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Call for Bitterroot photos

Bitterroot Audubon is looking for local photographers who would like to donate a photo or two of various Bitterroot birds. The club will be making a Bitterroot Audubon 2013 calendar. The sales of the calendar will go toward the Scholarship Fund and the Education Fund. These funds help local students in the study of birds and their habitats. Send your photo in jpeg format, minimum 350 dpi, at 9” wide x 9 ½” high, CMYK, 100% quality with no water marks on the photos. Send photos by June 1 to bitterrootcalendar@gmail.com. In June a committee will decide which photos to use. If your photo is chosen you will be notified and your name will appear with the photo. For more information email bitterrootcalendar@gmail.com.

 

Daly Mansion Youth History Camp

The Daly Mansion is now accepting registrations for its annual Youth History Day Camp taking place June 25-28. This year’s theme is Montana People & Places and is for youth entering 4th through the 8th grades (fall of 2012). Campers will explore and discover life in the Bitterroot Valley during the past 100 years through a variety of activities such as becoming reenactors, playing and leading younger children in 19th century lawn games, a day trip to the Ravalli County Museum, activities with special guests from Traveler’s Rest State Park, and a mini-workshop on fly fishing. For more information regarding this day camp and to register, call 363-6004, ext. 3#. Cost of the camp is $100. Scholarship applications are available.

 

‘Name That Café’ Contest
How can you win a $50 gift card to Best Buy and a year of free coffee drinks? Enter the Name That Café Contest! The Bitterroot Cares for Kids Network is hosting a Name That Café Contest May 14-18 for local high school students to name the coffee cafe that will have its grand opening in September 2012. Open on Friday nights starting in September, the Café will offer a great place for high school teens to hang out, drink a cup of joe (mochas, lattes, Italian sodas, etc) play games, chillax! Here’s how it works: Come up with a great name, email it to bcaresforkids@gmail.com along with your name and an email contact. The deadline is May 18 and the winner will be notified by May 25 and again when the café opens in September so you and your friends can be a part!

 

Call to artists
Ravalli County Museum, in partnership with scientists from Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, is hosting a three month long exhibition “Through the Microscope, Science in Wonderland” which will include exhibits by students, lectures by scientists and an exhibition by community artists interpreting the world through the microscope. The community art segment of the exhibition opens July 12. Visual artists interested in participating, contact Barbara Michelman at barbara@michelmanphoto.com or Pamela Caughey pamcaughey@gmail.com for more information.

 

Call for artisans
The deadline to get your applications in for the Western Montana Artisans Show is May 24 at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds Office in Hamilton. This event is being held in conjunction with Montana Mule Days, June 8-10. Call for further information or questions, 363-3411.

 

Museum jerky contest
As part of the Annual Bitter Root Day Festival, the Ravalli County Museum will be holding a Jerky Contest. Submit your mouth watering, delectable jerky samples for judging! The museum will be accepting a wide variety of meats, flavors and styles. Forms can be downloaded from the website, picked up directly from the Museum, or from the Farmers Market booth on Saturdays. There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners! The deadline for entry is June 7 at 7:30 p.m. Winners will be announced during Bitter Root Day, June 16. For more information, contact the Museum at 363-3338, visit the website at www.brvhsmuseum.org or drop on by at 205 Bedford, in Hamilton.

Wednesday, May 9

 

NVPL toddler story time

Music Makers toddler storytime will be held Wednesday, May 9 with enriching and fun children’s activities from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the community room. Melissa Sparks leads this program through singing, movement, fingerplays and stories. May’s theme is “Bugs”! A healthy snack will be provided. In the afternoon, stop by the children’s room from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. for the R.E.A.D to a dog program. Ooby and his handler will be there to listen to all levels of readers. North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call the library at 777-5061.

 

BPL preschool story time

Preschoolers are invited to meet in the children’s corner of the Bitterroot Public Library on Wednesday, May 9 to enjoy “Brown Dogs, Red Dogs, Blue Dogs” 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.

 

Hamilton Middle School career fair

Community volunteers will present information about their careers to Hamilton Middle School students at a career fair on May 9th. “The district is excited to partner with the community in providing a relevant learning experience for our students,” added district superintendent, Duby Santee.

“Helping students to see the bigger picture in life gives them goals,” said HMS Counselor Vickie Dickerson.  “I sent out a survey to get what the kids were interested in hearing more about – not necessarily what the usual careers we think of would be.  Our biggest [interests] were sports, armed forces, cosmetology, and detective.  A lot [of students] were interested in computer game design so we got a member of the MAPS Media Institute to come and at least get them started in how to begin their career.”

Representatives from a variety of career fields will present information in the areas of law enforcement, journalism, law, forensic anthropology, armed forces, dental hygiene, pilot, graphic design, cosmetology, education, and medical. Trapper Creek Job Corps will be there matching interests with career choices.

All presenters are from Hamilton except the 911 operator (Missoula), and Journalism (KECI TV).

“This exactly fits in with our educational push – to get students excited about learning,” said Michelle McConnaha, HSD3 coordinator for Graduation Matters. “If students can see the end results they get motivated – they finish their education.  They graduate.”

More information can be found about “Graduation Matters / Education Matters, Hamilton” on the Hamilton School District’s web page:  www.hsd3.org.

 

Flyfishing course

Bitterroot Trout Unlimited (BRTU) and the FlyFishers of the Bitterroot (FFB) are teaming up to put on an exceptional course for beginner and intermediate flyfishers over 16 years of age on four Wednesdays in May – May 9, May 16, May 23 and May 30. The cost is $50 and includes a 1-year membership in either BRTU or the FFB. For information go to www.brtu.org.

 

National Bike to School Day

WHERE:  300 Park Street, Stevensville MT 59870

WHEN:   Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

SIGNIFICANCE: Students from Stevensville Public Schools will be biking and or walking to school along with parents, teachers, and community leaders. CONTACT: Lindsey Day 406-777-5613 Ext. 348.

 

Thursday, May 10

 

FWP Commission
Montana’s Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission will meet May 10 in Helena at the Montana Wild Education Center, west of Helena near Spring Meadow Lake at 2668 Broadwater Ave. beginning at 8:30 a.m.
FWP’s commissioners will consider a variety of proposed actions including the administrative rule governing the auction of a moose, sheep, goat, deer and elk license; the rule on the separation of nonresident deer licenses from big game combination licenses; and the proposed exotic classification of tilapia, a freshwater fish that can become problematic when introduced in new warm-water habitats.
The commission will also consider a variety of wildlife-related proposals that include the 2012/2013 wolf hunting seasons dates, quotas and hunting district boundaries; the plan for nongame tax check-off funds; annual renewal of a hunting access agreement; the 2012 fall upland game bird quotas and limits; harvest prescriptions for combined archery/elk hunting districts; and timber harvests on the Mount Haggin and West Kootenai wildlife management areas.
The commissioners will be asked to endorse three acquisitions: Upper Big Spring Creek south of Lewistown for a future fishing access site, acquisition of mineral rights at Spotted Dog WMA near Avon, and acquisition of the Milk River Ranch, 2,800 acres in Hill County, 50 miles northwest of Havre.
FWP ensures its meetings are fully accessible to those with a disability. Individuals with special needs may request arrangements by contacting FWP at: 406-444-3186.
For the full agenda and background on the scheduled topics, go to the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov on the home page under the heading FWP Commission.
The FWP website will offer live streamed audio of the meeting, or the public may view a live television feed of the meeting at FWP regional offices.

 

Green Thumbs Up
The Green Thumbs Up garden club will meet Thursday, May 10 at 2 p.m. at the MSU Western Agriculture Research Station in Corvallis for a tour and a hands-on demonstration of tomato grafting. After a brief discussion on some of the principals of grafting and the benefits of grafting tomatoes, there will be a chance to do some actual tomato grafting. There will also be the opportunity to take a tour of the Western Ag. Research Station and learn more about what projects are happening there. This experiment station has a long history of research on invasive weeds, horticulture, and regional agriculture dating back to the heyday of apple production. Currently there are some horticulture and vegetable trials using high tunnel production as well as grafted vegetables using disease resistant rootstock. There will be some tomatoes provided, but if you could bring in a tomato plant or two to practice grafting that would be great. For the best success, look for plants that are healthy and have a stem diameter of 2-2.5 mm (1/10th in). The Western Agriculture Research Station is located at 580 Quast Lane, Corvallis. The meeting is free and open to the public. For further information and to reserve a spot, call Susan Duff, 961-5455.

 

Museum wax museum event

Fifth graders from Grantsdale Elementary will present a “Wax Museum” of historical figures on Thursday, May 10 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Ravalli County Museum, 205 Bedford in Hamilton. Celebrating their annual Wax Museum event, students will be in full costume representing some of the better known historical figures from the past. During the event, Grantsdale Elementary will be serving a delicious spaghetti dinner. Enjoy a “taste of Italy” while you listen to the bluegrass band, “Blue to the Bone.” Cost of the dinner is $5.00 per family or $3.00 per person. Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Admission to the Wax Museum is free. This is a family event and all ages are welcome! For more information call 363-3338.

 

BPL Fellowship Club

The Bitterroot Public Library’s Fellowship Club will meet on Thursday, May 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to discuss “Ageless Body, Timeless Mind: the Quantum Alternative to Growing Old” by Deepak Chopra.

In this spiritual classic Dr. Deepak Chopra dispels the myth that we are meant to grow ugly and sick as we grow old. He shows how, contrary to traditional notions of aging, we can learn to direct the way our bodies metabolize time.

Chopra also combines mind/body medicine with current anti-aging research to show how, and why, the effects of aging are largely preventable. By intervening at the level where belief becomes biology, we can achieve our unbounded potential. A pioneer and leader in this exciting field, Chopra believes that the aging process can be dramatically reshaped using the mind/body connection. In this book, he gives readers tools to create new perceptions of aging, techniques for harnessing the power of awareness, and practical steps to experiencing timelessness. In these ways we can take control of the way we age and fulfill the promise of Ageless Body, Timeless Mind.

Dr. Deepak Chopra, long a passionate voice for spiritual renewal, is the author of more than 57 books which have been translated into 35 languages, including the critically acclaimed public TV show “Body, Mind, and Soul: The Magic and the Mystery.” Hailed by Time magazine as “the poet-prophet of alternative medicine” he is the founder of the Chopra Center for Well Being in Carlsbad, California, and president of the Alliance for a New Humanity.

The Fellowship Club meets every second Thursday of the month and is free and open to anyone seeking to promote individual and collective well being.

Call 363-1670, or email jacostant@gmail.com for more information.

 

Art Club Studio Drawing

Thursday, May 10th 6:30 pm

North Valley Family Center

Join the North Valley’s Art Club. Meets every other Thursday from 6:30-8 pm at the North Valley Family Center. Open to anyone interested in art/drawing, from beginning – experienced, and everyone in-between. Please bring your own materials. Call for more information: 406-273-0142.

The North Valley Family Center is located at 5501 US HWY 93 N, in suite 3 of the Florence Business Center, in Florence.

 

May Welcome Baby meeting

May 10th,  10-noon, at the North Valley Family Center

Topic: Balancing Your Life

With the new baby here, or on the way, how are you going to have time for yourself? Lets get together and have a conversation about what we love to do, and how we can create balance in our busy lives!

Welcome Baby is for new and expecting parents. Come bring your baby and meet other new or expecting parents in the North Valley. Welcome Baby meets on the second Thursday of each month from 10-noon.

The North Valley Family Center is located at 5501 US HWY 93 N, in suite 3 of the Florence Business Center, in Florence, next to the Town Pump. 273-0142 for more information.

 

 

Friday, May 11

 

Museum musical evening

John Wilson will be performing on Friday, May 11 at 6 p.m. at the Ravalli County Museum, 205 Bedford, Hamilton. This will be an elegant, delicious, and enjoyable musical evening to benefit the programming and operations of the Museum. Tickets are $25 for non-members and $20 for members. Beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be served. For more information call 363-3338.

 

Rummage sale

The Florence Carlton Community Church will be holding its annual rummage sale on Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The church is located at 20075 Old Hwy 93, about halfway between Lolo and Florence. For more information call Tara Lee Leonard at 273-4787.

 

Stevensville Playhouse Presents
“The 39 Steps” is a farce adapted from the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film. The play’s concept calls fro the entirety of the 1935 film to be performed by a cast of four. One actor plays the hero, Richard Hannay (Erick M Rasmussen), an actress (Lindsey Zachariasen) plays the three women with whom he has romantic entanglements, and the other two actors (Maria Cole and Mark Joy) play every other character in the show: hero’s, villains, men, women, children. The film’s serious spy story is played mainly for laugh, and the script is full of allusions to (and puns on the titles of) other Alfred Hitchcock films, including “Rear Window”, “Psycho”, “Vertigo” and “North By Northwest.” This show will have you laughing from the first scene until the end. You will definitely want to come back to see this show more than once! Show Dates: May 4,5,11,12,18,19 @8PM May 6,13,20 @2PM Tickets: Adults $10 with advance purchase or $15 at showtime. Children 12 and under $8 with advance purchase or $10 at showtime. Reservations 777-2722.

 

Mutt Strut

Attention, all dogs: Grab

your leash and nudge your person

out the door for the 4th Annual

Mutt Strut on Friday, May

11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Stevensville

Ranger Station, corner of Eastside

Hwy and Main Street. It’s fun! It’s

free! Door prizes and treats will

be provided. Help celebrate the

winners of the Bitterroot’s Biggest

Loser (for pets). Sapphire Animal

Hospital will donate one pound of

pet food for every walker to the

Bitter Root Humane Society. Call

777-4399 for more information

 

Saturday, May 12

 

Back Country Youth Day

Selway-Pintler Wilderness Back Country Horsemen and Ravalli County 4-H have partnered to offer a day camp on Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Any youth who is interested can attend and learn about packing horses and mules in the back country, rescuing trails, camping smart and safe, and Dutch oven cooking. Register for this free event by Friday, May 4 to your MSU/Ravalli County Extension Office at 375-6611.

 

Wilderness Skills Weekend
Bitter Root Back Country Horsemen invite the public to a free Wilderness Skills Weekend May 12 and 13 at Charles Waters Campground, two miles west up Bass Creek Road between Florence and Stevensville. Sessions start at 9 a.m. each day. Topics include packing, Leave-No-Trace camping, “Be Bear Aware” training, back country hoof and veterinary care, using a GPS, setting up a back country kitchen, Dutch oven cooking, and containing stock (high-lines, hobbles, pickets, etc.). Participants will learn the skills they need to be safe and enjoy their outdoor adventures this summer. For more information, contact Jack or Lisa Emory at 961-1363 or naturalgaithorsemanship@yahoo.com or the BBCH website at http://www.bchmt.org/bitterroot/ under training.

 

NV Library rummage sale

The North Valley Public Library is hosting a rummage sale on Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be books for sale and so much more! Lighting, cabinets, office supplies, building materials, kitchen and bath fixtures and computers and peripherals will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the sale of books and audio visual materials will benefit the Friends of the Library and the sale of all other items will go the North Valley Public Library Foundation. Come out to support the library and perhaps find a treasure. North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call the library at 777-5061.

 

Daly Mansion Mother’s Day tea

Invite your mothers, grandmothers, and the special ladies in your life to the Daly Mansion’s Annual Mother’s Day Tea on Saturday, May 12. Tea will be served in the beautifully decorated Sun Porch, Formal Living Room, and the Trophy Room. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m., a special program will begin at 11 a.m. and seating for the tea will begin at 12 noon. Guests will enjoy fabulous food and tea at impeccably set tables. The day will include a special presentation of lace embellished clothing and accessories featuring nostalgic period fashion from the private collection of LaRee Johnson, author of “Ladies’ Vintage Accessories.” Musical entertainment by classical guitarists Jan Jost and Barb Shumaker, gift basket raffles, party favors, self-guided tours, and photos will also be offered. Admission is $25.00 for adults, and $20.00 for children. This event is recommended for children 6 years and older. Reservations are accepted by calling 363-6004, ext. 3#.

 

Cake Walk

SAFE (Supporters of Abuse Free Environments) will host a Cake Walk at the Hamilton Farmers Market on Saturday, May 12. Come join in the musical fun at 10 a.m. to win a tasty treat, baked by one of the Market’s fine vendors, for Mom on her day.

 

Homespun Hootenanny

Evergreen Kids Corner Cooperative pre-school will host the 2nd Annual Homespun Hootenanny on Saturday, May 12 at the Rocky Mountain Grange Hall just south of Hamilton. Admission is $3. Make Mothers Day gifts/cards, Face Painting, Bouncy Houses, and games. Enjoy a barbecue dinner for $7. Live music starts at 3 p.m. with John Adam Smith. A Battle of the Bands starts at 5 p.m. featuring Bros of Turmoil, 64 Tuna, The Ordinaries and The Orange Supremacy. Come out and support the local young musicians at this fundraiser for Evergreen Kids Corner non-profit pre-school and its community programs.

 

Country fair and Mother’s Day tea

Come to a Country Fair and Mother’s Day Tea on Saturday, May 12 at noon at The King’s Christian Church, 9830 Valley Grove Drive, Lolo. Wander booths of bygone memorabilia and taste the delights in the café, such as old fashion tea and lemonade. There will be fun for all ages. There will also be “princess tables” for the little ladies in our lives. For more information call 273-0682.

 

MAPS film festival

MAPS Student Film Festival will take place Saturday, May 12 at noon at the Pharaohplex Theater. This is a free family-friendly event. See the students’ latest movies, commercials and fun short films.

Crawford reception

The public is invited to a reception in honor of Marjorie A. Crawford at the Bitterroot Public Library. Her children invite you to share memories of her life on Saturday, May 12, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the West meeting room. Contact Nansu Roddy for more information, 363 2435.

 

Music concert

Britchy, the entertaining duo of singer-songwriter 907 Britt and guitar wizard Richie Reinholdt, will be appearing at the Historic Stevensville Hotel on Saturday, May 12 at 7 p.m. Come out and hear great acoustic music in an intimate setting that focuses on the music. Tickets are $10 at the door.  For more information, call Michael at Run Amok Productions at 240-0216.

 

Lone Rock park board

The Ravalli County Parks, Lone Rock Division, will meet Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 pm at the Lone Rock School. Public welcome.

 

May Family Fun Day

 

Saturday, May 12th: noon-3 pm

North Valley Family Center

Escape from the house and bring your kids for activities fun for the whole family!! This month we will be making special Mother’s Day cards and have arts and crafts to make Mother’s Day gifts. Lunch will be served. All ages welcome. Free

The North Valley Family Center is located at 5501 US HWY 93 N, in suite 3 of the Florence Business Center, in Florence, next to the Town Pump.  273-0142 for more info.

 

Sunday, May 13

 

Daly Mansion Tours

The Daly Mansion will be opening for the spring and summer tour season Sunday, May 13. Completed in 1910, the Georgian Revival home was the summer residence of Copper King, Marcus Daly, his wife Margaret, and their family. This beautiful Mansion located at 251 Eastside Highway between Hamilton and Corvallis is also home to the Margaret Daly Memorial Arboretum and Botanic Gardens. Tours begin at 10 a.m. with the last tour of the day taking place at 3 p.m., seven days per week. Cost is $9.00 for adults, $8.00 for seniors, $6.00 for children, and children under 6 years are admitted free. For more information, call 363-6004 or visit www.dalymansion.org.

 

Monday, May 14

 

SAFE Book Club
Supports of Abuse Free Environments (SAFE) is hosting a book club discussion on Monday, May 14, at 7 p.m. at Chapter One Book Store. Come join in to discuss “A Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams. For more information, contact Sonya at 363-2793.

 

Hamilton Garden Club

The Hamilton Garden Club May meeting will be Monday the 14th at 7:00 PM

at the home of Linda Potter, 1657 Simpson Lane, Corvallis 961-3819.

Co-hostess is Joane Cosper-961-4879. The program will be given by

Joann Gibbons from Stevensville garden club. Her program will on county fair entries and judging. Also on the agenda is the annual plant sale in June, the planting of the uptown planters for summer and more details on the kids in the garden project that will be at Daly Mansion  July 21st. For more information call one of the above members. Guests are welcome.

 

Hamilton Rotary Club

During the Month of May, Hamilton Rotary Club is featuring the theme, “Ravalli County Historical Tourism”.  Speakers for the Monday, May 14th meeting will be April Johnson, re: Daly Mansion; Colleen Meyer, re: St. Mary’s Mission; and Tamar Stanley, re: Ravalli County Museum.   The club meets Mondays at noon at BJ’s Restaurant, 900 North 1st Street, Hamilton. There will be time for questions and discussion. This meeting is open to the public. For further information, Please call 363-2960.

 

Tai Chi at River Park

For those curious about the martial arts version of Tai Chi Chuan, see how we practice 3 components: form, qigong, and push hands. 1-2 pm May 14th. EarthSkyTaiChi.com.

Tuesday, May 15

 

Chamber Tourism & Marketing Committee

The Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce Tourism and Marketing Committee will meet Tuesday, May 15, at 10 a.m. at the Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State Street, Hamilton. Speakers will be Dr. Ken Egan, Executive Director of Humanities Montana, and Martha Lindsey, Program Director for Travelers Rest Preservation & Heritage Association.

Humanities Montana, an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, was founded in 1972. Since that time the organization has benefited hundreds of Montana organizations, providing support for public programs in the humanities throughout the state.

Egan will provide the gathering with Information on grants programs, Speakers Bureau, Reflect, and other programs offered by Humanities Montana. The organization awards grants to organizations on a competitive basis. Proposals are assessed based on humanities content and participation by humanities scholars in planning and/or execution of projects. The Ravalli County Museum recently received a significant grant for a proposal which combined museum training with the creation of a travelling exhibit for the Nez Perce Trail. The Museum the partner with SeaReach, the Nez Perce tribe, the Forest Service, and the Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau in developing this program.

The 51-acre Travelers’ Rest State Park State Park opened to the public in May, 2002. Travelers’ Rest Preservation and Heritage Association is the park’s managing organization. In 2009, a new visitor center and museum opened at Travelers’ Rest which has a wide variety of historical items from western Montana.

Lindsey is responsible for educational programming at Travelers’ Rest. Her presentation will provide information concerning Travelers Rest State Park and their programs which emphasize teaching and learning about Lewis and Clark history, and the history and culture of the Salish and other Native peoples of the surrounding area.

All persons involved in tourism are invited to attend. If you cannot attend, but would like to receive emails describing the committee’s activities, contact the Chamber office to be added to the Committee’s email list. For more information on the May meeting, contact Carol Smith at 406-546-7727.

 

Fundraising presentation
The Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce will offer an opportunity on how your organization, service club, school program, church or non-profit can raise additional dollars through fundraising events. David Mirisch, a new resident to Missoula and a member of the Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce, will conduct a free one-hour seminar on Tuesday, May 15, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at the TownHouse Inn in Hamilton. People who are interested in learning how they can help their organization increase their fund raising efforts are urged to attend. David has put on over 2,500 fundraising events throughout the United States and in seven foreign countries. He has helped organizations raise $35 million for their individual causes. Visit his website at www.dmirisch.com and if you would like to attend call the Chamber office at 363-2400.

Our Savior Lutheran Preschool Registration

On Tuesday, May 15, from 5 to 7 p.m., Our Savior Lutheran Preschool of Stevensville will pre-register three- and four-year-old students for the 2012/2013 school year. Our Savior’s early childhood program is designed to develop and to enrich socialization and basic skills in boys and girls, ages three through five.

Parents unable to attend registration are encouraged to call 777-5625 weekday mornings for more information. Anyone wishing to observe the current three- and four-year-old classes in action should call to reserve a date early in May.

Our Savior Lutheran Church, affiliated with the Lutheran Church––Missouri Synod, is located at 184 Pine Hollow Road. From the Eastside Highway, about one mile south of the intersection of the Eastside Highway and Middle Burnt Fork Road, turn east onto Pine Hollow. Cross the tracks and the canal and the church will be on the left, marked by three crosses.

 

Republican election celebration
The Ravalli County Republican Central Committee will host an “Election Celebration, Get to Know your Candidates” on Tuesday, May 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds at 5 p.m. Meet and greet candidates between 5 and 7 p.m. During that time chili and hotdogs will be available. Speeches will begin at 7 p.m. Pick up a sample ballot, and hand it in at the end of the evening. Results from this straw poll will be posted at www.ravcogop.com. Gubernatorial, state and local candidates will be in attendance. In addition, the candidates for District #4 County Commissioner (Matt Kanenwisher’s seat) will be announced. More information call 207-7630 or visit the website.

 

Wednesday, May 16

 

Father Ravalli birthday celebration

On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Father Anthony Ravalli, the staff at St. Mary’s Mission and Museum invites you to celebrate the legacy of this remarkable man on Wednesday, May 16. Antonio Ravalli was born May 16, 1812 in Ferrara, Italy. The genius of Father Ravalli left an indelible mark on the state of Montana. Enjoy birthday cake from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. plus reduced rates on guided tours of the St. Mary’s Mission Complex. A new book released by Stoneydale Press and Valley Drug of Stevensville, “Father Anthony Ravalli, S.J.”, will be available in St. Mary’s Gift Shop. The book contains a complete memoir of Fr. Ravalli by L.B. Palladino, S.J. written in 1884. Local author Jeanne O’Neill’s chapter is titled, “A Great Good Man”, along with a writing by Sondra Sieg called, “Leonardo of the Rockies.” Included is a commentary by Carlo Ravalli, from Ferrara, Italy, upon the induction of Fr. Ravalli into the Gallery of Outstanding Montanans. Also included is a collection of historical photographs. A new exhibit will also be unveiled in the museum. Fr. Ravalli’s Birthday Party will be held at St. Mary’s Visitor Center, west end of 4th Street, Stevensville. For more information call 777-5734.

 

Floral design workshop

The Stevensville Garden Club is sponsoring a floral design workshop on Wednesday, May 16. Attendees will make a floral design incorporating a piece of weathered wood. Cost is $10.00. All supplies will be provided and attendees will take their design home. Call Nina Eadie at 239-5361 to reserve a spot.

 

CNA classes

The University of Montana College of Technology will offer two courses this summer in Stevensville for those who would like to become certified nursing assistants.
The training, which will take place in May, June and August at the Bitterroot Valley Living Center, prepares students for careers in health care under the supervision of a licensed nurse. The center is located at 63 Main St. in Stevensville.
Curriculum includes first aid and CPR training in providing or assisting in client care, use of equipment, documenting and reporting. Theory and clinical study will provide necessary information and skills needed in long-term, home-care and acute-care settings. Students also will prepare for and complete the Montana Department of Health State Competency CNA Evaluation Examination.
The first course begins Wednesday, May 16 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students are asked to bring a lunch that day. Classes will continue from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through June 1, with Saturday classes from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 19 and 26 and June 2.
The second course begins Wednesday, Aug. 1 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students are asked to bring a lunch that day. Classes will continue weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Aug. 17, with Saturday classes from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 4, 11 and 18.
The course costs $820, which includes the textbook, CPR/first aid fee, supplies and the state examination fee. No previous academic experience is required. The registration deadline for the first course is Friday, April 20, and payment is due Friday, April 27. The registration deadline for the second course is Friday, July 13, and payment is due Friday, July 20. Complete details about course requirements and additional costs are online at http://www.cte.umt.edu/Outreach/CNA_Classes.aspx.
Space is limited. To register, call Mary Opitz of the COT Outreach Program at 243-7812 or email mary.opitz@umontana.edu.

 

 

LightHouse

The LightHouse of the Bitterroot board of directors’ meetings are regularly scheduled for the first and third Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m. at the RC&D office, 1709 N. First, Hamilton.

 

Evergreen Kids Corner
Evergreen Kids Corner, a non-profit, parent-run, cooperative preschool, has openings in its 2-3 year-old and 3-4 year-old classes. 2-3 year-old class meets 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the 3-4 year-old class meets 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. For more information call Sarah (381-7155) or Belinda (381-7319).

 

Grace Lutheran preschool registration

Grace Lutheran Learning Center Preschool is now taking registrations. Call now to enroll your child and help your preschooler get off to a great start and equip them with the learning skills, both academic and spiritual, that will ensure a bright future. Space is limited. Call 363-1924.

 

Quilt show

Quilters are invited to participate in the Quilt Show sponsored by the Sapphire Quilt Club on July 13 and 14 at the Stevensville High School. The purpose of the club is philanthropy and education. Its “Sunshine Quilt” project is the club’s main project. Members create and give away quilts to people in the Bitterroot Valley who have a personal tragedy such as illness, accident, fire, etc. This is a big year for the town of Stevensville. The theme of the July show is “Bringing Country Home.” Stevensville will celebrate the following milestones this year: 100 years of 4H; 100 years of the Creamery Picnic; the 200th birthday of Father Ravalli; 170 years of celebrating Founder’s Day (September 23rd). This year, the above categories have been added to the quilt show. Quilters will want to get started early if they want to enter a quilt in one (or more) of these categories (total number of categories available is 29). Details for entering a quilt can be found at the club’s website: www.sapphirequilters.org. You can also contact Mary Baughn, Quilt Show Chairperson, at 207-0334 or by email: skyvalley96@wmconnect.com.

 

Call for Bitterroot photos

Bitterroot Audubon is looking for local photographers who would like to donate a photo or two of various Bitterroot birds. The club will be making a Bitterroot Audubon 2013 calendar. The sales of the calendar will go toward the Scholarship Fund and the Education Fund. These funds help local students in the study of birds and their habitats. Send your photo in jpeg format, minimum 350 dpi, at 9” wide x 9 ½” high, CMYK, 100% quality with no water marks on the photos. Send photos by June 1 to bitterrootcalendar@gmail.com. In June a committee will decide which photos to use. If your photo is chosen you will be notified and your name will appear with the photo. For more information email bitterrootcalendar@gmail.com.

 

Daly Mansion Youth History Camp

The Daly Mansion is now accepting registrations for its annual Youth History Day Camp taking place June 25-28. This year’s theme is Montana People & Places and is for youth entering 4th through the 8th grades (fall of 2012). Campers will explore and discover life in the Bitterroot Valley during the past 100 years through a variety of activities such as becoming reenactors, playing and leading younger children in 19th century lawn games, a day trip to the Ravalli County Museum, activities with special guests from Traveler’s Rest State Park, and a mini-workshop on fly fishing. For more information regarding this day camp and to register, call 363-6004, ext. 3#. Cost of the camp is $100. Scholarship applications are available.

 

‘Name That Café’ Contest
How can you win a $50 gift card to Best Buy and a year of free coffee drinks? Enter the Name That Café Contest! The Bitterroot Cares for Kids Network is hosting a Name That Café Contest May 14-18 for local high school students to name the coffee cafe that will have its grand opening in September 2012. Open on Friday nights starting in September, the Café will offer a great place for high school teens to hang out, drink a cup of joe (mochas, lattes, Italian sodas, etc) play games, chillax! Here’s how it works: Come up with a great name, email it to bcaresforkids@gmail.com along with your name and an email contact. The deadline is May 18 and the winner will be notified by May 25 and again when the café opens in September so you and your friends can be a part!

 

Call to artists
Ravalli County Museum, in partnership with scientists from Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, is hosting a three month long exhibition “Through the Microscope, Science in Wonderland” which will include exhibits by students, lectures by scientists and an exhibition by community artists interpreting the world through the microscope. The community art segment of the exhibition opens July 12. Visual artists interested in participating, contact Barbara Michelman at barbara@michelmanphoto.com or Pamela Caughey pamcaughey@gmail.com for more information.

 

Call for artisans
The deadline to get your applications in for the Western Montana Artisans Show is May 24 at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds Office in Hamilton. This event is being held in conjunction with Montana Mule Days, June 8-10. Call for further information or questions, 363-3411.

 

Museum jerky contest
As part of the Annual Bitter Root Day Festival, the Ravalli County Museum will be holding a Jerky Contest. Submit your mouth watering, delectable jerky samples for judging! The museum will be accepting a wide variety of meats, flavors and styles. Forms can be downloaded from the website, picked up directly from the Museum, or from the Farmers Market booth on Saturdays. There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners! The deadline for entry is June 7 at 7:30 p.m. Winners will be announced during Bitter Root Day, June 16. For more information, contact the Museum at 363-3338, visit the website at www.brvhsmuseum.org or drop on by at 205 Bedford, in Hamilton.

Wednesday, May 9

 

 

Hamilton Middle School career fair

Community volunteers will present information about their careers to Hamilton Middle School students at a career fair on May 9th. “The district is excited to partner with the community in providing a relevant learning experience for our students,” added district superintendent, Duby Santee.

“Helping students to see the bigger picture in life gives them goals,” said HMS Counselor Vickie Dickerson.  “I sent out a survey to get what the kids were interested in hearing more about – not necessarily what the usual careers we think of would be.  Our biggest [interests] were sports, armed forces, cosmetology, and detective.  A lot [of students] were interested in computer game design so we got a member of the MAPS Media Institute to come and at least get them started in how to begin their career.”

Representatives from a variety of career fields will present information in the areas of law enforcement, journalism, law, forensic anthropology, armed forces, dental hygiene, pilot, graphic design, cosmetology, education, and medical. Trapper Creek Job Corps will be there matching interests with career choices.

All presenters are from Hamilton except the 911 operator (Missoula), and Journalism (KECI TV).

“This exactly fits in with our educational push – to get students excited about learning,” said Michelle McConnaha, HSD3 coordinator for Graduation Matters. “If students can see the end results they get motivated – they finish their education.  They graduate.”

More information can be found about “Graduation Matters / Education Matters, Hamilton” on the Hamilton School District’s web page:  www.hsd3.org.

 

Flyfishing course

Bitterroot Trout Unlimited (BRTU) and the FlyFishers of the Bitterroot (FFB) are teaming up to put on an exceptional course for beginner and intermediate flyfishers over 16 years of age on four Wednesdays in May – May 9, May 16, May 23 and May 30. The cost is $50 and includes a 1-year membership in either BRTU or the FFB. For information go to www.brtu.org.

 

Thursday, May 10

 

FWP Commission
Montana’s Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission will meet May 10 in Helena at the Montana Wild Education Center, west of Helena near Spring Meadow Lake at 2668 Broadwater Ave. beginning at 8:30 a.m.
FWP’s commissioners will consider a variety of proposed actions including the administrative rule governing the auction of a moose, sheep, goat, deer and elk license; the rule on the separation of nonresident deer licenses from big game combination licenses; and the proposed exotic classification of tilapia, a freshwater fish that can become problematic when introduced in new warm-water habitats.
The commission will also consider a variety of wildlife-related proposals that include the 2012/2013 wolf hunting seasons dates, quotas and hunting district boundaries; the plan for nongame tax check-off funds; annual renewal of a hunting access agreement; the 2012 fall upland game bird quotas and limits; harvest prescriptions for combined archery/elk hunting districts; and timber harvests on the Mount Haggin and West Kootenai wildlife management areas.
The commissioners will be asked to endorse three acquisitions: Upper Big Spring Creek south of Lewistown for a future fishing access site, acquisition of mineral rights at Spotted Dog WMA near Avon, and acquisition of the Milk River Ranch, 2,800 acres in Hill County, 50 miles northwest of Havre.
FWP ensures its meetings are fully accessible to those with a disability. Individuals with special needs may request arrangements by contacting FWP at: 406-444-3186.
For the full agenda and background on the scheduled topics, go to the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov on the home page under the heading FWP Commission.
The FWP website will offer live streamed audio of the meeting, or the public may view a live television feed of the meeting at FWP regional offices.

 

Green Thumbs Up
The Green Thumbs Up garden club will meet Thursday, May 10 at 2 p.m. at the MSU Western Agriculture Research Station in Corvallis for a tour and a hands-on demonstration of tomato grafting. After a brief discussion on some of the principals of grafting and the benefits of grafting tomatoes, there will be a chance to do some actual tomato grafting. There will also be the opportunity to take a tour of the Western Ag. Research Station and learn more about what projects are happening there. This experiment station has a long history of research on invasive weeds, horticulture, and regional agriculture dating back to the heyday of apple production. Currently there are some horticulture and vegetable trials using high tunnel production as well as grafted vegetables using disease resistant rootstock. There will be some tomatoes provided, but if you could bring in a tomato plant or two to practice grafting that would be great. For the best success, look for plants that are healthy and have a stem diameter of 2-2.5 mm (1/10th in). The Western Agriculture Research Station is located at 580 Quast Lane, Corvallis. The meeting is free and open to the public. For further information and to reserve a spot, call Susan Duff, 961-5455.

 

Museum wax museum event

Fifth graders from Grantsdale Elementary will present a “Wax Museum” of historical figures on Thursday, May 10 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Ravalli County Museum, 205 Bedford in Hamilton. Celebrating their annual Wax Museum event, students will be in full costume representing some of the better known historical figures from the past. During the event, Grantsdale Elementary will be serving a delicious spaghetti dinner. Enjoy a “taste of Italy” while you listen to the bluegrass band, “Blue to the Bone.” Cost of the dinner is $5.00 per family or $3.00 per person. Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Admission to the Wax Museum is free. This is a family event and all ages are welcome! For more information call 363-3338.

 

BPL Fellowship Club

The Bitterroot Public Library’s Fellowship Club will meet on Thursday, May 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to discuss “Ageless Body, Timeless Mind: the Quantum Alternative to Growing Old” by Deepak Chopra.

In this spiritual classic Dr. Deepak Chopra dispels the myth that we are meant to grow ugly and sick as we grow old. He shows how, contrary to traditional notions of aging, we can learn to direct the way our bodies metabolize time.

Chopra also combines mind/body medicine with current anti-aging research to show how, and why, the effects of aging are largely preventable. By intervening at the level where belief becomes biology, we can achieve our unbounded potential. A pioneer and leader in this exciting field, Chopra believes that the aging process can be dramatically reshaped using the mind/body connection. In this book, he gives readers tools to create new perceptions of aging, techniques for harnessing the power of awareness, and practical steps to experiencing timelessness. In these ways we can take control of the way we age and fulfill the promise of Ageless Body, Timeless Mind.

Dr. Deepak Chopra, long a passionate voice for spiritual renewal, is the author of more than 57 books which have been translated into 35 languages, including the critically acclaimed public TV show “Body, Mind, and Soul: The Magic and the Mystery.” Hailed by Time magazine as “the poet-prophet of alternative medicine” he is the founder of the Chopra Center for Well Being in Carlsbad, California, and president of the Alliance for a New Humanity.

The Fellowship Club meets every second Thursday of the month and is free and open to anyone seeking to promote individual and collective well being.

Call 363-1670, or email jacostant@gmail.com for more information.

 

Friday, May 11

 

Museum musical evening

John Wilson will be performing on Friday, May 11 at 6 p.m. at the Ravalli County Museum, 205 Bedford, Hamilton. This will be an elegant, delicious, and enjoyable musical evening to benefit the programming and operations of the Museum. Tickets are $25 for non-members and $20 for members. Beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be served. For more information call 363-3338.

 

Rummage sale

The Florence Carlton Community Church will be holding its annual rummage sale on Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The church is located at 20075 Old Hwy 93, about halfway between Lolo and Florence. For more information call Tara Lee Leonard at 273-4787.

 

Saturday, May 12

 

Back Country Youth Day

Selway-Pintler Wilderness Back Country Horsemen and Ravalli County 4-H have partnered to offer a day camp on Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Any youth who is interested can attend and learn about packing horses and mules in the back country, rescuing trails, camping smart and safe, and Dutch oven cooking. Register for this free event by Friday, May 4 to your MSU/Ravalli County Extension Office at 375-6611.

 

Wilderness Skills Weekend
Bitter Root Back Country Horsemen invite the public to a free Wilderness Skills Weekend May 12 and 13 at Charles Waters Campground, two miles west up Bass Creek Road between Florence and Stevensville. Sessions start at 9 a.m. each day. Topics include packing, Leave-No-Trace camping, “Be Bear Aware” training, back country hoof and veterinary care, using a GPS, setting up a back country kitchen, Dutch oven cooking, and containing stock (high-lines, hobbles, pickets, etc.). Participants will learn the skills they need to be safe and enjoy their outdoor adventures this summer. For more information, contact Jack or Lisa Emory at 961-1363 or naturalgaithorsemanship@yahoo.com or the BBCH website at http://www.bchmt.org/bitterroot/ under training.

 

NV Library rummage sale

The North Valley Public Library is hosting a rummage sale on Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be books for sale and so much more! Lighting, cabinets, office supplies, building materials, kitchen and bath fixtures and computers and peripherals will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the sale of books and audio visual materials will benefit the Friends of the Library and the sale of all other items will go the North Valley Public Library Foundation. Come out to support the library and perhaps find a treasure. North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call the library at 777-5061.

 

Daly Mansion Mother’s Day tea

Invite your mothers, grandmothers, and the special ladies in your life to the Daly Mansion’s Annual Mother’s Day Tea on Saturday, May 12. Tea will be served in the beautifully decorated Sun Porch, Formal Living Room, and the Trophy Room. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m., a special program will begin at 11 a.m. and seating for the tea will begin at 12 noon. Guests will enjoy fabulous food and tea at impeccably set tables. The day will include a special presentation of lace embellished clothing and accessories featuring nostalgic period fashion from the private collection of LaRee Johnson, author of “Ladies’ Vintage Accessories.” Musical entertainment by classical guitarists Jan Jost and Barb Shumaker, gift basket raffles, party favors, self-guided tours, and photos will also be offered. Admission is $25.00 for adults, and $20.00 for children. This event is recommended for children 6 years and older. Reservations are accepted by calling 363-6004, ext. 3#.

 

Cake Walk

SAFE (Supporters of Abuse Free Environments) will host a Cake Walk at the Hamilton Farmers Market on Saturday, May 12. Come join in the musical fun at 10 a.m. to win a tasty treat, baked by one of the Market’s fine vendors, for Mom on her day.

 

Homespun Hootenanny

Evergreen Kids Corner Cooperative pre-school will host the 2nd Annual Homespun Hootenanny on Saturday, May 12 at the Rocky Mountain Grange Hall just south of Hamilton. Admission is $3. Make Mothers Day gifts/cards, Face Painting, Bouncy Houses, and games. Enjoy a barbecue dinner for $7. Live music starts at 3 p.m. with John Adam Smith. A Battle of the Bands starts at 5 p.m. featuring Bros of Turmoil, 64 Tuna, The Ordinaries and The Orange Supremacy. Come out and support the local young musicians at this fundraiser for Evergreen Kids Corner non-profit pre-school and its community programs.

 

Country fair and Mother’s Day tea

Come to a Country Fair and Mother’s Day Tea on Saturday, May 12 at noon at The King’s Christian Church, 9830 Valley Grove Drive, Lolo. Wander booths of bygone memorabilia and taste the delights in the café, such as old fashion tea and lemonade. There will be fun for all ages. There will also be “princess tables” for the little ladies in our lives. For more information call 273-0682.

 

Crawford reception

The public is invited to a reception in honor of Marjorie A. Crawford at the Bitterroot Public Library. Her children invite you to share memories of her life on Saturday, May 12, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the West meeting room. Contact Nansu Roddy for more information, 363 2435.

 

Lone Rock park board

The Lone Rock Division of the Ravalli County Park Board will meet Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Three Mile Fire Hall.

 

Sunday, May 13

 

Daly Mansion Tours

The Daly Mansion will be opening for the spring and summer tour season Sunday, May 13. Completed in 1910, the Georgian Revival home was the summer residence of Copper King, Marcus Daly, his wife Margaret, and their family. This beautiful Mansion located at 251 Eastside Highway between Hamilton and Corvallis is also home to the Margaret Daly Memorial Arboretum and Botanic Gardens. Tours begin at 10 a.m. with the last tour of the day taking place at 3 p.m., seven days per week. Cost is $9.00 for adults, $8.00 for seniors, $6.00 for children, and children under 6 years are admitted free. For more information, call 363-6004 or visit www.dalymansion.org.

 

Accordion jam

The Five Valley Accordion Association will hold its next jam/dance session on Sunday, May 13 at the “Jokers Wild” in Missoula. 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 is performed by accordions, guitars, banjos, bass, and drums. Come join in on the music, dancing, fun, and fellowship. For more information call Mike Jones at 642-9693.

 

Monday, May 14

 

SAFE Book Club
Supports of Abuse Free Environments (SAFE) is hosting a book club discussion on Monday, May 14, at 7 p.m. at Chapter One Book Store. Come join in to discuss “A Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams. For more information, contact Sonya at 363-2793.

 

Tuesday, May 15

 

Chamber Tourism & Marketing Committee

The Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce Tourism and Marketing Committee will meet Tuesday, May 15, at 10 a.m. at the Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State Street, Hamilton. Speakers will be Dr. Ken Egan, Executive Director of Humanities Montana, and Martha Lindsey, Program Director for Travelers Rest Preservation & Heritage Association.

Humanities Montana, an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, was founded in 1972. Since that time the organization has benefited hundreds of Montana organizations, providing support for public programs in the humanities throughout the state.

Egan will provide the gathering with Information on grants programs, Speakers Bureau, Reflect, and other programs offered by Humanities Montana. The organization awards grants to organizations on a competitive basis. Proposals are assessed based on humanities content and participation by humanities scholars in planning and/or execution of projects. The Ravalli County Museum recently received a significant grant for a proposal which combined museum training with the creation of a travelling exhibit for the Nez Perce Trail. The Museum the partner with SeaReach, the Nez Perce tribe, the Forest Service, and the Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau in developing this program.

The 51-acre Travelers’ Rest State Park State Park opened to the public in May, 2002. Travelers’ Rest Preservation and Heritage Association is the park’s managing organization. In 2009, a new visitor center and museum opened at Travelers’ Rest which has a wide variety of historical items from western Montana.

Lindsey is responsible for educational programming at Travelers’ Rest. Her presentation will provide information concerning Travelers Rest State Park and their programs which emphasize teaching and learning about Lewis and Clark history, and the history and culture of the Salish and other Native peoples of the surrounding area.

All persons involved in tourism are invited to attend. If you cannot attend, but would like to receive emails describing the committee’s activities, contact the Chamber office to be added to the Committee’s email list. For more information on the May meeting, contact Carol Smith at 406-546-7727.

 

Fundraising presentation
The Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce will offer an opportunity on how your organization, service club, school program, church or non-profit can raise additional dollars through fundraising events. David Mirisch, a new resident to Missoula and a member of the Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce, will conduct a free one-hour seminar on Tuesday, May 15, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at the TownHouse Inn in Hamilton. People who are interested in learning how they can help their organization increase their fund raising efforts are urged to attend. David has put on over 2,500 fundraising events throughout the United States and in seven foreign countries. He has helped organizations raise $35 million for their individual causes. Visit his website at www.dmirisch.com and if you would like to attend call the Chamber office at 363-2400.

Our Savior Lutheran Preschool Registration

On Tuesday, May 15, from 5 to 7 p.m., Our Savior Lutheran Preschool of Stevensville will pre-register three- and four-year-old students for the 2012/2013 school year. Our Savior’s early childhood program is designed to develop and to enrich socialization and basic skills in boys and girls, ages three through five.

Parents unable to attend registration are encouraged to call 777-5625 weekday mornings for more information. Anyone wishing to observe the current three- and four-year-old classes in action should call to reserve a date early in May.

Our Savior Lutheran Church, affiliated with the Lutheran Church––Missouri Synod, is located at 184 Pine Hollow Road. From the Eastside Highway, about one mile south of the intersection of the Eastside Highway and Middle Burnt Fork Road, turn east onto Pine Hollow. Cross the tracks and the canal and the church will be on the left, marked by three crosses.

 

Republican election celebration
The Ravalli County Republican Central Committee will host an “Election Celebration, Get to Know your Candidates” on Tuesday, May 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the  Ravalli County Fairgrounds at 5 p.m. Meet and greet candidates between 5 and 7 p.m. During that time chili and hotdogs will be available. Speeches will begin at 7 p.m. Pick up a sample ballot, and hand it in at the end of the evening. Results from this straw poll will be posted at www.ravcogop.com. Gubernatorial, state and local candidates will be in attendance. In addition, the candidates for District #4 County Commissioner (Matt Kanenwisher’s seat) will be announced. More information call 207-7630 or visit the website.

 

Wednesday, May 16

 

Father Ravalli birthday celebration

On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Father Anthony Ravalli, the staff at St. Mary’s Mission and Museum invites you to celebrate the legacy of this remarkable man on Wednesday, May 16. Antonio Ravalli was born May 16, 1812 in Ferrara, Italy. The genius of Father Ravalli left an indelible mark on the state of Montana. Enjoy birthday cake from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. plus reduced rates on guided tours of the St. Mary’s Mission Complex. A new book released by Stoneydale Press and Valley Drug of Stevensville, “Father Anthony Ravalli, S.J.”, will be available in St. Mary’s Gift Shop. The book contains a complete memoir of Fr. Ravalli by L.B. Palladino, S.J. written in 1884. Local author Jeanne O’Neill’s chapter is titled, “A Great Good Man”, along with a writing by Sondra Sieg called, “Leonardo of the Rockies.” Included is a commentary by Carlo Ravalli, from Ferrara, Italy, upon the induction of Fr. Ravalli into the Gallery of Outstanding Montanans. Also included is a collection of historical photographs. A new exhibit will also be unveiled in the museum. Fr. Ravalli’s Birthday Party will be held at St. Mary’s Visitor Center, west end of 4th Street, Stevensville. For more information call 777-5734.

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