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Friday, July 1

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 story time, 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

Folk band Tin Cup, 6 p.m., North Valley Public Library, 208 Main St. Stevensville. 777-5061.

Hans Peterson and Son perform an inspirational evening of singing and storytelling, 7 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 202 Brooks St.  

Singer/songwriter Jeanne Jolly, 8 p.m., Rex Theatre, Thompson Falls. Tickets $20 in advance or $25 the day of the show, available at D&D Liquor in Thompson Falls or by calling (406) 827-4810.

Potpourri

Pint night, Blacksmith Brewing Co., 114 Main St., Stevensville. Fifty cents of every beer will to to Pantry Partners. 

Whitefish Arts Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Depot Park, 504 Railway. Artists from around the Northwest sell their creations during the 37th annual fair. A variety of food and beverages, music and entertainment are also on tap. (406) 862-5875, whitefishartsfestival.org.

118th Arlee Arlee Esyapqenyi (Celebration) at powwow grounds includes traditional drumming and singing, competition dancing, a parade, art and crafts, food vendors, card games and stick games, csktribes.org/event-calendar/15. (406) 275-2727.

Beginning walking group, 8:30 a.m.; Chapter Book Read aloud, 2:30 p.m.; silent reading tea party, 3 p.m., Bitterroot Public Library, Hamilton. 363-1760. 

Fourth of July barbecue, 11:30 a.m., Missoula Senior Center, 705 S. Higgins Ave. 543-7154.

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

Theater

“Shrek,” 8 p.m., Bigfork Summer Playhouse. Tickets $17-$26. (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., "Making God Laugh," a comedy with heart by Sean Grennan about a typical American family over 30 years' worth of holidays, 7 p.m.; annual "Vaudeville Variety Show," 2 p.m.; Philipsburg, $20 for adults or $10 for children 15 and under, operahousetheatre.com, 406-859-0013.

Saturday, July 2

Art

Whitefish Arts Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Depot Park, 504 Railway. Artists from around the Northwest sell their creations during the 37th annual fair. A variety of food and beverages, music and entertainment are also on tap. (406) 862-5875, whitefishartsfestival.org.

Yaak School Community Arts and Crafts Fair, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 29893 Yaak River Road. Vendors, free kids’ activities, silent auction, food and a bake sale.

Reception: Jacki and Sarah Goedert, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana, 69316 U.S. Highway 93, Charlo. Mother and daughter are featured "First Saturday" artists for July. Sarah signs her new book, “A Day at the Ranch,” and exhibits western-themed photographs; her mother, Jacki, displays paintings. (405) 644-3425, ninepipesmuseum.org.

Books, readings

Donna Love signs her new children's book “Bandit in the Bob Marshall Wilderness: A True Wilderness Adventure” with illustrations by Laura Love, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Fact & Fiction 220 N. Higgins Ave. 721-2881, factandfictionbooks.com.  

Kids' stuff

"Fourth of July Quill" free kids' activity, 10 a.m.-noon, Ravalli County Museum, 205 Bedford St., Hamilton. 363-3338. 

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

Potpourri

"George Washington: The Myths Versus Reality," 1:30 p.m., Ravalli County Museum, 205 Bedford St., Hamilton. 363-3338. 

118th Arlee Esyapqenyi (Celebration) at powwow grounds includes traditional drumming and singing, competition dancing, a parade, art and crafts, food vendors, card games and stick games, csktribes.org/event-calendar/15, (406) 275-2727.

Vintage Whites Market, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 1010 Hard Rock Road, Somers. Tickets $5-$9. Montana's biggest vintage market offers over 100 vendors, live music, food, activities for kids and more at new location. (208) 640-4823, thevintagewhitesmarket.com.

“The Day the Victorian World Died: The Battle of the Somme, July 1916,” a program on World War I’s emblematic struggle on its 100th anniversary, 2 p.m., Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History, Building T-316, Fort Missoula. 549-5346, fortmissoula.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

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., "Unnecessary Farce" a comedy about two cops trying to bust three crooks, all set in one motel, 2 p.m.; annual "Vaudeville Variety Show" featuring original bits and sketches, 7 p.m.; Philipsburg, $20 for adults or $10 for children 15 and under, operahousetheatre.com, 406-859-0013.

Sunday, July 3

Art

Whitefish Arts Festival, 10 a.m-4 p.m., Depot Park, 504 Railway. Artists from around the Northwest sell their creations during the 37th annual fair. A variety of food and beverages, music and entertainment are also on tap. (406) 862-5875, whitefishartsfestival.org.

Music

Riverbend Concert Series with Halladay Quist, 7 p.m., Sliter Park, Bigfork. (406) 837-2036.

Potpourri

118th Arlee Esyapqenyi (Celebration) at powwow grounds includes traditional drumming and singing, competition dancing, a parade, art and crafts, food vendors, card games and stick games, csktribes.org/event-calendar/15, (406) 275-2727.

Theater

Polson Players present “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.

Philipsburg Opera House Theatre Co., "Making God Laugh," a comedy with heart by Sean Grennan about a typical American family over 30 years' worth of holidays, 4 p.m.; Philipsburg, $20 for adults or $10 for children 15 and under, operahousetheatre.com, 406-859-0013.

Monday, July 4

Potpourri 

40th annual old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration, Fort Missoula. Pancake breakfast, 8-11 a.m. ($5 per person or $15 per family); extravaganza and exhibitors, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. All-day activities include music, food and beer garden, bounce houses, sawmill demonstration, living history, old-timey kids' games, horse-drawn wagon and steam-engine show. $5 adults, $3 seniors, $2 students, $15 family; Historical Museum at Fort Missoula members and kids 6 and under free. 

Fourth of July picnic and fireworks display sponsored by the Florence Fire Department at the park, potluck dinner at 5 p.m. (hot dogs and hamburgers provided; bring side dish), fireworks at 10:15 p.m. 274-0951.

Troy’s Old-Fashioned Fourth of July celebration, 9 a.m.-11 p.m., Roosevelt Park. Free family-friendly festivities include a parade, car show, food vendors, craft vendors, live music all day and the largest fireworks display in the region. Events include a 5K run/walk at 8:30 a.m., a parade in downtown Troy at 11 a.m. and the car show from noon-3 p.m. (406) 295-1064.

Fourth of July parade, noon, downtown Polson. Entry form at the Polson Chamber office, 418 Main St. (406) 883-5969.

Fourth of July parade, noon, downtown Bigfork. The local fire departments serve a barbecue lunch. (406) 837-5888.

Fourth of July parade, 10 a.m., downtown Kalispell, followed by Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Conrad Mansion Museum, 330 Woodland Ave. Free. Self-guided tours of the mansion available for $5.

Whitefish Fourth of July fireworks, City Beach. Free shuttles available from the O’Shaughnessy Center starting at 7 p.m., fireworks start after dusk, (406) 862-3501.

16th annual Collector’s Sale, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Building T-316, Fort Missoula. The museum welcomes donations of antiques, antlers, beadwork, books, camping gear, chaps, cast iron cookware, dishes, crocks, filing cabinets, firearms, hunting and fishing equipment, knives, lamps, musical instruments, old toys, paintings, quality furniture, saddles and tack, souvenirs, sporting goods, trunks, wagon wheels, etc. Please, no military items, large appliances, plush furniture, battered luggage or auto parts. For free pickup, call Hayes Otoupalik, 549-4817, for the north valley and Missoula area; Dennis Gordon, 549-6280, for the Missoula area; Carl Hayden, 542-0260, for Missoula and South Hills area; and Robert Rosenkrans, 273-9811, for the Bitterroot area.

118th Arlee Esyapqenyi (Celebration) at powwow grounds includes traditional drumming and singing, competition dancing, a parade, art and crafts, food vendors, card games and stick games. (406) 275-2727.

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.

Theater

Bigfork Summer Playhouse, "Shrek,” 7:30 p.m., 526 Electric Ave. Tickets $17-$30. (406) 837-4886, bigforksummerplayhouse.com.

Tuesday, July 5

Books, readings 

Kenneth Turan talks about movies and signs “Not to Be Missed,” 7 p.m., Fact & Fiction 220 N. Higgins Ave. 721-2881, factandfictionbooks.com.  

Kids' stuff

St. Joseph School Summer Discovery Camps for grades one-five, “Party in the USA” through Friday.  Register at mcsmt.org

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

"Pack a picnic" story time for ages 3-5, 11 a.m., and "Sleuth and Solve" for ages 6-10, 3 p.m., ImagineIF Library, Kalispell. imaginelibraries.org.

Art series, 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, free lunch for ages 18 and under at 11:30 a.m. followed by activity at 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.

Potpourri

Whitefish Downtown Farmers Market, 5-7:30 p.m. Music by Nick Spear. whitefishfarmersmarket.org

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

Communication class, 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday through June 28, 210 N. Higgins Suite 207. Based on the work of Marshall Rosenberg and the Center for Nonviolent Communication. Register at 443-3439, innerworkingresources.com/CommunicationMissoula

Coloring Club for Grownups, 10 a.m.; Chapter Book Read Aloud, 2:30 p.m., Writer's Group, 6:30 p.m., Bitterroot Public Library, Hamilton. 363-1760. 

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

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

Wednesday, July 6

Art

The People's Center Education Gallery, 53253 Highway 93, Pablo: 675-0160: July 6-Dec. 15: "Rez Made New York," Two Eagle River students share their photography of New York. Opening reception July 6, 5-8 p.m.; artists discussion, 6 p.m.  

"Inspire. Connect. Create." 6-8 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. Want to work on your own artwork but have trouble holding yourself accountable?  Or maybe you simply want to have fun creating and get ideas from others. $5. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

Dance

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

Kids' stuff

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

"Pack a Picnic" story time for ages 3-5, 11 a.m., and "Sleuth and Solve" for ages 6-10, 3 p.m.; "Scream for Ice Cream" story time for ages 3-5, 10 a.m.; "Eat Your Veggies" story time for ages 3-5, 10:30 a.m.; "Add Your Angle" for ages 6-10, 3 p.m., ImagineIF Library, Kalispell. imagineiflibraries.org.

"Roll with It" story time for ages 3-5, 10 a.m., ImagineIF Bigfork. (406) 758-5822, 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; Middle School Writers' Group, 3:30 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665. missoulapubliclibrary.org. 

Music

Missoula City Band concert, 8 p.m., Bonner Park. Featuring the Sweet Adelines and Jemmie Robertson. Free. 728-2400, ext. 7041, missoulacityband.org

Potpourri

Beginning walking group, 8:30 a.m.; Chapter Book read aloud, 2:30 p.m., Bitterroot Public Library, Hamilton. 363-1760.  

"Circle of Security Class 1,” 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Families First offices, 227 1/2 W. Front St. This internationally acclaimed relationship-based parenting program is designed to help us understand our children’s needs, often hidden in their behaviors, and to help us along our journey of understanding ourselves as parents, reflecting on our own upbringing and beliefs.In this 4-week workshop we will be watching excerpts of parent-child interactions, discussing the, often subtle cues from the children and then analyzing parents’ reactions. We will also be looking at our own buttons, sharing our experiences as parents in a small group. This free workshop is intended for parents of newborns through 5 years old; however parents of any age children will gain much insight from this program. To register, call 721-7690.

Out to Lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Caras Park. Music by Gladys Friday; activities by the National Wildlife Federation. 543-4238, missouladowntown.com.  

Open hours in the MakerSpace, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; "Summer Studio: Creating Art Journals, noon-2 p.m., call to register; "Discovering MPL Databases," 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 Pulse inside the Press Box, 825 E. Broadway.

Theater

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

Thursday, July 7

Art

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

Dance

Djebe Bara group 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 to intermediate, 7-8 p.m., Sunrise Saloon, 1101 Strand.

Kids' stuff

Pop-up Adventure Playground, 1-3 p.m., Westside Park. Join us as we use everyday items such as old paper towel rolls, cardboard, egg cartons and string to encourage open-ended, child-directed play. Supplies provided, kids provide the imagination and creativity. 541-7529, childrensmuseummissoula.org

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

Music Makers, 10:30-11:30 a.m., North Valley Public Library, 208 Main St., Stevensville. Interactive singing, dancing, rhymes and music. 777-5061, northvalleylibrary.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.

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

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

Open technology lab, 1:30 p.m.; Silent Reading Tea Party, 3 p.m., Bitterroot Public Library, Hamilton. 363-1760. 

Five Valleys Land Trust’s Open Land Month celebration, 5:30-8:30 p.m., the Line Ranch, 1135 Whitaker Drive. Family friendly event includes live music, snacks from local food trucks, beer vendors and children’s activities. Free and open to the public; food and beverages available for purchase. 549-0755, fvlt.org.

John Howard’s Homegrown Comedy, 9:30 p.m., Union Club, 208 E. Main St. No cover.

Downtown Tonight, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Caras Park. Music by Best of Missoula Bands; activities by YMCA. 543-4238, missouladowntown.com.  

July Acoustic Guitar Club, noon-2 p.m., call to register; "Family Movies at Missoula Main," 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 opens with “Young Frankenstein,” 8 p.m., 526 Electric Ave. Tickets $17-$30. (406) 837-4886, bigforksummerplayhouse.com.  

Philipsburg Opera House Theatre Co., "Making God Laugh," a comedy with heart by Sean Grennan about a typical American family over 30 years' worth of holidays, 7 p.m.; Philipsburg, $20 for adults or $10 for children 15 and under, operahousetheatre.com, 406-859-0013.

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