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Wednesday, October 2

 

Stevensville Main Street

The Stevensville Main Street Association will hold a general membership meeting on Wednesday, October 2 at 12 noon at 102B Main. Lunch will be available for $6. Call 777-3773 for more information.

 

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.

 

Assistance for Business Clinic

The Bitterroot Chamber of Commerce will sponsor an Assistance for Business Clinic will be held Wednesday, October 2 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bitterroot River Inn. Registration is from 7:30 to 8 a.m. Cost is $45 for Chamber members, $50 for non-Chamber members. To register or for more information contact the Chamber of Commerce at 363-2400.

The Assistance for Business Clinics are designed to assist new and established employers, accountants, bookkeepers, human resource professionals and lawyers to proactively prevent unnecessary claims and/or charges by providing updated reporting of state withholding, unemployment tax requirements, minimum wage laws, overtime laws, civil rights laws, tax incentives, embezzlement and federally funded contracts for small businesses.

 

Thursday, October 3

 

BPL iPad Users Group

The Bitterroot Public Library iPad Users Group meets Thursday, October 3 (first Thursday of the month) from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the library. All levels of users are welcome to share tip, tricks and new applications. For more information contact Nansu Roddy, Adult Services Librarian, at 363 1670.

 

Friday, October 4

 

TOPS rummage sale

The Stevensville chapter of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) will hold a rummage sale on Friday, October 4 from 3 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, October 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the North Valley Public Library community room, 208 Main in Stevensville.

 

Psychic Fair

Three days of psychic and healing services will be held at Between the Worlds in Hamilton starting Friday, October 4 at 2 p.m. Saturday hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday hours are 12 to 6 p.m.

This fundraising effort will benefit Sprinkle Pink. Sprinkle Pink heightens awareness of breast and other cancers and offer educational opportunities. All proceeds generated from Sprinkle Pink are donated to the Aid for Mammography fund and matched by Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital. The Aid for Mammography fund helps local women in need get mammograms and other necessary procedures.

Exceptional practitioners, selected by their peers, will be offering a wide range of services: Tarot, Astrology, Palm, Clairvoyant and Past Life readings, Aura Photography, Myo-Neuro Release, and Energy Work.

 

North Valley Pachyderm Club
The North Valley Pachyderm Club will meet Friday, October 4 at 12 noon at the Frontier Café, Hwy 93 in Stevensville. The guest speaker will be Jay Printz. The North Valley Pachyderm Club meets the first and third Friday of each month from 12 noon to 1 p.m. and is an educational arm of the Republican Party. All are welcome.

 

DCPL American Girl Book Club

American Girl Book Club meets every First Friday at 3 p.m. beginning October 4 in the Darby Community Public Library. Seasoned club members and new hopefuls are welcome. On October 4, the club will talk about the fun and creative things planned for the upcoming year, as well as the point system and prizes for the end-of-year event. Parents and caregivers will have an opportunity to see what happens in American Girl Book and Activity Club as well as meet the leaders for this year’s club. Come celebrate and offer any suggestions you may have for this year’s club.

 

NVPL Oktoberfest

Fun & Support Accordion Group will play a variety of traditional German and European music including polkas and waltzes on First Friday, October 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the North Valley Public Library. These folks are really fun so come sing along and dance with them! Admission is free. All ages are welcome. 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.

 

Art opening

For the month of October at River’s Mist, Gallery of Fine Art will be featuring Missoula artist Barbara Morrison. This exceptional artist creates various types of mixed media sculptures and masks along with folk art paintings. Known for her imaginative concepts and brightly colored pallet, Morrison has been featured in shows and galleries across the United States and around the world. Her work has been in Art Doll Quarterly and Polymer Clay publications. In combination with the Stevensville Scarecrow Festival, River’s Mist will be showcasing pieces from Ms. Morrison’s “Day of the Dead” collection.
Along with Morrison’s work, River’s Mist will be exhibiting a celebration of watercolorist Robbie Springs of Stevensville. Springs has traveled the world, bringing her own visualization and emotional/spiritual journey to her artwork. Her extensive use of color and internal exploration is truly a gift.
An artist’s reception will be held Friday, October 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. River’s Mist Gallery is located at 317 Main Street in Stevensville. For more information call 777-0520.

 

Art opening

A reception will be held for artist Deana Mattos Defenbach’s exhibit “Bella Cosa Art” on First Friday, October 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Art City, 407 W. Main in Hamilton. Defenbach’s vibrant paintings can be a wide variety of surfaces and objects from altered sterling spoons to brown paper grocery bags. She takes inspiration from her family, color, and the nature that surrounds her and enjoys experimenting with techniques and mediums. For information contact Art City at 363-4764 or Vivian Yang 363-3198.

 

K of C Fish Fry
The Knights of Columbus will hold their regular First Friday Fish Fry October 4 from 5 to 6:45 p.m. at St. Francis Pastoral Center, 411 S. 5th, Hamilton. The “all you can eat” meal consists of fish, fries, coleslaw, mac ‘n cheese, vegetables, dessert and soft beverage. The cost is $10.00 per person; children under nine are free. Wine can be purchased separately. Everyone is welcome so come out, bring a friend and enjoy the evening. For information contact Nick Hooper at 961-3930. A surprise menu is planned for next month so mark your calendar for November 1.

 

Casting for Recovery event

Casting for Recovery, a non-profit organization offering support and educational retreats for women with breast cancer is inviting all anglers to participate in an unforgettable fly-fishing experience. The Cast One For Hope event is a single-fly fishing event on Montana’s Bitterroot River. On October 4 and 5, registrants will gather in Hamilton, with the goal of raising money for Casting for Recovery programs across the country.
Casting for Recovery Executive Director Whitney Milhoan says, “Anyone who has spent a day on the Bitterroot in the fall knows what kind healing properties that experience can provide. So, this event is a great opportunity to raise money to offer the same thing to women with breast cancer. Being surrounded by nature, the camaraderie, the connection with wildlife, the determination and concentration, plus the physical motion of casting a rod… these are all elements of fishing that can truly help women with breast cancer.”
Each event participant will choose one fly to use for the day. If that fly becomes lost or unusable, the contestant is out of the running for “longest-lasting fly”, but can still continue fishing for fun and win additional prizes.
Registration is open to the public at $1000 per person and includes a private kickoff party including whiskey sampling, local beer and heavy appetizers at a stunning riverside home, a full-day guided drift including lunch, an exclusive celebration dinner at the Stock Farm Club and awards. Or, anyone can register to attend the kickoff party for $50 or the celebration dinner for $100. Or, businesses or individuals who can’t participate in the event can choose to sponsor a boat instead.
For more information contact Whitney Milhoan, Executive Director, (802) 440-2227.

Saturday, October 5

McIntosh Apple Day
Known as “The Biggest Bake Sale Under the Big Sky,” the Ravalli County Museum, 205 Bedford, is putting on the 34th Annual McIntosh Apple Day Festival on Saturday, October 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and you will not want to miss it! Enjoy arts, crafts, food and produce from the local Hamilton Farmers Market as well as new vendors from outside the area. The highlight of the day is the Bake Sale, with locally grown, hand-picked apples lovingly crafted into made-from-scratch apple pies, caramel apples, our famous apple butter and barbecue pork with apple  chutney. Purchase raffle tickets to get the chance to win from over 100 raffle items, donated by vendors and other local businesses. This year there will be kids activities on the Museum lawn, including face painting, apple challenge, and coloring. Sign up for the silent auction and enjoy live entertainment. Potential vendors can check the website for availability, information and forms at at www.brvhsmuseum.org.

 

Hamilton Farmers Market Harvest Fest
To celebrate the food that keeps us alive and the people who grow it, Hamilton Farmers Market, on 3rd and Bedford Streets in Hamilton, will host the 2013 Harvest Fest on October 5 from 9 a.m. to12:30 p.m.
The Craziest, Smallest and Largest (non pumpkin) Veggie and Flower contest, open to all, will return. Registration begins at 10 a.m. There will be Mini-pumpkin Painting for Mini Kids on the Museum lawn and a drawing for Boxes of Market Bounty from local hard working farmers.
More parking is now available for the Farmers Market on Highway 93 south across from Bedford Street. Be sure to use the pedestrian flags when you cross the road.
Hamilton Farmers Market Co-op has been serving the farmers and crafts people of Ravalli County for more than twenty years by providing a shady place to sell their homegrown produce, fruit, cheese, meat and eggs, and their handcrafted wares and art. This promotion of local entrepreneurs and their Montana made and grown products makes this market unique in the state. Stop by and enjoy the best the Bitterroot has to offer!

 

Book signing

Author Wendy Ervin of Corvallis will be signing copies of her books, “The Predator” and “Boo Boo” on Saturday, October 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Apple Day and on Saturday, October 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fall Freeze Marketplace at the Fairgrounds. For more information, contact (877) 727-0697 or Michelle Whitman at michelle@keymgc.com.

 

Benefit golf scramble

The Blaze a Trail Project Golf Scramble and Barbecue will be held Saturday, October 5 at 12 noon at Whitetail Golf Course in Stevensville. The event is being organized by Devin Carlson for his senior community service project. Devin is raising funds for the Connor Arnott Memorial Scholarship. Register individually or as teams. There will be fun hole contests, and golf and raffle prizes. For more information call 777-3773.

 

Senior Center Bingo

Hamilton Senior Center will host a Special Saturday Bingo on October 5. Doors open at 12 noon, games start at 1 p.m. Paper cards will be used and free refreshments will be served. Must be 18 to play. Call Cathy at 375-9276 for information.

 

Butterfly Garden ribbon cutting

The Daly Mansion invites the public to a ribbon cutting celebrating the grand opening of the Butterfly Garden on Saturday, October 5 at 1 p.m. on the Mansion grounds. This new addition to the Margaret Daly Memorial Gardens was spearheaded and funded by volunteers Nina Eadie and Dave and Sharon Wilson. The garden contains a variety of plants that attract butterflies. A bench and arbor were also installed and the garden is open to all. The Butterfly Garden is located on the north side of the Daly Mansion grounds. The Daly Mansion is located at 251 Eastside Hwy between Hamilton and Corvallis. Call 363-6004 ext. 3# for more information.

 

 

Blessing of the Animals

The annual Blessing of the Animals service will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, October 5 at 3 p.m. This event honors the traditional feast day of St. Francis of Assisi – patron saint of animals, and churches all over the world open their doors to creatures of all kinds.

In earlier days, farm animals were brought to receive a fertility blessing. These days people bring a lively assortment of animals including cats, dogs, reptiles, farm animals and livestock to the church.

In the Blessing of the Animals, participants honor the many relationships between humankind and animal kind, whether of pet to guardian, or between a sight-impaired person and their seeing-eye dog, or that between a rancher and a herd of cattle, or a fisherman and the creatures of the sea. They acknowledge the gift of creatures who supply our food, carry our burdens, share our fortunes, provide us with clothing, give us companionship, who have tendered a service to humankind since the world began and who, in the words of Francis ofAssisi, are, indeed, our brothers and sisters.

Rev. Dori Peterson-Zubizarreta will conduct the worship service at St. Paul’s, and following the service there will be refreshments for both animals and their humans downstairs. The St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is located at 600 S. 3rd, at the corner of S. 3rd and Desmet in Hamilton. The Blessing of the Animals registration begins at 2:30 p.m.

 

Sunday, October 6

 

Bitterroot Life Chain

Come join with hundreds of Christians from thirty valley churches to take a stand against abortion on Life Chain Sunday, October 6 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Hamilton. Participants will hold signs in a peaceful, silent witness supporting the sanctity of human life as they line both sides of Hwy 93 in Hamilton. This hour will be devoted to pro-life prayer and meditation asking God to change hearts and minds about abortion. Pick up a sign at the corner of Pennsylvania and Hwy 93. Call 360-1485 for more information.

 

Youth Leadership Summit

Registration is open for the Growing Leaders Youth Summit in Missoula, hosted by the National Center for Appropriate Technology’s (NCAT) Farm to Cafeteria Network. Slated for October 6 through 8, the theme for the summit is “Diversifying the Future of Food.”

Farm tours, workshops, and keynote presentations during the summit will focus on strengthening young people’s capacity to organize and educate their peers about sustainable food, healthy living, and vibrant community-based food systems. Guest speakers will include young innovators from California, Massachusetts and Montana.

“We have a spectacular line-up of activities and speakers,” said Nancy Moore, Farm To Cafeteria program coordinator. “This summit is packed with information students and teachers can take back to their schools and use. Plus, attendees have the chance to connect with other teens and educators from across Montana.”

Each adult may chaperone up to eight high school students. Teachers will receive up to 13 OPI renewal units.  Limited travel scholarships are available.

The cost is $85 per person and the deadline for registration is September 20. Fees cover food, lodging, tours and workshops.
 
You can learn more about the Youth Summit, including schedule and registration details, by visiting www.farmtocafeteria.ncat.org, or contact Moore at nancym@ncat.org or 406-533-6648.

 

Monday, October 7

 

Stevi school menu

Monday: Breakfast – French toast or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Turkey & Stuffing, green beans, strawberry cups, bread & butter, milk

Tuesday: Breakfast – Bagels with cream cheese or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Chicken fajita, lettuce, salsa, apples bread & butter, milk

Wednesday: Breakfast – Cereal or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Hot ham & cheese sandwich, taters, pineapple, bread & butter, milk

Thursday: Breakfast – Pancake on a stick or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Tater tot casserole, peas & carrots, grapes, bread & butter, milk

Friday: Breakfast – Egg wraps or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Chicken wraps, fresh veggies with ranch dressing, apricots, bread & butter, chocolate or regular milk

 

Rotary Club
Ria Overholt, program director of a joint 4H/Hamilton School District mentoring program for middle school kids, will be speaking at the Monday, October 7 meeting of the Hamilton Rotary Club. The club meets at 12 noon at BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N. 1st Street, Hamilton. Rotary meetings are open to the public. For further information call 363-2960.

 

Parenting classes

‘Parenting with Love & Logic’ will be held at the North Valley Public Library. Classes are October 7-11 and 14-16 from 1 to 3 p.m. This 6-session series is free and sponsored by the MT Children’s Trust Fund and WORD,Inc. Call to register at 531-2744.

Tuesday, October 8

 

Swimming lessons

A new session of Swim Lessons begins October 8 on Tuesdays and Thursdays for four weeks at the Bitterroot Aquatic Center. Times available are 4-4:30 p.m. and 4:45-5:15 p.m. for levels 1,2, and 3. Call 375-8200 for more information.

 

BPL Writers Group

If you want to be a writer, come hang out with the Writers Group at the Bitterroot Public Library. It meets every other Tuesday evenings, October 8 and 22, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the Library. Instructor John Robinson will facilitate. This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Nansu Roddy, Adult Services Librarian, at 363-1670.

 

BPL herbal workshop

Make luscious herbal lip balm with Jessica Thomas, Outlaw Herbalist, at the Bitterroot Public Library.  The workshop is on Tuesday, October 8 from 7 to 8 p.m. on the main floor of the library. Preregister for this free class by calling 363 1670.

 

Stevensville school board

The regular meeting of the Stevensville School Board of Trustees will be Tuesday, October 8 at 7 p.m. in the Stevensville Music Building Choir Room.

 

Wednesday, October 9

 

MSU Pest Management Tour

MSU will sponsor a Pest Management Tour on Wednesday, October 9 at 8:30 a.m. at the Bitterroot Valley Board of Realtors, 224 N. 4th, Hamilton. This will be the last and final opportunity to receive Continuing Education hours in Ravalli County. Private applicators must obtain recertification credits before the January 1, 2014 deadline to stay licensed.
Attendees will receive three private applicator recertification credits for attending either the morning or afternoon session. A private applicator may also wish to attend the entire session to accumulate six recertification credits. Commercial/government applicator credits will also be offered.
Classes include: Environmental Fate of Herbicides, Insect Updates, Pesticide Storage and Security, Minimizing Collateral Damage, Cheatgrass Biology, Ecology and Management in Crop, and Plant Diseases.

Contact the MSU/Ravalli County Extension Office, 375-6611, with questions.

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