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The Billings Petroleum Club announced Jeremy Engebretson has become the “Executive Chef in Residence” beginning December 6, 2016.  Recently named as one of the top 100 Executive Chefs in the United States, Engebretson will bring his world-class restaurant expertise to the club. In addition, he will continue his executive management at Lilac Restaurant. Members and non-members should call 406-252-6700 should you wish to book an event or schedule a private dining experience.

The Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale (BSO&C) celebrates the holiday season with Holiday Pops, featuring Broadway star of Wicked Laura Woyasz, the Billings Symphony Chorale, and local guest artists Daren Small and Erin Small, Saturday December 17th at the Alberta Bair Theater. Concert Cues, and interactive pre-concert talk with moderator Tom Singer, begins at 6:45 PM. Come see Santa, and hear your favorite Christmas songs!

It’s time to “Get Your Job On” at the Jobs Jamboree! Jobs Jamboree is Montana’s Largest Job Fair and registration is open for employers now. Call Trish at 406-655-6081. Last year’s event boasted 155 employers, over 2,200 job seekers, employers received 1854 applications/resumes, employers conducted 224 on the spot interviews, 96 provisional job offers were made, 63 firm job offers were made. The 2017 event will be Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 11 am – 6 pm, Montana Pavilion at MetraPark.

ZooMontana will once again “light” up the holidays by presenting ZooLights 2016. Cars, trucks and buses will be able to drive through a section of the Zoo so passengers can enjoy the delightful holiday light display. Horse drawn carriage rides will also be available with an upcharge and by reservation. ZooLights will be held from 6pm – 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays, December 16 and 17 and will also be open December 18th through the 24th.  On December 16th and 17th, Winter Wonderland will be held in the EEC ZooPavilion from 6pm to 9pm.  Winter Wonderland will include free crafts and activities for kids along with a visit from Santa.  Guests will be able to purchase warm beverages from Mountain Mudd and take their own pictures for FREE with Santa in a beautiful setting created by Party Solutions. Admission to ZooLights is $10 per car, $15 per 15 passenger van and $20 per bus. Zoo members receive $2 off admission.

2017 Economic Outlook Seminar is Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at the DoubleTree.  It will run from 8 am until 1 pm. This year’s Keynote is ‘The High Wage Job Puzzle: Finding Montana’s Place in the New Geography of Jobs’ presented by Bryce Ward, BBER associate director.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Each year a toy store is put together for the families of Yellowstone County who need help providing Christmas for their children. We need help assembling the toy store shelving, sorting toys, decorating and helping the families shop during week of distribution. If you would like to help, please call: Vicki at 252-1855 ext. 313 at St. Vincent de Paul or Jami at 384-0329 at Family Service. Week of Distribution: Friday Dec 16, and Mon – Thurs Dec 19 – 22nd. Store Location: 2540 Phyllis Lane (just behind Rimrock Subaru on S. 24th Street West)

Billings TrailNet is accepting donations of children’s bikes to give to students for the holidays!  The nonprofit organization which has given money to build the Billings trail system, also helps to provide bicycles to children in need. This year, Billings TrailNet hopes to give at least 50 bikes to children at McKinley Elementary School at a holiday assembly this December, where nearly 80 percent of the kindergarten through 5th grade students there receive free or reduced breakfast and lunch. To donate a bike, money to buy a bike, helmets, lights and locks for the bikes, please contact Billings TrailNet at 406-281-1244 or email us at events@billingstrailnet.org.  Donors can also contribute online by going to the website: https://billingstrailnet.org/donate/.


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