Shepherd Volunteer Fire Department is celebrating fifty years of service to our community at their annual open house at Fire Station 2 located on Highway 312 near mile marker 3. There will be local emergency vehicles to explore, blood pressure and blood sugar checks, raffle, free lunch, games and inflatable for the kids, giveaways and a live extrication at 1pm. Bring your lawn chairs Saturday, June 2nd from 11 to 4pm. See you there!
American Legion Post 4 of Billings will host a poker run Saturday May 19 to support “Return,” an ongoing documentary film project about a Vietnam War veteran who returns to the country for the first time since the war.
The American Legion is proud to support the production of this in-progress documentary, which upon its anticipated release date in early 2019, will educate the public about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, offer a glimpse of Vietnam as it is today, and show all veterans that their stories are valued.
Riders and drivers will register for this all-wheels-welcome poker run at American Legion Post 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, and then leave for a circuit that includes stops in Laurel, Joliet, Roberts, Columbus and Park City. Riders and drivers draw a card at each stop in hopes of getting the best poker hand.
The event culminates in a pig roast dinner back at the American Legion, with live music provided by Roy Buzzard and the Bones. Everyone, even those who miss out on the ride, are welcome to join in on the dinner. Cost to participate in the ride is $20, which includes breakfast and dinner. Dinner alone is $10.
“Return” (arthousebillings.com/return) is a project by Billings-based documentary filmmakers Peter Tolton and Stan Parker. The film focuses on Jim Markel Sr., a retired Green Beret who, among other jobs, fought alongside Montagnard tribes in the Central Highlands during the war. Like many other veterans, Jim Sr. has kept quiet about this part of his life and never really talked about it, until now.
The filmmakers have recently returned from Vietnam with Markel and his son, Jim Markel Jr., where the foursome re-visited the places Jim Sr. worked during the war and re-connected with former Montagnard soldiers to see what became of them.
Funds raised during the event will support the completion of this local storytelling effort.
The story to come carries with it the promise a captivating adventure, an introduction to a little-known culture, a testimony on living with PTSD, a reflection on the reasons for war, and a story of a father and son on a hopeful, if heavy, journey.
The intent is that the film will bear witness to the weighty work of re-opening the past. By sharing this journey, the documentary aims to foster empathy and understanding for military families, as well as encourage all families to discover their own stories.
THERE IS AN UPCOMING REZ DOG RESCUE BINGO RUN BENEFIT COMING UP SATURDAY JUNE 9TH. IT WILL START AT 11 AM AT THE SQUIRE LOUNGE, THEN MOVE ON TO BUGZS, THE DARK HORSE IN WORDEN, TINY’S TAVERN AND FINISH UP AT THE POWDER HORN LOUNGE. THERE WILL BE PRIZES AT EACH STOP AS WELL AS A SILENT AUCTION AND FOOD. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL CINDY AT 690-3790.
The Ramsey Keller Memorial is always looking to raise money for their cause and one of their events in May is the Run for Heaven’s Sake race that will be happening May 20th.
The Ramsey Keller Memorial started 6 years ago when Ramsey Keller, infant daughter of Jeff & Kori passed away at just 2 days old. RKM pays for infant funerals in the state of MT and they have helped over 500 families, totaling over ½ million dollars to take the financial burden off of hurting MT families that unfortunately have to bury their child.
Run for Heaven’s Sake is around the corner, on May 20th. It is a benefit for the Ramsey Keller Memorial. They offer a ½ marathon, 10k & 5k. This is one of their biggest fundraisers and they need your help. Sign up at www.runsignup.com or visit their website www.kisses2heaven.com for more info.
THE FIRST ANNUAL MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATION EXTRAVAGANZA IS HAPPINGING AT THE RIMROCK MALL EXPO CENTER ON MAY 4TH, 5TH AND 6TH. SHOP WITH LOCAL SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS AND GET ONE OF A KIND ITEMS FOR MOTHER’S DAY, GRADUATION AND WEDDING GIFTS. GRAB A RAFFLE TICKET FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN TASTE OF BILLINGS BASKET, A BE-YOU-TIFUL BASKET, A LET’S CREATE BASKET, A FAMILY IS FOREVER BASKET OR A BLOOM WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED BASKET. RAFFLE PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT FAMILY PROMISE AND NEEMA VILLAGE MOTHER’S AGAINST POVERTY. ROBIN’S NEST PHOTOGRAPHY WILL BE ON SITE TO CAPTURE BEAUTIFUL SPRING PHOTOS OF YOU AND YOUR FAMILY! THERE WILL BE 52 VENDORS IN ALL, INCLUDING USBORNE BOOKS, MAKEOVERS FOR MOMS AND 406 POTTERY WILL BE ON HAND UNVEILING NEW STYLES! SHOPPING FOR ALL AGES STARTING ON FRIDAY MAY 4TH FROM 4-9PM, SATURDAY MAY 5TH AND SUNDAY MAY 6TH DURING NORMAL MALL HOURS! MAKE PLANS NOW TO ATTEND THE MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATION EXTRAVAGANZA AT THE RIMROCK MALL EXPO CENTER ON MAY 4TH, 5TH AND 6TH!