In Brief

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Kids Giving Tree apps

Applications are now available for the Giving Tree that provides a way for kids from needy families to get gifts for the holidays. Anyone who knows a child who would benefit from a gift from the Giving Tree this year can pick up a gift application at Rattlesnake Alpacas, 201 S. Idaho St. in Dillon. For more information, call Gail at 406-660-2528.

Food Pantry open Tues., not Wed.

The Beaverhead Community Food Pantry at 131 E. Helena St. in Dillon will not open Nov. 25—the day before Thanksgiving. But the Pantry will distribute Thanksgiving meals on Tuesday, Nov. 24, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 406-660-4500 or go to organization’s Facebook page.

No Rotary Wed.

The Dillon Rotarians will not conduct their weekly Wednesday lunch meeting this week. Rotarians will next gather next Wednesday, Dec. 2. For more information, email Mike Blando at or Tina Giem at

Dump closed Sundays

The Beaverhead County Landfill located on Ten Mile Road will be closed Sundays through the end of the year. For more information, email jflynn@ or call 683-3780.

School’s out days in November

Beaverhead County High School, Dillon Middle School and Parkview Elementary will release students early, at noon, on Wednesday, Nov. 25, and not hold classes Nov. 26–27 in observance of Thanksgiving. For more information, call 683-2361 or 683-4311.

Fun Run Thurs.

A 5k Thanksgiving Fun Run will happen Thursday, Nov. 26, starting at 10 a.m. in front of Beaverhead Brewing, 218 S. Montana St. in downtown Dillon. Anyone can join in to run or walk the course that will head up Ten Mile Road. Participants in this Montana Running Co. event are being urged to wear masks, observe social distancing, and to donate non-perishable items for the Beaverhead Community Food Pantry. For more information, email or call 406-925-0940.

Growth survey due Mon.

The Beaverhead County Growth Policy survey is available to fill out online through Monday, Nov. 30. To gain access to it, just click on the Community Survey headline at the top of the page at For more information, email rmacioroski@

Blood Drive Tues.

A Dillon Community Blood Drive is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the local Elks Lodge, 27 E. Center St. in downtown Dillon. Appointments can be made by calling 683-3696, or by going to (use the sponsor code “Dillon”). Blood donors must be at least 16 years old (non-adults need parental permission), weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good health, and cannot have donated blood within the last eight weeks—and also need to bring a Vitalant Donor card or photo ID. All pandemic safety protocols will be in place for donors and staff.

Econ meeting Dec. 3

Headwaters RC&D will hold a Community Economic Recovery Meeting for Beaverhead County on Dec. 3, starting at 1 p.m. The meeting will be conducted remotely. People may participate by phone by calling 1-385-404-0956 (PIN: 615874696) or via computer through Google Meet by going to Much of the meeting will be dedicated to discussing the Southwestern Montana Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), a copy of which can be found online at https://3712b13c-53d3-4ad5- ugd/20e205_ab85617483a04e- 9da321086ebf751bce.pdf.

Adult Giving Tree apps due Dec. 5

The Giving Tree at the Bicentennial Apartments in Dillon is accepting applications thru Dec. 5 for seniors and disabled adults in the community who have disabilities, limited financial resources or who will likely find themselves alone during the holidays. Applications forms can be found the day room at Bicentennial Apartments. All applications will be kept confidential. They can be filled out for yourself or for someone you know whose holidays could be brightened by a gift, and then dropped off at the Bicentennial Apartments office located at 76 W. Center St. in Dillon. (Please do not request high-priced gifts.). Tags will be placed on the giving tree in the dayroom at Bicentennial Apartments, where anyone can choose a tag and buy gifts. Gifts can be returned wrapped or unwrapped by Dec. 20 for delivery three days later. For more information, call 683-2727.

School’s off days in Dec.

Local public schools will let off at noon on Dec. 16 for teacher training. Parkview Elementary, Dillon Middle School and Beaverhead High School will also release students at noon on Dec. 23, and remain closed through Jan. 1 for holiday break. For more information, call BCHS at 683-2361 or Dillon Elementary School District #10 at 683-4311.

BCHS concert Dec. 9

Beaverhead County High School will host its Fall/Winter Band Concert in the BW Lodge in Dillon on Dec. 9, starting at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 683-2361.

BCHS choral show Dec. 15

Beaverhead County High School will host its 7:30 p.m. Winter Choral Concert on Dec. 15 in the BCHS Auditorium in Dillon, where a Choral Christmas Concert will happen Dec. 18 at a time to be announced. For more information, call 683-2361. Holiday cancellations

The annual Christmas Bazaar held at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Dillon and the local Elks Lodge’s annual Christmas

Dinner have both been canceled for 2020 due to pandemic concerns.

Bannack hrs

The Bannack State Park Town Site will remain open every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The park’s Visitor Center has closed for the winter and will not reopen until May. For more information, call 406-834-3413 or go to www.

Coat drive underway

The annual Coats for Kids and Families drive put on by KDBM-KBEV is accepting coat donations in red barrels in Dillon at Stockman Bank, Parisian Cleaners, the Bank of Commerce, Barrett Hospital & Healthcare, Lookin’ Sharp Salon, Pioneer Federal Savings & Loan, and at the radio station. For more information, call 683-2800.

Kids’ creativity kits available

With pandemic concerns shuttering the downtown Makerspace room this year, the Dillon Public Library is offering Makerspace Kits that will allow kids to create whatever their imaginations and skills can conjure at home. For more information, call 683-4544 or email or stop by the library at 121 S. Idaho St. in downtown Dillon during library hours (Mondays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fridays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays 11a.m. to 3 p.m.).