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The 11th Missoula Marathon is scheduled Sunday and everyone can be a part of race weekend. Events include a Friday evening Beer Run, Saturday Expo, 5K and Kid’s Marathon, and Sunday’s Marathon and Half Marathon — all supported by volunteers.

Every year participants share their appreciation for the support and enthusiasm they receive from the Missoula community and the volunteers of the Missoula Marathon. Two races on Saturday, July 8 — the Missoula Kids Marathon and the Missoula 5K — and two races on Sunday, July 9 — the Missoula Marathon and Half Marathon — provide ample opportunity for everyone to get involved in race weekend.

The Missoula Marathon’s biggest volunteer need is course monitors. Course monitors help to keep runners safe by directing traffic, make sure the runners stay on course, and provide a friendly face throughout the race. Volunteering for the Missoula Marathon is a great opportunity to support your friends and neighbors. It’s also a great way to show some Big Sky hospitality to participants from all 50 states and nine foreign countries.

  • Participants in the events can volunteer on a day they are not racing;
  • Friends and family can volunteer as a team; and
  • Groups and organizations can volunteer together.

To sign up online, go to missoulamarathon.org and click on “Volunteer” from the top menu. For questions about volunteering, email Danelle Gjetmundsen, at volunteer@runwildmissoula.org.

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The eighth annual Bitterroot Celtic Games & Gathering will be Aug. 19-20. It requires many volunteers to manage this event that includes Clans, Scottish and Irish dancing, Pipe bands, Highland Athletics, activities for kids, Celtic music groups and so much more. Volunteers who work a four-hour shift receive a free ticket for the day they work. There are also opportunities to help set up fencing the Thursday or Friday before and receive a ticket for the day of your choice. Contact Kristina for types of assignments and shifts available, cjaskar@gmail.com or 406-360-1332.

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Providence Saint Patrick Hospital, 500 W. Broadway, will host an AARP Smart Driver Course (formerly ’55 Alive) on Friday, July 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This new four-hour, safe driving strategies class is designed for drivers age 50 and over, although all drivers are welcome. There are no driving or written exams, and Montana mandates insurance discounts for qualified participants, age 55 and older.

The class fee is $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members. All walk-ins are welcome, however, pre-registration is advised. To sign up, contact Marcure Insurance at 406-543-7184. Or, for more information, call Thom Ainsworth, State Coordinator, at 406-369-0149.

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Experience the joy of community music-making. Recent research has shown that drumming reduces stress and generates feelings of relaxation and focus. Don’t miss this special introductory opportunity for adults 50 and older to experience the power of rhythm and connection in a drumming group.

The Resource Center at Missoula Aging Services (MAS) is offering a Hand Drumming & Rhythm Exploration Workshop on Thursday, July 20, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Missoula Senior Center, 705 S. Higgins Ave. Taught by Matthew Marsolek and Tracy Topp of Drum Brothers, participants will learn beginning rhythms and explore the techniques and polyrhythmic interplay of West African drumming. Drums will be provided, and donations are accepted.

Register online at handdrummingmas.eventbrite.com, or call MAS at 406-728-7682. The workshop is in collaboration with AARP Montana and the Missoula Senior Center.

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