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Children’s art show

Sharon Hultin’s Children’s Art Spring Show 2018 is 4 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 21, at First Lutheran Church 2231 E. Broadway.

Ernst and friends art show

Lisa Ernst exhibits her porcelain art joined by special guests Martin Scanlon, Robyn Duff, Katherine Knight and Victor Daniel -- all teachers at Helena High School.

The show is May 18-20 at Jefferson City Studio, 343 N. Main, Jefferson City. Hours: Friday 5-8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday noon-4 p.m.

BODY: Art Jewelry and Figurative Show

1+1=1 Gallery features a wide variety of unique and original works to celebrate the body, including handmade art jewelry meant to highlight and adorn as well as figurative paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics and textiles. Opening reception is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 25, at 434 N. Last Chance Gulch.

books

Jim Posewitz book signing

Helena author and conservationist Jim Posewitz will sign copies of his new autobiography, “My Best Shot,” at the Montana Book Company 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 19.

His book recounts a lifetime advocating for Montana’s conservation legacy, first as a biologist with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks and later as a creator of conservation organizations, including Orion, The Hunter’s Institute. He is perhaps most well-known for the book “Beyond Fair Chase: The Ethic and Tradition of Hunting,” which is given to hunter education students across the nation.

Teach Elrod book signing

"It Will Get Tough, cops and bikers" is a new book by Teach Elrod of Wolf Creek, who has a book signing 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Montana Book and Toy Company at 331 N. Last Chance Gulch.

In his review of the book for Thunder Press, Bill Hayes writes: "All I ever wanted were brothers who would stand with me no matter how tough it gets, and it will get tough." That sentiment sets the tone for "It Will Get Tough, cops and bikers."

Sheri Schofield book signing

Sheri Schofield, award-winning local author, will be releasing her latest book, “The Prince and the Plan,” at a book launch party on Saturday, May 19, at Walmart from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be four drawings for $25 Walmart gift cards, and Schofield will be there to sign her new book.

To learn more about “The Prince and the Plan,” check out www.SheriSchofield.com.

dance

Allegro School of Dance presents “The Bells of Notre Dame”

On Saturday, May 19, Allegro School of Dance will present “The Bells of Notre Dame.”

Two shows are offered at Helena Middle School at 2 and 7 p.m. as the Allegro Dancers present the classic tale of Quasimodo (Alina Steichen) and his journey to escape the bell tower with the help of Esmeralda (Malaysia Lee) and Djali (Sami Hill).

Along the way Quasimodo is supported by his three gargoyle friends played by Emily Burke, Sarah Helm and Cassidy Kelly. This performance will take a lighter side of this classic tale and will be highlighted by classic music as well as music from the 2016 musical.

This year the show will benefit The Helena Regional Sports Center and Easton Ducharme. There will also be a 50/50 drawing to raise money for Easton.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or at Allegro, 636 Barney St. They are $15, adults; $10, students & seniors. Children under 3 are free.

For details, call 443-1231.

Travel the world with ballet

Take a journey to faraway lands with Queen City Ballet Company 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20, when it presents “An Evening at the Ballet,” featuring excerpts from “Don Quixote,” “Coppelia,” “La Bayadere,” “Les Sylphide,” “Carmen,” and the “Flames of Paris” pas de deux.

Tickets for the performance at Helena Middle School auditorium, 1025 N. Rodney St., are available at www.queencityballet.com for $25.

The works will highlight the dancer’s artistry and are the ones the dancers performed at the Universal Ballet Competition in March in Atlanta, said artistic director Campbell Midgley. They are also the ones the public rarely gets to see.

Cowboy Country & the Gold Dust Girls at Helena Eagles’ Club

The Cowboy Country & the Gold Dust Girls, country/western band from the Flathead Valley, will bring to the stage their wide-ranging mix of classic country, old-style western, vintage rock ‘n’ roll, and boot-stomping bluegrass music from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, at the Helena Eagles Club. There is a $5 cover charge per person.

The 8-member band includes Karla West (vocals, keyboard), John Goodrich (drums, tenor sax), Scott Sorenson (vocals, lead guitar), Connie Rudie (vocals, fiddle), Paul Sebesta (fiddle), Bill Rossiter (vocals, guitar, harmonica, and banjo), Ed Hull (bass) and Sandy Matheny (vocals, rhythm guitar).

Dancers can look forward to a variety of tempos and styles including waltzes, two-steps and one-steps, polkas, fox trots, swing and Latin rhythms. 

history

Montana History in 9 Easy Lessons

Montana Historical Society, 224 N. Roberts, presents a two-month exploration of the last 12,000 years of Montana history Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m., through May 30.

Final talks: May 23: Modern Revolution and Counterrevolution: Montana from the late 1960s through the 1990s; and May 30: Tribal Sovereignty in the Self-Determination Period. Info: 444-4741 or klambert@mt.gov.

Montana’s country schoolhouses

Jim Greene and his wife Martha Vogt will present "Road Trip Back in Time: The Joys of Locating & Documenting Montana's Country Schoolhouses" for the next Last Chance Gulch History Club dinner meeting on May 21.

The Last Chance Gulch Corral is a local history group and will meet in the lower Jorgenson's Restaurant, 1720 11th Ave., at 5:30 p.m. for no-host cocktails followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Reservations are required by Friday noon May 18 by calling Teresa Hartzog at 442-4625.

Montana had over 2,600 country schools during the homesteading era. Montana now has 70 active country schools.

library 

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East Helena Library: Mental health series, more

Thursday, May 7: 3:45-5 p.m. Making cards for Shodair patients with teenCHAT group.

Saturday, May 19: All day. Tables with informational pamphlets from National Guard Family Assistance Center and Military One Source will be available at EHB.

1 p.m.: East Helena Library. Juliana Hallows, the suicide prevention coordinator for the VA at Fort Harrison, will guide participants on how to write a safety plan and will present on the VA program Coaching into Care.

Wednesday, May 23, 10:30 a.m.: Common Sense Parenting Class with

Laura Thomas, the area manager of Youth Dynamics, will provide tips on commonsense parenting and discuss the free 12-week parent education program she provides.

Other programs also offered at EHB in May include: chair yoga and game night, Thursday, May 24, 5 p.m.; and Great Tips for Better Design, Tuesday, May 29 at 6 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room with Luke Duran from Element+L Design. He presents a free lecture on basic layout and graphic design with tips to improve your visual presentation and communicate your message more effectively.

The library is located at 16 E. Main St., in East Helena. All events are free and open to the public. 

music

The Fretless at The Myrna Loy

The Juno Award-winning quartet The Fretless work their high energy magic on Irish, Scottish and American folk tunes they rearrange into intricate melodies.

The Toronto-based string quartet perform their unique “rad trad” music at The Myrna Loy 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17.

Fiddle and viola player Ben Plotnick says their music is “essentially different folk traditions revolving around fiddle with a classical sensibility.”

The quartet won the Juno Award as 2017 Instrumental Band of the Year for that album. They’ve also garnered several Canadian Folk Music Awards for their earlier recordings.

Playing with Plotnick are fellow quartet members Trent Freeman and Karrnnel Sawitsky on violin and viola and Eric Wright on cello.

To check out their dynamic live Art Farm concert and recording, visit youtube.com/user/thefretlessmusic.

Tickets are $22 adults and $18 students and are available at 443-0287, online at myrnaloycenter.com, or at the box office, 15 N. Ewing, across from the Courthouse.

Freak Rot at Staggering Ox

Lively punk reggae with Freak Rot performing 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 18, at the Staggering Ox in the Lundy Center. The band is made up of three individuals who bring surreal vibes to every venue they play. All ages welcome. No cover charge. For info, call 443-1729.

A Choral Potpourri

Helena Chamber Singers presents: A Choral Potpourri on Saturday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday May 20, at 4 p.m. Both concerts are at the Plymouth Congregational Church, 400 S. Oaks. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $8 for students, children 12 and under are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

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