Public Service Announcements

November

The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula’s annual Lantern Tours Living History Program runs December 6th – 8th. Focuses on the celebration and experience of the Holiday Season in Western Montana through the decades. Twelve Tours are available over the weekend! Book early as tour size is limited to 20 and may sell out.  Tickets available for purchase at www.fortmissoulamuseum.org.

Turkey Day 8K & 3K Family Fun Run, Hosted by Run Wild Missoula. Thursday, November 28th, from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM at the University of Montana. Get some fresh air and exercise before feasting on a Thanksgiving meal!  The Turkey Day 8K and 3K Family Fun Run courses travel along the Riverfront and Milwaukee Trails, with short distances on a few Missoula city streets. Register at runwildmissoula.org

Tree Lighting and Christmas Stroll November 29th 5:30 to 8pm, Hosted by Hamilton Downtown Association. Enjoy caroling by the Montana A Capella Society, free s’mores by our warming barrels, late shopping downtown and SANTA AND THE TREE LIGHTING AT 6! Located on Main St. in front of the old Post Office.

The Third Annual Old Fashioned Forest Service Christmas! Happens Saturday, November 30th from 12 PM to 3 PM at 6305 U.S. Highway 10 West. Stop by, visit Santa and his team, have some hot cocoa and candy canes, take a sleigh ride, shop for a unique gift, and make some memories! This event is FREE to the public.

Missoula Valley Winter Market, happens Every Saturday, thru April 18th from 9am to 1pm at 705 S Higgins Ave (Missoula Senior Center). Find local produce year-round! Cheese, honey, eggs, meats. Live Music every week. New this season, they are now authorized to accept SNAP benefits. For details call 406-396-0593 

25th Annual Sentinel Craft Fair. Saturday November 30th from 9am to 3pm. Local Arts & Crafts, Handmade Goods, Up-Cycled Goods, and Vintage & Antique Goods. Free Admission. Funds raised support Missoula High School Special Olympics and Sentinel High School Special Education Programs. Check out their Facebook page for updates and a preview of what to expect!  @SentinelCraftFair

The Missoula Community Theater presents the Musical “Seussical”, December 5th through the 22nd at the MCT Center. Based on the works of Dr. Seuss, this is the brainchild of Monty Pythons Eric Idle and friends, and is entertaining to people of all sizes! Showtimes and tickets are available at MCTinc.org, 406-728-PLAY or the MCT box office.

The North Valley Public Library in Stevensville is hosting a special Christmas with The Montana ShamRockers and their lively Celtic Christmas Concert Thursday, December 5th at 6:00 pm. Spend the holidays “on the road” with the Corps of Discovery. Lewis & Clark would be proud! For more info, call 406-777-5061 or visit northvalleylibrary.org. All library programs are free and open to the public.

Tittle Red Truck’s 5th Annual VINTAGE CHRISTMAS Market at the historic Missoula County Fairgrounds!  Vintage, Handmade and Gift Vendors! Our Indoor/ Outdoor Venue warming bonfires, local food trucks. TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR and ONLINE. December 6th Friday night 5pm-8pm $8 Saturday, December 7th 10am-4pm $5 for the one day. Children 12 and under are free! www.littleredtruckvintagemarket.com

The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula’s annual Lantern Tours Living History Program runs December 6th – 8th. Focuses on the celebration and experience of the Holiday Season in Western Montana through the decades. Twelve Tours are available over the weekend! Book early as tour size is limited to 20 and may sell out.  Tickets available for purchase at www.fortmissoulamuseum.org.

 As a child, were you ever without clothes, food or a safe place to live? Watson Children’s Shelter would answer that call! Evaro Bar and it’s friends invite you to make a difference for the children on December 7th. They are having a festive evening, starting with food at 3, a live auction at 4 and music after. All proceeds benefit the shelter. Look for the event on the Evaro Bar Facebook page

St. Francis Pastoral Center in Hamilton will be holding their annual holiday bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The bazaar will feature homemade baked goods, handmade crafts, and much more. Coffee, doughnuts, and lunch will be served starting at 11:30 a.m.

The annual “Cookie Walk, Bake Sale & More” happens 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 7th, to benefit the Bitter Root Humane Association. Holiday cookies in every flavor, shape and size. Choose your favorites in any quantity (sold by the pound) individually priced sweet treats of pies, cakes, breads & candies, and goodies for your furry friends! This year’s event is being held at St. Francis Pastoral Community Center, 411 S. 5th Street in Hamilton, on Saturday, December 7th.

Frenchtown PTA Craft Fair happens on Saturday, December 7th beginning at 9 AM running until 5 PM at the Frenchtown High School in Frenchtown. Something for everyone, just in time for the Holidays! For details find them on Facebook or visit www.ftsd.org

The 2019 Parade of Lights is Saturday, December 7th. Kicks off the holiday season in Missoula with a day of free family fun. Children’s activities, holiday carolers and performers. Arrival of Santa at the new Missoula Mercantile Residence Inn by Marriott at 1pm, followed by photos with Santa all culminating with the annual Parade of Lights Parade down Higgins Ave. starting at 6pm, Lighting of the Christmas tree at Circle Square! To participate in a Kid’s Activity or in the Parade, visit https://www.missouladowntown.com/parade-of-lights/

The Missoula holiday MADE fair is on December 8th at the Adams Center in Missoula, locally handcrafted goods from makers. Over 200 skilled artisans as well as a handful of non-profits.  10am-6pm. Details at https://handmademontana.com

Watson Children’s Shelter will be hosting a Holiday Home TourSunday, December 8th from 11:00am to 2:00pmat their location, 4978 Buckhouse Lane off of Blue Mountain Road. This is a rare opportunity to tour the home while the children are out participating in holiday activities. Hot chocolate, homemade cookies and a tour of the festively decorated home will be provided!!  For more info call 406-549-0058 watsonchildrensshelter.org

If you think repurposing old books is creative, Make a wreath out of an old book! Bring your own or The North Valley Public Library in Stevensville have more than a few leftovers. Join in an inaugural, “Rip that Book” apart night on Monday, December 9th at 6:00 pm. Roll those pages up to make a creative wreath for the holidays. Please call the library to register for your spot. For more info, call 406-777-5061 or visit northvalleylibrary.org.

25th Annual Sentinel Craft Fair. Saturday November 30th from 9am to 3pm. Local Arts & Crafts, Handmade Goods, Up-Cycled Goods, Vintage & Antique Goods. Free Admission. Funds raised support Missoula High School Special Olympics and Sentinel High School Special Education Programs. If you are interested in becoming a vendor for this craft fair, contact Andrea & Ashley at sentinelcraftfair@gmail.com for details. 

Missoula Griz Dip happens on December 14th @ 12:00 PM at the Neptune Aviation, Hanger 7! Come out and join the Special Olympics Athletes!  Build your team and raise funds while having fun!  All proceeds benefit Special Olympics Montana. Donations are tax-deductible. Visit www.somt.org/plunge or call (406) 216-5327 or (800) 242-6876 for more information. Visit our webpage for quick links!

Lowell School PTA proudly invites you to the 11th annual Hip Holiday Market! Saturday, December 14th from 10 AM to 4 PM at 1215 Phillips St, Missoula. Every year they host over 50 amazing local artists with live music, prize drawings and a renowned bake sale!  Mark your calendars for one of Missoula’s hippest holiday traditions.  More event details on their Facebook page.

 Bethel Community Church offers a Free Clothes Closet that is open to the public each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm, but on Tuesday Dec. 17th ONLY they will be open until 6pm. There are literally thousands of new and gently used clothing items for the entire family in virtually all sizes. There is a good selection of cold weather clothing as well as casual, dress, and professional clothing, shoes, coats, and more. Located one block west of Russell at 1601 S 6th St West, Missoula.  For more info call 721-2780

The 2019 Parade of Lights is Saturday, December 7th. Kicks off the holiday season in Missoula with a day of free family fun. Children’s activities, holiday carolers and performers. Arrival of Santa at the new Missoula Mercantile Residence Inn by Marriott at 1pm, followed by photos with Santa all culminating with the annual Parade of Lights Parade down Higgins Ave. starting at 6pm, Lighting of the Christmas tree at Circle Square! To participate in a Kid’s Activity or in the Parade, visit https://www.missouladowntown.com/parade-of-lights/ The Parade of Lights is a full day filled with fun the entire family can get behind. Be sure to keep your calendars clear for Saturday, December 7.

Team registration for 2020 Kiwanis basketball is open now! to middle school boys and girls in grades 6 thru 8. Registration Deadline is Friday December 18th. Kiwanis Basketball is FREE to all participants!!! Information can be found at missoulakiwanis.com, emailing or calling gretchen at parks and rec: gsutherland@ci.missoula.mt.us, (406)552-6665

You are invited to A CLASSY CHRISTMAS EVENING, on Friday December 20th at 6:30pm at Limitless Ministries 1900 W Broadway in Missoula. An evening of holiday cheer, enjoying sounds of the season with traditional and jazz style Christmas music. Appetizers, holiday treats and festive beverages. Entrance is free. Formal or semi-formal attire encouraged but not required. There will be a love offering and silent auction. All proceeds will benefit the See Them Home Campaign in partnership with Family Promise. Contact Limitless Ministries for Details, 406.926.2164 or email info@limitlessmissoula.com

3rd Annual Stevi Farmers Market Crafters Craft Bazaar happens on Saturday December 21st from at 9 AM from 3 PM at the American Legion hall 754 Middle Burnt Fork Rd. Handmade Crafts and Knitted Items, Local Artists, Jewelry,Jams, Jellies, Baked Goodies, Local Honey. Handmade Gift Cards and more. Lunch will also be available for purchase.

January

2020 Resolution Run 5k, Hosted by Run Wild Missoula and The Runners happens on Wednesday, January 1st, 2020 from 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM at Rattlesnake Elementary School. This event is family and walker friendly. Start the New Year on the right foot! Join Run Wild Missoula and The Runners Edge on January 1st for our $5 5k! Sign up at runwildmissoula.org

The Cub Scout Klondike Derby, Hosted by Mullan Trail District, Montana Council, BSA happens on Saturday, January 25th, 2020 from 8:45 AM – 3 PM at Fort Missoula. After an opening ceremony, Scouts will participate in a variety of events. The general public is invited to come watch the event, but participation is limited to registered Scouts, Leaders, and Parents. Want to join Scouts? It’s not too late! Find out how at http://beascout.org.

partnership with Family Promise. Contact Limitless Ministries for Details, 406.926.2164 or email info@limitlessmissoula.com

3rd Annual Stevi Farmers Market Crafters Craft Bazaar happens on Saturday December 21st from at 9 AM from 3 PM at the American Legion hall 754 Middle Burnt Fork Rd. Handmade Crafts and Knitted Items, Local Artists, Jewelry,Jams, Jellies, Baked Goodies, Local Honey. Handmade Gift Cards and more. Lunch will also be available for purchase.

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2020 Resolution Run 5k, Hosted by Run Wild Missoula and The Runners happens on Wednesday, January 1st, 2020 from 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

at Rattlesnake Elementary School. This event is family and walker friendly. Start the New Year on the right foot! Join Run Wild Missoula and The Runners Edge on January 1st for our $5 5k! Sign up at runwildmissoula.org

The Cub Scout Klondike Derby, Hosted by Mullan Trail District, Montana Council, BSA happens on Saturday, January 25th, 2020 from 8:45 AM – 3 PM at Fort Missoula. After an opening ceremony, Scouts will participate in a variety of events. The general public is invited to come watch the event, but participation is limited to registered Scouts, Leaders, and Parents. Want to join Scouts? It’s not too late! Find out how at http://beascout.org.

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.

You are invited to “Find your Voice” at the UM Toastmasters Club. Meeting at the UM University Center every Monday from noon to 1pm, except UM holidays. To find out more contact Sam Richter at 406-544-2575 and visit uofm.toastmastersclub.org

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