Rainbows in the park

You may have heard — it’s Pride Month.

Communities around the country are celebrating their LGBTQ+ communities and Jackson will celebrate its own community Saturday at the annual Teton Pride Picnic. The picnic comes a week after the Jackson Hole Pride Dance Party at the Pink Garter Theatre.

2019 is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a seminal moment in the history of the gay rights movement. In honor of that, Saturday’s picnic, set to run from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Mike Yokel Jr. Park, is open to everyone. The two organizations hosting the event ask only one thing: Bring some food to share.

The hosts are Jackson Hole PFLAG, the local chapter of the national family and ally organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, and Protect Our Own, a Jackson organization that supported the 2018 nondiscrimination ordinance, among other efforts to guarantee equal rights for members of the local LGBTQ+ community.

For information about PFLAG email JacksonPFLAG@wyoming.com or call 733-8349, PFLAG’s dedicated line.

Ah, the van life

Yo ho, yo ho, it’s a van life for me.

At least that’s what some van-dwelling denizens might be saying this weekend when they descend on Victor, Idaho’s Linn Canyon Ranch for a weekend’s worth of wheeled camping.

The Teton Valley Vanlife Gathering is returning for its second year, providing van dwellers an opportunity to get out and celebrate their way of life.

Rig tours will, of course, be part of the event, but there will also be live music, beer, yoga and potluck meals.

Better yet, you don’t need a van to attend. Dirtbags in the making can also drop in to camp off-grid and bask in the presence of the four-wheeling lifestyle.

The event kicks off at 3 p.m. Friday and runs until 5 p.m. Sunday.

Visit TinyURL.com/tetonvalleyvans to purchase tickets, which cost $65. Event organizers are also still looking for a few volunteers.

Interested in helping out?

Email thevanprojectco@gmail.com to sign up and find more information.

Summer book challenge

Turns out you’re never too old for a summer reading challenge.

Teton County Library is hosting a summerlong reading quest that can win you — wait for it — prizes. You can win money for bagels at Pearl Street Bagels as well as tickets to Grand Teton Music Festival concerts and gift cards to Cowboy Coffee, all for completing a simple task: reading, though that’s not the only thing that will bring you prizes. Eager readers can also check out back issues of magazines and write book reviews, among other activities, for a chance to win.

The library’s summer reading series will kick off with a party from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. For information visit TCLib.org.

Bada-bing bada-bout

The Jackson Hole Juggernauts are back Saturday, wrapping their final home showing of 2019.

The all-female roller derby squad will take on the Bitter Sweet Bombshells, Sweetwater County’s team, in a bout that will start at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Snow King Sports and Events Center.

Tickets, $10 for adults and $5 for kids, can be bought at the doors, which open at 6 p.m. StillWest Brewery and Grill will host the weekly after-party.

For information visit Facebook.com and search “Juggernauts vs. Bitter Sweet Bombshells.”

Piste goes off

Head to the top of the gondola and get yourself some drinks.

The Deck at Piste Mountain Bistro, the fine dining establishment at the top of Bridger Gondola, opens for the summer Friday, kicking off a season’s worth of high-alpine happy hours.

The gondola will run for free from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily, giving people access to The Deck, which will be open for happy hours from 4:30 to 9 p.m. But make sure to give yourself some time to finish your cocktail and ride the tram get down. Gondola service ends promptly at 9 p.m.

For information go online to JacksonHole.com.

Nutritious brains

Sure, we’ve all heard that crosswords keep your brain healthy.

But what about diets?

Martha Clare Morris, a director of nutrition and nutritional epidemiology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, will drop in on Thursday to talk about how food choices can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and dementia.

Her talk will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.

To purchase tickets, $10, visit TinyURL.com/wordsonwellness. mail vgold@tetonhospital.org or call 733-7399 with questions.

Release a belay

Imagine this: Your climbing partner falls on the slab, can’t take her weight off the rope, and you’ve got her on an auto-block belay device.

You’re stuck.

Stuck, that is, if you don’t know what to do.

Exum Mountain Guides is returning Thursday with a new class focused on both releasing an auto-block belay device and completing a 3-to-1 raise. This session, the second of four in Exum’s free summer climbing series, will also feature a review of the first class, “How to Back Up Your Rappel,” for those who missed it.

As with the first in the series, Thursday’s class is free. It will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Teton Boulder Park.

For information send an email to brenton@exumguides.com.

Get info on Grove

Ever dream of owning a home?

Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area is accepting applications for eight homes at its project site, The Grove, and will host an information session about applying for the homes from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Teton County Library.

To access the application you must attend one of the information sessions.

Can’t make this one? Two others are scheduled for June 20 and 27.

Contact Wendy Martinez at wendy@tetonhabitat.org or 734-0828 for information.

Pack light, stay safe

Are you planning to venture into the backcountry?

Teton County Search and Rescue’s “What’s In Your Pack?” class is set to return from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, but it won’t be focused solely on packing. Search and Rescue and Backcountry Zero will teach skills ranging from bear management to navigation to shelter building.

The class costs $20. Pregistration is required because space is limited. For information visit BackcountryZero.com.

Grease your chain

Still trying to figure out why your bike’s drivetrain is so creaky?

You might get an answer Thursday at Hoback Sports’ free bike maintenance clinic, one of four set to take place monthly throughout the rest of the summer. The clinic will cover some basics — fixing flats and adjusting your drivetrain among them — from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Hoback’s storefront.

Visit Facebook.com and search “Bike Maintenance 101” for more information.

Hone camera skills

Rumor has it that grizzly 610 might be back. Nature photographers: It’s time to hone your shutter skills.

Conservation photographer Jennifer Leigh Warner will host a two-day photo workshop in Grand Teton National Park starting with a meet and greet at 7 p.m. Thursday. The workshop will take place Friday and Saturday, with morning and evening photo tours, daily photo critiques and wrap-ups over dinner.

The workshop costs $1,200, including lodging, or $850 without. For info visit Facebook.com and search “Nature Photography Day — Photo Tour.”

Visit the hangar

Even if you’ve never called Teton County Idaho Search and Rescue and never plan on doing so, it still might not be a bad idea to meet a few of the people who keep backcountry travelers safe.

Living in the Tetons, you never know when you might need them.

The search and rescue squad on the other side of the pass is holding an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at 547 N. Main St. in Driggs, Idaho. The hosts will serve dinner, and the people, animals, and equipment used to save lives in the backcountry will all be there.

For info visit Facebook.com and search “Search and Rescue Open House.”

— Billy Arnold

This article has been updated to correct the caption for a photo, which misstated the location of the Teton Pride Picnic. The picnic is set to take place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Mike Yokel Jr. Park. — Ed.

 

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