosted by a different expert with changing locations and themes each Thursday through July 31.
    On Thursday, June 5, strollers will head to Box Car Bend and Lake Creek Preserve. The walk will be led by Chad Stoesz of the Wood River Land Trust.
    Meet at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden south of Ketchum at 9:30 a.m. to carpool.  Bring your own 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.
    Upcoming walks include:
-    June 12—Lisa Horton of the Environmental Resource Center.
-    June 19—Leslie Nelson’s Cabin above Baker Creek—“Wildflowers in the Sawtooths.”
-    June 26 – Diana Citret—“Wildflower Photography.”
-    July 3 – Ann Christensen—“Wildflowers and Butterflies.”
-    July 10—Kathy Richmond—“Wildflowers and Mushrooms.”
-   July 17—Natalie Rose Ertz of Rooted in Nature—“Wildflowers and Wolves.”
-    July 26—Nappi Neuman of Elephant’s Perch—“Wildflowers and Mountain Goats.”
-    July 31—Kelly Conde of The Sawtooth Society.

Tickets for ‘South Pacific’ on Sale
    The classic musical show “South Pacific” will run from Wednesday, June 18, through Saturday, June 21 at the Community School Theater in Sun Valley at 7:30 p.m. nightly (door opens at 7 p.m.).
    The production is being produced by the Summer Theater Project, a performing arts program for high school teens and young adults sponsored by St. Thomas Playhouse.
    The story takes place on a Polynesian island during World War II. While the war rages around them, the various characters’ lives are thrown together in poignant sequences of love, humor and loss.
    Tickets are available at the St. Thomas Playhouse ticket line, 726-5349, ext. 15, or at Iconoclast Books.    

Disney’s ‘Jungle Book’ on stage
    Company B Performing Arts Day Camp, a performing arts program sponsored by St. Thomas Playhouse for children ages 4-13, will present the musical production of “The Jungle Book” from Thursday, June 19, through Saturday, June 21, at the Community School Theater beginning at 2 p.m.  
    Tickets are sold only at the door and it is recommended that audience members arrive very early to secure their seat.  The campers will have spent two weeks learning lines, songs and helping make their costumes.
    People of all ages will enjoy the story of Mowgli, a “man cub” raised by wolves, who is guided in a journey through the jungle by the wise panther Bagheera to his true home, a Man Village.
    Call Sara or Cherie at St. Thomas Playhouse for more information 726-5349.

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