Please, don’t fly your drone near a wildfire! Temporary Flight Restriction or TFR means NO FLY ZONE. In some locations it’s crucial for aerial resources to do work and help protect communities. If you see something PLEASE say something! Contact your local authorities with any information. To find TFRs click here!
Are you interested in historic towns of the Bitterroot Valley? Come hear John Stroud, local author of “For the Love of the Bitterroot,” speak about little known ghost towns and historic communities on Thursday August 17th at 6:00 – 7:00 pm at the North Valley Public Library in the Community Room. The North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call the library at 777-5061.
“The Bitterroot Scottish Irish Festival” happens on Saturday, August 19th and Sunday, August 20th. Celebrating the Scottish and Irish heritage of the Bitterroot Valley. The event includes the “Highland Games,” “Pipe & Drum,” “Highland Dance” and “Clan Gathering.” All taking place at the Daly Mansion. (251 Eastside Hwy, Hamilton) Visit their website for ticket prices and tasting packages.
There’s a Fundraising Event set for Monday, August 21st from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Highlander Taphouse – Missoula Brewing Company. ( Located at 200 International Drive) The event is to help Jamie Johnson fight the fight of Cancer. 50 cents from every pint sold goes back to Jamie. They will have a 50 / 50 raffle and they’re also selling raffle tickets for a brand new hot tub. Tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100. Tickets can be purchased any time and the drawing will take place on Saturday, September 30th.
Land being overrun by weeds? Christy Schram from the Ravalli County Weed District is the guest speaker at the North Valley Public Library in Stevensville on Thursday, August 24th, between 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Christy is speaking about noxious weeds in our area, how to identify them and how to prevent certain plants in your garden. The event is free. For more information, call the library on 777-5061.
“River City Roots Festival” is on Friday & Saturday, August 25th & 26th. Our region’s largest arts and music festival showcases Downtown Missoula, featuring first-class art and entertainment for both residents and visitors. It provides an opportunity to highlight some of Missoula’s most recently-developed attractions. Sign up for the River City Roots 4 Mile Run by visiting them online.
Have you ever thought about opening a child care facility or are in the process of becoming licensed? Attend an informative training on Tuesday, August 29th from either 9:30 am – 12:30 pm or 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Child Care Resources’ Training: “New Provider Orientation/Early Childhood Essentials.” This event is free. Pre-register by calling 728-6446. Get more information by visiting them online!
“The Ravalli County Fair & Rockin’ RC Rodeo” is one of Montana’s best family friendly fairs. Running Wednesday August 30th – Saturday September 2nd. Exhibits, commercial vendors, carnival rides, games and great food supporting local non-profits. NRA Rodeo each night – FREE with gate admission. Visit them online for more information.
It is back to school month! Are you a full-time student returning to classes and looking for child care? You may qualify for our “Best Beginnings” scholarship. There are new higher income guidelines, which means more families are eligible. To qualify, a family of three can earn up to $2,511 per month. To see if you qualify, contact Child Care Resources at 406-728-6446 or visit them online.
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. If an individual wants to get hold of a refurbished laptop, they can proceed to the website and fill out a form for consideration.
The “Missoula Y’s 50th Birthday Party!” — A free even on Friday, September 8th from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Join them in celebrating 50 years of a healthier Missoula with games, activities and food trucks. Family-friendly and open to the public. Located at 3000 S. Russell St. Missoula.
“Missoula Out of the Darkness Walk” happens Saturday September 9th at McCormick Park in Missoula. Check-in/Registration Time is at 12 pm. The Walk Begins at 1:00 pm. Help raise awareness and funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, educational programs and support survivors of suicide loss. To register, visit their website.
The Lolo Square and Round Dance Center hosts “Solo Stars Night,” on Thursday September 14th beginning at 7:30 pm. “Beginning Square Dance” lessons followed by an Ice Cream sundae social. Everyone is welcome. Casual dress and you need not have a partner or need to know anything about square dancing to join in! Call 273-0141 for details. Located 2.5 miles west of Lolo at 9955 Highway 12.
The “19th Annual Maverick Brewfest” happens on Friday September 15th at Caras Park from 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Sample more than 40 craft brews and wines, plus a selection of burgers, brats and pizza. “Sophia Jester and the Medicine” is your musical entertainment! The event benefits youth athletics in Missoula. Cost is $10, which includes a glass and two beer tastes, or $20 for 8 tastes. Call 406-543-4238 or visit them online.
On Friday, September 15th, “The Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Western Montana” will present their premier fundraising event, “The Red Shoe Ball” at the Hilton Garden Inn. There will be Music, dancing, auction, food/drinks and a red shoe, stomping good time! All proceeds stay in Missoula and allow RMHC of Western Montana to continue their mission of keeping families with sick children close to each other when it matters the most. Get tickets or volunteer online or call 406-541-7646.
The Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting applications for the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Reserve Deputy Association. Applications are only available at the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office during normal business hours. Accepted applicants will be invited to attend written and physical testing. for additional details: contact Sergeant Ron Holton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-375-4027
Run Wild Missoula Race, Sweathouse Half Marathon happens on Saturday September 16th with a start time of 8:30 am. Run a simple, low-key half marathon in beautiful Victor, MT! The course is a scenic, looping course, starting and ending at Victor Park. Runners and walkers are welcome and will enjoy the dirt and blacktop course! Early Registration is $40 through August 31st and includes chip timing, custom, finisher’s medal and more! “Run Wild Missoula” members log in to receive a $3 discount!
The “Third Annual Big Sky Bigfoot Conference” celebrates the 50th anniversary of the iconic Patterson-Gimlin film footage & will be Friday September 22nd and Saturday September 23rd at the Bitterroot River Inn in Hamilton. Speakers, exhibits, vendors, kids’ activities, door prizes and more! Tickets are $25/adults, $15/kids and are on sale online.
“The 9th Annual Canine Classic” is on Sunday, October 8th at the resort at Paws Up. There’s a half marathon or 5 mile race, with 5 or 2 mile hike for you and your canine. There will be a gourmet BBQ lunch. Please help raise funds and win some great prizes in the process. It’s a great benefit for the “Humane Society of Western Montana.” To sign up, visit their website.
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. Located 2.5 miles west of Lolo at 9955 Highway 12.