June Events  & Beyond


6/1 Historical Museum at Fort Missoula plans to REOPEN Monday, June 1st with Reduced Summer Hours

This includes outside exhibits and buildings on the grounds. Reduced Hours of Operation:

  • Monday -Saturday: 10am-4pm

  • Sunday: Noon – 4pm

  • Hours of 10am-12pm will be reserved for vulnerable populations

  • The Museum will close at 4pm each day for cleaning and sanitizing

We are working to install new safety and cleaning protocols and ask our community to help keep all our staff, volunteers, and visitors safe. Please respect the following guidelines when visiting. We ask all visitors to wear a mask while in the main museum building; Please respect physical distancing practices; Please sign in with your contact information; HMFM will limit the number of visitors in the main museum building to 10; Please take advantage of free hand sanitizer; Please respect traffic patterns in our galleries

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

6/1 - 6/29 ONLINE (Every Monday, Wednesday & Friday): Continuing Yoga via ZOOM, 9am

Continuing Yoga with Harriet Alterowitz 9:00–10:15 AM ~ 1.5 hour class designed to practice yoga in a safe and encouraging environment. The physical postures (asana) are explored in a sequential manner and props are used to allow everyone access. Expect meditation and breath work as a part of each session. Some experience with yoga is helpful but not required. All levels are welcome. https://www.facebook.com/events/669587893890836/

*** Through the Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program (HTOP), The Learning Center at Red Willow makes all of their courses available free of charge to Veterans and Active Duty Military Personnel, their Families and Caregivers, and First Responders. INFO / WAIVER: https://www.redwillowlearning.org/sliding-fees-scholarships/

Questions: (406) 721-0033, info@redwillowlearning.org

Or, Roy Savage, HTOP Program Manager, (406) 544-7149, savagefitenterprises@outlook.com

6/1 - 6/5 TGRC's Daily Virtual Opportunities for Connection & Grief Support

Montanans and beyond welcome!

*** 6/1 (Every Monday): Mindful Moment, 9:30 - 9:45am ~ Start your day with presence. This will be a time for grounding exercises, breath work, and inspiration. Open to all ages.

*** 6/3 (Every Wednesday): Kids Corner, 10 - 10:30am ~ A space for grieving kids. We will connect, learn tools, and practice self-regulation. Kid’s K – 8 welcome!  

*** 6/3 (Every Wednesday): Gentle Movement, 5:30 - 6pm ~ Grief and trauma impact our physical bodies. Let’s learn ways to gently stretch and release tension. Yoga mat or blanket encouraged, but not required. All ages and bodies welcome.

*** 6/4 (Every Thursday): Teen Council, 3:15 - 4pm ~ Teen Councils are happening weekly! This is a chance for grieving teens aged 13 – 19 to come together and build tools to move through uncertainty and adversity with peers. 

*** NOW through 6/18 Virtual Adult Group Counseling - Suicide & Traumatic Loss, 5:15 - 6:30pm ~ The upcoming support groups will meet via video chat. Facilitators will provide more information to participants upon registration. Join with understanding others for a five week Suicide and Traumatic Loss Support Group. The group will focus on peer support, connection, and remembrance. Call (406) 541-8472 with questions and to complete intake paperwork!

*** 6/5 (Every Friday): Mindful Moment, 12:15 - 12:30pm ~ End the week with facilitated mindful meditation or guided visualization. All ages welcome. 

FULL LIST of TGRC Events: http://tamarackgriefresourcecenter.org/events

Questions: Tamarack Grief Resource Center, (406) 541-8472, info@TamarackGriefResourceCenter.org​

6/1 (Every Monday until 6/29): HMFM, Live Museum Mondays with the Staff, 11:30am

Ever pondered what a Curator curates? Or how an Education Director manages 100s of students simultaneously during a field trip? What a Volunteer Coordinator does to keep volunteers happy and coming back? How about the nitty gritty, behind the scenes work of an Event Manager. And what really does a Development Officer do? Now is your chance to really get to know the staff of your Historical Museum. Ask us anything and we will try to answer! Just go online to our Facebook Page each Monday at 11:30 and chat with us staffers at The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula! Staff Lineup for June coming soon! :) Send us your questions each week with a deadline of Sunday Morning before each Monday and we will try to answer them! You can also ask us live questions during the event. We look forward to chatting with you all! https://www.facebook.com/events/278495503285550/

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

​​​6/2 BIGFORK (First Tuesday of Every Month): Veterans Coalition of Northwest Montana (VCNWM) Meeting, Bigfork VFW, 8098 Hwy 35, Bigfork, 1pm

AGENDA: TBA

VCNWM ~ Honoring and serving the needs of military Veterans and their families www.vcnwm.org

Questions: (406) 407-8423, info@vcnwm.com
Or, Jim Higgins (406) 291-0356, higginsjw.1@gmail.com

6/2 HAMILTON (First Tuesday of Every Month): Corvallis Post 91 Legion Riders Monthly Meeting, BJ's Restaurant, 900 N. First St., Hamilton, 6:30pm

This is the Monthly member meeting. Anyone can come and join us. Come on down to BJ's and have dinner and a drink with us. We are accepting new members so please come check us out. https://www.facebook.com/events/444905856170337/

Questions: Don Goodnight, Corvallis Legion Riders President, (406) 360-5275, corvallispost91@gmail.com

6/3 HAMILTON (1st Wednesday of Every Month): Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Bitterroot Chapter 938 Meeting, Eagles Lodge, 125 N. 2nd St., Hamilton, 7pm

VETERANS HELPING VETERANS: vva938.com

Questions: (406) 961-0035

Or, (per FB): (406) 381-7899, vva938@gmail.com

6/4 – 6/7 VIRTUAL: 2020 Endeavor Games

Strap on your gear and register now for the 2020 Endeavor Games on June 4-7! The Endeavor Games for Athletes with Physical Disabilities is a fun and safe adaptive sports competition as well as sports clinics. Registration is now LIVE, and it’s FREE! 9 sport challenges, team challenges, e-sports, virtual welcome party, 12 live virtual sport clinics - don't miss this resource. Veterans are encouraged to join! https://www.endeavorgames.com/

REGISTER: https://www.endeavorgames.com/edmond/registration

Questions: Cassidhe Walker, cwalker68@uco.edu

6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/9 WHITEFISH: Six Week Music Therapy Group, North Valley Music School in Whitefish, 1pm

Cost: FREE!!!!!! Who: Open to All Veterans (Only 8 Spaces Available so sign up early); When: June 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, and July 9th from 1300-1500 and meeting at the music school. Beginners and experienced musicians are welcome. Instruments are provided.

RSVP: Adam Jones (406) 257-7308, adam.jones436@va.gov

6/4 (Every Thursday until 6/25): Meditation for Beginners with Amy Friedman, The Learning Center at Red Willow, 825 W. Kent Ave., Missoula, 6 - 7pm
Meditation is a daily tool that has profound health effects including; stress reduction, increased immunity and brain function, and overall well-being physically, emotionally, and mentally. We will experience a wide range of guided meditation techniques, sitting positions, and ways to integrate these practices into your daily life. You will leave each session with new tools to implement immediately. A regular meditation practice allows one to return to their lives feeling grounded and relaxed in the here and now. https://www.facebook.com/events/2431318733635892/

*** Through our 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.

INFO / WAIVER: https://www.redwillowlearning.org/sliding-fees-scholarships/

Questions: LCRW (406) 721-0033, info@redwillowlearning.org

Or, Roy Savage, HTOP Program Manager, (406) 544-7149, savagefitenterprises@outlook.com

6/5 HMFM: Lunch and Learn at the Fort, 12pm
Join us via facebook live for a new topic each week. We'll explore different parts of the Historical Museum, historical topics per your requests, and occasionally make historically inspired crafts. Stay tuned for more information. https://www.facebook.com/events/2586420584938663/

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

6/6 (Every Saturday until 9/20): VSAP Training Group, Bella Vista Pavilion, Fort Missoula Regional Park, 2pm

Join Erick and the RUCK crew to practice for the race on 9/20!

INFO / REGISTER for the 9/20 VSAP:

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

Heroes at Home BBQ & VSAP web page (Schedule of events, donors, VSP): https://www.vsnmontana.org/bbqandvsap

Follow updates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/483415689026245/

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

​6/8 - 6/26 Veterans Upward Bound ~ Live Online Spring Classes (Session 3: Math I & II, Writing I & III, Computers I & II, Science I)

FREE refresher classes ~ A great transition for Veterans to prepare for the rigors of college classes. Preparing Veterans for an easier transition into college or another training program. Classes provide a targeted math and writing review, cover appropriate computer skills, and assist in the development of practical skills that promote college success. All materials are provided.

INFO / REGISTER: http://vubmt.com/

​REMAINING SUMMER SCHEDULE:

7/6 – 7/24 Session 4: Math II & III, Writing II & IV, Computers II & III, Science II

8/10 – 8/13 August Academic Bridge 1: Accelerated Review in Computers, Math & Writing, College Success Strategies

8/24 – 8/27 August Academic Bridge 2: Accelerated Review in Computers, Math & Writing, College Success Strategies

Questions: Toll Free (800) 356-8387 or (406) 794-3244, admissions@vubmt.com

Lori Borth Project Director (Lori can assist you with questions about college admissions or financial aid), (406) 794-3063, lborth@vubmt.com

Michael Wolff Project & Technology Manager (Michael can assist you with technical questions, Comfit or Moodle), (406) 794-3053 | mwolff@vubmt.com

Shane Grantham Administrative Support (Shane can assist you with questions about VA benefits/claims), (406) 272-6372, sgrantham@vubmt.com

Stacie Grandpre Administrative Services Coordinator (Stacie can assist you with VUB program questions, outreach or tax prep assistance), (406) 209-8609, sgrandpre@vubmt.com

Steven Funk Academic Advisor (Steven can assist you with questions about university coursework & utilizing D2L), (406) 794-3309, sfunk@vubmt.com

Schedule an appointment with one of the staff: http://vubmt.com/resources/directory.php

OR - LOCAL: Daryl, UM / Missoula College VETS Office, (406) 243-7844, daryl.lee@mso.umt.edu

6/9, 8/11, 9/8, 10/13 & 11/10 QPR Gatekeeper Training (FREE and Open to the Public), 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. Register in advance for May 7th meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrcOGsrDgsHNQIzTJKDZeTLhuFXYfWb_JC [us02web.zoom.us]
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.  https://www.facebook.com/events/2366116356844453/ [facebook.com]

Questions: Project Tomorrow Montana, (800) 273-8255, rosieayers@missoulaunitedway.org

6/9 (2nd Tuesday of Every Month): VFW Auxiliary Post 209 Meeting, Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Msla, 7pm

With Covid-19 and social distancing, chairs will be spread apart, & to be safe we’ll skip pre-meeting mingling & snacks. If you are a member & would rather tune in at home, you can join us via Zoom. If you would like a Zoom invite please message Michelle: https://www.facebook.com/VFWAuxiliaryPost209/

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

6/11 HELENA: Montana JCF Meeting & Provider Appreciation Lunch, The Rocking Tree Farm, 11:45am

June 11 ~ Lunch served at 11:45 - 12:30. Meeting will begin at 12:30. Come join us for our first face to face meeting. Hand sanitizer and social distancing will be provided. Mark your calendar and plan to get out in the sunshine and celebrate all the hard work our service providers have done during this season.

Questions: Ryan Luchau, Community Employment Coordinator, Montana VA Health Care System, Homeless Veteran Recovery Program, 3687 Veterans Dr., Fort Harrison, (406) 447-7340, Ryan.Luchau1@va.gov

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

6/12 SVA Graduation Ceremony, 4pm (MST)

Student Veterans of America (SVA) will be streaming a graduation ceremony for the hundred thousand Veterans graduating this year, as well as their families and friends on June 12, 2020 at 6 p.m. ET. Sign up to RSVP. Student Veterans - sign up to be recognized! Share your stories: https://graduation.studentveterans.org/

6/13 XSPORTS4VETS: 10th Annual White Water Rafting Trip, 7am

XSports4Vets 10th annual WWR trip. The trip is available to post 9/11 veterans at no cost. This year we will have a smaller group size due to the current situation. We may do a few trips this season, But all dates will be tentative. If you have any questions please reach out to Anton at 4063968390. If you would like to go please click on the Blue Reserve a Spot button so we can keep a head count. https://www.facebook.com/events/264031898283877/

Questions: Anton (406) 396-8390

6/14 Annual FLAG DAY CEREMONY, across the street from the American Legion’s Lindborg-Cregg baseball field, 4pm

The official “retirement” of some 400 haggard flags ~ Ceremony starts at 4pm (Set up at 3pm). Missoula’s annual flag retirement ritual on Flag Day, June 14th has been held by the American Legion Hellgate Post 27 and the United Veterans Council of Missoula for the last 30 years, appropriately and respectfully. The flags are burned in barrels. Tattered and worn flags may be dropped off at the American Legion Post 27 (825 Ronan St.), VFW Post 209 (W. Main St.) or Missoula Textiles (Missoula Textile will also repair and clean American flags for anyone, free of charge, throughout the year).

“A flag may be a flimsy bit of printed gauze, or a beautiful banner of finest silk…Its intrinsic value may be trifling or great; but its real value is beyond price, for it is a precious symbol of all that we and our comrades have worked for and lived for, and died for a free nation of free men.” Flag Day was officially established by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916 to commemorate the adoption of the U.S. flag on June 14, 1777, by the Second Continental Congress. While not an official federal holiday, it became National Flag Day in 1949 by an Act of Congress, which leaves it to the president’s discretion to officially proclaim its observance. 

Questions: American Legion Post 27 (406) 543-7391 (AL office open Tues & Thurs afternoons)

Or, John Angwin, American Legion Post 27 Commander, & UVC Treasurer (406) 544-2583, johnsangwin@hotmail.com

6/16 – 6/18 ONLINE: Homeword’s Financial Skill Building Class, 5:30 - 9pm 

Our expert speakers add incredible insight to the class.  In the last class we our student comprised of educators, all ages, and all income level. Get into financial shape, set goals for spending and saving, manage debt and learn other money management skills. Learn how to take charge of your financial life including: Getting organized; Creating a budget that works; Understanding student loans and repayment options; Saving for future goals; Learning how to manage credit; Discovering ways to build your credit; Understanding insurance; Managing tax liability. Classes are taught by Homeword’s Financial Educator, Katie Sadowski and other professionals. Classes are FREE and open to the public.

REGISTER: http://www.homeword.org/our-services/financial-education/

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

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

6/16 STEVENSVILLE (3rd Tuesday of Every Month): Fort Owen Post 94 ~ Member Meeting, 754 Middle Burnt Fork Rd., Stevensville, 7pm

Fort Owen Post 94 is the local Stevensville, Montana, post of the American Legion, a federally chartered organization. Veterans dedicated to support of Veterans and community service. "Or join us for breakfast any Wednesday morning 9AM at CJ's in Stevensville." (Wednesdays for Veterans! All Veterans get a discount and free coffee).

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

(National: www.legion.org)

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

6/16 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

6/18 (3rd Thursday of Every Month): Veteran Service Provider (VSP) Meeting, American Legion Post 27, 825 Ronan St., Missoula, 12pm (VSN Events CMTE will be meeting at the same place at 11am)

12pm VSP Meeting AGENDA:

*** Regarding COVID-19 concerns, tables & chairs will be spread around the room, and we’ll skip the snacks.

*** Introductions & Announcements

*** SPEAKER: TBD

VSP Meeting Questions: Shannon, snoble@mt.gov

6/20 HAMILTON: Trina Petersen Memorial Poker Ride - Meet at NAPA Auto Parts, 1659 N. 1st St., Hamilton, 10AM

Check in Hamilton Napa 10 am, leaving 11 am. Ends at Lolo Hot springs. $10 per participant. Cash prizes. Join us for biker games after the ride and experience camping at Lolo Hot Springs resort or Lolo Hot Springs Lodge. Lodge 273 - 2201; RV Park 273 - 2294; Bar 273 - 2297; Hotspring 273 - 2290 https://www.facebook.com/events/2508305479278287/

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

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

6/20 (More dates below ~ 2 day or 2 part workshops): New to Medicare Workshop, Continuing Education Conference Center (James E. Todd building) UM campus, Missoula, 10am - 3pm

If you are approaching age 65 or are eligible for Medicare due to a disability, learn how you can make the most of your Medicare options. In this interactive two-part workshop you'll learn about important enrollment dates, saving money on your prescription drugs, and much more. The second part provides a hands-on computer workshop so you can learn about your personal Medicare claims, plans and coverage.  Cost is $35 for one person or $60 for two people. Call MAS for no cost or reduced cost ticket options. Follow this link for a helpful form you can print, fill in and bring with you to the workshop: https://missoulaagingservices.org/downloads/Medication_and_provider_list_216.pdf

OTHER DATES: Monday & Wednesday 2-part workshop, 6-8 p.m.: July 20 & 22

OR: Saturday 2-part workshop, 10am - 3pm with 1 hour lunch break: August 22 
https://www.facebook.com/events/478975286227988/

REGISTER: https://medicaremas.eventbrite.com

Or, call Missoula Aging Services (406) 728-7682, help@missoulaagingservices.org

6/21 “Morning Calm Shattered: The Opening of the Korean War, June 1950,” Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History (RMMMH), 2975 General Foster Ave. (Building T-316), Fort Missoula, 2pm

A 70th anniversary illustrated talk on the commencement of the North Korean invasion, the U.S. response, and the moment the Cold War turned hot. Refreshments will be provided.

Questions: Tate Jones, RMMMH (406) 549-5346,  militarymuseu45@hotmail.com

Or, RMMMH - New phone # (406) 239-7738

6/23 - 7/13 PHILIPSBURG: Guide & Packer School

June 23 - July 13, 2020 Located in Philipsburg, MT ~ Spend 4 weeks living in the foothills of the Anaconda Wilderness. Highlights include: horsemanship skills, packing skills, back-country camping, big game hunting and stalking skills and trophy judging and scoring. Use this new knowledge to gain employment with an big game hunting outfitter or make yourself and better hunter and outdoors-person. For more info including tution: www.royaltine.com; https://www.facebook.com/events/649963672404830/

Royal Tine is approved for veterans benefits and job rehabilitation through the Department of Labor (WIA): http://www.royaltine.com/courses/veterans-benefits/

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

6/25 VIRTUAL: Montana Joining Community Forces (JCF) Coalition, Career & Transition Series, 10am

Virtual presentation from the Montana Business Assistance Connection (MBAC: https://www.mbac.biz/). The presentations will be live in the Montana Joining Community Forces Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/montanajoiningcommunityforces/

Questions: MBAC (Helena), (406) 447-1510, https://www.mbac.biz/contact/

Or, Ryan Luchau, Community Employment Coordinator, Montana VA Health Care System, Homeless Veteran Recovery Program, 3687 Veterans Dr., Fort Harrison, (406) 447-7340, Ryan.Luchau1@va.gov

6/26 WHITEFISH: ZIP-LINE Sponsored by Whitefish Veteran Support Team, Whitefish Mountain Resort, Time TBD

Who: All Veterans (Limited to 10 people, so sign up early); When: Friday June 26th ~ Weight limit of 230 lbs (they do weigh everyone). There is some moderate uphill hiking involved, so all participants should be in good enough condition to handle walking between the different zip lines.  People with neck or back injuries, as well as pregnant women should not participate.  Closed toe shoes are required.  The complete list of requirements can be found at the WMR web site: http://skiwhitefish.com/zip-line-tours/

RSVP: Adam Jones (406) 257-7308 or (406) 594-1411, adam.jones436@va.gov

6/27 Corvallis Post 91 Legion Riders: ALR Monthly Ride, 8am - 8pm

308 miles, more TBA https://www.facebook.com/events/2311945579103898/

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

Or, Don, Chapter President, (406) 360-5275, phantom_colt45@hotmail.com

7/2 FREE Workshop Series, "Opening Doors to Your Success," Job Service, 539 S. 3rd St. W., Missoula, 10am

Veterans receive Priority of Service for all DLI employment & training opportunities!

  • 7/2 (1st Thursday of Every Month): Smarter Goals, “Planning for Your Future” ~ Tips on creating a vision, setting daily & weekly action plans, and building a mindset (1.5 hours).

  • 7/7 (1st Tuesday of Every Month): Effective Resumes & Cover Letters "How to get noticed" ~ Tips on how to make your resume & cover letter relevant to the job you want. Learn how a computer might score your application (ATS), how to use keywords in application materials to get the maximum points (1.5 hours).  

  • 7/14 (2nd Tuesday of Every Month): Interviewing Basics, "Putting your best foot forward" ~ Tips on how to prepare for an interview, dressing and acting the part, and interview do's and don’ts.

  • 7/16 Job Search for Mature Workers, "Making wisdom & experience count" ~ Tips to combat misperceptions, keep life skills current, and resume / interview suggestions.

  • 7/28 (4th Tuesday of Every Month): Employability Skills for Job Seekers, “Perfect Your Persona” ~ Learn the 10 essential soft skills every employer needs + keep that job you get.

You must be registered w/the Job Service to attend the workshops. It’s quick and easy - Go to montanaworks.gov

RESERVE YOUR SEAT / Questions: (406) 728-7060

7/4 “20th Annual Collector’s Sale,” Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History (RMMMH), 2975 General Foster Ave. (Building T-316), Fort Missoula, 7am – 4pm

*** COVID-19, “The ability to hold the Fort Missoula July 4 event will be under constant reassessment, with a final decision likely in early June.”

The Museum welcomes donations of the following: antiques, antlers, beadwork, books, camping gear, cast iron cookware, chaps, Christmas decorations, dishes, crocks, firearms, hunting and fishing equipment, clean household items, knives, lamps, musical instruments, old toys, paintings, quality furniture, saddles and tack, souvenirs, sporting goods, trunks, wagon wheels, select exercise equipment, functional and safe carpentry and woodworking tools, and tool storage, etc.

PLEASE NO large or non-working appliances, fabric furniture, metal office furniture, luggage, used auto parts, clothing, used Tupperware or kitchen plastic, sheets or blankets, electrical fixtures, vacuums, old computers, or baby gear.

For FREE pick up and donation information, call Hayes Otoupalik (406) 549-4817 or Carl Hayden (406) 239-3192

Questions: Tate Jones, Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History (RMMMH), (406) 549-5346,  militarymuseu45@hotmail.com

Or, RMMMH - New phone # (406) 239-7738

7/14 “The Civilian Conservation Corps in the Northern Rockies: Saving Land and Shaping Lives,” Heritage Hall, Northern Rockies Heritage Center, 3255 Fort Missoula Rd (Bldg 30), 7pm

Presenters: Patricia Hart and Ivan Nelson

Questions: Heritage Hall (406) 728-3662, info@nrhc.org

Or, Tate Jones, Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History (RMMMH), (406) 549-5346,  militarymuseu45@hotmail.com

NEW PHONE RMMMH: (406) 239-7738

7/18 HAMILTON: Bitterroot Chapter RMEF Fundraising Event, Ravalli County Fairgrounds, 4:30 - 10pm

Save the date! Elk! Hunting! Games! Auctions! - Plus your chance to win fabulous prizes! Ticket and event information coming soon! There will be an event on this date, modified to comply with County, State, Federal and CDC guidelines at that time.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1416386461882395/

Questions: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, (406) 523-3495

7/24, 8/7, 8/21 KALISPELL: Paddle Boarding Sponsored by Operation  Amped, Meet at the Vet Center in Kalispell, 8:45am (Returning around 1500)

Who: All Veterans from the Vet Center  (4 Vets per trip); When: July 24th, Aug. 7th, Aug. 21st  Where: Apgar at Lake McDonald; Sign up as soon as possible! What to bring: Hat, sunglasses, towel, outerwear appropriate for weather, sunscreen SPF-45+ recommended, snacks and water. Lunch will be provided. Limited space available.

RSVP: Adam Jones (406) 257-7308 or (406) 594-1411, adam.jones436@va.gov

8/4 VIRTUAL or In Person: MontComm 2020 with Chris Bugaj, MSU-Billings, 8:30am – 4:30pm

Chris is a creative, energizing speaker - you won't want to miss this! Educators, SLPs, OTs, family members, and individuals who use AAC are all welcome.  Happening August 4th, 8:30-4:30 on the MSU-Billings campus, MonTECH is offering both in-person and virtual attendance options. MontComm will adhere to physical distancing guidelines. We are also prepared to change to an all-virtual event if required. Earn OPI and MOTA credits; ASHA credits pending approval.

INFO / FLYER: https://montech.ruralinstitute.umt.edu/www/wp-content/uploads/MontComm2020Flyer.pdf

REGISTER (In-person attendance is limited): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/montcomm-tickets-104473593330

Questions: Molly Kimmel, MonTECH Director, (406) 243-5769, Molly.Kimmel@mso.umt.edu

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

8/15 HELENA - Impact Montana: Montana Warrior Challenge / 2020 Montana Warrior Run, Helena, 8am - 12pm

Join us August 15th (postponed from April 18th) 2020 in Helena for the 11th Annual Montana Warrior Run and get your 10K, 5K AND (Trifecta) /or 1 Mile Run on. We are changing things up a bit this year with our location and race routes with staging at Spring Meadow Lake State Park on the west side of Helena. Current Military, Veterans and Family Members can save $10 by using "Military2020" for the coupon code, and Youth can also save $10 by using "Youth2020". If you will not be in Montana for the race on August 15th you can register for the Virtual Race and still support the cause. https://www.facebook.com/events/2737381696489517/

INFO / SIGN UP: https://runsignup.com/mwr-helena2020

Questions: Ryan Luchau, Impact Montana and Community Employment Coordinator, Montana VA Health Care System, Homeless Veteran Recovery Program, 3687 Veterans Dr., Fort Harrison, (406) 447-7340, Ryan.Luchau1@va.gov

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

8/16 “Miracle on the Vistula: Poland’s Repulse of the Bolshevik Invasion, August 1920,” Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History (RMMMH), 2975 General Foster Ave. (Building T-316), Fort Missoula, 2pm

Questions: Tate Jones, Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History (RMMMH), (406) 549-5346,  militarymuseu45@hotmail.com

NEW PHONE RMMMH: (406) 239-7738

9/1 Greg Smith’s “An Inconvenient Grizzly,” Heritage Hall, Northern Rockies Heritage Center, 3255 Fort Missoula Rd (Bldg 30), 7pm

RMMMH Spring Newsletter UPDATE, “At NRHC, Greg Smith’s May 19 presentation, “An Inconvenient Grizzly,” has been moved to Sept. 1."

Questions: Heritage Hall (406) 728-3662, info@nrhc.org

Or, Tate Jones, Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History (RMMMH), (406) 549-5346,  militarymuseu45@hotmail.com

Or, RMMMH - New phone # (406) 239-7738

9/4 – 9/7 HUNGRY HORSE: Camp IVY during Labor Day weekend, GBC Facility

Volunteer for Camp IVY. This camp will happen over Labor Day weekend in Hungry Horse, Montana. Follow the link to sign up for you application for a volunteer position.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040A49AAAF2FA1F94-camp

2/2020 Tabitha, "Montana Joining Community Forces is excited to announce the creation of a weekend camp for veteran youth called Camp IVY (Inspiring Veteran Youth) that will be held on Labor Day weekend in Hungry Horse, Montana at the GBC facility.”

Questions: Tabitha Garvin-Betancourt, (406) 459-2746, Tabitha.GarvinBetancourt@MilitaryOneSource.com

Or, Military OneSource (406) 781-4986 / (800) 342-9647

9/8 (Rescheduled from 4/14), “Montana Frenzy: Riches in the Northern Rockies,” Heritage Hall, Northern Rockies Heritage Center, 3255 Fort Missoula Rd (Bldg 30), 7pm

An illustrated lecture by retired educator, Lee Silliman focuses on the mid-18th century history of gold discoveries in the Montana Territory. It begins with antecedent discoveries in other states, then he discusses the strikes of placer gold in Gold Creek, Bannack, Virginia City, and Last Chance Gulch. The next phase of the quest examined is industrial-scale mining and dredging. The talk also delves into the challenging life of a gold miner, transportation to the Montana gold fields, and frontier justice (or lack thereof) and the remains of this epic period which can still be visited today.

Questions: Heritage Hall (406) 728-3662, info@nrhc.org

Or, Tate Jones, Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History (RMMMH), (406) 549-5346,  militarymuseu45@hotmail.com

Or, RMMMH - New phone # (406) 239-7738

9/12 Missoula Out of the Darkness Walk, Silver Park, 700 Cregg Lane, Missoula, 12pm

Join us as we walk to raise hope, awareness, and funds for suicide awareness and prevention. Help us bring suicide out of the darkness. To register today follow the link, sign up your team and start fundraising.  https://www.facebook.com/events/469467750619765/

REGISTER: https://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm

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

Or, Rachel Thurston, (406) 207-2816, rachel.thurston@providence.org

9/19 - 9/20 (Rescheduled from 5/16 – 5/17): Healing Every Living Person “H.E.L.P. FEST” Missoula County Fairgrounds, 10am – 7pm

Our mission is to help heal our community and bring together unity through this two day event. Our hope is to provide free resources and services to address urgent and long term needs such as hunger, homelessness, addiction, abuse, suicide prevention, and joblessness. We will have available representatives from local churches, help groups, organizations, recovery centers, suicide prevention centers, and any organization that wants to participate in giving back to our community. We will also have a food and clothing drive, entertainment, kid’s games and activities, music, and guest speakers. Montana struggles more now than it ever has with poverty, drugs, addiction, and suicide. Let’s do what we can to H.E.L.P. make a change in our community. The key to living is giving!! “A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” –Steve Maraboli

Questions: Brandon Brown, (406) 926-9595, h.e.l.p.festmt@gmail.com

9/20 (Rescheduled from 5/2): The VSN's 7th Annual Heroes at Home BBQ & Music Festival in partnership w/the 5th Annual Veteran Suicide Awareness & Prevention (VSAP) RUCK / RUN / WALK, Fort Missoula Regional Park

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The VSN Events CMTE met 4/16, and since we couldn't get a permit for May, we reviewed the dates FMRP had the pavilion available in Aug/Sept. September 20th was the only date feasible for VSN Leadership. Thank you to all of our sponsors & supporters for always being there for our Veterans, service members, and families / caregivers ~ YOU ROCK!

Sincerely, VSN Leadership Team (Anton, Erick, John, Rebecca, and Shannon)

*** If you would like to donate to one of our organizations that support Veterans, service members & their families / caregivers:

  • Extreme Sports for Veterans: http://xsports4vets.org/

  • United Veterans Council (UVC) of Missoula & Ravalli Counties, Veterans Relief Fund (Emergency gas, etc.): EIN# 81-6016498; Mail: American Legion Post 27, 825 Ronan St., Missoula, MT 59801; Questions: John Angwin, American Legion Commander, C 544-2583, johnsangwin@hotmail.com

  • Veteran Suicide Awareness & Prevention (VSAP): https://runsignup.com/vsap

VSN Leadership:

*** BBQ / H@H Event Logistics - contact Anton, Missoula Vet Center, Xsports4Vets & VFW Commander, (406) 721-4918 or (406) 396-8390, Anton.Johnson@va.gov

*** VSAP Coordinator - contact Erick, Missoula Vet Center & American Legion Post 27, (406) 721-4918 or (406) 224-3334, Erick.Kahila@va.gov

*** Veteran Service Providers - RSVP to Shannon, Job Service DVOP  snoble@mt.gov

*** Media & Silent Auction Donors - contact Rebecca, VSN Spokesperson, Missoula Housing Authority, (406) 549-4113, ext. 106, rstancil@missoulahousing.org

10/17 Bryan's Super Happy Fun Time Tour, Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Missoula, 8 - 11pm

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** 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) 778-7749, info@vfwpost209.org

​2020 WINTER in BUTTE: Xsports4vets Georgetown Ice Fishing Tourney (Details TBD)

FREE for Veterans with proof of deployment to an area of imminent danger. All gear, instruction, and even lunch is provided by XSports. Seats/spots are limited. 

RSVP: Janna (406) 239-3198 (Text or call)

Missoula / LOCAL Questions: Anton (406) 396-8390 or Steve (406) 493-2264, xsports4vets@gmail.com (xsports4vets.org)

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*** IF YOU HAVE AN EVENT YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH US, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO EMAIL FLYER and/or INFO TO vsn.msla@outlook.com (Or, snoble@mt.gov)

 

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