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At Missoula Valley Lifestyle our goal is to share the best that our community has to offer as well as news about our neighbors. Do you have wedding or engagement news to share? Do you know an out-standing educator or student we should spotlight? Is there a great new restaurant in town that everyone needs to know about? Please let us know so we can share it with our neighbors in an upcoming issue. You can reach our team at DAntonetti@LifestylePubs.com or Chelsea.LynDrake@LifestylePubs.com.

Currents Date Night

Your kiddos are super cute and fun, but sometimes you just want an evening among adults. What better evening than First Friday! Currents offers “babysitting” on Friday, November 4 and Friday, December 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. For a registration fee of $10, children ages 7 and older will plays games and participate in outdoor activities with the MORE staff before a pizza dinner. Afterward, they’ll head to the Currents pool to splash around. For more information, visit MissoulaParks.org.

Holiday Show at Radius

Radius Gallery’s third annual Holiday Show kicks off on First Friday, November 4. It is one of the largest community-based exhibits of fine arts. You’ll find truly unique gifts, born of creative minds and hands, at affordable prices. Honor the imagination and enjoy the creativity of local artists this holiday season. The gallery is located at 114 E. Main. For more information, visit RadiusGallery.com.

Montana Made Wedding Fair

Are wedding bells ringing for you or a loved one? Grab the hand of your fiancé (or fiancée), wedding party, or your soon-to-be in-laws and head over to the Ravalli County Fairgrounds on Sunday, November 5 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. It’s a fun, public event made possible by The Bitterroot Wedding Association and Bridal Haus, an upscale bridal consignment boutique. You can expect to meet dozens of wedding vendors who can make planning a Western Montana wedding easy and enjoyable. You can also shop and purchase pre-loved linens, dresses, and decor at great prices. Learn more at MontanaMadeWedding.com and purchase tickets to secure a fun-filled day of wedding excitement!

Festival of Trees Promises ‘A Season of Stories’

The sweet sounds and aromas of Christmas are here! The Festival of Trees returns for its fourth annual event on Saturday, November 12 from 6 to 10 p.m. in which Christmas trees decorated in honor of the year’s theme “A Season of Stories” are auctioned off to benefit the Granite County Medical Foundation. Attendance and funds raised have grown every year—from a small holiday party with just three trees to a grand affair in The Ranch at Rock Creek Buckle Barn. Last year, more than 100 people donated time, money, and hard work to help raise almost $30,000 for local healthcare projects. This year promises to be an even bigger and better event with your participation. In looking back at the success of this event, one thing has became clear—the Granite County Medical Foundation wants to continue to make this a community-wide event, rather than a private fundraiser event. People from all corners of Granite County and beyond are welcome to share in the creativity, positivity, and generosity this community has to offer—all with the goal of creating a healthier, happier place to live. Although it will still be a free event with free food, a free shuttle, and festivities, the Foundation is asking all who attend to make a donation of what they feel is appropriate—through a sponsorship, through time spent decorating a tree, through volunteering, or through a monetary donation or tree purchase at the Gala Auction. There will be a cash bar for beer and wine. Attendance is limited to the capacity of the Buckle Barn. Visit GraniteCountyMedicalFoundation.org for more information.

Run for the Health of It

If you’re looking for an excuse to do so, The Women’s Club Health and Fitness Center offers two. On Saturday, November 12, the fitness center is holding the “Run for the Health of It” 5K fun walk/run and an Aquathon, where you can participate in up to three hours of fun aquatic exercise in the facility’s saline pool. All proceeds from the events go to the Montana Cancer Screening Program, which provides ongoing quality screening services to Montanans. Registration costs $22 per event if you sign up early and $27 for late registration. For more information and to register, visit TheWomensClub.com or call 406.728.4410.

Ali Continues to Inspire and Equip Our Community

UM’s Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences has imagined a place where teachers, legislators, researchers and students can gather to be inspired and equipped—a hub that exists to cast a new vision for education and encourage solutions nationwide. And now, thanks to a $5 million gift from the Alice “Ali” Lee Lund Charitable Trust, the college will expand its facilities to include a public, state-of-the-art auditorium. The ALI Auditorium will contribute to the college’s reach by providing a dynamic, stimulating environment for numerous state-wide, national, and international seminars, conferences, and lectures. “Thanks to its namesake, the ALI Auditorium will serve as a catalyst for bringing the rest of the world to UM, and will allow the expertise and innovation fostered here to extend across the globe,” said Roberta Evans, dean of UM’s education college.

2016 Bowl for Kids’ Sake

Bowl for Kids’ Sake (BFKS) is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ (BBBS) biggest annual fundraising event. Every dollar raised directly funds the Missoula-based program and helps create and sustain mentoring relationships, thus increasing each kid’s chances for success. Everyone is welcome, so round up a team of five (friends, co-workers, family) and start fundraising! BBBS will provide a packet to guide you through each step, and there’s even an app to help you navigate the process. For more information and to register your team, please call 406.721.2380 or visit BBBSMissoula.org. Once registered, you have until early November to raise funds, then on the weekend of November 12 and 13, teams celebrate their success at Westside Lanes & Fun Center with free bowling, beverages, and pizza. This year’s theme honors the movie “Back to the Future,” so don’t forget to dress as your favorite character. Prizes will be awarded to those who raise the most money, and to the best dressed and most creative bowlers.

Bitterroot Art Guild Christmas Show

Looking to get ahead on holiday shopping with the perfect slew of handcrafted gifts? Look no further than the Bitterroot Art Guild Christmas Show at the First Interstate Center, 100 Old Corvallis Road, in Hamilton. You’ll find handmade artisan gifts alongside delicious treats to exercise your holiday appetite. Find your Christmas spirits and those special somethings on Friday, November 18 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and on Saturday, November 19 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. For more information, please call 406.961.4740.

Holiday Pops!

Get your tickets early for an event that even Santa Claus won’t miss: the Missoula Symphony’s annual Holiday Pops! concert. The orchestra and chorale will ring in the special season with a joyful and poignant program of holiday favorites on Saturday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 4 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Dennison Theatre on the UM campus. Tickets are available at MissoulaSymphony.org. Happy Holidays!