Eastern Idaho news in brief

Master Gardners Program fundraiser Saturday

This year’s Master Gardners Plant Promotion is from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Jack R. Hamilton 4-H and Community Resource Building, 2925 Rollandet St.

Bonneville County’s master gardeners hold the Plant Promotion fundraiser to benefit its programs. The fundraiser includes indoor and outdoor plants, gift cards, potting soil, gardening equipment and landscape items. Cash donations are accepted for all items. Master gardeners will also be on hand to answer questions, help with planting ideas and offer landscaping and gardening tips.

Anyone wishing to donate plants, seeds, tree starts, shrubs, gardening materials, etc., can drop them off at the Jack R. Hamilton building Friday.

For information, contact the Bonneville County Extension Office at 208-529-1390 or email bonneville@uidaho.edu.

One of Star Valley’s oldest resident turns 106

Lloyd Baker turns 106 Wednesday. The public is invited to celebrate his birthday Saturday.

The party begins at 6 p.m. at the LDS church, U.S. Highway 89 in Etna, Wyo. The all-ages celebration will include refreshments and a program. A dance will begin at 7 p.m. with the Rockin’ A Team.

Veterans outreach May 24

A Bonneville County Veterans Services outreach will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. May 24 in Building Five, Room 515 and 516, of Eastern Idaho Technical College, 1600 S. 25th E.

Rick Poisel, Idaho State Service Officer, will be conducting the outreach. All veterans, family members and widows or widowers of veterans are encouraged to attend. He will be working with veterans one-on-one, answering questions on pension and compensation and assisting with the filing of all claims with the VA Regional Office in Boise.

In addition, he will be covering VA health care eligibility and will assist with the application process. He will also provide information on both of the local facilities which provide medical services to eligible veterans: George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the VA Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Pocatello, Ammon and Salmon. His services are free of charge.

Contact the county veterans representative in your area or call Poisel at 208-235-7890 for information.

Shauna Berg retirement open house

An open house to celebrate Shuana Berg’s retirement will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 25 at Longfellow Elementary, 2500 S. Higbee Ave.

Berg has been teaching multiple-age groups locally for 34 years and is currently employed as a third-grade teacher at Longfellow Elementary.

All former students and colleagues are invited. Call 208-525-7648 for information.

Film on the effects of children’s trauma Wednesday

A free public screening of James Redford’s documentary, “RESILIENCE: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope,” a partnership between Optum Idaho, the Idaho Children’s Trust Fund, The Speedy Foundation and the Idaho Federation of Families, is being screened at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Shoshone-Bannock Hotel and Events Center, 777 Bannock Trail in Fort Hall. There also will be a panel discussion, featuring local community health experts.

Redford’s film focuses on the fact that a child may not remember what happened in their early life, but their brain never forgets. It shows how researchers are exploring a biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood — called adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). The film demonstrates how the stress of these early experiences can trigger hormones that affect children’s’ brains and bodies, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time and early death.

For information, and to get a free ticket, visit thespeedyfoundation.org/resilience.

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