Ravalli County Sheriff’s, First Sheriff’s Citizens Academy will begin in March. The eight-week course covers a variety of law enforcement topics and issues specific to the Bitterroot Valley. Learn about Sheriff’s Office procedures that relate to patrol and investigations, and other operational tasks, as well as tours of the 9-1-1 Communications Center and other facilities. The classes held every Tuesday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Academy is free but space is limited to 20 participants, who must be at least 18 years old, live in Ravalli County and be willing to attend all classes. Citizens Academy applications are available at the Sheriff’s Office and the Sheriff’s web site, and also through the links button on the Sheriff’s app for mobile devices. Applications deadline is Friday February 16th.
“The 2018 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival happens over 10-days, February 16th through 25th with over 150 extraordinary films from across the globe screening at local theater venues. It is established as Montana’s premier cinema event. Festival tickets & passes, official selections and the complete festival screening schedule are available at www.bigskyfilmfest.org.
Come to the North Valley Public Library in Stevensville to learn how to navigate Craigslist online classified ads, post items to sell, attach photos, search for a job, find a rental and avoid scams. This class is Saturday, February 17 from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Feel free to bring your own laptop. For more information, call 406-777-5061 or visit northvalleylibrary.org. All library programs are free and open to the public.
1st Annual Seeley Lake Chamber Chill Plunge happens Saturday, February 17th at 1:00 pm. All to benefit The Seeley Lake “Meals on Wheels.” It’s going to take place at The Tamaracks Resort beach area. Plungers need to arrive at 12:00 pm to register. Prizes will be awarded to the individual and the team who raises the most donations and for the best costumes! Fun for all ages! Visit seeleylakechamber.com for details.
A benefit for Mike Mclean, who has been a probation officer in Missoula for over 44 years, to help offset cancer care and treatment. Mike was recently diagnosed with Osteosarcoma. This benefit happens at Sunrise Saloon on Saturday, February 17th at 1:00 pm. Auction items include a whole pig cut and wrapped, a 60 minute float in the sensory deprivation tanks at Enlighten, antique dinning sets and more. To donate call Erica Mclean at (406) 546-3838. Visit Mikes fight against Osteosarcoma Facebook page.
If you are often frustrated or embarrassed by your dog’s behavior, attend a free dog behavior workshop on Sunday, February 18th at 2:00 pm, at the Missoula public Library. Pro tips from Robyn Shepherd. Please leave Fido at home because only service animals are allowed in the Library. Visit missouladogs.com for details.
The Phillipsburg Brewfest is back! It is Saturday the 18th of President’s Day Weekend in February. The beer starts pouring at Noon and goes until 6pm. They will feature have 15 breweries and live music! Come spend a day enjoying downtown Philipsburg hospitality. Visit the website for details.
Are you looking for high quality preschool? Child Start Inc., Head Start’s program supports learning for 3-5 year olds through play, creative expression and guided activities. Head Start will begin accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year February 20th. Call today to schedule an application (406) 728-5460!
Child Care Resources’ Training: “Program Management Essentials for Providers.” Discuss the agencies and programs in Montana that support quality early care and education programs as well as learn more about licensing, curriculum, environments and professionalism. This class will meet from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm on Monday, February 26th. This training is free and is worth 2 training hours. Please pre-register by calling 728-6446, or visit www.childcareresources.org/events.
The 1st annual “An Evening for the Angels Runway” event happens on Saturday, February 24th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Public House, Fort Missoula. The Emma and Evan Foundation supports families who have lost the littlest souls far too soon. Donated wedding dresses on the runway are available for nominal rental fees which support the program. Once those dresses have finished being rented, they will be turned into beautiful Angel burial gowns and Memory boxes for families. Want to be a sponsor? Visit evefoundation.org.
The Back Country Horsemen of Missoula 2018 membership roundup, annual potluck dinner happens on Saturday, February 24th beginning at 6:30 pm at the Lolo Community Center. Live and silent auctions and club displays. Event is free to potential members, bring your favorite dish to share. For details call Gary Salisbury at 406-529-7242 or visit bchmt.org/wp/Missoula (Facebook as well).
As part of Montana Winterfest, The Seeley Lake Snow Joke Half Marathon takes place on Saturday, February 24th. Starting at the Seeley Lake Elementary school at 11:00 am. Visit mtsnowjoke.com for details and registration information.
The Montana Air National Guard is looking for dedicated individuals for firefighting, aircraft maintenance, security forces and many other positions. Call Staff Sergeant Will Anderson at 406-360-3211 today to find out if going part time blue is for you.
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. You can also find more information and apply online.
Each year the Missoula Downtown Association plans more than 30 public events for our community with the goal of having as many admission free events in Downtown Missoula as possible. If you are interested in being a food vendor at one of those events, applications are now available and are due March 1st. 2018. Visit https://www.missouladowntown.com/ for details
Join Chuck Stranahan, local fishing hero, at the North Valley Public Library on Friday, March 16th from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, for a fun and practical introduction to fly fishing. Learn about tackle requirements, different types of flies, and a hands on demonstration on how to cast. Please register either on their Facebook site, or at the desk in the library. Call 406-777-5061 or visit northvalleylibrary.org. All library programs are free and open to the public.
The Northern Rockies Heritage Center hosts Montana Conversations “Jeannette Rankin-American Conscience,” with Mary Jane Bradbury. The presentation is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served. Saturday, March 10th at 2:00 pm in the Heritage Hall at Fort Missoula. Call 406-728-3662 for details or visit nrhc.org.
Join Chuck Stranahan, local fishing hero, at the North Valley Public Library on Friday, March 16th from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, for a fun and practical introduction to fly fishing. Learn about tackle requirements, different types of flies and a hands on demonstration on how to cast. Please register either on their Facebook site or at the desk in the library. Call 406-777-5061 or visit northvalleylibrary.org. All library programs are free and open to the public.
Registered Dietitian Julie Waibel is giving a class on the tips and trick of dieting at the North Valley Public Library in Stevensville on Friday, March 23rd at 5:00 pm. Julie specializes in weight loss, sports & medical nutrition and therapy. If weight loss is your goal, or you are just interested in nutrition, join in and see what new insight Julie may have for you. For more info, call 406-777-5061 or visit northvalleylibrary.org. All library programs are free and open to the public.
WEATHER ALERTS AND FIRST AID TIPS: People can download the Red Cross Emergency App for instant access to winter storm tips and weather alerts for their area and where loved-ones live. Expert medical guidance and a hospital locator are included in the First Aid App in case travelers encounter any mishaps. Both apps are available to download for free in app stores or at redcross.org/apps.
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.