ExplorationWorks to launch new program

ExplorationWorks newest program, Science on Tap, will kick off Saturday, April 22, at ExplorationWorks. This new program is geared toward adults to discuss and learn about science in an informal setting. Each event will feature a new presenter and topic.

This week’s presenter is Dr. Nicholas Hud, Director of the NSF-NASA Center for Chemical Evolution at Georgia Tech. Hud has conducted extensive research on how DNA is packaged within living cells and viruses. For the past decade, his research has become increasingly focused on how molecules like DNA, including possible ancestors of DNA, could have arisen on the early Earth, and ultimately given rise to life.

This event will begin with a cash bar serving beer and wine at 6 p.m. with Hud’s presentation to follow at 6:30 p.m.


Celebrate the Week of the Young Child

The Lewis & Clark Library is joining with several other local agencies to celebrate the Week of the Young Child™ April 24-28. The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers, and families.

Children attending literacy events during the Week of the Young Child will receive early literacy goodie bags provided by the Early Childhood Coalition.

For more information on the Lewis & Clark Library’s Week of the Young Child events, log onto www.lclibrary.org. For more information on the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), visit their website at: https://www.naeyc.org/woyc.


Community leaders to share favorite poems 

April is National Poetry Month and the Lewis & Clark Library Foundation is celebrating by hosting its ninth annual Community Leaders Poetry Reading on Tuesday, April 25. The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Lewis & Clark Library, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch, in the second-floor Ambrose Reading Room.

The community leaders who have volunteered to read at this year’s event include:

  • Emma Brandt - Teen Advisory Group, Lewis & Clark Library
  • Terry Cohea – Board Member, Lewis & Clark Library Foundation
  • Christian Frazza, Director, Corrette Library, Carroll College
  • Emily Free Wilson – Ceramic artist and entrepreneur, co-owner Free Ceramics and the Studio Art Center
  • Mary Hollow – Executive Director, Prickly Pear Land Trust
  • Delaney Knudson – Teen Advisory Group, Lewis & Clark Library
  • Captain Rob Lawler -- Salvation Army
  • Aine Lawlor – Student Representative, Helena School Board
  • Jim McCormick – County Commissioner, Lewis & Clark County
  • Rick Newby – Poet, critic and independent scholar and Executive Director, Drumlummon Institute
  • Virginia Reeves – Writing Teacher and Author, Work Like Any Other
  • Ella Smith – Community Organizer, Sleeping Giant Citizens Council, Northern Plains Resource Council
  • Sanjay Talwani – Journalist and Member of Helena School Board of Trustees
  • Corrie Williamson – Poet and Outreach Director, Alternative Energy Resources Organization

The event is free and open to the public. The Foundation will also host a reception featuring desserts from the Helena High Culinary Arts Club.

For additional information about the Foundation or the Community Leaders Poetry Reading, contact Library Director John Finn at 447-1690, extension 117.


Bridges program continues

Helena United Methodists Ministries and AARP Montana continues the Bridges program My Destiny Estate Planning information series on Thursday, April 27, at 6 p.m. The two-hour program features Marsha Goetting, Ph.D, of Montana State University Extension Services. Goetting's Wildflower Reflections series, supported by innovative participant participation, brings understanding of various aspects of estate planning that she ties to her passion for Montana wildflowers. This session is titled Families and Legacy Planning -- Challenging Decisions and will examine estate planning options for gifting. Refreshments are provided by AARP Montana. There is no cost, but registration is suggested to ensure space and refreshments at this popular community event. Join us at Covenant United Methodist Church at 2330 E. Broadway. Register at AARP by calling 877-926-8300 and specify the date and name of the event. Call 442-6501 for information or registration assistance.


Cracked Not Broken presentation at HMS 

Kevin Hines, one of the few to survive attempted suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge, is coming to Helena next week to share his message on the art of living mentally well. After speaking at Helena and Capital High schools on Thursday, April 27, Hines will speak at Helena Middle School at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

For additional information please contact Lisa Cordingley at 44302545 or hef@mt.net, or visit hefmt.org.



Camp Child improvements, registration underway

The YMCA has received a $10,000 grant from YMCA of the USA for Camp Child. This grant is part of Y-USA's commitment to help resident camps with their backlog of capital projects. This year's project will be a new waterfront area, including a new dock that will be safer for lifeguards to watch swimmers. The current dock will be moved farther from the swimming area and used for loading canoes and kayaks. Forty to 50 feet of overgrown vegetation will also be cleared away, creating a sandy beach area. 

Saturday, April 22, is Camp Cleanup day. Cabin sponsors will be spiffing up their cabins for the upcoming year, but we need more volunteers for cleaning the grounds, the lodge and other projects. 

May 21 will be our open house/dedication for the climbing wall/zip line. Come on up and see the changes that have been made at camp.

Camp Child registration is open. Let your friends, grandkids or others know. Scholarships are available. 

For more information call 442-9622.


Math teams compete in international competition

The Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP) recently announced the results of the annual Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) & Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (ICM), held in January. Six of the seven Carroll College teams competing in the competition placed, at a minimum, in the top 50 percent of all participants.

The MCM/ICM is an international contest for undergraduate students. It challenges teams of students to clarify, analyze, and propose solutions to open-ended real-world problems. Students participate as team members rather than as individuals, creating an environment for sharing knowledge and skills. Student teams are given 96 hours to analyze a single open-ended problem, develop a model of the problem, solve the model, and write a report.

This year, 21 Carroll students volunteered to compete in seven teams of three students. In the contest, each team selected one of six open-ended real-world problems. This year’s problems involved (A) managing the Zambezi River, (B) determining merging patterns following highway toll barriers, (C) analyzing the effects of self-driving, cooperating cars on public roadways, (D) optimizing the passenger throughput at airport security checkpoints, (E) implementing smart growth theories into city designs, and, (F) providing policy recommendations to create a sustainable life-plan and making a living experience on Mars in the year 2100 better than the Earthly one in 2095.

This year, 16,928 teams from colleges and universities across the globe competed in the MCM/ICM.

  • MCM Problem A, Meritorious Winner: Kellen Miller, Greg Jones, Michael Bradt
  • MCM Problem B, Honorable Mention: Jordan Trinka, Joseph Zepeda, Anthony Nuno
  • ICM Problem D, Meritorious Winner: Jesica Bauer, Erica Wiens, Joseph Ikehara
  • ICM Problem D, Meritorious Winner: Nathan Boone, Terry Cox, Dylan Allen
  • ICM Problem D, Honorable Mention: Frank Pope, Joyce Lui, Morgan Shimkus
  • ICM Problem D, Successful Participant: Cristina Lopez, Cordell Andersen, Daniel Bradt
  • ICM Problem F, Honorable Mention: Andrew Johnson, Daniel Olszewski, Bryce Samwel

Learn more about the competition at https://www.carroll.edu/mathematics/math-modeling-contests.


Helena group receives recognition

The Food Security Council of the Montana Food Bank Network, which works to improve long term food security and reduce hunger in Montana, has announced its recognition of organizations that have made a difference in the fight against hunger in Montana. First Lady Lisa Bullock presented the awards at a ceremony on April 12 in Helena.

Gates of the Mountain Award: For Opening the Gates to End Hunger, Montana OPI School Nutrition Team

The Office of Public Instruction School Nutrition team, led by Christine Emerson, is dedicated to ensuring that all of Montana’s school children have access to quality, nutritious meals while they are at school and over the summer. As a result of their exceptional efforts, Montana has one of the highest rates of participation in the Community Eligibility Provision in the nation, and has been looked to as an example of successful implementation.

The council works to improve long term food security and reduce hunger in Montana. Learn more at http://mfbn.org/learn/public-policy/food-security-council.


CHS student awarded study trip

Emily Burke, student at Capital High School, has been awarded an all-expense-paid summer study trip to Germany.

Burke was selected as the 2017 Helene Zimmer-Loew American Association of Teachers of German Endowment Fund Scholarship. This scholarship is supported through donations from teachers of German across the U.S. to support study in Germany. The study trip includes round‐trip air transportation to Germany from New York, a home stay in a host family, and excursions to places of cultural and historical significance.

Burke was selected as a scholarship winner after scoring in the 90th percentile on the Level 3 2017 National German Exam for High School Students sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German. Nearly 21,000 students participated in the program.

Emily Burke will travel to Germany this summer. She is a student of Henry Langreder, German teacher at Capital High School.


Sign ups underway for Babe Ruth rookie program

Registrations are open for the Helena Babe Ruth Baseball Rookie program. Online registrations will be accepted through May 31. The online registrations are available in the “Online Registrations” section on the Helena Babe Ruth Baseball website.

An in-person registration date is scheduled for May 23 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Ryan Fields clubhouse.

The rookie baseball program consists of three divisions: Tee ball for 4- and 5-year-old players, machine pitch for 6- and 7-year-olds and coach pitch for the 8-year-old players. The player's division is determined by the player's age as of April 30. The cost of the rookie program for all divisions is $85.

The rookie program runs from July 5-26 with practices beginning as early as June 19.

For more detailed information regarding rookie program, including online and paper registrations, visit the Helena Babe Ruth Baseball website at ww.leaguelineup.com/helenababeruth.



Bennett Tabaracci, of Helena, was named to the winter 2017 honor roll list at Spokane Falls Community College. To receive honor roll status, students must earn a 3.0 grade point average or higher.