Public Service Announcements

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— August 2018 —

Here’s a HOT Topic for Western Montana:

Our area of Montana is now in Stage II Fire Restrictions and we’d like to remind you to do your part to prevent wildfires! For more information and to stay up to date, visit www.firerestrictions.us.

Remember, One Less Spark means One Less Wildfire!

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The Ravalli County Fair is kicked off each year by the Fair Parade, on Hamilton’s Main Street.  The parade starts at 10am.  If you are interested in participating in the parade, you will need to stop by the Bitterroot Chamber of Commerce and fill out the paperwork.  Registration for the parade is open now. For more info call 363-2400

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City of Missoula Street Division crews are hard at work with the City’s annual Chip Seal Street Maintenance Program. The project is running thru mid-August. Missoula annually seals the surface of about 100 blocks of its streets using the chip seal method. This year, the City is taking on an ambitious 178 blocks. Questions? Call Brian Hensel, Superintendent at 240-2742

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Can you design an aircraft that floats and flies? Join the North Valley Public Library in Stevensville and spectrUM Discovery Area on Tuesday, August 14, at 2 pm to build a glider or airplane out of common household materials and test it on our giant wind box. Learn about the forces of flight and more No registration required. This program is suitable for kids and teens of all ages. Call 406-777-5061 or visit northvalleylibrary.org. All library programs are free and open to the public.

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Mark your calendars and visit Great Burn Brewing on August 16th, as 50 cents of each pint will be donated to CASA of Missoula! CASA staff will be there from 5p-8p, stop by, say hello, and enjoy good conversation and a brew!

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The Bitterroot Celtic Games and Gathering is August 18th and 19th at the Daly Mansion in Hamilton. Highland and traditional dance, pipe bands tastings and more. Free shuttle bus from Hamilton O’High O’School. $10 parking at the mansion. Kids 11 and under free with paid adult admission. Buy online at BCGG.org or call 406-274-8886 for more info

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1st ever Missoula Under Construction! Drive a forklift, operate a bulldozer & more at this one-day fun-stravaganza where kids get to drive the big rigs as well as other items in construction related trades! Saturday, August 18th, near Fort Missoula Regional Park. Tickets cost $5 each at the Missoula Food Bank & Community Center. Tickets also at the doo , day of the event. All proceeds benefit Missoula Food Bank programs. For more info visit missoulafoodbank.org | 406.549.0543

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One last hurrah before school starts! Bring the kiddos out to the historical museum at Fort Missoula to learn about the life of the homesteaders. Learn to do the chores the kiddos would have to do on the homestead and see if you can figure out how to do laundry the old-fashioned way! Wednesday, August 22ndfrom 3:00pm – 4:30pm. All ages are welcome to attend this free drop-in activity

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The Missoula Downtown Association is looking for individuals to help volunteer during the 13th Annual River City Roots Festival on August 24th and 25th. There are a number of ways to help at Roots Fest including check-in, setup, green team and many more! You will be close to the action in Downtown Missoula, as volunteer opportunities run all day Friday and Saturday. Visit missouladowntown.com for details or (sign up here) https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044da5ae2fa1fd0-20172

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Don’t miss the Inaugural Big Sky Challenge Hike to support the Brain Injury Alliance of Montana! They have a summit for everyone. 10 mile hike, 5 mile loop, 0.8 mile loop (with a chairlift ride) and a virtual hike. Registration includes lunch, t-shirt and a chance to win adventurous prizes. Saturday August 25th, at Snowbowl. For info call (406) 541-6442 or email john_b@biamt.org

Signup at https://www.firstgiving.com/event/BIAMT/BIAMTBigSkyChallenge

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Visit the Missoula County Weed District & Extension Office booth at the Clark Fork Farmers Market on Saturday, August 26th. Their booth will focus on Biocontrol Insects. Find out about the benefits and capabilities of biocontrol insects in weed management. Root weevil intended to control spotted knapweed will be available to the public upon donation (generally accepted amount: $40). All donations are used to fund their “Youth in Restoration” team with local restoration projects. For details visit missoulaeduplace.org.

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Ravalli County Fair & Rockin’ RC Rodeo happens Wednesday August 29th, through Sunday, September 1st. The theme this year is “Country Roots and Dirty Boots”.  Get tickets at the entry booth at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds.

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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.

 

— September 2018 —

Missoula Parks & Recreation and Missoula Animal Control invite you and your four-legged friends to the 7th annual Doggie Dash Pet Expo and Fun Run on Saturday, September 8th, at Fort Missoula Regional Park West. The free pet expo in the Bella Vista Pavilion is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the 1-mile and 5k runs start at 10 and 10:30 a.m. An agility course, groomers, trainers, veterinarians and more. Meet featured pets up for adoption from local shelters. Kids 10 and under may race for free, but must pre-register. The registration fee for each race is $25 per person. Pre-register on line or call 721-PARK or stop by Currents Aquatics Center for details.

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Ewam’s 14th Annual Festival of Peace “Landscapes of Peace: The Power of Good Will” Happens Sunday SEPTEMBER 9th, from 10am to 8pm in Arlee. Guest speakers, food vendors, arts & crafts, plus live music & dancing! 10-11am 8th Annual Walk-A-Mile for Peace, 11-11:30am Opening Ceremony in honor of the Dalai Lama led by Namchak Khen Rinpoche

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Montana’s Greek Festival will return for its fifth year, With free admission. Greek Food Vendors with full menus to entice your palate, a Taverna with wine and beer, an Agora (Greek Market), LIVE Greek music, dance lessons, children’s activities, and much more!!  Friday SEPTEMBER 14th, 5pm-10pm and Saturday. SEPTEMBER 15th 12pm-10pm, at 301 S 6th St W Missoula. Their Facebook Page is Montana Greek Festival: Athens Under the Big Sky.  For more info or to become a sponsor call Chris at 406-478-8722

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