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Champagne brunch and Puccini’s “La Bohème”

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

Brunch is served at 9 a.m. at an Upper Westside 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.

Blackfoot Community Monday benefits Musikanten

On Monday, Feb. 26, Blackfoot River Brewing Company, 66 S. Park Ave., will contribute $1 from each glass of beer sold during its weekly Community Monday to Musikanten Montana’s Early Music Festival.

It is the only choral-orchestral festival in Montana (or anywhere nearby) featuring music before 1800 played on period instruments. For more information, contact Kerry Krebill ( 933-5246

JeffCo library benefit

Legal Tender Pub & Bistro, 7 Legal Tender Lane, Clancy, will host a dinner/talk/fundraiser on Thursday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m. Terri Atwood will talk about the Devils Brigade. It will be an Italian dinner since they fought in Italy. A portion of the tickets will go to the Northern Jefferson County Library. Tickets are $25 and reservations are required. For more information, call the Legal Tender at 406-502-1393.


Native American religious practice

“Where do Native Americans, and Their Religious Practices, Fit in the U.S. Constitutional System?" is the subject of a public panel discussion at 7 p.m. Feb. 27, at Trinity Lounge, Carroll College, 1245 N. Park Ave.

This topic is part of the Religious Freedom and the American Experiment program sponsored by the Constitutional Studies department at Carroll College and the Apgar Foundation. Panelists include Maylinn Smith, adjunct professor of law and director of the Margery Hunter Brown Indian Law Clinic at the University of Montana; and Shane Doyle, Ed.D., an educator and Crow tribal member.

Clothing and stuffed animal drive

The Carroll College Sigma Theta Tau nursing students are holding a Stuffed Animal, Sweatshirt, Sweatpant and Flannel Drive and will collect donations at the Saints basketball games from 5:15 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22. Bring your donations to the game at the Carroll College PE Center, 1601 N. Benton Ave. New stuffed animals and women's and men's new or gently used sweatshirts, sweatpants and flannels are requested.

Wayward Wealth and the Patristic Response

Former Carroll College faculty member Dr. Brian Matz, of Fontbonne University in St. Louis, will discuss early Christian thoughts on wealth within the Roman Empire as part of the Popes and Patristics Lecturer Series at 7 p.m. Feb. 22, at 107 O’Connell Hall, Carroll College, 1601 N. Benton Ave.


’Beasts of the Southern Wild’

In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a 6-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality.

This free PG-13 film shows at 6:30. p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, at St. John's Building, Inspiration Hall, 25 S. Ewing St. (enter on Rodney Street for parking.) Doors open at 6 p.m. for snacks and community in the lobby before the film. Sponsored by Helena Center of Creative Living.


Myrna Loy Center launches grants to artists

The Myrna Loy announces its 2018 Grants to Artists program, offering individual grants to working artists in any genre living in Jefferson, Broadwater, or Lewis and Clark County. Projects must be completed by June 30, 2019.

Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 21.

Guidelines and an application form are available online at Questions can be emailed to the address on the form.


ExplorationWorks Girls’ STEM Expo

ExplorationWorks hosts the Girls’ STEM Expo at ExplorationWorks noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25.

The free, public event will feature presentations and hands-on activities by leading women in STEM fields and is open to girls (and boys) of all ages.

Presentations will be offered at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. in the ExplorationWorks Pyfer classroom, 995 Carousel Way. Topics include Water Under the Ground – Groundwater; The Human Brain; and Montana’s Women Pioneers in Medicine.

Hands-on activity stations also available. For more information, visit


Game night

The entire family can enjoy Game Night 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the Lewis & Clark Library, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch.

Each month the library hosts Game Night where families and friends, can gather and play a board game. There are lots of games to choose from or bring a favorite from home.

Each month the library also hosts a variety of classes and program for all ages. Check the library’s calendar at


Ten Strings And A Goat Skin to rock the Myrna Loy

The acclaimed Prince Edward Island band Ten Strings And A Goat Skin has been hailed as "the best of contemporary/trad Celtic music."

They bring their infectious and fiery Irish, Acadian, French blend of music to the Myrna Loy stage 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 2. Tickets are $25.

Winners of the 2017 East Coast Music Awards for Roots/Traditional Recording of the year, the group is known not only for their lively traditional music, but also their original creations “infused with modern and world rhythms.”

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

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Symphony performs Beethoven and Harp on Fire

The Helena Symphony performs Beethoven’s popular “Pastoral Symphony,” and exotic music from South America and Spain, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Helena Civic Center, 340 Neill Ave.

The concert features HSO principal harpist Tess Michel performing the riveting Harp Concerto of Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera.

Music director Allan R. Scott describes it as “intense, alluring, exotic, and simply wild – it will defy all expectations, and people will be shocked and in awe once experiencing this incredible work.”

The HSO also performs Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s beloved “Capriccio Espagnol.”

Tickets are $12 to $52, plus a $5 transaction fee, online at, by calling the Symphony Box Office at 442-1860, or visiting the Symphony Box Office located on the Walking Mall at the Livestock Building, 2 N. Last Chance Gulch, Suite 1, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The songs and stories of Malvina Reynolds

The music of ‘60s songwriter Malvina Reynolds, as presented by her daughter Nancy Schimmel and Helena musician Judy Fjell, is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, at Free Ceramics, 650 Logan St.

Schimmel, Malvina’s daughter, experienced firsthand her mother’s protest stories and songs in Berkeley, California.

Fjell has written about 300 songs, performed on stages throughout the country, taught and performed in Japan and has arranged and recorded many of her own Malvina Reynolds favorites.

Reynolds was beloved throughout the folk scene in the ‘60s and collaborated regularly with Pete Seeger. Many of her songs are still performed 40 years after her death. Tickets are $15 with students/low income $10.

Fjell and Schimmel will also sing at a worship service 11:30 a.m. Sunday, March 11, at Big Sky UU Fellowship, 400 S Oakes.

The Junk Man’s Choir

The Junk Man’s Choir will be performing their unique brand of bluegrass, including gospel bluegrass, fiddle tunes, ballads, love songs, waltzes and excellent three-part harmony for the Metropolitan Dinner Club, Thursday, Feb. 22, at Jorgenson’s, 1720 11th Ave.

This talented local group is comprised of Bo Pirre, Tom Murphy, Doug Jeffries and guest fiddle player Felicia Hellems.

No-host cocktails are at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and one hour of entertainment starting at 7 p.m.

Dinner for each member and their guest/s is $18.50. Nonmembers are $30 each. Reservations are required. Nonmembers are welcome. Call Patti Shearer at 202-1766.

Dustin Lynch headlines Last Chance Stampede & Fair

Country star Dustin Lynch headlines this year’s Last Chance Stampede & Fair at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 25.

Lynch recorded a string of hits stretching back to 2012 and has earned a red-hot, live-performance reputation.

His first single, “Cowboys and Angels,” – earned platinum status. Five consecutive platinum and gold singles followed as “Where It’s At,” “Hell of a Night,” “Mind Reader,” “Seein’ Red” and “Small Town Boy” all became No. 1 hits. His first two albums debuted at No. 1 and No. 2 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

Tickets are available at, and the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds administrative office. Prices are $40 each in advance and $45 the day of for reserved and general admission seating. Advance tickets will include outside gate admission.


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