Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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Sage School students participate in last year’s after school science program with the Environmental Resource Center. Courtesy photo

Free after-school science programs
    This winter, the Environmental Resource Center will offer two free after-school programs on winter ecology.
    One program, open to 4th and 5th graders from Hemingway Elementary School and the Community School, will be on Tuesdays, starting Jan. 22, from 2:30-4 p.m.
    To register, call the ERC at 726-4333.
    The ERC has teamed up with St. Luke’s Youth Adult Konnections program and Club Wolverine to offer Winter Adventure Science School for 6th and 7th graders from Wood River Middle School, The Sage School and Community School on Thursdays starting Jan. 24 from 3:45-5:25p.m. at the Community Campus. To register for the program or for details, call Lillian Davies at 727-8735.
    Both programs are free and run for eight weeks. Transportation is available.

Exploration of mental health dynamics offered to families
    Wood River Valley chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will offer a free, six-week class starting Jan. 22 with information about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (manic depression), clinical depression, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
    The curriculum focuses on treatment of these illnesses, medications, biology of the brain, recovery and rehabilitation, coping skills workshops and advocacy.
    The course is designed for parents, siblings, spouses, adult sons and daughters, partners, and friends who are caregivers of persons with severe and persistent mental illness.
    Certified teachers who have a family member with a mental illness are instructors for the class.
    For details call Nancy Kennette at 788-4347. The classes will be held at the NAMI office on the second level of the old Hailey clinic at South Main and East Maple streets, Hailey.

Grant for David Wax Museum concert
    The Sun Valley Center for the Arts has received a grant from the Donald W. and Gretchen K. Fraser Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation to support a public concert and school residency program with David Wax Museum.
    David Wax Museum combines Latin rhythms, call-and-response hollering and “donkey jawbone rattling” to create a unique blend of traditional Mexican folk and American folk and roots-rock music.
    The group will perform in Sun Valley on Feb. 8 as part of The Center’s multidisciplinary project Crossing Cultures: Ethnicity in Contemporary America, which explores this community’s increasingly multiracial and multiethnic society through visual arts exhibitions, classes, lectures and performances. Tickets are available online now at
    The band also will perform in four local schools.

Billy Goat Loppet set for Jan. 19
    The 10-kilometer skate ski race known as the Billy Goat Loppet, organized by the Sun Valley Ski Club and sponsored by Backwoods Mountain Sports, is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 19.
    Registration will be held the morning of the race at Billy’s Bridge parking area from 9:30-10:30 a.m. with the race starting at 11 a.m. Entry fee is $10. Children 18 years old and under are free.
    Backwoods is offering prizes, including $100 and $50 gift certificates. Hammer Nutrition has donated products, and Perry’s cookies and hot chocolate will be available after the race.
    For further information, contact Jenny Busdon at 726-1649 or Ted Angle at 788-9458.
Sun Valley Film Festival seeking submissions
    The second annual Sun Valley Film Festival, March 14-17, is seeking submissions for its new “Hot Shot” category for filmmakers under age 18, as well as submissions from aspiring screenwriters for participation in the Festival’s new screenwriter’s lab.
    “We wanted to support and encourage young filmmakers on the journey into this business, so we added the Hot Shot film award category this year to recognize their efforts,” said Ted Grennan, executive director of the Sun Valley Film Festival.
    Films of any type, feature, documentary, or short can be submitted online at The deadline for all film submissions is Friday, Jan. 18.

Wine and Dine for the Advocates
    A wine-tasting event benefiting The Advocates for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault will be held Thursday, Jan. 17, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at The Grill at Knob Hill.
    The wine will come from Bookwalter Wintery and appetizers will be served.
    Tickets are $35 per person or $60 for two. Reservations can be made at 726-8004. The menu is available at

Discuss the novel “My Year of Meats”
    Scholar Jette Morache will lead a discussion of the controversial novel “My Year of Meats,” by Ruth Ozeki, at the Hailey Public Library on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 6 p.m.  
    The discussion is part of the library’s Let’s Talk About It adult book club, which focuses on the humanity of science and technology. Ozeki’s Imus American Book Award winner discusses artistic freedom in television programming and practices in the meat industry.
    Morache is a professor of English at the College of Southern Idaho.
    “This book begs readers to talk about it,” said Amanda St. John, the book club facilitator. “I’m looking forward to hearing Morache’s take.”
    Additional information is available at

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