January 2017 Around Town 1

A Legacy Lives On

Elouise Cobell, the namesake of UM’s Elouise Cobell Land and Culture Institute located at the Payne Family Native American Center, was named one of 21 recipients of the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor that is presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. Cobell was a Blackfeet Tribal community leader and an advocate for Native American self-determination and financial independence. She used her expertise in accounting to champion a lawsuit that resulted in a historic settlement, restoring tribal homelands to her beloved Blackfeet Nation and many other tribes, and in so doing, inspired a new generation of Native Americans to fight for the rights of others. Cobell helped found the Native American Bank, served as director of the Native American Community Development Corporation, and inspired Native American women to seek leadership roles in their communities. Although she died in 2011, her legacy of fighting for fairness and justice for Native people lives on.

Good Teeth Seminar

Oral Surgical Associates and Keystone Dental have invited us to a lecture on “Achieving Esthetics through Restorative Solutions” on Monday, January 9 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Doubletree Missoula, 100 Madison St. While geared toward implant surgeons and restorative dentists, the lecture is open and free to the public. Guest speaker is Dr. Nurit Bittner, an assistant professor of clinical dentistry for the division of prosthodontics at Columbia University’s College of Dental Medicine. Please RSVP by Monday, January 2 but there may be space available after the date, so double check. Please contact Education@KeystoneDental.com or call Brad Hoag at 612.219.2201 for more information.

The first of eight shows at Radius Gallery in 2017 kicks off at the end of this month with a show for artists Hadley Ferguson, David Hiltner, and Bobbie McKibbin. You may not even realize that you’re already familiar with their work, so this is a great opportunity to get up close and personal with it. The intersection of Broadway and Higgins features large murals of historic Missoula by Hadley, who was also commissioned to paint a historic homage to Montana women in the Capitol building in Helena. David, a ceramic artist, is the executive director of the Red Lodge Clay Center, which provides a place for artists to create new (ceramic-minded) work. The Smithsonian American Art Museum has acquired work by Bobbie, a pastel artist based in Stevensville. These are three artists’ work you won’t want to miss. The exhibit runs January 20 through February 25 at Radius Gallery, 114 E. Main. For more information about the show and the artists, visit RadiusGallery.com.

Master Plan Approved for 
New Bike Park

Mountain and off-road bikers, rejoice! Syringa Park, an undeveloped county park in the upper Rattlesnake, may soon be home to a “pump track,” a few “jump lines,” and even some “slope-style” features, according to the new master park plan adopted by the Missoula Parks and Recreation Board. The park has been designed as a bike park, which includes topographical and man-made elements specifically designed for off-road or mountain biking. Developed with neighborhood residents and the cycling community, the plan includes features for beginning to advanced cyclists of all ages, a shade shelter with picnic tables, and walking paths.

Building a Better Missoula

Winter is here, but spring is right around the corner, which makes this the perfect time for a remodel project. Or maybe it’s the year that you’re finally going to get that home theater or that beautiful deck you’ve been wanting. Maybe you are even ready for a brand new home. Whatever your plans are for this year and beyond, the 2017 Missoula Building Industry Association (MBIA) Home Show is the perfect place to make your plans a reality. Come meet the builders, subcontractors, suppliers, lenders, and just about anyone else in the building industry who can help you take your project from concept to completion. The Home Show is January 20-21 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 3720 N. Reserve St. Tickets ($5) are available at TicketBud.com and more information is available at BuildMissoula.com.

The Winter Market

Step inside for the Winter’s Farmers Market at the Elks Lodge, 112 N. Pattee St. You’ll find local produce, meat, eggs, and other farm goods as well as locally roasted coffee, baked goods, prepared breakfast and lunch items, and handmade arts and crafts. The market is open Saturdays through April 22. For more information, search “Missoula Valley Winter Market” on Facebook.

Kinetoscope Dance Film Fest

Five, six, five, six, seven, eight. The Roxy welcomes back the Kinetoscope Dance Film Festival, a two-day cinematic celebration of the exciting relationship of dance and film, on January 28-29. The new line-up of dance films comes from around the world and features two programs.

  • Program A: Saturday, January 28 at 4 p.m. and 
Sunday, January 29 at 6 p.m.
  • Program B: Saturday, January 28 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, 
January 29 at 4 p.m.

Single admission to one program is $10, and double feature admission to both is $15.The event is sponsored by Bare Bait Dance. For more information and tickets, visit BareBaitDance.org or TheRoxyTheater.org.

Become an Art Guide!

Do your friends come to you with their inquiries about all things art-related? Would you like them to? If you’ve answered “yes” to either question, consider becoming an Art Guide at the Missoula Art Museum. The museum provides you with everything you’ll need (i.e., training) to become an esteemed local aesthetic expert. For more information, contact the museum’s Education Curator Renee Taafe by calling 406.728.0447 or emailing ReneeT@MissoulaArtMuseum.org.


Twenty miles south of Missoula lies a cozy, delicious retreat. betterRoot is our new neighbor, a cider bar and orchard that’s fun for the whole family. Treat your palette to sweet and dry, tastes reminiscent of ruby red Macintosh and your favorite white wine, by ordering a sampler of the different hard ciders. Pick your favorite and order a glass or two and maybe even bring home a growler. They have small glasses for our little ones, of course, filled with alcohol-free cider. Follow their Facebook page, betterRoot, for upcoming happenings and visit their website at BetterRoot.com for hours of operation and to find out how you can become an “inCider.”