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Calendar of Events

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Thursday, March 26

•CHICO HOT SPRINGS – The International Organic Inspectors Association hosts a workshop that provides training on good agricultural practices for food safety. Some buyers, such as grocers and restaurants, require farmers to have an on-farm food safety plan in place. Free to fruit and vegetable growers and to any participant who is directly connected to fresh fruit and vegetable producers. To register go to www.ioia.net/schedule_onsite.html. For information, contact Jonda Crosby at (406) 227-9161 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

•The Billings Clinic Bottega Botox Event provides information about surgical and nonsurgical procedures from a facial plastic surgeon, free makeovers, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and wine. 4-7 p.m., Bottega Clothing at Shiloh Crossing. To a Botox injection appointment the night of the event, RSVP to Abbey at 657-4653 by Monday.

•International students at MSU Billings share their recipes from home at the International Food Fair. Craig Nelstead, vice president of the International Studies student club, says, “I can’t think of a better way to learn something new about the world than by tasting an abundance of delicacies from almost every continent in the world.” Students serve and prepare the food and often dress in traditional costumes, and tables are decorated with flags and traditional decor. 4:30-7 p.m., Rimrock Café at MSU Billings. $12, $8.

•MSU Billings writer-in-residence Virginia Korus Spragg speaks about what it takes to pursue the craft of writing in a lecture called “Writerly Grit.” Ms. Spragg is the co-author of An Unfinished Life, a 2005 film starring Robert Redford, Morgan Freeman and Jennifer Lopez. She also wrote the screenplay for the 2013 film As Cool As I Am, starring Claire Danes, Sarah Bolger and James Marsden, inspired by a novel by Pete Fromm. 4:30 p.m., Room 205 of Liberal Arts Building. Free.

•Two exhibitions that open today offer perspectives on life in the American West. “Ride ’Em: The Art of Will James” is organized from the museum’s holdings of artworks, personal journals, letters and ephemera from the Will James Collection. “Floyd D. Tunson: Son of Pop” views contemporary urban life. Mr. Tunson, a Colorado artist, says, “I want people to remember black cowboys because I don’t think many people — even black people — do. It was a real eye-opener for me, knowing they existed.” The exhibition includes drawings, paintings and sculptures that reflect the artist’s dominant themes of racial tension, personal and cultural identity, gun and gang violence and urban neighborhood living. Yellowstone Art Museum. A reception with Mr. Tunson is held at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Exhibition continues through June 14.

•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 fourth of six weekly sessions on “The Constitution IS the Solution” is presented by the Eagle Forum. Each class includes a DVD presentation and group discussion. 7 p.m., Grace Baptist Church, 3616 Broadwater Ave. Donations requested.

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

•The Middle School Band Gala goes on. 7 p.m., Castle Rock gym. Free.

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

•RED LODGE – John Clayton discusses his book “Stories from Montana’s Enduring Frontier.” 7 p.m., Carbon County Historical Society and Museum, 224 N. Broadway Ave.

•The West High School Choir performs in concert. 7:30 p.m., auditorium. $5, $3.

•Gerry Roe directs a Billings Studio Theatre production of “Monky Business,” a comedy about the Brothers of Saint Bernard’s, who are attempting to raise $250,000 in a fundraiser to keep their monastery from becoming Bernie’s Casino Royal. The cast includes Dave Kinnard, Vint Lavinder, Jim Patterson, Richard Leeds, Kyle Trott and Lindsey Brill. 7:30 p.m., 1500 Rimrock Road. $20, $17. Through Saturday.

•Craig Huisenga directs a production of “Communicating Doors,” Alan Ayckbourn’s time-traveling murder mystery comedy. When a prostitute in the year 2024 visits a rich man, she learns that he only wants her to witness his confession. When his henchman tries to murder her, she escapes 20 years back in time. The cast includes Delaney Kay Hardy, Anjanett Hawk, Caitline Alice Hart and Justin Lindner. 7:30 p.m., NOVA Center for the Performing Arts. Through Sunday and also April 2-4.

•MSU Billings faculty members Mark Fenderson on trumpet and Luke Kestner on percussion give a faculty recital. Pianist Kathy Honaker accompanies the duo. Featured composers are Pierre Gabaye, James Stephenson, Alex Stopa and Robert Planel. 7:30 p.m., Cisel Recital Hall. Free.

•BOZEMAN – Grammy and Emmy Award winner Steve Tyrell and his band perform in concert. He drew notice for his performance of “The Way You Look Tonight” in the Steve Martin movie Father of the Bride and is a regular at the Carlyle Club in Manhattan. He has released a Frank Sinatra tribute album and has worked with Rod Stewart, Bonnie Raitt, Bette Midler and Stevie Wonder. 8 p.m., Ellen Theatre. $38, $29. For tickets, call (406) 585-5885.

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

•No Cigar, Shady Elders, Ned Garthe Explosion, Bud Bronson and the Goodtimers and A. Tom Collins stop by Billings on their way to the Treefort Music Festival in Boise, Idaho. 9 p.m., Pub Station, 2502 First Ave. N. Free.

Friday, March 27

•BOZEMAN – MSU Bozeman opens its campus to potential students during MSU Friday, the university’s campus visitation program. The program consists of tours, sample classes given by some of MSU’s best professors, meetings with academic departments, a display of organizations and special services and presentations on programs, scholarships and financing a college education. Panels for parents and students are scheduled. Register at https://www.montana.edu/admissions/msufriday/. For information, call 1-888-MSU-CATS or (406) 994-2452.

•BOZEMAN – TEDxBozeman features 16 speakers with ties to Montana on “groundbreaking concepts that apply to people’s lives, communities, and the world.” Speakers include Heather McPhie, a gymnast turned freestyle mogul skier and Olympian; Doug Peacock, an author and naturalist who was the inspiration for the character George Hayduke in The Monkey Wrench Gang; and Christian Takes Gun Parrish, or “Supaman,” a Native American hip-hop artist. Also speaking are solar physicist Angela Des Jardins, aerial photographer Chris Boyer, 2014 Montana Teacher of the Year Anna Baldwin and industrial designer Bill Clem. The Commons. For tickets, go to www.tedxbozeman.com.

•“A Clue Towards Safety” helps employers detect and report workers’ compensation fraud. Recent court rulings also are covered. 8:30 a.m. to noon, Big Horn Resort. To register, go to safemt.com. For information, call Kirk Smith at 1-800-332-6102, ext. 5361.

•Participate in Fit for the Cure! and receive a complimentary bra fitting from a Wacoal fit specialist. For every woman who participates, Wacoal donates $2 to Susan G. Komen for breast cancer research and community health programs. Wacoal also donates an additional $2 for every Wacoal bra, shapewear piece or b.tempt’d bra purchased at these events. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dillards in Rimrock Mall.

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

•Palma Wolverton plays piano 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.

•Yellowstone County Democrats get together for the Democratic Happy Hour. 5-7 p.m., Trailhead Spirits, 2314 Montana Ave.

•More than 400 students from 60 schools are expected for the Billings Clinic Science Expo. Today, guest speaker Jamie Bray, a forensic scientist with the Montana State Crime Lab, presents “CSI Montana: Fact vs. Fiction.” She has analyzed more than 700 criminal cases, testified more than 30 times in court as an expert witness, and regularly provides forensic training to medical and law enforcement agencies. 5 p.m., Petro Theater at MSU Billings. Science projects open to the public on Saturday.

•A reception is held for Floyd D. Tunson, whose exhibition “Floyd D. Tunson: Son of Pop” is on display at the Yellowstone Art Museum. Mr. Tunson, a Colorado artist, says, “I want people to remember black cowboys because I don’t think many people — even black people — do. It was a real eye-opener for me, knowing they existed.” The exhibition includes drawings, paintings and sculptures that reflect the artist’s dominant themes of racial tension, personal and cultural identity, gun and gang violence and urban neighborhood living. Also on display is “Ride ’Em: The Art of Will James,” which is organized from the museum’s holdings of artworks, personal journals, letters and ephemera from the Will James Collection. 5:30 p.m., 401 N. 27th St. Through June 14.

•RED LODGE – Big Jim and the Twins play dance music. 6 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.

•Gerry Roe directs a Billings Studio Theatre production of “Monky Business,” a comedy about the Brothers of Saint Bernard’s, who are attempting to raise $250,000 in a fundraiser to keep their monastery from becoming Bernie’s Casino Royal. The cast includes Dave Kinnard, Vint Lavinder, Jim Patterson, Richard Leeds, Kyle Trott and Lindsey Brill. 7:30 p.m., 1500 Rimrock Road. $20, $17. Through Saturday.

•Craig Huisenga directs a production of “Communicating Doors,” Alan Ayckbourn’s time-traveling murder mystery comedy. When a prostitute in the year 2024 visits a rich man, she learns that he only wants her to witness his confession. When his henchman tries to murder her, she escapes 20 years back in time. The cast includes Delaney Kay Hardy, Anjanett Hawk, Caitline Alice Hart and Justin Lindner. 7:30 p.m., NOVA Center for the Performing Arts. Through Sunday and also April 2-4.

•Huck Flyn and Drake Nelson 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.

•DJ GQ plays music to dance by. 9 p.m., Shooters.

•The Limited Warranty Band plays live and original rock. Squire Lounge.

•Hey Marseilles, a six-piece orchestral-pop ensemble out of Seattle, plays in concert. The bands 2010 debut was To Travels and Trunks, an album that embraces the folk tradition with accordion, strings and horns to produce gypsy, Gallic and classical sounds. More recently, Lines We Trace was released. 9 p.m., Pub Station, 2502 First Ave. N. $12 or $10 in advance at www.1111presents.com, Ernie November, 1-866-300-8300 or at the Pub Station.

•A benefit concert for the family of Fawnia Sanchez features music by Katy Robertson, Ovey, Skrillz, Wally Steez, Chucc D, Austin Shilling and others. Railyard.

Saturday, March 28

•The Ponderosa Elementary School PTA holds its final fundraising event to purchase an outdoor classroom. A silent auction, dinner and live music are planned. $20. Call 281-6218 or contact Tiva Townsend at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

•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 Saturday mornings at the Billings Public Library. Free. For information, visit MontanaFreeFile.org. Through mid-April.

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

•Volunteer Saturdays gives the public a chance to plant seedlings, mulch and pull weeds along with members of the Sprouts Club, which is for ages 5 to 18. 9 a.m. to noon, Audubon Conservation Education Center.

•The Rescued and Reclaimed Antique and Salvage Market brings in dealers from around Montana and Wyoming. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Montana Pavilion at MetraPark. $5.

•The Billings Clinic Science Expo opens to public viewing of science projects entered by more than 400 students from 60 schools. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Physical Education Building at MSU Billings. The awards ceremony is at 3 p.m. in the Lincoln Center Auditorium.

•Billings joins 65 other cities throughout the United States by holding its “Walk for Water” event on World Water Day. The 1.5-mile interactive walk and multimedia forum offers an opportunity to learn more about water and sustainable development locally and worldwide. The theme this year is “Water and Sustainable Development.” 10 a.m., Bair Family Student Center at Rocky Mountain College. Free. For information, go to www.hope2onelife.org.

•Bruno and Ozzy, two hungry grizzly bears, ransack a mock campsite in a demonstration of the damage bears can do, and the dangers they pose. Bear-proof and non-bear-proof items are at the campsite. “It’s going to be eye opening,” says zoo director Jeff Ewelt. 11 a.m., ZooMontana. Normal admission rates apply.

•Ed Madrid presents the first in a series of wellness programs, talking about nutritional deficiencies and the importance of vitamin D. Dr. Madrid has been in clinical practice since 1986 and practices in Laurel and Columbus. He is certified in functional diagnostic nutrition, functional medicine and as a gluten practitioner. 2:30-4:30 p.m., Community Room at Billings Public Library.

•The Wellness Series presents “Metabolic Syndrome and Autoimmune Disease” by Ed Madrid, who practices in Laurel and Columbus and is certified in functional diagnostic nutrition, functional medicine and as a gluten practitioner. 2:30 p.m., Billings Public Library.

•POWELL, Wyo. – The Homesteader Museum opens for the season with its annual meeting and a presentation called “D. Clem Deaver: Man + Opportunity = Success,” the story of a man who brought thousands of settlers to the Bighorn Basin in the early 1900s as head of the immigration department at the Burlington & Quincy Railroad. Presenters Susan Richards and Rex Meyers, both at Northwest College, have done five years of research on Mr. Deaver. 3 p.m.

•The Ponderosa Elementary School PTA holds its final fundraising event to purchase an outdoor classroom. A silent auction, dinner and live music by Von Stomper are planned. 5 p.m., Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co. $20. Call 281-6218 or contact Tiva Townsend at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

•A reception marks the end of “Pretty Shield’s Legacy Continues,” a Native American Art and Craft Show that features artists Allen Knows His Gun and Rabbit Knows Gun. Proceeds from art sales support programs at Angela’s Piazza Women’s Drop-In Center, High Plains Women’s Museum and Local Native American artists. 5:30 p.m., High Plains Women’s Museum, 207 N. Broadway. Free.

•Joe Sullivan plays piano and sings. 6:30 p.m., The Rex.

•BOZEMAN – Author Sherman Alexie speaks as part of the President’s Fine Art Series at MSU Bozeman. The series, titled “Creative Nations,” is a celebration of Native arts and creativity. His novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” was named the best Young Adult Book of all time by Time magazine and was last year’s Common Read at Rocky Mountain College. 7 p.m., Emerson’s Crawford Theater. Free.

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

•Gerry Roe directs a Billings Studio Theatre production of “Monky Business,” a comedy about the Brothers of Saint Bernard’s, who are attempting to raise $250,000 in a fundraiser to keep their monastery from becoming Bernie’s Casino Royal. The cast includes Dave Kinnard, Vint Lavinder, Jim Patterson, Richard Leeds, Kyle Trott and Lindsey Brill. 7:30 p.m., 1500 Rimrock Road. $20, $17.

•Craig Huisenga directs a production of “Communicating Doors,” Alan Ayckbourn’s time-traveling murder mystery comedy. When a prostitute in the year 2024 visits a rich man, she learns that he only wants her to witness his confession. When his henchman tries to murder her, she escapes 20 years back in time. The cast includes Delaney Kay Hardy, Anjanett Hawk, Caitline Alice Hart and Justin Lindner. 7:30 p.m., NOVA Center for the Performing Arts. Through Sunday and also April 2-4.

•The U.S. Army Field Band, billed as the military’s most traveled musicians, plays in concert. 7:30 p.m., West High School auditorium. Free. Tickets available at Billings Gazette and at West High School.

•Dancers, singers and musicians collectively performing as Women of Ireland fill the stage with a 20-member touring company. The name “Women of Ireland” refers to a piece of music bearing the same name and known in the Irish language as “Mná na hÉireann.” It is also the only Irish and Celtic show in the world that incorporates an aerial artist. Irish vocalists (Karen Tynan, Sarah Vaughan and Úna Pedreschi) perform alongside the other principal artists Kelly Mc Donnell (Irish dancer), Taylor Rowland (aerialist) and Lotta Virkkunen (fiddler). 7:30 p.m., Alberta Bair Theater. $40, $35, $21.

•The national tour of Lerner & Loewe’s “Camelot” reimagines the classic tale of King Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot. The Broadway version won four Tony Awards, and the 1967 movie won three Academy Awards with such songs as “If Ever I Would Leave You,” “The Simple Joys of Maidenhood” and the title song. Jacob Logan, an eighth-grader at Castle Rock Middle School, plays the part of Tom of Warwick. The musical is directed by Michael McFadden and features scenic design by Kevin Depinet, lighting design by Mike Baldassari and sound design by Craig Cassidy. 7:30 p.m., Alberta Bair Theater. $49, $44, $26.

•Venture Improv celebrates its 20th anniversary with the 20th Reunion Series. On every Saturday night in March, new and old members of the comedy troupe get together for live improvisation skits. 8 p.m., NOVA Center for the Performing Arts. $10.

•BALLANTINE – Val hosts karaoke. 8 p.m., Boardwalk Bar.

•Live rap and hip hop are performed by Seattle’s Jayre, Jaymeson Red Star, Apache-Mr.24-7-365 and others. 8 p.m., Railyard. $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.

•Bluebelly Junction plays live music. 9 p.m., Shooters.

•The Limited Warranty Band plays live and original rock. Squire Lounge.

•Turquoise Jeep Records was founded by Flynt Flossy and Watchyamacallit. Its “Lemme Smang It” YouTube video has received more than 12 million views. In 2013, the group released a freestyle collaboration with Humma, Flossy, and Whatchyamacallit. 9 p.m., Pub Station, 2502 First Ave. N. $15.

Sunday, March 29

•At the Billings Association of Humanists meeting, Donna Scott leads a discussion on “Writing Your Own Goodbye,” focusing on writing your own, personal obituary or eulogy as you would like it to appear in the media, memorial service or going-away party. 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.

•BOZEMAN – “Winter in the Blood,” a film by Montana directors Alex and Andrew Smith, is screened as part of the President’s Fine Art Series at MSU Bozeman. The directors appear at a post-film discussion, along with producer Sherman Alexie and lead actor Chaske Spencer. 2 p.m., Museum of the Rockies.

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

•Craig Huisenga directs a production of “Communicating Doors,” Alan Ayckbourn’s time-traveling murder mystery comedy. When a prostitute in the year 2024 visits a rich man, she learns that he only wants her to witness his confession. When his henchman tries to murder her, she escapes 20 years back in time. The cast includes Delaney Kay Hardy, Anjanett Hawk, Caitline Alice Hart and Justin Lindner. 2 p.m., NOVA Center for the Performing Arts. Also Thursday through Saturday.

•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.

•The Acoustic Sunday Sessions is hosted by Yellowstone Howard. 4 p.m., Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.

•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.

•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, March 30

•The Getting Started clinics help runner prepare for the May 9 Montana Women’s Run. 5:30 p.m., outdoor track at Rocky Mountain College and at Lockwood School. In case of bad weather, the Rocky clinic moves into the Fortin Center. For information, go to www.womensrun.org or call 255-8488. Mondays through May 4.

•The Core Ensemble gives its interpretation of the lives of three Latina women in “Tres Vidas,” a music theater work about painter Frida Kahlo of Mexico, peasant activist Rufina Amaya of El Salvador and poet Alfonsina Storni of Argentina. The stories are performed by Denise Estrada Peyre and accompanied by the Core Ensemble with a wide range of music, including popular and folk songs of Mexico, El Salvador and Argentina, vocal and instrumental tangos as well as narrative and dance. 6:30 p.m., Cisel Recital Hall at MSU Billings. Free.

•Bands and orchestras perform at the District Music Festival. 7 p.m., Lincoln Center Auditorium.

•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.

•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.

Tuesday, March 31

•Three eight-week series of classes for children begin at the Montana Audubon Center. Themes are “Ventures!” ($65 or $60 for Friends of the Center for all eight weeks), “CSI (Critter Scene Investigations)” for ages 6 to 13 ($72, $65), and Nature Nuts for ages 2-5 accompanied by a parent ($45, $40). To register, call 294-5099. For information, go to www.mtacec.org.

•Tech Tuesday continues with “Everything You Read on the Internet is True!?” The program demonstrates how to tell truth from fiction in the online world, with a close look at internet hoaxes. 4-5 p.m., Billings Public Library. Registration required by calling 657-8290 or stopping by the second floor help desk.

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

•Ken Meter, an economics professor at Harvard University, presents a picture of the food system around Yellowstone County and highlights the possibilities for building vibrant local food economies in “Building our Local Economy with Montana Food.” From food security to business development opportunities, he shows how supporting the regional food system can help us all grow. Light refreshments are served. 6:30 p.m., Billings Public Library.

•Choirs perform at the District Music Festival. 7 p.m., Lincoln Center Auditorium.

•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.

•Twinsmith released a self-titled album in 2013, followed that same year by “Honestly,” a 7-inch record. 9 p.m., Pub Station, 2502 First Ave. N. Free.

Wednesday, April 1

•Nonprofit organizations can begin applying for one of four $50,000 grants offered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana through its Healthy Kids, Healthy Families initiative. The initiative aims to improve the health and wellness of Montanans with a specific focus on children and families through sustainable, measurable programs. The emphasis is on nutrition, physical activity, disease prevention and management, supporting safe environments and suicide prevention. Applicants must hold a 501(c)(3) tax status and primarily target individuals in Montana. To apply, go to bcbsmt.com and click on the “About Us Home” link in the left-side navigation bar. For information, contact John Doran at (406) 437-6195 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Through May 31.

•PRAY – The Montana Office of Tourism holds its tourism and brand workshop, “Coming Together to Expand Montana’s Tourism Story.” The workshop aims to assist businesses in Yellowstone Country to bolster their ability to attract and retain visitors, learn how to leverage social media sites and share best practices. 9 a.m., Chico Hot Springs. Free, but registration required by going to http://j.mp/ChicoWorkshop or calling Julie Walker at (406) 841-2887.

•Living Independently for Today and Tomorrow offers an eight-session workshop entitled “Living Well with a Disability.” Using a curriculum developed by the Disability and Health program at the University of Montana’s Rural Institute, the workshop provides tools for managing health and making healthy lifestyle changes, increasing physical activity, developing and maintaining healthy relationships, improving nutrition, avoiding depression and frustration, and advocating for community change that help maintain gains. 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays through April 24, LIFTT Billings Office 1201 Grand Ave. To register, call 259-5981.

•PintAid benefits Tour de Cure. 5 p.m., Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.

•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.

•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.

•Naive Melodies formed in Arcata, Calif., in 2011 to perform music created by Talking Heads. Sets are designed to interweave older and newer Talking Heads songs, from early art-rock, to radio hits and everything in-between. 9 p.m., Pub Station, 2502 First Ave. N. Free.

Thursday, April 2

•Project Linus of Yellowstone County meets the first Thursday of each month to make blankets for children to age 18 who are ill or traumatized. Blankets are then distributed from shelters, social service agencies or hospitals. 12 Garden Ave. To volunteer, donate or receive a blanket, contact Terri Malucci at 855-7999.

•Daymond John of ABC’s Shark Tank is the keynote speaker for the 2015 Billings Chamber of Commerce Breakfast. The event drew more than 1,600 people last year. Mr. John created the fashion brand FUBU, standing for For Us By Us, and since has become a branding expert, business, and motivational speaker. His Shark Branding firm consults with companies on innovative strategies to connect with their consumers more effectively by associating with celebrities, musicians and personalities. 7-9 a.m., MetraPark. $35 for nonmember seating. Tickets are available by calling 245-4111, at Tea City in Rimrock Mall or by stopping at the Chamber, 815 S. 27th St.

•Rebeca Strong plays cello at a luncheon honoring her selection as recipient of the $1,000 Uri Barnea Music Scholarship. Ms. Strong, a senior at Senior High School, has played in the Billings Symphony for three years. Mr. Barnea will be present at the luncheon. Noon, Hilands Golf Club. $15. RSVP to Betty Moses at 248-8075.

•Nurse practitioner Daen Scott conducts an information session on options at Billings Clinic for treating weight-related disorders, including the role of metabolic surgery. 5:30 p.m., Mary Alice Fortin Health Conference Center at Billings Clinic Hospital. Free. To register, call 255-8440 or 1-800-252-1246 or register online at www.billingsclinic.com.

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

•The fifth of six weekly sessions on “The Constitution IS the Solution” is presented by the Eagle Forum. Each class includes a DVD presentation and group discussion. 7 p.m., Grace Baptist Church, 3616 Broadwater Ave. Donations requested.

•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 North Park Neighborhood Task Force meets. 7 p.m., North Park Center.

•Patrick Wilson of Sacrifice Cliffs Theatre Company kicks off National Poetry Month with a conversation with four local poets: Tami Haaland, Dave Caserio, Danell Jones and Cara Chamberlain. Ms. Haaland, who teaches English at MSU Billings, is Montana’s poet laureate. Mr. Caserio published his first collection of poems, This Vanishing, in September. Ms. Chamberlain has taught at both MSU Billings and Rocky Mountain College and published a poetry collection, Hidden Things, in 2009. Ms. Jones, founder of the Big Sky Writing Workshops, has a recent chapbook of poems, Desert Elegy. 7 p.m., Community Room at Billings Public Library.

•Wyoming writer C.J. Box is in town to talk about his newest mystery, Endangered. Press materials say, “When his daughter April is found beaten beside the road, game warden Joe Pickett pulls out all stops to discover her attacker. Joe is convinced he knows the assailant, rodeo cowboy Dallas Cates, but Joe doesn’t know that he might be pitted against his most evil adversary yet.” It is his 15th Joe Pickett novel. 7 p.m., Barnes and Noble.

•Craig Huisenga directs a production of “Communicating Doors,” Alan Ayckbourn’s time-traveling murder mystery comedy. When a prostitute in the year 2024 visits a rich man, she learns that he only wants her to witness his confession. When his henchman tries to murder her, she escapes 20 years back in time. The cast includes Delaney Kay Hardy, Anjanett Hawk, Caitline Alice Hart and Justin Lindner. 7:30 p.m., NOVA Center for the Performing Arts. Through Saturday.

•DJ Michael May and friends host KARAOKE NIGHTLY at 9 p.m., Crystal Lounge, 101 N. 28th St. 2

•MuddPhunk and Where There’s Fire perform. Railyard.

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