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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Community Calendar


Clubs and Groups

Hamilton Senior Center activities

Monday – 11:45 lunch, cloggers at 1:30 p.m.; bingo on 1st & 3rd weeks, pinochle on 2nd week, 7 p.m.

Tuesday - line dancing at 9:30 a.m., cloggers at 3 p.m.

Wednesday – 11:45 lunch, bridge at 1 p.m., cloggers at 5 p.m.

Thursday - exercise at 9 a.m.; pinochle on 3rd week, 1 p.m.

Friday - line dancing at 9:30 a.m., 11:45 lunch

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

Sunday - bridge, 1 p.m.

Stevi Senior Center activities

Mon-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.

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

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.

Monday-Friday - Lunch, 11:30 a.m. Includes main course, salad bar, beverage, dessert. Senior donation $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.


Stevensville Al-Anon Group meets each Thursday at 7:30 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


Gamblers Anonymous

Gamblers Anonymous meets Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church, 411 S. 5th Street in Hamilton.

VFW meetings

VFW Post 1430 meets the first Monday of every month at 8 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Hamilton.

Golden Agers

The Golden Age group meets every Friday from 7:30 to 10 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. Exercise classes are held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. Blood pressure is checked every first Wednesday of the month. Also on the first Wednesday of every month a potluck is held at 12:30 p.m. followed by the business meeting. Card parties are held on the second Wednesday at 7 p.m. On the last Wednesday of the month a birthday party is held at 2 p.m.

Florence American Legion

The Florence American Legion Post 134 meets the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Florence Fire Hall. For further information contact Post Commander Claude Nichols at 273-3051.

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 Jerry Esmay, 777-5517.

Corvallis American Legion

The Corvallis American Legion Post 91 meets the third Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the Corvallis High School library. For further information contact Post Commander Alex Ivanoff at 961-8997 or Post Adjutant Roy Meyer, 961-4272.

Lilies of the Valley singing group

The Lilies of the Valley Ladies Ensemble welcomes you to share your time, talent, wit and humor in the joy of singing together, short programs to share with others. No auditions to participate, only your love of the language of music and the desire to sing it in melody and harmony. Come and relax Thursday evenings, 7 to 9 p.m., at 211 N. 6th St., Hamilton. For more information call Thelma, 363- 1598.

WIC clinics

A WIC clinic is offered in Hamilton Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at 205 Bedford St, Suite P, District Courthouse building in Hamilton.

The Stevensville clinic is open on Wednesdays at the United Methodist Church, 216 College St. in Stevensville. The Victor clinic is open the second Monday of the month at the Victor Nazarene Church. The Darby clinic is open every other month, the third Monday of the month at the Darby Library. For more information call 375-6685.

Sapphire Quilt Club 

The Sapphire Quilt Club 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.

Grief Support Groups

When you grieve the death of a loved one, you sometimes hide it so others think you’re over your sorrow and loss. Marcus Daly Hospice offers an opportunity to share grieving experiences and grow from them.

For the men in our community dealing with the death of a loved one, Marcus Daly Hospice offers a men’s breakfast support group. The Men’s Bereavement Support Breakfast meets at 9 a.m. every second and fourth Friday of the month in the Marcus Daly Hospice dining room. Breakfast is provided for a $3 donation per person. Call 375-4752 to reserve your spot.

For anyone in our community dealing with the loss of a loved one, Tuesday afternoons from 2-3:30 p.m. a bereavement support group meets in the Marcus Daly Hospice Center living room. All are welcome.

For more information, call Cathy Palmer, LCPC, Bereavement Coordinator, at 375-4752.

Spanish conversation group

Habla Espanol? Do you travel? Do you work with Latinos? Do you just want to keep your mind sharp? If you are a beginner or just a bit rusty, join the Stevi Spanish Conversation Group at the North Valley Public Library Wednesdays from 6 to 7 pm to brush up on your Spanish language skills. This is not a class to learn to speak Spanish. It will be an informal, weekly gathering to practice speaking the Spanish language. The focus will be role playing for situations experienced during travel and everyday life. For more information, call the library at 777-5061.


Soroptimist International of Hamilton meets the first, second and third Thursdays of each month at noon at BJ’s Restaurant. Soroptimist is a worldwide organization for women in management and professions working through service projects to advance human rights and the status of women. All interested business women are encouraged to attend.

Rotary Club

The Hamilton Rotary Club meets Mondays, 12 noon at BJ's Restaurant, 900 N. First Street, Hamilton. For information about Rotary, call 363-2960.

PFLAG Chapter

Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) meets every fourth Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, in the basement, 600 S. 3rd St., Hamilton. The building is handicap accessible from DeSmet Street through the back door of the church. For more information contact Terry Moran, 363-7656.

‘Science of Mind’ fellowship

Science of Mind fellowship gathers every Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Carriage House in Hamilton to watch a downloaded message from Seattle's Center For Spiritual Living. Join like-minded metaphysicians in spiritual community. For info call Barb Lucas, 375-9996.

Legion bingo

B-I-N-G-O! Join American Legion Fort Owen Post 94, in Stevensville, for free popcorn and an entertaining evening of bingo. The action starts at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center in Stevensville on the first and third Thursdays of the month. All prizes are cash and proceeds go to support American Legion youth activities.

Valley Veterans Service Center

Find out what VA benefits you may be qualified for at the Valley Veterans Service Center, open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to assist veterans and their dependents in filing claims with the VA. If you have questions or need help dealing with the VA, call Rob Embree at 363-9838 or stop by the office at 229 Fairgrounds Road, Suite 4, Hamilton.

Veteran-to-Veteran (V2V) meetings

The V2V outreach group meets every Friday morning at 8 a.m. in the backroom at BJ’s Restaurant in Hamilton. These informal meetings are for all veterans from the Boxer Rebellion to the present. Many veterans have both unresolved and resolved issues from their experiences in the military that impact their lives today. At the meetings veterans can discuss whatever they want and the outreach group gives veterans an opportunity to get together to share information and talk about issues. For further information contact Dan Mayer (961-1577) from the Bitterroot Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America.

Vietnam Veterans of America

The Bitterroot Chapter #938 of the Vietnam Veterans of America meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at 229 Fairgrounds Road (just east of Hamilton High School). Vietnam era veterans often need assistance with problems and issues and many have similar stories. The Bitterroot Chapter VVA is your organization to provide the opportunity to obtain and share information, to organize grass root activities, lend a helping hand, and offer assistance to all veterans in dealing with the Veterans Administration. Also, through the National VVA organization, the local chapter supplies input to state and federal government legislators on issues important to veterans. For more information contact Bill Decker at 369-2252.

MOPS group

The Bitterroot MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group meets at Lone Rock Bible Church, around the corner from Lone Rock School, just off Eastside Hwy, down Three Mile Creek Road, between Stevensville and Florence. The group meets every other Tuesday, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Age-appropriate childcare including snacks, stories and activities, is available for children up through age five. For more information about Bitterroot MOPS, contact Jeannie Tischler at 777-0506.

Waldorf Playgroup

Waldorf Playgroup, Parent/Child Classes meet Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton, and Daly Mansion Children's Garden. Welcoming parents, expecting parents, and children birth to 6 years for creative play, songs, stories, baking, crafts and gardening in a homelike setting. For more information contact Kim at 369-0213 or Elissia at 381-1981. Waldorf Playgroup, Parent/Child Class is sponsored by the Bitterroot School. More information about the Bitterroot School and Waldorf education can be found at and HYPERLINK ""

Veterans affairs clinics

Andrea Montee, Service Officer for the Montana Veterans Affairs Division in Missoula, will be available to veterans and their dependents that have questions or need to file a claim with the Dept. of Veterans Affairs on the second Tuesday of every month from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Stevensville Town Council Chambers and from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Hamilton Job Service office. She will also be at the Job Service office every fourth Wednesday of the month from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. For more information call 542-2501.

Trap Club

The Hamilton Trap Club is open every Wednesday and Sunday from 12 noon until dusk unless people get done shooting trap before dusk. For more information contact Dick or Cheryl Wallis at 546-3856. The Trap Club is located at the Hamilton Airport.

Recovery support group

“High Noon” Meeting: A newly formed, peer-directed support group meets weekly on Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. at the Bison Internet Café, 164 S. 3rd in Hamilton. The Café is not open during meeting times. People in recovery from mental illness and/or substance abuse or addiction can find support and mentor help from group participants. All interested persons are invited to attend. Participants demonstrate hope and strength to each other, share resources and celebrate successes. The café’s open hours are Wednesday through Saturday, from 3 to 9 p.m. For more information, call during those hours or leave a message at 363-2222.

Bitterroot Toastmasters

Bitterroot Toastmasters Club meets Monday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Perkins Restaurant in Hamilton with optional no host supper before or after. Meetings are designed to build confidence and skills in communication and leadership. Guests are welcome.

Aquatic Center classes

Power Pilates at the Bitterroot Aquatic Center will gently create a systematic routine that builds a foundation of strength and balance, without getting wet. Power Pilates will strengthen your core abdominals and gently assist your pelvis, spine, and neck to attain their natural alignment. Classes are held Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. Continue your exercise and attend Water Aerobics from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Call 375-8200 for more information.

Toddler story time

It’s never too early to introduce your baby or toddler to the wonderful world of books and reading. Together you will discover the joy of songs, finger plays, simple books and bouncing rhymes. The toddler story time for babies through age 2 meets every Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the downstairs meeting room of the Bitterroot Public Library. Toddler story time lasts approximately 45 minutes. For more information, call 363-1670.

Safety seat fitting station

Mildenberger Motors will be teaching families how to safely transport their children on the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The dealership will serve as the site of a monthly child safety seat checkup event to help ensure that children are using car seats, booster seats and seat belts the right way on every ride. At these events, nationally certified child passenger safety technicians will teach families how to transport children correctly. The events are open to the public. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. To make an appointment call Lonie Hutchison at 546-9640 or 258-3880.

American Sign Language Group

An American Sign Language Bible discussion group meets Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 8 p.m. and Sunday mornings from 10 to 11:45 a.m. at the Kingdom Hall, 1115 S. Reserve St., Missoula. Discussion focuses on how to use the Bible in your life. For more information contact Dianr Gacek, 777-0747,

Elks dinner

The Elks Club at 102 State Street in Hamilton serves dinner to the public every Wednesday at 6 p.m. The $8 complete meal includes dessert and coffee. Proceeds go towards the youth scholarship fund. For more information call 363-3031.

Sabre Soccer meetings

Stevensville Sabre Soccer meetings are held the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Main Street Association building in Stevensville. The general public and all interested parties are welcome to attend. For more information contact Brooke Flynn at 880-2903.

Lone Rock Bible Club

The Lone Rock Bible Club meets Wednesdays from 2:45 to 4:30 p.m. Escorts from Lone Rock School to the church building will be provided and homeschooled children are also invited. Guaranteed to be fun! For more information call Russ Scheffel (240-3048), Randy Turner (360-1771) or Cheri Perez (777-2570).

Darby food collection

The Darby Bread Box is collecting canned milk, canned pumpkin, cranberrry sauce and stuffing during October and November for Holiday Boxes. Drop off locations are People's Market and the Bitterroot Credit Union in Darby. Any donations are appreciated.

Bitterroot Connections

Bitterroot Connections referral group (a sub-network of the Missoula Businesswomen’s Network) meets monthly for lunch from noon to 1 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Hamilton Perkins Restaurant. Looking to grow your business? Come and meet a group of supportive women who get to know each other through member spotlight presentations, educational topics, and the referral and promotion of each other's businesses. Call Sue Gust at 360-0820 or e-mail for more information or visit for additional opportunities.

Bitterroot Empowerment group

The Bitterroot Empowerment group (a sub-network of the Missoula Businesswomen’s Network) meets the first Thursday of every month at Perkins Restaurant in Hamilton from noon to 1 p.m. Participate in an experience that can help you reach your goals, both personal and business related. Programs have a wide range of interest varying from month to month but the feeling of support and camaraderie will remain constant. Call Jane Foster at 406-531-9556 or 777-2280 or email for more information or visit for additional opportunities.

Fiber Arts Guild

Big Sky Fiber Arts Guild meets the last Saturday of every month. If you are a wool spinner or work with fibers, contact Shelley at 777-5205 or Marty at 777-2421 for location or information.

PEP Sessions

Are you interested in exploring career options suited to you? Attend a PEP Session at the Bitterroot College Program (BCP). PEP stands for Personal Employment Plan and is designed to assist people with career exploration, education planning, and job search preparation. PEP Sessions take place on Thursdays, from 9 to 11 a.m., at the Bitterroot College Program, located at the Ravalli Entrepreneurship Center, 274 Old Corvallis Road, Hamilton. There is no appointment or registration necessary. For more information, contact The Bitterroot College Program at 375-0100 or Literacy Bitterroot at 363-2900. Or, visit the Bitterroot College Program website at HYPERLINK ""    

Positive Parenting Program

Is there a lot of attitude in your home? Do tantrums abound? Does defiance, the silent treatment, or do arguments between adults and kids rule in your household? Want to change all that? South Valley Child and Family Center will help you achieve that change. If you have a child from 3-14 years of age having behavior problems, the Positive Parenting Program at SVCFC is for you. This eight-week program is designed for parents who are committed to raising happy, healthy kids and features a low fee, one hour a week time commitment and is simple and positive. Booking individual sessions now. Call 363-3450 to sign up.

Community meal program

The kitchen’s open and the food is great! South Valley Child and Family Center’s Suppertime program is open for business with free family-style meals served on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. at 515 Madison in Hamilton. These meals are for families, individuals and those in need of a good meal and community connections. If you need further info, would like to donate, volunteer or would like to be a part of the Culinary Program for middle or high school students, call 363-3450.

Women Helping Women

Want to be a healthily you? Looking for a support group to help you lose unwanted pounds? Women Helping Women meets Tuesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. at the Conner Wesleyan Church, 4674 Hwy 93, seven miles south of Darby. For more information call 821-3570.

Ladies Bible Study

A Ladies Bible Study is held Thursday mornings at 9:30 a.m. at the Conner Wesleyan Church, 4674 Hwy 93, seven miles south of Darby. Current study is on Beth Moore’s “Stepping Up, A Journey Through the Psalms of Ascent.” For more information call 821-3570.

Driver’s education class

Signups are underway for the next Stevensville High School driver’s education course which will run approximately January 24 through March 16. The class is open to any student who is at least 14-1/2 years old from Stevensville High School or a home school. Cost is $250. The first informational meeting for students of Stevensville High School will be held Monday, January 17 at 12:10 in High School room 3. Out-of-district and/or home school students may register by phone. Information will then be mailed as soon as possible. Call John Munk, 777-5539, to sign up.

Spay Days

Celebrate Spay Day in February. $10 coupons are available at the Bitter Root Humane Association for a cat spay/neuter during February 2011. Call

273-6007 for more information.

Aquatic exercise program

Join the new Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Bitterroot Aquatic Center in Hamilton. The class will allow you to exercise without putting excess strain on your joints and muscles. The gentle activities in warm water, with guidance from Wendy, the trained instructor, will help you gain strength and flexibility. The first class is free. Call 375-8200 for more information or go to the website at

Fair theme contest

Everyone is invited to submit entries for the annual fair theme to or Ravalli County Fairgrounds, 100 Old Corvallis Road, Hamilton MT 59840. Deadline for submissions is Friday, February 4. The winning theme will be chosen by the Fair Commission at its February meeting. The winner will receive a season pass to the 2011 Ravalli County Fair, a VIP parking pass and VIP seating for all arena events.

Soroptimist candy sale

Soroptimist Valentine’s See’s Candy is again available from Soroptimist in the See’s candy mobile which will be open Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until sold out in the First Security Bank parking lot on Main and Hwy 93 in Hamilton. See’s mobile opens Saturday January 29. Come early for best selection. Soroptimist is a worldwide organization for women in management and professions working through service projects to advance human rights and the status of women. Soroptimist awards, scholarships, donations and programs are made possible through the sale of See’s candy and other fund raising activities. 

Darby food collection

The Darby Bread Box is collecting spaghetti sauce, Rice-a-roni and tomato sauce for the months of February and March.

Youth culinary arts program

South Valley Child and Family Center invites Ravalli County youth in middle school (Monday evenings) and high school (Tuesday evenings) to learn the culinary arts in a free six-week program (offered 5 times in 2010-2011). This is a great opportunity for our communityıs youth to learn basic culinary arts skills, create wonderful meals for our community and develop life skills. South Valley Child and Family Center served over 3500 meals to the community 2009-10. The Youth Volunteer Program will prepare and serve meals on Monday and Tuesday evenings and Session Three is starting up February 14 and 15, 4 to 7:30 p.m. Call 363-3450 to register. Space is limited.


Wednesday, February 2

Preschool story time

Preschoolers are invited to meet in the children's area of the Bitterroot Public Library on Wednesday, February 2 to enjoy "Kings and Queens" and hear books read by Kristen Weese. This story time begins at 10:30 a.m. and is designed for children 3-5 years of age. For more information, call 363-1670.

Groundhog Day at Metcalf Refuge

The public is invited to Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) to observe whether the Groundhogıs western cousin, the Yellow-bellied Marmot, aka ³Bitterroot Bill², sees its shadow. This fun family activity will include song, natural history, recipes, food/drink and climatological predictions. This annual spring challenge will take place on Wednesday, February 2 at the Lee Metcalf NWR Office/Visitor Center, which is about 4 miles north of Stevensville on Wildfowl Lane. The adventure will start at 11 a.m. and will last approximately 90 minutes. For more information call 777-5552, x203.

Tobacco-free shoe collection

Join fellow Montanans in contributing to a powerful message that will be displayed in the Capitol Rotunda in Helena on March 8. Drop off a new or gently used pair of shoes to the Tobacco Free Ravalli office at 164 S. 3rd St, Suite B, Hamilton, by February 2. Attached to the shoes will be a signed toe tag with name, county, and optional personal message of how tobacco touched your life. You may also call Paula at 961-9014 to arrange for a pickup for your donated shoes. Your contribution will add to the public display of 1,400 pairs of ³souls,² vividly illustrating the number of people in Montana who lose their life to tobacco addiction each year. The display will be for all Montanans, including decision makers, as a stark reminder that tobacco use remains the number one cause of preventable death in Montana and across the United States. Shoes will be donated to the nonprofit Soles 4 Souls Project (

Thursday, February 3

Stevi School facility committee

The Stevensville School Board of Trustees Facility Committee will meet on Thursday, February 3 at 1 p.m. in the superintendentıs office.

'Birds and Bees' workshop

On Thursday, February 3 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. a free workshop for parents will be presented at the Local Living Family Center in Florence. The topic is "The Birds and the Bees, OH MY!" Thereıs a whole lot to talk about with your child and not many issues are more foreboding than that of S-E-X. When to talk about it, how to talk about it, and why to talk about it will all be discussed during this session. Whether you have a toddler or a teen, learn some techniques of how to break the ice and keep the conversation going. Angel Nordquist, Outreach Educator, Planned Parenthood of Montana, is the presenter. A light meal will be served. Register now by calling 273-0142.

Friday, February 4

MSU campus visitation

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, February 4. MSU Friday is a free event open to all juniors and seniors and their families. The program will consist of several activities including tours, sample classes given by some of MSUıs best professors, meetings with academic departments, a display of organizations and special services and presentations on special programs, scholarships and financing a college education. Panels for parents and students are also scheduled. Students may register online for MSU Friday at HYPERLINK "" For further information about MSU Friday, contact the MSU Office of Admissions at 1-888-MSU-CATS or (406) 994-2452.

North Valley Pachyderm Club

The North Valley Pachyderm Club will meet Friday, February 4, at noon at the Frontier Café, Hwy 93 in Stevensville. Guest speaker will be Glenn Kimball talking about Cloward & Piven. The North Valley Pachyderm Club meets the first and third Friday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at the Frontier Cafe. The North Valley Pachyderm Club is an educational arm of the Republican Party. All are welcome.

Knights of Columbus Fish Fry

The Hamilton Knights of Columbus Council 6130 will hold a ³Fish Fry² on Friday, February 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Francisı Pastoral Center, 411 S. 5th St. Hamilton. The meal consists of fish, fries, coleslaw, vegetables, dessert and soft beverage. The price for the meal is $8.00 per person; children under nine are free. Wine can be purchased separately. Everyone is welcome, so come out bring a friend and enjoy the evening. For information contact Nick Hooper at 961-3930.

Model Railroaders

First Friday is coming up and that means the Bitterroot Valley Model Railroaders are firing up their layout in the Kohl Building, right behind Valley Drug on Main Street in Stevensville. Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, February 4. As always, it's fun and it's free! Bring the kids!

Music at NV library

Band members Kolton Robbins and John Phillips describe their genre of music as ³alternative² or ³indie² rock. Robbins is the lead vocalist and guitar player; Phillips plays a variety of percussion instruments. As part of Stevensville Main Street Associationıs monthly event, ³Superadequate² will perform at the North Valley Public Library on First Friday, February 4, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The songs performed will be original works created jointly by Robbins and Phillips. The Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. Attendance is free to the public but donations are always welcome. Light refreshments will be served. For more details, call the library at 777-5061 or visit HYPERLINK ""

Artistsı reception

Just in time for Valentines Day, Riverıs Mist Gallery, 317 Main, Stevensville, will be hosting a Flower Show for the month of February. The featured artists will be Deborah Goslin, polymer clay; Kiana Fecteau, acrylic and watercolor; Carol Hoffnagle, colored pencil and photography; Elloie Jeter, pastels; Loey Knapp, photography; Anne Manktelow, colored pencil; Bobbie McKibbin, pastel; Barbara Michelman, photography; Michael Rees, photography; and Antonia Wolf, photography. The budding artist for February is Jessie Devine. The show runs from February 4 to March 1. An artistsı receptions will be held Friday, February 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information call 777-0520.

Artistıs reception

An opening reception for oil painter Katrina Ruhmland will be held on First Friday, February 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Frame Shop & Gallery on First Friday, 325 Main St, Hamilton. For more information call 363-6684.

Saturday, February 5

Bowhunter ed classes

Two bowhunter education classes will be offered in Missoula in February, and prospective students can register online now.

Students can elect to take a class on Saturday, February 5 or Saturday, February 12 from 8:30-5:30 p.m. at the Missoula Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) office, 3201 Spurgin Road. Students that take either of these classes must also complete a half-day field course on Sunday, February 13 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Interested students can register online now at Follow links to Education and Hunter Education and View Schedule.  

Additional bowhunter education classes will be offered in Missoula and other west-central Montana communities from March through June, but not all class schedules have been set at this time. For a current list of bowhunter education classes, visit the online class schedule at and follow links to Education and Hunter Education or call the Missoula FWP office at 542-5500.  

Montana also offers online bowhunter education classes for anyone 18 years and older. Most of the coursework is completed online, and then students must take a field day to receive their certification card. Field courses for online students will be offered in Missoula on Feb. 13, March 20, May 26 and June 23. For more information about the online class and to register for a field day go online to There is a $20 fee for the online course.

By state law, all first time bowhunters must complete a bowhunter education course in order to purchase a bow and arrow license in Montana. Bowhunters born after January 1, 1985 must also show proof of completing a hunter education program.

Soroptimist Winter Golf Tournament

You don't need to travel to Arizona to play golf in February! Itıs time to dust off your putter, put aside the winter blahs and sign up for the Hamilton Soroptimist award-winning Winter Golf Tournament to be held Saturday, February 5 in downtown Hamilton. All funds raised through the tournament will go to the many organizations and programs supported by Soroptimist of Hamilton including SAFE, free mammogram program, womenıs scholarships and many other organizations that support women and girls. The fun begins at the Eagles in Hamilton at 9:45 a.m. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Entrance fee is $55 for caddyshack teams and $80 for traditional teams. To register call Mary Alice Holloway at 396-9105.

Scandinavian Culture Day

The public is invited to a Scandinavian culture day on Saturday, February 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, on Hattie Lane, off Kurtz Lane in east Hamilton. There will be tables with opportunities for cooking, rosemaling, knitting, wood carving, and information on genealogy, language and tourism. The event is free and people can come at any time and visit the various stations with activities and information based on Scandinavian culture.

Clothes drive

A clothes drive to benefit The Clothes Closet free store in Stevensville will be held Saturday, February 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Clean, usable clothing can be dropped off at the LDS Church, corner of Eastside Highway and Middle Burnt Fork in Stevensville. The clothes drive is an Eagle Scout project by Patrick Fulbright, Troop 91. For pick up during the week, contact Patrick at 381-6955.

Storytelling series

Visit Travelersı Rest State Park near Lolo on Saturday, February 5 for a Kootenai storytelling program beginning at 11 a.m. The special presentation is part of the parkıs annual Winter Storytelling Series which runs from 11 a.m. to noon every Saturday through March 26. At this weekıs program, Kootenai Tribal member, Vernon Finley, will tell stories for all ages from the Kootenai tradition. This and all storytelling programs are held at the Holt Museum and Visitor Center at Travelersı Rest. Admission to the programs is $3 per adult, and children under 18 and all current Travelersı Rest Preservation and Heritage Association (TRPHA) members are free. Complimentary refreshments are served at all programs. For a detailed line-up of the Winter Storytelling Series, visit the Travelersı Rest Web site at or call 273-4253. To reach the park, travel approximately 1/2 mile west of Lolo on Highway 12.

Café Chocolat

On Saturday, February 5, the Florence Carlton Music Boosters will be hosting their 10th Annual Le Café Chocolat in the Florence Carlton School gymnasium. Come and enjoy fabulous desserts while you are treated to an amazing live performance by the Florence Carlton High School Choirs. There will be two shows, at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended. For ticket information call Mary Beth Edens at 273-6598.

Sapphire Dance benefit

Dancers from the Sapphire Dance Studio in Stevensville will perform Saturday, February 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Stevensville Elementary Gym. Brownie ice cream sundaes will be served and many items will be up for raffle and a few auction items from ³TapArt². Admission is $5 per person and $20 for the entire family. If you have a youngster interested in dance this would be a wonderful opportunity to come watch the performances and learn more about the studio. Many young people in the community have been coming to the Sapphire Dance studio since 2000 to experience the art of dance. Students can study ballet, tap, and jazz under the direction of Arja Seeber and Sapphire Dance instructors. Children may begin their beautiful pirouettes at the age of 3, start tapping their toes and getting into the groove of jazz/hip hop at 5 years old. During this special night at Stevensville Elementary, you will also hear special vocal numbers, a performance by ³Superadequate², cj3 featuring his ³TapArt², and a number by F.Y.V. (Find Your Voice). Sapphire Dance is located at 217 Main Street in Stevensville. For more information on classes or about this special night, call Sapphire Dance at 777-4400.

Square dance club

Boots Œnı Calico Square Dance Club will keep one additional night open for new beginners to join the square dance class, on Saturday, February 5 at the Hamilton Senior Center, 820 N. 4th. This class will provide instructions for a person that has never square danced before to a point where they will be an accomplished mainstream dancer. This class will run from 6 to 8 p.m. A regular square dance will start at 8 p.m. and go to 9:30 p.m. Dance level will be mainstream with plus tips inserted about every third dance. Round dances will be provided between tips. All visiting square and round dancers are welcome. Come early and dance with the class, too. Come ready to enjoy an evening of fun square dancing with Barry Bartlette. Club members and the club will provide finger food treats. For further information call Laurie Dunbar at 961-4528 or Donna Hicks at 961-0111.

Monday, February 7

Free COT classes for veterans

The University of Montana College of Technology will offer free college prep classes for qualified veterans through the Montana Veterans Upward Bound program. Classes in math, writing and basic computer skills will be held Monday, Feb. 7, through Wednesday, March 30. They will take place Monday through Thursday at the COT campus, located at 909 South Ave. W. in Missoula. Orientation will take place from 5 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, in the COT dining room. For more information or to enroll, call 877-356-VETS.

First-time Homebuyer class

The Bitter Root Resource Conservation & Development Area, Inc. (RC&D) is holding a nationally certified homebuyer education class on February 7, 8, and 9 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, ext. 5 if you would like to reserve a space. Attendance on all three nights is required for certification. The charge is $25 to cover the cost of reference materials. (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 3 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 US Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Montana Board of Housing, NeighborWorks Montana, and the Human Resources Council. Completion of this class is required in order to qualify for some of the special homebuyer loan assistance programs.

Baseball signups

Hamilton Babe Ruth baseball sign-ups for ages 5-15 will be February 7-9 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Hamilton Volunteer Fire Department (upstairs). For more information call 369-6210. Bring any baseball equipment you would like to donate.

Tuesday, February 8

Stevi school board

The regular meeting of the Stevensville School Board of Trustees will be Tuesday, February 8 at 7 p.m. in the Stevensville High School Learning Center.

'Tar Sands' discussion

A panel discussion titled "Montana to the Tar Sands: The True Cost of Oil" will be held Tuesday, Feb. 8, at The University of Montana.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the University Center Theater. It is co-sponsored by UMıs Environmental Studies Program, St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center, the Northern Plains Resource Council and Christ the King Parish.

The Tar Sands oil development project in northern Alberta brings with it significant impacts. Western Montana is on the route of the Kearl Module Transportation Project big rigs transporting equipment from Korea to the Tar Sands by way of Lolo Pass, Missoula, the Blackfoot River and the Rocky Mountain Front. Eastern Montana also will be affected as the oil leaves Alberta and is transported through pipelines to refineries in the United States.

The panel will explore the impacts from several perspectives. Panelists include UM Regents Professor of Ecology Steve Running, Dr. Georgia Milan of the Womenıs Care Center at St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center, Bureau of Business and Economic Research Senior Research Professor Steven Seninger, and Rich Bishop from Christ the King Parish, as well as speakers from the Indigenous Environmental Network, landowners and others.

Wednesday, February 9

Preschool story time

Preschoolers are invited to meet in the children's area of the Bitterroot Public Library on Wednesday, February 9 to enjoy "Have a Ball" and hear books read by Star Jameson. This story time begins at 10:30 a.m. and is designed for children 3-5 years of age. For more information, call 363-1670.

Darby Adult Education

Darby Adult Education Spring classes begin the week of February 9, with 27 courses in the offering. The mailer/course list is available at the Darby Community Library, the Hamilton Library and the Ravalli County Entrepreneurial Center. Registration forms and payment are due by Monday, February 7. Visit Adult Education at HYPERLINK "" For more information call 821-3405. 

Saturday, February 5

CCR open house

Child Care Resources will hold an Open House to showcase its new office on Wednesday, February 9. The new office is located at 105 East Pine Street, Missoula, in the Lower Level. Stop in between 4 and 6:30 p.m. for a tour of the new office, information on services, activities, door prizes, food and fun. Since 1969, Child Care Resources has been a leader in early childhood care and education. CCR promotes high quality, accessible services to support and strengthen children, families, professionals, and communities. Child Care Resources offers the Best Beginnings Child Care scholarship for families with low-income, free childcare referrals to parents looking for child care, training and professional development for child care providers, and we are a sponsor of the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program. Child Care Resources serves Missoula, Mineral and Ravalli Counties.

Thursday, February 10

TOPS open house

TOPS Club #343 is holding an Open House on Thursday, February 10, at 9 a.m. in the Community Baptist Church, 409 Buck St., Stevensville. All are invited free of charge. Come learn about Take Off Pounds Sensibly, a weight loss support group. Featured speaker will be Linda Bursell, Tops State Coordinator. Regular meetings are every Thursday at 9 a.m. at this location and guests are always welcome. For more info call Carole at 777-0018, or 800-932-8677, or visit HYPERLINK ""

Stevi School facility committee

The Stevensville School Board of Trustees Facility Committee will meet on Thursday, February 10 at 1 p.m. in the superintendentıs office.

Women & Nutrition lecture

On Thursday evenings through February 10 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. the Local Living Family Center in Florence welcomes speakers from across Western Montana to engage women and men in learning conversations. A light meal is served. Register now for as many classes as you like; the workshops are free. On February 10, the topic is ³Women & Nutrition.² The woman of the house is normally very influential to the rest of the family. Children will follow her lead when it comes to attitudes, fitness, and health. A mother who has great healthy habits is integral in creating those habits in the rest of her family. Dr. Nan Dunne, ND, PhD, Bitterroot Natural Medicine, will be the presenter. For more information call 273-0142.

Library Fellowship Club

The next meeting of the Bitterroot Public Library Fellowship Club will take place on Thursday, February 10 in the West Meeting Room, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The topic for discussion is based on the book entitled "The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World" by Lynne McTaggart.

Through this revolutionary and ground-breaking work, McTaggart discusses research in the field of human consciousness that supports the theory that "the universe is connected by a vast quantum energy field" and can be influenced by thought.

This internationally best-selling author draws on the findings of leading scientists from around the world to determine the effects of focused group intention on scientifically quantifiable targets - animal, plant, and human. "The Intention Experiment" attempts to demonstrate that thought is a thing that affects other things. This research also finds that thought generates its own palpable energy that one can use to improve one's life, help others, and change the world.

Lynne McTaggart is an American journalist, author, publisher, and an internationally recognized spokesperson on the science of spirituality. An award-winning author of five books, including "The Field," which has been published in 14 languages, McTaggart has inspired the wildly successful classic movie, "What the BLEEP Do We Know?" She is also co-executive director of Conatus, which publishes some of the world's most respected health and spiritual newsletters, including "What Doctors Donıt Tell You" and "Living the Field."

The Fellowship Club meets every second Thursday of the month and is free and open to anyone seeking to promote individual and collective well being. Call J.A. Costantino, Ph.D., at 363-1670 for more information.

Cross Country Ski Club

The Bitterroot X/C Ski Club will present a program on the Exploring the Bitterroot Water Systems. Tracey Turek, experienced water rights researcher, will speak about basic hydrological information and water flows, including surface flows and aquifer interactions. She offers a wealth of knowledge and experience to give a better understanding about our underground water system. The meeting is Thursday, February 10 at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 1220 West Main St, Hamilton.

Saturday, February 12

Legion Valentine Dinner

American Legion Post 94, Stevensville, will hold its annual Valentine Prime Rib Dinner and Auction on Saturday, February 12 at St. Maryıs Family Center in Stevensville. Everyone is welcome. Tickets are $25. Call 777-5398, 777-5517 or 777-3834 for reservations or more information. Tickets can be purchased at Teslow Accounting or Potton Insurance Agency in Stevensville.

Sunday, February 13

Accordion jam

The Five Valley Accordion Association will hold its next jam/dance session on Sunday, February 13 at Jokers Wild in Missoula. The event will run from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $3.00 for members, $4.00 for non-members, and free to performing musicians. Live music is provided by accordions, guitars, banjo, bass, and drums. Come join in on the music, dancing and fun. For more information call Mike Jones at 642-9693.

MOPS Valentine event

MOPS is sponsoring a "Hearts" Dinner and a Movie on Sunday, February 13, at 6 p.m. at Lone Rock Bible Church. Dinner will be $20 per couple (or $10/person) and will include an appetizer, your choice of meat, white cheese chicken, or artichoke spinach lasagna, served with breadsticks and Caesar salad. A delicious dessert will top you off before you enjoy the movie, "It Happened One Night," starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. On-site childcare will be provided at no additional cost (the children will be provided a light snack). Space is limited so reserve your place by calling Whitney Alexander at 210-9567. RSVP no later than February 8. Make sure to specify what type of lasagna you prefer as well as the number and ages of children you will need childcare for.

Valentineıs celebration at Mansion

Join the Hamilton Players and the Daly Mansion for a romantic and hilarious Valentineıs Day celebration! February 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. at the Daly Mansion, the Hamilton Players are presenting ³And They Lived Happily Ever After,² a dessert show extravaganza. Celebrate in style with three scrumptious desserts provided by River Rising, champagne, coffee, and a delightful mix of scenes and songs. Tickets are $35 per person and are available at the Hamilton Players Box Office, M-F, 1 to 5 p.m., at 375-9050 or online at: HYPERLINK ""

Tuesday, February 15

Diabetes education series

Are you experiencing signs and symptoms of diabetes? One in three Americans will develop diabetes during their lifetime and approximately one-third of people who have diabetes donıt know they have it. An in-depth five-part educational series on diabetes will be held every Tuesday from February 15 to March 15 from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. (extended 1.5 hour session on March 1) at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital conference room B. Learn from medical experts why diabetes develops and how to live with it, including nutrition, prevention and control, identifying and caring for foot ulcers, protecting vision, as well as lifestyle and medications. The medical experts speaking are: Jennifer Feighner, MD (Overview of Diabetes), Janelle Campbell, MS, RD, CDE (Diabetes and Nutrition), Keith Brown, RPh (Diabetes and Medications), Chad Dickemore, DPM (Diabetes and Foot Care), April Weinberger, MD (Diabetes and Lifestyle) and Mark Calderwood, MD (Diabetes and Eye Care). Participants that attend the five sessions will be entered to win three valuable prizes. No reservations are needed. For more information visit or call 363-2211.

Valley Christian School Info Night

Valley Christian School will hold a High School Information Night on Tuesday, February 15 at 7 p.m. in the North Building auditorium. Prospective students and parents are invited to come learn about academics, Advance Placement classes, sports programs, extracurricular activities and clubs, mission trips and more offered by the school. Come discover how Valley Christian combines excellent academics with a Biblical worldview. Valley Christian School is an interdenominational Christian school located at 2526 Sunset Lane, Missoula. For more information call 549-0482.

Wednesday, February 16

Darby Library classes

The Darby Community Public Library will hold two classes in February. For patrons new to the public-access computer room, the library is offering a Computer and Library Website Orientation on Wednesday, February 16 with instructor Dianna Peterson. For the many people seeking new employment, the library is offering a Job Service website orientation, to be held on the same day, with instructor, Diana Thomas. Pre-registration is required so drop by the Darby Library to sign up now.

Thursday, February 17

Bitterroot Cares for Kids Coalition

On behalf of Western Montana Addition Services and Tobacco Free Ravalli, you are invited to be a founding member of the Bitterroot Cares for Kids Coalition, a group of professionals, educators, parents, students, non-profit organizations, service organizations and others committed to creating healthy and happy kids in the Bitterroot by building the protective factors that lead to lives free from addictions and other harmful elements. By building these protective factors the coalitions hopes to help to end underage drinking, nicotine and drug use and help decrease teen suicide and dating violence, so kids can live happier lives with protective factors in place without the fear of bullying, sexism and racism. The first meeting of this coalition will be a breakfast meeting on Thursday, February 17 from 9 to 11 a.m. at South Valley Child and Family Center. If you are a student, this goes towards community service hours.

Trout Unlimited

Trends on brown trout in the Bitterroot River will be one of the topics that local Fisheries Biologist Chris Clancy will talk about on Thursday, February 17 when he presents his annual State of the Bitterroot program at the Bitterroot Trout Unlimited meeting. Chris will offer a status report and update on the river system and fishery trends. Among the other topics to be covered are fishing regulations, a floating bypass for the Corvallis Canal, and the impact of fish screens and siphons on Skalkaho Creek. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Hamilton Elks Lodge, 203 State St, Hamilton. Members will be having dinner with Chris at Spice of Life at 5 p.m. before the meeting. Long-time TU supporter Karen Suennen will be donating 10% of the proceeds to the club. So come on down, have dinner and a drink and visit with Chris. For more information, contact Greg Chester at or Chapter President Cassie Buhl at

Friday, February 18

Hamilton Players production

³My Fair Lady² will be presented by the Hamilton Players February 18-20, 25-27 and March 4-6 at the Hamilton Playhouse. This Lerner & Loewe classic is quite possibly the musical by which all musicals are measured, a timeless classic. This epic musical triumph combines delightful musical numbers with posh sets and lavish costumes to create an unforgettable theatre experience. Donıt miss your opportunity to be a part of the magic! Tickets are available starting January 28 at the Hamilton Players Box Office, M-F, 1 to 5 p.m., 375-9050 or online at

Saturday, February 19

Bitterroot Youth Homes benefit

³Thatıs Amore!² the Bitterroot Youth Homes 8th annual Gala, will be held Saturday, February 19 at St. Francis Pastoral Life Center, 411 S. 5th St., Hamilton. Cocktails and hors dıoeuvres will be served at 6:30 p.m with a buffet dinner catered by Red Rooster Gourmet Foods at 7 p.m. There will be live music and an auction. Proceeds benefit the Bitterroot Youth Home which has cared for more than 400 youths in crisis since 2002. Call 541-1650 for more information.

Wednesday, February 23

Small business workshop

Senator Jon will host his next Small Business Opportunity Workshop next month in Missoula on February 23, at the University of Montanaıs University Center, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. The free event focuses on young entrepreneurship in Montana and how to expand small businesses to create more jobs. Testerıs Missoula workshop builds on the success of his previous small business and jobs workshops in Great Falls, Bozeman and Kalispell over the past two years.  Hundreds of Montana small business owners and entrepreneurs have attended Testerıs workshops. The Missoula jobs workshop is open to the public. Montanans interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP at

Thursday, February 24

Darby Library extended hours

In order to meet the needs of the community for library services, the Darby Community Public Library is extending its hours of operation to include one evening. Beginning February 24, the Darby Community Public Library will be open every Thursday until 8 p.m. The community is invited to the library on February 24 for a drawing for free books. Enter to win after 6 p.m. Show up on the 24th.

Saturday, February 26

Trapper education class

A trapper education class is scheduled for Saturday, February 26, at the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Missoula Office (3201 Spurgin Road). The class is free of charge and all are welcome to attend. Pre-registration is required. To register, stop by the FWP office, or call 542-5500. The class will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students should bring a lunch, notebook, and pen or pencil. The class is open to people of all ages who are interested in learning about trapping and is sponsored by the Montana Trappers Association (MTA). MTA instructors will cover topics including equipment and trap setting, ethics, rules and regulations, furbearer identification, and fur handling. Students of all ages are invited to attend, but anyone under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Class participants will receive a certificate of completion, the National Trappers Association trapping handbook, and other informational material. The course is not required to trap in Montana but strongly recommended. For more information, call FWP at 542-5500 or Ed Hebbe III with MTA at 406-846-2304.

Lincoln/Reagan Luncheon

The annual Lincoln/Reagan luncheon will be held Saturday, February 26 at 11 a.m. at the Victor Steak House, 2426 Meridian Road, Victor. Guest speaker will be U.S. Rep. Dennis Rehberg, Senate candidate Steve Daines and candidates for governor. Tickets are $30. For reservations call 207-7630.

Tuesday, March 1

Bitterroot Breastfeeding Coalition

Bitterroot Breastfeeding Coalition meets the first Tuesday of odd months at Liaisonsı café in Hamilton from 1 to 2 p.m. The next meeting is Tuesday, March 1. Meetings are open to all breastfeeding supporters and children are welcome. For more information contact Mary at 880-2551.

Friday, March 25

'Hoop It Up' tournament

³Hoop It Up² Basketball Tournament will be held March 25-27 in Billings. There are competitive divisions for 5th-9th grades, boys and girls, four games guaranteed. Entry fee is $180. Registration deadline is March 11. For further information contact Teresa Paine, 406-256-5880, HYPERLINK "" On Sunday, January 30, 20111 at 13:49:03, the following data was submitted from

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