M is for Music

Sarah T. Murdoch is sure that M is for … Meh. There are ZERO jellyfish in the Orchestra and not a single dinosaur. Could music be its own adventure?

In this humorous introduction to the symphony, Sarah wonders, “What is music for? What does it do? And is fancy-schmancy orchestra music for everyone?” Geared toward K–6 students and their families, this 45-minute concert is designed to delight, move, and educate

  • Posted on: January 14, 2023

Personal Mastery Seminar

A 3-day seminar, Creating the lasting results you’ve always said you wanted.

What you need is transformation, not motivation.

When it comes to making a large amount of change in a short period of time, how-to’s by themselves are not enough. Why? It’s simple – people don’t do what they are told. Everyone knows how to lose weight. The how-to’s have been well documented: eat less, workout more…this is not rocket science. Yet, the vast majority of people don’t do what they know will work. Why?

There is a belief system they have in their heart that is preventing them from doing the behavior that they KNOW would serve them. THAT is why we created Personal Mastery.

Experiential learning in a seminar setting gives you the same lesson, without the high price life charges to get it.

We provide a safe space for you to have experiences of yourself in action so that you can take an honest look at how you actually think at a heart level. Not how you think you think… how you actually think based on results.

  • Posted on: October 21, 2022

Adventures in Music! featuring The Science of Sound

The Billings Symphony invites children of all ages and their parents to the Billings Public Library for a musical instrument Petting Zoo featuring all of the instruments of the orchestra! Plan to stay for The Science of Sound at 11:30AM, as Billings Symphony percussionists guide us on an entertaining and interactive journey through sound. This annual event is exciting for the entire family … and it’s all FREE!

  • Posted on: September 17, 2022

High Noon Program: SARAH BICKFORD and VIRGINIA CITY

AUTHOR TO DISCUSS “RACE AND THE WILD WEST” AND THE STORY OF SARAH BICKFORD AT WHC

Dr. Laura Arata, Assistant Professor of History at Oklahoma State University, will deliver a presentation on “Race and the Wild West: Sarah Bickford, the Montana Vigilantes, and the Tourism of Decline, 1870–1930,” at the Western Heritage Center on Thursday, June 16 from 12 – 1 pm.  The program is part of the High Noon Lecture series and is free to attend.  Arata specializes in public history and the history of race and gender in the American West.  This program is sponsored by Gene and Ann-Marie Wade.

WHC Community Historian Lauren Hunley commented, “Dr. Arata’s work is really ground-breaking, and tells a fascinating story of a Sarah Bickford, who was born a slave, came West while still a teenager, and settled in the booming town of Virginia City, MT. Eventually, she inherited her husband’s shares of the Virginia City Water Company, and became the sole owner in 1917. In the last ten years of her life, Bickford actively preserved and promoted a historic Virginia City building best known as the site of the hanging of five men in 1864.”  That building is still part of historic Virginia City. This is the first biography of Bickford and is an important addition to Black and Women’s history in the American West.

For those who cannot attend in person, this program also will be broadcast through Facebook Live on the WHC page (https://www.facebook.com/WesternHeritageCenter/), and will be available through Community7 public television (access through www.ywhc.org/museum-programs/lecture-series/).


The WHC is located on 2822 Montana Avenue, and is open Tues-Sat, 10 am – 5 pm, with admission fees of $5 or less.  A ground floor, ADA-accessible entrance is located on the west side of the main entry stairs.  The WHC now offers free admission for SNAP recipients through Museums for All, and free admission for active military & families through Blue Star Museums. Information on other discounts, accessibility, exhibits, and upcoming programs can be found at ywhc.org or by calling the WHC at (406) 256-6809.

  • Posted on: June 16, 2022

ALL Kids Art Class: Painting on Black Velvet with Mary Serbe

Yes. We are going to paint on black velvet, which means that whatever you choose to paint, it will have that funky, fuzzy, otherworldly look. (Price is slightly higher to cover the velvet.) Ages 6 – 14.

  • Posted on: May 24, 2022

Adult Art Class- Screen Printing with Shane De Leon Day 1

It’s 2 days of learning screen printing with Shane.

Day One: Design your print. Prep your screen.

Day Two: Create multiple prints on paper plus one shirt.

Tuesday, May 17 & Wed. May 18 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM

$40 class + $20 supply fee = $60. (Supply fee includes all supplies.)

Venmo kirksgrocery or stop by to pay.

  • Posted on: May 17, 2022

MSU Billings Powwow

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Montana State University Billings’ Powwow returns on April 1 & 2 in Alterowitz Gym on MSUB’s university campus. The theme for the 2022 Powwow is Resilience Celebration. Powwow grand entry begins on Friday, April 1 at 6 p.m. and will continue Saturday, April 2 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. The Powwow host drum is Black Lodge White Swan, from Washington, Master of Ceremonies is Lawrence Baker from Four Bears Community, North Dakota, and Arena Director is George Abeyta, from Fort Washakie, Wyoming. Head Woman Dancer is MSUB student Madisan Chavez, and Head Man Dancer is MSUB student George Reed, both from the Crow Tribe

Free Native American cultural community events will take place throughout the week leading up to the Powwow. In partnership with the Rocky Mountain Tribal leaders, individuals can prepare for the Powwow by making drum tobacco and prayer ties on Wednesday, March 30 from 6-8 p.m. in the Student Union Building. On Thursday, March 31 from 4-5 p.m. at MSUB’s Native American Achievement Center, individuals can make their own smudge kits and learn about the sacred practice of smudging. On Saturday, April 2 MSUB and the Native American Development Corporation will host a 2K and 5K Fun Run. Participants will meet at the roundabout by the Billings International Airport on top of the Rims. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m

MSUB’s Powwow is free and open to the public. Contest entrance fees are $5 for individuals six years of age and older. For more information about the Powwow, visit thePowwow webpage or contact Sunny Day Real Bird at sunnyday.realbird@msubillings.edu.

  • Posted on: April 1, 2022

Kids Art Class: Kite Making with Kite Master TZ Lee

Whether you could make the Spring Break Kite-Making class or not, this is a chance to learn to create kites after school.

Kite Master TZ Lee will show you how to design and create a kite. Ages 6-12.

Gotta register in advance. Venmo $12 to @kirksgrocery or stop by to pay.

  • Posted on: March 22, 2022

NEW! Older Kids Art Class: Optical Illusions with Marilu Metherell

Are you 11-14 and looking for the next level of art experience?  Marilu Metherell will show you how to draw and understand optical illusions.

Ages 11- 14, (4-5 pm) $12

Gotta register in advance. Venmo $12 to @kirksgrocery or stop by to pay.

  • Posted on: March 19, 2022