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Crisis counseling is available for Montana residents struggling with stress and anxiety from the pandemic. Call the Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs (no spaces) to 66746.

All Missoula County residents can now use the drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at  the Garden City building at 4025 Flynn Lane just off West Broadway with prior approval. Anyone showing symptoms — a fever over 100.4, cough and trouble breathing — should call (406) 258-4636 before going out to be tested.

Our station webpages have the “COVID-19 Info” page, the latest information on the virus from reputable sources, Missoula City/County Health department, the CDC, WHO, and more. >MISSOULA CITY-COUNTY JOINT INFORMATION CENTER webpage  http://covid19.missoula.co/   the 258-INFO (4636) number is staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

April 2021

Starting to work in your garden? Contact Missoula County Weed District and Extension Office’s Plant Clinic with any plant care or pest management questions. Bring samples, and they can help you. To find out more call 406.258.4200 or visit www.missoulaeduplace.org/plant-clinic

Construction has started on the on the intersection of Third Street and Higgins Avenue. During construction, you can expect temporary sidewalk displacement and limited vehicle access. Stay up to date with weekly emails, by emailing a request to Kristine@BigSkyPublicRelations.com, registering for text message alerts by texting “HIGGINS” to 41411, or calling the project hotline with any questions at (406) 207-4484.

Is your child in need of a creative outlet? North Valley Public Library in Stevensville to the rescue with Zoom Art Club.  Join them on Thursday, April 15 at 4 pm. Register on the Library’s website. You can watch the lessons live or recorded. This program is suitable for ages 5-11. For more info visit northvalleylibrary.org.

The FLORENCE CARLTON COMMUNITY CHURCH ANNUAL RUMMAGE SALE is Friday, April 16,from 9am to 6pm  & Saturday, April 17th 9am to 3pm. Donations gladly accepted on the, 13th, 14th, and 15th. (no TVs or Electronics) The church is located at 20075 OLD highway 93, halfway between Lolo and Florence. Any questions please call: Dace @ 240-6601

The Fort Missoula Historical Museum Debuts Document Detectives:  A webinar series exploring how to ethically and usefully use archival sources to tell the histories of Montana’s diverse communities.  A “Zoom Webinar “ on Wednesday, April 28ᵗʰ at 1:00pm. You can Register at: https://fortmissoulamuseum.org/document-detectives/ or visit their Facebook Page for event details.

Missoula County Community and Planning Services is now accepting nominations for the annual Land Stewardship Award. The award recognizes landowners and residents who are taking stewardship of land and water seriously and embarking on projects and practices that make a difference. The nomination form is due Friday, April 30th, and is available on the CAPS Open Lands website at http://missoula.co/stewardshipaward.

Rhino Roofing is asking graduating High School seniors in Missoula and Ravalli Counties to apply and enter an essay for one of four $1000.00 scholarships, for tuition, books or expenses to any accredited college or trade school this fall. Get details and apply at Rhino roofing MT dot com.  Apply by 12pm (noon) on Monday, May 10th. More details: https://www.rhinoroofingmt.com/scholarship-application

May 2021

Blue Mountain Pickup 2021 happens on Saturday May 1st from 7a-12p. Unleashed Doggy Daycare is hosting a volunteer poop pick up on Blue Mountain. You are invited to join in and try to pick up as much as you can in those hours. Face masks, hand sanitizer, gloves and trash bags are provided. Call 406-926-1477

The National Wildlife Federation hosts the 1st of 4 virtual training sessions to become a habitat Steward, on May 4th. Cost is $20. Create and restore habitat in backyards or school yards or businesses. Call Anna at 406-541-6708 or email MTEducation@nwf.org for details.

The Missoula County Elections Office has several board positions available and are seeking applicants to fill them. They become vacant end of May. Applicants must be residents of Missoula County and at least 18 years old. The deadline to submit applications is Tuesday, May4th. To see them and apply online visit https://boards.missoulacounty.us/apply/   (look on county webpage)

Stop by North Valley Public Library in Stevensville on Tuesday, May 4 or Wednesday, May 5 (Revenge of the 5th!) during the Library’s open hours, 10 am-7 pm, to pick up your Star Wars Day take and make kit and create a mini Yoda light. Get yours while supplies last, first come first serve. May the 4th Be With You! For more info visit northvalleylibrary.org.

Save the Date for Missoula Gives, May 6th & 7th! Missoula Gives & Bitterroot Gives, an initiative of Missoula Community Foundation, is a 26-hour online celebration that connects generous Missoulians and Bitterrooters with the causes they care about. Find out  more at https://www.missoulagives.org/

Register now to learn Heartsaver First Aid and CPR at the Lifelong Learning Center from 8:30am to 3:00pm on May 8th or June 5th. Hands-on instruction with managing illness and injuries for the first few minutes until professional help arrives. People will earn a two-year Heartsaver First Aid and CPR certification card if the complete the course successfully. The price is $96, find out more at missoulaclasses.com

Sunday, May 26th  the Boys & Girls Club of Missoula County has their 3rd annual Tutu Trot Fundraiser. Run 2.2 miles in a tutu to support the 22,000 youth living in Missoula County. You can also run virtually any time between May 16th and the 31st. If you don’t have a tutu you can make one when you register with the BGCM team at Silver Park. Registration is going on now at bgcmissoula.org/tutu-trot.

Sign up for History Camp at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula. For Ages: 8- to 13-year-olds. Become a History Detective & Travel back through time to learn what life was like when the Fort was built in 1877.  July 19th-July 23rd from 9am to 4pm.  Cost:  $150.00, 10% discount for members. Deadline for registration: July 1st. Call 406-258-3473 or visit: https://fortmissoulamuseum.org/education/summer-camps/


Service workers and others in need of help with a variety of needs should call 2-1-1, or visit the Montana 2-1-1 website, www.montana211.org  

The Boy Scouts of America have programs available. Either socially distanced or virtual. These programs promise to build character and leadership while providing adventures. Find out more at scouting.org

Reformers Unanimous can help people struggling with addiction. The Lighthouse Baptist church hosts meetings Fridays at 7pm, with childcare provided. For more information call 240- fifty two, ninety four

Boys & Girls Club of Missoula County is looking for a motivated, energetic individual to join their Board of Directors. If you are interested in becoming a leader of a youth-serving nonprofit organization in the Missoula community, reach out to BGCM’s CEO, Katie Holman, at katie@bgcmissoulacounty.org.

Missoula Movers Coffee Walks are on Mondays, for active adults. Enjoy the company of new friends on guided walks through Missoula’s conservation lands, parks, and trails. After the walk, enjoy a hot drink with fellow hikers! Meets Mondays at Currents, 9 am-12 pm. Registration is $7 per walk. 406-721-7275

Missoula County’s Election Center online can provide voter and election services Elections Center staff can help with all voter services, including registration, requesting an absentee ballot, address changes, retrieving undeliverable ballots and issuing replacement ballots. Voters can check their ward, registration status and polling place location at www.missoulavotes.com.

The Poverello Center serves some of our most at-risk neighbors. And they are seeking Donations of Food & Cleaning Supplies: Just call (406) 529-5643 and a staff person will come outside and meet you. You can donate online and ask volunteer questions at https://www.thepoverellocenter.org/donate/

Do you or someone you know need help paying for childcare? Many families struggle to pay for childcare 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.

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s Helpline is open seven days a week to answer questions about caregiving during the Coronavirus outbreak, ways to keep your loved one safe, what to do at home and more. Call 866-232-8484 or visit www.alzfdn.org to connect with a licensed social worker. 

A Missoula County dog license is your furry friend’s ticket home. the Missoula County Animal Control Shelter responds to over 3,500 calls and investigate nearly 150 animal bites each year, and provides the best care possible at the shelter for Missoula’s animals in need. To license your dog, contact Missoula County Animal Control at 406-541-7387 or license them online.

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