Wednesday, September 25
DCPL Write On Club
The Darby Community Public Library Write On Club meets Wednesdays after school from 4 to 5 p.m. beginning September 25. All you need is pen, paper and your imagination. This club will “write on” from prompts, props and word association games. Your creativity will spring forth as you allow your inner writer to emerge. The club is led by Amy Arnold. Registration is required by calling 821-4771.
Bitterroot College Advisory Council
The Advisory Council for Bitterroot College University of Montana will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 25 at 3 p.m. at the Human Resource Council Building Conference Room, 316 N. 3rd Street, Hamilton. The BC Advisory Council welcomes members of the public. The meeting agenda and supplemental meeting materials are available: on the BC website at Advisory Council Meetings or by calling the BC Business Office at 375-0100.
NVPL travel presentation
North Valley Public Library will host world traveler Cookie Greene on Wednesday, September 25 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the community room. Greene will present a travelogue of her trip to South Vietnam, Cambodia and temples of Angkor Wat. This will be a 90 minute presentation of a trip with three veterans returning to the hill they defended during the Khe Sanh siege, the longest of the entire war and the start of the Tet offensive. Cookie will take you to Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon, Hue Khe Sanh, and incredible Angkor Wat. Admission is free. North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call the library at 777-5061.
Thursday, September 26
Metcalf NWR hunter blind drawing
The hunter blind drawing and pre-hunting meeting for the opening weekend (September 28 & 29) of the 2013 waterfowl season on Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge will take place on Thursday, September 26. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the Okefenokee Room of the Lee Metcalf NWR Headquarters/Visitors Center building on Wildfowl Lane. Anyone interested in hunting waterfowl on Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge on opening weekend must attend. Participants must bring the following information to be eligible for the drawing: ALS #, Federal duck stamp, and photo identification. Call 777-5552 for more information.
Victor Park District
The Victor Park District will meet Thursday, September 26 at 7 p.m. at the Farmers State Bank meeting room in Victor (enter rear door from the south parking lot). topics for discussion include possible acceptance of the Victor Park, other fall work, and a weed management plan for the highway. Call Roger De Haan at 961-3953 with any questions.
Friday, September 27
BPL Story Time
Young children are invited to meet in the children’s corner of the Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton on Friday to enjoy “Mice are Nice” with storyteller Dominic Farrenkopf. Hear some great stories and try some mice food! 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.
Teller Stewardship Day
Enjoy a Friday afternoon at Teller Wildlife Refuge while improving wildlife habitat on Friday, September 27 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the annual Stewardship Day. Choose from a wetland cattail pull, native grass plot preparation or houndstongue dig volunteer project (from 2 to 5 p.m.) and then enjoy a free barbecue along the tranquil banks of Gird Creek (from 5 to 6 p.m.). RSVP to email@example.com or call the office at 961-3507 by Wednesday, September 25.
Eagles taco night
The Eagles Ladies Auxiliary to Aerie #1693 will serve a Taco Night Buffet on Friday, September 27 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Eagles Hall, 125 N. 2nd, Hamilton. The menu will include fried corn shell tacos, soft flour tacos, burritos with beans and meat, burritos with chili verde, cheese quesadilla, meat and cheese quesadilla, and taco salad.
Trout Unlimited banquet
The annual Trout Unlimited banquet will be held Friday, September 27 at the Bitterroot River Inn in Hamilton. Riversong Gourmet will serve a great gourmet dinner highlighting local foods, and the Banque Club will provide beverage service, featuring brews from the Bitterroot Brewing Company. The doors will open at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.
There will be Live and Silent Auctions, bucket raffles, door prizes and much more – tackle, trips on the Missouri, Kootenai and Bitterroot, fine art, gourmet dinners, unique wines, clothing and crafts. This year Trout Unlimited is presenting an award for Lifetime Achievements in Conservation to Monte Dolack and Mary Beth Percival. They will be attending the banquet, so come help congratulate them. And of course, there’s always ample time to swap stories and start planning for next year.
Tickets are $50 per person and are available at Western Flies & Guides, Chuck Stranahan’s Fly Shop, Angler’s Roost, River Otter, Bitterroot Fly Company. You can reserve tickets by calling Western Flies & Guides at 363-9099. You do not need to be a TU member to attend and join in the fun. Mastercard and Visa will be accepted the night of the banquet.
If you would like to make a donation, volunteer to help out, or learn about TU’s banquet sponsor program, contact Marshall Bloom (363-3485, firstname.lastname@example.org) or Doug Nation (363-2137, email@example.com)
Stevensville Playhouse performance
The Stevensville Playhouse is launching its membership campaign with the opening of the 2013-2014 Season. The Playhouse will be presenting “Barnum” a musical about one of America’s most famous showmen, P.T Barnum. The show opens September 27 and runs through October 13. Tickets are available at stevensvillelayhouse.org or by calling 777-2722. Come early as a pre-show starts at 7 p.m. The Playhouse is working hard to involve community member of all ages. “Barnum” has been in preparation since early June when 18 young people were involved in workshops led by various community volunteers learning theater and circus skills used in this production.
Since the Stevensville Playhouse is a nonprofit organization relying on community support, any donations of funds are tax deductible and much appreciated. Volunteers are always welcome, to help with jobs from cleaning to building and painting sets. Anyone interested in getting involved at any level should call 777-2722.
The musical “Barnum,” based on the life of showman P.T. Barnum covering the period from 1835 through 1880 in America and major cities of the world where Barnum took his performing companies, written by Mark Bramble with lyrics by Michael Stewart and music by Cy Coleman, will open September 27 at the Stevensville Playhouse. The production combines elements of traditional musical theater with the spectacle of the circus. This performance will feature various characters including jugglers, acrobats and clowns as well as many other folks in the life of P.T. Barnum. Show dates are September 27-28, October 4, 5, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. and September 29, October 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. Advance purchase tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under, or $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under at showtime. For reservations call 777-2722 or visit www.stevensvilleplayhouse.org.
Sunday, September 29
BPL Food for Fines
The Bitterroot Public Library is joining libraries across the state in celebrating Montana Library Week, Sept. 29-Oct.5. Patrons can donate food for either people or animals and have their library fines cancelled. “People” food will be donated to Haven House in Hamilton. Dog and cat food will be donated to the Bitterroot Humane Association. The Bitterroot Public Library is located at 306 State St. in Hamilton. For more information about food for fines contact the Bitterroot Public Library, 363-1670.
A South Valley Gospel Singspiration will be held Sunday, September 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Darby Community Club House. Everyone is welcome at this event sponsored by the South Valley Churches.
Fifth Sunday Sing
You’re invited to participate with Stevensville United Methodist Church in a “Fifth Sunday Sing” on Sunday, September 29 at 6 p.m. During every month that has a fifth Sunday, the church will hold a sing-along of old gospel songs, favorite hymns and special music offered by a different church each evening. It will be an hour of singing the “good old stuff” that many parishioners seem to miss singing in regular services. Fellowship with coffee and treats will follow each sing-along. Each attending church is asked to bring some treats to share.
Upcoming fifth Sunday months are September, December, March, June, August and November. No reservations are required. Come early for a good seat.
Monday, September 30
The Hamilton Rotary club will meet Monday, September 30 at 12 noon at BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N. 1st Street, Hamilton. The meeting is open to the public. For further information call 363-2960.
“Stand Out! Get the Job You Want” Workshop will be held Monday, September 30 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Darby Community Public Library. Build a resume that rocks and learn interview tips and techniques to land the job that’s right for you. Bitterroot Job Service has partnered with the Darby Community Public Library to teach you the basics of how to create a resume using templates to make formatting easy. Bring details (names/dates/contact information, etc.) on education, training and previous jobs so that you can get started on an outstanding resume. The Bitterroot Job Service will also take participants through the resources available at the job service including how to apply for the job you want and how to have a successful interview. Snacks will be provided. Prerequisite: Ask the librarian to help you register with Job Service so you are ready for this workshop. Class will be cancelled if there are less than five registered. Call 821-4771 for more information.
Tuesday, October 1
Disaster preparedness workshop
Are you ready? Everyday we hear about a community struggling with a major disaster. Let’s be ready as neighborhoods, if we should find ourselves in the same situation. RSVP is presenting an informational meeting and training on Tuesday, October 1 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the basement of the Bitterroot Public Library to help neighbors develop plans to support each other, especially if the community is cut off (think Colorado). This meeting is a time for you to learn about being prepared for disasters and emergencies like wildfires, extreme winter weather, flooding, and other unexpected situations. A trainer will lead you through “Map Your Neighborhood,” a great way to be sure you know things like who has pets, where are the gas cut offs, who needs to be checked on, what are the three things that you should keep under your bed. This free training is supported by the state of Montana and the Western Montana RSVP Volunteer Center. Registration is not required, but those who preregister will receive an emergency starter kit. To register contact RSVP Volunteer Center, 363-1102.
A journal workshop on “Creating the Me Book” will be led by community volunteer Jean Driescher on Tuesday, October 1 at 4 p.m. at the Darby Community Public Library.
Sons of Norway bingo
Bitterrootdalen Lodge, Sons of Norway, will have a Norwegian Bingo Night, on Tuesday, October 1 at 5 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Hamilton. Winners will receive play money until all the Bingo cards are filled, then the participants can bid for White Elephant items in the auction to follow. The meeting is open to the public, and all are encouraged to buy cards and join the fun with Lodge members. A main dish, drinks and service will be provided; visitors and members may bring a side dish, and a White Elephant item. For more information call Jackie at 961-4538.
Financial Peace University course
A nine-week course that provides families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success will meet once a week starting Tuesday, October 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Sportsmen Church, 3919 Stevensville River Road in Stevensville. Contact Randy Bailey at 360-5800 for more information or to register. A different lesson is taught each week by Dave Ramsey on DVD followed by a small-group discussion. Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing.
Since its inception in 1994 FPU has helped more than 1.5 million families positively change their financial future. Through common-sense principles and small-group accountability, FPU gives people the tools they need to change their behavior and succeed financially. On average families who complete FPU pay off $5,300 and save $2,700 in the first 90 days. Following the class nearly 94 percent of those families budget regularly. Ramsey knows first-hand the pain that financial stress can cause. After creating a net worth of more than a million dollars by age 26, he quickly lost it all. Since then Ramsey has helped families and individuals across the country learn how to get control of their finances and avoid debt so they don’t have to experience the same pain he did. For more information go to www.daveramsey.com.
Have you wanted to drum but didn’t know where to start? Join in beginning African Drumming lessons beginning October 1. Feeling energy in our bodies is an excellent awakening practice. It increases our presence and awareness, allowing us to access the universal heartbeat that exists within and around all things. No drum? No worries. There will be drums available. Lessons are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Center for Spiritual Living, 1720 N. First Street, Hamilton (directly north of Sears). For more information call Jerry at 381-7220 or Carolyn at 375-2548.
BPL Socrates Cafe
Join facilitator Kris Bayer for Socrates Café and the Great Conversation at the Bitterroot Public Library on Tuesdays, October 1, 15 and 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the meeting room of the Library. What we believe to be true shapes our future and impacts our world. This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Nansu Roddy, Adult Services Librarian, at 363 1670.
Wednesday, October 2
Stevensville Garden Club
The Stevensville Garden Club will meet on Wednesday, October 2 at 1 p.m. at the Community Baptist Church in Stevensville. There will be a presentation on forcing paperwhites and other bulbs. For more info call Linda Clark at 777-4777.