Intermountain CEO FitzGerald honored for his leadership

Intermountain CEO Jim FitzGerald was recently recognized by the Intermountain Board of Directors for his 40 years of exemplary achievement on behalf of suffering children and families. As a dedicated leader, a gifted educator and, most especially, as a passionate and unrelenting advocate, FitzGerald was present with the Brother Van Visionary Award.

Under FitzGerald's leadership and due to incredible community support, Intermountain has expanded from three to 50 programs and now serves more than 1,200 children and families daily.

In 1909, Rev. William Wesley Van Orsdel (Brother Van) founded Intermountain to help make life better for suffering children. According to the board, FitzGerald has many of the attributes of Brother Van: a love for children and a way of looking at problems, never assuming there isn't a solution, then moving forward with determination. FitzGerald began working for Intermountain in the cottages and his love for the mission, and his leadership qualities, moved him forward in the organization. In 1999 he became the CEO.


Original Governor's Mansion offers free admission Saturdays

The Original Governor’s Mansion, 304 N. Ewing, will offer free admission Saturdays in December, except on Dec. 29. The tours begin on the hour at noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. 

Learn about the contributions to the war effort made by Montana women and children during World War I. The mansion is decked out for the holidays and special exhibits of posters, magazine articles, photographs, artifacts and hands-on activities show visitors how Montanans “did their bit” to support the war effort.

Newspapers, letters and telegrams offer a glimpse of the issues facing Gov. Sam Stewart, the first family and all Montanans during the Great War. For more information, call 406-444-4794.

Festival of Angels event this Saturday

The Helena community is invited to come and share the holiday spirit at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1000 Helena Ave., which is holding the Festival Of Angels in the Fellowship Hall of the church starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1.

This year's event features a Scandinavian bakery of holiday treats, a craft fair and a raffle for a quilt. A luncheon of Swedish meatballs, scalloped potatoes, vegetables, salad and pie will be offered for $12 starting at 11:30 a.m.

For more information, contact the church office at 406-442-6270 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

MHS offering free admission on select days in December

The Montana Historical Society, 225 N. Roberts, will offer free admission every Saturday in December from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, Dec. 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Monday, Dec. 31, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In addition, on Saturdays in December, every hour on the hour beginning at 10 a.m., the museum will be showing historic films from the MHS film archives:

  • Dec. 1 – Anaconda Copper Mining Lumber Company and Escape to Montana's Glacier Park
  • Dec. 8 – Montana and the Sky and Montana: A Little Farther North
  • Dec. 15 – Kootenai and Old West Trail Country: Your Land and Mine
  • Dec. 22 – Interesting People in MT: Jean Sullivan and Montana and Its Aircraft
  • Dec. 29 – YNP The Scenic Wonderland of America and Red Sunday: The Story of the Battle of the Little Bighorn

After checking out the museum’s exhibits, visit the MHS Museum Store and browse the hand-picked selection of Montana books, jewelry and gifts -- the perfect place to shop and gift wrapping is free. 

AARP driver safety class scheduled

AARP driver safety has a class scheduled in Helena during December. 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, Dec. 11, at First Interstate Bank, 2021 N. Montana Ave., from noon until about 4:30 p.m. 

To register for a class, call 406-457-4712. Find additional classes at aarp.org/driversafety.


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CTI has openings for its YouthBuild full-time program

Career Training Institute is recruiting students to fill 31 slots in the YouthBuild program. YouthBuild targets services to 16 to 24 year olds who have dropped out of school and do not have a high school diploma or high school equivalency. There are a few slots open for youth who have a high school diploma or high school equivalency, but need to improve their reading or math skill levels.

YouthBuild is a full-time, comprehensive nine-month core program that prepares young people to achieve academic and vocational success. YouthBuild Helena offers education, construction skills training, life and employment skills, leadership training and community service projects for qualifying youth.

Students can earn the following credentials while in the program: high school equivalency, home builder’s pre-apprenticeship, Montana Department of Labor and Industry carpentry pre-apprenticeship, OSHA 10 certification, first aid/CPR and other work-related certificates. Youth who successfully complete the program continue to receive education and career-related support for 12 months after the core program.

Applications are available at CTI, 347 N. Last Chance Gulch. Eligible applicants are invited to attend an orientation in mid-December. Youth who successfully complete orientation will be invited to participate in YouthBuild. YouthBuild classes start on Jan. 3 and run through Sept. 20, 2019. For more information, contact Sarah Marratto or Lisa Newman at 406-443-0800.

Applications sought for Library Board

Your Lewis & Clark Library is seeking applications for a new Library Board of Trustees member. The library seeks a citizen of Lewis and Clark County who is willing to put in the time and energy to help guide the library and the branches into the future. If you have questions about what the position looks like and what may be required of an applicant, contact Library Director John Finn at 406-447-6699 or jfinn@lclibrary.org.

Applications  are available at www.lccountymt.gov/bocc/boards.html.

Light-A-Life annual fundraiser underway

St. Peter's Health Foundation is accepting memorial and honor gifts for Light-a-Life, the annual fundraising event for St. Peter’s Health Hospice. The official tree lighting and dedication of the Hospice tree is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Helena Civic Center, 340 Neill Ave. The annual Light-a-Life fundraiser helps provide hospice care to all those in need, regardless of financial resources.

To make a contribution to Light-a-Life, send your gift before Dec. 1. You can donate online at https://www.sphealth.org/LALdonation.

For more information, call the foundation at 406-444-2370.

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