Call for local producers
The Bounty of the Bitterroot show will be held Saturday, November 10 at the First Interstate Building at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds. This is a showcase for locally and regionally produced items of all kinds, including food, arts and crafts and more, and will be heavily publicized. A portion of the vendor booth fees will be donated to the valley’s food banks. Call Victoria at the Bitterroot Star, 777-3928, for vendor fees and guidelines.
Call for artists/crafters
The Bitterroot Art Guild are looking for vendors for their Christmas Show November 16-17 at the First Interstate Building in Hamilton. If you are interested call Carolyn at 961-4740 or Mary at 821-4678 for more information.
Crisis Line volunteer training
Make a difference in the life of a victim of domestic or sexual abuse – become a SAFE Crisis Line Volunteer. Volunteers provide information and a listening ear to someone who’s been traumatized by domestic violence or sexual assault. Volunteer training begins the week of October 1, so call SAFE today, 363-2793. You could be there for someone in crisis. Call Theresa at SAFE, 363-2793.
Business Women’s Network
The monthly luncheon meeting of the Bitterroot Subnetwork of the Missoula Businesswomen’s Network is held from 12 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 and get to know them through member spotlight presentations, educational topics, and the referral and promotion of each other’s businesses. Contact Jen Rivera at 327-5646 with any questions.
‘Monthly Grind’ variety show
The next Monthly Grind variety show will be held Saturday, October 20 at 7 p.m. at the Stevensville Playhouse. The $5.00 tickets are sold at the door so don’t be late. Anyone interested in baking can get in free by bringing a homemade dessert to be shared at intermission. If you or someone you know might be interested in performing at one of the Monthly Grinds call 360 489-7114 or 406 396-6519.
Community center survey
Community members have joined together to explore the possibility of developing a Community Center in Ravalli County. Research shows that community centers can be of great benefit to all ages. The group is trying 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. Survey takers will be at local grocery stores on September 27.
Audubon calendar sale
The Bitterroot Audubon Society will be selling its 2013 calendar at the Hamilton Farmers Market. This one-of-a-kind calendar is by Bitterroot photographers of Bitterroot birds, with drawings by Bitterroot 3rd and 4th graders, plus “hot spots” where you can find particular birds in our valley. The cost is $15 and all proceeds go to the Bitterroot Audubon Education Fund. You can also find these unique calendars at Chapter 1 Book Store, Sam’s Spade and Art Focus in Hamilton; Darby Wine and Spirits in Darby; and Lisa Archer Silks in Stevensville.
Bitterroot Mushers raffle
The Bitterroot Mushers are having a fundraising raffle. The grand prize is a 14-mile dogsled ride with junior Iditarod finisher, Aiyana Ferraro. Other prizes include: a one night stay for two at Lost Trail Hot Springs Resort with two 1-day lift tickets to Lost Trail Powder Mountain, $50 gift certificate for Darby Distribution, $40 gift certificate to the Naughty Moose Restaurant, 1-hour session of Positive Changes LLC PUSH muscle therapy, and a gift basket from Darby Wine and Spirits. Tickets are on sale through October 30. The drawing will be November 1 and you need not be present to win. Tickets are $5 each, 5 for $20. Visit www.bitterrootmushers.org or call Nicki at (406) 369-0707 for ticket sale locations and other information.
Canning jars needed
The Ravalli County Museum is looking for wide mouth pint jar donations for this year’s McIntosh Apple Day! The jars are used to sell hot, fresh made apple butter. If you would like to donate your pint size, wide mouth jars, donations can be taken in between now and October 3 at the Ravalli County Museum, 205 Bedford, Hamilton. For more information call 363-3338.
Wednesday, September 26
BPL Used Book Sale
Attention all bibliophiles! The 2012 Annual Friends of the Bitterroot Public Library Used Book Sale is coming to the downstairs Community Room in the Bitterroot Public Library at 306 State St. in Hamilton September 25-29. The sale days will be Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The price for all items is $1.00 per inch thick. Saturday all day will be the ever-popular Bag Sale when all the items that can be stuffed in a grocery bag are $2.00 per bag – bring your own bags if possible. Another popular feature of the book sale is free books all week long outside on the sidewalk. On Saturday after 2 p.m. there will be a Truckload Sale – $15.00 per load! Bring your own truck and load it up! There will be a silent auction of special books ending at 2 p.m. on Saturday. For information contact the Bitterroot Public Library at 363-1670.
BPL Preschool Storytime
Preschoolers are invited to meet in the children’s corner of the Bitterroot Public Library on Wednesday, September 26 at 10:30 a.m. to enjoy “When We’re Helping We’re Happy” with storyteller Allison Jessop. Story time is designed for children 3-5 years of age. All story times are free and open to the public.
Classical guitar performance
As part of the month-long celebration of Hispanic Heritage, North Valley Public Library will host Opus II, a duet featuring Jan Jost and Barb Schumake who play classical Spanish guitar music. On Wednesday, September 26, Opus II will perform a variety of folk songs from South America and other Latin compositions from around the world. The performance will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in the main library. Admission is free and all ages are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call the library at 777-5061.
Bitterroot Quilt Guild
The Bitterroot Quilt Guild will meet Wednesday, September 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Canyon View Church on Skalkaho Road, south of Hamilton. Visitors are always welcome. The Heritage Mini Group of the Bitterroot Quilt Guild will be presenting a special program. The group will be divided into four stations: (1) Vintage Sewing Items, (2) Quilt Care, (3) Restoration and Repair of older quilts, and (4) Dating Quilts. Each station presentation will last about ten minutes and then move to the next station. There will be books available for participants to look up fabric dates and pattern names. This is an open invitation to all who enjoy antique/vintage quilts. For more information, call Judy LaSalle at 375-0871, or Bar Losensky, 961-3757.
Thursday, September 27
BPL book discussion group
“Brown Bag It” Book Discussion Group will be discussing “Blind Your Ponies” by Stanley Gordon West on Thursday, September 27 at 12 noon. This is an informal group and new members are welcome. Call 363-1670 for more information.
Women’s Network luncheon
The Ravalli County Economic Development Authority (RCEDA), though its Women’s Business Center, Sub-Center, program will be having its monthly Women’s Network for Entrepreneurial Training (WNET) brown bag lunch on Thursday, September 27 at 12 noon. The presentation will be “Library Resources for Entrepreneurs” with Trista Smith from the Bitterroot Public Library. The presentation will be at the Conference Room at RCEDA which is located at 274 Old Corvallis Road in Hamilton and is free and open to the public. Call 375-9416 for more information.
Refuge hunter blind drawing
The hunter blind drawing and pre-hunting meeting for the opening weekend (September 29 & 30) of the 2012 waterfowl season on Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge will take place on Thursday, September 27 at 6 p.m. in the Okefenokee Room of the Lee Metcalf NWR Headquarters/Visitors Center building on Wildfowl Lane. Anyone interested in hunting waterfowl on Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge on opening weekend must attend. Participants must bring the following information to be eligible for the drawing: ALS#, Federal duck stamp, and photo identification.
South Valley Civic Group
The South Valley Civic Group will meet Thursday, September 27 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Naughty Moose in Conner.
Food banks benefit
World renowned musicians Freebo and Jerry Donahue will perform on Thursday, September 27 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Wild Mare, 283 Second St., Corvallis. Admission is $8 with a non-perishable food item or $10 without. Proceeds will benefit the Bitterroot Valley’s food banks. For more information call Pam at 381-6552.
Victor park board
The Victor Park District meets on the fourth Thursday of each
month, and will hold its next regular meeting on Thursday, September
27 at 7 p.m. at the Farmers State Bank meeting room in Victor (enter rear door from the south parking lot). Agenda items include discussion of the blowout of the irrigation system, final mowing of the season and winter protection of the trees. The public is welcome. Call Roger De Haan at 961-3953 with any questions.
Stevensville Town Council
The Stevensville Town Council will hold a regular meeting on Thursday, September 27 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at 206 Buck. Agenda items include a discussion/decision on Human Resource Council’s request for Letter of Support on HOME Single Family Noncompetitive Program; discussion/decision on Security of Lewis and Clark Park; discussion/decision on RFP for Engineering Environmental Assessment for Airport Runway Widening Project; and discussion/decision on Approval of Resolution No. 303, A Resolution To Create the H20 (Help To Others) Water Assistance Program, to name a few.
Friday, September 28
South Valley Pachyderm Club
County Commissioner Greg Chilcott and Nancy Ballance, candidate for Montana House District 89, will be speaking at the South Valley Pachyderm Club meeting on Friday, September 28. 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.
Stevensville Playhouse production
Harry Roat is missing his doll, and it’s a very special doll indeed. Susy
Hendrix may have the doll, but she doesn’t know that, because she’s blind, you
see. How far are Mr. Roat and his two thugs willing to go to get back that doll?
You’ll have to wait and see…you’ll have to “Wait Until Dark.” Coming to
Stevensville Playhouse just in time to kick off the Halloween season, “Wait
Until Dark” is a spine tingling, fun thriller that will make you laugh and,
quite possibly, scream. Come enjoy this first play of the season, but leave
the little ones at home; this play is not appropriate for children under the age
of 10. Tickets are $10 advance purchase, $15 at show time.
Dates are September 28-29, Oct. 5-6, 12-13 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 30, Oct. 7 and 14 at 2 p.m. For reservations call 777-2722.
Trout Unlimited banquet
The Trout Unlimited Banquet will be held Friday, September 28 at 5 p.m. at the Bitterroot River Inn in Hamilton. This is the only fundraiser that BRTU holds. Banquet proceeds support the Bitterroot Buggers, fisheries intern, and stream protection and wild trout projects. This year TU is supporting the Casting For Recovery program that helps breast cancer survivors, and helping the Bitterroot Water Forum. So, please plan to attend and help us do all this and more!
Banquet premiums include float trips, tackle, clothing , backpacking gear, art, pottery, photographs, gourmet dinners, fine wines and much, much more. There will be live and silent auction, door prizes, drawings and awards.
Tickets are available at Fishaus Tackle (363-6158), Western Flies & Guides (363-9099) or Osprey Outfitters (363-1000), and also at the door. But don’t take a chance on getting left out, buy or reserve your tickets now! They are only $50 a piece – a bargain compared to other local fundraisers. Dinner is by Riversong Catering and beverage service is by the Banque Club and Bitterroot Brewing.
Tickets are $50. For information, contact Marshall Bloom (firstname.lastname@example.org), Cassie Buhl (381-4589, email@example.com) or Greg Chester (363-0033, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Saturday, September 29
On Saturday, September 29, organic grower Rod Daniel will conduct a free workshop, “Cover Crops and Green Manures.” This is the final installment in his Grow Your Soil series. Rod will discuss the benefits of legumes and other soil building plants, application rates and appropriate timing for sowing these crops. Meet at 10 a.m. on the lawn at Sam’s Spade (111 S. 4th Street, Hamilton). Bring an extra layer. Coffee and tea will be provided. For more information contact Sam’s Spade at 363-1293.
Methodist Harvest Dinner
The annual Harvest Dinner and Dessert Auction (silent and open) will be held Saturday, September 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Corvallis United Methodist Church, corner of Eastside Highway and Cemetery Road. A free will offering will be taken.
FS Moon Walk series
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.
On Saturday, September 29, “Bark Beetle Moon” will be held at Lake Como at 7 p.m. The presentation will be on the mountain pine beetle. Learn about the life cycle of these native insects, how to determine if they are present in a forest stand and forest management options for controlling their spread and impacts. Dress in layers and bring a lawn chair, flashlight and a jacket. Walk will start/end at Wood’s Cabin on north shore of the lake.
Jacket Blackout Run
A 5k Night Run/Walk and a 1-Mile Fun Run will be held Saturday, September 29 at 7 p.m. as a benefit for the Stevensville High School football and volleyball programs. The course will begin and end at the Stevensville high school football field, under the lights. There will be sparklers, glow sticks and marshmallows for roasting. This is an opportunity for community members and younger students to meet and mingle (and compete against) high school student athletes. The purpose of this event is to promote healthy, active lifestyles. So bring your headlamps and running shoes, dress in your black and gold and show your support. Register at the event or online at timedsports.com, Jacket Blackout Run. Cost is $20 for adults and $10 for students. For more information call Jody at 274-8454.
Sunday, September 30
Grace Lutheran Oktoberfest
You’re invited to a free Oktoberfest with music, brats and fun on Sunday, September 30 at 4 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 275 Hattie Lane, Hamilton. Call 363-1924 for details.
Pink Pint Night
Come out and partake in festivities and help save local lives! Bitterroot Brewery in Hamilton is hosting the kick-off event for Sprinkle Pink, Sunday, September 30 from 4 to 7 p.m. Enjoy music by the Community Band, find out who the 2012 Mammo Men are, play pink games, and win pink prizes! Fifty cents from every pint, a raffle, and silent auction benefit the Aid for Mammography Fund. All donations and proceeds for Sprinkle Pink events in the month of October are matched dollar-for-dollar by Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital. Oktoberfest Pint Night is brought to you by the Bitterroot Brewery and Soroptomists of Hamilton. Have a blast and help a woman in Ravalli County receive a mammogram and other necessary procedures at your local hospital. For more information, visit www.bitterrootbrewing.com, find Bitterroot Brewery on Facebook, or call the brewery at 375-9337. For more about Early Detection and Sprinkle Pink events visit www.mdmh.org.
Monday, October 1
Stevi school menu
Monday: Breakfast – Cereal or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Com dogs, potato salad, peas and carrots, apples, bread & butter, milk
Tuesday: Breakfast – French toast or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Tacos with lettuce and tomatoes, refried beans, mellow yellow com, juicy watermelon, bread & butter, chocolate or regular milk
Wednesday: Breakfast – Muffins or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Turkey Dinner with mashed potato and gravy, fresh veggies (broccoli, carrots, tomatoes), strawberries, bread & butter, milk
Thursday: Breakfast – Pancakes on-a-stick or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Spaghetti with meat sauce, romaine salad with ranch bananas, bread & butter, milk
Friday: Breakfast – Egg & cheese wraps or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – BBQ pork ribs stir-fry veggies and rice, mandarin oranges, bread & butter, chocolate or regular milk.
Hamilton School District mission/vision statement meetings
Come shape the future of HSD3. The Board invites you to come and contribute to shaping the future of the Hamilton School District. Public meetings will be held Mondays, October 1 and October 15 at 7 p.m. at Daly Elementary School, 208 Daly, to discuss the draft Policy 1015 (Mission and Goals).
RML Community Liaison Group
The Rocky Mountain Laboratories Community Liaison Group (RML CLG) will meet on Monday, October 1 at 7 p.m. at the Golden Age Club, 727 S. 5th St. in Hamilton.
Agenda items include: highlights from a “Science and the Arts” collaboration between RML, the Ravalli County Museum, local schools, and several area artists; status of RML construction projects and site improvements; recap of a recent RML conference involving U.S. and Brazilian scientists
The public is invited to attend and participate in the meeting.
The RML CLG includes representatives from local government, education, business, medical and emergency services, and community and civic groups. The RML CLG represents a long-term commitment to structured interactions with the community. The group began meeting in 2002.
Tuesday, October 2
Sons of Norway fundraiser
Bitterrootdalen Lodge, Sons of Norway, will hold its annual Bingo and White Elephant Auction on Tuesday, October 2 at 5 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Hamilton. The Lodge will provide a main dish, service and drinks, visitors and members are invited to bring a side dish, and an item for the White Elephant auction. Norwegian Bingo goes until all the game board spaces are filled and everyone has a supply of play money for the auction. As always, the general public is cordially invited.
Fly Fishers of the Bitterroot
The monthly meeting of FFB will be held Tuesday, October 2 at BJ’s Restaurant, in Hamilton. Social hour is 6 to 7 p.m. Cocktails and dinner are optional. This month’s speaker is FFB’s own Denny Westover. His presentation will be “Fly Fishing Argentina: Big Fish & Big Rivers.” Last time Denny spoke to the group it was standing room only, so get there early! Fly Fishers of the Bitterroot is a social club with numerous activities for the fly fishing enthusiast. If you are interested in joining the club, come check it out! For more info call Phil at 363-0744.