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The Red, White and Blue

Be the best by hanging out with the best. Team Red, White and Blue is a veteran group that seeks to enrich the lives of U.S. veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. Team RWB Missoula, our local chapter, meets for weekly hikes and other activities. For a schedule of upcoming events, visit Team RWB Missoula on Facebook. All community members are invited and encouraged to participate. For more information about Team RWB, visit

Ultimate Wine Run & Fun

If you’ve ever wished to combine running with wine, consider it a wish granted. The Ultimate Wine Run is coming to Missoula for the first time ever on Saturday, September 17 at Ogren Park at Allegiance Field. Get ready for an adventurous afternoon with lots of wine and fun festivities including a live DJ, a dance floor, food trucks, fun rides, a rock climbing wall, and wine—lots of wine. Every registered runner gets an Ultimate Wine Run t-shirt, cup and customized medal with the 5K race, a glass with the 1K walk, finish line wine with 5K entry, and four wine tasting stations with 1K walk entry. Also, be sure to post your ticket to Facebook or Instagram or both using the hashtag #theultimatewinerun to be entered into a $200 cash drawing on Race Day. To register or sign up as a volunteer, visit Gates will open at 3 p.m. The 5K race starts at 4:30 p.m. and the 1K walk starts at 6 p.m. Cheers!

Fruit Tree Gleaning

Garden City Harvest runs an apple gleaning program in the fall from the PEAS Farm. Students and volunteers pick unwanted apples from trees in Missoula. The group picks thousands of pounds of apples, bringing the best fruit to the Missoula Food Bank and turning the rest into cider for the annual Fall Harvest Festival in October. Garden City Harvest is also working with a GIS professional from the University of Montana to create a tree database to facilitate gleaning and to even assist with tree care (for those who want it). If you have fruit trees you would like to have gleaned, email Lori Busch at the University of Montana at Include your name and address in the email, and Garden City Harvest will get in touch with you in the fall. This project is supported thanks to the University of Montana, Montana State University Extension, and the Great Bear Foundation. For more information about Garden City Harvest and their other programs, visit

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s welcomes participants to complete a two-mile walk to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease. Walk participants will also be joining in a meaningful tribute ceremony to honor those who have fallen victim to this disease. Grab your best walking shoes and join other participants at Silver Park on Sunday, September 18. Learn about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies, and the chance to support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association at You can start or join a team today at or by calling 406.252.3053.

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.

Sign Up for the 
Canine Classic

There’s still time for you and your canine companion to sign up for the eighth annual Canine Classic, a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Western Montana, on Sunday, September 25 at The Resort at Paws Up. 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.

MCT 2016-17 Season Announced

Season tickets and single-ticket orders are now available for purchase for the Missoula Community Theatre’s 2016-17 season. This year audiences will be treated with performances of Tarzan: The Stage Musical, the exciting story of “nature versus nurture” as Tarzan’s two worlds collide; A Christmas Story, the musical about Ralphie’s most memorable Christmas when his whole world as a 9-year-old revolved around convincing Santa to deliver a Red Ryder BB gun on Christmas morning; Urinetown, a satirical musical full of outrageous and contemporary “PeeG-13” humor, yet still a compelling story appropriate for high school ages and older that is set in a world where a 20-year drought has made water so scarce that private bathrooms are banned by the government, public toilets are tightly regulated, and Megacorporation Urine Good Company charges for “The Privilege to Pee”; Over the River and Through the Woods, a production about a young, single Italian-American from New Jersey who has had dinner with his quirky and overbearing grandparents every Sunday for the past 29 years but when a dream job in Seattle threatens to upset this family tradition, his grandparents devise a scheme stuffed with homemade lasagna, guilt tactics, and a beautiful woman to keep their precious grandson close to home; and The Wizard of Oz, the musical journey over the rainbow with Dorothy and her little dog, too. For dates, tickets and more information, visit

From the Editor

In the August article titled, “A Century of Business in Missoula,” a photo caption mistakenly identified Brian Hughes of Office City as Brandon and the address for Office City was incorrectly listed in the sidebar as 113 W. Broadway. The correct address is 115 W. Broadway. The errors were corrected in our online edition. Missoula Valley Lifestyle apologizes to Brian and Office City for the oversights.