Get ready to make some plans as we head into summer. The events listed below are just some of the many Southwest Montana events on tap.
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Firemen host seafood extravaganza — For decades the annual Philipsburg Volunteer Firemen’s Clam and Oyster Feed has been a hallmark of the opening of summer. The clam and oyster feed will be held Friday, May 24, at the PVFD’s new fire hall on the west edge of Philipsburg. Doors open at 5 p.m. The cost is $25 for adults and $5 for teenagers. Children 12 and under get in free. In addition, raffle tickets will be sold. For more details, call Jim Jenner at 406-859-8001 or email: email@example.com.
Olberding gives talks on pandemic — Janelle Olberding will read from her latest book, “Butte and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic,” Friday, May 24, at the Clark Chateau, 321 W. Broadway St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the reading starts at 7. Light refreshments will be provided, with suggested $5 donation requested. Finally, she will be signing books from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Books & Books, 206 W. Park St. For more details, call 406-723-3361 or 406-565-5560.
Dance set at Anaconda Elks — The John Fox Sound will play music from the Big Band era, swing, polka, Latin, waltzes, and other dance music from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at the Anaconda Elks Lodge. The cost is $10 for the general public.
Bike rodeo planned at Civic Center — The 21st annual Silver Bow Kiwanis Bike Rodeo is from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at the Butte Civic Center. The event is open to kids of all ages. Participants learn about bicycle safety and get their bikes inspected. In addition, free bicycle helmets will be given out to all children, and there is free pizza and pop.
Come rain or come shine — Willie’s Distillery will host its 7th annual spring pig roast, come rain or come shine, from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at 312 Main St., Ennis. The family event includes live music, free food, and the chance to win prizes.
Sheridan hosts garage sale — A community garage sale is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at Valley Assembly Church in Sheridan.
NCAT festival family fun — Summer Sosten Fest and Great Pasty Throwdown is a free festival for the whole family taking place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at NCAT. This festival will focus on local food with the Great Pasty Throwdown competition as the highlight of the day. Individuals and restaurants are invited to enter the contest to submit their best pasties. Festival goers will be able to judge for themselves by purchasing pasties from the restaurants who enter the contest. However, an official panel of judges will have the final word in awarding bragging rights to the best individual and commercial pasty bakers. The festival will also feature the Butte Bloom Plant & Seeds Sale with locally grown plant starts and seeds, as well as, tours and demonstrations on NCAT’s SIFT Farm. The family-friendly festival also includes solar model car races, a bounce house, face painting, crafts, and a petting zoo for the kids. It will also include an exhibit of historic photos chronicling local food production, courtesy of the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives.
Territorial Days to be celebrated — Deer Lodge will celebrate Territorial Days Friday-Saturday, June 14-15. The two-day event includes the Tina Schowengerdt Memorial 4D Barrel race at the Tri-County Fairgrounds. It also features classic cars, parade, street dance and a Jaywalkers Jamboree on Main Street. In addition, the annual Father’s Day golf tournament at the Deer Park Golf Course, Deer Lodge. Details: 406-846-1625.
Boulder to host garage sale — Boulder Community Wide Garage-Yard Sale runs 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 15. The event features a multitude of items, including appliances, clothing, dishes, furniture, knickknacks, linens, and more. Sale site maps available. Sign up or get more info at http://www.bouldermtchamber.org/events/.
Annual gem show at Civic Center — Butte Mineral and Gem Show is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, June 15-16, at the Butte Civic Center Annex, 1340 Harrison Ave. Admission is $3, children under 12 free. There will be 15 dealers in rock hobby items; 25 exhibits; and a silent auction. Details: Pete Knudsen, 406-496-4395.
Miners Union celebration set — Celebrate Miners Union Day at the World Museum of Mining 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at the World Museum of Minine. Admission is free. There will be a number of children’s activities. Call 406-723-7211 or visit www.miningmuseum.org.
Baby shower planned — A community baby shower for new moms and moms-to-be in need of assistance will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 23, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 224 W. Park St. Participants must sign up at Healthy Family Network of Butte. Anyone wishing to donate, and the Healthy Family Network of Butte. Details: 406-782-1255.
Fairy & Wizards Fest June 29 — The annual Fairy & Wizards Festival is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at Tizer Gardens, 38 Tizer Lake Road, Jefferson City. Family friendly, dress up in your finest fairy and wizard garb. Admission is $7, includes kid activities, music, food, and kids' parades. Details: 406-933-8789.