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Friday, Aug. 17th, 2018

Sexual Assault- 1000 Block West Oak Street, Bozeman, MT

On August 16, 2018, at approximately 10:00 pm, patrol officers responded to the area of the 1000 block of West Oak Street for the report of a sexual assault that had occurred within the past hour. The victim indicated an unknown male suspect placed his arm around her shoulders and subsequently groped her in a sexual manner. After the victim was able to force the suspect away, he was last seen fleeing the area, on foot, in an unknown direction. Officers immediately responded and initiated a comprehensive search of the area. However, the suspect has not been located. The suspect is described as an approximately 40-50 year old Caucasian male, approximately 5-05, with short hair. The suspect was wearing a blue t-shirt, and unknown color baggie shorts that extended past the knee. No persons were injured during the assault and this appears to be an isolated incident.

The Bozeman Police Department encourages all citizens to walk or travel in groups, avoid distractions that decrease your awareness level (i.e. talking on a cell phone or wearing headphones) and to immediately report all suspicious activity to 911.

This incident is currently under investigation by the Bozeman Police Department, Detective Division. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Detective Sergeant Joseph Swanson at 406-582-2951, Crimestoppers at 406-586-1131 or email policetips@bozeman.net.

Persons with information that help solve this crime may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward.

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Community invited to join in traditional ‘M’ photo Aug. 25 to welcome incoming MSU students

Montana State University will take its traditional freshman class photo at Bobcat Stadium at 6:30 p.m. on Aug 25, and this year, anyone wishing to help welcome the class of 2022 is also invited to be in the photo.
 
Each year since 2014, the university has gathered its incoming students onto the field at the stadium, where they don special gold T-shirts and collectively form the shape of the iconic MSU “M” on the field for a photograph.
 
This year, MSU is also inviting current students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members to be a part of the photo, posing in the stands to spell out “125” to celebrate the university’s 125th anniversary.
 
“We want our incoming students to know that the entire campus and Bozeman community care about them and want them to succeed,” said Chelsey Wilson, student engagement and leadership adviser for MSU’s Office of Student Engagement. “Inviting alumni, current students, community members, faculty and staff will demonstrate to our students that they are supported in their new environment.”


The photo will be featured on MSU’s homepage, on the university’s Facebook page and at commencement in 2022.
 
All ages are welcome to attend. MSU President Waded Cruzado, Champ, the Spirit of the West marching band and the cheer squad will be on hand. Participants will receive a limited-edition T-shirt, while supplies last. Those who wish to be in the photo must wear white.
 
Lineup begins at 5:30 p.m., and the photo will be taken promptly at 6:30. Parking is available in the West Stadium lot at the corner of Kagy Boulevard and 11th Avenue. Entry is through Gate 15.
 
RSVPs are encouraged but not required at http://calendar.msu.montana.edu/events/26854. For questions, write to engagement@montana.edu or call 406-994-5821.
 

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Bozeman Film Society Celebrates 40 Years of Independent Film in Bozeman

The Bozeman Film Society (BFS), originally known as the Bozeman Film Festival (BFF), celebrates its 40th anniversary this fall, and launches the landmark season with their annual Story Under the Stars event followed by a full line-up of independent film screenings at the historic Ellen Theatre in downtown Bozeman.

Founded in 1978 by local film lovers and Montana State University (MSU) English and Film Professors, the organization originally screened classic, foreign and arthouse films in various venues around town beginning with the Ellen Theatre and MSU’s Linfield Hall, expanding to a 26-year run at the Rialto Theater and a 10-year run at the Emerson Art Center’s Crawford Theater from 2006-2015. Returning to their roots at the Ellen Theatre in 2016 with a new digital projection system, the organization now screens up to 35 first-run films in downtown Bozeman each season, focusing on those that are highly acclaimed, but not typically screened at the large multiplex in Bozeman.

One of the Gallatin Valley’s longest running art non-profits, the mission of the BFS has always been to open a window from small-town Bozeman into the worldwide culture of ideas, conversations, art, and perspective through the transportive power of independent film. They also consistently present innovative collaborations and invite industry insiders connected to the films, enhancing many of the screenings by offering insight into filmmaking, connecting audience to other area non-profits and causes, and spurring a thought exchange within the community. Past guests include actors Bill Pullman, Michael Keaton, and Lily Gladstone; Directors Marni Zelnic (Druid Peak), Jacob Young (The Dancing Outlaw) and Jared Moshe (The Ballad of Lefty Brown); celebrity chef Tom Collichio (A Place at the Table); Paleontologist Jack Horner (the Jurassic Park series) science writer David Quammen (Walking Out); Executive Producer Patrick Markey (A River Runs Through It, The Horse Whisperer); The Bozeman Jazz Collective (Miles Ahead, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari); plus many more.

“As an independent film society, we are able to collaborate with individuals and area groups to add that extra ‘wow’ factor to our showings,” says Executive Director Lisa McGrory. “Unlike a multiplex movie theater, our audience develops personal connections with each other, sharing a passion for the kind of programming that the Bozeman Film Society offers. Our film screenings are a vibrant gathering of friends and acquaintances, as well as a way to share important ideas and causes with our community.”

Most Bozeman Film Society screenings take place at the historic Ellen Theatre in downtown Bozeman, with some films also shown at the re-invented Rialto in a cabaret setting, and, on occasion, at the Emerson’s Crawford Theatre.
 
To kick off its 40th season, the BFS is hosting the 9th annual Story Under the Stars on Friday, August 24, 2018, featuring the 1978 Oscar-winning mega-hit, Superman: The Movie, starring Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder. This popular family-friendly event takes place on the lush lawn of Story Mansion Park, and includes a Kryptonite scavenger hunt, an all ages Superhero parade for people and pets in costume, Fire truck and Police car demos, kids crafts, popcorn, ice cream and food trucks. Super hero costumes are encouraged, with activities and food beginning at 7:00 PM and the film beginning at dusk.



Special 40th anniversary events will take place throughout the year at movie screenings and will include ticket giveaways, BFS Sponsor promotions, and fun pre-film events. The new season officially kicks off at the Ellen Theatre with Love, Gilda on Wednesday, September 19th and will feature special giveaways, including gift certificates and items form BFS sponsors.

Local business sponsors make up a large portion of the funds needed to operate the Bozeman Film Society each season, and those who support BFS are recognized before the start of each film with the wildly popular animated sponsor reel. Sponsorship spots are still available, with information available on the organization’s website.

For more information about the 40th year of the Bozeman Film Society, along with a schedule of upcoming films and sponsor information, check out www.bozemanfilmsociety.org.

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The Bozeman Community Food Co-op donates matching funds to Human Resource Development Council’s KidsPack Program

The Bozeman Community Food Co-op awards funds to help area children through the KidsPack Program operated through the Gallatin Valley Food Bank.

The Bozeman Community Food Co-op has gifted the KidsPack program a matching donation of $7,350.00. The community is encouraged to support children by helping this much-needed program. The KidsPack program provides supplemental weekend nourishment to children in southwest Montana, reaching an average of 400 kids each week. Over the 2017-18 school year, 12,796 KidsPack were distributed through 21 sites in Gallatin, Jefferson, and Madison counties. Packs include approximately four pounds of easy to prepare, nutritious, kid-friendly foods.

“Our Co-op is honored to support these efforts to fight childhood hunger. Helping hundreds of kids in our area gain access to weekend nourishment is such an important resource,” said Alison Grey Germain, Co-op Marketing and Membership Manager. “We hope the community will match our support and kick off the school year knowing that this program will be there for those in need.”

“The Co-op has long assisted our nutrition programs, including efforts like the Farm to Food Bank program,” said Jill Holder, Food and Nutrition Director for HRDC. “We have purchased vegetables from local growers and lentils and beans from Montana farmers utilizing the Farm to Food Bank Funds. In addition, the Co-op has also hosted multiple guest chef nights at the Fork & Spoon Homestyle Kitchen. The Co-op’s gift to the KidsPack program is much-needed and welcome, especially now, to help keep this program operating.”

As previous grant reaches its sunset, the program needs a total of $50,000 to help it continue operating and provide nutrition to one of our community’s more vulnerable populations.

Gifts (donations) can be sent through the www.gallatinvalleyfoodbank.org or sent to P.O. Box 1129, Bozeman MT 59715. Online donations can be given via a Classy Fundraising page. Find the link at www.bozo.coop/support-healthy-kidspack.

Please designate your matching gift for KidsPack.

HRDC is a nonprofit community action agency dedicated to strengthening community. To learn more visit www.thehrdc.org.

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Thursday, Aug. 16th, 2018

Celebrating 12 years and 3 MILLION rides provided by Streamline Transit

Join HRDC in celebrating 12 years and 3 MILLION rides provided by Streamline Transit!

Today at HRDC, 32 S. Tracy from noon - 1:30, HRDC's Fork and Spoon Homestyle Kitchen will be catering grilled burgers, hot dogs, house made potato salad, and various beverages.  XL Country will be broadcasting live.

Giveaways include Streamline water bottles, Streamline frisbees, and 2 Big Sky zipline adventures.  We will also have a Streamline and Galavan buses for folks to tour. 

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Wednesday, Aug. 8th, 2018

East Main Burglary

MEDIA/PUBLIC RELEASE BURGLARY- UNIT BLOCK EAST MAIN STREET

On August 7, 2018, at approximately 5:30am, Bozeman Police Officers responded to a burglary in the unit block of East Main Street, Bozeman. An unidentified male was able to force entry into a closed business in an attempt to steal merchandise. The suspect’s actions activated the businesses alarm system and he subsequently fled the area on foot. The suspect was captured on the businesses surveillance video and is pictured below. We are requesting help from the public to identify the pictured suspect.

The Bozeman Police Department encourages all residents and business owners to routinely inspect their properties to ensure all exterior lighting, address numbers and security systems are visible and working properly. Basic maintenance of your property and promptly reporting suspicious activity to law enforcement is one of most effective ways to deter crime.

This incident is currently under investigation by the Bozeman Police Department, Detective Division. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Detective Robert Vanuka at 406-582-2246, Crimestoppers at 406-586-1131 or email policereporting@bozeman.net. Persons with information that help solve this crime may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward.

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Local Gift Shop Gives Thousands to Customers and Charities in 2018

Montana Gift Corral celebrates 25 years in Bozeman with a yearlong giveaway.

The generosity of Montanans is a badge of pride, right next to their independent streak and ability to make a good, strong cup of coffee. Local gift shop Montana Gift Corral has been honoring ideals like these for over two decades, selling souvenirs and gifts which savor Montana culture, its artists, the landscapes, and wildlife. Visitors and locals visit their three Bozeman locations for tangible reminders of a trip to Yellowstone, or another backroad journey in Big Sky Country. But as 2018 marks their 25th anniversary, Montana Gift Corral wanted to do something special in commemoration.

Based on the philosophy that getting a gift feels good, and giving one feels better, Montana Gift Corral is helping its customers do both with a yearlong giveaway. Names go into a hat and are drawn every two weeks. The winners receive a gift card, and Montana Gift Corral then makes a donation—which matches their gift card dollar amount—to any nonprofit of their choice.

The winning charities have ranged from beloved local animal shelter Heart of the Valley to international organizations like VETPAW (Veterans Empowered To Protect African Wildlife). Since January, when the giveaway began, Montana Gift Corral has been able to donate to conservation groups and animal shelters, family and women's’ support organizations, and senior care. Every donation is meaningful—for the individual drawing winner and the donation recipient, as well as for the team at Montana Gift Corral. Manager Les Gundersen shares her sentiments, “The best part of this giveaway celebration is that the money’s going out into communities. Supporting our community organizations and nonprofits is good for all of us.”

In the early 1990s, Sharon and Bert Hopeman opened the first Montana Gift Corral location in downtown Bozeman. July marked Montana Gift Corral’s 25th Anniversary month and fell just past the halfway point in the 2018 giveaway. Hundreds of dollars have been awarded to winning names drawn from the hat, and hundreds more donated to 14 charities and nonprofits thus far during the anniversary celebration. Montana Wildlife Federation, one of Montana’s oldest conservation groups and the party responsible for the state’s famous stream access fishing regulations, was one of the many nonprofits to receive a donation from Montana Gift Corral.

As Les Gundersen reflected with gratitude on the chance to share $6,500 with dozens of different charitable causes by year’s end, the conversation turned to being part of the Main Street Bozeman landscape for more than two decades, sharing Montana memories with gift-givers and receivers all over the world. “The truth is, we never take it for granted that we’re still here in Bozeman, after 25 years. We’re really grateful to be here in this community, and we’re grateful to share this opportunity to give back to—and with—our customers.”

To learn more about how these donations have positively impacted nonprofits, or information on how to participate, please contact Montana Gift Corral at GiftCorral.com or visit one of its three Bozeman locations, downtown, in the Gallatin Valley Mall, and inside Walmart.

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Monday, Aug. 6th, 2018

School Bus Turned Mobile Greenhouse Turned Kid’s Party Co-host

Imagine a full sized school bus turned mobile greenhouse, thriving with flowers, herbs, tomatoes and all sorts of vegetables, living where the seats used to be. Could this image get any better? Gallatin Valley Farm to School seems to think it could. Starting this summer, you can invite your friends, co-host your party with the bus at a nearby farm and make and enjoy pizza on site with locally sourced ingredients. Some of which are harvest from the aforementioned bus.

BOB, the affectionate name for the Bozone Ozone Bus, travels to schools and community events to teach students about science, nutrition, sustainable agriculture, and environmental stewardship. BOB visits schools in the spring and fall and will provide students with the opportunity to plant their own starters, explore the inner workings of a mobile greenhouse, learn how to compost, and much more! During the summer, BOB supports summer camp programming for Gallatin Valley Farm to School and partners and visits community based events, like farmer’s markets and concerts. “I never knew you could grow plants on a school bus. That’s awesome!” exclaimed an elementary student recently at Bozeman’s Irving Elementary.

This summer, BOB is ready to party. Families with school aged children are invited to make their celebrations memorable and meaningful. Hosting a party with Gallatin Valley Farm to School and BOB includes two hours of programming from our experienced staff.

Party activities include making and enjoying pizza on-site with pizza toppings sourced directly from the BOB bus, gardening, crafts and more! Even better, we are thrilled to be partnering with Gallatin Valley Botanical at Rocky Creek Farm to host your party at a working local farm. Party packages start at $300.

“We’re reimagining kid’s parties” says Jenn Adams, Associate Director for Gallatin Valley Farm to School. “We’ve heard the request loud and clear from many parents that they are looking for options to host a fun party for their kids that’s also in line with their core values. And, we’re proud to deliver this as an option.” says Adams.

Gallatin Valley Farm to School cultivates healthy kids, vibrant farms and strong communities by connecting schools and local producers in southwest Montana’s Gallatin Valley. Through these connections the program will realize many goals, including healthy, fresh, made from scratch, local meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing health, nutrition and agriculture education. For more information, contact, Jenn Adams at 406-813-1560.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana and KaBOOM! Increase Play Opportunities in Bozeman

200 community volunteers unite to build a new playground at Bozeman Sports Park Volunteers from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana, the City of Bozeman Parks and Recreation Department and the community will join KaBOOM! on Saturday, August 18 to transform an empty site into a kid-designed, state-of-the-art playground in just six hours at Bozeman Sports Park.

The new playground will help make play the easy choice for kids and families in Bozeman.  Play is essential to physical, creative, cognitive, social and emotional development. The Bozeman Sports Park master plan includes a site for an all-inclusive play area for children of all ages and abilities. The play area will be utilized for the city’s day camps as well as by visiting families participating in soccer, lacrosse, and other field sport tournaments.

Through this playground project, the City of Bozeman Parks and Recreation Department, together with the Bozeman Sports Parks Foundation, will work with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana and KaBOOM! to make a difference in their community and address the most urgent needs of kids. In June, kids from throughout Bozeman came together to draw their dream playground.

The 2,500 square-foot playground is based off their drawings and will provide thousands of kids in Bozeman and beyond with an accessible, safe and fun place to play. Future features to be built in the Sports Park will include picnic pavilions, trails, open play areas, and a splash pad. This playground is part of a broader effort led by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana and KaBOOM! to ensure communities have great PLAYces for kids and families. It will be the fifth build by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana. Through this partnership, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana is creating an oasis where kids feel valued and loved, and where their potential is supported, nurtured and celebrated.  

WHEN: Saturday, August 18 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.   
Kick-off ceremony 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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Friday, Aug. 3rd, 2018

New Beginnings at Congregation Beth Shalom

Congregation Beth Shalom invites all Jews, their families, and those seeking a Jewish spiritual path to High Holiday services this September.

Beginning on the evening of September 9th, Rosh Hashanah marks the start of the Jewish spiritual year, and this year it will also mark the opening of a new chapter for Bozeman’s Congregation Beth Shalom--the largest Jewish congregation in Montana. Rabbi Ed Stafman retired in June after serving the congregation for 10 years, and as the congregation searches this year for a new resident rabbi, they have welcomed back leaders from their past to serve for the coming year. Former Beth Shalom Rabbi, civil and human rights activist, radio host, television producer, actor, author, and public speaker, Allen Secher will be leading High Holiday services in September. Dates for the services are:

 

  • 9 September, 6 PM, Rosh Hashanah Evening Service
  • 10 September, 10 AM, Rosh Hashanah Morning Service
  • 18 September, 7 PM, Yom Kippur Evening Service
  • 10 September, 10 AM, Yom Kippur Morning Service
Outside of High Holidays, another past leader, Rabbi Michael Lotker will visit monthly to conduct services, lead adult education and torah study classes, and participate in social events. Amber Ikeman, Director of Music and Community Engagement, will lead additional services, as well as education, communications, and outreach.

“We’re excited for the possibilities that this year will bring,” Ikeman says. “The High Holidays are a time of renewal; we’re hoping those who attend our services will experience this, not only on a personal and spiritual level, but also communally.”

Rabbi Stafman will continue some of his work in the Bozeman community as Rabbi Emeritus.

Congregation Beth Shalom welcomes participation from all Jews, interfaith couples, LGBTQ people, and those who wish to embrace Judaism. All information about service dates and times is available at www.bethshalombozeman.org.

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