Author to give reading, lead class

Katherine Standefer, an author and former Jackson resident, will lead a virtual reading and workshop this month following the publication of her new memoir, “Lightning Flowers: My Journey to Uncover the Cost of Saving A Life.”

The book tells of Standefer’s implanted cardiac defibrillator and her journey to understand whether such potentially lifesaving medical technology could have cost a life somewhere else in the world. “Lightning Flowers” was selected for Oprah Magazine’s November Reading Room.

The free online reading, hosted by Jackson Hole Book Trader, will start at 7 p.m. Nov. 18. Visit for details.

The workshop, co-sponsored by Jackson Hole Writers and the University of Wyoming MFA Program in Creative Writing, will run 10:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 21, and will explore the “big questions” buried in writers’ narratives and how stories can change people.

Registration for the workshop costs $25. Go to

Art of the Voice

Off Square Theatre Company leads a Radio Theatre workshop for youths age 10-18 that will culminate in a production titled “Breadcrumbs,” written by Dillon Hanna and Joy Hayashida-Ludington.

Registration is first-come, first-served. The series starts at 4:30 p.m. Thursday with auditions. Participants will be cast as voice actors or part of the commercial/jingle team or sound effects crew.

Through the first half of December, the workshop cover such skills as how to create a radio commercial, writing and performing a jingle, producing sound effects, a bit about the history of radio drama. And of course, the group will rehearse for the end product, a Zoom-recorded performance of “Breadcrumbs” on Dec. 17.

Cost is $100; scholarships are available. Go to or email

Ceramics on sale

Need a plate for Santa’s cookies or holiday gifts for friends? Pottery, prints, paintings, jewelry and more will be available for purchase at the Teton Mudpots Holiday Sale set for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 18 and 19.

Bargain-table prices start at only $3, and higher-end pieces are available as well. Entry is free, though reservations are required for shopping slots. Drop-in shopping may be available. Sign up for shopping times at Masks and social distancing required.

Works is by Art Association studio artists, and 30% of sales will go to support the Art Association’s various studios at the Center for the Arts.

Auction for Astoria

Mountain bluebirds, rainbow trout, blue flax and trumpeter swans are just a few of the wildlife subjects by Katie Shepherd Christiansen that make up Astoria Park Conservancy’s inaugural silent auction, open now through midnight Nov. 18.

Winning bids will help keep Astoria’s entrance fees low, support affordable and accessible education and wellness programming and contribute to the Access Fund, which provides programming and access for low-income families.

Go to to create an account and begin bidding. A live auction event, including a conversation with Shepherd Christiansen and Astoria Park Conservancy, will take place via Zoom at 6 p.m. Nov. 18.

Raptor Center needs painters

As Teton Raptor Center put the finishing touches on its clinic for feathered rehab patients, it is seeking artists and students to help make the center feel a little more like home.

Teton Raptor Center administrative and volunteer coordinator, Jessie Walters, said she’s looking for volunteer painters to make it a safer space for patients.

“Currently, the walls are one color, and with the birds that can be dangerous in terms of not distinguishing that there is a wall there,” Walters said.

In addition to helping the birds distinguish the different walls, Walters hopes painting the walls with nature themes will help them feel more comfortable in the center. The Raptor Center needs eight of its enclosures painted. All enclosures are 87 inches wide, 125 inches tall, and range from 58 to 231 inches in length.

The center cares for over 130 injured birds a year and has expanded its mission to include education and research programs. To sign up as a volunteer call 203-2551 or email

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