As Memorial Day approaches and the summer travel season begins, remember to “click it or ticket.” The national Click It or Ticket campaign is underway and will continue through June 3rd. During this time, Missoula City law enforcement will join the Montana Highway Patrol to educate the public on proper seat belt use and crack down on motorists who fail to buckle up. More than half of the people killed each year in crashes aren’t wearing a seat belt. “Click It or Ticket!”
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 11:00 am (Service is Indoor). Memorial Day Dinner will be from 11:30 to 1:30 pm 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.
Memorial Day Ceremonies Hamilton American Legion,3 ceremonies of Military Honors are performed at the Ravalli County Museum, the West Main St. Bridge over the Bitterroot River and at the Riverview Cemetery. All of these venues are located in Hamilton, all starting with the first Honors at the Ravalli County Museum at 8:00 am.
Memorial Day Heroes and Hot Rods Car Show & Fundraiser starts at Noon at the Valley Veterans Service Center in Hamilton. Follow us from the Corvallis Memorial Day Parade to the Hamilton Veterans Monument. All proceeds go to support Ravalli County Veterans. Your cash donation to your favorite car will choose the winner, help homeless veterans, veterans with disabilities and surviving spouses of veterans. Free to attend.
The Biggest, little parade in the Bitterroot Valley, The Corvallis Memorial Day Parade starts at 10:00 am marching down Main street, on Memorial Day Monday. A pancake breakfast precedes the parade and a carnival comes afterwards. For details call Doug Mason at 406-546-4244
Monday, May 28 – Memorial Day Monday 90th Annual Wreath Presentations to 37 veteran, police, and firefighter monuments around Missoula, organized by United Veterans Council of Missoula and Ravalli Counties. Line up at VFW Post 209 headquarters at 9:30 am at 245 West Main Street in Missoula. First wreath presentation at sunrise service to be announced for place and time by RIVER and Veteran Support Network. Charter bus for honor and color guards and wreath ceremony presenters starts at Caras Park at 10:00 am. Missoula Courthouse front lawn by World War I Doughboy Statue about 10:30 am. Fort Missoula Military Cemetery about 10:45 am. Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery north of Big Sky High School on Tower Street by flagpoles about 11:00 am. Sunset Memorial Gardens from about 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Missoula City Cemetery about 1:30 pm. St. Mary’s Annex Cemetery at about 1:45 pm. St. Mary’s Cemetery at about 2:00 pm. Rose Memorial Garden Park at about 2:30 pm. University of Montana Iraq-Afghanistan Statue at about 3:15 pm. All times except first wreath presentation at Caras Park are APPROXIMATE based upon traffic. Flowers for Doughboy Statue and Rose Memorial Garden Park at Vietnam Memorial donated by Benson’s Farm. Charter bus, fuel, and driver for honor and color guards and other wreath presenters donated by Beach Transportation Company. BREAKFAST at VFW Post 209 starts at 7 a.m. Wreaths provided by UVC. Donations encouraged to cover cost of breakfast.
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!!
The Blue MTN 4H club is hosting a Matador Night at the Eagles Lodge on Thursday, May 31st from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm. The lodge is located at 2420 South Ave W. $7.50 each. Please come support your Missoula youth! For more info contact Vicki Riska at (406) 549-1303 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 29th at 2:00 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.
The Exhibits Guide for the Western Montana Fair (Aug 7-12) 2018 are now available in the Fair box office and most grocery stores, retailers and Fair sponsor locations. Grab yours and look it over closely as some departments and deadlines have changed. Download the interactive electronic version at missoulafairgrounds.com/exhibits
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.
Meals On Wheels Volunteer Drivers Urgently Needed in Seeley Lake. The Meals On Wheels Program is vital to the safety, health and well-being for the elderly in Seeley Lake, providing meals and comfort through caring interaction with the volunteer drivers who make deliveries.If you are interested in hearing more about this wonderful volunteer opportunity, contact the Sela Senci Senior Center at 406-677-2008.
Western Heritage Days are coming to Stevensville! Dust off those saddles, clean those old Stetsons, plan those parade floats. The weekend of June 22nd – 23rd. 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. More information: 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 4th Annual Benefit for Montana Wounded Warriors happens on Saturday, June 9th, at the Rustic Hut in Florence. No cover charge to attend! Beginning at 8:00 pm, Blessid Doom and Circle of Terra will play this FREE show. Great raffle prizes.
The 2018 Missoula County Relay for Life is coming up on June 9th. At the Missoula Fairgrounds from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. 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 9:00 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.
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 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. 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 1:00 pm with live music, The public feed starts at 5:00 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! Join them for this incredible fundraiser to support the continuation of the Potomac School’s Friday Explorers Program. Music, beer, vendors, community estate sale, mule-team rides, animals, bouncy obstacle course and so much more! A day of fun for a great cause! Please see the Facebook page for more details and information on becoming a vendor or event sponsor.
Over 500 quilts will be hung at Big Sky High School, June 22nd from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and 23rd from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm as part of the Missoula Quilters’ Guild 17th Bi-Annual Quilt Show. Two dozen vendors, a boutique, a silent auction, and free quilting demonstrations will be hosted in the high school cafeteria. For more info visit www.missoulaquiltersguild.org or call Martha Robertson, at 406-543-1284.
Stevensville’s Western Heritage Days are coming! The weekend of June 22nd – 24th. Sign up your parade entry now. Registration is free and there are awards in every category. Register online at https://mainstreetstevensville.regfox.com/western-heritage-days-parade-2018, you can pick up forms at Stevensville Main Street Association office, call 406-777-3773 or email email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org before June 27th.
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 from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm and Saturday, September 15th from 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm at 301 S 6th St W Missoula. Please check out our Facebook Page Montana Greek Festival: Athens Under the Big Sky for more information, or to become a sponsor please contact Chris at 406-478-8722.
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.
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.