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Complementary food is available for the elderly

Rocky Mountain Development Council, Inc. will have Complementary foods are available for seniors in the Helena and East Helena area.

Pickup will be at East Helena Food Share Pantry, 50 Prickly Pear Ave. Monday, January 24 from 2-3:30 pm

Snap at Helena Food Share, 1616 Lewis St. Monday 26th January and Tuesday 27th January from 8-10:30am No food charge.

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program is a program where seniors can receive a regular allowance of free food every two months. Program guidelines state that the person receiving the food must be age 60 or older, be a Montana resident, and meet income requirements. Food usually consists of canned fruit, vegetables, meat, juice, cereal, dry milk, still milk, cheese, pasta or beans, and peanut butter.

For more information or questions, contact Rocky at 406-447-1680.

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Retired Montana Supreme Court Justice Jim Nelson appeared on the talk

The Helena chapter of the League of Women Voters will hold a series of events this year titled The Montana Constitution Celebrating 50 Years – What Can Your Constitution Do For You? To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Montana Constitution.

The series will begin Jim Nelson, a retired Montana Supreme Court justice, speaking at 7 p.m., Wednesday, January 12, about how Montana residents are using the Montana constitution to proactively use it.

This talk will be a webinar co-hosted by the Lewis and Clark Library.

Nelson considers Montana’s constitution to be the best in the country; He wants more people to know why and how to use it and also how to advocate for it.

Nelson said the Constitution is not only to defend the rights of Montana residents, but also to assert them forcefully.

The main right that can be used proactively is the right of Montana residents to a clean and healthy environment. He said it could be used to demand that the Montana government take more decisive steps to combat the current climate crisis.

He will also talk about women’s reproductive rights and what is happening on this issue in Montana and nationwide.

Nelson will also speak about the right to vote.

To register for the webinar, use this link https://lclibrary.libcal.com/event/8696588 and an invitation will be sent to you via email.

RMDC Hosts ‘Beloved Community’ Celebration on January 13th

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. described a beloved society as one based on justice, equal opportunity, and love of human beings.

Celebrate Dr. King’s insight into “The Beloved Community” with AmeriCorps Seniors and others on Thursday, January 13, 4-5:30 p.m. at Rocky’s Neighborhood Center, 200 S. Cruse Ave. There will be a presentation by Magpie Singers and HARRT (Helena’s Afghan Refugee Resettlement Team) from 4:30pm, followed by an open house and a collaborative art project.

We welcome new and kindly used home donations to new community members. For more information, call 406-447-1680 or visit www.rmdc.net.

The Red Cross seeks to donate blood

The American Red Cross urges qualified donors to help end the ongoing urgent need for blood to donate blood. The Red Cross needs donors of all blood types to come forward now and help ensure life-saving blood transfusions on the sidelines for those who depend on them.

Appointments can be made by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or enabling the blood donation skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Nar-Anon Family Group Meeting

Helena Nar-Anon Family Group, a 12-step program for families and friends of addicts, gathers Mondays and Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Methodist Church Library, 512 Logan.

The library is located in the basement of the main church building. Please enter using the Cruise Street entrance. The group monitors COVID-19 protocols required by the church.

The Soroptimist Club announces scholarships

Helena Sisters of Love International has announced the availability of two scholarships designed for graduating high school girls.

The first award is due to SIH by January 15, 2022. It is called the Margaret Chivers Scholarship, and it is named after charter member Margaret Chivers. It is open to graduating high school girls in the Tri-County area (Lewis, Clark, Jefferson and Broadwater). Applicants must plan to attend a four-year college or university in the state. The scholarship totals $3,000 and will be paid over two years directly to the university or college.

The second prize is due to SIH by January 31st, 2022. This is a new scholarship opportunity for secondary school girls in the Tri-Province region. It’s called the Great Adventures Education Scholarship, and it’s designed for young women who plan to attend a two-year business, career, skills or program. It will be a $2,000 scholarship to be paid directly to the school or program. SIH plans to offer two scholarships this year.

All qualifications and the application process are explained in more detail on the SIEhelena.org website, under the Scholarships and Awards tab.

Soroptimist, a global service organization, works to improve the lives of women and girls.

Student news

Heather Harrington, of Helena, graduated from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Science.

Anjan Kumar Bangalore Sridharprasad, of Helena, and graduated from the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky, with a Master of Science in Information Technology.

Alana Tonidandel, from Helena, to the fall 2021 semester at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont. To be named to the Dean’s List, students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or better and be in the top 20 percent of their class.

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