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Ever wonder why they are called martial “arts?”Come find out in an introduction to one of the world's oldest martial arts, Taekwondo. Students will learn not only about the martial art and sport, but the history, philosophy, and culture of this Korean art form. Taekwondo is a great activity for anyone of any age or ability, offering a wide range of benefits including improved physical condition, flexibility, balance, strength, coordination, discipline, citizenship, and self-confidence. Instructor, Angela Staup is a 4th Dan (4th degree black belt) in Taekwondo, a national competitor, and longtime Taekwondo practitioner. Registration Required
Join Dr. L. Bryan Williams for this 4-session class exploring early American spiritual life and the ways in which these two primary and influential tracks have shaped our history and culture. Never has there been a better time to broaden and deepen our understanding of world beliefs and philosophical perspectives. Lectures will include brief histories, an introduction of key ideas, and how spiritual beliefs and practices shaped daily life. Start the new year with an investment in spiritual and scholastic understanding by enjoying this introduction to early American spirituality. Dr. Williams is a Social & BioEthicist and President of McCall College. He served as Associate Professor of Religion and Ethics and Chair of the Department of Religion and Christian Ministries at Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Williams earned his PhD in Religion and Social Ethics from the University of Southern California. His recent book, The Spiritual Healer: Healing Strategies from Shamanism, Buddhism & Spiritualism, is available on Amazon. Registration Required
Join retired professor and award-winning author, Dr. David Adler, for this timely presentation on holding government accountable. Approaching the 2020 elections offers the perfect inspiration to revisit the workings of our government and explore our role as citizens. This presentation will offer a historical overview of some underlying issues that have absorbed the energies of concerned citizens, focusing on constitutional issues and theories of representation conducive to governance. It will include civic participation in a non-partisan discussion that explores the US Constitution, the responsibilities of the media, and the role of the American citizenry in our representative democracy. A former journalist, David Adler earned a BA from Michigan State and PhD from the Univesity of Utah. Dr. Adler has lectured internationally on the Constitution, has authored over 100 scholarly articles on the Constitution and presidency, and has published four books. Dr. Adler taught at Idaho State University for 25 years and is currently the director of the Sun Valley Institute.
FREE ($5-10 donation suggested)
No registration required
Ready to brew your own craft beers? In this class, you’ll be walked through the entire process by experienced home-brewer, Bill Borg. From equipment and sanitation to processing the ingredients to kicking off fermentation, Bill will cover ALL the bases. Participants will sample a few finished products with accompanying appetizers along the way. Whether you’re in it to impress your friends or just to save a buck, you’ll enjoy this fast-paced demonstration. Instructor Bill Borg is a local educator and amateur brewer. Registration Required
This dynamic and creative workshop will explore the many applications of photography in the marketplace. Visual marketing is a valuable skill to apply to almost every profession, service, organization, or product. Whether you’re marketing your own work as a photographer, or you work in a profession that requires high-quality photographs to sell your product, this class will address how to use visual marketing to achieve your goals. Experienced photographer Pam Benham will lead students through various social media platforms - including Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn - as well as website designs. Pam will assist students in defining goals, creating visual and verbal content, and using marketing to tell their unique stories. Personalized photography assignments, in conjunction with working on Adobe Creative platforms, will allow students to create their own templates and layouts. Each student will leave with a unique visual marketing campaign, and the skills necessary to begin implementation. This fun, creative, and exploratory workshop will help you start 2020 inspired to “shine like the whole world is yours.” Instructor Pam Benham works as a professional 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 most recently has designed, launched, and taught the College of Western Idaho’s first photography classes. Find out more about Pam at www.benhamphotography.com. Registration Required
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 2020 theme is “The Humanity of Science & Technology.” Book titles, in order of discussion, are Born in Africa, by Martin Meredith; Physics of the Impossible, by Michio Kaku; The Control of Nature, by John McPhee; Animals in Translation, by Temple Grandin & Catherine Johnson; and My Year of Meats, by Ruth Ozeki. Books are provided and a library card is not required. Registration Required - call the library at 208-634-5522 to register.
We all have great stories to tell, but many of us are afraid to share them. Sometimes the difference between being a timid storyteller and an engaging storyteller is just a little expert coaching. We’re offering that to you for free this winter - in this class taught by experienced theatrical director and educator, Dawn Kolden. Why? Because we love stories!. . . and we need storytellers to share their wonderful stories with others during our two Stage Flight sessions this season. This is our way of offering an encouraging nudge. Even if you don’t have any intention of ever getting on stage, this class will still help you with your communication and presentation skills. And it will be fun! This one-evening class offers a safe place for participants to explore storytelling and to be gently coached by an expert. Who knows? You may even decide to share your story on stage! Registration Required
FREE - but registration is required
Idaho is known for its outstanding fly fishing, and the McCall region offers plenty of opportunities to explore the sport. There is great satisfaction in catching a fish on a fly that you tied yourself. Designed for the novice fly-tyer, this four-week class will introduce equipment, materials, and types of flies. Participants will learn to tie fly patterns that have proven to be effective in Idaho’s waters. Discussion of basic entomology, reading the water, and how to get the hook out of your ear will be included. The cost of the class includes a fly-tying vise, hackle, pliers, scissors, bobbin, hair stacker, 6/0 Uni-Thread and all materials needed to tie six different flies.
The class will be taught by Dennis Coyle with special guest appearances by local fly-tyers. Registration Required
Line up for some boot-stompin’ fun to beat Cabin Fever this winter! Join instructors Char and Vern Faris and the McCall Line Dance Club for this series of 6 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. Experienced members of the McCall Line Dance Club will assist as needed. Registration Required
Have you wanted to know what the ketogenic diet is and whether or not you should try it? In this class, Susan McCandless, RD and Gail Eberharter Rankin, MD, will review popular podcasts and scientific literature to look at how the ketogenic diet and its variations might be beneficial. The key concept of “keto” is that of using healthy fat as the body’s main fuel source rather than glucose. We will try to dispel myths and provide sound science on how to use the information available and apply it on an individual basis when appropriate. We will also discuss the related topic of modified fasting. Participants are encouraged to bring questions and observations to share as Gail and Susan bring clarity to this multi-faceted trend. Susan McCandless, RDN, IFNCP, CLT is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist working with St. Luke’s McCall’s Integrative Medicine Clinic. She holds advanced certifications in integrative and functional nutrition, food sensitivities and intuitive eating therapy. Gail Eberharter Rankin, MD, has been practicing Functional Medicine for over 15 years. Registration Required
This beautiful class taught by Kasey Rose is perfectly timed to usher participants into a whole-hearted experience of Valentine’s Day! In the yoga tradition, love is considered a skill rather than something we acquire from outside of ourselves. But how do we cultivate and hone this skill? In this class, Kasey, an E-RYT-500 hour yoga instructor, will explain the modern value of age-old Buddhist teachings on the Four Immeasurables:
Compassion, Loving Kindness, Empathetic Joy, and Equanimity. Then she will offer suggestions on how we can practice these skills in our everyday lives to strengthen our “love muscles.” Give your heart a tune-up for Valentine’s Day and discover how to cultivate deep and abiding love. Kasey Rose has been teaching yoga for over
11 years and currently teaches at Tantra Power Yoga in McCall. These teachings of the heart remind her of the power of true love and connection. Registration Required
Put your restless fingers to work learning to crochet a sweet and colorful basket with zany local fiber maestro, Lynda Vrgora. Lynda will guide participants through the creation of a delightful basket which might be shared with a special Valentine, or saved for Easter morning, or enjoyed in any number of ways! Students should have basic crochet skills. All supplies will be provided, including a crochet hook to take home. While away the long winter evenings producing lovely items you crochet yourself, beginning here with two cozy evenings around the Keep Me In Stitches table. Registration Required
Everyone wants the best care possible for the people they love. This is especially true as loved ones enter the medical system. Doctors, nurses, technicians, hospitals, family, and friends ALL want the best possible outcome for the patient, but how can we best-facilitate communication and cooperation during stressful times of hospitalization or long-term illness? In this presentation, Kathy Belknap will help family and friends learn how to navigate the health care system when a health crisis occurs. Even during times of intense emotion, the complexities of the health care system need not overwhelm you. Getting the best care for the person you love requires being informed and working as a partner with health care professionals. Instructor Kathy Belknap holds an MA in Counseling Psychology and has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share on this important topic. Registration Required
Explore seasonal ciders and unique ciders. Cider, ancient and artisanal, has all of the complexity of wine and the refreshing drinkability of beer. Join Eric Hovland for a lively evening of tasting ciders that are shaped by their terroir - soil, topography, climate in which the apples were cultivated. Sample a diverse array of the various styles created by craft-cider makers. Must be 21 or older to register for this class. Registration Required
Join local area fiber enthusiasts for an evening of demonstrations in a variety of fiber arts: weaving on various looms, spinning, rug punching, locker hooking, knitting, felting, twining, and other fiber crafts. Our region is rich in fiber artistry talent and this is a perfect opportunity to observe and get acquainted with both the art forms and the people engaged in them. No better time than now to learn how you might get started too!
FREE ($5-10 suggested donation) - No registration required
Join Father Bruno Segatta for a delightful introduction to painting with acrylics. In this one-night workshop, Fr. Bruno will guide students through the production of a landscape painting featuring McCall mountains. Participants will paint on 18 x 20” canvases using acrylic paint and a variety of brush sizes. Fr. Bruno is a warm and easy-going expert who will make even the most beginning painter feel right at home in front of the canvas. Don’t miss this opportunity to create with our very own local version of Bob Ross. All supplies provided - dress for painting. Registration Required
Join local herbalist and licensed cosmetologist Christine Hulse, co-owner of Woodland Wildcraft, to bring the spa home. Discover your beauty regimen for radiant skin with cleansing, exfoliating, toning, and moisturizing. Craft your own herbal face masque, customized for unique skin issues. Practice your full facial techniques and take home various handmade spa samples - ALL crafted with locally and sustainably harvested plants. Additional products will be available for in-class purchase (by cash or check only). Registration Required
Across time and cultures, poetry has been considered a portal to wisdom, offering insights beyond human understanding. Traditional wisdom poets, like Rumi, drew from the wells of religious and spiritual texts to create poems of great beauty, and even today, contemporary poets lay claim to radical new ways of understanding ourselves and the world around us. As writers, we seek this same clarity in our work. How can exploring what is mysteriously inherent in the process of composing poems help to guide us? In this workshop, we will draw from the wisdom of great poetry to engage our own deeper truths. Through the consideration of existing poems and working with writing prompts, we will discover richer veins of meaning, to discover for ourselves Rumi's timeless truth, that "what you seek is seeking you." 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). Registration Required
It’s hard to beat take-out pizza. But you can come close with a few tips from this hands-on demonstration class. You’ll learn how to choose the best ingredients, different ways to prepare and roll out the dough, and how to cook a pie just right in your home oven. Of course, we’ll sample a few pies and some other things as we go. Instructor Bill Borg is a local educator and former operator of Fibonacci’s at Tamarack Resort. Registration Required
Portugal is considered one of the most exciting Old World wine regions due to its favorable climate, interesting grape varieties, relative affordability of its products, and - most importantly - delicious wine! This class will provide an over-view of the wine styles, grape varieties, and regions of this outstanding country. Complex red wines, refreshing white wines, and fortified Ports - Portugal has it all and we invite you to experience it for yourselves in this Cabin Fever class taught by Idaho Wine Merchant’s own Scott Sprague and Bistro 45‘s Eric Hovland. Must be 21 or older to register for this class. Registration Required
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. February’s theme is CROSSROADS, which may be interpreted figuratively or literally. Storytellers will share their best stories about a unique “crossroads” experience. 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 ALL SEATS, ALL SHOWS - no discounts
This fun and funky class will offer lots of opportunities for doodling, drawing, and painting letters that bounce and dance! Students will learn basic techniques for various letter styling under the tutelage of experienced calligrapher and letter artist, Bonnie Glick. The techniques learned can then be used to enliven journals, personal art work, calendars, greeting cards, scrapbooks, and so much more! Zentangles will also be included. 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. Registration Required
Whether it's to denote a place, a style, or simply to make a statement, blended wines are more the rule than the exception these days. Even most California wines labeled as "Cabernet Sauvignon" contain at least a portion of another grape variety in the final blend. In this course, you will learn traditional white and red blends from a multitude of regions, why the blending is done, and (most importantly) what they taste like! Join Bistro 45‘s Eric Hovland and Idaho Wine Merchant’s Scott Sprague for a deep-dive into the wonderful world of blended wines! Must be 21 or older to register for this class. Registration Required
Everything you need to know about getting started in the paper arts will be provided in this three-day workshop offered by professional artists Deb Yensen and Amy Nack. Skills will be introduced and practiced, and then incorporated into the construction of a beautiful paper lantern. Students will begin by creating several sheets of hand-made paper. Next, creating luscious layered monotype prints on delicate Asian papers will allow each student to discover his or her unique creative printmaking style. Once the paper is dry and the delicately-layered prints are completed, students will be guided through the process of composing four two-sided wooden panels and assembling them with a clever reversible hinge to construct a lovely lantern. In the process, students will learn techniques for cutting and piercing paper to create beautiful shadows that can be seen from both the front and back sides of the lantern. Participants are encouraged to bring their own favorite stamps, stencils, and paper punches if desired.
Amy Nack is founder of Wingtip Press Printmaking Studio in Boise. She teaches printmaking in her studio and as a teaching artist for the Idaho Commission on the Arts, Idaho Parents Unlimited, and as adjunct professor at Boise State University. Nack received her BFA in Printmaking and BA in Art History from Boise State University after a three-decade career in paper and graphics marketing. She pursues her passion for printmaking by actively engaging in community-wide printmaking experiences and exhibitions. Deb Yensen is a visual artist, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, and registered Art Therapist. She received her BFA from Boise State University in printmaking, painting, and drawing; her MA in Art Therapy Counseling was received from Marylhurst University. Deb has taught at the Boise Art Museum, the McCall Arts and Humanities Council, St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, Idaho Parents Unlimited, and as an adjunct professor at Boise State University. She also facilitates various independent classes and workshops. Deb’s vision is to assist and inspire others in using art to fuel creativity and passion. Registration Required
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. Registration Required
Eric Hovland, owner of Bistro 45, will be your guide on this tour through beers of Belgium and Belgium-styled beers. Belgium is renowned for producing a great number of beer types. In 2016, UNESCO listed the Belgium Beer Culture on its Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list. Join Eric for a fun March evening spent exploring this rich heritage via beer and learn how it has inspired other brewmasters beyond Belgium’s borders. Must be 21 or older to register for this class. Registration Required
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 land use and conservation in Valley County, with a focus on historical trends and practices. The audience will be encouraged to ask questions and share their own experiences and perspectives to foster community dialogue on this topic, which also has great relevance for the present and future of our region. Panelists will be 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 another lovely community evening on the lake at Shore Lodge!
FREE ($5-10 suggested donation) - no need to register
Go from surviving to THRIVING by learning and implementing which whole foods to incorporate into your daily routine and regimen. Join Chef Amy of Amy's Whole Food Creations: Catering and Personal Chef Services in McCall to learn which foods to choose as medicine, and - more importantly - how to prepare dishes in the most efficient and nutritious way possible. Chef Amy will teach participants which foods are nutritious and how to prepare them. Recipes and sampling will be enjoyed. Have fun in the kitchen, dive into experimentation, and learn new skills to nourish yourself and your loved ones! Registration Required
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 April is THE MOST AMAZING WOMAN I KNOW. Celebrate women during this month that honors the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage & the passing of the 19th Amendment! Storytellers will share their best stories about an amazing woman. 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 - ALL SEATS, no discounts
If, as Ilya Kaminsky says, “Poetry . . . exists above any speech,” how can we use attention to sound - the musicality and pacing of our language and our silences - to make our own written words (whether poetry or prose) stand out above ordinary speech? What does it mean to do so, while still keeping our own natural cadences and voices? How can we get sound working on the level of word or sentence or paragraph? In this interactive workshop aimed at ALL levels, we’ll closely read sonically-skilled writing samples from John Milton to Flannery O’Connor to Sylvia Plath to Danez Smith, AND we will do a range of writing exercises - from playing with the etymology of words to the wording of sentences to writing in meter to imitating pieces of music - to get a sense of how far sound can take us. As Jericho Brown says, “If you put language first, then you can discover your ideas. But if you’re thinking about your ideas first, then you’re going to be at the mercy of the language you already know.” Let’s try putting language/sound first, and see what exciting places it leads us.
Alexandra Teague is an award-winning author of three collections of poetry - Or What We’ll Call Desire, The Wise and Foolish Builders, and Mortal Geography - and a novel, The Principles Behind Flotation. Her new book of poetry, Or What We’ll Call Desire, was recently praised in a New York Times review for its “exuberant pageants” of sentences, and she spent part of 2019 at the internationally-renowned Civitella Ranieri during an interdisciplinary arts residency. She is a professor in the MFA program at the University of Idaho, where she and her students recently completed a music-poetry collaboration with composer Ruby Fulton, the Decho Ensemble (saxophones), and Katherine Petersen (soprano).
A short break for lunch will be included each workshop day, so please plan to bring a lunch or to purchase one nearby. Registration Required
Join local herbalist Christine Hulse, co-owner of Woodland Wildcraft, to explore local plants and their various uses. In this class, we will examine plant basics to make detailed observations for proper identification. Students will discuss various helpful apps and tools. Participants will take home handmade booklets with photos highlighting local plants. Enjoy teas and take home samples crafted with locally and sustainably harvested plants. Additional books and tools available for in class
purchase (cash or check only). Registration Required
Celebrate women’s history this April and learn about the long fight for suffrage in this presentation by Dr. Amy Canfield. The fight for women to achieve voting rights is a long history with various setbacks and achievements. From women’s roles in the Revolutionary War to suffragists getting arrested while protesting outside of the White House, the story of women’s suffrage reflects changing ideas of natural rights and citizenship. Amy Canfield is a professor of history at Lewis-Clark State College. She earned her PhD from Washington State University in 2008. She teaches courses in women’s history, American Indian history, history of the American West, and US popular culture. She has published articles in the Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Journal of the West, Idaho Yesterdays, and the Journal of American Culture, and has also served as a consultant for the Center for the State of the Parks, conducting cultural resource assessments on the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, Vicksburg National Military Park, and Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.
FREE ($5-10 donation suggested) - no need to register
Join local herbalist Christine Hulse, co-owner of Woodland Wildcraft, to craft herbal preparations using local plants. Students will discuss teas, oil infusions, salves, tinctures, soaps, and more! Hands-on crafting along with participatory demonstrations ensure an evening of fun and learning. Enjoy teas and take home samples crafted with locally and sustainably-harvested plants. Registration Required
Traditional folksongs are customary songs with unknown composers that were passed along orally from one generation to the next, prior to recording technology. Although many folksongs became known as popular songs, they are not considered commercial or classical in style. This presentation explores the origins and evolutions of traditional American folksongs that were recorded during the American Folk Music Revival of the 1940s-1960s. Songs recorded by artists such as Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Burl Ives, Joan Baez, Jean Ritchie, Bob Dylan, Odetta, Nina Simone, Pete Seeger and others will be explored and performed. Presenter Tracy Morrison is a folksinger-songwriter-storyteller and sixth generation Idaho native. She was raised on a small farm in rural southern Idaho with no access to television or radio - instead she spent leisure time with her family and community gathering for potlucks and song circles. Her songwriting explores culture, history, and life experience, and her musical style draws from American Root genres. The songs Tracy has written about historical Idaho (western) women feature Sacajawea, Polly Bemis, Sarah Winnemucca, Peg Leg Annie and many more. Tracy published a self-titled EP (2012) and two full-length albums of original music, Dancing Through Medbury (2014) and Heirloom (2018).
FREE ($5-10 donation suggested) - no need to register