June 2017 Around Town

BSDFF Is Worth It

MovieMaker magazine thinks big of the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. It was selected as one of the “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” for the second time in four years. The list, created annually to help guide filmmakers contemplating their festival strategy, spotlights the benefits of screening at festivals outside the mainstream festival circuit. Great work, BSDFF!

Also, submissions for the 2018 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival are now being accepted. Films submitted by Friday, June 30 receive the early bird discounted rate. BSDFF accepts submissions of non-fiction films of all forms, genres, subject matter, and lengths. Visit BigSkyFilmFest.org for more information.

Volunteer Benefits at MAM

Did you know that Missoula Art Museum volunteers who give six or more hours of their time in a six-month time period receive a complimentary Community Individual Circle Membership? Well, it’s true. The benefits for this level enjoy the following for an entire year: invitations to special previews and events, opportunity to join the MAM Contemporary Collector’s Circle, discounts on MAM-ticketed events, subscriptions to MAM’s month e-newsletter and quarterly magazine, 10% discounts off all MAM merchandise and arts classes, and more. Fill out a volunteer application here: MissoulaArtMuseum.org.

Garden City Compost News

The City of Missoula recently purchased EKO Compost, now Garden City Compost. Under new management, the compost facility will continue to accept green waste from the public and will continue selling bulk compost. However, the facility will no longer sell bagged compost, deliver compost, or make specialty products, such as potting soil. But that may change after the transition period. Stay tuned for more. The facility, located at 1125 Clark Fork Lane, is open for the general public to drop off green waste and purchase compost Tuesday through Saturday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Visit 

Get Your MCT 2017-18 Season Tickets

Season tickets orders are now available for purchase for the Missoula Community Theatre’s 2017-18 season. This year audiences will be treated with performances of Mamma Mia!, a musical theatre production based on the songs of the Swedish pop group, ABBA; A Christmas Carol, a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel about miserly Ebenezer Scrooge who receives three visitors on Christmas eve; Happy Days, a musical version of the beloved TV sitcom that brings back the familiar names audiences know and love: Richie Cunningham, Potsie, Ralph, Pickie Tuscadero and Fonzie; The 39 Steps, a stage play written in 2005 based on a 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film, which was based on a 1915 spy novel, featuring a murder mystery with just four actors playing 150 characters in a mad-cap, whodunit, Monty Python-style comedy full of twists and turns; and Disney’s The Little Mermaid, the tale of Ariel, the mermaid who signs a contract with the vengeful sea witch Ursula, trading her voice for legs in order to explore the fascinating world of humans. For dates, tickets, and more information, visit MCTInc.org.

An Opportunity to Collect

Congratulations are in order for Montana-based painter Philip Slagter whose works were recently exhibited at Los Angeles’ prestigious La Luz de Jesus Gallery, widely considered the birthplace of pop surrealism. Radius Gallery, 114 E. Main, offers archival quality prints of more than 80 original paintings by Slagter. Prints are created on demand by Paper & Ink Studio in Missoula, with prices ranging from $90 to $350. Visit RadiusGallery.com for more information.

Peer-to-Peer Without the Fear

It’s summer. Surely, we’ve cleaned out the garage and formed a considerable stack of unwanted items ready to hit the web and find new homes. Craigs Mart, now open at 1700 Stephens Ave., takes any potential worry away from meeting strangers or carrying large sums of cash in our pockets to purchase or receive new treasures. Craigs Mart provides a retail storefront where sellers can physically display the items they have posted for sale at craigslist, LetGo, newspapers, and other classified advertising venues. It’s a safe haven for items in transition, and for us, too! Take advantage of all there is to offer by visiting Craigs-Mart.com to see available items and find out how to buy and sell. Store hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment. Happy (and safe) shopping and selling!

Who Doesn’t Love Coneboy?

Locally famous for its journey from Ohio to Montana in 2010, Coneboy is Big Dipper Ice Cream’s traveling ice cream truck—an iconic, downright delicious staple at various events throughout Missoula. What’s more is it can be yours to rent for any special occasion, whether it be a wedding, graduation, birthday party, or anniversary! After all, ice cream is always a cause for celebration, right? Visit BigDipperIceCream.com to see the full truck schedule or call 406.543.5722 to reserve Coneboy for your very own special event.

Kids Bowl Free

Looking for another way to keep your children happy and entertained this summer? Register your child or children for a summer fun bowling pass! The pass is good for two free games of bowling a day all summer. To register your child or children, please visit KidsBowlFree.com/MissoulaBowling or stop by and visit in person at Westside Lanes Missoula, 1615 Wyoming St. Call 406.721.5263 for more information.

A Heart for Hunger

June is National Hunger Awareness Month. For Montanans, that means approximately 1 in 7 Montanans struggle with hunger and 45,000 children live in food insecure homes across our state. Struggling with hunger can mean long-lasting effects that wear away on our physical and mental health and increase chances of hospitalization. Hunger can also have a significant economic impact on our state and within our communities due to preventable health care costs, lower educational attainment, and lost productivity in the workforce. This month, and every month of the year, look to those organizations within our neighborhoods that are in great need of your help. Below is a list of organizations that accept donations and provide details on how else you can get involved in the good fight:

  • Montana Food Bank Network: Visit MFBN.org to donate directly or visit the “Act” tab to see how you can volunteer, spread the word, or champion your own pantry or program.
  • Missoula Food Bank: Visit MissoulaFoodBank.org to view upcoming events, learn how best to be an advocate, and take the pledge to end hunger in Missoula.
  • Food Pantries: Visit FoodPantries.org to see a complete list of food pantries within our community, complete with telephone numbers and addresses.

From the Editor
In the April article titled, “Cooking under Pressure,” it was mistakenly listed that the Missoula College would be hosting the Carnivores Classic at the Missoula Food Festival on May 29-30. This event was included in our magazine in error. It was corrected in our online edition. Missoula Valley Lifestyle apologizes to our readers and the Missoula College for the inconvenience the listing may have caused.