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Help support the seventh annual Giving Tree Project co-sponsored by Full Circle and Missoula Public Schools' Jefferson Early Learning Preschool Program.

The Giving Tree is decorated with needs for preschool children with disabilities. The Jefferson Early Learning Center is an inclusive preschool program of MCPS that provides an education for children with disabilities ages 3-5 and a limited number of preschool peers without disabilities. The Giving Tree is located at Jefferson School, 1700 South Ave. W.

For more information, call Erica at 728-2400, Ext. 5035.


The Hellgate Rollergirls will benefit from Cheers for Charity on Tuesday at Draught Works Brewery, 915 Toole Ave.

Draught Works will donate 50 cents for every pint sold between 5 and 8 p.m. to the rollergirls. The money can be used to help them find a new home to skate in. The new Artist Addition 2015 Calendar, which features the work of 14 local artists and the Hellgate Rollergirls as models in photographs by Athena Lonsdale, will also be available. The Rollergirls will be present to sign calendars.

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The Hamilton Downtown Association will give away six frozen turkeys Friday in a drawing at 7 p.m. in front of Bitterroot Drug. You must be present to win, according to Russ Lawrence, HDA coordinator.

Businesses participating in the “Great Gobbler Giveaway” are listed on the HDA Facebook page and on Alternatively, look for the red gift bag – where entries may be deposited – on the counter of downtown businesses.

The giveaway is a nod to traditions of the last century, when such events were more common. To enter, fill out a form in any participating business; one entry per person per day per location, but there’s no limit on the total number of entries. No purchase is necessary. Individuals may claim only one turkey.

For more information, contact Lawrence at 360-9124 or


Watershed Education Netowrk’s annual holiday fundraiser party will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at Ten Spoon Vineyard and Winery, 4175 Rattlesnake Drive.

Admission is free, and there will be a soup buffet and wine available for purchase. WEN will also offer discounts on memberships throughout the evening. There will be live music by singer/songwriter Jared Betz, and a Patagonia jacket raffle benefiting WEN’s programs.

For more information or to make a donation, visit


The grand opening for Habitat for Humanity ReStore is 10 a.m. 4 p.m., Saturday at 3655 Highway 200 E.

Habitat ReStore sells new and gently used home improvement goods, furniture, building materials and appliances at a fraction of the retail price. The proceeds are used to fund Habitat for Humanity of Missoula’s affordable homeownership program, ensure people have access to affordable materials to maintain and improve their homes and to divert usable materials from the landfills.

Call 549-8210 or visit


Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 2301 S. Sixth St. W., is holding a Christmas bake sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Various ethnic and holiday delights will be available. For advance orders of baklava and spanakopita, call Mary at 552-2222, Kristina at 544-4349 or Renie at 543-7307. Church tours are also available.

The staffs of Mineral Community Hospital and Mineral Regional Health Center are gathering nonperishable food for residents in need in Mineral County.

Between the Alberton Food Pantry and the Mineral County Food Bank, all donations will be divvied as equally as possible so they can serve clients’ needs through the holiday season.

Alberton Feed and Supply has again loaned two large horse troughs for drop-offs. Wells Fargo is a satellite location for donations as well.

Internally, the departments are challenging one another to see which can raise the most pounds of food through Dec. 29; when non-staff make a donation, they can inform Alex Heffley at MCH registration which department, if any, they would like it to applied to.

Checks are also accepted and can be made to Mineral County Food Bank. Pet food is also received as it stands to reason that if a family has trouble feeding themselves, their pets are suffering as well. Even though pet food isn’t added to the total poundage, it is appreciated.

If donations are large or for assistance getting them to drop-off locations, call Monte Turner at (406) 822-5122.

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