Community calendar: March 24-25
• Today, the Portneuf Sangha, 424 W. Lewis St. in Pocatello, will examine ways to apply the Buddha’s teachings, the Dharma, to everyday life. This week, participants are invited to bring a short reading or a quote to share and discuss. The focus will be on the fourth and fifth components of the Eightfold Path: Right Action and Right Livelihood. The morning begins with chanting practice from 9:15 to 9:45 a.m., followed at 10 a.m. with a 30-minute silent meditation period with guidance offered for those who would like it. After the meditation, the filmed teaching will be shown, and a brief discussion will follow. For more information, contact Paula and Tony Seikel at 208-775-3183 or email@example.com or visit portneufsangha.org.
• “Free Solo” plays at 4:30 and 7 p.m. today in the Bengal Theater at the ISU Pond Student Union. This Best Documentary Oscar winner follows Alex Honnold as he attempts to become the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite’s 3,000-foot-high El Capitan Wall. Admission is $3 for the public, $2 for ISU staff and free for ISU students with a Bengal ID. For trailer and more information, go to www.pocatellofilmsociety.com/free.
• Al-Anon, a group for friends and family members of alcoholics, meets Sundays at 7 p.m. at Western Realty, 1179 Parkway Drive, Suite B, in Blackfoot. For more information, call 208-232-2692.
• Al-Anon, a group for friends and family members of alcoholics, meets Mondays at noon for Turn Around at Mandarin House, 675 Yellowstone Ave. in Pocatello, and at 7 p.m. for Steps to Serenity at Chubbuck United Methodist Church, 5147 Whitaker Road in Chubbuck. For more information, call 208-232-2692.
• The “Thumbs Up for Idaho’s Children” campaign is encouraging people across the state to show their support and raise awareness for the prevention of child abuse and neglect by flooding social media with a wave of blue thumbnails. At 2 p.m. Monday at the Chubbuck City Hall, Mayors Brian Blad and Kevin England and ISU President Satterlee will be joining the effort with a news conference to kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month.
• There will be a Summer ASA Softball Umpire Clinic at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers at Pocatello City Hall.
• The Bannock County Democratic Party will hold its monthly Central Committee meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Elks Lodge, 410 S. Main St. in Pocatello. Precinct captains are reminded to attend, and all county Democrats are invited to attend and participate. For more information about this event, call 208-234-8908.