Carroll string ensemble, choirs spring concert

The Department of Fine Arts at Carroll College will present a free concert given by the Carroll College String Ensemble and the Carroll College Choirs at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 7. The concert will be held at the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 512 Logan. 

The Carroll String Ensemble will present works by J.S. Bach, Vivaldi, and Telemann. Student cellist David Woolston will play two minuets from the unaccompanied cello suites of Bach, and he will be joined by other members of the ensemble for excerpts from a concerto for two cellos by Vivaldi. Michael Larsen and Linda Meuret will present excerpts from Telemann’s concerto for two violas, and the entire ensemble will end the concert with Michael Levin’s “Tangled Waltz.”

The Carroll Choirs will present a variety of selections, including an a cappella motet by Tomas Victoria, and the romantic “Blessed be the God and Father” by Samuel Sebastian Wesley. The concert will also feature guest musicians Dr. Lynn Petersen, organ; Zane Clark, piano; and Maren Haynes Marchesini, cello.

Admission to the concert is free, but an offering will be taken to benefit the music program at St. Paul’s. For more information, contact Dr. Psurny at 447-4807.


Military Museum Wine Fair on tap

The Montana Military Museum's 20th annual Wine Fair 2017 is Friday, May 12, from 6:30-10 p.m., at the Gateway Center, 1710 National Avenue.

This is the annual fundraiser is in support of the non-profit Montana Military Museum, located on historic Fort William Henry Harrison.

By joining the Wine Fair you able to sample more than 80+ fine wines made available through the efforts of Gusto Distributing. This includes a number of Micro Beers, water and soda is available by Pepsi-cola and Gusto Distributing.

You can on place your bids on a growing number of donated, silent auction items, listen to live music by Jack Berry and purchase potted flowers provided by Helena’s Valley Farms.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Ticket outlets include: Valley Bank locations, the Pan Handler, Leslie's Hallmark Stores, the Staggering Ox and the Montana Military Museum (Fort Harrison). Wine Tasting tokens are $1 at the door. For further information, call 235-0290, 458-9847 or 324-3550 (leave a message).


Don’t Fence Me In run, film festival 

To kick off Don’t Fence Me In weekend and to get runners inspired, the Don’t Fence Me In Film Festival will be held Friday, May 12, at 7 p.m. at the Myrna Loy Center, 15 N. Ewing. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Myrna Loy box office or online at myrnaloycenter.com

On Saturday, May 13, hundreds of runners, hikers and spectators will converge in downtown Helena for the 17th annual Don’t Fence Me In Trail Run, one of Prickly Pear Land Trust’s biggest fundraisers. In addition to the 30k, which draws top trail runners from across Montana, the event includes a 12k, 5k and 5k dog walk. All race events start and end near Pioneer Park in downtown Helena.

The Prickly Pear Open Space Fair takes place from 10:30 a.m. to noon. There will be plenty of activities for kids to enjoy, and for the adults, run participants 21 and over with ID will receive one free Blackfoot River Brewing beer.

Early registration offers special pricing and gives participants a chance to raise pledges for PPLT. Cost to register is $75 for the 30k and $30 for the 12k, 5k and 5k dog walk; extra dogs are $5 per dog. And kids 17 and under can register for free.

Race-day registration for the 12k, 5k, and 5k dog walk begins Saturday at 8 a.m. in Pioneer Park. The race-day registration price for these events is $40 plus $5 per dog. There is no race-day registration for the 30k.

For more information, go to www.pricklypearlt.org or call 442-0490.


Wine Crush & A Taste of Helena fundraiser

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Helena is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Big Brothers Big Sisters is the only prevention program in Montana proven to affect a broad spectrum of risk factors while simultaneously helping children reach their highest potential. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Helena serves children in Lewis and Clark and Jefferson Counties.

Supporting this organization, the 15th annual Wine Crush & A Taste of Helena will take place on Saturday, May 13, at the Helena Civic Center. The event features wines from around the world, beer tasting, and food from Helena’s favorite restaurants. The Growlers will provide live music for the evening. Wine Crush also features live and silent auctions with unique items to benefit BBBS.

Tickets are $75 for a single ticket. New this year are reserved tables for four ($400) or eight ($800). Tickets can be purchased online at www.bbbs-helena.org, by calling 442-7479 or by visiting Island Liquor or Topper’s Wine Cellar.


Mother's Day Tea upcoming

Friends and families will celebrate the mothers in their lives on Saturday, May 13, with the annual Mother’s Day Tea at St. Peter’s Episcopal Cathedral, 511 N. Park Ave. This popular, English-style “High Tea” is served by tuxedoed waiters. Guests are encouraged to dress up and wear hats. Fancy head gear is available for those who don’t have their own.

Guests sit at tables decked with homemade baked goods, including fresh scones and sweet treats, and finger sandwiches. The party includes live music, fashion show, potted plant and bake sales, and quilt and art raffles.

There are two seatings. The first is at 11:30 a.m., the second at 1:15 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for children aged 6-12 years. The event is free for children under five. Reservations are required. Please call Maggie at 465-0707. 

Proceeds support programs that help kids, including Family Promise and Grace Camp, a summer camp on Flathead Lake for children with incarcerated parents, as well as other worthwhile church projects.



AARP Driver Safety classes set

AARP Driver Safety has added a second class for May. Participants receive updates on the rules of the road and learn driving strategies to adapt to the effects of aging and to reduce 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, May 15, at First Interstate Bank, 2021 N. Montana Ave., from noon to about 4:30 p.m. (this class is full unless there are cancellations)
  • Wednesday, May 31, at Touchmark on Saddle Drive, 915 Saddle Drive, from noon to about 4:30 p.m.

To register for a class, call 457-4712. Find additional classes at aarp.org/driversafety.


Paint exchange at the Transfer Station

The City of Helena Transfer Station will hold its annual Spring Latex Paint Exchange. Residential permit holders may drop off their usable latex paint between May 12 and May 19.

On Saturday, May 20, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., good, usable latex paint will be available for pickup. No paint can be dropped off on May 20.

This event is open to residential customers only, and residential permits are required. Material from businesses or commercial haulers will not be accepted.

Oil based paints, solvents and other liquids must be air dried or solidified in sand, dirt or kitty litter for disposal.


DPHHS wants to hear from centenarians

The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) wants to honor Montana centenarians at the 49th annual Governor’s Conference on Aging in September. The event takes place in two locations this year in Kalispell and Glendive. Centenarians will be honored at noon luncheons on the first day of each conference.

DPHHS is asking Montanans who will turn age 100 as of Dec. 31, 2017, or those who are already over the age of 100 to submit their name and a brief profile. All Centenarians who submit information will receive a recognition proclamation from Gov. Steve Bullock.

Centenarians, or friends or family members, are encouraged to supply DPHHS with the following information by Aug. 1, 2017, so they can be recognized.

(NOTE: The first five items are required in order to receive a certificate.)

1. Centenarian's name.

2. Contact person (who to send certificate to).

3. Contact person’s phone number and email address

4. Mailing address (where to send the certificate).

5. Birth date of centenarian.

6. Are they a World War II veteran?

7. Where were they born?

8. If not born in Montana, what is their story on how they got to Montana?

9. What is the secret to their longevity?

10. What has been the most amazing event in their life that they would like to share?

11. What is their favorite quote?

12. Anything else they would like us to know about the centenarian?

13. If planning to attend either of the centenarian luncheons, please provide a picture of the centenarian when you send in the information above.

Please send centenarian information to: Governor’s Conference on Aging-Centenarians, DPHHS-SLTC, P.O. Box 4210, Helena, MT 59604-4210; or email jstoeckel@mt.gov. Or submit your information online at Montana Centenarian's Program or http://dphhs.mt.gov/SLTC/aging/centenarians. Or individuals can call toll-free 1-800-332-2272 and ask for the Office on Aging or 444-4077.


Carroll receives grant to broaden program

Carroll College’s Constitutional Studies program was recently awarded $23,925 from the Apgar Foundation to support programming during the 2017-18 academic year entitled, "Religious Freedom and the American Experiment." It is the third and final year of funding from the Apgar Foundation, which aims to promote education in constitutional governance in the western tradition.

The "Religious Freedom and the American Experiment" program will feature student fellowships, essay and speech contests, a student reading group, a teacher education workshop, a public education event on religious freedom and modern liberal democracy and numerous public lectures. The first event of the academic year will occur in September 2017, when Dr. Yasmeen Daifallah of UMass-Amherst will be the featured 2017 Constitution Day speaker. Her lecture will focus on Islam and Democratic Citizenship. This event will be free and open to the public.

For further information about the program or how to support the study of constitutional government at Carroll College, contact Dr. William Parsons, director of the Constitutional Studies Center at wparsons@carroll.edu.



Kiwanis Club awards scholarships

The Kiwanis Club of Helena awarded scholarships totaling $6,000 to six students who attend Helena High, Capital High, and Carroll College. The Kiwanis Club has awarded similar scholarships for almost 30 years.

Scholarship recipients included Capital High and Helena High music students Elijah Beckstrom, Noah Jakovac and Jessie Cundall; Carroll College Circle K students Delaney Lester and Joyce Lui; and Helena High Key Club member Kaiya Steele.

The Kiwanis Club of Helena has been active in Helena for 96 years serving the community with an emphasis on helping young people, and as an arm of an international organization improving the world one child and one community at a time.


Students receive Angel Fund scholarships

The Angel Fund Board of Directors recently announced the recipients of the 2017 Montana post-secondary Angel Fund Scholarship Program. Scholarships are based on financial need, academic success and a commitment to give back to their community. The following 2017 Helena graduates will receive a $1,000 to help with college expenses freshman year. 

  • Kristopher Richard Bosch, HHS, UM Biology
  • Isabelle JoHanna Brus, HHS, MSU Biochemistry
  • Olivia Josephine Brus, HHS, MSU Elementary Education
  • Hailey Ryann Crawford, HHS, Montana Tech Education
  • Charles Dexter Dean*, HHS, Helena College Construction Engineering
  • Tamara L. Hayward, CHS, Missoula College General Studies
  • Kasydi Rai Lucas, CHS, MSU Pre-Veterinary Medicine
  • Brian McMahon*, HHS, MSU Civil Engineering
  • Trevor Jarred Peterson, HHS, MSU-Northern Diesel Mechanics
  • Courtney Lee Radke**, HHS, Helena College Nursing
  • Stetson Terry Ratzlaff, HHS, Montana Tech Engineering
  • Lauren Elyse Roach, HHS, UM Art Education
  • Gabriel D. Walsh, HHS, Montana Tech Environmental Engineering
  • Ashley Lillian Wolfe, HHS, MSU Biology and Spanish
  • Kendra RaeLynne Woodland, HHS, UM-Western Elementary Education

*Angel Scholarship sponsored by Montana Inn, Paul Trombetta in memory of Jim Patterson.

**Angel Scholarship sponsored by Cathy and Frank McCall in memory of Dick Morgan.

Three Angel Scholarships are sponsored by an anonymous donor and one additional scholarship is sponsored by Mountain West Bank Endowment through the Montana Community Foundation. Morrison Aviation Family Trust has also designated their donation for a scholarship this year.


Student wins scholarship for study in Russia

University of Montana student Kitiri McDunn recently won a competitive U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship for an all-expenses-paid intensive summer language program in Russia this summer.

McDunn is a sophomore Russian major and linguistics minor. She is a 2015 graduate of Helena High School and the daughter of John and Angela McDunn of Helena.

For more information on the CLS program, visit http://clscholarship.org/.


Two Helena-area students were among 39 students who were honored April 20 during Montana State University’s 94th annual Day of Student Recognition. The students and the awards they received are: Destiny Brugman, Septemviri; and Kelby Janicek, ASMSU Peer Awards – Leadership.


Anthony Roberts, of East Helena, will graduate from Dickinson State University at its 97th spring commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13, in Scott Gymnasium. Dickinson State will award 161 baccalaureate degrees and 37 associate degrees. 


Natalie Cardenas, Andrew Jeseritz and Jasyn Mulcahy, all of Helena, were named to the dean’s list for the winter 2017 quarter, which ended March 24, at Eastern Washington University in Cheney.


Collette Chorney, of Townsend, will be awarded a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree on Saturday, May 14, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium on the UND campus in Grand Forks, North Dakota.


Emmaline Bristow, of Helena, was recently initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Bristow was initiated at the University of Montana.