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Thursday, December 11

•The Montana Stockgrowers Association convenes its 130th annual convention. Workshops cover such topics as animal reproduction and nutrition, estate planning, current markets and processing plant feasibility. Gov. Steve Bullock speaks during Friday’s Opening General Session. Holiday Inn Grand Montana. To preregister, call (406) 442-3420 in Helena or go to mtbeef.org. Through Saturday.

•In “Doktor Kaboom: The Science of Santa,” a show aimed at kids, the doctor declares Santa Claus the world’s greatest scientist and attempts to recreate all his wonders. 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Alberta Bair Theater. $5.50.

•Greg Jahn and Nancy Halter’s annual show and sale of their latest ceramic collaborations continues. Mr. Jahn is a studio potter, and Ms. Halter is a painter, illustrator and designer. They say, “We’re both Billings natives, grateful to be working at home, and enjoy direct sales to our friends and neighbors. The support of our ‘local’ culture and economy is something we all have a stake in.” 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 921 Harvard Ave. Through Saturday.

•The Huntley Project Choir sings holiday music. 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Billings Clinic Hospital Cafeteria.

•RED LODGE – Professional actor and clown Jeanne Thomas teaches participants of all ages how to twist balloons into sculptures. Participants must be able to tie a knot. They can take one or both sessions. 3:30-5 p.m., Carbon County Arts Guild, 11 W. Eighth St. $30 per session or $25 for Guild members, plus $20 for materials. To register, call (406) 446-1370. Also Dec. 18.

•Teen Crafternoon, for ages 10 to 18, shows how to make paper snowflakes. Supplies are provided. 4 p.m., Billings Public Library. To register, call 657-8258.

•The Rocky Mountain College School of Aviation and Billings Logan International Airport offer a workshop on Principles of Aviation and Meteorology. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Alberta Bair Theater. $20. For information, go the theater website.

•CROW AGENCY – A reception welcomes the “Flying Buffalo Project” kites and the artists who painted the buffalo kites. Artists are Allen Knows His Gun (Crow), Rabbit Knows Gun (Crow), Wendy Red Star (Crow), D.G. House (Cherokee), Frank Finley (Salish Kootenai), Daniel Long Soldier (Oglala Lakota), Alaina Buffalo Spirit (Northern Cheyenne), Ivan Long (Sioux), Jaune Quick To See Smith and her son Neal Ambrose Smith (Salish Kootenai), Jon Cadotte (Blackfeet), Angela Babby (Oglala Lakota), and Dorores Purdy (Caddo). Refreshments are served. 6-8 p.m., Little Big Horn College Library.

•Bring your instrument for the Thursday Night Jazz Jam with TREO. 6 p.m., Garage Pub at Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co. Free.

•The Central-Terry Park Neighborhood Task Force meets. 6:30 p.m., Terry Park Fire Station, Sixth Street West and Terry Avenue.

•WORDEN – The Belly Dance Fitness class is offered. 7 p.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars. For information, contact Amina at 698-2191 or amina’This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Every Thursday.

•The Riverside Middle School Choir performs in concert. 7 p.m., Riverside gym. Free.

•The Will James Middle School Choir performs in concert. 7 p.m., Will James gym. Free.

•The Senior High School Orchestra performs in concert. 7 p.m., Senior Auditorium. $5, $3.

•Caitlin McRae Hart stars as magical nanny “Mary Poppins” and Steven Hrubes stars at Bert in this classic story about imaginative childcare, a musical based in part on the Disney film. Also starring are Casey Visser, Janie Sutton, Alyssa Logan and Jackson Stapleton. 7:30 p.m., Billings Studio Theatre. $20, $17. Through Sunday and also Dec. 18-21.

•Laugh Jurassoff is an evening of open mic comedy. 8 p.m., Red Door Lounge. Free.

•Projectile Comedy performs live. 8 p.m., Stampede.

•DJ Michael May and friends host KARAOKE NIGHTLY at 9 p.m., Crystal Lounge, 101 N. 28th St. 259-0010.

Friday, December 12

•Yoga for Stiff People is taught by Bess Lovec. 9 a.m., Yellowstone Naturopathic Clinic. $8. Every Friday.

•Tickets go on sale for a March 1 concert at the Babcock Theater by Ladysmith Black Mambazo, an African a cappella vocal group founded in the 1960s by Joseph Shabalala. Ladysmith already was the most popular singing group in South Africa when Paul Simon collaborated with the group on his Graceland album. The group has won three Grammy Awards. 10 a.m., 1111presents.com, Tickets 300 (2911 Third Ave. N.) or by calling 1-866-300-8300. $32 or $30 in advance.

•Greg Jahn and Nancy Halter’s annual show and sale of their latest ceramic collaborations continues. Mr. Jahn is a studio potter, and Ms. Halter is a painter, illustrator and designer. They say, “We’re both Billings natives, grateful to be working at home, and enjoy direct sales to our friends and neighbors. The support of our ‘local’ culture and economy is something we all have a stake in.” 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 921 Harvard Ave. Through Saturday.

•The Midland Empire Pachyderm Club meets. Noon, Elks Club.

•U.S. Marines set up for 24 hours with the goal of collecting 26,000 toys for Toys for Tots for distribution by Christmas Day. 3 p.m. today through 3 p.m. Saturday, carnival parking lot at MetraPark.

•Children are invited to make a “stained glass” holiday craft with color and wax paper for window hanging. 3-5 p.m., Billings Public Library. No registration required.

•The Big Sky Holiday Gift and Craft Show features handcrafted clothing, jewelry, home decor, wood products, art, gifts, food and more. 4-8 p.m., Montana Pavilion at MetraPark. Through Saturday.

•ZooLights brightens the Christmas season by allowing visitors to drive through ZooMontana and see holiday lights. Anyone bringing a toy for Toys for Tots gets $2 off the admission price. $10 per car, $15 per van, $20 per bus. 6-9 p.m., 2100 S. Shiloh Road. Also Saturday and Dec. 12-13 and 19-24.

•The Moss Mansion offers candlelight tours with live music, libations and dessert. 6-9 p.m., 914 Division St. Reservations recommended by calling 256-5100 or going to www.mossmansion.com. Also Dec. 19, 22 and 23.

•Forty graduates of City College at MSU Billings’ nursing program are honored at a formal pinning ceremony. City College nursing program director Susan Floyd says, “It’s a rite of passage into the profession.” Students also are given a lamp that serves as a tribute to Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern-day nursing who was known as the “Lady with the Lamp,” tending to the sick while carrying a lamp to light the way. 6:30 p.m., Petro Theater at MSU Billings.

•Skyview High School holds its Musical Feast. 6:30 p.m., Skyview Commons. Also Saturday.

•Cimarron plays country and pop tunes. 7 p.m., Elks Lodge.

•The Yellowstone Bluegrass Association welcomes all levels of acoustic-instrument musicians to its Friday night jam session. Enter the building thru the main door on the Northwest corner of the building, near the main parking lot. 7 p.m., music room in basement of Lincoln Center. Free. Fridays except on school holidays.

•RED LODGE – The last of four episodes of the PBS series “ART21,” season seven, is shown, followed by a discussion. 7 p.m., Carbon County Arts Guild. Free.

•Celebrate Norwegian Christmas traditions with the Sons of Norway, Jotunheimen Lodge 499. 7 p.m., Billings Community Center, 360 N. 23rd St.

•Michael Marsolek and Lawrence Duncan present a Musical Dreamtime Journey performance celebrating the season of lights and winter solstice. The performance features a variety of world instruments and sounds, including didgeridoos, ethnic flutes, bassoon, saxophones, drums and percussion instruments, harp and Tibetan bowls. The concert is held without applause and in the round. Bring pillows and pads for comfort. 7 p.m., Mayflower Congregational Church, 2940 Poly Drive. $18 or $14 in advance at drumbrothers.com.

•Caitlin McRae Hart stars as magical nanny “Mary Poppins” and Steven Hrubes stars at Bert in this classic story about imaginative childcare, a musical based in part on the Disney film. Also starring are Casey Visser, Janie Sutton, Alyssa Logan and Jackson Stapleton. 7:30 p.m., Billings Studio Theatre. $20, $17. Through Sunday and also Dec. 18-21.

•“It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” by Joe Landry, is based on the Frank Capra movie starring Jimmy Stewart. The audience is like members of a studio audience at a live radio broadcast in the 1940s, complete with live sound effects, commercials and musical accompaniment. Susan Sommerfeld directs a cast that includes Craig Huisenga, Anjanett Hawk, William Mouat, Kelsey Reid Steffan, Hilary and Levi Hunt. 7:30 p.m., NOVA Center for the Performing Arts. $21, $16. Through Sunday and also Dec. 18-20.

•DJ Michael May and friends host KARAOKE NIGHTLY at 9 p.m., Crystal Lounge, 101 N. 28th St. 259-0010.

•Karaoke goes on six nights a week at Hudson’s Bar and Grille, with live music on Thursdays. 2658 Grand Ave.

•DJ Elovate plays music to dance by. Shooters.

•The Lil’ Smokies out of Missoula play progressive bluegrass. The six-piece bluegrass ensemble features Pete Barrett (guitar), Andy Dunnigan (dobro), Scott Parker (upright bass), Matt Cornette (banjo), Cameron Wilson (mandolin) and Jesse Brown (fiddle). 9 p.m., Pub Station, 2502 First Ave. N. Free.

•Metta-Sin Wheel Entertainment presents music by DocZ, Macnificent, Navorro Beats, Young Will and MC 2. 9 p.m., the Railyard. $5.

•The 7th Avenue Band follows live comedy with rock ’n’ roll. 10 p.m., R-Club at Billings Hotel and Convention Center.

Saturday, December 13

•Wylie and the Wild West plays at the Grand Finale Banquet of this week’s annual convention of the Montana Stockgrowers Association. The Cattle Directory auction also is held. Holiday Inn Grand Montana. For information, call (406) 442-3420 or visit www.mtbeef.org.

•JOLIET – Rebekah Lodge offers last-minute Christmas shopping, with items for all ages, plus antiques, Toys for Tots and a lunch and bake sale. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Main Street.

•Volunteer Saturdays gives the public a chance to plant seedlings, mulch and pull weeds along with members of the Sprouts Club, which is for ages 5 to 18. 9 a.m. to noon, Audubon Conservation Education Center.

•Free gift wrapping is offered at the Downtown Billings Alliance office. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 2815 Second Ave. N. Saturdays until Christmas.

•The Big Sky Holiday Gift and Craft Show features handcrafted clothing, jewelry, home decor, wood products, art, gifts, food and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Montana Pavilion at MetraPark.

•BOZEMAN – Brooke D. Anderson, an American diplomat who has served as an ambassador at the United Nations, as chief of staff and counselor for the White House National Security Council and most recently as senior adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State on the Iran nuclear negotiations, receives an honorary doctorate in letters and science during MSU’s fall commencement. About 900 students are expected to receive degrees. 10 a.m., Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. For information, visit www.montana.edu/commencement.

•Docent Second Saturday is on the topic “It’s a Suminagashi Christmas.” Participants ages 5 to 12 tour current exhibitions, then create suminagashi-style Christmas cards. 10 a.m. to noon, Yellowstone Art Museum. $6 or $5 for YAM members. To register, contact Berenice Munson at 256-6804, ext. 232, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

•Greg Jahn and Nancy Halter’s annual show and sale of their latest ceramic collaborations continues. Mr. Jahn is a studio potter, and Ms. Halter is a painter, illustrator and designer. They say, “We’re both Billings natives, grateful to be working at home, and enjoy direct sales to our friends and neighbors. The support of our ‘local’ culture and economy is something we all have a stake in.” 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 921 Harvard Ave.

•The Puppy Party features Puppy Stories, Puppy Crafts and a Puppy Parade. The party is part of the READ to a Dog program, an affiliate of Reading Education Assistance Dogs, which is part of Inter-mountain Therapy Animals of Salt Lake City, Utah. 11 a.m., Billings Public Library.

•Greg Krueger, who has been working on downtown redevelopment since the fall of 1998, speaks on “Downtown Billings Association: Past, Present and Future” at a meeting of the American Association of University Women. He has been involved in a number downtown projects, including Skypoint, Burn the Point and moving the Yellowstone Valley Farmers Market downtown. 11:30 a.m., Bair Family Student Center at Rocky Mountain College. $12 for buffet luncheon.

•The Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale celebrates the spirit of the holiday season with its Holiday Tour of Homes. The self-guided tour features five festively decorated homes with music by Billings Symphony musicians. Featured are the Hagen home, 2945 Gregory Drive; the Kunkel home, 1905 Poly Drive; the Chancellor Nook home, 432 Silver Lane; the Smith home, 2938 Rimrock Road; and the Williams/Goodrich home, 2727 Gregory Drive N. Noon to 4 p.m. $30 or $25 in advance at the Billings Symphony Office, 2721 Second Ave. N., Suite 350, by calling 252-3610, or online at www.billingssymphony.org. Tickets may also be purchased at all three Gainan’s Flowers and Garden Centers, 502 N. 30th St.; 810 Bench Blvd.; and 1211 24th St. W. Tickets are also available at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/ Floberg Real Estate at 1550 Poly Drive. A map of the tour is on the Symphony website.

•Caitlin McRae Hart stars as magical nanny “Mary Poppins” and Steven Hrubes stars at Bert in this classic story about imaginative childcare, a musical based in part on the Disney film. Also starring are Casey Visser, Janie Sutton, Alyssa Logan and Jackson Stapleton. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Billings Studio Theatre. $20, $17. Through Sunday and also Dec. 18-21.

•Ellen and the Old School plays at a ’60s Fest with listeners invited to come in typical ’60s clothing. 5 p.m., Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.

•The West High School Westwinds provide holiday music. 5:30-6:30 p.m., Billings Clinic Hospital Cafeteria.

•ZooLights brightens the Christmas season by allowing visitors to drive through ZooMontana and see holiday lights. Anyone bringing a toy for Toys for Tots gets $2 off the admission price. $10 per car, $15 per van, $20 per bus. 6-9 p.m., 2100 S. Shiloh Road. Also Dec. 19-24.

•The Nighthawk Adventure is a stroll, followed by campfire stories with fire-made pies. 6-8 p.m., Audubon Conservation Education Center, 7026 S. Billings Blvd. $5 or free for Friends of the Center.

•Skyview High School holds its Musical Feast. 6:30 p.m., Skyview Commons.

•Cimarron plays country and pop tunes. 7 p.m., Elks Lodge.

•“It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” by Joe Landry, is based on the Frank Capra movie starring Jimmy Stewart. The audience is like members of a studio audience at a live radio broadcast in the 1940s, complete with live sound effects, commercials and musical accompaniment. Susan Sommerfeld directs a cast that includes Craig Huisenga, Anjanett Hawk, William Mouat, Kelsey Reid Steffan, Hilary and Levi Hunt. 7:30 p.m., NOVA Center for the Performing Arts. $21, $16. Through Sunday and also Dec. 18-20.

•The Billings Community Band gives its holiday concert featuring the Men’s Holiday Chorus and Christmas Sing-a-Long. 7:30 p.m., Alberta Bair Theater. $8, $5.

•DJ Michael May and friends host KARAOKE NIGHTLY at 9 p.m., Crystal Lounge, 101 N. 28th St. 259-0010.

•Karaoke goes on six nights a week at Hudson’s Bar and Grille, with live music on Thursdays. 2658 Grand Ave.

•Buster Sparks plays live music. 9 p.m., Shooters.

•Pinky and the Floyd, a Pink Floyd tribute band out of Montana, plays in concert. The band has been around since 2007, and its 10 members are involved with more than 20 other bands. 9 p.m., Pub Station. $10.

•The 7th Avenue Band follows live comedy with rock ’n’ roll. 10 p.m., R-Club at Billings Hotel and Convention Center.

Sunday, December 14

•The Billings Association of Humanists holds a Socrates Café discussion on the topic, “What Would a ‘War’ on Christmas Look Like?” 1 p.m., First Congregational Church, 310 N. 27th St.

•RED LODGE – The Beartooth Recreational Trails Association holds a Meat and Fish Raffle. Proceeds support trail maintenance at the Nordic Center and West Fork grooming. 1-3 p.m., Bull n’ Bear Saloon.

•The Weekend Wonders program is open to all ages. 2-3:30 p.m., Audubon Conservation Education Center. $2 or free for Friends of the Center. Every Sunday, with no registration required.

•“It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” by Joe Landry, is based on the Frank Capra movie starring Jimmy Stewart. The audience is like members of a studio audience at a live radio broadcast in the 1940s, complete with live sound effects, commercials and musical accompaniment. Susan Sommerfeld directs a cast that includes Craig Huisenga, Anjanett Hawk, William Mouat, Kelsey Reid Steffan, Hilary and Levi Hunt. 2 p.m., NOVA Center for the Performing Arts. $21, $16. Also Thursday through Saturday.

•Caitlin McRae Hart stars as magical nanny “Mary Poppins” and Steven Hrubes stars at Bert in this classic story about imaginative childcare, a musical based in part on the Disney film. Also starring are Casey Visser, Janie Sutton, Alyssa Logan and Jackson Stapleton. 2 p.m., Billings Studio Theatre. $20, $17. Also Thursday through Sunday.

•RED LODGE – Honey’s Café holds an acoustic jam. 2-4 p.m., 209 S. Broadway.

•Bad News. Good News, a Christmas concert with actors and visuals, tells the story of a family that worries about bad news while a 16-voice choir sings of waiting for the birth of Jesus. The eight anthem program ends with worldwide rejoicing of the good news with chimes. Mary Apple and Jennifer Burns are on piano, Marina Graham on cello, Betty Whiting on flute and Karen Eddy on drums and pennywhistle. Cynthia Kessler is the assistant director, and soloists are Curt Kochner and Bob Wood. Mike Ferguson, Ebin Gormley, Rose Santos and Vicki Welch are the actors. Visuals and sound effects are produced by Ben Larson.  Betty Whiting has written the script and directs the production. 3 p.m., St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 180 24th St. W. Free.

•The Al Bedoo Shrine Chanters perform Christmas Holiday Music with the men’s Choral Chanters, the women’s Akzents and the Billings Pops Orchestra. Chuck Tooley is emcee. The concert opens with a salute to the armed forces, followed by a variety of holiday music. 3 p.m., Alberta Bair Theater. $15, $7.

•The Al Bedoo Shrine Dance Band presents “Shall We Dance?” with a big band sound. 4-7 p.m., Shrine Auditorium.

•Musicians Kojiro Umezaki, Cristina Pato and Shane Shanahan, members of cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, perform at the Stars Align benefit concert in support of arts education at Lame Deer Junior High School on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. The school, which was one of eight schools selected to participate in a pilot phase of Turnaround Arts – a national arts education initiative – also presents a performance by the Morning Star Marimba Band, comprised of students who recently performed for the first lady at a White House Talent Show earlier this year. A silent auction also is held. Other Turnaround Artists who have worked with the school include actress Alfre Woodard and Damian Woetzel, former principal dancer of the New York City Ballet. 4:30 p.m., Yellowstone Art Museum. $25 suggested donation.

•Adam Rutt and the Vigilante 7 host an evening of open blues, rock and country jam. 6-11 p.m., Andy’s Lounge, 1815 First Ave. N. Free.

•Live jazz goes on most Sunday evenings at Walkers Grill.

•DJ Michael May and friends host KARAOKE NIGHTLY at 9 p.m., Crystal Lounge, 101 N. 28th St. 259-0010.

•Karaoke goes on six nights a week at Hudson’s Bar and Grille, with live music on Thursdays. 2658 Grand Ave.

Monday, December 15

•Wolf trapping season opens. Through Feb. 28.

•It’s a Tuba Trio Christmas. 5 p.m., Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co. Free.

•The Billings Clinic Metabolic Surgery Support Group meets for group discussion and support for those who have had metabolic surgery (weight loss surgery) or who are considering it. The topic is “Body Image – Accepting Oneself,” presented by Diane Kersten. 5:30 p.m., Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism Center, 1045 N. 30th St.

•The Lewis and Clark Middle School Choir performs in concert. 7 p.m., auditorium. Free.

•Skyview High School gives its first Holiday Concert. 7 p.m., Skyview Theatre. $5, $3. Also Tuesday.

•West Coast swing dance lessons are offered every Monday for fun and practice. No partner required. Beginners, 7:15 p.m.; Beginners II, 8:30 p.m.; Social/Practice Party, 9:30 p.m.; Elysian School, 6416 Elysian Road. Free.

•DJ Michael May and friends host KARAOKE NIGHTLY at 9 p.m., Crystal Lounge, 101 N. 28th St. 259-0010.

•Karaoke goes on six nights a week at Hudson’s Bar and Grille, with live music on Thursdays. 2658 Grand Ave.

•Emphatic, a melodic hard rock band out of Omaha, Neb., plays in concert with 9Electric and Kaleido. Emphatic has a new frontman, Toryn Green, former lead singer of Fuel, after the previous frontman fractured his larynx. The band’s debut album on a major label, Damage, was released last year. Guitarist Justin McCain says, “The record is a reflection of the trials and tribulations we went through as a band over the past couple of years.” Another Life was released in August. 9 p.m., Pub Station, 2502 First Ave. N. Free.

Tuesday, December 16

•Billings Clinic opens its third ExpressCare retail clinic at noon near the pharmacy at the Albertsons store on 511 Central Ave. The clinic offers patients quick access to primary care for minor medical issues with care provided by Billings Clinic nurse practitioners and physician assistants. For information, visit www.billingsclinic.com/expresscare.

•Tech Tuesday is on Internet Safety. Learn the basics of keeping yourself and personal information safe while online. 4 p.m., Billings Public Library. Call 657-8290 to register.

•Bring out your instruments for Tunes 4 Tuesday. 5 p.m., Garage Pub at Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.

•The Yellowstone County Democratic Central Committee holds its holiday party. 5:30 p.m., Prescott Hall at Rocky Mountain College.

•The Dahl Funeral Chapel Grief Support Group meets every Tuesday. 7 p.m., 10 Yellowstone Ave. Call 248-8807 for information.

•Skyview High School gives its second Holiday Concert. 7 p.m., Skyview Theatre. $5, $3.

•The Senior High School Choir performs in concert. 7 p.m., auditorium. $5, $3.

•West High School gives its first Holiday Concert. 7:30 p.m., auditorium. $5, $3. Also Thursday.

•RED LODGE – Rob Owen hosts jam night. 8 p.m., Snow Creek Saloon.

•DJ Michael May and friends host KARAOKE NIGHTLY at 9 p.m., Crystal Lounge, 101 N. 28th St. 259-0010.

•Karaoke goes on six nights a week at Hudson’s Bar and Grille, with live music on Thursdays. 2658 Grand Ave.

Wednesday, Dec. 17

•RED LODGE – The Friends of the Library hold their monthly book sale. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Carnegie Library.

•Billings Chapter 100 of the Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance meets the third Wednesday of each month for lunch and continuing education. Noon, Fortin Culinary Center at the Billings Food Bank. $13. See www.billingsafwa.org for program information. RSVP to Sue McBurney by Monday morning at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 247-6703.

•At the Billings Clinic Prediabetes and Metabolic Syndrome Class, registered dietitian Lisa Ranes provides tips for developing healthier eating and exercise habits to delay or prevent diabetes or heart disease. 12:10-12:50 p.m., Lewis and Clark Board Room on lower level of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism Center, 1045 N. 30th St. Free. To register, call 255-8440 or 1-800-252-1246 or register online at www.billingsclinic.com.

•The MSU Billings Percussion Ensemble plays at a fundraiser. 5 p.m., Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co. $5.

•Open yoga classes welcome all levels, including beginners, to stretch, breathe and de-stress with yoga. 5:30-6:45 p.m., Room 3 at Billings Clinic. $7 or $45 for eight weeks. Call Kyle Neary at 255-8485 or 652-4955.

•During its Season of Luminaria Holiday Glow, Billings Clinic hosts a prayer service and lighting of the luminaries in honor or memory of loved ones. To have a luminary bag displayed, call 657-4670. Luminary bags also are available at the Information Desk in the hospital atrium and at the PALS desk in the Commons. 6 p.m., atrium at Billings Clinic Hospital.

•The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 5 Citizen Advisory Council holds an open house to meet with state senators and representatives and department staff concerning the upcoming legislative session. 6:30 p.m., regional headquarters, 2300 Lake Elmo Drive.

•Danny Choriki presents “The Science Behind the Politics of Fear” at the Wednesday Evening Community Lecture Series. Mr. Choriki, who has degrees in environmental and social psychology, discusses this issue from the biology of fear and stress to its methods of use and its effects. 7 p.m., Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2032 Central Ave.

•DJ Michael May and friends host KARAOKE NIGHTLY at 9 p.m., Crystal Lounge, 101 N. 28th St. 259-0010.

•Karaoke goes on six nights a week at Hudson’s Bar and Grille, with live music on Thursdays. 2658 Grand Ave.

Thursday, Dec. 18

•Jim McDonald speaks in “Designing Innovators,” a series of talks by Montanans who have won national acclaim for technical design and innovations in their respective fields. Mr. McDonald is an architect and preservationist. Noon, Western Heritage Center.

•RED LODGE – Professional actor and clown Jeanne Thomas teaches participants of all ages how to twist balloons into sculptures. Participants must be able to tie a knot. They can take one or both sessions. 3:30-5 p.m., Carbon County Arts Guild, 11 W. Eighth St. $30 per session or $25 for Guild members, plus $20 for materials. To register, call (406) 446-1370.

•The Teen Book Group talks about Lockdown: Escape from Furnace by Alexander Gordon Smith. Snacks and a limited number of free books are provided. 4 p.m., Billings Public Library. For information, call 657-8258.

•Bring your instrument for the Holiday Jazz Jam with TREO and lots of student musicians. 6 p.m., Garage Pub at Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co. Free.

•WORDEN – The Belly Dance Fitness class is offered. 7 p.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars. For information, contact Amina at 698-2191 or amina’This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Every Thursday.

•The South Side Neighborhood Task Force meets. 7 p.m., Southside Senior Citizens Center, 901 S. 30th St.

•The Castle Rock Middle School Band performs in concert. 7 p.m., gym. Free.

•The Senior High School Band performs in concert. 7 p.m., auditorium. $5, $3.

•“It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” by Joe Landry, is based on the Frank Capra movie starring Jimmy Stewart. The audience is like members of a studio audience at a live radio broadcast in the 1940s, complete with live sound effects, commercials and musical accompaniment. Susan Sommerfeld directs a cast that includes Craig Huisenga, Anjanett Hawk, William Mouat, Kelsey Reid Steffan, Hilary and Levi Hunt. 7:30 p.m., NOVA Center for the Performing Arts. $21, $16. Through Saturday.

•Caitlin McRae Hart stars as magical nanny “Mary Poppins” and Steven Hrubes stars at Bert in this classic story about imaginative childcare, a musical based in part on the Disney film. Also starring are Casey Visser, Janie Sutton, Alyssa Logan and Jackson Stapleton. 7:30 p.m., Billings Studio Theatre. $20, $17. Through Sunday.

•West High School gives its second Holiday Concert. 7:30 p.m., auditorium. $5, $3.

•Projectile Comedy performs live. 8 p.m., Stampede.

•DJ Michael May and friends host KARAOKE NIGHTLY at 9 p.m., Crystal Lounge, 101 N. 28th St. 259-0010.

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