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October Events

​NOW through 10/28: Pumpkins for the POV

Each pumpkin can be purchased for $10. Since 2015, this fundraising effort has raised important funding for food programs. Pumpkins will be available for purchase through October - purchase locations: The Good Food Store, 1600 S. Third St. W.; Rattlesnake Market, 2501 Rattlesnake Dr.; YMCA, 3000 S. Russell St.; Imagine Nation Brewery, 1151 W. Broadway; The Trough, 2106 Clements Rd.; Parkside Credit Union 320 W. Broadway, 4055 Brooks St. & 2300 Great Northern Ave. https://thepoverellocenter.org/pumpkins-for-the-pov/

Questions: Poverello Center (406) 728-1809 OR Lisa Sirois, MSW - Director of Programs (406) 529-4860, lsirois@thepoverellocenter.org

NOW through 11/30 Double Your Impact for Veterans 2022

The Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program (HTOP) launched in 2014. Since then, our instructors average well over 600 participant contacts per year. While the numbers might help illustrate interest and participation, the stories show why we do what we do. Upon returning home, an OIF veteran began the process of getting settled back to his career, reconnecting with friends and participating in the outdoor activities that he had always loved. On the surface, all was well but Jacob struggled with anxiety and insomnia. Knowing that he was not on a good path, he began seeking counseling services to help support his mental health. It was here that he was introduced to the practices of mindfulness. Here's what he had to say, "I knew I needed to do something.  When my counselor suggested meditation I thought 'weird, but OK, I'll try it'. I was pretty skeptical but that didn't last long. I feel much more capable of working with my thought patterns. The best thing is that I am sleeping better which makes everything else better.  Thank you!" Will you join me in supporting all of the "Jacobs" in our community?

NEW this fall!  We are adding TWO yoga classes per week in the Bitterroot Valley starting SOON!

DONATE: https://redwillowlearning.networkforgood.com/

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

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

OR Kathy Mangan - Executive Director, kathymangan@redwillowlearning.org

NOW through 12/9: UM ROTC Rifle Raffle

The UM ROTC Rifle Raffle raises funds to send Cadets to local and regional events to include the Spartan Race, Bataan Death March, and Pistol Team Competitions. $5 per ticket ($20 for 6); Marlin XL7 270 Vortex CrossfireII Riflescope. Stop by the ROTC main office located on the first floor of Scheriber Gym or contact (406) 243-2769, umontanarotc@gmail.com

NOW through 12/11: Missoula Senior Center Activities, 705 S Higgins Ave., Missoula

The Senior Center has been BUSY planning events ~ follow their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MissoulaSeniorCenter

  • Lunch daily 11:30a-12:30p

  • 10/6 (1st Thursday): Cooking Class, 1 – 2pm with Kelly Moore (FREE for members). Call to get signed up!

  • 10/6 (Every Thursday): BINGO! Come one! Come all! You do not have to be a senior to join the fun! Doors open at 5pm (6 cards for 15 games $20; 3 cards $10)

  • 10/9, 11/13 & 12/11 Valley Accordion Club ~ Come listen to the music and feel your way into some movement. Remember Motion is Lotion and Rest is Rust (1-4p). https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=479456527545036&set=a.477154001108622

  • 10/15 Montana Folklore Society Dances will be happening twice a month (6:30-11p)

  • 10/21 Wreath Making $10 all supplies included (10a-12p)

  • 10/29 Art Shows starting: https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=479563267534362&set=a.477154001108622

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

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

10/3 – 10/14 HAMILTON: Route 93 Truck Driver Training, Quality Inn, 1113 N. 1st St., Hamilton

FIVE DAYS INDIVIDUAL BTW TO FOLLOW FOR 120 HOURS TOTAL CDL TRAINING. Tuition $5,500 (contact the Job Service to see if you qualify for any training programs to help with the cost 728-7060). Route 93 Trucking, Inc Theory, Field, and BTW courses are approved by the National Training Provider Registry.

Questions: Scott Ralston (406) 360-1499, route93tkg@outlook.com

10/3 (Every Monday) Yoga for Veterans, Freestone Climbing Center, 1200 Shakespeare St., Missoula, 2pm

Yoga with Nick Gonzalez Mondays, 2-3pm. 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. https://www.facebook.com/HTOPMissoula

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

*** Through the Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program (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/

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

OR Kathy – Executive Director, kathymangan@redwillowlearning.org

10/3 (Every Monday) ONLINE: Veterans Breakfast Club, 5pm (MT)

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

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

10/3 (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 or message FB page: https://www.facebook.com/unionclubbarandgrill/

10/4 ABC (Assistance for Business Clinic), Missoula College, 1205 E. Broadway, Missoula 7:30am – 5pm

The Assistance for Business Clinics are designed to provide new and established businesses, accountants, bookkeepers, human resource professionals and attorneys with updated information on topics such as: Montana Department of Revenue’s new Form MW-4 and their E-Services, Unemployment Insurance Tax requirements, workers’ compensation coverage, Independent Contractor regulations, using Labor Market Information to make business decisions, the Registered Apprenticeship Program, tax incentives, minimum wage, overtime, new hire reporting, child support services, USERRA laws and regulations. https://dli.mt.gov/resources/abc-clinics

Questions: Debbie Erbacher (406) 303-8763; Missoula Chamber of Commerce (406) 543-6623, info@missoulachamber.com

Montana Department of Labor and Industry: Deborah Derrick Gass, PHR, SHRM-CP, Job Service Missoula (406) 218-7488, dgass@mt.gov

10/4 Mini Job Fair ~ Café Rio, Job Service, 539 S. 3rd St. W., Missoula, 9am – 2pm

Jaun from Café Rio will be here in the front lobby promoting various open positions (Assistant Manager, Personal De Restaurante, Team Member, Cashier, etc.): https://www.caferio.com/careers

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

10/4 & 10/18 (1st & 3rd Tuesday) STEVENSVILLE: Mobile Vet Center at American Legion Post 94, 754 Middle Burnt Fork Rd, Stevensville

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

VA Vet Centers: https://www.vetcenter.va.gov/

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

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

10/4 (Every Tuesday) ONLINE: The Journey of a VA Employee ~ From Consideration to Getting In, 10am (MT)

Join VA Careers and Veterans Health Administration's Mike Owens for “Talk About It Tuesday” every week! JOIN the LINKEDIN EVENT: https://www.linkedin.com/company/department-of-veterans-affairs/

Questions: (844) 456-5208, vacareers@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/

Two links for VA Careers - Montana Work With Us | VA Montana Health Care | Veterans Affairs

Montana VA Health Care / Hiring questions: Paden Holman - Administrative Assistant, Patient Care Services, Montana VA Healthcare System 406-447-6054, Paden.Holman@va.gov

LOCAL: 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

10/4 - 10/13 Hiring Our Heroes Virtual Hiring Events

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

Questions: Cara Cooke (Capt - USAF Vet) – Director of the Career Connector Program, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, ccooke@uschamber.com

OR Hiring Our Heroes, hiringourheroes@uschamber.com

10/4 (Every Tuesday until 11/8) NAMI Missoula ~ Family to Family, 202 Brooks St., Missoula, 6pm

Free 2022 "Family to Family" course, for families and friends of those with serious mental illness. The class meets weekly for 8 weeks (started 9/20) from 6:00-8:30 pm at 202 Brooks St in Missoula. "Family to Family" provides information about schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, major depression, panic disorder and obsessive- compulsive disorder. It also covers coping skills and strategies for crisis and relapse; basic information about medications; problem-solving and self-care; and more. The class is taught by peers who have been there with their own families. Registration is required since class size is limited.

REGISTER: Email namimissoula@gmail.com

Questions: NAMI Missoula (406) 880-1013, namimissoula@gmail.com

10/4 HAMILTON (1st Tuesday): Corvallis Post 91 Legion Riders Monthly Meeting, 6:30pm

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

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

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

10/4 & 10/5 (Every Tuesday & Wednesday) NAMI Connection Support Groups, 7pm & 1pm

Support group for adults living with a mental health condition. These groups offer respect, understanding, encouragement, and hope. Tuesday ONLINE at 7pm & Wednesday ONLINE OR at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 202 Brooks St. Room 208, Missoula at 1pm. Visit http://www.namimissoula.org/ & click “Support Groups”

Questions: NAMI Missoula (406) 880-1013, namimissoula@gmail.com

10/4 (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

10/5 & 10/6 ONLINE: Disability Employment Awareness Conference, 9am – 4pm

2022 Disability Employment Awareness Conference on October 5 and 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The conference will be a Zoom event again this year. The cost is $50 per person for two full days of training. We are offering a discount of $35 per person for groups of five or more from an organization.  If you are interested in a group discount, all members of the group must register individually using the link for the group discount.  Unfortunately, our system does not allow multiple registrations under a single user. We will send out a final agenda, speaker bios, and full presentation descriptions as we get closer. SHRM and HRCI recert credits, CEU’s, and CLE credits are pending.

INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION: https://pdc.mt.gov/register/?title=Individual%20PD0326%20Disability%20Employment%20Awareness%20Conference%20Individual%20&date=10/5/2022%20&%2010/6/2022

GROUP REGISTRATION (5 or MORE): https://pdc.mt.gov/register/?title=Group%20PD0326%20Disability%20Employment%20Awareness%20Conference%20Group%20of%205%20or%20more%20&date=10/5/2022%20&%2010/6/2022

Questions: John Pavao - State Diversity Program Coordinator, Department of Administration, State Human Resources Division, (406) 444-3984, jpavao@mt.gov

10/5, 11/2 & 12/7 ONLINE: Veterans ASCEND “Walkthrough” 10am (MT)

Through 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

10/5 (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

10/5 (1st Wednesday): Women Veterans Luncheon, Jaker’s Bar & Grill, 3515 Brooks St., Missoula, 11:30am

Connect with other female Veterans! Katie was a RN in the Air Force for 9 years, and the Vice President of the NM Women Vets for a few years. She said it was so much fun to see one another and chat. Please join us to get connected to female Veterans in the area.

RSVP / Questions: Katie Glenn (USAF Major - Retired) (505) 315-7025, katiehglenn@gmail.com

10/5 (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. Participants are required to check in with the Missoula Vet Center (406) 721-4918 prior to course participation: https://redwillowlearning.org/programs/restorative-yoga-for-veterans/

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

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

OR Kathy – Executive Director, kathymangan@redwillowlearning.org

10/5 & 10/18 (1st Wednesday & 3rd Tuesday): Wounded Warrior Project ~ Peer Support Groups, 7pm

Our Mission: To honor and empower wounded warriors. 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:

  • 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.

  • 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.  

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

OR Erica Pichette - Peer Leader Specialist, Wounded Warrior Project (719) 377-9496, C (904) 742-9280, epichette@woundedwarriorproject.org

10/5 (1st Wednesday) HAMILTON: VVA Bitterroot Chapter 938 Meeting, Eagles Lodge, 125 N. 2nd St., Hamilton, 7pm

Talked to the Bitterroot Chapter of VVA, and they welcome Veterans at their 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

10/5 - 10/9 LIVE POKER, Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Missoula, 7pm & 2pm Sunday

As always, Veterans receive a BONUS 10 in chips with their buy in. Wednesday poker started & tournaments are back (Annual Fall Classic Oct 9th $140 Entry, 25k starting stack). 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! https://www.facebook.com/VFW-Poker-100134718934624/

RESERVE a SEAT: (406) 272-7722, bcpoker@gmail.com

10/6 (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! In partnership with the Fourth D Club. Instructors: Christine Lustik & Greg Grallo.

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

10/6 & 10/17 (1st Thursday & 3rd Monday) ONLINE: Poverello Center Neighborhood Meetings, Missoula

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

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

10/6 (​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. No previous experience necessary. https://www.redwillowlearning.org/programs/meditation-for-veterans/

REGISTER: Vet Center (406) 721-4918

*** Through the Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program (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/

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

OR Kathy – Executive Director, kathymangan@redwillowlearning.org

10/6 Higgins Ridge' Film Premiere, The Wilma, 131 S. Higgins Ave., Missoula, 7 – 9pm
Hosted by Montana PBS on Thursday, October 6, 2022 https://www.facebook.com/events/672038610437522
Tickets and info: https://bit.ly/3BkuyW4

Questions: (406) 994-3437, online@montanapbs.org OR The Wilma (406) 830-4640, info@thewilma.com

10/7 (Every Friday) HAMILTON: Breakfast with VVA, BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N 1st St, Hamilton, 7 – 8:30am

The Bitterroot Chapter of VVA welcomes new members to join them on Friday mornings for breakfast.

Learn more about the Vietnam Veterans of America - Montana: https://www.vvamontana.org/

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

10/8 ONLINE: Homeword’s Statewide Financial Skill Building Class, 9am

(Also available 11/1 - 11/3 @ 5:30pm & 12/17 @ 9am)

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. Build your financial skills in this free class where you'll learn about the 8 essential topics of your complex financial world. https://www.facebook.com/HomewordMT/events/

REGISTER: https://homeword.org/financial-skills/

*** Katie, "I am really excited to announce that a new IDA account has been funded to incentivize you and anyone you know to get some Financial Education! There are no income restrictions to qualify and other than doing 3 follow up 1 on 1 coaching sessions with me there are really minimal rules to get the funds! The largest match allowed is $500. This is a first come first serve benefit and there are a little less than 450 spots open currently for the matched savings accounts."

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

10/8 Aaron Woodall Live, Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W Main St, Missoula, 8pm

Fresh and different. A mix of raw, true life struggles to the point where you almost feel bad for him. Hilarious and real. Bone Dry Comedy Presents Aaron Woodall Live in Missoula. We are excited to present Aaron Woodall Live in Missoula, Montana! Just under a year ago we saw him perform live for the first time and had to bring him to the rest of Montana. Aaron Woodall is a comedian you don't want to miss. MORE INFO: https://www.facebook.com/events/1273118753460785/

For more information events happening around Montana visit https://www.bonedrycomedy.com/

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

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

10/10 (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

10/11 (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/tZIpd--prj0sGtClrUwQvWsq4kE3YO8CgDvX

Questions: Project Tomorrow Montana (800) 273-8255

OR Rosie - United Way, rosieayers@missoulaunitedway.org

10/11 (2nd Tuesday): Marine Corps League (MCL) Meeting, Knights of Columbus Hall, 312 E. Pine St., Missoula, 7pm

Calling all Marine Corps Veterans & Corpsmen! Please join us at 1900. 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

10/12 STEVENSVILLE: Community Holiday Planning, Darcy Hansen State Farm, 300B Main Street, Stevensville, 12pm

Stevensville Civic Club needs your help planning the community's annual holiday celebration! A planning kick-off meeting will be held to hear new ideas and enhance our traditions. This is an excellent opportunity for business owners and community members to engage and be part of Stevensville's holiday magic! https://www.facebook.com/events/493623496005660/

Questions: Stevensville Civic Club (406) 531-8401 OR American Legion Post 94 (406) 777-3834 – They’re VERY involved w/the community: https://www.facebook.com/americanlegionstevensville Adjutant (406) 369-3276; Cheryl – Post 94 Auxiliary (406) 531-4132

10/12 ONLINE (& ONGOING): USDA Forest Service TRAINING on Resumes, Navigating USAJOBS & Qualifying, 3pm

These webinars are open to the public and provide assistance for those looking for federal employment within the Forest Service.

USAJOBS events for all kinds of federal agencies are listed here: https://www.usajobs.gov/Notification/Events  (Scroll down to find additional USDA Forest Service trainings later in the year).

Questions: Kevin Hood – USDA FS Alaska Region (907) 419-2372, kevin.e.hood@usda.gov

10/12 & 10/26 (2nd & 4th Wednesday) CORVALLIS: HorsePlay Days, 208 Rusty Spur Way, Corvallis, 4:30 – 6pm
Wings Program is targeted to Veterans, the military, law enforcement and first responders. This program gives those on the front lines a chance to hang out with horses and learn some basic horsemanship skills. Walk in / No registration required:  https://www.wingsprograms.com/events.html

Learn more about the Wings Programs: https://www.wingsprograms.com/

Questions: (406) 363-3346, wingsprograms@live.com

10/12 (2nd Wednesday) “Hell Gate Elks” Lodge 383, 112 N Pattee St. (2nd Floor N.), Missoula ~ Dinner & Drinks at 5pm & Member Meeting, 6:30pm

Join us in the members lounge upstairs for dinner & drinks 5-6:30pm...there's something new every month! ($5 donation appreciated). Missoula Elks Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elkslodge383

  • From the Elks newsletter, “we have served 10 Veterans by taking them shopping from their wish list to provide their needs and preferences. When transitioning into housing from homelessness they have few or no belongings. This program from the Elks National Veterans Service Commission allows me to spend up to $300 for household supplies and up to $500 for a kit that includes a bed. These veterans are so grateful to the Elks to be able to shop for things they need to set up their apartment. One veteran in his 70’s had been living in his truck for several years and tears came to my eyes when he asked, May I have two pillows and a soft rug for beside my bed? We never know when the Elks will make a huge impact on someone’s life!”

  • ELKS “Most Valuable Student” SCHOLARSHIP is OPEN (Plus, when you apply, you automatically become eligible for our Local Scholarships): All high school seniors who are citizens of the United States are eligible to apply. Scholarships are awarded based on academics, leadership, service and financial need. The Top 20 scholars will interview for the two first-place awards of $50,000; two second-place awards of $40,000; and two third-place awards of $30,000. The remaining 14 finalists will receive awards of $20,000, and the 480 runners-up will receive $4,000 scholarships. Learn more: https://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/mvs.cfm

  • NOW through 12/31: RAFFLE for 4 Day Mexican Cruise! Shout out to Jim & Jeremy Oestreich and Family at Goldrush Getaways for donating a 4 Day Mexico Cruise to benefit the Elks Scholarship Program! We will be selling $20 raffle tickets for this cruise through December 31st and draw the winner at the January Lodge Meeting. Good Luck!

  • 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 

10/12 – 11/16 ONLINE (Every Wednesday): Taking Charge of Your Chronic Pain, 5:30pm

6-week Chronic Pain class will be over Zoom and go from October 12th - November 16th (every Wednesday for 6 weeks) from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm. This no-cost class explores tools and resources to help participants manage chronic pain in positive and proactive ways. We'll be discussing the complex nature of chronic pain and why it can be so difficult to find a treatment that works. We will learn handy tools and techniques that have been proven to help people with a variety of chronic pain conditions get their life back. This class is a partnership between Missoula City-County Health Department and the University of Montana Geriatric Education Center. 

REGISTER: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TakingChargeofChronicPain

Questions: Leah Fitch-Brody - Missoula City-County Health Department (513) 280-3369, lfitch-brody@missoulacounty.us 

10/12 (2nd Wednesday): Veterans of Foreign Wars (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

10/12 Irish Revolutionaries and the American West (1917-1921), Cambie Taphouse, Old Sawmill District 7pm

Join us on the 12th in Missoula and the 13th in Butte (Butte Brewer) for this presentation by John Borgonova, Professor of Irish History, University College Cork. Sponsored by UM Irish Studies Program, FISW: https://www.facebook.com/fiswmontana/photos/a.872266092791751/5766649526686692

Learn more about Friends of Irish Studies in the West (FISW): https://friendsofirishstudies.com/

Questions: friendsofirishstudies@gmail.com

10/13 DEADLINE: Hiring Our Heroes (HOH) Fellows Program

The HOH Fellows Programs place highly skilled and educated with employers committed to hiring them. Are you interested in participating in this highly competitive workforce development program? Then apply early. For an internship that starts on Jan. 9, your application deadline is Oct. 13. These internships are your fast track to appropriate education, credentialing, training, and employment opportunities.

APPLY: https://www.hiringourheroes.org/career-services/fellowships/fellowship-programs-application/

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

Or Hiring Our Heroes, hiringourheroes@uschamber.com

10/13 ONLINE: Employing US Veterans Conference

Annual VETS Indexes Conference October 13th: https://employingusvets.com/

Featured speakers include: Dave Ferguson, USAA; Patrick Sence, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works; Haley Weaver, Home Depot; And more to be announced!

Questions: Michael J. Rice - Managing Director, VETS Indexes (917) 741-1915, mrice@vetsindexes.com

10/13 (2nd Thursday) HELENA or ONLINE: Montana JCF ~ Leadership Team Meeting, First Interstate Bank - 2728 Colonial Drive, Helena, 12:30pm

AGENDA: Introductions and announcements; Leadership updates (Vet Recovery Work Group) & upcoming events (Night of Impact 10/15 & Military Family Christmas Dinner 12/15). JOIN ZOOM MEETING (Meeting ID:  886 1264 9642; Passcode: 267273): https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88612649642?pwd=czdhWWQ2RkxGaGFWNnhRSmlWazFidz09 or call (699) 900-9128

Questions: Leadership@montanajcf.org

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

10/14 (2nd Friday) PLAINS: Life After Loss ~ Grief & Loss Group, Clark Fork Valley Hospital, 10 Kruger Rd., Plains, 1pm

CFVH invites you to a place to be with others who are experiencing grief and loss in their lives. A place to share and explore the impact of grief on your life. A place to honor the losses you've experienced. Register by calling 406.826.4848 or visiting: https://www.cfvh.org/calendar-of-events/

Questions: Dawn - CFVH (406) 826-4848, dlyga@cfvh.org

10/15 PLAINS: Holiday BAZAAR, VFW Post 3596, 201 West Lynch St., Plains, 9am

The Holiday season has begun so why not swing by and start your shopping early. We will have lots of great vendors for you to choose the perfect gift for yourself or someone you love. The kitchen will be serving lunch too! So stop on by and at least have a look. https://www.facebook.com/events/817239409402499/

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

10/15 ONLINE: Basics of Resilience, 10am (Also available 11/9 @ 5:30pm & 12/17 @ 10am)

Building the skills to be more resilient is the cornerstone of the work of the Learning Center at Red Willow. This quality which allows us to recover and even thrive after life’s inevitable adversities has been shown by recent research to be one that we can get better at. Join us for this free 2-hour introduction to the work of the Learning Center at Red Willow and come away with some skills to improve your own resiliency.  

REGISTER: https://redwillowlearning.org/product/basics-of-resilience/

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

10/15 & 10/18 ONLINE: Basics of Resilience, 10am & Emotional Freedom Techniques, 6pm

(BoR also available 11/9 @ 5:30pm & 12/17 @ 10am)

Building the skills to be more resilient is the cornerstone of the work of the Learning Center at Red Willow. This quality which allows us to recover and even thrive after life’s inevitable adversities has been shown by recent research to be one that we can get better at. Join us for this FREE 2-hour introduction to the work of the Learning Center at Red Willow and come away with some skills to improve your own resiliency.  

REGISTER: https://redwillowlearning.org/product/basics-of-resilience/

*** 10/18 ONLINE: Emotional Freedom Techniques, also known as Tapping, are simple, fast acting tools that blend psychology and acupressure to release stress in the body (FREE at 6pm) https://redwillowlearning.org/product/emotional-freedom-techniques-for-pain/

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

OR Kathy Mangan - Executive Director, kathymangan@redwillowlearning.org

10/15 HELENA: Night of Impact, Best Western Premier Helena Great Northern Hotel, Helena, 6pm

Our Night of Impact is a chance to hear from Montana heroes about how Impact Montana is supporting their ability to thrive. Please join us in increasing our capacity so we can serve more Veterans, service members, first responders, and their families. Social hour 6pm, program and fundraising 7pm. Appetizers & cash bar, limited seating, live and silent auctions, raffles, and more! $50 per ticket ($80 pair, $150 group of four, $300 table of eight). Ryan, “Missoula is host to three IM integrative health partners with more to come hopefully in the very near future.”

TICKETS: impactmontana.org

Questions: Impact Montana (406) 431-6530, ryan.luchau@impactmontana.org

10/16 ONLINE: Wreath Laying Ceremony at Military Women’s Memorial (25th Anniversary Celebration), 7:15am (MT)

MWM President retired Army CW5 Phyllis Wilson will honor the sacrifices of America’s service members by laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on behalf of the Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation and the servicewomen it represents. The Wreath Laying is a historic and meaningful gesture of honor. https://www.facebook.com/events/1475937712868994/
REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wreath-laying-ceremony-mwm-25th-anniversary-celebration-tickets-412270471077

Learn more about the MWM: http://womensmemorial.org/

Questions: (703) 533-1155, info@womensmemorial.org

10/18 ONLINE: Emotional Freedom Technique for Pain, 6 – 7pm

The Emotional Freedom Techniques, also known as Tapping, are simple, fast acting tools that blend psychology and acupressure to release stress in the body. In this class, you will learn about what EFT is and how it can help reduce/alleviate pain. EFT helps us work through and shift/release our stress and uncomfortable emotions that create a tense, stressful environment in the body that can lead to physical pain and discomfort. EFT helps create a relaxing and healing mental state which encourages healing in your body, and ultimately results in the reduction/elimination of pain. https://www.facebook.com/events/1248067179353470/

Questions: Kathy Mangan - Executive Director, Red Willow Learning Center, Inc., 700 South Avenue West, Suite C (Admin Office) 406-530-7175 (admin), kathymangan@redwillowlearning.org

10/18 (3rd Tuesday) AFSP Volunteer 101, 7pm

Volunteers are the backbone of AFSP, and they are the reason we have become the largest non-profit organization in suicide prevention. There's a lot to do, and we can't wait to learn more about you to see where you fit! REGISTER: https://2022rmvolunteer101.attendease.com/

Questions: Nancy Yates (406) 855-5267, nyates633@gmail.com

10/18 LOLO (3rd Tuesday): 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

10/18 STEVENSVILLE (3rd Tuesday): 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. 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!

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

National - American Legion: www.legion.org

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

10/19 (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.
AGENDA: Introductions & Announcements

  • SPEAKER: TBD

  • Open Discussion & Networking

​Questions: If you would like to speak at our monthly meeting, please email Shannon – DVOP & VSN Leadership Team, snoble@mt.gov
OR Facebook DISCUSSION: https://www.facebook.com/events/368934188102790/441215997541275/

Other VSN Leadership Team: 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

10/19 (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

10/19 (3rd Wednesday) 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

10/20 through 5/2023: Missoula Children's Theater / Missoula Community Theater

Single tickets are on sale for our 2022-23 Community Theater Season at MCT for the Performing Arts! We also have 5, 3, and 2-show subscription packages available. Call or stop by the Box Office Monday-Friday 12-5pm or visit our website to learn more. We hope you will join us for a very tasty season of options—a little sentimental, a bit of quirky, some nostalgia and a whole lot of fun! We’re excited to bring our community back together! https://mctinc.org/2022-2023-community-season/

*** 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.  

Questions: MCT Main Office 728-1911; Box Office 728-7529; Tour 829-5202, tour@mctinc.org

10/20 (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

OR Gary Swartz (406) 544-3823, ghswartz214@gmail.com

10/21 ONLINE: Corporate Gray ~ Military-Friendly Job Fair, 9am (MT)

REGISTER: https://www.corporategray.com/jobfairs/454

Newsletter (Transition Assistance, featured employers, HOT JOBS, post your resume, etc.): https://www.corporategray.com/CGnewsletter.html

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

10/21 University United Food Friday

Come join United Way for the annual University United Food Friday (UUFF)! Join us October 21st, 2022 in the UC Ballroom for an opportunity to engage in the community and help feed thousands of our neighbors! We will be repackaging 100,000 meals for the Missoula Food Bank's EmPower Pack Program. Sign up as an individual or in teams for a great way to spend your Friday! https://missoulaunitedway.org/university-united-food-friday

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

10/21 PLAINS: Blood Drive, Clark Fork Valley Hospital, 10 Kruger Rd., Plains

Blood donations are essential and we need your help. CFVH has partnered with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive in Plains. Go to CFVH Event Center, Main Hospital Campus at end of Horizon Lane (Between school and hospital): https://www.facebook.com/events/3246319528913188/

Schedule your blood donation today: https://www.redcrossblood.org/mydrives.html/drive/1-CJR2SW2

Learn more about Clark Fork Valley Hospital: https://www.cfvh.org/events/

Questions: (406) 826-4800 OR Dawn - CFVH (406) 826-4848, dlyga@cfvh.org

10/22 ONLINE: Get Ready for Home Ownership, 9am

(Also available 11/15 - 11/17 @ 6pm & 12/10 @ 9am)

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

10/25 (4th Tuesday) ONLINE: FREE Job Seeker Tips, 1pm

No cost, short virtual training offering best practices for all things job search related (job search, resume, cover letters, interviewing, applicant tracking systems, etc.) Join Zoom Meeting: https://mt-gov.zoom.us/j/87493084788?pwd=dk8rUUhjaEVqZFNIMGo5TXhhSUVzUT09

Hosted by Montana Department of Labor & Industry - Job Seeker Central: dlitraining.mt.gov (log in as a guest).

Questions: Karen Vanni – Training Coordinator (406) 791-5843, kvanni2@mt.gov

10/27 ONLINE (Monthly): New to Medicare Workshop, 6pm

(Also available 11/15 @ 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

10/28 HUSON: FRIDAY FRIGHT NIGHT, 9 Mile School House, 18815 Remount Rd, Huson, 6 – 9pm

Ready for Schoolhouse Spooks? We’re hosting a Friday Fright Night at this old schoolhouse! Come enjoy a pig roast made by Clark Fork & Spoon Kitchen and a monster mash dance party. Feel free to share  Happy Haunting! https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=546510210611823&set=a.491864699409708
Learn more about the school house: http://9mileschoolhouse.com/

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

10/29 Trunk or Treat, Karl Tyler Chevrolet, parking lot - N. Reserve, Missoula, 5pm

Oh my gourd-ness, it's finally time to announce our 2nd annual Trunk or Treat!!! Let's eat, drink, and be scary (but NO alcohol, please). We will have food trucks, raffle items, contests, and MORE to be announced in the coming weeks! Last year was such an amazing turnout, and we're certain this year will be pumpkin to talk about! https://www.facebook.com/events/1131772564410668/

*** REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED this year for vehicles wanting to participate (decorate your vehichle): https://missoulacruisers.com/events/trunk-or-treat-2022/

Questions: Karl Tyler Chevrolet (406) 721-2438, marketing@ktautogroup.com

OR Todd – message Missoula Cruisers FB page https://www.facebook.com/Missoulahigginscruisers/

10/29 OR 10/31? KALISPELL: Trunk or Treat

Wendy Jeschke – Coordinator & Student Engagement at FVCC spoke at the Kalispell VSP Meeting regarding the Veteran Club on campus and the interest to reach out to other veteran groups in the Flathead Valley (https://www.fvcc.edu/). She’s interested in partnering with Veteran groups for “Trunk or Treat” around Halloween.

Questions: Wendy, wjeschke@fvcc.edu

10/29 Gabriel Rutledge LIVE, Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W Main St, Missoula, Doors @ 7:30pm | Show @ 8:00pm

Professional comedian, amateur everything else. Gabriel Rutledge returns to Montana! Bone Dry Comedy Presents: Gabriel Rutledge Live in Missoula! Gabriel Rutledge is one of our favorite comics and an absolute joke machine. With appearances on Comedy Central, FOX, Amazon Prime Video, and HBO, Gabriel is a performer you do not want to miss! https://www.facebook.com/events/3363576927256564/

To learn more about Bone Dry Comedy, visit https://www.bonedrycomedy.com/

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

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

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