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Wednesday, February 25

Employer ACA forum
The Bitterroot Job Services is sponsoring an Affordable Care Act forum for employers on Wednesday, February 25 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital conference room, 1200 Westwood Dive, Hamilton. Panelists include George Bingham – Bingham and Associates CPAs, Financial Advice for Employers providing group health insurance; Karen Murphy – MT Health Co-Op Exchange, Individual Insurance Provider; Christa LeCoure – Payne West Insurance Group Insurance Provider. You can’t afford to miss this important opportunity. Register by calling 363-1822.

Zen Buddhism Class
A class on the fundamental teachings of the Buddha as taught by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh will be held Wednesday, February 25 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. The class will include 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. The class meets 2nd and 4th Wednesday evenings in February and March and is led by Jill Davies (642-3601. Donations are accepted.

Quilters’ Guild
The Bitterroot Quilters’ Guild will meet Wednesday, February 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Daly-Leach Funeral Home, 1010 W. Main, Hamilton. Members will play “Quilto” which is a quilter’s version of Bingo. Bring a fat quarter of fabric to “buy” a game card. All community members are welcome.

Thursday, February 26

Hiring and Firing class
Save your business legal headaches and bills as well as lost productivity time – learn the basic rules of sound Human Resource Management at a class on Thursday, February 26 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at RCEDA- Bitterroot College, 274 Old Corvallis Road, Suite A, Hamilton. 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! Instructors are Bitterroot Job Service staff. Cost is $25.00. Call 375-9416 to register.

BPL Lego Club
If you like to build with Legos you are welcome to come to the meeting room of the Bitterroot Public Library on Thursday, February 26 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. for Lego Club. Design and build and make new friends. Children ages 4-10 are invited to attend with a caregiver.

Lutheran Lenten services
Our Savior Lutheran Church of Stevensville welcomes members of the community to Lenten services. Thursday Lenten Vesper services begin February 26, and continue each Thursday at 7 p.m. through March. Pastor Andrew Eckert will preach on the theme of the Passion of Christ. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a period of Christian contemplation and penitence. On a deeper level, the Lenten season is a time for personal reflection on the sacrifice of a most personal Savior, Jesus Christ, for the complete forgiveness of one’s sin. Such contemplation can result in wonderment and gratitude for God’s graciousness. A simple meal is offered before each Thursday evening Lenten service. Free soup and sandwich suppers are served in the fellowship hall at 6 p.m. Come for food and fellowship, then join in worship after supper. Our Savior, located at 184 Pine Hollow Road, is affiliated with the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. To find the church, head south from Stevensville on the Eastside Highway. About one mile past the Burnt Fork Market, turn east onto Pine Hollow. Cross the tracks and the canal, and the church will be on your left, marked by three Roman crosses. For more information call 777-5625 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Stevi public hearing
The Stevensville Town Council will hold a public hearing on Ordinance No. 156, An Ordinance Amending Special Event Permits on Thursday, February 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Hall. A copy of Ordinance No. 156 is available for review on the Town’s website,, or at the office of the Town Clerk at Town Hall. Second reading and adoption of the ordinance is scheduled for the Town Council meeting immediately following the public hearing.

Victor Park District
The next meeting of the Victor Park District will be on Thursday, February 26 at 7 p.m. at the Farmers State Bank conference room in Victor (use the south door). The park district will be finalizing its request for bids from landscapers for summer work, discussing various volunteer opportunities, and progress on the restroom grant. Please come, or call Roger De Haan at 961-3953 with any comments or questions.

Mindfulness gathering
A Mindfulness Gathering will be held on Thursday, February 26 at 7 p.m. at Crescent House (on Facebook), 258 Roosevelt Lane in Hamilton, Learn ways to bring yourself into the present moment with Star Jameson, Stress Management Specialist, and Brian Jameson, Tai Chi instructor. Don’t let your life run you ragged! Included are approaches to moving meditation, breath exercises and a tea ceremony. All welcome, $5. Call Star at 546-5344 for more information.

Friday, February 27

BPL Story Time
Join storyteller Sally Blevins on Friday, February 27 at 10:30 a.m. for “Move Like the Wind” story time and check out the wind tunnel! This story time is designed for ages 3-5 and meets in the meeting room of the Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton.

K of C Fish Fry
The Knights of Columbus will hold a Lenten Friday Fish Fry on Friday, February 27 from 5 to 6:45 p.m. at St. Francis Pastoral Center, 411 S. 5th, Hamilton. This is an excellent opportunity to get out of the house and let someone else do the cooking for you. The all-you-can-eat meal consists of fish, fries, coleslaw, and mac n cheese, vegetables, dessert and soft beverage. The price for the meal is $10.00 per person; children under nine eat free so bring the Kids! A family of four or more (2 adults and children) can eat for $35.00. Wine can be purchased separately. The “Lockhart Country Singers” will provide entertainment. For information contact Nick Hooper at 961-3930.

Eagles Taco Night
Tacos and more will be served Friday, February 27 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge, 125 N. 2nd, Hamilton. The public is welcome.

BEAR fundraiser
BEAR, a non-profit youth mentoring program, is having a benefit fundraiser on Friday, February 27 at 223 S. Second St., Hamilton. A silent auction with raffle, hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. A showing of the Warren Miller ski film “No Turning Back” will take place at 7 p.m. Awesome outdoor gear prize giveaways during intermission! Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, kids 8 and under free. Available Rockin’ Rudy’s in Missoula, Chapter One Bookstore and Bob Wards in Hamilton. Warren Miller is an iconic figure in ski movie filmmaking, known for incredible photography, narrative humor, and broad appeal. This year, our own Lost Trail Ski Area is featured in the film, and will be a sponsor of the event.

Family Fun Night
On Friday, February 27, enjoy a great evening for the entire family! The Bitterroot Cares for Kids Network presents Friday Family Fun Night at the Rocky Mountain Grange, 1436 S. 1st in Hamilton from 6 to 8 p.m. What to expect: a great meal for all, parenting tips and door prizes, a teen coffee café, a group event for the entire family and it’s all free to our community’s families! Things to know: see you at 6 p.m. for admittance and all youth 13 and under must be accompanied by parents. For further info call 532-9149.

Golden Age dance
There will be a regular Friday night dance on Friday, February 27 at the Golden Age Hall at 727 South 5th street in Hamilton. Dancing on a good floor to live music will begin at 7 p.m. and continue until about 10 p.m. Snacks at break time will be pot-luck so bring something good for snacking. Admission is $3.00 per person, so plan to attend. Call Bob at 363-0142 for further information.

Stevensville Playhouse production
The Stevensville Playhouse will present “Alice’s Adventures” adapted from the work of Lewis Carroll and written and directed by Susan McCauley on February 27, 28, March 6, 7 at 7:30 p.m. and March 1, 8 at 2 p.m. Join Alice as she explores Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland and the Looking Glass Worlds. Allow yourself to get lost in these fantastical places filled with magical creatures. This is a show for all ages. Tickets are available at Valley Drug, on line at or by calling 777-2722.

Saturday, February 28

Self-help workshop
“Return to Origins: Universal Perspective of The Unfolding of Time”, Saturdays, February 28 and March 7, 1-5 p.m. Are you searching for a life filled with meaning and purpose? Using the theory of the Law of Unfolding of Time we can correct our perceptions to change our reality and align with our true essence. Life will become much lighter and you will align to your true life purpose. This two-part life-changing workshop will teach you the steps necessary to create this new awareness. The instructor, Isabel Avila, lives in Barcelona, Spain and has 25 years of experience teaching courses at the Center for Naturist Studies. Cost for the two-part course offered on February 28 and March 7 from 1-5 p.m. is $70 at The Center for Spiritual Living, 1720 N. 1st Street (north of Sears) in Hamilton. To preregister call Pat at 360-5568 or visit the website:

Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child invites you to the annual “Celebration” Event on Saturday, February 28 on 7 p.m. at the Cornerstone Church, 280 Fairgrounds Road in Hamilton. Public, current volunteers, church project leaders and future volunteers are welcome! The Missoula area Operation Christmas Child team will be celebrating God’s work in 2014 of collecting 10,440,333 shoebox gifts that are being distributed to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world. Come help celebrate and learn about plans for 2015. A similar celebration will be held Saturday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Sovereign Hope Church, 1919 North Avenue West in Missoula. For more information call Area Coordinator Greg Reinhardt at 406-360-4253.

Square dance club
Boots ‘n Calico Square Dance Club will hold a dance on Saturday, February 28 at the Golden Age Hall, 727 S. 5th, Hamilton. Ray Dunbar will be the caller. Pre-rounds will start at 7 p.m. followed by a mainstream dance with plus tips from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 1

The Center for Spiritual Living hosts Jon Bradbury presenting “Affirmative Prayer – Co-creating With Spirit” on Sunday, March 1 at 10 a.m. Learn how we can consciously co-create our life experiences. Refreshments and conversation follow at 11:15 a.m. 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

Monday, March 2

Stevi school menu
Monday: Breakfast – Pancakes or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Grilled Cheese Sandwich, tomato soup, apricots, bread & butter, milk
Tuesday: Breakfast – Cinnamon Rolls or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Chalupas, refried beans, oranges, bread & butter, milk
Wednesday: Breakfast – Cereal or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Cheese-filled Breadsticks, glazed carrots, applesauce, bread & butter, milk
Thursday: Breakfast – French toast or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Shepherd’s Pie, green beans, grapes, bread & butter, milk
Friday: Breakfast – Egg wraps or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Chicken tenders, fresh veggies, pineapple, bread & butter, chocolate or regular milk.

Arthritis exercise classes
Do you have concerns about exercising with arthritis? Do you need help learning about how to exercise safely and effectively? Then the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program being offered by the Marcus Daly Rehabilitation Center is right for you. This program is specifically tailored to assist people who have arthritis get exercise to help reduce pain and improve their overall health, but you don’t have to have arthritis to participate. The exercise class begins Monday, March 2 and takes place two times per week on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. for eight weeks. The class includes health education, exercise and relaxation activities. Exercises can be modified to fit individual participants so everyone can participate. Physical activity log books will help you track your progress. The cost for this class is $56.00 (no refunds). This class is limited to 15 participants, so call Marcus Daly Rehabilitation Center at 375-4570 today to register.

Blood drives
A blood drive will be held Monday, March 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Corvallis High School, 1045 Main Street and on Tuesday, March 10 from 1 to 5:15 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 275 Hattie Lane, Hamilton.

Rotary Club
Chuck Oliver, Darby Ranger of the Bitterroot National Forest, will present a program regarding resource management and fire control at the next meeting of the Hamilton Rotary Club, on Monday, March 2 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.

Spiritual video series
Spiritual Video Series, Barbara Marks Hubbard: “A Buddha at the Gas Pump” Interview will start Monday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Center for Spiritual Living, 1720 N. 1st Street, Hamilton. Barbara Marks Hubbard has been described as “The voice of conscious evolution.” She is a futurist whose life is a testimony to her belief that humanity has the power to cause its own evolution consciously. Her purpose in life is to be a beacon of hope and to communicate to humanity the story of our evolution and potential. Visit CSL on Facebook at CSLBitterroot for more information.

Spiritual Discussion Group
Winter Spiritual Discussion Group meets Monday, March 2 (1st and 3rd Mondays) 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. This discussion group honors all paths and is led by Jim Tree-Gilmore. Mutual respect during the discussion is the norm. Bring an open heart. Learn to listen as well as share your perspective. A “talking stick” is used to make sure all who want to have time to share their views of the chosen subject for each meeting. Donations are accepted. Call Jim at 406-370-4519 for more information.

Tuesday, March 3

Sons of Norway
Bitterrootdalen Lodge, Sons of Norway, will meet Tuesday, March 3 at 5 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Hamilton. The Lodge will provide corned beef and cabbage. Members and visitors are invited to bring an Irish-themed side dish. There will be a language lesson and a short history of the Vikings who raided Ireland, then established the first cities and created a vigorous trading culture. The public is always welcome. Call Jackie at 961-4538 for more information.

Spelling Bee
The Ravalli County Spelling Bee will be held Tuesday, March 3 at 7 p.m. at the Hamilton Middle School. Each county school district sends two contestants. The public is invited; there is no admission charge. Sarah Windsor, eighth grade English teacher at Corvallis, is the Pronouncer. Robin Clute is the Honorary Judge. Winners will advance to the Montana Treasure State Bee is in Billings, on Saturday, March 21.

Fly Fishers
The monthly meeting of Fly Fishers of the Bitterroot will be on Tuesday, March 3, at BJ’s Restaurant in Hamilton. The social hour is from 6 to 7 p.m. with cocktails/dinner optional. This month’s speaker is Dan Sheperd from Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop in Missoula. Dan has lived and fished in Montana, Idaho and Utah. He has fished for trout in South America, Russia, Europe and Alaska. Since 2001 he has been at Grizzly Hackle as the Managing Partner and is also Travel Director at Wild On The Fly Adventure Travel. His presentation is “From Russia to the Bahamas, to Slovenia & Places In Between.” This promises to be an exciting report on fly fishing these exotic fisheries. For additional information on FFB, call Dorreen at 363-0744.

Stevi school board
The Stevensville School Board of Trustees will hold a Special Board
Meeting on Tuesday, March 3 at 7 p.m. in the Stevensville Music Center Choir Room for the Superintendent’s evaluation and a student petition for a class replacement.

Wednesday, March 4

Stevi Garden Club
The Stevensville Garden Club will meet on Wednesday, March 4 at 1 p.m. at the Community Baptist Church, 409 Buck, Stevensville. Information and decisions for the upcoming flower show in July at St. Mary’s Mission will be discussed. Come join the fun and meet fun people. All welcome. For more info call Judy at 961-0209.

Wednesday, February 18 Lutheran Lenten services Our Savior Lutheran Church of Stevensville welcomes members of the community to Lenten services. Ash Wednesday, February 18, opens the season of Lent and will be observed that evening at 7 p.m. Thursday Lenten Vesper services begin February 26, and continue each Thursday at 7 p.m. through March. Pastor…

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