Bears focus of Wildlife Story Time

Join us at Montana Wild for story time that will be all about bears, on Feb. 12. This program is specifically for young children accompanied by an adult.

The program will feature a song, reading of a children’s book and end with a craft.

The free, 30-minute program will begin at 3 p.m. at the Montana Wild Education Center, 2668 Broadwater Ave., next to Spring Meadow Lake State Park off Highway 12 West. For more information, call 444-9944.


Free showing of 'Resilience' at St. Peter’s Health

In support of a community effort to elevate the well-being and futures of our children, St. Peter’s Health and Elevate Montana – Helena will host a free showing of the film, "Resilience" on Monday, Feb. 12, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the hospital Education Center located at 2475 E. Broadway.

Resilience is a one-hour documentary that chronicles that birth of a new movement among pediatricians, therapists, educators and communities who are using brain science to disrupt the cycles of violence, addiction and disease. The film will be followed by a training on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), and how as a community we can elevate the well-being and futures of our children through awareness and actions based on ACES and trauma-informed approaches to build resilience in children and families. For more information visit sphealth.org.


ExplorationWorks STEM Expo Feb. 25

ExplorationWorks is hosting the Girls’ STEM Expo at ExplorationWorks, 995 Carousel Way, on Sunday, Feb. 25, from noon to 5 p.m. This free event will feature presentations and hands-on activities by leading women in STEM fields and is open to girls (and boys) of all ages.

Presentations will be offered at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. in the Pyfer Classroom, located on the second floor at ExplorationWorks. Topics include Water Under the Ground – Groundwater by Agatha Podrasky from spectrum Discovery Area in Missoula; The Human Brain by Dr. Nikki Honzel from Carroll College; and Montana’s Women Pioneers in Medicine by Annie Hanshew from Northern Rockies Historical Research.

Hands-on activity stations will be located on the second floor with demonstrations such as Be An Architect, Chemistry Concoctions, 3D Printing, Mission Possible, and more.

There is no pre-registration required and the event is open to the public. For more information on this event, visit www.explorationworks.org/girls-stem.


AARP driver safety classes upcoming

AARP Driver Safety has two classes scheduled in Helena for February. 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.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 13, at First Interstate Bank, 2021 N. Montana Ave., from noon until about 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 23, at First Interstate Bank-East, 2728 Colonial Drive, from noon until about 4:30 p.m.

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


Citizens' Climate Lobby meeting coming Feb. 13

On Tuesday, Feb. 13, Citizens' Climate Lobby Helena will meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 512 Logan St. We will view a recent CCL speaker’s video of Dr. Sabine Marx on “The Psychology of Climate Change Communication.” Marx is director of research at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at the Earth Institute, Columbia University.

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


LWVHA to hold monthly meeting

The League of Women Voters Helena Area will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the large room at the Lewis and Clark library, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch. The topic of discussion is "Tips on Running for Public Office." Among the guest speakers is Mayor Wilmot Collins. All are invited especially those interested in public service.


Kiwanis Club seeks applicants for scholarships

The Helena Kiwanis Club is currently accepting applications for the Weber Music and the Key Club Scholarships, which are awarded annually to graduating seniors at Capital High School and Helena High School.

The Weber Music Scholarship application is open to seniors at each school who have been active in a music program at their school, in their community, and who have shown a commitment to music through the use of their talent.

The Key Club scholarship application is open to seniors at each school who have been active in Key Club. There will be one $1,000 scholarship awarded at each school for each of the music and Key Club scholarships. See your music teacher, Key Club adviser, or career counseling center for information.


Farmers State Bank offering scholarship 

Farmers State Bank is offering a $10,000 scholarship to a qualifying senior from Helena. One senior will be chosen from either Capital High School, Project for Alternative Learning, or Helena High School. Preference for this scholarship is given to students with a 2.5 to 3.5 grade point average, and family income below $50,000. Program details and applications are available now at www.farmersebank.com.

The awards are for $2,500 each year and renewable for up to three years, based on full-time attendance at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school, and a GPA of 2.0 or higher, for the maximum award of $10,000.

The deadline to apply is March 15, and recipients will be notified on or before May 1. For more information, contact Sara Waldbillig, director of marketing, Farmers State Bank, 406-273-4495.


Homeowners sought for Spirit of Service Day

The 19th Annual “Spirit of Service” (SOS) Day is June 5, and we are seeking homeowners who need assistance with basic yard cleanup, trash hauling, window washing and small painting projects outside of their home.

Spirit of Service is for seniors, veterans, or individuals with disabilities living in owner-occupied homes who are unable to do the work themselves because of age or other limitations. The homes must be located in Helena, East Helena, or the Helena Valley and there are no income requirements for services.

Priority will be given to folks who have not received assistance in the last three years. SOS volunteers and partners provide the tools, labor and materials required to do the work and will only perform exterior work to houses.

For application information, visit www.rmdc.net/spirit-of-service-program.html or call the RMDC Neighborhood Center at 447-1680. Applications will be available at all partner agencies, as well as other local nonprofits including Helena Food Share, Good Samaritan Ministries, VA and United Way. We will also mail applications upon request. Family members and neighbors are encouraged to apply for their loved ones to receive these services. Application deadline is April 8.


MCF distributes over $600,000 for wildfire relief

The Montana Community Foundation (MCF) has announced the distribution of more than $600,000 in grants from the Montana Wildfire Relief Fund. The fund originated as a partnership between MCF and the Montana Television Network and is dedicated to supporting wildfire relief efforts following Montana’s 2017 wildfire season. Launched in early September 2017, the fund has grown to more than $600,000 through the generosity of individuals, businesses, private foundations, and many others across the country.

Grant amounts range from $600 to $15,000 and benefit 81 organizations across Montana, primarily rural volunteer fire departments. The majority of grant requests being fulfilled will be used to purchase much-needed personal protection equipment, radios, equipment such as hoses and nozzles, and other safety gear.

Organizations that received funding in the Helena area:

  • Basin Volunteer Fire Department
  • Boulder Volunteer Fire Department
  • Jefferson City Volunteer Fire Department
  • Montana City Volunteer Fire Department
  • Lewis & Clark Volunteer Fire Department
  • Lincoln Rural Fire District
  • Marysville Rural Fire District
  • Tri-Lakes Fire Service Area
  • Wolf Creek/Craig Fire Service Area
  • York Fire Rescue 



Rebecca Ries-Roncalli, of Helena, has been named to fall 2017 dean's list at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio. Students eligible for the dean's list must have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours within one semester and have a quality grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.


Tanner J Kontny, of Clancy, has been recognized on the dean’s list at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont, for the fall 2017 semester. Dean’s list recipients are full-time undergraduate students at Norwich University who earned a semester grade point average of at least 3.0.


Rowan Rankin, of Helena, has been named to the dean's list at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, for fall semester 2017. To qualify for the dean's list at Pacific, a student must achieve a term grade-point average 3.70 and complete 12 or more graded hours.


Montana Tech has released the names of Helena-area student named to the fall 2017 honor rolls. Students named to the honor roll earning a 3.25 GPA are noted with a *. Students named to the dean's list earning a 3.5 GPA are noted with **. Students earning a 4.0 GPA are named to the Chancellor's list and noted with ***.

Boulder: ** Ryan M. Hasner

Clancy: ** Jennifer R. Farrow, * Paityn A. Floerchinger, * Augustus T. Herzog, *** Heather E. Nelson, * Trevor M. Russell, * Madison N. Wood

East Helena: * Nicholas J. Amestoy, * Sean A. Harris, *** Absaroka H. Jones, * Derek M. Neel, ** Kady E. Richards, ** Colton E. Sivils,  ** Jessica L. Stockton, ** Nickolas T. Winfield, ** Zack S. Winfield

Helena: ** Katharine A. Antonick, ** Ethan W. Askam, ** Katherine T. Bell, ** Zachary P. Bentley, ** Keith E. Bocian, ** Anthony D. Bodner, ** Kristopher R. Bosch, * Autumn R. Boutin, ** Loran C. Brooks, *** Kyra D. Dawes, *** Levi T. Dawes, ** Carson H. Dummer, *** Kyle W. Fadness, * Caitlin A. Ferriter, * Abbie K. George, ** Isaac C. Gilfeather, ** Haeley M. Harmon, ** Olivia A. Hopkins, *** William A. Hunthausen, ** Allison D. Kelly, ** Mikaela H. Latka, ** Trent A. Magill, ** Tanner M. McMahon, * Stetson T. Ratzlaff, * Dawson M. Reardon, ** Tyler C. Sanders, ** Brittania K. Shephard, ** Kyle Smith, *** Chance R. Sparrow, *** Sarah A. Stewart, ** Jon Svaleson, * Douglas C. Tamcke, * Daniel P. Van Dyke, *** Jacob D. Van Dyke, ** Erika Vosbeck 

Townsend: *** Lynzee R. Dexter Townsend MT