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Holiday season kicks off for real this week North-central Montana communities are kicking off the holiday season in a major way this week, with events and celebrations throughout the season including community Thanksgiving dinners in both Chinook and Havre Thursday. The events keep going this week with Chinook’s main kickoff for Christmas starting with a variety of events Friday, and Havre’s

the next day, culminating with the tree lighting Saturday evening. Events ranging from powwows to visits with Santa, concerts and parties, continue through to Christmas. See a selection of some of the events throughout the region in this special section, with a calendar listing events in Havre on Page 10.

Havre Daily News/File photo Santa throws the switch to light the tree during the 2016 Community Christmas Tree Lighting as Mrs. Claus looks on. Santa is scheduled to flip the switch at year’s tree lighting, as well, Saturday at Havre’s Town Square.

MAT brings a Robin Hood panto for Christmas Alex Ross aeross@havredailynews.com Montana Actors’ Theatre will mark the holiday season with its production of “Robin Hood — A Panto.” MAT Artistic Director Jay Pyette said a pantomime, informally known as a panto, is a style of theater commonly performed around Christmas, where a children’s story is told in satirical fashion. “It’s a children’s story as told by Monty Python,” Pyette said. A panto, he said, often features a male playing the lead female role and is filled with local references. Last year MAT did a production of “Hansel and Gretel: A Christmas Panto” which Pyette said was very well-received.

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This year’s show will be directed by Casey Pratt. The cast will include Caroline Tuss as Robin Hood and Shawn Reichle as “The Dame.” The nighttime productions are 8 p.m Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8-9, Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 14-17, and Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 21-23. Daytime productions are Sunday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for students, seniors and military members and $5 for children in grades K-8. Northern students gain free admission with a valid college ID. Tickets can be purchased at the door the nights of the show, or ahead of time at h t t p : / / w w w. m ta c to rs. c o m , B e a r Paw Meats, Computer Center or fivehead’s.

Havre Daily News/File photo Martin Holt rehearses a scene from the Montana Actors’ Theatre panto of “Hansel and Gretel’ Dec. 7, 2016. MAT is putting on a panto of the Robin Hood story this Christmas season.

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Piano and Pipes concert

The Piano and Pipes Christmas Concert will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at First Lutheran Church, 303 Sixth Ave. Local musical and choral groups and performers will come together for a concert featuring a variety of genres from Christmas tunes to classical music. After the concert, everyo n e is welc ome to stay for

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For people with shopping in mind, the local malls will be hosting activities throughout the season, along with sales and some expanded hours for Black Friday.

refreshments and socializing. Cost for the concert is a freewill donation or a nonperishable food item — both will be donated to the Havre Food Bank to help feed families in need for the holidays and throughout the year. Performers are welcome to sign up to perform by calling Sue Ost at 406-801-1142.

Holiday Village Mall Holiday Village Mall, west of Havre on U.S. Highway 2, will have its Winterfest Craft Show Dec. 2-3; events at the H. Earl Clack Museum; and plenty of opportunities to get a picture with Santa from noon to 3 p.m. each weekend starting Nov. 25-26 and continuing Dec. 2-3, 9-10 and 16-17.

Atrium Mall The Atrium Mall is planning artisan, crafts and baked-goods fairs every Saturday in November and December until Christmas. The annual Action Art Raffle, a unique venue at the Atrium, will be Saturday, Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will feature artists creating original artwork while bystanders watch and listen to live music. Along with the artistic action, the event will offer an opportunity to get photos taken with the Grinch from 1 to 3 p.m. The artwork will be raffled off to ticketholders.

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson The Van Orsdel United Methodist Church bell choir performs Dec. 5, 2016, during the annual Piano and Pipes concert in the First Lutheran Church in Havre. Piano and Pipes is set for Dec. 3 this year.

Northern Rodeo team sets Cowboy Christmas for Dec. 9 The Montana State University-Northern rodeo teams are again hosting a Cowboy Christmas during the holiday season. Coach Doug Kallenberger said the event, set this year for Saturday, Dec. 9, in the Armory Gymnasium, is the biggest fundraiser for the Northern men’s and women’s rodeo teams. The fundraiser includes no-host cocktails at 5 p.m., a prime rib and shrimp dinner at 6 p.m., many door prizes, raffle items, a silent auction, a live auction and a dance to

conclude the night. Tickets are available at Stockman Bank, Independence Bank and Norman’s Ranch & Sportswear, or from any Northern rodeo team member. Ticket prices are $40 per person, $300 for a reserve table of six, or $400 for a reserve table of eight. All proceeds benefit the MSU-Northern rodeo teams. “This is a really fun night,” Kallenberger added.

Van Orsdel live nativity The annual live nativity scene will draw crowds Saturday, Dec. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Van Orsdel United Methodist Church at 410 Fifth Ave. Spectators can drive past the scene or stop along the street or sidewalk to watch

the scene unfold. Church volunteers set up the nativity, which includes live animals, and members take shifts enacting all the parts, including a hovering angel. The nativity has been held annually for decades in all types of weather conditions.

Santa flying in for photos Dec. 8 Cape Air, the Essential Air Service airline out of Havre, is bringing Santa Claus in for a photo-op session.

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Kids can get their picture taken with Santa in the terminal at the Havre City-County Airport Friday, Dec. 8, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Eagles Kids Christmas Party The Eagles Club will be holding their annual Kids Christmas Party Sunday, Dec. 17, starting at 2 p.m. Eagles manager Tom Farnham said

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

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson Brady and Hally Boucher pose for a photo with Santa Claus Dec. 17, 2016, at the Holiday Village Mall. Holiday Village and Atrium Mall both have many activities set for Christmas including photos with Santa and with the Grinch.

2017 Chinook Christmas Stroll/ Parade of Light/Festival of Trees The Chinook community enriches Black Friday with a hometown holiday celebration closing down the main street and creating the perfect atmosphere for holiday socializing and shopping. Indiana Street will be closed for their Christmas Stroll events from 1 to 6 p.m. Nov. 24. People can wander the street and check out the sales and holiday fare at downtown businesses, as well as take in the following activities: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Festival of Trees viewing First Bank of Montana, 337 Indiana St. 1 p.m. — Sled races, if there is snow 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. — Horse-drawn wagon rides through town 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. — Craft and vendor products sale, Wallner Hall, behind the Methodist Church, 337 Ohio St. 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. — Blaine County

Museum open 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. — Wildlife Museum open, discounted fees 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. — Pictures with Santa, Chamber of Commerce office, 313 Indiana St. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Taco dinner at Eagles Club, 305 Indiana St. 6 p.m. — Parade of Lights, Indiana Street 7 p.m. — Festival of Trees live auction at Chinook Eagles Club, 305 Indiana St. Festival of Trees donations can be viewed and bids on silent auction items made at First Bank starting Nov. 14, until just prior to the auction. Proceeds will go to help fund construction of the new indoor arena at the Blaine County Fairgrounds. Wreaths and smaller baskets will be sold in the silent auction, and trees and larger baskets sold in the live auction Nov. 24.

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Havre churches celebrate Christmas

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Christmas season is here and there are few groups more invested than the Havre churches whose foundations are based on the root word of the holiday. A long tradition at Van Orsdel United Methodist Church has been the live nativity scene. Weather permitting, the live nativity scene continues this year, scheduled for Dec. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. “A Journey to Bethlehem and Beyond,” the collaborative live Bible scenes put on by multiple Havre churches in past years has been canceled this year. Greater Havre Area Ministerial Association Chair Curt Curtis said it was difficult to get so many people to stay still in the cold. After the live nativity scene at Van Orsdel Dec. 2, people are encouraged to come back to Havre Assembly of God for a fellowship supper that will probably include finger foods and dessert. Earlier in the day, at 2 p.m. Havre Assembly of God will be showing the older movie, “The Nativity.” Anyone is invited to watch. Havre Assembly will also hold a candlelight communion service Christmas Eve at 6 p.m.

Fifth Avenue Christian Church will hold three services Christmas Eve, one in the morning at 10:45, and one at 2 p.m. Fifth Avenue will also put on a children’s Christmas Program Sunday, Dec. 17, at 6:30 p.m. that will include a play in which the Christmas story is be told via a radio broadcast. St. Jude Thaddeus Church will hold a Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m. and mass Christmas Day, the first starting at midnight and one later in the morning at 9:30. Community Alliance will continue the tradition of putting on a self-scripted play. This year’s play, “Breaking News,” is based on a script Pastor Tim Zerger bought but needed a lot of work so it can speak to those past 10, Zerger said. The premise of “Breaking News” is the events of Jesus’ birth through the lens of 21st century reporters, Zerger said. A Christmas variety program is constantly interrupted by breaking news from the Holy Land, where the birth of Jesus has shaken things up. Members of Messiah Lutheran Church are also planning to put on a play, which will be acted Dec. 10. Details regarding the play are still in production.

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Havre Beneath the Streets slates Christmas Stroll The Holiday Spirit Stroll at Havre Beneath the Streets will be 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2. The underground museum at 120 Third Ave. will be decorated for the holidays by TOPS Group No. 0480, and during the event, people will be able to

take unguided tours at their own pace. Cost will be $5 for general admission, $3 for kids 6-12 and free for kids 5 and younger. People will be treated to free goodies, including ice cream provided by Gram’s Ice Cream.

Lunch with Santa set at Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line Havre Daily News staff Local children will again have a chance to have lunch with a familiar Christmas face when the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors bring Santa Claus to the Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line. The meal with St. Nicholas is from noon to 1 p.m. Dec. 9. Parents are asked to stay with their

children during the event. As part of the holiday season, the Ambassadors are holding a food drive for the Havre Community Food Bank. Any nonperishable food item brought to Lunch with Santa will be given to the food bank. The lunch is free for children and has a $2 charge for adults.

Community Thanksgiving in Havre Havre’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner is set for Nov. 23 this year, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Jude Parish Center, 440 Seventh Ave. Sponsored in full by an anonymous donor, this decades-old event serves more than 600 free meals — at the Parish Center and t h ro u g h h o m e d e l i ve r i e s — e a c h Thanksgiving. Many locals come to the meal, bringing family, meeting friends or making new friends across the table, but people also come from far and wide, as well — some visiting and some in town for other reasons.

More than one occasion has seen stranded travelers taking part. Many diners come just for the experience. A professional chef takes the helm in the kitchen, supported by kitchen staff at Gary & Leo’s Fresh Foods, who roast the turkeys, and a full crew of volunteers, who do everything from setup to cleanup, including delivering and serving meals. Diners are treated to succulent turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, fresh vegetables, corn and rolls fresh from the oven, followed by a slice of pumpkin pie.

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Havre’s Festival of Trees Following the downtown tree-lighting ceremony Saturday, the 10th Annual Festival of Trees kicks off at the Boys & Girls Club’s Multipurpose Room at 500 First Ave. Organized by the Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line, the Festival of Trees raises money for the club’s youth afterschool and summer programs. With the club’s expansion and remodeling projects complete, this year’s funds will go toward expansion of services, said Executive Director Krista Solomon. Individuals, groups and businesses fully decorate and then donate Christmas trees created with imaginative themes or unique twists, like a popular movie theme or a “tree” made from a fully stocked wine rack. During the evening event, which includes hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, a no-host bar and games, the trees are sold to the highest bidder in a live auction and donated items are won in games or sold at auction. Past donations included a hand-made quilt, an African photo safari, one night at the Fort Benton River House, an armoire, a fire pit and grill, baked goods and a lot more, Solomon said. This year’s donation list includes a seaside vacation, a TV stand with a fire place underneath and a quilt, with more donations coming in. Tickets to the Festival of Trees, 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 25, can be purchased by calling 265-6206 during regular business hours. Though 240 tickets are sold each year, they sell out well before the event, so people are encouraged to call right away to see if any tickets remain. Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson Trees ready for auction stand on display in the Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line Multipurpose Room during the 2016 Festival of Trees. The fundraiser is set to run this Saturday, starting at 7 p.m. in the club.

Community Nativity Exhibit To celebrate the spirit of Christmas and complement other area Christmas events, the Havre ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is presenting its Community Nativity Exhibit from 5 to 9

p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, and 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, displaying nativity scenes from around the world with live music to enliven the atmosphere. The church, located at 1315 Washington

Ave., has invited community members to come see the display and join it, too. People are invited to bring their own nativity scene to display or join in playing music.

Rocky Boy Christmas Powwow set at Stone Child College Alex Ross aeross@havredailynews.com

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The 2017 Rocky Boy Christmas Powwow will be Friday, Dec. 22, and Saturday, Dec. 23, at the Little Bear Gymnasium at Stone Child College. A poster for the event posted on the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Rocky Boy Montana Facebook page says the grand entries will be at 7 p.m. Friday and at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday. The powwow is a drug- and alcohol-free

event. Dance categories will include jingle, traditional, grass and fancy, the poster says. Prizes in the adult category are $800 for first place, $600 for second, $400 for third and $200 for fourth. In the teen category prizes are $300 for first place, $250 for second, $200 for third and $100 for fourth. Prizes in the junior category are $150 for first place, $100 for second, $75 for third and $50 for fourth.

Tiny Tot dancers and noncontest drums will be paid daily, the poster says. People who mention powwow when they call to make their reservations at the Quality Inn or Super 8 motels, both in Havre, can get a special rate. Canadians can get a special rate at the Great Northern Inn in Havre if they mention “Canadian rate” when making their reservations For additional information people can call Powwow Committee Chairman Calvin Jilot at 395-4478.

Jaycees set Dec. 16 open house for Community Toy Chest and Koats for Kids File photo People eat a turkey dinner with all the trimmings during the 2016 Community Thanksgiving Dinner at St. Jude Parish Center. The dinner, sponsored in full each year by an anonymous donor, is free and everyone is welcome to attend. This year's dinner will again be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Parish Center, 440 Seventh Ave.

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The Havre Jaycees are once again working to spread some holiday cheer with their Community Toy Chest and Koats for Kids. Fundraisers throughout the year help the service organization with their program, helping provide new or used coats and toys to children in need. Drop-off locations include Kmart, Gary

& Leo’s Fresh Foods, Holden’s Hot Wheels, C e l l u l a r P l u s / Ve r i z o n , S u n n y s i d e Intermediate School and Holiday Village Mall. Havre Laundry and Drycleaning will be cleaning the coats before they are distributed and coats can be dropped off there as well. Havre Laundry asked that coats be dropped off by the end of the week prior to

the open house to give time to clean them. The Jaycees have set an open house for Community Toy Chest and Koats for Kids at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at the District 4 Human Resources Development Council Fireside Room at 2229 Fifth Ave. for parents to pick up new and used toys and coats of all sizes — in adult sizes as well — to pick up for Christmas.


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Havre Community Christmas Dinner Chouteau County Country Christmas Havre Eagles Club, with the support of volunteers and donors, will once again host the Community Christmas Dinner Dec. 25. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. volunteers will be serving up a traditional Christmas meal with turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, rolls, corn and an assortment of salads, along with desserts. Started decades ago in Havre, this event provides a full meal to everyone, whether locals or visitors, who want to enjoy a warm holiday dinner and community spirit. Volunteers are welcome. Eagles manager Tom Farnham said anyone interested in helping can just show up that day. The meal is free to everyone, though donations are appreciated and go toward funding the next year’s meal. For more information, call Farnham at 265-9551.

The towns of Chouteau County are set to put on a countywide pre-Christmas celebration Dec. 1-3 with their Chouteau County Country Christmas.

Big Sandy The town of Big Sandy will be rolling out its “Visions of Christmas Past” celebration Saturday, Dec. 2, at different venues and businesses throughout the day. Tje Gingerbread House Display at Bear Paw Coffee Shop & Deli will give Christmas strollers a chance to vote, all day, on their favorite gingerbread house decorated by local children. Both kids and adults can sign up for a prize drawing and enjoy refreshments at The Grocery Store from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Breakfast with Santa will be serving pancakes at The Mint Bar & Cafe from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and Santa will be available for pictures as well. A variety of baked goods, crafts and decoration sales will give strollers the opportunity to buy locally made and sold items for the holidays — and give kids fun activities to fill the day — starting 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Big Sandy Senior Center; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Jerry Martin Memorial Hall and

Fort Benton The Fort Benton community will be host-

ing events from Friday, Dec. 1, to Sunday, Dec. 3, starting with an after school kids’ class for making presents from 3 to 5 p.m. at Prairie Rose Art Gallery. Many businesses are holding open houses, with refreshments, special sales, craft and baked good sales, and activities throughout the day Saturday, Dec. 2, and the townwide Christmas decoration contest for businesses and residences will ensure the town is at its festive best. Santa will be available for pictures at a pizza lunch at 11:30 a.m. at WakeCup Coffee and again at 3 p.m. at Grand Union Hotel. Santa will also make an appearance during the American Legion Post No. 26’s special present sale for children at the Community Bible Center. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. kids, up to sixth-graders, can buy presents that fit their budget at 25 cents to $3. Kids and parents looking for fun can also bowl free from 1 to 5 p.m. at Social Bar and Lanes. Live music can be heard throughout town starting at 12:30 p.m. and at the Light the Tree ceremony at the Circle where Santa will make an appearance to help light the community Chrismas tree. The evening will wrap up with dinner

and live music offerings at both Grand Union and WakeCup Coffee. Sunday, Dec. 3, the Chouteau County Performing Arts Christmas Concert will start at 3 p.m. at the elementary school auditorium, 1406 Franklin St., with the Chouteau County Choir and TC Dance & Co. refreshments by River Market. An additional performance from TC Dance & Co. will be offered Monday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. at the auditorium. Loma, Shonkin, Geraldine and Virgelle The Loma community will host their Old-fashioned White Christmas Dance at the Loma Memorial Hall Friday, Dec. 1, from 8 p.m. to midnight. The evening will offer dancing, games, food, prizes and drinks. Tickets can be bought in advance by calling 406-788-7246 or purchased at the door. Loma businesses will be holding open houses and sales Saturday. The Shonkin Country Christmas will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Shonkin Community Hall, featuring wagon/ sleigh rides, weather permitting, huckleberry breakfast rolls and drinks in the morn-

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Havre Daily News/File photo People go through the food line at the 2016 Community Christmas Dinner at the Havre Eagles Club. The Eagles again are hosting the dinner this year on Christmas Day.

Christmas Bazaar set for Dec. 1 at Aaniiih Nakoda College The White Clay Immersion School will host their annual Christmas Bazaar Friday Dec. 1 in the Sitting High Cultural Center at Aaniiih Nakoda College on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. Iris Adams, a contact person for the

Big Sandy Historical mueum, which is also offering tours; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Big Sandy Pharmacy; and 1 to 3 p.m. at Big Sandy Library. Big Sandy Senior Center is serving a spaghetti dinner, including breadsticks, salad and dessert for $8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. And a special treat for adults, the Christmas Cocktail Stroll, will be happening 2 to 5 p.m. at the Diamond 4U Club, The Mint and Peps which will be featuring their 2017 “Christmas Cocktail” creations. The Big Sandy Parade of Lights will get started at 5:30 p.m. down Johannes Avenue with entries displaying their Visions of Christmas Past. The evening concludes with the button drawing and auction at Jerry Martin Memorial Hall starting at 6 p.m. Prizes for the button number drawing will be awarded to button holders at the event. Money raised by s a l e o f a r t wo r k , d o n a t e d by t h e Courtnage family, in the Elaine Courtnage Christmas Art auction will go to benefit to the Elaine Courtnage Scholarship Fund.

event, said the bazaar will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Crafts, food and other goods will be sold at the bazaar, Adams said. People looking to sell goods can reserve a table by calling Adams or Wozek Chandler at 353-2607.

Beta Sigma Phi looks to spread holiday cheer Alex Ross aeross@havredailynews.com

The Xi Tau Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi once again will be helping out local families as well as residents of the Northern Montana Care Center for the holiday season this year. Beta Sigma Phi is a nonacademic sorority not affiliated with any university. Xi Tau chapter members said their group focuses on serving the community. “What we do is try and raise money and pay it forward in the community,” chapter member Christie Johnson said. Members of the sorority will use money raised from its Nov. 19 Beta Craft Auction to adopt families in need, where a sorority member will go out and buy gifts or food for a family facing economic hardship, Johnson said. The sorority works with area churches

to provide this help for the families facing economic hardship. Xi Tau member Claudene Calvert said churches in Havre will provide the sorority with a list of names of families in need for whom they will later buy gifts or food. Calvert said the families on the list are identified by church members who know of a family that faces tough economic times. The chapter also takes part in Northern Montana Care Center’s Adopt A Resident Program, Calvert said. The program identifies residents who do not have a family, and people can then go out and buy a gift for one of the residents. Johnson said the sorority is always looking for more members. People who want to learn more or wish to join can email the sorority at Calvertcw2017@ gmail.com.

The season is full of Havre school concerts set to regale people with songs of the seasons. The concerts include the Havre Middle School band concert set for Dec. 4, with the sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade bands to perform in the concert that starts at 7 p.m. in the middle school. That is followed the next night by the Havre High School choir Christmas Concert, starting at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in the high school auditorium. Soon following is the middle school choir concert, with the sixth-, seventh- and eighthgrade choirs and school ensembles set to perform starting at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 in the middle school. The high school wraps up its holiday concerts with the band concert starting at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium Dec. 14.

Havre Daily News/File photo Students perform Dec. 6, 2016, in the Havre High School auditorium during the high school’s Christmas choir concert.


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Dinosaur Christmas coming Dec. 9 Alex Ross aeross@havredailynews.com The H. Earl Clack Museum Board will hold its annual Dinosaur Christmas party Saturday, Dec. 9. Museum Board Chair Judi Dritshulas said the event is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m in the Holiday Village Mall outside the museum entrance. The celebration geared toward preschool- and elementary school-aged children, is free, Dritshulas said. This year’s activities have not yet been decided, Dritshulas said. Last year’s activities included cookie and gingerbread house decorating, making beaded candy canes and paper snowflakes. Organizers, she said, would welcome help from volunteers. “We still have our usual group, but the more the better,” she said. People interested in volunteering should call the museum at 265-4000 Tuesday-Saturday between 1 and 5 p.m and leave their phone number and expect a call back from event organizers, Dritshulas said.

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■ Continued from page 5 ing, and stew, chili, soups and a dinner roll from lunchtime on. Vendors and crafts people will be selling their goods at the event, as well. The Geraldine Smithsonian Group is in charge of the Geraldine Bazaar Sunday,

Dec. 3, from noon to 5 p.m. The students will use the annual event as a fundraiser for their trip to Washington, D.C., in the spring. In addition to the traditional vendors and a visit from Santa Claus at 3 p.m., the students will be making Indian tacos and offer-

ing a variety of carnival-style games. Everyone is welcome to celebrate the holiday season at Virgelle, a ghost town along the Wild & Scenic Missouri River, 15 miles south of Big Sandy. Virgelle Merc Antiques & Accommodations is presenting

“A Real Country Christmas at a Real Country Store” 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2-3. The old town will be dressed up for the season and refreshments served beside an old cook stove, in an early homestead-era setting.

Christmas at The Cottage set for Dec. 9-10

Havre Daily News/File photo Children make gingerbread houses Dec. 10, 2016, during A Dinosaur Christmas in the Holiday Village Mall outside the H. Earl Clack Memorial Museum. This year’s Dinosaur Christmas is set outside the museum Dec. 9.

Community concert The MSU-Northern Community Orchestra and MSU-Northern Community Choir are joining efforts this year to present “Sounds of the Season” Thursday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. at Havre High School auditorium.

The ensemble will perform a selection of traditional and contemporary arrangements of well-known seasonal favorites. The concert is free, but the groups will accept free-will donations. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Havre’s oldest historic home is tentatively planned to be open to the public Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9-10, from noon to 3 p.m. each day for the Fifth Annual Christmas At The Cottage event. People are invited to visit this historic treasure to see it decorated for Christmas and enjoy hot cider, mulled wine and treats while relaxing in holiday splendor. The Cottage was constructed circa 1895 and was home to Daniel and Elizabeth Boone. Daniel Boone was the proprietor of Boone’s Drug Store, and both he and his wife were active in Havre socially. Emily Ann Mayer, the current owner, is the third occupant of the home since it was built. Mayer is a member of one of Havre’s oldest families and is avid about Havre’s history. This special event, combined with Elizabeth. Boone’s love of throwing lavish parties, showcases Mayer’s love of Havre’s heritage and her commitment to it by opening her private home to the public for the Christmas season. Traditionally, The Cottage has been decorated with different themed-trees throughout its rooms. This year, though, a single theme will be featured with each room having a different interpretation of the theme. As is customary, the subject of the theme will not be released until the week after Thanksgiving. Admission is a free-will donation that will be used toward a new coat of paint for the neighboring historic Mathews home, the site of the High Line Heritage House Museum. Courtesy photo A room in The Cottage is decorated for 2016's Christmas at The Cottage. Christmas at The Cottage is scheduled for Dec. 9-10 this year.

Christmas Cash again keeping money in Havre Rudyard celebration set for Dec. 3

Havre Daily News/File photo The MSU-Northern Community Orchestra performs Dec. 1. 2016, during its Holiday Extravaganza at the Havre High School auditorium. The orchestra is joining the MSUNorthern Community Choir this year to put on the “Sounds of the Season” concert Thursday, Nov. 30.

The Havre Area Chamber of Commerce and participating lenders and businesses again are offering what the Chamber calls a great opportunity to help with Holiday shopping: Christmas Cash. Holiday shoppers can secure their Christmas Cash loan at participating lending institutions. The Christmas Cash can then be used at 48 Chamber-member businesses. Interestfree Christmas Cash loans from $500 to $1,500 are available, with approved credit, at Independence Bank, Stockman Bank and Bear Paw Credit Union. The program has had significant impact on the local economy over the past years by keeping more than $7 million in Havre supporting local businesses, a Chamber press release said. Close to $150,000 was loaned last year. “Using local businesses for your holiday shopping is a great way to support your community,” the Chamber said. “These small business owners are the heart of the city and

are deserving of your business. Give them a try.” Christmas Cash is a program of the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce made available to Chamber-member businesses during the holiday season. 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 local businesses. This is still the goal today. “We need to thank the community for using and supporting the Chamber’s Christmas Cash Program these past 27 years.” the Chamber said in the release. “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 28th year another successful year for the program.”

Rudyard will ring in the Christmas season at the Hi-Line Christmas Festival at Rudyard Senior Center Sunday, Dec. 3, from noon to 4 p.m. The center will host crafters, local music

talent and hay rides and serve homemade soups, cinnamon rolls and handmade pronto p u p s. T h e c o s t i s a f re e w i l l - d o n a tion. Everyone is invited to come celebrate with friends and family.


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November 23rd • Thanksgiving Dinner, 11am-2pm, St. Jude Parish Center

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24th • Black Friday

November 25th • Community Tree Lighting at Town Square; activities start at 5pm - Santa Arrival - Music/Entertainment - Vendors • SubZero SuperHero Polar Plunge – Town Square area Noon-2:30pm check in; 3:30pm plunge begins • 1 mile Santa Run – Town Square area 4pm check in; 4:30pm run begins • Boys & Girls Club Festival of Trees – 7pm – Boys & Girls Club • Trade/Craft Show – 10am-4pm – Atrium Mall

November 25th-26th

• Pictures with Santa – Holiday Village Mall – Noon-3pm

December 8th • Pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus – 4-7pm Cape Air (Havre Airport)

December 8th-10th, 14th-17th, 21st-23rd

• Montana Actors’ Theatre presents “Robin Hood – A Panto” – 8pm – MSU-Northern Theatre – with a 2pm matinee only Dec. 10, and both a matinee and evening show Dec. 17

December 9th

• Lunch with Santa – Noon – Boys & Girls Club • Atrium Mall Trade/Craft Show – 10am-4pm • Action Art Raffle – 11am-1pm – Atrium Mall • Pictures with the Grinch – 1-3pm – Atrium Mall • Dino Christmas Party – 2-4pm – H. Earl Clack Museum • Cowboy Christmas – 5pm – MSU-Northern Armory Gym

December 9th-10th

• Pictures with Santa – Holiday Village Mall – Noon-3pm • Christmas at The Cottage – Noon-3pm High Line Heritage House Museum

November 30th – December 1st

December 11th

• Community Nativity Exhibit–5-9pm (30th); 2-9pm (1st) 1315 Washington Ave., the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

• 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Choir Concert – 7pm – Middle School

December 14th

• St. Jude’s Christmas Bazaar – 10:30am-2pm • Live Nativity Scene – 5-7pm Van Orsdel United Methodist Church • Holiday Spirit Stroll through Havre Beneath the Streets – 1-4pm

• Atrium Mall Trade/Craft Show – 10am-4pm • Jaycees Open House – 1-4pm – HRDC Fireside Room

December 2nd-3rd

December 25th

• Winterfest Craft Show – Holiday Village Mall • Pictures with Santa – Holiday Village Mall – Noon-3pm

Merry Christmas!

• Community Christmas Dinner – Eagles Club – 11am-2pm

• Piano & Pipes Christmas Concert – 2pm – First Lutheran Church

• HHS Alumni Holiday Hoops Basketball Games – 6:30pm Middle School

December 2nd

December 3rd December 4th

• 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Band Concert, 7pm – Middle School

December 5th

• HHS Winter Choir Concert – 7:30pm – HHS

• HHS Winter Band Concert – 7:30pm – HHS

December 16th

December 16th-17th

• Pictures with Santa – Holiday Village Mall – Noon-3pm

December 26th December 31st

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The Super Certificate Drawing will take place at the

Community Tree Lighting, Saturday, November 25. Havre merchants are participating in the holiday drawings for gift certificates and prizes valued over $2,600. One winner will receive 2 round-trip tickets with Cape Air and gift certificates valued to $600. The second winner will receive a FLIP3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker from Triangle Mobile with gift certificates valued to $500. The third winner will receive a one-month membership to Down Under Fitness Center and gift certificates valued to $$500, and the fourth winner will receive an oil change from Bergren Transmission with gift certificates valued to $400. The Tree Lighting activities will start at Town Square at 5 p.m. • Holiday shoppers will be able to leave their completed registration forms (during regular business hours) at 4 locations — Holiday Village Mall, Atrium Mall, the Havre Daily News and the Chamber Office. • Just fill out a registration form from the Havre Daily News and drop it at one of the 4 locations noted. No purchase necessary. • Registration slips will be collected @ 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, in order to get all slips collected and into the “BIG Christmas Bag” for the BIG DRAWING at the tree lighting. • No gift certificates will be redeemed for cash! No Photo Copies • Winners must be present to win! If the name drawn is not present, another name will be drawn until there is a winner.

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

Prize 1 Cape Air – 2 round trip tickets • Subway – 4 6-inch sub sandwiches • Tilleman’s • Northern Home Essentials Triple Dog • Holiday • Char’s • Western Trailer Sales • The Key/MSU-Northern Bookstore - $10 Heirloom Jewelers • Bearly Square • Infinity Bake Shoppe • Havre Hardware & Home Gary & Leo’s IGA • Coffee Hound • Parkview Apartments – Chamber Gift Certificate US Bank – Chamber Gift Certificate • Valley Furniture – Chamber Gift Certificate Clausen & Sons – Chamber Gift Certificate • Western Drug Pharmacy – Chamber Gift Certificate Brandon’s – Chamber Gift Certificate • Flynn Realty – Chamber Gift Certificate • Maurices - Coupons Credit Bureau – Chamber Gift Certificate • Property West – Chamber Gift Certificate Lewis Heating – Chamber Gift Certificate • Bear Paw Credit Union – Chamber Gift Certificate Prize 2 Triangle Mobile – speaker • Subway – 4 6-inch sub sandwiches • Nalivka’s • Hi-Line Dodge Holiday Village Mall • First Security Bank • Bear Paw Vet • Herberger’s • High Plains Gallery • Duck Inn Havre Daily News • Stromberg’s • Montana Country Boutique • Cavaliers • 5th Ave Grind Clausen & Sons – Chamber Gift Certificate • Culligan – Chamber Gift Certificate MSU-Northern Foundation – Chamber Gift Certificate • Holland & Bonine – Chamber Gift Certificate Koefod Agency – Chamber Gift Certificate • Great Northern Inn – Chamber Gift Certificate Havre/Hi-Line Realty – Chamber Gift Certificate • Maurices - coupons Prize 3 Down Under Fitness Center – month membership • Subway – 4 6-inch sub sandwiches • Ezzie’s Bear Paw Technologies • Uncle Joe’s • Red’s • Pizza Hut • Milam Floral • Murphy’s • PJ’s • Henny Penny Helmbrecht • Kmart • Northstar Athletics • Bear Paw Meats • Clausen & Sons – Chamber Gift Certificate Holt Plumbing – Chamber Gift Certificate • Overcast Restoration – Chamber Gift Certificate Erickson Insurance Group – Chamber Gift Certificate • Independence Bank – Chamber Gift Certificate AmericInn – Chamber Gift Certificate • Super 8 – Chamber Gift Certificate • Maurices - Coupons Prize 4 Bergren Transmission – oil change • Subway – 4 6-inch sub sandwiches • MSU-Northern Bookstore - $50 Master Sports • JM Donoven Designs • Gram’s • Bear Paw Technologies • Ben Franklin Crafts • Norman’s Holden’s Hot Wheels • Emporium • Tire-Rama • Clausen & Sons – Chamber Gift Certificate Best Western Plus Havre Inn & Suites – Chamber Gift Certificate • Big Equipment – Chamber Gift Certificate Bing ‘n Bob’s – Chamber Gift Certificate • Quality Inn – Chamber Gift Certificate • Maurices - Coupons

Thank you to this year’s Super Certificate Participants!!!! In addition to the Super Certificate Drawings there will also be a drawing for Child’s baskets filled with goodies donated by several local businesses. Registration tickets will be handed out at the tree lighting by community volunteers. Thank you to all that donated. Again, the winners must be present to win. Thank you toAmericInn, McDonalds, Cottonwood Theatres, Independence Bank, Ben Franklin, Fiveheads, Taco Johns, Subway, US Bank, Kmart, Hi-Line Realty, Pizza Hut, Bing N Bobs & State Farm - Tom LaFond Havre Daily News/File photo A dancer performs during the MSU-Northern Community Orchestra Dec. 1, 2016. The orchestra and MSU-Northern Community Choir are doing a joint holiday peformance this year, “Sounds of the Season,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. in the Havre High School auditorium. They will perform a selection of traditional and contemporary arrangements of well-known seasonal favorites. The concert is free, though a free-will offering will be accepted. Everyone is welcome.


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Heroes plunging for Special Olympics For the second year, the SubZero SuperHero Polar Plunge fundraiser for local Special Olympics athletes will be held in conjunction with the Community Tree Lighting ceremony in Town Square. Teams, which have raised monetary pledges to help cover Special Olympians’ expenses, will channel their own inner-ath-

lete to brave a jump into a trough of icy water at 3:30 p.m. Local first responders help on the day, not just raising money but also supervising the icy dunk tank. Area teams have helped raise $47,960 since 2012 for the Havre Polar Plunge, the organization’s website says. Plungers start registration at 2 p.m. Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson A participant in the 2016 SubZero SuperHero Polar Plunge fundraiser for Special Olympics reacts to jumping into a vat of freezing water at Havre’s Town Square. The plunge is once again being held in conjunction with Havre’s Community Christmas Tree Lighting, Saturday at Town Square.

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Havre Tree lighting and more set for Saturday What started out as an evening Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, has grown to include several activities centered at Town Square on First Street throughout the day. Before the lights come on the SubZero SuperHero Polar Plunge fundraiser for local Special Olympics athletes will have teams channeling their own inner-athlete to brave a jump into a trough of icy water at 3:30 p.m. At 4:30 p.m. runners and walkers will take off from Town Square in the third annual Santa Run/Walk. The longstanding tradition and highlight of the day — the annual Christmas Tree

Lighting ceremony — starts at 5 p.m. Havre High School choir members will lead the crowd in singing Christmas carols, while vendors offer foods and drinks to help keep people warm for socializing around fires. Santa and Mrs. Claus are scheduled to make a stop and help turn on the lights adorning the living Christmas tree, but Sponge Bob is also expected to make a guest appearance. The chance for prizes is open to everyone at the tree-lighting event, with drawings this year for four Super Certificate winners and four “kids baskets” filled with goodies.

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The 2017 Santa Run will see runners and walkers dressed in costumes take off from Town Square at 4:30 p.m. for a one-mile turn through Havre. Participants, dressed as Santa or Mrs. Claus or an elf, run or walk a mile-long course down Third Avenue and back to the Christmas tree. Kids can get in on the action, too, whether they run or not. Prizes will be awarded for best overall Santa or Mrs. Claus, best adult holiday costume and best youth holiday costume, as well as for fastest times in the men’s and women’s divisions. Youth gift certificates will be given out, too. Cost to run or walk is $10 for each person and $25 for a family. Signup begins at 4 p.m. at Norman’s Ranch and Sportswear.

Havre Daily News/File photo People running in the 2016 Santa Run pose for a photo on Third Avenue in Havre. The Santa Run is set to go again Saturday, again in conjunction with the Community Christmas Tree Lighting.

Havre Daily News/File photo Above: Members of the Havre High School choir sing in Havre’s Town Square during the 2016 Community Christmas Tree Lighting. Below: Children wait to see Santa and Mrs. Claus during the 2016 Community Christmas Tree Lighting in Havre’s Town Square.

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Heroes plunging for Special Olympics For the second year, the SubZero SuperHero Polar Plunge fundraiser for local Special Olympics athletes will be held in conjunction with the Community Tree Lighting ceremony in Town Square. Teams, which have raised monetary pledges to help cover Special Olympians’ expenses, will channel their own inner-ath-

lete to brave a jump into a trough of icy water at 3:30 p.m. Local first responders help on the day, not just raising money but also supervising the icy dunk tank. Area teams have helped raise $47,960 since 2012 for the Havre Polar Plunge, the organization’s website says. Plungers start registration at 2 p.m. Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson A participant in the 2016 SubZero SuperHero Polar Plunge fundraiser for Special Olympics reacts to jumping into a vat of freezing water at Havre’s Town Square. The plunge is once again being held in conjunction with Havre’s Community Christmas Tree Lighting, Saturday at Town Square.

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Havre Tree lighting and more set for Saturday What started out as an evening Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, has grown to include several activities centered at Town Square on First Street throughout the day. Before the lights come on the SubZero SuperHero Polar Plunge fundraiser for local Special Olympics athletes will have teams channeling their own inner-athlete to brave a jump into a trough of icy water at 3:30 p.m. At 4:30 p.m. runners and walkers will take off from Town Square in the third annual Santa Run/Walk. The longstanding tradition and highlight of the day — the annual Christmas Tree

Lighting ceremony — starts at 5 p.m. Havre High School choir members will lead the crowd in singing Christmas carols, while vendors offer foods and drinks to help keep people warm for socializing around fires. Santa and Mrs. Claus are scheduled to make a stop and help turn on the lights adorning the living Christmas tree, but Sponge Bob is also expected to make a guest appearance. The chance for prizes is open to everyone at the tree-lighting event, with drawings this year for four Super Certificate winners and four “kids baskets” filled with goodies.

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The 2017 Santa Run will see runners and walkers dressed in costumes take off from Town Square at 4:30 p.m. for a one-mile turn through Havre. Participants, dressed as Santa or Mrs. Claus or an elf, run or walk a mile-long course down Third Avenue and back to the Christmas tree. Kids can get in on the action, too, whether they run or not. Prizes will be awarded for best overall Santa or Mrs. Claus, best adult holiday costume and best youth holiday costume, as well as for fastest times in the men’s and women’s divisions. Youth gift certificates will be given out, too. Cost to run or walk is $10 for each person and $25 for a family. Signup begins at 4 p.m. at Norman’s Ranch and Sportswear.

Havre Daily News/File photo People running in the 2016 Santa Run pose for a photo on Third Avenue in Havre. The Santa Run is set to go again Saturday, again in conjunction with the Community Christmas Tree Lighting.

Havre Daily News/File photo Above: Members of the Havre High School choir sing in Havre’s Town Square during the 2016 Community Christmas Tree Lighting. Below: Children wait to see Santa and Mrs. Claus during the 2016 Community Christmas Tree Lighting in Havre’s Town Square.

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November 23rd • Thanksgiving Dinner, 11am-2pm, St. Jude Parish Center

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24th • Black Friday

November 25th • Community Tree Lighting at Town Square; activities start at 5pm - Santa Arrival - Music/Entertainment - Vendors • SubZero SuperHero Polar Plunge – Town Square area Noon-2:30pm check in; 3:30pm plunge begins • 1 mile Santa Run – Town Square area 4pm check in; 4:30pm run begins • Boys & Girls Club Festival of Trees – 7pm – Boys & Girls Club • Trade/Craft Show – 10am-4pm – Atrium Mall

November 25th-26th

• Pictures with Santa – Holiday Village Mall – Noon-3pm

December 8th • Pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus – 4-7pm Cape Air (Havre Airport)

December 8th-10th, 14th-17th, 21st-23rd

• Montana Actors’ Theatre presents “Robin Hood – A Panto” – 8pm – MSU-Northern Theatre – with a 2pm matinee only Dec. 10, and both a matinee and evening show Dec. 17

December 9th

• Lunch with Santa – Noon – Boys & Girls Club • Atrium Mall Trade/Craft Show – 10am-4pm • Action Art Raffle – 11am-1pm – Atrium Mall • Pictures with the Grinch – 1-3pm – Atrium Mall • Dino Christmas Party – 2-4pm – H. Earl Clack Museum • Cowboy Christmas – 5pm – MSU-Northern Armory Gym

December 9th-10th

• Pictures with Santa – Holiday Village Mall – Noon-3pm • Christmas at The Cottage – Noon-3pm High Line Heritage House Museum

November 30th – December 1st

December 11th

• Community Nativity Exhibit–5-9pm (30th); 2-9pm (1st) 1315 Washington Ave., the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

• 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Choir Concert – 7pm – Middle School

December 14th

• St. Jude’s Christmas Bazaar – 10:30am-2pm • Live Nativity Scene – 5-7pm Van Orsdel United Methodist Church • Holiday Spirit Stroll through Havre Beneath the Streets – 1-4pm

• Atrium Mall Trade/Craft Show – 10am-4pm • Jaycees Open House – 1-4pm – HRDC Fireside Room

December 2nd-3rd

December 25th

• Winterfest Craft Show – Holiday Village Mall • Pictures with Santa – Holiday Village Mall – Noon-3pm

Merry Christmas!

• Community Christmas Dinner – Eagles Club – 11am-2pm

• Piano & Pipes Christmas Concert – 2pm – First Lutheran Church

• HHS Alumni Holiday Hoops Basketball Games – 6:30pm Middle School

December 2nd

December 3rd December 4th

• 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Band Concert, 7pm – Middle School

December 5th

• HHS Winter Choir Concert – 7:30pm – HHS

• HHS Winter Band Concert – 7:30pm – HHS

December 16th

December 16th-17th

• Pictures with Santa – Holiday Village Mall – Noon-3pm

December 26th December 31st

New Year’s Eve

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The Super Certificate Drawing will take place at the

Community Tree Lighting, Saturday, November 25. Havre merchants are participating in the holiday drawings for gift certificates and prizes valued over $2,600. One winner will receive 2 round-trip tickets with Cape Air and gift certificates valued to $600. The second winner will receive a FLIP3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker from Triangle Mobile with gift certificates valued to $500. The third winner will receive a one-month membership to Down Under Fitness Center and gift certificates valued to $$500, and the fourth winner will receive an oil change from Bergren Transmission with gift certificates valued to $400. The Tree Lighting activities will start at Town Square at 5 p.m. • Holiday shoppers will be able to leave their completed registration forms (during regular business hours) at 4 locations — Holiday Village Mall, Atrium Mall, the Havre Daily News and the Chamber Office. • Just fill out a registration form from the Havre Daily News and drop it at one of the 4 locations noted. No purchase necessary. • Registration slips will be collected @ 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, in order to get all slips collected and into the “BIG Christmas Bag” for the BIG DRAWING at the tree lighting. • No gift certificates will be redeemed for cash! No Photo Copies • Winners must be present to win! If the name drawn is not present, another name will be drawn until there is a winner.

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

Prize 1 Cape Air – 2 round trip tickets • Subway – 4 6-inch sub sandwiches • Tilleman’s • Northern Home Essentials Triple Dog • Holiday • Char’s • Western Trailer Sales • The Key/MSU-Northern Bookstore - $10 Heirloom Jewelers • Bearly Square • Infinity Bake Shoppe • Havre Hardware & Home Gary & Leo’s IGA • Coffee Hound • Parkview Apartments – Chamber Gift Certificate US Bank – Chamber Gift Certificate • Valley Furniture – Chamber Gift Certificate Clausen & Sons – Chamber Gift Certificate • Western Drug Pharmacy – Chamber Gift Certificate Brandon’s – Chamber Gift Certificate • Flynn Realty – Chamber Gift Certificate • Maurices - Coupons Credit Bureau – Chamber Gift Certificate • Property West – Chamber Gift Certificate Lewis Heating – Chamber Gift Certificate • Bear Paw Credit Union – Chamber Gift Certificate Prize 2 Triangle Mobile – speaker • Subway – 4 6-inch sub sandwiches • Nalivka’s • Hi-Line Dodge Holiday Village Mall • First Security Bank • Bear Paw Vet • Herberger’s • High Plains Gallery • Duck Inn Havre Daily News • Stromberg’s • Montana Country Boutique • Cavaliers • 5th Ave Grind Clausen & Sons – Chamber Gift Certificate • Culligan – Chamber Gift Certificate MSU-Northern Foundation – Chamber Gift Certificate • Holland & Bonine – Chamber Gift Certificate Koefod Agency – Chamber Gift Certificate • Great Northern Inn – Chamber Gift Certificate Havre/Hi-Line Realty – Chamber Gift Certificate • Maurices - coupons Prize 3 Down Under Fitness Center – month membership • Subway – 4 6-inch sub sandwiches • Ezzie’s Bear Paw Technologies • Uncle Joe’s • Red’s • Pizza Hut • Milam Floral • Murphy’s • PJ’s • Henny Penny Helmbrecht • Kmart • Northstar Athletics • Bear Paw Meats • Clausen & Sons – Chamber Gift Certificate Holt Plumbing – Chamber Gift Certificate • Overcast Restoration – Chamber Gift Certificate Erickson Insurance Group – Chamber Gift Certificate • Independence Bank – Chamber Gift Certificate AmericInn – Chamber Gift Certificate • Super 8 – Chamber Gift Certificate • Maurices - Coupons Prize 4 Bergren Transmission – oil change • Subway – 4 6-inch sub sandwiches • MSU-Northern Bookstore - $50 Master Sports • JM Donoven Designs • Gram’s • Bear Paw Technologies • Ben Franklin Crafts • Norman’s Holden’s Hot Wheels • Emporium • Tire-Rama • Clausen & Sons – Chamber Gift Certificate Best Western Plus Havre Inn & Suites – Chamber Gift Certificate • Big Equipment – Chamber Gift Certificate Bing ‘n Bob’s – Chamber Gift Certificate • Quality Inn – Chamber Gift Certificate • Maurices - Coupons

Thank you to this year’s Super Certificate Participants!!!! In addition to the Super Certificate Drawings there will also be a drawing for Child’s baskets filled with goodies donated by several local businesses. Registration tickets will be handed out at the tree lighting by community volunteers. Thank you to all that donated. Again, the winners must be present to win. Thank you toAmericInn, McDonalds, Cottonwood Theatres, Independence Bank, Ben Franklin, Fiveheads, Taco Johns, Subway, US Bank, Kmart, Hi-Line Realty, Pizza Hut, Bing N Bobs & State Farm - Tom LaFond Havre Daily News/File photo A dancer performs during the MSU-Northern Community Orchestra Dec. 1, 2016. The orchestra and MSU-Northern Community Choir are doing a joint holiday peformance this year, “Sounds of the Season,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. in the Havre High School auditorium. They will perform a selection of traditional and contemporary arrangements of well-known seasonal favorites. The concert is free, though a free-will offering will be accepted. Everyone is welcome.


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Dinosaur Christmas coming Dec. 9 Alex Ross aeross@havredailynews.com The H. Earl Clack Museum Board will hold its annual Dinosaur Christmas party Saturday, Dec. 9. Museum Board Chair Judi Dritshulas said the event is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m in the Holiday Village Mall outside the museum entrance. The celebration geared toward preschool- and elementary school-aged children, is free, Dritshulas said. This year’s activities have not yet been decided, Dritshulas said. Last year’s activities included cookie and gingerbread house decorating, making beaded candy canes and paper snowflakes. Organizers, she said, would welcome help from volunteers. “We still have our usual group, but the more the better,” she said. People interested in volunteering should call the museum at 265-4000 Tuesday-Saturday between 1 and 5 p.m and leave their phone number and expect a call back from event organizers, Dritshulas said.

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■ Continued from page 5 ing, and stew, chili, soups and a dinner roll from lunchtime on. Vendors and crafts people will be selling their goods at the event, as well. The Geraldine Smithsonian Group is in charge of the Geraldine Bazaar Sunday,

Dec. 3, from noon to 5 p.m. The students will use the annual event as a fundraiser for their trip to Washington, D.C., in the spring. In addition to the traditional vendors and a visit from Santa Claus at 3 p.m., the students will be making Indian tacos and offer-

ing a variety of carnival-style games. Everyone is welcome to celebrate the holiday season at Virgelle, a ghost town along the Wild & Scenic Missouri River, 15 miles south of Big Sandy. Virgelle Merc Antiques & Accommodations is presenting

“A Real Country Christmas at a Real Country Store” 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2-3. The old town will be dressed up for the season and refreshments served beside an old cook stove, in an early homestead-era setting.

Christmas at The Cottage set for Dec. 9-10

Havre Daily News/File photo Children make gingerbread houses Dec. 10, 2016, during A Dinosaur Christmas in the Holiday Village Mall outside the H. Earl Clack Memorial Museum. This year’s Dinosaur Christmas is set outside the museum Dec. 9.

Community concert The MSU-Northern Community Orchestra and MSU-Northern Community Choir are joining efforts this year to present “Sounds of the Season” Thursday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. at Havre High School auditorium.

The ensemble will perform a selection of traditional and contemporary arrangements of well-known seasonal favorites. The concert is free, but the groups will accept free-will donations. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Havre’s oldest historic home is tentatively planned to be open to the public Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9-10, from noon to 3 p.m. each day for the Fifth Annual Christmas At The Cottage event. People are invited to visit this historic treasure to see it decorated for Christmas and enjoy hot cider, mulled wine and treats while relaxing in holiday splendor. The Cottage was constructed circa 1895 and was home to Daniel and Elizabeth Boone. Daniel Boone was the proprietor of Boone’s Drug Store, and both he and his wife were active in Havre socially. Emily Ann Mayer, the current owner, is the third occupant of the home since it was built. Mayer is a member of one of Havre’s oldest families and is avid about Havre’s history. This special event, combined with Elizabeth. Boone’s love of throwing lavish parties, showcases Mayer’s love of Havre’s heritage and her commitment to it by opening her private home to the public for the Christmas season. Traditionally, The Cottage has been decorated with different themed-trees throughout its rooms. This year, though, a single theme will be featured with each room having a different interpretation of the theme. As is customary, the subject of the theme will not be released until the week after Thanksgiving. Admission is a free-will donation that will be used toward a new coat of paint for the neighboring historic Mathews home, the site of the High Line Heritage House Museum. Courtesy photo A room in The Cottage is decorated for 2016's Christmas at The Cottage. Christmas at The Cottage is scheduled for Dec. 9-10 this year.

Christmas Cash again keeping money in Havre Rudyard celebration set for Dec. 3

Havre Daily News/File photo The MSU-Northern Community Orchestra performs Dec. 1. 2016, during its Holiday Extravaganza at the Havre High School auditorium. The orchestra is joining the MSUNorthern Community Choir this year to put on the “Sounds of the Season” concert Thursday, Nov. 30.

The Havre Area Chamber of Commerce and participating lenders and businesses again are offering what the Chamber calls a great opportunity to help with Holiday shopping: Christmas Cash. Holiday shoppers can secure their Christmas Cash loan at participating lending institutions. The Christmas Cash can then be used at 48 Chamber-member businesses. Interestfree Christmas Cash loans from $500 to $1,500 are available, with approved credit, at Independence Bank, Stockman Bank and Bear Paw Credit Union. The program has had significant impact on the local economy over the past years by keeping more than $7 million in Havre supporting local businesses, a Chamber press release said. Close to $150,000 was loaned last year. “Using local businesses for your holiday shopping is a great way to support your community,” the Chamber said. “These small business owners are the heart of the city and

are deserving of your business. Give them a try.” Christmas Cash is a program of the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce made available to Chamber-member businesses during the holiday season. 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 local businesses. This is still the goal today. “We need to thank the community for using and supporting the Chamber’s Christmas Cash Program these past 27 years.” the Chamber said in the release. “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 28th year another successful year for the program.”

Rudyard will ring in the Christmas season at the Hi-Line Christmas Festival at Rudyard Senior Center Sunday, Dec. 3, from noon to 4 p.m. The center will host crafters, local music

talent and hay rides and serve homemade soups, cinnamon rolls and handmade pronto p u p s. T h e c o s t i s a f re e w i l l - d o n a tion. Everyone is invited to come celebrate with friends and family.


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Havre Community Christmas Dinner Chouteau County Country Christmas Havre Eagles Club, with the support of volunteers and donors, will once again host the Community Christmas Dinner Dec. 25. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. volunteers will be serving up a traditional Christmas meal with turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, rolls, corn and an assortment of salads, along with desserts. Started decades ago in Havre, this event provides a full meal to everyone, whether locals or visitors, who want to enjoy a warm holiday dinner and community spirit. Volunteers are welcome. Eagles manager Tom Farnham said anyone interested in helping can just show up that day. The meal is free to everyone, though donations are appreciated and go toward funding the next year’s meal. For more information, call Farnham at 265-9551.

The towns of Chouteau County are set to put on a countywide pre-Christmas celebration Dec. 1-3 with their Chouteau County Country Christmas.

Big Sandy The town of Big Sandy will be rolling out its “Visions of Christmas Past” celebration Saturday, Dec. 2, at different venues and businesses throughout the day. Tje Gingerbread House Display at Bear Paw Coffee Shop & Deli will give Christmas strollers a chance to vote, all day, on their favorite gingerbread house decorated by local children. Both kids and adults can sign up for a prize drawing and enjoy refreshments at The Grocery Store from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Breakfast with Santa will be serving pancakes at The Mint Bar & Cafe from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and Santa will be available for pictures as well. A variety of baked goods, crafts and decoration sales will give strollers the opportunity to buy locally made and sold items for the holidays — and give kids fun activities to fill the day — starting 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Big Sandy Senior Center; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Jerry Martin Memorial Hall and

Fort Benton The Fort Benton community will be host-

ing events from Friday, Dec. 1, to Sunday, Dec. 3, starting with an after school kids’ class for making presents from 3 to 5 p.m. at Prairie Rose Art Gallery. Many businesses are holding open houses, with refreshments, special sales, craft and baked good sales, and activities throughout the day Saturday, Dec. 2, and the townwide Christmas decoration contest for businesses and residences will ensure the town is at its festive best. Santa will be available for pictures at a pizza lunch at 11:30 a.m. at WakeCup Coffee and again at 3 p.m. at Grand Union Hotel. Santa will also make an appearance during the American Legion Post No. 26’s special present sale for children at the Community Bible Center. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. kids, up to sixth-graders, can buy presents that fit their budget at 25 cents to $3. Kids and parents looking for fun can also bowl free from 1 to 5 p.m. at Social Bar and Lanes. Live music can be heard throughout town starting at 12:30 p.m. and at the Light the Tree ceremony at the Circle where Santa will make an appearance to help light the community Chrismas tree. The evening will wrap up with dinner

and live music offerings at both Grand Union and WakeCup Coffee. Sunday, Dec. 3, the Chouteau County Performing Arts Christmas Concert will start at 3 p.m. at the elementary school auditorium, 1406 Franklin St., with the Chouteau County Choir and TC Dance & Co. refreshments by River Market. An additional performance from TC Dance & Co. will be offered Monday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. at the auditorium. Loma, Shonkin, Geraldine and Virgelle The Loma community will host their Old-fashioned White Christmas Dance at the Loma Memorial Hall Friday, Dec. 1, from 8 p.m. to midnight. The evening will offer dancing, games, food, prizes and drinks. Tickets can be bought in advance by calling 406-788-7246 or purchased at the door. Loma businesses will be holding open houses and sales Saturday. The Shonkin Country Christmas will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Shonkin Community Hall, featuring wagon/ sleigh rides, weather permitting, huckleberry breakfast rolls and drinks in the morn-

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High school, middle school, set holiday concerts

Havre Daily News/File photo People go through the food line at the 2016 Community Christmas Dinner at the Havre Eagles Club. The Eagles again are hosting the dinner this year on Christmas Day.

Christmas Bazaar set for Dec. 1 at Aaniiih Nakoda College The White Clay Immersion School will host their annual Christmas Bazaar Friday Dec. 1 in the Sitting High Cultural Center at Aaniiih Nakoda College on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. Iris Adams, a contact person for the

Big Sandy Historical mueum, which is also offering tours; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Big Sandy Pharmacy; and 1 to 3 p.m. at Big Sandy Library. Big Sandy Senior Center is serving a spaghetti dinner, including breadsticks, salad and dessert for $8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. And a special treat for adults, the Christmas Cocktail Stroll, will be happening 2 to 5 p.m. at the Diamond 4U Club, The Mint and Peps which will be featuring their 2017 “Christmas Cocktail” creations. The Big Sandy Parade of Lights will get started at 5:30 p.m. down Johannes Avenue with entries displaying their Visions of Christmas Past. The evening concludes with the button drawing and auction at Jerry Martin Memorial Hall starting at 6 p.m. Prizes for the button number drawing will be awarded to button holders at the event. Money raised by s a l e o f a r t wo r k , d o n a t e d by t h e Courtnage family, in the Elaine Courtnage Christmas Art auction will go to benefit to the Elaine Courtnage Scholarship Fund.

event, said the bazaar will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Crafts, food and other goods will be sold at the bazaar, Adams said. People looking to sell goods can reserve a table by calling Adams or Wozek Chandler at 353-2607.

Beta Sigma Phi looks to spread holiday cheer Alex Ross aeross@havredailynews.com

The Xi Tau Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi once again will be helping out local families as well as residents of the Northern Montana Care Center for the holiday season this year. Beta Sigma Phi is a nonacademic sorority not affiliated with any university. Xi Tau chapter members said their group focuses on serving the community. “What we do is try and raise money and pay it forward in the community,” chapter member Christie Johnson said. Members of the sorority will use money raised from its Nov. 19 Beta Craft Auction to adopt families in need, where a sorority member will go out and buy gifts or food for a family facing economic hardship, Johnson said. The sorority works with area churches

to provide this help for the families facing economic hardship. Xi Tau member Claudene Calvert said churches in Havre will provide the sorority with a list of names of families in need for whom they will later buy gifts or food. Calvert said the families on the list are identified by church members who know of a family that faces tough economic times. The chapter also takes part in Northern Montana Care Center’s Adopt A Resident Program, Calvert said. The program identifies residents who do not have a family, and people can then go out and buy a gift for one of the residents. Johnson said the sorority is always looking for more members. People who want to learn more or wish to join can email the sorority at Calvertcw2017@ gmail.com.

The season is full of Havre school concerts set to regale people with songs of the seasons. The concerts include the Havre Middle School band concert set for Dec. 4, with the sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade bands to perform in the concert that starts at 7 p.m. in the middle school. That is followed the next night by the Havre High School choir Christmas Concert, starting at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in the high school auditorium. Soon following is the middle school choir concert, with the sixth-, seventh- and eighthgrade choirs and school ensembles set to perform starting at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 in the middle school. The high school wraps up its holiday concerts with the band concert starting at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium Dec. 14.

Havre Daily News/File photo Students perform Dec. 6, 2016, in the Havre High School auditorium during the high school’s Christmas choir concert.


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Christmas season is here and there are few groups more invested than the Havre churches whose foundations are based on the root word of the holiday. A long tradition at Van Orsdel United Methodist Church has been the live nativity scene. Weather permitting, the live nativity scene continues this year, scheduled for Dec. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. “A Journey to Bethlehem and Beyond,” the collaborative live Bible scenes put on by multiple Havre churches in past years has been canceled this year. Greater Havre Area Ministerial Association Chair Curt Curtis said it was difficult to get so many people to stay still in the cold. After the live nativity scene at Van Orsdel Dec. 2, people are encouraged to come back to Havre Assembly of God for a fellowship supper that will probably include finger foods and dessert. Earlier in the day, at 2 p.m. Havre Assembly of God will be showing the older movie, “The Nativity.” Anyone is invited to watch. Havre Assembly will also hold a candlelight communion service Christmas Eve at 6 p.m.

Fifth Avenue Christian Church will hold three services Christmas Eve, one in the morning at 10:45, and one at 2 p.m. Fifth Avenue will also put on a children’s Christmas Program Sunday, Dec. 17, at 6:30 p.m. that will include a play in which the Christmas story is be told via a radio broadcast. St. Jude Thaddeus Church will hold a Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m. and mass Christmas Day, the first starting at midnight and one later in the morning at 9:30. Community Alliance will continue the tradition of putting on a self-scripted play. This year’s play, “Breaking News,” is based on a script Pastor Tim Zerger bought but needed a lot of work so it can speak to those past 10, Zerger said. The premise of “Breaking News” is the events of Jesus’ birth through the lens of 21st century reporters, Zerger said. A Christmas variety program is constantly interrupted by breaking news from the Holy Land, where the birth of Jesus has shaken things up. Members of Messiah Lutheran Church are also planning to put on a play, which will be acted Dec. 10. Details regarding the play are still in production.

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Havre Beneath the Streets slates Christmas Stroll The Holiday Spirit Stroll at Havre Beneath the Streets will be 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2. The underground museum at 120 Third Ave. will be decorated for the holidays by TOPS Group No. 0480, and during the event, people will be able to

take unguided tours at their own pace. Cost will be $5 for general admission, $3 for kids 6-12 and free for kids 5 and younger. People will be treated to free goodies, including ice cream provided by Gram’s Ice Cream.

Lunch with Santa set at Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line Havre Daily News staff Local children will again have a chance to have lunch with a familiar Christmas face when the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors bring Santa Claus to the Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line. The meal with St. Nicholas is from noon to 1 p.m. Dec. 9. Parents are asked to stay with their

children during the event. As part of the holiday season, the Ambassadors are holding a food drive for the Havre Community Food Bank. Any nonperishable food item brought to Lunch with Santa will be given to the food bank. The lunch is free for children and has a $2 charge for adults.

Community Thanksgiving in Havre Havre’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner is set for Nov. 23 this year, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Jude Parish Center, 440 Seventh Ave. Sponsored in full by an anonymous donor, this decades-old event serves more than 600 free meals — at the Parish Center and t h ro u g h h o m e d e l i ve r i e s — e a c h Thanksgiving. Many locals come to the meal, bringing family, meeting friends or making new friends across the table, but people also come from far and wide, as well — some visiting and some in town for other reasons.

More than one occasion has seen stranded travelers taking part. Many diners come just for the experience. A professional chef takes the helm in the kitchen, supported by kitchen staff at Gary & Leo’s Fresh Foods, who roast the turkeys, and a full crew of volunteers, who do everything from setup to cleanup, including delivering and serving meals. Diners are treated to succulent turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, fresh vegetables, corn and rolls fresh from the oven, followed by a slice of pumpkin pie.

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Havre’s Festival of Trees Following the downtown tree-lighting ceremony Saturday, the 10th Annual Festival of Trees kicks off at the Boys & Girls Club’s Multipurpose Room at 500 First Ave. Organized by the Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line, the Festival of Trees raises money for the club’s youth afterschool and summer programs. With the club’s expansion and remodeling projects complete, this year’s funds will go toward expansion of services, said Executive Director Krista Solomon. Individuals, groups and businesses fully decorate and then donate Christmas trees created with imaginative themes or unique twists, like a popular movie theme or a “tree” made from a fully stocked wine rack. During the evening event, which includes hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, a no-host bar and games, the trees are sold to the highest bidder in a live auction and donated items are won in games or sold at auction. Past donations included a hand-made quilt, an African photo safari, one night at the Fort Benton River House, an armoire, a fire pit and grill, baked goods and a lot more, Solomon said. This year’s donation list includes a seaside vacation, a TV stand with a fire place underneath and a quilt, with more donations coming in. Tickets to the Festival of Trees, 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 25, can be purchased by calling 265-6206 during regular business hours. Though 240 tickets are sold each year, they sell out well before the event, so people are encouraged to call right away to see if any tickets remain. Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson Trees ready for auction stand on display in the Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line Multipurpose Room during the 2016 Festival of Trees. The fundraiser is set to run this Saturday, starting at 7 p.m. in the club.

Community Nativity Exhibit To celebrate the spirit of Christmas and complement other area Christmas events, the Havre ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is presenting its Community Nativity Exhibit from 5 to 9

p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, and 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, displaying nativity scenes from around the world with live music to enliven the atmosphere. The church, located at 1315 Washington

Ave., has invited community members to come see the display and join it, too. People are invited to bring their own nativity scene to display or join in playing music.

Rocky Boy Christmas Powwow set at Stone Child College Alex Ross aeross@havredailynews.com

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The 2017 Rocky Boy Christmas Powwow will be Friday, Dec. 22, and Saturday, Dec. 23, at the Little Bear Gymnasium at Stone Child College. A poster for the event posted on the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Rocky Boy Montana Facebook page says the grand entries will be at 7 p.m. Friday and at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday. The powwow is a drug- and alcohol-free

event. Dance categories will include jingle, traditional, grass and fancy, the poster says. Prizes in the adult category are $800 for first place, $600 for second, $400 for third and $200 for fourth. In the teen category prizes are $300 for first place, $250 for second, $200 for third and $100 for fourth. Prizes in the junior category are $150 for first place, $100 for second, $75 for third and $50 for fourth.

Tiny Tot dancers and noncontest drums will be paid daily, the poster says. People who mention powwow when they call to make their reservations at the Quality Inn or Super 8 motels, both in Havre, can get a special rate. Canadians can get a special rate at the Great Northern Inn in Havre if they mention “Canadian rate” when making their reservations For additional information people can call Powwow Committee Chairman Calvin Jilot at 395-4478.

Jaycees set Dec. 16 open house for Community Toy Chest and Koats for Kids File photo People eat a turkey dinner with all the trimmings during the 2016 Community Thanksgiving Dinner at St. Jude Parish Center. The dinner, sponsored in full each year by an anonymous donor, is free and everyone is welcome to attend. This year's dinner will again be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Parish Center, 440 Seventh Ave.

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The Havre Jaycees are once again working to spread some holiday cheer with their Community Toy Chest and Koats for Kids. Fundraisers throughout the year help the service organization with their program, helping provide new or used coats and toys to children in need. Drop-off locations include Kmart, Gary

& Leo’s Fresh Foods, Holden’s Hot Wheels, C e l l u l a r P l u s / Ve r i z o n , S u n n y s i d e Intermediate School and Holiday Village Mall. Havre Laundry and Drycleaning will be cleaning the coats before they are distributed and coats can be dropped off there as well. Havre Laundry asked that coats be dropped off by the end of the week prior to

the open house to give time to clean them. The Jaycees have set an open house for Community Toy Chest and Koats for Kids at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at the District 4 Human Resources Development Council Fireside Room at 2229 Fifth Ave. for parents to pick up new and used toys and coats of all sizes — in adult sizes as well — to pick up for Christmas.


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Piano and Pipes concert

The Piano and Pipes Christmas Concert will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at First Lutheran Church, 303 Sixth Ave. Local musical and choral groups and performers will come together for a concert featuring a variety of genres from Christmas tunes to classical music. After the concert, everyo n e is welc ome to stay for

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For people with shopping in mind, the local malls will be hosting activities throughout the season, along with sales and some expanded hours for Black Friday.

refreshments and socializing. Cost for the concert is a freewill donation or a nonperishable food item — both will be donated to the Havre Food Bank to help feed families in need for the holidays and throughout the year. Performers are welcome to sign up to perform by calling Sue Ost at 406-801-1142.

Holiday Village Mall Holiday Village Mall, west of Havre on U.S. Highway 2, will have its Winterfest Craft Show Dec. 2-3; events at the H. Earl Clack Museum; and plenty of opportunities to get a picture with Santa from noon to 3 p.m. each weekend starting Nov. 25-26 and continuing Dec. 2-3, 9-10 and 16-17.

Atrium Mall The Atrium Mall is planning artisan, crafts and baked-goods fairs every Saturday in November and December until Christmas. The annual Action Art Raffle, a unique venue at the Atrium, will be Saturday, Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will feature artists creating original artwork while bystanders watch and listen to live music. Along with the artistic action, the event will offer an opportunity to get photos taken with the Grinch from 1 to 3 p.m. The artwork will be raffled off to ticketholders.

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson The Van Orsdel United Methodist Church bell choir performs Dec. 5, 2016, during the annual Piano and Pipes concert in the First Lutheran Church in Havre. Piano and Pipes is set for Dec. 3 this year.

Northern Rodeo team sets Cowboy Christmas for Dec. 9 The Montana State University-Northern rodeo teams are again hosting a Cowboy Christmas during the holiday season. Coach Doug Kallenberger said the event, set this year for Saturday, Dec. 9, in the Armory Gymnasium, is the biggest fundraiser for the Northern men’s and women’s rodeo teams. The fundraiser includes no-host cocktails at 5 p.m., a prime rib and shrimp dinner at 6 p.m., many door prizes, raffle items, a silent auction, a live auction and a dance to

conclude the night. Tickets are available at Stockman Bank, Independence Bank and Norman’s Ranch & Sportswear, or from any Northern rodeo team member. Ticket prices are $40 per person, $300 for a reserve table of six, or $400 for a reserve table of eight. All proceeds benefit the MSU-Northern rodeo teams. “This is a really fun night,” Kallenberger added.

Van Orsdel live nativity The annual live nativity scene will draw crowds Saturday, Dec. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Van Orsdel United Methodist Church at 410 Fifth Ave. Spectators can drive past the scene or stop along the street or sidewalk to watch

the scene unfold. Church volunteers set up the nativity, which includes live animals, and members take shifts enacting all the parts, including a hovering angel. The nativity has been held annually for decades in all types of weather conditions.

Santa flying in for photos Dec. 8 Cape Air, the Essential Air Service airline out of Havre, is bringing Santa Claus in for a photo-op session.

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Kids can get their picture taken with Santa in the terminal at the Havre City-County Airport Friday, Dec. 8, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Eagles Kids Christmas Party The Eagles Club will be holding their annual Kids Christmas Party Sunday, Dec. 17, starting at 2 p.m. Eagles manager Tom Farnham said

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

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson Brady and Hally Boucher pose for a photo with Santa Claus Dec. 17, 2016, at the Holiday Village Mall. Holiday Village and Atrium Mall both have many activities set for Christmas including photos with Santa and with the Grinch.

2017 Chinook Christmas Stroll/ Parade of Light/Festival of Trees The Chinook community enriches Black Friday with a hometown holiday celebration closing down the main street and creating the perfect atmosphere for holiday socializing and shopping. Indiana Street will be closed for their Christmas Stroll events from 1 to 6 p.m. Nov. 24. People can wander the street and check out the sales and holiday fare at downtown businesses, as well as take in the following activities: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Festival of Trees viewing First Bank of Montana, 337 Indiana St. 1 p.m. — Sled races, if there is snow 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. — Horse-drawn wagon rides through town 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. — Craft and vendor products sale, Wallner Hall, behind the Methodist Church, 337 Ohio St. 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. — Blaine County

Museum open 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. — Wildlife Museum open, discounted fees 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. — Pictures with Santa, Chamber of Commerce office, 313 Indiana St. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Taco dinner at Eagles Club, 305 Indiana St. 6 p.m. — Parade of Lights, Indiana Street 7 p.m. — Festival of Trees live auction at Chinook Eagles Club, 305 Indiana St. Festival of Trees donations can be viewed and bids on silent auction items made at First Bank starting Nov. 14, until just prior to the auction. Proceeds will go to help fund construction of the new indoor arena at the Blaine County Fairgrounds. Wreaths and smaller baskets will be sold in the silent auction, and trees and larger baskets sold in the live auction Nov. 24.

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Holiday season kicks off for real this week North-central Montana communities are kicking off the holiday season in a major way this week, with events and celebrations throughout the season including community Thanksgiving dinners in both Chinook and Havre Thursday. The events keep going this week with Chinook’s main kickoff for Christmas starting with a variety of events Friday, and Havre’s

the next day, culminating with the tree lighting Saturday evening. Events ranging from powwows to visits with Santa, concerts and parties, continue through to Christmas. See a selection of some of the events throughout the region in this special section, with a calendar listing events in Havre on Page 10.

Havre Daily News/File photo Santa throws the switch to light the tree during the 2016 Community Christmas Tree Lighting as Mrs. Claus looks on. Santa is scheduled to flip the switch at year’s tree lighting, as well, Saturday at Havre’s Town Square.

MAT brings a Robin Hood panto for Christmas Alex Ross aeross@havredailynews.com Montana Actors’ Theatre will mark the holiday season with its production of “Robin Hood — A Panto.” MAT Artistic Director Jay Pyette said a pantomime, informally known as a panto, is a style of theater commonly performed around Christmas, where a children’s story is told in satirical fashion. “It’s a children’s story as told by Monty Python,” Pyette said. A panto, he said, often features a male playing the lead female role and is filled with local references. Last year MAT did a production of “Hansel and Gretel: A Christmas Panto” which Pyette said was very well-received.

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This year’s show will be directed by Casey Pratt. The cast will include Caroline Tuss as Robin Hood and Shawn Reichle as “The Dame.” The nighttime productions are 8 p.m Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8-9, Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 14-17, and Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 21-23. Daytime productions are Sunday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for students, seniors and military members and $5 for children in grades K-8. Northern students gain free admission with a valid college ID. Tickets can be purchased at the door the nights of the show, or ahead of time at h t t p : / / w w w. m ta c to rs. c o m , B e a r Paw Meats, Computer Center or fivehead’s.

Havre Daily News/File photo Martin Holt rehearses a scene from the Montana Actors’ Theatre panto of “Hansel and Gretel’ Dec. 7, 2016. MAT is putting on a panto of the Robin Hood story this Christmas season.

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