Healing Field 2019

On September 11-14, 2019, the Laurel Exchange Club will host its 2nd annual Healing Field® display. The Healing Field® is an inspirational and uplifting display of one thousand American flags standing in a solemn and magnificent formation to remember and honor those killed in the terrorist attacks of 9/11, those that served our country then and now, whether veterans, active military, first responders, police, firefighters and ALL of the Heroes in Our Lives.

The field next to South Elementary School along S. 5th Street, Laurel, will be transformed into a panorama of red, white and blue that cannot be adequately described, but once experienced it is not to be forgotten. Our community, friends, and family all share a common thread when it comes to a loss of a Hero, and the Healing Field® is the perfect way to express our love and gratitude to those Heroes.

You can honor your own Hero by sponsoring an individual flag dedicated to him or her for as little as $40! Corporate/group sponsorships are also available. Please visit www.healingfield.org/LaurelMT19 for more sponsorship options. All profits will go toward local non-profit organizations serving the Laurel area.

There will be no charge to visit the Healing Field® display. All are invited to walk through the ordered rows of flags. This is an event not to be missed.

They are looking for volunteers on September 10th and 15th to setup and takedown. As well as volunteers at the booth.

Contact the Laurel Exchange Club at [email protected] or through their Facebook page, facebook.com/laurelexchangeclub

School Supply Drive for Tumbleweed

Cornerstone Home Lending is putting together a school supply drive for the local non-profit, Tumbleweed.

They’ve partnered with First Montana Title and North Acre Real Estate for this event that starts Friday, August 2nd and runs through Saturday, August 17th.

Supplies that Tumbleweed needs are:
3 ring binders
Binder Dividers
College Rule Notebooks
Composition Notebooks 
3 Subject Notebooks
Lose leaf Paper
Mechanical Pencils
Lead Refills for Mechanical Pencils
Colored Pencils
Pencil/Pen Pouch
Recipe Cards

The drop off locations are:

  • First Montana Title 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday
    2800 Central Ave, Billings, MT, 59102
  • Cornerstone Home Lending 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday
    1631 Zimmerman Trail Ste 2, Billings, MT, 59102

The Billings Food Bank Needs Your Help

The Billings Food Bank is doing a “Neighbors in Need” Drive!

They are looking for items that will help neighbors who are struggling to put together a home. Help out by providing things like:

  • Bed Rolls
  • Blankets
  • Sheets
  • Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Pouch Foods
  • Water

Please take donations to Billings Food Bank at 2112 4th Avenue North. Cash contributions are also greatly appreciated.

MontanaFair kicks off August 9th!

MontanaFair is happening August 9th through August 17th and Love Billings is spotlighting some of the events!

4-H and FFA will be there to give visitors a looking into what is new with organization. They will have horse, cattle, and pocket pet shows during the Fair as well as non-livestock exhibits! They will be having the annual Junior Livestock Sale on August 17th, at the Western Ranch Supply Expo at MetraPark starting at 12:30p with the buyer’s lunch at 11:30a.

Also, Friday, August 16th is Service to America Day sponsored by the Billings Breakfast Exchange Club! For the entire day, all Veterans and First Responders can get into MontanaFair for free with up to one guest!

Come have fun at MontanaFair!

National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Billings is rolling out their Fall 2019 classes! Registrations are now being taken for Family to Family, Peer to Peer and NAMI BASICS. These classes are for people living with mental health concerns, their families, and loved ones of children experiencing mental health challenges.

The classes begin after Labor Day. To register, please call NAMI’s office at 256-2001 or go to www.namibillings.org.

United Way of Yellowstone County Kicks Off Its Annual Operation Supply

United Way of Yellowstone County kicks off its annual Operation Supply drive by calling on local businesses and individuals to collect and donate school supplies and hygiene products in an effort to combat the obstacles that can keep a child from learning. The supplies are used to stock local school pantries that are accessed throughout the year to help students in need.

Buying school supplies can be difficult for families already struggling to pay their bills or keep a roof over their head.

–       During the 2017-2018 school year, 586 students in Yellowstone County were homeless.*

–       2,068 families with children under age 18 live in poverty in Yellowstone County.**

Our goal with Operation Supply is to ensure that every child is equipped to succeed in the classroom. The generosity of the business community and local individuals helps make this goal possible.

“United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of person in Yellowstone County,” said Carol Burton, United Way of Yellowstone County President/CEO. “Operation Supply is just one way we remain steadfast in that fight.”

Those interested in participating in Operation Supply can visit www.unitedwayyellowstone.org/operation-supply for more information and for a list of needed supplies. Donated supplies can be dropped off at the United Way office (2173 Overland) before or on September 5.


Sign-up today, for Billings Kiwanis Club’s Free Youth Fishing Jamboree, scheduled Saturday, July 20th, from 9:45 AM to 12:15 PM at Billings Lake Elmo, boat ramp area.  All youngsters, ages 5 to 14, are asked to sign-up at Cabela’s, YMCA or online billingskiwanis.org free of charge.  The jamboree will be limited to the first 120 to register, with bait being provided and fishing pools shared to those without.  Jamboree ends with a picnic for all. A parent, grandparent or guardian must accompany each youth fisherman.

The jamboree will provide fishing instruction, fishing, canoeing and Audubon nature exhibit.  Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks provides free fishing ~ no fishing license required.  A fun and rewarding experience is promised all. Fishing Jamboree registrations are still available at Cabela’s, YMCA, Boys & Girls Club and Friendship House.  Sign-up today!

For further information, please call Bill Clagg of the Billings Kiwanis Club at 245-8051.

Veterans Resource Fair at MSU-Billings

Coming up Thursday, July 18th, there will be a Veterans Resource Fair in the Glacier Room of the MSU-B Student Union Building.

Veterans, military service members, and military families can come and  learn about the different services available to them with education, employment, health, and much more.

The Veterans Resource Fair will be from 11:30a-6p on July 18th. There will also be food, prizes and a ton of fun.

Magic City Blues, First Interstate Bank, Billings Clinic raising money for families of pediatric cancer patients

Magic City Blues, George Thorogood, First Interstate Bank and Billings Clinic Foundation are working together to help the families of pediatric cancer patients in the region and ask for the community’s help in reaching a $25,000 fundraising goal.

George Thorogood is headlining the upcoming Magic City Blues Festival and $1 from every ticket sold to his Aug. 2 performance will be donated to Kelker’s Kids, a Billings Clinic Foundation fund that helps the families of pediatric cancer patients cover non-medical costs such as utility bills or travel expenses. Magic City Blues has also agreed to donate $1 from every ticket sold for its Aug. 3 event featuring  Postmodern Jukebox and has designated 10 VIP tables that evening from which a portion of the proceeds will go to Kelker’s Kids.

In a generous boost to these efforts, First Interstate Bank will match community donations up to a total of $5,000.

First Interstate Bank and Billings Clinic Foundation are asking members of the community to donate and share their support on social media by posting a selfie and message of support with the hashtag #RockOnWithGeorge. Participants will be entered into a drawing to win two all-inclusive tickets to the 2019 Billings Clinic Classic on August 24.

Kelker’s Kids was established by the Billings Clinic Foundation to financially assist families of children with cancer and other serious blood disorders during difficult times. Assistance ranges from providing funds for travel necessary for cancer treatment to helping make ends meet and covering bills.

To make a donation or for more information on Kelker’s Kids, visit www.kelkerskids.com. For more information on Magic City Blues or on how to support Kelker’s Kids through the festival, call 406-534-0400.

Rimrock’s 5th Annual Pump-N-Run for Recovery

Rimrock’s 5th Annual Pump-N-Run for Recovery will be held Saturday, August 3rd, at ZooMontana. Through this family-friendly event, Rimrock raises money to expand and improve the availability of recreation activities for patients in treatment for alcohol and substance abuse disorders. The event is a way for the community to support those in recovery and also for people in recovery to celebrate their progress.

The cost is $25.00 for either the Pump-N-Run or the 5K Run/Walk Only. Entry fee includes a guaranteed Rimrock t-shirt for those registered by July 20th, a swag bag with goodies and coupons, and free entry to ZooMontana on race day. Groups and organizations registered can also compete to take home the team challenge trophy. Separate Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 Age Group Finishers in both the Pump-N-Run and the 5K Run/Walk Only.

On August 3rd, late registration and check-in begin at 8:00am, weigh-in and bench press begin at 8:30am and the 5k Run/Walk begins at 9:30am.

Participants have the option to take 30 seconds off their race time for each successful bench press they complete before the race. Women are required to lift 40-70 percent of their weight, while men must lift 60-100 percent. Yellowstone Fitness and 9Round 30 Min Kickbox Fitness will oversee the bench press competition and assist participants.

For more information on Pump-N-Run and how it will benefit those seeking treatment as well as our greater community, please contact Cathy Cullen at 406-672-6485 or [email protected]

Sign up at runsignup.com.