Financial Fitness Class

Budget, savings, and credit building—it’s never a bad time to revisit these important financial conversations. Aimed for those who are interested in gaining more control of their money, this free financial fitness class will teach you how. In class, you will learn to create a budget that works for you, how to save for an emergency fund, tips to build your credit, how to avoid scams and consumer traps, and finally, how to understand insurance and investment basics. This class takes place on Saturday, December 8, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Childcare vouchers are available for children 12 months up through 12 years. Learn more and register at HomeWord.org

Holiday Wish Tree

You can help bring Christmas to life for the youth and seniors in need within our community. It’s as easy as plucking a tag off the Wish Tree in Southgate Mall, fulfilling the wishes on the tag, and returning the unwrapped gifts to the tree by December 18. If you want to give yourself some extra buying time, tags are available beginning on November 23. For more information and business hours visit ShopSouthgate.com

Re-CYCLE!

Winter days are a great time to take inventory of what we use and what we haven’t used in a long time. Do you have an old bike or spare bike parts that you have been meaning to part with? The time has come! Missoula Free Cycles is always in need of parts and tools. Donations of old clothes are also good for cutting up into rags and more. Plus, donating these items keeps them out of the landfill! With Missoula being on the list of top ten cycling destinations within the United States, there is great opportunity to see the positive impact that bikes have on our local businesses and roadways. Financial contributions are also appreciated to keep Missoula the biking city that it is! To view the current wish list, visit FreeCycles.org

Hanukkah Package

Renowned celebrity Chef Jenn Louis will be visiting The Resort at Paws Up for a unique Hanukkah celebration full of feasts, fun, and festivities. Enjoy traditional Jewish cooking and a Cookbook Live event, where Jenn will demonstrate dishes from her popular cookbook Pasta by Hand. In addition to hosting family-friendly cooking demos, she’ll be creating evening feasts and leading fun holiday activities. From carefully crafted dishes to snow tubing to the awe of natural wonders, this event is not to be missed. To book your stay, please visit PawsUp.com

Christmas at RiverView Ranch

There’s so much to romanticize over during Montana winters. Firewood crackling, the way the moon lights up the lake, the wind whispering through the pine trees—it’s a winter wonderland. RiverView Ranch has the right activities and the right accommodations suitable for this time of year. There is fun to be had aboard a horse-drawn carriage, snowmobile tours, and snow sports, and plenty of relaxation through a full-service spa. Go ahead, treat yourself to Christmas at the ranch! Call 406.382.9020 or visit RiverViewRanch.com

Growing our Tech Community

An announcement was made for the plan of a Tech and Innovation Campus coming to the Old Sawmill District. The plans position it to be an innovation and professional office space for Missoula’s growing tech community. ATG (Cognizant) is moving into the Old Sawmill District this season and others are expected to follow. The area extends from Cambium Place across Wyoming street and provides an opportunity to construct several buildings incrementally or simultaneously for a nominal cost for 160,000 to 200,000 square feet of commercial space with underground parking. The campus area is expected to support more than 1,000 employees, retail, food, and beverage, and outdoor common gathering spaces. Visit, OldSawmillDistrict.com for more information. 

Wanted: Writers

Do you have a degree in English or journalism? Are you a natural storyteller who loves the Missoula community? Missoula Valley Lifestyle is looking for you! We are currently searching for more passionate freelancers to write intriguing, thoughtful stories about businesses, people, and events. Please send a sample of your writing to Chelsea.Agro@LifestylePubs.com. 

DIY Holiday Wreath Workshop

Join Melissa Lafontaine of Earth Within Flowers in a guided DIY harvest wreath workshop on Thursday, December 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. Weave together a beautiful, winter-inspired wreath for your home in this informative workshop. Learn how to incorporate local winter foliage and locally sourced dried flowers and herbs into a circle that represents the gifts of 2018 with hopes of an abundant new year. As you create, Melissa will begin the conversation on the many cultural uses of adorning the home and front door with flowers and foliage. Visit EarthWithin.com for location of event. 

White Christmas at U of M

Ring in a festive month with this enchanting holiday confection. Based on the classic 1954 film of the same name, this show tells the story of two World War II veterans who have a successful song-and-dance act when they meet a pair of singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at the Columbia Inn in Vermont. The Inn, owned by the soldiers’ former general, is in dire straits: no snow means no guests. Find out how the story ends on Saturday, December 1, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $20 for general public, $16 for seniors (60+) and students, and $10 for children 12 and under. Visit UMT.edu for more information.