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The following are upcoming American Red Cross blood donation opportunities. For more information call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org.

Kalispell: June 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Kalispell Blood Donation Center, 126 North N. Road. June 23, 11:30 a.m.- 3:45 p.m., Gateway Community Center, 1203 Hwy 2 W. Suite 31. June 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Flathead County Health Department, Flathead County Health Department, 1035 First Ave. W. June 26, 2-6 p.m., Kalispell Blood Donation Center. June 29, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Kalispell Blood Donation Center. June 30, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Kalispell Blood Donation Center.

Lincoln: June 29, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Lincoln Community Center, 404 Main St. 

Missoula: June 22, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., University of Montana Continuing Ed Building, The University of Montana, 32 Campus Drive. June 23, 7:45 a.m.-3 p.m., Missoula Blood Donation Center. June 24-25, 7:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m., Missoula Blood Donation Center. June 26, 11:45 a.m.-7 p.m., Missoula Blood Donation Center. June 27, 11:15 a.m.- 6:15 p.m., Missoula Blood Donation Center. June 29, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., St. Patrick Hospital, 500 W. Broadway. June 29, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Double Tree Hotel, 100 Madison. June 30, 7:45 a.m.-3 p.m., Missoula Blood Donation Center.  

Corvallis: June 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 957 Eastside Highway.

Florence: June 27, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Florence Volunteer Fire Department, 234 Holloway.

Hamilton: June 22, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Rocky Mountain Labs, 903 S. Fourth St. June 28, 9:30 a.m. -5 p.m., Ravalli County Fairgrounds, 100 Old Corvallis Road.

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Who will receive your property if you pass away without an estate plan? Do you know when wills or trusts have control over property and when they don’t? What financial and legal steps should be taken before a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, related dementias or cognitive impairment?

To find out the answers to these questions and much more, plan to attend one of two free educational programs given by Dr. Marsha Goetting on Monday, June 26, at the Missoula Public Library. Dr. Goetting, MSU Extension Family Economics specialist, enhances her presentations by combining her appreciation of Montana wildflowers with her desire to help you remember strategies related to these topics.

The first session, Financial & Legal Decisions Workshop, takes place from 2:30-4:30 p.m. and is designed to assist family members with a loved one who is having difficulty with finances due to Alzheimer’s, related dementias or cognitive impairment, and what alternatives are left after diagnosis. The workshop is free, but please register in advance at: estateplanningforalzheimers.eventbrite.com.

In the second workshop, Estate Planning for Everybody, Dr. Goetting explores how you can avoid probate with payable on death designations (PODs), transfer on death registrations (TODs), and other beneficiary designations. She will also highlight the Beneficiary Deed law that allows a Montanan to pass real property to heirs without probate, and provide illustrations to demonstrate that how your property is titled impacts who receives it upon your death. This workshop is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and is also free, but requires pre-registration at: estateplanningforeverybody.eventbrite.com.

Missoula Aging Services is bringing you these free sessions, which are open to anyone interested in learning about estate planning. If you have questions about either presentation or are unable to register online, please call the Resource Center at MAS at 406-541-HELP. Both sessions will be in the large conference room at the library.

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Foundation for Community Health is now accepting applications for its Health Grants Program. The Health Grants Program is funded by earnings from permanent endowments and limited historical gifts and provides focused charitable support to nonprofit organizations and educational institutions for health-related projects serving western Montana. 

The current grant cycle of the Health Grants program offers funding in three target areas: Diabetes, Pediatrics and Rehabilitation Services.  Online or mailed applications and required materials will be accepted until Wednesday, June 28, at 3 p.m. Further details on applicant eligibility, funding criteria and amounts, and the application form are available at chwmt.org/ health-grants-program.

Funding awards for the grant cycle will be announced in August 2017. Information regarding future grant cycles will be released in fall of 2017. Information about previous grant recipients and the other initiatives of Foundation for Community Health can be found online at fchwmt.org or by calling 406-926-2522.

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