Wednesday, August 3
Preschool story time
Preschoolers are invited to meet in the children’s corner of the Bitterroot Public Library on Wednesday, August 3 to enjoy “Lullabies Around the World” and hear books read by Lisa DeMoss. 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.
Library Wild Wednesday
Bring a blanket, and lunch if you wish, to the next Wild Wednesday event on the west lawn of the Bitterroot Public Library. Enjoy some lively songs with singer-songwriter Chip Jasmin at 1:30 p.m. One more great way for your family to be involved with the Summer Reading Program; the theme this summer is “One World: Many Stories.”
Stevensville Garden Club
The Stevensville Garden Club will meet Wednesday, August 3 at 1 p.m. at a member’s garden to learn how to select prize winning entries for the Ravalli County Fair. Superintendents for Floral and Vegetables will give guidelines for proper selection of specimens for entry. Guests are welcome. Contact JoAnne at 961-5642 for more information.
Thursday, August 4
Stevi school facility committee
The Stevensville School Board of Trustees Facility Committee will meet on Thursday, August 4 at 10 a.m. in the superintendent’s office.
All male and female valley athletes in high school and middle school are invited to the new Marcus Daly Rehabilitation Center on Thursday, August 4 or Wednesday, August 10 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for their annual sports physical. Over the past five years the annual sports physical program sponsored by Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital and the Medical Staff has raised over $42,000 for the valley’s school athletic programs. The cost is $25 per student and 100% of the proceeds will be donated back to the students’ school athletic program. Cash or check only, payment is due at the time of visit, no refunds. Enter the Marcus Daly Rehabilitation Center through the main entrance, located on the southwest end of Westwood Drive. During this year’s Sports Physical Clinics a representative from Healthy Montana Kids will be on hand to talk to parents about free or low-cost health insurance for their children. Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital is proud to be a Montana CHIPRA (Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act) Coalition Member and Enrollment Partner with Healthy Montana Kids. The Healthy Montana Kids plan provides coverage to children and teens through age 19. Eligibility is based on family size and income.
Sports physical forms are available from doctor’s offices or coaches; or online at www.mdmh.org. Parents must fill out and sign the sports physical form and accompany their child at the examination. The physical will include height, weight, blood pressure, pulse, vision, evaluations for posture, joints, strength, and flexibility, heart, lungs, abdomen, ears, nose, and throat. Students with chronic problems should be seen by their primary care provider.
For more information, call 363-2211 or visit www.mdmh.org.
“The Hudson River School and Washington Irving,” a free lecture with Jo Anne Church, will be presented Thursday, August 4, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ravalli County Museum, 205 Bedford, Hamilton. Ever since Europeans began settling in the New World, they have had to deal with the concept of “wilderness.” For the earliest settlers, wilderness represented evil because of its separation from God. Therefore it had to be conquered for man’s good. As settlement and development continued, it became apparent that the wilderness was disappearing. Writers and artists began dealing with their ambivalence about the purpose of wilderness: a place of chaos and confusion or a place of sanctity and peace. This event is co-sponsored by Humanities Montana. For more information call 363-3338 or go to www.brvhsmuseum.org.
Free Hebrew classes will start Thursday, August 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bitterroot Public Library and will continue on August 10, 18 and 25. Learn to read, write and speak the language of Jesus. Call 363-1151 to sign up or for more information.
Friday, August 5
Creamery Picnic book sale
The North Valley Public Library Friends of the Library will hold the annual Creamery Picnic Book Sale Friday, August 5, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday August 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Community Room of the Library. This is the library’s biggest and best book sale! From histories to mysteries, romance to learn-to-dance, some books on diction, lots of non-fiction, Shakespearean tales, all books on sale. You’ll find Harvard classics, as well as popular novels from the 30s, 40s, and 50s. There are sets of encyclopedias for children, for gardeners, for handy persons, for everyone who yearns to learn. There are books for children and teens and some for in-betweens. There will be more videos than ever before including DVDs and books on tape. Old books and nearly new will be there, folks, just waiting for you! The North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call the library at 777-5061.
“Ready Set Play!” free creative play group for preschoolers and parents will be held Friday, August 5 from 10:30 to 12 noon at the Local Living Family Center, 5501 93N in Florence. Through creative arts children explore and represent their ideas about the world, reveal their inner thoughts and feeling, find ways to understand themselves, enrich their world and bring beauty into it. Parents will learn how to make clay, sidewalk chalk and discover wonderful resources for their children to create a masterpiece. For more information call 273-0142.
North Valley Pachyderm Club
The North Valley Pachyderm Club will meet Friday, August 5, at noon at The Frontier Café, Hwy 93 in Stevensville. County Commissioner Greg Chilcott will be the guest speaker. The North Valley Pachyderm Club meets the first and third Friday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at the Frontier Café and is an educational arm of the Republican Party. All are welcome.
Commemorative brick sale
The Stevensville Booster Club will be offering etched bricks to be ordered at the dedication to the new 4-8 school building on Friday, August 5 from 3 to 5 p.m. The bricks will be engraved and placed in a covered walkway in the entrance to the new Music Center. This is a great opportunity for you to be a part of the new facility for many years to come. The bricks will be sold for $30 each. There are a limited number of bricks available.
Stevensville Class of ’71 reunion
The Stevensville High School Class of 1971 will hold its 40th class reunion August 5 and 6. Contact Debbie Severson at 406-777-3576 or email email@example.com for more information.
Stevensville Class of ’81 reunion
The Stevensville High School Class of 1981 will hold its 30th class reunion August 5 and 6. Planning is underway for all classmates to have a great time, whether you graduated with the class in May of 1981 or not. Help is needed in finding classmates and if you know of one who hasn’t been contacted or need additional information, contact Dawn Lujan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Brian Potton at 406-369-1128.
NV Library open house
Come experience and learn more about the new computer equipment offered at the North Valley Public Library, 208 Main. Ask technology trainer, Seth Pollman, your computer and technology questions and see a demo on Friday, August 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. The library has made the following new equipment available to patrons: 9 desktop computers with Internet access; 3 computers with software and accessories for patrons with low-vision and low-dexterity (screen magnification, ergonomic keyboards and mice); 2 computers with software for blind patrons (JAWZ, MAGic); 2 children’s computers, pre-loaded with popular early-reading and learning software (ages 3-12); 6 laptop computers available for in-library use; new furniture, including one adjustable-height desk; headphones; privacy screens. The North Valley Public Library is a free Wi-Fi Hot Spot. To learn more, or to volunteer for the event, call Seth at 777-5061.
Missoula artist Peter Keefer will be showing a stunning selection from his original series of photo collage drawings, depicting scenes and subjects from urban, industrial, and maritime locations far from Montana at The Frame Shop & Gallery in Hamilton. His photo collage drawings begin with a group of incrementally-shot photographs of a particular object, letting the curvature of the camera lens suggest changes in perspective. Peter extends and elaborates the scene by drawing with a combination of pencil, oil pastel, lithographic ink and turpentine wash, resulting in provocative imagery. An opening reception will be held on First Friday, August 5, from 5-8 pm at The Frame Shop & Gallery, 325 Main St, Hamilton. Call 363-6684 for more information. This show will be displayed until October 5th.
Creamery Picnic kiddie parade
The annual Creamery Picnic Kiddie Parade will be held Friday, August 5 at 6:30 p.m. Line up at Veterans Park by 5:50 p.m. Judging starts at 6 p.m. Parade starts at 6:30 from Veterans Park to 3rd Street, then west to Lewis and Clark Park. Free ice cream for all kids’ parade participants will be served at Lewis and Clark Park after the parade. Go online to get registration form at www.creamerypicnic.com or pick one up at Leaps and Bounds. Turn in registration or at least phone register by noon on Friday, August 5 to be eligible for prizes and ribbons. For more information call Felicia at 241-9896 or 777-3707.
“Art in the Family” will be featured for August at River’s Mist Gallery of Fine Art in Stevensville. This show will feature a family of outstanding artists including Heidi Zielinski, a national award winning fiber artist; (her father) Sid Frissell, national award winning watercolorist; Mickey Frissell, fiber art and traditional quilts (Heidi’s mother); Chris Frissell, photography (brother); and Marcy Frissell, wearable art (sister). Along with Ms. Zielinski’s exceptional fiber art and Mr. Frissell’s beautiful watercolors, the show will include outstanding photographs of trains as well as a range of interpretation of a pheasant by each artist. The budding artists are Michael Zielinski, watercolor/gouache (Heidi’s son), Clay Frissell, Aubrey Frissell, and Beatrice Frissell (Heidi’s nieces and nephew). An artists’ reception will be held Friday, August 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. The show runs through August 30, and gallery hours are 11 to 6, Monday through Saturday. The gallery is located at 317 Main Street in Stevensville. For more information call 777-0520.
The art of Wendy Red Star will be featured in a show titled “My Home is Where My Tipi Sits (Crow Country)” August 5 through November 27 at the Missoula Art Museum (MAM). Born in Billings and raised on the nearby Crow Indian Reservation, Red Star’s visual language speaks sincerely about her experiences as a Crow Indian in contemporary society. This exhibition of photographs, grouped by subject and presented as large individual prints, demystifies the romantic stereotype of American Indians while examining the mundane objects of rural life. An artist’s reception will be held Saturday, August 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. with a gallery talk at 7 p.m. The MAM is located at 335 N. Pattee in Missoula. For more information call 728.0447 or visit the MAM website at www.missoulaartmuseum.org.
Hot August Nights
The Bitterroot Cares for Kids Network is hosting Hot August Nights all four Fridays in August. Starting up August 5 and running each Friday through August 26, come for a great Suppertime free community dinner at 6 p.m. and then stay for great indoor and outdoor games (basketball, bocce ball, croquet and more!), movies, or simply chill out sipping lemonade. These nights are totally free to the community at 515 Madison (South Valley Child and Family Center) in Hamilton. For more information call 532-9149.
Saturday, August 6
Masonic pancake breakfast
In conjunction with the annual Creamery Picnic festivities, the Stevensville Masonic Lodge will hold its annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, August 6 from 7 to 11 a.m. at the lodge 3rd and Church, Stevensville (one block east of Main at the stop sign). All brothers, sisters, sojourners and the public are invited for eggs, bacon, pancakes and beverages. Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children. Proceeds assist the Florence and Stevensville schools’ Junior Achievement Programs, and the “Bikes for Books” programs at Lone Rock and Stevensville schools.
Lutheran preschool alumni float
Calling all students of Stevensville’s Our Savior Lutheran Preschool: You are invited to ride the OSLP alumni float in the Creamery Picnic parade on Saturday, August 6. All past students – even those with children of your own – are invited to ride the float to celebrate all classes. Watch for the sign at the corner of Main and South on Saturday morning by 10:30 a.m. to be directed to the float. Everyone is welcome to stop by the Our Savior and the Our Savior Lutheran Preschool booths near the children’s area. Ice water will be served to all, Bible stories and puppet shows will be shared and children’s crafts and activities will entertain tired youngsters–– and give parents a few minutes of break time!
Creamery Picnic burger luncheon
The Stevensville Senior Center, 100 Mission, will serve hamburgers and homemade pie from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 6 during the Creamery Picnic. Everyone is welcome.
Travelers’ Rest presentations
Visit Travelers’ Rest State Park on Saturday, August 6 to watch history come to life. The state park will host an afternoon of demonstrations, re-enactors, and hands-on fun for the whole family. The event, which runs from 12 to 4 p.m., will feature demonstrations and activities such as a family orienteering course and scavenger hunt, Lewis & Clark tools and skills demonstration, traditional Salish tools, candle making for kids, a soap making demonstration, a cultural use of fire workshop and more. To find out more about the afternoon event line-up, call Travelers’ Rest at 273-4253. The event fee is $5 per vehicle. To reach the park, travel approximately ½ mile west of Lolo on Highway 12 to the park entrance. Travelers’ Rest State Park hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day through the end of August. The Holt Museum and Visitor Center at Travelers’ Rest is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.
‘Roundup at Riverside’
The Daly Mansion presents its Roundup at Riverside fundraiser on Saturday, August 6. Attire is Bitterroot formal. There will be tours of the Mansion beginning at 5 p.m., a silent auction and cocktails beginning at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and dessert provided by Red Rooster Catering at 7 p.m. A live auction will begin soon after and will include such items as gourmet dinners in private homes, original and collectible works of art, vacation packages, and many other fabulous items. The evening will also feature live fiddle and banjo music by award winning Mike Conroy. Tickets are $85 per person and includes drink tickets and dinner. This is the Daly Mansion Preservation Trust’s premiere fundraising event supporting education and community programming and daily operations of the Daly Mansion and the Margaret Daly Memorial Arboretum & Botanic Gardens. For more information or to make reservations, call 363-6004.
Baby Run and Stroller Stampede
A Bitterroot Baby Run and Stroller Stampede sponsored by the Bitterroot Breastfeeding Coalition will be held Saturday, August 6 at the South Valley Child and Family Center, 515 Madison in Hamilton. A 5K Run/Walk will start at 9 a.m., with the Stampede at 10:30 a.m. Strollers are welcome in the 1-mile fun run/walk Stampede designed to include the whole family. 5K entry fee is $15 (includes Stampede). Stroller Stampede is $5 per person or $15 per family. Pre-registration deadline is July 13. All proceeds benefit the Bitterroot Breastfeeding Coalition. Registration forms are available at Runners Edge, Bob Wards in Hamilton and the North Valley Library in Stevensville or online at www.bitterrootbreastfeedingcoalition org. For more information contact Mary at 880-2551.
MAPS feature airing
A feature on the MAPS Media Institute will air on Montana PBS on Saturday, August 6 at 5 p.m. and again on Sunday, August 7 at 10:30 a.m. What happens when you combine Hollywood movie and media professionals and Ravalli County high school students? You get the MAPS Media Institute. “After the Bell: Inside the MAPS Media Institute” is a behind-the-scenes look at one of Montana’s most successful media production companies and its creative heartbeat is 14-18 year old students. You’ll see MAPS students produce public service commercials, TV spots for fee paying clients, documentaries and short dramatic films… they’ve even worked with Montana’s First Lady, Nancy Schweitzer. Hosted by MAPS instructor Ian Marquand, if you’ve ever wondered what Montana kids do after school, here’s your opportunity to find out. Airs Saturday 8/6 at 5pm, repeats Sunday 8/7 at 10:30 a.m.
The monthly, first Saturday Bitterroot Valley Good-Time Jamboree at Rocky Mountain Grange will be held August 6 and will feature Lori Skyrud with her lovely voice and guitar, followed by The Sweethearts of the Bitterroot Valley. Richard Russel and his “Let’s Dance” group will also entertain with dance demonstrations, and then Bill Lacroix offers his style of old-time and country songs. The well-known Firp Redman and his band close the show. Concert time is 7 to 9 p.m. The Grange is located about a mile south of Hamilton at 1436 S. 1st Street (93 highway south), just south of the Valley Pet Clinic. For more information call Clem at 961-4949.
Sunday, August 7
Lone Rock park board
The Lone Rock Division of the Ravalli County Park Board will meet Sunday, August 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Three Mile Fire House. The public is welcome.
Monday, August 8
Kids printing activity
“Prints from the Garden” free event for parents and kids ages 6 to 9 will be held Monday, August 8 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Local Living Family Center, 5501 93N, Florence. Children express themselves exploring color, shape, pattern and variety. They will have fun discovering how different shapes make interesting designs. As they experiment, children will experience changes in how they feel, the success or disappointment about what they like or don’t like. The group will share their expressions through art. For more information call 273-0142.
Pat Tucker, local wolf expert, will speak on wolf biology at the next meeting of the Hamilton Rotary Club on Monday, August 8, at noon at BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N. 1st Street, Hamilton. This meeting is open to the public. For further information call 363-2960.
August blood drives
Monday, August 8, Stevensville Community, 2 to 6 p.m. Blood mobile will be parked in the Super 1 Foods parking lot. For appointment visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code Stevensville or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
Tuesday, August 9, Hamilton Community, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, 275 Hattie Lane. For appointment call Tammie Mart, 642-3996.
Wednesday, August 10, Florence Carlton Community, 1 to 6 p.m., Florence Carlton Church. For appointment call Kathy McCaughey, 273-6759.
Monday, August 15, Corvallis Physical Therapy, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Blood mobile will be in the parking lot 1050 Eastside Highway. For appointment visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code corvallispt or call 961-3914.
Tuesday, August 16, First Choice Hamilton, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Blood mobile will be in front of building at 186 S. 3rd Street. For appointment call 375-9555.
Saturday, August 20, Iron Horse Athletic Club, 10 to 1 p.m. Blood mobile will be in parking lot. For appointment call 363-0300.
Tuesday, August 23, Victor Community, 2 to 5 p.m., Church of the Nazarene, 5th & A Street. For appointment call Cora Mae at 821-3514.
First time homebuyer class
The Bitter Root Resource Conservation & Development Area, Inc. (RC&D) is holding a nationally certified homebuyer education class on August 8, 9, and 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. (each night) at the Human Resource Council Building, 316 N. Third St., Hamilton. 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. The current market is right for homebuyers. Homebuyer education classes are brought to you by the Bitter Root RC&D in partnership with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Montana Board of Housing, NeighborWorks Montana and the Human Resources Council. Completion of this class is required in order to qualify for some of the special homebuyer loan assistance programs. Call the Bitter Root RC&D office at 363-5450, ext. 5 if you would like to reserve a space. Attendance on all three nights is required for certification. The charge is $25 to cover the cost of reference materials. (If you are buying your home as a couple, one household, you both need to attend the class.)
SAFE book club
SAFE is starting a book club. The first meeting will be held on Monday, August 8, at 7 p.m. at Chapter One Book Store in Hamilton. You’re invited to join in a discussion of Kathryn Stockett’s “The Help.” For more information, contact Sonya or Wendy at 363-2793.
Tuesday, August 9
Library Creation Stations
Visit the children’s area of the Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton for some world crafts on Tuesday, August 9 between 2 and 4 p.m. Celebrate world art by making a Hmong Story Cloth and a Dragon Kite. Young artists (kindergarteners and older) are welcome when accompanied by a caregiver.
Stevi school board
The regular meeting of the Stevensville School Board of Trustees will be Tuesday, August 9 at 7 p.m. in the Stevensville High School Learning Center.