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‘Changing Moment’ Call for Art

Radius Gallery, 114 E. Main, invites artists to submit original artwork to its second annual Juried Art Exhibition in response to this year’s theme: The Changing Moment. The exhibit is designed to showcase outstanding 2D and 3D visual fine art by a wide variety of artists. Unexpected interpretations of the show’s theme are welcome as are submissions that showcase a range of subjects, styles and media. The submission deadline is Sunday, May 29 and the exhibition will begin July 30 and run through September 16. Visit for full submission guidelines and more information.

Experience the Difference. Be Driven.

Black Car, a luxury, white glove ground transportation service featuring a fleet of Mercedes-Benz sedans, is now available in and around Missoula, the Flathead Valley, and throughout Western Montana. Black Car is focused on simplifying your life by transporting you to your destination in unparalleled elegance—every time. Available for any occasion, including airport transfers, corporate/business hosting, weddings, anniversaries, date nights, and day/evening events, Black Car ensures that you arrive in refined style. Drivers are carefully selected to deliver peace of mind and are available 24 hours a day. Time is a precious commodity, so let Black Car help restore balance to your busy schedule by ensuring a relaxing experience en route to your destination. For a full list of services, visit or call their local reservation specialists at 406.491.7700 to discuss your transportation needs.

CycloFemme Missoula

CycloFemme, a socially-driven grassroots celebration of women on bikes, is bringing its annual Mother’s Day ride to Missoula on Sunday, May 8. This annual event is held in cities all over the world and is a celebration of women and girls on bikes, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity or bicycle preference. It’s free to participate so there’s no reason not to. This will be a casual ride around town, and all abilities, ages, body types and cycles are welcome. Meet at the Griz statue on the UM campus at 11 a.m. Visit for more information.

Teller Wildlife Refuge Youth Expo

The Youth Conservation & Education Expo at Teller Wildlife Refuge in Corvallis is a one-day event that aims to engage youth participants in a variety of outdoor activities that range from shooting safety, horse packing, land ethics, wildlife conservation, backcountry etiquette to dog handling, fly casting clinics, and more. It will take place on Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. At its core, the expo is geared to instill the values of our outdoor heritage. At the event, each youth participant will be given a report card to document interaction with the various work stations that is required to be completed for drawings held at the end of the day to select the youths who will receive scholarships to attend outdoor camps throughout Montana. Go to for more information on or to donate to this event.

Firsts for Women in Montana

Emilie LeBel, assistant professor of composition at the University of Montana’s School of Music, became the first woman to win the Land’s End Ensemble’s Composer Competition. She won with her piece “Oranda,” and will receive a $1,500 commissioning prize after composing a new piece for a piano trio that will be premiered next season by the Land’s End Ensemble.

As if LeBel’s success isn’t already music to our ears, another woman has taken a great leap forward for journalists in Montana. Katie Riordan, a master’s degree candidate in journalism at UM, received an Overseas Press Club Foundation Scholar Award at the 2016 annual Scholar Awards Luncheon in New York City. She is the first student from a college in Montana to win the award. Riordan’s winning application told how she worked in Yemen and then went to the Republic of Somaliland in the Horn of Africa and covered the effects of drought on nomadic tribes, among other environmental and political stories. Her interest lies in reporting on the impact of climate change and the growing number of climate refugees.

Color My Ride

The Missoula Horse Council is hosting the first of a three-part obstacle challenge series at Big Sky Horse Park on Saturday, May 14. Bring your steed of any breed and dress to impress. Judges will be looking for displays of good horsemanship in all divisions. Each course will consist of 6-15 obstacles, to be ridden at various gaits and at different levels of difficulty depending on the division. The subsequent events will be held on June 18 and September 3. Courses will be open the Friday before each competition for schooling from 2 to 7 p.m. for a fee of $15 per horse/rider combination. Visit for start times and fees for each division.

Mamalode Mother’s Day Eve

Looking for the perfect way to bring in Mother’s Day? Local businesses across Missoula will offer free and special classes, discounted shopping, and a variety of other deals and treats for moms on Saturday, May 7. The celebration will wrap up with a red carpet affair at the Roxy Theater, 718 S. Higgins, at 7:30 p.m. where they will feature stories, high-dollar giveaways, and a sing-a-long version of Mamma Mia. Mayor John Engen will also be there to make a special announcement. For more information, visit

From the Editor

In the April article about Rosie McCormack titled, “Loyola’s Sacred Heart: High School Senior’s Big Heart Is a Great Inspiration,” a quote was mistakenly attributed to Stacy Kendrick. The quote should have been attributed to Father Joseph Carter, S.J. The error was corrected in our online edition.  Also, the senior photograph of Rosie on page 14 was taken by Mark Payton. Missoula Valley Lifestyle apologizes to Father Carver, Rosie and her family, and Mark for the oversights.