Missoula Public Library | 301 East Main Missoula MT 59802 | (406) 721-2665 | M-W 10am-9pm | Th-Sa 10am-6pm | Su 1-5pm

Celebrate Active Aging Week September 24-30 at your library with a number of fun programs. All events will have door prizes!

September 24th

Poetry Workshop with Caroline Patterson of Missoula Writing Collaborative
1:00 - 2:30 - Large Meeting Room
Use poetry to explore yourself in a creative way! No poetry experience necessary. Snacks! Registration encouraged, call the library to reserve your space today! (406)721-2665

Caroline Patterson is the executive director of the Missoula Writing Collaborative. Patterson has been teaching for the Missoula Writing Collaborative since 2009 and at the University of Montana-Missoula since 2002. The author of Montana Women Writers: A Geography of the Heart, two children’s books on the natural world, Patterson has published numerous short stories in journals including Alaska Quarterly Review, Outside, Southwest Review and Seventeen, and was awarded fellowships including the Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Fiction and an award from the San Francisco Foundation and the Henfield Foundation. She has a story collection, Ballet at the Moose Lodge, forthcoming in fall 2016.

September 25th

Public Transit Talk and Demonstration by Mountain Line
1:00 - 2:30 - Large Meeting Room
With Mountain Line Outreach Coordinator. Talk, bus field trip, and snacks! Registration encouraged, call the library to reserve your space today! (406)721-2665

Learn about using public transit in Missoula: fixed route service (normal bus), Para-transit (curb-to-curb service) and the senior van service. Discover safe ways of getting on and off the bus and go on a short ride from the library and back!

September 26th

AARP: Life Reimagined with Le Kelleher - Reserve your place here!
5:45 - 8:15 - Large Meeting Room
Sometimes life takes you in unexpected directions. It is never too late to make a change! Snacks and beverages provided. Registration required: click the link above or call Missoula Aging Services at (406)728-7682.

The Life Reimagined Checkup is a free two-and-a-half hour training designed for people age 50 or over. Life Reimagined offers a personalized, authentic and thought-provoking approach to navigate into the next phases of life.

  • Reflect on goals and aspirations
  • Reimagine life in extraordinary ways
  • Harness personal strengths and passions
  • Look ahead with curiosity and courage
  • Get tools and inspirations to take the next steps

September 27th

Afternoon Matinee Film: Hip Hop-Eration directed by Bryn Evans
2:00 - 4:00 - Large Meeting Room
Who said your grandmother couldn't be a hip hop star? Snacks provided. After the film, local Oula instructor Kelli Caballero will talk about a new Oula class beginning at the Senior Center in October.

Film synopsis:

"These senior citizens may each be almost a century young, but for Kara, (94) Maynie, (95) and Terri, (93) the journey to Las Vegas and the World Hip Hop Dance Championships is just the beginning of a life's journey. Along with twenty-four other nonagenarians they defy the odds and hip-hop their way into the hearts and minds of thousands of young fans from around the world. Led by their exuberant and ‘I must have been mad’, manager Billie Jordan they learn to throw away their wheelchairs and walking sticks and push their bodies and artificial joints to the absolute limits of old age. “You’re all going …even if it’s in an urn,” she tells them. But there’s only ‘sixty dollars in the bank’ and it’s not easy when you ‘don’t really like the music’ and all you can do is ‘worry about how to get your socks on.’ But with the help of the self-confessed ‘I’ve never danced in my life’ Billie supported by the young hip hoppers from Street Dance New Zealand, they begin to believe. Along the way we hear how these extraordinary characters contributed to New Zealand as we know it. Their stories are a reminder of our history as a nation and the joy of living life to the fullest. As Terri says... ‘Long Live Hip Hop’."

September 29th
Missoula Aging Services and SeniorCorps
10:30 - 2:30 - 1st Floor Lobby
Learn about and sign-up for volunteer opportunities with RSVP Volunteer, Foster Grandparent, and Senior Companion.