We tend to think of November as a quiet time here in the Wood River Valley. But that’s not the case for The Chamber. As usual, we’ve got a lot of fun things going on this month. So here’s a rundown of what’s happening.

The November Business After Hours is teaming up with St Luke’s Wood River for a special Holiday Open House. The hospital’s Volunteer Board and the Retail Therapy Gift Shop will make sure we kick off the holiday season in style. Festivities include a variety of great holiday gift options, tasty treats from the hospital’s noted kitchen, adult beverages and updates on the latest news from St Luke’s and The Chamber. The Volunteer Board will also be offering free gift wrapping, with all proceeds from the Gift Shop going to support local health-related programs. The Holiday Open House BAH is on Wednesday, November 13th from 4:30-7pm at St Luke’s Wood River Medical Center at 100 Hospital Drive, just south of Ketchum. The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

Come celebrate our community at The Chamber’s Annual Dinner and Awards Banquet on Thursday, November 14th from 6-8pm at Mountain Humane’s Penny Barn. The party includes music from R.L. Rousey, dinner from KB’s, a Trivia Game, a New Member Drawing and an awards ceremony honoring local businesses, non-profits and citizens of Wood River Valley. The Warfield is providing beer while 5B Vino Valet supplying wine. Tickets to the event are $35 and can be purchased online at HaileyIdaho.com.

A favorite local tradition, the 16th Annual Turkey Trot takes place on Thanksgiving day, November 28th, starting at 10am in front of Sturtevant’s on Main Street in Hailey. The 5k Fun Run and Walk passes through the Wood River Land Trust’s Draper Preserve before looping back along River Street. The family and leashed-pet friendly event is part of the holiday tradition for many local families.  There are all kinds of kids like mine who have started just about every Thanksgiving of their lives with the Turkey Trot, followed by watching football, stuffing ourselves like turkeys and then having family arguments over board games.

We owe a big thanks to Daryl Fauth and Blaine County Title, who founded and still support the event, Mountain Wes Bank and the City Staff and Police Department of Hailey for making the Turkey Trot happen.

To register for the Turkey Trot, please go to HaileyIdaho.com. The first 500 registers will receive a Turkey Trot schwag bags and prices go up after November 26th.

Finally, our beloved Sun Valley Suns will be “puttin’ on the foil” as they kick off the season against the burly Bozeman Sting on November 28-30th at Hailey Ice.

We hope to see you at these events as we try to make it a November to remember.

For question about these or any other Chamber related information, please call 208-788-3484 or email Info@ValleyChamber.org.

By Mike McKenna

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