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Calendar of Events

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Thursday, February 19

•Billings Clinic offers Community Heart Health Screenings, including heart health assessment; fasting blood draw; lipid panel, including total cholesterol, HDL, LDL and triglycerides; blood sugar (glucose); and blood pressure check. 8-9:30 a.m., northwest entrance of Montana Pavilion at MetraPark. Free, but registration required by calling 255-8440 or 1-800-252-1246 or visiting www.billingsclinic.com/classes to reserve a time. Through Saturday.

•The Montana Agri-Trade Exposition and Home and Health Expo goes on at MetraPark. See details elsewhere in this issue. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., MetraPark. Through Saturday.

•The Teen Book Group discusses “Name of the Star,” the first book in the Shades of London series by Maureen Johnson. A limited number of copies of the book are available. 4 p.m., Billings Public Library. For information, call 657-8258.

•Charley Hamlin looks at attitudes, hopes and fears, and the roles of medicine, law and government and the church. His presentation has a philosophical bent with some humor. 5:30 p.m., Skyview Room on 20th floor of Crowne Plaza.

•The Skyview Theatre Class and Drama Club performs “The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet,” a comic turn on Shakespeare’s tragedy. 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., Skyview Theater. $5, $3. Through Saturday.

•Bring your instrument for the Thursday Night Jazz Jam with TREO. 6 p.m., Garage Pub at Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co. Free.

•WORDEN – The Belly Dance Fitness class is offered. 7 p.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars. For information, contact Amina at 698-2191 or amina’This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Every Thursday.

•The South Side Neighborhood Task Force meets. 7 p.m., Southside Senior Citizens Center, 901 S. 30th St.

•A session on influential African-American women is held in conjunction with Black History Month. 7 p.m., Billings Public Library.

•The Lewis and Clark Middle School seventh-grade orchestra performs in concert. 7 p.m., Yellowstone Art Museum. Free.

•“Steel Magnolias” brings together six Southern women at a beauty salon as they gossip and talk about their lives. The play stars Sara Hatfield, Kelsey Steffan, Dina Brophy, Rita Heizer, Chae Clearwood and Lisa Day. Byrl Skovgaard directs. 7:30 p.m., Billings Studio Theatre. $17, $14. Through Sunday and also Feb. 26-28.

•DJ Michael May and friends host KARAOKE NIGHTLY at 9 p.m., Crystal Lounge, 101 N. 28th St. 259-0010.

•The Flaming Mic competition goes on in all music genres. 9 p.m., Railyard. $10, $7.

•Montana Chads reopens with country dancing and entertainment. 9 p.m., 3953 Montana Ave.

Friday, February 20

•Tickets go on sale for a May 22 show at the Alberta Bair Theater by Eddie Izzard, a comedian on his Force Majeure comedy tour. He has won a New York Drama Desk Award and two Emmys for Dress to Kill, two British Comedy Awards for Top Stand-Up Comedian, and an Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement. The current tour, which began in March 2013, will take him to 25 countries on five continents. He also has appeared in numerous movies. Go to www.EddieIzzard.com.

•Billings Clinic offers Community Heart Health Screenings, including heart health assessment; fasting blood draw; lipid panel, including total cholesterol, HDL, LDL and triglycerides; blood sugar (glucose); and blood pressure check. 8-9:30 a.m., northwest entrance of Montana Pavilion at MetraPark. Free, but registration required by calling 255-8440 or 1-800-252-1246 or visiting www.billingsclinic.com/classes to reserve a time. Through Saturday.

•The Montana Agri-Trade Exposition and Home and Health Expo goes on at MetraPark. See details elsewhere in this issue. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., MetraPark. Through Saturday.

•The Midland Empire Pachyderm Club meets. Noon, Elks Club.

•Steve Plaggemeyer plays organ in the Lenten Noon Recital Series. A soup and bread luncheon follows for a suggested donation of $5. 12:05 p.m., Billings First Church, 310 N. 27th St. Fridays through March 27.

•Friday Afternoon Cinematic Escapes shows “Cache,” a 2005 thriller revolving around video surveillance by Austrian director Michael Haneke (Funny Games, White Ribbon). 2 p.m., Billings Public Library.

•RED LODGE – J.P. Westbrook plays country and rock classics. 5 p.m., Snag Bar.

•Nature Night is an evening of outdoor adventures for ages 4 to 12. 6-9 p.m., Audubon Conservation Education Center. $22 or $20 for Friends of the Center. Call 294-5099 or go to www.mtacec.org.

•John LeVar talks about Baby Pomp, a famous member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition after whom Pompeys Pillar is named, at a meeting of the Yellowstone Historical Society. Dinner, 6 p.m.; program, 6:45 p.m.; Elks Lodge, 943 Lewis Ave. $15 for dinner, free for program only. For dinner reservations, call 656-2786.

•RED LODGE – Little Country plays dance music. 6:30 p.m., Pollard Hotel.

•The Yellowstone Bluegrass Association welcomes all levels of acoustic-instrument musicians to its Friday night jam session. Enter the building thru the main door on the Northwest corner of the building, near the main parking lot. 7 p.m., music room in basement of Lincoln Center. Free. For information, go to www.yellowstonebluegrass.com. Fridays except on school holidays.

•RED LODGE – Casey Epps hosts open mic night. 7 p.m., Elks Lodge.

•“Steel Magnolias” brings together six Southern women at a beauty salon as they gossip and talk about their lives. The play stars Sara Hatfield, Kelsey Steffan, Dina Brophy, Rita Heizer, Chae Clearwood and Lisa Day. Byrl Skovgaard directs. 7:30 p.m., Billings Studio Theatre. $17, $14. Through Sunday and also Feb. 26-28.

•Winners of the last three years of the Big Sky Comedy Festival perform: Byron Bowers (2011 winner), Nick Guerra (2012 winner) and Tommy Pope (2013 winner). 8 p.m., Red Door Lounge, 3875 Grand Ave.

•Sherry Japhet and Ryan Noack perform live comedy. 8 p.m., R-Club at Billings Hotel and Convention Center.

•DJ Michael May and friends host KARAOKE NIGHTLY at 9 p.m., Crystal Lounge, 101 N. 28th St. 259-0010.

•Karaoke goes on six nights a week at Hudson’s Bar and Grille, with live music on Thursdays. 2658 Grand Ave.

•Mojo plays live rock. 9 p.m., Shooters.

•Montana Chads reopens with country dancing and entertainment. 9 p.m., 3953 Montana Ave.

•On Acoustic Night, performers include Sacul, Lindsey Jacobsen, Katy Robertson, Reid Perry and Chris and his ukulele. 9 p.m., Railyard. $5.

Saturday, February 21

•BOZEMAN – At a workshop for beginning beekeepers, instructors explain how to buy bees and equipment, establish a new beehive, maintain hives, prevent pests and harvest honey and wax. Participants taste honey from around the world and visit a small trade show. Montana State University. $35. To register, go to http://plantsciences.montana.edu/mtproducerinfo.html and look for Beekeeping Workshop 2015.

•The Middle School Music Festival is held. Riverside Middle School.

•The Billings Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Coalition offers income-tax preparation services for people who made $53,000 or less in 2014 and who need help preparing and filing tax returns. Bring a photo ID; Social Security cards; all W2, 1099 and other forms; your 2013 tax return; tax information from day care; documentation of higher education expenses; healthcare form 1095 a, b, or c and a bank routing number for direct deposit. Help is available from Wednesdays through Fridays at the Human Resources Development Council and on Saturdays at the Billings Public Library. Free. For information, visit MontanaFreeFile.org. Through mid-April.

•CPR Saturday teaches life-saving skills. 8 a.m. to noon, Exhibit Hall at MetraPark. Free. To register, visit www.cprsaturday.org or call 255-8410.

•Billings Clinic offers Community Heart Health Screenings, including heart health assessment; fasting blood draw; lipid panel, including total cholesterol, HDL, LDL and triglycerides; blood sugar (glucose); and blood pressure check. 8-9:30 a.m., northwest entrance of Montana Pavilion at MetraPark. Free, but registration required by calling 255-8440 or 1-800-252-1246 or visiting www.billingsclinic.com/classes to reserve a time.

•LAUREL – Live bluegrass music goes on every Saturday. 9 a.m. to noon, Owl Café.

•The Little Bear Winter Cheer Camp is for prospective cheerleaders ages 3 to 10. Campers spend the morning with Rocky Mountain College cheerleaders, learning skills and material, then perform at halftime of today’s men’s basketball game. 9 a.m. to noon, Rocky Mountain College. To register, go to the RMC website.

•The Montana Big Sky Genealogy Computer Group hears a program by Rick Davis on “Searching for Immigration Records,” and Sydney Gabel speaks on her research trip to Germany. Bring records and a sack lunch, if you wish. 10 a.m., Family History Center at Sixth Street West and Avenue D.

•The Montana Agri-Trade Exposition and Home and Health Expo goes on at MetraPark. See details elsewhere in this issue. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., MetraPark.

•Artist Mike Caskey conducts a workshop on Painting with Chalk Pastels. Mr. Caskey was raised in Wyoming and has lived in Montana for more than 40 years. The workshop emphasizes landscape. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Education Studio at Yellowstone Art Museum. $67 or $60 for YAM members. To register, go to www.artmuseum.org.

•The 2009 film “Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story” is shown in conjunction with Black History Month. 11 a.m., Billings Public Library.

•The NOVA Center for the Performing Arts gives a preview of an upcoming production of C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.” 11 a.m., Story Tower at Billings Public Library.

•RED LODGE – Dan Swaningson of Joliet signs copies of his book “Hope for Families,” which draws on his experiences as a husband and father of three, as well as on lessons gleaned from ministering to children and families. 3-5 p.m., Red Lodge Books, 11 N. Broadway Ave.

•The Pink Pookie Gala benefits the Montana Trailhead Country Chapter of Casting for Recovery, a national program that combines the sport of fly fishing with medical and emotional support for women breast cancer survivors. Fourteen women are chosen at random to attend a retreat from those who apply. The retreat is provided at no cost to participants. The gala features a live and silent auction, prime rib dinner, and inspirational program. Jim Duncan, president of the Billings Clinic Foundation, is master of ceremonies. Guest speaker Jeanne Ortiz talks about her experience at the 2009 Casting for Recovery retreat and her breast cancer journey. 5 p.m., Holiday Inn Convention Center. Tables of 10, $500 to $1,000. For tickets, contact Alice Golden at 697-1952 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

•Jalan Crossland plays live music. 5 p.m., Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.

•The Zonta Club of Billings’ Trivia Night is open to 35 teams who answer eight rounds of trivia questions, with each round based upon a different topic. The top scoring team wins $500. Jay Kohn of Q2 News is master of ceremonies. 6 p.m., St. Bernard’s Church, 226 Wicks Lane. Go to https://www.facebook.com/zontaclubbillings.

•RED LODGE – Singer and songwriter Al Cooper plays acoustic guitar. 6:30 p.m., Pollard Hotel.

•Drivin’ Sideways plays live music. 7 p.m., Elks Lodge.

•BIG TIMBER – The Montana Salute to Service recognizes the men and women who serve in the U.S. military. This Big Timber Crazy Mountains Productions show benefits Big Hearts Under the Big Sky. 7 p.m., Big Timber Civic Center. For tickets, call (406) 932-4227.

•“Steel Magnolias” brings together six Southern women at a beauty salon as they gossip and talk about their lives. The play stars Sara Hatfield, Kelsey Steffan, Dina Brophy, Rita Heizer, Chae Clearwood and Lisa Day. Byrl Skovgaard directs. 7:30 p.m., Billings Studio Theatre. $17, $14. Through Sunday and also Feb. 26-28.

•Winners of the last three years of the Big Sky Comedy Festival perform: Byron Bowers (2011 winner), Nick Guerra (2012 winner) and Tommy Pope (2013 winner). 8 p.m., Red Door Lounge, 3875 Grand Ave.

•Hell City Kitty out of Great Falls is joined by three local bands: We Three Bears, Idiot Kid Arsenal and Only Threads Left. 8 p.m., Railyard. $5.

•DJ Michael May and friends host KARAOKE NIGHTLY at 9 p.m., Crystal Lounge, 101 N. 28th St. 259-0010.

•Karaoke goes on six nights a week at Hudson’s Bar and Grille, with live music on Thursdays. 2658 Grand Ave.

•Montana Chads reopens with country dancing and entertainment. 9 p.m., 3953 Montana Ave.

•Mojo plays live rock. 9 p.m., Shooters.

•RED LODGE – Andy Babb and the Big Beautiful Band play funky folk rock out of Denver, Colo. 9 p.m., Snow Creek Saloon.

Sunday, February 22

•The Montana Old-Time Fiddlers of District 4 dance and jam. 1-5 p.m., South Park Senior Center.

•The Billings Association of Humanists meets for a Socrates Café discussion on the topic “What Does an Atheist Fundamentalist Look Like?” 1 p.m., First Congregational Church, 310 N. 27th St.

•The Weekend Wonders program is open to all ages. 2-3:30 p.m., Audubon Conservation Education Center. $2 or free for Friends of the Center. Every Sunday, with no registration required.

•“Steel Magnolias” brings together six Southern women at a beauty salon as they gossip and talk about their lives. The play stars Sara Hatfield, Kelsey Steffan, Dina Brophy, Rita Heizer, Chae Clearwood and Lisa Day. Byrl Skovgaard directs. 2 p.m., Billings Studio Theatre. $17, $14. Also Thursday through Saturday.

•RED LODGE – Honey’s Café holds an acoustic jam. 2-4 p.m., 209 S. Broadway.

•Fit 4 Delivery, a yoga-based class designed for pregnant women, meets Sundays. 2:30 p.m., Health Studio at Anytime Fitness. To register call Laura Morledge at 794-9519.

•Adam Rutt and the Vigilante 7 host an evening of open blues, rock and country jam. 6-11 p.m., Andy’s Lounge, 1815 First Ave. N. Free.

•Live jazz goes on most Sunday evenings at Walkers Grill.

•Granger Smith, a Texas A&M alumnus who made concert tours for soldiers in Iraq and Kuwait, plays in concert. Dirt Road Driveway, his ninth studio album, in 2013, debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Country Chart. Recent singles include “Miles and Mud Tires” and “Silverado Bench Seat.” 7 p.m., Pub Station, 2502 First Ave. N. $15.

•Iration fuses alternative and reggae sounds with elements of rock and pop on its Tales from the Sea Tour. “We’re all about luv,” the band says. The band’s 2010 album Time Bomb remains in the Top 20 on Billboard’s Reggae Album chart. Automatic, a 2013 album, debuted on Billboard’s Top 200 chart. The band has toured nationally since 2008. Stick Figure and Hours Eastly also play. 8 p.m., Babcock Theater. $23 or $20 in advance at 1111presents.com, Tickets 300 (2911 Third Ave. N.), Ernie November or by calling 1-866-300-8300.

•DJ Michael May and friends host KARAOKE NIGHTLY at 9 p.m., Crystal Lounge, 101 N. 28th St. 259-0010.

•Karaoke goes on six nights a week at Hudson’s Bar and Grille, with live music on Thursdays. 2658 Grand Ave.

Monday, February 23

•Twiddle plays live music. 6 p.m., Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.

•The Heights Honor Band performs in concert. 7 p.m., Castle Rock Middle School gym. Free.

•West Coast swing dance lessons are offered every Monday for fun and practice. No partner required. Beginners, 7:15 p.m.; Beginners II, 8:30 p.m.; Social/Practice Party, 9:30 p.m.; Elysian School, 6416 Elysian Road. Free.

•4onthefloor out of Minnesota plays live rock with a touch of Delta blues in four-four time. 9 p.m., Pub Station, 2502 First Ave. N. $10.

•DJ Michael May and friends host KARAOKE NIGHTLY at 9 p.m., Crystal Lounge, 101 N. 28th St. 259-0010.

•Karaoke goes on six nights a week at Hudson’s Bar and Grille, with live music on Thursdays. 2658 Grand Ave.

•On Metal Monday, Wyrm Ryder, Tribe and Iron Swarm all play live music. 9 p.m., Railyard.

Tuesday, February 24

•BOZEMAN – Alternative Wellness Montana holds a medical marijuana clinic. Call (406) 451-5390.

•Tech Tuesday is on the Pinterest website, including how to create an account and use the Pinterest app. 4 p.m., Billings Public Library.

•Bring out your instruments for Tunes on Tap. 5 p.m., Garage Pub at Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.

•Tom Lewis continues a series of programs on World War I with “World War I, Chemical Weapons, and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic.” The series, which began in the fall, marks the centenary of the outbreak of the war. A reception with light refreshments follows. 6:30 p.m., Library Room 148 at MSU Billings. Free. Tuesdays, except March 3, through March 17.

•BikeNet holds its annual meeting, giving the public a chance to learn what’s planned next. Presenters include BikeNet’s Trails Committee, City-County Planning, Billings Parks and Recreation and Bike Walk Montana. Since 2001, more than 38 miles of trails have been paved for the community. 6:30 p.m., Community Room at Billings Public Library.

•The Heights Neighborhood Task Force meets. Police Sgt. Shawn Finnegan discusses the Yellowstone Valley Gang Task Force. 7 p.m., Oasis Community Center.

•The Dahl Funeral Chapel Grief Support Group meets every other Tuesday. 7 p.m., 10 Yellowstone Ave. Call 248-8807 for information.

•The Yellowstone Genealogy Forum’s meeting features “The American Revolutionary War” presented by members of the Daughters of the American Revolution. They discuss research for ancestors who served in the military or helped in the revolution. 7 p.m., 1711 Sixth St. W. Enter from the parking lot on the east side of the building.

•The Senior High School Band performs in concert. 7 p.m., auditorium. $5, $3.

•RED LODGE – Rob Owen hosts jam night. 8 p.m., Snow Creek Saloon.

•DJ Michael May and friends host KARAOKE NIGHTLY at 9 p.m., Crystal Lounge, 101 N. 28th St. 259-0010.

•Karaoke goes on six nights a week at Hudson’s Bar and Grille, with live music on Thursdays. 2658 Grand Ave.

Wednesday, February 25

•Pesticide training is held for homeowners, the public and people wanting to earn their private applicator license. A private applicator license allows holders to apply restricted-use pesticides on land they own, rent or lease. The program covers integrated pest management, pesticide movement in the environment, pesticide safety and toxicity, pesticide law, calibrating ground spray equipment, understanding the private applicator license and reading/understanding pesticide product labels. $10 to $25, including lunch. To register, go to www.pesticides.montana.edu and select one of the workshop locations under “Regional Initial Pesticide Training Opportunities.” For information, contact local Extension agents or Cecil Tharp at (406) 994-5067 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

•Open yoga classes welcome all levels, including beginners, to stretch, breathe and de-stress with yoga. 5:30-6:45 p.m., Room 3 at Billings Clinic. $7 or $45 for eight weeks. Call Kyle Neary at 255-8485 or 652-4955.

•Ramon Ochoa gives his junior percussion recital. 5:30 p.m., Losekamp Hall at Rocky Mountain College. Free.

•BOZEMAN – The third in a series of workshops aimed at helping beginning farmers and ranchers launch their businesses is held. 6 p.m., Gallatin County Fairgrounds. $100 for full series. To register, visit http://missoulacfac.org/planning-for-on-farm-success-bozeman.html. For information, contact Emily Lockard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at (406) 388-3213. Wednesdays, except March 8, through March 25.

•Harvest Solar hosts the “Plug into the Sun” community event, showing how solar electric systems work, how to benefit from available incentives and why now is the best time ever to choose this technology. Over the course of the past five years, event organizers say, the price of solar electric panels has steadily decreased, and the solar electric industry has grown, which has made solar affordable and attainable. Attendees learn the about the components of a solar electric system, how net-metering works, what goes into an installation and how to benefit from federal and state incentives. 6 p.m., Billings Depot. Free.

•Phil Jensen of Rocky Mountain College ends his four-week series on evolution with “Debunking Myths about Evolution” at the Community Lecture Series. 7 p.m., Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2032 Central Ave.

•DJ Michael May and friends host KARAOKE NIGHTLY at 9 p.m., Crystal Lounge, 101 N. 28th St. 259-0010.

•Karaoke goes on six nights a week at Hudson’s Bar and Grille, with live music on Thursdays. 2658 Grand Ave.

•World’s Finest plays Neo-Americana, bridging the gap between folk and bluegrass, ska and rock. The band’s five members play acoustic guitar, electric banjo, sax, upright bass and drums. 9 p.m., Pub Station, 2502 First Ave. N. Free.

Thursday, February 26

•The RV and Boat Show features more than a dozen dealers offering deals on RVs, ATVs and boats. Noon to 8 p.m., Expo Center at MetraPark. Free admission. Through Sunday.

•RED LODGE – An open house is held to discuss a proposed land exchange at the Red Lodge Mountain Ski Area that would unite National Forest System lands in less developed portions of the ski area while consolidating private ownership under existing ski lodges at the base and mid-mountain areas. Two parcels of National Forest System lands totaling 250 acres at the base and mid-mountain areas would be exchanged for 382 acres of non-federal land in three parcels known as the Cole Creek parcel, the Mid-mountain parcel and the Barriers Run parcel. Documents and maps are at www.fs.usda.gov/custer by clicking on the right-hand quicklink: “NEPA Projects and Public Scoping.” 5 p.m., Red Lodge Senior Citizens Center, 207 S. Villard Ave. Comments may be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , subject line Red Lodge Mountain Land Exchange with commenter’s name, address and contact number. For information, contact Traute Parrie or Jeff Gildehaus at (406) 446-2103.

•Zemer Peled’s “Sky Island,” a group of large and small-scale sculptures and installations constructed from thousands of ceramic shards, opens with a reception. The term sky island refers to isolated mountainous regions surrounded by radically different lowland environments. Ms. Peled was born and raised on a Kibbutz in northern Israel and has a master of arts degree from the Royal College of Art in London. She is a second-year, long-term resident at the Archie Bray foundation in Helena. 5 p.m., Northcutt Steele Gallery at MSU Billings. Exhibition continues through April 2.

•Bring your instrument for the Thursday Night Jazz Jam with TREO. 6 p.m., Garage Pub at Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co. Free.

•The Southwest Corridor Neighborhood Task Force meets. 7 p.m., 80 Hallowell Lane.

•Poetry Night is held in conjunction with Black History Month. 7 p.m., Billings Public Library.

•WORDEN – The Belly Dance Fitness class is offered. 7 p.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars. For information, contact Amina at 698-2191 or amina’This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Every Thursday.

•“Steel Magnolias” brings together six Southern women at a beauty salon as they gossip and talk about their lives. The play stars Sara Hatfield, Kelsey Steffan, Dina Brophy, Rita Heizer, Chae Clearwood and Lisa Day. Byrl Skovgaard directs. 7:30 p.m., Billings Studio Theatre. $17, $14. Through Saturday.

•The Heights Girls Honor Choir performs in concert. 7:30 p.m., Lincoln Center Auditorium. Free.

•“Memphis, the Musical” is set in places where rock ’n’ roll was born – the nightclubs and recording studios of Memphis. The show tells the fictional story of DJ Huey Calhoun and Felicia Farrell, an up-and-coming black singer whom he meets one fateful night on Beale Street. The musical won four Tony Awards in 2010, including Best Musical. 7:30 p.m., Alberta Bair Theater. $47, $42, $25.

•DJ Michael May and friends host KARAOKE NIGHTLY at 9 p.m., Crystal Lounge, 101 N. 28th St.

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