Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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Rock and ribs for fundraiser this weekend
    Wood River High School’s prom king 2012, Nathan Lago, is holding a Rib ’n’ Roll for his senior project, a rib contest to raise money for Special Olympics and the Blaine County Transition Program for kids like himself moving on after high school.
    The party starts at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Mahoney’s in Bellevue. There will be music by Up a Creek.
    There is no entry fee to come and enjoy the festivities, but would-be judges will need a $35 ticket to sample and critique the entries of 14 individuals and businesses who are participating.
    Tickets can be reserved or bought online at
    Rib judging will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. followed by a rib-eating contest by Lago. More than $6,000 in raffle and silent auction items are available to bid on from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Tickets on sale for Holiday Bazaar raffle
    Get in on a chance at a Sun Valley adult season ski pass valued at almost $2,000 with the purchase of a $10 raffle ticket from the Papoose Club.
    Six tickets can be had for $50 and 13 for $100. There are also $2 raffle tickets for a chance to win 35 additional prizes donated by local businesses. A complete list of raffle prizes can be viewed at, or call 726-6642 or send an email to
    Raffle winners will be announced Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3:30 p.m. on the second and final day of the Papoose Club’s 22nd annual Holiday Bazaar at Hemingway Elementary School in Ketchum.
    The Holiday Bazaar raffle is an important fundraiser for the Papoose Club, a nonprofit volunteer organization that supports local youth-oriented groups in the Wood River Valley.

Discuss how the Internet has changed the brain
    What the Internet is doing to our brains will be the focus of a book discussion led by Kim Madsen, an assistant professor of English, Thursday, Nov. 15, at 6 p.m. at the Hailey Public Library.
    This discussion is part of the library’s Let’s Talk About It adult book club series, which provides books, themes and scholar-led discussions.
     Madsen, who teaches composition and literature at College of Southern Idaho, will discuss the book “The Shallows.” In it, author Nicholas Carr argues that the Internet has shortchanged our brain power.
    “What the Net diminishes is … the ability to know, in depth, a subject for ourselves, to construct within our own minds the rich and idiosyncratic set of connections that give rise to a singular intelligence,” Carr writes.
    Copies of the book are available for checkout from the Hailey Public Library.
    All are welcome to participate. This program is provided by the Idaho Commission for Libraries and made possible with support from the Idaho Humanities Council and US Bank.
    For more information visit the library in person, or online at

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Volunteer training starts for adaptive sports
    For anyone interested in working with the Sun Valley Adaptive Sports/Higher Ground programs this winter, dryland training begins Sunday, Nov. 18, from 1-2:30 p.m. and again Tuesday, Nov. 20, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Wood River Y in Ketchum.
    Registration is requested by calling 806-1702.

Sawtooth Snow Safety Festival is on
    Free to all snow users, this daylong festival on Saturday, Nov. 17, runs from noon to 7 p.m. at Carol’s Dollar Mountain Lodge in Sun Valley and offers safety presentations, navigating skills, mishap response and more.
    Product and Information Expo starts at noon and safety presentations start at 2:30 p.m. Food, drink, raffle and hobnob opportunities with celebrity skiers happen from 5-7 p.m.
    The event is presented by the Sun Valley Ski Patrol and all proceeds go to the Sawtooth National Forest Avalanche Center.

Coping creatively with the holidays for bereaved
    Coffee, dessert, comfort and advice are being offered to help the bereaved get through the holidays without those that have died.
    Professionals from Hospice & Palliative Care of the Wood River Valley will be on hand to offer suggestions to help one look toward the season with the sense of hope and peace and ways to celebrate memories. Friends are also welcome.
    Call 726-8464 for details, or just show up at the American Legion Hall at 220 Cottonwood St. in Ketchum, tonight, Nov. 14, from 7-8:30 p.m.

Hailey BAH a healthy choice this week
    Blaine Manor and St. Luke’s-Elks Rehab have partnered to host the Hailey Chamber Business After Hours on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 5-7 p.m.
    Blaine Manor will offer free blood pressure and glucose checks and elder health care insurance/finance information and assistance. The Blaine Manor Auxiliary will share its story and support of Blaine Manor by accepting new members and donations for pet therapy. There will also be sponsor booths from Innovative Care Pharmacy, Medline, Gulf South medical suppliers and Luke’s Family Pharmacy.
    St. Luke’s-Elks Rehab will highlight therapy rehabilitation options and services for those needing outpatient, inpatient, home health and long-term care.
    Hors d’oeuvres and drinks including wine and beer will be provided by the Uptown Mini-Mart. The Boulder Brothers will provide the music.  Luke’s Family Pharmacy will have on display a wide variety of home health care and rehab products.

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