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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Community Calendar


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 5:30 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

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.
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. 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.


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.

VFW meetings

VFW Post 1430 meets the first Monday of every month at 8 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Hamilton. The Women's Auxiliary meets the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at 649 Grantsdale Road. For more information call 363-3889.

Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous is a Twelve Step program that deals with compulsive eating behaviors. It offers a solution within reach of all those who want to find relief from the obsession with food. It meets weekly on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at St Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 203 Main Street, Stevensville, and on Saturdays at 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 1220 W. Main St., Hamilton. For information, call 777-7160.

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.

Florence American Legion

The Florence American Legion Post 134 meets the second Sunday of the month at Glen's Cafe in Florence. Meetings begin at 1 p.m. 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, or Lola, 363-4633.

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.

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.

Library Storytimes

The North Valley Public Library in Stevensville offers story times for children ages seven and under on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. No registration is required. For more information call the library at 777-5061.

Preschool story time

Preschool story time is held every Wednesday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Children’s Corner of the Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton. For more information call the library at 363-1670.

Toddler story time

Toddler Story time is held every Friday from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. in the downstairs meeting room at the Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton.

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 and third Thursdays of each month at noon at BJ’s Restaurant and the second Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Forest Service building. 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 “Papa Bear’s Den” on the east side of The Three Bears Creamery Cottage, 1659 N. 1st 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.

Women’s writing group

The Women's Collaborative Writing Group, focusing on women's issues, meets at SAFE in the Bitterroot, 150 Morning Star Way, Hamilton, on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. For more information call Theresa Rivera, advocate, at 363-2793, ext 12.   

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. Bring the entire family. All prizes are cash and proceeds go to support American Legion youth activities.

Cancer Support Group

A Cancer Support Group is held each Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the North Valley Public Library Community Room. The group is for cancer patients, cancer survivors and family and/or caregivers. For more information contact Diane Howard at 777-2385 or 363-8543.

Hamilton Garden Club

The Hamilton Garden Club meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at a member’s home. For more information call 961-1678 or Linda at 961-0209.

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 the Human Resources Building, 316 North 3rd Street, Hamilton. Enter through the north door. 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 369-0544.

Library Tot Time

A weekly Tot Time program for parents and children not yet in school is held every Tuesday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Darby Community Public. Enjoy reading, art, music and snack. The program is free. For more information call the library at 821-4771.

Darby food collection

The Darby Bread Box, a local food bank in Darby, will be opening January 4, 2010. During November and December, organizers are collecting canned fruits and vegetables and peanut butter. Drop off donations at People’s Market or Bitterroot Community Credit Union. Any kind of donation would be appreciated.

Kiwanis seeking donations

The Bitterroot Valley Kiwanis Club is once again filling food baskets for families in need in the Bitterroot Valley. For over 30 Bitterroot Valley Kiwanis has provided between 280-320 baskets to families for the holiday season. These baskets include food and essentials items for families. The club is seeking donations of food items or money to help this year’s program. If you are interested, send a donation to Bitterroot Valley Kiwanis, 610 N 1st St, Suite 5, PMB 5, Hamilton MT 59840. You can also call Tyler Claxton at 370-6208.

Hamilton Elks dinner

The Hamilton Elks host a dinner open to the public every Wednesday night at the Hamilton Elks Lodge, 203 State Street. The menu is different each week and the cost is $8.00. Serving begins at 6 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Elks scholarship fund.

Suppertime at SVCFC 

Suppertime@SVCFC is a free community dinner for families and those needing a good, nutritious meal. Meals are served on Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. at South Valley Child and Family Center, 515 Madison in Hamilton. All meals are prepared in a professional kitchen by volunteers. The program is funded by contributions, donations and grants. Any help is appreciated. If you or your group would like to volunteer or donate, call SVCFC at 363-3450.

Stevensville Awana

Awana kids’ club is a program for children ages 3 years-6th grade at First Baptist Church, 402 Church, Stevensville. It meets on Tuesdays after school from 4 to 5:30 p.m. during the school year. There are games, Bible stories, snacks and age appropriate curriculum. Awana is an international kid's club open to any child. For more information call Lynn Baker at 531-2684.

Lone Rock Awana

Lone Rock Bible Church, 1142 Three Mile Creek Rd., Stevensville, invites all children from preschool (age 4) through sixth grade to come to Awana Club, every Wednesday through March 24, from 2:45 to 4:30 p.m. at the church. Awana is one of the largest nondenominational children's and youth ministries in the world, focused on spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ through the local church. Each week the boys and girls will learn Bible verses, have a Bible story time, and play organized games. For more information call the church office at 777-2592.

MAC High School Youth Group

Six MAC (Montana Association of Churches) churches including Faith Lutheran, First Presbyterian, Corvallis United Methodist, United Methodist-American Baptist Federated, First Christian and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church are sponsoring a community youth program for all high school students. The MAC youth group meets on Monday nights from 6 to 8:15 p.m. at the Carriage House located at 310 N. 4th Street, Hamilton. Dinner will be provided by the churches at 6:30 p.m. Music will start at 7 p.m. followed by a short message given by the ministers of the above churches, an activity, fellowship and more music will follow. All community high school students are welcome. Call 363-7656 for more information.

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) Group

For over 35 years, MOPS has been creating authentic communities where young moms gather to experience encouragement, support and hope. But, it doesn’t stop there. Through training and development customized to women in this stage of life, and through do-able service opportunities, MOPS grows moms to make a better world.

Although mothering preschoolers is at times a lonely challenge, MOPS is providing a welcome break for moms; a chance for moms to make new friends, enjoy a relevant speaker, discussion time and snacks, and most importantly, an opportunity for moms to know they are not alone in the struggles and joys of raising young children.

The new Bitterroot MOPS 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.

IDEA MT meeting

Idea Development Entrepreneurial Association, Montana (IDEA MT), a network referral group dedicated to the advancement of small business in the Bitterroot, meets the first and third Wednesdays at 7 a.m. in Stevensville. The group is open to all local entrepreneurs or want-to-be entrepreneurs who are interested in developing or growing a small business. For more information contact Sue at 240-7862 or Jane at 531-9556.

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

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.

Tot Time Tuesdays

Tot Time Tuesdays are held every Tuesday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Local Living Family Center, 5501 N. Hwy. 93 in Florence (behind Town Pump).

Pre-school children and their caregivers are welcome. Meet other parents in your community and have fun with your kids. Toys and activities are provided. Tot Time is hosted by Laura Pickett, Early Childhood Development Educator. Drop-ins are welcome. Call for info, 273-0142.

Hamilton 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.

Darby Library Story Time

Story times are held at the Darby Library every Wednesday at 10 a.m. for children ages 3 and younger and 11 a.m. for children 3 to 6. Children can enjoy hearing books read aloud, dancing, singing and making a fun craft. For more information contact Trista Smith, Librarian, 821-4771.

After School Games

After School Games are held Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Local Living Family Center, 5501 N. Hwy. 93, Florence. Come in out of the cold and socialize. Parents’ permission required, parent volunteers appreciated! Call for info, 273-0142.

Shamanic Journey Circle

The Blue Eagle Woman Shamanic Journey Circle meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at 504 Main St. (Active Care Family Chiropractic building) in Stevensville. The event is free and open to anyone who would like to participate in shamanic drumming and healing work. For more information, contact Marge Hulburt at 241-7260.


Bitterroot College student orientations

Have you been thinking about going to college? Attend a Bitterroot College Program New Student Orientation every first and third Thursday of the month through August 2010 and get your questions answered! Learn how to apply to college, what college will cost, how Financial Aid works, what placement tests are needed, and how to choose a major. Orientations are held at the Bitterroot College Program's new location at the Ravalli Entrepreneurship Center, 274 Old Corvallis Road, Hamilton. For more information, call 375-0100 or e-mail HYPERLINK "" or go to HYPERLINK ""

Pre-school story time

Preschoolers are invited to meet in the children’s area of the Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton on Wednesday, March 3 for “Wiggly Tales” and enjoy books read by Sally Blevins. This story time begins at 10:30 a.m. and is designed for children 3-5 years of age. For more information, call Sally at 363-1670.

Stevi Main Street meeting

The Stevensville Main Street Association will hold a general membership meeting on Wednesday, March 3 at 12 noon at the Main Street Office, 102 Main. Complimentary lunch will be served. Discussion items will include opportunities for Stevensville, upcoming events, and what the four Main Street committees are accomplishing. Potential members are always welcome. For more information call 777-3773.

Corvallis Booster Club

The Corvallis Booster Club will meet Wednesday, March 3 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Library of the Corvallis High School. Fresh ideas and new faces are always welcome. Come be a part of making a difference in your school community.    

Stevensville Playhouse auditions

Auditions for two plays will be held at the Stevensville Playhouse on Wednesday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. Auditions will be for Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple" and "The Odd Couple: Female Version." No need to prepare anything. The plays require seven males and seven females, ages 18 to 60. Call 777-2722 for more information.

Stevi school facility committee

The Stevensville School Board Facility Committee will meet Thursday, March 4 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. for the regular weekly meeting and to interview architects.

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. Toddler story time for babies through age 2 will meet Friday, March 5 at 10:30 a.m. in the downstairs meeting room of the Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton. Toddler story time lasts approximately 45 minutes. For more information, call Sally at 363-1670.

North Valley Pachyderm Club

The North Valley Pachyderm Club will meet Friday, March 5 at noon at the Frontier Café, Hwy. 93 in Stevensville. Guest speakers will be Republican commissioner candidates. 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.

Stevi Lenten Fish Fries

Lenten Fish Fries will be held every Friday through March 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Family Center in Stevensville. Hosted by the Knights of Columbus, the famous fish fries are back. Join your neighbors for fish, fries, slaw, vegetable, dessert and conversation.

Artists’ reception at Museum

The Ravalli County Museum presents the second in the series of the “Artists in Residence” program featuring the fabulous works of ceramicist Randi O’Brien, abstract impressionist Catheryn Sugg and the water media encaustic collage artist Pamela Caughey. A reception will be held Friday, March 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. Meet the artists and reserve your space for the free workshops given by these three compelling artists and hosted by the Ravalli County Museum. Call the Museum at 363-3338 for more information.

Hamilton Players production

“Annie” will be presented March 5-7, and March 12-14 at the Hamilton Playhouse. Friday and Saturday evening performances are at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Leapin' Lizards! The popular comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world's best-loved musicals. "Annie" is a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage run by the cruel, embittered, Miss Hannigan. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations, befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and finds a new family and home in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. or call 375-9050 or to purchase tickets online go to: HYPERLINK ""

Stevensville Playhouse production

The Stevensville Playhouse presents “110 in the Shade”, a musical, on March 5, 6, 12, 13 at 8 p.m. and March 7 and 14 at 2 p.m. Based on N. Richards Nash’s play “The Rainmaker”, “110 in the Shade” tells the story of a town caught in a blistering heat wave. Lizzie, the daughter of a local widower, has resisted all suitors, including Sheriff File, until a potential huckster named Starbuck arrives in their small town promising to bring rain in 24 hours. Lizzie thinks she sees right through the scam, but soon falls in love with him. As the morning nears, Starbuck asks Lizzie to leave with him, but File realizes his love for Lizzie and asks her to stay. Bidding farewell to Lizzie, Starbuck gives the money back and heads out of town. The thunder cracks, lighting strikes and rain comes pouring down. You will leave the show humming the tunes with a smile on your face. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. For reservations call 777-2722 or 360-9121.

Stevi Student Art Show

The Art Advanced Placement and Art 3 classes of Stevensville High School are having an art show during the month of March at the Olde Coffee Mill Bistro and Bakery at 225 Main in Stevensville. The show will begin on First Friday, March 5 with many of the students in attendance during the evening. Works include acrylics, drawings, pastels, watercolors, pencils, pottery, oil pastel, pencil, ink, and scratchboard. Many of the works will be for sale. The students participating in the show are Matt Anderson, Kraig Ballard, Sarah Bigley, Ridge Brown, Chris Leininger, Sam Lubbers, Randi Summers, Josie Clark, Jessie Devine, Makaela Hallenbeck, Tyler Hankinson, Emily McKay, Stormie Mitchell, Summer Morton, Emily Pateman, McKenzie Sebastian, Tasha Sorenson, and Addie Tom.

Healthy Montana Kids info table

Come learn how to receive low-cost to free health insurance for your children or teenagers. Healthy Montana Kids will have a table located at St.Stephen's Episcopal at 203 Main Street on First Friday, March 5. From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. staff members will be at the table providing information on applying, benefits, enrollment and the changes to the Children's Health Insurance programs. Healthy Montana Kids ensures that growing kids get the health coverage they need, which is provided by the State of Montana's Department of Health and Human Services. For more information, call 329-1323.

Art exhibit

Amy Knight of Glass Obsessions will be the featured artist for March at River’s Mist Gallery of Fine Art in Stevensville. Ms. Knight will be showcasing two new lines of fused glass, Huckleberries and Flathead Cherries reflecting the best of our domestic and wild regional fruits. In addition, on display will be a large array of her work from gorgeous swirled platters to whimsical M&M bowls, coasters and plates. She might even show her Beaches line. A reception will be held on First Friday, March 5 from 5 to 9 p.m. The March Gallery Talk will be featuring Ms. Knight on Fused Glass on Friday, March 19 at 7 p.m. This is a free event. The gallery is located at 317 Main Street in Stevensville. For more information call 777-0520.

WVE 15th anniversary celebration

In honor of Women’s Voices for the Earth’s 15th Anniversary, on Friday, March 5, WVE is bringing ecologist and acclaimed author Dr. Sandra Steingraber to Missoula for a one-night only screening of her book-turned-documentary film “Living Downstream.” The evening features an intimate gathering with cocktails and appetizers with Dr. Steingraber at 5:30 p.m. at Silk Road, followed at 7 p.m. by the film screening, a discussion with the author, and book signing at the Wilma Theatre. Tickets for both the gathering at Silk Road and VIP seating at the film are $50 per person or $80 for two. Tickets for the film screening only are $8 advance/$10 at the door. “Living Downstream,” a poetic film about environmental links to cancer, is a powerful reminder of the connection between the health of our bodies and the health of our air, land, and water. View the film trailer at

Get your tickets online at or purchase at Rockin' Rudy's.

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Women’s craft night

Ladies of the Bitterroot! Come on over to Liber Books for the monthly gathering Friday, March 5 from 6 p.m. until midnight. Bring a craft or project to work on! For more details and to sign-up call Liber Books at 363-5120 or Charise at 381-5758.

First Friday in Stevensville

First Friday will be held March 5 in Stevensville. Businesses will be open late with special sales and activities. Look for representatives of Cottage Garden Greenhouse and the Scottish-Irish Festival on the corners of 3rd and Main. “Get Lucky in Stevensville” by visiting participating local businesses between 5:30 and 8 p.m. to pick up your lucky ticket for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate good anywhere in Stevensville! Save your ticket and watch for the winning number in the Bitterroot Star on Wednesday, March 10.

First Friday at NV Library

Take Two Productions, Beth Schreiber and Cara Ayres, will perform at the North Valley Public Library on Friday, March 5 from 6:30 to 7 p.m. This First Friday event will include a sampling of the songs from the original musical comedy "Suds ‘n Suds," written and performed by Beth and Cara. (Take Two Productions will be premiering this new show on April 16th for the Stevensville Volunteer Fire Department.) The performance is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call the Library at 777-5061.

First Friday on the Tracks

Time flies and trains are running. On First Friday, March 5, the Bitterroot Valley Model Railroaders will fire up their layout in the Kohl building behind Valley Drug in Stevensville. Running hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Pack up the kids and bring 'em in! As always, it's fun and it's free!

Pancake breakfast

A pancake breakfast for the public will be held Saturday, March 6 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Hamilton Senior Center, 820 N. 4th. The menu will include pancakes, French toast, eggs, bacon, juice, fruit and coffee. Cost is $4 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under.

Pregnancy Workshop

A free “Vital Mama” Pregnancy Workshop sponsored by WellSpring Women's Vitality Center will be held Saturday, March 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Victor. There will be comfort measures and relaxation for birth, helpful tips for partners and labor support persons, snacks and recipes. Move gracefully through pregnancy and beyond. Partners and extended family are encouraged to attend! For more info call Sheehan at 642-6527.

Square dance club

Boots ‘n Calico Square Dance Club will hold a dance on Saturday, March 6 at the Hamilton Senior Center, 820 N. 4th. The dance will begin at 8 p.m. following the beginners class. The dance level will be mainstream with plus tips inserted about every third dance. Round dances will be provided between tips. The caller will be Ray Dunbar. Club members will provide treats. A new set of classes will begin on March 13. If you would like to have a free ticket to attend the dance on March 13 or 20, call Donna Hicks, 961-0111 or Jeanne Burruss, 961-3468.

Lone Rock Park Board

The Lone Rock Division of the Ravalli County Park Board will hold a regular meeting on Sunday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Three Mile Fire Hall. Budget concerns, a new member, and spring work will be on the agenda. The public is welcome.

Hamilton Garden Club

Hamilton Garden Club will meet Monday, March 8 at 1 p.m. for a

field trip to the Wild Rose Emu Ranch, 284 Rose Lane,

Hamilton. Following the trip to the emu ranch, members will go to the home of Betty Swift at 236 Rose Lane for meeting and refreshments.

Elizabeth Kehmeier is hostess. For more information call Elizabeth at 363-5698 or Betty at 363-2172. Note garden club meetings are at 1 p.m. for the months of January, February, and March. April through December the club meets at 7 p.m. Meetings are at a member’s home. The Garden Club will be having a special paper drive March 26th at Safeway parking lot, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Due to the closing of Ravalli Services, this will be the last one.

Stevi school facility committee

There will be special Stevensville School Board Facility Committee meeting on Monday, March 8 at 3 p.m. in the superintendent’s office to announce the architect selection.

Cooking classes 

Learn how to cook both Vegetarian and Vegan in free home-style cooking classes with samples of food, recipes to take home, giveaways and door prizes, starting Monday, March 8 at 7 p.m. and continuing on March 15, 22 and 29 at Blodgett View Christian School, 119 West Bridge Rd., Hamilton (by the Seventh Day Adventist Church.) For information call Joanne, 240-7240.

Pajama Storytime

Starting on March 9, Darby Community Public Library will be having a Pajama Storytime at 6 p.m. Children ages 2-6 are welcome and wearing pajamas is encouraged! The library will also have storytime Wednesday morning for children 2-6 at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy books, songs, crafts, and a lot of fun!

Darby bowhunter ed class

A bowhunter education class is planned to begin in Darby on Tuesday, March 9 through Thursday, March 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. each evening with a field course on Saturday, March 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is the same as the first night of class, beginning at 6 p.m. A parent or legal guardian must accompany all students under 18 to register. Montana also offers online bowhunter education classes for anyone 18 years and older. Although a lot of the coursework is completed online, students must complete a field day to receive their certification card. Students can find out more information about the online class and register for a field day at 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.

Selway-Pintler Wilderness Back Country Horsemen

Attention, backcountry enthusiasts and horsemen! The SPWBCH, a traditional, work oriented BCH chapter. is looking for members who really want to ride, pack, and clear trails! The next general meeting will be Tuesday, March 9 at 7 p.m. in the Hamilton Forest Service Building. Bring your calendars; there will be discussion and planning for summer trail work, scouting trips and pack trips into the Selway-Bitterroot and Anaconda Pintler Wilderness. Guests are always welcome. Entrance is in the rear of the Forest Service Building, 1891 N. 1st St. (US Hwy 93) in Hamilton. For more information contact Joe at 821-0921.

Off Road User Association

The Ravalli County Off Road User Association will meet Tuesday, March 9 at 7 p.m. at the Groomer Shed, 663 Grantsdale Road. The guest speaker will be Pat Connell. Pat is a candidate for the Montana State Legislature and will be speaking about the Bitterroot Travel Plan, among other things. For more information contact Mike, 544-5027.

Stevi School Board

The regular meeting of the Stevensville School Board of Trustees will be Tuesday, March 9 at 7 p.m. in the Stevensville High School Learning Center.

Bitterroot College meeting

The Bitterroot College Program (BCP) will hold a Community Conversation in Victor hosted by Patti Furniss. Help plan for the future - come and talk with Bitterroot College Program representatives about your ideas for local college and continuing education classes on Tuesday, March 9 at 5 p.m. at Victor Schools Auditorium. For more information call Patti at 375-6044 or For additional BCP Community Conversations, visit the BCP online at

Spring Pasty Sale

The spring pasty sale, sponsored by the Ravalli County Democratic Women's Club, will be held Wednesday, March 10 at the Rocky Mt. Grange in Hamilton. The pasties will be made with organic beef and the usual mix of potatoes, onions, carrots and spices. They may be ordered baked or unbaked. There is also an option for 100 vegetarian pasties; first

ordered, first served at $3 each. Place your order with Lisa at 777-3145 or Corrine at 544-8586. Pasties may be picked up at the Grange Hall south of Hamilton between 1 and 6 p.m. on March 10.

FWP Citizen Advisory Committee

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) Region 2 Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) will meet Wednesday, March 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Missoula’s FWP office, 3201 Spurgin Road. The FWP Region 2 CAC is a 16-member volunteer group that meets quarterly to advise FWP on programs and activities. FWP has CACs in every region of the state, and all meetings are open to the public. For more information, call FWP at 542-5500.

Women Newcomers Club

The Bitterroot Women Newcomers Club will meet Thursday, March 11 at 10:15 a.m. to meet some fun ladies now residing in the Bitterroot Valley. The guest speaker is Bill Kindzerski, "Gardener Extraordinaire" - he will tell you how to get your garden started! Visitors are welcome to attend a no-host lunch after the meeting. Contact Doreen Burgess, 363-5422.

Stevi school facility committee

The Stevensville School Board Facility Committee will meet Thursday, March 11 at 2 p.m. in the superintendent’s office to announce the engineer short list.

Museum annual meeting

The Stevensville Historical Museum will be holding its Annual Meeting on Thursday, March 11, at the Museum, 517 Main Street, Stevensville at 5 p.m. The Museum is also in the process of conducting its membership drive for the year 2010. At the annual meeting the election of officers and the Board of Directors will be held. Nominations from the floor will be accepted. Only paid members may vote at the annual meeting. Everyone is welcome to join.

Cross Country Ski Club

The Bitterroot X/C Ski Club will present a program including photos on Adventure Skiing and Backcountry Touring in the Bitterroot Mountains. John Lehrman, skier and manager, will also introduce members to opportunities at nearby Downing Mountain Lodge. The meeting will be held Thursday, March 11 at 7 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Hamilton.

MSU prospective student program

Montana State University will open its campus, classrooms and activities to potential students during MSU Friday, the university's campus visitation program, set for Friday, March 12. MSU Friday is a free event open to all high school juniors and seniors and their families. Among the many MSU Friday activities scheduled 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 and students are scheduled. Students may register online for MSU Friday at HYPERLINK "" For further information on MSU Friday, contact the MSU Office of Admissions at 1-888-MSU-CATS or (406) 994-2452.

Art show

Members and missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints invite Bitterroot neighbors and friends to attend an Open House and Art Show entitled “Come Unto Christ” on Friday, March 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the LDS Church on the corner of Eighth and Pine Streets in Hamilton. On display will be a beautiful array of professional paintings and sculptures of Jesus Christ from many local families’ private collections as well as a children’s art show of their pure expressions of love for their Savior. All are invited to attend. Enjoy musical presentations and friendly conversation. Homemade pie and free prints of Jesus Christ will be offered. For more information, call 375-9306.

Flea market

A flea market will be held Saturday, March 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hamilton Senior Center, 820 N. 4th. Lunch will be available. Rent a table for $5. Call Katie at 363-2316 or 363-5181.

Public forum

A forum entitled "Back Door Zoning and the WUI Plan" will be held Monday, March 15 at 7 p.m. at the Diamond A Arena, Eastside Hwy. south of Stevensville. For information contact Lee Foss, 363-6647.

Victor 3 on 3

A 3 on 3 basketball tournament will be held in Victor on Saturday, March 20. There is a four-game guarantee. Cost is $65.00 per team (4 players max). Deadline is March 15. For information and registration, contact Michelle at 360-9825 or email HYPERLINK ""

State Fund workshop

Montana State Fund will hold a hiring practices workshop on March 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon at the Bitterroot River Inn in Hamilton. To register, or to view more information regarding the workshop, visit 

Bitterroot College meeting

The Bitterroot College Program (BCP) will hold a Community Conversation on Tuesday, March 16 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Lone Rock Middle School Library (right before the School Board Meeting). Help plan for the future - come and talk with Bitterroot College Program representatives about your ideas for local college and continuing education classes. The meeting will be hosted by Jim Rokosch, 375-6509(w) or 777-2511(h) or HYPERLINK "" For additional BCP Community Conversations, visit the BCP online at

Baby sign language class

Would you like to jumpstart your baby’s language development? Enhance your child’s self-esteem? Stimulate your baby’s intellectual development? Strengthen your parent-infant bond or reduce your child’s communication frustrations? A Baby Sign Language Class designed to benefit most children and their guardians begins Tuesday, March 16, and will meet every Tuesday for six weeks from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. in the Marcus Daly Rehabilitation Service’s pediatric gym, located inside Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital at 1200 Westwood Drive, Hamilton. Amy Yockey, Speech Therapist at Daly Hospital, will be teaching this class. If you have a child in your life 6 months to 3 years of age, call 375-4570 to reserve your spot. The fee is $25 and space is limited.

St. Patrick’s Day dinner

The annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner will be held Wednesday, March 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Corvallis United Methodist Church, corner of Eastside Highway and Cemetery Road. Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for under 12, and under 5 are free.

St. Patrick’s Day dinner

The Daly Mansion Preservation Trust invites you to join them in celebrating Marcus Daly’s Irish heritage during their St. Patrick’s Day Dinner on Wednesday, March 17 at the Daly Mansion. The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m.and include a corn beef dinner, dessert and bar, music by the Montana Shamrockers, self-guided tours, a Pot-O-Copper 50/50 raffle, and storytelling. Tickets are $25.00 and are available at Chapter One Bookstore in Hamilton. Advanced ticket purchases are highly encouraged. For more information call the Mansion at 363-6004, ext. 3#.

Bitterroot College meeting

The Bitterroot College Program (BCP) will hold a Community Conversation in Darby on Wednesday, March 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the Darby School lunchroom (in conjunction with the Horizons potluck). Help plan for the future - come and talk with Bitterroot College Program representatives about your ideas for local college and continuing education classes. Host Bobbie Roos can be contacted at 375-6611 or For additional BCP Community Conversations, visit the BCP online at

FreePlay One-Act Play Festival

Western Montana Addiction Services presents the FreePlay One-Act Play Festival, one act plays celebrating lives free from addiction, to be performed Friday, March 19 at 7 p.m. at the Stevensville Playhouse, 319 Main St in Stevensville. The Festival features three one-act plays written and performed by local high school students and will play for one night only! Refreshments will be served and a brief awards ceremony will follow the performance to honor the students involved. This event is free to the public and is sponsored through a grant provided by MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and State Farm. Come one and all, no reservations necessary.

4-H Tack Swap

The Barnyard Bunch will hold the 6th annual 4-H Tack Swap on Saturday, March 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lone Rock Elementary School gym on Three Mile Road. Breakfast and lunch will be available. This is the largest one-day tack sale in the Bitterroot Valley. Consign your unused tack and livestock related items for a fee of 20% if your item sells. Check out hundreds of horse and livestock related items that will be available for sale. Consignments items can be dropped off at Three Mile Fire Hall (next to Lone rock School) on Saturdays, March 6 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, March 8 from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, March 12 from 1 to 6 p.m., and Tuesday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information contact Theresa at 207-1130 or Jill at 240-2296.

Pancake breakfast

A pancake breakfast for the public will be held Saturday, March 20 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Hamilton Senior Center, 820 N. 4th. The menu will include pancakes, French toast, eggs, bacon, juice, fruit and coffee. Cost is $4 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under.

Benefit auction

An auction to raise money for a new furnace will be held Saturday, March 20 at 10 a.m. at the Hamilton Senior Center, 820 N. 4th following the pancake breakfast. Margie Mason will be the auctioneer. For more information call 363-5181.

Florence hunter ed class

A spring hunter education class is set for Florence.  Interested students must attend a registration night on Monday, March 22 at 6 p.m. at the Florence High School, 5602 Old US Highway 93. A parent or legal guardian must accompany all students under 18 to register. The class schedule is Monday through Friday, April 5-9, from 6:30-9 p.m., and students must attend all classes to be certified. The class is limited to 30 students. All hunter education classes are free of charge, and students must be at least 11 years old to be certified. By state law, anyone born after January 1, 1985, must have completed the Hunter Education Course to buy a hunting license in Montana. For a schedule of these and other hunter education classes in west-central Montana, visit the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Web site at or call 542-5500.

Beta Sigma Phi tulip sale

The Bitterroot Chapters of Beta Sigma Phi will be holding their annual Tulip Flower Sale beginning at 9 a.m. on Good Friday, April 2. The tulips will sell for $7 for a bunch of ten and can be purchased from members in front of Hamilton’s Ravalli County Bank and at various locations in Hamilton, Victor and Stevensville. Look for members near the post office, banks, and grocery stores or on street corners up and down the valley. Flowers can also be purchased at Parker’s Cannery Warehouse, 307 Hwy 93 N. Enter through the big doors in the alley west of Columbia Paint located at Hwy 93 and Pine Street. If you wish to place an order in advance call Reine Hilton at 375-1952.

All proceeds from the flower sale will be donated to The Light House, an emergency shelter for intact families who are circumstantially homeless. Their mission is to provide comprehensive support to help these families achieve sustainable independence. Besides a safe shelter and food, the families will be provided with life and economic survival skills, assistance with finding a job and other supportive services as needed.

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