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Wednesday, October 22

Fatigue class
Hollie Greenwood will present a class on avoiding fatigue on Wednesday, October 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Active Care Family Chiropractic, 504 Main, Stevensville. Are you tired for no apparent reason? Ever been told you need anti-depressants, but you’re not depressed? Do you wish you knew how to get more energy from food alone? Many people suffer from chronic health conditions where fatigue is the underlying cause. In this class, you’ll look at the five biggest contributors to fatigue, while focusing primarily on adrenal health. If you’re trying to get energy from either sugar or exercise, then your adrenals could use a tune-up! Cost is $15 per person. Seating is limited. Payments and reservations must be made in advance. To register call 777-1048.

Mule deer presentation

The Ravalli County Fish & Wildlife Association is hosting a presentation on Wednesday, October 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Bitterroot River Inn. Idaho Biologist Mark Hurley will give a presentation with his findings from a two-year research project in Idaho on mule deer fawn survival. Mark received his masters degree from UM researching elk in the upper Blackfoot. He was also involved in the elk/predation study in the Bitterroot.

Bitterroot Quilters’ Guild
The Bitterroot Quilters’ Guild will meet Wednesday, October 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Daly-Leach Funeral Home, 1010 W. Main, Hamilton. Guest speaker is Darleen Miller whose discussion topic is “Color Wise or Size Wise?” She will teach how to collect, store, and use scrap fabric. All community members are welcome to attend.

Self-help talk

“Exploring Your Essence–Who Am I Really?” will be presented on Wednesday, October 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Center for Spiritual Living, 1720 N. First Street (north of Sears), Hamilton. “Just be yourself!” How often have your heard that? Want to rock that job interview? Just be yourself! How about that first date? Just be yourself! But being ourselves can sometimes prove to be the most difficult thing to do. Lea Guthrie will help you to reconnect with yourself. If you are struggling to learn who you really are, this workshop is a journey to the heart of you. She’ll use creativity, inquiry, reflection and fun to explore who we are at our most fundamental level. For more information call Lea at 360-7509.

Thursday, October 23

Employer seminar
The JSEC Fall Seminar will be held Thursday, October 23 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Hamilton City Hall Bedford Bldg, 223 S. 2nd, Hamilton. “The Personal Accountability Revolution” will be presented by Wendy Samson of FutureSYNC International. Understand how to win results through accountability leadership, learn how to mindfully shape a workplace culture, discover personal accountability and its rewards, frame interactions with others that create action, exceed expectations. . . rise above the circumstances, explore the power of resistance, when left below the surface, it gains momentum – which leaves everyone impaired. To register or for more information contact Vickie Steele, 375-6045, or email

Pasty Sale

The fall pasty sale, sponsored by the Ravalli County Democratic Women’s Club, will be held Thursday, October 23 at the Rocky Mountain Grange Hall in Hamilton. The pasties will be made with organic beef and the usual mix of vegetables and spices. They may be ordered baked or unbaked. There is also an option for 100 vegetarian pasties; first ordered, first served at $3 each. Place your order early with Lisa at 777-3145. Pasties may be picked up at the Grange Hall south of Hamilton between 1 and 5 p.m. on Oct. 23.

Marine Corps League
The Bitterroot Valley Detachment of the Marine Corps League will hold a general meeting for all members and interested Marines on Thursday, October 23, at 7:15 p.m. at the Hamilton Eagles Lodge, 125 N. 2nd Street, Hamilton. The Marine Corps League is a charitable and veterans organization comprised of Marines, FMF Naval Corpsmen, and Naval Chaplains who served with Marine Corps units. Membership is open to all, regardless of rank, unit, era, or MOS. The Bitterroot Valley Detachment is active in support Toys for Tots, the Marine Corps Birthday, assistance to Marines and their families, support to wounded Marines, and providing honors for the veteran community. The Detachment meets the fourth Thursday of every month (with the exception of November and December) at the Eagles Lodge. In addition, members, Marines and potential members are invited to join the Detachment for an informal SOS Breakfast on the first Saturday of every month at the Hangar Cafe (Hamilton Airport on Eastside Highway) at 9 a.m. Spouses and friends are welcome to attend. The next breakfast will be November 1st.
On November 8, the Detachment will host a 239th Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Eagles Lodge commencing at 6 p.m. which includes a no-host cocktail hour, birthday ceremony, dinner, and dancing to live music. The cost is $25.00 per person, and reservations need to be made in advance by calling Wayne Mooney at 642-3871 or Joe Rogish at 642-3246.

Stevensville Town Council

The Stevensville Town Council will meet Thursday, October 23 at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 206 Buck. Agenda items include discussion/decision on Resolution No. 361, Purchasing Policy, discussion/decision on Curfew Ordinance and discussion/decision on Habitat for Humanity’s request for grant funds, to name a few.

Friday, October 24

Montana Family Acupuncture
Montana Family Acupuncture is hosting a Breast Health Booster Day on Friday, October 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Breast health acupuncture treatments will be provided to the community on a donation only basis. Dr. Thorensen’s research uses a single acupuncture point (on the foot) to reduce the size of breast cancer tumors. Whether you have breast cancer, have had breast cancer, or would just like to help keep your breasts healthy, you’re invited to come and experience it for yourself. Treatments are on a first-come first-served basis. Make sure you have eaten something before arriving for your treatment. Donations will be accepted and a portion of the proceeds will fund alternative cancer treatment for local women in need of assistance. Montana Family Acupuncture is located at
210 State Street, Hamilton. Call 381-0275 for more information.

South Valley Pachyderm Club
Montana Supreme Court Associate Justice, James A. “Jim” Rice, will be speaking at the next meeting of the South Valley Pachyderm Club, on Friday, October 24. Justice Rice was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2001 by Governor Judy Martz. He is running for re-election. Though Montana Judicial Elections are non-partisan, Justice Rice is a former Republican state representative. The club meets at 12 noon on the second and fourth Fridays at BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N. First Street, in Hamilton. The South Valley Pachyderm Club is an officially recognized allied organization of the Republican Party. Members of the public are welcome.

Smart Driver Class
An AARP Smart Driver Class (Driver Safety) will be presented at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital, located at 1200 Westwood Drive in Hamilton on Friday, October 24. The class starts at 6 p.m. and lasts approximately four hours. While this safe driving strategies class is designed for drivers age 50 and over, all drivers are welcome. The class fee is $15.00 for AARP members and $20.00 for non-members. There are no written exams or driving tests. Montana mandates an insurance discount for qualified graduates. Pre-registration is advised. To sign up, contact Jones-Korman Insurance at 363-6583 or, for further information, call Bob Graler, Instructor, at 381-4428.

HEART Ministries banquet
HEART Ministries is hosting their annual Fundraising Banquet for Shepherds House on Friday and Saturday, October 24 & 25 at Cornerstone Bible Church, 328 Fairgrounds Rd in Hamilton. Doors Open at 6 p.m. Enjoy an evening of music, dinner and a mini-dinner theater, written by Eric Monson of the Bitterroot Players. Shepherds House is a faith-based, transitional sober-living home for women to recover from life altering crisis, abuse, and/or addiction. Tickets are $25 per plate or $175 per table of 8. Tickets are available at the Bitterroot Christian Bookstore or by calling 406-853-2657.

Eagles Taco Night
Come have tacos and more at the Eagles, 125 N 2nd, Hamilton on Friday, October 24 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tacos, burritos, quesadillas, taco salad, etc. are on the menu. The public is welcome.

Saturday, October 25

Methodist bazaar
The UMW Fall Bazaar at the Stevensville United Methodist Church will be held on Saturday, October 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is your one stop for Christmas shopping, where you can feel good about spending, because every penny you spend goes to charities and mission projects here at home and around the world! Serving breakfast and lunch of homemade rolls, soups and pies and featuring handmade crafts, home-canned and baked goodies, collectibles, and a silent auction.

Halloween Party
The Annual Community Kids Halloween Party will be held Saturday, October 25 at 1 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge 125 N 2nd, Hamilton. The event is open to all kids 12 and under. Crafts, games, treats, and costume contest will be featured. Come join the fun!

4-H Alumni fundraiser
The Ravalli County 4-H Alumni are planning a fund-raiser on Saturday, October 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Room, 1220 W. Main Street in Hamilton. Featured will be a silent auction, fall and Christmas items, gift baskets and baked goods. 4-H quilt raffle tickets will also be available to purchase. Proceeds will fund alumni service projects, scholarships for 4-H Camp and 4-H Alumni recognition. Contact Pat Tibbs at 961-3472 or Jean Roberts 363-3206 if you would like to donate items or have questions. The Ravalli County 4-H Alumni is a group whose purpose is to promote 4-H, raise funds for 4-H Camp, help out with Montana 4-H Mentoring Program, recognize past 4-H service, help out as needed at 4-H functions and enjoy the company of other 4-H members and leaders. If you would like to be included in the Alumni program, call the Extension Office at 375-6611.

Forest Moon Walk

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.
The final Moon Walk will be 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!
For more information including directions to event, visit

Stevensville Playhouse Masquerade Gala
The board of the Stevensville Playhouse is announcing its Annual Meeting of Members, and recognition of volunteers for the past year on Saturday, October 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the theater on Main Street, Stevensville. There will be food and entertainment provided at no cost to those who attend. It is the board’s way of thanking the volunteers and members for their support of time, talent and treasure. Costumes are optional, but suggested for those who care to wear one.

Square dance club
Barry Bartlette will call the Boots ‘n’ Calico dance on Saturday, October 22 at the new location, the Golden Age Hall (old Jefferson School gym), 727 S. 5th Street, Hamilton. Pre-rounds will go from 7 to 7:30 p.m. with a mainstream dance from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome. Call Bob Raphammer at 363-4677 for more information.

Sunday, October 26

Center for Spiritual Living
The Center for Spiritual Living will host Jim Olsen presenting “The Uncertainty of Harvest” on Sunday, October 26 at 10 a.m. Jim is an avid student of ancient religions and spiritual traditions. His message is part of the October theme of A Season for Harvest. Music with LeGrande Harvey. Come early for Meditation at 9:30 a.m. This is also Potluck Sunday – bring your favorite dish to share at 11:30. 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

Accordion jam
Join the 5 Valley Accordion Association on Sunday, October 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. for their annual Halloween Party and dance jam at the Eagles Lodge on 2nd St. in Hamilton. Come dressed up and have some fun for the costume contest. Admission is $3 for members and $4 for nonmembers. For info or if interested in joining the organization, call 240-9617.

Monday, October 27

Stevi school menu
Monday: Breakfast – Pancakes or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Beef steaks, mashed potatoes & gravy, peaches, bread & butter, milk
Tuesday: Breakfast – Cinnamon rolls or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Chicken fajitas, Spanish rice, apples, bread & butter, milk
Wednesday: Breakfast – Cereal or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Pulled pork sandwich, taters, applesauce, bread & butter, milk
Thursday: Breakfast – French toast or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Harvest stew, tossed salad, grapes, bread & butter, milk
Friday: Breakfast – Mummies in a coffin or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Freaky Franky, Ghostly faces, witches moons, bread & butter, milk.

Rotary Club
Wendy Brassfield, Director of Impact Learning, will be speaking at the next meeting of the Hamilton Rotary Club, on Monday, October 27 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.

NVPL Lego Time
Lego Time will be held Monday, October 27 and Monday, November 24 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Community Room of the North Valley Public Library in Stevensville. This is a fun, free-structure playtime for children ages 12 and under with Legos of all shapes and sizes!

Drum Circle
A Drum Circle will be held Monday, October 27 from 6 to 9 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 will be instruments to share. Drum Circle meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. For information, contact Jerry at 381-7220 (

Tuesday, October 28

Bitterroot College classes
Basics of Business Law – Tuesday, Oct. 28, 9am-12noon, $25. This class covers several aspects of law, including the legal business structures that small businesses assume, reasons why to select each one and what their advantages and disadvantages are. Negotiations, contracts, intellectual property and legal liabilities are explored. Most importantly, advice is given as to where to get legal information and help. Instructor: Dick Weber, PC
QuickBooks Payroll – Thursday, Oct. 30 (one 3 hour class), 6-9pm, $25. In this class you will learn to properly set up a payroll system in QuickBooks (QB 2012) – create paychecks, pay tax liabilities, and generate payroll forms and reports. You will find out how to track employee time, create job cost data, and troubleshoot common problems and mistakes. Prerequisites: basic computer knowledge and basic QuickBooks knowledge. Instructor: Alice Mariana
Hiring and Firing – Thursday, Nov. 6, 9am-12noon, $25. Save your business legal headaches and bills as well as lost productivity time – learn the basic rules of sound Human Resource Management. Course covers frequent problem areas in Human Resources: Wage and Hour Laws, Hiring Processes, Progressive Discipline, Benefits of Contractor vs. Employee, Tax Credits when hiring, On-the-Job Training, Incumbent Worker Training, Wrongful Termination, required Employer Posters, and more! Instructor: Bitterroot Job Service staff
Affiliate Marketing for Beginners – Tuesday, Oct. 28, 9am-12noon, $25. 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. Instructor: Annette O’Leary-Coggins
Contact the Bitterroot College at 375-0100 or register online at and go to Programs & Course, Continuing Education. Deadline: Course fees and forms are due three days prior to class start date.

Republican Women’s Club
Ravalli County Republican Women’s Club will hold its monthly meeting and lunch on Tuesday, October 28 at 11:30 a.m. at BJ’s Restaurant in Hamilton. Guest speakers will be State Representative Nancy Ballance, State Representative Ed Greef, Incumbent Jim Bailey, Justice of the Peace Dept. 2 and Rocky Bailey, andidate for Justice of the Peace Dept. 2.

Democrats’ Mule Team
The Democrats’ Mule Team will meet on Tuesday, October 28 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. at the TownHouse Inn, Hamilton. Sandwiches will be available for purchase. All views are appreciated and respected, so everyone is welcome. This is the last meeting before November 4th so be sure to
attend and hear all the latest about the coming election. For more information call Becky at 369-5210.

Stevi Bike Camp Committee
The Stevensville Bicycle Camp Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 28 at 10:30 a.m. at the Main Street Stevensville Association, 102B Main Street. On the agenda is the slideshow of the visit to Twin Bridges Bicycle Camp, discussion of an SBC t-shirt design and website, and outlining winter goals. Bring your bicycling know-how! Folks interested in future committee meetings are invited to place their contact information on a list with Joan Prather at the Stevensville Main Street Association, 777-3773 or

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