Thursday, January 2
Natural History Lecture Series
The Natural History Lecture Series continues at the Ravalli County Museum in Hamilton through April. Come get a closer look at the environment we all live in through a lecture series presented by dedicated individuals in the field. January will cover “Fields and Forest of the Bitterroot” as follows:
Thursday, January 2, 6 p.m.: Steve Arno and Bob Mutch – Fire in the Forest
Thursday, January 9, 6 p.m.: Jack Losensky video show – Condition of the Forest in pre-European time
Thursday, January 16, 6 p.m.: Panel discussion including Paul Moore from the Montana Dept. of Natural Resources, Byron Bonney of the Bitter Root RC&D Area, and Julia Altemus of the Montana Wood Products Association.
Thursday, January 24, 6 p.m.: The Bitterroot National Forest addressing all components of the federal government’s obligation to provide “the most good for the most people” over time.
Small Town Renaissance discussion group
Two groups have met for the “Small Town Renaissance” book discussion at the Darby library. A Montana study group is being formed because of interest generated in the book discussions. The group will follow the original guidelines of the 1940’s study and meet for 10 consecutive weeks beginning Thursday, January 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Darby Library with committee work as needed. A core group of at least 15 people committed to the ten-week study is needed. Anyone interested in participating in the study group should contact Wendy Campbell, Darby Library Director, 821-4771.
Friday, January 3
North Valley Pachyderm Club
The North Valley Pachyderm Club will meet Friday, January 3 at 12 noon at the Frontier Café, Hwy 93 in Stevensville. Guest speaker will be Jessica Sena, Chairman of Montana Young Republicans. The North Valley Pachyderm Club meets the first and third Friday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. and is an educational arm of the Republican Party. All are welcome.
K of C Fish Fry
The Knights of Columbus will kick off the New Year a First Friday Fish Fry on Friday, January 3 from 5 to 6:45 p.m. at St. Francis Pastoral Center, 411 S. 5th Street, Hamilton. The “all you can eat” meal consists of fish, fries, coleslaw, mac n cheese, vegetables, dessert and soft beverage. 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.
Saturday, January 4
Senior Center bingo
The Hamilton Senior Center will be hosting a special Saturday Bingo on January 4. Doors open at 12 noon, games start at 1 p.m. Paper cards will be used. Free refreshments will be served. Players must be 18 or older. Call Cathy at 375-9276 for more information.
Dances of Universal Peace
Dancing in the New Year brings joy and a sense of connection with other folks. Join the Dances of Universal Peace in a gathering on Saturday, January 4 at the Center for Spiritual Living, 1720 North 1st St. (Selway Shopping Center), north of the Sears store in Hamilton. Gather for potluck at 6 p.m. with dancing at 7 p.m. Bring your potluck and utensils, your energetic spirit and open heart for an evening of simple circle dances and song. Each dance taught each time and beginners are always welcome. These dances come from all over the world, and focus on unity among all people. Donations for space rental requested, and children are always welcome. This is a scent-free event; no perfume, hairspray or aftershave. Call Brian at 363-4026 for more information.
Sunday, January 5
The Center for Spiritual Living presents Lea Guthrie discussing “Creating 2014 with Intention” on Sunday, January 5 at 10 a.m. Lea shares the importance of identifying intentions for the new year from a place of deep knowing within us. Also, Lea will lead a free workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. to help participants set intentions for 2014. A donation will be accepted. 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 Dave at 381-2355 or visit CSLbitterroot.org.
Golden Age dance
The Golden Age Club of Hamilton invites everyone to join them for their continuing winter scheduled live band and dance on Sunday, January 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. Venue is non-alcoholic and non-smoking. Potluck snack served during the music break. Cost is $3.00 a person. Call 240-9617 for more information.
Monday, January 6
Stevi school menu
Monday: Breakfast – Pancakes or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Chicken Drumsticks, mashed potatoes & gravy, mixed fruit, bread & butter, milk
Tuesday: Breakfast – Muffins or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Quesadilla with salsa, Spanish rice, apples, bread & butter, chocolate or regular milk
Wednesday: Breakfast – Cereal or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Sweet & sour chicken, rice, tossed salad with ranch dressing, pears, bread & butter, milk
Thursday: Breakfast – Waffles or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Sloppy Joes, taters, kiwi, bread & butter, milk
Friday: Breakfast – Egg wraps or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Dave’s catch of the day, cole slaw, apricots, bread & butter, chocolate or regular milk.
Gavin Ricklefs, with the Bitter Root Land Trust, will be speaking at the next meeting of the Hamilton Rotary Club, on Monday, January 6 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.
Tuesday, January 7
Sons of Norway
Bitterrootdalen Lodge, Sons of Norway, will meet on Tuesday, January 7 at 5 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Hamilton. The program will include a demonstration of making “krumkake” (like an ice cream cone). The Jessop children will do Irish dances and by popular demand, there will another whist tournament. The Lodge will provide a main dish, service and drinks. Members and visitors are invited to bring a side dish. The public is invited. Call Jackie at 961-4538 for more information.
Fly Fishers of the Bitterroot
The monthly meeting of Fly Fishers of the Bitterroot is Tuesday, January 7 at BJ’s restaurant in Hamilton. Social hour is at 6 p.m. and the meeting/presentation is at 7 p.m. Cocktails and dinner are optional. The program is “2013 Adventures in Retrospect.” Jeff Low has compiled club member activities and fishing adventures in a not to be missed slide show. Guests are welcome. Come and see what Fly Fishers of the Bitterroot is all about. For more info, contact Dorreen at 363-0744.
Hunting regs meeting
Public meetings on Montana’s proposed hunting seasons and regulations for 2014-2015 are planned for 12 west-central Montana communities in January.
Details on the proposed hunting regulations are available now on FWP’s website at fwp.mt.gov. Click “2014-2015 Hunting Proposals” to find information on each proposal and a complete calendar of meeting times and locations across the state.
The proposals encompass hunting seasons for antelope, black bear, bighorn sheep, bison, deer, elk, moose, mountain goat, mountain lion, and a variety of upland game birds.
Meetings will be held in Hamilton on Tuesday, January 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Bitterroot River Inn, 139 Bitterroot Plaza Drive, in Darby on Monday, January 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Elementary School, 209 School Drive, and in Missoula on Tuesday, January 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Double Tree Hotel, 100 Madison Street.
Comments may be submitted at these and other statewide meetings or online at fwp.mt.gov. Written comments may be sent to: FWP—Wildlife Bureau, Attn: Public Comment, P.O. Box 200701, Helena MT 59620-0701. For questions not covered on the website, call 542-5500. Comments are due by 5 p.m. on January 24, 2014. The Fish & Wildlife Commission will adopt final regulations in February.
Wednesday, January 8
Hospice volunteer training
Give the “last, best gift” a person can give: be a hospice volunteer and help bring dignity and comfort to patients and families facing the end of life. Marcus Daly Hospice will volunteer training on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. starting January 8and ending January 29. Training includes over 12 hours of classroom discussion. Topics range from the philosophy of hospice and regulations of HIPAA to the need for personal boundaries and self-care. Over 50 volunteers donated more than 2000 hours to patients and their families in 2013. This course is offered quarterly and materials are provided free of charge. For more information visit marcusdalyhospice.org or call Marcus Daly Hospice Services at 363-6503.
Historical Society annual meeting
The Bitter Root Valley Historical Society will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday, January 8 at 10 a.m. at the Ravalli County Museum. This annual meeting is open to the public and all BRVHS members are encouraged to attend.
The Center for Spiritual Living invites everyone to Spiritual Cinema on Wednesday, January 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The movie is “Arranged – Friendship Has No Religion.” When an Orthodox Jew and a Muslim meet as new teachers at a Brooklyn school, everyone expects friction. As they experience tension between their traditional cultures and life in contemporary America, the women form a special bond. 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 Pat at 360-5568 or visit CSLbitterroot.org.
Thursday, January 9
BPL Fellowship Club
The Bitterroot Public Library’s Fellowship Club will be meeting on Thursday, January 9 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to discuss “The Shadow Effect: Illuminating the Hidden Power of Your True Self” by Deepak Chopra, Debbie Ford, and Marianne Williamson.
New York Times bestselling authors and internationally acclaimed teachers have joined together to share their knowledge on one of the most crucial obstacles to happiness we face: the shadow.
The shadow exists within all of us. It is a part of us and yet we spend most of our life running from it. But far from being scary, our dark side holds the promise of a better, more fulfilling life. Our shadow makes itself known every day. It is the reason we get furious over a friend showing up ten minutes late, yell at our parents or kids when they have done nothing wrong, and sabotage our own success at the worst possible time. Until we are able to embrace our dualistic nature, we will continue to hurt ourselves and those closest to us and fall short of our potential.
Combining the wisdom of these three experts, “The Shadow Effect” is a practical and profound guide to discovering the gifts of our shadow. These three luminaries powerfully pierce the veil of our unclaimed self, releasing us from the past and propelling us on a journey to wholeness. No longer living a half-life, we are capable of achieving our dreams and reclaiming the happiness that is our birthright.
The Fellowship Club meets every second Thursday of the month in the West Meeting Room of the Bitterroot Public Library and is free and open to anyone seeking to promote individual and collective well being. Call 363-1670, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.