Public Service Announcements

 July 25th 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 AirNow.gov 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, MCFPA.org 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 livingwithwildfiremt@gmail.com

 

The Residence Life Office at The University of Montana are looking for volunteers to be a part of the Move-In Crew, assisting incoming students with parking, information, and helping them move into their residence halls. Beginning on August 26th. All volunteers that commit to at least two hours will receive a free meal in the Food Zoo and a Move-in Crew t-shirt, signing up to volunteer by July 26th guarantees your desired size). https://www.eventbrite.com/e/move-in-crew-2017-griz-welcome-registration-35608887140

 

Child Care Resources’ Training: New Provider Orientation/Early Childhood Essentials is coming up. Have you ever thought about opening a child care facility or are in the process of becoming licensed?  Attend an informative training on Wednesday July 26th from either 9:30-12:30 or 4:30-6:30. Pre-register at 728-6446, or visit www.childcareresources.org/registration.

 

Professor Fred Allendorf of the University of Montana presents his research on trout hybridization in Montana’s streams and rivers at the North Valley Public Library in Stevensville on Thursday, July 27th at 6 pm. This presentation examines how climatic change, human habitat modification, and natural conditions play a part in Montana trout interbreeding and its effect on the ecology of Montana streams and rivers. For more info, call the library at 777-5061.

 

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Montana– Red and White Community Challenge Friday, July 28th. Wear a piece of red and white striped clothing, including the striped socks, shades and t-shirts RMHC is selling in honor of this movement at www.stripesforRMHC.org. Rock your stripes all day long and snap a picture of you and/or your group! Be creative! Email the photo to info@rmhc.org and your group will be featured on RMHC of Western Montana’s social media sites. Your group will also be entered to win a snack break from your local McDonalds!

 

11th annual grid iron golf classic happens on Thursday July 28th at University golf course. A fundraiser for Sentinel high school football. Helps to provide equipment, training, and financial assistance to players. Still looking for teams of 4 and hole sponsors. Team cost is $200 total and hole sponsorship is $150. Deadline is July 14th. More information at spartan touchdown @ gmail.com

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The 22nd Annual Flint Creek Valley Days Classic Car Show happens on Saturday July 29th. Registration is at 10 am in downtown Philipsburg, show starts at noon. Live music, shopping, live theatre all in addition to the show.  Judging is at 4 pm and the show closes at 5 pm.  Please call Heidi at 859-3388 for further details.

 

A Carousel for Missoula hosts the ninth annual Fairy Tale and Super Hero Festival will be held at Dragon Hollow Play area Saturday, July 29th, from 10am to noon. The Festival offers children the opportunity to dress as their favorite fairy tale character or superhero and strut their stuff. The festival is free to all fairy tale characters and super heroes.

 

Celtic Festival Missoula happens on Saturday, July 29th, from 12 noon to 10 pm.  At Caras Park. Free Admission. An annual celebration of great Celtic culture, both in its historical form, and as it has evolved into new and modern forms, such as Celtic Rock. To see the band lineup check out http://www.celticfestivalmissoula.com/

 

Habitat of Humanity of Ravalli County’s 2nd annual Summer BBQ Bash is Sunday July 30th from noon till 4pm at Sleeping Child Farm in Hamilton. No-host Bar, Burgers, Brats and all the fixings plus music from Nashville 406.cost $20.00 each and $10 for kids 7 to 16. Tickets available at the resale Center on Old Corvallis road in Hamilton or at ravallihabitat.org

 

Whether you are caring for an aging loved one, or are an older adult yourself, HELP IS JUST A PHONE CALL AWAY WHEN YOU NEED INFORMATION OR ASSISTANCE!

Missoula Aging Services friendly staff is ready to connect you WITH unbiased advice, an assessment of your needs, and personalized information about available resources.

See what we can do for you! Call 541- HELP or log on to: Missoula Aging Services dot org.

 

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: http://www.missoulafairgrounds.com/volunteer/

 

Opportunity Resources, Inc. Annual fund drive is on now. By making a donation you help hundreds of adults with disabilities attain independence in housing, employment and activities of daily living, empowering individuals to lead independent productive lives. Find out more by calling 406-721-2930 or donate online at orimt.org

 

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 www.lastbastconference.com 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 www.casamissoula.org to learn more.

 

<<August>>

 

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 www.ravallimuseum.org 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. http://www.creamerypicnic.com/schedule.htm

 

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 missoulachorus.org

 

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.

 

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 missoulafolk.org

 

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 runwildmissoula.org

 

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 http://www.missoula.relaptops.org/

 

<<<September>>>

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 www.afsp.org/missoula

*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

 

 

 

(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 rholton@rc.mt.gov or 406-375-4027

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