Wednesday, March 13
NVPL Ireland travel program
Rich with history, culture, recreation and serene beauty, Ireland captures the hearts of those lucky enough to find themselves on its emerald shores. Experience the next best thing at the library through a lively travel presentation featuring the sojourns of Stevensville residents, John and Lorraine Conlan, on Wednesday, March 13 at 6 p.m. “My Heart’s Tonight in Ireland: From Dublin to Doolin” will be held in the library’s community room. Light refreshments will be served and casual discussion will follow the presentation. John and Lorraine hold a wealth of information regarding the history, music and culture of Ireland as well as the recreational opportunities that abound in its national and state parks. Close ties to the country color these experiences and stories. Both sets of grandparents immigrated to America in the 20th century and close relatives continue to live in Ireland, giving them an intimate look at both the history and current culture of the country. This is the third trip for the Conlans and it showcases a diversity of experiences, from the vibrant city of Dublin to the bucolic splendor surrounding Doolin. Stories, music and photos will delight the memories of those that have been to Ireland as well as those who hope to make it a future destination.
This program is a part of the library’s Live Green at Your Library Series in March and April. In addition to the travel presentation, NVPL will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by featuring Irish cinema during its Saturday Movie Matinees on the first, second and third Saturday of March at 12 noon. Sustainable living classes and community garden information will also be featured during this series. For program dates and times check the NVPL online events calendar at www.northvalleylibrary.org or contact the library’s Program Coordinator, Caitlin Kempainen, at 777-5061.
Thursday, March 14
Stevensville Blood Drive
The Stevensville High School National Honor Society will sponsor a Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, March 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Stevensville High School gym. Call the high school office at 777-5481 to make an appointment.
Stevensville Civic Club
The Stevensville Civic Club will meet Thursday, March 14 at 12 noon in the basement of St. Mary’s Mission visitor center. A taco salad buffet will be available for $6.00. This is a great way to get involved in the Stevensville community.
Museum movie nights
There will be a free showing of “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” on Thursday, March 14 at 6 p.m. at the Ravalli County Museum, 205 Bedford in Hamilton. Harry finds himself selected as an under aged competitor in a dangerous multi-wizardary school competition. “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” will be shown on March 21. With their warning about Lord Voldemort’s return scoffed at, Harry and Dumbledore are targeted by the Wizard authorities as an authoritarian bureaucrat slowly seizes power at Hogwarts. Explore the Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic & Medicine Exhibit while you’re at the museum. Exhibit up through May. Call 363-3338 for more information.
Stevensville Town Council
The Stevensville Town Council will hold a regular meeting on Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 206 Buck. The meeting will be preceded by a public hearing at 6 p.m. for the purpose of adopting Ordinances 118-132 and 134-136.
Selway-Pintler Wilderness Back Country Horsemen
Do you have High Country Fever? It’s time to start dreaming of the mountains and warm spring trails! Come enjoy a short musical slideshow of SPWBCH’s summer 2012 and see what being a Back Country Horsemen volunteer is all about. There will also be short presentations from the Forest Service, the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation and a continuation of Dr. Jim Hansen’s “Back Country Medicine.” Members will be discussing and planning summer trail work, scouting trips, pack trips and group activities. If you need a break and would like to start planning your 2013 “in the saddle” lifestyle, then join the Selway-Pintler Wilderness Back Country Horsemen at the next meeting on Thursday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Hamilton Forest Service building located at 1801 N. 1st St. Entry is in the rear. Guests are always welcome for coffee, cookies and lots of “trail talk.” For more information call Linda at 961-1435.
Tea Party Patriots
Ravalli County Tea Party Patriots will meet Thursday, March 14 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). The group will be discussing the current legislative session and how to help in making positive change. For information contact Jennine Jones, 369-1656, email@example.com.
Operation Christmas Child
The local Operation Christmas Child team invites you to attend their Celebration Event either at Cornerstone Bible Church, 280 Fairgrounds Rd., Hamilton on Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m. or at New Life Worship Center, 1714 So Reserve St., Missoula on Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m. Come celebrate what happened last year and hear the plans for this year. Learn about volunteer opportunities. For more information call Greg at 360-4253.
Hamilton farmers market meeting
Every Saturday from May until October, the streets of downtown Hamilton are bustling with activity from the farmers market. Due to the success of the farmers market, there have been concerns about location, street closures and parking. The City of Hamilton is hosting a Neighborhood Meeting to get input about the Farmers Market. The meeting will be Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at City Hall, 223 S. Bedford. For more information contact Rose Allen, City Clerk, 363-2101, ext. 30.
Cross-Country Ski Club
Mary Williams, Forest Historian, Heritage Program Manager and Tribal Relations Coordinator for the Bitterroot National Forest, will present a program on “Place Names of the Bitterroot Valley” at the Thursday, March 14 meeting of the Bitterroot Cross-Country Ski Club. The meeting will be a 7 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church, 1220 W. Main Street, Hamilton. If you have wondered about the origin of a name in our valley, your answers are here. With almost 40 years in Montana and 20 in the Bitterroot, Mary has researched and discovered her own blood lines to Butte miners, French Canadians, Milk River homesteaders, the Blackfeet Tribe and now brings to life the history of places and the names that set the character and identity of the unique setting we call home. Bring your questions and learn more reasons we all enjoy our valley from someone who loves her job and brings her own history!
BPL Fellowship Club
The Bitterroot Public Library’s Fellowship Club will meet on Thursday, March 14, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the West Meeting Room of the BPL, to discuss the book, “The Twelve Layers of DNA (Kryon, Book 12)” by Lee Carroll and E. Dubro-Cohen.
DNA is our chemical blueprint, but the Human Genome Project found that over ninety percent of it is not coded. In fact only approximately four percent creates the 23,000 genes in the human body. The rest is a puzzle in the extreme and to this day there is no answer why most DNA seems to be random, with no symmetry or code of any kind.
With a foreword by DNA researcher Dr. Todd Ovokaitys, this book is an esoteric breakthrough that explores the actual energies, or twelve layers of DNA, and gives a full channeled explanation of this that brings it right into the quantum world. Is it possible that DNA is mostly quantum instructions – information that speaks to the human body? And if so, what’s in those instructions that comprise over 2.7 billion chemicals per DNA double helix? Could it be that our entire Akashic record is carried in our DNA? What else might be represented?
Lee Carroll is an American channeler, speaker, and author. In his Kryon series he elaborated a number of popular New Age concepts such as co-creating, a spiritual contract, karmic imprint, synchronicity, ascension, etc… Elan Dubro-Cohen is an American-Israeli artist who has a fifteen-year background in art and graphic design and has worked with various major advertising companies.
The Fellowship Club meets every second Thursday of the month in the West Meeting Room of the Bitterroot Public Library and is free and open to anyone seeking to promote individual and collective well being. Call 363-1670, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Friday, March 15
The North Valley Pachyderm Club will meet Friday, March 15 at noon at the Frontier Café, Hwy 93 in Stevensville. The North Valley Pachyderm club meets the first and third Friday of each month from 12 noon to 1 p.m. The North Valley Pachyderm Club is an educational arm of the Republican Party. All are welcome. This meeting is the third of six constitution classes by Chris Stevens of the John Birch Society.
Knights of Columbus Fish Fry
The Knights of Columbus Council 6130 will hold a Lenten Friday Fish Fry on Friday, March 15 from 5 to 6:45 p.m. at St. Francis Pastoral Center, 411 S. 5th, Hamilton. The meal is “all you can eat” for $10.00 per person; children under nine eat free. Everyone is welcome so come out, bring a friend and enjoy the evening. For information contact Nick Hooper at 961-3930.
Chef Greg will be serving Friday night dinner on March 15 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Bitterroot Eagles lodge, 125 N. 2nd, Hamilton. The menu is corned beef and cabbage with corn bread. Cost is $8.00 per meal. Proceeds go to the Bitterroot Eagles scholarship program.
St. Patrick’s Day dinner
The Women’s Association of the Victor Community Church will host a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner on Friday, March 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church, corner of 5th and Martin in Victor. The menu includes corned beef & cabbage, red potatoes, carrots, salads, desserts and beverages. A free-will donation would be appreciated. Everyone is welcome.
Saturday, March 16
4-H Tack Swap
The 9th Annual 4-H Tack Swap will be held Saturday, March 16 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lone Rock Elementary School gym on Three Mile Creek Road northeast of Stevensville. There will be hundreds of consigned tack and livestock related items. Breakfast and lunch will be available. This is the largest one-day tack sale in the Bitterroot. To consign or for more information call Theresa at 207-1130.
Is your green thumb waking up from its winter nap? Join Molly Hackett for Container Gardening on Saturday, March 16 from 10 to 11 a.m. Class is free and is located at Valley View Estates, 225 N. 8th Street, Hamilton, 363-1144.
‘Monthly Grind’ Variety Show
The Monthly Grind Variety Show at the Stevensville Playhouse will be held Saturday, March 16 at 7 p.m. For information call 777-2722.
Sunday, March 17
Traditional Irish Breakfast
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a choice of a traditional Irish breakfast or another gourmet brunch meal. Sapphire Lutheran Homes, 201 N. 10th St, Hamilton is hosting a brunch on Sunday, March 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 100% of the $10 cost will go to support the Bitterroot Scottish Irish Festival. Reservations can be made by emailing email@example.com or leaving a message at 406-274-8886. Leave a name, the number of guests and a reservation time. Join the impish leprechaun for traditional Irish bangers, eggs and soda bread or Celtic Eggs Benedict or French Toast or Quiche du Jour and all the fixin’s. Irish or not, St. Patrick’s is a day for good food and fun.
Trapped pet release workshop
Footloose will be holding a trapped pet release workshop in Hamilton on Sunday, March 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Bedford Building, 223 S. 2nd Street in Hamilton. It’s trapping season from September through May. Each year tens of thousands of potentially lethal traps are set on Montana’s public lands. If your dog got caught in a trap, would you know how to rescue your furry friend? Learn how at the Trapped Pet Release Workshop. Many incidents involving the death or injury of pets in popular recreation areas point out how important it is to be aware of traps. Learn how to act quickly and potentially save your pet’s life. The workshop is sponsored by Footloose Montana, a nonprofit educational organization, promoting trap-free public lands for people, pets and wildlife. Call 274-7878 for more information, find Footloose Montana on Facebook, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Patrick’s Day dinner
St. Mary’s Parish will be serving their annual traditional St. Patrick’s Day Dinner of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots in the Family Center, 400 Charlos St., Stevensville, from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 17. Hot rolls, dessert and a drink will round out the menu. Cost of dinner will be $9.00 for adults and teens, children age 12 to 5 will be $4.00, and children 5 and under will be free. There will also be hot dogs and chips available for the little ones. Green beer will be available for adults, with the first glass free.
Monday, March 18
Stevi school menu
Monday: Breakfast – Waffles or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Beef steaks, mashed potatoes & gravy, mandarin oranges, bread & butter, milk
Tuesday: Breakfast – Cereal or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Quesadilla, salsa, lettuce, refried beans, apples, bread & butter, chocolate or regular milk
Wednesday: Breakfast – Bagels with cream cheese or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Ham & scalloped potatoes, green beans, apple & cherry crisp, bread & butter, milk
Thursday: Breakfast – Pancakes or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Mac & cheese, fresh veggies with ranch dressing, kiwi bread & butter, milk
Friday: Breakfast – Scrambles eggs or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Chicken Sandwich, tossed salad, pineapple, bread & butter, chocolate or regular milk
‘The Wizard of Oz’ auditions
The Stevensville Playhouse is holding children’s auditions for “The Wizard of Oz”
on Monday, March 18 at 7 p.m. for children ages 7 to 18. The director is looking for Munchkins, Flying Monkeys, the Wicked Witch’s guards, and various other roles. Children selected must be here for all 12 performances. Call 777-2722 for more information.
Relay for Life meeting
Relay for life staff, team leaders, volunteers, or anyone interested in starting a new team, will be meeting Monday, March 18 at 6 p.m. at the Bitterroot River Inn in Hamilton. For more information or to volunteer, call Robin at 239-5740.
Bitterroot Audubon’s March program features a slide presentation about the exotic Galapagos Islands. Reine Hilton spent a week exploring 11 islands in this fabled volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean 600 miles west of Ecuador in May 2011. Her home base was a yacht, and she and her fellow travelers did two hikes a day at different locations. Her presentation will be a travelogue of the different islands and the unique birds and other animals that were seen on this trip. Reine’s presentation will be on Monday, March 18 at 7 p.m. at the Bitterroot National Forest Headquarters (Hwy 93 on the north end of Hamilton). Enter the building from the west side. The presentation is free, and the public is invited. For further information contact Kay Fulton, 642-3794.
Tuesday, March 19
A state-mandated Responsible Alcohol Sales and Service training will take place on Tuesday, March 19 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 register by the day before the class is held. At least five participants are required to hold a class.
A free seminar on Incontinence, Prolapse, and Pelvic Pain will be held Tuesday, March 19 at 6 p.m. at the Bitterroot Public Library’s West Meeting Room in Hamilton. Information on preventing, treating and understanding these conditions will be presented by Linda Looser, PT, Women’s Health Specialist, and owner of New Horizons Physical Therapy. There will be lots of information, handouts, and door prizes. For more information, contact Linda at 363-2570 or email@example.com.
Wednesday, March 20
Ravalli County Economic Development Authority will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 20 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the RCEDA office, 274 Old Corvallis Road, Hamilton. The meeting is open to the public.
Thursday, March 21
Back Country Horsemen
Bitter Root Back Country Horsemen host their monthly meeting on Thursday, March 21, 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. Upcoming spring and summer trail projects, clinics and trail rides will be discussed. Program speakers are Terry Loveland and Dallas and Jenny Erickson from the Ravalli County Disaster Action team and their topic is “Red Cross Ready” for horse owners. They are donating a disaster preparedness kit suitable for two people, and a drawing for it will take place at the meeting. Guests are welcome and if you value riding and hiking on trails in the valley, this group works to preserve that value. For more information call Karen at 961-0101 or check the website at www.bchmt.org/bitterroot.
Sonlife Meet and Greet
A meet and greet for Friends of Sonlife Broadcasting will be held Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m. at Perkins Restaurant in Hamilton. Do you watch: “Frances & Friends?” “The Message of the Cross?” “Study in the Word?” “The Classics?” Then join us for fellowship. For more information, call Jerry at 363-7217.
Join local author and Chapter One employee, Maire Estar, for a book reading and signing on Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m. Her book, “The Woman and the Butterfly: A Journey of the Heart” is a beautifully illustrated and truly inspirational story. It is available at Chapter One Book Store located at 252 Main Street in Hamilton.
Bitterroot Trout Unlimited will meet Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m. at the Hamilton Elks Lodge, 203 State St. The public is invited to attend and there is no charge for admission. The speaker is Brant Oswald of Brant Oswald Flyfishing, speaking on “Advanced Spring Creek Tactics: Rods, Flies and Drifts.” For three quarters of a century the spring creeks in the Livingston area have been legendary for large, finicky trout and frustrating, demanding angling. Brant Oswald has made his career studying these streams and developed a set of advanced tactics that can improve your success. Don’t miss this informative program. Trout Unlimited will be having dinner at Spice of Life at 5 p.m. before the meeting. Spice of Life owner and long-time TU supporter Karen Suennen will be donating 10% of the proceeds to our club. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.