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— December 2017 —


The Missoula Food Banks’ “32nd Annual Holiday Food Drive” is on now. It raises nearly 1/3 of the individual donations they need to continue operations throughout the year. Make a donation at various locations around Missoula or make a donation on-line.


The Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery, will host a wreath-laying ceremony, coordinated and led by local volunteers. The Civil Air Patrol Missoula Composite Squadron has raised funds to place almost 400 wreaths on the headstones of our fallen service members. This happens on Saturday, December 16th beginning at 10:00 am with a Ceremony and Color Guard. Located at 1911 Tower St, Missoula, MT


The Staff and Cadets of the Montana Youth Challenge Academy invite you to the “Commencement Ceremony” for class # 37 on Saturday, December 16th at 11:00 am in Straugh Gymnasium, University of Montana-Western in Dillion. A reception will follow in the Arena. Call 1-877-367-6927 for details.


“The First Annual Western Montana Winter Fair” happens on Saturday, December 16th and Saturday December 17th. The Missoula County Fairgrounds and Glacier Ice Rink will host. The new event has free admission and there is something for everyone and fun for the whole family.


You are invited to an evening of Christmas music performed by local musicians. On Sunday, December 17th at the LDS Church (3201 Bancroft St. in Missoula). Beginning at 6:00 pm, everyone is invited to enjoy this beautiful music. Admission is free. For more information visit their Facebook page or contact Debbie Lawton 406-360-6729.


Parks and Recreation is hosting Kiwanis Basketball sign-ups 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 Lolo round and square dance center hosts a Christmas Dance on Monday, December 18th from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Lots of fun. Everyone is invited! For details call 273-0652 or 529-8633


Join The North Valley Public Library in Stevensville on Tuesday, December 19 at 5:30 pm as they “board” the Polar Express and read the classic story, as well as other traditional Christmas stories. Wear your pajamas, enjoy some hot chocolate and make a themed craft. Please sign up at the Library’s front desk! This program is suitable for children ages 4-12. For more info, call Annika at 777-5061


Red’s Bar and Party America will host a gift wrapping fundraiser to benefit Emmiah “Sweeney” Bignell, recently diagnosed with leukemia and funds are being raised to help offset the expenses associated with her treatment. The public is invited to bring their unwrapped Christmas presents to Red’s Bar where they will be nicely gift-wrapped for no charge except what you wish to donate to benefit Emmiah and her family. Gift wrapping will begin at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, December 20th. Then 3:00 pm on December 21st and 22nd and 11:00 am on December 23rd and 24th. For details call 406.546.7690


Find the perfect gift for your loved ones during Opportunity Resources’ “Holiday Art Sale,” open weekdays at 8:00 am. located at 2821 S. Russell St. The sale runs thru December 22nd and features locally made, handcrafted pottery and paintings by the Artists of Opportunity. Visit their website or call 721.2930 for more details.


“First Night Missoula,” spans roughly 30 venues across Missoula happening from noon to midnight on New Year’s Eve. With over 80 performances and activities, packed with artists, musicians, dancers and plenty of family friendly fun. Purchase your admission buttons early before prices go up on New Years Eve, at various locations around town. Find details on their Facebook page or visit their website.


The Missoula Police Department is accepting applications for its “2018 Citizens’ Law Enforcement Academy.” Open to local citizens, business owners and non-profit organizations. It includes an overview of Uniform Patrol, Investigations, Special Teams, School Resource Officers, Crime Scene Investigations, K-9 program, Community Service Specialists and more. Some hands-on activities include a ride-along with officers and a training simulator. Held Wednesday evenings from 6:oo pm until 8:00 pm. for eight weeks beginning January 10th. Applications may be completed online (click on Public Relations) or by mail, by calling Laurie Clark at 552-6320


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.


Girl Scouts – troops are forming now! All over Montana. Where every girl has the opportunity to dream big, shine and accomplish amazing things. Learn more or join today by visiting their website or Facebook page.


— JANUARY 2018 — 


Missoula Folklore Society Contra Dances happen on Saturday, January 6th. “Swing Away” will provide music, Julie Kahl will call at Union Hall (208 E Main St). Cost is $6 Members, $9 non-members, under 18 free. Runs 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. More information can be found on their website.


The North Valley Public Library on Main Street in Stevensville hosts the Montana Conversations program “Montana UFOs and Extraterrestrials” with Joan Bird on Thursday, January 11th at 6 pm. While many UFO sightings can be conventionally explained, a small percentage of reports remain unexplained and Montana is home to some of the most significant, well-documented, and interesting UFO reports in the history of ufology. For more info call 406-777-5061. All library programs are free and open to the public.


Missoula Folklore Society Contra Dances happen on Saturday, January 20th . “Sassafras Stomp” will provide music,  Bev Young will call at Union Hall (208 E Main St). Cost is $6 members, $9 nonmembers, under 18 free. 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. More information can be found on their website.


— February 2018 —


Join CASA of Missoula on Friday, February 2nd, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the Missoula College for their annual “Light of Hope Gala.” The evening will include music, dinner & drinks, guest speakers and a live and silent auction at the Missoula College’s new location. Meet & greet some of CASA of Missoula’s amazing volunteers! Space is limited so purchase your tickets today! Visit their website for details or order by clicking here!




Missoula Valley Winter Market will run on Saturdays, thru 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


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. Or contact Christian Klinglerat (406)830-7945.

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