Community events: Cybercrime awareness seminar coming up
A cybercrime awareness session is at Freedom Bank from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 26 at the bank. Businesses in the Flathead Valley are seeing increasing attempts of bank fraud, phishing attacks, and ransomware.
“We see it at Freedom Bank, and we hear about it from our friends and neighbors. Freedom Bank is hosting a cybercrime awareness session to help small businesses learn the common tactics scammers and hackers are using, as well as actionable advice to protect their business and their bank accounts,” the bank noted in a release.
The event starts out with a beer and wine and appetizers followed by a session on bank fraud risks, steps to improve cybercrime resilience and then a question and answer session. RSVP at https://www.freedombankmt.com/cybercrime-awareness-session-for-small-businesses/
Wiley Gustafson, The famous yodeler from Conrad will be performing at Sunday Market starting at 9 a.m. on July 31. Sunday Market is Columbia Falls new, old-timey, feel-good farmers market, located on 6th St., West in front of the library.
July 31 wraps up Heritage Days, which is Columbia Falls annual summer festival. For more information on Wylie, you can see his bio on his website which is www.wyliewebsite.Com.
Klothes Kloset Thrift Store (operated by Church Women United of Columbia Falls) will have their annual “Back to School Sale” on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Cash or checks only. The KK is located at 286 Nucleus Ave. in Columbia Falls. We are normally only open on Tuesdays and Thursdays. More info? Call 406-892-4534.
The first annual Two Medicine Community Weed Pull and Education Event will take place on Aug. 6 in the Badger-Two Medicine near East Glacier and volunteers are needed.
This family-friendly event includes a couple hours of pulling weeds along access trails and riparian corridors in the beautiful Badger-Two Medicine area of the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest, followed by a grilled lunch, educational presentations about invasive weeds, awards, and door prizes.
Volunteers should meet at 9 a.m. in the gravel parking area across from the Glacier Trading Company in East Glacier for orientation and to caravan to trailheads on the national forest.
Volunteers should dress appropriately for the weather, wear sturdy walking shoes, and bring a water bottle and snacks. Extra work gloves and tools will be available, as well a few bear sprays if you’d like to borrow or you may bring your own.
Bear Fair in
The Polebridge Bear Fair is planned for Saturday, July 30, from noon – 4:30 p.m at the Home Ranch Bottoms, 8950 North Fork Road in Polebridge.
The family-friendly event is free and open to the public, providing educational opportunities and fun ways to learn about co-existing with bears in northwest Montana. Hosted by the North Fork Preservation Association with partners Polebridge Bear Smart and Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, the fair will feature exhibits, speakers, and kid’s activities to promote awareness and stewardship specific to grizzly bears, black bears, and people sharing the diverse landscape of Northwestern Montana.
The Columbia Falls Chamber of Commerce three-on-three basketball tournament is Aug. 13 in front of the high school. Teams range from fifth and sixth grade girls and boys up to adults. Cost is $100 a team. All teams must register at columbiafalls chamber.org. To get a shirt, register by July 29.
Habitat for Humanity of Flathead Valley is partnering with Flathead Recon, A Columbia Falls-based recycling facility, to minimize recyclables going into landfills and benefit Habitat’s mission. Glass must be clean, color sorted, and have all plastic rings removed. Proceeds cover the cost of recycling and help support Habitat’s mission. Suggested donation is a $1 per pound of glass. The event is Saturday, Aug. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your glass to 455 Fourth Ave. NE in Columbia Falls.
The Columbia Falls Lions Club Friday night concert series at Marantette Park continues July 22 with The Teccas and on Aug. 5 with Luke Dowler. All shows are at 7 p.m.