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Spacious Butte Civic Center utilized during social-distancing

Spacious Butte Civic Center utilized during social-distancing


The Butte Civic Center is being utilized more often and Bill Melvin, general manager, couldn’t be happier.

Starting at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 28, jury selection begins at the Civic Center for Judge Robert Whelan’s Butte District Court

“There will be about 90 prospective jurors on hand,” said Melvin, “and our facility is the perfect place for social distancing.”

Aside from jury selection, court will be in session at the facility as well. Oct. 5, 19 and 20 have been set aside for possible court dates.

Weekdays, those who enjoy playing pickle ball will be able to do so from 9 a.m. to noon. On Tuesday and Thursday nights, competitions begin at 6:30 p.m. Also on tap will be the Adult Volleyball League, with teams battling it out on Monday and Wednesday nights.

Again, Melvin is thrilled.

“We want things to be happening here again,” Melvin said, “but be safe about it.”

With safety being the key, he and his team have been working closely with the Butte Health Department to make sure all state guidelines are being followed and that “everyone is as safe as they can be.”

Local food vendors will soon be selling their fare on the first Friday of each month, Melvin reported.

The outdoor event debuts 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, in the facility’s south parking lot. Tables will be placed strategically throughout.

“It’s important to help out the community,” Melvin said, “and we are committed to doing just that as much as we can.”

The facility will be used for a walk-in flu clinic Thursday, Oct. 15. Sponsored by St. James Healthcare, flu shots will be given from 4 to 7 p.m. A drive-thru clinic from 4 to 6 p.m. is scheduled for Tuesdays, Oct. 20 and 27.

Other planned events include:

  • The Vitalant Blood Drive will be held 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14.
  • The COVID-19 drive-thru testing continues at the Civic Center Annex and is from 4 to 6 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
  • In celebration of OMG I Have a Job, vendors staffed with disabled Butte residents will be serving up food in the south parking lot from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23.

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