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Orem

Timpanogos Regional Hospital will hold a blood drive Monday, Feb. 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the hospital's cafeteria classroom.

Donors must be 17 years or older and weigh 110 pounds or more. They should feel well the day of the blood drive and eat a well-balanced meal and drink plenty of fluids before and after giving blood.

To schedule an appointment to donate, or for more information, call 714-6051.

Olympics

The International Ice Carving Competition will be held Feb. 15-16 at the Historic County Courthouse in Provo, as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

The event begins at 3:45 p.m. on Feb. 15 with an opening ceremony. The competition ends the next day at 4 p.m. with the medals ceremony where gold, silver and bronze Cultural Olympic Medals will be awarded.

Thirty teams from 12 countries will compete for the medals. Each team has 17 hours to complete its sculpture from 3,000 pounds of ice. The sculptures will be on display Feb. 16-23 from noon to midnight.

Admission is free.

Provo/Orem

The Provo/Orem Chamber of Commerce will host the "State of the County" address Friday, Feb. 1, at noon, at the Provo Marriott Hotel, 101 W. 100 North.

Commissioners David J. Gardner, Jerry D. Grover Jr. and Gary Herbert will make presentations during the meeting. All interested community members are invited to attend the forum. The cost for the luncheon is $18 for Chamber members and $25 for non-members.

For more information call the Chamber at 379-2550.

Provo

Provo's Sam's Club will award a $1,000 literacy grant to the Provo City Library located at 500 N. University Ave. in a ceremony to be held Thursday, Jan. 31, at 10 a.m., at the library.

The donation is part of a $500,000 nationwide commitment to literacy efforts by Sam's Clubs and to celebrate the 500th club opening. The Provo Sam's Club will hold a celebration throughout the weekend.

Utah County

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has $180,000 in cost-share assistance for farming irrigation improvements. Residents of Utah, Wasatch, Summit, Salt Lake, Tooele, Davis, Weber, Morgan, Cache, Rich and Box Elder counties may participate.

The Agricultural Management Assistance program is intended to help farmers and ranchers improve conservation practices and irrigation systems. Farmers are can receive 75 percent of the cost of an irrigation system or eligible equipment up to $50,000, a government news release said.

Applications are accepted from Feb. 1 to March 1 at 4 p.m. Farmers, ranchers or members of a federally recognized tribal government may apply. For information contact a USDA Service Center. In Utah County contact Dave Hanson at the service center at 302 E. 1860 South, Provo or call 377-5580, ext. 20.

UVSC

Utah Valley State College and the Turning Point/Center for Personal and Career Development is offering anger-management classes each Wednesday from Feb. 13-May 1 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Anger management is a course that gives people the skills they need to handle feelings of anger allowing them to make appropriate life choices. Fee waivers and scaled payments are available for low income individuals.

For more information call 764-7580.