Barbells for Boobs fundraiser upcoming

On Saturday, Sept. 16, at noon, athletes from CrossFit Helena will be joining the Helena community to have fun and raise funds for the breast cancer nonprofit Barbells for Boobs. The event, at Lewis and Clark Brewing Company, 1517 Dodge Ave., will include an optional family-friendly workout, silent auction, barbecue, and a dunk tank. The proceeds will go to Barbells for Boobs, an organization that believes that everyone has the right to know if they’re living with breast cancer. Donations will contribute to their grant program, which helps women and men that do not have access to vital detection services, like mammograms, to get the screening they need.

The event will start with a fun, voluntary, noncompetitive exercise, followed by the silent auction and fundraising games. To participate in the dunk tank, individuals can donate money to toss a softball at a target that will send willing friends and community members splashing into the dunk tank beneath them.

This is the third year that Crossfit Helena has hosted a Barbells for Boobs and last year raised $4,000. Donations can be made at the event or online at https://fundraise.barbellsforboobs.org/team/crossfithelena. For more info contact: crossfithelena@yahoo.com.


'Shred and Feed' event Saturday

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

Two of 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.

For more information, phone 443-1924.


Constitution Day celebration upcoming

Celebration of Constitution Day will be Monday, Sept. 18, at 1 p.m. in the Capitol rotunda beginning with ringing the statehood centennial bell by Jefferson Elementary School fourth grade students taught by Sherri Haller, posting the colors and Pledge of Allegiance by Oro Fino Chapter DAR Librarian Patricia Donoho dressed as Martha Washington and Montana Sons of the American Revolution in dress uniforms, the Invocation by Oro Fino Chapter Chaplain Charmaine Lindgren, and the National Anthem by East Helena Eastgate Elementary School first grade students directed by Stacey Abrahamson.

The event will feature citizenship remarks by Secretary of State Corey Stapleton, school civics remarks by Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen, a letter from Gov. Steve Bullock, greetings from Commander Josh Clement American Legion Post 2, and “Battle Hymn of the Republic” by Helena Xpress Singers, who also will lead singing “God Bless America” and “Happy Birthday U.S.A.”

Audience participation also will include the Pledge of Allegiance, Preamble to the U.S. Constitution and The American’s Creed. Jane Lee Hamman, Montana State Society Daughters of the American Revolution Regent and Constitution Week Chair, will serve as emcee.


Cranium Café series continues

On Wednesday, Sept. 20, Helena Community Connections, Inc. continues its popular Bridges program, Cranium Café, at noon at Covenant United Methodist Church, 2330 E. Broadway. Cranium Café is a brain health workshop featuring brain health exercises and education in a relaxed and fun environment. This session is called, “The Aging Mind: What Changes?” Learn how to feed and care for the brain for improved memory and overall health and well-being. Nanette Holmes, life enrichment director, Touchmark, will lead this one-hour workshop. Bring a brown bag lunch. Beverages provided. Nonperishable food donations to Helena Food Share are suggested. No cost or registration required. 


Author to speak on addiction 

Linda Naseem, author of “Nothing” published in 2015, retired registered nurse and drug prevention speaker will present “Our Kids on Drugs – Why? A Different Perspective” to parents, prospective parents and those interested in serving the youth of Helena at Plymouth Congregational Church, 400 S. Oakes St., on Thursday, Sept 21, at 7 p.m. Nassem is from Colorado and has extensive experience in nursing and the effects of drug usage.

During the course of her talk, Naseem will discuss the definition of addiction and how addiction affects the addict and those closest to them. She will highlight national statistics, address the “whys”of drug use and the “culture of escape” prevalent in our culture. The role of the family will be explored. There will be time for questions, discussion and the possibility of follow up and support. This event is free and open to the public.


AARP Driver Safety classes upcoming 

AARP Driver Safety has an evening class scheduled in Helena and a daytime class scheduled in White Sulphur Springs for September. 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.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 20, at Pheasant Glen Residences, 3440 Ptarmigan Lane from 5:30 to about 10 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 27, at Meagher County Community Senior Center, 101 1st Ave. S.E.; White Sulphur Springs from 1 to about 5 p.m. 

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


Shodair hits sweet spot with donut

The Shodair Donut was created as a way for the hospital to say thanks to fellow CMN partners for their outstanding fundraising efforts with the help of local donut shop the Dirty Dozen Donuts. The majestic vanilla cake donut made on-site, from scratch, with vanilla butter cream frosting isn’t available all the time, but can be pre-ordered. The donut showcases the Children’s Miracle Network Balloon insignia because Shodair Children’s Hospital is the only CMN hospital in Montana.


Interstate ramps to be temporarily closed

The Cedar Interchange Southbound on-ramp will be closed Monday morning Sept. 18, through Thursday, Sept. 21. The Capitol Interchange Southbound off-ramp will be closed from the hours of 9 a.m.-4 p.m. starting on Tuesday, Sept. 19, through Thursday, Sept. 21. This work is weather dependent and dates/times could change. Watch for the variable message signs on the project for changing conditions. 

Motorists should watch for flaggers at both the Cedar Interchange Southbound on-ramp and the Capitol Interchange Southbound off-ramp locations during the construction operations. 

Motorists are also reminded to watch for work crews and equipment and travel at posted speeds until signs indicate the work zone has ended. Fines double in work zones. The scheduled completion date of the Capitol/Cedar Interchange Project is October 2017.


BBBS recognizes volunteers

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Helena has recognized George’s Distributing as their 2017 Big Heart winner of the year. George’s Distributing will be the recipient of a hand-carved wooden sculpture created by local artist Dan McArdle. George’s has been a long-time supporter of BBBS and started the signature Wine Crush event in 2001.

BBBS also recognizes Elena Johnson as the Community-Based Big of the year and Mariah Cantwell-Frank as the School-Based Big of the year. Johnson was also recently named “Big of the year” for the state of Montana. 

A free celebration breakfast will be held on Sept. 21, at 8 a.m. at the Carroll College Campus Center. All past and present Bigs, Littles, staff, board members, sponsors, donors and supporters are invited to attend. Please RSVP to 442-7479 by Sept. 15.