Writer Jim Robbins to speak at Tech

The Montana Tech Public Lecture series will host Jim Robbins, a writer for the New York Times and author of six science-based books, at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, on the Montana Tech campus in the Chemistry/Biology Building, room 102. Robbins's presentation is titled “An Interpretation of Birds.”

Robbins has written for the New York Times for nearly 40 years, primarily on science and environmental issues. In addition, he has also written for a number of magazines, including Audubon, Conde Nast Traveler, Smithsonian, Vanity Fair, The London Sunday Times, Conservation, and Yale University's E360. He has covered stories across the U.S. and in many places overseas.

He will talk about how we can interpret birds to tell us much about the world, including solutions to climate change and biodiversity loss.

Gold Hill's lutefisk dinner Dec. 2

The annual festive holiday dinner of lutefisk, lefse, and Swedish meatballs will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Gold Hill Lutheran Church, 934 Placer St.

Other menu items include boiled potatoes with white cream gravy, pickled herring, pickled beets, cooked carrots, Scandinavian cookies, and fruit soup.

The cost is $14 for adults, $8 for children. Details: Dick Fitzpatrick, 406-782-3938, or call the church at 406-723-4242.

Nordic ski group sets fundraiser

The annual Mile High Nordic Ski Ball fundraiser will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at Quarry Brewing, 124 W. Broadway St.

Food, drinks, a live auction, and a silent auction are planned. Cost is $25 for adults, $10 for kids 12-17, and children under 12 are free.

Proceeds go toward grooming and maintenance for the Mount Haggin and Moulton cross country ski trails.

For details or to volunteer, contact Debbie Smith at debbie.brown.smith@gmail.com.

Library to hold book sale

Butte Public Library's used book sale is at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, on the first floor at 226 W. Broadway St.

The "Bargain Basement" will also be open for a "buck a bag sale." On Saturday, Nov. 11, all remaining books in the basement will be free.

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, or visit directly at www.co.silverbow.mt.us/1947/SANTAS-CALLING.

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

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

Animal Control impounds listed

These are animals that have been picked up by Butte Animal Control. If you think one of the following animals is yours, please call the Chelsea Bailey Butte-Silver Bow Animal Shelter at 406-497-6528 or stop by between 1 and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Dog:

• Three-year-old female Chihuahua, brown, picked up Monday on Alaska and Quartz

Cats:

• Two-year-old male orange tabby, neutered, picked up Monday on 1100 block of East Second Street

• Two-year-old male gray tabby, neutered, picked up Friday on the 10 block of West Center Street

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