Wednesday, April 23
Bitterroot College Advisory Council
The Advisory Council for Bitterroot College University of Montana will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 23 at 5:30 p.m. at the Bedford Building Community Room, 223 S. 2nd Street, Hamilton. The BC Advisory Council is a public board and welcomes members of the public to observe and participate at its meetings. The meeting agenda and supplemental meeting materials are available on the BC website at Advisory Council Meetings or by calling the BC Business Office at 375-0100.
The Bitterroot Quilters Guild will meet Wednesday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Daly Leach Community Room, 1010 W. Main St., Hamilton. Guest speaker will be Kim Diehl with her trunk show, a discussion of her invisible appliqué technique, and sharing her “love of richly hued prints and scrap basket approach to quilt making.” The Guild will hold a “rummage” sale at Corvallis Grange on Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This sale is not limited to quilting items but will include what you would normally find in any garage/rummage sale. There will be no meeting in May due to the rummage sale. Officers for the 2014-2015 Guild year will be installed at the meeting on June 25. Guests are always welcome at meetings. For information contact Fran Jackson, Secretary, 363-0768.
Center for Spiritual Living
The Center for Spiritual Living presents “The Joy of Less – Adventures in Simplicity” on Wednesday, April 23 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 embracing the Sabbath, using the stateless mind set, feeding the hungry ghost 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.
Thursday, April 24
BPL Lego Club
Lego Club meets Thursday, April 24 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the Bitterroot Public Library. 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. Call 363-1670 for more information.
Stevensville school board special meeting
The Stevensville School Board of Trustees will have a Special Board Meeting on Thursday, April 24 at 6 p.m. in the Music Building Choir Room for hiring and budget issues.
Victor Park District
The Victor Park District will meet Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m. at the Farmers State Bank meeting room in Victor. Discussion will be on spring projects, and possible grants for restrooms in the park. Plan to attend, or call Roger at 961-3953 if you have any questions about the Victor Park District.
Stevi town council
The Stevensville Town Council will meet Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 206 Buck. A partial list of agenda items includes discussion/decision on conditional use permit for a bed and breakfast at 501 South Avenue, discussion/decision on a rezoning request for construction of storage units west of 3713 Eastside Hwy, discussion on new play structure at Lewis & Clark Park, discussion/decision on letter of support for TSEP application for Groff Lane bridge replacement, discussion/decision on Police Chief’s request regarding use of police vehicle, and discussion on amending pool rates. The meeting will be preceded by a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. to take comment on Ordinance No. 147, Airport Affected Area.
Friday, April 25
Church rummage sale
Florence Carlton Community Church will hold its Annual Rummage Sale on Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you have clean usable items to donate, call Annie Grasso, 273-2132 or 546-9355 (no audio/visual equipment).
BPL Story Time
Young children are invited to meet in the children’s corner of the Bitterroot Public Library on Friday, April 25 to enjoy “Spinning a Yarn” created by 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.
DCPL book club
The Brown Bag Lunch Book Club will meet on Friday, April 25 at 11 a.m. at the Darby Community Public Library to discuss “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson. Come by the Darby Community Public Library at 101-1/2 S. Marshall to check out the book so you may join in the April book discussion.
Republican candidate event
The Ravalli County Republican Pachyderm Clubs are jointly sponsoring a US House of Representatives candidate speaking event at the Victor Steakhouse on Friday, April 25. All five GOP candidates for the US House seat vacated by Steve Daines will attend. Doors open 11 a.m. to meet and greet candidates. Luncheon will be served at 11:45 a.m. Admission is $20 per person. All tickets are sold in advance. Call 961-4406, or 777-3832 for tickets.
Eagles taco night
The Eagles will be serving tacos and more on Friday, April 25 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge, 125 N. 2nd, Hamilton. Tacos, burritos, quesadillas, taco salad, etc. will be available. The public is welcome.
Museum benefit concert
The Ravalli County Museum is presenting “A Musical Benefit for the Museum” on Friday, April 25 at 6 p.m. Celebrate a “Ride Through Montana” with 150 years of Montana as a territory and 125 years as a state with this historically inspired tribute performed by the talented, young musicians The Dillon Junior Fiddlers. Evening includes hors d’oeuvres, no-host wine bar and silent auction. Tickets are $25 for adults (non-members), $20 for members, and $15 for students (through grade 12). Tickets are on sale now at Ravalli County Museum, Chapter One Books, Mountain Music and The Music Box. Space is limited so get your tickets now.
Golden Age dance
The Golden Age Club welcomes you to their Friday night live band dance on April 25 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Golden Age Club at 727 S. 5th St. in Hamilton. A non-alcoholic and non-smoking environment with potluck snacks at music break. Cost: $3.00 a person. For more information call 240-9617.
Seattle based, award winning guitarist, Josh Snodgrass, will be performing at CrossPoint Christian Fellowship on Friday, April 25 at 7 p.m. His instrumental guitar performances range in style from fingerstyle guitar arrangements of contemporary worship songs to traditional gospel hymns. His energetic and beautiful arrangements demonstrate the vast possibilities of the acoustic guitar as an instrument. Josh originally learned to play guitar at the age of six from his father. After playing in church during his childhood years, he became the lead guitarist of the Gospel Bluegrass group The Smoothgrass Boys, which gained notoriety in 2002 during the Folk music revival. Later he learned a rare technique, called hybrid picking, which allows Snodgrass to play the melody, bass line and rhythm all at the same time on an acoustic guitar. His guitar playing is frequently compared to Tommy Emmanuel, Chet Atkins and Phil Keaggy and he is one of the most gifted and entertaining guitarists in the Northwest. You can listen to his music at www.joshsnodgrass.com. Crosspoint Christian Fellowship is located at 76 Woodside Cutoff Rd on the way to Corvallis from Hwy 93, just west of the Bitterroot River. The phone number is 375-5196.
Saturday, April 26
A benefit brunch for Desera Towle will be held Saturday, April 26 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Stevensville Fire Hall. Menu will be quiche, coffee cake, juice and coffee. Admission will be by donation. Proceeds will help cover medical expenses for Desera Towle who had surgery in Baltimore, Maryland. She will be staying in Baltimore post surgery for at least two weeks and will have to return for follow-up surgery in the fall. Desera has been a wonderful supporter of the community as a volunteer, business owner and served on the Town Council. The benefit is being co-sponsored by the Stevensville Civic Club, the Stevensville Main Street Association, and the Town of Stevensville. To volunteer or for more information contact Joan at 777-3773.
Wondering what to do with last year’s left over seeds? How about trading them for some new varieties? The North Valley Public Library will host a seed swap on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon in the Community Room. All seeds are free. The library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more details about the seed swap, call Pam at 493-4271. Following the library seed swap, from 1 to 3 p.m., there will be a plant swap at Cottage Garden Greenhouse where you will be able to swap plants (indoor & outdoor), plant tools and plant books. Cottage Garden Greenhouse is located at 5034 Eastside Highway, Stevensville. For details, call Nancy at 777-3061. For more information about either event call the library at 777-5061.
Teller Stewardship Day
Enjoy a spring Saturday morning at Teller Wildlife Refuge while improving wildlife habitat at the annual Stewardship Day on Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. A light breakfast will be provided. Choose from a yard spruce up, native grass plot preparation, noxious weed dig or lands clean up volunteer project. RSVP to email@example.com or call the office at 961-3507.
Wildflower Photography Workshop
Do you own a smartphone, digital point and shoot, throwaway film or high powered DSLR camera? The Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge has scheduled a free workshop on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon dedicated to wildflower photography basics for whatever hardware you own. It’s all about getting beyond just ‘point and shoot’ when outdoors; have your photos capture and really reflect the beauty and colors of mother nature with a variety of techniques. Steve Akre, owner of a 15-year-old photography business, will share his knowledge with you to improve your artistic and technical camera skills. Call Bob to register, 777-5552 x203.
Hamilton Climate Solutions Event
The National Wildlife Federation will sponsor a Climate Solutions event on Saturday, April 26 at 12 noon at City Hall in Hamilton.
A Speakers Roundtable on “Climate Issues Important to Bitterrooters” will feature: Dr. Diana Six, University of Montana (on forest health); Steve Elliot, Lifeline Produce Farm (on agricultural issues); Dave Dittloff, National Wildlife Federation (on wildlife); Amy Cilimburg, Montana Audubon (on birds and wildlife); Chris Daum, Oasis Montana (on local renewable energy opportunities); and Jay Toups, Bioroot Energy (on local renewable energy opportunities).
At 1 p.m. at Legion Park, across from City Hall, there will be a Local Green Homes Tour, Local Community Gardens Volunteer Day and Earth Day Celebration with beverages, music by Kirby and the Appendages, sign making, brainstorming for local action, and fun.
For more information contact Dave Dittloff at the National Wildlife Federation, 541-6732 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ravalli County 4-H will hold a “Community Carnival” on Saturday, April 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the First Interstate Building at the Fairgrounds in Hamilton. Come enjoy classic carnival games, food and tons of prizes including a chance to win a $150 gift card to Mountain West Co-Op. Everyone is welcome.
Square Dance Club
Boots ‘N Calico Square Dance Club will hold their weekly square dance on Saturday, April 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hamilton Senior Center, 820 N. 4th. The caller will be Barry Bartlette.
Sunday, April 27
Sacred Circle Discussion
The Center for Spiritual Living presents a Sacred Circle discussion following a video message from Rev. Kathianne Lewis on Sunday, April 27 at 10 a.m. Come early for meditation at 9:30. This is also Potluck Sunday. Bring your favorite dish to share and plan to stay awhile to enjoy fine fellowship and food in a loving environment, following the service at 11:30 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 381-2355 or visit CSLbitterroot.org.
Victor Garden Work Day
The annual Victor Community Garden Spring Work Day will be Sunday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lifeline burgers will be on the grill at around 3:30-ish and beverages will be provided; bring a dish to share to go with the burgers. New prospective gardeners are welcome to come and get introduced to the garden and maybe even pitch in and help get the garden in shape for the coming growing season. There are forty 20′ by 20′ plots that rent for $35 for the season and that includes tools, mulch, compost and watering and the porta-potty fee. There is a deer-proof fence and great exposure. Gardeners who put the effort in can harvest a huge bounty from the rich soil. Call Jill for more information, 642-3601.
Buggers Fishing Day
On Sunday, April 27, Trout Unlimited will sponsor Bitterroot Buggers Fishing Day and Picnic for kids at the Stock Farm Club private pond. This is the culmination of the program and allows the Buggers to test out their flies, rods and casting skills in a special place. Plus, the kids have the chance to hook one of the really big trout that lurk in the depths of the pond. Voluntters are needed for this effort. You need not be an angler yourself to help wrangle kids, serve the lunch and watch the amazement on the kids’ faces when a trout actually takes a fly that they tied. Notce that personal vehicles are not allowed so meet at 3:30 p.m. at Westview Center at 9th and Main to bus to the site. Arrive back at Westview at 6:15 p.m. Lunch is provided with Bugger parents bringing side dishes. There will be a a drawing for a nice prize going to a lucky volunteer. For more information, contact Greg Chester (363-0033, email@example.com) or Ria Overholt (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The 5 Valley Accordion Association invite everyone to join them on Sunday, April 27 at the Eagles Lodge on 2nd Street in Hamilton from 1 to 5 p.m. Members are $3.00 and nonmembers are $4.00. For info call 240-9617.
A free patriotic concert featuring inspirational, motivational speaker and singer Linda Lanier will be held Sunday, April 27 at 7 p.m. at Darby Community Clubhouse, 106 N. Main in Darby. For more information contact Darrel McCall at 821-1010. Everyone is welcome.
Monday, April 28
Stevi school menu
Monday: Breakfast – Pancake or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Cheese-filled breadsticks with marinara sauce, mixed veggies, pears, bread & butter, milk
Tuesday: Breakfast – Muffins or yogurt, fruit, toast, milkl; Lunch – Taco salad with salsa & chips, apples, bread & butter, milk
Wednesday: Breakfast – Egg wraps or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Grilled cheese sandwiches, tomato soup, mix fruit, bread & butter, milk
Thursday: Breakfast – Pancake on a stick or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Spaghetti, tossed salad with ranch dressing, bananas, bread & butter, milk
Friday: Breakfast – Scrambled eggs or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Chicken sandwiches, fresh carrots with ranch dressing, applesauce, bread & butter, milk.
Hamilton Rotary Club, will meet Monday, April 28 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.
SAFE Crisis Line Training
Supporters of Abuse Free Environment, SAFE, will be offering crisis line training on Monday, April 28. The training covers a variety of topics including domestic and sexual violence, crisis counseling, active listening techniques, coping strategies, available community resources to help survivors and other pertinent topics. All crisis line graduates must pass a background check. This 26-hour program runs for three weeks. This is your chance to change someone world in a tangible manner. SAFE’s crisis line volunteers provide 24-hour, 7 day-a-week services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, supporters, family and friends of survivors. It is a direct line to a compassionate voice that offers real support and valuable resource information to people in immediate need. SAFE provides survivors with emergency shelter, transitional housing, individual and group services and works to build a coordinated community response to domestic and sexual violence. For more information, call 363-2793.
Fish & Wildlife Assn.
The Ravalli County Fish & Wildlife Association will be hold its general membership meeting on Monday, April 28 at 7 p.m. at the Daly Leach meeting room on 1010 W. Main Street, Hamilton. Guest speakers will be FWP game wardens giving a power point presentation about enforcement cases regarding poaching. The meetings are open to the public. Anyone interested in wildlife issues is encouraged to attend. The RCFWA is one of the oldest and most respected sportsmen clubs in the state working to keep a good balance between the prey and predator populations. If you have any questions call Tony at 381-0587.
Tuesday, April 29
BPL Open Computer Lab
Open Computer Lab will take place every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. from April 29 through May 27 in the meeting room of the Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton. Come for an informal opportunity to use the laptop computer lab and have your computer questions answered. Open lab sessions do not have a set curriculum, they are a time for you to ask individual questions and get one-on-one assistance for basic computer skills, file organization, internet navigation, using Email, and Microsoft Word. Call 363-2435 for more information.
Wednesday, April 30
CSL Game Night
The Center for Spiritual Living invites everyone to Fun and Games Night on Wednesday, April 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with Carol Hensel. Bring your favorite board game or card game to share. 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 Carol at 363-6402 or at CSLbitterroot.org.
Thursday, May 1
National Day of Prayer
On Thursday, May 1, the Stevensville community will participate in the National Day of Prayer, an annual event established in 1952 by Congress and President Harry Truman. Stevensville’s American Legion Post and Masonic Lodge, with support from area faith communities, are sponsoring the following National Day of Prayer activities in Stevensville:
• St. Mary’s Historical Mission Chapel will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. for personal prayer. The chapel is located at 4th and Charlos Streets.
This chapel, which is not part of the Catholic Church but rather a historical site, offers a non-denominational location for all to come and pray. St. Mary’s Historical Mission Chapel Board has graciously offered the chapel for the day to honor inter-faith prayers in the place where Montana began.
• St. Mary’s Historical Mission Chapel will also be the site of an inter-faith group prayer beginning at 12:15 p.m. This thirty minute community-focused group prayer will be facilitated by local leaders, and will include prayers for our community, our state, and our country.
3) At 6 p.m. at the Senior Center on Mission Street, there will be a free Spaghetti Dinner with music and an interfaith program and prayer time focused on our community, state, and country. All are welcome.
For more information contact Clay Freeman, Police and Fire Chaplain for Stevensville, 370-8377 or email@example.com or visit http://nationaldayofprayer.org/
Sleeping Child Hot Springs For All
Sleeping Child Hot Springs For All will meet Thursday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room of the Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton. Discussion will continue on the search for advisory board members and board of directors members and results of contacting any prospects. For more information contact Dorinda at 363-1806.
Violinist Hilary Hahn will perform in concert on Thursday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bitterroot Performing Arts Center in Hamilton. Hahn’s probing interpretations, technical virtuosity, and commitment to new music have brought her love of classical music to a diverse audience. At age 33, her international fame and recognition – including two Grammy Awards, multiple Diapason “d’Or of the Year” and “Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik” prizes, seven Echo Klassik awards, and the 2008 Classic FM/Gramophone Artist of the Year – are a testament to her talent and drive. In her sixteen years as a recording artist, she has released fourteen feature albums on the Deutsche Grammophon and Sony labels, all of which have debuted in the top ten of the Billboard classical chart, displaying a repertoire as diverse as Bach, Stravinsky, Elgar, Mozart, Schoenberg, Paganini, Bernstein, Ives, Higdon, and Tchaikovsky. In addition to her extensive appearances with major symphony orchestras world-wide and a regular recital season, Hahn has engaged her young fans in conversation via all forms of social media, frequently collaborated with artists outside classical music, and has recently initiated a major commissioning project resulting in a collection of short pieces by modern composers entitled
“In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores” which were premiered during the 2012-13 season. Call the Box Office at 363-7946 for tickets. To learn more, visit hilaryhahn.com.
On Thursday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Sapphire Lutheran Homes, aficionados of photography will meet to discuss and share photography. For this month’s meeting, Steve Slocomb will be presenting images of “gorgeous light” captured during a fabulous trip in Eastern Montana. Whether you are a beginner or pro or anywhere in between, come enjoy 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.