Wednesday, February 26
The Bitterroot Quilters Guild will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, February 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the Daly Leach Community Room, 1010 W. Main St., Hamilton. This is a special meeting celebrating 30 years. In honor of this anniversary there will be a Guild Reunion for all current and former members. There will be socializing, Show and Tell, and refreshments. The Guild scrapbooks will be on display to see how quilting (and the club) has changed over the years. Guests are always welcome. If you have any interest in quilting, you’re invited. For further information, contact Fran at 363-0768.
Thursday, February 27
BPL Lego Club
Lego Club will meet Thursday, February 27 at the Bitterroot Public Library. Lego Club meets from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. Lego lovers ages 4-10, accompanied by a parent, are invited to create and build with Legos in the Meeting Room of the Bitterroot Public Library. Legos are provided, and the program is free.
Natural History Lecture Series
The next presentation in the Natural History Lecture Series at the Ravalli County Museum will be held Thursday, February 27 at 6 p.m. The speaker will be FWP fisheries biologist Chris Clancy, speaking on “Fish and Fire.” Get a closer look at the environment we all live in through a lecture series presented by dedicated individuals in the field. On March 7, Liz Bradley will speak about “Wolf Studies” and on Thursday, April 17, Amy Cilimburg will talk on
“Climate Change.” The Ravalli County Museum is located at 205 Bedford, Hamilton. Call 363-3338 for more information.
Sleeping Child Hot Springs for All
Sleeping Child Hot Springs for All will meet Thursday, February 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Daly Leach Chapel Meeting Room, 1010 W Main Street, Hamilton. This will be the third organizational meeting for people interested in working toward acquiring and opening Sleeping Child Hot Springs to the public. Sleeping Child Hot Springs is an historic cultural and magical place that needs to belong to the people and to be accessible to all. People are needed who might be willing to serve on a nominating committee for a board of directors. Plans have been set in motion to become a non-profit trust and to write a business plan. All are invited to come to the meetings and to join in this endeavor. For more information, visit Sleeping Child Hot Springs for all on Facebook, or contact Dorinda Troutman, 363-1806.
Trout Unlimited Pint Night
The second annual Bitter Root Trout Unlimited Pint Night will be Thursday, February 27 starting at 4 p.m. at Higherground Brewing in Hamilton. There will be drawings, door prizes and silent auction. Celtic band Cootehill will provide entertainment. For more information about the Pint Night or Bitterroot TU, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Valley Civic Group
South Valley Civic Group will meet Thursday, February 27 at the Naughty Moose. The ShiverFest planning meeting is from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and the regular South Valley Civic Group meeting is from 6 to 7 p.m. Come and be at the meeting that appeals to you or stay for both! For information contact Annie Edwards, President, 370-1309.
Friday, February 28
BPL Story Time for Kids
Young children are invited to meet in the children’s corner of the Bitterroot Public Library on Friday, February 28 to enjoy “Dragons” theme with storyteller Paula Prescott. 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.
MDMH blood drive
The American Red Cross strives to collect over 700 pints of blood to meet the needs of patients in this area alone. In the Montana service area every 27 minutes someone needs blood. Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital (MDMH) helps the American Red Cross meet this need by sponsoring blood drives four times a year. The first blood drive for this year is on Thursday, February 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the hospital conference rooms B/C. The remaining 2014 MDMH blood drives are on May 22, July 17 and October 23. To schedule your blood drive appointments, call Gary Schulz at 375-4451. Donors: remember to bring your identification with you and prior to donating blood eat complete meals, avoid caffeinated beverages, and drink plenty of water. Visit mdmh.org for more information.
South Valley Pachyderm Club
The South Valley Pachyderm Club will meet Friday, February 28 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.
Pollinator Weekend will be held Friday and Saturday, February 28 and March 1 at Sam’s Spade, 111 S. 4th in Hamilton. Help bring your garden and landscape into balance by enlisting the help of pollinators and other beneficial insects. Learn the importance of pollinators, practices that threaten their populations and ways you can encourage them to work for you in your landscape. Create beauty, balance and a bountiful garden when you learn to identify, attract and appreciate these little creatures. On Friday, join in the construction of a multi level Pollinator Tower. On Saturday, there will be presentations by Beekeepers of the Bitterroot, Sam’s Spade Garden Tools
and Wares, and by Robin Taylor from the Bitterroot National Forest from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event is free and family-friendly.
DCPL book series
The next in the Brown Bag Lunch Winter Book Series will be Friday, February 28 at the Darby Community Public Library. “Persepolis” by Marjane Satrapi is available for pick up at the library for anyone interested in joining this month’s discussion. Call 821-4771 for more information.
Eagles Taco Night
Tacos and more will be served on Friday, February 28 from 5:50 to 7 p.m. at the Eagles Hall, 125 N. 2nd, Hamilton. The menu includes Tacos, Burritos, Quesadillas and Taco Salad. The public is welcome.
Bitterroot Dancers, Inc. will sponsor a Country Western Public Dance on Friday, February 28 from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Bedford Bldg./City Hall, 223 S. 2nd St., 2nd Floor, Hamilton. The Revelators Band will provide music with a no host bar available. Admission is $7.00 admission. For more information call 370-7551.
Saturday, March 1
Calling all animal lovers to the Ravalli County Museum, 205 Bedford, Hamilton on Saturday, March 1 from 10 to 12 noon for “Animal Tales: Amazing Animal Adaptations” with Animal Wonders, Inc. Hear incredible survival stories of animals from around the world. Whipping tails, anti-venom, flight, and other extraordinary fur, feathers and scales! Learn what an animal has or does that helps them survive in their environment. Who can walk up glass, smell with their tongue, have a refrigerator for a tail? Who has the best jacket, most legs, keenest eyesight? You’ll find out when you see these animals show off their amazing adaptations!
The Hamilton Senior Center will be hosting a Special Saturday Bingo on March 1. Doors open at 12 noon, games start at 1 p.m. Paper cards will be used – free refreshments will be served. Must be 18 to play. Call Cathy at 375-9276 for information.
Dances of Universal Peace
Dances of Universal Peace will be held Saturday, March 1, with a potluck at 6 p.m., and the Dances at 7 at the Center for Spiritual Living at 1720 N. 1st Street, Selway Commons, north of Sears in Hamilton. The Dances of Universal Peace and Walking Meditations are spiritual practice in motion. Drawing on the sacred phrases, scripture, and poetry of the many spiritual traditions of the earth, the Dances blend chant, live music and movement into a living experience of unity, peace and integration creating a taste of our true nature – as Universal Peace. No experience is necessary, each simple circle dance is taught each time, with live music. Bring a friend, and a donation of $3. For more information, call 546-5344, Brian and Star Jameson.
Sunday, March 2
The Center for Spiritual Living presents Becky Lellek discussing “A Call For Love” on Sunday, March 2 at 10 a.m. Becky shares that many challenging messages we hear from people are actually a call for love. In response we can choose fear or love. Bring the family! Children’s program provided. Music with LeGrande Harvey. Refreshments and conversation follow at 11:30 a.m. Come early for Meditation in the Sanctuary at 9:30 a.m. The Center for Spiritual Living is located at 1720 N. First Street, Suite C in Selway Commons, north of Sears in Hamilton. Further information call Dave at 381-2355 or visit CSLbitterroot.org.
Golden Age Club dance
The Golden Age Club cordially invites everyone to join them on Sunday, March 2 for their continuing winter scheduled Sunday afternoon live band dance at the Golden Age Club at 727 S. 5th St. in Hamilton from 1 to 4 p.m. Non-alcoholic and non-smoking environment. Potluck snacks at music break. Cost: $3.00 a person. For info, call 240-9617.
Monday, March 3
Stevi school menu
Monday: Breakfast – Pancakes or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Beef steaks, mashed potatoes & gravy, pineapple, bread & butter, milk
Tuesday: Breakfast – Cinnamon rolls or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Quesadillas, refried beans, apples, bread & butter, chocolate or regular milk
Wednesday: Breakfast – Breakfast burrito or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Sweet & sour chicken, stir fry veggies, mandarin oranges, bread & butter, milk
Thursday: Breakfast – Pancake on a stick or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Pulled pork sandwiches, taters, bananas, bread & butter, milk
Friday: Breakfast – Scrambled eggs or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Chicken tenders, glazed carrots, mixed fruit, bread & butter, chocolate or regular milk.
Tom Korst, Hamilton School Superintendent, will be speaking at the next meeting of the Hamilton Rotary Club on Monday, March 3, at 12 noon at BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N. 1st Street, Hamilton. Tom will be presenting the Hamilton Public Schools Annual Report. The meeting is open to the public. For further information, call 363-2960.
Time Out is offering an evening class, “Mindfulness: It’s the Real Thing, on Monday, March 3, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Common Ground Center, 260 Roosevelt Lane, Hamilton. Mindfulness is the art of accessing the present moment for stress reduction, deeper awareness of life and to develop gratitude. It is helpful in physical ailments such as blood pressure, anxiety, and hyper activity. Learn to power down the internal urge to keep in constant touch with stressful thoughts and electronic messaging. Learn mindfulness practices, breathing exercises and some tai chi. Star Jameson, BSW, and Brian Jameson, Tai Chi Instructor, are facilitating. Cost is $5 plus a food bank item. Bring a pillow and a blanket. Call 363-4026 for more information.
Tuesday, March 4
On Tuesday, March 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Bitterroot Valley Church of the Nazarene will open its food pantry for people in need of food in the Victor area. The church is located at 150 A Street, Victor, corner of Fifth Avenue and A Street.
QuickBooks and QB Payroll Basics classes
QuickBooks Basics: QuickBooks Basics provides a complete overview for setting up your business – chart of accounts, accounts receivable, accounts payable, bank reconciliation, memorizing reports/transactions, and setting up inventory basics. Will be taught on QuickBooks 2012 (QB 2012), but content applies to earlier versions; instructor can speak on any version. First class will be a primer on essential bookkeeping concepts and terminology along with setting up your business in QB 2012. Prerequisite: basic computer knowledge. Tuesday Mar 4, Thursday Mar 6, Tuesday Mar 11 (Three 3 hour classes) 6-9pm $75.
QuickBooks Payroll Basics: In QuickBooks Payroll you will learn to properly set up a payroll system in QuickBooks (QB 2012) – create paychecks, pay tax liabilities, and generate payroll forms and reports. Find out how to track employee time, create job cost data, and troubleshoot common problems and mistakes. Prerequisites: basic computer knowledge and basic QuickBooks knowledge. Instructor for QuickBooks: Alice Mariana, RCEDA. Thursday Mar 13 (One 3 hour class) 6-9pm $25
How To Register for Courses Contact the Bitterroot College at 375-0100. Deadline: Course fee and form are due 3 days prior to class start date. Call to check course availability.
Stevi special board meeting
The Stevensville School board of trustees will meet Tuesday, March 4 at 5 p.m. in the music room (building D) to discuss development of district goals. The public is welcome.
St. Paul’s Pancake Supper
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 600 S. Third Street in Hamilton, will be celebrating Shrove Tuesday, March 4, with its traditional Pancake Supper from 5 to 7 p.m. in the basement of the church. The menu includes all you can eat pancakes, sausage, ham, juice, coffee, and tea. Cost is $5.00 for adults and $2.50 for children age 5. Family rate is $15.00. Shrove Tuesday is the day before the season of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday. The pancake supper tradition honors the custom of using up all milk, eggs, and fat in a household on Shrove Tuesday, as these were not allowed in the strict fasting of Lent. The ingredients were made into pancakes, a meal which came to symbolize preparation for the discipline of Lent. Proceeds will benefit Grace Camp. Grace Camp is a free program for children of incarcerated parents.
Fly Fishers of the Bitterroot
Fly Fishers of the Bitterroot will meet Tuesday, March 4, at BJ’s Restaurant in Hamilton.
Social hour is 6 to 7 p.m. with cocktails and dinner optional. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. with guest speaker John Geer. John has worked in the fly fishing industry for 15 years and has been an avid tenkara angler (a simple Japanese method of fly fishing) and studied under Daniel Galhardo, founder of Tenkara USA. John’s presentation will cover the history, the equipment, the benefits and techniques of tenkara. If you are interested in joining this local fly fishing club or would like to attend the meeting, call Dorreen at 363-0744 for more info.
Wednesday, March 5
Stevensville Garden Club
The Stevensville Garden Club will meet on Wednesday, March 5 at 1 p.m. to make crafts for the upcoming Western District Meeting on March 19. The club meets at the Community Baptist Church 409 Buck, Stevensville. Come join the fun! For information call Linda Clark, 777-4777.
The Center for Spiritual Living invites everyone to Spiritual Cinema on Wednesday evening March 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The movie this week is “Indescribable.” A pastor struggles to write a song about the love of God during World War I. With the help of his young son and a Jewish rabbi he finds inspiration from events that took place eight centuries earlier. 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.