Your Weekend in Billings: October 2-4, 2015

Your Weekend in Billings: October 2-4, 2015

This weekend preview for October 2-4, 2015 is sponsored by RiverStone Health

Downtown Billings
Autumn ArtWalk
Friday, October 2, 2015 @ 5-9pm

The clock is winding down on the 2015 Billings ArtWalk schedule with only two to go this year, starting with the Autumn ArtWalk this Friday, October 2. (Of course, you’ll want to mark those calendars because the 21st season also includes the Holiday ArtWalk on December 4 and the Winter ArtWalk on February 5, 2016).

You’ll want to bring the family out to experience this self-guided event of nearly 40 galleries, studios, museums and other “art-worthy” venues participating. Locations are all located within the downtown corridor, extending from 6th Avenue North to Minnesota Avenue and from Division Street to the Metra.  Music and refreshments are offered at many locations.

Be sure to check out the Billings Artwalk Facebook page updates on the weekend’s happenings, and the website for more information or to download the map.

Billings Public Library
Hobbit Day
Saturday, October 3, 2015 @ 12pm

Make your way to Billings Public Library’s Community Room in your own Hobbit-y fashion (or play dress up with props provided) for Hobbit Day. Once there get your photo snapped in front of the green screen! The film for the day is The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the special extended version.

The afternoon will include crafts and snacks fit for a dwarven company. You’ll be able to test your knowledge with Hobbit quizzes…but beware the lair of Shelob! Prizes will be awarded to the brave. All ages are welcome!

Crime Prevention Center at ZooMontana
Red, White, and Blue Day/Beat the Heat 5k
Saturday, October 3 @ 8am-2pm
BBQ Lunch-$5/person

The 2nd Annual Red, White, and Blue Day is on the move to ZooMontana’s parking lot. This event, a collaboration between Billings Police Department, Billings Fire Department, and American Medical Response, provides the opportunity for the community to check out the vehicles used by emergency responders and to connect with the officers who use them. Expect demos, handouts, and interactive examples throughout the day. Vehicle participants include BPD SWAT, Bomb, K-9, and CSI van as well as response vehicles from BFD and AMR. The National Guard, Laurel Fire Department, and Help Flight will also be participating.

New this year is the Beat the Heat 5k, hosted by the BPD, supporting crime prevention programs and materials. Not only is this a timed run, but participants will be racing an officer, trying to “Beat the Heat.” Any runner to cross the finish line before the qualifying officer will receive a medal, free BBQ lunch, and additional prizes. Registration is $20/person, which includes a shirt. Register at

2015 Buddy Walk
Saturday, October 3, 2015 @ 11am

In case you weren’t aware, October is Down syndrome Awareness Month, and this Saturday marks the 6th Annual Buddy Walk in Billings. In addition to the walk, participants can expect Shrine Train Rides, Face Painting, Special Olympics Dance Team and food provided by Tiny’s Tavern. Registration starts at 10am the day of, but you are encouraged to register online at Participants are $12.00 at the gate, but early registration guaranteed a t-shirt.

CASA Superhero Run/Walk
Sunday, October 4 @ 1:30pm, Kids Run/2pm, 5k

Every child needs a hero, but abused children need Superheroes!

Dig out your cape and tights and grab your shield to get on the move in support of Yellowstone CASA’s efforts on behalf of abused and neglected children in Yellowstone County! The day includes a kids run, 5k, food vendors, and the Montana Chapter for Heroes Alliance will be on hand (in full costume) for photo ops. You might also want to give your Superhero ensemble the Edna Mode (a la The Incredibles) treatment, as there will be a Costume Contest with prizes being awarded for Best Traditional or Invented in the following categories: Adult, Boys, Girls, Baby, and a Best Super Group/Family Costume.

Learn more about Court Appointed Special Advocates of Yellowstone County:

The Center for Children and Families at Rimrock Mall
Dream Beds 2015
October 4-10

We nestle our children into their beds each night, hopefully with a sense of safekeeping, as they drift into dreamland. For many children in Montana that safety and security doesn’t exist. Enter The Center for Children and Families’ annual fundraiser, Dream Beds for Kids. With this event – featuring incredible themed beds that are raffled off – they are able to spread the word about what they do to help keep kids safe; giving them the chance to grow up with a sense of connection and safety.

There will be five beds (possibly eight) raffled off this year, including Jungle Gym, Fire Truck, and Bulldozer-themed beds. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. The drawing will be held Saturday, October 10; mark your calendars for a “Pre-Party on October 9, 4-8pm at Rimrock Mall.

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