November & December Events
NOW: Toys for Tots
Christmas toy collection and distribution to children in need in Missoula & Ravalli Counties (accepting new, unwrapped toys NOW through 12/8 or make a donation online) - Here are the drop off locations for Missoula: https://missoula-mt.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/donate-toys.aspx
12/2 The East Missoula Rural Fire Department is teaming up with Toys for Tots for their annual Fill the Firetruck Toy Drive. They will be collecting donations at the Ace Hardware on Brooks Street on December 2 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM Rumor has it that Mr. and Mrs. Claus may make an appearance!
Missoula / Ravalli Toys for Tots Faebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ToysForTotsMissoula/
Questions: Tammy +1 406-544-9021, firstname.lastname@example.org
NOW through 11/30: DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT for VETERANS ~ Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program (HTOP)
Through HTOP, 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/
NOW through 11/30: Double Your Impact for Veterans Campaign ~ Mind/body practices are well-recognized as valuable support practices for those who might be struggling with anxiety, depression and PTS. Our goal is to raise a campaign total of $20,000 to support veteran services for the coming year. Thank you for serving those who have served. DONATE: https://redwillowlearning.org/make-a-donation/
Every Monday: Yoga for Veterans with Nick Gonzalez, Freestone Climbing Center, 1200 Shakespeare St., Missoula, 2pm. Thoughtfully designed for 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. COMPLETE FREESTONE WAIVER: https://redwillowlearning.org/product/yoga-for-veterans
Every Tuesday - STEVENSVILLE: Bitterroot Yoga for Veterans, American Legion Post 94, 754 Middle Burnt Fork Rd w/ Jessa Krahn-Christian, 1-2pm REGISTER: https://redwillowlearning.org/product/bitterroot-yoga-for-veterans/; Questions: (406) 369-3276
Every Wednesday - ONLINE or IN-PERSON: Restorative Yoga for Veterans, Missoula Vet Center, 910 Brooks Ave., Missoula, 2:45-3:45pm. 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. Check in with the Missoula Vet Center prior to course participation ((406) 721-4918): https://redwillowlearning.org/programs/restorative-yoga-for-veterans/
Every Thursday - ONLINE or IN PERSON: Meditation for Veterans, Missoula Vet Center, 910 Brooks, 1pm - 1:45pm. 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. REGISTER: Vet Center (406) 721-4918 / info: https://www.redwillowlearning.org/programs/meditation-for-veterans/
NOW through 2/2024: Recruiting focus group of Veterans for a grant with Exit 12 for “Unmasking the Impact of War” ~ Combination of art therapy / mask-making, creative writing, and a movement-based performance at ZACC in 2024.
NOW through 12/1: Tell Us Something ~ Stewardship Opportunities for Vets
Interested in FREE tickets to an upcoming live storytelling event? Marc, “I operate a small non-profit that brings Missoulians together to listen to one another and share stories. 8 storytellers are selected by audition from the Missoula community to share their story live without notes in 10 minutes we generally sell out the Wilma when we host it there and have seen crowds as large as 1,200 this year at other venues. We have implemented a program that provides free event tickets to a variety of organizations. We have 75 tickets to give away, and we like to spread them out across a variety of organizations.”
Next event – 12/6 at the Wilma: https://logjampresents.com/event/tell-us-something-56952/
Questions: Marc Moss - Executive Director/REQUEST TICKETS: email@example.com
NOW through 12/13: Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Missoula
Ole Beck VFW Post 209 is a nonprofit Veteran Organization ~ All profits go back to the local Veteran community and/or Veteran programs. There's something going on every night, so come check us out! Contact the Post about membership: https://www.vfwpost209.org/ OR go to: https://www.vfw.org/join for more information about joining Veterans of Foreign Wars.
NOW: GUN Raffle tickets are STILL available ~ Don’t miss the DAILY drawings coming up in December ($20ea, 3 for $50, or 6 for $100): https://www.vfwpost209.org/2022-firearms-raffle
Every Day: LIVE POKER, 1 & 7pm ~ As always, Veterans receive a BONUS 10 in chips with their buy in: https://www.facebook.com/VFW-Poker-100134718934624/; Reserve your seat (406) 272-7722
Every Tuesday: TRIVIA, 8pm ~ Join the fun w/different categories every week: https://www.facebook.com/VFW209trivia/
Every Wednesday: HUMP DAY at the V! 9pm ~ DJ Trini will be mixing live and we will have drink specials running! $3 you call it drinks from 10-11 & 12-1 *some exclusions apply: https://www.facebook.com/OleBeckVFWPost209
Every Thursday: Mini Golf, 5pm - 12am ~ $5 per person for unlimited play!
12/13 (2nd Wednesday): VFW Monthly Membership Meeting, 7pm ~ The Post will remain open for business: https://www.facebook.com/OleBeckVFWPost209
Questions: VFW 406-728-7749, firstname.lastname@example.org
11/27 - 11/30 (Every Monday – Thursday): MW/HAN OPEN OFFICE HOURS, 2205 34th St., Missoula, 10am – 12pm
Get housing and employment support from the Housing Advocate Network (HAN) & Missoula Works!
HAN is a network of volunteer leaders (including MIC) who are building relationships to assist individuals and families with finding housing, raising community awareness, and working together to change root causes of homelessness (Missoula Interfaith Collaborative): http://micmt.org/ (PLEASE consider volunteering for HAN - call 406-207-8228 ext. 5 or email email@example.com)
We are looking for organizations and/or individuals willing to “sponsor” a family or families during the holidays. We will be supporting households who have obtained housing through Family Promise or the Housing Advocate Network this past year. By sponsoring a family, you get to help add some warmth and joy to their season. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
12/17 John Floridis & Friends Benefit Concert, 1st United Methodist Church, 7pm ~ Please join us for an intimate evening of music that journeys from darkness to light with Montana recording artist John Floridis on guitar & vocals. He will be joined by cellist Jennifer Slayden, and percussionist Ed Stalling. Attendees are invited to participate in a free-will contribution and proceeds will go to support Missoula Interfaith Collaborative: https://www.facebook.com/events/1563284671081209/
Missoula Works ~ Our GET IT DONE Crew has been hard at work! Have a project you need done? Give us a call to support our mission of breaking down barriers to employment: https://missoulaworks.com/
Questions: Paige – Missoula Works / Missoula Interfaith Collaborative (406) 926-3400, email@example.com
11/28 Giving Tuesday
This is a worldwide generosity movement, unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities. We have several community partners that would benefit from your generosity:
Double Your Impact for Veterans Campaign (Red Willow) ~ Donate to Double Your Impact for Veterans on Giving Tuesday, November 28 and your donation will not only be doubled, it will be TRIPLED! We're coming up on the end of our annual Double Your Impact for Veterans Campaign. An anonymous donor has offered to match ANY donation made on Giving Tuesday to help us make our goal of $20,000! Help us unlock this gift! Thank you for serving those who have served: https://redwillowlearning.org/make-a-donation/
HOPE Rescue Mission ~ Provide HELP to those that need to bridge the gap at the Drop In Center; Restore HOPE for those staying at the caring environment of the Temporary Safe Outdoor Space while looking for a home; Promote TRANSFORMATION to women at the Women's Recovery Home to find freedom from addiction: https://raisedonors.com/hopemontana/givetuesday
MIC / MW ~ We invite you to keep Missoula Interfaith Collaborative in mind during Giving Tuesday. All financial donations will support MIC programs including Missoula Works, Family Promise of Missoula, and the Housing Advocate Network. Help MIC continue feeding, housing, and employing families in our community! bit.ly/3Yinoej
Poverello Center ~ DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT thanks to the Town Pump Foundation, who will match $25,000 of donations through the end of November: https://secure.givelively.org/donate/poverello-center-inc/double-your-impact-this-givingtuesday-11bb069f-2b68-4204-a95e-912337ae73bf
🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 The Veteran Support Network (VSN) & Veteran Suicide Awareness & Prevention (VSAP) Leadership ORGS ~ Here’s how to donate / SUPPORT:
Heroes at Home Event Site: Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History (MAIL to P.O. Box 7263, Missoula, MT 59807 -membership: http://www.fortmissoula.org/membership/ Questions: Tate (406) 239-7738, firstname.lastname@example.org
Heroes at Home BBQ (Check donations): Make out to "VFW Post 209" and NOTE "Heroes at Home" - Drop off or mail to 245 W Main St, Missoula, MT 59802; Questions: Tom "Event Gatekeeper" (623) 229-1225, email@example.com
VSAP – ONLINE donations: https://runsignup.com/Race/Donate/MT/FtMissoula/VSAPVeteranSuicideawarenessandprevention Questions: Erick - VSAP Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
11/28 & STEVENSVILLE: Fort Owen American Legion Post 94, 754 Middle Burnt Fork Rd, Stevensville
We are Veterans dedicated to the support of Veterans & community service! (VERY involved in the community).
11/28 (Every Tuesday) Bitterroot Yoga for Veterans, 1 - 2pm ~ Join Jessa Krahn-Christian at American Legion Post 94. REGISTER: https://redwillowlearning.org/product/bitterroot-yoga-for-veterans/
12/5 & 12/19 (1st & 3rd Tuesday) The Mobile Vet Center ~ Visit the Vet Center in Stevensville! If you need immediate assistance, please call 877-WAR-VETS (927-8387) or visit: https://www.vetcenter.va.gov/; Questions: Anton Johnson, BSW - Mobile Vet Center (406) 721-4918, Anton.Johnson@va.gov
12/19 (3rd Tuesday) STEVENSVILLE: Monthly Meeting, 754 Middle Burnt Fork Rd., Stevensville, 7pm ~ ALL Veterans are welcome to attend the monthly meeting - if you're not a member, come and fill out a membership form!
National - American Legion: www.legion.org; AL Post 94 Public Group FB page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/955743594488748/; Questions: AL Post 94 (406) 777-3834 OR Chuck – Commander (253) 380-7016; Adjutant (406) 369-3276; Cheryl – Auxiliary (406) 531-4132
11/28 & 11/30 (Every Tuesday & Thursday): Montana VA Health Care, VA Careers & VET2VET (PTS Support Group)
Montana VA serves over 47,000 enrolled Veterans across Montana. One third of Montana VA employees are Veterans. Veterans can connect to their VA healthcare records, information, and message their VA care teams 24 hours a day through the MyHealtheVet patient portal Montana VA information, updates, and events are available on the Montana VA website and Facebook page
Every Tuesday: Join VA Careers and Veterans Health Administration's Mike Owens for “Talk About It Tuesday” at 10am ~ Every week we invite you to chat about things that are happening culturally in and around VA via LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/company/department-of-veterans-affairs/; Questions: (844) 456-5208, email@example.com
MONTANA: Potential candidates can also look at open positions online at: AMSA - USAJOBS - Job Announcement; Learn more about the benefits of a VA Career at: https://www.vacareers.va.gov/Benefits/EmploymentBenefits/ or http://www.vacareers.va.gov; Questions: Nikole Gribben at Nikole.Gribben@va.gov
Every Tuesday 12-2pm & Thursday 2-4pm: VET2VET ~ PTS Support Group (Shared Medical Room) Totally confidential. Join us. Questions: (406) 493-9083
Coming in January: Every Monday – Friday starting 1/16/2024 ~ GROUP Exercise Classes, VA – CBOC, 3885 W Broadway St., Missoula, Group 1 (Matt) – MWF 3:30pm & Group 2 (Dave) TuTh 8am (45 minute workouts) The Missoula VA and PT Department will be hosting two 12-week group exercise classes led by a physical therapist in our outpatient PT gym. These classes will be a blend of weightlifting and high intensity interval training (HIIT) and all exercises can be scaled up or down to meet your individual needs. ALL VHA enrolled Veterans and all levels of fitness welcome. Tell your doctor you’re interested and they will get you scheduled for a 30 minute initial intake appointment with a PT prior to the start of the group classes. Questions: Dr. Macchia 406-215-0224, David.Macchia1@va.gov OR scheduling 406-215-0220
Learn more about Missoula's David J. Thatcher VA Clinic: https://www.va.gov/montana-health-care/locations/david-j-thatcher-va-clinic/
Montana VA Health Care / Hiring Questions: Montana VA Medical Center – Fort Harrison (877) 468-8387; Paden Holman - Patient Care Services (406) 447-6054, Paden.Holman@va.gov
11/28 & 11/30 National Family Caregiver Month (NFCM)
To honor those who serve as family caregivers, the Caregiver Support Program (CSP) is excited to join the celebration by honoring caregivers who are at the core of our mission – caregivers of Veterans. Montana VA Caregiver Support: https://www.va.gov/montana-health-care/health-services/caregiver-support/
11/28 Campaign for Inclusive Care, 1pm ~ Learn about how you can practice Inclusive Care and include caregivers as part of the Veteran’s care team. We’ll discuss skills, tips and resources on how to bridge communication and validate caregiver expertise.
11/30 Caregiver Support Resources, 1pm ~ We’ll provide information on our roster of education/outreach/support/training/resources available to caregivers here at MT VA CSP.
Teams meeting link will be sent after registration – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
11/28 DEADLINE: Veterans Upward Bound ~ Academic Bridge
For Veterans starting or heading back to college for the Spring 2024 semester. This time is designed to help students feel more comfortable transitioning back to college. We are offering refresher classes in math and writing to practice those skills you have not used for a while. We will also have a daily college planning session to help with admissions, financial aid and benefits, advising, campus tours, using campus online portals, and making connections to helpful campus resources.
ORIENTATION (Mandatory – ONLINE or Billings): Monday, December 4th (10am – 12pm) OR Tuesday, December 5th (2 – 4pm) Get supplies, go over expectations, Moodle, take pretest 10am-Noon
CLASSES (Monday-Friday, December 6th-19th): Writing - Learn the rules of English grammar, sentence structure and mechanics. Become familiar with the steps in the writing process, and move through writing effective paragraphs to essays. Students will also learn citation techniques for research papers and begin a research paper process (8:30-9:30am / Instructor: James McCann)
Basic Math – Covers and reviews algebra concepts and terminology. Focus on Algebra I and Geometry (9:45-10:45am / Instructor: James McCann)
Intermediate Math – Provides a brief review of Algebra I & Geometry but the main focus will be Algebra II and the pathway to college math (9:45-10:45am / Instructor: Frank No Runner)
College Planning – Admissions, Military Benefits & Financial Aid, Plans of Study, College Resources, & more (11am-Noon / Instructor: Michelle Watson)
Call the VUB office at (406) 272-6591 by Monday, November 28th to sign-up or go to the website: www.vubmt.com for more information.
11/28 ONLINE: Hiring Our Heroes ~ Event Platform for Transitioning SM, Guard/Reserve, Veterans & Military Spouses
Virtual education and training center that allows our military community to engage in world-class career curriculum taught by subject matter experts, along with a library of pre-recorded sessions, available 24/7. Career Community: https://www.hiringourheroes.org/career-community/
11/28 Corporate Fellowship Program Information Session, 5pm
12/5 Tips for Success at a Virtual Hiring Fair, 2pm
12/6 & 12/7 MILITARY SPOUSES ~ Amplify is a free two-day workshop tailored to military spouses focused on career preparation, professional development, and networking.
12/6 Career Summit, 11am ~ Network in real-time with 45+ employers across multiple industries and access on-demand career preparation workshops -- all at this Virtual Career Summit. Employers including APi Group, Aramark, AstrumU, Boots2Roots, Booz Allen Hamilton, Bristol Myers Squibb, Chewy, FASTPORT, Fiserv, Hilton, Jabil, Leidos, Power Home Remodeling, Spectrum/ Charter Communications, Walmart, Wells Fargo, Wounded Warrior Project, and dozens more are scheduled to participate and are hiring for thousands of positions. Transitioning service members, veterans, military spouses, and military caregivers are invited to register. Whether you're looking for work now or exploring future possibilities, representatives are ready to meet and answer your questions.
Schedule / REGISTER: https://events.hiringourheroes.org/c/calendar/a7a5b351-8807-4343-8561-c757c022600f
Questions: Cara Cooke (Capt, USAF, vet), Senior Manager, Veteran Programs, Hiring Our Heroes, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, email@example.com OR Hiring Our Heroes, firstname.lastname@example.org
11/28 (Every Tuesday until 12/12): Peer-Led Moral Injury Group, Missoula Chamber of Commerce (Conference Rm), 825 E. Front St., Missoula, 5:30 – 7pm
Many veterans – especially combat veterans – carry “soul wounds” incurred while serving our country. These wounds may have resulted from perpetrating, witnessing, or failing to prevent events which arose during stressful, traumatic situations and ran contrary to one’s moral beliefs or sense of right and wrong. Veterans may suffer persistent grief, guilt, shame, a sense of betrayal, a sense of loss of purpose, or a loss of faith. Simply put, they may suffer from moral injury. VOANR hopes to help veterans mend moral injuries and heal wounded souls by walking through one’s story; walking through loss and grief; walking through forgiveness, including self-forgiveness; and by reconnecting with one’s community and faith with hope and purpose. Your fellow veterans facilitate our moral injury group, “SSG Parker Gordon Fox Suicide Prevention Grant” You do not have to be enrolled in VA or VOA programs to participate. Spouses and family members may also be eligible to participate. Moral Injury Resources: https://www.voanne.org/moral-injury-resources
Questions: Patrick Trammelle - VOANR Montana Moral Injury Specialist (406) 437-4735, email@example.com
11/29 AARP Members EARLY ACCESS to Stones Tour ’24 Hackney Diamonds, 10am
AARP member presale will be available beginning 10 a.m. local time on November 29 through 10 p.m. local time on November 30. Click below for full details on how to join AARP, purchase tickets while supplies last, sign up for a day‑of ticket sale reminder, and more: https://www.aarp.org/rollingstones2024/ Questions: 855-274-9507
11/29 (Every Wednesday) ONLINE: ARC Military & Veteran Caregiver Network (MVCN) ~ Wellbeing YOU, 11am
The MVCN hosts online support groups to offer caregivers the opportunity to connect and engage with peers to support one another. These groups are hosted using Zoom video so caregivers are able to interact face to face using a computer or mobile device, or join by phone. 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. Together we can encourage each other and inspire hope by sharing the journey!: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100089450180909&sk=events; Find other peer support opportunities on our Caregiver Calendar: https://www.redcross.org/caregivers; Visit the safe and secure, caregiver-only Online Community available 24/7 for support: https://mvcn.force.com/MVCN/s/login/; Questions: American Red Cross 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767), ID/MT (406) 493-8778, firstname.lastname@example.org
11/29 & 12/21 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
No Silence. No Stigma. No shame. Get involved. Make a difference: http://www.namimissoula.org/
Every Wednesday: NAMI Connection Support Group, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 202 Brooks St. RM 208, Missoula, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ~ Free, confidential , peer-led support group for adults living with mental illness (There is also a ZOOM option: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87295090925 Meeting ID: 872 9509 0925)
12/21 (3rd Thursday): NAMI Monthly Family Support Group, 202 Brooks St. Rm 208, Missoula, 6:30pm ~ This is for relatives, friends, and caregivers of individuals living with mental illness. Families or friends can join a caring group of individuals helping one another by utilizing their collective lived experiences and learned wisdom. Drop-ins welcome.
Questions: NAMI Missoula (406) 880-1013, email@example.com
11/30 (Every Thursday) ONLINE: Mindful Recovery and Wellness, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Using mind/body practices offers individuals in recovery from Substance Use Disorder (SUD) skills training to support relapse prevention. Mindfulness and other resilience-building skills have become an integral part of both residential and community recovery services. Research has continued to show these practices to be helpful in helping to manage the experience of anxiety and depression for those in recovery: https://4thdmissoula.org/mindful-recovery-wellness
12/31 Moon Dance ~ A Substance-Free New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball, United Methodist Church, 300 E. Main St., 8pm – 12am. The New Year's Eve event of the year! This will be a Missoula on Main event, hosted by The Fourth D Club in collaboration with Arts Missoula! Let's ring in 2024 together. Everyone is welcome. Chili & Kid’s Activities 8 – 9:30pm; Mocktails & Dancing 9:30pm on - FLYER: https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=640780441596995&set=a.387223063619402 Learn more – visit missoulaonmain.org
Questions: Fourth D, Inc. (406) 209-9570, firstname.lastname@example.org
11/30 BINGO! Missoula Senior Center, 705 S Higgins Ave., Missoula, 5pm
The Senior Center has Yoga on Tu/Th (9am), lunch daily 11:30a-12:30p, and BINGO every Thursday! You do not have to be a senior to join the BINGO fun. Doors open at 5pm - 6 cards/15 games $20; 3 cards $10. Learn more about the Missoula Senior Center: http://missoulaseniorcenter.org/; Follow their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MissoulaSeniorCenter; Questions: (406) 543-7154, email@example.com
11/30 & 12/3 VICTOR: The Hops ~ Veteran Owned Business, 2412 US HWY 93 N., Victor
The Hops are hosting art classes, trivia (4th Wed), beginners poker, food and live music. They're goal is to furnish the tap house and restaurant with as many American made products as possible: https://thehopsmontana.com/
If you see the cute little chimney at the Hops, it's for Victor families that need help this Christmas. Just take a candy cane out of the stocking and you can adopt a family in need. Or drop an unwrapped toy in the bag for Santa to deliver.
Every Thursday & Sunday: LIVE Music Thursdays 5-8pm & Poker Sundays at 4pm: https://www.facebook.com/infothehopsmontana/
11/30, 12/19 & 1/3/24 Tamarack Grief Resource Center (TGRC), 405 S. 1st St. W., Missoula
TGRC strengthens & honors individuals, families, and communities throughout their journey with grief: https://www.tamarackgrc.org/
11/30 OPEN HOUSE, 6 - 7:30pm ~ YOU'RE INVITED! Drop by TGRC's Winter Open House NOV 30 for meaningful crafts, warm hearts, and fun snacks. Welcoming all friends of TGRC, campers, group members, partners, and anyone who wants a peek inside your local grief center. FLYER: https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=772624934903810&set=a.363594809140160
12/19 Pregnancy Loss Grief Support, 5:15pm ~ Gather with understanding others who have experienced infant or pregnancy loss to share, honor our unique relationships with a life gone too soon & explore how those relationships continue to shape our lives. Open to any adult who has experienced pre- or perinatal loss at NO COST. Suggested donation $5-20. REGISTER: https://tamarackgriefresourcecenter.app.neoncrm.com/np/clients/tamarackgriefresourcecenter/eventRegistration.jsp
1/3 (Every Wednesday until 2/7): Grief After Suicide & Traumatic Loss, 5:15pm ~ Following traumatic loss, we can gain strength from understanding others. Join us in Missoula in 2024 as we gather to create healing space and explore unique considerations for adults grieving a death by suicide or traumatic circumstances. REGISTER: https://tamarackgriefresourcecenter.app.neoncrm.com/np/clients/tamarackgriefresourcecenter/eventRegistration.jsp
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (Dec. 7)
VETS Established (Dec. 15 US DOL)
National Guard Birthday (Dec. 13)
U.S. Space Force Birthday (Dec. 20)
12/1 & 12/6 HAMILTON: Vietnam Veterans Bitterroot Chapter 938
The Bitterroot Chapter of VVA are “Veterans helping Veterans”!
12/1 (Every Friday): BREAKFAST ~ Ch 938 welcomes new members to join them on Friday mornings for breakfast at BJ's Restaurant, 900 N. 1st St., 7 - 8:30am
12/6 (1st Wednesday): VVA Bitterroot Chapter 938 Monthly Meeting, Eagles, 125 N. 2nd St., Hamilton, 7pm ~ Welcoming ALL Vietnam Veterans at monthly meeting!
12/1 - 12/17 Missoula Community Theater
MCT’s “Be Our Guest” Season ~ MCT is excited to offer such a wide variety of live entertainment, ranging from silly parody, thought provoking stories, slap-stick humor, a tale as old as time and good, old-fashioned nostalgia for the holiday season: https://mctinc.org/2023-2024-community-season/
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: December 1 - 17, 2023 (musical Rated G)
Rent: January 18-28, 2024 (musical, Rated R)
The Play That Goes Wrong: March 7-17, 2024 (non-musical comedy, rated PG)
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: April 25-May 12, 2024 (musical rated G)
*** Did you know Missoula Children's Theater offers discount tickets to Military Families who have a loved one deployed, about to deploy, or recently returned?? Call MCT to Order your Tickets through the "MTNG Child and Youth Program Account": https://mctinc.org/
Questions: MCT Box Office (406) 728-7529 M-F 12-5pm; Tour 829-5202, firstname.lastname@example.org
12/2 LIVE Reindeer, Murdoch’s, 2801 W Broadway, Missoula, 11am – 4pm
The reindeer are coming and will soon land at Murdoch’s. Bring your camera for photos, and during your visit, the kids can write a letter to Santa, color holiday activity sheets, and learn how to make reindeer snacks: https://www.facebook.com/events/976688773423500/
Click here for the schedule of reindeer events near you: https://www.murdochs.com/news/reindeer/
Questions: (406) 549-2355, email@example.com
12/2 through 8/17/24: JD & The Western Front Band
Music by Jeff Daniel (“JD” - Army Veteran) & Western Front Band: https://www.facebook.com/hotmtcountry21
12/2 Rustic Hut, Florence ~ We be playing 8pm to 11pm. Featuring Special Guest Stu Jackson from the Jackson-5 (not related to LaToya Jackson) and cousin to Alan Jackson. Clothing is optional (LOL): https://www.facebook.com/events/864527961915267/
1/6 Sunrise Saloon ~ We're Back! With Special Guest Star Stu Jackson world renowned Gotar Picker and Singing Machine. Wow it is going to be a blowout: https://www.facebook.com/events/306750142244061
8/17 PHILIPSBURG (Summer Concert 2024): What a great organization that raised over $75,000 last year for charity. The Rotary Club and Phillipsburg ROCK! Make plans for Saturday August 17, 2024 with us and about 1500 friends where you will see a bunch of old dudes Kick*** on some traditional country songs. We’re going to blow the lips off a chicken at 1000 feet: https://www.facebook.com/events/920189893012692/
Questions: JD (406) 396-5238, firstname.lastname@example.org
12/4 (Every Monday) ONLINE: VBC Happy Hour, 5pm (MT)
The Veterans Breakfast Club is a community 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: https://veteransbreakfastclub.org/events/
Questions: Shaun Hall - Director of Programming, Veterans Breakfast Club (412) 623-9029, email@example.com
12/4 - 12/19 CORVALLIS, HAMILTON & VICTOR: American Legion Post 91, Amateur Radio Club & Legion Riders
DEDICATED TO VETERANS & COMMUNITY SERVICE ~ VERY active in the community, and they have an Amateur Radio Club (KG7SPL), fly fishing club, Legion Riders and more: https://www.facebook.com/Corvallis91HeartValleyMT/
12/4 @ 6pm Amateur Radio Club ~ Testing, Club Meeting & more: https://www.facebook.com/Corvallis91HeartValleyMT/events
12/5 (1st Tuesday): Corvallis Post 91 Legion Riders Monthly Meeting, 6:30pm ~ We are accepting new members so please come check us out. https://www.facebook.com/CorvallisMTLegionRiders/
12/19 (3rd Tuesday) Post 91 General Membership Meeting, 317 Woodside Cutoff Rd, Corvallis, 7pm ~ All are welcome (Members and non -Members): https://www.facebook.com/Corvallis91HeartValleyMT/events/?ref=page_internal
Corvallis American Legion Post 91 Blog / Newsletters: https://corvallispost91.blogspot.com/2023/
Questions: Don Goodnight, Corvallis Legion Riders President (406) 360-5275, firstname.lastname@example.org; Doug Mason – Historian & Amateur Radio Club President (406) 546-4244, email@example.com OR Dan Griffin – VSO (406) 544-5257, firstname.lastname@example.org
12/4 (Every Monday) PARADISE: LIVE POKER, American Legion Post 129, 450 Railroad, Paradise, 9pm
We're a Veterans club ~ Everyone is welcome! We host live events and music and offer great food. $1/$2 No Limit Texas Hold’Em - $25 buy-in, 9pm. Paradise Legion: https://www.facebook.com/ParadisePost129/ (406) 826-3191, email@example.com
12/5 ONLINE: DiversityJobs for Veterans
We know the significant value Veterans bring to the workforce, from leadership skills to teamwork to the ability to focus on the mission at hand. Our employers are committed to hiring veterans like you!
12/5 From Record to Reemployment: A Guide to Job Hunting with a Criminal Record, 12pm ~ Join us for a powerful webinar with corrections workforce development specialist Dorenda Hamarlund. Discover how to showcase your unique strengths as a reentrant, effectively communicate your value in interviews, leverage the financial incentives available to employers hiring reentrants, and how to find employers that are second-chance friendly: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2933586517485395039
Learn more about DiversityJobs for Veterans: https://www.diversityjobs.com/veterans-job-search/; Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
12/5 ONLINE: The Other Logistics Jobs!, 5pm (MT)
We’re hosting a new event, and we’d love to see you there. Join us for December 5, 2023 at 7:00 PM. Register soon because space is limited: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-other-logistics-jobs-tickets-761661489017
Questions: Scot Snyder - President, Troops2Logistics, email@example.com
12/5 - 12/7 ONLINE: Homeword’s Statewide Financial Skill Building Class, 6pm
FREE and open to the public. We believe financial resilience comes from having the financial judgement and decision-making skills to dodge pitfalls and make the right money moves for your future..learn about the 8 essential topics of your complex financial world: https://homeword.org/events/
12/6 & 12/19 (1st Wednesday & 3rd Tuesday): Wounded Warrior Project ~ Peer Support Groups, 7pm
We CONNECT warriors to peers, programs, and communities & EMPOWER warriors to live life to the fullest. We have 2 Support Groups:
Women of the West Virtual Peer Support Group - 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7pm. Women must be registered with Wounded Warrior Project to receive the email with the Zoom Link.
Our In-Person Peer Support Group is the first Wednesday of every month (DINNER - call Tina for location as they can register people on site if need be). To qualify - 10% Service Connection & Post 9/11.
REGISTER with WWP for more info: https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/programs/wwp-registration; Questions: (877) TEAM WWP OR Tina N. Waggener - Peer Support Group Leader & US Army Veteran (406) 471-2820, firstname.lastname@example.org
12/7 ONLINE: Montana Landlords in Action ~ Opening Doors for Veterans, 11am – 1pm
We are collaborating with MT Housing/Montana Department of Commerce, Veteran’s Affairs (local and regional offices), and HUD Rocky Mountain Region Public and Indian Housing (R8 PIH) for a virtual event on December 7th. MT Participants will learn how the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program provides landlords and property managers the opportunity to rent to Veterans. REGISTER: https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=mEypBw_zu0q9ftY_hyDcAg5dOu70M8lIg3CcdKC-fmFUN0dORE5ZWE1UR09UMVJQT1lNREtFVktFWS4u&wdLOR=c154FC6E1-9B4A-4AC5-A3FB-65AB8FB28387%20%5bforms.office.com%5d Questions: Jackie Girard – Montana Field Office Director, HUD Office of Field Policy and Management, email@example.com
12/8 – 12/10 Holiday Lantern Tours, Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, 3400 Captain Rawn Way, Missoula
This living history program will have guests stepping back in time to celebrate the Holiday Season in Western Montana through the decades. This year’s tour will include five vignettes that have guests visiting five of our historic buildings. Visitors will meet a fascinating cast of characters who will share their lives and experiences. The program is interactive, and guests will help celebrate the holidays with the reenactors.
Ten Tours are available over the weekend: Friday, December 8th –6:00 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:00 pm, and 7:30 pm; Saturday, December 9th —6:00 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:00 pm, and 7:30 pm; Sunday, December 10th –6:00 pm and 6:30 pm: https://mailchi.mp/1da542dbb1fb/holidaylanterntours-6681406; Questions: +1 406-728-3476, FortMissoula@missoulacounty.us
12/9 ONLINE: HOMEWORD ~ Get Ready for Home Ownership
Homeword offers free individual coaching with certified counselors! Get ready to buy a home by reviewing your budget, setting savings goals, overcoming credit issues, and identifying the your best financing options! Post purchase coaching is always available. Create an action plan to take control of your money, get out of debt, build your savings, and make wise decisions with your money! REGISTER: https://homeword.org/homebuyer-education/?blm_aid=25745; Questions: (406) 532-4663 x10 OR Katie (406) 532-4663 x23, firstname.lastname@example.org
12/9 BUTTE: Veteran Food Distribution, American Legion Post 3201 Wynne Ave., 10am – 2pm
We are coming to Butte! Questions: email@example.com
OR SW MT Veterans Food Pantry +1 406-846-4777, firstname.lastname@example.org
12/9 KALISPELL: Pint Night to benefit Underwater Soldiers, Patriotic American Brewery, 2177 US Hwy 2 E., Evergreen, 3pm
Veteran Owned Brewery! Underwater Soldiers is a non-profit organization using Scuba for Veterans with PTS and other medical conditions: https://www.facebook.com/events/997769208143293; Learn more about scuba therapy: http://www.underwatersoldiers.org; Questions: (406) 260-1526, email@example.com
Questions: Patriotic American Brewery 406-300-1990, firstname.lastname@example.org
12/9 & 12/23? (Every 2nd & 4th Saturday) RONAN: BINGO! American Legion Post 138, North Crow Club House, 44027 N. Foothills Dr., Ronan, 6 – 8pm
See you there! MORE INFO / FLYER: https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=532547738901016&set=a.463120639177060; Rent the club house: (406) 210-2607 OR Glen, email@example.com
12/9 - 2/17/2024 Jaden Decker LIVE
17 year old Country/Americana singer with a psychedelic jam-band sound! https://www.facebook.com/jadendeckerofficial/; LIVE SHOWS (Kyle Hunter Music will join me for a few of these shows, so you won't want to miss out!):
12/9 Whitefish, MT - The Remington
12/16 Top Hat ~ Groove Free Concert Series: https://logjampresents.com/event/jaden-decker-56278/
12/31 Great Falls, MT - Beacon Icehouse
2024: 1/6/24 Lolo, MT - Jack Saloon; 1/20 Deer Lodge, MT - The Corner; 2/2 Florence, MT - The Rustic Hut; 2/17 Lolo, MT - Jack Saloon
12/11 - 12/15 HAMILTON: Route 93 Truck Driver Training, Quality Inn, 1113 N. 1st St., Hamilton
Route 93 Trucking next CDL class is November 14, 2023. FIVE DAYS INDIVIDUAL BTW TO FOLLOW FOR 120 HOURS TOTAL CDL TRAINING. New rate is $4250.00 (contact the Job Service to see if you qualify for any training programs to help with the cost 406-728-7060). Theory, Field, and BTW courses are approved by the National Training Provider Registry. Quick Transport Solutions: https://www.quicktransportsolutions.com/truckingcompany/montana/rt-93-truck-driving-school-usdot-1158812.php
Questions: Scott Ralston (406) 360-1499, firstname.lastname@example.org
12/12 (2nd Tuesday) ONLINE: Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper ~ Suicide Prevention Training, 5:30pm
FREE and open to the public. Learn to recognize the signs of suicidal thoughts and how to intervene in an empathetic and effective way with QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) class - REGISTER: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkdempqTsjEtKAAx5AlyWdsvlIKh178AHR; Questions: Project Tomorrow Montana (800) 273-8255 OR Rosie - United Way, email@example.com
12/12 (2nd Tuesday) ONLINE: Montana National Guard Support TOPIC: TBA ...let’s collaborate on ways to prioritize all facets of health (mental, spiritual, physical, emotional). Make some hot cocoa, grab a loved one and let’s connect! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the Zoom link. Questions: Cora Augustin - Primary Prevention Specialist, MTARNG 406-324-5123, email@example.com
OR Dr. Tabitha – Integrated Prevention Program Manager 406-324-3242, Tabitha.firstname.lastname@example.org
12/12 (2nd Tuesday): Marine Corps League (MCL) Meeting, Knights of Columbus Hall, 312 E. Pine St., Missoula, 6pm
Calling all Marine Corps Veterans & Navy Corpsmen! Please join us to learn more about MCL Montana: https://montanamcl.org/; Questions: Bill Drew (516) 782-5017, email@example.com OR Chris (406) 493-9083, Spartans.firstname.lastname@example.org
12/13 (2nd Wednesday): Missoula “Hell Gate Elks” Lodge 383 ~ Lodge Night, 112 N Pattee St. (2nd Floor Member’s Lounge), 5 - 8pm
Join us in the members lounge upstairs on the 2nd Wednesday for dinner & drinks 5-6:30pm ($5 donation appreciated for dinner). Members meet in a separate room at 6:30pm, but you're welcome to stay in the lounge.
Elks Legacy Scholarship application deadline is February 5, 2024. Elks Legacy Scholarships are $4,000 awards available to children and grandchildren of Elks members. There are also emergency Educational Grants Available from the Elks National Foundation. For more information visit ENF Scholarship Programs (elks.org)
12/14 (USUALLY the 3rd Thursday) ONLINE: Corporate Gray ~ Military-Friendly Job Fair, 9am - 12pm (MT)
Connecting transitioning service members, veterans, military spouses and other members of the military community with employers nationwide.
Here are three suggestions for how these men and women get the most from the event:
Ensure Veterans search and apply for positions in advance: https://www.corporategray.com/jobfairs
Review write-ups: Why are you a good fit for the positions? (enables them to “copy and paste” during the event)
Extend LinkedIn contacts (LinkedIn Network button corresponding to each company / gov agency).
12/14 (2nd Thursday) ONLINE: Montana JCF ~ Leadership Team Meeting, 12:30pm
AGENDA: Introductions and announcements; Board Member Nominations; Leadership updates, and discussion: 12/14 Veteran and Military Family Christmas Dinner ~ This event touches so many that would otherwise not experience the spirit of Christmas. We know that this holiday season will be especially challenging given the economic climate we are in. Therefore, if you are able, we hope you will consider either adopting a Veteran/family, making a tax-deductible donation to JCF, or volunteering your special time and talents to this event. To volunteer please visit the link here. JOIN ZOOM MEETING (Meeting ID: 886 1264 9642; Passcode: 267273): https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88612649642?pwd=czdhWWQ2RkxGaGFWNnhRSmlWazFidz09 Questions: Leadership@montanajcf.org
12/16 Wreaths Across America ~ Missoula: https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/164822/Overview/?relatedId=0
12/16 FRENCHTOWN: 2nd Annual Winter Wonderland Extravaganza, King Ranch Golf Course, 3 – 7pm
Come on down to King Ranch - There will be vendors, games, chances to win door prizes, free pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and so much more! This family friendly event is also putting together a KIDS clothing exchange AND food drive to support our LOCALS: https://www.facebook.com/events/1062462064758910/; Questions: +1 406-207-0455
12/18 & 12/21 (3rd Monday & Thursday): American Legion Hellgate Post 27, 825 Ronan St., Missoula
We always encourage Veterans to come and visit - see if the American Legion is for you.
3rd Monday: Breakfast Social, 7 – 9am. The Hellgate Post hosts breakfast once a month. Come check us out and ask about hall availability for other gatherings.
3rd Thursday: Monthly Member Meeting, 6pm ~ Member meetings are held the third Thursday of every month https://www.facebook.com/American-Legion-Hellgate-Post-27-102366772245961
12/19 (3rd Tuesday) American Legion Post 68 Monthly Meeting, 1700 Stephens Ave., Missoula, 6:30pm
Welcoming new members! They also have Legion Riders & an Auxiliary Unit. Learn more: mtpost68.org Questions: Larry Lanoue - Army Vietnam Veteran (406) 370-5450 OR John Turman - Commander (406) 529-8717, email@example.com; Tom Thompson - Vice Commander (406) 549-6889, firstname.lastname@example.org (Post 68, PO Box 17322, Missoula 59808)
12/19 (3rd Tuesday) LOLO: 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. All Veterans and active duty military are eligible to join!
Questions: 531-4132, email@example.com
12/20 (3rd Wednesday): The VSN's Monthly Veteran Service Provider (VSP) Meeting, VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Missoula, 2 & 3pm
EVERYONE is welcome! Veterans, service members, families / caregivers, service providers, etc. https://www.facebook.com/veteransupportnetwork
AGENDA: Introductions & Announcements
Ugly Sweater Christmas Party & White Elephant Gift Exchange
Open Discussion & Networking
American Job Centers / Montana DLI Job Service Offices: https://montanaworks.gov/job-service-montana/
If you would like to speak at one of our monthly VSP Meetings, please email Shannon – Job Service DVOP, firstname.lastname@example.org
OR contact other VSN Leadership Team Members:
Anton (406) 721-4918, Anton.Johnson@va.gov
Erick (406) 202-5640, Erick.Kahila@va.gov
Rebecca (406) 549-4113 ex 106, C (406) 529-1176, Rstancil@missoulahousing.org
Tate (406) 239-7738, email@example.com
Tom (623) 229-1225, firstname.lastname@example.org
12/21 (3rd Thursday) PLAINS: Veterans Appreciation Lunch, VFW Post 3596, 201 W. Lynch, Plains, 12pm
All Veterans welcome! Please come and enjoy lunch on us. We are so grateful for you: https://www.facebook.com/VFW3596Aux
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