August 2017 Around Town

Welcome to Missoula, Dr. Wright

In September, Missoula Bone & Joint will welcome Dr. Michael Wright to its staff and is so pleased to do so. Dr. Wright is a fellowship-trained sports medicine specialist with an interest and expertise in arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, hip and knee, total joint replacements, and general orthopedics. The addition of Dr. Wright to Missoula Bone & Joint’s practice will allow them to further enhance and continue to expand their orthopedic services. A graduate of Montana State University, Dr. Wright was born and raised in Montana and is looking forward to returning to his home state after receiving his medical degree from the University of Washington. His orthopedic surgery residency was performed at the University of Vermont Medical Center, and he then served a Sports Medicine fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles. Please contact Missoula Bone & Joint at 406.721.4436 or 866.721.4436 to schedule your appointment today.

The Art of Re-purposing

Does your child or teen want to be part of something bigger than him- or herself? Enroll them in the Summer Museum Art Camp at the Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St., August 7-11 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for a hands-on experience making our world a better place. Participants will learn the careful craft of re-purposing things destined for trash or recycling like cans and clothing and up-cycle objects by making sculptures, mobiles, and other unique art objects. Cardboard, cans, CDs, bicycle parts, wires, nails, and paint will be supplied to make these treasures. Campers will work together to learn how the materials they select will determine the transformation of their found objects. The camp will be taught by Joanna Nasvlik and the cost is $80 person, or $72 for members. For more information, please visit

Western Montana Fair

Sweet corn on the cob, hot dogs, funnel cakes with powdered sugar—is there anything that says summer better than the Western Montana Fair, a staple since 1879? Enjoy a night at the rodeo, strolling through the aisles of proud 4-H members and their polished animals, and treat yourself to some deep-fried goodness August 8-13 at the Missoula County Fairgrounds, 1101 South Ave. W. Don’t forget to take a spin on the ferris wheel! For more information, visit
western-montana-fair or call 406.721.3247.

For the Love of S’mores

Rub elbows with chef and author Mindy Segal and have a s’more, or two or three. Thursday, August 10—National S’mores Day—kicks off a weeklong celebration of all things chocolate, graham cracker, marshmallow and more at The Resort at Paws Up. In traditional glamping style, participants will honor the ooey-gooey deliciousness of this famous campfire treat alongside Mindy Segal, who will be roasting marshmallows right beside you. She’ll prepare and serve her own unique s’mores creations, and she’ll serve as the guest judge for the resort-wide S’mores-Off Competition. What delicious fun! For more information, please visit

Cycling in the Expanded Field: 
A Tour of Former Land Art Sites

Many of us would agree that the best way to explore the world is on two wheels, so there’s not much that could be better than exploring noted land art sites on your bike. Join Whitney Ford-Terry, a tours specialist for Adventure Cycling, for a peripatetic conversation and one-day bicycle tour on Sunday, August 13 to the site of former land art installations in and around Missoula. The trip begins at 10 a.m. at the Missoula Art Park and is approximately 30 miles one-way. Cyclists are responsible for their own gear, food, and water. Participants may arrange for a return pick-up. While the artworks no longer exist, having been ephemeral, temporal, or destroyed, they continue to have a presence in the Missoula community. Works to be visited include Dennis Oppenheim’s Wishing the Mountain Madness (1977), his explosion-based piece Three Downward Blows (Knuckle Marks) (1977), and Nancy Holt’s Missoula Ranch Locators (1974), installed at artist Ted Waddell’s former ranch in Arlee. RSVP to the Missoula Art Museum at 406.728.0447. For more information, visit

The Missoula Y Turns 50

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday, dear Missoula Y! Happy birthday to you! Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Missoula YMCA on Friday, September 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. The celebration is free, family-friendly, and open to the public. There will be games, food, activities, and more at the Missoula YMCA, 3000 S. Russell St. The Missoula Family YMCA has a long-standing and well respected history in Missoula as a place that supports family fitness, health, and overall well-being. The YMCA features programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for members and participants of all ages. The Missoula Y is committed to offering programs that focus on our four core values: Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility. For more, visit