Earth Day tree planting planned at Fort Harrison

Volunteers will be planting 19 trees at the state veterans cemetery and VA health care facility at Fort Harrison on Earth Day, Monday, April 22. NorthWestern Energy has provided the grant to purchase the trees and is sending up to six employees to help plant the trees.

Mike Hiel, from Gardenwerks, will be conducting a one-hour workshop at 9 a.m. on how to properly plant new trees that is open to the public. If you are building a new home or doing some landscaping at your home and are planting new trees, come to the workshop and stay to help plant the new trees. After the workshop, the group will split into teams and plant the rest of the trees.

Patrick Plantenberg, the Montana state director of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture and site leader for the Saluting Branches events held at the sites over the last two years, is coordinating the event. Bring a hard hat, gloves and safety vest if you have them. The group will gather at 8:45 a.m. in the state veterans cemetery shop. Lunch will be provided. 

For more information, call Plantenberg at 406-431-4615.

Carroll presents annual lecture on faith, reason

As the lead-off event to Carroll College’s 2019 inauguration week activities, the college is hosting Dr. Warren S. Brown for its annual lecture on faith and reason. Brown will present an evening community lecture at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, in the lower campus center, entitled “The Physical Nature of Christian Life.” This event is free and open to the public.

In his lecture, Brown will address the implications of recent insights in modern neuroscience that attribute mental capacities often ascribed to a disembodied soul instead to the functions of the brain and body in collaboration with social experience. He explores how this insight changes the traditional "care of souls," encouraging more attention to fostering spiritual growth through a social and communal focus.

Let’s Talk About It church dinner event upcoming

Plymouth Church invites you to participate in a lively conversation over a meal prepared by Chili O’Brien’s on Thursday April 25, at 400 S. Oakes. Wine and homemade hors d’oeuvres begin the evening festivities in the upstairs Fireside Room at 5:30 p.m., with dinner served in the lower level at 6:30.

Twelve speakers will address topics ranging from Montana’s Ivan Doig to Uganda; from disaster communications to natural medicine; from watchdog journalism to local culture and education. Each table features a speaker and one topic. For a more complete description of the topics and speakers and to make reservations call the church office Monday through Thursday, 442-9883, between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $50. Funds from the sale of tickets are used for Plymouth’s missions and outreach efforts.

Helena Garden Club meeting set

The Helena Garden Club will meet at Montana Wild, 2668 Broadwater Ave., at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 25, for the monthly meeting.

At 6:30 p.m., Bob Martinka, avid wildlife biologist and photographer, will discuss dragonflies and damselflies species in Montana. Dragonflies are beneficial to gardens. These predators eat mosquitoes and other plant-destroying insects. The public is welcome to attend. The Helena Garden Club is part of the Montana Federation of Garden Clubs and the National Garden Clubs Inc. The Club meets monthly, September through June. For meeting locations and upcoming activities visit helenagardenclub.wordpress.com.

Bike Blessing set at East Helena's Main Street Park

The East Helena City Council is hosting the 17th Helena Bike Blessing on Saturday, April 27,  from noon to 3 p.m., at Main Street Park, East Helena. It is an all volunteer community-wide event. The public is invited.

There will be food and music. No alcohol. Admission is free.

All bikes and riders are welcome, including all motorcycles, bicycles, ATV’s, Sports bikes, MotoX, 4-wheelers, OHV’s, side-by-sides, etc.

Contacts are Pastor Chuck Houk, The Crossing Christian Church, 406-227-6968; Jeff Lapham, Christian Motorcyclists Association, 406-475-3766; and Pastor Murph Powers, Set Free Helena, 406-227-8845.

The Helena Bike Blessing was started by the Rev. Houk of Crossroads Christian Church with the aid of Circuit Riders Motorcycle Ministry in 2001. The Helena chapter of the Christian Motorcyclists Association was asked to be a part in 2005, and Set Free Helena came on board in 2009. The City of East Helena became involved in 2015. 


Feedback sought over traffic circle project on Beattie

A temporary traffic circle installed in mid-March near the Beattie Street Trailhead is designed to help calm traffic in the neighborhood by reducing driver and bicycle speeds. The project was implemented by Bike Walk Montana, neighborhood volunteers and the Western Transportation Institute, with funding support from AARP and approval by the Helena City Engineering Department.

According to Bike Walk Montana Executive Director Doug Habermann, the traffic circle has proven effective in slowing traffic in the area, helping ensure the safety of residents, trailhead users, and children playing at the nearby playground and basketball court.

The public is encouraged to give feedback on the Beattie Street project by visiting www.surveymonkey.com/r/southbeattie. The temporary traffic circle will be removed from the neighborhood the week of April 22.

MT Watercolor Society accepting entries for show

The Montana Watercolor Society is accepting entries for their 37th annual Watermedia Show to be held at the Bigfork Art & Cultural Center Oct. 4 through Nov. 1.

The show will award more than $5,000 in cash prizes and merchandise. Entries will be juried by internationally acclaimed watercolor artist Eric Wiegardt. Deadline for entries is June 1, 2019.

A complete prospectus and entry form can be found online at montanawatercolorsociety.org.

The Montana Watercolor Society was founded in the 1970s to encourage the advancement, study, appreciation and creation of watercolor painting in Montana and elsewhere.

A complete prospectus and entry form can be found online or by contacting Jean Triolat 406-314-4711 or email at jeantriol@gmail.com.

4-H club donates $3K to outdoor committee

The Canyon Creek Stock 4-H Club, founded in 1947, is the oldest operating 4-H club in the county. The club has two leaders and 13 members ranging from 5 to 18 years old. The club is active in the community volunteering, fundraising, and donating time and money to various entities.

This year they held their 15th annual Sweetheart Spaghetti Dinner and Fundraiser at Canyon Creek School. In April the club was in attendance to present a check for $3,000 to the 4-H Outdoor Committee to help purchase additional panels for the Lewis & Clark County Fair. The club donated $3,000 in February 2017 for a total of $6,000 going to the committee.

Follow the Canyon Creek Stock 4-H Club on Facebook. 

Montana Library Association celebrates work at state, local levels

"Libraries=Strong Communities" was the theme for this year’s National Library Week. At its annual conference in Helena, the Montana Library Association -- a statewide organization dedicated to promoting outstanding librarianship and library services -- celebrated individuals who create the kind of libraries that are essential to strong communities.

For her work at both the state and local level, North Jefferson County Library District chairwoman Jane Hamman was recognized with the Jane Lopp Trustee of the Year Award. Hamman has worked coordinating not only library supporters, but also local government, businesses and voters to pass a library district for north Jefferson County.

Carly Delsigne, director of the North Jefferson County Library District, was presented with the Sheila Cates Librarian of the Year Award for outstanding leadership and accomplishment in high quality, community-centered library service. 

The award for Outstanding Support Staff of the Year was awarded to Robert Mueller, Senior Circulation Assistant at Missoula Public Library. 

The Pat Williams Intellectual Freedom Award was presented to Montana State University's Bozeman Renne Library for their work on their Banned Books Online Library Guide. 

The award for Honorary Life Membership was given to Kathy Mora, recently retired director of the Great Falls Public Library. 

Honorary Life Membership was awarded to Rita Kroon, director of the Berg Library at Bozeman High School. 

The award for Montana Library Association Champion was conferred on Rep. Bradley Hamlett, HD23. John Finn, chair of the MLA Government Affairs Committee credited Hamlett with shepherding the bills that restored some funding to the Montana State Library and helping to establish the path to establishing alternative funding sources that would stabilize and secure its funding. 

School Library Program of the Year was given to Diane Van Gorden and Baker Public Schools. 

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The Public Library Program of the Year Award recognized the Memory Café Program of Missoula Public Library for its outstanding contribution to those in their community living with dementia, their family and caregivers. 

For more information, visit the Montana Library Association’s website http://mtlib.org.

City of Helena has the following board openings

ADA Compliance Committee: One city resident, representing a medical field, to serve on the ADA Compliance Committee. The unexpired term will begin upon appointment and expire on Sept. 1, 2019. The ADA Compliance Committee will act as an advisory committee to assist in determination of reasonable accommodations. The committee may review requests for reconsideration of complaints forwarded by the ADA Coordinator, may make determinations as to the validity of complaints, and may provide descriptions of the resolution of those grievances that have been appealed. The committee may recommend priorities for making structural changes to public facilities, offer suggestions on how to achieve program accessibility, and review and make recommendations on employment practices and accommodations for compliance.

Citizen Conservation Board: One citizen, a representative from the Watershed or Water Conservation sector, to serve on the Citizen Conservation Board. The term will begin upon appointment with no specific expiration date, per Resolution 20375. The Citizen Conservation Board will support, recommend, report on and monitor sustainability measures undertaken by the city of Helena.

Helena Open Lands Management Advisory Committee (HOLMAC): One city resident to serve on HOLMAC. The term will begin July 1, 2019, and expire June 30, 2022. HOLMAC will review, analyze, and recommend to the Helena City Commission and staff management policies, procedures, goals and objectives for Helena’s open space system.

Police Commission: One citizen to serve on the Police Commission. The term will begin upon appointment and expire May 1, 2022. The Police Commission shall examine all applicants certified for the police force forwarded to it by the Helena Police Department as to their age, legal, mental, moral and physical qualifications.

Applications are available at www.helenamt.gov /commission/boards and committees; requested by emailing dhavens@helenamt.gov or by calling 406-447-8410 and can be submitted electronically or mailed to the City Clerk’s Office, 316 N. Park Avenue, Room 323, Helena, MT 59623. The deadline for all board applications is 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

Lewis & Clark Library becomes Montana Shared Catalog member

The Lewis & Clark Library announced that it is now a member of the Montana Shared Catalog, meaning patrons have access to a sophisticated and easy-to-use online catalog that includes more than 3 million items.

Represented by 186 libraries in 104 Montana communities, the Montana Shared Catalog provides easy access to library collections for over half of Montana’s citizens.

The Montana Shared Catalog will replace the library’s current catalog in early May. The library will be closed to the public on Monday and Tuesday May 6-7 for training and migration of records from one system to the other. The library will be open, and the catalog will “go live” on Wednesday, May 8. Library staff and staff of the Montana Shared Catalog will be available to assist patrons with questions.

Using the Montana Shared Catalog, library patrons can search for books, movies, audiobooks, games, graphic novels and more. Patrons can now better manage their library accounts online, including managing their holds more efficiently than is currently possible. 

Visit the Lewis & Clark Library’s web page at www.lclibrary.org or in person on May 8 to check out the Montana Shared Catalog. 

Area students honored at MSU

Four Helena students who excel in community service and leadership were honored April 11 during Montana State University’s 96th annual Day of Student Recognition.

  • Taylor Blossom, Outstanding Junior Leadership Award
  • Jocelyn Gates, Outstanding Leader of the Year
  • Justin Johnson, Val G. Glynn Award
  • Teresa Patten, Septemviri

In addition to the honored students, Josh DeWeese, associate professor in the School of Art, was honored as Outstanding Adviser of the Year.

$5K in Science Innovator Scholarships awarded

The annual Science Innovator Scholarships are presented to top-ranked science students based on their intellectual curiosity, work ethic, integrity, leadership, communication skills and teamwork.

Capital High’s teacher-nominated winners were Peter Lund (first place $1,500), who studied bacteriophage protein, called lysin, as a potential alternative to antibiotics; and Norris Blossom (second place $1,000), who studied lung risk caused by particulate matter generated from different running surfaces.

Helena High’s teacher-nominated winners were Morgan Oie (first place $1,500), who studied effects of sugar on human physiology and also designed health systems for medically under-served populations, catering to remote areas of Africa where she served in a medical mission; and Bryce Rives (second place $1,000), who researched remaking solar panels into solar panel/batteries.

The scholarships are provided by Southern Champion/BuzzBallz LLC, a Texas-based company owned by Merrilee Alexander Kick, a 1981 graduate of Capital High. The scholarship honors her parents Gil and Marilyn Alexander, retired Capital and Helena high school science teachers and founders of what is now the Montana Learning Center. The scholarship also honors 2012 Montana Teacher of the Year Tom Pedersen, from Capital High, also who spent his career guiding student research and teaching students to learn science in an innovative way. 

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