Wednesday, October 23
Bitterroot College Advisory Council
The Advisory Council for Bitterroot College University of Montana will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 23 at 3 p.m. at the Human Resource Council Building Conference Room, 316 N. 3rd Street, Hamilton. The BC Advisory Council is a public board and welcomes members of the public to observe and participate at its meetings. The meeting agenda and supplemental meeting materials are available on the BC website at Advisory Council Meetings, by calling the BC office at 375-0100 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
NVPL travel program
Ethiopia is where scientists found the first evidence of early man (Lucy) as well as the earliest man-made tools. Join Elaine Davis for a presentation about her recent travels in Ethiopia including her visit with the tribal people of South Omo who have been living the same lifestyle for thousands of years. The program will be held Wednesday, October 23 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the North Valley Public Library, 208 Main Street, Stevensville. Admission is free and all ages are welcome. For more information, call the library at 777-5061.
Bitterroot Quilters Guild
The October meeting of the Bitterroot Quilters’ Guild will be held on Wednesday, October 23, at 6:30 p.m. at Canyon View Church, 195 Skalkaho Road, Hamilton. The program will be a trunk show presentation by Diana Simkins from Fort Shaw, MT. She is a certified Judy Neimeier instructor. There will also be “show and tell” of members’ quilts. Guests and visitors are always welcome. For further information contact Fran Jackson, secretary, 363-0768.
Thursday, October 24
Developmental disabilities webinar
On Thursday, October 24, Marcus Daly Hospice is excited to host a free, live webinar entitled “Supporting Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Through Life-Ending Illness, Grief, and Loss.” This two-hour educational program focuses on the critical challenges of providing and accessing optimal end-of-life care and bereavement support for this population. Participants can arrive at MDMH Conference Room B at 11:45 a.m. The webcast goes from 12 noon until 2 p.m., with discussion following. A light lunch is provided as well. Funding for this public offering is provided by a grant from the Hospice Care Foundation in Missoula. Two hours of CE credit are available. The webcast is part of the Hospice Foundation of America’s annual New Perspectives Program. Pre-registration is appreciated but not required. Call Marcus Daly Hospice Services at 363-6503 to sign-up or for more information.
The next WNET meeting will be on Thursday, October 24 at 12 noon in the Conference Room at RCEDA, 274 Old Corvallis Road in Hamilton. The presentation will be “Leadership: Unlocking Potential” by management advisor Karl Jones. This session is geared to managers and leaders and anyone that aspires to such a position at work or in the community. Topics include: why pay is not the top motivator; what unlocks employee potential; what leadership behaviors tap into employee potential. The presentation and Q.& A. will be 1 hour. Afterwards there will be time for general networking. Like all WNET brown bag lunches, there is no fee. For more information call 375-9416.
Domestic violence Q&A session
Supporters of Abuse Free Environments, Inc. (SAFE) is hosting a Community Domestic Violence Question and Answer session on Thursday, October 24, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. at the Bitterroot Public Library meeting room. All are welcome to attend this free, informational session to learn more about what abuse is, how to respond supportively, what is happening in our community, services available and how they work. Bring your lunch and questions, cookies will be provided. For more information contact Jamie at 363-2793.
BPL planning meetings
The Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton will hold Strategic Plan meetings on Thursday, October 24 from 3 to 4 p.m. and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the library. This is an opportunity for community members to offer ideas as the library staff begins to plan for the next five years. Call 363-2435 for more information.
A Capella Society pancake supper
The Montana A Cappella Society’s fall fundraiser will be an all-you-can-eat pancake supper on Thursday, October 24 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Corvallis United Methodist Church, corner of Eastside Hwy and Cemetery Road. The supper will feature five types of gourmet pancakes: Apple Cinnamon, Chocolate Chip, Buttermilk, Spicy Pumpkin, and Delicious Banana, all served piping hot with a side of sausage. Cost is a free will offering. This will be great food and singing too! Everyone is welcome. Call 363-5778 for more information.
Sprinkle Gumption Variety Show and Party
Steve Weber will offer his “Sprinkle Gumption” variety show, embodying the “Forrest Gump” character while sharing the stage with others at the Roxy Theater on Thursday, October 24, pre-party at 5:15 p.m., show at 6 p.m. This year’s show is a smorgasbord of acts from the Sprinkle Pink campaign throughout Ravalli County. The local talent and their skits are entertaining. The special appearances and survivor stories will touch your heart. This show is sure to have you laughing, inspired and leaving with a smile of appreciation for your community. Each ticket makes a difference in your local community and is a tax deduction because 100% of the cost of this show is donated. Enjoy the pre-party including wine and hors d’oeuvres provided by The Loft, Bouilla, and A Taste of Paris. Tickets are $25 each and available at the Bitterroot Chamber of Commerce, Ravalli Republic, AAA MountainWest and online at mdmh.org or call 363-2400. 100% of proceeds from this event are donated to the Aid for Mammography Fund and are matched 100% by Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital. For more information visit mdmh.org.
Victor Park District
The next meeting of the Victor Park District will be Thursday, October 24 at 7 p.m. at the Farmers State Bank meeting room in Victor. There will be discussion of the next steps for accepting the Victor Park from the Garden Club and fall seeding of the medians. Call Roger at 961-3953 if you have any questions about the Victor Park District. Anyone interested is encouraged to attend.
Democratic Central Committee
Join fellow Democrats for a general meeting of the Ravalli County Central Committee on Thursday, October 24 at 7 p.m. at the Hamilton Grange. Approval of by-laws and discussion of upcoming events is on the agenda.
Friday, October 25
South Valley Pachyderm Club
At the next meeting of the South Valley Pachyderm Club on Friday, October 25, co-speakers will be State Senator Scott Boulanger and Theresa Manzella, candidate for District 85, State House of Representatives. District 85 now includes Darby and parts of Corvallis. The club meets on the second and fourth Fridays of each month at 12 noon at BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N. First Street in Hamilton. Members of the public are invited to attend. The South Valley Pachyderm Club is an officially recognized allied organization of the Republican Party.
AERO annual meeting
Food and energy issues combine with great music, food, and dancing at the Alternative Energy Resources Organization’s (AERO) 39th annual meeting held October 25-27 at the Bitterroot River Inn in Hamilton.
The weekend kicks off with renewable energy and farm tours on Friday, October 25, followed by two days of guest speakers, roundtable discussions, a lively auction and Montana-grown meals. New this year AERO will host a Pie Off, so dust of those recipes, and a folk school, which will include hands-on workshops from weaving and spinning to pedal-powered devices and cheese making.
Nationally-renowned speakers will focus on policy issues from the national level to the local level. Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch and author of “Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America,” will speak on how national policies around food are affecting our economies and our health. Gwen Lachelt, Founder of Earthworks’ Oil & Gas Accountability Project and a County Commissioner in La Plata County, CO, will share stories of communities that have worked to ensure that oil and energy companies pay their fair share.
AERO’s annual meeting provides members and non-members a unique opportunity to share innovative solutions in the areas of alternative energy and agriculture. The general public is encouraged to attend. Registration and more information is available online at www.aeromt.org.
BPL Story Time
Young children are invited to meet in the children’s corner of the Bitterroot Public Library on Friday, October 25 at 10:30 a.m. to enjoy “Going Batty” with storyteller Sally Blevins. Hear some great stories, have some Halloween fun and try some activities and crafts! Story time is designed for children 3-5 years of age. All story times are free and open to the public.
Eagles taco night
Taco Night will be held Friday, October 25 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Eagles, 125 N 2nd, Hamilton. The menu will include tacos, burritos and quesadillas. The public is welcome.
Saturday, October 26
Eagles annual Kids Halloween Party will be held Saturday, October 26 at 1 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge, 125 N. 2nd, Hamilton. There will be crafts, games and a costume contest. All kids 12 years old and under are welcome.
BPAC concert series
Cellist and singer Ben Sollee will perform in concert on Saturday, October 26 at 8 p.m. at the Bitterroot Performing Arts Center in Hamilton as part of the 10th season series.
“. . .Sollee probably could have taken any instrument and found novel, even radical ways to use it. He’s got a bit of the rebel in him, and as a musician, he was inevitably going to find his own means of expression.”–Aspen Times
Known for his thrilling cello playing that incorporates new techniques to create a unique mix of folk, bluegrass, jazz and R & B, Ben Sollee possesses rough, smooth, smoky vocal stylings and a knack for intricate arrangements. Ben Sollee is an artist who shares himself completely with his audience, whether it be by personal lyrics, or his commitment to the environment. Sollee first gained major notice with his 2008 debut, Learning to Bend, which led NPR’s Morning Edition to call him one of the “Top Ten Great Unknown Artists” of the year. About that time, Sollee joined forces with Abigail Washburn, multi-Grammy winner Bela Fleck, and Grammy nominee Casey Driessen to form the Sparrow Quartet which toured world-wide. Ben Sollee’s music also drew the attention of My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James, who produced his second full-length album, a collaboration with Daniel Martin Moore entitled Dear Companion. Ben Sollee’s latest release, Half-Made Man, is a revealing, deeply moving album that explores a man trying to figure himself out, just as we all are. Sollee is accompanied by a bass and percussion in concert.
Tickets are on sale now through the BPAC website, www.bitterrootperformingarts.orgor by phone at 363.7046.
Sunday, October 27
The Center for Spiritual Living presents Pat Murphy on Sunday, October 27 at 10 a.m. discussing “Community And Our Divine Interconnectness.” Pat shares how we can strengthen our community by viewing relationships through the perspective of the divine in each of us. Special music with LeGrande Harvey, Brian Jameson, and Doug Soehren. Refreshments and conversation follow at 11:30 a.m. Come early for meditation at 9:30. 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.
The 5 Valley Accordion Association invites one and all to attend their Halloween dance at the Rustic Hut in Florence on Sunday, October 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. Come listen and dance to accordions, guitars, banjos, drums and more. Dress up and participate in the costume contest for prizes. Admission is $3 for members and $4 for nonmembers. Call 240-9617 for information.
HHS choir concert
The Hamilton High School Choir is hosting an “All Star Greatest Hits Concert” at the Performing Arts Center on Sunday, October 27 at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds of this concert will benefit the current choir students traveling to NYC to perform in Carnegie Hall. The students have been invited to perform in a benefit concert on November 16th to support the Golden Hat Foundation whose mission is to improve the lives of individuals living with autism. The fantastic All Star concert this Sunday features the talented alumni and shining stars of the Bitterroot Valley. Support this once-in-a-lifetime trip for HHS choir students by attending this all-star concert or by making a donation. A large variety of gift baskets will be raffled at PAC performances on October 26-29th. Cash donations to the Hamilton High School Choir can be mailed to 327 Fairgrounds Road. Tickets for the “All Star Greatest Hits Concert” are $10 and are on sale now at Mountain Music and the Music Box in Hamilton. Tickets can also be purchased at the high school office during school hours. For additional information contact Hamilton High School at 375-6060.
Monday, October 28
Stevi school menu
Monday: Breakfast – Pancake or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Harvest stew, tossed salad, pears, bread & butter, milk
Tuesday: Breakfast – Bagel with cream cheese or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Quesadilla with lettuce & salsa, refried beans, apples, bread & butter, chocolate or regular milk
Wednesday: Breakfast – Waffle or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk: Lunch – Sweet & sour chicken, rice, mixed veggies, apricots, bread & butter, milk
Thursday: Breakfast – Mummies on a stick or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk: Lunch – Frankin Joes, wacky jacks, batty annas, bread & butter, milk
Friday: Breakfast – Ham bites or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk: Lunch – Sea wonders, coleslaw, grapes, bread & butter, chocolate or regular milk.
Win Smith, Hamilton Rotary Club President, will be speaking at the next meeting of the Hamilton Rotary Club, on Monday, October 28 at 12 noon at BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N. 1st Street, Hamilton. This meeting is open to the public. For further information call 363-2960.
Tuesday, October 29
BPL blood drive
A blood drive will be held Thursday, October 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the meeting room of the Bitterroot Public Library. Call ahead to make an appointment to give blood, 363-1670.
Affordable Care Act information meeting
Are you confused about the new healthcare law and changes, and how they affect you? On Wednesday, October 30,Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital is sponsoring a free public information session on ObamaCare in Montana at the Bitterroot River Inn in Hamilton from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Christina Goe, J.D., General Counsel, Office of the Commissioner of Securities and Insurance of the Montana State Auditor’s Office, will present, “What you need to know” from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The Marketplace Insurers – PacificSource, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Montana CoOp – will present from 12:15 to 1 p.m. Questions can be addressed between 1 and 1:30 p.m. A brown bag lunch will be provided and registration is not required. An opportunity for insurance enrollment will follow the information session. Come and learn about the new healthcare law and insurance options and get your questions answered. Make an informed decision about your healthcare and enroll in the program that best fits your needs.