Stevi All School Reunion
Coming up August 3rd and 4th is the 100th anniversary of the Stevensville Creamery Picnic. As part of the celebration, there will be an All School Reunion for anyone who attended or graduated from Stevensville High School. If you are a facebook member, look up the page at “Stevensville Allschoolreunion.” If you are not on facebook you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 406-239-9431 to get your registration form. Out-of-state “Yellowjackets” should get your RVs and airline tickets reserved now. Those with RVs or tents can contact Russ Hanni at 406-360-0897 with the Knights of Columbus for an RV/tent space in the field south of St. Mary’s Mission. The next meeting for the All School Reunion will be Thursday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Stevensville Senior Center. Come and help out if you can.
Wednesday, July 18
BPL Preschool Story Time
Preschoolers are invited to meet in the children’s corner of the Bitterroot Public Library on Wednesday, July 18 to enjoy “Painting the Night” with storyteller Jamie Ogden. Story time begins at 10:30 a.m. and is designed for children 3-5 years of age. Plan on some extra time to enjoy “Stay and Play” activities after story time. All story times are free and open to the public.
BPL Wild Wednesday
Are vampires real? Why do bats need it hot (110 degrees)? How many mosquitoes do they eat, and exactly how do they catch them? How many plants do they pollinate? Can bats really do puzzles and count to ten? Doc Wild knows! Denny Olson’s theatrical performances are both entertaining and educational. Learn some of the habits of bats – you’ll be glad you did! Wild Wednesday programs begin at 1:30 p.m. on the west lawn of the Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton.
Bitterroot College Advisory Council
The Advisory Council for the Bitterroot College of The University of Montana will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 18 at 3 p.m. in 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 Advisory Council Meetings, by calling the BC Business Office at 375-0100, or by emailing email@example.com
Thursday, July 19
Daly Hospital blood drive
The American Red Cross strives to collect over 700 pints of blood to meet the needs of patients in this area alone. In the Montana service area every 27 minutes someone needs blood. Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital (MDMH) helps the American Red Cross meet this need by sponsoring blood drives four times a year. The next scheduled MDMH Blood Drive will be on Thursday, July 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Conference Rooms B/C. This year’s remaining MDMH sponsored blood drive will be held on October 4th. To schedule your blood drive appointment call Gary Schulz at 375-4451. Donors please remember to eat complete meals and drink plenty of water before donating blood and bring your identification. For more information visit www.mdmh.org.
Back Country Horsemen
Bitter Root Back Country Horsemen host the second in their series of outdoor summer meetings on Thursday, July 19, at the Larry Creek Trailhead, located up Bass Creek Rd. Potluck dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and the general meeting starts at 7 p.m. Guest speaker is the legendary packer Smoke Elser, who will talk about his adventures as an outfitter in the Bitterroot National Forest and surrounding areas. The July 14 McCart Lookout/Johnson Trail #435 trail project will also be discussed. Guests are welcome and for more information, call Karen at 961-0101 or check the website at www.bchmt.org/bitterroot.
Friday, July 20
Driver safety class for educators
AARP salutes educators and school personnel during the months of July and August by offering
its 4-hour driver safety classroom course for just $5. The driver safety course is the nation’s first and largest course designed for drivers 50 and older. You’ll learn proven safety strategies to help maintain your confidence behind the wheel, so you can make new memories on the road. Plus, you could qualify for a discount on your car insurance. The next class will take place at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital on Friday, July 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To learn more about this promotion, visit www.aarp.org/educators.
Early sign up is encouraged as classes may fill up fast. To sign up, contact Jones-Korman Insurance at 363-6583.
North Valley Pachyderm Club
The North Valley Pachyderm Club will meet Friday, July 20, at noon at The Frontier Café, Hwy 93 in Stevensville. Guest speaker will be Jon King from 1290 KGVO Talk Back. The North Valley Pachyderm Club meets the first and third Friday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at the Frontier Cafe. The North Valley Pachyderm Club is an educational arm of the Republican Party. All are welcome.
Accordion Assn. picnic/campout
The Five Valley Accordion Association will hold its annual picnic/camp-out on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21 at the American Legion Post in Stevensville. Live music by accordions, guitars, banjos, bass, and drums will be played on both Friday and Saturday afternoons and evenings. Guests are welcome to come join in on the music, dancing, fun, and fellowship. There will be potluck dinners on both evenings. The post is located on Middle Burnt Fork Road approximately 3 miles east of Eastside Highway, on the north side of the road. Dry camping is available for RVs, campers,and travel trailers on site. For more details, call Mike Jones at 642-9693.
Saturday, July 21
Bitterroot Floating Weed Pull
The Ravalli County Weed District is sponsoring the 6th annual Bitterroot Floating Weed Pull on Saturday, July 21. Volunteers will float down a stretch of the Bitterroot River, stopping along the way to pull state-listed noxious weeds. The day concludes with lunch, a short presentation, and a prize drawing. The float will start around 9 a.m. and finish around 2 p.m. Complete details on the stretch of the river that will be floated and parking will be given when participants register. For questions and to register, interested parties can contact Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-660-0197.
Florence Bike Path Cleanup
The Florence Civic Club will hold a Bike Path Clean Up on Saturday, July 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. All citizens and groups are welcome to meet at Town Pump for a great time pulling weeds and beautifying Florence’s Bike Path. This month the Civic Club will be concentrating on the south end of the trail. Bring your gloves and be ready to pull some weeds! For more information call Ann at 403-6491.
A fundraising event for Ravalli County Democratic candidates will be held Saturday, July 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. at 822 Sweathouse Creek Road. Get to know local Democratic candidates ‘Big’ Dave Smith, Pam Erickson and Peggy Steffes. Meet John Walsh, candidate for Montana Lt. Governor and Kim Gillan, candidate for US House of Representatives. Dexter Payne and the Lionel Young Band will provide musical entertainment. There will be a barbecue and libations featuring local organic foods from Lifeline Creamery (cheeses and beef), Lifeline Produce (salads), Mansfield-Smith Farm (organic lamb). Leon Stangl from Yourganic Farm is the grill master. A savory side dish or dessert to share is appreciated but not required. This is a family party; kids are welcome (no dogs, please). Admission is $5. For more information contact Marci Smith at email@example.com or 369-0337.
Monday, July 23
Members of the University of Montana Grizzlies Volleyball Team will coach players at a camp hosted by the Victor Lady Pirates and held from Monday, July 23 through Wednesday, July 25. The camp, taking place at the Victor School Gym, is open to both high school and middle school volleyball players. Camp time for middle school players (incoming grades 6-8) is 9 a.m. to noon each day. Camp time for high school players (grades 9-12) is from 1:30 to 4:30 and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $45 for middle school and $90 for high school camp. Camp application and medical forms are available online at the Victor School website (www.victor.k12.mt.us/sports/sports.htm). The deadline to apply is Thursday, July 19, and camp is limited to the first 36 campers in each session. Contact Elaine Lewis at 369-4640 or 642-3602 for more information.
During July, the Hamilton Rotary Club is featuring the theme, “Ravalli County Emergency Preparedness.” Elizabeth Chilcote of CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) will be the speaker on July 23rd. 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, July 24
NVPL Job Seeker Workshops
Attention all job seekers! Throughout the summer, the North Valley Public Library is hosting job search workshops presented by Gary Palmer of the Bitterroot Job Service.
The workshops will focus on building the “soft skills” that employers are seeking, like positive attitude and putting your best foot forward in the work place. You’ll also learn the do’s and don’ts of completing job applications and how to write excellent cover letters and resumes. Finally, Gary will provide you with tips on how to ace your interview and land the job you want. Workshops will be held on the following dates and times: Tuesday, July 24, 2 to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, August 14, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Tuesday, September 18, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Stevi sports physicals
Sports physicals for Stevensville School athletes will be available at the office of Dr. Crews in Stevensville on Tuesday, July 24 from 1 to 5: 30 p.m.
Local author Dan Holland, the “Hughes Creek Poet,” will be reading and signing his new book on Tuesday, July 24 at 6 p.m. at the Darby Community Public Library conference room. Dan will read from his new book of historical fiction, “Saga of Hughes Creek, which was five years in the making. A retired Humanities professor of the University of Wisconsin, Holland has lived as a part time resident at Hughes Creek for the past fifteen years. This event is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend.
Thursday, July 26
Acclaimed Seattle based impressionist painter Madi Adams will be opening her show at the Wild Mare in Corvallis on Thursday July 26. The reception will begin at 6 p.m. with music following by renowned folk singer/songwriter and fleet fingered guitarist Chuck Suchy. The show will run through August. Artist information can be found at www.madiadams.com.
Enjoy free family fun at The Olympics in Lolo on Thursday, July 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at The King’s Christian Church, 9830 Valley Grove Drive, Lolo (just north of town on the hillside). There will be eight exciting events, a hotdog roast, and rootbeer floats. Call 273-0682 for more information.
Community Band fundraiser
The Bitterroot Community Band will hold its annual strawberry shortcake fundraiser at the Daly Mansion on Thursday, July 26. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for children and $15.00 for a family. Gates open at 5:30 and the concert will begin at 6:30. Strawberry shortcake will be sold at intermission.
Saturday, July 28
Veterans Fun Run
Start off Daly Days with fun for the whole family at the Veterans Benefit 5k and 10k Fun Run or Walk at the Canyons Athletic Club in Hamilton. Registration is at 8 a.m. with race start time at 9 a.m. Water, food and medical aid will be available on site. In addition, the Canyons has offered the use of their facilities to all participants at no charge for the day! Cost is $25 per person after 7/15 and on day of event. Download entry form at www.valleyveteransservicecenter.org or stop at the office and pick one up at 299 Fairgrounds Rd, Suite #4, Hamilton. Want to sponsor? There’s still time! Call Tony Rizzo, 396-2755. All proceeds will help provide services to Ravalli County’s 5,000-6,000 veterans.
Baby Run & Stroller Stampede
Help kick off World Breastfeeding Week at the Bitterroot Baby Run & Stroller Stampede on Saturday, July 28 at the South Valley Family and Child Center, 515 Madison, Hamilton. The event includes a 5K (all ages) and a 1 mile (kids run). 5k starts at 9 a.m., 1-mile kids run starts at 10:30 a.m. Not a racer? No problem; come to learn more about the Bitterroot Breastfeeding Coalition and how you can help encourage and support breastfeeding in the community. For registration and information visit www.bitterrootbreastfeedingcoalition.org. For more info contact Mary at 880-2551.
Monday, July 30
Register for the Billy McNicol Soccer Camp, featuring former Glasgow Rangers player and current coach with the US Women’s National Team. Camp will run July 30-August 2. Half-day camp 9-noon, boys and girls ages 5-10; full-day camp 9:30-2:30 girls and boys ages 10-16. For more information, visit www.ravallisc.org or call 961-3104. Register now to reserve your spot. This camp is sponsored by Ravalli Sports Club.
Tuesday, July 31
WECAN Job Networking Night
On Tuesday, July 31 at 6 p.m., Rural Employment Opportunities (REO), in conjunction with the Bitterroot Job Service, will host a WECAN Job Networking Event at the Bitterroot Job Service, 274 Old Corvallis Road in Hamilton. WECAN Job Networking Events combine critical skills workshops with networking to help you accelerate your job search. This summer’s event will feature a workshop on speaking and interviewing skills. WECAN is a community-based, collaborative program that connects job seekers to employment and networking opportunities, in addition to financial education information. Participants will have the opportunity to connect with fellow community members, share information about jobs and training opportunities, and learn about the new WECAN Online Network at wecanmontana.org. The program also provides opportunities for community members to volunteer as financial coaches or career mentors. There will be a special workshop on “How to Survive Sudden Job Loss or Disability.” Refreshments will be provided. For more information contact Kristina Cerrone at (406)442-7850
or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, August 2
All male and female valley athletes in high school and middle school are invited to the Marcus Daly Rehabilitation Center on Thursday, August 2 or Wednesday, August 8 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for their annual sports physical. Over the past six years, the annual sports physical program sponsored by Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital and the Medical Staff has raised nearly $50,000 for the valley’s school athletic programs. The cost is $25 per student and 100% of the proceeds will be donated back to the students’ school athletic program. Cash or check only, payment is due at the time of visit, no refunds. Enter the Marcus Daly Rehabilitation Center through the main entrance, located on the southwest end of Westwood Drive.
Sports physical forms are available from doctor’s offices or coaches, or online at www.mdmh.org. Parents must fill out and sign the sports physical form and accompany their child at the examination. Payment is expected at the time of the examination. The physical will include height, weight, blood pressure, pulse, vision, evaluations for posture, joints, strength, flexibility, heart, lungs, abdomen, ears, nose, and throat. For athletes experiencing skeletal pain, Dr. Jeremiah Clinton, Bitterroot Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, will have an exam area in the rehabilitation center for a brief exam and consultation. Students with chronic problems should be seen by their primary care provider.