Thursday, September 8
Stevi school facility committee
The Stevensville School Board of Trustees Facility Committee will meet on Thursday, September 8 at 10 a.m. in the Swank work trailer.
The monthly meeting of the Stevensville Art & Sculpture Society (SASS) will be held on Thursday, September 8 at 10 a.m. at the Bitterroot Star at 215 Main Street in Stevensville. SASS is an arts group promoting the arts in the Bitterroot Valley. For more information call Gary Knapp at 777-3797 or visit www.sassart.org.
Women Newcomers’ Club
The Bitterroot Women Newcomers’ Club will meet on Thursday, September 8 at 10 a.m. at the First Christian Church on Fairgrounds Road in Hamilton. Programs and events for the up-coming year will be discussed. For more information call 777-0377 or email email@example.com.
Stevensville Civic Club
The Stevensville Civic Club will meet Thursday, September 8 at 12 noon in the basement of St. Mary’s Mission Visitor’s Center. The guest speaker will be from SAFE. Other discussion items will include Creamery Picnic and Founder’s Day.
Museum educational program
A lecture on “Montana’s Indian Wars” by E.B. Eiselein (Speaks Lightning) will be held Thursday, September 8 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Old Courthouse at the Ravalli County Museum, 205 Bedford in Hamilton. While it is a common misconception to envision 19th century Montana as a land of constant warfare between the American military and the various Indian tribes, the number of military actions were relatively few. This presentation will explore the cultural backgrounds of three of these actions: the 1869 Heavy Runner Massacre, the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn, and the 1877 Nez Perce War. The presentation will not focus on military strategies, but rather on the cultural conflicts which led to these incidents. This free event is sponsored by Humanities Montana. For more information, contact the Ravalli County Museum at the Old Courthouse at 363-3338 or visit www.brvhsmuseum.org.
Fishing regs open house
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host an open house on Thursday, September 8 from 6 to 9 p.m at the FWP Region 2 Headquarters, 3201 Spurgin Road in Missoula to discuss and seek comment on proposed fishing regulation changes for 2012-15. The changes, which would go into effect March 1, 2012, include regulations in the Western, Central and Eastern fishing districts. Details on the proposed changes, and opportunities to comment, are available for review on the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov. Click “Proposed Fishing Regulations for 2012-2015.
Comments must be received by Sept. 19. Send comments by mail to: 2012-15 Fishing Regulations; FWP Fisheries Bureau, P.O. Box 200701; Helena, MT 59601.
The FWP Commission will take final action on the proposals on Oct. 13 in Helena. For more information contact your nearest FWP office or call Don Skaar at 406-444-7409.
The Bitterroot Public Library’s Fellowship Club will be meeting on Thursday, September 8, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to discuss “The Healing Secrets of the Ages” by Catherine Ponder. This book has been described by New Thought Quarterly as a “classic” that “will continue to exist as one of the shining jewels in the crown” of Catherine Ponder. In this work, Ponder shares the incredible healing secrets known and invoked by the great minds down through the ages. They are teachings that have been well guarded and passed on from century to century to just a select few. These secrets have to do with the twelve mind powers located within the vital nerve centers in the body, which greatly affect one’s health, either constructively or destructively. Ponder explains how disease always has a mental correspondence with one of these mind powers and devotes a complete chapter to each power with case histories and diagrams. Catherine Ponder is considered one of America’s foremost inspirational authors. She has written more than a dozen books, including the best selling classic The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity. Described as the “Norman Vincent Peale among lady ministers,” Ponder has lectured widely in Unity and Religious Science churches. She has lectured for business, professional and conventional groups, and has appeared on numerous television talk shows. The Fellowship Club meets every second Thursday of the month in the West Meeting Room of the Bitterroot Public Library and is free and open to anyone seeking to promote individual and collective well being. Call 363-1670, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Friday, September 9
South Valley Pachyderm Club
Judy Griffin, Ravalli County Public Health Nurse, will be speaking at the Friday, September 9 meeting of the South Valley Pachyderm Club. The club meets at 12 noon on the second and fourth Fridays at BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N. First Street, Hamilton. There will be opportunity for questions and discussion. The South Valley Pachyderm Club is an officially recognized allied organization of the Republican Party. Members of the public are welcome.
Dry goods drive
A dry goods drive will be held Friday, September 9 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Orange Street Food Farm, 701 S. Orange St, Missoula.
Many families struggle to afford basic items that aren’t covered by SNAP benefits. Women’s Opportunity & Resource Development will be hosting a dry goods drive to benefit low-income women and families in the Missoula area. Suggested items include toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothpaste/toothbrushes, deodorant, razors, feminine products, etc.), baby items (formula, diapers, wipes and lotion) and household cleaning items to replenish the shelves at WORD and The Local Living Family Center in Florence.This is a convenient way to better the Missoula and North Bitterroot community; simply pick up a list of needed items on your way in, purchase extra items while you are shopping and drop them off with a friendly volunteer outside of Orange Street Food Farm. This is an AmeriCorps VISTA service project for 9/11.
Saturday, September 10
Florence Fire Department breakfast
The Florence Volunteer Fire Department will hold a free community breakfast and mill levy informational meeting on Saturday, September 10 from 8 a.m. to noon at the fire hall located at 234 Holloway Lane, Florence. Call 273-2357 with questions or comments.
A flea market will be held on Saturday, September 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hamilton Senior Center, 820 N. 4th. There will be a variety of new and used items of all description. Lunch will be available. Rent a table for $5. Call Katie at 363-2316 or 363-5181.
Festival of Peace
Ewam’s 7th Annual Festival of Peace, “Landscapes of Peace: Spirituality, Health, and the Environment”, will be held Saturday, September 10 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at The Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, 34574 White Coyote Road, Arlee. This free public event will begin with the 1st Annual Walk-A-Mile for Peace. Peace Walk On-line registration at www.destinationmissoula.org/Ewampeacewalk. For more info contact Raquel at email@example.com. Peace Fest speakers will address spirituality, health, and the environment. Live music, food vendors, dancing, native crafts, children’s games, merchants, and more will round out a beautiful day. More information at www.ewambuddhagarden.org.
Lewis & Clark commemoration
Travelers’ Rest State Park will host a weekend of special activities on September 10 and 11 to commemorate the 206th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Expedition’s stay at Travelers’ Rest, which occurred on September 9, 10 and 11 in 1805.
The Brigade of the Travelers’ Rest Chapter of the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation will be setting up camp for a weekend of hands-on history. Re-enactors will demonstrate traditional skills and tools of the times of Lewis & Clark.
Demonstrations may include historic firearms, fire starting, leather work and navigation. There will be a variety of family-friendly interactive activities from 12 noon to 4 p.m. each day.
The state park marks the location of a campsite that the Lewis and Clark Expedition used in 1805 and 1806. Travelers’ Rest is the only campsite on the Lewis and Clark Trail with physical evidence of the expedition.
Directions: Travel approximately 1/2 mile west of Lolo on Highway 12 to the park entrance. Travelers’ Rest State Park hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day in September and October. The Holt Museum and Visitor Center at Travelers’ Rest is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. For more information, call 273-4253.
Emma’s House benefit
Pull out your favorite vintage dress, grab your partner, and enjoy an evening of fashion, dining, and music on Saturday, September 10 to celebrate and support Emma’s House and get a sneak preview of upcoming fall and winter fashions. A playhouse raffle, as well as silent and live auctions will complete the evening. Some of the items to be auctioned off include a week stay at The Casita at Tropical Evergreens in Tulum, Mexico and a fishing trip to the Bahamas. All proceeds from this event will support Emma’s House, the Ravalli County Children’s Advocacy Center. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at Bella Boutique or at the door. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Francis Pastoral Life Center.
Vegetarian Society potluck
Western Montana Vegetarian Society is hosting a “Hoe Down” vegetarian potluck at New Dawn MT Farm Sanctuary, a 501(c)(3) non-profit sanctuary at 689 Red Hawk Trail, Stevensville, on Saturday, September 10, starting at 12:30 p.m. Bring a veg (plant-based only) entree to share and optional: feed, veggies, fruit or a monetary donation for the farm animal residents.
Enjoy the sanctuary, nice people and food. For directions or more information, email: NewDawnMT@gmail.com.
Tennessee fingerstyle guitarist and composer Bill Mize will appear in concert on Saturday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. at River Street Dance Theater, 421 N. 2nd, Hamilton. Mize’s 2010 album, “The Angel’s Share” was named an “Essential Acoustic Album 2010” by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. Mize appeared with the emerging acoustic guitar movement in the mid-1980s, with a distinctively lyrical Americana style, and has continued to develop a style and sense of taste that influences many of today’s guitarists. A past winner of The Winfield National Fingerstyle Guitar Competition in Winfield, Kansas, Bill has been featured on the popular guitar compilations “Windham Hill Guitar Sampler” and “Masters of the Acoustic Guitar” by Narada Records. Bill received a Grammy for his collaboration with David Holt on the recording “Stellaluna,” and in 2009, Bill’s music appeared in the new Ken Burns’ PBS documentary “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea”. Bill tours selectively, and has regularly performed and presented workshops at guitar festivals nationwide, including the Montreal Jazz Festival’s Guitar Weekend, the Healdsburg Guitar Festival, and the Newport Guitar Festival. Acoustic Guitar, Fingerstyle Guitar and Vintage Guitar Magazines have all written features on Bill’s music. Bill currently splits his time between Pittman Center, Tennessee and Missoula. Performing with Mize will be instrumentalist Beth Bramhall, a composer in her own “write”, on accordion. Bitterroot songwriter and traditional folk artist Bill LaCroix opens the show. Call 363-1329 for more information.
Sunday, September 11
Aubrey Ebel Memorial Golf Tournament
The 10th annual Audrey Ebel Memorial Golf Tournament sponsored by the Stevensville Main Street Association will be held Sunday, September 11 at the Whitetail Golf Course Stevensville. This 9-Hole Scramble offers team prizes for first through third places. This is a fun event for everyone! Don’t be shy…all skill levels of play are welcome! Come and enjoy, relax and support Stevensville’s community efforts. Entry fee is $140 per team or $35 per person (includes green fees and fantastic food!). The hole in one prize is a new golf cart from Al’s Cycle. Register any number of individuals or as a team. Check in at 9 a.m.; shotgun start at 10 a.m. sharp. Send payment and registration to: Debbie Severson, Rocky Mountain Bank, PO Box 220, Stevensville MT 59870. Registration deadline is September 7. Fee is non-refundable.
The Stevensville Fire Department will hold a memorial service, “A Decade of Remembrance,” commemorating the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and honoring the fallen on Sunday, September 11. A Silent Emergency Vehicle Procession will be held on Main Street at 1:30 p.m. with a memorial service and ceremony at Veterans Park at 2 p.m. An open house and reception lunch will be held at the fire station on Buck Street following the ceremony. For more information or to RSVP contact Bandon Dewey at 218-8285.
The Five Valley Accordion Association will hold its next jam/dance session on Sunday, September 11 at the Hamilton Eagles Lodge, 125 N. 2nd St. The event will run from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $3.00 for members, $4.00 for non-members, and free for performing musicians. Live music will be performed by accordions, guitars, banjos, bass, and drums. Come join in on the music, dancing and fun. For more information call Mike Jones at 642-9693.
Monday, September 12
Stevi school menu
Monday: Breakfast – Cereal, fruit, milk; Lunch – Burrito, green beans, applesauce
Tuesday: Breakfast – Muffins, fruit, milk; Lunch – BBQ pork riblets, stir-fry veggies, rice, pineapple
Wednesday: Breakfast – Waffles, fruit, milk; Lunch – Turkey/cheese sandwich, potato salad
Thursday: Breakfast – Cereal bar, fruit, milk; Lunch – Hamburgers, taters, kiwi
Friday: Breakfast – Peanut butter & jelly sandwich, fruit, milk; Lunch – Corn dogs, baked beans, peaches.
Monica Grable, Executive Director of the Bitterroot Performing Arts Council, will be speaking at the next meeting of the Hamilton Rotary Club, on Monday, September 12 at noon at BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N. 1st Street, Hamilton. Monica will be discussing her organization and the upcoming series scheduled for 2011-2012 at the Bitterrot Performing Arts Center at Hamilton High School. This meeting is open to the public. For further information, call 363-2960.
Florence hunter education class
A Hunter Education class will begin in Florence in September. Interested students must register on Monday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Florence High School, 5602 Old US Highway 93.
The class is set for Monday through Friday, Sept. 26-30, from 6-8:30 p.m., and students must attend all classes to be certified. A parent or legal guardian must accompany students under 18 to register, and the class is limited to 22 students.
All hunter education classes are free of charge, and students must be at least 11 years old to be certified. By state law, anyone born after January 1, 1985, must have completed the Hunter Education Course to buy a hunting license in Montana.
For a schedule of this and other hunter education classes in west-central Montana, visit the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks website at fwp.mt.gov and look under “For Educators and Students” on the home page or call 542-5500.
Hamilton Garden Club
The Hamilton Garden Club will meet Monday, September 12 at 7 p.m. at the home of Kay Sumner (961-1354) at 402 Powell Way, Corvallis. Co-hostess is Beverly Calligheris (363-3661). The program will be given by Molly Hackett on putting your garden to bed; also reports on Kids in the Garden project done at the mansion on Aug. 20; the trip to the Lily farm at Plains, and the picnic with the Victor Garden Club at the Victor Park. For more information call Kay or Bev.
Forest Moon Walk series
Next in the Walk by the Light of the Moon Series sponsored by the Bitterroot National Forest and the Bitter Root RC&D will be the “Aquatic Moon” on Monday, September 12 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 1393 Old Darby Road. Join fisheries biologists from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks to learn about the Bitterroot River and the aquatic life that it supports. The importance of tributaries, how a fish screen works and the cool genetics of bull trout will also be discussed. From Hamilton, head south on Hwy 93. Turn left (east) onto the Skalkaho Highway. Proceed 0.7 miles and then turn right onto Sleeping Child Road. Drive 2.3 miles and then turn right onto Old Darby Road. Destination will be on the right in about .2 mile. For more information visit www.fs.usda.gov/bitterroot and click on “Learning Center” or call the Bitterroot National Forest at 363-7100.
Tuesday, September 13
Veterans affairs clinics
Roxanne Blanche, 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 Department of Veterans Affairs on Tuesday, September 13 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Stevensville Town Council chambers and from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Hamilton Job service office. For more information call 542-2501.
The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission will make a decision on a proposal to modify motorized boating regulations on several stretches of river near Missoula at its October 13 meeting in Helena.
The changes were proposed to address public safety concerns and social conflicts on the Clark Fork and Bitterroot Rivers in the Missoula vicinity and a few outdated regulations on the Blackfoot and Clark Fork Rivers in the old Milltown Reservoir area.
The FWP Commission adopted tentative changes to the boating regulations at the May 2011 meeting, and a 30-day public comment period on these proposed changes followed.
FWP says that it received over 600 comments on the tentative regulations when the public comment period ended on June 27. These comments, along with a corresponding FWP recommendation on motorized regulations for the affected stretches of river will be presented to the FWP Commission for final decision.
The recommendation that will go to the Commission will be available to the public sometime during the week of Oct. 3 on the FWP website, fwp.mt.gov. Look under Public Notices. Or, call the Missoula FWP office at 542-5500.
If your next step to a better job is getting your GED, sign up for classes at the Darby Public Library or at LVA Bitterroot, 363-2900. Fall GED Classes begin September 13 at the library. Classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Stevi school board
The regular meeting of the Stevensville School Board of Trustees will be Tuesday, September 13 at 7 p.m. in the Stevensville High school Learning Center.
Wednesday, September 14
Preschool story time
Preschoolers are invited to meet in the children’s corner of the Bitterroot Public Library on Wednesday, September 14 to enjoy “Let’s Go to the Lake!” with storyteller and Library Director Trista Smith. Story time begins at 10:30 a.m. and is designed for children 3-5 years of age. All story times are free and open to the public. For information, call 363-1670.
Kids Bible Club
Kids Bible Club will begin meeting on Wednesdays starting September 14 from 2:45 to 4:30 p.m. at Lone Rock Bible Church, 1142 Three Mile Creek Rd. The club is for grades K-6th, and it will include bible teaching, games, activities, music, and wholesome snacks. Children will be escorted from the school. Home schooled children are also welcome. For information call 777-2592.
Friday, September 16
China Painters’ Convention
The Montana China Painters Art Association will hold its statewide convention in Missoula on September 16 and 17 at the Best Western Grant Creek Inn, 5280 Grant Creek Road. Admission is free to the public for both days of this event, which features displays by local painters, supplies and art sales, raffles, door prizes and demonstrations by nationally known china painters. The show will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, September 16, and 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 17. This is the first time the convention has been held in Missoula since 2006. For more information about china painting or the convention, contact Joanna Barker, 961-4428.
Saturday, September 17
Women’s Health Symposium
The 2nd Annual Women’s Health Symposium will be held Saturday, September 17 from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital in Hamilton. This symposium focuses on staying healthy and aging gracefully. This event is dedicated to women and it is all about you – relax, get pampered, and learn from the experts. Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital and Soroptimist International invite you to start your day with a complete lipid panel, delicious healthy breakfast and experienced and interesting speakers. These speakers include Marcus Daly medical staff, local healthcare professionals and Rolf Holle, MD, FAASM, FCCP, who will deliver astonishing facts about correlation between sleep and woman’s health. His address will be complemented by eight different medical experts covering the top women’s health issues and concerns. Each expert has created an inspiring and interactive session. Some of the medical professionals and topics include; April Weinberger, MD – Nutrition, Jeremiah Clinton, MD – Bone Health, John P. Moreland, MD – Heart Health, Robert Alexander, MD – Protecting Your Skin, Susan Reynolds, FNP – Supplements that Support Good Health, and more. You will also have an opportunity to get a relaxing massage, receive many wonderful gifts and receive your cholesterol screening results prior to the end of the symposium. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Register by calling 375-4500. Attendees are offered a 25% discount on a digital mammogram screening and/or bone density Axial and radiologist’s interpretation. Visit www.mdmh.org for more information or to register. Symposium fee is $40.00, covered by medical flex plans.
Bitterroot Green Home Tour
The Bitterroot Green Home Tour, sponsored by Sustainable Living Systems, will be held Saturday, September 17, from 9 a.m. to about 4 p.m. Meet the vans for the guided tour at 9 a.m. at Super 1 in Stevensville or K-Mart in Hamilton. Bring lunch and water. The tour will include four homes and one business, viewing an Earthship under construction using a variety of techniques, also passive solar heating, solar power, strawbale, and ecological water systems, and a pyramid home/greenhouse. After the tour, meet at Blacksmith Brewery in Stevensville to view their reclaimed materials structure with refreshments and a beer provided and an opportunity to meet others interested in building sustainably. Cars may follow the vans. Tickets are $10 are will be available at the vans. For more information call Gretchen at 207-3738, or Jill at 642-3601.
Tuesday, September 20
Preschool Story Time
Preschool Story Time will resume on Tuesday, September 20 at 1 p.m. at the Darby Public Library. Preschoolers need to master key skills that will help them make sense of all those black squiggles on the page before they start kindergarten. The National Institute for Literacy has identified a number of building blocks that prepare children for reading. The key components of reading readiness include familiarity with print and books, speech sounds, and letter recognition. The Preschool Story Hour provides opportunities to prepare your child for lifelong learning by addressing these important areas. Teaching letter recognition and discernment of speech sounds through rhyming games and songs as well as reading stories and providing opportunities for interactive play and storytelling are key components in the story hour that help your child become Ready to Read. Story times will continue through December 6 every Tuesday at 1 p.m.
Amateur radio technician licensing course
The Bitterroot Amateur Radio Club is sponsoring a Technician Class License course. The class will start Tuesday, September 20 and will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the LDS Church in Corvallis (on the Eastside Highway about a quarter of a mile south of the intersection of the Eastside Highway and Willow Creek Road). The last class will be held on October 13.
Come take your first steps and join the exciting world of Amateur Radio. Enjoy talking to other Amateur Radio Operators near and far! Want to experiment with new technologies that utilize computers interfaced with radios? Would you like to join forces with government and local volunteer organizations as Amateur Radio Operators and team up with them for Public Service events and Emergency communications assistance? Take your first steps by joining us for this interactive course taught by a team of knowledgeable Amateur Radio Operators from the Bitterroot Valley.
You can get an Amateur Radio Technician license by passing a multiple-choice examination. No Morse code test is required. The exam covers basic regulations, operating practices, and electronics theory, with a focus on VHF and UHF applications. Although regulated by the FCC, license exams are given by volunteer groups of Amateur Radio operators. Operating under organizations called Volunteer Examiner Coordinators. Volunteers administer and grade tests and report results to the FCC who grant the license. U.S. licenses are good for ten years before renewal, and anyone may hold a license except someone who is a representative of a foreign government.
All the information needed to pass this test will be covered in the course. There is also a required study book that you will need to purchase and which will be available at the class from the instructors for $29.95 which includes a CD that has the test pool questions and other information. The club has four old manuals available for $24.95 but they do not have a CD. An exam has been scheduled for October 15 and the time will be announced later (there is a $15 fee to take this test).
Anyone wishing to get an FCC Amateur Radio Technician license is welcome to attend. Contact Jim Brummit at 961-1323 (cell 369-3980) or Lawrence Brooker at 777-0238 to reserve a spot in the class. Drop-ins will be accepted if there is room.
Baby Sign Language Class
Would you like to jumpstart your baby’s language development? Enhance your child’s self-esteem? Stimulate your baby’s intellectual development? Strengthen your parent-infant bond or reduce your child’s communication frustrations? A Baby Sign Language Class sponsored by Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital will begin Tuesday, September 20 and will meet every Tuesday for six weeks from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. in the Marcus Daly Rehabilitation Service’s pediatric gym. The gym is located inside the new Marcus Daly Rehabilitation Center at the west end of 1200 Westwood Drive, Hamilton. The class is designed to benefit most children and their guardian. Amy Yockey, MS, CCC/SLP, an accomplished and licensed Speech Therapist at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital, will be teaching this class. If you have a child in your life 6 months to 3 years of age, call Marcus Daly Rehabilitation Services at 375-4570 to reserve your spot. The fee is $25 and space is limited.
Wednesday, September 21
Leadership Bitterroot class
Orientation for the next Leadership Bitterroot Class will be held Wednesday, September 21 followed by the first session Wednesday, September 28. Thereafter it is the third Wednesday of every month and runs through May. This program is sponsored by the Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce and helps develop effective leaders to take Bitterroot communities into the future.If you are interested in this program call Pat at 363-2400. This can be your first step in learning and getting more involved in your community.
Thursday, September 22
Book signings with Roberta Swartz of Hamilton, author of “Me, Myself, and Mind: Reclaim Yourself, Your Health, and Your Life,” will be held throughout September at various locations. Reclaim your self, your health, and your life when you read this “self health” book by Roberta Swartz, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. This ground breaking book offers deep insight into the human psyche and provides a wealth of information that is founded in more than 27 years of evidence based results in self hypnosis and clinical hypnotherapy. It is designed to help readers connect with their inner being in ways that are appropriate and self determined. It skillfully guides readers through a personal journey of self awareness so they can transform old subconscious patterns and problems. Come meet Roberta at a book signing on Thursday, September 22, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at The Mill, 140 Cherry, Hamilton or Monday, September 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rainbow’s End Natural Foods, 910 N. 1st Street, Hamilton. Contact Roberta Swartz for more information, 375-0446.
Friday, September 23
SVCFC benefit dinner
South Valley Child and Family Center presents Turkey Fry and Apple Pie!, a Suppertime Extraordinaire Fundraiser Dinner, September 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. at SVCFC, 515 Madison in Hamilton. Featuring Amazing Fried Turkeys from guest chef Tom Brader and brilliant side dishes and of course, apple pie, tickets are $40 a person. Proceeds go to fund the great programs at South Valley Child and Family Center. Call 363-3450 for reservations.
Saturday, September 24
Stevensville Founders Day
On a cool autumn day in 1841, a small band of travelers made their way along an ancient Indian trail through a valley, now known as the Bitterroot, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. They had come by invitation from the Salish and Nez Perce people: six men in black robes, accompanied by an escort of Indians and guided by frontiersman, Thomas Fitzpatrick. At a signal from their leaders the little band stopped beside the river that traversed the valley. There, on September 24, 1841, Jesuit Father Pierre Jean DeSmet planted a rough-hewn wooden cross on the east bank of the Bitterroot River, thus, establishing the mission which he named St. Mary. Over the years a community, St. Mary Village, developed around the little mission, later the Fort Owen trading post and finally the town we now know, Stevensville. On that day Jesuit Father Nicolas Point observed, “Everyone thought we would be able to find nothing better anywhere else.”
You are invited to join the Founders Day Celebration on Saturday, September 24, on the grounds at St. Mary’s Mission, west end of 4th Street, Stevensville. The day will celebrate “170 Years of Community, the Oldest Community in Montana.”
The day will begin with a Flag Raising Ceremony at 11 a.m., followed by a reenactment of Indian tribes welcoming the Blackrobe Missionaries, announcement of Stevensville and Lone Rock Student Poster Contest winners, refreshments, coffee and conversation, and guided tours. A barbecue lunch sponsored by the Knights of Columbus will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tuesday, September 27
Library book sale
Attention all Bibliophiles! The 2011 Annual Friends of the Bitterroot Public Library Used Book Sale is coming to the downstairs Community Room in the Bitterroot Public Library at 306 State St. in Hamilton September 27 through October 1.
The sale will be Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept 28 from 12 noon to 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday, Sept. 29 and 30 from 12 noon to 6 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Tuesday evening only there will be a $3.00 admission for adults. The price for all items is $1.00 per inch thick. Saturday all day will be the ever-popular Bag Sale when all the items that can be stuffed in a grocery bag are $3 a bag or 2 bags for $5 – bring you own bags if possible. Another popular feature of the book sale is free books all week long outside on the sidewalk and in the gazebo. On Saturday after 2 p.m. there will be a Truckload Sale – $15.00 per load! Bring your own truck and load it up! Starting on Tuesday and ending at 2 p.m. on Saturday there will be a silent auction of special books.
Volunteers are welcome and needed to help set up and sort books before, as well as during, the sale. Set up times are Saturday and Sunday, September 25 and 26 from10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A sign-up schedule is posted on the Friends of the Library bulletin board near the front door of the library.
Donations to the book sale may be brought to the Bitterroot Public Library during regular open hours; however, do not put donated materials in the library book return boxes. All proceeds from the book sale go to benefit the Bitterroot Public Library.
For information contact the Bitterroot Public Library at 363-1670.
Sunday, October 9
Awana will once again be offered to the Stevensville children beginning Sunday, October 9 at Community Baptist Church, 409 Buck Street, Stevensville. Awana is a kid’s club that offers weekly Bible teaching and curriculum, music, games and awards. Awana helps churches and parents work together to develop spiritually strong children who faithfully follow Jesus Christ. For more information call Lynn at 531-2684.