Thursday, September 6
Darby Library ‘Stay and Play’
The Darby Community Public Library announces the opening of its new PlaySpace for families with a Stay and Play event on Thursday, September 6 at 6 p.m. Come with your children, or grandchildren, and experience the thrill of construction as you play with our new set of building blocks generously provided through the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation and the Montana State Library. Aligned with the Montana Early Learning Guidelines, blocks have been shown to aid in the development of young children. When children play with blocks, they practice social, physical, math and science skills. The unit blocks provide open ended play and fun for all ages. Come play at the library. All ages are welcome.
NVPL eReader Clinic
Did you know the library offers free tech classes every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month? These are small classes available to novices or for those looking to brush up on specific skills. On Thursday, September 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. the library is offering a free eReader clinic. Go over the basics of downloading e-books and audiobooks to your device. In this hands-on lab, you’ll download a digital book to your eReader. North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call the library at 777-5061.
The Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton will offer the following classes on September 6:
Introduction to Computers, 1:30-2:30, hosted by the Web On Wheels Bus, Main floor of library. Preregistration requested by calling 363-1670. Free and open to the public.
Introduction to the Internet, 3:00-4:00, hosted by the Web On Wheels Bus, Main floor of library. Preregistration requested by calling 363-1670
iPad Applications Workshop, 3:00-4:30 p.m, west meeting room of library. Join Amy Fladland and Tom Weida of Verizon Wireless in navigating new iPad applications in travel, navigation, fun and hobby. This is sponsored by the library’s iPad Users Group.
The Bitterroot Audubon Society invites the public to a special program featuring photographs and tales of African Birds that will delight birders, photographers and travelers alike. The speaker will be Peter Kummerfeldt, who developed a love for Africa’s flora and fauna while growing up in Kenya. Peter’s photography reveals the wonderful world of Africa’s birds, many of which are found nowhere else on Earth. He will introduce us to some of Southern Africa’s 951 species of birds, which dazzle the eye, intrigue the mind, and bring travelers back to Africa again and again. Peter is the son of Bitterroot Valley resident Margaret Kummerfeldt. He is a recognized expert on outdoor survival and safety, and founded “Outdoor Africa,” a safari and travel company that is committed to the protection of the environment and the people in Africa. Come experience these wonderful photos and informative speaker on Thursday, September 6 at 7 p.m. at the Bitterroot National Forest Headquarters on Hwy 93 at the north end of Hamilton (enter from the west side). The program is free. Call Kay Fulton (642-3794) for more information.
Friday, September 7
TOPS rummage sale
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) will hold a rummage sale on Friday, September 7 from 3 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, September 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the North Valley Public Library community room, 208 Main, Stevensville.
North Valley Pachyderm Club
The North Valley Pachyderm Club will meet Friday, September 7 at 12 noon at The Frontier Café, Hwy 93 in Stevensville. Guest speaker will be Fred Thomas, running for State Senate District 45. 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.
NVPL Hispanic Heritage Celebration
The 5th annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration will be held at the North Valley Public Library. The month-long celebration kicks off with the First Friday event “Spanish Fiesta!” September 7 from 6 to 8 pm. Listen to members of the Spanish Conversation group “Reunion en Espanol” play guitar music and sing Spanish songs. View the collection of Spanish materials along with the display of Hispanic art. All ages are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Each Wednesday evening in September there will be a presentation and for a grand finale a performance by Opus II featuring classical guitar music. Check the Calendar of Events at www.northvalleylibrary.org. North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call Amy at 777-5061.
Golden Age Club
In keeping with the time of year, the Golden Age Club is planning a School Daze theme for a dance on Friday, September 7. So bring out the old saddle shoes, the “school letter” sweater, even your old lunch bucket, for a fun evening. Dancing begins at 7:30 p.m. at the hall, 727 S. Fifth St., Hamilton. Admission is $5 for a couple, $3 for singles. Bob Olson’s New Bitter Root Five band plays that night. There is no dance August 31 due to the fair. A business meeting will be held on September 5 following a potluck dinner at 12:30.
Bobbie McKibbin of “Drawn West Studio” will be the featured artist for September at River’s Mist Gallery of Fine Art in Stevensville. McKibbin is one of the foremost pastel landscape artists in the nation and will be featured in the National Pastel Magazine in February 2013. Recently retired from a professorship of painting at Grinnell College, McKibbin has works hanging in 50 corporate offices and 10 museums including the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution. To view her work and read about what inspires her, go to www.drawnweststudio.com. An artist’s reception will be held Friday, September 7 from 6 to to 9 p.m. The Budding Artist for September is Gavin Grapp. McKibbin will be presenting a Gallery Talk on Friday, September 21 at 7 p.m. at River’s Mist. Come early to assure a seat. The show runs September 7 through October 4. The gallery is located at 317 Main Street in Stevensville. For more information call 777-0520.
Bitterroot College benefit
The Bitterroot College proudly presents “Around the World in 90 Minutes” with Marty Essen on Friday, September 7 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hamilton Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $5 regular or $3 for students and seniors. Purchase tickets at the door or call 375-0100 for presales.
“Around the World in 90 Minutes” is a high-energy show/lecture presented by multi-award-winning author Marty Essen of Victor. It features interesting facts, humorous stories, and the best of the thousands of photos he took while traveling the world for his book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents.”
One part lecture, one part theater, one part slide show, one part comedy, “Around the World in 90 Minutes” is the type of show where the audience has fun laughing at the stories, oohing and aahing at the photos, and then, when it’s all done, they realize just how much they’ve learned.
Marty Essen, one of the nation’s top college campus presenters, is generously donating his first show of the academic year to help raise money for the Bitterroot College Science Lab. All proceeds from tickets sales will be used to purchase laboratory supplies and help pay laboratory instructor costs during the 2012-2013 academic year.
Saturday, September 8
Republican Women’s garage sale
Ravalli County Republican Women’s Club will hold its Annual Garage Sale on Saturday, September 8 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Bitterroot Laundry & Cleaners parking lot at 113 Foxfield St., Hamilton. To donate, call Laura at 363-3130.
Beekeepers of the Bitterroot
The newly formed Beekeepers of the Bitterroot will meet Saturday, September 8 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at 209 N. 10th Street, Hamilton (corner of 10th and Westwood, brown building). The meeting agenda will include discussion/election of officers and fall hive management – preparing hives for winter, medications, combining hives, etc. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Stevensville Playhouse Cleanup Day
The Stevensville Playhouse is getting ready to start a new season at the playhouse and will hold a Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a great way to contribute to your local community theatre buy helping to organize and clean house. Lunch will be provided.
Country Jamboree Concerts
Mark your calendar for September 8 as the kickoff event for the monthly country jamboree concerts at the Grange Hall located south of Hamilton at 1436 Highway 93 South just past the Valley Pet Clinic. Concerts take place monthly on the second Saturday of the month and feature musical performers, dance demonstrations, and a featured special presentation. The concerts are open to the public and while there are no ticket sales, a voluntary donation of $3.00 (or more) is always appreciated to help keep this event continuing. For questions or more information, contact John at 381-2483 or Clem at 961-4949.
Sunday, September 9
The Five Valley Accordion Association will hold its next jam/dance session at the Hamilton Eagles Lodge (corner of 2nd and Pinckney) on Sunday, September 9 from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $3.00 for members, $4.00 for non-members, and free for performing musicians. Live danceable music is provided by accordions, guitars, banjos, bass, and drums. Come join in on the dancing, fun, and fellowship. For further information, call Mike Jones at 642-9693. Future jam this month is at the Sunrise Saloon in Missoula on September 23.
Monday, September 10
Hamilton Garden Club
The Hamilton Garden Club will meet Monday, September 10 at 7 p.m. at the home of Lynn Wheeler, 375 Overturf Lane, Darby (821-0179). Co-hostess is Juanita Posten (961-1678). Members will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Murdoch’s in Hamilton to carpool. Guests are welcome. For information or a ride call Lynn or Juanita.
SAFE Book Club
SAFE (Supporters of Abuse Free Environments) is hosting a book club discussion on Monday, September 10, at 7 p.m. at Chapter One Book Store. Come discuss “Queen Bees and Wannabees: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World” by Rosalind Wiseman. For more information, contact Sonya at 363-2793.
Tuesday, September 11
Veterans affairs clinics
Roxanne Blanche, Service Officer for the Montana Veterans Affairs Division in Missoula, will be available to veterans and their dependents that have questions or need to file a claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs on Tuesday, September 11 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Stevensville Town Council Chambers and from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Job Service Office in Hamilton. For more information call 542-2501.
BPL Creative Writing Class
A Creative Writing Class will begin Tuesday, September 11 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the west meeting room of the Bitterroot Public Library. This six-week writing course will have some history, philosophy and a whole lot of writing participation. John Robinson is the instructor. Preregistration is requested by calling 363-1670. The course is free and open to the public.
Stevensville School Board
The regular meeting of the Stevensville School Board of Trustees will be Tuesday, September 11 at 7 p.m. in the Stevensville Music Center Choir Room.
Wednesday, September 12
BPL Storytellers’ Meeting
If you are currently a storyteller at the Bitterroot Public Library or would like to become one, there will be a meeting on Wednesday, September 12 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the West Meeting Room. Storytellers read to preschoolers on Wednesday mornings throughout the year, usually once every three months. Share your experiences as a storyteller and look through some new resources. For more information, contact Sally at 363-1670.
Thursday, September 13
State-mandated Responsible Alcohol Sales and Service training (RASS) will be held Thursday, September 13 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at 209 N. 10th Street, Suite C, Hamilton. Any community members who are not yet certified are welcome to attend and newly hired employees may take the training within 60 days of hire. There is a $15 materials fee. Call Ryan at 532-9146 to preregister by the day before the class is held. At least five participants are needed to hold a class.
BPL Fellowship Club
The Bitterroot Public Library’s Fellowship Club will be meeting on Thursday, September 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to discuss the book “The Matter of Mind: An Explorer’s Guide Through the Labyrinth of the Mind” by Djwhal Khul through Kathlyn Kingdon.
This remarkable book lays out the dimensions of the mind in a coherent presentation unlike any other available today. It is a thorough treatment of how the mind is both our vehicle of liberation, and that which blocks our liberation.
In collaboration with Kathlyn Kingdon, Master Teacher Djwhal Khul reveals that the keys to happiness lie within each of us, buried beneath our conditioning and false beliefs, which we mistake for reality. This masterful guide stresses the importance of dissolving limited emotional patterns and cutting through the web of illusion, which hold one prisoner in a cage of repeated patterns. “The Matter of Mind” is an inspiring and lucid treatise to help train the mind as the only means of achieving lasting peace and opening up to the experience of enlightenment.
Kathlyn Kingdon is a true renaissance woman: gifted conductor, composer, lecturer, psychotherapist, and author. Her extraordinary connection with Djwhal Khul, affectionately known as “the Tibetan” to sincere aspirants the world over, has helped her impart timeless truths from several world traditions through priceless teachings that inspire seekers to rise above learned patterns of helplessness and complacency while transforming their lives in the process.
The Fellowship Club meets every second Thursday of the month and is free and open to anyone seeking to promote individual and collective well-being.
Call 363-1670, or email email@example.com for more information.
In conjunction with Arts in Education Week, MCT, Inc. presents the children’s play “Miss Nelson is Missing” on Thursday, September 13 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, September 15 at 11 a.m. at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts. Based on the popular children’s book by Harry Allard and James Marshall, “Miss Nelson is Missing” tells the story of an elementary school teacher who can’t control her crazy classroom because she is just too nice. But when she disappears, her replacement is the hard-as-nails, detention-loving, recess-canceling, homework-overloading substitute teacher Viola Swamp. The kids suddenly realize how much they miss Miss Nelson and they’ll do anything (including hiring a private eye), to solve the mystery of her disappearance and bring her back.
Many familiar faces from the MCT staff are participating in this production, including Don Mogstad and Eric Prim, who are responsible for all local children’s programs. Other staff members in the cast include Amy Ellis, Chelle Robinson, Don Collins, Dylan Wright, Kepler Correia, Kevin Harrington, Michelle Nigh-Mogstad and Victoria Larson.
Tickets to “Miss Nelson is Missing” go on sale Tuesday, September 6. For ticket information call the MCT Box Office at 728-7529.
Saturday, September 15
Women’s health symposium
Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital presents the third annual Women’s Health symposium. This year’s Symposium welcomes keynote speaker Dr. Nancy Eyler, Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician with over 32 years of experience, speaking on the most current women’s health issues, including osteoporosis, “the silent disease.” In addition, there are nine other sessions offered by the Marcus Daly Medical Staff. These are interesting and interactive sessions covering an array of topics: Facts about Vitamin D, Brain Games, Hi-Tech Heart, Find Life Balances and more. You will leave with tips on how to embrace the aging process to live life to the fullest! Unwind, be pampered, and get active while learning important health and lifestyle information that can positively impact your life. The Women’s Health Symposium is September 15 from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and begins with a cholesterol screening, followed by a delicious heart healthy breakfast. Participants will also have the opportunity to have blood pressure and BMI (body mass index) screenings, as well as a stress reducing massage, gifts, and treats and an opportunity for discounted screening services. For more information or to make your reservations call Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital at 375-4500 or visit www.mdmh.org.
Teddy Bear Tea
High society comes to Corvallis! Wear your best hat, and enjoy an afternoon of delectable tea, scrumptious sandwiches, and adorable teddy bears at the “Beary Special event,” a Teddy Bear Tea, September 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Corvallis Methodist Church, 356 Corvallis Cemetery Rd. There will be a silent auction of over two dozen collectible bears, including some Steiff bears. Make reservations to attend this fun afternoon event to benefit Marcus Daly Hospice. Marcus Daly Hospice serves over 100 Bitterroot families every year facing the end of life. Your support ensures that patient care needs are met. Tickets are $25 per adult, $20 for 12 or under, $150 per table. For reservations contact Sharon Roberts at 375-0466. For more information contact Patti Weeda at 375-5263, or visit www.marcusdalyhospice.org.
Stevensville Playhouse variety show
Don’t miss “The Monthly Grind,” a variety show with an emphasis on “non-political, family-oriented” entertainment, on Saturday, September 15 at 7 p.m. at the Stevensville Playhouse. Get together for homegrown entertainment and homemade dessert at “The Monthly Grind” every third Saturday of every month except December and February.Adults are $5, kids under 6 are free. Bring a homemade dessert to share and get in free! Call Jim or Susan McCauley if you would like an opportunity to share your talent with the community or have questions about “The Monthly Grind,” 406-396-6519 or 360-489-7114.