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Havre again holding Community Thanksgiving Dinner Havre’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner is set for the Nov. 22 Thanksgiving Day this year, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Jude Parish Center, 440 Seventh Ave. Sponsored in full by an anonymous donor, this decades-old event serves more than 600 free meals each Thanksgiving — at the Parish Center and through home deliveries. Many locals come to the meal, bringing family, meeting friends or making new friends across the table, but people also come from far and wide, as well — some visiting and some in town for other reasons. More than one occasion has seen stranded travelers taking part. While many diners come just for the uniquely warm experience, many of the volunteers come for the same reason. A professional chef takes the helm in the kitchen, supported by kitchen staff at Gary & Leo’s Fresh Foods, who roast the turkeys. A full crew of volunteers do everything from setup to cleanup, including delivering and serving meals. Diners are treated to succulent turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, fresh vegetables, corn and rolls fresh from the oven, followed by a slice of pumpkin pie.

Havre Daily News/File photo Above: Rachel David serves pie Nov. 25, 2017, in St. Jude Parish Center during the Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Below: Martha Warren, left, and Debbie Rhines get food ready at the Thanksgiving Dinner served at St. Jude Parish Center Nov. 25, 2017.

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Festival of Trees set for Saturday at Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line The Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line is holding its special annual event with some unique trees as a fundraiser for the club, including, once again, a quilted donation from internationally recognized local quilter Karen Vosen. The 11th annual Festival of Trees is set for 7 p.m. at the club, with the $25 tickets available by calling the club at 265-6206. “The Festival of Trees is always a fun night and a great way to kick off the holiday season,” said Krystal Steinmetz, marketing and events coordinator for the Boys & Girls Club. “Our community is so generous; they really come out to support the club.”

Proceeds from the event provide support for the hundreds of kids who use the club each day. This year’s Festival of Trees theme is “12 Days of Christmas.” The event features hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, games, and live and silent auctions. The trees showcased at the event are designed and donated by local residents, organizations and businesses. Vosen regularly has quilts selected for international showings, including two quilts juried into the International Quilt Festival in Houston this year.

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Chinook Community Thanksgiving Dinner set Chinook has served up its Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner for more than 30 years. Diners are welcome to meet from noon to 2 p.m. at the Chinook Senior Center, 324 Pennsylvania. Volunteers cook and serve a traditional meal of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, cole slaw, relish tray, rolls, cranberry relish, fruit and pumpkin pies and other desserts for 150 to 175 people annually. Everyone is invited to attend to enjoy the meal and camaraderie of friends, family and neighbors, along with music from the Kitchen Band. Meals are also delivered to

those who cannot get out of the house. The dinner is served at no cost to the diners, though free-will donations are welcome and help pay for the next year’s dinner, along with donations from businesses and community members. Any leftovers are donated to the Senior Center or the Chinook Food Pantry. This traditional dinner is made and served through the efforts of many volunteers, and organizer Jay Eslick said anyone who wants to volunteer to serve or clean up Thanksgiving Day can call him at 262-4333 or just show up and “we’ll find a spot for them.”

Courtesy photos Left: Independence Bank’s Topping off the 12 Days of Christmas is one of the 16 trees donated for the 2018 Festival of Trees. Right: Karen Vosen donated this quilt for the Festival of Trees fundraiser at Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line. Proceeds from this quilt are intended to be used toward building a shed to house the club’s bus.

Live nativity set for Dec. 8 at Van Orsdel United Methodist Church The annual live nativity scene will draw crowds Saturday, Dec. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. to Van Orsdel United Methodist Church at 410 Fifth Ave. Spectators can drive past the scene or stop along the street or sidewalk to take in the classic depiction of the nativity scene come to life. Church volunteers set up the nativity, which includes live animals, and members take half-hour shifts enacting all the parts, including a hovering angel. The nativity has been held annually for about 25 years in all types of weather conditions, organizer Ray Toth said.

This year, Toth added, will see the return of the llama and alpaca which will join the sheep and donkey. The live animals roaming around might make the scene seem like a petting zoo to children and animal-loving adults — especially when the animals are friendly and the people in the nativity are holding their positions — but this is not the purpose of the animals or the nativity, he said. “It’s a pretty solemn occasion,” Toth said, adding, “You’re trying to depict a postcard picture of the birth of Jesus that night, capture that moment.”

Eagles Club will host Havre Community Christmas Dinner Havre Eagles Club, with the support of volunteers and donors, will once again host the Community Christmas Dinner Dec. 25. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., volunteers will be serving up a traditional Christmas meal with turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, rolls, corn and an assortment of salads and desserts. Started decades ago in Havre, this event provides a full meal to everyone, whether locals or visitors, who want to enjoy a warm holiday dinner and community spirit. Volunteers are welcome, Eagles

manager Tom Farnham said. Anyone interested in helping can just show up that day. People in Havre who are unable to get to the dinner will be able to sign up to have a meal delivered. Announcements will appear in the newspaper when the signup period is open. The meal is free to everyone, though donations are appreciated and go toward funding the next year’s meal. For more information, call Farnham at 265-9551.

Northern Rodeo team sets Cowboy Christmas for Dec. 1 The Montana State UniversityNorthern rodeo teams are again hosting their Cowboy Christmas fundraiser during the holidays — between their fall and spring rodeo seasons. The event, set this year for Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Armory Gymnasium, is the biggest fundraiser for the Northern men’s and women’s rodeo teams. The fundraiser includes no-host cocktails at 5 p.m., a prime rib and shrimp dinner at 6 p.m., many door prizes, raffle

items, a silent auction, a live auction and dancing to live music to conclude the night. Tickets are available at Stockman Bank, Independence Bank and Norman’s Ranch & Sportswear, or from any Northern rodeo team member. Ticket prices are $40 per person, $300 for a reserve table of six, or $400 for a reserve table of eight. Reserved tables come with bottles of wine. All proceeds benefit the MSU-Northern rodeo teams.

Montana Actors’ Theatre sets ‘Peter Pan’ panto to frolic through the holiday season Montana Actors’ Theatre is continuing its new tradition of brining an old English tradition to Havre this holiday season. Its Christmas pantomime of “Peter Pan” is set to run at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday Dec. 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22, with 2 p.m. matinées Saturday, Dec. 8, and

Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15-16 and Dec. 2223.

The pantos are described as sort of a

“Fractured Fairy Tale” version of classic stories, with singing, jokes and comic antics for all.

The Havre Daily News wishes a very merry Christmas to all!

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Piano and Pipes to ring in the season

Santa rides the rails into Havre

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson Santa and Mrs. Claus debark from the BNSF Santa Train Dec. 23, 2017, as it makes a stop in Havre

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson A choir performs during First Lutheran Church Piano and Pipes concert Dec. 4, 2016. First Lutheran Church at 303 Sixth Ave. will again be hosting the annual Piano & Pipes Concert, this year Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. The community is invited to the concert to take in performances by local musicians as an early celebration of the birth of Christ and the Christmas season, organizer Sue Ost said. Ost added that choirs, bell choirs, small vocal or instrumental ensembles and soloists are invited to join the performance at the concert.

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Groups or individuals who would like to participate in the concert, or would like more information, can call Ost at 808-1142 or the First Lutheran Church office at 265-5881. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday. While bringing a musical event to the season each year, the concert also serves as a fundraiser for the Havre Food Bank, Ost said. To promote this cause, organizers ask for contributions of non-perishable food items as the price of admittance. Monetary donations are welcome, as well, Ost added.

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Schools holding Christmas season events Schools in this part of the Golden Triangle are set for the holidays with events running through the Christmas season. Havre’s Sunnyside Intermediate School fifth-graders will be singing Christmas songs two days. Dec. 12 at 9 a.m. it will be Lesley Gardner’s class and Alyssa Jensen’s class. At 10:30 a.m. Carrie Gillen’s class and Rebecca Paulsen’s class will perform. At 9 a.m. Dec. 13 Ashley Gauer’s and Kate Hagen’s classes will perform. Also on Dec. 13, Sunnyside will hold its annual Trade Fair, a fundraiser and a learning experience for the fifth-graders. The students learn about entrepreneurship and business. The students make hand-made crafts and drawings and the community can come in to purchase them. The event is from 6 to 7 p.m. Havre’s Highland Park Early Primary School will have plays in the last week of school in December, but no specific dates have been set. The Havre Daily News was unable to obtain information on Lincoln-McKinley Primary School’s holiday schedule by publication deadline. Havre Middle School is set to present its choir concert Dec. 3 at 7 p.m., and the middle school’s band concert is set for Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. Havre High School’s choir and band concerts are set for Dec. 13 and 17. The choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the high school auditorium. The Havre High band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at the auditorium. On Dec. 20 and 21, the Havre High School Hi-Liters will be going around town singing Christmas carols, although the exact schedule had not been set by publication deadline. St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic School in Havre will hold its annual Christmas Program Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. in the gym. Meadowlark Elementary School in Chinook is having its annual Christmas concerts. Kindergarten through fourth grade will perform Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m. On Dec. 20 fifth grade through 12th grade classes will perform at 6:30 p.m. Both concerts are held in the Chinook High School Auditorium. Harlem Elementary School will have its Christmas concert Dec. 20 at 12:30 p.m. and

Students act in the Lincoln-McKinley Primary School second-graderade Christmas Program, Dec. 15, 2016. Harlem High School will perform Dec. 19. The time for the high school performance had not been set by printing deadline. Chester-Joplin-Inverness Schools tentatively have a Christmas concert scheduled for Dec. 13. Updates will be provided.

Hays-Lodge Pole Elementary will have its Christmas program Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. at the elementary school. The high school students will perform Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. at the high school. St. Paul’s Mission school will have its Christmas program Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. at the high school, as well.

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Christmas concert Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Box Elder school gymnasium. The concert will feature students from kindergarten through 12th grade.


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Church activities abound through Christmas season Local churches will be hosting a variety of events, fundraisers and services this year. St. Jude Thaddeus Christmas Bazaar will offer holiday shoppers cookies, lefse, candies, crafts, jewelry, decor and gifts from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at St. Jude Parish Center, 440 Seventh Avenue. They will also have a lunch of almond chicken casserole, salad, homemade roll, dessert and coffee for $10 per person from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. St. Jude Thaddeus Church will be holding two masses Christmas Eve, at 5 p.m. and midnight. A Christmas Day mass is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Along with their live nativity Dec. 8, Van Orsdel United Methodist Church, 410 Fifth Ave., is holding a Blue Christmas service Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. and a Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. The Havre Assembly of God, 905 Ninth St. W., is having several events. The Youth Christmas Play is set for Dec. 9 and will have two showings from 9 to 10 a.m. and 11 to noon. Dec. 16 is the Children’s Christmas Program at 6 p.m. There is a White Elephant Gift Exchange Dec. 23 at 6 p.m. On Christmas Eve the church will hold a Candlelight Communion at 6 p.m. All events are open to the public. Fifth Avenue Christian Church is having its candlelight services at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve. There will be no children’s program this year. Havre’s Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is having its second annual Nativity Festival, 1315 Washington Ave., Nov. 29 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Nov. 30 from 2 to 9 p.m. The festival will include live music and nativities from around the world. The public is welcome to attend and there is no cost.

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson Above: Three youths perform as angels at Van Orsdel United Methodist Church's annual Living Nativity. Right: The community Nativity Festival at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Havre Nov. 30, 2017. Nativity scenes from Havre community members were displayed for the public.

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Polar Plunge, tree lighting and more set for Saturday

2018 Chinook Christmas Stroll, Parade of Lights, Festival of Trees

The main kickoff in Havre for the holiday season again is centered around activities at Town Square on the 300 Block of First Street the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Events start with the Special Olympics polar plunge. Special Olympics Montana will hold its annual SubZero Superhero Polar Plunge, a fundraising event for Special Olympics athletes, in the square. Registration is from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Teams, which have been out raising pledges leading up to the event, will channel their own inner athlete to brave a jump into a pool of icy water. Local first responders help on the day, not just raising money but also supervising the icy dunk tank. Following the Polar Plunge, the Havre Chamber of Commerce invites families for Cookies and Milk with Santa at 4:30 p.m. at the Eagles Club. The event is sponsored by the Chamber Ambassadors. This is free to all kids, who must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Also at 4:30 p.m. is the Santa Run. Participants are encouraged to dress up like Santa or Mrs. Claus and prizes will be awarded to the Best Dressed and for the first-place finisher. The one mile course will take

The Chinook community enriches Black Friday with a hometown holiday celebration, closing down the main street and creating the perfect atmosphere for holiday socializing and shopping. Indiana Street will be closed for the town’s Christmas Stroll events from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23. People can wander the street and check out the sales and holiday fare at downtown businesses, as well as take in the following activities: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. — Festival of Trees viewing First Bank of Montana, 337 Indiana St. 1 - 6 p.m. — Vendors, Indiana St. 1 - 6 p.m. — Blaine County Museum open, free admission 1 - 6 p.m. — Wildlife Museum open 2 p.m. — Story time at Blaine County Library, 94 4th St. 2 - 4 p.m. — Bell Choir, First Bank of Montana 3 p.m. — Festival of Trees silent auction closes 3 - 5 p.m. — Pictures with Santa, Chamber of Commerce office, 313 Indiana St. 5 - 7 p.m. — Taco dinner at Chinook Eagles Club, 305 Indiana St. 6 p.m. — Parade of Lights, Indiana Street 7:15 p.m. — Festival of Trees live auction at Chinook Eagles Club Mr. and Mrs. Claus are scheduled to appear in the parade, and organizers will have tower heaters running along the parade route to give parade-goers some extra comfort. Viewing of Festival of Trees donations and bidding on silent auction items started at First Bank mid-November, and that closes at 3 p.m. Friday. Wreaths and smaller baskets will be sold in the silent auction, and trees and larger baskets sold in the live auction that starts at 7:15 p.m. at the Chinook Eagles Club. Proceeds from the fundraiser are used in the community for improvement projects, programs and activities. This year’s funds will help maintain the snowflake lights displayed on Chinook’s main street during the Christmas season. Last year’s went into the fund that will help build an indoor arena at the Blaine County Fairgrounds.

participants through Havre and will begin on Third Avenue. Sign-ups are available at Norman’s Ranch and Sportswear and are $10 for individuals and $25 for a family.

BNSF Railway is sponsoring the run, and employees and families of BNSF can participate in the Santa Run for free. At 5 p.m., everyone is invited to follow Santa from the Eagles Club to Town Square

for the lighting of the Christmas tree. The Christmas Tree lighting includes refreshments, caroling, vendors and Santa lighting the tree then talking to local children.

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson Above: Santa turns on the Christmas lights at the Havre Community Tree Lighting Nov. 26, 2016. Below: A competitor runs in the annual Santa Run Nov. 26, 2016.

Grinch returning to Atrium Mall during holiday celebrations Havre’s Atrium Mall is continuing its holiday tradition with trade and craft shows through the season and the chance for children to have their photo taken with a classic Christmas figure. Nov. 24 the mall will hold its first trade and craft show of the season from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The next trade and craft show is set for Dec. 8, also from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., along with a special appearance by Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Who Stole Christmas from 1 to 3 p.m. Children can have their picture taken with the Grinch that day. Another trade and craft show is scheduled for Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also that day, the Atrium continues its holiday tradition of the action art show and raffle from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. People can watch artists create new works and buy tickets for a raffle to win one of the pieces of artwork.


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2018 Havre Holiday Calendar November 22nd • Thanksgiving Dinner, 11am-2pm, St. Jude Parish Center • Chinook Community Thanksgiving Dinner, noon-2pm, Chinook Senior Center, 324 Pennsylvania • Happy Thanksgiving! November 23th • Black Friday • 1st Annual Havre Elks Cocktails and Craft Show, 9am-4pm, Elks Club-

December 12th • Sunnyside Intermediate School Concerts, 9am & 10:30am • Box Elder Schools Christmas concert, 6 pm, Box Elder High School gymnasium December 13th • Sunnyside Annual Trade Fair, fundraiser, 6-7 p.m., Sunnyside Intermediate School • Sunnyside Intermediate School Concerts, 9am • HHS Winter Choir Concert, 7:30pm, HHS Auditorium

November 24th • Community Tree Lighting at Town Square, 5pm, Town Square – Santa’s arrival, music/entertainment, vendors • SubZero SuperHero Polar Plunge, Town Square area, 2-3:15pm check in; 3:30pm plunge begins • 1 mile Santa Run, Town Square area, 4pm check in; 4:30pm run begins • Boys & Girls Club Festival of Trees, 7pm, Boys & Girls Club • Trade/Craft Show, 10am-4pm, Atrium Mall

December 15th • Atrium Mall Trade/Craft Show, 10am-4pm • Action Art & Raffle, 11am-1pm, Atrium Mall • Free Hayrides, Noon-4pm, Havre-Hill County Library

November 29th-30th • Hi-Line Nativity Exhibit, 5-9pm (29th); 2-9pm (30th), 1315 Washington Ave., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

December 18th • Chinook Meadowlark Elementary Christmas concert, 6:30pm, CHS Auditorium • Hays-Lodge Pole Elementary Christmas program, 6 pm, HLP Elementary

December 1st • St. Jude Christmas Bazaar, 10:30am-2pm, St Jude Parish Center • Cowboy Christmas, 5pm, MSU-Northern Armory Gym • 2nd-Pictures with Santa, 12pm-3pm @Holiday Village Mall • Holiday Spirit Stroll through Havre Beneath the Streets, 1-4pm December 1st-2nd • Winterfest Craft Show, Holiday Village Mall • Pictures with Santa, Noon-3pm, Holiday Village Mall • 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Choir Concert, 7pm, Middle School December 7th • Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day December 7th-8th, 14th-15th, 21st-22nd, matinees only 16th, 23rd • Montana Actors’ Theatre presents “Robin Hood –A Panto,” 8pm, MSU-Northern Little Theatre – with a 2pm matinees, Dec. 8, 15-16, 22-23 December 8th • Lunch with Santa, Noon, Boys & Girls Club • Atrium Mall Trade/Craft Show, 10am-4pm • Pictures with the Grinch, 1-3pm, Atrium Mall • Dino Christmas Party, 1-3pm, H. Earl Clack Museum • Live Nativity Scene, 5-7pm, Van Orsdel United Methodist Church December 8th-9th • Pictures with Santa, Noon-3pm, Holiday Village Mall December 9th • Piano and Pipes Concert, 2pm, First Lutheran Church • Youth Christmas Play, 9-10am, 11am-Noon, Havre Assembly of God December 10th • 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Band Concert, 7pm, Middle School

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Christmas Cash keeps business local during the holidays Havre Area Chamber of Commerce A local holiday loan program from the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce, Christmas Cash has a significant impact on the local economy. More than $7 million has stayed in Havre since the Christmas Cash program started over 28 years ago. It is money spent with local businesses that support the community each and every day. The Christmas Cash program brings together the Havre business community in a common goal. 

Havre and area residents who bank with participating institutions — Bear Paw Credit, Independence Bank and Stockman Bank — are eligible for loans up to $1,500, interest free, upon approved credit. The goal of the program, when started in 1990, was to stimulate local holiday shopping and support the local businesses that support this community all year long through donations and sponsorships. That goal remains the same. Contact the Chamber at 265-4383 for more information.

December 15th-16th • Pictures with Santa, Noon-3pm, Holiday Village Mall December 17th • HHS Winter Band Concert, 7:30pm, HHS Auditorium

December 19th • Harlem High school Christmas Concert, TBA • Hays-Lodge Pole High School Christmas program, 6 pm, HLP High School December 20th • Chinook High School Christmas concert, 6:30pm, CHS Auditorium • Harlem Elementary Christmas concert, 12:30pm • St. Paul’s Mission Christmas program, 6pm, HLP High School December 20th-21st • Havre Highlighters singing Christmas carols around town December 21st • Winter Begins December 22nd-23rd • Pictures with Santa, Noon-3pm, Holiday Village Mall December 23rd • Kids Christmas Party, 2pm, the Eagles Club December 25th • Merry Christmas! • Community Christmas Dinner, 11am-2pm, Eagles Club December 26th • Boxing Day - Canada December 31st • New Year’s Eve

The Super Certificate Drawing will take place at the

Community Tree Lighting, Saturday, November 24. Havre merchants are participating in the holiday drawings for gift certificates and prizes valued to over $2,600. One winner will receive 2 round-trip tickets with Cape Air and gift certificates valued at approximately $600. The second winner will receive a $100 Gift Certificate to Triangle Mobile with other gift certificates valued at approximately $500. The third winner will receive a one-month membership to Down Under Fitness Center and gift certificates valued at approximately $500, and the fourth winner will receive an oil change from Bergren Transmission with gift certificates valued at approximately $400. The Tree Lighting activities will start at Town Square at 5 p.m. • Holiday shoppers will be able to leave their completed registration forms (during regular business hours) at 4 locations — Holiday Village Mall, Atrium Mall, the Havre Daily News and the Chamber Office. • Just fill out a registration form from the Havre Daily News and drop it at one of the 4 locations noted. No purchase necessary. • Registration slips will be collected @ 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, in order to get all slips collected and into the “BIG Christmas Bag” for the BIG DRAWING at the tree lighting. • No gift certificates will be redeemed for cash! No Photo Copies • Winners must be present to win! If the name drawn is not present, another name will be drawn until there is a winner.

Both programs are brought to you by the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Hay rides at the library again set for the holiday Jack and Patti Solomon will be coming in from the foothills of the Bear Paw Mountains to give free hayrides at the Havre-Hill County Library from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. Reservations for the rides are encouraged, organizers at the library said. People can call the library at 265-2123 or

email library@havrehill.org to make a reservation. The rides will be first-come, first-serve. The library also will be serving free snacks, doing holiday crafts, and offering a holiday-themed photo stop for people while they wait.

2018 Super Certificate Giveaway Participants Prize 1 Cape Air – 2 round trip tickets • Subway – 4 6-inch sub sandwiches • Tilleman’s • Northern Home Essentials Triple Dog • Holiday • Char’s • North 40 • Western Trailer Sales • The Key • Heirloom Jewelers Bearly Square • Infinity Bake Shoppe • Havre Hardware & Home • Gary & Leo’s IGA Parkview Apartments – Chamber Gift Certificate • US Bank – Chamber Gift Certificate Valley Furniture – Chamber Gift Certificate • Clausen & Sons – Chamber Gift Certificate Western Drug Pharmacy – Chamber Gift Certificate • Brandon’s – Chamber Gift Certificate Flynn Realty – Chamber Gift Certificate • Credit Bureau – Chamber Gift Certificate Property West – Chamber Gift Certificate • Lewis Heating – Chamber Gift Certificate Bear Paw Credit Union – Chamber Gift Certificate • Maurices - Coupons Prize 2 Triangle Mobile – $100 • Subway – 4 6-inch sub sandwiches • Nalivka’s • Hi-Line Dodge • Bear Paw Vet High Plains Gallery • Duck Inn • Havre Daily News • PJ’s • Montana Country Boutique • Cavaliers 5th Ave Grind • HR Archery • North 40 • Norman’s • Bear Paw Credit Union- Chamber Gift Certificate Clausen & Sons – Chamber Gift Certificate • Aquatana – Chamber Gift Certificate MSU-Northern Foundation – Chamber Gift Certificate • Holland & Bonine – Chamber Gift Certificate Koefod Agency – Chamber Gift Certificate • Havre/Hi-Line Realty – Chamber Gift Certificate Stromberg’s-Chamber Gift Certificate • Maurices - coupons Prize 3 Down Under Fitness Center – month membership • Subway – 4 6-inch sub sandwiches • Ezzie’s Bear Paw Technologies • Uncle Joe’s • Red’s • Pizza Hut • Milam Floral • Henny Penny • Helmbrecht Northstar Athletics • Bear Paw Meats • North 40 • Big Country Lock and Key- $100 Clausen & Sons – Chamber Gift Certificate • Holt Plumbing – Chamber Gift Certificate Overcast Restoration – Chamber Gift Certificate • Erickson Insurance Group – Chamber Gift Certificate Independence Bank – Chamber Gift Certificate • Super 8 – Chamber Gift Certificate • Maurices - Coupons Prize 4 Bergren Transmission – oil change • Subway – 4 6-inch sub sandwiches • MSU-Northern Bookstore - $50 JM Donoven Designs • Gram’s • Bear Paw Technologies • Ben Franklin Crafts • Holden’s Hot Wheels Emporium • Tire-Rama • Havre Optometric Clinic • North 40 • Bing ‘n Bob’s Clausen & Sons – Chamber Gift Certificate • Best Western Plus Havre Inn & Suites – Chamber Gift Certificate Big Equipment – Chamber Gift Certificate • Quality Inn – Chamber Gift Certificate • Maurices – Coupons

Thank you to this year’s Super Certificate Participants!!!! In addition to the Super Certificate Drawings there will also be a drawing for Child’s baskets filled with goodies donated by several local businesses. Registration tickets will be handed out at the tree lighting by community volunteers. Thank you to all that donated. Again, the winners must be present to win. Thank you to Havre Hi-Line Realty-Kim Cripps • Montana Country Boutique • Independence Bank Spartan Promotional-Sarah McKinney • 5th Ave Grind • Pizza Hut • Grams Ice Cream • AmericInn US Bank • Duchscher Kapperud Insurance • Edward Jones- Jennifer Tilleman • Angie Twombly Bobbie Dolphay • Douglas and Sarah Beth Solomon • Coffee Hound • Henny Penny Cupcakes


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Boys & Girls Club offers a lunch with Santa Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line is offering a special chance for children to meet and dine with a star of Christmas. The club is holding lunch with Santa at noon Saturday, Dec. 8.

Eagles Club holding Kids Christmas Party The Eagles Club will be holding its annual Kids Christmas Party Sunday, Dec. 23, starting at 2 p.m. Eagles manager Tom Farnham said

organizers are planning to have food and games, and Santa will stop by to visit with the children. All area kids are welcome to attend the free party.

Holiday Hoops set Friday after Christmas Havre Public Schools Education Foundation will once again be bringing back some former Havre students to see who still has the edge on the courts. People will have a chance to talk to

former students, watch — and also play — in some friendly basketball at the annual Alumni Holiday Hoops basketball games. The event is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 28, at 6:30 p.m. in the Havre Middle School gym.

Elks set holiday cocktail and craft show The Havre Elks Lodge is holding its premiere Cocktails and Craft Show this week, set for Friday, and is planning to make it an annual occurrance. The event at the Havre Elks Lodge at 321 Second St. runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Boys & Girls Club offers a lunch with Santa Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line is offering a special chance for children to meet and dine with a star of Christmas. The club is holding lunch with Santa at noon Saturday, Dec. 8.

Eagles Club holding Kids Christmas Party The Eagles Club will be holding its annual Kids Christmas Party Sunday, Dec. 23, starting at 2 p.m. Eagles manager Tom Farnham said

organizers are planning to have food and games, and Santa will stop by to visit with the children. All area kids are welcome to attend the free party.

Holiday Hoops set Friday after Christmas Havre Public Schools Education Foundation will once again be bringing back some former Havre students to see who still has the edge on the courts. People will have a chance to talk to

former students, watch — and also play — in some friendly basketball at the annual Alumni Holiday Hoops basketball games. The event is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 28, at 6:30 p.m. in the Havre Middle School gym.

Elks set holiday cocktail and craft show The Havre Elks Lodge is holding its premiere Cocktails and Craft Show this week, set for Friday, and is planning to make it an annual occurrance. The event at the Havre Elks Lodge at 321 Second St. runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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2018 Havre Holiday Calendar November 22nd • Thanksgiving Dinner, 11am-2pm, St. Jude Parish Center • Chinook Community Thanksgiving Dinner, noon-2pm, Chinook Senior Center, 324 Pennsylvania • Happy Thanksgiving! November 23th • Black Friday • 1st Annual Havre Elks Cocktails and Craft Show, 9am-4pm, Elks Club-

December 12th • Sunnyside Intermediate School Concerts, 9am & 10:30am • Box Elder Schools Christmas concert, 6 pm, Box Elder High School gymnasium December 13th • Sunnyside Annual Trade Fair, fundraiser, 6-7 p.m., Sunnyside Intermediate School • Sunnyside Intermediate School Concerts, 9am • HHS Winter Choir Concert, 7:30pm, HHS Auditorium

November 24th • Community Tree Lighting at Town Square, 5pm, Town Square – Santa’s arrival, music/entertainment, vendors • SubZero SuperHero Polar Plunge, Town Square area, 2-3:15pm check in; 3:30pm plunge begins • 1 mile Santa Run, Town Square area, 4pm check in; 4:30pm run begins • Boys & Girls Club Festival of Trees, 7pm, Boys & Girls Club • Trade/Craft Show, 10am-4pm, Atrium Mall

December 15th • Atrium Mall Trade/Craft Show, 10am-4pm • Action Art & Raffle, 11am-1pm, Atrium Mall • Free Hayrides, Noon-4pm, Havre-Hill County Library

November 29th-30th • Hi-Line Nativity Exhibit, 5-9pm (29th); 2-9pm (30th), 1315 Washington Ave., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

December 18th • Chinook Meadowlark Elementary Christmas concert, 6:30pm, CHS Auditorium • Hays-Lodge Pole Elementary Christmas program, 6 pm, HLP Elementary

December 1st • St. Jude Christmas Bazaar, 10:30am-2pm, St Jude Parish Center • Cowboy Christmas, 5pm, MSU-Northern Armory Gym • 2nd-Pictures with Santa, 12pm-3pm @Holiday Village Mall • Holiday Spirit Stroll through Havre Beneath the Streets, 1-4pm December 1st-2nd • Winterfest Craft Show, Holiday Village Mall • Pictures with Santa, Noon-3pm, Holiday Village Mall • 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Choir Concert, 7pm, Middle School December 7th • Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day December 7th-8th, 14th-15th, 21st-22nd, matinees only 16th, 23rd • Montana Actors’ Theatre presents “Robin Hood –A Panto,” 8pm, MSU-Northern Little Theatre – with a 2pm matinees, Dec. 8, 15-16, 22-23 December 8th • Lunch with Santa, Noon, Boys & Girls Club • Atrium Mall Trade/Craft Show, 10am-4pm • Pictures with the Grinch, 1-3pm, Atrium Mall • Dino Christmas Party, 1-3pm, H. Earl Clack Museum • Live Nativity Scene, 5-7pm, Van Orsdel United Methodist Church December 8th-9th • Pictures with Santa, Noon-3pm, Holiday Village Mall December 9th • Piano and Pipes Concert, 2pm, First Lutheran Church • Youth Christmas Play, 9-10am, 11am-Noon, Havre Assembly of God December 10th • 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Band Concert, 7pm, Middle School

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Christmas Cash keeps business local during the holidays Havre Area Chamber of Commerce A local holiday loan program from the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce, Christmas Cash has a significant impact on the local economy. More than $7 million has stayed in Havre since the Christmas Cash program started over 28 years ago. It is money spent with local businesses that support the community each and every day. The Christmas Cash program brings together the Havre business community in a common goal. 

Havre and area residents who bank with participating institutions — Bear Paw Credit, Independence Bank and Stockman Bank — are eligible for loans up to $1,500, interest free, upon approved credit. The goal of the program, when started in 1990, was to stimulate local holiday shopping and support the local businesses that support this community all year long through donations and sponsorships. That goal remains the same. Contact the Chamber at 265-4383 for more information.

December 15th-16th • Pictures with Santa, Noon-3pm, Holiday Village Mall December 17th • HHS Winter Band Concert, 7:30pm, HHS Auditorium

December 19th • Harlem High school Christmas Concert, TBA • Hays-Lodge Pole High School Christmas program, 6 pm, HLP High School December 20th • Chinook High School Christmas concert, 6:30pm, CHS Auditorium • Harlem Elementary Christmas concert, 12:30pm • St. Paul’s Mission Christmas program, 6pm, HLP High School December 20th-21st • Havre Highlighters singing Christmas carols around town December 21st • Winter Begins December 22nd-23rd • Pictures with Santa, Noon-3pm, Holiday Village Mall December 23rd • Kids Christmas Party, 2pm, the Eagles Club December 25th • Merry Christmas! • Community Christmas Dinner, 11am-2pm, Eagles Club December 26th • Boxing Day - Canada December 31st • New Year’s Eve

The Super Certificate Drawing will take place at the

Community Tree Lighting, Saturday, November 24. Havre merchants are participating in the holiday drawings for gift certificates and prizes valued to over $2,600. One winner will receive 2 round-trip tickets with Cape Air and gift certificates valued at approximately $600. The second winner will receive a $100 Gift Certificate to Triangle Mobile with other gift certificates valued at approximately $500. The third winner will receive a one-month membership to Down Under Fitness Center and gift certificates valued at approximately $500, and the fourth winner will receive an oil change from Bergren Transmission with gift certificates valued at approximately $400. The Tree Lighting activities will start at Town Square at 5 p.m. • Holiday shoppers will be able to leave their completed registration forms (during regular business hours) at 4 locations — Holiday Village Mall, Atrium Mall, the Havre Daily News and the Chamber Office. • Just fill out a registration form from the Havre Daily News and drop it at one of the 4 locations noted. No purchase necessary. • Registration slips will be collected @ 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, in order to get all slips collected and into the “BIG Christmas Bag” for the BIG DRAWING at the tree lighting. • No gift certificates will be redeemed for cash! No Photo Copies • Winners must be present to win! If the name drawn is not present, another name will be drawn until there is a winner.

Both programs are brought to you by the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Hay rides at the library again set for the holiday Jack and Patti Solomon will be coming in from the foothills of the Bear Paw Mountains to give free hayrides at the Havre-Hill County Library from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. Reservations for the rides are encouraged, organizers at the library said. People can call the library at 265-2123 or

email library@havrehill.org to make a reservation. The rides will be first-come, first-serve. The library also will be serving free snacks, doing holiday crafts, and offering a holiday-themed photo stop for people while they wait.

2018 Super Certificate Giveaway Participants Prize 1 Cape Air – 2 round trip tickets • Subway – 4 6-inch sub sandwiches • Tilleman’s • Northern Home Essentials Triple Dog • Holiday • Char’s • North 40 • Western Trailer Sales • The Key • Heirloom Jewelers Bearly Square • Infinity Bake Shoppe • Havre Hardware & Home • Gary & Leo’s IGA Parkview Apartments – Chamber Gift Certificate • US Bank – Chamber Gift Certificate Valley Furniture – Chamber Gift Certificate • Clausen & Sons – Chamber Gift Certificate Western Drug Pharmacy – Chamber Gift Certificate • Brandon’s – Chamber Gift Certificate Flynn Realty – Chamber Gift Certificate • Credit Bureau – Chamber Gift Certificate Property West – Chamber Gift Certificate • Lewis Heating – Chamber Gift Certificate Bear Paw Credit Union – Chamber Gift Certificate • Maurices - Coupons Prize 2 Triangle Mobile – $100 • Subway – 4 6-inch sub sandwiches • Nalivka’s • Hi-Line Dodge • Bear Paw Vet High Plains Gallery • Duck Inn • Havre Daily News • PJ’s • Montana Country Boutique • Cavaliers 5th Ave Grind • HR Archery • North 40 • Norman’s • Bear Paw Credit Union- Chamber Gift Certificate Clausen & Sons – Chamber Gift Certificate • Aquatana – Chamber Gift Certificate MSU-Northern Foundation – Chamber Gift Certificate • Holland & Bonine – Chamber Gift Certificate Koefod Agency – Chamber Gift Certificate • Havre/Hi-Line Realty – Chamber Gift Certificate Stromberg’s-Chamber Gift Certificate • Maurices - coupons Prize 3 Down Under Fitness Center – month membership • Subway – 4 6-inch sub sandwiches • Ezzie’s Bear Paw Technologies • Uncle Joe’s • Red’s • Pizza Hut • Milam Floral • Henny Penny • Helmbrecht Northstar Athletics • Bear Paw Meats • North 40 • Big Country Lock and Key- $100 Clausen & Sons – Chamber Gift Certificate • Holt Plumbing – Chamber Gift Certificate Overcast Restoration – Chamber Gift Certificate • Erickson Insurance Group – Chamber Gift Certificate Independence Bank – Chamber Gift Certificate • Super 8 – Chamber Gift Certificate • Maurices - Coupons Prize 4 Bergren Transmission – oil change • Subway – 4 6-inch sub sandwiches • MSU-Northern Bookstore - $50 JM Donoven Designs • Gram’s • Bear Paw Technologies • Ben Franklin Crafts • Holden’s Hot Wheels Emporium • Tire-Rama • Havre Optometric Clinic • North 40 • Bing ‘n Bob’s Clausen & Sons – Chamber Gift Certificate • Best Western Plus Havre Inn & Suites – Chamber Gift Certificate Big Equipment – Chamber Gift Certificate • Quality Inn – Chamber Gift Certificate • Maurices – Coupons

Thank you to this year’s Super Certificate Participants!!!! In addition to the Super Certificate Drawings there will also be a drawing for Child’s baskets filled with goodies donated by several local businesses. Registration tickets will be handed out at the tree lighting by community volunteers. Thank you to all that donated. Again, the winners must be present to win. Thank you to Havre Hi-Line Realty-Kim Cripps • Montana Country Boutique • Independence Bank Spartan Promotional-Sarah McKinney • 5th Ave Grind • Pizza Hut • Grams Ice Cream • AmericInn US Bank • Duchscher Kapperud Insurance • Edward Jones- Jennifer Tilleman • Angie Twombly Bobbie Dolphay • Douglas and Sarah Beth Solomon • Coffee Hound • Henny Penny Cupcakes


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Polar Plunge, tree lighting and more set for Saturday

2018 Chinook Christmas Stroll, Parade of Lights, Festival of Trees

The main kickoff in Havre for the holiday season again is centered around activities at Town Square on the 300 Block of First Street the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Events start with the Special Olympics polar plunge. Special Olympics Montana will hold its annual SubZero Superhero Polar Plunge, a fundraising event for Special Olympics athletes, in the square. Registration is from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Teams, which have been out raising pledges leading up to the event, will channel their own inner athlete to brave a jump into a pool of icy water. Local first responders help on the day, not just raising money but also supervising the icy dunk tank. Following the Polar Plunge, the Havre Chamber of Commerce invites families for Cookies and Milk with Santa at 4:30 p.m. at the Eagles Club. The event is sponsored by the Chamber Ambassadors. This is free to all kids, who must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Also at 4:30 p.m. is the Santa Run. Participants are encouraged to dress up like Santa or Mrs. Claus and prizes will be awarded to the Best Dressed and for the first-place finisher. The one mile course will take

The Chinook community enriches Black Friday with a hometown holiday celebration, closing down the main street and creating the perfect atmosphere for holiday socializing and shopping. Indiana Street will be closed for the town’s Christmas Stroll events from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23. People can wander the street and check out the sales and holiday fare at downtown businesses, as well as take in the following activities: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. — Festival of Trees viewing First Bank of Montana, 337 Indiana St. 1 - 6 p.m. — Vendors, Indiana St. 1 - 6 p.m. — Blaine County Museum open, free admission 1 - 6 p.m. — Wildlife Museum open 2 p.m. — Story time at Blaine County Library, 94 4th St. 2 - 4 p.m. — Bell Choir, First Bank of Montana 3 p.m. — Festival of Trees silent auction closes 3 - 5 p.m. — Pictures with Santa, Chamber of Commerce office, 313 Indiana St. 5 - 7 p.m. — Taco dinner at Chinook Eagles Club, 305 Indiana St. 6 p.m. — Parade of Lights, Indiana Street 7:15 p.m. — Festival of Trees live auction at Chinook Eagles Club Mr. and Mrs. Claus are scheduled to appear in the parade, and organizers will have tower heaters running along the parade route to give parade-goers some extra comfort. Viewing of Festival of Trees donations and bidding on silent auction items started at First Bank mid-November, and that closes at 3 p.m. Friday. Wreaths and smaller baskets will be sold in the silent auction, and trees and larger baskets sold in the live auction that starts at 7:15 p.m. at the Chinook Eagles Club. Proceeds from the fundraiser are used in the community for improvement projects, programs and activities. This year’s funds will help maintain the snowflake lights displayed on Chinook’s main street during the Christmas season. Last year’s went into the fund that will help build an indoor arena at the Blaine County Fairgrounds.

participants through Havre and will begin on Third Avenue. Sign-ups are available at Norman’s Ranch and Sportswear and are $10 for individuals and $25 for a family.

BNSF Railway is sponsoring the run, and employees and families of BNSF can participate in the Santa Run for free. At 5 p.m., everyone is invited to follow Santa from the Eagles Club to Town Square

for the lighting of the Christmas tree. The Christmas Tree lighting includes refreshments, caroling, vendors and Santa lighting the tree then talking to local children.

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson Above: Santa turns on the Christmas lights at the Havre Community Tree Lighting Nov. 26, 2016. Below: A competitor runs in the annual Santa Run Nov. 26, 2016.

Grinch returning to Atrium Mall during holiday celebrations Havre’s Atrium Mall is continuing its holiday tradition with trade and craft shows through the season and the chance for children to have their photo taken with a classic Christmas figure. Nov. 24 the mall will hold its first trade and craft show of the season from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The next trade and craft show is set for Dec. 8, also from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., along with a special appearance by Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Who Stole Christmas from 1 to 3 p.m. Children can have their picture taken with the Grinch that day. Another trade and craft show is scheduled for Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also that day, the Atrium continues its holiday tradition of the action art show and raffle from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. People can watch artists create new works and buy tickets for a raffle to win one of the pieces of artwork.


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Church activities abound through Christmas season Local churches will be hosting a variety of events, fundraisers and services this year. St. Jude Thaddeus Christmas Bazaar will offer holiday shoppers cookies, lefse, candies, crafts, jewelry, decor and gifts from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at St. Jude Parish Center, 440 Seventh Avenue. They will also have a lunch of almond chicken casserole, salad, homemade roll, dessert and coffee for $10 per person from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. St. Jude Thaddeus Church will be holding two masses Christmas Eve, at 5 p.m. and midnight. A Christmas Day mass is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Along with their live nativity Dec. 8, Van Orsdel United Methodist Church, 410 Fifth Ave., is holding a Blue Christmas service Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. and a Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. The Havre Assembly of God, 905 Ninth St. W., is having several events. The Youth Christmas Play is set for Dec. 9 and will have two showings from 9 to 10 a.m. and 11 to noon. Dec. 16 is the Children’s Christmas Program at 6 p.m. There is a White Elephant Gift Exchange Dec. 23 at 6 p.m. On Christmas Eve the church will hold a Candlelight Communion at 6 p.m. All events are open to the public. Fifth Avenue Christian Church is having its candlelight services at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve. There will be no children’s program this year. Havre’s Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is having its second annual Nativity Festival, 1315 Washington Ave., Nov. 29 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Nov. 30 from 2 to 9 p.m. The festival will include live music and nativities from around the world. The public is welcome to attend and there is no cost.

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson Above: Three youths perform as angels at Van Orsdel United Methodist Church's annual Living Nativity. Right: The community Nativity Festival at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Havre Nov. 30, 2017. Nativity scenes from Havre community members were displayed for the public.

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Piano and Pipes to ring in the season

Santa rides the rails into Havre

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson Santa and Mrs. Claus debark from the BNSF Santa Train Dec. 23, 2017, as it makes a stop in Havre

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson A choir performs during First Lutheran Church Piano and Pipes concert Dec. 4, 2016. First Lutheran Church at 303 Sixth Ave. will again be hosting the annual Piano & Pipes Concert, this year Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. The community is invited to the concert to take in performances by local musicians as an early celebration of the birth of Christ and the Christmas season, organizer Sue Ost said. Ost added that choirs, bell choirs, small vocal or instrumental ensembles and soloists are invited to join the performance at the concert.

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Groups or individuals who would like to participate in the concert, or would like more information, can call Ost at 808-1142 or the First Lutheran Church office at 265-5881. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday. While bringing a musical event to the season each year, the concert also serves as a fundraiser for the Havre Food Bank, Ost said. To promote this cause, organizers ask for contributions of non-perishable food items as the price of admittance. Monetary donations are welcome, as well, Ost added.

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Schools holding Christmas season events Schools in this part of the Golden Triangle are set for the holidays with events running through the Christmas season. Havre’s Sunnyside Intermediate School fifth-graders will be singing Christmas songs two days. Dec. 12 at 9 a.m. it will be Lesley Gardner’s class and Alyssa Jensen’s class. At 10:30 a.m. Carrie Gillen’s class and Rebecca Paulsen’s class will perform. At 9 a.m. Dec. 13 Ashley Gauer’s and Kate Hagen’s classes will perform. Also on Dec. 13, Sunnyside will hold its annual Trade Fair, a fundraiser and a learning experience for the fifth-graders. The students learn about entrepreneurship and business. The students make hand-made crafts and drawings and the community can come in to purchase them. The event is from 6 to 7 p.m. Havre’s Highland Park Early Primary School will have plays in the last week of school in December, but no specific dates have been set. The Havre Daily News was unable to obtain information on Lincoln-McKinley Primary School’s holiday schedule by publication deadline. Havre Middle School is set to present its choir concert Dec. 3 at 7 p.m., and the middle school’s band concert is set for Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. Havre High School’s choir and band concerts are set for Dec. 13 and 17. The choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the high school auditorium. The Havre High band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at the auditorium. On Dec. 20 and 21, the Havre High School Hi-Liters will be going around town singing Christmas carols, although the exact schedule had not been set by publication deadline. St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic School in Havre will hold its annual Christmas Program Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. in the gym. Meadowlark Elementary School in Chinook is having its annual Christmas concerts. Kindergarten through fourth grade will perform Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m. On Dec. 20 fifth grade through 12th grade classes will perform at 6:30 p.m. Both concerts are held in the Chinook High School Auditorium. Harlem Elementary School will have its Christmas concert Dec. 20 at 12:30 p.m. and

Students act in the Lincoln-McKinley Primary School second-graderade Christmas Program, Dec. 15, 2016. Harlem High School will perform Dec. 19. The time for the high school performance had not been set by printing deadline. Chester-Joplin-Inverness Schools tentatively have a Christmas concert scheduled for Dec. 13. Updates will be provided.

Hays-Lodge Pole Elementary will have its Christmas program Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. at the elementary school. The high school students will perform Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. at the high school. St. Paul’s Mission school will have its Christmas program Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. at the high school, as well.

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Festival of Trees set for Saturday at Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line The Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line is holding its special annual event with some unique trees as a fundraiser for the club, including, once again, a quilted donation from internationally recognized local quilter Karen Vosen. The 11th annual Festival of Trees is set for 7 p.m. at the club, with the $25 tickets available by calling the club at 265-6206. “The Festival of Trees is always a fun night and a great way to kick off the holiday season,” said Krystal Steinmetz, marketing and events coordinator for the Boys & Girls Club. “Our community is so generous; they really come out to support the club.”

Proceeds from the event provide support for the hundreds of kids who use the club each day. This year’s Festival of Trees theme is “12 Days of Christmas.” The event features hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, games, and live and silent auctions. The trees showcased at the event are designed and donated by local residents, organizations and businesses. Vosen regularly has quilts selected for international showings, including two quilts juried into the International Quilt Festival in Houston this year.

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Chinook Community Thanksgiving Dinner set Chinook has served up its Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner for more than 30 years. Diners are welcome to meet from noon to 2 p.m. at the Chinook Senior Center, 324 Pennsylvania. Volunteers cook and serve a traditional meal of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, cole slaw, relish tray, rolls, cranberry relish, fruit and pumpkin pies and other desserts for 150 to 175 people annually. Everyone is invited to attend to enjoy the meal and camaraderie of friends, family and neighbors, along with music from the Kitchen Band. Meals are also delivered to

those who cannot get out of the house. The dinner is served at no cost to the diners, though free-will donations are welcome and help pay for the next year’s dinner, along with donations from businesses and community members. Any leftovers are donated to the Senior Center or the Chinook Food Pantry. This traditional dinner is made and served through the efforts of many volunteers, and organizer Jay Eslick said anyone who wants to volunteer to serve or clean up Thanksgiving Day can call him at 262-4333 or just show up and “we’ll find a spot for them.”

Courtesy photos Left: Independence Bank’s Topping off the 12 Days of Christmas is one of the 16 trees donated for the 2018 Festival of Trees. Right: Karen Vosen donated this quilt for the Festival of Trees fundraiser at Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line. Proceeds from this quilt are intended to be used toward building a shed to house the club’s bus.

Live nativity set for Dec. 8 at Van Orsdel United Methodist Church The annual live nativity scene will draw crowds Saturday, Dec. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. to Van Orsdel United Methodist Church at 410 Fifth Ave. Spectators can drive past the scene or stop along the street or sidewalk to take in the classic depiction of the nativity scene come to life. Church volunteers set up the nativity, which includes live animals, and members take half-hour shifts enacting all the parts, including a hovering angel. The nativity has been held annually for about 25 years in all types of weather conditions, organizer Ray Toth said.

This year, Toth added, will see the return of the llama and alpaca which will join the sheep and donkey. The live animals roaming around might make the scene seem like a petting zoo to children and animal-loving adults — especially when the animals are friendly and the people in the nativity are holding their positions — but this is not the purpose of the animals or the nativity, he said. “It’s a pretty solemn occasion,” Toth said, adding, “You’re trying to depict a postcard picture of the birth of Jesus that night, capture that moment.”

Eagles Club will host Havre Community Christmas Dinner Havre Eagles Club, with the support of volunteers and donors, will once again host the Community Christmas Dinner Dec. 25. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., volunteers will be serving up a traditional Christmas meal with turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, rolls, corn and an assortment of salads and desserts. Started decades ago in Havre, this event provides a full meal to everyone, whether locals or visitors, who want to enjoy a warm holiday dinner and community spirit. Volunteers are welcome, Eagles

manager Tom Farnham said. Anyone interested in helping can just show up that day. People in Havre who are unable to get to the dinner will be able to sign up to have a meal delivered. Announcements will appear in the newspaper when the signup period is open. The meal is free to everyone, though donations are appreciated and go toward funding the next year’s meal. For more information, call Farnham at 265-9551.

Northern Rodeo team sets Cowboy Christmas for Dec. 1 The Montana State UniversityNorthern rodeo teams are again hosting their Cowboy Christmas fundraiser during the holidays — between their fall and spring rodeo seasons. The event, set this year for Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Armory Gymnasium, is the biggest fundraiser for the Northern men’s and women’s rodeo teams. The fundraiser includes no-host cocktails at 5 p.m., a prime rib and shrimp dinner at 6 p.m., many door prizes, raffle

items, a silent auction, a live auction and dancing to live music to conclude the night. Tickets are available at Stockman Bank, Independence Bank and Norman’s Ranch & Sportswear, or from any Northern rodeo team member. Ticket prices are $40 per person, $300 for a reserve table of six, or $400 for a reserve table of eight. Reserved tables come with bottles of wine. All proceeds benefit the MSU-Northern rodeo teams.

Montana Actors’ Theatre sets ‘Peter Pan’ panto to frolic through the holiday season Montana Actors’ Theatre is continuing its new tradition of brining an old English tradition to Havre this holiday season. Its Christmas pantomime of “Peter Pan” is set to run at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday Dec. 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22, with 2 p.m. matinées Saturday, Dec. 8, and

Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15-16 and Dec. 2223.

The pantos are described as sort of a

“Fractured Fairy Tale” version of classic stories, with singing, jokes and comic antics for all.

The Havre Daily News wishes a very merry Christmas to all!

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Havre again holding Community Thanksgiving Dinner Havre’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner is set for the Nov. 22 Thanksgiving Day this year, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Jude Parish Center, 440 Seventh Ave. Sponsored in full by an anonymous donor, this decades-old event serves more than 600 free meals each Thanksgiving — at the Parish Center and through home deliveries. Many locals come to the meal, bringing family, meeting friends or making new friends across the table, but people also come from far and wide, as well — some visiting and some in town for other reasons. More than one occasion has seen stranded travelers taking part. While many diners come just for the uniquely warm experience, many of the volunteers come for the same reason. A professional chef takes the helm in the kitchen, supported by kitchen staff at Gary & Leo’s Fresh Foods, who roast the turkeys. A full crew of volunteers do everything from setup to cleanup, including delivering and serving meals. Diners are treated to succulent turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, fresh vegetables, corn and rolls fresh from the oven, followed by a slice of pumpkin pie.

Havre Daily News/File photo Above: Rachel David serves pie Nov. 25, 2017, in St. Jude Parish Center during the Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Below: Martha Warren, left, and Debbie Rhines get food ready at the Thanksgiving Dinner served at St. Jude Parish Center Nov. 25, 2017.

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