Thanksgiving: A Community Effort

The Chefs and Cooks of Montana gear up for another week of giving back, preparing 90-plus turkeys and all of the trimmings for everyone in need of a wholesome Thanksgiving holiday meal. Half of what is cooked is donated to the Montana Rescue Mission, while the rest is served at the Billings Food Bank for their annual Thanksgiving Day lunch.

At no charge, interested attendees ought to come hungry to 2112 4th Ave. N. 1 to 4 p.m. For more information or to donate or volunteer, call (406) 259-2856.

Twelfth Night Celebration

Every year the Billings Food Bank hosts a Twelfth Night Celebration and 2017 is no different. All-you-can-eat crawfish is at your fingertips – as are napkins, for your convenience.

For just $25, dine on shrimp, gumbo and boiled potatoes, too. Meals are prepared by the chefs of the Fortin Culinary Center. With proceeds benefiting the Billings Food Bank, the donation is worth every bite. But be sure to not get too full, because a silent auction and live entertainment follows the crawfish-eating frenzy.

Mark your calendars for Friday, Jan. 6 at 5:30 p.m. and call (406) 259-2856 or visit the Billings Food Bank to reserve your spot.

Mardi Gras Montana

It’s no coincidence that the Billings Food Bank’s largest fundraiser of the year happens on Fat Tuesday, a day of fun and feasting. Celebrate with the Billings Food Bank Feb. 28 at 5:30 p.m. and have your dinner be a donation to a great cause.

The Dixieland band, Second Avenue Stompers, pull out all the stops, ensuring a lively night at the Radisson Hotel. Silent and live auctions contribute to the charity as well.

Tickets are $50/person. For more information, call the Billings Food Bank at (406) 259-2856.

31st Annual Festival of Trees

This year, it’s more than the candy popping out of the advent calendar that makes the beginning of December special. Dec. 1 marks the first day of the Festival of Trees, a special three-day event benefiting The Family Tree Center.

The MetraPark Expo Center plays host this December, starting with the annual Gala and tree auction at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1. Proceeds go toward the center’s mission to prevent child abuse and neglect in Yellowstone County.

Two full days of festive fun follow the Gala and auction, starting with a special viewing of trees for children and seniors from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2. Stick around for Tea in the Trees from 1 to 3 p.m. and a public viewing of the trees and Craft and Gift Show from 3 to 8 p.m. Family Fun Night and entertainment starts at 5 p.m., with the night coming to a close at 8 p.m.

The festival continues Saturday, Dec. 3 starting at 9 a.m. with a public viewing of trees, entertainment, children’s activities and a Craft and Gift Show. Stay for brunch with Santa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the MSUB Writer’s Roundup from 12 to 5 p.m.

For more information on this special 3-day event, call (406) 252-9799.

12th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes

The holidays are full of traditions, and the Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale is proud to have theirs be shared with the rest of the Billings community.

Saturday, Dec. 10, join the BSO&C in the 12th annual Holiday Tour of Homes. Enjoy seasonal music courtesy of the BSO&C while partaking in a self-guided tour of the most decorated homes in Billings. Refreshments are available at Bistecca at the Granary from 10:30 to 1:30 p.m., including a special Symphony Holiday tea from 10:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Advance tickets are $25, and $30 the day of the tour. Proceeds benefit the BSO&C. For more information, see billingssymphony.org or call (406) 252-3610.

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