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Darby Bread Box collections
The Darby Bread Box is collecting the following items for the month of May: canned corn, soup and spaghetti sauce. Drop off the donated items at People’s Market and the Bitterroot Credit Union in Darby. Any donation is appreciated.

 

Grace Lutheran preschool registration

Grace Lutheran Learning Center is now registering for Fall Preschool 2013-14. Stop by 275 Hattie Lane, Hamilton or call 363-1924 for more information. Classes fill up quickly so get your forms in and save your child’s spot.

 

‘A Course in Miracles’ Study Group
A study group is exploring the spiritual philosophy of A Course in Miracles by reading and discussing “Your Immortal Reality” by Gary R. Renard. The group meets every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon at The Center for Spiritual Living, located at 1720 N. First Street, Suite C in Selway Commons, north of Sears in Hamilton. For further information call Selma at 381-6480 or visit CSLBitterroot.org.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Summer camp
Tobacco Free Ravalli and Western MT Addiction Services Prevention present the Above the Influence Summer Camp for 6-8 graders. Coming up July 22-24, three fun-filled days devoted to developing your strengths and finding your inspirations. Games, activities, great food, movies and more will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day and the total cost is $25 including food and extras. Space is limited to 15 youth so sign up early! Call 532-9149 or email wmasprevention@gmail.com for further info!

 

Soccer camp signups
Sign up by June 7 for the Billy McNicol Soccer Camp in Hamilton Monday, June 24-Thursday, June 27. Headed by professional soccer player and coach Billy McNicol, this camp provides kids with an outstanding opportunity to develop their soccer skills. The level of instruction is of the highest quality, while delivered in a fun and exciting manner. Half-day camps for kids aged 5-10 and full-day camps for players aged11-16 are available. For the registration form, go to www.ravallisc.org or call Shawn at 961-3104.

 

Scrap metal drive

“Clean Up for the Community” scrap metal drive continues through June 16 at the corner of Middle Burnt Fork Road and Park Street (entrance on Park Street) in Stevensville. Hours are Thursday and Friday, 10 to 2, and Saturday and Sunday, 10-4. The Stevensville Community Foundation 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). They cannot accept batteries, propane tanks, aerosol cans,
fuels or oils, freezers, refrigerators, or trash of any kind. This is a fundraiser for the Stevensville Community Foundation. For more information visit www.stevensvillecommunityfoundation.org. For large loads call 777-7101 for appointment.

 

VBS registration
“Growing in Friendship with Jesus” is the theme of the Vacation Bible School June 21-23 at The King’s Christian Church, 9830 Valley Grove Drive in Lolo. Call 273-0682 to sign up or for more information.

 

Wednesday, May 22

 

NVPL storytime

Kids Create Storytime will take place Wednesday, May 22 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the North Valley Public Library, 208 Main, Stevensville. Kids Create is an enriching early learning program for toddlers and preschoolers. Using 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, wear your favorite hat to “The Cat in the Hat” storytime. For more information, call the library at 777-5061.

 

BPL Preschool Story Time

Preschoolers are invited to meet in the children’s corner of the Bitterroot Public Library on Wednesday, May 22 to enjoy “A, B, C…” with storyteller Lisa DeMoss. 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.

 

Bitterroot Quilters Guild

The Bitterroot Quilters Guild will hold its meeting on Wednesday, May 22,at 6:30 p.m. at Canyon View Church, 195 Skalkaho Road, just south of Hamilton. This month’s activity will be a short, but lively, auction of quilts, UFOs (Un-Finished Projects), fabrics, books, doo-dads, and other quilting treasures. Come listen to Auctioneer Jim Pfau, otherwise known as the Voice of the Valley, as he helps members share some of their work with you. A brief business meeting will begin at 6:30 with the auction commencing about 7:15. Everyone is welcome to share in the fun. Refreshments will be provided.  For information, call Jamie Christian at 363-0000 or Linda Powell at 777-1070.

 

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 mtwatercourse@montana.edu. This workshop is hosted by Montana Watercourse, Montana State University, Bozeman.

 

Dog bite prevention program

Be a Tree Dog Bite Prevention Program will be presented on Wednesday, May 22 from 4 to 4:45 p.m. at the Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton. Find out through this free interactive program how dogs give clues about what they are thinking, and be smart and safe around the family dog and other people’s dogs. Call the library to register at 363-1670. This is brought to you by The Joyful Animal, Lakeland Feeds, and the Bitterroot Public Library.

 

DCPL history exhibit

The Montana Historical Society Traveling Trunk exhibit: Homesteading in Montana, will be at the Darby Community Public Library from May 22to May 29. The early 1900’s brought many to Montana with little more than a dream of owning land. Come explore this important time in history at the library. Student field trips and workshops will be held on May 22nd and 29th. Homeschoolers and the community at large are welcome to attend any of the workshop sessions. Contact the library for more information at 821-4771.

 

Sound Awareness Workshop

A Sound Awareness Workshop will be held Wednesday, May 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Center for Spiritual Living. Find your voice and express your authentic self with toning, singing and spiritual chanting. Everyone is invited to this free (offering accepted) workshop, facilitated by Becky Lellek, a licensed hypnotherapist and Sound Awareness instructor. 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.

 

Local government leadership meeting

An informational meeting for people interested in running for leadership positions in local government will be held on Wednesday, May 22 at 7 p.m. at the Stevensville Main Street Association office, 102 B Main Street. Ron Klaphake will facilitate the meeting and provide information regarding the requirements of town government positions: Town Council and Mayor. Registering for a position, qualifications, time requirements etc. will be highlighted and there will be an opportunity for questions. Anyone who might be interested in running for a public office is encouraged to attend.

 

Thursday, May 23

 

RASS training

A state-mandated Responsible Alcohol Sales and Service training will take place on Thursday, May 23 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 at least one week before the class is held. At least five participants are required to hold a class. Future classes are scheduled for June 18, July 18 and August 20.

 

NVPL Tech Class
A free tech class on Email Basics will be held Thursday, May 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the North Valley Public Library, 208 Main, Stevensville. This small, hands on class is available to novices or for those looking to brush up on specific skills. Learn the basics of email. Learn how to write, send, attach, and organize your email. Registration is appreciated as space is limited. Call 777-5061.

 

BPL Lego Club

Lego Club meets Thursday, May 23 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton. Lego lovers ages 4-9, accompanied by a parent, are invited to create and build with Legos in the West Meeting Room of the Bitterroot Public Library. Legos are provided, and the program is free.

 

Victor Park District
The Victor Park District will hold its next regular meeting on Thursday May 23 at 7 p.m. in the meeting room of Farmers State Bank in Victor (enter the rear door). Election of officers will be held. Discussion items include the spring weed spraying and mowing program, summer projects, and the future of the Victor Park. The public is welcome. Call Roger at 961-3953 with any questions.

 

Business After Hours
The Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce will hold a Business After Hours for members on Thursday, May 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Catered Table, 205 Main in Stevensville. They will provide appetizers and sweets with a cash beer and wine bar. Here is your chance to taste some samplings.

 

Museum lecture
A free lecture will be held Thursday, May 23 at 6 p.m. entitled “India, Through My Eyes” with Joann Hosko at the Ravalli County Museum, 205 Bedford, Hamilton. See India from the perspective of a family dedicated to helping others through organizations such as Compassion International, Global Fingerprints and Pathways to Children. Take a photographic journey through places such as Kolkata, Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Ahmebadad and Mumbai. Joann will share her 2012 travels in India, with a talk and accompanying photos. Call 363-3338 for more information.

 

Stevi Town Council

The Stevensville Town Council will meet on Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at 206 Buck. Some agenda items include second reading of weapons ordinance, discussion/decision on Twin Creeks Subdivision extension of Final Plat Approval, first reading of small animal ordinance, discussion/decision on fire department purchase of thermal imaging camera, and appointment of Brad Pollman to Planning Board, to name a few.

 

 Marine Corps League
The Marine Corps League’s Bitterroot Valley Detachment will hold its regular meeting on Thursday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge, 125 N. 2nd Street, Hamilton. The Detachment meets monthly on the fourth Thursday of the month. Regular membership is open to Marines and FMF Corpsmen who have proof of honorable service.
The Detachment will participate in the following events over the Memorial Day weekend:

Saturday, May 25 – Decoration of Veteran graves at Victor Cemetery, 7 a.m.; Honor Guard for Blue Star Highway re-dedication at Darby civic center, 2 p.m.
Monday, May 27 – Honor Guard at Doughboy Statue, Ravalli County Museum, Hamilton, 8 a.m.; Honor Guard at Main Street Bridge, Hamilton, 8:30 a.m.; Corvallis Memorial Day Parade, 10 a.m.; Honor Guard for Veterans Memorial dedication, Hamilton, 3 p.m.

On Saturday, June 1 at 9 a.m., there will be a no-host SOS breakfast at Sleeping Child Farms Restaurant, 1639 Sleeping Child Road, Hamilton. All Marines, Corpsmen, family members and friends are welcome to attend. Get acquainted with fellow Marines and enjoy Marine camaraderie.
The Marine Corps League is the only federally chartered Marine organization, founded in 1923. The goal is to provide an effective network and communication of Marines in the Bitterroot Valley to assist fellow Marines and their families, the veterans’ community, support wounded Marines, and promote patriotic ideals in our sphere of influence. For more information on the Bitterroot Valley Detachment, contact Meade Phillips at USMCmeadeMCL@aol.com.

Friday, May 24

South Valley Pachyderm Club

Former Ravalli County Sheriff Jay Printz will be speaking at the next meeting of the South Valley Pachyderm Club on Friday, May 24 at 12 noon at BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N. First Street, in Hamilton. Printz will relate some of his experiences while Sheriff, and also report on his service as a contractor in Iraq. There will be time for questions and discussion. The South Valley Pachyderm Club is an officially recognized allied organization of the Republican Party. Members of the public are welcome. For further information see www.ravcogop.com.

 

Saturday, May 25

 

Bucs Golf Scramble

The annual Bitterroot Bucs Golf Scramble will be held Saturday, May 25 at the Whitetail Golf Course. Tee off time is 10 a.m. with a lunch at 12:30. This is a fundraiser for the Bitterroot Bucs American Legion baseball team. To enter, call Kevin Beller at 381-0939 or Duane Baney at 546-6720. Cost is $160 per team or $40 per person for preregistration or $180 per team and $45 the day of the scramble. Cash prize for winning team plus great holes prizes. There are also door prizes. Lunch is included.

Blue Star Memorial dedication
The Darby Garden Club will hold a Dedication Ceremony of the Blue Star Memorial sign at its new location at the Darby Pioneer Memorial Museum on Saturday, May 25 at 2 p.m. A Marine Corps gun salute will be part of the ceremony to honor our service men and women. Refreshments will be provided. The Blue Star became an icon in World War II and was seen on flags and banners in homes for sons and daughters away at war, as well as in churches and businesses. For more information contact Virginia Coleman, 381-5566.

 

Sunday, May 26

 

Sacred Circle Discussion

A Sacred Circle Discussion will be held Sunday, May 26 at 10 a.m. at the Center for Spiritual Living. Join this lively discussion of Spiritual Principles and Practices from Reverend Kathianne Lewis. Meditation begins at 9:30 a.m. A community potluck, hugs, and socializing follow the discussion hour. 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.

 

Monday, May 27

 

Memorial Day Dinner

The 57th Annual Memorial Day Service and Dinner will be held Monday, May 27 at Florence Carlton Community Church Fellowship Hall. Come honor our military with a flag raising ceremony at 11 a.m. Dinner will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Menu includes turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, vegetables, rolls and homemade pie. Cost is $7.00 for adults and $4.00 for under 12 years old. All proceeds go towards local needs and church missions.

 

Tuesday, May 28

 

Stevi school menu

Tuesday: Breakfast – Cereal or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Chicken fajita with lettuce & salsa, oranges, bread & butter, chocolate or regular milk

Wednesday: Breakfast – Bagels with cream cheese or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Cheeseburgers with lettuce, tomatoes, & pickles, taters, pineapple, bread & butter, milk

Thursday: Breakfast – Pancakes or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch- Ham & eggs, French toast, peaches, bread & butter, milk

Friday: Breakfast – Egg & cheese wraps or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch- Beef steaks, mashed potatoes with gravy, grapes, bread & butter, chocolate or regular milk.

 

Republican Women’s Club
Ravalli County Republican Women’s Club will hold its monthly meeting and lunch on Tuesday, May 28 at 11:30 a.m. at BJ’s Restaurant in Hamilton. Guest speakers will be State Representative Ron Ehli and State Republican Chairman Will Deschamps. Ravalli County Republican Women will not meet the months of June and July.

 

DCPL summer reading program

On Tuesday, May 28, the Darby Community Public Library will kick off its summer reading program. The community is invited to register for the summer reading program including fun events and rewards for reading this summer. The after school celebration will begin in the park with music from the Darby High School Pep band followed by children’s carnival games on the lawn until 5 p.m. For the “icing on the cake” of this celebration, local cowboy poets Buck Hafer, Verna Molenda, Ned Trowbridge, and Dusty Trails will entertain the community in the library at 6:30 p.m. Ted Heiland will provide musical accompaniment. Refreshments will be served.

 

Mule Team

Calling all alive and kicking Democrats! There will be an organizational meeting of the Mule Team on Tuesday, May 28 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in the back room at Liaisons Coffee House, 111 N. 2nd St. Come and be with others who like to have thoughtful discussions. Be prepared to share your resource list of websites, books, speakers, etc. that you like. Order your lunch ahead of time by calling 363-3163. For information call Becky at 369-5210.
Wednesday, May 29

 

BPL Herb Chat

An herb chat will be held Wednesday, May 29 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. at the Bitterroot Public Library in the west meeting room. Jessica Thompson, Outlaw Herbalist, will discuss Spring Greens for Your Health. The first greens are popping their heads out of the ground after a long winter slumber. Did you know that these common lawn ‘weeds’ are actually revered for their culinary and healing properties? Do you have your own wild and weedy recipes? Bring your lunch. This event is free.

 

Drumming Circle
A Drum Circle with Tom Kresan and friends will be held Wednesday, May 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Drumming allows access to the universal heartbeat that exists within and around all things. Bring your drum, rattles, and other instruments and come be part of the fun. No drum? No worries! Drums will be available. Let your inner drummer out! 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.

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