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Summer Youth Theater Workshop

The Stevensville Playhouse will offer a two-week Theater Workshop June 10-21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for students grades 1-12. This workshop will focus on circus skills. The cost is $100 for the instruction and participants will leave with a variety of skills and tools. These skills may be valuable to those who wish to audition for “Barnum,” the Stevensville Playhouse fall musical about the life of P.T. Barnum. Workshop skills may be used at the Renaissance Faire, Western Heritage and the Creamery Picnic Parades. Registration is limited. Anyone interested should call 777-2722 or 360 489-7114 to register or for more information.

 

Recycled art show

Art City’s 15th Annual Recycled Art Show is on display through May 31.  Created from discarded materials and found objects, the artwork in the show is a whimsical commentary on what would otherwise be considered junk. This work by a dozen local artists represents a thoughtful and often humorous take on our “throw-away society.” Art City is a cooperatively managed gallery featuring work by local artists. It is located in an historic downtown Hamilton building at 407 W. Main St. For more information contact Art City, 363-4764.

 

Free spay/neuter

PetSmart Charities is sponsoring free spay/neuter surgeries (which includes free rabies vaccinations) for Ravalli County free-roaming cats. A limited number of surgeries and clinics are available. Call 273-6007 to make an appointment.

 

Corvallis 60th reunion

The Corvallis Class of 1953 is celebrating its 60th reunion on June 28 I Corvallis. Anyone who knows how to locate any members of the 1941 first grade class at Corvallis Primary School, call Mary Lou Meeser Glasser at 381-6691, Shirley Gates Dezell at 363-2198 (e-mail shirley.dezell@gmail.com) or Denny Black Severns at 961-4434. The 1941 first grade class included: Janice Lang, Earl Yates, Virgil Norbury, Gordon Roth, Harry Sickles, Lenard Yates, Tom O’Niel, Bev Stiner, Jane Bunger, Louise Zacha, Violet Ward, A. Hazel, Mary Louise Estrada, Bonnie McMillan, Barbara Hicks, Rosie Luna, Janice Krantz, Grace Ross, Barbara Otlo, Rosie Standley, Denny Black, Peggy Wimnet, Mary Lou Meeser, Gloria Marquez, Doris Menager, Shirley Edwards, Marcella Ost, C. Alvara, Patricia Riley, Rodney Cole, Glen Davis, Jerry Lang, Pius Dilger and Leroy Nixon.

 

Wednesday, May 1

 

BPL preschool storytime

Preschoolers are invited to meet in the children’s corner of the Bitterroot Public Library on Wednesday, May 1 to enjoy “I Love you the Purplest!” with storyteller Jennifer Crawford. 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.

 

NVPL Storytime
“Kids Create”, an enriching early learning program for toddlers and preschoolers, will be held Wednesday, May 1 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the North Valley Public Library in Stevensville. This week, bring your little one down to hear stories about Hawaii, learn the Hula, and make a lei and grass skirt out of recycled materials. A healthy snack will be provided. North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call the library at 777-5061.

 

Free safety training
The Bitterroot Area Safety and Health (BRASH) will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, May 1 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in the basement of the Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton. This is a great opportunity for local employers and safety professionals to learn about the Montana Safety Culture Act and the free resources available for employers from the Montana Safety Bureau. For more information contact Rebekkah Stamp at 363-2494 or Chris Driemeyer at 207-4965.

 

Spiritual Cinema
The Center for Spiritual Living invites everyone to Spiritual Cinema on Wednesday, May 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The movie this month is “What the #$*! Do We Know!?” This movie explores neurological processes and quantum uncertainty through the eyes of a woman exploring great changes in her life. The Center for Spiritual Living is located at 1720 N. First Street, Suite C in Selway Commons, north of Sears in Hamilton. For further information call 381-2355 or visit CSLBitterroot.org.

 

Thursday, May 2

 

Gardening talk
Local gardening guru Molly Hackett will be on hand to answer your gardening questions on Thursday, May 2 at 12 noon in the Community Room of the North Valley Public Library, 208 Main Street, Stevensville. Bring your lunch if you wish.  Beverages and dessert will be provided by the Friends of the Library.

 

BPL iPad Users Group

The iPad Users Group will meet Thursday, May 2 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the west meeting room of the Bitterroot Public Library for a casual sharing of tips, tricks and applications. Beginners are welcome. The meeting is free. Call 363-2435 for more info.

 

Stevensville COW meeting

The Stevensville Town Council will hold a Committee of the Whole meeting on Thursday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. Agenda items are council discussion on Twin Creeks Subdivision and the final review of the Capital Improvement Program (CIP).

 

Used art sale

The annual Stevensville Historical Museum’s Used Art, Jewelry & Antiques Sale will be held Friday, May 3 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 309 Main Street, Stevensville. Those who donate to the sale are invited to attend a Pre-Sale Party on Thursday, May 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and door prizes. Call 777-5126 or 777-3201 to make arrangements to donate items or for more infomation.

 

Youth for Christ fundraiser
Youth for Christ invites you to their 2013 Dessert on Thursday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. at City Life Community Center, 1515 Fairview Avenue, Missoula. For over 27 years Greater Missoula YFC has worked with teens in Western Montana. Hear how YFC works with over 2,000 teens each year through Campus and Juvenile Detention ministries, Camps and the City Life Community Center. Admission is free but RSVP is required. Call Kimberly at 406-532-1547.

 

Tired Iron Club

The Bitterroot Tired Iron Club will meet Thursday, May 2 at 7 p.m. at Al Babel’s shop, 997 Willow Creek Road, southeast of Corvallis. For more information call
Bob Thorson at 961-3405.

 

Friday, May 3

 

North Valley Pachyderm Club
The North Valley Pachyderm Club will meet Friday, May 3 at 12 noon at the Frontier Café, Hwy 93 in Stevensville. Guest speaker will be Russ Vogel talking about the Bill of Rights. The North Valley Pachyderm Club meets the first and third Friday of each month and is an educational arm of the Republican Party. All are welcome.

 

Mature drivers class

The Stevensville Senior Center, located at 100 Mission Street, will host an Adult Driver Safety Class (formerly, ’55 Alive’) on Friday, May 3 from 1 to 5 p.m. This four-hour safe driving strategies class is designed for drivers age 50 and over; all drivers are welcome. The class fee is $12.00 for AARP members; $14.00 for non-members. There are no tests or exams to take and Montana mandates insurance discounts for qualified participants. Early sign-up is encouraged. To sign-up, contact the center or Ken Krout, president, at 777-5681. For further information, call Thom Ainsworth, District Coordinator, at 369-0149.

 

Eagles taco night

The Bitter Root Eagles Auxiliary will be serving ‘Tacos and More’ on Friday, May 3 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Hamilton Eagles Lodge, 125 N. 2nd in Hamilton. The menu includes Tacos, Burritos, Chili Verde, Quesadillas, and Taco Salads. The public is welcome.

 

First Friday at Library

Spring is here! Celebrate warm weather during Stevensville’s First Friday on May 3 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the North Valley Public Library. Listen to vocals by Amber Dawn and electric bass and guitar by Trae McCabe. 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.

 

First Friday dance performance

On First Friday, May 3, Elenita Brown Dancers will present “Dance Into Spring!” a dance performance featuring diverse dance styles and music. The event will be at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center in Stevensville (100 Mission St., 2 blocks W. of Main St.). The public is welcome and donations will be taken at the door.

 

Art exhibit

“The Humble Pencil” will be at River’s Mist Gallery of Fine Art in Stevensville for the month of May. Featured artists are Rich Adams, Carol Hoffnagle, Kris Prather, Michael Rees, Greg Siple, and Kyle Stevens. With works from highly detailed architectural drawings in colored pencil and beautifully intricate portraits of wildlife in graphite to whimsically imaginative drawings using both graphite and colored pencil, see the amazing art that can be created by skilled artists with just the humble pencil. The budding artist for May is Rachel Agosto. An artist’s reception will be held Friday, May 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. The show will run through May 27. The gallery is located at 317 Main Street in Stevensville. For more information call 777-0520.

 

Grace Lutheran Bingo Night

A Bingo Night Fundraiser for Grace Lutheran Learning Center will be held Friday, May 3 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Grace Lutheran Church gymnasium, 275 Hattie Lane in Hamilton. Refreshments and free on-site childcare will be provided. There will be great prizes and a silent auction. Admission is free; donations are appreciated. Proceeds benefit the scholarship program and school. Call Theresa at 363-1924 for more information.

 

Saturday, May 4

 

Florence Clean-up Day

The Florence Civic Club will hold a Trail Clean-up Day on Saturday, May 4 for weed pulling and maintenance. All interested citizens should meet at Town Pump at 10 a.m. The Florence Bike Path is a special place, enjoyed by many, so help keep it that way! For more information contact Ann at 403-6491 or 273-4333.

 

Horsemanship clinic

Bitter Root Back Country Horsemen invite the public to their final free horsemanship clinic of the year on Saturday, May 4. Using members’ stock for demonstration, participants will learn how to navigate obstacles, solve problems that arise with their stock and perform various skills challenges. Members of the public are encouraged to attend and learn more about how to safely handle their stock while trail riding. The event takes place at C-Max Stables (657 Bass Lane, Corvallis) from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, followed by a chili feed. Bring your own chair if the weather is bad and the event will move to the indoor arena. For more information, contact Jack or Lisa Emory at 961-1363 or check the BCH website at http://www.bchmt.org/bitterroot/ under training.

 

Child safety seat clinic
The Ravalli County Buckle Up Montana Coalition will be sponsoring a Safe Kids Car Seat Safety Check Up Station on Saturday, May 4 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Mildenberger Motors. Charmell Owens from Buckle-Up-Montana and others will be on hand to provide free seat inspections for anyone wishing to assure their child’s safety. Appointments can be made by Nick at 381-1200 or Charmell Owens at 830-8696. This is a great opportunity for parents and others caring for kids that they are using their safety seats properly. Nearly 73% of child restraints are not installed or used correctly. Mildenberger Motors will provide free coffee. Stop by to have you child safety seats checked by nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians for correct use and possible recalls by the manufacturer. bring your car seat manual and vehicle owner’s manual. Free car seats can be obtained by approval of the Ravalli County Buckle Up Montana Coalition and organizations such as Ravalli County Health Services, Head Start and Early Head Start. Seats are limited. Seat inspections are conducted the first Saturday of every month at this location.

 

Saturday Bingo

Hamilton Senior Center will be hosting a Special Saturday Bingo on May 4. Doors open at 12 noon, games start at 1 p.m. Paper cards will be used. Free refreshments will be served. You must be 18 to play. Call Cathy at 375-9276 for information.

 

Movie Matinee
Stop by the North Valley Public Library on the first, second and third Saturday of the month from 12 noon to 2 p.m. for a free and fun flick. This week, the library features an Oscar-nominated new release based on the life of our 16th President as he pursues a course of action to end the Civil War. Contact the library for film title information. North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville, 777-5061.

 

South Valley Stamp Club

The South Valley Stamp Club will meet Saturday, May 4 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Conference room B at Marcus Daly Hospital. This will be the end-of-season auction. Bring items to sell and/or your wish list to for bidding. Remember, all transactions are cash unless buyer and seller agree on checks (no credit cards). For information call Clyde at 375-5222.

 

Stevensville Playhouse production
Escape to the wonderful world of Oz! The Stevensville Playhouse is proud to present the timeless story of “The Wizard Of Oz.” Come along on Dorothy’s adventure to the magical land of Oz, where she meets a loyal group of friends that help her find her way back home. Show date and times are May 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 2 p.m. and May 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. Advance purchase tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Showtime tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children12 and under. For reservations call 777-2722 or you can purchase on-line at stevensvilleplayhouse.org.

 

Sunday, May 5

Center for Spiritual Living
The Center for Spiritual Living celebrates Mother’s Love – the Feminine Aspect of God during the month of May. On May 5, “Guided by Grace” will be presented by I Serenity, an advocate for living a Path of Happiness. Serenity will share the meaning of Grace and how it touches us in deep and profound ways. Special music from LeGrande Harvey and the CSL Choir will inspire you to feel Grace in every fiber of your being! The Center for Spiritual Living is located at 1720 N. First Street, Suite C in Selway Commons, north of Sears in Hamilton. For further information call 381-2355 or visit CSLBitterroot.org.

 

Lone Rock Park Board

The Lone Rock Division of the Ravalli County Park Board will meet Sunday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Three Mile Fire Hall. The public is welcome.

 

Monday, May 6

 

Stevensville school menu

Monday: Breakfast – French toast or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Hot pockets, peas & carrots, applesauce, bread & butter, milk

Tuesday: Breakfast – Cereal or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk: Lunch – Taco salad, chips, salsa, oranges, bread & butter, chocolate or regular milk

Wednesday: Breakfast – Bagels with cream cheese or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Chili with crackers, spinach salad, strawberries, bread & butter, milk

Thursday: Breakfast – Pancake on a stick or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Chef’s salad with turkey and cheese, grapes, bread & butter, milk

Friday: Breakfast – Egg & cheese wraps or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Hot dogs with chili and cheese, potato salad, apricots, bread & butter, chocolate or regular milk.

 

Rotary Club
David Bedy, PhD, Chairman of the Hamilton School District 3 Board, will be the speaker for the next meeting of the Hamilton Rotary Club, on Monday, May 6 at 12 noon. Dr. Bedy will be discussing the upcoming school election and education issues. The club meets at BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N. 1st Street, Hamilton. This meeting is open to the public. For further information call 363-2960.

 

Nutrition talk
“How Your Body Really Works (or doesn’t)–Why to Take That” will be presented Monday, May 6, from 12 to 1:30 p.m. This free seminar is led by Deborah Nycz, M.S., a nutritional trainer from Natural Grocers in Missoula. The seminar will help participants learn how nutrients works with your body to make it easier to understand which supplements to take and why. You will learn the groundwork for health and six essential supplements for everyone, and determine which companion nutrients are right for you. These tips may help with weight loss, decreased aches and pains, balanced hormones and energy levels. Nutritious goodies will be available for snacks. The seminar is hosted by the Center for Spiritual Living, 1720 N. 1st Street, Suite C, in Selway Commons just north of Sears in Hamilton. For more information call Faye at 777-0271.

 

Equine Nutrition Class
21st Century Homeopathy presents “The Importance of Balanced Minerals in Your Horse’s Diet” featuring Equine Nutrition Consultant Debora Lay. The class will be held Monday, May 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the 21st Century office, 813 S.1st Street in Hamilton. Lay will discuss the major and trace minerals in forages and their effect on the equine diet. A donation of $5 is requested from each participant, which will go to Western Montana Equine Rescue. Hay testing and mineral supplements will also be discussed. For additional information call Debora Lay at 363-3346 or to RSVP call Jeanie Fullerton at 369-0025.

 

Tuesday, May 7

 

Customer service training
Area businesses are invited to attend the free Montana Superhost state-wide seminar, “Rockin’ to the Rhythm of Service.” Sponsored by the Montana Office of Tourism’s Montana Superhost Program and Flathead Valley Community College, this customer service training program is custom-designed for Montana hospitality providers. Threaded with tourism-based videos and resources, the program gives participants new perspectives, tools, and resources they can use to elevate their customer service and interpersonal skills to create effective interaction with each unique customer they serve.
Business owners, managers, and front-line staff are invited to attend “Rockin’ to the Rhythm of Service” on Tuesday, May 7 at the Townhouse Inn of Hamilton, 1113 N. First St., Hamilton from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. This free seminar is hosted by the Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Seminar trainer Dylan Boyle is a dynamic facilitator who will offer new ideas on key service concepts through the introduction of useful resources, facilitation of relevant activities, and prompting of thoughtful discussions. With strong connections to the Montana tourism industry, his service examples and suggestions will provide practical skills and tips which can be put to use immediately following the session.
“Rockin’ to the Rhythm of Service” will focus on what businesses need to do to attain rave reviews from customers and how to keep them as return customers. Areas of emphasis will include ways to focus on your mission, clarify your role, and expand your knowledge base; how to understand and effectively connect with your customers; how to tell your story and reveal your authentic style; and how to manage conflict and identify triggers.
Participants are encouraged to bring brochures, flyers, or information to share about area businesses and attractions. Each participant will receive a certificate of completion. Pre-registration is required. Contact Pat Easley at 363-2400 to register.
For anyone unable to attend “Rockin’ to the Rhythm of Service,” a free online, self-paced program, “Passport to Service,” also is available. For more information, visit montanasuperhost.com.

 

BPL Writers Group

Calling all writers! Join John Robinson on Tuesday, May 7 from 6:45 to 9 p.m. in the west meeting room of the Bitterroot Public Library for the continuation of his Creative Writers Group. This Writer’s Group welcomes new writers.

 

Fly Fishers of the Bitterroot

The Fly Fishers of the Bitterroot invite you to join them on Tuesday, May 7 for the monthly meeting held at BJ’s Restaurant in Hamilton. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. with optional dinner and cocktails; the meeting starts at 7 p.m. This month’s featured speaker is Dan Shepherd, from the Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop in Missoula. Dan provides the latest fly rods for hands-on testing. Come cast and compare the newest in fly rod technology starting at 5:30 p.m. Dan will also be showing new products for the fly fisher and showing a video. Everyone is welcome. For information call 375 2330.

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