Thursday, February 27, 2014

Thinking of adopting a pet while in school? You may want to reconsider...

Hey pet lovers!  Thinking about getting a furry friend to share your rental with?  Before you do, think about the responsibilities that come with owning a pet.  First of all, you need to make sure that your landlord allows pets.  If pets aren’t allowed and you get one anyway, you could be fined or evicted.  Pets also cost a lot of money.  Your landlord will require a pet deposit.   You also need to feed them, clean them and dispose of their waste.  The costs of these chores quickly adds up.  Pets also need to be registered and vaccinated, costing you more dollars. 

 Don’t forget the legal obligations that come with owning pets.  There are several city ordinances that you must follow.  City ordinance #3310 requires pet owners to keep their dogs leashed when in streets, parks and on trails.  Failure to comply with this ordinance can result in a fine up to $500.  That’s a lot of dough!  Keep in mind that owning a pet is a long term commitment.  Dogs and cats live at least 5 years, some up to 20, so make sure you have the time to love them and keep them happy and healthy.  For more information on city pet ordinances and becoming a responsible pet owner visit one or both of these websites, and'

Friday, February 14, 2014

V-day Twist

V-Day Twist 

Valentine's Day. A day where couples feel pressure to find the right gift and be super romantic and single people realize how alone they are in the world.  But where did these customs come from?  

The Romans celebrated Lupercalia from February 13th-15th with wine and a ritual in which men sacrificed a goat or a dog and used the hides to whip the women in their community.  This act was believed to make the women fertile.  The Romans also executed two men both named Valentine on February 14th on different years during the 3rd century.  The Catholic Church then honored their martyrdom as St. Valentine’s Day. 

 In the same time period the Normans celebrated Galatin's Day, Galatin meant "lover of women", and this holiday became confused with the timing of Valentine's Day.               

Chaucer and Shakespeare romanticized the holiday in their works, which helped it gain popularity throughout Britain and Europe.  In the Middle Ages handmade paper cards were handed out as token-du-jour or gifts of the day.

During the industrial revolution in the United States, factory-made cards were ushered into the culture. In 1913, Hallmark began the mass production of Valentines.  Click here to see funny Valentine's Day cards on Pinterest.

Throughout history, people have celebrated love and passion with wine and festive rituals that involved the entire community. This Valentine’s Day instead of giving out superfluous greeting cards that will be chucked out the next day, say hi to your neighbors.

 Do as the Roman’s do: toast to love and passion and living a happy life (probably leave out the whipping with hides)! Don't feel lonely, or pressured to be super romantic. Just have fun with the people that you love and extend that love to others because what goes around comes around!

-Hannah Tolliver

Click here for yummy drink recipes to try!


Upcoming Event!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Meet Shelby!

Our newest addition to the ambassador team, Shelby will be serving in knocking area #1.

I am Shelby Faber and am originally from Moraga California. I moved up to kalispell when I was a senior in high school and
graduated in Kalispell. I  have lived in Missoula for 3 years now and I believe its one of the best cities around. I am a student, now ending my junior year studying art and business with a minor in art history.

I love the outdoors, mountain biking, running, snowboarding, backpacking, hiking and paddle boarding. Missoula is one of the only towns where outdoor activities are limitless and I try to take full advantage of that. Missoula does not only have a wide variety of recreational activities but a strong hearted community. Missoula always tries to get the community involved from the events at Caras park to the Missoula marathon, to River Root Fest. This city does its best to have not only local families but students to get involved and volunteer their time to keep these fun events going, bringing people together and making it the special place Missoula is!

I am very excited to be the new neighborhood ambassador to area 1 and am looking forward to helping students and home owners solve problems and help maintain a positive community. I also hope to help engage more students in community activities and be available for any student or homeowner who is struggling with neighborhood relationships.