November 2015 Around Town

Missoula Welcomes ‘The Trough’

In a neighborhood known for its green pastures and rural feel, the addition to Target Range of the deli “The Trough” is fitting right in. The Trough, which adjoins The Olde Dairy (previously Dale’s Dairy), offers sandwiches, soups and salads, a coffee bar with locally made baked goods, smoothies and Big Dipper ice cream. According to owners Carter and Susan Beck, they want to continue with the tradition of a “community gathering place” that grew out of the market established by Betty Jo and Dale Johnson of Dale’s Dairy, and bring many new offerings as well. “Dale and Betty created a niche in this community, a place where people could stop by, grab a carton of milk, and find out what’s new with their neighbors. We want to retain that feel, but expand upon it,” says Carter.

The Becks put some major renovations into the market, now called The Olde Dairy, and offer a greater selection of products. “We want this to be more of a destination place, a place you stop in every day, and with that in mind we’ve expanded the wine and beer selection and added local and organic products and specialty items,” says Susan. “The feel is definitely more of a community market than a convenience store.” The Trough, which customers can enter through The Olde Dairy, from the street, or by walking up to the coffee window, continues the homey feel of the market, say the Becks.

“We’re here for the neighborhood,” says General Manager Emily Englund. “We’re thrilled to be here and look forward to meeting the needs of our neighbors!”

The Trough is located at 2106 Clements Road and is open from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Upcoming City Holidays

City offices will be closed Wednesday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day and on Thursday, November 26 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Check Missoula Valley Lifestyle‘s Facebook page for updates on Veterans Day events.

MCT Auditions

Open auditions for The Drowsy Chaperone will be held Sunday, November 22 at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. Adams St. The Drowsy Chaperone is 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. Call 406.728.1911 for more information.

Are You Game?

Don’t miss the opportunity to take part in the Mount Jumbo Elk Ramble 15K Trail Race, the only organized trail run on Mount Jumbo. As part of this event, you’ll experience stunning landscapes as you traverse the winter home of the Mount Jumbo elk herd. The Mount Jumbo Wildlife Management Area closes to all recreation starting December 1, so take this chance to practice responsible recreation on Missoula’s Conservation and Open Space Lands and welcome the wildlife herds back to Jumbo. This event is Saturday, November 7 at 10 a.m.

Books Galore

The Friends of the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula is again hosting its annual Used Book Sale. Tell your friends, inform your family, and proclaim from the pylons that books galore will be on sale and ready to find new homes on your shelves. This sale supports new exhibit openings, grounds maintenance, and educational programs at the Historical Museum.

• 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, November 12 – Saturday, November 14

• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, November 15


Location: Heritage Hall at Fort Missoula, 3255 Fort Missoula Road

Books are sold by the inch, and on Sunday everything you can stuff into a bag (provided) will be $10. Please visit or call 406.728.3476, ext. 5, for more information.

Invitation to Participate

The University of Montana welcomes members of the campus and Missoula communities to join the discussion on campus-wide issues and university initiatives during monthly University Council meetings. Meetings run from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. with about 30 minutes for presentation and 30 minutes for general discussion. UC members include representatives from UM’s staff and faculty senates, ASUM, University Faculty Association, the Montana Public Employees Union, UM administrators and the Missoula community. The next meeting is Tuesday, November 24, and will include a presentation and a panel moderated by Joe Fanguy, UM director of technology transfer, titled, “UM’s Economic Development Impacts: Research, Companies and Private Sector Jobs.” Visit for location and more information. Meeting location was still being determined at press time.

Let’s Move, Missoula

Let’s Move! Missoula Coordinator Lisa Beczkiewicz joined First Lady Michelle Obama and representatives from the National League of Cities and several federal agencies at the White House for a celebratory event honoring the achievements made by local elected officials participating in the Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties initiative. The First Lady announced that 500 cities, towns and counties, including Missoula, have committed to the five goals in the initiative, which helps local elected officials, their staff and communities ensure all children grow up healthy and have the ability to reach their full potential, since July 2012. Let’s Move! Missoula has worked closely with the school district to implement Brain Breaks in our middle schools and high schools and Take 10 in our elementary schools. These short physical activity breaks throughout the school day result in more engaged learning for the students. The First Lady also recognized the 52 communities, including Missoula, that have achieved gold medals in each of the five goal areas, which include providing healthy school meals, opportunities for physical activity during and outside of school, and healthier early care and education programs. “These local policymakers, representing small and large communities from across the country are transforming their communities into healthier places,” says National League of Cities President Ralph Becker, the mayor of Salt Lake City.

Say ‘Ruff’ for Santa

Santa loves pets as much as we do. Regardless of whether the furriest member of your family was naughty or nice this year, he (or she) is welcome to come sit on Santa’s lap for a portrait at Southgate Mall at the JCPenney Court on the following dates from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.:

• November 29

• December 6

• December 13


His (or her) human(s) can be in them, too. For more information, visit or call 406.721.5140.