Wednesday, April 2
Veterans of the Vietnam War are invited and encouraged to attend the monthly gathering of Bitterroot Chapter 938 of Vietnam Veterans of American on Wednesday, April 2 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity to learn and keep up with the latest benefits, to be acknowledged for your service to our country, to share your victories and struggles, and to learn of the opportunities to serve our fellow man and our community. The group meets at 316 N. Third Street, Hamilton. Call George Mayer at 406-274-2578 for more information.
The Center for Spiritual Living invites everyone to Spiritual Cinema on Wednesday, April 2 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The movie this week is “Who You Really Are!” Best-selling authors Esther and Jerry Hicks examine a variety of topics on the law of attraction in light of the wisdom revealed to Esther through a spirit she calls “Abraham.” Topics include the true source of food cravings, throat cancer, recovering from substance abuse, Wall Street economics, how artists can receive financial compensation for their work and much more. 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 360-5568 or visit CSLbitterroot.org.
Friday, April 4
North Valley Pachyderm Club
The North Valley Pachyderm Club will meet Friday, April 4 at 12 noon at the Frontier Café, Hwy 93 in Stevensville. Guest speakers will be State Senator Scott Boulanger, SD43, and his opponent, State Representative Pat Connell. The North Valley Pachyderm Club meets the first and third Friday of each month and is an educational arm of the Republican Party. All are welcome.
Stevensville K of C Fish Fry
Our Lady of the Mountains Knights of Columbus Council 13093 of Stevensville is holding a fish fry every Friday of Lent 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.
Hamilton K of C Fish Fry
The Lent season is here and the Knights of Columbus Council 6130 will hold a Fish Fry on Friday, April 4 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 April 11. For information contact Nick Hooper at 961-3930.
Hamilton First Friday
The Hamilton Downtown Association invites valley residents to celebrate spring with a stroll through downtown Hamilton this Friday evening, April 4, as downtown kicks off its First Friday celebration. Gardening is the theme for the evening, and many stores are pairing up with valley garden shops and nurseries, offering browsers a glimpse of spring, from 5 to 8 p.m.
HDA Coordinator Russ Lawrence encouraged downtown visitors to investigate shops they might not otherwise visit, just to see what’s going on. Master gardener Molly Hackett will be answering gardening questions at Mikesell’s Fine Jewelry, for instance, and Samantha O’Byrne, of Sam’s Spade, will demonstrate how to make beneficial bugs welcome in your garden, at Bella Boutique.
Chapter One Book Store will offer a trio of activities, showcasing their fortieth anniversary sale, along with the opening of the Tempest Tea Shop within the store, while also hosting K&S Nursery for the evening.
The Easter Bunny will make a special appearance that evening, at Robbins on Main and other locations downtown, for photo opportunities with kids.
Numerous other businesses will be open late, with gardening displays and other in-store specials. Downtown eateries and drinking establishments will also welcome residents and visitors to enjoy a relaxing evening. Clatters Coffee House will have a display by HHS art students, with live entertainment, and Spice of Life will also continue its First Friday tradition of live music.
For more information, call the HDA at 360-9124.
Stevensville Playhouse benefit
The Stevensville Playhouse is holding a Bake Sale and Silent Auction to help raise money for the theater on Friday, April 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. as part of the First Friday event. The theater will also be open so people can catch rehearsal for “Whistle Down the Wind”, the final show of the Stevensville Playhouse’s season. Fundraising is an essential part of keeping the playhouse open and running for members of Stevensville and surrounding communities to enjoy! Call or email Erick at 240-0655 firstname.lastname@example.org to donate or for more information. Deadline for auction item donations is Thursday, April 3.
First Friday at NV Library
Spring is here! Time to get out and enjoy your friends and neighbors for First Friday celebrations. Stevensville’s beloved musician, “Texas Tom” Roat, will perform at the North Valley Public Library on April 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. Tom plays guitar and sings a wide variety of folk and country music. Tom is fun for all ages. Admission is free and 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.
Golden Age dance
The Golden Age Club cordially invites everyone to join them on Friday, April 4 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. for their every Friday night regularly scheduled live band dance at the Golden Age Club at 727 S. 5th St. in Hamilton. Non-alcoholic and non-smoking environment. Potluck snacks at music break. Cost: $3.00 a person. For info, call 240-9617.
Saturday, April 5
Eagles flea market
A flea market will be held Saturday, April 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge on N. 2nd in Hamilton. Lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public is welcome.
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. On April 5, “Butte, the Cosmopolitan City of Montana,” will be presented by Humanities Speaker/Re-enactor Tom Satterly. For more information or to reserve a seat call 363-6004 4#.
On Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., all proceeds and tips from purchases at Big Creek Coffee Roasters will be donated Marcus Daly Hospice Center. Customers can enter to win free coffee for a year! The donations will be matched by Health Care Providers Pharmacy and Bitterroot Drug.
Beekeepers of the Bitterroot will meet Saturday, April 5 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton. There will be information about installing nucs and spring hive management. The nucs which were ordered should arrive on April 16. Call Tracie Norman at 381-3053 for more information.
Introduction to yoga
Come to Red Bird Yoga to learn about the practice of yoga at free sessions on April 5, 12 and 26 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. This is a time of question and answer, as well as some movement. Learn about the many benefits of a regular yoga practice. Wear comfortable clothes. All are welcome to attend. Contact Martha at 375-5764 for more information. Red Bird Yoga is located at 3972 Hwy 93 N, Stevensville in the High Mountain Business Center.
Senior Center bingo
Hamilton Senior Center will be hosting a Special Saturday Bingo on April 5. 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.
HDA Crab Feed
The Hamilton Downtown Association is hosting its annual Community Crab Feed on Saturday, April 5, in the Community Center at Hamilton City Hall. The fun-filled evening is a fundraiser for the HDA, which supports the Hamilton community and produces events such as Daly Days, the children’s Halloween Costume Parade, and the Christmas Stroll.
A no-host bar opens at 5:30 p.m., with dinner starting at 6:30 p.m., including crab served with melted butter, salad, baked potato, and dessert, for $30 per person.
The event features a “pirate” theme, and attendees are encouraged, though not required, to come in costume. Prizes will be awarded for the best pirate costumes.
Other highlights include a silent auction, and a raffle for the Bitter Root Valley Entertainment Package, with tickets to events and businesses ranging from the Pharaohplex movie theater and the Hamilton Playhouse, to the Ravalli County Fair, with a total value close to $200. Raffle tickets are $10 each, or three for $25.
“It’s great fun and delicious food,” said HDA Coordinator Russ Lawrence. “The tables start out decorated with treasure maps, and end up covered in heaps of crab shells. Everyone has a great time.”
The HDA promotes the “Shop, Live, and Give Local” message, said Lawrence, encouraging Hamilton-area residents to support their neighbors.
Tickets for the Community Crab Feed and raffle tickets for the entertainment package are available at Chapter One Book Store and The Paper Clip in Hamilton, or by calling the HDA at 360-9124.
Elk Foundation banquet
The 21st Annual Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Bitterroot Chapter Banquet will be held Saturday, April 5. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. at the First Interstate Event Center at the Hamilton Fairgrounds. For tickets or information call Sue Miller at 777-0214.
Sunday, April 6
Scholarship Pint Night
The GFWC Bitterroot Woman’s Club will hold a scholarship fundraising event on Sunday, April 6 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Bitter Root Brewery in Hamilton. Music will be provided by the Big Sky Mudflaps. Over 75 fun and creative silent auction items have been donated. The $400 High School Scholarships are awarded to students throughout the valley as a ‘Community Improvement Project’ of the GFWC Bitterroot Woman’s Club, celebrating 100 years of volunteer service.
Center for Spiritual Living
The Center for Spiritual Living presents Laura Garber sharing Strength of Community – a perspective from Vietnam – on Sunday, April 6 at 10 a.m. In 2013, Laura and her husband visited several rural areas in Vietnam, discussing farming and community food systems. Come join the discussion. 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.
Monday, April 7
Stevi school menu
Monday: Breakfast – French toast or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Chicken drumsticks, mashed potatoes & gravy, applesauce, bread & butter, milk; Ala carte – Burrito
Tuesday: Breakfast – Bagels & cream cheese or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Quesadilla with lettuce & salsa, refried beans, oranges, bread & butter, chocolate or regular milk; Ala carte – Corn dogs
Wednesday: Breakfast – Cereal or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Hot ham & cheese sandwiches, fresh veggies, mandarin oranges, bread & butter, milk; Ala carte – Hamburgers
Thursday: Breakfast – Waffles or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Sweet & sour chicken & rice, stir fry veggies, grapes, bread & butter, milk; Ala carte – Chicken sandwiches
Friday: Breakfast – Egg wraps or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Dave’s catch of the day, broccoli Normandy, peaches, bread & butter, chocolate or regular milk; Ala carte – Hot dogs
Hamilton Rotary Club members, Mike Massa and Tom Payton, will be speaking at the next meeting of the Hamilton Rotary Club, on Monday, April 7 at 12 noon at BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N. 1st Street, Hamilton. Mike and Tom will be discussing their recent trip to Southeast Asia. The meeting is open to the public. For more information call 363-2960.
Tuesday, April 8
Join in singing HU, an ancient name for God. Anyone can sing HU, regardless of faith or belief, and it can be sung outwardly or inwardly. Singing HU can bring peace and calmness, divine love, spiritual upliftment, or help heal a broken heart. This free event will be held Tuesday, April 8 at 7 p.m. at the Center for Spiritual Living, 1720 N. First Street, Suite C (Selway Commons) in Hamilton. This event is sponsored by Eckankar. For more information, call 360-6796 or you can visit www.eckankar.org.
NV Library financial classes
Did you know that in 1916 you could get your money laundered for free? If your money was in good enough shape, you could take it to Washington, D.C., where it could be washed, ironed, and reissued. The American Library Association and the Chicago Federal Bank have teamed together to present the first annual Money Smart Week at Your Library. The mission of this campaign is to provide financial education awareness and access to American consumers. The North Valley Public Library in Stevensville will host the following events:
Tuesday, April 8 – 4-6 pm: Money Wise for Middle & High School Students presented by the Family of Banks
Wednesday, April 9 – 6-8:30 pm: Spirituality of Money with Dave Schultz & Jon Bradbury of the Bitterroot Center for Spiritual Living
Thursday, April 10 – 10am-12 pm: Managing Your Money with Sara Briggs of Bitterroot Resource Conservation and Development
Friday, April 11 – 11 am-2:30 pm: Money Smart for Older Adults sponsored by the Bitterroot Financial Coalition. Lunch included. Pre-registration required for this program only. Call 375-6611 to sign up.
Saturday, April 12 – 10-11:30 am: Personal Investing with Chet Morris of Ameriprise, Inc.
All events will take place in the library’s community meeting room. The North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call the library at 777-5061.
Wednesday, April 9
Stevensville Garden Club
The Stevensville Garden Club will be touring some local greenhouses for their meeting on Wednesday, April 9 starting at 1 p.m. Come join the fun! Call Nina at 961-6822 for more information and directions.
Lone Rock park board
The Lone Rock division of the Ravalli County Park Board will meet Wednesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. at the Three Mile Fire Hall. The public is welcome.
A Drum Circle will be held Wednesday, April 9 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 are 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.