Category Archives: Arts and Culture

Library foundation fundraising for new Bookmobile

The Great Falls Public Library Foundation is launching its annual Book-a-Thon fundraiser in November. The fundraiser generates funds to cover the cost of programs, services and materials at the Great Falls Public Library and runs through March 2021. As a special request this year, the GFPL Foundation is asking for donations for a new Bookmobile to replace the current 20-year-old

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Van Hook, local man who hosted weekly discussions on loss, has died

Dennis Van Hook, 70, passed away on Sept. 22. The military veteran and retired licensed clinical social worker said in February that he’d been given about 12 months to live. He’d been diagnosed with cancer two years prior and at the time, it wasn’t terminal, but after chemotherapy and radiation, the cancer returned. Terminally ill, retired social worker hosting weekly

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AAUW cancels annual book sale for first time in 60 years due to COVID-19

For the first time in 60 years Great Falls American Association of University Women will not be holding its annual used book sale due to COVID-19. “Though we have been taking donations all summer, we have been unable to develop a scenario that provides safety for our members and our customers. We do not want the annual sale to become

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Mansfield Center still low on events, revenue due to COVID; will host some jury selection

The Mansfield Center’s advisory board is anticipating another slow season in 2021. “I don’t see us having any shows next year other than the symphony,” Owen Grubenhoff, Mansfield events manager, told the advisory board during a Sept.18 meeting. Great Falls Symphony announces free 2020-2021 season Grubenhoff said the Great Falls Community Concert Association is expected to cancel their season. The

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Art submissions for 2020 Christmas Stroll button now being accepted

The Downtown Great Falls Association is accepting proposed artwork from artists in Cascade County for the 37th Annual Christmas Stroll button. The judging this year will be done in the same format as last year. The artwork will be judged by people’s choice in two different formats. DGFA will post all eligible submissions on the Downtown Facebook page and record

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Business Bites: Carnivorium opening; Hokkaido now open; The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers moving; Dante’s reopens after COVID scare; Paris Gibson Square hosting Arts on Fire Sept. 12

Carnivorium Carnivorium, a drive-through mobile restaurant, is launching next week in Great Falls. The restaurant will serve burgers, dogs and fries, according to Dave Snuggs. Carnivorium will donate 8 percent of daily gross sales to six local nonprofits, listed below. Carnivorium is a trailer with a kitchen and drive-through lane that will be open Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to

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Russell Museum closed for two weeks as precaution related to employee with COVID symptoms

The C.M. Russell Museum has closed as of Aug. 28 through Sept. 17. The decision to close is a response to a symptomatic employee, according to Tom Figarelle, museum director. The employee has not received a positive COVID-19 test result, but “the museum wants to make this proactive step to best protect patrons and the staff as a whole,” according

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Library projects underway; shared catalog transition in September; Community Conversations project in the works

The Great Falls Public Library is adding a drive-through at the back of the library by converting the old back book drop into a space that can be used for book pickup. The $14,917 contract was awarded to Detailed Construction during the Aug. 18 meeting and the projected completion date is Oct. 31. The library received a $10,000 state coronavirus

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Great Falls Symphony announces free 2020-2021 season

The Great Falls Symphony announced Aug. 26 that it is planning a RECOMPOSED season for 2020-2021 featuring free concerts that will be socially distanced and also presented online. “All of us at the Great Falls Symphony are fully committed to fulfilling our mission to infuse cultural vibrancy into the Great Falls community through transformative music events and education programs,” according

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Community scavenger hunt on now as part of citywide wayfinding plan

Since COVID has hindered plans for public meetings, the group working on the city’s wayfinding plan is hosting a free scavenger hunt. The Great Falls Wayfinding Plan Expedition Scavenger Hunt is open through 5 p.m. Aug. 31. Participants will use clues provided by organizers and their knowledge of Great Falls locate and travel to destinations scattered throughout the city. All

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