Night to Shine

The Helena Community Credit Union is hosting the 25th annual Night to Shine. The event will be held at the Helena Civic Center on Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. The event showcases talents from high schoolers in the Helena area. Acts include various musical performances, hip hop dancers, comedy, ballet dancers, rock bands and beatboxers. Tickets go on sale Feb. 5 at 10 a.m. at the Helena Civic Center Box Office. Reserved seating tickets are $15, premium are $18 and VIP are $25. For more information, contact Savannah Witt at HCC, 406-603-4283 or Damp Flannel, pictured, performed at the 2017 event.

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Bridges Buffet program continues

Helena Community Connections’ Bridges Buffet program will explore genealogy at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at Covenant United Methodist Church, 2330 E. Broadway.

Bridges Buffet events are education and information for those over 50. This event is titled “Ambassador of the Past, Bridge to the Future.” Karen Huck, librarian for the Lewis and Clark Genealogy Society, will speak. AARP Montana covers one half of the cost of the lunch. Participant cost is $5. Nonperishables for Helena Food Share are suggested. Registration for the buffet must occur no later than noon on Feb. 5. Phone 877-926-8300 to register for lunch providing event name, city and event date. Minimum personal information will also need to be provided. For greater detail, visit All facilities are handicapped accessible. 


Yoga, computer classes and more

The Lewis & Clark Library, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch, will offer a host of events for adults in February: DIY Valentines, Book Bingo for Adults, Spanish Conversation Group, Yoga for Healthy Aging, Yoga for Balance, Game Night and a wide variety of book groups.

Computer classes include: Meet the Computer, Introduction to PowerPoint and Introduction to Publisher.

There are also a wide array of classes and events for children and teens. For details visit the library website at or call 447-1690. 



Free tax help clinics launch

Free Tax Help clinics are launching for the 2017 tax year on Feb. 3 at the Lewis and Clark Library, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch. These clinics provide opportunities for households with less than $65,000 of annual income to have IRS certified volunteers help prepare basic tax returns for free.

These clinics are made possible by a collaborative effort of federal, state and nonprofit organizations in Lewis and Clark County. Many are funded by United Way of the Lewis and Clark Area. 

If qualifying community members are unable to visit a Free Tax Help location for assistance, they can file their taxes for free online at or at These websites do not charge a fee to file taxes through their programs.

For additional information on Free Tax Help Clinics, visit or call 442-4360.


ACT study group starts at the library

The Lewis & Clark Library announced the addition of a free ACT Study Group during February and March.

Each week on Wednesday, beginning Feb. 14 through March 7, the group will cover a different section of the ACT from 4-5 p.m., plus go over tips and tricks for reducing anxiety and stress on test day.

In addition to going over study techniques and stress-buster tips, the ACT Study Group will also take a full practice test on March 14 from 4-8 p.m., complete with a break for pizza. The final study session will be on Friday, March 16, from 3-6 p.m. The ACT Study Group is for students in high school who wish to get a jump on this standardized test.

Participants should bring writing materials, a calculator and/or a laptop computer. The library will have a small number of computers for participants to use, but participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops if possible.

Call the Information Desk at Lewis & Clark Library to register: 447-1690; or email Heather, Teen Services Librarian at Be prepared to share your name, school and a good phone number to receive reminder text messages.


MOMS Club of Helena hosts membership event

MOMS Club of Helena invites other stay-at-home mothers and their children to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day at the Great Northern Carousel, 989 Carousel Way, from 11 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, Feb. 14.

MOMS Club of Helena has been an active chapter for over 20 years. It is a nonprofit group for stay-at-home mothers and their children with the mission to provide support and activities through the local member-run club.

The acronym stands for Mothers Offering Mothers Support. For more information about MOMS Club, email


Local educators volunteer time in Dominican Republic

Sue Sweeney, principal at Broadwater Elementary, and Sherry Holderith, president of the Montana PTA, have returned from the 2018 Lifetouch Memory Mission to build a new community center and cafeteria in Rio Grande, Dominican Republic.

Sweeney and Holderith were among 45 volunteers who spent a week working on the educational facilities.


Speech and debate judges needed

Helena High and Capital High Schools’ Speech & Debate teams will host the 2018 National Speech & Debate Qualifier tournament for Montana on Friday, Feb. 9, and Saturday, Feb. 10, to determine which Montana students will represent the state at the National Speech and Debate Association tournament.

The teams need community members to come judge at the Montana qualifier. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to participate. Judge training is provided.

Rounds will be held at Helena High School, with some rounds across the street at Helena College. The time commitment is about two hours to judge a single round.

For more information, contact Jennifer Hermanson, head coach of Helena High Speech & Debate, 406-531-7449, or CHS head coach Chloe Smith at 406-570-6065,


Festival of Trees raises $380,000

Intermountain's Festival of Trees for 2017 raised more than $380,000 that will go directly to benefit the children and families served by the organization. 

The event, held annually the week after Thanksgiving, was attended by more than 9,000 people and is the agency's largest fundraising event. Next year's event, scheduled for Nov. 28 through Dec. 2, will have the theme "Cowboy Christmas."

For more information about Intermountain, visit or contact Cindy Loacker, senior development officer, at 457-4760.


Capital High math team crowned co-national champs

In November, seven teams from Capital High School competed in the 20th Annual High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling (HiMCM). This contest is an international math modeling competition sponsored by the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications. The HiMCM requires students to work in teams of up to four students to solve an open ended real-life problem. The students have one consecutive 36-hour period to work on the problem.

A total of 938 teams (consisting of up to four students per team), from 256 schools, competed. One of the teams from Capital High School was crowned as co-national champion.

The Capital High team, consisting of Tommy Jergeson, Jessica Maynard, Jake Michaletz and Jaskrit Singh, joined three other schools from the United States in receiving an “outstanding“ designation. They will go on to compete for the chance to represent the U.S. in the international round.

In addition, one team from Capital earned “finalist” designation, one earned “meritorious” and two were “honorable mention.”

The teams are as follows:

Finalist team: Zack Boles, Thomas Nelson, Justin Tofflemire and Nate Turner.

Meritorious team: John LaRue, Pablo Martin-Jimenez, Mariah Thomas and Trenton Wright

Honorable Mention: Lauren Helbling, Peter Lund, Bridget Powers and James Rencher

Honorable Mention: Norris Blossom, Hunter Boles, Elliott Pryor and Cody Tofflemire

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Nina Wagner, of Helena, has been named to the dean's list at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, for fall 2017. Students who attempt 12 graded credits during a fall or spring semester and earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher earn dean's list honors.


Brian Sandvig, of Helena, has graduated from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, with a Bachelor of Science in nursing.


Schmitz Kassina, of Jefferson City, has been named to the Whitworth University provost's honor roll for fall semester 2017. Students qualify for the academic honor society by maintaining a grade-point average of at least 3.75 during the semester.


Kasey Catrina Womelsdorf, of Helena, has been named to the dean's honor roll at Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas, for the fall 2017 semester. To be eligible, students must have completed 12 or more credit hours and earned a minimum grade point average of 3.60 for the semester.


Tanner J. Kontny, of Clancy, has been named to the dean's list at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont, for the fall 2017 semester.


Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, has released the honor roll for the 2017 fall semester. Helena-area students include:

East Helena: Staci Lynn Friede

Helena: Jaimie Elizabeth Anderson, John A. Burkland, Cassidy Maye Robo, Brian Michael Sandvig, William George Turman and Anna Katherine Young


Audrey Barber, Meriwether Schroeer-Smith and Emma Sihler, all from Helena High School, have been awarded a Pacific Lutheran University President's Scholarship. The Presidential Scholarships are renewable for three additional years of undergraduate study. The school is located in Tacoma, Washington.


The University of Montana has released the fall 2017 dean's list and president's 4.0 list. Double asterisks after a name indicate the student earned a 4.0 GPA. A single asterisk indicates a GPA greater than 3.5 but less than 4.0. Helena-area students include:

Boulder: Isaiah Hesford*

Clancy: Liudmila Karaseva*, Matthew Krantz**, Tianna Thurston*

East Helena: Matthew Barker*, Courtney Carter*, Corymarie Cooper*, Kyleen Dolan**, Saffire Halverson*, Sierra Hammond*, Bethany Lindner**, Katie Lindner*, Kiara Randall*, Abigail Romine*, Nichole Silverthorne*, Lane Ulberg*, Kourtney Zeigler**

Helena: Erika Ackerlund*, Kady Bartsch*, Rachel Bauer*, Addison Boyer*, Jillian Briski**, Emmaline Bristow*, Amber Brown*, Daniel Burton*, Katie Carroll*, Kasey Clausen*, Isabella Clinch**, Paige Collick*, Anna Costain**, Kathleen Cotter**, Bethany Crouse**, Jada Cunningham**, Jocelyn Davis-Bunger*, Rachel Deveraux**, Sheldon Fladland*, Autumn Fraser*, Ranie Fremont**, Kendra Gensch**, Nathan George*, Lillian Gilsoul*, Justice Gjerde*, Serena Haller**, Hannah Harvey*, Ashley Hayes**, Connie Heiser**, Ethan Holmes*, Sophia Holter*, Stephenie Horne*, Aaron Irion*, Barbara Jensen**, Hannah Johnson*, Margaret Johnson*, Kelen Kaiser*, Kurt Keiper*, Justin Kelly*, Kaitlin Kroll*, Kaitlynn Lindbo**, Ashley Lindgren*, Khayson Lytle*, Claire Malany*, Kaitlin Martin*, Elizabeth Mays*, Matthew McCarl*, Keyara McCarthy*, Shannara McDunn*, Bailey Meredith*, Emma Meredith*, Annie Meyers*, Reece Miller*, Madeline Mueller*, Dyllan Murray*, Akemi Nakagawa**, Danielle Nelson*, Taylor Nielsen*, Nathan Patterson*, Claire Peterson**, Shannon Roybal**, Erin Sargent*, Seth Sasser*, Jacob Sather*, Clayton Scholl*, Lindsey Sewell*, Moira Shea*, Sydni Shea*, Kenndle Sierer*, Carly Smiedala**, Rebecca Speranza**, Amanda Steichen**, Joseph Swain*, Aimee Thornton*, Madeline Ulmer**, Shelby VanHemelryck**, Heidi Wellenstein**, Amanda Williams*, Kelsey Wohlfrom*, Savannah Woods**, Courtney Wunderwald*, Madison Zeggai*

Jefferson City: Colton Kreamer*

Montana City: Danielle Chard*, Sierra Garza**, Guy Goughnour*

Townsend: Sarah Hamburg**, Clint Reichert*, Wesley Spoon*


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