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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Community Calendar

Hamilton Senior Center activities

Monday - noon lunch, cloggers at 1:30 p.m.; bingo on 1st & 3rd weeks, pinochle on 2nd & 4th weeks, at 7 p.m.

Tuesday - line dancing at 9 a.m.

Wednesday - noon lunch, bridge at 1 p.m., cloggers at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday - exercise at 9 a.m.

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

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

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.

Mondays & Wednesdays - Exercise, 10-11 a.m.

Monday-Friday - Lunch, 11:30 a.m. Includes salad bar, main course, 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.

Lilies of the Valley

Any women who enjoy singing two- and three-part harmony to a wide variety of piano-accompanied music are invited to join Lilies of the Valley singing group. No auditions are required for participation. Have fun sharing your time and talent under the direction of Thelma Laws. The group meets Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at 611 N. 6th in Hamilton. For more information call Lola, 363-4633.

VFW meetings

VFW Post 1430 meets the first Monday of every month at 8 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Hamilton the Woman's Auxiliary meets at 7 pm.

Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous is a Twelve Step program that deals with eating behaviors. Is one of your goals to reach a healthy weight? This program offers a solution within reach of all those who want to find relief from an obsession with food. It meets weekly on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 203 Main Street, Stevensville, as well as on Saturdays at 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 1220 W. Main St., Hamilton. For information, call 777-7160.

La Leche League

La Leche League is an international mother-to-mother network for moms who want to breastfeed their babies. Bitterroot LLL chapter meets in the North Valley Public Library community room the third Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m. Mothers and children and pregnant women are welcome. Call 239-5039 for more information.

Suicide Loss Support

Suicide Loss Support holds informal meetings the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the community room of the North Valley Public Library, 208 Main and the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Aspen Hospice, 230 Marcus St. in Hamilton.

When you suffer a loss due to suicide the grief is overwhelming. Most people don't know "just how you feel." What you can expect from SLS is someone who has experienced a loss from suicide to listen to you privately, or in a group setting. You may choose to be present but it is ok not to speak if you are not ready. SLS cares. Your loss matters and your grief is very real. SLS will support you in every way possible. Contact Barbara Jo Burditt, 777-3853, or Brian Cherry, Ravalli County Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator, 360-2708.

Golden Agers

The Golden Age group meets every Friday from 8 to 10:30 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.

Saturday Kids Activities

Join the Montana Natural History Center each Saturday at 2 p.m. for a different exciting children’s program. Admission is 50 cents for kids, $1 for adults and members are free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Programs run about an hour to an hour and a half. Great for kids ages 5 and older. The center is located at 120 Hickory, Missoula.


SEE Sign Cooperative Learning Group

SEE Sign Cooperative Learning Group meets Mondays at 5:30 p.m. at Active Care Chiropractic in Stevensville. Facilitators are Gayle Thom and Jenn Closson. Admission is a donation toward copies/ink. For more information email Jenn Closson at

Yoga in the Root

Yoga in the Root now offers a night class, beginning Iyengar style, Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in Stevensville. In addition, there are general hatha classes at 10:30 a.m. Mondays and at 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Vigorous ashtanga classes are at 9 a.m. Mondays and 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. The program is at Active Care Chiropractic at 504 Main St. Call Jill at 370-9252, or e-mail for information.

Senior Center bridge

Just a reminder that bridge is a game you can play for life, it is always a mental exercise that keeps our brains and wits sharp. If you don't play yet keep your eye peeled for the announcement of the fall free bridge lessons. These classes will teach you the basics and you can move on from there. If you already play bridge and want to play duplicate bridge, games are on Wednesdays at the Hamilton Senior Center at 1 p.m. You will need to bring a partner or call Judy Dameral at 363-0738. She will assist you in finding a partner.

The Morning Gig

Attention musicians! St. Stephen's is recruiting musicians for "The Morning Gig." At 11 a.m. on Sunday morning, gather at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church on Main Street in Stevensville to practice, and then play. Sleep in! Play nine holes! Then come play music. There is a place in the band for everyone - whatever you play, you'll have a spot. If your music teacher is bugging you to practice this summer, come and jam! Just dug your clarinet out of the closet? Here's a place to tune it up. Help everyone be more creative! For more information call Suzanne at 529 6194 or email

Florence American Legion

The American Legion Post 134 meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at the IOOF hall in Florence at 7 p.m.

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 Russell Vogel, 777-4427.

Waldorf Play Group

The Waldorf Play Group meets every Tuesday at Common Ground in Hamilton, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with snack provided. Parents are encouraged to attend with their young children (ages 1 to 5) to explore imagination play, with fairy tales, songs, and seasonal creative activities. All are welcome. Contact Kim Delvo at 369-0213 for more information.s

Library storytimes

The North Valley Public Library in Stevensville offers story times for children ages seven and under on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Volunteer Sandra Wilson shares stories, songs and crafts with children and their families each week. Alternating weeks feature special themes such as letters, numbers or pets. No registration is required. For more information, call the library at 777-5061.

SAFE support groups

SAFE, Supporters of Abuse Free Environments, hosts weekly ongoing support groups for women and children. Women’s groups focus on healing from domestic and sexual violence, building self-esteem, inner reflection, creative expression and other topics of interest to women. Come as often or as little as you want. Groups are held weekly on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Children’s Groups are held on Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Children work on self-exploration, boundaries, and conflict resolution. This group is for ages 5 to 12. Teen Group is held every Thursday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. This group is for ages 13-18 and focuses on teen issues, dating and healthy relationships. Groups are held at SAFE in our Community Resource Building, 150 Morning Star Way, Hamilton. Free childcare is available. For more information contact SAFE, 363-2793.

Caregiver coffee break

Are you one of the millions of Americans who help someone else by providing companionship, preparing meals, running errands, driving to doctors appointments or by simply doing whatever needs to be done to assist someone who is ill or homebound?

Aspen Hospice recognizes the complexity of caregiving and offers a time of respite. Whether or not the person you care for receives services from Aspen Hospice, you, as a caregiver, can find encouragement, support and information at the Caregiver Coffee Break every Wednesday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at 230 Marcus Street in Hamilton. Stop in anytime and stay as long as you like. Reservations are not required and coffee breaks are provided at no charge. For additional information, contact Elizabeth at 777-5009.

TOPS meeting

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 343, meets every Thursday morning at 9 a.m. in the Community Baptist Church, 409 Buck St., Stevensville. TOPS is a non profit weight loss support group Guests and new members are welcome. For more information call Jerry Sue at 777-5355.

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. WIC eligibility guidelines are: yearly gross of $19,240 for family of 1 (including unborn child; $25,900 for 2; $32,560 for 3; $39,220 for 4: $45,880 for 5; $52,540 for 6. For each additional member add $6,660.

Lutheran preschool registration

Grace Lutheran Learning Center is now enrolling students for preschool and kindergarten. Grace Lutheran Learning Center provides a high quality Christian education while nurturing the whole child’s development. Call now to register, space is limited. Call 363-1924.

Kayak club

A new kayak club is forming in the Bitterroot. Trips are being organized from Sula to Polson Dam. Call 917-576-3220 or 961-4818 for more information.

Hamilton Players season tickets for sale

The Hamilton Players are now selling Season Tickets for their 2008-2009 season.

The season will commence June 13-29 with Gilbert & Sullivan’s famous operetta, “The Pirates of Penzance.”  That will be followed in November with “Forever Plaid—Plaid Tidings,” a musical holiday salute.  In February, the Players will reprise Neil Simon’s urbane comedy, “Rumors,” and follow that in April with A.R. Gurney’s comedy, “Sylvia.”  Tickets are $14 for each show, and $56 for a season ticket to all performances.


In addition, the Players have scheduled a number of special events throughout the year. These will be posted on their website as soon as possible. To receive notice of all Hamilton Players events, email

Western Days Parade signups

The Western Heritage Days Parade will be Saturday, June 14 at 11 a.m. in downtown Stevensville. Early signups can be submitted at the Main Street office, 102B Main or on the website at Call 777-3773 for more information.

Chief Victor Days Parade signups

Chief Victor Days Parade will be June 14 starting at 11 a.m.  Anyone interested in participating can pick up an entry form at Farmers State Bank in Victor, Victor Video, Victor Merc and Big Creek Family Medicine or online and click on Chief Victor Days link. This year's theme is "A Community Homecoming." For more information call Andrea Burdett at 777-7024 or Pam Melton at 642-3187. Deadline for registration is June 10th.

Capital Tree ornament workshop

The Friends of the North Valley Public Library are sponsoring a workshop to make ornaments for the big Christmas tree from the Bitterroot National Forest, which will be displayed on the Capitol lawn in Washington, D.C.  You do not need to be artistic to help, because in addition to people who are, volunteers are needed to assist with painting, glueing, spraying, etc. Jig-saw operators and scrap 1/8th inch plywood are also needed. Here's your chance to participate in a history-making event. 5000 ornaments are needed, and the goal is to make at least 200 of these. Bitterrooters making ornaments that will hang on a Bitterroot Forest tree for thousands of people to see. Now, that's a history-making event, and here's your chance to participate. The workshop will be held in the Community Room of the North Valley Public Library, Stevensville, every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, starting now thru July 29.  For further information call Beverly Helrich, 777 2505, or Cathy Atkinson, 777 5986.

Hamilton PTA Fun Run

 The 3rd Annual Hamilton PTA Fun Run and Community Event will be held Saturday, June 7, commencing at Canyon Hideaway Park. Events include a 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk, 1 mile Family Fun Run/Walk, Community BBQ including prizes and dunking of community members! For registration forms see Runner’s Edge in Missoula, The Canyon’s & Antara Sports in Hamilton and all Hamilton Schools. Early registrations are due May 31. A percentage of proceeds will benefit healthy activities in the Hamilton Schools.

Democrats to Hold Convention

The 2008 Presidential Election has generated an incredible amount of interest and record voter turnout across the country. Interest in Montana is especially high with visits from both Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hilary Clinton. Now, it’s time to turn that interest into actual delegates. “This is an opportunity for all Democrats from Ravalli County to attend the Montana Presidential Nominating Convention and the Democratic National Convention,” said John Meakin, chair of the Ravalli County Democrats, in his announcement of the Ravalli County convention on Thursday, June 5th, at 7:00 PM in the Commons Room at Hamilton High School, 375 Fairgrounds Rd. (use the West Entrance).

“Democrats are united around issues of attracting higher paying jobs to our state, investing in good schools for our kids, and easing the tax burden on homeowners. We’re excited about getting together with other Ravalli County Democrats, electing our delegates, supporting the great slate of Montana Democrats running in 2008 and supporting our candidates for President,” said John Meakin.

At their convention, Ravalli County Democrats will elect seven delegates to the state convention on Sunday, June 8th, in Helena. In Helena, delegates from across Montana will elect 17 state delegates and 4 alternates who will go to the Democratic National Convention to be held in Denver on August 25-28.

“We invite every Ravalli County Democrat to attend the county convention and vote, whether they want to represent Ravalli County at the state convention, go to the national convention, or would just like to meet with local Democrats,” said John Meakin.

The Ravalli County Democratic convention will be held Thursday, June 5th, at 7:00 PM, in the Commons Room at Hamilton High School, 375 Fairgrounds Rd. (West Entrance). Call Ravalli County Chair John Meakin at 777-4421 for more information.

Ravalli County Prevention Coalition.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Family Resource Center

Westview Center

Our Mission: The Ravalli County Prevention Coalition creates and nurtures a proactive inter-community network to support our youth and families to achieve successful and productive lifestyles through fun, safe, and healthy opportunities with the goal of reducing substance abuse among our youth.

A light lunch will be served!

Red Tree Symposium

Why are the trees turning red? The numbers are staggering. Across the Western U.S., mountain pine beetles in 2005 destroyed more than 2.9 million acres of forests. In Montana, more than 750,000 acres representing 2.4 million trees were killed by mountain pine beetles in 2006. Canada’s toll of beetle-killed trees has exceeded 20 million acres.

Citizens, elected officials, land managers, private foresters and conservationists are concerned. Is the bark beetle infestation part of a natural cycle? What are the factors causing the outbreak and what lies ahead? How will it affect Montana’s forests, wildlife and economy? Is there anything we can do?

The Red Tree Symposium is a one-day public forum for anyone who wants to learn more about the causes and potential impacts of the bark beetle outbreak on Montana’s forests. Presentations will feature entomologists, wildlife biologists, timber industry representatives and others.

The symposium will be held Thursday, June 5 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom, UM, Missoula. The symposium is free, but you must register by calling 542-4300, or go online to 

The Red Tree Symposium is sponsored by the Montana Dept. of Natural Resources and Conservation, the Applied Forest Management Program at the University of Montana, Montana State University Extension Forestry, and U.S. Forest Service State and Private Forestry.

Pachyderm Club

The North Valley Pachyderm Club will meet Friday, June 6, at noon at the Frontier Cafe, U.S. 93 in Stevensville. There will be a presentation on the origin of “The Star Spangled Banner.” The North Valley Pachyderm Club meets the first and third Friday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. All are welcome.

Gingerbread Preschool Academy registration

The Gingerbread Preschool Academy will hold its 2008 fall registration from on Thursday, June 5 from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday, June 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. at 423 Buck Street in downtown Stevensville. The fall schedule for 3-5 year olds will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuition is $60.00 per month and there is a one-time $35.00 materials fee. Call instructor Eda Karr-Scholten at 396-0105 for more information.

Alzheimer’s Support Group

Are o a caregiver of someone with Alzheimer’s Disease or another type of dementia? You are not alone. Join others in the same situation to share your concerns and experiences in an informal discussion group. The Bitterroot Valley Alzheimer’s Support Group for caregivers will meet on Friday,June 6 a 1 p.m. In the south living room in Valley View Estates Health Care Center, 225 N. 8th St. All family and friends are welcome. For more information call Brenda VonBrach at Sapphire Lutheran Homes, 363-6354.

First Friday at library

Join your friends for a fun-filled time at the North Valley Public Library to celebrate Stevensville's First Friday, June 6 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Listen to music by the Stevi Strings musicians who sing and play a variety of music from country & western to old-time favorites.  The group features fiddles, guitars, mandolins, banjos, a standup bass, and occasionally accordions. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. The North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville.  For more information, call 777-5061.

Book presentation, signing

Two Stevensville appearances by author Carl Haywood in regard to his recently-released book "Sometimes Only Horses to Eat" about famed Canadian explorer-mapmaker David Thompson, the first person to establish the fur trade in what is now northwestern Montana in the early 1800s, are offered to the public at no charge Friday, June 6 as part of the community's ongoing "First Friday" programs.

At 5 p.m., Haywood, who lives in Thompson Falls, will make a presentation at the North Valley Library about why he wrote the book at the outset of the joint Canada-United States Bi-Centennial Celebration of Thompson's exploits, and present interesting new information he learned about the famed explorer while putting the book together.

From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Haywood will be at Valley Drug to visit with the public about his book and personally autograph copies for those interested.

Haywood's appearances in Stevensville are being co-sponsored by North Valley Public Library, Valley Drug, and the book's publisher, Stoneydale Press of Stevensville.

Model trains running

The Bitterroot Model Railroad Club will have its layout up and running this Friday in the Kohl Building on Main Street in Stevensville behind Valley Drug. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. It's fun and it's free - for kids of all ages.

First Friday speaker

The Blue Parrot's First Friday guest artist on June 6 is L.J. Richards, the Senior Curator of the Museum at Fort Missoula. She will be sharing ways to preserve antique clothing and displaying some of the museum’s collection.  All are invited to bring an example for her to evaluate. This is a dessert tea and will start at 7 p.m. There will also be a private collection of vintage clothing that will be for sale. Cost is $10.00. For more Information call 777-0520.

Kiwanis Key Leader Youth Camp

The third annual Kiwanis Key Leader Camp is taking place at Camp Paxson, near beautiful Seeley Lake, on June 6-8. Key Leader is Kiwanis International’s leadership education program for high school students. Its mission is to provide a “life-changing experience that inspires young people to achieve their personal best through service leadership.”

Openings for interested students are still available. Graduating eighth graders through high school seniors are eligible to attend this valuable leadership training. Space is limited, so students are encouraged to register online at before May 23 when a $25 late fee is added. Final registration closes June 2. For more information, contact Betsy Pahut at 406-560-5311 or

Off Road User Assn.

Ravalli County Off Road User Association monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 3 at 7 p.m. at the Bitterroot Ridge Runners groomer shed, 663 Grantsdale Road in Hamilton. This month's speaker will be Dan Thompson discussing the Ravalli County fire season. All members and anyone interested in joining are encouraged to attend. For directions or questions contact Mike Jeffords at 642-9079 or 544-5027.

EFT Level 1 workshop

If you’ve been searching for a simple, natural method of self healing, Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT might just be the best and easiest method you can learn. Learn this powerful and universal healing aid for dealing with traumas, phobias, chronic pain and all emotional issues. Easy to learn and easy to apply, it works by stimulating well established energy meridian points on your body by tapping them with your fingertips. This technique is useful in alleviating typical negative emotions like stress, anxiety, phobias, frustration, anger, cravings, and most chronic pain. The workshop will be Saturday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Hamilton. Fee is $100 which includes materials. For more information contact Kathy at 406-585-0024 or Eve at 239-1576.

Pancake breakfast

A pancake breakfast will be held Saturday, June 7 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Hamilton Senior Center, 820 N. 4th. The menu will be pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, juice, fruit and coffee. Cost is $4 for adults and $2 for ages 12 and under. Everyone is welcome.

Plant sale

The Hamilton Garden Club will hold a plant sale on Saturday, June 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. under the canopy at Bell McCall Company, 300 W. Main in Hamilton. There will be annuals, perennials, housepalnts, shrubs, pots, and miscellaneous gardening items. Donations of plants and garden items can be made by calling 363-2198 or 961-1354.

Assembly of God revival/seminar

“Power to Become Christ-like” will be presented at Light of the Valley Assembly of God beginning Sunday, June 8 at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. and Monday through Wednesday, June 9-11 nightly at 7 pm. with teacher/evangelist Wes Daugenbaugh. Learn how to cooperate with God’s purpose and process to conform to the image of Jesus Christ. Everyone is welcome. Light of the Valley is located at 103 N. Kootenai Creek Road, Stevensville. For more information call Pastor Art Huwe at 777-5859.

Paratroopers meeting

The Montana All Airborne Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association, Inc will be meeting Saturday, June 7, at the Home of Bobby Perkins at 905 E. Groschell in East Helena. From Hwy 12 in East Helena toward Townsend, turn left between Town Pump and A&W. Go to Main St. and turn right, almost immediately turn left onto Kalispell St., go 2 blocks, make a right turn onto Groschell. The business meeting will be at 10 a.m. Bring something for potluck lunch. This includes All Airborne - anyone that is jump qualified from service is welcome to come. If there are any questions contact Frank or Golda Hendzel, 777-3973 or 207-0221, or Bobby Perkins at 580-0359.

Accordion Extravaganza

A special Accordion Extravaganza Show featuring “90 Years of the Accordion” will be held on Sunday, June 8 at 7 p.m. at the Hamilton Senior Center, 820 N. 4th. The event will feature accordion players Beverly Fess from Okotoks, Canada, Odie Odenbrett from Las Vegas, and local accordionist Dick Skultin, along with various other local entertainers. Tickets at the door will be $5.00. The fundraising event will be used for scholarships for local youth accordionists. Beverly will also be conducting a workshop for accordion players at the Brenda Gueldenharr home in Hamilton, beginning at 9 a.m. on June 7. Cost is $15 for the day which includes lunch. Call Rene Patterson at 360-3664 or Jean Roberts at 363-3206 for more information on both events.

First-time homebuyers class

 The Bitter Root Resource Conservation & Development Area, Inc. (RC&D) is holding a nationally certified homebuyer education class on June 9-11 from 6 to 9 p.m. each night at the Human Resource Council Building, 316 N. Third St., Hamilton. Call the Bitter Root RC&D office at 363-1444, extension 5 to reserve a space. Attendance on all three nights is required for certification. The charge is $20 to cover the cost of reference materials. (Please note that if you are buying your home as a couple, one household, you both need to attend the class). The class is especially beneficial to first-time homebuyers with below median incomes, but any potential homebuyer will benefit from the class. Anyone who has not owned a home for 3 or more years is considered a first-time homebuyer and may be able to purchase a home for monthly payments comparable to what they are paying in rent.  Monthly payments on a $100,000 home can be as little as $450-$550 per month based on program eligibility. Homebuyer education classes are brought to you by the Bitter Root RC&D in partnership with the Montana Home Ownership Network, the Montana Board of Housing and the Human Resources Council. Completion of this class is required in order to qualify for some of the special homebuyer assistance programs. Realtors can earn 4.0 hours of elective real estate continuing education credits by attending this class, contact Bitter Root RC&D for more information and space availability.

Veteran’s affairs officer to visit

Len Leibinger, Regional Service Officer for the Montana Veterans Affairs Division in Missoula, will be available to veterans and their dependents who have questions or need to file a claim with the Dept. of Veteran Affairs on Tuesday, June 10 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.

Library Tot Time

Tot Time starts Tuesday, June 10 and is held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Darby Community Public Library.  It's free and is for moms and preschoolers!  There will be reading, art, music and snack. Tot Time will continue on Tuesdays throughout the summer. For more information, call the Darby Community Public Library, 821-4771 or email Terry Ruggles at

Stevi school board

The regular meeting of the Stevensville School Board of Trustees will be Tuesday, June 10 at 7 p.m. in the Stevensville High School Learning Center.

Used book sale

A huge “Umbrella for the Arts’ used book sale will be held Friday, June 13 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Victor Senior Center. The Senior Citizens will serve homemade pie and coffee during the sale. Come enjoy pie, books, and Chief Victor Days. For more information call Lois at 642-3236.

Museum rummage sale

The Stevensville Historical Museum will hold its annual rummage sale on Friday, June 13 and Saturday, June 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Museum grounds at 517 Main, Stevensville. Proceeds benefit the museum and the Stevensville Playhouse. To donate, or for more information, call Dora at 777-3239.

Geocaching event

An introduction to Geocaching will be held Tuesday, June 10, 9 to 11 a.m. at Kiwanis/River Park in Hamilton. Meet at the gazebo. Bring your own GPS unit or call the contact person to borrow one. This activity is designed for all ages and is sponsored by the Bitterroot National Forest and the Bitter Root RC&D and is a Be Active Bitterroot activity. Contact Janeen Hetzler at 381-2951.

Bitterroot Basketball Camp

The 24th Annual Bitterroot Basketball Mini-Camp sponsored by the Stevensville Booster Club will be held the week of June 9-11. The camps are open to girls entering grades 2-9 and boys grades 2-9. All camps will be held at the Stevensville School gyms. Cost of the camp is $30, with family rates also. Each camper will receive a basketball and camp t-shirt. Forms with specific dates and times are available at the Stevensville School offices, Lone Rock School, or you can call Coach Rosin at 777-5481, ext. 120.

Willoughby Wildflower Walk

A Flower Walk will be held Friday, June 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Willoughby Environmental Education Area. Join Bitterroot National Forest Botanist Linda Pietarinen for a two-hour walk in the Bitterroot Valley’s unique sagebrush habitat in the foothills of the Sapphire Mountains. Contact Linda Pietarinen, Bitterroot National Forest botanist, at 363-7172. This is a Be Active Bitterroot activity.

Fathers’ program at library

Looking for something special to do for Father's Day? Come to the Darby Community Public Library's program "Father, Can I Take You to the Library?"  It will be held on Saturday, June 14 from 10 a.m. to noon and it's free. Grab your father, take him to the library and read him a book. Await the arrival of the Darby Volunteer Fire Department truck and get your photo taken. For more information call the Darby Community Public Library, 821-4771 or email Terry Ruggles at

Strawberry Festival

The First Annual Strawberry Festival will be held Saturday, June 14 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Day Spring Church, 185 Westgate in Florence. Strawberry shortcake, to eat there or take home, will be $4 per person. There will be family games such as volleyball, horseshoes, and Bocce ball or just come and listen to music. For more information call 273-7780.

Father’s Day Hike

Montana Wilderness Association's 15th Annual Father's Day Hike to Castle Rock on the Nez Perce Pass happens on Sunday, June 15. Enjoy a ridge hike with a scramble up this old volcanic plug (elevation 7722 feet) for lunch and panoramic views into the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness and proposed Blue Joint Addition to the River of No Return Wilderness. Hikers will meet at 9 a.m. at the West Fork Ranger Station south of Darby. Space is limited; to sign up, call Cheryl Kikkert, 825-6955. 

Singles trail ride

Single? Love to ride horses? A trail ride for singles ages 18-100 will be held at Bass Creek, between Florence and Stevensville, on Sunday, June 15. Bring your own horse. No dogs please. Saddle up is from 9 to 9:45 a.m. with the leaders heading out at 10 a.m. sharp. There will be a "meet and greet" potluck after the ride (last names that start with A-L bring casseroles or salads with dressing; M-Z bring drinks and napkins or a dessert; the rest is provided). For more information call Tanya 406-546-9838 or email

Flea market

A flea market will be held Saturday, June 14 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, books, birdhouses, bird feeders, household items, dolls, tools, health products, and complimentary seated massage by Cheryl. Lunch will be available. Rent a table for $5 by calling 363-5181 or 363-2316.

Darby summer reading program

Catch the reading bug at the Darby Community Public Library summer reading program. It starts Tuesday, June 17 and ends Thursday, August 7. Little Bugs (entering grades 1-3) meet every Tuesday from 1 to 2 p.m. Big Bugs (entering grades 4-6) meet every Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. The program includes reading, arts & crafts, science projects, guest speakers and a snack.  Best of all, it's free and you can drop in any week you're in town. For more information call the Darby Community Public Library, 821-4771 or email Terry Ruggles at

Dance workshops

River Street Dance Theater presents two exciting workshops, June 16-19 and June 23-26, at the studio at 421 N. Second Street, Hamilton. The guest instructors for the first week are Laurel Wall-Maclane of the Headwaters Dance Company in Missoula, Jen Stearns, a graduate in dance from the University of Montana and a dynamic teacher, Natalie Naidl on staff at River Street Dance Theater, and Celie Erickson, a junior in the dance department of the University of Oregon, Eugene. The styles taught will be modern dance, tap, and contact improvisation. In addition, there will be two repertory pieces taught. For the second week the two teachers, Jeanne Christopherson and Lansana Kouyate, will come from California to teach modern dance, African, drumming, and another repertory piece. Both weeks of dance are open to the general public and trained dancers ages 9 through adult. There will be daytime and evening classes. Phone for brochure and more information at 363-1203. 

Trappers Youth Camp

With a goal to put ethical responsible trappers afield, a Trappers Youth Camp will be held June 13-15 at Beaver Creek Park, 10 miles south of Havre. This is sponsored by the Montana Trappers Association and the Montana Dept. of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Call FWP for further information.

Coyote Coulee Hike

A hike into Coyote Coulee will be held Saturday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Coyote Coulee Trailhead. To celebrate National Get Outdoors Day, take a 4.5 mile loop hike along a rolling trail that leads through pine forests, aspen groves, abandoned apple orchards and across small creeks. This hike is sponsored by the Bitter Root RC&D and the Bitterroot National Forest and is a Be Active Bitterroot activity. Contact Janeen Hetzler at 381-2951.

Twelve Inquiries meeting

Open meetings on “Introduction to Everyday Awareness: The Twelve Inquiries,” a series of teachings on awareness and its practical application in daily life, will be held June 17, July 15 and August 19 at 7 p.m. at 217 Main St., suite C, in Stevensville. All are welcome a these free meetings. For more information, call Jill Hughes at 370-9252, HYPERLINK "" Great Freedom is a global community of 24/7 mutual support for creating a world of friendly, happy, creative, cooperative and productive people. Learn how to find the continuous soothing energy within you that makes this possible and brings delight and complete freedom to life. Find the power to greatly benefit yourself and others in all situations.

Stevensville Playhouse production

Rehearsals for “The Fourposter” at the Stevensville Playhouse are well underway! Two very talented local performers, Brooke Perrin and Ben Courteau, are guaranteed to impress you with their interpretation of Jan de Hartog’s delightful rendition of married life!  Peek in on the marriage, beginning in 1890, through tears and trials, smiles and happiness and sit back and enjoy the unfolding of the next 35 years! 

This wonderful production is being directed by Tristen Beller, a recent UM graduate. The four-poster bed, the center of the show, was crafted by Dale Roos and will be auctioned as a fundraiser for the Stevensville Playhouse. Show dates are June 19-21 and 26-28 at 8 p.m. with matinees on June 22 and 29 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $12.00 for adults, $10 for students/seniors. Call 777-2722 for more information and reservations.

Methodist Women’s Luncheon

The Stevensville United Methodist Women will hold a fundraiser luncheon on Saturday, June 21 at 11:30 a.m. at the church, 216 College St. Advance tickets are on sale now for $8.00 which covers lunch, style show by the Victorian Tea Guild, and entertainment. No sales at the door. Guests are invited to wear old-fashioned attire. Tickets/info: 777-2269, or 777-0018.

Vacation Bible School

The North Valley Church of Christ is having a vacation bible School in June. North Valley Church is located at 1669 Houk Way, phone number is 777-5927. The VBS is featuring "Avalanche Ranch" as the forum.  The dates of the VBS are June 16th-23rd 9am-12pm for ages 4-11. To register or find out more information, interested parties can visit the website at: or call 777-5927 and/or 544-1626.

Disability seminar

The Transition Seminar on June 18-20 will be held by Disability Services for Students at the University of Montana-Missoula. This seminar is a three-day workshop program developed specifically for students with disabilities who are considering postsecondary education. This program is open to high school juniors or seniors, and others who will soon be college freshmen. The participants will stay in a university dormitory, eat at a university cafeteria, and attend seminar style workshops on the University of Montana campus. Workshops will address disability rights, assistive technology, and federal and state resources that promote students' successful higher education experiences. Seminar participants will also have opportunities for discussion with college students with disabilities. The registration fee is $110 including seminar materials, meals and lodging during the event. The registration deadline is June 2, 2008. Call UM Disability Services at 243-2243 or visit for more information and registration.

‘Good Neighbor Day’

The First Annual “Good Neighbor Day” Community Yard Sale/Block Party will be held Saturday, June 21, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at New Hope Southern Baptist Church, 869 Sleeping Child Road, Hamilton. There will be moonwalks and games for the kids, a 3D archery fun shoot, door prizes, live music, free popcorn, snow cones and cotton candy. Space for your yard sale is free, but you do need to sign up prior to the date of the event. Come on out, meet your neighbors, get rid of some of that clutter you’ve been saying you ought to have a yard sale for, and enjoy the free food and entertainment. For more information, contact LeAnna Jewell at 363-2409 or Randy Daniels at 381-3275.

Ag business education

In 2002 the County Extension Service in Illinois created a series of classes on business and risk management for farm and ranch women called Annie’s Project. 

Katelyn Anderson of the Ravalli County Extension office has offered to help bring this project to the Bitterroot next October. She is hosting a meeting Saturday, June 21, to create the curriculum of classes to be offered.  Consider attending to let her know what skills you want to learn in order to run a successful farm or ranch business.

 This meeting will be held Saturday, June 21, at 1:30 p.m. at County Extension Meeting Room, 215 S. 4th Street, Ste. G, Hamilton. Enter through the handicap entrance on the north side of the building.

For more information contact Katelyn at 375-6611

Father Smith’s retirement party

A retirement party for Father Mike Smith will be held Sunday, June 22 at 5 p.m. at St. Mary’s Family Center in Stevensville. There will be a potluck dinner at 5 p.m. followed by a program at 6:30 p.m. (Bring your favorite hot dish or salad; chicken cake and beverages will be provided). The community of Stevensville is invited to celebrate and honor the eight years of service, friendship and priceless contributions given by Father Mike. If you have a photograph or story to share, contact St. Mary’s Mission at 777-5734.

Vacation Bible School

“Outrigger Island, Living God’s Unshakable Truth” is the theme for Vacation Bible School to be held June 23-25 from 9 a.m. until 12 noon at New Hope Southern Baptist Church, 869 Sleeping Child Road, Hamilton. Games, music, Bible stories, crafts and snacks will be available. For more information, call Linda Johnson at 550-2147, or Randy Daniels at 381-3275.

Paper drive

The Hamilton Garden Club will hold a paper drive on Friday, June 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Safeway parking lot. All papers, pop cans and can tabs will be accepted. Cardboard cannot be accepted. The paper drives are held the last Friday of every month through October.

Relay for Life

The dates and location for the Relay for Life this year are June 28 at 6 p.m. and June 29 at 8 a.m. at Haynes Field in Hamilton. This year’s slogan is “Together, Let’s Corral Cancer.” If you are interested in having a team, contact Summer Howe, 363-4400 (Sterling Savings Bank). For any general information, contact Bonnie Wickham, 360-4373. “In our lifetime we will see a cure for cancer, not because we wished for it, but because we worked for it.”  

4th of July parade

On Friday, July 4, the Hamilton United Businesses (HUB) will hold a 4th of July Parade in Hamilton. The theme is “Celebrate our Freedom” and the parade will honor soldiers, past and present. Categories include: Horseback, Horse Drawn, Vehicle Drawn, Walking (children and adults), ATVs, Motorcycles, Bicycles, etc., and Cars and Trucks. For more information call Pat at the Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce, 363-2400.

Quilt show

The Sapphire Quilt Club of Stevensville invites the public to its 2008 quilt show “In My Backyard” on Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12 at the Stevensville High School gym, 300 Park Street. Friday, the show runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. 

This year, two club members are being honored as featured quilt artists. Mary Alice Sutherlin creates a strong sense of family and tradition in her quilts. She devotes many, many hours creating “portable hugs” for each of her extended family members. Cyndie McKinley stitches weekly with her friends and admits that she is addicted to quilting. Last year, in fact, she purchased a professional quilting machine to challenge her desire to learn even more about her passion. These two women from the Victor area have mastered many of the different creation techniques. Come to the show to see their work.

There will also be demonstrations, door prizes, fabric raffles, quilts for sale, a raffle quilt, a Singer Featherweight raffle, and many vendors. A food concession featuring a healthy and tasty lunch will be available. Admission at the door is $3.

Treasure State Art Show

The Treasure State Invitational Art Show will be held July 18-20 in the First Interstate Building at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds in Hamilton. This biennial event continues to grow in popularity and support. In 2006 the show featured works by over 80 Western artists and attracted 1,000 attendees from all over the United States. The theme for 2008 is “Montana’s Treasures: Gold Camps to Ghost Towns.”

There is ample opportunity to meet and mingle with art collectors and connoisseurs during the three-day event. The weekend consists of original art work for the public to view, an evening wine tasting and artist’s reception and a gala dinner and auction.

A select group of artists is invited to submit original Western art. A limited number of booths are available for rent, or artists may elect just to submit an original piece of art for the auction. Booth artists are required to attend and to submit at least one piece of artwork to the auction.

The Treasure State Art Show benefits the Ravalli County Museum. Sales of artwork and proceeds from the event have contributed over $400,000 to this non-profit’s endowment fund.

Artists are encouraged to apply early to take advantage of all publicity opportunities. For more information about the Treasure State Art Show, call 363-7570 or email

Outdoor Skills Workshop

The Montana Women in the Outdoors has scheduled the next Outdoor Skills Workshop for Saturday, July 26. The 7th annual event will be held at Spring Meadow Lake State Park in Helena. Through this event, women ages 14 and older from all walks of life will be given the opportunity to experience the thrill of outdoor activities, gain knowledge without the fear of intimidation or expectations and have the ability to use materials/equipment necessary with the guidance of expert volunteer instructors. Classes include Canoeing/Kayaking, Water Safety/First Aide, Birding, Bird Drawing, Beading, Personal Safety and Self Defense, Fly Fishing, Spin Fishing, Outdoor Photography and others.  For registration information contact Susan at 439-3658 or Cheryl at 458-5078 or email Cheryl HYPERLINK ""

Creamery Picnic flower show

The Stevensville Garden Club will hold a flower show during Creamery Picnic (first weekend in August) at St. Mary's Family Center.  Joanne Gibbons, President of the Stevensville Garden Club, appointed Jean Thomas to chair the event with membership volunteers to work on staging, the schedule (rules of the show), horticulture and design consultants, clerks, awards, and judging personnel. The theme is “Seasons of the Bitterroot.” The Standard  Flower Show will follow the guidelines of the National Garden Clubs, Inc. Handbook for Flower Shows.  Design entries will be pre-registered.  Refreshments, educational exhibits, and commercial displays will be included. There will be no admission charge for the show. The Club is encouraging gardeners to plant unusual or "showy" flowers to enter in the Horticulture Division for the two-day show. 

Bitterroot Classic Triathlon

With signs of spring, it’s time to get on that bike, put on those running shoes and start swimming those laps. The 3rd annual Bitterroot Classic Triathlon is gearing up to be held on August 23, to raise money in support of Missoula’s Ronald McDonald House. With a total of 234 athletes competing, 29 business sponsorships and over 90 volunteers the 2007 Bitterroot Classic Triathlon was a whopping success and rose over $11,000 for Ronald McDonald House. Together we can make this year’s event even more successful.

The Bitterroot Classic Sprint Triathlon encourages athletes of any level and age to participate. The event held at the Bitterroot Aquatic Center in Hamilton includes a 750-yard swim, followed by a 20K bike and a 5K run. Registration is open as of April 14 and all are encouraged to register early by visiting HYPERLINK "" and credit cards are accepted.

This first class community event for the Bitterroot Valley attracts athletes of all levels near and far, cheering crowds, volunteers, sponsors and offers each athlete a top of the line, well-designed race jersey and a generous schwag bag. Get involved, you are sure to have fun!

Watch for more information on training opportunities, swim times at Bitterroot Aquatic Center and maybe a kid’s race as well! Business and corporate sponsorships are available and encouraged to support this cause.

For more information, volunteer opportunities or to become a sponsor of the 3rd Annual Bitterroot Classic Triathlon, contact Becky at 381-3201 or Leslie at 370-9000.

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