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Big Sandy is having a Merry Grinchmas this year Pam Burke community@havredailynews.com The Big Sandy community-wide Christmas Stroll is ringing in a Merry Grinchmas all day Saturday, Dec. 7, with prize drawings, food, shopping, contests and more. People can start the morning early registering for prizes and enjoying a snack from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at The Grocery Store. The Mint is holding breakfast with Santa from

8:30 to 10 a.m. Kids and adults alike can bring their cameras and get a photo with Santa, and register for a drawing for a giant stocking, as well. The Baked Goods and Craft sale runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Big Sandy Senior Center. The annual Crafter’s and Gift Bazaar at City Hall and the Big Sandy Museum will start at 9 a.m. and run to 4 p.m. for people to get some holiday shopping done while supporting local crafters and businesses. Starting at 9 a.m., as well, and running

until 4 p.m., Big Sandy Library will be having readings of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” with an accompanying craft activity for kids to make. The Senior Center will be holding a Spaghetti Dinner lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. After the lunch, Pep’s, The Mint and the Diamond 4 U Club will be starting off the evening competitions with their second annual Christmas Cocktail Throw Down. From 2 to 5 p.m., Grinchmas revelers can sample

special holiday drinks concocted by each establishment. Participants can vote on their favorite drink. The annual Big Sandy Parade of Lights will head down Main Street starting at 5:30 p.m. Immediately following the parade, judging begins on the Christmas Costume Contest. Everyone is invited to come dressed as their favorite Christmas movie or Christmas story character. The Christmas stroll finally will be at City Hall with a drawing and auction.

Harlem Country Christmas set for Dec.15 in Community Center Pam Burke community@havredailynews.com The 2019 Harlem Country Christmas will be held in the Harlem Community Center from 2 to 7 p.m. Dec. 15. After years of trying to make the celebration work as a downtown stroll in all kinds of north-central Montana weather, usually “not-good” weather, co-organizer Kayla Hudon said, the Harlem Civic Association decided to move the event indoors last year and it went over well, so they are repeating

that format again this year. Along with shopping at vendor booths, visitors to the event will be able to take their own photographs with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 2 to 4 p.m., then from 4 to 7 p.m. the civic organization will be serving a variety of soups with their garnishes, buns and drinks. This year, the group conducted a poll on its Facebook page to let the community decide which soups to offer at the Christmas event, Hudon said. At the time of the inter-

view, the top contenders were chili, stew or beef barley soup, taco soup and chicken noodle soup, she added. The cost for a soup supper is a free-will donation, Hudon said, and that money, along with the vendor booth fee of $15 each will go toward the groups community events, like the Fourth of July barbecue and the Halloween pumpkin carving contest. One of the added benefits of holding the event where vendors can set up booths, Hudon said, is that it gives area home busi-

nesses a chance to showcase their wares and services to the community, while still including the downtown businesses, because any business can get a table. A month in advance of the event, she already had vendors selling furs, beauty products, baked goods, crafts, Origami Owl, Avon and 4-H kids’ crafts, she said. Booths could be reserved until Dec. 13, Hudon added, by contacting her at 353-4620 or 945-0090 or via the Harlem Civic Association Facebook page.

Toys for Tots is back in Havre Derek Hann dshann@havredailynews.com The U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program is coming back to Havre again for a second year, partnering with the Havre Salvation Army with hopes of continuing and growing in the years to come. “Ultimately, what I wanted was to see the program stay in Havre,” Edward Jones Financial Advisor and organizer Jeniffer Tilleman said. “I think this is the best way to go about it.” After the Havre Jaycees announced it would be ending its Community Toy Chest program, so it could focus on the organization’s other programs and projects, Tilleman worked last year to get the Toys for Tots in Havre to fill a need in the community. Toys for Tots collects toys, funds and other gifts for underprivileged children and families during the Holiday season. The program aver-

ages donating more than 18 million toys for more than 7 million children every year. If anyone is interested in having a toy drop off location or have any questions about how they can be more involved in the Toys for Tots program they can contact Tilleman at 265-5455. People can donate toys at the Salvation Army or at the Edward Jones office at 304 Fourth St. in Havre from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, and at any other drop-off locations sponsored in town. Tilleman said that they were able to help more than 30 children last year through the program, and she hopes they can help more this year. She added that she wanted to thank the community for the wonderful gifts last year as well as Triple Dog Brewery, who held a fundraiser last year and will again this year to raise money for Toys for Tots. Last year’s event raised

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Eagles dinner ■ Continued from page 5 The Eagles Club is again hosting several other Holiday events as well. The club will be holding its annual Kids Christmas Party Sunday, Dec. 22, at 2 p.m. Farnham and Eagles Club Auxiliary President Candace Dess said organizers are planning to have food and games and Santa will stop by to visit with the children. People who would like to donate to the party can contact Farnham at 265-9551 or Dess at 262-0498 The Eagles Club also is doing a toy drive this year for children in need. “My goal is to have them out by Friday, Nov. 22,” Dess said. “The cut-off will be Friday, Dec. 20, for dropping the toys off.” Some of the drop-off locations are the Eagles Club located at 202 First St, Old Station Brewing Co. at 140 First St., North 40 Outfitters at 3180 US Highway 2 West, Walmart,  3510 US Highway 2 and the Atrium Mall at 220 Third Ave. Dess said that any businesses would be interested in being a drop-off location can contact her at 262-0498. She said they are looking for new and unwrapped toys and can be dropped off at any of the locations listed above. And the club is putting on a holiday vendor and craft fair Saturday, Nov. 23 and Sunday, Nov. 24, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. “We encourage everybody to come in and get ahead on shopping for the holidays with some great vendors and crafters and I think we will be having some baked goods too,” Dess said.

The Havre Daily News tried to find all of the events it could for this special section, but if something was missed, organizers can contact the paper at 265-6795 or tleeds@ havredailynews.com to get it in the daily paper.

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Bearly Square Quilting Bergren Transmission & Auto Care Bing ‘n Bob’s Boyce and Berry Brandon’s Drapery & Floor Covering Cellular Plus Cottonwood Cinema 4 Duck Inn Restaurant Emporium Food & Fuel Ezzie’s Wholesale Supply First Security Pawn Gary & Leo’s IGA

Gram’s Ice Cream & Northern Montana Hospital Candy Shoppe Northern Montana Vision Center Havre Optometric Clinic Northstar Athletics Helmbrecht Photography Pizza Hut Holden’s Hot Wheels R-New Trading Post Holiday Red’s Auto-Electric JM Donoven Designs Salvation Army Thrift Store Lewis Heating & Air Conditioning Simply Natural Master Sports Subway Maurices Sundogs, A Native Touch Montana Country Boutique The Key Murphy’s Pub Tilleman Motor Company Norman’s Ranch Wear Tire-Rama Northern Home Essentials Valley Furniture

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2019 Hi-Line Nativity Festival Everyone is invited to celebrate Christmas from around the world as depicted through nativities and live musical performances on display Thursday, Dec. 5, 5-9 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 6, 2-9 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1315 Washington Ave. The various nativity sets, Christian artwork and Bethlehem-style items in this free exhibit come from people around the area for everyone to come view. The Montana State University-Northern Community Choir will be performing Friday, starting at 5:30 p.m. Anyone who would like to include in the exhibit their nativity sets, artwork and Bethlehem-style items, such as wooden boxes, crates, pottery, textiles and battery-operated candles or lanterns, can bring in their displays Monday, Dec. 2, 1-6 p.m. or Tuesday, Dec. 3, 3-8 p.m. And volunteers to work the event are welcome to contact the church or go online to http://wwwhilinenativityfest. com or follow the event on Facebook or Instagram.

Havre Daily News/File photo A Nativity is displayed in 2017 at the Hi-Line Nativity Festival at the Church of Jesus Christ of LatterDay Saints.

Piano & Pipes will ring in the Season First Lutheran Church of Havre, 303 Sixth Ave., will again be hosting the annual Piano & Pipes Concert Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. Organizers have invited the community to come enjoy performances by local musicians as in preparation for the celebration of the birth of Christ and for the Christmas season. Choirs, bell choirs, large or small vocal or instrumental ensembles, and soloists are invited to join the concert to help spread the good news of Advent and Christmas.

For more information, people can call Sue Ost at 808-1142 or the First Lu t h e ra n C h u rc h o f f i c e a t 2 6 5 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. To promote this cause, organizers ask for contributions of nonperishable food items. Monetary donations are welcome, as well.


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Havre Elks hold 2019 Blanket Drive Pam Burke community@havredailynews.com

Not everyone has bedding and warm blankets, but Havre Elks Lodge No. 1201 is working to help those who have some to spare and those who who need them come together. The Elks Lodge 2019 Blanket Drive will include all bedding again this year, and

organizer Brandy Kurtz said they are looking both for donations and for names of those in need of blankets and bedding. Donated bedding and blankets will be distributed to people who have signed up or been nominated. And this year will see two distribution dates, Kurtz said. The first date was just before Thanksgiving, but the second date will be closer to Christmas, on Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 321 Second St.

Elks set Veterans Giving Tree Pam Burke community@havredailynews.com Modeled after the Angel Trees that help provide Christmas presents or meals to families, the Veterans Giving Tree, organized by Havre Elks Lodge #1201, is specifically to help veterans during the Christmas season. Organizer Brandy Kurtz said the Elks Lodge has a tree decorated with tags that include the name of area veterans and up to three needs each, and sponsors can take one, two, or three of the tags to fulfill those needs for the veteran for Christmas. Started last year, Kurtz said, this program has been met by a great outpouring of generosity by sponsors. In 2018, she said, 12 veterans signed up and within five days all the needs were sponsored. They ended up with 16 veterans who received gifts. As of mid-November this year they had 14 veterans signed up and each had a sponsor, but they are

looking for more of each to support as many area veterans as possible. The gifts they are asking for, she said, are not outrageous extravagances. They are asking for things like a 12-inch frying pan, a hot meal, a coat, socks and winter wear. These are just basic needs for everyday living, she added, and it’s a comfort to these veterans, many of whom are elderly and don’t necessarily have someone to take care of them or they are on fixed incomes. Kurtz said they are looking for veterans across the area who need items or even services. They may need encouragement to sign up, but they — and more sponsors — have until Dec. 16 to sign up. The gifts will be handed out Dec. 19. Those in and around Havre will be delivered, but gifts for those farther out, such as Harlem and Hays areas, will need arrangements made to be picked up. Any veterans or sponsors who wish to sign up can contact Kurtz at 390-0091.

The event has traditionally been a blanket drive, Kurtz said, but last year she was contacted by people who were cleaning out or downsizing homes at the same time the blanket drive was accepting donations and they asked if they could donate other bedding sets. The response to the change was big, she added, so they are opening up the drive and giveaway to all bedding. The blankets and bedding can be new

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Cowboy Christmas riding into the Armory Dec. 14 The Montana State UniversityNorthern rodeo teams and the team’s booster club are hosting the annual Cowboy Christmas fundraiser Saturday, Dec. 14, in the Armory Gymnasium This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Northern men’s and women’s rodeo teams, and it’s a special one. The fundraiser includes no-host cocktails at 5 p.m., a prime rib and shrimp dinner at 6 p.m., as well as door prizes, raffle items and a live auction. The evening also includes

or used, she said, but they ask that any used items be clean and only lightly used, and that any bedding sets be complete. D o n a t i o n s c a n b e d ro p p e d o f f a t Western Trailer Sales from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or the Elks Lodge 4 to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday. And to sign up for blankets or bedding or to nominate someone, people can contact Kurtz at 3900091.

MAT brings ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ panto for Christmas Rachel Jamieson rjamieson@havredailynews.com Montana Actors’ Theatre is performing their fourth annual Christmas Panto based on the fairy tale “Jack and the Beanstalk,” which will premiere Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Little Theater located in Cowan Hall on Montana State University-Northern’s campus The production will run for three weekends and is directed by MAT’s artistic director Grant Olson. Olson said when he was studying theater in London, pantos were performed at Christmas time and he thought it was a good idea to try them here in Havre. “They are family-friendly. They are basically fractured fairy tales, which are fairy

tales that everyone knows, but that are set wonky and things go awry, with lots of audience participation,” he said. “It’s definitely for kids, but it has a lot of things for adults, too.” He added that “Jack and the Beanstalk” is considered the original panto and that not only was the first one, but one that has been constantly redone. Other fairtyles that can be considered a panto are “Aladin,” “Hansel and Gretel,” “Cinderella” and more. “We thought (“Jack and the Beanstalk”) would be a fun one to do,” he said. The backstage lounge will open at 6:30 p.m. and the performances starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students, seniors and members of the military and free to Northern students with a valid ID.

Rocky Boy continues Shop with A Cop Derek Hann dshann@havredailynews.com Rocky Boy Police Department is once again holding its Shop with a Cop event for Christmas, this year Dec. 14. After meeting after school at the Rocky Boy Tribal Justice Center, the children go by bus to Walmart where they’re assisted by one or more of the officers as they shop. “It’s always a pleasure seeing the children having so much fun, with countless

smiles, cheers, surprises and excitement,” Rocky Boy’s Information Specialist Rusty Gopher said. “Many were truly thoughtful to the point that they got gifts for their siblings, even Pampers.” After the shopping spree, the children will be treated to a meal at Pizza Hut. “A big thanks to officers Tom Parisian and Nate Morsette for taking an idea a few years ago and running with it, a wonderful start to the holiday season,” Gopher said.

Museum celebrates Dinosaur Christmas The H. Earl Clack Memorial Museum will be hosting its annual Dinosaur Christmas Saturday, Dec. 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. outside the museum at the Holiday Village Mall.

The event will be filled with activities

that include making gingerbread houses, decorating cookies, making ornaments and more Christmas projects for kids.

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dancing to the live music of Plowed Under Band to conclude the night. Tickets are available at S to c k ma n Ba n k , I n d e p e n d e n c e Bank, Western Trailer Sales 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 Northern rodeo teams.

Havre Daily News/File photo The Montana State University-Northern Rodeo Team is introduced during the Cowboy Christmas celebration at the Armory Gymnasium, Dec. 1, 2018. The event was hosted by the MSU-N Rodeo Booster Club and featured dinner, live music, dancing and an auction to benefit the rodeo team.

Havre Community dinner again set for Thanksgiving Rachel Jamieson rjamieson@havredailynews.com The annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held Thursday, Nov. 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the St. Jude Parish Center, 440 Seventh Ave. People who would like to have a meal delivered must call the North Central Senior Citizens Center at 265-5464 to order one and meal orders must be called in by 4 p.m. today, the day before Thanksgiving. “We request people to order only one meal per person in the house,” Community Thanksgiving Dinner Chairperson Debi Rhines said. “There are about 19 routes and

Toys for Tots about $700 Triple Dog Brewing Co. is hosting a Holiday Family Photo again this year to help raise money for the U.S. Marine Corps. Toys for Tots program, Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. Triple Dog will be decorated for Christmas and families will be able to pose for a family photo for the holidays. Steve Helmbrecht of Helmbrecht Photography will be taking the photos at the event. Photos are $25 for a 5- to 10-minute photo session, she said. Helmbrecht

the team delivers over 425 meals. People must be available at the address they provided between the hours of 9 to 10 a.m. to receive a meal.” People who are interested in volunteering for a route can call Melanie Zuidema at 2651610.  Rhines said the Community Thanksgiving Dinner started decades ago, organized by a community member who wanted to bring people together on Thanksgiving Day. She added that from the first, the Havre Community Thanksgiving Dinner have been free to the public — donations are not accepted. All of expenses are paid by an anonymous

■ Continued from page 2 will be donating 100 percent of the proceeds and his time to the Toys for Tots program. After the photos are taken people should leave their emails with Helmbrecht and photos will later be emailed to them at a later time. Everyone is welcome to the event, and all participating adults will also receive a free beer. Tilleman said that the money will be used to help purchase items and gifts for children that the program still needs and have not been donated.

donor and 100 percent of all the preparations are done by volunteers. Volunteers have been coordinated for the event, but people often come to the dinner then stay and help with serving and cleaning up. Gary & Leo’s Fresh Foods bakes all the pies and dinner rolls and they prepare all the turkeys for the dinner, she said.

“The food is only a part of the spirit of the project. We always hope people will have a sense of community and gratitude when they leave the dinner,” Rhines said. “Musicians are always welcome to come and share their talents. If turkey is not your meal of choice, come for pie, coffee and fellowship.” All leftovers are taken to the Feed My Sheep Soup Kitchen.


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Van Orsdel continues tradition of live Nativity Derek Hann dshann@havredailynews.com The annual live Nativity scene will draw crowds Saturday, Dec. 7, 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, depending on the weather.  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, alpaca, sheep, miniature horse and donkey. The live animals roaming around might make the scene seem like a petting zoo for 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. “This year, too, we are kind of doing in memory of one of the guys who brought in animals for many years,” he said. Toth said that community member Gary Davidson had brought animals for the live Nativity scene for a number of years, but last year died in a motorcycle accident. He added that  family members will bring in the animals this year. If people want to volunteer they can call Toth at 945-3500 or the church office at 2654232.

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Havre police share Christmas with Shop with a Cop Derek Hann dshann@havredailynews.com Havre Police Department is hosting its annual Shop with a Cop event Dec. 14, to allow children to pick out gifts for their families and clothing items they will need during the winter months. Sgt. Jesse Eller said he has given out applications to a number of Havre schools but people can also pick up applications at the Havre Police Station. All applications must be submitted by Dec. 10. Anyone in the area can apply. The program picks 10 children who are in need and takes them to Walmart where they have an opportunity to go shopping alongside a police officer to pick out Christmas gifts for themselves and their families. Walmart donated $2,000 to the program.  Eller said that, every year, the officers enjoy shopping with the children, some of them bonding every year at the event. He added that officer also try to help the children pick out some winter clothing they may need and presents for their families and themselves. Havre Police Protective Association also donates money to the event. North Central Montana Transit contributes busing services for the children for the day. Eller said that parents should pick up their children at the end of the event. In the morning, the officers provide the children with a free breakfast and, after shopping, Pizza Hut donates a free lunch to the children. After the shopping is completed the presents and the children are taken to the police station to wrap presents. Eller said that it is a great feeling to see how happy the children are when they

Festival of Trees ■ Continued from page 12 Glacier National Park as well as a number of certificates. A kitchen and dining room set will also be auctioned off. The theme this year is Woodland Winter, which is different than previous years but is equally as beautiful. This year the club will also be selling

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tickets for a new game, An Ultimate Winner, where people can buy chances to pick any tree before the auction. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the club. People do not have to be present to win, but if they are not present they need to already have a tree selected.

Havre Daily News/Ryan Berry Chesha Loretto, 9, leads Officer Jordan Chroniger through the aisles of Walmart during Shop With a Cop Saturday, December 15, 2018 in Havre, Mont. Loretto was able to do shopping for herself and for her family.

get their presents and seeing them get things they need, such as clothes. He added that it is important that chil-

dren know that officers are there to help. “Seeing the cops aren’t always bad, we are out there to do the good,” he said.


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Hay rides set at Havre-Hill County Library Festival of Trees

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Pajama party also set

Havre-Hill County Library will once again be offering free hayrides for the community with the help of Jack and Patti Solomon from the foothills of the Bear Paw Mountains Solomons will give the rides from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Reservations for the rides are encouraged. People can call the library at 265-2123 or email library@ havrehill.org to make a reservation. The rides will be first-come, firstserve. The library also will be serving free snacks and doing holiday crafts for people to do while they are waiting. Havre-Hill County Library will also be hosting a Polar Pajama Party movie time Dec. 21 from noon to 2 p.m. People are encouraged to bring their own pajamas, blankets and pillows. Snack and hot cocoa will be served. If people want to know what movie the library will be showing they can call the library.

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Tree Lighting, Polar Plunge set for Saturday in Havre Havre kicks off the holiday season in full force once again this weekend, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Town Square will see superheroes jumping into freezing water to raise money for Special Olympics, then a Christmas celebration with singing, food and drink and cameraderie and a visit by Santa. The SubZero Superhero Polar Plunge is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. in H av r e ’s Tow n S q u a r e, w i t h p e o p l e — many dressed as their favorite superhero —  take the plunge into a pool of icy water.

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Havre Daily News/File photo Jack Solomon and his son Troy head out from the Havre-Hill County Library Saturday, December 15, 2018, in Havre, Mont. The two men led hayrides around town about every fifteen minutes.

The Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line is holding its annual Festival of Trees event with some unique trees as a fundraiser for the club Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. The 12th annual Festival of Trees will be held at the club, with the $25 tickets available by calling the club at 265-6206. Proceeds from the event provide support for the hundreds of children who use the club each day. This year, 18 local residents, organizations and businesses have designed and donated trees to the event to be auctioned off to members of the public. The event will also feature a live and silent auction, games, and hors d’oeuvres “Just a fun night to kick off the holiday season,” and photographs of a number of t h e t re e s a re p o s t e d o n t h e c l u b ’s Facebook page. This year will also feature a Glacier Give-Away, with a vacation at a cabin at

Havre Daily News/File photo SubZero SuperHeroes jump into icy water Nov. 24, 2018, to raise funds for Special Olympics Montana. This year’s plunge set for Saturday in Town Square at 3:30 p.m.

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Beneath the Streets has holiday stroll Derek Hann dshann@havredailynews.com Havre Beneath the Streets is once again hosting its family-friendly Holiday Spirit Stroll Dec. 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. Beneath the Streets will be decorated for the holidays, and people will have the opportunity to walk through the exhibits at their own pace. People can walk through the rooms, looking at the displays and the history and businesses of Havre from the early 1900s. Exhibits will be decorated by volunteers. Volunteers will also be at a number of the exhibits to answer any questions people may have. Treats and free ice cream from Grams Ice Cream will be available at the event. Tickets for the Holiday Spirit Stroll will be $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 4 through 12 and tickets for children 3 years

and younger are free. Havre Beneath the Streets will also be holding the drawing for the Can-Am Outlander quad runner, donated by Red’s Auto-Electric, fundraiser at 5 p.m. Nov. 30, at the tree lighting ceremony in downtown Havre. Santa Clause will be doing the drawing at the event. Tickets for the quad runner are for sale up until the event. Tickets are available at Beneath the Streets, Red’s Auto-Electric, Havre Eagles Club, Hill County Printing and Northern Home Essentials and are $20 each, or six for $100. All of the money raised from ticket sales will go toward Beneath the Streets sidewalk improvement fund, which is a fund to help make repairs to several of its exhibits after water leaked through a sidewalk on Second Avenue that still has glass prisms sending sunlight to the underground.

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Havre Daily News/File photo Blake Winn, 2, gazes at the lights on the tree in Town Square after the Community Tree Lighting Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Havre, Mont. Once the lights were turned on, people took turns taking a closer look and getting photos in front of the tree.

Community Christmas Dinner set at Eagles Rachel Jamieson rjamieson@havredailynews.com Havre Eagles Club will once again host the Community Christmas Dinner Wednesday, Dec. 25. Between 10 to 11 a.m. the Eagles Club will start putting together the takeout dinners that will be delivered by volunteers. Eagles manager Tom Farnham said at 11 a.m. people can come in and sit down and eat. Serving will go till 2 p.m.

“As in the past, looking forward to serving anywhere from 750 to 800, it all depends on the weather,” he said. He added that people who would like to have dinner delivered to them needed to call North Central Senior Citizens center at 2655464 before the middle of December. Volunteers are welcome and anyone can show up that day. For more information, call Farnham at 265-9551.

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Teams have been out collecting pledges for the jump, organized through the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Montana. For more information, visit the Special Olympics Montana Plunge webpage at https://www.somt.org/plunge . The plunge is followed by the annual tree-lighting ceremony in the square, organized by the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce. The tree lighting features singing led by Havre High School choirs, vendors including drinks and food, and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, Chamber drawings also are held during the event, and, this year, it also features a drawing for a quad runner in a Havre Beneath the Streets fundraiser to help raise money for repairs in the underground exhibits.


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Community Choir Elks again hold cocktails and crafts holding many Christmas events Rachel Jamieson rjamieson@havredailynews.com

Havre’s Montana State UniversityNorthern Community Choir will be having a number of shows for the Holiday season. • A Nativity show will be held Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. • The Community Choir will be singing Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. at the Piano and Pipes event at First Lutheran Church. • The Community Choir will also be singing Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. at Havre High School, accompanied by the children and adult choirs. • The last show will be a concert at Havre High School at 6 p.m. Dec. 10.


Rudyard sets Christmas Festival The Rudyard community’s annual Christmas Festival is set for Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Rudyard Senior Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will be serving soup, corn dogs and hot dogs, and holding a crafts and vendor sale. A pianist will be entertaining visitors and Santa is stopping for a visit and will be available for people to take their own holiday photos with him.

Havre Elks Lodge #1201 is hosting its second annual cocktails and craft show Friday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days in the Lodge at 321 First Street. “ H av r e E l k s Lo d g e Ac t i v i t i e s Committee came up with the idea last year,” Havre Elks Lodge #1201 secretary Brandy Kurtz said. “It was a huge success for one day now we have expanded to two days.” Kurtz said the purpose of the event is to bring a craft show to the downtown area on Black Friday and Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend to keep people shopping local, buying from their neighbors and friends.  Kurtz said that in early November, 15 vendors were signed up, from home-based vendors and crafters, which has filled up all three rooms of the Elks Lodge building. People who are interested can call Kurtz at 390-0091. A full no-host mimosa and Caesar bar will also be available for people while they shop as well as beers and cocktails . “It’s for everyone to come out and have a good time while they’re in town for Thanksgiving,” Kurtz said in an email. “Come down and enjoy.” The craft show has free admission.

Havre Daily News/File photo Carol Jappe laughs as she holds out a "drink your effing water" water bottle at the First Annual Havre Elks Cocktails and Crafts Show Friday, November 23, 2018. Cara Fanning was selling the water bottles along with mugs and other drink containers.

Holiday Village offering Winterfest shows Havre’s Holiday Village Mall has some holiday events set up in December with handmade crafts offered one week and commercial products another. • Dec. 7 — Winterfest Craft Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Dec. 8 — Winterfest Craft Show, noon to 4 p.m. Handmade/Crafts only show Dec. 14 — Winterfest Commercial Vendor Show,10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Commercial Product Show Only

Chinook is continuing its long-time tradition of serving up a Community Thanksgiving Dinner. The Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be on Thanksgiving Day from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Chinook Senior Center, 324 Pennsylvania Ave. All of the food is donated by the community, with the turkeys and homemade pies all

donated by community groups or individuals. 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

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5th Ave Grind Andy's Supper Club Bear Paw Meats Bearly Square Quilting Ben Franklin Crafts Bergren Transmission Big Sky Images Bing 'n Bobs Bob's Greenhouse HiLine District Boy Scouts Fair Booth Boyce & Berry Flowers LLC Brandon's Drapery Cavaliers Cellular Plus Char's Family Dining Cottonwood Cinema Crawford Distillery D 6 Guns Domino's Pizza

Down Under Fitness Center Duck Inn Emporium Ezzie's Wholesale Finest Boot Repair Fiveheads Fleet Wholesale Supply Frontier Lawn & Landscaping Gary's & Leo's IGA Gram's Harvest Moon Lanes Havre Hardware and Home Havre Optometric Clinic Havre Rental Heirloom Jewelers Helmbrecht Studio Henny Penny Cupcakes Holden's Hot Wheels Holiday HR Archery

JM Donoven Designs Lewis Heating & A/C Master Sports Ma's Loma Café Maurices McNair Furniture Montana Country Boutique Murphy's Pub Norman's North 40 Outfitters Northern Home Essentials Northern Montana Health Care Northern Montana Vision Center Northstar Athletics Office Equipment PA'S MART Pizza Hut PJ's Prairie Farms Golf Course

R-New Trading Post Simply Natural Spud's Grub Hut Stromberg's Sinclair Subway Sundogs Taco Johns Teresa Getten Photography The Infinity Bake Shoppe The Key The Press Tilleman Motor Company Tilleman Hi-Line Dodge Tip-It Bar Tire-Rama Uncle Joe's Valley Furniture Western Trailer Sales

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Chinook set with Parade of Lights and Festival of Trees Derek Hann dshann@havredailynews.com

The Chinook community Friday is once again hosting the Festival of Trees and Parade of Lights event for the Holiday season, with events starting at noon. Indiana Street will be closed for the town’s Christmas Stroll events where people can wander the street and check out the sales and holiday fare at downtown businesses. A vendor show will start at noon in Wallner Hall in Chinook, followed by a special appearance of Santa Clause at the Blaine County Museum from 1 to 3 p.m. A bell choir will be performing at the Blaine County Library from 1 to 3 p.m. First Bank will also be hosting a silent auction which will end at 4:30 p.m. The Parade of Lights will start at 6 p.m. on Indiana Street, with a large number of Christmas-themed floats in this year’s parade. A community dinner and auction will follow at 6:30 p.m. in the Chinook Eagles Club. All of the money raised from the auction 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 and the PAWs of Chinook organization. The vendor and auction events is a fun way to find some unique Christmas presents and “It kicks off christmas the right way.”

Havre Daily News/File photo Evan Powell, 7, looks up from decorating a paper Christmas tree November 23, 2018, in Chinook during Chinook’s Parade of Lights. Chinooks kickoff to the holiday celebration starts Friday this year with a variety of events.


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2019 Havre Holiday Calendar November 28th

• Havre Community Thanksgiving Dinner - 11:00 a.m. - 2 p.m. - St. Jude Parish Center • Chinook Community Thanksgiving Dinner - noon - 1:30 p.m. - Chinook Senior Center

November 29th

• 2nd Annual Crafts and Cocktails Show - Craft Show - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Havre Elks • Christmas Stroll in Chinook - 9:00 a.m. - Indiana Street • Chinook Craft and Vendor Show - noon - Wallner Hall • Santa Claus at Blaine County Museum - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Chinook • Bell Choir at Blaine County Library - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Chinook • Parade of Lights - 6:00 p.m. - Indiana Street, Chinook • Chinook's 34th Annual Christmas Stroll - 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Stroll Main Street and listen to Christmas Music while shopping our many vendors and businesses. • Skylights vs. Yellowstone Christian College - 6:00 p.m. - MSU-N Gym • Chinook Community Dinner and Auction - 6:30 p.m. - Chinook Eagles Club • Lights vs. Yellowstone Christian College - 8:00 p.m. - MSU-N Gym

November 30th

• 2nd Annual Crafts and Cocktails Show - Craft Show - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Havre Elks • Best Western Inn & Suites Holiday Vendor Show - 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. • SubZero Superhero Polar Plunge - 3:30 p.m. - Havre Town Square • Community Tree Lighting - 5:00 p.m. - Havre Town Square • Lights vs. Salish Kootenai College - 6:00 p.m. - MSU-N Gym • Boys & Girls Club 12th Annual Festival of Trees - A Woodland Winter 7:00 p.m. - Boys & Girls Club • High School Hockey vs. Glasgow - 8:00 p.m. - Havre Ice Dome

December 1st

• High School Hockey vs. Glasgow - 9:30 a.m. - Havre Ice Dome • Cookies and Milk with Santa - 4:30 p.m. - Havre Eagles Club

December 6th

• Hi-Line Nativity Festival - 2:00 p.m. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints • MAT Christmas Panto “Jack and the Beanstalk” - 7:00 p.m. - MSU-N Little Theatre • Havre PeeWee Hockey vs. Glasgow - 7:30 p.m. - Havre Ice Dome

December 7th

• Havre PeeWee Hockey vs. Glasgow - 8:30 a.m. - Havre Ice Dome • Christmas Stroll by the Chamber Events Committee - Downtown - All Day - Coloring contest at the Atrium - All Day - Christmas Carolers - 1-4 - Gift wrapping at the Atrium by Chamber Ambassadors - Special Appearance of Olaf, Anna and Elsa • Holiday Village Mall Winterfest Craft Show - 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Mall • Hayrides and Cookies - 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Havre-Hill County Library • Havre PeeWee Hockey vs. Great Falls - 1:00 p.m. - Havre Ice Dome • Clack Museum Dinosaur Christmas - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Holiday Village Mall • Holiday Spirit Stroll - 1:00 p.m. - Havre Beneath the Streets • Living Nativity - 5:00 p.m. - Van Orsdel United Methodist Church

December 8th

• Holiday Village Mall Winterfest Craft Show - 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Mall • Havre PeeWee Hockey vs. Great Falls - 11:30 a.m. - Havre Ice Dome • Piano & Pipes - 2:00 p.m. - First Lutheran Church of Havre

December 10th

• MSU-Northern Community Choir Concert - 6:00 p.m. - Havre High School

December 12th

• St. Judes Thaddeus Preschool/Kindergarten Christmas Program - 2:00 p.m • St. Judes Thaddeus 1st - 8th Christmas Program - 6:00 p.m

December 14th

• Holiday Village Mall Winterfest Commercial Vendor Show 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Mall • 8U Hockey Tournament - Havre Ice Dome • 20th Annual MSU-Northern Cowboy Christmas - 6:00 p.m. - MSU-N Gym

December 15th

• 8U Hockey Tournament - Havre Ice Dome • Art in the Park: Holiday Edition - 2:00 p.m. - Community Church of Gildford

December 16th

• Havre High School Band Concert - 7:00 p.m. - HHS Auditorium

December 17th

• Highland Park Christmas Programs: 1st Grade Programs 9:00 a.m. - Mrs. Bakke and Mrs. Hansen 10:00 a.m. - Mrs. Welch and Mrs. Henry • Havre High School Choir Concert - 7:00 p.m. - HHS Auditorium

December 18th

• Highland Park Christmas Programs: 1st Grade Programs 9:00 a.m. - Ms. St. Marks and Mrs. Meldrum 10:00 a.m. - Mrs. Bradshaw and Mrs. Mansfield

December 19th

• Highland Park Christmas Programs: Kindergarten Programs 9:00 a.m. - Mrs. Courchene and Mrs. Stortz 10:00 a.m. - Mrs. Kline and Miss McCormick

December 20th

• Highland Park Christmas Programs: Kindergarten Programs 9:00 a.m. - Mrs. Wells and Miss Faechner 10:00 a.m. - Mrs. Neuwerth and Mrs. Olsen

December 21st

• High School Hockey vs. Billings - 8:00 p.m. - Havre Ice Dome

December 22nd

• High School Hockey vs. Billings - 10:30 a.m. - Havre Ice Dome

December 25th MERRY CHRISTMAS

December 27th

• 15th Annual Alumni Holiday Hoops Blue Pony Alumni Basketball 7:00 p.m. - Havre High School Gymnasium • High School Hockey vs. Butte - 7:30 p.m. - Havre Ice Dome

December 28th

• High School Hockey vs. Butte - 11:00 a.m. - Havre Ice Dome

Chamber again offers Christmas Cash to local holiday shoppers The Havre Area Chamber of Commerce is continuing a tradition of helping people with holiday shopping and keeping cash in the local community. Holiday shoppers can secure a Christmas Cash loan at participating lending institutions. The Christmas Cash can then be used at 48 Chamber member businesses. Interest-free Christmas Cash Loans from $500 to $1,500 became available, with approved credit, this month at Independence Bank, Stockman Bank and Bear Paw Credit Union. The program has had significant impact on the economy over the past years by keeping more than $7 million dollars in Havre, supporting local businesses. Close to $150,000 was loaned last year. “Using local businesses for holiday shopping is a great way to support the community. These small business owners are the heart of the city and are deserving of your business,” the chamber said. The mission of the program when first initiated in 1990 was to stimulate the local economy during the holiday by keeping money in town, supporting the local businesses. This is still the goal today. “We need to thank the community for using and supporting the C h a m b e r ’s C h r i s t m a s C a s h Program these past 29 years,” the Chamber said. “Also, a thank you goes out to the participating financial institutions,Bear Paw Credit Union, Independence Bank and Stockman Bank, for continuing to be our partner in providing this program to the community and to the businesses that participate in the Chamber’s Christmas Cash program. Let’s make the 30th year another successful year for the program.”

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Boys & Girls Club offering Santa Bucks Havre Chamber hosts Christmas Stroll Derek Hann dshann@havredailynews.com The Boys & Girls of the Hi-Line are bringing back their annual Holiday “Santa Bucks” event for the children at the club. The event works by children being able to earn “Santa Bucks” through the

following weeks, earing them for good behavior and being helpful. Two days before Christmas break, a “Santa Bucks” store will be opened to allow children to purchase gifts and items for their families. Items in the store are all donated by different organizations, businesses and people in the area.

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. 27, at 7 p.m. in the Havre High School gym. Admission is non-perishable food item or toiletry for the Havre Public Schools pantry.

Cookies with Santa set for Sunday Havre Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors are hosting their annual “Cookies and Milk with Santa” at the

Havre Eagles Club Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Parents are asked to stay with their children.

Havre Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a new event this year, the Christmas Stroll, Saturday, Dec 7, Chamber Executive Director Julea Robbins said the stroll is mainly focusing on downtown businesses, but would like the business all around town to get involved. All of the businesses will be having sales all day during their open hours. “We are really encouraging people to

shop at those businesses,” she said. She said they are planning for people to receive a card of some sort to get punches on as people go to those businesses and buy something from the businesses that are participating and that the person who receives the most punches from that day will receive a prize. If weather permits they will also have a snowman contest, Robbins added.

Gildford’s Art in the Park: Holiday Edition Everyone is invited to enjoy a familyfriendly afternoon of decorating sugar cookies and making Christmas ornaments during Holiday Edition of Gildford’s Art in the Park. The event runs 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Community Church of Gildford, 310 Sixth St. Supplies for snowman ornaments and

cookies and icing are provided and people of all ages are invited to spend the afternoon getting into the holiday spirit. Support from freewill donations, the Hill County Community Foundation and the Jolly Janes of Gildford make the event possible. Donations received Dec. 15 will go toward funding summer art programming in the Gildford park.

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ers, 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 volunteers are always welcome.


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2019 Havre Holiday Calendar November 28th

• Havre Community Thanksgiving Dinner - 11:00 a.m. - 2 p.m. - St. Jude Parish Center • Chinook Community Thanksgiving Dinner - noon - 1:30 p.m. - Chinook Senior Center

November 29th

• 2nd Annual Crafts and Cocktails Show - Craft Show - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Havre Elks • Christmas Stroll in Chinook - 9:00 a.m. - Indiana Street • Chinook Craft and Vendor Show - noon - Wallner Hall • Santa Claus at Blaine County Museum - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Chinook • Bell Choir at Blaine County Library - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Chinook • Parade of Lights - 6:00 p.m. - Indiana Street, Chinook • Chinook's 34th Annual Christmas Stroll - 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Stroll Main Street and listen to Christmas Music while shopping our many vendors and businesses. • Skylights vs. Yellowstone Christian College - 6:00 p.m. - MSU-N Gym • Chinook Community Dinner and Auction - 6:30 p.m. - Chinook Eagles Club • Lights vs. Yellowstone Christian College - 8:00 p.m. - MSU-N Gym

November 30th

• 2nd Annual Crafts and Cocktails Show - Craft Show - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Havre Elks • Best Western Inn & Suites Holiday Vendor Show - 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. • SubZero Superhero Polar Plunge - 3:30 p.m. - Havre Town Square • Community Tree Lighting - 5:00 p.m. - Havre Town Square • Lights vs. Salish Kootenai College - 6:00 p.m. - MSU-N Gym • Boys & Girls Club 12th Annual Festival of Trees - A Woodland Winter 7:00 p.m. - Boys & Girls Club • High School Hockey vs. Glasgow - 8:00 p.m. - Havre Ice Dome

December 1st

• High School Hockey vs. Glasgow - 9:30 a.m. - Havre Ice Dome • Cookies and Milk with Santa - 4:30 p.m. - Havre Eagles Club

December 6th

• Hi-Line Nativity Festival - 2:00 p.m. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints • MAT Christmas Panto “Jack and the Beanstalk” - 7:00 p.m. - MSU-N Little Theatre • Havre PeeWee Hockey vs. Glasgow - 7:30 p.m. - Havre Ice Dome

December 7th

• Havre PeeWee Hockey vs. Glasgow - 8:30 a.m. - Havre Ice Dome • Christmas Stroll by the Chamber Events Committee - Downtown - All Day - Coloring contest at the Atrium - All Day - Christmas Carolers - 1-4 - Gift wrapping at the Atrium by Chamber Ambassadors - Special Appearance of Olaf, Anna and Elsa • Holiday Village Mall Winterfest Craft Show - 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Mall • Hayrides and Cookies - 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Havre-Hill County Library • Havre PeeWee Hockey vs. Great Falls - 1:00 p.m. - Havre Ice Dome • Clack Museum Dinosaur Christmas - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Holiday Village Mall • Holiday Spirit Stroll - 1:00 p.m. - Havre Beneath the Streets • Living Nativity - 5:00 p.m. - Van Orsdel United Methodist Church

December 8th

• Holiday Village Mall Winterfest Craft Show - 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Mall • Havre PeeWee Hockey vs. Great Falls - 11:30 a.m. - Havre Ice Dome • Piano & Pipes - 2:00 p.m. - First Lutheran Church of Havre

December 10th

• MSU-Northern Community Choir Concert - 6:00 p.m. - Havre High School

December 12th

• St. Judes Thaddeus Preschool/Kindergarten Christmas Program - 2:00 p.m • St. Judes Thaddeus 1st - 8th Christmas Program - 6:00 p.m

December 14th

• Holiday Village Mall Winterfest Commercial Vendor Show 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Mall • 8U Hockey Tournament - Havre Ice Dome • 20th Annual MSU-Northern Cowboy Christmas - 6:00 p.m. - MSU-N Gym

December 15th

• 8U Hockey Tournament - Havre Ice Dome • Art in the Park: Holiday Edition - 2:00 p.m. - Community Church of Gildford

December 16th

• Havre High School Band Concert - 7:00 p.m. - HHS Auditorium

December 17th

• Highland Park Christmas Programs: 1st Grade Programs 9:00 a.m. - Mrs. Bakke and Mrs. Hansen 10:00 a.m. - Mrs. Welch and Mrs. Henry • Havre High School Choir Concert - 7:00 p.m. - HHS Auditorium

December 18th

• Highland Park Christmas Programs: 1st Grade Programs 9:00 a.m. - Ms. St. Marks and Mrs. Meldrum 10:00 a.m. - Mrs. Bradshaw and Mrs. Mansfield

December 19th

• Highland Park Christmas Programs: Kindergarten Programs 9:00 a.m. - Mrs. Courchene and Mrs. Stortz 10:00 a.m. - Mrs. Kline and Miss McCormick

December 20th

• Highland Park Christmas Programs: Kindergarten Programs 9:00 a.m. - Mrs. Wells and Miss Faechner 10:00 a.m. - Mrs. Neuwerth and Mrs. Olsen

December 21st

• High School Hockey vs. Billings - 8:00 p.m. - Havre Ice Dome

December 22nd

• High School Hockey vs. Billings - 10:30 a.m. - Havre Ice Dome

December 25th MERRY CHRISTMAS

December 27th

• 15th Annual Alumni Holiday Hoops Blue Pony Alumni Basketball 7:00 p.m. - Havre High School Gymnasium • High School Hockey vs. Butte - 7:30 p.m. - Havre Ice Dome

December 28th

• High School Hockey vs. Butte - 11:00 a.m. - Havre Ice Dome

Chamber again offers Christmas Cash to local holiday shoppers The Havre Area Chamber of Commerce is continuing a tradition of helping people with holiday shopping and keeping cash in the local community. Holiday shoppers can secure a Christmas Cash loan at participating lending institutions. The Christmas Cash can then be used at 48 Chamber member businesses. Interest-free Christmas Cash Loans from $500 to $1,500 became available, with approved credit, this month at Independence Bank, Stockman Bank and Bear Paw Credit Union. The program has had significant impact on the economy over the past years by keeping more than $7 million dollars in Havre, supporting local businesses. Close to $150,000 was loaned last year. “Using local businesses for holiday shopping is a great way to support the community. These small business owners are the heart of the city and are deserving of your business,” the chamber said. The mission of the program when first initiated in 1990 was to stimulate the local economy during the holiday by keeping money in town, supporting the local businesses. This is still the goal today. “We need to thank the community for using and supporting the C h a m b e r ’s C h r i s t m a s C a s h Program these past 29 years,” the Chamber said. “Also, a thank you goes out to the participating financial institutions,Bear Paw Credit Union, Independence Bank and Stockman Bank, for continuing to be our partner in providing this program to the community and to the businesses that participate in the Chamber’s Christmas Cash program. Let’s make the 30th year another successful year for the program.”

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Boys & Girls Club offering Santa Bucks Havre Chamber hosts Christmas Stroll Derek Hann dshann@havredailynews.com The Boys & Girls of the Hi-Line are bringing back their annual Holiday “Santa Bucks” event for the children at the club. The event works by children being able to earn “Santa Bucks” through the

following weeks, earing them for good behavior and being helpful. Two days before Christmas break, a “Santa Bucks” store will be opened to allow children to purchase gifts and items for their families. Items in the store are all donated by different organizations, businesses and people in the area.

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. 27, at 7 p.m. in the Havre High School gym. Admission is non-perishable food item or toiletry for the Havre Public Schools pantry.

Cookies with Santa set for Sunday Havre Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors are hosting their annual “Cookies and Milk with Santa” at the

Havre Eagles Club Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Parents are asked to stay with their children.

Havre Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a new event this year, the Christmas Stroll, Saturday, Dec 7, Chamber Executive Director Julea Robbins said the stroll is mainly focusing on downtown businesses, but would like the business all around town to get involved. All of the businesses will be having sales all day during their open hours. “We are really encouraging people to

shop at those businesses,” she said. She said they are planning for people to receive a card of some sort to get punches on as people go to those businesses and buy something from the businesses that are participating and that the person who receives the most punches from that day will receive a prize. If weather permits they will also have a snowman contest, Robbins added.

Gildford’s Art in the Park: Holiday Edition Everyone is invited to enjoy a familyfriendly afternoon of decorating sugar cookies and making Christmas ornaments during Holiday Edition of Gildford’s Art in the Park. The event runs 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Community Church of Gildford, 310 Sixth St. Supplies for snowman ornaments and

cookies and icing are provided and people of all ages are invited to spend the afternoon getting into the holiday spirit. Support from freewill donations, the Hill County Community Foundation and the Jolly Janes of Gildford make the event possible. Donations received Dec. 15 will go toward funding summer art programming in the Gildford park.

Chinook Community dinner ■ Continued from page 6 meal and camaraderie of friends, family and neighbors.. Meals are also delivered to those who cannot get out of the house and available for take-out. People who need their dinners delivered or are interested in take-out can call the Senior Center at 357-2527. The dinner is served at no cost to the din-

ers, 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 volunteers are always welcome.


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Community Choir Elks again hold cocktails and crafts holding many Christmas events Rachel Jamieson rjamieson@havredailynews.com

Havre’s Montana State UniversityNorthern Community Choir will be having a number of shows for the Holiday season. • A Nativity show will be held Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. • The Community Choir will be singing Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. at the Piano and Pipes event at First Lutheran Church. • The Community Choir will also be singing Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. at Havre High School, accompanied by the children and adult choirs. • The last show will be a concert at Havre High School at 6 p.m. Dec. 10.


Rudyard sets Christmas Festival The Rudyard community’s annual Christmas Festival is set for Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Rudyard Senior Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will be serving soup, corn dogs and hot dogs, and holding a crafts and vendor sale. A pianist will be entertaining visitors and Santa is stopping for a visit and will be available for people to take their own holiday photos with him.

Havre Elks Lodge #1201 is hosting its second annual cocktails and craft show Friday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days in the Lodge at 321 First Street. “ H av r e E l k s Lo d g e Ac t i v i t i e s Committee came up with the idea last year,” Havre Elks Lodge #1201 secretary Brandy Kurtz said. “It was a huge success for one day now we have expanded to two days.” Kurtz said the purpose of the event is to bring a craft show to the downtown area on Black Friday and Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend to keep people shopping local, buying from their neighbors and friends.  Kurtz said that in early November, 15 vendors were signed up, from home-based vendors and crafters, which has filled up all three rooms of the Elks Lodge building. People who are interested can call Kurtz at 390-0091. A full no-host mimosa and Caesar bar will also be available for people while they shop as well as beers and cocktails . “It’s for everyone to come out and have a good time while they’re in town for Thanksgiving,” Kurtz said in an email. “Come down and enjoy.” The craft show has free admission.

Havre Daily News/File photo Carol Jappe laughs as she holds out a "drink your effing water" water bottle at the First Annual Havre Elks Cocktails and Crafts Show Friday, November 23, 2018. Cara Fanning was selling the water bottles along with mugs and other drink containers.

Holiday Village offering Winterfest shows Havre’s Holiday Village Mall has some holiday events set up in December with handmade crafts offered one week and commercial products another. • Dec. 7 — Winterfest Craft Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Dec. 8 — Winterfest Craft Show, noon to 4 p.m. Handmade/Crafts only show Dec. 14 — Winterfest Commercial Vendor Show,10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Commercial Product Show Only

Chinook is continuing its long-time tradition of serving up a Community Thanksgiving Dinner. The Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be on Thanksgiving Day from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Chinook Senior Center, 324 Pennsylvania Ave. All of the food is donated by the community, with the turkeys and homemade pies all

donated by community groups or individuals. 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

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5th Ave Grind Andy's Supper Club Bear Paw Meats Bearly Square Quilting Ben Franklin Crafts Bergren Transmission Big Sky Images Bing 'n Bobs Bob's Greenhouse HiLine District Boy Scouts Fair Booth Boyce & Berry Flowers LLC Brandon's Drapery Cavaliers Cellular Plus Char's Family Dining Cottonwood Cinema Crawford Distillery D 6 Guns Domino's Pizza

Down Under Fitness Center Duck Inn Emporium Ezzie's Wholesale Finest Boot Repair Fiveheads Fleet Wholesale Supply Frontier Lawn & Landscaping Gary's & Leo's IGA Gram's Harvest Moon Lanes Havre Hardware and Home Havre Optometric Clinic Havre Rental Heirloom Jewelers Helmbrecht Studio Henny Penny Cupcakes Holden's Hot Wheels Holiday HR Archery

JM Donoven Designs Lewis Heating & A/C Master Sports Ma's Loma Café Maurices McNair Furniture Montana Country Boutique Murphy's Pub Norman's North 40 Outfitters Northern Home Essentials Northern Montana Health Care Northern Montana Vision Center Northstar Athletics Office Equipment PA'S MART Pizza Hut PJ's Prairie Farms Golf Course

R-New Trading Post Simply Natural Spud's Grub Hut Stromberg's Sinclair Subway Sundogs Taco Johns Teresa Getten Photography The Infinity Bake Shoppe The Key The Press Tilleman Motor Company Tilleman Hi-Line Dodge Tip-It Bar Tire-Rama Uncle Joe's Valley Furniture Western Trailer Sales

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Chinook set with Parade of Lights and Festival of Trees Derek Hann dshann@havredailynews.com

The Chinook community Friday is once again hosting the Festival of Trees and Parade of Lights event for the Holiday season, with events starting at noon. Indiana Street will be closed for the town’s Christmas Stroll events where people can wander the street and check out the sales and holiday fare at downtown businesses. A vendor show will start at noon in Wallner Hall in Chinook, followed by a special appearance of Santa Clause at the Blaine County Museum from 1 to 3 p.m. A bell choir will be performing at the Blaine County Library from 1 to 3 p.m. First Bank will also be hosting a silent auction which will end at 4:30 p.m. The Parade of Lights will start at 6 p.m. on Indiana Street, with a large number of Christmas-themed floats in this year’s parade. A community dinner and auction will follow at 6:30 p.m. in the Chinook Eagles Club. All of the money raised from the auction 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 and the PAWs of Chinook organization. The vendor and auction events is a fun way to find some unique Christmas presents and “It kicks off christmas the right way.”

Havre Daily News/File photo Evan Powell, 7, looks up from decorating a paper Christmas tree November 23, 2018, in Chinook during Chinook’s Parade of Lights. Chinooks kickoff to the holiday celebration starts Friday this year with a variety of events.


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Hay rides set at Havre-Hill County Library Festival of Trees

again set at Boys & Girls Club

Pajama party also set

Havre-Hill County Library will once again be offering free hayrides for the community with the help of Jack and Patti Solomon from the foothills of the Bear Paw Mountains Solomons will give the rides from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Reservations for the rides are encouraged. People can call the library at 265-2123 or email library@ havrehill.org to make a reservation. The rides will be first-come, firstserve. The library also will be serving free snacks and doing holiday crafts for people to do while they are waiting. Havre-Hill County Library will also be hosting a Polar Pajama Party movie time Dec. 21 from noon to 2 p.m. People are encouraged to bring their own pajamas, blankets and pillows. Snack and hot cocoa will be served. If people want to know what movie the library will be showing they can call the library.

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Tree Lighting, Polar Plunge set for Saturday in Havre Havre kicks off the holiday season in full force once again this weekend, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Town Square will see superheroes jumping into freezing water to raise money for Special Olympics, then a Christmas celebration with singing, food and drink and cameraderie and a visit by Santa. The SubZero Superhero Polar Plunge is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. in H av r e ’s Tow n S q u a r e, w i t h p e o p l e — many dressed as their favorite superhero —  take the plunge into a pool of icy water.

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Havre Daily News/File photo Jack Solomon and his son Troy head out from the Havre-Hill County Library Saturday, December 15, 2018, in Havre, Mont. The two men led hayrides around town about every fifteen minutes.

The Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line is holding its annual Festival of Trees event with some unique trees as a fundraiser for the club Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. The 12th annual Festival of Trees will be held at the club, with the $25 tickets available by calling the club at 265-6206. Proceeds from the event provide support for the hundreds of children who use the club each day. This year, 18 local residents, organizations and businesses have designed and donated trees to the event to be auctioned off to members of the public. The event will also feature a live and silent auction, games, and hors d’oeuvres “Just a fun night to kick off the holiday season,” and photographs of a number of t h e t re e s a re p o s t e d o n t h e c l u b ’s Facebook page. This year will also feature a Glacier Give-Away, with a vacation at a cabin at

Havre Daily News/File photo SubZero SuperHeroes jump into icy water Nov. 24, 2018, to raise funds for Special Olympics Montana. This year’s plunge set for Saturday in Town Square at 3:30 p.m.

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Beneath the Streets has holiday stroll Derek Hann dshann@havredailynews.com Havre Beneath the Streets is once again hosting its family-friendly Holiday Spirit Stroll Dec. 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. Beneath the Streets will be decorated for the holidays, and people will have the opportunity to walk through the exhibits at their own pace. People can walk through the rooms, looking at the displays and the history and businesses of Havre from the early 1900s. Exhibits will be decorated by volunteers. Volunteers will also be at a number of the exhibits to answer any questions people may have. Treats and free ice cream from Grams Ice Cream will be available at the event. Tickets for the Holiday Spirit Stroll will be $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 4 through 12 and tickets for children 3 years

and younger are free. Havre Beneath the Streets will also be holding the drawing for the Can-Am Outlander quad runner, donated by Red’s Auto-Electric, fundraiser at 5 p.m. Nov. 30, at the tree lighting ceremony in downtown Havre. Santa Clause will be doing the drawing at the event. Tickets for the quad runner are for sale up until the event. Tickets are available at Beneath the Streets, Red’s Auto-Electric, Havre Eagles Club, Hill County Printing and Northern Home Essentials and are $20 each, or six for $100. All of the money raised from ticket sales will go toward Beneath the Streets sidewalk improvement fund, which is a fund to help make repairs to several of its exhibits after water leaked through a sidewalk on Second Avenue that still has glass prisms sending sunlight to the underground.

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Havre Daily News/File photo Blake Winn, 2, gazes at the lights on the tree in Town Square after the Community Tree Lighting Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Havre, Mont. Once the lights were turned on, people took turns taking a closer look and getting photos in front of the tree.

Community Christmas Dinner set at Eagles Rachel Jamieson rjamieson@havredailynews.com Havre Eagles Club will once again host the Community Christmas Dinner Wednesday, Dec. 25. Between 10 to 11 a.m. the Eagles Club will start putting together the takeout dinners that will be delivered by volunteers. Eagles manager Tom Farnham said at 11 a.m. people can come in and sit down and eat. Serving will go till 2 p.m.

“As in the past, looking forward to serving anywhere from 750 to 800, it all depends on the weather,” he said. He added that people who would like to have dinner delivered to them needed to call North Central Senior Citizens center at 2655464 before the middle of December. Volunteers are welcome and anyone can show up that day. For more information, call Farnham at 265-9551.

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Teams have been out collecting pledges for the jump, organized through the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Montana. For more information, visit the Special Olympics Montana Plunge webpage at https://www.somt.org/plunge . The plunge is followed by the annual tree-lighting ceremony in the square, organized by the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce. The tree lighting features singing led by Havre High School choirs, vendors including drinks and food, and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, Chamber drawings also are held during the event, and, this year, it also features a drawing for a quad runner in a Havre Beneath the Streets fundraiser to help raise money for repairs in the underground exhibits.


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Van Orsdel continues tradition of live Nativity Derek Hann dshann@havredailynews.com The annual live Nativity scene will draw crowds Saturday, Dec. 7, 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, depending on the weather.  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, alpaca, sheep, miniature horse and donkey. The live animals roaming around might make the scene seem like a petting zoo for 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. “This year, too, we are kind of doing in memory of one of the guys who brought in animals for many years,” he said. Toth said that community member Gary Davidson had brought animals for the live Nativity scene for a number of years, but last year died in a motorcycle accident. He added that  family members will bring in the animals this year. If people want to volunteer they can call Toth at 945-3500 or the church office at 2654232.

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Havre police share Christmas with Shop with a Cop Derek Hann dshann@havredailynews.com Havre Police Department is hosting its annual Shop with a Cop event Dec. 14, to allow children to pick out gifts for their families and clothing items they will need during the winter months. Sgt. Jesse Eller said he has given out applications to a number of Havre schools but people can also pick up applications at the Havre Police Station. All applications must be submitted by Dec. 10. Anyone in the area can apply. The program picks 10 children who are in need and takes them to Walmart where they have an opportunity to go shopping alongside a police officer to pick out Christmas gifts for themselves and their families. Walmart donated $2,000 to the program.  Eller said that, every year, the officers enjoy shopping with the children, some of them bonding every year at the event. He added that officer also try to help the children pick out some winter clothing they may need and presents for their families and themselves. Havre Police Protective Association also donates money to the event. North Central Montana Transit contributes busing services for the children for the day. Eller said that parents should pick up their children at the end of the event. In the morning, the officers provide the children with a free breakfast and, after shopping, Pizza Hut donates a free lunch to the children. After the shopping is completed the presents and the children are taken to the police station to wrap presents. Eller said that it is a great feeling to see how happy the children are when they

Festival of Trees ■ Continued from page 12 Glacier National Park as well as a number of certificates. A kitchen and dining room set will also be auctioned off. The theme this year is Woodland Winter, which is different than previous years but is equally as beautiful. This year the club will also be selling

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tickets for a new game, An Ultimate Winner, where people can buy chances to pick any tree before the auction. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the club. People do not have to be present to win, but if they are not present they need to already have a tree selected.

Havre Daily News/Ryan Berry Chesha Loretto, 9, leads Officer Jordan Chroniger through the aisles of Walmart during Shop With a Cop Saturday, December 15, 2018 in Havre, Mont. Loretto was able to do shopping for herself and for her family.

get their presents and seeing them get things they need, such as clothes. He added that it is important that chil-

dren know that officers are there to help. “Seeing the cops aren’t always bad, we are out there to do the good,” he said.


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Havre Elks hold 2019 Blanket Drive Pam Burke community@havredailynews.com

Not everyone has bedding and warm blankets, but Havre Elks Lodge No. 1201 is working to help those who have some to spare and those who who need them come together. The Elks Lodge 2019 Blanket Drive will include all bedding again this year, and

organizer Brandy Kurtz said they are looking both for donations and for names of those in need of blankets and bedding. Donated bedding and blankets will be distributed to people who have signed up or been nominated. And this year will see two distribution dates, Kurtz said. The first date was just before Thanksgiving, but the second date will be closer to Christmas, on Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 321 Second St.

Elks set Veterans Giving Tree Pam Burke community@havredailynews.com Modeled after the Angel Trees that help provide Christmas presents or meals to families, the Veterans Giving Tree, organized by Havre Elks Lodge #1201, is specifically to help veterans during the Christmas season. Organizer Brandy Kurtz said the Elks Lodge has a tree decorated with tags that include the name of area veterans and up to three needs each, and sponsors can take one, two, or three of the tags to fulfill those needs for the veteran for Christmas. Started last year, Kurtz said, this program has been met by a great outpouring of generosity by sponsors. In 2018, she said, 12 veterans signed up and within five days all the needs were sponsored. They ended up with 16 veterans who received gifts. As of mid-November this year they had 14 veterans signed up and each had a sponsor, but they are

looking for more of each to support as many area veterans as possible. The gifts they are asking for, she said, are not outrageous extravagances. They are asking for things like a 12-inch frying pan, a hot meal, a coat, socks and winter wear. These are just basic needs for everyday living, she added, and it’s a comfort to these veterans, many of whom are elderly and don’t necessarily have someone to take care of them or they are on fixed incomes. Kurtz said they are looking for veterans across the area who need items or even services. They may need encouragement to sign up, but they — and more sponsors — have until Dec. 16 to sign up. The gifts will be handed out Dec. 19. Those in and around Havre will be delivered, but gifts for those farther out, such as Harlem and Hays areas, will need arrangements made to be picked up. Any veterans or sponsors who wish to sign up can contact Kurtz at 390-0091.

The event has traditionally been a blanket drive, Kurtz said, but last year she was contacted by people who were cleaning out or downsizing homes at the same time the blanket drive was accepting donations and they asked if they could donate other bedding sets. The response to the change was big, she added, so they are opening up the drive and giveaway to all bedding. The blankets and bedding can be new

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Cowboy Christmas riding into the Armory Dec. 14 The Montana State UniversityNorthern rodeo teams and the team’s booster club are hosting the annual Cowboy Christmas fundraiser Saturday, Dec. 14, in the Armory Gymnasium This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Northern men’s and women’s rodeo teams, and it’s a special one. The fundraiser includes no-host cocktails at 5 p.m., a prime rib and shrimp dinner at 6 p.m., as well as door prizes, raffle items and a live auction. The evening also includes

or used, she said, but they ask that any used items be clean and only lightly used, and that any bedding sets be complete. D o n a t i o n s c a n b e d ro p p e d o f f a t Western Trailer Sales from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or the Elks Lodge 4 to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday. And to sign up for blankets or bedding or to nominate someone, people can contact Kurtz at 3900091.

MAT brings ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ panto for Christmas Rachel Jamieson rjamieson@havredailynews.com Montana Actors’ Theatre is performing their fourth annual Christmas Panto based on the fairy tale “Jack and the Beanstalk,” which will premiere Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Little Theater located in Cowan Hall on Montana State University-Northern’s campus The production will run for three weekends and is directed by MAT’s artistic director Grant Olson. Olson said when he was studying theater in London, pantos were performed at Christmas time and he thought it was a good idea to try them here in Havre. “They are family-friendly. They are basically fractured fairy tales, which are fairy

tales that everyone knows, but that are set wonky and things go awry, with lots of audience participation,” he said. “It’s definitely for kids, but it has a lot of things for adults, too.” He added that “Jack and the Beanstalk” is considered the original panto and that not only was the first one, but one that has been constantly redone. Other fairtyles that can be considered a panto are “Aladin,” “Hansel and Gretel,” “Cinderella” and more. “We thought (“Jack and the Beanstalk”) would be a fun one to do,” he said. The backstage lounge will open at 6:30 p.m. and the performances starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students, seniors and members of the military and free to Northern students with a valid ID.

Rocky Boy continues Shop with A Cop Derek Hann dshann@havredailynews.com Rocky Boy Police Department is once again holding its Shop with a Cop event for Christmas, this year Dec. 14. After meeting after school at the Rocky Boy Tribal Justice Center, the children go by bus to Walmart where they’re assisted by one or more of the officers as they shop. “It’s always a pleasure seeing the children having so much fun, with countless

smiles, cheers, surprises and excitement,” Rocky Boy’s Information Specialist Rusty Gopher said. “Many were truly thoughtful to the point that they got gifts for their siblings, even Pampers.” After the shopping spree, the children will be treated to a meal at Pizza Hut. “A big thanks to officers Tom Parisian and Nate Morsette for taking an idea a few years ago and running with it, a wonderful start to the holiday season,” Gopher said.

Museum celebrates Dinosaur Christmas The H. Earl Clack Memorial Museum will be hosting its annual Dinosaur Christmas Saturday, Dec. 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. outside the museum at the Holiday Village Mall.

The event will be filled with activities

that include making gingerbread houses, decorating cookies, making ornaments and more Christmas projects for kids.

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dancing to the live music of Plowed Under Band to conclude the night. Tickets are available at S to c k ma n Ba n k , I n d e p e n d e n c e Bank, Western Trailer Sales 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 Northern rodeo teams.

Havre Daily News/File photo The Montana State University-Northern Rodeo Team is introduced during the Cowboy Christmas celebration at the Armory Gymnasium, Dec. 1, 2018. The event was hosted by the MSU-N Rodeo Booster Club and featured dinner, live music, dancing and an auction to benefit the rodeo team.

Havre Community dinner again set for Thanksgiving Rachel Jamieson rjamieson@havredailynews.com The annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held Thursday, Nov. 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the St. Jude Parish Center, 440 Seventh Ave. People who would like to have a meal delivered must call the North Central Senior Citizens Center at 265-5464 to order one and meal orders must be called in by 4 p.m. today, the day before Thanksgiving. “We request people to order only one meal per person in the house,” Community Thanksgiving Dinner Chairperson Debi Rhines said. “There are about 19 routes and

Toys for Tots about $700 Triple Dog Brewing Co. is hosting a Holiday Family Photo again this year to help raise money for the U.S. Marine Corps. Toys for Tots program, Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. Triple Dog will be decorated for Christmas and families will be able to pose for a family photo for the holidays. Steve Helmbrecht of Helmbrecht Photography will be taking the photos at the event. Photos are $25 for a 5- to 10-minute photo session, she said. Helmbrecht

the team delivers over 425 meals. People must be available at the address they provided between the hours of 9 to 10 a.m. to receive a meal.” People who are interested in volunteering for a route can call Melanie Zuidema at 2651610.  Rhines said the Community Thanksgiving Dinner started decades ago, organized by a community member who wanted to bring people together on Thanksgiving Day. She added that from the first, the Havre Community Thanksgiving Dinner have been free to the public — donations are not accepted. All of expenses are paid by an anonymous

■ Continued from page 2 will be donating 100 percent of the proceeds and his time to the Toys for Tots program. After the photos are taken people should leave their emails with Helmbrecht and photos will later be emailed to them at a later time. Everyone is welcome to the event, and all participating adults will also receive a free beer. Tilleman said that the money will be used to help purchase items and gifts for children that the program still needs and have not been donated.

donor and 100 percent of all the preparations are done by volunteers. Volunteers have been coordinated for the event, but people often come to the dinner then stay and help with serving and cleaning up. Gary & Leo’s Fresh Foods bakes all the pies and dinner rolls and they prepare all the turkeys for the dinner, she said.

“The food is only a part of the spirit of the project. We always hope people will have a sense of community and gratitude when they leave the dinner,” Rhines said. “Musicians are always welcome to come and share their talents. If turkey is not your meal of choice, come for pie, coffee and fellowship.” All leftovers are taken to the Feed My Sheep Soup Kitchen.


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Big Sandy is having a Merry Grinchmas this year Pam Burke community@havredailynews.com The Big Sandy community-wide Christmas Stroll is ringing in a Merry Grinchmas all day Saturday, Dec. 7, with prize drawings, food, shopping, contests and more. People can start the morning early registering for prizes and enjoying a snack from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at The Grocery Store. The Mint is holding breakfast with Santa from

8:30 to 10 a.m. Kids and adults alike can bring their cameras and get a photo with Santa, and register for a drawing for a giant stocking, as well. The Baked Goods and Craft sale runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Big Sandy Senior Center. The annual Crafter’s and Gift Bazaar at City Hall and the Big Sandy Museum will start at 9 a.m. and run to 4 p.m. for people to get some holiday shopping done while supporting local crafters and businesses. Starting at 9 a.m., as well, and running

until 4 p.m., Big Sandy Library will be having readings of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” with an accompanying craft activity for kids to make. The Senior Center will be holding a Spaghetti Dinner lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. After the lunch, Pep’s, The Mint and the Diamond 4 U Club will be starting off the evening competitions with their second annual Christmas Cocktail Throw Down. From 2 to 5 p.m., Grinchmas revelers can sample

special holiday drinks concocted by each establishment. Participants can vote on their favorite drink. The annual Big Sandy Parade of Lights will head down Main Street starting at 5:30 p.m. Immediately following the parade, judging begins on the Christmas Costume Contest. Everyone is invited to come dressed as their favorite Christmas movie or Christmas story character. The Christmas stroll finally will be at City Hall with a drawing and auction.

Harlem Country Christmas set for Dec.15 in Community Center Pam Burke community@havredailynews.com The 2019 Harlem Country Christmas will be held in the Harlem Community Center from 2 to 7 p.m. Dec. 15. After years of trying to make the celebration work as a downtown stroll in all kinds of north-central Montana weather, usually “not-good” weather, co-organizer Kayla Hudon said, the Harlem Civic Association decided to move the event indoors last year and it went over well, so they are repeating

that format again this year. Along with shopping at vendor booths, visitors to the event will be able to take their own photographs with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 2 to 4 p.m., then from 4 to 7 p.m. the civic organization will be serving a variety of soups with their garnishes, buns and drinks. This year, the group conducted a poll on its Facebook page to let the community decide which soups to offer at the Christmas event, Hudon said. At the time of the inter-

view, the top contenders were chili, stew or beef barley soup, taco soup and chicken noodle soup, she added. The cost for a soup supper is a free-will donation, Hudon said, and that money, along with the vendor booth fee of $15 each will go toward the groups community events, like the Fourth of July barbecue and the Halloween pumpkin carving contest. One of the added benefits of holding the event where vendors can set up booths, Hudon said, is that it gives area home busi-

nesses a chance to showcase their wares and services to the community, while still including the downtown businesses, because any business can get a table. A month in advance of the event, she already had vendors selling furs, beauty products, baked goods, crafts, Origami Owl, Avon and 4-H kids’ crafts, she said. Booths could be reserved until Dec. 13, Hudon added, by contacting her at 353-4620 or 945-0090 or via the Harlem Civic Association Facebook page.

Toys for Tots is back in Havre Derek Hann dshann@havredailynews.com The U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program is coming back to Havre again for a second year, partnering with the Havre Salvation Army with hopes of continuing and growing in the years to come. “Ultimately, what I wanted was to see the program stay in Havre,” Edward Jones Financial Advisor and organizer Jeniffer Tilleman said. “I think this is the best way to go about it.” After the Havre Jaycees announced it would be ending its Community Toy Chest program, so it could focus on the organization’s other programs and projects, Tilleman worked last year to get the Toys for Tots in Havre to fill a need in the community. Toys for Tots collects toys, funds and other gifts for underprivileged children and families during the Holiday season. The program aver-

ages donating more than 18 million toys for more than 7 million children every year. If anyone is interested in having a toy drop off location or have any questions about how they can be more involved in the Toys for Tots program they can contact Tilleman at 265-5455. People can donate toys at the Salvation Army or at the Edward Jones office at 304 Fourth St. in Havre from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, and at any other drop-off locations sponsored in town. Tilleman said that they were able to help more than 30 children last year through the program, and she hopes they can help more this year. She added that she wanted to thank the community for the wonderful gifts last year as well as Triple Dog Brewery, who held a fundraiser last year and will again this year to raise money for Toys for Tots. Last year’s event raised

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Eagles dinner ■ Continued from page 5 The Eagles Club is again hosting several other Holiday events as well. The club will be holding its annual Kids Christmas Party Sunday, Dec. 22, at 2 p.m. Farnham and Eagles Club Auxiliary President Candace Dess said organizers are planning to have food and games and Santa will stop by to visit with the children. People who would like to donate to the party can contact Farnham at 265-9551 or Dess at 262-0498 The Eagles Club also is doing a toy drive this year for children in need. “My goal is to have them out by Friday, Nov. 22,” Dess said. “The cut-off will be Friday, Dec. 20, for dropping the toys off.” Some of the drop-off locations are the Eagles Club located at 202 First St, Old Station Brewing Co. at 140 First St., North 40 Outfitters at 3180 US Highway 2 West, Walmart,  3510 US Highway 2 and the Atrium Mall at 220 Third Ave. Dess said that any businesses would be interested in being a drop-off location can contact her at 262-0498. She said they are looking for new and unwrapped toys and can be dropped off at any of the locations listed above. And the club is putting on a holiday vendor and craft fair Saturday, Nov. 23 and Sunday, Nov. 24, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. “We encourage everybody to come in and get ahead on shopping for the holidays with some great vendors and crafters and I think we will be having some baked goods too,” Dess said.

The Havre Daily News tried to find all of the events it could for this special section, but if something was missed, organizers can contact the paper at 265-6795 or tleeds@ havredailynews.com to get it in the daily paper.

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Bearly Square Quilting Bergren Transmission & Auto Care Bing ‘n Bob’s Boyce and Berry Brandon’s Drapery & Floor Covering Cellular Plus Cottonwood Cinema 4 Duck Inn Restaurant Emporium Food & Fuel Ezzie’s Wholesale Supply First Security Pawn Gary & Leo’s IGA

Gram’s Ice Cream & Northern Montana Hospital Candy Shoppe Northern Montana Vision Center Havre Optometric Clinic Northstar Athletics Helmbrecht Photography Pizza Hut Holden’s Hot Wheels R-New Trading Post Holiday Red’s Auto-Electric JM Donoven Designs Salvation Army Thrift Store Lewis Heating & Air Conditioning Simply Natural Master Sports Subway Maurices Sundogs, A Native Touch Montana Country Boutique The Key Murphy’s Pub Tilleman Motor Company Norman’s Ranch Wear Tire-Rama Northern Home Essentials Valley Furniture

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2019 Hi-Line Nativity Festival Everyone is invited to celebrate Christmas from around the world as depicted through nativities and live musical performances on display Thursday, Dec. 5, 5-9 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 6, 2-9 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1315 Washington Ave. The various nativity sets, Christian artwork and Bethlehem-style items in this free exhibit come from people around the area for everyone to come view. The Montana State University-Northern Community Choir will be performing Friday, starting at 5:30 p.m. Anyone who would like to include in the exhibit their nativity sets, artwork and Bethlehem-style items, such as wooden boxes, crates, pottery, textiles and battery-operated candles or lanterns, can bring in their displays Monday, Dec. 2, 1-6 p.m. or Tuesday, Dec. 3, 3-8 p.m. And volunteers to work the event are welcome to contact the church or go online to http://wwwhilinenativityfest. com or follow the event on Facebook or Instagram.

Havre Daily News/File photo A Nativity is displayed in 2017 at the Hi-Line Nativity Festival at the Church of Jesus Christ of LatterDay Saints.

Piano & Pipes will ring in the Season First Lutheran Church of Havre, 303 Sixth Ave., will again be hosting the annual Piano & Pipes Concert Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. Organizers have invited the community to come enjoy performances by local musicians as in preparation for the celebration of the birth of Christ and for the Christmas season. Choirs, bell choirs, large or small vocal or instrumental ensembles, and soloists are invited to join the concert to help spread the good news of Advent and Christmas.

For more information, people can call Sue Ost at 808-1142 or the First Lu t h e ra n C h u rc h o f f i c e a t 2 6 5 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. To promote this cause, organizers ask for contributions of nonperishable food items. Monetary donations are welcome, as well.


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