Friday, July 24

Art

Artists in Paradise art show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Paradise School. Featuring original artwork of 16 local artists plus children's activities. (406) 826-0500. 

Kids' stuff

Missoula Children's Theatre presents at free kids' celebration, 4-5:30 p.m., Adams Street side of MCT Center for the Performing Arts. Featuring raffle prizes, ice cream, live music by the Whizpops, plus information on the upcoming children's season. 728-1911.  

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.

Fizzy 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

Summer Concert Series featuring the Big Sky Mudflaps, 7 p.m., Sapphire Lutheran Homes, 501 N. 10th St., Hamilton. 363-2800.

Hot Springs Blues Festival featuring Mudslide Charley, Mike Bader Band, Zeppo, John Kelley, Three Eared Dog and David Ricci, Symes Hotel, 209 Wall St., Hot Springs. Festival also offers a barbecue, camping and vendors. (406) 741-2361.

Hardtimes Bluegrass Festival, 10 miles south of Hamilton on Forest Hill Road off U.S. Highway 93. Tickets $12 for the weekend, $6 for children 12 and younger, $12 camping for the weekend. 821-3777, hardtimesbluegrass.com.

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

Potpourri

Celtic Festival Missoula, Caras Park. The annual celebration of great Celtic culture, focusing on music, dance and food. Opening ceremonies at 6 p.m., music by the Screaming Orphans and the Tossers. Free. Visit celticfestivalmissoula.com.

Daly Days, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Main Street, Hamilton. Check out street vendors with food and crafts, activities for kids and a street dance on Friday night. The Bitterroot Arts Guild also hosts its annual Art in the Park show and sale Friday and Saturday at American Legion Park. 360-9124, hamiltondowntownassociation.org.

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.  

The Event at Rebecca Farm, Kalispell. Free admission. More than 600 competitors and 20,000 spectators attend the largest equestrian triathlon in the country. rebeccafarm.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.; "First Things First," 7 p.m., Opera House Theatre, Philipsburg. (406) 859-0013operahousetheatre.com.  

“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) 862-7469, atpwhitefish.org.

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.

Saturday, July 25

Art

Pop painting with Tim Thornton, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St.  For teens and adults, $45/$50. Create a portrait done in a style similar to that of Andy Warhol. Materials will be supplied and no experience is necessary. Scholarships are available. Contact reneet@missoulaartmuseum.org.

Artists in Paradise art show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Paradise School. Featuring original artwork of 16 local artists plus children's activities. (406) 826-0500. 

Pottery sale, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

Art in the Park, hosted by the Bitterroot Arts Guild, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Second and Bedford streets, Hamilton. Call 821-4678.

Kids' stuff

Junior Ranger Day, 11 a.m., Frenchtown Pond. Free event for ages 4-12. (720) 940-0333. 

Fairy Tale and Superhero Festival, 10 a.m.-noon, A Carousel for Missoula. Meet local superheroes from the fire department, police department and sheriff's office plus other activities plus treats and giveaways. Free. 549-8382. 

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

Music

Hot Springs Blues Festival featuring Mudslide Charley, Mike Bader Band, Zeppo, John Kelley, Three-Eared Dog and David Ricci, Symes Hotel, 209 Wall St., Hot Springs. The festival also offers a barbecue, camping and vendors. (406) 741-2361.

Hardtimes Bluegrass Festival, 10 miles south of Hamilton on Forest Hill Road off U.S. Highway 93. Tickets $12 for the weekend, $6 for children 12 and younger, $12 camping for the weekend. 821-3777, hardtimesbluegrass.com.

Belinda Gail concert and chuckwagon dinner, 5:30 p.m., Daly Mansion, 251 Eastside Highway, Hamilton. Gail is not only counted among the top female western music performers of this era, but she was recently listed as one of the top 50 country and western entertainers of all time by American Cowboy magazine. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 6:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chair. 363-6004, dalymansion.org.

Potpourri

Annual Blackfoot River clean-up starting at Johnsrud Park, mile marker 11, off Highway 200 east of Bonner. Volunteer walkers and waders sign in at 9 a.m.; rafters, boaters and divers sign in at 8 a.m. Shuttle service and barbecue lunch, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

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

Celtic Festival Missoula, Caras Park. Celtic Festival Missoula is an annual celebration of great Celtic culture, focusing on music, dance and food. Visit celticfestivalmissoula.com.

The Event at Rebecca Farm, Kalispell. Free admission. More than 600 competitors and 20,000 spectators enjoy this largest equestrian triathlon in the country. rebeccafarm.org.

Bitter Root Brew Fest, 3-10 p.m., Legion Park, Hamilton. Tickets $20 for five tasters and a commemorative glass. Featuring 45 microbrews and select wines from Montana and the Northwest, food, and live music including Pinky and the Floyd. 363-2400, bitterrootchamber.com.

Daly Days, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Main Street Hamilton. Saturday brings a pancake breakfast, farmers market, classic car show, and activities ranging from wiener-dog races to a Kiss-the-Pig fundraiser. The Daly Mansion hosts re-enactors, demonstrations, antique farm equipment and cars, carriage rides, local artisans, music, a pie and bake sale, pony rides and more. 360-9124, 

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

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

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.

"Shooting at the Stensrud Saloon," a new murder-mystery by Sara Reynolds and Maria Yost. Help unravel a mystery in Bruins Creek, where tempers have flared at the weekly poker game. Evening features a "cowboy dinner" with coffee-rubbed baked chicken thighs and legs plus sides, salad and dessert provided by A Moveable Feast. Ages 13 and up. Tickets are $49, or $89 for 2. Go to stensrudplayhouse.com for more information. Doors at 6:30 p.m. and show at 7. at the Stensrud Playhouse, 314 N. First St.

Sunday, July 26

Books, readings

Reading with young adult novelists Kris Dinnison ("You and Me and Him") Stephanie Oakes ("The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly"), and Trent Reedy ("Divided We Fall"), 4 p.m., Shakespeare & Co., 103 S. Third St. W. 549-9010, shakespeareandco.com.

Kids' stuff

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

Music

Hardtimes Bluegrass Festival, 10 miles south of Hamilton on Forest Hill Road off U.S. Highway 93. Tickets $12 for the weekend, $6 for children 12 and younger, $12 camping for the weekend. 821-3777, hardtimesbluegrass.com.

Riverbend Concert Series featuring Blue Smoke, 7 p.m., Sliter Park, Bigfork. (406) 837-2036.

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

The Event at Rebecca Farm, Kalispell. Free admission. More than 600 competitors and 20,000 spectators enjoy this largest equestrian triathlon in the country. rebeccafarm.org.

"Aussies, Kiwis, Tommy Atkins and Johnny Turk: World War I's Gallipoli Campaign, Summer 1915," 2 p.m., Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History, Building T-316, Fort Missoula. 549-5346. 

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

Theater

"First Things First," 4 p.m., Opera House Theatre, Philipsburg. (406)859-0013, operahousetheatre.com.  

Bigfork Summer Playhouse presents “Benefit Revue," 2 p.m., Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts, 526 Electric Ave. Tickets $17-$30. (406) 837-4886, bigforksummerplayhouse.com.

"Shooting at the Stensrud Saloon," a new murder-mystery by Sara Reynolds and Maria Yost. Help unravel a mystery in Bruins Creek, where tempers have flared at the weekly poker game. Evening features a "cowboy dinner" with coffee-rubbed baked chicken thighs and legs plus sides, salad and dessert provided by A Moveable Feast. Ages 13 and up. Tickets are $49, or $89 for 2. Go to stensrudplayhouse.com for more information. Doors at 5:30 p.m. and show at 6, Stensrud Playhouse, 314 N. First St.

Monday, July 27

Art

“Cartooning: Learn to Draw Cartoons” 9 a.m.-noon, through Friday, Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. $90/$80 for members; registration required. This class is full. Call to have a place on the wait list. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

“Functional Pottery,” 1-4 p.m., through Friday, Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. $90/$80 for members; registration required. This class is full. Call to have a place on the wait list. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

“Art Exploration” with Jolena Ryan, 9 a.m.-noon, through Friday, Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St.  Ages 6-11; $72/$80. Projects will include collagraph (collage) printing, constructing a book of pockets, creating a paper quilt, and, of course, drawing and painting. Scholarships are available contact reneet@missoulaartmuseum.org.

Books, readings

Jenny Milchman reads and signs “As Night Falls,” 7 p.m., Fact & Fiction, 220 N. Higgins Ave. 721-2881, factandfictionbooks.com.

Dance

Afro-Caribbean dance class with live music taught by Jeanne Christopherson, 5:30-6:45 p.m. Mondays, Barn Movement Studio, 2926 S. Third W. $5-$10. 

Kids' stuff

Acting camp with teacher Suzette Dussault, 12:30-4:30 p.m., through Friday. Ages 8-14.  $75. 543-4006, Suzette2005@gmail.com to register.  

Music

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

Potpourri

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.; "Internet Searching," 6 p.m., registration required; Scrabble, 6 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Tuesday, July 28

Books, readings

Steve F. Arno and Carl E. Fielder read and display images from their new book "Ponderosa: People, Fire and the West's Most Iconic Tree," 7 p.m., Shakespeare & Co., 103 S. Third St. W. 549-9010, shakespeareandco.com.

Book club discussion of Gustav Flaubert’s “Madame Bovary," 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 2640 N. Reserve St.

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

Kidsfest 2015, 10:20 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Caras Park. Interactive games, arts and crafts, educational booths, live entertainment and more. 721-PARK, missoulaparks.org

Static science, 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.; Summer Art activity, 2 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

Bluegrass act Monroe Crossing featuring vocal ensemble Dolce Canto, performing "The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass," 7 p.m., Snowbowl Mountain Music Series. Tickets are $23. Family friendly with children 12 and under free. Visit snowbowlmountainmusic.com for tickets or shuttle information. 

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

Astronomer Kevin Manning presents "The Night Sky Explained," 7-9 p.m., North Valley Public Library, 208 Main St., Stevensville. 777-5061, lookuptothestars.com

Out to Lunch, noon, Ravalli County Museum, Hamilton. Music by Louie Bond & The Texas Playgirl.

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

Open computer lab, 10 a.m.; Socrates Café with Kris Bayer, 7-9 p.m.; Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State St., Hamilton. 363-1670.

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

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

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

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

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

Theater

Alpine Theatre Project presents “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 “The Addams Family," 8 p.m., Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts, 526 Electric Ave. Tickets $17-$30. (406) 837-4886, bigforksummerplayhouse.com.

Wednesday, July 29

Art

Art installation and slide show by Claire Emery followed by "Symphony of the Soil," 7 p.m,. Roxy Theatre, 718 S. Higgins Ave.

Dance

Dance with country western dance instructor, 7-10 p.m., Polson Elks, 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 Zumba with Michelle Post, 1:30 p.m.; Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State St., Hamilton. 363-1670.

Bean-bag toss, 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

Missoula City Band Concert, 8 p.m., Bonner Park. Featuring Missoula's 150th birthday party with Ellie Nuno. 728-2400 Ext. 7041, missoulacityband.org.

Potpourri

Out to Lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m, Caras Park. Music by Hardin/Scott Band; children's activities provided by Zootown Arts Community Center. 543-4238, missouladowntown.com

"Constant Contact newsletters," 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.; 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 “The Addams Family,” 8 p.m., Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts, 526 Electric Ave. Tickets $17-$30.   (406) 837-4886, bigforksummerplayhouse.com.

“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.

Port Polson Players present “Breakin’ Up is Hard to Do,” 8 p.m., Theatre on the Lake, U.S. Highway 93, Polson. Tickets $14-$15. 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, July 30

Art

Closing reception, 5-9 p.m., Gallery 709 in Montana Art and Framing, 709 Ronan St. Featuring the Saltmine Group. 541-7100.

Dance

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

Kids' stuff

"The Poaching Puzzle," a wildlife mystery event at the National Bison Range. Re-enact a "poaching" event and collect forensic evidence, interview suspects and "solve the crime," with bison range staff. with 10 a.m.-2 p.m., National Bison Range, Moise. 644-2211.

Salt painting, 3:30 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

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

Potpourri

Open computer lab, 10 a.m.; Terrific Thursdays featuring 60-Second Challenges and an obstacle course, 2-3 p.m.; Brown Bag It! Book Discussion Group discussing “The Children Act” by Ian McEwen, noon; “How to Make Antique Paper Roses" with Vivian Yang, 7 p.m., pre-register; Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State St., Hamilton. 363-1670.

Thursday!Fest, 5-8 p.m., Second Avenue East between First and Second streets in front of the museum at Central School, Kalispell. Music by Marshall Catch. (406) 253-6923. 

Family summer movie, 2 p.m.; 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 Billy Shaddoxhe; children's activities provided Zootown Arts Community Center. 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

Port Polson Players present “Breakin’ Up Is Hard to Do,” 8 p.m., Theatre on the Lake, U.S. Highway 93, Polson. Tickets $14-$15. A cast of eight sing and laugh their way through a hilarious storyline featuring the songs of Neil Sedaka. (406) 883-9212, portpolsonplayers.com.

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

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.

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 Missoula art collective seeks admission for "Missoula 911," group exhibition. The show, set for Sept. 11, asks artists to contemplate the meaning held by a specific date. 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 July 31. Please send images larger than 300 kb.

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