December days

December days



The public is invited to attend a technical meeting for the Beal Mountain Mine Project from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Butte Ranger District, 1820 Meadowlark Lane.



The Butte Central Foundation will be holding Winterfest 2019 at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Maroon Activities Center, 550 E. Mercury St. The event replaces the longstanding Calcutta. There will be a no-host beer and wine bar, dinner choice of lasagna or pasty, live music, interactive games, and cash drawings. Tickets are $50 (admits two, includes dinner and a chance at a $500 drawing) or $150 (admits two, includes dinner and enters you into a raffle for five $500 prizes and a grand prize of $1,000). Tickets may be purchased through the Butte Central Foundation office at 406-723-6706.


Ladies Night Out will be at 6 p.m. at the Anaconda Elks, and is sponsored by Copper Village Museum & Art Center. To get into the Christmas spirit, attendees can expect fun, food and wine. Items will again be up for bid to help you decorate, entertain, and enjoy the season. There will be silent and live auctions. The cost is $10 plus an ornament for the auction.


The annual Twin Bridges Christmas Stroll and Yuletide Festival starts at 3:30 until 5 p.m. on Main Street, Twin Bridges. There will also be a chili feed from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Madison County Fairgrounds.



To kick-off the holiday season at Fairmont Hot Springs, their annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. The Anaconda High School Choir will be caroling, complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served, and there will be a special visit from Santa Claus.

Start the holiday season by joining Rotary and Interact Clubs of Butte in singing Christmas carols and lighting the Rotary community tree at 5 p.m. at Victory Circle, corner of Park and Arizona. Also, there will be a special visit by Santa at this jolly occasion.


First Fridays continue at the Butte-Silver Bow Public Library, 226 W. Broadway St., with a screening at noon of the documentary, “National Parks Adventure.” Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Greg MacGillvray, the documentary is narrated by screen legend Robert Redford. The film was the highest grossing documentary in 2016. Details: 406-723-3361.


The Anaconda premiere of “Mickey and the Bear,” which was filmed in Anaconda in 2018, will be at 7 p.m. at the Washoe Theatre, 305 Main St., Anaconda. Described as a coming-of-age movie, the film centers around an Anaconda teen who faces an inner battle with herself – stay and take care of her opioid-addicted father or fight for the independence she sorely needs. The event is sponsored by Montana Film Office.


Butte: Head to Uptown Butte for the annual Christmas stroll. The tree-lighting ceremony starts at 6:30 p.m., on the steps of the Butte-Silver Bow County Courthouse. At 6:45, the Children’s Light Parade winds its way through Uptown Butte to Park and Main. In addition, there will be a winter craft market from 5 to 9 p.m. at 66 W. Park St.

Deer Lodge: Deer Lodge will have their Christmas Stroll and the Tina Schowengerdt Memorial Parade of Lights. The festivities begin at 4 p.m. Holiday revelers can view holiday decorations, visit downtown shops, and enjoy the entertainment. Santa will be at city hall from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The parade starts at 6:30, and the tree-lighting ceremony is at 7. Details: 406-560-1549 or 406-491-2892.

Dillon: Residents of Dillon plan to start the holiday season right with their annual Downtown Christmas Stroll & Parade of Lights.The festivities start at 4 p.m., and are sponsored by the Beaverhead Chamber of Commerce and Dillon’s downtown businesses.

Ennis: Come experience Ennis during an old fashioned Christmas Stroll from 3 to 8 p.m. Merchants will be open late, featuring Christmas treats for all! Pictures with Santa and Christmas stories for children are planned, along with roasted chestnuts, live music, ice sculpture contest, decoration contest, special gallery events and much more! The Lions Club Park by the Madison River will be lit for the holiday season. Something for the whole family! Details: 406-682-4388.



The annual clothing drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Maroon Activity Center, 550 E. Mercury St. The event is sponsored by Harrington Pepsi, Butte Cares, and Cherry Creek Media.


The annual festive holiday dinner of lutefisk, lefse, and Swedish meatballs will be from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Gold Hill Lutheran Church, 934 Placer St. Other menu items include boiled potatoes with white cream gravy, pickled herring, pickled beets, cooked carrots, Scandinavian cookies, and fruit soup. The cost is $14 for adults, $8 for children. Details: 406-723-4242.


A trap-release workshop, sponsored by Footloose Montana, will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Butte Public Library (third floor), 226 W. Broadway St. The event is free and open to the public. Trapping season has begun. What will you do if your pet gets caught in a trap? Learn first aid and how to handle a trap in an emergency.


Butte: Butte’s annual Festival of Trees is at 7 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 206 W. Galena St. Hosted by Safe Space, all proceeds will benefit survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Philipsburg: The Granite County Medical Foundation’s sixth annual Festival of Trees will be from 6 to 10 p.m. at The Ranch at Rock Creek’s Buckle Barn. Suggested donation is $10. Free shuttles are available from Drummond, Hall and Philipsburg. Call 406-531-5846 to reserve a seat. This year’s theme is “Dreaming of a White Christmas,” and the 15 hand-hewn Christmas trees reflect that sentiment. The trees will be auctioned off to benefit GCMF. For more details, go to www.granitecountymedicalfoundation.org/festival-of-trees/.


The annual Whitehall Christmas Stroll is from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The day-long event includes a quilt show, craft and food vendors, a tree lighting ceremony, chili feed, art show, and hay rides. Details: 406-287-2260.


Coming off a three-show run in Helena at the Last Chance Play Festival in early November, “Pitiful Beautiful Pittance,” the play about the Butte Superfund will be staged at 6 p.m. at the Orphan Girl Theatre. The play about the Berkeley Pit was written by Susan Dunlap. The Orphan Girl Theatre is located at 316 W. Park St. through the Galena St. entrance. Tickets are $15 and are cash only at the door, which opens at 5:30 p.m.


The Butte Symphony Guild’s annual Holiday Home Tour is from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 or two for $25, and are on sale now. The event supports the Butte Symphony, Montana’s longest playing symphony orchestra, which is celebrating its 70th year. Tickets can be purchased from any guild member, or at Keenan’s Jewelry in the Butte Plaza Mall or Books and Books.


Anaconda: Hope Lutheran Church will hold their annual Holiday Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1506 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Anaconda. There will be baked goods, white elephants, raffle, craft items and more.  A soup and sandwich luncheon will be served from 11 am to 1 p.m. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children.

Butte: “It’s a Butte-iful Christmas” craft show and Christmas festival will be Saturday and Sunday at the Front Street Station, 800 E. Front St. The two-day event includes vendors with handmade goods, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, food and beverages, carriage rides, and live music. Admission is free.

Dillon: A craft fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dillon Elks Lodge, 27 E. Center St., Dillon. Lunch will be available for $5.

Dillon: The 48th annual St. Rose Christmas Bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the St. Rose Family Center, 226 S. Atlantic St., Dillon. Ethnic foods, homemade baked goods and candy will be sold.  Also available will be crafts, decor, Advent wreaths and Advent candles, as well as raffles. Coffee, doughnuts and a light lunch can also be purchased. Admission is free. Details: 406-683-2882, 406-683-0062, or 406-660-2777.


The Butte Spay/Neuter Task Force will have its Santa Paws fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Butte Plaza Mall. Photos may be with pets and Santa Paws or with people, pets, and Santa Paws. Pets large and small must be on leashes or in pet carriers. The pet owner will receive two 5x7-inch photos for $16.


The Butte-Silver Bow Public Library at 226 W. Broadway St., will hold its holiday used book beginning today through Saturday, Dec. 14, during regular library hours. Books on the first floor will be $1 & $3 with DVDs priced at $2. Bargain basement room will be $1 per bag. 



Montana Tech’s 33nd annual Society of Professional Engineer’s Bazaar and Trade Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Maroon Activity Center, 55 E. Mercury St. Vendors from all over Montana plan to participate. If you would like to register, call 4060496-4197 or 406-370-0256.

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“It’s a Butte-iful Christmas” craft show and Christmas festival will be at the Front Street Station, 800 E. Front St. The two-day event includes vendors with handmade goods, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, food and beverages, carriage rides, and live music. Admission is free.


Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site will have their annual Victorian Holiday Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at 266 Warren Lane, Deer Lodge.Come out and see the ranch transformed for the holiday and meet Santa Claus. Celebrate the season with music, children's activities, horse-drawn wagon rides, scavenger hunt, holiday crafts, refreshments and more. The event is free.


Hope Lutheran Church ladies will host the annual Florence Crittenton/New Hope Pregnancy Baby Shower and dinner at 3 p.m. at 1506 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Anaconda. Entertainment will provided by the Anaconda Handbell Choir. Those attending are asked to bring a potluck dish to share for the meal and an unwrapped baby gift. The baby gifts will be divided between the Florence Crittenton Home and the New Hope Pregnancy Center. Details: 406-563-7381.


The Butte Spay/Neuter Task Force will have its Santa Paws fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Butte Plaza Mall. Photos may be with pets and Santa Paws or with people, pets, and Santa Paws. Pets large and small must be on leashes or in pet carriers. The pet owner will receive two 5x7-inch photos for $16.


The Montana Tech Choral Union and Copper Hill Choir will be performing its popular annual Christmas concert at 3 p.m. at the Montana Tech Library Auditorium. Dr. Gary Funk will lead the choirs in a program titled “What the World Needs Now.” Ticket price is $10 and $5 for seniors and students.


The third annual Community Sing and Soup Dinner begins at 3 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 525 Barnett Ave., Dillon. This free event features local church choirs and singing groups from the Dillon community, followed by a sing-along with the audience. A soup and roll supper will immediately follow the singing. Please join us for this all-inclusive community-wide event. For more details, contact the Southwest Montana Arts Council at SMACarts@gmail.com or call 406-683-6208.     



Top O' The Mornin' Toastmasters will meet at 6:30 a.m. Monday at Perkins.

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 p.m. first Tuesdays, business meeting, Comfort Inn; 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Gold Hill Lutheran Church; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sharing and Caring, 2100 Farragut (rear entrance).

Uptown Toasters meet at noon Tuesday at the Butte Archives, 17 W. Quartz St. Details: 406-782-3280.

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.

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.

Gal-Us-Frame Gals will have their Red Hat Christmas dinner Tuesday at the Butte Country Club, 3400 Elizabeth Warren Ave. Cocktails are at 5 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6. Reservations are due by Monday, Nov. 25, by calling 406-782-9219 or 406-494-5708.

Story Time takes place in the Butte Public Library's children's room every Tuesday beginning at 6:30 p.m. Details: 406-723-3361.

Open AA meetings start at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the United Congregational Church, 2945 Bayard St. Details: 406-560-7330.

Fine Line Dancers will start line dance classes for beginners and beginners plus at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 224 W. Park St. The cost is $4, and the first class is free. Details: 406-498-3903.

Lego Build is from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays at the Butte Public Library's Teen Zone.

Butte Sunrise Kiwanis Club meets at 7 a.m. Wednesday at Perkins Restaurant. Guest speaker will be Becky Sprunger, chief operating officer for Action Inc, to talk about their Mining City Christmas program.

Line Dancing Class with Colleen Klobucar is from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays at the Butte YMCA.

Butte High School Class of ’61 meets for lunch at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday at Christina’s Cocina. Please bring $20 gift exchange.

Butte Chess Club meets from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Wednesdays at the Butte Public Library (first floor).

Overeaters Anonymous meets at 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Gold Hill Lutheran Church, 934 Placer St. Details: 406-533-5454.

Women's AA meetings are at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at The Springs, 300 Mount Highland Drive.

Wii games are played from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays at the Butte Public Library's Teen Zone.

Butte Kiwanis will meet at noon Wednesday at Perkins. This week’s speaker will be a representative from Action Inc., to talk about Mining City Christmas. We will also be collecting coats, hats and gloves for the coat drive.

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.

Living Word Prayer Group will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Holy Spirit Church, 4400 Continental Dr. For more details, call Sue Walsh at 406-593-1218.

Line Dancing Class with Colleen Klobucar is from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at the Butte YMCA. Members get in free; non-members pay $5.

Butte Threshold Singers meet at 9 a.m. every Thursday at the Big Sky Senior Living chapel. The group prepares to sing at the bedside of terminal patients. All singers are welcome. Call Highlands Hospice office at 406-533-0020 or Sue Walsh at 406-593-1218. Alternative practice times are available.

Montana Independent Living Project hosts a group for women with disabilities from 2 p.m. to 3:30 every Thursday at 3475 Monroe Ave., suite 103. Come for sharing, support, and a sense of community.

Rotary Club of Butte meets at noon every Thursday at the Butte Country Club.

A suicide loss support group meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays in the Butte Public Library. Call before attending for the first time. Details: Beth at 406-490-1279 or Mary Alice at 406-533-9899.

The after-school Manga and Anime Club in the Teen Zone meets from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursdays at the Butte Public Library's Teen Zone.

A memoir writing group meets 1:30 to 3:30 Thursdays at Butte Public Library. For details, contact the library at 723-3361 or buttepubliclibrary.info.

Play ACC Cribbage with the Big Butte Mile High Cribbers at East Side Athletic Club, playing at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday. Play 9 games against 9 opponents. Details: Phil at 406-494-2618.

Books and Babies starts at 11 a.m. and Story Time follows at 11:15 in the Butte Public Library's children's room every Friday. Details: 406-723-3361.

Butte Public Library hosts Chess Club from 2 to 4:45 p.m. Fridays on the first floor. All ages and abilities are welcome. No experience necessary, just a desire to play.

An anxiety and depression support group meets at 1:30 p.m. every Saturday at 721 S. Montana.


Emotions Anonymous, a 12-step group, meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday in the library of the Hearthstone Apartments, 400 Oak St. Details: 406-563-5402 or emotionsanonymous.org.

Anaconda American Legion Auxiliary unit 21 and American Legion Post 21 will have their annual Christmas party on Wednesday at the American Legion Hall, Third and Cedar St. A no-host social is at 5 p.m., and dinner is served at 6. On the menu is a catered roast beef with all the trimmings at a cost of $15 per person. Reservations are required by Nov. 27, by calling Maureen Watt at 406-563-2031.

Mountain Village meets at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Copper Village Art Center. Members, please note that (1) UFO #5 is due; (2) the fat quarter theme is "Christmas" and we will be using them for a game; (3) bring your unwrapped gift items for Warm Springs; and (4) bring a dish or dessert or whatever you choose for the Holiday Potluck.

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