Call for artists
Bitterroot Art Guild is seeking vendors for “Art in the Park” July 27 and 28 at Legion Park in Hamilton. The application fees will go to scholarships for high school seniors in Ravalli County. Call 821-4678 if you want an application.
Children’s theater workshop
The Stevensville Playhouse is offering a Children’s Summer Workshop July 23-Aug 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. There are openings for 15 children, ages 7-16. The workshop will include acting, set building, costuming and some lighting. Cost is $100 per child. For more information 360-9121.
Darby school summer meal program
The Darby School District is offering a Summer Food Service Program again this summer. From now until Friday, August 24, the lunch room will be serving breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. The meals are for all children age 18 and younger at no cost. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 11 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Darby lunch room will be serving made from scratch items and local fresh fruits and vegetables. Breakfast and lunch is available to adults as well for a small cost. Enjoy a healthy, nutritious, local, homemade, free meal at Darby School this summer. For more information contact Lisa Poe at 821-1307.
Darby Library story time
Children’s Story Time is held every Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Darby Community Public Library. Come listen to stories, sing songs, and play games in the library while preparing your toddler or preschooler for success in school. All children from birth through age 5 are welcome with their caregiver to story time at the library. Call the library at 821-4771 for more information or visit the website at www.darbylibrary.net for a complete calendar of library events and programs.
NVPL Music Makers
Music Makers with Melissa is held on Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the North Valley Public Library. Enjoy enriching music and movement storytime appropriate for ages birth-five with an accompanying adult. Melissa Sparks leads this program through singing, movement, fingerplays and stories. June’s theme is “My Body.” There is time after the program to stay and play while sharing a healthy snack. North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call the library at 777-5061.
Darby food bank collections
The Darby Bread Box is collecting canned fruit, tuna and sugar for the months of June and July. Items can be dropped off at People’s Market and the Bitterroot Credit Union in Darby. Any donation is appreciated.
Corvallis All Class Reunion
The tenth annual Corvallis All Class Reunion will take place Saturday, June 30 in the old high school gym. The reunion will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Corvallis Class C State Basketball Championship of 1962. Classes being specially honored this year are every 5th and 10th year classes, and any attendees from classes before the year 1962; 50th year class will be the honored guests. The first reunion honored the Class of 1932, with Madge Chaffin, and Buck and Donald Lamoreux as special guests. Two hundred and five people attended the 2011 reunion. This year the honored guest will be Dorothy Engler Smith. There will be tours of the school from 2 to 4:30 p.m. with guides available. Get reacquainted from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at a free social and photo taking in the old gym from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Cost is $12 per person in advance or $15 at the door. Handicapped accessibility to the gym is at the northwest entrance. Blue Devil t-shirts will be for sale. A 50-50 drawing will be held, with proceeds going toward the annual scholarship. For more information contact Ray Dunbar at 961-4528, Gayle Tintzman at 961-3343 or email ATtintzman@cybernet1.com.
Wednesday, June 6
Preschool story time
Preschoolers are invited to meet in the children’s corner of the Bitterroot Public Library on Wednesday, June 6 to “Enjoy the Outdoors” with storyteller Donna Twedt. 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.
All ages are welcome on Wednesday, June 6 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for the first Wondrous Wednesday event at the North Valley Public Library. These enriching events and activities will be about night exploration for the summer reading program, Dream Big-READ! Storyteller Valerie Jensen will read “Good Night Owl” and “Tell Me the Day Backwards.” Decorate a star wand and share in a healthy and delicious “bedtime snack.” Don’t forget to sign up for summer reading. North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call the library at 777-5061.
Thursday, June 7
Democrat County Convention
The Ravalli County Democrats are calling for their 2012 County Convention and Delegate Selection for the Democratic National Convention to be held on Thursday, June 7 at 6 p.m. at River Street Theater, 421 N. 2nd, Hamilton. Local Democrats will caucus for the purpose of electing county delegates to be sent to the Montana Democratic Party’s Delegate Selection Convention in Helena, Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9. Those elected in Helena as Montana Delegates will travel to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina in September 2012.
All Democrats who are registered to vote in Ravalli County are invited to participate in this process. All Democrats, including members of minority groups, are encouraged to attend and be part of the County Convention. There is no cost to participate. The location for the convention is accessible to Democrats with disabilities. For questions about the Democratic County Convention, contact John Meakin, Chair, 531-7928 or Corrine Gantt, Vice Chair, 544-8586. Email: email@example.com. For full rules on the Democratic National Convention’s Delegate Selection and details about filing as a candidate and getting involved in the process, visit the Montana Democratic Party website at www.montanademocrats.org.
“Animal Tales: Spirits and Legends Come to Life” will be presented Thursday, June 7 at 6 p.m. at the Ravalli County Museum, 205 Bedford, Hamilton. The presentation will include live animals. Listen to Native Peoples’ stories and then see them come to life when Animal Ambassadors demonstrate the tales in true 3D! Learn the lessons that helped teach the next generation about honor, respect, and danger. Why should you never kill a spider? What is Turtle Island? How did kangaroo get her pouch? Some lessons are still in use today, and some stories help bring to light an animal’s unique qualities. The Animal Ambassadors of Animal Wonders bring the stories to life and teach how and why the native peoples passed down so many legends about the wild animals that shared the land. This event is in collaboration with the Bitterroot Public Library. Call 363-3338 or visit www.brvhsmuseum.org for more information.
The Montana Accordion Ensemble is sponsoring an accordion concert, featuring two very talented accordion players, Bev Fess and Kassie Patterson, on Thursday, June 7 at 7 p.m. at the Hamilton Senior Center. Call 360-3664 for more information.
Friday, June 8
Corvallis United Methodist Men’s Group will hold its annual rummage sale on Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9 from 9 a. to 2 p.m. at the Corvallis United Methodist Church, Eastside Hwy at Cemetery Road.
Montana Mule Days
Mark June 8-10 on your calendars and head for the Ravalli County Fairgrounds in Hamilton for Mule Days. With over 100 classes for youth, adults and juniors, there is something for everyone. There will be Chariot Racing, Packers Scramble, Gymkhana, Driving, Cattle Events, and Showmanship plus a nice array of commercial vendors. Knute’s Kustom Mule Kompany will be there with their yearling molly mule to raffle. Those tickets are $1.00. Admission to the event is $5.00 per day or $10.00 for the three days. Children 6 and under are free. Entry deadline is June 7 at 8 pm. You can get forms and information at www.montanamuledays.com or by calling 777-2331.
South Valley Pachyderm Club
Don Montgomery, Republican Candidate For Ravalli County Commissioner, District 3, will be speaking at the Friday, June 8 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, in Hamilton. The South Valley Pachyderm Club is an officially recognized allied organization of the Republican Party. Members of the public are welcome. For more information call 363-2960.
Car Club swap meet and show
Missoula and Bitterroot Valley Car Club will hold a Swap Meet and Car Show on Friday, June 8 (noon-6 p.m.) and Saturday, June 9 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) at the Missoula County Fairgrounds. Admission is $2 per person per day. Food available on site. Spaces are available by contacting Doug Winz at 728-5174.
The Montana Professional Artists Association Show and Sale will be held June 8-10 at the Bitterroot River Inn, Hamilton. A gala reception for this 8th Annual all-member show will be Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. The show will continue on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
The Stevensville Playhouse is hosting the 2nd Annual Peacock Strut, an all-male beauty pageant, on Friday June 8. Watch your friends and neighbors strut their stuff in evening wear, talent competition and of course… bathing suits. All in the name of fun! All proceeds benefit the Stevensville Playhouse. There will be hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer available by donation and everything benefits the Playhouse. Get your tickets in advance, seating is limited and you don’t want to miss this. Contact Jan at 777-2722/360-9121 or visit stevensvilleplayhouse.org.
Saturday, June 9
A flea market will be held Saturday, June 9 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Hamilton Senior Center, 820 N. 4th. New and used items will be for sale. Food will be available. Rent a table for $5 by calling Katie at 363-2316 or 363-5181.
Hamilton Garden Club sale
The Hamilton Garden Club will hold a plant and bake sale on Saturday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. under the canopy at Bell-McCall Ford, 300 West Main. There will be annuals, perennials, herbs, shrubs, houseplants, and miscellaneous gardening items, as well as baked goods. Donations are being accepted. For more information call 363-2198 or 961-1354.
Hamilton Farmers Market
Hamilton Farmers Market is holding an early Gift Drawing for Father’s Day on Saturday, June 9. Sign up to win a Market shopping bag full of Market goodies at the Information Booth under the lime green canopy in front of the Museum between 9 a.m. and noon. Drawing will be held at noon. Handcrafted and homegrown, Hamilton Farmers Market Co-op has been offering the finest of the Bitter Root for twenty years!
Old Pickup Show
The North Valley Old Pickup Show will be held Saturday, June 9 in Florence. Show off your classic (1940s-1980s) Bitterroot farm and firewood pickup with friends and neighbors at the first-ever North Valley Old Pickup Show, featuring hard-working American trucks, the veterans that have kept on hauling through good times and bad. Prizes will be awarded for oldest, best preserved, best restored, best representative Bitterroot work truck (by make), best modified, and Bucket of Bolts Award for the sorriest looking old beater that can still make it to the show under its own power. Judging will be at 9:30 a.m. in the Florence High School parking lot. A parade will be at 11:30 a.m. followed by a free barbecue at 12 noon in the Florence Community Park. The event is presented by the Florence Civic Club. For more information call 239-3699.
Sunday, June 10
Cleveland POP benefit
Help Stevensville graduate Russ Cleveland peddle across the United States in the Peddle Off Pounds (POP) fight against childhood obesity. There will be a bake ride, barbecue, bazaar and rummage sale, games by Boy Scout Troop 117 and music on Sunday, June 10 at 11 a.m. at the Three Mile Store, 899 Three Mile Creek Road. All proceeds will go towards Cleveland’s fundraising bicycle trip from Ocean Shores, WA to Gloucester, MA.
Accordion jam session
The Five Valley Accordion Association will hold its next jam/dance session on Sunday, June 10 at the “Rustic Hut” in Florence. The event will run from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $3.00 for members, $4.00 for non-members, and free to performing musicians. Live music will be performed by accordions, guitars, banjos, bass, and drums. Come enjoy the music, dancing, fun, and fellowship. For more information call Mike Jones at 642-9693.
Lone Rock park board
The Lone Rock division of the Ravalli County Park Board will meet Sunday, June 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Three Mile Fire Hall. The public is welcome.
Monday, June 11
Stevi pool opening
The Stevensville Pool will re-open for the summer season on June 11. Swim lesson sessions will begin June 18 and there will be three sessions this year to choose from and sign-ups begin the 11th at the pool. Stevensville Pool prides itself with a mix of experienced lifeguards and some newcomers securing the future of the pool. Stevensville Pool has been in operation for over 50 years and gives the community a safe and fun place to spend a summer day. Managers are Melissa Henderson and Laura Frazee.
Babysitter Boot Camp
Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital is offering Babysitter Boot Camp. This is a 5-day boot camp that begins on Monday, June 11, held daily from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and is located in conference room C. Babysitter Boot Camp is for children ages 11-13 years old and includes an array of instructors including an Emergency Medical Technician, Police Officer, Fireman, Infectious Disease Nurse, and others. During this camp the future babysitters will learn safe and nurturing child care techniques, behavior management skills, and appropriate responses to medical emergencies. Each day has a different focus; Monday is expectations of babysitter, Tuesday is safety and nutrition, Wednesday is first-aid and hand hygiene, Thursday is CPR training, and Friday is quiz and wrap up. Boot Camp fee is $40. Call 375-4654 to register; space is limited. For more information visit mdmh.org.
During the month of June, Hamilton Rotary Club is featuring the theme, “Ravalli County Wildlife Month.” Speaker for the Monday, June 11th meeting will be Fred Weisbecker, Vice President, Montana Audubon Society. The club meets Mondays at noon at BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N. 1st Street, Hamilton. There will be time for questions and discussion. This meeting is open to the public. For further information call 363-2960.
Tuesday, June 12
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, June 12 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Stevensville Town Council Chambers and from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Job Service Office in Hamilton. For more information call 542-2501.
DAV Mobile Service Office
So many veterans feel confused about benefits and services they’ve earned. There’s so much to know, and so many changes from one year to the next. That’s why the nonprofit Disabled American Veterans (DAV) offers help. The DAV Mobile Service Office will be at the VA Missoula Clinic, 2687 Palmer Street, Missoula on Tuesday, June 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to personally provide the best counseling and claim filing assistance available. Like all DAV services, help from the Mobile Service Office is free to all veterans and members of their families. For further information, contact NSO Kevin Grantier at (406) 495-2089.
Community Band concert
The 29th Summer Season of the Bitterroot Community Band is set to start with rehearsals beginning on Tuesday, June 12, at 7 p.m. in the Hamilton High School Bandroom. Anyone with experience on a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument is encouraged and invited to perform with the band. The first performance will be held on Thursday, June 28 at the Claudia Driscoll Park Bandshell beginning at 8 p.m. For more information on joining the band, or for the performance schedule, contact Shawn Thacker at 375-6060, ext. 6248.
Stevi school board
The regular meeting of the Stevensville School Board of Trustees will be Tuesday, June 12 at 7 p.m. in the Stevensville Music Center.
Wednesday, June 13
SAFE will be hosting a 12-week Writer’s Workshop for women, Wednesdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. beginning June 13. The group will explore the art of creative writing, sharing their own writing with other group members as well as doing exercises from a writing workbook. For more information contact Theresa at SAFE, 363-2793.