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Back Country Horsemen of Missoula. Works to perpetuate common-sense use and enjoyment of horses and mules in the backcountry. Assists government agencies in maintenance and management of resources. Educates, encourages and solicits participation of the public in the wise and sustaining use of horse and mules. Meets the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks on Spurgin Road. Contact Smoke Elser, 549-2820, or Paul Evenson, 251-2163.

Big Sky Thunderbirds. Radio-controlled model-airplane enthusiasts. Meets the second Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room at Southgate Mall. Planes are flown at a field near Frenchtown. Duane Felstet, 626-4425. Website: www.missoulatbirds.com.

• Big Sky Wings. See listing in this section for Gold Wing Road Riders Association.

Charles Russell Riders. An equestrian youth drill team. Call Peggy Goodsell, 721-4609.

Martha Sewing Ministry, citywide women’s sewing ministry. Meets Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-noon, Christ the King Catholic Church, 1400 Gerald Ave. Call 728-3845. Every woman in Missoula who likes to knit, crochet, sew, quilt, wants to learn, or simply to come for coffee and delicious desserts, is welcome. All finished items such as quilts, hats, mittens, prayer shawls, prayer caps for servicemen and women, dolls, etc., are given free of charge to those who need love and assistance.



Duplicate Bridge Clubs. Meet Mondays, 1:15 p.m., Elks Club (upstairs); Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., Elks Club; Fridays, 1 p.m., Elks Club. Contact Gay Hainline, 251-2052.

Five Valley Arabian Horse Club. Meetings are held the first Thursday of each month, 6:30 p.m., at Stevi Cafe in Stevensville. Call 961-3441 or Laura at 777-0572. For club membership, call Sheila Murry at 821-9963.

FiveValley Kennel Club. P.O. Box 3229, Missoula, MT59806. Call 728-DOGS. FVKCsponsors AKCdog shows as well as obedience, rally, agility and lure coursing trials and breeder referral. FVKCsupports local shelters, police and fire departments and libraries. Visit www.fivevalleykennelclub.org for links of all of these and meeting and program times.

Five Valley Modelers. Meets 7-9 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month in the back room of the Treasure Chest, 1612 Benton Ave., Missoula, 59801. 549-7992.

Five Valley Orchid Society. Meets the third Tuesday of the every other month beginning in February, 7:30 p.m., locations vary. Programs focus on culture, cultivation. Affiliated with the American Orchid Society and the Orchid Digest. Contact Sally at 542-1966 or Brenda at 721-3256 or Nick 728-5364.

Five Valley Pigeon Club. Two racing seasons (spring and fall). Contact Chuck Basacker, 777-5876.

Five Valleys Pony Club. An education group for young riders interested in English riding: dressage, jumping, cross-country events and other equestrian activities. Contact Kim Swanson, 273-6096.

Flymissoula.com, a website featuring news and information about Missoula’s general aviation flying community. A place where local pilots and aviation enthusiasts can post photos of their airplanes or pictures from their latest trip. Offers Missoula air traffic control communications live 24 hours a day. Provides a historical time line about Missoula’s aviation history dating back to the early 1900s, community information, and links for people who have never been to Missoula before and are interested in visiting the area.

Garden City Garden Club. Studies and advances the arts of gardening, landscape design, floral design and horticulture. Coordinates and furthers the interests and activities of the Montana Federation of Garden Clubs Inc. and the National Council of Garden Clubs; the Missoula club is a member of both those organizations. Meetings are 1 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Southgate Mall’s Community Room. Call Jo Daniels, 626-4516.

Garden City Rabbit Breeders Association. Meets second Tuesday of the month, 7:30 p.m. Call Helen at 363-6252 for locations.

Garden City Stamp Club. Meetings held at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday and third Monday of most months at Atonement Lutheran Church, 2205 34th St. Membership is open to any stamp collector, from beginners to advanced philatelists. Visitors and perspective members do not pay dues until their third meeting ($10). The club is nonprofit and modest dues cover expenses such as postage and refreshments. Contact Keith Yale, secretary, 549-2163; Mike Zak, vice president, 543-1989; Jim Hirstein, president, 273-9093.

Gold Wing Road Riders Association (Big Sky Wings). The local chapter of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association, the Big Sky Wings has a monthly meeting and meets one night each week during the summer for dinner rides. Membership to the Gold Wing Road Riders Association is necessary; no dues or membership for the local chapter is required. All riders, makes and models are welcome. The charter area for the Big Sky Chapter includes Ravalli, Missoula and Lake counties. Contact Greg Hintz at 251-5781.

Grizzly Country Rug Hookers. Meets first and third Thursday of each month 1-4 p.m. at Timeless Quilts & Friends. All rug hookers welcome. Free. Call 542-6566.

Hellgate Amateur Radio Club. Contact Lewis Ball, 549-1450. Meets second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. Serves Missoula community by providing public service and emergency radio communication.

Hellgate Corvette Club. The public is invited to meetings held at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month from September to May at Karl Tyler Chevrolet, 3663 N. Reserve St. Elections are held in November. For more information, contact Larry at 549-9706 or e-mail hellgatecorvettes@montanachevy.com and the club president will respond.

Hellgate Mineral Society. Box 3015, Missoula, 59806. Teaches lapidary skills. Contact Bob Riggs, 543-3667. Meets second and fourth Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., First Christian Church. Gem and Mineral Show for 2009 is Sept. 26-27 at Ruby’s Inn and Conference Center on North Reserve.

miniRfun meets second Tuesday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Southgate Mall Community Room. Asmall project is done each meeting. Call Jayleen Salter, 728-8046.

Mission Mountain Saddle Club. Horse equestrian group for O-Mok-See events. Call Peggy Goodsell, 721-4609.

Missoula Area Square and Round Dancing. Square and round dancing Sunday through Friday in Lolo, 273-0141; Saturdays in Bitterroot, 821-3229; also dancing at the Welcoma Club, 543-5632. Beginner lessons start in September in Lolo and Hamilton and in January in Lolo. Watch Community Calendar column in the Missoulian for times and locations.

Missoula Area Woodcarvers. Meets for open carving 7-9 p.m. Mondays at Katie O’Keefe’s, 2100 Stephens Ave. Club meeting the second Monday of the month.

Missoula Dressage and Combined Training Association. Sponsors dressage and hunter-jumper shows and clinics. Call Marjorie Harper, 258-6467.

The Missoula Equestrian Park, website: missoulaequestrianpark.org, contact Barbi Howell, president, 543-7433 or e-mail flyinghstables@aol.com. Mailing address: Missoula Horsemen’s Council, P.O. Box 3841, Missoula, MT 59806-3841. The Missoula Equestrian Park, in existence for over 20 years, is developed and managed by the Missoula Horsemen’s Council, a nonprofit corporation. The council oversees the care and maintenance of 100 acres stretching from the Community Gardens on Spurgin Road to North Avenue, and from Tower Road to 37th Avenue. Facilities include:

1.7 mile perimeter trail, including a training obstacle course, for riders, bikers and pedestrians. Several smaller trails also crisscross the park.

Quarter-mile track for equestrian use only.

Complete cross-county jumping course designed by Steve Buckman (accredited cross-country jump builder for USEA) that tests all levels of horsemanship. Two regulation dressage arenas, two fenced arenas, one with a sound system and grandstand seating, one warm up arena, and a round pen. For events, 50 stalls, two wash racks, and parking for show trailers, living quarters and RVs.

Missoula Horsemen’s Council Inc. Oversees development, maintenance and scheduling at the Missoula Equestrian Park (see listing, above). Box 3841, Missoula, 59806. Call Margaret Clark, president, 396-1811. www.missoulaequestrianpark.org.

Missoula Iris Society. Meets the first Saturday of each month at members’ homes (except August) for a potluck supper and meeting. Locations are listed at www.missoulairis.com. Everyone welcome. Dues are $10 per year. The society is dedicated to growing and sharing the cultivation of the iris. Shows are held in late May and mid-June at Southgate Mall. The annual rhizome sale is held the last Saturday in July at the Fort Missoula Gardens. For more information, contact Carolyn Addeo at carolyn@montana.com or 251-5833.

Missoula Model Railroad Club Inc. Call Nick Pickolick, 728-1136. Meets the second Monday of each month, 7:30 p.m., at the Drummond Depot at Fort Missoula. For people interested in model railroading. Annual train show, third Sunday of September at Big Sky High School.

Missoula Quilters Guild. Meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month in the conference center at Quality Inn, 3803 Brooks St. Meetings include conversation, guild members’ show and tell, selected works from a featured quilter, an informational program and treats. You don’t have to be a quilter to come and enjoy the meeting. The guild sponsors biennial quilt shows even-numbered years. Contact Suzan Olinger, 721-2331. For quilt show, Debbie Gross, 542-2006, or Jackie Lukasik, 726-3622.

Missoula Rose Society. Hosts two rose shows every summer. Different categories, including hybrid teas, miniature and various other classes. Both shows include rose arrangements. The Missoula Rose Society helps take care of the Memorial Rose Garden. Meets the third Thursday of every month at the Community Room in Southgate Mall. Contact Ron or Donna Dowell, Box 5922, Missoula 59806. Call 542-1945 or e-mail dowell@micromania.net or rdowell2@msn.com.

Missoula Urban Demonstration Project (MUD). Nonprofit learning center for sustainable living practices. Programs include a tool library (lending library of home improvement, gardening, and automotive tools), organic gardening, composting, workshops and discussion courses. Lou Ann Crowley, director, 721-7513, 629 Phillips St., Missoula, 59802. Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. E-mail: mud@wildrockies.org. Website: www.mudproject.org.

Missoula Weavers Guild. Meets the third Saturday of the month. Anyone interested in weaving is welcome. Contact Diana Hachenberger, 961-3058.

Montana Automotive Technologies. 112 Garfield. 541-6284, e-mail alan@mat-mso.org www.montanaautomotivetechnologies.org. A nonprofit organization that provides mentors and education to young adults through hands-on training. This training is offered afternoons and weekends and focuses on building basic skills and knowledge about general automotive mechanics and the restoration of vintage/classic automobiles. The organization is committed to teaching life skills and providing vocational education; fostering partnerships between young adults and senior adult mentors; and promoting the importance of civic participation and community involvement. Alan Ault serves as the president, J. Nelson is vice president. The local advisory council meets on the second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.

Montana BMW (Motorcycle) Riders, 241 University Ave., Missoula. Contact Chuck Reaves, president at 240-1771, e-mail reavesrealtymt@gmail.com or go to mtbmwriders.org. Celebrating our 25th year as a club, we’re a diverse group that encourages rider education, wearing safety gear and finding the best pie and coffee places in Montana. You do not have to own a BMW motorcycle to be a member. Membership $15 per year (includes monthly newsletter). Affliated with BMWMOA, BMWRA and American Motorcycle Association

Montana Back Roads 4x4 Club Inc. A family-oriented club for owners of four-wheel drive vehicles of all sizes. Organized to promote the “tread lightly” program and to share modification and maintenance ideas. The club’s trail rides range from scenic exploration to hard-core four-wheeling. Contact Willie Worthy at 726-4126, e-mail williesjeep@blackfoot.net or go to www.montanabackroads.org.

Montana Bowhunters Association. Works toward encouraging sportsmen-like use of bow and arrow for all legal game. Preserves and promotes the sport of bowhunting in Montana. Also supports the conservation and preservation of wild game and its habitat. Statewide convention held in March or April. Area meetings are held quarterly. A statewide newsletter is issued quarterly. Contact Charles Culver, 273-2265, or Gary Carvajal, 493-6104.

Montana Dahlia Society. Contact Lynn Weger at 543-8695. Programs related to growing and showing of dahlias.

Montana Hunter Jumper Association. Promotes and sponsors horse-show jumping in Montana. Call Joanna Shelton, 644-2090.

Montana Paint Horse Club. Promotes ownership of and activities for paint horses. Sponsors shows and clinics, most open to all horses. Also offers trail rides. E-mail info@montanapainthorseclub.com, or go to www.montanapainthorseclub.com.

National Railway Historical Society, Western Montana Chapter. Contact Mac Palmer, 251-5418. For anyone interested in railroads past and present. Usually meets last Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. Occasional tours of railroad facilities, interpretation of railroad objects and operations, railroad preservation projects.

Powderhouse Pony Club. Laura Wolfe, 258-6694. An educational group for young riders interested in English riding: dressage, jumping, cross-country events and other activities.

Retired Railroaders Club. Meets the third Thursday of each month, 1 p.m., Eagles Lodge, 2420 South Ave. W.

A Rover Runs Through It Agility Club. Website: arrti.net, Contact: info@arrti.net, PO Box 5405, Missoula, MT 59806-5405. A membership-enabled club dedicated to the sport of dog agility. Monthly business meetings plus practice sessions. ARRTI hosts NADAC and TDAA agility trials, and assists the Five Valley Kennel Club with AKC trials. ARRTI sponsors the Canine Campus Training Area at Fort Missoula in partnership with Missoula Parks and Recreation.

Scottish Heritage Society. Welcomes all who are interested in Scottish culture. Contact John Minish, 251-2616, or e-mail minish@montana.com. Meets four times a year.

Western Montana Appaloosa Club. Holds events and trail rides for appaloosa horses and their owners. 22105 Nine Mile Road Huson, Montana 59846. Call Jan Phillips, 626-5331, or e-mail fe_appys@bigsky.net.

Western Montana Astronomical Association. Founded in 1982 with 20 members at present, the WMAA will be holding monthly meetings at Target Range Elementary. Throughout the year star parties are held for all ages. Membership does not require ownership of a telescope. Yearly dues for individuals or families is $10 and includes a discount for Sky and Telescope monthly publication. Meetings include learning the night sky, telescopes, how to read sky charts and more. For more information on the association and upcoming events visit www.missoulasky.org/index.html.

Western Montana Genealogical Society. Box 2714, Missoula, MT 59806. Meets five times a year on the second Tuesday of the months of September, November, January, March and May, at 7 p.m. at the Missoula Public Library.

Western Montana Quarter Horse Association. Promotes quarter horses. Holds shows twice annually at the Sapphire Event Center in Corvallis. Contact Laura Bakker, 239-3822.

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