UPCOMING EVENTS

Trunk-or-treat at church

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is hosting trunk-or-treat at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31, at the church building, 1610 E. Sixth Ave. This is an opportunity for families to safely trick-or-treat from decorated trunks of parked cars. It is free and open to the public.

Trick-or-treat at the OGM

On Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 6-8 p.m., while you’re out trick-or-treating, stop by the Original Governor’s Mansion, on the corner of Sixth and Ewing, for a treat. You may be invited inside to help find the mansion’s ghost cat if you dare. 

Pathways Buffet program continues

Helena Community Connections, Inc. continues Pathways Buffet, which is education and a catered lunch at noon at Covenant United Methodist Church, 2330 E. Broadway. Reserve your lunch by calling AARP at 877-926-8300 or online at AARP.org/MT no later than noon, Monday, Oct. 30. A contribution of $5 and non-perishables for Helena Food Share are suggested. For information, call Alyce at 458-8144. Pathways Buffet programs occur on the first Wednesday of the month. Topics include practical information for an enriched quality of life. The Nov. 1 program will be presented by Nanette Holmes, life enrichment director, Touchmark, and will feature a presentation called, “Unconventional Aging: Dare to Do It Differently.” The program begins at noon. Find Helena Community Connections on Facebook at BridgesHCC.

Food drive upcoming at Van's

Mergenthaler Transfer and Storage along with Move for Hunger will host a food drive to benefit Helena Food Share on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Van’s Thriftway, 400 Euclid Ave. Helena Food Share is a donation-supported program offering food to families and schoolchildren throughout the Helena area.

For more information, contact Hunter Townsend at 406-441-0145.

Literary Festival at Carroll College (Mugshot McFarlane)

Carroll College is hosting its annual Literary Festival, Nov. 8-9. Sponsored by the Carroll Department of Languages and Literature, the literary festival theme, “Places” is inspired by the award-winning writing of Fiona McFarlane, and her collection of short stories, "The High Places." McFarlane will be reading from and discussing her recently published works at the keynote lecture on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Trinity Lounge at Carroll, in addition to a number of other events over the course of the two-day event.

Toastmasters hosting workshop

The 78th District of Toastmasters International is hosting a workshop as part of their Fall Conference on Friday, Oct. 27, from 2-5 p.m. at the Radisson Colonial Hotel, 2301 Colonial Drive.

Special guest will be Balraj Arunasalam, Toastmaster 2017-18 international president and businessman from Sri Lanka, who will address Toastmasters and guests on topics that can turn a struggling Toastmasters club into a successful one. This free workshop is open to everyone.

Hospital seeks community input at meeting

St. Peter’s Hospital, 2475 E. Broadway, is seeking feedback from the community and will provide an update on the Master Facility Plan initiative at an event on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m. in the Hospital’s Education Center (enter through the main entrance on Winne Avenue). The Master Facility Planning process is to address current and future infrastructure needs that will support population growth changes and service line expansion. The event is free and open to the public.

Volleyball team tryouts upcoming

The Royal Volleyball Club will be holding tryouts at the Helena Middle School on Nov. 18-19 for U16: 8-10 a.m.; U14:10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; U12: 2-4 p.m. The club teaches fundamentals, match strategy and tactical knowledge, but they also teach their athletes to be a positive and supportive teammate, to be disciplined, compete and train with full effort, be a problem solver, and compete with confidence and enthusiasm. For more information, email: playroyalvolleyball@gmail.com.

City of Helena has board openings

Board of Adjustment: One resident of the city of Helena to serve on the Board of Adjustment. The term will begin upon appointment and expire on Oct. 1, 2020.

The Board of Adjustment acts on applications for variances in the city of Helena Zoning Ordinances.

City-County Planning Board: One resident of the city of Helena to serve on the City-County Planning Board. Term will begin upon appointment and expire Aug. 31, 2020.

The Planning Board shall perform planning functions for the city and county and shall be the sole Planning Board to serve either or both governmental entities. Duties of this board will be to ensure the promotion of public health, safety, convenience, order, and the general welfare, and for the sake of efficiency and economy in the process of community development, the board shall prepare a growth policy and serve in an advisory capacity to the local governing bodies establishing said board.

Non-Motorized Travel Advisory Council (NMTAC): One resident of the city of Helena to serve on NMTAC. The unexpired term will begin upon appointment and expire March 31, 2018. Interested persons should have knowledge, expertise and interest in promoting non-motorized transportation.

The general purpose of the council is to advise and make recommendations the city commission regarding matters related to non-motorized travel and traffic calming, including the impact commission actions may have upon bicycling, walking, and traffic calming.

Public Art Committee: One citizen to serve on the Pubic Art Committee. The unexpired term will begin upon appointment and will expire Dec. 31, 2018.

The Public Art Committee assists in promoting the concept of community awareness of and involvement in providing public art in Helena.

Applications are available at www.helenamt.gov /commission/boards and committees, requested by emailing dhavens@helenamt.gov or by calling 447-8410 and can be submitted electronically or mailed to the City Clerk’s Office, 316 N. Park Ave., Room 323, Helena, MT 59623. The deadline for all board applications is 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017.

Nominations sought for veteran commendation

Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte has announced the creation of the Montana Congressional Veteran Commendation.

Gianforte is seeking nominations for the Montana Congressional Veteran Commendation, a tribute to recognize outstanding Montana veterans who have honorably served both our nation and our communities.

Nominations for the commendation come from the community. To be considered for this award, the nominee must reside in Montana and have served honorably in uniform as well as in their local communities.

The deadline to nominate a veteran is Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2017. Recipients will be selected and honored later in November.

For more information and to nominate a veteran, visit https://gianforte.house.gov/veteran-commendation, or contact Mike Waters, Congressman Gianforte’s Director of Veterans and Military Affairs, at Mike.Waters@mail.house.gov or 406-969-1736.

Helena College receives grant

Helena College University of Montana, has received a $1,000 Humanities Montana award to fund a Native Montana Pop-Up Museum for a photo exhibit showcasing Native Americans in Montana, both in the past and present. The project is a collaboration between Helena College and the Helena College Native American Studies faculty/historian Laura Ferguson, and the Montana Historical Society.

Strike Farms is providing a 14-week Winter Vegetable Subscription (also called a CSA) filled with local and organic produce. Purchase a subscription and enjoy the fresh taste of Montana at every meal while supporting our farm through the winter months. Easy pick up in your community

Winter CSA shares available

Strike Farms, of Bozeman, is offering a 14-week Winter Vegetable Subscription (also called a CSA) filled with local and organic produce to people in Helena. The program runs through the end of January. Pick-ups take place on Wednesdays at Hub Coffee, 314 N. Last Chance Gulch from 4-6:30 p.m. Cost of a subscription is $400. Visit www.strikefarms.com to learn more and sign up.

WITH THE COLORS (Mugshot Asbury)

Austin J. Asbury, son of Jim and Gail Asbury of Helena, has graduated from Advanced Individual Training in construction and masonry in Gulf Port, Mississippi. He received the Army Physical Fitness Award out of 150 recruits and received the second highest GPA of his group. He will be stationed at Fort Hood in Texas. Austin is a 2017 graduate of Helena Christian School.

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