24th Annual Cowboy Ball

Guests at the Grizzly Rodeo's event, which raises funds for the UM Rodeo Team, dined on prime rib, bid on silent and live auction items, and danced to the two-steppin' sounds of the Shane Clouse Band. Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish

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…

A Spirit to Volunteer

Patricia Zapp got her first surprise party this year. It was for her 90th birthday. This day celebrated not just her birth but also the giving spirit and tireless community involvement of a woman who has been an asset to Missoula since she settled here in 1992. And what a party it was! A written proclamation was issued announcing that…

Creating Your Own Family

With a family the size of a small compact car, I often use the term "family" to describe my friends. My lineage is a long thin vine, rather than a large leafy tree, due to circumstances and odds that would win the lottery, if played. My mom was an only child. My dad was an only. Both of my paternal…

Seeing 
Turquoise

Ten Thousand Villages’ mission is to create opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term fair trading relationships. To learn more, visit TenThousandVillages.com.

The Stories That Bind Us

To tell your story, record a pitch at 406.203.4683. You can learn more and listen to past events by visiting TellUsSomething.org. Immigrant parents. Beauty pageants and bar scenes. Camping with black bears. Car crashes and whitewater rapids. Falling in love. Falling out of love. Heart-rending tales of loss and heart-bursting tales of joy.

Pair It With a Present

For more wine recommendations and ideas for holiday gifts for wine lovers, visit WineGuyMike.com or feel free to email questions to Mike@WineGuyMike.com. The holiday season is in full swing—Christmas music plays in stores and decorations dot the city—and that means shopping. It can be a dreaded task for some, but if you’ve got wine lovers in your midst, this article…

Through the Fire

A sign at the Bluebird Café in Nashville reads, “It takes years to become an overnight success.” Native Missoulian and singer-songwriter Shane Clouse read it every time he threw his name into the hat at “Writers in the Round” nights. “I was scared but I knew I had to push myself to get better,” he says, “and this was the…

Financial Literacy in the Classroom

Develop the skills to successfully manage your finances for today and tomorrow. First Security Bank’s Financial Foundations/EverFi program is free to EVERYONE. The program uses cutting-edge technology that incorporates video, animations, gaming and social networking to teach financial concepts. The mobile- and tablet-friendly platform is available in English and Spanish and features 10-minute learning modules that cover topics such as…

The reason for the season.

My father has been walking around the Bitterroot and Missoula valleys with his Santa’s hat since November 4. He loves Christmastime. Our home during the holidays used to smell of egg nog and evergreen. There was never a fake tree in our house. Then we didn’t live in the same house, or even the same state or country for a…