Upcoming events

Calendar of Events

Below is a list of all upcoming MAHC events. If you'd rather view a monthly Calendar format, click the "Switch to Calendar View" link above.


ANNUAL SCHEDULE

JANUARY

Cabin Fever
Art School

FEBRUARY

Cabin Fever
Art School

MARCH

Cabin Fever
Art School
Spring Children's Theater

APRIL

Cabin Fever
Art School

MAY

Art School
Art School Gallery Show
Theater Benefit Dinner
CC Schedule Released

JUNE

Kaleidoscope
Creative Campus

JULY

Creative Campus

AUGUST

Creative Campus

SEPTEMBER


OCTOBER

Barn Dance Benefit

NOVEMBER

Fall Children's Theater

DECEMBER

Cabin Fever Schedule Released


Upcoming events

    • 04 Feb 2019
    • 26 Feb 2019
    • 8 sessions
    • The Guild, 302 N. 3rd St.
    • 10
    Register

    This unique class will give participants the opportunity to learn to play percussive instruments in a fun musical environment. Instructor David Page is a professional musician who began with the Queens Guards in England, playing for many world tours. David has played with many top performing artists, has participated in stage productions, and has played on movie soundtracks. Beat cabin fever this winter by building some percussive heat & skills. Over four weeks, short 30-minute sessions on Mondays and Tuesdays will let students build percussive skills through watching demonstrations, receiving instruction, and playing together to recorded music. Various percussive instruments will be explored. Students are encouraged to bring their own instruments, though some will also be available for use in class. David will be offering 3 four-week sessions this season - register for one or for all three. Session 1 is in January and session 3 will be in March.  $42  Registration Required

    • 06 Feb 2019
    • 03 Apr 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • McCall Public Library

    During this popular winter book discussion series, participants will gather at the library to explore themes and issues addressed by the season’s books, led by visiting scholars. The 2019 theme is “Global Perspectives.” Book titles, in order of discussion, are Climbing the Mango Tree, by Madhur Jaffrey; Eva Luna, by Isabel Allende; Road from Coorain, by Jill K. Conway; The Space Between Us, by Thrity Umrigar; and Waiting for Snow in Havana, by Carlos Eire. Books are provided and a library card is not required.  FREE  Registration Required - call the library at 634-5522 to register. 

    • 07 Feb 2019
    • 28 Feb 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • The Guild, 302 N. 3rd St.
    • 13
    Register

    Ukulele enthusiasts - here is your chance to bring the sweet mellow sound of the islands into the heart of an alpine winter. Developed in the 1880s, the ukulele is based on several small guitar-like instruments of Portuguese origin. This “jumping flea” was introduced to the Hawaiian Islands by Portuguese immigrants from Madeira and Cape Verde. This winter, McCall mountain-dwellers will have the opportunity to extend the reach of the ukulele’s magic into west-central Idaho. Join fellow enthusiasts at the Guild to learn the basics in this set of beginner learning sessions, facilitated by experienced musicians. Come away with the skills to play one or more of your favorite songs. Additional 4-week sessions offered in January and March as well. Register for one or all three.  $54  Registration Required

    • 14 Feb 2019
    • 07 Mar 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • Mountain Dance Unlimited, 1016 N. 3rd St.
    • 7
    Register

    Line up for some boot-stompin’ fun to beat Cabin Fever this winter! Join instructors Char and Vern Faris, Pat Dumont, and Peggy Bryan for this series of 5 line dancing classes. Line dancing challenges the mind as well as the body, and this class promises to provide you with skills, movement, and a lot of fun. Instructors will teach basic line dance steps, and from that foundation, a variety of music will be used as a background for dances - Country-Western, Latin, Irish, etc. No experience is necessary, and it is not necessary to come with a partner. Instructors Char and Vern Faris are experienced dancers who brought their expertise to McCall in 2005. Peggy Bryan and Pat Dumont have been dancing, assisting, and teaching for several years. 

    $60 per person   Registration Required

    • 19 Feb 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Pilgrim Cove Camp & Conference Center
    Register

    The Enneagram is a complex map of human psychology and how we engage with the world. Greek for “nine,” ennea refers to nine personality types within the map, represented by the sacred geometry of a star. The nine personality types consist of: 1 is the Reformer, wanting to improve the world; 2 is the Helper, offering love and service; 3 is the ambitious Achiever; 4 - the Individualist - values self-expression and uniqueness; 5s are the Investigators, our scientists and detectives; 6 is the Loyalist, committed to security and responsibility; 7s are the Enthusiasts, spontaneous and fun-loving; 8 is the Challenger who sees what to do and takes charge; 9 represents the easy-going, reassuring Peacemaker. Participants will arrive and sit with their type, always a fun and engaging eye-opener. Each group will share who they are, followed by a larger discussion about growth, regression and shadow, and general Enneagram wisdom facilitated by Renee Silvus. To make this evening a fun and engaging event, as well as a valuable learning experience, we’re offering it for FREE! We need lots of people to make the experience effective. Tell your neighbors and family - bring a friend, spouse, or co-worker.  Please know your type before you arrive by visiting https://www.9types.com/newtest/ to obtain your free online assessment. Alternatively, come 30 minutes early. Please join us for a lively and inspiring evening. Facilitator Renée Silvus brings a blend of perspectives as an educator, therapist, and coach.  Sheoffers local classes, retreats, coaching, celebrations, and facilitation with her brand Luminaire.  Read more at reneesilvus.com.

    FREE  ($5 suggested donation)  Registration Required

    • 20 Feb 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Cellar at Bistro 45
    • 4
    Register

    Flanked by the "status" appellations of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, and Vacqueyras, Cotes du Rhone has remained one of the regions that offers the best value in all of France - if you know what to look for! Join Scott Sprague of Idaho Wine Merchant and Eric Hovland of Bistro 45 to decode this fascinating region and taste some of the best examples available! Must be 21 or older for this class. 

    $38  Registration Required

    • 21 Feb 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • McCall Public Library, 218 E. Park St.

    Although everyone is interested in eating, people don’t usually think of food as a subject which can tell us a great deal about human culture, values, and psychology. Food has, however, been the subject of much work by humanities scholars and social scientists, and their studies have suggested that “foodways” are intimately tied to people’s sense of identity, and to cultural continuity and change. This Cabin Fever presenation by scholar Susan Swetnam will give audience members an informal introduction to such study of food. It provides a sampler of the kinds of questions that scholars ask, gives examples (from Idaho and beyond) of how food can reflect culture, and invites listeners to think about their own foodways and what they might mean. You’ll never think about dinner (or breakfast, or lunch, or holiday meals) in quite the same way again! Susan Swetnam taught in ISU’s Department of English and Philosophy from 1979 until her retirement in 2013, during that time recognized for outstanding teaching, research, and public service. Over the years she has authored numerous articles and seven books, including collections of personal essays/memoirs, most recently A Season of Little Sacraments (Liturgical Press, 2016) and Books, Bluster, and Bounty (Utah State University Press), which won the Idaho Library Association’s award for Idaho Book of the Year in 2012.  On the national level, she has served as a consultant and grant reviewer for the National Endowment for the Humanities, and as an evaluator of humanities programs in several other states.

    FREE community lecture - no registration required ($5 suggested donation)

    • 23 Feb 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Hotel McCall library
    • 9
    Register

    Often writers engage with the blank page full of expectation, anticipating an ideal outcome. Yet, such pressure rarely helps produce better results, and frequently banishes coherent ideas entirely. This workshop attempts to banish, instead, the chattering monkey mind and assist you in delving into the greater questions of your work, offering paths into an attentive writing practice that emerges out of the acceptance and peace of meditation. Rumi once wrote that “what you seek is seeking you.” This workshop seeks to open clearer lines of communication between you and your own creative pulse through guided writing exercises, reflection, and discussion. Perfect for the eager new writer looking for clarity, this workshop is also designed for the practiced poet interested in pondering what it means to be a “breath breathing human being.” All are welcome and you needn't be a poet to glean significant insights from this workshop. Instructor Tobias Wray, PhD, is the Director of Creative Writing Programs at the University of Idaho. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Blackbird, Bellingham Review, Third Coast and elsewhere. Workshop includes a break for lunch (lunch not provided so plan to bring your own or buy nearby). $85  Registration Required

    • 23 Feb 2019
    • 09 Mar 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • Personal Residence - Address Provided for Registrants
    • 4
    Register

    Join life coaches Rebecca Havens and Betsy Ogden for this 3-part workshop designed for women “on the journey.” This workshop will be intentionally small and limited to the first six registrants. Rebecca and Betsy will lead participants on an experiential learning journey to discover their hearts desires. Along the way, journeyers will be provided with practical tools to help achieve their goals. Each of the three 3-hour sessions will include an emotional, physical, and culinary component that will provide practical tools to help participants align themselves with their path to personal happiness. A delectable lunch will be provided for each session as well, and will provide an internationally-themed centerpiece around which to build travel conversation. Check out Rebecca & Betsy’s short video intro on our website. 

    $65   Registration Required

    • 26 Feb 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Payette Lakes Middle School art room
    • 12
    Register

    If you can’t escape the cold snowy weather of McCall winter - counterbalance it with coziness! Nothing is cozier than a warm night around the fire, eating delectable turnovers! Anjel Griggs - operator the Boise Grange and general expert in food preparation, food preservation, and so much more - will visit McCall in February to teach this hands-on class in turnover construction. In class, Anjel will guide participants through the creation of perfect turnover crust, and the creation of a savory vegetarian filling featuring spinach and feta cheese. Students will craft several turnovers to take home and bake (or freeze for later). This is a hands-on culinary crafting class, so students should come prepared with aprons or other appropriate kitchen clothing. Find out more about Anjel and the Boise Grange at www.boisegrange.com. 

    $42  Registration Required

    • 27 Feb 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Shore Lodge, upper pavilion

    Each year, our popular Heritage Night serves as the heart of the Cabin Fever series. This special evening provides opportunities to learn and share stories and experiences related to our heritage. This year’s event will feature a panel discussion with local and regional experts who will help us explore Idaho Wilderness - history, designations, value, status, various impacts, etc. The audience will be encouraged to ask questions and share their own experiences and perspectives to foster community dialogue on our precious wilderness. Panelists will announced as the season gets underway and updated information will be available on our website. Coffee, tea, and water will be provided. Join us for a lovely community evening on the lake at Shore Lodge!

    FREE community event - no registration required  ($5 suggested donation)

    • 04 Mar 2019
    • 15 Apr 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • McCall-Donnelly High School, computer lab
    • 16
    Register

    Apply the principles of photojournalism to your own life! In this class, led by photographer Pam Benham, students will explore stories - those of themselves, friends, families, community members. Everyone has a story.
    This class will cover portrait and journalistic photography. It will incorporate simple lighting techniques, visual storytelling, and portraiture. Students will also learn how to utilize the Adobe Creative Suites to create templates and layouts for photographs and content. Each week students will plan multiple interviews and photo shoots with the people in their lives they find most interesting. Students will practice gathering words and images and then using them to tell an effective story.  Classes will also involve editing, critiques, and working with Photo Shop. The goal will be to provide students with the skills needed to create a digital book, exhibition, or presentation. Instructor Pam Benham works as a location photographer throughout the West for a wide array of corporate, editorial, and advertising accounts. Pam has taught at Boise State University, the College of Southern Idaho and the College of Western Idaho. She works as a contributor for the Star News, along with other news outlets. She has worked as a contributor on several national publications, books and digital media. Find out more about Pam at www.benhamphotography.com.  $95  Registration Required

    • 04 Mar 2019
    • 15 Apr 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • McCall-Donnelly High School, computer lab
    • 15
    Register

    Apply the principles of photojournalism to your own life! In this class, led by photographer Pam Benham, students will explore stories - those of themselves, friends, families, community members. Everyone has a story.
    This class will cover portrait and journalistic photography. It will incorporate simple lighting techniques, visual storytelling, and portraiture. Students will also learn how to utilize the Adobe Creative Suites to create templates and layouts for photographs and content. Each week students will plan multiple interviews and photo shoots with the people in their lives they find most interesting. Students will practice gathering words and images and then using them to tell an effective story.  Classes will also involve editing, critiques, and working with Photo Shop. The goal will be to provide students with the skills needed to create a digital book, exhibition, or presentation. Instructor Pam Benham works as a location photographer throughout the West for a wide array of corporate, editorial, and advertising accounts. Pam has taught at Boise State University, the College of Southern Idaho and the College of Western Idaho. She works as a contributor for the Star News, along with other news outlets. She has worked as a contributor on several national publications, books and digital media. Find out more about Pam at www.benhamphotography.com.  $95  Registration Required

    • 04 Mar 2019
    • 13 Mar 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • McCall Craftworks, 305 E. Park St. Suite C
    • 9
    Register

    Often misused as an umbrella term for all forms of pointed-pen calligraphy, Copperplate most accurately refers to a wide variety of styles produced after studying the copper plate engravings used to print and redistribute the artwork of English round hand-writing masters as far back as the 16th century. In this class taught by artist Bonnie Glick, students will have the unique opportunity to train their hands to this craft. Penning this beautiful and classic lettering can be a deeply-satisfying creative outlet, as well as a sure-cure for Cabin Fever.  The class fee includes a pen holder and nib, an ink well, a mixing brush for loading the ink and a 1 oz. container of walnut ink crystals that students will take home. An opportunity to work with Arches French paper will be included, with basic instruction on layout and design.  Instructor Bonnie Glick is a calligrapher and artist trained in Italic, Copperplate, Uncial, and Gothacized Italic lettering. She has been a member of the calligraphy guild of Idaho, the Idaho Inkspots, for many years. She attends continuing education and training through the guild each spring and fall with instruction from internationally recognized calligraphers and attends the international calligraphy conference every other year. Her love of calligraphy started as a child when her mother bought her a set of calligraphy pens. She has developed her craft since then and spends many happy hours, especially in the winter months, practicing various hands. NOTE: students need to note in their registration if they will be writing with their right or left hands, so that appropriate pen nibs can be ordered.  $64  Registration Required

    • 04 Mar 2019
    • 01 Apr 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • The Guild, 302 N. 3rd St.
    • 8
    Register

    This unique class will give participants the opportunity to learn to play percussive instruments in a fun musical environment. Instructor David Page is a professional musician who began with the Queens Guards in England, playing for many world tours. David has played with many top performing artists, has participated in stage productions, and has played on movie soundtracks. Beat cabin fever this winter by building some percussive heat & skills. Over four weeks, short 30-minute sessions on Mondays and Tuesdays will let students build percussive skills through watching demonstrations, receiving instruction, and playing together to recorded music. Various percussive instruments will be explored. Students are encouraged to bring their own instruments, though some will also be available for use in class. David will be offering 3 four-week sessions this season - register for one or for all three. Sessions 1 and 2 are in January and February.  $42  Registration Required

    • 05 Mar 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Alpine Village Clubhouse Condo 206
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Join McCall cooking/baking rock stars, Gary and Stacey Kucy, for the ultimate Cabin Fever cooking class. In this fun class, Gary and Stacey will unite to share some of their favorite recipes through the creation and presentation of the ultimate in winter comfort food. A hearty main dish will be sandwiched between an amazing appetizer and decadent dessert. We are leaving the rest to the imagination to tantalize participants!  Gary was a 2013 semi-finalist for the prestigious James Beard award, and is currently the chef at Rupert’s. Stacey is the owner of Stacey Cakes and is famous in and around McCall for her delectable desserts. Together, they have several decades’ worth of shared experience and our community is the richer for their presence. As the class date approaches, participants will be emailed wine suggestions, which are optional accompaniments students may wish to bring to class. NOTE: This class will fill very fast. Space is limited and drop-ins will NOT be able to be accommodated. 

    $72   Registration Required

    • 06 Mar 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Cellar at Bistro 45
    • 9
    Register

    Champagne, Cava, Prosecco, Cremant - sparkling wine is a world unto itself. What makes each so unique and exciting? Scott Sprague of Idaho Wine Merchant, accompanied by Eric Hovland of Bistro 45, will lead a class through the styles and regions of the wine world's most romantic genre. Get bubbly with us! Must be 21 or older for this class.  $38  Registration Required

    • 07 Mar 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • McCall Public Library, 218 E. Park St.
    Register

    The western offers an artistically rich microcosm in which to explore our ideas about justice, moral dilemmas, and community roles. Who chooses the ethics and how do we collectively agree to follow them? What happens when conventional roles such as the hero and villain muddle, or women take up guns? From the early days of romantic, epic landscapes, we can trace the evolution of these elements and how they mirror contemporary culture. The 1960s bring artistic and moral complexity with the spaghetti western. A wealth of genre-crossover follows, highlighted by the phenomena of Star Wars. The cultural precedence of the western may argue a wide influence, specifically in political thrillers, police procedurals, science fiction, and gangster/mob/spy genres.
    21st Century aesthetics bring more depth, realism, and ethical inquiries. Offerings such as Deadwood and 2007s 3:10 to Yuma subvert our sensibility about a villain, while the sheriff in No Country for Old Men relinquishes his role as the hero. Longmire captures 6 seasons, Godless provides a richly-layered exploration, and we continue to see the trouble with justice eloquently played out across a range of genres.
    The evening will consist of a survey of the western and discussion using a range of clips from these examples and more. Facilitator Renée Silvus brings a blend of perspectives as an educator, therapist, and coach.  She offers local classes, retreats, coaching, celebrations, and facilitation with her brand Luminaire.  Read more at reneesilvus.com.    $26  Registration Required

    • 07 Mar 2019
    • 04 Apr 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • The Guild, 302 N. 3rd St.
    • 15
    Register

    Ukulele enthusiasts - here is your chance to bring the sweet mellow sound of the islands into the heart of an alpine winter. Developed in the 1880s, the ukulele is based on several small guitar-like instruments of Portuguese origin. This “jumping flea” was introduced to the Hawaiian Islands by Portuguese immigrants from Madeira and Cape Verde. This winter, McCall mountain-dwellers will have the opportunity to extend the reach of the ukulele’s magic into west-central Idaho. Join fellow enthusiasts at the Guild to learn the basics in this set of beginner learning sessions, facilitated by experienced musicians. Come away with the skills to play one or more of your favorite songs. Additional 4-week sessions offered in January and February as well. Register for one or all three.  $54  Registration Required  (no class on March 28 due to spring break)

    • 08 Mar 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Alpine Playhouse, 1210 Roosevelt
    Register

    Join us for McCall’s favorite storytelling program inspired by Juneau’s popular and delightful Mudrooms. It kinda sounds like “stage fright,” but it’s a lot more fun! Here’s how it works: Seven storytellers are selected to regale the audience with a true personal tale. Each storyteller has EXACTLY seven minutes to tell his or her story. The theme for March is ENCOUNTERS WITH THE SUPERNATURAL. Storytellers will share their best stories about supernatural encounters, ranging from the spooky to the humorous to the spiritual. From crass to delicate, told by wallflowers or clowns, live stories are mesmerizing and raw. This is not a theatrical performance, but real-life storytelling shared by friends, neighbors, visitors, and strangers. Hop onboard for an unpredictable wild-ride of an evening full of good old-fashioned storytelling fun! Seven tales - seven minutes - seven dollars! Income supports the McCall Arts and Humanities Council and the Alpine Playhouse. Register online to reserve a ticket, or . . . fill out an application to be a storyteller!  $7 per person

    • 09 Mar 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Tantra Power Yoga, 409 S. 3rd St.
    • 6
    Register

    Explore the science behind Functional Medicine and how it can provide in-depth information for treatment of chronic illness and prevention of disease in this 2-hour workshop with Gail Eberharter Rankin, MD. Gail has been practicing Functional Medicine for over 15 years and will share with participants the most useful information she has gathered over the years. Gail will also provide some of her most useful handouts as well as sample results from specialty lab tests that can shed light on the function of the digestive, hormonal, and immune systems. 
    $28  Registration Required

    • 09 Mar 2019
    • 10 Mar 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Gallery 55, 311 E. Lake St.
    • 4
    Register

    Bring your watercolors and try out white line printmaking in this fun two-day workshop. White line printmaking is also known as Provincetown printmaking and was invented in 1914 as an alternative to Japanese woodcut printmaking, which requires each color to have its own woodblock. Instead, in Provincetown printmaking, you carve your entire design on a single woodblock using lines to separate the different colors. One area is painted at a time on the woodcut, allowing color to be immediately transferred to paper. No printing press or dedicated studio space is required for this technique. See examples at https://blog.folkschool.org/2014/01/14/white-line-printing/. Students will go home with prints, a woodcut, and a carving tool for making more woodcuts. Limited watercolor supplies will be available if you need them. This is a two-day workshop - day one will be dedicated to preparing the design and woodcut, and day two to printmaking with watercolors. Instructor Theresa Burkes is a painter specializing in encaustic painting and printmaking. She has a degree in mathematics and worked as a software engineer for twenty-three years before retiring and studying fine art at Boise State University. She is past-president of the Treasure Valley Artists' Alliance and is currently on the Board of Gallery Fifty-Five in McCall. Since 2017, she has lived full-time in McCall with her husband Don and dog Sierra.
    $52  Registration Required

    • 12 Mar 2019
    • 19 Mar 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Keep Me In Stitches, 136 E. Lake St.
    • 6
    Register

    This lovely asymmetrical shawl, knitted with two colorful self-striping yarns is perfect to warm you on cool spring evenings. Join fiber artist Lynda Vrgora at the cozy Keep Me In Stitches studio for two nights of knitting fun. The class includes your choice of two high-quality colored yarns, a set of circular knitting needles to keep, and the pattern for the project. Students must be advanced beginners in knitting with an understanding of basic knit stitches to be successful in this class. 

    $95  Registration Required

    • 12 Mar 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Cellar at Bistro 45
    • 12
    Register

    Join Kyle Baas, Beer Director for Idaho Wine Merchant, for this hearty March exploration of German beers and cheese pairings. Kyle will be accompanied by Eric Hovland of Bistro 45, as he guides participants through an experience that will delight the palate. The class will cover seven categories of pairings, with 2 beers and cheeses for each category. What a great way to enliven this “shoulder season” and dispel cabin fever. Must be 21 or older to register for this class.  $38  Registration Required

    • 12 Mar 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • McCall Public Library, 218 E. Park St.
    • 10
    Register

    Only one third of Americans complete an end of life plan, yet all of us will die. Our death is often the final memory we leave for our loved ones. The goal of this workshop is to give participants many tools to help make  final critical decisions while still of sound mind. Not being prepared, or putting off difficult decisions, often results in tremendous heartache for you and those you love. Find out how to get prepared for the final chapter of your life. Instructor Kathy Belknap holds an MA in Counseling Psychology and has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share on this important topic.  $26  Registration Required

    • 13 Mar 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • McCall Public Library
    • 9
    Register

    Join instructor Wendy Young for this fun introductory class on tarot cards. Wendy will cover the history of tarot, as well as some of the classical and archetypal imagery found on the cards. She will also discuss how to use tarot cards to help you access your own inner wisdom and guidance. One lucky student will go home with a new deck of tarot cards for their own use! Wendy Young has been working with imagery and archetypes for the past five years. She is deeply involved with the Idaho Friends of Carl Jung and has just completed a book outlining process to more consciously embody the divine feminine.  $26  Registration Required

    • 14 Mar 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • McCall Public Library, 218 E. Park St.

    Blues music is rooted in work songs, spirituals, and African folk music. The blues “form” is characterized by call-and-response, the blues scale, specific chord progressions, blue notes and shuffles. The Blues “genre” is characterized by lyrics, bass lines, and instrumentation. Early blues verses consist of one line repeated four times and often relate the societal troubles of the time. Country music is rooted in Blues music. Country combines Irish/Celtic fiddle tunes, traditional English ballads, cowboy songs and popular songs. It often consists of dance tunes and ballads with simple forms and harmonies accompanied by stringed instruments such as banjos, guitars, and fiddles. Join songwriter, folksinger, and storyteller Tracy Morrison for this presentation on country ballads and early blues to explore early American music circa 1920s-1950s. This presentation introduces artists and songs recorded by early American musicians such as The Carter Family, Cousin Emmy, Lefty Frizzell, Kitty Wells, Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Lottie Kimbro “Kansas City Butterball”,  Huddie “Lead belly” Ledbetter and more. Artists/writer’s are discussed, then songs are shared live. Speaker Tracy Morrison has been studying folk music for 30 years and has performed for professionally for the past 15 years at festivals, museums, libraries, and theatres around the country. While her songwriting and storytelling explores culture, history, and life experience, her musical style draws from American Root genres. Tracy has published a self-titled EP (2012) and two full length albums of original songs, Dancing Through Medbury (2014) and Heirloom (2018). She is currently producing an acoustic collection of songs she's written about women of the American West. She is featured on the Boise 150 CD "Our Town" and Idaho Ho Ho Volume 6.

    FREE  ($5 suggested donation)  no registration required

    • 17 Mar 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Keep Me In Stitches, 136 E. Lake St.
    • 8
    Register

    This class is a modern take on Shibori, the ancient art of Japanese tie dye.  Instructor Lonna Alexander-Steele will guide students through modernly-adapted techniques to the production of two uniquely beautiful scarves. The class fee includes two silk scarves, the use of all equipment, dyes, and other materials. Some very basic hand sewing experience is necessary. Students will need to bring an apron or wear old clothes, and bring gloves, note taking materials, and a plastic bag to transport any damp silks. No experience necessary. Instructor Lonna Alexander-Steele is a well-known fiber artist who travels, writes, presents, and teaches widely. She has written for several fiber arts magazines and has taught at numerous fiber arts festivals throughout the U.S.  $80  Registration Required

    • 19 Mar 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Alpine Playhouse, 1210 Roosevelt Ave.
    Several years ago, Tom Blanchard presented the most well-attended Cabin Fever lecture to date - on Idaho mining history. This year he will return to share his knowledge and experience, but this time, he will place a special emphasis on Valley County, the historic impact of mining on local communities, and a discussion about the history of the Stibnite area and the proposed Midas Gold project. By the 1870s, Idaho Territory had seen several major gold rushes that accounted for its creation, yet its growth was not sufficient to justify statehood. This changed by 1880. Gold discoveries in the Yankee Fork area and lead-silver in the Wood River Valley and the Coeur d’Alenes attracted thousands of miners who changed the political climate as well as the landscape. The impact of both political and environmental decisions of that early period remain with us yet today and deserve evaluation as we move into the 21st Century. Tom Blanchard received his graduate training in history with emphasis on U.S. and Western history at San Francisco State University. Since moving to Idaho in 1977, Blanchard has focused on Idaho history, doing projects and research in Idaho for the past thirty years. He taught U.S. and Idaho and the Pacific Northwest history for the College of Southern Idaho and served on the board of the Idaho Humanities Council.  He also served on the Board of Trustees for the Idaho State Historical Society for 12 years. In addition, Blanchard served three terms as County Commissioner from Blaine County and five years as a city administrator adding a very contemporary public policy perspective to historical issues which shade our lives.


    FREE - no registration required ($5 suggested donation)

    • 20 Mar 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Alpine Village Clubhouse Condo 206
    • 17
    Register

    Nowruz or “New Day” has been celebrated on the spring equinox for over 3,000 years. Popular within many cultures, Nowruz features days of elaborate festivals and traditions. Some traditional observations include cleaning and decorating your home, wearing new clothes, creating colorful powdered patterns on thresholds, lighting fireworks and bonfires, visiting family, enjoying picnics, reading Sufi poetry, and participating in the Haft-sin, Haft-mewa, or Khoncha meal. Join us to invite spring and good fortune. We will decorate the Haft-sin or Seven S table, share a festive Persian dinner, read Sufi poetry, and share wishes for the new year. Wear something new if you’d like!  Facilitator Renée Silvus brings a blend of perspectives as an educator, therapist, and coach. She offers local classes, retreats, coaching, celebrations, and facilitation with her brand Luminaire.  Read more at reneesilvus.com. Co-facilitator, artist Thea Belecz, will be preparing the delicious Nowruz meal. 

    $46  Registration Required

    • 02 Apr 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Payette Lakes Middle School art room
    • 6
    Register

    Join local herbalist Christine Hulse, co-owner of Woodland Wildcraft, to explore local plants and their various uses. Knowing plants that grow around your home and community allows for a deeper connection to nature and to health. In this class, we will examine plant basics to make detailed observations for better identification in the field. Students will discuss various apps and tools to learn plants not yet known, and to find plants recently learned. Participants will take home booklets with observation journals and photos highlighting local plants. Enjoy teas and take home samples crafted with locally and sustainably-harvested plants. 

    $38  Registration Required

    • 04 Apr 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Alpine Village Clubhouse Condo
    • 12
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    As springtime approaches we think about shaking out the rugs and opening the windows, and we are inspired to do a "spring cleaning” of our body as well.  Join Susan McCandless for this lovely spring cooking class. She will share four of her favorite everyday go-to recipes that are brimming with flavor and detoxification nutrients.  This class will include some hands-on participation, so bring an apron if you would like to join in! Featured foods include Walnut, Date and Herb Salad, Luscious Clean Green Soup, Magical Chimichurri, and Spiced-up Greens (think flavorful, not “hot”). Recipes will be provided, as will delectable samples of each dish. Susan McCandless is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist working with St. Luke’s McCall’s Integrative Medicine Clinic. She is also a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. 

    $50   Registration Required

    • 05 Apr 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Alpine Playhouse, 1210 Roosevelt Ave.
    • 83
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    Join us for McCall’s favorite storytelling program inspired by Juneau’s popular and delightful Mudrooms. It kinda sounds like “stage fright,” but it’s a lot more fun! Here’s how it works: Seven storytellers are selected to regale the audience with a true personal tale. Each storyteller has EXACTLY seven minutes to tell his or her story. April’s theme is “Oh, Poop!” Storytellers will share their best stories about - well - poop. Plenty of room for interpretation here, and no need to be literal! From crass to delicate, told by wallflowers or clowns, live stories are mesmerizing and raw. This is not a theatrical performance, but real-life storytelling shared by friends, neighbors, visitors, and strangers. Hop onboard for an unpredictable wild-ride of an evening full of good old-fashioned storytelling fun! Seven tales - seven minutes - seven dollars! Income supports the McCall Arts and Humanities Council and the Alpine Playhouse. Register online to reserve a ticket, or . . . fill out an application to be a storyteller!

    All tickets $7 per person

    • 09 Apr 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Payette Lakes Middle School art room
    • 10
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    Join local herbalist Christine Hulse, co-owner of Woodland Wildcraft, to craft herbal preparations using local plants. Gaining knowledge to make basic herbal products using plants that grow around your home and community allows for a deeper connection to nature and to health. Students will discuss teas, oil infusions, salves, tinctures, soaps, and more! Hands-on crafting along with demonstrations ensure an evening of fun and learning. Enjoy teas and take home samples crafted with locally and sustainably harvested plants.  $42  Registration Required

    • 10 Apr 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Payette Lakes Middle School art room
    • 16
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    Go into summer prepared to capitalize on all of Idaho’s luscious fruits! In just two hours, food preservation maestro Anjel Griggs will teach students how to SAFELY AND PROPERLY home-can jellies and jams. Anjel will cover the basics of home-canning as well as information on different pectin sources, low-sugar alternatives, and pectin-free jellies. Various prepared jellies and jams will be sampled in class on various breads, and students will also take home a few jars of their own preparations.  This is a hands-on class so participants should come prepared with an apron or wear older clothes in which to cook.  $42  Registration Required

    • 11 Apr 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Alpine Village Clubhouse Condo 206
    • 16
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