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DCPL map/orienteering course
A Map Reading and Orienteering Skills course is being offered at the Darby Community Public Library on Mondays in October at 7 p.m. Contact the library for more information at 821-4771.

 

County recycling
Ravalli Recycling is open Mondays from 3 to 6 p.m. or dusk, and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon (Sat. only buying aluminum cans, scrap metals and car batteries). #1 and #2 plastics, cardboard (flattened and no wax), telephone books, magazines and tin cans are currently being accepted. Containers must be rinsed and no lids or caps are accepted. The recycling center is located at 131 Old Corvallis Road, Hamilton, next to Habitat for Humanity, www.ravallirecycling.org for more information. The center is 99% run by volunteers. Volunteers always needed. Call 375-5398 for details.

 

Wednesday, October 10

 

Coat drive

‘Zip the Jackets’ Coat Drive is the big push by the Hamilton Middle School students and the HMS Families for Education support group as part of their efforts for Homecoming week. A big Broncs helmet by the front office marks the location to drop off donated coats and jackets. Any serviceable jacket or coat from infant to adult will work. The jackets will go to SAFE and support those in need in our community. Everyone is welcome to drop off clean coats/jackets at HMS, 209 S. 5th Street, Hamilton, by Friday, October 12. For more information call 363-2121.

 

Bitterroot Cares for Kids Network

The Bitterroot Cares for Kids Network will meet Wednesday, October 10 at 9 a.m. at 209 N. 10th in Hamilton. The group is looking for new members to help enhance the lives of the families of the Bitterroot. Created in 2011 and comprised of non-profits, school representatives and community members, the mission is to connect all kids and families with resources that help them to thrive and be happy. The group has many projects in the works and meets on a monthly basis to plan and implement events and programming. Call 532-9149 or email bcareforkids@gmail.com for more information.

 

BPL preschool story time

Preschoolers are invited to meet in the children’s corner of the Bitterroot Public Library on Wednesday, October 10 to enjoy “I’m Gonna Like Me!” with storyteller Jamie Ogden. 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.

 

NARFE

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) will hold its monthly no-host luncheon meeting on Wednesday, October 10 at 11:30 a.m. in the north conference room of Perkins Restuarant, 1285 N. 1st St in Hamilton. The speaker will be Dan Mayer who will discuss the Veterans Memorial in Ravalli County. There will be a short business meeting. All members, guests and those interested in joining are cordially invited. Contact Warren at 546-6706 for more information.

 

Thursday, October 11

 

NVPL Book Club
The first meeting of the NVPL Book Club will be Thursday, October 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon in the community room. Members will be discussing the logistics of meetings as well as future book selections. This month’s selection is “Blind Your Ponies” by Stanley Gordon West. “Blind Your Ponies” is a novel that explores a diverse range of characters in a rural Montana town who are brought together by a boys’ basketball team. The library is able to loan 10 copies of this book at no charge; additional copies are the responsibility of book club members. Discussion of the novel will take place the following month. For more information, contact the library at 777-5061. North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville.

 

Stevi Civic Club

The Stevensville Civic Club will meet Thursday, October 11 at 12 noon at St. Mary’s Mission (museum basement). All members and potential members are welcome. For more information contact Robin Holcomb at 777-5553.

 

SAFE Pint Night

Come have a pint and support SAFE at Higher Ground Brewing Company on Hwy 93 North in Hamilton on Thursday, October 11 from 4 to 8 p.m. There’ll be a silent auction, music by Celtic Knots, and more. Plus a portion of every pint sold will go to support SAFE in its effort to reduce the incidence and impact of domestic and sexual violence in Ravalli County.

 

Tea Party Patriots

Ravalli County Tea Party Patriots will meet Thursday, October 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Willow Court Apartments, 150 Skeels Ave, Hamilton (from Hwy 93 turn east on Foxfield by Tire-Rama, dead ends at Skeels, turn right, apts on left, park across the street). Attend to discuss local, state and national issues, candidates and the 2012 election, and find out how you can get involved. Contact Jennine Jones, 381-0314, donandjennine@gmail.com for more information.

 

Back Country Horsemen

Attention back country enthusiasts and horsemen! The SPWBCH, a traditional, work oriented BCH chapter, is looking for members who really want to ride, pack, and clear trails. The next general meeting will be Thursday, October 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Hamilton Forest Service building. Discussion will be on completed summer projects, fall trail rides, pack trips and upcoming elections. The best of the back country always comes in the beauty of the fall colors! Guests are always welcome for coffee, cookies and lots of “trail talk”. Entrance is in the rear. For more information please contact Linda at 961-1435.

 

Cross-Country Ski Club
The Bitterroot Cross-Country Ski Club will meet Thursday, October 11 at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 1220 West Main Street, in Hamilton. Information about recent events affecting the Club and plans for the upcoming ski season will be among the topics discussed. A reminder to members, annual dues are payable no later than this meeting to keep your membership from expiring. The public is invited to attend, especially those who are interested in cross-country skiing. Light refreshments will be served. For information call Michael Hoyt, president, at 360-3803.

 

BPL Fellowship Club

The Bitterroot Public Library Fellowship Club will meet on Thursday, October 11 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the West Community Room of the library, to discuss the book “Stillness Speaks” by Eckhart Tolle.

In “Stillness Speaks”, New York Times best-seller Eckhart Tolle illuminates the fundamental elements of his teaching, addressing the needs of the modern seeker by drawing from all spiritual traditions.

At the core of this book is what the author calls the state of presence, a living in the now that is both intensely inspirational and practical. When the pressures of future and past thinking disappear, fear and frustration also vanish, conquered by the moment. “Stillness Speaks” takes the form of 200 individual entries, organized into 10 topic clusters that range from “Beyond the Thinking Mind” to “Suffering and the End of Suffering.” The entries are concise and complete in themselves, but, read together, take on a transformative power.

Eckhart Tolle, a contemporary spiritual teacher, motivational speaker, and writer, is not aligned with any particular religion or tradition. In his writing and seminars, he conveys a simple yet profound message with the timeless and uncomplicated clarity of ancient spiritual masters. Tolle, whose work The Power of Now was acclaimed by the NYT as “the ‘right book’ for many people at this point in time,” travels extensively, taking his teachings throughout the world.

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 jacostant@gmail.com for more information.

 

Stevi Town Council

The Stevensville Town Council will hold a regular meeting on Thursday, October 11 at 7 p.m. Business items include: discussion/decision on ward boundary changes resulting from 2010 census; discussion/decision on action regarding annexation of the Stevensville Municipal Airport to the Town; discussion/decision on Council consent to Mayor’s request for temporary relocation due to family health issue, to name a few.

 

Friday, October 12

White Ribbon Week

October 12 to 19 is White Ribbon Week, a community-wide event to raise awareness about domestic violence in Ravalli County.
Show your support for ending domestic violence by wearing a white ribbon during the week. Ribbons will be available at SAFE, Safe on First Thrift Store and Chapter One Book Store starting the week of October 1. You can also request ribbons to pass out at your church, business, book club, BBQ or other gathering.
We all have an interest in ending domestic violence. Wearing a ribbon is a simple way to send a powerful message: We all deserve to live in homes that are safe and free from violence.
Some people wear a ribbon to honor lives lost, some to connect with their own experiences. Some people want to show support for victims, some want to raise the standard for how we treat one another. Some people wear a ribbon to start a conversation, and some to renew their commitment to building a healthier community. Why do you wear a white ribbon? Tell us on Facebook, find SAFEintheBitterroot.
The White Ribbon Campaign is sponsored by the Ravalli County Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, a group of community members from law enforcement, health care, religious, educational, business, and social service organizations, as well as those interested in improving the community’s response to domestic and sexual violence.
For more information or to request ribbons, contact Jamie at 363-2793 or jogden@safeinthebitterroot.org.

Report to Community
The Ravalli County Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence will host the fifteenth annual Report to the Community luncheon on Friday, October 12, from 12 to 1:30 pm at St. Francis Pastoral Life Center at 401 S. Fifth Street in Hamilton.
This year’s luncheon will feature a keynote address by Anna Whiting-Sorrel, Director of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.
The thirteenth annual Courage Award will be presented to honor an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to non-violence and making our community safer. The event will also include the presentation of the fourth Ravalli County Coalition Award.
Report to the Community will commence the 2012 White Ribbon Campaign, a public awareness campaign designed to prevent domestic violence. This year’s campaign runs October 12 through October 19. Supportive community members are encouraged to wear a white ribbon throughout the week. Wearing a ribbon is a simple way to send a very powerful message ─ that our families deserve to live in homes that are safe and free from violence.
The Ravalli County Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence is comprised of community members from law enforcement, health care, religious, educational, business, and social service organizations, as well as those interested in improving the community’s response to domestic and sexual violence. The Coalition seeks to share the message that domestic and sexual violence are unacceptable in our community and there are resources available to help people coping with these issues.
The Report to the Community luncheon is free and open to the public. For more information, call Jamie at 363-2793.

 

South Valley Pachyderm Club

Victoria Clark, Director of the Bitterroot College of the UM, and Representative Pat Connell (HD87) who serves on the College Advisory Board, will be the speakers for the next meeting of the South Valley Pachyderm Club on October 12 at 12 noon. The club meets 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.

 

Democratic Women’s Club

The Ravalli County Democratic Women’s Club will be holding a brown bag meeting at noon on Friday, October 12 at the Ravalli County Democratic Headquarters, 106 S. 2nd Street. Members will be discussing how to get out the vote and the upcoming pasty sale. The guest speaker will be Martin Gehres. If you have questions, call Corrine at 544-8586.

Broncs Homecoming

The Hamilton Broncs Homecoming is Friday, October 12 at 7 p.m. when they take on the Stevensville Yellowjackets at 7 p.m. A parade will take place downtown at 4 p.m. and a barbecue will be held before the game. The public is invited.

 

Saturday, October 13

 

4-H film showing

The documentary “4-H: 6 Montana Stories” will be presented by Montana PBS on Saturday, October 13 at 11:30 a.m. at the Pharaohplex Theater in Hamilton. Celebrate Montana 4-H’s history. Learn how 4-H can benefit your life as a member. Be a part of the next 100 years of 4-H. This exciting event is open to all. Come as a family or bring a friend to celebrate Montana’s 100 Years of 4-H. For more information on this free event, contact the MSU Extension Office, Ravalli County, at 375-6611.

NVPL Movie Matinee

Tired of driving to Hamilton or Missoula to see a movie? Come to the library on Saturday, October 13 at 12 noon for a free and fun flick. This week’s choice is a family friendly movie that will scare you and make you laugh. Call the library at 777-5061 for more information about the movie. North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville.

 

Party in Pink’ mammography benefit

Bring the whole family to the tennis courts at the Canyons Athletic Club for fun, fitness, and food on Saturday, October 13 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Kids will have a blast in the bounce house, on the fire truck and helicopter, getting their face painted and meeting Slash from the Maulers. BBQ begins at 6 p.m. by the Bitterroot Valley Elks Lodge 1651. Door prizes and a 50/50 raffle are also on tap. Tickets at the door are $8 per person or $20 per family, and are tax deductible. 100% of proceeds from this event are donated to the Aid for Mammography Fund. Wear non-marking court shoes only – be there and go pink!

 

Harvest dinner and dance

St. Mary’s Parish in Stevensville is hosting a Harvest Dinner and Dance on Saturday, October 13 at the Family Center, 400 Charlos. Dinner is served from 5 to 7 p.m. and the dance will be from 7 p.m. until midnight. Dinner prices are $8 for adults ad $4 for children ages 4-12. Children under 4 are free.

 

Republican Spaghetti Dinner

Ravalli County Republican Central Committee’s Annual Spaghetti Dinner, “Take Back Our State,” will be held Saturday, October 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the First Interstate Building at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds. Rick Hill, candidate for governor, will be the main speaker. There will be a meet and greet with candidates before the dinner from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Attend for an evening of music, fun and getting to know your candidates. For tickets call 207-7630.

 

Good-time Jamboree

A Good-time Jamboree will be held Saturday, October 13 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Rocky Mountain Grange Hall, located about a mile south of Hamilton at 1436 S. 1st (Hwy 93 South). Performers include: Chris Kingsley, A Troubadour for Our Times; The New Old-West Trio: Ken, John, and Clem: Songs of the Old West; Jean Roberts and The Fun and Support Accordions: Octoberfest; Bill LaCroix: Discussing and Playing the Rocky Mountain Dulcimer; Bill Klapwyk with Ken Watson and Tim Ezzell: Country Music; and W. C. Worth & the Misfits: Blues with Warren Worth and Bob Behner. 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 more information call Clem at 961-4949 or John at 381-2483.

 

Museum Ghost Tours
Experience a tour of the local Museum from a very different angle! Take a walk down the dark passageways in the basement, experience the energy of the judge’s chambers, sit quietly in the old courtroom and decide for yourself…  Are some who died long ago still here haunting these halls?
Spend the night at the Museum (with the lights off) and help gather evidence, using ghost hunting equipment, such as EMF detectors, EVP recorders and Ambient Temperature Laser Thermometers, just like they do on TV! During breaks at “home base” enjoy a bit of psychic fun with a rune and numerology reading.
Tours will take place on Saturday, October 13, Saturday, October 20, Saturday, October 27 and on Halloween night – from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. There are only 14 tickets available per night and they will sell out quickly! This can be a frightening event. It is not recommended for children; no one under 14 will be allowed and under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members and can be purchased over the phone with a credit or debit card; rune and numerology readings are an additional $5 each. Call the Museum for details or email Sarah Monson with questions, 363-3338, sarahmrcm@qwestoffice.net.

Sunday, October 14

 

Accordion Jam

There will be an accordion jam on Sunday, October 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Eagles in Hamilton. Come and listen and enjoy dancing.

 

Monday, October 15

Rotary Club
Rotary District 5390 Governor for 2012-2013, Daryl Hansen, from the Rotary Club of Livingston, will be speaking at the next meeting of the Hamilton Rotary Club on Monday, October 15 at 12 noon. District Governor Hansen will be discussing his plans for Rotary in Montana during the next year. 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.

Hamilton school public meeting

A public meeting to discuss the Mission Vision proposed document will be held on Monday, October 15 at 7 p.m. in the Daly Den, 208 Daly Ave.

 

Audubon
Bitterroot Audubon’s October meeting will feature a presentation by Heather Mullee, Executive Director of the Bitter Root Water Forum (BRWF). Heather will give an overview of BRWF, highlighting the history and trajectory of the organization, including recent and upcoming restoration projects, educational programs for youth and adults, and what’s in store for 2013. BRWF has been the Bitterroot Valley’s very own watershed group since 1994. BRWF is a community driven non-profit dedicated to supporting the traditions of agriculture, community and recreation by protecting, enhancing and restoring the Bitterroot Watershed through on the ground restoration projects and watershed education. Recent projects include BRWF’s annual “Riverfest”, a day for children and families to learn about the importance of the river, and planting 5,000 feet of riverbank along the East Fork with native vegetation to create a healthy riparian buffer. BRWF works for clean water for all generations.
The Audubon meeting is Monday, October 15 at 7 p.m. at the Teller Wildlife Refuge Slack Barn Education Room. On the Eastside Hwy, turn west onto Quast Lane 1-1/2 miles north of Corvallis, then south (left) on Chaffin Lane. The Slack Barn (big red barn) parking area is the first driveway on your right. The public is invited. For further information contact Kay Fulton, 642-3794.

 

Tuesday, October 16

 

NVPL Herb Chat
Do you have an interest in local herbs or wish you knew how to put them to practical use? Come to the library for the popular Herb Chat led by master herbalist Jessica Thomas, owner of Outlaw Herbalist. She will discuss herbal remedies and simple applications that you can do at home. The class will be held in the community room on Tuesday, October 16 from to 3:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public, so come on down and increase your herbal knowledge! North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call the library at 777-5061.

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