Closures and alterations to area services, Thursday morning, March 19
March 19, 2020
CLOSURES & CANCELLATIONS
• The Seeley Lake Senior Center has cancelled congregate meals and all social activities until further notice. Meals are still available for pick-up and Meals on Wheels is operating normally. To order a meal call 677-2008 the night before and leave a message with the number of meals and what time meal(s) will be picked up the next day between 10:30am-12pm. To sign up for Meals on Wheels, to volunteer to prepare, serve or drive, and/or for additional assistance for those 60+ or homebound call Missoula Aging Services Resource Specialist Linda Howard at 406-541-7688 Monday - Friday from 9am-5pm.
• The Open Book Club scheduled for March 28 and the 2 Valleys Stage Stringfever concert April 26 have been cancelled.
• The Filling Station has closed. They will re-open on Tuesday the March 24 as long as they can “fully” be open for business.
• Optimal Fitness is closed until March 24 due to the Missoula City-County Health Department expanding their closure to include gyms and theaters.
• The Seeley Lake Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for April 10 has been cancelled. The Lions say rest assured, the candy and prizes are secure from the Easter Bunny thief until next year.
• Swan Valley Connection canceled their April 1 Potluck/Swan Valley Bear Resources Spring Bear Wake-up Social, April 1.
CHANGES IN SERVICE HOURS & OPERATIONS
• Effective Thursday, March 19, all Citizens Alliance Bank lobbies will have limited access by appointment only to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, however drive-up services will continue as usual.
• Pyramid Mountain Lumber is still operational and will keep running as long as state and/or federal governments allow to ensure their employees have a paycheck. They are promoting all the recommended preventative measures to limit spread of COVID-19 and exposure. They have told their employees to stay home if they’re sick if they feel their health might be compromised by working and/or work with their supervisor if school closures affect their ability to work.
• Per the USDA/USFS, Swan Valley Connection will be continuing their service to the public, primarily via phone and online communication. Appointments may be made to assist mission critical needs. All visitors to the office must self-assess using USDA provided questions. For more information call 754-3137.
• Montana Fish, Wildlife & Park strongly encourages hunters and anglers to make licensing purchases online at fwp.mt.gov. For those who need assistance with their purchase, please call the FWP licensing center at 406-444-2950 or the regional office: Region 1 (Kalispell): 752-5501 or Region 2 (Missoula): 542-5500
• In light of the fluid COVID-19 situation, the Governor’s Grizzly Bear Advisory Council is meeting remotely today and tomorrow via video conference. The council canceled its in-person meeting scheduled for this week in Choteau. The council’s tentative plan is now to conduct a video/phone conference meeting from 9-11 a.m., Thursday, March 19, and Friday, March 20. The meeting agenda is posted online. The public will be able to view the live stream of the meeting online at fwp.mt.gov/gbac.
• Missoula Artist and Art teacher Asha MacDonald is providing a series of short video tutorials, projects and crafts as often as possible (at least once per week or more) for you all to access on Youtube while schools are closed. Visit her channel House of Hoofyfoot at https://youtu.be/L22WoH_7QRA for lessons. She also invites the kiddos (with their parents permission) to DM their pictures to me on Asha Murthy MacDonald Fine Art. With permission art will be posted to her page for a "virtual art class" in a time of unpredictability and isolation.
• The MTPBS education department is collaborating with PBS stations across the country to curate digital and printable resources to support home learning for children ages 3-18. Parents can find the resources on the MTPBS website at http://montanapbs.org/distancelearning.