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Thursday, December 18

Back Country Horsemen
Bitter Root Back Country Horsemen host their monthly meeting on Thursday, December 18, at the Corvallis School Cafeteria on Eastside Highway in Corvallis. Potluck dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. and the general meeting starts at 7:00. The annual membership drive will take place, and all members who have paid their dues for 2015 are eligible to win raffle prizes. Guests are welcome, and for more information call Karen at 961-0101 or check the website at

Lutheran Advent service
Our Savior Lutheran Church’s members and the community are urged to remember Advent vesper services on Thursday, December 18, at 7 p.m. Advent, or The Coming, is a time set aside by the Church to prepare for the arrival of the Messiah, Savior, Lamb of God, Prince of Peace. Advent is a time of spiritual preparation, for making hearts ready for the gift of the Christ Child, a time to contemplate the spiritual
aspects of Christmas, the miracle of grace, our undeserved gift of salvation through Jesus Christ, the promised Messiah. To simplify evening worship for hard-working families, the people of Our Savior prepare 6 p.m. soup and sandwich suppers to share. Pick up your family on your way home from work and come for food and fellowship with the members of Our Savior before the service. 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. One mile past Middle Burnt Fork Road, turn east on Pine Hollow. Cross the tracks and the canal, and the church will be on your left, marked by three crosses.

Three Mile Community Center
The Three Mile Community Center will meet Thursday, December 18 at 7 p.m. at the Three Mile Fire Hall. Nominations are still open for officers until then. Members can vote, and absentee ballots will be available. Voting closes January 7. Annual membership dues of $5 must be paid in order to vote.

Friday, December 19

Santa at library

Dominic aka Santa will visit Story Time on Friday, December 19 at 10:30 a.m. in the Meeting Room of the Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton. The theme that day is “Llama Llama Red Pajama.” Enjoy early literacy, movement, and crafts as we glide into winter.

North Valley Pachyderm Club
The North Valley Pachyderm Club will meet Friday, December 19 at 12 noon at The Frontier Café, Hwy 93 in Stevensville. This will be a Christmas Lunch with a white elephant gift exchange and installation of 2015 officers. The North Valley Pachyderm Club meets the first and third Friday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. The North Valley Pachyderm Club is an educational arm of the Republican Party. All are welcome.

Caroling for Contributions
A local women’s group is “Caroling for Contributions” for Pantry Partners. You can drop off food items at Big Sky Travel or Eickert Realty in Stevensville or catch them when they’re caroling on Friday, December 19 from 7 to 8 p.m. Watch for the trailer as they travel through town.

Christmas concert

On Friday, December 19, Russell Perri will present a “Christmas Celebration,” a special benefit performance for the Stevensville Playhouse. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at Valley Drug Store on Main Street, Stevensville, on-line at or by phone at 777-2722.
Advance tickets are: Adult, $10.00 and children 12 and under, $8.00.
At the door prices are: Adult, $15.00 and children, $10.00.

Saturday, December 20

York Rite Masons
The York Rite Masons Commandery will hold its Christmas Observance service, to which the public is invited, on Saturday, December 20 at 9:30 a.m. in the Masonic Lodge, 115 S. 3rd, Hamilton. Pastor Dusty Williams of the Corvallis United Methodist Church will bring his Christmas message. A free will offering brunch will follow. Call 363-0768 for more information.

Daly Mansion Christmas Party
Santa will be stopping by the beautifully decorated Daly Mansion for a visit on Saturday, December 20. You may have your picture taken with him from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The party also includes cookie decorating, Christmas crafts, games and holiday entertainment by the Sunshine Generation, Bitterroot Ragtime Society, and pianist Joan Roe. There will be a gingerbread house making demonstration and a raffle for a completed gingerbread house. Mrs. Claus will be reading stories to the Children throughout the day as well. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition. Admission is $5 per adult and $2 per child (under 6 free). The Mansion is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Children’s Christmas Party
The Bitterroot Eagles Lodge, 125 N 2nd St, Hamilton, will host the annual Children’s Christmas Party for community kids 12 and under on Saturday, December 20 at 1 p.m. This event is open to the public and will include crafts and a visit from Santa.

Square dance club
Ray Dunbar and Barry Bartlette will co-call the Boots ‘n Calico Square Dance Club’s Christmas party dance on Saturday, December 20 at the Golden Age Hall, 727 S. 5th in Hamilton. Pre-rounds will be held from 7 to 7:30 p.m. with a mainstream dance from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. This would be a good time for those who might be considering lessons in January 2015 to come and check out the club.

Holiday concert
Join The Montana A Cappella Society and The Mendelssohn Club of Missoula for “A Dickens of a Christmas” on Saturday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center in Hamilton. This free festive holiday concert is perfect for the whole family and features holiday favorites to delight all listeners.
The concert is a benefit for the Ravalli Women’s Wellness Center in Hamilton, serving women who would not otherwise receive health care. The wellness clinic is fully funded by donations and exists through the generosity of volunteer medical staff. Donations will be accepted to support The Wellness Center in serving the women of our county.
Take time out of the busy holidays and spend an evening of joyous celebration of the season. Tickets are not required and all are welcome. For inquiries call 363-5778.
The Montana A Cappella Society is an all-volunteer organization of non-professional singers, representing a cross-section of the community from varied musical backgrounds, occupations, and ages. In addition to private bookings and several major concerts a year, the group creates special programs for community events, civic organizations, and schools.
Founded in 1945, the Missoula Mendelssohn Club is one of Montana’s oldest music institutions. This season marks the Club’s 68th season. The Club is a male choir whose members are broadly representative of the Missoula community, and have included active and retired teachers, professors, ranchers, lawyers, doctors, ministers, policemen, firemen, businessmen, and students, united by a love of singing.

Monday, December 22

Rotary Club
Denise Rose, Executive Director of the Hamilton Players, will be the featured speaker at the next meeting of the Hamilton Rotary Club on Monday, December 22 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, December 24

Christmas Eve service
The United Methodist-American Baptist Church invites you to “Lighting the Darkness,” a service of Candles and Carols for Christmas Eve, on Wednesday December 24 at 7 p.m. at 211 N. Sixth Street, Hamilton. Bring your relatives, friends and neighbors and join in the celebration of the night Jesus was born.

Library ‘Food for Fines’ Are your library fines beginning to add up? Why not exchange food for fines? Throughout December the North Valley Public Library will be accepting donations of non-perishable food, small personal care items, and pet food instead of cash to waive library fines. Items will be exchanged at the rate of $1.00…

Wednesday, December 3 Christmas Tea The Stevensville Garden Club is sponsoring a Christmas Tea on Wednesday, December 3 at 1 p.m. at the Community Baptist Church, 409 Buck, Stevensville. Limited tickets are available. Reservations can be made by calling Joanne at 777-3749. Come join the fun and celebration. Self help event Do you have thoughts…

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Coat Drive While the need for warm coats has never been greater, it has also never been easier to meet this vital need in our community. The Bitterroot Valley Giving Back Club invites area residents to join them in an effort to ensure that no one goes without a warm coat this winter. The serviced-based…

Library ‘Food for Fines’ Are your library fines beginning to add up? Why not exchange food for fines? Throughout December the North Valley Public Library will be accepting donations of non-perishable food, small personal care items, and pet food instead of cash to waive library fines. Items will be exchanged at the rate of $1.00…

Advent calendars wanted The Ravalli County Museum is looking for unique and special advent calendars to include in its 3rd Annual Gallery of Trees display. These calendars will be either ones that you can create and donate for the silent auction, or ones from your collections for the display. The museum has fun idea packets…

Wednesday, October 29 Creative Card Making Creative Card Making will take place Wednesday, October 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Center for Spiritual Living, 1720 N. 1st Street (north of Sears), Hamilton. Come join the fun and make personalized cards for all occasions. All materials will be furnished for you to make three…

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…

  Wednesday, October 15   Bitterroot College Advisory Council The Advisory Council for Bitterroot College University of Montana will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 15 at 3 p.m. in the Conference Room at the Human Resources Council Building, 316 N. 3rd Street, Hamilton. The BC Advisory Council is a public board and welcomes…