BIZ BUZZ: Festival of Trees, food drives and more


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Summitt will address impact of climate change on Idaho’s economy

POCATELLO – Those concerned about the effect changing weather patterns may have in Idaho’s land industries will have the opportunity to get their questions answered.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game are hosting the Idaho Climate Summit at Idaho State University on Nov. 16 and 17.

According to a press release, The Idaho Climate Summit is an opportunity for Idaho businesses, industries, resource and land management agencies, conservation organizations, Idaho tribes and tribal organizations, community leaders and members of the public to get together to discuss impacts of climate change on Idaho’s economy and lifestyle– from farming to logging, and from fishing to skiing.

The press release says the summit is a chance to learn about ways to face a changing climate.

According to the press release, there are local solutions and adaptations to be explored, and opportunities to build new collaborations and make new commitments.

Guest speakers, panel discussion and break out sessions will be held for all who participate in the summit.

Registration costs $29 for both days. For more information and to register, go to


Festival of Trees

IDAHO FALLS – The Festival of Trees is happening all this week, Nov. 13-Nov. 17, at the Shilo Inn Convention Center in Idaho Falls. According to the Festival of Trees Facebook page, it begins at 10 a.m. and goes until 9 p.m. each day.

This annual event in Idaho Falls features beautifully decorated Christmas trees and performances by community groups. Proceeds benefit Development Workshop, Inc.

The Festival of Trees is an annual fundraising event that benefits people with disabilities receiving services through Development Workshop, Inc. The festive atmosphere and fun activities provide a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season.

The Festival of Trees is held each year, the week before Thanksgiving. Enjoy a walk through the stunning array of beautifully decorated Christmas trees, sit down for a meal or treat, purchase gifts and watch local entertainers perform.

Admission: $4 for Adults, $3 for Seniors (60+) and ages 12-17, $2 for ages 3-11. Family Rate: $12. Multi Day Individual Pass $10. Multi Day Family Pass: $25.

Thursday is Senior day, where all seniors 60 and over get in free all day.

Live Well Eastern Idaho

Value of Trademarks Seminar

Festival of Giving

Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony & Small Business Saturday

Downtown Horse Drawn Trolley


The following is a news release from Rigby Chamber of Commerce.

RIGBY – Rigby Area Chamber of Commerce Members

Let’s enjoy Christmas
 through giving. Those Members who would like to participate in sponsoring a name on Giving Tree, our December meeting will consist of food, fun and wrapping.

*Names/tags will be available in the next few weeks*

December 17, 1 p.m. @ Broulim’s.


Rexburg Motorsports hosts food drive

The following is a press release from Rexburg Motorsports.

REXBURG – Rexburg Motorsports is taking community service to the extreme, with its Stuff the Side X Side Food Drive. The event runs from noon until 4 p.m. Saturday, November 18, outside Broulim’s in Rexburg. To support Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership (EICAP) and the Upper Valley Food Pantry, Rexburg Motorsports is looking for donations of new and unopened food and household items to stuff a Honda Pioneer Side x Side with a half ton of food!

The Upper Valley Food Pantry is seeking donations for the following unexpired items: canned vegetables, canned fruit, cereal, canned soup, canned meat, canned beans, boxed meals, household items, hygiene items, and miscellaneous items such as crackers, flour, and noodles.

The Honda Pioneer is equipped to hold up to 1,000 pounds of donations in the seats, bed, and storage compartments. Rexburg Motorsports is hoping the vehicle’s capacity will be exceeded before the event concludes.

To donate, simply stop by the Broulims in Rexburg between noon and 4 p.m. and place your donations in the side-by-side parked outside the store. All donations received will be housed in the food bank in Rexburg and be distributed to families in need in the Madison County area.

“We’re always looking for ways to help out the community,” said Mike Vickers, Owner of Rexburg Motorsports. “This seemed like a fun way to accomplish that, and to encourage others to get involved.”

Participants can be entered to qualify on site for the Polaris Express giveaway of a 2018 Polaris PRO RMX Snowmobile by donating 1 case of food or more at the food drive. You can also enter by visiting the Rexburg Motorsports store for an additional entry.

For further questions or information regarding the food drive, Polaris Express giveaway, or Rexburg Motorsports in general, contact, Matt Dyer, at 208-356-4000 or via email at


This week’s featured business is the Clothing Outlet Store, with a location in Idaho Falls and Rexburg. They offer discount clothing from other retailers in the area. We spoke with Kymberly Stoddard and Angela Rydalch, co-owners of the venture. You can watch the interview below:

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