April 2017 Around Town 1

Merle Norman Is on the Move

Missoula is the only city in Montana with a Merle Norman studio, and it’s moving. Just across town, thank goodness. Look for Merle Norman Cosmetics and Wigs at its new location at 2000 South Ave. West (right next door to Howard’s Pizza) at the corner of South and Johnson. The store is now open on Mondays, too. Independently owned and operated, Merle Norman Cosmetics and Wigs Missoula has a staff carefully trained and dedicated to helping you select the products that are right for you. For more information, visit MerleNormanMissoula.com.

Special Olympics, Third and Final Year in the Zoo

The Special Olympics Montana State Summer Games is entering into its third and final year of hosting the Montana Special Olympics Summer Games on May 16-19. Don’t miss it, as it promises lots of fanfare, fun and competition. This event is so extraordinary—not only for its amazing competitors—but our community that rallies around and supports it and the athletes. Special Olympics engages, empowers and enriches their competitors and volunteers alike, and when the approximately 1,200 athletes from around the state step up to the starting line in their chosen events, they will be surrounded by people who’ve pointed out the gold in them—even if they don’t win a gold medal. Come show your support for and cheer on—with noisemakers, pompoms, whistles, horns, etc.—these athletes at the opening ceremony at Washington Grizzly Stadium and the events in which they’ll be competing. All events will be held on the UM campus. Visit SOMT.org 
or Special Olympics Montana on Facebook for times and locations.

Congrats Are in Order

Shannon Brilz, assistant director of Montana Event Services at the University of Montana, recently received the Flying High Award from the Missoula Businesswomen’s Network. As the recipient, she enters MBN’s Flying High Hall of Fame, which celebrates “extraordinary women who have made significant contributions” to both MBN and the community. Congratulations to Shannon!

Going on Three

Our April issue marks the start of year three for Missoula Valley Lifestyle magazine. To commemorate, we remember our first review from a reader visiting family all the way in Delaware. Chris Bryan wrote us the following: “I’m back visiting my family in DE and took the [April 2015] issue with me to share the special place I now live. I’m wanting to, among other things, try to convince them to come visit. They are enjoying the magazine, and my stories, so maybe it will happen. I studied geo-tourism in college and the magazine certainly does a great job with the Lifestyle Calendar to help plan activities around upcoming events to immerse oneself in the Missoula experience. I can say I appreciate the great layout, stunning photography, and great stories. I didn’t know if was the first issue, but I’ll be sure to look for it again. Nice work, all!” Thanks a bunch for those kind words, Bryan. We hope you’re still enjoying our publication. We love doing it!

Riverbank Run Is Back

Missoula’s oldest footrace is back for its 45th year! The 2017 Riverbank Run will be held Saturday, April 29. With four race options (1 Mile, 5K, 10K, or the Trifecta) to choose from, there’s something for everyone. Join our community as we wind through historic downtown Missoula and the beautiful University of Montana campus. All races begin at Higgins and Broadway in front of Liquid Planet and finish at Boone and Crockett (in front of the bear statue) along the Kim Williams Trail. For 50 years, the Y has kept its promise to the Missoula community that no one is ever turned away due to an inability to pay. All Riverbank Run proceeds benefit the Missoula Family Y’s financial assistance program. Financial assistance for the Riverbank Run is available to qualifying individuals and families. Call 406.721.9622 for more information. Register for your race or races at YMCAMissoula.org.

Cowgirl Dreaming

The Cowgirl Spring Roundup is back at The Resort at Paws Up on April 27-30. Giddy up and reserve your spot online for an authentic retreat into all of the things we love so dearly about our wild west. Get the rare chance to meet legendary cowgirls from the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, take in educational workshops that are sure to benefit the mind and body, enjoy much time needed in the saddle riding through pristine mountain trails, and relax each night in complete luxury. When you’re not out riding or engaged in an activity, you’ll be treated to divine culinary creations sourced locally for a true taste of Montana. Consider it the perfect women’s weekend to eat, play, and fill up with all things important, all while celebrating our treasured lifestyle and each other. Call 866.929.3108 to book your reservation or visit PawsUp.com for more information.

Thanks, Grizzly Liquor

Kind words from Jeff Crouch, the owner of Grizzly Liquor: “We were impressed with the quality and content of Missoula Valley Lifestyle magazine and decided to advertise in the magazine because of that. The results have been fantastic! Our ads are reaching a large number of area residents who are within the demographics that we are targeting for creating loyal customer relationships.” A toast in moderation to that and with our favorite wine purchased at Grizzly Liquor. Thanks so much, Jeff. We are striving to be a positive, encouraging voice in the community, and it’s so appreciative to hear that you believe we are doing a good job.

Walk with a Doc

Missoula Walk with a Doc is for everyone interested in taking steps for a healthier lifestyle. Join the group Tuesdays at noon through May 30 for a weekly two-mile loop along the Milwaukee Trail, starting at the cross of the trail on Catlin St. Parking is available at the Salvation Army, Westside Lanes, and The Good Food Store.  What better way to spend your Tuesday lunch hour than on your feet making strides to improve your health? According to the American Heart Association, walking has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity. Think it doesn’t do any good? Think again. Walking is low impact; easier on the joints than running. It is safe—with a doctor’s okay—for people with orthopedic ailments, heart conditions, and those who are more than 20% overweight. In addition, research has shown that you could gain two hours of life for each hour of regular exercise. Each program begins with a 15-minute “Doc talk,” presented by a local physician, specialist, or UM professor/researcher. The Milwaukee Trail is maintained year-round; no special gear is required, and all level of abilities are welcome. No pre-registration necessary, but participants will be asked to sign a waiver on site, prior to initial participation. Email Ryan Yearous at RYearous@CI.Missoula.MT.us or call him at 406.552.6266 with questions.

Off to See the Wizard

The last production of the Missoula Community Theatre’s 2016-17 season ends with The Wizard of Oz. Just a few decades ago, this classic 1939 MGM movie aired on television only once a year. Now it can be streamed to electronic devices 24/7, but here’s your chance to meet all your old, familiar friends—live in person, in the merry old land of Oz. Performances are April 27 through May 14 (times vary) at the MCT Center for Performing Arts, 200 N. Adams. For tickets and more information, visit MCTInc.org.

Let Us Know

Do you know someone fascinating? Maybe a local hero or a superstar student who deserves a little recognition? Love a local product and want to shout it from the mountaintops? Generating story ideas is something we get super excited about. Help us locate great stories or subjects within our valley by emailing Chelsea.LynDrake@LifestylePubs.com or DAntonetti@LifestylePubs.com and be sure to include who you’re recommending we contact and why you love them or their work. We’d like to thank Elaine Davis this month for recommending that we touch base with Bart Morris of Oxbow Cattle Company. She wrote, “I bought several packages of their beef and my husband and I found the flavor and quality to be exceptionally good…. Bart is a delightful, kind, and humble man. An article about his work would be great in your magazine.” Thank you, Elaine! We are truly grateful for your having introduced us to Missoula’s own rancher!