Mountain High 

Maybe you think you're pretty good at disc golf. Well, the 100 players competing in this weekend's Zoo Town Open Tournament are really, really good. Ten of the best will make us all proud when they go on for a chance to compete for $50K in the USDG national championship.

I haven't been back to Blue Mountain's epic 18-hole course since last spring, when I lost my bright pink driver on something like the third hole in an open field. Needless to say, I'm not likely to qualify for anything higher than a spectator this year. Or any subsequent year.

But don't let my athletic shortcomings rain on your parade; disc golf enthusiasts should certainly be whelmed. The roster maxed out in just four hours, with players from nine states coming to compete in the renowned course's first-ever A-tiered tournament. We hope you'll come out and support the top players in one of Missoula's most cherished sports. Bonus points if you know what a mulligan is. I extend them to myself generously.

The 2011 Zoo Town Open runs Fri., June 10 through Sun., June 12, at Blue Mountain. Event begins with check in on Fri. 2–4 PM. For a detailed schedule of events, visit gardencityflyers.org.

click to enlarge PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER

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 locations in Great Falls. Shoot for more info 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.

SATURDAY JUNE 11

Give your heart something to flutter about during Billings' Heart & Sole Run, a race that offers your soles the chance to hit up a 10k or 5k race, or a 2-mile health walk. Dash to the phone and ring 237-3600, or e-mail heather.bergeson@svh-mt.org.

Help a kid avoid a cavity by participating in the 38th annual Governor's Cup Race in Helena. The race features a 10k, 5k, fun run and other events, and raises money for the Caring Foundation of Montana, which helps Montana children get dental and medical care. Race fees are matched four-to-one by federal grants. Get word on the bennies at govcupmt.com.

Double the fun for your feet during Run Wild Missoula's Pengelly Double & Single Dip, which starts at UM's Riverbowl Fields and offers the chance to participate in the Double Dip—a tall half marathon with 2700 feet of elevation gain—or the Single Dip, which is a 10k. Sprint for details at runwildmissoula.org.

The rain has small hands and flowers pick themselves for the 51st Annual Missoula Iris show at Southgate Mall. The exhibitions theme is "ice cream social" and the flowers will be on exhibit for free to the public 10 AM–8 PM. For info about the show or rules to exhibit, contact Betty at 251-3526 or Ed at 728-9376, or visit missoulairis.com

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.

Be a biking sage during the 2011 Great Northern Stage Race, a two-day, three-stage cycling race in Whitefish that features criterium, timed trial and circuit race courses. Gear up at fvbr.wordpress.com.

If you ever wondered how Lewis & Clark and other pioneers ate during the blazing trails days, now's your chance to find out, at Yummy in the Tummy: Historic Food Ways at Traveler's Rest at Traveler's Rest State Park. Interactive programs and demonstrations include a tasting of recipes from the Lewis & Clark Expedition and Salish plant food programs, 12–4 PM, $2. 6717 Lolo Creek Rd. Visit travelersrest.org.

Get your young kids out in the garden for fun in the dirt at MUD's hands-on Gardening with Kids Workshop, best suited for ages 5-8, accompanied by an adult. 1–2:30 PM at MUD site, 629 Phillips St. $20/$10 MUD members. Call 721-7513 to register.

Fish have all the fun. Hang out and talk about fish populations in the Fish Creek drainage with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and fisheries biologist Ladd KNotek at Big Pine Fishing Access site campground at 7 PM. For more info and directions to the site, call 722-1553 or 273-4253.

SUNDAY JUNE 12

One look at the Clark Fork should tell you the high waters are already here. Do you know where your family is? Consider attending the Flood & River Rescue Classes—Prepare for High Water on the blackfoot River and Alberton Gorge near Missoula. This three day class runs June 12–14, $335. Call Montana River Guides at 777-4837 or visit montanariverguides.com.

Eat this, not that! Join herbalist Tom Tracy of Swan Valley Herbs for his Edible and Medicinal Plant Workshop, a hike through Lone Pine State Park in Kalispell from 12 to 2 PM, $5. Meet at the Lone Pine Visitor center and remember to wear sturdy shoes! Pre-registration is required. Contact Mary Beth Chappelow, 755-2706 ext. 2.

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