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New Year’s Eve

Ring in the New Year at the second annual New Year’s Eve Celebration on Sunday, December 31 at the Helena Civic Center Ballroom.

Dance, play games or just enjoy old rock and roll with Trustfund Hippies.

Chubby’s has a champagne toast bar at midnight. News prop provided.

Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets: $20 at www.helenamt.gov/Community/Civic-Center/Box-Office.

New Year’s Eve Dance in Townsend

Helena’s Queen City Swing Band will play at the Lodge, 131 Spruce St., Townsend, on New Year’s Eve. The band will play dance music from fox trot to jitterbug to waltzes. The band played classics like “String of Pearls,” “Tuxedo Junction” and “In the Mood,” but also movie theme music and even some salsa and tango music.

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The event will begin at 6:30pm with a no-host bar and hors d’oeuvres. Music starts at 7pm

Tickets will be available at the door for $15 per person. For more information, call 406-980-0592.


Artists offer ceramics for sale

Forty-six artists will display a vast selection of functional and decorative ceramics.

Prices vary. New stock is added daily. The sale runs through Dec. 23 at the Lundy Center in the former CVS at 526 Euclid Ave. Noon to 6pm Tuesday to Sunday.

Bray Gallery Holiday Sale

The Bray Gallery Holiday Sale runs until 22nd December.

The online sale starts November 17 at archiebraygallery.org.

Shop artwork from current and former local artists to find the perfect one-of-a-kind gift.

Consider these ideas; handmade mug for warm morning drinks, comforting soup bowl, distinctive jug, statement vase, unique jewelry, stunning sculpture, cocktail glasses, unusual ornaments and find more in person at Bray Gallery.

The Bray Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday Noon to 4 p.m.

Proceeds from the sale benefit the Archie Bray Foundation’s Artist-in-Residence Program.


Winter Solstice Festival

Wilbur Rehman Quintet teams up with MJ Williams, Cohesion Dance, Magpie Drummers, Janet Tatz and Judy Fjell for a solstice celebration of music and art.

Cohesion Dance Project, along with the Wilbur Rehmann Quintet, perform at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church during the annual December 2022 Winter Solstice Concert.

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The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 21, the longest night of the year, at the United Methodist Church of St. Paul, 512 Logan St.

Christmas Eve at the Civic Center

Join us on December 24th for a free Christmas Eve gathering at the Helena Civic Center sponsored by Narrate Church.

Christmas Eve at the Civic Center

This Christmas Eve, Narrate Church is hosting two free Christmas Eve experiences at the Helena Civic Center. The first show is from 13:30 and the second is from 15:30

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The gatherings start at 1.30pm and 3.30pm and will last 75 minutes and will be centered around a team of musicians leading us through Christmas carols. There will be poetry readings throughout and several videos. Complimentary coffee, tea and biscuits are provided.

Doors open 45 minutes before the gatherings start. No tickets required.

New Year’s lunch in the library

Get the New Year’s holidays off to a flying start by celebrating at noon, not midnight, at the Lewis & Clark Library on Sunday, December 31st.

Whether you want to stay up late, aren’t comfortable driving at night, or have kids who go to bed early, the Noon Year’s Eve party is for you.

The event starts at 11 a.m. and is free for all ages. We will have a balloon release at noon along with snacks, crafts, music and entertainment.

New Year at ExplorationWorks

Join us at ExplorationWorks on Sunday, December 31 as we celebrate 2024 around the world.

Every hour we’ll ring in the New Year with a New Year’s ball drop from the ExplorationWorks balcony.

In between the hour-long festivities, there will be hands-on activities and indoor experiments, including a special TinkerLab from 10am. until 4 p.m

Complimentary coffee and hot chocolate will be served. Admission to this event is $9 per person; free for members.


A Christmas Carol is coming to the town centre

Grandstreet Theater presents “A Christmas Carol” at the Helena Civic Center Ballroom, December 19-23.

The production will be by Jeff Downing based on the story by Charles Dickens.

Performances are at 7:30pm Tuesday through Saturday with a Saturday matinee at 2:30pm in the Helena Civic Center Ballroom, 340 Neill Ave.

To order tickets, call the Grandstreet Box Office (afternoons): 406-447-1574 or order online: www.GrandstreetTheatre.com.

Tickets are $27 Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights; $23 Tuesday night and Saturday matinee and $17 for children 18 and under (please see content information).

The performance on December 20 will be choose your price.

Submissions for the Around the Town calendar should be emailed to [email protected] and must be 200 words or less. Submissions must be written in story form, no leaflets please. Call Phil Drake at 406-447-4086 if you have questions.

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