1-163rd centennial celebration Saturday

The 1-163rd Cavalry Regiment (Combined Arms Battalion) will commemorate its 100-year anniversary with a Battalion Pass-in-Review ceremony scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 9, at 3 p.m. at the Fort William Henry Harrison parade field.

The public is welcome to attend the free celebration and will be admitted access onto Fort Harrison with a valid government identification such as a state-issued driver’s license or military/retiree identification card. Personal weapons are not permitted on Fort Harrison.

Static displays consisting of unit vehicles and weapons and unit artifacts on loan from the Montana Military Museum will be on site.

Fort Harrison’s Montana Military Museum will host an open house in coordination with this event.


25th Annual Harvest Days Family Fun Day 

The 25th Annual Harvest Days Family Fun Day includes fun for the whole family. Enjoy a hot dog lunch, entertainment, wagon rides, and lots of kids games and activities including a petting zoo. Pick a pumpkin from the patch and more.

The event will be held at West Mont Farm & Gardens, 3240 York Road, Saturday, Sept. 9, from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 447-3100 for more information. 


‘Era Of Megafires’ presentation at Myrna

The Tri-County FireSafe Working Group and all its partners, FireSafe Montana, the Northern Rockies Fire Science Network, and the U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station are pleased to bring a 70 minute, live multimedia presentation to the three-county area of Broadwater, Jefferson, and Lewis & Clark. The presentation is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Sept. 12 at the Myrna Loy theater. This presentation is designed to educate and inform audiences across the West so they may be better prepared to discuss solutions to the risks that wildfires pose to their communities.

Dr. Paul Hessburg, a research landscape ecologist with Pacific Northwest Research Station, partnered with North 40 Productions and the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center to produce this presentation.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and the presentation starts at 7. A question and answer session will follow. Tickets are free and a donation to Helena Food Share is appreciated.


Speakers to discuss Sandy Hook trauma

NAMI Helena will sponsor two educational programs in Helena on Monday, Sept. 18. Retired Police Chief Michael Kehoe and his wife, Lori from Newtown, Connecticut will speak. Both were affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.

From 9-11 a.m., Kehoe will present, “Preparing for the Unimaginable: How Chiefs Can Safeguard Officer Mental Health Before and After Mass Casualty Events.” All first responders are invited to attend -- law enforcement officers, fire fighters, emergency medical technicians, jail detention officers, crisis response therapists and 911 dispatchers. The Montana Law Enforcement Academy has approved this presentation for two hours of POST credit. The presentation will be held in the County Commission Chambers at the City-County Building, 316 North Park Ave.

From 7-9 p.m. at Carroll College, All Saints Hall in the basement of Carroll Commons, Lori Kehoe will present, “My Story, How to Survive Trauma in Your Life.” All members of the Helena community are invited to attend this free event.


Fire Fundraiser in Helena

A fundraiser for communities affected by wildfires across Montana is this Friday, Sept. 8, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Helena Safeway parking lot, 611 North Montana Ave. 

Local business volunteers will be on site accepting money, bottled water, non-perishable food items and registering volunteer firefighters.  All donations will be sent to the Lewis & Clark Rural Fire Council and distributed to areas of most need. 

Sponsors include Montana Lifestyle Real Estate, Chicago Title, Safeway, AAA Insurance Wolf & Associates, Rocky Mountain Credit Union, and Montana Radio Company. 


C. M. Russell and the American West

You have two opportunities this weekend to enjoy C. M. Russell and the American West, the new documentary from Montana PBS. The documentary examines Russell's arrival in Montana as a youth, his apprenticeship and work as a cowboy on the open range, and his self-taught, almost explosive growth into an iconic American artist. Russell's story is a fascinating one and has never been fully explored in narrative film or documentary. For more information on the film visit: http://www.montanapbs.org/CMRussellAmericanWest/.

The world premiere will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday night in Great Falls as part of a gala weekend organized by the C. M. Russell Museum. For more information visit: https://cmrussell.org/.

Closer to home, a free showing of the 3-hour documentary will be held at the Helena Civic Center at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10. Visit: http://www.montanapbs.org/cmrtour/.


Shred and Feed event

Montana AARP will host its annual “Shred and Feed” event on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in the Home Depot parking lot, 1801 East Custer Ave. The event begins at 10 a.m. and will end at 1:30 p.m.

Two AARP Montana missions include educating senior citizens about the potential for identity theft and working to reduce food insecurity for the same population. Confidential documents will be cross cut shredded for free in exchange for canned goods or financial contributions to Helena Food Share. There is a two bag/box limit on document shredding. The shredding is for personal documents only. Businesses cannot participate.

This event commemorates 9/11/01 and is a National Day of Service event for AARP.

For more information, please phone (406)443-1924 in the Helena area.


Helena Community Connections programs

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

All Helena Community Connections, Inc. programs, except Big Sky Caregivers Connect, will be offered at Covenant United Methodist Church, 2330 East Broadway, Helena, (across from St. Peter’s Hospital’s emergency entrance) and are handicapped accessible.

Cranium Café 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 and enrichment will be provided. Cranium Café is free, however non-perishables for Helena Food Share are suggested. Cranium Café begins at noon on Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15 and Dec. 20.

Pathways Buffet (formerly Lunch ‘n Learn) is education and a catered lunch. Reserve your lunch by calling AARP at 877-926-8300 or online at AARP.org/MT. A contribution of $5 and non-perishables for Helena Food Share are suggested. AARP Montana covers one half of the cost of the lunches. For information call Alyce at 458-8144. Pathways Buffet programs will occur on Wednesdays Oct. 4, Nov. 1, and Dec. 6. Topics include history, safety and practical information an enriched quality of life.

My Destiny is an estate planning series led by Marsha Goettings, PhD, MSU Extension Service. Two different workshops will be offered on the same day. Session One: 1-3 p.m., Dr. Goettings will present “Wildflower Reflections – General Estate Planning.” Session Two: 6-8 p.m., Dr. Goettings will present “Financial and Legal Planning for Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Other Cognitive Diseases – Prior to Diagnosis.” Register for free series at AARP 877-926-8300 or online at AARP.org/MT. For information call Fran at 442-1038. The series will be offered on Monday, Oct. 9 and Thursday, Dec. 7.

Big Sky Caregivers Connect invites family caregivers to join other caregivers in a relaxed and friendly caregivers’ support group. Professionally led, caregivers share experiences, learn from one another and glean information. The group meets monthly on the fourth Wednesday of the month beginning Sept. 27 at noon, for one hour at Touchmark, 915 Saddle Drive, Helena. No cost or registration required. Bring a brown bag lunch. Beverages provided. For rapid reimbursement of respite care expenses for your care recipient, phone DPHHS at 234-6054. To make arrangements for complementary respite care at Touchmark during the support group meeting, phone 449-4900. Call Bev at 475-4261 for program information.

Gentle Ways is offered every Tuesday morning from 9:30 - 10:30 and is a yoga-related exercise, strengthening stretching, and balancing program for all. The program is free and no registration is required. The workshop is led by retired yoga practitioners. Gentle Ways is offered in a relaxed environment. Contact Sandee at 442-1685 for program detail.


The city of Helena has board openings

Board of Adjustment: Two residents of the city of Helena to serve on the Board of Adjustment. The two terms will begin on Oct. 2, 2017 and expire on Oct. 1, 2020. The Board of Adjustment acts on applications for variances in the city of Helena Zoning Ordinances.

Business Improvement District/Helena Parking Commission: Two citizens to serve on the Business Improvement District/Helena Parking Commission. Applicants must be the owner of property within the BID District or be the owner’s personal representative, agent or guardian. The unexpired terms will begin upon appointment and expired Oct. 31, 2018 and Oct. 31, 2019.

Helena Housing Authority: One citizen to serve on the Helena Housing Authority Board. The unexpired term will begin upon appointment and expire Aug. 1, 2021. This nonprofit organization manages and sets policy for all public housing in Helena. The Housing Authority Board consists of five housing commissioners and two tenant representatives.

Non-Motorized Travel Advisory Council (NMTAC): Two residents of the City of Helena to serve on NMTAC. The unexpired terms will begin upon appointment and expire March 31, 2018, and March 31, 2019. 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. 

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, Sept. 21, 2017. 



Pvt. Laini N. Parriman has graduated from Basic Combat Training (BCT) at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. She joined the U.S. Army Reserves as a 42A human resource specialist.

Parriman completed 10 weeks of BCT and was promoted to private first class. Parriman will continue Advanced Individual Training at Fort Jackson. 

She is the daughter of Matt and Barbie Parriman of Helena and is a 2015 graduate of Capital High School.



The Internal Revenue Service announced the selection of Suzanne Kruger, Helena, Montana, and four other new members to the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC).

The ETAAC, established in 1998, provides an organized public forum for discussion of electronic tax administration issues, including the prevention of identity theft and refund fraud in support of the overriding goal that paperless filing should be the preferred and most convenient method of filing tax and information returns. ETAAC members work closely with the Security Summit, a joint effort of the IRS, state tax administrators and tax software industry to fight identity theft and refund fraud.

Kruger currently serves as the security specialist for the Montana Department of Revenue and is responsible for the operational security posture for all department information systems.