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Yeeehaww, pardners! It’s time for Montana Mule Days. Hitch up your team, or grab the cowboy hat and a cooler, then head to the American Legion Rodeo grounds in Drummond. The event features 128 different kinds of mule races, including the mule team log pull, the donkey keyhole, the mule barrel race, mule team driving, lead your donkey to water, mule pole bending and the fast ass express. Competition is expected to be fierce, with entrants coming from six different states. The event runs June 11–13, starting at 7 a.m. Camping is available on the grounds and food is available. Competition costs $4 per category entered. For more information, call 777-5713.

For another Western-flavored festival, check out Hot Springs’ Annual Homesteader Celebration, also June 11–13. The celebration honors the original homesteaders of the area, and started in 1949 with the grand opening of the Camas Hot Spring bathhouse. Expect rodeos, a street dance, arts in the park and the Skunk Alley Run (a10K and 3K walk/run starting at 10 a.m. Saturday on Main Street).

Another run on the horizon is the 2004 Bitterroot Charity Run in Hamilton on June 19. This race features a miler, a 5K and a 10K, starting at 9 a.m. Call 363-2570 for more information.

Any bored teenagers out there? Unplug the PS2 and head for the river with the Zoo Town Surfers, Missoula’s own youth kayaking club. The club’s primary objective is to grow the next generation of Missoula river shredders, and in the process help build friendships, teach river safety and impart technical kayaking skills. Two sessions have already occurred, but eight more are on the way. Different groups meet on different days at Caras Park, where transportation is provided to and from the river. The cost of the program is $200. For more information, call Jason Shreder at 370-4436.

Sports fans, are you looking for a challenge? Well, the Missoula Osprey are looking for one good man, or woman, to work every single job in the ballpark over the course of the season, a different job each night, culminating with a temp gig as general manager at the last home game. The team is looking for someone who can work every game, as well as a quick learner. “We’re looking for someone to carry this on as a career. This person will be tested throughout the season and will be ready for many professions when the season is over,” said Chris Hale, Osprey assistant general manager. Hours are in the evenings and on weekends. The selected employee will be paid for every hour worked. For more information, contact the Osprey office at 543-3300.

The New Rocky Mountaineers are out searching for those snow couloirs still. They expect to find a couple to practice climbing on when they scale the 8,575’ Kakashe Mountain in the Missions. Overall elevation gain on this ridgeline scramble is 5,500 feet. For more information, call Gerald Olbu at 549-4769.

The Alpine Club of Missoula will be having a team meeting at 7 p.m. on June 10. Interested parties are encouraged to attend. Then, on June 11–14, the club will tackle Liberty Ridge on Mount Rainier. There’s currently room for two more climbers. For more information, contact Luke Casady at 777-0190.

Father’s Day approaches and Mountain High doesn’t want anybody to space out on dad just because they’re heading out for a three-day backpack in Glacier. If dad’s here in town, why not take him on a Sierra Club outing, on June 20, to Packer Meadows to watch the blue camas bloom? The two-mile hike to the meadows will also take participants to a Corps of Discovery campsite. For more information, contact Kathy Marieb at 829-6596.

Intermediate sea kayakers, Silver Moon Kayak wants you to invest in safety by taking their weekend-long class, the Comprehensive Level II Sea Kayak Workshop. The session doesn’t take place until June 26–27, and includes all-day lake sessions. There’s also an introductory session on June 22 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The focus of the course will be on refining skills to put the paddler in full control of the boat with grace and style. For more information, contact the company at 752-3794.

And finally, Missoula Parks and Recreation wants parents to know that there is a variety of sporting classes to keep the kids out of trouble this summer. Swimming, tennis, baseball, basketball, soccer, football, volleyball and climbing classes are available throughout the season. For more information, call 721-7275.

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