5 Reasons to Attend Locale’s 9th Annual Luau Beachside Party—#3 Get Lit With Polynesian Fire Dancers

Party With a Purpose—Red, White & Luau Proceeds to Benefit Beach Clean-Up and Conservation July plans in place? Before you bounce from barbecue to backyard burger barbecue this Independence Day, pre-party on the 3rd of July at the Red, White & Luau: LOCALE Magazine’s 9th annual Pacific Island-style party benefiting beach clean-up and conservation. Spend an evening at the posh Paséa Hotel and Spa, sampling local drinks and food with a can’t-miss ocean view. All proceeds from the evening are dona

Peer2Peer Critique Day 2019: Leave Your First-Timer Worries Behind

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I walked into the Skirball Cultural Center on June 2, for my first Peer2Peer Critique Day. I’d been to critique groups and workshops over the years, but none with a professional reputation like SCBWI’s. My hands shook a little. Who would be there? Would they all be vastly more experienced than me? But I knew I was ready to take this step, and had six copies of a picture book manuscript I was proud of tucked under my arm. I pushed through the courtyard door. I h

This Mexican Restaurant in West Hollywood Is Taking Eco-Conscious Cocktails to the Next Level

Written By: Amber June Davis Best Cocktails West Hollywood Photography Provided By: Gracias Madre Gracias Madre’s award-winning Beverage Director, Maxwell Reis, is mad for mezcal, and to see him behind the bar is to witness an artist at work. From the moment Gracias Madre opened, the cocktail menu has been critically-acclaimed. Reis is a conscious creator, aware of a responsibility to the environment, to the people and cultures who’ve influenced his work, and to his customers at the bar. He k

The Power of the Recap Email

We grow in both our careers and our personal lives by learning, gleaning from colleagues, friends, or mentors those practices that make life a little easier, a little more meaningful, a little better— in whatever is the most applicable sense of the word. Over the years I have cherry-picked the business habits of supervisors, clients, and employees, as well as experts on the topic, and created a toolkit of my own. One of the most effective tools I've commandeered is the recap email. It is what it

Interview Skills: Taste and Judgement for the Win

In my four years' experience managing staff for a nonprofit community organization, I've conducted dozens of job interviews. I've coached countless staff members into improved performance, customer service, and professionalism. . . or out the door. In every interview my director and I have agreed: the candidate either has that "it" factor we're looking for, or they don't. While we both know how to sense this potential, it wasn't until last week that I stumbled upon the right words to define it.

Meet Y Member Christine Cole!

Missoula Y member Christine Cole reached a breaking point in October of 2013. After struggling with maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle for years, and with three kids at home, Christine’s confidence and energy levels were shot. “My weight and my lack of confidence were affecting my marriage,” Christine says. “I didn’t feel healthy or comfortable in my own skin. I decided I wanted to be around for the future, for my children.” That fall Christine decided to reclaim her body and her health.

YMCA’s MYST Swim Team Makes a Splash!

The annual Firecracker Classic swim meet draws hundreds of swimmers to Missoula from across the region every year. Hosted by Missoula Aquatics Club at Splash Montana, the event is an important one for swimmers in the Northwestern United States and Southwest Canada. Our own acclaimed YMCA swim team, MYST, participated in the meet just two weeks ago, and Head Coach Kirby Beierle couldn’t have been more pleased with the team’s accomplishments.

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