May 2017 Around Town

Radius’ Ceramics Invitational

Radius Gallery, 114 E. Main, showcases the skills and sensibilities of contemporary artists and creates an energetic forum for discussing art and its vitality in the world today, and the community is invited to stop by the gallery for its second annual Ceramics Invitational, a show of all ceramics that features more than 50 jaw-dropping functional and sculptural clay artworks by Adrian Arleo, Chuck Aydlett, Alessandro Gallo, Miriam Griffin, Kenyon Hansen, Jeremy Hatch, Giselle Hicks, Heesoo Lee, Steven Young Lee, David Peters, Deborah Schwartzkopf, and Eric Van Eimeren. The exhibit goes through Saturday, May 20. Visit for more information.

Wheels for Meals

Faith and Matt Meusey of Wagner’s Home Furnishings recently donated their oldie but goodie delivery truck to the food pantry at the Clark Fork City Church to assist the organization in the routine, selfless activity of picking up food for hungry families within the Missoula community. Thanks, Faith and Matt, for your donation to families in need! It sure is great to see. Interested in ways you can help, too? Take a look at or call 406.721.7804.

Step Up to the Plate

Montana’s newest license plate design benefits the Missoula Downtown Foundation (MDF). The plate, designed by the Missoula Downtown Association’s own Leidy Wagener, depicts 406 pride and a heart to signify love of Downtown Missoula. The project was made possible with a generous grant from Wells Fargo. Revenue from the plates will provide a consistent funding stream to help grown the foundation and to achieve its goals. Please consider supporting MDF when you renew your vehicle’s registration this year; $20 from each plate comes directly back to the MDF.

Kind Dining Day

Our community rarely needs an excuse to help our neighbors, and it’s made all the easier when food and drink are at the heart of the endeavor. Kind Dining is a one-day fundraising event benefiting Missoula Food Bank. Join us in this community-wide effort on Thursday, May 11 to raise needed funds for Missoula Food Bank and help local families, children, and seniors who are struggling with hunger. So what do you have to do? Go out to eat or grab a drink or dessert with friends and family at one of the local restaurants, tap rooms, bakeries, coffee shops, and other food and beverage establishments that have committed to donating at least 6 percent of profits from May 11 to Missoula Food Bank. For more information and a complete list of participating venues, visit


What’s better, or more Montanan, than the holy cycle of adrenaline seeking and relaxing? Not a whole lot. That’s what makes this new wellness weekend event a must-do at The Resort at Paws Up from May 5 to 8. AdrenZen is the perfect combination of adrenaline and zen—hiking or horseback riding, fishing or rappelling, and then retreating to Spa Town for some rejuvenation and relaxation. You’ll experience fine dining and gourmet food and health-inspired cocktails prepared by celebrity chef Kelly Liken and be led in daily group fitness classes by Jen Widerstrom of The Biggest Loser. It’s a three-day menu of activities both adrenaline inducing and stress relieving. The all-inclusive package includes two yoga classes per person, one vino yoga class per person, one fitness activity per person (per day), the Ranch-Athlon, your choice of horseback riding or fly fishing, your choice of a sunset hike or a mediation-minded hike, two spa treatments per person, a gift bag, transfers to and from the Missoula airport, taxes, and resort fee. Starting rate for two adults staying in a Wilderness Estate Suite is $734 per person per night. For more details, please visit

Kudos, Mr. Womack of Montana Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine

A testimonial from fellow reader, Lou: “After suffering with debilitating migraines for years, and not wanting to put prescription drugs in my body (which weren’t working anyway), I decided to give acupuncture a try. While in the military, I was passed around to almost every neurologist in the department without any treatment that worked, or even a definite diagnosis…. After my stroke and heart surgery, [I] began an increase in my migraines with vision loss, numbness and tingling around my nose, lips, tongue, and down either left or right arm into my hands and fingers. Occasionally I would also have difficulty putting words together, basically stroke-like symptoms…. After doing research on acupuncture and providers in the Missoula area, I felt Douglas Womack was certainly the most qualified (not to mention ‘specializing in difficult cases’). I felt I would be that candidate…. I’m elated to say after starting around September 2016, I have been migraine free from December 17, 2016, to the present. The only possible difference was the acupuncture during the time. I’m finally off of all the prescriptions. I can’t describe how grateful I am to have my life back, and how thankful to Mr. Womack for ‘figuring it out.’ I would certainly recommend Mr. Womack and acupuncture to anyone going through these type of neurological issues. Thank you, Mr. Womack and Rebecca, for helping me through the process to healing.” Thanks for sharing your story, Lou! We’re elated, too, that you’ve got your health and that we’re lucky enough to have such quality advertisers making a real difference in the lives of our community members.

Passport to Parking

It’s become even easier to park downtown with the pay-by-phone app, PassportParking Mobile Pay. Available on Apple and Adroid devices for free, this app brings with it new conveniences for making sure your parking needs are covered. Here are a few things to remember with using the app:

  • All rates are the same as they would be if paying at the meter. The same payment hours of Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. apply, and you can purchase time before 9 a.m. and it won’t start until 9 a.m.
  • There is a $0.25 convenience fee when purchasing time.
  • Time increments are 1/2 hour, 1 hour, 1.5 hours, 2 hours, 2.5 hours, and hourly from there on. Time can also be extended from the app, and the app can save license plate information and recently parked zones so you don’t have to enter it every time.

Visit for more information about the app, PassportParking Mobile Pay.

The MVL Team Thanks You

It’s such a treat for us to receive positive comments from our readers. Laurie writes, “You are creating an amazing publication in the Missoula Valley Lifestyle. The photographs are clear and appealing to all the generations in my family who read this magazine. We love the stories and the variety of topics you cover and have great discussions about these things. And occasionally we get to take part in some of the upcoming events you promote. My mother is a former librarian and literary hobby-ist in Texas, so I send her your magazine and we have a grand time talking about the stories you deem worthy of your magazine. And thank you for always upholding a higher moral standard so I can share this magazine with my grandchildren. Be sure to know that I recommend your publication often.” What kind words! Thank you, Laurie, for the recognition and for sharing our magazine far and wide with family and friends. We love being your community magazine!