Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Around Town

Kelly Conde has been hired by the nonprofit Sawtooth Society to serve as its permanent and full-time volunteer/membership coordinator.
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Sawtooth Society hires coordinator
    Kelly Conde has been hired by the nonprofit Sawtooth Society to serve as its permanent and full-time volunteer/membership coordinator.
    Conde, a Boise native, is a graduate of the University of Montana with a master’s degree in environmental journalism.
    The Sawtooth Society offers memberships, programs, grants and volunteer opportunities to benefit the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. For details and more information, visit the Sawtooth Society’s website,, or email

Premiere of fishing film to benefit Silver Creek
    “Waypoints,” the latest fly-fishing film by Montana-based Confluence Films, will be shown Friday, Jan. 24, at the nexStage Theatre in Ketchum.
    Proceeds from the premiere of the film will benefit The Nature Conservancy’s Silver Creek Preserve, earmarked for restoration at the creek.
    The evening will start with a 6 p.m. reception and an update on the Kilpatrick Pond project from project manager Dana Gross, who will present a progress report and future plans.
    Lost River Outfitters, which sends a lot of anglers to the preserve south of Bellevue, determined that a showing of the film ought to benefit Silver Creek.
    Raffle tickets will be sold for $5 each. Prizes, will include the newly introduced Waterworks-Lamson Litespeed IV reel, a Trout Unlimited membership, and outdoor wear by First Light and ExOfficio.
    Admission to the event will cost $10 per person. For further information or tickets, call Lost River Outfitters in Ketchum at 727-1706.
Can’t get out of town? The Center offers vicarious travel
    Local travelers will share their “Best Trip Ever: In Six Minutes or Less,” on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 p.m at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Ketchum.
    The free event is open to the public and the evening’s format will allow for six guests to share their favorite destinations—from adventure travels to family vacations—in just six minutes. They will be able to use visuals to illustrate their experience.
    “I have invited community members to share short presentations about a favorite trip,” said Katelyn Ziegler, director of education and humanities. “Our guests will share a rich variety of journeys: cross-country road trips, Idaho excursions, other-world experiences in Iran and India, and adventure cycling in Corsica.”
    “Best Trip Ever” is part of The Center’s current exhibit, “Wish You Were Here,” a multidisciplinary project and two-month celebration of travel, tourism and the American road trip. Programs include a visuals-arts exhibition, film, educational and interactive opportunities, and live theatre performances.
    For more information,  visit or call 726-9491.

Film Society continues run with Monty Python favorite
    “I don’t want to talk to you no more, you empty-headed animal food trough wiper. I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.”
    If that line either makes you grin in recognition, or puzzle at what in the blazes it is talking about, then head to the Magic Lantern Cinema in Ketchum on Thursday, Jan. 23, for a big-screen viewing of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”
    Part of the Magic Lantern Film Society’s series, this Monty Python classic parodies the legend of King Arthur’s quest to find the Holy Grail.
    Most Americans were unfamiliar with Monty Python’s particular form of insanity until this comic gem arrived on our shores in 1975. Since then, the show “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” and several feature films are now a staple of comedy history.
    The film is rated PG-13 and all seats are $5.

Annual benefit for valley trail and Galena Lodge
    The 2014 Galena and the Trails Winter Benefit will celebrate the 20th anniversary of “Saving Galena” on Saturday, Jan. 25, in the Limelight Room of the Sun Valley Inn.
     The 100-year-old historic Galena Lodge, nestled in the Boulder Mountains and surrounded by world-class Nordic skiing, has become a true community treasure. The benefit is held annually to raise crucial funds for the maintenance and preservation of the lodge and the adjacent trails, which are not supported by tax dollars.
    Tickets include a three-course meal, wine and live music with the High Street Combo. The live and silent auctions and raffles will be loaded with incredible items that include a free season pass, a vintner dinner, a family getaway to Whistler, B.C., a climbing adventure and more.
    Individual seats are $95, tables of 10 are $950, tables of eight are $760. The night starts at 5:30 p.m.
    Call 578-5459 for an invitation, email Megan Stevenson at, or stop by the BCRD offices at the Community Campus in Hailey.

St. Thomas Playhouse fundraiser set
    A “Hello Dolly!” themed event is slated for the Girlfriend’s Cabaret Luncheon, a fundraiser for St. Thomas Playhouse, to be held on Thursday, Feb. 6, at the Elkhorn Springs restaurant in Sun Valley from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Attending women will be greeted by gentlemen serving champagne and appetizers during social hour. During the three-course gourmet luncheon, attendees will be entertained by St. Thomas Playhouse actors performing songs from 2013 musical shows, as well as previewing songs from this year’s fall musical, “Hello, Dolly!”.  
    The event will feature raffle and auction packages, with all proceeds going to St. Thomas Playhouse, a community nonprofit performing arts organization for people of all ages.  
    Tickets are $125 ($95 tax-deductible) and are available by calling Cherie at 726-5349.

ERC welcomes new program director
    The Ketchum-based Environmental Resource Center has hired a new program director, Hadley DeBree.
    DeBree grew up in the Wood River Valley, graduating from Wood River High School.  She then received a bachelor’s degree in biology/environmental studies from Whitman College, and upon graduating, completed two years as an AmeriCorps member for the ERC.
    After working at the YMCA for a year, DeBree plans to share her passion for biology and the environment. She will be implementing existing ERC programs and bringing new programs to the valley.
    The public is invited to stop by the ERC office at 471 N. Washington Ave. in Ketchum to meet DeBree, or to contact her at 726-4333 or

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