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Communities offer the PAM BURKE, HAVRE DAILY NEWS The people of Havre and Chinook have long-held traditions of community-mindedness, and this spirit of togetherness and support is no more evident than it is at Thanksgiving when volunteers, donors and neighbors come together in each town to hold their respective community dinners. The Thanksgiving dinners are free and open to the public, who flock to the meals in the hundreds. Whether diners come alone or with family and friends, whether they are locals or visitors, everyone is welcome to a full turkey dinner with trimmings and companionship.

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Havre Community Thanksgiving Dinner H av re ’s C o m m u n i t y T h a n k s g i v i n g Dinner is set for Nov. 24 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Jude Parish Center, 440 7th Ave. Sponsored in full by an anonymous donor, this decades-old event serves about 800 meals — at the Parish Center and through home deliveries — each Thanksgiving. “So we’re all set. We have a chef and we have money in the bank and we have everything we need to make this dinner happen,” organizer Debi Rhines said. A retired professional chef takes the helm in the kitchen, supported by kitchen staff at Gary & Leo’s Fresh Foods and a full crew of volunteers. Rhines said, diners will be treated to succulent turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, fresh vegetables, corn and rolls, fresh from the oven, followed by a slice of pumpkin pie. Rhines said they will have 400 pounds of turkey and 800 dinner rolls prepared for

Havre Daily News/file photo A diner carries her plate through the serving line during the 2015 Community Thanksgiving Dinner. The volunteers include, from left, partially hidden Steve Wiles, Montana State University-Northern basketball players Katie Ferreter and Peyton Felius, and Martha and Scott Warren. the meals and expect which, in 2015, numbered about 800. Of those, 350 meals were served at the Parish Center, plus another 100 or so for volunteers, and 350 meals were delivered to those who couldn’t get to the parish. Rhines said people began approaching

her in October about volunteering. Among the more than 100 volunteers who help put on the dinner is Gus Sharp, who organizes the drivers delivering to-go meals Thanksgiving morning, Rhines said. Receptionists at North Central Senior Center will take reservations for the deliv-

ery meals, usually during the week of Thanksgiving. The evening before the meal Sharp will collect the names and addresses, and organize times and routes for the deliveries. Thanksgiving morning, as a

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Live Nativity to illustrate the birth of Christ Those who pass Van Orsdel United Methodist Church on Fifth Avenue Saturday, Dec. 10, 5 to 7 p.m will witness the re-enactment of a biblical event that embodies the true meaning of Christmas for Christians: the birth of Jesus Christ. The living Nativity scene has become a time-honored tradition for the church. Each year, parishioners brave the cold to breathe life into an episode usually known through artist renderings and biblical interpreta-

tions. Throughout it all, Christmas music plays in the background. "It's almost like you can be there in your mind like that," said Ray Toth, a longtime parishioner who has had a large part in organizing the affair throughout the years and played several roles in the exhibition. Toth credits Betty Knudson, a former Havre resident and parishioner, for coming up with the idea for the live Nativity scene. Volunteers act in the roles of Mary, Joseph, the three wise men

and the shepherds. At least one actor portrays an angel. Elevated above the manger — which is made of old barn wood — in a hydraulic lift bucket, the person acting as an angel flies alongside a large electric star aglow in white light. Toth said the decision to use a doll or a real life baby to portray Jesus depends on the weather and willingness of a mother to volunteer her baby. Other children, dressed as angels, are sometimes situated out in front to give children a larger role in the produc-

tion. Some costumes bearing resemblance to biblical-era attire were donated to the church. But due to the varying sizes of the participants, they are sometimes forced to improvise. Actors take their spots for about a half hour before, one by one, they slip out when their shift ends and other actors take their place. In lieu of enough volunteers, Toth said, someone may take multiple shifts, but they try to ensure that the person gets a break

between shifts. Real animals are transported from farms in Havre and nearby communities such as Chinook to play a part. Toth said that this year, animals present will include sheep, a miniature donkey, a miniature horse, alpacas and a llama. The animals are allocated some room to wander, but some, such as sheep and alpacas, are kept in pens that act as a barrier between them and people who come over to see

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Nativity ■ Continued from page 2 the Nativity scene stationed in the parking lot between the church and the Girl Scout house. Yellow crime scene tape or a rail is sometimes put up to keep the audience from getting too close to the animals. Toth said that while the church invites everyone to come over and see this spectacle, they cannot touch. "This is not a petting zoo," said Toth. "People can come and look and stuff, but if they want to come sit and take a picture, it ain't gonna happen." The animals are given hay and feed and are also kept inside pens to keep them from wandering away. Such an incident happened a few years ago, when a sheep fled the scene, bolting down Fifth Avenue over to Third Street where Pizza Pro is now located, Toth said. Some organizers went after him, before the woolly fugitive returned to the church of his own volition. Toth estimated it takes about three hours to piece together the manger and the pens, lay the beds of hay, put out the food, receive the animals and do the assortment of other tasks that must be carried out leading up to the performance. When the living Nativity scene is finally completed and all the players in place, people can view the scene by walking over, driving by or parking along Fifth Avenue for the collective viewing.

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The Havre Area Chamber of Commerce and members of the business community along with many local organizations have organized a host of holiday events from bazaars to the community tree lighting at Town Square for all to enjoy this holiday season. Everyone is invited to bundle up and bask in the glow of one of Havre’s holiday traditions while joining family and friends at Town Square for the ceremonial lighting of the community Christmas tree Saturday, Nov. 26, with activities starting at 5 p.m. The crowd can join members of the Havre High School choir in singing holiday carols while warming up with a cup of hot chocolate and waiting for the much-anticipated arrival of Santa. The Super Certificate Drawings and the kids’ holiday basket drawings will also take place at the tree lighting. People can drop registration forms at the Chamber, the Havre Daily News, the Holiday Village Mall and the Atrium Mall. Winners must be present at the ceremony to win any of the more than $2,600 in business gift cards, including a night’s stay at the AmericInn and the TownHouse Inn, a month membership at Down Under Fitness Center, a Bergren Transmission oil change, a pool party at either the Great Northern Inn or the Havre Inn & Suites, and two Cape Air round trip tickets to Billings. The Grinch and Frosty the Snowman will be wandering around Town Square to help kick off the holidays. Local groups are encouraged to participate in the holiday festivities by hosting booths with cider, goodies and other holiday treats. There is no fee to participate — just call the Chamber to confirm a booth spot.

Before the tree lighting, Havre’s Santa Run will take off down Third Avenue, a new holiday tradition in the making. All of the eyes at the North Pole will be focused on Third Avenue as the fun and excitement of the Christmas season runs through downtown. The Santa Run is a fun-filled 1 mile run/walk with prizes for best costumes and race times. Adult participants are encouraged to dress up as Santa Claus or Mrs. Claus. There will prizes awarded for the best adult overall Santa/Mrs. Claus and best overall costume for adults. Youth are encouraged to dress as elves and prize for the best overall youth costume also will be awarded. Registration for the race begins at 4 p.m. at Norman’s Ranch and Sportswear with the race starting at 4:30 p.m. The Santa Run is being sponsored by BNSF Railway in partnership with the Havre Chamber. The race can be run by individuals or as a group. Prizes for the race will be awarded for the fastest male and female racers and for the fastest youth time. Northstar Athletics is sponsoring the prize for the fastest youth time in the Santa Run. This time of year local community calendars are full of seasonal events and activities for all. Find the list of community events at the Havre Chamber calendar of events online at www.havrechamber. com or on the Chamber Facebook page. The tree lighting and run/walk are planned to take place, weather permitting. Should there be any changes in the schedule due to inclement weather, people can check with the Havre Daily News, including its website and Facebook page, and local radio stations.

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The Greater Havre Area Ministerial Association will host a community Thanksgiving service at Northern Montana Hospital’s Grace Chapel Sunday, Nov. 20, starting at 6:30 p.m. The service is scheduled to last until 8 p.m. and will begin with a pre-service concert during which a group of ministers will sing and play guitar. Pastoral Care Coordinator for the hospital, Ila McClenahan, said the purpose of the service is to help unify the com-

munity. After the concert a GHAMA minister will give a sermon. Although the annual service has been happening for 18 years, McClenahan said this will be the second year it will be in Grace Chapel, which she said was built in 2011. McClenahan said the service is usually well-attended but there’s always room for more.

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Havre’s Festival of Trees Money raised will go to the club's youth activities At 7 p.m. Saturday, following the downtown tree-lighting ceremony, the 9th Annual Festival of Trees will take place at the Boys & Girls Club’s Multi-purpose Center, 500 First Ave. Organized by the Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line, the Festival of Trees raises money for the club’s youth activities in after-school and summer programs. Past fundraising efforts allowed the club to expand its facility, including a full-service kitchen and the Multipurpose Room, which are used daily by the club and allow the club to host this event inhouse. Individuals, groups and businesses fully decorate and then donate Christmas trees created with imaginative themes or unique • • • • • • • •

Tree Designers and Donors: AmericInn Bear Paw Meats Atrium Merchants K-Mart Optimist Club Triple Dog Brewing Co. WIPFLi Bullhook Blossoms

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 and games, the trees are sold to the highest bidder in a live auction. Additional items sold in live and silent auctions are different each year, but last year’s included a hand-made quilt, a fully decorated playhouse/garden shed, one night at the Fort Benton River House, a catered Christmas party, baked goods and a lot more. Tickets to the Festival of Trees are $25 each and 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.

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Men in blue help provide Christmas Havre Food Bank offers food baskets with Shop Havre Food Bank will be offering Thanksgiving or Christmas food baskets to families in need this year. Lorna Bjerga said that individuals and families having a hard time making ends meet this holiday season can go to the Havre Salvation Army Office, 328 Third Ave., to request either a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal by filling out a request form. People and families that qualify will be given a slip to take to the food bank where

they will receive a the fixings for an entire holiday meal for the number of people listed on the slip. The meal will include a frozen turkey, stuffing, potatoes, canned fruit, vegetables and a dessert. Right now, they are limiting the baskets to only one of the two holidays, Bjerga said, because they don’t want to promise a meal and not be able to come through for the family. But, she added, for that meal

Small Business Saturday is Coming! Shop Local November 26

The Havre Area Chamber of Commerce is helping the Havre community "Shop Small" Saturday, Nov. 26, as a part of the American Express nationwide Small Business event. The event was started in order to encourage local shoppers to get out and support their local businesses.  The Havre Chamber is urging Christmas

shoppers in the Havre community to shop local to support their local businesses and the local economy. Local businesses support the community all year long by donating to and sponsoring many area events, so dollars spent in the community holiday shopping come back into the community.

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Holiday Wishes Come True, Thanks to Friends in Blue For the second straight year, Havre’s law enforcement officers will help provide some Christmas cheer for children who might not have any otherwise. Friday, Dec. 23, Havre police officers will go shopping with children to buy gifts for members of their family. This is the second year they have done the program, teaming up with Walmart, District 4 Human Resources Development Cuoncil, Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line and the public schools. “We know doing something like Shop with a Cop could be helpful and we know it is a program that is needed in the community,” Havre Police Officer Jesse Eller said. “As law enforcement, sometimes you see the worst in the community — a lot of people don’t realize we have kids who are in poverty. A lot of people live behind closed doors or in their circle of friends and just don’t see some of the things we see.” The program is an attempt to identify children in need and pair them up with a police officer in a positive situation, such as shopping for Christmas presents or shopping

for school supplies. The program attempts to locate children whose families have had some contact with law enforcement, maybe involving an adult family member or older sibling who may have been arrested. The trauma of seeing a family member arrested can cause many young children to have negative feelings toward police, as they rarely hear the whole story, objectively, from those involved, a press release says. Focusing on children who have lost parents or experienced a family trauma, it aims to plant a seed of hope back into the hearts of those who have been recently devastated. Children ages 6 through 12 are selected each year during the endof-the-year holiday season to shop for gifts for members of their immediate family. Each child is given a small amount of money to spend, normally $100 depending on donations. One or two children are typically assigned to each law enforcement representative, who then escorts them around the store and assists in selecting appropriate gifts for each family member. After shopping, the children will wrap their gifts, continuing to get to know the police officers. This program helps positively change the lives of children in the community by providing them with Christmas presents that they otherwise may not have received, a press release says. Shop with a Cop was developed to help make the

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holidays brighter for disadvantaged families in the Havre area. Shop with a Cop depends entirely on money donated by the community, private people, businesses and fundraising. In the program an officer hands o u t a p p l i c a t i o n s to t e a c h e rs and Boys & Girls Club. The officers review the applications and choose the children they will work with. The deadline is Dec. 9. Friday, Dec. 23, children arrive at the police department and for about an hour have breakfast and juice and bond with officers. North Central Montana Transit volunteers and buses then take the the children up to Walmart accompanied a by a police escort. Military vehicles will be waiting in the parking lot for the children to check out. The officers and children then will head into Walmart, greeted by store employees. The officers and children shop for about 1 1/2 hours, then, after shopping, they will be bused to Pizza Hut for lunch. The children will then head to the police department to wrap the gifts to be opened Christmas Day.

Havre Daily News/file photo Havre Police Chief Gabe Matosich helps his young friend with a new pair of shoes at Walmart. Matosich and several other officers took part in Shop with a Cop in 2015.

Communities: Requests for delivery can be made the week of Thanksgiving ■ Continued from page 2 stream of volunteers assembles meals to go, while chatting with old friends and new, Sharp’s team bundles the meals into their respective routes and sends them out with drivers. Many area residents come to the meal, bringing family, meeting friends or making new friends across the table. But people also come from farther away, as well — some visiting and others here for business. More than one occasion has seen stranded travelers taking part in the meal, and diners often say they come just for the experience. For more information about volunteering call Rhines at 265-6900 or 265-2737.

Anyone who wants to be a delivery driver can call Gus Sharp at 265-1610. To order a meal delivered, call North Central Senior Center, 265-5464, Monday, Nov. 21, through Wednesday, Nov. 23.

Chinook Community Thanksgiving Dinner Served from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Chinook Senior Center, 324 Pennsylvania, Chinook’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner is a 36-year tradition featuring an abundance of homemade foods,

Diners will feast on a full Thanksgiving meal of turkey, homemade mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, yams, balsamic green beans and homemade salads, with an assortment of home-baked pies to top off the meal — all made possible by the work of volunteers and support from major donors. "This is a continuation of a tradition," veteran organizer Jeanne Dalton said. "This community is really good about supporting the dinner." About 200 community members and visitors are served each year, including deliveries made to those who aren’t able to get out in public, Dalton said.

Along with the meal, most years musical entertainment is provided by The Kitchen Band, which regularly plays at the senior center, or others willing to take advantage of the resident piano. Everybody is welcome, regardless of their ability to make a donation for the meal, Dalton said. It helps to bring an appetite. Anyone interested in volunteering can call Dalton at 357-2799. Anyone in the Chinook area needing a Thanksgiving meal delivered can call the Chinook Senior Center at 357-2648 Monday, Nov. 21, through Wednesday, Nov. 23.


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Piano and Pipes Christmas Concert takes place December 3 The Piano and Pipes Christmas Concert is set to bring holiday and classical music to the Havre community Saturday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, 303 Sixth Ave. Local musical and choral groups and performers will come together for a concert f e a t u r i n g a va r i e t y o f ge n re s f ro m

Christmas tunes to classical music. After the concert, everyone is welcome to refreshments and time to socialize. Cost for the concert is a free-will 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.

Middle School putting on band, choir concerts Havre Middle School bands and the choirs will put on Christmas concerts in the Assembly Room of the school on two different days. The choirs, directed by Rhonda Minnick, will perform Monday, Dec. 12, and the school bands, directed by Paige Williams, will perform Monday, Dec. 5. Both concerts are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. There will be three different choirs — a seventh- and eighth-grade group, a sixthgrade group and a select singing group — performing for about an hour. The select

singing group is an audition group. The night’s theme will be “Christmas at the Movies” and include songs from the movies “Polar Express” and “Frozen,” as well as classics like “Baby, it’s Cold Outside” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Four different band groups, the jazz band, the sixth-grade band, seventh-grade band and the eighth-grade band, will perform. Each group is scheduled to play between three and five holiday songs.

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St. Jude Parish Center hosts Christmas Bazaar St. Jude Parish Center will be hosting a bazaar Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will include a luncheon, silent auction, food sale, Santa’s Attic and a raffle drawing. The luncheon will be happening from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will include dishes like chicken almond casserole, salad, a roll and dessert. Free-will offerings will be accepted. The Santa’s Attic portion of the bazaar will include the sale of gently used Christmas items such as Christmas lights

for the silent auction, mostly by parishioners, included oil paintings, ceramics, wall hangings and table runners.

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bazaar, during which home-baked items such as cookies, breads, candies and lefse will be available.

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Mayer said the home, which she now lives in, was built in 1895 by the Boone family. The Boones lived there from 1885 to 1926, the year it was sold to the Dalrymples. Sidney Dalrymple died in 1984, but it wasn’t until 1995, after Alma Dalrymple died, that it became vacant, For three years, the home sat uninhibited, until Mayer bought it in 1998 and still resides there.

It’s goofy and fun and humorous for all ages,” Pyette said. “It’s very much what we would call family-friendly.” The idea to do “Hansel and Gretel” as a panto was that of the director of the play, Morgaine Lomayesza. Pyette, who studied theatre in England in the early 90s, said he saw a panto of “Robin Hood” and he thought it was very funny. The other dates of the play will be Dec. 9, 10, 16, 17 and 22-24, and the play will begin at 8 p.m. Matinee days are Dec. 11 and 18, with a starting time of 2 p.m.

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The Harlem Civic Association is holding their annual Harlem Country Christmas Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. Most stores in downtown Harlem will have special hours and special treats for Christmas strollers to enjoy, and they will be hosting vendors in their stores, or along their storefronts if the weather cooperates. Santa will be at Sue's Deli from 5 to 7 p.m., giving kids a chance to put in their special orders for gifts. Art students from Harlem High School will be on hand to take photos. Kids can participate in a coloring contest and, in a nod to the new trend, adults can participate in their own coloring contest as well. The entries will be posted at the Harlem Senior Center. Artwork needs to be turned in to the Senior Center Friday, Dec. 9, and the winners will get a gift certificate. The Senior Center will be selling a hot meal during the event as a fundraiser for the center. Anyone wanting to join in on the wreath decorating contest has to have those turned in to the Harlem public library by Dec. 9, so the wreaths can hang on display for the

week. The public will be able to help out with another Christmas contest between Harlem businesses. Any business with a decorated tree on display will have a photo posted on the Harlem Civic Association Facebook page. The tree with the most likes will win a goody basket for the business owner. "Last year was our first year with it and the businesses really got into it. It was kind of fun," Rod Becker with the Civic Association said. The library is holding its annual used book sale that evening, and Becker said the civic group fires up its theater-style popcorn maker to make a free treat for attendees. "The kids — you can't believe how much popcorn we go through," Becker said with a laugh. "It's crazy and just as fast as you can make it." The high school band or choir will be entertaining the public at the Senior Center for the evening and if the weather is good they will carroll through the streets.

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MAT putting on “Hansel and Gretel” Harlem decking the halls Montana Actors’ Theatre will be putting on the play, “Hansel and Gretel: A Christmas Panto” starting Dec. 9. Founder and Artistic Director of MAT Jay Pyette said experience is not necessary. “We like to get new people on stage,” he said. The play will be a panto, which Pyette said is an English Christmas tradition. “You take a children’s story and then you mess with it a little bit,” he said. He said the movie “Shrek” is a good example because, while it appeals to children, “there’s a great deal for adults.” “It’s not a traditional telling of the story.

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Christmas at the Cottage The public will have a chance to visit a holiday-decorated Boone/Dalrymple House Dec. 10 and 11 from noon to 3 p.m. Christmas at the Cottage is a chance for the community to visit and tour Havre’s oldest home in its holiday glory and enjoy refreshments while doing so. The tour fee will be $5 for adults and $2 for children. Owner and curator of the home Emily

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Interest-free Christmas Cash Loans from $500 to $1,500 are available Havre Area Chamber of Commerce A great opportunity exists for our community, this holiday season — it’s called Christmas Cash. Holiday shoppers can secure their Christmas Cash loan at a participating lending institution — Bear Paw Credit Union, Independence Bank and Stockman Bank. The Christmas Cash can then be

Christmas Cash used at 45 Chamber member businesses. Interest-free Christmas Cash Loans from $500 to $1,500 will be available, with approved credit, at Independence Bank, Stockman Bank and Bear Paw Credit Union starting Nov. 1. The program has had significant impact on our local economy over the past years by keeping over $7 million in Havre, supporting our economy. “There will be many opportunities to shop globally over the next several weeks but, hopefully, as holiday shoppers work through their holiday shopping lists, they will give area businesses a first chance,” Shawn Holden, Chamber board president, said. “Let’s keep the money here at local businesses that support local causes all year long through the giving of

volunteer and financial resources. One great way to do this is to utilize the Chamber’s Christmas Cash Program.” Christmas Cash is a program of t h e H av re A re a C h a m b e r o f Commerce made available to Chamber members 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 our local businesses, which in turn support the economy as well as the community through donations and sponsorhips. That mission has not changed. The Board of Directors feel the program is very successful and believes in its future. The $7 million that has stayed in Havre over the past several years has had a posi-

tive impact on our local economy supporting local businesses. Last holiday season more than $140,000 was loaned. As you start your holiday shopping, please support the Chamber member businesses that are participating in the Christmas Cash program. “We need to thank the community for using and supporting the Chamber’s Christmas Cash Program these past 26 years,” Debbie Vandeberg, Chamber executive director, said, “and pass a thank-you to your bank for their continued participation and support. Bear Paw Credit Union, Independence Bank and Stockman Bank have been committed to being our partners in providing this program to the community and to the businesses that participate in the Chamber’s Christmas Cash Program. Let’s make the 27th year another successful year for the program.”

Holiday Spirit Stroll

Havre Beneath the Streets Havre Beneath the Streets will host it’s third annual Holiday Stroll Saturday, Dec. 3. The stroll gives visitors a chance to learn about Havre’s past while experiencing a bit of the yuletide season. “It’s kind of a fun family event,” said Christy Owens, office manager of Havre Beneath the Streets. For one day, the underground exhibit that showcases Havre’s history as an untamed railroad town of the Wild West are festooned with holiday decorations, nearly all of which are donated by volunteers. “We do Christmas trees, some of it’s old, some of it’s new,” said Mary Schubring, a tour guide who takes part in the decorating

for Havre Beneath the Streets. Owens said the stroll attracts locals as well as those passing through town. In a departure from the rest of the year, where visitors are guided through the museum on a tour, people can move through the series of exhibits at their leisure and feel the warmth of the holiday spirit. Gram’s Ice Cream will be distributing free ice cream samples throughout the stroll. The stroll goes from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission for adults is $5, $3 for children ages 6-12 and free for those 5 and younger. For additional information, call 265-8888. Bear Paw Meats Bearly Square Quilting Bergren Transmission & Auto Care Bing ‘n Bob’s Brandon’s Drapery & Floor Covering Cellular Plus Cottonwood Cinema 4 Duck Inn Restaurant Emporium Food & Fuel Ezzie’s Wholesale Supply First National Pawn Fivehead’s Gary & Leo’s IGA Gram’s Ice Cream & Candy Shoppe

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Havre Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors host Lunch with Santa Event will take place at the Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line The Chamber Ambassadors will hold their annual Lunch with Santa Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line in Havre. Mary Jane Borlaug, a member of the Chamber Ambassadors, estimates that they have sponsored the event for eight years. Children in attendance will get the chance to sit on Santa's lap and tell him what they

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want for Christmas. Borlaug said lunch will most likely include hot dogs. Lunch will be $2 for parents and free for children. There will also be drawings for baskets of Christmas items and toys for children. Borlaug said that between 100 and 125 typically attend the event wich starts at noon.

The Hays Events Committee on Fort Belknap Indian Reservation is hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner Sunday, Nov. 20, at the John Capture Center in Hays from noon to 4 p.m. The dinner, which is free and open to everyone, will include ham, turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, a wide variety of salads and pies for dessert. Hays Events Committee just formed a few months ago, organizer Wylynn Shambo said, and their first event, a Halloween party, was a big success. “We’re just trying to get the community back involved, do more activities,” Shambo said. Dec. 3 the committee is planning a Christmas tree lighting ceremony with one

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of the reservation’s oldest elders doing the honor of lighting the tree. If the weather permits, the tree will be transported to the center by wagon, at noon, then decorated for the lighting ceremony. Everyone will be treated to s’more and hot cocoa and entertained with caroling. Elders and tribal traditions will be honored Christmas Day, as well, with a Christmas powwow and buffalo feed at the center. The day will start at 1 p.m. with the feed, followed by presents and candy for the children and then the powwow. This will be the first Christmas powwow in Hays since the late 1980s or early ’90s, Shambo said, adding that the tribe donated the buffalo which they are going to cook and serve traditionally.

Beyond the turkey meal Holiday Village Mall and Atrium Mall

host events throughout the season For those people with shopping on the mind, the local malls will be hosting activities throughout the season, along with sales and some expanded hours for Black Friday. Holiday Village Mall will have commercial vendor, craft and bakes sales November through December; events at the H. Earl Clack Museum; and plenty of opportunity to get a picture with Santa each weekend starting the weekend of Nov. 25-27.

Some of the mall stores will be open the evening of Thanksgiving Day, and others open early Black Friday. The Atrium Mall is planning artisan, crafts and baked goods fairs every Saturday except Nov. 26 until Christmas. The annual Action Art Dec. 10 will feature artists creating original art while bystanders watch in a three-hour period, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The artwork is then raffled off to ticket-holders.

Havre’s Community Christmas Dinner All Havre residents are invited to a free Christmas dinner at the Havre Eagle’s Club on Christmas Day. Tom Farnham, manager of the Eagle’s Club said the tradition goes back at least 30 years. “It don’t matter: rich, poor, old or young they are all invited,” Farnham said. Those who come will be served turkey, sweet potatoes, gravy, dinner rolls, fresh vegetables, corn and cranberry sauce. “We just got to make sure that everyone

who wants a hot meal has a hot meal and a smile,” he said. Farnham said that while the dinner is free, they will be accepting at-will donations to help fund next year’s meal. Dinner will be served from noon to 2 p.m. Those who wish to have meals delivered to them will able to call in their order the week before Christmas. The contact number will be posted in the Havre Daily News. Orders must be called in by 5 p.m Dec 23.

Thanksgiving weekend offers a variety of activities, shopping in Chinook The people of Chinook meld Black Friday with a hometown holiday celebration closing down the main street in downtown, creating the perfect social atmosphere for holiday socializing and shopping. With a festive mood in the air and friends and family home to visit, the town of Chinook fills the day after Thanksgiving with a Christmas stroll, a Festival of Trees and the annual Parade of Lights. Main street in Chinook is blocked off from 1 to 7 p.m. allowing people to roam through the heart of town, stopping by vendor booths, checking out the holiday fare at local stores and taking time for some cheer with neighbors and visitors. Each year, music spills onto the streets from the handful of establishments offering live music, and even the local museums get into the spirit. The Wildlife Museum will be open 1 to 6 p.m., with regular charges for entry, and Blaine County Museum, with its local and Native exhibits, will be open 1 to 6 p.m. free of charge. Santa will be at Wells Fargo Bank, 336

Indiana, for pictures with children from 2 to 4 p.m., and later he will be the honored guest in the Parade of Lights. While touring the streets, people are invited to stop in to the lobby of First Bank of Montana, 337 Indiana, to view the Christmas trees fully decorated and donated by community members and businesses to the Festival of Trees fundraiser. The viewing will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., but the dinner and live auction start at 7 p.m. at a specially erected tent, or the Chinook Eagles Club, 305 Indiana, if the weather isn’t cooperating. This is an evening of entertainment, and everyone is invited to attend. But before heading to the dinner and auction, people can take in one of the local favorites: the Parade of Lights at 6 p.m. down Indiana Street. Individuals, groups and businesses will vie to most-impress onlookers and judges, with their floats aglow with Christmas lights that mark the beginning of the Christmas season.

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Chouteau County Country Christmas Chouteau County redefines what it means to come together as a community for the holidays with a celebration that encompasses the entire county. Chouteau County Country Christmas Friday, Dec. 2, through Sunday, Dec. 4, sees the towns of Big Sandy, Fort Benton, Loma, Shonkin, Geraldine and Virgelle giving residents and visitors a chance not just to roam the streets and shops of their favorite town, but also catch up with happenings in neighboring towns and spread a little cheer.

Big Sandy

Along with shops being open for special hours and offering refreshments, prizes and deals, the town of Big Sandy is holding a number of Christmas events inside and outside. Breakfast with Santa is 8:30 to 10 a.m. at The Mint Bar and Cafe; baked goods and crafts sales, with a spaghetti at lunchtime, will be at Big Sandy Senior Center, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and a Crafters Bazaar will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Jerry Martin Memorial Hall. Afternoon activities head outdoors with hay rides and hot drinks starting 1 p.m. at Fireman’s Park, a live Nativity scene, 2 to 4 p.m., downtown, and the Parade of Lights, 5:30 p.m. on Johannes Avenue. At 6 p.m. the celebration moves back indoors with a prize drawing at the Memorial Hall and the Christmas Cocktail Throw Down at the Diamond 4U Club, The Mint and Peps showing off their Christmas Cocktail Creation.

Fort Benton

The historic Missouri River town of Fort Benton is holding Christmas activities Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3-4. The home and business decorating contest will entice visitors to take a tour of the whole community, but the town is hosting a number of specific activities including an arts and crafts show and sale 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and live music around town from 1:15 to 9 p.m. Many of the local stores will be hosting all-day open houses with refreshments. For the kids there will be lunch with Santa at 11:30 a.m. at Wake Cup Coffee, and cocoa and doughnuts along with picture opportunities with him at 3 p.m. a the Grand Union Hotel. The American Legion and Ladies Auxiliary are hosting a North Pole Outlet Mall at the Community Bible Hall for kids grades K-6 to shop for new presents priced 25 cents to $3.

Santa’s big appearance of the day will be at the tree lighting ceremony at the Town Circle next to the river park. Sunday, a few stores will be open special hours starting at noon, but at 3 p.m. everyone is invited to the Chouteau County Performing Arts Christmas Concert at the elementary school auditorium, 1406 Franklin St. Performances will include bell ringers, the Chouteau County Choir and TC “Frozen” Dancers, and Santa will make another appearance.

Loma

The town of Loma will kick off the season Friday with an Old-fashioned Christmas Dance for the whole family at Loma Memorial Hall 8 p.m. to midnight. The evening will include dancing, games, food, prizes and drinks for $10 for adults, $5 for students and kids 12 and under free. Weekend shopping opportunities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. are available at the Trash and Treasure Shop Saturday and Sunday, H i g h way 8 7 a n d 4 t h Ave n u e. A n d Bomgardner Catering is holding an open house tasting Saturday, 309 3rd Ave.

Shonkin

Saturday, the Shonkin Country Christmas at Shonkin Community Hall, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. will include wagon/sleigh rides; vendors with a variety of items from jewelry to baked goods to hand-made wooden bowls and utensils; breakfast, lunch and refreshments throughout the day; and a 50/50 raffle with proceeds going to renovate the community hall.

Geraldine

The Geraldine Smithsonian Groups is hosting the Geraldine Bazaar Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., as a fundraiser for their student trip to Washington, D.C. Their event includes a visit from Santa, a variety of vendors, Indian tacos and carnival-style games.

Virgelle

Virgelle Merc Antiques is having “A Real Country Christmas at a Real County Store,” 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. A popular stop, this ghost town on the Missouri River gives people a chance not only to shop antiques and collectibles but also to tour the decorated old town. Everyone is welcome to refreshments at the old cook stove in the homestead-era setting.

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2016 ornament features Kiwanis Chapel at Beaver Creek Park’s Camp Kiwanis Proceeds will go toward community preservation efforts T h e H av r e / H i l l C o u n t y H i s t o r i c Preservation Commission has released its latest Christmas ornament highlighting local history, with the featured building one of its successes. The pewter ornament features the Kiwanis Chapel at Beaver Creek Park’s Camp Kiwanis. The ornament was unveiled and released for sale during the Friends of Beaver Creek Park’s 100th Birthday Party held for the park last Saturday, with the commission donating one of the 100 limitededition ornaments for auction at the Friends fundraiser. The park was created as a recreation area, called Beaver Creek Playground, in the same act signed into law in 1916 that created Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation that borders the park to the south and southwest. The remaining ornaments are available for purchase at the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce Office at 130 Fifth Ave. for $20 each. The commission also is offering a promotional special for previously issued ornaments. Previous years have featured the former Havre Post Office, Hill County Court House, Episcopal Church and Donaldson Hall at Montana State University-Northern. The Commission is offering a special price for the remaining ornaments: Buy two of the three — Court House, St, Mark’s Episcopal Church or Donaldson — for $30. The commission will use the proceeds from ornament sales for a preservation fund it is establishing to help pay for local preservation efforts. The chapel is one of the local buildings the commission has helped to preserve. The Havre/Hill County Preservation Commission worked with the Hill County Park Board to list the Kiwanis Chapel on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008-09. Once listed, a stimulus grant was obtained in 2010. The rehabilitation of the chapel, which was completed in 2011 included og replacement and staining, new chinking, reconstruction of the front porch, a new roof, historically appropriate lighting and the addition of a handicap ramp. A s i g n p rov i d e d by t h e M o n ta n a Historical Society gives a brief historical description and is now on display at the building. The park also made other contri-

Havre Daily News/file photo The Havre/Hill County Historic Preservation Commission limited-edition pewter ornament is displayed. The ornaments are on sale at the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce.

butions to the building including landscaping, a paved sidewalk and a concrete vault toilet. The commission thanked the Hill County Park Board and the Friends of Beaver Creek Park for their preservation efforts in a release about the 2017 ornament. The history of the chapel goes back more than 80 years. The application to put the chapel on the Historic Registry talks about the significance of the park, saying, “Located in north-central Montana, ten miles south of Havre, Beaver Creek State Park is the largest county-owned park in the state. The park measures approximately one mile wide and seventeen miles long and consists of over 10,000 acres. Multiple small drainages empty into Beaver Creek, a perennial creek that runs north-south through the length of the park’s grassy broken hills, clusters of pine forest, and beautiful undulating landscapes characteristic of the north slope of the (Bear) Paw Mountains.” The application lists the building of the chapel, originally the Kiwanis Meeting Hall, as 1933, saying it “played a significant role in the ongoing use of the park and was central to Kiwanis Club activities through the mid-twentieth century.” It added, “Havre’s Kiwanis Club constructed the Kiwanis Meeting Hall there in 1933, the first permanent building in the park, as the central building to Camp Kiwanis, a recreational center established for disadvantaged children to enjoy. Throughout its history, the Kiwanis Meeting Hall served both secular and non-secular organizations. The 1933-1960 period of significance for the Kiwanis Meeting Hall includes the decades from its construction through the 1950s, when the erection of additional campground buildings reduced the overall use of the meeting hall.”


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2016 Havre Holiday Calendar Enjoy the Magic of the Holidays

November 24th

December 10th

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

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Happy Thanksgiving November 25th • Black Friday

November 25th-27th • Pictures with Santa – Holiday Village Mall – Noon - 3pm

November 26th • • • • •

Community Tree Lighting @ Town Square; activities start @ 5pm - Santa Arrival - Music/Entertainment - Vendors Polar Plunge – Town Square area – Noon-1:30pm check in; 2pm 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 Craft Show & Sales – 10am-4pm – Atrium Mall

December 3rd • • • •

Pictures with the Grinch – Atrium Mall St. Jude’s Christmas Bazaar – 10:30am-2pm Holiday Spirit Stroll through Havre Beneath the Streets – 1pm-4pm Cowboy Christmas – 5pm – MSU-Northern Gym

December 3rd-4th

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

December 4th

Pictures with the Grinch – Atrium Mall Action Art Raffle – 11am-1pm – Atrium Mall Dino Christmas Party – 1pm-3pm – H. Earl Clack Museum Live Nativity Scene – Van Orsdel United Methodist Church – 5pm-7pm

December 10th-11th

• Pictures with Santa – Holiday Village Mall – Noon - 3pm • Citywide Bake Sale – Holiday Village Mall • Christmas at The Cottage – Noon-3pm

December 12th

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

December 15th

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

December 15th-18th

• Montana Actors’ Theatre presents “Hansel & Gretel – A Christmas Panto” - 8pm - MSU-Northern Theatre

December 17th

“You would be surprised by how many kids have never decorated cookies,” Dritshulas said. Cookies are provided by volunteers and decorating supplies are provided by Gary & Leo’s Fresh Foods. This year, children will have the chance to make dinosaur gingerbread houses. “They’re small, but they are really cute,” she said. Activities are free and open to the public. Dritshulas said that the museum appreciates if parents accompany their children to the festivities.

Eagles Club Christmas party set for Sunday, Dec. 18 The Havre Eagle’s Club will hold it’s annual Christmas party for children Sunday, Dec. 18. Havre Eagle’s Club manager Tom Farnham said Santa Claus will make a spe-

cial appearance. Food, usually hot dogs, will be served and children will get a chance to participate in a variety of games. The party starts at 2 p.m.

• Montana Actors’ Theatre presents “Hansel & Gretel – A Christmas Panto” - 8pm - MSU-Northern Theatre

Merry Christmas

• Montana Actors’ Theatre presents “Hansel & Gretel – A Christmas Panto” - Matinee 2pm - MSU-Northern Theatre

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

• Lunch with Santa – Noon – Boys & Girls Club

New Year’s Eve

December 25th

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

December 26th December 31st

Community Tree Lighting, Saturday, November 26.

Havre merchants are participating in the holiday drawings for gift certificates and prizes valued over $2,600.00. One winner will receive 2 round trip tickets with Cape Air and gift certificates valued to $600.00. The second winner will receive a night’s stay at the AmericInn and an oil change from Bergren Transmission with gift certificates valued to $500.00 The third winner will receive a night’s stay at the Town House Inn with a one month membership to Down Under Fitness Center and gift certificates valued to $500.00, and the fourth winner will receive a pool party at either the Best Western Great Northern Inn or the Best Western Havre Inn & Suites with gift certificates valued to $425.00. The Tree Lighting activities will start at Town Square at 5:00 p.m. • Holiday shoppers will be able to leave their completed registers forms (during regular business hours) at 4 locations (Holiday Village Mall, Atrium Mall, the Havre Daily News and the Chamber Office). Registration forms will be printed in the Havre Daily News (each day of publication) starting Wednesday, November 9th through Wednesday, November 23rd . • 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 @ 3pm on Saturday, November 26th 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! • Winners must be present to win! If the name drawn is not present, another name will be drawn until there is a winner.

Cape Air, Town House Inn, Triangle Mobile, Bergren Transmission, Northstar Athletics, Tilleman Motors, Holiday Village Mall, Henny Penny, Holiday, Nalivka’s Pizza Kitchen, Kmart, Northern Home Essentials, Gary & Leo’s IGA, Helmbrecht Studio, Bear Paw Vet, Parkview Apartments, Culligan, Magic Carpet Travel, Credit Bureau of Havre, MSU-Northern Foundation, US Bank, First Security Bank, Hi-Line Dodge, Triple Dog Brewing, Down Under Fitness Center, Uncle Joe’s, Havre Hardware & Home, The Key, Red’s Auto Parts, Herberger’s, Heirloom Jewelers, Tire-Rama, Subway, Cavaliers for Men & Women, Bearly Square, High Plains Gallery, PJ’s, 5th Ave Grind, Best Western Great Northern Inn/Best Western Plus Havre Inn & Suites, Emporium Food & Fuel, Duck Inn, Stromberg’s Sinclair, Char’s Family Dining, Bear Paw Technologies, Murphy’s, Pub, Master Sports, Pizza Hut, Havre Daily News, JM Donoven Designs, Gram’s Ice Cream, Milam Floral, Coffee Hound, Ezzie’s Wholesale, Western Trailer Sales, Bing ‘n Bob’s, MSU-Northern Bookstore, fivehead’s, Bear Paw Meats, Norman’s, Ben Franklin Crafts, Holden’s Hot Wheels, Lewis Heating & Air Conditioning, Bear Paw Credit Union, Brandon’s Drapery & Floor Covering, Overcast Restoration, Flynn Realty, Erickson Insurance Group, Lorang Law, Independence Bank, Clausen & Sons, Big Equipment Co., Pacific Steel & Recycle, Havre Hi-Line Realty, Valley Furniture, Holland & Bonine, Property West, Holt Plumbing & Heating, Western Drug Pharmacy, Koefod Agency.

• Eagles Kids Christmas Party – 2pm

December 23rd-24th

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December 18th

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

December 10th

Judy Dritshulas, chair of the H. Earl Clack Memorial Museum Board said the activities will take place between 1 and 3 p.m. in the mall’s common area in front of the museum. Dritshulas said the museum puts on the celebration each year for children to both promote the museum and generate interest in the area’s dinosaur artifacts. The celebration will include activities geared toward elementary school children such as holiday themed crafts, guest appearances by local dinosaurs, balloon animals made by Cory Pierson and cookie decorating.

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

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

December 11th

H. Earl Clack Museum is hosting its fifth annual Dinosaur Christmas Saturday, Dec. 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Holiday Village Mall.

December 17th-18th

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

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• Montana Actors’ Theatre presents “Hansel & Gretel – A Christmas Panto” – Matinee 2pm - MSU-Northern Theatre

• Montana Actors Theatre presents “Hansel & Gretel – A Christmas Panto” – 8pm - MSU-Northern Theatre

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December 6th

November 2016

• Pictures with the Grinch - Atrium Mall • Kid’s Scavenger Hunt – 1pm-3pm – Atrium Mall • Jaycees Open House – 1pm-4pm – HRDC Fireside Room

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

December 5th

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Thank you to this year’s Super Certificate Participants!!!! Bear Paw Meats Bearly Square Quilting Ben Franklin Crafts Bergren Transmission Big Sky Images Bing ‘n Bob’s Bob’s Greenhouse Brandon’s Drapery & Floor Covering Cavaliers for Men & Women Cellular Plus Char’s Family Dining Coffee Hound Cottonwood Cinema 4 Domino’s Pizza Down Under Fitness Center Duck Inn & Mediterranean Bistro Emporium Food & Fuel Ezzie’s Wholesale

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In addition to the Super Certificate Drawings there will also be a drawing for Child’s baskets filled with goodies donated by several local businesses. Registration tickets will be handed out at the tree lighting by community volunteers. Thank you to all that donated. Again, the winners must be present to win. Thank you to Independence Bank, AmericInn, Master Sports, Walmart, Pizza Hut, Taco Johns, Koefod, State Farm (Anthony Cammon), Boy Scouts, United Way, Holden's Hot Wheels, Havre Daily News, BNSF & State Farm (Tom Lafond)

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2016 Havre Holiday Calendar Enjoy the Magic of the Holidays

November 24th

December 10th

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

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Happy Thanksgiving November 25th • Black Friday

November 25th-27th • Pictures with Santa – Holiday Village Mall – Noon - 3pm

November 26th • • • • •

Community Tree Lighting @ Town Square; activities start @ 5pm - Santa Arrival - Music/Entertainment - Vendors Polar Plunge – Town Square area – Noon-1:30pm check in; 2pm 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 Craft Show & Sales – 10am-4pm – Atrium Mall

December 3rd • • • •

Pictures with the Grinch – Atrium Mall St. Jude’s Christmas Bazaar – 10:30am-2pm Holiday Spirit Stroll through Havre Beneath the Streets – 1pm-4pm Cowboy Christmas – 5pm – MSU-Northern Gym

December 3rd-4th

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

December 4th

Pictures with the Grinch – Atrium Mall Action Art Raffle – 11am-1pm – Atrium Mall Dino Christmas Party – 1pm-3pm – H. Earl Clack Museum Live Nativity Scene – Van Orsdel United Methodist Church – 5pm-7pm

December 10th-11th

• Pictures with Santa – Holiday Village Mall – Noon - 3pm • Citywide Bake Sale – Holiday Village Mall • Christmas at The Cottage – Noon-3pm

December 12th

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

December 15th

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

December 15th-18th

• Montana Actors’ Theatre presents “Hansel & Gretel – A Christmas Panto” - 8pm - MSU-Northern Theatre

December 17th

“You would be surprised by how many kids have never decorated cookies,” Dritshulas said. Cookies are provided by volunteers and decorating supplies are provided by Gary & Leo’s Fresh Foods. This year, children will have the chance to make dinosaur gingerbread houses. “They’re small, but they are really cute,” she said. Activities are free and open to the public. Dritshulas said that the museum appreciates if parents accompany their children to the festivities.

Eagles Club Christmas party set for Sunday, Dec. 18 The Havre Eagle’s Club will hold it’s annual Christmas party for children Sunday, Dec. 18. Havre Eagle’s Club manager Tom Farnham said Santa Claus will make a spe-

cial appearance. Food, usually hot dogs, will be served and children will get a chance to participate in a variety of games. The party starts at 2 p.m.

• Montana Actors’ Theatre presents “Hansel & Gretel – A Christmas Panto” - 8pm - MSU-Northern Theatre

Merry Christmas

• Montana Actors’ Theatre presents “Hansel & Gretel – A Christmas Panto” - Matinee 2pm - MSU-Northern Theatre

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

• Lunch with Santa – Noon – Boys & Girls Club

New Year’s Eve

December 25th

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

December 26th December 31st

Community Tree Lighting, Saturday, November 26.

Havre merchants are participating in the holiday drawings for gift certificates and prizes valued over $2,600.00. One winner will receive 2 round trip tickets with Cape Air and gift certificates valued to $600.00. The second winner will receive a night’s stay at the AmericInn and an oil change from Bergren Transmission with gift certificates valued to $500.00 The third winner will receive a night’s stay at the Town House Inn with a one month membership to Down Under Fitness Center and gift certificates valued to $500.00, and the fourth winner will receive a pool party at either the Best Western Great Northern Inn or the Best Western Havre Inn & Suites with gift certificates valued to $425.00. The Tree Lighting activities will start at Town Square at 5:00 p.m. • Holiday shoppers will be able to leave their completed registers forms (during regular business hours) at 4 locations (Holiday Village Mall, Atrium Mall, the Havre Daily News and the Chamber Office). Registration forms will be printed in the Havre Daily News (each day of publication) starting Wednesday, November 9th through Wednesday, November 23rd . • 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 @ 3pm on Saturday, November 26th 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! • Winners must be present to win! If the name drawn is not present, another name will be drawn until there is a winner.

Cape Air, Town House Inn, Triangle Mobile, Bergren Transmission, Northstar Athletics, Tilleman Motors, Holiday Village Mall, Henny Penny, Holiday, Nalivka’s Pizza Kitchen, Kmart, Northern Home Essentials, Gary & Leo’s IGA, Helmbrecht Studio, Bear Paw Vet, Parkview Apartments, Culligan, Magic Carpet Travel, Credit Bureau of Havre, MSU-Northern Foundation, US Bank, First Security Bank, Hi-Line Dodge, Triple Dog Brewing, Down Under Fitness Center, Uncle Joe’s, Havre Hardware & Home, The Key, Red’s Auto Parts, Herberger’s, Heirloom Jewelers, Tire-Rama, Subway, Cavaliers for Men & Women, Bearly Square, High Plains Gallery, PJ’s, 5th Ave Grind, Best Western Great Northern Inn/Best Western Plus Havre Inn & Suites, Emporium Food & Fuel, Duck Inn, Stromberg’s Sinclair, Char’s Family Dining, Bear Paw Technologies, Murphy’s, Pub, Master Sports, Pizza Hut, Havre Daily News, JM Donoven Designs, Gram’s Ice Cream, Milam Floral, Coffee Hound, Ezzie’s Wholesale, Western Trailer Sales, Bing ‘n Bob’s, MSU-Northern Bookstore, fivehead’s, Bear Paw Meats, Norman’s, Ben Franklin Crafts, Holden’s Hot Wheels, Lewis Heating & Air Conditioning, Bear Paw Credit Union, Brandon’s Drapery & Floor Covering, Overcast Restoration, Flynn Realty, Erickson Insurance Group, Lorang Law, Independence Bank, Clausen & Sons, Big Equipment Co., Pacific Steel & Recycle, Havre Hi-Line Realty, Valley Furniture, Holland & Bonine, Property West, Holt Plumbing & Heating, Western Drug Pharmacy, Koefod Agency.

• Eagles Kids Christmas Party – 2pm

December 23rd-24th

The Super Certificate Drawing will take place at the

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December 18th

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

December 10th

Judy Dritshulas, chair of the H. Earl Clack Memorial Museum Board said the activities will take place between 1 and 3 p.m. in the mall’s common area in front of the museum. Dritshulas said the museum puts on the celebration each year for children to both promote the museum and generate interest in the area’s dinosaur artifacts. The celebration will include activities geared toward elementary school children such as holiday themed crafts, guest appearances by local dinosaurs, balloon animals made by Cory Pierson and cookie decorating.

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

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

December 11th

H. Earl Clack Museum is hosting its fifth annual Dinosaur Christmas Saturday, Dec. 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Holiday Village Mall.

December 17th-18th

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

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Have a very Dino Christmas

• Montana Actors’ Theatre presents “Hansel & Gretel – A Christmas Panto” – Matinee 2pm - MSU-Northern Theatre

• Montana Actors Theatre presents “Hansel & Gretel – A Christmas Panto” – 8pm - MSU-Northern Theatre

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December 18th

December 22nd-24th

December 6th

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• Pictures with the Grinch - Atrium Mall • Kid’s Scavenger Hunt – 1pm-3pm – Atrium Mall • Jaycees Open House – 1pm-4pm – HRDC Fireside Room

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

December 5th

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Thank you to this year’s Super Certificate Participants!!!! Bear Paw Meats Bearly Square Quilting Ben Franklin Crafts Bergren Transmission Big Sky Images Bing ‘n Bob’s Bob’s Greenhouse Brandon’s Drapery & Floor Covering Cavaliers for Men & Women Cellular Plus Char’s Family Dining Coffee Hound Cottonwood Cinema 4 Domino’s Pizza Down Under Fitness Center Duck Inn & Mediterranean Bistro Emporium Food & Fuel Ezzie’s Wholesale

5th Ave Grind Finest Boot Repair Fleet Wholesale Gary & Leo’s Fresh Foods Gram’s Ice Cream & Candy Shoppe Havre Hardware & Home Havre Home & Party Havre Optometric Clinic Havre Rental & Hi-Line Polaris Heirloom Jewelers Helmbrecht Studio Henny Penny Cupcakes Herberger’s Hi-Line Lanes High Plains Gallery Holden’s Hot Wheels Holiday JM Donoven Designs

Kmart Master Sports Maurices McNair Furniture Merry Character Photography Montana Country Boutique Murphy’s Pub Norman’s Ranch Wear North 40 Outfitters Northern Home Essentials Northern Montana Health Care Northern Montana Vision Center Northstar Athletics Office Equipment Pizza Hut PJ’s Prairie Farms Golf Course

ProBuild R-New Trading Post Sears Spud’s Grub Hut Stromberg’s Sinclair Subway The Key The Past Estate Sales & Services The Press Tilleman Hi-Line Dodge Tilleman Motor Company Tip-It Bar Tire-Rama Tortilla Junction Triangle Mobile Uncle Joe’s Valley Furniture Western Trailer Sales

In addition to the Super Certificate Drawings there will also be a drawing for Child’s baskets filled with goodies donated by several local businesses. Registration tickets will be handed out at the tree lighting by community volunteers. Thank you to all that donated. Again, the winners must be present to win. Thank you to Independence Bank, AmericInn, Master Sports, Walmart, Pizza Hut, Taco Johns, Koefod, State Farm (Anthony Cammon), Boy Scouts, United Way, Holden's Hot Wheels, Havre Daily News, BNSF & State Farm (Tom Lafond)

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


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Havre Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors host Lunch with Santa Event will take place at the Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line The Chamber Ambassadors will hold their annual Lunch with Santa Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line in Havre. Mary Jane Borlaug, a member of the Chamber Ambassadors, estimates that they have sponsored the event for eight years. Children in attendance will get the chance to sit on Santa's lap and tell him what they

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want for Christmas. Borlaug said lunch will most likely include hot dogs. Lunch will be $2 for parents and free for children. There will also be drawings for baskets of Christmas items and toys for children. Borlaug said that between 100 and 125 typically attend the event wich starts at noon.

The Hays Events Committee on Fort Belknap Indian Reservation is hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner Sunday, Nov. 20, at the John Capture Center in Hays from noon to 4 p.m. The dinner, which is free and open to everyone, will include ham, turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, a wide variety of salads and pies for dessert. Hays Events Committee just formed a few months ago, organizer Wylynn Shambo said, and their first event, a Halloween party, was a big success. “We’re just trying to get the community back involved, do more activities,” Shambo said. Dec. 3 the committee is planning a Christmas tree lighting ceremony with one

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of the reservation’s oldest elders doing the honor of lighting the tree. If the weather permits, the tree will be transported to the center by wagon, at noon, then decorated for the lighting ceremony. Everyone will be treated to s’more and hot cocoa and entertained with caroling. Elders and tribal traditions will be honored Christmas Day, as well, with a Christmas powwow and buffalo feed at the center. The day will start at 1 p.m. with the feed, followed by presents and candy for the children and then the powwow. This will be the first Christmas powwow in Hays since the late 1980s or early ’90s, Shambo said, adding that the tribe donated the buffalo which they are going to cook and serve traditionally.

Beyond the turkey meal Holiday Village Mall and Atrium Mall

host events throughout the season For those people with shopping on the mind, the local malls will be hosting activities throughout the season, along with sales and some expanded hours for Black Friday. Holiday Village Mall will have commercial vendor, craft and bakes sales November through December; events at the H. Earl Clack Museum; and plenty of opportunity to get a picture with Santa each weekend starting the weekend of Nov. 25-27.

Some of the mall stores will be open the evening of Thanksgiving Day, and others open early Black Friday. The Atrium Mall is planning artisan, crafts and baked goods fairs every Saturday except Nov. 26 until Christmas. The annual Action Art Dec. 10 will feature artists creating original art while bystanders watch in a three-hour period, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The artwork is then raffled off to ticket-holders.

Havre’s Community Christmas Dinner All Havre residents are invited to a free Christmas dinner at the Havre Eagle’s Club on Christmas Day. Tom Farnham, manager of the Eagle’s Club said the tradition goes back at least 30 years. “It don’t matter: rich, poor, old or young they are all invited,” Farnham said. Those who come will be served turkey, sweet potatoes, gravy, dinner rolls, fresh vegetables, corn and cranberry sauce. “We just got to make sure that everyone

who wants a hot meal has a hot meal and a smile,” he said. Farnham said that while the dinner is free, they will be accepting at-will donations to help fund next year’s meal. Dinner will be served from noon to 2 p.m. Those who wish to have meals delivered to them will able to call in their order the week before Christmas. The contact number will be posted in the Havre Daily News. Orders must be called in by 5 p.m Dec 23.

Thanksgiving weekend offers a variety of activities, shopping in Chinook The people of Chinook meld Black Friday with a hometown holiday celebration closing down the main street in downtown, creating the perfect social atmosphere for holiday socializing and shopping. With a festive mood in the air and friends and family home to visit, the town of Chinook fills the day after Thanksgiving with a Christmas stroll, a Festival of Trees and the annual Parade of Lights. Main street in Chinook is blocked off from 1 to 7 p.m. allowing people to roam through the heart of town, stopping by vendor booths, checking out the holiday fare at local stores and taking time for some cheer with neighbors and visitors. Each year, music spills onto the streets from the handful of establishments offering live music, and even the local museums get into the spirit. The Wildlife Museum will be open 1 to 6 p.m., with regular charges for entry, and Blaine County Museum, with its local and Native exhibits, will be open 1 to 6 p.m. free of charge. Santa will be at Wells Fargo Bank, 336

Indiana, for pictures with children from 2 to 4 p.m., and later he will be the honored guest in the Parade of Lights. While touring the streets, people are invited to stop in to the lobby of First Bank of Montana, 337 Indiana, to view the Christmas trees fully decorated and donated by community members and businesses to the Festival of Trees fundraiser. The viewing will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., but the dinner and live auction start at 7 p.m. at a specially erected tent, or the Chinook Eagles Club, 305 Indiana, if the weather isn’t cooperating. This is an evening of entertainment, and everyone is invited to attend. But before heading to the dinner and auction, people can take in one of the local favorites: the Parade of Lights at 6 p.m. down Indiana Street. Individuals, groups and businesses will vie to most-impress onlookers and judges, with their floats aglow with Christmas lights that mark the beginning of the Christmas season.

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Chouteau County Country Christmas Chouteau County redefines what it means to come together as a community for the holidays with a celebration that encompasses the entire county. Chouteau County Country Christmas Friday, Dec. 2, through Sunday, Dec. 4, sees the towns of Big Sandy, Fort Benton, Loma, Shonkin, Geraldine and Virgelle giving residents and visitors a chance not just to roam the streets and shops of their favorite town, but also catch up with happenings in neighboring towns and spread a little cheer.

Big Sandy

Along with shops being open for special hours and offering refreshments, prizes and deals, the town of Big Sandy is holding a number of Christmas events inside and outside. Breakfast with Santa is 8:30 to 10 a.m. at The Mint Bar and Cafe; baked goods and crafts sales, with a spaghetti at lunchtime, will be at Big Sandy Senior Center, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and a Crafters Bazaar will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Jerry Martin Memorial Hall. Afternoon activities head outdoors with hay rides and hot drinks starting 1 p.m. at Fireman’s Park, a live Nativity scene, 2 to 4 p.m., downtown, and the Parade of Lights, 5:30 p.m. on Johannes Avenue. At 6 p.m. the celebration moves back indoors with a prize drawing at the Memorial Hall and the Christmas Cocktail Throw Down at the Diamond 4U Club, The Mint and Peps showing off their Christmas Cocktail Creation.

Fort Benton

The historic Missouri River town of Fort Benton is holding Christmas activities Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3-4. The home and business decorating contest will entice visitors to take a tour of the whole community, but the town is hosting a number of specific activities including an arts and crafts show and sale 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and live music around town from 1:15 to 9 p.m. Many of the local stores will be hosting all-day open houses with refreshments. For the kids there will be lunch with Santa at 11:30 a.m. at Wake Cup Coffee, and cocoa and doughnuts along with picture opportunities with him at 3 p.m. a the Grand Union Hotel. The American Legion and Ladies Auxiliary are hosting a North Pole Outlet Mall at the Community Bible Hall for kids grades K-6 to shop for new presents priced 25 cents to $3.

Santa’s big appearance of the day will be at the tree lighting ceremony at the Town Circle next to the river park. Sunday, a few stores will be open special hours starting at noon, but at 3 p.m. everyone is invited to the Chouteau County Performing Arts Christmas Concert at the elementary school auditorium, 1406 Franklin St. Performances will include bell ringers, the Chouteau County Choir and TC “Frozen” Dancers, and Santa will make another appearance.

Loma

The town of Loma will kick off the season Friday with an Old-fashioned Christmas Dance for the whole family at Loma Memorial Hall 8 p.m. to midnight. The evening will include dancing, games, food, prizes and drinks for $10 for adults, $5 for students and kids 12 and under free. Weekend shopping opportunities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. are available at the Trash and Treasure Shop Saturday and Sunday, H i g h way 8 7 a n d 4 t h Ave n u e. A n d Bomgardner Catering is holding an open house tasting Saturday, 309 3rd Ave.

Shonkin

Saturday, the Shonkin Country Christmas at Shonkin Community Hall, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. will include wagon/sleigh rides; vendors with a variety of items from jewelry to baked goods to hand-made wooden bowls and utensils; breakfast, lunch and refreshments throughout the day; and a 50/50 raffle with proceeds going to renovate the community hall.

Geraldine

The Geraldine Smithsonian Groups is hosting the Geraldine Bazaar Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., as a fundraiser for their student trip to Washington, D.C. Their event includes a visit from Santa, a variety of vendors, Indian tacos and carnival-style games.

Virgelle

Virgelle Merc Antiques is having “A Real Country Christmas at a Real County Store,” 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. A popular stop, this ghost town on the Missouri River gives people a chance not only to shop antiques and collectibles but also to tour the decorated old town. Everyone is welcome to refreshments at the old cook stove in the homestead-era setting.

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2016 ornament features Kiwanis Chapel at Beaver Creek Park’s Camp Kiwanis Proceeds will go toward community preservation efforts T h e H av r e / H i l l C o u n t y H i s t o r i c Preservation Commission has released its latest Christmas ornament highlighting local history, with the featured building one of its successes. The pewter ornament features the Kiwanis Chapel at Beaver Creek Park’s Camp Kiwanis. The ornament was unveiled and released for sale during the Friends of Beaver Creek Park’s 100th Birthday Party held for the park last Saturday, with the commission donating one of the 100 limitededition ornaments for auction at the Friends fundraiser. The park was created as a recreation area, called Beaver Creek Playground, in the same act signed into law in 1916 that created Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation that borders the park to the south and southwest. The remaining ornaments are available for purchase at the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce Office at 130 Fifth Ave. for $20 each. The commission also is offering a promotional special for previously issued ornaments. Previous years have featured the former Havre Post Office, Hill County Court House, Episcopal Church and Donaldson Hall at Montana State University-Northern. The Commission is offering a special price for the remaining ornaments: Buy two of the three — Court House, St, Mark’s Episcopal Church or Donaldson — for $30. The commission will use the proceeds from ornament sales for a preservation fund it is establishing to help pay for local preservation efforts. The chapel is one of the local buildings the commission has helped to preserve. The Havre/Hill County Preservation Commission worked with the Hill County Park Board to list the Kiwanis Chapel on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008-09. Once listed, a stimulus grant was obtained in 2010. The rehabilitation of the chapel, which was completed in 2011 included og replacement and staining, new chinking, reconstruction of the front porch, a new roof, historically appropriate lighting and the addition of a handicap ramp. A s i g n p rov i d e d by t h e M o n ta n a Historical Society gives a brief historical description and is now on display at the building. The park also made other contri-

Havre Daily News/file photo The Havre/Hill County Historic Preservation Commission limited-edition pewter ornament is displayed. The ornaments are on sale at the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce.

butions to the building including landscaping, a paved sidewalk and a concrete vault toilet. The commission thanked the Hill County Park Board and the Friends of Beaver Creek Park for their preservation efforts in a release about the 2017 ornament. The history of the chapel goes back more than 80 years. The application to put the chapel on the Historic Registry talks about the significance of the park, saying, “Located in north-central Montana, ten miles south of Havre, Beaver Creek State Park is the largest county-owned park in the state. The park measures approximately one mile wide and seventeen miles long and consists of over 10,000 acres. Multiple small drainages empty into Beaver Creek, a perennial creek that runs north-south through the length of the park’s grassy broken hills, clusters of pine forest, and beautiful undulating landscapes characteristic of the north slope of the (Bear) Paw Mountains.” The application lists the building of the chapel, originally the Kiwanis Meeting Hall, as 1933, saying it “played a significant role in the ongoing use of the park and was central to Kiwanis Club activities through the mid-twentieth century.” It added, “Havre’s Kiwanis Club constructed the Kiwanis Meeting Hall there in 1933, the first permanent building in the park, as the central building to Camp Kiwanis, a recreational center established for disadvantaged children to enjoy. Throughout its history, the Kiwanis Meeting Hall served both secular and non-secular organizations. The 1933-1960 period of significance for the Kiwanis Meeting Hall includes the decades from its construction through the 1950s, when the erection of additional campground buildings reduced the overall use of the meeting hall.”


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Piano and Pipes Christmas Concert takes place December 3 The Piano and Pipes Christmas Concert is set to bring holiday and classical music to the Havre community Saturday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, 303 Sixth Ave. Local musical and choral groups and performers will come together for a concert f e a t u r i n g a va r i e t y o f ge n re s f ro m

Christmas tunes to classical music. After the concert, everyone is welcome to refreshments and time to socialize. Cost for the concert is a free-will 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.

Middle School putting on band, choir concerts Havre Middle School bands and the choirs will put on Christmas concerts in the Assembly Room of the school on two different days. The choirs, directed by Rhonda Minnick, will perform Monday, Dec. 12, and the school bands, directed by Paige Williams, will perform Monday, Dec. 5. Both concerts are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. There will be three different choirs — a seventh- and eighth-grade group, a sixthgrade group and a select singing group — performing for about an hour. The select

singing group is an audition group. The night’s theme will be “Christmas at the Movies” and include songs from the movies “Polar Express” and “Frozen,” as well as classics like “Baby, it’s Cold Outside” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Four different band groups, the jazz band, the sixth-grade band, seventh-grade band and the eighth-grade band, will perform. Each group is scheduled to play between three and five holiday songs.

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St. Jude Parish Center hosts Christmas Bazaar St. Jude Parish Center will be hosting a bazaar Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will include a luncheon, silent auction, food sale, Santa’s Attic and a raffle drawing. The luncheon will be happening from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will include dishes like chicken almond casserole, salad, a roll and dessert. Free-will offerings will be accepted. The Santa’s Attic portion of the bazaar will include the sale of gently used Christmas items such as Christmas lights

for the silent auction, mostly by parishioners, included oil paintings, ceramics, wall hangings and table runners.

A food sale will be going on during the

bazaar, during which home-baked items such as cookies, breads, candies and lefse will be available.

The number one prize from the conclud-

ing raffle will be a $500 Havre Area Chamber of Commerce gift certificate. The raffle will be happen at 2 p.m.

Mayer said the home, which she now lives in, was built in 1895 by the Boone family. The Boones lived there from 1885 to 1926, the year it was sold to the Dalrymples. Sidney Dalrymple died in 1984, but it wasn’t until 1995, after Alma Dalrymple died, that it became vacant, For three years, the home sat uninhibited, until Mayer bought it in 1998 and still resides there.

It’s goofy and fun and humorous for all ages,” Pyette said. “It’s very much what we would call family-friendly.” The idea to do “Hansel and Gretel” as a panto was that of the director of the play, Morgaine Lomayesza. Pyette, who studied theatre in England in the early 90s, said he saw a panto of “Robin Hood” and he thought it was very funny. The other dates of the play will be Dec. 9, 10, 16, 17 and 22-24, and the play will begin at 8 p.m. Matinee days are Dec. 11 and 18, with a starting time of 2 p.m.

with a Country Christmas

The Harlem Civic Association is holding their annual Harlem Country Christmas Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. Most stores in downtown Harlem will have special hours and special treats for Christmas strollers to enjoy, and they will be hosting vendors in their stores, or along their storefronts if the weather cooperates. Santa will be at Sue's Deli from 5 to 7 p.m., giving kids a chance to put in their special orders for gifts. Art students from Harlem High School will be on hand to take photos. Kids can participate in a coloring contest and, in a nod to the new trend, adults can participate in their own coloring contest as well. The entries will be posted at the Harlem Senior Center. Artwork needs to be turned in to the Senior Center Friday, Dec. 9, and the winners will get a gift certificate. The Senior Center will be selling a hot meal during the event as a fundraiser for the center. Anyone wanting to join in on the wreath decorating contest has to have those turned in to the Harlem public library by Dec. 9, so the wreaths can hang on display for the

week. The public will be able to help out with another Christmas contest between Harlem businesses. Any business with a decorated tree on display will have a photo posted on the Harlem Civic Association Facebook page. The tree with the most likes will win a goody basket for the business owner. "Last year was our first year with it and the businesses really got into it. It was kind of fun," Rod Becker with the Civic Association said. The library is holding its annual used book sale that evening, and Becker said the civic group fires up its theater-style popcorn maker to make a free treat for attendees. "The kids — you can't believe how much popcorn we go through," Becker said with a laugh. "It's crazy and just as fast as you can make it." The high school band or choir will be entertaining the public at the Senior Center for the evening and if the weather is good they will carroll through the streets.

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A great opportunity exists to help with holiday shopping:

In the past, items that had been donated

MAT putting on “Hansel and Gretel” Harlem decking the halls Montana Actors’ Theatre will be putting on the play, “Hansel and Gretel: A Christmas Panto” starting Dec. 9. Founder and Artistic Director of MAT Jay Pyette said experience is not necessary. “We like to get new people on stage,” he said. The play will be a panto, which Pyette said is an English Christmas tradition. “You take a children’s story and then you mess with it a little bit,” he said. He said the movie “Shrek” is a good example because, while it appeals to children, “there’s a great deal for adults.” “It’s not a traditional telling of the story.

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and various Christmas decorations.

Christmas at the Cottage The public will have a chance to visit a holiday-decorated Boone/Dalrymple House Dec. 10 and 11 from noon to 3 p.m. Christmas at the Cottage is a chance for the community to visit and tour Havre’s oldest home in its holiday glory and enjoy refreshments while doing so. The tour fee will be $5 for adults and $2 for children. Owner and curator of the home Emily

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Interest-free Christmas Cash Loans from $500 to $1,500 are available Havre Area Chamber of Commerce A great opportunity exists for our community, this holiday season — it’s called Christmas Cash. Holiday shoppers can secure their Christmas Cash loan at a participating lending institution — Bear Paw Credit Union, Independence Bank and Stockman Bank. The Christmas Cash can then be

Christmas Cash used at 45 Chamber member businesses. Interest-free Christmas Cash Loans from $500 to $1,500 will be available, with approved credit, at Independence Bank, Stockman Bank and Bear Paw Credit Union starting Nov. 1. The program has had significant impact on our local economy over the past years by keeping over $7 million in Havre, supporting our economy. “There will be many opportunities to shop globally over the next several weeks but, hopefully, as holiday shoppers work through their holiday shopping lists, they will give area businesses a first chance,” Shawn Holden, Chamber board president, said. “Let’s keep the money here at local businesses that support local causes all year long through the giving of

volunteer and financial resources. One great way to do this is to utilize the Chamber’s Christmas Cash Program.” Christmas Cash is a program of t h e H av re A re a C h a m b e r o f Commerce made available to Chamber members 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 our local businesses, which in turn support the economy as well as the community through donations and sponsorhips. That mission has not changed. The Board of Directors feel the program is very successful and believes in its future. The $7 million that has stayed in Havre over the past several years has had a posi-

tive impact on our local economy supporting local businesses. Last holiday season more than $140,000 was loaned. As you start your holiday shopping, please support the Chamber member businesses that are participating in the Christmas Cash program. “We need to thank the community for using and supporting the Chamber’s Christmas Cash Program these past 26 years,” Debbie Vandeberg, Chamber executive director, said, “and pass a thank-you to your bank for their continued participation and support. Bear Paw Credit Union, Independence Bank and Stockman Bank have been committed to being our partners in providing this program to the community and to the businesses that participate in the Chamber’s Christmas Cash Program. Let’s make the 27th year another successful year for the program.”

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Havre Beneath the Streets Havre Beneath the Streets will host it’s third annual Holiday Stroll Saturday, Dec. 3. The stroll gives visitors a chance to learn about Havre’s past while experiencing a bit of the yuletide season. “It’s kind of a fun family event,” said Christy Owens, office manager of Havre Beneath the Streets. For one day, the underground exhibit that showcases Havre’s history as an untamed railroad town of the Wild West are festooned with holiday decorations, nearly all of which are donated by volunteers. “We do Christmas trees, some of it’s old, some of it’s new,” said Mary Schubring, a tour guide who takes part in the decorating

for Havre Beneath the Streets. Owens said the stroll attracts locals as well as those passing through town. In a departure from the rest of the year, where visitors are guided through the museum on a tour, people can move through the series of exhibits at their leisure and feel the warmth of the holiday spirit. Gram’s Ice Cream will be distributing free ice cream samples throughout the stroll. The stroll goes from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission for adults is $5, $3 for children ages 6-12 and free for those 5 and younger. For additional information, call 265-8888. Bear Paw Meats Bearly Square Quilting Bergren Transmission & Auto Care Bing ‘n Bob’s Brandon’s Drapery & Floor Covering Cellular Plus Cottonwood Cinema 4 Duck Inn Restaurant Emporium Food & Fuel Ezzie’s Wholesale Supply First National Pawn Fivehead’s Gary & Leo’s IGA Gram’s Ice Cream & Candy Shoppe

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Havre’s Festival of Trees Money raised will go to the club's youth activities At 7 p.m. Saturday, following the downtown tree-lighting ceremony, the 9th Annual Festival of Trees will take place at the Boys & Girls Club’s Multi-purpose Center, 500 First Ave. Organized by the Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line, the Festival of Trees raises money for the club’s youth activities in after-school and summer programs. Past fundraising efforts allowed the club to expand its facility, including a full-service kitchen and the Multipurpose Room, which are used daily by the club and allow the club to host this event inhouse. Individuals, groups and businesses fully decorate and then donate Christmas trees created with imaginative themes or unique • • • • • • • •

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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 and games, the trees are sold to the highest bidder in a live auction. Additional items sold in live and silent auctions are different each year, but last year’s included a hand-made quilt, a fully decorated playhouse/garden shed, one night at the Fort Benton River House, a catered Christmas party, baked goods and a lot more. Tickets to the Festival of Trees are $25 each and 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.

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Men in blue help provide Christmas Havre Food Bank offers food baskets with Shop Havre Food Bank will be offering Thanksgiving or Christmas food baskets to families in need this year. Lorna Bjerga said that individuals and families having a hard time making ends meet this holiday season can go to the Havre Salvation Army Office, 328 Third Ave., to request either a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal by filling out a request form. People and families that qualify will be given a slip to take to the food bank where

they will receive a the fixings for an entire holiday meal for the number of people listed on the slip. The meal will include a frozen turkey, stuffing, potatoes, canned fruit, vegetables and a dessert. Right now, they are limiting the baskets to only one of the two holidays, Bjerga said, because they don’t want to promise a meal and not be able to come through for the family. But, she added, for that meal

Small Business Saturday is Coming! Shop Local November 26

The Havre Area Chamber of Commerce is helping the Havre community "Shop Small" Saturday, Nov. 26, as a part of the American Express nationwide Small Business event. The event was started in order to encourage local shoppers to get out and support their local businesses.  The Havre Chamber is urging Christmas

shoppers in the Havre community to shop local to support their local businesses and the local economy. Local businesses support the community all year long by donating to and sponsoring many area events, so dollars spent in the community holiday shopping come back into the community.

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Holiday Wishes Come True, Thanks to Friends in Blue For the second straight year, Havre’s law enforcement officers will help provide some Christmas cheer for children who might not have any otherwise. Friday, Dec. 23, Havre police officers will go shopping with children to buy gifts for members of their family. This is the second year they have done the program, teaming up with Walmart, District 4 Human Resources Development Cuoncil, Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line and the public schools. “We know doing something like Shop with a Cop could be helpful and we know it is a program that is needed in the community,” Havre Police Officer Jesse Eller said. “As law enforcement, sometimes you see the worst in the community — a lot of people don’t realize we have kids who are in poverty. A lot of people live behind closed doors or in their circle of friends and just don’t see some of the things we see.” The program is an attempt to identify children in need and pair them up with a police officer in a positive situation, such as shopping for Christmas presents or shopping

for school supplies. The program attempts to locate children whose families have had some contact with law enforcement, maybe involving an adult family member or older sibling who may have been arrested. The trauma of seeing a family member arrested can cause many young children to have negative feelings toward police, as they rarely hear the whole story, objectively, from those involved, a press release says. Focusing on children who have lost parents or experienced a family trauma, it aims to plant a seed of hope back into the hearts of those who have been recently devastated. Children ages 6 through 12 are selected each year during the endof-the-year holiday season to shop for gifts for members of their immediate family. Each child is given a small amount of money to spend, normally $100 depending on donations. One or two children are typically assigned to each law enforcement representative, who then escorts them around the store and assists in selecting appropriate gifts for each family member. After shopping, the children will wrap their gifts, continuing to get to know the police officers. This program helps positively change the lives of children in the community by providing them with Christmas presents that they otherwise may not have received, a press release says. Shop with a Cop was developed to help make the

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holidays brighter for disadvantaged families in the Havre area. Shop with a Cop depends entirely on money donated by the community, private people, businesses and fundraising. In the program an officer hands o u t a p p l i c a t i o n s to t e a c h e rs and Boys & Girls Club. The officers review the applications and choose the children they will work with. The deadline is Dec. 9. Friday, Dec. 23, children arrive at the police department and for about an hour have breakfast and juice and bond with officers. North Central Montana Transit volunteers and buses then take the the children up to Walmart accompanied a by a police escort. Military vehicles will be waiting in the parking lot for the children to check out. The officers and children then will head into Walmart, greeted by store employees. The officers and children shop for about 1 1/2 hours, then, after shopping, they will be bused to Pizza Hut for lunch. The children will then head to the police department to wrap the gifts to be opened Christmas Day.

Havre Daily News/file photo Havre Police Chief Gabe Matosich helps his young friend with a new pair of shoes at Walmart. Matosich and several other officers took part in Shop with a Cop in 2015.

Communities: Requests for delivery can be made the week of Thanksgiving ■ Continued from page 2 stream of volunteers assembles meals to go, while chatting with old friends and new, Sharp’s team bundles the meals into their respective routes and sends them out with drivers. Many area residents come to the meal, bringing family, meeting friends or making new friends across the table. But people also come from farther away, as well — some visiting and others here for business. More than one occasion has seen stranded travelers taking part in the meal, and diners often say they come just for the experience. For more information about volunteering call Rhines at 265-6900 or 265-2737.

Anyone who wants to be a delivery driver can call Gus Sharp at 265-1610. To order a meal delivered, call North Central Senior Center, 265-5464, Monday, Nov. 21, through Wednesday, Nov. 23.

Chinook Community Thanksgiving Dinner Served from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Chinook Senior Center, 324 Pennsylvania, Chinook’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner is a 36-year tradition featuring an abundance of homemade foods,

Diners will feast on a full Thanksgiving meal of turkey, homemade mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, yams, balsamic green beans and homemade salads, with an assortment of home-baked pies to top off the meal — all made possible by the work of volunteers and support from major donors. "This is a continuation of a tradition," veteran organizer Jeanne Dalton said. "This community is really good about supporting the dinner." About 200 community members and visitors are served each year, including deliveries made to those who aren’t able to get out in public, Dalton said.

Along with the meal, most years musical entertainment is provided by The Kitchen Band, which regularly plays at the senior center, or others willing to take advantage of the resident piano. Everybody is welcome, regardless of their ability to make a donation for the meal, Dalton said. It helps to bring an appetite. Anyone interested in volunteering can call Dalton at 357-2799. Anyone in the Chinook area needing a Thanksgiving meal delivered can call the Chinook Senior Center at 357-2648 Monday, Nov. 21, through Wednesday, Nov. 23.


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Nativity ■ Continued from page 2 the Nativity scene stationed in the parking lot between the church and the Girl Scout house. Yellow crime scene tape or a rail is sometimes put up to keep the audience from getting too close to the animals. Toth said that while the church invites everyone to come over and see this spectacle, they cannot touch. "This is not a petting zoo," said Toth. "People can come and look and stuff, but if they want to come sit and take a picture, it ain't gonna happen." The animals are given hay and feed and are also kept inside pens to keep them from wandering away. Such an incident happened a few years ago, when a sheep fled the scene, bolting down Fifth Avenue over to Third Street where Pizza Pro is now located, Toth said. Some organizers went after him, before the woolly fugitive returned to the church of his own volition. Toth estimated it takes about three hours to piece together the manger and the pens, lay the beds of hay, put out the food, receive the animals and do the assortment of other tasks that must be carried out leading up to the performance. When the living Nativity scene is finally completed and all the players in place, people can view the scene by walking over, driving by or parking along Fifth Avenue for the collective viewing.

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The Havre Area Chamber of Commerce and members of the business community along with many local organizations have organized a host of holiday events from bazaars to the community tree lighting at Town Square for all to enjoy this holiday season. Everyone is invited to bundle up and bask in the glow of one of Havre’s holiday traditions while joining family and friends at Town Square for the ceremonial lighting of the community Christmas tree Saturday, Nov. 26, with activities starting at 5 p.m. The crowd can join members of the Havre High School choir in singing holiday carols while warming up with a cup of hot chocolate and waiting for the much-anticipated arrival of Santa. The Super Certificate Drawings and the kids’ holiday basket drawings will also take place at the tree lighting. People can drop registration forms at the Chamber, the Havre Daily News, the Holiday Village Mall and the Atrium Mall. Winners must be present at the ceremony to win any of the more than $2,600 in business gift cards, including a night’s stay at the AmericInn and the TownHouse Inn, a month membership at Down Under Fitness Center, a Bergren Transmission oil change, a pool party at either the Great Northern Inn or the Havre Inn & Suites, and two Cape Air round trip tickets to Billings. The Grinch and Frosty the Snowman will be wandering around Town Square to help kick off the holidays. Local groups are encouraged to participate in the holiday festivities by hosting booths with cider, goodies and other holiday treats. There is no fee to participate — just call the Chamber to confirm a booth spot.

Before the tree lighting, Havre’s Santa Run will take off down Third Avenue, a new holiday tradition in the making. All of the eyes at the North Pole will be focused on Third Avenue as the fun and excitement of the Christmas season runs through downtown. The Santa Run is a fun-filled 1 mile run/walk with prizes for best costumes and race times. Adult participants are encouraged to dress up as Santa Claus or Mrs. Claus. There will prizes awarded for the best adult overall Santa/Mrs. Claus and best overall costume for adults. Youth are encouraged to dress as elves and prize for the best overall youth costume also will be awarded. Registration for the race begins at 4 p.m. at Norman’s Ranch and Sportswear with the race starting at 4:30 p.m. The Santa Run is being sponsored by BNSF Railway in partnership with the Havre Chamber. The race can be run by individuals or as a group. Prizes for the race will be awarded for the fastest male and female racers and for the fastest youth time. Northstar Athletics is sponsoring the prize for the fastest youth time in the Santa Run. This time of year local community calendars are full of seasonal events and activities for all. Find the list of community events at the Havre Chamber calendar of events online at www.havrechamber. com or on the Chamber Facebook page. The tree lighting and run/walk are planned to take place, weather permitting. Should there be any changes in the schedule due to inclement weather, people can check with the Havre Daily News, including its website and Facebook page, and local radio stations.

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The Greater Havre Area Ministerial Association will host a community Thanksgiving service at Northern Montana Hospital’s Grace Chapel Sunday, Nov. 20, starting at 6:30 p.m. The service is scheduled to last until 8 p.m. and will begin with a pre-service concert during which a group of ministers will sing and play guitar. Pastoral Care Coordinator for the hospital, Ila McClenahan, said the purpose of the service is to help unify the com-

munity. After the concert a GHAMA minister will give a sermon. Although the annual service has been happening for 18 years, McClenahan said this will be the second year it will be in Grace Chapel, which she said was built in 2011. McClenahan said the service is usually well-attended but there’s always room for more.

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Communities offer the PAM BURKE, HAVRE DAILY NEWS The people of Havre and Chinook have long-held traditions of community-mindedness, and this spirit of togetherness and support is no more evident than it is at Thanksgiving when volunteers, donors and neighbors come together in each town to hold their respective community dinners. The Thanksgiving dinners are free and open to the public, who flock to the meals in the hundreds. Whether diners come alone or with family and friends, whether they are locals or visitors, everyone is welcome to a full turkey dinner with trimmings and companionship.

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Havre Community Thanksgiving Dinner H av re ’s C o m m u n i t y T h a n k s g i v i n g Dinner is set for Nov. 24 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Jude Parish Center, 440 7th Ave. Sponsored in full by an anonymous donor, this decades-old event serves about 800 meals — at the Parish Center and through home deliveries — each Thanksgiving. “So we’re all set. We have a chef and we have money in the bank and we have everything we need to make this dinner happen,” organizer Debi Rhines said. A retired professional chef takes the helm in the kitchen, supported by kitchen staff at Gary & Leo’s Fresh Foods and a full crew of volunteers. Rhines said, diners will be treated to succulent turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, fresh vegetables, corn and rolls, fresh from the oven, followed by a slice of pumpkin pie. Rhines said they will have 400 pounds of turkey and 800 dinner rolls prepared for

Havre Daily News/file photo A diner carries her plate through the serving line during the 2015 Community Thanksgiving Dinner. The volunteers include, from left, partially hidden Steve Wiles, Montana State University-Northern basketball players Katie Ferreter and Peyton Felius, and Martha and Scott Warren. the meals and expect which, in 2015, numbered about 800. Of those, 350 meals were served at the Parish Center, plus another 100 or so for volunteers, and 350 meals were delivered to those who couldn’t get to the parish. Rhines said people began approaching

her in October about volunteering. Among the more than 100 volunteers who help put on the dinner is Gus Sharp, who organizes the drivers delivering to-go meals Thanksgiving morning, Rhines said. Receptionists at North Central Senior Center will take reservations for the deliv-

ery meals, usually during the week of Thanksgiving. The evening before the meal Sharp will collect the names and addresses, and organize times and routes for the deliveries. Thanksgiving morning, as a

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Live Nativity to illustrate the birth of Christ Those who pass Van Orsdel United Methodist Church on Fifth Avenue Saturday, Dec. 10, 5 to 7 p.m will witness the re-enactment of a biblical event that embodies the true meaning of Christmas for Christians: the birth of Jesus Christ. The living Nativity scene has become a time-honored tradition for the church. Each year, parishioners brave the cold to breathe life into an episode usually known through artist renderings and biblical interpreta-

tions. Throughout it all, Christmas music plays in the background. "It's almost like you can be there in your mind like that," said Ray Toth, a longtime parishioner who has had a large part in organizing the affair throughout the years and played several roles in the exhibition. Toth credits Betty Knudson, a former Havre resident and parishioner, for coming up with the idea for the live Nativity scene. Volunteers act in the roles of Mary, Joseph, the three wise men

and the shepherds. At least one actor portrays an angel. Elevated above the manger — which is made of old barn wood — in a hydraulic lift bucket, the person acting as an angel flies alongside a large electric star aglow in white light. Toth said the decision to use a doll or a real life baby to portray Jesus depends on the weather and willingness of a mother to volunteer her baby. Other children, dressed as angels, are sometimes situated out in front to give children a larger role in the produc-

tion. Some costumes bearing resemblance to biblical-era attire were donated to the church. But due to the varying sizes of the participants, they are sometimes forced to improvise. Actors take their spots for about a half hour before, one by one, they slip out when their shift ends and other actors take their place. In lieu of enough volunteers, Toth said, someone may take multiple shifts, but they try to ensure that the person gets a break

between shifts. Real animals are transported from farms in Havre and nearby communities such as Chinook to play a part. Toth said that this year, animals present will include sheep, a miniature donkey, a miniature horse, alpacas and a llama. The animals are allocated some room to wander, but some, such as sheep and alpacas, are kept in pens that act as a barrier between them and people who come over to see

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