Wednesday, July 16
The Nonprofit Partnership will hold its quarterly brown bag on Wednesday, July 16 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. at the Fairgrounds Event Center. This meeting will be totally devoted to a review of the new BitterrootEvents.net website. The sponsors of the site will give a short overview and then open it up for questions and discussion.
There will be a free floral design workshop on Wednesday, July 16 at 1 p.m. in the Floral Building at the Fairgrounds to practice making designs as designated in the Fair exhibitor handbook. This is a learning event for novices or those who want to improve their flower arranging skills. You will work as part of a team building a design and then discuss ideas for improvement with the group. All materials will be provided. You also will learn how to select, condition and enter cut specimens and plants in the horticulture section. Call JoAnne, 961-5642, for further information and to register.
Bitterroot College Advisory Council
The Advisory Council for Bitterroot College University of Montana will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 16 at 3 p.m. in the Conference Room at the Human Resources Council Building, 316 N. 3rd 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.
Thursday, July 17
Internet sales class
A seminar on “Internet Sales: Affiliate Marketing” will be presented by instructor Annette O’Leary-Coggins on Thursday, July 17 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.
Internet based retail sales are projected to continue their double digit growth rate through 2017, expanding from the present $300 billion to $434 billion. Internet sales opportunities have changed the face of retail, making it possible for thousands of small firms to reach customers. Even if your business does not primarily sell through the internet, this class can help you to increase the effectiveness of your website by generating leads and sales through affiliate marketing. Affiliate Marketing is a performance-based, online marketing tool used to connect businesses with customers via an affiliate website. Businesses reward the affiliate website for customers generated. Affiliate Marketing provides a pathway for online income generation.
Annette O’Leary-Coggins (Web Consulting Depot) is an internet marketing expert in lead generation sites focusing on Direct Response e-Mail Campaigns. She has worked with large internet based companies such as Budget Blinds and Artesian Spas writing Sales Copy and SEO Content. Annette currently owns Web Consulting Depot, working with small local businesses advising them on how to improve their own marketing strategies via direct response internet marketing
Cost of the seminar is $25. Contact the Bitterroot College at 375-0100 or register online at the Bitterroot College, Continuing Education website.
Historical firearms demo
Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) will host Historical Firearms Demonstrations at Travelers’ Rest State Park in Lolo on Friday and Saturday, July 17 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Perhaps the most important tool used by the Lewis and Clark Expedition were the firearms used primarily to acquire food to feed the hard working explorers. Join local expert and re-enactor Lloyd Priest as he discusses which firearms the Expedition may have carried, how they were used and the advancing technology employed by the members of the party.
Lloyd will also be on hand to show how lead bullets were made in the field, as well as demonstrate the loading and firing of historical replicas of the rifles of the Lewis and Clark era. He will discuss firearms care, safety, and the history of these weapons of the past.
Following the demonstration, visitors can view an authentic, 1803 Harpers Ferry rifle, on display in the park visitor center. For more information call the park office at 273-4253.
The American Red Cross strives to collect over 700 pints of blood to meet the needs of patients in this area alone. In the Montana service area every 27 minutes someone needs blood. Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital (MDMH) helps the American Red Cross meet this need by sponsoring blood drives four times a year. The next blood drive is on Thursday, July 17th from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the hospital conference rooms B/C. To schedule your blood drive appointments, call Gary Schulz at 375-4451. Donors please remember to bring your identification with you and prior to donating blood eat complete meals, avoid caffeinated beverages, and drink plenty of water. Visit mdmh.org for more information.
North Valley Pachyderm Club
The North Valley Pachyderm Club will meet Friday, July 18 at 12 noon at the Frontier Café, Hwy 93 in Stevensville. Guest speakers will be State Representative Ed Greef and State Senator Fred Thomas who will be talking about Internet access and the Republican Convention. The North Valley Pachyderm Club meets the first and third Friday of each month from 12 noon to 1 p.m. The North Valley Pachyderm Club is an educational arm of the Republican Party. All are welcome.
Historic photo presentation
“The Montana Homestead Boom Photographed by Those Who Lived It” will be presented by Dean Hellinger on Thursday, July 17 at 6 p.m. at the Ravalli County Museum, 205 Bedford in Hamilton. This digital photo presentation shows the historical Montana homestead experience and the world those pioneers created. These optimists originated from many different places, almost all of which were more suitable to agriculture than Montana. They were faced with creating homes, schools, churches and towns, as well as developing “dry land” agriculture for their new farms. These snapshots record the way it was in the early years, and inspire discussion of how the 1909 Enlarged Homestead Act forever changed the face and character of Montana. Call 363-3338 for more information.
Back Country Horsemen
Bitter Root Back Country Horsemen host the second in their series of outdoor summer meetings on Thursday, July 17, at the Larry Creek Trailhead, located up Bass Creek Rd. Potluck dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and the general meeting starts at 7:00. The upcoming July and August trail projects will be discussed and signups for the fair start. Guests are welcome and people who want to keep trails open for stock users and hikers, take note – this is what the Back Country Horsemen do! For more information, call Karen at 961-0101 or check the website at www.bchmt.org/bitterroot.
Community Band concert
The Bitterroot Community Band is presenting a series of concerts in the CLaudia Driscoll park on Thursdays at 8 p.m. The next performance will be by Bittersweet on July 17th. All performances are free and open to the public.
Friday, July 18
FabYouLess Fitness is hosting Parkfit Fitness select Fridays from 12 noon to 1 p.m. at the bandshell at Claudia Driscoll Park in Hamilton. This free event is open to anyone, any age, any ability who wants to come out and have fun while moving to music, through Zumba, Kickboxing, OULA, Zumba Toning and more! Dates are July 18, 25 and August 1. Bring water and a dry towel. Cold, wet towels and squirt guns will be available to keep you cool! For more information contact Tracy Womack at 360-7363 or Kathy DeLong at 369-5699.
Bitterroot Dancers is a Montana non-profit organization, promoting community country western dances. A dance will be held Friday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bedford Building, Hamilton City Hall. Live music by the Wild Coyotes. All welcome. Admission is free but donations are accepted. No host bar on site. Call 406-381-1392 for more information.
Saturday, July 19
Bike camp research trip
Are you a biking enthusiast? A field trip to check out the Twin Bridges, MT (pop. 360) Bike Camp will be held Saturday, July 19. The Bike Camp was built in 2009 in the town park and provides showers and camping for cyclists. The Missoula2Lolo bike trail will open in 2015. Can Stevensville create a Bike Camp of its own? Meet at the Super One parking lot (west side) at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be at Bannack Days with the afternoon in Twin Bridges, returning by way of Butte in late evening. Call Desera at 777-3333 to register or for more information.
Operation Christmas Child packing
Enjoy Christmas in July at Gypsy Rose Gift Shop, 111 S. First Street in Hamilton with an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Packing Party on Saturday, July 19 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. This party is open to the public. You can purchase items for your shoeboxes, pack them on site and/or donate $7.00 for shipping of shoeboxes. Contact Greg Reinhardt at 360-4253 or Barbara Rose at 375-0695 for further details.
Bitterroot native Linda Lanier brings her love for God and country to Solid Rock Church on Saturday, July 19 at 6 p.m. and again on Sunday morning at 10 am. at 2415 Arcadia Drive in Missoula. Everyone is invited, especially our veterans. The Corvallis Color Guard will be featured. Linda is a Nashville recording artist with a special gift for ministering to the military. For more info call 406-207-6394.
Sunday, July 20
Center for Spiritual Living
The Center for Spiritual Living will host Dave Schultz presenting “Service – a Path to Wholeness” on Sunday, July 20 at 10 a.m. Dave will share how to practice conscious service that expresses our true self, not our ego self. Music with LeGrande Harvey. Refreshments and conversation follow at 11:15 a.m. Come early for Meditation 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 at CSLbitterroot.org.
Golden Age dance
A dance will be held Sunday, July 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Golden Age Hall, 727 S. 5th in Hamilton on a great dance floor with live music. A non-smoking and non-alcoholic venue with potluck snacks at music break. Admission is $3.00 per person. Let’s dance! For info, call 406-240-9617.
Monday, July 21
First Baptist VBS – Hamilton
Vacation Bible School will be held July 21-25 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon each day at First Baptist Church, 354 Cooper Lane, Hamilton. Kids from 3 years old through the 6th grade are invited for a week of investigating the exciting truths about Jesus. They will be briefed on their mission for the day at Agency D3 headquarters. From there, they will examine evidence in the Evidence Vault, create cool gadgets in the Lab, hone their skills on the Training Grounds and enjoy snacks in the Break Room. Register at www.firstbaptistchurchhamilton.com and discover, decide and defend the truth about who Jesus is. Call 363-3735 for more information.
The Hamilton Rotary Club will meet on Monday, July 21 at 11:30 a.m. (note early time). Members will depart for Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital for a tour of the Imaging department. The Club meets at BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N. 1st Street, Hamilton. The meetings are open to the public. For further information call 363-2960.
First Baptist VBS – Darby
First Baptist Church of Darby invites children from pre-K to sixth grade to Vacation Bible School, July 21-24, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Join the D3 detective agency at 107 W. Missoula Ave, as they discover, decide, and defend their beliefs about God and Jesus. Activities include music, crafts, recreation, snacks, and lots of fun. For more information call 821-3234.
Western MT Addiction Services will be holding a Responsible Alcohol Sales and Service “Let’s Control It” training on Tuesday, July 22 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at 209 N. 10th Street, Suite C in Hamilton. The cost of the training is $15 (cash only) for materials. The “Let’s Control It” curriculum is approved as a state-mandated RASS training by the MT Dept of Revenue and participants will receive a certificate of completion. For information or to register call 532-9149 or email email@example.com. Register by July 21.
Tuesday, July 22
Marketing Basics class
Learn the marketing basics at a class on Tuesday, July 22 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Ravalli County economic Development Authority (RCEDA), 274 Old Corvallis Road in Hamilton. Learn how to think about your brand, components of marketing and how they relate, traditional and digital advertising, how to set a budget and get the most out of your advertising dollar. Instructor is Cynthia Rademacher of CMR Marketing Strategies. Class fee is $25. Register at Bitterroot College, 375-0100.
Wednesday, July 23
Senator Walsh outreach
The Missoula Field Office of Senator John Walsh will conduct outreach hours in Hamilton and Stevensville on Wednesday, July 23. Walsh’s Field Representative and Marine Corps veteran Maureen Porter will be available to meet with constituents in Hamilton from 11 a.m. to 12 noon in the Planning Conference Room, Administration Building, 215 S. 4th Street, Third Floor, and in Stevensville from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Town Hall, 206 Buck Street. All constituents are welcome to visit with Porter to share concerns, information and ideas, and possibly open casework. No appointments are necessary.
The Center for Spiritual Living invites everyone to a Drum Circle on Wednesday, July 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at River Park gazebo in Hamilton. In case of rain, meet at the Center. Bring your drum, rattles, and other instruments and be part of the fun. For information, contact Chris at 240-9050.
International award-winning astronomer, Kevin Manning, brings his unique astronomy program, Astronomy for everyone: Size and Scale of the Universe” to the North Valley Public Library on Wednesday, July 23 at 7 p.m. Kevin has worked with NASA, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, and the Brookhaven National Laboratory. Now retired, Kevin has created a mobile astronomy program that tours the country annually. Come and learn about the planets, stars, nebulae and more! Kevin’s presentation concludes with a guided viewing of the night sky through his telescopes. Families, children and adults are all welcome! This event is free to the public, but space is limited. Call the library at 777-5061 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. More info at www.lookuptothestars.com.