I know this is an outdoors events column, but I need to get something off my chest. Missoula lost a compassionate soul last week. Cameron R. Martinez, a longtime Missoulian, died at the young age of 25 on Sun., Oct. 18. I've known Cameron since we were in middle school, and we hung out intermittently from then up to the present. Those who knew the poet and former UM student were no doubt drawn, like I was, to Cameron's kind demeanor, sharp wit, iconoclastic viewpoint, and, in my case, an impressively diverse taste in music—a common interest that fueled many of our conversations. His thoughtful way of seeing the world and the kindness he exhibited toward others will be missed.
This might seem like an odd avenue to eulogize someone, but I think it brings to light how important it is for us to appreciate what we have. As you begin your week, whether you decide to go out and give back, play in the woods, or stay indoors for a lecture or film, take a moment to reflect on how lucky you are to be able to experience these things. Also, take a second to appreciate all the family and friends who love you, and realize that your existence has a profound impact on others.
On that thought, I'm going to kick off the week by reminding you to head over to the University Theatre at 7 PM Thu., Oct. 29 to check out the premiere screening of Teton Gravity Research's Re:Session, a high definition ski/snowboard film that aims to take you "into a revolutionary realm of action sports entertainment." Powder hounds should be ready to pay $12 at the door and call 243-5172 with questions.
After hitting your gaze with some shredding and carving, do something good for the earth before you hammer your body with Halloween-induced revelry by participating in a native plant restoration activity on Sat., Oct. 31, from 10 AM–2 PM at Bancroft Pond, off Bancroft and 34th streets. Ready yourself to plant native camas and iris bulbs in the lower pond in order to foster native plant growth, as well as provide habitat for ducks and birds. RSVP for this free outing by e-mailing Graham Roy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Afterwards, take the afternoon off before you jump into costume and head up to Pattee Canyon's Folf Course for a quick sesh with the disc, since the course closes for the season on Nov. 1 in order to protect soil and vegetation during wet conditions.
After demonically living it up Saturday night, you might be a little hung-over. If you still feel mentally and physically sore on Monday, I think it'd be the perfect time for a massage when the UM Physical Therapy Student Association holds a four-day massage clinic from 6:30–9 PM Mon., Nov. 2, through Thu. Nov. 5 in Room 129 of UM's Skaggs Building. Depending on how knotty your muscles are, you'll have to pay $18 for a 40-minute massage or $10 for a 20-minute massage, with all profits going towards the student organization. You're also required to make an appointment for a session, so call 243-4753.
If you're an amateur snowboarder who dreams of rocking some slick double grabs, make sure your board is in top shape by signing up Monday for the UM Outdoor Program's Snowboard Maintenance Class, which occurs at 6 PM on Wed., Nov. 4, at the outdoor program bench in UM's Campus Rec Department building. The one-hour class costs $5 and features demonstrations on waxing boards and sharpening board edges. Call 243-5172 to signup.
Once you've waxed your board, shuttle over to the Kettlehouse's Northside Tap Room, 313 N. First St. W., in order to get a benevolent buzz on during Community Unite, a pint night fundraiser for the Watershed Education Network. The event runs from 5–8 PM and a portion of every pint sold goes towards those peeps that aim to keep our waterways healthy. Call 541-9287.
If you can't stomach beer, then forgo a pint of Cold Smoke or Eddy Out and speed over to the Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St., so you can catch the evening lecture "Spirit of the Yellowstone" at 7 PM. Once you take a seat, Michael Leach, a former Bear Ranger for the park, will guide you in what should be an awe inspiring presentation on the wonders of our geyser dotted neighbor to the southeast. $4 suggested donation, call 327-0405.
As Thu., Nov. 5 rolls around, get a glimpse into what it's like to wander around in the sweeping open spaces of Australia as you vicariously travel among the sand dunes with Mandela van Eeden as she discusses "Walking About Australia: The Vast Island" at 7 PM in Room 210 of UM's McGill Hall. Free, call 243-5172.
But if you think you might get jealous listening to someone else's wayfaring adventures, weigh your opinion on climate change when David Keith, director of the ISEEE Environmental Systems Group, leads the timely discussion "Should We Engineer the Climate?" at 7 PM in Room 123 of UM's Gallagher Business Building. Free. Call 243-6605.
If you've already made up your mind about rising temps and melting icecaps, skip that lecture and brush up on your animals of prey when MSU prof Scott Creel presents the lecture "Wolf Predation and Elk Dynamics in the Yellowstone Ecosystem" at 7 PM at the University Center Theater. $3 at the door. Call 370-8709.
Now that you've started a checklist of what's on your outdoors-related agenda this week, make sure you take a minute to help out and care for others when needed, and to fully take advantage of all the time you have.