Wednesday, November 21
BPL Preschool story time
Preschoolers are invited to meet in the children’s corner of the Bitterroot Public Library on Wednesday, November 21 to enjoy “Friendship Tales” with storyteller Jen Chavez. 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. Stick around for “Stay and Play” when children are engaged with open-ended play activities that develop creativity, communication, and problem-solving skills.
Economic Development Authority
Ravalli County Economic Development Authority will hold its regular monthly board meeting on Wednesday, November 21, beginning at 3 p.m. The meeting will be held in the REC conference room, 274 Old Corvallis Road, Hamilton. The meeting is open to the public.
Stevi town council meeting
The Stevensville Town Council will meet Wednesday, November 21 at 7 p.m. Agenda items include: discussion/decision on HDR contract for service; discussion/decision on PERS payment for Building Inspector Dennis Monroe; discussion/decision on funds for purchase of a police vehicle; discussion/decision on Resolution of Intent to Annex Stevensville Airport to the Town of Stevensville; discussion/decision on Montana Aeronautics Grant Application for the Taxilane Extension Project for Stevensville Airport; discussion/decision on engaging Morrison Maierle, Inc. to conduct Environmental Assessment for Airport project – response to RFQ; discussion/decision on First Reading of Ordinance No. 115 – Zoning the Stevensville Airport L1, Light Industrial, to name a few.
Friday, November 23
Hamilton Downtown Association invites you and your family to attend A Christmas Stroll in Hamilton on Main Street. This annual event takes place on Friday, November 23 and begins with a Tree Lighting at 6 p.m. at the Hamilton Post Office. The evening will also include photos with Santa, a performance by the Montana A Cappella Society, Ballet Bitterroot Dancers (at Bella), and cinnamon glazed almonds by Big Sky Candy. Everyone is also encouraged to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus after the tree lighting in front of Chapter One Book Store, warm your hands around several burning barrels located on Main, and to enjoy holiday shopping at the many downtown businesses offering holiday special and specialties.
Saturday, November 24
Corvallis Christmas Bazaar
The Corvallis Christmas Bazaar will be held Saturday, November 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in both Corvallis High School gyms. There will be over 150 vendors. Concessions will be available. Admission is free. This is sponsored by the Corvallis High School Boys and Girls Basketball teams and Sidewinders 4-H Club. For more information contact Dori Tintzman at 369-2131.
Christmas Without Borders
Come celebrate a special opportunity for Christmas giving on Saturday, November 24 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Cornerstone Bible Church, 280 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton. Can you imagine your family giving a needy family a goat, cow, or chicken to help them have their own food to eat and sell eggs/milk to provide for their other daily needs? Join the Bitterroot community as it reaches out to the other side of the world with many opportunities to give to multiple needy families and children in developing countries worldwide! Come and enjoy a variety of foods,
games for kids, multiple opportunities to learn about and give to trusted, quality, charitable organizations, a petting farm, and a superb silent auction benefiting the building of a three-room school house in Uganda. For information call 363-5075.
Sunday, November 25
The Five Valley Accordion dance will be Sunday, November 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Eagles in Hamilton. Tickets are $3.00 for members and $4.00 for non-members. There will be accordions, guitars and banjos to listen and dance to. For information call Brenda at 375-0911.
Monday, November 26
Stevi school menu
Monday: Breakfast – Cereal or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Beef steaks, mashed potato & gravy, green beans, pears, bread & butter, milk
Tuesday: Breakfast – Pancake on a stick or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch- Taco salad, lettuce, cheese, chips & salsa, grapes, bread & butter, chocolate or regular milk
Wednesday: Breakfast – Muffins or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch- Orange chicken wrap, stir-fry veggies, strawberries, bread & butter, milk
Thursday: Breakfast – French toast or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Mac & Cheese, spinach salad, glazed carrots, bananas, bread & butter, milk
Friday: Breakfast – Egg & cheese wrap or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Corn dogs, baked beans, peaches, bread & butter, chocolate or regular milk.
Dave Stenerson, Region 2 Chief Public Defender for Mineral, Missoula and Ravalli Counties, will be speaking at the next meeting of the Hamilton Rotary Club on Monday, November 26. Dave Stenerson will review who qualifies for a Public Defender and what services a defendant can expect to receive. 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.
Children’s health needs meeting
On Monday, November 26th from 7-9 a.m. at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital Conference Room B & C, a community meeting will be held to assess the needs of children and public health concerns in our community. The meeting also will provide an opportunity to consider and discuss the legislative agendas to be presented to the 2013 Montana Legislature. This will be an excellent opportunity for community representatives to meet with local legislators in attendance and other community leaders to discuss the status of children and their families in our area and the status of our public health infrastructure. Community leaders in education and human services are also invited to attend and participate. Topics will include prevention and access issues as they relate to children and families, as well as a myriad of other health concerns.Everyone is welcomed to take advantage of this opportunity to review what is being done for children and families and our public health structure, identify the gaps, and discuss next steps. This meeting is being sponsored by Healthy Families of Ravalli County, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and the Alliance for a Healthy Montana. You may register for this by calling Dixie Stark at 363-2900.
Tuesday, November 27
State-mandated Responsible Alcohol Sales and Service training (RASS) will be held Tuesday, November 27 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.
Republican Women’s Club
Ravalli County Republican Women’s Club will hold its monthly meeting and lunch on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, at 11:30 a.m. at BJ’s Restaurant in Hamilton. Guest speakers will be State Representative Ron Ehli, newly elected State Representative Nancy Ballance and State Senator Fred Thomas and possible newly elected PSC Bob Lake. Ravalli County Republican Women meet the fourth Tuesday of each month.
Thursday, November 29
The Montana Organic Association is celebrating their benchmark anniversary and hosting its Tenth Annual Conference at the Holiday Inn, downtown Helena, Montana, from November 29 to December 1. Headliners include: Jeff Moyer, Farm Director at Rodale Institute, who brings his expertise in organic crop production systems; Gary Zimmer, renowned farmer, agri-businessman, author and educator who has dedicated his life to improving farming through restoring and balancing soils; and Atina Diffley, an organic consultant, educator, and author of the 2012 memoir, “Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works.” The Conference is an easy way to learn about organics and the latest developments in the field. It’s an opportunity to network with others who are just beginning, established experts, or somewhere in between. The conference features delicious organic food, thought-provoking discussions, profitable business networking and fun entertainment—a perfect gathering to learn, relax, get energized, be inspired and be inspiring. The conference kicks off Thursday night at 7 p.m. with a social hour followed by the screening of the documentary, “In Organic We Trust,” which explores the content beneath the label and the truth behind the marketing. Visit www.montanaorganicassociation.org to learn more about the conference.
City Life fundraiser
The City Life Community Center will be hosting its annual auction on Thursday November 29. The evening will include a live and silent auction with professional auctioneer Jackson Allen, live music by Steve Kalling’s discount quartet, heavy hors d’oeuvres, hundreds of items including a championship team signed Griz ball, great vacations, Harley Davidson gear and amazing door prizes. A great place to Christmas shop. Doors open at 5:30. Silent auction begins closing at 7:20 and the live auction begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $100 per couple and include a $50 auction credit. Get a sneak peak of items as they become available at www.citylifemt.com. Call 531-1555 to buy your ticket today.
Victor Park Board
The Victor Park District will hold its next regular meeting on Thursday, November 29. Meetings are held at the Farmers State Bank meeting room in Victor (enter rear door from the south parking lot) at 7 p.m. This month discussion will begin on next year’s budget. There will not be any meeting in December this year. Call Roger De Haan at 961-3953 with any questions.
The Bitterroot Herb Collective brings together gardeners, users, professionals and beginners to exchange information and products. The quarterly meeting will take place November 29 at 7 p.m. at 802 Main Street, Hamilton (Youth Connections office). Come for invigorating discussion, and begin planning for your spring herbal gardens. For more information call Star at 546-5344.
A Storytelling and Puppetry Workshop for educators and parents of young children will be held Thursday, November 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Bitterroot Public Library. Enjoy an evening with Dulcie Belanger and her creative talents at the Bitterroot Public Library West Meeting Room. Enliven a simple story with your own handmade felted puppets. Space is limited. Register at the information desk or call 363-1670.
“Riverscapes: The Geology and Human Culture of Rivers” will be presented on Thursday, November 29 at 6 p.m. at the Ravalli County Museum in Hamilton. World class expedition kayaker and PhD scientist Doug Ammons presents “Riverscapes”, a voyage into the geology and shaping of human culture by rivers. It will be an evening of incredible photos and insights, highlighting how rivers and geology shape both the physical world and human culture. Doug was recently named by Outside Magazine as “one of the top ten ‘game changers’ in adventure since 1900” for his extreme solo whitewater descents and international exploratory runs. He is equally adept at exploring human relationships to the natural world. Doug is not only a legend among whitewater kayakers, he’s a poet, scientist, philosopher, and classical guitarist. He’ll show you how to ferry across a river without taking a single stroke, and then he’ll say, “canoeing is an active meditation on the beauty of fluid motion.” For more information call 363-3338.