Friday, July 31

Kids' stuff

Story time for kids ages 3-5 with Maria Laughlin reading “Animal Heroes,” 10:30-11:15 a.m.; Teen Book Club, 2 p.m.; Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State St., Hamilton. 363-1670.

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

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

Music

Pickin' in the Park, 3 p.m., Boettcher Park. (406) 407-3514. 

Potpourri

Missoula Collectible Gun and Antique Show, 10 a.m.-7 p.m, Adams Center, UM. 

Montana Antique Mall annual parking lot sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 331 W. Railroad. 

The Trail 103.3 10th birthday celebration, 5 p.m., Caras Park. River float, give aways, raffle, food vendors and more. 721-6800, trail1033.com

Yarns @ the Library, noon-2 p.m.; Young Adult Writers, 3:30 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

"The Nerd," 2 p.m.; "Vaudeville Variety Show," 7 p.m., Opera House Theatre, Philipsburg. (406) 859-0013operahousetheatre.com.  

Alpine Theatre Project presents the closing night of “Big Fish,” 8 p.m., Whitefish Performing Arts Center, 600 E. Second St. Tickets $18-$42. Based on the celebrated novel and acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, "Big Fish" centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest - and then some. This heartwarming and magical musical overflows with creativity, showing us the true power of the stories we tell. (406) 862-7469atpwhitefish.org.

Bigfork Summer Playhouse presents “Annie,” 8 p.m., Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts, 526 Electric Ave. Tickets $17-$30. (406) 837-4886, bigforksummerplayhouse.com.

Port Polson Players present “Breakin’ Up Is Hard to Do,” 8 p.m., Theatre on the Lake, U.S. Highway 93, Polson. Tickets $17-$18. A cast of eight sing and laugh their way through a hilarious storyline featuring the songs of Neil Sedaka. (406) 883-9212, portpolsonplayers.com.

Saturday, August 1

Art

Bigfork Festival of the Arts, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., downtown. The festival offers more than 160 arts and craft booths, food, entertainment and children's activities. Bus shuttles will run starting at 9 a.m. at the Potoczny baseball field and Bethany Lutheran Church. (406) 837-5888, bigforkfestivalofthearts.com.

Books, readings

Deborah Nelles signs "After They're Gone, Their Blessings Continue," 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Garden of Read'n, 2621 Brooks St. (406) 431-4349.

JP Kemmick reads from his Merriam-Frontier chapbook "Space City, USA," 7 p.m., Shakespeare & Co., 103 S. Third St. W. Call 549-9010 or visit shakespeareandco.com.

Dance

Salsa dancing, 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m., Downtown Dance Collective, 121 W. Main St. $7. Free dance lessons, 8:30 p.m. Ages 18 and over.

Kids' stuff

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

Music

Big Sky Rhythm and Blues Music Festival on the Clark Fork River, Noxon. Featuring the Stacy Jones Band, CD Woodbury Band, and Richard Allen and the Louisiana Experience from Seattle; Fat Tones and Sammy Eubanks from Spokane; Big Jim Adam from Florida; Rae Gordon Band from Portland; and Montana’s Big Jim Adam, Atomic Jive, Three-Eared Dog and Red Hot Blue Chip Zydeco. (406) 827-4210, northernrockiesbluestrail.org.

Potpourri

Alien detention center barracks grand opening, noon, Historical Museum at Fort Missoula. 728-3476. 

Missoula Collectible Gun and Antique Show, 9 a.m.-7 p.m, Adams Center, UM. 

Montana Antique Mall annual parking lot sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 331 W. Railroad St. 

Eureka Quilt Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Tobacco Valley Historical Village, 4 Dewey Ave. Hundreds of quilts are on display as well as a boutique, featured artists and vendors. (406) 297-3677, eurekaquiltshow.com.

The Upper Swan Valley Historical Society hosts "Film, Fiddlers and Fun," 5-8 p.m., Swan Valley Museum, 6774 Highway 83 N., mile marker 42, Condon. Tickets $10 adults, children 12 and under free, available at the Swan Valley Museum, Swan Valley Library, Holland Lake Lodge or at the event. Swanvalleyhistoricalsociety.org

Big Sky Rhythm and Blues Festival, Noxon. Northernrockiesbluestrail.org

"Round Up at Riverside," Daly Mansion's annual fundraiser, 5:30 p.m., Daly Manson, Hamilton. Live music by bluegrass duo Mike and Tari Conroy accompanied by fiddle player Ellie Nuno plus silent and live auctions, dinner, dessert. Tickets $70 per person. 363-6004 Ext. 2. dalymansion.org.

Stevensville Masonic Lodge annual pancake breakfast, 7-11 a.m., Lodge at Third and Church Streets, Stevensville. $7 adults, $3 children. (719) 930-4712.

Missoula Public Library's August Trail 103.3 Book Club online discussion begins today on Goodreads: "The Geography of Bliss." 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Smokin’ on the Water barbecue cookoff, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., KwaTaqNuk Resort, Polson. The day also includes a brew tour, live music, games and giveaways. (406) 883-5969, polsonchamber.com.

Water Daze, 1 p.m., Boettcher Park, Polson. Register for one-mile swim race starting at 11 a.m. (406) 883-4567 or (267) 664-3422.

Pablo Elementary School reunion for all classes before 1970, noon, Cheers, 504 Third Ave. E. Roxie Richwine, (406) 258-6276.

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. 

Hamilton Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Bedford Street. Shop for locally grown produce, fruit, locally baked goods and sandwiches, and handmade art and crafts. 961-0004, hamiltonfarmersmarket.webs.com.

Theater

“Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash,” 8 p.m., Whitefish Performing Arts Center, 600 E. Second St. Tickets $18-$42. From the iconic songbook of Johnny Cash comes this musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and home and family. More than two dozen classic hits – including “I Walk The Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues” and the title tune – tell the life story of one of America’s musical treasures. (406) 862-7469atpwhitefish.org.

"First Things First," 2 p.m. and "The Nerd," 7 p.m, Opera House Theatre, Philipsburg. (406) 859-0013, operahousetheatre.com.  

Bigfork Summer Playhouse presents “Man of La Mancha," 8 p.m., Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts, 526 Electric Ave. Tickets $17-$30.   (406) 837-4886, bigforksummerplayhouse.com.

Port Polson Players present “Breakin’ Up Is Hard to Do,” 8 p.m., Theatre on the Lake, U.S. Highway 93, Polson. Tickets $17-$18. A cast of eight sing and laugh their way through a hilarious storyline featuring the songs of Neil Sedaka. (406) 883-9212, portpolsonplayers.com.

Sunday, August 2

Art

Bigfork Festival of the Arts, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., downtown. The festival offers over 160 arts and craft booths, food, entertainment and children's activities. Bus shuttles will run starting at 9 a.m. at the Potoczny baseball field and Bethany Lutheran Church. (406) 837-5888, bigforkfestivalofthearts.com.

Kids' stuff

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

Music

Big Sky Rhythm and Blues Music Festival on the Clark Fork River, Noxon. Featuring the Stacy Jones Band, CD Woodbury Band, and Richard Allen & the Louisiana Experience from Seattle; Fat Tones and Sammy Eubanks from Spokane; Big Jim Adam from Florida; Rae Gordon Band from Portland; and Montana’s Big Jim Adam, Atomic Jive, Three-Eared Dog and Red Hot Blue Chip Zydeco. (406) 827-4210, northernrockiesbluestrail.org.

Riverbend Concert Series featuring Left Over Biscuits, Sliters Park, Bigfork.

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

Missoula Collectible Gun and Antique Show, 9 a.m.-3 p.m, Adams Center, UM. 

Montana Antique Mall annual parking lot sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 331 W. Railroad. 

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

Theater

Port Polson Players present “Breakin’ Up Is Hard to Do,” 2 p.m., Theatre on the Lake, U.S. Highway 93, Polson. Tickets $17-$18. A cast of eight sing and laugh their way through a hilarious storyline featuring the songs of Neil Sedaka. (406) 883-9212, portpolsonplayers.com.

"Vaudeville Variety Show," 4 p.m., Opera House Theatre, Philipsburg. (406)859-0013, operahousetheatre.com.  

Monday, August 3

Art

"Wild Things" with Erin Roberts, 9 a.m.-noon, through Friday, Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. Ages: 7-11, $72/$80. Scholarships are available. Contact reneet@missoulaartmuseum.org.

"Toys, Novelties and Games," 9 a.m.-4 p.m., through Friday, Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. $180/$165 for members; registration required. 549-7555, zootownarts.org

Books, readings

Pferron Doss reads and signs "Ole Freedom," 7 p.m., Fact & Fiction, 220 N. Higgins Ave. 721-2881, factandfictionbooks.com.  

Dance

River Street Dance Theater in Hamilton camps through Friday - For ages 9 and up: Ballet with Pam Erickson, 9:30 a.m. and modern jazz fusion with Joy French, 10:30-11:40 a.m. For ages 12 and up: Modern jazz fusion with Joy French, 11:50 a.m. and ballet taught by Tess Gallagher Clancy, 1:20-2:40 p.m. $35-$70. Call 363-1203.

Kid's stuff

Cooking Club camp with teacher Suzette Dussault, 12:30-4:30 p.m., through Friday. Ages 8-14.  $125. 543-4006, Suzette2005@gmail.com to register.  

Music

Festival Amadeus, 7:30 p.m., Whitefish Performing Arts Center, 600 E. Second St. Music director John Zoltek promises “A Week of Mozart and Beyond” with acclaimed guest soloists and the Festival Amadeus Orchestra. Featuring performance by the Brasil Guitar Duo. (406) 407-7000, gscmusic.org.

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

Potpourri

Dream Factory ("Yume Kojo"), a multimedia performance work by UM Media Arts grad student Tatsuya Ishii with dancers Joy French and Tyler Martin, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m., Masquer Theatre/PARTV Building UM. $5 suggested donation. 

Moscow Monday, noon-8 p.m., Montgomery Distillery, 129 W. Front. One dollar from every drink is donated to Montana Natural History Center. 

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.  

Electronics exploration, 3-5 p.m.; "Computer Fundamentals," 6 p.m., registration required; Scrabble, 6 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Tuesday, August 4

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

Tie-dye coasters, 11 a.m., Children's Museum Missoula, 225 W. Front St. 541-7529, childrensmuseum.org

Tiny Tales for ages 3 and younger, 10:30 a.m.; Kids Eat Free at Kids Table, noon-1 p.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

Festival Amadeus, 7:30 p.m., Whitefish Performing Arts Center, 600 E. Second St. Music Director John Zoltek promises “a week of Mozart and beyond” with acclaimed guest soloists and the Festival Amadeus Orchestra. Featuring the Fry Street Quartet with Andrew Staupe. (406) 407-7000, gscmusic.org.

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

Dream Factory ("Yume Kojo"), a multimedia performance work by UM Media Arts grad student Tatsuya Ishii with dancers Joy French and Tyler Martin, 3 p.m., Masquer Theatre/PARTV Building UM. $5 suggested donation. 

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

Lavender wand making with Lori Lavender, noon-1 p.m.; Writer's Group, 6:30-8 p.m., Bitterroot Public Library, Hamilton. 363-1670.

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

System Check! 6:30 p.m.; Writers Anonymous, 6 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

Bigfork Summer Playhouse presents “Footloose," 8 p.m., Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts, 526 Electric Ave. Tickets $17-$30. (406) 837-4886, bigforksummerplayhouse.com.

Wednesday, August 5

Dance

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

Jitterbug, beginning level, 7-8 p.m., Sunrise Saloon, 1101 Strand. 

Kids' stuff

Toddler and baby story time, 10:30-11:15 a.m.; Wild Wednesday featuring water games, 1:30 p.m.; Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State St., Hamilton. 363-1670.

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

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

Music

Jason Isbell, former Drive-By Trucker and critically acclaimed solo songwriter, 7:30 p.m., Dennison Theatre, UM. With opener Damien Jurado, Seattle indie-rock artist signed to Secretly Canadian. Tickets $35 plus fees, available at the Adams Center Box office and all GrizTix locations, griztix.com and by phone at 243-4051. 

Slightly Stoopid with special guests Dirty Heads and Stick Figure, 6 p.m., Big Sky Brewing Company. Tickets $36 in advance, $40 day of show, available at the brewery, Rockin’ Rudy’s, by calling 866-468-7624 and online at Ticketweb.com or KnittingFactory.com.

Missoula City Band Concert, 8 p.m., Bonner Park. Featuring Gary Herbig on saxophone. 728-2400 Ext. 7041, missoulacityband.org.

Potpourri

Out to Lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m, Caras Park. Music by Mudslide Charlie; children's activities provided by the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula. 543-4238, missouladowntown.com

"Excel," 12:30 p.m., registration required; free family film, 1 p.m., Big Sky Branch, Big Sky High School auditorium; Middle School Writers, 3:30 p.m.; Socrates Cafe, 7 p.m., 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. 

Theater

Bigfork Summer Playhouse presents “Annie,” 8 p.m., Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts, 526 Electric Ave. Tickets $17-$30. (406) 837-4886, bigforksummerplayhouse.com.

Port Polson Players present “Breakin’ Up is Hard to Do,” 8 p.m., Theatre on the Lake, U.S. Highway 93, Polson. Tickets $17$18. A cast of eight sing and laugh their way through a hilarious storyline featuring the songs of Neil Sedaka. (406) 883-9212, portpolsonplayers.com.

Thursday, August 6

Art

Open studio at VonCommon art collective space. Come visit with artists Marlo Crocifisso, Adelaide Every, Nate Biehl, Caitlin Hofmeister, Lady Pajama, Julie Schroeter, and Aaron Jennings and see what projects they've been working on. 6-9 p.m., 1909 Wyoming St. Warehouse No. 7, a few blocks west of Home Resource. Call (406) 360-7452.

Books, readings

Jacob Kahn reads from his new collection of poetry, "A Circuit of Yields: Conventional Wisdom for Giants," with fellow poet and guest Alicia Mountain, 6:30 p.m., Shakespeare & Co., 103 S. Third St. W. 549-9010, shakespeareandco.com.

Dance

Line dance, beginner plus level, 7-8:30 p.m., Sunrise Saloon, 1101 Strand Ave.

Kids' stuff

MiniNaturalist Pre-K program, 10-11 a.m., Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. $3/$1 MNHC members. 327-0405, MontanaNaturalist.org

Tissue paper watercolor, 11 a.m.; p.m., Children's Museum Missoula, 225 W. Front St. 541-7529, childrensmuseum.org

Kid's Book Club for ages 9-12, 11:30 a.m.-noon, North Valley Public Library, 208 Main St., Stevensville. Featuring magical heroes. 777-5061. 

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

Festival Amadeus, 7:30 p.m., Whitefish Performing Arts Center, 600 E. Second St. Music director John Zoltek promises “a week of Mozart and beyond” with acclaimed guest soloists and the Festival Amadeus Orchestra. Featuring saxophonist Ashu, violinist Yevgeny Kutik and pianist Spencer Myer, Aug. 6. (406) 407-7000, gscmusic.org.

Djebe Bara offers an 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

Seed collecting, 4:30-6 p.m., Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden. $4 suggested donation, Montana Natural History Center members free. Montananaturalist.org

IPad Users Group, 3:30-4:30 p.m.; Cardboard Challenge Fair, 4:30-6 p.m., Bitterroot Public Library, Hamilton. 363-1670.

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

Downtown Tonight, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Caras Park. Music by Salsa Loca; children's activities provided spectrUM. 543-4238, missouladowntown.com

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

Terrific Thursdays featuring a superhero balloon race, 2-3 p.m.; create Vietnamese spring rolls with Nansu, 7 p.m.; Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State St., Hamilton. 363-1670.

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

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

Theater

"Vaudeville Variety Show," 7 p.m., Opera House Theatre, Philipsburg. (406)859-0013, operahousetheatre.com.  

Bigfork Summer Playhouse presents “Man of La Mancha,” 8 p.m., Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts, 526 Electric Ave. Tickets $17-$30.   (406) 837-4886, bigforksummerplayhouse.com.

Port Polson Players present “Breakin’ Up is Hard to Do,” 8 p.m., Theatre on the Lake, U.S. Highway 93, Polson. Tickets $17-$18. A cast of eight sing and laugh their way through a hilarious storyline featuring the songs of Neil Sedaka. (406) 883-9212, portpolsonplayers.com.

Call for art

Sandpiper Art and Gift Gallery will hold the Flathead Lake Festival of Art, a two-day, juried fine art festival in Sacajawea Park, in conjunction with fifth annual Blues Festival on Aug. 15-16. To download an application or for more information, visit sandpiperartgallery.com or flatheadlakebluesfestival.com.

VonCommon, a Missoula art collective, seeks admissions for "Missoula 911," group exhibition. The show, set for Sept. 11, asks artists to contemplate the meanings we attach to a specific date, not necessarily 9/11. All types of artistic expression are welcome. Submit as many works as you like. No fee to apply. Accepted artists will pay a $20 fee for the show's promotion, reception costs and other expenses. VonCommon does not take a commission on any works sold during the show. Email questions, proposals and images to voncommonstudios@gmail.com by Aug. 15. Please send images larger than 300 kb.

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