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News and Events

We offer classes on a variety of topics, including nutrition, food preparation and preservation, art workshops, community meetings and more. We also host special gatherings to showcase local artists with new displays in our art gallery.  

World Book Day

World Book Day

Remember how exciting it was to get a new book when you were a kid? Through a partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and the Jocko Valley Library, we bring that excitement and fun to 63 kids every month from birth to age five. In honor of World Book Day on April 23, we’re setting a goal of raising $1,000 to bring the joy of reading to kids in Arlee. You can make a donation designated to support our program at the Imagination Library website. The early years are crucial for building reading skills and a lifelong love of reading and learning. You can sign your kids up for the program by calling 406-726-5550. Thanks to everyone for supporting this wonderful program. Donate any time, now through April 23.

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Teen Art Project

High school students in Arlee are welcome to join the Teen Art Project (TAP) sponsored by the Arlee CDC, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Missoula Art Museum.


Students will meet at the Arlee CDC on Fridays, 9 AM to 2 PM now through June 20 to collaborate on creating public artwork. If you missed the first session April 19, you're welcome to join us on April 26. The program is free for Arlee teens, with pizza and art materials provided at each session.

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Gardening 101

Gardening 101 Class

Join us for Gardening 101 class at the Arlee CDC on Monday, May 6 from 6 to 8 PM. Instructor Patrick Mangan will be discussing garden soils, what to plant and when, how to start seeds and transplant starter plants. Participants will plant seeds in take-home pots and refreshments will be served. Register online at


or email Patrick at or call 406-210-9843.

Clean Up Day

Garden Clean-up Day

We’re looking for volunteers to help us get ready for planting on Saturday, May 18, 11 am at the Arlee Garden for Life located at the entrance to Arlee Celebration grounds. Bring your gloves, rakes, and other garden tools.


We will be pulling weeds, weed-eating around fences, raking wood chips onto the pathway, assembling benches, and whatever else needs to be done. Wear weather-appropriate clothes and expect to get dirty! Bring a potluck dish to share and we’ll provide hamburgers and hot dogs. We had a great garden last year and we're looking forward to even more fresh produce in 2024.

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Garden Signup

Garden Sign-up Time

We had an amazing harvest of 4,181 pounds of fresh produce last year, and we’re getting ready for an even bigger harvest in 2024. Join us for some dirt therapy to help plant and care for our garden this summer. Volunteers can take their pick of working in the garden Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 PM or Fridays 10 AM to 12 PM. We’ll have a weekly Zoom class of 40 minutes or less each Monday at 7 PM starting May 13 to help you grow your gardening skills. Volunteers also get to take beautiful fresh organic produce home to enjoy. It's a fun, family-friendly activity and everyone is welcome. To sign up, email or call 406.726.5550. Please sign up by May 6. 

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