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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 “Vaccine Info” page, for the latest information. Webpage  http://covid19.missoula.co/   OR  258-INFO (4636) number is staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

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

The Missoula farmers markets have local food, arts, crafts and more. The Missoula Farmer’s market is at the north end of Higgins Avenue. More details: missoulafarmersmarket. The Clark Fork River Market is next to the carousel at 101 carousel drive. More details: clarkforkmarket.com

Mountain Line’s trolley service to the Saturday downtown markets begins at 8:55 AM each Saturday and runs approximately every 20 minutes until 11:45 AM, from the Lewis and Clark Villages, down Higgins Avenue to the XXXXs. See each stop for the trolley and find out more information at mountainline.com or call 406-721-3333.

JUNE 2021

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.  New scholarships are available thanks to Best Beginnings, Contact Child Care Resources to see if you qualify at 406-728-6446 or go online to childcareresources.org.

Out to Lunch and Downtown Tonight starts June 2nd and June 3rd featuring live music and local food vendors. Out to Lunch begins at 11am Wednesday, June 2nd and Downtown Tonight kicks off June 3rd. Find out more missouladowntown.com

The LifeGuard Group, committed to fight human trafficking has a fundraiser for a safe house. The Taste of Freedom happens, FRIDAY, JUNE 11th AT 5:30 PM. In Corvallis at Montana Custom Log Homes. Tickets are $50 to $75 each.  Live music- Spirits & Wine Tasting-Hors-d’oeuvre’s-Goodie/Swag bag- VIP tix include Meet and Greet with country artist Stephanie Quayle. The lifeguard group on Facebook or Instagram or call 406-396-5053

This summer teens can make their own journal, manga, zine, and mini figurine at the North Valley Public Library in Stevensville. Teen Summer Workshops vary: June thru August and are from 2-4:30p.m. Register on the Library’s Events Calendar, on the  website, or stop by the Library. For ages 12-18. For more info visit northvalleylibrary.org

Empty Bowls, Full Souls returns Wednesday, June 16th at Ogren Park. A simple meal shared among neighbors serves as a reminder that there are those in our community who will go to bed hungry tonight. Join them!  Find more information at www.MissoulaFoodBank.org.

The Daly Foundations Colors of Cancer 5k Fun Run is Saturday, June 19th – A 5k OR 1 mile route around Marcus Daly hospital and through town. Walkers, runners and cancer survivors, FUNdraiser to support cancer services at MDMH. Color Teams can be sponsored and are encouraged to run/walk together. $20 per person, under 12 FREE, includes T-shirt. Start time 9 a.m. Visit mdmh.org/Events

Visit the North Valley Public Library on Thursdays June 17th, July 8th and August 19th from 10:30am to 12:30pm for hands on activities and exhibits which promote problem solving! It’s all thanks to The University of Montana SpectrUM Discovery Area, STEAM Advisory Group, libraries and community organizations teaming up. Registration is required so either visit northvalleylibrary.org, stop by the library or call 406-777-5061

The 22nd annual Bitterrodders Car Show and Swap meet is Saturday June 19th at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds. From 10am to 3pm. All cars & Trucks welcome: $25.00 entry fee. Call Ken Ireland for details at 406-375-9031  ksireland92@cybernet1.com

Out to Lunch and Downtown ToNight are back in Caras Park this summer! Looking to treat your staff? Treating your out-of-town visitors? “Caras Cash” is the perfect way to support these long-running, community staples. Caras Cash is valid at all vendors at Out to Lunch and Downtown ToNight. Available in $5.00 increments. Interested in placing an order? Email info@missouladowntown.com or call 406.543.4238.

JULY 2021

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/

Flint Creek Valley Days Car Show is back to celebrate 25 years of gathering classic cars in downtown Philipsburg!  The show will take place on July 25th from Noon to 4pm. Come join the fun and everything Philipsburg has to offer. Registration is $25 and will be from 10 am to Noon the day of the show.  For further details, please call 406-544-7424.

Friday, July 2nd is the Missoula Paddleheads and Fireworks extravaganza at Ogren Park Allegiance Field. Tickets are limited, buy them at gopaddleheads.com

If you are 55+ and unemployed Easterseals-Goodwill can help; providing transitional employment services through the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) Finding a job after temporarily leaving the work force can be difficult. Participants may also receive help updating resumes and learning interview skills. For details call 406-836-0670

ADDITIONAL

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/

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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