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Helena Astronomy Club International Observe the Moon Night

Please join The Helena Astronomical Society in our celebration of this year's International Observe the Moon Night!  This annual event is sponsored by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), the Lunar and Planetary Institute and local astronomy clubs worldwide to encourage observation of Earth's Moon.

Our local event will be held on Saturday, October 20 beginning at 7 p.m. at Montana WILD located at 2668 Broadwater Ave. We will be able to observe our Moon at three days past First Quarter, a great time to view the Moon through a telescope. Over half of the visible Moon will be in daylight, the rest remains in darkness. The line separating the two parts--the terminator--is razor sharp. On the lit side we will be able to see both Mare Serenitasis or theSea of Serenityand Mare Tranquillitatis orthe Sea of Tranquility, site of the historic Apollo 11 first manned landing on the Moon.

The terminator crosses craters large and small and we should be able to see the very tips of tall mountains brilliantly lit by our Sun floating above inky blackness below.

In addition to observing our Moon, we will also be able to see Jupiter and all four Galilean moons before it sets around 8 p.m., Saturn, its glorious rings and several of its moons and Mars. Mars is now several months past its nearest approach to Earth since 2003 but still bright and beautiful. As the evening wears on and the Moon slips lower and lower toward the western horizon we'll look at many deep space objects including the Andromeda Galaxy. Feel free to bring your own binoculars, spotting scopes or telescopes and we'll help you observe with your own gear.

October brings chilly nights back to Montana so don't forget to dress warmly, including hat and gloves. The auditorium at Montana WILD is available as a warming area and if our weather turns cloudy we will have a presentation about the Moon in the auditorium instead. 

Clear skies or cloudy, we hope to see you there!

Pumpkin Patch After Dark event Saturday

Helena families are invited to First Presbyterian Church's Pumpkin Patch After Dark event beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20. The evening will provide an opportunity for the purchase and carving of pumpkins. Also on the agenda will be family-friendly Halloween movies, with hot chocolate and popcorn provided. All funds raised at the event will go directly to supporting First Presbyterian's Youth Ministries. The church is located at 535 Ewing. Attendees do not need to be members of First Presbyterian.


East Helena's Apple Press and Fall Fest is Saturday

East Helena Food/Culture Hub and East Helena Community Gardens celebrate fall with an outdoor Apple Press and Fall Festival from noon-3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct 20, at the East Helena Public Schools Community Garden (on the East Valley Middle School grounds).

The event is free, family-friendly and open to the public.

The Food/Culture Hub will provide an apple press, with volunteers to operate it, along with apple cider, meat and non-meat chili, cornbread, a Big Blue Blocks playground and community fun.

People are encouraged to bring apples to press, glass or plastic jars to collect their cider, a dish to share and pumpkins to carve.

Look for canopies and games along the garden side of EMVS school, on Kalispell Avenue in East Helena.


Pumpkin Sunday at Grant-Kohrs Ranch

Get out and enjoy the fall season at this family-friendly pumpkin patch event from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, 266 Warren Lane, Deer Lodge, for an afternoon of harvest-themed family fun.

Children, 14 years old and under, are invited to hunt for the perfect pumpkin in the pumpkin patch and paint it for the season. Children’s harvest-themed crafts, tractor drawn hayrides, children’s hay maze and more will be available. There will also be heritage candle-making and apple-cider making.

Pumpkin Sunday is free. For more information, please call 406-559-7280 or visit


Augusta hosting family-style feast

The Augusta Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting its first-ever Long Table Fall Dinner at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, as a way for folks to gather together, celebrate fall and enjoy a family-style dinner. 

Tickets for the Long Table Fall Dinner are available for purchase at Allen’s Manix Store and The Buckhorn Bar in Augusta. Out-of-town guests can purchase tickets via credit card by calling Paulette at 406-302-1515. Tickets are $25 for 11 years old and up; $15 for 10 years old and under. 

The purchase of your ticket includes two adult beverages (21 years old and up), live music from Montana musician John Floridis and a locally sourced menu featuring pork, fingerling potatoes, coleslaw, rolls and dessert. Cocktail service will start at 6 p.m., followed by a family-style dinner at 6:30 p.m. 

For more information, visit the Augusta Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page at


Evening of physics at Carroll College

Join Carroll College’s Dr. Kelly Cline for a lecture exploring the science of the *Real* big bang theory. The talk will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 101/202 Simperman/Wiegand Amphitheatre, Carroll College.

How did the universe begin? Where did it all come from? The big bang theory tells us that our entire universe and time itself began about 14 billion years ago with an amazing event, where all of space everywhere was filled with the fires of creation. The most astonishing thing about the big bang theory is that scientists have figured out how we can put it to the test, and they have discovered powerful new evidence that this event really happened, and this really is how everything began. 

This lecture is free and open to the public.


Michael Bublé tribute takes the stage at the civic center

Starz on Stage presents Shades of Bublé … A Three-Man Tribute to Michael Bublé, appearing at the Helena Civic Center Ballroom on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m. The specialty show celebrates the continuing career of multi-Grammy Award-winning recording artist Michael Bublé with dazzling renditions of Sinatra’s big-band standards, exciting covers of Motown and rock-and-roll classics, and stunning performances of Bublé’s original Billboard chart-topping singles of today.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 406-227-9711 or 406-459-3967 or at the door.


Helena Transfer Station closed this Monday, Tuesday

The city of Helena Transfer Station will be closed on Monday, Oct. 22, and Tuesday, Oct. 23, for facility maintenance. The Transfer Station will reopen on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 8 a.m.

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Residential and commercial garbage collection will be collected as normal during the closure.


Daughters of the American Revolution recognizes students

The Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen program recognizes young people who exhibit the qualities of good citizenship in their homes, schools and communities. Open to all high school seniors enrolled in public or private schools accredited by the state board of education, each school may honor one senior per year as its DAR Good Citizen based on:

  • Dependability (truthfulness, honesty, punctuality)
  • Service (cooperation, helpfulness, responsibility)
  • Leadership (personality, self-control, initiative)
  • Patriotism (unselfish loyalty to American ideals)

The faculty and/or the students may be involved in selecting their school’s 2018 DAR Good Citizen, who also should have considerable knowledge of American history and excellent writing skills in order to successfully compete in the optional closed-book Good Citizen writing contest for monetary awards.

After selecting the school’s DAR Good Citizen, a school staff or faculty member should immediately email Oro Fino Chapter DAR American History Chair Patty Donoho at for the DAR Good Citizen question of 2018 and the written essay instructions. The school must email its DAR Good Citizen Student Award papers and, if participating for monetary awards, the additional final written essay to Patty Donoho at by no later than Nov. 16.

American History Essay -- Open to students in grades fifth through eighth in a public, private, parochial or home schools are eligible to write a 2018 essay on "The Women's Suffrage Campaign."

Christopher Columbus Essay -- Open to students in grades nine through 12 in public, private, parochial or home schools the 2018 Title is "Comparing Ship Technology: The Ships Columbus Used Versus the Ships of Today."

One Oro Fino Chapter NSDAR winning essay will be submitted to the DAR state chair of American history and the Montana winner will be forwarded to the Northwestern division for judging; division winners will be forwarded to the National Italian American Foundation for judging and presentation of first, second, and third-place certificate, monetary and trip awards.


Montana schools invited to participate in Samsung contest

Last year, Lewistown Junior High School was named state winner in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest for their work developing an emergency relief app that allows users to communicate in real-time via text message to ensure those in need receive help during emergencies. Today, other local schools can enter the 2018-2019 contest for a chance to win part of the $2 million prize.

This year, Samsung will donate to the first 3,500 teachers who simply submit an entry, thanks to a new partnership with, the nation’s largest crowdfunding site for teachers and public-school classrooms. Teachers who want to help their students creatively address problems in their local communities through science, technology, engineering, and math skills must submit their project idea by Tuesday, Oct. 30, to be considered. Teacher, Susan Flentie entered the program last year, and with her students, won thousands in technology for their school while helping to improve the local Lewistown area.

Teachers can apply online at


Carroll College nursing grads excel on exam

Carroll College has announced that its nursing program received a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX-RN national licensure exam. The National Council Licensure Exam for registered nurses was administered to all 37 graduates of the class of 2018. The national average for first-time NCLEX-RN test takers is 89 percent.

Additionally, graduates of the Carroll College nursing program have excellent success in career placement. All of the May 2018 nursing graduates who were seeking job placement directly following graduation have found employment in the nursing field. 

Following World War II, Carroll began accepting women for the nursing program in cooperation with the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. The baccalaureate nursing program began in 1973 with the first baccalaureate nursing class graduating in 1977. Over the course of 45 years, Carroll has graduated over 1,000 students with a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

To learn more about the Carroll College nursing program, visit

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