What’s Up In The 406

AUGUST 2019 

Missoula Parks and Recreation, the Rose Park Neighborhood will join KaBOOM! on Saturday, August 17th to construct a playground in just six hours at Memorial Rose Garden Park. You can sign up to volunteer at roseparkplayground.eventbrite.com

10th annual Bitterroot Celtic Games and Gathering, Saturday August 17th 9:00 am – 10:00 pm, and Sunday the 18th 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, at the Daly Mansion in Hamilton. Highland games, dancers, music, pipe & drum bands, vendors, food, dog herding demos, hurling demonstrations, whisky, scotch & mead tastings, kid’s activities, and a concert Saturday night! Visit www.bcgg.org for ticket info.

The 2nd annual Missoula Under Construction! Where kids drive the big rigs! Saturday, August 17th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Fort Missoula Regional Park.  Drive a forklift, operate a bulldozer & more. What’s it like to be an electrician? A plumber? A carpenter? Hands on activities, get a taste of the trades. Cost $5 per person for children & adults, at the Missoula Food Bank, online and at the door. For more info www.missoulafoodbank.org | 406.549.0543

ChildBridge of Montana will be hosting a Cornhole fundraising tournament on Sunday, August 18th from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Fort Missoula regional Park. Join the fun! Pre-registration and tickets are available by visiting childbridgecornhole.eventbrite.com

The 14th Annual River City Roots Festival will be on Friday, August 23rd. and Saturday, August 24th. In downtown Missoula, the Roots Fest is admission free and full of family-friendly fun, including exceptional arts and culture, healthy living, sustainability, and local food and beverages. For a rundown of events visit https://www.rivercityrootsfestival.com/events/

Child Care Resources’ Training: Program Management Essentials for Directors Attention new directors of child care facilities! –discuss the agencies and programs in Montana that support quality early care and education programs as well as learn more about licensing, curriculum, environments, and professionalism. This class will meet from 2:00 PM–5:00 PM on Monday, August 26. This training is free and is worth 3 training hours.Pre-register at 728-6446, or visit www.childcareresources.org/events.

The Carousel for Missoula has reopened, and you are invited to meet the men who fixed it, and to celebrate its reopening at a community-wide gathering on Tuesday, August 27th, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, at the Carousel. The Carousel will provide lemonade, cookies and free rides. Donations to offset the lost revenue will be accepted, but there is no charge to attend the event.

The 2019 Rumble in the Root Poker Cruise happens Saturday, August 31st.  Register from 8:00 to 9:00 am, starting at KT’s Hayloft Saloon in Lolo. $15.00 each participant. Best poker hand prizes. 7 planned stops through the Bitterroot Valley. Cars, motorcycles, trucks, everyone welcome! All proceeds support local charities. Presented by the BitterRodders Car club.  Call 406-961-3136 for info or on Facebook.

School is right around the corner!  Are you looking for after school care or new child care arrangements as the end of summer care approaches? It is important to look early, places are filling up.  Contact Child Care Resources for help finding new arrangements or to see if you qualify for a child care scholarship at 406-728-6446. Or, visit us online at childcareresources.org.

Boys & Girls Club of Missoula County is accepting registration forms for youth ages 5-12 to become a Club Member at one of their six After-School Clubhouses located across Missoula County. Clubs are open each weekday during the school year from the moment school lets out until 6:00 PM. Transportation from school to Clubhouse locations is provided. To learn more, visit www.bgcmissoula.org

SEPTEMBER 2019 

Sanders County Council on Aging invites you to the Annual Senior Appreciation Picnic on Saturday, September 7th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Avista’s Pilgrim Creek Park in Noxon.  It’s a “Sausage Festival, including, Tantalizing Toppings, Sensational Sides, Delightful Drinks, and Sweet Treats.” Live Music, A VFW Presentation, A Corn Hole Competition, Canine Agility and Dog Dancing, A Silent Auction,  A 50/50 raffle, and more!” Picnic is free 60 and over and $10.00 under 60. For more info call 406-741-2343 Proceeds benefit Sanders County Senior Programs.

The 15th Annual Peace Festival at the Garden of a Thousand Buddhas, Happens, in Arlee, on Sunday, September 8th. You are welcome to attend and learn about the garden. Featuring lectures, meditations and presentations. Schedule of musicians, performers and speakers can be found on their Facebook page.

The out of the Darkness walk happens on Saturday September 14th at Silver Park in Missoula. Walk to fight suicide and raise awareness about mental health. Proceeds benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Visit AFSP.ORG slash Missoula to register. You are not alone.

2019 Green Homes Tour is on Saturday, September 14th at 10:00 am, featuring 3 sustainable homes in the Bitterroot Valley. Learn about the use of sustainable practices and materials in green building. How to incorporate these techniques into your own home or who builds them. For More info call Jill Davies at 406-642-3601 or Daniel Ray at 406-544-0058.  

Sunday Streets Missoula is September 15th from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Over 50 organizations other than driving. On Higgins Ave between the XXX’s and 5th Street. Lots of free activities for all ges, helps kickoff walk & Roll Missoula – the week long celebration of sustainable transportation.

Yoga in the Parks • Tuesdays, through Sept. 17, ages 12 and up. Reduce stress while improving strength and flexibility and explore yoga basics for all ages and abilities. A limited number of yoga mats, towels, and blocks are available for use each session, or bring your own. Class meets 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm; the suggested donation is $3 for adults, $1 for youth ages 18 and under.  Register online at www.missoulaparks.org/register, call 721-PARK (7275), or stop by Currents Aquatics Center.

The Mission Valley Model Aviation 3rd Annual Swap Meet is on September 21st beginning at 7:00 am and September 22nd until 4:00 pm. St Ignatius Airport Rd, St Ignatius. Come join model aviation enthusiasts from around the area and enjoy 2 days of flying excitement. Got anything model aviation to sell or trade? Come on out and set up a table! Lots of fun to be had by all! Follow their Facebook page for more info.

Hundreds of Griz fans, students and community member will head downtown in their maroon and silver to celebrate homecoming week on Saturday, before the Griz take on the Bengals. Around a hundred floats, bands and organizations will parade down Higgins Avenue and through the University District area. Apply to participate in the parade. Applications are due by Friday, September 27th.

The 21st annual GASPing for Air 5K! September 28th. Check-in begins at 10:30 am. The fun run starts at 11:00 am at the practice field next to the rec center on the University of Montana campus, then run to McCormick Park, and loop back. All proceeds benefit Camp Huff ‘n’ Puff – a summer camp for Montana children with asthma. Link for registration: www.imathlete.com. The cost for early registration is $25 including a t-shirt or $15 without a t-shirt till 11:59 pm on September 8th. Find them on Facebook.

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 Missoula Valley Water Quality District has developed a Clean Suds Car Wash Kit that local groups can borrow when they hold car wash fundraisers. The kit prevents the water from car washes, which often contains detergents, motor oil, gasoline and other pollutants, from draining into the aquifer or into Area Rivers and streams. Local groups can borrow the kits for free by calling 406-258-4890.

Join Missoula Parks and Recreation this week for Learn To Play Pickleball classes, Jr. Lifeguard course at Splash Montana and so much more! Register online at www.missoulaparks.org/register. For more information or to register in person, call 721-PARK, visit www.missoulaparks.org, or stop by Currents Aquatics Center. Learn more in the Summer Recreation Guide at www.missoulaparks.org.

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