This weekend preview for June 5-7, 2015 happenings in Billings is brought to you by RiverStone Health.
- Friday, June 5 – Last day of school, Billings School District #2! Have a fun and safe summer! (Check out our ideas for End of School Year Family Celebrations!)
- Friday, June 5 – Out of the Darkness Night at Pizza Ranch. 5-9pm. Order-by-phone, dine-in or carry-out, just say “I support suicide prevention” when you place your order, and 20% of your tab goes for suicide prevention – at no extra cost to you. Also all tips in the dining room go to suicide prevention. 2505 W. King Ave. Joan, 406-321-0591.
- Saturday, June 6 – Will James Free Day at Yellowstone Art Museum. Celebrate Will James’ birthday at the YAM with free admission for all!
- Saturday, June 6 – Montana Pikemasters Annual Leonard Lawver Memorial Kids Fishing Day. 9am-3pm. South Pond in Laurel. Free fishing day for all, (fishing poles provided for those without), bait, lunch and drink are all provided at no cost! No fishing license required.
- Sunday, June 7 – Backyard at the Big Horn, Summer Celebrations. 10am-1pm, Summer Market (shop produce, arts & crafts); 1-3pm, Live Entertainment; 12-3pm, Kid’s Activities (inflatables, games, face painting, and more!).
BTA’s Summer Smash Tournament
Friday-Sunday, June 5-7, 2015
As of June 5, school’s officially out for summer in Billings, and why not go swinging into summer vacation with the Billings Tennis Association’s annual Summer Smash tennis tournament?
The tournament will include singles, doubles, and mixed doubles events with divisions in each category accommodating skill levels from intermediate to advanced levels of play. Play begins Friday afternoon and continues through Sunday with championship matches taking place Sunday afternoon. The public is invited. There will be action on the courts from 8am-8pm daily. Results will be reported to the Billings Gazette, KULR 8 and KTVQ each evening.
Proceeds from the tournament are used to provide youth tennis scholarships as well as support the Billings Parks and Recreation Department’s endeavors to maintain tennis courts. Additionally, the BTA is bringing 10 and Under Tennis to Billings. 10 and Under Tennis is an official USTA program that uses specially developed kid-sized equipment to make the sport more fun for young players. The BTA will be donating new 10 and Under equipment, balls, and nets to the YMCA so that tennis can be offered as part of their Fall and Winter sports programs beginning this year.
Movies in the Park: Big Hero 6
RESCHEDULED FROM Friday, June 5, 2015 @ Dusk to Saturday, June 6 @ Dusk
**Due to severe thunderstorm warnings Billings Kiwanis Movies In The Park is being moved to Saturday Night at Pioneer Park. Same Movie. Still at Dusk. Still at Pioneer Park. Just one day later.*
What better way to step into summer and celebrate another school year gone by than with the first of the summer Movies in the Park series? Kicking off the season is Disney’s 2014 animated action flick, Big Hero 6, rated PG. Billings Kiwanis will also have their Concession Stand up and running for the evening.
Whether you’ve already seen (and fallen in love with) this new brand of superheroes or not you’ll definitely want to make your way to the park to check it out. (You might want to have some tissues handy…). Bring your blankets, chairs, and the family to catch a free movie under the stars!
Next up: June 19, Veterans Park, It’s a Hard Knock Life, Annie
27th Annual SpringFest
Saturday, June 6, 2015 @ 9am-5pm
It’s that time of year when incredible performers and vendors of all kinds fill the grounds of Moss Mansion for the annual SpringFest, this year sponsored by Roger L. Daniel Insurance Agency. Prepare to experience booths featuring the work of artists and craftspeople from across Montana, Wyoming, and Washington. In addition to the pottery, metal art, paintings, fused glass, unique hand painted clothing, antiques, and one of a kind jewelry for sale, there will be a variety of food vendors to sustain you through your shopping! Expect hands-on activities for the kids, artist demonstrations, and oodles of incredible performances throughout the day.
Admission to the grounds is free and the Moss Mansion is open all day at regular tour prices. For a peek at the entertainment schedule, CLICK HERE.
Montana Audubon Center
Get Outside Montana Kick-off Event
Sunday, June 7 @ 1-4pm
Are you ready to ‘Get Outside Montana?’ In its 5th year, Get Outside Montana (GOM) is a free 10-week event featuring activities that encourage families to embrace what the great outdoors has to offer. Activities like hiking, biking, swimming, camping, scavenger hunts, and geocaching. With teams that must have at least one person under and one person over the age of 18, you will encounter guided and self-guided events. Self-guided events allow teams to visit the designated park anytime during GOM’s 10 weeks and engage in an activity on their own. Guided events will be verified via “passports” that teams are given that they will use to check-in. Teams will also provide proof of completion for their self-guided activities (photos or sketches). All of these activities are worth points and teams will receive one raffle ticket for every 10 points earned! A grand prize will be given to the team with the most points – all other prizes will be raffled off.
By attending GOM’s Kick-off event, teams will receive their passport, a goodie bag loaded with helpful intel and they’ll get a head start on the competition! Activities include: macroinvertebrate search, learn to pack a backpack, knot-tying, and try your hand at archery, climb the wall, play wildlife and old time games, learn about maps and visit with special guest Smokey Bear.
To register go to www.getoutsidemontana.com or register at the event!
For a full look at the weekend’s happenings, check out SFM’s online calendar!