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— OCTOBER 2017 —


Dragon Hollow becomes Haunted Hollow! On Friday October 20th, Saturday the 21st, 27th, 28th and 29th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Join them for a ride on the Scare-ousel and a flashlight tour through Haunted Hollow. The not-so-haunted-house is a little bit spooky, a little bit silly and a lot of fun! Tickets are $5/person for those over the age of 2 (free for 2 and under).


“The 26th Annual Cowboy Ball” is on Saturday, October 21st at the Lolo Peak Arena. Hosted by the Grizzly Rodeo Association and The University of Montana Rodeo Team.  It features a prime rib dinner, Live and Silent auction and a great live band!  Meet the guys and gals that make up the team of the University of Montana Rodeo. Tickets $125/Each (includes two drink tickets, and prime rib dinner) Call Angela Lind for tickets (406) 728-5188.


Missoula Folklore Society Contra Dances are on Saturday, October 21st.  “Out Of Wood” will provide music with Mark Mathews will call. This is the new date for their “Free Town” (Community) and “Gown (University) Dance,” at the UC Ballroom. Donations excepted. Goes from 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm. All ages welcome. The workshop starts at 7:30 pm. All dances taught and called,  no partner necessary. For more info, visit them online.


“The Hamilton Train and Toy Show” happens on Saturday, October 21st from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Hamilton Senior Center (Corner of Adirondac and North 4th). Cost is $3.00, kids with parents are free. Model railroad antiques, collectibles and more for sale and trade. Vendors’ space is available, call Jim Humphries at 406-375-5478.


Missoula Urban Indian Health Center is pleased to present a “Fall Wellness Clinic” on Saturday, October 21st from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm at Partnership Health Center. This event is open to registered clients or register at the event with proof of enrollment or descendency. There’s free food, prizes every hour. Free flu shots, dental screenings, women’s exams, fasting labs, wellness exams and more. tell your friends, tell your elders. Missoula Urban Indian Health Center – “Keeping native families strong” – “Fall Wellness Clinic.” Call 406-829-9519.


Fort Missoula Regional Park hosts “The 17th Annual Fall Family Fest” on Saturday, October 21st from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.  There will be hayrides, apple cider, active games, Strider bikes, folf and much more. Live music with “The Salamanders” and food and beverage vendors will be on hand. The suggested donation is $1 per person; proceeds benefit recreation programming. Details can be found on The Fort’s website.


It’s a costume party on ice, the “5th Annual Spooky Skate” at Glacier Ice Rink. Happening on Sunday, October 22nd from 12:00 pm – 2:15 pm.  Featuring fun for the whole family. Ice skate to spooky music, on-ice games, a costume contest and the Missoula Figure Skating Club will perform Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. Get more information by visiting their website.


Missoula’s “22nd Annual Pumpkin Run” will be held on Sunday, October 22nd at Silver Park (600 Cregg Lane).  Registration is now open on Run Wild Missoula’s website.  Race-day registration will start at 9:00 am. “The 400-Meter Kid’s Dash” will start at 10:00 am and “The 5K” starts at 10:22 am. Proceeds from this year’s event will go towards energy efficiency measures at the new Missoula Public Library. To register, please visit “Run Wild Missoula” online.


The Free Clothing Store is open to the public each Tuesday from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, but on October 24th only they will be expanding their hours to 6:00 pm to allow even more people to take advantage of the free clothes offered. Thousands of items of new and gently used clothing for the entire family in virtually all sizes. People are invited to take whatever they need. There is no limit to what can be taken. Bethel Community Church is located one block west of Russell at 1601 S 6th St West, Missoula.  For more information call 721-2780.


On Wednesday, October 25th Cabela’s (at 3650 Brooks Street) will be the site of “The Third Annual Join Scout Night” –for both the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. From 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Boys and girls will learn several outdoor skills. They’ll also have a fun time with a scavenger hunt within Cabela’s as they look for items that can better prepare them for an outdoor adventure. Participants will get a free First Aid Kit and Paracord Bracelet they make at the store (while supplies last). For more details, visit them online.


“Coffee With A Cop.” Come enjoy Starbucks coffee with Missoula’s finest police officers on Saturday, October 28th from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the 2121 Brooks Street location! This is an open event for community members to come connect with their local police department. Everyone is welcome.  For more info visit their “Events” page on Facebook.


Families First Children’s Museum host their “15th annual Halloween Bash,” on Sunday, October 29th from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. There will be fun, games, entertainment and special treats for kid’s age 0-8! Everyone is invited to attend in costume! Admission is $5 per person. It’s located at 225 West Front Street, Missoula. Call 406.541.PLAY or visit them online.


The Lolo Square and Round Dance Center hosts a spooky “Halloween Dance” on Monday, October 30th from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Everyone is welcome. Wear the costume of your choice!  This is the beginning of their food drive for this season. Call 273-0141 for details. It’s going to be located 2.5 miles west of Lolo at 9955 Highway 12.


Eat, drink, and be scary Tuesday, October 31st from 4:00 – 6:00 pm, with the Missoula Food Bank at their magical new home for a tour of the boo-tiful new facility, to hear about upcoming, spook-tacular events and get chilled and thrilled about the “Can The Cats Food Drive!” Bring a non-perishable donation for “Trick-or-Treat so Missoula Eats” and feel free to come in costume! The Missoula Food Bank is located at 1720 Wyoming Street.


Do you or someone you know need help paying for child care? Many families struggle to pay for child care because it is often the most expensive item in a family’s budget next to rent or mortgage.  Contact Child Care Resources to see if you qualify at 406-728-6446 or go online.


Garden City Ballet 33rd season of “The Nutcracker,” is coming up. Featuring over 100 local performers! Performances will be December 15th, 16th, 17th. On the U of M campus. Tickets on sale ($25 matinee / $30 evening) and may be purchased online, by phone (888-MONTANA) or at any GrizTix outlet. For more information, visit them online.


— NOVEMBER 2017 —


Friends of the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula – “Used Book Sale Extravaganza!” Over 30,000 titles! November 2nd through the 5th.

Thursday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Friday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Super Bargain Bag Day with books going for $10 a bag! (Bags are provided)

Books are priced at the incredibly low price of $1.50 a vertical inch.

Heritage Hall, 30 Fort Missoula Road


“Friends of the Museum” are looking for volunteers for their annual “Used Book Sale” on November 2nd – 5th. If you love books, love history and love your community, join the “Friends of the Museum” for the annual “Used Book Sale” as a valuable volunteer partner. There are many volunteer times and ways you can help. Contact Jessie jrogers@missoulacounty.us to sign up.


The Grizzly Scholarship Association, the 12th annual “Montana Wine & Beer Festival,” happens on Friday, November 3rd. From 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm in the Adams Center. Fine wine and beer tasting – along with food samples from some of Missoula’s top restaurants and caterers. A silent auction, wine and beer items, as well as Griz memorabilia will be available. Tickets cost $50 per person, must be at least 21. Tickets are on sale now at the GSA Office in the Adams Center, online or by calling 406-243-6481.


Western Montana Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation hosts their annual “Open House and Tack Sale” on Saturday, November 4th from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at 1252 Willow Road in Corvallis. Fun and informative demonstrations about horse care, handling and live music. Enjoy Chili and cornbread, cider, coffee or cocoa and dessert! For details call 961-3101 or email wmerescue@gmail.com


“The Missoula, Are We Ready Fair,” happens on Saturday, November 4th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at the LDS church at 3201 Bancroft in Missoula. Event is Free, everyone is welcome. Guest Speakers: DNRC Specialist – Jordan Koppen and State of Montana Emergency Preparedness Specialist – Ryan Lee. Information on: Emergency Communication; Solar Generators and Alternate Heat, Family Emergency Plans, Child Identification and Finger Printing, First Aid Kits and Check lists, 72 Hour Emergency Kits, How to Prepare Important Documents and more.Contact Debra Lawton at 406-360-6729.


Missoula Votes has temporarily relocated to the “Elections Center” at the Missoula County Fairgrounds. In anticipation of the upcoming Municipal General Election day on Tuesday, Nov. 7th. For any voting services, the public should appear at the Fairgrounds Monday through Friday between 8 am – 5:00 pm.


The Missoula Food Bank invites you to take a FREE cooking class in their new Learning Kitchen! Monday, November 6th from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm. Contact Jamie if you want to attend the free cooking class, email jamie@missoulafoodbank.org or call 549.0543.


The Missoula County Commissioners are looking to fill vacancies on five boards. Applications are available online or in the County Commissioners’ Office, located at 199 West Pine Street. Submissions may be filed electronically or emailed to sbell@missoulacounty.us. Deadline for applications is November 9th, 2017 by 5:00 pm.


“The Missoula Valley Winter Market” will run on Saturdays, November 11th  April 21st at the Missoula Senior Center (705 S Higgins). The market is open from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm with Fruits and Vegetables, Fresh Baked Bread, Pastries, Fruit Preserves, Honey, Artisan Cheese, Frozen Meat Cuts, Soaps & Lotions, Handmade Jewelry and Quality Art and Craft Items. For details call Franco Salazar at 396-0593 or email missoulavalleywintermarket@gmail.com


The Missoula College University of Montana students can learn about post-graduation employment opportunities, as well as network with employers at the “Third Annual Industrial Technology Career Fair,” from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm on Wednesday, November 15th, at Missoula College West Campus (37th Ave). It is free and open to all current UM students, prospective students and alumni. Any business or organization seeking to employ students are welcome to attend. Registration details, call Mani Stubbs at 406-243-6830 or email manuel.stubbs@mso.umt.edu.


Western Montana Genealogical Society is giving a talk on “Genealogy and Researching Your Family Tree” at the North Valley Public Library in Stevensville on Saturday, November 18th beginning at 2:00 pm. Tips and tricks on how to begin researching your family’s history. There are excellent, no-cost sites available online to assist you and the WMGS has local records available in Missoula.  If you have an interest in researching your family or have hit an obstacle, then this class is for you. For more info, call the library on 777-5061.


The Bitter Root Humane Association’s fundraiser “The Festival of Wreaths” will be held at the Bitterroot River Inn on Saturday, November 18th from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Delicious appetizers and decadent desserts, a no-host bar and some interesting games of chance. Shop in the gallery of fresh wreaths, along with the table centerpieces will be sold in silent & live bidding, also individually priced fresh wreaths, swags, centerpieces, tree ornaments and a raffle of gift baskets. Tickets on sale now, at $30 each must be purchased by calling the shelter at 363-5311 or at the BRHA Animal Shelter, 262 Fairgrounds Road in Hamilton.  For info call Sue at 642-9840 or Mary at 642-3785.


The 16th annual “Be a Friend in Deed, Helping Those In Need” – The Mineral County Food Bank will receive matching funds up to Five Thousand Dollars from the Town Pump “Charitable Foundation” during the collection drive through November 30th. You donate $5.00, it turns into $10! You can drop off a check or mail one to the Community Food Bank of Mineral County, Box 46, Superior, MT 59872.


— DECEMBER 2017 —


Parks and Recreation is hosting “Kiwanis Basketball.” Make sure to sign-up this year! It’s the same great free program for boys and girls in grades 6-8…Season runs January-March. Register by December 18th by calling 721-PARK. For more information, please visit their website.


“The LSH Foundation” refurbishes old laptop computers and distributes them to students or people who might not have the ability to get one. To drop off a laptop or to mail, the LSH foundation’s address is 300 Edith St. Missoula, MT 59801. To see if you qualify to receive a laptop, you can contact Christian Klinglerat (406)830-7945.

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