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May 14th

The Red Shoe Ball, Family Edition happens on Friday May 18th from 6:30pm to 9pm, at Karl Tyler Chevrolet. Ronald McDonald house charities of Western Montana will raise funds for the Missoula house. Families, spend time together and dance with your kids. All proceeds benefit RMHC of Western Montana. Call Amy at 406-541-7646 for details.

The Bitterroot Gem and Mineral Society 2018 show happens at the Ravalli county fairgrounds on May 19th and 20th. Saturday 10 to 6 and Sunday 10 to 5. Speakers, exhibits and more to promote various Earth Sciences. Cost is $2.00 per person under 12 free!  For details visit bitterrootgemandmineral.org

The 18th annual Watson Children’s Shelter’s “Bike For Shelter” happens on Saturday May 19th. Registration starts at 8am at Fort Missoula Road, Watson Children’s Shelter and Community Medical Center parking lots. Register ahead of time, or get ticket information at https://watsonchildrensshelter.org/special-events/bike-for-shelter/

BSA Troop 1909 is having a yard sale to raise money for Summer Camps. Yard Sale is Saturday May 19th from 7 am to 2 pm at the Atonement Lutheran Church, Located at 2205 34th Street, Missoula. To Donate to the Yard Sale on Tuesdays evenings 7 pm -8 pm. Thanks!

Walk MS Missoula is happening on Saturday May 19th. Begins in McCormick Park at 9:00 registration, the opening ceremony at 9:45, and the walk begins at 10:00. Both individuals and teams may walk. You can find out more here: http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Walk/WASWalkEvents?pg=entry&fr_id=29599

> “The National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s WalkMS Missoula in need of volunteers to hand out water and snacks on the walk as well as providing additional safety and support for walkers/riders (people in wheelchairs) on the walk next Sat., May 19. Please contact Carrie Enkler at carrie.enkler@nmss.org or 503-445-8346. The walk begins at 9:00 for registration and the walk begins at 10:00.”

Western Montana Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation, open house and tack sale happens on Saturday May 19th from 10am to 3pm at 1252 Willow Road in Corvallis. New and used tack, pick a prize raffle, brand inspections and educational demos are all part of the day. For details call Shannon at 406-961-3101 or email wmerescue@gmail.com

Celebrate Armed Forces Day, Saturday May 19th at the Missoula Landfill. (3737 Coal Mine Road) The first 3 yards of disposal is FREE for Active Duty and Retired service members, with proof of service. They’ll have a free BBQ from 11am to 1pm for you to enjoy as well. For details call Republic Services at 406-728-9572

The North Valley Public Library in Stevensville hosts a team trivia competition on Saturday, May 19, from 3-4:30pm. Teams consist of 2-6 people. Registration before May 19 is required for this event. Four rounds of 10 questions. Each round has a separate theme with questions ranging in difficulty. Bring your family and friends!  It’s free to enter and attend. For more info call 406-777-5061 or visit northvalleylibrary.org.

The Missoula Osprey annual Job Fair will be happening again on Wednesday, May 23rd. It is being held at the MSO Hub from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Find out what opportunities await you this year? Visit http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t518

The 4th Annual Dalmatian Toadflax Biocontrol Work Day is coming up on May 23rd (9am – 2pm) at The National Bison Range. It is a great opportunity to get out and explore a part of the Bison Range that isn’t open to the public and help them collect and move large numbers of Dalmatian toadflax stem weevils. Contact Melissa at mmaggio@missoulaeduplace.org or 406-258-4223.  RSVP is required for transportation throughout the Bison Range and sack lunches.

62th Annual Memorial Day Dinner, and Service happens on Monday May 28th. At Florence Carlton Community Church Fellowship Hall. The Flag Raising Ceremony, is at 11am (Service is Indoor). Memorial Day Dinner will be from 11:30 to 1:30pm Menu includes Turkey, mashed potatoes, Gravy, stuffing, vegetables, rolls, And homemade pie! Cost is $7.00 for adults. $4.00 under 12 years old. All proceeds going towards local needs and church missions

92TH ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY WREATH PRESENTATIONS Hosted by United Veterans Council of Missoula and Ravalli Counties Monday, May 28, 2018 (51 Wreath Presentations in one day. Most in U.S.A.)

6:30 to 7 a.m. – Sunrise Wreath Presentation at Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery at Flag Poles. 7 wreaths.

7 to 10 a.m. – Breakfast members and supporters of Veterans of Foreign Wars, 245 W. Main Street, Missoula. Donations requested to offset cost of food and help veterans in area.

10 a.m. – Caras Park overlook to Clark Fork River near large white tent. Toss 1 wreath into Clark Fork River.

10:30 a.m. – Missoula Courthouse Front Lawn by World War I Doughboy Statue. 4 wreaths. 3 flower buckets.

11 a.m. – Fort Missoula Military Cemetery by Ole Beck Grave, namesake of VFW Post 209. 1 wreath.

11:30 a.m. – Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery at flag poles. 7 wreaths. 5 flower buckets.

12 to 1 p.m. – Sunset Memorial Gardens on Mullen Road past the Super Walmart. 2 wreaths.

1:30 p.m. – Missoula City Cemetery at veteran memorial. 1 wreaths.

2 p.m. – St. Mary’s Cemetery Annex at statue. 1 wreath.

2:30 p.m. – St. Mary’s Cemetery at base veteran’s memorial. 3 wreaths.

3:15 p.m. – Rose Memorial Garden Park. 20 wreaths and 2 flower buckets.  Start at Vietnam Memorial. Walk around park.

4:15 p.m. – Iraq-Afghanistan Memorial at University of Montana. 5 wreaths (3 of placed on plaques of Missoula military men killed in line of action.)

Join the Stevensville police for Coffee with a Cop Thursday May 31st, from 10:00 am -11:30 am. Stevensville Town Hall, 206 Buck St. Police Chaplin, Everett Headley will be on hand. No agenda, no speeches just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know your local law enforcement who protect and serve you every day. As always coffee and donuts!!

Land overrun by weeds?  Learn how to identify and control weeds. This free information session is presented by Christy Schram from the Ravalli County Weed District on Tuesday May 29 at 2 pm at the North Valley Public Library in Stevensville.Call 406-777-5061 or visit northvalleylibrary.org. All library programs are free and open to the public.

Public Feedback Needed for Missoula Fairgrounds Design Guidelines. With the planning process complete, they have developed Design Guidelines to identify the function, intent, and character of specific design elements – with the goal of ensuring consistent, high-quality design and clear expectations as the Fairgrounds are renovated and redeveloped. Find out more at missoulafairgrounds.com

If you are looking for school-age summer care, don’t forget to research your options right away. Openings are scarce and fill up quickly. If you are currently on the Best Beginnings Scholarship, you may qualify for our school-age summer care scholarships.  Contact Child Care Resources today for more information at 406-728-6446 or go online to childcareresources.org.

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Western Heritage Days are coming to Stevensville! Dust off those saddles, clean those old Stetsons, plan those parade floats. The weekend of June 22-23. Registration in advance is preferred and totally free. Don’t just spectate! Participate! Pick up forms at Stevensville Main Street Association, 102 B Main Street or to enter online, go the mainstreetstevensville.com.

The Montana Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run hosts a “Plane Pull” Saturday. June 2nd at Neptune Aviation. The ultimate tug-of-war competition as teams compete to pull an aircraft a pre-determined distance as quickly as possible.  Each six-person team must raise a minimum of $500. Team entry includes lunch and an official Plane Pull t-shirt!  First responders, businesses and students – create your team NOW!  All benefits Special Olympics Montana. https://www.somt.org/events/plane-pull/

Registration is now open for the 7th annual Babes & Bullets shooting event, Saturday, June 2nd. This 4-women only shooting event benefits Tough Enough to Wear Pink of Montana. It includes an all-day shooting clinic, catered lunch, goodie bag, and an after party. Participation is extremely limited, so register online now at Bobwards.com.

The Summer Silent Auction to save BASE, happens Saturday June 2nd at the Warehouse on West Alder in Missoula. They lost funding to keep their free community programs going, and seek local business donations for the auction. For details call Brenda at 406-207-8382 or visit basemissoula.org

The 2018 Missoula County Relay for Life is coming up on June 9th. At the Missoula Fairgrounds from 9am -2pm.  There will be a Community Birthday party to celebrate more birthdays in the fight against Cancer. This is a family friendly event, lots of activities for kids. Survivor Breakfast at 9 am followed by a brief walk and ending with a remembrance ceremony for those we have lost and in honor of those still fighting cancer. http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY18NOR?pg=entry&fr_id=86634

 Montana’s first ever Bell Academy will be held at First Christian Church in Missoula. Learn Braille and blindness skills, with successful blind adults as mentors and guides. The academy begins on Monday June 11th and runs through the 22nd. From 9am to 3pm. For details call David at 406-829-1381

The Phillipsburg Chamber of Commerce Community fundraiser BBQ Cook Off and Brewfest happens downtown on Saturday June 16th. Calling all Backyard BBQ’ers, individuals and teams to cook up a treat in Philipsburg! The brewfest entry will be $25. Beer will pour at Noon, Music will start at 1 PM with live music, The public feed starts at 5 pm! Cost is $20 for adults $7 for kids 12 and under. Call Bill at 859-3450 or Heidi at 859-3353 for BBQ registration details.

The Blackfoot Rendezvous in Potomac invites you to join them for a day of fun for a great cause!! Saturday June 16th beginning at 10am. Music, beer, vendors, community estate sale, mule-team rides, animals and more! All to support the continuation of the Explorers Program! If you’re interested in being a vendor or would like more information see their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/potomacexplorers/

Stevensville’s Western Heritage Days are coming! The weekend of June 22-24. Sign up your parade entry now. Registration is free and there are awards in every category. Pick up forms at Stevensville Main Street Association office, call 406-777-3773, or email info@mainstreetstevensville.com *(Register online at https://mainstreetstevensville.regfox.com/western-heritage-days-parade-2018)

Help out the Firecracker Brigade! – distribution of 650 American flags paid for by United Veterans Council of Missoula and Ravalli Counties to veterans living in private homes, private businesses, Vet Center on Brooks Street, Veteran’s Administration Medical Clinic on Palmer Street, nursing homes, homeless shelters, assisted living and independent living apartments.  If you can help attach notes and distribute each flag thanking veterans for their service before July 4th, email Susan at bluemountain@montana.com before June 27th.

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If you’d like to help plant more trees throughout Missoula, please consider making a donation to Trees For Missoula. Donate online at the Friends of Missoula Parks website, phone 721-PARK, stop by Currents Aquatics Center in McCormick Park, or mail donations to the Urban Forestry Division, 100 Hickory St., Missoula, 59801. To learn more about how you can support Missoula’s urban forest, please visit treesformissoula.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. (Deadline Sept.2018)

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.

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