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Plenty to do this holiday season across the Missoula Valley. Check out this list of events throughout the month of December: 

1 Simple crochet hats, 6-8 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. Learn to make a basic  hat with stripes. $20 members, $25 non members. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

1, 8, 15, 22 Young Artist After-school Program, 3:15-5:30 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. Young artists learn fundamentals, history, techniques and purposes while experimenting with a variety of fun mediums. $10 per day for members, $12 for nonmembers. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

1 Captain Wilson Conspiracy with Steve Kalling, DR Hansell and Keaton Wilson, 7-10 p.m., Red Bird, 111 N. Higgins Ave. No cover.

1 MPL’s December Trail 103.3 Book Club online discussion begins today on “Goodreads: No Country for Old Men” by Cormac McCarthy; MakerSpace: Raspberry Pi Projects  3:30-6 p.m.; “Computer Fundamentals,” registration required, 6 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main. 721-2665, MissoulaPublicLibrary.org.

2 Tiny Tales for ages birth-3, 10:30 a.m.; System Check! the official MPL Gamers Club for all ages-play on Wii, Xbox 360, 6:30 p.m.; Writers Anonymous, 6 p.m.,

Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main. 721-2665, MissoulaPublicLibrary.org.

2, 9 Tea Talks, 10 a.m.-noon, Children’s Museum Missoula, 225 W. Front St. Sit back, relax and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea for 30 minutes while your child explores the museum with a qualified caregiver. Call 541-7529 to reserve a spot.

2 Rice table, 11 a.m., Children’s Museum Missoula, 225 W. Front St. 541-7529, childrensmuseummissoula.org.

2, 9, 16 Open Figure Drawing, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. $7/$5, uninstructed. This ongoing session provides artists an opportunity to draw from a live model. Some supplies available for use and participants must be 18 years or older. 728-0447, missoulaartmuseum.org.

2, 9, 16 “Holiday Stress Relief,” with self hypnosis techniques, 6-7:30 p.m., 210 N. Higgins Ave. No. 207. $35 for three sessions. Register at (406) 443-3439 or info@PatrickMarsolek.comInnerworkingresources.com/StressRelief.

2-6 University of Montana School of Theatre and Dance presents Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” adapted by Jere Lee Hodgin, Montana Theatre, PARTV Center, UM. Tuesday-Friday, 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets $20 general, $16 seniors and students, $10 children 12 and under. Umt.edu/theatredance.

3 Face painting, 11:30 a.m., Children’s Museum Missoula, 225 W. Front St. 541-7529, childrensmuseummissoula.org.

3 Kimberlee Carlson Jazz Quartet with Chuck Florence, Ron Meissner and Pete Hand, 7-9 p.m., The Top Hat, 134 W. Front St.

3, 10, 17 Young Artist After-school Program, 3:15-5:30 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. Young artists learn fundamentals, history, techniques and purposes while experimenting with a variety of fun mediums. $10 per day for members, $12 for nonmembers. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

3 University Choir, Chamber Chorale and UM Symphony Orchestra presents Gabriel Faure's "Requiem" with special appearance by the UM Women's Chorus, 7:30 p.m., Dennison Theatre, fine Arts Building, UM. $11 general, $6 seniors, $5 students. 243-6880, umt.edu/music

 4-6 University of Montana School of Art 29th annual Art Annex Holiday Sale and Show,   Art Annex, UM. Friday, 4-7 p.m. Opening celebration with live music; awards presentation, 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.  243-4181.

3, 10, 17 Mad Dawg Karaoke, 9 p.m., Sunrise Saloon, 1101 Strand Ave. 

4 Kimberlee Carlson Jazz Trio with Ron Meissner and Pete Hand, 6-8 p.m., Draught Works, 915 Toole Ave.

4 Family yoga, 11 a.m., Children’s Museum Missoula, 225 W. Front St. 541-7529, childrensmuseummissoula.org.

4 Dark Horse Country Band, 9 p.m., Sunrise Saloon, 1101 Strand Ave. 

4, 11, 18 Young Artist After-school Program, 2:30-5 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. Young artists learn fundamentals, history, techniques and purposes while experimenting with a variety of fun mediums. $10 per day for members, $12 for nonmembers. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

3 Community Unite for MUD, 4-8 p.m., Northside Kettlehouse, 313 N. First St. W.  A portion of every pint sold  will benefit MUD programs.

3 “My iPad,” registration required, 12:30 p.m.; Middle school writers-for writers and aspiring writers in grades 6-9, 4 p.m.; Big Sky System Check! – Gamers Club for all ages at Big Sky Branch Library, Big Sky High School, 4-6 p.m.; “Computer Fundamentals,” registration required, 6 p.m.; Socrates  Cafe, 7 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main.  721-2665,  MissoulaPublicLibrary.org.   

4 Tiny Tales for ages birth-3, 10:30 a.m.; MakerSpace: Arduino Projects, 3-6 p.m.; R.E.A.D. dogs, 3 p.m.; Lego Club, 3:30 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main. 721-2665,  MissoulaPublicLibrary.org.

4 Home Grown Comedy open mic, 9:30 p.m., Union Club, 208 E. Main St.

4 Kimberlee Carlson Trio, 6-8 p.m, Draught Works, 915 Toole Ave.

4-6 University Center Holiday Art Fair, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, UC Atrium, UM. Unique art, jewelry, clothing, ceramics and more, handcrafted by local and regional artists. Free. 243-5555, umt.edu/uc/Arts-Entertainment/uc-art-fairs.

5 Taekwondo, 11 a.m., Children’s Museum Missoula, 225 W. Front St. 541-7529, childrensmuseummissoula.org.

5 The Whizpops! Singing and signing, “Talking ‘Bout Dinosaurs,” 5:30 p.m., Fact & Fiction, 220 N. Higgins Ave. 721-2881, factandfictionboks.com.

5 Opening reception, 5-9 p.m., Montana Art and Framing, 709 Ronan St. Featuring acrylic paintings by Alan Wikoff. 541-7100, montanaart.com.

5 First Friday, 5-7 p.m., Children’s Museum Missoula, 225 W. Front St. Featuring St. Joseph Preschool. 541-7529, childrensmuseummissoula.org.

5 First Friday, 5-8 p.m., Bernice’s Bakery, 190 S. Third St. W. Featuring “Missoula at Night” by local photographer Amy Donovan. 728-1358.

5 First Friday, Monte Dolack Gallery, 139 W. Front St. Featuring Montana landscape paintings by Monte Dolack. Music by Jared Ricci. 549-3248, dolack.com.

5 First Friday, 5-8 p.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. Featuring two resourceful Montana installation artists.  Pat Zentz’s “Trio” is a sound installation artwork that consists of three individual “instruments”: a “drum” entitled Renowind; a “cello” entitled Puget Sound Table; and a “flute” entitled (Songline) Translator. The three instruments interact with the outside environment by way of rooftop receptors that collect information about the velocity and direction of the wind. Kate Hunt is a sculptor who uses newspapers to communicate her ideas. This exhibition is full of surprises and incorporates both the gallery walls and floors, pushing the limits of contemporary expression. Gallery talk with the artists, 7 p.m. Plus acoustic, Americana country, singer-songwriter Marshall Granger, 5-7 p.m.  728-0447, missoulaartmuseum.org.

5, 12, 19 Young Artist After-school Program, 3:45-5:30 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. Young artists learn fundamentals, history, techniques and more while experimenting with a variety of fun mediums. $10 per day for members, $12 for nonmembers. 549-7555, visit zootownarts.org.

5 Big John Bates Band, The Palace, 147 W. Broadway. Tickets $8 in advance, $10 day of show. Ticketfly.com.

5 Music by Alaskan folksinger-songwriter Britt Arnesen and her 1957 Gibson J-50, 7-9 p.m., Sotto Voce Boutique, 434 N. Higgins Ave.

5 Girls Rock camp performance, 6-7 p.m., Top Hat, 134 W. Front St.  The Zootown Arts Community Center after school Girls Rock Camp spent four months writing and performing rock original songs. 549-7555, visit zootownarts.org.

5 First Friday, 5:30-9 p.m., Clay Studio of Missoula, 1106 Hawthorne, Unit A. Featuring the holiday sale and exhibition. 543-0509, theclaystudioofmissoula.com.

5 First Friday, Upcycled, 517 S. Higgins Ave.239-2538.

5 Artist’s reception, 5-8 p.m., The Artists’ Shop, 127 N. Higgins Ave. Featuring  “Small Worlds," ink and watercolor by Lorna Gable of Hamilton. 543-6393.

5 First Friday event, Real Good, 1205 Defoe St. No. 1. Solo performance with two show times, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Jack Metcalf productions returns with a new, never seen before bingo featuring prizes, live music from J. Sherri, and atypical artsy entertainment. Cards are priced arbitrarily, and there may be some mature themes that only children with progressive parents would approve. Spectators welcome.

5 Opening reception, 5-8 p.m., 4 Ravens Gallery, 248 N. Higgins Ave. Featuring “Made by Hand" a holiday gift and art show featuring fine craft crated by owners of 4 Ravens Gallery. 317-1543, 4ravensgallery@gmail.com.

5 Opening reception, 5-8 p.m., The Brink Gallery, 111 W. Front St. Featuring  "Consequence," work by Amy Bilden. Bilden uses an assortment of inherited items as the springboard for her work. 728-5251, thebrinkgallery.com.

5 First Friday, 5-8 p.m., Betty’s Divine, 521 S. Higgins Ave. Featuring “Elemental," a collaboration between three local artistic powerhouses, Christine Gill and Bethany Stanberry, the duo behind jewelry line Moth+Muse and fashion designer and coutourier Julia LaTray of DonkeyGirl and photographer author Chris LaTray. 721-4477.

5 Dolce Canto presents “Wonderful Peace,:” 7:30 p.m., St. Anthony Parish, 207 Tremont St. Tickets available at Rockin’ Rudy’s, Fact & Fiction or at www.Dolce.Canto.info.

5 Pepper, The Top Hat, 134 W. Front.

5 Tom Catmull’s Radio Static,9:30 p.m., Union Club, 208 E. Main St.

5 Storyhill with Wes Kirkpatrick,  8 p.m., Crystal Theatre, 515 S. Higgins Ave. Tickets $15, available at Rockin’ Rudys or storyhillmissoula.brownpapertickets.com.

5  Tiny Tales for ages birth-3 and Preschool Storytime for ages 3-6, 10:30 a.m.; Yarns @ the Library – an open fiber-arts craft group, noon- 2 p.m.; Young Adult Writers for writers in grades 9-12, 3:30 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main.  721-2665,  MissoulaPublicLibrary.org.

5-6 406, 9:30 p.m., Sunrise Saloon, 1101 Strand Ave. 

5-6 The Christian Homeschool Choir of Missoula presents "Good Tidings" under the direction of Joseph Roby and Alisha Roby, 7 p.m., at First Lutheran Church, 2808 South Ave. W. The concert features live orchestral accompaniment Free admission; bake sale to follow.

6 Jeff Carroll, 6-8 p.m, Draught Works, 915 Toole Ave.

6 Gift wrapping, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Jeannette Rankin Peace Center, 519 S. Higgins Ave. The Roxy will wrap up presents with movie posters and more. 543-3955, jrpc.org.

6 Family Storytime, 11 a.m.; Parade of Lights drop-in craft for Families-ongoing from 1 to 5 p.m.; MakerSpace: ppen time/project development, 1-5 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main.  721-2665,  MissoulaPublicLibrary.org.

6 Artists’ discussion with Kate Hunt and Pat Zentz, 1 p.m.,  Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. Hunt is a sculptor who uses newspapers to communicate her ideas and Zentz is an artist who creates interactive sound installations. Join these artists for a discussion and tour of their works. 728-0447, missoulaartmuseum.org.

6 “Upcycled Wine Bottle Trays” with Odette Grassi, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Living Art of Montana, 725 W. Alder St. No. 17  . This Creativity for Life workshop is open to anyone facing illness or loss including care providers and family members. All materials will be provided. No charge. Art experience is not necessary. 549-5329,  livingartofmontana.org.

6 19th annual Helping hands of Alberton benefit auction, River Edge Resort, Alberton. Fish and chips lunch, noon; live auction, 1 p.m. (402) 722-4934.

6 Free admission and special craft, noon-4 p.m., Children’s Museum Missoula, 225 W. Front St. 541-7529, childrensmuseummissoula.org.

6 Christmas card making, noon-3 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. Free. In conjunction with the Festival of Lights. Enjoy Christmas music, a creative communal atmosphere and inspiring supplies. 549-7555, visit zootownarts.org.

6 Malarkey, 6-8:30 p.m., Lolo Peak Brewing Company, Lolo.  Irish, oldies, country.

6 Santa cookie plate painting, 3-5 p.m., Corkscrew, 105 S. Third St. W. In conjunction with the Festival of Lights. $10. Plates will be brought back to Zootown Arts Community Center to be clear coated and kiln fired and can be picked up the following week. 549-7555, visit zootownarts.org.

6 Pottery sale, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W.  549-7555, visit zootownarts.org.

6 Drop in holiday workshop, 1-3 p.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. Free. In conjunction with the Missoula Downtown Association’s Parade of Lights, revelers can drop into MAM to make a holiday ornament from recycled materials. 728-0447, missoulaartmuseum.org.

6 Sister Soul and the Medicine, , 9:30 p.m., Union Club, 208 E. Main St.

6 HELP PORTRAIT Missoula, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Rocky Mountain School of Photography, 216 N. Higgins Ave. HELP PORTRAIT Missoula is an international, nonprofit movement of photographers, hair styles, makeup artist and volunteers who use their time, equipment and expertise to give back to those who may hot other wise have access to professional portraits. 800-394-7677, Johanna@johannabphotography.com.

6 Lincoln annual Christmas bazaar, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Lincoln Community Hall, main street, Lincoln. (406) 362-4438.

6 The Captain Wilson Conspiracy, 7-9 p.m., Finn and Porter, 100 Madison St.

6 Hellgate Elementary PTA craft fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Hellgate Elementary Middle School Gym and commons area.

6-7 Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale Holiday Pops! Concert, Dennison Theatre, UM 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m.  Sunday. Featuring Spencer Myer, piano soloist.  721-3194, missoulasymphony.org.

6, 13, 20, 27 Wild Coyote Band, 7-11 p.m., American Legion Hall, 825 Ronan St. $7, Public welcome. 240-9617.

6 Celebrate First Night, author signings throughout the day, Fact & Fiction, 220 N. Higgins Ave. 721-2881, factandfictionboks.com.

7 Celebrate Tell Us Something, author signings throughout the day, Fact & Fiction, 220 N. Higgins Ave. 721-2881, factandfictionboks.com.

7 Blue Moon, 5-7 p.m, Draught Works, 915 Toole Ave.

7 Family workshop, “Gifts,” 2-5 p.m., Clay Studio of Missoula, 1106 Hawthorne, Unit A. $35 for adult and one child, includes clay, glazing and firings. Additional adults and children welcome for $15 per individual.  543-0509, theclaystudioofmissoula.com.

7 Family Storytime, 2 p.m.,  Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main. 721-2665, MissoulaPublicLibrary.org.

8 MakerSpace: Raspberry Pi Projects, 3:30-6 p.m.; “Beginning WORD,”  registration required, 6 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main. 721-2665,  MissoulaPublicLibrary.org.

 8 Wool felt ornaments, 6-8 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. Sew wool felt into dangling delights for you holiday tree.  $20 members, $25 non members. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

8 Tom Catmull, singer, songwriter, 7-10 p.m., Red Bird, 111 N. Higgins Ave. No cover.

9 Snow slime, 11 a.m., Children’s Museum Missoula, 225 W. Front St. 541-7529, childrensmuseummissoula.org.

9 Tiny Tales for ages birth-3,   10:30 a.m.; System Check! the official MPL Gamers Club for all ages-play on Wii, Xbox 360, 6:30 p.m.; 2nd  Tuesday MPL Book Group discusses “The Shadow Catcher” by Marianne Wiggins, 7 p.m.; Missoula Linux Users Group (MLUG),  7 p.m.,

Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main.  721-2665,  MissoulaPublicLibrary.org.

10 “Windows 8 Basics,”   registration required, 12:30 p.m.; free matinee,  classic film, 2 p.m.; Middle school writers,  4 p.m.; Big Sky System Check! – Gamers Club for all ages at Big Sky Branch Library, Big Sky High School, 4-6 p.m.; “Beginning WORD,”   registration required, 6 p.m.;

2nd Wednesday Book Group discusses “Dom Casmurro” by Machado de Assis, 7 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main.  721-2665, MissoulaPublicLibrary.org.

10 Face painting, 11:30 a.m., Children’s Museum Missoula, 225 W. Front St. 541-7529, childrensmuseummissoula.org.

10 Glass fusing orientation class, 7:30 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W.    $20 plus cost of glass. Learn the basics of glass from how the kilning process works to slumping, fusing, mold making and glass after care. 549-7555, zootownarts.org

11 Tiny Tales for ages birth-3,  10:30 a.m.; MakerSpace: Arduino Projects,  3-6 p.m.; R.E.A.D. Dogs, 3 p.m.; Lego Club,  3:30 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main. 721-2665,  MissoulaPublicLibrary.org.

11 Family yoga, 11 a.m., Children’s Museum Missoula, 225 W. Front St. 541-7529, childrensmuseummissoula.org.

11 Josh Farmer, 6-8 p.m, Draught Works, 915 Toole Ave.

11 Northern Lights, 9 p.m., Sunrise Saloon, 1101 Strand Ave. 

12 The Bop A Dips, 9 p.m., Sunrise Saloon, 1101 Strand Ave.  $5.

12 Tale-tivities, 11 a.m.; Art Series, 4 p.m., Children’s Museum Missoula, 225 W. Front St. 541-7529, childrensmuseummissoula.org.

12  Tiny Tales for ages birth-3, and Preschool Storytime for ages 3-6, 10:30 a.m.;

Yarns @ the Library, noon-2 p.m.;  Young Adult Writers for writers in grades 9-12, 3:30 p.m.; World-Wide Cinema, free foreign film, “The Auction (French),” 7 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main.  721-2665, MissoulaPublicLibrary.org.

12 Flogging Molly with special guests, 8 p.m., Wilma Theatre. Tickets $33, available at Rockin’ Rudy’s, by calling 866-468-7624 or online at TicketWeb.com or KnittingFacotry.com.

10 The Captain Wilson Conspiracy, 7-9 p.m., Top Hat, 134 W. Front St.

12 “These Living Songs,” Celebrate Montana Poetry, several essayists share a poem, 5:30 p.m.,  Fact & Fiction, 220 N. Higgins Ave. 721-2881, factandfictionboks.com.

12-14 and 17-21 Missoula Community Theatre presents “Winter Wonderettes,” MCT Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. Adams St. Wednesday-Saturday performances, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday matinees, 2 p.m. and Sundays 6:30 p.m. This sequel to “The Marvelous Wonderettes” has the same loveable characters of Cindy Lou, Betty Jean, Missy, and Suzy facing a crazy new challenge. During the Christmas party at Harper’s Hardware store, Santa turns up missing and it’s up to the Wonderettes to find him! The show’s score is packed with humor and holiday tunes arranged to showcase the signature four-part harmony you’ve come to expect of the Wonderettes!  From silly songs such as “Chipmunk Cheer” and “Mele Kalikimaka” to the classic favorites “Winter Wonderland” and “Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town,” the audience is assured a very humorous and entertaining break from the hectic pace of the holiday season.

Tickets $15-21, available at the box office, online at MCTinc.org or call 728-7529.  

12 Silk screening night, 7:30 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W.    Free. Bring a blank shirt, tote bag or scarf and leave with one of the house designs printed anywhere of your choosing. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

12 Second Friday Gallery opening, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W.  Featuring Wesley St. John solo exhibition.  549-7555, zootownarts.org.

12 Third annual Festival of Creches gala opening, 6-9 p.m., Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 1475 Eaton St. Creche display, hors d’oeurves, drinks, music, Fair Trade coffee, chocolate, gift items from Catholic Relief Services; handmade goods from Guatemala, art and jewelry from DeLaSalle Blackfeet School, raffle for goods and services donated by the Missoula community. Benefit for Habitat for Humanity and Family Promise of Missoula. Tickets $25 in advance, $35 at the door. Call 721-2405 or email noroomblessedtrinity@gmail.com.

12 Cash for Junkers, 9:30 p.m., Union Club, 208 E. Main St.

12 Tuba Christmas, 7-8:30 p.m., Southgate Mall Center Clock Court. Rehearsal, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Sentinel High School Band Room, 901 South Ave.  Call 728-2403 Ext. 7041.

12-13 Third annual Holiday Swing featuring University of Montana Jazz program  with guest pianist/vocalist Kate Skinner, 7 p.m., Missoula Winery, 5646 W. Harrier Drive.  Performing on both evenings the UM Jazz Ensemble I will partner with Glacier High School Jazz Band (Saturday) and the Libby/Odyssey Middle School Jazz Band from Spokane (Friday). For tickets and information, call 243-6880.

12-14 Garden City Ballet presents “The Nutcracker,” Montana Theatre, OPARTV Building, UM. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets $20 for matinee and $25 for evening, available at all GrizTix outlets, online at  www.griztix.com,  or phone 888-MONTANA. Visit gardencityballet.org.

13 Celebrate the International Choral Festival, author signings throughout the day, Fact & Fiction, 220 N. Higgins Ave. 721-2881, factandfictionboks.com.

13 The Country Boogie Boys, 9:30 p.m., Sunrise Saloon, 1101 Strand Ave. 

13 Top House, 6-8 p.m, Draught Works, 915 Toole Ave.

13 Gift wrapping, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Jeannette Rankin Peace Center, 519 S. Higgins Ave.  Use recycled paper and more to create beautiful wrapped packages. 543-3955, jrpc.org.

13 Holiday open house, 3-7 p.m., Clay Studio of Missoula, 1106 Hawthorne, Unit A.  Free pottery lessons, paint-a-decoration, live music, refreshments and more.  543-0509, theclaystudioofmissoula.com.

13 “Folk Art Cards” with Loretta Vizutti,10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Living Art of Montana, 725 W. Alder St. No. 17. This Creativity for Life workshop is open to anyone facing illness or loss including care providers and family members. All materials will be provided. No charge. Art experience is not necessary. 549-5329,  livingartofmontana.org.

13 Family Storytime with a special Storytime guest, 11 a.m.; Family Cookies ‘N Crafts, noon- 2 p.m.; MakerSpace: open time/project development,  1-5 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main. 721-2665, MissoulaPublicLibrary.org.

13-14 Third annual Festival of Creches  exhibit, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 1475 Eaton St. Featured crèche loaned by La Bella Vita, Missoula. $5 per person or $15 per family. Call 721-2405 or email noroomblessedtrinity@gmail.com.

13 Third annual Festival of Creches gingergread tea, 11 a.m., Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 1475 Eaton St. Meal, story hour, crèche tour. $15 for child and adult. $5 for each additional child. Call 721-2405 or email noroomblessedtrinity@gmail.com.

13 Saturday Family Art Workshop: “Starry Night” with Barbara Morrison, 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. Free

Learn to make beautiful star shapes with thread and yarn. Then use your creations as holiday decorations. SFAW provide a great opportunity for parents and children to make art together. Older children (7 and older) can also come alone to take part in the fun. Workshops are on a first come, first served basis. 728-0447, missoulaartmuseum.org.

13 Saturday Tours, 1 p.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. Free.

Science and Art together! Artist Pam Caughey will be joined by her husband Byron Caughey, a biochemist with Rocky Mountain Laboratories, in discussing her series of etching which examine pathogens. 728-0447, missoulaartmuseum.org.

13 Open Printmaking Studio facilitated by Diane Bodholt, 1-4 p.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. Come and enjoy MAM’s printmaking press under the guidance of Diane Bodholt. The fee is $10 if you bring your own paper and ink and $25 to use MAM’s supplies. 728-0447, missoulaartmuseum.org.

13 Shakewell, 9:30 p.m., Union Club, 208 E. Main St.

13 The Captain Wilson Conspiracy, 7-9 p.m., Finn and Porter, 100 Madison St.

13 NAMI Holiday High Tea, noon-2 p.m., 111 N. Higgins Ave. Tickets $25. Call Jan, 544-9131.

14 Ken Egan signs “Montana 1864,” 1 p.m  Fact & Fiction, 220 N. Higgins Ave. 721-2881, factandfictionboks.com.

14 Band n Motion, 5-7 p.m, Draught Works, 915 Toole Ave.

14 The Missoula Figure Skating Club presents “Holiday on Ice,” 3:30 p.m., Glacier ice Rink. Featuring skaters of all ages and abilities skating to  your favorite holiday sons. Free; donations welcome.

14  Family Storytime, 2 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main. 721-2665, MissoulaPublicLibrary.org.

14 The JuBELLation Hand Bell Choir’s annual Christmas concert, 4 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 300 E. Main St. Featuring music covering your favorite Christmas time hymns and carols with a few spins including pieces like “Parade of the Tin Soldiers,” an “O Come all Ye Faithful” mashup featuring J.S. Bach and lively renditions of “Deck the Halls” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” Free-will offering. (207) 432-8056, 549-6118.

14 Pet photos with Santa, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., JCPenney Court, Southgate Mall. 721-5140.

14 The Ed Norton Big Band, 6-8 p.m., Missoula Winery, 5646 W. Harrier Drive. $7.

14 Simple dolls, 6-8 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. Learn to make sweet little dolls with Anna Rummel from Starlight Arts.  $20 members, $25 non members. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

14 Eighth annual Holiday MADE Fair, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Adams Event Center, UM.  Presenters include handMADE Montana, Recreate Designs, Courtney Blazon Illustrations, Design Missoula. Santa Claus visits, 2-5 p.m. www.missoulamadefair.com.

14 Zootown Arts Community Center is at the MADE Fair, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Adams Center, UM.  549-7555, zootownarts.org.

15 Next Door Prison Hotel with John Sporman and Travis Yost, 7-10 p.m., Red Bird, 111 N. Higgins Ave. No cover.

15 Gary Ferguson reads and signs “The Carry Home,” 7 p.m.,   Fact & Fiction, 220 N. Higgins Ave. 721-2881, factandfictionboks.com.

15 “Intro to Email,”   registration required, 6 p.m.; MakerSpace: Raspberry Pi Projects,  3:30-6 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main. 721-2665, MissoulaPublicLibrary.org.

16 Kids Klub, 4-6 p.m., Sears Court, Southgate Mall. Make a holiday craft.  721-5140.

16 Tiny Tales for ages birth-3, 10:30 a.m.; Teen volunteer orientation, 3:30-5 p.m.; System Check! the official MPL Gamers Club for all ages-play on Wii, Xbox 360, 6:30 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main. 721-2665, MissoulaPublicLibrary.org.

17 Teen Art Workshop: “Play with Clay” at the Clay Studio of Missoula, 4-6 p.m., 1106 Hawthorne. Free. Ceramic artist Miriam Griffin will lead students in a fun and simple clay project.  Pizza, snacks and materials provided.  728-0447, missoulaartmuseum.org.

17 The Zootown Arts Community Center presents Santa at the Northside  Kettlehouse, 313 N. First St. W., 5-8 p.m.

17 “EXCEL,” registration required, 12:30-1:30 p.m.; Middle school writers,   4 p.m.; Big Sky System Check! – Gamers Club for all ages at Big Sky Branch Library, Big Sky High School, 4 p.m.; “Intro to Email,”   registration required, 6 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main. 721-2665,  MissoulaPublicLibrary.org.

18 Tiny Tales for ages birth-3,   10:30 a.m.; MakerSpace: Arduino Projects,, 3-6 p.m.; R.E.A.D. dogs, 3 p.m.; Lego Club,  3:30 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main. 721-2665,  MissoulaPublicLibrary.org.

18 Bob Mislevick (European style café music with accordion), 6-8 p.m, Draught Works, 915 Toole Ave.

18 Soul Kitchen and Stomp the Cats Box, 9 p.m., Sunrise Saloon, 1101 Strand Ave. 

19 Mark Duboise and Crossroads, 9:30 p.m., Sunrise Saloon, 1101 Strand Ave. 

19 Christmas Steamer with Tuba Santas, 5-8 p.m., Draught Works, 915 Toole Ave.

19 Joan Zen,  9:30 p.m., Union Club, 208 E. Main St.

19 The Captain Wilson Conspiracy, 6-9 p.m., Brooks and Brown, Holiday Inn, Pattee St.

19  Tiny Tales for ages birth-3 and Preschool Storytime for ages 3-6, 10:30 a.m.;

Yarns @ the Library, noon-2 p.m.; Young Adult Writers for writers in grades 9-12,  3:30 p.m.; Cheap Date Night, free feature film, 7 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main. 721-2665,  MissoulaPublicLibrary.org.

20 Mudslide Charley, 6-8 p.m, Draught Works, 915 Toole Ave.

20 Blue Collar, 9:30 p.m., Sunrise Saloon, 1101 Strand Ave. 

20 Gift wrapping,  11 a.m.-5 p.m., Jeannette Rankin Peace Center, 519 S. Higgins Ave. The Senior Citizens Center and the Food Bank will wrap up presents. 543-3955, jrpc.org.

20 Family Storytime, 11 a.m.; MakerSpace: open time/project development, 1-5 p.m.,

Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main. 721-2665, MissoulaPublicLibrary.org.

20 Russ Nasset and the Revelators, 9:30 p.m., Union Club, 208 E. Main St.

20 “Holiday Social” with Tracy Pohndorf,  10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Living Art of Montana, 725 W. Alder St. No. 17. This Creativity for Life workshop is open to anyone facing illness or loss including care providers and family members. All materials will be provided. No charge. Art experience is not necessary. 549-5329,  livingartofmontana.org.

20 The Captain Wilson Conspiracy, 7-9 p.m., Finn and Porter, 100 Madison St.

20 John Floridis December's Peaceful Season Benefit Concerts, 7 p.m., Crystal Theater, 515 S. Higgins Ave. Benefit for Unitid Way of Missola County.

Missoula guitarist and singer/songwriter John Floridis will perform two benefit concerts on back to back nights in December. The concerts are part of a state wide tour of performances to benefit organizations that work with families and individuals seeking help with housing and other basic needs. For more information go to www.johnfloridis.com.

22 Dan Dubuque playing slide guitar and Charango, 7-10 p.m., Red Bird, 111 N. Higgins Ave. No cover.

21 Tom Catmull, 5-8 p.m, Draught Works, 915 Toole Ave.

21 Family Storytime, 2 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main. 721-2665, MissoulaPublicLibrary.org

21 John Floridis December's Peaceful Season Benefit Concerts,  4 p.m.  First United Methodist Church, 300 E. Main St., Missoula, 4:00 p.m.

Benefit for Family Promise. The performances will feature music from his two winter-themed instrumental acoustic guitar recordings "December's Quiet Joy" and "The Peaceful Season.” There is no admission fee for either concert, but financial contributions to the benefitting organizations are strongly encouraged. For more information go to www.johnfloridis.com.

22 MakerSpace: Raspberry Pi Projects, 3:30-6 p.m.; “Internet Searching,”   registration required, 6 p.m.; Mikrotik Users Group (MUG), 6:30 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main. 721-2665, MissoulaPublicLibrary.org.

23 Tiny Tales for ages birth-3, 10:30 a.m.; early closure, 6 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main. 721-2665, MissoulaPublicLibrary.org.

26 Zeppo MT,  9:30 p.m., Union Club, 208 E. Main St.

26 Tiny Tales for ages birth-3 and Preschool Storytime for ages 3-6, 10:30 a.m.; Yarns @ the Library, noon-2 p.m.; Young Adult Writers for writers in grades 9-12, 3:30 p.m.,

Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main. Call 721-2665 or visit MissoulaPublicLibrary.org

26-27 Nashville 406,  Sunrise Saloon, 1101 Strand Ave. 

27 Family Storytime, 11 a.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main. 721-2665, visit MissoulaPublicLibrary.org.

27 Gladys Friday, 9:30 p.m., Union Club, 208 E. Main St.

27 The Captain Wilson Conspiracy, 7-9 p.m., Finn and Porter, 100 Madison St.

27 Frederico Brothers, 6-8 p.m, Draught Works, 915 Toole Ave.

28 Carla Green Trio, 5-7 p.m, Draught Works, 915 Toole Ave.

29 MakerSpace: Raspberry Pi Projects, 3:30-6 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main. 721-2665, visit MissoulaPublicLibrary.org.

29 The Owen Ross Duo with Sam Ore playing jazz,  7-10 p.m., Red Bird, 111 N. Higgins Ave. No cover.

30 Tiny Tales for ages birth-3,   10:30 a.m.; System Check! the official MPL Gamers Club for all ages-play on Wii, Xbox 360, 6:30 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main. 721-2665, MissoulaPublicLibrary.org.

31 New Year’s Eve party with Russ Nasset and the Revelators, Union Club, 208 E. Main St.

31 First Night, noon-p.m.,  Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. MAM will host performances to celebrate First Night. Check the FN program to determine times and performers. 728-0447, missoulaartmuseum.org.

31 The Captain Wilson Conspiracy, 8-11 p.m., Fine and Porter, 100 Madison St.

31 Malarkey, 9:30-10:30 p.m., Roxy Theater, 718 S. Higgins Ave. Irish, oldies, country.

31 First Night hat parade, Southgate Mall. Decorate your hat at noon and join in the parade at 1 p.m.   721-5140.

31 First Night Missoula First Night 2015 will showcase 80 performances and activities in more than 30 venues throughout downtown Missoula, the University of Montana campus and Southgate Mall from noon until midnight. Admission buttons are $15 in advance ($18 on December 31), with children ages 7 and under free.

Starting in December buttons will be available on line at www.missoulacultural.org/firstnight and at over 20 locations throughout Missoula and in the Bitterroot Valley.    Volunteer and get a free button by calling 541-0860.

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