Sun Run and Clean Energy Expo is Saturday

Community groups will host a fundraiser road race event called the Sun Run and Clean Energy Expo at the newly rebuilt Central Elementary School, 402 N. Warren St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.

Partner organizations Sleeping Giant Citizens Council and Helena Vigilante Runners organize the race every fall to raise money for community-sited solar projects. This year, all proceeds go toward the installation of solar arrays on Helena’s newly refurbished elementary schools: Central, Bryant and Jim Darcy. Past successful solar installations from the Sun Run include the Lewis and Clark Library and Carroll College.

The intent of the Sun Run is to bring clean energy solutions, cost savings, and solar education to Montana’s capital city.

Following the road race, the Montana Renewable Energy Association will host the Clean Energy Expo. The expo will include presentations about renewable energy and climate goals in the Helena community along with opportunities to engage with renewable energy businesses, advocates and enthusiasts. Mayor Wilmot Collins will be the keynote speaker.

Registration for the race is available online at https://runsignup.com/Race/MT/Helena/HelenaRunfortheSun.

Estate planning is focus of Bridges program 

Helena Community Connections’ Bridges program is offering two estate planning workshops on Thursday, Oct. 10.

The workshops will be taught by Dr. Marsha A. Goetting, professor and extension family economics specialist at MSU–Bozeman. The first class will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon and is titled Estate Planning for Every Montanan. The second class, Trusts and Wills, will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. in the same location at 2330 E. Broadway. Both classes are free. Register at www.bridgeshcc.org.

Bridges programs are life enrichment for those over 50. Class size is limited. Non-perishable food for Helena Food Share is suggested as a donation in lieu of a class fee. All Bridges programs are offered in handicapped accessible facilities.

East Helena Fall Fest & Apple Press event upcoming

Bring your family and your home-grown apples to the second annual East Helena Fall Fest & Apple Press on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the East Helena Volunteer Fireman’s Hall, 2 E. Pacific St., from 2-5 p.m.

Main Street Eats will serve warm chili and cornbread, and the East Helena Food/Culture Hub will provide an apple press for people to press their own cider. People are encouraged to bring their own apples, and clean containers to take home their cider.

Inside the Fireman’s Hall, local storytellers will collaborate with Improv Mining Company to present a mini-storytelling fest (rained out at Stackfest in August). And there will be an old-fashioned apple pie contest, with cash prizes and celebrity judges.

The fall fest includes pumpkin carving and games for kids. And it’s all free, hosted by the East Helena Food/Culture Hub and The Myrna Loy, as part of its project to celebrate East Helena's unique cultural heritage.

For pie contest rules, or information about the event, see the second annual East Helena Fall Fest & Apple Press Facebook page, or email ehfoodstories@gmail.com.

AARP driver safety classes scheduled

AARP driver safety has a 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. 12, at St. Peter's Health conference room 2&3, 2475 Broadway, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 22, at First Interstate Bank, 2021 N. Montana Ave., from noon until about 4:30 p.m. 

To register for a class call: 457-4712 or 439-7675. Find additional classes at aarp.org/driversafety.

History group to host program on horse racing in Helena

The Last Chance Gulch Corral History Dinner Group will meet Monday, Oct. 21, at the Delta Hotel by Marriott, 2301 Colonial Drive in the Natatorium Room at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6. Reservations are required by Tuesday Oct. 15, by calling Shirley Thomas at 227-5953 or 431-8196.

Brenda Wahler will present her program on Helena’s Horse Racing History. The Queen City hosted the first organized horse racing meet in Montana territory, running races at the one-mile fairgrounds track prior to the creation of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby.

From Silas Harvey and Hugh Kirkendall to George Cooney and Mother Berry, Helenans were key players throughout Montana’s rich horse racing history.

Wahler is a Helena attorney, former teacher, and a fourth-generation Montanan with a lifelong interest in horses and history.

The Last Chance Gulch Corral is a group interested in Montana and Helena history. They meet monthly from September through May. Anyone interested in history is welcome.


Melanie Morris, a UW School of Medicine/Montana WWAMI fourth-year medical student, has been accepted into the University of Washington Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

The AOA Honor Medical Society is a professional medical organization that recognizes and advocates for excellence in scholarship and the highest ideals in the profession of medicine. The top 25 percent of a medical school class is eligible for nomination to the society.

Morris graduated from Helena High School, and received her undergraduate degree from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Amelia Schuver, a Carroll College senior nursing major, has received a $1,500 Reverend Frank Lawrence Harrington Scholarship for the 2019-2020 academic year. The award is in recognition of academic achievement, leadership potential and spiritual conduct in keeping with the best traditions of The American Legion and Carroll College.

The scholarship was established in 1987 by the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans in Canada, United States Unit, to honor Harrington, national chaplain of The American Legion in 1947-48. Father Harrington was a spiritual leader, teacher and patriot, as shown by his service to Mount St. Charles College (later renamed Carroll College) as dean of men and professor of mathematics.


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