Community briefs

2010-12-17T00:00:00Z Community briefsBy Independent Record Helena Independent Record
December 17, 2010 12:00 am  • 

‘Messiah’ performance at St. Paul’s

St. Paul’s Methodist Chancel Choir will be presenting the choruses from the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and again at 11a.m at St. Paul’s at 512 Logan. This will be sung during the regular services in place of a spoken message. They will be accompanied by the principal players of the Helena Symphony. There is no charge; this is a gift to the Helena community.

Helena Industries Thrift Store opens

Helena Industries opened its doors on Thursday on the corner of Last Chance Gulch and Montana Avenue.

Work is still under way in the store, but the new store manager, Steve Staneart, said he feels the store is completed enough to invite the public in for a look and to find some good deals on quality items.

Helena Industries Thrift Store is accepting donations by several means. Items can be dropped off at the HI Thrift Store on Last Chance Gulch, taken to the donation center at Helena Industries at 1325 Helena Ave., or taken to one of the “Pack the Truck” locations. In additions, donors can call for the truck to pick up larger items. Donations are tax deductible and benefit Helena Industries many programs. The new store will provide employment for 25 to 50 people with disabilities.

Join the community for Christmas dinner

The Helena Community Christmas Dinner is from noon to 4 p.m. on Christmas Day. The Salvation Army and volunteers from the Helena community will serve a delicious turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Join for food, fellowship and fun for all at the Salvation Army at 1905 Henderson. There will be music and caroling, and Santa is expected, too. Everyone is invited. Meals are available for delivery to those who have no transportation. For more information or to volunteer, call 214-9072 or  581-4888.

Beekeeping class to be offered

Dr. Ed Heinlein, owner of Heinlein Apiaries, will be offering a beginner beekeeping class for adults.

The lecture portion of the class starts Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. at Exploration Works. The class will continue each Wednesday evening for about 10 weeks. All topics, necessary to successfully start and maintain a colony of honeybees through the first year, will be covered. The cost of the lecture series is $200 per individual when paid before Jan. 1, and $300 after.

The practical portion of the class, which is optional, will be at Heinlein’s bee yard. Each student will set up one hive at this central location. The class will meet once a week for two hours, with each student working their own hive under Heinlein’s supervision. The cost of the practical portion is $300 per individual if paid before April 1, and $400 after.

For additional information, registration and the curriculum of the class, contact Heinlein at or 461-8478.

Beef management workshops to be offered

Central Montana beef producers have an opportunity to participate in several beef management workshops across the region. On Jan. 5 and 6, Ivan Rush and Stephanie Furman from the University of Nebraska, along with Montana State University’s Dennis Cash and John Patterson, will present at three area workshops, as well as Cabin Fever in Havre. Topics include: expectations and trends in the feedlot industry; research results of using dry peas in a feedlot ration; feeding value of 2010 hay; and hay harvesting, storage and feeding.

 The first three workshops will be in Augusta, Stanford and Valier. On Jan. 5, a series starts in Augusta at the Youth Center beginning at 10 a.m.  In Stanford, the workshop will be at the City Hall building at 5 p.m.  On Jan. 6, the third workshop will be in Valier at the Civic Center beginning at 10 a.m.  The last workshop will be held in conjunction with Cabin Fever and will not include a meal. It will be held in Havre at MSU-Northern. Cost to attend any of these four workshops is $15.  Register with the Lewis & Clark County Extension office at 447-8346 or by e-mail to

‘Be a Tree’ to prevent dog bites

Certified dog trainer Tom Kandt, in association with the Lewis and Clark Humane Society, will present the nationally-renowned dog bite safety program, “Be a Tree,” to families in Helena in early January.

Kandt, who also serves as the shelter’s on-staff dog trainer, said: “The ‘Be a Tree’ program is a dog-bite-prevention seminar program for kids 7 to 10 years of age. It focuses on fun and interactive activities to teach children how to read dog body language and how to act safely around their own dog and strange dogs. The main message from the presentation is ‘Be a Tree’ if a strange dog comes near or any dog is too frisky or is making you uncomfortable.” 

“Be A Tree” is a trademarked professional program administered by DogGone Safe, an organization dedicated to dog bite prevention.

The event will be held at the Lewis and Clark Library’s large meeting room on Jan. 8, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

The program is free although donations that will benefit the Lewis and Clark Humane Society are welcome. Adults are encouraged to bring school aged children to the program.

Class limit is 20 children with parents. Call the Lewis and Clark Humane Society at 442-1660 to register.

Open enrollment period nears for Medicare drug plans

Each year Medicare beneficiaries have an opportunity to change their choice of Medicare Part D insurance coverage for prescription drugs. The open enrollment period is through Dec. 31.  During this time seniors may opt out of current prescription drug plans and sign up for more appropriate ones based on current needs. If a senior’s plan is working well, there is no need to change. A current plan will renew automatically. 

The website has all the information that consumers who use Medicare Part D need to work through the change of insurance. Consumers are advised to have two sets of information available when they log on: (1) their list of current prescriptions, and (2) the names and addresses of the pharmacies that they intend to use. The website will lead consumers through the process to make comparisons and choose the best option. Consumers can complete an online comparison search ahead of time and be well prepared to make changes when the seven week enrollment period opens.

For those who are have a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan instead of traditional Medicare, this is also the time to change your MA plan if you wish to.

If assistance is needed for Medicare Part D insurance changes, SHIP (State Health Insurance Plan) counselors with Area IV Agency on Aging at RMDC are available to help. For an appointment, call 457-7368 or 1-800-551-3191. Callers will be asked to leave a message and phone number so that a counselor can return calls.

For additional information, contact Karen Cater, Area IV Agency on Aging, Rocky Mountain Development Council, 457-7352, or

Helena woman receives support from World Connect for Project in El Salvador

World Connect, a non-profit organization that empowers local leaders in underserved communities worldwide to solve local challenges, recently announced it has awarded a grant to Kallie Dale, originally from Helena, to support her work in the community of La Colonia San Francisco and greater Metapán area in El Salvador. 

This grant will fund “Granos Basicos por Salud Basica” (Basic Grains for Basic Health). Through this project, women will improve their income by expanding their small business to provides a variety of affordable, clean and healthy basic grain to the community of La Colonia San Francisco and greater Metapán area. Kallie Dale , currently serving in El Salvador with the Peace Corps, is sponsoring this project in partnership with a community leader dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of women and children in their town.

The World Connect Grants program is designed to connect mothers to mothers worldwide to address social problems affecting women, children and communities through health education, nutrition, reproductive health, health services and HIV/AIDS prevention projects. World Connect, which was founded in 2005, launched its World Connect Grants program in early 2010 to provide local social entrepreneurs with the funding and support they need to turn their good ideas into reality. This project is among one of the first to receive support through this new program.

To learn more, donate or volunteer, visit


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