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Author talks about Montana women — The Butte Public Library’s First Fridays series continues at noon Friday, May 3, with guest speaker Beth Judy.Judy will talk about strong women in Montana history, and will share selected stories of the 15+ women in her book, Bold Women in Montana History, to see how some of our Montana foremothers harnessed their own boldness. These women overcame challenges, thought outside the box, adventured, nurtured, built community, and fought.These women include Blackfeet warrior Running Eagle, African American homesteader and Army cook Annie Morgan, Crow grandmother, author, and culture keeper Pretty Shield, Jeannette Rankin, Butte’s Women’s Protective Union, actress Myrna Loy, rodeo stars Alice and Marge Greenough, librarian Alma Jacobs, modern artist and rancher Isabelle Johnson, writers Belle and Frieda Fligelman, and accountant and activist Elouise Cobell.
Library to celebrate Star Wars — Saturday, May 4 is Star Wars Day at the Butte Public Library, 226 W. Broadway St. The library is celebrating by screening several Star Wars movies from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents are encouraged to stop by to relive the movies and celebrate the day.
‘Buy Local Expo’ set for Saturday — The Ruby Valley Chamber of Commerce will host the 12th annual “Buy Local Expo” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Twin Bridges Fairgrounds. Over 45 local vendors will be on hand to sell, display, and provide information regarding their products and services. Vendors include media representation, community services, health and beauty supplies, carpet cleaning service, baked goods and candies, home and business products, arts and crafts, jewelry, flowers and plants, Costco reps, collector weapons and many more. There will be a free lunch provided from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and drawings for cash door prizes. This event is free and open to the public. Details: Bob, 406-842-7900.
Observatory to have a ‘public night’ — It is public night Saturday, May 4, at the Cottontail Observatory, 280 Wet Georgia Road, Twin Bridges. A presentation will be held at 8 p.m. on the solar system, followed by a laser tour of the night sky and observations through telescopes (weather permitting).
Dog Days at the Caverns — Montana State Parks will host Dog Days, a special event to show appreciation for responsible pet ownership in state parks, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Lewis & Clark Caverns. In appreciation of responsible pet owners, dogs on leash that visit the park will receive poo bags and free treats as supplies last. To enjoy the giveaway, stop in at the Main Visitor Center with your pooch before you head out to enjoy the park. Details: 406-287-3541.
Spring polka on the calendar — The SNPJ Lodge 207 will hold its spring polka party from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 5, in the Butte Elks Lodge, Montana and Galena. Admission is $10 and includes dinner, dancing, and a door prize drawing. Proceeds will go to the Slovene National Benefit Society Lodge 207’s scholarship fund. Details: Dan Paynich, 406-453-1238 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Little League event Sunday — Cooper City Softball will host an opening day event and ceremony at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at Longfellow Little League fields. The event is to thank sponsors and to kick off the season with a fun event with parents, players and coaches. A player parade, fun games with Butte High and Butte Central softball players and individual and team photos will be taken. For more details, visit https://www.coppercitysoftball.com/
Program geared towards gardeners — The Whitehall Garden Club, in conjunction with the Madison-Jefferson County Extension Office, will host an informative program, “The Importance of Good Soil,” Thursday, May 9, in the Borden’s conference room in Whitehall. The first session is from 7 to 7:45 p.m., and will be for the “home gardeners,” and from 8 to 8:45 p.m., the focus will be on the important properties of soil for all ranchers and farmers.
Spring Fling at KC — The Fine Line Dancers are hosting their 5th annual “Mothers’ Day/Spring Fling Mixer Friday, May 10, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 224 W. Park St. Doors open at 6 p.m. The cost is $5 per person and includes snacks, prizes, and a variety of music. Tickets will be sold at the door or call 406-498-3903.
Fun at the Big Hole River — Kids’ Day on the Big Hole River is Saturday, May 18 and is free and open to area youth ages 7-13. Bring your children out to enjoy a day of fun and learning on the banks of the Big Hole River near Melrose. Activities include fly casting and fly tying lessons, bug and trout identification, river safety, survival skills and more. Lunch is included and there will be prizes for all attendees at the end of the day. Registration forms and informational flyer can be found on the Big Hole River Foundation website at www.bhrf.org. Download the registration form or email us at email@example.com to request. Registration is open to the first 75 applicants and fills up quickly.
Concert at the Covellite — Annika Summers, a vocalist who excels at singing the blues, will be performing at 7 p.m. Friday, May 17, at the Covellite Theatre, 215 W. Broadway. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. To purchase tickets, go to www.montanabooking.com.
Movie premiere at Mother Lode — “Zulu Summer – A True Story of Coming to America” will premiere at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Mother Lode Theatre, 316 W. Park St. What started as a series of hilarious Facebook messages between a sincere Zulu prince and a suspicious late-night DJ in Butte, has evolved and blossomed into a cross-cultural friendship and ongoing educational exchange between the United States and South Africa. This documentary is a love letter to Butte, who during the summer of 2017 opened her arms to strangers from the opposite side of the planet. Tickets are $10 in advance, and $15 the day of the show. They may be purchased at the Mother Lode box office or by calling 406-723-3602.
Brew festival set for May 18 — Come rain or come shine, the 4th annual Tap into Ennis Festival will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 18, in downtown Ennis at Lions Club Park. Tickets are $25 and includes a commemorative cup, endless tastings, and two full drinks of your choice. The event is free to enter if you are not drinking. There will be food, music, family fun, a silent auction and more. Contact the Ennis Chamber of Commerce for more details, 406-682-4388.
Elks dance cancelled — The monthly dance that was to be held Sunday, May 19, at the Elks Lodge, 206 W. Galena St., has been cancelled. Details: Frank Snyder, 406-299-2443 or 406-782-3278.