Clubs and Groups
Hamilton Senior Center activities
Monday – 11:45 lunch, bingo on 1st & 3rd weeks, pinochle on 2nd week, 7 p.m.
Tuesday – cloggers at 3 p.m., line dancing 6-7:30 p.m., country dance lessons 7:30-9 p.m.
Wednesday – 11:45 lunch, bridge at 1 p.m., cloggers at 5 p.m., country dance lessons at 7:45 p.m.
Thursday – exercise at 9 a.m.; pinochle on 3rd week, 1 p.m.
Friday – 11:45 lunch, line dancing 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Saturday – flea market every 2nd Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Sunday – bridge, 1 p.m.
Stevi Senior Center activities
Mon-Friday – Lunch, 11:30 a.m.
Monday – Bridge and Special Music, noon
Monday & Saturday – Pinochle, 7 p.m.
Tuesday – Exercise class, 10-11 a.m.
2nd Tuesday – Quilters, 6:30 p.m.
Every Other Wednesday – Fiddlers at Lunch
3rd Wednesday – Special Birthday Dinner, noon, with music. Blood pressures taken.
Thursday – Exercise class, 10-11 a.m.
1st & 3rd Thursday – American Legion Bingo, 7 p.m.
For more information call the Center at 777-5681 or 777-5707.
Victor Senior Center activities
Sundays – AA meeting, 7 p.m.
Monday-Friday – Men’s Coffee, 8:30-10 a.m.
Monday-Friday – Lunch, 11:30 a.m. Includes main course, salad bar, beverage, dessert. Senior donation $3.50, under 60 years $5.75. (RSVP 642-3320)
Tuesdays – Bingo, 7 p.m.
Wednesdays – Pinochle, 7 p.m.
Fridays – Ladies’ Coffee, 10-11 a.m.
The Golden Age group meets every Friday from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at 727 S. 5th in Hamilton. If you are a senior citizen and are bored, looking for fun or just want something new to experience, attend and enjoy good food, live music, dancing and fellowship. Cost is $5 per couple and $3 per single. Snacks are potluck. Exercise classes are held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. Blood pressure is checked every first Wednesday of the month. Also on the first Wednesday of every month a potluck is held at 12:30 p.m. followed by the business meeting. Card parties are held on the second Wednesday at 7 p.m. On the last Wednesday of the month a birthday party is held at 2 p.m.
Stevensville Al-Anon Group meets each Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the North Valley Public Library. Anyone who is affected by the compulsive
drinking of a relative or friend is invited. For more information call 721-5818.
Gamblers Anonymous meets Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church, 411 S. 5th Street in Hamilton.
Debtors Anonymous is a twelve-step program offering help to people with compulsive spending issues. Anyone is welcome. Debtors Anonymous meets Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Step Room of the 4-D Club, 450 Broadway, Missoula. Call 206-426-5486 for more information.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), a weight loss support group, meets in Stevensville every Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Community Baptist Church, 409 Buck Street. Guests are always welcome. Call Jerry Sue at 777-5355 for more information.
Bitter Root VFW
VFW Post 1430 meets the first Monday of every month at 8 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Hamilton.
Bitter Root VFW Auxiliary
The Bitter Root VFW Auxiliary meets the first Monday of each month at 2:30 p.m. at 282 Grundy Lane, Hamilton.
Florence American Legion
The Florence American Legion Post 134 meets the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Florence Fire Hall. For further information contact Post Commander Jim Hamilton at 777-3948.
Stevensville American Legion
The Stevensville American Legion Post 94 meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Post Home on Middle Burnt Fork Road. For more information contact Jerry Esmay, 777-5517.
American Legion Auxiliary
Fort Owen Post 94, Stevensville, American Legion Auxiliary meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Call 777-4335 for location.
Corvallis American Legion
The Corvallis American Legion Post 91 meets the third Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the Corvallis High School library. For further information contact Post Commander Alex Ivanoff at 961-8997 or Post Adjutant Roy Meyer, 961-4272.
Darby American Legion
Darby American Legion Post 38 meets every third Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Darby Community Library. Any military veteran or active duty service member is encouraged to attend. For information call Post Adjutant Diana Thomas, 369-0119.
Disabled American Veterans
Disabled American Veterans meet the first Monday of the month at the Elks Club, 203 State Street in Hamilton at 6:30 p.m.
A WIC clinic is offered in Hamilton Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at 205 Bedford St, Suite P, District Courthouse building in Hamilton. The Stevensville clinic is open on Wednesdays at the United Methodist Church, 216 College St. in Stevensville. The Victor clinic is open the second Monday of the month at the Victor Nazarene Church. The Darby clinic is open every other month, the third Monday of the month at the Darby Library. For more information call 375-6685.
Sapphire Quilt Club
The Sapphire Quilt Club meets monthly on the second Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Stevensville Senior Center, 100 Mission Street. Teaching of short cuts and easy techniques begin at 6:30 p.m. Join this fun group of people to learn about quilting. For information, contact Linda Powell at 777-1070.
Bereavement Support Groups
When you grieve the death of a loved one, you sometimes hide it so others think you’re over your sorrow and loss. Marcus Daly Hospice offers an opportunity to share grieving experiences and grow from them. For anyone in the community dealing with the loss of a loved one, a bereavement support group meets Tuesday afternoons from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Marcus Daly Hospice Center living room. All are welcome. Marcus Daly Hospice invites you to take this opportunity for unloading your mind and mending your heart. For more information call the Marcus Daly Hospice Bereavement Coordinator at 363-6503.
Spanish conversation group
Habla Espanol? Do you travel? Do you work with Latinos? Do you just want to keep your mind sharp? If you are a beginner or just a bit rusty, join the Stevi Spanish Conversation Group at the North Valley Public Library Wednesdays from 6 to 7 pm to brush up on your Spanish language skills. This is not a class to learn to speak Spanish. It will be an informal, weekly gathering to practice speaking the Spanish language. The focus will be role playing for situations experienced during travel and everyday life. For more information, call the library at 777-5061.
Soroptimist International of Hamilton meets the first, second and third Thursdays of each month at noon at BJ’s Restaurant. Soroptimist is a worldwide organization for women in management and professions working through service projects to advance human rights and the status of women. All interested business women are encouraged to attend.
The Hamilton Rotary Club meets Mondays, 12 noon at BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N. First Street, Hamilton. For information about Rotary, call 363-2960.
Hamilton/Bitterroot Valley PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meets the third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 600 S. 3rd St., Hamilton, in the community basement room. The building is handicap accessible from Desmet Street; backdoor of the church. PFLAG offers support to parents, families, friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the local community. Chapter representatives Dr. Michael Moran and Terry Moran state one of PFLAG’s primary objectives is to maintain families in loving relationships and to keep families together. Information about the five-state Pacific Northwest regional conference September 21-23 in Hamilton will be available. PFLAG’s national executive director Jody Huckaby will be a guest presenter. For additional information and to register see pnwpflag.org or call 363-7656.
Center for Spiritual Living
The Center for Spiritual Living, Bitterroot Valley meets every Sunday at 10 a.m. at the South Valley Child & Family Center, 515 Madison St. in Hamilton. Learn and share while celebrating our individual and collective spiritual growth. Services are based on Ernest Holmes’ Science of Mind philosophy and support positive global transformation through personal spiritual practice (visit the website: UnitedCentersforSpiritualLiving.org/). Transportation to the Sunday gatherings can be arranged from several communities in the Bitterroot Valley. For more information, contact Barb at 375-9996 or Dave at 381-2355; or email: BitterrootCSL@gmail.com/.
B-I-N-G-O! Join American Legion Fort Owen Post 94, in Stevensville, for free popcorn and an entertaining evening of bingo. The action starts at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center in Stevensville on the first and third Thursdays of the month. All prizes are cash and proceeds go to support American Legion youth activities.
Valley Veterans Services
Ever wonder what VA benefits you’re entitled to? Valley Veterans Service Center provides free assistance to veterans and their dependents in filing claims with the VA. Valley Veterans Service Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stop by for a visit or call for an appointment at 363-9838. The center is located at 299 Fairgrounds Road, Suite 4 in Hamilton or online at http://valleyveteransservicecenter.org/
Veteran-to-Veteran (V2V) meetings
The V2V outreach group meets every Friday morning at 8 a.m. in the backroom at BJ’s Restaurant in Hamilton. These informal meetings are for all veterans. Many veterans have both unresolved and resolved issues from their experiences in the military that impact their lives. At the meetings participants can discuss whatever they want and the outreach group gives veterans an opportunity to get together to share information and talk about issues. For further information contact Dan Mayer, 360-5435, from the Bitterroot Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America.
Vietnam Veterans of America
The Bitterroot Chapter #938 of the Vietnam Veterans of America meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at 319 N. 3rd. Vietnam era veterans often need assistance with problems and issues and many have similar stories. The Bitterroot Chapter VVA is your organization to provide the opportunity to obtain and share information, to organize grass root activities, lend a helping hand, and offer assistance to all veterans in dealing with the Veterans Administration. Also, through the National VVA organization, the local chapter supplies input to state and federal government legislators on issues important to veterans. For more information contact George Mayer, 360-5435.
Bitterroot Toastmasters Club meets Wednesdays from 12 to 1 p.m. at Perkins Restaurant in Hamilton with optional no host lunch before or after. Meetings are designed to build confidence and skills in communication and leadership. Guests are welcome. Call Douglas at 381-3214 for more information.
BPL toddler story time
It’s never too early to introduce your baby or toddler to the wonderful world of books and reading. Together you will discover the joy of songs, finger plays, simple books and bouncing rhymes. The toddler story time for babies through age 2 meets every Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the downstairs meeting room of the Bitterroot Public Library. Toddler story time lasts approximately 45 minutes. For more information, call 363-1670.
NVFC Toddler Time
Toddler Time takes place every Friday at the North Valley Family Center, 5501 Hwy 93 N, Suite 3 in Florence from 10:30 a.m. to noon for ages 2-5. Ready!Set!Play! facilitated by Allison Dunne and Music and Motion facilitated by Melissa Sparks and Traci Kutzleb alternates every Friday. Join the fun! Toddler Time helps pre-school children, parents and caregivers to learn ways to support a child’s learning through fun and interactive activities. For more info: 273-0142.
American Sign Language Group
An American Sign Language Bible discussion group meets Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 8 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall, 1115 S. Reserve St., Missoula. For more information contact Tom Gacek, 777-0747, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Elks Club at 203 State Street in Hamilton serves dinner to the public every Wednesday at 6 p.m. The $8.50 complete meal includes dessert and coffee. Proceeds help to aid Elks charities. For more information call 363-3031.
Sabre Soccer meetings
Stevensville Sabre Soccer meetings are held the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Main Street Association building in Stevensville. The general public and all interested parties are welcome to attend. For more information contact Brooke Flynn at 880-2903.
Bitterroot Connections referral group (a sub-network of the Missoula Businesswomen’s Network) meets monthly for lunch from noon to 1 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Hamilton Perkins Restaurant. Looking to grow your business? Come and meet a group of supportive women who get to know each other through member spotlight presentations, educational topics, and the referral and promotion of each other’s businesses. Call Sue Gust at 360-0820 or e-mail email@example.com for more information or visit www.discovermbn.com for additional opportunities.
The Bitterroot Empowerment group (a sub-network of the Missoula Businesswomen’s Network) meets the first Thursday of every month at Perkins Restaurant in Hamilton from noon to 1 p.m. Participate in an experience that can help you reach your goals, both personal and business related. Programs have a wide range of interest varying from month to month but the feeling of support and camaraderie will remain constant. Call Jane Foster at 406-531-9556 or 777-2280 or email Jane@fosterandfosterfs.com for more information or visit www.discovermbn.com for additional opportunities.
Fiber Arts Guild
Big Sky Fiber Arts Guild meets the last Saturday of every month. If you are a wool spinner or work with fibers, contact Shelley at 777-5205 or Marty at 777-2421 for location or information.
Women Helping Women
Want to be a healthily you? Looking for a support group to help you lose unwanted pounds? Women Helping Women meets Tuesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. at the Conner Wesleyan Church, 4674 Hwy 93, seven miles south of Darby. For more information call 821-3570.
Men’s Bereavement Breakfast
Marcus Daly Hospice sponsors a Men’s Bereavement Support Breakfast on the second and fourth Friday of each month at 9 a.m. in the Marcus Daly Hospice Dining Room. This breakfast creates a special opportunity for men coping with the death of a spouse or loved one to gather and share their journey of healing. Informal discussions are led by a trained Bereavement Facilitator and address such issues as dealing with grief, loneliness, forming new relationships, single parenting. A donation of $3.00 is appreciated for the meal. For more information call Marcus Daly Bereavement Coordinator at 363-6503.
Bitterroot Moms Club
Join a local group for moms to meet new friends, learn more about the area, host or attend play dates, book clubs, outings and much more. The group is geared for moms and children to interact during the day but there are occasional events for moms in the evening. For more information go to meetup.com and under “Topic,” type in The Bitterroot Valley Moms Meetup Group or call 777-7234.
The Bitterroot Valley Ragtime Society meets on the first Saturday of each month from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Hamilton Pub in Victor. There is no charge for membership, all are welcome. Come on out and listen to some vintage American music from the ragtime and early jazz era! For further information call 916-759-3168.
Spiritual discussion group
Between The Worlds metaphysical store in Hamilton is hosting a free Spiritual Discussion Group each week from 7 to 8 p.m. on the first Monday evening of each month and on Wednesday evenings the rest of month. These moderated discussions are open to everyone and are for people who wish to add understanding to their own particular spiritual path. All spiritual paths are respected and no one single path is promoted. This is a time for learning, getting to know new friends and sharing food and fun together. Between The Worlds is located at 205 W. Main Street, Suite B in Hamilton. For information, call 363-2969 or 381-2355.
Lone Rock MOPS
MOPS, Mothers of Preschoolers, in the Bitterroot Valley, meets every first and third Wednesday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Lone Rock Bible Church, 1142 Three Mile Creek Rd. There is free care and activities for the preschoolers, while the moms come together to be nurtured, find new friends, and enjoy a caring atmosphere as they strive to be the best moms they can be. For information call Shauna Pernsteiner, 777-5189, or Amy Herron, 777-2957.
Awana kids’ club meets every Sunday evening from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. at Community Baptist Church, 409 Buck St, Stevensville. Any child age 3 years through 6th grade is welcome to join in the fun. For more information call Lynn Baker at 531-2684 or Mark Jensen at 777‐7246.
Acoustic music jam sessions
Free community music jam sessions are held every Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. in the dining room at Sapphire Lutheran Homes, 501 N. 10th Street in Hamilton. Players of all levels are invited to bring their guitars, mandolins, harmonicas, fiddles, banjos, dobros or other acoustic instruments. Music includes old-time country, bluegrass, swing, cowboy, folk, old standards, etc. There is no charge for admission. Folks who want to play or just listen are encouraged to come – it’s always more fun with an audience and more jam participants. For more information, call John at 381-2483.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity of Ravalli County is seeking volunteers for the following committees: Public Relations and Fund Raising meets at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Habitat office located at 131 Old Corvallis Road, Hamilton. The Building and Church Relations committees meet ad hoc. For more information: http://www.ravallihabitat.org or 375-1926.
Florence Civic Club
The Florence Civic Club meets the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the North Valley Family Center located next to Town Pump in Florence. The Florence Civic Club is a volunteer, community based, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting community education and involvement in recreational, cultural, natural and economic interests to preserve and enhance the quality of life for Florence area residents. For more information contact Ann at 273-4333.
The Lighthouse of the Bitterroot board meetings are held on the first Friday of each month at 2 p.m. in the Community Room at Canyon View Church, 195 Skalkaho Highway, Hamilton. The public is welcome.
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.
The Center for Spiritual Living holds a Sunday Celebration every Sunday at 10 a.m. at 515 Madison St., Hamilton. This is a non-religious service inspiring love, and honoring spiritual growth in a welcoming and inclusive community dedicated to living the way of love, the truth of oneness and the life of joy. All are welcome. Coffee and fellowship after service. For more info, contact Dave at 381-2355 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Scottish Irish Festival meetings
You’re invited to the bi-weekly meetings for the planning of the 2012 Bitterroot Scottish Irish Festival. The Festival is August 24-26 and volunteers are needed to help with the biggest one yet. The meetings are every other Thursday at 6 p.m. at Hidden Legend Winery, Sheafman Corner, Hwy 93, south of Victor. The next meeting is August 9. For info visit www.bitterrootscottishirishfestival.org or call 274-8886.
Fair premium books available
Premium books for the 2012 Ravalli County Fair are now available in several locations throughout the valley, including Murdoch’s and the fair office, Gary & Leo’s in Florence, and People’s Market in Darby. If you can’t find one, there are plenty at the fairgrounds. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or call 363-3411 for more information. Entries can be made online at email@example.com or dropped off at the fair office. Deadline is August 10.
South Valley Sellerama
The South Valley Civic Group is sponsoring a Sellerama the second Saturday in August and September. Vendors or garages sales are welcome to set up in Darby. Spots are available at Canyon Springs Log Homes, downtown Darby and at the city park. Each event will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Last year there were more than 20 sales all within a few miles. Call Anni at 821-3131 or Al at 381-3600 for more info.
Water testing at farmers market
The Bitter Root Water Forum (BRWF) is providing an easy and effective way for community members to test their well water with a free water screening. Well owners are invited to bring a water sample in a glass jar to BRWF’s Hamilton Farmers Market booth from 9 a.m. to to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays. By using testing strips that measure Ph, hardness, alkalinity, nitrates and nitrites, well owners can assess their water for any extreme contamination. BRWF will also provide Montana State University’s “Well Educated” take home testing kits for those interested in a more comprehensive assessment — take one with you at no cost and pay the very low fee of $10-$40 to MSU when you send it in. The amount you pay is dependent upon your choice of parameters to be tested. To learn more, give BRWF a call at 375-2272.
Call for poetry
All poets and aspiring poets are invited to submit original poems for the second annual Ravalli County Fair poetry contest in the following theme areas: Fair Food, Rodeo, Carnival, Fair Parade, Cowboy Poetry, Poets Choice, Haiku. Entry deadline is August 10, 2012. Entries may be submitted at www.rc.mt.gov or by direct mail to: RC Fairgrounds 100 Old Corvallis Road, Hamilton MT 59840 or delivered in person to the fairgrounds office. Entries will be judged in the following categories: K-6th grades, 7th-12th grades and 18 years and over. Submit a cover sheet with your contact information, theme, and age category along with your poem. Name and dedication should not appear on poem. Submit no more than three poems. Ten semi-finalists from each age category will be invited to read their poems on the Entertainment Corral Stage Wednesday, August 29 at 4 p.m. Prizes will be awarded at ceremony. Contest MC will be Dominic Farrenkopf, creator of this year’s winning fair theme, “Summer Days and Western Ways.”
Community Center survey
A Community Center in the Bitterroot? On behalf of community members that have joined together to explore the possibility of developing a Community Center in Ravalli County, you are asked to add your voice to a survey. Research shows that community centers can be of great benefit to all ages. It will take a lot of work but anything is possible! The survey will help to determine the level of interest in the center itself and in the programs that may be available through a center. Complete a quick survey at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NZCXC78. Your input is greatly appreciated.
Would you like a free ticket and parking at the Daly Mansion for the Scottish Irish Festival? Volunteers are needed to staff the front gate and parking at the festival. You will be directing attendees to parking and a shuttle from the high school.
Volunteer for three hours on Saturday or Sunday and park at the Mansion and enjoy the festival during your off hours on the day that you volunteer. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 375-0972.
Join Bittersweet, the Bitterroot Community Band, and the Five Valley Accordion Association for relaxing music Thursday nights in August at 8 p.m. at the bandshell in Claudia Driscoll Park in Hamilton. All performances are free.
Darby Bread Box collections
The Darby Bread Box is collecting Canned Corn, Canned Fruit Cocktail and Crackers during the months of August and September. You can drop off the donated items at Peoples Market and the Bitterroot Credit Union in Darby. Any donation would be appreciated.
The monthly bridge leagues (formerly called Marathons) are now forming to begin fall play. If you are new to the area or just want to play a little more bridge, get yourself a partner and make a call soon. For more information or to register call Barbara, for the Catholic Women’s section, at 363-6248 or call Lois, for the Hamilton Senior Center section, at 961-1522.