Champagne brunch and Puccini’s “La Bohème”

Musikanten Montana holds its annual opera brunch fundraiser, this year featuring the Metropolitan Opera’s performance of “La Bohème,” on Feb. 24.

Brunch is served at 9 a.m. at an Upper Westside Helena home, followed by the Met in HD telecast at the Cinemark.

Tickets – brunch plus opera – are $40 per person, which supports Musikanten Montana’s annual Early Music Festivals.

Reservations are limited. Email Pat Mandeville at to reserve and mail a check to Musikanten Montana, 8 Park Place, Clancy MT 59634.

Blackfoot Community Monday benefits Musikanten

On Monday, Feb. 26, Blackfoot River Brewing Company will contribute $1 from each glass of beer sold during its weekly Community Monday to Musikanten Montana’s Early Music Festival.

It is the only choral-orchestral festival in Montana (or anywhere nearby) featuring music before 1800 played on period instruments. For more information, contact Kerry Krebill ( 933-5246


Montesquieu and the History of Toleration

Vickie B. Sullivan, a professor of political science at Tufts University, gives a free public talk, “Montesquieu and the History of Toleration,” at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 19, in the Lower level of the Campus Center at Carroll College.

She is an expert on the political thought of early modernity, its relationship to revealed religion and the genesis of English republicanism.

This is the first in a three-lecture series entitled Religious Freedom and the American Experiment, sponsored by the Apgar Foundation. Vincent Phillip Munoz speaks March 13 and Daniel Walker Howe on April 11.

Clothing and stuffed animal drive

The Carroll College Sigma Theta Tau nursing students are holding a stuffed animal, sweatshirt, sweatpant and flannel drive and will collect donations at the Saints basketball games from 5:15 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22. Bring your donations to the game at the Carroll College PE Center. New stuffed animals and women's and men's new or gently used sweatshirts, sweatpants and flannels are requested.

Wayward Wealth and the Patristic Response

Former Carroll College faculty member Dr. Brian Matz, of Fontbonne

University in St. Louis, will discuss early Christian thoughts on wealth within the Roman empire as part of the Popes and Patristics Lecturer Series at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 107 O’Connell Hall, Carroll College.


Sweetheart Vendor Affair

The Sweetheart Vendor Affair will be at the Great Northern Hotel, 835 Great Northern Ave., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. Thirty vendors will display handmade crafts, foods and more.


Myrna Loy Center launches grants to artists

The Myrna Loy announces its 2018 Grants to Artists program, offering individual grants to working artists in any genre living in Jefferson, Broadwater, or Lewis and Clark County. Projects must be completed by June 30, 2019.

Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 21.

Guidelines and an application form are available online at Questions can be emailed to the address on the form. 


Helena Xpress Singers Youth Talent Search

The Helena Xpress Singers are searching for the area’s top youth talent in three age groups.

The two Spring Shows on April 14 will present the best in four-part harmony music and showcase Helena’s greatest youth talent.

The Youngstars Talent Show Contest invites boys and girls ages 5-9 and 10-14 to audition. Individuals or groups of up to four persons and every talent will be considered. Prizes awarded in each age group.

The Xpress Singers Talent Search is also looking for young men and women ages 15-21 to audition for the solo vocalist competition. A $1,000 grand prize goes to the winner. All genres are welcome.

Audition video deadline is Feb. 26. Visit for application, video instructions and information. Questions can be emailed to

ExplorationWorks Girls’ STEM Expo

ExplorationWorks hosts the Girls’ STEM Expo at ExplorationWorks noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25.

The free, public event will feature presentations and hands-on activities by leading women in STEM fields and is open to girls (and boys) of all ages.

Presentations will be offered at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. in the ExplorationWorks Pyfer classroom, 995 Carousel Way. Topics include Water Under the Ground – Groundwater by Agatha Podrasky from spectrum Discovery Area in Missoula; The Human Brain by Dr. Nikki Honzel from Carroll College; and Montana’s Women Pioneers in Medicine by Annie Hanshew from Northern Rockies Historical Research.

Hands-on activity stations will be located on the second floor with demonstrations such as Be An Architect, Chemistry Concoctions, 3D Printing, Mission Possible, and more. For more information, visit


NEA Jazz Master Dr. Lonnie Smith plays the Myrna Loy

Legendary Hammond B-3 organ master Dr. Lonnie Smith and his trio perform one concert only in Montana at the Myrna Loy, Thursday, Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m.

A 2017 NEA Jazz Master, Smith’s received numerous awards during his 50-year career. A Blue Note recording star and co-founder of the George Benson Quartet, he has been featured on over 70 albums. He has recorded and performed with many of the jazz, blues and R&B giants in the industry and just released his own 26th album, “All In My Mind.”

Tickets are $27 and are available at 443-0287, online at, or at the box office, 15 N. Ewing. 

Symphony performs Beethoven and Harp on Fire

The Helena Symphony performs Beethoven’s popular “Pastoral Symphony,” and exotic music from South America and Spain, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Helena Civic Center, 340 Neill Ave.

The “Pastoral Symphony” seems to be a literal depiction of nature, but Beethoven explained it is “more an expression of feeling than a painting,” and that “the listeners should be able to discover it for themselves.”

The concert continues with HSO Principal Harpist Tess Michel performing the riveting Harp Concerto of Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera.

The HSO also performs Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s beloved “Capriccio Espagnol.”

Tickets are $12 to $52, plus a $5 transaction fee, online at, by calling the Symphony Box Office at 442-1860), or visiting the Symphony Box Office located on the Downtown Walking Mall at the Livestock Building, 2 N. Last Chance Gulch, Suite 1, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. 


Tales of a "silver" ranger in Alaska

Helena resident, Charlotte Henson gives a free talk on how she’s spent many of her retirement summers in Alaska working for the parks. If you've ever yearned to hike the 33 Meanest Miles in History, or live a dream, come to hear these adventures 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at Montana Wild, 2668 Broadwater Ave. The talk is sponsored by the Helena Outdoor Club.


‘Adventures in Volunteerism’

Susan Bartels will talk about "Adventures in Volunteerism" at the Last Chance Gulch Corral History Group 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, at Jorgenson's Restaurant, 1720 11th Ave. No-host cocktails are at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6. Reservations are required by Friday noon Feb. 16 by calling Shirley Thomas at 227-5953 or 431-8196.

Susan and Lowell Bartels started the Farm in the Dell in Montana, and she will speak about the history of the farms. They are not just group homes for the developmentally disabled, but also self-sufficient running farms. For more information, call Dolly Post at 458-1175. 


The Laramie Project

Carroll College Theatre is producing, “The Laramie Project,” by Moises Kaufman and The Tectonic Theater Project, Feb. 9-17, in the Carroll College FLEX Theatre

The documentary-style play uses the transcribed words of over 200 real people who lived at the time of the murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. A talk back will be held after the Feb. 15 performance.

Shows are 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 15, 16 and 17. Tickets are available at the door or online. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors, and $2 with a current Carroll College ID. Use coupon code: “shire” for a $4 discount on tickets if you purchase tickets online (not valid with Carroll ID tickets).