Briefs Dec. 7

 The Livingston Film Series welcomes world-renowned climber, lecturer, adventurer and keynote speaker Majka Burhardt on Sunday, Dec. 11 to present her film, “Namuli.” “Namuli” is a community-backed film about the spirit of exploration and what happens when a team of rock climbers, biologists and conservationists sets off on an unconventional expedition into one of the world’s least explored and most threatened habitats. The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the screening begins at 7 p.m.

• Bozeman Folklore Society will host a Family Christmas Dance followed by a Contra Dance on Saturday Dec. 17. The Family Dance starts at 5:30 p.m. and the Contra Dance at 7:30. Live music for both dances will be provided by Da Skekklers with caller Rab Cummings. The festive evening also includes a potluck dinner 6:30-7:15 p.m. A half-hour dance workshop will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the Family Dance is $15 per family. Admission to the Contra Dance is $10; $8 for Bozeman Folklore Society members; and $5 for Montana State University students and those ages 5 to 18. The events will be held at the Bozeman Senior Center, 807 N. Tracy Ave., Bozeman. For more information, visit bozemanfolklore.org or call 581.3444.

• The Be a Santa to a Senior program has begun. Get a tag from a Christmas tree with the name of a senior on it and replace it with a wrapped gift. Tags and drop-off locations are at Ace Hardware and Western Drug. The program is part of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program associated with the Park County Senior Center and Meals on Wheels. The deadline for tags and gifts is Dec. 20.

• Big Sky Retired Educators Association will meet Friday, Dec. 16, at the Bozeman Holiday Inn on Baxter Lane. The no-host lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. followed by the program, “Current Issues in Law Enforcement and New Initiatives,” presented by Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin. The business meeting will start at 1 p.m. The public is welcome. For more information, call Rita at 587-3058.