The Ghost Art Gallery and Frame Shop is celebrating 45 years in business on the Downtown Walking Mall with an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10. Owners Dave and Jeri Kettman, pictured, invite everyone to stop in for refreshments, birthday cake and discounts on select artwork. As a thank you to the community, the shop will be donating 20% of the day's sale to Helena Food Share.


Helena farmers market participates in Double SNAP Dollars program

As demand for local food continues to grow, so too have the opportunities for America’s farmers to market fresh food directly to the consumer. 

Montana farmers markets are participating in the Double SNAP Dollars program. When a customer uses their SNAP benefits at a participating farmers market, they will receive a dollar-for-dollar match (up to $10 or $20, depending on location) that can be used to buy more fruits and veggies. The Double SNAP Dollars program helps families obtain more nutritious food as well as generating more business for farmers and local producers.

As of 2019 there are more than 70 farmers markets in Montana according to the Montana Department of Agriculture, selling a wide variety of products, including fruits, vegetables, baked goods, homemade jams and jellies, handmade soaps, beef, poultry, eggs and honey. To find a farmers market near you visit https://aeromt.org/abundant/.

The National Center for Appropriate Technology is a national not for profit based in Butte, MT. They are working to help build farmers market capacity in Montana and increase low income local food access through helping farmers markets become authorized to accept SNAP. For more information on NCAT see www.ncat.org.

Men's chorus seeks new members

The Last Chancers Chorus, a small men's chorus singing four-part harmony (tenor, lead, baritone, bass) in the a cappella style, invites men of all ages to join. The chorus sings a wide range of songs including music from the 1950s and 1960s and earlier, ballads and dance tunes, the national anthem, the Montana state song and religious tunes. The group performs regularly at senior facilities, sporting events, anniversaries and birthdays, and other civic events. The Singing Valentines program is a big hit in February each year. Visit Lastchancers.org for additional information.

Practice is held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the South Hills Church of Christ (rear entrance), 2294 Deerfield Lane just south of the South Hills interchange.

Health department wants to hear from state's centenarians

The Department of Public Health and Human Services wants to honor Montana Centenarians during the 51st annual Governor’s Conference on Aging Sept. 24-26, 2019, in Billings.

The event will take place at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center. Centenarians will be honored at a late afternoon banquet that will begin at 4:45 p.m. on Sept. 24.

DPHHS is asking Montanans who will turn age 100 as of Dec. 31, 2019, 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. 30, 2019, 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.

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. Registration for the conference is now open.

Red Cross, grocer team up to raise disaster relief funds

Albertsons and Safeway stores across the West and its customers are teaming up with the American Red Cross this month to raise money for disaster relief.

Through Aug. 21, Albertsons customers have a convenient way to donate to the Red Cross at the cash register as they pay for their groceries. Eighty-four Albertsons and Safeway stores in Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon and Wyoming are taking part.

A similar program last summer raised more than $138,600 to help Red Cross prepare for and respond to disasters. The Red Cross of Idaho and Montana has responded to 440 disasters across the two states in the past year, including wildfires, flooding and home fires. Following a disaster, Red Cross provides families with comfort and support including a safe place to stay, warm meals, access to mental health services, cleanup supplies and help forming a long-term recovery plan.

Charity seeks airline miles to help make kids' dreams reality

Make-A-Wish® kicks off Trips That Transform, a month-long celebration of the approximately 12,000 wishes for children battling critical illnesses in the U.S. and its territories each year that involve travel and the donors that make them possible.

Travelers are invited to help children battling critical illnesses take flight by donating their miles, points and dollars.

With 80% of wishes requiring air travel, Make-A-Wish Montana needs more than 12 million airline miles and points to fulfill travel wishes for children battling critical illnesses each year.

Life-changing wishes like 7-year-old Willow’s wish to go to Florida to swim with dolphins are made possible by airline miles donations. 

Once donated to Make-A-Wish Montana, airline miles and points never expire, and each goes on to help wish kids and their families take flight to destinations around the world. Travelers can donate airline miles and points from United Airlines and Delta Air Lines today at montana.wish.org/travel.

To learn more about how a wish come true can impact the lives of everyone involved and enable future wishes, follow Make-A-Wish Montana and #TripsThatTransform on Facebook and Instagram and donate airline miles and points at montana.wish.org/travel.

Student exchange programs looking for host families

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs, a nonprofit, public-benefit organization, is seeking local host families for high school boys and girls from France, Germany, Italy, Thailand, China and the former Soviet Republics. Host families provide room, board, and guidance for a teenager(s) living thousands of miles from home. Couples, single parents and families with or without children in the home are all encouraged to apply.

The exchange students arrive from their home country to begin the 2019/20 school year. Each ASSE student is fully insured, brings his/her own personal spending money and expects to bear his/her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles. ASSE students are selected based on academics and personality and host families can choose their student from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests.

Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a rich cultural experience.

For more information, call 800-733-2773, go online at www.ASSEhosts.com or email asseusawest@asse.com.

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