Eastern Idaho news in brief

Remembrance Day Ceremony set Friday

The National POW/MIA Remembrance Day ceremony, hosted by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 972, is at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the War Memorial on Memorial Drive.

Color guard and rifle detail to be provided by American Legion Post 56. There will be bagpipes and taps by the Eagle Rock Pipe Band. Call 208-541-4809.

Brightest Star nomination period open

Serve Idaho is accepting nominations for the annual Brightest Star Awards, a program recognizing outstanding Idaho volunteers in a variety of categories.

The categories are individual, student (19 years of age and younger), veteran, individual (55 years of age and older), business, nonprofit/public organization and teacher/professor. Nominees must be Idaho residents who have performed volunteer service in 2017. Companies must conduct business in Idaho to be eligible. If the company is headquartered out of state, local affiliates must be engaged in local volunteer activities. Individuals may submit more than one nomination per category or in multiple categories. Nominations will be accepted until Oct. 20 at ServeIdaho.gov.

Veterans services outreach Sept. 21

Rick Poisel, Idaho state service officer, will be conducting an outreach from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 21 in rooms 515 and 516, building five, of College of Eastern Idaho, 1600 S. 25th E.

All veterans, family members and widows or widowers of veterans are encouraged to attend. He will work 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 address VA health care eligibility and assist with the application process.

He will 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 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 Rick at 208-235-7890, for information.

Rexburg event scheduled Saturday

The second annual Celebrating Our Heritage festival runs starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Rexburg.

The event, hosted by the Rexburg Area Chamber of Commerce, includes booths, live music, games and more. Admission is free. Visit tinyurl.com/HeritageDaysSchedule for a schedule of events.

Spud Days features Potato Truck

The Big Idaho Potato Truck will make an appearance Saturday at Idaho Spud Day at Dawn Lloyd Field in Shelley.

Activities at the event include a pancake breakfast, Spud Day parade, “spud tug” and a chance for photos with the giant potato. Visit tinyurl.com/SpudDaysevents.

Arts Council seeks quilting expertise

ARTitorium is planning a special Thanksgiving week project. During the break, kids who come to ARTitorium will have the opportunity to help make quilts for other kids in need locally.

Volunteers are sought to put the completed squares together, complete the quilt top, do the quilting and binding. Donations of material to help finish the quilts, like fun boarder fabrics, quilt batting or backing material, are also appreciated at this time. Email jhill@idahofallsarts.org if there is interest in volunteering. Donations can be dropped off at the ARTitorium, 271 W. Broadway, or the Idaho Falls Arts Council, 498 A St.

Rexburg hurricane relief challenge extended to Thursday

The Madison Fire Department and Cedar Point Trucking are collecting donations through Thursday for Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas.

Donations can be be brought to Station 1 at 26 N. Center St. in Rexburg from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cedar Point Trucking will deliver the donations to the Houston Food Bank. For information, call the fire department at 208-359-3010.

River Walk construction continues

Crews are doing patch work and sealing on the west side of the Idaho Falls River Walk through Tuesday.

Work will done of the stretch of the River Walk that runs from Pancheri Drive to Broadway.

Pedestrians and cyclists are asked to use the east side of the River Walk during construction.