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— DECEMBER 2018 —

 

There are many weeks of flu activity left and The Missoula City-County Health Department (301 West Alder St.) offers influenza vaccine for all ages starting at six months of age. Cost is $46, and they offer a sliding fee scale for children’s vaccine and can also bill Medicaid and private insurance.  You can WALK-IN at the following times: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm …Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. Please call our vaccination clinic at 258-4745 for more information.

 

Most of Mount Jumbo closes to recreational use during the winter months to protect wintering elk, deer and other wildlife. Parks and Recreation is seeking volunteers for the “Elk Spotters” program. Call 721-PARK

 

We’ve teamed up with Bob Ward’s to “Share The Warmth. Drop off your gently used winter coats at Bob Ward’s (3015 Paxson Street in Missoula). The coats will then be cleaned by Missoula Textile and distributed to those in need.

 

Join the Art Club at North Valley Public Library Thursday, December 13th & 20th at 4:00 pm.  Learn various art techniques and mediums, and create fun projects. This club is suitable for children and teens ages 5-18. Weekly registration is required.  It’s located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call 406-777-5061 or visit northvalleylibrary.org. All library programs are free and open to the public.

 

The TubaChristmas happens on Friday, December 14th.  Featuring local tubist of all ages, amateur & professional artists. The performance will include traditional Christmas Carols. Rehearsals will be at the Southgate Mall on Friday, December 14th from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. The main (real deal) Performance will be at the Mall’s Center Clock Court from 7:00 – 8:30 pm.

 

A benefit for Family Promise, Habitat for Humanity and Missoula Interfaith Collaborative. The Gala Opening at the Blessed Trinity Church at 1475 Eaton St. On Friday, December 14th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm with hors d’oeuvres, desserts, drinks, raffle items & music by Jim Driscoll. $30 ea in advance, $40 ea at the door. Crèche Exhibit: Sat, Dec 12th: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm $5 ea, $10/family. Call 406-721-2405 or visit http://blessedtrinitymissoula.org/outreach/no-room-at-the-inn/ for more information.

 

North Valley Public Library Stevensville hosts a science-based program for kids one Friday a month. On Friday, December 14 at 4:00 pm, explore Earth science. Create your own land form map and perform a fun erosion vs. weathering experiment! This program is for children and teens ages 7 & up. Please sign up by emailing the Youth Services Specialist or stop by the Library’s front desk, space is limited. Call 406-777-5061 or visit northvalleylibrary.org. All library programs are free and open to the public.

 

The 2018 Griz Dip happens on Saturday, December 15th in a brand new location at Neptune Aviation, in Hangar 7 at the Missoula Airport. Help out the Special Olympics of Montana. Form a team or jump solo! Your pledge stays right here in Montana. Check in time will be 11:00 am and the “dipping” begins at noon. Visit somt.org for pledge sheets and more info.

 

2nd Annual Community Tree Lighting at the Lolo Community Center on Saturday, December 15th beginning at 3:00 pm. Activities include: Santa Greeting, Santa Hayride, Cookie Decorating, Ornament Making, Chili Feed, Chili Dogs, Hot Cocoa, Smores and fun! Tree Lighting at 6:00 pm. No Charge. Donate what you can or bring a non-perishable food item for Lolo Food Bank. Event hosted by Lolo Lions Club.

 

Show off your favorite holiday sweater at Glacier Ice Rink’s Ugly Sweater Skate on Saturday, December 15 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. All skaters who wear holiday sweaters will receive a free hot chocolate coupon and the wearers of the “ugliest” sweaters will win free skating passes or other prizes! Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for youth and seniors. Skate rentals are $3.

 

Come to the North Valley Public Library in Stevensville on Monday, December 17th at 4:00 pm to create your own Christmas tree ornaments with a variety of fun crafting materials! Join us for hot chocolate, Christmas music, and get in the holiday spirit! This program is suitable for children and teens of all ages. For more info, call 406-777-5061 or visit northvalleylibrary.org. All library programs are free and open to the public.

 

Missoula Winter Market is on Saturday December 22nd from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Missoula Senior Center (705 S Higgins Ave). More than 40 vendors with an eclectic array of local products from farm-fresh produce, baked goods, and artisan meats and cheeses to quality art and craft items.

 

Santa’s Breakfast at the Carousel for Missoula, happens on Saturday December 22nd from 9:00 am to 10:30 am at Caras Park. Enjoy a light breakfast, unlimited carousel rides and chats with the jolly old elf! Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children 3 to 12. Children under 3 may attend for free. Reservations are strongly encouraged – please call the Carousel at 406.549.8382.

 

The Community Support Center in Dillon are always in need of more volunteers! They can use volunteers to help with the front desk, organizing donations, and answering the 24/7 crisis hotline calls. The holidays are a very busy time for them. To learn more about volunteering, call 406-683-6106.

 

Animeals animal food bank hopes that you’ll consider giving a gift that gives a second chance to a hungry and homeless animal. Animeals has helped to feed thousands of animals in need, including animals living on the streets, pets of the elderly, and families in crisis situations. Visit animeals.com for more information.

 

— JANUARY 2019 —

 

January 1st, 2019 at 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Experience meditation techniques from various spiritual traditions. Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at the Center for Spiritual Living (328 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton). The more awake your basic senses are like hearing, smell, taste, sight and touch, the richer your inner experience will be! By donation. For more information visit cslbitterroot.org

 

MLK Jr. Day Community Celebration happens on Monday, January 21st, beginning with a Youth Rally at 5:00 pm at Caras Park, and a Community Celebration, 6:00 pm at St. Anthony Church (217 Tremont St. Missoula). Everyone is invited. For details call 406. 531. 7817

 

Join the Toastmasters for Shootin’ the Bull, on Tuesday, January 22nd at noon in the ALPS Board Room in Missoula. A lively, fun-loving club where you can learn leadership development, public speaking and meeting facilitation. And grow your vocabulary! Meeting every Tuesday 12 noon – 1:00 pm. Everyone of All Ages are welcome .Call for details  406-239-9795

 

Downtown Dance Collective invites you to join them for Cardio Twerk – Tuesday, January 22nd from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm with Orit Oged . All Ages are welcome at the Downtown Dance Collective Venue. Visit http://www.ddcmontana.com or call 406-360-8763

 

Traditional Scandinavian Dinner (lutefisk, lefse, Swedish meatballs, and all the trimmings) will be served Saturday, January 26th  from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Faith Lutheran Church, Hamilton (south of town, turn east off HWY 93 at Murdoch’s). Tickets are $17 and $5 (16 and under) at the door. Call 363-2964

 

Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton invites you to join the Coloring Club for Grownups. The group meets every Tuesday from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm in the meeting room of the library. Relax, enjoy, be creative! We supply the coloring pages and colored pencils. Visit http://www.bitterrootpubliclibrary.org/ or call 406-363-1670 for more information.

 

Montana’s economy is strong and growing. Hear from Montanans how the Department of Labor & Industry has helped them find work, grow their businesses, and what opportunities are available to join the workforce. Job Service Montana offices are part of a statewide network of workforce development centers that collaborate with community partners. Find out more. Visit: https://montanaworks.gov/

 

Missoula Indoor Sports Arena (MISA) provides Missoula County with a state-of-the-art indoor sports field. Large inflatables such as playgrounds, obstacle courses, slides, and a bounce house that provide fun, active entertainment for children of all ages. Both are open to the public 9:00 am – noon on Saturdays for a flat fee of $7 per child. Visit http://missoulaindoor.com/ for more information.

 

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

 

Join the Toastmasters for Shootin’ the Bull, in the ALPS Board Room in Missoula. A lively, fun-loving club where you can learn leadership development, public speaking and meeting facilitation. And grow your vocabulary! Meeting every Tuesday 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm. Everyone of All Ages are welcome. Call for details 406-239-9795

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