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Brian McGovern, owner of Allegra Marketing, Print and Mail in Billings, was recently recognized by Alliance Franchise Brands with the franchise network’s annual Sales Excellence Award. The recognition is earned by the top 10 percent in the international network of marketing and print services providers.

Congratulations to The Rock Pile who made Yahoo’s list of the nation’s top 50 dive bars. View the full list here.

EFX Sports™ announces its continued partnership and support as the Billings Wolves Indoor Professional Football (IFL) organization official title sponsor for the 2016 season, says Dr. Jeff Golini, Executive Formulator for EFX Sports™, a globally-recognized brand of Billings-based All American Pharmaceutical that specializes in high-end sports nutrition products.

Venture Improv is celebrating its 21st year delivering lively improvised performances, fast thinking scenes, and laugh after laugh at NOVA Center for the Performing Arts. All performances are at 8:00pm. 2015-2016 Show Dates: August 29, October 3, November 7, December 5, January 2, February 6, March 5, March 19. Performances are at 2317 Montana Avenue with concessions sold at NOVA.

The Big Sky State Games 2015 Osborne Volunteers of the Year are Larry Seekins, Bob Koschel, Dave Rahn, Bill Harrington and Kathy Wilkinson. The Osborne Volunteer of the Year award provides the opportunity to reward volunteers who follow through with that same spirit of service, commitment, and enthusiasm for the Big Sky State Games.

The Big Sky State Games also announced the 2015 Athletes of the Year and National Congress Athletes of the Year are Bobbi Knudsen of Malta and Al Vietz of Livingston. Youth Athlete of the Year is Torie Jamieson of Billings. The Big Sky State Games Team of the Year is “NAPA” a Flag Football Team from Billings. These awards are designed to recognize individuals who best personify the ideals of the State Games movement: participation, sportsmanship, effort, and positive attitude.

Congratulations to Mary Ann Keenan, the new Director of Sales and Marketing for the Hilton Garden Inn.

Students in fourth grade from all over Yellowstone County come to the NILE to learn about agriculture Oct. 12-14. As part of the NILE’s mission, the fourth grade ag education program offers youth hands on experiences increasing their awareness of many ag production practices. The NILE’s Fourth Grade Ag Education program reaches 1,600 to 2,200  students each year over the three days. All schools in Yellowstone County are encouraged to participate. If your school is interested in joining this program please e- mail mccall@thenile.org or call (406) 256-2495.

Starting September 1st, fourth graders nationwide can visit the new Every Kid in a Park website to obtain a pass that provides free access to students and their families to all federally managed lands and waters – including national parks, forests and wildlife refuges. The pass is valid for the 2015-2016 school year and grants free entry for fourth graders and three accompanying adults (or an entire car for drive-in parks) at more than 2,000 federally-managed sites.

Billings Advertising & Marketing (BAM), a professional development group for marketing, advertising and public relations professionals in the Billings, Montana area, announces their new website http://www.billingsbam.com. They also announced that the monthly luncheon meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Billings Petroleum Club and feature industry speakers. The luncheon meetings are a professional development and networking opportunity.

BAM members also elected the 2015-2016 board of directors. The new leadership team is as follows: BAM President – Cathy Grider, Marketing Officer, Billings Federal Credit Union; BAM Vice President – Dianne Parker, Public Relations Manager, Avitus Group; BAM Treasurer – Shawna Wheeler-Whitmore, VP of Marketing & Sales, Valley Federal Credit Union; BAM Board Members – Mike Curtis, Owner, Gibson Advertising; Kirk Williams, Owner, Zato; Darla Card, CEO, Valley Federal Credit Union; Scott Audet, Creative Services Specialist, SCL Health; Jan Olsen, Vice President/Marketing Officer, Beartooth Bank; Lindsay McGimpsey, Marketing Director, A&E Architects; Barbara Gustafson, Coordinator, Billings Adult & Community Education; Paddy Moore, Graphic Design & Media Coordinator, Billings Clinic. One of the founding members of BAM is the newly appointed Lt. Governor of Montana for District XI of AAF. BAM Past President, Sara Becker, who is the Advertising & Public Relations Manager at First Interstate Bank, took on the role in fall of 2015.

Ales for Trails wants to invite everyone to join in on the celebration of the 15th anniversary of starting the best brewfest in Billings to help fund our trail system on September 25th at Dehler Park. Only the first 2,000 people to purchase tickets in advance get everyone’s favorite Silipint Cup, which will be used during unlimited beer and wine tasting. At the event, Billings TrailNet will have more than 50 delicious microbrews, wines and amazing food. In addition, there will be live entertainment, Uberbrew’s silent disco and giant beer pong. Everyone 21 or older is welcome. Learn more: www.alesfortrails.com.

The Crossings, a bed and breakfast located in Josephine Crossings subdivision, is in full swing with their second season and proud to announce they were awarded the TripAdvisor© 2015 Certificate of Excellence Award. Congrats!

Terry Bradshaw will be speaking at MSU Billings Foundation’s second annual “An Evening with…” fall event, which will occur on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Grand Montana in Billings and will include dinner. Tickets for the dinner event are $100 per person. Individuals who choose to join the MSUB Foundation Chancellor’s Circle with a $1,000 tax-deductible gift will have the opportunity to meet and be photographed with Bradshaw during a VIP reception. Seating is limited. Contact Shannon at 406-657-1626 to join the Chancellor’s Circle or purchase tickets. The event will also honor the 2015 class of the MSUB College of Business Montana Hall of Fame. Read more details.

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities reaffirmed the accreditation of Rocky Mountain College in a letter sent to RMC President Bob Wilmouth on July 7, 2015. “The Commission commends Rocky Mountain College for the atmosphere of mutual support and positive collaboration that exists among trustees, administration, faculty, staff, and students which has enabled the institution to make major improvements over a period of three years,” said President of NWCCU Sandra Elman in the letter to RMC President Wilmouth.

Huckleberry, one of ZooMontana’s two North American Beavers,  gave birth to two kits July 16th, becoming the first litter of beavers to be born at ZooMontana. Sadly, one of the kits was stillborn. The second kit was surgically removed and revived by veterinary staff. The pregnancy was a surprise to Zoo staff as the Zoo’s male Beaver, Finn, is neutered. That may have to be double checked.

Are you ready to shine under the lights and in front of a full arena? The 2015 NILE is your chance to be heard! The NILE is having a contest for the best National Anthem singer, musician, or group to bring down the house at the Oct. 15 professional rodeo. Enter online July 15-Sept. 15  Enter Here! Vote once per day per email/Facebook account. More votes if you share your video on social media. Use #NILEcontest

Billings Symphony Chorale auditions for the 2015-2016 season are set for Monday, August 10th and Monday, August 17th. Audition Times begin at 7 p.m. at Cecil Hall at MSU-Billings. Auditions are by appointment only. Chorale Director Dr. Steven Hart invites vocalists ages 15 and older to audition. For more information or to schedule an audition time, contact Candy Holzer at the Billings Symphony office at (406)-252-3610 by Friday, August 7th.

At its annual members’ meeting on Thursday, July 16, 2015, the President of the Yellowstone Art Museum’s Board of Trustees announced the annual Awards for Service to the Arts.  Given out since 2001, these awards recognize outstanding service from philanthropists, artists, volunteers, and educators to the YAM and the art community. The 2015 awardees are:

  • DOCENT OF THE YEAR: Bess Lovec
  • EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR: Amy Chapple, Hardin Middle School
  • VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR: Myrna Martinson
  • ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Theodore Waddell

MSU Billings’ fall Part-Time Job Fair (formerly called Yellowjacket Market) is coming up! It’s September 15 & 16, with one day at each campus. Employers can choose to register for both days or just one, and we have a discount for non-profits and government agencies. This event is during the first full week of classes, so both new and returning students will be looking for part-time jobs to help them get through the school year. Registration is open now! Companies can register online on CareerLink here (click Career Events in the top blue bar after logging in): https://www.myinterfase.com/msubillings/employer

Downtown Billings reminds you of a street closure scheduled for Sunday August 9th, 2015 from 9am to 12pm to accommodate the 6th Annual Downtown CRIT! Streets to be closed include Broadway & 29th St from 1st Ave N to 4th Ave N, and 2nd Ave N  & 3rd Ave N from 27th St to 30th St. Click HERE for the closure site plan and traffic plan map. We appreciate your understanding. The Downtown CRIT is a great event that helps fund the Spare Change for Real Change grant program, effecting homelessness and transiency in Billings. (visit www.4realchange.org for more info). For more information about the Downtown CRIT please visit downtownbillings.com or usacycling.org.

The Western Heritage Center (WHC) and the Downtown Billings Alliance will unveil the new Montana Avenue Historic Banner Tour, complete with historic, street-side plaques, and the inclusion of the sidewalk sites into the walking tour mobile app created by the Yellowstone Historic Preservation Board, all during the Summer ArtWalk this Friday, August 7th, 5-9pm. The celebration will kick off at the Western Heritage Center, 2822 Montana Ave. Refreshments will be provided.

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