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Curry dinner Saturday at Aldersgate

A curry dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, in the Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1621 Thornton Ave., with proceeds going to the Zanskar Medical Project.

The suggested donation is $25, and kids are admitted free. Besides the Indian food, a holiday bazaar, silent auction, short film and presentation, and music and songs by Judy Fjell are planned.

Details: 406-782-2425.

Area veterans are commendation recipients

Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte announced the recipients of the 2017 Montana Congressional Veteran Commendation, a unique recognition of Montana veterans who served our country and continued their service in their communities.

Butte recipients include:

Theron “David” Gertz — U.S. Navy, 1986-1990

Michael Lawson — U.S. Marine Corps, Vietnam War

Phillip Lyons — U.S. Navy and U.S. Navy Reserve, World War II and Korean War

Gianforte created the annual commendation in 2017 to recognize outstanding Montana veterans who have honorably served our nation and our communities. In October, Gianforte asked Montanans to help him identify nominees for the award. The 14 recipients of the Montana Congressional Veteran Commendation will receive a special commemorative flag flown over the U.S. Capitol in their honor on Veterans Day.

Butte Central to host movie night

Butte Central will host the "Polar Express" movie night Friday, Dec. 15, in the elementary school gym, 1100 Delaware Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the movie starts at 6:30.

Celebrate the season and bring your children. There will be a hot cocoa station, cookies, and popcorn. Don't forget to wear your favorite Christmas pajamas and bring your blankets, pillows, and lounge chairs!

The event is free. Donations will be accepted and are appreciated.

Hospital Christmas party Dec. 13

A no-host Christmas party for past and present employees of St. James Healthcare will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, at Perkins.

For reservations or more details, call Janet Powley at 406-494-2276 or Joan Filpula at 406-494-7882.

Butte kids can get a call from Santa

The Butte Silver-Bow Parks and Recreation Department and Candy Kane Communications have teamed up again to connect a direct phone line to Santa Claus at the North Pole.

Let Santa contact your little ones with a personal phone call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14. You contact us, and we will have Santa Claus call your child. Please complete one form per child. To access the form, go to the Butte-Silver Bow County website and click on "Santa's Calling".

Forms must be completed and returned by Friday, Dec. 8, to Parks and Recreation, 1340 Harrison Ave. (Butte Civic Center), Butte, MT 59701.

Any questions, call Bob Lazzari at 497-6535. Space is limited.

Racetrack Road to be repaired

PHILIPSBURG — The U.S. Forest Service will be conducting repairs to Racetrack Road in the Flint Creek Range. Heavy spring rains and flooding resulted in a landslide and washout west of Racetrack Campground. As a result, the Forest Service has temporarily closed that section of road to full-size vehicles.

Forest Service staff installed a barricade on Racetrack Road (Forest Service Road 169) west of the campground. The road will remain closed to full-size vehicles west and north from there until the end of the road at Alpine Lake, along North Fork Racetrack Creek. The road remains open to off-road vehicles and snowmobiles. Repairs should be complete and the road open to all vehicles by Aug. 30, 2018.

Racetrack Campground is before the closure and will reopen as normal in the spring of 2018. Racetrack Cabin remains available for renting but is 4.5 miles past the closure, so it will not be accessible with full-size vehicles.

Details: Pintler Ranger District office in Philipsburg at 406-859-3211.

Toastmasters names best speaker

Top O’ The Mornin’ Toastmasters weekly winners included Diana Jensen, best speaker; Tonette Hollingsworth, best evaluator; and Mike Gribben, best topic respondent.

The next meeting will be held at 6:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 4, at Perkins. Guests are always welcome.

Ladies AOH banquet Dec. 11

The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians will have its Christmas banquet Monday, Dec. 11, at the Butte Country Club.

A no-host cocktail party starts at 5:30 p.m., and the banquet begins at 6. The cost is $30. Reservations are required by Dec. 4 by calling Deanna Thomas at 406-782 4435 or Jule Walsh at 406-490 9500.

Butte Central to host the following events

• Maroon Magic 2017 is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, in the high school auditorium. The choir, pep band, and guitar classes will perform, along with solo performances. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

• The Butte Central Choir will perform at the Orchestra Christmas Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, in the Mother Lode Theatre, alongside the Butte High and Anaconda choirs.

• Butte Central High School is hosting a speech and debate meet on Saturday, Dec. 9. Volunteer judges are still needed for the event. No experience is necessary. Judging clinics will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, and 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7. Both clinics will be held in the Butte Central High School library. It's recommended that new judges attend, and veteran judges are welcome for a refresher course. Details: David Stonehocker at david.stonehocker@buttecentralschools.org or 406-593-1614.

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