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— FEBRUARY 2019 —


The “16th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival” returns February 15th through the 24th, with screenings at various venues in Missoula. Tickets are on sale now, Single or festival passes are available by email, boxoffice@bigskyfilmfest.org. For more information, visit: http://www.bigskyfilmfest.org/


The “5th Annual Heart Bash and Fundraiser” happens on Saturday, February 16th at the Barn on Mullan, from 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm. Games, crafts, music and silent auction. Free balloon animals with Inflated Panache! Face painting, photo booth and information tables. Hosted by Mended Little Hearts of Montana.


The “Brewfest and Chili Feed” is on Saturday, February 16th in downtown Philipsburg from Noon until 5:00 pm.  They’ll have over 16 breweries from all over the state of Montana, with live music by the Idle Ranch Hands.  If you would like to ride the bus, please call 406-616-2873.  All proceeds go to benefit the Philipsburg Ice Association and Youth Hockey.


Missoula Folklore Society Contra Dances – If you can smile and walk at the same time, you can contra dance. It’s happens on Saturday, February 16th at the Hip Strip Ballroom (Senior Center – 705 S Higgins) from 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, with a workshop at 7:30. $5 donation suggested, tropical decorations and food. wear something fun! All ages are welcome. No experience or partner necessary, all dances are taught and called. More info at missoulafolk.org


Missoula Parks and Recreation and Missoula County Public Schools invite residents to comment on a draft master plan for Westside Park through Tuesday, February 19th. A master park plan guides future park development and is a comprehensive community vision for the park. The plan and a public comment survey are available at www.missoulaparks.org


The Bethel Community Church Clothes Free For All, Tuesdays 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, but on February 19th only open 10:00 am to 6:00 pm!  A huge variety of clothing in all sizes to anyone who needs it. There is no limit and all clothing is FREE. Clothing for Men, Women, Teens, Children & Infants. It’s located at Bethel Community Church (1601 South 6th Street West –Just one block West of Russell). To find our more call (406) 721-2780 or visit: www.bethelmissoula.com


The “40th Annual Snow Joke Half Marathon” happens at Seely Lake on Saturday, February 23rd. Walk or run, beginning at 11:00 am. Cost is $40 if you register before the 21st. Be prepared for anything as the race happens regardless of conditions. Follow them on Facebook and sign up on their webpage: https://runsignup.com/Race/MT/SeeleyLake/SnowJokeHalfMarathon


The “Back Country Horsemen of Missoula’s 2019 Membership Roundup, Potluck Dinner” happens on Saturday, February 23rd beginning at 6:30 pm at the Lolo Community Center. The event is free to all potential members. Bring a favorite dish to share. There will be a live and silent auction and club displays. For details call 406-370-7549.


Footloose Montana will present a Trap-Release Workshop Sunday, February 24th at St. Anthony’s Parish Center (217 Tremont ST, Missoula) from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Traps can be almost anywhere. Learn how to avoid traps, first aid, trapping regulations, practice opening traps and what to carry with you to save your animal companion. The Trap-Release Workshop is free and open to the public!  Call Connie at 549-4647 for more information.


Missoula Movers Coffee Walks. Enjoy the company of new friends on guided walks through Missoula’s conservation lands, parks, and trails. They even provide snowshoes, if it snows. After the walk, enjoy a hot drink with fellow hikers! Meets Mondays at Currents from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Registration is $7 per walk. For details call 721-PARK or visit: www.missoulaparks.org


When you don’t know where to turn because of someone else’s drinking, Al-Anon Family Groups can help. In Missoula, there 10 Al-Anon groups with meetings every day of the week. To find locations and times and how Al-Anon can help your family please call 1-888-4AL-ANON


A meaningful life is not about being popular, highly educated or perfect… It is about being real, being humble, and being able to share ourselves by touching the lives of others. Make a difference in the lives of homeless kitties by volunteering at AniMeals, where every act of kindness grows the spirit and strengthens the soul. Call 406-721-4710 visit 1700 Rankin St. or online at www.animeals.com


— MARCH 2019 —


The Friends of the Library’s 24th annual Chocolate and Authors” fundraiser for the North Valley Public Library in Stevensville is Friday March 1st, from 4:00 pm–7:30 pm. Over 20 local published authors. Enjoy luscious chocolates, and snack on cheeses, meats, veggies and crackers.  Entry is a $5 donation, a chance to win a fun door prize. If you choose to purchase a book, the authors will be happy to autograph it. Profits help the Library pay for children and adults programs. Call 406-777-5061 or visit northvalleylibrary.org


The Montana World Affairs Council is proud to present a Benefit Concert to support Global Education Initiatives for Montana Youth.  The benefit event on Sunday, March 3rd at 6:00 pm. Features the Mission Mountain Wood Band in a rare reunion concert. For details email info@montanaworldaffairs.org


The Missoula County Public Works Department invites residents who live on gravel roads throughout the county to take part in its annual dust abatement share program. This program allows residents to purchase dust palliative, which prevents dust clouds, at a reduced cost. Apply by March 8th. For more info, call Erik Dickson at 406-258-3772 or email edickson@missoulacounty.us


Join Missoula Parks and Recreation for preschool programs, School’s Out Day Camps and much more. Register online for all programs, phone 721-PARK (7275) or stop by Currents Aquatics Center in McCormick Park.




Mama’s Promise, a jewelry line created by homeless mothers is now available. The earrings and jewelry will range from $15.00 – $25.00 a pair and are currently sold at the Missoula Works office (202 Brooks Street). They will eventually to be sold at local businesses as well. All profits go directly to the mothers. For details visit,  www.missoulaworks.com or call 406-926-3400


The Red Cross is looking for volunteer drivers to transport donations from blood drives across western Montana. Volunteers in Missoula, will drive donations to the main processing center in Great Falls. Missoula-based volunteers will also drive donations to Superior and Plains, as well as Salmon, Idaho. Some Red Cross centers have vehicles, and centers without dedicated vehicles will reimburse drivers based on mileage at the end of a shift. Visit: https://volunteerconnection.redcross.org


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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