Community calendar: Dec. 18-19
n NeighborWorks Pocatello is hosting a holiday open house and Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge Rally from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today at the NeighborWorks Pocatello office, 206 N. Arthur Ave. There will be door prizes and refreshments along with information about the Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge. All attendees who make a contribution of $25 or more will have an ornament placed on the Avenues for Hope Christmas Tree in their name.
n There will be a Site Plan Review meeting at 1:30 p.m. today in the Iwamizawa Conference Room at Pocatello City Hall.
n The Library Board will meet at 4 p.m. today at the Marshall Public Library, 113 S. Garfield Ave. in Pocatello.
n Women’s Networking Group Idaho will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Bru House Galilei, 502 N. Main St. in Pocatello. Carol Jencks Jensen, owner of Inner Connected Wellness will speak on 5 Ways to De-Stress. This will be great for around the holidays when stress levels tend to get high. Bring a friend and cozy up in the coffee house over some snacks with us. Bring a minimum of one toiletry item to be donated to the Bannock House.
n Best Foot Forward, 132 W. 14th St. in Idaho Falls, will put on a “A Dicken’s Christmas” at 7 p.m. today. This amazing performance by Geoffrey Bennett is one you will not want to miss. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children and can be purchased at bffperformingarts.net.
n ISU’s A Season of Note will present Kurt Bestor Christmas at 7:30 p.m. today in the Stephens Performing Arts Center’s Jensen Grand Concert Hall. Tickets are $38 for main seating and $32 for upper-level seating and are available at the ISU Box Office in the Stephens Performing Arts Center, by calling 208-282-3595 or visiting isu.edu/tickets or Vickers Western Wear.
n Craters of the Moon National Monument near Arco will host the Christmas Bird Count from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday. The Christmas Bird Count is an international effort to count wintering birds in the western hemisphere. Participants of all experience and skill levels are welcome. Meet at the Craters of the Moon visitor center at 9 a.m. Wear boots, hats, gloves and warm layered clothing. Bring binoculars and a lunch to eat in the field. You should be prepared to spend the day outside in winter conditions. Snowshoes will be provided if conditions require. For more information on the Christmas Bird Count, call 208-527-1352.
n The Pocatello Development Authority will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Paradice Conference Room at Pocatello City Hall.
n There will be a blood donation opportunity from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at Holiday Inn Express, 200 Via Venitio in Pocatello. Make an appointment on the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, by visiting RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 800-733-2767.
n AARP general meeting will be held at the Senior Activity Center, 427 N. Sixth Ave. in Pocatello, on Wednesday. Social hour begins at 11 a.m. with lunch being served at noon. Following lunch, we will adjourn to meeting room where we will have Christmas caroling, drawings and treats.
n There will be a Holiday Huddle for Medicaid at 6 p.m. Wednesday at The Sand Trap, 2720 Bannock Highway in Pocatello. Medicaid Expansion passed by a landslide, but we still have work to do to protect the will of the voters. Come out to hear from Luke Mayville and Reclaim Idaho on where we go from here.
n There will be a Japanese Sister Cities Subcommittee Delegates meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Iwamizawa and Paradice conference rooms at Pocatello City Hall.
n National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI SI) support group meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Life Inc., 640 Pershing Ave. in Pocatello. Family, friends and those in recovery dealing with mental illness are encouraged to come.
n The Palace Playhouse, 158 E. Chubbuck Road, will put on a production of “Scrooge! The Musical” Wednesday through Saturday. Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner is served at 6:15 p.m., and the show begins at 7 p.m. each night. Patrons may order tickets at www.palaceplayhouse.com or call the box office at 208-238-8001.
Wednesday, Thursday & Dec. 27
n Idaho Fish and Game wants to hear from hunters on proposed changes to moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat hunting seasons for 2019-20, and hunters can attend open house workshops around the state to provide comments. Regional open houses will be held from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Idaho Falls Fish and Game Office, 4279 Commerce Circle; from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Salmon Regional Office, 99 Highway 93 North; from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Challis Community Events Center Board Room; from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Jerome Fish and Game office, 324 S. 417 E., Suite 1; and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 27 at the Pocatello Southeast Regional Office, 1345 Barton Road. The deadline for comments is Jan. 3.