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December Events

​​NOW through mid Dec ~ Nominate a Veteran for a Christmas to Remember!

A Perfect Montana Christmas for a perfect Montana Hero. 94-3 The Ride and 107 The Ranch are teaming up with Wildlife Adventures Guest Ranch in Victor to provide a Montana Veteran and their family with a “Perfect Montana Christmas.” Nominate a Veteran who you think deserves to win this Perfect Montana Christmas!

Western Rockies Radios will be running the contest and giving a local Veteran and family a 5 day, 4 night stay (December 22 – 26). They will have nomination boxes at the VA Office in both Missoula and Hamilton, as well as the Chamber of Commerce in Hamilton. We ask our community to stop in these locations to nominate a local Veteran that they would benefit from this giveaway. The drawing will be held the second week in December. It will be a juried decision by a team of Western Rockies Radio employees and their participating sponsors.

Accommodations (Wildlife Adventures Guest Ranch): https://wildlife-adventures-guest-ranch.business.site/

Nominate your Veteran online at 94.3 The Ride: https://www.943theride.com

Or, 107.5 The Ranch: https://www.kdxttheranch.com

Or, email (Subject: “Nomination for Veteran Christmas”) to Scott.westernrockiesradio@gmail.com

Questions: Mariya Moore (406) 369-4180

NOW through 12/24 Salvation Army ~ We need your help to ring in the Christmas season as a Salvation Army Red Kettle Bell ringer!
The Salvation Army Red Kettle Bell Ringing Program is a tradition which provides you the opportunity to meet the public and support The Salvation Army in a unique way. We need individual volunteers, but also consider bringing your family, your co-workers, friends from school, or members of your church. Man the kettle, ring the familiar bell, and wish shoppers a joyous holiday season.
The Red Kettle Campaign is one of the primary fundraising efforts of The Salvation Army. By volunteering to be a Bell-Ringer you are helping to raise the much needed funds to support The Salvation Army services and programs throughout the year.
Please volunteer now! https://volunteer.usawest.org/OpportunityDetail.aspx?ID=4335 [volunteer.usawest.org]

There are 17 locations listed for the Missoula area - pick a shift: https://volunteer.usawest.org/OpportunityShiftSelectionKettle.aspx [volunteer.usawest.org]

Questions: Ryan Boyd, (406) 549-0710

NOW through 12/31 Savage Gear Fitness Apparel (Veteran Owned Business) Christmas Discount

We at Savage Gear Fitness Apparel want to thank you all for your support. For the entire month of December everything is 50% off. Simply enter discount code Fall2019 for instant savings. https://www.facebook.com/events/2538275909784046/

Questions: Roy Savage, HTOP Program Manager, (406) 544-7149, savagefitenterprises@outlook.com

NOW through 12/31 AARP Honoring Heroes Contest

Starting on Veterans Day, help us raise awareness of AARP’s commitment to veterans through the Create the Good Honoring Heroes Contest. This CTG effort, which runs from Nov 11 - Dec 31, 2019, solicits stories about the good work of organizations serving veterans - and veterans themselves - to shine a spotlight on their efforts. It is also a great way to build relationships with veterans organizations in your communities.

Key Dates: Submission and PUBLIC VOTING period: Nov 11 – Dec 31, 2019; Winner selection by team of AARP volunteer judges: Jan 1 - 10, 2020; Winner announced: Jan 20, 2020 (pending verification)

Contest Description: The Create the Good Honoring Heroes Contest invites the general public to submit a photo (no larger than 5 MB) and essay (of 500 words or less) describing:  The impact of a 501(c)3 serving veterans has had on the community; The difference a veteran has made in the submitter's life; or The impact the submitter has seen (firsthand) of a military training or deployment; An individual can submit multiple photo essays during the submission period, but no more than one per day; The public will select the top 10 finalists; The winner will be selected from those finalists by a panel of AARP volunteer judges.

Prize: $5,000!; If the winner is the story of a veteran community service project, the prize is a $5,000 donation to that project; If it is an account of the difference a veteran made in the submitter's life, the $5,000 that can be claimed solely by the writer or shared with the featured veteran; If it is the firsthand account of a deployment or training, the $5,000 is received by the submitter.

Judging Criteria: Judges will evaluate submissions based on an application of the following criteria equally: impact of service (1/3), quality of submission (1/3), and relevance of submission (1/3).

Staff and Volunteer Participation: Staff cannot enter, but are welcome to vote and to spread the word about the contest; Volunteers are welcome to enter, vote and/or spread the word.

ENTER NOW: https://volunteeroutreach.aarp.org/HonoringHeroes/contest/details/36307

Questions: Carol Ricks (202) 434-6038, cricks@aarp.org

12/9 Veteran Memorial Service, W. MT State Veterans Cemetery, 1911 Tower St., Missoula, 1pm

Savannah, "SGT who works with the Honor Guard said they are holding a funeral on Monday at 1pm at the Veterans Cemetery for a Veteran named Patrick Zieman. It seems he sadly was homeless and did not have many connections in the area, and it is looking like attendance for the funeral will be low. SGT Little asked if I could help spread the word to anyone in the community who may be interested in attending to honor this veteran at his memorial." Sincerely, Savannah J. Harms, Family Assistance Center Specialist (FAC), MT National Guard Family Programs, 9383 Running W Rd, Missoula, Office: (406) 324-5121, Mobile: (406) 439-8580, savannah.harms.missoulafac@gmail.com

Questions: W. Montana Veterans Cemetery, (406) 721-2995

Or, Montana Veterans Affairs Division, (406) 542-2501

12/9 PLAINS (2nd Monday of Every Month): VFW Auxiliary Member Meeting, VFW Post 3596, 201 West Lynch St., Plains, 3pm
If you are not a member, please consider joining. Eligibility Requirements for VFW Auxiliary Membership:
Members must be citizens of the United States or a United States National, and at least 16 years old. Those eligible are: Husband/Wife, Widower/Widow, Father/Mother, Grandfathers/Grandmothers, Sons/Daughters, Grandsons/Granddaughters, and Brothers/Sisters of persons who were or are eligible for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Those eligible for membership in the VFW are those that have received a campaign medal for overseas service; have served 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive days in Korea; or have ever received hostile fire or imminent danger pay. Step- and adopted parents, children, siblings (and half-siblings), grandparents and grandchildren are considered the same as biological parents, children, siblings, grandparents and grandchildren and may join the VFW Auxiliary under their VFW-eligible veteran. Proof of service is required for eligibility and must be obtained by the applicant. https://www.facebook.com/events/2388631301414131/

Questions: VFW Post 3596, (406) 826-5960, vfw3596@gmail.com

12/9 Caregiver Support Group (2nd Monday of Every Month), Missoula Aging Services, 337 Stephens Ave, Missoula, 4 – 5pm

For family members of an older adult or person with a disability. Group meets 2nd Monday of each month.

Other MAS events: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/missoula-aging-services-7856196095

Questions: MAS (406) 728-7682, help@missoulaagingservices.org

12/9 HAMILTON (2nd Monday of Every Month): Ravalli County Off Road Users Association (RCORUA) General Meeting, BRR Groomer Shed, 663 Grantsdale Rd., Hamilton, 7pm

RCORUA is a local community club. We love to ride in our beautiful state, and surrounding states and see the beauty our public lands offer (ravallioffroad.org)

Join FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ravallioffroad/permalink/2417896474936660/

Questions: Dan Thompson, President, (406) 531-3103

Or, Brent Nelson, RCORUA Board Member, (406) 821-4844, brentnelson@hughes.net

12/10 – 12/11 VFW Beautification Project, Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Missoula, 8am – 1pm

* All hands on deck* Come down to the VFW post 209 Tuesday and Wednesday from 8am to 1pm to help the post with a beautification project. Food and drinks will be provided for individuals that help. patrons, post and community members welcome.

Questions: VFW (406) 778-7749, info@vfwpost209.org

12/10 & 12/12 VET2VET (Every Tuesday & Thursday): PTSD Peer Support Group, CBOC Missoula VA Clinic, 2687 Palmer St., Msla, 12pm

Join a group of brothers & sisters that are taking strides to live and thrive. It takes courage to be with others who understand. Rise up and don't let isolation and depression get the best of you. You have so much to give others. REMEMBER: Do your BUDDY CHECKS & SAVE a LIFE!

Questions: Chris, Spartans Honour, (406) 214-0333

12/10 Tree Lighting, Rose Memorial Park & Tree of Life Ceremony & Reception, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 202 Brooks St, Missoula (Lighting 6pm, Ceremony 6:30pm)

THE TREE OF LIFE CEREMONY is an annual event celebrating the lives of loved ones who have passed away each year.  It is an important event that includes a Tree Lighting at Rose Memorial Park in Missoula, followed by the Ceremony held at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Brooks Street in Missoula.  A Reception follows the Ceremony and everyone is invited to attend.

The evening starts with a brief five-minute Lighting of the Tree at Rose Memorial Park (optional attendance, dress for the weather). Everyone is then invited to meet at St. Paul Lutheran Church for the Tree of Life Ceremony starting at 6:30 pm. At the reception afterward, we’ll have homemade treats and warm drinks for all. You will also be able to review the memorial banners with the names of your loved ones displayed. Reception follows ceremony downstairs. We hope you will join us. https://www.partnersinhomecare.org/tree-of-life/

Questions: Partners in Home Care, (406) 728-8848

12/10 – 12/12 Homeword’s FREE Financial Fitness Class, 1535 Liberty Lane, Solstice Building (Suite 116A), Msla, 6 – 9pm

Get into financial shape, set goals for spending and saving, manage debt and learn other money management skills. Learn how to take charge of your financial life including: Getting organized; Creating a budget that works; Understanding student loans and repayment options; Saving for future goals; Learning how to manage credit; Discovering ways to build your credit; Understanding insurance; Managing tax liability. Classes are taught by Homeword’s Financial Educator, Katie Sadowski and other professionals. Classes are FREE and open to the public. Childcare vouchers are available upon request. Refreshments are provided. This is a nine hour class, split between three days. 

December: https://www.facebook.com/events/419493475298118/

REGISTER: https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=13623853&appointmentType=category:Financial%20Education

OR, call (406) 532-4663 x10

Questions: Katie Sadowski, Financial Education Coordinator, (406) 532-4663 x23, katie@homeword.org

12/10 WHITEFISH (Every Tuesday  until 1/21/2020): REBOOT Combat Recovery, Summit Life Church, 5932 HWY-93, Whitefish, 6 – 8pm

Join us starting on Tuesday, November 5th at 6pm for two hours a week for 12 weeks, focusing on the spiritual aspects of combat recovery. We are a free course - not a support group - providing practical help for veterans, service members and families dealing with after effects of combat. You won't find shortcuts or easy answers, but instead you'll find solutions that last. Dinner and childcare provided.  https://www.facebook.com/events/382958322593982/

REGISTER: rebootrecovery.com/military#join

Questions: Joe DeCree, (406) 871-0638, jdegijoe@gmail.com

Or, Buddy Hanrahan, REBOOT Montana Leader, (406) 438-6319, buddy@reboot-mt.com

12/10 (2nd Tuesday of Every Month): VFW Auxiliary Post 209 Meeting, Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Msla, 7pm

Join us Tuesday for the VFW Auxiliary Post 209 meeting. Come early to mingle & eat snacks! We look forward to seeing you!

December: https://www.facebook.com/events/3523259567787656/

Auxiliary Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/VFWAuxiliaryPost209/

Questions: VFW (406) 778-7749, info@vfwpost209.org

​​12/11 (Every Wednesday) American Red Cross Military & Caregiver Network (MVCN) “Wellbeing YOU,” 9am

15 minutes of focused wellbeing practice to enhance your whole health. This free event is open to military and veteran caregivers of all eras. Wellbeing YOU is hosted using Zoom video so caregivers are able to interact face to face using a computer or mobile device. The groups are flexible and informal so feel free to join when you are able, even if you can only attend part of the session.

Note: We will NOT meet on 11/27, 12/25, or 1/1/2020. https://milvetcaregivernetwork.org/event/wellbeing-you?instance_id=2154

Questions: programs.mvcn@redcross.org

12/11 (Every Wednesday), NAMI CRAFTS,  202 Brooks St., Rm 210, Msla, 2-3:30pm

“This group is open to adults living with mental health issues and interested in drawing, painting, bead work, decorating, and other craft activities.

ALL NAMI Missoula SUPPORT GROUPS ARE FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL”

NAMI Missoula – Support Groups:

https://namimissoula.org/support-groups-3/

Questions: (406) 880-1013, namimissoula@gmail.com​​

12/11 Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior, The Springs, 3710 American Way, Missoula, 2 - 3:30pm

Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. This program will prepare you to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease. https://www.facebook.com/events/537937920304135/

RSVP: (800) 272-3900 

Questions: Missoula Aging Services (406) 728-7682, help@missoulaagingservices.org

Or, Alzheimer's Association of Montana, (406) 252-3053, montana@alz.org

12/12 FREE Workshop Series, "Opening Doors to Your Success," Job Service, 539 S. 3rd St. W., Missoula, 10am

Veterans receive Priority of Service for all DLI employment & training opportunities!

  • 12/12, 1/16/20, 2/13/20, etc.: Job Search for Mature Workers, "Making wisdom & experience count" ~ Tips to combat perceptions, keep life skills current, and resume / interview suggestions.

  • 12/17: Basic Computer & Online Job Search, "Learn the keys to looking for work" ~ Familiarize yourself with the computer desktop and navigate the Job Service website. This workshop is held at the Council Groves apartment complex computer lab (1904 South 3rd St. W. – parking available in designated visitor areas).

  • 1/7: Effective Resumes & Cover Letters, "How to get noticed" ~ Tips on how to make your resume & cover letter relevant to the job you want. Learn how a computer might score your application (ATS), how to use keywords in application materials to get the maximum points (1.5 hours)

  • 1/14: Interviewing Basics, "Putting your best foot forward" ~ Tips on how to prepare for an interview, how to prepare and act the part, and interview do's and don'ts.

You must be registered w/the Job Service to attend the workshops. It’s quick and easy - Go to montanaworks.gov

RESERVE YOUR SEAT / Questions: (406) 728-7060

12/12, 2/20/20 Social Security Workshop, Missoula Aging Services MAS, 337 Stephens Ave., Missoula, 11:30am - 1:30pm

Join MAS Resource Center volunteer Mary Olson for an informative session to learn more about your Social Security options. Mary has 29 years of experience working for the Social Security Admin. as a claims representative and technical expert. Topics include: when to start benefits, retirement benefits, spouse’s benefits, divorced spouses benefits, widow/widower benefits, divorced widow/widower benefits and how work and earnings effect your Social Security benefits. The workshop time is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feel free to bring your lunch! Cost is $10 for one person or $15 for two. Call for the no cost or reduced cost ticket option. Space is limited to ten participants per session. https://www.facebook.com/events/2819608001387177
REGISTER: https://socialsecurity.eventbrite.com

Or, call Missoula Aging Services, (406) 728-7682

​12/12 (​Every Thursday): Meditation for Veterans with Larry Whitmore, Missoula Vet Center, 910 Brooks St., Msla, 1pm

FREE for Veterans. Meditation for Vets is a guided mindfulness practice exploring the method of paying attention to the breath to increase calm and reduce stress. No previous experience necessary.  

REGISTER: Vet Center, (406) 721-4918

12/12 (​Every Thursday): NAMI Family Support & Education, 202 Brooks St., Rm 208, Msla, 6-7:30pm

“This is for relatives, friends, and caregivers of individuals living with mental illness. ALL NAMI Missoula SUPPORT GROUPS ARE FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL”

NAMI Missoula – Support Groups:

https://namimissoula.org/support-groups-3/

Questions: (406) 880-1013, namimissoula@gmail.com​​

12/12 VIRTUAL (Every Thursday): iRest, You Rest: War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC) Virtual Yoga Nidra Session, 6pm

Every Thursday evening, Veterans all over the United States meet up to practice yoga. The Veterans spend an hour together, but they never see one another and likely will never even meet. This yoga class requires no travel, no membership or studio, and no special clothing or mat. Veterans perform the weekly yoga nidra session in their own space, on their own bed, couch or favorite chair. These Thursday evening classmates meet over the phone to participate in an hour of yoga nidra that follows the iRest methodology. CALL  1-800-767-1750 and use access code: 24953#

PDF: https://www.warrelatedillness.va.gov/WARRELATEDILLNESS/clinical/integrative-health/ca/yoga-nidra-meditation-veteran.pdf#

Or, try guided, weekly sessions:

https://www.warrelatedillness.va.gov/WARRELATEDILLNESS/meditation/default.asp

Questions: WRIISC Yoga Program, (650) 493-5000 Ext 62355​​

12/12 Full Moon Sound Bath with Arwen Sach Kiret Kaur, The Learning Center at Red Willow, 825 W. Kent Ave., Missoula,

6:30 - 7:30pm

The hour will begin with a short guided meditation to help us identify what it is that we are releasing and then we will settle in comfortably to bathe in the sound of the singing bowls. Feel free to bring your favorite pillow or blanket or any other cozy thing from home to help you settle in and be able to deeply relax. https://www.facebook.com/events/2247449938880413/

*** Through the Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program (HTOP), The Learning Center at Red Willow makes all of their courses available free of charge to Veterans and Active Duty Military Personnel, their Families and Caregivers, and First Responders

INFO / WAIVER: https://www.redwillowlearning.org/sliding-fees-scholarships/

Questions: (406) 721-0033, info@redwillowlearning.org

​Or, Roy Savage, HTOP Program Manager, (406) 544-7149, savagefitenterprises@outlook.com

12/12 (Every Thursday): Fish Bwoi Presents!, Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Missoula, 9pm
A weekly show happening every Thursday from 9pm to 12am! This is a night for all you funky hip hop heads of Missoula to come gather, drink, and enjoy the local scene. WE NOW HAVE DRINK SPECIALS! Come enjoy $5 doubles and $2.50 tall boys! This is a FREE event and we would love to have you pull up! 21+ If you're interested in being a featured guest feel free to contact us at jaiakattelus@gmail.com by sending in a video or audio recording of your funky talents! https://www.facebook.com/events/476351079662773/

*** Ole Beck VFW Post 209 is a Non Profit Veteran Organization, and all profits go back to the local Veteran community and/or Veteran programs. VFW is open to the public and dog friendly!

Questions: VFW (406) 778-7749, info@vfwpost209.org

12/13 – 12/15 SANTA  SOCKS DELIVERY

“Santa Socks is a Christmas and New Year program begun by veterans and veteran supporters to bring cheer and honor to veterans of all ages throughout the Missoula and Ravalli County areas of Western Montana. Over the years, the Santa Socks given to veterans also brings cheer, comfort, and happiness to the families of veterans, too, and tiny plastic soldiers and die-cast medal race cars sometimes become toys for grandchildren or children of veterans, who play with the young children.

Each veteran receiving a Santa Sock receives a new pair of large crew-length socks of any color, but most veterans prefer black or white, although other colors are always appreciated, especially by female veterans. Inside one sock are toilet articles from area hotels, chocolate candies, small plastic soldiers, medal race cars, unsharpened pencils, a knitted cap made by area volunteers, and whatever else fits in one crew sock. The other crew sock is used as the “plug” to keep all the goodies inside. Each veteran is given a Santa Sock and a handmade Christmas card made by a child from Russell Elementary or Washington Middle School in Missoula and from all the “magical elves” that sign a love note listing the donors. Large crew-length socks of any color can be donated.

Between mid-December and mid-January, “magical elves” personally deliver Santa Socks to veterans in private homes, local businesses, nursing homes, homeless shelters, independent living and assisted living apartments, hospitals, veteran clinics, and around towns wherever veterans live and work to thank veterans for their service and to tell them they are loved and appreciated. The magical elves are members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, United States of Hope, American Legion, their auxiliaries, Daughters of the American Revolution, Martha’s Ministries, Wraps for Vets, Girl and Boy Scouts, Missoula Civil Air Patrol, ROTC members from the University of Montana, and anyone wishing to help deliver Santa Socks. The magical elves spend time shaking veterans’ hands and talking to them about their military experiences. Every visit concludes with the singing of favorite Christmas carols and Santa Claus himself comes from the North Pole to join the magical elves one weekend during the delivery schedule. Santa Claus is an Iraq and Vietnam veteran.

The Santa Socks Program began in 2008 with 100 veterans and in 2018 grew to a delivery of 767 veterans. In 2019, Santa Socks may grow to more than 1,000, depending upon cash and in-kind donations received for Missoula and Ravalli Counties.

Delivery is especially energetic so volunteer magical elves are ALWAYS needed. If you can donate time to help with delivery, please contact the North Pole at 719-661-4037 or email Santa Baby at bluemountain@montana.com. The big delivery is Dec. 13 to 15 but full delivery goes through Christmas Day and beyond wherever a veteran is located.

Santa Claus this year is from the United States of Hope and an Iraq veteran!!! Ho Ho Ho.

To make a cash donation to Santa Socks, send a check to United States of Hope, Attention SANTA SOCKS, 91 Campus Drive, PMB 2407, Missoula, MT 59801.”

Questions: Santa Baby at the North Pole (Susan), (719) 661-4037, bluemountain@montana.com

12/13 – 12/15 BIG SKY: Military Appreciation Weekend, Big Sky Resort, 50 Big Sky Resort Rd., Big Sky

$20 lift tickets for military members staying in Big Sky Resort lodging; 50% off lift tickets for dependent military family members also staying in Big Sky Resort lodging; Huntley Lodge First Class for $129/night; Huntley Lodge Mountain View for $139/night; Huntley Lodge Loft for $209/night; Big Horn 3 Bedroom Condo for $299/night; Prices to not include taxes / fees. https://bigskyresort.com/events/military-appreciation-weekend

Questions: Big Sky Resort, (800) 548-4486

12/13 & 12/17 HELENA: Montana JCF, Gift Wrapping Party, Dynamic Health Tech. Bldg, 1200 N. MT, Helena, 11am – 7pm (Or 12/17 from 5 – 8pm)
The holiday season gets a little hectic! We agree. Please note that the gift wrapping party will be on Dec 13 at Dynamic Technologies. Volunteer for a couple of hours or longer! Other volunteer options are also needed for set-up, clean-up, and during the Christmas Dinner on December 19.
INFO / SIGN UP: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508094eadaa28a2f58-montana
Questions: Brandy Keely, President of Montana JCF & Director of Veteran Services, Carroll College, (406) 447-4550; montanajcf@gmail.com or bkeely@carroll.edu
Or, Steve Garrison, Montana JCF Co-Chair, (406) 461-7971, turbo159@earthlink.net

12/14 & 12/16 The Friends of the National World War II Memorial, Washington D.C.

Calling all WWII veterans to join us at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, DC this year. Let us SALUTE YOU for your service!

A Special Message to our World War II Veterans: Let us Honor You, Recognize You, and Thank You at the World War II Memorial! The Friends of the National World War II Memorial is calling on all World War II veterans to join us at the National World War II Memorial this year as we continue with our four-year WWII 75th Anniversary Commemoration, marking the 75th anniversary of every battle and campaign during World War II. Friends is the only organization hosting a four-year 75th anniversary commemoration, marking every battle in which American troops participated during World War II. Since the beginning of the 75th anniversary commemoration on Pearl Harbor Day 2016, Friends has hosted twenty 75th anniversary ceremonies at the Memorial.

The Friends of the National World War II Memorial WWII 75th Anniversary Commemoration still has two more years full of ceremonies left, as it will continue through the 75th anniversary of V-J Day on September 2, 2020. Among the battles whose 75th anniversaries Friends will be marking over the course of 2019 are the 75th anniversary of the Allied landings at Normandy, France on D-Day on June 6, 2019 and the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge on December 16, 2019. In order to honor, remember, and celebrate the Greatest Generation, we want to be joined by as many of our World War II Veterans as possible. But even if our veterans can't make it in person or if they've left us too soon, they can still be honored! 

Schedule of Events: http://www.wwiimemorialfriends.org/schedule-of-events/

SUBMIT WWII Veteran INFO: http://www.wwiimemorialfriends.org/veteran-profile/

Questions: Friends of the National World War II Memorial, Washington, D.C. (202) 675-2017, hrotondi@wwiimemorialfriends.org

12/14 PLAINS (2nd Saturday of Every Month - until 4/11/20): Bisquits & Gravy Breakfast, VFW Post 3596, 201 West Lynch St., Plains, 7:30 - 10am

Homemade sausage gravy, biscuits and eggs at the VFW Hall in Plains. 7:30am-10:00am or until we run out. $6 Per Person. Kids 6 and under eat FREE. https://www.facebook.com/events/963482494023280/

Questions: VFW Post 3596, (406) 826-5960, vfw3596@gmail.com

12/14 Missoula Merry Market, Fresh Life Church, 3535 W Broadway, Missoula, 9am – 11am

The reality of the holiday season is that not every family gets to experience a happy one. The Merry Market was born from a community with a heart to come alongside these families and be a part of them having a beautiful, memorable, Christmas! Partnership with children centered organizations allows us to identify and invite these families to our free Market! Local organizations and businesses rally together to provide: gifts, gift wrapping, live music, a Christmas photo wall, family activities, free childcare, and more!

VOLUNTEER OR DONATE: https://merry.market/

Questions: Ross Cox, Fresh Life Church, (817) 879-4431, rosscox@freshlife.church

12/14 Homeword Homeownership Class, 1535 Liberty Lane, Solstice Building (Suite 116A), Msla, 9am – 6pm

Thinking of buying a home? Learn the basics of the home-buying process through our nationally-certified Homeownership Class. Our Homebuyer Class will teach you how to: Select a lender; Determine what you can afford; Use your credit wisely; Distinguish between different types of loans; Understand home inspections and insurance; Identify special financing programs; Work with a real estate professional; Evaluate the pros and cons of homeownership; This 9 hour class is taught by a Homeword’s HUD Certified Housing Counselor and Homebuyer Educator, Julie Pavlish and other professionals. Registration is $35 per person. Childcare vouchers are available upon request for children ages 12 months to 12 years and light refreshments are provided.

REGISTER: www.homeword.org

Questions: Homeword, (406) 532-4663 x10  

12/14 (More dates below ~ 2 day or 2 part workshops): New to Medicare Workshop, School of Extended & Lifelong Learning, 32 Campus Dr, UM Missoula, 10am - 3pm

If you are approaching age 65 or are eligible for Medicare due to a disability, learn how you can make the most of your Medicare options. In this interactive two-part workshop you'll learn about important enrollment dates, saving money on your prescription drugs, and much more. The second part provides a hands-on computer workshop so you can learn about your personal Medicare claims, plans and coverage.  Cost is $35 for one person or $60 for two people. Call MAS for no cost or reduced cost ticket options. Follow this link for a helpful form you can print, fill in and bring with you to the workshop: https://missoulaagingservices.org/downloads/Medication_and_provider_list_216.pdf

Monday & Wednesday 2-part workshop, 6-8 p.m.: January 13 & 15; March 23 & 25; May 18 & 20; July 20 & 22
Saturday 2-part workshop, 10am - 3pm with 1 hour lunch break: December 14; February 22; April 18; June 20; August 22 
https://www.facebook.com/events/478975286227988/

REGISTER: https://medicaremas.eventbrite.com

Or, call Missoula Aging Services (406) 728-7682, help@missoulaagingservices.org

12/14 STEVENSVILLE: WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA (See locations below), 10am - 2pm

Post 94 will be placing a single large wreath (close to the flag pole) with a short ceremony at the following:
VICTOR cemetery 10:00 AM
RIVERSIDE cemetery 11:30 AM (Cemetery Rd, Stevensville)
MAPLEWOOD cemetery 12:30 PM (242 Barbara St., Stevensville)
SUNNYSIDE cemetery 1:45 PM ((1013 3 Mile Creek Rd., Stevensville)

Followed by a potluck dinner including SANTA at the post home 754 Middle Burnt Fork Rd starting at 6:00P.M

Questions: American Legion Post 94, (406) 777-3834

12/14 KALISPELL: Connecting Our Community - Christmas At Our House, Armed Forces Center, 2989 Hwy 93 N., Kalispell, 11am - 4pm

Free Community Holiday Dinner https://www.facebook.com/events/843521909425005/

Questions: Adam Jones, Flathead Valley Veteran Service Providers (406) 257-7308 Ext. 2368

Or, Nick Moschetti, DVOP/Workforce Consultant, Job Service Kalispell, (406) 758-6279, rmoschetti@mt.gov

12/14, 20, 21, and 12/24 The "Grinch - Live!" 2101 Humble Rd, Missoula, 6 - 8pm (6 - 9pm on 12/24)

Join The "Grinch" and Team Grinch in providing Missoula Food Bank & Community Center with non-perishable food donations. Free family photos with the Grinch and his sleigh with a donation. Treats for small members of WHOVILLE!! Team Grinch will also have a Hot Chocolate Stand and Inflatable Drawings to consider on December 14, 20, 21, and 24th! https://www.facebook.com/events/2412564095701258/

Questions: Missoula Food Bank, (406) 549-0543

12/14 STEVENSVILLE: Christmas Potluck Dinner, American Legion Post 94, 754 Middle Burnt Fork Rd, Stevensville, 6 - 9pm

Visit with Santa; Bring your favorite dish; Ugly sweater contest (there will be a prize)!

Questions: American Legion Post 94, (406) 777-3834

12/14 Transcendental Express, Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Missoula, 9pm

Saturday, December 14th 21+ FREE Doors at 9pm Music at 9:30; Transcendental Express (Missoula, MT) transcendentalexpressmusic@gmail.com; Jesse the Ocelot (Missoula, MT) https://www.facebook.com/ocelotwizard/ [facebook.com]; idiophones https://www.facebook.com/events/946987395677928/ [facebook.com]

*** Ole Beck VFW Post 209 is a Non Profit Veteran Organization, and all profits go back to the local Veteran community and/or Veteran programs. VFW is open to the public and dog friendly!

Questions: VFW (406) 778-7749, info@vfwpost209.org

 

December Events Continued...

​​12/16 JOM DRAWING

Win a Painting by Dave Williams, National Archive Artist, soon-to-be Smithsonian Artist, Navy Veteran, and Founder of Joint Operation Mariposa. Tickets are $10 each or $6 for $50; Winner will be drawn on 12/16 and all proceeds go to JOM and funding for a columbarium in Plains, alternative burial for Veterans, offered free of charge. Frame donated by Frame of Mind in Missoula

Questions: David Williams, Joint Operation Mariposa (406) 546-4827, jointoperationmariposa@outlook.com

12/16 (Every Monday until 12/23): Yoga for Veterans, The Learning Center at Red Willow, 825 W. Kent Ave., 2pm

Yoga for Veterans with Nick Gonzalez. Mondays, 2:00–3:00 PM *Fall classes starting 9/16. This course is limited to veterans, service members, and their caregivers. This course is free as part of our Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program. To sign up for our Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program,  call (406) 721-0033. https://www.facebook.com/events/3105340849491026/

Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program: https://www.redwillowlearning.org/sliding-fees-scholarships/

Questions: (406) 721-0033, info@redwillowlearning.org

Or, Roy Savage, HTOP Program Manager, (406) 544-7149, savagefitenterprises@outlook.com

12/16 HAMILTON: Project Healing Waters Meet & Greet, Sapphire Homes, 519th N. 10th St., Hamilton (Conference room), 6:30pm

There is going to be a meet and greet on Dec 16th at 6:30pm at Sapphire Homes. They will be starting out with teaching fly tying. Basic materials will be provided. The plan is to meet once a month on Mondays for the fly tying classes. It doesn't matter if you've never tied before, it's a fly tying 101 type class. You can get involved as a participant or a volunteer.

Participant Registration Form (Select Rocky Mountain Northwest and then Hamilton): https://www.tfaforms.com/4653180

Questions and/or RSVP for Meet & Greet: Scott Roberts, (406) 880-1149, scott.roberts@projecthealingwaters.org

  

12/17 (3rd Tuesday of Every Month): Basic Computer & Online Job Search, Council Groves Apartment Complex Computer Lab, 1904 S. 3rd St., Missoula, 10am

"Learn the keys to looking for work" ~ Familiarize yourself with the computer desktop and navigate the Job Service website (Job Service moved this workshop to Council Groves Apts - Parking available in designated visitor areas). Veterans receive Priority of Service for all DLI employment & training opportunities! You must be registered w/the Job Service to attend the workshops. It’s quick and easy - Go to montanaworks.gov

RESERVE YOUR SEAT / Questions: (406) 728-7060

12/17 STEVENSVILLE (3rd Tuesday of Every Month): Fort Owen Post 94 ~ Member Meeting, 754 Middle Burnt Fork Rd., Stevensville, 7pm

"Fort Owen Post 94 is the local Stevensville, Montana, post of the American Legion, a federally chartered organization. Members are honorably discharged veterans dedicated to support of veterans and community service in accordance with ten points of the AL Preamble. Meetings the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00PM. Or join us for breakfast any Wednesday morning 9AM at CJ's in Stevensville."

Public Group FB page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/955743594488748/

(National: www.legion.org)

Questions: AL Post 94, (406) 777-3834

12/17 LOLO (3rd Tuesday of Every Month): American Legion Chief Joseph Post 135 Meeting, Lolo Community Center, 12345 Hwy 93 S., Lolo, 7pm

American Legion Chief Joseph Post 135 stands for Veterans, Youth, Patriotism, and a Strong Defense (chiefjosephpost.org) and meets every 3rd Tuesday at 7pm.

Questions: Elmer, elmerwpalmer@gmail.com

12/18 Support Group for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Missoula Food Bank & Community Center, 1720 Wyoming St., Missoula, 1 - 2:30pm
Monthly support group for grandparents or other relatives raising grandchildren. Come for assistance and education, access to research based support and connection to community resources that will help relative and kinship caregivers lead healthier, happier lives. No registration required.
Questions: Kelly Moore, Facilitator, MSU Extension Office, (406) 258-4206, kmoore@montana.edu

12/18 Blood Drive (By Appointment), VFW Post 3596, 201 West Lynch St., Plains, 1 - 5:30pm

The American Red Cross is having a Blood Drive in the VFW Hall. Schedule your appointment with Becky Powley at 826-0208 or online. Online Instructions:
Step 1: Got to https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?order=DATE&range=10&zipSponsor=59859
Step 2: Select the date you want to give.
Step 3: Select the time you want to give.
Step 4: Sign In or Create an account with American Red Cross to put in your information.

Questions: Becky Powley, (406) 826-0208 or VFW Post 3596, (406) 826-5960, vfw3596@gmail.com

12/18 PLAINS (1st & 3rd Wednesday of Every Month): VFW Post 3596, 201 West Lynch St., Plains, 7pm

Post Meeting every 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month for VFW Members only. If you're a veteran who has honorably served overseas in an area of foreign conflict, you're welcome to become a member! Stop in for an application (located in the window sill) - We'd love to have you! https://www.facebook.com/events/681409129040631/

Questions: VFW Post 3596, (406) 826-5960, vfw3596@gmail.com

12/19 (3rd Thursday of Every Month): Veteran Service Provider (VSP) Meeting, American Legion Post 27, 825 Ronan St., Msla, 12pm 

AGENDA: WEAR YOUR UGLY Christmas SWEATER! Cookie Exchange & White Elephant Gift Exchange

*** Introductions & Announcements
*** SPEAKER: Ronda Wakefield, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, CPHR, Owner, NW MT HR Solutions LLC, (406) 250-1120, ronda@nwmthrsolutionsllc.com

Ronda is the speaker for “Veterans at Work - Diversity and Inclusion” where she helps HR professionals recognize the value of bringing Veterans into their workforce. The goal is to get to every employer in the state. It's FREE and it's incredibly valuable information.
*** Open Discussion

https://www.facebook.com/events/331309857777472/

Questions: Shannon, snoble@mt.gov

12/19 HELENA: Montana JCF Holiday Dinner, Latter Day Saints Church, 1610 East 6th Ave. Helena, 6pm

12/4/19 UPDATE, "Montana Joining Community Forces holds a free Christmas dinner for our needy Veterans and their Families. The meal is a sit-down, informal affair, providing excellent food prepared by one of Helena's outstanding caterers, and served by our own volunteers. That is where you coming in. If you are interested in joining us in providing this amazing night for our Veterans, please sign up for one or more of the areas below.  You will note that there are many slots available and not all of them occur the night of the event. Please read the comment section for specific details to each assignment. Further assignment instructions will arrive via email. Thank you in advance for your involvement and dedication to our local Veterans. 

Montana Joining Community Forces Veteran Christmas Dinner, Volunteer Sign-ups: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508094eadaa28a2f58-montana

11/2019 UPDATE, "Our big focus is the 12/19 Christmas Dinner. Santa has made the list....and it's up to us to fill it! Go to the online signup and see how you can help make some wishes come true this season:"

Christmas Dinner Planning / Questions: Carol Wilcock, cwhealthconnections@hotmail.com

Or, Brandy Keely, President of MT JCF & Director of Veteran Services, Carroll College (406) 447-4550, bkeely@carroll.edu
Or, Steve Garrison, Montana JCF Co-Chair, (406) 461-7971, turbo159@earthlink.net

12/21 (3rd Saturday of Every Month): Men's Breakfast at Crosspoint Community Church, 7500 Mullan Rd., Missoula, 8 - 10am

FLYER: "All Veterans Invited" Missoula Veterans Partnership invites you to join our men's breakfast.

FB: Join us for food, fellowship, and fun for our monthly Men's Breakfast. The food is fantastic and the conversations memorable. We encourage all men to invite friends, neighbors, co-workers to join us.

Questions: Crosspoint Church (406) 728-4910, info@crosspointmt.com

12/21 Homeless Persons Memorial, Missoula County Courthouse, 200 W. Broadway, Missoula, 4:30 - 5:30pm

Please join us to honor those who have passed away this year, while experiencing homelessness. https://www.facebook.com/events/583263575823706/

Jill, "We have a pretty high number of homeless or previously homeless individuals who have passed away this year, I think the number is up to 21 or 22. Of those, at least seven are Veterans."

Questions: At Risk Housing Coalition, (406) 544-2833

Or, Jill Bonny, MSW, SWLC, Director of Veteran Services, The Poverello Center, (406) 728-1809, Housing Montana Heroes (406) 532-6685; Valor House (406) 829-3928, jbonny@thepoverellocenter.org

12/21 Locksaw Cartel, Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Missoula, 9pm

Saturday, December 21st, 21+ FREE, Doors at 9; Locksaw Cartel (Missoula, MT) http://locksawcartel.com [locksawcartel.com]; Lee Rizzo (Missoula, MT); Chad Lantz (Missoula MT) https://www.facebook.com/pg/chadalantz/about/; https://www.facebook.com/events/454390778592738/

*** Ole Beck VFW Post 209 is a Non Profit Veteran Organization, and all profits go back to the local Veteran community and/or Veteran programs. VFW is open to the public and dog friendly!

Questions: VFW (406) 778-7749, info@vfwpost209.org

12/26 HAMILTON (4th Thursday of every month ~ CONTACT TO CONFIRM DEC re day after Christmas): Marine Corps League, FOE Eagles Lodge, 125 N. 2nd St., Hamilton, 7:30pm

Monthly Meeting of the Bitterroot Valley Detachment #937, Web: http://www.montanamcl.org/detachments.html

Questions: jagman_36@bitterroot.com

12/28 Dragged Out w/ Low Feet and Akramont, Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Missoula, 9pm

Dead Eye Productions Presents... An after Christmas night of metal featuring Dragged Out (Helena - metalcore for the masses: https://open.spotify.com/album/1SNZ2Mqp2K0cUQQKuDsikg); Low Feet (2 piece experimental grind/sludge: https://lowfeet.bandcamp.com/track/agonal); Akramont (new riff masters from hell); 21+ FREE!!! Doors at 9pm; Show at 9:30 https://www.facebook.com/events/569485263816918/

*** Ole Beck VFW Post 209 is a Non Profit Veteran Organization, and all profits go back to the local Veteran community and/or Veteran programs. VFW is open to the public and dog friendly!

Questions: VFW (406) 778-7749, info@vfwpost209.org

12/30 MINERAL COUNTY (Last Monday of Every Month): Veteran Service Officer (VSO) at Mineral Community Hospital, 1208 6th Ave. East (Ponderosa Building), Superior, 10am – 2pm

Montana Veterans Affairs Division (MVAD) sends VSO to Mineral County the last Monday of each month. VSO will explain VA benefits, help navigate the VA Healthcare System, and explain what can and can’t be done. They are committed in helping Veterans!

*** PLEASE SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TO ENSURE YOU RECEIVE THE PROPER AMOUNT OF TIME FOR YOUR CLAIM NEEDS AND THAT YOU COME PREPARED WITH THE PROPER DOCUMENTATION:

Montana Veteran Affairs Division (MVAD), (406) 542-2501, khahn@mt.gov

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