International Federation of Fly Fishers — local club South West Montana Fly Fishers – April Meet Info

Our April Meeting Intro to Entomology

Bring a friend and enjoy the evening with us!

Intro to Entomology – Entomology is at the very heart of fly fishing. It is the understanding of the aquatic insects that we use to create the artificial flies with which to fool the fish. Come learn more about the types of insects, their life cycles and how they become the food for fish in our local waters.

Our April Speaker will approach this diverse subject from the perspective of the fly fisher, providing you with the knowledge you need to help determine what the fish is eating and how to best select flies to replicate those insects.

Our April Meeting on the 2nd Thursday, April 13th at the Yellowstone Pioneer Lodge, starting with a social time at 6:00PM, Meeting starts at 6:30pm. Come join us for a great program.


27th annual Depot Railroad Swap Meet – Sat. April 29, 9-2


The Livingston Depot Center and Livingston Model Railroaders have announced the twenty-seventh annual Railroad Swap Meet will be held Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 9:00 to 2:00. The Depot, once the historic Northern Pacific railroad station in downtown Livingston, hosts a museum during the summer and a variety of community cultural events throughout the off-season. Interested presenters who have not already done so can reach the Depot directly before all spaces are taken. The Swap Meet is a traditional get-together for railroad enthusiasts and exhibitors from all around the western region. Vendors and swappers set out railroad antiques, memorabilia, collectibles, books, photos, documents, model train cars, tools, and nearly anything with a railroad theme. The model railroaders will be operating their tracks in a variety of gauges and may feature additional displays specially for the event.

Admission is a $1 donation to the Depot, and kids under 10 are free. For more information, contact the Livingston Depot Center at (406) 222-2300.

ASPEN’s March 2017 Newsletter

Join ASPEN on
Friday, March 31st at 6 pm
Livingston Train Depot
Annual Soup to End the Silence Fundraiser

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for kids 6 and up.

Your generous support helps provide needed services for victims of domestic and sexual violence. Tickets include unlimited soup from 8 local restaurants, bread and desserts. There will be live music, roaming magicians, special guest speaker and a silent auction.
Call 222-5902 or email for tickets
or if you can't make it, click below to make a dontation.

Why we need feminism
Feminists do not believe women are better than men, or that women deserve special privileges. They do not believe women are victims.
In order to be considered a feminist, you only need to be on board with one idea: All humans, male and female, should have equal political, economic and social rights.
Empowering women does not mean belittling or punishing men. Men, too, suffer from gender role assumptions that place expectations upon them to live and act a certain way. Feminists believe each person should be viewed based on their individual strengths and capabilities as a human being, not the strengths and capabilities assumed of their gender. They believe every person should be treated equally — not because of gender, but in spite of it.
We still need feminism because when people get married it is assumed the woman will take the man’s last name. Because when women are assaulted, they are often the ones who feel ashamed.
We still need feminism because we teach women how to prevent rape, instead of teaching people to not view women as objects. Because women are told that walking alone at night makes them “an easy target.” Because, sometimes, a movie’s rating (PG-13 versus R) depends on how much a female appears to be enjoying sex in a certain scene.
We still need feminism because our bodies are still being legislated, because McDonald’s still asks us if we want a girl or boy toy, because we use terms like “bitch” and pussy” to imply weakness
Read more here: huffingtonpost

Screening of "It happen here"
and a Q&A with producer, Marjorie Schwartz Nielsen.
April 20 at 6:30 pm @ The Dulcie Theatre
located at the Shane Lalani Center for the Arts
Livingston, MT

IT HAPPENED HERE explores sexual assault on campuses through the personal testimonials of five survivors who transform their experiences into a springboard for change.

Laugh Out Livingston
with headliner Rich Hall
Enjoy an evening of laughter and fun!
July 15, 2017
The Attic, Livingston
A benefit for ASPEN!

Presale tickets go on sale March 31!
Adult only event

New Advocate Training
May 6th at 8:30-4:30 pm
ASPEN office
If your words could heal, would you speak up?
If your presence could provide comfort, would you show up?
If you answered yes, consider becoming a Volunteer Advocate. Volunteer Advocates provide support, advocacy, and referrals for survivors of sexual assault, their families, and loved ones. Volunteer Advocates will work 1-on-1 with shelter participants by giving referrals, safety planning, and being a safe person to talk to.
You are provided a cell phone, so your personal contact information is completely confidential.
Fill out an application here:
For more information contact Mary Young at 406-222-5902 ext 5 or

24 hour support line: 406-222-8154
Office number: 406-222-5902
PO Box 653, Livingston, MT 59047

2017 Annual Poetry in the Windows

3rd Call For Poetry!
April is National Poetry Month!

The Livingston Center for Art and Culture, in collaboration with Elk River Books, will celebrate by sponsoring Poetry in the Windows. Poems by local authors will be displayed in the windows of downtown businesses through the month of April. Community members can pick up a map in the gallery at 119 S. Main St. to follow a “poetry walk” or find a map online:

A poetry reading will be held on Thursday, April 13th beginning 7pm. Poets please consider attending and reading, please email to confirm your interest.

We are now accepting poetry submissions. Please email your poems (up to three) to by March 24th.
This project is being implemented by the Livingston Center for Art and Culture, Elk River Books and the Livingston Poetry Society. All poetry is subject to this committees discretion as to whether or not it will be chosen to post in local Livingston business windows. Please format your works as close to the 8.5" X 14" paper size in Microsoft Word or comparable.

Kathy Bekedam
Livingston Center for Art and Culture

Did you know that every 2 seconds a child is diagnosed with cancer?

Did you know that every 2 seconds a child is diagnosed with cancer? Come & join Shear Image Styling Salon on Sunday March 26th at 1pm to BRAVE THE SHAVE!!! If you would like to sign up, please register at & then join the Event under Shear Image Styling Salon. Let us know if you have any questions. You can call the salon at 222-3956. We hope to see you there.

Elk River Books presents North of Crazy: a memoir by Neltje

Wyoming author Neltje will share excerpts from her memoir, North of Crazy, on Thursday, April

27, at Elk River Books.

A member of the Doubleday publishing clan, Neltje (who uses no last name), was born into the

American literati, and was brought up in the moneyed world of cultural prestige. After a

childhood marred by abuse, neglect and alcoholism, she married the artist John Sargent, and

socialized with the likes of authors W. Somerset Maugham and Daphne du Maurier, New Yorker

co-founder Raoul Fleishman, actress Gertrude Lawrence, philosopher Bertrand Russell and poet

Theodore Roethke (who slept in their bathtub and once, during a manic bender, held a knife to

her throat).

North of Crazy follows Neltje’s emotional recovery, as well as her part in the Doubleday

family’s battles over money and power. After she divorced Sargent, she met a writer /painter

from London whom she eventually married, and moved her family to Wyoming where her

children went to a two room schoolhouse. Her memoir tells the tale of how she established

herself with two small children in the middle of nowhere, while fighting with her family over

Doubleday’s fortunes.

An abstract expressionist painter, Neltje uses as material her emotional response to the natural

world, a theme that comes through in her book: “My cabin here at the base of the Bighorn

Mountains in Wyoming fronts on the rising sun yet allows me to watch light fall behind the

granite peaks each evening from my living room chair.”

Bill Henderson, editor of the Pushcart Prize, calls North of Crazy “an epic and very personal

memoir of riches to rags to spiritual and artistic triumph. Neltje’s life story is profoundly

moving—and instructive. A classic, honest, and beautifully written memoir.”

Neltje’s reading is free and open to the public. It begins at 7 p.m. upstairs at Elk River Books,

120 N. Main St. For more information, call 333-2330.

Lisa Hughes’ Workshop/March 24-25, 2017

Lisa Hughes is coming to the Breathing Room on Friday, March 24 - Saturday. March 25 for an early spring workshop.

On Friday night from 6:00-8:00 pm Lisa will focus on hips and restorative yoga posses.

Saturday morning from 9:00-noon Lisa will lead a gentle flow with a focus on hamstrings and other tight areas, and then Saturday afternoon from 2-4 pm will be a tea and meditation practice.

Cost is $120 for the entire workshop or $40 for each session.

Sign up on line and pay to reserve your space, at: and go to the events page. Email questions to or call 406-223-7148.

This should be a wonderful and inspiring weekend, one you won't want to miss. This workshop is open to all individuals regardless of where you are on your yoga journey.

2nd Street Bistro Community Benefit Dinner!

LINKS for Learning is pleased to invite you to the

2nd Street Bistro Community Benefit Dinner!

Monday April 10th

Cocktail hour 5:00pm (in the Murray Hotel Lobby)

Dinner 6:00pm

Minimum Donation: $50 which includes a multi course dinner AND wine

Make reservations with Margy- cell: 650-868-9471 or email:

Exhibit, Classes and Events

For 18 years the Livingston
Center for Art and Culture has
has been sparking new ways
of seeing and thinking through
the experience of art and culture.

We look forward to our annual
Community Show: Tuesday, Feb 28th through Saturday, March 25th. Over 35 community members of all ages and ability have contributed work to this
vibrant exhibit that has become a wonderful tradition.

Reception for the artists to be held Friday, March 17th from
5:30 to 8pm at 119 South Main Street
in Livingston.


Instructor: Bryan Petersen,
MSU Professor of Metalsmithing

Date: Saturday, March 25th Time: 11am to 3pm

Cost: $35 ($5 for materials). $40 Total Class Fee

Learn crimping and folding techniques to create rings and bangles to size from a deconstructed tin can. Learn to cut open, flatten and prepare a tin can for use in future projects and solder with lead-free plumbers solder and a soldering iron.
All levels of experience welcome.

Location: LCAC
Downtown Ltown: 119 S. Main Street
We are now accepting poetry for Poetry in the Windows in celebration of April being national poetry month.

The Livingston Center for Art and Culture, in collaboration with Elk River Books, will celebrate by sponsoring Poetry in the Windows. Poems by local authors will be displayed in the windows of downtown businesses through the month of April. Community members can pick up a map in the gallery at 119 S. Main St. to follow a “poetry walk” or find a map online:

A poetry reading will be held on
Thursday, April 13th at 119 South Main Street.

Please email your poems (up to three) to by March 25th, 2017.

This August from Saturday the 5th through the 11th, 25 Plein Artists will be participating in the Center's 9th Annual Plein Air on the Yellowstone paint out event. Up to three complete paintings will be submitted by the artists to be judged and potentially awarded up to $300 in cash for their efforts to complete work all painted en plein air in the natural areas of Park County. contact the Center for more details and find out how you can become an artist's sponsor, sponsor the event or purchase patron. All inquiries for support welcome!

Plein Air Registration Available online at

To register at the member-level price or confirm the status of your membership, please call (406) 222-5222 to register or

Livingston Last Word Toastmasters Club Competition

After a long winter, there's nothing quite like hearing a well-delivered, inspirational speech to help you get motivated, make some positive changes, and get the SPRINGGG back in your step! The Livingston Toastmasters Club invites you to attend a special event as their guest. Four club members have stepped up to compete in the World Championship of Public Speaking—starting with their club's competition.

The judges will pick a winner at the club level, who goes on to compete against the best from 12 local clubs at the Area 22-23 Contest, to be held March 18th in Bozeman, with competitors from Bozeman, Livingston & Gardiner. That winner then keeps going to the Division B Contest, also to be held in Bozeman, on April 8th, with contestants from Eastern-Montana clubs. That winner competes at the District 78 Contest, to be held in Bismarck, ND at the end of April, with the best speakers from MT, ND, SD and W. MN. All-district winners move up to the International Convention in Vancouver, BC, this August. So this is the start of something BIG!

Join us for this competition and learn about...

Brad Wilson's speech is entitled, "Why Is Speaking So Important?" Brad is the Maintenance Manager at Shields Valley Elementary and is currently politically active in preserving our access to public lands. He has been a Toastmaster for a year.

Bianca Klein's speech is entitled, "Finding Inspiration in Your Everyday," which is about the importance of self-care and slowing down in our fast-paced world. She is a Media Specialist at Yellowstone National Park and a blogger at Outdoor Exposures Family Photography. She has been a Toastmaster since September 2016.

Dave Skattum's speech is entitled, "The Fountain of Youth," and it's about watching your dreams come true by discovering great health. Dave started Toastmasters in 2005, and has served as the District 78 Director. Living in Pine Creek, he's been married to Laurie for 32 years, and has 3 kids and 3 grandkids.

James Waldby's speech is entitled, "India, a Tsunami Every Week." Now retired, James was a computer software analyst and consultant who joined Toastmasters in 1998. He has completed several advanced Toastmasters programs and is currently the President of Livingston's Last Word Toastmasters. He enjoys outdoor activities and travel. His speech will draw upon his experiences in India.

Please join the Livingston club for this special event on Tuesday, March 7th, from 6 to 7:30 pm, at the Vince Grant Hall, 1306 East Park Street, in Livingston. You'll get a free taste of what Toastmasters is all about—and the fun will bring your SPRINGGG back!

Snacks will be served. All of those eager to develop their presentation and leadership skills—anyone interested in personal development—is always welcome as their guest at the regular Tuesday meetings (same time, same station).