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What to Do: Valentine's Day

Feb 9, 2012 - 12:57 PM
What to Do: Valentine's Day


Valentine’s Day Edition


Everybody loves love, right? And why not celebrate it? Valentine's Day is filled with things like flowers, chocolate and champagne! Whether you are celebrating with you friends, your family, or that special loved one, it is important to remember each other, remind each other and love each other.

We have collected a few special Valentine’s events this weekend and next week around town for all you lovers out there to check out. And don’t forget to make your reservations at some of our Valley’s awesome and romantic restaurants. We recommend CK’s, Il Naso, Michel’s Christiana and Vintage, but of course our Valley is full of romantic and delicious date spots.

And just in case you are looking to reboot Valentine’s Day but still have tons of love to celebrate, you can always participate in Generosity Day!

From the family at Sun Valley Mag, Happy Valentine’s Day! Don’t ever miss a chance to tell someone you love them!

Valentine’s Treats from Ochi Shop, Taylor’d Events and Sweetly Homemade

Three local vendors are teaming up to create the perfect Valentine’s Sweets and Treats for your lovely Valentine. Come by and check out their sweet somethings for Valentine's Day including custom treats by Sweetly Homemade, flowers from Taylor'd Events and gifts by Ochi Shop.

When: Monday February 13th, 2:00 to 7:00 PM.
Where: OCHI Gallery, 190 Lewis Street, Downtown Ketchum.
Info: And if you're interested in a special treat order email (Example: custom fortune cookies!)

Sun Valley Opera’s Winter Concert: Love is in the Air

Starring soprano Michelle Johnson and baritone Brian Major, audiences will be entertained by the critically acclaimed rising opera star, Michelle Johnson, winner of the Metropolitan Opera's National Council Auditions, singing with fiancé Brian Major in the Sun Valley Opera's winter concert. The newlyweds will entertain the audience with a concert of love songs perfect for Valentine's Day. Inquirer music critic David Patrick Stearns has said of Johnson " On a good night, Opera soprano Michelle Johnson is the bullfighter and the audience is the bull-there to be teased, attracted, provoked and (pleasurably) slain. Johnson could make you believe that opera singers are born rather than made, shepherded to fame by the forces of destiny, and with luck, kept from vocal harm by extra-militant guardian angels."

When: Friday, February 10th. 8:00 PM.
Where: Sun Valley Opera House
Info: All information, including ticket info available at

Cupid’s Cabaret at the NexStage Theater

New York piano bar theme with memorable songs starring soprano Stephanie Streja, piano man Joe Fos, guitar player Brad Hershey and local vocalists Claudia McCain, Jana Arnold, Patsy Wygle, Keith Moore, Joy Bond, Ben Schepps, Heather Johnston, Dean Cerutti, Dawson Howard, Nancy Auseklis, Sue Noel, Collett Pruitt, Betsy Sise, Hollie Ann Hatch, Rika Pere, Tony Barriatua and Alyssa Hershey.

When: Tuesday, February 14th, 5:00 PM.
Where: NexStage Theater, Main Street, Ketchum.
Info: The evening includes champagne and chocolates and is over in time for dinner dates. More info available at


Stanley-Sawtooth Winter Fest!

The third annual Sawtooth Winter Fest is back this weekend with all kinds of fun, laughter, excitement, competition, silliness and activities! Events include Smith Sunglasses Big Air Competition, Sawtooth Hotel Mini-Triathlon, Bridge Street Grill Drag Race, Stanley Kasino Club Street Dance with Old Death Whisper, Smiley Creek Lodge Snowmobile Ride, Papa Brunee’s Pond Hockey Tournament, Stanley School Parents Association Kids Activities, Avalanche Education Introduction by Sawtooth Mountain Guides and a Curling Demo and Tournament.

When: This weekend! February 11th and 12th!
Where: Stanley, Idaho.
Info: More info and a full schedule of events is available here.

Company of Fools’ New Play Opens with a PAY WHAT YOU FEEL NIGHT!

Company of Fools' new show “GOD OF CARNAGE opens next Wednesday, February 15th at 7:00pm with a "Pay What You Feel" preview performance at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey.

This dark comedy, which was referred to as "90 minutes of sustained mayhem" by The New Yorker, won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2009. Here's a blurb about the show from Company of Fools' website:  What happens when two couples get together to discuss the unruly behavior of their children? A calm and rational debate between grownups about the need to teach kids how to behave? Or a hysterical night of name-calling, tantrums and tears before bedtime? Fast, furious, and wickedly funny!

When: PAY WHAT YOU FEEL Night is this Wednesday but the play runs from February 15th- March 3rd. Begins at 7:00 PM.
Where: The Liberty Theatre in Hailey.
Info: Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for seniors (62 and over), and $10 for students (18 and under). A special "Girls Night Out" performance-- complete with discounted tickets, wine/beer specials and a talk-back with the cast following the show-- is scheduled for Saturday, February 18 at 7:00pm. More information (including a full performance calendar) is available at

Impact Investing: How to Invest for People, Planet and Profit

Elise Lufkin and Kathy Stearns will talk about all investments having social, environmental and financial impacts. They will explore and offer an array of options to help ensure that your investments have a positive impact. Whether you have millions or a small IRA and bank account, you can put your money to work in a way that supports the environment, communities, and corporate responsibility.

Elise Lufkin and Kathy Stearns help both large and small investors support causes they care about while also supporting their own financial future.  Kathy spent 20 years working in microfinance and community development finance, and is now a financial planner specialized in sustainable investing. Elise has a background in both philanthropy and business, and now works with philanthropists helping them ensure that their investments further their philanthropic goals.

When: Tonight! Thursday, February 9th, 6:00 PM.
Where: The Community Library, Ketchum.

Music Series: Screening of “Introduction to Romanticism”

From the Teaching Company film series, featuring Professor Robert Greenberg. The difference between Classicism and Romanticism has to do with expressive content, as Romantic composers sought to express more and more in their music: to paint pictures, describe complex emotions, and tell stories in instrumental terms. This lecture also examines the legacy of Beethoven's vision of music as self-expression. Finally, we introduce and examine four Romantic trends.

When: Tuesday, February 14th. 6:00 PM.
Where: The Community Library, Ketchum.
Info: This is a 45-minute film with discussion to follow. Sponsored by the Sun Valley Artist Series. Visit

PK's Baldy Challenge!

Before February 29th, ski every run on Baldy and you will be entered into a drawing to win your choice of K2 skis for next season!

When: Happening NOW! Last day is February 29th! Final drawing and party at Whiskey's on March 1st, at 6:00 PM!

Where: Register and pick up your "Run Sheet" at PK's in Ketchum!

Info: $25 which is a direct donation to the Sun Valley Ski Ed Foundation. Final party and drawing March 1st @ Whiskey's 6-8pm.












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