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Basset Rescue of Montana is holding a “Bed & Basket” fundraiser.

Raffle tickets are being sold for a Kuranda bed, a gift basket and a “howliday” stocking. Three winners will be picked Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Petco. Petco manager Bryan Fitzpatrick and Petco's newest dog trainer and Basset Rescue of Montana’s assistant shelter manager Tricia Stevens will pick the winning tickets.

Basset Rescue will also be at Petco prior to choosing winners to sell tickets and will have one senior basset available for adoption. Adoption applications will also be available.


Time is drawing short to take advantage of the Medicare open enrollment period. If you need help using the online Planfinder on, the resource center at Missoula Aging Services can help.

Come to the Medicare open enrollment workshop Wednesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the University of Montana's Gallagher Business Building. Bring a list of prescriptions and use Medicare’s website to find the Medicare Advantage or Medicare Part D plan that best fits your needs.

Space is limited; call MAS at 728-7682 to register. Donations are accepted.


The Christian Homeschool Choir of Missoula presents "Good Tidings" under the direction of Joseph Roby and Alisha Roby at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at First Lutheran Church, 2808 South Ave. W.

The free concert features live orchestral accompaniment, and a bake sale will follow.


Let a light shine on the Marcus Daly Hospice Tree of Lights in remembrance of a friend or loved one. Purchase a light for $5 or an ornament with a light for $15 in their memory to honor them this holiday season.

To assure your loved one’s name will be included in the Tree of Lights memorial event Thursday, Dec. 11, make purchases by Monday, Dec. 8. Ornaments can be picked up at the Marcus Daly Hospice Center, or for an additional $5 fee it will be mailed to you.

The 23rd annual non-denominational Hospice Tree of Lights community remembrance on will be at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at First Presbyterian Church, 1220 W. Main St., in Hamilton. This year’s event again features the Hamilton High School Choir and First Presbyterian Bell Choir. Afterward will be the lighting of the Hospice Tree of Lights and a homemade holiday goodie reception in Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital's Conference Room C.

To purchase a light or for more information, call Marcus Daly Hospice Services at 363-6503.


Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital is sponsoring a four-hour Smart Driver Safety Course that emphasizes how driving has changed, new vehicle technologies, safe driving practices and skills, recognizing the importance and benefits of assessing driving skills, and safe driving actions.

The course will be presented on Friday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital in Hamilton. The state of Montana mandates discounts for qualified drivers, and there are no tests or exams to complete.

The course is sponsored by AARP and the cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. Call 363-6583 to make a reservation.


This season, many Missoula senior citizens who are alone or impoverished will receive holiday cheer thanks to the Be a Santa to a Senior program. Sponsored by the local Home Instead Senior Care office, the program brings together area nonprofits, retailers, volunteers and members of the community to provide gifts and companionship for lonely and isolated seniors.

“It is heartbreaking to think of the senior members of our community spending the holidays all by themselves, without any gifts or any way to celebrate the season,” says Denise Krueger, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Missoula and Ravalli counties. “But all too often, that’s what happens when seniors live alone. It can be a really tough time of year for them.”

Home Instead Senior Care has partnered with Southgate Mall to help with the gift collection and distribution. This is the third year the Be a Santa to a Senior program has participated in the Wish Tree.

Southgate Mall will display Be a Santa to a Senior Christmas ornaments on its Wish Tree through Wednesday, Dec. 17. The ornaments will show seniors’ first names and gift requests. Holiday shoppers can pick ornaments from the tree, buy items listed and return them unwrapped (and with the ornament attached) to the tree between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.


The Governor’s Office of Community Service, Montana Campus Compact and Student Assistance Foundation announced that 2015 Youth Serve Montana Scholarships are now available for up to 100 Montana high school seniors. It is the 10th year for this scholarship opportunity aimed at students dedicated to volunteering.

The Youth Serve Montana Scholarships reward students who have volunteered more than 100 hours in the past year and who want to further their education in the state. This year, 100 high school seniors will receive $1,000 toward continued education at one of Montana Campus Compact’s public, tribal, private or community colleges and universities.

The Youth Serve Montana Scholarship application form, guidelines and FAQs can be found at Completed applications, proof of volunteer hours, confirmation of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid and enrollment in a Montana postsecondary institution must be submitted to the Governor’s Office of Community Service by April 15, 2015.

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