Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Around Town

Film Festival seeking submissions
    The Sun Valley Film Festival—recognized by USA Today as one of the “Great Places for a Film Festival”—is now accepting films in all categories, including shorts, mixed media, animation, youth films, feature-length documentaries and narratives for the event March 13-16, 2014.
    The regular deadline for submissions is Dec. 20; early and late deadlines also exist. For more details, visit

Food baskets need to be reserved now
    Wildfires in August and prolonged economic struggles have left some people wondering if they are going to be able to fill their tables with turkey and all the fixings this Thanksgiving.
    This year, the Sage School is partnering with Wood River High School, Pioneer Montessori, the Community School, the Mountain School and the YMCA to bake 350 homemade pies to accompany every Thanksgiving basket.
    To request a Thanksgiving Basket, contact the Hunger Coalition before Nov. 13. Information is available at the Hunger Coalition, St. Luke’s Center for Community Health, The Advocates and at each school in Blaine County.
    Please call 788-0121 or visit: Donations can be made by mail at 121 Honeysuckle St., Bellevue, 83313.  
    Thanksgiving Baskets will be given out at the Community Campus on Monday, Nov. 25, from 4-6 p.m.

Sawtooth Brewery celebrates two years
    On Saturday, Nov. 9, from noon to midnight, join in the celebration of Sawtooth Brewery’s second anniversary at one of the biggest fall parties in Ketchum, featuring three bars, live music, a beer garden tent and 33 different house beers, all with no cover charge.
    The party will be at the brewery’s tap room, behind the tap room, and in the Clarion hotel parking lot in Ketchum.
Events at the Community Library this week
    Join author Patricia Thorne on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m., as she tells how she came to learn, and later document in “The Untold Story of the Teddy Bear,” her grandfather’s connection to the original stuffed toy at The Community Library in Ketchum.    
    Then, on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., join authors Mike Medberry and Kate Riley for a free memoir workshop.    To register for the latter, email   

Hailey Public Library hosts events
    Starting Nov. 7 and continuing each Thursday through the winter, the Hailey Public Library will offer Knitting and Crocheting Maker Space from 6-7:30 p.m.
    Knitters and crocheters of all skill levels are invited to meet weekly to work on and create projects together. The library provides the space and time for you to meet, as well as helpful books and online resources. Bring your own projects and materials—perhaps even some to share. Meet other yarn lovers, finish old projects in good company, help a beginner get his or her start, and advance your knowledge and skills.
    For details, visit the  

Book fair this week in Hailey
    The Wood River Middle School Book Fair, with books provided by Iconoclast Books, will be held Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 6 and 7, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. This event raises funds for the school’s library, and this year’s goals are expanding the facility’s digital collection for both research and recreational reading.
    The book fair will offer a wide range of books, especially for teens but also for all ages, young children through adults, and will include the latest and most popular fiction, high-interest non-fiction, language phrase books, cookbooks, holiday books, craft books and educational games.    
Puccini’s opera live in HD
    Enjoy Puccini’s fast-moving operatic thriller “Tosca” on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Bigwood 4 Cinema in Hailey. Doors open at 10 a.m.
    Dick Brown will give a pre-opera lecture about the production, which has been controversial with purists. He will also talk about the original play on which the opera is based beginning at 10:15 a.m. The opera begins at 11 a.m.
    The power of “Tosca’s” score and the inventiveness of its orchestration have been widely acknowledged. The dramatic force of “Tosca” and its characters continues to fascinate both performers and audiences, and the work remains one of the most frequently performed operas. Many recordings of the work have been issued, both of studio and live performances.
    Tickets are available at the theatre box office at $24 for general admission, $20 for seniors and $18 for students.

Family Day at The Center
    The Sun Valley Center for the Arts will host a Family Day on Saturday, Nov. 9, in which participants will learn how to make their own traditional Chinese paper lanterns and tour the current gallery exhibition, “Stories of a Changing China.”
    This free event will be held at The Center in Ketchum from 3-5 p.m.

Middle School students: Want to sing?
    The Sun Valley Summer Symphony School of Music has a developmental voice ensemble called Melodia for students in fifth through eighth grades. Space is still available.
    Voice coach Janis Walton will help students grow vocal confidence. Students will meet in the Black Box Theater behind the Wood River High School Auditorium in the Hailey Community Campus on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:45-5:15 p.m.
    Tuition is $50 per semester plus the cost of the dress or shirt. Scholarships are available. Contact Sun Valley Summer Symphony Education Director Kim Gasenica, at or 578-5464, or Walton at

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