P.E.A.K.S Annual Style Show and Luncheon

Easter Parade

P.E.A.K.S Annual Style Show and Luncheon

April 6th, 2019

11:00am (Doors Open at 10:15am)

St. Bernard Church (226 Wicks Ln, Billings, MT 59105)

Tickets $25 (Reserved Seating)

For tickets call Pam 259-1820 or Rose 259-2074


Fashion provided by Dillard’s and Montana Dress Co.



P.E.A.K.S. – People Everywhere Are Kind and Sharing – is a non-profit volunteer organization founded in 1988 to raise funds to assist cancer patients in need.

Many people facing the challenge of cancer treatment do not have the financial resources to pay for daily costs such as transportation, food and other living expenses. P.E.A.K.S. members organize a variety of fundraising events throughout the year. These funds go specifically to those patients in treatment needing help. It not only helps relieve some of the burden for the cancer patient, but also their family.

P.E.A.K.S. is an auxiliary of the St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation. They manage the funds and administer the grants to the cancer patients at both St. Vincent Frontier Cancer and the Billings Clinic.

Sweet Success Benefiting Dress for Success Billings

Dress for Success Billings is hosting its 9th annual Sweet Success fundraiser at The Double Tree Hotel in Billings, on Saturday, March 2, 2019. The event allows the local non-profit organization to share their mission and raise funds in order to continue making an impact in the lives of women in the Billings community.

The Sweet Success fundraising event will be emceed by Andrea Lutz with Q2 and Evelyn Shultz with KTVH in Helena.  Each ticket includes a lunch and a style show for women and men by Neecee’s, Cricket Clothing Co., South Harper, The Banyan Tree, Desmond’s, and Jason’s. There will be live entertainment provided by local band, Arterial Drive, a champagne raffle, silent auction, and a mystery bling station.  Attendees are encouraged to bring at least one tube of new mascara to donate for a chance to win a $150 Visa gift card. The fundraising event starts at 12:00pm (noon) and concludes at 3:00pm. Sweet Success tickets cost $60 per person. Tickets can be purchased online at www.dressforsuccessbillings.org/ss2019  or by calling (406) 256-7304. All funds raised from the event stay in the Billings community and assist the continued operations of the amazing organization.

Dress for Success Billings is supported entirely by the generous financial donations of individuals and organizations in the community, as well as grants. The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Women come to Dress for Success Billings by referral only, from an ever-increasing number of non-profit agencies in Billings.  These include domestic violence and homeless shelters, pre-release centers, rehabilitation centers, job training centers, public assistance agencies, and churches. Dress for Success Billings has assisted nearly 7,400 women in the community since its inception in 2000.

Dress for Success Billings provides career mentoring services through their Career Center program.  Clients are assisted with writing a resume, interview skills, job searching, and can also partake in online certification courses.  Local business women volunteer to mentor clients who participate in the mentoring program, teaching them the skills to maintain and advance in their employment.  Professional development workshops are also offered along with computer classes, financial education, health and wellness such as yoga, and hobby classes.

Dress for Success Billings also provides interview and work appropriate clothing.  During the initial suiting, clients are able to select an interview outfit, as well as jewelry, makeup, shoes, and other accessories.  The client is also offered a complimentary haircut that has been donated from several area stylists. This entire experience gives clients the confidence to land their job. Once the client lands her job, she is allowed to return for an employment suiting, where she is provided several coordinating outfits appropriate for her occupation. After the client has been employed for 30 days, the client is invited back for a final suiting to reward her for maintaining employment. All donated clothing items are free to their clients. 

While Dress for Success Billings provides each client with professional attire to secure employment, they are much more than simply a new outfit. Besides physically equipping the client with apparel and accessories, the programs furnish her with a confidence that she carries forever and the knowledge that she can actively define her life, the direction she takes and what success means to her.


For the past 36 years, the Yellowstone Rim Runners (YRR) have hosted the Shamrock Run – this year’s Shamrock Run will take place at 10:00 am, on March 23, 2019, at Pioneer Park, with a 5k, kids 1-mile fun run, and new this year, a 10k!

From humble beginnings as a casual YRR club event, complete with a potluck lunch, this event has evolved into one of our signature events with bagpipers, green beverages, and family fun. It has also become one of our main charity events. With the proceeds of last year’s Shamrock Run, YRR was able to donate $5,000 towards the MSU-Billings and Rocky Mountain College ($2,500 to each school) cross country and track scholarship programs.

To further our mission of promoting running as a sport and healthy lifestyle within our community, this year’s charity recipient will be the youth within our community. It has been brought to our attention that many children want to participate in running events (such as the Shamrock Run, school sponsored track meets, and even everyday gym classes), but do not have adequate running shoes. The proceeds of this year’s event will be dedicated to providing quality running shoes to grade school aged kids within the Billings School District 2.

For more information please visit www.rimrunners.org

Yellowstone Rim Runners: Aaron Redland, President (406-671-5606) and Chris Perez, Vice President (406-698-0520).

Taco John’s Billings Check Presentation to Boys & Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County

Taco John’s is proud to present a check to Boys and Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County on Monday, February 11th, 2019, for proceeds donated during their recent Nachos Navidad® promotion.

“Thank you to our guests and the community for their generous support of the Nachos Navidad® promotion.” Taco John’s District Manager, Brian Simmons.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County have five Clubhouses throughout the community; Bair Family, Lockwood, Castle Rock, Medicine Crow, and McKinley. These Clubs serve over 650 members a day, providing youth with a safe, fun, and engaging place to be after school and in the summer.  We offer quality programming by professional staff, focusing on our mission to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Members have the opportunity to participate in activities focusing on healthy lifestyles, sports & recreation, art, math, and science & technology. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County also strives to ensure no child goes home hungry by serving thousands of snacks and meals during the year.

Help for Government Workers

Community Partners band together to provide immediate assistance to Government workers in need

HRDC and its community partners have joined forces to provide local assistance to furloughed government employees.  Here are some of the programs and services that are available to furloughed workers and others in need. 


  1. Energy Share is a program that helps with energy bill assistance.  If you are having difficulty paying your energy bill, HRDC and Energy Share can help. Energy Share is a private nonprofit organization.  Its purpose is to help Montanans faced with an energy emergency make their utility payment.  It is a onetime loan program. You can secure an online application at the energy share website or through your district HRDC office.   Energy Share contracts with all 12 HRDC districts in the state of Montana.  You can contact any HRDC office or call 406-247-4700
  2. If you need assistance with mortgage or have rental issues, HRDC’s Home Center can help you contact your mortgage company or Landlord to negotiate deferred payment plans and even assist with mediation issues should the situation require it.  Call 406-206-2717
  3. HRDC’s VITA program can prepare your taxes at no cost if you made less than $55,000.  

HRDC is a community action agency and is located at 7 N. 31st Street, Billings, MT 59103.  For additional information, visit our website at www.hrdc7.org, or call 406-247-4700. 

  1. Family service can provide substantial food boxes that are put together based upon family size. Food boxes are from 90-160 lbs. and include protein (beef, chicken, pork, possibly fish), canned goods, eggs, milk, yogurt, fresh produce and bread and other foods that may be on hand.  Diapers, wipes, and some formula are also available. 
  2. Family Service may be able to assist with a small portion in rental assistance based on availability of funds.  They also offers low cost or no cost clothing.  They are located at 1824 1st Ave. N, Billings, MT. 59106.  Visit their website at www.billingsfamilyservice.org, or call (406) 259-2269. 
  3. The Salvation Army can assist Federal employees who live in Yellowstone County with electric bills, gasoline, food, and rent.  To qualify, Federal employees must provide a current Federal ID, furlough letter, shut-off notice (if applying for assistance with electric bill), and current driver license, car insurance and registration if applying for gasoline assistance.  Those needing assistance can come to 2100 6th Avenue North during walk-in hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday from 1pm-3:30pm. 406-245-4659
  4. RiverStone Health Clinic – Billings accepts most insurance plans and provides clinic services to anyone in need, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. Riverstone offers care for the whole family. Call 406-247-3333
  5. RiverStone Health Medication Assistance Program provides medication assistance for low-income or uninsured patients who cannot afford their medications. The assistance comes through applications to pharmaceutical companies for free or reduced-cost prescription medications. This is not an immediate or emergency assistance service. 123 South 27th Street, Billings, MT 59101, Phone: 406.247.3387  
  6. RiverStone Health Dental Clinic – The dental team works with patients regardless of insurance coverage to provide check-ups, cleanings, sealants, x-rays, fillings and minor surgeries. A sliding fee scale, provides a discount based on your family size and income. Located at 123 South 27th Street, Billings, MT 59101, Phone: 406.247.3333


  1. COMMUNITY FOOD RESOURCES, School Meal Resources, BackPack Meals and Teen Pantry Programs, Billings Public Schools.  Contact Ginny Mermel,

Email: Billingsbackpackmealsprogram@gmail.com  

Facebook :  https://www.facebook.com/BillingsBPMP/   Send Ginny a Private message through this Facebook page if you need to request food be sent home with your child. Download a Free or Reduced School Meal Application:



For additional information, call the numbers below the community provider.

HRDC Energy Assistance for Yellowstone, Sweet Grass, Stillwater, Big Horn, and Carbon Counties

Winter has finally arrived!  Many individuals and families struggle to afford the higher cost of heating their homes. District 7, HRDC offers energy assistance through LIEAP, the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program. LIEAP is designed to pay a portion of the eligible applicant’s heating bill directly to the utility provider.  Assistance is based on income eligibility and other criteria and is available to both homeowners and renters.

Applications for assistance will be accepted through April 2019, BUT don’t wait.  Applicants are encouraged to submit their energy assistance application as soon as possible.  Contact HRDC at: 406-247-4778, or go online at www.hrdc7.org. Stop by our Billings or Hardin locations to pick up an application or contact us and we will mail one.  The Billings office is located at 3116 1st Avenue North in Billings. The Hardin office can be found at 501 North Center Avenue in Hardin.

HRDC is a community action agency dedicated to helping individuals and families reach their full potential, secure economic independence, and revitalize communities through its 23 programs of which LIEAP is one.  

To find out more about services, please contact HRDC at 406-247-4732 or visit the website at www.hrdc7.org.

Yellowstone Youth Football Coaches Sign Up

Remember when you were young, around 8 or 9, and that one adult changed your view of the world? This is one of the most influential times in a young boy or girl’s life.  Mentoring, teaching and coaching them on the football field can change their perception of the world for the better.  If you’ve always wanted to give your time and experience to a young person, and show them how football can teach them life lessons, such as team-building, discipline and goal attainment, consider signing up to be a Yellowstone Youth Football coach this season.  

Become part of a positive and rewarding group, Yellowstone Youth Football.  To find all the details and to sign up go to yellowstoneyouthfootball.org.

Big Sky Optimist Club Craft, Vintage Sale & Flea Market

The Big Sky Optimist Club will be holding the 2019 Winter Vintage Sale and Flea Market at 505 Orchard Lane, Billings, MT, on Saturday, January 26th from 10a – 5p and Sunday, January 27th from 10a – 4p. Admission is free!

This sale is held to help raise money for the Boys & Girls Club in Yellowstone County. The money raised from renting tables or space has help the kids & the clubs for the past 30+ years.

They always have a large variety of dealers with lots of unique and fun treasures to shop from. If you want small furniture, western items, vintage silver & silverware, records, linens, dolls, handcrafted items, vintage & new jewelry, turquoise & silver jewelry, vintage toys, glassware, re-purposed items, slot machines, vintage framed pictures & arts, lots of beads, fishing items, knives, coins & tokens, collectibles, tools, Steampunk jewelry, books galore (vintage & newer), salt & pepper collections, military, collectibles, and so much more. You need to shop both days because some dealers restock for Sunday.

Valentine’s Day is coming up. Come & look for that special & unique gift for that “SPECIAL SOMEONE” in your life!

The Big Sky Optimist Club has good homemade food for sale in their “Big Sky Cafe”, so come and shop, have a bite to eat and shop some more!

For more information or to rent a space, call Evelyn at 406-259-1306 or email evelynchatwood@gmail.com or call Roxy at 406-855-2416.