Bob Devine

Bob Devine

It’s free movie night at Idaho State University, along with the Pocatello Film Society’s semi-annual Trailer Party and Potluck on Sunday at the Bengal Theater in the Pond Student Union, with Heartland Film Festival winner, “The Man Who Invented Christmas” showing at 4 and 7 p.m. The potluck and trailer party is in between shows at 5:45 p.m. In this holiday tale, Charles Dickens has writer’s block and is under a deadline as he frantically tries to develop the classic story, “A Christmas Carol.” (Rated PG) During the trailer party, attendees can view trailers of potential upcoming films and help choose what the Film Society will show next semester at ISU. All are welcome to attend one or both events. Bring a dish or dessert to share if you’re coming to the potluck. For trailer and more information, go to

The Idaho State Civic Symphony and ISU choirs present, “Joy to the World: The Stories of Christmas” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Stephens Performing Arts Center’s Jensen Grand Hall. The Camerata Singers and the ISU choirs join the Idaho State-Civic Symphony to perform holiday classics. Sing along to your favorite carols and ring in the season with tales of holiday cheer. The Christmas shows almost always sell out, so be sure to reserve your seats now online at or by calling the ISU box office at 208-282-3595. For more information, go to

The 2019 Santa Claws Fun Run is Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at Reed Gym. The Santa Claws Fun Run is a non-competitive family event that benefits the members of the Bengal Student Professional Association of Sports Medicine at Idaho State University. The event features a 5K race for adults and children accompanied by an adult, as well as a 1K race for the smaller children. Meet Santa at the event base and load up on Christmas “swag” at the swag stations distributed along 5K course. Bring canned goods to exchange for free raffle tickets. Winners will be drawn throughout the race. For event registration online, go to and search “Fun Run” in Pocatello or email Rebecca Valles at The cost for the 5K is $20 for adults and $10 for children.

Also this week, the annual ISU G.W. Minshall Lecture Series in Ecology will host Dr. Jonathan Moore at 4 p.m. Thursday in the Lecture Center 10 at the ISU Life Sciences Building. Moore is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University, who will be giving a talk titled “Connections and Resilience in Salmon Watersheds.” All are welcome to attend this free event.

The feature at the Bengal Theater this weekend is “The Addams Family” showing at 7 p.m. Thursday, at 9:45 p.m. Friday and at 4:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Based on the classic television show, the eccentrically macabre family moves to a bland suburb where their daughter’s friendship with the daughter of a hostile reality show host exacerbates conflict between the families. (Rated PG) Admission is $3 for the public, $2 for ISU staff and children younger than 12 and free for ISU students with Bengal ID.

The Bengal Theater is a hosting special showing of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” at 7 p.m. Friday, hosted by the Union Program Council at ISU. In this classic tale, Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion. Admission is free for ISU students with Bengal ID and $5 for others.

Bob Devine is the coordinator for the Pocatello Film Society. If you would like your campus related event included in future columns, please send information to Bob at