March 2017 Around Town 1

Our Giving Spirit

It’s no surprise to us, but the Peace Corps recently named Missoula the No. 1 metro area for producing volunteers per capita in 2016. Out of every 100,000 residents, 12.3 people in Missoula volunteer with the Peace Corps. Missoula previously made the top spot in 2011. Currently, there are 24 UM alumni volunteers worldwide, for a total of 847 UM volunteers since the Peace Corps’ founding in 1961. “The University of Montana has a long tradition as a top contributor of volunteers who answer the call to serve the mission of world peace and friendship,” said David Reese, Peace Corps supervisory public affairs specialist. “We are grateful and proud of the university’s development of globally aware individuals with the commitment to make a difference through service in host communities around the world as Peace Corps volunteers.” If you’re interested in Peace Corps opportunities, call Terri Nichols, UM Peace Corps campus representative, at 406.243.2839.

Style Up Your Walls

With spring right around the corner maybe it’s time for some spring cleaning or redecorating. Maybe it’s time to declutter and dress up your walls. The most innovative and user-friendly wall decor system ever created, Vänt wall panels are the leading trend in fine living. They’re versatile and available in different sizes and styles to suit any need. Browse dozens of eye-catching colors in easy-care finishes like pearl, leatherette, micro suede, and metallic. Easily removed, Vänt panels make for easy cleaning and easy mounting with little instruction. Prices start as low as $169 and can be purchased at

Springtime Planetarium Shows

Get your tickets for one of the best shows in town—one that showcases what makes up Big Sky Country. The University of Montana’s Department of Physics and Astronomy invites the public to its spring semester planetarium shows in the Payne Family Native American Center Star Gazing Room. The 50-minute shows are offered at 6:30 and 8 p.m. Fridays on the following dates: March 3, 17 and 31; April 14 and 28; and May 12. Each program will take attendees on a tour of the current night skies of Missoula, pointing out noteworthy objects, constellations, planets, or upcoming events visible in the night sky. The show then will shift to engaging topics chosen by that evening’s presenter. Tickets cost $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 12 and under. The maximum capacity for public shows is 28 people, so tickets are limited. Shows generally sell out far in advance and are not available the night of the show. Tickets are available at

Artisan Show in the Bitterroot

‘Tis the season (almost) for craft shows and farmers markets! Let’s kick the season off with an Artisan show hosted by C C Salvage and Re-Purpose at St. Mary’s Family Center, 315 Charlos St., in Stevensville on Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25. You’ll find quality hand-crafted or re-crafted items ranging from knives to furniture, soap and artisan foods to blacksmithing and metal works. You’ll of course find everything in between as well! There are 50-60 booths available to vendors so if you’re interested in selling or displaying your craft or product, please call 406.360.9767. Otherwise, see you there browsing the goods from our talented community folks. Check C C Salvage and Re-Purpose’s Facebook page for updates!

An Evening with Garrison Keillor

Garrison Keillor, the author, storyteller, humorist, and radio personality best known as the creator and host of “Prairie Home Companion,” returns to the Garden City on Tuesday, April 4 at the Dennison Theatre on the UM campus. The event, hosted by Dennison Theatre Productions and UM Productions, will begin at 7:30 p.m., with a book signing to follow at 9 p.m. Tickets are available at all GrizTix locations, including online at, and at the Adams Center Box Office. Tickets also may be purchased by calling 406.243.4051 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Keillor last appeared in Missoula at the Dennison Theatre in March 2016.

A New Reader of MVL

A Hamilton resident recently sent Missoula Valley Lifestyle magazine the following:

I just became aware of your publication “Missoula Valley Lifestyle” on Jan. 12 of this year. What a hidden pearl among so many publications that lack substance, quality story composition and awesome photography. I even enjoyed the advertisements and the message they conveyed. You have created a classy, professional periodical that has filled a much needed void here in western Montana and beyond. Congratulations and your efforts certainly are reflected in “Missoula Valley Lifestyle.” Please add me to your subscription list.

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