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The 2018 Family Fun Fest was held at the Great Northern Town Center. Registration is now open for the 2019 Family Fun Fest. The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 10. See accompanying brief.


Drop off electronics for recycling today

A data-secure electronics recycling collection event, hosted by 406 Recycling and in partnership with Good Samaritan Thrift Store, will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, July 26, at 3067 N. Montana Ave. The event will include collection for most office and non-kitchen household electronics. A $10 donation for Good Samaritan is encouraged; charges apply for older style CRT and console televisions ($1/inch) and broken LCD screens over 36 inches ($15). Businesses are welcome but encouraged to call 406 Recycling at 406-449-6008. For more information, visit 406Recycling.com.

'Be a Guardsman' event upcoming

The Montana Army National Guard is giving eligible Montanans between the ages of 16 and 32 an opportunity to experience what being a soldier is all about during an August recruiting event at Fort Harrison. The event will occur Aug. 2-4.

The Montana Army National Guard Training Center will host the event for anyone who is interested in becoming a citizen soldier and allow attendees to the opportunity to train like a soldier for a weekend. In addition to serving their country and their state, National Guard membership brings educational benefits, health care eligibility, supplemental income, retirement benefits, and it provides valuable leadership training and skills that directly help a guardsman’s civilian career. 

Interested individuals should contact their local Montana Army National Guard recruiter to determine if they are eligible and to register. To find your local recruiter, Montanans may use the Montana National Guard phone app available from the Play or App Store via their smartphones or on the internet at montanaguard.net/contact or via the Montana Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Face Book site at www.facebook.com/montanaarmynationalguard.

Registration open for annual Family Fun Fest in Helena

Registration is open for the 2019 Family Fun Fest. The annual event is presented free to the community by St. Peter's Health and PacificSource Health Plans. The fun fest features health and wellness events for kids and their families. The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 10. The run begins at 9 a.m. followed by the Fun Fest Fair.

Following the fun run, families are invited to the Great Northern Town Center for the Fun Fest Fair, where kids can take a shot at a Bighorns hockey player in the dunking booth, play street hockey, and climb aboard an ambulance while they stroll through the local exhibitor booths each with a fun, healthy activity. Kids wearing their fun fest T-shirt qualify for free admission to the Great Northern Carousel and ExplorationWorks during specified times.

Registration closes Thursday, Aug. 1. Registration is not required, but encouraged for a free T-shirt and access to local attractions.

Chef's Expo puts spotlight on local food in Helena

On Aug. 8, culinary artists and community members will come together for a “taste of place” at the Montana Local Food Chef’s Expo at the Montana Club. The event, hosted by the member-based volunteer group Sleeping Giant Citizens Council, highlights how eating locally-sourced foods is good for health, climate and community, and seeks to build chef-to-consumer relationships in a unique and flavorful way.

Participating organizations include Wassweiler Fine Dining (head chef Andrew Brosten), Bert & Ernie’s (head chef Jorge Busso), the Montana Club (head chef Mike McWilliams), East Helena Food and Culture Hub (head chef Micah Eller), Nosh Café (owner and head chef Claire Bischoff), Toi’s Thai (owner and head chef Sam Collins), Bad Betty’s BBQ (owner and head chef Calvin Richards), and Sunflower Bakery (owner and baker Kate McLean). Each chef will build a sample dish featuring locally-sourced ingredients.

This event takes place in tandem with the Montana Local Food Challenge, a statewide opportunity during the month of August for individuals, families and businesses to challenge their current buying and eating habits and make a commitment to eating locally while learning about the myriad benefits to be gained from localizing our thinking.

Tickets for the Montana Chef’s Expo are available at: https://northernplains.org/event/local-food-chefs-expo/.


Exhibitors sought for coming Family Preparedness Fair

Lewis and Clark County and the Elkhorn Community Organizations Active in Disaster will hold a fun and educational Family Preparedness Fair on Sept. 14 at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds. Organizations interested in exhibiting at the event are invited to apply by Sept. 1.

The free fair, scheduled during National Preparedness Month, will include activities for the entire family, food, exhibit booths, a silent auction and a raffle. Proceeds from the auction and raffle will be donated to the Elkhorn COAD, a coalition of local, nonprofit service organizations that offer relief and comfort during times of disaster.

For more information, including an exhibitor application, visit www.lccountymt.gov/preparedness-fair. Exhibitor applications are due by Sept. 1.

The Elkhorn COAD serves Lewis and Clark, Broadwater and Jefferson counties. Members include the Salvation Army, United Way, American Red Cross, LDS Charities, Montana Conservation Corps, Helena Food Share, HOPE Dogs and the Montana Radio Network.

The City of Helena has the following board openings

ADA Compliance Committee: One city resident representing a medical field and two residents representing the disabled community, to serve on the ADA Compliance Committee. The terms will begin upon appointment and expire on Sept. 1, 2022.

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 my 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.

City-County Consolidated Planning Board: Two residents of the city of Helena to serve on the City-County Planning Board. Terms will begin Sept. 1, 2019, and expire Aug. 31, 2022.

The planning board shall perform planning functions for the city and county and shall be the sole planning board to serve either or both governmental entities. Duties of this board will be to ensure the promotion of public health, safety, convenience, order and the general welfare, and for the sake of efficiency and economy in the process of community development, the board shall prepare a growth policy and serve in an advisory capacity to the local governing bodies establishing said board.

Applications are available at www.helenamt.gov /commission/boards and committees; requested by emailing dhavens@helenamt.gov or by calling 447-8410 and can be submitted electronically or mailed to the City Clerk’s Office, 316 N. Park Ave., Room 323, Helena, MT 59623. The deadline for all board applications is 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019.


Kyleigh Driscoll, of Helena, has been named to the dean's list at Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon, for the 2019 spring semester. 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.


Melinda Barnes, of Helena, has been named to the 2019 spring honor roll at Spokane Community College in Spokane, Washington.

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