Thursday, March 6
Baby Sign Language Class
Would you like to jumpstart your baby’s language development? Enhance your child’s self-esteem? Stimulate your baby’s intellectual development? Strengthen your parent-infant bond or reduce your child’s communication frustrations? Bring your baby to the Baby Sign Language class and enjoy the difference.
A Baby Sign Language Class, sponsored by Marcus Daly Rehabilitation Services and designed to benefit most children and their guardian, will begin Thursday, March 6. The class will meet every Thursday for 6 weeks from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. in the Marcus Daly Rehabilitation Service’s pediatric gym located inside the Marcus Daly Rehabilitation Center at the west end of 1200 Westwood Drive, Hamilton. Amy Yockey, MS, CCC/SLP, a licensed Speech Therapist at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital, will be teaching this class. If you have a child in your life 6 months to 3 years of age, call Marcus Daly Rehabilitation Services at 375-4570 to reserve your spot. The fee is $25 and space is limited.
Friday, March 7
BPL Story Time
Young children are invited to meet in the children’s corner of the Bitterroot Public Library on Friday, March 7 to enjoy “A Trip to the Bakery” theme with storyteller Kristen Weese. 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.
North Valley Pachyderm Club
The North Valley Pachyderm Club will meet Friday, March 7, at 12 noon at the Frontier Café, Hwy 93 in Stevensville. Guest speaker will be Olin Ravenscroft talking about the value of our money. 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.
Knights of Columbus Fish Fry
Our Lady of the Mountains Knights of Columbus Council 13093 of Stevensville is holding a fish fry every Friday of Lent, March 7 through April 11, at St. Mary’s Family Center. Menu consists of fish, coleslaw, vegetable, mac and cheese, french fries, and dessert. Coffee and lemonade will also be served. Price for a meal is adults $8.00, children ages 5-12 years $4.00, children under 5 years free.
Knights of Columbus Fish Fry
The Lent season is here and the Knights of Columbus Council 6130 will hold their first Friday Fish Fry on Friday, March 7 from 5 to 6:45 p.m. at St. Francis Pastoral Center, 411 S. 5th, Hamilton. The meal consists of all-you-can-eat fish, fries, coleslaw, mac ‘n cheese, vegetables, dessert and soft beverage for $10.00 per person. Children under nine eat free. Wine can be purchased separately. Some nights there will be entertainment! Everyone is welcome so come out, bring a friend and enjoy the evening. Lenten Friday Night Fish Fries will continue on March 14, 21, 28, April 4 and 11. For information contact Nick Hooper at 961-3930.
The 15th annual Chili Cook-off and Auction to benefit Hamilton Christian Academy will take place Friday, March 7 at 5:30 p.m. at 601 W. Main, Hamilton. Advance tickets only. $10 single, $30 family. Call 363-4534 to purchase your tickets.
Celtic music at NV Library
To celebrate the month of March and all things Irish, the North Valley Public Library will host the Celtic Knots band on Friday, March 7 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This event is part of Stevensville Main Street Association monthly First Friday gatherings. Celtic Knots is a five-member band that plays traditional Irish & Scottish music including a variety of jigs and reels. All ages are welcome and admission is free. 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.
Bitterroot School of Music presents Joan Zen and the Jazz Quintet on Friday, March 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Music Box, 100 Skeels Street, Suite A (one block east of Downtown Hamilton). Admission is free, seating is limited so come early. Call 363-5491 for more information.
On First Friday, March 7 from 6 to 8 p.m., Lisa Archer Silks, 213 Main, Stevensville, will feature the piano music of Kendal Norris. Stop by and have a listen to her beautiful, original songs and popular, melodic tunes.
Baroque music concerts
The Ravalli County Museum and Bitterroot Baroque invite you to An Evening Baroque Concert, plus an Afternoon Matinee! Both will be held at the Ravalli County Museum, 205 Bedford, Hamilton. The concert will feature Amanda Balestrieri, Soprano, Carrie Krause, Baroque Violin, Sarah Stone, Baroque Cello, Mark Shuldiner, Harpsichord, and Alex Shaffer, Baroque Flute. The evening concert is Friday, March 7 at 6 p.m. and includes a reception with the musicians, light refreshments and a no host wine bar. Tickets are $30 for members and $35 for non-members. The afternoon matinee is Saturday, March 8 at 2 p.m. and the tickets are $24 for members and $28 for non members. There will only be 125 tickets sold for each performance. Tickets can be purchased at the Museum, Chapter One Books, Mountain Music, and The Music Box. Call the Museum at 363-3338 for more information.
Sleeping Child Hot Springs for All
Sleeping Child Hot Springs for All will meet Friday, March 7 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.
Family Shelter of the Bitterroot
The community will come together on Friday, March 7, to begin planning the future of the Family Shelter of the Bitterroot for the homeless folks of Ravalli County. Everyone is welcome to attend. The meeting will be at the Canyon View Church, 195 Skalkaho Hwy, south of Hamilton. The meeting will be in the conference room on the right (at the top of the stairs) as you enter the main doors on the south side of the building. Meetings will always be on the first Friday of each month. For further information, contact Gary Locke at 239-8833.
Bitterroot Dancers, Inc. will host a country western public dance on Friday, March 7 from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Bedford Bldg./City Hall, 223 S. 2nd St., Hamilton. Mark DuBois and Crossroads will provide music. Admission is $7.00 and a no host bar is available. A free dance lesson will start at 6:30 p.m. Come learn a few new steps and then stay to practice!
Saturday, March 8
Daly Mansion Speaker Series
The free 2014 Daly Mansion Spring Speaker Series begins on Saturday, March 8 and ends Saturday, April 12. The six sessions, all held on Saturdays, are presented by members of the Daly Mansion Archives Team and the Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau. Located in the Trophy Room of the Daly Mansion at 251 Eastside Hwy, Hamilton, each talk begins promptly at 10 a.m. For more information or to reserve a seat call 363-6004 4#.
March 8 – Favorite Stories of our Big Sky Country, presented by Montana Humanities Speaker Hal Stern
March 15 – The Birth of the Bitterroot Valley – 80 million Years in the Making, presented by Daly Mansion Volunteer Bruce Gould
March 22 – Gold Rush! The Journey of Mrs. Daly’s Father, Zenas E. Evans, presented by Daly Mansion Volunteer Paul Mogenson
March 29 – Countess Margit and her Hungarian Horses, presented by Daly Mansion Volunteer Don Erdman
April 5 – Butte, the Cosmopolitan City of Montana, presented by Humanities Speaker/Re-enactor Tom Satterly
April 12 – Ranches of the Bitter Root Stock Farm, presented by Daly Mansion Volunteer Mo Lischke.
Women’s history talks
Join Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) at Travelers’ Rest State Park in Lolo for the 2014 Winter Storytelling Series on Saturdays at 11 a.m. in March.
The programs will honor Women’s History Month and the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in Montana. “March is Women’s History Month and we’re excited about this program that celebrates the countless accomplishments of women in Montana,” said Molly Stockdale, Executive Director of the Travelers’ Rest Preservation and Heritage Association. “We wanted to participate in honoring this special month and through the Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau we were introduced to an exceptional group of presenters of women’s history.”
On Saturday, March 8, Suzette Dussault presents the Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau program “Jeannette Rankin: Suffragette.”
As Jeannette, Ms. Dussault tells the incredible story of how the men and women of Montana – wives, mothers, miners, farmers, ranchers, teachers and preachers – joined together in one of the most thrilling grassroots movements in U.S. history. A powerful grassroots campaign worked to overthrow the iron fist of “The Company” and, for the first time in Montana’s history, to successfully approve the Montana constitutional amendment giving Montana women the right to vote. Suzette Dussault, like Jeannette, was born and raised in Missoula. She is a scholar, actress and singer who has brought Jeannette’s stories to countless classrooms and audiences for many years.
While Ms. Rankin speaks to the adult audience, volunteers will offer children’s programming for our younger visitors.
Admission to each program is $4 per adult. Youths/teens under 18 and all current Travelers’ Rest Preservation & Heritage Association (TRPHA) members are free. Complimentary coffee, tea, hot chocolate and home-baked treats will be available at all programs. The Visitor Center and Museum will be open after the programs, from noon until 3:30 p.m. Travelers’ Rest State Park’s Holt Visitor Center and Museum is located at 6717 Highway 12 W, Lolo, phone 273-4253. For directions and more information about Travelers’ Rest State Park visit http://stateparks.mt.gov/travelers-rest/.
The ‘Grind’ variety show
Don’t miss the “Grind” on Saturday, March 8 at 7 p.m. at the Stevensville Playhouse. Admission is only $5 or a homemade dessert to see some wonderful performers. This last “Grind” of the season will feature a pianist, vocalist, dancers, original poetry reading and guitar music. You will even get a sneak preview of the playhouse’s next show, “The Boys Next Door”.
Good Time Jamboree
The Good Time Jamboree music concert will be Saturday, March 8 at 7 p.m. at the Rocky Mountain Grange Hall. This month, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, the performers will include a number of Celtic flavored songs in their performances. Leading off the program will be the group Celtic Knots, followed by the Stuck in the Mud band from Missoula. After a short intermission, Cedar Ridge will perform and closing the program will be local trio, Tin Cup. Admission to the concert is free although voluntary donations are appreciated to defray the costs of presenting this concert. The Grange Hall is located about a mile south of Hamilton on Hwy 93. All are welcome, and anyone wishing to perform at a later date can contact John at 381-2483 for information.
Sunday, March 9
Center for Spiritual Living
The Center for Spiritual Living presents Jim Lefevre discussing “Balance For Your Life Purpose” on Sunday, March 9 at 10 a.m. Jim discusses the importance of balancing our physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of life in order to fulfill our life purpose. 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. For further information call Dave at 381-2355 or visit CSLbitterroot.org.
The 5 Valley Accordion Association invite one and all to join them Sunday, March 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Rustic Hut in Florence. Listen and dance to accordions, banjos, guitars, drums, bass and more. Admission is $3 for members and $4.00 for non-members. Call 240-9617 for more information.
A free showing of the award-winning film Miss Representation will be held Sunday, March 9 at 3pm at the Ravalli County Museum to commemorate International Women’s Day. “Miss Representation” examines how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics build momentum as “Miss Representation” accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience with a new perspective. The film is appropriate for middle- and high-school students, with parental discretion. Snacks to share and discussion will be welcomed. This event is hosted by the Community Education Committee of the Ravalli County Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence. For more information visit therepresentationproject.org or call 363-2793.
Monday, March 10
Hamilton School Board Chairman, David Bedey, PhD, will be speaking at the next meeting of the Hamilton Rotary Club, on Monday, March 10 at 12 noon at BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N. 1st Street, Hamilton. Dr. Bedey will be presenting District Levy Information. The meeting is open to the public. For further information call 363-2960.
‘Protecting Ag Land’ talk
Dan Huls, an innovative dairy farmer from Corvallis, will give a talk on “Protecting Ag Land” on Monday, March 10, at 12 noon at the Bitterroot Public Library meeting room. All are invited to hear this interesting and informational presentation. Our Bitterroot agricultural land will become more and more important in the future as shipping costs rise and locally farmed foods are more in demand. Come hear the situation as it is and what we can do about it. For more information call 363-5078.
Stevi school menu
Monday: Breakfast – French toast or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Sloppy Joes, taters, pears, bread & butter, milk
Tuesday: Breakfast – Muffins or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Burrito, Spanish rice, Oranges, bread & butter, chocolate or regular milk
Wednesday: Breakfast – Cereal or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Chef’s salad with smoked turkey & cheese, apricots, bread & butter, milk
Thursday: Breakfast – Waffle or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Spaghetti, tossed salad with ranch dressing, grapes, bread & butter, milk
Friday: Breakfast – Ham bites or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Dave’s catch of the day, broccoli Normandy, applesauce, bread & butter, chocolate or regular milk.
Tuesday, March 11
Super Basic Computer Classes
The Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton is offering computer classes tailored to beginning computer users. These small classes of 7 participants will allow for a slow and comfortably paced class. Everyone is welcome. Great computers and friendly help will be available. Sign up for Session A, Tuesday, March 11 and 18, 10 to 11:30 a.m., or Session B, Tuesday, March 25 and April 2, main floor of the Bitterroot Public Library. Learn how to turn on the computer, definitions and terms, use a mouse and keyboard, create files and folders, access the Internet, and use Google and Wikipedia. Registration is required. Call 363-1670 or register in person.
Stevensville school board
The regular meeting of the Stevensville School Board of Trustees will be on Tuesday, March 11at 7 p.m. in the Music Center Choir Room.
Wednesday, March 12
St. Mary’s Mission Meet & Greet
Historic St. Mary’s Mission will host a Meet & Greet on Wednesday, March 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Visitor Center on West 4th Street, Stevensville. Meet the Board of Directors and learn more about this treasured National Historic Landmark. Enjoy the spectacular setting with the Bitterroot Mountains rising majestically in the background. Visit St. Mary’s Museum and Art Gallery and enjoy conversation and refreshments. Call 777-5734 for more information.
Drum Circle will take place Wednesday, March 12 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.