Galapagos and Ecuador birding travelogue at Montana WILD

Take a break from winter and join wildlife ecologist and photographer, John Winnie Jr. at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Montana WILD for an hour of exotic birds, wildlife and wild places. Take a virtual tour of Galapagos National Park above and below water, then head into Ecuador's Andean Highlands, a region known worldwide for its outstanding birding and bird photography opportunities. 

Winnie is an award-winning wildlife and landscape photographer. He authored "High Life, Animals of the Alpine World," and was co-photographer for the book, "The Rockies: Canada's Magnificent Wilderness." 

Admission is free and all are welcome. Montana WILD is located at 2668 Broadwater Ave.

Bridges Buffet program celebrates Christmas

Helena Community Connections’ Bridges Buffet celebrates the Christmas season on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at noon at 2330 E. Broadway.

The Continental Divide Tuba Society will play seasonal/winter selections and “it’s not all oompah music.” A piano-accompanied sing along will put us all in a great holiday mood, too. A catered lunch buffet will be served. A $5 program donation is suggested along with non-perishables for Helena Food Share.

Register at www.bridgeshcc.org or phone AARP at 1-877-926-8300 no later than noon, Monday, Dec. 2. Call Alyce Brutosky, Bridges Buffet program coordinator, 458-8144, for greater detail. All Bridges programs occur in handicapped accessible facilities and are life enrichment for those over the age of 50.


Remodel project will impact library hours Dec. 2-3

As the Lewis & Clark Library’s remodel project kicks off, Dick Anderson Construction will strive to continue to make the Library a safe place to visit. In order for DAC to begin placing safety barriers throughout the library, the library will need to be closed until 5 p.m. on both Dec. 2 and 3.

“While the partial closure will be a nuisance, we want to ensure the safety of our patrons and staff while maintaining the highest level of operations possible,” explained John Finn, Lewis & Clark Library director.

Books & Babies and Toddler Time will meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Myrna Loy, 15 N. Ewing.

Branch Libraries will be open normal hours both days and the Bookmobile schedule will remain the same. The only impact is to the Main Branch between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

For construction updates visit www.lclibrary.org/remodel.

YMCA to offer holiday camp over Christmas break

It's the days after Christmas and you have to work but your kids don't have school. Fear not moms and dads the YMCA has your back. Enroll your kids in our fun holiday camp Dec. 23-24, 26-27, 30-31, Jan 2-3.

We'll have plenty of activities to keep kids busy and safe. 

To register online visit www.helenaymca.org. For questions, contact Meredith at meredith@helenaymca.org.

Study abroad opportunities await high school students 

Local high school students are offered a unique opportunity to spend an academic year, a semester or the summer holiday in Europe, Asia, North and South America, Australia or South Africa, as part of the ASSE International Student Exchange Program.

Exchange students live with a caring host family while attending high school and learning about the language and people of their chosen host country. Students, 15 to 18½ years of age, qualify on the basis of academic performance, character references and a genuine desire to experience life abroad with a volunteer host family. Prior knowledge of the host country’s language is not a requirement. Scholarships are available and are based on academic performance, leadership skills, and financial need.

ASSE also encourages local families to host an international student from one of over 60 countries worldwide here in the United States. To learn more about these outstanding young students, families are invited to contact us or visit our hosting website at www.assehosts.com.

Students interested in becoming an exchange student abroad should call 1-800-733-2773 or visit ASSE’s website at www.asse.com, or email asseusawest@asse.com.

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.

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