Fiesta will support literacy council

On Friday, Aug. 11, from 6-9 p.m. at Shades of Green, 3403 Cooney Dr., support the Lewis & Clark Literacy Council with a night of food, dancing, and raffles. Entrance is $15 or two for $25, and includes dinner and one free raffle ticket. There will also be an auction and prizes for attendees.


Bike Helena shuttle fest

Bike Helena and Visit Helena Montana will celebrate the Helena trails Aug. 11-13 with the fourth annual Bike Helena Summer Shuttle Fest. Shuttle Fest includes all day Trail Rider shuttles Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Trail Rider brings recreationalists to various points throughout the Helena area trail systems and is a contributing factor to Montana’s capital city holding the status of International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) Silver Level Ride Center. Bike Helena and Visit Helena Montana are continuing to offer an extended season with five-day-a-week shuttles until Oct. 1.

Mountain bikers, hikers and trail runners are invited aboard the free shuttles that leave from the Women’s Mural at the corner of Last Chance Gulch/Walking Mall and Broadway on Friday and Saturday. Sunday shuttles leave from Rimini Road to MacDonald Pass to ride a portion of the Continental Divide Trail.

Catch a ride to the trailheads Friday from 6 a.m.-7:15 p.m., Saturday from 7:15 a.m.-2:45 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m.-1:15 p.m.  

Inclement weather and road construction may result in Trail Rider cancellations or schedule changes. Updates can be found on the Bike Helena Facebook Page. www.facebook.com/BikeHelena. Please note that pets are not allowed on the Trail Rider.


Citizens Climate Lobby meeting

Citizens Climate Lobby is a national organization with more than 400 local chapters among all 50 states, including four Montana chapters. CCL works to promote bipartisan support for carbon fee and dividend legislation to reflect the real cost of carbon-based energy and promote clean, renewable alternatives, while providing a dividend to citizens.

On Tuesday, Aug. 15, CCL Helena will host a meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Plymouth Congregational Church, 400 S. Oakes St. Attendees will view a recent CCL speaker’s video of Paul Hawken, author of Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, as well as discussion and concrete action items.

For more information please contact John at 475-0079 or go to: citizensclimatelobby.org.


Cookbook author to teach air fryer class

Air fryers cook food with hot air and a rapid fan, therefore requiring little to no oil. Air fryers cook food in a fraction of the time as an oven, and don't heat up the house.

JL Fields, author of "The Vegan Air Fryer: The Healthier Way to Enjoy Deep-Fried Flavors," is returning to Montana to teach a free air fryer cooking class in Helena. The class will feature two ways to simplify healthy cooking: air frying and pressure cooking. At every class, two attendees will win the air fryer and pressure cooker used at that event.

No pressure cooker or air fryer? No problem.

Fields will share some of her favorite ways to make delicious plant-based recipes without those devices.

The Helena class will take place at the Phoenix Rising Animal Sanctuary, 6941 N. Montana Ave., on Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 6-8 p.m. These classes are all free, but donations to the sanctuary are welcome.

Phoenix Rising Animal Sanctuary is a vegan nonprofit that rescues neglected and unwanted animals and provides them with a permanent and loving home.


Jefferson County Fair and Rodeo

The 34th annual Jefferson County Fair & Rodeo, a “Fair of the Heart” is in Boulder on Thursday, Aug. 24 through Sunday, Aug. 27, at the Jefferson County Recreation Park. There will be live music, the Boulder River Carousel, horses, a parade, 4-H and kid activities. Food and exhibits from quilts to photography to chickens add up to something for everyone.

Admission to the grounds is free and parking is $2 per car. The Jefferson County NRA Rodeos are Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for kids. Saturday events include a baked goods auction, beef barbecue and a barn dance with the Insufficient Funds band.

For a schedule go to Jeffersoncounty-mt.gov or call 225-4039. 



Grants available to benefit social justice

The Montana Community Foundation (MCF) announces the opening of a grant cycle to benefit projects promoting social justice in Montana. Grants will be made from the Social Justice Montana Fund, established at MCF in 1997 with a challenge grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation that was matched by donations from Montanans across the state.

Applicants must be either a 501(c)(3) nonprofit or an exempt governmental unit. Grants will range in size from $1,000 to $5,000. Only one application is allowed per organization.

Successful grantees will have the following characteristics:

  • Promote social justice in Montana.
  • Work to understand and address the root causes of the issues, not just the symptoms.
  • Sees itself as part of a larger movement for social change, and works towards strengthening that movement.
  • Preference will be given to projects that engage Montana’s youth in the work of social justice.

Eligible projects must provide a direct benefit to Montana residents, be sustainable, and address important, unmet needs. Ineligible projects include partisan or sectarian activities.

Grant requests are reviewed by the MCF Grants & Scholarships Committee. The grant process is competitive; incomplete applications will not be considered. Grant applications will be accepted until Sept. 8, 2017.

To apply for a grant, access the online application at mtcf.org/grants. Only online applications will be accepted. For questions, please contact MCF Director of Operations & Grants Jessica Stewart-Kuntz at 406-441-4950 or jessica@mtcf.org.


DPHHS wants to hear from centenarians

The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) wants to honor Montana centenarians at the 49th annual Governor’s Conference on Aging in September. The event takes place in two locations this year in Kalispell and Glendive. Centenarians will be honored at noon luncheons on the first day of each conference.

The Kalispell luncheon is Thursday, Sept. 7 at noon at the Kalispell Red Lion, and the Glendive luncheon is slated for Tuesday, Sept. 12 at noon at the Glendive Eastern Plains Event Center.

DPHHS is asking Montanans who will turn age 100 as of Dec. 31, 2017, or those who are already over the age of 100 to submit their name and a brief profile. All centenarians who submit information will receive a recognition proclamation from Gov. Steve Bullock.

Centenarians, or friends or family members, are encouraged to supply DPHHS with the following information by Aug. 25, 2017, so they can be recognized.

(NOTE: The first five items are required in order to receive a certificate.)

1. Centenarian's name.

2. Contact person (who to send certificate to).

3. Contact person’s phone number and email address

4. Mailing address (where to send the certificate).

5. Birth date of centenarian.

6. Are they a World War II veteran?

7. Where were they born?

8. If not born in Montana, what is their story on how they got to Montana?

9. What is the secret to their longevity?

10. What has been the most amazing event in their life that they would like to share?

11. What is their favorite quote?

12. Anything else they would like us to know about the centenarian?

13. If planning to attend either of the centenarian luncheons, please provide a picture of the centenarian when you send in the information above.

Please send centenarian information to: Governor’s Conference on Aging-Centenarians, DPHHS-SLTC, P.O. Box 4210, Helena, MT 59604-4210; or email jstoeckel@mt.gov. Or submit your information online at Montana Centenarian's Program or http://dphhs.mt.gov/SLTC/aging/centenarians. Or individuals can call toll-free 1-800-332-2272 and ask for the Office on Aging or 444-4077. 



Alex Kurki, son of Albert Kurki and Kathleen Helland of Helena, has been named to the 2016-17 dean's list at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, maintaining a minimum 3.4 cumulative grade point average for the entire academic year. He is a 2013 graduate of Capital High School.