Area news Briefs

ALA #76 opens their new year with no-host luncheon


The new year for American Legion Auxiliary #76 will begin with a no-host luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 12:30 p.m. at the Office Bar and Café in Moore. Awards received at Department Convention will be presented and there is a surprise in store. Please call Mae Rosman or Rosalie Bruchez for details and reservations. Guests are welcome.


Are you in? American Legion Auxiliary to host Poker Run


The American Legion Auxiliary Post 16 will host a Poker Run on Saturday, Sept. 10. from 12:30-5 p.m. First card will be dealt at the American Legion Club in Lewistown at 12:30 p.m. and will continue on to the Wrangler Bar and Cafe in Grass Range, the Roy Legion Bar, Shirey’s Pub in Hilger and end with the last card back at the American Legion Club at 402 West Main Street in Lewistown. 

There is a fee for each hand and unlimited hand purchases are allowed. Half of the pot will go to the best hand and half the pot will go towards local veteran projects. There is a door prize for the worst hand. All cards must be turned in by 5 p.m.

Everyone is welcome.


Autism/Asperger parent support group


Are you a parent or family member of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Asperger Syndrome? Are you interested in joining with other parents and family members who share your experiences? The Central Montana Learning Resource Center Cooperative would like to invite you to join us for our monthly meeting. It will be held at the Lincoln building, 215 Seventh Avenue South, in the conference room at 6 p.m. on Tuesday Sept. 13. If you have any questions please call Jennifer Rindal at 366-5669 or or Central Montana Learning Resource Center, 535-9012.


Back Country Horsemen will meet Tuesday


The Judith Basin Chapter of Back Country Horsemen of Montana will be meeting Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Sheriff’s Complex for their regular monthly meeting. The meeting day/date was changed to Tues. Sept. 6, due to Monday, Sept. 5 being Labor Day.

Among other agenda items, several future pleasure rides for this fall will be proposed by Judy Fossum, Trail Ride chairman. Those interested in preserving the back-country for equestrian use and getting out on local trails to enjoy the beauty of nature are encouraged to attend. Please call Scott Welsh, with questions:  538-3276.


Beautifying Main Street to be discussed by art group


The Lewistown Arts and Entertainment District Association board of directors will meet Friday, Sept. 2. in the Chokecherry Lane Mall, 311 West Main Street. Agenda items include a discussion of adding concrete flower holders and hanging baskets of flowers along Main Street. Also, benches and trash containers may be refurbished and additional containers established in the downtown area. The meeting is open to the public.


Fall Harvest dinner presentedby the Pleasant Valley Homemakers.


Sunday, Sept. 25, Pleasant Valley Homemakers will present a Fall Harvest dinner in the historic building Monarch/Neihart Community Senior Center in Neihart, Mont. It will be from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. PVH will provide a full turkey dinner including dressing, potatoes, cranberries, salads, desserts and, of course, the turkey, with drinks of coffee and ice tea.

The Pleasant Valley Homemakers are raising money to support their many activities around the valley (Great Falls Mercy Home, Chevy’s Kids, Project Linus, Neihart Volunteer Fire Department, Belt Ambulance, Mercy Home, Belt Families, Belt Giving Tree and many other programs.)

The Homemakers also are having a silent auction in the Library. Baskets include items for women, men and children, from food to quilted items. Also, we have two full rummage rooms full of items you might like to have.

There is a fee for this dinner at the door. Children ages 0-4 are free and 5-10 half price. If you have questions about our event, please contact Sharon Williams, (406) 236-5573.


Fibre Arts Guild to host meeting with “Show and Tell”


The Central Montana Fibre Arts Guild will meet on Sept. 8 at the Celebration Community Fellowship Church, 361 West Frontage Road on Highway 87 out of Lewistown. Starting at 6:30 p.m. is “Show and Tell,” 7 p.m. is the business meeting and 7:30 p.m. is the program. Those who wish to, dine at 5 p.m. at the China Garden this time. All are welcome.

Lost Old Quilt Patterns is the program for September. Please bring an 8-inch square of muslin, a 3-inch square of printed or solid color fabric, thread, needle and scissors.

A lot of fiber-related items have been donated to the Guild. Many containers of stuff will be at the September meeting. Please bring containers or big plastic bags to put stuff into, as the original containers need to be returned.


Keep the groove with Groovy Gaffers


The Groovy Gaffers will provide the music for the Sept. 3 Saturday afternoon dance. The band features Dave Robertson, Lauri Lohror, Don Engle and Barbara Engle on guitars and vocals. The dance goes from 2 to 4 p.m. If you enjoy dancing to good country music, come and join in the fun. Dancers of all ages are welcome. There is a short coffee/cookie break at 3 p.m.

The dance hall is located at the corner of Third Avenue South and Barnes Street. There is a small admission fee.


LHRC to meet Sept. 1


The September meeting of the Lewistown Historic Resources Commission will be held on Sept. 1 at 7 a.m. at Six 18 Coffee, 618 West Main Street.

Agenda items include discussion and action on several preservation issues of interest to the commission. These include preservation of ghost signs, the Minuteman Missile interpretive sign, the restoration of the former Central Feeds mill building and other project status reports.

Jim Dullenty serves as chairman of the commission; other members include Toni Gies, Gary Kruger, Bob Valach, Harvey Nyberg and Shirley Barrick. One vacancy exists on the historic commission.

The public is invited to the historic commission meetings. Further information can be obtained from the Historic Preservation Office by calling 535-1775 or contacting


Prairie Handspinners Guild to host first Fiber Festival


Pairie Handspinners Guild is holding their first Fiber Festival on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center. Their mission is to share the joy of fiber arts and educate the community on wool and all of the many other fibers that can be used for arts and crafts. Have you ever wondered what all wool and other fibers can make? You might just be surprised. You might also be surprised at how many types of fibers we have in Montana alone, and what all they can do.

This is a great opportunity to connect fiber artists with local producers and suppliers. Vendors from all over Montana and Wyoming will have their products available as well as demonstrations of fiber arts by various artists.

This is a fun-filled event for the whole community and is free to the public. We hope to see you all there. More information is available on the website:



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