The Missoula Urban Demonstration Project invites you to eat, drink and get muddy with them at their 30th anniversary Garden Party, this Friday, Aug. 26th at the MUD Site. If you don't know what MUD is all about, their mission is to create a replicable model of sustainable living through education, demonstration and celebration in the Missoula community. This weekend is all about the celebration. The garden party will feature live music from Baby & Bukowski and Chele Bandalu. You'll get the rundown on MUD history over the past 30 years, plus the usual fare: food, drinks, a silent auction and the company of a bunch of people who care about sustainable urban development as much as you do. If you check out the MUD website, you'll find a photo of the founding members of the project from way back in 1981. What's sort of cute and funny about it is that they look and dress just like the Missoulian farm-enthusiasts I know today. I love when overalls circle back around again, because what a fine, versatile garment it is.
On Fri., Aug. 26, join the good people at MUD for the MUD Garden Party, with food, bands, a silent auction and general muddiness, 6–11 PM at 629 Phillips St. $15/$10 for MUD members/$30 for the family. Visit mudsite.org.
THURSDAY AUGUST 25
Learn the fine art of native plant seed collecting and propagation techniques from 5:30–7:30 PM at Fort Missoula Native Plant Gardens, under the big silver water tower at the Fort. Free. MontanaNaturalist.org or call 327-0405.
FRIDAY AUGUST 26
Liven things up in your love life, or just take comfort in watching the cosmos, during public observing night at the Blue Mountain Observatory where you'll get to gander at nearby planets, stars and nebulae at an estimated observing time of 9:30 PM. Free. Call 243-5179 before you go and get directions by clicking over to physics.umt.edu/bluemountain.
SATURDAY AUGUST 27
Hit the rapids with your paddle or face on the Alberton Gorge Rafting Trip, sponsored by UM Outdoor recreation. $60 gets you equipment, transportation, lunch and guides. Register through the UM Outdoor program at 243-5172.
The motorcycle goes vroom? Hang out at or participate in the Big Sky XC Motorcycle Race at Big Sky Resort, Aug. 27–28. It's a big deal. There's camping, big bikes making big noises and more and more. Go to bigskyxc.com.
Reel one in for the thrill of it during a Salmon/Lake Trout Tournament at Fort Peck Reservoir. Lure for details by calling 526-3442 .
Check out all things related to the fine art of shooting ducks at the Teller/Bitterroot Valley Ducks Unlimited Greenwing Event, with activities beginning at 9 AM. $10 gets the kids in with a lunch, and $5 covers adult's lunch. Register for the shindig online at mt.ducks.org.
A program on bears, delivered by bear biologists, with possible bears in attendance awaits you at Salmon Lake State Park, 5 miles South of Seeley Lake off Hwy 83 at 8 PM. Free. Call 240-0155.
SUNDAY AUGUST 28
Walk or run with the best of them at the River City Roots 4-Mile Run/Walk. Race day registration goes 8:30–10:30 AM and the race starts at 11 AM. Meet at the XXXs at the north end of Higgins, and then race somewhere 4 miles away. It's probably a loop, actually. Visit runwildmissoula.org.
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 31
Feel free to dress up like Mr. Wizard during UM's Ecology & Evolution Seminar Series, which begins at 4:10 PM in Room 110 of the Interdisciplinary Sciences Building. Free. Call 243-5122.
Run wild for beer at this month's Beer Run, a 5-mile jaunt beginning 6 PM at Tamarack Brewing Co. Go to runwildmissoula.com for course map and other fine facts. 231 W. Front S.
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 1
Let REI Missoula human whisper you at their free class, Hiking and Camping with your Dog, 6:30–8 PM at 3275 N Reserve St. Call 541-1938.