Arts & Culture

Reaching Homeless Youth One Gift At A Time

Dec 23, 2016
(Courtesy of Brie Ripley)

Sometimes they're on the streets.
Sometimes they live out of a car.

Other time's it's motel rooms,
shelters, or sheds.

As of Dec. 15, Billings School District 2 identified 385 homeless youth. They are the kids Operation Billings Child aim to serve.


Books make good gifts for children because it is important to have books in the home, said Cindy Patterson, the Children’s Librarian at Billings Public Library. She spoke recently with Kay Erickson about the importance of reading to children, having books in the home and gave some book gift suggestions. 

“But if the books are not readily available, if it is 30 below and a trip to the library is not possible, you need to have books in the home you can just grab and have one ready to go so that you can read,” said Patterson.

Check out our new shows and new times for old favorites in the weekend lineup!

The holidays are upon us and this is the time of the year that food traditions from years past are recreated and savored.  For Lori Smith, it is fruitcake, Carolyn Holmlund leftse, and Chef Jeffrey Cooper latkes.

Fruitcake evokes sentiments of love or hate. For those who are enamored with this aged, dried fruit laden spirited cake, there is a sense of pride in cherishing this tradition. 

(Photo courtesy of Mary Hernandez)

Billings Gazette editor Darrell Ehrlick was raised Methodist, studied religion as an undergraduate, then attended seminary. Now he's Muslim. YPR's Brie Ripley spoke with Ehrlick about why he took pen to his opinion column to announce his decision to convert.


Montana Human Rights Network

The Montana Human Rights Network says in the weeks after the general election it has seen an increase in the number of hate incidents. That is why the organization created an on-line hate activity reporting tool.

Tin Soldiers is a movie about people overcoming physical challenges to excel at adaptive sports. 

There will be a special screening of this independent movie on Monday night, Dec. 5, 2016, in Billings, as a fundraiser for Eagle Mount, a program to enhance the lives of those with disabilities through recreation.

Ben Duffy, one of the film’s producers, says this film is about people who push themselves to accomplish something in athletics that others rarely do and with passion.

Opportunity Link

Arts and culture along the Montana Hi-Line are getting a big financial boost thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The $100,000  Our Town  grant was awarded two years ago to Opportunity Link  in Havre, to plan a Hi-Line Arts Trail and develop a mobile app that will draw attention and tourists to the area.

The Hi-Line Arts Trail project is just getting started. Rosie Goldich, Opportunity Link project coordinator , said they are seeking applications from the Hi-Line,  from Glacier to Phillips counties.

We Need To Talk To Our Kids About Race

Nov 23, 2016

Hatred is a learned behavior. Racism is a learned behavior. 
How do we instead teach our children to love, empathize, and include?

The Montana Racial Equity Project is hosting a series of free workshops in Bozeman Monday, November 28, to teach parents how to talk to their children about race.


Instead of the traditional Thanksgiving feast brimming with animal-based products, a plant-based option could become the norm this season. The traditional meal of roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, and green beans with cream of mushroom soup can be re-created with flavorful plant-based choices. Even pumpkin pie can be made without milk, butter, and eggs.

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