Wednesday, April 9
Arthritis Foundation Program
Do you have concerns about exercising with arthritis? Do you need help learning about how to exercise safely and effectively? Then the Arthritis Foundation Exercise and Walk with Ease Programs offered at the Marcus Daly Rehabilitation Center are designed for you! These programs are specifically tailored to assist people who have arthritis get exercise to help reduce pain and improve their overall health, but you don’t have to have arthritis to participate!
You can still get in on the Arthritis Foundation Exercise program which started April 7and meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for eight weeks. It includes health education, exercise and relaxation activities. Cost is $56.
Walk with Ease started April 8and meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for eight weeks. Classes include different health education topics, warm-up and cool-down exercises, stretches, walking and a physical activity log book to track progress. Cost is $54.
Each class is limited to 15 participants, so call Marcus Daly Rehabilitation Center at 375-4570 for availability. You may take both classes simultaneously.
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.
Thursday, April 10
Women Newcomers’ Club
Bitterroot Women Newcomers’ Club welcomes female residents of the Bitterroot Valley to attend the Thursday, April 10 meeting at 10 a.m. at the First Christian Church, 328 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton. The group offers opportunities for making new friends and learning about the activities available in the Bitterroot Valley. For more information, call Dona Fisher at 381-6444.
Stevensville Civic Club
The Stevensville Civic Club will meet Thursday, April 10 at 12 noon in the downstairs meeting room at St. Mary’s Mission visitor center. Lunch is available for $6. Anyone interested in improving the quality of life for the Stevensville community is encouraged to attend.
‘Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss’ class
A presentation focusing on issues that adolescents face as they cope with loss will be held Thursday, April 10 from 12 to 3 p.m. at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital in conference room B. “Living with Grief and Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss” is a live streaming video webcast presented by the Hospice Foundation of America. Marcus Daly Hospice offers this to the public at no charge, thanks in part to a grant from the Hospice Care Foundation of Missoula. Lunch is provided. Continuing education credits are available. The webcast will be shown again on Monday, May 12 at 6 p.m. Pre-registration is appreciated. For more information or to register contact the Marcus Daly Hospice Center at 363-6503.
An evening of Mindfulness exercises and Tai Chi will be offered on Thursday, April 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Common Ground Center, 260 Roosevelt Lane, Hamilton. Admission is $5 plus an item for the local food bank. Mindfulness is an indispensable tool for coping emotionally and practically with the stressors of daily life. Power down the internal urge to keep in constant touch with the outer world. Call Star at 546-5344 for directions and information.
Our Savior Lutheran Church of Stevensville welcomes members of the community to join the congregation in many opportunities to worship at this holiest time of the Christian calendar.
The final Vespers service will be held Thursday, April 10 at 7 p.m., preceded by a soup and sandwich fellowship supper.
Sunday, April 13 is Palm Sunday. The congregation will gather in the narthex at 9 a.m. to enter the sanctuary with palms in hands, singing praises to Christ who offered Himself as the Lamb to be sacrificed for our sins.
Maundy Thursday, April 17 at 7 p.m. the congregation will celebrate when the Lord gave His supper on the night when He was betrayed. There will also be extended preparation of confession and absolution.
On Good Friday, April 18, there will be a Tenebrae Service of Darkness at 7 p.m. Candles are gradually extinguished and the sanctuary is darkened as Christians remember Christ hanging on the Cross to save them.
A vigil of Easter will be held on Saturday, April 19 at 7 p.m. There will be a candle ceremony leading into the sanctuary and a remembrance of Baptism in this very ancient service handed down by the Church fathers long ago.
The celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord from the dead is held on Sunday, April 20. The Easter Sunrise Service begins at 6:30 a.m. This is followed by the Easter breakfast prepared and served by the congregation’s youth and an Easter egg hunt for the children. A 10 a.m. Divine Service follows.
Our Savior, affiliated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, is located at 184 Pine Hollow Road. One mile south of the intersection of Middle Burnt Fork Road and the Eastside Highway, turn east on Pine Hollow, cross the tracks and the canal. The church will be on your left, marked by the three crosses of Easter.
For more information, call the Church office weekday mornings from 8:30 to 11:30 at 777-5625.
Selway-Pintler Wilderness Back Country Horsemen
If you are a horseman/horsewoman and you want to ride new trails and help maintain them, attend the Selway-Pintler Wilderness Back Country Horsemen’s next meeting, which will be held on Thursday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Hamilton Forest Service building, 1801 N 1st St. Entry is in the rear. The SPWBCH is a friendly, hardworking group of volunteers dedicated to preserving the common sense use of horses in the backcountry. Discussions will include summer trail work, scouting rides, pack trips and highlights from the BCH of MT State Convention. Guests are always welcome to join in for coffee, cookies and lots of “trail talk.” For more information call Kathy at 363-8230.
Stevi town council
The Stevensville Town Council will meet Thursday, April 10 at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall. Agenda items include discussion/decision on a number of resolutions involving fees, among other things.
BPL Fellowship Club
The Bitterroot Public Library’s Fellowship Club will be meeting on Thursday, April 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the West Meeting Room of the BPL, to discuss the book, “Wishes Fulfilled” by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer.
This book is dedicated to the mastery of the art of realizing all of one’s desires. “Wishes Fulfilled” is designed to take the reader on a voyage of discovery, wherein one can tap into the amazing manifesting powers one possesses within and create a life in which all that one imagines can become a present fact. By practicing the specific techniques for retraining your subconscious mind, you are encouraged to not only place into your imagination what you would like to manifest for yourself, but you are given the specifics for realigning your life so you can live out your highest calling and stay connected to your Source of being.
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer is an internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of self-development. He is the author of 30 books, has created many audio programs and videos, and has appeared on thousands of TV and radio shows. Several of his books are NYT bestsellers and have also been featured as National Public Television specials.
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.
Cross Country Ski Club
The Bitterroot Cross-Country Ski Club will meet Thursday, April 10 at 7 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church, 1220 W. Main Street, Hamilton. The public is encouraged and welcomed to attend all meetings. Club Vice President Kelly Zeiler and Trails & Grooming Chief Mel Holloway for the Chief Joseph Ski Area will wrap up the ski season with a program reliving the adrenaline rush challenges of record snow conditions, new equipment and partnering benefits from the huge Lost Trail PistenBully groomer. Come learn about this epic snow season through photos, videos, and first hand accounts of how they made it through, what was learned and what plans there are for next year. For classic, skate, dog sledders, snowmobilers and snowshoers, this is your chance to meet the team that makes it happen, understand their equipment, pat their backs and see what the future holds.
Hamilton Photo Group
On Thursday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room at Sapphire Lutheran Homes, aficionados of photography will meet to discuss and share photography. For this month’s meeting, attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite picture which best reflects why they love and enjoy photography. Whether you are a beginner or pro or anywhere in between, feel free to attend for camaraderie and friendly, non-judgmental sharing… and always leave just a little bit wiser. For further information and/or to get on the contact list, connect with Jack Barry, President at JackBarryPhoto@bitterroot.com.
Friday, April 11
BPL Story Time
Young children are invited to meet in the children’s corner of the Bitterroot Public Library on Friday, April 11 to enjoy “Bedtime Math” with storyteller Sally Blevins. 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.
Older Adults Money Class
The Bitterroot Financial Education Coalition invites you to attend the upcoming educational seminar, Money Smart for Older Adults. The Coalition is pleased to have Cindy Palmer, Financial Education Coordination from the State of Montana Office of Securities and Insurance, as a speaker at this seminar on Friday, April 11 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the North Valley Public Library or Thursday, April 24 at the Darby Clubhouse. Lunch provided with pre-registration one week in advance to the MSU/Ravalli County Extension Office, 375-6611 or email@example.com. The seminar will cover topics such as Elder Financial Exploitation, Identity Theft, Medical Identity Theft, Planning for Unexpected Life Events, and How to be Financially Prepared for Disasters.
South Valley Pachyderm Club
Mike Jeffords, primary candidate for Montana House of Representatives, District 85, and Jennifer Ray, primary candidate for Ravalli County Justice of the Peace, Dept. 1, will be speaking this Friday, April 11 at the meeting of The South Valley Pachyderm Club. The club meets at 12 noon on the second and fourth Fridays 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 served on Friday, April 11 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge, 125 N. 2nd, Hamilton. The menu includes tacos, burritos, quesadillas, or taco salad, and all the fixings. The public is welcome.
Golden Age dance
The Golden Age Club cordially invites everyone to join them for the next Friday night live band dance on April 11 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. This is a non-smoking and non-alcoholic environment. Potluck snacks at music break. Cost is $3.00 per person. The club is located at 727 S. 5th St. in Hamilton. Call 240-9617 for more info.
Saturday, April 12
Daly Mansion Speaker Series
The free 2014 Daly Mansion Spring Speaker Series ends Saturday, April 12 with “Ranches of the Bitter Root Stock Farm” presented by Daly Mansion Volunteer Mo Lischke. The talk will take place at 10 a.m. in the Trophy Room of the Daly Mansion at 251 Eastside Hwy, Hamilton. For more information or to reserve a seat call 363-6004 4#.
Sunday, April 13
Center for Spiritual Living
The Center for Spiritual Living presents Becky Lovejoy sharing “Living Simply” on Sunday, April 13 at 10 a.m. In a culture of acquisition, consumption, over-work, and information overload, we need to learn how to reassess, release, and renew. 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 more information call Dave at 381-2355 or visit CSLbitterroot.org.
African Children’s Choir concert
The African Children’s Choir will perform on Sunday, April 13 at 10:45 a.m. at The King’s Christian Church, 9830 Valley Grove Drive, Lolo (273-0682).
The African Children’s Choir melts the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances. The program features well-loved children’s songs, traditional spirituals and Gospel favorites. Concerts are free and open to all. A free-will offering is taken at the performance to support African Children’s Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and development programs. Music for Life (The parent organization for The African Children’s Choir) works in seven African countries such as, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa. MFL has educated over 52,000 children and impacted the lives of over 100,000 people through its relief and development programs during its history. MFL purpose is to help create new leadership for tomorrow’s Africa, by focusing on education.
The African Children’s Choir is a nonprofit humanitarian and relief organization dedicated to helping Africa’s most vulnerable children today so they can help Africa tomorrow. No tickets, donations welcome. For more information visit www.africanchildrenschoir.com.
Lutheran Easter events
Holy Week worship schedule at Faith Lutheran Church, 171 Lewis Lane, Hamilton (east of Murdoch’s).
April 13 – Palm/Passion Sunday, 9:30 a.m.
April 17 – Maundy Thursday, Family Seder, 6 p.m.
April 18 – “Who Do You Say That I Am?” Cantata at Faith, 7 p.m.
April 20 – Sunday of the Resurrection, 8 and 10:30 a.m., Breakfast at 9:15 a.m.
For more information, call the church office at 363-2964.
The 5 Valley Accordion Association will hold a jam and dance on Sunday, April 13 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Rustic Hut in Florence. Listen and dance to accordions, guitars, banjos, bass, drums and more. Admission is $3 for members and $4 for non-members. For info or if interested in joining the organization, call 240-9617.
African Children’s Choir concert
The African Children’s Choir will perform on Sunday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Lone Rock Bible Church, 1142 Three Mile Creek Road, Stevensville (777-2592). For more information visit www.africanchildrenschoir.com.
The African Children’s Choir melts the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances. The program features well-loved children’s songs, traditional Spirituals and Gospel favorites. Concerts are free and open to all. A free-will offering is taken at the performance to support African Children’s Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and development programs.
Music for Life (The parent organization for The African Children’s Choir) works in seven African countries such as, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa. MFL has educated over 52,000 children and impacted the lives of over 100,000 people through its relief and development programs during its history. MFL purpose is to help create new leadership for tomorrow’s Africa, by focusing on education.
The African Children’s Choir has had the privilege to perform before presidents, heads of state and most recently the Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II, for her diamond jubilee. The Choir has also had the honor of singing alongside artist such as, Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Keith Urban, Mariah Carry, Michael W. Smith, and other inspirational performers!
Every Nation, a Community Worship Celebration, will be held on Palm Sunday, April 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Cornerstone Bible Church on Fairgrounds Road in Hamilton. All are welcome. This event is presented by the pastors and churches of the Ravalli County Ministerial Association. Contact Pastor Ed Pomelear, 363-3390, for more information.
Monday, April 14
Stevi school menu
Monday: Breakfast – Pancakes or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Pizza, peas & carrots, apricots, bread & butter, milk
Tuesday: Breakfast – Cinnamon rolls or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Burritos with salsa & lettuce, Spanish rice, apples, bread & butter, chocolate or regular milk
Wednesday: Breakfast – Breakfast burrito or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Easter dinner – Ham & scalloped potatoes, green beans, pineapple, bread & butter, milk
Thursday: Breakfast – Pancake on a stick or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Pulled pork sandwiches, taters, peach cups, bread & butter, milk
Friday: Easter Break – No school.
Valerie Widmer, LCSW, Executive Director, Emma’s House Children’s Advocacy Center, will be speaking at the next meeting of the Hamilton Rotary Club, on Monday, April 14 at 12 noon. The Club meets at BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N. 1st Street, Hamilton. Widmer, will be speaking about the operation of Emma’s House. The meeting is open to the public. For further information call 363-2960.
Darby Library anniversary events
The Darby library would like to welcome the community to celebrate with it as it begins its tenth year as the Darby Community Public Library. This year’s celebration begins with National Poetry Month and National Library Week in April. In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Darby library is pleased to display local poetry from young and old throughout the library and is encouraging all community members to submit their original poetry for the month-long display.
National Library Week is April 14th-19th with special events for all ages. The annual Cowboy Poetry event will be held Tuesday, April 15, the family Bedtime Math PJ Party is on Thursday, April 17at 6 p.m., and the annual Community Easter Egg hunt will be held on Saturday, April 19at 11 a.m. in Tin Cup Park.
Cowboy Poetry starts a weeklong celebration on Tuesday, April 15 at 7 p.m.. All are welcome to enjoy the poetry of locals Verna Molenda, Dominic Farrenkopf, Ned Trowbridge, and very special guest Doug Hogan, Cowboy Singer and Poet (montanacowboysinger.com). Cowboy grub and music will begin at 6:45 p.m.
The Bedtime Math PJ Party will be held in the library on April 17at 6 p.m. All families and children ages 3-9 are welcome to have fun with math and see how easy it is to explore math at home as a fun bedtime activity. Families will make mystery clocks, animal zip lines, and see how fun math can be. Door prizes and refreshments will be included in the event. Every family, registering early for this free event, will receive the new Bedtime Math book by Laura Overdeck. Finally, bring your Easter basket and join in the Community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19 at 11 a.m. All children ages 2-7 years are welcome to participate in the hunt for eggs and prizes. Community members donating colored hard boiled eggs may take them to the library on Friday after 4 p.m. or to the park on Saturday at 10 a.m.
For more information about any of these special events, contact the library at 821-4771 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Green Thumbs Up
Master Gardener Molly Hackett will answer questions about culinary and native herbs at the next Green Thumbs Up meeting on Monday, April 14 at 2 p.m. at the Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton, downstairs meeting room. Will chives or basil overwinter in the garden? How best to dry rosemary? Is it too late to sow herb seeds indoors? Come find out! The meeting is free and open to the public.
First-Time Homebuyer class
The Bitter Root Resource Conservation and Development Area, Inc. (Bitter Root RC&D) will hold its next nationally-certified First-Time Homebuyer Group Education class April 14-16 from 6 to 9 p.m. (each night) at the Human Resource Council Building, 316 N. Third St., Hamilton. Attendance on all three nights is required for certification. The charge is $50 per household to cover instruction and materials. Attendance also entitles participants to free individual financial counseling and post-purchase counseling. Sara Ann Briggs will be the instructor. Briggs is also certified to offer one-on-one counseling to first-time homebuyers. This new service means that those who request additional counseling or are required by HUD for this follow-up program can now do it right here in Hamilton rather than in Missoula or on the phone. The class will help novice homebuyers maneuver through the entire process of homeownership. Although available, using an alternate certification method such as online course completion is being highly scrutinized by HUD and should be considered the last alternative. Call the Bitter Root RC&D office at 363- 5450 to reserve your space.
Relay for Life committee
Relay for Life committee members and team captains will meet Monday, April 14 at 6 p.m. at Farmers State Bank in Victor. Park in the back parking lot and use the rear entrance. Do you want to help in the fight against cancer? Relay for Life needs you! Help make Relay 2014 the best! Call Robin at 239-5740 for more information.
Tuesday, April 15
St. Mary’s Mission opening
Historic St. Mary’s Mission in Stevensville is a historic and treasured site that plays a prominent role in the history of Montana. The Mission, museum, and beautiful grounds, with the Bitterroots in the background, are truly a site worth visiting. The public is invited to Opening Day on Tuesday, April 15 with a Mass celebrated in St. Mary’s Chapel at 10 a.m. followed at 10:45 by a flag raising ceremony, refreshments, and guided tours of the Mission complex. Visitors will also be able to view the century-old C.T. Farlin painting of Stevensville and Fort Owen on loan from the American Legion Fort Owen Post 94.
Ravalli County Economic Development Authority will hold its regular monthly Finance Committee meeting on Tuesday, April 15 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, April 16 from 3 to 5 p.m. Both meetings will be held at the RCEDA office, 274 Old Corvallis Road, Hamilton. The meetings are open to the public.
DCPL cowboy poetry event
Montana’s cowboy poet and singer, Doug Hogan, the “dirt cowboy in a four lane world,” is the special guest of the Darby Community Public Library on Tuesday, April 15 at 6:45 p.m. as the library celebrates both April’s Poetry Month and the National Library Week. Come experience the artistry of the Bitterroot’s own Verna Molenda, Ned Trowbridge and Dominic Farrenkopf, seasoned local cowboy poets, who will present their own work as well as introduce new poets to this annual library event. Poetry lovers will also want to visit the library to read the poems, written by poets both famous and not so famous, displayed around the library. Refreshments will be served.
Wednesday, April 16
Daly Mansion board
The Daly Mansion Preservation Trust Board of Directors will hold its quarterly meeting on Wednesday, April 16 at 3 p.m. at the Daly Mansion, 251 Eastside Hwy in Hamilton. This is a public meeting and will be held on the 3rd floor of the Mansion in the Billiards Room. The Daly Mansion Preservation Trust is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is “dedicated to preserving and interpreting The Daly Mansion, its buildings, grounds and the history they convey. It is a center for education, cultural and community activities.” For more information, visit www.dalymansion.org.
Center for Spiritual Living
The Center for Spiritual Living presents “The Joy of Less – Adventures in Simplicity,” the first of two Wednesday evening classes, April 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., led by Becky Lovejoy. Participants will explore three core beliefs that keep us from simplifying our stuff, our schedule, and our spirituality; find focus for our next life phase; and learn techniques to simplify our life now such as setting limits, the art of subtraction, and creating sacred space in your home and heart. The Center for Spiritual Living is located at 1720 N. First Street, Suite C in Selway Commons, north of Sears in Hamilton. Further information contact Becky Lovejoy at MontanaGal35@gmail.com.