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— JULY 2017 —

 July 12th 2017

Firefighters want to inform you that the potential for wildfires to start is increasing. It only takes one spark, please take extra precautions with campfires and other outdoor activities in the coming months.

* Make sure safety chains, when towing, do not drag, causing sparks.

*  Remember that vehicles parked or driven in tall grass can start a fire.

BTW: Micro-surfacing between Missoula and Lolo on Highway 93, from the Reserve St. intersection to the MT 12 junction in Lolo, will start the week of July 17th.  This operation will last for the next several weeks including weekends. Expect lengthy traffic delays and slow moving traffic in these areas. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at 1-800-321-4964, leave a message

Due to current high fire danger in Ravalli County and the forecast for high temperatures throughout the week, the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office would like to inform our community that open burning within Ravalli County will be prohibited beginning on Thursday, July 13th,

The North Valley Public Library hosts Dan Brandborg from Sustainable Building Systems on Thursday, July 13th, 6-7 p.m. Join this presentation on the advantages of solar powered energy, how to set up your own systems, and the array of solar professionals in the Bitterroot Valley. For more info call 777-5061.

Missoula Folklore Society offers summer dances on Thursday July 13th.

The community is invited to Contra Dances in the air conditioned Missoula Senor Center, 705 S Higgins, Missoula. There will be a pot luck dinner from 6-7 PM, with a dance from 7 – 10 PM. A $5 donation is suggested to cover the cost of the hall. All ages and experience levels accepted, and no partner is necessary. Live music provided by local musicians, with an open mic for musicians and callers. More info available at

Athens under the Big Sky Greek Festival is on Friday July 14th and Saturday the 15th at 301 South 6th Street west in Missoula. Greek food, cooking demos, wine and beer and kids activities. Live Greek music from the band “Helios”. Free admission! For info call 543-0792 or visit

Missoula garden Club is sponsoring the, Show Us What You’ve Got Yard Contest.

A beautiful yard contest for Missoula Residents. Entry includes 4 categories: container plantings, flower beds or shrubs, rock or water gardens and landscaped yards. No matter what type of garden or landscape you have, you can enter. Deadline is July 15th. Call 406 830 3308. Or email

*Multi-platinum selling, GRAMMY® nominated singer/songwriter Geoff Tate will embark on a worldwide tour highlighting songs from all 17 albums he has done throughout his 35 year career. The tour includes a stop at the Bedford Building in Hamilton, on Saturday, July 15th at 7pm. Reserve tickets are priced at $26.50 and include light appetizers. Beer and wine will be for sale at the event. Tickets are available by calling Chris at (406) 360-5420 or online at, with proceeds going to benefit the Bitterroot Dragon Brigade in Hamilton. *(Geoff is the original singer for the rock band Queensryche)

The FIFTH ANNUAL Windermere SUP Cup, stand-up paddleboard competition on the Clark Fork River in Missoula is on Sunday, July 16th, featuring Recreational and Elite divisions. Recreational participants will be competing for various prizes and Elite will battle for the $3,000 cash purse. Enjoy a MONTANA LUAU with music, drinks, food and prizes! It’s all to raise money for The Missoula Food Bank – EmPower Pack Program and the Watershed Education Network (WEN). To register visit

Let’s Get MUDdy! The Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming is hosting this free program for all girls grades K-5. Go to MUD (the Missoula Urban Demonstration Project) and learn about sustainable gardening, make your own paper, and create a musical instrument from recycled materials! Signup by July 19th required. Call Kelsey W at 252-0488 or email

Come out to Bonner Park Wednesday July 19th and enjoy a nice evening of FREE music with the Missoula City Band featuring the Missoula Community Chorus! Next a new member of the MCC Family, M-Power Voices (formerly the VSA Choir) will be singing the national anthem at the Osprey Game on July 21st. They’ll also be holding the 50/50 raffle where half the proceeds will go to supporting their activities for the coming year. Visit for details.

Be prepared for fire season. Come hear Alex Hartless from the USDA Forest Service give expert advice on how to best prepare yourself and your property for the possibility of a wildfire. On Thursday July 20th at 6 pm at the North Valley Public Library in Stevensville. For more info, call the library on 777-5061.

Join the Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming for an action-packed weekend of space exploration! On Friday July 21st at 8pm. “Starry Eyed” is a two-part series will take place at Blue Mountain Observatory and the planetarium. You do not have to be a Girl Scout to attend! To register contact Kelsey M. at 406-252-0488 or

8th Annual Big Sky BBQ is coming up on Saturday July 22nd. A benefit event for the Montana Food Bank Network held at Caras Park in Missoula. Attendees enjoy free admission, a plethora of BBQ food with other options, free live music, ice cold brew, and a great summer evening underneath Montana’s Big Sky! Volunteers help, apply online at


THE 120TH AIRLIFT WING AND 341ST MISSILE WING PROUDLY CELEBRATE 70 YEARS OF AIR POWER OVER THE BIG SKY with the 2017 Montana Military Open House“Flight over the Falls” 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday July 22nd and 23rd at the Great Falls International Airport. This event is free and open to the public. The headline act is the USAF Thunderbirds. Details at


Child Care Resources’ Training: New Provider Orientation/Early Childhood Essentials is coming up. Have you ever thought about opening a child care facility or are in the process of becoming licensed?  Attend an informative training on Wednesday July 26th from either 9:30-12:30 or 4:30-6:30. Pre-register at 728-6446, or visit


11th annual grid iron golf classic happens on Thursday July 28th at University golf course. A fundraiser for Sentinel high school football. Helps to provide equipment, training, and financial assistance to players. Still looking for teams of 4 and hole sponsors. Team cost is $200 total and hole sponsorship is $150. Deadline is July 14th. More information at spartan touchdown @

The 22nd Annual Flint Creek Valley Days Classic Car Show happens on Saturday July 29th. Registration is at 10 am in downtown Philipsburg, show starts at noon. Live music, shopping, live theatre all in addition to the show.  Judging is at 4 pm and the show closes at 5 pm.  Please call Heidi at 859-3388 for further details.

Carousel for Missoula hosts the ninth annual Fairy Tale and Super Hero Festival will be held at Dragon Hollow Play area Saturday, July 29th, from 10am to noon. The Festival offers children the opportunity to dress as their favorite fairy tale character or superhero and strut their stuff. The festival is free to all fairy tale characters and super heroes.

Celtic Festival Missoula happens on Saturday, July 29th, from 12 noon to 10 pm.  At Caras Park. Free Admission. An annual celebration of great Celtic culture, both in its historical form, and as it has evolved into new and modern forms, such as Celtic Rock. To see the band lineup check out

Habitat of Humanity of Ravalli County’s 2nd annual Summer BBQ Bash is Sunday July 30th from noon till 4pm at Sleeping Child Farm in Hamilton. No-host Bar, Burgers, Brats and all the fixings plus music from Nashville 406.cost $20.00 each and $10 for kids 7 to 16. Tickets available at the resale Center on Old Corvallis road in Hamilton or at

Whether you are caring for an aging loved one, or are an older adult yourself, HELP IS JUST A PHONE CALL AWAY WHEN YOU NEED INFORMATION OR ASSISTANCE!

Missoula Aging Services friendly staff is ready to connect you WITH unbiased advice, an assessment of your needs, and personalized information about available resources.

See what we can do for you! Call 541- HELP or log on to: Missoula Aging Services dot org.

The Western Montana Fair is looking for volunteers for the Fair this summer (August 8-13th. Many shifts are available for every part of the Fair, including exhibits, arena, events, music, greeting and more!  ALL volunteers will receive one swag item (shirt, hat, or water bottle) and one ticket to the rodeo, demo derby, or an all-day ride pass for the carnival! To sign up visit:

Opportunity Resources, Inc. Annual fund drive is on now. By making a donation you help hundreds of adults with disabilities attain independence in housing, employment and activities of daily living, empowering individuals to lead independent productive lives. Find out more by calling 406-721-2930 or donate online at

Get Your Caras Cash for Out to Lunch & Downtown Tonight! Caras Cash is valid at all food/beverage vendors at Out to Lunch and Downtown ToNight events.  Caras Cash can be purchased in $5 increments and is a great way to buy dinner or lunch for your colleagues, conference attendees, or family.  Purchase Caras Cash at the Downtown Missoula Partnership office at 218 E. Main or by calling (406) 543-4238.

Live music and film packages are all part of the Last Best Conference coming to the Wilma Theater on Thursday and Friday, August 3rd and 4th. LBCon tickets are on sale now at for $199 through Friday, July 28th. These tickets include all main-stage sessions and commemorative LBCon swag. Separate packages, and passes also are available online.

CASA of Missoula is accepting applications for their upcoming CASA volunteer training beginning September 29th. If you or someone you know is interested in being the voice for abused and neglected children in Missoula or Mineral County, visit their website to learn more.


Missoula Folklore Society offers summer dances on Thursday August 10th. The community is invited to Contra Dances in the air conditioned Missoula Senor Center, 705 S Higgins, Missoula. There will be a pot luck dinner from 6-7 PM, with a dance from 7 to 10 PM. A $5 donation is suggested to cover the cost of the hall. All ages and experience levels accepted, and no partner is necessary. Live music provided by local musicians, with an open mic for musicians and callers. More info available at

Elder abuse is a growing problem and it happens right here in Montana. One in 10 older adults are victims of physical or emotional abuse, financial exploitation or neglect. Get help or report abuse call your local aging services office or adult protective services at 1-844 277-9300 (run thru end of August)

LSH foundation refurbishes old laptop computers and distributes them to students or people who might not have the ability to get one. To drop off a laptop or to mail, the LSH foundation’s address is 300 Edith St. Missoula, MT 59801. Or contact Christian Klinglerat (406)830-7945. If an individual wants to get hold of a refurbished laptop, they can proceed to the website and fill out a form for consideration, at


Missoula Out of the Darkness Walk happens Saturday September 9th at McCormick Park in Missoula. Check-in/Registration Time at noon, the Walk Begins at 1:00 pm. help raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss. To register for Team St. Patrick Hospital & Project Tomorrow go to

(thru 9-15)  The Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting applications for the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Reserve Deputy Association. Applications are only available at the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office during normal business hours. Accepted applicants will be invited to attend written and physical testing. for Additional DETAILS: contact Sergeant Ron Holton at or 406-375-4027

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