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Poppy Strachan, 7, hula hoops and cheers the band – that included her dad – playing at the fourth annual Northside/Westside Block Party in 2015 in front of Zootown Arts Community Center.

To celebrate community and local businesses outside downtown, the Northside/Westside block party invites nearby Missoulians to gather for food, beer and activities.

The block party, called “Rock the Hood,” will be held Saturday from 3 to 9 p.m. on North First Street, between the Zootown Arts Community Center and KettleHouse Brewing Co. There will be face painting, food trucks, a Christmas in July booth (with a visit from Santa), sidewalk chalk, an introvert tent with board games (for people who don't really want to talk) and more.

Cruz Tacos will set up a food truck, as will Burn St. Bistro. The "Take It or Leave It" food truck will have dishes from the Lower Crossing Farm, an organic farm in western Montana.

“The Northside/Westside Block Party is designed to get people out of their houses and introduce them to neighbors and show that we do have great businesses on the Northside,” said Heather Stockton, operations manager at the ZACC.

The annual Northside/Westside block party is sponsored by the ZACC. It also features craft beer from the neighboring KettleHouse Brewing Co.

Festivities will pause for an hour between 6 and 7 p.m. for a Garden City Lady Arm Wrasslers competition. Women who work for the block party's sponsors will compete. ZACC Development Director Kate R. Morris says she hasn't been training, but she expects the ZACC to win. To find out, you'll have to attend the block party.

There also will be community mural painting, a bingo tent, a perpetual motion machine and live music starting at 4 p.m. Camp Daze curated the music for the day, inviting Cory Fay, Cairns, Charcoal Squids, June West and Cat Positive to play.

The Clay Studio of Missoula also will set up a workshop area to teach ceramics, and the MASC Studio will perform acrobatics. There will be lots of shade, Morris said, with drinking water and some water misting stations to beat the heat.

The ZACC sums up the event well on its website, zootownarts.org, where you can find more information: “Come out, meet your neighbors, inspire, connect, create, and Rock The Hood!”

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