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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.

 

Clothing drive

Stevensville First Baptist Church’s 3rd Annual School Clothing Drive is accepting donations until July 20. New and used clothing in sizes 3T to X-Large Youth (16) is greatly needed. Drop off your donations at Farmers State Bank, Super 1 outside of Ravalli County Bank or the First Baptist Church office, just south of 402 Church Street in Stevi. If you need more information, would like to make a cash donation, or need some items picked up, contact Beth Perkins at 207-5748.

 

Clothing drive
Donate your clean and mended used clothing to King’s Christian Church 2nd Annual Clothing Give Away. Call 273-0682 or drop items off at the church, 9830 Valley Grove Drive, Lolo. The last day to drop off donations is August 13th. The Give Away will take place on August 18th. Call Beth with questions at 273-0682.

 

Community Band rehearsals

The Bitterroot Community Band is gearing up for its summer season. There will be three Tuesday rehearsals before the first concert. All players are welcome. The Bitterroot Band is a no- audition group, so simply show up with your instrument. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m.  at the Hamilton High School. You can also check out the facebook page or email bitterrootcband@gmail.com for more information.

 

Relay for Life cookbook sale

The Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital 4 Life Relay Team is on a mission to raise money for the American Cancer Society. They are selling the Relay for Life Luminaries and Sharing Our Best cookbooks filled with Marcus Daly employees’ favorite recipes. The luminaries and cookbooks are $10 each. For more information, contact Pam Chaplin and Tammy Riley by calling 363-2211 or visit mdmh.org.

 

NV Family Center Summer Program

The North Valley Family Center Summer Program will start on Tuesday, July 10. Registration is required to hold your spot. Pick and choose the classes and dates you wish to attend. Program activities include: Tuesdays: Creative arts, Wednesdays: Cooking Classes and Thursdays: Mind and Body exercise. The North Valley Family Center is located at 5501 Hwy 93 N, in suite 3 of the Florence Business Center, in Florence, next to the Town Pump. Stop in to pick up a registration form. For more info call the center at 273-0142 or check out the facebook page “North Valley Family-Center.”

 

NVPL summer reading program

Area youth are encouraged to participate in “Dream Big-READ!”, the North Valley Public Library’s youth summer reading program now through August 4. Youth are invited to come to the Library and read for prizes as well as to take part in special events offered throughout the summer. Special events on Wednesdays this summer will include a live nocturnal animal presentation by Animal Wonders, a singing event by local children’s songwriter, Chip Jasmin, theatrical entertainment by Doc Wild, a yoga class for families by Yoga in the Root, Movie Fridays and many other arts, crafts and storytelling activities. Youth (even non-readers) can register at the circulation desk for a reading log and event schedule. Every ten books or five hours you read, come into the library to receive a small prize and a chance to enter into a drawing for the grand prize. The more books you check out to read, the more chances you have to win!

North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call the library at 777-5061.

 

Stevi free lunch for kids
All kids age 18 and under are invited for free lunch this summer. Lunch will be served Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Mary’s Family Center at 333 Charlos Street in Stevensville. The Summer Food Service Program is a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child Nutrition Program that provides free, nutritious meals to children when school is not is session. The program will run through Friday, August 10. Contact Rita, 546-8916, or Caitlin, 777-5061, with questions or to volunteer to help with the program.

 

BEAR summer camp sign ups

Signups are now underway for the following BEAR summer camps:

  • · Junior Farmers Camp – July 9-13 and 16-20 for all kids entering 4th-7th grades.  9 am to 4 pm daily with an overnight campout on July 18th. $3oo for the 2-week Junior Camp. Experience life on the farm at its best! Feed and interact with the animals. Play, harvest, cook, create art projects, incubate chicks, enjoy campfires and more.
  • · Sprouts Camp – July 23-27 for all kids entering Kindergarten through 4th grade. 9 am to 4 pm daily. $150 for the 1-week camp.

Farm fresh snacks and lunches are provided. Reduced fees are available.

• Overnight Skate Camp – July 11-13. Skateboarding! SK8 Montana allows kids with a passion for skateboarding to connect with the skate community and travel to new skate parks across Montana. For kids entering 6th grade and up. SK8 Camp is free. Donations to cover expenses are appreciated.

Registration forms are available at www.bearoutdooradventures.com or 363-5410, ext. 115.

 

Call for Daly Days vendors

Calling all vendors! The Hamilton Downtown Association is now accepting applications for 2012 Daly Days vendors July 27 and 28. For more information, contact Michelle at 363-0580. Need a stage for your act? Try the Free Stage at Daly Days on July 28. For information, contact Mara at 363-5220. Participants are being accepted for the Dutch Oven Gathering on July 28. Come and cook! Contact Bill at 239-2745.

 

Wednesday, June 20

 

BPL Preschool story time

Preschoolers are invited to meet in the children’s corner of the Bitterroot Public Library on Wednesday, June 20 to enjoy “Night Owls” with storyteller Joe Yanzick. Story time begins at 10:30 a.m. and is designed for children 3-5 years of age. Stick around for Stay and Play activities! All story times are free and open to the public.

 

Metcalf Refuge field trip
Learn some common wildflowers and see the pollinators who visit them! On Wednesday, June 20, join Deborah Goslin and Bob Danley, staff at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge in Stevensville as they celebrate National Pollinator Week. Deborah has a passion for plants and worked in botany for years, and Bob has taken his zeal for birds and turned it towards butterflies and dragonflies. Bring your camera for the possible rainbow of colors – birds, flowers, butterflies, bees and up to six species of dragonflies! Visit the Refuge’s Pollinator Garden. Bring water and a snack. Bring binoculars if you have them; there also will be some available. Meet at the Refuge’s Wildlife Viewing Area (gravel parking area on west side of Wildfowl Lane), about 2 miles north of Stevensville at 11 a.m. (until 1 p.m. Call the Refuge Headquarters for more information, 777-5552.

 

NVPL ‘Wondrous Wednesday’

All youth and families are invited to the North Valley Public Library on Wednesday, June 20 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for a special summer reading event. Join in or just listen to and enjoy some lively campfire songs by local musician and songwriter, Chip Jasmin. Chip engages all youth through song, story and dance while promoting acceptance and peace in the community. North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call the library at 777-5061.

 

BPL ‘Wild Wednesday’

“Wild Wednesday” performances will begin on June 20th on the west lawn of the Bitterroot Public Library from 1:30 to 3 p.m. The first will be “Dreaming of Puppets and Books,” followed by a sing along with Bill LaCroix and Friends, Kate Davis and her Raptors of the Rockies, Doc Wild’s Creepy Bats, Dance EFX Dancers, musician and songwriter Chip Jasmin, and Water Games and Celebration. For more information call 363-1670.

 

NVPL hiking presentation

Michael Hoyt, local author of “Hikes and Climbs to Bitterroot Mountain Summits,” will give a presentation on Wednesday, June 20 at 6 p.m. at the North Valley Public Library. Hoyt, a longtime mountaineer, will provide a photographic glimpse and valuable insight into the breathtaking hikes and summits of the fabled Bitterroot Mountains, one of the most popular hiking and climbing destinations in the American West. In his full color guidebook Hoyt conveys, using humor and clarity, that every reasonably fit person with no technical climbing skills can reach the top of most of Montana’s Bitterroot Mountain peaks. Hoyt will be available to answer questions and sign copies of his new book. This event is free and open to the public. North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call the library at 777-5061.

 

Thursday, June 21

BPL Creation Stations

Creation Stations take place Thursday, June 21 at the Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton. All ages are welcome to join Samantha Twedt to make some crafts from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Make a worry doll and etch a night scene. Next week you can make a dreamcatcher.

 

NV Library ‘Lunch and Learn’
You’re invited to a Lunch and Learn program on Thursday, June 21, at 12 noon, in the Community Room of the North Valley Public Library, 208 Main St., Stevensville. Guest speaker will be the talented local author, Roberta Swartz, whose recently published book, “Me, Myself and Mind” offers an interesting and unique perspective about self-help. Bring your lunch if you wish, and dessert and beverages will be provided by the Friends of the North Valley Public Library.

 

Back Country Horsemen
Bitter Root Back Country Horsemen begin the first in their series of outdoor summer meetings on Thursday, June 21, at the Rock Creek Horse Camp at Lake Como. Potluck dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and the general meeting starts at 7:00. The program speaker is Dr. Kurt Solari who will discuss and demonstrate equine chiropractic techniques. Information on the June 30 pack-in project to Medicine Point Lookout, upcoming trail rides and other summer projects will be presented. Guests are welcome, and for more information call Karen at 961-0101 or check the website at www.bchmt.org/bitterroot.

 

PFLAG
PFLAG Hamilton-Bitterroot, a support group for parents, families and friends of lesbians and gays, will meet Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church’s community basement at 600 S. Third St. in Hamilton. The video, “The Bible and Homosexuality,” by Matthew Vines will be shown and discussed. It was filmed at a mainline church by a gay 22-year-old man, who took two years off from Harvard University to study the issue of homosexuality and the Bible. The video can also be accessed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezQjNJUSraY. Editorial article published in reference to the video can be read at the website of:
http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/05/01/2778054/dont-blame-the-bible.html#storyBody. The article will also be discussed.

Friday, June 22

 

Forest First Friday breakfast

Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor Julie King will hold this month’s Forest Friday breakfast on Friday, June 22 at Perkins Restaurant, 1285 N. 1st street in Hamilton. The public is invited to join her for breakfast and discussion from 7 to 9 a.m.

This month’s topics and speakers include:

· Recreation updates – Kaye Olpin, recreation program manager – Bitterroot National Forest

· Mushroom harvest program – Chuck Oliver, Darby district ranger – Bitterroot National Forest

· Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreak – Nancy Sturdevant, entomologist – Northern Region, U.S. Forest Service

Forest Fridays are a new event, started this year by the Bitterroot National Forest. They occur every other month and are a no-host breakfast meeting at a local restaurant with the goal of sharing good food, great company, and a little information about what’s happening on our National Forest.

For more information contact the Bitterroot National Forest at 363-7100.

 

Youth day camps
The Montana 4-H Mentoring Program will sponsor two separate daycamps on June 22 and July 20 for ages 10 to 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Extension Office, 215 S. 4th St. Extension Office, Hamilton. Cost is $10 per day. Registration is due by Monday before each camp or until full. June 22 will be a day hike and a scavenger hunt of plant identification and wildlife. Learn how to identify plants using the fun method of “jelly belly candy classification.” On July 20, there will be a hike to learn how to use GPS units with the fun method of geocaching. Also, at each day camp participants will learn quick and simple healthy snacks and meals. Lunch is provided and will be a smorgasbord of what is cooked each morning. For more information or to sign up, contact MSU Ravalli County Extension Office, 375-6611.

South Valley Pachyderm Club

The candidate selected to replace Matt Kanenwisher as County Commissioner for the remainder of his term will be introduced to members and attendees by Commissioner Suzy Foss, at the Friday, June 22 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.

 

Saturday, June 23

 

Rotary Scramble

The Hamilton Rotary Club will hold a Golf Scramble on Saturday, June 23 at the Hamilton Gold Course. This five-person team scramble with no handicaps is $80 per player and includes lunch. Tee time is 9 a.m. Over $1500 in cash prizes will be awarded plus a shoot-out competition and a $10,000 prize for hole in one at second hole. Sign up by calling Marilyn at 370-3677 or email hamiltonmtrotaryclub@gmail.com. Entry deadline is June 20.

 

Book signing event

Corvallis author Wendy Ervin will be signing copies of her new book, “The Predator,” on Saturday, June 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Hastings, 2501 Brooks Street, Missoula. What does a mother do when there is corruption in the family? How does she identify and tackle abuse when it is veiled? How does she face truth when it is so ugly that it can be neither comprehended nor accepted? Is there hope when one’s world disintegrates around them?

In navigating her way through these questions, author Wendy Ervin learned not only that hope is an eternal light shining in the darkness but also that God’s grace is available to all who are willing to trust in him. A heartbreaking tale of betrayal and loss of innocence, “The Predator” is a beacon to those who are suffering, a glimmer of hope during dark times. For more information, contact Traci Jones at 888-361-9473 or traci@tatepublishing.com.

 

Senior Center bingo
Hamilton Senior Center will be hosting a Special Saturday Bingo on Saturday, June 23. Doors open at noon, games start at 1 p.m. Paper cards will be used. Free refreshments will be served. You must be 18 to play. Call Cathy at 375-9276 for information.

 

Democratic fundraiser

“Stand Up and Be Counted,” the 2012 Ravalli County Democratic Party fundraiser, will take place on Saturday June 23, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the home of Tom and Darla Sather, 2775 Bell Pond Way, Stevensville. Come meet Montana Attorney General and candidate for Governor Steve Bullock and his running mate John Walsh, Montana’s former Adjunct General. Ravalli County Democratic candidates will also be in attendance. There will be fully hosted beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres. Live music will be provided by three groups: Andrea Harsell, Kimberlee Carlson and Louie Bond, and Bitterroot Range. Cost is $20 per person with children under 12 free. RSVP by calling 531-7928 or by e-mail at rcdcc2012@gmail.com.

 

Senior Ladies Tea

Soroptimist International of Hamilton is again honoring Bitterroot Valley women who have attained the age of 90 years or more. This tea will be held at Sapphire Lutheran Home, 501 N. 10th Street in Hamilton on Saturday, June 23 at 2 p.m. Tea will be served along with a wonderful menu of finger foods and sweets, and guests will be entertained by the female quartet, By Design. This is the seventh annual event and is eagerly anticipated by past attendees. If anyone knows of someone age 90 or above who might like an invitation to this delightful event, call Kathleen Graler at 369-0786 or Brenda Von Brach at 375-0198.

 

Labyrinth Solstice Open Walk

The 13th annual Summer Solstice Open Walk will be held Saturday, June 23 from sunset to midnight (weather permitting) at Redsun Labyrinth, 1802 Pleasantview Drive, Victor.

Redsun Labyrinth, a walking meditation, will be surrounded with luminaria to welcome walkers. It is an opportunity to walk the path to your center with intention. Think of it as a metaphor for life’s journey or just celebrate summer with a walk down the path. If you wish, bring a stone that will become a permanent part of the labyrinth. The public is welcome to come and walk and leave when ready. There will be a bonfire to warm you. No pets please.

If you are unable to attend this event you may visit anytime. It is wonderful to walk the labyrinth on a clear night during any full moon. Bring a flashlight to guide you to the labyrinth but then you can walk by the light of the moon.

Visit www.redsunlabyrinth.com for directions, pictures of past events and information about future events including workshops.

 

Sunday, June 24

 

MedStart camp

Attention high school sophomores and juniors! Western Montana Area Health Education Center (WMT-AHEC) is offering a week-long MedStart camp at the University of Montana, June 24-29. Three other camps are being offered in Bozeman, Billings and Great Falls campuses as well. MedStart will introduce students to the various careers available in the medical field, provide hands-on healthcare activities like job shadowing and hospitals tours, as well as provide an introduction to college life. The camp is free to attendees!  Talk to your school counselors or visit www.wmtahec.org to access the application. Call Martha Robertson at 243-4746 with questions. Application deadline is March 16, 2012.
America’s Super Pageant
The America’s Super Pageant will be held Sunday, June 24 at Hamilton High School Performing Arts Center and will feature approximately 30 women from around the country, competing in Interview, Evening Gown, Photogenic, Platform Presentation and Swimsuit/Athletic Attire. Delegates will range from 8 to 50+ years. Admission is free for this family friendly event which promotes the use of seat belts. For more information contact Janet Bierer at 360-8777 or visit www.AmericasSUPERpageant.com.

Accordion jam

The Five Valley Accordion will hold its next jam/dance session on Sunday, June 24 at the “Sunrise Saloon” in Missoula (1805 Regent St. — 728-1559). The event will run from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $3.00 for members, $4.00 for non-members and free for performing musicians. Live music will be performed by accordions, guitars, banjos, bass and drums. Come join in the music, dancing, fun, and fellowship. For more information call Mike Jones at 642-9693.

 

Monday, June 25

 

Dance workshops
River Street Dance Theater is holding two fun workshops this summer. These workshops are for new and returning students. Week one, June 25-June 29, will have two groups each day in Tap, Modern Dance and Jazz/Hip-hop. Ages 7-10 will meet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and ages 11 and older will meet from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Week two, July 23-July 27, will offer classes in Ballet, Tap, and Jazz/Hip-hop, with the younger group meeting 2 to 5 p.m., and the older group meeting 10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Cost ranges from $40 to $90 per workshop depending on how many classes are taken each day. Call 363-1203 for the brochure and more information.

 

Rotary club

During June, Hamilton Rotary Club is featuring the theme, “Ravalli County Wildlife.” Christy Dubois, Wildlife Biologist, non-game animals, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, will be the speaker on June 25. 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.

 

Eckankar discussion

Eckankar will sponsor a free spiritual discussion and coffee on Monday, June 25 at 7 p.m. at Perkins Restaurant, 2275 N. Reserve, Missoula. For information call 406-822-4356.

 

Tuesday, June 26

 

Republican Women’s Club
Ravalli County Republican Women’s Club will hold its monthly meeting and lunch on Tuesday, June 26 at 11:30 a.m. at BJ’s Restaurant in Hamilton. Ravalli County Republican Women meet the fourth Tuesday of each month.

 

Night Poetry/Haiku workshop

A free introductory workshop in haiku in its various forms will be held Tuesday, June 26 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the west meeting room of the Bitterroot Public Library. Write one or more during class. (Berets and or capes are optional). Submit your poem for a Summer Reading Program raffle ticket. Bain Robinson, published poet, is instructing.

 

Thursday, June 28

 

Mansion Children’s Lawn Party

The Daly Mansion Preservation Trust will be hosting its annual Children’s Lawn Party on Thursday, June 28 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on the grounds of the Mansion’s Margaret Daly Memorial Arboretum and Gardens. Hosted by “Mrs. Daly,” the festivities will include old fashioned lawn and carnival games, ice cream, cookies and prizes. Live family entertainment will include dancing and singing performances by Ballet Bitterroot and The Sunshine Generation and visits with Dolly The Clown. Admission is $3.00. For more information, call 363-6004 or visit www.dalymansion.org. The Daly Mansion is located at 251 Eastside Hwy between Hamilton and Corvallis.

 

Cancer Survivors Dinner

Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital’s MDMH 4 Life Relay Team and Dietary Department is hosting the annual Survivor Dinner, in conjunction with the Ravalli County Relay for Life event, dedicated to those living with cancer. The Survivor Dinner will be at the hospital on Thursday, June 28 in conference rooms B and C. This special dinner is for cancer survivors, patients and a care giver. Due to the increased number of individuals in Ravalli County that have been affected by cancer, this years Survivor Dinner will have two seatings. The first seating is at 5:30 p.m. and the second at 7 p.m. The two seatings will ensure all guests are comfortable, have room to eat, visit and enjoy one another at this heart warming event. There is no cost but reservations are preferred. Call Ellen Holton at 363-4142 to register and for more information visit www.mdmh.org.

The Ravalli County Relay for Life is on June 29-30, Friday night into Saturday morning and will be held at the Corvallis Track. For more information visit www.ravallicountyrelayforlife.com.

 

Friday, June 29

 

Glory Days Parade

A Glory Days Parade on Friday, June 29 at 3 p.m. through downtown Hamilton will kick off two days of Senior Pro Rodeo. All entries should line up at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds at the north entrance and must be in place no later than 2:45. This year there will be cash prizes awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. 1st place – $300, 2nd place -$200 and 3rd place, $100. All entries must call the Chamber at 363-2400 to register for the Parade.

 

Darby Roots Reunion
Whether you’re of ‘Pioneer Stock’ to the upper Bitter Root Valley, new to the area, or a visiting history buff who appreciates bull-shippers and yarn spinners, you’re invited to the Darby Roots Reunion to be held June 29-July 2. Events will take place at the Darby Club House, Community Library and Park. Plans so far for Friday and Saturday include historic programs, exhibits, a Giant Accommodations Raffle, entertainment, tours, a silent auction, and barbecues (meat provided by a founder) both nights surrounded by participants featuring the “Bitter Root’s Best Pot Lucks.” Sunday, July 1, there will be ‘mini-tours’ of the surrounding area. July 2, a bus tour is scheduled for the East Fork with old time residents and historians. To learn more, and to get a registration form, contact Bonnie Evers at bonevers@q.net, 406-821-3214, or helenannbibler@wildblue.net.

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