February 2017 Around Town

‘Annie’: One Night Only

The Tony award-winning production of Annie is coming to Missoula for one night only on Wednesday, February 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Adams Center. Called one of the best family musicals ever penned, Annie is the story of a fiery young orphan girl who must live in a miserable orphanage run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan, but her seemingly hopeless situation changes dramatically when she is selected to spend a short time at the residence of the wealthy munitions industrialist, Oliver Warbucks. Tickets are available at UMT.edu/griztix.

Sibling Class at Community 
Medical Center

Have a little one on the way? Have a soon-to-be big sister or big brother wanting to lend a helping hand? Join the Community Medical Center on Wednesday, February 8 for their Sibling Class at 4:45 p.m. Attendees will meet at the main entrance of the hospital directly through the revolving doors. The class will be 45 minutes long and will be available to children ages 2-6 looking to be a “Super Sibling.” Attendees are encouraged to bring a favorite doll or stuffed animal to practice holding and diapering.  There will also be a tour of the Mother-Baby unit of the hospital to which parents can enjoy after accompanying their children to the class. For more information, visit CommunityMed.org.

Paint Zootown Red

The color most associated with energy, passion, and action—red—sits at the heart of the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign, and this year’s event promises even more of all three. Go red with the women (and the men) who are dedicated to the fight against heart disease in women at the annual Missoula “Go Red for Women” luncheon on Friday, February 17 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Missoula-Edgewater, 100 Madison St. Attend, volunteer, donate, or sponsor—there’s plenty of room for your energy, passion, and action. Heart disease and stroke cause one in three deaths among women each year, more than all cancers combined.  But that can be changed because 80 percent of all cardiac events may be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. To register or for more information, visit GoRedForWomen.org.

A Valorous Act

A Montana State Trooper in Western Montana was awarded the Montana Highway Patrol’s highest honor, the Medal of Valor, for her heroism in responding to a house fire in Florence in May 2016. According to the MHP’s Facebook page, Tamra Winchell “assisted the Ravalli County Sheriff’s department by responding to a house fire in the Florence area. Trooper Winchell was the first responder to the scene. Utilizing a door within the garage, she ran into the smoke-filled house and located a female in the living room,” discovering that the woman “was not only frantic and delusional, but that she had no intentions of fleeing the burning residence. … Trooper Winchell had to forcibly pull the resisting female outside. Trooper Winchell then entered the burning residence a second time. She did a quick search for other occupants and pets and, not finding any, was able to get out again without serious injury.” The post continues, “Trooper Winchell acted with heroism and bravery during this incident. She exposed herself to life-threatening peril—reacting to a very dangerous situation without regard for her personal safety. Her successful efforts to save the life of another person while placing her own safety in jeopardy is commendable.” Thank you to Trooper Winchell and to all law enforcement officers who protect us at great personal risk.

The Big Sky Doc Film Fest Is Back

The 14th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival welcomes more than 150 of the best nonfiction films from every corner of the globe between February 17 and 26 at various venues across town. BSDFF hosts hundreds of filmmakers and the five-day DocShop filmmaker’s forum includes panels, workshops, and the Big Sky Pitch. There will also be special events that can be explored on foot or on public transportation between theaters, studios, coffee shops, galleries, museums, breweries, bonfires, and other festival locales. For tickets and more information at BigSkyFilmFest.org.

Big Sky Employment Fair

UM’s largest fair is back! On Wednesday, February 22, meet employers looking to hire full-time professional positions, part-time positions, internships, summer jobs, volunteer opportunities, research and academic enrichment experiences in a wide range of career fields. Employers will be conducting formal one-on-one interviews with qualified candidates the day after the fair on Thursday, February 23. This opportunity is available to those candidates the employers meet at the fair or to those who sign up prior to the fair in Griz eRecruiting. Take part in this opportunity to network and converse with professionals in the field where you best see yourself. The fair will take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Wednesday and the interviews will take place between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Thursday. For more information, call Career Services at 406.243.2022.

Championship at Snowbowl

Head over to our neighborhood slopes at Snowbowl for a day of competitive fun as the Snowbowl Cup Gelande Championship gets underway. Annually, this event is the last weekend of February, landing this year’s event on February 25 and 26. The weekend will offer competitive ski jumping of up to 200 feet using alpine equipment. This annual event attracts national attention as jumpers from all corners of the U.S. ski toward a $8,000 cash prize. For more information, visit MontanaSnowbowl.com.