January 2018 Around Town

Element PT Welcomes 
Dr. Neil T. Shepard

World-renowned audiologist Dr. Neil Shepard, Ph.D., has joined the team at Element Physical Therapy. Dr. Shepard is working 2-3 days per week, offering consultative services to the complex vestibular patients. He has published more than 75 research articles in the field of balance and dizziness. These efforts have been in the realm of postural control issues in the last five years with current projects related to investigating tools that would assist in risk of falls. He worked for many years at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and retired to Missoula to be closer to his children and grandchildren. He continues to teach vestibular courses worldwide and conduct research. He is also teaching vestibular content to physicians in a family practice fellowship program at the University of Montana. Element Physical Therapy is located at 2001 S. Russell St. Call 406.543.7860 for an appointment and learn more at ElementPT.com

Saturday Shopping Fun

Don’t let the shorter days shorten your shopping fun. The Missoula Valley Winter Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays through April 21 (excluding February 24). Browse through their available products: fruits and veggies, fresh baked breads, pastries, fruit preserves, honey, eggs, cured meats, frozen meat cuts, pickled products, breakfast and lunch items, soaps and lotions, handcrafted jewelry, and quality art and craft items. That’s to say, there’s something for everyone. The market is located at 705 S. Higgins Ave.

DIY Bride 101

Erika’s Event Planning is offering a weekly five-class series on how to plan your own wedding. Sign up for one or all of the courses. The classes include:

  • • Sunday, January 14 – “Congratulations! You’re 
 Engaged! Now What?”
  • • Sunday, January 21 – “Budgeting”
  • • Sunday, January 28 – “Vendors and Venues!”
  • • Sunday, February 4 – “Décor”
  • • Sunday, February 11 – “The Day of the Wedding
 and Beyond.” 

Also, take advantage of a small group consulting session with a certified wedding planner who will answer all your wedding-related questions. Space is limited to 20 attendees per session. Cost is $30 per course, or $110 for all five classes. All classes are from 12 to 1 p.m. at Lolo Peak Brewing, 6201 Brewery Way, Lolo. For more information, email Erika@ErikasEventPlan.com or look for Erika’s Event Planning on Facebook.


BetterRoot, the Bitterroot cidery located in
Florence, has expanded their premiere products and developed a distillery to compliment the on-site cidery. Swing by for a sip! Enjoy views of the Bitterroot and Sapphire mountains, custom bar with taps, and the many delicious, creative, and house-made ciders and spirits. Keep up with upcoming events by following their Facebook page “BetterRoot & FireRoot” or by going to their website BetterRoot.com

Fly Like a Squirrel 

Ever wanted to fly through the air without a care? This indoor trampoline park is perfect for any upcoming birthday or special occasion for the young or young at heart. Located in the former Hastings building at 2501 Brooks St., Flying Squirrel Missoula is a neon town of jumping exploration, equipped with obstacles, basketball dunk courts, dodgeball courts, foam pits with a rope swing and widget ladder, slack lines, and a toddler trampoline court in addition to the main trampoline court. The founders of Flying Squirrel Sports are Hamilton natives who wanted to open their first location in the U.S. near their hometown. They invite organizations, such as youth groups, corporations, and school groups, to book a trip to this 360-degree playground. For safety, the trampoline courts are supervised by air traffic controllers to ensure enjoyable soaring action. Flying Squirrel Missoula also has AirCafe, offering pizza, wraps, chicken wings, and more, to satisfy those calories burned. Enjoy free Wi-Fi and take a break in their luxurious lounge. Walk-ins are welcome and all ages are encouraged to join in on the fun. Please visit FlyingSquirrelSports.com for more information. 

Orangetheory Fitness

If you’re ready to get in shape and pay extra close attention to your ticker, Orangetheory might be the right place to start your fitness journey. Their unique program consists of 60-minute classes, during which you’ll participate in high-intensity physical activities that rotate between the use of state-of-the-art cardiovascular equipment and strength training exercises with free weights. The work regimen changes with every class so as not to become mundane. They’ll fit you with a heart rate monitor so that you can sustain your best effort more easily. They pride themselves on their friendly coaches and approachable trainers who are invested in your success. First class is free! Call 406.551.4344 to book a class or visit Missoula.OrangetheoryFitness.com to book online.