TUESDAY, JUNE 12
Officials with the county, the state, Atlantic Richfield Co., and the Environmental Protection Agency will be available from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Butte Public Archives, 17 W. Quartz St., to discuss the proposed future work on the Butte Hill Superfund cleanup, the proposed timeline for the work, the process of getting to a legal agreement to finalize the cleanup plan and the outline of public involvement for the cleanup. Details: Christopher Wardell, EPA community involvement coordinator, at 303-312-6062 or 800-227-8917 ext. 312-6062 (toll free) or email at email@example.com.
MAI WAH OPENS
The Mai Wah Society's museum and gift shop is now open for the summer season. Located at 17 W. Mercury St., in historic Uptown Butte, the museum's regular schedule is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Cost of admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children, while kids under five years old get in free. It will be open through Sept. 15.
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At 8 p.m., join Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park ranger, Julia Smit for "Cave Formations in a New Light". See cave formations outside of the cave. Get an in-depth look into how everything from crystals to stalactites form and hands on examination of some speleothems.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13
The Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives at 17 W Quartz will continue its Brown Bag Lunch series at noon with John Kuglin, a retired Montana Associated Press bureau chief. He will speak about his new book, "Montana's Dimple Knees Sex Scandal: 1960s Prostitution, Payoffs and Politicians." The book is mostly about Beverly Snodgrass, who owned two Butte houses of prostitution in the 1960s. Snodgrass made a lot of poor choices. While running her brothels she fell deeply in love with a crooked politician, whom she nicknamed "Dimple Knees." Kuglin will autograph his book following the presentation. Books will be for sale at the Archives bookstore. Guests are encouraged to bring a sack lunch. Coffee and water will be provided. Details: 406-782-3280.
FRIDAY, JUNE 15
The 29th annual Territorial Days celebration in Deer Lodge will be held Friday and Saturday. The two-day celebration is a family-fun event sponsored by the Powell County Chamber of Commerce. Registration for the "Show-n-Shine" is Friday. There will also be a poker run, music, and food in the Old Prison Museum yard. First on the list Saturday is the Prison Break Run followed by "Show-n-Shine," the Main Street parade, Jaywalkers Jamboree, pie-eating contest, beer garden, live music, street dance, and more.
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At 8 p.m. Friday, June 15, the Summer Campground Speaker Series at Lewis & Clark Caverns continues with "Fantastic Fungal Friends and Fierce Fungal Foes" presented by Chance Noffsinger. Fungi are fascinating organisms that play important roles in the environment. Unfortunately, fungi are often overlooked and poorly understood, which creates misunderstandings that lead to irrational fears of fungi and the mushrooms they produce, a term coined "fungophobia." Details: 406-287-3541.
SATURDAY, JUNE 16
The 29th annual Territorial Days celebration in Deer Lodge is a family-fun event sponsored by the Powell County Chamber of Commerce. First on the list Saturday is the Prison Break Run followed by "Show-n-Shine," the Main Street parade, Jaywalkers Jamboree, pie-eating contest, beer garden, live music, street dance, and more.
Hell's Belles, an all-ladies heavy metal rock band, will perform in concert from 7 to 11 p.m. in the Old Montana Prison Yard, 1106 Main St., Deer Lodge. The band promises to deliver authentic AC/DC and has been described as "committed, ferocious and meticulous." Tickets are $35. Details: 406-846-3111.
Philipsburg's community fundraiser, the "Blues, Brews & BBQ," starts at noon in Winninghoff Park, Philipsburg. Backyard barbecuers will be showing off and sharing all kinds of meats, cooked in a variety of ways, with cold beer and great salads. Music will start and beer will pour with The River City Players followed by The Sweet Lillies, who finish up at 6 p.m. The public feed starts at 5 p.m. The cost is $20 for adults, $7 for kids 12 and under. Details: Bill at 406-859-3450 or Heidi at 406-859-3353.
Silver Bow Youth Leaders are putting on a youth rodeo, "Buck'n Against Bullies," Saturday-Sunday, June 16-17, at the Butte Vigilante Rodeo Grounds. This rodeo will be free to the public and gives the children of this community an event that they can go to and enjoy.
The 14th annual Pony Horseback Poker Ride will be at the Sitz Angus Ranch, located 7 miles west of Harrison on Norwegian Creek Road. The event is sponsored by the Pony Homecoming Club. Registration for the 10-mile trail ride is from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., at the trailhead site. Riders start between 9 and 10 a.m. No late entries allowed. The cost is $30 for one poker hand, ride and lunch. Extra hands available ($10). Participants must be 18 or older for poker hands. Children welcome to ride for free. Lunch is $5 per child under 10; $10 per adult (if not riding).
American Legion Post 31 & Veterans of Twin Bridges will have their annual fishing derby for kids 14 and under at Lorie's Pond at 10 a.m. at Twin Bridges. There are prizes for the largest fish and a free lunch of hamburgers and hot dogs will be served. Directions to the event -- from the flashing yellow light in Twin Bridges, go south on Highway 41 towards Dillion, then go 1.7 miles; the pond is on your left.
Come join the guides from the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest on a walk through the woods at Thompson Park, exploring the colorful flowers of the area. This family-friendly event is free to all and designed for those interested in learning more about the local flora. The hike will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Sagebrush Flats in Thompson Park and participants will hike approximately two miles of Jon's Gulch Trail. Details: 406-494-2147.
The Cottontail Observatory near Twin Bridges will be open to the public Saturday, June 16, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. for viewing astronomical objects through a telescope. A tour of the night sky is followed by viewing. Participants should dress warm. Hot coffee and cocoa will be available. To get to the observatory, go to the flashing yellow night in Twin Bridges, take Highway 287 East toward Sheridan. Go three miles and turn left onto Wet Georgia Road (sign on fence "Cottontail Observatory 3 miles"). After you go through the third cattle guard the road will "Y" take the left fork, go 1 mile the observatory is on the right.
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The Naturalist Walk, "On the Trail with Lewis & Clark," will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 16, at Lewis & Clark Caverns. Learn about the trials, tribulations and triumphs of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in the region on this 2.5-mile guided hike. The walk will meet at the Main (Lower) Visitor Center. Details: 406-287-3541.
CLUBS AND MEETINGS
- Duplicate bridge is played at 1 p.m. every Monday and Thursday at the Hawthorne Community Center, 3500 Whiteway (enter through the back).
- Al-Anon meetings: 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Congregational Church; 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Gold Hill Lutheran Church; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sharing and Caring, 2100 Farragut (rear entrance).
- Ancient Order of Hibernians meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Carpenters Union Hall. There will be an initiation of new members, and a meeting will follow.
- Silver Bow Kiwanis Club meets at noon Tuesdays at Perkins for discussion of club projects and events, lunch, and a speaker.
- Butte Exchange Club meets at noon Tuesdays at 16 E. Granite St. (second floor). Details: Steve 782-4253.
- The Loosely Knit Club meets from 1 to 3 p.m. every Tuesday at the Butte Public Library to knit, crochet, or craft together in a welcoming and supportive environment. The group welcomes new members and drop-ins.
- Open AA meetings start at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the United Congregational Church, 2945 Bayard St. Details: 406-560-7330.
- The Butte Sunrise Kiwanis Club meets Wednesday at 7 a.m. at Perkins. Guest speaker is Susanne Dauenhauer with the Butte Education Foundation.
- The Warped Weavers meet 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at the Butte-Silver Bow Public Library, third floor, 226 W. Broadway St. Curious about weaving? Come watch, ask questions; there may be a loom for you to try. Details: 406-782-5784.
- Overeaters Anonymous meets at 6:15 p.m. Wednesdays at Gold Hill Lutheran Church, 934 Placer St. Details: 406-533-5454.
- United Veterans Council meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the American Legion Hall.
- Women's AA meetings are at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at The Springs, 300 Mount Highland Drive.
- Rotary Club of Butte meets every Thursday at noon at the Butte Country Club.
- Veterans of Foreign Wars meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Marine Corp League building 525 Garden Ave.
- Chapter X of PEO meets at noon Thursday at Big Sky Senior Living.
- Montana Independent Living Project hosts a group for women with disabilities from 2 to 3:30 p.m. every Thursday at 3475 Monroe Ave., suite 103. Come for sharing, support, and a sense of community.
- A suicide loss support group meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays in the Butte public library, 226 W. Broadway St. Call before attending for the first time. Details: Beth at 406-490-1279 or Mary Alice at 406-533-9899.
- Summer cribbage. Everyone welcome. Every Thursday, East Side Athletic Club, 7 p.m., seven games. Sponsored by Big Butte Mile High Cribbers. Details: Phil at 406-494-2618.
- An anxiety and depression support group meets at 1:30 p.m. every Saturday at 721 S.Montana.