December 2016 Around Town 1

One Read, and You’ll Be Hooked

The hors d’oeuvres—Swedish fish and Goldfish crackers—at the launch party for artist and author Jayne Piazza’s book Fish Line Rhymes were as clever as the rhymes found within the pages of her darling book. The book, a re-imagining of our favorite nursery rhymes, features her off-the-hook musings on all things fishy like the one about “Little Blues Boy, Come Tuna Guitar” and their accompanying illustrations, created through a process called “bleaching,” a watercolor technique that uses bleach to pull color from a surface, which was then combined with a colorful assortment of pastels, sequins, glitter, and dimensional paints—all of which complement the rhythm of the new rhymes. “The selection of fishy rhymes and their glitzy renditions presented [in the book] are the result of that frantic stretch of time,” Jayne said, referring to the weeks and months of research she did “all in the pursuit of ‘the’ perfect rhyme and eventual art piece to accompany it.” Congratulations to Jayne on a book we’d never throw back! To purchase your copy (what a lovely gift it would be for the children and the fishermen and -women in our lives!), visit or email

Photos With Santa

All good wishes begin with a whisper on Santa’s lap. Bring your little ones or yourself to the JCPenny Court within Southgate Mall through December 24 to get a photo with Santa himself and express your truest of wishes for this Christmas. Pet photos are also available on Sunday, December 4 and Sunday, December 11. Say cheese, or woof! Hours and pricing are available at or by calling 406.721.5140.

Discounts at Snowbowl

Have your skis been standing by the front door, waxed and eager for this season? Perhaps your snowboard is already smiling proudly from atop your car roof or truck bed. Before you head out, don’t miss out on your last chance to save some cash at your local mountain. Tuesday, December 1 is the last day to save $8 on Day Ticket Coupons at Snowbowl before the season officially begins (weather permitting) on Thursday, December 3. Day Ticket Coupons are available for adults, students, seniors, and children and are available for purchase at ski shops or by going online at

UM Gets New Ph.D. Program

The University of Montana has established a new doctoral program in Public and Community Health Sciences to train highly qualified public health specialists. Applications for the first class of up to five students are currently under review for entry into the program for spring semester 2017. The next cohort of up to five students will be accepted in fall 2017. “This degree capitalizes on the existing certificate and master’s level degree programs offered at UM and responds to the need for highly qualified public health specialists in the state,” said Tony Ward, chair of the School of Public and Community Health Sciences. “This program also meets the workforce needs of a public health field that is rapidly growing nationally and globally.” For more information, visit

Chocolate Tasting & 
Silent Auction

We’re going to use the first, second, third, or any snowfall at all as good reason to head down into the Bitterroot Valley to tend to our sweet tooth. The 20th annual Chocolate Tasting Party and Silent Auction, always held on the first Monday in December from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Victor Heritage Museum, 125 S. Blake St., is a cozy nook smelling of pure decadence. Chocolate brownies, cookies, and hot drinks will be aplenty as well as a chocolate fountain. Mosey on farther into the museum and check out the auction items. Gift cards to your favorite places in the Bitterroot and Missoula await, as well as home decor, homemade goods, and presents for him and her. Tickets are available for purchase at the door the night of Monday, December 5. For more information, please visit

Winds of Change

Winds of Change Mental Health Center recently added two new adult group homes to its family of services: Casa Tres and Casa Cuatro. As part of the Wellness Institute of Montana, Winds of Change is a mental health center offering a variety of services to those in our community struggling with conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The services provided include the following:

  • Case Management: Recovery coaches provide you or your family member with referrals and information about resources. They also help plan for mental health treatment and follow-up.
  • Community-Based Psychiatric and Rehabilitation Services (CBPRS): This helps patients learn everyday skills like grocery shopping, budgeting, socializing, and more. They can learn in group or individual settings.
  • Adult Group Homes: These are licensed adult group homes with a structured recovery program that helps teach residents coping skills and independent living skills.
  • Peer Support: A trained peer helps members reach their potential through support and education.
  • Recovery Mall: This is the place where all groups and meetings take place. A variety of social activities, arts, exercise, and skill-building groups are offered.
  • Wellness Program: Personal wellness coaches and an onsite gym work closely with the clinical practice (practitioners and on-site lab) to develop a plan for those enrolled.

For more information about the Wellness Institute of Montana, including the Winds of Change Mental Health Center, please visit or call 406.541.HOPE (4673).

Holiday MADE Fair

Hustle over to the Adams Center for some holiday shopping at the 10th annual Holiday MADE Fair on Sunday, December 11 between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. With more than 190 local and regional artists, there is sure to be something for everyone on your list, and maybe a thing or two for yourself. The MADE Fair occurs twice yearly, once in the summer and once for the holidays, each time offering a full day of creative indulgence like no other, thanks to its one-of-a-kind creations and creators. For more details or updates, please visit

A Date to Skate

Do you have a hockey fanatic in your household? Want to brush off your dream of becoming a figure skater? Maybe you just want to bully away cabin fever and get the whole family together for a day of fun. Glacier Ice Rink welcomes you to its public skating sessions. Typically two hours in length, the rink has both hockey and figure skates for rent in a variety of sizes. Please visit 
for the schedule, which is subject to change due to hockey tournaments and other events. Admission fees are $6 for adults, $3 for youth (under 18) and seniors (over 64), and skate rental is also $3 per person. Special sessions and discounts available on the website or by calling 406.728.0316.

An Intimate Retreat For Christmas

There’s nothing like being home for the holidays, or is there? Should you choose to forego your home (and cooking, cleaning, and trimming) make a great escape to Triple Creek Ranch this Christmas. You’ll indulge in dog sledding, horseback riding, skijoring, ice fishing, and more by day and hang your hat in a cozy fire-lit cabin by night. And don’t worry about missing the notable accent of a tree, you’ll get to select a real or artificial tree for your decorating pleasure. Eat, drink, and be merry in our own wintry countryside at Triple Creek Ranch. For more information or to make a reservation, visit

First Night Missoula

Don’t miss the last best party of the year! First Night Missoula is a community festival on New Year’s Eve that celebrates art in all its expressions at venues across the city. There’s sure to be something for every member of the family. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit

WinterFest at The Resort at Paws Up

Looking for a good way to spend that Christmas cash? Get ahead and reserve your spot at The Resort at Paws Up for their second annual WinterFest culinary weekend for good eats and fine wine January 19-22, 2017. You’ll spend your three and half days in intimate cooking classes and demonstrations, treating yourself to wine and spirit tastings, wilderness adventures, live entertainment, and hearty gourmet feasts made complete with wine pairings created by their award-winning guest chefs. For reservations and information, visit 
or call 866.613.2315.

Laser Treatment Offers An Alternative to HRT for Women

Women in Montana experiencing symptoms related to estrogen loss, including dryness, itching, pain, and incontinence, now have a solution that doesn’t require hormone replacement therapy or surgery. Five Valleys Urology in Missoula is the first medical practice in the state to offer the life-changing MonaLisa Touch laser treatment for women. Five Valleys Urology has provided comprehensive urologic services to men and women throughout western Montana for more than 20 years. They have a special interest in growing their services to women, with the addition of a female provider and working closely with area OB/GYNs to coordinate care for their patients. Whitney Martin, PA-C, has special training to support women and leads their MonaLisa Touch program, along with a female registered nurse. Their team of female providers offers women individualized care plans in a comfortable, caring, and discreet environment. Visit or call 406.728.3366 to learn more about the MonaLisa Touch non-invasive treatment.

Pay It Online

Parking citations are never any fun. But if you must get one, the process of paying for a ticket just got nice and easy. You can now pay for them online! Search using the citation number or your license plate number and state and then pay at Happy parking!