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Fish and Wildlife Commission to meet in Helena Dec. 8 The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold their regular monthly meeting Dec. 8 at its headquarters office in Helena. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. Audio and video of the meeting will be available at all Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks regional offices. People will also be able to make public comments from regional offices through the live feed. Audio of the meeting will be streamed online at fwp.mt.gov. The Commission will take final action on the following items: • Biennial Fishing Access Site rule • Biennial commercial use permit fee rule • Pine Grove Pond land donation • Avista cooperative management area biennial rule • Grassland conservation leases • Archery technology commission policy The Commission will also hear proposals for Wildlife Management Area biennial public use rules, 2017 spring turkey quotas and the Mount Silcox Wildlife Management Area forest management project. Additionally, the American Fisheries Society will present its 2016 award for outstanding fish restoration project, and the Commission will be given an informational update on the mountain lion management plan. FWP ensures its meetings are fully accessible to those with special needs. To request arrangements, call FWP at (406) 444-3186. For the full agenda and background on the scheduled topics for the Commission meeting, go to the FWP website at http://fwp.mt.gov/ and under “Quick Links” click “Commission,” “Meeting Agendas and Meetings.” Kids party at the Moose is like Christmas with Santa The Annual Kids Christmas Party at the Moose will be held Saturday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. in the Moose Lodge dining room. Kids can have their picture taken with Santa to take home as a souvenir. Sloppy Joes will be available. Young folks should bring their parents. Fun will be had for all. Soil health workshops to be held in Lewistown and Winifred Jay Fuhrer, the North Dakota soil health specialist employed by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, is hosting workshops on soil health to be held in Lewistown and Winifred. The workshops will be held on Dec. 14 in the Winifred Community Center from 1-5 p.m., and Dec. 15 in the Eagles Club in Lewistown from 1-5 p.m. Come learn about soil health, grazing cover crops, crop rotations and improving hay land. These workshops are sponsored by the Fergus Conservation District. Warm up by dancing to the music of Wind and Strings Come and dance to the country band Wind and Strings at the Dec. 3 Saturday afternoon dance. The band features Tom Wilson on harmonica, Carole Songer on vocals, Barbara Burley on piano, Tony Hencil on dobro and Woodie Westburg on guitar and vocals. The dance hall is located at the corner of Third Avenue South and Barnes Street. The dance goes from 2 to 4 p.m. There will be a coffee/cookie break at 3 p.m. There is a small admission fee. Dancers of all ages are welcome. Lewistown’s TIF District Board to meet Dec. 12 The Lewistown TIF District Board will meet on Monday, Dec. 12. The meeting will be held at 8 a.m. at the Snowy Mountain Development Corporation conference room, 613 Northeast Main, in Lewistown. Agenda items include the final review of the application process, marketing strategies for the program, and other items. This meeting is open to the public. Cultural plan to be discussed by Arts and Entertainment board The Lewistown Arts and Entertainment District Board will meet at noon Friday, Dec. 2, in the Chokecherry Lane Mall, 311 West Main Street. Agenda items include a discussion of a proposed cultural plan and the setting of priorities for future projects. Anyone interested in the arts or entertainment is encouraged to attend. The meeting is open to the public. Don’t miss the Festival of Trees The Festival of Trees is just around the corner. The event begins With a Nite with the Claus’ on Friday, Dec. 2, 6-8 p.m. Sponsored by the Central Montana Jaycees, little ones can enjoy sweet treats, get photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus and write a letter to Santa. Admission is the donation of a teddy bear for a special tree to be auctioned Saturday. Saturday, Dec. 3 begins with a preview of trees and goodies, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission to the preview is a good will offering of decorative duct tape to be used for a kids project at the Boys and Girls Club. Put your name on the inside of the roll to be entered into a drawing for $500 cash from the Greater Montana Land Company. The auction is Saturday evening, beginning with a social hour, pasta bar and raffles at 5:15 p.m. and the live auction at 7:15 p.m. Following the live auction is a Grand Silent Auction, Grand Raffle and Jingle Bell Jam featuring Mandy Eike. Tickets for the auction are available at Don’s Store and First Bank of Montana. All proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club. The events take place at the Trade Center at the Fergus County Fairgrounds. Fibre Arts Guild to have Christmas potluck Central Montana Fibre Arts Guild will have a potluck Christmas party at Kitty Hagemann’s home on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m., at 712 West Broadway in Lewistown. There will be a Christmas tree ornament exchange. Come discuss Lewistown’s historic resources on Dec. 1 The Lewistown Historic Resources Commission will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7 a.m. at Six 18 Coffee, 618 West Main Street. Agenda items include discussion and action on the Minuteman Missile interpretative signage, the status of National Register nominations, the status of the Reed and Bowles Trading Post restoration and the ongoing initiative to establish a Western Heritage Interpretive Site. The commission is also working with the American Prairie Reserve on preserving the Judith Landing historic structures located on the PN Ranch. The public is invited to the meeting. Information about the historic commission and Lewistown’s historic resource program can be obtained by calling the Lewistown Preservation Office at 535-1775 or contacting planning@ci.lewistown.mt.us. Youth hockey sign-up set for Nov. 30 Registration for youth hockey will be at 6 p.m. tonight (Wednesday) at the Lewistown Civic Center. Kids of all ages are welcome and new skaters are encouraged to play. There will be a fee to play this year. For more information call 366-0755 or 366-1364. Scripts, venues and equipment on tap for JMP meetings The Judith Mountain Players script reading group will meet Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. in the Lewistown Public Library upstairs meeting room. The purpose of the group is to consider plays for possible future productions. The public is invited to participate. The JMP Board will meet Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 5:15 p.m. in the library’s upstairs meeting room. Possible venues for a future production will be considered along with equipment purchases. The public is invited. For more information about the meetings, please contact Edie Leavengood at 462-5432. Wrestling Clubs signups A sign up for the Central Montana Wrestling Club and the Lewistown Free-Style Club will be on Monday, Dec. 5 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Fergus High School lobby. The programs are for ages 4 and up.

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