Wednesday, August 6
BPL ‘Maker Madness’
Maker Madness will be held August 6, 13 and 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. on the main floor of the Bitterroot Public Library. Get creative and have fun! Sew with paper, make a marshmallow shooter, make buttons, create a computer-driven robot, paint, create with duct tape and more. This event is for teens, tweens and adults. Call 363-1670 for more information.
BPL reading program
Celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program on Wednesday, August 6 at 1:30 p.m. on with games and treats from McDonald’s on the lawn of the Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton. Have some fun playing water games and be prepared to get wet! Remember to enter all your raffle tickets by 8 p.m. on Wednesday night, August 6th.
Stevi Garden Club
The Stevensville Garden Club will meet on Wednesday, August 6 at 1 p.m. at 131 Deer Haven Drive in Hamilton to tour and learn all about dahlias. Come enjoy an afternoon of information and fun. For information call Linda at 777-4777.
NVPL trustee meeting
The North Valley Public Library Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, August 6 at 3 p.m. in the Library’s Community Meeting Room to discuss details of painting the building façade. The public is welcome.
The Center for Spiritual Living hosts Laughter Yoga with Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Jacqueline Locke of Wholly Joy on Wednesday, August 6 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Hearty group laughter has profound short- and long-terms effects on our mind and body: reduce stress, lower blood pressure, increase feel-good hormones, aerobic benefits, strengthen immune system, and have fun! Various laughter exercises taught; offering accepted. Come and laugh for the health of it! 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, contact Jacqueline at 363-2581.
Thursday, August 7
All male and female valley athletes in middle and high school are invited to the Marcus Daly Rehabilitation Center on Thursday, August 7or Wednesday, August 13from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for the annual sports physical program. Over the past eight years, this program sponsored by Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital and Medical Providers has raised over $63,000 for the valley’s school athletic programs. The cost is $25 per student and 100% of the proceeds will be donated back to the students’ school athletic program. Cash or check only, payment is due at the time of visit, no refunds. Enter the Marcus Daly Rehabilitation Center through the main entrance, located on the southwest end of Westwood Drive.
All participants must have a sports physical form. They are available from doctor’s offices or coaches, or online at www.mdmh.org. Parents must fill out and sign the sports physical form and accompany their child to the examination. The physical includes height, weight, blood pressure, pulse, vision, evaluations for posture, joints, strength, flexibility, heart, lungs, abdomen, ears, nose, and throat.
Friday, August 8
Darby Community Public Library will host a Mac computer tutorial on Friday, August 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. Contact the library at 821-4771 for more information and to register for this free workshop.
Bitterroot Dancers, a Montana non-profit organization, promoting community country western dances, will hold a dance on Friday, August 8 from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Bedford Building (Hamilton City Hall). Live music by the Wild Coyotes. Entry fee is $7. All ages are welcome. A no host bar is on site. For more info call 381-1392.
Saturday, August 9
Habitat for Humanity collection
Get ready for fall and clean up and clean out! Habitat for Humanity of Ravalli County will be at the North Donation Site at the Florence Town Pump on Saturday, August 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donate items for the Habitat for Humanity ReSale Center. Appliances, building materials, un-upholstered furniture, cabinets, plumbing, lighting, etc. are all accepted. Check email@example.com for complete list or call 375-1926. All donations are tax deductible and free pickup is available. The ReSale Center is located at 131 Old Corvallis Road, across from Ravalli County Fairgrounds in Hamilton.
Beekeepers of the Bitterroot will meet on Saturday, August 9 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Canyon View Church, 195 Skalkaho Highway, Hamilton. Beekeepers or anyone interested in beekeeping is welcome to attend. For more information: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 406-381-3053.
Children’s Grief Workshop
A free workshop for children on processing grief, facilitated by Mary-Ann Bowman, PhD, LCSW, and Kendra Tucker, MSW candidate, will be held Saturday, August 9 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Neely Center, Victor (corner of 5th Avenue and A Street). This class is designed to help children process grief in their lives. Grief can have a lasting impact on a child. This is an interactive and kid-centered approach to help children understand grief and work towards healing in a safe and supportive environment. Call (406) 243-5666 to register.
Forest Moon Walks
Once a month, as the full moon glows, it seems safe to venture out into the dark while the moon makes magnificent shadows across the landscape. You can still smell the wildflowers, feel the wind blowing through the trees, hear the water running through the creek bed, and sense the bustling nocturnal life.
For the 14th year, the Bitterroot National Forest and Bitter Root RC&D presents a series of interpretive Moon Walks from June to October. These free, educational walks are based on the book “Walk When the Moon is Full”, by Francis Hammerstrom about her children and the nature walks they took every month under the full moon.
You are invited to join interpreters and naturalists for the 2014 series. The presentations begin at 7 p.m. on the Saturday closest to the official full moon and last approximately 1-2 hours. Presenters include foresters, biologists, scientists, historians, poets, storytellers, and everything under the sun, or in this case – moon. Dress in layers because the weather in the Forest is often different than it is in town. Guests are also encouraged to bring a lawn chair, and a jacket.
Here are the topics that will be covered in the 2014 series:
Saturday, August 9 – Cold Water Moon at Kiwanis River Park in Hamilton. Stroll through the park and learn about the importance of riparian vegetation to the Bitterroot River. Just what is “riparian vegetation”? What roles does it play in watershed health? How can it keep our water cold? Learn the answers to these questions and much more during this fun and educational event! Hosted by the Bitter Root Water Forum.
Saturday, September 13 – Photography Moon at Blodgett Overlook Trail in Hamilton. Photographs make some of the best memories from our journeys outside. Bring your camera and tripod and join a few local Bitterroot photographers on a hike up Blodgett Overlook to learn how to take your photos up a notch, specifically focused on outdoor photography. Capture the perfect landscape, colorful sunrise, hiking trail, wildflower, or star-filled sky.
Saturday, October 25 – Ghost Moon at Wood’s Cabin at Lake Como near Darby. Enjoy ghost stories at the historic Wood’s Cabin on the shores of Lake Como. Meet historic Bitterroot Valley ghosts and hear stories of their lives and some of their untimely deaths. Costumes encouraged!
The 2014 Moon Walk Series is sponsored by the Bitterroot National Forest and Bitter Root Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D). For more information including directions to events, visit www.fs.usda.gov/bitterroot.
Sunday, August 10
Center for Spiritual Living
The Center for Spiritual Living will host Jon Bradbury presenting “Finding a Piece of Peace” on Sunday, August 10 at 10 a.m. Jon helps us remember that a sense of peace is available to us in our everyday routine. 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. Further information call Dave at 381-2355 or visit CSLbitterroot.org.
Monday, August 11
Pamela Fawns, recipient of the Hamilton Rotary Club Interact scholarship, and her mother, Wendy Fawns, will be speaking at the next meeting of the Hamilton Rotary Club, on Monday, August 11 at 12 noon. Pamela and her mother will be talking about “Windy Duke Kitchens” and Community Kitchens. 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.
First-time Homebuyer class
The Bitter Root RC&D will hold a nationally-certified First-Time Homebuyer Group Education class August 11-13 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 the cost of reference materials. Attendance also entitles participants to free individual financial counseling and post-purchase counseling. Pre-registration and payment in full is required. Call 363-5450 to reserve your space today with your $50 deposit. The class will help novice homebuyers maneuver through the entire process of homeownership.
Tuesday, August 12
DPCL children’s workshops
The Darby Community Public Library will host two special children’s workshops this August. A Squishy Circuits workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, August 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. This workshop is available to children six years and older. An Arduino workshop is scheduled for August 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the meeting room and is designed for children ten years and older Contact the library at 821-4771 for more information and to register for these free workshops.
Stevensville school board retreat
The Stevensville School Board of Trustees will hold a retreat on Tuesday, August 12 at 1 p.m. in the Middle School Conference Room.
Stevensville school board meeting
The regular meeting of the Stevensville School Board of Trustees will be Tuesday, August 12 at 7 p.m. in the Stevensville Music Center choir room.
Wednesday, August 13
The Center for Spiritual Living invites everyone to Drum Circle on Wednesday, August 13 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 Jerry at 381-7220 or email@example.com.