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Wednesday, May 27

Library Homework Hour
The North Valley Public Library is starting a new program. “Homework Hour” is designed to be a free, open, quiet study hall. Children of all ages can come to study, research, do homework, receive free tutoring (as available) or just relax and read. Keep in mind that children 10 years old and under must be accompanied by parents or older siblings while at the library. “Homework Hour” will take place in the library’s newly remodeled Community Room. It will be supervised by two adult staff members. The first “Homework Hour” will be on Wednesday, May 27 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Children can come at any time and leave whenever they want. Snacks will be provided. For more information, email Mary at maryw@northvalleylibrary.org or call 777-5061. The North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street. Library hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Quilters’ Guild
The Bitterroot Quilters’ Guild will meet Wednesday, May 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Daly-Leach Community Room, 1010 W. Main, Hamilton. All community members are welcome to attend.

Thursday, May 28

Elk lecture
A lecture by Daniel Eacker on “Elk Calf Survival and Elk Population Dynamics in the Southern Bitterroot Valley” will be held Thursday, May 28 at 6 p.m. at the Ravalli County Museum, 205 Bedford St, Hamilton. Eacker is a graduate student in the Wildlife Biology Program at the University of Montana. Dan started his M.S. program in January of 2012 working on the Bitterroot Elk Ecology Project. This three-year study was initiated by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks in response to declining elk calf recruitment in the southern Bitterroot Valley of Montana. The study will determine the importance of factors such as nutrition and predation for elk calf survival and elk population dynamics. Eacker will explain the background for the study, provide updated results, and talk about the study goals in relation to the broader context of carnivore recovery.

Stevi Town Council
The Stevensville Town Council will meet Thursday, May 28 at 7 p.m. at the town hall, 208 Buck Street. Agenda items include discussion/decision on Stevensville Garden Club application for Grants to Others for flowers; donation to Skate Park for volunteer work at the Stevensville pool; Buck Street right-of-way lease to Stevensville Hardware; and Employee Health Care Benefit Package for FY15-16, to name a few.

Victor Park District
The next meeting of the Victor Park District will be on Thursday May 28 at 7 p.m. at the Farmers State Bank meeting room in Victor (enter rear door). Discussion will be on summer maintenance and special projects. If you appreciate the Victor Parks and plantings, please volunteer to help care for them. There are volunteer opportunities to fit about any schedule and skill level. For more information call Roger at 961-3953.

Friday, May 29

SAFE fundraiser
Boot, Scoot & Boogie, Spring Fundraiser to benefit SAFE will be held Friday, May 29 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the First Interstate Building at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds. Dinner, dancing and a live auction will be just a small part of the festivities. Patron admission is $50/$80 couple. General admission is $30/$50 couple. Dancing only is $15. Dinner catered by B+B Catering with a no host bar by Brewski’s. The live auction will begin at 7:40 p.m. with dancing to The Revelators starting at 8:30 p.m. Buy tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/safe-boot-scoot-boogie-tickets-16818621951
SAFE is celebrating 27 years of creating a future free of violence. All proceeds will support SAFE, the Bitterroot Valley’s domestic and sexual violence services program. For information call 363-2793.

Saturday, May 30

St. Mary’s Mission Community Appreciation Day
Community Appreciation Day will take place Saturday, May 30 at Historic St Mary’s Mission and Museum, west end of 4th Street, Stevensville. Have you seen the unique handcrafted artifacts made by Father Ravalli? Or viewed the Salish history housed inside Chief Victor’s cabin? To express gratitude for the support the historic mission receives from the community, mission volunteers are offering free tours on Saturday, May 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Mother Father Dinner
Come and enjoy the Mother Father Dinner on Saturday, May 30 starting at 7 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge, 125 N. 2nd St., Hamilton. Picnic style dinner with BBQ beef sandwiches, baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw and dessert. Free to members and $5.00 for guests. RSVP in person or by phone (363-1113) by 5/29/15.

Museum benefit
“A Night out at Sapphire” will be held Friday, May 30 at 7 p.m. at Sapphire Lutheran Homes in Hamilton. Mouthwatering entrees, side dishes, desserts and fine wines, prepared by the talented culinary staff at Sapphire Lutheran Homes, will be served in an elegant atmosphere, fully attended by friendly wait staff and paired with a new museum exhibit. Proceeds benefit the Ravalli County Museum. Tickets are available at Sapphire Lutheran Homes and Ravalli County Museum.

Monday, June 1

Stevi school menu
Monday: Breakfast – Pancakes or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Burrito, mixed veggies, strawberries, bread & butter, milk
Tuesday: Breakfast – Cinnamon rolls or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Chalupa, refried beans, oranges, bread & butter, milk
Wednesday: Breakfast – Cereal or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Cheese-filled breadsticks, marinara sauce, tossed salad, pineapple, bread & butter, milk
Thursday: Breakfast – French toast or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Chicken sandwich, mixed veggies, grapes, bread & butter, milk
Friday: Breakfast – Egg wraps or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Corn dogs, taters, mixed fruit, bread & butter, chocolate or regular milk.

Rotary Club
Loree West, of “Way Out West Clay and Glass Studio” and a member of the Board of Directors of the Farmers Market, will be the speaker for the next meeting of the Hamilton Rotary Club, Monday, June 1 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.

Tuesday, June 2

Mule Team Meeting
A Mule Team meeting will be held Tuesday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Victor Farmers State Bank conference room. Come in the back entrance. Members will go over summer activities and share information. At 7 p.m. the public is invited to join in a discussion of the book “Deer Hunting With Jesus” by Joe Bageant. This book is a report about understanding how and why some working class citizens have given up on the advances liberalism has brought the country. It will prove to be an interesting and relevant discussion. All opinions will be honored. Call Becky, 369-5210, for more information.

Fly Fishers of the Bitterroot
The monthly meeting of FFB will be Tuesday, June 2 at BJ’s Restaurant in Hamilton. Social hour is 6 to 7 p.m. Cocktails and dinner are optional. The presentation will feature Al Pernichele, Bitterroot River Water Commissioner, and Chris Clancy, FWP biologist. They will discuss current and likely summer water conditions, water usage, and the impact on our native Cutthroat trout. Al will explain water allocations and release schedules from Painted Rocks and Lake Como. Chris has new data regarding water temperatures and the effect on different trout species based on stream surveys. This information promises to be informative and educational. Don’t miss it! For additional info call Dorreen, 363-0744.

Friday, June 5

Studio art tour
Artists Along the Bitterroot is holding its 5th annual Studio Tour June 5-7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. There are about 25 artists with works ranging from bronze sculptures, paintings in acrylic, oil and watercolor, pottery, leather, photography, mixed mediums, glass, pencil, custom jewelry, textile arts and metals. Come and see where the artists create their amazing work. To find where the maps are go to artistsalongthebitterroot.com website or stop by Art Focus in Hamilton, Rocky Mountain Bank in Stevensville or Ravalli Republic to get a free map. For more info call Barbara at 406-381-7898.

Used Art & Jewelry Sale
The Stevensville Historical Museum will hold the Used Art and Jewelry Sale at the North Valley Library Community Room on June 5 and 6. The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. The public is invited to come in to shop on Friday night and sample some hors d’oeuvres. This sale is one of the major events used by the Museum to raise the funds needed to support the Museum’s goals of collecting, preserving and displaying the unique history of Stevensville and the surrounding Bitterroot Valley. The Stevensville Museum is seeking donations of art and jewelry. Call Ruth at 777-3201 or Stacey at 777-5126 to make arrangements to donate art and jewelry.

First Friday at NV Library
Expand your musical repertoire! Enjoy the unique music of Missoula’s own Kappa Oie on Friday, June 5, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the North Valley Public Library. Kappa is a delightful, talented singer-songwriter who truly understands how to interact with her audience. Her songs lift; her voice soars. Oie has an incredibly powerful yet sweet voice and her lyrics are resonant, thoughtful messages. Kappa Oie has entertained thousands of pleased ears in Australia and is most certainly destined for great things. Don’t miss this performance which is part of the June First Friday celebration sponsored by Stevensville Main Street Association. Admission is free and all ages are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call the library at 777-5061.

Thursday, May 21 RASS training Western MT Addiction Services is holding a Responsible Alcohol Sales and Service (RASS) training on Thursday, May 21 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. This training is for anyone who…

Wednesday, May 13 Red Cross blood drives Florence 5/13/2015: 3 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Florence-Carlton High School, Florence-Carlton HS, 56902 Old Highway 93 Hamilton 5/21/2015: 11 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., Marcus Daly Hospital, 1200 Westwood Drive 5/26/2015: 11 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Walgreens Hamilton, 901 North 1st Victor 5/19/2015: 10:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., Victor…

Wednesday, May 6 Spiritual Master series The video “Cultivating Grace and Transforming Suffering” with Ram Dass, Jack Kornfield, and Krishna Das will be shown Wednesday, May 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Center for Spiritual Living, 1720 N. 1st Street in Hamilton. (north of Sears). How do we transform suffering into grace? How…

Vendor opp The Hamilton Downtown Association is seeking vendors for its Daly Days celebration, Friday and Saturday, July 24-25. Art, crafts, food, and others are welcome to apply. The booth fee remains $50, with an additional $10 if electricity is needed. Booth spaces are ten by twelve feet, and vendors will need to provide their…

Monday, April 27 Lone Rock candidate forum Lone Rock School will be hosting a Trustee Candidate forum on Monday, April 27th  at 7 pm in the multipurpose room.  Candidates running for the Lone Rock seat, Fire Board and Lone Rock seat on the Stevensville board will be there.  We would like to invite the community…

Wednesday, April 22 Poetry Gathering A poetry gathering will be held Wednesday, April 22 at 5:30 p.m. at Clatters Coffee House in Hamilton. Bring your poetry to share in this fun and encouraging gathering! It’s not a contest, just a great opportunity to listen to others and share your own poetry. Call Autumn at 375-5599…

Wednesday, April 15 St. Mary’s Mission opening Join in the Opening Day Celebration of Historic St. Mary’s Mission on Wednesday, April 15 at 10 a.m. with Mass in the historic Chapel. The Stevensville FFA Chapter will conduct a flag raising ceremony, followed by refreshments. Guided tours are available Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to…

Wednesday, April 8 York Rite Masons The York Rite Masons of Hamilton will have a Commandery meeting on Wednesday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Masonic Lodge Hall, 115 S. 3rd Street, Hamilton. Commander Richard King will chair the meeting. The meeting will be preceded by a potluck supper at 6:30 p.m. in the…

Wednesday, April 1 Plant Swap & Sale If you just can’t wait for the gardening season to begin, be sure to mark your calendar for Stevensville Garden Club’s third annual Plant Swap & Sale, to be held on Wednesday, April 1 (no joke!) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Community Baptist Church at…