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Wednesday, October 1, 2008


Community Calendar


Hamilton Senior Center activities

Monday - noon lunch, cloggers at 1:30 p.m.; bingo on 1st & 3rd weeks, pinochle on 2nd & 4th weeks, at 7 p.m.

Tuesday - line dancing at 9 a.m.

Wednesday - noon lunch, bridge at 1 p.m., cloggers at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday - exercise at 9 a.m.

Friday - line dancing at 9:30 a.m., noon lunch

Saturday - pancake breakfast on 1st & 3rd Saturdays, 8-10 a.m.

Stevi Senior Center activities

Monday-Friday - Lunch, 11:30 a.m.

Monday – Bridge and Special Music, noon.

Monday & Saturday - Pinochle, 7 p.m.

Tuesday - Exercise class, 10-11 a.m.

2nd Tuesday - Quilters, 6:30 p.m.

Every Other Wednesday – Fiddlers at Lunch

3rd Wednesday – Special Birthday Dinner, noon, with music. Blood pressures taken.

1st & 3rd Thursday – American Legion Bingo, 7 p.m.

For more information call the Center at 777-5681 04 777-5707.

Victor Senior Center activities

Sundays - AA meeting, 7 p.m.

Monday-Thursday - Men's Coffee, 8:30-10 a.m.

Mondays & Wednesdays - Exercise, 10-11 a.m.

Monday-Friday - Lunch, 11:30 a.m. Includes salad bar, main course, dessert. Seniors $3.25, under 60 years $5.75. (RSVP 642-3320)

Tuesdays - Bingo, 7 p.m.

Wednesdays - Pinochle, 7 p.m.

Fridays - Ladies' Coffee, 10-11 a.m.

Al-Anon

The Stevensville Al-Anon Group meets each Thursday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the North Valley Public Library. Anyone who is affected by the compulsive drinking of a relative or friend is invited. For more information call 375-9996.

Gamblers Anonymous

Gamblers Anonymous classes are held at Community Baptist Church, 409 Buck St., Stevensville, on Mondays and Thursdays from 7 to 8 p.m.

Ask yourself these questions:

1) Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?

2) Do you often gamble until your last dollar is gone?

3) After you have won did you have a strong urge to return and win more?

If you answered yes to any of these questions this class might be good for you. For more information call 777-3897.

Lilies of the Valley

Any women who enjoy singing two- and three-part harmony to a wide variety of piano-accompanied music are invited to join Lilies of the Valley singing group. No auditions are required for participation. Have fun sharing your time and talent under the direction of Thelma Laws. The group meets Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at 611 N. 6th in Hamilton. For more information call Lola, 363-4633.

VFW meetings

VFW Post 1430 meets the first Monday of every month at 8 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Hamilton the Woman's Auxiliary meets at 7 pm.

Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous is a Twelve Step program that deals with eating behaviors. Is one of your goals to reach a healthy weight? This program offers a solution within reach of all those who want to find relief from an obsession with food. It meets weekly on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 203 Main Street, Stevensville, as well as on Saturdays at 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 1220 W. Main St., Hamilton. For information, call 777-7160.

La Leche League

La Leche League is an international mother-to-mother network for moms who want to breastfeed their babies. Bitterroot LLL chapter meets in the North Valley Public Library community room the third Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m. Mothers and children and pregnant women are welcome. Call 239-5039 for more information.

Suicide Loss Support

Suicide Loss Support holds informal meetings the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the community room of the North Valley Public Library, 208 Main and the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Aspen Hospice, 230 Marcus St. in Hamilton.

When you suffer a loss due to suicide the grief is overwhelming. Most people don't know "just how you feel." What you can expect from SLS is someone who has experienced a loss from suicide to listen to you privately, or in a group setting. You may choose to be present but it is ok not to speak if you are not ready. SLS cares. Your loss matters and your grief is very real. SLS will support you in every way possible. Contact Barbara Jo Burditt, 777-3853, or Brian Cherry, Ravalli County Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator, 360-2708.

Golden Agers

The Golden Age group meets every Friday from 8 to 10:30 p.m. at 727 S. 5th in Hamilton. If you are a senior citizen and are bored, looking for fun or just want something new to experience, attend and enjoy good food, live music, dancing and fellowship. Cost is $5. Snacks are potluck.

Saturday Kids Activities

Join the Montana Natural History Center each Saturday at 2 p.m. for a different exciting children’s program. Admission is 50 cents for kids, $1 for adults and members are free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Programs run about an hour to an hour and a half. Great for kids ages 5 and older. The center is located at 120 Hickory, Missoula.

SEE Sign Cooperative Learning Group

SEE Sign Cooperative Learning Group meets Mondays at 5:30 p.m. at Active Care Chiropractic in Stevensville. Facilitators are Gayle Thom and Jenn Closson. Admission is a donation toward copies/ink. For more information email Jenn Closson at jennksc@hotmail.com.

Yoga in the Root

Yoga in the Root now offers a night class, beginning Iyengar style, Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in Stevensville. In addition, there are general hatha classes at 10:30 a.m. Mondays and at 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Vigorous ashtanga classes are at 9 a.m. Mondays and 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. The program is at Active Care Chiropractic at 504 Main St. Call Jill at 370-9252, or e-mail yogaintheroot@gmail.com for information.

Senior Center bridge

Just a reminder that bridge is a game you can play for life, it is always a mental exercise that keeps our brains and wits sharp. If you don't play yet keep your eye peeled for the announcement of the fall free bridge lessons. These classes will teach you the basics and you can move on from there. If you already play bridge and want to play duplicate bridge, games are on Wednesdays at the Hamilton Senior Center at 1 p.m. You will need to bring a partner or call Judy Dameral at 363-0738. She will assist you in finding a partner.

The Morning Gig

Attention musicians! St. Stephen's is recruiting musicians for "The Morning Gig." At 11 a.m. on Sunday morning, gather at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church on Main Street in Stevensville to practice, and then play. Sleep in! Play nine holes! Then come play music. There is a place in the band for everyone - whatever you play, you'll have a spot. If your music teacher is bugging you to practice this summer, come and jam! Just dug your clarinet out of the closet? Here's a place to tune it up. Help everyone be more creative! For more information call Suzanne at 529 6194 or email sartley@bresnan.net.

Florence American Legion

The American Legion Post 134 meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at the IOOF hall in Florence at 7 p.m.

Stevensville American Legion

The Stevensville American Legion Post 94 meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Post Home on Middle Burnt Fork Road. For more information contact Russell Vogel, 777-4427.

Waldorf Play Group

The Waldorf Play Group meets every Tuesday at Common Ground in Hamilton, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with snack provided. Parents are encouraged to attend with their young children (ages 1 to 5) to explore imagination play, with fairy tales, songs, and seasonal creative activities. All are welcome. Contact Kim Delvo at 369-0213 for more information.s

Library storytimes

The North Valley Public Library in Stevensville offers story times for children ages seven and under on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Volunteer Sandra Wilson shares stories, songs and crafts with children and their families each week. Alternating weeks feature special themes such as letters, numbers or pets. No registration is required. For more information, call the library at 777-5061.

SAFE support groups

SAFE, Supporters of Abuse Free Environments, hosts weekly ongoing support groups for women and children. Women’s groups focus on healing from domestic and sexual violence, building self-esteem, inner reflection, creative expression and other topics of interest to women. Come as often or as little as you want. Groups are held weekly on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Children’s Groups are held on Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Children work on self-exploration, boundaries, and conflict resolution. This group is for ages 5 to 12. Teen Group is held every Thursday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. This group is for ages 13-18 and focuses on teen issues, dating and healthy relationships. Groups are held at SAFE in our Community Resource Building, 150 Morning Star Way, Hamilton. Free childcare is available. For more information contact SAFE, 363-2793.

Caregiver coffee break

Are you one of the millions of Americans who help someone else by providing companionship, preparing meals, running errands, driving to doctors appointments or by simply doing whatever needs to be done to assist someone who is ill or homebound?

Aspen Hospice recognizes the complexity of caregiving and offers a time of respite. Whether or not the person you care for receives services from Aspen Hospice, you, as a caregiver, can find encouragement, support and information at the Caregiver Coffee Break every Wednesday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at 230 Marcus Street in Hamilton. Stop in anytime and stay as long as you like. Reservations are not required and coffee breaks are provided at no charge. For additional information, contact Elizabeth at 777-5009.

TOPS meeting

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 343, meets every Thursday morning at 9 a.m. in the Community Baptist Church, 409 Buck St., Stevensville. TOPS is a non profit weight loss support group Guests and new members are welcome. For more information call Jerry Sue at 777-5355.

WIC clinics

 A WIC clinic is offered the first through the fourth Wednesdays of each month at the United Methodist Church in Stevensville, the second Monday of each month at the Church of the Nazarene in Victor, and the third Monday of each month at the Darby Clubhouse. WIC eligibility guidelines are: yearly gross of $19,240 for family of 1 (including unborn child; $25,900 for 2; $32,560 for 3; $39,220 for 4: $45,880 for 5; $52,540 for 6. For each additional member add $6,660.

Weekly Grief Support Group

When you grieve the death of a loved one, you sometimes hide it so others think you’re over your sorrow and loss. Here is a support group that offers an opportunity to share grieving experiences and grow from them. You are invited by Marcus Daly Hospice to an opportunity for unloading your mind and heart. Come to this free Grief Support Group offered every Tuesday from 2 to 3:30pm, held in the Marcus Daly Hospice Center’s comfortable living room from now until the end of June. This group is open to anyone in the community. For additional information, call Cathy at 375-4752.

‘Stevi Night Out’

“Stevi Night Out” is held every Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Olde Coffee Mill, 225 Main in Stevensville. All ages are welcome for possible activities such as board games, conversation, cards and musical jam sessions (bring your instrument). Coffee and iced tea is available.

Five Valley Chorus

Five Valley Chorus holds weekly rehearsals on Tuesday, at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 308 W. Pine in Missoula and on Mondays at 7 p.m. at Glacier High School, 375 Wolf Pack Way in Kalispell. They invite women in the area who enjoy singing to join them for an evening of fun with music. For more information contact Cindy Morin at 251-3006.

Sapphire Quilt Club 

The Sapphire Quilt meets monthly on the second Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Stevensville Senior Center, 100 Mission Street. Teaching of short cuts and easy techniques begin at 6:30 p.m. Join this fun group of people to learn about quilting. For information, contact Linda Powell at 777-1070.

Daly Mansion tours

The Daly Mansion is open from mid May until mid October. Tours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the hour 7 days a week. Cost is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for children 6 -17, 5 yrs & under free. The Mansion also has an elevator and handicap access. Come see the restoration in progress. Book your weddings for 2009. Call 363-6004 for more information or visit the web site at HYPERLINK "http://www.dalymansion.org" www.dalymansion.org.

Salsa Groove Workout

Salsa Groove Workout classes will be held at Sapphire Dance Studio, 217 Main in Stevensville on Mondays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Fridays from 9 to 10:15 a.m. and on Thursdays from 12 to 1 p.m. at River Street Dance, 421 N. 2nd in Hamilton. Get in shape and have fun with this low impact dance workout. Improve your cardiac health while strengthening and toning your body. Increase core awareness and improve agility all while learning to dance to basic Latin rhythms of salsa, mambo and cha-cha-cha. Beginners are welcome. Attire requirements are comfortable workout clothes and workout shoes you can move in (tennis, cross trainers,

running, etc.) Although partnering techniques will be covered, this is not a partnering class. Cost is $10 per class/$36 per 1 month series of 4 classes, with a first class special of $5. For more information contact Kimberlee Carlson, 777-2579; salsagrooveworkout@mac.com.


Daly Mansion membership drive

The Daly Mansion Preservation Trust is conducting a Just A Dollar A Day Membership Drive. Grants, donations and tours provide significant support to restorations and some operational expenses. However, they do not cover all operation expenses including utilities through the winter months. The average power bill at the Daly Mansion during the winter months is $5,000 per month. The Trust’s goal is to reach fifty new members at a $365 Daly Club level - a dollar a day to keep the doors open through the winter and year-round. The public and business community are encouraged to become members by contacting the Mansion or by sending membership funds to The Daly Mansion, P.O. Box 223, Hamilton MT 59840. For more information about all membership levels or to become a member, call 363-6004.


Bitterroot Waldorf enrollment

The Bitterroot School (TBS) is dedicated to nurturing the whole child (head, hands, heart) and enriching the community through the wisdom of Waldorf education. Join this endeavor to build a community supported Waldorf School in the Bitterroot Valley. TBS is currently accepting applications for a parent/child nursery and mixed age kindergarten class. Waldorf education honors the wonder of childhood. For more information about TBS contact Pam, 381-0145 or Kim, 369-0213.


Awana Kids Club

Awana Kids Club, a program for children ages 3 years to 6th grade at First Baptist Church, will meet on Tuesdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. There are games, Bible stories, snacks and age appropriate curriculum. Awana is kicking off the new year with a Fun Fair on October 23 after school. All families are welcome and there is no cost. Join in the fun at 402 Church St. in Stevensville. For more information call Lynn at 544-7843.


'Moon Walk' Series

Once a month, as the full moon glows, it seems safe to venture out into the dark while the moon makes shadows. You can still smell the flowers, feel the wind, hear the water, and sense the wildlife.

For the seventh year, the Bitterroot National Forest offers a series of interpretive “Moon Walks” from June through October. These walks are based on the book by Francis Hammerstrom, “Walk When the Moon is Full,” which is about her children and the nature walks they took every month under the full moon.

The Bitterroot National Forest invites you to join interpreters and naturalists for these evening presentations. In September and October, the programs begin at 7 p.m. In addition, this year we will offer leisurely guided walks, one hour prior to the June, July and September programs. Below are the topics that will be featured during the “Moon Walk” series.

Tuesday, October 14 – “Ghost Moon” at the Larry Creek Group Campground in the Bitterroot National Forest. Gather around a campfire to hear ghosts of the Bitterroot Valley share stories of their lives and untimely deaths.

For more information, contact Julie Schreck at 375-2606.


Movement Workshop

A Feldenkrais movement workshop will be held Tuesdays, September 23 through October 21 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Yoga in the Root, 217 Main, Stevensville. Want to kick higher? Garden longer? Hike further? Improve balance? Learn how to move smarter so you can move with greater agility. If you’re trying to maintain personal fitness goals, an athlete wanting to improve your game or anyone recovering from an injury or dealing with chronic pain (including repetitive strain) Awareness Through Movement lessons will help increase your range of motion and help you move with greater ease. Cost is $10 per class for the 5-week session or $45 for the series. For more information contact Kimberlee Carlson, 777-2579.


Volunteer opportunity

Help pick apples at the Western Ag Research Center, 580 Quast in Corvallis, on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 3 p.m. or Saturday, Sept. 27 at 9 a.m.  The apples are used for the apple juice that Ravalli County Museum sells on Apple Day, October 4.  Have you seen the photos of the volunteers making 700 apple pies?  Come join the fun making pies at the First Presbyterian Church on Friday, Sept. 26 and Tuesday, Sept 30 or at the Hamilton Grange on Wednesday, Oct. 1 or Thursday, Oct. 2? Contact the Museum at 363-3338 or email donafrcm@qwestoffice.net for more information.

Library story time

The Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton will begin its Fall Story Time series on Wednesday, September 24, at 10:30 a.m. when reader Allison Jessop presents, “Sing Me a Story.” Story time takes place in the children’s area of the library and is designed for children 2-3 years of age. It lasts approximately one hour. Siblings are welcome to attend. For more information call the library at 363-1670.


Bitterroot Quilters Guild

The Bitterroot Quilters Guild will meet on Wednesday, September 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Woodside Grange.  Anyone interested in quilting is welcome to attend.  This first meeting of the fall season will be a rummage sale.  Members have been cleaning out their sewing rooms, closets and cupboards and putting all the unwanted items up for sale.  Proceeds from the rummage sale will all go to the three charity groups within the guild.... the Comforters, Montana Cares, and Quilts 4 Kids. For information about the Rummage Sale, contact Sharon Renfro at 777-3229.  For general information about the Quilt Guild, contact Pat Murphy, 375-2524.


Free huckleberries for seniors

Seniors who received produce coupons from the Bitterroot Farmers Market Project this year are encouraged to pick up a bag of huckleberries at the following dates and locations: Wednesday, September 24 at Willow Court Apartments in Hamilton at 3 p.m.; Thursday, September 24 at Bitterroot Manor in Hamilton at 11a.m.; Thursday, September 24 at Stevensville Senior Center at 12:30 p.m.; Saturday, September 27 at the Hamilton Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Participants need to bring identification and/or their coupon booklets.  For further information, contact Cheryl Kikkert at 825-6955.


Raptor Research conference

Bird experts from around the world will descend on Missoula Wednesday through Sunday, Sept. 24-28, for the Raptor Research Foundation 2008 Annual Conference.

This largest-ever meeting of the foundation is sponsored by the University of Montana and Raptors of the Rockies, an educational organization that cares for disabled birds of prey in the Bitterroot Valley. A full conference schedule can be found online at HYPERLINK "http://www.umt.edu/ce/cps/raptor/" http://www.umt.edu/ce/cps/raptor/.

Two conference events are free and open to the public. A showing of the Craigheads’ classic film, “Life With an Indian Prince,” will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at the Missoula Children’s Theatre, 200 Adams St. The historical film explores falconry and Indian royalty during 1940-41.

Then on Friday, Sept. 26, a Birds and Art Show artists’ reception and opening will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Monte Dolack Gallery, located at 139 E. Front St. Twenty-two artists from the region and country will celebrate birds – especially raptors – in a wide array of mediums.

Most of the conference will take place at the Holiday Inn Downtown at the Park, located at 200 S. Pattee St. Events will include presentations by top bird biologists, such as UM’s Erick Greene and Ken Dial, as well as workshops on wildlife photography and a tribute to the Craigheads.

The conference was organized by the UM Technical Assistance & Training Center in Continuing Education. For more information, contact Deb Graham at 243-4623 or HYPERLINK "mailto:debbra.graham@umontana.edu" debbra.graham@umontana.edu.


Riparian protection, streamside setback presentation

On Thursday, September 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Victor Middle School, the Ravalli County Planning Department is hosting a presentation and panel discussion on riparian protection in Montana and streamside setbacks in the Big Hole Valley.

Harold Peterson, Big Hole rancher, and Garth Haugland, Beaverhead County Commissioner, will discuss the streamside setback policy in the Big Hole Valley and the local rancher’s participation in the process.  

Headwaters Policy and Planning Partnership, LLP was contracted by The Governor's Task Force for Riparian Protection to provide outreach to Montana communities through an interactive presentation which will cover:

• Why are riparian areas (lands bordering rivers and streams) are so important to maintaining our Montana lifestyle?

• How do healthy riparian areas protect private property and local economies?

• What scientific information is available to understand the effects of development along rivers and streams?

•  What can local governments do to address these issues?

With residential development on the increase in Montana, this state task force was formed by Governor Brian Schweitzer to offer local officials, planning boards, businesses, groups, and citizens a chance to learn how streamside land use planning can help to protect one of our most important natural resource areas. The Governor's Task Force for Riparian Protection is an interagency group convened to provide information about responsible development along Montana's riparian corridors. For more information visit: HYPERLINK "http://water.montana.edu/setback/" http://water.montana.edu/setback/.

The presentation will be followed by a question and answer panel discussion facilitated by Sonny LaSalle.  The public is encouraged to attend to learn about the importance of protecting the lands immediately adjacent to our waterways.


FWP Commission meeting

Montana’s Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission will meet in Helena on Thursday, September 25 and not in Hamilton as originally scheduled. The commission holds most of its meetings in Helena, but schedules several meetings each year in a regional locale. The location of the meeting was changed to conserve fuel and energy costs. Officials said they would attempt to set a future commission meeting in Hamilton. For the full agenda for the Sept. 25 meeting visit HYPERLINK "http://www.fwp.mt.gov/" fwp.mt.gov and click "FWP Commission." FWP ensures its meetings are fully accessible to those with a disability. Individuals with special needs may request arrangements by contacting FWP at 406-444-3186.


Fall Fashion Preview for a Cause

The 5th Annual Fall Fashion Preview, a fund-raiser for the South Valley Child and Family Center, will be held on Saturday, September 27, from 6 to 9 pm at the St. Francis Center, 401 S. Fifth Street, Hamilton.

This year’s event will include runway fashions from Bella Boutique and Bella Sole, as well as entertainment, a silent auction, wine tasting and hors d’ouerves. Tickets are $25 per person, and are available at Bella Boutique and Chapter One Books in Hamilton. Raffle tickets will be available at the event.

South Valley Child and Family Center is a private Montana non-profit organization offering a wide range of services to ensure that the physical, mental, social and emotional needs of children and families are met through prevention, comprehensive and caring service, collaboration and advocacy. Prevention of mental illness and psychosocial disorders in our youth is a priority for South Valley Child & Family Center.

In addition to proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction, Bella Boutique and Bella Sole have pledged to contribute 100% of saleroom proceeds during the event, and 25% of all runway fashions purchased no later than October 11, 2008. For more information, contact South Valley Child & Family Center, 363-5013.


Fools Theatre production

Fools Theatre will present William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream September 25-28 and October 2-5. Nightly show times are 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Magic, love spells, and an enchanted golf course provide the materials for one of Shakespeare's most delightful comedies. When four young lovers flee their privileged homes and their own star-crossed relationships and take to the forest surrounding the The Athens Golf Club, their lives become entangled with a royal fairy feud and a caddy's get-rich-quick scheme. The result is a marvelous mix-up of desire and merriment. The funniest thing to happen to golf since Caddyshack! Tickets are $12.00 reserved seating and are available at the Hamilton Players Box Office (100 Ricketts Rd., 406-375-9050), Tuesday-Friday 1-5, one hour prior to show times, and online at hamiltonplayers.com.


Climate change talk

A talk about what can be done to prepare natural systems and communities for climate-change disruptions will be held Thursday, Sept. 25, at the University of Montana.

Dominick DellaSalla is co-executive director and chief scientist of the National Center for Conservation Science & Policy in Ashland, Ore. He will present “The Climate Preparation Commons: Preparing Nature and People for Climate Disruptions” from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in University Center Room 332.

Sponsored by UM’s Resource Conservation Program, the event is free and open to the public. A discussion will follow the lecture.


Library after-school activity

“Walk Like an Egyptian” at the North Valley Public Library. Third through fifth graders are invited to register for a six-week program on Ancient Egypt at the North Valley Public Library. Volunteer Patricia Meakin will teach students how to weave a papyrus basket, write their name in hieroglyphs, create a mummy mask and learn fun facts about Egypt. Classes will take place from 3:45 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays, September 25 through October 30 in the Library's Community Room. There will be a one-time $5 fee for materials (scholarships are available). Space is limited. To register, or for more information, call the library at 777-5061.


Paper drive

The Hamilton Garden Club will hold a paper drive on Friday, September 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Safeway parking lot. Newsprint, aluminum cans and can tabs will be accepted (sorry, no cardboard).


Pachyderm Club

The North Valley Pachyderm Club will meet Friday, September 26 at noon at the Frontier Cafe, U.S. 93 in Stevensville.  The speaker will be announced at the meeting. All are welcome.


Team Penning and Sorting Assn.

Looking for a fun activity for you and your horse? The Bitterroot Team Penning and Sorting Association is having a public information meeting on Friday, September 26 at BJ’s Restaurant in Hamilton at 6:30 p.m. A no-host dinner at 5:30 p.m. will precede the meeting. Experienced competitors and newcomers are welcome. The first sorting of the season will be on Saturday, October 4. For more information and details, call Gary at 961-3342.


Stevi Homecoming parade

The Stevensville High School homecoming parade will be held Friday, September 26 at 3 p.m. The parade will line up at the north end of town by the Stevensville Ranger Station. Commercial or private entries are welcome and encouraged. If your business or organization would like to participate, call the high school office at 777-5481 to be scheduled in the parade line-up. The Stevensville Yellowjackets will play the Corvallis Blue Devils at 7 p.m.


Stevensville Playhouse production

“Arsenic and Old Lace” will be presented at the Stevensville Playhouse on September 26-27, October 3-4 and 10-11 at 8 p.m. and September 28, October 5 and 12 at 2 p.m. On the night Mortimer proposes marriage, he discovers his aunts have started a dark, new charity. Later that night his homicidal brother returns with designs on the Brewster homestead. Meanwhile, Mortimer's brother Teddy charges through everyone's plans with presidential enthusiasm. Come watch a family that gives both the Adamses and the Bradys a run for their money. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for kids under 12. The Stevensville Playhouse is located at 319 Main Street in Stevensville. Call 777-2722 for reservations.


Square dance club

Boots ‘n’ Calico Square Dance Club will hold a workshop and dance on Saturday, September 27 at the Hamilton Senior Center, 820 N. 4th. A plus workshop will start at 7 p.m. All dancers are invited. Following this workshop will be a mainstream dance with occasional plus tips at 8 p.m. Rounds will be provided between tips. The caller will be Barry Bartlette. Club members will provide refreshments. For further information call Dee Terrill, 961-1728, or Jeanne Burruss, 961- 3468.


Lifelong Learning classes at Daly Mansion

Community members 50 and older can explore topics ranging from art, music and writing to history, politics and global warming in fall courses offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Montana.

The courses, taught by dynamic UM and community educators, will take place Sept. 29-Nov. 7. Courses also will be offered on Mondays and Tuesdays, Oct. 6-28, at the Daly Mansion in Hamilton.

Registration is now open for all fall courses. An annual Osher Lifelong Learning Institute membership fee of $20 is required to enroll. The registration fee for each course is $50.

Registration forms, complete course descriptions and detailed information about instructors are online at http://www.umt.edu/ce/plus55. For more information, call UM Continuing Education at 406-243-2905 or e-mail dannette.fadness@umontana.edu.

An open house will be held at the Daly Mansion from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, for those 50 and older who want to know more about lifelong learning in the Bitterroot. Hal Stearns will present “Bitterroot Valley Tales” during the event, which is free and open to the public.


Youth Waterfowl Hunt

The weekend of September 27 and 28 is earmarked statewide as the Youth Waterfowl Hunting weekend. So, all youth properly licensed and accompanied by a licensed adult will be able to hunt in the Waterfowl Hunt Area on Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge on these dates. For a copy of the regulations and maps, call Bob Danley at 777-5552 ext. 203 or e-mail Bob_Danley@fws.gov.


Blessing of the Animals

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, located at 600 S. Third Street in Hamilton, will be celebrating its seventh annual observance of the Feast of St. Francis with a Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, September 28 at 4 p.m. in the church building. All types of animals are invited – dogs, cats, horses, guinea pigs, parrots, etc. – and all will receive an individual blessing. All creatures must be kept under control and not running loose. A reception will follow with dog biscuits, cat nibbles, carrots, and people food. A delightful event for critters and people alike! For further information, call the Rev. Jean Collins at 549-5872.


Chess Club

The North Valley Public Library Chess Club will hold its monthly play on Monday, September 29 at 7 p.m. at the North Valley Public Library community room on Main Street in Stevensville. All levels of play are welcome. This meeting special presentation will be about the greatest move ever played and about the man who played it. For more information call Mel Leonard at 777-3851 or the Library at 777-5061.


Mountain Top Ministries

Mountain Top Ministries of Ravalli County will hold its monthly meeting at the on Monday, September 29 at 7 p.m. at the Coffee Cup Café in Hamilton. The group is raising funds to help Tyler Bochae, a 24-year-old Bitterroot Valley resident suffering from brutal tics brought on by Tourette Syndrome. Surgery could give him a normal life but $200,000 is needed for this surgery. Anyone interested in contributing to this cause can contact Dancing Bear at 363-0323 feel free to attend the meeting.


St. Mary’s RCIA classes

St. Mary’s Catholic Parish in Stevensville is holding RCIA classes for those who would like to learn more about the Catholic faith. The series will begin Tuesday, September 30 at 7 p.m. in the rectory basement. For more information call Dave Weisbeck at 777-6991 or call St. Mary’ Parish at 777-5574.


Curves ‘Girls Night In’

Olivia Newton-John will make a special appearance at Curves of Ravalli County on Tuesday, September 30 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. No, not in person, but on DVD – along with Curves founder Diane Heavin and world-renowned breast cancer surgeon Dr. Ernie Bodai – in an informal and educational video filmed exclusively for Curves. The women’s fitness chain is helping women exercise good breast health through a partnership with Newton-John and the Liv Aid, an ingenious breast self-exam tool that greatly enhances a woman’s ability in detecting an abnormality, which in many cases will lead to early detection and a better chance for a cure, according to Ernie Bodai, M.D., F.A.C.S. Curves of Ravalli County is giving free Liv Aids to members and non-members while supplies last. For more information on Curves of Ravalli County, details about the Girl’s Night In event, or how women can get a free Liv Aid, contact Curves at 363-0393.


MSU career fair

Montana State University is hosting its 21st annual career fair on Thursday, October 2 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on the MSU campus.

More than 188 employers have signed up for the event, including Boeing,

Micron Technology, RightNow Technologies, Barnard Construction, GE Aviation, Kraft Foods, Eli Lilly, Chevron, Knife River Corporation, and many government agencies, according to Career, Internship & Student Employment Services Director Carina Beck. Those organizations will meet with job seekers in the SUB ballrooms, SUB rooms 233 and 235 and on the Centennial Mall. The career fair is open to employers, MSU students and alumni looking for jobs, said Beck. The event is full, but employers who would like to be placed on a waiting list for a space should register with Career & Internship Services by going to its Web site at

http://www.montana.edu/careers/. Job seekers do not need to register.

Profiles of each company slated to be in attendance are also listed on the Career & Internship Web site.


Scarecrow Festival

Stevensville’s Third Annual Scarecrow Festival is calling for artists  (individuals or groups) to enter their work in the famously popular outdoor event to be held on First Friday, October 3.  The deadline for the $10.00 entry fee and completed entry form will be Friday, September 26.  Entry forms are available on line at www.sassart.org and hard copies are at several Main Street businesses including: Stevensville Main Street Association, the Bitterroot Star office, and Valley Drug and Variety.

Cash prizes to be decided by popular vote and awarded: 1st Place - $300.00, 2nd Place - $200.00, 3rd Place - $100.00. New this year, a juried panel will award two Artistic Merit prizes of $50.00 each.

In addition to the more traditional Scarecrows, this year’s festival will be open to street performers as Live Sculpture applying for sidewalk spaces along Main Street.  The live performers will not be included on the ballot for the popular vote, but will be invited to submit contact information and artistic statements.  For more information regarding entry requirements and how you can support this terrific public art event, please see the SASS website www.sassart.org , call Katy at 370-8084 or write to SASS, P.O. Box 808, Stevensville MT 59870.

Public viewing and ballots will be available 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 3. Other Main Street First Friday activities will include a pumpkin carving contest, horse-drawn wagon rides, Oktoberfest accordion music, Main Street Open Houses offering refreshments and fun!


Refuge hunter blind drawing

The hunter blind drawing and pre-hunting meeting for the opening weekend (October 4 and 5) of the 2008 waterfowl season on Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge will take place on Thursday, October 2. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Okefenokee Room of the Lee Metcalf NWR Headquarters/Visitors Center building on Wildfowl Lane. Anyone interested in hunting waterfowl on Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge on opening weekend must attend. Participants must bring the following information to be eligible for the drawing: ALS #, Federal duck stamp, and photo identification. For more information contact the Refuge at 777-5552.


RMC Fall Visit Day

Rocky Mountain College will be hosting its Fall Visit Day for prospective students on October 3. Visitors are asked to assemble in the Bair Family Center at 8:30 a.m. to pick up welcome packets. A free continental breakfast will be offered. Presentations will be made by Anthony Piltz, RMC academic vice president; Lisa Browning, RMC enrollment services vice president; and Kelly Edwards, RMC associate director, admissions. Campus tours will be offered during the morning on the main campus. Tours for those interested in the aviation and equestrian programs, located off the main campus, will be offered at 1 p.m. Throughout the day, visitors may attend classes in various departments. Visitors will also receive free tickets for RMC’s Battlin' Bears homecoming football game vs. Montana Western, Saturday, Oct. 4. For more information about RMC’s Fall Visit Day, contact the RMC Office of Admissions at (800) 877-6259, (406) 657-1026, or www.rocky.edu.


UM dance performance

UM Dancers on Location: A Site-Specific Dance Concert , will be held Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5 at noon on the UM campus in Missoula. Meet at the Oval on campus. Admission is free to the public. A dynamic experience for attendees, UM Dancers on Location enables audiences to view dances created for alternative and unpredictable performance settings. This innovative dance performance features choreography specially designed for window frames, stairways, locker rooms, elevators, and roof tops across the UM campus. The audience gathers at the Oval and is then led to each site where a dance is set. The concert is entirely student-run, including costumes, sound design, choreography and performance. This year's concert features the work of two dance faculty members, one graduate of the dance program, six dance majors and minors, and features twenty student dancers. Come see the UM campus through the eyes of a choreographer! You'll never see campus the same way again.


Apple Day

Applications are being accepted for the 29th Annual McIntosh Apple Day, to be held Saturday, October 4, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the grounds of the Old Courthouse, now the Ravalli County Museum in Hamilton. Billed as the ‘Biggest Bake Sale under the Big Sky,’ this festival celebrates when the Bitter Root was hailed as having the largest apple orchards in the world.  Last year about 10,000 visitors enjoyed the fall day listening to live local music and savoring the aroma of apple butter bubbling over an open fire.  There are children’s activities, a raffle, silent auction and lots of activities to entertain. Watch while fresh pressed apple juice is being made, have sliced apples topped with homemade caramel, and partake of over 700 handmade apple pies. This event is a major fundraising effort for the Ravalli County Museum and is made possible by the efforts of over 100 volunteers, sponsors, vendors and donors.

Vendor spaces are available to artists, craftsmen, food vendors, farmers and commercial businesses.  Space is limited, late registration fee will begin after September 13.  Fee for a 10’ x 10’ space is $65, and a limited amount of electric outlets are available for $75.  Space is $85 for commercial food vendors, up to 10’ x 20’. Less $20 per space for Valley Farmers Market Cooperative Vendors and Non-profit organizations.  

 

For more information, or to receive an application contact rcmuseum@qwestoffice.net or call 363-3338.  


Local food event

'Root Food - for Sustainability is a catered dinner and speaker event that will be held Friday, October 3 at the Hamilton City Hall at 6:30 p.m. The dinner, catered by Riversong Gourmet, will be a fund raiser for SLS, and also a community education event. The speaker is Bruce Smith, Extension agent from Glendive, who is leading the charge for building a local food system in a Montana community. His talk will be "Why Local Food and What We are Doing About It." Some of the things he is organizing: a producers' marketing co-op with online ordering, a local food restaurant, microbrewery, and local food store, a culinary/cooking school, a shared-use commercial kitchen starting local brands of value-added products, community gardens with high tunnels. There will also be a silent food auction. Tickets ($30) must be purchased by September 20 and will be on sale at Chapter One Bookstore and at the Bitterroot Star.


Walk to Fight Arthritis

The Arthritis Foundation is seeking walkers to participate in the Arthritis Walk on October 4 at the River Walk, near the Parks and Recreation Building in Missoula. The Arthritis Walk is the Arthritis Foundation’s signature event that takes place in communities nationwide to raise funds and awareness to fight arthritis, the nation’s most common cause of disability. The event features both a three-mile and one-mile course, with activities for the entire family. Participants walk in honor of a friend or family member with arthritis, while those with arthritis wear blue hats to signify their action in taking control of their condition. Pet owners are invited to bring their dogs along to walk with them. To participate in the Arthritis Walk, volunteer or to form a team, visit www.MissoulaArthritisWalk.kintera.org or call the Arthritis Foundation at 406-600-4649.


McIntosh Apple Festival

The 29th Annual McIntosh Apple Festival will be held Saturday, October 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ravalli County Museum.

Come enjoy the crisp fall day in front of the Historic Courthouse, 205 Bedford St., Hamilton. This fundraiser for the museum includes and expanded Farmers Market, over 70 booths, artisans, kids activities, crafts, food booths, apple butter and many apple produce. For more information call 363-3338 or email rcmuseum@qwestoffice.net


The Sunday Gathering

The Sunday Gathering, A Celebration will be held on Sunday, October 5 at 10 a.m. at River Street Dance Theatre, 2nd and River in Hamilton. Tchange of seasons, the bounty and the experience of gratitude will be celebrated. Everyone is welcome and families are encouraged to attend. The Sunday Gathering is designed for those seeking insights in a supportive spiritual community. The group meets the first Sunday of every month and is not allied with any sect, denomination or political organization and will not engage in controversy. This is a group of individuals wanting to celebrate the diversity of oneness and to support one another on each person's path. Folks attend from different beliefs and practices and this is cause for celebration. It is requested that heavy scents not be worn due to people's allergies. For more information call Joan Perry at 961-3706 or 370-1770.


Homebuyers class

The Bitter Root Resource Conservation & Development Area, Inc. (RC&D) is holding a nationally certified homebuyer education class October 6-8 from 6 to 9 p.m. (each night) at the Human Resource Council Building, 316 N. Third St., Hamilton. Call the Bitter Root RC&D office at 363-1444, extension 5 to reserve a space. Attendance on all three nights is required for certification. The charge is $20 to cover the cost of reference materials. (Note that if you are buying your home as a couple, one household, you both need to attend the class.) The class is especially beneficial to first-time homebuyers with below median incomes, but any potential homebuyer will benefit from the class.  Anyone who has not owned a home for three or more years is considered a first-time homebuyer and may be able to purchase a home for monthly payments comparable to what they are paying in rent.  Homebuyer education classes are brought to you by the Bitter Root RC&D in partnership with NeighborWorks of Montana, the Montana Board of Housing and the Human Resources Council. Completion of this class is required in order to qualify for some of the special homebuyer assistance programs. Realtors can earn 4.0 hours of elective real estate continuing education credits by attending this class; contact Bitter Root RC&D for more information and space availability.


‘Journey of Hope’ talk

Journey of Hope will be presented Saturday, October 7 at 1 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Hamilton. Speakers will talk about their experiences with the death penalty. Speakers will be Eddie Hicks and Bess Klassen-Landis. Eddie Hicks’ daughter was murdered in North Carolina. Bess Landis’ mother was raped and murdered in their home in northern Indiana, 36 years ago. Her murderer was never caught. This presentation will be sponsored by the Bitterroot Human Rights Alliance. For more information contact Jen Kirby, 406-461-8176 or HYPERLINK "mailto:info@mtabolitionco.org" info@mtabolitionco.org.


Off Road User Assn.

Ravalli County Off Road User Association monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 7 at 7 p.m. at the Bitterroot Ridge Runners groomer shed, 663 Grantsdale Road in Hamilton. All members and anyone interested in joining are encouraged to attend. For directions or questions contact Mike at 642-9079 or 544-5027.


Literature Seminar

The Bitterroot Public Library is pleased to sponsor the Marjorie Crawford literature seminar, making it available cost-free to the public. All books will be taught by Shawn Wathen of Chapter One Book Store.

October 7 & 9. “Castorp” by Pawel Huelle. Set at the dawn of the twentieth century, "Castorp" conveys with elegant restraint the accelerating pressure as Europe hurtles toward the First World War.

November 4 & 6 – “The Stray Dog Cabaret: A Book of Russian Poems” translated by Paul Schmidt. On New Year's Day, 1912, the Stray Dog opened in St. Petersburg. Its habitues included the greatest concentration of major poets in Russian history.

January 13 & 15. – “The City and the Mountains” by Eca de Queiros. Eca de Queiros's late novel is a hymn to country life satirizing the emptiness of city life and of modernity itself.

February 10 & 12 – “The First Man” by Albert Camus. The posthumous masterpiece from Nobel Laureate Albert Camus tells an unmistakably autobiographical story of a boy growing up in Algeria.

March 10 & 12 – “I'm Not Stiller” by Max Frisch. This novel is the story of an imprisoned man who claims to be another.

April 7 & 9 – “The Question of Bruno: Stories by Aleksandar Hemon.” Aleksandar Hernon's stories examine the overwhelming events of history and the effect they have on individual lives.

Classes will be held in the basement meeting room of the Bitterroot Public Library (west entrance) on Tuesday and Thursday mornings (dates indicated above) from 9:30 to 11:30. Books are available at Chapter One Book Store. The Bitterroot Public Library will have a limited number of copies for checkout. Call for information: 363-5220 or 363-1670.


Homeopathic and Herbal Wellness Class

A Homeopathic and Herbal Wellness Class will be held Thursday, October 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Animal Essentials, 2 miles north of Woodside. This class is a comprehensive look at homeopathic and herbal care for the cold and flu season. Teachers are Jeanie Notti-Fullerton, cHom, and Mary Wulff, Professional Herbalist and coauthor of "Herbs for Pets." Cost is $30. Call 370-0699 or 369-0025 for more details and to reserve your space.


Youth Pheasant Hunt

In an effort to promote youth hunting, The Teller is providing an opportunity for Ravalli County youth to hunt pheasants on the opening day of pheasant season, Saturday, October 11. This opening day hunt will provide an excellent opportunity for young hunters to experience the thrill of being in the field with a parent or guardian on the Teller.

A total of four youth hunt packages on the Teller will be offered to Ravalli County youth. Each package provides an opportunity for two youth hunters (age 12 to 17) accompanied by a parent or guardian. Each party must have one retrieving dog, and all youth hunters must have completed the Montana Hunter Safety and Education Course and possess the proper licensing.

Interested applicants must be Ravalli County residents, and must submit in writing the name, address, and phone number of the parent(s) or guardian(s), along with the youth hunter names. The application deadline is at noon on Friday, October 3. Successful applicants will be notified on Monday, October 6th with further details. All Teller and Montana state hunting guidelines apply.

The required information can be mailed to The Teller, P.O. Box 548, Corvallis MT, 59828; dropped off at The Teller office, 1288 Eastside Highway, Corvallis; emailed to HYPERLINK "mailto:mainoffice@tellerwildlife.org" mainoffice@tellerwildlife.org; or faxed to 961-4489. For questions, contact 961-3507 or visit the website, http://www.theteller.org


Coat distribution

Acts of Kindness will be distributing gently used coats for kids at First Baptist Church, 402 Church Street, Stevensville on Wednesday, October 15, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., on Saturday, October 18, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and on Tuesday, October 21, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.


Canine Cuisine Cooking Class

A Canine Cuisine Cooking Class will be held Thursday, October 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Animal Essentials, 2 miles north of Woodside. This class is a fun way to learn to prepare healthy meals for your companion animals. Teachers are Jeanie Notti-Fullerton, cHom, and Mary Wulff, Professional Herbalist and coauthor of "Herbs for Pets." Cost is $20. Call 370-0699 or 369-0025 for more details and to reserve your space.


Bioneers conference

Northern Rockies Bioneers will hold 6th Annual Conference October 16-19 in Bozeman.

The earth could reach an irreversible tipping point in less than a decade unless we quickly change our ways, warns NASA climate scientist James Hansen. In a recent study Hansen said, “If global emissions of carbon dioxide continue to rise at the rate of the past decade…there will be disastrous effects, including increasingly rapid sea level rise, increased frequency of droughts and floods, and increased stress on wildlife and plants due to rapidly shifting climate zones.”

In the midst of this urgency, the annual Bioneers Conference presents leading scientists and social innovators who are creating practical solutions to help restore the Earth’s imperiled ecosystems and heal our human communities.

Participate in over 20 workshops and Intensives over the course of the weekend including:

Biomimicry Workshop, Mushroom Cultivation, The Importance of Pollinators, Alternative/Green Building Panel Discussion, “Seeds of the Future”- permaculture, seed saving and wldcrafting in Montana, “City Repair”, Alternative Energy Systems, Youth leadership, Habitat Restoration, Arts and Media, Ecological Design, Indiginous Knowledge, Womens leadership, traditional medicine, environmental education, eco-nomics, activism, culture, spirit and community, food and farming and many more.

Enjoy the beautiful harvest of Montana Farmers at four Harvest Meals featuring local and Montana made products.

Network with individuals, businesses and non-profits from throughout the northern Rockies in our Exhibitors Hall.

The Northern Rockies Bioneers Conference targets all ages from the youth to elders. Children under the age of 13 are free.  For registration, student discount, scholarships, to sponsor, and all information contact Lori Foster at lori@bornnetwork.org or HYPERLINK "http://www.bioneers.org" www.bioneers.org.


MSU prospective student program

Montana State University in Bozeman will open its campus, classrooms and activities to potential students during MSU Friday, the university's campus visitation program, set for Friday, October 17.

Among the many MSU Friday activities are campus tours, sample classes taught by some of MSU's best professors, meetings with academic departments and a display of organizations and special services. There will also be presentations about special programs, scholarships and financing a college education. Panels for parents are also scheduled.

Cost for the one-day event is $15 per person, which includes lunch and activities. Students and family members attending MSU Friday may attend an MSU Bobcat women's volleyball game free of charge on Friday night against Weber State.

Students wishing to spend a night on campus with a current student, sample food and experience campus life after hours may contact the Residence Life Office at (406) 994-2661 to find out more about its Host Program. The cost of the program is $50 per night.

For more information about MSU Friday, contact the MSU Office of Admissions at (1-888) MSU-CATS, or (406) 994-2452.


Twelve Inquiries meeting

An open meeting is scheduled that will introduce the Twelve Inquiries Teaching offered by Great Freedom Monday nights, Oct. 20, Nov. 17, and Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at 217 Main Street, Suite C (upstairs). The meeting is free and open to the public.

You’re invited on a marvelous adventure into a vast resource of wisdom, love, compassion and skill that exists within you. The Great Freedom Teaching provides a constant friend and guide along the way with precise instructions and a global community of support for attaining complete confidence in awareness. For information, contact Jill Hughes at 370-9252, JillHughes@greatfreedom.org, or visit greatfreedom.org.


Kids First benefit

Get ready for dazzling ball-handling tricks, high-flying slam dunks and hilarious family comedy. Join the Harlem Ambassadors Basketball show on Saturday, October 25 at 7 p.m. at the Hamilton High School gym, as they take on the Kids First Action Squad. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Kids First or Chapter One Bookstore. All proceeds benefit Kids First. Kids First also needs players! If you would like to be part of the Kids First Action Squad or for more information contact Kids First at 375-9588. The Harlem Ambassadors…It’s not your grandfather’s basketball show!


Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

Join local teacher, Jill Hughes, on a yoga retreat at the rainforest ocean discovery center, Guaria de Osa, in Costa Rica Feb. 6-13. The trip includes daily guided tours through the most biologically diverse place on earth. For information about the trip, visit yogaintheroot.com or call 777-7011. For information about the retreat center, visit www.guariadeosa.com.

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