August 2015 Around Town 2

 

Let Us Share Your Big News!

The team at Missoula Valley Lifestyle looks forward to sharing the good news of our neighbors each and every month. If you have an engagement or wedding to announce, please send standard announcement text and two or three high-resolution photos to DAntonetti@LifesytlePubs.com so we can include it in our Wedding Bells section. There is no charge for this service and photo credits will be given to professional photos if needed.

Operation Playground Build

Thanks to the success of the 2014 Parks and Trails Bond, Missoula will soon be home to 11 new or improved playgrounds. The $1 million project includes playground improvements for Bonner, Franklin, Greenough, McLeod, Northside, Pleasant View, Rainbow, Skyview, Wapikia and Whitaker parks, plus phase-two development of Silver Summit playground in McCormick Park. Plans for phase two include a sensory mosaic, furnishing the cabin, a large gazing ball, gardens and more. For updates, visit CI.Missoula.MT.us.

The Missoula Symphony and Top Hat Present…

…the virtuosic showpieces, romantic tenor arias, pyrotechnical solos, blazing gypsy show pieces and multi-instrument mastery of Quartetto Gelato. For nearly two decades, this dazzling ensemble has enchanted audiences and critics worldwide with its exotic blend of musical virtuosity, artistic passion and humor. With a performance repertoire that spans the globe, including classical masterworks, operatic arias, the sizzling energy of tangos, gypsy and folk songs, the group’s theatrical stage presence and relaxed humor establishes an intimate rapport with audiences worldwide. The ensemble performs Tuesday, September 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Top Hat Lounge. For more information and tickets, visit MissoulaSymphony.org.

Great Job, C.S. Porter!

Eleven Missoula County public schools were chosen to receive an “MBI Exemplar School” award, including top honors for C.S. Porter Middle School. The Montana Behavioral Initiative (MBI) has established an awards process to recognize MBI teams and schools that meet exemplary standards for promoting positive school climate and school safety. C.S. Porter received the Platinum Award for the 2014-15 school year. This award is the highest recognition in the state and was only granted to three other schools in the state. In keeping with the Graduation Matters Missoula Initiative, MBI provides a school climate that respects students, engages them in positive behaviors and supports recognition for student success. The following elementary schools received MBI Gold Awards: Franklin, Hawthorne, Lowell, Paxson, Rattlesnake and Russell. MBI Bronze Awards were awarded to Lewis and Clark Elementary, Meadow Hill Middle, Hellgate High and Washington Middle schools. For more information on MBI, visit OPI.MT.gov/Programs/SchoolPrograms/MBI.

Seen In Broad Daylight

Bozeman artist Kathryn Schmidt is a distinguished artist in the region. The Missoula Art Museum is honored to celebrate Schmidt’s vision in her first exhibition at the museum. Her paintings and sculptures never spell everything out, leaving enough unsaid that there always remains a mystery for the viewer to fill in. This is the magic in her works, the mystery offered by content served up in dark compositions with content that remains unsaid. The exhibit runs through October 24. For more information, visit MissoulaArtMuseum.org.

MCT 2015-16 Season Announced

Season tickets and single-ticket orders are now available for purchase for the Missoula Community Theatre’s 2015-16 season. This year audiences will be treated with performances of Sweeney Todd, the story of Benjamin Barker who, after 15 years of false imprisonment, returns to London determined to seek vengeance upon the man responsible for his incarceration; The Sound of Music, a musical based on the true story of the von Trapp Family Singers; The Drowsy Chaperone, a Tony Award–winning spoof of musical comedies in which a discontented Broadway fan known only as “Man in Chair” puts on a 1928 recording of his favorite musical in an attempt to lift his mood; The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged, a madcap production that condenses the great works of the English-speaking world’s greatest playwright into irreverent and hilarious micro-performances at breakneck speed; and Mary Poppins, which finally brings the flying nanny to Missoula. For dates, tickets and more information, visit MCTInc.org.

Save the Date

The Missoula Chamber of Commerce will host its 125th annual banquet at the Hilton Garden Inn on Monday, September 14 at 6 p.m. with cocktails, dinner and guest speaker Marcus Luttrell, a former U.S. Navy SEAL and the author of Lone Survivor. Luttrell’s best-selling book tells the harrowing story of four Navy SEALs who journeyed into the mountainous border of Afghanistan and Pakistan on OpeThe team at Missoula Valley Lifestyle looks forward to sharing the good news of our neighbors each and every month. If you have an engagement or wedding to announce, please send standard announcement text and two or three high-resolution photos to DAntonetti@LifesytlePubs.com so we can include it in our Wedding Bells section. There is no charge for this service and photo credits will be given to professional photos if needed.ration Redwing. An unparalleled motivational story of survival, the book is also a moving tribute to the friends and teammates who did not make it off the mountain. Tables are limited. Contact Megan Redmond at the Chamber at 406.543.6623 or Megan@MissoulaChamber.com for more information. Saddle Up for Western Montana Fair Missoula welcomes back the Western Montana Fair on Aug. 11-16 for 4-H exhibits, livestock, carnival rides, night shows, free daily entertainment, commercial displays, food vendors, a demolition derby, professional bull riding, the Missoula Stampede PRCA Rodeo and more. All events will be held at the Missoula Fairgrounds located on the corner of Russell Street and South Avenue. Stampede Stage Nightly Round-Up (9-11 p.m.) Aug. 11 – Street Dance with Chuck Norris Aug. 12 – Shane Clouse Aug. 13 – Northern Lights Aug. 14 – Tyler Barham Aug. 15 – Blue Collar 100 Years of Rodeo! Aug. 11 – Missoula Ranch Rodeo Aug. 12 – Bitterroot Ford Bull-O-Rama Aug. 13-15 – Missoula Stampede PRCA Ram Rodeo Aug. 16 – Missoula Napa Auto Car Wars and the Demolition Derby For more information and a complete schedule of events and activities, visit MissoulaFairgrounds.com/Western-Montana-Fair.