April Events & Beyond


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 email: Michael.Legg@mso.umt.edu

4/5 ONLINE (11 Week Class): Aging Mastery Program®, Spring Session, 10am – 12pm

The Aging Mastery Program® (AMP) is a comprehensive and fun approach to aging well that encourages adults 55+ to take actions to enhance their health, financial well-being, social connectedness, and overall quality of life. Central to the AMP philosophy is the belief that modest lifestyle changes can produce big results and that people can be empowered and supported to cultivate health and longevity. Classes meet on eleven Mondays, April 5 to June 21 from 10AM-12PM, Montana time. No class May 31. Participate online using Zoom. An email confirmation with the Zoom meeting ID, password and instructions will be sent to registered participants several days prior to the class starting date. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. While AMP utilizes a number of different guest speakers on the various topics, the facilitator is the backbone of the program. Teresa Sacks, AMP Facilitator at MAS, presents the program. No cost for Montana residents. $60 for non-Montana residents. Special thanks to the Jane S. Heman Foundation for their financial support of this class. https://www.facebook.com/events/1361896234160999/

REGISTER: https://agingmasterymas.eventbrite.com or by calling MAS (406) 728-7682.

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

4/14 (Every Wednesday until 5/19) ONLINE: Journal for Resilience with Emily Withnall, 4pm
This has been a hard year for everyone for a variety of reasons—some shared experiences, and some deeply personal. Journaling is one way to make sense of particular moments, events, or feelings you might be experiencing. Writing has been proven to improve both mental and physical health by boosting our immune systems. Writing about what’s on our minds can also help us let go of thoughts or feelings we may have been holding onto. It may even improve our outlook.

REGISTER: https://redwillowlearning.org/product/journaling-resilience-online/

*** Through the Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program (HTOP), The Learning Center at Red Willow makes their courses FREE of charge for Veterans, service members, their families/caregivers, and first responders. INFO / WAIVER: https://www.redwillowlearning.org/programs/heroes-therapeutic-outreach-program/

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

Or, Roy Savage, HTOP Program Manager, (406) 396-2133, roy@redwillowlearning.org

4/24 ONLINE: Montana Campus Virtual Walk Day of Action, 12pm

Help Us Stop Suicide in Montana Saturday, April 24th. Opening Ceremonies begin streaming at 12 p.m. Join the Montana Campus Walks As We Take Action to Stop Suicide. Participate through physical activity, self-care, or even gaming. Share Your Action & Show Your Impact! Begin today - register to participate, spread the word, support the cause, & help save lives. https://www.facebook.com/events/233385768446183/

REGISTER: afsp.org/MTcampus

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

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

5/6 – 5/7 Missoula Gives

Missoula Gives, an initiative of your Missoula Community Foundation, is a 26-hour online live celebration of the Missoula & Ravalli counties. It connects generous donors with the causes they care about. It is a day to celebrate all the Missoula and Ravalli are and the role nonprofits play in making our community great. The giving day is a nonprofit's opportunity to: Raise awareness about your organization; Engage existing donors; Reach new donors; Expand your online and social media presence; Learn how to make fundraising online fun and easy; Learn and deploy new marketing strategies; Educate your board and staff on how to be better fundraisers and more.

REGISTER: https://www.missoulagives.org/

Questions: Missoula Community Foundation (406) 926-2846, info@missoulacommunityfoundation.org 

5/15 SAVE the DATE: Veteran Suicide Awareness & Prevention (VSAP) Run / Walk / RUCK

1/21/21 VSP Meeting Minutes, "Erick and the VSN Events CMTE discussed the Heroes @ Home & VSAP that was tentatively scheduled for 5/8. However, that is Mother’s Day weekend, so we may have it 5/15 instead which is Armed Forces Day. Since the city charges us so much for the FMRP pavilion, we might have the event at RMMMH w/the VSAP route on the trail system - more to come. RMMMH has been a huge supporter, and Tate said we’re more than welcome to have the event at RMMMH."

1/4/21 Missoula Parks & Rec, "The date you’re interested in, May 8th, for the veterans suicide prevention looks good but I first want to run it by the Fort Manager.  I will tentatively put you in the tracking sheet and contact the manager immediately."

VSAP Registration: https://runsignup.com/Race/MT/FtMissoula/VSAPVeteranSuicideawarenessandprevention

Questions: Erick, VSAP Coordinator (406) 224-3334, kahilaem@gmail.com


Have you ever wanted to learn Western big game guiding skills, pack gear into remote camps on horses & mules or get a job with an outfitter as a big game hunting guide? This is what Royal Tine Guide and Packer School is all about. Start a learn for fun or start a new career! https://www.facebook.com/events/3535462356489121/

Visit www.royaltine.com for more info.

*** Royal Tine's school course curriculum qualifies for payment of tuition under the Post 9/11 GI Bill – More info: https://www.royaltine.com/courses/veterans-benefits/

Questions: Cody and LeRee Hensen, (406) 859-5138, Cell (406) 370-6737, royal_tine@yahoo.com

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. 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

6/19 SAVE the DATE: 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

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

8/21 HELENA: Montana Warrior Challenge

Hosted by Impact Montana. Teams of 6-8 will compete in the Warrior Category for the right to take home the Impact Montana Guidon for the year. We have a new Helena area location for 2021 and it is guaranteed that this event will be bigger and better than ever. Your team captain will get your Operation Order based on the pre-event instructions and check-in time on the event day and your team will navigate the course and be tested mentally, physically, and build some team character together. Here is a video from the first Montana Warrior Challenge in 2015: https://lnkd.in/eMm_9W3

REGISTER: https://runsignup.com/Race/MT/Helena/MontanaWarriorChallenge

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

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