September 2017 Around Town

Cover Girl

One of Zootown’s own made the cover of the Spring 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Orthodontic Society. Congratulations, Dr. Susan B. Tiede! Dr. Tiede is a pediatric dentist who opened Missoula Pediatric Dentistry in 2004. She completed her undergraduate degree in biology at St. Louis University and attended dental school at Creighton University, after which time she joined the U.S. Navy. Later she joined the Public Health Service/Indian Health Service, where she provided dental care to Native Americans on the Pine Ridge and Blackfeet Indian reservations. She is a board-certified member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and a fellow of the American Orthodontic Society. Dr Tiede has lobbied Congress—and statewide—on behalf of pediatric dental patients. Learn more about Dr. Tiede at Again, congrats to Dr. Tiede!

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 grand occasion will feature a Whizpops concert, and there will be plenty of food, games, activities, and more for the whole community. The celebration is free, family-friendly, and open to the public. The Missoula YMCA is located at 3000 S. Russell St. See you there! For more, visit

A Destination in Itself

The Gibson Mansion Bed and Breakfast knows all about excellence, and for its attention to detail and customer service, it was named a finalist for Best Hotel in Montana by HotelsCombined, one of the world’s leading hotel price comparison platforms, in their Recognition of Excellence awards. The Sydney, Australia-based HotelsCombined has offered its prestigious award program in Australia, the UK, and throughout Europe since 2014. This represents the second year for the awards program in the U.S. for the global company. “We’re very pleased to be able to recognize some of the finest hotels in Montana and the entire United States this year,” said Chris Rivett, travel expert at HotelsCombined. “A lot of hard work goes into ensuring guests have an exceptional experience and this is our chance to showcase and reward the hotels, resorts, and B&Bs that are at the top of their game.” Book your stay at

The Perfect Time to Dive In

Swimming’s universally recognized health benefits are the envy of other sports: superior core strength, reduced stress, increased cardiovascular and respiratory health, improved flexibility, and much more. Swimming with a coach and group offers motivational and social benefits, which is why the Masters (adults) program at the Missoula YMCA is a great place to get your feet wet. The program is for swimmers of all ability levels. Whether you want to learn to swim, swim for fitness, or compete in swimming, the Masters group at the Y is for you. The group meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Fridays from 6 to 7 p.m. Email for more information. See you on the pool deck!

Up the Blackfoot

Celebrate Missoula’s rich storytelling history at a special performance of Tell Us Something as part of the “In the Footsteps of Norman Maclean” literary festival. Tell Us Something awakens imagination and empowers storytellers through the transformative power of personal storytelling. All of the stories are true, last for 10 minutes, and are told from memory. The theme for the Sunday, September 10 event is “Up the Blackfoot.” The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Wilma, 131 S. Higgins Ave. Your community, your stories. For more information, go to or

Mozart in Paris

The String Orchestra of the Rockies kicks off its 33rd season with Mozart in Paris featuring piano soloist Gilles Vonsattel on Sunday, September 17 at UM’s Music Recital Hall. You won’t want to miss this (or any of the other performances in SOR’s 2017-18 season)! Get (season) tickets at and visit for more information. And save these dates: November 19, February 18, and May 6. All performances, including Mozart in Paris, begin at 7:30 p.m.

See Commuting Differently

There is a better way to get from here to there, and it starts when you rethink your trip with Missoula in Motion’s Way to Go! trip planner. Just enter your starting point and destination, and the brand new community mobility tool will help you discover all the ways to get where you need to be, from carpooling and riding transit to walking, biking, and more. The program offers several exciting features and uses innovative technology that makes planning and logging trips simple and convenient. Plus, every month just for logging one sustainable trip a week, you can earn gift cards and vouchers to local businesses. To sign up and for more information, visit 2017 sponsors are Lake Missoula Tea Company, Clyde Coffee, Bitterroot Flower Shop, and Masala.

Take a Step to End Alzheimer’s

On Sunday, September 24 join with others as they take steps toward a world without Alzheimer’s. The 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held at Fort Missoula Regional Park, 3401-3409 South Ave. West. This event is held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide and is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. To help raise awareness and funds, visit

Montana Book Festival

Ready to lend an ear? This year’s book festival promises the presence of notable author Jane Smiley—1992 Pulitzer Prize winner for her novel A Thousand Acres. She is the author of dozens of works, both fiction and nonfiction, and in 2006 she won the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award. Allow yourself the joy of listening to her work and that of many other admirable authors September 27 through October 1. The fair will take place in downtown Missoula. Visit for a full schedule of events or to become a volunteer.

A Two-Way Street

Did you know that the Missoula Art Museum has reciprocal membership? Now you do, and it means that if you join MAM at the Friend Circle level and above, you receive reciprocal membership to more than 675 musuems across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Pretty cool! Join at

Call for Art

Radius Gallery is currently accepting entries for its fourth Annual Holiday Show to take place from November 11 through December 24. Last year’s show featured work by 99 artists—with nearly 200 artworks sold! Note, this is not a holiday-themed show. Artwork of all genres and media will be considered. A new feature of this year’s Holiday Show will be a teapot display. Artists are invited to explore the design and function of this classic vessel. Submissions of both traditional, hand-crafted, and usable teapots as well as more exotic (and perhaps not-so-functional) interpretations of the form are welcome. The deadline to submit work to the Holiday Show is at midnight on Saturday, September 30. Get all the details at and please direct any questions about artwork submissions or terms of entry to

From the Editor
In the August article titled, “Crown and Sash,” the university where Emily Madieros is pursuing her MBA was incorrectly stated. She is a student at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri, and she was second runner-up in the 2017 Miss Montana USA pageant. Part of her prize package was a scholarship to study at Lindenwood. Missoula Valley Lifestyle apologizes to Emily and her family for the oversight and wishes her luck in the 2018 pageant.