‘Addiction Incorporated’

The documentary film, “Addiction Incorporated,” which has won critical acclaim for its riveting, true story of the tobacco industry’s lies and its attempt to silence the scientist who blew the whistle on the industry, will be screened at the Myrna Loy Center on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. during “Through With Chew Week,” sponsored by the Lewis and Clark City-County Health Department, Youth Connections, and reACT Against Corporate Tobacco. The screening is free.

A New York Times film critic’s pick, “Addiction Incorporated” is a strong and thought-provoking film that tobacco-prevention advocates find inspirational. For more information about the event, contact Brett Christian at 457-9824 or Gayle Shirley at 457-8908.

‘Living the Wisdom of the Tao’

“Living the Wisdom of the Tao with Dr. Wayne Dyer,” is the featured film at Friday’s free film night, sponsored by the Helena Center of Creative Living Friday, Feb. 22. Doors open at 6 p.m. for community and snacks. Film begins at 6:30 p.m. at the St. John’s Law Library, 25 S. Ewing St.

The film is about the Tao Te Ching, attributed to the Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu, which has been called “the wisest book ever written.” This classic text offers insight and guidance that is practical and spiritual and is a valuable resource for achieving a way of life that guarantees emotional and mental stability. In his insightful yet relaxed style, international author and speaker, Dyer, demonstrates the wisdom of the Tao, including examples from his own life, showing how easy it is to change one’s thinking and relationship to the world.

Dealing with some of the most profound questions and issues facing us today, Dyer gracefully integrates the simple truth of the Tao. Dyer has reviewed hundreds of translations of the Tao Te Ching and has written 81 distinct essays on how to apply the ancient wisdom of Lao-tzu to today’s modern world.

Moviegoers should enter on Rodney Street for parking.


Kay’s Kids 

The Kay McKenna Youth Foundation’s annual fundraising dance will be held Friday, Feb. 22, at the Helena Civic Center 8 p.m. to midnight. The Ironfront Band will be providing country dance and classic rock ’n’ roll music. Tickets are $15 or $25 per couple and available at Van’s Thriftway or Leslie’s Hallmark.

The fundraiser benefits former Mayor Kay McKenna’s program, Kay’s Kids, offered in the parks for eight weeks during the summer. Any child, age 6 to 13, is allowed to participate. Kay’s Kids was offered at Barney, Memorial, Lincoln Parks and Kennedy Park in summer 2012.

Good Stuff Event

A two-day countywide garage sale, live auction, silent auction and community dance is the latest event planned in the drive to save the hospital in Townsend.

The fundraiser will be at the Broadwater County fairgrounds 4-H building Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 23 and 24, and is hosted by the Broadwater Health Center Auxiliary, which has been raising money for the hospital since it was built in 1986.

The Good Stuff Event will include two days of garage sale beginning at

8 a.m. Saturday that will include a bake sale, chili feed, silent auction, music and a dance.

The garage sale continues on Sunday, beginning at 1 p.m.

Showcase auction items include: a 1990 Chevy 3/4T pickup, a 1998 Chevy Suburban, a 1999 Ford F150 and a 1970 Ford grain truck, a two-horse trailer, a 1985 Sylvan boat, a Craftsman riding lawn mower with attachments and more. Viewing of auction items will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Other items include porcelain dishes, paintings, arts and crafts for a silent auction. Hundreds of items have been donated. Cary Ruckel will dish out his famous chili feed beginning at 4:30 p.m. Music by Tom and Joan Eliel will play for the dining hour. A no-host bar will be available. What does not sell goes the next day from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Townsend Rotarians will also host a dance immediately following the live auction Saturday. The Williams family and others will provide the music.

The event is free. Donations are welcome. For information or to make donations call Barbara Kirscher at 266-4483 or contact by email at Donation checks can be sent to Broadwater Community Health Foundation, P.O. Box 1215, Townsend, MT 59644. For more information please go to or call Barb at 266-4483.

Family Promise and Food Share

The annual Comfort Food Challenge for Family Promise will be 4 to 6 p.m.on Sunday, Feb. 24, at the Lewis & Clark Fairgrounds. The event features various local church congregations and businesses, each offering a comfort food as part of a sample and taste opportunity for people to enjoy, and a chance to vote for their favorite foods in the People’s Choice Award. Tickets are $10 per person; kids under 11, free.

Helena Food Share will be holding its annual Mardi Gras themed fundraiser on March 23 at the Great Northern Best Western. This event will include raffles, a silent auction, Cajun cuisine and music by Vintage. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 443-3663.

Together, Family Promise and Food Share are assisting numerous families in the Helena community, and community support is vital to enable the continuing and increased requests.

Golden Years Gardening Ales for Charity

Golden Years Gardening, in conjunction with Helena Community Gardens, holds a GYG-A-Brew fundraiser for the gardens being installed at the Helena Masonic Home in the Helena Valley. The Lewis and Clark Brewery has provided its facilities Saturday, Feb. 26, for the fundraiser as part of their Ales for Charity Program.

Golden Years Gardening is a Montana nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing a sense of pride and self-esteem in Montana’s senior citizens, and to enhancing their mental and physical health. They accomplish this goal by providing seniors with the opportunity to grow, harvest and consume their own food and herbs and grow their own flowers. Golden Years Gardening works with assisted living and nursing home facilities as well as local gardening clubs and organizations to develop garden plots and provide volunteer assistance to the residents of the homes.

The garden at the Masonic home will not only offer the residents an opportunity to get out in the sunshine and exercise their gardening skills, but will also provide the kitchen with fresh produce throughout the summer. Volunteers will assist the residents in their gardening. There will be a volunteer sign up list at the party for anybody who would like to lend a hand to the project

The party begins at 5 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m. with a portion of the beer sales being donated to Golden Years Gardening. In addition there will be pizza for sale by the slice, a silent auction and music provided by Stonehouse.

Soup and pie lunch

Covenant United Methodist Church (across from St. Peter’s Hospital) will hold a soup and pie lunch and sale Saturday, March 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A lunch of homemade soup and pie prepared by the Covenant United Methodist women will be served for $3.50 per person; $3.50 for pie and coffee. Goodies will be available at the bake sale as well as a craft table and white elephant table.

Proceeds from this fundraiser are donated to Helena nonprofit agencies.

Mexican Dinner and Silent Auction

The Helena Opera Club is raising funds to send students to New York City in April for a music education trip. They invite everyone to attend their Mexican Dinner and Silent Auction fundraiser Saturday, March 2, at the South Hills Church of Christ, 2294 Deerfield Lane. Dinner will be served 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Auction lasts until 8 p.m. Advance tickets are available at Piccolo’s Music for $18 for a family of four and $5 for singles. Tickets at the door will be $20 for a family of four and $7 for singles. Donations can be made at any Valley Bank location. Students from C.R. Anderson, Helena Middle School, Helena High School and Capital High School are attending this trip. The trip will cost around $1,800 per student.

One day of ice boating with lessons for two, a skid steer rental and a dump truck of gravel are among the auction items. Those interested in donating goods or services can call 431-2420. For more information email

West Mont Red Carpet Affair

West Mont is rolling out the red carpet for its fourth annual Red Carpet Affair, a semiformal evening at the Best Western Great Northern Hotel in Helena on Saturday, March 9. Hors d’ oeuvres, champagne, desserts, live music by The Mighty Flick, a professional photograph, no-host bar, raffle and more will be offered to those who attend.

Reservations are required, and folks must be 21 or older to attend. Contact West Mont at 447-3100 for tickets at $79 per person or $149 per couple. Discounted rooms are available at the Best Western the evening of the event.

All proceeds from this event will help build West Mont’s newest facility, Ron’s Place, a home for people with disabilities with fluctuating medical needs.

Spaghetti dinner

The Daughters of the Nile Pyramid Choir and Whispering Veils are sponsoring a spaghetti dinner Sunday, March 3, 4 to 6 p.m. in the Consistory-Shrine Temple, at 15 N. Jackson.

The dinner will include a salad, spaghetti with meat sauce, French bread and a dessert. Costs are $10 adults, and children under 12, $5. Tickets can be purchased from members or by calling 442-2592.

the big read

Movie Night in Lincoln

Get a different perspective on “The Joy Luck Club” and watch the film version at the Lincoln Library Thursday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m. This is a Big Read event. The film is rated R. Teens under 17 will need a signed permission slip from a parent or guardian. Call 362-4300 for more information.

Film Festival: ‘Terms of Endearment’

“Terms of Endearment,” covers three decades in the lives of Widow Aurora Greenway and her daughter Emma.

Watch the story unfold at the Lewis & Clark Library Sunday, Feb. 24, at 2 to 4 p.m. as part of the Big Read event.

Feb. 26 event canceled

The Big Read Under the Big Sky discussion of Montana’s endangered snakes and reptiles scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. has been canceled.

‘Chinese in Montana’

The Montana Historical Society will hold “The Chinese in Montana: Historic Treasures Show’n Tell” Thursday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m.

Archivists and curators will discuss some of the more notable items from the collections related to the Chinese experience in Montana in this informal — but informative — presentation. This program is being offered in conjunction with the Lewis & Clark Library’s Big Read. For more information on the Big Read, visit


‘Our Fractal Universe’

Carroll College astronomy professor Dr. Kelly Cline presents “Our Fractal Universe” Friday,

Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Carroll Simperman Hall Wiegand Amphitheatre. This event is free and open to the public.

What do movie special effects, the stock market, heart attacks and the rings of Saturn have in common? They all consist of fractals, irregular repeating shapes that are found in cloud formations and tree limbs, in stalks of broccoli and craggy mountain ranges, and even in the rhythm of the human heart.

Join Cline for an introduction to the amazing new science of fractal geometry. For more information, call 447-5415.



The Lewis & Clark Library presents The Big Read TinkerLab at ExplorationWorks Saturday, Feb. 23, 1 to 3 p.m. Build a Shakey Snakey Bot for the Year of the Snake.

Admission is free all day courtesy of The Big Read and the Lewis & Clark Library. TinkerLab materials are free. These mechanized and personified robotic snakes combine art and science into a fun take home prize. (This program replaces an earlier publicized program on fireworks, which has been canceled.)

PechaKucha presenters for PK No. 4

PechaKucha Helena No. 4 will be held at ExplorationWorks on Wednesday, Feb. 21. The audience will be entertained on topics including artistry from 5,000 feet in the air, growing up poor in the world’s richest nation, walking for health and sanity, collecting images of sex and death, changing the criminal mind, the cultural power of tastebuds, recent South Pole discoveries, and a personal history of Jello.

Presentations include:

Dede Taylor, “The Town that Jello Built”; Matthew A. Nelson, “My Discovery in the Discovery Hut — A Personal Journey Into The History of South Pole”; Claire Bischoff, “The Effects of Food on Culture”; Annie Z. Maixner, “Understanding Criminal Behavior: Where it comes from and can it change?”; Tim Speyer, “Sex and Mortality — Reflections on My Art Collection”; Chris Hunter, “The Walk of Life”; Devon Lawson, “The Rich Life of a Poor Kid”; and Chris Boyer, “Flying is Easy, Art is Hard.”

Doors will open at 6 p.m., so the audience will have time to mingle with presenters and audience members, and explore the exhibit “Unstoppable Forces: Weather Unleashed.” A cash bar is provided. Park Avenue Bakery will provide snacks. Admission price is $7. Tickets can be purchased by calling ExplorationWorks, 457-1800 ext. 1. This event is intended for an adult audience.

The phrase PechaKucha is derived from Japanese, and it means chit-chat. And that’s what happens at a PechaKucha event, but in a very structured manner. Presenters take the stage, show some slides, and tell a story. The format is well-defined and it’s the same around the world, featuring 20 slides of 20 seconds each, for a total of six minutes and 40 seconds. Presenters stand up, share a succinct presentation, and sit down. This is everything the old slide show or PowerPoint never was, and that’s because presenters don’t have time to wander off topic.


Impacts of homesteading

The Montana Historical Society presents “Dividing Montana: The Impacts of Homesteading on Montana Politics and Government, 1900-1930,” with government records archivist Jeff Malcomson Thursday, Feb. 21, at 6:30 p.m.

Malcomson will analyze the dramatic changes — including the county-splitting movement and rise of Progressive politics — that resulted from Montana’s homestead boom at the beginning of the last century. He will also look closely at the expanding electorate in eastern Montana and how the classic division between the eastern and western parts of the state was solidified.

The Montana Historical Society is located at 225 N. Roberts. Call 444-2694 for more information.

Montana Memory Project

The Montana Memory Project will provide access to digital collections and items relating to Montana’s cultural heritage and government at the Augusta Library Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 23 and 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In part, these collections and items document the Montana experience. Access is free and open through the Internet. Many of these items are digitized copies of historic material; some items are contemporary. All serve as a resource for education, business, pleasure and lifelong learning. The Augusta Historical Society and the Augusta Library partnership bring this extraordinary opportunity.


Trout Fishing in America

Trout Fishing in America — with Ezra Idlet on guitar and vocals and Keith Grimwood on bass and vocals — will be appearing at the Myrna Loy Center, located at 15 N. Ewing, Thursday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m. Admission to the show will be $12. For ticket information call 443-0287.

Four-time Grammy nominee Trout Fishing in America’s book/CD “Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important” — the hilarious sequel to its previous book/CD “My Name Is Chicken Joe” —was written and narrated by the band and illustrated by Stephane Jorish. The spoken-word tale is followed by 11 original songs relating to the story. The characters in all the songs were inspired by real people and animals in Idlet and Grimwood’s lives.

Currently based in Arkansas, Grimwood and Idlet first teamed up in Houston as members of the folk/rock band St. Elmo’s Fire. Grimwood left a promising classical music career as bassist for the Houston Symphony ,and Idlet had been through a variety of rock and folk bands.

Before the breakup of St. Elmo’s Fire in 1979, Grimwood and Idlet began performing on the side as a duo. An impromptu event in the late ’70s, had a profound effect on their career: they were asked to perform at a grade school. Since then, performing and recording for children has been a major focus

Capital High wind ensemble

Capital High School Band will be performing works for wind ensemble by composers Franz Biebl and Johann Sebastian Bach Monday, March 4, at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Helena. The choirs will be performing a wide variety of pieces, including a piece also accompanied by Capital High string quartet.

The Montana State University Chorale will also perform a selection of pieces.

The Capital Chamber singers will join the MSU Chorale for one final selection. Admission is $6 for students and seniors (65 and up) and $8 for adults. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling 324-2516. Doors open to the public at 6:30 p.m.

Youth singing contest

Helena’s Xpress Singers will hold open auditions for the 2013 Xpress Talent Search on March 7 start-ing at 5:30 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Mall. To be eligible for the contest you must be from the Helena area and be between the ages of 15 and 21 by April 13, the date of the finals. The contest is open to both female and male singers.

Those auditioning should be prepared to sing a minimum of 16 bars of any nonclassical song, unaccompanied, in front of a panel of judges. The judges will select semifinalists to compete in the next round at the Talent Search/Xpress Singers Extravaganza. From these semifinalists, three will be selected by audience vote to move to the final round. The winner, selected by a panel of guest judges, takes home bragging rights and a $1,000 cash prize donated by Friendly’s Sinclair.

The Xpress Talent Search, sponsored by Helena’s Xpress Singers and Friendly’s Sinclair, is a youth singing contest started in November 2007. Past winners include K.J. Olson, Hunter Steketee and Gabi Harmon.

Learn more on the Xpress Singers website (, at Friendly’s Sinclair at 1831 11th Ave. or by calling Ginni at 465-3800.

Queen City Swing

The Queen City Swing band will be performing Friday, Feb. 22, at the Eagle Lodge on Fee Street.

The music begins at 8 p.m. and ends at 11 p.m. Admission is $5 per person at the door. For additional information, contact 442-5263.

roller derby

Hel’z Belles

Helena’s roller derby team, Hel’z Belles, is hosting its season opener bout Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds. The doors will open for this fun-filled night at 6 p.m., and the skating action starts at 7 p.m. The Hel’z Belles are taking on Missoula’s Brawlin’ Mollies in what is sure to be an exciting event.

Tickets for the “Masqued Mayhem” bout are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and $8 for students. Get your tickets now at Taco Treat, Dave’s Exxon, Blackfoot Brewery or the Painted Pot. Fans are encouraged to join the team at Miller’s Crossing for the after-party.

Visit to learn more or like them on Facebook.


Mama Rave

Mama Rave, Helena’s exclusive pop up ladies night club will have a ladies night out, dancing, drinks and red carpet photo shoot at the Rathskeller at the Montana Club 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23.

Tickets can be purchased at “The Bucket” for $20. More information visit Facebook, “mama rave” or call Jen 202-8042.

come on down

‘The Price is Right’

‘The Price is Right — Live’ will be at the Helena Civic Center Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m. Reserved seating for all ages, will cost $29.50, $39.50, or $49.50. Additional fees may apply.

Todd Newton, the Emmy Award-winning host of the Game Show Network programs “Whammy! The New Press Your Luck” and “Hollywood Showdown” is scheduled to be the host of The Price is Right Live.”

From Plinko to Cliffhangers to the Big Wheel, and even the fabulous showcase, all the favorite games are played just like the TV show. Guest’s names are called out throughout the show to win prizes just for being there.

Tickets are available at,, the Helena Civic Center Box Office (open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday), or by calling 447-8481.


Contra dance

Contra dancing will be set to the lively beat of Sassafras Stomp Saturday, Feb. 23, 7:30 to 10 p.m. in The Placer Lobby at 21 N. Last Chance. There will be a workshop at 7 p.m. and all dances will be taught and called by Rosanna Finley. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for members, and $6 for students.

Sassafras Stomp features Adam Nordell and Johanna Davis, who are back in Helena for the winter. Contra dancing is fun for all ages, with no partner needed. For more information call Amie at 495-0935.


Adams and Savage

The series of free public programs celebrating the “Ansel Adams: A Legacy” exhibition at the Holter Museum of Art continues through the end of February. On Saturday, Feb. 23, at 10:30 a.m. the Holter welcomes local professional photographer Jason Savage to lead a tour of the Ansel Adams exhibition. The tour is free and open to the public.

Savage is based in Montana and works as a freelance and commercial photographer, specializing in travel and outdoor photography. He spends most of his time traveling this region of the United States capturing its unique beauty and landscapes. His work has been featured in American Cowboy, The New York Times, Time, Montana Magazine, Big Sky Journal, National Audubon Society, Sierra Magazine, Alaska Geographic and many others. In addition to his commercial and freelance photography, Savage also teaches classes and outdoor photography workshops.

Visit for more information. The Holter is located at 12 E. Lawrence; 442-6400.

‘How to Draw What You See’

The Holter Museum of Art welcomes popular artist and educator Phoebe Toland for a drawing class for all abilities. “How to Draw What You See” begins Wednesday, March 6, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The class continues on Wednesdays through March 20. Enrollment is limited to 10 students; register early to guarantee a spot in the class. The class size is limited for individualized instruction.

Toland is an abstract artist who works primarily with drawing and painting. She earned a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in New York and a BFA from Montana State University, Bozeman. Tuition is $75 for members, $115 for nonmembers. A materials list will be provided at registration. To register, call 442-6400 extension 115 or register online at

Open studio sale

Cheri Thornton holds an Open Studio Pottery Sale 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24. She’s offering those mugs, bowls, tumblers, plates and wine cuffs that were all sold out at her last studio sale. Refreshments will be served, along with great company in a warm studio.

Location is 701 State St., on the corner of State and Beattie. Use the Beattie Street studio entrance. To contact Cheri, email her at

Four perspectives photography class

Four professional photographers will teach a photography class at the Holter Museum of Art on Thursdays, March 7- 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jeff Van Tine, Kurt Keller, Jason Savage and Kenton Rowe will share their four perspectives with class participants.

Each of the photography pros will share his methods and creative vision through demonstration and discussion. Together participants and pros will analyze photographs while identifying criteria for what makes a good photo and what makes a great photo. This class is designed to help participants develop a personal style and vision that improves their photography.

Included is a photo fieldtrip to the Sieben Ranch with the four photographers on Thursday, March 14, meeting at 5:45 p.m. Students must be familiar with camera and computer.

Tuition is $225 for Holter members; $265 for nonmembers. To register, visit or call 442-6400 ext. 115.


Flowing Mountains Sangha

Flowing Mountains Sangha will be offering a half-day meditation class on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Covenant United Methodist Church, 2330 E. Broadway. The class will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will cover all aspects of sitting and walking meditation.

Dharma teacher Rowan Conrad from Missoula will teach the class. This will be the first time an ordained Dharma teacher will be conducting the class. Participants can bring their own cushion and sitting pad. Chairs will also be available.

There will be a break from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Meditation class participants are invited to bring their own sack lunch and practice eating meditation if they desire.

At 1:30 p.m., Conrad will present a talk on spiritual friendship, which the Helena community is invited to attend.

To register contact Ann Kuntzweiler at 461-4876. No experience is necessary, and there is no charge for the class. Donations to help cover expenses are appreciated.

1000 Hands Buddha Qigong

There will be a class featuring 1000 Hands Buddha Qigong, a sitting meditation form with mudras and visualizations that are designed for clearing a lifetime of emotional toxins from our hearts, at the Dancing Lotus Center, 40 N. Last Chance Gulch, Sunday, Feb. 24, 1 to 5 p.m. The class will be instructed by Phyllis Lefohn, certified master healing Qigong instructor of MountainSpirit Qigong. Cost of the class is $55, which includes a 1000Hands Buddha book. A DVD is also available for $34.

To register for the class, email or call Phyllis at 933-5390. For more infor-mation on Dancing Lotus Center, visit

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