Montana Human Rights to host event

Bring friends, family and food to share to this event and learn about the local affiliate of the Montana Human Rights Network.

The gathering will be held on Friday, March 31, from 5-7 p.m. at the ReStore, 1531 National Ave. The mission is to share a meal, get to know each other, and learn more about work for human rights in Montana.

The evening will include brief presentations about human rights organizing in Helena. Wilmot J. Collins, a member of the Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance (MIJA) board, will talk about MIJA's work in our community. Bring cash or check, as we will pass the hat and collect donations to support the critical work of MIJA. There will also do a brief educational presentation on the international human rights framework and what it means for our organizing efforts.


Climate change discussion continues

Join the continuation of a facilitated discussion about climate change at noon on Tuesday, April 4, in the Lewis and Clark Library large meeting room. John Hoffland, who holds a master’s degree in environmental studies, will provide information about the current status of efforts to curb climate change nationally and internationally and the role of the EPA. Participants will contribute their ideas about curbing climate change. The event is hosted by the Democratic Action Club, and is free and open to the public.


Legislative basketball game April 7

Things are getting crazy on the basketball court, it’s the House vs. the Senate in the 2017 Legislative Basketball game. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Helena has announced that the 19th Biennial Legislative Basketball Game will be held on April 7 at Capital High School. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m.

Since 1981, Montana legislators have participated in the biennial legislative basketball game to benefit BBBS-Helena. The House won in 2015 and now lead the Senate 11 games to six.

This year’s event will be refereed by First Lady Lisa Bullock. During halftime, there will be a lobbyist shootout hosted by Melissa Lewis and Nanette Gilbertson and a check presented by Charter Communications. The event will also feature other fun activities and a 50/50 drawing.

Admission is a $5 suggested donation. For more information, call 442-7479.


St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraiser

The Montana City Volunteer Fire Department and Capital Hill Barber Shop will hold the St. Baldrick's Foundation 10th annual Montana Firefighters and Friends event on April 8 at noon at the Montana City School, 11 McClellan Creek Road. There will be a silent auction, barbecue, bake sale and fire truck tours.

Firefighters will be cooking so bring your appetite and your support to end childhood cancers. Donate at the event or online at: www.stbaldricks.org/events/montanacity2017


Easter cantata at Clancy UMC

Clancy United Methodist Church Choir will present “The Cross Changes Everything,” an Easter cantata directed by Mary Bair, on Sunday, April 9, at 3:30 p.m. at 6 N. Main St. in Clancy. Soloists are Marsha Austin, Mary Bair, Dave Klein, Terri Kunz and Rick Wine, with Nick Bair narrating the musical, which was created by Jeff Bumgardner and Joel Lindsey, and arranged by J. Daniel Smith.

A soup and bread supper for the community will follow. For more information visit www.clancyumc.org, or call 933-8504.



Coffee, tea Tuesdays continues

AARP Montana continues to sponsor Free Coffee or Tea Tuesdays, from 9 to 11 a.m., April 4, 11, 18 and 25. Coffee, tea and a donut for AARP members and guest are free when an AARP membership card is shown.

Free Coffee or Tea Tuesdays happen at Dirty Dozen Donuts, 1433 Eleventh Ave.

For more information, email mt@aarp.org or call 1-866-295-7278.


AARP Driver Safety classes upcoming 

AARP Driver Safety will hold a weekday and an evening class in Helena during April. Participants receive updates on the rules of the road and learn driving strategies to adapt to the effects of aging and to reduce the chances of having a crash. The course was developed for participants age 50-plus, but is open to all ages. The course fee is $20 ($15 with AARP membership card). Auto insurance companies in Montana provide a multi-year discount to participants 55 years of age and older.

  •  Monday, April 10, at First Interstate Bank-East, 2728 Colonial Drive, from noon until about 4:30 p.m. 
  •  Wednesday, April 19, at Pheasant Glen Residences, 3440 Ptarmigan Lane, from 5:30 until about 10 p.m. 

To register for a class, call 457-4712.


St. Peter’s Hospice volunteer training available

Training for individuals who wish to become volunteers for St. Peter's Hospice will be held in Helena in April. Training sessions are Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-9 p.m., beginning April 11 and concluding April 27. Attendance at all sessions is required of anyone who wishes to volunteer. Register by Friday, April 7.

St. Peter's Hospice strives to make the lives of individuals at end of life and their families as full, comfortable and meaningful as possible by providing physical, emotional, and spiritual support. Hospice volunteers provide companionship and respite; assist with reading, playing games/cards, recording life stories, and helping with light housekeeping and errands. They also provide clerical support at the Hospice office and can be involved in special community projects.

For information, training location and registration, call Lynne Grant at 447-2464.


Habitat for Humanity launches program

Helena Area Habitat for Humanity has announced a new program that will provide home repair and preservation services to existing homeowners living with low income.

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The Home Repair and Preservation program will focus on three areas:

  • A Brush with Kindness serves homeowners whose homes need exterior repairs and improvement, including painting.
  • Critical Home Repairs assists families needing repairs to major systems within their homes including roofs, heating, plumbing and electrical.
  • Aging in Place serves elderly homeowners by providing modifications to their homes to make them more accessible, including wheelchair ramps, accessible showers, grab bars and railings.

Habitat launched its Home Repair and Preservation (HRP) program in December with two projects. The first, in partnership with St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation, helped a Helena family by upgrading a bathtub in their home to an accessible shower unit.

The second project, in partnership with the Center for Mental Health, assisted a local homeowner by repairing frozen pipes in a mobile home that was made unlivable due to the weather-related damage. These plumbing issues threatened to leave the homeowner homeless. Habitat staff and volunteers performed the work, insulated the home’s crawlspace to prevent further plumbing issues, and cleaned and detailed the home in anticipation for the homeowner’s return.

Interested families can visit www.helenahabitat.org to learn more about the program. In addition to seeking applicants to the repair programs, Habitat for Humanity welcomes individuals, organizations and businesses who may be interested in sponsoring home repair and preservation projects.


Talking Saints headed to speech, debate championships

Four Carroll debate teams will head to Denver University in Colorado while one individual events performer flies to Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.

Freshman Michael Fuller, of Helena, qualified for the National Individual Events Tournament in three events: prose interpretation, program oral interpretation and impromptu speaking. Competition starts Saturday, April 1.

The NIET is the nation’s premiere individual events championship, featuringt performers from across the nation. In college speech and debate, all schools of all sizes compete in one division. That means Carroll will lock horns with 70 colleges, including the University of Texas, the University of Alabama and Arizona State University.

Carroll will send four teams to the United States Universities national championships at Denver University from April 14-16. Two upper class teams will be joined by two freshmen teams to compete at one of the largest debate tournaments in North America. Close to 200 teams are expected to compete where the favorites will include Harvard, Yale and Stanford.

Competing will be juniors Tori Hill from Glendive, and Becca Poliquin from Phoenix; junior Freddy Gray of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and sophomore Haley Meredith of Jerome, Idaho; freshmen Kelsie Watkins of Snohomish, Washington, and Peri Dropping of Redmond, Washington; and freshmen Kennedy Bahm of Missoula and Sofia Minudri of Moscow, Idaho.

Hill and Poliquin advanced to the quarterfinals at the United States Western Championships at PLU in Tacoma on March 25-26. Poliquin was 10th best speaker and Hill was 11th.

The freshmen teams warmed up for nationals by attending the North American Women’s Championships in Vancouver, British Columbia. Top teams, all consisting of female-female partnerships, from across Canada and the United States competed.

Sophomore Kavida Naidu of Mauritius and freshman Faith Scow of Helena also competed in Vancouver.


CHS student wins nine medals at HOSA conference

Capital High School senior, Caleb Noble walked up to the podium nine times to receive medals for his performance in health science competitions at the 13th annual Montana HOSA State Leadership Conference held March 21 in Helena.

Noble took a gold medal in Biomedical Laboratory Science and Pharmacology. He received a silver as a member of the Capital’s HOSA Bowl team, and for his scores in Medical Math, Pathophysiology, and Nutrition. Bronze medals were awarded for his scores in Dental Terminology, Human Growth and Development, and Transcultural Health.

Nearly 400 Montana high school students competed in health science skills events to determine who qualifies to attend International HOSA Leadership Conference being hosted in June, in Orlando, Florida. College and local health care facility health professionals served as judges for 30 leadership, team, health profession and emergency preparedness competitive events. Online test scores are averaged with competitive event skill performance scores to determine medal winners.


Trey D. Vincent, of Helena, graduated in fall 2016 from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with a degree in athletic training


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