Shepherd Fire Department Open House

Shepherd Fire Department is celebrating another year of service to our community with their annual Open House at Fire Station 2, located on Highway 312 near mile maker 3.

There will be emergency vehicles to explore, a raffle, inflatables for the kids, free lunch (with contributions from Cowboys Restaurant), a live extrication at 1pm, and a 50/50 drawing at 2.

Bring your lawn chairs Saturday June 1st from 11a-3p.

See you there!

Yellowstone Youth Football’s First Ever “Skills and Drills”

Yellowstone Youth Football has put together a great group of knowledgeable coaches to teach your child the proper and safe way to play with the first ever “Skills and Drills” coming to Billings, May 22nd, at 7pm. It will feature NFL stars like Daniel Graham, Austin Collie, Chase Reynolds, Dane Fletcher and Dwan Edwards

This is an exciting event for any young one to interact and grow with professionals that really know what they’re teaching.

Early signups have begun for 3rd through 6th grades.

For more information go to yellowstoneyouthfootball.org.

Theige’s Guitar Show

This month at the Carbon County Arts Guild and Depot Gallery, experience Beau Theige’s Guitars, a one-of-a-kind exhibit that will delight the entire family! Using discarded items–like cake pans, license plates, and cigar bowls–Beau Theige creates hand-crafted guitars. Half art, half junk, these guitars actually make music! Come try for yourself and bring the whole family to the Carbon County Arts Guild and Depot Gallery, next to the Carnegie Library in downtown Red Lodge.

Join Spread the Word 406 for an Epic Fundraiser!

Spread the Word 406 is partnering with Sapphire Lounge to throw an epic fundraiser complete with a live and silent auction! From 1:00 to 4:00 in the afternoon on Saturday, April 20th, you can enjoy fun and libations as you bid on items to benefit a good cause. There are some getaways, art, and dinner out plus a whole lot more to tempt you with.

Spread the Word 406 is a local nonprofit organization that delivers hot meals, clothing, warm gear, and hygiene items to Billings low-income, food and housing insecure community. Our motto is Love. Give Good Grub.

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is May 11th!

Billings Letter Carriers will be having the 27th Annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 11, 2019. This drive is to help Family Service stock their shelves with non-perishable food items. They will be distributing postcards, and donation remittance envelopes a week before May 11th.  To donate food place in a bag and place next to your mailbox Letter Carriers will be picking up your food donations on May 11th.

Family Service employees and volunteers will also be on hand at various locations on Saturday, May 11th from 2pm – 5pm to help with the drive:

  • Main Post Office
  • Centennial station
  • Pioneer Station
  • Reagan Station

Yellowstone Valley Gives

Please join the Billings Community Foundation for the Yellowstone Valley Giving Day Community Block Party Celebration on Thursday, May 2nd, 2019, starting at 11am under Sky Point. We’ll be celebrating the generosity of the Yellowstone Valley ALL DAY with balloons, live music, food trucks, prizes, and 115 of your favorite nonprofit organizations! Help us celebrate the philanthropy and charitable impact that makes our community a better place to live, work, play, and serve!

The Billings Community Foundation’s Yellowstone Valley Giving Day is a powerful 24+ hour online and on-site live celebration of giving that is focused on connecting community members with area nonprofits!

We are reinforcing the value of philanthropic giving, encouraging community engagement, and strengthening collaborative impact for the benefit of the Greater Yellowstone Valley Region of Montana!

Last year, our community experienced an unprecedented level of giving as 104 nonprofits came together to raise over $163,000 in 24+ hours – that was more than 1,200 gifts! Better still, Yellowstone Valley Gives DOUBLED the amount raised in previous years, and donors provided significant funding to nonprofits in support of their missions and critical programming needs!

Our 2019 goal is to:

  • INCLUDE 115 Nonprofit Participants
  • INSPIRE 1,000 Donors to Give
  • INVEST $200,000 in the Community

The potential of Yellowstone Valley Gives is tremendous and the Billings Community Foundation is thrilled to be hosting this campaign in our community!

With continued community support – we will increase public awareness of the community impact made by local nonprofits, bring nonprofits and donors together, connect people to causes they care about, and prove that philanthropy is fun!

To see a list of participating nonprofits, make a donation, or get additional information on the Yellowstone Valley Giving Day Events, please visit www.YellowstoneGives.org.

Out of Darkness Community Walk Benefit

Suicide in the state of Montana is a big problem.

Montana has the highest rate of suicides among U.S. states with 26 suicides per 100,000 individuals.

On Wednesday, April 17th, from 5pm to 8pm, there will be a fundraiser at Taco John’s to benefit Yellowstone Valley Out of Darkness Community Walk.

Taco John’s at 1105 Grand Ave will be donating 25% of their sales to suicide prevention.

Hope to see you there.

National Drug Take Back Day April 27th

Rimrock is proud to be partnering with local law enforcement, Attorney General Tim Fox and the DEA for this year’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday, April 27th. This year, there will be two locations in Billings for people to dispose of their unwanted and expired prescription medications — The Billings Elks Lodge, 934 Lewis Avenue, and a new drop off location in Billings Heights at First Interstate Bank, 730 Main Street. Staff from Rimrock will be at the Heights location assisting with the event.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs. Too often, these unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to potential accidental poisoning, misuse, and overdose. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.2 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. Last year, Montana’s drug take-back events in April yielded more than 4,300 pounds of prescription drugs.

“I encourage all Montanans to visit the site nearest them to dispose of their unused and expired medications,” Attorney General Tim Fox said. “Prescription drugs that sit in home medicine cabinets are highly susceptible to abuse, misuse, and diversion. Throwing them away or flushing them down the toilet are both potential safety and health hazards. Take Back Day offers a convenient way for each of us to properly dispose of our outdated medications while protecting our communities and the environment at the same time.”

Help make Billings a little safer by cleaning out your medicine cabinets this April. Join Rimrock on Saturday, April 27th any time between 10:00am and 2:00pm at the First Interstate Bank in the Heights at 730 Main Street to safely and anonymously dispose of your unused or expired prescription medications.

“First Interstate champions healthy communities and supports efforts to provide a safe, regulated place to dispose of outdated and unused prescription drugs,” said Brian Brown, First Interstate’s Billings Market President. “We applaud Rimrock’s efforts in recognizing the need to preemptively collect these materials, significantly minimizing the odds that they fall into the wrong hands.”

Other sites around the state and country can be found online at https://takebackday.dea.gov/#collection-locator. Unwanted prescriptions can also be disposed of throughout the year at 50 permanent drop box locations across the state. A list of locations is available at www.resolvemontana.org.

If you have any questions on either event or would like more information, please contact Cathy Cullen, Director of Development Services for Rimrock at ccullen@rimrock.org or 406.248.3175. You can also contact Kristi Conroy, Billings Market Administrative Assistant III, First Interstate Bank, kristi.conroy@fib.com or 406.255.5125.

Special Needs Day and Resource Fair

Health care and service organizations are teaming up for a Special Needs Day and Resource Fair on Sunday, May 5, 2019 from 1-4 p.m. at Big Horn Resort and Reef Water Park.

This event is the first of its kind in Montana. It is part of an American Academy of Pediatrics grant focused on developing community partnerships to enhance the care of children with special health care needs.

Sponsors of the event include Billings Clinic, Children’s Clinic, Early Childhood Intervention, Montana DPHHS Children’s Special Health Services, Parent Partners Program, RiverStone Health, and St. Vincent Healthcare.

The event offers an opportunity for families of children with special needs to build community with each other, learn about important resources to meet their unique needs, and promote positive attitudes around caring for children with special needs. The event features:

  • Health screening opportunity including evaluating vaccine status, insurance status, special needs, and developmental delays.
  • Exhibitors from organizations serving children with special health care needs.
  • Free family portraits.
  • Limited number of free or discounted tickets to the Reef Indoor Water Park.
  • Gas vouchers of $25 available to families travelling more than 25 miles.
  • Free snacks and tote bags.

Admission is free. Families do not need to register, but to request a gas voucher, they need to RSVP by April 15th to Michelle Kautz, RN at pedscomplexcare@billingsclinic.org or 406-238-5097.

Dancing With The Big Sky Stars

Join local celebrities as they dance for a good cause – Hollywood style!

Dancing with the Big Sky Stars hosted by Big Sky Senior Services will be happening Friday, April 12th!

Head to the Doubletree by Hilton for dinner, a dance competition, as well as social dancing!

Doors open at 5:30pm, Starts at 6pm

Tickets and more details at bigskyseniorservices.org.

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