Meet and chat with author Karen Wills on Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. in the large meeting room, Lewis and Clark Library. Wills will read from and discuss her book "River with No Bridge" about the immigrant experience in settling the West.
Enjoy the Daytimers Book Group at 3 p.m. on Sept. 21 in the small meeting room at the Lewis and Clark Library. The book being discussed, "Mothering Sunday" by Graham Swift.
Books & Brews
Join Books & Brews on Sept. 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the Red Atlas Coffee Shop, 400 Euclid Ave. The book being discussed is "The Boleyn King" by Laura Andersen.
Angie Osborne is holding book discussion and signing at the Helena Public Library on Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. Osborne's biography, " L’Chaim: Margit Chinkes’ Holocaust Survivor Story," recounts the journey of her fourteen-year-old mother, picked up by the Gestapo in 1944 Germany and forced to endure the horrors of the Holocaust.
On Sept. 14 from 4:30-5:30 p.m., join Second Thursday Teen Writers Group with Beth, Public Desk Expert. Come ready to write and learn new ways to make your words sing.
On Sept. 18 from 3-4 p.m. enjoy a Crafternoon with Clare in the small meeting room at the Lewis and Clark Library. Get your after school DIY fix and make leather earrings with Clare, Public Desk Guru and owner of Rock Wren Jewelry. Please register at the Information Desk or call 447-1790. Limited to 15 participants.
Sun Run and Energy Fair
The Helena Sun Run and Energy Fair will be on Sept. 16 at 9 a.m. in Anchor Park. A 5k run and 1-mile walk and bicycle parade through historic Helena will be organized to support clean energy and awareness of climate solutions in Montana's capital. All funds raised will be devoted to purchasing a solar photovoltaic array for Carroll College. Registration starts at 8 a.m. at Anchor Park, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch, and the race starts at 9 a.m. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for students.
This year the Sun Run is partnering with the Montana Renewable Energy Association's 2017 Clean Energy Fair. The Fair will be from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Pioneer Park and will include free educational workshops, an electric car show, food vendors, and kids' activities. Participants can come for the run and stay to learn about clean, renewable energy. Details about the Clean Energy Fair are available at http://montanarenewables.org/clean-energy-fair/.
The Staff and Board of Directors of Your Lewis & Clark Library are embarking on a process that will help guide the growth and development of the Lewis & Clark Library System for the next several years. The Library is asking for the community’s input to accomplish this task.
The survey can be accessed at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HelenaLibrary. Paper copies are available at the Service Desks at each of the Main Branch in Helena, Augusta, Lincoln, East Helena, as well as on the Bookmobile. The survey will remain open until the end of the day on Friday, Sept. 15.
Everyone is invited to the first ever No Date Required Dance Night on Friday, Sept. 15, from 7-10 p.m. at Helena Valley Community Center, 2605 York Road. Sponsored by the Helena Center of Creative Living, admission is $20 for families, $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for those 10-years-old and younger. Come and dance to music for all ages: '60s through '90s rock, Motown, '80s clubbing, Rat Pack, country and more.
Last Chance Square Dance Club will be hosting their first dance of the fall season on Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. at Broadwater School Gym. It will be mainstream dance with plus tips and round dancing. This dance is for experienced dancers. Glen Tusler will be calling and cueing the dance. For more information, call 459-6348 or 459-6450.
Last Chance Square Dance Club is offering free introduction to modern square dancing lessons on Monday, Sept. 18 and Saturday, Sept. 23. No prior experience is needed. Lessons begin at 6:30 p.m. at Broadwater School Gym. Couples, singles and families are welcome. For more information, call 449-6450 or 459- 6348.
The Montana Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers along with the ASCE Student Chapter at Carroll College, is excited to host the premier of MacGillivray Freeman's film, Dream Big: Engineering our World, here in Helena. Join the group on Sept. 16 in the FLEX Theater in the lower campus center for free showings open to the public. Showings are scheduled for 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. Representatives from local Science and Engineering organizations, including Boeing, ExplorationWorks!, and the Fusion Robotics Club will be on hand to host fun and engaging activities for attendees after the movie.
The Myrna Loy Center celebrates the 20th anniversary of Montana’s American Indian Heritage Day on Friday, Sept. 22, with a free movie screening, cultural fair, and evening blues concert. The event is a collaboration with the Montana Office of Public Instruction Indian Education program.
The celebration begins at 4 p.m. with a free showing of, 100 Years: One Woman’s Fight for Justice, a documentary film about Blackfeet activist Elouise Cobell and her historic fight challenging the US government’s mismanagement of trust funds belonging to more than 500,000 Native Americans. A public outdoor cultural celebration begins at 5:30 p.m., featuring American Indian powwow dancers and singers, with food available for sale.
Montana bluesman Jared Stewart, a noted Apsaalooke (Crow) tribal member, will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the concert are $15 for adults and $10 for students, and are available at the Myrna Loy, 443-0287 or myrnaloycenter.com.
Celebration of Constitution Day will be Monday, Sept. 18, at 1 p.m. in the Capitol rotunda. Birthday cookies and drinks will be provided by members of Oro Fino Chapter DAR, which is co-sponsoring this event with the Montana State Society DAR. Everyone is welcome.
In addition to this event, Oro Fino DAR is supporting Constitution Week with ringing dozens of cathedral, church, school and courthouse bells across Montana, displays and programs in tri-county area schools, displays in Lewis & Clark and Jefferson County libraries, the Goodkind and U.S. Bank buildings. For more information or assistance, visit www.montanadar.org.
The Montana Historical Society invites everyone to reflect on how World War I impacted life under the Big Sky at the 44th annual Montana History Conference. Titled "Montana, 1917: Time of Trouble, Time of Change," the conference will be held in Helena on Sept. 21-23. Registration closes Sept. 15.
The conference features special workshops for educators and genealogists, sessions on a wide range of topics, and keynote presentations. Other sessions will look at both those who supported the war and those who opposed it. To learn more about the conference, visit http://mhs.mt.gov/education/ConferencesWorkshops. To receive a copy of the full conference program, contact Joy Lewis at 444-1799 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Old time fiddle jam
The Montana Old Time Fiddlers will bring their music to the American Legion in Townsend, on Sunday, Sept. 17, from 2-6 p.m. The program is free and open to the public, lunch is potluck, and dancing is encouraged. Guitar, mandolin, and banjo players are welcome to participate in the jam – and anyone can just come to hear some great old time fiddle music.
The Montana Old Time Fiddlers are dedicated to preserving old time fiddle music in Montana, providing educational and performance opportunities for all. For more info call Dave at 685-3481.
Sandy Hook Tragedy
On Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. Lori Kehoe, wife of former Newtown, Connecticut, Chief of Police Michael Kehoe will share the family experiences of the first responders as related to the killings of 26 people, mostly children, in the Sandy Hook tragedy. The event will tie together mass tragedies and mental illness. Michael Kehoe hopes to meet with local and state law enforcement agencies earlier in the day to discuss mass tragedy events. The event is free and open to the public, and will be held in the campus center, Carroll College.
Montana's energy future
On Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. from 7-8:30 p.m. enjoy a lively panel debate on the energy needs of the state of Montana and the social and environmental consequences of energy choices in the lower campus center, Carroll College. Also, learn about Carroll’s efforts to bring solar panels to campus. The event is free and open to the public.
The Montana Playwrights Network (MPN) is looking for creative works to showcase in performance and eventual publication. Selected unpublished, original short stories, dramatic monologues, memoirs, poetry and more are to be performed at the first “Montana Playwrights Conference” scheduled for Nov. 2 and Nov. 3 at Helena College. For complete guidelines, visit www.MontanaPlaywrights.org. The deadline for submission of work is Sept. 15.