What’s Up In The 406

All Missoula County residents can now use the drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at the fairgrounds with prior approval. Anyone showing symptoms — a fever over 100.4, cough and trouble breathing — should call (406) 258-4636 before going out to the Missoula County Fairgrounds 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

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  

Mountain Line has partnered with First Presbyterian Church to create a drive-in community Wi-Fi hotspot. They will park one of the Wi-Fi-equipped electric buses in the church parking lot providing free internet access to all those who need it Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., for the foreseeable future. The drive-in hot spot is at 235 South 5th Street West.

Are you earning less right now due to reduced work hours?  If you were previously over income, you may now qualify for childcare assistance through the Best Beginnings Child Care ScholarshipEligibility is for 12 months, so if you qualify now, you will be eligible for the whole year, even if your hours increase again. Contact Child Care Resources today to see if you qualify at 406-728-6446 or go to childcareresources.org

JULY 2020

Spend the summer reading and win fabulous prizes from June 8-August 10! North Valley Public Library in Stevensville, Register for Rubber Duck Reading Club and Book Bingo on the Library’s website or call the Library. Materials will be available for curbside pickup, just call! Or you can print materials on the Library’s website. Suitable for ages 0-4 and Book Bingo is suitable for ages 5-18.. For more info visit northvalleylibrary.org.

The Missoula PaddleHeads and The Roxy Theater host Movie Night at the Ballpark a weekly movie series at Ogren Park Allegiance Field, every Thursday. Stadium gates will open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. showing. Tickets available at gopaddleheads.com, or the night of each showing at the ballpark box office.

Unseen Missoula is back for it’s third season and is booking a limited number of tours this year. So reserve your spot today! Comprised of two main tours: Basements & Back Alleys & Hotels & Hooligans. These tours promote the heritage and uniqueness of downtown Missoula. For more details, click here!

Stay Home for Habitat Raffle” tickets are available now through August 7th. Find the order form at www.habitatmsla.org for the chance to win one of seven prize packages, there’s an Oregon Coast getaway, a private piano concert, dining and spa certificates and more.

The Missoula Food Bank and Community Center has updated their hours of operation for the foreseeable future.  They’re now open from 10AM to 7PM on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10AM to 1PM on Wednesdays and they’re closed Friday through the weekend.

The Missoula Farmer’s Market Tuesday Evening market June through September from 5-7pm at Market Square at the north end of Higgins Ave by the X’s. They’re following all Health Department guidelines and they’re encouraging everyone to wear masks.

Come to Caras Park for Downtown Pop ups! On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, a small group of vendors are serving Missoula in safe and appropriately-distanced spaces. Downtown Pop-Ups is from 5PM to 8PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and on Wednesdays from 11AM to 2PM for the rest of the summer.

Registration is now open for Runner’s Edge and Run Wild Missoula’s “Four for the Fourth” Complete a four-mile run (or walk) anywhere and anytime on the fourth of July! The entry cost is 20 dollars plus a processing fee. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Missoula Food Bank and prizes are available to registered participants who upload their results. (Link for uploads coming soon to runwildmissoula.org

Missoula’s best and only 4th of July fireworks show is at Southgate Mall.  Due to COVID-19, this event will look a little different this year. The Southgate Mall team has been working with city officials to create a safe environment for community members to come enjoy the fireworks. Watch for more details on their Facebook page.  Fireworks: 10:30 PM.  July 4th Mall Hours: 10 AM – 6 PM

Please join the City of Hamilton in celebrating Independence Day at Ravalli County Fairgrounds! Traditionally, the 4th of July has been enjoyed with backyard barbecues and fireworks. This year put your feet up, let them do the cooking and enjoy an amazing Fireworks show! Enjoy the open space, fresh air, delicious food available for purchase from local vendors, (while practicing social distancing).  If you would like to donate funds for the show, send to the City of Hamilton, 223 South 2nd Street, Hamilton, MT  59840

Destination Missoula has a new Missoula river guide and map for floaters! The digital map has information on river access points, places to park and more. Find it at http://destinationmissoula.org/downtown-river-map

Come Rock out July 10th thru the 13th, at the Lincoln Bike Rally They have Hells Belles, the female cover band for AC/DC! $20 per ticket. Package deals will be made available for gear, poker run tickets, bike show and bike rodeo. Keep up to date on all the latest news about the event, free camping, vendor info and more – find it on our Facebook page, Lincoln Bike Rally

Arts Missoula and MCAT has another Virtual First Friday July 3rd from 5:00-6:00 p.m., and will be archived on the MCAT Youtube channel. They’ll announce who is July’s “Arts Missoula star” an honor for someone who has contributed to our local arts scene. For more information artsmissoula.org

AUGUST 2020

More events coming soon…

Additional Information

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: They will be happy to meet you outside to collect your donation. Just call (406) 529-5643 and a staff person will come outside and meet you. You can donate online and ask volunteer questions here.

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.

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. 

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