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Family Fun Fest returns in person

The Family Fun Fest will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, August 13 at Centennial Park and the Great Northern Town Center. The fun run warm-up begins at 8:30 a.m. The race begins at 9 a.m., followed by a fair of health and wellness activities until noon.

The Family Fun Fest is a free race and family activity fair focused on health and wellness. and is presented by St. Peter’s Health and PacificSource Health Plans.

After the fun run, families are invited to the Great Northern Town Center for a health and wellness activity fair, where children can play fun games organized by local non-profits and organisations, collect gifts, board a St. Peter’s Ambulance and more. . Children wearing their Fun Fest t-shirts are entitled to free entry to the Great Northern Carousel and ExplorationWorks at specific times. Capacity limits will apply due to the transmission of COVID-19.

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Regular registration is closed, but race day registration is available from 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, with a limited number of t-shirts to be given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

Lectures on bats, the night sky, orienteering

The Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park Lecture Series welcomes Bryce Maxell, who will speak about bats on Friday, August 12. Bryce’s program will begin at 8:00 p.m. in the campground amphitheater.

On Saturday, August 13, Ranger Ramona Radonich will perform “Night Skies at Lewis & Clark Caverns” at 8 p.m. in the campground amphitheater. This is a fun tour through the constellations and stars you see when looking at the night sky from the park. Among the wonders you’ll encounter is a star who turned on the lights to open the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair, as well as the famous “double-double.” As a bonus, it’s the night of the Perseid Meteor rain.

On Sunday, August 14, Ranger Radonich will teach an orientation course. Learn how to use a compass, then set off to see if you can find your way back. Compasses will be provided for those who do not have one. Meet at the main visitor center at 9am

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park is about 15 miles southeast of Whitehall along Montana Highway 2. For more information about the park, please visit or call 406-287-3541.

A complete list of this summer’s events at the Caverns is available online at

Tip-A-Cop Fundraiser for Special Olympics

In an effort to raise awareness and support Special Olympics Montana, law enforcement from across the state will participate in Tip-A-Cop at MacKenzie River Pizza.

Starting at 11 a.m., the fundraising event will take place in Helena on Tuesday, August 16, at MacKenzie River Pizza, 1110 Road Runner Drive. The public is invited to attend and support local Special Olympics Montana athletes as well as local law enforcement.

Local law enforcement will work as celebrity servers and their advice will benefit Special

Olympics Montana in their local communities and across the state. Special Olympics is a nonprofit organization that provides year-round athletic training and athletic competition to more than 2,000 people with developmental disabilities in Montana.

DAR sponsors essay contest and scholarships

The Oro Fino Chapter of the NSDAR offers scholarship opportunities for young people in Montana. The DAR encourages all Montana students to participate in essay contests based on American history and patriotism.

  • American History Essay – Grades 5-8
  • Essay on Patriots of the American Revolution – Grades 9-12
  • Public schools, private schools, parochial or home schools
  • All contests are organized without distinction of race, religion, sex or nationality.
  • Cash prize for each rank winner.
  • The deadline is December 15, 2022.

The DAR also offers a Good Citizen award and scholarship. Each school (public or private) can designate a student as a Good Citizen.

For more information, visit email Community Class Committee Chair [email protected]

The Jeannette Rankin Foundation pays tribute to 3 women

The Jeannette Rankin Foundation, the national foundation dedicated to transforming the future through education, has awarded three national scholarships of $2,500 to Nicole Leno of Culbertson, Brenda Valerio de Helena and Ahwahnee Williams of Ronan.

Created at the request of the first US Congresswoman and Montana native, Jeannette Rankin, the foundation has continued the legacy of its namesake by awarding more than $4 million since 1976 to women 35 and older pursuing their first associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

Unlike traditional scholarships, JRF grants can be used for books, supplies, transportation, childcare, and other living expenses, as well as tuition and fees. Fellowships may be renewable for up to five years. As part of this award, grant recipients also have access to coaching, case management and support from alumni of the foundation.

New JRF Fellow, Valerio, from Helena, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at Helena College University of Montana. Valerio is a mother, first-generation student, waitress, and volunteer who makes coffee and donuts on Saturdays for members of the Helena community who are experiencing homelessness.

The foundation begins accepting National Scholar Grant applications each November. To learn more about their eligibility criteria and application process, or to support the next generation of Jeannette Rankin Foundation Scholars, visit

The Red Cross is asking for blood donations

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to help end the critical need for blood by donating blood. The Red Cross needs donors of all blood types to donate now and help ensure life-saving transfusions are on the sidelines for those who depend on them.

Appointments can be made by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting RedCrossBlood.orgby calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or activating the Blood Donor skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Nar-Anon Family Group Reunion

The Helena Nar-Anon Family Group, a 12-step program for families and friends of drug addicts, meets Mondays and Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Methodist Church Library, 512 Logan.

The library is located on the lower level of the main church building. Please enter through the Cruise Avenue entrance. The group observes the COVID-19 protocols required by the church.

Student News

The General Federation of Woman’s Club Helena announced the awarding of a $1,000 scholarship to Alexis Ricks. Ricks plans to continue his education at Helena College. She wants to pursue an associate of arts degree in social work.

The General Federation of Woman’s Club Helena announced the awarding of a $10,000 scholarship to Skylar Ivers. Ivers plans to continue his studies at MSU Northern with a major in diesel mechanics.

heather bellof Helena, has been named to St. Olaf College’s Dean’s List for the Spring 2022 semester. The Dean’s List recognizes students with a grade point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4-point scale.

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