Wednesday June 22
9:30AM to 1PM / Adams Gulch / Ketchum
The Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley is kicking off another year of its popular Hikin’ Buddies program out Adams Gulch! All are welcome to join in throughout the summer, weather permitting. Meet at the Adams Gulch trailhead from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays.
At Hikin’ Buddies, attendees can take a Shelter dog for a hike or hang out and socialize some of the smaller dogs and puppies. It is a great opportunity to meet some of the Shelter’s adoptable dogs as well as to learn more about the organization. No appointment is necessary. Also, the Shelter will now be doing adoptions at Adams Gulch during Hikin’ Buddies. Call (208) 788-4351 to learn more about the program.
Wednesday June 22
Albertsons Grand Reopening
10:AM / Albertsons / Hailey
Join the Hailey Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the grand reopening of Albertsons supermarket in north Hailey after its recent renovation. The event will include a ribbon cutting and a presentation of donations to The Hunger Coalition and the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley. Also, prizes will be given away at an in-store raffle and samples will be available throughout the store. Albertsons is located at 911 N. Main Street.
Wednesday June 22-25
‘Shrek The Musical’
7PM / Community School / Sun Valley
As part of its community outreach, St. Thomas Playhouse annually produces a Summer Theater Project, a unique program where young adults learn about themselves through fully produced, live performances of exciting material. This year, Summer Theatre Project will present “Shrek The Musical,” the Tony Award-nominated adaptation of the classic DreamWorks animated film. With music by the acclaimed Jeanine Tesori and a book by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, “Shrek The Musical” is full of exciting characters for the young adult ensemble and perfect for audiences of all ages.
“Shrek The Musical” runs June 22-25 with shows nightly at 7 p.m. in the Community School Theatre, located at 1 Community School Drive in Sun Valley. Tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for kids and can be purchased online at stthomasplayhouse.org.
Thursday June 23
Business After Hours
5-7PM / 206 N. Main St. / Hailey
This is a very popular Business After Hours held at Mountain West Bank. There is always a great crowd and food provided by Zou 75. Don’t forget to bring business cards to enter the raffle for great prizes!
Thursday June 23
6PM / Community Library / Ketchum
The Royal Larkspur Players are delighted to present the wonderful comedy/drama, “Bakersfield Mist” on Thursday at 6 p.m. ‘Mist’ is a play that asks important questions about art and authenticity and, most importantly, answers them in no uncertain terms. It’s exhilarating in the extreme when a play strikes it rich on every conceivable level as this one does.
A hit in New York, London, L.A. and elsewhere, the Royal Larkspur Players are pleased to be able to present the play to a Sun Valley audience for a staged reading. This event will be presented free of charge as a fundraiser for The Community Library; donations are always welcome.
Friday June 24-25
‘Getting to Know Your Pollinators’
10AM to 3PM / Sawtooth Botanical Garden / Ketchum
The Wood River Land Trust is teaming up with the Sawtooth Botanical Garden, The Nature Conservancy and the Sawtooth National Recreation Area to offer a free Pollinators in the Landscape Workshop Series. The series includes workshops designed to help professionals and homeowners learn more about the importance of pollinators in the landscape, and how to attract them to their own backyards.
On Friday and Saturday, attend “Getting to Know Your Pollinators.” Friday will be a technical identification session for agency, professional and dedicated individuals to learn about and then identify pollinators in the field. Saturday will hold an introductory course on the importance, habitat and identification of local pollinators and then a field session to find them. The presenter will be Dr. Paula Kleintjes Neff of the University of Wisconsin. All the workshops are free, open to the public and include light refreshments. For more information about the workshops or programs, or to save a seat, check out woodriverlandtrust.org/events, or call (208) 788-3947.
Saturday June 25
Pioneers Alliance Bike Tour
9AM / Craters of the Moon
The Pioneers Alliance is excited to host the 6th Annual Bike Tour, a public event to support recreation, natural history and conservation in the Pioneer Mountains and Craters of the Moon landscape. Craters of the Moon interpretive staff will lead the tour with support from other organizations. This is a fun way to visit Craters and learn about conservation in the local area.
There are two routes offered in 2016. Both rides start and end at the Craters Visitor Center. The first is a mountain bike ride along a 16-mile route on the north end of Craters of the Moon National Monument. This ride is relatively flat, but sandy sections can be difficult. The final section is along Highway 20. The second is a family ride along 4 miles of paved road within Craters of the Moon. This new route is offered for families and road bikers. The ride can be extended if people want to continue on paved roads.
Registration is required for this event and space is limited. For more information or to register, contact Brian at (208) 726-7485 or brianICL2016@gmail.com. The rides will start from the Craters of the Moon Visitor Center at 9 a.m. Plan to arrive early.
Saturday June 25
Blaine County Fire Expo
11AM to 2PM / Festival Field / Sun Valley
The Ketchum and Sun Valley fire departments will host the annual Blaine County Fire Expo this weekend, including a free barbecue, demonstrations of car extrication, rescue drills, training in extinguishing fires and fire safety planning. Fire crews will force entry through a door, extinguish a fire, cut through a roof and “rescue” a trapped firefighter. This year’s Expo will also include tours of a Ketchum Fire Department ambulance and an Air St. Luke’s helicopter. U.S. Forest Service firefighters and firefighting mascot Smokey Bear will be present. A junior firefighters’ race, designed for 4- to 8-year-olds, will be a new addition to the event.
“The Blaine County Fire Expo is believed to be the largest fire fair in the West,” states a recent news release from the City of Ketchum. For more information, call Ketchum Firefighter Lieutenant Lara McLean at (208) 720-2059.
Saturday June 25
Hailey Skateboard Competition
11AM to 4PM / Hailey Skatepark
Watch some of Idaho’s best skaters go head-to-head in the 5th Annual Hailey Skateboard Competition. The event will feature great prizes, music by Jens P, refreshments and more. The day will host two major contests for multiple age groups: a street jam and a vert competition. Judges for the Hailey Skateboard Competition will be local adult skaters, who know all the tricks and many of the skaters involved.
Entry into the competition is $15, but spectators can attend for free. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the competition will commence at 11 a.m. and run through 4 p.m. Hailey Skatepark is located next to the Chamber Welcome Center and Campion Ice House. Learn more about the park at haileyidaho.com/skateboarding and facebook.com/HaileySkate.
Saturday June 25
‘Let the Sun Shine In’ Benefit
6:30PM / Sawtooth Botanical Garden / Ketchum
The Crisis Hotline’s “Let the Sun Shine In” benefit will take place on June 25 at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden. Cory Chambers, national speaker about trauma and host of the award-winning show “The Hoarders,” is the featured guest speaker for this year’s event. The live auction and silent auction will feature items contributed by local businesses, including spa packages, a Sun Valley season ski pass, evening-out packages, a Boise getaway, and more. Appetizers, beer and wine are included and will be served throughout the evening.
Event funds will support an increased demand for crisis intervention services including educational programs at local schools, service organizations and the general public. Advanced tickets are $50 per person or $55 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Chapter One Bookstore in Ketchum and online at thecrisishotline.org.
Saturday June 25
Shalom Klezmer Band
7PM / nexStage Theater / Ketchum
Enjoy an evening of Klezmer and Jewish music in conjunction with the Wood River Jewish Community. Featuring the Shalom Klezmer Band and Chava Mirel, the event will be led by Rabbi Jim Mirel. Purchase tickets at the door before the concert – cash or check only – for $15; tickets for children 12 and under are $5.
Sunday June 26
Jazz in the Park
6-8PM / Rotary Park / Ketchum
Jazz reigns supreme on Sundays 6-8 p.m., June 26 through the end of July. Ketchum’s free concert series, Jazz in the Park, sees many of Idaho’s best jazz musicians. Join the community for a picnic-style evening filled with tunes from the jazz canon, all in the midst of Idaho’s glorious wilderness. Concerts take place at the riverside Rotary Park, located at the cross section of Warm Springs Road and Saddle Road. This is more of a mellow music option – more for listening than dancing. To be fully prepared, grab a blanket, a bottle of wine and some friends. The Louis Romanos Quartet from Boise will play Jazz in the Park on June 26.
“Mr. Romanos’s compositions interweave Latin, Middle and Far Eastern influences within an American jazz framework,” states the quartet’s website. “New Orleans street beat rhythms meet globally inspired melodies to create a playful, rhythmically driven vehicle for improvisation.”
Tuesday June 28
Day At Rock Creek Ranch
8:45AM / Community Campus / Hailey
The University of Idaho [UI] Rangeland Center invites the public to join UI President Chuck Staben, along with the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the College of Natural Resources, the Wood River Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy for a field day at Rock Creek Ranch.
Rock Creek Ranch, outside of Hailey, is a 10,400-acre working conservation ranch that is the subject of a new collaboration among the University of Idaho, The Nature Conservancy of Idaho and the Wood River Land Trust. The team has a shared vision to establish a sustainable rangeland research and educational facility in the heart of Idaho, where ranching, conservation, recreation and education intersect.
Meet at Community Campus at 8:45 a.m. for the shuttle to the ranch. There will be a hosted lunch and an optional afternoon field tour session specifically for researchers and natural resource professionals who would like to be involved in research and education opportunities on the ranch. RSVP by going to uirsvp.com. For questions regarding the event contact Lovina Englund at the UI Rangeland Center by telephone at (208) 885-6536 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.