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Cyclocross bikers, this is your weekend to get down and grimy. On Friday and Saturday, you'll be able to sweat it up while peddling fast and hauling your bike through grass, gravel, dirt, pavement and an array of obstacles during two cyclocross races here in town. The first is the Griz–Cat Cyclocross Race on Sat., Nov. 20, at Fort Missoula. It begins with registration from 10:30–11:45 AM, and is followed by races for various categories at noon, 1, and 2 PM. The race also doubles as a competition between Missoula and Bozeman—in honor of the Griz-Cat football game—and a trophy will be handed out to whichever city comes out on top. It costs $15, includes merchandise prizes, and there's a chili feed after the race too. Then, on Sun., Nov. 21, you'll head back over to Fort Missoula to get caked in dirt once again during the Z Cross State Championship Cyclocross Race, which begins with registration from 9:30–11 AM, with races for varying categories at 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM. That race costs $20, includes medals for the top three riders in each category, plus a cash prize totaling $499, and also benefits the Montana Junior Cycling Foundation. Here's something else to note: Both races require you to have a USA Cycling license, and one-day licenses can be bought at each race for $10 per license.

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 19

Trip out on powder when Level 1 productions presents a ski movie double feature that includes a screening of Eye Trip, as well as Right Brain, Left Brain, starting at 6:30 PM at the Roxy Theatre, 718 S. Higgins Ave. $10/$8 advance, with tickets at Backcountry Racks & Skis. Proceeds benefit the Backwoods Project

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 20

Those not up to snuff on their bird ogling are hereby invited to join the Five Valleys and Bitterroot Audubon Societies for a "Beginning Bird Walk" that covers avian ID, plus use of field guides and binoculars, at 10 AM at the headquarters of Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, just north of Stevensville. Free. Call Jim at 961-4689.

Kids gobble down info on turkeys during the Montana Natural History Center's (MNHC) Saturday Kids' Activity: Totally Turkeys, which begins at 2 PM at the MNHC, 120 Hickory St. $3/$1 MNHC members. Call 327-0405.

Feed your need for the white stuff during a screening of Warren Miller's Wintervention, a ski/snowboard film geared toward powderhounds that features icy footage of riders like Chris Davenport, Jonny Moseley and Lindsey Vonn hitting up wicked terrain in Alaska, Norway and even Antarctica, with the screening beginning at 6 PM at the Wilma Theatre. $10/$8 advance, with tickets at Rockin Rudy's, Bob Ward & Sons and The Trail Head. All proceeds benefit the West Central Montana Avalanche Foundation.

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 23

Slide into Nordic ski season during the Yellowstone Ski Festival, West Yellowstone's decades-old traditional kickoff to winter that runs today through Nov. 27 and features clinics, races, gear expos and good times on and off the trail. Boot up for more info at yellowstoneskifestival.com.

Get wet and perfect your "Eskimo roll" when you sign up for the UM Outdoor Program's Kayak Roll Clinic, which meets Nov. 30 and Dec. 2 at 8:30 PM at the Grizzly Pool. $45. Participants must have some kayaking experience. Register by today by calling 243-5172.

Any and all females who want to hike in the company of their fellow XX chromosome holders are hereby invited to a Ladies Hike Group every Tue. and Thu. at 4 PM at a TBA location in Missoula. Contact Rissa at simpleretreat@yahoo.com to finalize plans.

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 25

Trot around to help the less fortunate during the Whitefish Turkey Trot, a 5k race that benefits the North Valley Food Bank and begins at 8 AM at Whitefish's Riverside Park, off of Baker Ave. $15 registration on race day/$10 advance, with registration closing at the end of the day on Nov. 23. Also note that for every one pound of non-perishable food you bring to donate, 10 seconds will be taken off your total race time. This means the more food you bring, the greater your chance of winning the race. Visit whitefishturkeytrot.com for details.

Run wild with a tasty fowl on your mind during Polson's Turkey Trot, a 5k run/walk that begins with registration at 8:30 AM, followed by the race at 9:30 AM, on the corner of Highways 93 and 35. $10. The race benefits Polson's Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. Visit polsonrunning.com.

Burn some calories before you gorge when the Missoula Family YMCA presents Thanksgiving Day exercise opportunities between 9 AM–noon including aerobics classes at 9 AM, and a cycling class at 9 and again at 10 AM, all at the YMCA, 3000 S. Russell St. Cost of admittance is one non-perishable food item per person. Call 721-YMCA.

Get your shred on at Big Sky Resort, which announces that today is its opening day starting at 9 AM at the resort, 1 Lone Mountain Trail in Big Sky. Tickets are $55 for adults. Carve over to bigskyresort.org for details and snow report updates.

Praise the turkey goddess during Run Wild Missoula's Turkey Day 8K, a Thanksgiving run/walk that begins at 9:30 AM at the Boone and Crockett Club, 250 Station Drive. $15/$13 Run Wild Missoula Members. The race is also open to strollers and walkers. Visit runwildmissoula.org and e-mail Courtney at courtneybabcock@yahoo.com.

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