Fun at a Hearts Afire Pottery workshop!

Participants of the stoneware workshop got to experiment with reactive, specialty glazes on pieces that were made from high fire stoneware clay. Photography Open Lens by Pamela

Holiday Open House at Fort Missoula!

The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula celebrated the "Return of the Light" at their annual holiday exhibit extravaganza. There were games, crafts, and fun activities for all ages and a visit from Santa! Photography Open Lens by Pamela

Happiness Gold Mine!

Many members of the RCKN Outdoor Sisterhood gathered on a joyous trip known as the Happiness Gold Mine Fall Retreat. These ladies enjoyed ATV excursions, kayaking, hiking, and seasonal projects by the fire. Photography Open Lens by Pamela

Missoula loves their pets!

Exhibitors, participants, and the pet-loving community made for another successful Petfest. This annual event promotes responsible pet ownership with education through entertainment. Photography Chelsea Lyn Agro

Pet Picnic!

Denny Menholt University Honda sponsored the annual Pet Picnic at the Humane Society of Western Montana. Dozens of HSWM alumni reunited with their loving families and all enjoyed aerial arts and food truck cuisine. Photography Chelsea Lyn Agro

Communicating with Animals

Inner Peace Reiki held an animal Reiki class for Reiki practitioners, led by Jane Sparks—a certified teacher through the Shelter Animal Reiki Association. Photography Neil Chaput de Saintonge of Rocky Mountain School of Photography

Bar(re)’s Open for Business

Barre 406 celebrated their grand opening at 2404 Washburn Avenue with their first class led by Barretender Neiman. A fueling mix of ballet, dance, pilates, yoga, and functional training. What could be more fun for staying fit? Photography Mary Kanter

Missoula Strong

Positive vibes came from all Missoulians in support of wounded Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer during the 301 Strong Benefit that took place at Neptune Aviation. Businesses, community members, and fellow police officers band together to raise funds for Wade's family while he recovers from his injuries. Welcome back home, Wade! Photography Mike Tucker

Thank you, Volunteers!

The Missoula Aging Services' 2019 Volunteer Recognition Party was full of smiles, laughs, and entertainment, all while celebrating generosity, friendships, and time well spent. Photography Missoula Aging Services

The Women’s Fair!

The University of Montana Ballroom was home to shopping, entertainment, makeovers, massages, and more as exhibitors, non-profits, and sponsors came together to celebrate the women of Missoula. Photography Amy Donovan Photography

Sweetheart Dance

Fathers and daughters boogied the night away at the YMCA's Sweetheart Dance. Photography Kat Franchino

Sip & Create: Chunky Blanket Workshop

Nothing makes the winter warmer than crafting soft blankets with community members! Attendees wove colorful throws for any cuddly occasion, and sipped on their favorite drink throughout. Photography Amy Donovan Photography

Tea Party at Old Flynn Ranch

Delicate, dainty, and delicious! Old Flynn Ranch served numerous guests who gathered for tea and homemade goods. All proceeds from the Tea Party went to the historical preservation of the ranch. Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish

A Wild Night for Wildlife

Missoula Ladies Night Out hosted a night of laughter, prizes, and camaraderie at the Barn on Mullan in an effort to join like-minded ladies who care about wildlife and the outdoors. Dinner, games, drawings, live and silent auctions raised funds that directly support the Rocky Mountain Elf Foundation. Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish 

Love birds wed at White Raven

Congratulations to Melanie and Blake, who said "I do" to happily ever after! Local event planner Champagne + Linen and local florist Melissa Lafontaine of Earth Within Flowers provided the perfect backdrop for a new love story to unfold into forever at White Raven Venue and Retreat. Photography Bianca Sciotto Photography

The Grateful Glass

Western Cider made donations to the Montana Film Festival thanks to community members who purchased cider on special fundraising days. Emergent talent was celebrated by raising a glass, raising awareness, and raising money for the yearly event that enriches festival goers through the art and craft of independent narrative film. Photography Amy Donovan Photography

Know Your Roots!

Downtown Missoula vibrated with the energy of the River City Roots Festival as Missoulians enjoyed live music performances, a fine art show, and fresh eats from local food vendors. This free festival continues to be a major must-see for our community and visitors alike. Photography Chelsea Lyn Agro

Still Shopping at 60

Trempers Shopping Center, Missoula's only locally owned mall, celebrated 60 years of business with live music, ice cream, hot dogs, and 60 gift card giveaways. Happy Anniversary, Trempers! Photography Chelsea Lyn Agro

A big heart goes a long way

Katy Davis, devoted supporter for those fighting cancer, raised over $30,000 for Relay for Life within her ten years of involvement within the organization. A community birthday party celebration was held to honor her friends and family who were lost to cancer and to celebrate survivors at the Missoula County Fairgrounds. Photography provided by Katy Davis.

Play the Part

What You Need to Create Unique Play Areas Perfect for Your Kiddos’ Unique Interests Nicolette Martin What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a question we were all asked as kids—one that was so innocently answered with whatever our obsession of the week was. Maybe today your child wants to be … Continued

Here’s the Glitch

The Wilma was buzzing with young energy when Glitch Mob with Elohim and Anomalie played a live performance as part of their See Without Eyes tour. Photography Neubauer Media & LogJam Presents

Hero in the Air

Dr. Peter Rork was the recipient of the 2018 Ken Shughart Award, given by the Humane Society of Western Montana, for his selfless love and dedication to saving the lives of homeless animals by flying them to new beginnings. Thank you, Peter, for flying nearly 10,000 dogs to safety! Photography Chelsea Lyn Agro

Together, We Rise

Women gathered at Western Cider on International Women’s Day to celebrate the launch of Wild Rising Girls, a feminine wisdom educational program for girls. There were flower crown and arrangement stations, ethical chocolates and feminine history with the Jeanneatte Rankin Peace Center, and fun word collages through the affirmation station with Turning the Wheel Missoula. … Continued

A Meal for the Heart

The 2018 Go Red for Women luncheon was a striking success dressed in red. Our community gathered to support the American Heart Association's aim to advocate for more research and swifter action for women's heart health. Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish

Glam It Up

As a fundraiser for the University of Montana Griz Cheer squad, competitors kicked and tumbled before hundreds of spectators at the 2018 Griz Glam Jam in the Adams Center. Way to go, girls! Photography Toni Malek

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

The first annual Western Montana Winter Fair was a grand success as it brought together many existing traditions. The event helped fundraise for local nonprofits while raising awareness and donations. Locals indulged in holiday shopping, carriage rides, hands-on crafting, ice sport demonstrations, and the holiday tree sale. Photography Chelsea Lyn Agro

Wishes Do Come True

Henry Becker got his wish, thanks to Make-A-Wish Montana. The wish reveal was a fun affair, filled with gratitude, friends and family, happy tears, and pizza. Initially, his wish was to take a trip, which he soon realized would end. A tree house, however, could be the site of many adventures he, his siblings Lydia and Liam, and friends could take. He wished for—and…

Fall Family Fest at the Fort

It was a day for face painting, fall-inspired activities, and education at the 17th annual Fall Family Fest and Kaboom! Families learned how to press cider and play new games, all while enjoying the company of our community. A dollar donation was suggested to benefit youth recreation programming. Photography Chelsea Lyn Agro

The Y Turns 50 and Looks Great

Happy birthday, dear Missoula Y! The Missoula YMCA celebrated 50 years of putting Christian principles into practice through programs 
that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all with a party featuring music by the Whizpops, food trucks, and activities for kids and the 
kids at heart. Photography Kat Franchino

Keeping It Wild

Montana Wilderness Association's WildFest had nearly 100 volunteers and was celebrated through hilarious tales of time spent in the 
wilderness, handy tricks when preparing for a packing trip, and the chance to get up, close, and personal with animals found within our sacred woods. It was reason enough to play, learn, and love our great outdoors! Photography Micki Long

Happily Ever Hixon!

After five years of dating, Kelly Nelson and Brian Hixon celebrated the beginning of their forever as husband and wife at the Missoula Winery and Event Center. Together with their friends and families, the happy couple arranged their own flowers, visited favorite spots around town, and recuperated at brunch following their big day. Photography ETB Travel Photography

Symphonic Cirque

It was a magical evening at the first collaboration of the Missoula Symphony Association and MASC Artisans. Musicians performed works set to choreography featuring the movement arts of aerial, acrobatics, dance, flow, and fire. Let's hope this is the first of many collaborations! 
Photography Meredith Britt-Z&L Media

Our Pets Are the Best

The 12th annual Pet Fest transformed the Missoula Fairgrounds into an adventureland for our four-legged besties, and their humans were entertained by and educated about the wonderful world of pets. Proceeds from the event were distributed to organizations working to help our furry friends find forever homes. Photography Linda Baumann

Revving It Up for Camp-Mak-A-Dream

Car enthusiasts gathered for a good cause: Camp Mak-A-Dream. The fourth annual Benefit Car Show at Fort Missoula, sponsored in part by Montana Rail Link and Garden City Rods & Customs Car Club, brought out the best sets of wheels this side of the Divide to raise funds for the non-profit that provides cost-free Montana experiences to those affected by…

Another Trip Around the Sun

Grizzly Harley-Davidson celebrated their fifth year of business serving the Missoula community and beyond with a biker rodeo, mini-bike 
races, good grub and drinks by UpNSmokin BBQ and the Badlander, and music by the Blue Collar Band. Congratulations, Grizzly HD! 
Photography Denise Russell

A Wheel of a Good Time

Stevensville—the place where Montana began!—was home to the second annual Montana Bike Celebration and Bike & Brew where community members from Missoula to Hamilton biked, swam, ate, and enjoyed lots of biker discounts in support of safe and public use of the Bitterroot Trail. 
Photography Chelsea Lyn Drake

What’s (S)UP?

A crazy good time in a crazy mountain town was had at the fifth annual Windermere SUP Cup, a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) competition on the Clark Fork River. Spectators got a show of elite and recreational paddleboarders as well as enjoyed a Montana luau. The event was hosted by Windermere Real Estate, and proceeds go to the Missoula Food Bank's…

Happy Birthday, America!

The 41st annual Fourth of July Celebration and Pancake Breakfast at Fort Missoula was packed with activities to commemorate America's birthday. Kids and adults learned about Montana and U.S. history, played games, took wagon rides, pet animals, explored model trains and ham radios, watched demos, and so much more, all to a soundtrack provided by the Craicers, McKay and Hospkins,…


NamasDay of Yoga was the first of its kind in big sky country. What set this yoga festival apart was its dedication to our community: Only local instructors taught, bringing participants fresh and imaginative yoga. The day's schedule represented the diverse world of today's yoga and gave Missoula an experience as unique as itself. Photography Matthew Roberts

A Ball of Fun

Missoula's first Knockerball competition was a—dare we say it—"ball" of fun! The competition was held at Loyola Sacred Heart's Field as a fundraiser for a December event called KYSSMAS, where underprivileged children and their families can benefit with getting some things they need. Photography Tan Curtis

Dog’s Day Out at The Ranch Club

The dog days of summer don't get much better when you're four-legged, with your family, diving into a pond full of toys and flying through an agility course. Dogs and their owners indulged in a day all their own at The Ranch Club and all proceeds went to shelter pets. 
Photography Sitka Tran, Humane Society of Western Montana

‘Rumour’ Has It: We Appreciate Our Customers

Western Rockies Radio, home to The Ranch 107.1/97.9 and The Ride 94.3, and Missoula Valley Lifestyle celebrated the customers who help keep the music blasting and the pages turning at their annual Customer Appreciation Party at Rumour Restaurant. Advertisers and their guests dined, drank, and went home with prizes, thanks to the many companies who support these two local media…

Missoula Welcomes the Art Park

Our community gathered in celebration of the arts and Earth Day at the opening dedication of the Missoula Art Park. Functioning as an outdoor gallery, the Art Park's inaugural exhibition By the Bike features artworks made with or inspired by bicycles in honor of MAM's partnership with Adventure Cycling and the City of Missoula. Photography Slikati Photo + Video

A Platinum Affair

The Human Society of Western Montana celebrated the humanitarian heroes of our community over the last 20 years with the Platinum Ken Shughart Humanitarian Award. This year's banquet was a platinum affair, featuring cocktails, fine dining, auctions, and music by special guest Charla Bauman. Photography Jeffrey Neubauer Media

Film Fest Fun for the Kid in All of Us

The seventh annual Montana International Children's Film Festival screened an amazing collection of films from 17 countries for kids and the kid in all of us. Photography Christy Ann Brown/Project Dendrite

Hooked for Spring

Community members went to Grizzly Hackle this winter for free beer, food, and fly-tying equipment to get geared up for springtime fishing. Want to join in on the fun? Mark your calendars to check out Grizzly Hackle this fall. Photography Charene Herrera and Radd Icenoggle

Dance Fever

Our local celebrities donned their dancing shoes and shimmied their way across the MCT Center for the Performing Arts stage as they vied for the title of Season 2 winner of Dancing with the Missoula Stars, a fundraiser for the Downtown Dance Collective. But there could be only one winner: Shannon Flanagan of Flanagan Motors and his pro, Joy French.…

Painting with a Purpose

It was a successful evening of painting and spreading some cheer all in the name of raising funds and increasing awareness for CASA of Missoula, a non-profit dedicated to providing independent, trained volunteers to advocate in the best interests of children in the judicial system who are at substantial risk of or have experienced abuse or neglect. Photography Painting with…

Color for a Cause

Missoula Brewing Company donated fifty cents for every pint sold to the Humane Society of Western Montana. Attendees enjoyed free coloring, great food options, and tasty beers while helping our neighborhood pets. Photography Chelsea Lyn Drake

Winter Break

The cold didn't stop the fun. In fact, it invited it! Community members frolicked in the snow and participated in winter games at The Ranch Club's annual Winter Fest, a fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis and Meals on Wheels. 
Photography Charene Herrera and Cindi Willy