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Community briefs published Friday, Nov. 1, 2019

Community briefs published Friday, Nov. 1, 2019

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Our Redeemer's fall festival Saturday

The Fall Family Festival at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran is Saturday, Nov. 2. Doors are open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tasty treats include fresh caramel rolls, butterhorns and homemade pies. Available again this year are hamballs, lefse, chocolate delights, varied treasures and collectibles, jellies, pastries, and the popular cookie table returns.

Lunch is available 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at a cost of $6. There will be children's activities including a hay ride. Call 442-7842 for additional details. Our Redeemer’s Lutheran is located at 3580 N. Benton Ave.

Hawthorne school celebrates 140 years

In honor of Hawthorne Elementary School's 140th anniversary, the Hearts for Hawthorne Reception & Auction will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Holter Museum of Art. The event will include heavy hors d'oeuvres from Chili O'Brien's, and the auction items available include a Missouri River float trip for eight and a Wagyu beef dinner catered by Stone Ranch Montana. Email for more information. 

To make a financial donation to Hawthorne Elementary School, checks payable to Hawthorne School Parent Council can be mailed to 430 Madison Avenue, Helena MT 59601 or can be dropped off at the school office. 

Brain health workshop series continues

Cranium Café, a program of Helena Community Connections, is a brain health workshop featuring brain health exercises and education in a relaxed, fun environment. Participants learn and practice activities to keep the brain healthy as it ages.

The fall series continues at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 2330 E. Broadway. The title of the program is Building Your Resilience: Finding Meaning in Adversity. Nanette Whitman-Holmes, life enrichment director at Touchmark, facilitates, and psychologist Molly Birkholm is the presenter. Bring a brown bag lunch. Other refreshments are provided. Cranium Café is free, however non-perishables for Helena Food Share are suggested as a donation.

All programs occur in handicapped accessible facilities, and all HCC programs are life enrichment for those over 50. Contact Nanette at 449-4900 for more information, or visit

Gentle Ways yoga offered twice a week

Gentle Ways, a gentle yoga program for people over 50, happens Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at 2330 E. Broadway.

Dress appropriately and bring your own yoga mat. Non-perishables for Helena Food Share, in lieu of a program fee, is all you need to participate.

Gentle Ways is offered year round and is taught by retired yoga instructors. Gentle Ways is a Helena Community Connections program and is offered in a handicapped accessible facility. Visit for more information on Bridges programs.


Montana middle school students eligible for scholarship

Each year, one Montana student is selected on the basis of character and academic accomplishment to receive $62,000 annually to cover their attendance at the New England boarding school, St. Paul’s School, along with $15,000 awarded per year toward tuition at a college of their choice.

Founded in 1856, St. Paul’s School is a co-educational college preparatory high school in Concord, New Hampshire.

Established in 1973, the Cook Scholarship is underwritten by the Frank Hervey Cook Trust and is named in honor of Frank Hervey Cook, a Montana resident and successful cattle rancher who graduated from St. Paul’s School in 1919.

Cook Scholarship finalists are selected by the St. Paul’s School admission office and then interviewed in Montana by the Cook Scholarship Board of Trustees that includes Montana residents, former Cook Scholars, and a representative of St. Paul’s School.

Applications to St. Paul’s School and the Cook Scholarship are due Jan. 15, 2020.

Interested Montana students in the seventh, eighth and ninth grades looking for a challenge are encouraged to attend an information session about St. Paul’s School and the Cook Scholarship on Friday, Nov. 8, at 6 p.m. in Helena. For more information on where to go, visit www.

Those interested in learning more about this educational opportunity at St. Paul’s School and the Cook Scholarship should visit www. To learn more about St. Paul’s School, visit

Nominations open for 2020 ServeMontana Recognition

The Governor’s Office of Community Service is accepting nominations for their annual ServeMontana Awards.

This award recognizes Montanan citizens who demonstrate commitment to helping others and serving their communities. The public is encouraged to nominate individuals from various service groups, and of all ages and backgrounds. Both individuals and organizations can be nominated. All service must be performed in Montana or by Montanans. Applications are due by March 31, 2020.

Ideal nominees:

  • Impact change in others’ lives through volunteerism
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to serving their community
  • Engage in service that significantly benefits others
  • Exhibit leadership through service
  • Represent determination and perseverance

To learn more or nominate someone, visit, or go to Winners will be honored at a ceremony at the state Capitol next May.

United Way seeks members for board of directors

United Way of the Lewis and Clark Area is filling five seats on its board of directors. The organization is searching for individuals with various areas of expertise, a passion for transforming lives, and dedicated to working collaboratively with others.

UWLCA has formal partnerships with 34 local nonprofits as well as businesses, local government, and community members to address problems faced by the people of Jefferson, Broadwater, and Lewis and Clark counties. Its biggest, collaborative projects include Greater Helena Area Housing First to unite local housing efforts, updating Montana 2-1-1 as the most comprehensive resource guide in the area, and anchoring the Zero to Five Initiative to enhance early childhood education so children are school-ready.

In addition to its collaborative work, UWLCA also distributes grants to its nonprofit partners to support their programs every year.

If community members are interested in learning more or submitting an application, they may email or call 406-442-4360.

Townsend Driver License Station to close for training

The Motor Vehicle Division is closing the Townsend Driver License Station located at 515 Broadway St. on Thursday, Nov. 7, for state-wide 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 for the Townsend Driver License Station.

Talking Saints win awards in Calgary, Denver

The Carroll College Talking Saints recently won awards in two countries.

The new team members advanced two teams to the championship rounds at the University of Calgary Fall Open, held Oct. 19-20 in Calgary, Alberta.

First-year debaters Stefan Fiandeiro of San Jose, California, and Brady Clark of Madison, Wisconsin, finished second to a team from the University of Saskatchewan. Hellie Badaruddin of Missoula and Roisin O’Neill of Lake Oswego, Oregon, reached the semifinals in the BP World Debate event.

“We learned a lot from them,” said Badaruddin. “We talked about everything from accents, to politics, to college prices. I was surprised about all the little things that were different, even though we’re so close.”

Meanwhile, 1,000 miles south at the University of Denver, the upperclass Carroll teams competed in the Rocky Mountain Championships, winning three awards.

Junior Josh Mansfield of Pocatello, Idaho, and senior Kelsie Watkins of Snohomish, Washington, reached the semifinals in the 60-team event. Mansfield was named second best speaker with Watkins in third.

Parts of the team headed to Spokane, Washington, and Casper, Wyoming, before the full squad heads to the first leg of the regional championships at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, Nov. 8-10.

$160K in grants available from history foundation

The Montana History Foundation will place $160,000 throughout the state during its upcoming 2020 grant cycle, which opens Nov. 1. The History Foundation will provide grants up to $10,000 for projects that help preserve and protect Montana’s history. Previously, the foundation provided grants up to $5,000.

Since 2012, The Montana History Foundation has given grants each year to organizations that are working to preserve Montana’s historic legacy. So far, more than $843,000 has been awarded. In an effort to invest $1,000,000 statewide by 2020, MHF will fund $160,000 in new projects this year.

Tax exempt organizations can apply for funds to preserve buildings and cemeteries, conserve and exhibit collections, collect oral histories and more. Funding details and the application link can be found at

The grant cycle opens Nov. 1, and applications are due by Jan. 10, 2020.

For more information, contact Community Outreach Coordinator Melissa Jensen at 406-449-3770 or email


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