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Moving Planet Day is a worldwide event designed to encourage communities to think about and advocate for solutions to climate change. This year's festivities take place this Saturday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to 2-ish, with different events at various locations around Missoula. Participants will meet at the River Market Downtown (by the fish statues, I'm told), and then from there, will scatter to the wind. Alternative forms of transportation are encouraged. It's fortunate that just about everywhere in Missoula is bike-able. Feel free to walk, run, bike, carpool or skateboard. Organizers are also offering a free shuttle bus, or you can take advantage of the Mountain Line bus system. At FreeCycles, you can get together and build bikes. No experience is necessary; volunteers will show you how. The people at PEAS farm are planting trees and shrubs, plus pulling weeds. You can help make the Tower St. Conservation Area nice with trail reconstruction, weed pulling, tree planting and trash clean-up. Finally, at the M Trail Stewardship on Mount Sentinel, volunteers are coming together to do trail rehab and prairie restoration work. You may want to bring gloves, weeding tools and shovels if you have them. By the end of the day, you'll have contributed to your moving planet, hung out with friends in your community, and in all likelihood, gotten your hands dirty.

Moving Planet Day is all about reversing climate change and helping out on a local level, with events around Missoula, starting at River Market Downtown on Sat., Sept. 24, from 11 AM–2 PM. For a complete layout of the land, call Bob Clark at 549-1142 or visit mtaudubon.org.

click to enlarge PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 22

The MiniNaturalists Pre-K program lets young people explore the world through hands-on activities, games and play in a natural setting, this and every Thu. through Sept. 29. Cost is $3/$1 for MNHC members. Learn more at MontanaNaturalist.org.

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 23

Harvest wine, beer, and the lost art of growing stuff is the subject of the Bitterroot Valley FarmFest , with events spanning Sept. 23-25, including a Harvest Wine and Beer festival, a farm tour and a pasture to plate dinner. Learn more by calling 363-2400 or online at bvchamber.com.

I'm told there's something for everyone at the Bitterroot Trout Unlimited Banquet, 5 PM at the Bitterroot River Inn, 139 Bitterroot Plaza Dr. for $45. Call Greg at 363-0033.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 24

Help clean up the Rattlesnake as part of National Public Lands Day, which meets 9 AM at the Main Rattlesnake Trailhead. Bring water, snacks and weather-appropriate gear. Call 728-2720.

Do that weird, bleeding thing in your chest a favor and attend the Missoula Heart Walk and 5k Run, beginning 10 AM at UM Oval. Visit missoulaheartwalk.org.

Give a little bit at MUD's Volunteer Work Day, 10 AM to 2 PM at the MUD Site, 629 Philips St. This month's projects include stuccoing, painting, and weeding! Lunch will be provided to all volunteers.

Get by with a little help from your friends at the 10th Annual Missoula Buddy Walk to help promote awareness about Down Syndrome, 11 AM at Play Fair Park.

Freestone Climbing is celebrating its Grand Opening 11 AM–10 PM. Climbing will be only $5, there will be music, slacklines, slideshows, food and beer, and it's the last day to take advantage of signing up for membership without an initiation fee. It's going to be a rad day. 935 Toole Ave.

At Traveler's Rest State Park, outdoors fans willgather to celebrate in the name of Hunting and Gathering: The Tradition Continues, Noon to 4 PM, 1/2 mile west of Lolo in U.S. Highway 12. Call 273-4253. Free.

The Homestead Fall Gathering starts at 1 PM, features all manner of partying and comes highly recommended by reputable sources. It's a potluck, so bring a dish. $5/$10 family. Call 728-9269. The Moon-Randolph Homestead is at 1515 Spurlock Road.

Take in all the wine tasting, biergarten, dinner, music and whatever else you can catch at Oktoberfish, a fundraiser for the Stumptown Arts Studio, 6–11 PM at 145 Central Ave. in Whitefish. $50.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 25

Take a run around the block with a purpose at the Rockin' Race for AIDS Awareness, starting at 500 N. Higgins Ave. around 9 AM at the XXXX's. It's $25 for 5-kers, $30 for 10-kers, children 12 and under run free, and it's $60 for families of 3 or more. To register and get more race facts, go to missoulaaidscouncil.org.

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 28

Plant ecologist Nan Vance will use science, humor and macro photography to answer the question, Friends or Robbers: Plant and Pollinators of the Columbia Basin, 7 PM at the Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. $4 suggested donation. MontanaNaturalist.org.

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 29

The MiniNaturalists Pre-K program lets young people explore the world through hands-on activities, games and play in a natural setting, this and every Thu. through Sept. 29. Cost is $3/$1 for MNHC members. Learn more at MontanaNaturalist.org.

Hang out at the Fort Missoula Native Plant Gardens for a day of Creating Landscapes for Play. It's a chance to talk to landscape designers, community professionals and outdoor education specialists 5:30–7:30 PM. Free, with snacks and beverages.

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