January 2020 Around Town

Missoula Wedding Fair Congratulations, you’re engaged! If you’re planning a wedding, the Missoula Wedding Fair is a one-stop shop to calm all your nerves about finding the right fit for you and your soon-to-be husband or wife. Browse dozens of vendors in every avenue of the wedding world and see what calls out to your … Continued

December 2019 Around Town

Denim & Diamonds Beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, the 7th annual Denim & Diamonds gala takes off! Indulge in an evening of dinner, drinks, socializing, karaoke, dancing, and more as we come together to raise money for two deserving local nonprofits. All proceeds from this year’s event will benefit MOR4Kids and … Continued

November 2019 Around Town

Missoula Children’s Theatre: Act Up! Did you know that the Missoula Children’s Theatre is excited to host your student onstage and in the audience for a season of spectacular productions and classes? Production classes will explore the 100 Acre Woods of Disney’s Winnie the Pooh, the Wildwoods of MCT’s Hansel and Gretel, the Kingdom of … Continued

October 2019 Around Town

Happy Publication Day, Ednor! Ednor Therriault’s newest book, “Seven Montanas: A Journey in Search of the Soul of the Treasure State” releases this month. Through interviews, photos, history, and personal observations, Ednor profiles each region and in the process gives a more complete view of the state as a whole. He’s spent more than 20 years … Continued

September 2019 Around Town

Prairie Sisters Vintage Market The Prairie Sisters Vintage Market has been a staple in our Missoula community for almost a decade, inviting us to browse the hard-to-resist treasures of all things home and beauty. On Saturday, September 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, shop local businesses for … Continued

August 2019 Around Town

Tell Us Something! Youth Edition Monday, August 5 through Friday, August 9 between the hours of 1 and 4 p.m., Missoula’s expert story curator Marc Moss will guide youth campers in putting on their own Tell Us Something event. Campers will select a theme for their Tell Us Something event, do stage prep, and workshop … Continued

July 2019 Around Town

Northwest Margarita Fest On Saturday, July 13, Caras Park will be salted at the rim! Don’t miss out on the first-ever Northwest Margarita Fest where you’ll indulge in the sweet nectar of tequila and mezcal from all across Latin America. Throughout the day you can vote on your favorite margarita designed from local Montana watering … Continued

June 2019 Around Town

Community Discovery Day On Saturday, June 1 this 4-hour class will introduce you to the basics of fly fishing and naturalist knowledge to successfully explore the sport. Casting, trouble-shooting, knot tying, and information about the fish and insects will provide a rich learning experience. Instructor and fly fisherwoman Erin Geiges will keep you moving with … Continued

May 2019 Around Town

Little Dipper Trail Run Get ready to shake loose the last of winter with the return of the Little Dipper Trail Run on Saturday, May 18 at Ten Spoon Vineyard + Winery on Rattlesnake Drive. The Missoula Parks and Recreation MORE Program, Big Dipper Ice Cream, Run Wild Missoula, and Missoula Parks and Recreation have … Continued

April 2019 Around Town

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 … Continued

March 2019 Around Town

Hello, from Elevate Missoula! Hey, Missoula! I’m Doctor David Hardin, owner of Elevating Health Chiropractic. I have had the honor of serving this country in the U.S. military, and for the past 11 years I have had the privilege of serving my community as a chiropractor. Five of those years were right here in Missoula … Continued

February 2019 Around Town

Heart Throb 5K Do you love your heart and love your sweetie? Do you love to run in red outfits? If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these, then you need to be at the Heart Throb 5K. Beat the winter doldrums and get your heart beating with a fun, mid-winter 5K for American Heart Month. … Continued

January 2019 Around Town

Harold Schlotzhauer: Living in a Good Dream Harold Schlotzhauer is an accomplished artist of 50 years. His exhibition, running through February 9, highlights a diverse array of works from the late 1960s to present, showcasing the continual progression of his unique vision of abstraction. Throughout the course of his career, Schlotzhauer has worked to refine … Continued

December 2018 Around Town

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 … Continued

November 2018 Around Town

Angel Flight Pilots Needed Are you a pilot who wants to give back? Angel Flight West is looking for you!  This nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization arranges free, non-emergency air travel for children and adults who have serious medical conditions or other compelling needs. Currently, there is a network of more than 1,400 pilots throughout the 13 states who donate their aircraft, … Continued

October 2018 Around Town

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 … Continued

September 2018 Around Town

The Griz Are Back The season opener against the University of Northern Iowa Panthers kicks off at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 1 at Washington-Grizzly Stadium. Get your (season) tickets at GrizTix.com. Did you know that the Northern Iowa Panthers last visited Missoula at the 2011 FCS Playoffs? The Griz beat them 48-10. Later in the month, … Continued

August 2018 Around Town

Chicks N Chaps Want to get a little dirt on your boots? Get ready to have a good country time all while raising money to benefit local individuals and families who are impacted by breast cancer on Friday, August 10 at the Missoula County Fairgrounds. This yearly event is best known for its immediate camaraderie and belly-aching laughter … Continued

July 2018 Around Town

MAM Welcomes New Art Ed Team The Missoula Art Museum recently welcomed two new faces to its Art Education team. Kay Grissom-Kiely comes to MAM as the Curator of Education to lead the educational vision for the museum, and Jenny Bevill takes on the position of educator/coordinator. “Jenny and I are a dynamic duo in museum … Continued

June 2018 Around Town

The BIG Event Big Brothers Big Sisters of Missoula is hosting their annual spring fundraiser, The Big Event, on Friday, June 8. The Big Event is, well, big in every way! All proceeds from the event will stay in Missoula and go to Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program and allow them to match “littles” … Continued

May 2018 Around Town

May Is Marvel-ous There is much to marvel at during the month of May, and the Roxy Theater is giving us another reason to do so: a Marvel movie marathon. This month, the Roxy will be screening a few of our favorite Marvel superhero movies: Iron Man, The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: … Continued

April 2018 Around Town

Did you know that April is Child Abuse Prevention Month? Let's band together to acknowledge the importance of how families and communities work together to prevent child abuse of any form. The Parenting Place and CASA of Missoula work tirelessly alongside many businesses and organizations within our community to highlight this month as a time to promote the social and…

March 2018 Around Town

A warm welcome to the start of daylight saving time! The clocks will spring forward on Sunday, March 11 at 2 a.m., robbing us of an hour of sleep but rewarding us with more daylight than we know what to do with. Happy Spring, everyone!

February 2018 Around Town

Don't miss your chance to see this American treasure, brilliantly penned by Ernest Thompson. The Academy Award-winning movie, starring Henry and Jane Fonda and Katharine Hepburn, was released in 1981 and is now on stage at our very own Montana Repertory Theatre. This tale is one of family and how they pull apart and then find each other again. A truly touching story that resonates with anyone in…

January 2018 Around Town

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…

December 2017 Around Town

Don't forget that one of our local ski and paddle shops, LB Snow, 802 W. Spruce St., offers a range of services that will get your board or skis ready for the season. A few services they offer are: Full Tune (base grind, edge sharpen, polish, hot wax), Skin Re-Glue, Ski Mount, Base Weld, and Edge Replacement. Also, ask about…

November 2017 Around Town

Love the farmhouse style of Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV's Fixer Upper but can't exactly make the trip to Waco for your favorite household items? Worry not, a new line was created exclusively for Target with Magnolia, a home and lifestyle brand. Joanna describes the items customers can expect: tabletop items, home decor, and giftables. Their inspiration for this…

October 2017 Around Town

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…

September 2017 Around Town

One of Zootown's own made the cover of the Spring 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Orthodontic Society. Congratulations, Dr. Susan B. Tiede! Dr. Tiede is a pediatric dentist who opened Missoula Pediatric Dentistry in 2004. She completed her undergraduate degree in biology at St. Louis University and attended dental school at Creighton University, after which time she…

August 2017 Around Town

Rub elbows with chef and author Mindy Segal and have a s'more, or two or three. Thursday, August 10—National S'mores Day—kicks off a weeklong celebration of all things chocolate, graham cracker, marshmallow and more at The Resort at Paws Up. In traditional glamping style, participants will honor the ooey-gooey deliciousness of this famous campfire treat alongside Mindy Segal, who will…

July 2017 Around Town

Author Gary Ferguson will be presenting, reading, and signing his new book Land on Fire at Fact & Fiction, 220 N. Higgins Ave., on Saturday, July 1 at 3 p.m. Ever wonder about how we can get along better with fire and harness its healing power without unleashing unchecked destruction? Gary explores the research to answer this question and in…

June 2017 Around Town

MovieMaker magazine thinks big of the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. It was selected as one of the “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” for the second time in four years. The list, created annually to help guide filmmakers contemplating their festival strategy, spotlights the benefits of screening at festivals outside the mainstream festival circuit. Great work, BSDFF!

May 2017 Around Town

Radius Gallery, 114 E. Main, showcases the skills and sensibilities of contemporary artists and creates an energetic forum for discussing art and its vitality in the world today, and the community is invited to stop by the gallery for its second annual Ceramics Invitational, a show of all ceramics that features more than 50 jaw-dropping functional and sculptural clay artworks…

April 2017 Around Town

Missoula’s oldest footrace is back for its 45th year! The 2017 Riverbank Run will be held Saturday, April 29. With four race options (1 Mile, 5K, 10K, or the Trifecta) to choose from, there’s something for everyone. Join our community as we wind through historic downtown Missoula and the beautiful University of Montana campus. All races begin at Higgins and…

March 2017 Around Town

With spring right around the corner maybe it's time for some spring cleaning or redecorating. Maybe it's time to declutter and dress up your walls. The most innovative and user-friendly wall decor system ever created, Vänt wall panels are the leading trend in fine living. They're versatile and available in different sizes and styles to suit any need. Browse dozens…

February 2017 Around Town

The color most associated with energy, passion, and action—red—sits at the heart of the American Heart Association's "Go Red for Women" campaign, and this year's event promises even more of all three. Go red with the women (and the men) who are dedicated to the fight against heart disease in women at the annual Missoula "Go Red for Women" luncheon…

January 2017 Around Town

Elouise Cobell, the namesake of UM’s Elouise Cobell Land and Culture Institute located at the Payne Family Native American Center, was named one of 21 recipients of the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor that is presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to…

December 2016 Around Town

The hors d'oeuvres—Swedish fish and Goldfish crackers—at the launch party for artist and author Jayne Piazza's book Fish Line Rhymes were as clever as the rhymes found within the pages of her darling book. The book, a re-imagining of our favorite nursery rhymes, features her off-the-hook musings on all things fishy like the one about “Little Blues Boy, Come Tuna…

November 2016 Around Town

The hors d’oeuvres at the launch for artist and author Jayne Piazza’s book Fish Line Rhymes—Swedish fish and goldfish—were as clever as the rhymes found in the pages of her darling book. The book features her off-the-hook musings on all things fishy like the one about “Little Blues Boy, Come Tuna Guitar” and their accompanying illustrations, the result of “bleaching,”…

October 2016 Around Town

After seeing a surge in customers looking to experience the tasty health benefits of bison, Bitterroot Bison Co. has come up with new ways to offer their grass-fed, humane-certified and all-natural meat to the public by offering catering services. They have been traveling to events throughout Idaho, Montana, and Washington serving up delicious bison—burgers, tacos, chili, and much more. The…

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Be the best by hanging out with the best. Team Red, White and Blue is a veteran group that seeks to enrich the lives of U.S. veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. Team RWB Missoula, our local chapter, meets for weekly hikes and other activities. For a schedule of upcoming events, visit Team RWB…

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Traverse the pristine trails at The Resort at Paws Up with your love pup(s) for the eighth annual Canine Classic, a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Western Montana, on Sunday, September 25. This event is a run/hike for people and their canine companions, and participants can choose from a chip-timed half marathon or five-mile course, or take in the…

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Summer is a great time to head over to the Resort at Paws Up for its Wilderness Workshops, of which there are plenty this summer. During the weeks of July 10-16 and August 7-13, learn about the old ways of the great outdoors from an honest-to-goodness mountain man, Gary Steele. At his self-built camp, guests will get hands-on instruction in…

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At the heart of our spectacular city is the Gibson Mansion Bed and Breakfast, 823 39th St. We’ve long known of its charming luxurious accommodations, delicious breakfasts, and warm hospitality. And it’s been getting some attention, even from an international luxury travel blog. First, the website OnlyInYourState.com listed the Gibson Mansion as one of 10 bed and breakfasts in Montana…

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Emilie LeBel, assistant professor of composition at the University of Montana's School of Music, became the first woman to win the Land’s End Ensemble’s Composer Competition. She won with her piece “Oranda,” and will receive a $1,500 commissioning prize after composing a new piece for a piano trio that will be premiered next season by the Land’s End Ensemble.

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Ty Robinson, a Missoula resident since 1935, was honored by the Montana Council, Boy Scouts of America with Montana's first Distinguished Centenarian Eagle Scout award during the recent Mullan Trail District Investment in Character and Leadership Breakfast in Missoula. This year marks the 106th birthday of the Boy Scouts of America, and the 100-year-old Robinson joked that he and Scouting…

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Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (BHA), a nonprofit organization that seeks to preserve North America's outdoor heritage of hunting and fishing through public education and advocacy, will be having its fifth annual national Rendezvous on April 1-3 in downtown Missoula at the Holiday Inn Downtown, 200 S. Pattee. The event, which attracts backcountry sportsmen and -women from across the country, features…

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Josh Gilligan, son of Jim and Julie Gilligan of Missoula, was trying to play it cool when his soon-to-be fiancée Rachel Bradford, daughter of Bob and Karee Bradford of Billings, scanned his pockets for a certain size box last October. They were at Canyon Ferry Lake on their way to a familiar bench overlooking the shore, the sweet spot where…

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Open auditions for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged will be held Sunday, January 24 at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. Adams St. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged is a madcap production that condenses the great works of the English-speaking world's greatest playwright into irreverent and hilarious micro-performances at breakneck speed. The show…

December 2015 Around Town

At Missoula Valley Lifestyle, our goal is to share the best that our community has to offer as well as news about our neighbors. Do you have wedding or engagement news to share? Do you know an outstanding educator or student we should spotlight? Is there a great new restaurant in town that everyone needs to know about? Please let…