In Brief

Easter Egg Hunt Sat.

The Dillon Jaycees Annual Easter Egg Hunt for kids of all ages is set for Vigilante Park on Saturday, March 24, starting at 10 a.m. Be sure to be there on time—or even earlier than on time—because the candy goes fast.

Signups due today for

Communication Rodeo

Today, Wednesday, March 21, is the deadline to sign up for the Beaverhead County 4-H Communications Rodeo scheduled for Saturday, March 24, at the Dillon Middle School. The event features a variety of communication-related competitions for ages 8 and up. For more information, call the local MSU Extension Office at 683-3785.

Bake Days for Trails

group Wed.–Fri.

Great Harvest will hold a Bake Days benefit for the Beaverhead Trails Coalition 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, March 21, through Friday, March 23, at 25 E. Glendale St. in downtown Dillon. Sandwiches, loaves of bread, pastries and other delights will be on the menu, which can be viewed in full at For more information, call 683-1690.

Economic roundtable today

Securities Commissioner Matt Rosendale and staff from the Office of the Montana State Auditor will host a presentation and roundtable discussion on Invest in Montana today, Wednesday, March 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University of Montana Western’s Lewis & Clark Room in Matthews Hall in Dillon. The Invest in Montana tour aims to promote capital formation and businesses’ investment in accordance with Montana’s securities laws, as well as to create a dialogue with business leaders, economic development organizations, business incubators, and community leaders to promote investment in Montana and support businesses as they start up and/or grow their existing operations. Everyone is invited to attend this free event. To register, go to

Grocer at Rotary


Dillon Safeway’s Anne Santos will serve as the featured presenter at the noon meeting of Dillon Rotary today, Wednesday, March 21, in the Guild Hall of St. James Episcopal Church, 203 E/ Glendale St. in Dillon. Visitors are welcome to join Rotarians for lunch. In a presentation set to begin around 12;30 p.m., Santos will speak on the operations of the popular grocery store. For more information, email Deb Hedeen at or Roxanne Engellant at

Bookstore owner at

Kiwanis today

Debbie Sporich, owner of The Bookstore in downtown Dillon, will act as featured presenter for the noon meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Dillon today, Wednesday, March 21, at Beaverhead Brewing Co., 218 S. Montana St. in Dillon. Visitors are welcome but anyone who wants to enjoy a lunch prior to Warren’s presentation needs to RSVP ahead of time by calling 406-660-2451.

Chamber meets Thurs.

The Beaverhead Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture will hold its monthly board of directors meeting at noon on Thursday, March 22, in Dillon City Council Chambers, 125 N. Idaho St. in downtown Dillon. The meeting’s agenda includes discussions of board nominations and recruitment of an executive director. Everyone is invited to attend.

Lit fest Thurs.

The annual Spoken Word Festival will take place this year at the Beaverhead County Museum’s Depot Theater on South Montana St. in downtown Dillon on Thursday, March 22, starting at 7 p.m. The event will include readings by Billings-based poet and performer Dave Caserio, Dillon’s Debbie Sporich and Tahj Kjelland, as well as an open mic session during which anyone can come up and share a poem. For more information on this Southwest Montana Arts Council Showstopper Series event, go to call 683-6208.

Fish Fry Benefit Fri.

A Fish Fry Buffet will be served 5:30–7 p.m. on Friday, March 23, at the St. Rose Family Center, 226 S. Atlantic St. in Dillon. The menu will include baked wild Alaskan salmon, baked and fried cod, baked beans, baked potatoes, fruit salad, coleslaw, various desserts prepared and served by the Knights of Columbus, the St. Rose Parish Youth Group, and Montana Western Campus Ministry. Money raised will go toward an ultrasound machine for the New Hope Pregnancy Center. The event is open to the public.

Dems dinner Fri.

All area Democrats and independents are invited to attend the annual Jefferson-Obama Dinner put on by the Beaverhead County Democratic Party on Friday, March 23, in Elks Lodge #1554, located at 27 E. Center St. in downtown Dillon. The event will kick off with appetizers and drinks at 5:30 p.m. and continue at 6:30 p.m. with dinner and then a 7 p.m. program featuring Democratic Party leaders and candidates. For tickets or more information, contact Mary Jo O’Rourke at 683-5603 or Louise Bruce at 683-4467 or

Card game Tuesdays

Everyone is invited to join in the weekly Pinochle game played 1–4 p.m. on Tuesdays at the local Senior Center, 126 S. Montana St. in downtown Dillon

Teen event Fri.

TNT (Teens Need Truth) will gather kids in grades 6–12 on Friday, March 23, at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 715 E. Bannack St., for food, games, prizes and positive messages 6-10 p.m. For more information about the event and/or to get a permission form that needs to be signed by a guardian for participation, call Casey Crawford at 406-925-3562 or email:

Peeps Contest due


Entries must be submitted by 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, to the Dillon Public Library for its annual Peeps Diorama Contest. For more information, call 683-4544 or stop by the Library at 121 S. Idaho St. in downtown Dillon.

Chamber gala Sat.

The Beaverhead Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture will hold its annual Black Tie & Boots Awards Gala on Saturday, March 24, in Elks Lodge #1554 at 27 E. Center St. in downtown Dillon. The event will kick off with a 6 p.m. cocktail hour, followed by dinner and a program featuring awards presentations to local business leaders and a keynote address by Dax Schieffer of Voices of Montana Tourism. For more information, call 683-5511 or email

Donkey bball Tues.

Dillon Soroptimist’s annual Donkey Basketball tourney will take over the BW Lodge in Dillon on Tuesday, March 27, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets, which cost $8 for adults, $6 for students and nothing for preschoolers, can be obtained in advance at The Mini, Beaverhead Motors, Stockman Bank and Womack’s.

Bowhunter ed course in April

A Bowhunter Education course for adults and children at least 11 years of age will take place in the Montana Room of Twin Bridges High School 6–9 p.m. April 2–5 and on April 7 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students must attend all five sessions to be certified. The course is free and open to the public, and will provide a complimentary lunch to participants at the final session. For more information, call Doug Stonebraker at 406-490-3699 or 406-842-7229.

Walking School Bus

restarts April 4

The local Walking School Bus program will restart April 4 to give Dillon schoolchildren the option of enjoying an invigorating walk to school in the morning. The program is looking for volunteers to help shepherd children along two routes. To find a map of the routes, visit Anyone wishing to volunteer or get more information for their children to participate can call Jamie Flynn at 683-3780.