Just like the not at all famous "squirrel bunny" (an animal I swear exists) Sunday's bike ride combines two things that don't belong together: Poker and long distance cycling. That's right. It's the Missoula Lions Club Bicycle Poker Run. The 50-mile route follows the Clark Fork River from the Bearmouth RV Park through Drummond and on to the Jens exit. More ambitious riders can take the 100-mile route through Drummond over the Ovando Helmville Road to the Nevada Reservoir. I'm told this is one of the most beautiful and quiet rides in the Missoula area.
Here's where the poker comes in: riders draw a card at each water stop, and the best hand at the end wins a cash prize. The tournament pays out to the top three hands in both the 50 and 100-mile races for $100, $75, and $50. Additional prizes will be raffled, and there's a free barbecue following. As far as I know, no squirrel bunnies will be served.
The Missoula Lions Club Bicycle Poker Run begins Sun., June 5, beginning at the MT Bearmouth RV Park. 100 milers start at 7 AM and 50 milers at 9 AM. Cost is $50 per rider with proceeds going to benefit the non-profit club's various organizations. For more info, visit missoulalionsclub.com.
THURSDAY JUNE 2
Eat crunchy food and talk sustainable urban living at the MUD Mingles Potluck from 6–9 PM at the MUD site, 629 Philips St. Free. Visit mudproject.org for details.
FRIDAY JUNE 3
Anyone with a horse and a desire to compete are invited to the Montana Mounted Shooters 12th Annual Townsend Ranch Competition Shoot, which will run June 3–5, with festivities beginning Fri. at 2 PM, Sat. at 10 AM, and continuing on Sun. at Townsend Ranch, 3278 Standing Bear Rd. in Darby. Call 821-3749.
SATURDAY JUNE 4
Medicine power! at the Montana Natural History Center for their Discover Day workshop, Camas Root: Native Uses & Harvesting. Registration required. $35 for MNHC members/$45. montananaturalist.org or call 327-0405.
Give it your best shot at the Powder River Buffalo Shoot near Brodus, where participants use single shot or lever-action rifles to shoot at five metal targets that are 250 to 1,000 yards away. Aim for details by calling 436-2270 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Run wild to support Montana made products and businesses during the Montana Made Run 5K and 10K at McCormick Park in Missoula, which is open to racers and walkers alike and raises funds for the International Association of Firefighters Burn Foundation. Pre-register by May 29 to receive a shirt, and click to montanamaderun.org for more info.
There's such a thing as National Trails Day, so why not celebrate it with Kalispell Parks and Recreation for their event, Walk the Flathead. Walk begins at 10. Check in at 9 AM at the Woodland Park Lagoon Pavilion for this free, all ages event. Call 758-7848.
Trout Unlimited in Idaho needs a few good Montanans to fly fish some carp out of the Snake River for their annual event, Carpfest. Tournament gets underway at 10 AM and it's $150 for a team of two, with tons of prizes up for grabs and other events included. Visit carpfest.blogspot.com or call Hunt at 552-0891, ext. 714.
Walk on the wild side, of flowers that is, when Lone Pine State Park presents a series of spring wildflower walks every Sat. at 11 AM until June 18 starting with a meet-up at the Lone Pine Visitor Center, 300 Lone Pine Road outside of Kalispell. Free. Call 755-2706 Ext. 2.
TUESDAY JUNE 7
Missoula Parks and Recreation and the Missoula Park Board are seeking volunteers to serve on the newly forming Conservation Lands Advisory Committee. Applications for this volunteer position can be obtained through the Mayor's office, City Hall, 2nd floor, 435 Ryman, due today. Call 721-PARK.
Native fish and how to monitor them are the subject of Chris Down's brown bag Seminar on Fish Monitoring and Mercury Assessment in Glacier National Park. Find out the results of fish tissue tests and what it means for human and wildlife at noon in the community building in park headquarters, West Glacier. Free.
WEDNESDAY JUNE 8
Interested anglers in Hamilton, take heed: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is hosting a public meeting to discuss potential changes to Montana's 2012-2015 fishing regulations. Brown trout and other fish are on stage, 7 PM, at the US Forest Service Supervisor's office, 1801 N. 1st St. Free.
THURSDAY JUNE 9
Middle aged folks and those in their golden years can try their experienced hands at archery, basketball, cycling, golf and even horseshoes during the annual Montana Senior Olympics summer games, which meets for three days at various locationsin Great Falls. Shoot for more info at montanaseniorolympics.org/summer.html.
Interested anglers in Missoula, take heed: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is hosting a public meeting to discuss potential changes to Montana's 2012-2015 fishing regulations. Brown trout and other fish are on stage, 7 PM, The Missoula FWP office, 3201 Spurgin Rd. Free.