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Clubs and Groups

Hamilton Senior Center activities
Monday – 11:45 lunch, cloggers at 1:30 p.m.; bingo on 1st & 3rd weeks, pinochle on 2nd week, 7 p.m.
Tuesday – line dancing at 9:30 a.m., cloggers at 3 p.m.
Wednesday – 11:45 lunch, bridge at 1 p.m., cloggers at 5 p.m.
Thursday – exercise at 9 a.m.; pinochle on 3rd week, 1 p.m.
Friday – line dancing at 9:30 a.m., 11:45 lunch
Saturday – flea market every 2nd Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday – bridge, 1 p.m.

Stevi Senior Center activities
Mon-Friday – Lunch, 11:30 a.m.
Monday – Bridge and Special Music, noon
Monday & Saturday – Pinochle, 7 p.m.
Tuesday – Exercise class, 10-11 a.m.
2nd Tuesday – Quilters, 6:30 p.m.
Every Other Wednesday – Fiddlers at Lunch
3rd Wednesday – Special Birthday Dinner, noon, with music. Blood pressures taken.
Thursday – Exercise class, 10-11 a.m.
1st & 3rd Thursday – American Legion Bingo, 7 p.m.
For more information call the Center at 777-5681 04 777-5707.

Victor Senior Center activities
Sundays – AA meeting, 7 p.m.
Monday-Thursday – Men’s Coffee, 8:30-10 a.m.
Monday-Friday – Lunch, 11:30 a.m. Includes main course, salad bar, beverage, dessert. Senior donation $3.25, under 60 years $5.75. (RSVP 642-3320)
Tuesdays – Bingo, 7 p.m.
Wednesdays – Pinochle, 7 p.m.
Fridays – Ladies’ Coffee, 10-11 a.m.

Golden Agers
The Golden Age group meets every Friday from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at 727 S. 5th in Hamilton. If you are a senior citizen and are bored, looking for fun or just want something new to experience, attend and enjoy good food, live music, dancing and fellowship. Cost is $5. Snacks are potluck. Exercise classes are held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. Blood pressure is checked every first Wednesday of the month. Also on the first Wednesday of every month a potluck is held at 12:30 p.m. followed by the business meeting. Card parties are held on the second Wednesday at 7 p.m. On the last Wednesday of the month a birthday party is held at 2 p.m.

Al-Anon
Stevensville Al-Anon Group meets each Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the
North Valley Public Library. Anyone who is affected by the compulsive
drinking of a relative or friend is invited. For more information call
721-5818.

Gamblers Anonymous
Gamblers Anonymous meets Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church, 411 S. 5th Street in Hamilton.

TOPS 
Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), a weight loss support group, meets in Stevensville every Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Community Baptist Church, 409 Buck Street. Guests are always welcome. Call Jerry Sue at 777-5355 for more information.

VFW meetings
VFW Post 1430 meets the first Monday of every month at 8 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Hamilton.

Florence American Legion
The Florence American Legion Post 134 meets the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Florence Fire Hall. For further information contact Post Commander Jim Hamilton at 777-3948.

Stevensville American Legion
The Stevensville American Legion Post 94 meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Post Home on Middle Burnt Fork Road. For more information contact Jerry Esmay, 777-5517.

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

Corvallis American Legion
The Corvallis American Legion Post 91 meets the third Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the Corvallis High School library. For further information contact Post Commander Alex Ivanoff at 961-8997 or Post Adjutant Roy Meyer, 961-4272.

Lilies of the Valley singing group
The Lilies of the Valley Ladies Ensemble welcomes you to share your time, talent, wit and humor in the joy of singing together, short programs to share with others. No auditions to participate, only your love of the language of music and the desire to sing it in melody and harmony. Come and relax Thursday evenings, 7 to 9 p.m., at 211 N. 6th St., Hamilton. For more information call Thelma, 363- 1598.

WIC clinics
A WIC clinic is offered in Hamilton Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at 205 Bedford St, Suite P, District Courthouse building in Hamilton.
The Stevensville clinic is open on Wednesdays at the United Methodist Church, 216 College St. in Stevensville. The Victor clinic is open the second Monday of the month at the Victor Nazarene Church. The Darby clinic is open every other month, the third Monday of the month at the Darby Library. For more information call 375-6685.

Sapphire Quilt Club 
The Sapphire Quilt Club meets monthly on the second Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Stevensville Senior Center, 100 Mission Street. Teaching of short cuts and easy techniques begin at 6:30 p.m. Join this fun group of people to learn about quilting. For information, contact Linda Powell at 777-1070.

Grief Support Groups
When you grieve the death of a loved one, you sometimes hide it so others think you’re over your sorrow and loss. Marcus Daly Hospice offers an opportunity to share grieving experiences and grow from them.
For the men in our community dealing with the death of a loved one, Marcus Daly Hospice offers a men’s breakfast support group. The Men’s Bereavement Support Breakfast meets at 9 a.m. every second and fourth Friday of the month in the Marcus Daly Hospice dining room. Breakfast is provided for a $3 donation per person. Call 375-4752 to reserve your spot.
For anyone in our community dealing with the loss of a loved one, Tuesday afternoons from 2-3:30 p.m. a bereavement support group meets in the Marcus Daly Hospice Center living room. All are welcome.
For more information, call Cathy Palmer, LCPC, Bereavement Coordinator, at 363-6503.

Spanish conversation group
Habla Espanol? Do you travel? Do you work with Latinos? Do you just want to keep your mind sharp? If you are a beginner or just a bit rusty, join the Stevi Spanish Conversation Group at the North Valley Public Library Wednesdays from 6 to 7 pm to brush up on your Spanish language skills. This is not a class to learn to speak Spanish. It will be an informal, weekly gathering to practice speaking the Spanish language. The focus will be role playing for situations experienced during travel and everyday life. For more information, call the library at 777-5061.
Soroptimists
Soroptimist International of Hamilton meets the first, second and third Thursdays of each month at noon at BJ’s Restaurant. Soroptimist is a worldwide organization for women in management and professions working through service projects to advance human rights and the status of women. All interested business women are encouraged to attend.
Rotary Club 
The Hamilton Rotary Club meets Mondays, 12 noon at BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N. First Street, Hamilton. For information about Rotary, call 363-2960.
PFLAG Chapter
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) meets every third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, in the basement, 600 S. 3rd St., Hamilton in order to offer support to families and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the local community. Chapter representatives Dr. Michael Moran and Terry Moran list one of PFLAG’s primary objectives as maintaining families in loving relationships and to keep families together.
For more information contact Terry Moran, 363-7656.
Center for Spiritual Living
The Center for Spiritual Living, Bitterroot Valley meets every Sunday at 10 a.m. at the South Valley Child & Family Center, 515 Madison St. in Hamilton. Learn and share while celebrating our individual and collective spiritual growth. Services are based on Ernest Holmes’ Science of Mind philosophy and support positive global transformation through personal spiritual practice (visit the website: UnitedCentersforSpiritualLiving.org/). Transportation to the Sunday gatherings can be arranged from several communities in the Bitterroot Valley. For more information, contact Barb at 375-9996 or Dave at 381-2355; or email:  HYPERLINK “mailto:BitterrootCSL@gmail.com/” BitterrootCSL@gmail.com/.

Legion bingo
B-I-N-G-O!  Join American Legion Fort Owen Post 94, in Stevensville, for free popcorn and an entertaining evening of bingo. The action starts at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center in Stevensville on the first and third Thursdays of the month. All prizes are cash and proceeds go to support American Legion youth activities.

Valley Veterans Services
Ever wonder what VA benefits you’re entitled too? Valley Veterans Service Center provides free assistance to veterans and their dependents in filing claims with the VA. Valley Veterans Service Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stop by for a visit or call for an appointment at 363-9838. The center is located at 299 Fairgrounds Road, Suite 4 in Hamilton.

Veteran-to-Veteran (V2V) meetings
The V2V outreach group meets every Friday morning at 8 a.m. in the backroom at BJ’s Restaurant in Hamilton. These informal meetings are for all veterans. Many veterans have both unresolved and resolved issues from their experiences in the military that impact their lives. At the meetings participants can discuss whatever they want and the outreach group gives veterans an opportunity to get together to share information and talk about issues. For further information contact Dan Mayer, 360-5435, from the Bitterroot Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America.

Vietnam Veterans of America
The Bitterroot Chapter #938 of the Vietnam Veterans of America meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at 319 N. 3rd. Vietnam era veterans often need assistance with problems and issues and many have similar stories. The Bitterroot Chapter VVA is your organization to provide the opportunity to obtain and share information, to organize grass root activities, lend a helping hand, and offer assistance to all veterans in dealing with the Veterans Administration. Also, through the National VVA organization, the local chapter supplies input to state and federal government legislators on issues important to veterans. For more information contact Bill Decker at 369-2252.

MOPS group
The Bitterroot MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group meets at Lone Rock Bible Church, around the corner from Lone Rock School, just off Eastside Hwy, down Three Mile Creek Road, between Stevensville and Florence. The group meets every first and third Tuesday, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Age-appropriate childcare including snacks, stories and activities, is available for children up through age five. For more information about Bitterroot MOPS, contact Shauna Pernsteiner at 777-5189.

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

Veterans affairs clinics
Andrea Montee, Service Officer for the Montana Veterans Affairs Division in Missoula, will be available to veterans and their dependents that have questions or need to file a claim with the Dept. of Veterans Affairs on the second Tuesday of every month from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Stevensville Town Council Chambers and from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Hamilton Job Service office. She will also be at the Job Service office every fourth Wednesday of the month from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. For more information call 542-2501.

Trap Club
The Hamilton Trap Club is open every Wednesday and Sunday from 12 noon until dusk unless people get done shooting trap before dusk. For more information contact Dick or Cheryl Wallis at 546-3856. The Trap Club is located at the Hamilton Airport.

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

Toddler story time
It’s never too early to introduce your baby or toddler to the wonderful world of books and reading. Together you will discover the joy of songs, finger plays, simple books and bouncing rhymes. The toddler story time for babies through age 2 meets every Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the downstairs meeting room of the Bitterroot Public Library. Toddler story time lasts approximately 45 minutes. For more information, call 363-1670.

Safety seat fitting station
Mildenberger Motors will be teaching families how to safely transport their children on the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The dealership will serve as the site of a monthly child safety seat checkup event to help ensure that children are using car seats, booster seats and seat belts the right way on every ride. At these events, nationally certified child passenger safety technicians will teach families how to transport children correctly. The events are open to the public. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. To make an appointment call Lonie Hutchison at 546-9640 or 258-3880.

American Sign Language Group
An American Sign Language Bible discussion group meets Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 8 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall, 1115 S. Reserve St., Missoula. Discussion topic is “Keep Yourselves in God’s Love.” For more information contact Tom Gacek, 777-0747,  HYPERLINK “mailto:aslgal@rocketmail.com” aslgal@rocketmail.com.

Elks dinner 
The Elks Club at 203 State Street in Hamilton serves dinner to the public every Wednesday at 6 p.m. The $8.50 complete meal includes dessert and coffee. Proceeds help to aid Elks charities. For more information call 363-3031.
Sabre Soccer meetings
Stevensville Sabre Soccer meetings are held the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Main Street Association building in Stevensville. The general public and all interested parties are welcome to attend. For more information contact Brooke Flynn at 880-2903.

Bitterroot Connections
Bitterroot Connections referral group (a sub-network of the Missoula Businesswomen’s Network) meets monthly for lunch from noon to 1 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Hamilton Perkins Restaurant. Looking to grow your business? Come and meet a group of supportive women who get to know each other through member spotlight presentations, educational topics, and the referral and promotion of each other’s businesses. Call Sue Gust at 360-0820 or e-mail suegust@kikapaprika.com for more information or visit www.discovermbn.com for additional opportunities.

Empowerment group
The Bitterroot Empowerment group (a sub-network of the Missoula Businesswomen’s Network) meets the first Thursday of every month at Perkins Restaurant in Hamilton from noon to 1 p.m. Participate in an experience that can help you reach your goals, both personal and business related. Programs have a wide range of interest varying from month to month but the feeling of support and camaraderie will remain constant. Call Jane Foster at 406-531-9556 or 777-2280 or email Jane@fosterandfosterfs.com for more information or visit www.discovermbn.com for additional opportunities.

Fiber Arts Guild
Big Sky Fiber Arts Guild meets the last Saturday of every month. If you are a wool spinner or work with fibers, contact Shelley at 777-5205 or Marty at 777-2421 for location or information.

PEP Sessions
Are you interested in exploring career options suited to you? Attend a PEP Session at the Bitterroot College Program (BCP). PEP stands for Personal Employment Plan and is designed to assist people with career exploration, education planning, and job search preparation. PEP Sessions take place on Thursdays, from 9 to 11 a.m., at the Bitterroot College Program, located at the Ravalli Entrepreneurship Center, 274 Old Corvallis Road, Hamilton. There is no appointment or registration necessary. For more information, contact The Bitterroot College Program at 375-0100 or Literacy Bitterroot at 363-2900. Or, visit the Bitterroot College Program website at  HYPERLINK “http://www.umt.edu/bcp” http://www.umt.edu/bcp.

Community dinners
The kitchen’s open and the food is great! South Valley Child and Family Center’s Suppertime program is open for business and the community is invited for free family-style meals Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. at 515 Madison in Hamilton. These wonderful meals are for families, individuals and those in need of a good meal and community connections. If you need further info, would like to donate, volunteer or would like to be a part of the Culinary Program for middle or high school students, call 363-3450.
Women Helping Women
Want to be a healthily you? Looking for a support group to help you lose unwanted pounds? Women Helping Women meets Tuesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. at the Conner Wesleyan Church, 4674 Hwy 93, seven miles south of Darby. For more information call 821-3570.

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

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

Mindful Recovery support group 
A peer-directed support group meets Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. at the Bison Internet Café, 164 S. 3rd in Hamilton. People in recovery from mental illness and/or substance abuse or addiction can find support and mentor help from group participants. All interested persons are invited to attend. The Café is closed during meeting times. For more information, leave a message at 363-2222.

Darby food collection
The Darby Bread Box is collecting canned chili beans, dried beans, and jelly for the month of May. Donations can be dropped off at People’s Market or Bitterroot Community Credit Union in Darby. If anyone can help, call or leave a message at 821-2081.

Darby Library story time
Reading to young children helps develop good reading skills while igniting their imaginations. The Darby Community Public Library offers two Preschool Story Times every Monday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. All children from age one to five are welcome to come with a caregiver for interactive stories, games, songs, and fun activities that focus on letter and number recognition, and the joy of reading.

Acoustic music jam sessions
Everyone is invited to the music jam sessions at the Rocky Mountain Grange Hall south of Hamilton each Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. Players of all levels are invited to bring their guitars, mandolins, harmonicas, fiddles, bass fiddles, banjos, dobros, or other acoustic instruments. Music ranges from old-time country to western, to swing, to blues, to whatever. There is no charge for admission. You don’t have to be a musician to attend. Folks who just want to listen are encouraged to come – it’s always more fun with an audience. The Grange Hall is located at 1436 S. 1st Street (Hwy 93), just south of the Valley Pet Clinic. For more information call Clem at 961-4949.

Celtic jam session
A Celtic music jam session is held on the third Sunday of the month from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Rocky Mountain Grange. Call Jill at 642-3601 for more information.

Open season riding
Open season riding has started at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds. Come in and sign up for the season or on a single ride basis. The individual memberships are $30; family memberships are $50; and single ride option is $5. The fairgrounds are open daily, and the season will run from now until the fall, weather permitting. If you need more information call the fairgrounds office at 363-3411, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Book discussions
The Bitterroot Public Library offers a “Brown Bag It” Book discussion group on the last Thursday of the month from noon to 1 p.m. in the West Meeting Room. Newcomers are welcome.
May 26 – “Homer and Langley: A Novel” by E.L. Doctorow,
June 30 – “Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel” by Jeannette Walls
July 28 – “Cutting for Stone: A Novel” by Abraham Verghesa
August 25 – “Daughter of Fortune” by Isabel Allende
September 30 – “The Innocent Man” by John Grisham
October 27 – “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain
November 17 – “Siddhartha” by Herman Hess
December – “A Hope in the Unseen” by Ron Suskind

Grace Lutheran Preschool registration
Grace Lutheran Learning Center in Hamilton is accepting preschool registrations. Fall preschool starts in September and will run through May. There are half day and full day openings. Call 363-1924; space is limited.

Donations sought for summer camp
Donations of your gently used/in good shape skateboards, roller skates, bicycles, scooters and unicycles are needed for the South Valley Child and Family Center’s Summertime For Kids Summer Camp. Call 363-3450 for more information or drop donations off at 515 Madison in Hamilton (only good, usable equipment, please) by May 27. Donations of helmets or pads are also welcome. This is a tax-deductible donation.

Habitat for Humanity seeking donations
Ravalli County Habitat for Humanity is accepting donations for its yard sale and silent auction to be held in June. Items can be dropped off on Saturdays at Family Storage on Riverside Cutoff Road (behind Montana Westgate Realty) in Hamilton. To arrange for drop off, call Tamara Bilinovich at 369-1233 or Sheri Jones at 369-1047 or Mari Meyers 375-2527 or email:  HYPERLINK “mailto:ravallihabitat@yahoo.com” ravallihabitat@yahoo.com. Donations will be accepted until setup day on Thursday, June 2. Habitat for Humanity relies on your donations to help make affordable housing in Ravalli County. Volunteers are also welcome by calling the above numbers.

Daly Mansion donations sought
The Daly Mansion Preservation Trust is soliciting donations of items for its May 20-21 Tent Sale taking place on the grounds of the Margaret Daly Memorial Arboretum & Botanic Gardens-Daly Mansion, 251 Eastside Hwy, Hamilton. The Mansion will receive donations of saleable items May 10 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you have questions or would like more information, call Darlene at 363-6004, 4#. Please – no items that need to be plugged in or batteries. All donors will receive a tax donation receipt. The Tent Sale is a fundraising rummage sale to support the operations of the Daly Mansion and the Margaret Daly Memorial Arboretum & Botanic Gardens.

Golf Tournament signups
Time is running out for the “early bird” sign up fee for the Bitterroot Chamber of Commerce/Lions Club Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 21 at the Hamilton Golf Course. The registration fee is $70 per player and $350 per team. Make your checks payable to the Lions Club, or call the Chamber for credit card payment at 363-2400. And remember, you don’t have to have a 5-person team to play!

Recycled art show
Art City’s 13th Annual Recycled Art show in celebration of Earth Day is now on display. Created from discarded materials and found objects, the art work in the show is a whimsical commentary on what would otherwise be considered junk. This work by a dozen local artists represents a thoughtful and often humorous take on our “throw-away society.” The work may be seen through May 28. 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 a.m. to 5 p.m., and other days by chance or appointment. For more information contact Art City at 363-4764.

Library story time
The North Valley Public Library Story Time, a program for preschool age children will meet on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room of the library. The special Story Time theme for this summer is “Nature’s Little Explorers.” Children will read books, have a nutritious snack, and make a craft or do an activity outside. Contact Patricia at 777-5061 for more information.

Troop box donation collection
American Legion Auxiliary Fort Owen Post 94 will be packing boxes for our troops on Friday, May 20. Donations are appreciated and can be dropped off with Margi at Valley Drug, Stevensville Post Office, North Valley Public Library, Super 1 Foods, Bitterroot Star and Three Mile Trading Co. For details contact Margi Leininger, 239-0544.

Military Kids Campout 
The Hamilton Rotary club is sponsoring the second annual Military Kids Campout to be held at Lake Como July 28-30. Children ages 8 to 12 of active duty military personnel are invited to attend. There are many fun activities planned at no cost to the military families. There is a limit of 20 participants so sign up early. For more information and a registration form go to hamiltonmtrotary.org.

Summer outdoor equipment needed
South Valley Child and Family Center needs your gently used bikes, skateboards and tennis racquets to help local kids have a great summer! You can donate them at SVCFC, 515 Madison, in Hamilton or call 363-3450 for pick-up. Camp starts June 13.

Wednesday, May 18

Preschool story time
Preschoolers are invited to meet on the west lawn of the Bitterroot Public Library on Wednesday, May 18 to enjoy “It’s Alpaca Time” and hear books read by Charlene Hakes. There will be special alpaca visitors from Safe Haven Llama and Alpaca Sanctuary. This story time begins at 10:30 a.m. and is designed for children 3-5 years of age. For more information call 363-1670. Remember to wear warm clothing.

Upland game bird meeting
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on a draft Upland Game Bird Enhancement Program (UGBEP) strategic plan. FWP will present the plan’s highlights and accept comments at a meeting in Missoula on Wednesday, May 18, beginning at 7 p.m., at the Missoula FWP Office (3201 Spurgin Road). The plan was developed in the past 18 months with the help of a citizens’ advisory council and was recently approved for public review by the FWP Commission. The UGBEP allows FWP to work directly with landowners—and other individuals, groups and organizations—to improve private and public lands for game birds. Landowners can apply to enroll in the cost-share program to develop, enhance, and conserve upland game bird habitats if the land in the project area remains open to reasonable public hunting. To view information on the plan and submit comments electronically, go to the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov on the Hunting page and click “Opportunity for Public Comment.”  Address written comments to: FWP – Wildlife Bureau, Attn: Public Comment, POB 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701. All comments must be received by June 6. The FWP Commission will make a final ruling on the UGBEP strategic plan at its July 14 meeting. Contact the FWP Wildlife Bureau at 406-444-2612 for more information.

Thursday, May 19

Superhost training
The Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce invites all area businesses and organizations to attend the Montana Superhost customer service workshop, “Lost and Found in Montana.” Both workshops will take place on Thursday, May 19 and are free of charge to all participants. Pre-registration is required. In Hamilton, training will be from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 203 State St., with registration to Pat Easley, session host, at 363-2400 or email  HYPERLINK “mailto:localinfo@bvchamber.com” localinfo@bvchamber.com. In Stevensville, training will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Main Street Association office with registration to Joan Prather, session host, at 777-3773 or email stevimainst@cybernet1.com.  
“Lost and Found in Montana” is designed to create an awareness and understanding of Montana’s travel industry, including “geo-travelers” and to enhance the level of customer service provided by that industry. All of us who meet and serve Montana’s visitors can help them find what they are searching for, and not get lost along the way. Learn how with “Lost and Found in Montana.”
The trainer for this seminar will be Becky Henne. Becky is a dynamic facilitator who has a thorough understanding of what it means to provide outstanding service while motivating others to do the same. With strong connections to the Montana tourism industry, her service examples and suggestions provide practical tips and tools to use immediately following the session. 
For more information visit montanasuperhost.com.

Library Lunch and Learn
You are invited to a Lunch and Learn Program featuring the talented and inspirational author, Charlotte Kasl, on Thursday, May 19, at 12 noon in the Community Room of the North Valley Public Library, Main Street, Stevensville. The topic will “Relationships.” Come and learn how yours can be significantly improved. Bring your lunch if you wish. Beverages and dessert will be provided by the Friends of the Library.

Stevi school facility committee
The Stevensville School Board Facility Committee will meet on Thursday, May 19 at 1 p.m. in the superintendent’s office.

Back Country Horsemen
The Bitterroot Back Country Horsemen host its monthly meeting on Thursday, May 19, at the Corvallis School Cafeteria. Guest speaker is Gil Gale, range management program leader for the Bitterroot National Forest, who will discuss the recently finished environmental impact statement for the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness and its implementation, including both plant and animal species. A potluck dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. with the general meeting beginning at 7:00. Guests are welcome, and for more information call Karen at 961-0101 or check the website at www.bchmt.org/bitterroot.

Friday, May 20

North Valley Pachyderm Club
The North Valley Pachyderm Club will meet Friday, May 20 at noon at the Frontier Café, Hwy 93 in Stevensville. State Senator Bob Lake and State Representative Gary MacLaren will be the guest speakers. 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.

PFLAG inclusion presentation
On Friday, May 20, a presentation and discussion about supporting community efforts that are inclusive and welcoming is being hosted by Bitterroot PFLAG. The presenter is Kathy Reim, the Regional Director of the Pacific Northwest for PFLAG (parents, friends and family of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons). The workshop will be from 6 to 9 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 600 S. 3rd St. Hamilton, in the community basement room. She will be joined by her husband Robert. Kathy Reim has been a PFLAG chapter leader for ten years. She and Robert live in Sedro-Woolley, WA. They are PFLAG parents and their daughter and daughter-in-law live east of Tacoma. They will also be joined by Cesar Hernandez, the Western Field and Policy Manager for National PFLAG from L.A. and the Pride Foundation. Reim is a former educator, a certified mediator and brings material and information useful for small groups and non-profits on best practices, conflict resolution and working with volunteers. She works with youth programs and will bring information and practical strategies for creating safe schools which makes it easier for all children to learn and thrive. She will facilitate a conversation about community and area needs, the role that a PFLAG chapter can play and what resources are available to help. Soup and bread will be served at 6 p.m. and the presentation will begin at 6:30. For more information e-mail Kathy at  HYPERLINK “mailto:kreim@earthlink.net” kreim@earthlink.net  or locally e-mail  HYPERLINK “mailto:hamiltonbitterrootpflag@yahoo.com” hamiltonbitterrootpflag@yahoo.com or call 363-7656.

Dance performance
River Street Dance Theater presents “The Four Seasons and Four Temperaments” on Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21, at 7 p.m. at the Hamilton High Performing Arts Center, 327 Fairgrounds Rd. “Four Temperaments” refers to the four styles of dance presented in the second half of the show: Modern, Ballet, Tap and Hip-hop. The musical accompaniment is drawn from many sources such as Phillip Glass, Sam Amidon, The Cascadia Folk Quartet, the Swinging Bovines, Carlitos Marron, as well as two movements from the traditional work by Vivaldi. The concert includes penguins dancing with the advanced students in a piece entitled “Ice and Snow”, a “Baseball Ballet”, an Afro-Caribbean dance inspired by the students’ trip to Jamaica in 2009, and tap and hip-hop dances. There will also be a dance work “Terroir” choreographed by Angela Banchero-Kelleher from Utah Valley University, and taught to a multi-age group of teens and adults. Tickets are $8 adults, $6 seniors and students and are available at Chapter One Bookstore and at the door. Call 363-1203 for more information.

Stevensville Playhouse production
The Stevensville Playhouse is presenting “Little Shop of Horrors” a musical comedy/sci-fi/horror story. Seymour Krelborn is a nerdy orphan working at Mushnik’s, a flower shop in urban Skid Row. He harbors a crush on fellow co-worker Audrey Fulquard, and is berated by Mr. Mushnik daily. One day as Seymour is seeking a new mysterious plant, he finds a very mysterious unidentified plant which he calls Audrey II. The plant seems to have a craving for blood and soon begins to sing for his supper. Will Audrey II take over the world or will Seymour and Audrey defeat it? Show dates are May 20-21 at 8 p.m. and May 21-22 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. For reservations call 777-2722 or visit stevensvilleplayhouse.org.

SAFE Crystal Ball
Imagine a home where every home is a safe home. Imagine a future free of violence for families in the Bitterroot Valley. You can kick up your heels while supporting survivors of violence at SAFE’s Crystal Ball. SAFE’s annual fundraising event, SAFE. Crystal Ball, will be held at the Bitterroot River Inn on Friday, May 20. Admission will include delightful food catered by Red Rooster Catering. Other highlights of the evening include dancing to the music of the Big Sky Mudflaps and silent and live auctions featuring dozens of items by local artists and craftsmen and items donated by local merchants. A patron reception will include a martini bar and patrons only silent auction items. Admission costs for the Crystal Ball are: $75.00 for patron admission, which includes the patron reception and all general admission activities. General admission is $50.00, which includes dining, auction and music. Dancing only admission is available for $15.00 and provides admission after 9:30. Reservations may be made at SAFE, 150 Morning Star Way or by calling 363-2793. Admission to the event is also available at the door. Proceeds from the Crystal Ball 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.

Saturday, May 21

Calibration Clinic & Private Applicator Training
A Calibration Clinic & Private Applicator Training will be held Saturday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Corvallis Grange. Learn the basic information that is very important to know when treating your weeds and other pests with pesticides. You may also stop by anytime between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and someone will be happy to help you calibrate your spray equipment. Registration is required if you plan on attending the Private Applicator Training. To register and for more information call 375-6611.

Miss Ravalli County Rodeo Pageant
The Miss Ravalli County Rodeo Pageant will be held Saturday, May 21 at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds. The pageant begins with Horsemanship at 10 a.m. in the main arena. The program continues at noon with indoor luncheon. The public is invited. Tickets are $5.00 per person which includes a delicious lunch, live entertainment, and admission to the speeches, style show, and coronation ceremony following. Kids five and under are free. Several great raffle prizes will be awarded to the public. Call 239-0728 or 381-5704 for questions and reservations.

Lake Como campground opening
The Darby Ranger District on the Bitterroot National Forest is hosting a “grand opening” on Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to noon of the newly renovated Group Site area at Lake Como. This is the first opportunity for the public to tour the area since it closed last fall for major renovations. New additions include a wood pavilion, restrooms, picnic tables, group fire ring, additional parking and more. A ribbon cutting to dedicate the new and improved area is scheduled at 11 a.m. Snacks and beverages will be provided.
Another highlight of the day will be the official “announcement” of the site’s new name. The Forest ran a contest in April inviting the public to submit potential names for the new Group Site and renovated Campground at Lake Como – scheduled to open later this summer. Along with their entries, each person was encouraged to submit 2-3 sentences describing why their name was the perfect choice for Lake Como’s new attractions. Each entry was judged on how well it incorporated the history, scenery, recreational opportunities and wildlife native to the area. The winners will receive a 2011 season pass to Lake Como, good for free entrance and access to all day-use areas including swimming, boating and hiking.
The new Group Site is now available for the public to reserve for events.  It can accommodate groups as large as 75 people.  Until now, there was not a location at Lake Como to accommodate larger groups, family   gatherings, weddings, reunions etc.  For more information or to reserve your date contact the Darby Ranger District at 821-3913.

Model trains running
Bitterroot Valley Model Railroad Club will have their trains cranked up on Saturday, May 21 in the Bitterroot the Kohl Building behind Valley Drug in Stevensville. Come on in and bring the kids. As always, it’s fun and it’s free .

Florence garden club
Spring is definitely here and if you’re like many Florence residents,
you’re working in your garden, digging up dandelions and trying to decide if it’s too soon to plant carrot seeds. If you’d like to share your questions, ideas and expertise, attend a lunch meeting on Saturday, May 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Local Living Family Center, 5501 93N (just north of Town Pump). Explore forming a Florence garden club that has an emphasis on, but is not limited to, the growing of food. Bring a sack lunch for yourself and something to share.

Climate change presentation
Allen Barr will give a presentation on Weather and Climate Change from the perceptive of a retired government Meteorologist on Saturday, May 21 at 11 a.m. at the Stevensville Elementary Gym. Barr has a BA in Physics/Math, a BS and MS in Meteorology and worked for over 30 years as an Air Force Weather Officer and Government Meteorologist. The event is free and open to the public.

Democratic Women’s Club
The Ravalli County Democratic Women’s Club will meet on Saturday, May 21 at the Carriage House, 310 N. 3rd Street in Hamilton from 2 to 4 p.m. Guest speaker will be Senator David Wanzenried, Democratic primary candidate for Governor of Montana. All are welcome. If you have any questions, contact Corrine at 544-8586.

Food Co-op annual meeting
The annual meeting of the Bitterroot Food Cooperative will take place Saturday, May 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Human Resource Council conference room, 316 N. 3rd Street in Hamilton (use the alley door). This will be a potluck meeting; bring a “small plate cuisine” dish to share. An election for new board members will be held at the meeting. The Bitterroot Food Cooperative is a member-based organization that is run by a board of directors. The Co-op needs a strong board as well as member participation in order to move forward with its vision. The meeting will also serve as an opportunity for members to sign up for committee participation and volunteer work. If you are interested in serving on the board, or for more information, call Alice Mariana at 961-4970.

Piano concert
The Josh Farmer Band will be appearing Saturday evening, May 21 at the Stevensville Hotel in a limited seating performance. Come hear this up-and-coming jazz pianist in an intimate setting. Opening the show will be Grandfather Glen. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of show and are available at River’s Mist Gallery and Red Willow Antiques, both on Main Street. For more information, call Michael at 240-0216.

A Cappella Society concert
The Montana A Cappella Society and Silk Stocking will present a Spring Concert on Saturday, May 21 at 8 p.m. at the Missoula Convention Center at Winery ($8 cover) and Sunday, May 22 a 3 p.m. at the Corvallis Untied Methodist Church (by donation). The Montana A cappella Society is a remarkable vocal ensemble from the Bitterroot valley. The Society, an all-volunteer organization of singers, performs regionally, promoting public awareness and audience appreciation for the art of a cappella singing. They will present several new arrangements written by Artistic Director Don Matlock. The concert is filled with spritely madrigals, complex jazz selections, playful compositions and soul stirring ballads. Silk Stocking, a gifted trio of women, features the signature tight harmonies of the Swing and Big Band era and will delight you with selections from Cole Porter to Duke Ellington. For more concert information call 363-5778 or www.montanaacappella.org

Sunday, May 22
“Carla’s Green’s”, a fundraiser for musician Carla Green who recently had breast cancer surgery, will take place Sunday, May 22 from noon to 8 p.m. at Ruby’s Inn and Convention Center, 4825 N. Reserve Street, Missoula. A gathering of Missoula’s favorite musicians will be performing throughout the day. There will also be catered food, no-host bar, and raffle items. The suggested donation to attend is $7. Proceeds from the event will help defray medical expenses. For more information, call 529-3875.

Monday, May 23

Rotary Club
Janelle Campbell, MS, RD, CDE, nutritionist in the Marcus Daly Memorial Memorial Hospital Dietary Department, will be the speaker at the next meeting of the Hamilton Rotary Club on Monday, May 23 at noon at BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N. 1st Street, Hamilton. Campbell will share some general information and facts about nutrition and some of the related programs ongoing at MDMH. This meeting is open to the public. For further information call 363-2960.

Darby blood drive
A Red Cross blood drive will be held Monday, May 23 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Darby Community Club House. For appointment call Garrett McCormack, 821-2094, or text Garrett at 381-3382. This blood drive is Garrett’s Eagle Scout Project.

Tuesday, May 24

Republican Women’s Club
Ravalli County Republican Women’s Club will hold its monthly meeting and lunch on Tuesday, May 24 at 11:30 a.m. at BJ’s Restaurant in Hamilton. Guest speakers will be State Senator Bob Lake and State Representative Gary MacLaren. Ravalli County Republican Women meet the fourth Tuesday of each month.

Bereavement teleconference
Marcus Daly Hospice will host the Hospice Foundation of America’s 18th Annual National Bereavement Teleconference “Spirituality and End-of-Life Care.” The teleconference will be held Tuesday, May 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. in conference room C, at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital, 1200 Westwood Drive, Hamilton. This teleconference is for professionals and the public alike. The teleconference, via web cast, will focus on ways to care for individuals suffering from cancer and their end of life care needs. A panel of experts examine and discuss the following topics: the differences between spirituality and religion; spiritual issues and spiritual coping during end-of-life-care; spiritual assessment: competency of, varied approach & consideration for sensitivities; approaches to meaning-making at the end of life; spiritual coping, including spiritual practices, rituals, beliefs, and faith communities; define and acknowledge spiritual counter-transference; concerns of major faith systems toward end-of-life care.
The teleconference is free and everyone is welcome to attend. Continuing education hours (CEs) will be available though the Hospice Foundation of America for nurses, social workers, counselors, funeral directors, clergy, psychologists, EMS personnel, EAPs and nursing home administrators. CEs are available for $35. For additional questions call Marcus Daly Hospice Services at 363-6503.

FWP Citizen Advisory Committee
The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) Region 2 Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) will meet Tuesday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Missoula’s FWP office, 3201 Spurgin Road. The CAC is a general advisory committee that provides input and guidance to FWP on a diverse array of issues—from wildlife and fisheries management to access, state parks, outdoor recreation and law enforcement. Prospective CAC members apply to serve four year terms and represent a variety of west-central Montana communities and natural resource interests. FWP has CACs in every region of the state, and all meetings are open to the public. FWP Region 2 will be recruiting for several new CAC members in June 2011. Visit fwp.mt.gov/regions/r2/cac/ after June 1 for details. For more information on the upcoming meeting, call FWP at 542-5500.

Wednesday, May 25

Preschool story time
Preschoolers are invited to meet in the children’s area of the Bitterroot Public Library on Wednesday, May 11 to enjoy “That’s What It’s All About” and hear books read by Laura Craig. This story time begins at 10:30 a.m. and is designed for children 3-5 years of age. For more information call 363-1670.

Thursday, May 26

Stevi school facility committee
The Stevensville School Board Facility Committee will meet on Thursday, May 26 at 1 p.m. in the superintendent’s office.
Devotional singing
The public is invited to devotional singing on Thursday, May 26 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 607 Grantsdale Road, Hamilton. Take a little time out to enjoy harmonies and easy melodies from the world’s spiritual traditions. Live music. No experience necessary. All are welcome. Singing is led by Brian Vayu Jameson whose gentle nature and humor encourages the shy singers. For more information contact Brian at 381-0617.

Friday, May 27

‘Montana Monologs’ performance
“The Montana Monologs,” a collection of ranch women’s stories told through individual monologs, will be presented at the Stevensville Playhouse during Memorial Day weekend. The monologs were written by playwright Wendy Woollett, the production features the monologs “Epiphany,” from the life of Stevensville’s late Lynn Wolfe, portrayed by Deborah Goslin; “7UP,” from the life of Pat Shepard of St. Ignatius, portrayed by Gretchen Spiess; and the new “Bole” from the late Dorothy O’Neil’s life in Choteau, portrayed by Ellen Wade. Musician Paul Kelley of the Frederico Brothers will offer old-time, contemporary and original scores for the production. The performances are Friday and Saturday, May 27-28 at 8 p.m., and a Sunday matinee on May 29at 2 p.m. Reservations may be made by calling River’s Mist Gallery at 777-0520. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. “The Montana Monologs” premiered in 2007 at the Dunrovin Ranch in Lolo and are culled from the histories of Montana ranch women. Three of Woollett’s interviews with ranch women and their subsequent oral histories were financed by a Matthew Hansen Endowment from UM’s Wilderness Institute.
Monday, May 30
Florence Memorial Day Dinner
The 55th Annual Memorial Day Service and Dinner to honor our military will be held Monday, May 30 at the Florence-Carlton Church Fellowship Hall. A flag raising ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. with the indoor service to follow. The dinner will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu is turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, vegetables, rolls, and homemade pie. Cost is $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for under 12 years old. All proceeds go towards church missions. For more information call 370-0234.

Friday, June 3

Ceramics exhibit
“Persistence in Clay: Contemporary Ceramics in Montana” will be on display June 3-September 10 at the Missoula Art Museum. An exhibition and artists’ reception will be held Friday, June 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. with music by Salsa Loca and beer garden by Flathead Lake Brewing Co. of Missoula. Also on Friday, June 3 at 7 p.m. there will be an Artists’ Gallery Talk with Julia Galloway and Beth Lo.
While many regions of the country are known for their mastery of other mediums, in Montana the ceramic arts are the touchstone of art and culture. This exhibition serves as a snap shot of the world class activity that is happening today in the state. The exhibition coincides with the Archie Bray Foundation’s 60th birthday and is intended to celebrate not only this milestone birthday, but the long-lived strength of the clay medium in the state of Montana. The professional artists in this exhibit are a selection of the many clay artists who are currently recognized leaders in their communities. 
Since the 1940s the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts has had a tremendous impact on the region. The first two residents were Rudy Autio and Peter Voulkos, who in turn had a profound influence on the American Crafts-as-Art movement, and subsequent attitudes about American ceramics. “Rudy” and “Pete,” as they are known regionally, left a rich and growing legacy in the ceramic arts.
The legacy has been passed on and is demonstrated by the nineteen dedicated ceramic artists participating in this traveling exhibition. The featured artists include: Dean Adams, Adrian Arleo, Steve Braun, Josh DeWeese, Hannah Fisher, Shanna Fliegel, Julia Galloway, Robert Harrison, Trey Hill, David Hiltner, Steve Lee, Beth Lo, Richard Notkin, David Regan, Alison Reintjes, David Smith, Sarah Jaeger, Tara Wilson and Rosie Wynkoop. Although these artists reflect a variety of styles and approaches, they have all invested in this place, demonstrated an intense professional focus in the clay medium, and are practicing within their communities to help perpetuate the legacy of clay in Montana. 
Though working in Montana, many of these artists rarely exhibit within the state relying instead on commercial support and attention from galleries and collectors outside the region. Drawing these artists together celebrates the local connection to the communities they call home and provides an educational platform to affirm their creative contributions. It should be noted that this select group of artists is not exclusive, for this exhibition could easily be tripled in size with ceramic artists who are equally vital and competent. This profound fact speaks to the strength of the clay medium in the state and the legacy of the pioneers who laid the groundwork for the generations of clay artists to come.

Saturday, June 4

March for Babies
The Hamilton March for Babies 2011 will be held Saturday, June 4 at Kiwanis Park. Registration is at 10 a.m. and walk begins at 11 a.m. The Walk is approximately 3 miles. There will be a barbecue following the walk, plus cotton candy, face painting, inflatable jumper, music and entertainment. Awards will be given to the Top 3 Teams, Top 3 Walkers and Top Family Team. Register online at: marchforbabies.org. For more information call 1-800-597-7116.

Sunday, June 5

Variety show
A variety show will be held on Sunday, June 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hamilton Senior Center, 820 N. 4th Street. Cost is $4.00 per ticket with all proceeds going to the Senior Center’s operating budget. The fundraising event will include music, skits, poems, refreshments etc. Also included in the evening’s program will be drawings for many great gifts being offered for a raffle that has been organized by the center to help with fund-raising efforts. For more information contact Jean at 363-3206.

Saturday, June 11

Art & Treasures Appraisal
An art and treasure appraisal will be held Saturday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ravalli County Museum, 205 Bedford Street, Hamilton. Have your family treasures appraised by renowned international appraiser Timothy Gordon of Timothy Gordon Appraisals. Bring all your fine art, Indian artifacts, rare antiquities, militaria, fine decorative objects, etc.
$10 minimum donation per appraised item; $8 Ravalli County Museum/BRVHS Members. Become a member during the event and receive one free item appraisal. Light refreshments served.
 Gordon is Antiquarian/Historian for the PBS Series, “Frontier House” and appraiser to the Princess Diana Collection, Kensington Palace, London, the Liz Claiborne Estate, the Levi Strauss Corporate Collection, rare and historic contents of many museums and National Parks. Gordon is donating his services so that 100% of funds raised during this event go directly to support Ravalli County Museum at the Old Courthouse restoration and programs. For more information call 363-3338.

Monday, June 13

SVCFC summer camp
Want a great way to start off the summer? Come and enjoy Summertime@SVCFC, a summer camp for kids June 13-August 12 for kids 6-11 years old. The program offers eight 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 18 and registration forms will be available at the following sites: local elementary schools, many downtown Hamilton businesses, the Bitterroot Public Library and here at SVCFC 515 Madison in Hamilton. Call for further info at 363-3450.

SAFE Crisis Line training
Become a valued member of the SAFE (Supporters of Abuse Free Environments) volunteer crisis line team to serve victims of domestic or sexual violence. Crisis line volunteers provide information and a listening ear to victims of domestic violence or sexual assault and other callers. Training will be held June 13-16 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the SAFE office in Hamilton. Pre-registration is appreciated. A background check is required of all applicants.
Call Theresa Rivera, Volunteer Coordinator, 363-2793, for registration and information.

Tuesday, June 14

‘Habitat for Humanity 101’
Habitat for Humanity of Missoula invites interested persons to attend “Habitat for Humanity 101” and learn how you can help build community, homes and hope this year. Volunteers are needed to work at building sites, on committees and on special projects. Learn about Missoula’s need for affordable housing and how Habitat volunteers from all walks of life are having a great time working together to build a better world. This introduction to Habitat for Humanity of Missoula will be held Tuesday, June 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the Missoula Public Library. Call 549-8210 for more information.

Friday, June 17

Darby Descendants Reunion
The 4th Annual “Darby Bitter Root Descendants Reunion” will be held June 17–20 at the Darby Clubhouse ( HYPERLINK “http://www.darbycommons.com” www.darbycommons.com). Plans are well underway for the “Darby Roots Reunion,” (formerly the Darby Pioneer Reunion). Whether you’re from pioneer stock or are new to Darby Tiger Country, you are invited. Special activities include: programs on “Moonshine and Lake Como Area,” “The Salish,” “Lumber & Timber Life,” “ Cowpoke Poets” and “Strong Women of the BR.” Many old-timers will recall their family connections in the Darby area. Everyone is encouraged to bring photos, exhibits, albums, scrapbooks, CDs, to share your family’s connections. Kids activities and games are being planned to keep the younger Darbarians entertained, educated and active. For more information, or to get a registration form, or if you are interested in joining the planning process, contact Bonnie Evers,  HYPERLINK “mailto:bonevers@netzero.net” bonevers@netzero.net, 821-3214; Evelyn Savochka:  HYPERLINK “mailto:evie@dishmail.net” evie@dishmail.net; 531-0327; Helen Ann Bibler:  HYPERLINK “mailto:helenann13@hughes.net” helenann13@hughes.net, 821-3444.

Monday, July 18

UM science adventure camp
Registration is now open for “MOLLI Summer Adventures in Science: Connecting the Circle,” a summer camp for children ages 6 through 12 and their grandparents hosted by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at The University of Montana. The science day camp will run Monday and Tuesday, July 18-19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will learn from one another in scientific exploration through classroom and field experiences, starting with the “Mr. G Science Show” with Glenn Govertsen, who has taught physics at Missoula’s Sentinel High School for more than 30 years and is a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. 
The following summer camp courses are designed for children 6 to 9 years old:
• Incredible Edible Bugs with Annika Johns, UM graduate and recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence.
• Explosive Chemistry with a team led by Amanda Lockwood, spectrUM Discovery Area educator.
• Farm to Table with Jason Mandala, Garden City Harvest community education director.
The following courses are available for children 9 to 12 years old:
• Bones & Stones with Garry Kerr, UM Department of Anthropology lecturer.
• Buzz about Bees with UM Professor Jerry Bromenshenk and Bee Alert field technician Scott Debnam.
• Robotics Sensory Garden with spectrUM Discovery Area operational manager Jessie Herbert and software engineer and guest spectrUM educator Will Bain.
The summer camp costs $100 per adult and child pair. A $20 MOLLI membership also is required for adults who wish to participate. The membership allows registration for lifelong learning courses offered through the institute each spring and autumn at UM. Those who purchase a membership for this year’s summer camp will be eligible to register for all MOLLI courses offered through June 30, 2012. 
Full summer camp course descriptions, information about instructors and registration forms are online at  HYPERLINK “http://www.umt.edu/molli” http://www.umt.edu/molli. For more information, call Dannette Fadness of UM’s School of Extended Studies and Lifelong Learning at 243-2905.

Friday, July 22

HHS Class of ’81 reunion
The Hamilton High School Class of 1981 will be holding its class reunion July 22-24. For list of events contact Brent Huseby at 363-4226 to leave a message for Lisa Green-Dow at 406-381-9258. Or for more information go to Facebook at Hamilton High School.

Saturday, August 27

Bitterroot Classic Triathlon
The 6th annual Bitterroot Classic Triathlon will be held Saturday, August 27 at the Bitterroot Aquatic Center.  The race is a fast, fun and exciting family event held to benefit the Missoula Ronald McDonald House. Athletes race registration now open; register online at  HYPERLINK “http://www.bitterrootclassictriathlon.com” www.bitterrootclassictriathlon.com.
Over the past five years, the Bitterroot Classic Triathlon has raised over $65,000 in support of Missoula’s Ronald McDonald House. Join in by sponsoring, volunteering or participating in this fun and worthwhile event of swimming, cycling and running to raise funds for this special place. The Bitterroot Classic Triathlon is a sprint distance race, 750yd Swim (15 laps in Bitterroot Aquatic Center pool), 20k Bike, 5k Run (followed by a children’s triathlon).
The swim takes place in the Bitterroot Aquatic Center pool, the bike portion gives racers the opportunity to take in the great views of the Bitterroot and Sapphire mountains while racing with the cows through some of the most beautiful private property in Ravalli County. The race concludes with a double loop around the Hamilton High School. The racers entry fee is $45.00 and all activities will take place at the Bitterroot Aquatic Center. The Bitterroot Classic Triathlon has something for everybody! Volunteers interested in helping out on race day, call Lynn at 531-2684 or email at lynn@rmhmissoula.org. For more information on the Bitterroot Classic Triathlon, visit  HYPERLINK “http://www.bitterrootclassictriathlon.com” www.bitterrootclassictriathlon.com.

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