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UPCOMING EVENTS

Veterans Day ceremony Saturday

The Lewis and Clark County Veterans Memorial Foundation is conducting its annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Lewis & Clark County Veterans Memorial located in Memorial Park at 3 p.m. Saturday. Gold Star families, current military, area veterans, their families and citizens of Helena and Lewis and Clark County are invited to attend. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at American Legion Post #2, 3095 Villard Ave.

Associated with this event, a no-host reception will follow at the American Legion Post #2 to celebrate the 11th anniversary of the management by the Lewis & Clark County Veterans Memorial Foundation.

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Cranium Cafe series continues

Helena Community Connections, Inc. continues its Bridges program, in partnership with AARP Montana, with a selection of offerings targeted to everyone over age 50, but with interest to all.

On Wednesday Cranium Cafe will feature Nanette Holmes, life enrichment director at Touchmark, speaking about, “Is Aging a Disease?” Cranium Cafe is a brain health workshop featuring brain health exercises and education in a relaxed, fun environment. Participants will learn how to feed and care for the brain for improved memory, overall health and well-being. Bring a brown bag lunch. Beverages will be provided. Cranium Cafe is free, however nonperishables for Helena Food Share are suggested. The program begins at noon at Covenant United Methodist Church, 2330 E. Broadway. For more information, visit BridgesHCC on Facebook.

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LWVHA holding monthly meeting

The League of Women Voters Helena area will meet Tuesday at noon at the Lewis & Clark Library, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch. The guest speaker will be Nancy Leifer, state president, who will report on the national convention and elaborate on state LWVHA activities. Also on the agenda is planning for the December social. Everyone is invited to attend.

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Free Coffee or Tea with AARP Montana

The final Free Coffee or Tea Tuesday with AARP Montana will happen Tuesday from 9-11 a.m., at Firetower Coffee House, 422 N. Last Chance Gulch.

Show your AARP membership card, bring a guest, and receive free coffee or tea.

If you have questions, email MT@aarp.org or phone 866-295-7278.

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Church hosting Thanksgiving dinner

Helena’s First Presbyterian Church, 535 N. Ewing St., will host a Thanksgiving Dinner Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. featuring turkey and all the trimmings. The public is invited to this yearly event. The dinner is free. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Applications sought for scholarships

Soroptimist Club of Helena is accepting applications from women for three awards/scholarships.

There are two $2,500 Live Your Dream Awards, and one $2,500 professional/technical scholarship. The application deadline is Wednesday. The application and full eligibility guidelines can be found at the Soroptimist Club's website at www.sihelena.org.

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Medicare open enrollment help available

Medicare open enrollment for 2018 Medicare health plans and Part D drug plans ends on Dec. 7. Plan costs and covered benefits can change from year to year. It is important to review your coverage choices every open enrollment to make sure your current plan still works for you. You may find lower costs and co-pays.

Visit www.medicare.gov, call 1-800-MEDICARE or contact the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) counselor at the Area IV Agency on Aging by calling 1-800-551-3191. SHIP counselors provide free personalized assistance to find a plan that suits your needs.

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State accepting proposals to address suicide prevention

Department of Public Health and Human Services Director Sheila Hogan announced that the state of Montana is accepting proposals to provide grants for evidence-based suicide prevention efforts in schools and communities.

The deadline to apply for funding is 2 p.m. Dec. 1.

Last legislative session, Gov. Steve Bullock included in his budget $1 million to support suicide prevention programs.

Those eligible to apply include schools, tribes, tribal and urban health organizations, local governments, nonprofit and community organizations, professional organizations, and other organizations on a case-by-case basis.

Proposals must be submitted in accordance with the requirements listed in the solicitation, which can be found online on the state procurement website (eMacs) at bids.mt.gov. This is a formal process; therefore, questions should be submitted on the Q&A board of the eMacs site or directed to the single point of contact listed in the solicitation.

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Date set for annual sock sew at St. Peter’s

St. Peter’s Hospital Association is seeking volunteers to help sew stockings for patients who are hospitalized over the Christmas holiday, and to sew large stockings for babies born during December. All December babies get to travel home in their handmade stocking.

The sewing, cutting and gluing will begin at 9 a.m. Dec. 4 in St. Peter’s Hospital Education Center and continue until the stockings are completed at approximately 2 p.m. Those interested in volunteering should bring a sewing machine and scissors; all other supplies and lunch will be provided. For those interested in participating, please call Arlene Matthews at 442-7264.

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Help your neighbor stay warm this winter

Energy Share of Montana is accepting applications for emergency heating assistance at Rocky Mountain Development Council, 447-1625. Energy Share is an independent, nonprofit organization that helps Montanans who are facing financial difficulties which may result in loss of heat or lights in their home due to circumstances beyond their control. Energy Share helps people no matter what their heat source, but the assistance is usually only once every 10 years or so because the organization is truly a source of emergency funds, intended to complement government assistance programs, but not replace them.

Energy Share is supported by donations from individuals, small businesses, utility companies, electric cooperatives and large electric users across Montana so your neighbors struggling with difficult circumstances don’t have to go cold.

For more information on how to apply or how to help, visit www.energysharemt.com or call 1-888-779-7589. You will also see an informational donation envelope or pledge card in your November utility bill or, if you’re a member of an electric cooperative, in the Rural Montana magazine.

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