This week, Thursday, July 24, “Wildflowers and Mountain Goats” will be guided by local goat expert (and well-known through Elephant’s Perch) Nappy Neaman. Meet at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden at 9:30 am or at Billy’s Bridge at 10:15 am to explore flowers. Please bring a packed lunch, water bottle and appropriate clothing for a moderate hike. To make a reservation for this FREE experience, call the Garden at 208.726.9358.
Head out to the Konditorei for our monthly Alpine Beer & Food Tasting at 6pm. There will be 3 flights consisting of 3 courses per flight, for a total of 9 unique beer and food pairings. Reservations recommended, please call 208-622-2800
“Battle of the Blades, the community fundraiser to end all community fundraisers, returns to Sun Valley center ice on Friday, September 5. Following a one-year hiatus, this wildly popular event, sponsored by the Sun Valley Figure Skating Club promises to be bigger, badder and better than ever.
If you missed the sold-out events in 2011 and 2012, Battle of the Blades pairs nine local celebrity amateurs with highly accomplished figure skating professionals. Each competes in a professionally choreographed, fully costumed two-minute routine. A panel of celebrity judges provides 50 percent of the final score while the other half is determined by an audience applause meter. To further inspire community involvement, each contestant chooses a non-profit organization to represent. The top three finishers all win cold hard cash for the worthy organization of their choice.” For more information please visit
This week, Thursday, July 10, the “Wildflowers & Mushrooms” walk will be led by Kathy Richmond. Kathy is an amateur mycologist and has studied mushrooms for 15 years, even taking a month-long mushroom identification course from world renowned mycologist Dr. Orson Miller, Jr. Jeanne Cassell, founder of the Sawtooth Botanical Garden’s Wildflower Walks, will co-lead. Participants will hike to Murdock Creek and will return to the Garden at 2:30 to view a slideshow on “How to Identify Gilled Mushrooms” Please bring a garden tool, cloth bag for collecting (plastic rots mushrooms,) lunch, water and good hiking shoes.
Meet at the Garden at 9:30 am. To make a reservation for this FREE experience, call the Garden at 208.726.9358.
Next week, Thursday, July 3, the walk will be led by local butterfly (and spider) expert and naturalist Ann Christensen, along with Jeanne Cassell, founder of the Sawtooth Botanical Garden’s Wildflower Walks. This is a nature discovery hike featuring (hopefully) butterflies and wildflowers currently planned for Taylor Canyon – noted as a 4-mile, easy hike but with a bit of a climb. Please bring your own picnic and wear comfortable walking shoes. Meet at the Garden at 9:30 am (or at the end of Lake Creek Road at 10:00 am) to carpool, and the outing is expected to last until 2 pm. To make a reservation for this FREE experience, call the Garden at 208.726.9358.
Bald Mountain will be closed to the public on Monday June 30th. All access points to Bald Mountain (River Run, Warm Springs & Cold Springs) are included in the closure. The closure is due to the helicopter removal of the Sunnyside and Flying Squirrel lift towers and is for the public’s safety. Please enjoy Bald Mountain anytime before or after June 30th.
You can capsulize most pop music acts by reciting how many hits they’ve had and how many millions of albums they’ve sold. But these conventional measurements fall short when you’re assessing the impact of The Beach Boys. To be sure, this band has birthed a torrent of hit singles and sold albums by the tens of millions. But its greater significance lies in the fact that it changed the musical landscape so profoundly that every pop act since has been in its debt. Happily for us all, The Beach Boys continue to create and perform with the same bold imagination and style that marked their explosive debut over 50 years ago. For tickets and information please visit http://sunvalley.ticketfly.com/event/606107-beach-boys-sun-valley/ or call 208.622.2135.