Wednesday, January 8
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.
Main Street Association
The monthly luncheon meeting of the Stevensville Main Street Association will be held Wednesday, January 8 at 12 noon. Lunch is $6.00 per person. The program will be by Bob Gieseke, Branch Manager of Rocky Mountain Bank. Other agenda items include the 2014 events calendar, 2014 non-profit organization contacts, and announcements and more. The Promotion Committee will meet immediately after the general meeting. New members and volunteers are encouraged to stay and hear what the Promotion Committee is all about. For more information call 777-3773.
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.
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
Women Newcomers Club
Bitterroot Women Newcomers Club will meet Thursday, January 9 at 10 a.m. at the First Christian Church, 328 Fairgrounds Rd. in Hamilton. Guest speaker is Amy Chadwick, the “Beaver Deceiver.” Learn how she is enabling ranchers and property owners to conserve waterways without disturbing beaver habitat. Visitors are welcome to attend and learn more about the group and its activities. For more information, contact Dona Fisher at 381-6444.
Stevensville Civic Club
The Stevensville Civic Club will meet Thursday, January 9 at 12 noon in the basement meeting room at St. Mary’s Mission visitor center. All members and potential members are welcome.
BPL Lego Club
The Lego Club will meet Thursday, January 9 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the meeting room of the Bitterroot Public Library in Hamlton. Lego lovers, ages 4-10, accompanied by a parent or guardian, are invited to create and build with Legos. Legos are provided, and the program is free.
Natural history talk
As part of the continuing natural history exhibit “How Well Do You Know and Observe Your World?” at the Ravalli County Museum, 205 Bedford, Hamilton, Jack Losensky will give a talk on “The Photographic History of the Pre-European Forest” on Thursday, January 9 at 6 p.m. His photographic presentation will showing the forests of the west and the Bitterroot in particular prior to European arrival and influence. Once you see these, you will forever look at our mountains in a totally different way. The museum’s large courtroom is full of fun and educational things for all ages, so stop by during the day to check it out. January is “Field and Forest” month. Check out the website for the upcoming schedule at www.brvhsmuseum.org or call 363-3338.
Back Country Horsemen
Join the Selway Pintler Wilderness BCH chapter on Thursday, January 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hamilton Forest Service building (west entrance) for an evening of trail talk and fellowship. Club members will start a tentative list of trails and projects they would like to work on in 2014. If you’re interested in getting to know more about trails in the Bitterroot, join members for cookies, coffee and conversation. If you have any questions, call Linda at 961-1435.
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.
Ravalli Tea Party
The Ravalli Tea Party will meet Thursday, January 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Willow Court Apartments, 150 Skeels Ave, Hamilton (from Hwy 93 turn east on Foxfield by Tire-Rama, dead ends at Skeels, turn right, apts on left, park across the street). There will be an update on the year’s objectives and an open discussion of local, state and national issues. For more information contact Jennine Jones, 369-1656.
The Bitterroot Cross-Country Ski club will sponsor a special program on “Sailing and Skiing in Antarctica” on Thursday, January 9 at 7 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church, 1220 W. Main Street, Hamilton. The public is encouraged and welcomed to attend.
In December, Skip Horner led a small group of adventurers on a skiing expedition to Antarctica. He chartered a 67′ steel-hulled sloop out of Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world, and they sailed 770 miles across the treacherous Drake Passage to and from the Antarctic Peninsula. Then for two weeks they sailed through an archipelago of glacier-covered islands along the mainland, dodging icebergs and avoiding the pack-ice, as they chose new ski ascents and descents each day.
Skip has guided a wide variety of adventures worldwide for over 40 years. He was the first to guide the 7 Summits, the highest mountain on every continent. He led the first descents of over a dozen wild rivers on five continents, including the Zambezi, the Indus and the Yangtse. He has skied the highest peaks in the Arctic and the Antarctic, led camel caravans across the Sahara, and chased solar eclipses across three continents. Skip is a popular lecturer and an accomplished photographer, and he lives in Victor.
Lone Rock park board
The Lone Rock division of the Ravalli County Park Board will meet on Thursday, January 9 at 7 p.m. at the Three Mile Fire Hall. The public is welcome.
Friday, January 10
DCPL IPad and IPhone workshops
The Darby Community Public Library will hold IPad and IPhone Workshops and provide one-to-one assistance on Friday, January 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Schedule one-to-one assistance and register for the IPad and IPhone workshops at the library or by phone at 821-4771.
BPL Story Time
Young children are invited to meet in the children’s corner of the Bitterroot Public Library on Friday, January 10 to enjoy “I’m Shrinking!” with storyteller Thomas Fay. Hear great stories and try some activities and crafts! 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.
South Valley Pachyderm Club
Jessica Sena, Chairperson of Montana Young Republicans, will be the speaker for the next meeting of the South Valley Pachyderm Club, on Friday, January 10 at 12 noon at BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N. First Street in Hamilton. The South Valley Pachyderm Club is an officially recognized allied organization of the Republican Party. Members of the public are welcome.
Eagles Taco Night
Tacos and more will be available Friday, January 10 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge, 125 N. 2nd, Hamilton. The public is welcome.
BPL Family Night
A Special Family Evening will be held Friday, January 10 at 6 p.m. in the meeting room at the Bitterroot Public Library. Enjoy the music and company of Chip Jasmin. Special Families meet on the second Friday of the month. All families with children with disabilities are welcome.
Saturday, January 11
A flea market will be held Saturday, January 11 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Hamilton Senior Center, 820 N. 4th. Many vendors will be selling a huge variety of new, used and vintage items. Pastries, sandwiches, soups and beverages will be available. Rent a table for $5 by calling April at 363-0112.
The Hamilton Lions Club has sponsored the ski bus program for local youth since 1975. Bus rides to Lost Trail Ski Resort will begin on January 11 and run every Saturday through February 22. Contact Dirk Beyer at 363-2020 for more information, 363-2020.
Corvallis Woman’s Club
The Corvallis Woman’s Club of GFWC, known today as the Bitterroot Woman’s Club of GFWC, will be celebrating its 100th Birthday. Everyone is invited to an Open House Tea on Saturday, January 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Corvallis Methodist Church, south of Corvallis on East Side Highway. Refreshments and music will be provided. This is a great opportunity to talk about history without going to a funeral. This is your grandmother, great aunt, mother, your community leaders, maybe a scholarship that you earned, maybe a hot lunch you ate. Whether it was Stevensville, Sula, Hamilton, Corvallis, Three Mile, Florence, Darby or any other Woman’s Club, we are interested in hearing about your experiences.
Sunday, January 12
The Center for Spiritual Living presents Z’eva Singer discussing “Self-care for Your New Year” on Sunday, January 12 at 10 a.m. Z’eva is an educator, licensed therapist, professional counselor, published author, consultant, inspirational speaker, and an approved guide for people journeying to see John of God in Abadiania, Brazil. Come hear this remarkable woman share her life journey and wisdom. 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.
Free throw contest
The Knights of Columbus annual Free Throw Contest, for all Ravalli County youth ages 9-14, will be held Sunday, January 12 at 1 p.m. at Hamilton Middle School gym (use entry on S. 6th). There is no charge to participate. Boys compete with boys, girls compete with girls, within same age group only. Winners in each category receive a plaque. All participants receive a prize and an arm patch. Competition age is determined by age as of January 1, 2014. A parent signature is required. Each contestant will shoot 25 free throws. Qualifying contestants can advance to state and national competition. Boys 9-11 will use a girl’s basketball. Boys 12-14 use a boy’s regulation basketball. All 9-11 year olds shoot from 12 feet.
The 5 Valley Accordion Association invite one and all to join them on Sunday, January 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge in Hamilton to listen and dance to accordions, banjos, guitars, bass, drums and more. Admission is $3 for members and $4 for non-members. Call 240-9617 for more info. The annual election meeting for members will take place at 11:30 a.m. For information on membership, call 549-3946.
Monday, January 13
At the next meeting of the Hamilton Rotary Club, Russ Lawrence, author of “Montana’s Bitterroot Valley,” will discuss changes he’s seen since writing the book. The Hamilton Rotary Club will meet Monday, January 13 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.
Hamilton Garden Club
The Hamilton Garden Club will meet on Monday, January 13 at 1 p.m. at the home of Elizabeth Kehmeier, (363-5693), 214 Wyant Lane, Hamilton. Co-hostess is Betty Swift (363-2172). Guests are welcome or to become a member call president Karen Wilhelm 961-0097. Meetings are at 1 p.m. in January, February and March. From April until December meetings are at 7 p.m. If unable to attend members are asked to call hostess or co-hostess. Meetings are at a member’s home. For more information call one of the above members.
Green Thumbs Up
The Green Thumbs Up garden club will meet on Monday, January 13 at 2 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room, downstairs in the Bitterroot Public Library, Hamilton. The speaker will be Bill Kindzerski, gardener extraordinaire, who will be discussing the care and feeding of garden tools and equipment. He will demonstrate cleaning, sharpening, repair and maintenance of garden tools. The meeting is free and open to the public. For further information, phone Joyce Mabry, 375-9189.
CSL Book Club
A three-week book club will be held January 13, 20 and 27 at 6:30 p.m. to explore “E Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality” by Pam Grout. Explore the importance of focusing in on universal energy to realize that the university is limitless, abundant and accommodates our thoughts and wishes. The book club will meet at the Center for Spiritual Living, 1720 N. 1st Street, Hamilton, just north of Sears. Call Pat ASAP at 360-5568 to order a book ($10). For more information, visit CSLBitterroot.org.
Tuesday, January 14
You are cordially invited to join in singing HU together. HU is an ancient name for God. It can be sung outwardly or inwardly. Anyone can sing it, regardless of faith or belief. Singing HU can bring peace and calmness, divine love, spiritual upliftment, or can help heal a broken heart. This free event, sponsored by Eckankar, will be held Tuesday, January 14 at 7 p.m. at the Center for Spiritual Living, 1720 N First Street, Suite C (Selway Commons) in Hamilton. For more information, call 360-6796.
Stevi school board
The regular meeting of the Stevensville School Board of Trustees will be Tuesday, January 14 at 7 p.m. in the Music Center choir room.
Wednesday, January 15
Daly Mansion Preservation Trust
The Daly Mansion Preservation Trust will be holding its annual meeting on Wednesday, January 15 at 3 p.m. in the Daly Mansion Kitchen. A slate of board member nominations will be presented for vote by the DMPT Board of Directors along with a general DMPT business agenda. This is a public meeting. For more information, call April at 363-6004, ext. 3#. The Daly Mansion Preservation Trust is a non-profit organization. The Daly Mansion is located at 251 Eastside Hwy between Hamilton and Corvallis.
A Drum Circle will be held on Wednesday, January 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Center for Spiritual Living. African Hand Drumming allows us to access the Universal heartbeat that exists within and around all things. Bring your drum, rattles, and other instruments and come be part of the fun. No drum? No worries! There will be plenty of extras. Let your Inner Drummer out! The Center for Spiritual Living is located at 1720 N. First Street, Suite C in Selway Commons, north of Sears in Hamilton. For information call Carolyn at 375-2548 or visit www.CSLbitterroot.org.