Powder porn addicts, you're in for a boot-strapping good time this week. On Fri., Nov. 5, the Wilma Theatre hosts an 8 PM screening of Toy Soldier Productions' Come Find Us, a high-definition ski and snowboard flick shot exclusively in Montana that features freestyle riders going wild on a number of different terrains. According to the Toy Soldiers' website, the aim of this film is to put Montucky on the world map for freestyle skiing and snowboarding. And while I've only seen the trailer, I'd say they did a pretty darn good job achieving their goal. I'm mostly impressed by the sheer skill of these riders—many are busting out insane flips and mind defying spins off of things like hand railings and snow jumps at regional ski hills. Not only that, but the film also includes shots of riders biffing it, too. But don't just take my word for it. Head down to the Wilma and prepare to be wowed.
Tickets are $10 at the door, or $8 advance at Gull Ski & Snowboard and Edge of the World. Visit toysoldierproductions.com to check out the smokin' hot trailer.
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 4
Figure out how to get home when you're lost in the vastness of the great outdoors during REI Missoula's GPS Basics Course, which features an overview of the features and functions of a GPS unit, and begins at 7 PM at REI Missoula, 3275 N. Reserve St. Ste. K-2. Free. Visit rei.com/stores/72 to register and call 541-1938 for more info.
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 6
Keep others healthy by breaking a sweat and getting a running buzz during the Western Montana Oncology Nurses second annual Run for the Health of It, a 5K fun run/walk at The Women's Club, 2105 Bow St., which begins with day-of registration at 8:30 AM, followed by the race at 10 AM. $20, with a free travel mug included, as well as raffle prizes given away after the race. All proceeds benefit the Montana Cancer Screening Program. Visit The Women's Club, Peak Health and Wellness and Runner's Edge for a registration form, or visit thewomensclub.com.
Run with a fried gizzard on your mind during the 5K Turkey Trot, a 5K fun run for all ages that begins with registration at 10 AM, followed by the race at 11 AM, at UM's Washington Grizzly Stadium. $15.
Get high in more ways than one on your favorite local mountain during the Mount Sentinel Hill Climb, a race that starts at the "M" parking lot at the University of Montana and goes up to the top of the mountain, beginning with registration at 10 AM, followed by the race at 11 AM. $15, with a free ear warmer to boot, plus plenty of prizes. All proceeds benefit UM's Triathlon Team. E-mail email@example.com for info.
Keep your eyes on those winged things when the Five Valleys Audubon Society hosts a half-day field trip to look for winter birds at Maclay Flat, along the Bitterroot River. Meet at the Maclay Flat parking lot off Blue Mountain Road at 10 AM for this trip, which features two miles of walking and just might include seeing bald eagles, woodpeckers, and hawks, among other birds. Free. Call Larry at 549-5632 and visit fvamissoula.org.
Do your duty to keep a popular hill looking as spiffy as can be when the Northern Rockies Chapter of Wildlands Restoration Volunteers presents a Waterworks Hill Trail Restoration Activity on the hill. You'll remove salvaged sod from a new trail on the hill and put it on the old trail and shoulder of the new trail, among other activities. Visit wlrv.net/nrockies/ and click on "Projects" on the left side of the website to register for this free event. E-mail Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trip out on the vastness of that thing called space during the Montana Natural History Center's (MNHC) Saturday Discovery Evening: The November Night Sky, where you spend an evening gazing at the stars with members of the Western Montana Astronomical Association (WMAA), starting at 7 PM at the MNHC, 120 Hickory St. $2/free MNHC and WMAA members. Call 327-0405 and visit montananaturalist.org.
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 7
Wear your dapperest attire and ride about town at a leisurely pace during Missoula's inaugural Tweed Ride, a charity bike ride around town that begins at noon at McCormick Park. The ramble retires at 4 PM at Free Cycles, 732 S. First St. W., for libations, live music and prizes for best dressed, best hair and best bike. $8, with proceeds going to the Spirit at Play Early Child Program. Visit missoulatweedride.tumblr.com for details.
Have a brew and eat some grub with your fellow Flathead cross-country skiers during the North Shore Nordic Club's annual "Kick and Glide" party, which also features music by Brett Holmquist, plus a raffle and silent auction, starting at 6 PM at the Tamarack Brewing Company's Ale House and Grill, 105 Blacktail Road in Lakeside. Free. Call Dave at 873-0783.
MONDAY NOVEMBER 8
Hang with a raptor lady and her winged friends when Kate Davis of Raptors of the Rockies hosts a presentation with her birds for the Flathead Audubon Society, at 7 PM in the Community Room of The Summit, 205 Sunnyview Lane in Kalispell. Free. Call 862-2386.
Get the good word on that raptor that likes to fish when the Five Valleys Audubon Society presents "Ospreys in Western Montana: Past, Present and Future," a talk on the natural history and ecology of the bird with UM bio science prof Erick Greene, starting at 7:30 PM in Room L14 of UM's Gallagher Business Building. Free. Visit fvamissoula.org.
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 10
Bring a potluck dish, or a growler of barley soda, and hear about the upcoming cross-country ski season during the Missoula Nordic Ski Club's annual meeting and banquet, which features a ski and equipment swap (with a suggested 10 percent donation to the club), a talk on the club's upcoing plans, plus a presentation from Missoula Marathon winner Kiefer Hahn, starting at 6 PM at the Stensrud Building, 314 N. First St. W. Free. Visit missoulanordic.org.