Used Outdoor Gear Sale

Gently used, thoroughly loved—whatever the case may be, you might find your next piece of adventure gear on Wednesday, April 10, between 12 and 5 p.m. at the UC Atrium at U of M. Have gear to sell? Drop it off between 7 and 11 a.m. (and be aware that the Outdoor Program collects 20 percent of the selling price). It’s the perfect time to start thinking about summer fun! Call 406.243.5172 or visit UMT.edu/Outdoor for more information. 

Bacon & Brew Fest

Friday, April 26, is a date for the calendar. Can you smell the bacon sizzling? Can you taste the local brew? We sure can! This much loved event is back, between 4 and 9 p.m. at Caras Park. Enjoy sips and sights and live music from 406 and The Tom Cats. For more details, please follow “8th Annual Bacon & Brew Fest” on Facebook.

Public Planetarium Show Series

April is here and we’re so excited to have a world of wonder at our feet. The Payne Family Native American Center at the University of Montana is offering a 12-show series starting on Friday, April 5. During each public program they will take you on a tour of the current night skies of Missoula, pointing out noteworthy objects, constellations, planets, or upcoming events visible in the night sky. The show will then shift to an engaging topic chosen by that evening’s presenter.

Shows are on Friday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. or 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. U of M’s planetarium is housed in the Star Gazing Room in the basement of the Payne Family Native American Center. Attendees should plan to arrive 10 minutes before the beginning of the show to check in. The planetarium entrance will be locked after the show begins.

Tickets are $6 (adults) and $4 (children 12 and under). Shows often sell out in advance. Purchase tickets using the links found beneath each show date. Tickets are not sold at the door. 

If you have any questions, call 406-243-2073 or email planetarium@umontana.edu.

The schedule is:

March 8 – Chris Totzauer: “The Sun-Earth Connection: Space Weather and Solar Storms”
6 pm; 7:30 pm

March 22 – Diane Friend: “Starstruck: How the Activity and Evolution of Stars Affect the Planets”
6 pm ; 7:30 pm

April 5 – Mark Reiser: “Moving through Time and Space”
6 pm; 7:30 pm

April 19th – Nate McCrady: “Lookback Time and our Evolving Universe”
6 pm ; 7:30 pm

May 3 – Eric Dennison: “Stellar Orientation: Knowing When and Where You Are Using the Stars”
6 pm; 7:30 pm

Healthy Kids Day

Celebrate family fitness, fun, and healthy living with the Missoula YMCA! This free event includes family-friendly activities, bounce house, community partner booths, and more. Plus, it’s the last day to receive summer camp registration discounts. Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Missoula YMCA and there is no cost for admission!

A Journey to the Pacific

The University of Montana’s Pacific Islanders Club is hosting the first annual Lū’au, “He Huaka’i i ka Pākīpika.” The lū’au will be held at the Missoula Children’s Theatre on Sunday, April 14, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. He Huaka’i i ka Pākīpika translates to, “A Journey to the Pacific,” and this lū’au will serve as a celebration of pacific island cultures and an educational event for the community to learn about the culture, history, language, art, and dance. Your support of this event will help the Pacific Islanders Club continue its free hula classes every Sunday during the Fall and Spring semesters, adding an additional free hula class to be taught during the week. All ticket prices include an all-you-can-eat buffet and an authentic lū’au presentation that you’ll enjoy. If you have any questions in regard to the lū’au, please feel free to contact the Lū’au Coordinator, Isaac La’a, at uofmpic@mso.umt.edu or 406.243.2636.

Intro to Triple Step Swing

Have you been wanting to bust some moves to almost any type of music? Here’s your chance! Class begins Tuesday, March 3, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at 1008 Burlington Avenue Suite D. By the end of this 7.5 hour 6-week class you can learn how to turn some heads on the dance floor. Class cost is $75 per person. Singles and couples are welcome. Singles are asked to call first. Only suede sole dance shoes or socks are welcome on the studio floor. (We will be skipping the last week of March). For more information, please contact Martha Jane at 406.640.3262.