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Community briefs published Friday, Sept. 6, 2019

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Community party tonight at YMCA to celebrate Man Therapy success

For the past year, local suicide prevention advocates have tried to tickle men’s funny bones through Man Therapy, a mental health, anti-stigma campaign aimed at working-aged men in Lewis and Clark County.

The Man Therapy End-of-Year Bash will be today, Sept. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Helena Family YMCA, 1200 N. Last Chance Gulch. The family-friendly event will feature food trucks and important announcements for the future of the program, as well as free sessions of dodgeball, pickleball and yoga. The coalition will finally give away the “Ultimate Man Package,” a raffle prize a year in the making for men who participated in the campaign’s Guys’ Night Out series of events.

The bash will also serve as a kick-off for the newest chapter of Team RWB, a veteran service organization that brings together veterans, service members and civilians through fitness and service opportunities. Learn more about this organization at

Through the website,, visitors can take a mental health survey to measure their mental well-being and learn more about common challenges, such as anger, substance use, depression and anxiety. The site also helps them consider an array of actions that can put them on the path to better mental health, treatment and recovery.

For more information about the Suicide Prevention Coalition and the Man Therapy Campaign, contact Jess Hegstrom at 457-8970 or Or visit

Carnival Classic celebrates start of school year

Helena elementary schools, middle schools and high school clubs and sports teams will come together to celebrate the start of the 2019/20 school year at the Helena Education Foundation Carnival Classic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in Memorial Park. Helena families are invited to enjoy dozens of activities — try giant Jenga, make a kite, toss a water balloon at a principal, enjoy a root beer float and watch dozens of Helena youth perform in the bandshell.

Attendees and participants are asked to bring a kid-friendly food item for the Helena Food Share Kid Pack program. Kid packs provide a source of weekend nutrition during the school year for elementary students at risk of hunger. Over 1,100 elementary students in our area receive Food Packs on a weekly basis. Kid-friendly foods include fruit juice boxes, fruit cups, low-sugar granola bars and individual packages of oatmeal.

According to Lisa Cordingley, executive director of the Helena Education Foundation, “This is a family event that brings the community to come together to show its support for our local schools; this year, more than ever, we have so much to celebrate! Our first Carnival Classic was held the year today’s high school seniors were born, so this feels like a milestone for HEF.”

The Helena Education Foundation aims to enrich education in Helena Public Schools through the investment of time, talent, funding and resources. The foundation directs resources toward: promoting and celebrating education success, recognizing staff for creative and innovative teaching, increasing the visibility and value of public education, encouraging lifelong learning. HEF benefits Helena students and staff by serving as a catalyst and funding source for new ideas, programs, and educational opportunities.

For more information about Carnival Classic and the Helena Education Foundation, please call Lisa Cordingley at 443-2545 or email her at

Help a veteran and his family

Retired 1st Sgt. Alan Adams has made an extreme sacrifice for his country and his family: his health and eventually his life.

Alan grew up in Helena and graduated from Helena High School in 1987. He participated in high school football. Outside of school he was active in motocross and flat track. After high school he continued his activities by participating in weight-lifting competitions, racing stock cars and coaching small fry football. He loved and enjoyed the physicality of the sports and excelling in all that he did. In 1997 he married the love of his life, Amy. Together they have three sons, a daughter, a grandson with another grandson on the way.

Alan was diagnosed with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), the mental and physical symptoms can last for years and are debilitating. However, there were other issues/symptoms that were plaguing Alan due to his exposure to chemicals and toxins while he was stationed in Iraq. He was treated for several different conditions, but none of the diagnoses/treatments brought about any change or relief and his health has continued to deteriorate. He was granted a medical discharge and received a 100%, permanent and total disability. Alan has been to several major clinics in the United States, the War Related Illness & Injury Study Center, associated with Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, and the Cleveland Clinic just to name a couple. He has been diagnosed with Common Variable Immune Deficiency (CVID). CVID is a disorder that impairs the immune system; Alan’s body produces no antibodies; he is highly susceptible to infection from bacteria and viruses. For this he has to have immunoglobin replacement therapy three times a week.

The Adams family is truly blessed with the Veterans Administration’s health and other benefits that they receive. However, the household income has been greatly reduced. Family and friends have launched a fundraiser to help the family at

Free plane rides for kids, breakfast at event Saturday

Arguably the finest fighter aircraft of WWII, a P-51 Mustang will be on display in conjunction with a Young Eagles® Rally sponsored by Helena Chapter 344 of the Experimental Aircraft Association.

Free airplane rides will be offered for kids 8 to 17 on Saturday, Sept. 7, at Montana Aeronautics Division HQ, 2630 Airport Road in Helena. All family members will also enjoy a free pancake breakfast, and an opportunity to experience the aircraft on display up close and personal and meet the pilots. Registration for flights begins at 9 a.m. and flight operations will end at 11.

The Young Eagles® program has encouraged the next generation of pilots and aviation professionals with more than 2 million free flights since 1992. In-person permission from a parent or guardian is required for kids to fly.

For more information on Young Eagles, see: Experiences/Young Eagles®. Questions may be directed to

Helena's history now on display in US Bank lobby

Lewis and Clark County Historical Society's exhibit in the US Bank lobby, 302 N. Last Chance Gulch, features a variety of Helena's early history, including telephones, hard rock mining, Kessler advertising, railroad history, Broadwater Hotel artifacts, and weather information plus many drawings by artist Dennis McCahon.

The mining portion showcases a variety of tools used to work hard rock at the turn of the 21st century and will be on display through Sept. 13. The other exhibits will continue to be available for viewing. Admission is free. The lobby is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday.

The Lewis and Clark County Historical Society was founded in 1989 and celebrates local history with programs and displays. Call 447-8357or email for more information.

Wine for Whiskers Ball benefits L&C Humane Society

The Lewis & Clark Humane Society's fifth annual Wine for Whiskers Ball will be held on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 7-11 p.m. at the Delta Helena Colonial Hotel, 2300 Colonial Drive.

The event will include more than 100 different kinds of beer and wine for sampling, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and live music from The Mighty Flick. All proceeds benefit the Lewis & Clark Humane Society and their work helping the homeless pets of the greater Helena-area.

Tickets are $50 each or two for $90 and purchasable at the shelter or online at Group pricing will also be available. For group pricing and sponsorship opportunities, reach out to the LCHS Development Director, Cassidy Cook at or 406-442-1660 ext. 107.

Due to alcohol service, this is a 21-plus event. Minors will not be admitted.

Rummage, cookie sale coming up

Covenant United Methodist Church Women of Helena will hold their annual rummage and home-baked cookie sale on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is welcome. Proceeds are for Missions.

The church is located at 2330 E. Broadway, across from St Peter's Hospital.

Community garden tour and dinner Sept. 13

Join Bike Walk Helena, the Helena Police Department and Helena Community Gardens for a 5-mile bike tour of Helena Community Gardens and fundraising dinner on Friday, Sept. 13.

The guided bike ride will be led by the HPD and will highlight nonmotorized travel to several of Helena’s community gardens. The tour begins at Centennial Park and registration opens at 4:30 p.m. The bike tour will leave at 5 p.m. and will follow Helena’s Centennial Trail to Waukesha Garden.

This event allows participants to visit the gardens on bike or by foot and tour the harvest garden, observe progressive gardening strategies, sample vegetables, enjoy music, get their faces painted and have fun while learning more about community gardening in Helena.

You may also walk or drive to a garden tour. Waukesha, 6th Ward Garden and Garden Park, Helena Food Share Garden and Jubilee Garden will be open to the public from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for visitors to explore.

The tour culminates at the Jubilee Garden, located at St. Mary’s Catholic Community at 1700 Missoula Ave. Everyone is invited to the Harvest Fundraising Dinner at 7 p.m. The cost for the harvest-inspired meal is $5 per person, or $15 per family, with music provided by New Zealand based singer-songwriter Erin Cole Baker. For more information, or to volunteer for this event or throughout the season visit, or call 406-438-6049.

AARP driver safety class upcoming

AARP driver safety has a single class scheduled in Helena during September. 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.

Wednesday, Sept. 11, at First Interstate Bank-East, 2728 Colonial Drive, from noon until about 4:30 p.m.

To register for a class, call 439-7675. Find additional classes at

Dog shows are coming to Helena

The Helena Kennel Club’s annual dog shows, sanctioned by the American Kennel Club, will be held 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 19-22, at the Lewis & Clark County Fairgrounds Exhibition Building.

The shows will feature more than 600 dogs and as many as 175 different breeds from golden retriever to the Chinese crested. Dogs from throughout the U.S. and Canada will be competing for the best of breed, group and show. The shows include obedience and rally competitions and are co-hosted by the Gallatin Dog Club.

These shows are free, but seating is limited so bring a folding chair. Only those dogs entered in the show are allowed in the building. On-site vendors will be selling food and dog-related merchandise.

Visit Helena Kennel Club’s Facebook page for judging schedule.

Celebration marks 232nd anniversary of US Constitution

The tri-county Oro Fino Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will sponsor the 232nd Commemoration of signing the U.S. Constitution at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, in the Capitol rotunda.

The celebration will feature “School Civics” by Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen, “Citizenship” by Deputy Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen, a performance of “This is My Country” by Helena Xpress Singers directed by Barb Leland, “What is this Constitution?” by Montana Society Sons of the American Revolution President Warren Dupuis, and “Reflections” by The American Legion District Six Commander Joshua T. Clement.

The ringing the statehood centennial bell will be done by First Lutheran School fourth- and fifth-grade students in Allyson Briese’s class, assisted by Patricia Greene, Oro Fino Chapter vice regent. Jane Lee Hamman, Montana Society and Oro Fino DAR Constitution Week chairwoman will emcee.

Birthday cookies and decorations will be provided by members of Oro Fino Chapter. Everyone is welcome.

In addition, Oro Fino DAR is supporting Constitution Week with displays and programs in tri-county area schools, and exhibits in libraries and the US Bank building on Last Chance Gulch.


Nominations open for congressional vet commendation

Congressman Greg Gianforte opened nominations for the Montana Congressional Veteran Commendation, a tribute to recognize outstanding Montana veterans who have honorably served both our nation and our communities.

Since launching the commendation in 2017, Gianforte has presented the award to 33 Montana veterans.

Nominations for the commendation come from the community. To be considered, nominees must reside in Montana and have served honorably in uniform as well as in their community.

The deadline to nominate a veteran for the 2019 commendation is Nov. 1. Recipients will be announced later that month.

For more information or to nominate a veteran, visit, or contact Mike Waters at or 406-969-1736.

Civil Air Patrol holds summer encampment

Earlier this month, cadets of the Civil Air Patrol came from around the state to conduct the first summer encampment since 2012.

A summer encampment, held at Fort Harrison, is the CAP’s version of basic training, but is geared toward youth ages 12-20. The camp lasted eight days.

Cadets got to experience a taste of military life that included classroom instruction, practical leadership skills, and other various exciting opportunities. Cadets came from all over the state including Butte, Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, Missoula, and other outlying small towns.

A day at encampment begins with physical fitness, breakfast, cleaning and organizing the barracks, making beds and shining boots. The cadets must be timely to classes and events, and learn to be organized and prioritize.

During encampment, cadets got to participate in events such as obstacle courses, helicopter incentive flights, force on force paintball simulations, team-building events, tank orientations, military vehicle and weapon demonstrations.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90% of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually.

Visit or for more information on the Civil Air Patrol.


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