Annual food drive Saturday

The annual Thompson Family Food Drive will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in Butte. Organizers are asking donors to leave bagged, non-perishables such as canned goods of soup, fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, jelly, paper towels, pasta, cooking oil, shampoo, bar soap, crackers, spaghetti sauce, cereal, and canned meats next to their mailboxes ready for pickup.

Donations can also be dropped off that day at the Butte Emergency Food Bank, 1019 E. Second St., or at the Race Track Fire Hall, 2344 Grand Ave., 406-723-4041. Cash donations also are appreciated.

Currently, the Butte Food Bank serves more than 3,000 individuals monthly.

Direct line to Santa Claus available

The Butte-Silver Bow Parks and Recreation Department and Candy Kane Communications have again teamed up to connect a direct line to Santa Claus at the North Pole. Let Santa contact your little ones (ages 3-10 years) with a personal phone call.

A form must be completed and returned to Parks and Recreation, 1340 Harrison Ave. (Butte Civic Center) by Monday, Dec. 9.

Any questions, call Bob Lazzari at 406-497-6535.

NCAT officials featured speakers

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The Butte-Silver Bow Democrats’ Burros Club will host Steve Thompson, executive director of the National Center for Appropriate Technology and Maryssa Fenwick, NCAT and Energy Corps Community Sustainability and Resilience educator, at noon Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the Butte Country Club.

The talk is titled "Butte Tough: Building a Resilient Community in an Era of Climate Change." Members of the public are encouraged to attend. Optional lunch will be available for $15.

Science Mine open during stroll

During the Uptown Butte Christmas Stroll Friday, Dec. 6, the Science Mine, located in the basement of the Sears Building at 36 E. Granite St., will be open (free admission for all) from 5 to 9 p.m., for cookies, hot beverages, and fun.

Science theme toys and experiment kits will be on display, and special rates will be available for family passes.

Tester nominates two area students

Sen. Jon Tester has announced that he is nominating two students from the Butte area to the nation’s most prestigious U.S. military service academies. The two nominees are:

Robinson Dale, Twin Bridges High School, U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy. Dale is a member of the National Honor Society, captain of his club soccer team, and class president. He also participates in his high school robotics program, and Business Professionals of America.

Christian Sherman, Butte High School, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy. Sherman is a musician as well as a varsity athlete in both soccer and wrestling. He is also part of the Civil Air Patrol and the Western Aerospace Scholars program, in addition to being a member of the National Honor Society.

Tester selected the total of 34 Montana nominees to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy based on their academic accomplishments, extracurricular activities, and commitment to serving and leading in the United States military. A nomination from a member of Congress is the first step in students’ applications to the four schools.

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