What’s Up In The 406

JANUARY 2020 

The current influenza (flu) season could be one of the worst in years and has not peaked yet. You still have time to get a flu shot and have it provide you some protection!  This is of particular concern for adults living with heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes—for whom flu can be serious and even deadly. Get a flu shot almost anywhere.

The 2020 Downtown Missoula Calendar is here! Stop by the MDA office (218 E. Main St Ste C) to pick one up today for $15! Start the year off right with beautiful photos of Missoula taken by local photographers

The Cub Scout Klondike Derby, Hosted by Mullan Trail District, Montana Council, BSA happens on Saturday, January 25th, 2020 from 8:45 AM – 3:00 PM at Fort Missoula. After an opening ceremony, Scouts will participate in a variety of events. The general public is invited to come watch the event, but participation is limited to registered Scouts, Leaders, and Parents. Want to join Scouts? It’s not too late! Find out how at http://beascout.org.

Missoula Electric Cooperative have given numerous student scholarships away and have recently added two additional $1,000 Line Program Scholarships, for those interested in attending the Montana Line School to become a lineman. The deadline to apply is January 27th so get the application now on their website, https://missoulaelectric.com/2019/12/scholarship-opportunities/

MISSOULA PARKS AND RECREATION offer Afterschool Cross Country Ski • through Jan.27th for ages 5+ The program includes ALL equipment, snacks, instruction, transportation. Meets Mondays or Wednesdays from 3:45 – 5:30 PM, the registration fee is $66, or $55 with CityCard resident discount. They can provide skis, boots, and poles for your child. Ski locations are snow dependent, and we’ll provide transportation. Youth Recreation Grants available, call 721-PARK. 

Frenchtown Developmental Screening is scheduled for Thursday, January 30th, at the Frenchtown Elementary School District for Children birth through 5 years of age This is a screening for potential developmental delays. Assessment is comprehensive and usually takes 60 to 90 minutes. Call the Frenchtown Special Services Office at 626-2748 to schedule an appointment.

The 14th annual Project Community Connect, A one-stop event for people in need of the following FREE services or info: is on Friday January 31st  from 10 am to 3 pm at Revive Church, 2811 Latimer in Missoula. Medical/Dental/Eye Care, Housing Services, IDs/Birth Certificates, Veteran Services, Mental Health & Addiction Recovery, Clothing, Haircuts, Pet Food & Vaccinations, Public Benefit Assistance. More details on Facebook@MissoulaPCC

Missoula County’s new Election Center is now open and providing voter and election services at 140 N. Russell St. The Elections Center is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. 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.

FEBRUARY 2020

2020 Census jobs are available in just about every county in Montana and they start at $17 per hour. You can go to either census.mt.gov OR 2020census.gov for more info

The Missoula Community Theatre presents Ken Ludwig’s “Leading Ladies” the hilarious non-musical farce thru Febuary 2nd at the MCT Theater. Tickets are available at the box-office Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm, 406-728-play or MCTinc.org

The Lost Trail Ski Patrol’s 36th annual Steak Fry fundraiser at Lost Trail Powder Mountain on Saturday, Feb. 8th. The barbecue dinner begins at 4:30 p.m. at the lodge. live music, and experience the magical Torchlight Parade at 7 p.m. Steak dinners cost $20 and hamburger dinners cost $12. New this year, you can purchase your dinner and beverage tickets online; log onto https://losttrailskipatrol.redpodium.com/annual-steak-fry-fundraiser-2020

The Philipsburg Ice Associations’s Winter Brew Fest happens on Saturday, February 15th from  Noon to 5:00 PM at the old Fire Hall in Philipsburg. Over a dozen Montana breweries, and Live Music by Simon Valdez from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Then The Fossils go from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Also featuring A Silent Auction. $20 for entry, glass + 3 drink tickets. Additional tickets $2 each or 6 for $10. Butte/Anaconda & Missoula shuttles available! Call 406-616-2873 for more info and to reserve a seat.

9th Annual Cowboy Ball is Saturday, February 15th, 5:30 PM · at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds · Hamilton. Live music from Shodown, No host bar, No host dinner by Up N Smokin BBQ. a live auction, silent auction, bucket raffle and games of chance. Come help us raise funds for rodeo projects and have an amazing time with friends and family. Tickets are $10 or reserve a table for 2 or 8 by coming by the office.

Running Up for Air, aka RUFA, is a mountain endurance challenge that offers trail runners and hikers an opportunity to put their energy to use in the fight for cleaner air. On February 22nd, You will have 3, 6, and 12 hour options to complete laps on Mt. Sentinel. More info and online registration can be found at https://www.runnersedgemt.com/events/rufa/

Missoula Downtown Association’s The 10th Annual Winter BrewFest is scheduled for February 29 this year – Leap Day!  from 2-6 pm at Caras Park. Offerings during the event will include over 35 Montana beers, non-alcoholic coffee and hot cocoa & a DJ with the tunes! FREE Carousel rides and s’mores making will take place from 2-4pm.*Volunteer signups here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0b48aaa92dabf85-2019

The spring cycle for the Missoula Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) Event Grant Fund is open now. The purpose is to provide funding to new and/or growing events, preferably in non-peak months (October-April) that will provide economic benefit through increased hotel room nights and other spending within the Missoula Community. The deadline to apply for the spring grant cycle is March 1st More info at   https://tbid.destinationmissoula.org/grant-opportunities/

MISSOULA PARKS AND RECREATION invites you to Currents Open Kayak Nights • Ongoing, Ages 15+ Bring your cleaned and scoured kayak/paddle/skirt/life jacket to work on your roll skills. For 15 & up, youth under 15 allowed with direct adult supervision. Meets Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8-10 p.m., through April 30. Regular Currents admission fees apply. Call 721-PARK for details.

MARCH 2020

Save the date, Saturday March 7th, the “I Run For Bob” 10th Annual Poker Tournament. 1:00 PM at the Silver Slipper in Missoula. They are planning a big day for the 10th year including a larger venue. More details to come visit www.irunforbob.com for info

Annual fundraising banquet for the Ravalli County Friends of NRA is being held Saturday March 7th, in the 1st Interstate Bldg at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds. Dinner will be catered by Famous Dave’s Famous BBQ. The evening will have silent and live auctions, games and raffles. Always a fun event, the funds raised are used for Youth Hunter Safety, Women’s shooting sports, conservation, range improvements and the NRA National School Shield. Get tickets online at https://www.friendsofnra.org/eventtickets/Events/Index/27   

You are invited to “Find your Voice” at the UM Toastmasters Club. Meeting at the UM University Center every Monday from noon to 1pm, except UM holidays. To find out more contact Sam Richter at 406-544-2575.

Missoula Valley Winter Market, happens Every Saturday thru April 18th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at 705 S Higgins Ave (Missoula Senior Center). Find local produce year-round! Cheese, honey, eggs, meats. Live Music every week. New this season, they are now authorized to accept SNAP benefits. For details call 406-396-0593

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