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Friday, July 15

Art

Arts in the Park, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Depot Park, Kalispell. Admission $3-$5. The Flathead Valley arts, crafts and music festival features over 100 local and visiting artists and craftsmen, food and specialty booths, live music and entertainment. (406) 755-5268.

Reception: “Exceptionally Eclectic,” 5-7 p.m., Sandpiper Art and Gift Gallery, 306 Main St., Polson. The exhibit, which runs through Aug. 22, features member artists Alice Varnum (ink/watercolor), Cynthia Hoelscher (fabric art), Charlie Fudge (woodworking), Carole Daniels (encaustic/watercolor), Michael Stockhill (photography) and Gitti Miller (basketry).  (406) 883-5956, sandpiperartgallery.com.

Reception: National Parks Centennial with Chris Robitalle, 5-7 p.m., Bigfork Museum of Art and History, 525 Electric Ave. Showing through Aug. 20. (406) 837-6927.

Books, readings

Poets Jeff Alessandrelli and Lisa Ciccarello read from their new books “This Last Time Will Be the First” and “At Night,” 7 p.m., Shakespeare & Co., 103 S. Third St. W. 549-9010, shakespeareandco.com

Dance

Flamenco Montana summer workshop "Sevillanas," 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre, 2704 Brooks St. $15 per two hour class, $40 for all three classes. 396-4007, flamencomt.com.

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

The 10th annual International Choral Festival continues. An admission button is required for the afternoon and evening concerts: 2-3 p.m. Dennison Theatre, UM: Wah Yan College Kowloon Boys’ Choir (Hong Kong) and Coro Intermezzo (Costa Rica); 3:15-4:15 p.m.: Music Recital Hall, UM: Vancouver Youth Choir (Canada) and Girls’ Choir of Ellerhein (Estonia); 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Dennison Theatre, UM: Bella Armonia Youth Chorale (Missoula); and Cantores de Cienfuegos (Cuba). Evening concerts: 7:30-9 p.m., Dennison Theatre: the Bialystok University of Technology Choir (Poland), Choir of E. Mikeladze Central Music School (Georgia) and Mirinesse Women’s Choir (Washington); Music Recital Hall: Spurrell Studio Choir (Ontario), Coro Intermezzo (Costa Rica) and Cantores de Cienfuegos (Cuba); St. Anthony’s Parish: Heartland Youth Choir (Iowa), the Girls’ Choir of Ellerhein (Estonia) and Wah Yan College Kowloon Boys’ Choir (Hong Kong). Twenty-dollar admission buttons give access to all events. Children under 12 are free. Buttons are sold at Missoula Fresh Market, Orange Street Food Farm, the Good Food Store, Rockin’ Rudy’s, Southgate Mall, Fact and Fiction, the University of Montana Bookstore, Worden’s Market and Chapter One in Hamilton. For more information, go to choralfestival.org or call 406-721-7985.

Barenaked Ladies with special guests OMD and Howard Jones, 7 p.m. (doors 5:30 p.m.), Big Sky Brewing Co. Tickets $40, available at Big Sky, Rockin’ Rudy’s, 866-468-7624, ticketweb.com or knittingfactory.com. 

Bob Marshall Music Festival in conjunction with a 2K free family fun run/walk, 5K and 10K races, Seeley Lake Elementary campus, Seeley Lake. Other events include paddle board race, equipment demos, art, mill tours, environmental education and conservation presentations, farmers market, music jams and more. (406) 677-3506, seeleylakecommunityfoundation.org, thebobmusic.com 

Potpourri

Montana Greek Festival, featuring traditional Greek cuisine, dance lessons and music by the Helios band, 5-10 p.m., Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 301 S. Sixth St. W. 240-9225.

Little Red Truck Vintage and Handmade Market, 5-10 p.m., Missoula County Fairgrounds. Admission $5 at the gate, free kids 12 and younger. Over 150 vendors and artisans, food, live music and fashion show. littleredtruckvintagemarket.com.

Kootenai Highland Gathering, River Bend Restaurant Field, 13068 Montana Highway 37, Libby. Admission $5-$8. Friday night features free Celtic music and dancing by Broken Whistle from Spokane. Gates open at 9 a.m. Saturday for games, entertainment and vendors. Primitive games are on tap  ($5 to compete). (406) 291-0825.

Darby Logger Days: Tickets $15 or $5 for Country Boogie Boys performance at 8 p.m. Friday. Celebrating the skill and bravery of those who work in the time-honored tradition of logging, the annual event features 17 traditional logging competitions, a parade at 9 a.m. Saturday, raffle, live music, kids’ events and vendors. darbyloggerdays.com.

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.; special families featuring hula-hooping with Sasha, 6 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.; Cheap Date Night movie screening, 7 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org

Theater

Bigfork Summer Playhouse, "42nd Street," 8 p.m. 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.

Polson Players, “Fools,” 8 p.m., Theatre on the Lake, Boettcher Park, Polson. Tickets $17-$18. The laughs come fast and furious in this Neil Simon comedy, but with a twist. Long ago, the Russian village of Kulyenchikov was cursed with stupidity. And boy, did it take. Now, 300 years later, it’s up to teacher Leon Tolchinsky to educate the village and break the curse. (406) 883-9212, portpolsonplayers.com.

Philipsburg Opera House Theatre Co., "Making God Laugh," a comedy family portrait that takes place over 30 years' worth of holidays, 2 p.m.; and "Unnecessary Farce," in which cops, crooks and one cheap motel lead to laughs, 7 p.m.  Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 15 and under. Call 406-859-0013 or email ohtc@blackfoot.net.

Saturday, July 16

Art

Arts in the Park, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Depot Park, Kalispell. Admission $3-$5. The Flathead Valley’s premiere arts, crafts and music festival features over 100 local and visiting artists and craftsmen, food and specialty booths, live music and entertainment. (406) 755-5268.

Books, readings

Joanna Reed Shelton signs “A Christian in the Land of the Gods,” 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Fact and Fiction 220 N. Higgins Ave. 721-2881, factandfictionbooks.com.  

Amy Dennis reads and signs "Now What? Boot Camp for the Believer," 1-3 p.m., Montana Valley Book Store, 512 Railroad Ave., Alberton.

Dance

Flamenco Montana summer workshop "Sevillanas," 2-4 p.m., Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre, 2704 Brooks St. $15 per two hour class, $40 for all three classes. 396-4007, flamencomt.com.

Kids' stuff

Free kids event “Fire,” 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Visitor Center, 5705 Grant Creek Road. 523-4545.

“I Scream, You Scream,” 1-3 p.m., ImagineIF Library, Kalispell. Sample and vote for an official ImagineIF Sweet Peaks ice cream flavor. imagineiflibraries.org.

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

Music

The 10th annual International Choral Festival finale concert, "Parade of Nations," features brief performances from each of the 13 festival choirs, and concludes with "the Massed Festival Chorus" under the direction of David Heidel and Dean Peterson. 7 p.m., Adams Center, UM. An admission button is required. Twenty-dollar admission buttons give access to all events. Children under 12 are free. Buttons are sold at Missoula Fresh Market, Orange Street Food Farm, the Good Food Store, Rockin’ Rudy’s, Southgate Mall, Fact and Fiction, the University of Montana Bookstore, Worden’s Market and Chapter One in Hamilton. For more information, go to choralfestival.org or call 406-721-7985.

Bob Marshall Music Festival in conjunction with a 2K free family fun run/walk, 5K and 10K races, Seeley Lake Elementary campus, Seeley Lake. Other events include paddle board race, equipment demos, art, mill tours, environmental education and conservation presentations, farmers market, music jams and more. (406) 677-3506, seeleylakecommunityfoundation.org, thebobmusic.com

Potpourri

Montana Greek Festival featuring traditional Greek food, cooking demonstrations, dance lessons and music by the Helios band, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 301 S. Sixth St. W. 240-9225.

Little Red Truck Vintage and Handmade Market, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Missoula County Fairgrounds. Admission $5 at the gate, free kids 12 and younger. Over 150 vendors and artisans, food, live music and fashion show. littleredtruckvintagemarket.com.

Darby Logger Days: Tickets $15 or $5 for Country Boogie Boys performance at 8 p.m. Friday. Celebrating the skill and bravery of those who work in the time-honored tradition of logging, the annual event features 17 traditional logging competitions, a parade at 9 a.m. Saturday, raffle, live music, kids’ events and vendors. darbyloggerdays.com.

Kootenai Highland Gathering, River Bend Restaurant field, 13068 Montana Highway 37, Libby. Admission $5-$8. Friday night features free Celtic music and dancing by Broken Whistle from Spokane. Gates open at 9 a.m. Saturday for games, entertainment and vendors. Primitive games are on tap Sunday ($5 to compete). (406) 291-0825.

"Rock the Hood" Northside/Westside Block Party, 3-9 p.m., North First Street between the ZACC and the Kettlehouse. Neighbors have a chance to meet, greet, dance, mingle, enjoy activities and find out all about the different resources that are available in their neighborhoods year round. Family activities include face-painting, a Community Co-op lounge, clay creations with the Clay Studio of Missoula, sidewalk chalk, hula hoops, juggling, storytelling and more. Musical guests include Spencer, Holy Lands, Selsun Blue, Rooster Sauce, Critical Failure, ZACC Kids Rock camp bands, and entertainment by Garden City Ladies Arm Wrestlers. 549-7555, zootownarts.org

Alberton Railroad Day starts with a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. at the old train depot. Other events include a parade at 11 a.m., "Wild West" show at noon, young talent show, antique car show, watermelon contest, kids' activities and music including a free concert featuring the Retro-Tones. (406) 240-9436.

Glacier Rally in the Rockies, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., downtown Kalispell. Free to spectators. Parade is followed by show and shine, which is open to all makes and models. (406) 751-3971, flatheadcare.org.

Polson Main Street Cherry Festival, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., downtown Polson. Celebrate the Flathead cherry with food, displays of Montana-made items, games, entertainment and sidewalk sales. (406) 883-3667, flatheadcherryfestival.com

Live History Days, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Miracle of America Museum, 36094 Memory Lane, Polson. The annual event include woodcarving, leatherworking and pine needle weaving exhibits; old-time music; free blood pressure tests; rides on the trains and military vehicles; sawmilling demonstrations; shingle sawing; blacksmithing; tennis ball cannon; flint napping; food and ice cream treats served from the vintage soda fountain; and historic movies. (406) 883-6804.

Bitterroot Community Peace Festival, 12:30-5 p.m., American Legion Park, Hamilton. Free. Inaugural event features dance groups, music performers, inspirational speakers, food and children’s games. bitterrootpeace.weebly.com.

Strawberry Festival, 5-9 p.m., Darby. The old-fashioned ice cream festival is a fundraiser for the Darby Volunteer Fire Department and includes music, vendors and raffles. 381-5114.

Bike and Brew, 2-8 p.m., downtown Stevensville. Show support for the Montana Bicycle Celebration and completion of the Bitterroot Bike Trail with brews, music, food and fun. Kids’ activities are scheduled 2-3 p.m. 777-3773.

Boys and Girls Club Polson Mud Run, 9 a.m., Polson Fairgrounds. $40 adults, $25 ages 18 and under. 676-5437, flatheadbgc.org.

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

Crème de la Cabaret with Viscosity Theatre, featuring original sketches and musical numbers with raunch, intellect and sass. Tickets are $15 in advance at viscositycabaret.org or $20 at the door, 9 p.m. Sunday, Great Northern Bar, Whitefish.

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

Polson Players present “Fools,” 8 p.m., Theatre on the Lake, Boettcher Park, Polson. Tickets $17-$18. The laughs come fast and furious in this Neil Simon comedy, but with a twist. Long ago, the Russian village of Kulyenchikov was cursed with stupidity. And boy, did it take. Now, 300 years later, it’s up to teacher Leon Tolchinsky to educate the village and break the curse. (406) 883-9212, portpolsonplayers.com.

Philipsburg Opera House Theatre Co. presents its Vaudeville Variety Show, the annual favorite featuring new skits and musical numbers, 2 p.m.; and "Making God Laugh," a comedy family portrait that takes place over 30 years' worth of holidays, 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 15 and under. Call 406-859-0013 or email ohtc@blackfoot.net.

Sunday, July 17

Art

Arts in the Park, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Depot Park, Kalispell. Admission $3-$5. The Flathead Valley arts, crafts and music festival features over 100 local and visiting artists and craftsmen, food and specialty booths, live music and entertainment. (406) 755-5268.

Dance

Flamenco Montana summer workshop "Sevillanas," 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre, 2704 Brooks St. $15 per two hour class, $40 for all three classes. 396-4007, flamencomt.com.

Kids' stuff

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

"Dive in" story time for ages 3-5, 10 a.m., ImagineIF Library, Bigfork. imagineiflibraries.org.

Music

St. Timothy’s Summer Music Festival, 4 p.m., St. Timothy’s Memorial Chapel, 2285 Southern Cross Road, Anaconda. Featuring music by the Montana Chamber Music Society with Muir members and guests. Sttimothysmusic.org.

Riverbend Concert Series with guitarist and songwriter John Floridis, 7 p.m., Sliter Park, Bigfork. (406) 837-2036.

Potpourri

Kootenai Highland Gathering, River Bend Restaurant field, 13068 Montana Highway 37, Libby. Admission $5-$8. Friday night features free Celtic music and dancing by Broken Whistle from Spokane. Gates open at 9 a.m. Saturday for games, entertainment and vendors. Primitive games are on tap Sunday ($5 to compete). (406) 291-0825.

Live History Days, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Miracle of America Museum, 36094 Memory Lane, Polson. The annual event includes woodcarving, leatherworking and pine-needle weaving exhibits; old-time music; free blood pressure tests; rides on the trains and military vehicles; sawmilling demonstrations; shingle sawing; blacksmithing; tennis ball cannon; flint napping; food and ice cream treats served from the vintage soda fountain; and historic movies. (406) 883-6804.

Polson Main Street Cherry Festival, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, downtown Polson. Celebrate the Flathead cherry with food, displays of Montana-made items, games, entertainment and sidewalk sales. (406) 883-3667, flatheadcherryfestival.com

Kootenai Highland Gathering, River Bend Restaurant field, 13068 Montana Highway 37, Libby. Admission $5-$8. Friday night features free Celtic music and dancing by Broken Whistle from Spokane. Gates open at 9 a.m. Saturday for games, entertainment and vendors. Primitive games are on tap Sunday ($5 to compete). (406) 291-0825.

Sunday Streets Missoula, noon-4 p.m., Higgins Avenue will be closed to cars from XXXXs to South Fifth Street West, offering free, healthy activities for all ages of pedestrian and cyclist. Sundaystreetsmissoula.org.

“La Voie Sacree: Battle of Verdun, Summer 1916,” a Bastille Day weekend program on the 100th anniversary of France’s costliest First World War Battle, 2 p.m., Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History, Building T-316, Fort Missoula. 549-5346, fortmissoula.org.

Tour of the Bitterroot bike rides include the Skalkaho Mountain Tour starting at 7 a.m., Sleeping Child Ride at 9 a.m. and the Kidz Dirt Road Derby at 1:30 p.m. Presented by the Bitter Root Land Trust, the family event also offers music, a barbecue at noon and activities for everyone. 375-0956, tourofthebitterroot.org.

Theater

Port Polson Players, “Fools,” 2 p.m., Theatre on the Lake, Boettcher Park, Polson. Tickets $17-$18. The laughs come fast and furious in this Neil Simon comedy, but with a twist. Long ago, the Russian village of Kulyenchikov was cursed with stupidity. And boy, did it take. Now, 300 years later, it’s up to teacher Leon Tolchinsky to educate the village and break the curse. (406) 883-9212, portpolsonplayers.com.

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

Philipsburg Opera House Theatre Co. presents, "Unnecessary Farce," in which cops, crooks and one cheap motel lead to laughs, 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 15 and under. Call 406-859-0013 or email ohtc@blackfoot.net.

Monday, July 18

Art

“Making Miniatures With Clay,” 1-4 p.m., through Friday, Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. Ages 6-12; $90 nonmembers, $80 members. This clay camp will focus on creating a miniature world with ceramic pieces. Students will dream, design and create a shoe-box diorama scene of their choice. Students will be guided in hollowing out their creations while making them strong enough to stay together through the firing process. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

Books, readings

Steven Faulkner reads and signs his memoir, “Bitterroot,” 7 p.m., Fact & Fiction 220 N. Higgins Ave. 721-2881, factandfictionbooks.com. 

Shobha Rao reads from her new book of essays, "An Unrestored Woman," 7 p.m., Shakepseare & Co., 103 S. Third St. W. 549-9010, shakespeareandco.com

Kids' stuff

Deejay Camp, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., through Friday, Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W.  Ages 8-16;  $225 non-members, $215 members. Create beats and form songs using your computer. Electronic music and beat creation will be instructed by Kris Moon. Using a variety of sounds and controllers each camper will create an original song to be showcased at the Top Hat for Family Friendly Friday during a listening party. Campers are required to have their own laptop, one pair of headphones and basic computer knowledge. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

Kids table 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 

Bibler Home and Gardens Garden Party, 5 p.m., 360 Lake Hills Drive, Kalispell. Tickets $60 or $110 per couple; must be purchased in advance. Enjoy an evening of wine, hors d’oeuvres, live music, the home’s collection of antiques, sculptures and heirloom Persian carpets, and magnificent gardens in a relaxed atmosphere. Proceeds benefit Flathead Valley Community College student scholarships. (406) 756-3632.

Beginning walking group, 8:30-9 a.m., Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State St., Hamilton. 363-1670.

Computer electronics in the MakerSpace, 3-6 p.m.; "Intro to Email" 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, July 19

Art

"Beginning Throwing Intensive" with Donna Flanery, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 16, Clay Studio of Missoula, 1106 Hawthorne St. 543-0509, theclaystudioofmissoula.org.

Books, readings 

Joe Wilkins, a Pushcart Prize winner and National Magazine Award finalist from western Oregon, reads and signs his book of poetry “When We Were Birds,” 7 p.m., Fact & Fiction 220 N. Higgins Ave. 721-2881, factandfictionbooks.com.  

Kids' stuff

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

Eat your veggies story time for ages 3-5, 11 a.m.; “I Scream, You Scream,” 3-5 p.m.; add your angle for ages 6-10, 3 p.m., ImagineIF Library, Columbia Falls. Sample and vote for an official ImagineIF Sweet Peaks ice cream flavor. imagineiflibraries.org.  

Fizzy painting, 11 a.m., Children's Museum Missoula, 225 W. Front St., 541-7529, childrensmuseummissoula.org

Tiny tales for ages 3 and younger, 10:30 a.m.; kids table at the library with free lunch for ages 18 and under at 11:30 a.m. followed by activity at noon; Kids Table at Frenchtown Branch, kids ages 18 and under eat free, noon; Children's Summer Activity Program, 2 p.m.; 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.

Singing Sons of Beaches, 8 p.m., Polson Motorcoach and RV Resort overlooking the lake off U.S. Highway 93.

Potpourri

Cheers for Charity, 5-8 p.m., Draught Works Brewery, 915 Toole Ave. Fifty cents of every pint sold will go to the Montana Natural History Center. 

Montana Baroque Music Festival: “Baroque Bells and Whistles,” 7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort, 190 Montana Highway 35, Paradise. Tickets $20 per day or $55 for three-day pass. The 13th annual festival showcases national and international players of baroque music and instruments, with a different program nightly. The first two nights highlight the talents of founder, violinist Monica Huggett, and Matthias Maute on baroque flute and recorder. Thursday’s performance adds a new face to the ensemble: trumpeter Kris Kwapis. (406) 826-3600, montanabaroque.org.

Bibler Home and Gardens Splendid Summer Evenings, guided tours at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., 360 Lake Hills Drive, Kalispell. Tickets $15 adults, $5 children. Experience a splendid summer evening surrounded by acres of colorful annuals and perennials in full bloom, highlighted by stunning views of the Flathead Valley. (406) 756-3632.

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

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

Coloring Club for Grown-ups, 10 a.m.-noon; chapter book read aloud, 2:30-3 p.m.; writers group with John Robinson, 6:30-8 p.m.; Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State St., Hamilton. 363-1670.

"Shared Parenting" class, part 1, 6-9 p.m., Families First Parenting Programs offices, 227 1/2 W. Front St. $70, child-care available. Call 721-7690 to register. 

Open time in the MakerSpace, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Community Creative Writing Workshop, 6-7:30 p.m.; System Check! gamers club, 6:30 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665. missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Trivia, 7:30 p.m., VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St.

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

Theater

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

Wednesday, July 20

Art

"Intermediate/Advanced Ceramics" with Joshua Kuensting, 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 17, Clay Studio of Missoula, 1106 Hawthorne St. 543-0509, theclaystudioofmissoula.org.

Books, readings

Kathleen Snow reads from her nonfiction book "Taken By a Bear in Yellowstone," an account of grizzly bear deaths in the national park, and introduces her new mystery novel "Searching for Bear Eyes," 7 p.m., Shakespeare & Co., 103 S. Third St. W. 549-9010, shakespeareandco.com.  

Dance

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

Kids' stuff

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

"Pack a Picnic" story time, 10 a.m.; "Scream for Ice Cream" story time for ages 3-5, 10:30 a.m., ImagineIF Library, Kalispell. imagineiflibraries.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.

Lolo branch story time, 10:30, call 273-0451, ext. 211; Seeley Lake story time, 11 a.m., call 9406) 677-8995; kids table at the Library, free lunch for ages 18 and under, 11:30 a.m., followed by activity at noon; kids table at Frenchtown Branch, noon, free lunch for ages 18 and under; Frenchtown branch story time and craft, 10:30 a.m.; Middle School Writers' Group, 3:30 p.m.; Computer programming through Minecraft, ages 8-13, 5 p.m., registration required, Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665. missoulapubliclibrary.org. 

Music

Montana Baroque Music Festival: “Baroque Bells and Whistles,” 7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort, 190 Montana Highway 35, Paradise. Tickets $20 per day or $55 for three-day pass. The 13th annual festival showcases national and international players of baroque music and instruments, with a different program nightly. The first two nights highlight the talents of founder, violinist Monica Huggett, and Matthias Maute on baroque flute and recorder. Thursday’s performance adds a new face to the ensemble, trumpeter Kris Kwapis. (406) 826-3600, montanabaroque.org

The String Cheese Incident, 7 p.m., doors 5:30 p.m., Big Sky Brewing Co.  Tickets $49.50 in advance, $60 days of show, available at Big Sky Brewing, Rockin’ Rudy’s, by calling 866-468-7624 and online at Ticketweb.com or KnittingFactory.com

Missoula City Band concert featuring "Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight" with Jay Straw, 8 p.m., Bonner Park. 728-2400, ext. 7041, missoulacityband.org.

Potpourri

Bibler Home and Gardens Splendid Summer Evenings, guided tours at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., 360 Lake Hills Drive, Kalispell. Tickets $15 adults, $5 children. Experience a splendid summer evening surrounded by acres of colorful annuals and perennials in full bloom, highlighted by stunning views of the Flathead Valley. (406) 756-3632.

Beginning walking group, 8:30-9 a.m.; toddler and baby story time, 10:30-11:15 a.m.; Wild Wednesdays featuring a talent show, 1:30-2:15 p.m.; chapter book read aloud, 2:30-3 p.m.; hooping for fitness with Sasha Brooks, 6:30-8 p.m., pre-registration required; Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State St., Hamilton. 363-1670.

Out to Lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Caras Park. Music by Zeppo Blues; activities by the Zootown Arts Community Center. 543-4238, missouladowntown.com.  

Open hours in the MakerSpace, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; android tablets and smartphones 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

Bigfork Summer Playhouse, “42nd Street,” 8 p.m. 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.

Thursday, July 21 

Art

Artists in Paradise, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Paradise Center, 2 Schoolhouse Road. Sanders County artists, including painters, potters, quilters and woodcrafters, share their work, demonstrate techniques and help created a community painting. Music, children’s activities and food are also part of the third annual event. (406) 826-0500.

Wrap reception: "Montana Water," 5:30-8 p.m., Collage Gallery of Fine Art, Antiquities, Books and Collectables, 571 Electric Ave., Bigfork. Featuring works by Asha MacDonald, Stephanie Frostad, Tabby Ivy, Kenneth Yarus and Lee Proctor. (406) 837-0822.

Books, readings

Terry Tempest Williams reads and signs her new book of essays, “The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks,” 7 p.m., UC Ballroom, UM. 721-2881, factandfictionbooks.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

Shaving cream art, 11 a.m., Children's Museum Missoula, 225 W. Front St., 541-7529, childrensmuseummissoula.org.

Pop-up playground, 1-3 p.m., Pineview Park. 541-7529. 

“I Scream, You Scream,” 3-5 p.m. at ImagineIF Library, Bigfork, and 5-7 p.m. at ImagineIF Library, Columbia Falls. Sample and vote for an official ImagineIF Sweet Peaks ice cream flavor. imagineiflibraries.org

Cupcake wars for teens entering grades 6-12, 2 p.m., ImagineIF Library, Kalispell. Create the ultimate cupcake with provided ingredients. imaginelibraries.org.

Kids book and writing club, 1;!5-2 p.m., North Valley Public Library, 208 Main St., Stevensville. bring a fantasy, magic or fairy tale book and write your own fairy tale. 777-5061, northvalleylibrary.org.

Tiny tales for ages birth-3, 10:30 a.m.; kids table at the library with free lunch for ages 18 and under, 11:30 a.m. followed by activity at noon; kids table at Frenchtown branch, ages 18 and under eat free, 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.

Music

Montana Baroque Music Festival: “Baroque Bells and Whistles,” 7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort, 190 Montana Highway 35, Paradise. Tickets $20 per day or $55 for three-day pass. The 13th annual festival showcases national and international players of baroque music and instruments, with a different program nightly. The first two nights highlight the talents of founder, violinist Monica Huggett, and Matthias Maute on baroque flute and recorder. Thursday’s performance adds a new face to the ensemble, trumpeter Kris Kwapis. (406) 826-3600, montanabaroque.org.

The String Cheese Incident, 7 p.m., doors 5:30 p.m., Big Sky Brewing Co. Tickets $49.50 in advance, $60 days of show, available at Big Sky Brewing, Rockin’ Rudy’s, 866-468-7624, ticketweb.com or knittingfactory.com

Bibler Home and Gardens Splendid Summer Evenings, guided tours at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., 360 Lake Hills Drive, Kalispell. Tickets $15 adults, $5 children. Experience a splendid summer evening surrounded by acres of colorful annuals and perennials in full bloom, highlighted by stunning views of the Flathead Valley. (406) 756-3632.

The Event at Rebecca Farm, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, 1010 W. Springcreek Road, Kalispell. Free; parking donation suggested. The top horses and riders from across the U.S. and around the world converge at this year’s 15th annual event. It’s a combination of competition, trade fair, fabulous food and family fun. (406) 253-4666, rebeccafarm.org.

Evening Dharma Talk featuring Namchak Khempo discussing “Loving Kindness,” 6:30-8 p.m., Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, 34756 White Coyote Road, Arlee. (406) 241-3032, ewambuddhagarden.org.

“Read to Cows and Goats” at Homestead Organics Farm, 11 a.m., pre-registration required; open technology lab, 1:30-2:30 p.m.; silent reading tea party, 3-3:30 p.m.; Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State St., Hamilton. 363-1670.

Downtown Tonight, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Caras Park. Music by the Bent Bones; activities by the National Wildlife Federation. 543-4238, missouladowntown.com.  

July acoustic guitar club, noon-2 p.m., call to register; family movies at Missoula main library, 2 p.m.; Frenchtown branch family movie, 2 p.m., call 626-2730; 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

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.

Philipsburg Opera House Theatre Co., "Unnecessary Farce," in which cops, crooks and one cheap motel lead to laughs, 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 15 and under. Call 406-859-0013 or email ohtc@blackfoot.net.
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