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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 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!

Gettin’ Primitive at Paws Up

Summer is a great time to head over to the Resort at Paws Up for its Wilderness Workshops, of which there are plenty this summer. During the weeks of July 10-16 and August 7-13, learn about the old ways of the great outdoors from an honest-to-goodness mountain man, Gary Steele. At his self-built camp, guests will get hands-on instruction in “primitive” skills, such as edible plant identification, fire making, knot tying, longbow archery, music making, orienteering, shelter building, storytelling, tomahawk throwing, tracking, and woodsmanship. Designed for families to come together in an environment that fosters curiosity and confidence, this Wilderness Workshop is sure to ignite your imagination.

Chicago musicians Scott Besaw and Scott Schaefer (also known as the duo Great Scotts) will join Paws Up on July 30-August 6 for Drum Circle Madness to conduct drum circles and sing-a-long activities for both kids and adults alike. Besaw has been performing for kids around the country, teaching at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, and playing at various Chicago hot spots for years. Schaefer has been a prominent presence on the Chicago scene as a vocalist for two decades. Individual guitar and drum lessons are available while the duo is on property as are exclusive private performances by the Great Scotts.

Aspiring cowboys and cowgirls can join acclaimed ranch-life photographer and Cowgirl Hall of Fame member Barbara Van Cleve for a unique and captivating photography workshop July 18-21. Guests will spend time indoors and outdoors photographing all that Montana has to offer. Van Cleve is known for her spectacular nighttime imagery, and she will instruct workshop participants on how to capture vivid, dreamy photographs under a starry, moonlit sky. Additionally, guests can take their horsemanship skills to a whole new level with instruction from the real deal champion equestrian and Cowgirl Hall of Fame member Barbra Schulte. With an emphasis on mental toughness, Schulte has helped elite riders from all over the world reach their full potential.

For more details on the complete Wilderness Workshop series, please visit

The Soundtrack to Summer

For more than 100 years, the Missoula City Band has been performing some of the finest band music at open-air concerts the public has seen this side of the Continental Divide, and this season promises to be no different. Every Wednesday at 8 p.m. through August 10, you can pop a squat at Bonner Park Band Shell (located at the corner of Ronald and Hastings streets in the University District) and listen to the sounds of summer. You’ll be glad you did! Visit for more information.

Training Tips with Fez

Missoula Valley Lifestyle wants you to be fit and have fun doing it. That’s why we’ve reached out to Arcane’s Felipe (Fez) von Sydow. He’s going to occasionally write health- and fitness-related articles for you, our readers. But first, we want to know your questions. Email your questions to, and we’ll get the pro to separate fact from fiction. Fez is frequently asked about the difference between steady-state and HIIT cardio and their respective benefits. Here’s his answer:
The short answer is time needed for it to be accomplished. Steady state is any activity, such as running, swimming, biking, that can be sustained for an extended period of time, generally speaking 20 minutes or more. HIIT, High-Intensity Interval Training, is very quick with very hard bursts of effort followed by periods of rest, typically these last 4 to 20 minutes for each activity. Steady state teaches your body to endure time under stress, and over time microscopic changes happen within your body making it more efficient. Plus, you get to go places and enjoy our beautiful state while becoming the best version of yourself. HIIT is usually done when you have less time or are doing speed work. Many of the benefits of HIIT happen after the workout. During a HIIT workout, the body goes into an oxygen deficit; once you’re done, the body keeps working to pay that debt back, keeping your metabolism high.
Visit to learn more about Fez and his gym.

Celebrate All Things Horsey

Head on down to the historic Missoula Fairgrounds & Events Center, 1101 South Ave. W., for the Montana Festival of the Horse on July 8-10. It’s a three-day horse expo and music festival that is a breed of its own. Event highlights will include a parade of breeds, trade show, trail rides, and the equine art extravaganza. World class lectures, clinics, and equine performances bring the strength and beauty of Montana’s culture and history of the horse to the world. Young and old, experienced or new, attendees are welcome to explore, appreciate and enjoy an uncompromisingly worthwhile event. Time to giddy-up! For more information and full schedule of events, please visit

What’s the Plan?

Many of us feel the same as 50-something humorist Andy Borowitz, who once “tweeted” about the end of the life and dying: “Figuring out how to not die is on my bucket list.” In 2012, AARP conducted a poll, “When Is Life Too Long?,” regarding people’s attitudes toward end of life choices. A lot of people are willing to answer a questionnaire about such a topic, but fewer actually sit down with their families to discuss advance care planning. No one knows when or how we will pass away, but it’s important to have a plan before facing a life-threatening illness or injury. Such a plan is called an Advance Care Plan that includes various advance directives such as a DNR (do not resuscitate), a living will, and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care. A DNR is a request not to have CPR if your heart stops or you stop breathing, and a living will, a written legal document, describes the kind of medical or life-sustaining treatments you would want if you were seriously or terminally ill. Also a legal document, a Durable Power of Attorney states whom you’ve chosen to make health care decisions on your behalf if you become incapacitated or are unable to make your own medical decisions. Once you make your advance care plan, it’s important to share it with those you love, especially with those you’ve chosen to make decisions for you. Whether you have the same item on your bucket list as Andy Borowitz, the time is right now for anyone older than 18 to create an Advance Care Plan and to go on living with the peace of mind that your wishes are known. For more information, visit

Hit the Pavement

Downtown Missoula beats to the sound of sneakers hitting the pavement for Marathon Weekend, this year to be held July 8-10. If you’re running in any of the five events (Beer Run,  5K, Kids Marathon, Half Marathon, or Marathon), good luck! If you’re not running this year, come cheer on the runners from all over the state and beyond our border as they traverse the Garden City. Visit for more information.

40 Years of Adventure Cycling

A celebration weekend, July 15-17, is in order for Adventure Cycling, having arrived at its 40th anniversary of its founding event—Bikecentennial. The weekend will be busting at the seams with parties, speakers, music, art, film, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Travelers’ Rest State Park for the newly minted Missoula to Lolo Trail, a key improvement to the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail. There will also be bike rides along the heralded Bitterroot Trail and Bikecentennial 76 reunions. Sunday Streets and BIKEapalooza, a community bike ride around Missoula, will round out the celebratory weekend. Please visit for a complete schedule of events and more information about this event.

Adventure Life and EPI Partner

Two long-standing, locally based international organizations have partnered their knowledge and programs in the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador) for the benefit of eco-travelers and Galapagos locals. Travel company Adventure Life and Ecology Project International (EPI), a conservation education nonprofit, are offering travelers a unique opportunity to participate in hands-on science research projects that contribute to conservation. These half- and full-day eco-tours include giant Galapagos tortoise nest monitoring, marine species counts, and personalized tours of the Galapagos National Park led by students local to the Galapagos. To learn more about the Galapagos trips in this partnership visit and