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The Resource Center at Missoula Aging Services (MAS) is offering a six-week session of its popular Powerful Tools for Caregivers® class series beginning Thursday, Aug. 10.

If you care for an older relative or friend, Powerful Tools for Caregivers® can help you learn to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate feelings, balance your life and better take care of yourself. The sessions will be held each Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. through Thursday, Sept. 14, at MAS, 337 Stephens Ave. Free respite care may be available. The class is for family caregivers who care for an older relative or friend; no professionals, please. Cost is $65, with sliding scale available. Pre-register at powerfultoolsforcaregivers.eventbrite.com, or call MAS for information, 406-728-7682.

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Native Grill is collecting donations for regional fire crews. Items can be dropped off between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. every day at Native Grill, 4875 N. Reserve St. Supplies will be dispersed every Saturday.

Some of the items requested are: bandannas, sunglasses, lip balm, socks (Smartwool or merino wool), protein bars, Gatorade, water, personal hygiene items, snacks and sweets, instant coffee. It's likely to be a long fire season so anything will be greatly appreciated. No cash donations please.

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The Union Gospel Mission, 506 Toole Ave., is looking for two containers to store donations for fire victims. The Mission recently became a front door to help these families out during this time. It will be gathering and accepting donations for this specific need.  

Call April R. Seat, Director of Outreach, 406-542-5240, Ext. 2.

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Grizzly Peak Retirement Community, 3600 American Way, will host Smart Driver Safety Courses on Tuesday, Aug. 15, from 1 to 5 p.m. and another class Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. While this safe driving strategies class is designed for drivers age 50 and older, all are welcome. There are no written exams or driving tests. Montana mandates insurance discounts for qualified graduates. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Preregistration is advised.

To sign up, contact Lena Jordan at 406-721-2292. For more information, call Amanda Hodges, AARP instructor, at 406-644-3446.

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