art

Helena Woodcarvers

Helena Woodcarvers will be featured at a Christmas ornament sale on Thursday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Neighborhood Center, 200 S. Cruse Ave., dining room. All items for sale have been hand carved by the members. This sale will benefit Rocky Mountain Development Council for the use of the space for carving. Members will also have a display for viewing other items that they have carved. Helena Woodcarvers is open to any carvers and meets on Thursdays at 1 p.m.

Canvas & Cocoa

Canvas & Cocoa, at the Holter Museum of Art is on Sunday, Dec. 10, from 1-3 p.m. This class is similar to the popular Corks & Canvas program for adults, but Canvas & Cocoa is the very-family-friendly version.

Cost is $40 for one adult and one child for members and $50 for one adult and one child for non-members. Add $12 for one additional participant, adult or child. The fee covers all materials and beverages. The class is recommended for children 7-years-old and older. Visit www.holtermuseum.org to register or call 442-6400.

Art showcase

The six artists of Boulder Avenue Arts Space, 1310 Boulder Ave., welcome the public to their upper story studios in the historic National Biscuit Company building.

Showcased will be 2-D work by Ashley Wertheimer, Suzy Holt, Ellie Parker, Lucia Flynn and Taylor Ferris as well as new metal sculpture by Richard Swanson. Join for drinks, finger food and lots of good art and conversation. The opening is Friday, Dec. 8, from 5-8 p.m. and they will be open on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Clay Gals

The 2017 Clay Gals Winter Event, 4 W. Lawrence, will be Friday, Dec. 8 from 4-8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 10 from noon-4 p.m. Enjoy new works by porcelain artist Lisa Ernst and polymer artist Margaret Regan.

books

'The Wonder of Birds'

On Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. Helena author Jim Robbins will explore the unique qualities of birds and share some examples of the role of birds in our life from his fascinating and popular new book "The Wonder of Birds." Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the event will be held at Plymouth Congregational Church, 400 S. Oakes St.

community

Wreaths Across America

On Monday, Dec. 11, at 10 a.m. Montanans will gather in the state Capitol rotunda to honor veterans in a ceremony coordinated among all 50 states to kick off annual Wreaths Across America week.

The public also is invited to the Fort Harrison Chapel and Veterans Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16, for the WAA remembrance ceremony. More than a million wreaths will be placed nationwide by over 600,000 volunteers as part of WAA, which is a nonprofit organization founded to expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org for information and to contribute.

film

Documentary film

The second in a series of four documentary films concerning the history of Palestine will be shown at the Lewis & Clark Library, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch, on Dec. 14. Entitled "al Nakba" the films by Palestinian director Rawan Damen chronicle the catastrophe to the native inhabitants of Palestine before, during and after the 1948 declaration of the state of Israel. The film begins at 7 p.m. with discussion after the film.

dance

'The Nutcracker'

Helena’s Premiere Dance Company will bring the story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince to life with its 26th annual production of "The Nutcracker." Performances will be held at the Helena Civic Center, 340 Neill Ave., on Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 17 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available at the Creative Arts Center, 718 Logan St., Monday through Friday from 2:30-6:30 p.m.; online at helenanutcracker.com or premieredancecompany.org or by calling 442-6519. Performance tickets are $28 for box seats, $20 for adult reserved, $14 for child, student, and senior reserved, and $10 for general admission.

music

Jazz Band Concert

Carroll College Jazz Band Fall Concert: "Kick, Bounce & Sizzle," will be Thursday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Campus Center. The program will feature a variety of jazz standards and contemporary original charts. This event is free and open to the public.

Christmas concert

Celebrate “A Celtic Cowboy Christmas Concert” at the Myrna Loy Center at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7, with Dublin Gulch and Willson & McKee. This year the show combines Old World melodies with fresh new songs. It promises to be a festive evening of Irish dancing, cowboy poetry, Celtic harp, clawhammer banjo plus a whole lot more. Tickets are $35 and are available in person at the Myrna Loy Center, online at www. myrnaloycenter.com or by phone at 443-0287.

Bell concert

The Bells of Covenant will present a free Christmas bell concert on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Covenant United Methodist Church, 2330 E. Broadway. Join in the fellowship fall after the concert for drinks and Christmas cookies.

Choral concert

The Department of Fine Arts at Carroll College will perform a concert of choral music for Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 10. The concert will be held at 4 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Helena. The performance includes the Carroll College Choir, Chamber Choir and Women’s Choir. The public is welcome and admission is free.

The theme of the concert is “Full Circle,” as many of the choral selections on the program are contemporary musical settings of ancient texts. Admission to the concert is free, but a freewill offering will be taken to benefit the music fund at the Cathedral of St. Helena.

Helena Symphony

On Monday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cathedral of St. Helena, the Helena Symphony officially begins the Helena holiday season with one performance only of Handel’s Messiah. The concert features the Helena Symphony Orchestra & Chorale, along with the four nationally-noted soloists who have performed in opera houses and concert halls throughout the world.

This is a Non-Series Concert (not part of the Masterworks Concert Series), and all seats are reserved and are sold separately for this performance. Tickets to all concerts of the 2017-2018 Season can be purchased online at www.helenasymphony.org, by calling the Symphony Box Office 442-1860, or visiting the Symphony Box Office located on the Downtown Walking Mall at the Livestock Building between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are $52-$22 (plus a $5 transaction fee).

Benefit concert

Missoula guitarist and singer-songwriter John Floridis will be performing a benefit concert for Family Promise of Greater Helena, on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 512 Logan. There is no admission fee, but free will contributions are encouraged.

Christmas cantata

"Born a Savior, Born a King" Christmas cantata will be performed twice by representatives of choirs of Boulder United Methodist Church and Clancy UMC under Clancy Music Director Mary Bair. On Saturday, Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. in the Boulder UMC and on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 4 p.m. in the Clancy UMC, the choirs will join together for the John Purifoy score subtitled “The Prophecy Fulfilled” published by Lorenz Company. Everyone is invited to the cantatas and the community receptions that will follow.

presentations

Pilgrimage

On Monday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m., Faye Bergan and Ann Brodsky will present a slideshow and hold a discussion of their recent pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago in Spain at the Lewis and Clark Library, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch. They began their pilgrimage on Sept. 7 in St. Jean Pied de Port, France, and ended 500 miles later, when they reached Santiago, Spain, on Oct. 18. The public is welcome.

theater

'She Persisted'

“She Persisted” will presented by the Carroll College Theatre Department,” Dec. 7-9 in the Carroll FLEX Theatre. “She Persisted” is a selection of scenes by female playwrights. Kim Shire's Women in Theatre class will choose their favorite scenes to weave together into a production featuring many Carroll students in this one weekend event.

Shows will be at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 7-9. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for students and seniors, and $2 for Carroll students and employees (ID required). For more information, visit the Carroll Theatre Season webpage.

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