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June Events


​​ONGOING: Missoula Events

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​ONGOING: CVEB  EVENTS

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: 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.veterans.gov/milspouses/events/

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

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NOW through 8/12 ONLINE: Veterans Upward Bound Summer Schedule

Veterans Upward Bound continues to offer a variety of tech-based workshops, from learning how to protect yourself on the internet and finding great free software to learning how to use Google tools and setting up new tech gadgets for personal use, we have a workshop for you. 

  • All workshops are offered in the morning (10-12) and early evening (6-8) to fit most schedules.

  • All supplies and equipment are provided to participants.

  • All veterans and military service members are eligible.  

  • Most workshops are available live online.

  • Space is limited, so inquire today to reserve your spot.

  • Registration is easy. Visit our webpage and complete the contact form under the APPLY NOW tab.  

In addition to our workshops, we do have our Online Tutorial Program with Faculty support.  This program can be at any time!

REGISTER: www.vubmt.com

Schedule (flyer) is available via web: https://vubmt.com/flyers/2021%20Summer%20Workshops.pdf

VUB Services Update: https://vubmt.com/flyers/2021%20VUB%20Services%20%20Update.pdf

Questions: 877-356-8387

OR Lori D. Borth – Director, MSUN Center for VETS, Veterans Upward Bound, (406) 657-2026, lborth@vubmt.com

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​6/11 (Every Friday) ONLINE: Veterans ASCEND “Walkthrough” 10am (MST)

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

6/11 & 6/12 (Every Friday & Saturday): LIVE POKER, Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Missoula, 6pm

We are very excited to announce your new go to spot for hold em! Live Poker: $1-$2 Texas hold ‘em 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. VFW is open to the public and dog friendly!

Questions: (406) 272-7722

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

​6/12 Missoula Chapter Bikers Against Bullies COVID RUN, Registration 9:30am, Event 11am

$25 per person kids 14 & under free! Food included in price. Here we go Missoula and the surrounding area! This year's Covid run is gonna be one that people talk about for years! We at Bikers Against Bullies are about fun, the community and spreading our message. What better way to do all 3 then invade the area skate parks? Surprisingly there are several of them within 90 minutes of Missoula including Alberton, Darby, Hamilton, and Lincoln to name a few. These have been built as a safe place for kids and others to have fun and hang out by a local celebrity Jeff Ament! With stops at skate parks and some other local fun stops to gain raffle tickets that you can use for a chance to win cash and other prizes (if you get a late start or really want a prize we will let you buy some tickets as well) There will be some extra fun to be had at the skate parks if your lucky enough to strike up a conversation with a local skate boarder. After a fun day on the bike or in the car we will have DJ music by Redline Entertainment and The Best BBQ in western Montana by UpNSmokin all at Lewis and Clark Park in Stevensville! As always bikes, cars, minivans, trucks are all welcome.
See you all there! https://www.facebook.com/events/949160392493609

REGISTER: https://www.bikersagainstbulliesusa.com/store/p149/COVID_RUN_2021.html

Questions (Missoula BaB FB page): https://www.facebook.com/Missoula-Chapter-Bikers-Against-Bullies-USA-410125326257548/

Or, Earnest, American Legion Riders Chapter 68 (406) 370-3879 (Or PM their Facebook page): https://www.facebook.com/ALRChapter68MissoulaMT/

6/12 Big Sky Car Show ~ Silver Collector Car Auction, Big Sky Brewing Company, 5417 Trumpeter Way, Missoula, 11am – 8pm

Big Sky Car Show, in conjunction with Silver Collector Car Auction, will be putting on one of the biggest events this year. June 12th, 2021 on the grass at the Big Sky Brewery Amphitheater. Located near I-90 Exit 99 (Airway Blvd). 5417 Trumpeter Way, Missoula, MT - Follow the signs. Spectators FREE - Only $10 per show vehicle. No pre-registration! Arrive, Park, Pay, Play, Dance, Cruise for FREE! Music will be provided by WOLFKILL; Food trucks will be available all-day; Microbrews; Show and Shine: Muscle Cars, Classics, Customs, Tuners, Hot Rods, Rat Rods, Trucks, Motorcycles, Exotics, Campers, Boats, Snowmobiles; Top Ten Awards; People's Choice Awards; Collector Car Auction; Pin-up Girls photos with cars; Before the Cruise Meet-Up: Saturday Night Cruise; Tunes, Dance, Food, and Drink

Schedule of events: 9-10:30am Cars & Coffee at Rosauers; 9-Noon Car Show Registration (Amphitheater); 11-5 Show & Shine; 5pm Awards Ceremonies; 5:30-8pm Performance by local artist WOLFKILL; 7pm Cruise with Missoula Cruisers - FB page: https://www.facebook.com/Missoulahigginscruisers/

Venue donated by Bigsky Brewery Co; All proceeds go to Montana Automotive Technologies. Event by Nvicta Squad and Missoula Cruisers https://www.facebook.com/events/819791541963280/

Questions: Alan 406-370-4365

Auction Info: 800-255-4485

6/13 – 6/19 HELENA: 2021 American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) MT Girls State Session, Carroll College, 1601 N. Benton Ave., Helena, 12pm

Junior and Senior HS girls are welcome to attend this year's session. Application materials can be found at mtlegion.org under the Auxiliary symbol, Girls State tab (http://mtlegion.org/girlsstate.html). The fee this year is $325 and is often sponsored by local Units or civic groups. https://www.facebook.com/events/860346431409448/

ALA Montana Girls State is a firsthand experience giving high school girls practical insight into how the City & State governments work.

Questions: dymples43@gmail.com

Or, LOCAL - Senta, ALA Unit 27 President, mtsenta_grizfan@yahoo.com

6/14 - 6/18, 8/16 - 19 & 11/15 - 11/18 ONLINE: SAFETYFEST Montana

SafetyFestMT is a collaborative effort between the Montana Department of Labor & Industry and businesses/entities across the state who donate their time to present various topics. This collaboration allows SafetyFestMT to provide FREE quality training to employers and their workers throughout Montana. Just as the needs of each community in Montana are diverse and unique so is each SafetyFest.  Each event provides classes that focus on the specific needs of the region along with a core curriculum of classes including but not limited to: First Aid/CPR/AED Training; OSHA 10 & 30-Hour Construction; OSHA 10 & 30-Hour General Industry; 40-Hour HAZWOPER Training (twice a year); 8-Hour HAZWOPER Refresher; Defensive Driving; Work Comp 101; Stay at Work/Return to Work; OSHA Update; Public Sector Update; Montana Safety Culture Act Emphasis Programs; Hazardous Waste 101; Radon & Asbestos; Accident Investigation. Whether you are a seasoned safety professional, or just getting started; you can choose only the topics that apply to you and your business. SafetyFest has the tools to help you create a culture of safety in your workplace.

REGISTER for June 14 – 18: https://safetyfestmt.dli.mt.gov/havre

Also available August 16 – 19: https://safetyfestmt.dli.mt.gov/helena-2021

And November 15 – 18: https://safetyfestmt.dli.mt.gov/billings-2021

Questions: Casey Kyler-West (406) 444-5267 or ckylerwest@mt.gov

6/14 ONLINE: ARC Military & Veteran Caregiver Network (MVCN) ~ Peer Support Group Facilitator Training, 9am (MST)

The MVCN Peer Support Group Facilitator Program is designed to reduce isolation among caregivers by connecting them to the support of peer groups that meet in-person, online, or via telephone. Our trained Peer Support Group Facilitators engage and connect with caregivers of all eras and all relations to provide support, knowledge, and foster hope and empowerment. MVCN Peer Support Group Facilitators positively model the “lived experience” of caregiving, and compassionate companioning along their caregiving journeys. This training is hosted through the Zoom meeting platform and allows us to have live video interaction, including role play exercises and interactive discussions. Please let me know if you require any accessibility accommodations due to hearing or visual impairment. If you would like to join our team of trained volunteer Peer Support Group Facilitators, we encourage you to register. Upon registration, you will receive an email with additional information. https://www.facebook.com/events/321287279495308/

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/peer-support-group-facilitator-training-tickets-153509901247

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

Or – LOCAL: Gini Kay | Recruitment Specialist, Volunteer Services, American Red Cross of Idaho & Montana, (406) 493-8778, IDMT.Recruiting@redcross.org

6/14 (Every Monday): Yoga for Veterans with Nick, The Red Willow Center for Health and Healing, 825 W. Kent, 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! Please bring your own yoga mat if you have one.

This course is limited to veterans, service members, and their caregivers. This course is free as part of our Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program. To sign up for our Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program call (406) 721-0033

REGISTER: https://redwillowlearning.org/product/yoga-for-veterans/

Questions: The Learning Center at Red Willow (406) 721-0033, info@redwillowlearning.org

6/14 FLAG DAY CEREMONY, American Legion Open Field, 1518 Tower St., Missoula, 2pm

The public is welcome to help American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Missoula Civil Air Patrol and other Veteran supporters place hundreds of tattered and old American and POW-MIA flags into ceremonial barrels. As flags are lowered into the flames, members of the public read famous speeches and read the history of our American flag and Flag Day. The American Legion Open Field just north of Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery and just south of the Maverick’s Baseball Stadium on Tower St. Please feel free to bring your lawn chair! The brief program will start at 2 p.m. and then every person attending the ceremony will be asked to pick up a tattered flag and hand it gently to the Fire Marshall who is an Army Veteran. We will continue giving tattered flags to the Fire Marshall for placement into the flames until all flags are consumed.  The total effort, depending upon how many people come to help, will take in excess of two hours. https://www.facebook.com/events/2896397760580502/

Questions: Susan Campbell Reneau, (719) 661-4037, bluemountain@montana.com

6/14 @ 4pm OR 6/15 @ 1pm (2nd Monday AND/OR 3rd Tuesday of Every Month) ONLINE: MAS Caregiver Support Group

The Virtual Caregiver Support Group offers a safe online setting for caregivers to share experiences, advice and practical strategies for managing caregiver responsibilities. All caregivers welcome, including dementia caregivers. Participate online or by phone at no cost, using Zoom. Space is limited; sign up for one or more sessions by Wednesday the week before. Registration is required and is first come, first served. A email confirmation with the ZOOM meeting id, password and instructions will be sent to registered participants several days prior to the event. For more information: https://missoulaagingservices.org/

6/14 @ 4pm - REGISTER (Select a Date): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-caregiver-support-group-2nd-mondays-registration-110015362912

6/15 @ 1pm - REGISTER (Select a Date): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-caregiver-support-group-3rd-tuesdays-registration-113814103046

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

6/15 (Every Tuesday) LINKEDIN: The Journey of a VA Employee ~ From Consideration to Getting In, 10am (MST)

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

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

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

6/15 (3rd Tuesday of Every Month) ONLINE: JCF Career Key Service Area Meeting, 3pm

We will focus on community, individual program and the workgroup updates this month. AGENDA: Introductions & Announcements; JCF Career Key Service Area-Action Plan and Workgroup Status Update (Employer Support Project / Network / Training); Career and Transition Support (Service Updates / Project Podcast); Vetrepreneurship Team Updates; Montana Veteran Farmers’ Coalition Update. If you have an interest in leading one of the monthly meetings please let Ryan know.

Join the ZOOM Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87276060948?pwd=aThjVzN2MWJmcFVJb3ZvVDhvZHJYUT09
Meeting ID: 872 7606 0948; Passcode: 779008

Questions: Ryan Luchau, Training Manager/Business Advisor –Veterans Business Outreach Center, Big Sky Economic Development Helena) 406.534.9841, ryan@bigskyeda.org

6/15 LOLO (3rd Tuesday of Every Month): American Legion Chief Joseph Post 135 Meeting, Lolo Community Center, 12345 Hwy 93 S., Lolo, 7pm

American Legion Chief Joseph Post 135 stands for Veterans, Youth, Patriotism, and a Strong Defense (chiefjosephpost.org) and meets every 3rd Tuesday at 7pm. All Veterans and active duty military are eligible to join! 

Questions: 531-4132, elmerwpalmer@gmail.com

6/15 STEVENSVILLE (3rd Tuesday of Every Month): Fort Owen Post 94 ~ Monthly Meeting, 754 Middle Burnt Fork Rd., Stevensville, 7pm

Fort Owen Post 94 is the local Stevensville post of the American Legion, a federally chartered organization. Veterans dedicated to support of Veterans and community service (Mailing address is P.O. Box 795 Stevensville MT 59870). Public Group FB page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/955743594488748/

(National: www.legion.org)

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

6/15 (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. VFW is open to the public and dog friendly!

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

​6/16 ONLINE: Finding YOU after the Military, 8am

Get the civilian career YOU were meant to have. LEARN: Networking techniques that you can put into action; Navigating cultures in civilian companies; Translating skills across all industries. Robyn Grable is the chief executive officer of Veterans ASCEND, which she founded in 2018 to bring veterans and employers together, improving corporate bottom lines as well as the lives of America’s service heroes and their families. Her unwavering commitment to veteran employment is well-served by her corporate and military experience, including more than 30 years of private sector human resources after nine years of service in the U.S. Navy. Her ongoing study of America’s veteran workforce have made her a leading voice on the barriers and keys to success for their employment. She is a seasoned speaker and media resource, earning respect and praise from her peers. Today she is focused entirely on ensuring veterans are recognized for their skills, valued for their talent and that America’s employers realize the full value and skills of America’s heroes, poised in the civilian workforce to truly ascend. PLEASE NOTE: This workshop will be delivered virtually through Zoom video, as part of the Hillsborough Community College InLab@HCC. It is recommended that you sign up and familiarize yourself with the program. https://www.facebook.com/events/955400781884740/

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/finding-you-after-the-military-virtual-via-zoom-tickets-156113175711

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

6/16 (Every Wednesday) ONLINE: ARC Military & Veteran Caregiver Network (MVCN) ~ Wellbeing You, 9am (MST)

Join the MVCN every Wednesday 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

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

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

6/16 (3rd Wednesday of Every Month): Veteran Service Provider (VSP) Meeting, VFW - 245 W. Main St., Missoula, 3pm

The Missoula Region VSN is a group of Veterans, service providers, volunteers, non-profits and businesses who have built relationships in order to provide a complete portfolio of resources to help Veterans, service members, and their families obtain the services they need for transition, personal growth, and community belonging. If you provide a service for Veterans, service members, and / or their families or caregivers, and you would like to speak at a future meeting, please email snoble@mt.gov Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/275041157462508/

AGENDA:

  • Introductions & Announcements

  • SPEAKER: TBD

  • Open Discussion & Networking

Questions: Shannon, VSN Leadership Team, Outreach Specialist, and Job Service DVOP, snoble@mt.gov

6/16 ONLINE: Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces Veteran Caregiver Workshop, 6pm

Please join us for a virtual workshop that teaches you, the caregiver, the importance of self-care and wellness. This is a live, facilitated discussion that addresses identity issues, isolation concerns as well as personal wellness. You will have an opportunity to share with others, learn and practice new skills and ask questions in a small online group. We invite you to join us on video and audio for a 1-hour conversation with a Red Cross mental health volunteer and other veteran caregivers. https://www.facebook.com/events/817737812197485/

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/red-cross-service-to-armed-forces-veteran-caregiver-workshop-tickets-153047594475

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

Or – LOCAL: Gini Kay | Recruitment Specialist, Volunteer Services, American Red Cross of Idaho & Montana, (406) 493-8778, IDMT.Recruiting@redcross.org

6/16 (3rd Wednesday of Every Month) CORVALLIS: “Heart Valley” American Legion Post 91 Meeting, Fire Hall, Woodside Cutoff Rd., Corvallis 7pm

Monthly membership meeting ~ We are accepting new members so please join us! https://www.facebook.com/corvallispost91

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

Or, Ike Slaughter (406) 207-1404

6/17 ONLINE: ARC Military & Veteran Caregiver Network (MVCN) ~ Caregivers of Wounded, Ill and Injured Service Members and Veterans, 9am (Also available 6/26 at 10am)

Please join us for a virtual workshop for Caregivers of Wounded, Ill and Injured Service Members and Veterans . We invite you to join us on video and audio for a 1-hour conversation with a Red Cross mental health volunteer and other members of your community. https://www.facebook.com/events/580932599708361/

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/red-cross-caregivers-of-wounded-workshop-mvcn-tickets-156576252787

6/26 at 10am (MST): https://www.facebook.com/events/290717356126656/

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/red-cross-caregivers-of-wounded-ill-and-injured-service-members-tickets-155834570395

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

Or – LOCAL: Gini Kay | Recruitment Specialist, Volunteer Services, American Red Cross of Idaho & Montana, (406) 493-8778, IDMT.Recruiting@redcross.org

6/17 (New Topic Every Thursday) AARP LIVE, 11am (MST)

Topic: TBA

JOIN ONLINE: https://www.aarp.org/health/

Call toll-free 855-274-9507 to ask a question

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

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

6/17 (​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

​6/17 (3rd Thursday of Every Month) ONLINE: Montana Veterans Startup Roadmap, 1:30pm

Are you a Montana Veteran, Military Spouse, or transitioning service member looking to start your own business? Join us for this Pre-Biz Workshop! Designed for individuals who would like to start their own business, this is a great overview of things to know about start-up costs, financing options, and business planning. A wealth of information and resources are provided free of charge! Hosted by Big Sky Veterans Business Outreach Center - MT, UT, WY: https://www.facebook.com/events/935883973913155

REGISTER: https://mtsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/4783

Questions: Dustin Frost, Director - Veterans Business Outreach Center (406) 869-8411, dustin@bigskyeda.org

6/17 ONLINE: Rent Wise Workshop, 5:30 – 7:30pm

Our free Rent Wise workshop will teach you the keys to successful renting, including: How to improve your credit score for renting; Common reasons for rental rejections and how to move past them; Savings goals for overcoming renting barriers. This workshop focuses on the impact of credit and rental history, how to improve your credit score, and the strategies and tools to overcome rental barriers to establish a good relationship with your landlord. Rent Wise is about learning how to overcome negative perceptions and rental barriers to become a great renter. Homeword is here to help teach you the tools and judgment skills to advocate for your goals and get into and stay in a rental home.

REGISTER: https://homeword.org/renter-workshop/

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

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

6/17 ONLINE: ONLINE: ARC Military & Veteran Caregiver Network (MVCN) ~ Sharing the Journey – Online Support Group, 6pm (Also available 6/21 at 10am)

The MVCN hosts online support groups to offer caregivers the opportunity to connect and engage with peers to support one another.

We welcome caregivers of all eras, all relationships, and across all locations to connect with others walking a similar journey for support.

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/events/1804979593005413/

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sharing-the-journey-online-support-group-tickets-153505315531

6/21 at 10am: https://www.facebook.com/events/599230621039302/

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sharing-the-journey-online-support-group-tickets-153504757863

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

Or – LOCAL: Gini Kay | Recruitment Specialist, Volunteer Services, American Red Cross of Idaho & Montana, (406) 493-8778, IDMT.Recruiting@redcross.org

6/18 – 6/20 & 8/16 – 8/19 (ONGOING) Missoula Classes for Swift-water Rescue Training

This course is the standard for professional swiftwater rescue teams.  If your agency responds to moving water accidents, the Technician certification is a must.  It is compliant to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) standards 1006 and 1670.  The intensive 20 hour swiftwater rescue class has four hours of classroom instruction followed by two and a half days developing and practicing skills on the river.  Like all WRI courses, the S/FRT is taught through scenarios.  Giving the students an opportunity to work in real time to solve realistic problems.  While the initial emphasis is safety and self rescue, the class offers an in-depth look at reading water, recognizing and avoiding hazards, quick rescue techniques, boat-based rescues,  entrapment scenarios, and technical rescue systems.  We analyze footage of actual river rescues in the classroom and progress from a solid foundation of rescue skills and practice into rescue scenarios on the river.  The class is challenging, fun and tailored to your needs. This swiftwater rescue course is good for 12 hours of CEU’s for licensed Montana EMTs.

REGISTER: https://www.whitewaterrescue.com/calendar/

Questions: (406) 207-2027, info@whitewaterrescue.com

6/18 United Way of Missoula County's Annual Day of Action

Each year, we hold United Way Day of Action--galvanizing volunteers across our community. https://missoulaunitedway.org/day-of-action

Questions: Rosie Goldich, Development Manager, rosie@missoulaunitedway.org

OR United Way of Missoula (406) 549-6104, info@missoulaunitedway.org

6/18 – 7/23 Missoula Children’s Theatre in-person Performances! 4 & 6pm

The MCT Center for the Performing Arts is thrilled to announce a summer of Beanstalks, Frogs, Princes, Buzzards and so much more! The Missoula Children’s Theatre is excited to welcome back live audiences to enjoy some of their original musical theatre productions, featuring a unique cast of 50 talented children—a fantastic mix of local children and some from out of town who enjoy participating while visiting family in Missoula!  MCT’s six one-week day camps with 3 rotating titles begin June 14th and culminate in six consecutive Friday performances at 4 & 6pm. Streaming from home remains an option for those not available to attend or may not yet be comfortable attending live performances.

Tickets to the in-person performances are all reserved seats, socially distanced and with no more than 70 people in attendance at each performance. **MCT requires masks to be worn at all times for all people ages 5 and older when inside the building, to be worn properly over the nose and mouth. The 2021 Summer Day camps are sponsored by Langel & Associates, PC and Missoula Pediatric Dentistry, PC.

PERFORMANCE DATES AND TIMES ARE:

Friday, June 18th Jack and the Beanstalk (4 & 6pm): https://mctinc.secure.force.com/ticket/PatronTicket__PublicTicketApp#/events/a0S3a000007ilhtEAA

Friday, June 25th The Frog Prince (4 & 6pm)

Friday, July 2nd The Wiz of the West (4 & 6pm)

Friday, July 9th Jack and the Beanstalk (4 & 6pm)

Friday, July 16th The Frog Prince (4 & 6pm)

Friday, July 23 The Wiz of the West (4 & 6pm)

TICKETS ($10 / adult & $5 / child & seniors): www.MCTinc.org

Pre-purchase $10 streaming tickets: www.showtix4u.com (search for “MCT”) 

*** 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?? Act quick ~ Tickets sell out FAST! Call MCT to Order your Tickets through the MTNG Child and Youth Program Account. https://mctinc.secure.force.com/ticket/PatronTicket__PublicTicketApp#/events/a0S3a000007il01EAA

Questions: 406-728-7529 / Main office 728-1911, tour@mctinc.org

6/18 LIVE STREAM of PEARL JAM, Ogren Park at Allegiance Field, 8pm

We are excited to share two fun, family-friendly events coming up this month. The Ten Club will be hosting "Stream In The Park," an in-person streaming event in Missoula, MT on Friday, June 18th at 8:00pm. This event will feature a HD video stream of Pearl Jam’s August 13, 2018 show in Missoula. This show’s 29-song setlist features rarities (Fatal, Throw Your Hatred Down) and memorable covers (Know Your Rights, Imagine, Rockin’ In The Free World). The show was part of a voter registration initiative called “Rock To Vote”. The band supported a volunteer-run “festival” adjacent to the stadium featuring local non-profits, music and vendors. The show will be presented in its entirety on the LED scoreboard in the outfield at the minor league stadium of the Missoula Paddleheads of the Pioneer League. Montana native, Jeff Ament, will be present for the event. Proceeds from the June 18 event will benefit the Poverello Center, and the YWCA of Missoula. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about and donate to the Poverello Center, with a match available for any recurring donations for the next three years up to $25,000. “The evening at Ogren Park will be a celebration of transitioning back into the normalcy of seeing a big rock show with our friends, and in the process, reaching out to our homeless community at a most critical time,” Ament said.

BUY TICKETS: https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/Team.asp

Questions: Poverello Center (406) 728-1809

Amy Allison Thompson – Director (until 6/30) 406-532-6677, aallisonthompson@thepoverellocenter.org

Jill Bonny, MSW, SWLC - Director of Veteran Services and Outreach, Housing Montana Heroes 406-532-6685, Valor House 406-829-3928, jbonny@thepoverellocenter.org
Alena Gostnell, MSW, SWLC - Veteran Programs Manager 406-317-3131, agostnell@thepoverellocenter.org

Joey Boyle - Valor House Case Manager (406) 829-3928

Vanessa Cassens - Housing Montana Heroes Case Manager (406) 529-0639

​6/19 Ride for Tomorrow

Yellowstone American Legion Riders, Dog Tag Buddies, and Tenacious Dames Riding Club are teaming up for an important cause - to spread awareness about suicide in Montana. There are so many things that make this great state the most wonderful place in the world. However, our suicide rates being among the highest in the nation is not one of them. Ride for Tomorrow is scheduled to take place on June 19, 2021, and encompasses both an official Iron Butt ride (1,000 miles in 24 hours) and various Summer Solstice rides. The Iron Butt motorcycle ride is a competitive challenge for riders across the United States, and often a personal feat for each motorcyclist. Ride For Tomorrow doubles the impact of this accomplishment by starting a critical dialogue of suicide prevention and awareness, and carrying it for 1,000 miles. These rides not only add miles to the odometer, but miles to the conversation of suicide in Montana. Funds raised for this event will support future Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) presentations around the state to help Montanans recognize the warning signs of suicide, know how to offer hope to someone in crisis, and know how to effectively get help. Together, we can reduce death by suicide in Montana. Everyone has a role in suicide prevention, and we're speaking up. We hope you join us. More details to follow & registration information will follow https://www.facebook.com/events/754001972168908

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ride-for-tomorrow-tickets-142439150333

Questions: DeeDe Baker, IACP DTFC - Executive Director, Dog Tag Buddies (406) 969-1227, Cell (406) 690-9853, dbaker@dogtagbuddies.org

6/19 Picnic for the POV, Ogren Park at Allegiance Field, 12-2pm

Get ready, Missoula! The Poverello Center's Picnic for the Pov is an event you do not want to miss. We are inviting 100 community members to our open seating for this year’s Picnic for the Pov fundraiser! Please join us at Ogren Park at Allegiance Field (Home of the Missoula Paddleheads, former home of the Missoula Osprey) from 12:00PM to 2:00PM to learn about the importance of the Poverello Center Homeless Outreach Team’s hard work of providing food, shelter, help and hope to folks facing unsheltered homelessness in Missoula. This is a free event with lunch provided and stadium seating available. See you there!

REGISTER: https://www.thepoverellocenter.org/picnic-for-the-pov-open-seating/

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

6/21 Restore Liberty, Crosspoint Community Church, 7500 Mullan Rd., Missoula, 6pm

Darin is pitching his new political non-profit organization “Restore Liberty” that he’s building nationwide. It's open to anyone, and although it’s not Vet specific a lot of Veterans are involved. It's called "Restore Liberty" and not a partisan thing. If you’re interested and would like to know more, please contact Darin Gaub, Director - Restore Liberty - 501(C)(4) (406) 579-0178 daringaub@protonmail.com (Darin is also the State Coordinator for Military Funeral Honors and a Veteran Peer to Peer Coordinator “Together for the Good Inc.”) 

6/22 (4th Tuesday of Every Month) ONLINE: JCF Employer Support Network (Statewide), 11am

Monthly, virtual presentation for employers who have an interest in joining the JCF Employer Support Network and to better understand the training programs in the JCF Montana Career Training and Support Package. If you know employers who would be interested in becoming a part of the JCF Employer Support Network, please contact Brandy.

View Schedule: Request to join LinkedIn Group Montana JCF SMVS Friendly Employer Network: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12402832/ (This is where Service Providers will be engaging with employers seeking SMVS talent and SMVS looking for work).

June 22nd-SHRM Foundation "Veterans at Work"
Questions: Brandy Keely, President of Montana JCF & Director of Veteran Services, Carroll College, (406) 447-4550, montanajcf@gmail.com

6/23 ONLINE: FREE WEBEX ON HOW TO APPLY FOR FEDERAL JOBS ~ LEARN WHAT A MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH INSPECTOR DOES, 10am (MST)

US Department of Labor – Dolores, “We will be hiring for Mine Safety and Health Inspectors. However, applying for a federal jobs is very different than applying for a private sector job. Learn how to effectively compete/apply for a federal job and hear from a Mine Safety and Health Inspector what the job is like.” - FREE webinar on How to Apply for Federal Jobs: Learn who gets referred to a selecting official for consideration and why. 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.

6/23 at 10am – 12pm (MST): https://usdolee.webex.com/usdolee/onstage/g.php?MTID=eb1e230d559f2b314375d6b3e3d1a322a

Questions: Dolores Garcia - Division of Workforce and Inclusion, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management, Human Resources Specialist - US Dept. of Labor 347-733-3413, Garcia.Dolores@DOL.GOV

6/23 ONLINE: ARC Military & Veteran Caregiver Network (MVCN) ~ Online Caregiver Chat, 1pm

Our caregiver chats are live interactions in a text only format -- all interactions are done simply by texting and/or typing your responses. Our chats are conducted in a safe environment using Slack. Caregivers can access the chat by using MVCN-caregiver-channel at MVCN.slack.com from a PC or the Slack mobile app. Registration is required to ensure you have access to the chat. Please register with your preferred email address. You will receive information to set up your Slack account prior to the beginning of the chat. If you have participated in chats previously, you will have continued access to the MVCN-caregiver-channel. Caregivers from all eras are welcome to attend. https://www.facebook.com/events/171549754904781/

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/online-caregiver-chat-tickets-153498922409

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

Or – LOCAL: Gini Kay | Recruitment Specialist, Volunteer Services, American Red Cross of Idaho & Montana, (406) 493-8778, IDMT.Recruiting@redcross.org

​​​​​​​​​​6/24 HAMILTON (4th Thursday of Every Month): Marine Corps League, FOE Eagles Lodge, 125 N. 2nd St., Hamilton, 7:30pm

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

Questions: jagman_36@bitterroot.com

6/25 ONLINE: Corporate Gray Military Friendly Job Fair, 9am (MST)

On Friday, June 25th there will be a Virtual Military-Friendly Job Fair to connect transitioning service members and veterans with employers nationwide. Interview via text chats and video with over 20 companies and government agencies, including: Lockheed Martin, SAIC, Transportation Security Administration, National Security Agency, Stryker, Scientific Reseearch Corporation, Accenture Federal Services, Naval Systems Inc., Leidos, Foley CAT, LinQuest, Newport News Shipbuilding, LifeNet Health, U.S. Postal Service, The GBS Group, and more! The first step is to register for the job fair on Corporate Gray Online: corporategray.com/login (login or create an account: corporategray.com/applicants/new); Click the JOB FAIRS link on the menu bar; Click the "register" link for the June 25 Virtual Job Fair; Upload your resume and click the "Register" button. You will then be directed to complete your registration on the eCareerFairs website, which is the platform that will be used to host this event. All registered job seekers will receive an invitation to the Virtual Job Fair Training Webinar and receive the Virtual Job Fair Guide and Job Fair Employer Directory prior to the event. This job fair is free to all job seekers and especially for those who served in the military.

REGISTER: https://www.corporategray.com/jobfairs/432

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

6/26 HAMILTON: Trina Petersen Memorial Poker Ride, Meet at Napa Auto, 1659 N. 1st St., Hamilton, 9am

Come join us in celebration of Trina Petersen while supporting a great cause. This year we will be going south instead of north. We will be ending in Jackson, MT at Jackson Hot Springs. We are looking into event shirts and should have them ready for pre-order by May. This years memorial ride route will be posted soon. It looks like it will be approximately 150-180 Miles. Please click on the Eventbrite link for prices and registration. https://www.facebook.com/events/2879002098998057

REGISTER (50% of net proceeds will go to Herd2Human ❤): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/trina-petersen-memorial-ride-2021-tickets-148628091623

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

Or, American Legion Post 91 – Doug (406) 546-4244, corvallispost91@gmail.com

6/26 STEVENSVILLE: BBQ, American Legion Post 94, 754 Middle Burnt Fork Rd., Stevensville (Time TBA)

Post 94 will be doing a Chicken BBQ on June 26th. 2020 was a lean year for fund raising, so come out and support your community. Details TBA soon. https://www.facebook.com/groups/955743594488748/

Questions: Chuck – AL Post 94 Commander (253) 380-7016; Adjutant (406) 369-3276

Or, Cheryl – ALA Post 94 Auxiliary (406) 531-4132

6/28 – 7/1 Historical Museum at Fort Missoula Summer Camps ~ Junior Docent Camp

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes in the museum? The Jr. Docent Program at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula is an opportunity for young people in the Missoula area to learn about the inner workings of museums. Through the program, participants will be a part of a team that will become educational leaders and tour guides at HMFM. In addition to gaining knowledge about tour presentation, the participants will learn from our museum curator about the process of curating artifacts at the museum (how artifacts are received, documented, and displayed in exhibits). Each docent will be able to harness their own skills and choose the aspect of museum work with which they feel most connected, and they will be able to specialize in that area during their time as a Jr. Docent. https://www.facebook.com/events/210731840804282/

REGISTER: https://fortmissoulamuseum.org/education/summer-camps/

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

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

6/29 BUTTE: Southwest Montana Veterans Home Grand Opening Ceremony, 65 Veterans Circle, Butte, 2pm

Southwest Montana Veterans Home: https://dphhs.mt.gov/sltc/homelivingoptions/montanaveteranshomes/swmvh

Learn more about the first Veteran to move in (March – KPAX): https://www.kpax.com/rebound/coronavirus-money-help/southwest-montana-veterans-home-welcomes-1st-resident-in-butte

Questions: Dee Burnham 406-444-4129, dee.burnham@mt.gov

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