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Wednesday, July 1
Children’s concert
North Valley Public Library welcomes the Sock Rockerz, a singing and dancing team from Nashville, Tennessee. They are touring the country this year, and will be in Stevensville at the library’s Community Room on Wednesday, July 1 at 2:30 p.m. The Sock Rockerz will give a free interactive concert, complete with singing and dancing. Children will sing and learn old favorites, new contemporary songs, fun dances and more! The theme of the concert is teaching children how to become heroes, in small ways and big ways. This concert is geared towards children ages 11 and under. For more information, email Mary at maryw@northvalleylibrary.org or call 777-5061. The North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville.

Thursday, July 2

Community celebration
A free concert by Tin Cup, free ice cream and free fireworks will be presented Thursday, July 2 at Sapphire Lutheran Homes, 501 N. 10th Street, Hamilton, 363-2800. BBQ at 6 p.m. for $5 (money is to purchase a bus for transporting residents). Concert begins at 7 p.m. Bring lawn chairs. Fireworks will be at dusk.

Friday, July 3

Hamilton First Friday
Downtown Hamilton will celebrate “Independents” on Friday evening, July 3, in a salute to locally-owned, independent businesses. Hamilton Mayor Jerry Steele has proclaimed July 1-7 as “Independents Week,” recognizing the contributions these businesses make to the community, and Friday evening is an opportunity to savor what they offer.
Doing business with locally-owned independents keeps more money in the community than shopping at chains or franchises, and contributes to Hamilton’s economic health. More than that, though, they give Hamilton its own unique flavor, expressing the tastes of their owners and reflecting the values of this community.
Some smaller businesses will not be open extended Friday hours, or on Saturday, the Fourth of July, as their owners take a holiday break, but First Friday downtown will still offer unique shopping and dining, and beverages for all tastes. Live music is always part of the scene, and some stores offer refreshments.

Saturday, July 4

Veterans Picnic
Chapter #938 Vietnam Veterans of America will be hosting a Veterans Picnic on Saturday, July 4th from 1 to 6 p.m. at Hieronymus Park adjacent to the Veterans Monument in Hamilton. All are invited with good food and entertainment provided. For further information, call George Mayer at 274-2578.

Center for Spiritual Living
The Center for Spiritual Living hosts Jon Bradbury presenting “The Growth of Consciousness” since 1776 on Sunday, July 5 at 10 a.m. Special music with LeGrande Harvey. Refreshments and conversation follow at 11:15. 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 visit CSLbitterroot.org

Monday, July 6

Rotary Club
The next meeting of the Hamilton Rotary Club will be Monday, July 6 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.

Wednesday, July 8

Zen Buddhism class
A class will be held Wednesday, July 8 on the fundamental teachings of the Buddha as taught by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh including exercises of mindful breathing, listening, walking, eating; the Eightfold Path with the basic teaching on Mindfulness; the Five Precepts for living in the world; and the Heart Sutra. Led by Jill Davies (642-3601) the class meets the second and fourth Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at The Center for Spiritual Living, 1720 N. First Street, Suite C in Selway Commons, north of Sears in Hamilton.

Wednesday, June 24 Quilters’ Guild The Bitterroot Quilters’ Guild will meet Wednesday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Daly-Leach Community Room, 1010 W. Main, Hamilton. This is the last meeting until September. You will have to wait until 2017 if you miss the 2015 Quilt Show running Saturday, June 27 through Sunday, June 28 at…

Wednesday, June 17 Pruning class A class on Ornamental Pruning will be held Wednesday, June 17 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Daly Mansion. This is the last in the MSU-Extension series of perennial landscaping classes. The class will be taught by local master arborist Sylvia McNeil and her husband David. Discussion will focus…

Wednesday, June 10 Garden Club The Stevensville Garden Club will meet Wednesday, June 10 at 1 p.m. at the Community Baptist Church, 406 Buck, Stevensville. Featured speaker at 2 p.m. will be Mr. Bitterroot with a presentation and history of the Bitterroot flower. This is a great opportunity for visitors to meet all the members,…

Thursday, June 4 Library Lunch and Learn The Friends of the North Valley Public Library are pleased to present Dale Burk as guest speaker at the next Lunch and Learn Program, Thursday, June 4, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the library’s Community Room, Main Street, Stevensville. Burk is a renowned author, book publisher,…

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…

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…