4-H Fruit Sale Ends February 28

Yellowstone County 4-H members from 26 clubs are now selling U.S. #1 Navel oranges, Washington Gala and Granny Smith and Fuji apples, Texas Red grapefruit and D’Anjou pears.  The last day to purchase fruit is Friday, February 28. Sales support local 4-H club activities and the activities of the Yellowstone County 4-H Council and Foundation.

Money raised from the 4-H fruit sale helps:

  • Provide 4-H member and leader project manuals.
  • Fund 4-H project workshops and clinics.
  • Provide 4-H scholarships.
  • Sponsor 4-H annual camp.
  • Sponsor 4-H members going to state, regional and national activities.
  • Fund 4-H awards and recognition programs.
  • Sponsor 4-H Citizenship experiences.
  • Sponsor opportunities to develop life skills, including communication skills.

Members are selling fruit in 20-pound boxes for $32 a box.  Delivery of fruit takes place the second weekend of March. To order, please call your neighborhood 4-H member, or call the Yellowstone County Extension Office at 256-2828.

406 BackPack Jersey Day is January 31st!

Wear your favorite team jersey and fight childhood hunger in the Billings community, Friday, January 31st! 406 BackPack Jersey Day supports the BackPack Meals Program in Billings Public Schools, meeting the needs of students struggling with hunger outside the classroom!

Root for the Billings community…Any sport…any team…Wear your true colors, January 31st! For more information or to donate, go to efbps.org.

Taco John’s Nacho Navidad is Going on Now

Taco John’s in Billings and Laurel is holding their annual Nachos Navidad fundraiser benefiting the Boys and Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County.

Right now through December 25, 2019, Taco John’s will donate a portion of each Nachos Navidad purchase to the Boys and Girls Clubs.

This is the seventh year that Taco John’s has partnered with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County.

Pack the Patrol Car 2019 was a Hugh Success!

Thank you to everyone who came out and donated this past Saturday for Pack the Patrol Car 2019!

The Montana Highway Patrol and the Marines collected thousands of dollars worth gifts and cash donations during the event. It was really great to see the community come together to help out the less fortunate this holiday season!

Thank you to Stockman Bank for letting the Montana Highway Patrol, the Marines, and Desert Mountain Broadcasting use their parking lot for the event!

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.