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July Events & Beyond...

7/4 Old-Fashioned 4th @ the Fort Celebration, HMFM 3400 Captain Rawn Way, Missoula, 10am – 4pm

Join Independence Day fun at Fort Missoula 's 4th of July extravaganza! Sunday, July 4 from 10am - 4pm Suggested donation for admission is: $5/adults, $3/seniors, $2/students, and $15/family Children 6/under and HMFM members are free. Festivities begin at 10am and include: food trucks & cold beer; model trains & ham radios; old-fashioned children’s games; activity booths hosted by area groups; a scavenger hunt (for adults, too); living history tours of the Lookout, Schoolhouse, Drummond Depot, Trolley Barn, & Locomotive; historic steam-engine sawmill demos; antique engine displays; historical surveying and MT genealogy; craft vendors; special goings all day at the Homestead Cabin with games, hands-on activities, and demonstrators; miniature ponies and farm animals https://www.facebook.com/events/874911650041856/

Questions: (406) 728-3476, ftmslamuseum@montana.com

OR Carolyn Thompson, HMFM, (406) 258-3478, cthompson@missoulacounty.us

7/6 (1st Tuesday of Every Month) ONLINE: The Poverello Center’s Supporter Update, 12pm

These online gatherings using Zoom are currently replacing our monthly tours so that we can continue to practice social distancing at the Poverello Center. Executive Director Amy Allison Thompson will provide Poverello Center updates and be available, along with other members of the Poverello Center team, to answer questions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

7/8 (2nd Thursday of Every Month) ONLINE: JCF Leadership Team Meeting, 12:30pm

AGENDA: Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance; Introductions and Announcements (JCF Board & Leadership, Congressional, Military, VA, and Key Service Area / Financial Updates); Presentation: TBA

Join the ZOOM Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88612649642?pwd=czdhWWQ2RkxGaGFWNnhRSmlWazFidz09
Meeting ID:  886 1264 9642; Passcode: 267273; Call: 1-669-900-9128 if device not available.
*** No monthly meeting in August. In person meetings will resume in September (Location TBD)

Questions: Leadership@montanajcf.org

7/11 Missoula Big Sky Challenge 2021, Montana Snowbowl, 1700 Snow Bowl Rd, Missoula, 8am – 3pm

We are thrilled to announce that our 4th annual Big Sky Challenge Hike at Montana Snowbowl will be held this year on July 11, 2021. Whether its a 1 mile loop, a 4 mile trail, or the 8 mile challenge, we have a summit for everyone! As always, there is a Virtual Hike option as well, for those who are unable to hike or attend, but still wish to support BIAMT. Participation: Adults- $25; Youth (13 - 17) - $10; Kids 12 & under are Free; Includes: Hike, lunch, t-shirt, and a chance to win amazing raffle prizes. https://www.facebook.com/events/1339679406403369/

REGISTER:  https://secure.frontstream.com/big-sky-challenge-hike-2021-missoula

Questions: John Bigart III, Executive Director, Brain Injury Alliance of Montana (406) 541-6442, C (406) 207-4520, john_b@biamt.org

7/13 (2nd Tuesday of Every Month) ONLINE: FREE QPR Gatekeeper Training (Suicide Prevention), 5:30pm

Learn how to recognize the signs of suicidal thoughts and how to intervene in an empathetic and effective way with our FREE QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) class. You can learn how to save a life. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting: https://www.facebook.com/events/452327745910951/

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

Your Tomorrow Matters! Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1.800.273.TALK (8255)

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

7/13 – 7/15 ONLINE: First Time Homebuyer Class, 6 - 9pm (Also available 8/10 – 8/12 at 6pm & 9/18 at 9am – 6pm)

Get Ready for Home Ownership! Learn the basics of the home-buying process through our nationally-certified Home Ownership Class. Our Home-buyer Class will teach you how to: Select a lender; Determine what you can afford; Use your credit wisely; Distinguish between different types of loans; Understand home inspections and insurance; Identify special financing programs; Work with a real estate professional; Evaluate the pros and cons of home ownership. This 9 hour class is taught by a Homeword’s HUD Certified Housing Counselor and Homebuyer Educator, Julie Pavlish, and other professionals. Registration required. $35 per person

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

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

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

7/13 (2nd Tuesday of Every Month) VFW Auxiliary Post 209 Meeting, 245 W Main St., Missoula, 7pm

Please join us! https://www.facebook.com/VFWAuxiliaryPost209

*** Ole Beck VFW Post 209 is a Non Profit Veteran Organization, and all profits go back to the local Veteran community and/or Veteran programs. VFW is open to the public and dog friendly!

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

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

7/14 ONLINE: Wednesday Wisdom Estate Planning Webinar Series, 10am

Wednesday Wisdom will run from 10 to 11 a.m. monthly, April through July sponsored by AARP Montana and presented by Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension family economics specialist and professor at MSU. Goetting said that, for some Montanans, estate planning can be one of the most important and confusing decisions they make in their lives. It raises questions of personal legacy and how to assure the right people receive one’s property after death. Over the past seven years Goetting has presented more than 500 educational sessions that have reached more than 15,000 Montanans with financial and estate planning information. She has received state, regional and national awards for her programs and has authored 44 MontGuide fact sheets that cover estate planning topics.

REGISTER: https://states.aarp.org/montana/wednesdaywisdom

Questions: Steve – AARP Montana (406) 457-4702, sreiter@aarp.org

7/19 – 7/23 History Camp at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula

Become a History Detective at HMFM’s Summer History Camp! Travel back through time to learn what life was like when the Fort was built in 1877, experience the trials, tribulations and triumphs of homesteading, experiment with bicycles just like the 25th infantry in 1890, imagine life as a forester during the 1910 fires, and much more! Hands-on activities will help campers develop homestead worthy skills and learn about the technology available in the late 19th and early 20th centuries including steam power, forest management, agricultural sciences and cooking! Visits to neighboring historic sites will help campers see Fort Missoula in the wider Montana landscape. Campers will finish the week by preparing a rustic treat for their families. https://www.facebook.com/events/279412950376052/

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

7/20 through November: Herd 2 Human @ Willowbend Farm, Clinton

Equine inter-species communication program developed to assist with trauma recovery and general wellness. There are countless stories of positive personal growth & recovery of those who have attended the classes and private sessions. If you have experienced a traumatic event in your life or know someone struggling with PTS, please check it out!: https://www.willowbendfarmmt.com/

6-Week Class Schedule (Every Tuesday):
July 20 – August 24
August 5 – September 9
September 28 – November 2

*** There is also another Instructor Course in September - Calendar: https://www.willowbendfarmmt.com/apps/calendar/showMonth

APPLICATION: https://www.willowbendfarmmt.com/forms

Email application to  jeff@willowbendfarmmt.com  

OR mail to Willowbend Farm, 13400 Turah Rd., Clinton, MT 59825

Questions: Jeff Patterson, Willowbend Farm, Inc. (406) 240-8598

7/24 – 8/1 Old West Trek in Montana

Applications are now being accepted for Homeward for Heroes 2021 Old West Trek in Montana ~ FREE for Veterans, First Responders and a spouse or battle buddy. Space is limited. https://www.facebook.com/events/413230246617526/

INFO / Sign Up: https://www.homewardforheroes.org/events

This trek starts in Hamilton, Montana and winds through ghost towns and old mines. If you love the outdoors and like exploring history, this is for you. We will be moving every day to explore and camping in a different spot every night except for mid-trip when we will stay 2 nights at a hot springs and adventure during the day and soak at night.  Please note that this trek will require a stock 4x4 or better do to road conditions. This trek fills up fast, so sooner is better than later for signing up. Homeward for Heroes has been funded for this trek. So with that don't let your finances prevent you from coming. Once you arrive in Hamilton we take care of all the food, gas and activity/camping fees. 

REGISTER: https://www.homewardforheroes.org/cat

Questions: Dan or Laura Reese, (406) 471-0513, info@homewardforheroes.org 

7/29 ONLINE: Getting Back on Track: Help Is Here, 12pm (Region 8 - Montana)

The U.S. Small Business Administration and Public Private Strategies Institute have launched a new regional webinar series, “Getting Back on Track: Help is Here,” to provide Main Street entrepreneurs with the information and resources they need to continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The educational webinars will feature speakers from The White House, the SBA, Members of Congress, and small business leaders, and will provide updates on the American Rescue Plan.

Thursday, July 29, 2021 - 2 p.m. EDT: Region 8 Serving - Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming


REGISTER: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_XPRWigRjRx-5NYpWc_qddw

Questions: Brent E. Donnelly, District Director – Montana, U.S. Small Business Administration (406) 441-1083, Cell (406) 439-7613, Brent.Donnelly@sba.gov

7/30 ONLINE: Montana Conference on Suicide Prevention, 8:30am – 3:30pm

Statewide annual conference on suicide prevention in Montana. The 9th Annual Conference is hosted by AFSP Montana Chapter with assistance from the The Montana Association of Pediatric Psychiatrists (MAPP) and NAMI Montana. This conference brings together advocates and professionals in learning about suicide prevention strategies in the state and across the nation and equips attendees with strategies in preventing suicide. Panel Discussion. Continuing Education Units (TBD CEU credits) are available to conference attendees at no charge https://www.facebook.com/events/452894325807959/

REGISTER: https://www.montanacosp.org/

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) - Montana, (406) 333-1367, montana@afsp.org 

Or, Dorea, Chair of AFSP Montana, doreaw@outlook.com

8/3 - 8/5 ONLINE: Homeword’s Financial Skill Building Class, 5:30 - 9pm

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. After this class, you will be empowered to navigate your financial world today and advocate for your future. Learn how to take charge of your financial life, including: Navigating your complex financial world; Quickly adapting to income or expense changes; Building solid financial judgement; Addressing credit and debt challenges; Gaining financial independence by creating a savings and investment plan. Taught by Homeword’s Financial Educator, Katie Sadowski, and other professionals. FREE and open to the public. Check out graduate testimonials for yourself: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnc_L9-X1kuruNRNi1cI75A/videos

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

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

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

8/11 ONLINE: Job Service Missoula ~ Job Fair, 12 - 2pm

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

Featured Employers in August: TBA

*** The IN-PERSON Career Fair is tentatively scheduled for 10/7/21 at Hilton Garden Inn.

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

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

8/12 SAVE the DATE: MontCOMM 2021

August 12th - Save the date for MontCOMM 2021, Montana's only augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) conference. MontCOMM 2021 features two tracks for participation: one for those with some foundational knowledge about AAC, and one for direct support providers and families early in the communication journey.  We've booked two incredible speakers with extensive on-the-ground experience, Mo Buti (M. Ed-BD, M. Ed-Admin) and Brandon Eddy (M.A., CCC-SLP). 

REGISTRATION link coming soon: http://montech.ruralinstitute.umt.edu/montcomm-montechs-aac-conference-coming-this-august/

Questions: Shawna Hanson, MonTECH Media Outreach Coordinator, Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, UM (406) 243-4531, Shawna.Hanson@mso.umt.edu

8/21 HELENA: Montana Warrior Challenge

Teams of 6-8 will compete in the Warrior Category for the right to take home the Impact Montana Guidon for the year: https://runsignup.com/Race/MT/Helena/MontanaWarriorChallenge

Questions: (406) 431-6530, impactmontanateam@gmail.com

Or, Brandy Keely, President of Montana JCF & Director of Veteran Services, Carroll College, (406) 447-4550, montanajcf@gmail.com

9/18 Pet First Aid / CPR & Disaster Response, American Legion Post 27, 825 Ronan St., Missoula 10am

Learn skills that might help save your Dog or Cat in the event of an emergency! You will learn: Pet First Aid; CPR; Vitals Assessment; Muzzling; Restraints & Carries; K9 First Aid Kits; Choking; Bleeding Control; Bandaging; Shock / Seizures; Poisoning; Injured Pet Transport; Disaster Response; Environmental; Emergencies and more…seating is limited. Includes a book and certification https://www.facebook.com/events/532842584789578/

Ask about the Veteran Discount ($45) or Disabled Veterans with a Service Dog ($25)

Sponsored by Montana K9 Safety: https://montanak9safety.com/

ENROLL / Questions: The Traveling Dog K9 RSQ (406) 885-0437, info.montanak9safety@gmail.com

OR Garry Forman, Director of Training, Montana K9 Safety (406) 560-2058

9/18 ONLINE: Sit Stay Sparkle | Northwest Region, 7pm

Save the date to join us virtually for Sit Stay Sparkle, Canine Companions' Northwest Region gala! Enjoy live and silent auctions, see adorable puppies, hear from our clients and watch the premiere of the newest Canine Companions short film. You won't want to miss it! https://www.facebook.com/events/447142543031303/?ti=ls

Canine Companions for Independence is a nonprofit providing service dogs to Veterans with disabilities, free of charge and have an “apprentice dog training program.” Veterans Initiative: https://www.cci.org/assistance-dogs/Our-Dogs/veterans-initiative.html

Questions: National (707) 577-1700, info@cci.org

Local: Chelsey Darrow, Veteran Programs Specialist, Canine Companions for Independence, (406) 599-3582, cdarrow@cci.org

10/5 – 10/6 ONLINE: DisABILITY Employment Awareness Conference

SAVE the DATES! More info TBA: https://hr.mt.gov/

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

SAVE the DATE: 10/7 Western Montana's Largest Career Fair, Hilton Garden Inn, Missoula

The IN-PERSON Career Fair is tentatively scheduled for 10/7/21

Questions: Julissa, Workforce Consultant, Job Service Missoula (406) 218-7480, JBencia-Hensel@mt.gov



3/18/21 UPDATE, "We’re still moving ahead with this play but, because of COVID, we had to postpone the project by one year.  So it will now open and tour in April 2022."

ReEntry is a docudrama drawn from over 100 interviews with US service members and their families. Honest, moving, and surprisingly funny, the play explores the challenges of reintegrating into home and community after tours of duty overseas. Following a two-week run in Missoula (Motana Repertory Theatre), ReEntry will tour Montana, with 10 additional performances across the state. If you’d like to talk to Michael Legg, Artistic Director (input, networks, interviews after the showings, donors/help support the traveling show, etc.), please contact him at (406) 243-5288, Michael.Legg@mso.umt.edu

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