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Wednesday, May 19, 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 ""


Lutheran preschool registration

Grace Lutheran Learning Center is now registering for Fall 2010 Preschool. Enroll your child today and give them a great academic start. Morning and afternoon preschool is available for ages 2-5, Monday through Friday. Come meet the teachers and take a tour of the facility and get your child signed up. Space is limited. Call 363-1924 for more information.

Grace Lutheran summer program

Are you looking for something positive, productive and pleasurable for your child to do this summer? Grace Lutheran Learning Center is now enrolling for its Summer Program. Each week your child can enjoy a new theme full of exciting crafts, science projects, field trips and activities. Space is limited. Call 363-1924 for more information.


Want a great way to start off the summer? Come and enjoy Summertime@SVCFC, a summer camp for kids June 14-July 30 for kids 6-11 years old. We offer six weeks of fun, education, fun and exploration! Take one week or more and have a great time exploring our valley, swimming, bowling, acting, crafting, and much more. Registration starts April 15 and registration forms will be available at the following sites: local elementary schools, many downtown Hamilton businesses, the Bitterroot Public Library and at SVCFC, 515 Madison in Hamilton. Ccall for further info at 363-3450.

Evergreen Kids Corner day camps

Evergreen Kids Corner Preschool is now enrolling for 2010 Summer Explorers day camps. Camp flyers and registration forms can be picked up at the school, 201 S. Eighth Street in Hamilton. These themed camps offer a variety of fun and educational experiences for children ages 2 to 8. This year’s offerings include Rhythm Camp, Art Camp, Cooking Camp, Herbal Kids Camp, Leave No Trace Camp, Spanish Camp, and many more. Camps range from $20 to $55. Space is limited. Evergreen Kids Corner is also offering a summer session of pre-school for children ages 2 to 4. The pre-school session will take place on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in July. The session is a great opportunity to experience EKC’s cooperative and nurturing learning environment. Evergreen Kids Corner is a non-profit parent cooperative, offering pre-school for 2- to 5-year-olds. To join or learn more about this community of parents, educators and children, call 363-1688 or visit

Recycled art show

Art City is currently showing its 12th Annual recycled Art show In celebration of Earth Day. The art works created from discarded materials and found objects are a whimsical commentary on our throw away culture as well as a creative reuse what would otherwise be considered junk. The work may be seen through May 29. Art City is a co-operatively managed gallery featuring work by local artists. It is located in an historic downtown Hamilton building at 407 W Main St. Spring open hours are Thursday through Saturday 11 am to 5 p.m. and other days by chance or appointment. For more information contact Art City, 363-4764.

Operation Service project

The RSVP Volunteer Center is partnering with groups across the state of Montana to send much needed items to military troops in Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan. Operation Service is a project which focuses on items to help the troops deal with the 120-150 degree heat. Items such as boot socks, stick chap stick, squirt guns, eye drops, small fans, current hunting, fishing, sports, and health magazines, flip flops for shower shoes, cool ties neck wraps in tan or gray material, nasal spray, travel size lotion, shampoo, sunscreen are needed. A complete list is available at the RSVP office or by emailing HYPERLINK "" All items must be dropped off at the RSVP office at 310 Old Corvallis Road, Hamilton (rear of Council on Aging) by Friday, May 7. RSVP is also collecting personal notes and cards and will also have a banner to sign at the office which will be used in the finale event, a parade in Helena on Saturday, May 15 in honor of “Military Appreciation Day”. For more information call 363-1102.

Romeo's helping SOS

The Stevensville Community Foundation is pleased to announce that Romeo's Italian Kitchen, 755 Main Street in Stevensville, is donating a percentage of all food ordered for the entire month of May towards the Save Our Swimming pool restoration project in Lewis & Clark Park. So stop in and enjoy some great Italian cuisine and help the effort to keep the pool open!

Bitterroot Youth Home benefit

Give that man a haircut! Give that man a shave! Purchase a raffle ticket and you could win the chance to cut the hair of Discovery Care Centre's Activity Director, Dominic Farrenkopf, or shave the beard of Discovery Care Centre's Director of Nursing, Rick Bucheit, any way you want! Tickets are only $5, and all proceeds benefit the Bitterroot Youth Home. The winner will be drawn June 1, and the haircut and shave will be given on Saturday, June 5 at South Valley Child and Family Center in Hamilton. Call 363-0619 to buy a ticket or for more information.

Military ‘care’ package donation collection 

The American Legion Auxiliary, Fort Owen Post #94, is collecting items to send care packages to our local service personnel who are currently overseas. Also, the Auxiliary is updating its list of APO and FPO addresses. Items and addresses may be left with Margi at Valley Drug, Main St, Stevensville by May 31st. Lists of needed items are available at Valley Drug, Bitterroot Star, and the North Valley Library.

Golf for Sight

Have fun playing golf and help provide eye care for those in need in Ravalli County. Sign up now for the 16th annual Lions Club golf tournament ‘Golf for Sight’ to be held Saturday, May 29 at the Hamilton Golf Club. Participants in the golf tournament have a chance to win a hole-in-one prize for a 2010 GMC pickup sponsored by Mildenberger Motors, Big Sky Eye Care, and Bitterroot Drug. Shotgun start at 9 a.m. Lunch is provided. Cost is $65 per person or $300 per team. Space is limited; call Kyle Alexander at 363-2400 to register, or for more information. Proceeds will benefit the Hamilton Lions Club and the Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Farmers Union summer camps

Montana Farmers Union's (MFU) 2010 camp season is almost here and offers lots of fun and lasting memories for youth across the state.

"Leading by Serving" is the theme for this year, and all activities and workshops will focus on those opportunities. The camps also provide plenty of time for campfires, dances, art and crafts, laughter, team building nature hikes, and sports. Cooperative teamwork and leadership skills influence all camp activities.

Two overnight camps will be offered this summer at MFU's Arrowpeak Camp, located in the Highwood Mountains approximately 40 miles east of Great Falls. A third camp is coordinated by the Hill County Farmers Union and is held at the Kiwanis Camp south of Havre.

The camp schedule is:

Senior Camp - June 11-15 at Arrowpeak (grades 8-12, ages 14-19). Cost is $60 for MFU members and $115 for non-members.

Junior Camp - June 26-30 at Arrowpeak (grades 3-7, ages 8-13). Cost is $60 for MFU members and $115 for non-members.

Hill County Farmers Union Camp - June 10-13, at Camp Kiwanis (for ages 9-14). Cost is $75.

Call 1-800-234-4071 or visit for more information.

Wednesday, May 19

Preschool story time

Preschoolers are invited to meet in the children’s area of the Bitterroot Public Library on Wednesday, May 19 to celebrate “Singing in the Rain” and enjoy books read by Allison Jessop. 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 bowhunter ed class

A bowhunter education class is planned for Stevensville in May, and students can register online now. The class schedule is set for Wednesday, May 19 and Thursday, May 20 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. each evening. A field course and final test will be Saturday, May 22 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To register, go to the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Web site at and follow links to Education and Hunter Education.

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. Missoula field days for online students are scheduled for Saturday, May 22, 8:30-12pm and Thursday, June 17, 6-9 p.m.

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.

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 May 19 menu will be meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable, dinner roll, dessert and coffee. 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.

Thursday, May 20

Mature drivers class

AARP is presenting its driver safety program at Marcus Daly Hospital on Thursday, May 20 from 6 to 10 p.m. The fee is $14.00 or $12.00 for AARP card members and pre-registration is requested. There is no written test. Montana mandates an insurance discount for qualified graduates. Contact Jones Korman Insurance Agency at 363-6583 for registration information.

Stevi school facility committee

The Stevensville School Board Facility Committee will meet Thursday, May 20 at 12 noon in the superintendent’s office.

Responsible alcohol sales and service training

Western MT Addiction Services is holding a Responsible Alcohol Sales and Service training on Thursday, May 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. at 209 N. 10th St., Suite C in Hamilton. The cost of the training is $15 for materials. The “Let’s Control It” course teaches local sellers and servers to recognize and prevent intoxication in others. Program participants are trained by certified instructors to detect the signs of intoxication and intervene effectively to prevent any alcohol-related problems. The course also teaches participants how to identify underage persons to help limit the access to alcohol and cigarettes for youth. The “Let’s Control It” curriculum is approved by the MT Dept. of Revenue and participants will receive a certificate of completion. For further information or to register call 532-9149 or email Register by May 17.

Darby Library Garage-a-rama

The Friends of the Darby Library will be holding their third bi-annual 'Garage-a-rama' (it's too big to just be called a garage sale) in mid-May. This year they’re encouraging folks in the community, churches and other non-profits to hold their own sales that weekend to make Darby a destination for shopping, eating, and spring fun. (They're hoping to start a buzz about this fun event that could grow to become an event for the entire valley in the pattern of the 1000-mile garage sale starting in Georgia each year that brings in thousands of shoppers, visitors, and is great for businesses: HYPERLINK ""

Donations will be accepted Thursday, May 20 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Darby Community Clubhouse. The sale will take place at the Darby Clubhouse on Friday, May 21 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 22 from 8 a.m. to noon. The 'Rock In the Root' Darby Music Festival will follow at noon.

All sale proceeds go to support the beautiful Darby Library. For more information call 821-0042 or HYPERLINK ""

BEAR benefit

The Banque Club will donate $1 for every draft beer sold on every third Thursday of the month to benefit BEAR. Join them on Thursday, May 20 from 5 p.m. until close for a split-the-pot raffle and live music. An inexpensive dinner will also be available. Questions? Call 375-9110.


Stevensville FFA banquet

On Thursday, May 20, the Stevensville FFA Chapter will be holding its annual Awards & Sponsorship Banquet. This event will be held at the Stevensville Schools Multi-Purpose Room at 6 p.m. During this occasion, the Stevensville FFA Chapter will be recognizing and thanking their sponsors, presenting awards to members, and a live auction will be held as well. Dinner and dessert will also be served with a flare of FFA style. This banquet is open to the whole community, and the Stevensville FFA would love to show off all the hard work that they have done throughout this year.

AARP mature driver class

An AARP Driver Safety Class will be presented at Marcus Daly Hospital in Hamilton on Thursday, May 20. The class begins at 6 p.m. and will last approximately four hours. This is a class designed for drivers age 50 and over. The class fee is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Pre-registration is requested. There is no written test. Montana mandates an insurance discount for qualified graduates. Contact Mary at 363-6583 for further information.

Devotional singing

Take a little time out to enjoy harmonies and easy melodies from the world’s spiritual traditions on Thursday, May 20 from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. at Common Ground Center, 258 Roosevelt Lane, Hamilton. Live music. No experience necessary. All are welcome. Led by Brian Vayu Jameson whose gentle nature and humor encourages even the most shy singers. A $3 donation is suggested. Contact Brian Vayu Jameson at 381-0617 for information.

Stevensville Playhouse production

The Stevensville Playhouse presents Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple", both male and female version. Oscar Madison, a divorced man, is living alone and has become accustomed to a carefree lifestyle. Felix Unger gets kicked out of his home by his wife. Oscar invites Felix to move in with him. Felix, a co-dependent and meticulous neat freak quickly gets on Oscar’s nerves and hilarity ensues as these two men discover they aren't a good fit as roommates. For the female version, it’s the same plot but with a few modifications. Instead of Oscar and Felix, you’ll get Olive and Florence, who are eager to attract the attention of the Costazuela brothers upstairs and prefer Trivial Pursuit to poker. Pick your favorite gender or see them both on alternating nights. Purchase discounted tickets by attending both shows. Tickets are $8 with advance purchase to both shows (male and female), $10 per ticket advance purchase per show or $12 at the door. Male version plays May 21 at 8 p.m. and May 23 at 2 p.m. Female version plays May 20 and 22 at 8 p.m. Call for information or reservations, 777-2722.

FYI: A little competition is going on between the male and female cast members. Whichever version sells the most seats wins dinner on the other cast.

The male version stars Mike Enzler and Michael Cuslidge. The female version stars Marie Cole and Julie Kutter.

Friday, May 21

Friends of Darby Library garage sale

The Friends of the Darby Library are sponsoring a garage sale with everything from a high end clothing and jewelry boutique to farm, garden, home and sporting goods. Sale is Friday, May 21 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, May 22 from 8 a.m. to noon at the downtown Community Clubhouse. This is too big to be just another garage sale... it's a Garage-a-rama and bake sale! Garage sales will be held throughout the Darby area, too, so make it a fun day in the southern end of the Bitterroot Valley. Donations for the sale will be gladly accepted Thursday, May 20 from noon to 6 p.m. More information is available at HYPERLINK ""

Legal seminar

A free legal seminar hosted by Datsopoulos, MacDonald & Lind, P.C. and the Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce will be held Friday, May 21 at 9:30 a.m. at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds First Interstate Center. Call 961-9003 to reserve a space.

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, May 21 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 Sally at 363-1670.

North Valley Pachyderms

The North Valley Pachyderm Club will meet Friday, May 21 at noon at The Frontier Café, Hwy. 93 in Stevensville. The guest speaker will be Mark French, Republican candidate for Congress. 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. For more information go to the web site:

SAFE Crystal Ball

On Friday, May 21, everyone is invited to help create a future free of violence while enjoying the 15th annual SAFE fundraising event. SAFE Crystal Ball will be held at the Bitterroot River Inn on Friday, May 21. Patron admission will include martini and special appetizer reception starting at 6:30 p.m. General admission ticket holders are welcome at 7 p.m. and all will be treated to an evening of dining by Red Rooster, silent auction and a no host bar. Live auction items are viewable all evening for bids and the live auction starts at 8:30 followed by dancing with the Big Sky Mudflaps.

Silent and live auction will feature dozens of items by local artists and craftsmen and items donated by local merchants. A patron reception will include a martini bar, appetizer reception, an auction preview and special patron only silent auction items. Featured auction items are a girlfriends shopping trip to Bloomingdales which includes airfare, a $2,000 dollar shopping certificate and private shopper, a wine country tour in Napa, a one-week stay in a home in Ireland, a weekend getaway at Silver Mountain Resort. Tickets for the event are: $75.00 for patron tickets, which includes the patron reception and all general admission activities. General admission is $50.00, which includes dining, auction and music. Dancing admission is $15.00 and includes admission after 9:30 pm.

Proceeds from the event benefit SAFE (Supporters of an Abuse Free Environment), the Bitterroot Valley’s domestic and sexual violence services program. Event tickets may be purchased at SAFE, 150 Morning Star Way or by calling 363-2793. Tickets will also be available at the door, but reservations are appreciated. Proceeds from the event will be used to fund SAFE services, which include emergency shelter, transitional housing and other services for adult and child survivors of domestic and sexual violence. For more information, call 363-2793.

Democracy lecture

You are invited to a presentation sponsored by

The Bitterroot Democracy Project

entitled “Democratic Principles and Civil Dialogue vs. the ‘Patriot’ Agenda” presented by Travis McAdam, Executive Director, Montana Human Rights Network on Friday, May 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. at River Street Dance Theater, 421 N. 2nd St., Hamilton. There will be music, treats and discussion and ways to take action! For more information call 552-2306.

Saturday, May 22

PEO benefit yard sale

PEO will hold a giant yard sale on Saturday, May 22, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 350 Lorenz Spur Drive, just off Sheafman Creek. Furniture, sporting goods, camping equipment, household goods, small appliances, books, clothing and costume pieces, and maybe even the kitchen sink. Giant barbecued hotdogs and drinks will be served. All proceeds from this sale benefit PEO women's educational grant, scholarship and loan programs.

Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Assembly #2862 will hold a Charity Auction on Saturday, May 22 at 9 a.m. at Priest Park, Stevensville. There will be many items, such as ag and sports equipment, tools, lawn and gardening equipment, pet care items and more. Proceeds will benefit K of C charities and youth projects. To donate or consign items, contact Will at 880-8169 or Nick at 381-1200. KofC members will pick up your items.

Horsemanship clinic

Bitterroot Back Country Horsemen hold their last horsemanship clinic on Saturday, May 22 at C-Max Stables, 657 Bass Lane, in Corvallis. The morning clinic (9 to 11:30) includes a review and demonstration of horsemanship skills, as well as problem solving for trail rides. An obstacle course for horses and riders will be set up to practice these skills. BCH members will bring stock and the public is invited to attend this free and fun session. For further information, contact Jack Emory at 961-1363 or HYPERLINK "" or the BCH website at HYPERLINK ""

‘Vision Board’ workshop

The North Valley Public Library will host a workshop on creating a vision board on Saturday, May 22, from 1 to 5 p.m. facilitated by Gillian Browne, CSC. Creating a vision board is a fun and effective process to assist a person in defining goals and creating what they want in their life. Gillian is a certified Soul Coach, and will utilize the soul coaching collage method in creating and exploring the vision board as a tool to connect to what is uniquely meaningful in an individual’s life—and getting more of it! All materials will be provided and are included in the workshop fee of $20. To register for the workshop, call Gillian at 599-3950. Pre-registration is recommended as space is limited. No artistic ability necessary!

Dances of Universal Peace

Dances of Universal Peace will be held Saturday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m. at First Christian Church, 325 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton. Dances of Universal Peace are simple circle dances based on chants and phrases from the world’s spiritual traditions. They inspire harmony and community. If you love to sing, love peace and want a lively evening, plan to attend. Each dance taught each time, and children are welcome. Live music, refreshments. By donation. Call Star at 363-4026 for inquiries.

Local film premiere

“Sundancing With the Muse, Heyoka Merrifield's Sacred Art Story,” a feature film by Missoula filmmaker Jason Gutzmer, will premiere at the Roxy Theatre in Missoula on Saturday, May 22 at 5 and 7 p.m. The film maker and artist Heyoka Merrifield of Stevensville will be in attendance.

In “Sundancing with the Muse,” viewers discover the importance of the sacred in art, the sacred in the earth and a ceremonial life that makes them one. Montana artist and shaman Heyoka Merrifield exposes his personal and creative journey that reveals the source of creativity and the roots of imagination. In looking at the medicine wheel of his story as a sundancer for more than thirty years and his near death shamanic experience that gave him a unique grasp of the interplay between our world and the world of spirits, a path is illuminated and we realize we each have a gift to give away to the circle of life, making our walk on earth a sacred journey.

Sunday, May 23

Benefit yard sale

A yard sale will be held at the Blodgett View Christian School, 119 West Bridge Road, Hamilton (by the Seventh Day Adventist Church) on Sunday, May 23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Find your treasure. Lots of items to hunt through.

Swimming pool fundraiser

The next community dinner put on by the Save Our Swimming Pool Committee will be Sunday, May 23. It will be sponsored by the Stevensville Fire Department. There will be a barbecue of tri-tip steaks for $7 per person with free hot dogs for the kids from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. An auction with Wayne Olson, auctioneer, will begin at 1 p.m. Donations for the auction are currently being collected. To donate items call 381-6626 or 381-7971 after 9 p.m. or on weekends.

Accordion Association jam sessions

The Five Valley Accordion Association will hold jam sessions and dances from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Hamilton Eagles, Sunday, June 13 at the "High Spirits" in Florence, and Sunday, June 27 at the Jokers Wild in Missoula. Admission is $3.00 for members, $4.00 for non-members, and free to performing members and their spouses. Live music is provided by accordions, guitars, banjos, drums, and bass. For more information call Mike Jones at 642-9693.

A Capella Society concert

The Corvallis United Methodist Church will host a free concert by the Montana A Cappella Society and the Very Special Adult Choir on Sunday, May 23 at 3 p.m. at the church, corner of Eastside Highway and Cemetery Road, one mile south of Woodside Cutoff.

Monday, May 24

Blood drive

May 24 - Darby Community, Darby Club House, 2 to 6 p.m. For appointment call Kris Reddin at 821-4442.

Hamilton School Band Concerts

The Hamilton Middle School Bands will present their annual Finale Concert on Monday, May 24, in the HHS PAC beginning at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature the 5th Grade Beginning Band, 6th Grade Band, and 7-8th Grade Band performing a varied selection of concert band music. Then, on Tuesday, May 25, the Hamilton High School Bands will present their annual ‘Pop’ Concert and Awards Night in the PAC beginning at 7:30 p.m. The bands will perform literature from the popular genre including music from John Williams, Michael Jackson, and Journey. Yearly awards will also be presented to outstanding student musicians. A reception will follow the concert in the commons area. Both concerts are open to the public free of charge and everyone is invited to attend.

Tuesday, May 25

Republican Women

Ravalli County Republican Women's Club will hold its monthly meeting and lunch on Tuesday, May 25, at 11:30 a.m. at BJ's Restaurant in Hamilton. The speakers will be Sheriff Chris Hoffman and his opponent Joede Vanek. For more information go to the website:

Customer service training

The Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce invites all area businesses and organizations to attend the Montana Superhost customer service workshop “Passport to Service” on Tuesday, May 25 from 12 to 3 p.m. at the Hamilton Elks Lodge, 203 State Street. This session is free of charge to all participants. Pre-register for this session by contacting Pat Easley at 363-2400 or email

Participants in Passport to Service will explore ways to connect with customers, learn the characteristics of an effective travel counselor, identify resources available in their community and region, build skills for tactful and effective communication with challenging customers and co-workers, understand the economic impact of tourism in Montana, and commit to personal steps to make a difference. This interactive training will involve exercises with direct application to tourism based businesses, a state highway map scavenger hunt, real-life service examples to examine, and scenario discussions to resolve service challenges. Glacier National Park gateway community participants will also be certified to answer questions about this year’s centennial celebration. All participants are encouraged to bring brochures and information to share about their or others’ businesses and organizations and will receive a certificate of completion. The trainer for this Passport to Service seminar will be Becky Henne. a dynamic facilitator who has a deep understanding of what it means to provide outstanding service while motivating others to do the same.

Thursday, May 27

Stevi school facility committee

The Stevensville School Board Facility Committee will meet Thursday, May 27 at 12 noon in the superintendent’s office.

Speaker to discuss death penalty

Fifteen years ago, Bud Welch’s life was changed forever when his daughter, Julie, and 167 others were killed in the bomb blast that destroyed the Murrah building in Oklahoma City. While Bud struggled with a desire for vengeance, his journey led him to realize that the death penalty is not the answer.

The public is invited to hear Welch share his amazing story Thursday, May 27 at 7 p.m. at the St. Francis Parish Center, 411 S. 5th St. in Hamilton. The talk is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, visit Sponsors are Montana Catholic Conference, Montana Association of Churches and St. Francis Parish.

Friday, May 28

World music events 

On Friday and Saturday, May 28 and 29, Matthew and Michael Marsolek of the Drum Brothers will be presenting two world music events at Simple Yoga, 220 W. Main in downtown Hamilton. Friday night they’ll be presenting an evening of Sanskrit and World Chant and on Saturday morning, Matthew will teach a West African hand drumming workshop. Space is limited. To register or for more information, contact Drum Brothers at 406-726-4445 or

Saturday, May 29

‘Successful artist’ workshop

The Ravalli County Museum presents a “Successful Artist Workshop” with Douglas Taylor on Saturday, May 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. In this first in a series you will learn how to define your own success, develop a vision and plan of action, learn how to write a mission statement and individual plan of action, how to establish value and pricing for your artwork, the best way to market your artwork and how to approach a gallery, museum or display venue. Upon registration you will receive a packet of information on How to Write a Mission Statement and Plan of Action.  Also you may submit three specific questions that you would like addressed in this workshop. It is to your benefit that you complete these projects before the actual workshop so that the instructor can prepare individual feedback for your statements and questions. Price is $90.00. Enrollment is limited. To register call the Ravalli County Museum at 363-3338, drop on in at: 205 Bedford Hamilton, or email at: 

Wednesday, June 2

Small business workshop

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be hosting a small business workshop titled “The Economy, Financing & Your Business” on Wednesday, June 2, at the Gallatin Gateway Inn located at 76405 Gallatin Gateway Inn, Gallatin Gateway. The workshop is scheduled from 8:30 to 11:15 a.m.

A cast of presenters including local and state-wide lenders and technical resource partners will discuss and present on the economic conditions of Montana as well as giving you tools and resources to help your business succeed. The workshop is held in conjunction with the SBA’s annual Small Business Week awards ceremony, which will be immediately following the workshop at noon. The cost of the workshop is $45/person and includes admittance to the luncheon as well. To register, contact Alyssa Patton, Prospera Business Network, at 406-587-3113. For more information on either program, visit or call 406-441-1081.   

Thursday, June 3

Hellgate Corvette Club

Hellgate Corvette Club will meet Thursday, June 3 at the Edge Restaurant in Hamilton. Dinner and meeting will start about 7 p.m. For more information call Mike, 406-788-4204.

Friday, June 4

Operation Christmas Child presentation

Mary Damron (“Mama Gump”), national spokesperson for Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project, will speak at Clark Fork City Church, 2811 Latimer Street in Missoula on Friday, June 4 at noon. A project of international relief organization Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child hand-delivers shoebox gifts filled with hygiene items, school supplies, toys and candy to suffering children across the globe. For more information contact the area coordinator, Greg Reinhardt, at 360-4253.

Art opening

Pastel landscapes and florals by Florence artist Elloie Jeter will be showing from June 4 through August 4 at the Frame Shop & Gallery in downtown Hamilton. An artist’s reception will be held on First Friday, June 4 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 5

Operation Medicine Cabinet

On Saturday, June 5, Operation Medicine Cabinet will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds in Hamilton and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Valley Drug in Stevensville. This is a great opportunity to rid the community of the threat of old, unused medication lying around your house and stored in your medicine cabinet. Bring your old, unused prescription drugs for disposal by local law enforcement officers. Valley Drug is a Takeaway Environmental Return Project member. Can’t get that medication to a disposal site? The best home disposal method is to liquefy the drug in water, pour it into a plastic bag containing kitty litter or coffee grounds and then throw it in the trash. This home method, while not ideal, is the least impacting on the environment and the community. The best disposal method is to take it to the professionals! Participants include the Hamilton Police Dept., Stevensville Police Department, Ravalli County Sheriff and Highway Patrol, and the Ravalli County Prevention Coalition.

Monday, June 7

Lady Griz volleyball camp at Victor

Members of the University of Montana Grizzlies Volleyball Team will coach players at a camp hosted by the Victor Lady Pirates and held from Tuesday, June 15 through Thursday, June 17. The camp, taking place at the Victor School Gym, is open to both high school and middle school volleyball players. Camp time for middle school players (incoming grades 6-8) is 9 a.m. to noon each day. Camp time for high school players (grades 9-12) is from 1:30 to 4:30 and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $45 for middle school and $90 for high school camp. Camp application and medical forms are available online at the Victor School website ( The deadline to apply is Monday, June 7, and camp is limited to the first 36 campers in each session. Contact Karen Philips at 369-0725 or for more information.

Wednesday, June 9

Book reading

A book reading/signing with Karen Buley, author of “Nurses on the Run: Why They Come, Why They Stay,” will be held on Wednesday, June 9 at 6 p.m. at Chapter One Book Store, Hamilton.

Thursday, June 10

Stockgrowers meeting

The Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) will hold its Mid-Year meeting, June 10-12 in Dillon. Mid-Year is one of the two major meetings MSGA holds each year. MSGA will be looking “Beyond the Barbwire” as it meets to discuss the issues facing Montana ranching families and set interim policy to guide the association through the rest of the year. MSGA will also celebrate ranching in Montana with a parade, ranch tour and its popular Cow Pasture Golf Scramble.

This year, Mid-Year will kick off on Thursday, June 10 with meetings of the MSGA Board of Directors, the Montana Grass Conservation Commission, the Montana Public Lands Council and Montana Association of State Grazing Districts Joint Directors, and MSGA’s Research, Education and Endowment Foundation. Thursday night will feature a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Twilight Training Session at the Beaverhead County Fairgrounds with a stockmanship clinic presented by Ed and David Fryer from the Castle Mountain Ranch, chute-side demonstrations, BQA certification, and dinner sponsored by Northwest Farm Credit Services. This event is free and open to the public. The Young Stockgrowers will hold their meeting with a free dinner and drinks Thursday night at the Barrett’s Park Pavilion south of Dillon.

For more information regarding the Mid-Year meeting, visit HYPERLINK "" or contact the MSGA office at (406) 442-3420.

Friday, June 11

Art show

The Montana Professional Artists Association Show and Sale will be June 11-13 at the Bitterroot River Inn and Conference Center, Hamilton. This is the sixth annual all-member show with a gala reception opening on Friday, June 11 at 6 p.m. Show hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guest artist is Mary Ann Cherry from Idaho Falls. Admission is free.

Monday, June 14

Junior Golf Seminar

A Junior Golf Seminar will be held June 14-16 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. each day at Whitetail Golf Course in Stevensville. Golf professional Ann Loughlin, LPGA/PGA, will instruct three days of golf. Loughlin owns Loughlin Golf and teaches golf full-time. She has won numerous teaching awards and teaches in Missoula at the University of Montana Golf Course and Canyon River Golf Course. Instruction will cover putting, chipping, pitching, full swing irons and woods and some on-course play. Cost is $90 and includes range balls, clubs, six hours of instruction and on-course play. Contact Ann Loughlin, 728-4676, to sing up. Deadline is June 11.

Sunday, June 20

MSU Peaks & Potentials youth camp

Registration is now open for Montana State University’s Peaks and Potentials program, a week-long enrichment camp for middle school-aged students offered June 20-25 on the MSU campus. Peaks and Potentials is designed to give high-ability/high-potential students who will be entering grades 5-7 in the fall the opportunity to explore special topics of interest and work with experts in various subject areas. A recommendation from an appropriate school official is necessary for the student's acceptance. Sessions for this summer's camp include a variety of topics in the sciences, arts and humanities. Topics include metalworking, Yellowstone ecology, creative writing, and biology. Evening activities include swimming, volleyball, soccer and more. Instructors are MSU faculty, graduate students and experienced professionals from the area. University students and professionals act as director and counselors throughout the week. All classes emphasize personal instruction and small group interaction as well as a "hands-on" approach. Academic, recreational and social activities offer students a chance to interact with their peers and sample campus life. Students have the option of staying on campus or commuting to and from camp each day. Enrollment is limited, and the camp generally fills to capacity. Registrations are available through local schools and online at: HYPERLINK "" The camp is sponsored by MSU Extended University. For more information, contact Susan Byorth at or (406) 994-6683.

Monday, July 26

Stevensville Playhouse Children’s Workshop

The Stevensville Playhouse will hold a Children’s Workshop July 26 through Aug 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Workshop participants will give two performances: Friday, August 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 7 at 2 p.m. Fifteen students, ages 7-17, will be accepted for the workshop. Students learn skills in acting, set design, costuming, and all other aspects of a theatre performance. For more information call the Stevensville Playhouse at 777-2722 or Kori at 360-6905.

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