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December 1st -14th Events

​NOW through 12/10: Toys for Tots

Every child deserves to experience the joy of Christmas morning. The Salvation Army Angel Tree program helps provide Christmas gifts for hundreds of thousands of children around the country each year. Once a child has been registered and accepted as an Angel their Christmas wish list is shared with donors in your community who purchase gifts of new clothing and toys. The gifts are distributed to the family to place under their family Christmas tree. What you’ll need: proof of age for kids 0-12.

SIGN UP: https://saangeltree.org/

*** Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Missoula, “We are excited to announce that we are an Official Toys for Tots drop off location for the 2021 Holiday season! Ole Beck Patrons we are asking you to continue your giving generosity and help us fill this box and help some struggling families this year!

Questions: Ryan Boyd - Salvation Army (406) 549-0710, Ryan.Boyd@usw.salvationarmy.org

NOW through 12/11 PLAINS: Drop off Santa Letters & 12/11 Santa’s Workshop, Old Log School House, Plains, 10am – 2pm

A mailbox for letters to Santa is set up in front of the Old Log Schoolhouse until December 11th, so if you haven't dropped your letters at the Post Office, bring them over! Then, on the 11th, stop by to get your picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus! All kids will receive a toy of choice for free, so stop in!. https://www.facebook.com/events/423408322670961/

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

NOW through 12/18: Wreaths Across America - Missoula

Please help Civil Air Patrol Remember, Honor, and Teach by sponsoring a wreath, volunteering, or inviting friends to help. Then, on December 18, 2021 at 10:00 am, Missoula Composite Squadron CAP 018 (MT0006P) will be helping Fort Missoula Post Cemetery to Remember and Honor our veterans by laying Remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country's fallen heroes. Please help us honor and remember as many fallen heroes as possible by sponsoring remembrance wreaths, volunteering on Wreaths Day, or inviting your family and friends to attend with you. Thank you so much for supporting the Missoula Composite Squadron CAP 018 (MT0006P) and Wreaths Across America!

SPONSOR / VOLUNTEER: https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/19198

Questions: Captain James W. Meixner – Commander, Missoula CAP (406) 550-2171, jim.meixner@mtwg.cap.gov

NOW through 12/20: NOMINATE a FAMILY for Red Sleighs Over Montana

Starting on December 20th, 20 local Montana pilots will deliver Christmas gifts by airplane to rural communities around the state. The Museum of Mountain Flying hosts the event to help families in need. Last year, volunteer pilots delivered toys, clothing, blankets and gifts to nearly 1,000 children. This year, Montana communities include: Anaconda, Big Sandy, Butte, Choteau, Cut Bank, Darby, Deer Lodge, Drummond, Eureka, Havre, Hot Springs, Libby, Lincoln, Philipsburg, Plains, Potomac, Seeley Lake, Shelby, Sunset School, Superior, Stevensville, Thompson Falls, White Sulfur Springs. Idaho communities include: Bonners Ferry & Sandpoint. Story: https://nbcmontana.com/news/local/red-sleighs-over-montana-returns-for-second-year

*** For more information or to nominate a family, call 406-396-0755

Museum of Mountain Flying: http://www.museumofmountainflying.org/

Questions: (406) 240-0395, n24320@icloud.com

NOW through 1/16, 2/6, 3/13 & 5/8/22 VIQTORY NOMINATIONS

Viqtory is now accepting nominations for their 2022 Veteran Champions of the Year in Corporate America Award, and nominations for the 2022 Employee Veteran Leadership Award open Dec. 6. Through these awards, Viqtory is dedicated to championing people who make our Veteran community stronger and you can help by nominating someone in your organization.

NOMINATION CATEGORIES: https://www.viqtory.com/veteran-awards/

Questions: GI Jobs (412) 269-1663 – contact page: https://www.gijobs.com/contact-us/

OR William Offutt, Employment Advisory Committee 703-589-1919, wiloffutt@gmail.com

ONGOING: Missoula Events

MissoulaEvents.Net is a local calendar powered by GatherBoard. Post & Search for FREE! See what's going on in Missoula! https://www.missoulaevents.net/

Questions: Message https://www.facebook.com/MissoulaEvents.net/


Part of the VA's new effort to ensure the "GREAT work / impact of VSN Missoula and other high-performing Community Veteran Engagement Boards (CVEB) around the nation are represented" on this site: https://www.va.gov/outreach-and-events/events/

Questions: Bob Mortenson, Veterans Experience Office (VACO) (360) 568-4592, robert.mortenson@va.gov

ONGOING: Hiring Our Heroes

Virtual Career Fairs, resume workshops, and other workforce development events designed to educate, inform, inspire, and connect Veterans, service members, and spouses with military-ready employers. https://events.hiringourheroes.org/c/calendar/a7a5b351-8807-4343-8561-c757c022600f

Questions: Cara Cooke (Capt - USAF Vet) - U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, ccooke@uschamber.com

Or Hiring Our Heroes, hiringourheroes@uschamber.com

ONGOING: US DOL VETS Military Spouse Employment TEAMS Events
The Transition Employment Assistance for Military Spouses (TEAMS) Program is a series of DOL TAP workshops targeted at helping all Military Spouses plan and prepare for their job search. INFO / REGISTER: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/vets/programs/tap/teams-workshops

Questions: Tom Finch - Montana State Director, US DOL VETS (Veterans' Employment and Training Service) (406) 447-3233, Finch.Thomas.L@dol.gov​​​​​​​

ONGOING: American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces & Military & Veteran Caregiver Network (MVCN)

Every Wednesday @ 9am (MT) ~ Join the MVCN for 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. REGISTER (Select a Date): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wellbeing-you-tickets-118576380145

CALENDAR of EVENTS (Find events, activities, conferences, retreats, camps, training and webinars by and for military and Veteran caregivers. Caregivers from all eras are welcome to attend): https://www.redcross.org/get-help/military-families/services-for-veterans/military-veteran-caregiver-network/mvcn-calendar.html

Questions: ARC MVCN, programs.mvcn@redcross.org

MONTANA: Sara Cease - Regional Program Manager, Service to the Armed Forces and International Service, American Red Cross of Idaho & Montana (406) 750-9939, sara.cease@redcross.org

LOCAL VSN Member: Gini Kay, American Red Cross - ID & MT Region Recruitment Specialist & Volunteer Services (406) 493-8778, IDMT.Recruiting@redcross.org​​​

12/2 SUPERIOR: Winter Fair, Mineral Community Hospital, 1208 6th Ave. East, Superior 10am – 4pm

MCH employees are having a craft fair – open to the public. Get some of your Christmas shopping done locally here at MCH! Help us support our amazing employees! Join us December 2nd from 10a-4p at the Ponderosa Building (The Old Assisted Living). Items from Pampered Chef, Scentsy, Mellen Patch Soaps; Young Living; Doodle Bug Creations; Jewelry and a lot of homemade items. https://www.facebook.com/Mineralcommunityhospital/photos/a.151876245209/10159516448705210/

Questions: MCH (406) 822-4841, stacy@mchospital.net

12/2 (​Every Thursday) ONLINE: Meditation for Veterans, 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. The new instructors are Greg Grallo and Amy Friedman. https://www.redwillowlearning.org/programs/meditation-for-veterans/

REGISTER: Vet Center, (406) 721-4918

Questions: Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program (HTOP) at Red Willow Learning Center, Inc. (406) 530-7175, info@redwillowlearning.org

OR Kathy – Executive Director, kathymangan@redwillowlearning.org

12/3 (Every Friday) HAMILTON: Breakfast with VVA, BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N 1st St, Hamilton, 7 – 8:30am

The Bitterroot Chapter of VVA welcomes new members to join them on Friday mornings for breakfast. Learn more about the Vietnam Veterans of America - Montana: https://www.vvamontana.org/

National: https://vva.org/
Questions: Al Sperry – VVA Bitterroot Chapter 938 (406) 381-7899, vva938@gmail.com

12/3 (Every Friday) ONLINE: Veterans ASCEND “Walkthrough” 10am (MT)

FREE service for Veterans, service members, and their families w/NO resumes, NO applications, and NO job postings. The less time it takes a veteran to find a civilian career, the better it is for them, their families, and their community. Reducing time to hire for employers is critical to business success. We translated thousands of military skill codes into transferable skills employers are looking for. Our proprietary program removes the barriers of a resume and applying for jobs online. This brief covers how easy it is for Service Members, Veterans, and Military Family Members to setup a profile, shows a glimpse of how the business side works, and gives you an opportunity to ask questions about the program.  

SELECT A DATE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/veterans-ascend-weekly-walkthrough-tickets-123380932691

Questions: Nila Thompson, Veteran Advocate, Veterans ASCEND, (904) 325-7210, service@veteransascend.com

12/3 (Every Friday) PARADISE: American Legion Post 129, 450 Railroad, Paradise

Friday night specials are smoked tri tip or chicken quarters. Both served with loaded mashed potatoes, asparagus and a side salad. We're a Veterans club, but everyone is welcome!


Questions: (406) 826-3191, paradisepost129@gmail.com

12/3 STEVENSVILLE: Parade of Lights, Main St., Stevensville, 6pm

Stevensville’s annual Parade of Lights! Festivities start at 6pm with the Stevensville High School Choir on Main Street. DECORATE your car or truck for Christmas and drive it in the Parade of Lights. Cars line up at 6pm on Church and Eastside Highway. The car parade starts at 6:30pm. Gather on 3rd and Main following the parade to “flip the switch” the countdown to turning on our Christmas lights! Light of the Valley will be putting on a live nativity scene immediately following. Get into the Christmas spirit, Be sure to enjoy the town and visit all the wonderful businesses. https://www.facebook.com/events/290738042972229/

Story "Mayor Dewey Announces 2021 Flip the Switch Coloring Contest": https://www.townofstevensville.com/mayor/page/mayor-dewey-announces-2021-flip-switch-coloring-contest

Questions: Stevensville Civic Club (406) 531-8401 OR Victoria 207-8793, victoriahowell53@gmail.com

12/3 - 12/5 LIVE POKER, Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Missoula, 7pm Friday & Saturday, and 2pm Sunday

As always, Veterans receive a BONUS 10 in chips with their buy in. Players drinks are on us ALL night..Gamble for a cause! https://www.facebook.com/VFW-Poker-100134718934624/

*** Ole Beck VFW Post 209 is a nonprofit Veteran organization. ALL profits go back to the local Veteran community and/or Veteran programs.

RESERVE SEAT: Call or text (406) 272-7722

12/4 ONLINE: First Time Homebuyer Class, 9am

Get Ready for Home Ownership! Learn the basics of the home-buying process through our nationally-certified Home Ownership Class. Our Home-buyer 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 home ownership. This 9 hour class is taught by a Homeword’s HUD Certified Housing Counselor and Homebuyer Educator, Julie Pavlish, and other professionals. Registration required. $35 per person

REGISTER: https://homeword.org/homebuyer-education/

Questions: Erin (406) 532-4663 x10, erin@homeword.org

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

12/4 Christmas Tree Farm & Santa, Marshall Mountain Park, 11am

Spread holiday cheer and come find the perfect Christmas Tree at Marshall Mountain. Supplies for tree cutting, all the cocoa you can drink, and a special visit from Santa himself. If this event isn't in your budget - please still come and join in the holiday cheer and grab a tree. We want everyone to find holiday magic at Marshall. *this is the only time Marshall Mountain Park will be open for tree cutting, and only flagged trees are designated as appropriate to cut. No cutting or removing of vegetation during any other time is approved or permitted (suggested donation $20/family or $50/family w/tree). https://www.facebook.com/events/989827788232745/

Questions: Missoula Parks & Rec (406) 721-7275, parksrec@ci.missoula.mt.us

12/4, 12/5, 12/25 & 12/26 ONLINE: Bells of Peace Ceremony RE-BROADCAST, 2:30pm (MT)

The armistice ending World War I - and the centennial of Arlington Cemetery’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier -- were remembered with the tolling of a U.S. Navy ship bell at the National World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C. on November 11, 2021. This is the first time that the Bells of Peace ceremony has taken place at the Memorial. C-SPAN-2 will re-broadcast the video of the ceremony on December 4,  5, 25, and 26

INFO / REGISTER: https://www.c-span.org/video/?516016-1/world-war-memorial-veterans-day-bell-ringing-ceremony

Questions: National WWI Memorial (816) 888-8100, info@theworldwar.org

12/4 Reverse Parade of Lights & Holiday Stroll, N Higgins Ave., Missoula 4 – 8pm

It’s time to light up Higgins Ave for the Reverse Parade of Lights and Holiday Stroll! This year we’re mixing things up while still bringing holiday cheer Downtown. The holiday floats will be parked up and down Higgins Ave from Main Street to the XXXX’s from 4-8pm. Enjoy the floats on foot by strolling up and down sidewalks with a hot cocoa in hand. Hop in your car and enjoy the floats from four-wheels. Take advantage of Mountain Line's electric bus service running approx every 30 minutes from the Central Park Garage on a loop through the Reverse Parade. However you choose to participate, it’s sure to start your holiday season on a joyful note! Streets will remain open and traffic will flow as usual with help from traffic control officers. The holiday cheer will be spread all day throughout Downtown Missoula! Bring your kiddos Downtown to meet Santa and take photos on December 4th. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be arriving to the Missoula Public Library at 1pm and will be there until 4pm to read stories, hear all about holiday wishes and pose for photos on your phone. Santa’s sleigh will be leaving promptly at 4pm so be sure to get in line! Lots of our Downtown businesses will provide low to no-cost family friendly activities to take and make. See the full list on our website! For those that feel more comfortable staying home, you can still enjoy the Reverse Parade on MCAT! Please adhere to CDC guidelines, wear a mask when in large groups, and stay home if you have any symptoms of COVID-19.

Many thanks to our title sponsors: Charles Schwab Missoula Branch and Dick Anderson Construction! https://www.facebook.com/events/184147847205810/

Questions: (406) 543-4238, info@missouladowntown.com

12/4 Rolling Lights Holidays Cruise, Meet at Fresh Market, 6pm

The downtown association is putting on a reverse parade, spectators will walk the streets and look at parked floats. So we (Missoula Cruisers) are going to crash the party with a light parade of our own. If you want to meet and roll as a group, we will gather at Fresh Market on Broadway and leave by 6. Or just show up and dive in. Can't wait to see how crazy you all get with decorations - just keep your vision safe.


Questions: Missoula Cruisers FB page https://www.facebook.com/Missoulahigginscruisers/

12/5, 12/12 & 12/19 ALBERTON: 2nd Annual Christmas on the Ranch, 885 Juniper Ln, Alberton, 12pm – 4pm

Come get a little western with horseback rides with Santa! Bring a blanket and enjoy tractor rides to and from our barn and arena, coffee and cocoa around the fires. Grab some Food and Christmas shop from our vendors inside our heated barn! Event is free to attend, horseback rides are $10/rider. Coffee/cocoa by donation. https://www.facebook.com/events/577762053444944/

12/12: https://www.facebook.com/events/2704532793023675

12/19: https://www.facebook.com/events/263752452472298

Hood's Western Adventures - Learn more: https://hoodswesternadventures.com/

Questions: Owen & Kailey Hood (406) 799-3173, cwgrlup_48919@yahoo.com

12/5 Memorial Service, “Hell Gate” Elks Lodge 383, 112 N Pattee St. (2nd Floor N.) Missoula, 1pm

Please join us Sunday, December 5th at 1 p.m. for our annual Memorial Service. This is our time to honor and remember our members who we call, but will come no more. Refreshments will be provided.

If you’re interested in becoming a member, go to: https://www.elks.org/ or join us before a meeting. We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of every month (The upstairs lounge opens at 5pm, and the member meeting is at 6:30pm).

Missoula Elks Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elkslodge383

Questions: Dave – General Manager (406) 549-0542, hellgateelks@gmail.com

12/5 ONLINE: Celebrate the Connection between Music and Brain Health with Rick Springfield, 6pm (MT)

Join us for a concert! Learn more about the powerful connection between music and health during a virtual performance featuring rock artist Rick Springfield on December 5, 2021. Studies show that all kinds of music have benefits. Music can affect health by reducing stress, boosting mood, and inspiring movement. Rock artist, Rick Springfield, won a Grammy Award for his song “Jessie’s Girl” and has been nominated for three other Grammy Awards. He has had twenty-one songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Springfield also has three platinum albums, including Working Class Dog, Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet, and Living in Oz. Click below to register! The event is free, but you must register to participate.

REGISTER: https://aarpconcerts.org/rick-springfield/

Questions: Steve Carter, Office of Community Engagement (773) 401-4028, SCarter@aarp.org

AARP Montana: Steve Reiter, Senior Operations Specialist (406) 457-4702, sreiter@aarp.org

12/6 (Every Monday) Yoga for Veterans, Freestone Climbing Center, 1200 Shakespeare St., Missoula, 1:30pm

Boost strength, balance and flexibility while focusing the mind on positivity and endurance. Thoughtfully designed for military veterans, service members and their caregivers, this class celebrates the therapeutic mental and physical benefits of the practice and leaves you energized, restored and ready to take on life’s challenges. If you’ve ever been curious about yoga, this class is for you!

COMPLETE FREESTONE WAIVER: https://redwillowlearning.org/product/yoga-for-veterans

Questions: Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program (HTOP) at Red Willow Learning Center, Inc. (406) 530-7175, info@redwillowlearning.org

OR Kathy – Executive Director, kathymangan@redwillowlearning.org

12/6 ONLINE or IN-PERSON: PRE-HEALTH Profession Networking, UC Ballroom, University of Montana, 4 – 6pm

UM Health & Medicine is hosting a networking event for anyone interested in pursuing a healthcare career on December 6th from 4-6 PM that can be attended either in-person or virtually. The various health profession programs at UM and Missoula College will be at the event to share about their programs. Learn about over 60 education pathways to a career in healthcare. Light refreshments will be provided.

REGISTER: https://umt.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6xprLMaPc2GCGYS

Learn more about UM Health & Med: https://app.lapentor.com/sphere/umhm-tour

Questions: Lily Apedaile – Director, UM Health & Medicine (406) 243-7946, lily.apedaile@umontana.edu

12/6 (Every Monday) ONLINE: Veterans Breakfast Club, 5pm (MT)

VBC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to create communities of listening around Veterans and their stories to connect, educate, heal, and inspire. Veterans and active duty members from all branches of service and eras are encouraged to attend our events. These events run the gamut of the Veteran experience, from WWII to the War on Terror: https://veteransbreakfastclub.org/events/

Join Meeting via ZOOM: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6402618738

Questions: Shaun Hall - Director of Programming, Veterans Breakfast Club (412) 623-9029, shaun@veteransbreakfastclub.org

12/7 (Every OTHER Tuesday) ONLINE: Arm-Me Up “Table Talk Tuesdays” 8am (MT)

They will have special guests who will share their resources, triumphs, experiences, and resiliency as military spouses. Please have military spouses follow their LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/arm-me-up-army-spouses-career-campaign/

Learn more: arm-me-up.org

Military Spouse jobs: https://www.militaryspousejobs.org/army-spouses

Questions: Denise Lewis, MSML (Army Ret Spouse) – Outreach Coordinator and Diversity Officer, Arm-Me Up & WWRP (252) 621-3690, dlewis@vetjobs.org

12/7 & 12/21 (1st & 3rd Tuesday of Every Month) STEVENSVILLE: Mobile Vet Center at Stevensville American Legion Post 94, 754 Middle Burnt Fork Rd, Stevensville

Missoula Vet Center meets at American legion post in Stevensville on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month. If you need immediate assistance, please call 877-WAR-VETS / 877-927-8387

Questions: Chuck – Stevensville AL Post 94 Commander (253) 380-7016; Adjutant (406) 369-3276; Cheryl – Post 94 Auxiliary (406) 531-4132

OR Anton Johnson, BSW - Mobile Vet Center, Veterans Outreach Program Specialist, Missoula Vet Center 910 Brooks St. Ste 101, (406)721-4918, Anton.Johnson@va.gov

12/7 ONLINE: DAV & RecruitMilitary ~ Transitioning Army & Army Spouse, 9am (MT)

Online recruiting event open to Army soldiers and their spouses. Job seekers meet employers 9am – 1pm (MT).

REGISTER: https://recruitmilitary.careereco.com/Fair/EventDetails?fairId=6a1ca66c-a406-4de1-85cd-ac93015484c5

Questions: RecruitMilitary (800) 226-0841, support@recruitmilitary.com

12/7 ONLINE: Military Families Learning Center ~ 2021 Personal Finance Year in Review, 9am (MT)

This seventh annual MFLN Personal Finance Year in Review webinar will describe legislation and events that have impacted military personal finances during 2021 and trends that will continue to impact finances in the years ahead. This webinar also includes results of noteworthy personal finance research studies that were published in 2021, military-specific financial events, and a preview of announced changes related for income and estate taxes and Social Security for 2022. Participants will receive a comprehensive list of references used to prepare the webinar slides and complete an activity to identify their key take-aways. PRESENTER: Dr. Barbara O’Neill, CFP®, AFC writes, speaks, and reviews content about personal finance through her financial planning seminars and publications business. A Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University, after 41 years of service as a Rutgers Cooperative Extension educator and personal finance specialist, she has written over 160 articles for academic publications and received over 35 national awards and over $1.2 million in grants to support her financial education programs and research. Dr. O’Neill is a past President of the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE), a recipient of the AFCPE Distinguished Fellow Award, and a Next Gen Personal Finance fellow.

CONTINUING EDUCATION (CE) CREDIT: This webinar has been submitted for Continuing Education (CE) credit to The Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education (AFCPE) for Accredited Financial Counselors (AFC); The Center for Financial Certifications (FinCert) for Certified Personal Finance Counselors (CPFC); and The National Council on Family Relations for Certified Family Life Educators (CFLE). https://www.facebook.com/events/1016785225830813/

Questions: Military Families Learning Center, milfamln@gmail.com OR Rachel Brauner, rbrauner@ag.tamu.edu

Missoula: Ron Barker, LCSW, MAC, SAP - Military and Family Readiness Coordinator, Missoula Family Assistance Center (FAC) at Missoula Armory, 9383 Running W. Rd. (406) 324-5121, C 439-8580 / (406) 880-3275, ronbarker83@gmail.com

12/7 (Every Tuesday) LINKEDIN: The Journey of a VA Employee ~ From Consideration to Getting In, 10am (MT)

Join VA Careers and Veterans Health Administration's Mike Owens for “Talk About It Tuesday.” Every week, we invite you to join our chat about things that are happening culturally in and around VA.

JOIN the LINKEDIN EVENT: https://www.linkedin.com/company/department-of-veterans-affairs/

As always, if you’re looking for more information on careers at VA, be sure to visit www.vacareers.va.gov

Questions: (844) 456-5208, vacareers@va.gov

12/7 (1st Tuesday of Every Month): SMARTER Goals Workshop, Job Service Pathways, 539 S. 3rd St. W., Missoula, 10am (w/follow up on 12/14 at 11am)

You’ll receive tips on creating a vision, setting daily & weekly action plans, and building a mindset. After completion of this initial 2 hour long workshop, a 1 hour workshop session is followed the succeeding week where students are assisted with expanding their individual goals. The dates are 12.7.21 (10am-12pm) and 12.14.21 (11am-12pm).

SMARTER, “Goals are part of every aspect of business/life and provide a sense of direction, motivation, a clear focus, and clarify importance. By setting goals, you are providing yourself with a target to aim for. A SMART goal is used to help guide goal setting. SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. Therefore, a SMART goal incorporates all of these criteria to help focus your efforts and increase the chances of achieving your goal.” Hosted by Pathways at the Job Service – Missoula.

REGISTER: Email client information to Lindsay Cordier - Pathways Client Advocate, Lincordier@mt.gov

Questions: Courtney (406) 218-7478, coarlint@mt.gov

12/7 (1st Tuesday of Every Month) ONLINE: The Poverello Center’s Supporter Update, 12pm

These online gatherings using Zoom are currently replacing our monthly tours so that we can continue to practice social distancing at the Poverello Center. They are normally held the first Tuesday of each month at 12:00 PM.

REGISTER: https://www.thepoverellocenter.org/news/tours/

Questions: Sarah Penix, Communications Coordinator (937) 430-9293, spenix@thepoverellocenter.org

12/7 HAMILTON (1st Tuesday of Every Month): Corvallis Post 91 Legion Riders Monthly Meeting, 6:30pm

Monthly member meeting, but anyone can come and join us. We are accepting new members so please come check us out. https://www.facebook.com/CorvallisMTLegionRiders/

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

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

12/7 (Every Tuesday) TRIVIA, Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Missoula, 8pm

Reserve table space by leaving a comment on their last post: https://www.facebook.com/VFW209trivia/

*** 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.

Questions: VFW 406-728-7749, vfw209mt@gmail.com

12/8 ONLINE: G.I. Jobs ~ Military Friendly Career & Education EXPO, 10am – 2pm (MT)

Don’t miss the event of the year! The Military Friendly® Virtual Recruiting Event is your opportunity to talk with over 30 recruiters from companies and schools of all sizes. If you're looking for education or employment by those who know the value of veterans and military spouses, you'll want to come to this free event. Attending is easy: Create your profile; Learn of educational and employment opportunities available from participating companies and schools. We’ll send you links in advance to explore available opportunities; Sign into the event and talk or text with recruiters about positions and schools you’re interested in. Recruiters are looking at profiles ahead of the event. So sign up and complete your profile today!

REGISTER: https://www.gijobs.com/virtual-career-expo

Questions: https://www.gijobs.com/contact-us/

12/8 (2nd Wednesday of Every Month) ONLINE: Job Fair Hosted by Job Service Missoula, 12 - 1pm

Featuring employers from various industries hiring in Missoula and the surrounding areas. They will describe their business and services; Discuss why someone would want to work for their business; Talk about all their open positions; Describe the benefits, wages, and incentives. Enter the link below into your web browser to join the meeting.

*** December's featured employers: Albertson’s, ALPS, Elite One Source, Local Bounti, Mountain Home Montana, and Opportunity Resources, Inc. Enter this link into your web browser to join the ZOOM meeting on 12/08/2021 from 12-1: https://mt-gov.zoom.us/j/85157153447

Questions: Julissa (406) 218-7480, JBencia-Hensel@mt.gov

Search Jobs: Job Service (MT DLI Statewide): montanaworks.gov

JS Missoula Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JobServiceMissoula

OR Job Service – Missoula (406) 728-7060, missoulajsc@mt.gov

12/8 ONLINE: Heroes Make America ~ Connect Military to Manufacturing, 1pm (MT)

Participants engage directly with company leaders about their operations, locations, Veteran-friendly culture, and current career opportunities. Sponsored by Procter & Gamble.

REGISTER: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUtdu-gpj8jGtHem9XXNFlZH4HTPPzCCyUb

Learn more about Heroes Make America: https://www.themanufacturinginstitute.org/veterans/

Questions: Herb Grant – VP of Operations, The Manufacturing Institute (202) 637-3132, hgrant@nam.org

12/8 (Every Wednesday) Restorative Yoga for Veterans, Missoula Vet Center, 910 Brooks Ave., Missoula 3pm

Practice comfortable and supported positions to help release muscular tension, calm and balance the nervous system, and promote overall relaxation. All in a safe, supportive environment. Participants are required to check in with the Missoula Vet Center (406) 721-4918 prior to course participation: https://redwillowlearning.org/programs/restorative-yoga-for-veterans/

*** Through the Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program (HTOP), The Learning Center at Red Willow makes all of their courses available free of charge to Veterans, service members, their families / caregivers, and First Responders: https://redwillowlearning.org/product-category/classes-for-veterans/

Questions: Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program (HTOP) at Red Willow Learning Center, Inc. (406) 530-7175, info@redwillowlearning.org

OR Kathy – Executive Director, kathymangan@redwillowlearning.org

12/8 (2nd Wednesday of Every Month) “Hell Gate Elks” Lodge 383 Dinner & Meeting, 112 N Pattee St. - 2nd Floor N., Missoula (Dinner & Drinks @ 5pm & Member Meeting @ 6:30pm)

December: Lodge night and lasagna dinner with salad. $5 donation are greatly appreciated. Invite a friend and join us in the Members Lounge at 5pm https://www.facebook.com/events/586407302641509/

​*** Elks invest in their communities through programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free, meet the needs of Veterans, and improve quality of life. One of our newest members commented recently how surprised and delighted she was to find a place people openly expressed appreciation and love for America! Charity, Fidelity, Justice, and Brotherly Love never go out of style and neither does our love for America. If those values resonate with you too, we would love to have you join us! Learn more / JOIN: join.elks.org

Missoula "Hell Gate" Elks Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elkslodge383

Questions: Dave (406) 549-0542, hellgateelks@gmail.com

12/9 ONLINE: Montana JCF Leadership Team Meeting, 12:30pm

AGENDA: Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance; Introductions and announcements; Presentation: TBA; JCF Board & Leadership Updates: Financial, Veteran Needs, Congressional, Military, VA, Key Service Area Reports, and Vet Recovery Workgroup; Events: Military Family Christmas Dinner 12/16. To sponsor a veteran or veteran family, please visit: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508094EADAA28A2F58-adopt4 (Sponsorship opportunities will be added continuously).

JOIN ZOOM MEETING (Meeting ID:  886 1264 9642; Passcode: 267273): https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88612649642?pwd=czdhWWQ2RkxGaGFWNnhRSmlWazFidz09 or call (699) 900-9128.

Questions: Leadership@montanajcf.org

OR Brandy Keely, President of Montana JCF & Director of Veteran Services at Carroll College (406) 447-4550, bkeely@carroll.edu

Steve Garrison - Montana JCF Co-Chair (406) 461-7971, turbo159@earthlink.net

12/9 ONLINE: HOH Veteran Career Summit, 1 - 4pm (MT)

Connecting World Class Military Talent with American Employers. The Hiring Our Heroes Virtual Career Summit is a specialized event designed to educate, inform, inspire, and connect service members, veterans, military spouses and caregivers with military-ready employers.

REGISTER: https://events.hiringourheroes.org/event/88ed7aa1-626f-4100-867e-6a366846ac5f/summary

Questions: Cara Cooke (Capt - USAF Vet) - U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, ccooke@uschamber.com

Or Hiring Our Heroes, hiringourheroes@uschamber.com

12/9 & 12/23 ONLINE: Women-Owned Small Business Certification Eligibility and Application Process Webinar, 1pm

Session Description: SBA’s Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program oversees the process for Women-Owned Small Businesses and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business certifications. This seminar session will give a general overview of the program, eligibility for the program, preparing to apply, completing and submitting an application. The session will also go over relevant issues and trends in the program and include a question and answer portion. Please Note: Once you register for a webinar date on Eventbrite, additional follow-up details, including log-in information for the day of the webinar, will be emailed to you from WOSBTraining@sba.gov. You will be contacted at the email you have provided. https://www.facebook.com/events/1045559202858584/

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wosb-certification-eligibility-and-application-process-webinar-tickets-134537728969

Learn more about the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program: https://www.sba.gov/wosbready

Montana: Jennifer Stephens - Regional Director, Missoula Small Business Development Center (SBDC) (406) 243-4770, C (406) 493-4702, Jennifer.Stephens@mso.umt.edu

OR SBA Montana: Brent E. Donnelly, District Director (406) 441-1083, Cell (406) 439-7613, Brent.Donnelly@sba.gov

12/9 – 12/18 “Hearth: A Yuletide Tale” (12/9-12/11 Montana Repertory Theatre & 12/16 – 12/8 The ZACC), 7:30pm

“Hearth: A Yuletide Tale” is written and composed by Missoula-based artist Tyson Gerhardt, and features the band The Recession Special. “Hearth” tells the story of a young boy named Tom who wanders off on a cold December night into a world of buskers and vagabonds struggling to survive the winter. As they share their songs and stories, Tom hatches a plan to help them, but one wrong step could upset the balance of a way of life already on the edge. What begins as an act of childhood rebellion becomes a window into the wonder and cruelty of the world. This nontraditional performance will be part concert, part reading, part musical and part new play development—and no two nights will be alike! The Rep will be asking audiences for input at the end of every show and incorporating your feedback into the next performance.

INFO / TICKETS: https://griztix.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventList?groupCode=HEARTH&linkID=montana&shopperContext=&caller=&appCode=

Questions: Michael Legg - Artistic Director, Montana Repertory Theatre (406) 243-5288, Michael.Legg@MontanaRep.com

12/11 HOOP SHOOT, Meadow Hill School, 4210 S. Reserve St., Missoula, 9am

The Missoula “Hell Gate" Elks Lodge 383 is hosting Hoop Shoot!! This years contest will be held December 11th at the Meadow Hill middle school gym. Registration starts at 0900. Winners of Missoula’s contest will have travel costs provided by our local Lodge! Let’s see how many baskets you can sink! Visit Elks.org for more info or contact the Lodge at hellgateelks@gmail.com for a registration form. Covid precautions will be taken. https://www.elks.org/hoopshoot/

If you’re interested in becoming an Elks member, go to: https://www.elks.org/ or join us before a meeting. We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of every month (The upstairs lounge opens at 5pm, and the member meeting is at 6:30pm).

Missoula Elks Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elkslodge383

Questions: Dave – General Manager (406) 549-0542, hellgateelks@gmail.com

12/11 STEVENSVILLE: Christmas Bazaar, American Legion Post 94, 754 Middle Burnt Fork Rd, Stevensville, 9am – 3pm

STEVENSVILLE'S FARMERS MARKET IS PUTTING on a COUNTRY CHRISTMAS BAZAAR https://www.facebook.com/americanlegionstevensville

Questions: Chuck – Stevensville AL Post 94 Commander (253) 380-7016; Adjutant (406) 369-3276; Cheryl – Post 94 Auxiliary (406) 531-4132

12/11 ST. REGIS: Christmas Bazaar & Raffle, 230 Lobo Loop, St. Regis, 9am – 5pm

Come and check out our unique and handmade items: crafts, food, spices, wreaths, dolls, antiques, gifts, pastries, jewelry, Christmas decorations, collectibles and more! Free coffee and drawing at 5pm for $100 raffle prize. Chili for sale. Proceeds benefit St. Regis Community Council activities.

Flyer: https://www.facebook.com/606547579459339/photos/a.867169020063859/4553517641428960

VENDOR tables are still available / questions: (406) 242-0317

12/11 HUSON: Enchanted Christmas Village, 9 Mile School House, 18815 Remount Rd, Huson, 11am – 4pm

Step back in time to explore our old fashioned Christmas wonderland! Ride a country train, send a letter to the North Pole, decorate a cookie, wander through the elves’ workshop, and meet with Santa to have your photo taken! Soup lunch and hot chocolate stations, not to mention a cup of Christmas cheer for the adults by the bonfire. Craft vendors and live caroling- there really is something for everyone. https://www.facebook.com/events/628547248327573

TICKETS: https://9mileschoolhouse.eventbrite.com

Learn more about the school house: http://9mileschoolhouse.com/

Questions: (406) 240-5314, 5crowphoto@hotmail.com

12/11 (2nd Saturday of Every Month) ONLINE: Native American Veterans Association (NAVA) Talking Circle, 11am (MT)

Join us on the Second Saturday of Every Month for NAVA's VIRTUAL (ZOOM) MEETING. Join ZOOM (Meeting ID: 975 0969 5862, Password: NAVA2020 - Same link used for all meetings): https://zoom.us/j/97509695862

TO JOIN Via Cell Phone - One tap mobile: +1 213 338 8477 US (Los Angeles).

Learn more about Native American Veterans Association (NAVA): http://www.navavets.org/

Questions: NAVA (888) 412-5997, info@navavets.org

12/11 Derek Sheen at the VFW! Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Missoula, 8pm

“MONTANA!! Catch me in the following cities!! (12/9 Bozo, 12/10 Billings, 12/11 Missoula, 12/12 Helena) I can’t wait to see you!!” Derek Sheen is a cuddly mess of insecurities and a gifted, one-of-a-kind storyteller. His ability to mine humor from the dark, humid corners of the human condition has made him a cult favorite of comedy nerds around the globe. Despite a lack of television or film credits, he has amassed a pretty loyal fan base touring with comedy legends (name-drop alert!) Brian Posehn, Patton Oswalt and Janeane Garofalo.

INFO / TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/derek-sheen-live-in-missoula-tickets-203418278547?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

*** Ole Beck VFW Post 209 is a nonprofit Veteran organization. ALL profits go back to the local Veteran community and/or Veteran programs.  

Questions: VFW 406-728-7749, vfw209mt@gmail.com

​12/12 – 12/17 ONLINE: Warrior-Scholar Project Academic Boot Camps, 10am

Warrior-Scholar Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization aiming to empower Veterans and service members in their pursuit of higher education. WSP hosts intensive academic boot camps & bridge the gap between military service and higher education through formal lectures, workshops, and research projects. We are offering virtual one-week academic boot camps in humanities and STEM. These boot camps are free for participants: https://www.warrior-scholar.org/programs

Fall Schedule: https://www.warrior-scholar.org/2021-course-schedule

*** Business & Entrepreneurship Academic Boot Camp: This week-long business and entrepreneurship boot camp prepares service members and veterans for the challenges and rigor of a business bachelor’s degree program. Using entrepreneurship as a base, veterans and service members will learn business fundamentals, participate in team-building and group dynamics exercises, and work on entrepreneurship projects including pitch group workshops and presentations. During the week-long boot camp, students are taught by professors from our partner colleges and universities and mentored by peers who have completed the program and have successfully transitioned to college. https://www.facebook.com/events/262584732198798/

*** Virtual STEM Academic Boot Camp: This week-long STEM academic boot camp prepares service members and veterans for the challenges and rigor of a STEM bachelor’s degree program. Using a physics-based curriculum, veterans and service members will gain skills to help them succeed with their transition from the military to higher education. During this week-long boot camp, students are taught by professors from our partner colleges and universities and mentored by peers who have completed the program and successfully transitioned to college. https://www.facebook.com/events/254494886529581/

Warrior-Scholar Project - INFO: https://www.warrior-scholar.org/programs

Questions: Cassie Elder (202) 796-8777, celder@warrior-scholar.org

OR info@warrior-scholar.org

12/14 ONLINE: Military-Friendly Job Fair, 9am (MT)
Interview online with top companies and government agencies nationwide at the December 14 Virtual Military-Friendly Job Fair. Take advantage of this excellent opportunity to interview online with National Security Agency, SAIC, Palo Alto Networks, U.S. Postal Service, California Correctional Health Care Services, Freedom Mortgage, Areté Associates, U.S. Agency for International Development, Foley Cat, Loomis Armored, and many more. Register today and start preparing in advance to tell the company recruiters how your skills and experience fit their staffing needs.
REGISTER / VIEW LIST OF EMPLOYERS: https://www.corporategray.com/jobfairs/460

Questions: Carl Savino - Corporate Gray (703) 690-6381, carl@corporategray.com

12/14 (2nd Tuesday of Every Month) ONLINE: FREE QPR Gatekeeper Training (Suicide Prevention), 5:30pm

Learn how to recognize the signs of suicidal thoughts and how to intervene in an empathetic and effective way with our FREE QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) class. You can learn how to save a life. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

REGISTER: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcocemorDsrHdxN6AxlPCR682a643gdYEZD

Your TomorrowMatters! Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1.800.273.TALK (8255)

Questions: Project Tomorrow Montana, (800) 273-8255

12/14 (2nd Tuesday of Every Month) VFW Auxiliary Post 209 Meeting, 245 W Main St., Missoula, 7pm

Please join us for the VFW Auxiliary Meeting! VFW Auxiliary on FB: https://www.facebook.com/VFWAuxiliaryPost209

*** 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.

Questions: Michelle Johnson, VFW Auxiliary (406) 461-9685, michelle@exitrealtymsla.com

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

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