Friday, September 18

Books, readings

Peter Bowen reads and signs "Bitter Creek," the latest novel in his "Montana Mysteries," series, 7 p.m., Fact & Fiction, 220 N. Higgins Ave. 721-2880, factandfictionbooks.com.  

Dance

Flamenco Festival, Rocky Mountian Ballet Theatre, 2704 Brook St. Class in flamenco dance technique and repertoire (with Carlos Lomas on guitar and Vicente Griego singing for repertoire class); Technique 9-10:30 a.m.; Repertoire 10:45 a.m.-noon. Class in flamenco cante (song) and structure 1-2:15 p.m.; Class in flamenco guitar 2:15-3:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Evening Charlas (talks) question and answer sessions with the artists exploring the perspectives of the artists, evolution of flamenco, and the essence of song, guitar, dance and palmas in cuadro communication – the flamenco conversation among the song, guitar, dance and palmas/percussion. 396-4007, flamencomt.org

Kids' stuff

Story time for kids ages 3-5 with Sally Blevins reading “A Bucket of Kindness,” 10:30-11:15 a.m., Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State St., Hamilton. 363-1670.

Tiny Tales and family story time, 10:30 a.m.; Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.  

Music

Internationally award-winning cellist Matt Haimovitz presents "The Changing Face of Classical Music" a combined lecture and concert in collaboration with the String Orchestra of the Rockies, 8 p.m., Music Recital Hall, UM. 243-2981, umt.edu/president/events/lectures.

End of the Summer Blues Fest, 6 p.m., The Lodge at McGregor Lake, 112555 U.S. 2, Marion. (406) 858-2253, flatheadvalleyblues.org.

Potpourri

Support Our Schools FUNdraiser, 6-8 p.m., the Top Hat, 134 W. Front St. Special guests include State Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau and Mayor John Engen. Festivities include pie and cake auction, raffle prizes and the Salamanders' new CD. Yesformissoulaschools.org/top-hat. 

Equus International Film Festival, University of Montana Payne Family Native American Center and the UC Theater. An international group of equine and equestrian filmmakers, trainers, wilderness, and horse enthusiasts from all disciplines will gather in Missoula Sept. 18-20, to watch the world’s best horse films and to talk horses and other equines. But you don’t need to be a horse owner to enjoy or participate. Filmmakers and equine specialists from around the world and across the U.S. will be on hand to focus attention on a range of topics and issues, with an equine theme. For schedule, visit equusinternationalfilmfestival.com.  

Sports Connection Gun Show, 1-5 p.m., First Interstate Center, Ravalli County Fairgrounds, Hamilton. $6 admission. (406) 633-2206, scishows.com.

Yarns @ the Library, noon-2 p.m.; Young Adult Writers, 3:30 p.m.; Cheap Date Night, free feature film, 7 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.  

Farmers market, 4-7 p.m., Pow Wow Junction Shops, 34306 Pow Wow Road, Arlee. 241-1390.

Farmers market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Third Avenue West, Polson. 675-0177. 

Theater

MCT Celebrates Arts in Education Week with a Theatre for Young Audiences production of "Little Red and the Hoods," 1 p.m., MCT Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. Adams St. Tickets available at 728-7529 or MCTinc.org.

Saturday, September 19

Art

Saturday family art workshop: “Paper Mobiles” with Donna Flanery, 11a.m.-12:30 p.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. Free. 728-0447, missoulaartmuseum.org.

Drop-in Saturday workshop: "Flower Fairies" with Beth Jaffe, for people facing illness or loss including care providers and family members, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Living Art Studio, 725 W. Alder St. Suite 17. No charge or registration required. livingartofmontana.org

Books, readings  

Gwen Florio reads from her novel, "Dakota," and her forthcoming book, "Disgraced," 7 p.m., Grizzly Claw Trading Co., Seeley Lake. 

Dance

Flamenco Festival, Rocky Mountian Ballet Theatre, 2704 Brook St. Class in flamenco dance technique and repertoire (with Carlos Lomas on guitar and Vicente Griego singing for repertoire class--done nowhere else!) Technique: 9-10:30 a.m.; Repertoire 10:45 a.m.-noon. Class in flamenco cante (song) and structure 1-2:15 p.m. Class in flamenco guitar 2:15-3:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Evening Charlas (talks) question and answer sessions with the artists exploring the perspectives of the artists, evolution of flamenco, and the essence of song, guitar, dance and palmas in cuadro communication--the flamenco conversation among the song, guitar, dance and palmas/percussion. 396-4007, flamencomt.org

Kids' stuff

Family storytime, 11 a.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Kids' Vibrations, 11 a.m., Imagine Nation Brewing, 1151 W. Broadway. Guest artist Penelope Baquero, Ecosapien Theater and School. 396-3352, tangledtones.com

Music

End of the Summer Blues Fest, 3 p.m., The Lodge at McGregor Lake, 112555 U.S. 2, Marion. On Saturday, enjoy electric blues on the lawn from 3 to 8 p.m., and electric and acoustic blues in the lodge beginning at 8 p.m. (406) 858-2253, flatheadvalleyblues.org.

Abney Park in concert, 6 p.m., Flathead County Fairgrounds, Kalispell. Admission is $20 in advance for adults, $25 at the door (VIP meet-and-greet is $40); $5 in advance for ages 6-12, $10 at the door, free for those under age 5. The gypsy rock and steampunk band will be joined by steampunk cellist Unwoman from San Francisco and Like Clockwork from Billings. Mountain Activity & Entertainment Company, maecmontana.com.

Potpourri

Spontaneous Construction, begins at 9 a.m., Home ReSource, 1515 Wyoming St. Designed to increase awareness with a free activity, "SponCon" has become an annual Missoula tradition for many. Contest participants have seven hours to use their choice of Home ReSource materials to build the most impressive, functional and creative pieces they can dream up.  Contestants and spectators alike can participate in free family friendly activities, listen to live music, and enjoy local food while supporting Missoula’s growing culture of reuse. Compete as a team or connect with family, friends and neighbors for a good time at Spontaneous Construction. The contest begins at 9 a.m., kids activities begin at 11 a.m., and music plays all day long from local artists such DJ Mermaid, Chris Sand, Gil and the Spills, Local Yokel and others.  For more information about SponCon, call 541-8301 or visit HomeResource.org/SponCon.

Life in Color, 5 p.m., Ogren Park. Featuring live electronic music and performance; non-toxic paint is sprayed on the audience and show-goers are encouraged to wear white to serve as a canvas. Tickets $35 plus fees, available at the MSU Hub Office, 140 N. Higgins Ave. or by calling 543-3300.

Redsun Labyrinth Fall Equinox open walk (weather permitting), dusk-10 p.m. Bring flashlight; stone to leave if you wish; music and bonfire. $3 donation. Visit redsunlabryinth.com for directions. 360-5568.

Vertical tasting of cabernet sauvignon, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mission Mountain Winery, Highway 893, Dayton. (406) 849-5524, missionmountainwinery.com.

Kalispell Boulder Project block party, 4-8 p.m., downtown Kalispell (Fourth Street West between Main Syreet and First Avenue West). 

Equus International Film Festival, University of Montana Payne Family Native American Center and the UC Theater. An international group of equine and equestrian filmmakers, trainers, wilderness, and horse enthusiasts from all disciplines will gather in Missoula Sept. 18-20, to watch the world’s best horse films and to talk horses and other equines. But you don’t need to be a horse owner to enjoy or participate. Filmmakers and equine specialists from around the world and across the U.S. will be on hand to focus attention on a range of topics and issues, with an equine theme. For schedule, visit equusinternationalfilmfestival.com.  

“Harvest: A Celebration of Local Food,” 6-10 p.m., Mission Mountain Golf Course, 46664 Golf Course Way, Ronan. Tickets $50, $25 children ages 2-12, $100 corporate table of eight, available at the Lake County Community Development Center, 407 Main St. Evening includes social hour, dinner, silent auction and music by the Western Union Swing Band. (406) 676-5901, lakecountycdc.org.

Sports Connection Gun Show, 1-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, First Interstate Center, Ravalli County Fairgrounds, Hamilton. $6 admission. (406) 633-2206, scishows.com.

Fall Harvest Festival, 5-9 p.m., Riverfront Park, Libby. Tickets $10. Presented by the Montana Wilderness Association, the event features live entertainment, raffle prizes, crafting demonstrations, face painting and more.

Naturalist Field Day, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Geologist Bruce Baty leads a journey featuring glacial Lake Missoula. Meet at Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. $80/$70 MNHC members. 327-0405, Montananaturalist.org.

Bigfork Chalk 'n' Rock Festival, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Electric Avenue. Musicians perform while more than three dozen street painters transfer their artistry to 40 eight-foot squares on the pavement. The result? More than 40 large works of art will adorn the streets and sidewalks, created by a mix of street artists – some experienced, some notable, some local and some new. Kids may participate as well. (406) 837-5888, chalknrock.org.

Harvest Fest, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., downtown Hamilton. Growers compete for the largest, smallest and craziest vegetables, and most gorgeous fruit and flower entries. 961-0004, hamiltonfarmersmarket.org.

Observe the Moon Night, 7-8:30 p.m., Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State St., Hamilton. Bring your family to the main floor to enjoy the night sky, find some lunar features together, examine the formation of moon craters, create the phases of the moon with cookies, hear and write moon stories, and go home with a moon journal and ideas for further exploring the moon.  Binoculars and telescopes are welcome. 363-1670.

Uncorked wine tasting, 6-9 p.m., Polson Motorcoach Resort. $45 per person. (406) 883-5969, polsonchamber.com

Ninemile Community Center's centennial celebration, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Live music, potluck barbecue and more. For a full schedule, visit ninemilecommunitycenter.com

Missoula Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., north end of Higgins Avenue, missoulafarmersmarket.com. 

Clark Fork Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Riverside parking lot, just east of Caras Park. Live music, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Theater

MCT Celebrates Arts in Education Week with a Theatre for Young Audiences production of "Little Red and the Hoods," 10 a.m., MCT Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. Adams St. Tickets  available at 728-7529 or mctinc.org

Sunday, September 20

Dance

Flamenco Festival, Rocky Mountian Ballet Theatre, 2704 Brook St. Class in flamenco dance technique and repertoire (with Carlos Lomas on guitar and Vicente Griego singing for repertoire class) Technique: 9-10:30 a.m.; Repertoire 10:45 a.m.-noon. Class in flamenco cante (song) and structure 1-2:15 p.m. Class in flamenco guitar 2:15-3:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Evening Charlas (talks) question-and-answer sessions with the artists exploring the perspectives of the artists, evolution of flamenco, and the essence of song, guitar, dance and palmas in cuadro communication – the flamenco conversation among the song, guitar, dance and palmas/percussion. 396-4007, flamencomt.org

Welcome Autumn dinner and dance, Hamilton Golden Age Club, 727 S. Fifth St., Hamilton. Dinner, 1 p.m. followed by dancing 2-4 p.m. $6 for dinner. RSVP to 363-0142. 

Kids' stuff

Family storytime, 2 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Music

Canta Brasil 7-9 p.m. Missoula Winery 5646 W. Harrier Dr. Live Brazilian dance music with special guest Dexter Payne and percussion artists.

String Orchestra of the Rockies presents "'Sweet' Italienne" featuring solo cellist Matt Haimovitz, 7:30 p.m., Music Recital Hall, UM. Tickets available at all GrizTix outlets,griztix.com or 888-MONTANA.  

Acoustic jam session, 2-4 p.m., Sapphire Lutheran Homes, corner of 10th and River streets, Hamilton. Bring your guitar, mandolin, harmonica, fiddle, bass, banjo, Dobro or similar acoustic instrument or just come to listen. 381-2483.

Potpourri

Big and Littles on the Trails Community Ride, 10 a.m., meet at Silver Park's big shelter. Learn about different opts for getting kids on bicycles and ride as a multigenerational swarm. Sponsored by Bike Walk Alliance of Missoula and Free Cycles. tinyurl.com/blotride. 

Documentary screening, "Shadows of Liberty," 7 p.m., UM Gallagher Business Building, Room 123. shadowsofliberty.org

Sports Connection Gun Show, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., First Interstate Center, Ravalli County Fairgrounds, Hamilton. $6 admission. (406) 633-2206, scishows.com.

Equus International Film Festival, UM Payne Family Native American Center and the UC Theater. An international group of equine and equestrian filmmakers, trainers, wilderness, and horse enthusiasts from all disciplines will gather in Missoula Sept. 18-20, to watch the world’s best horse films and to talk horses and other equines. But you don’t need to be a horse owner to enjoy or participate. Filmmakers and equine specialists from around the world and across the U.S. will be on hand to focus attention on a range of topics and issues, with an equine theme. For schedule, visit equusinternationalfilmfestival.com.  

Target Range Community Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., east parking lot of Target Range School, 4001 South Ave. W. 

Bigfork Chalk 'n' Rock Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Electric Avenue. Musicians perform while more than three dozen street painters transfer their artistry to 40 eight-foot squares on the pavement. The result? More than 40 large works of art will adorn the streets and sidewalks, created by a mix of street artists – some experienced, some notable, some local and some new. Kids may participate as well. (406) 837-5888, chalknrock.org.

Theater

Montana Repertory Theatre presents "Funny Bellies" by Gaaby Patterson, 7:30 p.m., Masquer Theatre, PAR/TV Center, UM. A staged reading of an original dark comedy about marriage, pregnancy obsession, multiple miscarriages and the women who get you through it all. Free. montanarep.org

Monday, September 21

Dance

Solo Stars beginning square dance lessons, 6:30-8  p.m., Lolo Square and Round Dance Center, 9955 Highway 12. First two weeks free then $5 per person. Couples and singles welcome. 273-0141 or 239-6732.

Intro to Viennese Waltz, 6:55-8:10 p.m., Martha Jane's Uptown Dance, 1008 Burlington Suite D. Six weeks, $75 check or $70 cash. Singles and couples are welcome so long as the leader/follower ratio will accommodate the singles. Singles are asked to inquire first. For more information or questions call Martha Jane at (406) 640 3262, mjndance@hotmail.com.

Intro to Lindy Hop, 5:35-6:50 p.m., Martha Jane's Uptown Dance, 1008 Burlington Suite D. Six weeks, $75 check or $70 cash per person. Singles and couples are welcome so long as the leader/follower ratio will acomodate the singles. Singles are asked to inquire first. For more information or questions call Martha Jane at (406) 640 3262, mjndance@hotmail.com.

Potpourri

Open time in the Makerspace, 1:30-3 p.m.; Electronics Exploration, 3-7 p.m.; "Intro to Email," 6 p.m., registration required; Scrabble, 6 p.m.; "Secrets of the Bike Whisperers," easy maintenance tips and tricks from Free cycles, 5:15-6:30 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Super Trivia Freakout, 8:30 p.m., the Badlander, 208 Ryman St. Free.

Magic by Evan Disney, 6-8 p.m., Mackenzie River Pizza, Front Street.  

Tuesday, September 22

Art

“Bike Psyched" after-school art camp, 3:15-5:30 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. $90/$80 for members. Come learn how to build sculpture and/or jewelry using bicycle parts, paint bicycle scenes of your favorite places to explore and peddle, research the art of building a bicycle and of course decorate your bikes and helmets. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

After School Art Adventure with Bev Glueckert, Tuesdays, 3:45- 5:15 pm., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. $45/$50 for members, ages 7-12. 728-0447, missoulaartmuseum.org.

“Silk Screening for Beginners,” Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. $115/$105 for members. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

Books, readings

Steve Pastis, creator of the "Pearls Before Swine" comic strip, gives a presentation, answers questions and signs books, including his new treasury, "Pearls Get Sacrificed," 7 p.m., the Missoulian. 500 S. Higgins Ave. 

Dance

Flamenco A ongoing class in technique and castanets with Flamenco Montana/Victoria Lenihan Dance, 6:30-8 p.m., Rocky Mountain Ballet School. 542-9270, flamencomt.com.

Kids' stuff

Tiny Tales for ages 3 and younger, 10:30 a.m.; Frenchtown Branch LEGO Club, 4 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St., 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Story time, 10 a.m., Barnes and Noble, 2640 N. Reserve St. 

Music

Unity Dance and Drum African dance class with Tarn Ream and live music, 7-8:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Missoula Senior Center, 705 S. Higgins Ave. All levels and ages welcome; drop-in dancers welcome. $10 per class, $35 for four classes. 549-7933, tarn.ream@umontana.edu.

Potpourri

Friends of the Library book sale, 5-8 p.m., Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State St., Hamilton. $3 admission. Books sell for $1 an inch. 363-1670.

Missoula Farmers Market, 5:30-7 p.m., north end of Higgins Avenue. 

Farmers Market, 4:30-7 p.m., Third Avenue West, Polson. 675-0177.

System Check! 6:30 p.m.; Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Communication class, Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m., 210 N. Higgins Ave. Suite 207. $65 for one, $120 for two. This class is based on the work of Marshall Rosenberg and the Center for Nonviolent Communication. To register, call 443-3439, email info@patrickmarsolek.com go to innerworkingsresources.com/communicationmissoula.

Trivia, 7:30 p.m., VFW, 245 W. Main St.

Trivia night, 6:30 p.m., East Shore Smokehouse, Highway 35, Polson.

Theater

"Wet Hot Amurican Cabaret," live sketch comedy and satire show by Viscosity Theatre, 6 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show, $15 in advance, $20 day of show, seated show, 21 and up, tophatlounge.com.

Wednesday, September 23

Art

Bob Ross night, 6-8 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. $20/$25 for nonmembers. Bring on your Bob Ross wigs, impressions and appreciation for the ZACC's monthly Bob Ross Night. Participants will be inspired to paint "happy little trees" as they watch a Bob Ross video and follow along while drinking wine and having fun in the gallery. Cost covers all your materials, supplies, and canvas. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

Wednesdays 4 Wellness, noon-1:30 p.m., Living Art studio, 725 W. Alder Suite 17. For anyone who has or has had cancer. No charge, registration not required, all materials provided. Wednesdays 4 Wellness is an expressive art and wellness workshop offered the 4th Wednesday of each month for anyone who has or has had cancer. livingartofmontana.org.

Art guide training, 10 a.m.-noon, Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St.  John Buck and Friends: Learn which artists have influenced John Buck and discover how artists use their art to look critically and analytically at world events. 728-0447, missoulaartmuseum.org.

Books, readings

Reception and talk with Scott Ellsworth, author of "The Secret Game," 6-8 p.m., Alumni Center Board Room, UC, third floor, UM. In the spring of 1944, these two remarkable teams – one black, and one white – risked their futures and even their freedom to play a game the likes of which the South had never seen before. A full decade before the Brown decision and the Montgomery bus boycott, and three years before Jackie Robinson desegregated major league baseball, these long forgotten basketball players made some remarkable history of their own.

Dance

Dance with country western dance instructor, 7-10 p.m., Polson Elks, Main Street. $5. 

West Coast swing beginning-intermediate, 7-8 p.m., Sunrise Saloon, 1101 Strand. 

Kids' stuff

Story time, 10:30 a.m., North Valley Public Library, 208 Main St., Stevensville, northvalleylibrary.org. 

Music

Beginning hand drumming series with Matthew Marsolek of Drum Brothers, 7:30-8:45 p.m., Lewis and Clark School, 2901 Park St.  $60 for five week series, $13 for single classes. To register call 531-8109 or email matthew@drumbrothers.com

Potpourri

WOW Wednesday, 5-8 p.m., Vine & Tap, Main Street, Polson. Showcasing different wines each week. $9. 

Friends of the Library Book Sale,  11 a.m.-5 p.m., Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State St., Hamilton. $3 admission. Books sell for $1 an inch. 363-1670.

Genealogy Resources, 12:30 p.m., registration required; free matinee, classic film, 2 p.m.; Middle School Writers, 3:30 p.m.; "Intro to Email," 6 p.m., registration required; Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.  

Trivia, 7 p.m., Broadway Bar, 1609 W. Broadway.

Trivia, 8 p.m., Flathead Lake Brewing Co., 424 N. Higgins Ave.

Trivia, 8 p.m., Silver Slipper Lounge, 4063 U.S. Highway 93.

Trivia, 7-9 p.m., Village Roost Bar and Grill, Bigfork.

Trivial Beersuit, 8:30 p.m., the Pulse inside the Press Box, 825 E. Broadway. 

Thursday, September 24

Art

Opening reception: "The Intimate Diebenkorn: Drawings 1949-1992," 5-7 p.m., Montana Museum of Art and Culture, Meloy and Paxson galleries, PAR/TV Center, University of Montana. Featuring 52 works on paper by internationally revered artist Richard Diebenkorn. 243-2019, umt.edu/montanamuseum.

“Beginning Drawing,” Thursdays, 9-11 a.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. $115/$105 for members. Discover how to draw anything you see. This is a great class for beginners with little or no experience. Explore line, texture and tone as you learn how to draw observationally. Discover the secrets behind perspective, shape, shading and composition. Learn the techniques of "recording" images from your vision onto paper or canvas. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

Cancer, Courage and Creativity eight-week workshop for men and women experiencing the effects of cancer, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Living Art studio, 725 W. Alder Suite 17. This workshop integrates, writing, art, movement and mask-making as tools for self-exploration. No art or writing experience necessary.  No charge. Registration required. Email info@livingartofmontana.org to register.

Member preview: John Buck, 5-7 p.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. Free. Members see it first. All members are invited to a special preview of "John Buck: Free for All." This exhibition of sculpture and prints is a lively look at Buck’s most recent work, including animated, kinetic sculptures. Members will have the opportunity to hear from the dynamic and well-known Montana artist at a gallery talk at 6 p.m. RSVP to alison@missoulaartmuseum.org

“Intro to Monotypes,” Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. $115/$105 for members. This five-week course offers an introduction to monotype printing processes focused on developing technical abilities and confidence working in a printmaking studio. Students will create prints through studio work and projects and gain an awareness of the creative and expressive possibilities of monotype printmaking and develop a personal vocabulary with the media. Demonstrations of new processes are scheduled weekly, and are supplemented by additional impromptu demonstrations as specific student need arise. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

"Bike Psyched" after-school art camp, Thursdays, 3:15-5:30 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. $90/$80 members. All of our artwork will be bike inspired. Learn how to build sculpture and/or jewelry using bicycle parts, paint bicycle scenes of your favorite places to explore and peddle, research the art of building a bicycle, and of course decorate bikes and helmets. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

UC Homecoming Art Festival, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., University Center Atrium, UM. Featuring art, jewelry, clothing, ceramics and more by local and regional artists. 243-5555.

Books, readings

Devin Becker reads from his debut  “Shame Shame” and Tod Marshall reads from his latest release “Bugle,” 7 p.m., Shakespeare & Co., 103 S. Third St. W. 549-9010, shakespeareandco.com.

Dance

Triple two-step, beginning level, 7-8:30  p.m., Sunrise Saloon, 1101 Strand Ave.

Kids' stuff

MiniNaturalist Pre-K program, 10 a.m., Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. $3/$1 MNHC members. 327-0405, montananaturalist.org.

Tiny Tales for ages 3 and under, 10:30 a.m., READ Dogs, 3 p.m.; Lego Club, 3:30-5 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Music

Miranda Lambert, 7:30 p.m., Adams Center, UM. Tickets $64.75, available at all GrizTix outlets, 888-MONTANA orgriztix.com.

Djebe Bara group offers African Dance class to live drumming every Thursday, 6-7 p.m., The Barn Movement Studio, 2926 S. Third St. W. $5 suggested. Drummers welcome; dancers wanted. 529-2322. 

Potpourri

Brown Bag It! book group discussing “Shock Doctrine” by Naomi Klein, noon; Lego Club for ages 4-9, 3:30-5 p.m.; Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State St., Hamilton. 363-1670.

Friends of the Library Book Sale, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State St., Hamilton. $3 admission. Books sell for $1 an inch. 363-1670.

Great Northwest Oktoberfest, 5-11 p.m., Depot Park, Whitefish. Admission is $4 per day. See the complete schedule for the two-weekend event at whitefishoktoberfest.com.

Tour of Missoula Public Library, noon, sign up at 493-4281 or ccopple@hilltoppublicsolutions.com; Open time in the MakerSpace, 3-6 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Soup and Spud Fest, 5-7 p.m., Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden, Fort Missoula. $5. MontanaNaturalist.org

Ronan Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Main Street, Ronan. 

Trivia, 7 p.m., Brooks and Browns Bar, 200 S. Pattee St.

Trivia, 8 p.m., Lucky Strike Casino, 1515 Dearborn Ave.

Art Calls

The Daly Mansion is seeking crafters and artisans for the annual “Holly Jolly Artisan Show and Sale." The show, scheduled for Nov. 6-8., hosts to over 900 guests with vendors on all three floors of the Daly Mansion. The house is decorated for the season and lunch is offered in “Hattie’s Kitchen." This is a juried show and applications must include photos of the applicant’s work. Space is available for approximately 35 vendors. The deadline to apply is Sept 14. Notifications will be sent out the following week on acceptance status.  Booth Fees range from $65 to $85.

Applications are available at the mansion gift shop daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by calling 363-6004 Ext. 2. You may also request an application via email at suzanne.casteel@dalymansion.org.

The Missoula Art Museum is now accepting submissions for the annual juried Benefit Art Auction and exhibition.

Proceeds from the auction help keep admission free and pay for educational programming at the MAM, which has shown work by more than 250 local and regional artists in the past exhibition year.

The full auction prospectus and submission form are available at mam.submittable.com/submit. The deadline is Oct. 18 at midnight Mountain Time.

Call for art for "Driven to Abstraction," in memory of the longtime art teacher and artist John Davis. The nonjuried show will be on display from Oct. 5-Nov. 14. Visit sandpiperartgallery.com for more information.

The Sanders County Arts Council is accepting applications for the fall show of  “Art on the Walls” at the Clark Fork Valley Hospital. The show runs Sept. 24 through Dec. 21. Art for this juried show must be the original work of a Sanders County artist. It can be any medium so long as it can be hung on the wall. Applications are due Sept. 14. For applications or more information, call (406) 826-8585.

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