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The PEAS Farm in Missoula invites you to eat, drink and dance under a summer moon at their Farm Party, Thu., Aug. 18 starting at 5:30 PM. Maybe you're new in town, or you've been in Missoula forever and you just haven't been extended a formal invitation. This is your big chance. The summer is slowly slipping through our fingers. Imagine it. Hanging out with vegetables grown out of love is a supernatural experience, or a reverent but non-supernatural experience, depending on how you feel. The party will feature live music by Shane Clouse and the Stomping Ground, and Mudslide Charley will kick things off with the gutbucket blues they've come to be famous for. Grown ups get in for $17 and kids get in for $7. They'll give you $2 off if you walk, bike, or bus to the party. Do you like to eat local produce, burgers and organic, locally produced beer and wine? I hate those things, too. I was just trying to see if you were into them.

The PEAS Farm is having an awesome farm party this Thu., Aug. 18 starting at 5:30 PM, with locally grown food, wine and music by Shane Clause and the Stomping Ground and Mudslide Charley. $17 adults/$7 kids. Visit gardencityharvest.org or call 523-3663.

click to enlarge PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER

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 ar $3. See wildlifefilms.org/showing.html.

We can all agree that nature is amazing and insects rule. Let your 7–12-year-old learn about bugs and how to immortalize them in art at Bugs, Big, Bad and Beautiful with Jennifer Ogden, Aug. 15–18 from 1–3 PM. $45/$50 at Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. Call 728-0447.

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 5:30 PM. $17 adults/$7 kids. Get $2 off if you walk, bike or bus to the party. Visit gardencityharvest.org or call 523-3663.

FRIDAY AUGUST 19

Drink fine Belgian beer, see some film clips, and benefit the Bike/Walk alliance for Missoula at Clips of Faith, 7:30 PM in Caras Park. 3 oz. beer samples are $1.25, 12 oz. beers are $5. Visit clipsoffaith.com and bikewalkmissoula.org. Recycling bymudproject.org.

In the last of the Women in Montana History series, Beavertail Hill State Park presents work from an early Montana photographer, Evelyn Cameron, starting at 8 PM, off exit 130 on I-90. Free.

Liven things up in your love life, or just take comfort in watching the cosmos during public observing night at the Blue Mountain Observatory beginning around 9:45 PM. Free. Call 243-5179 before you go and get directions by clicking over to physics.umt.edu/bluemountain.

SATURDAY AUGUST 20

Blaze a trail during the Madison River Run in Ennis, which features the chance for participants to hit up a 5k or 10k walk/run on varied terrain. Warm up with details at ennischamber.com.

Indulge your kid's penchant for plants and bugs when the Daly Mansion hosts Kids in the Garden, 10 AM–3 PM at 251 Eastside Hwy in Hamilton. Bring a food item to donate if you want and call 546-8066.

The Big Hole National Battlefield Summer Speaker Series continues this week with speaker Vivian Wilson, who will discuss the evolution of the Nez Perce home, Aug. 20 talk at noon and 3 PM and Aug. 21 at Noon. 16542 Hwy 43 W. in Wisdom. Call 689-3155.

Who wants to learn about non-game wildlife species diversity in the Fish Creek drainage at Big Pine Fishing Access Site as told by biologist Kristi Dubois? You do. 7 PM. Take I-90 west to exit 66 then south to Fish Creek Rd. So free. Call 722-1553.

In case you haven't yet already, now's your chance to discover more about Montana's beautiful night sky at Salmon Lake State Park, where Mike Hawkaluk will teach you things about stars and planets with telescopes, starting 8 PM, 5 miles south of Seeley Lake just off Hwy 83. Free.

SUNDAY AUGUST 21

At Paddle Days, sponsored by The Wild Mare and The Trailhead from Noon to 5 PM at Lake Como picnic area, many paddle-related sports will commence, plus a barbecue with brats and summer salad.

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