Wednesday, June 26
BPL story time
Join Jennifer Crawford for “I Dig Summer!” story time on Wednesday, June 26 at 10:30 a.m. in the children’s corner or outside if it’s warm.
NVPL Kids Create Storytime
Kids Create Storytime will be held Wednesday, June 26 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. At each storytime, a healthy snack is provided and there is time to play and socialize with new friends. North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call the library at 777-5061.
Wild Wednesday performances are on the lawn of the Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton at 1:30 p.m. Join Sasha Brooks with her amazing hula hoop performance and then you can try it, too!
Relay for Life events
Important dates and times for Relay for Life:
Wednesday, June 26 at 6 p.m. – Team captains meet for bank night at the Bitterroot River Inn, in Hamilton.
Thursday, June 27 – Survivor and Caregiver Reception at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital Conference Room. Call Tammy Riley at 363-1398 or 381-1006 to reserve. Anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, whether they are newly diagnosed, currently undergoing treatment, or have been done with treatment for sometime is a survivor.
Friday, June 28 at 6 p.m. at the Corvallis High School Track – opening ceremonies begin for the Ravalli County Relay for Life 2013. During opening ceremony survivors are asked to lead the first lap around the track. All caregivers are asked to join the Survivors for the second lap. The third lap is dedicated to all teams. The public is invited to enjoy this evening filled with live entertainment, games of all kinds, silent auctions, food and fun. Come meet with your favorite mascots, Monte, Slash and some surprise guests! At 10 p.m. the luminaria ceremony will be held: after sunset at the Relay For Life event, the track is encircled with luminarias decorated with the names of those who have battled cancer. This ceremony of light symbolizes the hope and courage with which we all continue to fight cancer. For more information call Robin at 239-5740.
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.
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. Come for a discussion on important issues and upcoming events.
Thursday, June 27
NVPL Dig the Library program
No child left inside the library during summer reading! On Thursday, June 27 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon, the North Valley Public 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 learn about the world of bees, taste local honey from Wustner Brothers honey and create a beeswax candle to take home. 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 Dig the Library program
“I Dig Crafts” with Sam will be held Thursday, June 27 from 11 to 12 noon at the Bitterroot Public Library. All ages are welcome to join Sam in the children’s corner to make digging ant crafts. It’s free!
BPL ‘Brown Bag It’
“Brown Bag It” Book Discussion Group meets on Thursday, June 27 from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Bitterroot Public Library in the west meeting room to discuss the book “Flight Behavior,” a novel by Barbara Kingsolver. Bring your lunch. Coffee and tea are served. Newcomers are always welcome. This event is free and open to the public.
BPL parent workshop
“Make and Take Individualized Story Books” Parent Workshop will be held Thursday, June 27 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Bitterroot Public Library in the West Meeting Room. Brittany McKenzie, Early Childhood Educator, will discuss the value of individualized books as part of creating a print rich environment for young children, introduce a couple of resources families can access to create books, and show several examples of books that she created for her son and for other children. Parents will have plenty of creative time to make books for their young ones. Call Sally at 363-1670 if you need childcare during the workshop.
South Valley Civic Group
The South Valley Civic Group will meet Thursday, June 27 at the Naughty Moose at 6 p.m. Vendors are wanted for the Darby Sell-A-Rama to be held Saturday, July 13 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information contact Annie Edwards, President, 370-1309.
Bitterroot Herb Collective will meet on Thursday, June 27 at 7 p.m. at 802 Main St. Hamilton. If you are interested in growing, preserving or using herbs for healing or cooking, you should attend. There will be a movie about herbs, and exchanging seeds, plants and ideas. No charge, all welcome! For more information, call Star at 363-4026.
The Bitter Root Eagles Auxiliary #1693 will meet June 27 and July 11 at 7 p.m. Meetings will resume their normal schedule on July 18th.
Cancer Survivors Dinner
Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital’s MDMH 4 Life Relay Team and Dietary Department is hosting the annual Survivor Dinner, in conjunction with the Ravalli County Relay for Life event, dedicated to those living with cancer. The Survivor Dinner will be at the hospital on Thursday, June 27in conference rooms B and C. This special dinner is for cancer survivors, patients and caregivers. Due to the increased number of individuals in Ravalli County that have been affected by cancer, this year’s Survivor Dinner will have two seatings. The first seating is at 5:30 p.m. and the second at 7 p.m. The two seatings will ensure all guests are comfortable, have room to eat, visit and enjoy one another at this heart warming event. There is no cost but reservations are preferred. Call Tammy Riley at 375-4464 to register and for more information visit www.mdmh.org.
The Ravalli County Relay for Life is on June 28, Friday night into Saturday morning and will be held at the Corvallis High School Track. For more information visit www.ravallicountyrelayforlife.com.
A free lecture on “Montana Indian Fur Trade” with E.B. Eiselein will be held Thursday, June 27 at 6 p.m. at the Ravalli County Museum in Hamilton. The nineteenth century brought many changes to Montana’s Indians as the fur trade changed their lives. Eiselein explores the history of the fur trade in the Northwest, including the intense rivalry between two companies which led to the first fur-trading post in the Flathead Valley. The lecture is sponsored by Humanities Montana.
Marine Corps League
The regular meeting of the Bitterroot Valley Detachment of the Marine Corps League will be held on Thursday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge, 125 N. 2nd Street, Hamilton. All Marines, and Naval Corpsmen who served with Marine units are eligible for membership. Plans and location of the monthly SOS breakfast will be determined at the meeting. The Bitterroot Valley Detachment will be hosting an “Independence Day” family get together on July 4th at 1714 Sleeping Child Road, Hamilton between 1 and 6 p.m. All Marines and Corpsmen, and families are welcome to attend. Reservations are required by contacting email@example.com.
The Marine Corps League is the only Federally chartered Marine organization. The Bitterroot Valley Detachments assists Marines and families, supports wounded Marine programs, veterans and community programs, Toys for Tots, and is active with providing Honor Guards for veteran funerals. The National web site is at www.mcleague.org and local contact is with Meade Phillips, USMCmeadeMCL@aol.com.
Stevensville Town Council
The Stevensville Town Council will meet Thursday, June 27 at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall. Agenda items include discussion/decision on Agreement with NorthWestern Energy to supply gas service to Well House; approval of amendment to Ordinance No. 142, Animal Regulations as part of the second reading and adoption at the June 13th Council Meeting; discussion/decision on park land dedication requirements for Twin Creeks Subdivision; discussion/decision on Late Comers Agreement for Twin Creeks Subdivision; discussion/decision on Conditional Use Permit for 116 Valley View, to name a few.
Community Band concert
The Bitterroot Community Band will begin its summer series of concerts on Thursday, June 27 at 8 p.m. at the Claudia Driscoll Park, Hamilton. Concerts will continue every Thursday throughout the summer. Admission is free.
Friday, June 28
South Valley Pachyderm Club
Victoria Clark, Director of Bitterroot College, will be speaking at the next meeting, of the South Valley Pachyderm Club on Friday, June 28 at 12 noon at BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N. First Street, in Hamilton. Clark will discuss the “new” Bitterroot College, and its recently expanded curriculum. 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.
Senior Pro Rodeo Parade
The Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce will again sponsor the Senior Pro Rodeo Parade. The parade will be on Friday, June 28 at 3:30 p.m. Lineup will be at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds north entrance.
This parade will be strictly a horse and mule parade. Those interested in participating should contact Pat 363-2400 or stop by the Bitterroot Valley Chamber office located at 105 East Main in Hamilton.
“Wild Coyote” will be playing on Friday, June 28 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Hamilton Eagles, sponsored by Bitterroot Dancers, Inc. Everyone is welcome, singles and couples, to 2-step, waltz, country cha cha and more. Admission is $7, $5 for members. For info call 370-7551.
Saturday, June 29
Mountain to Meadow Half Marathon
Greeting the sunrise on Saturday, June 29 at 7:30 a.m., a member of the Travelers Rest Brigade will fire a musket into the crisp mountain air to signal the start of the 6th annual Mountain to Meadow Half Marathon and 5k Fun Run. The run or walk (for those who wish to take the course at a slower pace) will begin at the Lolo Pass Visitor Center on the Montana-Idaho border on Highway 12.
The course winds through stands of Engelmann Spruce and Subalpine fir in the scenic Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. Participants will see dramatic views of the Bitterroot Mountains in the distance, the same sights that greeted the Lewis and Clark party exactly 207 years ago. The half marathon begins at approximately a mile above sea level and the course climbs to nearly 5,700 feet before dropping back down to the finish line. Lewis and Clark lunched at Packers Meadow on June 29, 1806 and to commemorate that event, participants are encouraged to dress in Lewis and Clark regalia.
Course highlights Include: Music in the Meadow! Listen to Ellie Nuno and Jacob Zirbel as they play a medley of Celtic, traditional and bluegrass music from Packers Meadow (on the 5K and half marathon route) during the race; Family friendly 5K! Kids 12 and under walk or run free and receive a prize at the finish! Baby joggers are welcome; Course circuits through parts of the Nez Perce and Lewis and Clark Trails; Travelers Rest Brigade will hold interpretive programs about the history of the trails throughout the morning; Dogs on leash are allowed on the course.
Registration is $25 (free for kids 12 and under). To register and for more information go to www.runlolopass.org or call Colleen Mathisen at 240-0287.
The Bitterroot Quilters’ Guild invites the public to its 2013 “Copper Kings and Quilting Queens” Show on Saturday, June 29 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Marcus Daly Mansion, 251 Eastside Highway, Hamilton. The Quilt Guild anticipates over 300 quilts of all sizes and disciplines will be displayed outdoors, weather permitting. A special tour and “Old Time” Bed Turning of antique quilts will take place inside the Mansion. The featured quilter will be Ellie Cannon who has been a prolific quilter of art quilts and other innovative styles. Events include a special Bitterroot-designed raffle quilt, antique themed fabric raffles, quilts for sale, hands on demonstrations, and many vendors. Contact Carole Steigerwalt at 961-0180 for more information.
Corvallis All Class Reunion
The 11th annual Corvallis All Class Reunion will take place Saturday, June 29 in the old high school gym. Every 5th and 10 year class will be honored as well as any attendees from classes before the year 1963. Members of the 50th year class will be honored guests. Tours of the school will take place from 2 to 4:30 p.m. A social time will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Old Gym. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. for $12 per person in advance, $15 at the door. A 50/50 raffle will be conducted to raise money for scholarships. For information call Ray Dunbar at 961-4528, Gayle Tintzman at 961-3343 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Author Wendy Ervin of Corvallis will be signing copies of her book, “The Predator,” on Saturday, June 29 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Hastings, 2501 Brooks, Missoula. “The warning signs were there, of course, but I just didn’t recognize the red flags that stared me in the face. I didn’t want to see.” What does a mother do when there is corruption in the family? How does she identify and tackle abuse when it is veiled? How does she face truth when it is so ugly that it can be neither comprehended nor accepted? Is there hope when one’s world disintegrates around them? In navigating her way through these questions, author Wendy Ervin learned not only that hope is an eternal light shining in the darkness but also that God’s grace is available to all who are willing to trust in him. A heartbreaking tale of betrayal and loss of innocence, “The Predator” is a beacon to those who are suffering, a glimmer of hope during dark times. For more information, contact Michelle Whiteman at (877) 727-0697.
Museum event rescheduled
“An Afternoon of Cowboy Music & Poetry” originally scheduled for Saturday, June 29 has been rescheduled to Saturday, September 14. For more information call 363-3338 or visit www.brvhsmuseum.org.
Sunday, June 30
Sacred Circle discussion
A Sacred Circle Discussion will be held Sunday, June 30 at 10 a.m. at the Center for Spiritual Living. Join the lively discussion of Spiritual Principles and Practices from Reverend Kathianne Lewis, CSL, Seattle. 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 or visit CSLBitterroot.org.
South Valley Churches are sponsoring a Gospel Sing-Spiration on Sunday, June 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Darby Community Club House. Everyone is welcome.
The Hamilton Rotary Club will be meeting Monday, July 1 at 12 noon at BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N. 1st Street, Hamilton. The meetings are open to the public. For further information call 363-2960.
Tuesday, July 2
NVPL Kids Movie
Cool off this summer with a fun flick at the North Valley Public Library from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Every Tuesday, kids are invited to the library for a free family movie. Popcorn included! This week’s new animated release is an adventure that crosses all galaxies. Contact the library for film title information. North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville, 777-5061.
Children’s Lawn Party
“Mrs. Daly” will be hosting the Daly Mansion’s Annual Children’s Lawn Party on July 3, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. The festivities will help ring in the Independence Day holiday weekend with special activities including vintage lawn games, crafts, participation prizes from Mrs. Daly, entertainment and a patriotic bike and wagon parade at 3:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the best decorated parade entrants. Enjoy a picnic on the lawn, purchase a hot dog from the Daly Mansion volunteers and cool off with free cookies and ice cream. Admission is $3 per child and $3 per adult with refreshments. This event is sponsored by Evans Ace Hardware. For more information contact the Mansion at 363-6004, ext. 3#.
Poetry, book reading
Poet and author Dan Holland will read a few of his original poems along with reading and discussion of his book, “Saga of Hughes Creek,” at the Darby Community Public Library on Tuesday, July 2 at 6 p.m.
Dr. Holland, a former college professor and writer of history, contemporary and historical fiction, and poetry, owns a summer home at Hughes Creek on the West Fork, and became fascinated some years ago with stories about the history of the area, which was once a booming mining community. Surprised to learn that little had been published about the area, he undertook several years of research to produce the Hughes Creek book.
Especially interesting is the little known story of the plucky Irish immigrant prospector, Barney Hughes, for whom the creek is named. The public is cordially invited to an entertaining and informative session. There is no admission charge.