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Lions Club Ornament Fundraiser

The Kalispell Lions Club’s Fifth Annual Christmas Ornament Fundraiser begins Friday, November 11th. This year’s keepsake ornament features another special painting by well-known local artist and teacher Karen Leigh. The ornament features Leigh’s painting of the Conrad Mansion in a limited edition of 300.

The sales times for all dates are from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The price of each ornament is $10. Later sales dates may be canceled if the ornaments are sold out.

Kalispell sales locations and dates:

Rosauers – Nov. 18 and 19; and November 25 and 26

Snappy’s – December 2nd and 3rd; and December 16 and 17

Murdochs – December 9th and 10th

Webinar talks about life in old age

Prestige Senior Living invites the local community to participate in a free webinar presented by Emily Schwartz of Elderlife Financial Services entitled “Finance and Senior Living: Making a Plan” at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 29 .

The webinar will cover what information families should gather regarding the financial needs of people considering living in old age, insights into VA Aid and Caregiving benefits, and more.

Participants will leave with an understanding of various issues that need to be discussed openly with their loved ones, including wills and inheritances, how much they have available to pay for living in old age, and more.

To register for this free webinar, visit

Food bank donations

The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation has selected 100 Salvation Army food banks, pantries, rescue missions, homeless shelters and organizations across Montana to receive a total of $350,000 in additional grants to help them serve Montana’s most vulnerable citizens . The Foundation’s Holiday Giving Program is in addition to other grants given annually to these basic needs and is designed to provide the resources they need to ensure individuals and families receive nutritious food during the holiday season.

“Virtually all essential needs organizations continue to struggle to meet the growing demand for their services, and it is hoped that these additional funds will help address shortages of food, shelter, clothing and other basic needs,” said Mike Halligan, executive director of the foundation . “Our goal with this donation is to put much-needed resources into the hands of the staff and volunteers of these vitally important organizations, especially now that the winter months are approaching.”

In Montana, one in ten people struggles with hunger, and one in six Montana children live in households that face food insecurity, putting them at risk of starvation. Good nutrition, especially in the early years of life, is important to lay a solid foundation that affects a child’s future physical and mental health, academic achievement, and economic productivity.

The following regional organizations and agencies receive funding from the Foundation’s Holiday Giving Program:

Flathead County: Bigfork Food Bank Inc., Columbia Falls Food Bank, Flathead Food Bank, Flathead Warming Center, Farm Hands – Nourish the Flathead, NW Montana Veterans Stand Down and Food Pantry

Lake County: Arlee CDC, Polson Loaves and Fish Pantry, Ronan Bread Basket Inc., Mission Valley Food Pantry

Lincoln County: Tobacco Valley Food Pantry, Libby Food Pantry, Remnant Church – Yaak Food Cupboard, Troy Food Pantry, Lincoln County Seniors, Inc., Tobacco Valley Senior Citizens, Troy Community Baptist Church Food Pantry