Around Town 9

Kudos to the Gibson Mansion B&B

At the heart of our spectacular city is the Gibson Mansion Bed and Breakfast, 823 39th St. We’ve long known of its charming luxurious accommodations, delicious breakfasts, and warm hospitality. And it’s been getting some attention, even from an international luxury travel blog. First, the website listed the Gibson Mansion as one of 10 bed and breakfasts in Montana perfect for a getaway, saying that “it’s just as pleasant to experience as it is to see.” The singled out the Gibson Mansion in its post, “Perfect winter road tripping through Western Montana’s Glacier County.” The writer stated, “[The] Gibson Mansion Bed and Breakfast is a luxurious Victorian mansion, circa 1903, that has been lovingly restored with just the right touch of modern amenities. Gorgeous grounds, a pre-breakfast in bed consisting of scrumptious homemade scones and strong coffee, then a full brekkie in the dining room (yummy seared peach and huckleberry pancakes) works for me.” The inside tip suggested reserving the Master Suite “for its seductive original cast iron wood-burning fireplace and private balcony.” The bed and breakfast was also listed in an article, “10 Montana Wedding Venues for Big Sky Country Couples,” posted on The introduction noted that our state is “an ideal location for rustic weddings” but that we “offer much more than simple barns and ranches”—and the Gibson Mansion Bed and Breakfast provides “a more intimate setting” in a “turn-of-the-century Victorian house” with “elegant interiors and manicured gardens.” Visit 
for more information.

Wings Across the Big Sky

Birders rejoice! The 17th annual Montana Audubon Bird Festival comes to Missoula on June 3-5 at the Holiday Inn Downtown, 200 S. Pattee St. Sign up for numerous local field trips, attend lectures on a wide range of subjects given by experts in their field, and rub elbows with some of the best birders in the state. Festivities will include events highlighting Montana Audubon’s 40th year. This year’s keynote speaker is Erick Greene, professor in the Division of Biological Sciences and in the Wildlife Biology Program at the University of Montana, who will speak about his research with songbirds. Check out the full festival brochure and register for events at

Heroes at Home BBQ and Music Fest

Head over to the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula on Saturday, June 4 for a fun-filled day in honor of our veterans, service members, and their families. There will be a free barbecue at 12 p.m. and the opening ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. Don’t bother finding a sitter—there will be free activities for the kiddos and music to boot! Even admission is free so come one, come all. If you’re interested in volunteering at this event, please visit the event’s Facebook page Heroes @ Home BBQ & Music Festival for contact information.

Big Congrats for Big Dipper

Food & Wine magazine singled out Big Dipper Ice Cream in its list of the “Best Ice Cream Spots in the U.S.” It’s no surprise to us, and we’ll celebrate the best way we know how: with a scoop of huckleberry ice cream (made with local berries, of course!) in a homemade waffle cone. Congrats to Big Dipper! Big Dipper is located on the Hip Strip at 631 S. Higgins.

Go Fly a Kite

The Resort at Paws Up welcomes writers, artists, and experts of every walk of life there is throughout the year but kite flying professionals? Now that’s something we have to see. This month Brett and Diane Morris will show you a thing or two about kite flying. Brett is currently Region 9 Director of the American Kitefliers Association, which covers Montana, Idaho, and Oregon (Brett and Diane’s home state). Come meet them! June 13-19 you can build your own kite, learn a trick or two, or just watch as Brett and Diane’s trick kites and quads take to the big skies. For a full schedule, visit

Home Care Service: Infusion Therapy

Home health care provides medical treatment for an illness or injury, with the goal of helping one recover, regain independence, and become as self-sufficient as possible. Partners in Home Care wants you well and is pleased to offer in-home infusion therapy, the administration of medications using intravenous and subcutaneous routes (into the bloodstream and under the skin). This is a great option for many people as it is more cost-effective and reduces the risk of infection than an in-patient hospital stay and is performed in the privacy and comfort of one’s home. A few of the most common drug therapies that can be administered at home include antibiotics, pain management, chemotherapy, hydration, and parenteral nutrition. Licensed and accredited infusion programs carefully screen patients to determine if home administration is safe and appropriate for an individual, and it is important to check if the infusion program is accredited by an agency such as the Accreditation Commission for Home Care (ACHC), a private, not-for-profit corporation that has set high national standards for providers. Returning to one’s home and family can promote quicker recovery and improve the quality of life for both patient and family or caregiver. Treatment services provided by an accredited infusion therapy program, ordered through their physician, can help a patient and caregiver do just that. For more information, visit

Pierce Sharpening

Pierce Sharpening, now in its fourth season, is serving customers in Missoula, Florence, Stevensville, and Hamilton. Need your knives sharpened but too busy to make a special trip? You’re in luck! Pierce Sharpening has a mobile schedule through November. They provide all services on location from their mobile trailer. They sharpen knives, hatches, axes, rotary lawn mower blades, garden tools, and most scissors. Follow their whereabouts on the calendar page of their website:

Small Biz Navigator

Starting a small business is a big undertaking, and to make it easier the Montana Small Business and Downtown Network KIN (Key Industry Network) for Governor Steve Bullock’s Main Street Initiatives recently launched a website, the Small Business Navigator, providing a one-stop-shop resource for people interested in starting a business in Montana. The site was developed by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Visit to have many of your questions about launching a business answered.

Relay for Life

Cancer survivors, caregivers, volunteers, and community members will unite on Friday and Saturday, June 17-18 at Big Sky High School, 3100 South Ave. West, for the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Missoula to help save lives from cancer. The Relay for Life movement is the world’s largest fundraising event to fight every cancer in every community with four million participants in 6,000 events worldwide. Dollars raised help the American Cancer Society save lives by funding groundbreaking cancer research, providing free information and critical services for people with cancer, and supporting education and prevention programs. To sign up and donate, visit

The Fabric of Montana

Head over to Big Sky High School, 3100 South Ave. West, for the biannual quilt show of the Missoula Quilters’ Guild on June 24-25. The event will feature quilters Terry Vick and Heidi Bakula, two gymnasiums filled with quilts on display, viewer-choice voting on Friday with ribbons pinned on Saturday, a special display of heirloom and antique quilts, vendors from Montana and neighboring states, demonstrations of various quilting techniques, a boutique, silent auction, door prizes, raffles. For more information, visit

New Faces at MCT Box Office

You may have noticed a few new faces have joined the Missoula Community Theater’s box office staff. Here’s a quick introduction: Originally from Colorado, Blaine Towles has been seen on the MCT stage in the productions of Sweeney Todd and The Drowsy Chaperone. When not in the box office, he’s usually working on a film project or trying to convince people ferrets are the best pets in the world. He has two helping him make the case. Melissa Briner is a graduate student at the University of Montana where she is pursuing her teaching certification. She started with MCT as a tour actor/director, and is often found pouring over her textbooks and making everyone around her laugh. Also a student at UM, Katie Marshall is an all-around lovely person who jumps in anywhere she’s needed and is currently training to run the Missoula Marathon in July. They join long-time employees Matt Crawford and Megan Brown in providing patrons with second-to-none service.

MAC Swimmer Heads to Olympic Trials

At the end of the month, Hellgate High School freshman Katharine Berkoff heads to the Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska, after posting qualifying times in the 100- and 200-meter backstroke at the West Regional Senior Sectional meet in Washington state. She finished the 100 in 1:03.01, just under the cut time of 1:03.39, and she bested the 2:16.59 cut time for the 200 by more than a second at 2:15.40. The Summer Olympics are being held in Rio de Janiero in August. Congratulations and good luck!

Keep Calm and Swim On

Get your swim on and support the Enduring Waves Foundation at its third annual Flathead Lake Race Series on July 15-17 at Big Arm State Park, a beautiful setting among mature ponderosa pines, juniper trees and spectacular views of the Mission Mountains. The event features a ½-mile, one-mile, 5K and 10K swims over the course of the weekend, and 100% of the proceeds benefit the nonprofit, which assists Montana children financially with various medical expenses. Register for one event, two, three or all of them. Event is sanctioned by U.S. Masters Swimming. Visit to register or volunteer. Swim on!

Grizzly Harley-Davidson 
Anniversary Celebration

Join Grizzly Harley-Davidson in celebrating their four-year anniversary at 5106 E. Harrier Dr. on Saturday, June 25 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. You’ll view the One Wheel Revolution Professional Performance Thrill Show, which will be completed on Harley-Davidson V-twin motorcycles, and enjoy barbecue and drinks by Up N Smokin BBQ and Hooters. There will also be a burn out contest and music to groove to by Sammy Eubanks. Sounds like hog heaven!