Public Service Announcements

All Missoula County residents can now use the drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at the fairgrounds. Anyone living in Missoula County who is having symptoms — and any healthcare worker or first responder working in the county and showing symptoms — now qualifies to use the drive-thru service with prior approval. Anyone showing symptoms — a fever over 100.4, cough and trouble breathing — should call (406) 258-4636 before going out to the Missoula County Fairgrounds to be tested.

Missoula County’s new Election Center is now open and providing voter and election services at 140 N. Russell St. The Elections Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Elections Center staff can help with all voter services, including registration, requesting an absentee ballot, address changes, retrieving undeliverable ballots and issuing replacement ballots. Voters can check their ward, registration status and polling place location at www.missoulavotes.com.

Our Website Contains: The “COVID-19 Info” page, the latest information on the virus from reputable sources, Missoula City County Health department, the CDC, WHO, and more.

For the foreseeable future, United Way of Missoula County will earmark all donations to its Emergency/ Disaster Relief fund for COVID-19 Relief.  Missoulians can make a tax-deductible gift today at www.missoulaunitedway.org/emergency-assistance.

Service workers and others in need of help with a variety of needs should call 2-1-1, or visit the Montana 2-1-1 website, www.montana211.org   

While the Missoula County WIC clinic is closed to the public, staff continue to serve Missoula and surrounding communities by providing services to all new and current WIC participants over the phone, 406-258-4740.  More information about WIC, including specific income guidelines, is available online at wic.mt.gov

NEW! COVID-19: MISSOULA CITY-COUNTY JOINT INFORMATION CENTER webpage  http://covid19.missoula.co/   the 258-INFO (4636) number is staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Habitat for Humanity is known for building affordable housing. Now, they are constructing Breathable, washable, reusable fabric Face masks. They can do small orders or large orders at $10 each. Hand-crafted by local nonprofit, all profits go towards building more affordable homes in our community. All info about the masks is available at habitatmsla.org

Mountain Line has partnered with First Presbyterian Church to create a drive-in community Wi-Fi hotspot. They will park one of the Wi-Fi-equipped electric buses in the church parking lot providing free internet access to all those who need it Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., for the foreseeable future. The drive-in hot spot is at 235 South 5th Street West.

Are you earning less right now due to reduced work hours?  If you were previously over income, you may now qualify for childcare assistance through the Best Beginnings Child Care ScholarshipEligibility is for 12 months, so if you qualify now, you will be eligible for the whole year, even if your hours increase again. Contact Child Care Resources today to see if you qualify at 406-728-6446 or go to childcareresources.org

Spend the summer reading and win fabulous prizes from June 8-August 10! North Valley Public Library in Stevensville, Register for Rubber Duck Reading Club and Book Bingo on the Library’s website or call the Library. Materials will be available for curbside pickup, just call! Or you can print materials on the Library’s website. Suitable for ages 0-4 and Book Bingo is suitable for ages 5-18.. For more info visit northvalleylibrary.org.

The Missoula PaddleHeads and The Roxy Theater host Movie Night at the Ballpark a weekly movie series at Ogren Park Allegiance Field, every Thursday. Stadium gates will open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. showing. Tickets available at gopaddleheads.com, or the night of each showing at the ballpark box office.

Unseen Missoula is back for it’s third season and is booking a limited number of tours this year. So reserve your spot today! Comprised of two main tours: Basements & Back Alleys & Hotels & Hooligans. These tours promote the heritage and uniqueness of downtown Missoula. missouladowntown.com/tours/unseen-missoula/

Kids’ & Teens’ Summer Maker Kits, available- This summer, get a weekly maker kit from North Valley Public Library Stevensville, June 8-July 27! Register each week for a different science experiment, art/craft project, or a maker activity. Pick up your kits on Mondays or Tuesdays between 11 am and 5:30 pm. Please register for each week you wish to receive a kit on the Library’s website. Kits will be tailored for age groups ranging from 0-18. North Valley Public Library is on Main Street Stevensville.  For more info visit northvalleylibrary.org.

Stay Home for Habitat Raffle” tickets are available now through August 7th. 
Find the order form at www.habitatmsla.org for the chance to win one of seven prize packages, there’s an Oregon Coast getaway, a private piano concert, dining and spa certificates and more.

The Missoula Food Bank and Community Center has updated their hours of operation for the foreseeable future.  They’re now open from 10AM to 7PM on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10AM to 1PM on Wednesdays and they’re closed Friday through the weekend.

The Missoula Farmer’s Market Tuesday Evening market June through September from 5-7pm at Market Square at the north end of Higgins Ave by the X’s. They’re following all Health Department guidelines and they’re encouraging everyone to wear masks.

Come to Caras Park for Downtown Pop ups! On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, a small group of vendors are serving Missoula in safe and appropriately-distanced spaces. Downtown Pop-Ups is from 5PM to 8PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and on Wednesdays from 11AM to 2PM for the rest of the summer.

Registration is now open for Runner’s Edge and Run Wild Missoula’s “Four for the Fourth” Complete a four-mile run (or walk) anywhere and anytime on the fourth of July! The entry cost is 20 dollars plus a processing fee. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Missoula Food Bank and prizes are available to registered participants who upload their results. (Link for uploads coming soon to runwildmissoula.org)

JULY

Missoula’s best and only 4th of July fireworks show is at Southgate Mall.  Due to COVID-19, this event will look a little different this year. The Southgate Mall team has been working with city officials to create a safe environment for community members to come enjoy the fireworks. Watch for more details on their Facebook page.  Fireworks: 10:30 PM.  July 4th Mall Hours: 10 AM – 6 PM

Please join the City of Hamilton in celebrating Independence Day at Ravalli County Fairgrounds! Traditionally, the 4th of July has been enjoyed with backyard barbeques and fireworks. This year put your feet up, let them do the cooking and enjoy an amazing Fireworks show! Enjoy the open space, fresh air, delicious food available for purchase from local vendors, (while practicing social distancing).  If you would like to donate funds for the show, send to the City of Hamilton, 223 South 2nd Street, Hamilton, MT  59840

Come Rock out July 10th thru the 13th, at the Lincoln Bike Rally They have Hells Belles, the female cover band for AC/DC ! $20 per ticket. Package deals will be made available for gear, poker run tickets, bike show and bike rodeo. Keep up to date on all the latest news about the event, free camping, vendor info and more – find it on our Facebook page, Lincoln Bike Rally

It is sad to announce that the Flint Creek Valley Days car show has been cancelled for 2020. The folks who host the show look forward to everyone back in July of 2021! (end july10)

August

The Poverello Center serves some of our most at-risk neighbors. And they are seeking Donations of Food & Cleaning Supplies: They will be happy to meet you outside to collect your donation. Just call (406) 529-5643 and a staff person will come outside and meet you. You can donate online and ask volunteer questions at https://www.thepoverellocenter.org/donate/

Missoula County’s Election Center online can provide voter and election services Elections Center staff can help with all voter services, including registration, requesting an absentee ballot, address changes, retrieving undeliverable ballots and issuing replacement ballots. Voters can check their ward, registration status and polling place location at www.missoulavotes.com.

Do you or someone you know need help paying for childcare? Many families struggle to pay for childcare 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 for a scholarship at 406-728-6446 or go online to childcareresources.org.

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America‘s Helpline is open seven days a week to answer questions about caregiving during the Coronavirus outbreak, ways to keep your loved one safe, what to do at home and more. Call 866-232-8484 or visit www.alzfdn.org to connect with a licensed social worker

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