top of page


112122 dream adaptive winter.jpg
Events: February: Image

February Events

​​​​NOW: REGISTER for DREAM Adaptive Recreation ~ Winter Military & Vet Programs (Downhill skiing, snowboarding, Nordic/XC Skiing)

Join us for FREE outdoor recreation lessons and experiences in all seasons. Standard & adaptive equipment available. Learn a new sport or enhance your skills. Open to Veterans with a  disability from any era. No disability rating needed. Some travel assistance may be provided for Montana-based Veterans. Registration is required (Winter Veteran / Military weekends 2/25-26, 3/18-19): https://www.dreamadaptive.org/portfolio/military-winter-programs/; Questions: Maddy - Program Manager (406) 862-1817 Ext 2, programs@dreamadaptive.org

NOW through 3/31: Registration for Montana Guard Kids ~ Summer Camps

Save The Dates (6/27 – 6/29 Fort Harrison Day Camp; 7/15 – 7/19 Camp Runnamucka; 7/31 – 8/3 Teen Camp). Summer Camp Registration opens Friday, February 10th! Registrations will remain open February-March, with priority to Montana Guard Kids who are currently, about to, or recently experienced Deployment. FLYER: https://www.facebook.com/montanaguardkids/photos/a.177598875932100/1820166898341948/

REGISTER: https://mtngkids.campmanagement.com/campers

Questions: Montana National Guard Family Programs (406) 324-3232, mtngyouthprograms@gmail.com

OR Missoula: Kristen – Soldier & Family Readiness (406) 324-5121, C (406) 465-8455, kristen.l.monroy.civ@army.mil

NOW through 4/30: EMPLOYERS ~ HIRE Vets Medallion

The 2023 HIRE Vets Medallion Award is presented annually to employers that meet standards for excellence in the recruitment, hiring and retention of America’s military veterans. News release: https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/vets/vets20230131

INFO: https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/vets/vets20230131

APPLY: https://www.hirevets.gov/

Questions: Tom Finch – State of Montana Director, US DOL VETS (Veterans' Employment and Training Service) (406) 447-3233, Finch.Thomas.L@dol.gov OR Nick Moschetti, State Veteran Coordinator  (406) 444-1630, nmoschetti@mt.gov

NOW: REGISTER for Summer Intensive Photography at Rocky Mountain School of Photography, 301 Expressway, Missoula

6 weeks of immersive photography education (FT for 6 weeks) https://www.facebook.com/rmsp.photography

Veterans can utilize their GI Bill benefits to train at RMSP! For over 30 years, we've been offering excellent photographic instruction through in-person, hands-on courses that can accommodate any skill level. Learn more: http://www.rmsp.com/

Questions: (800) 394-7677, rmsp@rmsp.com OR Bob McGowan - Admissions Counselor (406) 543-0171, bobm@rmsp.com

Upcoming February Observances

  • Black History Month (Feb. 1-28)

  • Sinking of the USS Maine 1898 (Feb 15)

  • Washington's Birthday (Observed Feb 20)

  • Ash Wednesday (Feb 22)

  • Flag Raised on Iwo Jima 1945 (Feb 23)

  • Battle of Java Sea 1942 (Feb 27)

2/6 - 2/9 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/

  • 2/6 (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

  • 2/7 & 2/8 (Every Tues & Wed) STEVENSVILLE: Bitterroot Yoga for Veterans ~ Tuesdays 1-2pm at American Legion Post 94 (754 Middle Burnt Fork Rd, Stevensville) and Wednesdays 4:30-5:30pm at Iron Root Fitness (3901 US Hwy 93 N in Stevensville). REGISTER: https://redwillowlearning.org/product/bitterroot-yoga-for-veterans/

  • 2/8 (Every Wednesday) ONLINE or IN-PERSON: Restorative Yoga for Veterans, Missoula Vet Center, 910 Brooks Ave., Missoula, 3:15pm. 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/

  • 2/9 (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/

Questions: Red Willow Learning Center, Inc. (406) 530-7175, info@redwillowlearning.org

OR Kathy – Executive Director, kathymangan@redwillowlearning.org

Bitterrroot Yoga - Stevensville AL Post 94 Adjutant (406) 369-3276 OR Iron Root Fitness (406) 544-8801, ironrootmt@gmail.com

2/7 Rocky Mountain Fire Company ~ Mini Job Fair, Job Service, 539 S. 3rd St. W., Missoula, 9am - 2pm

Stop by and meet Melissa from Rocky Mountain Fire Company Tuesday, 02/07 in the front lobby and learn more about the 100+ Firefighter 1 and 2 positions they are trying to fill before June 2023. This is an entry level position and no experience is necessary; RMFC trains, certifies, and verifies all applicants that complete the screening process; This process involves a 5 day training course, field day, physical fitness test, background check, and drug screening; This is at will and seasonal employment; RMFC prefers applicants that can dispatch from its Home Base in Missoula MT within 60 minutes of its home base in Missoula Montana; Wage totals $20.00 / hour. Please contact RMFC office 406-240-2801 for specific pay breakdown which is based on experience and the US Forest Service wage scale. https://rmfcfire.com/

Questions: Job Service (406) 728-7060, missoulajsc@mt.gov

2/7 - 3/3 VA Careers, “Veteran X ~ Veterans Empowering Veterans” and VHA DEADLINE

  • 2/7 (Every Tuesday): Join VA Careers and Veterans Health Administration's Mike Owens for “Talk About It Tuesday” 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/

  • 2/7 (Every Tuesday) “Veteran X ~ Veterans Empowering Veterans” CBOC (VA Clinic), 3885 W Broadway St, Missoula, 4 - 5pm ~ One of the greatest challenges in the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Recovery Model is moving individuals from passive recipients of their mental health care into active collaborators in their recovery process. Many individuals do not understand the process of developing a recovery plan and therefore have trouble playing an active part in establishing the goals and objectives of recovery. This results in staff-driven rather than person-centered planning. Even when the individuals can articulate their goals, they may lack the confidence to believe they can develop a strategy to reach them. The core feature of the Veteran “X” program is a peer-led, person-centered group that presents a fictitious individual who has an abundance of social issues, including mental illness, addiction, poor physical health, homelessness, economic hardships, and family issues. Group members serve as the recovery team for Veteran “X”. The group assists Veteran “X” in choosing recovery goals while supporting and assisting Veteran “X” by gathering information relevant to the local setting and meaningful to the participants. Working together, the members of the group help Veteran “X” navigate many of the challenging obstacle on the path to recovery in a supportive, collaborative environment. Through this process, participants achieve a greater sense of involvement in the accomplishment of their own recovery goals. Questions: Clayton – Peer Support Specialist (406) 417-8065, clayton.keys@va.gov

  • 3/3 DEADLINE: 2023 VHA National Community Partnership Challenge. CPC is an annual event recognizing outstanding partnerships that advance the health and well-being of Veterans and their communities. VA medical centers, health care centers, community-based outpatient centers, clinics, program offices, and VHA employees are eligible and encouraged to submit an entry. https://www.va.gov/HEALTHPARTNERSHIPS/partnerships.asp For more information, contact VHA_Partnerships@va.gov

  • Learn more about Missoula's David J. Thatcher VA Clinic: https://www.va.gov/montana-health-care/locations/david-j-thatcher-va-clinic/

  • VA Careers - Montana Work With Us | VA Montana Health Care | Veterans Affairs

  • National page with tons of information on it: https://www.vacareers.va.gov/

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

Montana VA Health Care / Hiring questions: Paden Holman - Patient Care Services (406) 447-6054, Paden.Holman@va.gov

LOCAL: VETERAN "X" Clayton – Peer Support Specialist (406) 417-8065, clayton.keys@va.gov

Missoula Hiring Questions: Heidi Leishman – Supervisor Medical Support Assistant (406) 493-3700 Ext 2, heidi.leishman@va.gov

Kalispell: Tiny Hudson – Clinic Manager (406) 758-2753, tiny.hudson@va.gov

2/7 - 3/13 STEVENSVILLE: Fort Owen American Legion Post 94, 754 Middle Burnt Fork Rd, Stevensville

  • 2/7 & 2/21 (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

  • 2/21 (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! We are Veterans dedicated to the support of Veterans & community service - very active in the community!

  • 3/7 & 3/8 Special Olympics opening ceremony this year it will be March 7th at Lost Trail Pass. Post 94 will once again provide the Honor Guard and post the colors: https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=568978665273367&set=a.559972482840652

  • 3/13 High Country 10th Annual NCAA Basketball Tournament, 209 Main St., Stevensville, 7pm. 20% of the TOTAL BID goes to the American Legion Post 94 and 80% of the TOTAL BID goes to the “POT”: https://www.facebook.com/events/1454001825132411

AL Post 94 Public Group FB page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/955743594488748/

National - American Legion: www.legion.org

Questions: Stevensville AL Post 94 (406) 777-3834 OR Chuck – Commander (253) 380-7016; Adjutant (406) 369-3276; Cheryl – Auxiliary (406) 531-4132

2/7 (Every Tuesday until 2/14): Drop-In Housing Support, Missoula Food Bank, 1720 Wyoming St., Missoula, 2 - 4pm

MIC's Housing Advocate Network and MFB&CC are teaming up to help neighbors navigate housing resources in Missoula. Volunteers will work one-on-one and in a group with individuals to accomplish tangible tasks like getting on waitlists for subsidized and affordable housing, looking up and applying for housing, uncovering rental supports, and other resources! Find us every Tuesday from 2-4 pm in the conference room. https://www.facebook.com/missoulafoodbank/events/?ref=page_internal

Learn more about the Missoula Food Bank: https://www.missoulafoodbank.org/

Questions: Missoula Food Bank (406) 549-0543, mail@missoulafoodbank.org

2/7 - 2/16 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: https://events.hiringourheroes.org/c/calendar/a7a5b351-8807-4343-8561-c757c022600f

  • 2/7 Employer Panel: Transportation, Supply, and Logistics, 2pm (MT)

  • 2/8 Virtual Hiring Fair: Transportation, Supply Chain & Logistics, 11am – 2pm (MT)

  • 2/8 Career Forward Information Session, 12pm (MT)

  • 2/14 Employer Panel: Financial Services, 2pm (MT)

  • 2/14 Corporate Fellowship Program Information Session, 5pm (MT)

  • 2/15 Virtual Hiring Fair: Financial Services, 11am (MT)

  • 2/15 Military Spouse Fellowship Programs Information Session, 5pm (MT)

  • 2/16 Employer Spotlight: Intuit, 11am (MT)

  • Hiring Our Heroes Career Community: https://www.hiringourheroes.org/career-community/

Questions: Cara Cooke (Capt, USAF, vet), Senior Manager, Veteran Programs, Hiring Our Heroes, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, ccooke@uschamber.com

OR Hiring Our Heroes, hiringourheroes@uschamber.com

2/7 – 3/4 CORVALLIS & HAMILTON: American Legion Post 91, Amateur Radio Club & Legion Riders

Learn more about Corvallis American Legion Post 91: https://www.facebook.com/Corvallis91HeartValleyMT/

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

Doug Mason – Historian & Amateur Radio Club President (W7MRC) (406) 546-4244, corvallispost91@gmail.com

OR Dan Griffin – VSO (406) 544-5257, griffinsfc@gmail.com

2/7 (Every Tuesday) TRIVIA, Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Missoula, 8pm

Join the fun w/different categories every week: 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

2/8 ONLINE: North Dakota Veteran Job Fair, 10am (MT)

Interested in ND work? This is an opportunity for transitioning service members, military spouses, and veterans to connect with employers, apprenticeships, and education & training opportunities across North Dakota! Meet with employers from across North Dakota via text chat or video for multiple industries: Transportation, Skilled Trades, Oil & Gas, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Government, IT, and Engineering. Be sure to check back on the website often as the list of employers who will be in attendance will be updated as they sign up!

REGISTER: https://www.jobsnd.com/virtualjobfair

Questions: Jerome Billups – ND State Veterans Program Administrator (701) 239-7358 or (800) 366-6888, jebillups@nd.gov

2/8 ONLINE: Talents ASCEND “Walkthrough” 10am (Also available 2/13, 2/20 & 2/27 @ 3pm & 2/15 & 2/22 @ 10am)

Through Talents ASCEND (Previously Veterans ASCEND), there are NO resumes, NO applications, NO job postings. These jobs are available NATIONWIDE, for our Transitioning Service Members, Veterans, Military Spouses, and working age dependents. SELECT A DATE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/veterans-ascend-weekly-walkthrough-tickets-123380932691

Questions: Amber Kulesza – Community Relations (919) 926-7025, amber@veteransascend.com

OR Veterans ASCEND, service@veteransascend.com

2/8 (Every Wednesday) ONLINE: American Corporate Partners (ACP) for Veterans, 11am (MT)

There will a Q&A portion at the end of every event, so be sure to submit your questions once you RSVP. ACP works with post-9/11 Veterans to help them find meaningful employment after military service. Webinars are with partner companies and hiring managers. Upcoming ACP Webinars: https://www.acp-usa.org/news/acp-events

Questions: (212) 752-0700, info@acp-usa.org

2/8, 2/16 & 2/21 (Every Wed & 3rd Thurs) NAMI Connection Support Group, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 202 Brooks St. RM 208, Missoula, 1pm

Free, confidential support group for adults living with mental illness. “Connection” group meets on Wednesdays from 1:00-2:30 p.m. There is also a Zoom option: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87295090925

  • 2/16 (3rd Thursday): Monthly Family Support Group, 202 Brooks St. Rm 208, 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 welcomed (Also avail March 16; April 20; May 18).

  • 2/21 - 4/6 (Every Tues) Family to Family ~ 8-week class for families, significant others, and friends of people with mental health conditions. This class facilitates a better understanding of mental health conditions, increases coping skills and empowers participants to become advocates for their family members. Class size is limited and registration is required; please contact us for further information and/or to register for the class.

All NAMI groups and classes are FREE, peer-led, and confidential. For more info, contact NAMI Missoula (406) 880-1013, namimissoula@gmail.com OR visit http://www.namimissoula.org/

2/8 (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. Missoula Elks Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elkslodge383

This is a great video if you want to learn “WHY WE JOIN” the Elks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVRljEUTVro  (or to join / more info: https://www.elks.org/).

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

2/8 (2nd Wednesday): VFW Monthly Member Meeting, Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Missoula, 7pm

Our monthly member meeting - The Post will remain open for business: https://www.facebook.com/OleBeckVFWPost209

Veterans ~ Contact the Post about membership or go to: https://www.vfw.org/join for more information about joining the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Questions: (406) 728-7749, vfw209mt@gmail.com

2/8 (1st Wednesday) HAMILTON: VVA Bitterroot Chapter 938 Meeting, Eagles Lodge, 125 N. 2nd St., Hamilton, 7pm

Welcoming all Vietnam Veterans at monthly meeting to join “Veterans helping Veterans”! 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

2/8 - 2/12 LIVE POKER, Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Missoula, 7pm Wed-Sat & 5pm Sun

As always, Veterans receive a BONUS 10 in chips with their buy in! https://www.facebook.com/VFW-Poker-100134718934624/

  • This March our annual series is back starting with $60 satellite on Wednesday 3/1 and Thursday 3/2. Friday 3/3 at 5 we have a $120 NLH Freezeout, late registration until 7:30. Saturday 3/4 at 2 $300 NLH deep stack late registration until 6:30. To finish it out 3/5 at 3 an $80 Pot Limit Omaha Turbo.

  • Ole Beck VFW Post 209 is a nonprofit Veteran organization. ALL profits go back to the local Veteran community and/or Veteran programs …Gamble for a cause!

Reserve your seat (406) 272-7722

2/9 Missoula Senior Center Activities, 705 S Higgins Ave., Missoula

The Senior Center has lunch daily 11:30a-12:30p, and on Tu/Th enjoy Yoga (9am), Cribbage or Pinochle (1-4p) ~ follow their Facebook page for tons of fun: https://www.facebook.com/MissoulaSeniorCenter

Learn more about the Missoula Senior Center: http://missoulaseniorcenter.org/

Questions: (406) 543-7154, manager@missoulaseniorcenter.org

2/9 (Every Thursday) ONLINE: Mindful Recovery & Wellness, 11:30am - 12:30pm

You will receive the Zoom info once registered. A special thank you to the Foundation for Community Health for funding the ability to extend this invaluable, FREE resource!

REGISTER: https://4thdmissoula.org/mindful-recovery-wellness

Questions: 4th D Fellowship Club (406) 209-9570, fourthdclub@gmail.com

OR Red Willow Learning Center, Inc. (406) 530-7175, info@redwillowlearning.org

2/9 (2nd Thursday) HELENA or ONLINE: Montana JCF ~ Leadership Team Meeting, 12:30pm

AGENDA: Introductions and announcements; Leadership updates: Vet Recovery Work Group; VA Montana Health Care System; Congressional & Upcoming Events. JOIN ZOOM MEETING (Meeting ID:  886 1264 9642; Passcode: 267273): https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88612649642?pwd=czdhWWQ2RkxGaGFWNnhRSmlWazFidz09 or call (699) 900-9128

Questions: montanajcf@gmail.com

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

2/9 & 2/18 Xsports4Vets ~ Pottery & Annual Ski Trip

2/9 (Every Thursday for 4 WKS): This is a four week pottery program being offered to Veterans of all experience levels at no cost. Skills will be built on throughout the four weeks so regular attendance will be required. This program will be held on Thursdays from 1300-1500. Seating is limited. https://www.facebook.com/events/556631913044818

  • 2/18 Ski Trip, Lookout Pass Ski Resort in Idaho, 6:30am – 9pm ~ Missoula Firefighters IAFF Local 271 and XSports4Vets would like to get you out on the slopes. This fire fighter sponsored event is open to veterans of all war/conflicts plus caregiver/Significant other. This event is open to all ability levels. Must be willing to meet in Missoula and ride in a chartered bus to and from the event. Completed paperwork for Lookout will be required to secure a spot. https://www.facebook.com/events/524171886363599

RSVP: Anton at 406-396-8390

2/10 DEADLINE: Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office ~ Citizens Academy Recruiting

Applications Being Accepted for Sheriff's Citizens Academy! Ravalli County Steve Holton announced the 3rd Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy will be held March 1st through April 19th, 2023. Applications are available at the Sheriff’s Office in Hamilton, or on the Ravalli County website https://ravalli.us/597/Sheriffs-Citizens-Academ [ravalli.us]y (Applicants will be subject to a criminal background check) This year classes will be held every Wednesday evening from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. through March and April. Citizens interested in attending the Academy should contact Sergeant Brad Weston at 406-375-4032 or bweston@rc.mt.gov

​2/10 (Every Friday) HAMILTON: Breakfast with VVA Bitterroot Chapter 938, 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/; OR National: https://vva.org/
Questions: Al Sperry – VVA (406) 381-7899, vva938@gmail.com

2/10 (2nd Friday): Street Dog Coalition at the Poverello Center, 1110 W. Broadway, Missoula, 9 – 11am

The Street Dog Coalition comes once a month to either the Poverello Center or the Johnson Street Emergency Winter Shelter to provide veterinary care. This takes place on the second Friday of each month: http://Thestreetdogcoalition.org/

Questions: Lisa Sirois, MSW – Poverello Center Director of Programs (406) 529-4860, lsirois@thepoverellocenter.org

2/10 (Every Friday): BASE Art Club, 725 W. Alder, Suite 4, Missoula, 1 – 3pm

Come to Art Club, a group that meets every Friday at BASE from 1-3pm to explore creativity together, in whatever form it takes. A safe place to explore and display the arts as well as learn advocacy (OPEN to all ages, interests, and abilities). This is your space. If you want to join in, and have your work posted on our social media: https://www.facebook.com/SummitILC OR go to www.summitilc.org for more information.  

Questions: Summit Independent Living (406) 728-1630, missoula@summitilc.org

OR BASE Missoula (406) 215-1080, basemissoula@gmail.com

2/10 – 3/25 Jaden Decker LIVE

Country/Americana with a psychedelic jam-band sound! LIVE SHOWS: 2/10 & 3/10 @ Trixi's Antler Saloon - Ovando; 2/11 & 3/17 @ The Wildhorse Bar - Plains; 3/03 @ The Old Post - Missoula; 3/4 Barleyhoppers, Lewiston, ID; 3/11 @ The Jack Saloon- Lolo; 3/18 Sunrise Saloon, Missoula: https://www.facebook.com/events/5839457929456610; 3/25 @ Thirsty Street Brewing Co. - Billings

Questions: Jaden (406) 214-5541, info@jadendecker.com OR visit https://www.facebook.com/jadendeckerofficial

OR Clint Decker – Army Veteran & Founder of HSP & Clark Fork Entertainment (406) 214-5541, cfe406@gmail.com

2/11 ONLINE: Get Ready for Home Ownership, 9am (Also available 3/14-16 @ 6pm)

Get Ready for HomeOwnership! Learn the basics of the homebuying process through our nationally-certified HomeOwnership Class (9 hour class - $35 per person). REGISTER: https://homeword.org/homebuyer-education/?blm_aid=25745

Homeword ~ “NeighborWorks” Facebook events: https://www.facebook.com/NeighborWorksMT/events

Questions: Erin (406) 532-4663 x10, info@homeword.com

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

2/11 & 2/25 (Every 2nd & 4th Saturday) RONAN: BINGO! American Legion Post 138, North Crow Club House, 44027 N. Foothills Dr., Ronan, 6 – 8pm

New time, new hours, twice monthly! See you there! MORE INFO / FLYER: https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=532547738901016&set=a.463120639177060

Questions (or to rent the club house): (406) 210-2607 OR Glen, veteranshonorguardronanpolson@gmail.com

2/11 HAMILTON: 11th Annual Cowboy Ball

Come get your Cowboy Ball tables! MORE INFO / FLYER: https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=607565608040408&set=a.507518884711748

Questions: Ravalli County Fairgrounds (406) 363-3411, fairgrounds@rc.mt.gov

2/12 (1st Sunday was postponed) CLINTON: Breakfast at the Barn, Willowbend Farm, 13400 Turah Rd., Clinton, 8:30am

The purpose of these breakfasts is simply to stay connected, create new friendships, and to let people know what is available at Willowbend Farm. There is no need to bring anything but yourself. We normally serve pancakes, eggs (of different sorts), bacon or sausage, coffee and tea, and juice. Join us upstairs at the Willowbend Farm arena - 12 miles east of Missoula (1 mile east of I-90 exit 113 on Turah Rd, pass the new storage complex and shipping containers at the exit and continue east on Turah Rd across the Turah Bridge. Second drive on the left after crossing the bridge). Please RSVP by Friday or at the latest, noon Saturday so I can estimate food

1/18/23 VSP Meeting: Jeff discussed H2H for Veterans, upcoming Native American groups, VETS (Valor Equine) in Kalispell, Billings, Helena, Ennis, and start ups in other parts of the state (He’s also recruiting tribal instructors). H2H classes will start back up in April (May for Instructors) – Learn more about Willowbend Farm and/or Herd 2 Human Equine Classes: https://www.willowbendfarmmt.com/

RSVP for BREAKFAST: Text (406) 240-8598, jeff@willowbendfarmmt.com

2/12 - 2/18 PARADISE: American Legion Post 129, 450 Railroad, Paradise

  • 2/12 Super Bowl BBQ, 3:30pm: https://www.facebook.com/events/983967635900727

  • 2/13 (Every Monday) LIVE POKER ~ $1/$2 No Limit Texas Hold’Em - $25 buy-in, 9pm

  • 2/18 Valentine's Dinner, 4pm ~ We start you off with our Spinach & Goat Cheese Crostini followed by your choice of Lobster Bisque or Greek Salad. As you are enjoying a bottle of Red or White wine, we are busy cooking your Bacon Wrapped Tenderloin or Crab & Scallop stuffed Sole to perfection and complimenting it with Twice Baked Sweet Mashed Potatoes and Seasoned Asparagus. Lastly our Rich and Creamy Buried Strawberry Cheese Cake. Tickets available at The American Legion Paradise. See the Bartender $50 per person https://www.facebook.com/events/575740270681360

Learn more about the Paradise Legion: https://www.facebook.com/ParadisePost129/

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

2/12 (Every Sunday): OPEN MIC, Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W Main St, Missoula, 8pm

We are so happy to announce Bone Dry runs three open mics throughout Montana! https://www.facebook.com/bonedrycomedy/events

Questions: Bone Dry Comedy, bonedrycomedy@gmail.com or info@bonedrycomedy.com

OR VFW (406) 728-7749, vfw209mt@gmail.com

2/13 DEADLINE: Montana’s Justice Equity Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Network

Seeking Consulting Services (on contract) to plan, facilitate, and staff a series of four working group gatherings in 2023. The purpose of these gatherings is to begin developing consensus for a framework to create a community-driven plan that will align systems, assets, and skills to work toward equity to the greatest extent possible in all policies, services, and resources – in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors – in Missoula County. More Information on the JEDI Network, position details, and application materials: https://files.constantcontact.com/863903a9001/bcd28003-541e-485b-8a93-956780f9101e.pdf Submit detailed description of qualifications, background and experience, including brief bios of proposed project team members and their prospective roles in the project; A description of proposed deliverables and outcomes to JEDI@MissoulaUnitedWay.org

Questions: Lisa Davey, lisa@micmt.org or Paige – Missoula Works / Missoula Interfaith Collaborative (406) 926-3400, paige@missoulaworks.com

2/13 (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, shaun@veteransbreakfastclub.org

2/13 (Every other Monday) KALISPELL: Veteran Dive Night, Flathead Scuba, 203 Business Center Loop Ste A, Kalispell, 5:30pm

All Veterans are welcome to come join us for a night of comradery and therapy in the pool. This event is free for all Veterans. If you want more information message us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/underwatersoldiers406

Underwater Soldiers is a non-profit organization using Scuba for Veterans with PTSD and other medical conditions. We use Scuba as a therapy for both body and mind. Learn more: http://www.underwatersoldiers.org/

Questions: (406) 260-1526, info@underwatersoldiers.org

OR Flathead Scuba (406) 253-8320, divewithglen@msn.com

2/13 (Every Monday): KARAOKE at VFW & Union Club, 8:30pm

VFW hosts on the 1st and 3rd Mondays (245 W. Main St.), with the Union on the 2nd and 4th Mondays (208 E. Main St., Missoula). Ole Beck VFW Post 209 is a nonprofit Veteran organization, and ALL profits go back to local Veteran programs. https://www.facebook.com/OleBeckVFWPost209/

Questions: VFW (406) 728-7749, vfw209mt@gmail.com OR Union Club (406) 728-7980, https://www.facebook.com/unionclubbarandgrill/

2/14 (2nd Tuesday): Marine Corps League (MCL) Meeting, Knights of Columbus Hall, 312 E. Pine St., Missoula, 7pm

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, billsbug@gmail.com OR Chris (406) 493-9083, Spartans.honour@yahoo.com

2/15 ONLINE: Realizing Recovery Webinar ~ Healthy Relationships, 12pm

Join us as we discuss healthy romantic relationships in recovery. We will discuss the unique challenges people in recovery face with romantic relationships, what healthy relationships look and feel like, the pros and cons of those relationships, the value of relationships, and relationship tools and essentials. This webinar is worth .75 CEU https://www.facebook.com/events/835671737722315/

Learn more about Montana’s Peer Network: http://www.mtpeernetwork.org/

Questions: (406) 551-1058, andi@mtpeernetwork.org

2/15 (3rd Wednesday): The VSN's Monthly Veteran Service Provider (VSP) Meeting, Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Missoula, 3pm

EVERYONE is welcome! Veterans, service members, families / caregivers, service providers, etc. Facebook event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1123241151709229/1123242945042383/
AGENDA: Introductions & Announcements

  • FEBRUARY SPEAKER: First Hunt Foundation ~ Richard Cotte - Director, Connecting Heroes & Hunters (Plains): http://firsthuntfoundation.org/ Questions: richc@firsthuntfoundation.org

  • Open Discussion & Networking

Questions: If you would like to speak at our monthly meeting, please email Shannon – DVOP & VSN Leadership Team, snoble@mt.gov

​Other VSN Leadership Team Members: Anton Johnson, BSW - Veteran Outreach Specialist / Mobile Vet Center & Tom Curran – Missoula Vet Center Volunteer & Peer Support, 910 Brooks St. Ste 101, (406) 721-4918, Anton.Johnson@va.gov

2/15 (3rd Wednesday) VFW Auxiliary Post 209 Meeting, 245 W Main St., Missoula, 7pm

Please join us in the back room! VFW Auxiliary on FB: https://www.facebook.com/VFWAuxiliaryPost209

Join the VFW Auxiliary: https://vfwauxiliary.org/join-us/

Questions: Michelle Johnson - VFW Auxiliary (406) 461-9685, info@vfwauxiliary.org

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

2/16 ONLINE: Corporate Gray ~ Military-Friendly Job Fair, 9am (MT)

Provides military-experienced job seekers with the opportunity to interview employers nationwide via text chats and video. This event is especially for transitioning service members and Veterans, but it’s open to all job seekers. Job seekers are required to register on Premier Virtual (virtual platform being used) and upload their resume to participate in the event. https://www.facebook.com/events/419514467032155

January Newsletter (Featured employers & training institutions, transition advice, military-friendly job fairs, etc.): https://www.corporategray.com/CGnewsletter.html

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

2/16 & 3/14 ONLINE: Monthly "New to Medicare Workshop" 12pm

This session provides the basics of Medicare for people turning 65, or for those who simply want to learn how to make the most of Medicare options. Space is limited ($20 or 2 for $35. No cost and reduced cost tickets are available). REGISTER (Select a date): https://medicaremas.eventbrite.com

Check out all MAS events on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MissoulaAgingServices/events/?ref=page_internal

Learn more about Missoula Aging Services: https://missoulaagingservices.org/

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

2/16 (3rd Thursday) PLAINS: Veterans Appreciation Lunch, 12pm

All veterans welcome. Please come and enjoy lunch on us. We want you to know that we are so grateful for you. https://www.facebook.com/VFW3596Aux

Questions: VFW Post 3596 (406) 826-5960, vfw3596@gmail.com or Auxiliary, vfw3596aux@gmail.com

2/16 K9 Trap & Snare Release Workshop, SCHEELS, 2901 Brooks St., Missoula, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Learn The Facts and Truth About Traps & Snares in Montana! LEARN TO SAVE YOUR DOG'S LIFE! Pet emergency first aid for the Montana dog owner. If your pet suddenly became sick or injured, would you know what to do: Pet First Aid Kits; vital sign assessment; Muzzling & restraints; K9 First Aid Kits; Bleeding and shock; Improvised transport.

REGISTER: www.montanak9safety.com

Questions: Montana K9 Safety (406) 314-7024, info.montanak9safety@gmail.com

2/16 (3rd Thursday) American Legion Hellgate Post 27 Member Meeting, 825 Ronan St., Missoula, 6:30pm

We always encourage new Veterans to come and visit and see if the American Legion is for you. Member meetings are held the third Thursday of every month https://www.facebook.com/American-Legion-Hellgate-Post-27-102366772245961

Join the American Legion: https://www.legion.org/

Questions: Office (406) 543-7391, hellgatepost27@yahoo.com

2/19 RETURN at the Big Sky Film Festival, Wilma Theater, 5:30pm

Cindi, “I have been communicating with Stan Parker, a documentary filmmaker from Billings that I met several years ago. Stan and his team have produced an amazing documentary about a Montana Green Beret Vietnam veteran’s story of returning to Vietnam after the war. I encourage everyone to see it. I have watched the whole film and it is a beautiful, heartbreaking, uplifting, and very moving piece of work. Here is the information Stan shared with me.”

RETURN tells the story of a retired Green Beret who embarks on a healing journey from Montana to Vietnam. There he retraces his steps, shares his wartime experiences with his son, treats his Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and seeks out the mountain tribes-people he once lived with and fought alongside as a Special Forces officer. The film will be showing at 5:30pm on Sunday, February 19 at the Wilma. Thank you for helping us get the word out!

TICKETS: https://bsdff23.eventive.org/schedule/63c9cdd6a0f80b00dc750ad0

Questions: Cindi Laukes, MA, MFA - Director and Chief Operating Officer, UM Neural Injury Center (406) 243-4017, cindi.laukes@mso.umt.edu

2/20 & 3/2 (3rd Monday & 1st Thursday) ONLINE: Poverello Center Neighborhood Meetings, Missoula

The Poverello Center Neighborhood Meeting is on the 3rd Monday alternating 8:30am/5:30pm. The Johnson Street Shelter Neighborhood Meeting is on the 1st Thursday of each month at 12:00 PM.

REGISTER: https://thepoverellocenter.org/elementor-3637/

Learn more about the Poverello Center: https://thepoverellocenter.org/

Questions: Sarah Penix, Communications Coordinator (406) 541-2014, spenix@thepoverellocenter.org

​2/21 (In March & Beyond, 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, rosieayers@missoulaunitedway.org

2/21 (3rd Tuesday) American Legion Post 68 Monthly Meeting, 1700 Stephens Ave., Missoula, 6:30pm

Larry is inviting all Veterans to join American Legion Post 68 - they’re meeting at the building w/the blue-green canopy on the corner of Stephens/Burlington (near Beach Transportation). Welcoming new members! Larry is the SGT at Arms, Duane Wells is in the process of starting “Sons of the Legion” (squadron within post), and they have Legion Riders & an Auxiliary Unit. Learn more: mtpost68.org - Larry also owns Valley Land & Upkeep, LLC and offers maintenance services (see VOB page).

Questions: Larry Lanoue - Army Vietnam Veteran (406) 370-5450, larrylano1618@gmail.com

OR John Turman - Commander (406) 529-8717, jturman80@yahoo.com; Tom Thompson - Vice Commander (406) 549-6889, thttom@gmail.com (Post 68, PO Box 17322, Missoula 59808)

2/21 & 3/1 (3rd Tuesday & 1st Wednesday): Wounded Warrior Project ~ Peer Support Groups, 7pm

We CONNECT warriors to peers, programs, and communities. We SERVE through free, life-changing programs. We EMPOWER warriors to live life to the fullest. (877) TEAM WWP - We have 2 Support Groups in this area:

  • 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: Tina N. Waggener - Peer Support Group Leader & US Army Veteran (406) 471-2820, tina.waggener@gmail.com

2/21 (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, elmerwpalmer@gmail.com

2/22 (4th Wednesday): VSN Events Committee Meeting, Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History, 2975 General Foster Ave. (BLDG T-316), 3pm

Planning TEAM for the 10th Annual Heroes @ Home & 7th Annual VSAP which has been scheduled May 20, 2023 (Armed Forces Day). If you’d like to assist, please feel free to join us!

Questions: Shannon, snoble@mt.gov

Other VSN Leadership Team Members: Anton Johnson, BSW - Veteran Outreach Specialist / Mobile Vet Center & Tom Curran – Missoula Vet Center Volunteer & Peer Support, 910 Brooks St. Ste 101, (406) 721-4918, Anton.Johnson@va.gov

  • Erick Kahila, MSW - HUD/VASH Case Manager, VA David J. Thatcher CBOC 3885 W. Broadway, Missoula (406) 202-5640, Erick.Kahila@va.gov

  • Rebecca Stancil, MHA Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) (406) 549-4113 ex 106, Rstancil@missoulahousing.org

  • Tate – Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History (406) 239-7738, militarymuseu45@hotmail.com

2/23 WMMOA presents a Montana World Affairs Council Presentation, University Center Theater, 6 – 7:30pm

The World Affairs Council presentation “One Year of War in Ukraine” is a military and geo-political analysis. It’s free and will be at the UM Theater on Thursday evening, 23 Feb. Speakers include Gary Stubblefield (WMMOA) and Bob Seidenschwarz, President Emeritus. Sponsored by the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation, Clearwater Credit Union, Stockman Bank, and Allegiance Benefit Plan Management. In partnership with WMMOA, UM Military & Veteran Service Office, and University of Montana Central & Southwest Asian Studies Center. https://wmmoa.com/

Questions: Western Montana Military Officers Association (WMMOA), wmmoamt@gmail.com

OR Gary Swartz – US Army (Retired), ghswartz214@gmail.com
Monte Turner – WMMOA & Hagadone Media. The VSN’s Mineral County Liaison (406) 370-4335, monteturner54@gmail.com

2/25 – 2/26 Sheriff’s Office ~ Recruiting Veterans

We are Hiring!!! Missoula County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a recruitment to establish an eligibility pool for Probationary Deputy Sheriff position(s). This recruitment is open to the public. Physical and written testing will occur in Missoula, Montana on February 25th and 26th, 2023. Applicants eligible to participate in the testing will be notified via electronic correspondence. For more information and to view the recruitment listing, please visit: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/missoulacounty/jobs/3875354/probationary-deputy-sheriff

Questions: Jace Dicken – Admin Captain, Missoula County Sheriff’s Department (406) 258-3344, jdicken@missoulacounty.us 

2/27 ONLINE: Applying & Competing for Federal Jobs, 10:30am

Applying for a federal job is very different than applying for a private sector job - Learn how to effectively compete. Learn who gets referred to a selecting official for consideration and why. If you are submitting one resume for different jobs, Learn how to effectively compete for federal jobs from a seasoned Human Resources Specialist who has years of experience qualifying and disqualifying applicants. Learn of the different hiring authorities available to veterans and individuals with disabilities. The workshop is approximately one hour and a half hours long. The workshop is free courtesy of the Division of Workforce Development and Inclusion in the US Department of Labor. Join TEAMS on your computer, mobile app or room device (Meeting ID: 220 607 704 512; Passcode: FcQB4r):  Click here to join the meeting (If you don’t have Teams, Download Teams; Join on the web; Join with a video conferencing device teams@meet.dol.gov Video Conference ID: 111 963 734 1)

SEE all US DOL jobs: https://www.usajobs.gov/Search?d=DL

Questions: Dolores Garcia - Division of Workforce and Inclusion, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management, Human Resources Specialist - US Dept. of Labor 646-264-5013, Garcia.Dolores@DOL.GOV

2/28 & 3/28 AARP Montana ~ Enjoy a Free Concert at Home Every Month, 4pm

What are Montana musicians doing these days? Discover the Myrna Soundstage Concert Series, and you’ll find out! This month’s online concert features the Helena-based duo Hemispheres, and will be a unique blending of Maren Hayes Marchesini on cello, Kate Plummer on guitar and some rip-roaring vocals by guest performer Amber Olsson. These exciting monthly performances, which can be accessed on demand beginning at the times listed above, are filmed on The Myrna Loy stage in Helena, Montana, along with artist interviews by local Helena musician John Dendy. You can tune in any time you want after the monthly concert launch. Please note that you must log in to your AARP.org account or create an account to register. AARP membership is not required to create an account. Please do not opt out of event-related emails, as you will be emailed a link to access the concert via YouTube when it becomes available. REGISTER: https://events.aarp.org/event/64f3d75b-1d3a-4568-afb3-0fd1abbb2a42/summary

Questions: AARP Montana, mtaarp@aarp.org OR Jim Higgins – Brig Gen (Retired), AARP & NW Montana Veterans Coalition (406) 291-0356, higginsjw.1@gmail.com

​****** Click link below to see next page of events (March & Beyond).

IF YOU HAVE AN EVENT YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH US, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO EMAIL FLYER & INFO TO vsn.msla@outlook.com

Events: February: Welcome
bottom of page