Museum art sale postponed
The Stevensville Historical Museum will postpone the annual Art and Jewelry Sale that was scheduled May 2-4 until later in August. This annual event has been one of the major fundraising events for the Stevensville Museum. The Museum board members regret having to postpone this event due to a conflict in schedule. The Museum, located at 517 Main Street in Stevensville, will be open for the season from Memorial Day to Labor Day. If you are interested in volunteering for the Museum, call Stacey at 777-5126 or Ruth at 777-3201.
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.
• Join in prayer and praise anytime between 6 and 8 p.m. at Veterans Park, Main Street. Hosted by Lone Rock Bible Church, 777-2592.
• 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/
NVPL Lunch and Learn
It’s May and that means that everybody’s favorite Gardening Guru, Molly Hackett, will be the guest speaker on Thursday, May 1 at 12 noon in the Community Room of the North Valley Public Library, Main St., Stevensville. Bring a gardening question, and your lunch if you wish, and desserts and beverages will be provided. As always, it promises to be a most informative and entertaining event. Lunch and Learn is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
The FOE Eagles Auxiliary will have the third reading of the by-law amendment and vote on it at the Thursday, May 1 meeting. The Auxiliary meets at 7 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge, 125 N. 2nd, Hamilton. The Aerie meets at 8 p.m.
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.
Museum photo contest exhibit
The Ravalli County Museum, 205 Bedford, Hamilton, is opening the 21st Annual Ernst Peterson “Photograph Montana” Contest exhibit on Thursday, May 1 at 6 p.m. This contest is for any photo taken in Montana. Over 300 photos have been put on display in the courtroom for the public to come in and enjoy and vote for their favorite. The awards ceremony will be held Thursday, May 15 at 6 p.m. and the photos will continue to be on display until June 28.
Stevi town council special meeting
The Stevensville Town Council will hold a special meeting on Thursday, May 1 at 6 p.m. at the town hall for discussion/decision on Sewer Project Letter of Conditions with Rural Development Grant/Loan.
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.
Friday, May 2
BPL Story Time
Young children are invited to meet in the children’s corner of the Bitterroot Public Library on Friday, May 2 to enjoy “Mirror, Mirror” created by storyteller Jen DeGroot. 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, May 2 at 12 noon at the Frontier Café, Hwy 93 in Stevensville. Guest speakers will be County Commissioner candidates: incumbent Jeff Burrows, Doug Schallenberger, Bill Menager and Jan Wisniewski. The North Valley Pachyderm Club meets the first and third Friday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. and is an educational arm of the Republican Party. All are welcome.
Knights of Columbus Fish Fry
The Knights of Columbus will hold a First Friday Fish Fry on May 2 from 5 to 6:45 p.m. at St. Francis Pastoral Center, 411 S. 5th, Hamilton. The meal consists of fish, fries, coleslaw, mac n cheese, vegetables, dessert and soft beverage. The “all you can eat” meal is $10.00 per person. Children under nine eat free. Wine can be purchased separately. Everyone is welcome so bring a friend and enjoy the evening. Let the Knights do the cooking for you. Entertainment will be provided by “The Shenanigans”.
NVPL yoga demo
Yoga is beneficial for both body and spirit. Thinking of trying yoga? Find out more about this ancient healing art on Friday, May 2 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the North Valley Public Library. Join Martha from Red Bird Yoga to observe a demonstration of basic yoga techniques. Admission is free and open to all ages. The library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more details, call the library at 777-5061.
Mullan Road Conference
The Mullan Road Conference will be held in Missoula, May 2-4. This conference is held annually at various locations between Walla Walla, WA and Fort Benton, MT. This year’s conference in Missoula is just in time to help Montana celebrate the 150th anniversary of being designated as the Montana Territory.
The Mullan Road was the first military wagon road to cross the Rocky Mountains to the Inland Pacific Northwest. It was built as a military road, by US Army Lt. John Mullan in 1859-1862, from Fort Benton, on the Missouri River, to Walla Walla, WA. Lt. Mullan visited Fort Owen and established Cantonment Stevens in the Corvallis area in the 1850’s.
The conference begins with a reception on Friday, May 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. co-hosted at Fort Missoula by the Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History and The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula.
The Saturday conference will be held at Ruby’s Inn, Missoula with registration from 8 to 9 a.m. Presentations will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a break for lunch. Some of the nation’s foremost experts on the Mullan Road will speak on Saturday. Saturday’s conference will include a dinner at Ruby’s Inn starting at 6:30 p.m. with the featured speaker, Keith Petersen, Associate Director and State Historian of the Idaho State Historical Society, Moscow, ID, and author of “John Mullan: The Tumultuous Life of a Western Road Builder.”
On Sunday, May 4, a bus trip, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., will trace the Mullan Road corridor from Missoula to Medicine Tree Hill. The bus trip will begin and end at Ruby’s Inn and will be led by Bill Weikel, Kim Briggeman and Tom Yule. A sack lunch is included. The tour will head east of Missoula and go up the Clark Fork River Valley to Medicine Tree Hill, 35 miles east. Highlights include the bluff overlooking Lt. Mullan’s Cantonment Wright at the mouth of the Big Blackfoot, and the Three-Mile Grade, constructed by Mullan’s road crew during the devastating winter of 1861-62.
For more information and to register for the conference, go to: www.tworivershistory.net.
Hamilton First Friday
Downtown Hamilton will host youth- and education-oriented activities for its May First Friday celebration, on Friday, May 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. Art produced by students in the Keystone after-school program will be on display in various businesses, and at least one youth dance troupe will put on a sidewalk dance display. Hamilton School Superintendent Tom Korst will be at Mikesell’s Fine Jewelry from 5:30 to 8 p.m. to answer questions about the upcoming levy vote or any school-related issues. Many businesses will offer in-store promotions, and several will also offer live music, including The Spice of Life restaurant and Clatters Coffee House. Stroll downtown from First to Fourth and see why the Hamilton Downtown Association says that shopping, living, and giving locally enriches the whole community.
Golden Age dance
The Golden Age Club invites you to join them on Friday, May 2 for the weekly Friday night live band dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Golden Age Club, 727 S. 5th St. in Hamilton. This is a non-alcoholic and non-smoking environment with potluck snacks at the music break. Cost is $3.00 a person. For info call 406-240-9617.
Saturday, May 3
Benefit Walk for Homeless
The 2nd Annual Benefit Walk for Homeless Families will be held Saturday, May 3 at 290 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton. Check-in at 9:30 a.m.; walk begins at 10 a.m. Main route is 2.5 miles with shorter routes available. Lunch will be served after the walk. Registration fee is $15 for adults and $10 for students, with 5 and under free. You must register by April 16 to get a t-shirt on the day of the walk. Collect pledges from family and friends to support your walk effort. Registration forms can be downloaded from the website: www.bitterrotfamilyshelter.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Call 381-4405 for information. The event is sponsored by The Family Shelter of the Bitterroot, Inc., a nonprofit corporation directed by a volunteer board and funded solely through charitable contributions. The mission is to provide comprehensive supportive services to help the circumstantially homeless in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana achieve sustainable economic independence. The goal is to aid families in economic crisis; helping them remain intact, while allowing them time to learn the tools they need to help rebuild their financial foundation. Every family deserves to have a safe, healthy environment in which to live. The Family Shelter of the Bitterroot, Inc. will use the proceeds towards building a shelter for these homeless families.
Farmers Market May Fest
Hamilton Farmers Market Co-op’s opening day is Saturday, May 3 and features a Pachamama May Fest for Children. Events will include a ‘children of all ages’ parade beginning at 11:35 a.m. on Second Street in front of American Legion Park, where the kids from the Emma’s House parade will meet up with other children to march through the Market. Come join the fun and dance your way to the May poles on the museum lawn to weave in the new season! Local groups, schools and non-profits that provide for the well-being of children in the valley are given a free space to promote their programs on this day. If you would like to participate, call Laura at 961-0004 for a registration form.
Water Safety Event
Bitterroot College University of Montana will host a water safety event on Saturday, May 3 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at River Park in Hamilton. The event aims to celebrate spring and educate participants on how to be safe during high-water season. The event will feature educational booths for children and adults, free food, live music and more than $1,000 in raffle and door prizes. It is free and open to the public. Vendors and performers include the John Adam Smith Band, Ravalli County Public Health Department, Fish, Wildlife and Parks, search and rescue teams and river guides. For more information call BC Director Victoria Clark at 375-0100 or email email@example.com.
Eagles memorial service and dinner
FOE Eagles annual Memorial Service and
Old Timers” Potluck Dinner will be held Saturday, May 3. The ceremony is at 6 p.m. in the Aerie Hall. This is the day Bitterroot Eagles Aerie and Auxiliary honors Brothers and Sisters who have passed this last year. All Eagles, family and friends are urged to join together for a final moment of farewell. The Aerie and Auxiliary will host a Potluck following the Memorial Ceremony in the Auxiliary Hall. Brothers and Sisters will receive membership pins from 5 to 70 years. Meat, potatoes, rolls and coffee will be furnished. Bring a side dish, salad or dessert to share. A sign-up sheet is at the Lodge. RSVP at 363-1113.
Dances of Universal Peace
The Dances of Universal Peace will have a gathering on Saturday, May 3, at Center for Spiritual Living, 1720 N. 1st Street in the Selway Shopping Center beyond Sears. There will be a potluck at 6 p.m. with dancing at 7 p.m. These meditations-in-motion combine love, fun, and peace and blend sacred phrases with simple folkdance movements. $3 donation requested. Live music. All are welcome; no experience is necessary. DUP evenings are fragrance-free.
Square dance club
Boots ‘N Calico Square Dance Club will hold their annual “Fiesta” square dance on Saturday, May 3 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Hamilton Senior Center, 820 N. 4th. This will be a mainstream dance with plus tips. Dress up in your festive outfits and come join the fun. The caller will be Ray Dunbar.
Monday, May 5
Stevi school menu
Monday: Breakfast – Pancake or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Pulled pork sandwiches, taters, pineapple, bread & butter, milk
Tuesday: Breakfast – Bagel with cream cheese or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Chicken enchilada casserole, refried beans, oranges, bread & butter, milk
Wednesday: Breakfast – Cereal or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Shepherd’s pies, green beans, grapes, bread & butter, milk
Thursday: Breakfast – French toast or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Sweet & sour chicken over rice, stir fry veggies, mandarin oranges, bread & butter, milk
Friday: Breakfast – Egg wraps or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Dave’s catch of the day, glazed carrots, pears, bread & butter, milk
Dan May, President of Hamilton’s Farmers Market Co-op and owner of Bee Happy Honey Farm, and Randy Mark, owner of Mill Creek Farm, will be speaking at the Hamilton Rotary Club on Monday May 5 at 12 noon. The Club meets at BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N. 1st Street, Hamilton. The meeting is open to the public. For further information call 363-2960.
Tuesday, May 6
Fly Fishers of the Bitterroot
The monthly meeting of Fly Fishers of the Bitterroot is Tuesday, May 6 at BJ’s Restaurant in Hamilton. Social hour is 6 to 7 p.m. Dinner and cocktails are optional. The featured speaker is Tim Tollet. Tim worked for the Powell Rod Company in the 1970’s, building some of the first graphite rods. In 1980 he and his wife, Teresa, opened Frontier Anglers in Dillon. His presentation “Beaverhead Country” is an accumulation of 37 years of fishing the Beaverhead, Big Hole, and other Southwestern waters in Montana. From the best insect hatches to the best times to fish these famous waters, Tim will cover it all! For information about the Fly Fishers of the Bitterroot, call Jay Melzer, 369-8009.
Mental illness film
On Tuesday, May 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., “Call Me Crazy”, a commercially-released film with an all-star ensemble cast including Jennifer Hudson, Brittany Snow, and Octavia Spencer, will be shown at the Center of Spiritual Living, 1720 N. First Street, Suite C in Selway Commons (north of Sears), Hamilton. It depicts five interwoven stories about how love, support, and hope can help us overcome mental health conditions, specifically schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. Nearly 1-in-5 Americans over age 18 will experience a diagnosable mental health disorder in a given year, and nearly half (46.4%) will experience a mental health disorder in their lifetime. (Statistics from SAMHSA, 2014.) Join members of the NAMI-Bitterroot Valley chapter and the BV Mental Health Local Advisory Council to view this film in celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month. Admission is free; popcorn and coffee by donation. For further information call Denelle at 363-1311.
Wednesday, May 7
The Stevensville Garden Club will be having a plant, seedling, gardening exchange and sale on Wednesday, May 7 at 11 a.m. at the Community Baptist Church at 409 Buck Street, Stevensville. Come find out about the club and have some fun! Contact Linda at 777-4777 for more information.
The Center for Spiritual Living invites everyone to Spiritual Cinema, Wednesday, May 7 from 6:30 to 8:30pm. The movie this week is “It Could Happen To You”, a great film starring Nicholas Cage and Bridget Fonda. Loosely based on a true story, a police officer promises to share his lottery ticket with a waitress in lieu of a tip. Watch what happens when the ticket wins! Free popcorn! 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 Jon at 370-9909 or at CSLbitterroot.org.