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Wednesday, June 22


Zen Buddhism Class
Zen Buddhism class will be held on Wednesday, June 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Center for Spiritual Living, 1720 N. First Street, Suite C in Selway Commons. Listen to talks by various Buddhist teachers, starting with Anam Thubten, author of “No Self, No Problem” and “The Magic of Awareness”, who came to the US from Tibet and who speaks very good English. The group will listen, discuss, and then sit in meditation for a time. The class meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month and is led by Jill Davies (642-3601). Donations accepted.

Thursday, June 23

Darby luncheon

The Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce will hold a community lunch on Thursday, June 23 at 12 noon at the Visitor Information Center on Main Street across from Old West Gallery. The public is invited to come have a free hamburger or hot dog and see the new center. RSVP at 363-2400.


Permaculture series

North Valley Public Library will continue the open forum permaculture series on Thursday, June 23 at 6 p.m. These discussions may cover topics in composting, natural building, greenhouses, growing, hugelculture, ponds, community, and much more. So if you are a Permie, or are just interested in seeing what permaculture is all about, stop by the North Valley Public Library. This session will begin with a short presentation on aquaponics systems. The North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call the library at 777-5061.


Stevensville Town Council

The Stevensville Town Council will meet Thursday, June 23 at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 206 Buck Street. The agenda includes a report by Matthew Rohrbach of Land Solutions on the Growth Policy Update; creation of Airport Assistant Manager position; and approval of various town employee position descriptions.


Saturday, June 25


Kids’ poetry workshop

A free kids’ activity takes place Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Ravalli County Museum, 205 Bedford in Hamilton. Participants will use their journals to write down their own poem! Just like journaling, people use poetry to remember things that happened and express themselves! What kind of poetry do you want to write? For more information contact the museum at 363-3338.
Amateur Radio Field Day
Members of the Bitterroot Amateur Radio Club will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, from Saturday, June 25 at 12 noon through Sunday, June 26 at 12 noon at the Rocky Mountain Grange Hall, 1409 S. 1st Street, Hamilton. Since 1933 ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. In 2015, over 35,000 radio operators participated in the field day.

Amateur radio operators, hams, provide their communities with an alternate means of communications in emergencies. Hams can literally throw a wire in a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-powered transmitter and communicate halfway around the world. Hams do this by using a layer of Earth’s atmosphere as a sort of mirror for radio waves. Ham radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology and numerous other scientific disciplines, and is a huge asset to any community during disasters when the standard communication infrastructure goes down.


Sunday, June 26


Center for Spiritual Living

The Center for Spiritual Living is hosting a community discussion about Opening to a Greater Expression of Spirit on Sunday, June 26 at 10 a.m. Enjoy a short video and enlightening discussion. Special music with LeGrande Harvey. This is Potluck Sunday. Bring your favorite dish to share at 11:30. 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 at


Como Schoolhouse meeting

The Como Schoolhouse group will meet Sunday, June 26 for a potluck at 6 p.m. and a lecture at 7 p.m. at the Schoolhouse, located 12 miles south of Hamilton on the corner of Hwy 93 and Old Darby Road. The speaker will be Blaine Furniss. Blaine is a Montana native, growing up in the Como area. He was a professor of biology at BYU for 38 years. His field of expertise was in botany. The lecture/slide presentation will explore the ramifications of tree ring growth and anatomy. The public is invited. Visitors are always welcome to tour the historic Como Schoolhouse. For more information call Barney at 821-3592.


Monday, June 27


Rotary Club

Desi Dutton, MPT, physical therapist with Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Department, will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Hamilton Rotary Club on Monday, June 17 at 12 noon at BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N. 1st, Hamilton. Desi will be speaking about the importance of outpatient therapy after a joint replacement, what to expect, and ways to continue to nurture a new hip and or knee joint and live a healthy active lifestyle. The meeting is open to the public. For further Rotary Club information, call 363-2960.


Stevi school board

The Stevensville School Board of Trustees will hold a special board meeting on Monday, June 27 at 7 p.m. in the Stevensville Music Center Choir Room.


Tuesday, June 28


Republican Women

Ravalli County Republican Women’s Club will hold its monthly meeting and lunch on Tuesday, June 28 at 11:30 a.m. at BJ’s Restaurant in Hamilton. Guest speaker will be Alina Goman who was born in Romania. Ravalli County Republican Women meet the fourth Tuesday of each month.


Tuesday at Twelve concert series

The Jean Matthews Tuesday at Twelve free summer concert series is held every Tuesday at 12 noon in front of the Ravalli County Museum at 205 Bedford in Hamilton.
The schedule is:
28 – Pine Grass
5 – Shakewell
12 – Zeppo
19 – Bitterroot Community Band
26 – John Floridis
2 – The Cantrells
9 – Josh Farmer
16 – Tin Cup
23 – Joan Zen.
For more information contact Russ Lawrence at 363-1279.


Summer science club

North Valley Public Library invites you to two special sessions of the Summer Science Club. On Tuesday, June 28, spectrUM Science, from Missoula, will be special guest. There will be two free sessions on each day for different age groups: 4-4:40 p.m. is for children ages 10 and under, and 5-5:40 p.m. is for children ages 11-18. Space is limited, so sign up in advance by contacting, or calling 777-5061.


Wednesday, June 29


Driver safety class

An AARP Smart Driver Class (Driver Safety) will be presented on Wednesday, June 29 at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital, 1200 Westwood Drive in Hamilton The class starts at 9 a.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.
Daly Mansion Concert series

Help celebrate the grand opening of the new outdoor gazebo at the Daly Mansion with the lively sounds of the Celtic band, The Montana Shamrockers on Wednesday, June 29. The grounds will open for your picnicking pleasure at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:00. The Montana Shamrockers are sure to entertain you and your family. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket and relax on the lawn in front of the new gazebo. Or… get up and dance! You may also bring your own picnic.

Each year the Daly Mansion Preservation Trust presents a “Fund a Dream” project at the annual fundraiser, “Round up at Riverside.” Last year’s project was the construction of a new outdoor gazebo. Summer Concert Series celebrates the completion of this project. There are three more concerts planned for the Summer Concert Series – Dave Stamey BBQ dinner and Cowboy Concert, July 23rd; The Drum Brothers concert, August 10th and finally a kids party with the Whiz Pops on September 17th.

Cost is $5 per person. No reservations required, pay at the gate. For more information call 363-6004 ext. 2# or visit


Thursday, June 30


Zika virus talk

Curious about the Zika virus? Come to North Valley Public Library on Thursday, June 30 at 6 p.m. and learn all about it. Dr. Marshall Bloom, Associate Director at Rocky Mountain Laboratories, will give a presentation about the background and details of the ongoing Zika virus pandemic. Dr. Bloom will cover everything from the outbreak history, Zika virus syndromes to current research being done at Rocky Mountain Laboratories. This event is free and suitable for adults and children of middle school age and older. For more information contact or call the library at 777-5061.


Band concert

The Bitterroot Community Band will give a free concert on Thursday, June 30 at 8 p.m. at Claudia Driscoll Park in Hamilton.


Monday, July 4


Florence celebration

The Florence Fire Department will sponsor a free community 4th of July Picnic and fireworks display. The potluck dinner will begin at 5 p.m. Hotdogs and hamburgers will be cooked and served by members of the fire department, with community members bringing potluck dishes to share. Bring your favorite side dish or dessert. Starting at 10:15 p.m., there will be a free aerial fireworks show. Sit back and watch the great display! During the evening, there will be a raffle, music, games and activities for everyone’s enjoyment. Enjoy the evening and have fun! For more information call 274-0951.

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