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Last Best Printfest

Join the Zootown Arts Community Center in welcoming this year’s printmakers to the gallery during the grand opening of the Last Best Printfest on Friday, April 8 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event will showcase artwork from Montana printmakers who are participating in the year’s portfolio exchange on the theme of “metamorphosis.” This event is free and open to the public. The artworks will be on display in the Main Gallery for the month of April. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Visit for more information.

Maulers News

A big welcome to Hank Vieten, the new Game Day Operations Manager/Marketing Director for the Missoula Maulers. Vieten has been a lifelong hockey fan and player. He grew up playing hockey and lacrosse in Hanover, N.H., and moved out to Missoula in 2009. He attended the University of Montana and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing. While a student at UM, Vieten was a four-year starter on the lacrosse team and was a captain and team president for his junior and senior seasons. He is the head coach of the Big Sky High School lacrosse team. Vieten aims to forge a strong bond between the community and the Maulers team, and also to create an exciting and fun atmosphere at the Maulers games for fans of all ages.

Well Done, MPD Tactical Team

Congratulations to the members of the Missoula Police Department Tactical Team! Officers Sean Manraksa and Christian Cameron and Drs. John Kirkeide and Dan Braby took second place in the 2016 National Tactical Medical Challenge in Lake County, Fla. The team competed against teams from around the country and were evaluated on Care Under Fire, Tactical Field Care, and Tactical Evacuation. Good work, guys!

BSA Honors Centenarian Eagle Scout

Ty Robinson, a Missoula resident since 1935, was honored by the Montana Council, Boy Scouts of America with Montana’s first Distinguished Centenarian Eagle Scout award during the recent Mullan Trail District Investment in Character and Leadership Breakfast in Missoula. This year marks the 106th birthday of the Boy Scouts of America, and the 100-year-old Robinson joked that he and Scouting got their start at about the same time. Robinson earned his Eagle Scout award in 1930.

Soroptimist of Missoula Awards Banquet and Fundraiser

Soroptimist International of Missoula is holding its annual event, Spirit of Excellence: A Celebration of Achievement awards banquet and fundraiser on Thursday, April 14 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Ruby’s Inn and Convention Center, 4825 N. Reserve. There will be music, a fabulous silent auction, a bar and wonderful plated dinner provided by Caffé Firenze. Heidi Meili from KECI will emcee the evening. This year’s guest speaker is Mary Windecker, chair of the Missoula Chamber of Commerce Board. Join the lovely ladies of Soroptimist of Missoula for a great evening celebrating local women, girls, and businesses as we honor this year’s scholarship and award recipients. Proceeds from the event will benefit both the Susan Talbot Home for Girls and Girl Scouts of Missoula. For tickets and more information, visit

Sears: A Glorious Return

Have you missed Sears? We have, too. Abbey Carpet has recently expanded their appliance division and is now able to order all products that Sears carries online. They can ship items directly to their Missoula-Sears Hometown Store, 407 S. Catlin St., where they have a full appliance showroom. You can also forget the headache of warranty mail-ins as they are now handling warranty replacements in-store. What’s even better is the Missoula-Sears Hometown Store’s plan to open a full design facility within the next 18 months. This locally owned and operated business will feature paint, cabinetry, carpet, appliances and more! They’re aiming to be your one-stop shop to get any household job complete in style.

Wherefore Art 
Thou, Romeo?

The 2015-16 Mainstage Season at the University of Montana’s School of Theatre and Dance closes with one of the most famous love stories of all time, Romeo and Juliet. It has everything: love and hate, loyalty and betrayal, chance and fate. But no matter how familiar the plot may be, Shakespeare’s poetic tragedy is still haunting, romantic, compelling and timeless. Get tickets for performances April 27-30 and May 3-7 at

New Faces

The Acupuncture Clinic of Missoula has welcomed Dr. Rebecca Sobin and Heather Ellsworth to their team of experienced and passionate practitioners. Dr. Sobin has specialties in women’s health, emotional disorders, acute and chronic pain, digestive disorders, and immune system support, among many more conditions treated within the Asian medical complex. Ellsworth, a licensed and board-certified acupuncturist, herbalist, and oriental medical practitioner, enjoys bringing a sense of comfort and understanding to her patients. She and her family moved to Missoula in 2012 and opened Mountain Sage Acupuncture, from which she is transitioning to the join the ACM family. All practitioners at the clinic, including Dallas Seaber who will be soon retiring after 18-plus years in the field, have studied at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, which is consistently ranked the No. 1 acupuncture school in the U.S. Check out their new, user-friendly website to book appointments and learn more about acupuncture and the practitioners:

Cowgirl Spring Roundup

Experience true cowgirl culture alongside the incredible honorees of the Cowgirl Hall of Fame at the Cowgirl Spring Roundup: The Ultimate Immersion into Cowgirl Culture on April 28-May 1 at Paws Up. This three-day-weekend includes cowgirl skills workshops, a special ranch photography clinic with Barbra Van Cleve, relaxing trail rides, hiking, campfires, music, and  fine dining and luxury accommodations at Paws Up. Learn to ride, wrangle and shoot from these very talented women of the West while enjoying the tranquility of a luxury escape. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 877.588.6783 or visit

Vein of Change

The Bellamah Vein Center welcomes a new member to the Bellamah family! Jenn K. Worrell, PA-C, has joined the team at Bellamah Vein Center as a Physician Assistant. She has four years of experience as an OR surgical technician and is a graduate of the University of Washington’s MEDEX Northwest PA program. With their recent addition, Bellamah will now be better able to to meet the growing demand for their services in our region.

Individuals often “brush off” nagging leg pain and unsightly leg veins as something they “have to live with. According to the Millennium Research Group (2011), more than 30 million Americans have varicose veins. This condition happens when the valves in leg veins no longer function, resulting in pooling blood. People often assume these blue, red or flesh-colored veins are just a cosmetic nuisance, mistakenly writing them off as an unavoidable reality of aging, pregnancy or heredity. Varicose veins are very often related to a more serious medical condition called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). In addition to causing leg pain and swelling, CVI can result in leg restlessness, skin damage and even skin ulcers. In reality, varicose veins and CVI are very treatable. Bellamah Vein Center is able to treat, on an outpatient basis, men and women suffering from leg pain and noticeable leg veins of varying sizes. Treating leg pain and related vein disease is a great example of preventive medicine. Visit for more information or to schedule a consultation.

A Spoonful of Sugar

The last production of the Missoula Community Theatre’s 2015-06 season ends with Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical. The flying nanny finally lands in Missoula—and in the nick of time at the Banks family home. The Banks children are behaving terribly, their mother finds the roles of wife and caretaker to be impossibly demanding, and their father is experiencing hardship of his own at work. Luckily for the family, the lovable Mary Poppins and her equally-charming friend Bert teach them to “Step in Time” and take on life’s troubles with “A Spoonful of Sugar.” Enjoy a “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” night with Mary Poppins. Performances are April 28 through May 15 (times vary) at the MCT Center for Performing Arts, 200 N. Adams. For tickets and more information, visit

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