Celebrating a different spiritual journey

Join us on Saturday, April 8, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Helena Center of Creative Living, St. John's Law Library, 25 S. Ewing, for an introduction to Sikhism.

The program will include:

  • Prayers and meditation
  • Introduction to Sikhism
  • Turban tying demonstration. You can also learn to tie your own. If interested, bring non-slippery cotton cloth -- 5 yards for men and 3 yards for women.
  • Music and dance demonstration
  • Langar (Sikh meal)

All attendees must wear a head covering and remove shoes in the lobby.

Feeding people without cost is a primary principle of the Sikhs. The practice of the langar, or free food, is believed to have been adopted by the first Sikh, Guru Nanak. At the langar, only vegetarian food is served, to ensure that all people, regardless of their dietary restrictions, can eat together. Traditional food that will be served includes: prasahad, a sacred pudding, (includes wheat, dairy, and sugar), daal, kichdi rice and chai.

For reservations, call 442-0224.

A celebration of science

Help the Clancy and Helena High School Science Olympiad Teams get to Nationals. After winning the state championship in November at MSU Bozeman, these 30 Helena-area students have been building machines and robots, honing their lab skills and logging flight hours on their homemade aircraft. Come see what Science Olympiad is all about on Tuesday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. at ExplorationWorks!, 995 Carousel Way, and support our future science, technology, engineering and math leaders. The event will feature desserts prepared by the famous HHS Culinary Arts class, live music by The Dipsticks, exciting raffle prizes, 50/50 tickets and incredible science demonstrations. View real lunar rocks on loan from NASA! A suggested donation of $15 can be made at the event.

Discover Auction will benefit school

Helena Christian School will be holding their annual Discover Auction on April 28 at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds. There is a prime rib dinner, and a live and silent auction. Items include Disney tickets, vacation packages, jewelry, artwork and much more. Tickets can be purchased by calling the school at 442-3821.


Transfer Station hours changing

Effective May 1, the City of Helena Transfer Station hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The transfer station will remain open seven days a week and closed on holidays.

The Transfer Station recently started accepting credit card payments at the scale and are now the administrators for the Scratchgravel and Marysville permitting and billing.

With the added responsibilities and duties, more extensive reporting is required. The change in closing time from 4:45 to 4:30 will help staff complete the additional daily administrative reporting requirements.


Farm Service Agency youth loans available

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) makes loans to youth to establish and operate agricultural income-producing projects in connection with 4-H clubs, FFA and other agricultural groups. Projects must be planned and operated with the help of the organization adviser, produce sufficient income to repay the loan and provide the youth with practical business and educational experience. The maximum loan amount is $5,000.

Youth Loan Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a citizen of the United States (which includes Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) or a legal resident alien
  • Be 10 years to 20 years of age
  • Comply with FSA’s general eligibility requirements
  • Be unable to get a loan from other sources
  • Conduct a modest income-producing project in a supervised program of work as outlined above
  • Demonstrate capability of planning, managing and operating the project under guidance and assistance from a project adviser. The project adviser must recommend the youth loan applicant, along with providing adequate supervision.

Contact the Helena FSA office at 449-5000 for more information. For online information, please visit: www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/farm-loan-programs/index.


Florence Crittenton receives national re-accreditation

Florence Crittenton has achieved national re-accreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA). Florence Crittenton is a trauma-informed, relationship-based organization that provides a wide variety of resources for pregnant and parenting teens and young families of all ages.

In March 2017, COA conducted an extensive on-site evaluation of all components of Florence Crittenton’s Residential Program, Community Outreach Services and their Child Enrichment Center. In addition, they evaluated their management and administration, including the organization’s ethical practices, financial transparency, and oversight of the organization as a whole. As a result of their investigation the agency was awarded an expedited re-accreditation status.


Helena students attend 'Reality Fair' at rotunda

More than 200 students from around Helena gathered in the Montana state Capitol rotunda on March 24 for a day of hands-on financial learning at a “Reality Fair,” hosted by Montana’s Credit Unions and Helena-area credit unions. Several legislators stopped by for lunch and Gov. Steve Bullock and Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney also came to see the students.

Reality fairs are an interactive event designed to give high school students hands-on experience dealing with some of the financial challenges they will face as they venture out on their own after high school.

The students at the Rotunda were given a career choice and starting salary, and then asked to complete a budget and make choices to stay within their means while paying for housing, utilities, food and transportation. Credit union professionals from Helena Community Credit Union, Rocky Mountain Credit Union and Vocal Credit Union were on hand to offer advice and guidance to the students as they navigated through their financial situations.

This project is funded by a grant from the National Credit Union Foundation. Montana’s Credit Unions sponsor several Reality Fairs throughout the state with the goal of educating high schooler students as part of their Credit Union Difference philosophy.


Nominations sought for leadership awards 

The Interagency Committee for Change by Women (ICCW) honors people who have created positive change for all state employees by promoting the full participation of women in state government. 

ICCW established the Excellence in Leadership Awards (ELA) in 1999 to honor three individuals for exemplary leadership, achievements and for outstanding efforts to assist women to excel in the workplace. 

You are invited to nominate an individual who has become a leader, who recognizes the value of women in the workplace, an actively encourages women to move forward and upward.  

Please visit the ICCW website at http://hr.mt.gov/iccw for more information about ICCW and to download a nomination form.