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“Hawking: Can you hear me?” Film Screening and Q&A

When: December 27, 2022 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: The Community Library

The remarkable human story of Stephen Hawking – the international icon and feted genius. In this definitive theatrical feature doc, unseen archive and unrivalled access to his closest family, reveal, for the first time, both the scale of Hawking’s triumphs and the true cost of his disability and success. The film, released in 2021, runs 90 minutes and will be followed by a Q&A with BAFTA and Emmy award-winning producer Anthony Geffen. Registration strongly recommended to reserve your seat. More about the film: Catapulted to rock star status and global fame by his book A Brief History of Time, Hawking became the most famous scientist on the planet. He sought to uncover the ultimate answers to the Universe and find a Theory of Everything – one mathematical theory that would let us know, in his words “the mind of God.” Yet Hawking also faced a life-threatening and debilitating illness that had changed his life. Motor Neurone Disease robbed Hawking of his ability to walk, move and breathe and ultimately deprived him of his voice. Hawking passed away in 2018. Now, his immediate family comes together to reveal the triumphs and tragedies of his dramatic personal story. Along with Stephen’s insights …

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Expanding our Community Green Heart as our Valley Changes

When: March 16, 2023 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: The Community Library

What happens to a community as it faces the changes that come with growth and change? As we’ve all felt the effects of Idaho being the fastest growing state in the nation, many of us have wondered what lies ahead for our community. Will wildlife still wander down Main Street? Will recreation still be as memorable? Will this valley still be the kind of place we all love to live, work, and play in? This fall, at the Sun Valley Economic Forum, Dr. Jaap Vos gave a talk about the incredibly difficult conversation and community discussions that need to happen in the face of growth and change. This moving presentation was a highlight of the Sun Valley Economic Forum, and has prompted plenty of discussion. In a recent “Our View” opinion from the Idaho Mountain Express, we’re reminded that we’ve had to navigate these hard questions before. For Blaine County and its cities in the 1970s, adapting to change was a do-it-yourself project. Unlike nearly any other communities in the nation, they adopted zoning that kept commercial development off the highway, development off its hillsides and protected downtown vitality and livability. This is why the Sun Valley area is still …

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Creating an Inclusive Outdoors while Elevating Latino Environmental Activism

When: February 16, 2023 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: The Community Library

Who comes to mind when you think about environmental activism? Do you think back to John Muir, or to present day activists like Greta Thunberg? The organization Green Latinos is working to include the Latino/a/x voice and story to the forefront. “Environmental stewardship is part of our cultural heritage. Outdoor activities like fishing, gardening, camping, and celebrating in nature bring us joy and connect us to our deeply rooted traditions. We honor and celebrate our rich culture and our crucial role in the global social fabric through our stories and spirit. We continue the work of movements that came before us, defending our autonomy, building upon our cultural assets, and celebrating our identity.” – Green Latinos The Wood River Land Trust and The Community Library are excited to bring Green Latinos’ Public Land Director, Olivia Juarez to talk with the community about Latinx leadership in conservation. A lifelong Utahn based in Salt Lake City, and through their work with Latino Outdoors, Utah Coalition of La Raza, and the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, Olivia has nurtured Latinx joy and leadership in conserving nuestra tierra pública. Olivia was recognized as one of “10 Under 40” in 2021 by the National Parks Conservation …

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“The World is Our Stage: The Global Rhetorical Presidency and the Cold War”

When: January 26, 2023 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: The Community Library

Crowds swarm when U.S. presidents travel abroad, though many never hear their voices. The presidential body, moving from one secured location to another, communicates as much or more to these audiences than the texts of their speeches. In “The World is Our Stage,” Allison M. Prasch considers how presidential appearances overseas broadcast American superiority during the Cold War. Drawing on extensive archival research, Prasch examines five foundational moments in the development of what she calls the “global rhetorical presidency:” Truman at Potsdam, Eisenhower’s “Goodwill Tours,” Kennedy in West Berlin, Nixon in the People’s Republic of China, and Reagan in Normandy. In each case, Prasch reveals how the president’s physical presence defined the boundaries of the “Free World” and elevated the United States as the central actor in Cold War geopolitics. This program is presented in partnership with the Frank Church Institute at Boise State University. The event will be livestreamed and available to view later. Allison M. Prasch is assistant professor of rhetoric, politics, and culture at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She will be joined by Sam Martin, scholar of public address and political communication with the Frank Church Institute.

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Nutrient Cycles in Macroinvertebrates

When: January 19, 2023 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: The Community Library

Is the Big Wood River healthy? As with any ecological system, that is a complicated question that will take a lot of science, data, and study to determine. Anecdotally, community members of the Wood River Valley have very different answers. Some people look at the stunning beauty of the river on a fall day and can’t imagine a better picture of the word “vibrant,” while others may notice that they’re catching less fish than they used to and therefore think of the river as somehow less healthy than it once was, or could be. One way to determine the health of an ecosystem is to look at the living creatures that live within it! Aquatic macroinvertebrates are small animals that live in water, are big enough to see with the naked eye, and have no backbone. These animals include many types of insects as well as other animals such as worms, mollusks, and crustaceans. Most aquatic macroinvertebrates make their homes in rocks, leaves, and the sediment of streambeds. These aquatic creatures are excellent for studying when trying to find out how healthy an ecosystem is. Macroinvertebrate sampling is a critical tool in the arsenal of river evaluation techniques, and the …

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Small Business Saturday weekend at Madeline + Oliver

When: November 25, 2022 @ 11:00 am – November 27, 2022 @ 5:30 pm
Where: Madeline and Oliver, 460 Sun Valley Rd, Ketchum, ID 83340, USA

Shop Small – Shop Local. Join us for a Small Business Saturday weekend: Nov 25 – 27. A portion of all sales and 80% of proceeds on select collections will benefit Hospice and Palliative Care of the Wood River Valley. There will also be a raffle with M+O products along with  various businesses. Hospice and Palliative Care of the Wood River Valley is one of two hospices in the country that are 100% fully funded by donations. To learn more about their organization visit: www.hpcwrv.org

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Sondheim Tribute Revue

When: December 4, 2022 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Where: Sun Valley Opera House, 1 Sun Valley Rd, Sun Valley, ID 83353, USA

TLTC’s first concert musical, Sondheim Tribute Revue is a celebration of the late, great composer Stephen Sondheim’s most enduring works. With music direction by R.L. Rowsey, this unique night of Sondheim features collaboration amongst the valley’s finest musical performers. Kick off the holiday season with an experience tailor made for the whole family – an incredible evening of song that promises to be as enriching, complex, and as heartfelt as the melodies created by the legendary composer himself: Mr. Stephen Sondheim. Tickets are PAY WHAT YOU FEEL! Featuring: Patsy Wygle Kevin Wade Hannah Nye Joseph Bosteder and R.L. Rowsey

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Sondheim Tribute Revue

When: December 3, 2022 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Sun Valley Opera House, 1 Sun Valley Rd, Sun Valley, ID 83353, USA

TLTC’s first concert musical, Sondheim Tribute Revue is a celebration of the late, great composer Stephen Sondheim’s most enduring works. With music direction by R.L. Rowsey, this unique night of Sondheim features collaboration amongst the valley’s finest musical performers. Kick off the holiday season with an experience tailor made for the whole family – an incredible evening of song that promises to be as enriching, complex, and as heartfelt as the melodies created by the legendary composer himself: Mr. Stephen Sondheim. Tickets are PAY WHAT YOU FEEL! Featuring: Patsy Wygle Kevin Wade Hannah Nye Joseph Bosteder and R.L. Rowsey

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Sondheim Tribute Revue

When: December 2, 2022 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Sun Valley Opera House, 1 Sun Valley Rd, Sun Valley, ID 83353, USA

The Liberty Theatre Company’s first concert musical, Sondheim Tribute Revue is a celebration of the late, great composer Stephen Sondheim’s most enduring works. With music direction by R.L. Rowsey, this unique night of Sondheim features collaboration amongst the valley’s finest musical performers. Kick off the holiday season with an experience tailor made for the whole family – an incredible evening of song that promises to be as enriching, complex, and as heartfelt as the melodies created by the legendary composer himself: Mr. Stephen Sondheim. Tickets are PAY WHAT YOU FEEL! Featuring: Patsy Wygle Kevin Wade Hannah Nye Joseph Bosteder and R.L. Rowsey

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Winter Wonderland Festival Kick Off

When: December 10, 2022 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: Sun Valley Resort, 1 Sun Valley Rd, Sun Valley, ID 83353, USA

Join us on Saturday, December 10th for the Winter Wonderland Kick Off! Festivities include: Santa Shop & Stroll and Cookie Decorating – 12pm to 4pm Visit Santa for photos in the Boiler Room, as well as fun and festive cookie decorating! Individual cookies can be purchased for $12.50/each and children will be given a space in the Boiler Room to decorate. Carolers will be strolling, singing and bringing the holiday cheer!  Shop for a Cause at all Sun Valley Village Retail – All Day Shoppers at select stores in the Village including the Brass Ranch, Pete Lane’s, Signatures, and the Lodge Gift Shop can take care of everything on their holiday list while supporting local nonprofits in the community with the “Shop for a Cause” event. A percentage of all purchases will support the Environmental Resource Center, 43 North, and Girls on the Run in the Wood River Valley. Holiday Movie at the Opera House – Doors open at 4pm, Movie at 4:30pm Tickets can be purchased at the Opera House day of for $5, or in advance at the Rec Office.