Eastern Idaho news in brief

World AIDS Day is Friday,

free HIV testing available

In recognition of World AIDS Day, which is Friday, Eastern Idaho Public Health is offering free, confidential rapid HIV tests to encourage eastern Idaho residents to know their HIV status.

Anyone who has ever had unprotected sex or shared needles could have been exposed to HIV, a Public health news release said.

The rapid HIV test is similar to a pregnancy test, using blood from a finger stick instead of urine. It provides results in about 15 minutes. If test results are reactive, blood will be drawn from the patient for a second test for confirmation, the release said.

To schedule a free test, call and schedule an appointment. The tests are being offered throughout December.

Bonneville County, 208-525-7245

Clark County, 208-374-5216

Custer County, 208-879-2504, Challis; 208-588-2947, Mackay

Fremont County, 208-624-7585

Jefferson County, 208-745-7297, Rigby; 208-663-4840, Mud Lake

Lemhi County, 208-756-2123

Madison County, 208-356-3239

Teton County, 208-354-2220

Fellowship award application period open

The Idaho Commission on the Arts is accepting applications for Fellowship awards, which recognizes achievements in performance or media-based arts, including any type of film, dance, theater, music or technologically based media.

Five grants of $5,000 will be awarded. Recipients also will be interviewed for a short film and featured on the ICA website and social media. The deadline to apply is Jan. 31. Call 208-334-2119 or visit arts.idaho.gov for information. Applications are accessible online.

Rexburg Tree Festival on Friday

The Rexburg Tree Festival runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Rexburg Tabernacle Civic Center, 51 N. Center St.

The festival will include a “Polar Express” train ride to see Santa at the carousel, hot chocolate and entertainment, as well as Christmas tree and wreath auctions. Proceeds benefit Shop with a Cop. Call 208-359-3020 for information.

Daily Rexburg light show

Through Jan. 2, there is a light show on South Center Street in Rexburg from 6 p.m. to midnight.

The show begins every 30 minutes. Themed shows will be held every weekend. Details and showtimes can be found at rexburg.org/Light-Festival.

Santa’s Mailbox in Blackfoot

Through Dec. 25, the Snake River Travel Plaza, 320 W. Highway 26 in Blackfoot, has a mailbox for letters to Santa.

Each letter received by Dec. 20 will be replied to. This event is in conjunction with the food drive that will be held Dec. 11 to Dec. 16 at the plaza.

Meals on Wheels volunteers needed

Drivers and kitchen help are needed for the local Meals on Wheels program.

The duties include loading and unloading vans, riding along with drivers, helping with delivery, meal preparation and cleanup. Driving availability is needed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday. Call 208-522-4357 or email ifsccc1@gmail.com to register or for information.

AIDS Memorial Quilt

to be displayed in I.F.

The AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display for public viewing at the Idaho Falls Elks Lodge, 640 E. Elva St., an Eastern Idaho Public Health news release said.

The dates and times the quilt is available for viewing are listed below.

• Tuesday, noon to 8 p.m.

• Wednesday, noon to 8 p.m.

• Thursday, noon to 8 p.m.

• Saturday, noon to 7 p.m.

Also at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, there will be a dedication of new panels for the National Names Project Memorial AIDS Quilt.

The AIDS Memorial Quilt is an enormous quilt made as a memorial to and celebration of the lives of people who have died of AIDS-related causes. Each 3-foot by 6-foot panel is the size of a human grave. Since the quilt is so large, it is not displayed in its entirety, the release said.

The AIDS Memorial Quilt display in Idaho Falls is one of the larger quilt displays in the country.