Rummage items needed
The Victor Senior Center is seeking donations of good used items (no clothing) for its spring sale on May 18 at the Center, 242 5th Ave. Clean out your closets and garages and help the Senior Center! Call Albert at 642-3237 for pick up in the Victor area.
Lions Club Golf Tournament
Dust off those putters for the annual Lions Club Golf Tournament set for Saturday, June 8 at the Hamilton Golf Course. Check in is at 8 a.m. with shotgun start at 9 a.m. Four hole-in-one prizes plus cash prizes for the top three teams will be awarded. Early sign up gets a fee discount before May 15. Have fun at this great benefit to support those needing help with sight and hearing. For sign up call Bob Thomas at 363-1222 or Dave Owens at 363-4251.
Blood drive postponed
The American Red Cross strives to collect over 700 pints of blood to meet the needs of patients in this area alone. In the Montana service area every 27 minutes someone needs blood. Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital helps the Red Cross meet this need by sponsoring blood drives four times a year. The next scheduled MDMH Blood Drive will be on Thursday, May 30 (a date change from May 16) from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Conference Rooms B/C. This is the first MDMH sponsored blood drive of 2013. To schedule your blood drive appointment call Gary Schulz at 375-4451. Donors: remember to eat complete meals and drink plenty of water before donating blood and bring your identification. For more information visit www.mdmh.org.
Wednesday, May 15
Kids Create Storytime will be held Wednesday, May 15 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the North Valley Public Library. Kids Create is an enriching early learning program for toddlers and preschoolers with a different theme each week. Kids listen to entertaining library picture books, engage in fingerplays and songs and create a fun craft. At each storytime a healthy snack is provided and there is time to play and socialize with new friends. This week’s theme is all about horses. North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call the library at 777-5061.
Spiritual Discussion Group
The Center for Spiritual Living invites everyone to Spiritual Discussion Group on Wednesday, May 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The topic will be “Women and The Power of the Sacred Feminine,” facilitated by Dave Schultz. How have women and the Sacred Feminine shaped our lives? How does the Sacred Feminine show up in today’s world? 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 the website at CSLBitterroot.org.
Thursday, May 16
BPL computer classes
Spring/Summer Computer Classes at the Bitterroot Public Library begin on Thursday, May 16. Join the Web on Wheels Bus and Missoula Public Library Instructors Jessica Zephyrs and Jodi Christopher. Intro to the Internet is from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and Word Basics is from 1 to 3 p.m. Space is limited. Classes are free. To preregister or for more information call 363-1670.
Stevensville scrap metal drive
Clean up the community for the community! The Stevensville Community Foundation will hold a Scrap Metal Drive from May 16 to June 16 at the corner of Middle Burnt Fork Road and Park Street (entrance on Park Street). The hours are Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. SCF will accept steel and copper wire, cast iron (clean), old farm machinery, motor blocks (oil removed), tin, aluminum, sprinkler pipe and wood-free wire fencing (tightly coiled). SCF cannot not accept batteries, propane tanks, aerosol cans, fuels or oils, freezers, refrigerators, or trash of any kind. A percentage of profits from this fundraiser will be used towards grants and unrestricted use by the Foundation. The Stevensville Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Your gift is tax deductible within the limits set by law. For more information visit www.stevensvillecommunityfoundation.org. For large loads call for appointment, 777-7101.
A free performance of “Beowulf” with Dave Caserio will be held Thursday, May 16 at 6 p.m. at the Ravalli County Museum, 205 Bedford in Hamilton. This dramatic performance of the Old English poem tells the story of Grendel’s depredations upon the Kingdom of Heorot and the warrior Beowulf’s struggle to defeat him. It opens a window into this literary classic and the journey of a hero. The presentation opens a window into the larger story of this literary classic, of the journey, quest and courage of a hero, it’s timeless themes of loyalty and treachery, of moral heroism, and unconscious fears of the dark and the unknown. A foundational poem of English that is both contemporary and ancient, “Beowulf” is a bridge to the older flow, the deeper root and memory, of our common language and in full possession of its magic, wonder, and power.
Dave Caserio of Billings, a poet, performance artist, and former instructor in literature and writing, presents a high energy, audience interactive, performance in Anglo-Saxon. This dramatic excerpt will be followed by an open-ended discussion of the material and the contemporary, literary, folkloric or historical questions that it invokes. This free presentation is sponsored by Humanities Montana.
For information, call the Museum at 363-3338.
Back Country Horsemen
Bitter Root Back Country Horsemen host their monthly meeting on Thursday, May 16 at the Corvallis School Cafeteria on Eastside Highway in Corvallis. Potluck dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the general meeting starts at 7:00. The upcoming Wilderness Skills Weekend and this year’s trail projects will be discussed. Program speaker Heather Mullee will talk about the Bitter Root Water Forum’s mission and activities. Guests are welcome, and for more information call Karen at 961-0101 or check the website at www.bchmt.org/bitterroot.
The King’s Christian Church will be opening its doors to the community for movie nights on May 16 and 23 at 6:30 p.m. for a showing of the “Chronicles of Narnia” series. Come watch the “Chronicles of Narnia” on the big screen! Popcorn and beverages will be provided. The King’s Christian Church plans on a study following the series on May 30 to discuss the symbolism in the Narnia series and how it relates to the story of redemption found in the Bible. This will be a guided but open discussion for those that are interested. The King’s Christian Church is located at 9830 Valley Grove Drive, Lolo. Call 273-0682 for more information.
Friday, May 17
National Geographic magazine sale
Wouldn’t you like to know what was going on in the world the year you, your husband or wife, your children and even your parents, were born? Come to the Community Room of the North Valley Public Library, 208 Main Street, Stevensville, on Friday, May 17 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when the Friends of the Library will offer for sale National Geographic magazines dating from the early 1900′s to the early 2000′s. Some of the very early ones may not have their covers intact, but the pictures of old cars, for instance, and all the stories are in perfect condition, as are almost all of the other issues, treasures all. Come see a century in print. With prices ranging from $5.00 to fifty cents a copy, you can preserve a piece of personal history for your family, while supporting your library.
North Valley Pachyderm Club
The North Valley Pachyderm Club will meet Friday, May 17 at 12 noon at the Frontier Café, Hwy 93 in Stevensville. Guest speakers will be State Representative Nancy Ballance and State Senator Fred Thomas. The North Valley Pachyderm Club meets the first and third Friday of each and is an educational arm of the Republican Party. All are welcome.
SAFE Crystal Ball
Join SAFE as it celebrates 25 years in the Bitterroot Valley! The SAFE Crystal Ball happens Friday, May 17 at the Bitterroot River Inn. Enjoy fine food, silent and live auctions, a no-host bar, and dancing to the Big Sky Mudflaps – all to support SAFE, Supporters of Abuse Free Environments. Patron tickets are $75 each, general admission $50, or you can be an event sponsor. Purchase tickets now by calling SAFE at 363-2793, or online at SafeintheBitterroot.org.
Sons of Norway
Bitterrootdalen Lodge, Sons of Norway will meet Friday, May 17 at 5:30 p.m. on Main Street in Stevensville. Members and visitors are invited to assemble at the antique store at 217 Main Street for the “Shortest Parade in the Bitterroot,” to the park next door for a potluck gathering. The Lodge will provide a main dish in crockpots. Members and visitors are invited to bring a side dish. Anyone in the vicinity is invited to stop by for a taste.
“Syttende Mai” is Norway’s Constitution Day, celebrating six weeks of deliberation at Eidsvoll, Norway in 1814, in which a constitution was written and Norway declared its independence from 500 years of Danish rule. It is the most important holiday of the year in Norway, with children leading parades all over the kingdom. During the Nazi occupation of 1940-1945, Norwegians were arrested by the Gestapo for showing the national flag, so everyone began wearing a paper clip on their lapels. The paper clip was invented in Norway and the local Lodge will have a display of Norwegian items at the Paper Clip on Main Street in Hamilton from May 11th to 18th. For more information contact Jackie at 961-4538.
Baroque music concert
Enjoy a concert of Telemann, Bach, Marais, Uccellini and more, played on wooden Baroque period instruments by artists from Seattle and San Francisco on Friday, May 17 at 7 p.m. at the Ravalli County Museum, 205 Bedford, Hamilton. A surprise premier work from contemporary composer Adam Haws will also be presented. Come meet the musicians. Refreshments will be served. Tickets are $25.00 and available at Ravalli County Museum, The Music Box, Chapter One Books and Mountain Music. BRVHS Members pay $20.00.
BPL Socrates Cafe
Socrates Café will be held Tuesday, May 14 and 28 (every other Tuesday) from 7 to 9 p.m. in the west meeting room at the Bitterroot Public Library. Ideas matter and the Great Conversation changes things! Discussion of concepts helps mankind improve. What we believe to be true shapes our future and impacts our world. Join Facilitator Kris Bayer for these free and open discussions.
Come and enjoy an international frolic as River Street Dance Theater presents “Around the World in 80 Ways” on Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, at 7 p.m. at the Hamilton High Performing Arts Center, 327 Fairgrounds Road. Countries represented are the European countries of England, Spain, Germany, France, and Italy, as well as Mali, Japan, and Mexico. The musical accompaniment ranges from Vivaldi to Pancho Sanchez, and includes the unusual combination of Japanese and Native American drumming. The dances are choreographed using the stylistic techniques of Tap Dance, Modern Dance, Ballet, Hip-hop, Jazz, and African Dance. The costuming varies from the simple to the elegant and ornate. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors (55+ years) and students, and $5 for children (ages 5-12 years). Tickets are available at Chapter One Bookstore and at the door. For more info call 363-1203.
All High School Dance
A Spring Fling All High School Dance will be held Friday, May 17 from 8 to 11 p.m. in the Stevensville High School multi-purpose room. Admission is $3 per person or $5 per couple. Call 777-5481 for more information.
Saturday, May 18
West House Rummage Sale
West House Crisis Stabilization Facility is having a Rummage Sale on May 18. Free cookies and coffee will be served. All proceeds go to help people with mental illness purchase medications and other special items. Bring your used items to the West House parking lot, 1404 Westwood Drive, Hamilton (near the West bridge). Questions may be answered at 532-8990.
Cookies for Kids’ Cancer
The 3rd Annual Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Bake Sale to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research will be held on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Florence Town Pump. Donations of baked goods for the bake sale and monetary donations can be made by contacting Luci Synek at 273-4203 for more information. All cash donations are tax deductible. Baked goods can also be dropped off on the morning of the bake sale.
Wilderness Skills Weekend
The Bitter Root Back Country Horsemen (BBCH) will hold their annual Wilderness Skills Weekend on May 18-19, at Charles Waters Campground on the Stevensville Ranger District. The event is free to the public and runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Sessions for attendees include packing, Leave-No-Trace camping, stock containment, setting up camp, outdoor cooking, GPS navigation and SPOT satellite devices, grooming and hoof care, use of crosscut saw and other trail clearing tools, conditioning your horse for the back country and more.
On Saturday at 10:45 a.m. a special program titled “Before the Horse: Northern Rockies Lifestyle” will feature Helena author, historian, and photographer Kae Cheatham. Her lecture is sponsored by Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau and is suitable for ages. Cheatham will tell stories about the people of the Northern Rockies and their history when the use of dogs was prevalent, before the horse appeared 280 years ago.
For a full schedule of events and directions to the campground visit www.bchmt.org/bitterroot or contact Bonnie Morgan at 961-0012.
BBCH was established more than 30 years ago and was one of the first chapters in the nation. Their goal is to ensure that stock users can continue to access backcountry and wilderness trails. The club annually contributes over 600 personal hours and 425 stock hours on projects, most on the National Forest, that create significant benefits for all trail users and for the natural resources.
Trap Release Clinic
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will offer a short course in Lolo on Saturday, May 18 tailored to those that do not trap but want to learn more about furbearer management, Montana trapping seasons and how to release traps. The free course will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Lolo Community Center (12345 Hwy 93 South) and is offered in conjunction with the Montana Trappers Association’s (MTA) first annual Trappers Heritage Celebration planned for May 18 & 19. Students do not need to pre-register. Class participants will have the opportunity to handle traps and learn how to open them and to hear practical tips on how to avoid places where traps may be set. For more information on the course, call FWP at 542-5500.
Good Time Jamboree
Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 18, the final Good Time Jamboree concert program until the series resumes in September. The concert will feature some familiar performers along with two special presentation acts. The concert kicks off with the musical duo of Diane Olheoft and Jerry Downey followed with a special presentation by The Sunshine Kids who have a very unique program. Right after the Sunshine Kids, the adult Zumba Group will perform and most likely solicit audience participation. The final two performances will feature local country singer/guitarist Ken Watson and his equally talented daughter, Laurie, with a series of country music duets. Closing the program will be John Mann with a solo set he calls “Doc ‘n Denver.” The Grange Hall is located two miles south of Hamilton just past Valley Pet Clinic. There is no charge for admission to the program but a suggested donation of $3 or more is always appreciated to help defray the costs of the program. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and usually lasts until after 9. For more information contact John at 381-2483.
Sunday, May 19
Bob Bowers, The Singing Trumpet, concert and worship service will be held Sunday, May 19 from 10:45 a.m. to 12 noon at the King’s Christian Church, 9830 Valley Grove Drive, Lolo. Admission is free but a free will offering will be taken. For information call 273-0682.
Women’s Flyfishing Clinic
Hey, ladies! Don’t spend another summer sitting on the riverbank missing out on the fun! Put down the cell phone and shut down the laptop. It’s time to reconnect with nature and learn the art of flyfishing, all the while experiencing peace and serenity. A Women’s Beginning Flyfishing Clinic will be held Sunday, May 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Teller Slack Barn. Cost is $60 and includes a catered lunch. All proceeds are donated to The Teller and Bitterroot Water Forum. Learn with other women for a good cause. All levels are welcome. Email Jenny West at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to sign up.
Center for Spiritual Living
The Center for Spiritual Living celebrates Mother’s Love – the Feminine Aspect of God during the month of May and presents Jim Tree-Gilmore speaking on The Nurturing Love of our Earth Mother, Sunday, May 19 at 10 a.m. with meditation beginning at 9:30. Jim has presented before such diverse audiences as the United Nations headquarters in Austria, large gatherings in Australia, Canada, Germany, the Middle East, at The Regional Symposium of Native American Educators in Arizona as well as university graduations and classes. Everyone is invited to hear his inspirational message. 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 the website at CSLBitterrooot.org.
Monday, May 20
Stevi school menu
Monday: Breakfast – French toast or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Cheese-filled bread sticks with marinara sauce, mixed veggies, mandarin oranges, bread & butter, milk
Tuesday: Breakfast – Cereal or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Quesadilla, Spanish rice, cantaloupe, bread & butter, chocolate or regular milk
Wednesday: Breakfast – Muffins or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Chicken drumsticks, mashed potatoes & gravy, pears, bread & butter, milk
Thursday: Breakfast – Pancake on a stick or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk: Lunch- Sea wonders, green beans, strawberries, bread & butter, milk
Friday: Breakfast – Ham bites or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch- Peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, fresh veggies with ranch dressing, peach cups, bread & butter, chocolate or regular milk.
Dan Kimzey, new Principal at Hamilton High School, will be the speaker for the next meeting of the Hamilton Rotary Club, Monday, May 20 at 12 noon at BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N. 1st Street, Hamilton. Kimzey, the former principal of the Hamilton Middle School, will be discussing his career as an educator and expectations for his new position at Hamilton High School. This meeting is open to the public. For further information call 363-2960.
Computer classes for seniors
Free computer classes with free software available for seniors will be held Monday, May 20 and Monday, June 3 at 2 p.m. at the Council on Aging conference room, 310 Old Corvallis Road, Hamilton. On Monday, May 20, download and learn office software like Word, Excel and Powerpoint. On Monday, June 3, download and learn specialty software like photo retouching and Windows cleaning. Bring your own laptop if you have one, and be willing to allow those without laptops look over your shoulder. Computers must be wireless enabled. The one-hour class will be followed by 30 minutes for Q & A. Classes are independent of each other. Classes are free, but registration is required. Call Janelle Corn, RSVP Volunteer Coordinator, at 363-1102. Space is limited. The classes are offered by volunteer Jim Calvery and the RSVP Volunteer Center.
Quit smoking workshop
Did you know that if you quit smoking you feel better, live longer, have more money, have more time and so much more? Western MT Addiction Services is offering the Blue Sky Stop Smoking Workshop beginning May 20 at 209 N. 10th St in Hamilton. This workshop is offered Monday-Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and the cost is only $50. The workshop will then be offered on an ongoing monthly basis for future participants. Research shows that mentoring is a huge part of the quitting process and the workshop offers many tools. Class limit is 10; reserve your space and change your life. Call 532-9149 for details and to sign up.
Bitterroot Audubon’s May 20 meeting will feature a fabulous slide presentation focused on the birds of Costa Rica. Presenters Bill and Becky Peters recently participated in a 9-day Montana Audubon sponsored birding tour of Costa Rica that traversed 8 of the country’s 19 Eco-Zones. They will share outstanding photos of Costa Rica’s overwhelming beauty and diverse wildlife and botanical resources, and share stories of their adventures. Their photos will include many exotic birds such as Chestnut-headed Oropendola, Slaty Flowerpiercer, Violent-crowned Woodnymph, and Resplendent Quetzal. The Peters’ Costa Rica presentation is on Monday, May 20 at 7 p.m. at the Bitterroot National Forest Headquarters on Hwy. 93 north of Hamilton. The meeting is free, and the public is invited. Enter the building from the west side. For further information, contact Kay Fulton, 642-3794.
RML Community Liaison Group
The Rocky Mountain Laboratories Community Liaison Group (RML CLG) will meet Monday, May 20 at 7 p.m. at the Golden Age Club, 727 S. 5th St. in Hamilton.
Agenda items include: an overview of RML-led research on a new coronavirus emerging in the Middle East; an update of recycling activities at RML; the status of RML construction projects and site improvements.
The public is invited to attend and participate in the meeting. The RML CLG includes representatives from local government, education, business, medical and emergency services, and community and civic groups. The RML CLG represents a long-term commitment to structured interactions with the community. The group began meeting in 2002.
Wednesday, May 22
Dam owner workshop
A Montana dam owner workshop, “Maintenance and Safety of Your Dam,” will be held Wednesday, May 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. followed by a one-hour special session for owners of dams on Forest Service land at Montana Tech, Student Union, 1300 W. Park, Butte. Properly functioning dams are valuable assets to landowners. Timely maintenance helps to avoid the frustrations of malfunction, property damage and safety issues. Here is your chance to attend an, informative workshop to learn the basics of dam maintenance and safety. Presentations by experts include: basics of dam inspections; rehabilitating outlet pipes; concrete issues; liability concerns and emergency actions in case of failure. Participants will have opportunity to ask questions and receive a notebook of resource materials. Lunch is provided.
A one-hour session follows the workshop for owners of dams on Forest Service lands to address issues specific to these dams. $10 holds your spot and will be refunded at check-in. Registration deadline is May 16. Call 406-994-6671 to hold your spot with a credit card or mail check to Montana Watercourse, PO Box 170570, Bozeman MT 59717. Include phone number and email address. More information at: www.mtwatercourse.org or email email@example.com. This workshop is hosted by Montana Watercourse, Montana State University, Bozeman.