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Magical Elves and Santa Claus himself are asking for extra help this year to bring cheer, joy, happiness to veterans of all ages during our annual Santa Socks program sponsored by United Veterans Council of Missoula and Ravalli Counties and many veteran organizations and veteran supporters. Email the North Pole office at email@example.com or call the North Pole at 719-661-4037. To make a donation deadline is this Friday the 8th!
Want to know how to care for your dogs in winter? What makes a good trail dog? Join us at the North Valley Library, 208 Main Street in Stevensville, on Saturday December 9th at 11am. Learn how to teach your dogs to be polite trail walkers, and about the dangers of walking with your dogs in winter. A dog trainer and vet nurse will be on hand. For more info call 777-5061.
The Missoula Food Banks 32nd annual holiday food drive is on now. It raises nearly 1/3 of the individual donations they need to continue operations throughout the year. Make a donation at various locations around Missoula or make a donation on-line at missoulafoodbank.org
The Bitter Root Humane Associations “Cookie Walk” and Bake Sale happens on Saturday, December 9th, From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 224 N. 4th Street in Hamilton Talented area bakers have whiped up their favorite holiday cookies in every flavor, shape and size. Or stock up on pies, cakes, breads & candies. Come early, this event has sold out in the past! For more info or to pre-order call Mary at 642-3785 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Missoula Area Ducks Unlimited Chapter is holding their 2017 Annual Banquet Saturday, December 9th, at the Double Tree Hotel. Funds will go to support the conservation of America’s Wetlands and Waterfowl Population. Event begins at 5pm and will feature raffles, auctions, dinner, and much more. Tickets are $50/single and $95/couple and include a DU membership. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ducks.org/montana/events or by calling Bridger Pierce at 406-581-8971.
Are your library fines beginning to add up? Why not exchange food for fines? Thru December 9 the North Valley Public Library in Stevensville will accept donations of non-perishable food, including pet food, to waive library fines. Items exchanged at the rate of $1 per item, at the discretion of library staff. This offer applies to overdue fines only, not lost items. Donations benefit Pantry Partners in Stevensville. For more info call the library at 777-5061.
The Missoula Holiday MADE fair happens Sunday December 10th, beginning at 11am at the Adams Center A modern handcrafted market featuring over 200 local artists & makers. Shop all three levels of the Adams Center (balcony, arena floor, and upper gyms) and discover new artists and shop your favorites. The 11th annual Missoula Holiday MADE fair will include free entry.
Join Missoula Food Bank on Monday, December 11th from 5-7pm for a special Holiday Open House and “I Thought of You” Pop Up Boutique! Enjoy refreshments, learn more about hunger in our community, tour the food bank’s new facility, and shop completely fair-trade, beautiful jewelry from women artisans around the world. A portion of all sales benefits the Missoula Food Bank.
The International Choral Festival present Joyeux Noël, a fundraising concert featuring holiday music and audience sing-alongs on Tuesday, December 12th, at St. Anthony’s Parish starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at Rockin’ Rudy’s. Tickets are $20 and $15 for students. Proceeds benefit the International Choral Festival and the UM choral and orchestral programs. For more info visit choralfestival.org or call Anne Marie Brinkman at 721-7985.
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
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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/