Wednesday, May 4
On Wednesday, May 4 (first Wednesday of the month), the Stevensville Garden Club meets at 1 p.m. at the Community Baptist Church, 409 Buck Street in Stevensville. The “Information Spotlight” will be “Sharing Your Bounty” with Cheryl Carroll as speaker. Anyone interested in gardening is welcome, those that are new to the “world of gardening,” those who know some, and those who are master gardeners with valuable information and experiences they would like to share!
Wings Program benefit
The Wings Program invites you to Pizza Night fundraisers at Pizza Hut in Hamilton. Held on the first Wednesdays of May, June and July, the first event is May 4 from 5 to 9 p.m. A portion of your meal cost will be donated to Wings. Come out and eat pizza and help feed horses and provide equine assisted therapy programs to the community. A raffle to win a pizza for a year will be held. Also tee shirts and tote bags will be available with donation. The Wings mission is to provide opportunities for healing and growth for both humans and horses. The Wings Program provides assistance to both horses and horse owners in need. Horses in Wings care receive rehabilitation for physical and emotional problems, and training as necessary to be able to transition into a new permanent home. For more information call Deborah at 363-3346.
FWP Citizen Advisory Committee
The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) Region 2 Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) will meet Wednesday, May 4 at the Missoula FWP office (3201 Spurgin Road) beginning at 6:30 p.m. The 20-member CAC meets quarterly to discuss the many natural resource issues addressed by FWP in west-central Montana. CAC members serve four-year terms and represent a variety of west-central Montana communities and interests. FWP has CACs in every region of the state, and all meetings are open to the public. FWP Region 2 will be recruiting for new CAC members in June. Visit fwp.mt.gov/regions/r2/cac/ for more details or call FWP at 542-5500.
Spiritual Video Series
A video and discussion on the life of Rumi will take place Wednesday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Center for Spiritual Living, 1720 N. 1st Street, Hamilton (north of Sears). This documentary brings to life a man and his poetry that have been gone from this earth for over 800 years. Known for his deeply spiritual love poems, Jelaluddin Rumi was a Sufi mystic, scholar and teacher with many devoted followers when an unlikely and mysterious muse named Shams came into his life. When Shams disappeared, the grieving Rumi gave life to beautiful poetry that still lives on today. Join in for the video, discussion and popcorn. An offering will be taken. For more information visit cslbitterroot.org.
Thursday, May 5
National Day of Prayer
On Thursday, May 5, the Town of Stevensville will participate in the National Day of Prayer, which is set by Presidential Proclamation, and in coordination with the National Day of Prayer Task Force, centered in Colorado Springs, with the NDP State Coordinator being located in Helena. The local sponsorship of this event is shared by Stevensville’s American Legion Post and Masonic Lodge Unit.
The day will be honored by three main activities:
- St. Mary’s Historical Mission Chapel, at 4th and Charlos Streets, will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. for any and all who desire to come offer individual prayers for local, state and national aims and needs. This historical chapel, which is actually not part of the Catholic Church, but a historical site, offers a non-denominational location for all faiths to freely exercise prayer to God as each sees fit. The board of this historical site has graciously offered the chapel for the day in support of the fact that here is where Montana began, and thus a fitting place to honor inter-faith prayers.
- At 12:10 p.m., “Patriot Hour” at the Mission Chapel, a 3/4-hour of community-focused group prayer will take place, where those who prefer to attend a larger inter-faith congregation can come on their lunch hour, and be led in prayer by local and state official facilitators. The time will be divided into three ten-minute segments focused on local, state and national topics of prayer. The remaining time will be devoted to recognizing those who have passed this year, such as firefighters, police officers, veterans and others who have served our region and our nation.
- At 6 p.m. at the Senior Center on Mission Street, there will be a free Spaghetti Dinner with music, followed by a program and prayer time, again focused on the three divisions mentioned above. The special speaker this year is retired Army Colonel Sam Birky, who now serves as State Chaplain for The American Legion. All are welcome to come, eat, and share in this event freely. A free-will offering will be taken to help this annual event to continue.
Any additional information desired may be received by contacting Clay Freeman, Police and Fire Chaplain for Stevensville, by calling 370-8377 or e-mailing email@example.com.
Stevi business meetings
Recently there have been some burglaries of Stevensville businesses. Stevensville Police Chief James Marble has scheduled two informational meetings regarding these burglaries and preventative measures business owners can take. The informational session will be held on Thursday, May 5 at 12 noon and again at 6 p.m. at the Town Hall. Plan to attend one of these meetings to make sure you have information, preventative measures, etc. For more information call the Main Street office at 777-3773.
Water rights class
The Bitterroot Valley Board of Realtors invites the public to an upcoming free class on water rights titled “Water Rights Demystified” on Thursday, May 5 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Bitterroot River Inn conference center in Hamilton. Presented by the Bitter Root Water Forum, a water rights specialist from DNRC as well as local irrigators and ditch managers will be available for questions. Four CEU’s are available to real estate licensees. Call 363-2000 for more information.
Back health presentation
“‘Back’ to Basics: How to Take Better Care of your Back, Neck and Shoulders” will be presented by Heidi Martin, MPT, on Thursday, May 5 from 3 to 4 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Pastoral Center, 411 S. 5th Street, Hamilton. Neck and back pain are some of the most common physical ailments. Physical Therapist Heidi Martin will demonstrate proper stretches, exercises and ergonomics for sitting, standing, lifting, computer work, etc. to improve your flexibility and posture and reduce pain. No RSVP needed. Everyone welcome!
Friday, May 6
The North Valley Pachyderm Club will meet Friday, May 6 at 12 noon at The Frontier Café, Hwy 93 in Stevensville. Guest speakers will be County Commissioner JR Iman and his opponent Sheriff Chris Hoffman, Terry Nelson, running for Governor and Nikki Sardot, his running mate. The North Valley Pachyderm Club is an educational arm of the Republican Party. All are welcome.
Humane Assn. pint night
A pint night to benefit the Bitter Root Humane Association will be held Friday, May 6 at Blacksmith Brewing Company, 114 Main in Stevensville. No better reason to drink beer than to help a wonderful cause and you can do both on First Friday! Come enjoy some great brews, take some chances at the 50/50 raffles and join the fun, with a portion of the proceeds going to help the animal shelter.
Jug Band at library
The Bitterroot Jug Band will be performing at the North Valley Public Library at Friday, May 6 at 6 p.m. for First Friday. Bring your family and friends to enjoy local musical talent, have some wonderful snacks, and try your hand at an array of stress relieving coloring sheets. This event is free and open to the public. The North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call the library at 777-5061.
The Annual “Pie in the Big Sky” Pie Auction will be held on First Friday, May 6, at 6:30 p.m. at Rocky Mountain Bank. The evening promises to be an event of deliciousness and entertainment from the auctioneer team of Jim Pfau and Bill McNulty. Plan to attend this fantastic event and if you would like to make a pie, call the Main Street Association office at 777-3773 to let them know and have your pie with name and description on it at Rocky Mountain Bank by 4 p.m. on First Friday, May 6. All proceeds benefit the Stevensville Main Street Association.
Montana State Parks will host “Discover the Night Sky” at Travelers’ Rest State Park, 6717 Hwy 12 W, Lolo, on Friday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. The Western Montana Astronomical Association will present a star gazing program to enjoy Montana’s big sky in all its nighttime beauty. Stargazing is weather dependent. For more information, call Loren Flynn or Emily McDonald at 273-4253 or visit stateparks.mt.gov.
African Children’s Choir
The African Children’s Choir will perform on Friday, May 6 at 7 p.m. at the Bitterroot Valley Church of the Nazarene, 803 5th Street, Victor, 642-3838, and again on Wednesday, May 11 at 7 p.m. at the Hamilton High School Performing Arts Center, 327 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, 375-6060. 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: 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 artists such as Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, Michael W. Smith, and other inspirational performers.
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: www.africanchildrenschoir.com.
Saturday, May 7
Celebrate National Hospital Week together! On Saturday, May 7, Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital is having a free Cholesterol Screening and Health Fair from 7 a.m. to 12 noon. (Enter through the doors on the east side of the hospital’s main entrance.) Cholesterol screening registration opens at 6:30 a.m. and screenings are from 7 to 10:30 a.m. on a first come, first served basis. Visit the many exhibits, meet the new medical staff, take the time to get a massage, a Reiki treatment, get your height, weight, blood pressure and vision checked and more. At 9 a.m. attend the women’s or men’s health classes and at 10 a.m. the Fit and Well class. Plan to pick up your screening results during the hours of the health fair. Visit all the booths and enter the drawings for three fabulous prizes!
High cholesterol affects over 65 million Americans and left untreated could increase your risk for heart disease. Know your cholesterol levels, how it affects your health, and how to manage your levels. Residents participating in the free cholesterol screening should drink plenty of water, fast and avoid caffeinated drinks for 8 to 10 hours prior to screening, be 18 years and older, and bring ID. For more information visit mdmh.org.
Farmers Market opening
The Hamilton Farmers Market will open for the season with a May Fest Celebration of Our Children on Saturday, May 7. SAFE’s Mother’s Day Cake Walk will take place from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on the Museum lawn. Win a tasty treat for your mom on her day by supporting a life-saving group!
During the Market, local children-oriented non-profits will be offering information about their programs and providing kids’ activities on the Museum lawn. If your group would like to have a free booth there, call 961-0004 before April 30 for a registration form.
Students from MAPS will be interviewing customers for quick videos all summer long. These will be posted on the Market’s facebook page. Stop by their booth on the north side of Bedford Street and tell them why you love Hamilton Farmers Market!
Customer appreciation drawing for vendor gift certificates will be at 11 a.m. at the Market Info Booth. Register there during the morning. You do not have to be present to win.
Emma’s House Bike Parade, “We Care About Kids,” will join the Market parade in American Legion Park at 11:30 a.m. This year’s parade theme is “Green Man – Guardian of Our Gardens!” Come dressed as your favorite garden being! The Parade will prance through the Market to end up at the May Pole dances for kids of all ages on the Museum lawn at 11:45 a.m. The Singing Salamanders will get your feet tappin’ beginning at 10:30 a.m. and will play for the May Pole dances.
Free Healthy Buck $6 Coupons will be available again this year to the first five SNAP customers who use their card for Market tokens at the Info Booth.
The May 7 celebration will kick off the Market’s 25th year of good healthy non-GMO veggies, delightful and unique Montana made crafts and art, lively tunes, tasty fresh hot food and fantastic fun!
Nocturnal Animals program
Montana State Parks is hosting the Trekker Kids program “Nocturnal Animals” at Travelers’ Rest State Park, 6717 Hwy 12 W, Lolo, on Saturday, May 7 at 11 a.m. Batty about bats? Do you give a hoot about owls? Want to test your senses to see if you have what it takes to be a nocturnal animal? Enjoy a fun filled program of games and activities that explore nocturnal animals and their adaptations! This program is part of the Trekker Kids series and is open to kids around 5-10 years old. Trekker Kids is a series of activities and programs for children and families that celebrate the outdoors of western Montana and the rich history of the Travelers’ Rest site. Regular programs are held on Saturdays at 11 a.m. unless otherwise posted. This program is free. All donations will support future Trekker Kids programs. For more information, call Loren Flynn or Dani Staunton at 273-4253.
Mansion Mother’s Day Tea
On Saturday, May 7, the Daly Mansion will celebrate a 10-year tradition of gathering in honor of Mother’s Day. A delicious tea luncheon will be served in the formal living room, sun porch, entry hall and trophy room. In addition you may have a professional photo taken by Maria from Perfect Gift Studio for $5 and enjoy classical guitar music during tea by Jan Jost and Barb Schumaker. Seating for the tea will be at 12 noon but the doors of the Mansion will open at 10:30 so you will have time to visit a special new exhibit on the 3rd floor. This exhibit focuses on Marcus Daly’s Montana Hotel which was built in Anaconda. Several artifacts are on display from the hotel, including the one-of-a-kind wooden mosaic commissioned by Daly of his favorite race horse, Tammany. This mosaic was placed in the floor of the bar and guests were forbidden to walk on it. If you happened to step on the artwork, rumor has it that you were then required to buy a round of drinks for the whole bar! There are also over 25 original furnishings newly loaned to the Mansion for the 2016 season. See if you can locate them! Tickets for the tea are $25 per adult and $20 for children 12 & under. It is not recommended for children under age 6. Call 363-6004 Ext. 2# to make your reservations.
Hamilton Senior Center will be hosting a Special Saturday Bingo on May 7. Doors open at 12 noon, games start at 1 p.m. Paper cards will be used. Free refreshments served. Must be 18 to play. Call Cathy at 375-9276 for information.
Boots n’ Calico Square Dance Club will hold a dance on Saturday, May 7 at the Golden Age Center, 727 S. 5th, Hamilton. Ray Dunbar will call a plus dance from 7 to7:30 p.m. followed by a mainstream dance from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 8
Center for Spiritual Living
The Center for Spiritual Living hosts Lynne McCormick presenting “What Follows I Am…?” on Sunday, May 8 at 10 a.m. Join in a morning of great music, sharing, and inspiration as May’s theme of Spiritual Guidance And Personal Responsibility continues. Children’s program provided. Special music with LeGrande Harvey. Come early for Meditation at 9:30 a.m. Refreshments and conversation follow at 11:15. 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 visit CSLbitterroot.org.
Mother’s Day concert
A Gift of Song – a free concert for the whole family supporting HEART Ministries will be held Sunday, May 8 at 3 p.m. at the Corvallis Methodist Church, corner of Eastside Hwy and Cemetery Road. Enjoy an afternoon spring concert with The Montana A Cappella Society on Mother’s Day. The whole family is invited to a very special concert on Mother’s Day, featuring many favorite tunes as well as a selection of delightful contemporary songs sure to please everyone. Enjoy homemade cookies and refreshments after the concert.
The concert supports HEART Ministries with a free will donation. HEART (Hamilton Emergency Assistance Response Team) is a local nonprofit that exists “to respond first to law enforcement, volunteer fire personnel, other emergency personnel and health care providers. Second, the response is to the victims, family members, and observers of a tragedy situation who may be adversely affected by the crisis.” HEART Ministries founded Shepherd’s House, a residential, transitional, sober-living home for women located in Hamilton.
For more information call 363-5778.
Monday, May 9
Stevi school menu
Monday: Breakfast – Pancakes or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Beefsteaks, mashed potatoes & gravy, Pineapple, bread & butter, milk
Tuesday: Breakfast – Muffins or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Chalupas, refried beans, oranges, bread & butter, milk
Wednesday: Breakfast – Cereal or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Tater-tot casserole, green beans, grapes, bread & butter, milk
Thursday: Breakfast – French toast or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Cheese-filled breadsticks, glazed carrots, pears, bread & butter, milk
Friday: Breakfast – Scrambled eggs or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Chicken sandwich, potato salad, apricots, bread & butter, milk.
Christina Harrell will be speaking about Darby’s “Last Friday Nite Art in the Park” at the next meeting of the Hamilton Rotary Club on Monday, May 9 at 12 noon at BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N. 1st, Hamilton. “Last Friday Nite Art in the Park” is a monthly summer event starting the last Friday in June. The meeting is open to the public. For further Rotary Club information, call 363-2960.
Green Thumbs Up
Green Thumbs Up Garden Club will meet Monday, May 9 at 2 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room of the Bitterroot Public Library. Kendol Siler will be the guest speaker. He will talk about incorporating chickens and other animals into the home garden–how to use them to till, fertilize, spread mulch, and control insects–without destroying the plants you want to keep. Kendol’s passions are parks, children’s gardens, and accessibility to gardens for everyone. He is a proud Tennessean who holds degrees in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design from the University of Tennessee and a degree in Natural Resource Management from Colorado State University. Since a young age, he has been involved with many aspects of the plant industry including working at a farmers market, a native landscape company, various nurseries and golf courses, and as regional director for a non-profit. Kendol is currently the Crop Adviser, Licensed Chemical Applicator, and Dealer Rep for Lakeland Feeds in Hamilton. Green Thumbs Up meetings are free and open to the public. This will be the last regular monthly meeting until September. For more information, call Carol at 363-2403.
African Drum Circle will take place Monday, May 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Center for Spiritual Living, 1720 N. 1st Street (north of Sears), Hamilton. Bring your drum, rattles, and other instruments and be part of the fun. No drums? No worries, there are instruments to share. Drum Circle meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. For information, contact Jerry at 381-7220 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Tuesday, May 10
Western MT Addiction Services Prevention is holding a Responsible Alcohol Sales and Service training on Tuesday, May 10 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at 209 N. 10th Street, Suite C in Hamilton. The cost of the training is $15 for materials (cash only). The “Let’s Control It” curriculum is approved by the MT Dept of Revenue and responsible alcohol sales and service training is mandated for all servers and sellers of alcohol in the state of Montana. Participants will receive a certificate of completion. For further information or to register call 532-9149 or email email@example.com by April May 9.
A Red Cross blood drive will be held Tuesday, May 10 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 275 Hattie Lane, Hamilton.
Stevi school board
The Stevensville School Board of Trustees will hold a regular board meeting on Tuesday, May 10 at 7 p.m. in the Stevensville Music Center Choir Room.
Wednesday, May 11
A Red Cross blood drive will be held Wednesday, May 11 from 2:15 to 7 p.m. at Florence-Carlton High School, 5602 Old Highway 93, Florence.
African Children’s Choir
The internationally acclaimed African Children’s Choir will perform on Wednesday, May 11 at 7 p.m. at Hamilton High School, 327 Fairgrounds Road. 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. The concerts is free and open to all. Donations will be accepted 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. 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.