• Today, the Portneuf Sangha, 424 W. Lewis St. in Pocatello, will continue studying the Brahma Viharas, also called the divine abodes, focusing on sympathetic joy and happiness. In a video talk, Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard explores what true happiness is and how to maintain happiness even during difficult times. At 10 a.m., there is a 30-minute silent meditation period with guidance offered for those who would like it. Then the filmed teaching will be shown, and a brief discussion will follow. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Paula and Tony Seikel at 208-775-3183 or email@example.com or visit portneufsangha.org.
• “Tolkien” will be shown at 4:30 and 7 p.m. today in the Bengal Theater. The fascinating story of the early life of “Lord of the Rings” author J.R.R. Tolkien is on display as he navigates life from childhood, through college, a World War, the loss of friends and his growing relationship with someday wife Edith, all of which helped to influence and inspire his works. (Rated PG-13) Admission is $3 for the public, $2 for ISU staff and free for ISU students with Bengal ID. For trailer and more information, go to www.pocatellofilmsociety.com/tolkien.
• Al-Anon, a group for friends and family members of alcoholics, meets Sundays at 7 p.m. at Western Realty, 1179 Parkway Drive, Suite B, in Blackfoot. For more information, call 208-232-2692.
• The local Parkinson’s support group will meet at 11 a.m. Monday at Monte Vista Hills Healthcare Center, 1071 Renee Ave. in Pocatello. They will be planning activities to improve our exercise opportunities and discussion on community programs available for members and will discuss and set goals for the organization. For more information, contact Spencer at 208-604-3393 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit seimovdis.seimovdis.org.
City of Pocatello Census Complete Count Committee Meeting will be Monday at 11 a.m., Council Chambers at Pocatello City Hall.
Pocatello/Chubbuck Mayors’ Youth Advisory Committee Meeting will be Monday at 3:15 p.m., Council Chambers at Pocatello City Hall.
City of Pocatello African Sister Cities Subcommittee Meeting will be Monday at 5 p.m., Council Chambers at Pocatello City Hall.
City of Pocatello Human Relations Advisory Committee Meeting will be at Monday 5:30 p.m., Iwamizawa Conference Room at Pocatello City Hall.
Pocatello Arts Council Meeting will be Monday at 6:30 p.m., Paradice Conference Room at Pocatello City Hall.
• Al-Anon, a group for friends and family members of alcoholics, meets Mondays at noon at Mandarin House, 675 Yellowstone Ave. in Pocatello, and at 7 p.m. at Chubbuck United Methodist Church, 5147 Whitaker Road in Chubbuck.
• Acclaimed poet Lauren Camp will give a reading and presentation at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Bengal Café at the Pond Student Union. All are welcome to attend. Drawing from her award-winning volume “One Hundred Hungers,” the poet explains, this book “is a work of imagination, research and myth about my father’s childhood in Baghdad, and my interaction with the rituals and language of his Jewish-Iraqi culture.”
• The September Pocatello Branch NAACP general membership meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at the Pocatello Senior Activity center, 427 N. Sixth Ave. in Pocatello. All are welcome.
• Black Rock Gold Prospectors will meet at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Veterans Memorial building, 300 N. Johnson Ave. in Pocatello. The meeting will be downstairs. The back door will be open at 6 p.m. All interested are welcome to attend to get tips on panning, sluicing, dredging, demos, equipment and metal detecting.
• Old Town Actors Studio will be putting on a production of “Living on Love” by Joe DiPietro, a farce with music, on Monday. Visit www.oldtownactorsstudio.net or call 208-478-6886 for more information and reservations. OTAS is located at 427 N. Main St. in Pocatello, and tickets for the production are $15. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the show will begin at 7:30 p.m.
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