October 2017 Around Town

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month!

Let’s face it, Missoula loves dogs. Celebrate Adopt a Shelter Dog Month with a trip to our local shelters to peruse the kennels in the hope of finding a new addition to the family! The Humane Society of Western Montana has a 98 percent adoption rate and welcomes you to experience behavioral classes, one-on-one time with a trainer, and several workshops and seminars with your new best friend to ensure the best relationship possible. They are located at 5930 Hwy 93 S., open Wednesday through Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Before you go, take a look at their website, MyHSWM.org, to see who might be waiting to meet you! And don’t forget to also check out Missoula Animal Control at 
MontanaPets.org or visit them in person at 6700 Butler Creek Road Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

Tip-a-Cop Missoula

Our local law enforcement officers are trading in their badges for tips. Don’t worry, it’s just for a day. On Saturday, October 21 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., officers will be volunteering as “celebrity servers” at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, 2901 Brooks St., in an effort to earn “tips” for Special Olympics Montana. All “tip” proceeds are donated to local and statewide Special Olympics Montana programs. Red Robin…yum! Learn more at SOMT.org and RedRobin.com.

Medicinal Centerpieces

Local herbalist and ethnobotanist Melissa Lafontaine shares her talents in collaboration with the Missoula Urban Demonstration Project in a public medicinal arrangements workshop on Thursday, October 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. The workshop will take place at the Missoula Urban Demonstration Project at 1527 Wyoming St. in the Home ReSource Education Room. The $40 fee includes medicinal herbs, farm fresh flowers, and a small vase to take home your creation in! Register online at EarthWithin.com.

Something to Smile About

Congratulations to Pamela Dunn-Parrish of Open Lens by Pamela Photography on becoming a certified professional photographer! Pamela has been taking photos and doing darkroom work since her high school days. She’s pursued her passion of photography through the last 20 years and loves to capture the intricate details of nature and natural light for portraits. She is a member of the Rocky Mountain Photo Club, Professional Photographers of America, and Montana Professional Photographer’s Association. She is now one of only 11 certified professional photographers currently in Montana to earn and maintain this honor. Bravo!

A-Mazing Fun

Bales of fun await at the Missoula Maze! Covering more than an acre of land and providing more than 4,500 feet of passageways, the hay and corn maze provides some of the best fall fun around. Beyond the maze, you can challenge a friend to the obstacle course, check out the petting zoo, and purchase a pumpkin from the patch. There’s also a mini maze for young children—in age and spirit—as well as food and drinks. The maze is located at 1010 Clements Road. Open through Tuesday, October 31. Visit MissoulaMaze.com for hours, admission/pricing, and more information.

Way to Go!

Missoula In Motion has granted nine employers mini-grants as part of its Way to Go! for Workplaces initiative. The grants provide up to $1,000 in funding to support the implementation or expansion of workplace projects aimed to reduce the number of Single Occupancy Vehicle (SOV) trips traveled by employees. Funding was awarded to the following projects: Homeword: outdoor public bike pump stand located on the river trail; Old Sawmill District: two bikes to start a workplace bike share; Poverello Center: incentives program encouraging employees to commute sustainably more regularly; Ecology Project International: expansion of its employee incentives program; City of Missoula Wastewater Plant: tricycle for employee use for daily on-site transportation; Missoula City-County Health Department: one bike to start a workplace bike share; Home ReSource: expansion of incentives program to include Work Program participants and long-term volunteers; Missoula Aging Services: implementing incentives program to encourage employees to commute using sustainable modes; and Rocky Mountain Research Center: lockers for active commuters. “We are excited to see the effect these projects have on encouraging employees to make the decision to bike, walk, bus, carpool, or vanpool in lieu of driving alone in a car,” said Katherine Auge, program specialist at Missoula In Motion.

Halloween for Hospice

Forget the thermal underwear and winter jacket and bring the kiddos to Southgate Mall on Tuesday, October 31 for indoor trick-or-treating, carnival-style games, and a costume contest. Games and the costume contest will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Cost for the games is $1 each or $15 for a wristband and all the game playing you want. Entry for the costume contest is $2 per person or $5 per family. All the proceeds from the carnival games and costume contest benefit the Hospice Care Foundation. Trick-or-treating begins at 6 p.m. Head to the JCPenney Court at 7 p.m. for a performance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” by On Center Performing Arts. Happy Halloween! Visit ShopSouthgate.com for more.

Drift Away

Craig Campbell of Gravitas Drift Boats always wanted to build custom boats using proven materials that were both beautiful and functional. He’s living that dream, and we’re here to benefit! Do you need a reason to love a classic wooden drift boat? Craig gives us four:

  • Every boat built is a personal experience. Each customer has direct access to the boat builder, and each boat is built with the client’s specific usage in mind.
  • Each boat is built using only the most appropriate materials and the utmost attention to detail. Wood is the oldest material in boatbuilding. With little care, a Gravitas Drift Boat will give the buyer years of pleasure, and it will be well built enough to pass down to the next generation.
  • A Gravitas Drift Boat will turn heads wherever it goes! There are three style of hulls to choose from. A 16-foot High Side, a 15-foot High Side, and a 15-foot Hybrid. All hull styles make excellent fishing platforms, include innovative design features that maximize gear storage, and are absolutely stunning.
  • These boats are made in Montana. Each boat is built in Missoula by a boat builder who understands the unique qualities of Montana rivers. A buyer not only gets a boat that can handle whatever the river throws at them but they also will have the satisfaction of supporting a local business and contributing to the health of Montana’s economy.

Help Keep the Wheels in Motion

Missoula Parks and Recreation is partnering with a local non-profit foundation and two neighborhoods to raise funds to build bicycle skills courses in Bellevue and Syringa parks, but they need our help. Through a grant from Montana State Parks and donations from the Tanner Olson Memorial Foundation, the partners, including Friends of Missoula Parks, are working to raise an additional $175,000 to $200,000 in cash and donated services or materials to fund the construction. And hey, there’s potential naming rights for large donors and on-site donor recognition! Some highlights include:

  • A progressive bike skills layout allowing riders to progress not only through the park but as their skills develop to larger features within the same park
  • Pump tracks with continuous hills and berms
  • A progressive jump line for BMX riders
  • Bicycle work station with basic tools available for public use
  • Walking paths and connectivity to sustainable transportation trails and bus stops
  • A shelter and rest room (at Syringa)

Parks and Recreation is currently in the process of selecting design and construction management services for the two parks. Pending a successful capital campaign, Phase 1 construction at both parks could start as early as 2018. To learn more about the projects and how to donate, visit Ci.Missoula.MT.US or call 406.552.6265.

The Ultimate Wedding Event

Next month, the Bitterroot Wedding Association’s premier wedding fair is returning for its second year after a very successful first! Take a scenic drive down into the Bitterroot Valley to the Ravalli County Fairgrounds next month on Saturday, November 4 between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Survey the vendors for your perfect picks of wedding venue, decorations, cake bakers, caterers, DJs, and so much more. What’s best? You’ll get to sample tasty treats that could end up being the party favors your guests talk about long after the wedding. This event is interactive, fun, and relaxed all while being educational and inspiring. Tickets are on sale now and will also be available for purchase at the door on the day of: $5 for general admission and $10 for early-bird admission to Bridal Haus, an upscale bridal consignment boutique. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit MontanaMadeWedding.com.

A Thanksgiving to Gobble Up

Thanksgiving sneaking up on you this year? Thankful for family and friends but not sure how to accommodate the whole crew at the dinner table? Thanksgiving at The Resort at Paws Up is sure to be a feast to remember, and be thankful for! Riverside foliage, cozy movie nights, fireside s’mores, hayrides, and much more await at this five-day event. Not to mention the locally sourced fare brought to you by their world-renowned Executive Chef, Ben Jones. Save your seat and register while there’s still time by calling 866.929.3108 or by visiting PawsUp.com.