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Community Student Exhibition

The Archie Bray Foundation’s opening reception for its annual Community Student Exhibition is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 13, in the North Gallery.

The show features utilitarian pottery and sculpture by local artists who have taken Bray ceramics classes in the past year.

The Bray is located at 2915 Country Club Ave., 443-3502,

Linda Washburn Roberts reception

An opening reception for photographer Linda Washburn Roberts, the April featured artist at Queen City Framing and Art Supplies, is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 13, at 400 Euclid Ave.

Her work focuses on landscapes, nature and fine art photography, and reflects her strong love of nature. 

New Exhibit: Flight 

All new works will be unveiled at 1+1=1 Gallery in its spring exhibit, “Flight,” on Friday, April 20.

The works by 14 artists interprets the theme of flight across many mediums including: printmaking, ceramic, painting, encaustic, wood-carving and charcoal drawing.

A reception is from 5 to 8 p.m. and also includes a panel-style artist discussion. The gallery is at 434 N. Last Chance Gulch,, 431-9931.

Congressional art competition

Montana high school students are invited to enter the 2018 Congressional Art Competition.

Students must photograph and email their artwork to by Friday, April 27. One submission per student.

The winner’s artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. The winner also receives two free airline tickets to Washington, D.C. to attend the exhibit opening in June.

Youth Electrum

The Holter Museum of Art holds an opening reception for the popular annual Youth Electrum Exhibition 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 20. The museum is at 12 E. Lawrence St., 442-6400,


Earth Day Lecture 

In advance of Earth Day, Carroll College hosts an evening devoted to Montana climate science and local public action, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in the Simperman/Wiegand Amphitheatre 101/202, Carroll College Campus.

Professor Cathy Whitlock, lead author of The Montana Climate Assessment, will talk about this first-of-its-kind study, which describes past and future climate trends affecting different sectors of the Montana economy.

Theology Professor Eric Meyer and City Commissioner Rob Farris-Olsen will give remarks, with all three speakers closing with a Q&A panel.

Ed Noonan talk

Ed Noonan presents a free, public talk "33 School Years at Carroll: Perspectives of a Gay Catholic Man,", 7 p.m. April 12, in O'Connell Hall, Room 107, Carroll College. (Rescheduled from April 5.)

Research festival, keynote

Hilton Lewis, director of the V.M. Keck Observatory, presents: W. M. Keck Observatory: Portal to the Universe, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at Simperman/Wiegand Amphitheatre, Carroll College.

It is the keynote address at the Student Undergraduate Research Festival, April 19 and 20.

W. M. Keck Observatory has been the largest, most versatile, and most productive astronomical observatory among the world's optical and infrared telescopes. Keck telescopes have been central to some of the most seminal discoveries of the past quarter century.

Lewis will share the complex engineering behind the Keck telescopes and also tell his personal story and what he believes is critical for Keck Observatory's continued success. This event is free and open to the public. Student research festival presentations are 9 to 5 on April 20 in the Campus Center.


Belly dance show

Enjoy the Rak and Bellyroll Show 2018, an evening of experimental belly dance, 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Cohesion Dance Center, 1020 Argyle St.

Performances feature Queen City Tribal, Scheherazade Squad and more. The event showcases a diverse array of styles including Oriental, ATS (American Tribal Style), Tribal Fusion.

Beer and wine catered by Lewis and Clark Brewery, concessions available and raffle prizes. Tickets are $12 at the door, $10 with donation to Food Share. 

Helena Contra Dancers

Join us on April 14 at Free Ceramics Studio, 650 Logan St., to dance to “Skippin’ a Groove” from Missoula. Musicians in this band play lively tunes on fiddle, guitar and flute/penny whistle. A beginner’s workshop starts at 7:30, with dancing until 10:30 p.m.

No partner needed. Young children, students and seniors are welcome

For more information, call Amie Butler at 438-5819.


Montana History in 9 Easy Lessons

Join Montana Historical Society staff members and other experts in a two-month exploration of the last 12,000 years of Montana history.

Every Wednesday, 3:30-4:30 p.m., between April 4 and May 30, a presenter will discuss a major period in Montana history.

The upcoming talk, April 18: Gold!

Other topics: April 25: Industrial Montana; May 2: Disintegration: Montana’s Tribal Nations in the Early Reservation Years; May 9: Homesteading Boom and Bust; May 16: Montana and the Cold War; May 23: Modern Revolution and Counterrevolution: Montana from the late 1960s through the 1990s; May 30: Tribal Sovereignty in the Self-Determination Period. MHS is at 224 N Roberts, 444-4741 or email

Meet Mary Fields

June Sprout tells the history of "Mary Fields: One of the Freest Souls to Ever Draw a Breath" at the next Last Chance Gulch Corral History Group on Monday April 16. Cocktails are at 5:30 p.m. at Jorgenson's lower restaurant followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Reservations required by Friday noon April 13 by calling Shirley Thomas at 227-5953 or 431-8196.

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The Last Chance Gulch Corral meets monthly with programs of interest to history buffs. For information, call Dolly Post at 458-1175.


Better phone photos

Lewis & Clark Library offers a free class, “Taking Photos with your Phone,” 1 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in the small meeting room. Come to this class for tips on how to make your photos pop. Includes a Photography Walk to try out your skills. Call 447-1690 to register. For details about April classes and events for all ages, visit

Poetry readings

Lewis & Clark Library Foundation hosts its 10th annual Community Leaders Poetry Reading 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at the library’s Ambrose Room, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch.

Teen Poetry on Fire event is 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 18 in the large meeting room.


Young Talent matinee

Helena Xpress Singers hosts the YoungStars Talent Showcase 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at The Myrna Loy, 15 N. Ewing.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for those 12 and under and are available at Friendly’s Sinclair, 1831 11th Ave., or from any Xpress chorus member.

Show includes performances by the Helena Xpress Singers Chorus, Xpress Singers Quartets, 2017 Talent Search Winners and the 2018 Talent Search Semi-Finalists.

Young Singers gala night show

Helena Xpress Singers offers an evening of song featuring Young Singers Talent Search Semi-Finalists, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 14. The audience will vote for the finalists, and the $1,000 grand prize winner will be selected by the judging panel.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for those 12 and under and are available at Friendly’s Sinclair, 1831 11th Ave., or

The show features the Helena Xpress Singers Chorus, Xpress Singers Quartets, 2017 Talent Search Winners and the 2018 Talent Search Semi-Finalists.


Connecting Kids with Nature

Time in the outdoors is an important part of childhood, yet fewer kids have outdoor experiences.

Carolyn Sevier, director of the Montana Audubon Center, will describe education programs at the Audubon Center in Billings at the next Last Chance Audubon Society program 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at Montana WILD, 2668 Broadwater Ave. Cookies and conversation at 6:30 p.m.


’Moon Over Buffalo’ at CHS

Capital High School stages a production of ”Moon Over Buffalo,” by Ken Ludwig, opening April 19.

Show dates are April 19-21, 26-28, starting at 7 p.m.

Ludwig also wrote “Lend Me a Tenor” and “Baskerville.”


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