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Friday, May 27

Books, readings

Katy Masuga reads from her new novel "The Origin of Vermilion," 1 p.m., Shakespeare & Co., 103 S. Third St. W. 549-9010, shakespeareandco.com

Kids' stuff

Rock painting, 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.; Stay and Play Time follows, Bitterroot Public Library, Hamilton. 363-1760. 

Tiny tales and preschool story time 10:30 a.m., 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

Christian Home School Choir of the Missoula area spring concert, 7 p.m., Christian Missionary Alliance Church, 100 E. Foss Court. Directed by Joe Roby and Alisha Roby; accompanied by live brass ensemble and strings. 

Bitterroot Baroque Concert, 7:30 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 600 S. Third St., Hamilton. Tickets $25 adults, $10 students. The concert presents a potpourri of French chamber music including works by François Couperin, Marin Marais, Jean Féry Rebel, Jean Baptiste Lully and Georg Philip Telemann. (314) 852-5099.

Potpourri

"Compassion," an evening Dharma led by Namchak Khenpo, 6:30 p.m., Ewam Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, Arlee, $10 suggested donation. 241-3032, media@ewam.org

Watercolor painting class, noon-2 p.m.; Yarns at the Library, noon-2 p.m.; Young Adult Writers for grades 9-12, 3:30 p.m., Intro to Java Programming for teens, 5 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org

Theater

“Red Herring” Cabaret Theatre, 7:30 p.m., O’Shaughnessy Center, 1 Central Ave., Whitefish. Tickets $20, $10 Wednesday for preview night. Michael Hollinger’s spoof of film noir detective movies has five interlocking plots – spy story, murder mystery and three love stories. As the knots of the three convoluted relationships tie and fray, the plot-crossed lovers bumble and strategize their way to solve the mystery, eventually unraveling their trysts amidst riotous, inescapable tangles. (406) 862-5371, whitefishtheatreco.org.

Third Ear Productions presents "The Trigger Gene," written by Rita Kniess Barkey, 7:30 p.m., the Crystal Theater, 500 S. Higgins Ave. $15 general, $10 students and seniors. Mature audiences. 

Port Polson Players present “Who's John Doe,” 7:30 p.m., Theatre on the Lake, Polson. A cast of 20 is featured in this “dramedy” about loving your neighbor in spite of political corruption. (406) 883-9212.

“Church Basement Ladies,” 8 p.m., Bigfork Summer Playhouse. Tickets $17-$26. From the senior matriarch of the kitchen to the bride-to-be learning to arrange things in proper order, everyone will recognize the humorous and down-to-earth characters. Add a little romantic stir for the new pastor and the outcome is heavenly entertainment. (406) 837-4886, bigforksummerplayhouse.com.

Saturday, May 28

Art

Nature Journaling Series, “Rocks” with Nancy Seiler, 1-4 p.m., 330 Brooks St. $50. To register, visit nancyseiler.com or call 370-1254.

Dance

Tango Missoula hosts an introductory class, 8 p.m. and milonga social dance, 9 p.m.-midnight, Missoula Winery, 5646 W. Harrier Drive. $10, $8 students. (406) 443-3439, tangomissoula.com

Kids' stuff

Saturday kids activity "Flower Power" 2 p.m., Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. Montananaturalist.org.  

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

Music

Christian Home School Choir of the Missoula area spring concert, 4 p.m., Christian Missionary Alliance Church, 100 E. Foss Court. Directed by Joe Roby and Alisha Roby; accompanied by live brass ensemble and strings. 

Potpourri

Carousel birthday party and expansion grand opening, A Carousel for Missoula. Opening and speech and ribbon cutting, 9:45 a.m. Ride for free until 7 p.m. From 10 a.m.-noon, John Thompson will continue work on the limestone panels which have been mounted in the outside, east wall of the new addition plus volunteers on hand to answer questions, host tables with glitter tattoos and crafts for kids. 549-8382, carouselformissoula.com

Muscat Madness, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mission Mountain Winery, Highway 93, Dayton. Free. Sample Muscat Canelli, Nouveaux Riche, Late Harvest Muscat and a Muscat Cream Sherry. (406) 849-5524 or 270-5448.

Whitewater Festival Kayaking Races, downtown Bigfork. The frothy Wild Mile of the Swan River attracts whitewater enthusiasts for a variety of contests. Saturday brings the lower slalom and expert slalom, and Sunday features kayak and raft races and a triathlon. Stand-up paddleboard demonstrations are on tap both days at the Bigfork Bay dock. (406) 837-5888, bigforkwhitewaterfestival.com.

Memorial Day Flea Market, daylight to dusk, St. Regis Community Park. Montana's largest outdoor flea market features more than 170 vendors selling a variety of wares. Free shuttle. (406) 649-1304, stregismtflea.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.

Computer programming through Minecraft, Makerspace class for ages 8-13, 1-2:30 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Theater

"Red Herring" Cabaret Theatre, 7:30 p.m., O’Shaughnessy Center, 1 Central Ave., Whitefish. Tickets $20, $10 Wednesday for preview night. Michael Hollinger’s spoof of film noir detective movies has five interlocking plots – spy story, murder mystery and three love stories. As the knots of the three convoluted relationships tie and fray, the plot-crossed lovers bumble and strategize their way to solve the mystery, eventually unraveling their trysts amidst riotous, inescapable tangles. (406) 862-5371, whitefishtheatreco.org.

Third Ear Productions presents "The Trigger Gene," written by Rita Kniess Barkey, 7;30 p.m., the Crystal Theater, 500 S. Higgins Ave. $15 general, $10 students and seniors. Mature audiences. 

Port Polson Players present “Who's John Doe,” 7:30 p.m., Theatre on the Lake, Polson. A cast of 20 is featured in this “dramedy” about loving your neighbor in spite of political corruption. (406) 883-9212.

“Church Basement Ladies,” 8 p.m., Bigfork Summer Playhouse. Tickets $17-$26. From the senior matriarch of the kitchen to the bride-to-be learning to arrange things in proper order, everyone will recognize the humorous and down-to-earth characters. Add a little romantic stir for the new pastor and the outcome is heavenly entertainment. (406) 837-4886, bigforksummerplayhouse.com.

Sunday, May 29

Potpourri

Whitewater Festival kayaking races, downtown Bigfork. The frothy Wild Mile of the Swan River attracts whitewater enthusiasts for a variety of contests. Saturday brings the lower slalom and expert slalom, and Sunday features kayak and raft races and a triathlon. Stand-up paddleboard demonstrations are on tap both days at the Bigfork Bay dock. (406) 837-5888, bigforkwhitewaterfestival.com.

Memorial Day Flea Market, daylight to dusk, St. Regis Community Park. Montana's largest outdoor flea market features more than 170 vendors selling a variety of wares. Free shuttle. (406) 649-1304, stregismtflea.org.

Theater

Port Polson Players present “Who's John Doe,”  2 p.m., Theatre on the Lake, Polson. A cast of 20 is featured in this “dramedy” about loving your neighbor in spite of political corruption. (406) 883-9212.

Monday, May 30

Memorial Day memory box workshop with Nancy Seiler, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 330 Brooks St.  $25. To register, visit nancyseiler.com or call 370-1254.

"Dig In! Relief Printing" for beginners, 6-8 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. Basic skills such as how to hold and sharpen tools, make marks, amplify the power of black and white, print by hand and press will be covered into this introductory class. You will come away with a clear understanding of how to print at home and at ZACC’s community printshop.  $125, $115 members; materials not included, and estimated at $65 per person. You will be expected to buy and use your own set of carving tools, woodblocks and paper. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

Potpourri 

Memorial Day Flea Market, daylight to dusk, St. Regis Community Park. Montana's largest outdoor flea market features more than 170 vendors selling a variety of wares. Free shuttle. (406) 649-1304, stregismtflea.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, May 31

Art

Tune-Up Tuesdays, 4-6 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. For rockers ages 8 to 16. Much like open gym, your child may show up with their personal instrument or use what is available here at the ZACC. Practice, rehearse, continue playing with your rock camp band. Tune-Up Tuesdays are monitored but don't necessarily provide additional instruction, it's a free time for your child to continue to express themselves with music. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

"Painting Explosion" 3:15-5:30 p.m., Tuesdays through June 7, Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. Explore a variety of painting techniques; study your favorite painters and have a blast with their application. Learn how to build a canvas, paint a landscape, and create your very own paint and more. Note: No outfits will be harmed in the creation of our masterpieces. $90, $80 members. 549-7555, zootownarts.org. 

After School Art Adventure III, Tuesdays, 3:45-5:15 p.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. $45/$50; ages 7-11. Explore memories though printmaking with Janaina Marques-Vieira. Thinking about the place we live and its relationship to people’s tradition, students will create prints using collagraph techniques as an art form. With hands-on printing, creative thinking, and visual learning strategies, students will embark on an adventure to explore memories. 728-0447, missoulaartmuseum.org.

Kids' stuff

"Bugs and Brews: Monarchs," 6:30-8:30 p.m., Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium, 218 E. Front St. $4 admission for ages 4 and older. 317-1211. 

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.; Frenchtown Branch LEGO Club, 4 p.m.; Lolo Branch reading activity, 4:15-5 p.m., call 273-0451, ext. 211, 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 Stikbopik. whitefishfarmersmarket.org

Color Club for grown-ups, 10 a.m.-noon; Socrates Cafe, 7-9 p.m., Bitterroot Public Library, Hamilton. 363-1760. 

Tea talks, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Children's Museum Missoula, 225 W. Front St. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea for 30 minutes while your child explores the museum with qualified caregiver; visit with parent education director. Call 541-7529 to sign up for 30-minute slot.

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

ZACCercise, 12:15-1 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. $5 suggested donation. 549-7555, zootownarts.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.

Wednesday, June 1

Art

"Inspire, Connect, Create," 6-8 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. Drop-in art class for individuals to come and work on their own unique projects in community every third Thursday of the month. Get feedback if desired. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

Dance

West Coast swing, beginning basics level I, 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.

Preschool story time, 10:30 a.m. ImagineIF Library, Columbia Falls.

Toddler and baby story time, 10:30 a.m., Bitterroot Public Library, Hamilton, 363-1670.

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

Frenchtown Branch story time and craft, 10:30-11:15 a.m.; Computer programming through Minecraft for ages 8-13, 5 p.m., pre-register, Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665. missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Potpourri

Out to Lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Caras Park. Music by the Mike Bader Band; activities by the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center. 543-4238, missouladowntown.com.  

Open hours in the MakerSpace, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; "Stream Your Music" computer class, 12:30 p.m., registration required; Middle School Writers, 3:30 p.m.; jewelry-making workshop, 6-7:30 p.m.; Socrates Cafe, 7 p.m.,  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.

Thursday, June 2

Art

Young Artists Afterschool Program, “Forts,” 2:15-5 p.m., Thursdays through June 9, Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W.  $90, $80 members. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

Dance

Triple two-step, 7-8 p.m., Sunrise Saloon, 1101 Strand.

Kids' stuff

Lego Club, 3:30-5 p.m., Bitterroot Public Library, Hamilton. 363-1760. 

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.; 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

Downtown Tonight, 5:30--8:30 p.m., Caras Park. Music by Jameson and the Sordid Seeds; activities by Travelers' Rest. 543-4238, missouladowntown.com.  

John Howard's Homegrown Comedy open mic, 9:30 p.m., Union Club, 208 E. Main St. 

Gingers on Ice summer tour, 7:30 p.m., Crystal Theater, 515 S. Higgins Ave. Live blend of sketch improv and stand-up comedy featuring local comedians Jacob Godbey and Alex Tait. Tickets complimentary, but the event is a fundraiser for the Zootown Fringe festival. (406) 350-4406, jrgcomedy@gmail.com.

Activity day at Lolo Branch, noon-5 p.m.; Frenchtown Branch family movie, 2 p.m.; 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.

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