Bitterroot NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) family support group meets the second Thursday of the month at 700 N. 4th St. in Hamilton in the followship hall. Call 381-9884 for information.
‘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.
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.
Darby Bread Box collections
For the months of October and November, the Darby Bread Box is collecting peanut butter, stuffing and pumpkin pie mix. You can drop off the donated items at Peoples Market and the Bitterroot Credit Union in Darby.
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.
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.
Darby Adult Ed
Registration is now underway for Darby Adult Education courses, including: Expanding Your Photo Options, begins Oct. 24; Pediatric CPR, begins Oct. 25; and Wildlife in Glass, Plus A Bit More, begins Nov. 10.
The course brochure is available at Darby Public Schools Administration Office, Darby Community Library, the Hamilton Library, the Bitterroot Job Service and the Bitterroot College Program. The course list and registration form are also available online at http://www.darby.k12.mt.us/, click on Adult Education. For information email email@example.com or call Adele Dicken, Darby Adult Education Director, at 821-3405.
RSVP coat drive
The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) will be holding its third annual winter coat drive. Coats of all sizes are needed along with gloves, scarves and hats. Everything collected will go to organizations that help families in need. Good quality, clean items will be collected at the RSVP Volunteer Center during regular business hours, October 15-October 31, and at the North Valley Public Library on Saturday, October 20 from 10 am to 12 noon. Coats will be distributed on November 9 at Pantry Partners in Stevensville, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information contact RSVP at 363-1102.
HHS bands fruit sale
The Hamilton High School Bands are currently taking orders for fresh citrus fruit including naval oranges, grapefruit, and mandarin oranges which will be delivered during the second week in December. The citrus is picked fresh in southern California and delivered to Hamilton within days of harvest. It’s a healthy alternative to most fundraisers and the fruit is delivered just in time for the holidays. The citrus is sold in boxes of 20 lbs. and 40 lbs. For more information, or to place an order, call 375-6060, ext. 6248 by October 31.
Misa en Español
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, La calle Main Street, en frente de la biblioteca el segundo y cuarto Miercoles de cada mes a las 7 p.m.
Todos estan bienvenidos! Preguntas? Llama la Revda Dori Zubizarreta, 360-2661. (English also spoken.)
Wednesday, October 17
Preschool story time
Preschoolers are invited to meet in the children’s corner of the Bitterroot Public Library on Wednesday, October 17 to enjoy “Bugs!” with storyteller Kristen Weese. 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. After story time enjoy our “Stay and Play” stations for some open-ended activities and fun!
Ravalli County Economic Development Authority will hold its regular monthly board meeting on Wednesday, October 17, beginning at 3 p.m. The meeting will be held at First Interstate Bank, 1501 N. 1st Street, Hamilton.
Chili and Cornbread Dinner for the community will be held Wednesday, October 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Victor Community Church, corner of 5th and Martin, Victor. Everyone is welcome. Free will donations will be accepted. For more information call Jennifer, 210-8430.
Bitterroot College benefit
University of Montana geography faculty member Rick Graetz and his wife, Susie, will present a narration and slideshow of their scenic photography of Montana’s mountains and prairie in a lecture titled “This is Montana” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Hamilton High School Performing Arts Center. The presentation of stories and images is a benefit for Bitterroot College of UM science instruction.
Rick Graetz is co-director of UM’s Crown of the Continent Initiative and founder of Montana Magazine. He and Susie are renowned for their geographic and historic articles and photography, and in 2003 published “This is Montana,” a collection of 151 essays and 124 photographs. They also have written 18 other books on Montana and penned the syndicated newspaper column of the same name.
Tickets for the event cost $5 for general public and $3 for seniors and students. They can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling Bitterroot College at 375-0100. Copies of “This is Montana” also will be available for $25 at the event, with half of the proceeds benefiting BC. For more information call Victoria Clark, director of BC, at 375-0100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, October 18
State-mandated Responsible Alcohol Sales and Service training (RASS) will be held Thursday, October 18 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.
Friends of North Valley Library Membership Tea
The Friends of the North Valley Public Library need you, and you’re invited to a Membership Tea on Thursday, October 18 at 12 noon in the Community Room of the library, 208 Main St., Stevensville. No obligation, just come and meet the hard-working, dedicated members, who love to raise money for the library and have a good time doing it. Enjoy delicious refreshments and fun conversation. Hats optional, but there are extras if you need one.
“Sprinkle Gumption Inspirational Vignettes,” featuring three professional Montana speakers; Lois McElravy, Karen McNenny, and Steve Weber as Forrest Gump and a couple of your favorite local talents: Molly Hill, Judy Rothie, Kathy Miller and Dr. Luke Channer will take place on Thursday, October 18 at the Stevensville Playhouse with a pre-party at 5:15 p.m. and show at 6 p.m. These inspirational vignettes are sure to make you laugh while inspiring you to take care of yourself and motivate those around you. You are sure to be fully entertained while helping to make a difference! Enjoy a pre-party including wine and hors d’oeuvres by Bella Valle. Proceeds benefit the Aid for Mammorgraphy Fund at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital. Tickets are $30 each, two for $50. Call for tickets 777-2772 or visit www.stevensvilleplayhouse.org.
Museum exhibit opening
Calling all educators, teachers, paraprofessionals, every wonderful person who supports student learning: The Children’s Exhibit at the Ravalli County Museum is formally opening on Thursday, October 18 at 6 p.m. Come celebrate everyone who has made this possible for the community! The Museum is located at 205 Bedford Street in Hamilton. Refreshments will be served. For more information contact the Museum at 363-3338.
Mature driving class
An AARP Driver Safety Class will be presented at Marcus Daly Hospital in Hamilton on Thursday, October 18. The class begins at 6 p.m. and will last approximately four hours. This safe driving strategies class is designed for drivers age 50 and over but all drivers are welcome. There is no written test. Montana mandates an insurance discount for qualified graduates. The class fee is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Attendees are requested to bring a check made out to “AARP” for class fees. Pre-registration is requested. Contact Jones Korman Insurance at 363-6583 for further information.
Museum exhibits opening
Two exhibits will open on Thursday, October 18 with a 6 p.m. reception at the Ravalli County Museum, 205 Bedford, Hamilton.
“Animal Eyes” centers around a panel of 60+ different glass animal eyes…everything from huge saucer-sized eyes of an oceanic Marlin fish down to tiny red dots of a wood duck…elk to elephant, alligator to mountain lion, you’ll find it on this unique panel. The eyes are displayed in a manner that encourages interaction and onlookers are encouraged to touch the glass eyes to feel the shapes and sizes, a fun way for all ages to examine the variety of eyes in the animal world.
The Radial Symmetry Table blends art, science, and math into an interesting hands-on experience. Radial symmetry is a common form in nature, can be described mathematically, has pleasing artistic aesthetics, and ties to cultural norms in many countries. Hundreds of colorful tiles in many shapes offer unlimited creative options for participants. Three sections allow guests to use the exhibit simultaneously.
For more information call 363-3338.
Back Country Horsemen
Bitter Root Back Country Horsemen host their monthly meeting on Thursday, October 18, at the Corvallis School Cafeteria on Eastside Highway in Corvallis. Potluck dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. and the general meeting starts at 7:00. Completed trail projects and upcoming club elections will be discussed. Guests are welcome to attend, and for more information call Karen at 961-0101 or check the website at www.bchmt.org/bitterroot.
The Hamilton-Bitterroot PFLAG invites other families and the community to listen to the “coming out” stories of their families as told by local parents of lesbians and gays. The program will be Thursday, October 18 at 7 p.m. in the basement community room at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 600 S. Third St. in Hamilton. Everyone has the power to make a difference just by treating everybody with dignity and respect. You can become an ally, a friend, and a member by joining PFLAG at the meeting or on-line at its website. The mission is to promote the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered persons, their families, and their friends through support, education, and advocacy. The local chapter meets every third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 600 S. Third St. in Hamilton. For more information visit PFLAG Hamilton Bitterroot.org or on facebook.
Friday, October 19
North Valley Pachyderm Club
The North Valley Pachyderm Club will meet Friday, October 19 at noon at the Frontier Café, Hwy 93 in Stevensville. Guest speakers will be County Commissioners Greg Chilcott, Jeff Burrows and JR Iman. 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.
Tickets are on sale at the Eagles Lodge, Hamilton, for an Oktoberfest Dinner. A buffet style German Dinner will be served on Friday, October 19 from 6 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 each if purchased by October 17. At door tickets are $12.00. Entertainment will be provided by the Fun and Support Accordion Group. The event is open to the public and proceeds benefit the Bitterroot Eagles Scholarship Fund. For more info call Eagles Lodge, 363-1113.
Saturday, October 20
The Stevensville United Methodist Women will hold a bazaar and luncheon on Saturday, October 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3rd and Pine St. You will find great handmade crafts, homemade gifts, treasures and collectables, books and media, baked goods and jam, and a silent auction. Breakfast rolls and coffee served early; or enjoy a lunch of homemade soup, roll and pie. Proceeds go towards mission projects.
Fall Freeze Marketplace
Don’t miss the 3rd Annual Bitterroot Valley Fall Freeze Marketplace – arts, antiques, baked goods, crafts, jewelry and more – on Saturday, October 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the the Ravalli County Fairgrounds First Interstate Event Center in Hamilton. Free pumpkins w/show purchase while supply lasts. Halloween dance performances by Groovz at noon and 2 p.m. Support the fall food drive by bringing items to benefit the Darby Bread Box, Haven House and Pantry Partners. Win 2013 carnival tickets at the fairgrounds activity booth. For more info call 363-3411 or visit www.ravallicountyfair.org.
Naomi Chapter OES
Victor Naomi Chapter #19, Order of the Eastern Star, will hold its Fall Bazaar and Craft Fair on Saturday, October 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Victor School Multipurpose Room. There will be a Silent Auction, Bake Sale table, handmade items, jewelry, white elephant items and a Christmas table. There will also be other vendors. Lunch will be served all day, with taco stew, chicken wild rice, soup, pie, coffee, tea, and milk available.
Stevensville Playhouse auditions
Auditions for “The Littlest Angel” will be held on Saturday, October 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Stevensville Playhouse. This classic tale of a small mischievous child new to heaven will be performed November 30, December 1, 7, 8, 14, and 15 at 7:30 p.m. with two matinees on December 9 and 16 at 2 p.m. The cast will be one main older actor, two middle age or older actors and a lot of teens and children. The lead actor must be small, young and be able to carry the play with many lines and lots of action. This is the musical version so all actors must be able to sing. Be prepared to sing a song (a cappella) and read from the script. For more information call the Stevensville Playhouse at 777-2722, or the director, Gretchen Spiess, at 777-0520.
NVPL Movie Matinee
Tired of driving to Hamilton or Missoula to see a movie? Come to the library on Saturday, October 20 at 12 noon for a free and fun flick. Watch out for the walking dead in this week’s pick. Be aware – it is rated R. Call the library at 777-5061 for title and information about the movie. North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville.
The Monthly Grind variety show will be held on Saturday, October 20 at 7 p.m. at the Stevensville Playhouse, the place where friends and neighbors come to have fun and be entertained. For more information call 777-2722.
Monday, October 22
Stevi school menu
Monday: Breakfast – Cereal or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Chili and crackers, tossed salad with ranch, orange smiles, bread & butter, milk
Tuesday: Breakfast – Pancakes on a stick or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Chicken fajitas with lettuce and salsa, pineapple, bread & butter, chocolate or regular milk
Wednesday: Breakfast – Cinnamon rolls or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Harvest stew, tossed salad with ranch, juicy watermelon, bread & butter, milk
Thursday: Breakfast – Waffles or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Hot dogs with chili and cheese, corn, taters, strawberry cups, bread & butter, milk
Friday: Breakfast – Egg & cheese wraps or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Chicken drumsticks, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, bananas, bread & butter, chocolate or regular milk.
Gene Mim Mack, business owner and Mayor of Stevensville, will be speaking at the next meeting of the Hamilton Rotary Club, on Monday, October 22. Mayor Mim Mack will be speaking about the current challenges facing the town of Stevensville as well as his aspirations for the future. The club meets Mondays at noon at BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N. 1st Street, Hamilton. There will be time for questions and discussion. The meeting is open to the public. For further information call 363-2960.
Tuesday, October 23
Republican Women’s Club
Ravalli County Republican Women’s Club will hold its monthly meeting and lunch on Tuesday, October 23 at 11:30 a.m. at BJ’s Restaurant in Hamilton. Guest speakers will be Gary Carlson, County Commissioner Greg Chilcott, State Representative Pat Connell (HD87), and Ronalee Skees on behalf of Derek Skees, running for State Auditor. Ravalli County Republican Women meet the fourth Tuesday of each month.