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Craters of the Moon: Celebrate the Centennial

Join us for a journey into Craters of the Moon National Monument’s history. Explore its geological formation with Josh Johnson, Idaho Conservation League’s Central Idaho Director, before hearing from Ted Stout, who served as Chief of Interpretation and Education at Craters of the Moon for 17 years. With Ted, we will explore the last 100+ years of human interaction with the volcanic landscape. Don’t miss this chance to celebrate a century of discovery in this iconic, enigmatic Idahoan landscape! Presented in partnership with the Idaho Conservation League.

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Miracle of the Mind: Finding Purpose and Joy after Trauma

Join us for a talk by Matthew Krumwiede, a Purple Heart-decorated veteran, who will speak about the courage it takes to build a meaningful and joyful life. Matthew Krumwiede is a medically-retired U.S. Army Sergeant from Pocatello, Idaho. He was serving in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, in 2012 when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED), causing the loss of both legs above the knee as well as other severe trauma to his left arm and abdomen. After years of extensive recovery and ongoing medical issues, Matthew now works for Higher Ground helping to show fellow veterans, first responders, and people with disabilities the benefits of outdoor sports. The Miracle of the Mind programs at The Community Library are presented in partnership with Anita Dromey, Speech-Language Pathologist at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation in Ketchum.

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“Boss Lady” with Alli Frank and Asha Youmans

Join us for an evening with Alli Frank and Asha Youmans, co-authors of the new novel “Boss Lady.” The mission of their four novels is to to use humor, joy and compassion to write stories that encourage candid conversations about issues such as race, religion, culture, class, privilege, parenting and education and this one does not disappoint on the laughter front. This program will be held outdoors (weather permitting) on the Library’s Donaldson Robb Family Lawn. Bring a camp chair or blanket and join us for a rollicking evening with this hilarious and warm-hearted duo. About BOSS LADY: Meet Antonia “Toni” Arroyo. Her protective mother has outdated notions for her daughter’s life: employ her natural beauty and marry young. But Toni has wholly different aspirations. A promising inventor and budding entrepreneur, Toni fights to keep her passions alive as a financially strapped mother of twins with a job in airport transportation services that has her going in circles. One treasured frequent passenger is elderly traveler Sylvia Eisenberg, Toni’s sage but unofficial adviser and cheerleader. When Toni meets Sylvia’s grandson, Ash, a striking venture capitalist, luck just might bend her way. With a game-changing new business endeavor in development, Toni hustles …

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SINK / RISE: A Conversation with Photographer Nick Brandt

Join The Community Library for a conversation with photographer Nick Brandt and local gallery owner L’Anne Gilman as they discuss Brandt’s latest photographic series SINK / RISE. SINK / RISE is the third chapter of “The Day May Break,” Brandt’s ongoing global series portraying those impacted by environmental destruction and climate change. This chapter focuses on South Pacific Islanders impacted by rising oceans from climate change. Photographed in-camera underwater in the ocean off the coast of the Fijian islands, the local people in these images are representatives of the many people whose homes, land and livelihoods will be lost in the coming decades as the water rises. “Although they are several meters below the surface, the subjects of Nick Brandt’s mesmerizing photographs do not float or swim. Incredibly, they sit on sofas, stand on chairs, use seesaws, and pose in ways they might on land. The effect is otherworldly, as though the familiar laws of physics have stalled in this strange, liminal zone between land and sea. Sit with these photographs and the others in the series, and the subject’s expressions will change like water. Stoicism becomes resignation. Frustration becomes resolve. In their pensive faces, we can read tenderness, grief, …

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“It’s Her Story: Sacajawea” with Randy’L Teton

Join us for a conversation with Shoshone-Bannock author Randy’L Teton about her recent children’s book “It’s Her Story: Sacajawea” and her work and experiences that have motivated and contributed to this work. At the event, Teton will be selling her book as well as posters and the 2024 Dollar Coin. Attendees can meet Teton and get posters or books signed after the event. This event is open to all ages. Registration is required. The event will also be livestreamed. Click here to watch online. About Randy’L: Randy’L Teton was born and raised in southeastern Idaho and is a tribal member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation. In 1998, Teton served as the official model for the U.S Native American Dollar coin featuring Sacajawea, the young Shoshone girl who was the only female member of the Lewis & Clark Expedition of 1804-1806. In addition, she completed several museum exhibitions across Idaho as a curator and co-curator for several notable Native American exhibits highlighting Shoshone-Bannock history and culture. She is currently working on a personal memoir as the ‘Youngest and only living model’ on U.S currency.

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The Garage: Artist’s Incubator @ The Spot FREE Writing Workshop with Abby Rosebrock

WRITING WORKSHOP with Abby Rosebrock, The Garage Artist-in-Residence 2024 “Transformative theater respects both its audience and its creators.” –Abby Rosebrock Thursday, May 16th, 2024 The Spot, 220 Lewis Street #2, Ketchum, ID 83340 6:00pm-8:30pm FREE Writing Workshop with Artist-in-Residence, Abby Rosebrock. Come hang out at The Spot on Thursday 5/16 for an exclusive opportunity to meet and work with Abby Rosebrock! Learn a bit about Abby’s process and journey as a playwright and dive-in to some guided dramatic writing exercises together. This workshop is open to anyone interested in the creative process/craft of playwriting/making theater/telling stories, ages 14+. Think low pressure environment! Think very fun! Think creatives being creative together! EVENT IS FREE BUT SPACE IS LIMITED, YOU MUST REGISTER AT LINK BELOW. MORE INFO: www.spotsunvalley.com/thegarage REGISTER: https://forms.gle/izuhVwo1eYAPoSwC9 SUITABILITY: All are welcome. Must be 14+

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Saving Lives in Sub-Saharan Africa through Water Innovation

Join us for a conversation with Nigerian hydrologist and climate activist Ichor Joshua Keghnen, who at age 12 contracted typhoid fever, a water borne disease that nearly killed him and ultimately shaped the trajectory of his life. Learn about his quest to improve water access and quality for underserved communities in sub-Saharan Africa. At just 23 years of age, Joshua has been recognized with international awards and fellowships. He’s presented his water innovations at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, was chosen as one of 25 finalists for the first cohort of the Young Climate Prize in 2023, is a Because Accelerator alumni, a Swarovski Foundation Creative, a 776 Climate Fellow, and a scholar of the British Council. Joshua is committed to driving positive change at the nexus of water, climate, and technology. With a background in earth sciences, he has developed innovative technologies that are revolutionizing water infrastructure and management. His Geotek technology monitors water quality and checks for needed maintenance of wells in rural areas of Nigeria. With hardware sensors installed at water sources, the system can provide needed alerts when there is a mechanical fault, allowing for quick intervention to prevent water contamination and other health …

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Finding Your Center: Building a Writing & Healing Practice for Yourself

As humans, we arrive at any given moment with a wide range of joys and traumas—as writers, this is no different. If we have been called to writing, this is because we know we have something important to say. But when we come from different backgrounds and different life experiences, what responsibility do we have to truth in our writing? What is the responsibility we have to ourselves and to each other? What harm do we create when we write from a place that is inauthentic to who we are—and in the reverse, what power do we embody when we write from our own truth? In this workshop, award-winning poet and Level II Reiki practitioner, Jo Blair Cipriano, will lead us in an afternoon of reconnecting to our authentic selves. We will study work by Solmaz Sharif, Taneum Bambrick, Nicole Sealey, Layli Long Soldier, and Luther Hughes among others, and will discuss why only they could’ve written the precise poems they did. We will use guided meditations, writing exercises, and open discussion as means to explore what are the poems that only we could write. This workshop will help you explore who you are at your core, and who your …

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Lava Ridge Wind Project Panel Discussion

Lava Ridge Wind is a proposed 1 gigawatt windpower project in southern Idaho under development by Magic Valley Energy, LLC (a subsidiary of LS Power). The 400-turbine project would be located across 76,000 acres of public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the Idaho Department of Lands in Jerome, Lincoln, and Minidoka Counties. The project has been under development since 2021. The final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is due out in Spring 2024 for public comment, and a record of decision on the project is anticipated in the summer. Since its announcement, the project has faced significant local opposition, including concerns about loss of grazing land, impacts on water availability, and disturbance of the Minidoka National Historic Site, where Japanese Americans were incarcerated during World War II. Proponents of the project, meanwhile, cite the need for such large-scale projects to transition the U.S. away from fossil fuels and to mitigate the effects of climate change. How do we balance the need for renewable energy with local concerns? What happens when diverse communities join together to speak out against large projects? Join us for a panel discussion on the project and these questions. Panelists will include Janet Keegan, …