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Special Olympics basketball tourney underway in Helena

The 2018 State Basketball Tournament is scheduled through Nov. 10 with multiple venues hosting tournament games, including 3-on-3 teams, 5-on-5 teams, 5-on-5 unified teams and individual skills contests. 

People can sign up to volunteer for tournament games on Nov. 9-10 at school venues throughout Helena. Volunteers can sign up online at or by contacting Jamie Wood at 406-315-4194 or

Astronomical society to host telescope program Saturday

Are you thinking of buying a telescope as a present this year? A telescope can be the gateway to our universe at large and can spark an interest in astronomy and science that will last a lifetime. 

Join the Helena Astronomical Society at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Montana Wild Auditorium, 2668 Broadwater Ave., for an informative program on how to buy a telescope. Members have combined decades of owning and using telescopes and can help shed light on what to look for -- and what to avoid -- when making a telescope purchase.

Main options for viewing the night sky -- naked eye, binoculars, spotting scopes and two types of telescopes -- will be covered, highlighting the pros and cons of each. Also discussed will be accessories for safe solar viewing and handy things to have. Weather permitting, demonstrations of some small and not-so-small telescopes will be done.

For more information, contact Jeff Ross at 406-980-0533.

Annual lutefisk, meatball dinner is this Sunday

The annual Meatball and Lutefisk Dinner sponsored by the Sons of Norway will take place from noon-3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Neighborhood Center, 200 S. Cruse Ave. The menu includes meatballs and gravy, lutefisk, boiled potatoes, coleslaw, lefse, riskrem and cookies. Cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children under age 10. 

AARP driver safety class upcoming

AARP driver safety has a driver safety class scheduled in Helena during November. 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 multiyear discount to participants 55 years of age and older.

  • Friday, Nov. 16, at First Interstate Bank, 2021 N. Montana Ave., from noon until about 4:30 p.m. 

To register, call 406-457-4712. Find additional classes at

Survivor Day slated at Capitol rotunda

The Helena-area International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day will be held from 4-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, in the Capitol rotunda.

People affected by suicide loss can gather to gain resources and healthy grieving tools while honoring the lives of those who died and sharing stories of healing and hope.

This year’s event will feature Dr. Tina Barrett, the executive director of the Tamarack Grief Resource Center as the keynote, along with her colleague and loss survivor Jennie LaBuhn. Both Barrett and LaBuhn are featured in the October BBC News documentary on Montana suicides, “What's Killing America's White Men?”

Survivor Day will also include a short American Foundation for Suicide Prevention film titled “A Daughter’s Journey,” a Q&A panel made up of suicide loss survivors, a luminary lighting, a resource fair and music by the Capital and Helena high school choirs.

For those unable to attend a Survivor Day event in person, AFSP hosts a Survivor Day program online at To learn more about International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, visit,, or email for further details.


Library drop boxes refurbished

Members of the Helena Sunrise Rotary applied for and received a Rotary District Grant to refurbish three North Jefferson County Libraries drop boxes in Jefferson City, Clancy and Montana City that had peeling paint, rusted metal and warped hinges. Along with the grant, matching donations were enough to fund the overhaul of the drop boxes.

Carly Delsigne, director of the North Jefferson County Libraries said Rocky Mountain Radiator offered to remove, repair, repaint and reinstall the boxes at a very supportive price.

The Rotary also tapped Casey Steinke of Top Signs and Graphics to provide the labels that direct patrons and reflect the partnership between the two organizations dedicated to serving the communities.

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Gardeners sought for 2019 growing season

Helena Community Gardens has some newly available plots for rent in 2019 at Covenant United Methodist Church, 2330 E. Broadway. The garden is also looking for volunteer garden managers for the upcoming season. The plots are open to the community. For more information, call 406-438-6049 or email

Helena writers win High Plains Book Awards

Wrapping up the 12th year, the 2018 High Plains Book Awards announced the book award winners chosen from 207 nominations at their banquet held in October. Five of the 12 authors were from Montana: Rick Newby and Arron Parrett of Helena, Doug Ammons of Missoula, John Clayton of Red Lodge, and Ellen Horowitz of Kalispell.

  • Art & Photography: Rick Newby, Theodore Waddell: My Montana, sponsored by the Yellowstone Art Museum
  • Short Stories: Aaron Parrett, Maple & Lead, sponsored by The Writer’s Voice

The High Plains Book Awards have been established to recognize regional authors and/or literary works that examine and reflect life on the High Plains including the states of Montana, North and South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado and Kansas. The Canadian Provinces of Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan are also represented. 

Nominations will be accepted starting in January 2019 on the website:


Capital students named Wendy's Heisman winners

Capital High School’s Norris Blossom (school winner and state finalist) and Isabelle Melton (school winner) were recognized as Wendy’s Heisman High School winners.

As a state finalist, Blossom is in the running for a $500 state scholarship with consideration to be named one of 10 national finalists ($1,000 scholarship). He would then would be eligible to be named the national award winner receiving a $5,000 scholarship. 

Eligibility begins with maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or better. Applicants also need to be leaders and role models within their school and community. Applicants must also participate in at least one of the 47 school-sponsored sports recognized by the International Olympic Committee in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games or the National Federation of State High School Associations. 

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