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Butte Chamber of Commerce sign

The Butte-Silver Bow Chamber of Commerce, at 1000 George St., is pictured here. 

Annie Pentilla, The Montana Standard

Grants available for tourism opportunities

The Butte-Silver Bow Tourism Business Improvement District is accepting applications for grant funding related to tourism opportunities.

Applications are due Jan. 30 at 5 p.m. with funding awarded by the end of February.

Applications may be obtained and submitted by contacting Maria Pochervina, TBID executive secretary, at the Butte Convention and Visitors Bureau, 1000 George St., Butte, MT 59701;; or 406-723-3177.

Funding is awarded at the discretion of the Butte-Silver Bow TBID board of directors, comprised of Butte hotel owners or designees. The mission of the Butte-Silver Bow TBID is to award funding with the purpose of increasing lodging occupancy and/or increasing the average daily rate for lodging facilities; increasing overnight stays in Butte; and assisting new events in obtaining their footing while helping existing events with promotional dollars.

Funding cannot go toward brick-and-mortar projects.

Pinochle tourney planned Sunday

A pinochle tournament begins at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at the Butte Depot, 818 S. Arizona.

The cost is $25, and awards are given for first, second, and third place. Details: Mike McLaughlin, 406-490-5665.

Public dance Sunday in Anaconda

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

Ladies AOH to note St. Brigid’s Day

Butte’s Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians will celebrate St. Brigid’s Day on Saturday, Feb. 3, with a 4:30 p.m. Mass at St. Ann’s Church, followed by a no-host dinner at Perkins. Reservations are due by Thursday, Feb. 1, by calling Deanna Thomas at 406-782-4435.

Mesopust celebrated Feb. 11

ANACONDA — St. Peter & Paul Society, Lodge 84, of the Croatian Fraternal Union will celebrate Mesopust at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at the Croatian Hall, 816 East Third St., Anaconda.

The menu consists of sarma, kolbase, potatoes, salad, dessert, etc. Reservations should be made by Thursday, Feb. 8, by calling Patsy at 406-563-2728, Stan at 406-563-6859, or Marion at 406-563-7386.

Loud noise expected from rocket testing

The Montana Aerospace Development Association and Space Propulsion Group Inc. will conduct hybrid rocket motor testing at the Butte AeroTec Facility beginning Friday, Feb. 2.

Loud noise can be expected from this testing. The facility is located at 119130 German Gulch Road, southwest of Butte.

County spelling bee Feb. 22 at Tech

The 2018 Butte-Silver Bow County Spelling Bee starts at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, in the Montana Tech Auditorium, next to the Library.

Schools are invited to send two winners (you might want to have an alternate in case one gets sick) from each in grades 4-8, said County Superintendent of Schools Cathy Maloney in an email announcement Wednesday. This includes two from each team at East Middle School. Names must be provided by Feb. 5 to

The State Spelling Bee will be held in Billings on March 17, and the county is allowed to send the first- and second-place winners with an alternate, provided they are a pre-registered school.

The 2018 School Spelling Bee Study List and 2018 Spell It! are available at and

Library sponsors clothing swap

The Butte Public Library at 226 W. Broadway St., will sponsor a “Kid 2 Kid Clothing Swap” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, on the third floor of the library.

Beginning at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, bring in clean, good-condition clothing for kids from infant to teen. Please do not bring toys or other items. This is a good faith exchange from your family to another.

This is a great way to keep old clothes from landfills and to help local families. All leftover items will be donated to local charities.

If you would like more details about this program, contact Shari Curtis at 406-723-3361 (ext. 6302) or


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