MONDAY, FEB. 11
The Butte Tourism Business Improvement District will meet at 3 p.m. at the Butte Chamber of Commerce, 1000 George St. The primary purpose of this meeting is to review grant applications for funding. Questions or comments regarding this meeting can be directed to Maria Pochervina, firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 406-723-3177.
Southwest Montana Aging and Disability Services will distribute commodity boxes 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This distribution is only for those who are already signed up for the program. If you cannot pick up your box during this time, notify the office, 406-782-5555, on or before Feb. 11, or you may not be able to receive your food box.
TUESDAY, FEB. 12
Dr. Joseph Clair, an associate professor of theology at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, will be the guest speaker at the next Veritas Forum in the Montana Tech auditorium. The event, titled “Engineering the Good Life: Do We Need God to have Meaningful Lives?” is sponsored by Montana Tech Catholic Campus Ministry and will be addressed to a college-age audience and the general public. The evening begins at 7 p.m., when Clair will give a presentation on the “Meaning of Life.” Montana Tech associate professor Dr. Glen Southergill will then engage Clair in a challenging conversation. A reception will immediately follow.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 13
What goes on inside spy agencies like the CIA? How do they do it? Who are the spies? Why does it matter? These are some of the questions that Dr. John W. Ray of Montana Tech’s Liberal Studies Department will be answering at a free public forum to be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 13, in the Student Union Building’s Big Butte-Highlands Room.
Montana Tech’s Restoration Seminar runs from 4 to 4:50 p.m. in CBB 102. Guest speaker is Augustina Kwesie Osabutey of Montana Tech, who will talk about “Importance and Approaches for Activation of Soil Seed Banks in the Joiner Gulch Area.”
The award-winning Motown/R&B vocal group “Spectrum” will appear in concert at 7 p.m. in the historic Rialto Community Theatre in Deer Lodge. The concert is part of the 2018-19 “Live! At the Rialto” concert series. Spectrum has been touring since 1995 on venues from Las Vegas to Europe and on Royal Caribbean, Princess, and Norwegian Cruises. Credits also include performances with over 50 symphony orchestras throughout North America. Tickets for this special event are $20 and are available at Valley Foods and Keystone Drug in Deer Lodge, Steele’s in Butte and Deer Lodge, at the Rialto, and online at www.deerlodgerialto.com. For more details: www.spectrumsings.com, YouTube, 406-846-7900, and www.deerlodgerialto.com.
St. James Auxiliary will host a bake sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the second floor elevators at St. James Healthcare. The sale will feature cookies and other specialties. Proceeds will fund future auxiliary projects, including scholarships, blankets for babies, mother and child identification, and other patient comforting efforts.
THURSDAY, FEB. 14
BIG SKY EVENT
Big Sky Senior Living’s annual Chocolate Extravaganza begins at 2 p.m. at 3701 Elizabeth Warren Ave. There will be live music. Details: 406-494-4900.
The February Diabetes Learning Opportunity will be from 9 to 11 a.m. at St. James Healthcare. The classes continue Feb. 21 and 28. Participants will work with a certified diabetes educator and a registered dietitian to create a customized self-management plan that works for you. The three-week session focuses on counting carbohydrates while including the foods you enjoy, what to do with your blood sugar readings, and how your medications work. In addition, there will be discussions on what diabetes is and how to prevent complications. Insurance can be billed for the classes. To register, call Ida Reighard at 406-723-2960.
AARP Smart Driving Course is being offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Belmont Senior Center, 615 E. Mercury St. This includes one hour for lunch. Benefits of attendance include a review of driving rules and skills, increased awareness of how your driving skill levels change over time, and your auto insurance company may offer you a discount for attendance. Details and to register, call 406-723-7773.
The Anaconda Live concert series continues with a Leon Williams concert at 7:30 at the Washoe Theatre in Anaconda. Williams is a world renowned, classically trained baritone. Tickets are $40 for adults; $10 for students.
SATURDAY, FEB. 16
The Mining City Dance Co. bingo fundraiser is from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Butte Elks Lodge, 206 W. Galena St. The cost is $5 for a bingo ticket (10 games of bingo and each bingo card has three games on it). There will also be specials, 50/50 tickets, and a silent auction. The annual event is to help students raise money to attend dance competitions.
The Philipsburg Chamber of Commerce, along with the Philipsburg Ice Association, are hosting the annual Philipsburg Brewfest from noon to 5 p.m. at the Philipsburg Town Hall. Come sample Montana's finest microbrews, with more than 12 Montana breweries participating. The cost is $20 for a glass and three tickets. Subsequent tickets are $2 each or six tickets for $10. There will also be live music and a silent auction. All proceeds will go toward Philipsburg Youth Hockey, a vital part of the Philipsburg Ice Association.
A suicide prevention awareness event and fundraiser for the Jacob Wheeler Foundation will be at 5 p.m. at the Clark Chateau, 321 Broadway St. The party is presented by Butte Halloween and the Clark Chateau as an alternative party for those who do not wish to participate in Valentine's Day. The cost is $5, and there will be music and games. Details: 406-565-5600.
Aldersgate United Methodist Church at 1621 Thornton St., is having its 11th annual Valentine’s Dinner. On the menu will be family-style Meaderville spaghetti and ravs, salad, and dessert. In addition, there will also be live music. There are two seatings available -- 4:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. The cost is $10 a person; $5 for children under 10; and the meal is free to children under 2. Reservations are requested, and pickup or carry out are available. Details or to make reservations, call 406-782-2425.
A “Sweetheart” Pinochle Tournament, hosted by Divide Grange #142, will be held at 1 p.m. at the Grange Hall in Divide on Feb. 16. Refreshments will be served and prizes will be awarded. The cost is $10. A donation to our “little red wagon” project (aka: food bank) would be appreciated. Details: Linda, 406-498-3344.
The Science Mine, 36 E. Granite St., will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Explore the art (and science) of tie-dying in the STEAM-Powered Kids project area! Enjoy new exhibits – the wind tunnel – and good old favorites including Tesla coils, stream tables, wave pendulum, and more. Non-member admission is $5 per person; $15 per family, or renew your membership for the season.
SUNDAY, FEB. 17
Montana State Parks will celebrate the Great Backyard Bird Count at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park at 10:30 a.m. Join park staff for an approximate four-mile hike along the park road to see what birds call the park home this winter. Participants will meet at the Main Visitor Center near the park entrance at 10:30. The walk will last 2-3 hours dress for variable winter conditions, wear solid walking footwear and bring your binoculars. Participants may also bring a snack, water, and a camera. Whether an avid birder or a complete novice, your participation in this event will contribute to a global effort to create of an annual snapshot of the distribution an abundance of birds.
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 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 meeting is 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.
- Montana's Peer Network holds peer-run group sessions for mental health and addictions recovery every Tuesday at 6 p.m. and Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Butte Public Library in the Frank Little room. Details: 406-451-3087.
- Fine Line Dancers have adult beginner and beginner+ line dance classes at 6 p.m. every Tuesday at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Classes are $4. Details: 406-560-1934.
- 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.
- Butte Sunrise Kiwanis Club meets at 7 a.m. Wednesday at Perkins.
- Butte Kiwanis meets at noon Wednesday at Perkins.
- Overeaters Anonymous meets at 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Gold Hill Lutheran Church, 934 Placer St. Details: 406-533-5454.
- United Veterans Council meeting is at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the the American Legion Hall, 3201 Wynn Ave.
- Women's AA meetings are at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at The Springs, 300 Mount Highland Drive.
- Elks Lodge of Butte will host a bingo night at 7 p.m. every Wednesday. Details: 406-299-2443 or 406-490-3329.
- Chapter X of PEO meets for lunch at noon Thursday at Big Sky Senior Living.
- Living Word Prayer Group will begin its prayer meetings at 7 p.m., instead of 7:30 p.m. on every Wednesday. The group meets weekly at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 1500 Majors St. Details: Sue Walsh, 406-593-1218.
- Veterans of Foreign Wars meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Marine Corp Building, 525 Warren Ave.
- Visit the library's Nerd Herd for computer help from 10 a.m. to noon on the first Thursday of every month at the Belmont Senior Center, 615 E. Mercury St. Details: 406-723-3361 or www.buttepubliclibrary.info.
- The 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.
- Rotary Club of Butte meets at noon 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 2018-2019 season of ACC Cribbage, with the Big Butte Mile High Cribbers, takes place at East Side Athletic Club at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday. Play nine games against nine 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.
- An anxiety and depression support group meets at 1:30 p.m. every Saturday at 721 S. Montana.