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Robert Burns Dinner 2017

Robert Burns Dinner 2017

Who would have thought that a Robert Burns Dinner in Eureka, Montana would be such a hit? In 2016, when Four Corners Restaurant, Sunburst Community Service Foundation and some locals with Scottish roots started talking about it, the event was very much a whim. Let's give it a try and see who shows up.

Everyone was amazed when tickets sold out in advance. The evening was fabulous, with venison haggis and bagpipers, rousing toasts and delicious Scottish food prepared by Deb and Glenn Alexander. The evening went so well in fact that everyone decided to do it again.

So, on January 21, 2017, the second Tobacco Valley Robert Burns Dinner will happen. There will be a five-course dinner, smooth single malt Scotch and of course the pipers.

There are a few tickets left, so call to get yours today. Tickets are sold by calling Sunburst (297-0197) or stopping by their office. Proceeds from the evening support the Sunburst Community Service Foundation, which brings in the annual concert series, Shakespeare in the Parks, Missoula Children's Theater, artists and musicians to schools, and music to the Eureka Farmers Market. So if you enjoy a good time and wonderful food, plus want to support the arts in our valley, plan to attend this upcoming event.

And if your tastes don't lean towards haggis and scotch, you can order some gourmet ready-to-bake pizza from the Creative Arts Center, which is holding its annual fundraiser this month. Just place your order before January 27, and you can pick up your personalized pizzas at the Senior Center on February 4. The Creative Arts Center is another great local nonprofit that offers classes in yoga, arts, dance and martial arts as well as other dazzling events.

So, whether you have a Scottish bent, Italian or both, this month is sure to be one that you can enjoy.

Rita Collins

About the Author: Rita Collins. I am a believer in the power of community and for now I call the Tobacco Valley home. I have lived in nine states and three counties and this community here amazes me - how people reach out to neighbors and even travelers. I've never lived in a place that demonstrates people caring for each other so well. And I've never lived in a place that has such a high percentage of talented musicians and artists. I work with the the Sunburst Community Service Foundation, a nonprofit that began in Eureka twenty years ago and now serves numerous communities in western Montana. And I just started a new business, St. Rita's Amazing Traveling Bookstore and Textual Apothecary. I never could have imagined life being this exciting in my sixth decade.

Welcome the Tobacco Valley Nordic Ski Club

Welcome the Tobacco Valley Nordic Ski Club

NOTE: A Community Pint Night at HA) Brewery/Pizza Jax will be held Wednesday, January 4th from 3:00-8:00. There will be a live auction of some great stuff to raise money for trail groomers.

What a glorious winter to get out and glide around our woods! The new non-profit Tobacco Valley Nordic Ski Club encourages you to strap on your skis and enjoy the frosty forests.

Coffee Time?

Coffee Time?

I just returned from a very much appreciated trip to Italy. One of my rituals there was stopping in a cafe in the morning to enjoy a luscious cup of espresso with a pastry. Loathed to give this up entirely, I bought a small espresso pot so I could make my own once I was home. But really there are great places in Eureka where good coffee can be enjoyed - alone, with friends, over breakfast or with a yummy treat.

Holiday Tween Times

Holiday Tween Times

We're now in that in-between time during the holidays. The kids are still off from school, but the pressure to get presents and decorate the tree is behind us. We can enjoy the new book we got or watch the movie we have been waiting to see. We can even go sledding, snowmobiling or skiing.

Hiking in NW Montana

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VisitNWMontana.com is all about inspiring, promoting and helping to build and sustain NW Montana through stories, blogs, photos and fun – one person, one business and one experience at a time.

Northwestern Montana is a charming area of quaint towns, millions of acres of state and federal land, hiking, camping, waterfalls, rock climbing, fishing and hunting, skiing and snowmobiling. We offer an impressive collection of shops, art galleries, golf courses, bed and breakfasts, spas, and restaurants not to mention annual events such as the Bull Thing, the Ten Lakes Snowmobile Fun Run, and the Eureka Montana Quilt Show. Enjoy the outdoors and the small town spirit that makes you feel right at home. Stay for a short trip, or meet with a realtor to find out about owning your own little piece of Montana real estate.

Where are we and how do you get here? Fly into Glacier National Park Airport (FCA) or Spokane International Airport (GEG). Eureka is 7 miles from the Canadian (Roosville) Border and 67 miles east of Libby or 51 miles north of Whitefish.