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TWO GIRLS, TWO DAYS, TOO MUCH FUN

WOMEN WHO MOVE & SHAKE MISSOULA

A LITTLE FUN GOES A LONG WAY


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LIFESTYLE LETTER

MAY 2018 PUBLISHER

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Leave her wild. IN PULLING THIS ISSUE TOGETHER I KEPT COMING BACK TO THIS IDEA OF FILLING UP. I was sitting in Wendy Lofthouse’s kitchen when she shared some hard truths with me that were sewn into her reasons for becoming a body builder. The first truth was about her sibling who had drowned when she was a young girl. The second truth wasn’t when she learned that her son had cerebral palsy; it was when a nurse said to her, “Most babies like him end up in institutions.” It was the sting of those words. Her choice to love hard and fearlessly—her vulnerability—had filled me up. While at Melissa Lafontaine’s Wild Rising Girls launch party I met a new friend, Jenny Zaso, who ironically shares the same alma mater as me, 2,400 miles east. When I asked what led her to Montana, I learned of her love and loss and the singed hearts that wildfires sometimes leave behind. She was a portrait of bravery and, in an instant, I’d felt like I’d known her all my life. Her radiance filled me.  I'd seen photographs of Mariah Scheskie unloading dogs from planes, giving them another chance at a fair life here under the big sky, and I marveled with Asta at the ways in

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which technology has developed new avenues for our local businesses, graduates, and those returning to the workforce. Dr. Givler, who seems to carry with her a contagious

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joy, is guiding the women of our community into motherhood all the day long. The work they do inspires me to learn more, do better, and help harder. The women on the cover are new friends. They are the ever-lit light in our community, each one a representative of how we can be vastly different in our career or life paths yet mirrors for each other when we let our hearts show. In the face of tragedy or opportunity, they have run toward it instead of away.

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Steven Schowengerdt Matthew Perry DeLand Shore Brad Broockerd Sara Minor Janeane Thompson Nicolette Martin Victoria Perry Lindsey Howard Chad Jensen Cyndi Harrington Alicia Huff Adella Wrisinger Jessica Soetaert Cyndi King Dana Rudolph Emily Stout Hailey Stepanek Melanie Carlisle Randa Makeen Michael O’Connell Annie Chan Harshith Potu

In reading the stories within this issue, I hope you are inspired to live your best life, unapologetically. They certainly inspire me. I am filled, my cup runneth over. On the Cover Meet the women who move & shake our Missoula: Dr. Givler, Wendy Lofthouse, Asta So, Melissa Lafontaine, Jenny Zaso, and Mariah Scheskie. Chelsea Lyn Agro, Editor Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish Chelsea.Agro@LifestylePubs.com

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ON THE COVER Meet the women who move and shake Missoula: Dr. Givler, Wendy Lofthouse, Asta So, Melissa Lafontaine, Jenny Zaso, and Mariah Scheskie.

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Plank-Grilled Cilantro Pesto Salmon There’s a pair of inspirations behind this recipe: a Cinco de Mayo craving for the flavors of Mexico and the opening of salmon fishing season on Alaska’s famed Copper River. 1/2 cup shelled pumpkin seeds 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/2 serrano chile, seeds removed (or not, if you like the heat) 1 garlic clove, peeled & coarsely chopped 1/4 cup crumbled cotija cheese 1 salmon filet, 1 1/2 to 2 pounds Fresh lime wedges, optional Preheat oven to 400°. Spread seeds on a baking sheet and toast. Gently shake baking sheet every 5 minutes to evenly brown. Cool to room temperature. Place cilantro, basil, olive oil, serrano chile and garlic cloves into bowl of food processor and process into a smooth paste. Add the cooled seeds and cotija cheese and process about 30 more seconds, until you have a thick, coarse purée. Remove pin bones from salmon filet. Coat filet with pesto, reserving about 1/4 cup for garnish. Refrigerate, tightly covered, for 3 to 6 hours. Soak grilling plank in water for an hour. Remove plank from water and place on preheated grill for 5 minutes. Place the whole marinated salmon filet, or filet cut into portions, on preheated plank and cook with grill lid closed until salmon is cooked to desired doneness. Remove salmon to serving plate. Top with reserved pesto, sprinkle with toasted pumpkin seeds and crumbled cotija cheese. Serve with a wedge of lime, if desired. YIELD: 4 to 6 servings

Sustainably harvested in one of the world’s most succesfully managed native fisheries, wild Copper River salmon should begin arriving at the Good Food Store in May.

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INSIDE THE ISSUE MAY 2018

FEATURES 13 Two Girls, Two Days, Too Much Fun A Trip to Fairmont Hot Springs.

22 Women Who Move & Shake Missoula Meet the influencers in our community.

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28 A Little Fun Goes A Long Way Kat Donovan helps our homeless animals through Kaboba Designs.

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Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

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Road Trip

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Open House

28 Giving Back 30 Lifestyle Calendar 34 Local’s Choice


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GOOD TIMES

Together, We Rise Women gathered at Western Cider on International Women's Day to celebrate the launch of Wild Rising Girls, a feminine wisdom educational program for girls. There were flower crown and arrangement stations, ethical chocolates and feminine history with the Jeanneatte Rankin Peace Center, and fun word collages through the affirmation station with Turning the Wheel Missoula. PHOTOGRAPHY CHELSEA LYN AGRO

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MAY IS MARVEL-OUS There is much to marvel at during the month of May, and the Roxy Theater is giving us another reason to do so: a Marvel movie marathon. This month, the Roxy will be screening a few of our favorite Marvel superhero movies: Iron Man, The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: Civil War, and Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Summer is a great time to have your wisdom teeth removed. Help prevent dental crowding and pathology issues. Wisdom teeth are best removed between the ages of 12-18. I.V. Sedation is used to minimize anxiety and intraoperative discomfort.

Visit TheRoxyTheater.org for days and showtimes. Venue is located at 718 S. Higgins Ave.

OUTDOOR MARKET SEASON IS HERE Missoula welcomes a great summer tradition with not one, not two, but THREE downtown markets opening this month. The Clark Fork Market, the Missoula Farmers Market, and the Missoula People's Market open the outdoor market season on Saturday, May 5. The Clark Fork Market is located under the Higgins Bridge, in the Riverside

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Parking Lot, just east of Caras Park. Hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is open rain or shine. Learn more at ClarkForkMarket.com. Open since 1972, the Missoula Farmers Market is held at Circle Square at the north end of Higgins Avenue by the XXXXs. The

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visit MissoulaFarmersMarket.com. Located on North Higgins Avenue at West Pine Street, the Missoula People's Market is an arts and craft market showcasing more than 80 local artisans. Food and

AN UNSUNG HERO Congratulations are in order for Missoula Police Department Officer Jenna Volinkaty. She was recently presented with the Special Olympics of Montana "Unsung Hero Award." Recipients are singled out for demonstrating a substantive contribu-

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SPRING & SUMMER LEAGUES ARE STARTING! 36 Lanes of bowling. THUNDER ALLEY BOWLING Every Friday, Saturday and Monday Enjoy the Lights, 10 Foot Video Screens, Music Videos!

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The BOWLDOG LOUNGE has Karaoke by Solid Sound Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and the 1st and 2nd Saturday of Every Month! PLUS a DJ by RMF Entertainment on Saturdays! Check out the Full Service Snack Bar with Home Made Soups and Freshly Made Pizzas to Order!

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ROAD TRIP

TWO GIRLS, TWO DAYS + TOO MUCH FUN +

A TRIP TO FAIRMONT HOT SPRINGS ARTICLE CAROLE DAVENPORT PHOTOGRAPHY CAROLE DAVENPORT & RENEE AMATO

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ROAD TRIP

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SUZAN AND I ARE OLD FRIENDS WHO TAKE GREAT DELIGHT IN MEETING UP AT VARIOUS TIMES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR FOR A GIRLS TRIP ADVENTURE. We especially enjoy the road trips we take exploring Western Montana. So, when I received an invite from Fairmont Hot Springs Resort to preview their facility for two nights, naturally I called Suzan to accompany me.  We met on a very cold February morning at Missoula’s Fresh Market for some coffee and road trip treats and to finalize our plans for the journey. Our exploration agenda centered around the Hot Springs by night, and by (day)light, we explored the surrounding area including Anaconda, the nearest town. Like a scavenger hunt from childhood, our list included seeking out relaxation, pampering, good food, history, and, of course, a dose or two of Montana's nature. 

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I-90 Exit 211, Fairmont, 406.797.3241 ATV-ing, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, golfing, playing tennis, and soaking in hot springs! Get ready for adventure and rejuvenation. The hotel and RV park are open year-round, and Whispering Willows Spa awaits to pamper you with essential oils, reflexology, and hot stone massages.

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801 E. Park Ave., Anaconda, 406.563.0333 Built in 1937 and resurrected from fire devastation in 2016, Club Moderne was once chosen as "America’s Favorite Historic Bar." Take a seat, take a sip.

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305 Main St., Anaconda, 406.563.6161 Sitting on the national register of historic places, the Washoe Theatre is the place where we learned that the Smithsonian named the Washoe a "national treasure" due to the lavish interior of deep crimson upholstery and gold-embellished detail. Enjoy the show!

+ SHOPPING SPREE Black Dog Antiques

1200 E. Park Ave., Anaconda, 626.238.2369 Black Dog Antiques avails 10,000 square feet to more than 30 dealers offering a creative mix of memorabilia worth salivating over: vintage, antiques, collectibles, home decor, and that perfectly unique gift to take back home.

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YOUR SPACE

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OPEN HOUSE

A PORTRAIT OF INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN WITH SHANNON CALLAGHAN ARTICLE HIRAM MARINER PHOTOGRAPHY PAMELA DUNN-PARRISH


SHE’S A WIFE AND A MOTHER WITH A DEGREE IN INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN. Shannon Callaghan is a true Montana girl, born in Havre and allowing the Missoula community and beyond a chance to reap the rewards of her trained eye. She combines inspiration from the Treasure State with what she discovers while traveling. “I love the stone, wood, metals, and the hard surface craftsmanship you find around Montana,” said Shannon. “But when I travel, I’m drawn to the architecture and structure of design rather than soft treatments.”  Her office space is simple, elegant, and fully indulgent of timeless naturals—leather, distressed wood, neutrals, crisp white. It breathes inspiration for Shannon and her office-mates, Michelle Long and Kellie McNelis.  "We each have our own roles and stay pretty focused on our individual processes; however, every project is a team effort and we each have input and ideas within the process of the design," said Shannon Shannon understands budgetary restrictions and the functionality of interior living. It needs to make sense and offer aesthetic appeal to whomever the space is for. Often, she is hired by out-of-state clients and begins working on the design elements before she has met them, and coordinates most of the project as needed, even recommending builders. Sure as the sky’s the limit, no vision is too grand for Shannon. Have a project in mind? Find Shannon at ShannonCallaghan.com and Houzz.com.

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OPEN HOUSE

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”WE EACH HAVE OUR OWN ROLES AND STAY PRETTY FOCUSED ON OUR INDIVIDUAL PROCESSES; HOWEVER, EVERY PROJECT IS A TEAM EFFORT AND WE EACH HAVE INPUT AND IDEAS WITHIN THE PROCESS OF THE DESIGN.”

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MEET THE INFLUENCERS IN OUR COMMUNITY ARTICLE CHELSEA LYN AGRO

PHOTOGRAPHY PAMELA DUNN-PARRISH

a v o i c e f o r t h o s e w i t h o u t Mariah Scheskie Mariah has worked at the Humane Society of Western Montana since 2004 and is currently the Director of Programs, where she oversees the shelter’s community programs to help pets and people. She is also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and has developed and operates the behavior program for both shelter and community pets. Her labor of love has been studying canine stress in shelters to determine how to help reduce stress nationwide. She has most recently become a Professional Behavior Responder with the ASPCA where she deploys regularly to work with dogs rescued from cruelty and neglect cases.

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Melissa Lafontaine Melissa is the creator of Earth Within Flowers, where she creatively arranges local and regional flowers for weddings and events, and most recently, she has launched Wild Rising Girls, a feminine wisdom educational program for girls. Holding a Master of Science in Environmental Studies with a focus on “cultivating earth centered children through plantbased education,” Melissa has perfectly paired her passion for plants and children. Wild Rising Girls aims to inspire girls to connect with their natural environment and internal cycles through woman-led feminine wisdom and healing arts after-school and weekend programs. CONTINUED >

Asta So Asta is the Head of People at Submittable, a startup in downtown Missoula that makes it easy for companies to accept and review applications and other digital content online. The platform is used worldwide and hopes, by having its roots in Missoula, that graduates will consider staying local for work. Though she’s worked at Google, Asta didn’t plan on working for a tech company when she moved here. Like the Submittable founders and many staff, she has a creative background, with a Master in Fine Arts in fiction from UM. Asta loves how diverse Submittable is, recruiting members from tribal communities and encouraging stayat-home parents to apply.

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Wendy Lofthouse In the wake of birthing a baby who was three months premature and who would have cerebral palsy, Wendy had a new vision for the way she’d live her life. She trained, sculpted, and fed her body so it could perform to its fullest potential, working toward competing in a National Show in 2017 where she was the winner of two classes and became a professional body builder. Her faith encouraged her to fully embrace the able body that she was given and the strength she found within

Jennifer Zaso Jennifer Zaso found herself enveloped by our Missoula community shortly after the 2016 wildfires. While our city was brushing off the ashes, Jenny was at the foothill of a life that she and her fiancé had planned together until his life was lost on an assignment as part of the Lolo Interagency Hot Shot Crew. While her work in Montana began as the Development Director for the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, she now is the Development and Outreach Director for the Jeanneatte Rankin Peace Center, where she runs their non-profit fair trade store and fundraises for the organization.

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Wendy is also a third-grade teacher at Paxson Elementary, a wife, and a mother to her three boys.

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KAT DONOVAN HELPS OUR HOMELESS ANIMALS THROUGH KABOBA DESIGNS

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COMPASSION IS USUALLY A LATER-REALIZED TRAIT, BUT NOT FOR KAT DONOVAN, OWNER OF KABOBA DESIGNS. At only 11 years old, Kat runs a dog and cat toy business and donates 10 percent of its earnings to the Humane Society of Western Montana each month to better the lives of our homeless shelter animals. Whether it’s being the reason behind a wagging tail or just knowing in her heart that she’s adding to the kindness of this world, Kat is a favorite among the four-legged.  What was the inspiration behind Kaboba Designs?  It all started with Lacey. We adopted Lacey when she was two years old through the Humane Society [of Western Montana]. She is a perfect mix of Border Collie and English Shepard. She loved to play and loved to chew so I started making her toys.  When did your love for dogs begin? 

Kat and her dog Lacey

I can’t remember a time that I didn’t love animals. My grandma had two huge Newfoundlands when I was younger. Their names

to hang out with the new puppies for a while and say hi. I would

were Sam and Bella, and we have always had a dog so I really

bring them all home if I could, but for now I can’t.

can’t remember a time when they weren’t a part of my life. What made you decide to give a percentage of your earnings to the Humane Society of Western Montana?  I went to the Humane Society for a cat and a dog camp for

What advice would you have for other girls who have a business idea or passion for something? If you believe in it, you can do it. You just have to start and put some effort into it.

a few years. The camp leaders and all the people that worked

Remember, “A dream written down with a date becomes a goal.

there were so kind and amazing with the animals. I realized that

A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed

even just a little bit can help these animals.

by action makes your dreams come true.” Greg S. Reid said that.

How does it make you feel to help animals through your business? It makes me feel good. These animals need us just as much as we need them. Plus, when I stop by to make a donation, I get

What's been the best part of running your business? Meeting lots of people like Marta and Emily who work at the Humane Society. They have been super supportive.  Can you talk about the material your toys are made of? What makes dogs and cats like them so much?  For the dog toys I use a French terrycloth. I tried other material but the terrycloth stretched and pulled the best, plus Lacey was a big fan so I went with it. For the cat toys I use a softer material like a fleece because it’s strong enough for those sharp cat claws. It also has a mixture of catnip inside that the cats love.  What's the best part of giving back to your community? Making a difference in the animal's life is very important to me because they affect us as much as we affect them and they can’t do it on their own. If we all could give just a small amount of time and energy, their lives would be better. Realizing what an impact an animal can make in someone’s life is very rewarding. Visit Kat at KaboboDesigns.com.

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COOKING CLASS: INDONESIAN DUMPLINGS

26TH ANNUAL GARDEN CITY BREWFEST Caras Park

bers, and their families. Learn more on

Learn how to make siomay bandung (In-

The Garden City BrewFest, official

Facebook at Heroes @ Home BBQ &

donesian dumplings) and a dessert tradi-

kick-off to the warm weather season,

Music Festival and register for the run at

tional to agricultural families of Indonesia.

is not to be missed. All are welcome to

VetSuicideAwareness.com.

Register through the Lifelong Learning

enjoy an afternoon in the heart of Mis-

Center at MissoulaClasses.com.

soula. To taste the beer/wine/mixed-

Missoula Food Bank

drinks is $15 (includes one 7-ounce

4 BOOK READING & SIGNING WITH MICHAEL MORECI

commemorative glass and three beer tokens; additional tokens are 2 for $3).

carrying 20 kilograms to represent the 20+ veterans a day who take their own lives). The festival is a full-filled day in honor of our veterans, service mem-

6 THE CASCADES MEET THE ROCKIES UM Music Recital Hall

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Violinist Maria Larionoff and double bass

by regional and acclaimed composers

nal work, Roche Limit, was called the "sci-

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fi comic you need to read" by Nerdist and

Fort Missoula Regional Park

outlets. Learn more at SORMT.org.

io9, and Paste magazine named it one of

The VSAP event features a suicide

the "50 best sci-fi comics" of all time.

awareness walk/run and half marathon

Shakespeare & Co.

Michael Moreci will read from his new novel Black Star Renegades at 7 p.m. Michael is the creator of numerous original comics series, and his most recent origi-

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12 MOMMY AND ME WOOD SIGN PARTY Montana Sass Boutique

This fun afternoon for moms and their kiddos on Mother’s Day weekend features making

mini horse cart-rides, carnival games,

last Thursday of the month. Each

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month features a different style

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2 years and up is welcome. No artistic skills

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only trail run event in Missoula for kids.

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Proceeds go to trail projects. The sweet

19 WATSON CHILDREN'S SHELTER'S 18TH ANNUAL BIKE FOR SHELTER Community Medical Center

Hold onto your handlebars! This fami-

31 FIVE VALLEY KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW Missoula Fairgrounds

swag? Big Dipper Ice Cream. Cost is $10

The annual Five Valley Kennel Club

for the 2- and 4-mile course options, and

show returns for an extended four

there is a free 1k option for preschoolers.

days of shows. Spectators are wel-

Register at RunWildMissoula.org.

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borhood bike ride and a two-mile fun loop

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