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August 1st 2017

 With all the recent wildfire activity, you might find it difficult to avoid breathing the effects of lingering smoke, such as burning eyes, runny nose, and illnesses such as bronchitis. Fine particles also can aggravate chronic heart and lung diseases – Stay alert to smoke-related news coverage or health warnings, and visit the Missoula County webpage or to find out the Air Quality Index in your area and what steps you should take to protect yourself.

The Missoula County Fire Protection Association ask you to visit their webpage, and sign up for details about “Home Visits”. The “Home Visit” entails a walk around with a fire official letting the homeowner know what they need to do to give their home the best chance at surviving a wildfire WHEN that wildfire comes through. You can email to schedule that home visit at

The Western Montana Fair is looking for volunteers for the Fair this summer (August 8-13th. Many shifts are available for every part of the Fair, including exhibits, arena, events, music, greeting and more! ALL volunteers will receive one swag item (shirt, hat, or water bottle) and one ticket to the rodeo, demo derby, or an all-day ride pass for the carnival! To sign up visit:

Get Your Caras Cash for Out to Lunch & Downtown Tonight! Caras Cash is valid at all food/beverage vendors at Out to Lunch and Downtown ToNight events. Caras Cash can be purchased in $5 increments and is a great way to buy dinner or lunch for your colleagues, conference attendees, or family. Purchase Caras Cash at the Downtown Missoula Partnership office at 218 E. Main or by calling (406) 543-4238.


Live music and film packages are all part of the Last Best Conference coming to the Wilma Theater on Thursday and Friday, August 3rd and 4th. LBCon tickets are on sale now at for $199 through Friday, July 28th. These tickets include all main-stage sessions and commemorative LBCon swag. Separate packages, and passes also are available online.


CASA of Missoula is accepting applications for their upcoming CASA volunteer training beginning September 29th. If you or someone you know is interested in being the voice for abused and neglected children in Missoula or Mineral County, visit their website to learn more.


Knockerball, a Ravalli County Museum FUNdraising event happens at Claudia Driscoll Park. Climb inside a giant ball to run, flip, bounce and slide! They kick off the event with a night of Freestyle Knockerball happens on Friday August 4th from 5pm to 9pm, followed by a day of tournaments and slip-n-slide on Saturday August 5th from 10am to 4pm.  Sign up your team now!  For more info visit or call 406.363.3338


105th Annual Stevensville Creamery Picnic happens on August 4th and 5th in Stevensville. Starting Friday afternoon with the 16th Annual Montana State BBQ Championship, Creamery Picnic Brew Fest and Kiddie Parade, Starts at Veteran’s Park Saturdays all day events include the Milk run at 9am and the parade at 11am.


Join the Missoula Community Chorus for their first ever “Summer Sing” featuring Vivaldi’s “Gloria”. On Sunday August 6th, at the University Congregational Church 405 University Ave. Rehearsal starts at 1PM, A run through of the entire piece will happen at 3:30PM. Invite family and friends to listen! There is a $10 participation fee. Show up at the door or register online at


Clifford the Big Red Dog visits The North Valley Public Library in Stevensville on Monday, August 7 at 10:30 am, compliments of Friends of PBS. Get your picture taken with Clifford and join the fun activities and crafts. Come have a doggone good time with Clifford and Friends! Most enjoyed by children ages 3-9. For more information, call Annika at 777-5061.


The Western Montana Fair: August 8-13th, Wagon Wheels and Ferris Wheels Since 1879! The Fair and Missoula Stampede is held at the Missoula County Fairgrounds located on the corner of Russell Street and South Avenue in Missoula during the second week of August every year. Visit Event Website 406.721.3247


If we want something, we say PLEASE. We say THANK YOU when someone helps us or does something for us. Having good manners is important if we want to get along with others. Come to The North Valley Public Library in Stevensville on August 9, 16, & 23 from 1-2 pm for a three-part manners training series for kids ages 4-8, based on the book Manners Can be Fun by Munro Leaf. Join us for stories about manners, fun games to practice using them, and even a craft!  For more info call Annika at 777-5061.


Missoula Folklore Society offers summer dances on Thursday August 10th. The community is invited to Contra Dances in the air conditioned Missoula Senor Center, 705 S Higgins Missoula. There will be a pot luck dinner from 6-7 PM, with a dance from 7 to 10 PM. A $5 donation is suggested to cover the cost of the hall. All ages and experience levels accepted, and no partner is necessary. More info available at


Huckleberry Festival in Trout Creek happens Friday August 11th thru Sunday August 13th. All Day fun. Feature the tasty “purple gold” in huckleberry ice cream cones, on cheesecake, in drinks, and a variety of desserts. Saturday and Sunday morning Huckleberry pancake breakfasts, more than 100 arts and crafts vendors, the Huckleberry Festival Parade, a Huckleberry 5K Run, and more in Various Locations around Trout Creek, MT. Visit Event Website 406.827.4091


Bitterroot Scottish Irish Festival happens on Saturday August 19th and Sun Aug 20th. Celebrating the Scottish and Irish heritage of the Bitterroot Valley. The event includes the Highland Games, Pipe & Drum, Highland Dance and Clan Gathering. At the Daly Mansion 251 Eastside Hwy, Hamilton. Visit for ticket prices and tasting packages.


Land being overrun by weeds? Christy Schram from the Ravalli County Weed District is the guest speaker at the North Valley Public Library in Stevensville on Thursday, August 24th, between 2-3 pm. Christy is speaking about noxious weeds in our area, how to identify them, and how prevent certain plants in your garden, The event is free. For more information, call the library on 777-5061.


River City Roots Festival is on Friday & Saturday, August 25 & 26th. Our region’s largest arts and music festival showcases Downtown Missoula, features first-class art and entertainment for both residents and visitors and provides an opportunity to highlight some of Missoula’s most recently-developed attractions. Sign up for the River City Roots 4 Mile Run by visiting


Elder abuse is a growing problem and it happens right here in Montana. One in 10 older adults are victims of physical or emotional abuse, financial exploitation or neglect. Get help or report abuse call your local aging services office or adult protective services at 1-844 277-9300 (run thru end of August)


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



Missoula Out of the Darkness Walk happens Saturday September 9th at McCormick Park in Missoula. Check-in/Registration Time at noon, the Walk Begins at 1:00 pm. help raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, educational programs, and support survivors of suicide loss. To register visit

*also to help raise funds for the walk, Painting with a Purpose being sponsored by Painting with a Twist in Missoula – Tuesday August 15th from 7-9 PM , and AFSP night at the Osprey Game – Friday September 1st 6-9PM


On Friday, September 15th, the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Western Montana will present their premier fundraising event, The Red Shoe Ball at the Hilton Garden Inn. Music, dancing, auction, food/drinks and a red shoe, stomping good time! All proceeds stay in Missoula and allow RMHC of Western Montana to continue their mission of keeping families with sick children close to each other when it matters the most. Get tickets or volunteer at

Or call 406.541.7646


(thru 9-15) The Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting applications for the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Reserve Deputy Association. Applications are only available at the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office during normal business hours. Accepted applicants will be invited to attend written and physical testing. for Additional DETAILS: contact Sergeant Ron Holton at or 406-375-4027


The 9th annual Canine Classic is on Sunday October 8th at the resort at Paws Up. Half marathon or 5mile race, and 5 or 2 mile hike for you and a canine friend. A gourmet BBQ lunch. Help raise funds and win some great prizes. A benefit for the humane society of Western Montana. Sign up at

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