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Connect All Month | May 2024

May 2024

by rebecca stewart

The other day my girl had a minor vehicle-related emergency as she was trying to leave for school. “Minor” because Dad was still home, and he is definitely our fixer. Still, we’re knocking on adult’s door over here, and it got me thinking, as did our Car Accident Checklist. Adulting is knocking on many a young person’s door every day, and not everyone is launching with a village or a constant in their life, their own “fixer.” And, even if they do have such a person or people, they aren’t always going to be readily available or nearby. Adulting 101 would be swell.  

Over the years, in these pages, we’ve talked about life skills at every age and stage, things our kids should be learning along the way, yet there are so many things we don’t think about until they happen. Honestly, life skills really are a lifelong education – things we didn’t know we needed to know until we needed to know them. Still, we do what we can where we can to prepare our birds to leave the nest as best we can. As for us, we’ll probably be embarking on some Baby Adult type boot camp this summer; suggestions?  

Becca’s Not-to-Miss May Event 

If you didn’t know, May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the calendar can point you to all kinds of events happening in support of the Yellowstone Valley Out of the Darkness Walk. (This September marks 20 years of bringing our community together to raise hope, awareness, and funds in an ongoing effort to #stopsuicide.) You can easily support the cause this month by going out to dinner on select nights at restaurants like Texas Roadhouse, Pizza Ranch, and Red Robin or partaking in a sip & paint. Please check out the calendar for dates and specifics.   

Walk to End Epilepsy - Billings | MSU Billings

Saturday, May 18 @ 9am - 12pm | photo by Hallie Lindal 

that our sprawling state creates significant challenges in medical care. Education and connection are key components of this walk.  

On walk day, upon arrival, you’ll have the opportunity to stroll through the partner tents, participate in family activities (be sure to snap a shot in the photo booth), and enjoy some light refreshments. It’s Opening Remarks at 9:30am, and the walk begins at 9:45am. A 1-mile course at MSUB, you can walk the course as many times as your team would like.  

  • There is no cost to register, however, when you raise $50 or more, you'll earn this year's official Billings event merch. Register today!

Dancing with the Big Sky Stars | DoubleTree by Hilton

Saturday, May 11 @ 5:30pm | Get your tickets

You don’t need to dust off your dancing shoes, but you do need to prepare to be dazzled by this year’s dancing stars: Judith Jeannot (First Interstate Bank), instructed by Genio Savini; Tereza Brownwell (Big Sky Economic Development), instructed by Ryan Duvall; Akvilina Rieger (CB1 Collections), paired with Andy Rahn and choreographed by Arica Lipp; and Emily Cross (Kampgrounds of America, Inc), instructed by Ryan Duvall.  

The evening begins with a welcome from emcees Jay Kohn and Graham Scott. Silent Auction items will be available for bidding throughout the evening. As dinner is served, the celebrity dancers, their instructors/partners, and the evening’s competing dance teams will be introduced. We’re told this would be an excellent time to drop some silent auction bids, stop by Photolanthropy’s photo booth, vote for the People’s Choice/Dazzling Stars, and stop by the cash bar. Then, it’s time to meet the judges and let the dancing begin! (Fun fact: One judge will always have a mystery score panel, so the rankings will be under wraps until the end.) Following the last dance, there’s still a little time to get your votes in for People’s Choice/Dazzling Stars and make some bids. Maybe you do want to dust off your dancing shoes because open dancing is part of the package in this evening that’s supporting Big Sky Senior Services.  

Originally printed in the May 2024 issue of Simply Local Magazine

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