Step by Step

Did you know that the Missoula Children’s Theatre offers a six-week program called Next Step Prep? It’s a high school student program offered to students from anywhere in the world who are serious about furthering their skills in the disciplines of acting, singing, and dancing. Accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission, MCT’s Next Step Prep is a performing arts boarding school located at the Missoula Children’s Theatre and offered only in the summer to students who are entering grades 9 through 12 in the fall of 2019 as well as high school graduates seeking master class training. Ready to sign up and make some plans for next summer? Visit or call Gregory Boris at 406.728.1911 for application details. 

Something to Howl About

Join in on the fun of the fourth annual Hoot & Howl Halloween Bash at the Missoula YMCA. Come dressed to impress in your favorite family-friendly costume and enjoy healthy treats, spooky activities, a bounce house, photo booth, raffle, and more on Wednesday, October 31 between 5 and 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. See you there!

Cider Mastery

Nothing says fall quite like a glass of cider. On Monday, October 1, Western Cider will host Jennie Dorsey, cider maker and tasting room manager of Schilling Cider House Portland, to lead Missoula cider enthusiasts in a Level 1 Cider Certification Professional training course. The class will be three hours long and will cover all aspects of the CCP exam. It is the cider certification for bartenders, servers, managers, and beverage industry professionals to further their understanding of cider. You will learn about six cider categories: (1) apples, the orchard, and history, (2) cider making, (3) flavor and evaluation, (4) cider styles, (5) keeping and serving cider, and our favorite, (6) food and cider—the best of both worlds! Afterward, don’t forget to go to the U.S. Association of Cider Makers website at to take the exam and receive the CCP certification to make it official. Cost of the class is $20. Best of luck, cider lovers!

We Are Family

The annual (always fun) UM Family Weekend has arrived! Mark your calendar for the weekend of the 26th. This year’s theme is “We Are MT: Tradition, Honor, and Service,” which is extra special due to this year’s celebration taking place during Military Appreciation Week and UM President Seth Bodnar’s inauguration festivities. The Family Weekend Package includes a football game ticket to watch the Griz take on UC Davis; a grizzly pregame brunch ticket; a goodie bag that includes Griz spirit items, local discounts, and coupons; and access to all non-ticketed Family Weekend events, all for the price of $70. For additional ticket choices and to purchase, visit

Intermediate Photography

Have you been wanting to hone your skill in photography? Now’s your chance to attend a workshop that will brush up the talent you already have and add to your toolbox of knowledge. Specified for those who want to increase their know-how to beyond just shooting on manual and centering their light meter, this class will take you to field shoots at several locations within the Missoula vicinity, including Ninepipe Wildlife Refuge, Garnet Ghost Town, the historic town of Philipsburg, and a local nursery for learning how to get up close. Course is taught by Tony Rizzuto who is best known for his macro photography. The class runs October 14 through October 19 and the tuition fee is $1,295. To learn about the schedule and equipment needed, please visit for more details.