One-day mindfulness retreat this Saturday

Flowing Mountains Sangha, an Open Way community of mindful living in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, will host a Day of Mindfulness on Saturday, Jan. 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Covenant United Methodist Church, 2330 E. Broadway. The theme is "Respect the Present Moment." Lineage-holding zen teacher and senior student of Ven Thich Nhat Hanh, Rowan Conrad from Missoula, will guide the day. The Day of Mindfulness will include sitting and walking meditation, a Dharma talk and discussion.

For more information or to register, email flowingmountains@gmail.com or call 907-306-4161. Registration is requested for event planning purposes, and no fee is charged for attending the event. Donations in support of the teacher are accepted. Participants should bring their own cushion and pad if sitting on the floor, as well as a sack lunch for a mindful midday meal together. Tea and water will be provided.

Trap-release workshop for pet owners 

A trap-release workshop will be presented by Footloose Montana on Sunday, Jan. 21, from 2-4 p.m., at Montana Wild, 2668 Broadwater Ave. The workshop will teach you what to do if your pet steps in a trap. Learn first aid, hands-on trap release practice, trapping regulations and what to carry with you when you're in the outdoors.

United Way to hold annual meeting

United Way of the Lewis and Clark Area will host its annual meeting Thursday, Jan. 25, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the board room of the Public Health building, located at 1930 Ninth Ave.

The meeting will be a standard board gathering with the opportunity to interact with board members following its close. United Way welcomes the public to attend the meeting and interact with board members and staff afterward.

Although the annual meeting is open to the public, seating is limited. Please contact United Way’s staff by emailing info@unitedwaylca.org or calling 442-4360 if you would like to attend.


'Caught in the Middle' seminar at library

Two local therapists will be offering a free seminar called "Caught in the Middle,” on the effects of high-conflict divorce on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m., at the Lewis and Clark Library, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch.

These therapists will be talking about the impact of chronic fighting and what others can do to help. The program is open to anyone but the goal of this event is to inform and provide coping strategies for educators, medical professionals, social workers, coaches, day care providers, dance teachers, neighbors and others who know these children.

Presenters are Cheryl Bouvier and Terry Tollakson, two Helena therapists who specialize in working with children and families. 


Montana March for Life Friday

Join demonstrators in Helena as millions across the nation gather to peacefully protest the Roe v. Wade court decision on its 45th anniversary on Friday, Jan. 19, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Every year in all 50 states, hundreds of thousands of protesters from across the country meet in Washington, D.C., at the National March for Life, and millions protest in state capitals and cities nationwide. 

The annual March for Life at the Montana State Capitol will be a peaceful, family-friendly event, organizers say. Organizers encourage attendees "to speak out against the violence of abortion."

"Please invite all your pro-life friends and family! Feel free to bring a decent, family-friendly sign!"


Movie with a Ranger program features 'Lonesome Dove'

Need an escape from cabin fever? Get out of the house and join us for a free showing of "Lonesome Dove," Tuesdays in February. Grant-Kohrs Ranch NHS is partnering with the Rialto Theater in Deer Lodge to see this Emmy Award-winning TV mini-series on the big screen.

How historically accurate is this mini-series based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Larry McMurtry? Come find out. Rangers from Grant-Kohrs Ranch will give a historic perspective on this film, the cattle drives of the Open Range Cattle Era, and the lasting impact on American culture.

Starting Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m., join us each week for one episode of the four-part series. Each part is about two hours long.

For more information, call 406-846-2070 ext. 226 or visit www.nps.gov/grko.


Judges sought for HOSA events

Montana HOSA: Future Health Professionals, a career and technical student organization in 27 of Montana high schools, will host 400 students at the 14th annual 2018 State Leadership Conference, in Helena, March 12-13. Event judges are needed for the leadership, team, health profession and emergency preparedness competitive events that will be held Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning. Health science/healthcare background is required for Tuesday events only.

Montana HOSA focuses on leadership development, motivation and academic recognition.

To sign up, see link at www.montanahosa.org. For more information, contact Martha Robertson, Montana HOSA state director, 406-243-4746.

Department of Justice seeks representative of tow truck industry

The Montana Department of Justice is seeking applications for membership to the Tow Truck Complaint Resolution Committee from a representative of the tow truck industry from eastern Montana.

The Tow Truck Complaint Resolution Committee is made up of six representatives: two members from the tow truck industry, one member from the commercial motor carrier industry, one member from the insurance industry, one member from the public and one member from the Montana Highway Patrol.

The Committee reviews and resolves complaints involving tow truck issues. The term of membership on the committee is for three years.

Interested applicants should send their letters of application to: Montana Highway Patrol, Attn: Tow Truck Complaint Resolution Committee, 2681 Palmer St., Ste. B, Missoula, MT 59808.

Letters of application should include the applicant’s name, address and any qualifications the applicant believes are relevant to his or her ability to serve as a committee member. The deadline for applications is Jan. 24. Once the deadline for application has passed, Attorney General Tim Fox will review the applications and make a final decision on committee membership.

Questions should be forwarded to Montana Highway Patrol Captain Jim Kitchin at 531-3610 or Assistant Attorney General Kelley Hubbard at 444-2026.


ASSE study abroad scholarship available

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE) offers a need-based scholarship worth approximately $11,000 each year to qualifying American high school students interested in broadening their horizons by studying abroad for one academic year. 

This opportunity is for academically achieving, motivated students interested in experiencing a different culture and embracing diversity. The Walter Danielson Scholarship is given annually to a student who is committed to opening up his or her heart and mind to understanding other people and cultures. 

Students must have at least a B+ average, and prove financial need to qualify for this scholarship opportunity awarded each year to a select student in North America. 

High school students interested in becoming a Walter Danielson Scholarship Student or an academic year, semester, or summer program participant, should call 1-800-733-2773. Or apply today at www.asse.com/become_an_asse_exchange_student/scholarships/. Application deadline is March 1.