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February 2018

Maker Madness: Slime Lab (ages 9+)

February 21 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Children’s Library, 415 Spruce Ave North
Ketchum, ID 83340 United States
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Join us after school today in The Children's Library for a Maker Activity that uses discovery, creativity, or problem-solving skills. Students age 9 and up are invited to participate. This month's Maker Madness Activity will be: Slime Lab.

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Race and Identity in American Literature: A Book Discussion Series

February 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Community Library Lecture Room, 415 Spruce Ave North
Ketchum, ID 83340 United States
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As we anticipate the March 8 lecture by prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen in Ketchum, co-sponsored by The Community Library and the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, we will explore his novel and two other seminal American novels from the second half of the 20th century. The reading list is constructed by recommendations from Nguyen, who also is a professor of American Studies (see the interview with him in The New York Times Book Review from January 30, 2017: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/30/books/review/viet-thanh-nguyen-by-the-book.html). We will begin with Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, then read Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston, and conclude with Nguyen's The Sympathizer. The discussions will be moderated by Jenny Emery Davidson, the Library's executive director. 4 – February 21: Woman Warrior and The Sympathizer We’ll discuss the rest of Woman Warrior and begin discussing The Sympathizer, focusing on just the first chapter of Nguyen’s novel.

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Tech Class with Paul: Screen Time Management

February 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Community Library Lecture Room, 415 Spruce Ave North
Ketchum, ID 83340 United States
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As devices reach further into our lives, recognizing quality screen time and the self-management of our devices is an often overlooked topic.  However, blending technology into our lives is possible. This class will explore some tools, philosophies, and approaches that center around you and not your device.

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Story Time with Lee Dabney: Winter Sports

February 22 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
The Children’s Library, 415 Spruce Ave North
Ketchum, ID 83340 United States
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We've re-scheduled our Monday story time on Thursday for this week. Lee Dabney is our Story Time host. Come join her for fun stories. This week's she'll be reading about Winter Sports in celebration of the Winter Olympics. Suitable for ages 3 and up, story time includes stories, songs, and a fun craft or activity.

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Young Artist’s Reception: All Invited

February 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Children’s Library, 415 Spruce Ave North
Ketchum, ID 83340 United States
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All in the community are invited to celebrate the Young Artists from Alturas Elementary whose artwork is displayed in the connecting hallway between the Children's Library and the main stacks. Children worked together to re-illustrate the covers of popular children's books in both English and Spanish. Come see their creations and meet the artists; they'll be on-hand to discuss their work. Light fare served. This project is part of the WOW Foundation's projects for students in Blaine County.

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Tech Office Hours with Paul

February 22 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join tech expert Paul Zimmerman for one-on-one technology tutorials in the Reference Room Learning Commons. Bring your own devices! 

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Great Decisions 2018

February 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until March 1, 2018

The Community Library Lecture Room, 415 Spruce Ave North
Ketchum, ID 83340 United States
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This lively discussion group is a perennial favorite for inquisitive minds in the Wood River Valley. The curriculum is developed by the Foreign Policy Association, and it investigates a range of contemporary foreign and domestic policy issues. Topics for the 2018 program include The Waning of Pax Americana, Russia’s Foreign Policy, China and America: the new geopolitical equation, Media and Foreign Policy, Turkey: a partner in crisis, U.S. global engagement and the military, South Africa’s Fragile Democracy and Global Health: progress and challenges. The discussions will be moderated by Don Liebich, who has been involved with economic development, citizen diplomacy, and human rights projects in the Middle East. Don is an author and an international consultant. Registration information: Section code: XMSC 088 B01 Tuesdays and Thursdays • February 6- March 1 • 6:00-7:30 p.m. • Community Library, Ketchum • Tuition: $70 (Does NOT include book, book must be purchased on own from here: http://fpa.org/great_decisions/index.cfm?act=show_material&product_id=16851) To register call CSI at 788- 2033.

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Story Time with Lee Dabney: Dr. Seuss

February 26 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
The Children’s Library, 415 Spruce Ave North
Ketchum, ID 83340 United States
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Story Time is every Monday at 10:30 am in The Children's Library. Lee Dabney is our Story Time host. Come join her for fun stories. This week's she'll be celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday with Seuss-Geisel Award Winning books. Suitable for ages 3 and up, story time includes stories, songs, and a fun craft or activity.

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Paws to Read with Muttsy

February 26 @ 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Children’s Library, 415 Spruce Ave North
Ketchum, ID 83340 United States
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Muttsy is a sweet, adorable dog who loves stories and loves to be read to. Muttsy will be at the Children’s Library on Mondays at 3:00 pm on February 5th, 12th, and 26th. Can't read? Show Muttsy the pictures and tell your own story!

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Paws to Read with Muttsy

February 26 @ 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Children’s Library, 415 Spruce Ave North
Ketchum, ID 83340 United States
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Muttsy is a sweet, adorable dog who loves stories and loves to be read to. Muttsy will be at the Children’s Library on Mondays at 3:00 pm on February 5th, 12th, and 26th. Can't read? Show Muttsy the pictures and tell your own story!

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Science Time with Ann Christensen

February 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Tuesday, repeating until February 28, 2018

The Children’s Library, 415 Spruce Ave North
Ketchum, ID 83340 United States
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Ann Christensen will host Science Time in the Children's Library. Sometimes furry, feathered, or scaled creatures make a visit and Ann teaches about animals, their habitats, and our natural world. Science Time is every Tuesday at 11:00.

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English as a Second Language Class

February 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until April 3, 2018

Adults can study English as a Second Language in these free community classes, beginning Tuesday, January 9 at 6 pm, running each Tuesday through April 3. The classes are taught by Janet Ross-Heiner, M.A. and Karen Little, M.A.

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Great Decisions 2018

February 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until March 1, 2018

The Community Library Lecture Room, 415 Spruce Ave North
Ketchum, ID 83340 United States
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This lively discussion group is a perennial favorite for inquisitive minds in the Wood River Valley. The curriculum is developed by the Foreign Policy Association, and it investigates a range of contemporary foreign and domestic policy issues. Topics for the 2018 program include The Waning of Pax Americana, Russia’s Foreign Policy, China and America: the new geopolitical equation, Media and Foreign Policy, Turkey: a partner in crisis, U.S. global engagement and the military, South Africa’s Fragile Democracy and Global Health: progress and challenges. The discussions will be moderated by Don Liebich, who has been involved with economic development, citizen diplomacy, and human rights projects in the Middle East. Don is an author and an international consultant. Registration information: Section code: XMSC 088 B01 Tuesdays and Thursdays • February 6- March 1 • 6:00-7:30 p.m. • Community Library, Ketchum • Tuition: $70 (Does NOT include book, book must be purchased on own from here: http://fpa.org/great_decisions/index.cfm?act=show_material&product_id=16851) To register call CSI at 788- 2033.

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Race and Identity in American Literature: A Book Discussion Series

February 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Community Library Lecture Room, 415 Spruce Ave North
Ketchum, ID 83340 United States
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As we anticipate the March 8 lecture by prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen in Ketchum, co-sponsored by The Community Library and the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, we will explore his novel and two other seminal American novels from the second half of the 20th century. The reading list is constructed by recommendations from Nguyen, who also is a professor of American Studies (see the interview with him in The New York Times Book Review from January 30, 2017: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/30/books/review/viet-thanh-nguyen-by-the-book.html). We will begin with Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, then read Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston, and conclude with Nguyen's The Sympathizer. The discussions will be moderated by Jenny Emery Davidson, the Library's executive director. 5 – February 28: The Sympathizer We’ll discuss the novel in its entirety and wrap-up our discussion series, so try to complete it all before we meet!

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Family of Woman Film Festival: Filmmaker Retrospective

February 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Community Library Lecture Room, 415 Spruce Ave North
Ketchum, ID 83340 United States
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Jennifer Redfearn will present her documentary, Sun Come Up (New Guinea, 75 min.). In 2009, the people living in the Cateret Islands of New Guinea faced a crisis as rising seawaters began to shrink the atoll ring that was their home. In a meeting called by this closely-knit culture, both women and men have a voice. Ursula Rakova, selected as relocation leader, picks a young man and a young woman to accompany her as she sets out by boat to find new shores to preserve their past and future. As the trio make their way through the string of the Bouganville Islands, they are met with rejection from communities with no precious land to spare. But Ursula will not accept defeat, imbuing her determination in her two pupils, the leaders of Cateret’s future. When Ursula and her companions finally receive a friendly welcome on the island of Tinoutz, the people of Cateret will become the first environmental refugees. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3broZl8sl_g

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March 2018

“The Sympathizer” Book Discussion

March 1 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

https://sunvalleycenter.org/event-calendar/book-discussion-sympathizer-viet-thanh-nguyen/ FREE, pre-registration through The Sun Valley Center recommended to reserve your seat. Join Jenny Emery Davidson and Scott Burton from The Community Library as they discuss The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, the winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Saul Bellow, The Sympathizer is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal. The narrator, a communist double agent, is a “man of two minds,” a half-French, half-Vietnamese army captain who arranges to come to America after the Fall of Saigon. He, while building a new life with other Vietnamese refugees in Los Angeles, secretly reports back to his communist superiors in Vietnam. The Sympathizer is a blistering exploration of identity and America, a gripping espionage novel, and a powerful story of love and friendship.

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Great Decisions 2018

March 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until March 1, 2018

The Community Library Lecture Room, 415 Spruce Ave North
Ketchum, ID 83340 United States
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This lively discussion group is a perennial favorite for inquisitive minds in the Wood River Valley. The curriculum is developed by the Foreign Policy Association, and it investigates a range of contemporary foreign and domestic policy issues. Topics for the 2018 program include The Waning of Pax Americana, Russia’s Foreign Policy, China and America: the new geopolitical equation, Media and Foreign Policy, Turkey: a partner in crisis, U.S. global engagement and the military, South Africa’s Fragile Democracy and Global Health: progress and challenges. The discussions will be moderated by Don Liebich, who has been involved with economic development, citizen diplomacy, and human rights projects in the Middle East. Don is an author and an international consultant. Registration information: Section code: XMSC 088 B01 Tuesdays and Thursdays • February 6- March 1 • 6:00-7:30 p.m. • Community Library, Ketchum • Tuition: $70 (Does NOT include book, book must be purchased on own from here: http://fpa.org/great_decisions/index.cfm?act=show_material&product_id=16851) To register call CSI at 788- 2033.

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“The Taming of Democracy Assistance” by Sarah Bush

March 3 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
The Community Library Lecture Room, 415 Spruce Ave North
Ketchum, ID 83340 United States
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Temple University professor Sarah Bush discusses her latest book The Taming of Democracy Assistance with Steven Feldstein, Chair of Public Affairs at The Frank Church Institute at Boise State University. Sarah Bush is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Temple University. She is a former Postdoctoral Fellow in the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. She received her Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University in November 2011. Bush's research examines how international actors try to aid democracy, promote women’s representation, and support elections in developing countries. She is the author of a recent book on this topic, The Taming of Democracy Assistance: Why Democracy Promotion Does Not Confront Dictators (available for purchase at the program). Her main ongoing projects explore the effects of election observers on election credibility and the changing role of international NGOs in world politics. Bush's work has appeared in journals such as Comparative Political Studies, International Organization, Journal of Politics, and Perspectives on Politics. She also occasionally writes posts for outlets such as the Monkey Cage blog on the Washington Post and ForeignPolicy.com. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and Experiments in Governance and Politics.  

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English as a Second Language Class

March 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until April 3, 2018

Adults can study English as a Second Language in these free community classes, beginning Tuesday, January 9 at 6 pm, running each Tuesday through April 3. The classes are taught by Janet Ross-Heiner, M.A. and Karen Little, M.A.

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Genealogy Workshop

March 8 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 3:00pm on day Second of the month, repeating indefinitely

This basic research class will allow you to research your family tree with Donna Voyles, the director of the Family History Center in Hailey. If you have questions call Buffy at 726-3493 ext. 110. 

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“An Evening with Viet Thanh Nguyen”

March 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood, 100 Saddle Rd
Ketchum, ID 83340 United States
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Venue: The Church of the Big Wood, Ketchum Tickets: $35 through the Sun Valley Center: https://sunvalleycenter.org/event-calendar/lecture-viet-thanh-nguyen-evening-viet-thanh-nguyen/ Award-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen continues 
to gain recognition for his bold, elegant, and fiercely honest writing. His remarkable debut novel, The Sympathizer, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2016 and made the finalist list for the 2016 PEN/Faulkner award. His collection of short stories titled The Refugees was released in 2017. Nguyen and his family came to the United States as refugees during the Vietnam War. As he grew up in America, he began to notice that most movies and books about the war focused on Americans while the Vietnamese were silenced and erased. He was inspired by this lack of representation to write about the war from a Vietnamese perspective. The New York Times says that his novel, “fills a void…giving voice to the previously voiceless while it compels the rest of us to look at the events of forty years ago in a new light.” His voice is refreshing and powerful as he urges readers to examine the legacy of that tumultuous time and its aftermath from a new perspective. He is currently the Chair of the English Department at the University of Southern California where he is also an associate professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity. In October 2017, Viet Thanh Nguyen was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Foundation “Genius” grant. Viet Thanh Nguyen’s lecture is presented in partnership with the Sun Valley Center for the Arts and has been generously supported by an anonymous gift and Marcia & Don Liebich.

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English as a Second Language Class

March 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until April 3, 2018

Adults can study English as a Second Language in these free community classes, beginning Tuesday, January 9 at 6 pm, running each Tuesday through April 3. The classes are taught by Janet Ross-Heiner, M.A. and Karen Little, M.A.

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PANEL DISCUSSION: “Whose Land Is It?”

March 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Community Library Lecture Room, 415 Spruce Ave North
Ketchum, ID 83340 United States
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https://sunvalleycenter.org/event-calendar/free-panel-discussion-whose-land/ FREE, pre-registration through The Sun Valley Center recommended to reserve your seat. What is our responsibility to refugees? How are refugees welcomed and contributing to our society? Join moderator Tom Michael, General Manager of Boise State Public Radio, and panelists Shawn Barigar, Mayor of the City of Twin Falls; Zeze Rwasama, Director of Twin Falls Refugee Center; photographer Angie Smith; and Yasmin Aguilar, Immigration Specialists with Agency for New Americans and a representative of Refugee Speakers Bureau of Boise for a conversation about our engagement with refugees in our communities and in our state. Our panelists include individual voices representing communities throughout our state. Part of The Center’s BIG IDEA project This Land is Whose Land?, January 26-March 31, 2018.

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English as a Second Language Class

March 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until April 3, 2018

Adults can study English as a Second Language in these free community classes, beginning Tuesday, January 9 at 6 pm, running each Tuesday through April 3. The classes are taught by Janet Ross-Heiner, M.A. and Karen Little, M.A.

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“Providing Spiritual Support at Life’s End” by Joan Maxwell

March 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Community Library Lecture Room, 415 Spruce Ave North
Ketchum, ID 83340 United States
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This program is presented in partnership with Hospice of the Wood River Valley, St. Luke's Wood River Foundation, and St. Thomas Episcopal Church.  Author and former palliative care hospital chaplain Joan Maxwell draws on her recent memoir Soul Support: Spiritual Encounters at Life’s End to offer helpful, practical information for those facing or anticipating the life-threatening illness of a loved one. She shares lessons learned from terminally ill patients of all faiths and no faith to whom she provided spiritual support during 12 years as a hospital chaplain. Joan Maxwell was trained and served as a chaplain in three acute-care hospitals in the Washington, DC area. The co-author of two previously published books, she received a Master of Theological Studies from Wesley Theological Seminary and was endorsed as a hospital chaplain by The Episcopal Church. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband David. Copies of Soul Support will be available from Chapter One Bookstore.  Photo copyright: Diana Walker 

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“Streetcar: From Play to Movie to Opera” by Mark Junkert

March 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Community Library Lecture Room, 415 Spruce Ave North
Ketchum, ID 83340 United States
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Opera Idaho General Director Mark Junkert will follow Tennessee Williams' 1947 Pulitzer Prize-winning play as it becomes a movie in 1951 and then in 1995 an opera by Andre Previn, which Opera Idaho will perform in Boise on April 6 and 8 at the Egyptian Theater.

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English as a Second Language Class

March 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until April 3, 2018

Adults can study English as a Second Language in these free community classes, beginning Tuesday, January 9 at 6 pm, running each Tuesday through April 3. The classes are taught by Janet Ross-Heiner, M.A. and Karen Little, M.A.

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April 2018

English as a Second Language Class

April 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until April 3, 2018

Adults can study English as a Second Language in these free community classes, beginning Tuesday, January 9 at 6 pm, running each Tuesday through April 3. The classes are taught by Janet Ross-Heiner, M.A. and Karen Little, M.A.

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Genealogy Workshop

April 12 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 3:00pm on day Second of the month, repeating indefinitely

This basic research class will allow you to research your family tree with Donna Voyles, the director of the Family History Center in Hailey. If you have questions call Buffy at 726-3493 ext. 110. 

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“Discovering the Chef Within” with Chef Doughty

April 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Community Library Lecture Room, 415 Spruce Ave North
Ketchum, ID 83340 United States
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With her first cookbook now in print, this class will build on the principles that Chef Doughty has learned and practiced over the years. The chef will demonstrate and share cooking techniques and tips including how to cut an onion, unique ways of cooking waffles and crepe swirling, to name a few. Allowing for what is sure to be a spirited discussion, time will be allotted for Q and A and, as in any food class, there will be lots of things to sample. If you love food and cooking and are looking for ways to build on that knowledge, this will be the perfect class for you. Chef Doughty will be happy to sign any copies of her book and will have them available that evening. Chef Doughty Biography Chef Doughty is a successful food writer and restaurateur who hosted the nationally syndicated daily Public Radio food program Food for Thought which aired 17 years. Owner and chef of Doughty’s Bistro, in downtown Boise, Chef Doughty was trained at Le Cordon Bleu and received her executive chef certification from the American Culinary Federation. More About the Book While the market is flooded with cookbooks, this work stands alone as it teaches the fundamentals of cooking while encouraging cooks to think creatively and with less reliance on recipes. The Chef Within uses breakfast as the starting point for developing creative skills.  Basic recipes are given and then suggestions and techniques are highlighted to encourage further thinking and creativity on the part of the cook. Spaces for notes are made available throughout so that you can record your efforts, note what you like and what adaptations you will employ as your skills increase. The Chef Within enables cooks to free themselves from the constraints of a recipe and, with an understanding of basic techniques and practical experience, truly begin to discover and empower the chef within. www.thechefwithinbooks.com

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May 2018

Genealogy Workshop

May 10 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 3:00pm on day Second of the month, repeating indefinitely

This basic research class will allow you to research your family tree with Donna Voyles, the director of the Family History Center in Hailey. If you have questions call Buffy at 726-3493 ext. 110. 

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