The 12 days of Christmas.

The holiday carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas” has been on repeat in my head since I started watching yuletide movies in August. Should I say I’m sorry in advance for its now being in yours? Please accept my apologies. I did a fairly lengthy (that’s an exaggeration) Google search trying to discern its origins. The first story I came…

Our honest neighbor, John.

As you know, Missoula Valley Lifestyle magazine is a way for us to show that we are a strong, vibrant, positive, and honest community that works and lives together. With that, I'd like to share something that happened to me recently that makes me proud to call Missoula my home.

Homecoming: A Grizzly Affair

Alumni from near and far returned to the UM campus to take part in the 2016 homecoming activities, including the parade, tailgate, and football game, where the Griz cruised to a 42-20 victory over the Southern Utah Thunderbirds. 
Photography Kim Cowan and Mike Tucker

Literary Talent Beneath the Big Sky

This year's Montana Book Festival offered readings, author signings, panels, workshops, a youth festival, special events, exhibits, and a bookfair. Thanks to several organizations, the festival was able to feature standout events for five days and six nights at a variety of exciting venues. Photography Chris La Tray

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…

Bridging Uncertainity

Child Bridge, a nonprofit founded by Mary and Steve Bryan in 2011, recently opened an office in Missoula and its team of professionals include staff with theological and human services backgrounds. The organization recruits prospective foster/adoptive parents through churches, which they’ve found are uniquely poised to mobilize volunteers because of the shared value systems, regular gatherings, and sense of community,…

Faith in Action

To start, MIC stepped in to help with simple things like better coordination of food drive efforts to try to keep donations coming year-round, instead of seasonally. Then they started building their programming as it exists today.

A Three-for-One Show

Art is always unique, frequently original, and occasionally affordable except when Radius Gallery curates its annual Holiday Show, in which case you get a 3-for-1: unique, original, affordable fine art. For the third consecutive year, owners Lisa Simon and Jason Neal have put together a Holiday Show featuring paintings, drawings, photographs, ceramic works, and mixed media pieces from some of…

Stocking Stuffers

‘Tis the season of giving, and the best way to “gift it forward” is by offering a gift in the form of appreciated stock (or securities) to a charitable organization. It’s the most effective means of tax savings available, and it helps an organization dear to your heart do good work for the community.

Candy Cane Christmas Cake

Christmas is a time of traditions, old and new, and this spectacular Candy Cane Layer Cake (or Cupcakes) is sure to become a new favorite addition to your holiday table. Snowy white peppermint cake layers are nestled between creamy white chocolate frosting tinted with festive red and green in the spirit of Christmas and decorated with crushed candy canes. Plus,…

Christmas in the Desert

Every year in late December, when Missoula is bundled in cold and snow, I pack a bag and drive or fly due south to the desert. For the past 21 years, I’ve spent a part of every Christmas season in southwestern Utah. My Christmas memories are backlit by burnt orange sandstone, sagebrush and yucca, crisp sunny days, and sharp, clear…