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December 15th 2017
The Missoula Community Chorus presents “GLOW”. The 80 voice main choir and the smaller chamber ensemble will be augmented by a small string and wind ensemble for selections throughout the program. The evening will also include holiday selections and promises to be a wonderful winter concert for all ages. Friday December 15th 7:30 PM
St. Anthony Church 217 Tremont. Tickets are $10 available at the door or call 406)-493-9255, Or Visit http://www.missoulachorus.com
**An additional date has been added, MCC will be making a special appearance in Seeley as part of the “Two Valleys Stage Performing Arts on Sunday Dec. 17th 3PM at the Seeley-Swan High School Auditorium. Visit http://www.alpineartisans.org/ for more info and tickets.
The Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery, will host a wreath-laying ceremony, Coordinated and led by local volunteers, the Civil Air Patrol Missoula Composite Squadron has raised funds to place almost 400 wreaths on the headstones of our fallen service members. On Saturday, December 16th, beginning at 10am with a Ceremony and Color Guard. 1911 Tower St, Missoula, MT
The Staff and Cadets of the Montana Youth Challenge Academy invite you to the Commencement Ceremony for class # 37, on Saturday December 16th, at 11am in Straugh Gymnasium, University of Montana-Western in Dillion. A reception will follow in the Arena. Call 1-877-367-6927 for details.
The first annual Western Montana Winter Fair happens on Saturday December 16th and Saturday December 17th. The Missoula County Fairgrounds and Glacier Ice Rink will host. The new event has free admission, and there is something for everyone and fun for the whole family.
You are invited to an evening of Christmas music performed by local musicians. On Sunday December 17th at the LDS Church, 3201 Bancroft St. in Missoula. Beginning at 6pm, everyone is invited to enjoy this beautiful music. Admission is free. For more information contact Debbie Lawton 406-360-6729.
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Parks and Recreation is hosting Kiwanis Basketball sign-ups this year. It’s the same great free program for boys and girls in grades 6-8…Season runs January-March. Register by December 18th by calling 721-PARK. For more information please visit missoulakiwanis.com.
The Lolo round and square dance center hosts a Christmas Dance, on Monday December 18th from 8pm to 9:30pm. Lots of fun. Everyone is invited! For details call 273-0652 or 529-8633
Join The North Valley Public Library in Stevensville on Tuesday, December 19 at 5:30 pm as they “board” the Polar Express and read the classic story, as well as other traditional Christmas stories. Wear your pajamas, enjoy some hot chocolate, and make a themed craft. Please sign up at the Library’s front desk! This program is suitable for children ages 4-12. For more info, call Annika at 777-5061
Bethel Community Church’s Free Clothing Store is open each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm, but on December 19th, they will be open 10am to 6pm. Thousands of items of new and gently used clothing for the entire family in virtually all sizes. Casual, dress and professional clothing, as well as shoes, boots, and more. Those attending are invited to take whatever they need. Located one block west of Russell at 1601 S 6th St West, Missoula. For more info visit bethelmissoula.com or call 721-2780.
Red’s Bar and Party America will host a gift wrapping fundraiser to benefit Emmiah “Sweeney” Bignell, recently diagnosed with leukemia and funds are being raised to help offset the expenses associated with her treatment. The public is invited to bring their unwrapped Christmas presents to Red’s Bar where they will be nicely gift-wrapped for no charge except what you wish to donate to benefit Emmiah and her family. Gift wrapping will begin at 6pm on Wednesday December 20, 3pm on December 21 and 22 and 11am on December 23 and 24. For details call 406.546.7690
Missoula’s 2nd annual Homeless Persons’ Memorial Service will be held on the solstice, Thursday December 21st, at 5:30 pm at Caras Park. The brief service will include Kevin Kickingwoman offering song and a prayer. Candles will glow while the names of those lost in 2017 are read. Music and a non-denominational prayer will also be shared. If you are able, please bring a new or gently used cold weather gear donation, or a non-perishable food or hygiene item.
Find the perfect gift for your loved ones during Opportunity Resources Holiday Art Sale, open weekdays at 8am. located at 2821 S. Russell St. The sale runs thru December 22nd and features locally made, handcrafted pottery and paintings by the Artists of Opportunity. Visit orimt.org or call 721.2930 for more details.
The Missoula Freestyle Team hosts a fundraiser for travel expenses to benefit a local Missoula girl, Darian Stevens, who is on her way to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea! She will be competing in the sport of Slopestyle. At the Missoula Children Theater on Friday, December 29th from 6pm to 8:30pm. A silent auction, free food and beverage (including beer and wine), the cost at the door is $10 which includes a showing of “This is Home” a ski movie. For info or if you would like to donate call Melanie Griffith at 406-531-2520
First Night Missoula, spans roughly 30 venues across Missoula happening from noon to midnight on New Year’s Eve. With over 80 performances and activities, packed with artists, musicians, dancers and plenty of family friendly fun. Purchase your admission buttons early before prices go up on New Years Eve, at various locations around town. Find details on their Facebook page or visit: http://www.artsmissoula.org/first-night
The Missoula Police Department is accepting applications for its 2018 Citizens’ Law Enforcement Academy. Open to local citizens, business owners and non-profit organizations. It includes an overview of Uniform Patrol, Investigations, Special Teams, School Resource Officers, Crime Scene Investigations, K-9 program, Community Service Specialists and more. Some hands-on activities include a ride-along with officers and a training simulator. Held Wednesday evenings from 6:pm. until 8pm. for eight weeks beginning January 10th. Applications may be completed online at www.ci.missoula.mt.us/police – click on Public Relations, or by mail, by calling Laurie Clark at 552-6320
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 at 406-728-6446 or go online to childcareresources.org.
Girl Scouts – troops are forming now! All over Montana. Where every girl has the opportunity to dream big, shine and accomplish amazing things. Learn more or join today by visiting girlscouts.org or https://www.facebook.com/GSMWcouncil
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 at 406-728-6446 or go online to childcareresources.org. Contact Child Care Resources today at 406-728-6446 or visit us online at www.childcareresources.org.
A free Developmental and Preschool Screening Clinic for children ages 0 to 5 will be held on Friday, January 5th, beginning at 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the DeSmet Elementary School Please call to schedule an appointment for your child’s screening or to receive more information. 406-549-4994
Missoula Folklore Society Contra Dances happen on Saturday January 6th, Swing Away will provide music, Julie Kahl will call, Union Hall, 208 E Main St, $6 Members, $9 non-members, under 18 free, 8:PM -11:PM, all ages welcome, workshop at 7:30, all dances taught and called, no partner necessary, more info at missoulafolk.org
Learn safe winter driving tips with Thom Ainsworth an instructor for Montana AARP at the North Valley Public Library in Stevensville on Thursday January 11 at 1 pm in this hour-long talk on driving in Montana. In addition to winter specific driving tips, Thom discusses driving tips in general, how driving rules have changed, what changes as you age, and the subject of when to give up driving. For more info call 406-777-5061 or visit northvalleylibrary.org. All library programs are free and open to the public.
The North Valley Public Library on Main Street in Stevensville hosts the Montana Conversations program “Montana UFOs and Extraterrestrials” with Joan Bird on Thursday, January 11th at 6 pm. While many UFO sightings can be conventionally explained, a small percentage of reports remain unexplained and Montana is home to some of the most significant, well-documented, and interesting UFO reports in the history of ufology. For more info call 406-777-5061 or visit northvalleylibrary.org. All library programs are free and open to the public.
Missoula Folklore Society Contra Dances happen on Saturday January 20th .
Sassafras Stomp will provide music, Bev Young will call, Union Hall, 208 E Main St, $6 members, $9 nonmembers, under 18 free, 8:PM -11:PM, all ages welcome, workshop at 7:30, all dances taught and called, no partner necessary, more info at missoulafolk.org
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses economically impacted by the Rice Ridge Fire. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills Eligibility is based on the financial impact of the disaster only and not on any actual property damage. Call Missoula County Small Business Development Center (406) 243-4770 for details. Get info or apply online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
Join CASA of Missoula on Friday, February 2nd, from 6-9pm at the Missoula College for their annual Light of Hope Gala. The evening will include music, dinner & drinks, guest speakers and a live and silent auction at the Missoula College’s new location. Meet & greet some of CASA of Missoula’s amazing volunteers! Space is limited so purchase your tickets today! Visit https://www.casamissoula.org/ for details
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Missoula Valley Winter Market will run on Saturdays, thru April 21st at the Missoula Senior Center, 705 S Higgins. The market is open from 9:00am-1:00pm with Fruits and Vegetables, Fresh Baked Bread, Pastries, Fruit Preserves, Honey, Artisan Cheese, Frozen Meat Cuts, Soaps & Lotions, Handmade Jewelry, and Quality Art and Craft Items. For details call Franco Salazar at 396-0593, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 HTTP://WWW.MISSOULA.RELAPTOPS.ORG/