Newsline January 23, 2017

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Table of Contents

Good News Item

  1. More funds for climate action. 
  2. UM Professor appointed to head MT Fish Wildlife and Parks.
  3. Good News –Maybe.

Around EVST

  1. New voice on Montana Public Radio.
  2. Camas Magazine Interest Meeting, 1/31.

Featured Events

(See the Conservation Calendar for more events)

  1.  Celebrate ‘We the People’s Amendment Day’ in Missoula on Jan 23. 

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Blood needed.
  2. Summer volunteer projects in the Selway-Bitterroot wilderness. 
  3. Strategy session for protecting public lands, Jan 24. 
  4. An internship is available with Big Sky Herbs, a local sustainable herb grower.
  5. What can you afford to pay for a non-resident student hunting/fishing license? 
  6. Rally for Public Lands, Helena, Jan 30.

Educational Opportunities

  1. Carbon Budgets and Climate Change, Jan 24. 
  2. Avalanche Awareness Workshop, Jan 24 & 26.
  3. How to help yourself and your neighbors in an emergency, Jan 25. 
  4. Climate Change and Wetlands, Jan 26. 
  5. Systems Ecology/DECS Seminar Series Spring 2017.
  6. Bike/Walk Alliance of Missoula’s annual gathering Jan 26. 
  7. Missoula’s ANNUAL SEED SWAP– January 28. 
  8. Montana Wetland Council Meeting, Feb 2 in Helena. 
  9. Building Skills for an Inclusive Community, Feb 12.
  10. USGBC Montana Annual Summit February 8th & 9th in Helena.
  11. Learn & earn credit on an alternative spring break to Vancouver, BC, March 2017. 
  12. Permaculture Design Course (May 28-June 10) and Appropriate Technology Course (June 12-23), register soon for reduced cost. 

Jobs and Internships

(Local or summer jobs; for full time jobs around the US, see the envirojobs list serv)

  1. Paid summer work/internships at the UM Biostation on Flathead Lake, apply ASAP. 
  2. 3 Seasonal jobs with Garden City Harvest, apply soon.
  3. Still looking to hire a few more Active & Sustainable Transportation Ambassadors.
  4. Make a difference with a MontPIRG internship.
  5. 2017 Internships with national community sustainability group!
  6. Intern with Environment MT, apply by Feb 3.
  7. Growing for Success/Farm to Cafeteria job, apply by Feb 3. 
  8. FoodCorps service member applications are open! 

Funding

  1. Student Grant competition, apply by Feb 16.
  2. A wide range of conservation related funding is available.

Housing

  1. $312 - Seeking roommate in cozy lower Rattlesnake house.
  2. Two EVST alum offering a newly constructed and fully furnished 600-square-foot studio.

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. Grizzly in Grizzly stadium - minor obstacles for this bear.
  2. Tracking bills in the Montana Legislature. 
  3. Making Videos at UM Library's One Button Studio.
  4. Films celebrating Open Space, Feb 15. 
  5. Parks and Recreation Host Winterfest January 28, 29
  6. CFAC's Winter Celebration, Jan 29.
  7. Farm Fresh PitchFest, Jan 26.

Good News Item

More funds for climate action. 

On January 17, the U.S. State Department announced that it has made an additional $500 million grant to support the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the world's largest multilateral finance institution dedicated to advancing low-emission, climate-resilient development. More than 180 countries have set forth their plans to cut emissions. The GCF supports developing nations in their efforts to cut emissions and to become more resilient to climate change. The GCF also directly engages the private sector in new and innovative ways to mobilize greater private investment, sending an unmistakable signal to global markets that the low-emission transition is moving forward. More info here. 

UM Professor appointed to head MT Fish Wildlife and Parks.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has appointed University of Montana Assistant Professor Martha Williams to serve as director of the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Bullock made the Cabinet announcement Jan. 6. Williams has taught natural resource law, public land and resources law, and wildlife law at UM’s Alexander Blewett III School of Law. She also co-directed UM’s Land Use and Natural Resources Clinic. Williams said she is thrilled and honored to serve the state in this new role. 

Good News – Maybe.

Stanford University engineers claim that mealworms can digest Styrofoam – not just breaking it down into smaller bits, but actually digesting it for energy and releasing CO2. Here’s a popular science article on this published by Stanford News Service and here’s the original article published in Env. Science & Technology. Currently, food chain effects are being studied, as is the concern that a ‘solution’ may make reducing use of Styrofoam less of a priority. The permaculture community has raised a whole host of concerns on this discussion thread, showing that all ‘solutions’ can have unintended consequences in the complex dance towards sustainability.

Around EVST

New voice on Montana Public Radio.

EVST’er Clare Menahan has been surfing the Montana Public Radio air waves for a while, but some of us heard another familiar voice on MTPR recently. EVST grad student Rachel Cramer is now a part-time evening newscaster with Montana Public Radio. She helps write and read news scripts during the Montana news segment of All Things Considered; edits and assembles audio clips; and assists with website management. 

Camas Magazine Interest Meeting, 1/31.

Interested in serving on the Camas editorial team this semester, or otherwise learning more about EVST's student-run literary magazine? Come to Camas' start-of-term interest meeting on Tuesday, January 31, at 5pm at the UM FLAT Studio. We'll discuss board member and chair roles, the schedule for our upcoming issue, and other ways to get involved with the magazine. See you there! Peter Gurche and Matt Hart, editors.

Featured Events

Celebrate ‘We the People’s Amendment Day’ in Missoula on Jan 23. 

This is the proposed amendment to the US Constitution that says ‘Corporations are not people and money is not speech’. If adopted, it would overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision – that treats corporations as citizens and gives them unlimited rights to spend money on elections. The Missoula City Council adopted a resolution supporting the amendment, and the mayor declared Jan 21 to be ‘We the People’s Amendment Day’ in Missoula. On Monday Jan 23, the City Council welcomes citizen’s comments on this important amendment. So, come hear what your fellow citizens have to say about this amendment – and feel free to state your views on it. For more info, see the Guest Editorial in the Sunday Missoulian (Jan22). When/Where: Monday, Jan 23, 7pm at Missoula City Council Chambers, 140 West Pine.

Volunteer Opportunities

Blood needed. 

Due to severe weather, many blood drives have been canceled, and there is a severe shortage of blood. The Red Cross blood drive will be at UM’s University Center on Jan 25 & 26. O positive donors are especially needed. So if you can help, schedule an appointment to give blood. WHEN/WHERE: Jan 25 from 10:30am to 4:30pm and Jan 26 from 10 am to 4:30 pm in the University Center. 

Summer volunteer projects in the Selway-Bitterroot wilderness. 

Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation staff lead volunteers on multi-day trips in the Selway-Bitterroot and Frank Church Wilderness areas, hiking and maintaining trails. Wilderness stewardship is hard work, but working together as part of our crews is one of the most rewarding wilderness experiences you can have. Most of the projects involve about 5 days in the wilderness, and there are trips from June through September. The trips range from easy to very strenuous. So, shop early and find one that fits you. The summer wilderness volunteer projects are described here. 

Strategy session for protecting public lands, Jan 24. 

Montana Wilderness Association invites you to a strategy session on protecting public lands during the current legislature. There will also be sign making and other preparations for the upcoming public lands rally, at the state capitol in Helena at noon on January 30. Click here if you need a ride to the rally. There will be pizza at the strategy session. WHEN/WHERE: Jan 24, 6-8pm at Imagine Nation, 1151 W. Broadway, Missoula. 

An internship is available with Big Sky Herbs, a local sustainable herb grower.

The half-acre of 100 medicinal tea herbs and 40 culinary herbs is located in the West Missoula Valley. Interns are needed year-round to work and expand this small sustainable business venture, where both e-commerce and sustainable growing practices are involved. For more information see the Big Sky Herbs website or Griz Recruiting

What can you afford to pay for a non-resident student hunting/fishing license? 

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, based in Missoula, is conducting a survey to analyze affordability of Non-Resident Student Hunting License Fees here in Montana. If you have any interest in fishing or hunting, please take the survey. The current non-resident fee for a combined fishing/hunting license is over $500, probably a barrier to most students. The survey will attempt to find what fee would be affordable to non-resident students. The survey is online here: survey.  

Rally for Public Lands, Helena, Jan 30.

Montana Wilderness Association is concerned about legislation in Congress and the Montana legislature expected to impact public lands. They are holding a Rally for Public Lands on Monday, January 30 at noon in the State Capitol in Helena. Speakers at the rally will include Governor Steve Bullock, mountaineering legend Conrad Anker, fly fishing guide and TV host Hilary Hutcheson, and K.C. Walsh, CEO of Simms fishing company. MWA is arranging rides to Helena. Visit this link if interested in a ride to Helena. or More info about the Rally and MWA’s concerns are here.

Educational Opportunities

Carbon Budgets and Climate Change, Jan 24. 

Ben Poulter is a Research Scientist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. His research integrates satellite observations, field measurements and ecosystem models to better understand the role of terrestrial ecosystems in the global carbon cycle. His talk will focus on how the earth’s changing carbon budget drives climate change, and how to mitigate those effects. He will speak at MSU, but the talk can be seen and heard on live screencast. WHEN: Jan 24 at 10 am. 

Avalanche Awareness Workshop, Jan 24 & 26.

This workshop will be held two nights, Jan. 24 and 26 (6-8pm), with an optional field day for skiers and snowboarders on Jan 29. Free with a $12 optional lift fee. No registration required for the evening lectures. Field trips will be organized at the end of the second lecture. Skiers or snowboarders attending the field session must be able to easily negotiate intermediate slopes. For more information email info@missoulaavalanche.org

How to help yourself and your neighbors in an emergency, Jan 25. 

Transition Missoula & UM Geology professor Rebecca Bendick show how to use  MissoulaReady web site to build community resilience. The website has info on hazards at specific locations, how to prepare, and where to get help. There will also be a brief presentation on Transition Streets -- a resource to increase household resilience when neighbors work together. WHEN/WHERE: Jan 25, 7 to 8:45 pm at the Missoula Public Library meeting room. FREE. 

Climate Change and Wetlands, Jan 26. 

Jennifer Watts will present her PhD research: Northern Wetland Carbon Flux Response Under a Changing Climate. Everyone welcome. WHEN/WHERE: Thursday, January 26 9:00-10:00 a.m. in UC 329. 

Systems Ecology/DECS Seminar Series Spring 2017.

Weekly seminar series hosted in room FOR 305 Thursdays 3:40-4:30 pm starting on January 26. For information contact Diana L. Six at diana.six@umontana.edu or see Systems Ecology document

Bike/Walk Alliance of Missoula’s annual gathering Jan 26. 

Meet more sustainable transportation activists and learn what BWAM’s been working on and plans for the coming year. Everyone welcome.  More info. WHEN/WHERE: Jan 26, 5:30-7pm at Imagine Nation, 1151 W. Broadway. 

Missoula’s ANNUAL SEED SWAP– January 28. 

Bring seeds to share and plan on getting a start on your spring garden. There will be talks on Pollination & Bees and on Season Extension in the Garden. FREE seeds available and lots of info on what to do with them.  FiveValleysSeedLibrary on facebook WHEN/WHERE: Jan 28, 10am to 2pm at the Missoula Public Library. 

Montana Wetland Council Meeting, Feb 2 in Helena. 

Montana Wetland Council Meeting will meet Feb 2 in Helena at the Montana Department of Environmental Quality office in the Director's Conference Room (Room 111). 

Building Skills for an Inclusive Community, Feb 12.

EmpowerMT, which has been working for nearly two decades to end bigotry of all kinds, is poised to address these concerns. Over the next couple of months, we are partnering with local community organizations across the state to bring our “Building Skills for an Inclusive Community” training to as many Montanans as possible. The three-hour training will teach: Skills to identify our own cultural lenses, and the cultural lenses of others; How to build a shared language and foundation of understanding about oppression and its impact on fellow community members; Skills for interrupting oppression when we see it in our communities. Building Community 3 Hour Training: ($15 -$30 Registration Sliding Scale). WHEN/WHERE: Sunday February 12th from 2pm to 5pm at Har Shalom 3035 S. Russell St. Missoula. Please visit the website for more information. 

USGBC Montana Annual Summit February 8th & 9th in Helena.

It will be a great opportunity for students to hear from and network with professionals in the fields of green building and energy efficiency. This is a great way for them to get to know potential future employers and gain a better understanding of Montana’s building industry. Zach Brown, a Montana legislator who is leading the way on a high-performance program for buildings across the state (including U of M) will be presenting. There will also be tours of high performance buildings around Helena. Registration is now open and we are offering students discounted rates! There are also a limited number of scholarships to cover the registration cost, so apply ASAP! The student scholarship application is at this link. There is also an opportunity for students to be involved in the program. We are looking for brief student presentations on green building or energy efficiency projects to round out the lunch break on Thursday. For more information and to register. In order to take advantage of the discounted room block rate at the Great Northern Hotel, make your reservations by January 21st. Call 406-457-5500 for reservations, and remember to refer to US Green Building Council when booking your room to get the discounted rates. 

Learn & earn credit on an alternative spring break to Vancouver, BC, March 2017. 

UM’s Alternative spring break trips focus on understanding and addressing critical social issues. Emmaus Campus Ministry is offering an alternative spring break trip to Vancouver, BC in March 2017. The trip is open to any UM student and other young adults in the area.  The focus is on homelessness, poverty, race, LGBTQ issues, indigenous culture, and religion. The trip will be March 18-26, and you will need a passport. You can earn 1-3 Honors service learning credits (optional). The $200 cost per person covers all travel and most meals. The group will be housed at a church and will prepare its own meals there. Participants are encouraged to bring from $50 to $100 extra dollars for meals on the road, and one ‘night on the town’. For more info, contact John.Lund@umontana.edu and see www.ecmum.org. 

Permaculture Design Course (May 28-June 10) and Appropriate Technology Course (June 12-23), register soon for reduced cost. 

Wheaton Labs, a permaculture demonstration/education facility west of Missoula, will offer a permaculture design course and an appropriate technology course this summer. The PDC will feature designing food growing systems, water systems, earthworks, aquaculture, natural buildings, community building and more. More information here. The ATC features solar heating, cookers, dryers, hot water and power, rocket stoves/heaters/hot water, greenhouses, water filtering, pumps, swales, ponds, air wells, drilled wells, collection systems, grey water, biochar, composting toilets and more. More information here.  Cost is deeply discounted if registered by Jan 31. Cost goes up again after March 31. Meals and camping space included. 

Jobs and Internships

Paid summer work/internships at the UM Biostation on Flathead Lake, apply ASAP. 

This summer the UM’s Bio Station has a number of paid summer research experience/internships. Get hands-on experience while spending the summer on beautiful Flathead Lake! These positions include: freshwater research, chemistry analysis, lake modeling/computer science, information technology, GIS and/or web design, educational outreach. For more info on internships, contact: kevin.hood@mso.umt.eduandrea.rhoades@mso.umt.edu. For more info on Biostation, contact: linda.nitz@umontana.edu

3 Seasonal jobs with Garden City Harvest, apply soon.

Coordinator for Youth Harvest Project--Help manage a therapy-based, service-oriented work program for at-risk teenagers. You'll hire and supervise up to ten youth who perform daily farm tasks, operate a mobile market at senior residences, and serve at the local food bank. Apply by January 28. full job description. To apply: send cover letter, resume, and references to Tami McDaniel, Youth Harvest Project Manager, tami@gardencityharvest.org. Orchard Gardens Farm Assistant--Help with day-to-day farm operations of the 1+ acre urban Orchard Gardens Farm as a welcoming space, conducive to learning and community building. The Farm Assistant is responsible for general farm work including planting, irrigating, weeding, harvesting, distributing food, and greenhouse and orchard work. Apply by February 10. full job description. Orchard Gardens Farm Apprentice--Paid educational apprenticeship, learn sustainable farming practices through hands-on experience working at an urban farm. Apply by February 24. full job description. To apply: send resume and three references to Dave Victor, Farm Director, davevictor@gardencityharvest.org

Still looking to hire a few more Active & Sustainable Transportation Ambassadors.

Interested parties can find more information at the Transportation website

Make a difference with a MontPIRG internship.

Want to create real, positive change in your community? Passionate about issues like protecting voter rights, consumer protections, and environmental and energy policy, all while learning the skills it takes to be a successful community organizer? MontPIRG interns take charge of running field campaigns and research programs to create tangible, positive change on issues like voter rights, consumer protection, and environmental and energy policy. Interns knock doors, collect petition signatures, recruit volunteers, research important topics, and lobby public officials. In addition to the building blocks of activism, they learn important skills like interpersonal communication, problem solving, creative thinking, time management, and public speaking. You will leave MontPIRG with the skills needed to be a community organizer. Interns also receive 3 upper division credits (per the guidelines of their respective department). We've been known to have some fun, too. Apply online here

2017 Internships with national community sustainability group!

Transition US is now accepting applications for our 2017 Internship Program. We have a number of positions available for class credit, and the internships can be completed from afar as part of a distance learning program. Details in this  flyer and PDF description. Transition helps communities start local programs that help their community be more sustainable and resilient (& neighborly). 

Intern with Environment MT, apply by Feb 3.

Environment Montana is looking for dedicated interns to work for our environment this semester. We are a national nonprofit organization with the goal of harnessing the power of the people to fight for our environment.  Interns will help us educate and engage more citizens on critical environmental issues and work with the media, build coalitions, organize events and lobby decision-makers. Interns learn how to analyze problems, push for smart solutions, and build public support. You’ll work side-by-side with one of our organizers, while taking on personal projects and responsibilities of your own - not sitting in a corner doing data entry! You’ll gain hands-on experience, build your resume, and earn class credit at only 6 hours per week. How to apply: Send a resume with contact information to mailto:mhseymour@environmentmontana.org. Priority given to applications received by February 3rd

Growing for Success/Farm to Cafeteria job, apply by Feb 3. 

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is a private non-profit corporation that works to promote sustainable technologies and systems, especially for the benefit of economically disadvantaged individuals and communities. NCAT’s Growing for Success project aims to expand the Harvest of the Month initiative to a broader institutional audience including hospitals and pre-schools. This job entails travel around Montana to establish and maintain relationships with prospective pilot sites, attend conferences, and build the database of producers and institutions that are engaged in Farm to Cafeteria. This position involves a fair amount of desk work as well, tracking purchases, developing resources, and using traditional and social media for outreach, as well as compiling tools and information for trainings and webinars. In addition to working on the Growing for Success program, you may be asked to help with the coordination of Growing Leaders Youth activities, — an initiative which seeks to strengthen young adults’ capacity to educate and organize their peers around healthy eating, healthy living, and vibrant community systems. NCAT is currently looking for a qualified individual to work in our Butte, Montana office. Full job description here. The position will run from March 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018. Applications accepted until Feb 3, 2017. 

FoodCorps service member applications are open! 

We’re looking for people who want to serve their communities by growing healthier bodies, healthier minds, and a more just world. Apply to become a FoodCorps Service Member today! Together with communities, FoodCorps serves to connect kids to healthy food in school through food and nutrition education, hands-on gardening and cooking activities, and putting local food on cafeteria trays.  The FoodCorps Montana program is administered by the National Center for Appropriate Technology, and serves in 11 diverse communities across the state. Joining our cohort connects you to a network of leaders in our state through professional development and team building opportunities. FoodCorps is committed to helping create the next generation of food system leaders, so all backgrounds and skill levels are welcome to apply. Want to learn more? Visit our website,  Like us on Facebook, E-mail FoodCorps MT Fellow Mallory Stefan at mallory.stefan@foodcorps.org. The FoodCorps application is now open through March 15th. Apply now to #ServeUpChange in your community! 

Funding

Student Grant competition, apply by Feb 16.

The Northwest Scientific Association (NWSA) annually awards grants of up to $750 for undergraduate proposals and up to $1,500 for graduate proposals to support student research in the pure and applied sciences. This opportunity also helps you organize your research proposal, may add substance to your curriculum vitae (CV), and may get your study published in the peer-reviewed scientific quarterly, Northwest Science. Deadline for submitting proposals is midnight on February 16, 2017. Find details at Northwest Science by going to ‘Awards & Grants’, then click on Student ‘Grant Awards’. 

A wide range of conservation related funding is available.

National Forest Foundation Matching Awards Program, Due 1/17 & 6/26 Details
Plains and Prairie Potholes Cooperative Landscape Conservation, Due 1/23 Details
Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grants, Due 1/31 Details
Captain Planet Foundation, Due 1/31 Details
BOR WaterSmart Water and Energy Efficiency Grants, 1/18 Details
Environmental Justice Small Grants, Due 1/31 Details
Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant, Due 2/1 Details
MT Fish, Wildlife& Parks Community Fishing Pond grants, Due 2/1 Details
EPA Competition for Sustainability, Due 2/3 Details
USDA Conservation Stewardship Program, 2/3 Details
BOR WaterSmart Drought Contingency Planning, 2/14 Details
BOR WaterSmart Drought Resiliency Projects, 2/14 Details
EPA Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Grants, 2/14 Details
Northwest Scientific Association (NWSA)  Student Grant Competition, Due 2/17 Details
Great Northern LCC Funding, 2/17 Details
North American Wetlands Conservation Act 2018, Due 2/24 Details
Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators, Due 3/1 Details
MT DNRC Watershed Management Grants, Due 3/15 Details
MT DNRC RRGL Planning Grants, Due 3/31 Details
BOR WaterSmart Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects, Due 4/27 Details
USFWS Cooperative Agreement Grant, Due 7/31 Details

Housing

$312 - Seeking roommate in cozy lower Rattlesnake house.

Two young professionals (one EVST alum) and one current EVST grad student seeking a female roommate in a lovely, spacious house in Lower Rattlesnake (easy/short bike ride to campus). We have a two story, three-bedroom house, two full bathrooms, laundry with washer and dryer, gorgeous backyard with view of Mt. Jumbo, full garage with hardly anything in it, large living room with two couches, electric stove, dishwasher, back deck and bbq space for entertaining, raised bed garden, and compost. We are two females and one male. This is a quiet house with occasional dinner parties. Not 420 friendly. Pets not permitted on lease and our schedules are fairly busy. You would be sharing a large master bedroom with a female teacher who spends the majority of her time at another residence. She is here on average once or twice a week. Theroom has been partitioned with a curtain, but it would be easy to bolster the separation. Your half has two full closets and is more than big enough to fit a full size bed very comfortably. Summer utilities run on average $20, while winter utilities have been around $30 (we pay gas, electric and wifi). Outdoor enthusiasts are welcome! Available immediately and lease goes through August 9th, but we’re open to a 2-6 month occupancy (but ideally full commitment to August is preferred). Contact Elsie at elsiethomson@gmail.com with questions and interest. Feel free to pass on to good people! 

Two EVST alum offering a newly constructed and fully furnished 600-square-foot studio.

Located on Missoula’s Westside for the spring semester and possibly beyond. $750/month including utilities and WIFI. Radiant floor heating and on-demand hot water. Solar panels. New stainless steel appliances. Sleeping loft with queen bed and closet. Washer and dryer in adjacent garage, which also offers storage space. Fenced-in and landscaped yard with personal patio. Please email msfrank@gmail.com for more information.

Miscellaneous - Resources

Grizzly in Grizzly stadium - minor obstacles for this bear.

Casey Anderson hosts "America The Wild" on Nat Geo Wild. The Helena native is also known as the "Grizzly Guy" and is author of The Story Of Brutus: My Life With Brutus the Bear and the Grizzlies of North America. For a recent episode of his show, Anderson brought Brutus to Washington-Grizzly Stadium and had the bear run through an obstacle course in the dark to score a touchdown. See the clip here

Tracking bills in the Montana Legislature. 

Various citizen groups are tracking environment/conservation bills in the Montana legislature. If you’d like to keep track of the fate of some of these bills – see these sites: Montana Audubon, MEIC, Montana Voters, Montana Wildlife, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and here is the website for the Montana Legislature for tracking other bills

Making Videos at UM Library's One Button Studio.

UM Library has a new One Button Studio where you can easily make high quality videos and splice in additional graphics to make the talking heads more interesting. (Think Hank Green style videos). All the needed equipment and most of the software needed is there in the room. You can literally walk in with nothing but your idea and make a nice video. In addition to making videos to show others, you can video yourself giving a presentation so you can polish your presentation style. This video room is available any time that the library is open. Reservations should be made here. The One Button Studio has Apple computers and Apple's movie editing software (I-movie). But you can take your video clips that you made in the studio away on a flashdrive, and use Adobe's movie editor Premier which is on 4 computers at the library. Glenn1.Kneebone@umontana.edu  runs the One Button Studio and is willing to give you an introduction to using the room any time. 

Films celebrating Open Space, Feb 15. 

Five Valleys Land Trust invites you to enjoy 3 short films celebrating the life-giving powers of open space. In addition to the films, there will be an update on the Mt Dean Stone project. A $10 donation gets you in the door and with a refreshment in hand. Here are the films: The Hard Way features a local 90 year old runner (& contra dancer) and farmer who has conservation easements on his land; On the Shoulders of Giants: Montana Private Land Conservation tells the story of land protection in the Blackfoot Valley; Shift tells the story of Yukon youth who spent 10 years converting historical trails to bike trails. More info, contact lena@fvlt.org. WHEN/WHERE: Feb 15, 6 to 8:30pm at Missoula Community Theater, 200 N. Adams. 

Parks and Recreation Host Winterfest January 28, 29

This event features a winter carnival, fun runs, folf, broomball, pickleball, snowshoe & bike races. Full details on Winterfest here

CFAC's Winter Celebration, Jan 29.

Please join Community Food & Ag Coalition at the Iron Griz on the UM Golf Course on January 29, 5-7pm. Featuring: Locally sourced appetizers prepared by the fabulous chefs at UM Dining. Hard cider from some of the newest cider houses in the Missoula area. A short presentation on CFAC’s newly devised Strategic Plan, with many ideas on how you can get involved! WHEN/WHERE: Jan 29, 5-7pm at Iron Griz, 515 S. Ave E. 

Farm Fresh PitchFest, Jan 26.

Farm Fresh Pitchfest connects local farmers with community members for crowdfunding based on loans, not donations. Three farmers (County Rail Farm, Fresh Roots Farm, and Ploughshare Farm) will pitch their loan opportunities, and individuals can lend anywhere from $25 to $10,000 to the farmer of their choice. This uniquely Missoula event allows you to support your local farmer! Pitchfest is free to attend. Food & space donated by local businesses. For more info or how to participate in the lending (need a Kiva account), contact annie@farmlinkmontana.org or 406-830-8218. WHEN/WHERE: Jan 26 at 6pm at 129 W. Front St.

This Newsline prepared by Vicki Watson and Laura Zanolli. Please send any comments to the Editor.