Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Around Town

A Raku firing: Out of a red-hot kiln and into combustible material.
Photo courtesy Jim Romberg

Ceramic artists to appear for panel
    An artist panel discussion, titled “Sources of Inspiration,” with prominent ceramic artists Jim Romberg, Carol Glenn and Elmer Taylor, will be held Friday, June 27, at the Community Library in Ketchum.
    From 5-6 p.m., the evening will include a brief slide show/talk by the artists about their current work and inspirations. The discussion is to kick off a weekend workshop with Romberg on Raku firing ceramics, to be held at the Boulder Mountain Clayworks studio in the 10th Street Center, Ketchum.
    The discussion is free and the public is invited.


Hoedown celebration held
    Wood River Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy are hosting a celebration of the protection of 10,400-acre Rock Creek Ranch by opening the property and the red barn to the community on Thursday, June 26, from 5-9 p.m.
    Learn about the history of the ranch and its conservation importance while enjoying live music by Kim Stocking, delicious barbecued food, truck-pulled hay rides, games and demonstrations, including horseshoes and lassoing. Nonalcoholic beverages will be served or bring your own refreshments.
    Written directions and a map can be found at & Outreach. This is a free, family fun-filled event.
    The protection of Rock Creek Ranch was made possible by the generosity of the Rinker family and the collaborating partners: Natural Resources Conservation Service, The Nature Conservancy and Wood River Land Trust. A long-term goal for the project is for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to own and manage the property. The two nonprofit organizations have submitted a proposal to obtain funding from the Blaine County Land, Water and Wildlife program to help Fish and Game buy the property.


Star Party at Craters of the Moon
    Join experts from the National Park Service and the Idaho Falls Astronomical Society on Friday, June 27, and Saturday, June 28, to experience the universe under the naturally dark skies at Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve.
    Each night will begin with a presentation about the night sky and Craters of the Moon’s “unearthly”
    Join the monument’s astronomy ranger in the campground amphitheater at 9:30 p.m. for this 45-minute program. Then head to the Caves Area parking lot for telescope viewing of the skies above. Viewing will begin after 10 p.m. and continue as long as the sky allows. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight.
    “Craters of the Moon is far from the glowing lights of large cities,” Superintendent Dan Buckley said. “That remoteness allows for great views of the Milky Way under exceptionally dark skies.”
    Buckley noted that the monument’s campground frequently fills during these popular late-night events and recommends campers arrive early to get a campsite.
    Call 208-527-1335 for more information.

The Sun Valley Writers’ Conference scholars announced
    The Sun Valley Writers’ Conference has announced that Relativity, a next-generation global media company, will sponsor six scholars from the Los Angeles-based Fulfillment Fund, at the 20th anniversary gathering of readers and writers from July 19-22.
    The conference presents an annual four-day program for an audience of 1,500, anchored by recognized writers of fiction and nonfiction. The 2014 program includes 35 presenters, including Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, former Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, humorist Dave Barry and novelists Scott Turow and Curtis Sittenfeld, among others.
    The Fulfillment Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making college a reality for students growing up in educationally and economically under-resourced communities. As participants in the SVWC scholarship program, the scholars will be making first-time visits to Idaho, where they will attend talks and breakout sessions, meet established and emerging writers, and have the opportunity to talk about their love for literature and the written word.
    “I never dreamed I would meet the writers whose work I loved dearly,” said former scholar Jasmeen Singh of her Sun Valley experience. “Their minds are so brilliant and they are so kind to share their wonderful stories.”
    “Relativity makes a wonderful contribution to our effort to encourage bright young people to read, meet thoughtful writers and engage in the literary conversation,” says Robin Eidsmo, SVWC executive director. “We hear over and over from former scholars that their time with us is life-changing, and we are delighted to be able to welcome them again this year.”
    The Sun Valley Writers’ Conference is a nonprofit organization that includes scholars and admits Idaho teachers and students free of charge. Visit

Clarify what’s within your dreams
    Join Cyn Hannah in an exploration of your goals and dreams at Iconoclast Books, Saturday, June 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Hannah says she will help show individuals how to find their true purpose, eliminate doubt and adopt positive thinking strategies for living a purposeful life.
    “It’s a very inspiring and fun workshop,” she promises. ”You gain clarity on what your dream life would look like and ways to start making it a reality.”
    An RSVP is requested by calling 726-1564 or emailing

How the West was won by rail
    The Community Library Association is hosting a preview presentation by New York Times best-selling author Tom Zoellner, whose recent book, “Train,” tells the story of what some consider “the most indispensable mode of transportation the world has ever known: the railroad.”
    The presentation will take place Tuesday, July 8, at 6 p.m., in the Library’s Lecture Room and precede the library’s premiere of “Railroad Ties: Tracking the History of Sun Valley,” the library’s first exhibition in the new Sun Valley Museum of History, located in Ketchum’s Forest Service Park.
    The exhibition opens to the public Thursday, July 10, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and runs through the summer to serve as the main exhibit in the library’s developing exhibition and program schedule.
    Zoellner’s book presents the journey from the birthplace of the locomotive in England, to the frozen Trans-Siberian railroad to cresting the Andes in a rattling coal train, riding with blues musicians across America, ascending to the Tibetan plateau on the world’s highest line and crisscrossing India on its antiquated yet magnificent trains.
    “Train” examines not just the mechanics of rail, but the gigantic effect that rail lines have on the societies through which they run.

The Doobie Brothers close to sellout
    The Doobie Brothers will take center stage at the Sun Valley Pavilion on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 8 p.m.
    Due to high demand, lawn tickets with the “jumbo screen” have been released for purchase, starting at $35 per person.
    The live performance will be the kick off for the four-day annual event, which includes the Killebrew-Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament and Auction Gala.
    Over the past 37 years, the Killebrew-Thompson Memorial has donated in excess of $13 million to its recipients, St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute in Boise and University of Minnesota cancer research.  
     Tickets are available at or through the Sun Valley Recreation Center at 622-2135.
Jelly Bread to play at Sun Valley Brewery
    Jelly Bread’s musical alchemy blends a dash of alt-rock with soul and funk, steeped in rock-Americana. The band will play at the Sun Valley Brewery on Thursday, July 3, at 9 p.m.
    There is no cover.
    The band’s playlist is highlighted by “dual vocals, four-part harmonies, in-the-pocket drum and bass grooves, swampy lap steel guitar, dirt-under-the-fingernails guitar licks, and take-’em-to-church organ that is downright appetizing,” according to its promotional materials.
    Jelly Bread has emerged with a high-energy calling card that melds elements of desert twang and the urban tones of funk and rock, balanced by exceptional songwriting and storytelling.
This week’s wildflower walk
    The Sawtooth Botanical Garden is inviting the public to bring a picnic and wear comfortable walking shoes for an outing with Diana Citret and “Wildflower Photography.”
    The Thursday, June 26, walk will start at the garden at 9:30 a.m. and carpool to the destination.
    The outing is expected to last until 2 p.m.  To make a reservation for this free experience, call 726-9358.
Sawtooth Vision 20/20 Community Collaboration meets
    On Monday, June 30, from 5-7 p.m., the Sawtooth Vision 20/20 Community Collaboration steering committee is having its quarterly meeting at the Stanley Community Center.  The public is invited.
    The first hour will be a panel presentation on the Sawtooth Fire Collaborative and will include Steve Botti of the Stanley City Council, Gary O’Malley of the Sawtooth Society and Joby Timm, Sawtooth National Recreation Area ranger, leaders of the collaborative effort. Timm will also preview the Forest Service plans for 2014 to reduce risk of catastrophic wildfires.
    The second hour will focus on priority issues identified in recent 20/20 workshops and what is needed to move them forward.  
    Sawtooth Vision 20/20, strategies for the future of the SNRA, has been meeting, working together and implementing actions to enhance the SNRA since 2006.  The steering committee includes county commissioners, city officials, Forest Service employees, local business owners and residents, and welcomes all interested parties.  

Herb Garden Pallet Workshop’s new date
    A bit of chilly weather forced the Environmental Resource Center to reschedule the Herb Garden Pallet Workshop.
    The public is invited to join the ERC and Sharon Storey of Webb Landscape on Wednesday, June 25, from 6-7:30 p.m. to make a garden from a repurposed wooden pallet.  
    All materials to make this vertical garden will be provided.  
    The workshop cost is $45 for ERC members and $60 for nonmembers.  
    Space is limited. Register by calling 726-4333.
    The ERC Office is at 471 N. Washington Ave. in Ketchum.

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