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Friday, July 29

Books, readings

Laura Blanksma signs her book "Along the Way with Little Blue," 1-3 p.m., Riverside Coffee House, 4007 Montana Highway 200. Call (405) 310-1533.

Kids' stuff

Mandarin starters, 11 a.m.; Children's Museum Missoula, 225 W. Front St. 541-7529, childrensmuseummissoula.org.

Story time for kids, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Bitterroot Public Library, Hamilton. 363-1760. 

Tiny tales and preschool storytime, 10:30 a.m.; kids' table at the library, free lunch for kids under 18, 11:30 a.m. followed by activity at noon; Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org

Live tarantula feedings, 4 p.m., Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium, 218 E. Front St. $4 admission for ages 4 and older. 317-1211.

Music

Hot Springs Blues Festival continues with John Kelley, Black Mountain Moan, Rafael Tranquilino, Mike Bader Band, Zeppo and Kevin Van Dort, Symes Hotel, 209 Wall St., Hot Springs. The festival also offers camping, vendors and beer. (406) 741-2361.

DAT Conference, electronic music festival with DJs, producers and visual artists from around the U.S. and Canada. Featuring showcases and workshops around Missoula. Datmusicconference.com.

Potpourri

Lake County Fair, Ronan, continues with barns open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, a ranch rodeo at 1 p.m. Saturday and arena dance with Exit 53 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. (406) 676-8660.

Celtic Festival Missoula, Caras Park. Music, food, road bowling with headliners the Red Hot Chilli Pipers. Celticfestivalmissoula.com.

Big Sky Class of 1996 reunion. Alumni and staff welcome. Email bigskyclass1996@gmail for more details. 

Public star gazing, University of Montana’s Blue Mountain Observatory. Family friends and children are welcome; attendees are asked to reserve a free ticket for each person in their group at bit.ly/1R9dd0m.

Beginning walking group, 8:30-9 a.m.; story time for kids, 10:30-11:15 a.m.; chapter book read aloud, 2:30-3 p.m.; silent reading tea party, 3-3:30 p.m.; Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State St., Hamilton. 363-1670.

Drop-in watercolor painting class, noon-2 p.m.; Yarns at the Library, noon; Young Adult Writers' Group, 3:30 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Theater

Port Polson Players, “Shadows on Oak Island,” 8 p.m., Theatre on the Lake, Boettcher Park, Polson. Tickets $17-$18. When a young couple with a dark past rents a summer cabin on Oak Island to search for ancient treasure, their quirky landlord cautions that the island itself is alive. But how could that be? (406) 883-9212, portpolsonplayers.com.

"Shrek," 8 p.m., Bigfork Summer Playhouse. Tickets $17-$26. From the senior matriarch of the kitchen to the bride-to-be learning to arrange things in proper order, everyone will recognize the humorous and down-to-earth characters. Add a little romantic stir for the new pastor and the outcome is heavenly entertainment. (406) 837-4886, bigforksummerplayhouse.com.

Saturday, July 30

Art

Art in the Arbor, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., the People’s Center, 53253 Highway 93, Polson. Vendors sell their work; free art and craft activities and Native games are also on tap. (406) 675-0160.

Books, readings

Missoula author and historian Larry Mansch signs his biography and analysis, “Martin Luther,” 10:30 a.m.-noon, Fact & Fiction 220 N. Higgins Ave. 721-2881, factandfictionbooks.com.  

Kids' stuff

Fairy Tale and Superhero Festival, 10 a.m.-noon, A Carousel for Missoula. 549-8382.

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

Music

Hot Springs Blues Festival continues with John Kelley, Black Mountain Moan, Rafael Tranquilino, Mike Bader Band, Zeppo and Kevin Van Dort, Symes Hotel, 209 Wall St., Hot Springs. The festival also offers camping, vendors and beer. (406) 741-2361.

DAT Conference, electronic music festival with DJs, producers and visual artists from around the U.S. and Canada. Datmusicconference.com.

Potpourri

Missoula Artists Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., West Main Street. Local artists, sculpture, photography, jewelry, pottery and more. 

Lake County Fair, Ronan, continues with barns open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, a ranch rodeo at 1 p.m. Saturday and arena dance with Exit 53 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. (406) 676-8660.

Climb Big Mountain, 7 a.m., Whitefish Mountain Resort, 3889 Big Mountain Road. Entry fee $25-$35. What began as a “hike and bike” more than 25 years ago has become a major family and team event to support individuals with disabilities in the community. (406) 858-0897, flatheadindustries.org.

Big Sky Class of 1996 reunion. Alumni and staff welcome. Email bigskyclass1996@gmail for more details. 

Missoula Iris Society's annual Iris Rhizome sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Fort Missoula iris Gardens. 251-5833.

Lake County Fair Ranch Rodeo, 1 p.m., Ronan. Youth and adult events, steak dinner at 5 p.m., dance with music by Exit 53 in the arena at 7:30 p.m. 676-8660.

Celtic Festival Missoula, Caras Park. Music, food, road bowling with headliners the Red Hot Chilli Pipers. Celticfestivalmissoula.com.

Missoula Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Circle Square, north end of Higgins Avenue. Local produce, flowers, baked goods and coffee; over 100 vendors. 274-3042, missoulafarmersmarket.com

Clark Fork Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Riverside parking lot, under the Higgins Avenue bridge. Fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, dairy products, flowers, plants, baked goods and more. clarkforkmarket.com. 

Hamilton Farmers Market, 9:30 a.m., Ravalli County Museum lawn, 205 Bedford St. 961-0004.

Theater

Port Polson Players, “Shadows on Oak Island,” 8 p.m., Theatre on the Lake, Boettcher Park, Polson. Tickets $17-$18. When a young couple with a dark past rents a summer cabin on Oak Island to search for ancient treasure, their quirky landlord cautions that the island itself is alive. But how could that be? (406) 883-9212, portpolsonplayers.com.

Bigfork Summer Playhouse opens with “42nd Street,” 8 p.m., 526 Electric Ave. Tickets $17-$30. (406) 837-4886, bigforksummerplayhouse.com.

Sunday, July 31

Kids' stuff

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

Music

Outdoor concert on the lawn, 6 p.m., Lakeside Pavilion, 306 Stoner Loop, Lakeside. Featuring Kevin Van Dort with special guest Jael Johnson. Food vendors onsite. 

DAT Conference, electronic music festival with DJs, producers and visual artists from around the U.S. and Canada. Datmusicconference.com.

Riverbend Concert Series with God Fearing Women, 7 p.m., Sliter Park, Bigfork. (406) 837-2036.

Potpourri

The America’s Super Pageant, 7 p.m., MCT Center for the Performing Arts, 200 Adams St. Featuring delegates representing many states and regions around the U.S. as well as current national title holders from the Missoula area. Delegates will have beauty, style, poise, intelligence and a strong desire to improve the world around them by promoting a personal platform and/or the national Safety Belt Use and Awareness Platform. 360-8777, AmericasSUPERpageant.com.

“Bar Fights and Big Shots: A Walking Tour of 1906 Fort Missoula,” 2 p.m.,  Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History, Building T-316, Fort Missoula. 549-5346, fortmissoula.org.

Habitat for Humanity Summer Barbecue Bash, 1-6 p.m., Sleeping Child Farm, 1639 Sleeping Child Road, Hamilton. Tickets $20 adults, $5 ages 6-17. Music by the Big Sky Mudflaps, no-host bar and raffle. 375-1926.

Theater

Bigfork Summer Playhouse, “Shrek,” the adaptation of the beloved cartoon about a friendly green monster, 2 p.m., 526 Electric Ave. Tickets $17-$30. (406) 837-4886, bigforksummerplayhouse.com.

Port Polson Players, “Shadows on Oak Island,” 2 p.m., Theatre on the Lake, Boettcher Park, Polson. Tickets $17-$18. When a young couple with a dark past rents a summer cabin on Oak Island to search for ancient treasure, their quirky landlord cautions that the island itself is alive. But how could that be? (406) 883-9212, portpolsonplayers.com.

Monday, August 1

Kids' stuff

Puppet theater camp for ages 6-12, 1-4 p.m. through Friday, Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. $90, $80 members. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.  

Music tech camp for ages 8-18, 1-4 p.m., through Friday, Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. $90, $80 members. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.  

St. Joseph School Summer Discovery Camps for grades one-five, through Friday, “What’s Cooking.” Register at mcsmt.org

Kids table at the Library, kids ages 18 and under eat free at 11:30 a.m., followed by activity at noon, Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org

Music

Missoula City Band rehearsal, 7-9 p.m., Sentinel High School Band Room. missoulacityband.org. 

Potpourri 

Bare Bait Dance Company season launch party, 6-8 p.m., Roxy Theater, 718 S,. Higgins Ave. Meet the company members, get a sneak peak of BBD's debut screendance film. Free. barbaitdance.com.

Giving Bock Night, 5-8 p.m., Missoula Brewing Company, 200 International Drive. Portion of beers sold goes to the Friends of the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula.

Computer electronics in the MakerSpace, 3-6 p.m.; "Computer Fundamentals" computer class, 6 p.m., registration required, 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.

Bingo, 5:30 p.m., VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St.

Tuesday, August 2

Art 

Block Print T’s workshop with Sue Ball, 1-3 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Sandpiper Art and Gift Gallery, 306 Main St., Polson. Cost $30, includes materials. (406) 883-5956, sandpiperartgallery.com.

Kids' stuff

"Back at the Beach" story time for ages 3-5, 11 a.m.; Build It for ages 6-10 at 3 p.m.; ImagineIF Library, Kalispell. (406) 758-5816, imagineiflibraries.org.

Montana State Parks hosts a junior ranger program for ages 4-12, 10 a.m., Frenchtown State Park. (612) 387-0666.  

Body bubble, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Families First Children’s Museum, 225 W. Front St. 541-7529, childrensmuseummissoula.org.

Tiny tales for ages 3 and younger, 10:30 a.m.; kids' table at the library, free lunch for ages 18 and under at 11:30 a.m. followed by activity at noon; Frenchtown Branch Lego Club, 4-6 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., 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

Missoula Farmers Market, 5:30-7 p.m., north end of Higgins by the XXXX's. 241-9870, missoulafarmersmarket.com. 

Tuesday at Twelve featuring the Cantrells, noon, Ravalli County Museum, 205 Bedford St., Hamilton. Free. 363-1279.

Coloring club for grownups, 10 a.m.-noon; writers group, 6:30-8 p.m.; Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State St., Hamilton. 363-1670.

Whitefish Downtown Farmers Market featuring music by Tra Le Gael, 5-7:30 p.m., north end of Central Avenue. 

Summer Studio: Creating Art Journals for ages 13 and up, noon-2 p.m., registration required; open time in the MakerSpace, 3:30-6 p.m.; Community Creative Writing Workshop, 6-7:30 p.m.; System Check! 6:30 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665. missoulapubliclibrary.org.

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

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

Theater

Bigfork Summer Playhouse, "Young Frankenstein," 8 p.m., 526 Electric Ave. Tickets $17-$30. (406) 837-4886, bigforksummerplayhouse.com.

Port Polson Players, “Shadows on Oak Island,” 8 p.m., Theatre on the Lake, Boettcher Park, Polson. Tickets $17-$18. When a young couple with a dark past rents a summer cabin on Oak Island to search for ancient treasure, their quirky landlord cautions that the island itself is alive. But how could that be? (406) 883-9212, portpolsonplayers.com.

Wednesday, August 3

Art

Reception: “National Parks Centennial” by Chris Robitaille, 5-7 p.m., Bigfork Art and Cultural Center, 525 Electric Ave. World-traveler and mapmaker shares 25 original oils, drawings and watercolors, as well as hand-rendered maps of national parks and Flathead Lake, through Aug. 19. (406) 837-6927.

Dance

West Coast swing, beginning level II, 7-8:30 p.m., Sunrise Saloon, 1101 Strand.

Kids' stuff

"Back at the Beach" story time for ages 3-5, 11 a.m.; "Build It" for ages 6-10, 3 p.m.; "Dive-in" story time for ages 3-5, 11 a.m.; "Wonder About Water" for ages 6-10, 3 p.m.; ImagineIF Library, Columbia Falls. (406) 758-5816, imagineiflibraries.org.

Art series, 11 a.m., Families First Children’s Museum, 225 W. Front St. 541-7529, childrensmuseummissoula.org.

Toddler and baby story time, 10:30 a.m.; Wild Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m., Bitterroot Public Library, Hamilton, 363-1670.

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

Kids table at the library, free lunch for ages 18 and under, 11:30 a.m., followed by activity at noon; computer programming through Minecraft, ages 8-13, 5 p.m., registration required, Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org. 

Music

Missoula City Band concert featuring the Missoula Community Chorus, 8 p.m., Bonner Park. 728-2400, ext. 7041, missoulacityband.org.

Potpourri

Free public forum, “Revitalizing Democracy: Why We Vote: Getting from Votes to Seats,” 7 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. Featuring Dr. Peter Miller, John Templeton Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Philosophy, Politics and Economics program at the University of Pennsylvania. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters Missoula. 

Out to Lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Caras Park. Music by Bottom Feeders; activities by Children's Museum Missoula. 543-4238, missouladowntown.com.  

"My iPad and My iPhone," computer class, 12:30 p.m., registration required; Movies and Making at Big Sky Branch, 1 p.m., call 728-2400, ext. 8605 for more information, Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665. missoulapubliclibrary.org. 

Trivia, 6:30 p.m., Flathead Lake Brewing Pubhouse, Bigfork. 

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

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

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

Theater

Port Polson Players, “Shadows on Oak Island,” 8 p.m., Theatre on the Lake, Boettcher Park, Polson. Tickets $17-$18. When a young couple with a dark past rents a summer cabin on Oak Island to search for ancient treasure, their quirky landlord cautions that the island itself is alive. But how could that be? (406) 883-9212, portpolsonplayers.com.

Bigfork Summer Playhouse, “Grease,” 8 p.m., 526 Electric Ave. Tickets $17-$30. (406) 837-4886, bigforksummerplayhouse.com.

Thursday, August 4

Art

First Thursday Gallery Night, 6-9 p.m., downtown Whitefish. Enjoy receptions and art exhibits in 13 galleries. Participants follow maps on this self-guided walking tour for an art-filled evening. (406) 862-5929.

Books, readings

Peter McCoy shares from his book “Radical Mycology,” an exploration of local mycology and cultivation, 7 p.m., Shakespeare & Co., 103 S. Third St. w. 549-9010, shakespeareandco.com. 

Dance

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. 

Country two-step,  beginning-intermediate, 7-8  p.m., Sunrise Saloon, 1101 Strand.

Kids' stuff

"Build It" for ages 6-10, 1 p.m.; "4 Animation Projector" for teens entering grades 6-12, 2 p.m., ImagineIF Library, Kalispell. Build a projector and create an animated film. Registration required; limited to 15 participants. (406) 758-5822, imaginelibraries.eventbrite.com.

Sensory foam, 11 a.m., Families First Children’s Museum, 225 W. Front St. 541-7529, childrensmuseummissoula.org.

Pop-up playground, 1-3 p.m., Greenough Park. 541-7529, childrensmuseummissoula.org.

Tiny tales for ages birth-3, 10:30 a.m.; kids table at the library, free lunch for ages 18 and under, 11:30 a.m. followed by activity at noon; Lego Club, 3:30-5 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665. missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Mininaturalists pre-K program, 10 a.m., Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. $3, $1 members. 327-0405, montananaturalist.org.

Live tarantula feedings, 3:30 p.m., Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium, 218 E. Front St. $4 admission for ages 4 and older. 317-1211.

Potpourri

John Howard’s Homegrown Comedy, 9:30 p.m., Union Club, 208 E. Main St.

Thursday! Fest featuring music by the Mike Murray Band, 5-8 p.m., Museum at Central School, 142 Second Ave. E., Kalispell. (406) 253-6923. 

Downtown Tonight, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Caras Park. Music by Billy Shaddox; activities by Zootown Arts Community Center. 543-4238, missouladowntown.com.  

Computer electronics in the MakerSpace, 3-6 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.

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

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

Theater

Stevensville Playhouse, “Laundry and Bourbon” and “Lone Star,” 7:30 p.m., 319 E. Main St. Tickets $10. Two one-act comedies by James McLure are set in small-town Texas, where the women do laundry, gossip and drink bourbon during the day, and the good ol’ boys drink beer and reminisce about war, wives and cars at night. Strong adult language and content. 777-2722.

Port Polson Players, “Shadows on Oak Island,” 8 p.m., Theatre on the Lake, Boettcher Park, Polson. Tickets $17-$18. When a young couple with a dark past rents a summer cabin on Oak Island to search for ancient treasure, their quirky landlord cautions that the island itself is alive. But how could that be? (406) 883-9212, portpolsonplayers.com.

Bigfork Summer Playhouse opens with “42nd Street,” 8 p.m., 526 Electric Ave. Tickets $17-$30. (406) 837-4886, bigforksummerplayhouse.com.  

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