A few more of these sunny days and you may just forget that it's going to rain every other day throughout the month of June. I know, I know, I can come off as a bit of a negative Nancy. But let us use the upcoming "monsoon season" as impetus for getting outside now while the getting is downright good. Besides, if your lungs are anything like mine, they are soaked with a winter's worth of bacon grease, malt liquor, waffle batter and whatever they clean the VFW with, so it may be time to flush out the bad stuff with a toodle into and around nature. If you're the type who can't stomach a toodle without making the trip useful (i.e. packing a gun or a camera), perhaps joining the Montana Native Plant Society on their Spring Gulch Wildflower Mosey is what you need to blast winter's crust from your insides and rattle that noggin of yours. The flowers are beginning to burst forth on the hillsides and now is a good time to view some colors you never knew existed and maybe make some new pals. The society has labeled this mosey as "camera geek" friendly, so you'll have ample time to stop and photograph what you see.
Join the Montana Native Plant Society for its Spring Gulch Wildflower Mosey on Wed., May 16, at 6:30 PM. Meet at the Rattlesnake Trailhead. Bring water, dress appropriately, etc. For more information, call Kelly at 258-5439 or visit mtnativeplants.org.
THURSDAY MAY 10
Dudes, come get your climb on during Freestone Climbing's Dude's Night. 935 Toole Ave. 5–10 PM. $6.50/$5 students.
Always wondering who is doing all that wharbling or going "caw-caw-caw"? Head to the Ft. Missoula Native Plant Gardens and find out who the bastages are that are making all that noise during the Beginning Bird Identification Party. Binocs provided. 5:30-7:30 PM. $5 suggested donation.
FRIDAY MAY 11
Active outdoor lovers are invited to the Mountain Sports Club's (formerly the Flathead Valley Over the Hill Gang) weekly meeting to talk about past glories and upcoming activities. Swan River Inn. 6–8 PM. Free.
Get back in shape and learn something new at Freestone Climbing Gym's Intro to Bouldering course, which introduces basic techniques, safety stuff, ethics and more. Class includes 1.5 hours of instruction and two weeks of unlimited climbing. 935 Toole. 7–8:30 PM. $40.
SATURDAY MAY 12
Dust the cobwebs off your bicycles and stretch them hammies, Uncle Gene, it's time to Bike for Shelter, a fundraiser for the Watson's Children's Shelter, which features 2 and 12-mile rides, a kids' bike rodeo, bbq, music and snow cones (bubblegum flavor, please!). Register at the Fort Missoula shelter on the CMC campus. 9 AM–1 PM. $15 ind./$40 per family. watsonchildrensshelter.org
SUNDAY MAY 13
Get back in shape and learn something new at Freestone Climbing Gym's Intro to Bouldering course, which introduces basic techniques, safety stuff, ethics and more. Class includes 1.5 hours of instruction and two weeks of unlimited climbing. 935 Toole. Noon–1:30 PM. $40.
MONDAY MAY 14
At Slacker Mondays, from 6 PM until close, slackline fans can come to Freestone Climbing Center at 935 Toole Ave. to test their balance. $13/$10 for students. Visit freestoneclimbing.com.
Donna Love of the Montana Loon Society discusses the not-so-common Common Loon during Five Valley Audubon's program at UM's Gallagher Business Bldg., Rm. L14. 7:30 PM. Free.
TUESDAY MAY 15
Keep them nazty old weeds out of our eyesight at the Dyer's Woad weed pull (it ain't mustard, it just wishes it were). Meet at the Mt. Sentinel trailhead at 6:30 PM. Call Marilyn at 544-7189.
WEDNESDAY MAY 16
Talk about your favorite nooks and crannies with Montana's only caving club, the Northern Rocky Mountain Grotto, when they host a Pub Night at the Union Club. 6 PM to 8 PM. Visit nrmg.cavesofmontana.org for more info.
THURSDAY MAY 17
Drop the controller and check out this month's theme at the Montana Natural History Center's miniNaturalists Pre-K Program. This month's theme is Osprey. Pliny the Elder would approve. 120 Hickory St. 10–11 AM. $3/$1 for members. montananaturalist.org.