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There are many weeks of flu activity left and The Missoula City-County Health Department, 301 West Alder St., offers influenza vaccine for all ages starting at six months of age. Cost is $46, and they offer a sliding fee scale for children’s vaccine and can also bill Medicaid and private insurance. You can WALK-IN at the following times: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays from 9 to 4:30 …Wednesdays from 10 to 4:30 Please call our vaccination clinic at 258-4745 for more information
Most of Mount Jumbo closes to recreational use during the winter months to protect wintering elk, deer and other wildlife. Parks and Recreation is seeking volunteers for the “Elk Spotters” program. Call 721-PARK
WE’VE TEAMED UP WITH BOB WARD’S TO “SHARE THE WARMTH.” DROP OFF YOUR GENTLY USED WINTER COATS AT BOB WARD’S (3015 PAXSON STREET IN MISSOULA) THE COATS WILL THEN BE CLEANED BY MISSOULA TEXTILE AND DISTRIBUTED TO THOSE IN NEED. (details at our website)
“ART FROM THE INSIDE” – Happens Friday December 7th, featuring art from individuals experiencing incarceration in Missoula, at First United Methodist Church, 300 E. Main from 5 to 8 PM. Join them for an evening artwork and advocacy that illuminates the experience of incarceration and its effects on the individual, families, and community. Co-sponsored by Partners for Reintegration, WMMHC Jail Diversion Program, First UMC and Missoula County Detention Facility.
A Stevensville Country Christmas happens on Friday December 7th and Saturday the 8th. Get into the Christmas spirit in the historic town of Stevensville. A Parade of Lights, hay rides, Christmas caroling, and of course Christmas decorations throughout the town. Visit the Open Houses on Main Street. 406-777-3773.
The Stevensville Main Street Association
The annual Parade of Lights happens Friday, December 7th in Stevensville. Gathering at veterans Park at 6:15. Bring flashlights and dress warm! Caroling led by Stevensville High School Choir. Parade starts at 6:30 p.m. moving to 3rd and Main for a reading of the Christmas Story and more caroling. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served. Horse-drawn wagon rides, open houses at businesses and visits with Santa in the foyer of the Kohl Building.
Santa Socks is coming to town again to bring a warm smile, a hug, and a Merry Christmas wish to hundreds of veterans around Missoula and Ravalli Counties. Volunteers will stuff hundreds of pairs of warm socks with tiny treats and a love note made by area children and deliver these messages beginning December 8th. If you would like to help with deliveries contact Santa Baby at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (710) 661-4037
International Choral Festival and UM School of Music presents a LIVE COMMUNITY PERFORMANCE OF HANDEL’S MESSIAH. Sunday December 9th, Dennison Theatre.7:30 pm. $20 General / $5 Students. TICKETS at the door or in advance at Rockin’ Rudy’s. Singers pay a fee and/or raise pledges in order to participate. The minimum participation fee is $40, with the hope that more will be raised through pledges. REGISTER ONLINE at choralfestival.org, where you can download pledge sheets and find additional information. Prizes for the most funds raised!
Have you always wanted to complete a marathon or half marathon but don’t consider yourself a runner? Run Wild Missoula invites you to attend the Galloway Training Informational Open House on Wednesday, December 12th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Run Wild Missoula office (304 N Higgins Ave, basement of Runner’s Edge). Come learn what the training class entails. For more information go to www.runwildmissoula.org.
Join the Art Club at North Valley Public Library Thursday, December 13, & 20 at 4 pm. Learn various art techniques and mediums, and create fun projects. This club is suitable for children and teens ages 5-18. Weekly registration is required.
208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call 406-777-5061 or visit northvalleylibrary.org. All library programs are free and open to the public.
The TubaChristmas happens on Friday, December 14th. Featuring local tubist of all ages, amateur & professional artists. The performance will include traditional Christmas Carols. Rehearsals will be at the Southgate Mall on Friday, December 14, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. The main (real deal) Performance will be at the Mall’s Center Clock Court from 7-8:30 pm.
A benefit for Family Promise, Habitat for Humanity and Missoula Interfaith Collaborative. The Gala Opening at the Blessed Trinity Church @ 1475 Eaton St. On Friday December 14th from 6p to 9p w/ hors d’oeuvres, desserts, drinks, raffle items & music by Jim Driscoll. $30ea in advance, $40ea at the door. Crèche Exhibit: Sat. 12/15, 10a–2p $5ea, $10/family. Call 406-721-2405 http://blessedtrinitymissoula.org/outreach/no-room-at-the-inn/
North Valley Public Library Stevensville hosts a science-based program for kids one Friday a month. On Friday, December 14 at 4 pm, explore Earth science. Create your own landform map and perform a fun erosion vs. weathering experiment! This program is for children and teens ages 7 & up. Please sign up by emailing the Youth Services Specialist or stop by the Library’s front desk, space is limited. Call 406-777-5061 or visit northvalleylibrary.org. All library programs are free and open to the public.
The 2018 Griz Dip happens on Saturday December 15th in a brand new location at Neptune Aviation, in Hangar 7 at the Missoula Airport. Help out the Special Olympics of Montana. Form a team or jump solo! Your pledge stays right here in Montana. Check in time will be 11am and the “dipping” begins at noon. Visit somt.org for pledge sheets and more info
2nd Annual Community Tree Lighting at the Lolo Community Center on Saturday December 15th beginning at 3:00 PM. Activities include: Santa Greeting, Santa Hayride, Cookie Decorating, Ornament Making, Chili Feed, Chili Dogs, Hot Cocoa, Smores and fun! Tree Lighting at 6 pm. No Charge. Donate what you can or bring a non-perishable food item for Lolo Food Bank. Event hosted by Lolo Lions Club
Show off your favorite holiday sweater at Glacier Ice Rink’s Ugly Sweater Skate on Saturday, December 15 from 5:30 to 8 pm. All skaters who wear holiday sweaters will receive a free hot chocolate coupon and the wearers of the “ugliest” sweaters will win free skating passes or other prizes!
Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for youth and seniors. Skate rentals are $3
Come to the North Valley Public Library in Stevensville on Monday, December 17th at 4 pm to create your own Christmas tree ornaments with a variety of fun crafting materials! Join us for hot chocolate, Christmas music, and get in the holiday spirit! This program is suitable for children and teens of all ages. For more info, call 406-777-5061 or visit northvalleylibrary.org. All library programs are free and open to the public.
Missoula Winter Market is on Saturday December 22nd from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Missoula Senior Center 705 S Higgins Ave. More than 40 vendors with an eclectic array of local products from farm-fresh produce, baked goods, and artisan meats and cheeses to quality art and craft items
Santa’s Breakfast at the Carousel for Missoula, happens on Saturday December 22nd from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM at Caras Park. Enjoy a light breakfast, unlimited carousel rides and chats with the jolly old elf! Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children 3 to 12. Children under 3 may attend for free. Reservations are strongly encouraged – please call the Carousel at 406.549.8382.
The Community Support Center in Dillon are always in need of more volunteers! They can use volunteers to help with the front desk, organizing donations, and answering the 24/7 crisis hotline calls. The holidays are a very busy time for them. To learn more about volunteering, call 406-683-6106.
Animeals animal food bank hopes that you’ll consider giving a gift that gives a second chance to a hungry and homeless animal. Animeals has helped to feed thousands of animals in need, including animals living on the streets, pets of the elderly, and families in crisis situations. Visit animeals.com
January 1st, 2019 @ 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Experience meditation techniques from various spiritual traditions. Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at the Center for Spiritual Living, 328 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton. The more awake your basic senses are like hearing, smell, taste, sight and touch, the richer your inner experience will be! By donation. For more information visit cslbitterroot.org
Montana’s economy is strong and growing. Hear from Montanans how the Department of Labor & Industry has helped them find work, grow their businesses, and what opportunities are available to join the workforce. Job Service Montana offices are part of a statewide network of workforce development centers that collaborate with community partners. Find out more. Visit https://montanaworks.gov/
Missoula Indoor Sports Arena (MISA) provides Missoula County with a state-of-the-art indoor sports field. Large inflatables such as playgrounds, obstacle courses, slides, and a bounce house that provide fun, active entertainment for children of all ages. Both are open to the public 9 am – noon on Saturdays for a flat fee of $7 per child. http://missoulaindoor.com/
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