Whether it be indoors or out, there is always something to do in southwest Montana. From theater entertainment to hockey, bingo nights to fun runs, there is bound to be something that piques your interest.

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Mother Lode fundraiser — “Dr. Zhivago’s Ice Palace,” a fundraiser for the Mother Lode Theatre, will be held Friday, Jan. 19, at the Butte Country Club. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m., with a light dinner served at 7. Cocktail attire is preferred. The evening includes an auction and dancing, with music by Red Mountain. Tickets can be purchased by calling 406-723-3602.

Cosmic Swim Night set for tonight — Cosmic Swim Night is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, for everyone at the Butte YMCA, and from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. for Active Teens only. The Y will provide glow sticks. No outside glow sticks allowed. The event is free to the community, so bring your swimsuit, towel, and prepare to have a blast!

Philipsburg hockey tournament — The Brewer’s Cup will be Friday-Sunday, Jan. 19-21, at Winninghoff Park in Philipsburg. The free event, which begins at 6 p.m. Friday and Sunday, and 8 a.m. Saturday, is sponsored by the Philipsburg Chamber of Commerce. It promises to be three days of great hockey playing and great fun watching, too.

Annual concert at Immaculate Conception Church — The 16th annual Montana Early Music Festival concert is at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at the Immaculate Conception Church. The festival ensemble will perform the first three cantatas of the six the German master composed for the major church festival days of the 1734 Christmas Season in Leipzig. The concerts will open with Bach’s Advent Cantata 61 “Nun komm der Heiden Heiland.” A 17-member chamber orchestra will play period instruments – Baroque oboes, bassoon and traversi (flutes), natural trumpets, gut strings and historic timpani – either actual 18th-century instruments or modern replicas. Players come from Musikanten Montana Artistic Director Kerry Krebill will conduct the vocal soloists, chamber orchestra and singers of Musikanten Montana in this joyous work. Seating for the concerts is general admission, with a reserved section for Musikanten Angel donors ($100 and above); tickets will be available at the door, with a suggested donation of $20 for adults and $10 for students. Details: go to

‘On Golden Pond’ performed on Butte stage — The Montana Repertory Theatre will present “On Golden Pond” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, at the Mother Lode Theatre. Considered an American classic, On Golden Pond has endured because it deals with a family in crisis in a humane, poetic, and often very funny way. It is this dynamic, this finding of family and the love therein is an American treasure. Tickets are currently on sale at the box office or call 406-723-3602.

Library features ‘The Big Sleep’ — A free screening of the 1946 film, “The Big Sleep,” starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, at the Hearst Free Public Library. Directed by Howard Hawks, the movie is based on the 1939 Raymond Chandler novel of the same name. In 1997, the classic film was added to the National Film Registry.

Pre-Super Bowl party planned — The Jim Peltomaa Pre-Super Bowl Party, hosted by Mining City Little Guy Football, is Friday, Jan. 26, at the McQueen Athletic Club. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25, and proceeds directly benefit Little Guy Football. A silent auction and appetizers are planned, and $20 bottomless memorial glasses will be sold. Supporters are invited to buy a $20 square on the 100-square board, with the proceeds to be split 50-50 by the winner and the football program. Also, people will have a chance to win a 50-inch TV. For details or to purchase a square, call Craig Tippett at 406-491-0494.

Butte Bull Bash coming to Butte — The two-day event will begin at 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Jan. 26-27, at the Butte Civic Center, 1340 Harrison Ave. Doors open at 6. Premier reserved tickets are $25 or $45 for the two-day event. Reserved tickets are $20 or $35 for two days. General admission tickets are $15, and children six to 14 pay $10. Tickets are now on sale at the Civic Center box office.

Gala to benefit Butte carousel — The Spirit of Columbia Gardens Gala will be held Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Quality Inn (formerly War Bonnet Inn), 2100 Cornell. Doors open at 5 p.m. This year’s theme is "Circus." A buffet meal will be served, and a special commemorative glass can be purchased. In addition, there will be a live, silent, and dessert auction. Tickets are $50 per person, or sponsorship tables ($600) and premier tables ($900) are also available. Both seat eight people. Music will be by Andy Larson and there will also be a magician. For more information, call Michelle Brennick at 406-490-8207.

Church bingo planned at KC — St. John’s and St. Joseph’s Catholic churches will sponsor their annual fundraising bingo at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at the Knights of Columbus, Park and Idaho. Prices for cards — three cards, 10 games, $5. There will also be a special which includes three cards for $6. More details: 406-782-8349.

Dance at the Anaconda Elks — The John Fox Sound will play for a dance from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at the Anaconda Elks Lodge. Dance to music from big band, polka, swing, Latin and waltzes. Admission is $10.

Central’s Bingo Night set for Feb. 9 — The Mini Maroon Parent Club will host the sixth annual Mini Maroon Parent Club Bingo Night at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at the Maroon Activities Center, 550 E. Mercury St. Doors open at 6 p.m. Come enjoy a night full of fun, games, and great prizes. With your $5 donation, you will receive a pack of seven games and you get three cards for every game, a total of 21 cards. The concession stand will be open and a cash bar for drinks. Proceeds go towards classroom supplies and special program items needed at Butte Central preschool, elementary, junior high, high school, and Noah’s Ark Day Care. You must be 21 to play. For more details or to purchase a raffle/bingo ticket, call 406-491-2351 or 406-310-0221.

Library to host fundraiser — Friends of the Hearst Free Library will host “Chocolate, Wine & Cheese 2018” from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at 401 Main St., Anaconda.Join other library patrons for an afternoon of hand-made chocolate delicacies, a variety of wines, and cheeses from around the world. There are also 50/50 tickets, a raffle and door prizes. Tickets are available at the library. They are $12 in advance or $15 at the door, and includes up to four glasses of wine. Funds raised go toward the Summer Reading Program.

Brewfest, chili cook-off in the works — The Philipsburg Chamber of Commerce is hosting their annual Philipsburg Brewfest from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Philipsburg Town Hall. Come sample Montana's finest microbrews, with 16 Montana breweries participating. The cost is $20 for a glass and three tickets. Subsequent tickets are $2 each or six tickets for $10.The following day, Sunday, Feb. 18, the annual chili cook-off commences from noon to 6 p.m. For entry details, call 406-859-4367. All proceeds will go toward Youth Hockey, a vital part of the Philipsburg Ice Association.

Irish duo to perform in Anaconda, Butte — The Black Donnellys will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at the Washoe Theatre in Anaconda. In Butte, they will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 4, in the Montana Tech Library Auditorium. All proceeds go to Youth Empowerment Services in Anaconda and the Butte Food Bank. Tickets are $20 at the door, $15 in advance, or $5 with student ID. Tickets are available at the Butte Food Bank, Insty Prints, or Montana Tech’s Activities Dept. (located in the Student Union Building). Details: 406-498-4162.

Rockin’ Road to Dublin coming March 11 — Rockin' Road to Dublin, the new sensation changing the Irish Dance world, is coming to the Mother Lode Theatre, at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 11. A fusion of rock and Irish, Rockin' Road combines the best of both worlds to thrust Irish dance back into the spotlight. This stylish, can't-miss spectacle is the perfect balance between concert and stage show. "Rockin' Road to Dublin is that all-important one-two punch of style and mastery ... the cast exudes a fabulous mix of charisma and personality. However, the fun vibe is solidly backed by the highly original choreography and technical mastery of every performer onstage; world-class, although this crew is making it all look easy. Tickets are $60, gold circle seating; $50, main and mezzanine; $40, loge; and $30, balcony. They may be purchased at the Mother Lode box office or by calling 406-723-3602.


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