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The good people at Friends of 2 Rivers would like me to invite you to the 7th Annual community of the Confluence this Sunday, Aug. 14 at the new Milltown State Park. The two rivers with whom they are such good friends are the Clark Fork and the Blackfoot, which is probably obvious to you, reader, but I had to look it up. The festival runs from 11 AM–4 PM and is totally free. Things kick off with a program about Animal Adaptations by Animal Wonders. At 1:15 PM, the Blue Mountain Music Makers open for Jack Gladstone, a native poet singer. All your favorite environmental organizations will be around to display and inform, including, but not limited to: Bear Aware, Watershed Education Network, Milltown Garden Patch and the Sierra Club. You can bring a picnic lunch, or just feast on the concessions at the community picnic, featuring bison burgers, brats, corn, Indian Tacos and Captain Hook's ice cream treats. Argh! Don't be a bad friend. Take a day out to nurture and celebrate the 2 rivers in Montana!

Community at the Confluence takes place Sun. Aug. 14, 11 AM–4 PM at the Old Milltown Dam/Milltown State Park. Take Hwy 200 to Tamarack Rd. Admission is Free. Visit friendsof2rivers.org.

click to enlarge PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER

THURSDAY AUGUST 11

Send your little one tiptoeing through tulips for the miniNaturalists at the Gardens program, which lets kids explore the natural world through hands-on activities and play, 10–11 AM at Fort Missoula Native Plant Gardens (under the big silver water tower). $3/$1 MNHC members. Visit MontanaNaturalist.org.

Don't even bother trying to control yourself, because Wild Theater Thursdays are back at the Roxy Theater, which features a different award winning wildlife film every Thu. at 10:30 AM, now through Aug. 18. Tickets are $3. See wildlifefilms.org/showing.html.

FRIDAY AUGUST 12

The People at Citizen Scientists are taking a series of wilderness study expeditions through the backcountry of the Gallatin National Forest in southwest Montana. Aug. 12–14 you can join them in Eaglehead Mountain and Golden Trout Lakes, for panoramic views, high-mountain lakes, Windy Pass and more. Check out cfc.umt.edu/wi/citizen_science.html. To sign up call 243-5361 or email citizenscience@cfc.umt.edu.

SATURDAY AUGUST 13

Learn how to kayak sunny side up by signing up for the Whitewater Kayak Clinic, a two-day event from Aug. 13–14. Cost is $175. Learn more at zootownsurfers.com.

The art of pressing flowers into books and more is the subject of a Nature Journaling Workshop at the Heaven Ranch on Lost Horse Creek, 10 miles S. of Hamilton, from 9 AM to 4 PM. Bring an artist type pad, pencils and pens and lunch. It's $15 and pre-registration is required at 360-1988 or visit fwp.mt.gov.

The mountains are going to get theirs during Lone Peak's Revenge at Big Sky Resort, a two-day mountain bike race on Andesite. Race day registration is $30. Visit bigskyresort.com for race day schedules and other details.

Freak yourself out in the Bitterroot National Forest for a Monthly Moonwalk Series: Noxious Weeds and Native Plants, where you'll learn about all variety of native plants, noxious weeds and weed biocontrols, starting at 7 PM. Visit fs.udsa.gov/bitterroot or call 363-7100. 1709 N. First St. in Hamilton. Free.

Join Melissa Peterson and her Karelian Bear Dogs in a presentation on Bear Herding at Salmon Lake State Park, beginning at 8 PM, 5 miles south of Seeley Lake, off Hwy 83. Free.

MONDAY AUGUST 15

The Liam Wood Fly Fishers and River Guardian Program is a week-long workshop for high school students looking to explore the craft of fly fishing and have a blast, generally. Class runs Aug. 15–19, 9 AM–4:30 PM, cost is $300 with scholarships available. To apply, call the Watershed Education Network at 541-9287 or email water@montanawatershed.org.

TUESDAY AUGUST 16

Exercise is fundamental so get yours in with the Medical Mile Group, sponsored by St. Patrick's Hospital. Meet in McCormick Park this and every Tue. from Noon to 1 PM, now until Aug. 30. Call 329-2905 or email info@saintpatrick.org.

Prepare to be riveted when Ben Kemper delivers a one-man performance of History from the Ashes: Stories of the Big Burn which chronicles the great fire of 1910. Show starts at 7 PM at Fort Missoula in the Historical Museum, Bldg. 322. Free.

THURSDAY AUGUST 18

Don't even bother trying to control yourself, because Wild Theater Thursdays are back at the Roxy Theater, which features a different award winning wildlife film every Thu. at 10:30 AM, now through Aug. 18. Tickets are $3. See wildlifefilms.org/showing.html.

The PEAS Farm is having an awesome farm party, with locally grown food, wine and music by Shane Clause and the Stomping Ground and Mudslide Charley, beginning at 9:30 PM. $17 adults/$7 kids. Get $2 off if you walk, bike or bus to the party. Visit gardencityharvest.org or call 523-3663.

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