It is estimated nearly 24% of children are food insecure, when school is out during the summer months, local food banks carry a larger responsibility to feed kids. The annual Ford Peanut Butter Drive is underway. Take a jar of peanut butter to (Lithia Ford) your local Ford store, Safeway, or Albertsons until April 23rd and help feed kids in your community. You can also go to www.fordfeedskids.org and click on the food bank of your choice to make a cash donation
The 41st International Wildlife Film Festival will be held from April 14th until April 22nd at the Roxy Theater in Missoula. There are over 120 films scheduled. Visit their webpage for details about the showings and the Wild walk at http://wildlifefilms.org/
The 7th Annual Bacon and Brew Fest is coming Friday, April 20th at Caras Park from 4:00 pm-9:00 pm! Live music from 406 and TomCats! Free admission! If you would like to have a beer and are over 21, $15 will get you a liquid receptacle and 3 drink tickets! A list of vendors and eats is coming soon! https://www.facebook.com/baconandbrewfest/
The class of 2018 Big Sky Culinary Institute hosts their annual capstone dinner on Saturday, April 21st. Traditional Spanish cuisine and wine is featured this year. The event will begin at 5;00 pm at the Missoula College’s East Broadway campus. Tickets are $200 each. Reserve a seat now, call (406) 544-1066.
Victor Community Garden’s annual spring garden workday, is Saturday, April 21 at 10:00 am. 20’ x 20’ garden plots for community gardeners are available at $35 for a whole year of growing. Gardeners have access to compost, mulch, tools, an automated watering system and a paid garden manager who is always happy to help new gardeners. For more info, call Jill Davies at 406-360-1751. All revenue goes towards maintaining the Community Garden
Holy Spirit Episcopal Church is holding its annual Rummage Sale on Friday and Saturday, April 20th and 21st. Don’t miss this incredible Missoula event – everything from boutique clothing to books; toys to tools, kitchen to kitsch – and all at unbelievable prices! Friday’s sale is from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm; Saturday’s from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.
The Buttercup Run is a yearly event put on by the Friends of Arlee School. Saturday, April 21st beginning at 9:00 am at Arlee High School. A 1 mile fun run, 5K run/walk, 10K run/walk and 1/2 Marathon are part of the fun. For more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Cherie at 406-726-3270. Or visit http://www.buttercuprun.org
Come visit the CASA of Missoula table on Sunday, April 22nd from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at Bonner Park during the Parenting Place’s Pinwheel Party in the Park. This event is a fun afternoon featuring kid’s activities, giveaways, performances and a chance to connect with resources from around the community! Let’s create #GreatChildhoods together during child abuse prevention month!
Animal Wonders is back at the North Valley Public Library in Stevensville on Tuesday, April 24th from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm. This popular program features live animal ambassadors. Come learn about unique creatures and possibly have a chance to pet, hold, or feed them. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! Please come to the library to sign up and reserve a spot, as space is limited to 60 people. Call 406-777-5061 or visit northvalleylibrary.org. For details.
The Bethel Community Church “Clothes Free For All “has extended hours on Tuesday, April 24th from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Choose from a huge variety of quality new and gently worn clothing for the whole family. Take whatever you need… It’s Free! Clothing For Men, Women, Teens, Children & Infants. Bethel Community Church, 1601 South 6th Street West –Just one block West of Russell. Call (406) 721-2780 or visit www.bethelmissoula.com for details
Denim Day is April 25th and the Women’s Resource Center is once again bringing this event to the Dillon Community. Your business or organization can support the Women’s Resource Center by encouraging your employees to wear denim on Wednesday, April 25th, for a small suggested donation of $5. Additionally, your business can go the extra mile by matching your employee’s donation, therefore, doubling your impact. Please call Valerie for more info at 406-683-6106
Florence Carlton Community Annual Rummage Sale. The event is taking place on Friday, April 27th and 28th. It’s going from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm on Friday and Saturday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. If you would like to donate an item for the rummage sale, you can do so on Wednesday, April 25th and Thursday, April 26th. The church is located at 2007 Old Highway 93 (halfway between Lolo and Florence).
A benefit for 3year old ADDY BOO Trevino, who was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor, is happening on Saturday, April 28th from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Church of the Nazarene at 26th and South Ave in Missoula. A spaghetti feed, bake sale and great silent auction all help to raise funds to help the family with ADDY’s care and transportation costs. If you want to donate items, or more info call Mona Bennett at 406-239-2970
The 46th annual YMCA Riverbank Run happens on Saturday, April 28th. This is Missoula’s oldest foot race! Four different races, a 1-mike, 5K and 10k races, or run the trifecta! Starting at Broadway and Higgins at 7am. Register online at http://ymcamissoula.org/riverbank-run/ . Proceeds benefit the Missoula Family Y’s financial assistance program.
The Annual Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast happens on Saturday, April 28th, from 6:30 am to 1:00 pm at St Anthony’s Parish Hall, Corner of Tremont and Woodford in Missoula. All You Can Eat Pancakes, Sausage, Apple Sauce, Juice, Coffee, Milk. Tickets are $5.00 each (5 & under are free) Pancake Tickets may be purchased at the door, or by sending an email to email@example.com.
The University of Montana would like to announce their annual Spring Rodeo dates of April 27th – 28th at The Missoula County Fairgrounds! Performances for all the college rodeo teams from all around Montana in all events. Rodeo Tickets: $10 adults, $5.00 for all students, children 7 and under are free. All events at Western MT Fairgrounds call 728-5188 for more information.
The Wildland Firefighter Foundation’s 3rd Annual “Putt & Pull” fundraiser, a trap shoot tournament and golf scramble, is coming up on Saturday, April 28th. They still have trap team slots available. The day ends at Caras Park with a live auction, live music, local craft beer, and food trucks starting at 6:00 pm. Join in and show your support for firefighters. For more info or to purchase raffle tickets, call Chris “CJ” Johnson @ 406-529-7751 or visit https://sites.google.com/site/MissoulaPuttandPull/home.
Kappa Alpha Theta will be hosting their annual Kickball for CASA tournament on Saturday, April 28th at Riverbowl Fields.Each team of 10-12 players is $144. Contact Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested on being on the CASA team. You can also contact Mo Shea at email@example.com for more info.
The Missoula Garden Club hosts a spring flower show in Southgate Mall on Friday and Saturday, April 27th and 28th. The event is open to the public for viewing. This is an accredited show with the theme of “Celebrating Spring Colors“. Entries will be accepted between 7:00 am and 9:00 am on Friday. For entry details call Gary at 728-7633 or Cheryl at 251-3298.
The JDRF One Walk, for a world without Type one Diabetes happens Sunday, April 29th at Allegiance Field. Registration at 1:00 pm for the 5k walk that’s starts at 2:00 pm. Just join in, or form a team, raise funds and have fun. Free tee shirts, BBQ and over 40 prize bags! Visit jdrf.org or facebook.com/montanawalks for details
AniMeals Kitty Camp is coming this summer! Register on line now at www.animeals.com for the most fun your kiddo can have at summer camp! Each Camper will learn all aspects of the AniMeals shelter’s daily routine and engage in lots of other animal related activities, crafts and education. Camp fills up fast so enroll your kiddo today!
Missoula Food Bank is in search of volunteer support in Lolo! Lolo Food Pantry is a satellite of Missoula Food Bank that serves the Lolo community on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of each month from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Food Transporter: Lead Volunteer: and Food Pantry Volunteers. For more info or to sign up to volunteer in Lolo, contact Mo Grumbly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 406.549.0543, ext. 219.
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 to childcareresources.org.
MPower Voices (formerly the VSA Choir) cabaret and silent auction “Under the Sea” happens on Tuesday, May 1st at Missoula Community Theatre 200 N. Adams. Cabaret begins at 7:00 pm and Silent Auction is before the concert at 6:00 pm. An extravaganza of songs, dances and jokes themed around the undersea world of the mermaids, carp, sponges and sharks! This is free event however donations are much appreciated.
Missoula Gives! Is a powerful 24-hour online giving event happening May 3rd & 4th that connects us with community nonprofits to reinforce the value of local philanthropic giving and community engagement. Local nonprofits’ can register on the Missoula Gives website, NOW to join the online listings. https://www.missoulagives.org/
Are you overwhelmed by clutter and chaos? Come to the North Valley Public Library in Stevensville on Thursday, May 3 at 6:00 pm to learn the difference between clutter, chronic disorganization, and hoarding. Organizing and cleaning are not the same thing. Learn some basic tips on how to organize to help you declutter your home and your life. For more info call 406-777-5061 or visit northvalleylibrary.org. All library programs are free.
MCPS theatre students, faculty, and parent-chaperones were scheduled for a 6 day trip to New York City. Unfortunately, weather forced them to cancel the trip, including nonrefundable tours and show tickets; therefore they are trying to raise enough money to cover the expenses for every student. A fundraiser page is on Facebook, as well as:
“Bringing Broadway Home: Combined MCPS High School Theatre Showcase,” fundraising performance that will take place Friday, May 4th, at 7:30 p.m. in the Big Sky High School Auditorium. Tickets are $12.00, available day of the show at the door.
The Welcome Home Veteran Appreciation BBQ – at Fort Missoula Pavilion in Regional Park happens Saturday, May 5th from 11:00 am to after 3:00 pm. The half marathon sponsored by X-Sports. FREE BBQ meal cooked by VFW Post 209 members. Many veteran organizations have tables of information about their programs and organizations. Concert for all by The Ghost Peppers & Hero Sound Project. BBQ presented by Veteran Support Network (VSN) Missoula Region and many veteran groups.
The Bitterroot Classic Car show happens on Saturday, May 5th at Southgate Mall. Time to show off your pride and joy ride! Registration runs from 9:00 am to noon. Registration form and additional information is available on their website or call Jerry at 406-626-4401.
A Carousel for Missoula is hosting a one-of-a-kind fundraiser at the Carousel, on Sunday, May 6th, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Larry Pirnie, a western artist from Missoula, has generously donated 15 framed, original paintings. Each painting will be sold for $1200 during the event.The Carousel is seeking sponsors to help with the costs of marketing and refreshments. Please call Theresa at 549-8382 for more info.
The graduation ceremonies of the University of Montana – 2018 Spring Commencement – are scheduled for Saturday, May 12, at the Adams Center. Two main ceremonies are planned. A ceremony for the University’s professional schools will start at 9:30 a.m. A ceremony for Missoula College and the College of Humanities and Sciences will kick off at 2:30 p.m. Both ceremonies are free and open to the public, though students may be asked to RSVP with an approximate number of family members and guests expected to attend.
Walk MS Missoula is happening on Saturday, May 19th. Begins in McCormick Park at 9:00 am registration, the opening ceremony at 9:45 am, and the walk begins at 10:00 am. Both individuals and teams may walk. You can find out more here: http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Walk/WASWalkEvents?pg=entry&fr_id=29599
Monday, May 28 – Memorial Day Monday 90th Annual Wreath Presentations to 37 veteran, police, and firefighter monuments around Missoula, organized by United Veterans Council of Missoula and Ravalli Counties. Line up at VFW Post 209 headquarters at 9:30 am at 245 West Main Street in Missoula. First wreath presentation at sunrise service to be announced for place and time by RIVER and Veteran Support Network. Charter bus for honor and color guards and wreath ceremony presenters starts at Caras Park at 10:00 am. Missoula Courthouse front lawn by World War I Doughboy Statue about 10:30 am. Fort Missoula Military Cemetery about 10:45 am. Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery north of Big Sky High School on Tower Street by flagpoles about 11:00 am. Sunset Memorial Gardens from about 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Missoula City Cemetery about 1:30 pm. St. Mary’s Annex Cemetery at about 1:45 pm. St. Mary’s Cemetery at about 2:00 pm. Rose Memorial Garden Park at about 2:30 pm. University of Montana Iraq-Afghanistan Statue at about 3:15 pm. All times except first wreath presentation at Caras Park are APPROXIMATE based upon traffic. Flowers for Doughboy Statue and Rose Memorial Garden Park at Vietnam Memorial donated by Benson’s Farm. Charter bus, fuel, and driver for honor and color guards and other wreath presenters donated by Beach Transportation Company. BREAKFAST at VFW Post 209 starts at 7 a.m. Wreaths provided by UVC. Donations encouraged to cover cost of breakfast.
Help out the Firecracker Brigade! – distribution of 650 American flags paid for by United Veterans Council of Missoula and Ravalli Counties to veterans living in private homes, private businesses, Vet Center on Brooks Street, Veteran’s Administration Medical Clinic on Palmer Street, nursing homes, homeless shelters, assisted living and independent living apartments. If you can help attach notes and distribute each flag thanking veterans for their service before July 4th, email Susan at email@example.com before June 27th.
Registration is now open for the 7th annual Babes & Bullets shooting event, Saturday, June 2nd. This 4-women only shooting event benefits Tough Enough to Wear Pink of Montana. It includes an all-day shooting clinic, catered lunch, goodie bag, and an after party. Participation is extremely limited, so register online now at Bobwards.com.
The Summer Silent Auction to save BASE, happens Saturday, June 2nd at the Warehouse on West Alder in Missoula. They lost funding to keep their free community programs going, and seek local business donations for the auction. For details call Brenda at 406-207-8382 or visit basemissoula.org
If you’d like to help plant more trees throughout Missoula, please consider making a donation to Trees For Missoula. Donate online at the Friends of Missoula Parks website, phone 721-PARK, stop by Currents Aquatics Center in McCormick Park, or mail donations to the Urban Forestry Division, 100 Hickory St., Missoula, 59801. To learn more about how you can support Missoula’s urban forest, please visit treesformissoula.org.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses economically impacted by the Rice Ridge Fire. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills Eligibility is based on the financial impact of the disaster only and not on any actual property damage. Call Missoula County Small Business Development Center (406) 243-4770 for details. Get info or apply online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.