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February Events  & Beyond

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​****** Historical Museum at Fort Missoula (HMFM) Exhibits ******

Exhibit on display NOW through April 19, 2020: Odyssey of Montana's Thomas Meagher, Historical Museum at Fort Missoula (HMFM), 3400 Captain Rawn Way, Missoula. To describe Meagher’s life-journey as an odyssey is not an exaggeration. Like the legendary Odysseus, he was blown by the winds of war and fate to the four corners of the earth. This exhibit blends the line between art and history through Glueckert’s 24 colorful vignettes filled with the celestial, earthly, and man-made symbols that governed Meagher’s life and historical content about this favorite adopted son of Montana.

Questions: Kristjana Eyjolfsson, HMFM Education Director & Public Programming, (406) 258-3473, keyjolfsson@missoulacounty.us

Or, Historical Museum at Fort Missoula: (406) 728-3476, ftmslamuseum@montana.com

​****** Display through July 2020: No Enemy Movement Observed: The Vietnam War Through the Eyes of a Frenchtown Marine, The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, 3400 Captain Rawn Way, Msla

 “No Enemy Movement Observed: The Vietnam War Through the Eyes of a Frenchtown Marine” is an exhibit of Vietnam War era photographs and artifacts donated to the HMFM by Leon Howard of Frenchtown, MT. Leon served as a Marine Corps Scout during a thirteen-month tour in Vietnam from 1966-1967. Featured in the exhibit are a selection of 45 photographs from the almost 200 donated, enlarged from their original snapshot size, including:

  • Views of the South Vietnamese countryside.

  • Combat operations with tanks and amphibious assault vehicles.

  • South Vietnamese people in villages, markets, and rice fields.

  • Leon and fellow Marines in different areas of operation.

In addition, a range of artifacts Leon brought back from the war enhance the experience, including:

  • Personal items such as uniforms, medals and campaign ribbons.

  • Scouting logs and other documents.

  • Artifacts captured from the Viet Cong such as clothing, hand grenades, and punji sticks.

The exhibit tells the story of a twenty-year-old man removed from his middle-class California setting, trained to be a “basically qualified Marine,” and placed in combat half a world away. It will also highlight key moments related to this divisive time in Missoula, especially the 1966 Peace March and the city’s ongoing role in the Peace Movement, Senator Mike Mansfield’s fact-finding trip to South Vietnam in 1962 at John F. Kennedy’s request, and the human toll of the war on Montana’s Homefront.

Questions: Jessie Rogers (406) 258-3479, jrogers@missoulacounty.us

Or, Carolyn Thompson, HMFM, (406) 258-3478, cthompson@missoulacounty.us

2/2 William Russell Wallace, Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Missoula, 7 - 10:30pm
William Russell Wallace with special guest sets by Ryan Bundy and Brett Puryear. FREE SHOW! 7 PM! https://www.facebook.com/events/446640856274259/
*** 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

2/4 BIGFORK (First Tuesday of Every Month): Veterans Coalition of Northwest Montana (VCNWM) Meeting, VFW Post 4042, 8098 MT Hwy 35, Bigfork, 1 – 3pm


VCNWM ~ Honoring and serving the needs of military Veterans and their families www.vcnwm.org

Questions: (406) 407-8423, info@vcnwm.com

Or, Nan, (406) 407-2153, nan@vcnwm.com

Jim Higgins (Brig Gen Retired), (406) 291-0356, higginsjw.1@gmail.com

2/4 HAMILTON (First Tuesday of Every Month): Corvallis Post 91 Legion Riders Monthly Meeting, BJ's Restaurant, 900 N. First St., Hamilton, 6:30pm

This is the monthly member meeting. Always held the 1st Tuesday of every month at 6:30 PM. Anyone can come and join us. Come on down to BJ's and have dinner and a drink with us. We are accepting new members so please come check us out. https://www.facebook.com/events/595172271254786/

Questions: Don Goodnight, Corvallis Legion Riders President, (406) 360-5275, phantom_colt45@hotmail.com

2/5 HAMILTON (1st Wednesday of Every Month): Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Bitterroot Chapter 938 Meeting, Eagles Lodge, 125 N. 2nd St., Hamilton, 7pm


Questions: (406) 961-0035

Or, (per FB): (406) 381-7899, vva938@gmail.com

2/5 & 2/19 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

2/8 PLAINS (2nd Saturday of Every Month): 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 Auxiliary 3596, (406) 826-0208

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

2/8 FREE Veteran Program, “Veterans Create!” Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee, Missoula, 1 – 3pm

Join mindfulness teacher Kate Crouch for an hour of guided observation and movement in the exhibition “Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain.” American Indian artist, musician, and Vietnam Veteran Rick Bartow used his art to heal from PTSD, alcoholism, and numerous challenges throughout his life. Kate guides the group in a meditative experience in the Carnegie Gallery. Everyone then transitions to the classroom for coffee, conversation, and art making. No previous art experience is necessary. This program is free and general admission to the Missoula Art Museum is also always free! We are so excited to host Missoula’s veterans here at MAM!

INFO: https://www.missoulaartmuseum.org/index.php/type/class/ID/c5436c343dd9e4472f80e5591af03ed4/cID/6dd911c6/fuseaction/classes.detail.htm

Transportation requests: Jenny Bevill, Educator & Outreach Specialist, jenny@missoulaartmuseum.org.

Questions: Siera Hyte, Education Assistant, MISSOULA ART MUSEUM, (406) 728-0447, siera@missoulaartmuseum.org
Or, Barbara Koostra, Montana Museum of Art & Culture, (406) 243-2020, barbara.koostra@mso.umt.edu

​​2/8 BUTTE: Xsports4vets X-Country Ski (+1 Optional) – Homestake Lodge (Details TBD)

FREE for Veterans with proof of deployment to an area of imminent danger. All gear, instruction, and even lunch is provided by XSports. Seats/spots are limited. 

RSVP: Janna (406) 239-3198 (Text or call)

Missoula / LOCAL Questions: Anton (406) 396-8390 or Steve (406) 493-2264, xsports4vets@gmail.com (xsports4vets.org)

2/10 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

2/10 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

2/20 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

2/20 HELENA: JOM’s Blue Horse Painting Dedication, VA Regional Hospital, 3687 Veterans Dr., Fort Harrison, 1pm

“On February 20th 2020 at 1pm at the VA regional hospital in Helena Montana my Blue Horse painting Honoring Disabled Vets will be donated by the kids of Plains High School. I would like to invite all of you to this event to help support the veteran community and veteran created artwork. I look forward to seeing you there.”

What is Joint Operation Mariposa: Our mission is to bring awareness to the needs of Veterans in Sanders County, Montana; through advocacy, art, and education. Joint Operation Mariposa cares about and recognizes all Veterans, their families, and honorable caregivers. We will respect, advocate, and correlate services to provide options and solutions to address Veterans' difficulties. In our endeavors we hope to be a light in the darkness.

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

3/4 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

3/21 PLAINS: Spring Craft Expo, VFW Post 3596, 201 West Lynch St., Plains, 9am - 4pm
VENDORS NEEDED: $10 per 8ft table; $7 for small table

Contact: Amber Taylor, (406) 741-3233 (leave message), MontanaEats406@gmail.com  https://www.facebook.com/events/2552348054977997/

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

3/23 – 4/30 Veterans Upward Bound, Spring Classes at Missoula College, 1205 E. Broadway, Missoula (Times TBA)

FREE refresher classes ~ A great transition for Veterans to prepare for the rigors of college classes. Preparing Veterans for an easier transition into college or another training program. Classes provide a targeted math and writing review, cover appropriate computer skills, and assist in the development of practical skills that promote college success. All materials are provided.

All classes are available ONLINE as well: March 9th-26th, April 6th-24th, May 4th-22nd
INFO / APPLY: http://vubmt.com/locations/missoula.php

Questions: Lori, Veterans Upward Bound, (406) 794-3063 or (877) 356-8387, lborth@vubmt.com

Or, Daryl, VETS Office at Missoula College, Daryl, (406) 243-7844, daryl.lee@mso.umt.edu

3/23 & 3/25 (More dates below ~ 2 day or 2 part workshops): New to Medicare Workshop, School of Extended & Lifelong Learning, 32 Campus Dr, UM Missoula, 6 - 8pm

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.: May 18 & 20; July 20 & 22
Saturday 2-part workshop, 10am - 3pm with 1 hour lunch break: February 22; April 18; June 20; August 22 

REGISTER: https://medicaremas.eventbrite.com

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

3/29 National Vietnam War Veterans Day

Join the Nation ... thank a Vietnam Veteran! From the Vietnam 50th National Commenorative Committee (12/9/19): "Dear Commemorative Partners, As we depart one season of giving thanks amidst family and friends, and enter another cherished time of celebrations, festive wonder, gift-giving and the warmth of family gatherings, I would like to take a moment to personally thank each and every one of you for your phenomenal dedication to the noble mission of thanking and honoring America’s Vietnam veterans and their families! Communities across the Nation continue to be inspired by your leadership. In fact, your hosting of more than 18,000 commemorative events since 2012 has enabled Americans to publicly and individually recognize more than 2.5 million Vietnam veterans and their families ... an incredible achievement!

This year, I was privileged to attend and provide remarks at 27 events in 11 States and Washington, D.C. Although a small sampling of the 2,800 commemorative events that took place throughout the country in 2019, I was repeatedly struck by the depth of emotion released when our previously unsung patriots were finally given the tribute they so richly earned half a century ago.
Let me encourage you ... 2020 is not the year to relax in our efforts to thank these deserving men and women! You are getting a “sneak peek” at our 2020 March 29 poster (at left); it is my hope you will re-double your efforts on and around that day to bring as many Vietnam veterans as possible into your respective “public squares” to be honored by friends and neighbors. 2.5 million reached is admirable, but another 3.7 million remain who have not yet been publicly and individually thanked on behalf of the Nation! In addition, the Department of Veterans Affairs estimates we will lose 559 Vietnam veterans daily in 2020. Clearly, our time is limited to reach them all, so I urge each of you to continue this most honorable pursuit! As we enter 2020, remember to utilize our Partner Portal or call (877) 387-9951 to update your points of contact and order Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pins and other free materials for future events. Please accept my grateful thanks for your efforts and warm wishes for a delightful holiday season!"
Major General James T. Jackson, U.S. Army (Retired) Director, The U.S.A. Vietnam War Commemoration
Aerial view of thousands gathered to thank & honor Vietnam veterans during the May 25, 2019 Grand Opening of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park, The Museum of Flight, Seattle, WA.
/VIETNAMWAR50TH www.vietnamwar50th.com @VIETNAMWAR50TH


Questions: Vietnam War Commemoration, (877) 387-9951, whs.vnwar50th@mail.mil, or https://www.vietnamwar50th.com/contact_us/

Or, Tate Jones, Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History (RMMMH), (406) 549-5346, militarymuseu45@hotmail.com

3/30 Personal Finance, Missoula Food Bank & Community Center, 1720 Wyoming St., Missoula, 5 - 7pm

In this free workshop, participants will begin to prepare for retirement readiness by creating a savings plan and learning about investment vehicles that may allow them to grow their wealth.Register online through The Lifelong Learning Center [facebook.com] at www.missoulaclasses.com. [missoulaclasses.com]
https://www.facebook.com/events/447302272597163/ [facebook.com]

Questions: Jamie Koscondy, (406) 549-0543, ext. 213, jamie@missoulafoodbank.org

3/31 (Every Tuesday until 5/12): Stepping On, Frenchtown Fire Department, 16873 Marion St., Frenchtown, 1:30pm

Stepping On is an evidence based falls prevention program for adults age 60 years and over. In a seven week period, participants will learn exercises, methods and strategies to build self-confidence, change behaviors and improve decision making for safe, independent living. Stepping On meets for 2 hours each Tuesday from March 31 to May 12, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Cost is $25 for one person or $40 for two. Call for the no cost or reduced cost ticket options. Class size limited to 14 participants. https://www.facebook.com/events/1655439544592804/

Other Missoula Aging Services educational opportunities: https://missoulaagingservices.eventbrite.com

REGISTER: https://steppingonmas.eventbrite.com

Or, call MAS (406) 728-7682

4/23 SAVE the DATE: Western Montana’s Largest Career Fair, Hilton Garden Inn, Missoula, 3 - 6pm (Veterans & Service Members admitted at 2:30pm)

EMPLOYER REGISTRATION will open in mid-January!

Veteran Service Providers (VSP): If you are a Service Provider (You are NOT hiring but provide a service for Veterans, service members and/or their families / caregivers), and you would like a FREE table in the VETERAN SECTION of the lobby, EMAIL snoble@mt.gov ANYTIME!

Career Fair Questions: Sarah, Supervisor, SWimmer@mt.gov

Or, Job Service – Missoula, (406) 728-7060, MissoulaJSC@mt.gov

1/31 – 5/10 Display: Leiser's Footsteps, Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, 3400 Captain Rawn Way, Missoula,

This significant exhibit covers the history of Missoula’s original Jewish citizens and their contribution to Missoula’s growth and culture. Leiser’s Footsteps captures stories of hope and wonder meticulously researched by Missoula-born Bert Chessin, chronicler of Montana Jewish history, with beautiful panels designed by graphic artist Paul Kingsford. Just a few of the movers and shakers of Missoula Jewish history included in the exhibit: Herman Kohn, saddle maker, jeweler, and councilman who helped build Missoula’s downtown commercial district, and a friend of Salish elder Big Sam; Daniel E. Bandmann, world renown stage actor, horticulturalist, rancher and eccentric; Jacob Leiser, tailor store owner, entrepreneur, and the first Jew to settle in Missoula; Leslie Fiedler, literary critic, writer, intelligence officer, and college lecturer. Bert and Paul hunted high and low to gather this exceptional collection of untold tales that includes rare photographs and artifacts related to Missoula's original Jewish settlers. You won’t want to miss this beautifully presented exhibit! Exhibit on display through May 10th, 2020; Admission to HMFM is free to Missoula County residents.

Questions: Ted Hughes, (406) 258-3472, thughes@missoulacounty.us

4/30 – 5/1 Missoula Gives

Missoula's largest community-wide fundraiser benefiting more than 150 local nonprofits is around the corner so mark your calendars. Nonprofits who sign up to participate in the day-of-giving will receive access to the giving day website where they will create their own fundraising page that tells their own unique story; invited to fundraising workshops, be eligible for prize funds and more. The giving day is a great way to educate your staff and board on how to tell your nonprofit story while raising money for the organizations they care about in a simple and fun way. Nonprofit registration opens on Monday, February 3.

Questions: Nikki, Missoula Community Foundation, Nikki@MissoulaCommunityFoundation.org

5/2 SAVE the DATE: The VSN's 7th Annual Heroes at Home BBQ & Music Festival in partnership w/the 5th Annual Veteran Suicide Awareness & Prevention (VSAP) RUCK / RUN / WALK, Fort Missoula Regional Park

Montana’s Veteran suicide rate is one of the highest in the nation. This event will help raise awareness about this epidemic. Bring the community together to memorialize those lost and let Veterans, their friends, and families know they are not alone. https://www.facebook.com/events/483415689026245

​UPDATES ~ Click on "More" at the top of the page and go to the "H@H & VSAP" page

​​Questions - VSN Leadership & Events CMTE:

*** BBQ / H@H Event Logistics - contact Anton, Missoula Vet Center, Xsports4Vets & VFW Commander, (406) 721-4918 or (406) 396-8390, Anton.Johnson@va.gov

*** VSAP Coordinator - contact Erick, Missoula Vet Center & American Legion Post 27, (406) 721-4918 or (406) 224-3334, Erick.Kahila@va.gov

*** Veteran Service Providers - RSVP to Shannon, Job Service DVOP  snoble@mt.gov

*** Media & Silent Auction Donors - contact Rebecca, VSN Spokesperson, Missoula Housing Authority, (406) 549-4113, ext. 106, rstancil@missoulahousing.org

*** Missoula Aging Services Senior Corps Program - RSVP Volunteers - contact Judy, (406) 728-7682, jdouglas@missoulaagingservices.org

​​​*** DONORS for the BBQ & Silent Auction may utilize the UVC Heroes at Home BBQ Account: EIN# 81-6016498  - questions: John, American Legion Post 27 Commander & United Veterans Council of Missoula & Ravalli Counties - Treasurer, (406) 544-2583, johnsangwin@hotmail.com

5/16 – 5/17 Healing Every Living Person “H.E.L.P. FEST” Missoula County Fairgrounds, 10am – 7pm

Our mission is to help heal our community and bring together unity through this two day event. Our hope is to provide free resources and services to address urgent and long term needs such as hunger, homelessness, addiction, abuse, suicide prevention, and joblessness. We will have available representatives from local churches, help groups, organizations, recovery centers, suicide prevention centers, and any organization that wants to participate in giving back to our community. We will also have a food and clothing drive, entertainment, kid’s games and activities, music, and guest speakers. Montana struggles more now than it ever has with poverty, drugs, addiction, and suicide. Let’s do what we can to H.E.L.P. make a change in our community. The key to living is giving!! “A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” –Steve Maraboli

Questions: Brandon Brown, (406) 926-9595, h.e.l.p.festmt@gmail.com

5/19 - 6/13 PHILIPSBURG: Royal Tine 4 Week Guide & Packer Class, Philipsburg, 9am

Have you ever wanted to learn western big game guiding skills, pack gear into remote camps on horses & mules and get a job with an outfitter as a big game hunting guide? This is what Royal Tine is all about...basic skills to get you started in the outfitting industry. May 19 - June 13, 2020. Email or give a call today...to get signed up and started.

Check out the website for tuition price & dates: www.royaltine.com [royaltine.com]

https://www.facebook.com/events/1029478780757971/ [facebook.com]

Questions: Cody and LeRee Hensen, (406) 859-5138, Cell (406) 370-6737, royal_tine@yahoo.com

5/23 SAINT REGIS: ALR Beginning Season Ride, St. Regis Travel Center, 55 Mullan Gulch Rd., Saint Regis, 8am - 8pm
220 miles, more info to follow https://www.facebook.com/events/471840893497904/
Questions: Don Goodnight, Corvallis Legion Riders President, (406) 360-5275
Or, Doug (406) 546-4244, corvallispost91@gmail.com

6/20 HAMILTON: Trina Petersen Memorial Poker Ride - Meet at NAPA Auto Parts, 1659 N. 1st St., Hamilton, 8am - 8pm


Questions: Don Goodnight, Corvallis Legion Riders President, (406) 360-5275

Or, Doug, (406) 546-4244, corvallispost91@gmail.com

​2020 WINTER in BUTTE: Xsports4vets Georgetown Ice Fishing Tourney (Details TBD)

FREE for Veterans with proof of deployment to an area of imminent danger. All gear, instruction, and even lunch is provided by XSports. Seats/spots are limited. 

RSVP: Janna (406) 239-3198 (Text or call)

Missoula / LOCAL Questions: Anton (406) 396-8390 or Steve (406) 493-2264, xsports4vets@gmail.com (xsports4vets.org)

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