Wednesday, November 9
BPL preschool story time
Preschoolers are invited to meet in the children’s corner of the Bitterroot Public Library on Wednesday to enjoy “Underwater Adventures” with storyteller Jennifer Crawford. 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.
Hamilton food drive
Blodgett View Christian School will hold a Food Drive on Wednesday, November 9. Grocery bags will be dropped off at houses in the town of Hamilton with supply lists on Tuesday, November 8. If you have supplies to give, place the items in the bag and put it outside your door. Students will be back to pick up the grocery bags on Wednesday, November 9 between 4 and 6 p.m. If you would like to give but do not get a grocery bag, bring items by Blodgett View Christian School on Wednesday, November 9 between 4 and 6 p.m. Supplies are used for holiday baskets for those in need in the Bitterroot Valley. For more information call Blodgett View Christian School at 363-0575 #2.
The Stevensville Garden Club invites you to a wreath-making workshop on Wednesday, November 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. You will go home with a fall wreath and the knowledge to change it into a Christmas wreath. All supplies are furnished. Registration deadline is Nov. 1. Call Nina at 239-6822 or JoAnne at 961-5642 for more information.
Alcohol sales training
Western MT Addiction Services will be holding two Responsible Alcohol Sales and Service training on November 9 and 22 (register by Nov 21) from 9 a.m. to noon at 209 N. 10th St., Suite C in Hamilton. The cost of the training is $15 for materials. The “Let’s Control It” curriculum is approved as a state-mandated RASS training by the MT Dept of Revenue and participants will receive a certificate of completion upon passing the exam. For information or to register call 532-9149 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Natural resource presentation
“Our Forested Lands in the Bitterroot (Saving our Natural Resources)” will be presented Wednesday, November 9 at 7 p.m. in the Darby School Lunchroom.
The presentation will emphasis coming together as a community to bring back our logging industry and strengthen our economy. For more information go to the following link:
Thursday, November 10
Workplace safety seminar
Supporters of Abuse Free Environments, Inc. (SAFE) is sponsoring a presentation on “Impact of Domestic Violence on the Workplace.” Caring community members and professionals are invited to learn more about the impact of domestic violence on the workplace at an upcoming, free event. The Workplace Issues Committee of the Ravalli County Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence will host a training on Thursday, November 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Francis Community Event Center in Hamilton, 401 South Fifth Street. The training is especially relevant for supervisors, managers, small business owners and other employers. Learn practical ways to make your workplace safer and easy steps you can take to address domestic violence at work. Speakers will include Pam Bucy from the Montana Department of Labor and Industry, Matt Dale from the Montana Department of Justice, local law enforcement and survivors. Lunch is included. For more information, contact Sonya at SAFE, 363-2793.
Women’s Newcomers Club
The Bitterroot Women’s Newcomers Club will meet on Thursday, November 10 at 10 a.m. at the First Christian Church on Fairgrounds Road in Hamilton. Members will showcase their hand crafted items. Contact: email@example.com or 777-0377.
New parents’ class
Welcome Baby invites expectant and new parents to attend a free class on The Period of Purple Crying – A new Way To Understand Your Baby’s Crying on Thursday, November 10 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the North Valley Family Center, 5501 Hwy 93 N, Suite 3, Florence. Healthy babies can cry a lot in their first five months of life. The Period of Purple Crying is a new way to understand this crying. It explains what is normal and what you can expect when your baby cries. Some valuable topics that will be discussed during the class include information about normal infant crying, what you can expect when your baby cries, why this crying can be so frustrating to you, and your baby’s care providers. Learn strategies that help you keep calm in what can be a stressful situation. The Period of Purple Crying is designed and approved by pediatricians, public health nurses, child development experts, and parents. The program is based on over 25 years of research on infant crying by leading child development and medical experts.
There will be a meeting of the Stevensville Art & Sculpture Society (SASS) on Thursday, November 10 at 10 a.m. at the Bitterroot Star, 215 Main St Stevensville. Anyone is invited to attend. Kiana Fecteau will share her experience with the Montana Artrepreneurship Program. For information contact Gary Knapp at 777-3797.
Stevensville Civic Club
The Stevensville Civic Club will meet Thursday, November 10 at 12 noon at St. Mary’s Mission Meeting Room. Lunch will be provided by Morning Star Caffeine & Cuisine and will cost $6.00 and a can or box of food for Pantry Partners. The next monthly meeting will be January 12.
Green Thumbs Up
The Green Thumbs Up garden club will meet on Thursday, November 10 at 2 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room, downstairs in the Bitterroot Public Library, Hamilton. Judy Vannatta will present instructions and tips for making fall wreaths using (or reusing) inexpensive grapevine wreaths and materials found in nature and your yard. She will also demonstrate how she converts these same wreaths for Christmas. The meeting is open to the public. For further information, telephone Susan Duff at 961-5455.
North Valley Coupon Club
Join North Valley’s Coupon Club. The next meeting will be November 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the North Valley Family Center. Coupon Club is open to everyone: beginner couponers, extreme couponers, and everyone in between. Come to meet new couponing friends and share ideas, come to coupon swap – bring in coupons to share with others and then take home new coupons, and come to learn ways to keep your coupon’s organized. There will also be a discussion of “coupons for a cause” and “Operation Christmas Child.” North Valley Family Center is located at 5501 Hwy 93 N, Suite 3, in Florence, beside the Town Pump. For more information call 273-0142.
Tea Party Patriots
Ravalli County Tea Party Patriots will meet Thursday, November 10, 6:30 pm, at the Willow Court Apartments, 150 Skeels Ave, Hamilton (from Hwy 93 turn east on Foxfield by Tire-Rama, dead ends at Skeels, turn right, apts on left, park across the street). There will be discussion of local, state and national issues. Learn about the candidates in the 2012 state and national elections and find out how you can get involved. For more information contact Jennine Jones, 381-0314, firstname.lastname@example.org
BPL Fellowship club
The Bitterroot Public Library’s Fellowship Club will be meeting on Thursday, November 10, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to discuss the book “The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore” by Dr. Deepak Chopra.
In this thought-provoking book, best-selling author Deepak Chopra writes that “Jesus was not only real, but perhaps the most significant person in Western history.”
The author identifies three Jesuses: the historical man of flesh and blood who lived more than 2,000 years ago; the figure created by the church and its dogma and doctrines; and the radical mystical teacher who set out to transform the world. The last Jesus is: “The Christ We Cannot Ignore” who lives in “our awareness at the level of God-consciousness.” In this ambitious work, Chopra sets out to explain the implications of this third Jesus who exists beyond time and yet within each of us, and who points to a new path of enlightenment that offers personal transformation.
Dr. Chopra is an Indian public speaker and writer on Ayurveda, spirituality and mind-body medicine. He began his career as an endocrinologist and later shifted his focus to alternative medicine. Chopra was a top assistant to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi before launching his own career as a publisher of self-help books on spirituality and alternative medicine.
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 email@example.com for more information.
County Museum open house
All Bitter Root Valley Historical Society members and curious neighbors are invited to join the BRVHS Board of Directors at the Ravalli County Museum for an Open House on Thursday, November 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. Enjoy a tour of the recent restoration of this local historic landmark. Celebrate how far the museum has come and see the plans for what is left to accomplish. Apple pie ala mode and other refreshments will be served. Ravalli County Museum is located at 205 Bedford in Hamilton.
Cross Country Ski Club
The Bitterroot Cross Country Ski Club will meet Thursday, November 10 at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 1220 W. Main St. Hamilton. Enjoy vicariously the experience of standing on the summits of Glacier National Park. Come and hear outdoor enthusiast and author Blake Passmore’s power point program on his many climbing adventures as he shares some great photography and stories as well as information on his recent book. Participate also in a silent auction benefiting the club and featuring some exciting items including a gourmet dinner for four, wine, and books. If you have something you can donate for the auction contact Kay at 642-3794.
Friday, November 11
Valley Christian Veterans’ Appreciation Program
Valley Christian school invites all area veterans to a Veterans’ Appreciation Program to be held on Friday, November 11 at 9 a.m. in the school gym. Guest speaker is Vietnam combat veteran Terry Andreesen who will discuss the effects of the Vietnam War on its veterans and our country as well as what veterans mean to the United States.
Lone Rock Veterans Day observance
Lone Rock School’s Annual Veterans Day Appreciation Breakfast and Assembly will be held on Friday, November 11 to honor veterans’ service to our country. A free breakfast for veterans will begin at 8 a.m. with table service by the Boy Scouts. A special assembly with music by Lone Rock students and special guest speakers will begin at 9 a.m. All local veterans and their families are encouraged to attend the assembly with the entire student body. For more information contact Tammy Lysons, Principal, 381-7965 or 777-3314.
Stevensville Veterans Day assembly
The Stevensville School will hold an assembly on Veterans Day, November 11, at 2:30 p.m. in the high school gym to honor the community’s veterans. American Legion Color Guard will present the colors, followed by special musical performances by students. Local veterans will be introduced and Dan Kimzey, Principal of Hamilton Middle School, will be the keynote speaker. The public is welcome.
Daly Hospital Auxiliary Christmas Show
Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will hold its annual Christmas Show on Friday, November 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in hospital conference room C. The show will feature gifts, decorations, stocking stuffers, bargain table and raffle. All proceeds from the Christmas Show, the Hospital Gift Shop and various Auxiliary fund raisers are used to buy the hospital new equipment.
Parent/child play group
Ready! Set! Play! Will take place Friday, November 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon at the North Valley Family Center, 5501 Hwy 93 N, Suite 3, in the Florence Business Center. This is for children ages 2-5 and their parents. Parents play an important role in supporting children’s growth and development. Learn ways to support children’s learning through fun and interactive activities. It’s free! Call 273-0142 for more information.
South Valley Pachyderm Club
Senator Bob Lake, (R), District 44, will be speaking at the Friday,
November 11th 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. The South Valley Pachyderm Club is an officially recognized allied organization of the Republican Party.
Members of the public are welcome.
Museum Veterans’ Day Observance
The 22nd annual Veteran’s Day Observance will be held Friday, November 11 at 2 p.m. at Ravalli County Museum, 205 Bedford, Hamilton. There will be the annual laying of the wreaths ceremony at the Doughboy Statue on the Museum lawn. Following the laying of the wreaths will be a program in the Museum’s Courtroom Gallery. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact the Ravalli County Museum at 363-3338.
Veterans Day Dinner
American Legion Post 94 will host a dinner at the Post Home on Mid. Burnt Fork Road, Stevensville on Friday, November 11 at 6:30 p.m. All veterans are invited. Membership is not necessary. The dinner is potluck with the post furnishing the meat (turkey and ham), rolls and drinks. There will be special awards and presentations. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. For more information call Dan at 777-2687 or Harry at 777-5398.
Saturday, November 12
Florence-Carlton Church bazaar
Florence-Carlton Community Church will hold its annual bazaar on Saturday, November 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be handmade items such as aprons and tea towels for sale, a silent auction of special items, a lunch of homemade soup, sandwiches, pie, apple dumplings, coffee and tea and pony rides from 12 to 2 p.m. (weather permitting). The church is located at 20075 Old Hwy 93, just north f Carlton Creek Road.
Cloverbud Fun Day
Cloverbud Fun Day will be held Saturday, November 12, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the MSU/Ravalli County Extension Office, 215 S. 4th Street, Ste G. Join Ravalli County 4-H Teen Leaders for a free day of fun activities and meeting new friends. Learn about the 4-H program and all that it has to offer to youth ages 5-8. Space is limited, sign up by Friday, November 4 at 5 p.m. at Extension Office, 375-6611.
Back Country Horsemen fall celebration
The Selway Pintlar Wilderness Back Country Horsemen (SPWBCH) will celebrate Thanksgiving by hosting a Dutch oven cookout/potluck and membership drive on Saturday, November 12 at the Lake Como Horse Camp. Arrive at 11 a.m. to set up and start the Dutch ovens; lunch served around 12:30. If you are interested in becoming a Back Country Horsemen, join in and learn to Dutch oven cook! The group will give thanks for the mountains we love, great friends and ever faithful horses and mules! There will be a short general meeting following lunch. Planning winter activities, sharing summer trail stories and upcoming elections will be among the many topics discussed. Bring a hearty appetite, your choice of beverage and a chair. In the event of bad weather the location will be Joe & Kathy Hundley’s at 3448 Wright Way in Darby. Contact Mike at 961-3749 for more info.
Frosty Paws Pet Fair
Frosty Paws Pet Fair sponsored by Bitter Root Humane Association will be held Saturday, November 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, November 13 from 12 to 4 p.m. Come have family pet photos taken with Santa. Santa is planning a western theme this year so be sure to wear those bandanas and shake the dust off the cowboy hat! The Pet Bazaar has vendors galore with pre-holiday shopping for pets and people. Shop for fresh baked bread, pickled garlic, homemade dog beds, pet portraits, collars, leashes and tags, holiday ornaments, jewelry and more! The “Paws For Comfort” group of sewing volunteers has prepared table runners, napkins, quilts, bags and more. A Bucket Raffle promises some really fun prizes for the lucky winners. The “Paws Café” will be serving fresh made chili and cornbread. A holiday bake sale will be full of goodies from the best bakers at the Ravalli County Fair. Proceeds from this event directly benefit care of animals at Bitter Root Humane Association Animal Shelter.
The annual “Gentle Thanksgiving”, a feed-in and potluck, the official vegetarian plant-based Thanksgiving event for the public in the Ravalli and Missoula County area, will be held Saturday, November 12 at 12 noon at 102 McLeod Ave., corner of Higgins Ave., Missoula. Great people and wonderful food, sponsored by the Western Montana Vegetarian Society.
The Ravalli County Democrats will host their harvest dinner “Celebrating Community and Honoring Our Veterans” on Saturday, November 12 at the Rocky Mountain Grange, 1436 South First St. (Highway 93), Hamilton. The evening will start with a social hour at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. There will be a choice of vegetarian or meat entrees, vegetables, salad, and dessert. Refreshments available. Come enjoy good food and conversation, as well as optional contra dancing starting at 7 p.m. The cost is $25 for the dinner and $5 if you want to take part in dancing. Responses must be received by Wednesday, Nov. 9, so the caterer knows the number of guests to plan for. RSVP at 363-1203 (leave message).
A Contra Dance will be held Saturday, November 12 from 7 to 10 p.m. (6:30 practice session for new dancers) at the Rocky Mountain Grange, 1436 S. 1st St, (south of Hamilton on Hwy 93, east side). Celtic Knots – (fiddle, guitar, whistle, flute, bohdran) will provide the music. The caller is Janet Grove. Cost is $5 per person or $10 per family. Dancers need no experience, all dances are taught, and singles are welcome. The event is fragrance-free. Dances will continue on the second Saturday of each month. For more information call 642-3601.
Music at Stevensville Hotel
Joshua Farmer and Friends will be appearing at the Stevensville Hotel, Saturday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m. Joshua has played with Missoula bands Kung Fu Kongress, Front Street Jazz Group, and Joan Zen. Come to the Stevensville Hotel and hear Josh in a very up close and intimate concert along with his special guests. Tickets are $10 at the door. For more information, call Michael at 240-0216.
Sunday, November 13
Lone Rock Park Board
The Lone Rock Division of the Ravalli County Park Board will meet on Sunday, November 13 at 7 p.m. at the Three Mile Fire Hall. The public is welcome.
Monday, November 14
Stevi school menu
Monday: Breakfast – Cereal, fruit, milk; Lunch – Cheese-filled bread sticks, marinara sauce, peas & carrots, mixed fruit, bread, butter, milk
Tuesday: Breakfast – Muffins, fruit, milk; Lunch – Hamburgers, taters, kiwi, bread, butter, regular or chocolate milk
Wednesday: Breakfast – Pancakes, fruit, milk; Lunch – Turkey & stuffing, tossed salad, apple crisp, bread, butter, milk
Thursday: Breakfast – Fruit bar, fruit, milk; Lunch – Hot Pockets, broccoli Normandy, banana, bread, butter, milk
Friday: No school
Hamilton Rotary Club
Sheila Wilke, of SS Staffing Temp Hires, will be the speaker at the next meeting of the Hamilton Rotary Club on Monday, November 14 at noon at BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N. 1st Street, Hamilton. Sheila will be addressing ways of helping businesses and other topics. This meeting is open to the public. For further information call 363-2960.
Corvalls School book fair
Corvallis Primary School will hold its annual Scholastic Fall Book Fair November 14-19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and during Parent-Teacher Conferences November 5 and 16 in the library. For more information call 961-3261.
Florence Community Conversation
Community Conversation Project (and Potluck) will take place Monday, November 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the North Valley Family Center, 5501 Hwy 93 N, Suite 3, Florence, adjacent to the Town Pump. Share in simple, honest, human conversation. Not mediation, negotiation, problem-solving or debate. An opportunity to learn, notice what is going on, to clarify your thoughts and experience and begin speaking to those around you. A main dish will be provided; bring a side if you like. Call 273-0142 for more information.
SAFE Book Club
SAFE is hosting a book club discussion on Monday, November 14, at 7 p.m. at Chapter One Book Store. Come join in to discuss Anita Diamant’s “The Red Tent.” For more information, contact Sonya at 363-2793.
Tuesday, November 15
Republican Women’s Club
Ravalli County Republican Women’s Club will hold its monthly meeting and lunch on Tuesday, November 15 at 11:30 a.m. at BJ’s Restaurant in Hamilton. Guest speakers will be State Senator Bob Lake and State Representative Gary MacLaren who will be speaking on education. Ravalli County Republican Women meet the fourth Tuesday of each month.
Sula Harvest Potluck
The Sula Community Harvest Potluck Lunch will be held Tuesday, November 15 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the Sula Clubhouse. Everyone is welcome to share a delightful afternoon together. Bring your family and friends. Door prize will be awarded.
Sons of Norway
Bitterrootdalen Lodge, Sons of Norway, will meet Tuesday, November 15 at 5 p.m. at the Hamilton Senior Center, 820 N. Fourth. Ruth and Rob Plesner will present a program about their tour of Norway in September, led by Dan Rude, the Sons of Norway International President. The tour emphasized visits to ancient wooden stave churches built near a thousand years ago. The lodge will provide a main dish, service and drinks. Members and visitors are invited to bring a side dish. There will also be a language lesson and card games. The public is invited.
Wednesday, November 16
Senior Center birthday lunch
Stevensville Senior Center will host a birthday lunch on Wednesday, November 16. You must have a reservation number in order to eat lunch on that day. To get a reservation number call in or sign up at the Senior Center by Monday before the lunch. Call 777-5681.
Thursday, November 17
November is National Hospice Month and Marcus Daly Hospice is hosting the Hospice Foundation of America’s educational program, “Beyond Kubler-Ross: New Perspectives on Death, Dying and Grief” teleconference. The pre-recorded educational program will be held Thursday, November 17 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in conference room B/C, at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital, 1200 Westwood Drive, Hamilton. The three-hour program will explore the most current theoretical perspectives on death, dying, and grief, emphasizing how these areas have been challenged and developed since the 1969 publication of, “On Death and Dying” by Kubler-Ross. The program will consist of two one-hour segments, Part 1: The Dying Process, Part 2: New Perspectives on Grief, to be followed by approximately 30 minutes of discussion.
This program is for professionals and the public alike and is useful for all levels of education; entry level, intermediate or advanced. Continuing Education credits are available and the program is purposeful for Clergy, counselors, nurses, nursing home administrators, social workers, case managers, psychologists, physicians, funeral directors, marriage and family therapists, caregivers and those working with death, dying, grief or bereavement. For continuing education credits visit www.hospicefoundation.org.
The teleconference is free and everyone is welcome to attend. For additional questions call Marcus Daly Hospice Services at 363-6503 or visit mdmh.org.
Back Country Horsemen
Bitterroot Back Country Horsemen host their monthly meeting on Thursday, November 17, at the Corvallis School Cafeteria on Eastside Highway in Corvallis. The annual delicious and bountiful Thanksgiving dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the general meeting starts at 7:00. Elections for 2012 officers and directors will take place at this meeting. Guests are welcome, and for more information call Karen at 961-0101 or check the website at www.bchmt.org/bitterroot.