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Volume XIX, Number 36

Community Calendar

Wednesday, April 7, 2004

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First Christian Church is sponsoring an opportunity to highlight the many wonderful organizations in this county which reach out to address the variety of humanitarian needs around us. This will be an event that the church hopes will give you a chance to highlight your organization and recruit volunteers to enhance your area of service.

This event will be held Saturday, May 1, at 328 Fairgrounds Road (across from Hamilton High School) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Call the church office at 363-1213 to reserve your space and to let organizers know what you need. All service organizations are welcome. The Blood Mobile will also be at the event.

'Living On The Land' course offered

"Living On The Land," a course for new or small acreage landowners will be offered in Hamilton on April 22 and 24.

The Thursday evening and Saturday day-long class emphasizes stewardship and is targeted toward owners of land of less than commercial farm size.

The course will feature five modules with the first three included in this April session which are:
- Inventorying Your Resources: What Do You Have and What Do You Want?
- Your Living Soil: Managing Soil To Keep It Productive, Soil Tests and Irrigation
- All Life Depends On Water: Water Quality, My Place On A Stream

The remaining two sessions will be scheduled by the class later and will deal with: How Grass Grows, Vegetation, Weeds and Pasture Renovation. The final class is Caring For Your Animals, Avoiding Negative Impacts and Grazing Management. Both the fourth and fifth class dates will be set by the class.

A number of knowledgeable presenters will serve as instructors at each class.

A tour is planned on Saturday afternoon to small ranches in the area developed with the several stewardship aspects in mind.

This course was developed by university extension workers and natural resource specialists from the eight western states and is being offered by MSU/Ravalli County Extension and the Bitter Root Water Forum.

To register and reserve a seat contact the MSU/Ravalli County Extension Service located in the Ravalli County Courthouse in Hamilton. Numbers will be limited, lunch be provided and registration fee is $25. For more information call MSU/Ravalli County Extension, 375-6245.

National Library Week

The Bitterroot Public Library celebrated "something for everyone at your library" during National Library Week and National Volunteer Week, April 18 through 24:

Food for Fines: Tuesday through Saturday, clear your fines by bringing in non perishable food or needed personal items for Haven House. All returned overdue materials and fines will be forgiven this week.

Preschool Story Time: Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. in the lower level meeting room, Lorna Gabel wishes for a "Happy Earth Day."

Chance to win a Bitterroot poster or an atlas: Tuesday through Saturday, bring in a new customer to get a library card and both you and your friend will be eligible to put your name in for the raffle. Every new customer means another chance to win. The drawing will be held Saturday at 3 p.m.

Volunteer Appreciation Tea: Thursday, 3 to 5 p.m. in the reading area. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bitterroot Public Library. Stop by and thank the many volunteers who help provide services in so many ways.

Daly Mansion Art Show

The Daly Mansion is proud to be hosting its 4th annual Upstairs Downstairs Art Show and Sale on April 16, 17, and 18. There will be 24 artists participating in the show this year. The event kicks off with an artists reception and miniature auction Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Lunch will be available in the mansion kitchen turned bistro on Saturday and Sunday. The dates and times for the event are as follows:

Friday, April 16, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, April 18, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information call 363-6004 or 961-4841.

Hamilton Players performance

The Hamilton Players will be performing William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" on April 15-18, and 22-25 at The Hamilton Playhouse, 100 Ricketts Road in Hamilton.

Although World War II has just ended, the sparks are still flying in sunny Italy where Beatrice and Benedick can't even agree to disagree. Shakespeare is the master of lovers who can't seem to make that connection and in "Much Ado About Nothing" everyone, but everyone, tries to hook the two up. Masked balls, swing music, plots that work, plots that go awry, and even a guest appearance by the Marx Brothers before they found stardom in America, highlight the high jinx of this much beloved comedy. Thursday through Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday performances begin at 2 p.m. There will be an opening night reception on Thursday, April 15 where the audience is invited to stay and celebrate with the cast and crew. Tickets are $10.00 reserved seating and are available at the Hamilton Playhouse box office. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 2 to 6 p.m., performance Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon, and one hour prior to show time. To phone in credit card purchases or for more information, call 375-9050 during box office hours. This production is sponsored by Farmers State Bank.

Sons of Norway

Members of the Bitterrootdalen Lodge Sons of Norway have changed their meeting night. Their next meeting will be Tuesday, April 20 at the Hamilton Senior Center starting at 7:30 p.m.

The program will feature Easter bonnets or hats, be it an original one or an old favorite. Hats! Hats! Put one on and come join the Easter parade of headgear.

Refreshments will be provided by Lucille and Paul Richard and Jackie and Allen Bjergo.

AARP pinochle games

AARP will host pinochle games on Tuesday, April 20 at 1 p.m. at the Hamilton Senior Center, 820 N. 4th. Refreshments will be served. For more information call 961-1602 or 363-5655.

AARP potluck

AARP will hold its bimonthly potluck on Saturday, April 24 at 1 p.m. at the Hamilton Senior Center, 820 N. 4th. Everyone is invited; bring a dish to share and your own place setting. There will be a short meeting and a guest speaker, Kate Menvia, will give a short program on Tobacco Free Ravalli.

Wind power conference

The Montana Farmers Union is sponsoring a moderated wind power conference that will provide Montana farmers, ranchers and rural community representatives all they need to know in order to make the decision to proceed with the purchase, installation and operation of a small wind generator.

The one-day conference on Thursday, April 29, will be held at the MSU College of Technology in Great Falls, 2100 16th Avenue South, beginning at 10 a.m.

The introductory presentation will feature John Walden, wind engineer with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), who will discuss development issues, available technologies and how to match the technology the need. Conference moderator is Van Jamison, Powair, Helena.

One panel will discuss how a producer should make initial contact with the power company and what a contract agreement entails. Conferees will learn step-by-step procedures to follow when purchasing a small wind system.

Panel participants include Dave Ryan, NorthWestern Energy; Greg Jergeson, Montana Public Service Commission; Jason Bronec, Glacier Electric Co-op; and Duane Steen, Montana Dakota Utilities Co.

Learn from some of Montana's wind pioneers. These folks are willing to share their experiences with others who may be interested in exploring a wind power option.

Jess Alger, Stanford, and Don Marble, of the Liberty County Commission, have both completed the process and have wind energy operations currently on line and generating power. James Carkulius, Exergy, of Helena and Great Falls, is associated with a larger system to be on line in Great Falls in the coming months.

Not wanting to ignore the solar alternative, NCAT is also bringing its solar trailer that is used to train electricians in how to install alternative systems. This demonstration will be tailored to cover solar stock water projects for farmers and ranchers who are wanting to address livestock and riparian stream use issues.

Bill Barr, USDA rural development representative, will bring conference participants current information concerning the Request for Proposal set out in section 6009 of the current Farm Bill. This presentation will give information specific to participants who have a need to prepare proposals during this open enrollment.

Preregistration is required. Send your check in the amount of $30, which includes lunch, to the MFU state office, Box 2447, Great Falls. Questions should be directed to Chris Christiaens, Operations Director, or Sandy Courtnage, Communication Director.

Annual Hospice Teleconference

"Living with Grief: Alzheimer's Disease" is the title of a teleconference sponsored by the Hospice Foundation of America on Wednesday, April 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Hamilton. Admission is free. Manuals will be available for purchase at the teleconference. For more information contact Cathy Palmer, 375-4707.

Hospice volunteer training

Hospice volunteer training will be held Saturday, April 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 25 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. and Monday, April 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital, conference room B. Cost is $10. For more information contact Johanna Russell, 375-4707.

Kids Health Screening

The Ravalli County Kids Health Screening will be held April 19-29. This free countywide screening is intended for children birth through five years of age. Children will be screened in the areas of vision, hearing, behavior, social-emotional development, speech and language, fine and gross motor development, and problem-solving ability. An immunization review will also be completed.

Parents may take their child to any site to be screened. To schedule an appointment, parents should call 777-2494, ext. 18, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on April 15 and 16.

Dates and locations of health screenings are:
Corvallis: Monday, April 19, Corvallis Primary, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m
Pinesdale: Tuesday, April 20, Pinesdale School, 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Victor: Tuesday, April 20, Victor School, 2-5 p.m.
Hamilton: Wednesday, April 21, Washington School, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Darby: Thursday, April 22, Darby Junior High Gym, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Florence: Tuesday, April 27, Florence Old Gym, 1:30-6 p.m.
Stevensville: Wednesday, April 28, Stevensville Elementary new gym, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Lone Rock: Thursday, April 29, Lone Rock School, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lone Rock art on display

Lone Rock students will be exhibiting their artwork through the month of April at Farmers State Bank in Stevensville.

This school year Lone Rock elementary students have been meeting weekly with artist-in-residence Marina Weatherly. They have created duck paintings for the Montana Junior Duck Stamp contest, studied figure and landscape drawing, created 3-D papier mache sculptures of "wing doodles" (fantastic imagined animals), and painted large-scale drip paintings in the style of Jackson Pollack. The students have also made Mexican Amate paper cutouts and chalk drawings of Southwest Pueblo pottery and have started to learn tapestry weaving.

Recently, the third grade students of Miss Gruba and Mr. Lake studied color theory and the Impressionist style of Vincent Van Gogh with Mrs. Weatherly. Three to four students in each group worked cooperatively to create large tempera paintings. The students will exhibit their colorful impressionistic paintings through the month of April at Farmers State Bank in Stevensville. The middle school students of art teacher Mrs. Purcell will join them. They will display their ceramic plates inspired by famous artists.

The artist residency is sponsored by The Arts at Lone Rock and is funded by Lone Rock School and donations from Farmers State Bank and the Greater Ravalli Foundation.

Diabetes Day in Stevensville

According to the American Diabetes Association "there are 18.2 million people in the United States, or 6.3% of the population, who have diabetes. While an estimated 13 million have been diagnosed with diabetes, unfortunately, 5.2 million people (or nearly one-third) are unaware that they have the disease."

If you or anyone close to you has diabetes - Valley Drug, Stevensville Community Medical Center, Valley Physical Therapy, Valley Medical Supply and Family Pharmacy have dedicated Saturday, April 17 to helping you. The Diabetes Day will be held at Family Pharmacy/Valley Medical Supply, 3804 Eastside Highway in the new medical complex at the corner of Eastside Hwy. and Middle Burnt Fork Road, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Throughout the day educational seminars will be presented by professionals covering various aspects of diabetes. Teresa Turnbull, FNP, of Stevensville Community Medical Center, will present: Basics of Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome, ABCs of Care and Carb Counting. Tim Nielsen, PT, Valley Physical Therapy, will present Exercise for Diabetics and Chad Smith, RPh, Valley Drug/Family Pharmacy, will do a presentation on Shoes for Diabetics.

In addition to the seminars there will be displays, handouts and one-on-one discussions.

Free meter checking will also be provided and free blood glucose monitors will be given away (some restrictions may apply).

"The day has been a year in the making," says Chad Smith, Family Pharmacy, and coordinator of the event, "and the team plans to host other educational days this year that will be meaningful to the health of our community."

Bowhunter Education Class

A bowhunter education class will be held in Hamilton at the National Guard Armory, 910 West Main, April 21 from 6 to 9:30 p.m.; April 22 from 6 to 9:30 p.m.; and April 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The class is offered on a first come, first served basis and up to 33 students will be accepted. No preregistration is necessary and there is no fee to take the course. For more information contact Fish, Wildlife and Parks at 542-5500.

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