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Wednesday, March 9, 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 – flea market every 2nd Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.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.

American Legion Auxiliary

Fort Owen Post 94, Stevensville, American Legion Auxiliary meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Call 777-4335 for location.

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 363-6503.

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

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) meets every third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, in the basement, 600 S. 3rd St., Hamilton in order to offer support to families and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the local community. Chapter representatives Dr. Michael Moran and Terry Moran list one of PFLAG’s primary objectives as maintaining families in loving relationships and to keep families together.

For more information contact Terry Moran, 363-7656.

Center for Spiritual Living

The Center for Spiritual Living, Bitterroot Valley, meets at 10 a.m. each Sunday at the South Valley Child & Family Center, 515 Madison St. in Hamilton to learn and share while celebrating individual and collective spiritual growth. Services are based on Ernest Holmes’ Science of Mind philosophy and support positive global transformation through personal spiritual practice. (Info at Transportation to the Sunday gatherings can be arranged from several communities in the Bitterroot Valley. For more information, contact Denelle at 363-1311 or

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. Many veterans have both unresolved and resolved issues from their experiences in the military that impact their lives. At the meetings participants 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, 360-5435, 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 319 N. 3rd. 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 first and third 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 Shauna Pernsteiner at 777-5189.

Waldorf Inspired Parent-Child

Waldorf Inspired Parent-Child meets Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for creative play, songs, stories, crafts, cooking, baking and nature walks. All families, expectant parents, and children birth to 6 years are welcome. For more information and location contact Kim at 369-0213. This Early Childhood Education Program as well as seasonal workshops and festivals for the community are sponsored by The Bitterroot School. Visit and to find out more about this and other programs.

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.

Bitterroot Toastmasters

Bitterroot Toastmasters Club meets Wednesdays from 12 to 1 p.m. at Perkins Restaurant in Hamilton with optional no host lunch before or after. Meetings are designed to build confidence and skills in communication and leadership. Guests are welcome.

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. at the Kingdom Hall, 1115 S. Reserve St., Missoula. Discussion topic is “Keep Yourselves in God’s Love.” For more information contact Tom Gacek, 777-0747, HYPERLINK ""

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).

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.

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.

Canyon View MOPS

MOPS International (Mothers of Preschoolers) is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and developing mothers to reach their full potential. The Canyon View MOPS group meets at Canyon View Church off Skalkaho on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact Jen at 375-9183.

Men’s Bereavement Breakfast

Marcus Daly Hospice sponsors a monthly Men’s Bereavement Support Breakfast on the second and fourth Friday of each month at 9 a.m. in the Marcus Daly Hospice Dining Room. This is a special opportunity for men coping with the loss of a spouse or loved one to gather and share their journey of healing. Informal discussions are led by a trained Bereavement Facilitator and cover topics such as, embracing our grief, personal growth, forming new relationships, and more. Interested parties can contact Cathy Palmer, MFT, Marcus Daly Hospice Bereavement Coordinator at 363-6503. A donation of $3.00 for breakfast is greatly appreciated.

Mindful Recovery support group

A peer-directed support group meets Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. at the Bison Internet Café, 164 S. 3rd in Hamilton. 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. The Café is closed during meeting times. For more information, leave a message at 363-2222.

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.

Income tax assistance program

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program will be offered every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through March 12 in Gallagher Business Building Room 119 at The University of Montana. The VITA Program provides certified volunteers from UM who offer free tax help to people with an annual income of less than $49,000. Tax help will be available on a first come, first served basis. For a list of items interested people must bring, visit,,id=107626,00.html. For more information call Kathryn Faircloth, VITA student coordinator, at 241-9180 or e-mail  

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

Darby food collection

The Darby Bread Box is collecting spaghetti sauce, Rice-a-roni and tomato sauce for the months of February and March. The food bank is also in need of processed meat and wild game of any kind to give to clients that are in need of food. If anyone can help, call or leave a message at 821-2081.

Blodgett Christian School registration

Blodgett View Christian School is accepting pre-registration before March 11 for grades K-8 at 119 West Bridge Road, Hamilton. Call 363-0575 option 2. The school offers a full day kindergarten Monday-Friday from 8:15 to 3:15 with Friday early out. The school focuses on individual attention for each student with small classroom size. The program is focused on education of the whole person-mental, physical, and spiritual. Visit for more info on this affordable, highly academic, Christian based program.

Lutheran preschool registration

Our Savior Lutheran Preschool of Stevensville is accepting registrations for its three-year-old class. Call 777-5625 weekday mornings for information on socialization and learning opportunities for your child. Our Savior is affiliated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and is located at 184 Pine Hollow Road.

Pee Wee Soccer Program

Boys and girls aged 2.5-5 are invited to register for the 3rd annual

Spring 2011 Pee Wee Soccer Program. This six-week Saturday morning program runs April 9-May 14. Early registration is encouraged.

Registration forms are available at Evergreen Kids Corner Preschool, 201 S 8th Street in Hamilton, or by visiting HYPERLINK ""

Darby wrestling club benefit

The Darby Wrestling Club has begun its Winter/Spring fundraiser. Don’t miss your chance to win a log truck load of premium, dry Douglas fir firewood, roughly 22 tons!  Includes delivery within a 30 mile radius of Conner, MT – anything over 30 miles will be charged at $2.50 per mile, one way. Help support the Darby Wrestling Club and youth wrestlers. Tickets are $1 each, 6 for $5 and 25 for $20, and can be purchased from any Darby wrestler, Deb’s Restaurant, Electric Beach Hair Studio, Darby Distribution, Lil Blue Joint and Darby Napa – all located in Darby, as well as, Bellezza Salon and Hamilton Napa, both in Hamilton. The raffle will be held at the Darbarian Wrestling Tournament on March 5 – need not be present. For more information call R&R Conner, Inc at 821-4864. 

Artists’ workshop

The Stevensville Art and Sculpture Society is offering a series of workshops. For more information contact River’s Mist at 777-0520 or check out the website at HYPERLINK "" Any artists interested in participating can contact Amy Knight at


Acoustic music jam sessions

A weekly jam session is held every Sunday at the Rocky Mountain Grange Hall south of Hamilton. This is an acoustic jam, and beginners through advanced musicians are invited to attend. If you play guitar, mandolin, harmonica, fiddle, bass, banjo, dobro, or similar acoustic instrument, come join in the fun every Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. You don’t have to be a musician to attend the jam. Folks who just want to listen are encouraged to come – it’s always more fun with an audience. There is no charge for admission. Food and soft drinks will be available at the concert. The Grange Hall is located at 1436 S. 1st Street (Hwy 93), just south of the Valley Pet Clinic. For more information call Clem at 961-4949.

Silver Spurs raffle

Silver Spurs 4-H Club teen group is raffling off half a hog including

smoked ham and bacon. Tickets are $2.00 each. Winner will be drawn and


Wednesday, March 9

40 Days for Life events

You are invited to join other Christians from throughout the area to take part in the international 40 Days for Life effort from March 9 through April 17. In addition to 40 days of peaceful prayer and fasting for an end to abortion, you can volunteer to pray outside the Blue Mountain Clinic in Missoula for one or more hours during the 40 days and help spread the word about this effort. For more information contact John Meyer at 360-4051.

Preschool story time

Preschoolers are invited to meet in the children’s area of the Bitterroot Public Library on Wednesday, March 9 to enjoy “Duck, Duck, Goose” and hear books read by Paula Prescott. 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.

Spring Pasty Sale

The spring pasty sale, sponsored by the Ravalli County Democratic

Women's Club, will be held Wednesday, March 9 at the Rocky Mountain 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 for the first callers who wish to place a vegetarian order. All pasties are $3 each. Place your order early with Lisa at 777-3145 or Corrine at 544-8586. Pasties may be picked up at the Grange Hall south of Hamilton on March 9 between 1-6 p.m.

Thursday, March 10


There will be a meeting of the Stevensville Art & Sculpture Society (SASS) on Thursday, March 10 at 10 a.m. at the Bitterroot Star, 215 Main Street in Stevensville. SASS is an organization for the promotion of art within the Bitterroot Valley. Anyone interested in the arts is welcome to attend the meetings and join SASS. For information call Gary Knapp at 777-3797.  

Women Newcomers’ Club

The Bitterroot Women Newcomers' Club will meet on Thursday, March 10, at 10:15 a.m. in the Ravalli Country Museum (3rd & Bedford St., Hamilton). The speaker will be Patti Ostrander, an accomplished baker and gourmet cook. All women newcomers to the Bitterroot Valley are welcome. For more information, call Melanie Bakken at 777-9814.

Stevensville Civic Club

The Stevensville Civic Club will meet Thursday, March 10 at noon in the basement of St. Mary’s Mission visitor’s center. A lunch of corn beef ‘n’ cabbage will be served for $6 per person. Speakers will be a representative from SAFE, and Stevensville Judge Martha Birkeneder who will speak about grants for water bills. For more information contact Jeff Fuller, President, at 777-5553.

Green Thumbs Up

The Green Thumbs Up garden club will meet Thursday, March 10 at 2 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room, downstairs in the Bitterroot Public Library, Hamilton. Bobbie Roos, Extension Agent for Ravalli County, will be discussing voles, pocket gophers, ground squirrels, and other small garden pests - their identification and management. The meeting is open to the public. For further information, telephone Peter or Helen Allen, 375-0331.

Soroptimist Awards Ceremony

Soroptimist of Hamilton will hold an awards ceremony on Thursday, March 10 at 5:30 p.m. at Corvallis Methodist Church, Eastside Hwy and Cemetery Road. Annual scholarships and awards will be presented to five deserving recipients in our communities. These awards, which total approximately $ 4,700, are the Violet Richardson Award, presented to a high school student and her volunteer site, the Pro-Tech Award, which goes to student pursuing vocational training towards a certificate or license, the Women’s Opportunity Award to a student attending school to obtain her Bachelors degree, the Fellowship Award to a women continuing her graduate studies, and the Ruby Award to a women whose professional or volunteer actions improves the lives of women and girls in the community. Come help celebrate and support our recipients as we present these checks and awards. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

Fellowship Club

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

The topic for discussion is based on the book entitled "Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life" by Byron Katie.

This book has been described as an “amazingly effective, simple, straightforward antidote to the suffering we unnecessarily create for ourselves.” Byron Katie’s “The Work‚” provides the key that exposes the root cause of suffering as identification with our thoughts.

Katie focuses on four simple questions that, when applied to a specific problem, enable one to see what is troubling her or him in an entirely different light. As Katie says, “It’s not the problem that causes our suffering; it’s our thinking about the problem.” Contrary to popular belief, trying to let go of a painful thought never works; instead, once we have done “The Work” the thought lets go of us, and we can then truly love what is, just as it is.

Byron Katie experienced what she calls “waking up to reality” in 1986, and since then she has introduced “The Work” to hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world. In addition to her public events, she has introduced “The Work” into business settings, universities, schools, churches, prisons, and hospitals. “Loving What Is” offers a revolutionary way to live our life, explore the timeless essence of our being, and embrace joy and serenity in the midst of chaos. 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 Dr. J.A. Costantino, Ph.D., at 363-1670 for more information.

Tea Party Patriots

Ravalli County Tea Party Patriots will meet Thursday, March 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Willow Court Apartments, 150 Skeels Ave, Hamilton (from Hwy 93 turn east on Foxfield by Tire-Rama, dead ends at Skeels, turn right, apt on left, park across the street). Join in a discussion of local, state and national legislation, feedback from recent Montana and national conventions, and progress on the group’s strategic plans. Learn how you can get involved. For more information contact Jennine Jones, 381-0314.

Cross-Country Ski Club

The Bitterroot Cross-Country Ski Club will present a talk on Thursday, March 10 at 7 p.m. on the current pine bark beetle epidemic. Entomologist Joel Egan, of the USFS, will give a power point presentation that will include many visual aids for discussion of recent beetle activity across the western U.S. and areas of the Bitterroot NF. In addition he will bring recent aerial survey data from bug flights for the Bitterroots. The event will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 1220 W Main St., Hamilton.

Selway-Pintler Wilderness Back Country Horsemen

SPWBCH is a group of hard-working, mostly horse and mule riding and packing volunteers dedicated to preserving backcountry trails. Join them for great mountain rides, efforts shared in work well-done, fine campfire meals, and generally all-around good company. The next general meeting is Thursday, March 10 at 7 p.m. in the USFS conference room, 1801 N. 1st St., Hamilton. Members will be finalizing summer trail project plans and showing a Phil Page Packing video. Coffee and cookies will be served. For more information call Mike at 961-3749.

Soft Skills Workshop

Soft skills help increase your employability in today’s job market. Dianna Butler of Job Service will present a Soft Skills Workshop on Thursday and Friday, March 10 and 11 at the Darby Community Public Library. Soft skills are defined as those non-tangible skills that employers look for in a successful job candidate. Sign up at the library for this important skill-building course.

Friday, March 11

South Valley Pachyderm Club

Paul Travitz, Executive Director, and Robin Turner of the Council On Aging will be speaking at the next meeting of the South Valley Pachyderm Club on Friday, March 11 at 12 noon. The speakers will be discussing their new Community Living program. There will be opportunity for questions and discussion. The Club meets at BJ's Restaurant, 900 N. 1st Street, Hamilton. The South Valley Pachyderm Club, which meets on the second and fourth Fridays of the month, is an officially recognized allied organization of the Republican Party. Members of the public are welcome.

Stevi Lenten Friday Fish Fries

The Knights of Columbus will hold a Lenten Friday Fish Fry on March 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8 and 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Family Center in Stevensville. Join your neighbors for fish, fries, slaw, vegetable, dessert and conversation on all six Fridays in Lent.

Rock concert

On Friday, March 11, two local rock bands will perform at the Roxy Theater in Hamilton. “All Things Pertaining” and “High Voltage” will bring their alternative rock and original songs as well as hits from the 80s, 90s and today. Tickets are $5. Doors open at 7 p.m. All ages are welcome.

Saturday, March 12

4-H Tack Swap

The Barnyard Bunch 4-H Club would like to invite everyone to their annual 4-H tack sale on Saturday, March 19 at The Lone Rock School Gym from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be served. The school is located at 1112 Three Mile Creek Road, northeast of Stevensville. Consign your unused tack and livestock related items and bring them to The Three Mile Fire Hall next to Lone Rock School on the following days: Saturday, March 12, 10 am - 6 pm, Sunday March 13, 2 pm - 5 pm, and Wednesday, March 16, 10 am - 6 pm (last day to consign). A consignment fee of 20% will be charged when your items sell, no charge if your items do not sell. Donations are also welcome. Come check out some great deals on hundreds of horse and livestock related items for sale. For more information call Theresa at 777-3000.

Flea market

A flea market will be held Saturday, March 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hamilton Senior Center, 820 N. 4th. There will be new and used items, antiques, collectibles, art and crafts, household items, sporting goods, tools, jewelry and more. Rent a table for $5. Lunch will be available. For more information call Katie at 363-2316 or 363-5181.

Travelers’ Rest Storytelling Program

Visit Travelers’ Rest State Park near Lolo on Saturday, March 12 for a storytelling program beginning at 11 a.m. with retired U.S. Forest Service Ranger, Jack Puckett. Puckett will share stories of the Forest Service cookhouse in the 1950s and 60s. This special presentation is part of the park’s annual Winter Storytelling Series which continues every Saturday through the end of this month. This and all storytelling programs are held at the Holt Museum and Visitor Center at Travelers’ Rest. Admission to the programs is $3 per adult, and children under 18 and all current Travelers’ 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 Travelers’ Rest Web site at or call 273-4253. To reach the park, travel approximately 1/2 mile west of Lolo on Highway 12.

Crab Feed

"We Crack It - You Eat It!" The Hamilton Downtown Association will hold its annual Crab Feed on Saturday, March 12 at the Bedford Building in Hamilton. The cost is $30 per person. There will be a no-host bar at 6 p.m. and dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit Hamilton events such as Daly Days and the Christmas Stroll. Contact EmbroidMe at 363-7470 for tickets.

Square dance club

Boots ‘n’ Calico Square Dance Club will hold a St. Patrick Dance on Saturday, March 12 at the Hamilton Senior Center, 820 N. 4th. A plus workshop will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. followed by a St. Patrick dance to 9:30 p.m. The dance level will be mainstream with plus tips inserted about every third dance. Round dances will be provided between tips. All square and round dancers are welcome. Come early if you like and dance at the workshop. Come ready to enjoy an evening of fun celebrating St. Patrick and square dancing with Eddie Fields and any leprechauns that might show up. Club members and the club will provide finger food treats for refreshments. For further information call Laurie Dunbar at 961-4528 or Donna Hicks at 961-0111.

Contra Dance

A Contra Dance will be held Saturday, March 12, from 7 to 10 p.m. (6:30 practice session for new dancers) at the Rocky Mountain Grange, Hamilton, 1436 S. 1st St, Hamilton (going south on Hwy 93, east side, before Lone Pine gas station). Music will be provided by The Celtic Knots. The caller will be Morna Leonard. Cost is $5 per person or $10 per family. The event is fragrance-free (no perfume, after shave, hair spray, etc.) For more information call Jill at 642-3601.

Sunday, March 13

Bible study

A study of "The Portugal God" Series by Timothy Keller will be held starting Sunday, March 13 through Easter at the Conner Wesleyan church, 7 miles south of Darby on Hwy 93. It will challenge both the devout and skeptic to see Christianity in a whole new way. Discussion is at 10 a.m. with the sermon at 11 a.m. For more information call 821-3570.

‘Being Bear Aware’ class

The Bitterroot Backcountry Horsemen in association with the Center for Wildlife Information will present a class called “Being Bear Aware” to the public at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge-Okefenokee Room on Sunday, March 13 from 1 to 5 p.m. The course will include bear biology, learning to recognize bear signs in the wild, telling the difference between black and grizzly bears, proper storage of food in bear country, how to react to and survive a close encounter with a bear, and a discussion of bear pepper spray and its proper use. The class will be limited to 25 participants. To preregister call Fred Weisbecker at 375-9317.

Lone Rock Park Board

The Lone Rock Division of the Ravalli County Park Board will meet Sunday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Three Mile Fire Hall. There is an open position on the board; if interested in serving plan to attend the meeting.

Monday, March 14

Stevi school lunch menu

March 14-18

Monday: Breakfast – Cereal, fruit, milk; Lunch – Corn dogs, baked beans, apricots

Tuesday: Breakfast – French toast, fruit, milk; Lunch – Chicken tenders, tossed salad, bananas

Wednesday: Breakfast – Bagel with cream cheese, fruit, milk; BBQ pork sandwich, taters, peaches

Thursday: Breakfast – Breakfast burrito, fruit, milk; Lunch – Chicken fajita, lettuce, salsa, oranges

Friday: Breakfast – Pancakes, fruit, milk; Lunch – Peanut butter & jelly sandwich, fresh veggies, applesauce

Hamilton Garden Club

Hamilton Garden Club will meet Monday, March 14 at 1 p.m. (note time change) at the home of Doreen Burgess (363-5422) at 105 Sage Lane, Hamilton. Co-hostess is Juanita Posten (961-1678). The program will be given by Bobbie Roos on Soil Testing and additives. The April meeting and meetings until December will be back to 7 p.m. at a member’s home. For more information call Doreen or Juanita.

Tuesday, March 15

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, ponsored by Marcus Daly Rehabilitation Services, will begin Tuesday, March 15. This class is designed to benefit most children and their guardian. The class 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 the new Marcus Daly Rehabilitation Center at the west end of 1200 Westwood Drive, Hamilton. Amy Yockey, MS, CCC/SLP, an accomplished and licensed Speech Therapist, will be teaching this class. If you have a child in your life 6 months to 3 years of age, call Marcus Daly Rehabilitation Services at

375-4570 to reserve your spot. The fee is $25 and space is limited.

Diabetes education class

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 don’t know they have it. 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. A diabetes education class will be held Tuesday, March 15 from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. at MDMH in conference room B. Participants will be entered to win three valuable prizes. No reservations needed. For more information visit or call 363-2211.

Wednesday, March 16

Chamber Capitol trip

Would you like an opportunity to travel to Helena and tour the Capitol as well as sit in on some sessions and ask our representatives questions? Leadership Bitterroot is offering this opportunity on Wednesday, March 16. A bus will leave Hamilton around 7 a.m. and will return at approximately 8 p.m. Activities include a guided tour of the Capitol, followed by lunch with our representatives. You will then have opportunity to sit in on whichever session you choose. Cost will be $25 per person, which will cover lunch, Capitol tour and traveling expense. You will also be able to tour the Capitol Museum, which is in walking distance, at a discount price (usually around $3 or $4). On the return trip the group will be stopping at The Law Dog Saloon for a light dinner. If you are interested, give Pat a call at 363-2400. Seating will be limited so call now.

Preschool story time

Preschoolers are invited to meet in the children’s area of the Bitterroot Public Library on Wednesday, March 16 to enjoy “Welcome Spring!” and hear books read by Jamie Ogden. 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.

FWP Commission

Montana’s Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission will meet Wednesday, March 16 at the FWP Helena Headquarters, 1420 E. 6th Ave. beginning at 10 a.m. The March FWP Commission meeting had been canceled but was rescheduled to accommodate projects that required final decisions.

The FWP Commission will make final decisions on the: opening dates for Wildlife Management Areas; 2011 peregrine falcon take; Future Fisheries Improvement Program project grants; and the Miles City Fish Hatchery easement for the Tongue River Railroad. Information will also be presented on the 2011 fishing regulation setting process.

FWP ensures its meetings are fully accessible to those with a disability. Individuals with special needs may request arrangements by contacting FWP at: 406-444-3186. The full agenda and additional information on the scheduled topics may be found on the FWP web site at HYPERLINK "" by clicking on the FWP Commission icon.

Rangeland/pasture talk

There will be a free presentation on Wednesday, March 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Corvallis Grange to learn about the new developments in cheatgrass management presented by Dr. Jane Mangold from MSU, as well as information on general weed management and range and pasture management. For more information call 375-6611.

HHS choral production

The Hamilton High School Choral Department is presenting the magnificent musical, "Les Miserables" (school edition) on March 16, 17, 18, and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and March 20 at 2 p.m. Ticket are $10 for adults and $5 for students. This epic story recounts the struggle against adversity in 19th century France. Imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread, petty thief Jean Valjean is released from his 19-year term and not only becomes an honest man, but the mayor of a prosperous town and a loving adoptive father, violating his parole in the process. The relentless Inspector Javert, who makes a decent life for Valjean impossible, consequently pursues him. Only years later, after Valjean proves his mettle during a bloody student uprising and saves the life of a young man hopelessly in love with Valjean’s adopted daughter, does the ex-convict finally feel fully redeemed. Tickets are available in advance at the Hamilton High School Main Office, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 327 Fairgrounds Rd., Hamilton.

Thursday, March 17

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

The annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner will be held Thursday, March 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Corvallis United Methodist Church, Eastside Hwy. at Cemetery Road. The event is sponsored by the Corvallis United Methodist Men’s Group.

St. Patrick’s Day dinner

Historic St. Mary's Parish will be serving its annual traditional St. Patrick's Day

Dinner of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots in the Family Center, 400 Charlos St., Stevensville, from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 17. Hot rolls, dessert and a drink will round out the menu. Prices are $9.00 for adults and teens, and $4.00 for children 5 to 12. Children under 5 will be free. There will also be hot dogs and chips available for the little ones. Green beer will be available, with one free glass with each adult dinner.

Grange benefit

Save the Grange! Celebrate St. Patty’s Day on Thursday, March 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Rocky Mountain Grange, 1436 S. 1st. (Hwy 93) Hamilton. Enjoy a traditional corned beef & cabbage dinner, with musical entertainment by “The Celtic Knots.” Cost is $25.00 per person (BYOB). For reservations call 544-8586 or 544-2009. Consider becoming a member; proceeds will go towards remodeling this historic building.

Sons of Norway

Bitterrootdalen Lodge, Sons of Norway, will meet Tuesday, March 17 at 5 p.m. at the Hamilton Senior Center to celebrate St. Urho’s Day, when the grasshoppers were driven from Finland, and St. Patrick’s Day. There will be an Irish main dish, with members and guests invited to bring a side dish. The program will include a display and explanation of Celtic and Viking jewelry by Birte Nellesson of Corvallis. There will also be a Norwegian language lesson. For more information contact Jackie Bjergo, 961-4538.

Friday, March 18

Business Succession Planning class

As part of its Building Bitterroot Business series of classes and seminars, the RCEDA is offering a seminar on succession planning on Friday, March 18 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Ravalli Entrepreneurship Center, 274 Old Corvallis Road, Suite A, Hamilton. This introduction to planning for the future of your business will be taught by Mike Tobiason, Vice President with Anderson Zurmuehlen, an accounting and business consulting firm with 200 employees and offices throughout Montana.

Succession planning is a critical need in the Bitterroot Valley because many sole proprietorships and small businesses are owned by individuals or a small group of related individuals. Succession planning is the key component of strategic planning for family owned small businesses. Oftentimes when the owner reaches a turning point in their career due to age, finances, or loss of interest, the business simply closes because the owners neglected to plan for succession. Small business is the backbone of our community providing jobs, character and community pride. The community loses in two ways when an established business is sold for the liquidation value of its assets, the owner loses the money that could have been realized through the sale of a going concern and the community loses an employer and its services and expertise. This course will help you start thinking about you business strategically, from evaluating your present position to planning your exit strategy.

Topics covered include evaluating your business and personal financial positions, setting goals and planning strategy, valuing your business, changing leadership while maintaining ownership, exiting from ownership, funding your retirement and more.

Cost of the seminar is $15. For more information contact John Schneeberger, 375-9416, ext. 2.

Mature drivers class

An AARP Driver Safety Class will be presented at Marcus Daly Hospital in Hamilton on Friday, March 18. The class begins at 9 a.m. and will last approximately four hours. This safe driving strategies class is designed for drivers age 50 and over but all drivers are welcome. There is no written test. Montana mandates an insurance discount for qualified graduates. The class fee is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Pre-registration is requested. Contact Jones Korman Insurance at 363-6583 for further information.

Parenting series

“Creative Arts” will be the topic of a Friday, March 18 class for parents from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Local Living Family Center, 5501 93N, Florence (behind Town Pump). Through creative arts children explore and represent their ideas about the world, reveal their inner thoughts and feeling, find ways to understand themselves, enrich their world and bring beauty into it. Parents will learn how to make clay, sidewalk chalk and discover wonderful resources for their children to create a masterpiece. For more information call 273-0142.

Quilt Day Camp

The Bitterroot Quilt Guild has partnered with Ravalli County 4-H to offer a day camp for youth to learn the art of quilting. The camp is $10 and includes lunch, snacks, quilt batting and thread. Participants are responsible for all other materials. Sign up by Friday, March 18 through the MSU Extension office at 375-6611 or 215 S. 4th Street, Ste G, Hamilton.

Mansion St. Patrick Celebration

The Daly Mansion Preservation Trust and the Bitterroot Valley Scottish Irish Festival invite you to join them in celebrating Marcus Daly’s Irish heritage during their St. Patrick Celebration on Friday, March 18 at the Daly Mansion. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. and include a traditional Gaelic beef dinner and dessert catered by Caffe Firenze, a no-host bar provided The Banque, music by the Montana Shamrockers, bagpipes by Beth Foster from the Shining Thistles, self-guided tours of the Mansion, a Pot-O-Copper 50/50 raffle and silent auction with items provided by vendors of the Bitterroot Valley Scottish Irish Festival. The evening will also feature special guests from Clan Cian. Tickets are $30.00 and are available at Chapter One Bookstore, 252 W. Main Street in Hamilton, or by calling 363-6004. Advanced ticket purchases are highly encouraged.

Saturday, March 19

Democratic Women’s Club

The Ravalli County Democratic Women's Club is holding its Annual Membership Tea on Saturday, March 19 at 2 p.m. at the Rocky Mountain Grange, south of Hamilton. The cost will be $8 per person and the featured speaker will be Kathleen Driscoll. As this will be catered, getting a head count is important, and RSVPs would be greatly appreciated by contacting Corrine at 544-8586.

Perspectives on Islam

The Stevensville United Methodist Church, 216 College Street, Stevensville, will present a talk by Samir Bitar entitled “Perspectives on Islam” on Saturday, March 19 at 7 p.m. Samir is on the faculty of the University of Montana in Arabic Studies. He was born in Jerusalem, but moved to Montana at age 16 as a freshman in college. Everyone is invited to hear Samir as he shares his insight not only into the Palestinian/Israel conflict, but on how to be a bridge between cultures and people. You will not want to miss this special evening. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion. The event is free to all.

Tuesday, March 22

Activism class

A free workshop on “Connecting Public Issues to Public Policy” will be held Tuesday, March 22 from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Corvallis Grange. The workshop will be taught by Sarah Hamlen, MSU Extension Rural Economic Development Coordinator. This four-module training guide will assist participants in better understanding public issues, public deliberation, methods to research the issue and suggested ways to advocate to decision makers on the issue. Sign up through the MSU Extension office at 375-6611 or 215 S. 4th Street, Ste G, Hamilton.  

Astronaut Family Night

Astronaut Family Night will be held at the Bitterroot Public Library on Tuesday, March 22 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Have you ever thought about being an astronaut? If you are curious about living in space, bring your family to an Astronaut Family Night at the Bitterroot Public Library. This is one of a series of NASA family events being held by the local library. Meet our local astronaut, Barbara Barrett, and learn more about how to become an astronaut and what life is like in space. Make a rocket, try on some moon shoes, and taste some astronaut food. You will find out if traveling in space is really for you. Everyone is welcome. For more information about this and other upcoming library events, call 363-1670.

Victor Park Board

The Victor Park Board will meet Tuesday, March 22 at 7 p.m. at the Farmers State Bank conference room. The public is welcome.

Thursday, March 24

Hospice volunteer training

Looking for a meaningful and valuable volunteer experience? Consider becoming a Hospice volunteer. Marcus Daly Hospice volunteer training is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, March 24 and 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, March 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Learn ways you can provide patient support, assist families, engage in the community and lend a helping hand. The class is free and offers a very informative curriculum on end-of-life care and support. Whether you are interested in assisting Hospice in the administrative operations or supporting Hospice patients and families, this training offers you the tools in developing those skills, as well as provides an exceptional educational opportunity. For more information or to enroll in Hospice Volunteer Training, call Margaret Beattie, Marcus Daly Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, at 375-4713.

Friday, March 25

‘Hoop It Up’ tournament

“Hoop It Up” 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 ""

SVCFC benefit dinner

South Valley Child and Family Center will be hosting a fundraiser dinner on Friday, March 25 featuring the East Indian cuisine of caterer Barbara Costantino. This is the first in a series of four special dinners that will help to support the programs at SVCFC. The cost is $40 per person. The evening will feature pre-dinner music, a wonderful meal and company. Seating is limited so call SVCFC at 363-3450 to reserve your spot. SVCFC is located at 515 Madison in Hamilton.

Saturday, March 26

Chamber Banquet

The Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce will hold its 105th annual banquet on Saturday, March 26 at the Bitterroot River Inn. “Chamber’s Got Talent” will be the theme of this Mardi Gras party. A no-host bar from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. will be followed by dinner. There will be a pie auction and silent auction. Award winners will be announced, after which there will be a talent show. For more information call the Chamber at 363-2400.

Stevensville FFA Banquet

The Stevensville FFA Chapter will hold its annual sponsorship and awards banquet on Saturday, April 9 at 5 p.m. at St. Mary's Family Center in Stevensville. The night will include a keynote address from Congressman Denny Rehberg, a silent auction, a free family style dinner, and an awards ceremony recognizing sponsors and student achievements. For questions or to RSVP contact Josh Perkins at 777-5481, ext. 141 or HYPERLINK ""

Missoula Community Chorus benefit

The Missoula Community Chorus will present “A Night to Remember" - a Gala Fundraiser, in honor of its 10th Anniversary Season, on Saturday, March 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Keep Restaurant. The event will feature wine, beer and food selections from The Keep, live and silent auctions, and wonderful musical entertainment chosen from the Great American Songbook. Tickets are $50, and available on line at or at Rockin' Rudy's. For more information call Robbin Rose at 728-0983, or see visit

Friday, April 1

Toastmasters Youth Leadership Series

The Bitterroot Toastmasters is offering an eight-week series for youth to develop their public speaking skills while honing their leadership skills. The first class starts on April 5 and runs every Tuesday through May 24 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The $10 fee includes the participant manual and snacks. The classes will be held at the MSU Extension Office. Sign up by Friday, April 1 through the MSU Extension office at 375-6611 or 215 S. 4th Street, Ste G, Hamilton.  

Saturday, April 2

Shriners benefit

A Chair-ity Event sponsored by the Blue Horseshoes to benefit the Shriners will be held Saturday, April 2 starting at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Family Center in Stevensville. Admission is a non-perishable food item for Pantry Partners or clothing for The Clothes Closet. Live music will be performed by Los Amigos at 10 a.m, Stevi Strings at 11:30 a.m. and Blue Melon at 1 p.m. Raffles will be held for a pig (Knights of Columbus), a Chevy truck (Special Olympics) and a quilt (Sapphire Quilters). Dragon Brigade will hold a silent auction. The Chairs for Charity Auction will start at 3 p.m. and run until all are sold. Chairs decorated by individuals, families, groups or businesses will be auctioned off. Food will be available from St. Mary’s Youth Group. To donate or for more information call Kim at 360-9767.

Wednesday, April 6

Stevensville Garden Club

The April program of the Stevensville Garden Club will feature Jean Atthowe on “Horticulture Therapy with Native Plants.” The meeting will be at 1 p.m. at 409 Buck St. (Baptist Church), Stevensville. Everyone is welcome.

Saturday, April 16

4-H Carnival

Spend your evening at the family friendly community carnival held on Saturday, April 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the First Interstate Building at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds. All ticket stubs go toward the drawing for an original Pat Baker oil painting. Tickets are good for food and over 15 games. A community dance will follow from 8 to 10 p.m. This annual event supports the local 4-H program. For more information call 375-6611.  

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