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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

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  

SEPTEMBER 2020

Child Care Resources have $4,000 scholarships available to parents or guardians of children who cannot return to school or childcare during the pandemic due to special circumstances. For more information go to www.childcareresources.org/parent or call 406-728-6446.

Bayern Brewing and Arts Missoula are celebrating Germanfest a bit different this year. A Taste of Oktoberfest! has begun with authentic German Beer Steins available for purchase at Bayern Brewing & Edelweiss Bistro, the Stone of Accord, Thomas Meagher Bar, and the Iron Horse Bar & Grill and small events at each of these locations. (ENDS THE 26TH)

>>Stroller Strides is a fitness program for moms and their babies! The instructors combine music, activities and exercise— classes are from 9:30am to 10:30am at least twice a week throughout September and will take place at outdoors or at different indoor locations depending on the weather. Find out more at https://missoula.fit4mom.com/

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s Educating America Tour is holding a free virtual conference on Tuesday, September 29th at 10:00 am to help Montana residents affected by Alzheimer’s during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Register for the free Alzheimer’s educational program, with a special guest message from Dr. Oz, at www.alzfdn.org/tour  or by calling 866-232-8484.

The Missoula County commissioners are now accepting applications for the Fair Event Committee. Three terms are ending on Sept. 30; however, all current members are eligible for reappointment. Applications are available online. The deadline to apply is Thursday, October 1st. For more info on the application process, contact Sarah Bell at sbell@missoulacounty.us

Support the local arts scene by pledging a donation to The Montana International Choral Festival. They’re collecting pledges for the 2022 Montana International Choral Festival. Find out more at choralfestival.org

The library in Stevensville is seeking seed donations to help start the new Seed Library. Go to www.northvalleylibrary.org and look under the resource tab for Seed Library. Print off a form from there or pick one up in the library. How to donate: 1. Pick up a Seed Donation Form, 2. Fill out the items on the front of the form, 3. Place your seeds in any type of container (containers will not be returned), attach the form to the container, 4. Bring form and seeds to the Front Desk *Please do not place seeds in book drop.

SEPTEMBER 2020

The Missoula Walk to End Alzheimer’s happens ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4th, at 1pm, but instead of hosting a large gathering, you can view the virtual Opening Ceremony at alz.org/walk and then walk with family or in small groups on sidewalks, tracks and trails wherever you wish. To register visit: alz.org/walk or call 800.272.3900.

The CASA of Missoula Superhero 5K Run and Kids Dash happens Virtually this year, October 3rd & 4th, or anytime! Find “The Master of Marshmallow Mayhem” and take a picture with him. Email your picture to superhero@casamissoula.org to be entered into a prize raffle.  Register for the fun, or donate by visiting https://www.casamissoula.org/superherorun/

 Missoula County residents looking to safely dispose of hazardous substances can do so during Household Haz Waste Days Friday through Sunday, Oct. 16th-18th. The event will be held outdoors and by appointment only.Registration and pre-payment required for this event ($10)  Visit https://environmentalhealth.ecwid.com/ Call 406-258-4890 details: www.hazwastemissoula.com

Missoula Electric Cooperative members can nominate a local hero in the fifth annual “WhoPowersYou Contest” celebrating local heroes. It’s a chance for MEC members and employees to nominate someone making a difference in the community, nominees can win up to $5,000 for the cause they champion. Go to whopowersyou.com for details. Nominations open close October 9th.

(thru Oct) The Missoula PaddleHeads and The Roxy Theater host Tuesday Night Trivia at Ogren Park Allegiance Field, every Tuesday. Doors open at 6:30pm, trivia starts at 7:30pm and ends at 8:30pm— featuring food and $2.00 brews! http://gopaddleheads.com/

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.

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. 

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