Public Service Announcements

— August 2018 —


Our area of Montana is now in Stage II Fire Restrictions and we’d like to remind you to do your part to prevent wildfires! For more information and to stay up to date, visit Remember, One Less Spark means One Less Wildfire!

The Ravalli County Fair is kicked off each year by the Fair Parade, on Hamilton’s Main Street.  The parade starts at 10:00 am.  If you are interested in participating in the parade, you will need to stop by the Bitterroot Chamber of Commerce and fill out the paperwork.  Registration for the parade begins on August 1st. For more info call 363-2400.

Mark your calendars and visit Great Burn Brewing on August 16th, as 50 cents of each pint will be donated to CASA of Missoula! CASA staff will be there from 5:00 pm – 8 pm, stop by, say hello, and enjoy good conversation and a brew!

The Bitterroot Celtic Games and Gathering is August 18th and 19th at the Daly Mansion in Hamilton. Highland and traditional dance, pipe bands tastings and more. Free shuttle bus from Hamilton O’High O’School. $10 parking at the mansion. Kids 11 and under free with paid adult admission. Buy online at or call 406-274-8886 for more information.

The THREE MILE COMMUNITY PICNIC happens on Saturday August 18th from noon till whenever! At Lone Rock Park. Join the fun. • 50/50 Raffle. Lots of Food: Meat & Condiments supplied by Community Center Potluck Salads & Desserts by Community Families. Bingo • Silent Auction • Live Music • Golf Ball – Closest to the Pin, Split the Pot Prize.

1st ever Missoula Under Construction! Drive a forklift, operate a bulldozer & more at this one-day fun-stravaganza where kids get to drive the big rigs as well as other items in construction related trades! Saturday, August 18th near Fort Missoula Regional Park. Tickets cost $5 each at the Missoula Food Bank & Community Center. Tickets also at the doo , day of the event. All proceeds benefit Missoula Food Bank programs. For more info visit | 406.549.0543

Bethel Community Church will be giving away more free clothing. On Tuesday August 21st only they will be expanding their hours from 10am to 6pm. Thousands of items of new and gently used clothing for the entire family in virtually all sizes. There is a good selection of back to school clothing, People are invited to take whatever they need. There is no limit to what can be taken. Bethel Community Church is located one block west of Russell at 1601 S 6th St West, Missoula.  For more info call 721-2780

One last hurrah before school starts! Bring the kiddos out to the historical museum at Fort Missoula to learn about the life of the homesteaders. Learn to do the chores the kiddos would have to do on the homestead and see if you can figure out how to do laundry the old-fashioned way! Wednesday August 22nd from 3:00pm – 4:30pm. All Ages are welcome to attend this free drop-in activity

State Farm has selected their applicants for the Neighborhood Assist $25,000 Grant Program. MONTANA has 1 finalist in the Top 200!… Habitat For Humanity Missoula. The organizations in the Top 40 by the end, will each be awarded a $25,000 Grant for their project. Voting is underway and runs until Friday August 24th at midnight. Vote at

The Missoula Downtown Association is looking for individuals to help volunteer during the 13th Annual River City Roots Festival on August 24th and 25th. There are a number of ways to help at Roots Fest including check-in, setup, green team and many more! You will be close to the action in Downtown Missoula, as volunteer opportunities run all day Friday and Saturday. Visit for details.

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Don’t miss the Inaugural Big Sky Challenge Hike to support the Brain Injury Alliance of Montana! They have a summit for everyone. 10 mile hike, 5 mile loop, 0.8 mile loop (with a chairlift ride) and a virtual hike. Registration includes lunch, t-shirt and a chance to win adventurous prizes. Saturday August 25th at Snowbowl. For info call (406) 541-6442 or email

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Visit the Missoula County Weed District & Extension Office booth at the Clark Fork Farmers Market on Saturday, August 26th. Their booth will focus on Biocontrol Insects. Find out about the benefits and capabilities of biocontrol insects in weed management. Root weevil intended to control spotted knapweed will be available to the public upon donation (generally accepted amount: $40). All donations are used to fund their “Youth in Restoration” team with local restoration projects. For details visit


Ravalli County Fair & Rockin’ RC Rodeo happens Wednesday, August 29th through Sunday, September 1st. The theme this year is “Country Roots and Dirty Boots”.  Get tickets at the entry booth at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds.

School is right around the corner!  Are you looking for after school care or new child care arrangements as the end of summer care approaches? It is important to look early, places are filling up.  Contact Child Care Resources for help finding new arrangements or to see if you qualify for a child care scholarship at 406-728-6446. Or, visit us online at

A Car Wash, Yard Sale, BBQ and Bake Sale happens on Friday August 31st.  At Edgewood Memory Care, 2815 Palmer Street, to raise money for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Beginning at 8:00am and the BBQ beginning at 11:00am. For details visit  or call (406) 549-9660

August 15 to September 3 is the national enforcement mobilization of Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. State and local law officials are cracking down on drunk driving. While Labor Day and the end of summer is certainly a time for fun—make it safe, responsible fun, for you and your family. More data on drinking and driving, plus other driving safety tips, can be found at


— September 2018 —

The 20th annual MAVERICK BREWFEST! is Friday, September 7th   at Caras Park from four until ten. Over 40 microbrews including Montana specialties….plus wine tastes. The ten-dollar admission includes a large souvenir beer glass and two drink tickets….. twenty-dollar admission includes a large souvenir beer glass and eight drink tickets. Live music and food featuring Missoula’s favorite vendors. Proceeds support  youth athletics in Missoula!

Missoula Parks & Recreation and Missoula Animal Control invite you and your four-legged friends to the 7th annual Doggie Dash Pet Expo and Fun Run on Saturday, September 8th, at Fort Missoula Regional Park West. The free pet expo in the Bella Vista Pavilion is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the 1-mile and 5k runs start at 10 and 10:30 a.m. An agility course, groomers, trainers, veterinarians and more. Meet featured pets up for adoption from local shelters. Kids 10 and under may race for free, but must pre-register. The registration fee for each race is $25 per person. Pre-register on line or call 721-PARK or stop by Currents Aquatics Center for details.

Ewam’s 14th Annual Festival of Peace “Landscapes of Peace: The Power of Good Will” Happens Sunday, September 9th from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm in Arlee. Guest speakers, food vendors, arts & crafts, plus live music & dancing! From 10:00 am – 11:00 am it’s the 8th Annual Walk-A-Mile for Peace. Then from 11:00 am – 11:30 am there’s the Opening Ceremony in honor of the Dalai Lama led by Namchak Khen Rinpoche.

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.

Would you consider fostering or adopting a local child in need? Youth Homes Dan Fox Family Care Program’s upcoming training for prospective foster and adoptive parents begins on September 18th. Contact them today to discover if foster care or adoption is the right choice for you and/or your family. Visit dan fox families dot org to learn more.


(“One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire” Fire Prevention Campaign)


  1. Nothing dragging on the ground

Here’s a HOT Topic for Western Montana …It is that time of the year when just one small spark can ignite the dry vegetation. Take the time and make sure your vehicle is properly maintained, with nothing dragging on the ground. A loose safety chain on a trailer or a dangling muffler striking a rock or pavement will send a shower of sparks into dry vegetation. Remember, One Less Spark means One Less Wildfire!


  1. Lawn and Farm Equipment

Here’s a HOT Topic for Western Montana… Lawn and farm equipment caused wildfires are very common this time of year. Just one small spark can ignite dry grass. Spark arrestors are required on ALL portable, gasoline-powered equipment; including tractors, harvesters, chainsaws, weed-eaters, mowers, motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles. Remember, One Less Spark means One Less Wildfire!


  1. Extreme Drought

Here’s a HOT Topic for Western Montana …In a drought, keep fire out! The extreme drought has created the potential for hazardous wildfires. Please remember these wildfire prevention tips: (1) Avoid parking on dry grass (2) check for county burn bans or fire restrictions (3) have water or a fire extinguisher readily available. And remember, One Less Spark means One Less Wildfire!

  1. Cutting Firewood Radio PSA

Here’s a HOT Topic for Western Montana …Before cooler weather sets in, many of us are starting to think about cutting firewood for our fireplace or woodstove. Take the time to make sure your chainsaw is properly maintained. Sparks may fly and ignite a wildfire if the spark arrestor is not properly serviced or if the tip of the bar comes into contact with a rock. Remember, One Less Spark means One Less Wildfire!


  1. Ready, Set, GOHere’s a HOT Topic for Western Montana …If you live in the West, you might be at risk for wildfire danger. Create a Wildfire Plan for your home and family. You might only have a few moments to Ready, Set, Go before a wildfire threatens. There are simple landscaping, construction and evacuation preparations that you can initiate today. To learn how you can prepare your home and family, contact your local Fire Agency.
    1. Road Visibility & Wildfires

    Here’s a HOT Topic for Western Montana …Wildfires, smoke, and fog can lower visibility on the roads. Here are a few tips on driving in low visibility: slow down, but do NOT slam on your brakes; turn your headlights on low; if you must stop, pull all the way off the road and turn on your emergency flashers; report the hazard to the local law enforcement agencies or 911; and check traffic conditions before traveling.



    Here’s a HOT Topic for Western Montana …It’s fire season here in Montana and we’d like to remind you to do your part to prevent wildfires! With the hot conditions and lack of moisture, fires are occurring more frequently across Western Montana, many of which are human-starts. Head to for more information on how you can prevent wildfires and for current fire restrictions in your area. Remember, One Less Spark means One Less Wildfire!

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