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Hundreds of pounds of food are collected for the food bank each year on account of the pumpkin giveaway, thanks to community partners and sponsors Visit Big Sky, Roxy’s Market, The Big Sky Community Organization, The Big Sky Real Estate Co., and the Big Sky Chamber of Commerce. PHOTO COURTESY SWEET BUNS CATERING LLC

Powder and pumpkins

Frigid temperatures could not keep the community away from a favorite tradition on Oct. 24. Bundled and masked volunteers braved the cold to gather donated canned goods at Big Sky Community Food Bank’s annual event “The Great Pumpkin Giveaway”. In exchange for donations community members were able to select their favorite pumpkins.

Big Sky Community Organization volunteers work tirelessly to keep the trails nice for all season use. PHOTO COURTESY BSCO

A passport to adventure

Big Sky Community Organization’s (BSCO) VIP Passport Campaign is off and running. Every $100 donated will earn one chance to win. Two hundred tickets are sold for a shot at two grand prizes: Turks & Caicos for two people, including airfare and four nights at the Seven Stars Resort & Spa on Grace Bay or the Community VIP Passport.

A new logo for a new organization. Big Sky Sustainability Network Organization Chairman Josh Treasure said the organization would not exist without the help of Candace Carr Strauss and Visit Big Sky. PHOTO COURTESY JOSH TREASURE

Young organization makes strides

Big Sky will soon have new recycling bins at Fire Pit Park, the Wilson Hotel Plaza and the Big Sky Community Organization Park. These recycling bins will be for aluminum, plastic, trash and compost.

This is one element of a larger goal of the fledgling Big Sky Sustainability Network Organization (Big Sky SNO).

Community cleanup October 9

Nearly 1.6 million barrels of oil are used every year to produce plastic bottles. Those bottles can take up to 450 years to decompose, according to The Balance. The 18 billion disposable diapers thrown away every year take about 250-500 years to decompose. It is a dirty world out there but it does not have to be.

Friends of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center is asking for the community to help raise $80,000 virtually. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE GALLATIN NATIONAL FOREST AVALANCHE CENTER

Powder Blast goes virtual

For the first time in 22 years, Friends of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center (GNFAC) is having to cancel its most important fundraiser – the Powder Blast. It is an event that annually provides over $100,000 in support to the GNFAC in an effort to assist community members who push to the backcountry.

Kids enjoying breakfast after clean up. Please join in this year September 27 at 10am. PHOTO COURTESY OF JEREMY HARDER

Respect the range

About 10 miles south of Big Sky on Hwy. 191 is a shooting range on the west side of the road. The property is courtesy of the Forest Service, but the sweat equity to make it nice and keep it open belongs entirely to a handful of dedicated locals.

The global nonprofit Adventure Scientists was founded in Bozeman just over a decade ago and has sent thousands of volunteers to remote locations – creating the means for outdoor/adventure enthusiasts to make a difference. PHOTO COURTESY ADVENTURE SCIENTISTS

Seeking citizen scientist cyclists

Bozeman nonprofit Adventure Scientists is actively recruiting cyclists to ride Montana roadways and collect wildlife and roadkill data. The effort on Montana roadways – deemed the “Montana Project” – is part of a global effort. Volunteers record detailed environmental observations and roadkill they encounter. The next ride phase is Sept.18-27.

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