Wednesday, June 19
Join Sally Blevins for a “Big D for Dinosaur” story time on Wednesday, June 19 at 10:30 a.m. in the children’s corner of the Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton. Stick around for “Stay and Play” activities.
NVPL ‘Kids Create’ Storytime
Kids Create Storytime will be held Wednesday, June 19 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. At each storytime a healthy snack is provided and there is time to play and socialize with new friends. The Dig into Reading summer program begins this week and the storytimes will explore all things underground. North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call the library at 777-5061.
BPL Wild Wednesday
Wild Wednesday performances are on the lawn at 1:30 p.m. at the Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton. On June 19, Dixie Stark reads with her dinosaur puppets!
SAFE Book Club
SAFE is hosting a book club discussion on Wednesday, June 19 at 12 noon at the Hamilton Carriage House. Come join in a discussion of “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood. For more information, contact Jamie at 363-2793.
Ravalli County Economic Development Authority will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 19 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the RCEDA office, 274 Old Corvallis Road, Hamilton. The meeting is open to the public.
Thursday, June 20
‘Dig the Library’ Program
No child left inside the library during summer reading! On Thursday, June 20 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon, the library will travel to the community garden with a story, a fun craft, and time to explore the beautiful new garden space. All families are welcome this Thursday to create a personalized stepping stone, do a little digging, and plant a vegetable in the children’s garden. This program is free and open to all. The Stevensville Community Garden entrance is on Ravalli and Charlos Streets and is located behind St. Mary’s Mission. Maps are available at the library. North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call the library at 777-5061.
BPL craft time
“I Dig Crafts” with Sam will take place Thursday, June 20 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at the Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton. All ages are welcome to join Sam in the children’s corner to make dinosaur crafts. It’s free!
Lunch and Learn
You’re invited to a Lunch and Learn Program on Thursday, June 20 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at the Community Room of the North Valley Public Library, Stevensville. Come and meet entrepreneur, Bunny Halstead, co-owner of Rabbit’s Pickled Garlic, to be enlightened and entertained. Bring your lunch if you wish and the Friends of the Library will provide dessert and beverages.
Stevi COW meeting
The Stevensville Town Council Committee of the Whole will meet Thursday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Hall. The council will review the revised draft of the sign ordinance and review the initial draft of the FY2013/14 budget. The public is welcome.
Back Country Horsemen
Bitter Root Back Country Horsemen begin the first in their series of outdoor summer meetings on Thursday, June 20, at the Rock Creek Horse Camp at Lake Como. Potluck dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and the general meeting starts at 7:00. Custom saddle maker Bob Trezona will present a demonstration on saddle fitting. His website is www.bitterrootsaddleco.com. Summer trail project information will also be presented. Guests are welcome and for more information call Karen at 961-0101 or check the website at www.bchmt.org/bitterroot.
BPL Family Night
Paleontologist Jack Horner will talk with families about “Growing Up a Dinosaur” on Thursday, June 20 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the West Meeting Room of the Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton. You won’t want to miss hearing from this author about digging up dinosaur bones.
If you would like more information on how to support the LGBT community and their families the PFLAG program/support group is every third Thursday at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 600 S. Third in Hamilton. This month’s program on June 20th is on how the tobacco industry targets the LGBT community. The American Cancer Society estimates that 30,000 people in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community are killed every year by the tobacco industry.
Tobacco companies use forceful marketing tactics, offer corporate sponsorship, and develop media campaigns that operate off the social stress of living in a world that has historically ostracized gay people. Find PFLAG on Facebook and visit the website at PFLAGhamiltonbitterroot.org.
Friday, June 21
Forest Friday breakfast
Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor Julie King will hold this month’s Forest Friday breakfast on Friday, June 21 at the Stevi Cafe, 202 Main in Stevensville. The public is invited to join her for breakfast and discussion from 7 to 9 a.m. This month’s topics and speakers include:
• Recreation opportunities. Kaye Olpin, Recreation Program Manager;
• 2013 trail maintenance projects. Deb Gale, Wilderness and Trails Program Manager;
• Summer projects on the Stevensville Ranger District including logging activities at Bass Creek. Dan Ritter, Stevensville District Ranger;
Forest Fridays occur every other month and are a no-host breakfast meeting at a local restaurant with the goal of sharing good food, great company, and some information about what’s happening on the National Forest. For more information contact the Bitterroot National Forest at 363-7100.
Museum rummage sale
A Rummage Sale will be held at the Stevensville Historical Museum during Western Heritage Days, Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the lawn of the Stevensville Museum, 517 Main Street, Stevensville. Donations of clean, usable items are needed for the sale. All donations are considered to be tax deductible. Donations will be accepted at the Museum building on June 19 and 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or other arrangements can be made by calling Stacey at 777-5126, Ruth at 777-3201, or Dora at 777-3239.”
Driver safety class
A Driver Safety Class will be presented at Marcus Daly Hospital in Hamilton on Friday, June 21. The class begins at 9 a.m. and will last approximately four hours. This safe driving strategies class is designed for drivers age 50 and over but all drivers are welcome. There is no written test. Montana mandates an insurance discount for qualified graduates. The class fee is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Attendees are requested to bring a check made out to “AARP” for class fees. Pre-registration is requested. Contact Jones Korman Insurance at 363-6583 for further information.
North Valley Pachyderm Club
The North Valley Pachyderm Club will meet Friday, June 21, at 12 noon at the Frontier Café, Hwy 93 in Stevensville. Guest speaker will be Tom McElwain, 2nd Vice President of the National Federation of Pachyderm Clubs. 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.
Eagles Taco Night
Bitter Root Eagles Auxiliary #1693 will be selling tacos on Friday, June 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge located at 125 N. 2nd, Hamilton. Proceeds go to Auxiliary charities.
Sons of Norway
Bitterrootdalen Lodge, Sons of Norway will celebrate midsummer night’s eve, also known as St. John’s Eve, or Sankt-Hans on Friday, June 21 at 6 p.m. at the home of Ralph and Karla Niemi, 1847 Old Darby Road, off Skalkaho Road, south of Hamilton. The Lodge will provide a main dish, drinks and service, members and visitors are invited to bring a side dish and a chair. In Norway, it is light all night long, and people celebrate around bonfires on the beaches, so the Lodge will recount the history of the longest day of the year, with a “Norwegian candle”, a tall burning log, and the burning of straw witches. The public is cordially invited.
Saturday, June 22
Stevensville Community Garden Dedication
The Stevensville Community Garden will hold a dedication on Saturday, June 22 at 3 p.m. to celebrate this awesome space and say thank you to the crew who transformed it into a working, breathing community garden. After a short dedication, an Eagle Scout Ceremony will be held to commemorate the accessible bed area built by Scout member Matt Green. All are welcome. Tours of the garden will be available as well as light refreshments. The entrance to the Stevensville Community Garden is at the intersection of Ravalli and Charlos and is located behind St. Mary’s Mission. Contact Caitlin at 777-5061 or Colleen at 777-1167 for more information.
Senior Ladies Tea
Soroptimist International of Hamilton is again honoring Bitterroot Valley women who have attained the age of 90 years or more at the 8th annual Senior Ladies Tea on Saturday, June 22 at 2 p.m. at Sapphire Lutheran Homes, 501 N. 10th St. in Hamilton. Tea will be served along with a menu of finger foods and sweets and there will be musical entertainment. This is the eighth annual event and is eagerly anticipated by past attendees. If you know of someone age 90 or above who might like an invitation to this delightful event, call Mary Lyn at 360-6279 or Brenda VonBrach at 375-0198.
Labyrinth Solstice Walk
The 14th annual Summer Solstice Open Walk will be held Saturday, June 22 from sunset to 12 midnight at Redsun Labyrinth, 1802 Pleasant View Drive, Victor. Redsun Labyrinth, a walking meditation, will be surrounded with luminaria to welcome walkers. This is an opportunity to walk the path to your center with intention. Walkers are welcome to bring a stone that will become a permanent part of the labyrinth. There will be a warming bonfire. Pets are not allowed. Visit www.redsunbabyrinth.com for directions and more information.
Forest Moon Walk
A Bear Moon presentation will be held Saturday, June 22 at 7 p.m. at Blodgett Campground. This educational program will be all about bear biology. Do you know how to tell the difference between a black bear and a grizzly bear? The program will cover food storage tips in bear country, and you will learn about bear spray and how to use it. Dress in layers because the weather in the Forest is often different than it is in town. Guests are also encouraged to bring a lawn chair, flashlight and a jacket. The 2013 Moon Walks are sponsored by the Bitterroot National Forest and Bitter Root Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D). For more information visit www.fs.usda.gov/bitterroot or call 363-7100.
Monday, June 24
The nationally acclaimed Camp Invention summer program will be in June 24-28 at Lolo School. Inspired and influenced by the National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees, and sponsored by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Camp Invention is a weeklong summer enrichment program for children entering grades one through six. The program creatively immerses and engages its participants through hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This year’s Camp Invention program is Geo-Quest which features the I Can Invent: Launchitude module, where children use physics and engineering to create a Duck Chucking device using components from everyday objects. Each day, children rotate through integrated modules that employ creative thinking to solve real-world challenges. Children learn vital 21st century life skills such as problem solving and teamwork through imaginative exploration. Even if a child has participated in Camp Invention in the past, they will benefit from an all new curriculum, full of exciting adventures throughout the week. To learn more about Invent Now programming, visit www.CampInvention.org or call 800-968-4332.
Liz Bradley, a Wolf Management Specialist for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, will be speaking at the Monday, June 24th meeting of the Hamilton Rotary Club. The club meets Mondays at noon at BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N. 1st Street, Hamilton. The meetings are open to the public. There will be time for discussion and questions. For further information call 363-2960.
Veterans For Peace
A group of veterans is working to reactivate the Montana Chapter of Veterans For Peace in Missoula. Meetings are scheduled for Mondays, June 24 and July 8 at 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (UUFM), 102 McLeod in Missoula. All interested veterans are welcome to attend. If you would like more information about VFP http://www.veteransforpeace.org/ or call Patrick Vaughan at 363-6150 or Dave Herries at 541-2556.
Tuesday, June 25
BPL herb workshop
Native Plants and Herbs Workshop with Jessica Thomas, Outlaw Herbalist, is being presented on Tuesday June 25 in the West Meeting Room of the Bitterroot Public Library from 12 noon to 1 p.m. Come learn about plants, herbs, wildflowers and berries that grow in our area. Bring your brown bag lunch. The talk is free and open to the public.
Mule Team meeting
There will be a meeting of the Ravalli County Democrats’ Mule Team on Tuesday, June 25 from 12 to 1 p.m. in the middle meeting room at Liaisons Coffee House, 111 N. 2nd, Hamilton. Come before noon to place your order. The group will be meeting regularly on the fourth Tuesday of each month for interesting conversations. If you would like more information contact Becky at 369-5210.
Christian guitarist Josh Snodgrass will perform on the lawn on Tuesday, June 25 at 7 p.m. at Sapphire Lutheran Homes, 10th and Pine in Hamilton. Free tunes with a view, rootbeer floats, popcorn. Bring a picnic blanket or chairs provided. Freewill offering taken to benefit homeless families through The Lighthouse in the Bitterroot. For more information call 381-1919.
BPL Socrates Cafe
Socrates Café will be held Tuesday, June 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the west meeting room of the Bitterroot Public Library. Ideas matter and great conversation changes things. Discussion of concepts helps mankind improve. Socrates Café is free and open to the public.
Wednesday, June 26
Sexual assault prevention presentation
The Ravalli County Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence will host a conference, “Local Sexual Assault Response and Prevention: Lessons Learned, Trends to Follow” on Wednesday, June 26 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Human Resource Council Building, 316 N. Third, in Hamilton. The conference will include presentations on sexual violence prevention, children’s advocacy, sex crime investigation, offender evaluation and treatment, health care needs and state services for victims of crime. For more information or an itinerary, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conlan farewell party
The library is hosting a farewell party on Wednesday, June 26 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for outgoing board chair, John Conlan. John has been an active member of the board for 12 years, enacting positive changes and overseeing tremendous growth at the library. Stop in to thank John for his tireless service to the community and to wish him luck on his move and his future travels abroad. This event is open to all. 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.
CSL Drumming Circle
A Drumming Circle with Tom Kresan and friends will be held Wednesday, June 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Kiwanis-River Park, S. 9th Street in Hamilton. Drumming allows us to access 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, there will be plenty of extras. Let your inner drummer out! In case of rain meet at the Center for Spiritual Living, 1720 N. First Street, Suite C in Selway Commons, north of Sears in Hamilton. For information call Carolyn at 375-2548 or visit CSLBitterroot.org.
Democratic Central Committee
The Ravalli County Democratic Central Committee will hold a general meeting on Wednesday, June 26 at 7 p.m. at Farmers Bank in Victor to discuss important issues and upcoming events.