Ryan Hamilton at BYU-I Jan. 15, 16

REXBURG, Idaho — Stand-up comedian Ryan Hamilton will perform at Brigham Young University-Idaho Jan. 15 and 16 as part of the Center Stage Performing Arts Series.

"I'm really looking forward to performing back in southeast Idaho," Hamilton said. "The last time I performed there was back in my Ricks College days. So this is going to be a lot of fun for me."

With standout appearances in 2007 on NBC's "Last Comic Standing" and Comedy Central's "Live at Gotham," he has become a young, up-and-coming comedian to watch. In 2003, he was a finalist in three national stand-up competitions. In 2005, he won Sierra Mist's America's Next Great Comic search. And in 2006, Hamilton was a finalist at the Boston Comedy Festival competition and appeared at HBO's prestigious Las Vegas Comedy Festival. He's also a regular on the nationally syndicated "The Bob and Tom Show."

Hamilton graduated from North Fremont High School in Ashton, Idaho, in 1994 and then attended Ricks College, where he earned an associate degree in both print and broadcast journalism in 1998. He went on to graduate from Brigham Young University in Provo in public relations. He now resides in New York City.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the BYU-Idaho Ticket Office, by calling 496-2230, or online at www.byui.edu/tickets. The show will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Kirkham Auditorium.

Idaho quilts 219 blankets for charity

MOSCOW, Idaho — Recently, Relief Society women from the Moscow Idaho Stake set a goal to complete 100 Quilts in 100 Days to benefit local charities. By the end of the project, they completed 219 quilts ranging in size from baby to full size quilts. All of the quilts were donated locally to charities and organizations benefiting for children, families, the elderly, the homeless and victims of domestic violence.

'Club 70' program helps seniors

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. — Elderly ladies and gentlemen recently relaxed around decorated tables and enjoyed dinner, smiles and music recently as they participated in the "Club 70" program designed especially for them.

Each year home teachers in the area make special trips to pick up seniors and take them to dinner at a local Mormon chapel. (This year's social was held at the church on Valley View Street, in Garden Grove.)

The seniors get dressed up for the occasion. After dinner the seniors are driven back home. Many would not have the opportunity to get to the social without help.

About 80 seniors attended this year from several cities in north Orange County.Years ago the Garden Grove Stake wanted to plan a special yearly event for those around 70 years old, so in the 1970s they came up with the name "Young At Heart Club."

Over the years the name of the club has changed, and so have the people, but the purpose — to have a special evening just for seniors, has not changed. The event is free to the public and open to all.

The program usually consists of a speech on aging and the blessings of it, musical numbers and readings. Some years they play games. There is always a special message from the president of the stake — President Neil Hicken this year.

In his speech, President Hicken quoted from Mark Twain, "Age is a matter of mind, and if you don't mind it won't matter."

Phyllis Hicken, former Relief Society Stake president, and one of the founders of the club, said she and her husband have enjoyed the annual social for a few years now.

"I think it's wonderful," she said. "It's a great time for the elderly people to get together and socialize and enjoy each other and the program."

— Denise New-Hamilton