By Whitney McKenzie

On Saturday April 2nd, Morningstar Learning Center will hold its annual Spring Swing Wine Tasting and Dance to raise funds for student scholarships and operations. The event will take place at Buck’s T-4 beginning at 7pm. Morningstar is pleased to welcome back Jeni Fleming and her ensemble and Natalie’s Estates Winery. Hors d’oeurves prepared by Bucks T-4 will be served. Net proceeds of the silent auction and raffle will benefit local children.

JENI FLEMING is one of the west’s most sought-after musicians, bringing a breathtaking originality to some of the best music of the American songbook. Jeni defies easy classification simply saying in defense “a good song is a good song.” Jeni will be playing swing dance music for this not-to-be missed event.

Natalie’s Estates Winery, owned and operated in the Willamette Valley of Oregon by part-time Big Sky residents, Boyd and Cassandra Teegarten, is gaining local and national recognition for their outstanding small production wines. Four different pours are included in the $35 (advance purchase) ticket price for the Spring Swing event.

Morningstar Learning Center is the only licensed early education and childcare provider in Big Sky. Since opening the Infant and Toddler care center last year, Morningstar has had a huge influx of new enrollees. Availability of scholarship funds has been critical to Morningstar’s ability to offer early education and childcare services to all families in our community.

The difficult and challenging economic conditions over the past few years have forced Morningstar to delay plans to build its new LEED Certified facility. The need for affordable childcare and early education in Big Sky is increasing, however, and Morningstar has outgrown its current space in Meadow Village. Morningstar will persevere to accomplish its goal of building a new facility in the near future in order to meet the needs of the families of Big Sky.

Come swing into spring and support Morningstar’s efforts to offer affordable early childhood experiences by attending the Spring Swing Wine Tasting and Dance at Buck’s T-4 on Saturday April 2nd, 7pm. Tickets are $35 in advance and are on sale at the Big Sky Owners Association, Meadow Village Country Market and Big Sky Western Bank in Big Sky, or by contacting Morningstar at 406-995-2565 or mlcbigsky@gmail.com. Ticket price includes entry, wine tasting and hors d’oeurves.

Whitney McKenzie is Executive and Administrative Director of Morningstar Learning Center.