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Upcoming MCT Auditions

Open auditions for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged will be held Sunday, January 24 at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. Adams St. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged is 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. The show will run March 10-13, 16-20. Call 406.728.1911 for more information.

Montana’s 2015 Professor of the Year Is…

Dr. Doug Emlen, evolutionary biologist and professor of biology at the University of Montana, was named the 2015 Montana Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. He was one of 35 educators selected nationwide from nearly 400 top professors nominated. His colleagues said his classes are extremely popular with UM students. In fact, it’s common for the number of students on the waiting list for his courses to nearly equal the class size limit.

Emlen co-wrote Evolution: Making Sense of Life, a genetics and evolution textbook, in 2013. His 2014 book, Animal Weapons: The Evolution of Battle, won the 2015 Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science. But Emlen said receiving an award for his teaching is especially gratifying because he considers it the best part of his job. “So often it’s the scholarship we do as faculty that receives the attention—high-profile research papers, books or interviews, for example—but the ‘other half’ of our life is and always has been teaching,” Emlen says. “And as much as I love the research questions, the detective process involved with discerning answers, and even—OK, especially—the critters themselves, it’s the things I do as a teacher that matter the most.”

We Want to Hear From You!

At Missoula Valley Lifestyle, our goal is to share the best that our community has to offer as well as news about our neighbors. Do you have wedding or engagement news to share? Do you know an outstanding educator or student we should spotlight? Is there a great new restaurant in town that everyone needs to know about? Please let us know so we can share it with our neighbors in an upcoming issue. You can reach our team at​


There’s new parking technology in downtown Missoula. It’s got a name, too. LUKE. These multi-space parking meters replace 60-plus-year-old meters and offer a variety of customer-friendly conveniences, including multiple payment options (coins, credit cards and smart cards); the option to extend meter time by phone; pay by license plate; and bright, colorful screens with easy 1-2-3 instructions. The Missoula Parking Commission works with the government, businesses and citizens to provide and manage parking and parking alternatives. For more information visit or

An Experience Not to Be Missed

The Vienna International Ballet Experience (VIBE) brings together some of the most outstanding young dancers from around the world and serves as an introduction to an international career. And it’s coming to Missoula, January 12-16. This is the first time the Vienna competition will be held in the U.S. Hosted by Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre and Destination Missoula and under the direction of Gregor Hatala and Evelyn Teri from Vienna, Austria, the contest is an auspicious occasion on which to promote cultural exchange and mutual understanding among its participating candidates, the audience, and the Montana community. Tickets to watch the contest and to participate in all festival events are available to the public through Destination Missoula 
( VIBE is open to professionals, students and amateurs of ballet and contemporary dance from across the U.S. and abroad. Visit for more information and a full schedule of events.

Saturday Breakfast Club Run/Walk

Need a little inspiration to get out of bed on the weekend? Come join the Saturday morning runs at the Runner’s Edge, 304 N. Higgins Ave., at 8 a.m. These runs are geared toward everyone, from the beginner to the advanced runner. Runners can choose to run with other runners, or to drop their stuff and head out on their own.  There are routes of 2.5 to 10 miles mapped out for you. Plus, there’s free breakfast after your run or walk. For more information, visit or email

WinterFest at The Resort at Paws Up

Why should summer have all the culinary fun? The Resort at Paws Up presents its first WinterFest culinary weekend. It’s three and a half days of winter-themed feasts, Montana-sized outdoor adventures, intimate cooking classes with special guest chefs, and wine tastings curated by a master sommelier. Stay inside where it’s warm and learn new skills from the masters, or venture out into the snow-covered scenery and work up an appetite. Space is limited so reserve your spot today. Visit for details and more information.

Global Gauntlet 2016

Do you like a little friendly competition? Round up some friends and co-workers and come support the Montana World Affairs Council while you test your knowledge of current events, history, languages, global customs, international cuisine, and more at the organization’s 2016 Global Gauntlet. Trivia questions, with multiple choice answers, will vary in difficulty. This fundraiser is modeled after the Council’s Academic WorldQuest competition, an international affairs competition for Montana high school students. With more than 50 teams from 27 different schools, it is the third-largest Academic WorldQuest competition in the nation.  Proceeds from this event will go toward Academic WorldQuest and other World Affairs Council education projects. There will be a casual dinner, live auction, and prizes awarded for first, second and third places in the trivia contest and for best team name. Mayor John Engen will be the master of ceremonies. Event is Saturday, January 23 at the DoubleTree Hotel. Visit for more information and to register.

Who Knew?

You can park FREE for the first hour downtown at the following two places: Central Park at the corner of West Main and Ryman and Park Place, located at East Front and Pattee. This is courtesy of the Missoula Parking Commission. Thanks!

Dancing Stars

The Downtown Dance Collective (DDC) and the Top Hat Lounge present “Dancing with the Missoula Stars,” a fundraiser for the dance and arts center in the heart of downtown Missoula. A take-off on the ABC show Dancing With the Stars, this event is pairing our celebrities with dance pros of such styles as tap, tango, hip-hop, musical theater, and salsa. Celebrities participating are Charene Herrera, DJ on KYSS 94.9; Susan Hay Patrick, CEO of United Way of Missoula County; Christine Littig, co-owner of Bernice’s Bakery; Corey Regini, lead brewer at KettleHouse Brewing; Melanie Charlson, president of the Missoula Education Association; Reid Reimers, an arts educator and actor; Felipe (Fez) von Sydow, co-owner of Arcane LLC; Suzanne Phillips, chef/manager at The Trough at The Olde Dairy; attorney Paul Ryan; actor and musician Jeff Medley; and a special mystery guest. Showing them the steps are professional dancers Patrick Marsolek, Mina May, Katie Lewis, Gillian Kessler, Chris Coburn, Jennifer Meyer Vaughan, Colleen Raosbarsky, Meagen Hensley, Heidi Eggert Jones, Lori Mitchell, Jennifer Corbin, and Joy French.

“I am thrilled about the DDC’s first annual Dancing With the Missoula Stars event.  We have celebrities from all walks of Missoula life.  They are all shaken’ in their boots, but hey, it’s a dance competition, shaken’ in your boots is a good thing,” says Heather Adams, the DDC’s founder and executive director. Celebrities and pros have been teamed up and will battle it out on the dance floor at the Top Hat Lounge, 134 W. Front St., on Sunday, February 21. Tickets are $35 a person and can be purchased at the Top Hat. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the show starts at 6 p.m. For more information, visit Viewers can text in their votes for their favorite team. Check for details, videos, photos, team bios and sponsor information.