Be a ‘Wannabe’
No, don’t be a poser or follower.
Be a “wannabe,” someone who contributes to the Children’s Learning Center’s “Wanna Be” auction and dinner, set to take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Hand Fire Pizza.
This year’s auction is a “unique experience auction,” featuring a number of experiences unique to the Jackson Hole area. Prizes include a day with a ski patroller, a three-hour oil painting lesson with Kathryn Mapes Turner, an hourlong search and rescue class, and a birthday party at the Jackson Hole Children’s Museum.
Tickets, which cost $20 for adults and $10 for kids, include appetizers, drinks and a pizza buffet.
You can purchase tickets and find details at ChildrenLearn.org/wanna-be.
A ‘Shining Night’
Looking to get your classical music fix in between Grand Teton Music Festival’s winter Community Concert Series?
Drop into the Center for the Arts from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, when the Cathedral Voices Chamber Choir will screen “Shining Night,” a documentary about the life of National Medal of Arts recipient Morten Lauridsen. The composer was the composer-in-residence at the Los Angeles Master Chorale from 1995 to 2001 and a professor of composition at the USC Thornton School of Music for more than 50 years.
The film’s name is a nod to one of his masterworks, “Sure on This Shining Night.”
For information, visit Facebook.com and search “Shining Night.”
Play sled hockey
Ski season is right around the corner (for the resort skier), but Teton Adaptive Sports is spinning up some rink-centric winter programming a few weeks ahead of the mountain rush.
This weekend is bringing the first of nine sled hockey and adaptive skating sessions that the local nonprofit, which works with differently abled athletes, plans to put on throughout the winter.
This weekend’s session will run from 1:45 to 3:15 p.m. Sunday at the Snow King Sports and Events Center. Like the other eight sessions, Sunday’s is free.
Those interested in participating should show up with warm layers, hiking shoes (or skates, if you have them) and warm gloves. Teton Adaptive Sports will provide sleds, gear and organization. Members of Jackson Hole Moose Hockey will help with the games and provide general tips and tricks for playing hockey.
Visit TetonAdaptiveSports.com for information. You can export all nine dates to your calendar using the “Export Events” button on Teton Adaptive Sports’ online calendar.
Meet David Vela
David Vela, the former Grand Teton National Park superintendent selected as acting director of the National Park Service earlier this month, will be in town Sunday, and there’s an opportunity to meet him from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Center for the Arts.
The park, the Grand Teton National Park Foundation and the Grand Teton Association put together the free event to celebrate Vela’s role change.
Call 732-0629 for information.
Music over yonder
If you’re into bluegrass — fans of Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival: Take note — you’ve probably heard of Yonder Mountain String Band, the all-star jamgrass outfit out of Colorado.
And, if you’re into bluegrass, and you’re into Yonder Mountain, you’ll probably also enjoy the band’s man-bunned mandolin player, Jacob Jolliff, who plans to drop into the Wort Hotel’s Silver Dollar Showroom for a show from 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday.
Jolliff won’t be playing solo — he’ll be accompanied by three other all-star bluegrass artists: John Mailander (fiddle), Ross Martin (guitar), and Myles Sloniker (bass).
The best part of it all?
The show’s free. You’ll be able to see a quartet of musicians who have shared stages with everyone from Sam Bush to Jeff Austin, Widespread Panic and The Motet for the cost of beer. Or wine. Or a Manhattan. Your choice. The show is only for people who are 21-plus, so bring your ID.
And, if you can’t make it this Sunday, fear not. Yonder Mountain will drop though in its entirety on Jan. 7, when the band is set to play the Mangy Moose Saloon.
Be a vendor
The Summer People’s Market wrapped about a month ago but vendors looking to get back on the horse for the winter season should start thinking about their plans.
Applications for the Winter People’s Market are open and set to close Nov. 8. Those who apply will hear back from Slow Food in the Tetons, which puts on the market, by Nov. 15.
The winter market will run every other Saturday from Dec. 21 to April 25, with a break on March 28 for spring break.
— Billy Arnold
Spooky SPET talk
If you feel like there’s nothing scarier than figuring out what specific purpose excise tax items you’re going to vote for — or against — on Nov. 5, fear not.
In partnership with Young Professionals of the Tetons, the Jackson Hole News&Guide is hosting a “spooky” SPET edition of Hot Seat Happy Hour, where members of the public can show up and grill local experts about a given topic. Today’s session, which will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Wort Hotel, will focus on the 10 SPET measures on this year’s ballot.
The proposed projects would be funded through the optional 1% sales tax over an estimated five years if all the projects are approved. There’s no better way for your voice to be heard than to show up Wednesday, become informed and figure out how you’re going to vote.
Also, the event’s “spooky.” Dress up in costume, specifically as something inspired by a SPET ballot item, for a chance to win prizes that include free movie passes for Jackson Hole Cinemas and gift certificates to Teton Mountaineering.
For information, search “Hot Seat Happy Hour” on Facebook.