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Billings area coronavirus cancellations and postponements

Billings area coronavirus cancellations and postponements

From the Here are the events that have been canceled, postponed or have gone digital as a result of the coronavirus pandemic series

As public health officials recommend that large gatherings be avoided to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, here's a list of Billings-area closures and event cancellations that will be updated throughout the day. If you know of a canceled event not listed here, please contact The Gazette at citynews@billingsgazette.com.

  • Billings Senior Center: All services and programs are suspended, and the center is closed until further notice.
  • SD2: Schools closed for two weeks beginning March 16. All indoor activities with an audience are canceled, effective immediately, including indoor sports competitions and music events.
  • City of Billings: Information on department updates, closures and modifications from the City of Billings during the COVID-19 pandemic will be posted at the “Billings MT City Government” Facebook page.
  • Parks: City playgrounds, and tennis, volleyball and basketball courts are closed until further notice. However, city parks, spaces and trails remain open.
  • Planning and Community Services Department: Offices are closed starting the week of March 23 until further notice. Staff will work in the office answering phones, checking email and processing plans and applications. Services will not cease with this change. A pick up and drop off area will be set up in the first-floor conference room of the Miller Building where customers may drop off materials and pick up completed plans and applications during regular business hours. Online tools may be accessed through Citizen Access Portal at services.billingsmt.gov/citizenaccess. Help is also available by calling 247-8676 and at ci.billings.mt.us/103/Planning-Community-Services.
  • Public meetings: The March 24 Yellowstone County Planning Board and the April 21 Policy Coordinating Committee meetings are canceled. Postponed until further notice are: Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (March 24 and April 28), Traffic Control Board (March 25), City Board of Adjustment (April 1), Human Relations Commission (April 2), Aviation and Transit Board (April 7), Billings Parking Board (April 8), Parks and Recreation Board (April 8), Billings Public Library Board (April 9), Planning Board (April 14 and April 28), Public Work Board (April 15), Yellowstone Preservation Board (April 21).
  • Billings City Council meetings: Council meetings for April are: work sessions April 6 and April 20, regular meetings April 13 and April 27. The public may view meetings on the Community 7 Television station, comm7tv.com (click on the “Watch Live” icon). Community 7 also provides links to viewing on the “Community Seven Television” Facebook page. The Council will accept public comment during Public Hearing, via telephone at 406-237-6196. Comments may also be sent to Council via email before 3 p.m. the day of the scheduled meeting at ci.billings.mt.us/1538/city-council-e-mail-messages.
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County: All five clubs are closed until at least March 20. On Monday, March 23, the organization will open the Bair Family Clubhouse at 505 Orchard Lane, to provide a full day experience for a limited number of current members. The Bair Family Clubhouse will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. for current club members who are homeless, have a parent working for one of the hospitals or who are first responders. The current members who are eligible to attend next week have already received a call from a local club representative.
  • Elder Grove School is closed on Monday, March 16.
  • The Adult Resource Alliance has canceled all activities until further notice. All meal sites will be closed March 17-April 1; however, Meals on Wheels will continue. Additionally, the organization has changed its hours of operation until further notice. The location at 1505 Ave. D is open 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday. The location at 935 Lake Elmo Drive is open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. The organization may also be reached by calling 259-9666.
  • Billings Public Library: All outreach to senior living facilities, homebound patrons, schools, and bookmobile locations are suspended until further notice. All public programs are suspended until further notice. Many online resources, including educational resources, are available on the library's website at billingslibrary.org. The library is also hosting digital programs to be featured on its website and social media platforms Facebook and Instagram. The programs are open to all members of the community.
  • Living Independently for Today & Tomorrow (LIFTT): All classes, socials, workshops and other scheduled events are canceled until further notice. The LIFTT office is closed to the public until further notice; however, staff may be contacted by calling or messaging 406-259-5181 or 800-669-6319. Staff members check messages Monday-Friday. Also, LIFTT may be contacted online at liftt.org/contact.
  • Big Sky Senior Services: Starting on March 16, for two weeks, Big Sky Senior Services will focus on providing only essential services such as grocery shopping, personal care and nursing services. All staff is required to wear protective clothing while serving clients. BSSS will call clients weekly to check on their health and well-being and to ensure they receive the support needed during this crisis. Updates and communications will be posted online at bigskyseniorservices.org and the organization's Facebook page.
  • MSUB: Classes are expected to go online-only by March 23. The campus is slated to remain open and functioning. All athletic competitions for the spring are suspended, but practices continue. The library at City College is closed.
  • Rocky Mountain College: Spring break is extended for two days, and classes will resume as online-only March 18-April 13
  • RMC events: The following RMC events are canceled: Battlin’ Bears and Brews, Presidential Lecture Series: Jeffrey Mader, Spring Endowment Luncheon, Academic Awards Banquet, Athletic Awards Ceremony, RMC Health and Wellness Fair, Scholarship Recognition Dinner, RMC Spring Football Game and the Annual Health Fair and Wellness Screening. The 2020 RMC commencement ceremony has not yet been determined.
  • Montana Department of Corrections: Visitation at Montana Department of Corrections’ (DOC) facilities has been suspended until further notice. Facilities affected by the cancellation include Montana State Prison, Montana Women’s Prison and Pine Hills Correctional Facility. Crossroads Correctional Center in Shelby also suspended visitation.
  • Faith Chapel: All services will be broadcast online at faithchapel.cc/services
  • Cornerstone Community Church: All services and in-person ministries are canceled until further notice, and will transition online.
  • Huntley Project Museum: The museum will be closed to the public until at least April 1.
  • Montana Dance Center: The center and all classes for School of Classical Ballet have been canceled for two weeks, starting March 16.
  • Western Heritage Center: The museum is temporarily closed. The staff is available to answer research questions at 406-256-6809.
  • Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale: The BSO&C office is temporarily closed. Staff members are working remotely and may be reached by phone and email.
  • The Pub Station: The ticket window and taproom are closed through April 15. Shows scheduled to take place during the closure are postponed or canceled. Online and phone services are still available at thepubstation.com and 919-653-0443. The Pub Station will also post updates on the website.
  • Yellowstone Art Museum: Starting March 17, the YAM will be temporarily closed to the public. Museum representatives anticipate the closure to last approximately two weeks and anticipate reopening on April 1. The reception for the Neltje exhibitions at the YAM has been postponed until Saturday, July 11. This will coincide with the also postponed Art in Bloom event, which is now planned for July 9-12.
  • Yellowstone County Democratic Study Club: The group's March 17 and March 25 breakfasts and March 17 dinner are canceled.
  • Alzheimer's Association programs: Statewide, the Alzheimer’s Association has replaced all in-person programs for March with an expanded offering of free telephone and webinar-based community educational programs. To RSVP and obtain access information, call 406-252-3053, press zero and leave your contact information. The free programs and more are also available on-demand at alzwebinars.org. The organization's 24/7 Helpline may be reached by calling 800-272-3900, emailing montana@alz.org, and at alz.org/CRF.
  • Yellowstone Repertory Theatre: YRT canceled its third season, and will try to reschedule “The Children” and “The Book of Will” as part of its fourth season.
  • The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd: All events, including meetings and worship services are canceled through March 29. Music, sermons and prayers will be livestreamed. For more information, go to the church’s Facebook page or goodshepherdbillings.org.
  • Billings Chamber of Commerce: The chamber announced the postponement of its annual breakfast featuring Tony Hawk, and the cancellation of other events including the chamber's regular weekly meetings, NextGEN’s Next Hour (March 19), Coffee with Councilman Boyett (March 24), and Chamber 101 (March 26). More information and updates will be posted online at billingschamber.com/covid-19-resources
  • Rimrock Mall will reduce its hours beginning Tuesday, March 17, until further notice. The temporary hours are: Monday - Saturday: noon to 7 p.m., Sunday: noon to 6 p.m. People are encouraged to check with individual stores, restaurants, and any exterior-facing tenants at the center as they may have varying hours so they can continue to provide support and services to our communities. Additionally, all center events have been canceled through Tuesday, March 31.
  • Kirks’ Grocery: Regular hours and all events at Kirks’ Grocery are canceled until March 31. The organization is open by appointment. People may email kirksgrocery@gmail.com or call 503-209-2394 for a personal showing of “RECKLESS” and “This is Women’s Work,” exhibits on display through March.
  • Montana Audubon Center: All programs have been suspended for at least two weeks, starting March 15.
  • Big Sky Economic Development: Starting March 17, for 30 days, the BSED staff will be working and available, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; however, the office is not open to the public and BSED in-person meetings will be very limited.
  • The Base Camp: Stores in Billings and Helena are closed through March 27.
  • Social Security offices: All local Social Security offices are closed to the public until further notice. Online services are still available at socialsecurity.gov. Local offices will continue to provide critical services by phone.
  • St. Patrick Co-Cathedral: The church is closed to the public until further notice. Updates will be available at stpatrickcocathedral.org. All masses in the Diocese are suspended until Monday, March 30.
  • Billings Studio Theatre: Performances and rehearsals are postponed, costume rental is suspended, and the box office is closed until further notice. For more information, go to billingsstudiotheatre.com.
  • Billings Clinic classes: In-person classes at Billings Clinic are temporarily suspended.
  • Northcutt Steele Gallery: The gallery is closed through April 6. Public programming and events are canceled through April 15.
  • Rimrock Mall: Starting at 7 p.m. March 23, until at least Monday, April 6, Rimrock Mall will be closed. Some individual restaurants and stores might be open. Patrons should check with the individual stores. Dillard's will remain open until further notice. Mall updates are available online at rimrockmall.com.
  • Girl Scout cookies: Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming has suspended in-person delivery of cookies. However, the public may order cookies to be shipped for home delivery at digitalcookie.girlscouts.org/scout/girlscoutsofmt_wy466140. Booth sales are delayed, but the organization will update booth sites on the cookie locator at a later date. Additionally, any cookies purchased online for a donation from March 24 through the end of the cookie sale will be donated to healthcare workers across Montana and Wyoming.
  • March 18-24: NAIA Women's basketball national championship tournament at MetraPark is canceled.
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  • April 1-5: The Al Bedoo Shrine Circus has been postponed until further notice.
  • April 3:The April ArtWalk is canceled. Event organizers are tentatively planning for a June 5 event.
  • April 3: The Easter Bunny photos at the Rimrock Mall have been canceled. The mall has also delayed the opening of the children's play area, which has been under construction.
  • April 3-4:The Revel Taste of Billings event at Billings Depot has been postponed. Tickets may be used for the future date.
  • April 4: The Billings Golden K Kiwanis pancake breakfast has been canceled.
  • April 4: EggstravaganZoo & Science Too at ZooMontana is canceled. ZooMontana remains open to visitors, and other events have been modified. Other programs at the zoo have also been canceled, including Breakfast with the Animals, ZooTots and birthday parties.
  • April 7: Montana Democratic Senate Forum at MSU Billings has been canceled.
  • April 16: Better Off in Billings scheduled to take place at Babcock Theatre and the Pub Station, has been canceled. In a press release, Big Sky Economic Development said plans for a virtual event are being explored. Updates are available at bigskyeconomicdevelopment.org.
  • April 16: The Red Sand Project’s human trafficking awareness event at MSUB Peaks to Plains Park has been postponed to September. The event is tentatively scheduled take place in concurrence with the MINT Film Festival, currently scheduled for Sept. 17-21.
  • April 17-19: PBR Unleash The Beast’s Billings Invitational at First Interstate Arena is canceled. PBR is exploring alternatives to broadcast the canceled competition via CBS, RidePass, and RidePass Pro FloRodeo from a venue closed to attendees. Those who purchased tickets will be able to receive a refund, less any applicable fees, from the original point of purchase for 30 days, starting March 19.
  • April 17: The 2020 Dancing With the Big Sky Stars fundraiser for Big Sky Senior Services has been canceled.
  • April 18: STEM Yellowstone's "Adventures in Computers and Technology" event has been postponed.
  • April 23-24: The Montana State University Billings Science Expo has moved this year’s science expo online to Facebook. Participants should register no later than April 3 at the website, msubillings.edu/scienceexpo, and follow the instructions provided there. Winners will be announced on May 1.
  • April 24: Cher's "Here We Go Again" tour has been pushed back to Oct. 6 at First Interstate Arena.
  • April 24: Yellowstone Conservation District's Arbor Day Tree Give-a-Way scheduled for April 24 at is postponed until June. More information will be available at a later date.
  • April 26: Canyon Creek String Ensemble Spring Concert has been canceled. The group's Monday night rehearsals at Mayflower Church are also canceled.
  • May 3: Billings TrailNet's annual Tour de Fleur has been changed to a virtual event. Details will be announced at a later time. More information is available at billingstrailnet.org.
  • May 7: The annual Arbor Day celebration, hosted by the Billings Parks and Recreation Department, has been postponed until further notice.


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