Pumpkin Sunday event

Fall into autumn fun at Grant-Kohrs Ranch for the annual Pumpkin Sunday event on Oct. 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. See accompanying brief for more details.


LWVHA to hold monthly meeting

The League of Women Voters Helena Area will hold their monthly meeting on noon Tuesday, Oct. 15, in the auditorium at the Montana Historical Society, 225 N. Roberts.

Colleen McCarthy will lead the discussion on the U.S. Census and how to participate.

Brain health program 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. The series continues at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 2330 E. Broadway.

Participants learn and practice activities to keep the brain healthy as it ages. Nanette Whitman-Holmes, life enrichment director at Touchmark, facilitates. The title of the program is Building Your Resilience: Finding Meaning in Adversity. 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 202-3774 for more information. Visit www.bridgeshcc.org.

Annual Pumpkin Sunday upcoming at Grant-Kohrs Ranch

Grant-Kohrs Ranch NHS will host the annual Pumpkin Sunday event on Oct. 20  from 1 to 4 p.m. There are family-friendly activities for everyone at this free autumn celebration.

Starting at 1 p.m. visitors can participate in traditional seasonal activities, such as tractor-drawn wagon rides, apple cider pressing, and a children’s hay maze. Sit around the bonfire and enjoy roasting marshmallows. Visit the pumpkin patch where children 14 and under can search for the pumpkin of their choice. Participate in pumpkin painting, complete a scavenger hunt, create fun crafts such as making soap or candles, or take a tour through the historic main ranch house.

For more information on the annual Pumpkin Sunday, call 406-846-2070 or visit http://www.nps.gov/grko.

Helena horse racing topic of history group

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.

The Last Chance Gulch Corral is a group interested in Montana and Helena history. Anyone interested in history is welcome.


Nonprofit seeks volunteers for exchange students

ASSE International, a nonprofit student exchange program, is seeking volunteers to serve as area representatives in the community. ASSE offers qualified students from around the world, between the age of 15 and 18, the opportunity to spend a high school year or semester in the United States with a host family. The opportunity to study abroad and live with a host family is also offered to our American high school students between 15-18 years old. 

Area representatives recruit and screen potential host families, supervise the exchange students in their community, organize activities with the students throughout the year and provide support to host families, students and schools. Area representatives receive compensation covering their expenses incurred for each student placed and supervised.

For more information call 800-733-2773, visit us online at www.asse.com or email asseusawest@asse.com.


Two CHS students make semi-finals for National Merit Scholarship

Lea Hohenlohe and Caroline Southworth, seniors at Capital High School, had scores on the 2018 PSAT qualifying them for the semi-final round of the prestigious National Merit Scholarship. Hohenlohe and Southworth will join approximately 16,000 semi-finalists from around the United States in competition for around 7,500 scholarships.

Semi-finalists have to do a number of things to move on to the next round including completing an application and earning scores on the SAT or ACT that verify the scores they received on the PSAT. National Merit will notify them in February whether they will advance to the finalist stage and are eligible to compete in the final round for the National Merit Scholarship ($2,500) or other college or corporate merit sponsorships.

This year, juniors will have the opportunity to take the PSAT and qualify for the National Merit Scholarships on Oct. 16.



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