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YWCA to hold pop-up sale

The YWCA Helena, 501 N. Park Ave., is holding a pop-up basement sale from 3:30-7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, and again from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13.

AARP driver safety classes upcoming

AARP driver safety has two classes scheduled in Helena during October. 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.

  • Saturday, Oct. 13, at St Peters Health’s Education Center, 2475 Broadway from 9 a.m. until about 1:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 22, at First Interstate Bank, 2021 N. Montana Ave. from noon until about 4:30 p.m.

To register for a class, 406-457-4712. Find additional classes at

Kipp family benefit Saturday

Join us at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, for a fundraiser with lunch being served until 1 p.m. and dinner starting at 5, at the Performance Authority Building, 1145 Hahn Road. There will be music, a kids bounce house, games, karaoke, live and silent auction, food and more. Proceeds go to the Kipp family to offset medical bills. 

Prayer rally upcoming on Capitol lawn

A reparation rosary prayer rally to celebrate the 101st anniversary of The Miracle of the Sun, will be held at noon on Saturday, Oct. 13, on the west lawn of the Capitol. For more information, visit

LWVHA holding monthly meeting

The League of Women Voters Helena Area will hold its monthly meeting at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 16, in the large conference room of the Lewis & Clark Library, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch. 

League members will present pros and cons and the league's position on  LR-128 referendum submitting a 6-mill levy for support of the Montana University to voters; LR-129 referendum of prohibition of ballot collection by certain individuals; I-185 to raise tobacco taxes to fund health care programs; and I-186 to require the Department of Environmental Quality to deny a permit for any new hard-rock mines in Montana unless the reclamation plan provides clear and convincing evidence that the mine will not require perpetual treatment of water polluted by acid mine drainage and other contaminants. Everyone is invited to join the discussion.

Cranium Cafe series continues

Cranium Cafe is a brain health workshop featuring brain health exercises and education in a relaxed, fun environment. Participants learn how to feed and care for the brain for improved memory, overall health and well-being.

Join Nanette Whitman-Holmes, life enrichment director at Touchmark, at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 17, as the video program continues with Dr. Indre Viskontas’ presentation with less of a scientific focus. Much of what is commonly thought about the brain is based on popular myths that have been perpetuated despite the passage of time.

Bring a brown bag lunch. Beverages and enrichment will be provided. Cranium Café is free, however nonperishables for Helena Food Share are suggested as a donation. Register at Cranium Café is a program of Helena Community Connections. All programs are offered at 2330 E. Broadway, unless otherwise noted. All programs occur in handicapped accessible facilities.

Historian to give talk on Bearcreek Cemetery Oct. 17

Montana Department of Transportation Historian Jon Axline will present "Graven Images: The Bearcreek Cemetery and the Smith Mine Disaster," from 10:45 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Montana Historical Society, 225 N. Roberts

The Bearcreek Cemetery is a time capsule that provides a wealth of information about a once-thriving coal town that, essentially, no longer exists. The cemetery also contains the remains of many of the men who were killed in the 1943 Smith Mine disaster, the worst coal mining disaster in Montana history. What the cemetery tells us about that community is extraordinary and provides a unique peek into Carbon County’s past.

Home Movie Day comes to Montana

To celebrate October as American Archives Month, and in conjunction with the Center for Home Movies, the Montana Historical Society will be hosting Montana’s first Home Movie Day from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20. The event will be held in the auditorium of Montana’s museum at 225 N. Roberts.

Home Movie Day is a celebration of amateur films and filmmaking held annually at dozens of local venues worldwide, providing the opportunity for individuals and families to discover how best to care for their films and get a rare chance to view examples of home movies. Admission to the Helena event is free, and advance submission of films and videos is strongly encouraged. Participants can find out more about the Helena venue and event at

To submit home movies in advance, contact Kelly Burton at or 406-444-3668. For more information about the Montana Historical Society and its Film Archives, visit To learn more about the Center for Home Movies, 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


Townsend driver license station to close Oct. 18 for daylong training

The Motor Vehicle Division is closing the Townsend driver license station at 515 Broadway St. on Thursday, Oct. 18, for statewide employee training.

Once a year, MVD brings employees across the state together to ensure up-to-date training and opportunities for discussion. Questions or concerns can be emailed to or by calling 1-866-450-8034.

Customers can visit MVD’s website at to schedule appointments, find additional information and view locations and hours. 

Rocky Mountain Supply announces scholarships

Rocky Mountain Supply, with headquarters in Belgrade, has announced its college scholarship program for 2018.

RMS will make available three $1,000 scholarships to students attending a four-year college or university and are in their fifth semester of college or first semester of their junior year. RMS will also make available one $1,000 scholarship for a student attending a technical/community college or two-year program at a college or university and is in their third semester of college coursework.

All applicants must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative Grade Point Average on their previous coursework to apply. Applicant or applicant’s parent(s)/guardian must be actively doing business with RMS. Further information and application can be found on the RMS website at or at any RMS location/store. Applications are due by Nov. 15, 2018. Scholarships will be available to be used for the spring semester of 2019. If you have additional questions contact  RMS CEO Brad Gjermo at 406-388-4009 or any RMS board member.

Xpress Singers seeks women for Christmas Guest Chorus

All ladies are invited to sing the holiday favorites new and old, in a cappella style, with the Helena Xpress Singers.

Rehearsals are 6:30-8 p.m. on Monday evenings at the First Presbyterian Church, 535 N. Ewing St., and start Oct. 29 and run through Dec. 10. Join us for holiday shows, flash mobs, and our annual Christmas concert on Dec. 15. No experience required. Contact Sandy at or call 406-465-1460 for more information.

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K-12 Kids Safe Online poster contest launches

The Governor’s Office and the State Information Technology Services Division launched the state’s inaugural Kids Safe Online Poster Contest to encourage young people to think about cybersecurity and help educate other youth on safe online practices.

The statewide contest is being conducted in conjunction with the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center National Kids Safe Online Poster Contest. It is open to Montana students in kindergarten through grade 12. Students will create posters based on a selection of topics such as safe use of the Internet or mobile devices. School principals or administrators should register their school in the contest by Nov. 1, 2018 and entries must be submitted by Dec. 1, 2018.

The Montana Information Security Advisory Council will pick 13 state winners, one from each K-12 grade, and Gov. Steve Bullock will pick the overall top four state winners. The 13 state winning posters will be featured in the 2019 Montana Kids Safe Online calendar and submitted to MS-ISAC to be entered in the national poster contest. The top four state winning posters will be used in cybersecurity awareness and computer safety campaigns around the state.

For more information about the Montana Kids Safe Online Poster Contest, visit:

Emergency shelter, food funds available

The FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Program has notified United Way of the Lewis and Clark Area that the Helena/Lewis and Clark County area has been awarded $17,007 in federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the Helena area.

Local governments or local nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for the funds. According to federal guidelines eligible applicants must have: an acceptable accounting system, practice nondiscrimination, and have demonstrated the capacity to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs. Partnerships among multiple organizations will rank higher in the application process.

United Way of the Lewis & Clark Area is the administrative agent for the funds. Interested organizations must submit an application to the United Way Office, 75 E. Lyndale St., Helena, MT 59601 by Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. For additional information call 442-4360. Applications are available at (The incorrect deadline to apply for funds was listed in the brief that ran in the Oct. 5 IR).


Helena College students awarded scholarships

Opportunity Bank of Montana awarded $3,000 in scholarships to three Helena College students. The students were required to submit an essay, transcripts and letters of reference and demonstrate community involvement.

Asher Easterby is pursuing a degree in criminal justice. He graduated this year from Capital High School. After having trouble in middle school and the beginning of high school he was able to turn his life around and graduated with a 3.7 GPA. He was a member of the National Honor Society, and Construction Management and Design in high school. He also spends time participating in church activities. His goal is to complete an articulation agreement through one of the Montana University System schools to lead him into a career as a game warden through Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.

Reisa Pierson is enrolled in the business technology program. She graduated with a 3.57 GPA from Capital High School. As a CHS  student, she took more advanced culinary classes through Helena High School for two-period class each day. With the assistance of her Capital High School culinary instructor an internship with a local catering company was created, and turned out to be an experience that broadened her passion for culinary. Through her membership with National Honor Society, Pierson put in 160 hours of public service last year alone. She plans to have a career in the culinary industry. 

Emily Haerter is enrolled in the elementary education program. She graduated from Helena High School with a 3.7 GPA. Haerter is part of Jobs for Montana Graduates, Montana Behavioral Initiative, and National Honor Society, which has allowed her to serve the community in many different ways. She was also able to participate in the Link Crew, which is a group that helped mentor incoming students from Helena, East Helena and Montana City middle schools. Education has always been a passion of Haerter's.

Capital High student achieves top ACT score

Ethan J. Davidson, son of Erika and James Fehr and a senior at Capital High School, earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36. On average, about one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2017, only 2,760 out of more than 2 million graduates who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36.

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 1–36. A student's composite score is the average of the four test scores. The score for ACT’s optional writing test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score.

The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement exam that measures what students have learned in school. 

ACT scores are accepted by all major four-year colleges and universities across the U.S.

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