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A Classic Event for You and 
Your Canine

Traverse the pristine trails at The Resort at Paws Up with your love pup(s) for the eighth annual Canine Classic, a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Western Montana, on Sunday, September 25. This event is a run/hike for people and their canine companions, and participants can choose from a chip-timed half marathon or five-mile course, or take in the scenery during a five-mile hike or two-mile fun run. Dogs are welcome and encouraged to participate off-leash in any/all of the courses on the trap-free lands at Paws Up. After the race, participants can enjoy a gourmet barbecue lunch and musical entertainment as well as win great prizes. Thanks to the generosity of Dave and Nadine Lipson and the staff at Paws Up, all proceeds from this event benefit the Humane Society of Western Montana’s mission of saving every animal every time. Register at The Resort at Paws Up is located in Greenough, about 35 miles east of Missoula.

Submit Your Neighborhood 
Project Ideas

Each year, the Missoula City Council allocates funding for Neighborhood Project Funds, and now is the time to be thinking of community projects. Funds are available for large and small grants. The allocation is usually $20,000 per year, with $18,000 targeted for the large grants with individual grants up to $3,000 each, and $2,000 allocated for the small grant program with individual grants up to $500. The Community Forum will review and approve the small project grant applications on an ongoing basis at their monthly meetings, which are held on the fourth Thursday of each month. Small project grants can be used for individual projects or combined with other matching funds/grants. Applicants must work with the Neighborhoods Coordinator on marketing or giving recognition to the Neighborhood Councils and/or Community Forum in some way, and small projects must be located within the city limits and/or benefit city residents. Large project grant are available for projects that enhance the quality of life in our community, and neighborhood organizations, neighborhood councils, non-profit groups, and other individuals may apply. Applications for large project grants must be received by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 25. If you have any questions, contact Neighborhood Coordinator Jane Kelly for more information at 406.552.6081 or JKelly@CI.Missoula.MT.US.

A pre-application workshop will be held on Tuesday, September 13 at the Jack Reidy Conference Room, 140 W. Pine St. Applicants are strongly advised to attend as the grants are awarded on a competitive basis. The workshop will cover the following:

  • Get ideas for projects.
  • Read through successful applications.
  • Identify the committee review process and use of funds.
  • Answer questions about your application.
  • Gain technical assistance for grant writing.

Aber Day Returns to Philipsburg

In 1979, the last Aber Day Kegger was held—that is, until last year when the Philipsburg Rotary Club resurrected the celebrated union of charity and revelry at the Aber Day Reunion Concert. It’s back for 2016. The second Aber Day Reunion Concert is a single-day music festival that benefits the Philipsburg Public Library as well as other community projects. This year’s event—slated for Saturday, August 20 from noon to 5 p.m.—will feature performances by the Official Mission Mountain Wood Band, the Lil’ Smokies, and the Big Sky Mudflaps. So pack a blanket or two, some lawn chairs, and an umbrella and pop a squat at Philipsburg’s outdoor amphitheater, a terraced hillside with plenty of room for dancing and good old-fashioned fun. The Philipsburg Rotary Club has partnered with the University of Montana Alumni Association and Missoula Liquid Assets Corporation, the Keggers’ original organizers, to host the family-friendly event. Tickets cost $35 for adults and $15 for 7- to 12-year-olds, and children 6 and younger are free and can be purchased at The Aber Day Kegger was originally conceived as a fundraiser for the University of Montana library when its accreditation was threatened.

Back to School Checklist Item

Pencils, check. Paper, check. Lunch pail, check. The back-to-school list goes on and on, doesn’t it? Since the Centers for Disease Control recommends that our children sneeze or cough into their elbows to help prevent the spread of germs, The Sneeve should probably take top billing as we ready our youngsters for the classroom. Worn over their arms, The Sneeve is a stretchy, microbial sleeve that absorbs phlegm, mucus, and anything else yucky that might cling to our healthy children. It kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria on contact and it can be worn comfortably on children ages 3-8 years old. Get yours at Happy back-to-school shopping!

The Fringe Is Back

This year’s Zootown Fringe Festival is Missoula’s fourth annual performance art smorgasbord. Continuing the Fringe legacy that began in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1947, the Zootown Fringe Festival will celebrate and honor alternative theater and visual art in various venues throughout Missoula and surrounding areas and acts as a platform for self-produced, non-juried, uncensored performances. It is an avenue for performers to showcase bold, fresh, and original live works that explore the edges of performance while providing audiences the opportunity to experience the outer-limits of performing arts. The festival will be held August 18-23. For a full schedule of events and more information, visit

Go Fetch On Reserve

Born and bred in Missoula, Go Fetch is now only at their 3275 N. Reserve St. location in the same shopping center as Cold Stone Creamery, Ross, and TJ Maxx. Get your dog professionally groomed after all that river and lake swimming or take your furry friend for a stroll inside the store for tasty treats—they’re more than welcome to come in! If your dog is more of a couch potato, don’t worry, Go Fetch now delivers as well. Just call 406.728.BARK (2275) or visit them at

Downtown’s Finest in Home Decor

There is no nook nor cranny that isn’t perfectly placed in Copperopolis of Missoula, a new upscale local business located at 132 N. Higgins in Downtown Missoula. Home decor and furnishing are what they do best but if you look more closely, their copper products gleam from every direction. Their moscow mule mugs are the perfect rustic accent to a country kitchen and can also double as the classy, tasteful container for those dog-day refreshing beverages from the bar-top of a modern home. Whatever it is you’re shopping for in your home, chances are you might find it here. Get a digital tour and catch a glimpse at some of their stellar products by visiting their Facebook page, Copperopolis of Missoula, or go say “hi” to Lisa in person Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Never-lost Art of Montana 
Image Gallery

It’s the one-stop-shop for a framed, matted, and large format printing of panoramic photographs of Montana and the Rocky Mountains. What’s special is the way in which these photographs are crafted. Handcrafted imagery is not just taking a photo with a camera using our own capable hands. It’s the never-lost art of digital artistry—knowing which or how many photos to use within a framed or stretched project and mastering a tool like Photoshop to emulate oil paintings for a traditional look and feel. Numerous variables such as light and color are tweaked to perfection to enhance the overall appearance of the work itself. In short, these images are one-of-a-kind, thoughtful pieces that embrace the natural beauty of our home. See it for yourself at

Fireworks Extravaganza

The last fireworks show at Ogren Park at Allegiance Field will be Friday, September 2 at 6:35 p.m. The Osprey will take on the Helena Brewers. Game tickets are available at the MSO Hub, online at and by calling 406.543.3300. Batter up!