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.
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.
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 email@example.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.
Daly Mansion exhibit
“Montana Portraits” by Robert Neaves of Hamilton will be open to the public through September during tour hours and admission to the exhibit will be included in the price of the Mansion tour pass. Admission prices to the Mansion for tours and exhibits are $9.00 for adults, $8.00 for seniors, $6.00 for children, and children under 6 years are admitted free. Tours are seven days per week on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 363-6004 for more information.
Twenty years ago this extraordinary visual essay of some of the most important Montana people and places from the last 100 years was exhibited at the Montana Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman. The Daly Mansion is proud to present an encore presentation of painter and artist Robert Neaves’ work. Neaves is a third generation Montanan born and raised in the Bitterroot Valley. His Montana Portrait series brings to life the story of the people and places in his paintings. Among others, portraits include Conrad Kohrs, C.M. Russell, Jeannette Rankin, Mike Mansfield, and Marcus Daly. Don’t miss this tribute to these people’s contribution to the settling of Montana, its development during the first 100 years as a state, and their impact on the vision of ourselves in the present.
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.
Mansion seeking re-enactors
The Daly Mansion Preservation Trust is seeking volunteer re-enactors from the community for the Daly Mansion’s Living History Daly Days Event taking place on Saturday, July 28. Several people of all ages are needed. Re-enactors will play the “roles” of individuals living and working during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s in the Mansion and on the Mansion grounds. No experience is necessary and everyone is encouraged to participate. If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, call Becka Marshall at 531-2138.
Volunteers needed for Scottish Irish Festival
The Scottish Irish Festival is growing and will be even better this year. You won’t want to miss the dancing, pipe and drums, Highland Games, clans and Celtic related vendors on August 24-26 at the Daly Mansion. Free shuttles will run from Hamilton and Stevensville on Saturday and Sunday. A great opportunity to really feel a part of it all is to volunteer. There are volunteer opportunities on Friday evening, and all day Saturday and Sunday. Help out and get a free ticket for the day. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your shift to volunteer. And check out the website www.bitterrootscottishirishfestival.org.
Marcus Daly Hospice is holding a silent auction on an Abbyson Living Brownstone 3-piece leather living room set. It is brand new and features a stationary sofa and two recliners. The retail value is over $2000. The 3-piece Italian Leather Collection is on display in the Marcus Daly Hospice Living Room in the Hospice Center, located at the south end of Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital, 1200 Westwood Drive, Hamilton. Also check out this timeless classic online at www.abbyson.com/interactive/brownstone/. The bidding is already at over $750 and increases in $25.00 increments. Bids will be accepted at the Hospice Center or by phone at 375-4713, until noon on July 31. Auction proceeds go to the Hospice Support Fund, which is used to offset patient costs, provide needed supplies for staff and volunteers, and fund community education events such as the recent End of Life Ethics presentation. Marcus Daly Hospice offers dignity, comfort, and caring to patients and families at the end of life. For information about Marcus Daly Hospice Services call 363-6503 or visit mdmh.org.
Wednesday, June 27
BPL Preschool Story Time
Preschoolers are invited to meet in the children’s corner of the Bitterroot Public Library on Wednesday, June 27 to enjoy “Starry Starry Night” 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.
NVPL Wondrous Wednesday
All youth and families are invited to the library on Wednesday, June 27 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for a special free summer reading event. Children will have the opportunity to dress in costume and help perform a story on the origins of the constellations and make a constellation projector to take home. There will be crafts for the little ones as well as a make-your-own-snack-station. North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call the library at 777-5061.
Bitterroot College Advisory Council
The Advisory Council for the Bitterroot College of The University of Montana will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 27 at 3 p.m. in BC Classroom 1 at the Bitterroot College facility located at 274 Old Corvallis Road in Hamilton. The BC Advisory Council is a public board and welcomes members of the public to observe and participate at its meetings. The meeting agenda and supplemental meeting materials are available on the BC website at http://www.umt.edu/bcp/advisorycouncil.aspx#meetinginfo or by calling the BC Business Office at 375-0100 or by emailing email@example.com.
Stevi COW meeting
The Stevensville Town Council will convene the Committee of the Whole on Wednesday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers, 206 Buck Street, Stevensville. Agenda items include: property insurance coverage; Highway 93 speed limit; Council wage study; Streets Plan; LIEAP/DHPS Program for utility bill assistance, and employee health benefits.
Thursday, June 28
BPL Creation Station
All ages are welcome to join Samantha Twedt to make some crafts on Thursday, June 28 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at the Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton. Get ready for good dreams when you make a dreamcatcher.
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.
Stevi Town Council
The Stevensville Town Council will meet Thursday, June 28 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers, 206 Buck, Stevensville. Agenda items include establishment of an ad hoc parking advisory committee, police department taser policy, and appointment of a new town attorney, to name a few.
Community Band concert
The Bitterroot Community Band will present its first concert of the season this Thursday, June 28 at 8 p.m. in the Bandshell located in Claudia Driscoll Park. Concerts will continue every Thursday throughout the summer with the exception of July 5th.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 406-821-3214, or email@example.com.
Children’s Movie Matinee
Come down to the North Valley Library on Friday, June 29 at 2 p.m. to cool off with your friends and watch a free flick on the big screen. All Friday movie matinees are rated G or PG and are fun newer releases. Candy will be for sale but bring your own beverage. Call the library for more information about this week’s pick. North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call the library at 777-5061.
Saturday, June 30
‘Mountain to Meadow’ run
The Fifth Annual Mountain to Meadow Half Marathon and 5K Fun Run will be held Saturday, June 30 at 7:30 a.m. Pacific Time at Lolo Pass Visitor Center, 21200 Highway 12 West on the Idaho-Montana border, 25 miles west of Lolo. Discover the beauty and history of Lolo Pass on the Idaho-Montana border. Runners and walkers are welcome! The half marathon winds for 13.1 miles through the same forest Lewis and Clark passed through more than 200 years ago. For more information or to register, go to www.runlolopass.org or you can register at Runners Edge in Missoula. Pre-registration ends at midnight on Wednesday, June 27. For more information contact Race Director Colleen Mathisen at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Lolo Pass Visitor Center at 208-942-1234.
Music and poetry event
Charla Bauman, The Casino Creek Yodeler, will be performing at An Afternoon of Cowboy Music and Poetry on Saturday, June 30 from 2 to 5 p.m. on the lawn of the Ravalli County Museum in Hamilton. Bring your friends, neighbors, and out of town visitors to this afternoon of music, poetry, food, and fun! This is a celebration of the cowboy spirit of Montana, and a fundraiser for the museum. Enjoy the sounds of local musicians and performers, including Doug Hogan, Charla Bauman, Ellie Nuno, Shad Pease, Larry Wade, Roy Gruss, Albert Douglas, and Kenny and Laurie Watson. Sit under the maple trees, listen to pickin’, singing, and a few good yarns. Refreshments will be available, but bring your picnic blanket or lawn chair, or come early to find a hay bale to perch on! Tickets are on sale at the Museum and Chapter One Books and are $12 for non-members and $10 for members. You may also stop by the Museum, or call 363-3338 to purchase your tickets over the phone.
Monday, July 2
BPL teen programs
The Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton will be offering a variety of free programs exclusively for teens beginning Monday, July 2. A Teen Writing Group will meet July 2 and August 6 from 2 to 3 p.m. in the teen area of the library. This is an informal group that meets once a month to encourage the writing process and to provide feedback to one another. Test your skills at Nintendo Wii in a tournament against other teens. Sign up at the registration desk beforehand and meet June 18, July 23 and August 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the west meeting room of the library. A Teen Book Club will meet on June 25, July 30 and August 27 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. to talk about good reads in the west meeting room. The group will be discussing “Little Brother” by Cory Doctorow, “Persepolis” by Marjane Satrapi and “Flight” by Sherman Alexie. Call 363-2435 for more information.
Friday, July 6
Florence Golf Scramble
The Florence Civic Club is hosting its 16th Annual Golf Scramble on
Friday, July 6 at the Whitetail Golf Course in Stevensville. Dinner will be catered by Caffe Firenze and will be served at 5:30 p.m. The golf tournament will start at 6 p.m. with a shotgun start. The
cost is $30 per player and there will be lots of prizes and fun. Persons interested in playing call Candace Jerke at 273-0002.
First Friday Pet Party
Montana Companion Animal Network (MTCAN), along with other animal rescues and shelters, is joining in the “First Friday” fun by holding an adoption event on Friday, July 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the First Security Bank parking lot, corner of Hwy 93 and Main Street, in Hamilton. The “Adopt-A-Lifelong Friend” celebration will feature healthy, adoptable pets from MTCAN’s Dawg Gone Acres, the Bitter Root Humane Association and other local rescues. Bring the family out to visit with all the wonderful animals, take a chance at some unique door prizes and enjoy some cupcakes and free balloons for the kids. For more information visit www.mtcan.org, email at email@example.com or call Mary at 642-3785.
First Friday at NV Library
Stephen Wolf plays guitar and sings original and cover songs of alternative country genre. His performances are interactive providing a very entertaining evening for his audience. Steve will perform at the North Valley Public Library on Friday, July 6, from 6 to 7 p.m. Admission is free and all ages are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Join your friends for a fun time on First Friday listening to Stephen Wolf’s alternative country style music. North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call the library at 777-5061.
John W. Wulf brings part of his life’s collection of poetry to Chapter One Books, 252 Main, Hamilton for First Friday, July 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, July 7 from 10:30 to noon at Fact and Fiction Books, 220 N. Higgins, Missoula. Raised in the Flathead Valley, John W. Wulf has written poetry all his life, yet never considered himself to be a writer. Now, at 60+, he looks back at a body of work, stuffed in folders or filed in his computer, to find that words have been his constant companion, expressing emotions, healing wounds, or describing moments of truth.
In “Lady Who Loves the Whisper: a Heart’s Unsimple Truth,” John’s first published collection, he has gathered those pieces that speak directly to our most human need – to connect emotionally with one another. A recent review notes, “Sometimes wistfully, sometimes painfully, and often with a delightful dry humor, Wulf finds his way through relationships and stages of life ‒ and invites us along for the ride.”
Wulf studied social work after Army service in Vietnam, but worked mostly in the timber and automotive industries. A love of words, music and the wilderness has shaped his life. He currently lives near Boise, Idaho, spends summers near his family in Idaho and Montana, and winters wherever snowflakes are scarce.
For more information contact Susan Buchel at (406) 788-8923.
Ed Wolff, western wildlife and landscapes in oil, will be the guest artist for July at River’s Mist Gallery of Fine Art. Dr. Wolff, a veterinarian for 40 years, paints nature and wildlife as he finds it through the lens of his camera, not wanting to elaborate or embellish the natural beauty. His paintings are in private collections around the U.S. and his photographs have been published in Outdoor Life, Ranger Rick, Montana Magazine, and Outside Magazine. Also featured is Chris Cole of Quail Mountain Pine Needle Baskets. Ms. Cole has perfected her craft in pine needle work which she then compliments with highly detailed wood burnings to create beautiful baskets and wall hangings. The budding artist is Stormy Mitchell. An artist’s reception will be held Friday, July 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. The show runs through July 31. The gallery is located at 317 Main Street in Stevensville. For more information call 777-0520.
Saturday, July 7
A group of passionate doll collectors from the Bitterroot Valley are sponsoring a doll, toy and teddy bear show and sale on July 7 and 8 in Darby. Admission is $2.00 or a pet item and all proceeds go to support AniMeals and AniMania in Missoula.
AniMeals, at 1700 Rankin in Missoula, is a no-kill adoption center and animal food bank. AniMania, at 1530 Livingston in Missoula, is a boutique and animal thrift store for pets and their people. An estimated 10 million animals are abandoned each year. Shelters and rescue groups that house and feed these animals are struggling. The AniMeals mission is to save the hungry, the helpless, the lost, and the little ones just struggling to survive; to house and feed as many animals as possible; to ease the suffering of the weak and unloved; to create a No-Kill community and realize the achievement of a No-Kill nation.
The Darby Doll, Toy and Teddy bear Show and Sale will be held Saturday, July 7 at the Darby Community Clubhouse, 106 N. Main, and Sunday, July 8 at the Darby Community Library, 101 S. Marshall. The show and sale is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Displays include composition baby dolls, Shirley Temple dolls, antique and vintage Christening gowns, cloth dolls and many others. The sale includes vendors from the Bitterroot Valley, Gallatin Gateway, Kalispell, Dillon and other Montana towns. Vendors will have available for sale antique, vintage, modern collectible and artists dolls including porcelain, composition, vinyl, cloth and other materials. Toys, teddy bears, doll clothes and accessories, doll furniture and many other items will be available for sale.
Family Fun Dance
Healthy families dance together. Come boogie with your loved ones at the Family Fun Dance on Saturday, July 7, in Hamilton’s Legion Park. Dancing starts at 10 a.m. and continues until noon. This event will include rhythmic movements led by Natalie Naidl and kids’ songs and dances led by Chip Jasmin, as well as a variety of craft activities and games. This event is free and open to all who want to have some family fun. For more information, contact Sonya at SAFE, 363-2793.
Forest Moon Walk series
Once a month, as the full moon glows, it seems safe to venture out into the dark while the moon makes magnificent shadows across the landscape. You can still smell the wildflowers, feel the wind blowing through the trees, hear the water running through the creek bed, and sense the bustling nocturnal life.
For the 12th year, the Bitterroot National Forest and Bitter Root RC&D presents a series of interpretive Moon Walks from June to October. These free, educational walks are based on the book “Walk When the Moon is Full,” by Francis Hammerstrom about her children and the nature walks they took every month under the full moon.
The next Moon Walk will be Saturday, July 7 at Bass Creek Picnic Area north of Stevensville. Join Bitterroot Audubon and meet live owls and hawks and learn what makes them special. Learn how to use binoculars to look for tiny birds and field marks for identification. Learn about biomimicry and how birds have been an inspiration for new technologies.
The presentations begin at 7 p.m. Dress in layers because the weather in the Forest is often different than it is in town. Guests are also encouraged to bring a lawn chair, flashlight and a jacket.
Monday, July 9
Upcoming Bitterroot Valley blood drives:
July 9, Walgreens, Hamilton, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For appointment call 375-2264. Blood mobile will be in the parking lot.
July 10, Grace Lutheran Church, 275 Hattie Lane, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. For appointment call Tammie Mart, 642-3996.
July 19, Marcus Daly Hospital, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For appointment call Gary, 375-4451.
July 25, Darby Community Club House, 1:30 to 6 p.m. For appointment call Laurie Ellis, 821-3098.