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Leave the struggle buggy at home, guys and dolls, grab your bicycle and let your gams do the work at the 2nd Annual Tweed Ride and Bicycle Carnival. Lovers of the old-timey and cycling alike are bound to have a copasetic time when they don their glad rags for a three o'clock lolly around Missoula that is sure to be the cat's meow. Riders can take two routes, a family-friendly two-miler and a four-mile adult ride. The ramble departs from Free Cycles and returns around five o'clock for food, a snort of giggle water, a fashion show, prizes for costumes and a hotsy-totsy evening of revelry (featuring music by The Steel Toe Flos, also Baby and Bukowski). Don't forget the Bicycle Carnival taking place outside Free Cycles at 4 p.m., which features the painful-sounding, "Pin-the-seat-on-the-bike" and other games for the young and young-at-heart. The carnival is sure to be the bee's knees. What's the big idea, you ask? The Tweed Ride is a fundraiser for Spirit at Play, an early childhood development program, as well as for Free Cycles' youth education program. So you sheiks and shebas grab your knickerbockers, your newsy cap, perhaps a smart tweed skirt and a vest that shouts, "Darn tootin' I'm not a wet blanket," and show the palookas on the corner what being on the up and up is all about.

The 2nd Annual Tweed Ride and Bicycle Carnival would love to see you dapper chaps and dandy lasses out for a worthy cause at 3 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 8. No worries if you don't have a bike, Free Cycles, located at 732 S. 1st W., can loan you a snappy steed for your toot around town. Tickets are $8 per individual, $15 for two, or $20 per family and are available at Spirit at Play and Free Cycles. Get on the trolley Jack and check out missoulatweedride.org.

click to enlarge PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER

THURSDAY OCTOBER 6

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 OCTOBER 7

Runners, walkers and strollers are all welcome at the 5k Run Through History through historic downtown Kalispell, beginning at 10 AM on 2nd St. E. next to the Museum at Central school. Visit downtownkalispell.com.

But really, what isn't earth inspired? Head to the Montana Natural History Center for Earth Inspired Images from the Northern Rockies as part of First Friday, 4:30–6:30 PM, 120 Hickory St. MontanaNaturalist.org. Free.

Doubtless derived from the age-old "never pet a" wisdom, REI is bringing you the Burning Dog Festival, where sports fans will pray for snow and presumably do other things, 6 PM at Big Sky Brewery, 5417 Trumpeter Way. $10.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 8

Help out the elk population with a service outing sponsored by the Sawmill Gulch Restoration Project, which will meet at the main Rattlesnake Trailhead at 8:30 AM to remove barbed wire, clip and bag seed stalks and so much more I'm sure. Free. Call Bert at 542–7645.

Come find your own Great Pumpkin at the inaugural Pick Your Own Pumpkin Sale at the Milltown Garden Patch, proceeds will assist in preparing for the 2012 growing season, Columbia St. 10–5 PM.

Dress in dapper tweed to support Missoula's Spirit at Play early childhood program at the 2nd Annual Missoula Tweed Ride, which includes a bicycle carnival at 4 PM, followed by adult oriented music 5–7 PM, starting at Free Cycles, 732 South 1st St. W. $8/$15 for two/$20 three or more. Visit MissoulaTweedRide.org.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 9

We can do it! This and every Sun. through October, come to Ladies' Night at Freecycles from 2–6 PM to learn to build and fix bikes plus hang out with other chicks, 732 S. First St. W.

MONDAY OCTOBER 10

I should make an allusion to the game Angry Birds here but I don't know anything about it, so nevermind. Check out "How wind energy in Montana affects birds & other wildlife" as presented by the Five Valleys Audubon, 7:30 PM in room L14 of the Gallagher Business Bldg on the UM Campus.

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 12

Dust off somebody else's old skis and other things at the Used Outdoor Gear Sale, where you can buy or sell outdoor equipment from 12–5 PM in the University Center Atrium. Bring stuff to sell 7 AM–11 AM. It's a fundraiser for the UM Outdoor Program, yo.

Open the door, get on the floor, everybody head to the first floor atrium of the Clapp Building on the UM campus for National Fossil Day. Lectures, tours, food and beverage, kids activities and of course boom boom acka lacko boom boom, hosted by the UM Paleontology Center. 6 PM. Free.

Talk mountains at the Rocky Mountaineers Meeting with club member Alden Wright, who will present on living in New Zealand, 7 PM at the Trail Head, 221 E. Front St. rockymountaineers.com. Free.

THURSDAY OCTOBER 13

The local Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) are meeting for a talk called, Nature Connection, Personal Wellbeing and Culture Repair, 7 PM at the Bohemian Grange, 125 Blanchard Lk. Rd. in Whitefish. Call 862–7711.

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