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— June 2018 —


The National Senior Pro Rodeo event is taking place in Darby, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Slack starts at 10:00 am each day with Performance starting at 6:00 pm on both Friday night and Saturday night. New this year is the addition of rough stock events. There will be bull riding, saddle bronc and bareback riders each night. Cost is $10 adult per night or $25 per family per night, kids 10 and under are free. Visit http://www.darbyrodeoassociation.com


Missoula Folklore Society’s Contra Dance happens on Thursday, June 21st.  Professor Dr. Vicki Watson’s Retirement Party, free admission. Suggested donations to a scholarship set up in her name at The Public Interest Environmental Science Fund (PIES) .Held at the Senior Center, 705 S. Higgins from 7:00 – 10:00 pm. All ages, no experience or partner necessary, all dances are taught and called. More info at missoulafolk.org


Habitat for Humanity of Missoula’s Stay At Home Raffle is underway. Tickets for 10 different packages can be purchased on the phone at 549-8210 or from the website: http://www.habitatmsla.org. Prizes include an Oregon Coast get away, Fly Fishing guided Trip, Food & Gifts, Family Fun, and MUCH MORE. All packages value between $445 and $775. Help them build their 54th and 55th homes this year.


The 18th Garden City River Rod Run takes place at Caras Park, Friday night, June 22nd and all day Saturday the 23rd. It’s free to view all the great vehicles on display, but you’ll want to register your ride for the show now! Visit fivevallyfordclub.com or call 406-728-0324 or 406-626-4401 for more info


The Missoula City Band has announced the return of their summer concert series. Beginning on June 20th, a performance will be held each Wednesday evening at the Bonner Park band shell on the corner of Ronald and Hastings streets. All concerts are free and open to the public. More information can be at http://www.missoulacityband.org/info.html


Over 500 quilts will be hung at Big Sky High School, June 22nd from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and 23rd from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm as part of the Missoula Quilters’ Guild 17th Bi-Annual Quilt Show. Two dozen vendors, a boutique, a silent auction, and free quilting demonstrations will be hosted in the high school cafeteria. For more info visit www.missoulaquiltersguild.org or call Martha Robertson, at 406-543-1284.


Stevensville’s Western Heritage Days are coming! The weekend of June 22nd – 24th. Sign up your parade entry now. Registration is free and there are awards in every category. Register online at https://mainstreetstevensville.regfox.com/western-heritage-days-parade-2018, you can pick up forms at Stevensville Main Street Association office, call 406-777-3773 or email info@mainstreetstevensville.com


2018 Western Heritage Days in Stevensville features many new activities for kids, make their own ropes, stamp leather, mine for crystals and special stones, learn animal names in Salish, and Indian games from Salish kids, and watch or participate in a fantastic parade—and it’s all free. Friday June 22nd and Saturday the 23rd! live music and street dances both nights, along with the food court, arts and crafts fair, beer garden. For details, visit www.mainstreetstevensville.com.


The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness Walk, is scheduled for Saturday, September 15th starting at Noon at Silver Park. But they are having an Osprey Night – fundraiser, Friday June 22nd, first fireworks game of the season, 50/50 raffle. If interested in purchasing $10 tickets contact Nancy Yates at 406-855-5267


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 bluemountain@montana.com before June 27th.


In conjunction with MAM’s exhibition John Baldessari: Interference Effects, Selections from the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, MAM and the Roxy Theater are presenting a screening of short films by or about John Baldessari, followed by an interactive discussion .Join the John Baldessari Film Night and Art Party at The Roxy Theater Wednesday, June 27 // 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm // $5 at the door


 The Bitter Root Humane Association Night at Fin’s Tap House, in Corvallis, happens on Saturday, June 30th from 5:00 pm ’till closing. Plenty of games of chance, lawn games for prizes, and great food and brew choices plus live music at 7:00 pm by Tom Catmull on the outdoor patio as the sun goes down! Located at 352 Woodside Cutoff Road in Corvallis. A portion of the nights proceeds being donated to the cause!


The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation has awarded a grant to A Carousel for Missoula to provide free rides to agencies serving disadvantaged children and youth, and to individuals of all ages with physical or mental disabilities. Agencies providing direct services are encouraged to call 549-8382 or email mslacarousel@gmail.com to obtain a token request form. Individuals with physical or mental disabilities are always welcome to ride for free. If the disability is not apparent, please let us know when you go into the gift shop to get tokens.


The Missoula Food Bank is looking for volunteers for various shifts to help prepare or serve lunches at sites across Missoula County – including their new Mobile Meal Bus! A few hours out of your week means a full belly for children who lose access to regular breakfast and lunch when school is out. Contact Caitlyn Taix at caitlyn@missoulafoodbank.org for more details or visit missoulafoodbank.org/volunteer to fill out an application!


If you are looking for school-age summer care, don’t forget to research your options right away. Openings are scarce and fill up quickly. If you are currently on the Best Beginnings Scholarship, you may qualify for our school-age summer care scholarships.  Contact Child Care Resources today for more information at 406-728-6446 or go online to childcareresources.org.


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 for a scholarship at 406-728-6446 or go online to childcareresources.org.


Don’t forget to check out the Missoula happenings every Saturday! Clark Fork Market from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm (next to Caras Park). Missoula Farmers’ Market from 8:00 am – 12:30 pm at Circle Square (by the XXXXs) and Missoula Peoples Market from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Corner of Pine & Higgins.


Meals On Wheels Volunteer Drivers Urgently Needed in Seeley Lake. The Meals On Wheels Program is vital to the safety, health and well-being for the elderly in Seeley Lake, providing meals and comfort through caring interaction with the volunteer drivers who make deliveries.If you are interested in hearing more about this wonderful volunteer opportunity, contact the Sela Senci Senior Center at 406-677-2008.


— July 2018 —


The Friends of the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula 42nd Annual, Old-Fashioned, 4th of July Celebration, starts off with a pancake breakfast, 8:00 am to 11:00 am. Festivities begin at 10:00 am and include: musical entertainment, Model trains & ham radios, Old-fashioned children’s games, Historic steam-engine sawmill demos, Craft vendors and more. Admission is $5/adults, $3/seniors, $2/students, and $15/family Children 6/under and HMFM members are free. *** The Pancake Breakfast: $5/adult or $20/family (includes admission for the day)


The Sapphire Classics Charity Car Show happens on Saturday, July 7th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at Mildenburger Motors in Hamilton. Helping out Emma’s House and Bitterroot Therapeutic riding, the show will have lots of awards and will celebrate the 100th year anniversary of Chevrolet Trucks! Entry fee is $20, plus $5 for additional cars. Register from 8:00 am to 10:00 am, or call 406-642-6483 for details.


The Missoula Garden Club wants you to show them what you got! Looking more for personality rather than perfection, show your love of gardening by entering in the container plantings, flower beds/or shrubs, vegetable garden or landscaped yard categories. Deadline is July 10th. For details call 406-830-3308 or ask at most MSLA garden centers.


Partners In Home Care would like to invite you to join them with others who have lost a loved one on Tuesday, July 10th to explore the healing power of plants. In this interactive workshop they will hear about ways to honor and remember our loved ones in the garden and take home a memorial planter of your own design. Happing at Clark Fork Riverside (outside patio), 301 West Front Street in Missoula. Families and children are welcome. Free and open to the public. Suggested donation of $5.00. For more info visit www.partnersinhomecare.org


The Exhibits Guide for the Western Montana Fair (Aug 7-12) 2018 are now available in the Fair box office and most grocery stores, retailers, and Fair sponsor locations. Grab yours and look it over closely as some departments and deadlines have changed. Download the interactive electronic version at missoulafairgrounds.com/exhibits


A benefit auction for Sherry Baker, who will undergo a lung transplant (idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, IPF) in Seattle, happens on Tuesday, July 10th at Paradise Falls in Missoula, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Proceeds to help with costs post-surgery, as she’ll be away from home during early recovery. Please attend, or if you can make a donation for the auction, call Dean for more information at 406-207-2792


Become a History Detective at HMFM’s Summer History Camp! Travel back through time to learn what life was like when the Fort was built in 1877, July 16th – July 20th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. For Ages: 8 to 13 years old. Cost: $150.00, 10% discount for museum members. Deadline for registration: July 10th for details call Kristjana at 406.258.3473 or by keyjolfsson@missoulacounty.us.


Public Feedback Needed for Missoula Fairgrounds Design Guidelines. With the planning process complete, they have developed Design Guidelines to identify the function, intent, and character of specific design elements – with the goal of ensuring consistent, high-quality design and clear expectations as the Fairgrounds are renovated and redeveloped. Find out more at missoulafairgrounds.com


— August 2018 —



— September 2018 —


Montana’s Greek Festival will return for its fifth year with free admission! Greek Food Vendors with full menus to entice your palate, a Taverna with wine and beer, an Agora (Greek Market), LIVE Greek music, dance lessons, children’s activities, and much more!!  Friday, September 14th from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm and Saturday, September 15th from 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm at 301 S 6th St W Missoula. Please check out our Facebook Page Montana Greek Festival: Athens Under the Big Sky  for more information, or to become a sponsor please contact Chris at 406-478-8722.




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.

(Deadline Sept.2018)


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.

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