Community calendar: Nov. 30-Dec. 1
Todayn From 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today, there will be a blood drive at the American Red Cross Blood Donor Center in Pine Ridge Mall. Make an appointment by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-733-2767.
n The city of Chubbuck will host its first Christmas in the Park from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Cotant Park. Come join us as we light up the park for the holiday season, with hot cocoa, cookies and candy canes.
n The ISU Chamber Choir will present a program of holiday music at 7:30 p.m. today in the First Presbyterian Church, 202 S. Seventh Ave. in Pocatello. Admission to the concert is a suggested donation of $5 per person or $10 per family.
Today & Saturday
n ISU will host the Bengal Invitational today and Saturday at Holt Arena in Pocatello. Games will begin at 10 a.m. each day and will occur every two hours. Ticket prices per day are $8 for adults and $3 for students with ID card, people over the age of 55 and kids 12 and under. Family passes are $20 per day and are valid for two adults and up to four children.
n Shoshone-Bannock Hotel and Event Center in Fort Hall will host the Newa Creations Christmas Expo today and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. Admission is free. There will be more than 100 vendors from all over the USA.
n The annual Kandy Land Gift Show will be from noon to 7 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday inside the Elk’s Lodge at 410 S. Main St. in Pocatello. There will be two floors of handmade crafts, antiques, new items, baked goods and many great gift ideas along with photos with Santa. Call or message Kanda at 208-380-0764 for more information.n The Holly Jolly Christmas Expo 2018 will be from noon to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Pinecrest Event Center, 560 E. Anderson in Idaho Falls. There will be real reindeer, cookies with Mrs. Claus, Christmas ornaments with Frosty, photos with Santa, crafts with Santa’s elves and the Frost Sisters.
n Old Town Actors Studio will put on a production of “Fa La La Fabulous” at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday. The play reflects on family and the holiday season using adult themes. For more information or to make reservations, call 208 478-6886. Tickets are $12. OTAS is at 427 N. Main St., Suite G, in Pocatello.
n Pocatello resident Linda Sue Buchli will host a holiday art show with her latest works in oil in her home, 855 Spyglass Point in Pocatello, from 3 to 7 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Two pieces of art will be given away as door prizes. Those who attend can enjoy a bowl of soup, rolls, pulled pork and desserts. Back this year is Scott Balsai on the guitar.
n The Bengal Theater is hosting a “Lord of the Rings” 15th Anniversary Marathon, featuring “Fellowship of the Ring” today at 7 p.m., followed by “The Two Towers” on Saturday at 2:30 and 7 p.m. and “The Return of the King” on Sunday at 2:30 and 7 p.m. Admission is $1 for each show or free for ISU students with Bengal ID. For more information, go to www.pocatellofilmsociety.com/lotr.
n The Santa Claws Fun Run is Saturday, beginning at Reed Gym with check-in starting at 8:30 a.m. The 1K race for smaller children starts at 9 a.m. and the 5K race starts at 9:30 a.m. The Santa Claws Fun Run benefits the members of the Bengal Student Professional Association of Sports Medicine. Meet Santa at the event base and load up on Christmas “swag” distributed along the 5K course. There will also be a raffle, and runners can bring canned goods to exchange for free raffle tickets. Admission is $10 for the 1K and $20 for the 5K.
n The Bannock Humane Society, 850 Barton Road, will host “Christmas for the Animals” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Pictures with Santa Paws will be from 9 to 11 a.m., with raffles beginning at 1 p.m. Come with your family and your four-legged friends.
n Breakfast with St. Nicholas will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony’s Hall, 524 N. Seventh Ave. in Pocatello. Come enjoy breakfast with St. Nicholas and learn about the true history of Santa Claus. There will also be games and food. Cost will be $4 a person or $15 a family.
n The American Falls United Methodist Church will hold its annual Holiday Bazaar at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 656 Tyhee Ave. in American Falls, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and costs $5. Admission is free. Area crafters and other organizations will be selling their wares from jewelry, crafts and sewn items to baked goods.
n The First Congregational United Church of Christ, 309 N. Garfield Ave. in Pocatello, will host the Alternative Gift Market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the gym. For more information on Alternative Gift Markets, go to alternativegifts.org.
n The Pine Ridge Mall Holiday Vendor Show will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the mall in Chubbuck.
n The Bannock County Historical Society and Museum will host its annual holiday open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 3000 Avenue of the Chiefs. Admission is free. There will be a musical program from 11 to 11:45 a.m. featuring the TaVaci School of Performing Arts Children’s Choir. Historic digital images display from noon until 4 p.m. Concerns about conserving heirlooms? From 2 to 3 p.m., ask a curator. For more information, call 208-233-0434 or email email@example.com.
n Goodbye Hello Craft Show is set for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Mountain View Event Center, 1567 Way to Grace in Pocatello. There will be more than 100 booths to choose from. Admission is free.
n From 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Zoo Idaho will host its fifth annual “Wild Winter Weekends.” Attendees are invited to stop by and enjoy hot cocoa and holiday-themed cookies and meet Zoo Idaho’s resident animals. At dusk, the lights adorning the animals’ exhibits will be turned on. Zoo staff will also be holding several snow science classes where children will be making snow volcanoes, crystal snowflakes, and learning about how to track animals in the winter months. Admission is free for children 2 and under, $4 for ages 3 to 11, $6 for ages 12 and up, and $4.50 for ages 60 and up as well as members of the military.
n The Bannock Civitans will host Bowling for Santa from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Tough Guy Lanes, 403 E. Lewis St. in Pocatello. All the proceeds help with the SEICAA Children’s Christmas Party. This helps also give many children a Christmas when they might not otherwise have much of one. Call or text your the names of your four team members to Taysha at 208-406-4481. Cost is $10 and an unwrapped toy.n Soda Springs Winter Wonderland will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Soda Springs City Park. Enjoy an evening with Santa Claus, local entertainment, hot cocoa and the City Park tree lighting.
n The Portneuf Pioneers will host their fourth annual Gold and Green Ball from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Meridell Park, 5740 S. Fifth Ave. in Pocatello. There will be entertainment, refreshment, Christmas stories, induction of new officers, couples’ photos and socializing.
n All Under One Roof, 234 N. Main St., will host “An Evening in Red” from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. This is a night to remember people taken from us and celebrate people still living with HIV/AIDS. Proceeds from the evening will be used to support and enhance free HIV testing programs and education programs. Wear red attire and enjoy the event featuring a live auction, DJ, refreshments and no-host bar.n Two-time Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell from New York City will be the featured guest at Brigham Young University-Idaho’s eighth annual BYU-Idaho Christmas program. Also featuring the university choirs and orchestra, the holiday performance will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the BYU-Idaho Center. Tickets are $6 for BYU-Idaho students and $12 for the general public.
n The Utah Ballroom Dancers will be returning to the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center stage to wow the audience with their Holiday Dancing Spectacular show featuring their troupe and eight local celebrities in a competition that is both fun and impressive. The competition takes place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased by calling the BPAC at 208-317-5508 or visiting blackfootpac.com.
n Aid For Friends will hold its Annual Homeless Awareness Encampment on Saturday and Sunday in Caldwell Park in Pocatello. The Encampment’s goal is to inform the public about the growing homelessness problem in this area as well as help Aid For Friends celebrate its 35th year of service to Southeastern Idaho. The Encampment actually begins Friday with construction of the base camp from cardboard boxes loaned by Pacific Recycling. It officially starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, when volunteers move into camp and construct shelters from boxes and tarps. For more information or to make a donation, call Aid For Friends at 208-232-0178.n The Trinity United Methodist Church Wesley Handbell Choir will present the 33rd annual Christmas Handbell concert Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday 3 and 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 325 Elm St. in Idaho Falls.