Date set for annual Sock Sew at St. Peter’s Health

St. Peter’s Health Association is seeking volunteers to help sew stockings for patients who are hospitalized over the Christmas holiday, and to sew large stockings for babies born during December. All December babies get to travel home in their handmade stocking.

The sewing, cutting and gluing will begin at 9 a.m., on Monday, Dec. 2, in St. Peter’s Health Education Center (at the Regional Medical Center) and continue until the stockings are completed at approximately 2 p.m. Those interested in volunteering should bring a sewing machine or serger, ruler or seam gauge, pins, glue guns and glue sticks, and scissors; all other supplies and lunch will be provided. Non-sewers are needed to help cut out and decorate the stockings. For more information, call Nan Cervenka at 442-3216.

The St. Peter’s Health Association is a volunteer organization that was formed in 1921 to support St. Peter’s Health in providing healthcare services. All the money raised by the association is given to the health care system and association members vote on how to allocate the funds raised to support priority needs at St. Peter’s Health. 

Area schools to participate at Science Olympiad tourney

More than 100 teams have registered to participate in the state Science Olympiad tournament, held each year at Montana State University on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.

The 120 teams come from 97 schools and will compete against one another in knowledge tests on astronomy, anatomy, meteorology, chemistry and other topics, while other students will see how their free flight airplanes and mousetrap-powered vehicles measure up.

The following Helena-area schools and home school organizations will be fielding teams this year:

Middle school teams will compete from Clancy, Helena (C.R. Anderson, Helena Area Christian Home Educators, Helena Middle), and Montana City.

The high school division includes teams from Boulder, Helena (Capital High, Helena High), and White Sulphur Springs.

Some schools will bring both a varsity and a junior varsity team. There is also a small schools division.

For more information on this year’s tournament, visit montana.edu/smrc/mtso.

Tickets on sale for David Sedaris show at civic center

Magicspace Entertainment presents David Sedaris at the Helena Civic Center on Tuesday, May 5.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.HelenaCivicCenter.com, by phone at 406-447-8481, and in person at the Civic Center Box Office during the hours of 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The box office is located in the vestibule at the main entrance (south side) of the building.

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers.

“Calypso,” his latest collection of essays, is a New York Times best-seller, and a Washington Post Best Book of the Year.

The audiobook of “Calypso” was nominated for a 2019 Grammy in the Best Spoken Word Album category. 

Light a Life memorials being accepted

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 Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Helena Civic Center.

The doors will open at 4 p.m. with the ceremony starting at 5. Following the brief indoor candle lighting ceremony, the 80-foot tall evergreen in front of the civic center will be lit for those whom lights have been given. 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. 6 to make sure the names of loved ones are received in time for the tree lighting ceremony. Please consider a gift to honor or remember a loved one. Your gift to support hospice care for the community will make a significant and positive impact on those in need of this special care.

Each $15 gift symbolizes a light for a loved one on the evergreen tree. Gifts can be sent to St. Peter’s Health Foundation, 2475 Broadway, Helena, MT 59601. Provide the name of the person the gift is in memory or in honor of, and to whom a card of notification should be sent. You can also donate online at https://www.sphealth.org/LALdonation. For more information, call the foundation at 444-2370.


Library children’s programs moving to The Myrna Loy

Children’s programming at Lewis & Clark Library -- Books & Babies, Toddler Time, and Story Time -- are temporarily moving to The Myrna Loy, 15 N. Ewing St., during the library’s remodel.

In the first phase of the remodel, the children’s collection will be temporarily moved into the library’s Large Meeting Room.

In addition to new bathrooms and café in the first phase, the second phase of the remodel will focus on the new and expanded children’s area that will include a Discovery Room to be used for hands-on programs and classes.

For more information, visit www.lclibrary.org/377/remodel.

College students recognized with volunteer award

The Montana Student Volunteer Award, previously known as the Volunteer of the Game Award, is awarded in partnership between the Governor’s Office of Community Service and Montana Campus Compact campuses to college students across the state who have demonstrated service to their communities while pursuing a college degree or certificate.

  • Carroll College: Brett Rotz is a senior and president of Carroll’s Engineers Without Borders. He has volunteered with EWB since his freshman year, providing clean drinking water in Uganda, building safe structures in Guatemala, and other global service projects. Rotz is also an active member of “Christ in the City” and Carroll’s Campus Ministry Headlights Immersion trips, serving low income people in Denver and Philadelphia over the past several years.
  • Helena College University of Montana: Courtney Radke is a dedicated student ambassador, studying to become a registered nurse. She devotes time volunteering weekly in the Tinker Lab at ExplorationWorks and as a “book pal” for local elementary school students. She has volunteered at Festival of Trees, Special Olympics and the Governor’s Cup. Radke served as a tutor with the Lewis and Clark Literacy Council and as a member of Montana Supporting Soldiers. She is a committed student and still finds time to give back to her school and community weekly.

Donate now for Operation Christmas Child

This month, sites in the Helena area will be among 5,000 U.S. drop-off locations collecting shoebox gifts for children overseas during Operation Christmas Child's National Collection Week, Nov. 18-25.

Helena families, churches and groups are busy transforming empty shoeboxes into fun gifts filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items. The Samaritan's Purse project partners with local churches across the globe to deliver these gifts. For many of these children, it will be the first gift they have ever received.

The Helena collection site: 

Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church, 3580 N. Benton Ave. Nov. 18: 1-5 p.m.; Nov. 19: noon-4 p.m.; Nov. 20: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Nov. 21: noon-4 p.m.; Fri, Nov. 22: 1-4 p.m.; Nov. 23: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Nov. 24: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Nov. 25: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 253-572-1155, or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ.

Carroll College Talking Saints clean up in Casper

A dozen Carroll College Talking Saints went to Casper, Wyoming, on Nov. 1-2, where each one of them won at least one award and the team won first place in overall school sweepstakes. The team came home with 31 awards.

For the second straight year, senior Michael Fuller of Helena was named the Best Individual at the tournament, winning the Gretchen Wheeler trophy. Fuller had a career tournament, making finals in all six of his events, winning duo and persuasion, while finishing in the top three in prose, persuasion, program interpretation and poetry.

Fuller’s duo partner Eleanor Ferrone, a sophomore from Hastings, Nebraska, won three awards including first in prose and second in impromptu.

Junior Teigen Tremper of Whitefish, won three awards as did senior Peri Dropping of Redmond, Washington.

Three of the four teams in open debate finals were from Carroll. The finalists included runners up Dropping and partner Brady Clark, a first-year student from Madison, Wisconsin; finalist Rylie Weeks of Kalispell and her partner Vinny Gallardo of Butte; and finalist Maddy Horak of Boise, Idaho, and Ryan Vosen of Kalispell. Carroll won 10 of the top 14 speaker awards in debate, led by Gallardo who was fourth-best open speaker and second-best novice speaker.

The first-year debate team of Roisin O’Neill of Lake Oswego, Oregon, and Hellie Badaruddin of Missoula, won novice debate.

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