Story Slam All Stars

Pete Elliott shares a tale during a December Cabin Fever Story Slam at the Pink Garter Theatre. Teton County Library will launch its winter season Tuesday with a “new”-themed slam at the Pink Garter. It starts with a happy hour at 5:30 p.m.

Life beyond injury

Rockfall. Avalanches. Misplaced gear.

The mountains around Jackson are home to any number of hazards that can hurt you. Terribly.

This weekend, Watershed Jackson will bring two speakers to town for its annual gala to educate people about the daily obstacles faced by individuals who have been badly hurt, either with a traumatic brain or spinal cord injury.

This year’s speakers are co-founder and CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation Chris Nowinski and adventurer and athlete Quinn Brett.

Concussion Legacy works to solve “the sports concussion crisis” through education, policy and research. As a former football player and professional wrestler, Nowinski is a concussion survivor himself. He wrote a book about concussions, “Head Games,” that was later turned into a movie.

Brett worked as a climbing ranger in Rocky Mountain National Park before falling over 100 feet on Yosemite National Park’s El Capitan in 2017. The fall left her paralyzed from the waist down, but she’s still working trying to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle.

She is also an advocate for adaptive recreation advancements and spinal cord injury recovery.

Tickets to the gala cost $125, including the talks, a silent auction, dinner and drinks.

The event will run from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Center for the Arts.

For info visit WatershedJackson.org.

Return of the story

Or stories, plural. Ten, to be exact.

Teton County Library’s winter Cabin Fever Story Slam season kicks off at 7 p.m. Tuesday, when perennial master of ceremonies Jeff Moran will take the stage and tell a tale of his own before reaching into a bucket to call 10 storytellers to the stage.

The raconteurs will perform in front of the story-hungry crowd that takes over the Pink Garter Theatre one Tuesday a month throughout the winter.

The yarn weavers will be judged on their delivery by a panel of local judges.Three will walk away with prizes and a little bit of local fame.

Stories must be true. Tale-tellers will be judged on how well they stick to the theme, “New,” stay within five minutes and set up conflict and resolution, however defined. Notes are not allowed.

A 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. two-for-one beer and wine happy hour at The Rose will start the evening, which will run until 9 or so. The first 10 storytellers to throw their name in the hat will receive a free drink token.

For details, visit TCLib.org.

Get on the ’gram

Looking to up your photo game? How ’bout your social media presence?

Drop by the Art Association of Jackson Hole tonight and Thursday, when photographer and social media strategist Sofia Jaramillo will be teaching a class about Instagram photography and reaching a larger audience on the platform.

Topics will include content organization, strategy, social media ethics and best practices for maintaining your account.

The workshop, which will run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today and Thursday, costs $100 for members and $125 for others. It will be held in the Art Association’s photography, video and digital arts studio.

Visit ArtAssociation.org for info.

Clear fines, feed others

Kill two birds with one stone this November when you donate sealed, store-purchased jars or cans of food and pasta in exchange for a waiver of your late fees at Teton County Library.

Food items donated at the library’s Jackson branch will go to the Jackson Cupboard, and what’s donated at the Alta branch will go to the Teton Valley Food Pantry in Driggs, Idaho.

The fine amnesty program is intentionally timed around the holidays to “create a circle of locals helping locals,” the library’s Adult Services Manager Angela Jordan said in an email.

During last year’s Food for Fines drive, the Jackson branch collected over 1,500 pounds of food, and the Alta branch collected about 150 pounds.

For information, visit TCLib.org or call Jordan at 733-2164, ext. 3258.

Donate winter clothing

If you’re looking for another way to give this holiday season, you can also get involved in Central Wyoming College’s winter outdoor clothing drive.

The drive benefits children on the Wind River Reservation.

This year the college is looking for coats, gloves, hats, scarves, boots and snow pants sized for kids in kindergarten through senior year of high school.

If you’re going to donate, get on it. The drive closes Nov. 13.

All clothes should be dropped off at the Glenwood entrance to the Center for the Arts.

For information, call 733-7425.

— Billy Arnold

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