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Myrna Loy.....................................6 Musikanten..................................7 Grandstreet..................................7 Lewis & Clark Library MAIN BRANCH Lewis & Clark Library AUGUSTA.8 East Helena Library....................8 Capital State Band.....................8 Symphony Under the Stars....8 Dance Performances................9 Western Rendezvous of Art...9 Open Studios Tour.....................9 Museums................................... 10 Visit an Art Gallery.................. 10 Clay Arts Guild of Montana.12 Statues........................................ 13 More Public Art........................ 14

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Farmers Market........................ 15 Alive @ Five............................... 15 Helena Bearcats Football..... 15 Helena Bicycle Club............... 15 NASA Distinguished Space Speaker 16 Guided Hikes............................ 16 Bird Watching........................... 17 Governor’s Cup Weekend.... 17 Helena Outdoors Fest........... 17 Dirt Divas Mountain Bike Clinic 17 Strutt Your Mutt....................... 18 Brewer’s Baseball.................... 18 Brewer’s Kids Club.................. 18 Shindigs of a Grand Kind..... 18 Archie Bray 60th Anniversary.18 Mount Helena Music Festival.19 Car Show & Drag Races......... 19 Walleye Tournaments............ 19 Music with a Mission............. 19 Lewis & Clark In-County Rodeo & East Helena............................ 19 Cardboard Cup Regatta........ 20 Chalk Up Helena!.................... 20 Marysville Picnic...................... 21 Sidewalk Summer Fest.......... 21 Last Chance Stampede & Fair.21 Relay for Life............................. 23 Wild West Fest.......................... 23 Wilbur Rehmann Quintet at Moose Creek 23 South Hills Trail Series........... 24 York 38 Special......................... 25 Last Chance Community Pow Wow 25 NAMI Walk................................. 25

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Information is subject to change without notification. Please call published telephone numbers to confirm details. Also, keep in mind that some categories do cross over so be sure to read all 101 things! To add, change or delete any information for the 2012 issue, please call 447-4003. We also encourage you to patronize the businesses that advertise in this magazine. Have a great summer in the Helena area!

101 Summer Things To Do is published by the Independent Record a division of Capital City Publishing Group. 317 Curse Ave, Helena, MT 59601 (406) 447-4003 Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, but changes sometimes occur after publication. The Independent Record cannot be held liable in the event of errors or omissions. The use of names of private companies in this publication is for reader information only and does not imply endorsement by the Independent Record.

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Horse Drawn Wagon Rides.. 26 Gates of the Mountains Boat Tour Guardian of the Gulch Fire Tire Helena Aboretum................... 27 Historic Cemeteries................ 28 Great Northern Carousel...... 28

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ExplorationWorks!.................. 28 Adventure Zone...................... 30 Golf.............................................. 30 Tennis.......................................... 31 Bowling...................................... 32 Folf............................................... 32 Baseball and Softball............. 32 Swimming................................. 32 Marinas....................................... 32 Lakes............................................ 33 Boating, Floating, and Sailing.34 Fishing........................................ 36 Historic Last Chance Gulch. 36 Popular Trails Near Town...... 38 Hiking and Biking Further Afield Outdoors with Horses and Dogs Park it.......................................... 42 Camping Opportunities....... 44 Sleep in a Cabin....................... 44 Watch for Wildlife.................... 45 Mine for a Sapphire................ 47

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Last Chance Tour Train.......... 50 Original Governor’s Mansion.50 State Capital Rotunda........... 51 Cathedral of St. Helena......... 51 Historic Walking Tours........... 51 Historic Reeder’s Alley........... 52

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Townsend (Broadwater County) Tizer Gardens............................ 54 Boulder (Jefferson County).55 Boulder (Basin)......................... 55 Headwaters Country Jam.... 56 Rockin’ the Rivers.................... 56 Lewis and Clark Caverns....... 56 All Roads Lead to Lincoln..... 57 Augusta, Gateway to the “Bob” White Sulphur Springs.......... 57 Bair Family Museum.............. 57 Helena Area Ghost Towns.... 57 Dinosaurs................................... 58 Some Scenic Routes.............. 59

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Northwest Rendezvous Artists Carolyn Anderson Kenn Backhaus Gerald Balciar Greg Beecham Mitch Billis Bye Bitney Joseph Bohler Harley Brown Tom Browning Scott Burdick Blair Buswell Lorenzo Chavez Jim Daly Barry Eisenach Josh Elliott Tony Eubanks Gerald Fritzler Veryl Goodnight Jack Hines Quang Ho Gary Kapp Jim Lamb Joan M. Larue Huihan Liu Tom Lockhart Joseph Mendez Gerald Merfeld Jim Morgan R. F. “Bob� Morgan Ned Mueller Paul Mullally Ralph Oberg Don Prechtel Grant Redden Laura Robb Ray Roberts Rosetta Tom Saubert Sandy Scott W. Steve Seltzer Matt Smith George Strickland Jim Wilcox Jessica Zemsky

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Myrna Loy Center

The mission of the Myrna Loy is to present the arts, including media, performing, literary and visual, in an educational context, with challenging and culturally enriching programs that would not otherwise appear in the Helena area or Montana. The Myrna is named after Montana’s First Lady of Film, Myrna Williams. Myrna was born in 1905 in Radersburg, Mont., 40 miles southeast of Helena. By the time Myrna passed away at the age of 88, she had appeared in a phenomenal 129 motion pictures. At the Myrna productions of theater, dance, jazz, folk, performance art and cinema are all presented in a more intimate setting. Films are shown in the 250-seat proscenium arch theater and the 50-seat screening room. There are daily films shown and often include independent works not brought to the larger Cinemark movie theater. Educational programs are also available. Teachers interested in bringing artists into their classrooms and community members looking for arts residency opportunities, contact Pete Ruzevich at 443-0287 or Beverly Fox at 443-3581. Video editing classes are also offered and taught by Benji Cosgrove, who holds an MFA in Media Arts from the University of Montana. Call 443-0287 for more information. The Myrna Loy Center is located at

15 N. Ewing. Box office hours are Monday-Thursday, Noon to 7 p.m., Friday Noon to 9 p.m., Saturday 3:30 to 9 p.m., and Sunday 1:30 to 7 p.m. From June through August enjoy the Myrna Loy with a smorgasbord of live performances at 8 p.m. Mondays at the Myrna – Summer is a Festival June 13 June 16 June 20 June 27

Sound Evolution, Helena Musicians in Concert R. Carlos Nakai, www.rcarlosnakai.com Bindlestiff Family Circus, www.bindlestiff.org 2 p.m. Matinee | 7 p.m. Evening Show Holcombe Waller, The Hope Chest: Into the Dark Unknown, www.holcombewaller.com Django Reinhart Festival All-Stars www.djangobirdland.com Blue Highway, www.bluehighwayband.com Sam Lardner 2 p.m. Family Matinee, “Oceans are Talking� 8 p.m. Sam Lardner Barcelona TBA TBA Jim Lauderdale, www.jimlauderdale.com Joy Kills Sorrow, www.joykillssorrow.com Ruthie Foster, www.ruthiefoster.com

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Musikanten Montana

Musikanten Montana will host its eighth annual Helena Choral Week June 19-26â&#x20AC;&#x201D;an intense 8 days of classes, lessons, rehearsals and concerts for the passionate choral singer. The week opens Sunday with the choir singing at a local church service and continues with â&#x20AC;&#x153;donation welcomedâ&#x20AC;? 12:15 p.m. week-day lunch-time mini-concerts, featuring the 2011 Choral Week guest artists: Evanne Browne, soprano; Marjorie Bunday, mezzo-soprano; Fred Peterbark, tenor; Thomas Gregg, tenor; Bobb Robinson, baritone; Robert Tudor, baritone; and Jay Bahny, bass. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday concerts are at the Myrna Loy Center; Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lunch concert will be at St. Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Cathedral. Mornings are dedicated to classes and private lessons taught by the guest artists; popular offerings include Marjâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Madrigals, Fredâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gospel Singing, and Tomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s SightReading and Theory. Participants can sign up for a series of classes, or drop in any day. The chorus rehearses evenings with the grand finale performance on Saturday, June 25 at 8 p.m. featuring Ralph Vaughan Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ravishing Mass in G minor for double choir a cappella. To conclude the week, on Sunday June 26, the choir will sing for the 10:15 a.m. liturgy at St. Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Cathedral. Please visit www.musikantenmt.org for concert details and registration information.

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Situated in a historic building over 100 years old, which previously served as a house of worship and a library, Grandstreet Theatre gives front row seats to Helenaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blooming acting community. Grandstreet, Montanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest continuous community theatre, began in 1975 in the Placer Hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ballroom. It provides hands-on learning in all aspects of theatre production and management for aspiring actors. For more information concerning Grandstreetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre School for Kids ages 5-21 and their Summer Conservatory for actors 12-22. www.GrandstreetTheatre.com. Grandstreet Theatre, 325 N Park Avenue. See ad opposite page. Disneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Mulan Jr. (3 shows) $12 Adults â&#x20AC;˘ $8 Children 12 and younger. June10-11, 7:30 p.m. | June 12, 2:30 p.m. Into the Woods (6 shows) $18 Adults â&#x20AC;˘ $16 Students, Seniors, Military $12 Children 12 and younger July 8-9, 14-16, 7:30 p.m. | July 10, 2:30 p.m. All Shook up (12 shows) $18 Adults/$16 Students, Seniors, Military $12 Children 12 and younger July 29-30, August 3-6, 10-13, 7:30 p.m. July 31, August 7, 2:30 p.m. Introducing Grandstreet Studio at 328 Fuller Ave. Recent Tragic Events (8 shows) $12 All tickets August 18-20, 23-27, 7:30 p.m.

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Lewis & Clark Library Main Branch

Preschool & Elementary School-Aged Children Tuesday Tales for Kids [grades 1-5] Tuesdays, June 14-July 26 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the large meeting room at the Lewis & Clark Library Storytime [ages 3-5] On the StorySteps in the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Section Wednesdays, 10:30 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 2 p.m. Thursdays, 10:30 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 2 p.m.

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July 26 Evaluation, Awards, Movie (2 hour program) AUGUST, continue reading each week during the summer months! We will be open. Call us at 227-5750 for other programs.

Teens [grades 6-12] Summer programs for TEENS at the Library will include “Around the World” creative programs on Tuesday afternoons through mid-July. First Friday Movie Nights, Anime Afternoons, and gaming events in August. Go to lewisandclarklibary.org for additional programs and details!

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16 East Main Street (by the Prickly Pear Creek) “One World, Many Stories” June 12 Kim Brown as DW from Arthur June 21 The Steve Aldrich Magic Show June 28 Big Sky Dance Works (teaching dances from around the world) July 5 East Helena Pool or Ethnic Games in the park across from library on Main July 12 Puppet Show with Markie Scholz July 19 Storyteller, Colleen Sutherland

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The State Capital Band is one of the longest continually running bands in the country. The band, which was organized in 1902, features 50-60 of the area’s finest musicians. Free band concerts are offered every Thursday at 8 p.m. beginning June 30 at the Memorial Park band shell. The series will continue through August 4. Rehearsals are Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. starting June 29 through August 3. Programs will feature 10-12 songs including marches, Broadway musical and movie score arrangements, Disney music, and classical wind ensemble pieces. Bring a picnic, blanket or lawn chair and a make a whole night of it. Children and dogs are welcome. Copies of the band’s history will be for sale at the concerts. For more information, call 458-8651.

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Western Rendezvous artist Gerald Balciar working on his Quick Draw sculpture, 2010

The historic Sieben Ranch is the site of the Western Rendezvous of Art Quick Draw & Auction Photos provided by Tom Likens

music of the 1920s reminds us that “if it ain’t got that swing, it ain’t got that thing.” The grand finale of the night is a giant fireworks display that is enjoyed by all of the Helena community. It is one of the largest displays in the state all year. Previous concerts have included music from “Carmen,” the works of George Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and “The Planets” suite by Gustav Holst. Past attendance has been upwards of 16,000 people from throughout Montana and several other states. Admission is free, but we do have a bucket brigade that circulates for a donation to keep the Symphony Under the Stars going. A limited number of reserved seats are available for purchase. People are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics to the event. Bring your canned goods too, to hold down your blankets and Helena Food Share will have bins for collecting your donation. For more information or reserved seating, contact the Helena Symphony box office at 442-1860 or visit www.helenasymphony.org. See on page 8.

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Ballet Montana will present the world premier of an original Story Ballet Inquisition of Don Miguel and Quarteta Romantica at the Myrna Loy Wednesday through Friday July 27-29 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door. For more information call 447-5508 or email smulcahy@carroll.edu.

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The 33rd Annual Western Rendezvous of Art takes place August 18-21, 2011 at Helena’s Red Lion Colonial Hotel. This popular art show featuring 49 of the nation’s premier artists, members of the Northwest Rendezvous Group (NWR) and invited guest artists, is a must see for art lovers. The NWR teams up with the Montana Historical Society to bring America’s top contemporary artwork to Helena each year. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, August 18 with the Rendezvous Art Show at the Red Lion Colonial Hotel followed at 5 p.m. by an informal Western BBQ at the Montana Historical Society. On Friday, August 19, the public is invited to two excellent seminars held at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. Jim Wilcox, nationally renowned NWR artist from Jackson, WY will give a talk titled “Tricks of the Trade—Why You Love It;” and Western history and art collector/gallery owner Thomas Minckler of Billings, MT and New York City will share his research on floral paintings of Joseph Henry Sharp. Friday night starts off with an artist’s reception followed by a Gala Awards Banquet. Saturday, August 20 begins early with the popular Quick Draw and Auction at the historic and scenic Sieben Ranch—the auction is scheduled for high noon. The exciting and fast paced, set-price sale of the Rendezvous Art Show takes place on Saturday evening. Rendezvous concludes on Sunday morning with a Farewell Continental Breakfast and Last Chance Art Sale. The Rendezvous’ open and friendly atmosphere provides ample opportunities to mingle informally with some of the finest artists from across the nation as well as savvy art collectors. Discounted all-event tickets are available through Monday, July 18. For more information or to purchase tickets call 442-4263, email westrdz@aol.com, or visit the Rendezvous web site at www.westrendart.org where you can also view some fabulous art available this year. Be part of the Rendezvous on-line crowd and “Friend” us on the new Western Rendezvous of Art Facebook page! See ad page 5.

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Open Studios Tour

The Helena Public Art Committee hosts the Open Studios tour, a fund raiser to support public art. The Tour offers the public a rare opportunity to visit the studios of working artists in the Helena area. Tour participants will meet artists who specialize in sculpture, painting, ceramics, pottery, architecture, jewelry, wood, dolls and baskets . The tour is from Noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 10. Tickets are $10 and ticket holders are eligible for special prize drawings. For more information, call 447-8491 or visit www.helenapublicarts.com. See ad page 24.

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mining claim. The cornerstone was laid on July 18, 1936. The museum contains many items of historic significance to Masonry and early Montana history. Items on display include the Masonic apron of Meriwether Lewis, the hand written manuscript of Paris Pfouts (the first mayor of Virginia City), and Olaf C. Seltzer’s depiction of the first recorded Masonic meeting in Montana on Mullan Pass. Located at 425 Park Avenue, the museum’s hours are Monday –Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. For more information call 442-7774 or visit www.mtglsec@grandlodgemontana.org.

Museums

The Holter Museum is a museum dedicated to “nurturing creativity, community, and arts for all.” The Holter offers over 25 varied exhibits each year, art education to all ages, international artist residencies, lectures, and receptions. It includes five exhibition galleries, an Education Center, and a Collections and Research Center, proving that the love for contemporary art is alive and well in Montana. The Holter is located 12 E. Lawrence St. Admission is free and hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Current Director is Christopher R. Taylor. For more information call 442-6400 or visit www. holtermuseum.org. See ad page 8.

Located just north of Helena is a quaint historic school building now known as The Little Red Schoolhouse Museum. It dates back to the 1800s. It is available for free tours by appointment, or to rent for parties, reunions, picnics, etc., and accommodates approximately 125 people. It is located at 1635 Sierra Rd. E. Call 458-8632 for more information.

The Montana Military Museum displays items from more than two centuries of military experience in Montana. Exhibits include uniforms and equipment worn and used by fighting men for more than a century. To reach the museum, drive to Fort Harrison on Highway 12 W. Once inside the main gate, take a right at the first intersection. The museum is located in the cluster of building on the left. The museum is free and open to the public 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Thursday. Visit www.montanaguard.com for more information. See ad this page. Helena Masonic Grand Lodge Museum along with the Grand Lodge Office and Library were built on a former placer �

A state as rich in history as Montana would not be complete without a museum dedicated to preserving that history and the people who shaped it. The Montana Historical Society, Montana’s Museum, is located at 225 N. Roberts (just east of the Capitol) in the Montana Historical Society building. This kid-friendly museum contains fine art and historical, archaeological, and ethnological artifacts pertaining to Montana’s history, people, and geography. There are longterm, traveling, and special exhibits featured. The “Montana Homeland” exhibit is constantly changing. “Neither Empty or Unknown: Montana at the Time of Lewis and Clark” pays tribute to the rich cultures already here when the famous expedition passed through this land. It even features a wolf den that kids can crawl into. One of the largest collections of renowned Montana artist, Charles M. Russell’s, artwork is on display in the Mackay Gallery. The newest addition to the museum is a traveling exhibit called “Land of Many Stories: The People and Histories of Glacier National Park,” which celebrates the centennial of Glacier National Park. It features reproductions of historic photographs, graphics, and accompanying interpretive text. This exhibit opened November 5, 2009 and has been extended throughout the summer. Museum hours are Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m to 5 p.m from June through September. It costs $5 for adults, $1 for children, $12 per family. Group tours by reservation. Admission to the Society is free to all on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Call Tom Cook 444-1645 for more information or visit montanahistoricalsociety.org admission to the Society is free to all on the 2nd Saturday of every month.

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Located at 2915 Country Club Drive, just west of Spring Meadow Lake, the Archie Bray opens its doors to all those serious about devoting themselves to ceramic arts. It is home to a number of ceramic artists in residence. Residencies range from a few months (short-term) up to two years (long-term). New residents are chosen once a year in March by the Bray’s director and a rotating jury of two other ceramic artists.


The Archie Bray will celebrate its 60th anniversary this year June 23-25 with From the Center to the Edge: 60 years of creativity and innovation at the Bray Foundation.

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No matter your level, the Bray offers educational opportunities. Community classes in hand building and throwing are offered quarterly for beginner through advanced students. There are also classes for young artists ranging from kindergarten through high school aged students. Call 443-3502 for more information or visit www. archiebray.org. Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The annual Brickyard Bash will close the anniversary event Saturday June 25 8 p.m. See page 14 for more information about 60th annivesary events/activities] Money raised during the live auction helps benefit the Archie Brayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s artists in residence. Fellowships and Farewell Exhibitions will open August 4. The Bearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Den Gallery specializes in custom framing and giclĂŠe printing and is the exclusive gallery of owner/ artist Alan Snellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s artwork. The gallery is located at 1330 North Montana Ave. Hours are Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 442-4151 for more information. Birds and Beasleys features original works of art by Montana artists. They also sell a variety of gifts, bird feeders, bird baths, and bird seed. Located at 70 S. Park Ave., Birds and Beasleys is open Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., open late on Wednesdays until 8 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Birds & Beasleys offers bird walks every Saturday, May 14-September 10. Meet in front of Birds & Beasleys at 7:30 a.m. and enjoy two hours of local bird fun. Locations will rotate throughout the summer, but will include Spring Meadow, Fairgrounds Pond, the Cement Plant, Jane Beasleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s backyard and anywhere the group decides to go. Reservations are not necessary, but would be appreciated. Call 449-0904 for more information. Turman Larison Contemporary hosts their 11th anniversary event from May 27-June 18. The gallery features contemporary artwork from artists of national and international reputation. The gallery includes paintings, etchings, ceramics, glass, photography and sculptures. June 23-July 16, Richard Notkin, Akio Takamori and Kurt Wieser â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Turman Larison will take part in The Archie Bray 60th Birthday Clay Extravaganza June 23-25. Located at 337 North Last Chance Gulch, Turman Larison is open TuesdayFriday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 443-0340 or visit www.turmanlarison.com. The Upper Missouri Artists (UMA) gallery is a unique gallery displaying original works of art by member artists, who are Montana artists local to the Helena area. Artwork displays are changed monthly, and include original oil, watercolor, and pastel paintings as well as fused/sculpted and etched glass, bronze sculptures, photography, and rock mosaics. The gallery is located at 7 N. Last Chance Gulch. Summer hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5:30 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3 p.m. Come in and meet the artists.

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The Ghost Art Gallery specializes in original western and wildlife art done by over 80 of Montanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest artists. A selection of pottery, copper bowls, house angels, and jewelry is also featured. A full service custom frame shop is also located above the gallery. The Ghost Art Gallery is located at 21 South Last Chance Gulch, on the Downtown Walking Mall. Hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call 443-4536 or visit www.ghostartgallery.com.

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Clay Arts Guild of Helena

Find out what masterpieces can be created when nimble fingers delve into a ball of soft, moist clay by taking a class at the Clay Arts Guild of Helena. Whether you make an intricate sculpture worthy of a gallery or a bowl for your morning breakfast of Cheerios, you will have fun while learning the art of ceramics. The Clay Arts Guild, located at 3025 Bozeman Avenue, was founded in 1999 by a group of enthusiastic ceramic artists who sought to immerse themselves in their passion for ceramic arts. Since then the Guildâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success has resulted in an expansion, nearly doubling the size of the facility. Members built a 16 cubic foot gas kiln, a soda kiln, and have plans to construct a larger gas kiln to further enhance the Guildâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capabilities. The Guild also now has a gallery to proudly showcase membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; work. The Guild embraces all levels of clay enthusiasts and provides opportunities for everyone to test their skills and learn something new. Adult beginning

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Take the time to visit some of Helenaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historical figures, but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be shocked when you find out theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re made of stone. Scattered throughout Helena are statues depicting noteworthy individuals from Montana. Standing in the Capitol rotunda is a bronze statue of legendary U.S. Senator Mike Mansfield and his wife Maureen. The statue shows the politician walking forward while his wife gazes at him lovingly from the side. Former Montanan Gareth Curtiss crafted the statue. It stands seven feet tall atop an 18-inch pedestal. Also inside the Capitol is a depiction of Jeanette Rankin, located on the first floor landing at the rear of the building. Rankin became the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress in 1916. She is best remembered for

being the only member of Congress to vote against the U.S. entering both world warsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;once in 1917 and again in 1941. The figure that crowns the Capitol dome is a personification of Liberty. She is armed with a torch and shield to light the way and protect the populace. This piece was created circa1900 by Artist Edward Van Langdeghem (1865-1955). Sitting on a horse with his sword valiantly drawn up in the air, is Thomas Francis Meagher. Meagher was an Irish revolutionary, flamboyant orator, and Union veteran of the Civil War who twice served as acting governor of the Montana Territory. Located in the middle of the Last Chance Gulch walking mall is the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bullwhackerâ&#x20AC;? statue. This statue reminds of the determination of freight wagon teams, driven by bullwhackers, who transported supplies to Come see our fully stocked traders during Helenaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gold green houses rush days. Also on the walking mall is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Extra! Extra,â&#x20AC;? a detailed bronze statue of a newsboy of the early 1900s by Helena artist Becky Eiker.

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• Red Shift Rocker, Richard Swanson, 2005, Holter Museum of Art, 12 E. Lawrence • Lewis & Clark Experience Bear, Eric Thorsen, 2005, Great Northern Town Center • Women’s Mural, Livestock Building, 2 N. Last Chance Gulch • Crabapple Ridge, Clarice Dryer, 2002, Holter Museum of Art, 12 E. Lawrence • All of the Above, None of the Above, Chip Clawson, 2006, Pioneer park • Queen City Gateway, Robert Harrison, 1997, 6th Ave. & Hibbard Way • Window, Barry Hood, 2005, Grandstreet Theatre, 325 N Park Ave. • The Prospectors, 1974, Lyndon Pomeroy, Broadway & Last Chance Gulch • Facade Carving, Cathedral of St. Helena, Lawrence & Warren Streets • Bison, 1890, Lewis & Clark Library, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch • City Commission Chamber Mural, Bob Morgan, 2005, Commission Chamber, City-County Building, 316 N. Park Ave. • Confederate Fountain, George Carsley, 1920 Hill Park acorss from the Civic Center • Soar, Richard Swanson, 2008 UM-Helena College of Technology, 1115 N. Roberts St • Imagine ThatIronworks & Flower Garden, Jon P. Becker, 1317 N Lamborn • Totem Poles, David Holcomb, 1340 Wilder [private residence] • Potter’s Shrine, Robert Harrison, 1985, Archie Bray Foundation • Odyssey Arch, Chip Clawson, 2001, Archie Bray Foundation • Infinity Street, Yukinori Yamamora, 2001 • Bird Bath, Steffanie Samues, 1993, Archie Bray Foundation • Sladich Fountain, Rev. Daniel Peter Hillen, 1990, Carroll College • Mary Seat of Wisdom, Marble Statue, Carroll College • Kirchen Pastoral Center Windows, Rev. Daniel Peter Hillen, Carroll College • Herd Bull, Benji Daniels & James Hadcock, The Montana Historical Society

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events 17 n Farmers Market The Helena Farmers Market is a unique community event where you can meet friends, listen to local musicians and purchase a variety of items, including locally-grown produce, bedding plants, cut flowers, jewelry, handmade crafts and ready-made foods. The market is one of Helena’s most popular events and is the longest running farmers market in the state of Montana, starting the last Saturday in April and ending the Saturday before Christmas. The Helena farmers market has extended its location on Fuller Avenue stretching from Neil Avenue to Lawrence Street. From April to November, hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Then the market moves to the Lewis & Clark County Fairgrounds from November through December, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information contact the market manager, Brent Sarchet at 438-0027.

18 n Alive@Five 14th Season Alive @ Five Summer Series Wednesday nights from 5 to 9 p.m. began May 18 and goes through August 31st at a different downtown location each week. Grab your lawn chair and head downtown to enjoy great food, good conversation, and a free live music. It’s a great way to kick back and enjoy a beautiful evening along the most historic mile in Montana. Food vendors and kids activities including a giant inflatable jumps, climbing wall, and ferris wheel rides. For more information call 447-1535 or go to www. downtownhelena.com and Facebook. June 1 Woman’s Park, Dan Hunthausen & the Travelin’ Dogs June 8 Pioneer Park, L&C Library Youth Bands June 15 Woman’s Park, Roxslyde June 22 GN Ampitheater, Little Elmo & the Mambo Kings June 29 Woman’s Park, Intermission July 6 North Walking Mall, The Growlers July 13 Pioneer Park, Johnny Rawls Blues Revue July 20 Woman’s Park, In Walks Bud July 27 Pioneer Park, Macho Band August 3 Woman’s Park, Mabel’s Rage

August 10 Pioneer Park, The Big Soul Band August 17 Woman’s Park, Scared August 24 Pioneer Park, Quarry Road August 31 Woman’s Park, Red Elvises

19 n Helena Bearcats Football Helena’s own semi-professional, adult recreational football team, the Bearcats, (formerly the Titans) belong to the Rocky Mountain Football League. The league consists of teams from Idaho, Utah, Colorado and Montana. Catch their last games of the season on June 4 as they play the Missoula Phoenix and on June 11 when they play Clark Fork Rush. Call 459-6609 or visit www.helenabearcats.com for more information.

20 n Helena Bicycle Club Helena Bicycle Club features a wide array of cycling events for mountain bikers and road riders of all abilities including multi day rides and evening rides on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Membership Fee: $20 for an individual, $30 for a family per year. Call 495-8061 or visit www.helenabicycleclub.org. June 4 CHAFE 150 (Sandpoint, ID) June 18-19 Double Divide Ride June 25 RATPOD (Dillon, MT) July 9-10 Seattle to Portland July 16 One Helena Hundred August 20 Cycle for the Symphony August 27 Three Rivers Century (Belgrade, MT) Sept 12-16 Park-2-Park Montana (Glacier to Yellowstone) More details at www.casagal.org or call 443-2448. On Mondays, the Helena Bicycle Club hosts Monday Night Mountain Bike Ride, which departs from Park Avenue Building in downtown Helena. The Helena Bicycle Club also holds regular road rides Tuesday and Thursday nights. Tuesday nights East Side road rides start at Reber Park on Colonial Drive Thursday night rides leave from Four Georgians school. All ride departures are at 6 p.m. in May and change to 6:30 p.m. in June. More info: www.helenabicycleclub.org.

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21 n NASA Distinguished Space Speaker Series This event will be held at the Great Northern Hotel in the Great Northern Town Center on Wednesday June 8, from 6-7 p.m. Darlene Lim of the NASA Ames Research Center will speak on the topic: A Deep Dive Towards the Moon and Mars-How Underwater Science is Informing Exploration Concepts of the Future. Lim has been a participant in the NASA/SETI Haughton Mars Project since 1999. She spent time in 2000 and 2001 as an inhabitant of the world’s first mars simulation base in the Haughton crater. Contact 406-475-1800 x5 for more information or e-mail RonB@explorationworks.org

22 n Guided Hikes The Prickly Pear Land Trust holds the belief that open space is essential to the well being of all communities. That’s why its members work together to protect the open space in Lewis and Clark, Broadwater and Jefferson Counties in Montana. This organization sponsors numerous summer events that provide opportunities to enjoy the beauty of the Helena area and ensure that it stays open for all outdoor enthusiasts to relish in, including hikers, bicyclists, families, picnickers, and wildlife watchers. There will be guided

hikes at 6 p.m. all summer long, trail work days, and a big September 24 Harvest Moon Banquet, the land trust’s annual fundraiser to help purchase land for conservation. Some of these projects are a partnership of the High Divide Trails Partnership, including PPLT, Montana Wilderness Association, Great Divide Cyclery, the Continental Divide Trail Alliance, and numerous equestrian, cycling clubs, and outdoor groups. Planned trail work and family events include: • Thursday, June 9, 6 p.m. “I Spy” Nature Hunt-Trail Hike for Kids! • Saturday, June 18, Dirt Diva Bikers-come out and learn the basics of women’s biking • Saturday, June 18, Strutt Your Mutt • Wednesday, June 29, 6:30 p.m. Come and partake in an hour or so of weed pulling followed by a BBQ. At the old Shooting Range Trailhead up on Davis Gulch. • Thursday, July 14, 7 p.m. Historic scenic hike that explores the old Rodney Ridge through meadows and waterlines. Meet at the old Shooting Range Trailhead. • Thursday, July 28, Music on the Mountain. Join local musicians on Mt. Helena for an evening of music. • Thursday, August 11, 7 p.m. Hike the back west side of Mt. Helena. Meeting location TBD.

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• Thursday, September 8, 5:30 p.m., Enjoy a great hike and learn a bit of history as you hike up to where the Carroll College “C” used to be located on Mount Ascension. Meet at the Beattie Street Trailhead. For more information, call Prickly Pear Land Trust at 4420490 or visit www.pricklypearlt.org. Also contact Connie Cole connie.cole@arcadis.us.com

23 n Bird Watching Birds of a feather flock together! The Last Chance Audubon Society promotes understanding, respect and enjoyment of birds through a variety of educational programs and exciting activities. The society’s 2011 summer classes and bird watching excursions include: June 11, Saturday–McClellan Creek This trip will be a loop from Montana City to East Helena, exploring a variety of habitats in the McClellan Creek area. Expect to see birds inhabiting mountain riparian habitats, mountain grassland habitats and the areas in between. Meet at the southside Montana Department of Transportation parking lot at 7 a.m. Call Don Skaar at 442-3254. August 6, Saturday - The third annual Blue Light Special! Bob Martinka is eager to share the world of dragonflies with you. This year he’s going later in the season, in order to see more species. You know you’ll also see some interesting birds

at this unusual Helena birding hotspot. Meet Bob at the west side of the K-Mart parking lot at 9:00 a.m. Call him at 4493313 to confirm meeting time and location Saturday Morning Birdwalks. Birds & Beasleys will lead a birdwalk every Saturday from May 14 to September 10. Participants meet at 7:30 a.m. at Birds & Beasleys, 70 S. Park Ave. It is suggested that you bring binoculars if you have them and dress for the weather. Walks are about two hours long. For more information call 449-0904.

24 n Governor’s Cup Weekend

The 38th annual Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana Governor’s Cup event will be June 10-12 in Helena and along with a new look the event has a new mission. The Governor’s Cup is the major annual fund raising event for the Caring Foundation of Montana that now supports the new, expanded “Healthy Montana Kids” Dental Benefit Program. Every dollar from Governor’s Cup registration contribution or your direct contribution to the Caring Foundation of Montana will be matched 4-1 by a grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services. Please consider donating $20 to the Caring Foundation, which will result in $100 to the Healthy Montana Kids dental program. Friday, June 10 • 12-7 p.m. – Packet Pickup; Helena Civic Center, 340 Neill Avenue; Timing Bib and T-Shirt Pickup • 12-7 p.m. – Wake Up Your Life Festival; Helena Civic Center – Public Invited Saturday June 11 Race Day! No Race Day Registration • 6-9 a.m. Timing Bib and T-Shirt Pickup – non-Helena residents ONLY; Helena Chamber of Commerce, 22 Cruse Avenue • 7 a.m. – AAA Half Marathon; Cruse near 6th • 8 a.m. – Wake Up Your Life 10K; Cruse near 6th • 9:30 a.m. – AAA Half Marathon & 10K Awards; Finish Line • 10 a.m.– Wells Fargo 5K; Cruse near 6th • 10:15 am – Stuart Brownlow 400m Challenge; Park Avenue near 6th • 11 am – Western States Insurance One Mile Fun Run; Cruse near 6th • 11:30 am- Wells Fargo 5K Awards; Finish Line Sunday, June 12 Family Bike Event sponsored by the Helena YMCA. YMCA Parking Lot, 1200 N Last Chance Gulch. Wave Start: 8 a.m., 8:30 a.m.; 9 a.m., 9:30 am. To register, call the Helena YMCA at 442.9622. See ad pages 2 and 35

25 n Helena Outdoors Fest An outdoor festival on June 11, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for families of all ages featuring hands-on outdoor recreational activities like biking, geocaching, rafting, kayaking, climbing, archery, fishing, outdoor skills and more. Hosted at Spring Meadow Lake State Park, off Country Club Avenue. www.helenaoutdoorsfest.org

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improve bike handling. Lunch is included along with some various breakout sessions (changing a flat, nutrition, etc.). Then the afternoon is spent on the trails practicing the techniques taught in the morning. Upon returning from the hard work on the trails, you will have the opportunity to indulge yourself once again in some great food. Registration is $50 go to www.bigskybikes.com to register.

27 n Strutt Your Mutt The Lewis & Clark Humane Society’s Annual Strutt Your Mutt Event is one of Helena’s most popular outdoor charity events. Hundreds of pets and their people get out each June in Pioneer Park, walking, running, strutting their stuff to raise money to help find homes for thousands of animals in 2011. This year’s event will be on Saturday, June 18. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. with the Strutt leaving the park at 10 a.m. Start collecting pledges now and help the Lewis & Clark Humane Society in its mission to care for the lost and abandoned animals in our community. For more information call 442-1660 or visit http://www.mtlchs.org/ home.htm. See ad page 40.

28 n Brewer’s Baseball Helena Brewers Minor League Baseball season begins June 20 and runs through September 8. This year the Brewers kick off their season at home with what promises to be an exciting three game series against the Missoula Osprey. Games are held at Kindrick Legion Field adjacent

to Memorial Park. Tickets are $6-$9 for individual games, 10-ticket family packs are $45 ($60 value) and season tickets are also available. Call to schedule group outings, picnics, or birthday parties at the ball park: 459-0500, www. helenabrewers.net .

29 n Brewer’s Kids Club Our hometown Brewers are so amazing that they need two mascots to keep up with all the excitement! Thankfully, nature provided two of the biggest baseball fans any species could hope for. Named after a couple of famous out-of-towners, Lewis the Lion and Clark the Cougar are ferociously friendly ambassadors of fun. These two great mascots love to spend their summers at Kindrick Field. When they’re not prowling for hot dogs or Brewers’ lateinning rallies, Lewis and Clark enjoy giving and receiving hugs and getting more youngsters to join the Lewis and Clark Kids Club! Lewis & Clark invite all kids 12 and under to join them for fun and excitement at Helena Brewers games this season. Membership in the Lewis and Clark Kids Club is only $15 and includes Free admittance to ten select games plus Brewers’ memorabilia!

30 n Shindigs of a Grand Kind From June 21 through 26 the A.L.Swanson Gallery will host the Clay Extravaganza which will include ceramic artists from across the country during the Archie Bray’s 60th Birthday Celebration. Dozens of current and former Bray residents as well as other collectable artists will be featured during this week-long special event at the Gallery. For more more information visit us at 863 Great Northern Blvd. or online at www.alswanson.com. 443-3342.

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The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, a public, nonprofit educational institution founded in 1951 by brick maker Archie Bray, who intended it to be “a place to make available for all who are seriously and sincerely interested in any of the branches of the ceramic arts, a fine place to work.” Its primary mission is to provide an environment that stimulates creative work in ceramics. The Bray will celebrate its 60th anniversary this year June 23-25 with From the Center to the Edge: 60 years of creativity and innovation at the Bray Foundation. Events include a Ceramic Stroll Thursday, June 23 from 7 to10 p.m. in the downtown area where 100s of artists will display their works. Silent Auctions will run from June 23 at the Helena Civic Center until closing Friday June 24 at 7:30 and 7:45 p.m. The annual Bray Benefit Live Auction and Gala Dinner will highlight the 60th anniversary event. It will be held at the Helena Civic Center with dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. A symposium is slated during the day June 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and a Helena Artist Open Studio Saturday June 25. For more information about the 60th celebration visit www.60th.archiebray.org


Ceramic artist, Miranda Howe, will be one of dozens of artists featured at A.L.Swanson Gallery for the Ceramic Show & Exhibition the week of June 2026, and also throughout the summer and fall. Shown here Miranda Howe’s “Burnt Canyon”, stoneware, 15” x 65” x 8.5”.

32 n Mount Helena Music Festival The 12th Annual Mount Helena Music Festival festivities begin at Women’s Park at noon on Friday, June 24, with the opening of the Art Mart and Food Court featuring vendors throughout the west and beyond. The Art Mart will feature 50 plus vendors offering everything from handmade furniture, hammocks, jewelry, pottery, fountains, painting, photographs as well as a chance to grab a bite to eat. The hours for the Art Mart are Friday from noon to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Art Mart is free and will combine with the Farmer’s Market on Saturday, June 25, for a spectacular array of art, crafts, food products, and much, much more! The main highlight of the weekend is in an incredible line-up featuring Taj Weeks, Reverend Ravin and the Chain Smokin Altar Boys, Curley Taylor, Halden Woofford and the HI BEAMS, Shannon Preston and the incredible blues of Indigenous. For a complete line-up visit www.downtownhelena.com or Facebook or call 447-1535.

33 n Car Show and Drag Races A tradition that will become even larger this year. The Helena Valley Timing Association is proud to present the 6th Annual Blast from the Past Car Show and Drag Races. This year’s festivities kick off on Friday, June 24, at Nickel’s Casino with registration for the Poker Run. The fun continues on Saturday, June 25 with festivities on the Old Broadwater Hotel Complex on Hwy 12 with the Show & Shine. Gates will open at noon for the public and the admission is $5 per person and kids under 12 are free. Participant registration will also be available at the grounds from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come early and get a good spot under one of the large shade trees. It will be a fun day. Activities will include Northwest Funny Car Association display, trophies to the top cars and also a people’s choice award based on public voting, free BBQ for participants and club members, food and beverage vendors galore, engine meltdown, auction of custom pedal cars, and much, much more! This year decorated refrigerators will be autioned off—yes designer refrigerators! To top off the weekend, Drag Races will be held the Helena Regional Airport on Sunday, June 26. Tech inspection is scheduled for 9 a.m. with races slated to begin at 12:30 p.m. Fee to race is $15 per car and you can race that car as much as time will allow. Public admission is $5 per person at the gate with kids under 12 free. The Northwest Funny Car Association will have their cars on display and will do some demo runs down the

quarter mile. For more information call 439-5548 or visit www.helenavalleytiming.org. Money raised by the Helena Valley Timing Association goes towards scholarships for education.

34 n Walleye Tournaments Walleyes Forever is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting walleye fishing, walleye conservation, family recreation and hands-on, grassroots efforts to improve warm water fisheries of Montana. Throughout the year the group sponsors a host of walleye tournaments geared towards raising awareness for sound management of all species as well as raising money for many or non-profits. Canyon Ferry Walleye Festival and Tournament will be held on Canyon Ferry Reservoir June 25-26. For more information, contact Dennis Hovden at 266-5582 or visit www.walleyesforever. com/tournaments. The group will also host Broadwater Rod and Gun Club Tournament on July 16 on Canyon Ferry Reservoir. For more information call tournament director Virgil Binkley 266-3812 or visit www.walleyesforever.com/ tournament . Camp-mak-a-dream August 6 at Canyon Ferry at the Silos, Sponsored by Walleyes Forever and Montana PikeMasters, membership not required. Tournament director: Peggy Lawlver 406-855-8432.

35 n Music with a Mission Concert for a Cause on Friday, July 1, at the Historic Broadwater Natatorium Park. Celebrate the 37th Anniversary of Bert & Ernie’s and support cancer treatment in the local community. Dance the night away to the sounds of the Clintons, Mabel’s Rage, and enjoy a special appearance by Mission Mountain Wood Band 6 p.m. to midnight. Bring chairs and a blanket. Call 443-5680 for more information about advance ticket sales.

36 n Lewis & Clark In-County Rodeo and East Helena Parade and Rodeo Two great rodeos are teaming up to bring what promises to be a weekend full of action and thrilling rides. The Lewis and Clark In-County Rodeo and the East Helena NRA Rodeo will be held at the East Helena Rodeo Grounds Thursday, July 7 through Sunday, July 10. This is a complete rodeo with all events included. Rodeo action begins on Thursday at 6 p.m. with the in county rodeo. NRA Friday and Saturday: Pre-Rodeo 6 p.m. and the East Helena NRA Rodeo 7 p.m. Sunday: Pre-Rodeo 1 p.m. NRA Rodeo 2 p.m. Parade will start on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the VFW on Main Street.

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37 n Cardboard Cup Regatta On July 16 bring the whole family to Spring Meadow Resources 14th Annual Cardboard Cup Regatta. This is a fund raising event that supports Spring Meadow Resources, a Helena community agency, supporting people with developmental disabilities. The event consists of participants of all age groups and categories racing cardboard boats around Spring Meadow Lake. Participants build their boats and gather pledges, then come to test their ingenuity and skill on the lake. Prizes are awarded for the most pledges gathered, the fastest boat in each category, the most creative theme, and the best sinking. This event is hosted by Spring Meadow Resources and Montana State Parks. For more information go to springmeadowresources.org or call 4432376.

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39 n Marysville Picnic The 43rd Annual Marysville Picnic Will be held on Saturday, July 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission, live entertainment, vendors, gold panning, auction, and TONS of games. Beer and Burger Barn and Candy Shack open all day. Explore the Shaffer Museum. Raffle prizes include $200 gas card, mountain bike, and gas barbecue grill. Register for free door prizes. From Helena, take Hwy I-15 north 6 mi., Lincoln Rd. 9 mi., follow Great Divide Ski Area signs, 6 mi. up newly paved road. For more information call 443-0545 or e-mail mountainmaam@mt.net.

40 n Sidewalk Summer Fest Stroll and shop along Montanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most historic mile and take in the annual Downtown Helena Crazy Sidewalk Summer Fest Saturday, July 16, as merchants offer special deals. Take time to enjoy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chalk Up Helenaâ&#x20AC;? as area residents create amazing chalk images along the historic Walking Mall. For more information call 447-1535 or visit www. downtownhelena.com and Facebook

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42 n Relay for Life An all-night walk/run to benefit the American Cancer Society begins at 6 p.m. Friday, August 5, and ends at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 6, at the Lewis and Clark Fairgrounds. Relay for Life includes a survivor celebration, beginning with a survivor barbecue Friday from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. The opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. on Friday will include a survivor lap, and at 10 p.m. there will be a luminary ceremony honoring survivors. For more information contact, Sky Schaefer at skylar1980@msn.com or call 4616008. To register go to www.helenarelayforlife.com.

43 n Wild West Fest The 6th Annual Montana Wild West Fest will kick-off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 13 and run through 5 p.m., Sunday, August 14 at the historic Kleffner Ranch in East Helena. The Fest emphasizes the Montana Cowboy Era. Over 50 re-enactors will be on hand for daily shoot outs and theater performances at the Prairie DogTown outdoor stage. Western entertainers will provide music, cowboy poetry and other performances at The Big Red Barn Stage. Hands-on fun can be found at various Living History Exhibits including Wagon Rides, Blacksmithing, Goldpanning, an Assay Exhibit, Frontier Camp, Model Railroading and the Wanbli Indian encampment. The 2nd U.S. Cavalry will provide a historically accurate military camp and there will be a history lesson and shooting gallery devoted to Colt Firearms. There are many shows and contests the public can

participate in: The Antique Machinery Show, Classic Car Show, Chili Cook-off, Fashion Show, Flower Show, Quilt Show and Iron Horse Motorcycle Show. They can also bid on items in a silent auction. The signature event for The Festival is the Saturday Night Frontier Ball, which begins at 7:30 p.m., Saturday evening. Tickets to the Ball can be purchased at the door and are $10 for Adults/Teens and $5 for Youth 12 and under. Sunday morning Cowboy Church begins at 9 a.m. All are welcome. Food and drink available at reasonable prices. Daily admission to The Festival is $6 or you can purchase a 2-day pass for $10. Children 12 and under are free.

44 n Wilbur Rehmann Quintet at Moose Creek Cabin The Wilbur Rehmann Quintet will perform an outdoor concert at the Helena National Forest Historic restored Moose Creek Cabin on Sunday, August 14, at 3 p.m. The public is invited to bring a blanket or lawn chair and sit outside on the lawn or on the hillside and listen to a wonderful afternoon jazz concert. This is an annual concert that has been sponsored by the Helena National Forest, Discovery Foundation and the Wilbur Rehmann Quintet for the past 15 years. Bring a picnic and the whole family and enjoy this afternoon concert up Rimini Road, just outside Helena. Call 443-5677 or e-mail Wilbur@wt.net.

        

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45 n South Hill Trail Series Hit the trail running with the 2011 Helena South Hills Trail Series (SHATS)! SHATS is a crazy but delightful series of short and medium-length trail races for runners of all ages and experience. Races are scored like cross country matches with low score winning. No need to run the whole series. Racers can enter just one or all of the four events: Race 1: Goats in the Meadow, Saturday, August 20, 8 a.m. Race takes place at the Little Blackfoot River Trailhead, and is a run of approximately 7.3 miles. Run up to Little Backfoot Meadow on scenic, non-technical singlet rack. Course has rolling hills with a net uphill on the way out, then downhill on the way back. You will cross the Blackfoot River twice, once with an opportunity to get your feet wet.

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46 n York 38 Special On August 27, the York Volunteer Fire Department in beautiful York, Montana will once again host the York 38 Special Mountain Bike Ride. Our event is not only a 38mile ride through the beautiful Big Belt Mountains, but also includes a 13-mile family and youth ride from York to Vigilante Campground and back. The popularity of these bike rides drew over 250+ riders last year. The funds generated from the York 38 Special Mountain Bike Ride have allowed us to improve our fire fighting equipment and buy additional supplies for our emergency medical volunteers. To register go to www.york38special.com, Your registration includes T-shirt, goodie bag, lunch at the York Bar and homemade refreshments along the ride. Come spend your day with us. For more information call 4753663 or e-mail rnaylor@montanastatefund.com

47 n Last Chance Community Pow Wow The Last Chance Community Pow-Wow will host their 13th annual celebration at the exhibit hall at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds September 16-18. The Last Chance Community Pow-Wow is held at the beginning of Native American Week in September. The Pow-Wow is a spiritual celebration to join together in dancing, singing, visiting old friends, and making new friends. For more information, call 439-5631 or visit http://lccpwhelena.com.

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attractions & outdoor recreation them towering rock formations unlike any they had ever seen. From both sides of the river, limestone cliffs rose to a spectacular height of 1,200 feet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In many places,â&#x20AC;? wrote Meriwether Lewis, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the rocks seem ready to tumble on us.â&#x20AC;? At each bend in the waterway, great stonewalls seemed to block passage, only to open like gentle giant gates as the expedition drew near. In his journal, Meriwether wrote: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I shall call this place: â&#x20AC;&#x153;GATES OF THE MOUNTAINS.â&#x20AC;? Today, visitors to the Gates of the Mountains can experience the rising cliffs and mighty river in nearly the same way Lewis and Clark did on their passage through the Missouri River corridor thanks to a late nineteenth century rancher. In 1867 Judge Nicholas Hilger established his ranch near the Gates of the Mountains on the Missouri River. A longtime river enthusiast, Hilger began inviting friends and locals out to his ranch for a river tour of the scenic wonder. In May of 1886 Hilgerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new steam launch, Rose of Helena, arrived in Townsend via Northern Pacific Railroad. Hilger launched the vessel there and took it on its maiden voyage to Hilgerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Landing through the spectacular canyon with a group of eager Helena citizens, including Governor Samuel T. Hauser. Today, two passenger boats embark on guided scenic tours of the area every day beginning May 28. Take a ride on the new Canyon Voyager, a 103 passenger all weather

49 n Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides, Music and Dinner The Last Chance Ranch hostâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wagon ride dinners that begin with a memorable ride on a horse-drawn wagon through high mountain timber. You will experience a memorable evening of good food and good times. Travel back in time via horse-drawn wagons through high mountain forests to Montanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Largest Tipi. Enjoy a gourmet meal, such as prime rib with a fresh garden salad, homemade rolls, potatoes du jour, and fresh vegetables, topped off with huckleberry cheesecake and cowboy coffee, served family style. Live western entertainment featuring Montanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own Bruce Anfonson rounds out the evening. New this year, dinners every Friday and Saturday night, June through September. Call for other night availability. Their capacity is 50 people per dinner. For more information or to make reservations, contact Bruce Anfonson 442-2884, 1-800-5052884, or go to www.lastchanceranch.biz. See ad page 7.

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aluminum boat , handicap accessible. The ride is dependent on the weather, and takes about two hours. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early for tours to be assured of a seat on the charters. Reservations are taken only for groups of 20 or more, and a small visitor center and snack bar offer a diversion before and after the tour. The tour boats dock at the Meriwether Picnic Area for 15 minutes before making the return trip through the passage. Many passengers choose to stay at the picnic area for hiking, swimming, exploring and, of course, picnicking and catching another boat back to the tour center later in the day. Call 458-5241 to inquire about special dinner cruises. To view the complete schedule of tours, visit www.gatesofthemountains.com. See ad page 26

51 n Guardian of the Gulch Fire Tower Due to the repeated destruction of Helena’s downtown by fire, a Fire Tower was erected on Tower hill to guard the city from future destruction. The third “Guardian of the Gulch” has been restored, renovated, and remodeled many times but still watches over the city. To reach the trailhead, follow Cruse Avenue just across Broadway. A number of planting projects and weed control programs have created a hillside park for picnicking and Frisbee tossing.

52 n Helena Arboretum [250 trees/shrubs growing on 5 different sites] Amateur silviculturists may be interested in exploring the Helena Arboretum, which was dedicated on Arbor Day, April

28, 1989. The Arboretum identifies 250 trees and shrubs growing on five different sites in Helena. Within each area of the arboretum, trees and shrubs are labeled with genus and species names. Arboretum maps are available from the Downtown Helena office and the Helena Chamber of Commerce. The 53 acres of the Capitol Complex are covered with more than 100 species of plants. Every June, more than 10,000 individual plants are arranged o form the “Montana” floral display in front of the Capitol. The flowerbed, which sits directly north of the statue of Col. Thomas Meagher, is a popular backdrop for tourists’ photographs. Students, faculty and staf have landscaped the Carroll College campus throughout the years. More than 90 species of native plants are found across the 63 acres of the school’s hilltop campus. Landscape architect Robert Werner specified that more than 900 shrubs and trees be included in the design of the Downtown Walking Mall. The design features quaking aspen, one of the most widely distributed trees in the Northwest. Helena’s Memorial Park was created to “symbolize the respect and gratitude of the people of the City of Helena, for the men and women of Helena who have served the Armed Forces of our nation.” Besides being the home of Helena’s largest outdoor ice-skating rink, swimming pool and summer band concerts, the park hosts a number of hardy Colorado blue spruce. Located a few blocks east of the state Capitol, Lions-Lockey Park has served the recreational needs of Helenans since the early 1970s. The park features the ponderosa pine, Montana’s state tree. When Lewis and

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53 n Historic Cemeteries Helena’s historic cemeteries are home to many of Helena’s early heroes and villains. The Lewis and Clark Genealogical Society has recorded plots and listed those buried in the many cemeteries in this area. The information is on file at the Lewis and Clark Library. Some of Helena’s cemeteries, well-known and unknown, include: Benton Avenue Cemetery: Located across from Carroll College, this cemetery marks the very beginning of Helena in the gold rush days. Territorial legislators, gunslingers, vigilantes and pioneers are interred here. Resurrection Cemetery: The local Catholic cemetery is on Montana Avenue, a mile north of Custer Avenue. The mausoleum belongs to Thomas Cruse, the colorful Helena pioneer who helped finance the St. Helena Cathedral. Home of Peace Cemetery: Helena’s Jewish cemetery and Helena’s oldest is tucked behind Capital High School, near the fairgrounds. Helena Sunset Memorial Gardens: Located along Memorial Avenue, this is another of Helena’s historic cemeteries. County Poor Farm: There are no markers, only depressions in the ground where indigent residents and transients were buried. The grounds are off Custer Avenue on private property near the old Cooney Convalescent Home. Montana State Veterans Cemetery: Located approximately three miles west of Helena. St. Ann’s Cemetery: East Helena’s Catholic cemetery is on Highway 12, in the east part of town. East Helena Cemetery: Located on Montana Avenue, this cemetery has graves dating from 1885. The Odd Fellows and Forestvale Cemeteries: Clustered of

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McHugh Drive in the Helena Valley. Forestvale is a public cemetery listed on the Historic Register. Many of the state’s “founding fathers” are buried here. York Cemetery: On the hill, directly above the memorial across from the York Bar. Boulder Bar Cemetery: This cemetery, located in Diamond City, is now on private ground. Elkhorn Cemetery: On a dirt road of Highway 69, above the ghost town of Elkhorn. Fish Creek Cemetery: In Jefferson County; was used until 1980. Maps and detailed directions for both the Fish Creek and Elkhorn cemeteries are available from the genealogical society files at the Lewis and Clark Library in Helena. Springvale of Hogem Cemetery: The Broadwater Museum in Townsend has more detailed information and directions. Birdseye-Silver City Cemetery: On Birdseye Road near Highway 279. Graves date from 1873. Hardgrove Cemetery: On Lake Helena Drive is a private cemetery that has been in use since 1865. Marysville Cemetery: On a rural road northeast of town. Markers date from 1894.

54 n Great Northern Carousel This ice-cream parlor and gift shop are a great place for visitors of any age to have a fabulous time. The carousel has 37 animals, one bench and one spinning tub. The hand-sculpted menagerie features creatures like otters, bears, horses, fish, rabbits, and even a dinosaur. The unique critters of the carousel were hand-painted by Bette Largent of Spokane, Washington. Since the carousel is enclosed, it operates year-round. Stained-glass scenery by local artist Mary Harris with scenes of the Capitol; the Fire Tower; the Helena Civic Center; elk, and a grizzly bear compliment the workmanship of the carousel. The west-facing windows of the building are original stained glass from the Old


Broadwater Hotel of Helena and are over 100 years old. After guests have had a few go-rounds on the carousel, they can visit the counter where the Great Northern Ice Cream Company serves 36 flavors of locally made premium ice cream including a flavor of the month, plus seasonal favorites like apple, watermelon, cantaloupe and peach. Rides are $1.50 and you can try your luck at snagging the brass ring (redeemable for a free ride!) that hangs near the spinning creatures. Make use of our Summer 2011 Punch Card sold through June. The card can be used through August to get 30 rides for $30â&#x20AC;&#x201D;a $15 savings! Located at 989 Carousel Way in the Great Northern Town Center, the carousel also offers various birthday- and group-party

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-MOONWALKER! The Moonwalker simulates the gravity on the moon. Museum guests will be able to feel what it’s like to stride and bound in the moon’s reduced gravity. The Moonwalker exhibit is a collaborative project between MIT and NASA and forms a set with The Knowledge Station which MIT/NASA built last year for ExWorks. You’ll find both the Moonwalker and The Knowledge Station on display as of June 7 ExplorationWorks! Will also celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Archie Bray Foundation. MSU & Bray designers, along with our staff have created a series of exhibits celebrating ceramics and the clay medium. Ever seen what happens inside a kiln when clay is being fired? Do you know where clay comes from in our region? This fun exhibit has lots of local flavor and honors the achievements of the Archie Bray Foundation while proving once again that science is a fun part of our everyday lives. This exhibit is set to open midJune 2011. Summer hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday ; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed-Saturday; closed Sunday. For more information call 457-1800 or visit www. explorationworks.org. See summer program information under camps and classes. See ad page 12.

56 n Adventure Zone The Adventure Zone at the Broadwater Athletic Club is a 3,000-square-foot indoor playground for children ages 5-13. A Huge ball pit with slides, a monkey crawl, and more. Located at 4920 Highway 12 West. Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 1:30 P.M.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.to 7 P.M. Non-member rates: $4.95 for two hours, $6.95 for three hours, and $9.95 for four hours. Two hours free for members; three hours, $3; four hours, $6. Birthday parties and group rates are available. Call 443-5777 or go to www.thebroadwater.com. See us on Facebook.com/ broadwaterathleticclubs. See ad page 33.

n n n Sports 57 n Golf Bill Roberts Golf Course is a city-owned, public 18-hole course that has been open since 1925. It features a pro-shop, clubhouse with a bar and grill, driving range, practice green,

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power carts, and club rentals. Hours are daylight to dark, seven days a week. Green fees without a cart are $20 for nine holes, $33 for 18 holes. They also offer rates for kids and seniors and a special twilight rate of $12.50. The course is located at 2201 N. Benton Ave. Call 442-2191 or visit www. billrobertsgolf.com for more information. Fox Ridge Golf Course is open to the public and offers an 18 hole championship golf course, 18 hole par 3 golf course, driving range, golf pro on staff, tournaments, corporate outings, men & women’s leagues, and golf lessons. Great Food. Spectacular Views! Upcoming Events Monday, May 30: Memorial Day, Military Discount Every Day. 227-8304 Sunday, June 12: Happy 20th Anniversary Fox Ridge Golf Course. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.-Hosting a BBQ & “Golf Cart Show” public votes determines the winner. Enter to Win Fun Prizes. Great Family Event. And so much more…. Monday-Thursday, June 13-16: Jr. Golf Clinic Sunday, June 19: Father’s Day BBQ at Red Fox Supper Club, 1-3 p.m. Call 227-0099. Wednesday, June 29: Wine Tasting Event with Live Music at Red Fox Supper Club Monday-Thursday, July 11-14: Jr. Golf Clinic Monday-Thursday, August 8-11: Jr. Golf Clinic Pro Shop • Tee Times • Clinic Info Call 227-8304. Go to www.foxridgegolfcourse.com to check updates to calendar of events. 4020 Lake Helena Dr. at York Rd. See ad page 31. Green Meadow Country Club is a semi-private club with a 18-hole golf course at 2720 Country Club Ave. on Helena’s west side. The golf course is a medium length, tight layout providing a test of skill and enjoyment for players of all ability levels. At 6347 yards from the Championship tees and a modest 5371 yards from the forward tees, a premium is placed on accuracy! Green Meadow Country Club takes great pride in its well maintained golf course, their PGA professional and fabulous dining services and works to satisfy the needs of all members and their guests. The Clubhouse provides a great place for members to host business meetings, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and other special occasions. The Club offers a full dining room for formal dinners and a casual lounge, which provides appetizing food in a relaxed family friendly environment. With the whole family in mind, Green Meadow has a fitness center, equipped with the newest exercise equipment and a walk-in swimming pool. Green Meadow Country Club has various membership opportunities from senior golf to social memberships and even corporate membership options. For more information, call (406) 442-5750. Anyone living more than 60 miles away can visit without an accompanying member, those within 60 miles must be accompanied by a member. Call our Proshop for tee time details at 442-5750 extension 1025.


Norwegian Wood Golf Course offers unique country style golf for the entire family. This new, 9-hole, par three course is located near Canyon Ferry Lake, just minutes away from Helena. The course meanders carefree through the beautiful Montana landscapes that all golfers can appreciate. Norwegian Wood is easy to walk, but golf carts are available to rent. NW offers kids summer golf camp lessons too. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get better than this: Good times and fine dining after a relaxing day of golf.The Highlander Bar & Grill offers gourmet fare with local ingredients, and signature dishes featuring Scottish highland beef raised on site.Just a short drive from Helena or Townsend, the Highlander is the perfect place to â&#x20AC;&#x153;get out of townâ&#x20AC;? and enjoy a lovely meal with friends or an intimate dinner for two. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re out golfing with the family, the Highlander also offers kid-friendly dishes. The Bar & Grill is open Wednesday through Sunday for lunch, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday through Sunday for dinner, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Please call for reservations for parties over 6 Bookings for special events are also available for groups wanting to enjoy a relaxing day in a beautiful setting. Norwegian Wood is located 1.3 miles past Kimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marina on Canyon Ferry Road. Call 475-3229 for more information or visit www.norwegianwoodgolf.com. See ad page 29.

Center (Getchell and Stuart); Barney Park (Cleveland and Hudson); Lockey Park (Lockey and Broadway); and Capital High School (100 Valley Drive). The Last Chance Tennis Association sponsors clinics, tournaments, social events and offers tennis pro lessons for members and non-members. Becoming a member gains you access to their indoor tennis facility, featuring three indoor courts, showers/dressing room, kitchen, tv/vcr room for kids and lockers as well as all LCTA events. The cost of a lifetime membership is $600, which can be sold if the member wishes. LCTA also offers a $125 one-year membership that can be applied to a lifetime membership. Monthly dues are $25 single, $40 dual, or $50 for a family of three or more. Court usage fee is for 1 ½ hrs. is $2 per person. To find out more or to become a member call Susan Ward 475-3255 and leave a message. The LCTA Indoor Tennis Center is located at 2910 Skyview Dr., across from the Helena Regional Airport and near the Siebel Soccer Fields. Rock and Rally is a music and tennis program sponsored by USTA and LCTA on Wednesdays in June and July from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Civic Center courts. All skill levels are invited to attend. Rackets and balls will be provided for those who need them. For more information call 431-3152.

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game, check out Helena’s Junior Team Tennis League. The league is a multi-week program of team practice and match play for boys and girls. USTA Jr. Team Tennis leagues possible for 8-, 10-, 12-, 14-, and 18yrs. Old -under, depending on participation. USTA Junior membership is $19 dollars and required for the league. League participation fee is $25 for the season. Details and dates TBD. For sign-ups contact ryan_maurier@yahoo.com or go to helenatennis.org.

call 447-6662 for field conditions. For a neighborhood game try Barney Park, Lockey Park or the Exchange Club fields near the Lewis and Clark Country Fairgrounds, and school facilities at Helena High and C.R. Anderson, Lincoln, Rossiter and Smith schools.

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Last Chance Splash Waterpark and Pool. Families come join the fun this summer from June 15 through August 27. Play in the splash deck, float the lazy river, ride the slides, grab a snack at Miner’s Diner, or just relax in the 50 meter pool. Last Chance Splash not only offers open swim but swimming lessons, water aerobics, lap swim, water walking, and water polo. Open swim 1-7 p.m. Mon- Fri. and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday starting in July. Four 2 week sessions of lessons for $35 run from June 20-August 19. Located at1203 N. Last Chance Gulch St, 447-1559, or visit lcsplash@ ci.helena.mt.us

Sleeping Giant Lanes offers a unique Cosmic Bowling experience on Fridays from 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Vegas Bowling is on Saturdays starting at 9 p.m. Located at 3355 Tricia Street (of Highway 12 East), Sleeping Giant is a large bowling alley offering two dozen lanes and a snack bar. There are also arcade games and lots of family fun including mini-golf $4 for adults and$3.50 for kids. Regular hours are Noon to 10 p.m. Cost is $3 per game, per person and $1.50 for shoe rental. Call 442-2695. See ad page

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60 n Folf If you’re looking for a new summer sport, try your hand at Folf, or Frisbee golf on three different courses near Helena. One course is up near the top of MacDonald pass in the old campground. Two other courses are located in the Scratch Gravel Hills and Deerknuckle. Course descriptions and directions can be found at The Base Camp at 5 W. Broadway Avenue in downtown Helena or call 443-5360. Disc golf maps are available at www.thebasecamp.com.

61 n Baseball and Softball Helena City Baseball Tournament at Bob Ryan/Helena Exchange Club Park will host the following events: • The City Tournament 9-15 for Cal Ripken 9-12 and prep leagues. • The City Tournament for Babe Ruth and Senior Leagues. • Weeknight games will be played at 6 p.m., with weekend games to be announced. • A fun rookie tournament for 8-year-olds. For more tournament information and game dates visit www.helena.baberuthonline.com • Fourth of July All-Star Invitational Baseball Tournament hosts more than 50 baseball teams from all over the Northwest, featuring player ages 10-18 and older. The tournament runs from Thursday, June 30, through Sunday, July 3, at Ryan/Exhange Fields. Call 449-8953 or visit www. helena.baberuthonline.com for more information. • Helena Senators Class AA and Helena Reps Class A American Legion Baseball Games are held at Kindrick Field adjacent to Memorial Park from April to July. More than 100 teams and 1,300 players take part in the Helena Softball Association’s leagues. League softball play is at the Batch Field complex between Carroll College and the Bill Roberts Golf Course. The four fields get steady use in the evenings from April through August. For a complete schedule, go to www.leaguelineup.com/helenasoftball or

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The Centennial Waterslide at Broadwater Athletic Club is kept just the right temperature for swimming fun! Come slide down the 300-foot long slide – open to all ages and sizes. Young kids may even ride with their parents. Located at 4920 Highway 12 West. Call 443-5777 or go to www. thebroadwater.com. The Broadwater also offers two outdoor hot-springs pools, hot tubs, sauna, waterslide, plus complete fitness facilities. The club is located at 4920 Hwy. 12 West. Call 443-5777 or go online at www.thebroadwater.com. Facebook.com/broadwaterathleticclubs. The Carroll College 25-yard swimming pool is open for public use from Noon to 1 p.m. Cost: $2 per person. Pool punch-cards are also available. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Swim lessons are offered June 13July 21. The pool is located on the Carroll College campus at 1601 N. Benton. Call 447-4480 or visit www.carroll.edu. Crossroads Sports and Fitness has an indoor, 25-yard lap pool used for private lessons, family swim times, and Hydro fitness classes. A spa area complete with steam room and dry sauna is also available. Call ahead for available swim times. Located at 1013 Dearborn, 442-6733 or visit www. crossroadssportsfitness.com. YMCA Pool is open to the public for day use, and includes the use of the all fitness facilities. the Y also offers swimming lessons for kids year round. Located at 1200 N. Last Chance Gulch. Call 442-9622 or go to www.helenaymca.org for summer membership specials and rates for all programs. Red Lion Colonial Hotel Pool Party Packages! Includes overnight accommodations for adults and up to 6 children, a $10 gift certificate towards purchase of Domino’s Pizza, Ice Cream, and a pool toy for every child! Our seasonal outdoor pool will be open between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and


for those rainy days, our indoor pool and hot tub are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Packages start at $119 and can be reserved by calling the Red Lion Colonial Hotel at 443-2100. The Capital City Health Club has a lap pool and rec/ therapy pool. For information about swimming call 4426577.

63 n Marinas Yacht Basin Marina is a full-service marina with deep harbor docks and shore power. Yacht Basin Marina can be reached by taking Canyon Ferry Road to the North end of the Lake. Open from May through October . Amenities include: convenience store, handicapped-accessible facilities, boat launch, beach, camping, paddle boat and sailing. Both large and small private beach facilities are available for rent. Areas are perfect for reunions, company parties, weddings, and birthday parties to complete your Canyon Ferry Lake vacation or event. Reservations are highly recommended. For more information or to make your reservation, call 4753440. See ad on page Kim’s Marina and RV Resort is a sportsman’s paradise. If sailing, power boating, jet skiing, swimming, fishing, hiking or biking are your passions, you can do it all from the private beaches of Kim’s Marina and Resort. Kim’s is located just 20 miles east of Helena on Canyon Ferry Lake. Kim’s offers seasonal and daily boat mooring, camping spots and

cozy cabins. Kim’s can readily supply you with boat rentals, fishing tackle, food, beer, gas, espresso and clean clothes. This is all done from the easily accessible grocery, tackle, and gift shop. A Laundromat is also available. For more information call 475-3723 or visit www.kimsmarina.com. See ad page 29. Goose Bay Marina, Store & Campground is located on the east shore of Canyon Ferry Reservoir on Highway 284. The marina has been in operation since 1965 and has a new boat launch with great accessibility. Store &campground are open April until November, with ice fishing access in winter. Included amenities: 88 boat slips for 18-24ft . boats, marine fuel available at the dock, large convenience store, bait, fishing supplies, showers, sanitary station, two-cycle oil, 31 mobile home sites, 68 RV sites with hook-ups, road and water/ice accessible year-round. For more information call 266-3645. Lakeside Resort & Marina is located on the shores of Hauser Lake, just 10 miles from Helena at 5295 York Road. Services and amenities include: bar, restaurant casino, boat launch, , store and water. Live music Thursday through Sunday. For more information call 227-6076. Find us on Facebook.com Lakeside on Hauser.

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64 n Lakes For detailed information about many of Montana’s lakes go to www.fwp.mt.gov. Look under “State Parks,” then “Visit a State Park.” Spring Meadow Lake is a popular family retreat for a day of swimming and barbecuing. It’s also a local favorite for runners, birdwatchers, and nature lovers. This 30-acre spring-fed, man-made lake is noted for its clarity and depth and is a popular urban day-use-only park for every outdoor enthusiast. Hours are sunrise to sunset. Fees: $5 nonresident day use, free for residents. There is also a group use shelter available to rent for gatherings. Call for rental prices and general information 495-3260. To get there, travel west on Euclid Ave., turn right on Joslyn Street, veer let onto Country Club Ave. and watch for the recreation area on the left . See map page 68. Park Lake Campground and Park Lake Fishing Access are actually two sites located on the same lake in the Helena National Forest. At an elevation of 6,500 feet, the site encompasses 10 acres. Park Lake Campground sits back slightly from the 3 1/2 acre alpine lake in a lodge pole timber forest. There is boating access but no boats with motors are allowed on the lake. The boat launch is carry-in. Fishing is permitted on the lake. Hiking may also be enjoyed in this scenic area. For more information visit www.ci.helena.mt.us/ play/recreation.html. There are two routes to Park Lake: through Clancy or through Unionville. To travel via Clancy, exit I-15 at the Clancy off ramp and go a mile north on the west side of the highway before turning on to Lump Gulch Road. Keep to the left. To get there through Unionville, go through town until the road turns to dirt and continue over the pass into Jefferson County. Stay to left until you come to a sign at Lump Gulch Road, where you make a sharp right and head up the mountain to the lake.

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Hauser Lake is a 3,200 acre reservoir on the Missouri River created by Hauser Dam. The lake yields Kokanee Salmon; for which it holds the state record, rainbow and brown trout, walleye and perch. It is an extremely popular take-off point for weekend boating, fishing, and water skiing. There are two scenic public campgrounds on Hauser Lake, White Sandy and a few yards further Black Sandy State Park. Holter Lake, formed by Holter Dam on the Missouri River, is a very popular lake, both for fishing and for pleasure boating in Montana. The lake has very good fishing for rainbow trout, as well as walleye and perch. Canyon Ferry Lake was formed when Canyon Ferry Dam was built, blocking the Missouri River. Canyon Ferry Lake is very popular and receives the most use of any lake in the state. This is due to both its size and location. The lake is quite large, even by Montana standards, measuring more than thirty-miles long and up to five miles wide. Since the lake lies just fifteen miles from Helena it receives heavy use during warm weather and on the weekends. Canyon Ferry Lake is an excellent lake for fishing for rainbow trout. The lake is heavily stocked each year, and the large size of the lake along with its fertility allow the rainbows to grow large and quite quickly.

65 n Boating, Floating, and Sailing Rivers run through Montana — everything from raging rapids for kayakers and white water rafting to serene waters for casual boater or floater. Smith River. Some of the best floats near Helena are on Smith River, which meanders between the Big Belt and Little Belt mountains from Fort Logan to Eden. The river offers a little something for everyone, including beautiful scenery,


some whitewater and good fishing. You can also view Native American pictographs along the limestone canyon walls. The river is popular, so expect to see others on the water and in the campsites. Floaters who want to run the stretch from Camp Baker to Eden need permits, which are given out in a lottery system. The deadline for entries in the lottery is usually around the mid- February. You can get an application at any Fish, Wildlife and Parks office. But you may also be able to â&#x20AC;&#x153;walk onâ&#x20AC;? if there are cancellations or openings. Floaters can also put in atthe Smith River fishing access, located six miles downstream from Fort Logan. This stretch of the river is recommended only for people with boating experience as it has numerous small dams dotting the river. the trip from Camp Baker to Eden takes about three days; after mid-July the river is too low to float. Watch for fences and cables across the water. For more information on Smith River recreation, visit http://fwp.mt.gov. Missouri River has several fun day floats, all of which are calm and easy. The most popular segments are from Three Forks to Toston, from Toston to Townsend, from Wolf Creek to Craig, and from Craig to Mountain Palace. Spring run-off north of Toston is strong enough that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need to stay alert for some stretches; also watch for late afternoon winds in Craig area. Dearborn Inn, Mountain Palace, and Missouri Inn are located about five miles apart and are convenient takeouts areas. Enjoy outdoor dining and music at Izaaksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Craig. See ad page 54.

Dearborn River north of Helena isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t for timid or beginning rafters. For experienced floaters, the rewards of the Dearborn include beautiful scenery as the river flows out of the Bob Marshall Wilderness and into the Missouri north of Craig. For a long one-day trip on the Dearborn, you can float the stretch between the U.S. 287 bridge and the Missouri River. Get an early start, since there is no public land for camping. After mid-June the river often is too low to float. Blackfoot River. Classic trout habitat and incredible scenery make the lower stretch of Blackfoot River one ofthe most popular rivers in Montana. Fly fishing, camping, swimming, rafting or relaxing are some of the things you may enjoy along Blackfoot Corridor. Corridor is a partnership between landowners, The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), who all work togethre to provide protection of the natural resources and private property and provide public safety along the 26 mile stretch of river. Blackfoot River northwest of Helena offers exciting whitewater and beautiful scenery to daring floaters. Most floating takes place below Clearwater Junction west of Ovando, although the Lincoln area also offers nice views. True North Sailing Club offers sail boat rentals as well as a variety of yearly memberships that will accommodate your sailing desires. We are located on Canyon Ferry Lake near

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66 n Fishing Some visitors don’t realize that there may be more wildlife in nearby rivers and streams than in the mountains and meadows. Trout of all sorts — including rainbow, cutthroat, brown, brook, bull and lake — are living in almost any stream, lake or river in the Helena area. Or cold-water fish include kokanee salmon, arctic grayling, goldeye and mountain whitefish. Walleyes are usually only found east of Continental Divide, usually in lakes, and once in a while in larger rivers. In Helena area that includes Holter, Hauser, and Canyon Ferry reservoirs. In Canyon Ferry, it’s not unusual for fishermen to catch 5 or 6-pound walleye. Other warmer-water fish in the area include northern pike, large- and smallmouth bass, bluegill, crappie, sauger, yellow perch and other species. Grayling fishing is best along Continental Divide, including Park Lake and a few areas in southwest mountains. You can also find smallmouth bass in some of Helena’s lakes and along Missouri River. For more information on fishing in the Helena area visit http://fwp. mt.gov/fishing.

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the state’s only downtown, out-door walking mall. Starting at the 400 block, the Gulch features a wide variety of merchants. There are custom art galleries, one-of- a-kind apparel stores, unique gift shops, sporting good stores and entertainment venues. All businesses in this area are locally owned and strive to provide excellent customer service. As you stroll down to the Downtown Walking Mall, embrace the fabulous architectural masterpieces dating back to the 19th Century. Be sure to keep an eye out for the gargoyles! Dine Al Fresco in Downtown Helena Bagel Co., 735 Last Chance Gulch 449-6000 Grab some fresh roasted coffee and a bagel and enjoy a sunny morning outside on the Bagel Co’s patio. Bert & Ernie’s, 361 N. Last Chance Gulch 443-5680 www.bertanderniesofhelena.com Dine while enjoying a front row view of Downtown Helena on the patio at Bert & Ernie’s. Designed in European style with wrought iron gating and landscaping, the outdoor patio is the perfect spot to enjoy a cool drink and conversation with good friends. See ad page 41. Brewhouse Pub & Grille, 939 Getchell 457-9390 www.helenabrewhouse.com With a breathtaking view of Mount Helena as your backdrop, enjoy dinner and beverages with friends on the spacious and shaded deck at the Brewhouse Pub & Grille’s spacious shaded deck.


Café Zydeco, 1 W. 15th Street 449-7032 www.cafezydeco.com Summertime is the perfect time to enjoy the Café outdoors lounging on the deck for lunch or dinner Creperie Filling Station, 48 N. Last Chance Gulch 4596484 Enjoy breakfast and lunch while lounging on the Downtown Helena’s historic Walking Mall. Mediterranean Grill, 42 S. Park Avenue 495-1212 www.mediterraneangrillhelena.com Specializing in authentic Mediterranean food, the Mediterranean Grill features seasonal outdoor dining. Enjoy a glass of wine from their extensive collection while enjoying a fine meal on a spectacular Rocky Mountain evening. Park Avenue Bakery, 44 S. Park Avenue 449-8424 www.parkavenuebakery.net Located in the historic Eddy’s Bakery building, the Park Avenue Bakery boasts a quaint European style café and bakery featuring freshly baked European breads, pasta salads, specialty desserts and coffee drinks. Grab a treat and enjoy a lazy summer afternoon on the patio.

The Quarry Bar & Grille, 22 N. Last Chance Gulch 443-2200 Featuring a casual lunch and dinner menu, the Quarry features a shaded patio area for dinning on fine summer days. The Rialto, 52 N. Last Chance Gulch 442-1890 The Rialto features an outdoor tiki-style patio, complete with tiki bar. An absolutely ideal location to enjoy refreshments outside, beneath the umbrellas, with some privacy…pretend it’s your back yard. Riley’s Irish Pub, 15 W. 6th Avenue 495-9067 www.rileysirishpub.com Located in the heart of downtown, Riley’s Irish Pub is the perfect place to catch up with friends while enjoying a taste of the Irish while dining on their inviting patio. Silver Star Steak Company, 833 Great Northern Blvd 495-0677 www.silverstarsteakco.com Located in the heart of the Great Northern Town Center, the Silver Star Steak Company features comfortable outdoor seating available for dining during those beautiful summer days and warm evenings. See ad page 24. Taco del Sol, 101 N. Last Chance Gulch 443-3978 www.tacodelsol.com

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Taco del Sol’s sunken patio offers a private, shaded, summer retreat for quiet and relaxed conversation while sipping a refreshing cold beverage and enjoying their famous fish tacos.

the top of the first summit of Ascension without stopping you are pretty good! Drive south on Beattie Street until it dead-ends in a dirt parking lot to reach Mount Ascension trail head.

Try a Microbrew in Downtown Helena Helena boasts two outstanding local breweries offering unique experiences and comfortable atmospheres in which to sample beers and socialize with friends.

Davis Street/Dry Gulch can be reached by driving south on Davis Street. There are several trails along the way beginning just after Davis Street turns to a dirt road.

Blackfoot River Brewing invites you to stop by their Tap Room and try one of their handcrafted beers on tap daily. Selections change every few days. They make about ten different handcrafted beers. The beers are non-filtered and two beers are certified organic. Customers may sample beers by the three-ounce glass for free or purchase a ½ pint or pint. They also sell beer-to-go by the growler (six-pack in a bottle) and brewer merchandise. Brewery tours are available by appointment only. Located at 54 S. Park Avenue. Call 449-3005 or go to www.blackfootriverbrewing.com. Open Monday-Saturday 2 p.m. to 8p.m. Lewis & Clark Brewing Company uses the great explorers as inspiration for their brewing style and boasts the most award-winning TPA in the state. All six of their flagship beers are on tap and they have at least two rotating beers are available as well. Beers are served in their Tap Room and are also available to take home in ½ gallon glass growlers. Enjoy daily specials in addition to happy hour and take a bit of the brewery home with you. Choose from a selection of T-shirts, glassware, hats and other souvenirs. The Tap Room is also available for hosting private parties. Located at 939 Getchell St. Call 442-5960 or go to www.lewisandclarkbrewing.com

68 n Popular Trails near Town The Helena area is abundant with over 2,000 acres of open public space with scenic trails for walking, running, or biking. For more information about walking or running events all over Montana, go to www.runmt.com. Or check out events with the Helena Running club at www. bquickrunning.com. Water-resistant pocket-sized trail maps are available for sale at local sporting goods and outdoor shops around Helena. Mount Helena offers several trails where hikers can enjoy varied scenery and different levels of physical intensity. To get to the Mount Helena trailheads, drive south on Park Avenue, turn right at Reeder’s Village Drive, turn right on Village Drive, and continue until the road intersects with a blacktop road. Take a left onto the blacktop to reach the parking lot. All of trails are displayed on a map at the kiosk at the trailheads. Mount Helena City Park is the largest and most obvious in town, and also the steepest at 5,468 feet above sea level. See map page 68. Mount Ascension offers a fun but challenging single-track mountain bike trail in the South Hills. If you can make it to

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The Ridge Trail is a scenic ridge-top trail with access from the Mount Helena City Park. The length of the trail is 5.7 miles. It begins at Park City, just south of town. Walk or bike this trail. Catch a free ride on the Trolley to Mount Helena’s

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Ridge Trails! Trolley to Trails is a 16-week service provided by Downtown Helena Business Improvement District, or BID. Service begins June 5 and will run through September 25 with exception of Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cup Weekend. Pick up is at Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mural on Broadway and Last Chance Gulch with drop off at the Mount Helena Trailhead. Sorry, no dogs allowed on the Trolley. For more information call 447-1535 or visit www.downtownhelena.com.

69 n Hiking and Biking Further Afield Hiking trails crisscross greater Helena area. Some lead to high mountain lakes, while ors follow small streams to alpine meadows. When hiking in Montana, no matter how short the trip, always carry water, food, rain gear, warm clothing, and maps. Following are a just a couple examples of Helenaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scenic routes.

The Great Northern Town Center to Spring Meadow Lake trail begins at the Great Northern Town Center and continues under Hwy. 12 to Centennial Park. From the park, head northwest toward the Helena Transfer Station. Cross Benton and Henderson, then walk south on Joslyn.

One of the most popular hiking trails in the Helena area is Trout Creek Canyon Trail 270, which heads into the Big Belt Mountains. The three-mile trail follows a segment of an

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old road that was washed out during a spring flood in 1981. This trail, closed to motorized vehicles, provides spectacular views of steep-walled limestone formations within the canyon. The hike is rated as easy, with only a minor elevation gain of 800 feet. To get there from Helena, proceed northeast on Highway 280 (also called York Road) to town of York. Continue driving northeast past York to end of road and Vigilante Campground.

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The Casey Meadows Trail in the Elkhorn Mountains is another local favorite. It’s an easy hike with a gradual elevation gain of about 1,300 feet on three-mile walk to meadow. The trail meanders through an area of 1988 Warm Springs Fire and provides panoramic views and a look at post-burn areas. From the meadow, there are views of nearby peaks and the lower part of Casey Peak. Other trails intersect at Casey Meadows for hikers wishing to go further. From Helena, take I-15 south to the the Montana City exit, and go east. Turn right at Montana City School. Then turn right onto McClellan Creek Road (just past the pizza restaurant.) Continue on this road approximately 6.5 miles to the Crystal Creek/ McClellan Creek Junction and turn right. Continue another 2 miles to the Casey Meadows/McClellan Creek trailhead. After spending more than 20 years as a diamond in the rough of a defunct gold-mining operation, Crow Creek Falls, often called the “crown jewel” of Helena National Forest, has been returned to its former luster by Crow Creek Falls Citizens Group and American Land Conservancy. One of only three waterfalls in Helena National Forest, Crow Creek Falls should be on every local hiker’s list of destinations to visit and re-visit. Access into the falls is non-motorized. The easiest hiking route into Crow Falls is on Trail 109, which can be reached by driving Forest Road 424 (about 15 miles) from Radersburg. The trail follows the creek for about 2 miles, and climbs onto a bench where the “old road” once came down from Eureka Ridge. It’s about 1.5 miles upstream along the old road to the falls from this intersection. Horse users are encouraged to take trails 112 and 134 from Eagle Guard Station (some sections of 109 are unsuitable for stock). Trail 134 intersects Trail 109 very

close to Crow Creek Falls. It’s about 5 miles one way on this route. Ambitious mountain bikers can also ride route. Hikers should bring sturdy shoes, sunscreen, a map of area and their own water—as there are no potable water sources at the station. Contact Townsend Ranger District, at 266-3425, for information about alternate trailheads, Eagle Guard Station and Crow Creek Falls. Birdseye Loop, 30-35 miles: Take Country Club Avenue to Birdseye Road. Ride along Birdseye past Fort Harrison and across the railroad tracks twice. After the second crossing, the road has a series of climbs and dips as it winds for several miles to Silver City. Turn right at the Silver City Bar onto Lincoln Road and ride all way to Interstate 15, taking the freeway back into Helena. Returning via Green Meadow Drive shaves about five miles off the ride. Clancy Frontage Road, 20-mile road trip: Ride Interstate 15 south from Helena and exit at Montana City. Turn right at the top of the exit and left at the intersection onto Frontage Road. Ride up and down moderate hills to Clancy, where the road passes under the freeway. Return the same route. Ride can be shortened to 12 miles round trip by beginning at Montana City. Helena Valley Loop, approximately 50 miles: Take Highway 12 to East Helena. Turn north onto Wylie Drive to York Road. Turn right and ride east to Lake Helena Drive. Turn left and ride north to the lake. Turn left onto Lincoln Road East and ride west all the way to Silver City. Turn left onto Birdseye Road and ride back into Helena. Wolf Creek, 70-mile loop: Travel north from Helena on Interstate 15 to the “recreational access” road, an exit marked with a sign south of Wolf Creek. Unload bikes and ride north into Wolf Creek to Highway 434. Turn left and ride along the Rocky Mountain Front to Highway 200. Turn right and ride north to Bowman’s Corners, to the intersection with Highway 287. Ride back into Wolf Creek, including a one-mile stretch on Interstate 15 and back to vehicle. Roads along this route are barren of traffic and the scenery is outstanding.

Strutt Your Mutt! Fundraiser Walk and Pet Fair Saturday, June 18, 2011

Proceeds Benefit Lewis & Clark Humane Society Pioneer Park/Downtown Helena • Presented by Guardian Kennels Sponsors: American Federal Savings Bank • Alpine Animal Clinic • Hill’s Science Diet The Animal Center • Bridger Veterinary Clinic • The Canine Capital • Chris Heisel, Farm Bureau Financial Prickly Pear Land Trust • Vital Energy Chiropractic • Total Dynamic Balance • Montana Legacy Real Estate

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Of interest to area cyclists: • Team Great Divide hosts a Thursday night time trial series alternates between a flat, 10-km valley course and a climb up to Unionville. For more info: www.teamgreatdivide. wordpress.com • Big Sky Cyclery hosts a Wednesday night ride that lasts from 1-2 hours and all skill levels are encouraged to attend.. For more info: Big Sky Cyclery 442-4644. See page 17. • Tuesday night hard-core riders gatherr at Spring Meadow Lake State Park at 6:30 p.m. for the “Hell Ride.” Bring your ability to suffer. Take it offroad Major trailheads to explore are at the end of Beattie Street and Rodney Street; Grizzly Gulch Road; Davis Gulch Road and Le Grande Cannon Boulevard. Riders know the biking season is finally in full swing when they can complete the Ridgeline Trail. Riders can depart from downtown or at a U.S. Forest Service parking lot up Grizzly Gulch. On Saturdays in the summer, a trolley leaves from the Women’s Mural downtown for the parking lot, bearing eager bikers and hikers. Regular summer mountain bike rides are hosted by the area bicycle shops: • All skill levels are welcome on the 1-2 hour Wednesday night ride, which departs from the Big Sky Cyclery shop at 801 North Last Chance Gulch at 6:30 p.m. • The Friday night ride welcomes all abilities to the area’s most venerable and best attended ride. This jaunt leave at 5:30 p.m. from Great Divide Cyclery at 336 North Jackson. • A women-only group, Mountain Biking Betties, leaves from the Lewis and Clark Library on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. Go to www.helenabicycleclub.org for details. The trails in the Helena area are abundant and varied and too numerous to list. Visiting one of the area’s bike shops will yield the best info but here are a few for starters. For more information: • Big Sky Cyclery, www.bigskybikes.com, 801 N. Last Chance Gulch., 442-4644 • Capital Sports and Western Wear, 1092 Helena Ave., 4432978 • Great Divide Cyclery, www.greatdividecyclery.com, 336 Jackson Street, 443-5188 • Helena Bicycle Club, www.helenabicycleclub.org. Crystal/Creek/Montana City Loop. This loop around Saddle Mountain is a casual ride suitable for families. Begin at Montana City School and ride up the road to Crystal Creek Campground. From there, take the Forest Service Road to the left, which takes riders around Saddle Mountain, where housing developments line the road, and through the Wing Ranch. The trail comes out about two miles east of East Helena on Highway 12 East. Return by riding toward East Montana and taking McClellan Creek turnoff to Montana City.

Wakina Sky Gulch. For intermediate riders, Ride south on Park Avenue and take Grizzly Gulch, which forks to the right off paved road. Follow the gulch uphill for about a third of a mile. Wakina Sky Gulch forks to the left, and is much narrower and less evident than Grizzly. Ride to the top of this narrow gulch to an open meadow, about 2/3 mile, then return by the same route. Grizzly Gulch. Easy terrain for beginner riders. Grizzly Gulch forks to the right off the southbound lane of the paved road to Unionville. It eventually connects with Oro Fino Gulch just above Unionville after a loop of approximately 10 miles. Mount Helena Ridge Trail. Intermediate to advanced riders. Ride up Grizzly Gulch to Park City, a cluster of houses about 4/5 mile up the road. After cresting a hill, watch for a row of mailboxes to the right and take that road. A sign about ½ mile up alerts riders to a trail on the right. This is the Ridge Trail, a single-track path that climbs, then drops down a series of switchbacks onto the backside of Mount Helena. The trail comes out on Le Grande Cannon Boulevard in Helena.

70 n Outdoors with Horses and Dogs Helena Trail Riders The Helena Trail Riders is the oldest incorporated saddle club in Montana. The club was organized in 1938 as a pleasure-riding group by cowboy artist Shorty Shope. The club opened its membership to the public in 1940 and in 1944 originated the sport of O-Mok-See. The word comes from the Blackfeet Indian for “riding big”. Our members meet on the third Wednesday of each month, 7:30 p.m., at our clubhouse which is located at the Lewis and Clark Fairgrounds (across from the multi-purpose building). To find our O-Mok-See and Trail Riding schedules or for more information on the club, please go to our website at www. helenatrailriders.org Great Divide Ski Resort. After the snow on the slopes has melted and the skis and snowboards have been packed away, a new season of sun and fun on horseback begins on trails of Great Divide Ski Resort. From June through August, well mannered, experienced mountain horses take riders through meadows and forests to the summit of the divide and surrounding areas. Guides have spent years in the area and will Demos & Workshops about point out interesting sights trees, seeds, flowers, herbs and help you spot some and how to preserve them & of the abundant wildlife. numerous gardening products. In early summer there is a 38 Tizer Lake Rd, Jefferson City, MT profusion of wildflowers www.tizergardens.com (406) 933-8789 and later in the summer

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a person. Notice the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;control.â&#x20AC;? That your dog may come most of the time will not help you if he or she decides to go chasing after deer. Deer can be dangerous, dogs can be lost and game wardens can be cranky as heck when they discover your pet disturbing the wildlife. (Be warned, there are fines involved here.) Pets are not permitted on swimming beaches, in sanitary facilities, or in any other area posted to exclude them. From April 1-September 15, unless otherwise posted, all pets must be on a leash not over 10 feet long. Persons bringing or allowing animals in designated recreation areas shall be responsible for proper removal and disposal of any waste produced by these animals. There are many areas around in the parks and the forests where you and your dog can have fun, but keep in mind that the restrictions were put in place because owners did not take responsibility for their pets. Please be respectful of others, the area and the wildlife; the future of enjoying our canine friends in the outdoors depends on it.

berry picking is at its peak. The horses, rides and guides are ready every sunny morning, afternoon, or evening in June, July and August, but keep in mind that hot afternoon temperatures are tough on riders and horses, so morning or evening rides are preferred. The two-hour guided rides are reasonably priced at $49 per person. Custom rides of longer duration, or full-day rides with lunch provided can be designed to fit your needs. Restrictions: No riders under age 10 or over 250 pounds, and no alcohol before or during the ride. Refreshing beverages are available after the ride. The trail ride headquarters is located at the Great Divide Ski Area. Take Lincoln Road west from North Montana Avenue toward Lincoln. As you pass Silver City, look for the turn-off to Marysville, which is on the left side of the road. Follow the signs to Great Divide Ski Area. For more information, go to www.skigd.com or call 439-8742. While Spring Meadow Lake doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allow dogs, most of the other parks in the area do allow dogs. This said, there are limitations to the freedom that your furry friend can enjoy. The Helena city code states: Animals are not allowed to run at large in the city. All animals not confined within an enclosure or on the ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s property shall be kept on a leash not more than ten (10â&#x20AC;&#x2122;) feet long, securely restrained or held so as to prevent the animal from running at large, with the exception that a leash is not required for any animal on Mount Helena City Park as long as the animal is under the immediate, continuous and effective control of

71 n Park It Helena Skate Park. The expansion is complete! For those of you skateboarders and inline skaters looking for a place to catch some air and practice your carving, kickflips, and grinding, check out the Helena Skate Park. The City of Helena has expanded its existing 10,000 square foot skate park to 17,000. The park has proven to be an increasingly popular social and recreational destination for Helenaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s youth. It features quarterpipe corners with flat bank hips,

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two different gaps with ledges, a pyramid with a square tube rail, and five benches. One of the benches has a curved edge, one is sloping, another has a step at the top, and yet another has a rail that is two feet high The Helena Skate Park, located at 1200 North Last Chance Gulch, is free to everyone and welcomes boarders and inline skaters. Scooters and BMX bikes are prohibited. For more information, email helenaskatepark@yahoo.com or visit www.helenaskatepark. com. Helenaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s city parks offer a number of different options for resting and recreating. The parks feature facilities ranging from simple picnic tables and shelters to playing fields, playground equipment and hiking trails. For information about parks, call 447-8463 or visit www.ci.helena.mt.us. â&#x20AC;˘ Barney Park: Cleveland and Hudson streets. Features barbecue pits, basketball hoops, a ball field, a picnic shelter, playground equipment, tennis courts and a wading pool. â&#x20AC;˘ Batch Fields: Benton and Cole avenues. Includes a picnic shelter, covered playground equipment and four softball fields. â&#x20AC;˘ Beattie Park: Helena Avenue and Roberts Street. Includes historic sites, picnic shelters. â&#x20AC;˘ Centennial/Bausch Park: Across the street from Memorial Park at 1200 N. Last Chance Gulch. Facilities include the Helena City Skate Park for skateboarding, soccer fields, horseshoe pits, trailhead for Rails to Trails walking trail and volleyball courts and fitness trail. The skate park provides dawn to dusk exercise for skateboarders and in-line skaters. Bikes, scooters and motorized vehicles are prohibited. Spectators and food and beverages should stay out of the immediate skate park area. â&#x20AC;˘ Cherry Hill Park: Columbia Street and Cherry Avenue. Picnic facilities, playground equipment, shelter and basketball court. â&#x20AC;˘ Clinton Park: State and Beattie streets. Features basketball hoops, a picnic area and playground equipment. â&#x20AC;˘ Constitution Park: Sixth Avenue and Last Chance Gulch. Features historical information and monuments. â&#x20AC;˘ Cunningham Park: Floweree Street and Cleveland Court. Features basketball hoop, picnic area and a playground. â&#x20AC;˘ Fire Tower Park: Surrounds Helenaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guardian of the Gulch, a wooden fire tower perched over downtown. The tower was built in 1874 to house men watching for fires in the valley. The tower is fenced in, but one can still get a similar view from the park area. To reach the park, walk up the winding path near Lewis and ClarkLibrary at the end of Last Chance Gulch. â&#x20AC;˘ Heritage/ Pioneer Park: East of the Lewis and Clark Library at 120 S. Last Chance Gulch. It includes historic monuments and playground equipment. â&#x20AC;˘ Hill and Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parks: Two parks on opposite sides of Fuller Avenue. Hill is on the corner of Neill and Park avenues; Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is on Fuller and Neill avenues. Features include historic monuments and picnic facilities. â&#x20AC;˘ Kay McKenna Park: Neill and Benton Avenues. This park

adjoins the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Civic Center entertainment facility. It includes historic sites, play equipment, tennis courts and picnic facilities. â&#x20AC;˘ Kessler Park: Davis and Beattie streets. Features a picnic area. â&#x20AC;˘ Lockey Park: Lamborn Street and Broadway. Includes basketball, football, tennis, baseball and softball facilities as well as barbecues, shelter and playground equipment. â&#x20AC;˘ Memorial Park: 1200 N. Last Chance Gulch, the site of an elaborate playground called Frontier Funtown. The playground, with features for park-going kids of all ages, was built by hundreds of community volunteers. Thee park also features an outdoor public swimming pool, basketball court, barbecue pits and picnic shelters. During the summer, it is the center for band concerts every Thursday night and adjoins Kindrick Legion Baseball Field. â&#x20AC;˘ Mount Helena Park: A 1,000+ acre wild city park featuring Douglas fir forests and expansive grassland areas. Two trails leave the parking area and circle the mountain. The park adjoins National Forest land and is a good spot for observing a variety of wildlife, including prairie falcons, meadowlarks and deer. â&#x20AC;˘ Nature Park: Cole and McHugh. A natural area with wildlife and a paved, accessible trail. â&#x20AC;˘ Northwest Park: 101 Valley Drive. Features softball, soccer fields and walking trail. â&#x20AC;˘ Pocha Park: Ewing and Miller streets. Features a picnic area, playground equipment and wading pool.

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â&#x20AC;˘ Ramey Park: Corner of Missoula and Roberts. Offers soccer field, playground equipment, basketball court, and two softball fields. â&#x20AC;˘ Robinson Park: Livingston and Townsend avenues. Features a football field, soccer field and picnic shelter. â&#x20AC;˘ Sixth Ward Park: Montana Avenue and Bozeman Street. Wading pool, picnic area and playground. â&#x20AC;˘ Sherron Park: Roberts Street and Billings Avenue. Features playground equipment. â&#x20AC;˘ Waukesha Park: Waukesha Avenue and Garrison Street. Football/soccer field, community garden plots and playground equipment. â&#x20AC;˘ Wesleyan Park: Helena Avenue and 4th Street. Features a picnic area and playground equipment.

72 n Camping Opportunities Some 976,000 acres of the Helena National Forest around Helena offer numerous camping opportunities. State-owned land, also near Helena is home to nice camping areas. For information, stop by the Helena Ranger District office at 2001 Poplar or call 449-5490 or visit http://www.fs.fed.us/ r1/helena. Fish, Wildlife and Parks also manages several area campsites. Call 444-2535 or visit http://fwp.mt.gov. See chart on page 48.

73 n Sleep in A Cabin Craving a little peace and solitude in the Montana woods? Try reserving your very own cabin to spend a weekend at.

Reserving a cabin is as easy as going to www.recreation. gov. You can also go to this website to read more about the cabins available and see photographs. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also the option of calling a toll-free number (877-444-6777) between the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The reservation system works for most Federal sites across the nation. Most cabins include beds and basic pots, plates and silverware. Firewood is also provided. However, the cabins donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have running water or electricity, and typically are heated by wood burning stoves. Call 449-5201. â&#x20AC;˘ Indian Flats Cabin: Located 40 miles northeast of Helena in the Indian Creek drainage, this one room cabin sleeps four. A small stream runs in front of the cabin and there is plenty of opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, and wildlife and wildflower observation near Indian Flats. The cabin is available all year, but access may be restricted during spring break up. â&#x20AC;˘ Kading Cabin: This cabin is 40 miles southwest of Helena via the Little Blackfoot Road near Elliston and sleeps four. Numerous trails and roads can be accessed within a short distance from the cabin. For mining history buffs, there are plenty of historic mines, including Charter Oak Mine and Mill and the Monarch Mine to explore. â&#x20AC;˘ Eagle Guard Station: This cabin is located approximately 12 miles west of Townsend in the Elkhorn Mountains. Wildlife viewing and photography opportunities abound in the surrounding area and majestic Crow Creek Falls is located within hiking distance. Eagle Guard is the oldest administrative log structure on the Helena National

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Forest. Because of its historical value, the cabin has been determined eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Eagle Guard sleeps six and access from December 2-May 15 is non-motorized. • Cummings Cabin: This is a historic mining cabin, representative of the old mining cabins that dotted the countryside in the greater Lincoln area around 1910. The cabin has been determined eligible for inclusion to the National Register of Historic Places. Located 8.5 miles from Lincoln, the area offers a number of hiking trails, including the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail and the Scapegoat Wilderness Backcountry Trail System. There are also several cross-country ski trails as well as over 200 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. • Bar Gulch Cabin: It is located just up the Magpie drainage from the Canyon Ferry village. It is a small, one-room cabin with a skylight, 2 bunk beds and a full-sized bed. Since it’s a mere five miles from Canyon Ferry Lake, the cabin provides an excellent base camp for boating, fishing, hunting, hiking, and more. There are local businesses within driving vicinity of the cabin featuring marinas, restaurants, convenience stores and watering holes. The cabin sleeps six and has good access that usually does not require a 4-wheel drive vehicle. • Thompson Guard: It is located 27 miles northeast of Townsend or 17 miles west of White Sulfur Springs in the heart of the Big Belt Mountains. The cabin provides a wonderful setting for hiking, fishing, hunting and horseback riding, and even has corrals. A series of small lakes are

located in the area. One lake, about a mile south, is easily reached by vehicle. The other lakes can be reached by horseback or hiking. The cabin is open year round. It is a newer cabin and is fairly large, with two rooms and a deck. It sleeps up to eight people. • Moose Creek Ranger Station: This is a two bedroom log cabin located in the Tenmile Creek drainage west of Helena. The cabin, constructed in 1907, was previously used by the Forest Service during the early history of the agency. Moose Creek Cabin served as a Forest Service Ranger Station, guard station, and work center for the Civilian Conservation Corps. It has since been renovated for public use. This cabin has two bedrooms and even has power. • Rillway Cabin: It holds the title as being the newest addition to the Helena National Forest’s inexpensive getaways, located 14 miles east of Townsend on Highway 12. The cabin is accessible year-round by vehicle, and offers the easiest access of any of the cabins. It sleeps six people in three bunk beds, and provides a good base for hiking, hunting, skiing, and snowmobiling.

74 n Watch for Wildlife Drive around Helena for just a few minutes and you’re bound to run into a deer or two strutting around town. But deer are only one of a variety of wildlife that calls the Helena area their home. There are numerous opportunities to observe animals in their natural habitat. A nearby place to start is Mount Helena, the city’s largest

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park. While hiking along its trails you are practically guaranteed to encounter deer, squirrels, and a variety of birds, including meadowlarks and bluebirds. To see elk, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need to seek higher elevations where they take up residence for the summer. The Beartooth Wildlife Management area is a good place to start. A possible bear or mountain goat may also be seen here. To get to there, take I-15 from Helena and head north to Wolf

Creek. Exit at Wolf Creek and then go east to the bridge on Missouri River Road. Turn south on Beartooth Road, on the east side of Holter Lake, and keep following the signs. Avalanche Gulch on the east shore of Canyon Ferry Reservoir is another place to scope out elk herds and mountain goats. While youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re over there, head south to reach Canyon Ferry Wildlife Management area. This vast wetland area, encompassing 5,000 acres, is a series of ponds

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to yourself. That tuna sandwich may taste great to you, but it can harm the digestive systems of wild animals and convince them to look for handouts from other people. Be nice, be careful Although they may look friendly, resist the urge to get as close as possible to wild animals. Give them the space they need and watch from a distance. A good rule of thumb is that if you are close enough for the animal to react to your presence, you are probably too close. Even mildmannered wildlife can respond unpredictably when they feel threatened, which puts you in danger. Leave baby animals alone. Although they may look like the cute, cuddly animals of Disney movies, their mothers are highly protective and always nearby. Injured animals are also dangerous, and, in the throes of mating season, even birds can be aggressive. It goes without saying: Don’t ever approach a bear. Respect the land. Before heading out in search of wildlife, make sure that you won’t be treading on private land. If you are, get permission first before accessing the area. Don’t litter and be respectful of your fellow nature lovers around you who are also looking for a little peace and quite in the great outdoors.

75 n Mine for a Sapphire For a really fun (and rewarding) family outing take the kids for a short drive to the Spokane Bar Sapphire Mine located on the shores of Hauser Reservoir. Featured on the Travel Channel’s “Where to Find Cash & Treasures” show, this spot is one of Montana’s hidden gems where someone even discovered an 18.5-carat sapphire. There are no creepy tunnels or lighted hard hats necessary in this mine, which is really a gravel bar on the banks of the Missouri river. In earlier days, Montana’s Territorial Gov. Samuel T. Hauser and his three partners worked the gravel bar for gold, but heavy stones plugged the sluice boxes. The stones were sent to England where they were identified as sapphires. Today Russ Thompson runs the mining operation and the Gold Fever Rock Shop where you can find mineral and fossil specimens. For $60, a whole family can go to the site and dig a 5-gallon bucket of concentrate (rocks, and hopefully

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sapphires) and also receive a 3 gallon sack of mined concentrate. Russ will take you to the spot and show you how to dig, sort and identify the stones. After the dig they will demonstrate how to wash and sort your find. Russ can almost guarantee that you will find some precious stones, but the view of beautiful Hauser Reservoir, the grazing elk, and seeing kids willingly wield a shovel is well worth the trip. The site is located at 5360 Castles Road at milepost marker eight, York Road. Call 227-8989. Go to www.sapphiremine.com. Directions: From Helena, drive 14 miles east on US 12 to Montana 284. Take MT 284 NE 13 miles to Canyon Ferry. From Canyon Ferry, stay on MT 284 heading SE to mile 18.7. Turn left (east) on Avalanche Gulch Road. Drive 10.2 miles east to Gold Panning Adventures.

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76 n Last Chance Tour Train Take a ride aboard the Last Chance Tour Train. You can enjoy historic tours of Helena aboard open-air tour trains. A beautiful and informative tour of the Queen City of the Rockies awaits you. Learn about the discovery of gold in Last Chance Gulch in 1864 to how Helena became the Capitol City of Montana after a controversial election process. Tours leave from the Montana Historical Museum (225 N. Roberts) at the corner of 6th Ave. and Roberts St. located on the east side of the Capitol Building. The fare for the tour is $7.50 for Adults, $7 for Seniors and $6 for Children 4-12. Children under 4 ride for free accompanied by an adult. The train departs during the summer beginning Memorial Day week-end - June 15, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. June 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; June 30, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. July and August, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. September 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; September 15, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. [Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior t tour departure time] The trains are also available for charter for special groups. Go to www.lctours.com or call 4421023 for details. See ad page 50.

Located at 304 North Ewing (corner of Sixth and Ewing), Montana's Original Governor's Mansion, built in 1888, is one of the finest House Museums in the West. It offers a magnificent view back in time. Dressed in Victorian elegance, the mansion was built as a symbol of the wealth and influence of its original owner, Helena entrepreneur William Chessman. Explore this Queen Anne-style mansion that was home to Montana's governors from 1913-1959. The guided tour is a splendid opportunity for visitors to experience the culture and history of the residence that was first occupied by Governor Stewart. Children's tours are highlighted with mischievous stories of Governor Stewart's daughters. Groups limit is 20. Summer hours are May 1 through September 30. Tuesday through Saturday from Noon to 4 p.m. with tours at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays. Admission is $4 per adult, $1 per child, $10 per family. You can make special group tour reservations by calling 444-4789. Fee: School groups are free, $50 per adult group (max. 20). See ad page 50.

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78 n State Capitol Rotunda No trip to Helena is complete without visiting the Montana State Capitol. Discover its history and classical architecture and view the paintings and murals of renowned western artists. Summer hours: May 1 through September 30 – Monday through Saturday, tours begin on the hour at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., and are free to the general public. Sundays - tours begin on the hour at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m., and are free to the general public. Reservations are required for large groups – call 444-4789. Fees: School tours are free, $50 per adult group (max. 25 people). You are also welcome to tour the Capitol on your own. Fact sheets are available at the information desk on the first floor.

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When it’s hot outside, go inside the Cathedral of St. Helena [above] or the State Capitol [below]. Both locations offer tours.

The cornerstone of the Cathedral of St. Helena was laid in 1908, and it took nearly 20 years to complete. It was designated as an historical landmark in 1980. The Cathedral is modeled after Vienna’s Votive Church of the Sacred Heart, in a style called Victorian Gothic. Located at Lawrence and Warren Streets, the Cathedral is built with limestone from Bedford, Indiana, considered to be a sturdier stone than Montana sandstone. The Cathedral is known world-wide for its stained-glass windows by the F.X. Zettler Company of Germany. Visitors are welcome to visit the Cathedral daily. Docents are available to give guided tours during the summer months from 1-3 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Group tours can be arranged at 442-5825 a week in advance. There is no charge for the tour, but donations are gratefully accepted. For music lovers, the magnificent newly refurbished pipe organ offers spine-tingling renditions of favorite liturgical selections. Dale Fleck, the Cathedral organist, allows his weekly practices to be open to the public. Call the Cathedral office at 442-5825 for his schedule. The Cathedral museum is located in the Brondel Center in the lower level of the church. Call 442-5825 to arrange a tour. Donations are appreciated. See ad on page 46.

80 n Historic Walking Tours Enjoy a summer evening exploring Helena’s historic past. A different walking tour each month. Held every Friday evening June through August at 5:30 p.m. lasting one and one-half hours. $5 for adults with proceeds going to the Lewis and Clark County Historical Society in coordination with the County Historic Preservation Commission. No reservations needed. June tour: Lost Glories and Living Legends meets at the corner of Lawrence and North Benton Streets. JuLY tour: Mansions and Millionaires meets at the corner of Madison and Stuart Streets. August tour: Helena’s Historic Last Chance Gulch meets at the corner of 6th Avenue and the Walking Mall.

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The tours feature the homes and buildings of Helenaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Golden Age, the 1880s when Helena was known as the Queen City of the Rockies. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll hear stories of those early pioneers, the movers and shakers and the not so well-known, and their significance to early day Helena. There are stories behind each one, and you will gain an appreciation for Helenaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history and its magnificent architecture.

81 n Historic Reederâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alley Situated in the southwest corner of downtown, Reederâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alley is the oldest intact piece of early Helena. The year 1864 marked the beginning of a tiny settlement and Helenaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transition to a mining boomtown. Four prospectors found gold in a small stream they dubbed

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last Chance.â&#x20AC;? In fewer than 10 years, the population had reached 3,000 people. The Pioneer Cabin, just to the north of the entrance to Reederâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alley, is the oldest documented dwelling in Helena. For Pioneer Cabin hours and information on group tours, call 449-6688. The beautiful back yard of the Pioneer cabin is available to rent for events. Call 449-6848 for more information. Visit www.reedersalley.com to view pictures and learn more about this wonderful place to explore. The alley also provides access to Mount Helena. Today, the Pioneer Cabin is preserved with furnishings and historic artifacts and is open to the public for tours. The buildings in Reederâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alley are designated as an historic district listed in the National Register of Historic Places with the National Park Service.

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Your boots will start a tappin’ to the smooth country rhythms at the Tenth Annual Townsend Cowboy Entertainer Gathering is scheduled this year for one day only, Saturday June 11, at Broadwater High School. To celebrate ten years of poetry, song and western entertainment, the evening will bring back some favorite entertainers from the past. Pre-show entertainment will feature Townsend teen Mariah Saltzman. John Westbrook will be back along with Larry Gibson; and headlining the evening will be the High Strung Band, a big crowd favorite. The Townsend Volunteer Fire Department will host a pig roast dinner with all the trimmings starting at 5 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Admission to the evening performance is $8 for ages 13 and over, 12 and under are free. Dinner and show tickets are $18. For more information about the show and how to purchase tickets, call 266-3946 or email larry@ cowboyentertainer.com. “Yee-haw! Get along little dogies.” The annual Montana High Country Cattle Drive welcomes guest to participate in an authentic western cattle drives. The drive winds its way through the Big Belt Mountains just east of Townsend. The summer-long event is divided into three drives: Cattle Drive #1: First week of June (Arrive on May30 and depart on June 4) Cattle Drive #2: Third week of June (Arrive on June 13 and depart on June 18) Cattle Drive #3: August drive (Arrive on August 8 and depart on August 13) The cost for 2011 is $1,995 a rider. Make your reservations early as these trips fill up quickly. Included in the cost are tent lodging, chuck wagon meals, horses, teams and wagons, and nightly entertainment. Guests have the

opportunity to experience fly fishing, roping, cowboy poetry, learn history of Indians, gold mining, ghost town, and natural history of the local area. There’s also a country dance and a special Award’s Night. Blended in with it all, are evenings of campfire song, trail rides, and laughter. Enjoy camping, riding, and good food and company in Montana’s pristine summer beauty. Guests move between 400-1,000 head of cattle. Call 1-800-345-9423 or visit www. montanacattledrive.com for pictures and information. Slice of Summer. Family fun for everyone. Heritage Park in Townsend, June 16, July 21 and August 18. Children’s activities, 12 to 5 p.m. Live music, dancing and games 5 to 8 p.m. Food and non-alcoholic beverages available. Call 9801648 for more information. Crimson Bluffs. Mentioned in Lewis and Clark’s Journal, July 24, 1805: “Set out at sunrise, the current very strong; passed a remarkable bluff of a crimson colored earth on Starboard intermixed with stratas of black and brick red slate ...” This striking claret-colored slope that Meriwether Lewis wrote about can still be seen today, exactly as it was over 200 years ago. This is one of the few sites noted in the Journals that remains virtually unchanged. A second site, York Island, named by the explorers for the only black man on the trek, is three miles south of Townsend on Highway 287. Get directions to either site at the Townsend Ranger District at 415 South Front Street in Townsend or on a self-guided auto tour map from the Townsend Area Chamber of Commerce, 110 Broadway, in Townsend. The map was produced by the Crimson Bluffs Chapter of the Lewis & Clark Trail Foundation.

Missouri River Wildlife Refuge is just north of Townsend and lists 67 kinds of birds, plus antelope, deer, moose, fox, coyote, wild turkey, sand hill cranes and pelicans. It includes a 6.5-mile hiking trail The Canton Church near Townsend was listed on the Register for National Historic Sites in 1999. on the dikes where the Missouri enters Canyon Ferry Reservoir. Missouri River Floats. Both Lewis and Clark sites as well as much more can be seen by floating the river. Boats may be put in at the Toston Bridge or at York Island. Canyon Ferry Mansion. Once the palatial home of A.B. Cook, an entrepreneur known as the “King of the Herefords,” this nearly 100-year-old mansion has been restored and renovated and is now a bed and breakfast, which offers weddings in a country chapel, and

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caters to reunions and other meetings and gatherings. Many services are offered here at this business. The mansion is located at 7408 Hwy 287, near Canyon Ferry Reservoir in Townsend. Call 266-3599 for more information or visit www.canyonferrymansion.com Canton Church (St. Joseph’s Church) is on the East Side of Canyon Ferry Lake ten miles from Townsend. Open every other Friday from 3-6 p.m. beginning May 27. See specific dates and events and activities on www.broadwaterlegacy.org/cantonchurch. The 135 year-old Catholic church was built at Canton, MT, which is now under Canyon Ferry Lake. The church was moved in 1954 to make way for the lake. Volunteers restored the New England style church over a ten year period beginning in 1997. It was listed on the Register for National Historic Sites in 1999. The building is no longer used for liturgical services but can be reserved for events, meetings or family reunions. Email mtskydog@ mt.net for more information. More Broadwater County Events and Attractions • Broadwater County Museum is open May 21-September 15. Call 266-5252 • June 12-13–Black Ram Archery Club Shoot for the Cure @ Huth Ranch. Contact Al Bodle at 266-3659. • June 25-26–Canyon Ferry Walleye Tournament. Call 2665582 or 266-4124. • June 24-26–Commercial Bar Men & Women’s Softball Tournament.

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High Tea Sun. July 17, Sun. August 7 & Sun. August 28 Scarecrow Festival Sun. September 25

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July 4–Fly-in At Townsend Airport. Call 266-5400. July 4–Chamber Picnic and Fireworks. Call 266-4101. July 16-17–Quilt Show. Call 227-9610. July 16–Broadwater Rod & Gun Walleye Tournament. Call 266-5279. July 16–Shakespeare in the Parks August 3-7–Broadwater Fair & Rodeo. Call 266-9251. August 20–Guthrie Memorial Poker Run. Call 266-5582. August 26-28–Townsend Softball Tournament. Call 2665582.

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If you want to feel like you’ve entered the beautiful world of fairies complete with crystal streams and abundant flowers, take a drive out to Tizer Gardens. A rose garden, children’s garden, bird sanctuary, and gift shop are just a few of the sights to take in. The grounds are also available for picnics, group functions, and weddings. On Saturday, June 25, Tizer Gardens will offer their 6th annual Fairies and Wizards Festival. There are fun and festivities for the whole family. Kids can dress up as fairies, gnomes, elves, or wizards. On Sunday, July 17 and Sundays, August 7 & 28 a three-course High Tea in the garden is held. Tizer Gardens is open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $5. Located south of Helena, take I-15 to exit 176, turn left, cross over the Interstate and turn right on Tizer Rd. Follow signs to 38 Tizer Lake Road. Call 1-866-933-9789 or visit www.tizergardens.com for more information. See ad page 54.

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Jefferson County Fair and Rodeo. Hit up Jefferson County for a good ol’ fashioned county fair held in turn-ofthe-century barns with exhibits, live music, fun activities for kids, baked-goods auction, beef barbecue, and more. The fair runs Thursday, August 25 through Sunday, August 28, at the Jefferson County Recreation Park, located one-half mile south of Boulder. In-county rodeo starts Thursday, August 25, at 1 p.m. Bi-Country rodeo starts Friday, August 26, at 5:30 p.m. NRA rodeos start Saturday, August 27, and run through Sunday, August 28. The NRA rodeos are at 2 p.m. The rodeo parade is Saturday, August 27, at noon. More Jefferson County Events and Attractions • June–Whitehall Barrel Racing Series at the Whitehall Rodeo Grounds. Call 287-3572. • June 6, 12-13, July 11, Aug. 22–O-Mok-See Series at the Whitehall Rodeo Grounds. Call 287-5137. • June 19–Boulder Community-wide Garage Sale. All day at various locations around Boulder and Basin. Call 461-5690 • July 30-31–Whitehall Frontier Days. Parade, vendors in the park, Cowboy Roundup Ranch competition, car show, children’s activities, and much more! • August 28–18th Annual Boulder Car Show at Veterans Park in Boulder. Registration is from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Judging is from 1 to 2 p.m. Awards at 3 p.m. Call 465-2106.

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The Montana Artists Refuge Located in Basin, MT, about halfway between Helena and Butte, the Montana Artists Refuge works to advance the creative work of artists, to create residencies for artists and to provide arts programs and arts education for both artists and community members. There are opportunities for artists to do art shows, concerts, readings and performance pieces, both at the refuge and at other venues in the 100mile radius that is our geographic area. Open regularly Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or more information or to schedule a tour, call 225-3500 or visit www.montanarefuge.org. Radon Mines. Despite the negative publicity radon occasionally receives, the radon health mines near Boulder and Basin continue to boast great business. Visitors to the mines travel underground to sit in lighted chambers and breathe radon gas. People go to the mines seeking a complement or alternative to current methods of disease symptom management of immune system disorders, to ease or eliminate chronic pain, and to break reliance on pharmaceuticals. • Merry Widow: I-15 Exit #156 at Basin, 38 miles south of Helena. Open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in May and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 1-October 31. Call 225-3220. • Earth Angel: I-15 Exit #156 at Basin, 38 miles south of

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Helena. Open 365 days a year to â&#x20AC;&#x153;help peopleâ&#x20AC;? 24 hours a day. Call 225-3516. â&#x20AC;˘ Free Enterprise: I-15 Exit #164 at Boulder, 30 miles south of Helena. Call 225-3591. â&#x20AC;˘ Sunshine: I-15 Exit #160 at High Ore Road, 34 miles south of Helena. Always open by request from the mine site telephone or reservation. Call 225-3670.

near Three Forks. The 2011 line up includes over 17 singer entertainers including: Leon Russell, Uriah Heap, Great White, Bachman & Turner, Rock Sugar, Jared Stewart Band, Pat Benetar and many more. For the complete line up, vendors and to buy tickets go to www.rockintherivers.com or call 285-0099 or 866-285-0097. See ad page 58.

88 Boulder Hot Springs is becoming a central figure in the health resort industry in southwestern Montana. Some of the services include bed and breakfast facilities, indoor and outdoor mineral hot spring pools, cold-water plunges, steam rooms and massages. There are facilities for conferences, meetings, retreats, weddings and receptions. Catered healthy meals are also available. There will be a prime rib Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Buffet on Sunday, June 19 from noon to 3 p.m. Prices range from $24 for adults to $20 seniors (60+). Children ages 5-12 are $12. Boulder Hot Springs schedules several events designed to augment a healthy lifestyle. The ancient hot spring pools are included with guest rooms and open to the public for day use. Summer pool hours (April 1 through October 31) are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Daily rates are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors (60+), and $4 for children (312). The knowledgeable staff can also offer suggestions for day trips or activities in the surrounding area. To get there, travel south on I-15 and take the Boulder Exit #164. Turning left onto Main Street (Highway 69), travel through town, curving let at the bridge past the fairgrounds about 2 miles, and look for the sign on the right. Call 225-4339 or visit www.boulderhotsprings. com. See ad page 56.

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Headwaters Country Jam

Take a vacation to the bridge, near Three Forks for the 3rd Annual Headwaters Country Jam and join thousands of fans under the Big Sky to celebrate their country roots, June 23-25. The three day music festival features some of Country Musicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest legends and rising stars. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation [RMEF] is sponsoring military appreciation night on Friday. Discounted tickets are available to active military; call 800-555-8989 for more information. The RMEF Great Elk Tour will be showcased the entire weekend. Aside from music listening, concert goers can partake in horse shoe tournaments, dance contests, mechanical bull riding, karaoke, dart boards and pool. Tickets can be purchased online at www. HeadwatersCountryJam.com, by calling our box office at 800-555-8989 or at your local ticket outlet: Murdochâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sBozeman and Helena, The Butte Depot and Bruce and Bobâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Good Guy Pawn- Butte, Creative Leisure-Havre, Cash DollarThree Forks, Shiptonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Big R- Billings. Kids 12 and under free. Camping available. Email info@headwaterscountryjam. com or call 877-494-4841. See ad page 55.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roll!â&#x20AC;? Three days of live rock music erupts at Rockinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; the Rivers, August 12-14 at the bridge

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Lewis and Clark Caverns

Get a feel for Mother Natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all natural air conditioning in the summer by journeying down into Lewis and Clark Caverns, one of the largest known limestone caves in the Northwest. Regardless of the temperature outside, the caverns maintain a constant temperature of about 50 degrees. Located south of Helena and 19 miles west of Three Forks, the caverns are a testament to the power of water. Tiny droplets of water over thousands of years are responsible for the creation of stalactites, stalagmites, columns, ribbons, and even walls that look like popcorn. The park is open year-round, and guided tours are available May 1 through September 30. The two-mile, two-hour guided tour begins with a ž mile hike up a small hill to the caveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entrance. The hike is worth it though when within several hundred feet of the entrance the cave opens up into the Cathedral Room and the Paradise Room. In these rooms, visitors encounter immense columns formed when stalagmites and stalactites met. Some stooping is necessary along the 600 steps within the cave, but most of the walk is downhill. Rubber soled shoes are recommended since the steps can be wet and slippery. Lighting and handrails are provided for your safety. In addition to the caverns, the park contains a 40-space campground with many amenities, three camping cabins, a teepee and picnic sites. In May 2010, a new visitor center was opened and includes interpretive and educational information about the park as well as offices, a small camp store, rest rooms and a community classroom and conference room. Lewis and Clark Caverns is open seven days a week June 15 through August 20 from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Admission to the park is free for vehicles registered in Montana. Nominal fees apply to visitors from out of state. A guided cave tour is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-11, and free for those under 6. For more information call 287-3541.

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Nestled near the magnificent Bob Marshall and Scapegoat Wilderness with the Blackfoot River flowing nearby, Lincoln has something to offer everyone. From Helena, take I-15 to the Lincoln Road exit; follow Lincoln Road west for about 40 miles until you reach Highway 200 and turn left. For more information, contact the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce at 362-4949 or go to www.lincolnmontana.com. July 2–Lincoln Rodeo Parade July 2-3–Rodeo July 4–Fourth of July celebration across from Hooper Park, east side of Lincoln, off Highway 200. Fireworks sponsored by Lincoln Chamber of Commerce. September 17-18–11th Annual Lincoln Rod Run, featuring street rods, muscle cars and classic cars. Main Street, Lincoln.

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Augusta, gateway to the Bob Marshall Wilderness, offers visitors true Western hospitality. Buildings with western facades still line the street, not to mention the old-fashioned Buckhorn Saloon where you can sit back, relax, and enjoy a cold beverage. For some good down home cooking, check out Mel’s Diner where the walls are covered with framed old newspapers and pictures of Augusta’s history and 16 flavors of ice cream are served up all summer long. Augusta is the notorious home of “The Wildest One-Day Show on Earth” – The Annual American Legion Rodeo celebrating 75 years in 2011 – held on Sunday, June 26 from 2-5 p.m. at the rodeo grounds. This is one of the largest one-day rodeos in Montana, featuring the 75th anniversary parade on Saturday June 25 at 1 p.m., the Old-Time Wild Cow Milking, and of course, the rodeo. On July 23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. check out Peddlers in the Park–fun family activities, arts crafts, and food. For more information contact the Augusta Chamber of Commerce at 562-3491 or visit www.augustamontana.com Being so close to the Bob Marshall also makes Augusta a perfect place for hikers, backpackers, or scenery seekers to begin their next big adventure.

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If you’re in the neighborhood of White Sulphur Springs, be sure to stop and take a dip in the naturally heated pools at the Spa Hot Springs Motel, which have often been compared to the famed Baden-Baden hot springs in Germany. Both the indoor and outdoor pools are free of charge to motel guests. Visitors pay $5 to swim. Pool hours are 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Call 547-3366 or visit www.spahotsprings.com for more information.

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Bair Family Museum

Located in the Harlowton area, the Bair Family Museum is a monument to good ol’ American hard work and luck. Charles M. Bair came to Montana in 1883 as a conductor on the Northern Pacific Railroad and went into the

ranching business in 1891. He made his fortune in the Alaska gold rush and went on to invest in mining, oil and real estate. A new state-of-the-art museum on the grounds of the Bair Family Home in Martinsdale, Montana, has been recently completed. The 7,300 square foot building features a variety of gallery spaces. The new art museum sits adjacent to the original Bair Family home and will house the Bair’s collection of valuable western artworks, priceless Indian artifacts, and an eclectic collection of American and European paintings. Guided tours of the Bair Home complete The Charles M. Bair Family Museum experience, with fine reproductions of the paintings in place of the originals. All the original furniture and antiques remain in the home as testament to the family’s passion for collecting antiques, mostly gathered by the Bair sisters in their travels abroad. The Charles M. Bair Family Museum will open Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day, 7 days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum will remain open through October for school tours, as well as the general public, but on a reduced schedule. Visitors can see the new museum exhibition, tour the home, and explore the agriculturalrelated artifacts and photographs in the barn and visit the Museum Shop all for one ticket price of $5, $3 for seniors. Find the Bair Family Museum in Martinsdale, Montana between White Sulphur Springs and Harlowton on Highway 12. 572-3314 www.bairfamilymuseum.org. See ad page 58

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Unionville ghost town is located just southwest of Helena. Helena’s Last Chance Gulch was panned clean of gold quickly after the metal’s discovery in 1864, but hard rock mining in Unionville kept Helena afloat from 187085. To get there, take Park Avenue south out of town and bear left on Orofino Gulch. Park City, Dry Gulch, and Springtown are settlements beyond Unionville and farther up Grizzly Gulch where the Park City Mine yielded ore worth millions of dollars. To get to Blackfoot City and Marysville head west on Highway 12 over MacDonald Pass to Avon. Take Highway 141 north from Avon for three or four miles and jog right for five miles to Blackfoot City, an 1865 town that still can be recognized. Keep going past Blackfoot City and the loop takes you back to Belmont and Marysville. There’s not much to recognize in Belmont anymore; it was active around 1880. With a brewery, 27 saloons, 3,000 residents and three newspapers, Marysville once was one of the most thriving gold towns in the area. It remains one of the best preserved. The local Catholic church was fully restored in the 1980s, and old, abandoned buildings still line Marysville’s street. Dating from the second wave of Montana’s gold and silver rushes. Elkhorn has survived as one of the better ghost towns in the west. Its principal mine, the Elkhorn, was discovered around 1872 by Peter Wys, a native of Switzerland, and has changed hands repeatedly. Booming in the 1880’s and ‘90’s before tapering off in this century, the Elkhorn reputedly produced some $14 million in silver during its long life. Elkhorn has been designated one of the most important historical sites

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in the West and renovation has been undertaken by the Western Montana Ghost Town Preservation Society. Elkhorn flourished in the 1880â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and 90â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, when millions of dollars worth of gold and silver were mined. Reportedly the town had 2,500 residents, with 500 woodcutters, mostly of French and Norwegian descent, were employed to supply wood for the town and the mill. Elkhron can be reached from Boulder off of I-15. Go 7 miles south on Highway 69, left over small bridge then right onto gravel road 13 miles, bearing left at each of two forks in the road. Bannack State Park and Ghost Town is one of Montanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best-preserved ghost towns dating back to the 1800s. Camping facilities are available. To get there, take I- 15 south of Dillon to exit 59 (the Hwy. 278 exit). Head west on Hwy. 278 for 20 miles, then turn south onto the paved Bannack road. Finally, you can drive to the east side of Canyon Ferry on Highway 284, and then take Highway 360 up Confederate Gulch. Nine miles along the gravel road is the recognizable site of Diamond City. The road continues past Watson and the site of the now vanished Fort Logan.

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Although Montana is typically thought of as a land of cows and horses, dinosaurs also once roamed this area. Montana is home to world-famous dinosaur collections. These can be visited in short day-trips from Helena. Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman houses the largest collection of dinosaur remains in the United States and possesses the

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largest Tyrannosaurus skull ever discovered in the world. Dinosaur dig crews led by paleontologist and curator Jack Horner, science advisor to the Jurassic Park films, excavate fossils which are prepared and studied at the Museum in Bozeman. The museum is open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. from May 30-September 5. Admission prices are $13 for adults, $9 for children ages 5-18, $12 Seniors, and children ages 4 and under get in for free. The museum is located at the south end of the MSU Campus at 600 W. Kagy. Call 994-2251 for more information or visitwww. museumoftherockies.org. Old Trail Museum in Choteau displays several varieties of dinosaurs. The museum showcases discoveries from the area’s Two Medicine Formation: Maiasaura and Einosaurus skulls, nestling,

hatchling and adult Maiasaura skeletons and bones, and a Sauronitholestes. The Maiasaura exhibit represents the first stage of an ongoing project to completely restore the first known specimen of a single adult Maiasaura. Open daily from 9 to 5 during the summer season, which starts Memorial Day Weekend. The final day of the season is Labor Day. Located at 823 N. Main St. in Choteau (Highway 89). Call 466-5332 or visit www.choteaumontana.com. Upper Musselshell Museum in Harlowton offers a close look at “Ava,” a full-size, exact replica of a Avaceratops found near Shawmut. It is the first of its kind to be found anywhere. Many other specimens like a Hadrosaur tibia and fibula can also be found. The museum is open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. They are closed Mondays. Admission is $5 for adults, $2.50 for seniors. Children under 16 years old get in free. Call ahead for special bus tours. It is located at the corner of Central and Division in downtown Harlowton. Call 6325519 or visit www.harlowtonmuseum.com.

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August Route Tour is about three hours drive time. Begin this 131-mile tour by driving north on Montana Avenue to Lincoln Road, then take Highway 279. When you get to the sign for Marysville, turn let for seven-mile side trip to the site of the Drumlummon Mine and surrounding ghost town. Head back down to Highway 279 and proceed northwest to Canyon Creek. Eight miles farther north is Highway 200. Continue on the Augusta Route by turning right on Highway 200. Along the way you will find Flesher and Stemple passes. These passes offer scenery perfect for hikers, photographers and wildflower seekers and provide great opportunities for biking and hiking on side trails. To get to either pass, travel west through Canyon Creek and watch for the Stemple Pass turn off to the left. Stay on the Lincoln Road to the top of the divide to find Flesher Pass. The Continental Divide offers breathtaking scenery just half an hour from Helena. These passes offer camping, biking and hiking opportunities. You will cross the Continental Divide again at Rogers Pass soon after the turn from 279. Gravel roads north of Augusta take you to

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Willow Creek Reservoir, Nilan Reservoir or to Gibson Dam on the Sun River. When you turn back from Augusta, follow Highway 287 all the way to I-15 and head to Wolf Creek. You can exit the Interstate to take a look at Holter Lake and the Missouri River. I-15 takes you up the canyon and all the way back to Helena. Lincoln Route Tour (130 Miles) To make your loop tour in another direction, begin on 279, as noted on the Augusta route above, but turn left of 279 when you reach Highway 200 from Flesher Pass. As you head toward Lincoln, you’ll begin to see the Blackfoot River as it winds its way through this valley. This area is great for snowmobiling, fishing, camping and hiking. Lincoln is a great place to stop for refreshments before continuing on your tour westward on 200. Browns Lake, a designated wildlife viewing area, is further ahead. You can continue on to the small town of Ovando, enjoying your view of the Scapegoat Wilderness to the north. Then backtrack on Highway 200 to the junction with Highway 141 and turn south. This road will take you to the ranching community of Helmville at the foot of the Garnet Range. From Helmville, get back on 141 and make your way through this agricultural valley to the town of Avon on the Little Blackfoot River. You may see beaver slide hay stackers in the fields, unique to this part of the country. Highway 141 becomes Highway 12 after the town of Elliston. Stop at the viewpoint at the top of MacDonald

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Pass for a glorious view of Helena and the surrounding mountains. From the top of the pass, you’ll descend swiftly back into Helena. Crown Butte, a prairie ecosystem owned by the Nature Conservancy, is a short drive and a steep hike from Helena. Although the area is surrounded by cattle ranches, after an 800-foot vertical climb with no water en route, isolation is easy to find and the cattle seem far away. The destination makes for a unique day trip, offering plentiful wildlife sightings including eagles, meadowlarks, prairie falcons, hawks, coyotes and deer. The area is open for day-use foot traffic only. Make sure to take plenty of water and watch out for rattlesnakes. To reach Crown Butte, take Interstate 15 north past Wolf Creek to the Highway 287 exit. At Bowman’s Corners, turn northeast onto Highway 200 and continue to Simms. Highway 431 south from Simms takes you to the preserve. Approximate drive time 10 hours, the 415-mile Grand Tour takes you through most of the region’s highwayaccessible sites. Plan on more time for sightseeing, eating and recreation along the way. For various other driving tours, including a Grand Loop Tour of southwestern Montana, visit www.goldwest.visitmt.com/drivingtours or for free Gold West travel information, call 1-800-879-1159.


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Allegro School of Dance Ages 3-18. Monday-Wednesday every week this summer. 636 Barney St., Helena. Contact: Beth Barry, 443-1231. Registration and info: allegrodance.net. See ad page 61. Cardiello Art Garage Grades K-8. Summer Art Camp - Session I, Aug. 1-5; Session II, Aug. 8-12; Session III, Aug. 15-19. Summer Art Classes Session I, June 27-July 1; Session II, July 4-8; Session III, July 11-15; Session IV, July 15-22; Session V, July 25-29. Cardiello Art Garage, 912 8th Ave., Helena. Cost: Summer Art Camp, $110; Summer Art Classes, $50; Birthday parties, $80 (up to eight children). Contact: Theresa Cardiello, 442-8165 or theresacard@hotmail.com Cassidy Mallon Irish Dancers Summer class offerings: Mondays 3:30-4:30 p.m. New Beginners (age 4+) Mondays 4:30-5:30 p.m. (6+) Mondays 5:30-6:30 p.m. Advanced dance Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 p.m. (Adult Beginners) For summer updates on prices and any possible upcoming camps e-mail Jaymie at jaymie@irishdancemt.com or call 443-6593. www.irishdancemt.com. Creative Arts Center. Beginning the first weekend in July, one-week summer dance camps for students ages 7 and older. All camps meet Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon and will include ballet and jazz technique. Evening dance classes will also be offered in ballet, modern and tap. The Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Dance the Divide workshop will be held August 8-12. This one-week workshop will offer classes in ballet, pointe and modern dance technique. Guest faculty includes Vladimir and Simone Reche from the University of New Mexicoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dance department. Dance The Divide is open to intermediate and advanced level dancers ages 12 and older. Call for more information on all classes, camps and workshops 442-6519.

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Grandstreet Theatre Summer Theater School July 10-23. Call 442-4270, www.grandstreettheatre.com. See ad page 6. Archie Bray Foundation Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ceramic Classes Monday-Friday for 3 hours. Classes are open to ages 6 years old to High School teens. The Bray will offer four class sessions this summer July 25-29, 2011: 6-8 year olds, 9 a.m. -12 noon 3rd-6th grade 9 a.m.- -12 noon 5th-8th grade, 1-4 p.m. High school teens 1-4 p.m. Tuition is $150 per person with a $50 deposit due to the Bray office within four days after registration. The cost per child covers all expenses; instruction, clay, glazes, use of tools, firing of work and snacks. To register, please call 443-3502 ext. 14. Class enrollment is limited to 12. Membership to the Bray is encouraged, but optional. www.archiebray.org Holter Museum of Art is offering many summer workshops for children and youth. Ages 5-7 can take part in two workshops: You and the Zoo, Mon-Fri. June 27July 1, 9-11:30 a.m.; Summer in a Suitcase: Europe and Central Asia, Mon- Fri. July 11-15, 1-3:30 p.m. The Holter is offering several workshops for youth ages 8-12 ranging from drawing, legomation, painting, screen printing, fiber arts, cooking, and digital darkroom techniques. Dates range from June 13-August 12. For a complete listing of workshop dates and times call the Holter at 442-6400 or visit www. holtermuseum.org. See ad page 8. Queen City Ballet Princess Camps. These camps are perfect for children ages 3-8 and include creative dance and pre-ballet. Each day children take a 45 creative movement/ pre-ballet class: after a short break, they will explore a classical ballet through the characters, story line, music and mime. 3-4 year olds attend from 9-10:30 a.m., and 5-7 year olds from 10:30-12 noon. The cost is $75 for the camps. Schedule includes: Cinderella June 13-17; Fancy Nancy June 20-24: Tinkerbell July 18-22; Angelina Ballerina July 25-29; My Fairyland August 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5; Wish to be a Princess August 8-12. There are also two sessions of the Art of Dance for ages 8 and older that run from 9 a.m.-12 noon June 27July 17 July 18-22. Cost of the one week session is $150. The stories will come alive with the studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; own natural curiosity and creativity. No prior dance training is necessary. Imagery, imagination, and self-expression are encouraged while developing a foundation for academic ballet technique. Class Uniform is encouraged but not required for Ballet Princess Camps. Two Intensive and two Junior Intensive summer workshops are available from June

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9-August 19; times and tuition vary for this professional ballet experience. Call 444-5004 for more information or visit www.queencityballet.com Sewing Palace Kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Camp is just a hop skip and a jump away at our new location 124 E. Lyndale! Kids Day Camp will be held on June 15 and August 17 from 9 a.m. -5p.m. Snacks will be provided, but bring a brown bag lunch. Class Fee: $30. Instructor: Julie Dess. Kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Quilt Camp. Start your summer off with Carol & Linda and a great week of sewing. Create a lap quilt from fabric you choose. Snacks will be provided. Class Date: Mon-Fri June 20-24 , 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Class Fee: $145 (includes class, kit, snacks & pattern) Instructors: Carol Hahlbohm & Linda Peterson. Call 443-5724. www. thesewingpalacebernina.com. The Painted Pot Creative Arts Summer Camps 10 weeks of afternoon summer camps as well as three weeks of shorter morning camps for younger artists (ages 4-6). Camps run from Monday through Friday. The regular camps are from 1-4 p.m. and the Lilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Painter camps are 10 a.m.-12 noon. Each week has a different theme, and projects created are based on that theme with techniques that also apply. Camp price includes materials, instruction, paint, glaze, firing, or any other finishing necessary and a snack during the class break. For camp rates and schedule go to www. paintedpothelena.com, email paintedpot@msn.com or call 443-3799. See ad page 62. Tiernan Irish Dancers Ages 3-10. June 27-July 1. YWCA. Cost: Ages 3-5, $25; Ages 6-10, $50. Contact: 475-3722. Registration and info at www. tiernanirishdancers.com Woodworking for Kids (Make a coat hook): 10 June, 1-3 p.m, $35; Al Swanson has hosted countless field trips for children in his wood studio, and has grown to understand the importance of exposing youngsters to the art of woodworking. During this woodworking class, kids will learn the science of lumber and where the material comes from, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll learn about the woodworking equipment and discover how to turn raw lumber into various shapes. And finally, the kids will make a small wooden coat hook to take home and hang proudly. This fun and safe class will be held in the new Al Swanson Craftsman Studio and will be a fun way to kick off the summer! All materials are included. To register please visit www.alswanson.com, or call 4433342.

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Basketball Carroll Boys Basketball Camp. Boys entering grades 5-12. June 13-17, June 20-24. Carroll College PE Center. Cost: On campus, $375; Commuter, $250. Contact: Brandon Veltri, 406-447-5519 or bveltri@carroll.edu. Registration and info: www.carroll.edu/athletics.

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Carroll Girls Basketball Camp. June 27-30 entering grades 5-12; July 5-8 entering grades 5 -12. Cost: (On Campus $375, Off Campus $250) Contact: Brock Veltri, bjveltri@carroll.edu. Registration and info: www.carroll.edu/ athletics. Carroll Specialty Skills Basketball Camp. July 18-21 entering grades 5- 12t; Cost: (On Campus $165, Off Campus $100) Contact: Brandon Veltri, 406-447-5519 or bveltri@ carroll.edu. Registration and info: www.carroll.edu/athletics Lady Bruin Basketball Camp/Capital High. Girls entering grades 5-10. June 13-16. Capital High Gym. Cost: $75. Contact: Bill Pilgeram, 406-324-2563 or bpilgeram@ helena.k12.mt.us. Registration and info: www.chs.helena. k12.mt.us/faculty/bpilgeram/CHS_Sports_Camps.htm Junior Bruin Camp/Capital High Boys and girls, entering grades 1-4. Grades 1-2, July 12-14; Grades 3-4, July 19-21. Four Georgians Elementary, Helena. Contact: Bill Pilgeram, 406-324-2563 or bpilgeram@helena.k12.mt.us. Registration and info: www.chs.helena.k12.mt.us/faculty/ bpilgeram/CHS_Sports_Camps.htm. Bruin Boys Basketball Camp/Capital High. Boys entering grades 4-9. July 11-14. Capital High Gym. Cost: $75. Contact: Guy Almquist, 406-457-7143 or guy.almquist@ fib.com. Registration and info: www.chs.helena.k12.mt.us/ faculty/bpilgeram/CHS_Sports_Camps.htm.

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Helena High Boys Basketball Camp. Grades 9-12, June 12-15; Grades 1-8, June 13-16. Helena High. Cost: Grades 4-12, $75; Grades 1-3, $45. Contact: John Hollow, 406-2419431 or jhollow@helena.k12.mt.us. Registration and info: www.helena.k12.mt.us.

AYSO Summer Camp. Ages 4-14. August 1-5. Sierra Field, Helena. Cost: Ages 4-7, $102; Ages 8-14, $155. Contact: Pat, 406-443-0877 or vigsoccer@gmail.com. Registration and info: www.aysosoccercamps.org.

YMCA Basketball Camp. June 20-24 and July 11-15. The fee is $136/week. YMCA members receive a $10 discount. More information can be found at helenaymca.org or by calling 442-9622.

Carroll Boys Soccer Camp. June 26-30 ages 9-17 years (On Campus $360, Off Campus $260). Contact: Dave Thorvilson, 406-447-5518 or dthorvil@carroll.edu. Registration and info: www.carroll.edu/athletics.

Capital City Cage Camp. Girls entering grades 4-12. June 20-23. Helena High. Cost: $75. Contact: Jason Murgel, 406-431-0822, 406-227-7477 or jmurgel@helena.k12.mt.us. Registration and info: www.helena.k12.mt.us.

Carroll Girls Soccer Camp. July 5-9 ages 9-17 years; On Campus $360, Off Campus $260). Contact: Dave Thorvilson, 406-447-5518 or dthorvil@carroll.edu. Registration and info: www.carroll.edu/athletics

Clancy Cage Camp. Boys and girls, entering grades 3-8. June 20-24. Clancy School. Cost: $95 (Monday-Thursday) or $105 (Monday-Friday). $100 or $110 if registering at the door. Contact: Daryl Mikesell, 406-933-5531 or dmikesell@ clancy.k12.mt.us. Registration and info at www.clancy.k12. mt.us

Helena High Soccer Camp. Boys and girls, grades 1-12, July 18-21. Airport Soccer Fields. Cost: Grades 1-8, $50; Grades 9-12, $30 for current Helena High players, $50 for others. Contact: Carl Straub, 406-439-8492 or cstraub@ helena.k12.mt.us. Registration and info: cstraub@helena. k12.mt.us

Hoop-It-Up Camp. Boys and girls, grades 1-8. Grades 1-4, June 27-30; Grades 5-8 girls, July 11-14; Grades 5-8 boys, July 18-21. East Valley Middle School, East Helena. Cost: Grades 1-4, $65; Grades 5-8, $100. Contact: Ty Ridgeway, 406-4317136 or tridgeway@ehps.k12.mt.us. Registration and info: www.ehps.k12.mt.us

Helena Youth Soccer. Sponsoring the British Challenger Soccer Camps July 25-29. British Soccer Camps provide players ages 6-11 with the rare opportunity to receive highlevel soccer coaching from a team of international experts. Each day includes individual foot skills, technical drills, tactical practices, small-sided games, coached scrimmages, and a daily tournament. Equally important, the Challenger coaching staff provides your child with lessons in respect, responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship and leadership. Camp programs include a free ball and shirt and a free British Soccer jersey for online registrations 45 days prior to camp! New for 2011 is the TETRABRAZIL TRAINING CAMP for 1\2-18 year olds to be held August 1-5. TetraBrazil brings the flair and passion of Brazilian soccer to Helena. TetraBrazil Soccer Camps provide American players with the opportunity to experience first-hand the kind of soccer training that has made Brazil the most successful soccer nation in the world. The TetraBrazil system of coaching teaches Brazilian techniques, footwork and moves in a fun and challenging environment! Each TetraBrazil camp will feature high quality soccer training from expert Brazilian Soccer Coaches. For more information about TetraBrazil go to www. challengersports.com For more information and to register for camps, call 431-3064 or visit www.helenasoccer.org

Football Carroll Football Camp. Entering grades 5-8. June 13-16: $140. Nelson Stadium, Carroll College. Contact: 406-4474480 or 406-447-4484. Bruin Football Camp/Capital High. Players entering grades 1-12. Grades 1-4, July 25-27; Grades 5-12, July 2528. Grades 1-4, Northwest Park; Grades 5-12, Capital High. Cost: Grades 1-4, $25; Grades 5-12, $35. Contact: Pat Murphy, pmurphy@helena.k12.mt.us. Registration and info: Applications can be picked up at the Capital High office or at www.chs.helena.k12.mt.us/faculty/pmurphy/campinfo.htm. Bengal Football Camps/Helena High. Players entering grades 1-8. Grades 1-6, July 25-28; Grades 7-8, July 1517. Helena High. Cost: Grades 1-6, $35; Grades 7-8, $25. Contact: Tony Arntson, 406-459-6006. Registration and info: Applications will be passed out in the schools or people can pick up at the Helena High office or at www.helena.k12. mt.us.

Golf City of Helena golf lessons are available for youth and adults. Sign up for private lessons, group lessons, junior lessons or day clinics. For more information and schedules, call the pro shop at 442-2191 visit www.billrobertsgolf.com.

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Valley View Lutheran Church Soccer Camp at Northwest Park July 11-13 from 9-11:30 am. Registration is $15 per child. Ages 5-13 are welcome. Kids play lots of soccer and also take time to relate Bible truths to the game of soccer. Register by July 1. Call 443-6663 or visit bodegh@juno.com YMCA Soccer Camp is scheduled for June 13-17 and August 8-12. More information can be found at helenaymca. org or by calling 442-9622.

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Swimming

Volleyball

Carroll Swim Lessons Ages 4-older. Session I, June 1323; Session II, June 27-July 8; Session III, July 11-21. Carroll College. Cost: $36. Contact: 406-447-4480. Registration and info: www.carroll.edu/athletics

Carroll Volleyball Camp. July 11-15 entering grades 9-12; (On Campus $290, Off Campus $225) August 3-5 entering grades 4-8 ($150). Contact: Maureen Boyle, 406447-4487 or mboyle@carroll.edu. Registration and info: www.carroll.edu/athletics

City of Helena Swim Lessons for all abilities and age levels. at Last Chance Splash. All instructors are American Red Cross certified. Variety of class times available. Mon-Fri (two-week sessions) 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m & 4-6:30 p.m. 4 sessions of summer swim lessons from June 20-August 19. $35 per session. Register at Last Chance Splash 447-1559 | 1203 North Last Chance Gulch. www.lcsplash@ci.helena. mt.us for exact schedules. YMCA Swim lessons are offered in the morning and evenings beginning June 20. Each two week session is taught Monday through Thursday with Fridays being a day that parents can swim alongside their child in the Y pool at no extra charge. YMCA Swim Camp is new this year, June 20-24. The emphasis of swim camp is on fun, team spirit, and proper stroke technique. Boys and girls, grades 2-8. Cost: YMCA members, $40; Nonmembers, $75. Contact: Teri Wright, 406-442-9622 or teri.wright@helenaymca.org. Registration and info: helenaymca.org

Tennis Ad-In Junior Tennis Camp. Ages 10-younger, middle school, high school, July 18-21. Last Chance Tennis Center. Cost: 10-younger, $15 per day and $60 per week; Middle school, $20 and $80; High school, $30 and $120. Contact, registration and info: Ryan Maurier, 970-219-2602 or ryan_maurier@yahoo.com; Lander Jewett, 406-461-2875 or landerjewett@gmail.com Capital City Tennis Camp. Grades 6-12, August 1-4. Last Chance Tennis Center. Cost: $100. Contact, registration and info: Scott Harris, 406-459-4011. City of Helena Tennis Lessons for Youth, Teens, and Adults. Learn the fundamentals of tennis where the emphasis is on being active and having fun! Each session is four weeks long, and youth participants may join at any time for a prorated fee. All classes are held at the Kay McKenna Park at the Civic Center. Tennis rackets and tennis balls are provided for use during lessons. Classes may be cancelled due to unsuitable weather. Classes will be held Mon-Thurs (Exception no July 4, instead July 8) Dates: Session I June 13 – July 8 (July 4 off ); Session II July 11 – August 4 . Cost: Youth Beginner: $35 ;Youth Intermediate, advanced, and high school $64; Adult Beginner: $48; Adult Intermediate/Adv.: $48 ; Add $5 for outside of city limits. For more information, please call Jannice, Recreation Supervisor, at 459-4479. Scholarships are available to those who qualify.

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Capital High Volleyball Camp. Girls entering grades 5-12. June 27-30. Capital High. Cost: Grades 5-9, $45; Grades 10-12, $125. Contact: 406-443-0687. Registration and info: www.chs.helena.k12.mt.us/faculty/bpilgeram/ CHS_Sports_Camps.htm Helena High Volleyball Camp. Girls entering grades 1-12. June 18-21. Helena High. Cost: Morning and afternoon, $75; Evening, $30. Contact: Sheila Williams, 406-431-6700. Registration and info: Form available in the Helena High office or at www.helena.k12.mt.us

Other Big Sky Fellowship FREE Youth Camps. Baseball & Basketball June 13-16; Adventure recreation camp June 29-23; Soccer July 11-14 . For more information and to download registration forms: www.bigskyfellowship.org or call Darren at 461-9120. Montana Intensive Wrestling Camp. Grades 1-12. June 26-July 1. Helena High. Cost: $225 (with housing), $175 (without housing), $40 (whitewater rafting trip). Contact: Jim Haider, 406-461-8543 or info@helenawrestling.com. Registration and info: www.helenawrestling.com New this year at the YMCA is a Multi-Sport “MiniHawk” Camp for children age 4-7 years. Mini-hawk camp is offered June 27-July 1 and July 18-22. Sports camps are operated by Skyhawks Sports Camps and participants can register for sports camps at skyhawks.com. Physical Enhancement and Conditioning Camp. Grades 9-12 (Grades 6-8 welcome if accompanied by a sibling or friend in grades 9-12). June 13-July 30. Capital High Gym. Cost: $65. Contact: Lon Carter, 406-442-1783 or lonlor1@hotmail.com. Registration and info: www.chs. helena.k12.mt.us. Pole Vault Camp [Team Montana]. Participants grade school through college. June 23-24. Vigilante Stadium, Helena. Cost: $200-250. Contact, registration and info: Todd Foster, 406-202-0532. Weightlifting Camp. Boys and girls, grades 9-12. June 13-30. Capital High weight room. Cost: $65. Contact: Lon Carter, 406-442-1783 or lonlor1@hotmail.com. Registration and info: www.chs.helena.k12.mt.us.


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Summer 2011 at ExplorationWorks! Copies of brochures are available at ExWorks front desk and online. We will offer some of our regular classes like Museum Mystery, Water Wonders, Wild Water Adventure as well as a few brand new classes such as ExplorationWorks Olympics, Going Green, and Smart House! Call 406-457-1800 ext. 1 to register or for questions. Carroll College Gifted Institute. July 24-30. The Gifted Institute will challenge gifted fifth through ninth grade studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; academic potentials and provide opportunities for social development. Workshops, classes, and activities with adults and peers will enhance studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; self-awareness and cognitive development. Call 447-4348. Enrollment is limited & brochure and registration must be downloaded online now. www.carroll.edu/academics/gifted/ Montana Learning Center Student Programs. Grades K-6 July 25-28; grades 7-9 July 25-29 Want to have fun â&#x20AC;&#x153;learning at the lakeâ&#x20AC;? as an entire family experience? Then youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also enjoy our inaugural Family Camp on August 1-3. The theme will be Montana heritage and its natural environment. There will be combined activities for the family along with separate experiences for kids and adults. Explore your world around you with science, technology, engineering and math. Families reside in their own tow-bedroom cabin. Families could be combinations of parents, grandparents, guardians, and kids. Partial scholarships available. To find out more about this and other MLC programs. Call 475-3638 or email pchriske@ montanalearning.org

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Lewis & Clark Library. One World Many Stories Storytime [ages 3-5] On the StorySteps in the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Section Wednesdays, 10:30 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 2 p.m. Thursdays, 10:30 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 2 p.m. Tuesday Tales for Kids [grades 1-5] Tuesdays, June 14-July 26 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the large meeting room at the Lewis & Clark Library

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Kayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kids: Youth Summer Recreation Program. June 13-30 & July 11-August 11; Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m. -2 p.m. The Kay McKenna Youth Foundation, in cooperation with the cities of Helena and East Helena, offers a free summer recreation program for kids. This drop-in program is designed for children between the ages of 6-13. Children younger than 6 years old are welcome to attend when accompanied by an adult. The theme for 2011 is Around the World with Kayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kids-they will visit 32 countries this summer! Kayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kids is located at Barney Park (Cleveland & Hudson); Lincoln Park (Roberts & Walnut); Memorial Park (1203 N. Last Chance Gulch St.); Sherron Park (Billings & Roberts); Kennedy Park (402 N. Harrison) City of Helena Summer Programs/Activities. Call 459-4479. www.ci.helena. mt.us. There are 5 weeks of overnight camp at Camp Child, located near Elliston. Elementary Camp is scheduled for June 19-24 and July 17-22. Middle School Camp is scheduled form July 24-29 and August 7-12. Camp fees are $215/week for Y-members and $250/week for non-members. Asthma Camp is scheduled July 10-15. Thanks to generous donations, there is a reduced fee for Asthma camp. Call 4429622 or go to helenaymca.org for more information The Helena Family YMCA offers week long ActivityThemed Camps all summer. Morning and after care are offered at no extra charge. The fee is $90/week for Y-members or $145/week for non-members. all 442-9622 or go to helenaymca.org for more information.

Summer Celebration Spanish Camp

Learn about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life in the Oceanâ&#x20AC;? through Music Lingua Spanish Children 3-7 years Mon - Fri 9-11:45am July 25-29 Experience the fun of a second language learning through song, games, and art projects. Cost $135 includes an instructional packet valued at $30 which contains the music CD & activity booklet.

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Camp Broadwater. Monday through Thursday, 12:30 -5:30 p.m. Fitness activities, swimming, Waterslide, games and more! Camp Broadwater is a summer program that incorporates the fun of the Waterslide and natural Hot Springs pools with a children’s fitness program including rock wall climbing, water games, hula hoops and much more designed to teach and shape the lives of our younger members. Participants ages 7 to 13. Call 443-5777. www. thebroadwater.com.

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The University of Montana-Helena summer session offers computer, business, general education, transfer and community education courses that are open to the public. For more information stop by 1115 N. Roberts, call 4446800, or visit www.umhelena.edu. See ad page 19. Carroll College offers several sessions open to the public and many interesting courses to choose from. For more information visit Carroll College at 1601 N. Benton, call 4474300, or visit www.carroll.edu. The Archie Bray Foundation will offer a 10-week session for adults July 11-September. 15; cost: $185 non-members and $150 members. Call 443-3502 for more information on workshops and classes or stop by the Bray at 2915 Country Club Ave., www.archiebray.org. The Clay Arts Guild promotes the ceramic arts by providing support and education through individual and community workspace, classes, seminars, and shared resources. Small lockers rent for $45 a month with full access to the guild facilities 24 hours a day. For more information on up-coming classes visit http://helenaclayartsguild.com, or stop by the Guild at 3025 Bozeman, or call 449-6080. Inner Workings Resources will present Triumph of the Human Spirit and Imagination: Social Transformation, Ancient Wisdom and New Science A talk by James O’Dea at St. Paul’s Methodist Church on Friday, June 18th from 7 to 9 p.m. Inner Workings Resources is also sponsoring a Trance Drumming and Intuitive, Self-exploration Workshop. This one-day workshop will be on Friday evening, June 25, from 6:30 p.m. until 10 p.m.. For more information Call 443, 3439 or visit www.Inner-WorkingsResources.com. Tango Helena offering both Tango 1 and Tango 2 level classes during June and July. For more information or to register for a class visit www.TangoHelena.com or call 4495541.See ad The Sewing Palace offers a variety of classes for all skill levels through out the summer. From easy learning to sew projects to master quilt projects, the Sewing Palace has something for everyone this summer. For a complete list of classes and prices call 443-5724 or visit www. thesewingpalacebernina.com.

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A.L.Swanson Woodworking Experiences—No experience necessary! Explore your creativity with wood working classes designed for both beginners and advanced woodworkers. Working With Solid Wood: Wednesday Evening, 8 June, 6-8 p.m., $95. Throughout this highly informative lecture, we will discuss the many nuances of working with solid wood. Why solid wood vs. plywood, where to get, where it grows, how wood expands and contracts with humidity changes, how to design your pieces using solid wood, and joinery solutions with solid wood. This unique experience is designed for those that truly want a better understanding of how to work with this wonderful medium. Build an Adirondack Deck Chair: June 11-12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (2 days), $575. Growing up on the Maine coast, there was rarely a deck or patio that did not don a set of Adirondack chairs. These outdoor beauties are comfortable, classy and with our instruction, you can make your very own! In this course you will use both hand and power tools to create your adirondack chair made from element resistant cypress wood. Upon completion, you may take your chair home and stain it natural, or paint it the color of your choice. This full weekend class takes place in the new A.L.Swanson Craftsman Studio in a safe and fun-filled environment. All materials included. May Weekend Tablemaking Experience (Build a small side table): May 21-22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (2 days), $575* July Weekend Tablemaking Experience (Build a small side table): July 30-31, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (2 days), $575* August Weekend Tablemaking Experience (Build a small side table): August 27 & 28, 9a-4p (2 days), $575* Creating an heirloom from the wonders of Mother Nature is a truly unique and desired experience. You’re invited to spend a weekend in the Craftsman Studio of Master Furniture Maker, A.L. Swanson, and learn to craft a shaker inspired side table. In this course you will be expertly guided through each process in a safe and fun-filled atmosphere. At the end of the workshop you will take home an elegant 16” x 17” x 25” side table that will contain a secret compartment in which you will place a personalized note and perhaps a favorite momento. Your table will have a cherry base with wenge feet, and you may select either: walnut; cherry; tiger or birds-eye maple for the top (*prices will be adjusted accordingly). This full weekend workshop focuses on design and layout, working with solid lumber, hand and power tool safety and use, traditional joinery techniques, sanding, proper assembly, finishing with oil, and of course, plenty of “tricks of the trade.” Classes are kept small to accommodate all skill levels. To register for A.L. Swanson Woodworking Experiences visit www.alswanson.com, or call 406-443-3342.

TOP: Learn the Art of the Dovetail Joint in a class from master cabinetmaker, A.L.Swanson, who offers a variety of classes throughout the summer and fall. BOTTOM: New York City resident, Levi Barrett, assembles a table he crafted in a recent A.L.Swanson Weekend Tablemaking Experience.

Girl’s Night Out at The Painted Pot! When you come to Girls’ Night, seasonal treats are provided and you can bring your own libations, if you’re over 21. Focus is on teaching glass fusing and other more difficult painting techniques. Glass projects include jewelry, ornaments, plates, bowls, sun catchers, and frames and there molds to make candleholders, vases, a rippled bowl and a square “Picasso” bow. If glass isn’t your thing, there are plenty of great pottery projects to choose from. The cost is $10 + the price of your project. So grab a girlfriend and head to the Painted Pot for some serious fun! Check www.paintedpothelena.com for dates and times. 





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