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Friday, August 12

Art

Second Friday Gallery opening, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. Featuring "Freedom Within the Frame" by the Montana Art Therapy Association and watercolor artist Diane Olhoeft. 549-7555, zootownarts.org

Silk screening night, 5:30-7:30 p.m, Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. Free. Bring blank shirt, tote bag or scarf.  549-7555, zootownarts.org

Kids' stuff

Body bubble, 10 a.m.; Children's Museum Missoula, 225 W. Front St. 541-7529, childrensmuseummissoula.org.

Story time for kids, 10:30-11:15 a.m.; Special Families featuring water games, 6 p.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

Festival Amadeus featuring “Orchestra Night 2: Baroque Extravaganza,” 7:30 p.m., Whitefish Performing Arts Center, 600 E. Second St. (406) 407-7000, gscmusic.org.

Riverfront Blues Festival, 6 p.m., Riverfront Park, Libby. Tickets $20-$50. The eighth annual blues bash by the Kootenai River offers two days with a wide range of blues styles. Harlis Sweetwater is back by popular demand after an electrifying performance at the festival in 2014. Also performing will be Austin Young, Black Mountain Moan, the Chris O’Leary Band, Hot Flash Blues Band, Cee Cee James, Phil Berkowitz and Jimmy D. Lane. (406) 293-1661, riverfrontbluesfestival.com.

Drum Brothers in concert, 7:30 p.m., Sliter's Park Riverbend Stage, Bigfork. $13 in advance at drumbrothers.com or $16 at the door; children 12 and under free. 

Potpourri

"Hour of Babel" hosted by Scott Butler, 6 p.m., North Valley Public Library, 208 Main St., Stevensville. 777-5061. 

Duck Duck Goose children's consignment event, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., East Gym of the Adams Center, UM. missoula@dkdkgoose.com

Western Montana Fair BrewFest, 5:30-10 p.m., Missoula County Fairgrounds. Entry fee of $12 includes a wristband, commemorative cup and two drink tokens. Additional tokens $2 each. 721-FAIR.

Missoula Chicks 'n Chaps “Behind the Chute 2016,” 4:30-7 p.m., Missoula County Fairgrounds. Rodeo clinics including a special clinic called “Behind the Chutes” with Sankey Pro Rodeo where you’ll learn all about the stock behind the rodeo. You’ll go behind the chutes to learn about the treatment of the livestock, breeding, timing and scoring of events, the life of a rodeo contractor and value of the animals. Attendees will have a backstage pass to see just what goes on behind the scenes of each ride in a rodeo. Tickets available at everyeventgives.com.

Hamilton Tonight featuring music by John Floridis, 5-8 p.m., downtown. Businesses are open late with specials, refreshments and activities. 360-9124.

Huckleberry Days Arts Festival, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Depot Park, 504 Railway, Whitefish. More than 100 vendors of fine arts, crafts and food share their wares at the 27th annual festival, which also includes entertainment, a mobile climbing wall for kids and adults and a huckleberry dessert bake-off.  (406) 862-3501.

Summerfest, noon, downtown Polson. Friday brings registration for the car show noon-5 p.m. in Sacajawea Park; a poker run 6-8 p.m.; and music and dancing 8 p.m.-midnight at the Finley Point Grill. Check out the hot rods, classics and antique cars beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday on Main Street; visit the Sandpiper Art Festival at the courthouse lawn, join the kids at the Sports Complex for family fun day or stroll through town from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the poker walk. Sunday brings a brunch cruise at 10:30 a.m. aboard the Shadow and water activities on Flathead Lake. (406) 883-5255, andersonbroadcasting.com.

Trout Creek Huckleberry Festival, 5 p.m. Creek Park. This year’s event features more than 100 arts and crafts vendors, live music and entertainment, a parade, 5K run, dancing, dog agility demonstration, pentathlon, auction, children’s activities, horseshoe contest, huckleberry pancake breakfasts, dessert contest and an interfaith worship service. huckleberryfestival.com.

Drop-in watercolor painting class, noon-2 p.m.; Yarns at the Library, noon; Young Adult Writers' Group, 3:30 p.m.; World-Wide Cinema free foreign film, "Glassland" from Ireland, 7 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org

Theater

Hamilton Players present “Dearly Beloved,” 8 p.m., Hamilton Playhouse, 100 Ricketts Road. Join the Futrelle Sisters in their nuptial nightmare. 375-9050, hamiltonplayers.com.

“Grease,” 8 p.m., Bigfork Summer Playhouse. Tickets $17-$26. (406) 837-4886, bigforksummerplayhouse.com.

Missoula Children's Theater Performing Arts Camp presents "Drawn to Broadway," 5 and 8 p.m., MCT Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. Adams St. Tickets available at MCTinc.org, by calling 728-7529 or at the box office. 

Montana Rep's Visions and Voices presents "Front Street" by Anita Vatshell, 7:30 p.m., Masquer Theatre, PAR/TV Center, UM. "Front Street" depicts the trials and tribulations of a group of Missoulians circa 1895, in and around Mary Gleim's house of ill repute. Tickets $10 at the door. montanarep.org

Saturday, August 13

Art

Sandpiper Art Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Lake County Courthouse lawn, Polson. Gallery’s 45th annual outdoor festival features original paintings, sculpture, jewelry, photography, woodcraft, printmaking, and pottery by artists and artisans from around the region. Musicians and dancers entertain, and food concessions are available. (406) 883-5956, sandpiperartgallery.com.

“A Timeless Legacy: Women Artists of Glacier National Park” fixed draw sale, 5-8 p.m., Hockaday Museum of Art, 302 Second Ave. E., Kalispell. The exhibit, which runs through Sept. 10, features 27 nationally known women artists who will present 75 new Glacier Park-themed works including landscapes, wildlife and Native American subject matter. (406) 755-5268, hockadaymuseum.org

Books, readings

John PL Langellier presentation and signing of “Fighting for Uncle Sam: Buffalo Soldiers in the Frontier Army,” 2 p.m., Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History, Building T-316, Fort Missoula. 549-5346, fortmissoula.org.

Kelly Potter signs “The Garden of Smiles,” 10:30 a.m.-noon, Fact & Fiction, 220 N. Higgins Ave. 721-2881, factandfictionbooks.com.

Kids' stuff

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

Music

Festival Amadeus featuring “Orchestra Night 3: Mozart’s Clarinet /Haydn’s London,” 7:30 p.m., Whitefish Performing Arts Center, 600 E. Second St. (406) 407-7000, gscmusic.org.

Trampled by Turtles and Lord Huron, 6 p.m. doors, 7:30 p.m. show, Big Sky Brewing Co. Tickets available at Big Sky Brewing, Rockin’ Rudy’s, by calling 866-468-7624 and online at Ticketweb.com or KnittingFactory.com.

Riverfront Blues Festival, 1:30 p.m., Riverfront Park, Libby. Tickets $20-$50. Eighth annual blues bash by the Kootenai River offers two days of top-notch entertainment that spans a wide range of blues styles. Harlis Sweetwater is back by popular demand after an electrifying performance at the festival in 2014. Also performing will be Austin Young, Black Mountain Moan, the Chris O’Leary Band, Hot Flash Blues Band, Cee Cee James, Phil Berkowitz and Jimmy D. Lane. (406) 293-1661, riverfrontbluesfestival.com.

Potpourri

Show and Shine Car Show, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Dillard's parking lot, Southgate Mall. Fundraiser for the Montana Hope Project coordinated by Big Sky High School student Amanda Knudson as part of her senior project. 490-2697.

Duck Duck Goose children's consignment event, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., East Gym of the Adams Center, UM. missoula@dkdkgoose.com

Community pancake breakfast, 8-11 a.m., Big Arm School. Donations accepted. (406) 849-5064.

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

Trout Creek Huckleberry Festival,  7 a.m., Trout Creek Park. This year’s event features more than 100 arts and crafts vendors, live music and entertainment, a parade, 5K run, dancing, dog agility demonstration, pentathlon, auction, children’s activities, horseshoe contest, huckleberry pancake breakfasts, dessert contest and an interfaith worship service. huckleberryfestival.com.

Huckleberry Days Arts Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Depot Park, 504 Railway, Whitefish. More than 100 vendors of fine arts, crafts and food share their wares at the 27th annual festival, which also includes entertainment, a mobile climbing wall for kids and adults and a huckleberry dessert bake-off. (406) 862-3501.

Summerfest, 9 a.m., downtown Polson. View the hot rods, classics and antique cars beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday on Main Street; visit the Sandpiper Art Festival at the courthouse lawn, join the kids at the Sports Complex for Family Fun Day or stroll through town from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the Poker Walk. Sunday brings a brunch cruise at 10:30 a.m. aboard the Shadow and water activities on Flathead Lake. (406) 883-5255, andersonbroadcasting.com.

Riverfest in the ‘Root, 2-7:30 p.m., River Park, Hamilton. Free. The event, hosted by the Bitter Root Water Forum, includes vendors, face painting, fly-casting clinic, live animal show, food, drink and music by the Big Sky Mudflaps. Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at the park to clean up the Bitterroot River. brwaterforum.org.

South Valley Quilt Show and Sale, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Darby Community Clubhouse. Admission $1 or non-perishable food donation to Darby Bread Box food pantry. An array of quilts, some for sale, fabric and supply vendors plus arts and crafts fair, and live music. Darbyquiltgirls.wordpress.com.

Nooks and Crannies Tour, 9 a.m., Conrad Mansion Museum, 330 Woodland Ave., Kalispell. Tickets $28, reservations required. Visit areas of the mansion not accessible during regular tours. Guides open closet doors and reveal secret compartments in drawers. (406) 755-2166, conradmansion.com.

Swan Lake Huckeberry Festival, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Swan Lake Day Use Area, Highway 83 mile marker 72. The 35th annual festival brings huckleberry pie, huckleberry treats, art, crafts and music to the shores of Swan Lake. (406) 837-2061, swanlakemontana.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

Missoula Children's Theater Performing Arts Camp presents "Drawn to Broadway," 1 and 4 p.m., MCT Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. Adams St. Tickets available at MCTinc.org, by calling 728-7529 or at the box office. 

Hamilton Players present “Dearly Beloved,” 8 p.m., Hamilton Playhouse, 100 Ricketts Road. Join the Futrelle Sisters in their nuptial nightmare. 375-9050, hamiltonplayers.com.

Montana Rep's Visions and Voices presents "Front Street" by Anita Vatshell, 7:30 p.m., Masquer Theatre, PARTV Center, UM. "Front Street" depicts the trials and tribulations of a group of Missoulians circa 1895, in and around Mary Gleim's house of ill repute. Tickets $10 at the door. montanarep.org

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

Sunday, August 14

Kids' stuff

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

Music

Celtic concert with Colorado's nationally touring Celtic folk-rock band Potcheen, 7-9 p.m., Paradise Pavilion, Paradise. $20 per guest includes picnic box. (406) 826-3150, QuinnsHotSprings.com

The Missoula Symphony Orchestra's "Symphony in the Park" concert, 7 p.m., Caras Park. Music Director Darko Butorac will lead the orchestra through a lively program of movie scores, dance numbers and light classics. Food and beverage may be purchased from on-site vendors and lawn chairs are encouraged. The event is free and fun for the whole family. 721-3194 or visit www.missoulasymphony.org

Festival Amadeus featuring “Orchestra Night 4: Schumann Pastoral Finale,” 7:30 p.m., Whitefish Performing Arts Center, 600 E. Second St. (406) 407-7000, gscmusic.org.

Riverbend Concert Series with Willson and McKee, 7 p.m., Sliter Park, Bigfork. (406) 837-2036.

Potpourri

Trout Creek Huckleberry Festival, 7 a.m., Trout Creek Park. This year’s event features more than 100 arts and crafts vendors, live music and entertainment, a parade, 5K run, dancing, dog agility demonstration, pentathlon, auction, children’s activities, horseshoe contest, huckleberry pancake breakfasts, dessert contest and an interfaith worship service. huckleberryfestival.com.

Huckleberry Days Arts Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Depot Park, 504 Railway, Whitefish. More than 100 vendors of fine arts, crafts and food share their wares at the 27th annual festival, which also includes entertainment, a mobile climbing wall for kids and adults and a huckleberry dessert bake-off.  (406) 862-3501.

Literary Trivia, 7:30 p.m., Zootown Brew, 121 W. Broadway. Are you a bookhound? Do you like winning prizes for answering trivia? How about delicious coffees and teas? If you answered yes to any of these, you’ll want to find your way to Literary Trivia, a trivia night curated by Missoula Public Library. Literature and related aspects are explored and the top three teams win prizes. 

Summerfest, 10:30 a.m., downtown Polson. Admire hot rods, classics and antique cars beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday on Main Street; visit the Sandpiper Art Festival at the courthouse lawn, join the kids at the Sports Complex for Family Fun Day or stroll through town from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the Poker Walk. Sunday brings a brunch cruise at 10:30 a.m. aboard The Shadow and water activities on Flathead Lake. (406) 883-5255, andersonbroadcasting.com.

Theater

Hamilton Players present “Dearly Beloved,” 2 p.m., Hamilton Playhouse, 100 Ricketts Road. Join the Futrelle Sisters in their nuptial nightmare. 375-9050, hamiltonplayers.com.

Shakespeare in the Parks presents “The Comedy of Errors,” 6 p.m., Palmer Park, Charlo. Free. (406) 994-3901, shakespeareintheparks.org.

Bigfork Summer Playhouse opens with “Young Frankenstein,” 2 p.m., 526 Electric Ave. Tickets $17-$30. (406) 837-4886, bigforksummerplayhouse.com.

Monday, August 15

Dance

Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre hosts the first USA “Good Vibes” workshop, through Aug. 26, 2704 Brooks St. Featuring guest faculty Andile Ndlovu of Johannesburg, South Africa, now in his seventh season with The Washington Ballet. Mr. Ndlovu began his training in Latin American and ballroom dance at the age of ten. At fifteen, he began training in ballet under Martin Schöenberg, director of Ballet Theatre Afrikan. In 2007, Ndlovu performed with South African Ballet Theatre, performing the lead in Don Quixote and the Jester in Swan Lake, among other roles. He went on to dance with Cape Town City Ballet. Andile was featured in the title role of “Spartacus” in 2015 in Veronica Paeper’s adaptation of the classic masterpiece and produced by the South African Dance Trust.  549-5155, rmbt.org

Kids' stuff

Collaborative Performance Camp for ages 10-16, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. through Friday, Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. $90, $80 members.  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

St. Joseph School Summer Discovery Camps for grades one-five, “Splish Splash.” Register at mcsmt.org.  

Potpourri 

"The Explorations and Discoveries of George Bird Grinnell, Father of Glacier National Park," 7 p.m., Montana Natural History Center, 1209 Hickory St. $4 suggested donation. MontanaNaturalist.org.

Laughter yoga, 2-3 p..m., North Valley Public Library, 208 Main St. 777-5061.  

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, August 16

Books, readings 

Michael Hodges reads from his new book of fiction, "The Invasive," 7 p.m., Shakepeare & Co., 103 S. Third St. W. 549-9010, shakespeareandco.com.

Kids' stuff

Montana State Parks hosts a Junior Ranger Program for ages 4-12, 10 a.m., Frenchtown State Park. (612) 387-0666.  

Tissue paper flowers, 3:30 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

Fringe Fest Porchfest, 2-10 p.m., 200 and 300 block of S. Fourth St. W. A progressive porch concert series with performers including Cash for Junkers, Micki Singer Allstars, D. Ryan, Phyllis Erck and the Ruby Jewel Band, the Organism, Montana A Capella Society, Carla Green and Marlene Hutchins, Andrea Harsell and more. zootownfringe.org

Michael Franti and Spearhead’s Soulrocker Tour with Zella Day, 7:30 p.m. (doors 6 p.m.), Big Sky Brewing Co. Tickets $36, available at Big Sky Brewing, Rockin’ Rudy’s, by calling 866-468-7624 and online at Ticketweb.com or KnittingFactory.com

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

Tuesday at Twelve featuring Tin Cup, 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 Diedre Corson, 5-7:30 p.m., north end of Central Avenue.

Zootown Fringe Festival opening ceremony in cabaret fashion, 7 p.m., Crystal Theater, 515 S. Higgins Ave. The festival runs through Aug. 10 and features performance art. $10 with fringe button, $13 without. zootownfringe.org.   

Open time in the MakerSpace, 10 a.m.-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

Shakespeare in the Parks presents “The Comedy of Errors,” 6 p.m., Mineral County Fairgrounds, Superior. Free. (406) 994-3901, shakespeareintheparks.org.

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

Wednesday, August 17

Art

Glass fusing orientation class, 6-8 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. $20, $15 for members plus cost of glass.  549-7555, zootownarts.org

Dance

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

Kids' stuff

Taletivities, 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. 

Potpourri

Naked Lady clothing swap, 5-9 pm., Crystal Theater, 515 S. Higgins Ave. Clothing swap plus live female DJ, fashion consultant, make-up artist and the Silk Road's Fringe menu. $10 per bag; bring one, take one; $10 each additional bag. zootownfringe.org.

Out to Lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Caras Park. Music by Kenny James Miller Band; activities by Historical Museum at Fort Missoula. 543-4238, missouladowntown.com.  

"Android Tablets and Smartphones," computer class, 12:30 p.m., registration required; open hours in the Makerspace, 3-6 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665. missoulapubliclibrary.org. 

Northwest Montana Fair and Rodeo, through Sunday, Flathead County Fairgrounds, 265 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell, celebrates the theme “Montana’s Best!” Fair kicks off with a concert by country star Trace Adkins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday followed by three nights of PRCA rodeo action at 7:30 p.m. and the Demolition Derby at 6 p.m. Sunday. Also on tap: horse racing, carnival rides galore, Indian relay races, pig wrestling, local talents performing on the free stages, a parade at 10 a.m. Friday, a pie contest at noon Saturday, livestock show and sale, and more than 6,000 exhibits from quilts to miniature horses. (406) 758-5810, nwmtfair.com.

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 present “Guys on Ice,” 8 p.m.,  Theatre on the Lake, Boettcher, Park, Polson. Tickets $17-$18. The season concludes with this comedy about two Wisconsin fishing buddies, awaiting the arrival of a local fishing show’s host to make them TV stars. In the ice fishing hut, we learn all sorts of anglers’ secrets, from baiting to dating, with a score of lively songs, snappy repartee, and a bucketful of laughs. (406) 883-9212, portpolsonplayers.com.

Shakespeare in the Parks presents “Richard III,” 6 p.m., Sanders County Fairgrounds, Plains. Free. (406) 994-3901, shakespeareintheparks.org.

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

Thursday, August 18

Dance

Djebe Bara group 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. 

Line dance lesson with Cathy, 7-8  p.m., Sunrise Saloon, 1101 Strand.

Kids' stuff

Lava lamps, 11 a.m., Families First Children’s Museum, 225 W. Front St. 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

Zootown Fringe Festival River Fringe, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Float the Alberton Gorge with Lewis and Clark Trail Adventures plus experience San Francisco Bay area trio Word/Dance Production's performance of "A Word Inside Itself" on the Fish Creek bank where time-traveler Captain Clark (Ritchie Doyle) joins us in the year 2016. Mandatory audience participation. $10 plus Lewis and Clark Trail Adventures fees. zootownfringe.org.

Fringe Comedy Cabaret, 8 p.m., Crystal Theater, 515 S. Higgins Ave. Featuring stand-up, improve, physical, musical and situational comedy featuring Jo Dworschek, Pale People, Cody Howell, Figmant, Gingers in Ice, Sean Kirkpatrick, Simone Lazzerie Ellis and more. zootownfringe.org.  

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

Humanities Montana presents “A Jesuit Window on Life in Western Montana” with Sally Thompson, 6 p.m., Ravalli County Museum and Historical Society, 205 Bedford St., Hamilton. Free. 363-3338.

Ignite the Nites Car Show, 4 p.m., downtown Libby. (406) 293-8216, igniterscarclub.com.

Lego Club, 3:30-5 p.m.; Fellowship Club to discuss “A Thousand Names for Joy: Living in Harmony with the Way Things Are” by Byron Katie and Stephen Mitchell, 6-7:30 p.m.; Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State St., Hamilton. 363-1670.

Downtown Tonight, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Caras Park. Music by Mabel's Rage; activities by Championship Training. 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

Port Polson Players present “Guys on Ice,” 8 p.m., Theatre on the Lake, Boettcher, Park, Polson. Tickets $17-$18. The season concludes with this comedy about two Wisconsin fishing buddies, awaiting the arrival of a local fishing show’s host to make them TV stars. In the ice fishing hut, we learn all sorts of anglers’ secrets, from baiting to dating, with a score of lively songs, snappy repartee, and a bucketful of laughs. (406) 883-9212, portpolsonplayers.com.

Alpine Theatre Project Gala Concert, 8 p.m., Whitefish Performing Arts Center, 600 E. Second St. Tickets $29-$54. The company’s cast of Broadway artists performs a string of Broadway’s greatest hits. (406) 862-7469, atpwhitefish.org.

Shakespeare in the Parks presents “The Comedy of Errors,” 6 p.m., Trout Creek Park. Free. (406) 994-3901, shakespeareintheparks.org.

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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