Botanical art classes

The Kelsey Chapter of the Montana Native Plant Society sponsors two art programs with Jane Fournier.

Botanical Art & Illustration is 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the Lewis & Clark Library, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch. Fournier, will explain how art and botany have supported each other, from early times, through the “golden age” of botanical art.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, she will teach Drawing Plants. To see Fournier’s work, visit her website at

Beyond the Brickyard

The Archie Bray Foundation holds its 10th annual Beyond the Brickyard exhibition. Juried by past Bray Voulkos visiting artist, Kristen Morgin, it features 34 selected pieces submitted from artists around the world. A public opening reception is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, and can be viewed online beginning Feb. 16 at

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


16th Annual Paint the Town Pink

Florence Crittenton celebrates its 16th Annual Paint the Town Pink Saturday Feb. 10, at the Lewis & Clark Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall beginning at 5 p.m.

Guests will be surrounded by decadent peacock feathers and glittering lights as they enjoy a gourmet dinner, cocktails, live and silent auctions, music and dancing with Ten Years Gone.

Tickets are $125 each or $1,100 for a table of 10.

Information and tickets are available at the Paint the Town Pink official website, or call 442-6950 ext.204.

Florence Crittenton provides a variety of resources for pregnant and parenting young families of all ages.

Hot Latin Nights benefit for Puerto Rico

Heat up the winter night with Caribbean-inspired food and cocktails and Latin music and dance.

Hot Latin Nights brings these spicy elements together 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at Miller’s Crossing, 52 S. Park Ave., to raise money for disaster relief in Puerto Rico.

Suggested donations are $20. All proceeds and donations will go to United for Puerto Rico.

Miller’s will serve piña coladas and classic Puerto Rican dishes. Desserts will be available for purchase.

Amber Johnson will teach a Merengue dance lesson, and Johnny Pagán, a will DJ Latin club tunes.

For more information: United for Puerto Rico: or Hot Latin Nights: or call Johnson. 406-594-2107 or email

Family Promise Comfort Food Challenge

Enjoy “comfort food” prepared by over 20 Helena area churches and restaurants 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday Feb. 11, at the Lewis and Clark County Fairground Exhibit Hall. Funds go to Family Promise of Greater Helena to assist families in overcoming homelessness.

This year’s event includes a diamond ring raffle valued at nearly $4,000 and silent auction items.

Tickets are $15 per person at the door or at the Hallmark stores, Birds and Beasleys, or PayneWest Insurance. Children 10 and under are free. 

Champagne Brunch and Puccini’s Beloved “La Bohème”

Musikanten Montana holds its annual opera brunch fundraiser, this year featuring the Metropolitan Opera’s performance of “La Bohème,” on Feb. 24.

Brunch is served at 9 a.m. at an Upper West Side Helena home, followed by the Met in HD telecast at the Cinemark.

Tickets – brunch plus opera – are $40 per person, which supports Musikanten Montana’s annual Early Music Festivals.

Reservations are limited. Email Pat Mandeville at to reserve and mail a check to Musikanten Montana, 8 Park Place, Clancy MT 59634.


Entrepreneur Lecture: Papu Rincon

FourOsix founder Alex "Papu" Rincon, a 2003 Carroll graduate, will deliver a free public talk on entrepreneurship Thursday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m., at Simperman/Wiegand Auditorium, Carroll College.

Rincon was honored as a "Champion of Change" by the White House. The U.S. Small Business Administration named him Montana’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and Downtown Helena Inc. named him as Helena, Montana’s Business Person of the Year.


Family dance, contra dance

Helena Contra Dancers host a Family Dance for children of all ages Saturday, Feb, 10 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Free Ceramics Studio, 650 Logan St.

The regular contra dance begins at 7:30 p.m. with a workshop. New dancers are encouraged to attend the workshop. Light snacks available between the dances. Bring something to share. Derek Gallagher is the caller, and music is by Helena Handbasket.

Cost for the family dance is $10 for a family. For those who come for both the family dance and the contra dance, the charge is $10 for each adult (children 12 and under are free).

For more information, call Amie Butler at 406-438-5819 or Derek Gallagher at 406-241-2178.


Lunar New Year Family Day at the Holter

Celebrate the Year of the Dog at this year’s Lunar New Year at the Holter Museum. This is a fun-filled tradition celebrating the most important holiday in many Asian countries. This free event sponsored by the Holter, Helena’s Families with Children from China Group and ExplorationWorks is noon to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11.

Join the Dragon Parade at noon at ExplorationWorks, 995 Carousel Way, which ends at the Holter Museum, 12 E. Lawrence, where families will celebrate with traditional foods and artsy fun.


Helena Xpress Singers Youth Talent Search

The Helena Xpress Singers are searching for the area’s top youth talent in three age groups.

The two spring shows on April 14 will present the best in four part harmony music and showcase Helena’s greatest youth talent.

The Youngstars Talent Show Contest invites boys and girls ages 5-9 and 10-14 to audition. Individuals or groups of up to four persons and every talent will be considered -- singing, dancing, juggling, magic acts and more. Prizes awarded in each age group.

The Xpress Singers Talent Search is also looking for young men and women ages 15-21 to audition for the solo vocalist competition. A $1,000 grand prize goes to the winner. All genres are welcome.

Audition video deadline is Feb. 26. Visit for talent application, video instructions and information. Questions can be emailed to


‘Love Your Library’

Lewis & Clark Library celebrates 150 years during 2018. A kick-off Love Your Library event is Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, at Lewis & Clark Library, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch.

It starts with a special Story Time at 10:30 a.m.; a Lunch-n-Learn program at noon with local historian and author Ellen Baumler, who will discuss the history of library buildings in Helena. A free lunch by Event Thyme Catering will be served. Treats all day.


Night to Shine

The 25th annual Night to Shine is 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Helena Civic Center. The event showcases talented high schoolers in the Helena area. This year acts include musical performances, hip-hop dancers, comedy, ballet dancers, rock bands, beatbox and more.

Tickets are on sale at the Helena Civic Center Box Office. Reserved seats are $15; premium, $18; and VIP, $25. For more information contact Savannah Witt at HCC, 603-4283 or

The Phat Pack comes to Helena

After a highly acclaimed Las Vegas run, The Phat Pack is coming to Starz on Stage on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at the Helena Civic Center Ballroom.

Performers include: Randall Keith, who played Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables” on Broadway and on tour; Bruce Ewing, who played three of the four key roles in the hit show “Forever Plaid” in both touring and Las Vegas productions; and Kevan Patriqui, who played the Master of Time in EFX and was Phantom double in opening Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular.

For tickets, visit or call 227- 9711.

International Guitar Night at The Myrna Loy Feb 13

Four of the world’s top guitarists take to the Myrna Loy Center stage 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, at International Guitar Night.

This year Gypsy jazz legend Lulo Reinhardt returns to guest host. He is joined by Canada’s young contemporary sensation Calum Graham, Poland’s innovative classical composer/performer Marek Pasieczny, and award-winning American guitarist Michael Chapdelaine.

Audiences have been lauding this year’s show as “the best one ever.”

Reinhardt is “so good he’s breathtaking,” said Chapdelaine.

He follows in the footsteps of his famous grand-uncle Django Reinhardt, who introduced the Gypsy jazz sound to Europe and may be even better.

Chapdelaine is the only guitarist ever to win First Prize in the world’s top competitions in both the Classical and Fingerstyle genres.

Graham is known as “an amazing fingerstyle guitarist,” with a New Age sound, and Pasieczny “who brings his own flavor to the show.”

Tickets are $30, and are available at 443-0287, or online at or at the box office, 15 N. Ewing.


Birds and wetland mitigation

Birds often seen at Montana wetland mitigation sites are the focus of a talk by Larry Urban, Wetland Mitigation Specialist, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb 13, at Montana Wild, 2668 Broadwater Ave.

A variety of shorebirds, waterfowl and neotropical migrants are seen in these restored habitats. Urban will describe the Montana Department of Transportation wetland mitigation program that has restored or created over 2,000 acres of wetlands since 1996 and will share photos from his annual site visits to monitor the projects.


’Sense and Sensibility’

“Sense and Sensibility,” a comedic adaptation of the beloved Jane Austen novel is on stage at Grandstreet Theatre through Feb. 11. Shows are Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

To order tickets call 447-1574 afternoons, or order online:

Ticket Prices: $23 Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings; $19 Wednesday evenings and Sunday matinees; $15 Kids 18 and under.

Auditions for “The Full Monty”

Grandstreet Theatre holds auditions for “The Full Monty” Grandstreet’s highly anticipated spring musical Monday, Feb.12, and Tuesday, Feb. 13, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

A Full Monty audition packet can be downloaded at or picked up.

For questions or more information, contact Jeff Downing at 442-4270 or email