Last Chance Community Pow Wow (YT copy)

Nataani Holdstheenemy, 14, performs a hoop dance at last year's Last Chance Community Pow Wow. See details in accompanying brief.


ExplorationWorks launches new exhibit

ExplorationWorks' newest installation is in place and ready to explore.

Engineer It! is a hands-on exhibit that explores the many components of civil engineering. Test your design and building skills, learn about local engineering projects, and discover the role that engineering plays in the world around us. Some of the exhibit components include a puzzle cube, a LEGO table, giant Jenga and a motion wall. Local engineering firms, including presenting sponsor Morrison-Maierle, will be featuring some of the projects they have completed locally.

Engineer It! will be on display through January 2019. ExplorationWorks is open  from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call 457-1800

Last Chance Community Powwow upcoming

The 20th annual Last Chance Community Powwow in Helena kicks off with Native drumming, dancing, food and crafts beginning on Friday, Sept. 28, and running through Sept. 30, at the Exhibit Hall, Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds.

The theme of the Last Chance Community Powwow is “Honor The Children” and will feature and honor the children who are the light and the future of the Native culture.

A local student is part of the royalty at this year's powwow. Chelsea Cox, Lead Girl Dancer, is a 17-year old Jingle Dress Dancer and has been dancing for six years. She is a senior at Capital High School and a member of the Little Shell Tribe.

During the first day of the annual celebration, Native dancers and drummers gather at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to noon to provide Native dancing, drumming and cultural exhibitions specifically for local elementary school children.

Beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, the Last Chance Community Powwow celebration officially begins when dancers enter the arena. Grand Entry is a colorful display of young and old dressed in traditional regalia, dancing to the “heart beat” of the drums.

Vendors will line the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds, selling Native American arts and crafts. There will be raffles, 50/50s, drawings for door prizes, and food featuring frybread and Indian tacos.

The Saturday schedule will include two sessions: the afternoon session starts at 1 p.m. and the evening session at 7. The final grand entry will start at 1 p.m. on Sunday, followed by competition dancing. Winners of the dancing categories will be announced on Sunday at the end of the session.

Everyone is welcome to this free community event.

For more information, call 439-5631, email lccpw@hotmail.com, visit lastchancepowwow.com, or visit us on Facebook. 


Man Therapy kick-off party offers resources

Spend the dudeliest of evenings at Lewis & Clark Brewing Co., 1517 Dodge Ave., where you can rock out your mustache to live music, explore Man Therapy, and enter to win "the Ultimate Man Package." The event will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28.

Working-aged men, 25 to 54 years old, account for the largest number of suicide deaths in the U.S. These men are also the least likely to receive any kind of support. They don't talk about it with their friends. They don't share with their family. And they don't seek professional treatment. They are the victims of problematic thinking that says mental health disorders are unmanly signs of weakness.

Man Therapy® is giving men a resource they need. A resource to help them with any problem that life sends their way, something to set them straight on the realities of suicide and mental health, and in the end, a tool to help put a stop to the suicide deaths of so many of our men.

All men and those who care about them are welcome at this free event.


Free will, estate planning workshop next week

The Salvation Army will host a Will and Estate Planning Informational Workshop in Helena from 10 a.m.-noon Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Best Western Helena Great Northern Hotel, 835 Great Northern Blvd. The workshop is free and open to the public; advance registration is required. 

The informational workshop is offered as a service to the community. The workshop is hosted by a Planned Giving professional and will offer practical answers to common questions. Topics of the workshop include: 

  • Maximizing inheritance for heirs
  • Tax changes that may impact family and heirs
  • Deciding between power of attorney and guardianship
  • Advantages and disadvantages of using a living trust
  • Advantages and disadvantages of IRAs 

Kim Sherwood and Rich Silva, directors of Planned Giving for The Salvation Army, will host the workshop. 

All informational workshop attendees will receive a complimentary Will Planning Kit. Registration available at: WillPlanningToday.com, or call 800-859-5066, or by email NWLegacy@usw.SalvationArmy.org.


Competition offers scholarships, opportunity to perform with orchestra

The Montana Association of Symphony Orchestras invites all Montana musicians, ages 13 to 22 that play any of the standard orchestral instruments, to apply for its biennial Young Artists Competition, to be held on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Bozeman. Applications for the MASO Young Artists Competition can be downloaded from the MASO website at www.montanasymphonies.org and must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, for this statewide competition. 

In addition to an opportunity to perform with a Montana symphony orchestra, winners of each division win a cash scholarship: Junior (ages 13-15), $450; Senior (age 16 through high school graduate), $650; and College (post high school through age 22), $1,000.

Participating orchestras include the Glacier Symphony, Billings Symphony, Bozeman Symphony, Butte Symphony, Great Falls Symphony and Helena Symphony. 

Once jurors have screened the applications, finalists are invited to perform in person on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, on the campus of Montana State University-Bozeman. The public is invited to watch these talented young musician compete.  

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For more information on the MASO Young Artist’s Competition, call the competition coordinator at 788-4395.


Lewis and Clark County has board openings 

Airport Authority Board: Seeking a citizen outside the city limits. The City of Helena and Lewis & Clark County adopted Joint Resolution 10677 creating the Helena Regional Airport Authority. The powers of the authority shall be vested in a seven member Airport Commission. Three members shall be appointed by the county, three members by the city and the seventh member shall be jointly appointed. Members’ terms shall be three-years. Meetings are the third Tuesday of the month at 11:30 a.m., Airport Conference Room.

Augusta Solid Waste Management District: Seeking three citizens to serve on the board. The Augusta Solid Waste Management District Board consists of seven members, five being appointed by the Board of County Commissioners, one member of the Lewis and Clark County Public Works Department, and one County Commissioner; three-year terms. Meetings are the second Monday of the month (February, May, August and November) at 1:30 p.m., Dinner Club, Augusta. Applicants must reside within the boundaries of the Augusta Stolid Waste Management District.

City-County Parks Board: Seeking a citizen that lives outside the city limits. The board shall perform various functions for the city and county related to parks, recreation, and open space. Membership of the board shall consist of seven members, to be appointed as follows: three members to reside outside the city limits but within the jurisdictional area of the board to be appointed by the county commissioners, three members to reside within the city limits to be appointed by the city commission, and one representative from the School District No. 1, to be appointed jointly by the city commission and the Board of County Commissioners. Members’ terms shall be for three years; with the exception of the School District representative, who serves at the pleasure of the School District. Meetings are the first Wednesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. in Room 426, City-County Building.

Fair Board: Seeking two citizens as at Large non-voting members. The Fair Board consists of seven members appointed by the Board of County Commissioners serving staggered terms beginning and ending Dec. 31. The commission generally oversees the overall management and operation of the fairgrounds for Lewis and Clark County.

Forestvale Cemetery Board: Seeking two residents to serve on the board. Trustees must reside in School District Numbers 1 or 3 and will serve three-year terms. Trustees have the responsibility of maintaining the cemetery; performing all acts necessary or proper; and to establish policies and procedures for management of the cemetery. Forestvale Historic Preservation Committee Seeking two citizens to serve on the board. The board reviews and approves all development proposals related to the Forestvale Cemetery and are responsible for assuring compliance with all relevant local, state and federal regulations and requirements pertaining to the cemetery’s designation on the Federal Register of Historical Sites. Members must reside within Forestvale Cemetery District; generally described as School Dist. No 1; three-year terms.

Lewis and Clark County DUI Task Force: Seeking one business owner representative and one citizen to serve a two-year term. The DUI Task Force members shall be appointed by the Lewis and Clark County Commission and will include representatives from a cross section of the community, such as, but not limited to, government officials, law enforcement, public health, school personnel, church, civic, and community groups, and citizens at large.

Mental Health Local Advisory Council: Seeking one family member and one consumer to serve on the council. The purpose of the Mental Health Local Advisory Council is to assist in the improvement of public mental health services in the local community and to review and make recommendations about local public mental health services, as well as provide input and recommendations to the Mental Health Oversight Advisory Council and the Service Area Authorities serving the community. The council shall consist of 21 members with consumers and/or family members being 50 percent of the membership with five family members and six consumers. Terms are four years.

Mosquito District – Craig: Seeking a citizen to serve on the Craig Mosquito District Board who resides in the district limits. This board develops and administers a program for abatement and alleviation on mosquito pest conditions within the district and makes recommendations on appropriations and expenditure of funds to be levied on residents in the district; four year terms.

Mosquito District – Helena Valley: Seeking one citizen to serve on the Helena Valley Mosquito District Board who resides in the district limits. This board develops and administers a program for abatement and alleviation on mosquito pest conditions within the district and makes recommendations on appropriations and expenditure of funds to be levied on residents in the district; four-year term.

Open Lands Citizens Advisory Council: Seeking two citizens to serve on the Open Lands Citizens Advisory Council as at large members. The primary purpose of the program is to conserve resources on private lands in Lewis and Clark County that fulfill the objectives of the bond measure. The Board of County Commissioners appoint the Citizens Advisory Committee on Open Lands (CAC) to make recommendations on project applications.

Scratchgravel Solid Waste Management District: Seeking a citizen to serve on the five member board. The citizen must reside within the district. The purpose of the district is to alleviate the improper storage, collection and disposal of refuse which is a hazard to the health, safety and welfare of the citizens that reside in the district. The membership consists of one County Commissioner, one member of the City/County Health Department, or City-County Health Officer, or his/her designee and three residents of the district. It is recommended that one member be from the Marysville sub-district. Terms are four years. Meetings are as needed.

Weed Board: Seeking citizens to represent the Helena/South Helena, Lincoln, and Wolf Creek/Craig areas. Representatives must reside in that area. The board consists of eight members appointed by the Board of County Commissioners serving staggered terms beginning and ending Dec. 31. The Board performs activities relating to weed management and administers and manages its established criteria for the noxious weed program.

Applications for positions are available at http://www.lccountymt.gov/bocc/boards.html or by calling 447-8304 and can be submitted to the Lewis and Clark County Commissioner’s Office, 316 N. Park Ave., Room 345, Helena, MT 59623.


Marion Mitchell, of Helena, graduated this past summer from Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, with a major in information technology.

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