• Al-Anon, a group for friends and family members of alcoholics, meets Fridays at noon at Family Services Alliance, 355 S. Arthur Ave. in Pocatello. For more information, call 208-232-2692.
• “Rudolph’s A Night So Bright” Christmas Parade will begin winding its way through Old Town Pocatello at 6:30 p.m. today. The parade will travel from Third Avenue and East Center Street and under the Center Street Underpass to The Yellowstone restaurant, turning to travel north on Main Street to the Old Town Pavilion. Visit oldtownpocatello.com to view the parade map.
• The Comedy Project performs at 8 p.m. every Friday, with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. at MP Dance Studios on 575 E. Second Ave. in Pocatello. Admission is $8 or $5 with a student ID. While live, unscripted comedy can be unpredictable, the performers attempt to maintain an approximately PG-13 rating.
• Portneuf Valley Brewing, 615 S. First Ave. in Pocatello, will host free dance lessons from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. today. ISU dance instructor Lori Head will be teaching swing dance with a mix of country swing, jitterbug and other swing dance styles intermixed with line dance.
Today & Saturday
• Pine Ridge Mall in Chubbuck is throwing a holiday market vendor show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Saturday. Additionally, Santa will be arriving on a horse-drawn wagon to the mall at 11 a.m. Friday. Free wagon rides will be available to the public from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday in exchange for a receipt from any store in the mall.
• The Palace Playhouse, 158 E. Chubbuck Road in Chubbuck, will put on a production of “It’s a Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Show” at 7 p.m. today and Saturday. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit palaceplayhouse.com.
• The Pocatello Model Railroad and Historical Society will be hosting an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to raise money for the Idaho Foodbank. The event will be hosted in the Union Pacific brick building #59 south of the Union Pacific depot, and just north of the Benton Overpass. They will have drawings and some trains for sale. They also have trains that will be running in five scales on four layouts, and there are more model trains plus real railroad artifacts on display throughout the building. They have a Geotrax layout available for kids 12 and under to experience in on the fun, and puzzles are available for adults, too. Everyone is welcome, and admission is free.
• To celebrate Small Business Saturday, hundreds of candy canes will be available in Old Town Pocatello from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The day will also feature a variety of free, family-friendly activities, including: photos with Santa at Station Square; make a jingle bell necklace at Poky Kids; enjoy frosting cookies and milk at The Yellowstone restaurant; write letters to Santa with Mrs. Claus at Kanda’s & Co.; make and take an ornament at Cherub Capers Creations; visit with Ruddy the Reindeer and get some Snow To Go at Poky Dot Boutique; and paint a Dr. Seuss Tree or Whoo-cicle at The Elwen Cottage. The Citizens Community Bank Old Town Trolley will also be running with free rides for families.
• Bunzow Glass presents the fourth annual Crafts and Drafts: Local, Independent Craft Fair from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday in the Loft at Portneuf Valley Brewing, 615 S. First Ave. in Pocatello. Enjoy a cold draft or two while you browse through a large selection of arts, crafts, and gift ideas brought to you by local artisans. Admission is free.
• Portneuf Valley Brewing, 615 S. First Ave. in Pocatello, will host one-man-band Tom Murphy from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
• First National Bar, 232 W. Center St. in Pocatello, will host the bands Whistle Pig and Funk:30 at 9 p.m. Saturday.
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