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Transit grant comment period open

The Idaho Transportation Department’s Public Transportation office is inviting public participation and encouraging public comment on rural public transportation grant applications through Feb. 28.

These awards will fund operating, capital and administration projects to enhance public transportation systems and promote safety, mobility and economic opportunity.

Copies of the applications and technical review recommendations may be viewed at itd.idaho.gov/pt under the Application Program tab. Public comments may be directed to Kim McGourty at kim.mcgourty@itd.idaho.gov. For more information, call ITD Public Transportation at 208-344-4475.

AARP offers free tax assistance

Through April 17, the AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program. AARP membership is not required.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are trained and IRS-certified each year. To find a site or more information, including which documents to bring to the tax site, visit aarpfoundation.org/taxhelp or call 1-888-227-7669.

Free HPV vaccinations

Eastern Idaho Public Health will be providing free HPV vaccines through Friday for ages 11 to 26.

Call the appropriate county office to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome based on availability. Office numbers are 208-533-3235 (Bonneville County), 208-374-5216 (Clark County), 208-879-2504 (Challis), 208-588-2947 (Mackay), 208-624-7585 (Fremont County), 208-745-7297 (Rigby), 208-663-4860 (Mud Lake), 208-756-2123 (Lemhi County), 208-356-3239 (Madison County) and 208-354-2220 (Teton County).

Civics Contest open

The federal district court in Idaho, along with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, is sponsoring a civics contest for high school students with the theme of “150 Years After Ratification of the 14th Amendment: What Does Equal Protection Mean to Students?”

The contest is open to all high school students, including home-schooled students of equivalent grade status in Idaho. Students may participate in either or both of two contests: an individual student may electronically upload an essay between 500 to 1,000 words in length or a team of not more than three students may submit a video from 3 to 5 minutes in length. The essay or video must demonstrate an understanding of the historical background of the Equal Protection Clause.

Visit ca9.uscourts.gov/civicscontest to apply or for more information, or contact Kirsten Wilkinson at 208-334-9464 or kirsten_wilkinson@id.uscourts.gov.

Rexburg Kiwanis seeks donations

The Rexburg Kiwanis Club, in conjunction with the Rexburg Area Chamber of Commerce, is asking for donations for its annual Easter egg hunt.

Interested parties may contact Jana Bishoff at 208-970-0061 or 208-356-3653.

Local Grins on the Go campaign

Delta Dental’s Grins on the Go program is offering free cavity prevention treatments to students at Ethel Boyes Elementary, Roberts Elementary and A.W. Johnson Elementary.

To participate, children must have a parent sign a health history and permission form. Both documents can be obtained from the participating school. Call 208-489-3541 for more information.

Community service award nominations open

The city of Ammon is accepting nominations for its Community Service Awards. The awards recognize Ammon citizens, nonprofits, businesses or organizations.

The nominations deadline May 1. Visit b.ci.ammon.id.us to obtain a nomination form. Call April Forrest at 208-612-4016 for more information.

Art award nominations open

The Idaho Commission on the Arts is seeking nominations for the 2018 Governor’s Awards in the Arts. The awards recognize and encourage excellence in the arts in Idaho and stimulate and support awareness of the arts throughout the state.

Nominees must be Idaho residents, businesses based in Idaho, organizations or communities that have made a significant contribution to the cultural life of Idaho. Nominations must include a brief description of why the nominee merits the award, three to five letters of recommendation and any supporting materials such as magazine and newspaper articles, résumés or artist statements. Examples of artwork are strongly encouraged for the Excellence in the Arts and Traditional Arts categories. Nomination forms and information are available online at arts.idaho.gov/governors-awards-arts-nomination.

Financial stress management event Saturday

The Idaho Falls Progressives host a financial stress management health fair from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Saturday in room one of the Idaho Falls Public Library, 457 W. Broadway.

The fair includes strategies for managing money more successfully, simple yoga breathing and techniques and community representatives to discuss available resources to help manage stress. Kids are welcome as they have interactive games to teach money management. Email ifprogressives@gmail.com for more information.

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