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Winter Calendar

Holiday Celebrations
Lights in the Garden: More than 30,000 lights illuminate the Sawtooth Botanical Garden just south of Ketchum. 6-9 p.m. $5 per person, $15 per car. Thursday, Dec. 13 through Saturday, Dec. 22

Vanilla Soul Christmas: Presented by the Sun Valley Hallelujah Chorus with Footlight Dance Theater. nexStage Theatre, Ketchum. 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21

Hailey's Holiday Antique Market: Holiday show featuring antique dealers, fine art, vintage linens, pottery. Hailey Armory, 701 4th Ave. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28

Claremont Trio for Christmas Concert: Meet-the-artists presentation in the concert hall at 6:15 p.m. Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood, 100 Saddle Rd., Ketchum. 7-8:30 p.m. $24 adult, $10 student. Sunday, Dec. 30

New Year's Eve Bubbly Bash: See in 2013 at the River Run Lodge with DJ Shark and his unstoppable percussionists. $50 in advance, $75 at the door. Monday, Dec. 31

Sun Valley Resort's Festivities
Sun Valley Resort's first Winter Wonderland Festival: Thousands of lights will decorate Sun Valley Village, illuminating 13 unique window displays depicting Christmas around the world. A 20-by-30-foot gingerbread re-creation of the Sun Valley Village, Bald Mountain and the Snowball Express train is also on show. Daily through Jan. 4

Breakfast with Santa: A breakfast buffet with Santa in the Sun Valley Lodge Dining Room. $25 adults, $15 for children 4-12, 3 & under free. Details: 622-2800. Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 8 - 23

Tree lighting and Santa visit: Sun Valley Carolers begin their nightly strolls around Sun Valley Resort (5 p.m. through Dec. 30). Saturday, Dec. 15.

Sun Valley Christmas Eve Celebration: Enjoy a free performance of the classic Christmas tale "Nutcracker on Ice," free hot chocolate, cookies, fireworks and Dollar Mountain torchlight parade, arrival of Santa and free ice skating after the show. Sun Valley Resort, Outdoor Ice Rink. 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24

Art & Culture
Sun Valley Gallery Association Art Walks: around downtown Ketchum, 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, Friday, Feb. 15, Friday, March 15, Saturday, May 25

Crossing Cultures—Ethnicity in Contemporary America: Sun Valley Center for the Arts exhibition addressing the question how do we meld our ethnic or cultural traditions with our lives as citizens in 21st-century America? Featuring installations by Washington artist Joe Feddersen and Hailey artist Bob Dix. Dec. 7, 2012 through Feb. 16

Film & Theater
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown: Based on the beloved Peanuts comic strip, this updated classic recently enjoyed a successful run on Broadway. Company of Fools, Hailey. 3 p.m. $30, $20 and $10. Dec. 12 through Dec. 30

The Second City: America's famed comedy troupe returns with its one-of-a-kind Laugh Out Loud Tour. Liberty Theatre, Hailey. 7 p.m. $35, $25. Thursday, Jan. 10 through Saturday, Jan. 12

Best of Banff Film Festival: nexStage Theatre, Ketchum. Friday, Feb. 1, and Saturday, Feb. 2

Distracted, a play by Lisa Loomer: A new play that asks, "Are we so tuned in to our info-rich, 24/7 world that we've tuned out the things that really matter?" Liberty Theatre, Hailey. 7 p.m. $30, $20, $10. Feb. 13 through March 2

Screening Star Trek II: Introduction and Q and A with producer Robert Sallin. The Community Library Ketchum. 1 p.m. Free. Wednesday, Feb. 13

The Family of Woman Film Festival: Five films will be presented, documentaries and dramas from around the world illustrating the status of women. Matinees at 3 p.m. Evenings at 7 p.m. Sun Valley Opera House. Details: 622-1554,
Friday, March 1
Sun Valley Film Festival: Showcasing cutting-edge independent films, premieres, exciting children's programming and previews of new television premieres from National Geographic and others, a closing ceremony with special musical guest and much more. Details: 928-7818, Thursday, March 14, through Sunday, March 17

Live Music
Sun Valley Artist Series concert: With Ben Hong, cello, Peter Henderson, piano. Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood, Ketchum. 7 p.m. $24, $10. Saturday, Feb. 2
David Wax Museum: Boston's Americana Artist of the Year performs at Sun Valley Opera House. 6:30 p.m. $20 members, $30 non, $10 students. Friday, Feb. 8

Sun Valley Opera's 3-Day Winter Extravaganza: Monday, Feb. 11, Diva Party at the Valley Club. Tuesday, Feb. 12, Broadway and Beyond Concert at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood at 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 13, La Boheme with the Utah Lyric Opera at the Community Campus in Hailey, 7 p.m. Varies . All Day. Details: 720-5584. Monday, Feb. 11, through Wednesday, Feb. 13

Pearl Django concert: Sun Valley Artist Series. Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood, Ketchum. 7 p.m. $24, $10. Thursday, Feb. 21

A cabaret evening with Michael Kaeshammer Trio: nexStage Theatre, Ketchum. 6:30 p.m. $50 members, $60 non, $10 students. Friday, March 8

Ski Races & Expos
Prairie Creek Classic: Elephant's Perch. Details: 726-3497. Saturday, Jan. 5. Free learn to Nordic ski clinic: Skate at 1 p.m. Classic at 2:30 p.m. RSVP required. Galena Lodge, north of Ketchum. Sunday, Jan. 6

Ski Free day all BCRD Nordic Trails: All BCRD trails, all day. Sunday, Jan. 6 USSA Freestyle Spectacular: SVSEF races. Mogul competition on Race Arena, and slope style and half-pipe competitions on Dollar. Bald Mountain and Dollar Mountain. Details: 726-4129. Thursday, Jan. 10 through Saturday, Jan. 19

Billy Goat Loppett: Galena Lodge, north of Ketchum. Details: 622-3003. Sunday, Jan. 13

Skoch Cup: Sun Valley Ski Club Race. Sun Valley Resort, Base of Warm Springs. All Day. Details: 622-3003, Friday, Jan. 18, through Sunday, Jan. 20


Laura Flood/Cheeso Memorial Race: Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Ski Race. Sun Valley Resort, Bald Mountain. All day. Details: 726-4129 or Saturday, Feb. 2 through Monday, Feb. 4

USASA Intermountain Snowboard Series: Dollar Mountain, Sun Valley. All day. Sunday, Feb. 3

Bradford Cup: Sun Valley Ski Club Race. Sun Valley Resort, Bald Mountain. All day. Details: 622-3003. Tuesday, Feb. 5

Boulder Classic Tour: Harriman Trail. All day. Details: 726-3497. Saturday, Feb. 16

28th annual Paw 'n' Pole: Canine cross-country ski and snowshoe races with leashed dogs, best costume and silly pet trick contests. Croy Canyon, Hailey. Sunday, Feb. 24

Monroe/Basolo Ski Race: Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation ski race. Sun Valley Resort, Bald Mountain. All day. Details: 726-4129, Sunday, Feb. 24

USCSA races: Collegiate Nationals for alpine, Nordic and snowboard racing. A multi-venue event taking place at Hemingway, Cozy, Dollar and Nordic Center, Sun Valley Resort, 11 a.m. - noon.
Monday, March 4, through Friday, March 8

Transworld Snow Conference: Speakers and discussions revolving around the topic: "What's Next?" Sun Valley Resort. All Day. Tuesday, March 12-15

Rev Tour: An international tour stop for skier-x, half-pipe and slope-style events Sun Valley Resort. All day.
Sunday, March 17 through Friday, March 22

Sun Valley Nordic Festival
Ski the Rails: Wood River Trail System. 8 a.m. Free. Saturday, Jan. 26
Galena and Trails Benefit Auction: Sun Valley Inn, Limelight Room 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26

Skin It To Win It Race: Dollar Mountain, Sun Valley. Noon, Sunday, Jan. 27
Nordic Ski Race and Winter Block Party: Downtown Ketchum. All day, Thursday, Jan. 31

Boulder Mountain Tour Expo: Wood River Y, Ketchum. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1

2013 Boulder Mountain Tour: One of America's longest running and most respected cross-country ski races, the Tour traverses the Boulder Mountains for 32 kilometers of breathtaking beauty and world-class competition. Galena Lodge, Senate Meadows, north of Ketchum. 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2

2013 Boulder Mountain Tour Demo: The final event of the 3rd annual Sun Valley Nordic Festival. Try the latest ski equipment from BMT sponsors and enjoy the beautiful and unique skiing at Sun Valley Nordic. Sun Valley Resort, Sun Valley Nordic. 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 3
Festive Fundraisers
A Winter Feast for the Soul: The Community Library, Ketchum. 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10
Share Your Heart Ball to benefit Camp Rainbow Gold: Sun Valley Inn, Limelight Room. 5:30 p.m. Details: 422-0176. Saturday, Feb. 16

Wellness Events
Sun Valley Wellness Festival: An annual gathering of the top speakers and practitioners of mind-body-spirit and environmental wellness. May 24 through May 28

Winter Activities
Explore the valley's history at the Ketchum Sun Valley Heritage and Ski Museum. Take the gondola up Baldy for spectacular views and a meal at the historic Roundhouse Lodge. Enjoy dinner under the full moon at Galena Lodge. Snowshoe through the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. Take a sleigh ride to Trail Creek Cabin. Go night skiing at Rotarun in Hailey. Take the family sledding at Croy Nordic. Catch a hockey game at Sun Valley Resort. Enjoy the snow!