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The Sun Valley Guide magazine is distributed free four times a year to residents and guests throughout the Sun Valley, Idaho resort area communities.

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Winter Essentials

íTis the season
The holidays are a classic time to be in Sun Valley. Snow-white hills, lights strewn about city trees, perfect powder days under bluebird skies, all add to the copious organized merriment.

Ketchum Christmas Tree Lighting: Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m., Ketchumís Town Plaza. Live music, hot cocoa, hot cider, cookies and, naturally, Santa Claus, riding in on a fire engine.

Caritas Choraleís Holiday Sing-a-Long: Dec. 12, 6 p.m., St. Thomas Church, Ketchum.

Croney Cove European Christmas Market: Dec. 13-15,
10 a.m.-6 p.m. at 1034 Warm Springs Rd., $5. Details: 726-2683.

Sun Valley Christmas Eve:
Dec. 24, ice sculptures, mini figure skating exhibition, ice bars in the Sun Valley Village; torchlight parade and a fireworks display and a visit from Santa.
Details: 622-2097.

Company of Foolsí Itís A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play: Dec. 24-26, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Liberty Theatre, Hailey. Tickets: $15 to $25.
Details: 578-9122

The Race is on
Gear up for these hot ticket winter sprints.

Winterstart Nordic Race:
Dec. 13, Galena Lodge. Details: 726-3497.

Wells Fargo Boulder Mountain Tour:
Feb. 7, Galena Lodge. Details:

Boulder Mountain Classic Tour:
Feb. 21, the Harriman Trail. Details: 726-3497.

7th Annual Snow Box Derby:
Feb. 22, Rotarun Ski Area in Hailey. Details: 788-2117

Spring Loppet: A costumed fun Nordic tour;
March 29, Galena Lodge. Details, 726-4010.

Bill Janss Memorial Pro Am Classic:
March 5-7. Details: 726-4129.

The Ride, Stride and Glide triathlon:
April 5, Galena Lodge. Details: 726-4010.

Go Nordic
Ditch the downhill, just for a day.

Ski free days: Dec. 14 and Jan. 10 on the North Valley Trails and Quigley Nordic.

Ski the Rails: Jan. 31, on the Wood River Trail system.

Winter Warmers
Let Galena Lodge (24 miles north of Ketchum on Hwy. 75) take the chill off after a day cross-country skiing the fabulous surrounding trails. Stop by for a winter warmer or spend the evening enjoying one of their sumptuous seasonal dining options. Choose from the monthly Full Moon Dinner (Dec. 11-13, Jan. 9-11, Feb. 7-9 and March 9-11., 6:30 p.m.) or spend the holiday surrounded by snow and serenaded by Mirko Pressler at one of their Holiday Dinners (Dec. 24-28, 30-31; 6:30 p.m.). Reservations required 726-4010.

Celebrate mountain life
a special place we live in, get out there and enjoy it.

Best of Banff Film Festival: 12th Annual Friends of the Sawtooth National Forest Avalanche Center fund raising event; Jan. 29, 30 and 31,  nexStage Theatre, Ketchum.

The Hawaiian Nationals: Final race of the Sun Valley Telemark series combined with end of season party; April 5, Warm Springs.

Galas galore

Break out the Ketchum casual attire for these worthy causes.

13th Annual Galena Winter Dinner and Benefit: Jan. 24, the Sun Valley Innís Limelight room. Details: 788-2117.

St. Lukeís Wood River Medical Center Holiday Ball: Dec. 13, the Sun Valley Innís Limelight Room.
Details: 727-8429.

Art in the Mountains
From live music to lectures, these Sun Valley Center for the Arts events will tickle those cultural taste buds after a hard day in the snow. Details:

Man Embarrassed by Mike Stilkey, courtesy Gilman Contemporary

Michael Chabon: The Pulitzer Prize winning author lectures as a part of the multidisciplinary exhibition Superheroes; Dec. 9, nexStage Theatre, Ketchum.

Gloria Steinem: The feminist and writer lectures as a part of the multidisciplinary exhibition Domestic Life; Jan. 14, Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood, Ketchum.

Perla Batalla: The singer returns to perform her mestiza music, a vibrant mixture of her South American, Mexican and American roots, Dec. 5, Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood, Ketchum.

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet: The accomplished sons of famed jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, perform Jan. 9, Sun Valley Opera House.

The Shanghai Quartet: A versatile ensemble known for its passionate musicality, virtuoso technique and multicultural innovation, perform Feb. 7, Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood, Ketchum.

Gallery Walks
Sip and stroll as wine and art mingle during the Sun Valley Gallery Association sponsored Gallery Walks; 6-9 p.m., Nov. 28, Dec. 26, Feb. 13, March 6 and May 23, in and around Ketchum.