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Wednesday, September 21


Leadership Bitterroot class

Orientation for the next Leadership Bitterroot Class will be held Wednesday, September 21 followed by the first session Wednesday, September 28. Thereafter it is the third Wednesday of every month and runs through May. This program is sponsored by the Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce and helps develop effective leaders to take Bitterroot communities into the future.If you are interested in this program call Pat at 363-2400. This can be your first step in learning and getting more involved in your community.


North Valley Library Storytime
Help your preschooler develop important early literacy skills at library storytime on Wednesday, September 21 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. This week’s theme is “Apples Galore!” We will be reading stories about the autumn season and apple harvest, making a craft with apple stamps and having a delicious and healthy apple snack. Contact Caitlin at 777-5061 if you have any questions.


Medicare fraud presentation

The Montana Senior Medicare Patrol program will hold an orientation session in the Stevensville area for anyone interested in learning more about Medicare fraud or becoming an SMP Volunteer. The orientation session will be held September 21, at the Stevensville Senior Center from 11 to 11:45 a.m., with the Senior Center lunch following at noon. At this session you will learn about Medicare, why it’s important to read your Medicare Summary Notice and how to do that, and what is involved in becoming an SMP Volunteer.

The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP), a program funded by the U.S. Administration on Aging, helps Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, family members and caregivers to actively protect themselves against health care fraud, waste and abuse. The Office of the Inspector General estimates that the SMP Program and its volunteers help identify billions of dollars each year in wasted Medicare dollars.

In these days of tight money and budget cutting in Washington, volunteers are needed more than ever to help identify any waste, fraud or abuse that could result in money saved to help prolong the life of Medicare and Medicaid and make these programs stronger. When you volunteer, you help people in your own community.

In our presentation you will learn about common Medicare/Medicaid or insurance scams that are currently targeting beneficiaries of these programs. Call Kathy at the Council on Aging, 363-5690, if you plan to attend.


Victor Awana
Awana starts at Crossroads Christian Fellowship on Wednesday, September 21 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Crossroads is located at 1297 Meridian Road, in Victor.


Thursday, September 22


Stevi school board work session

The Stevensville School Board of Trustees will have a work session on Thursday, September 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the 4-8 conference room.


Stevi school facility committee

The Stevensville School Board of Trustees Facility Committee will meet on Thursday, September 22 at 3 p.m. in the Swank Construction work trailer.


Book signings

Book signings with Roberta Swartz of Hamilton, author of “Me, Myself, and Mind: Reclaim Yourself, Your Health, and Your Life,” will be held throughout September at various locations. Reclaim your self, your health, and your life when you read this “self health” book by Roberta Swartz, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. This ground breaking book offers deep insight into the human psyche and provides a wealth of information that is founded in more than 27 years of evidence based results in self hypnosis and clinical hypnotherapy. It is designed to help readers connect with their inner being in ways that are appropriate and self determined. It skillfully guides readers through a personal journey of self awareness so they can transform old subconscious patterns and problems. Come meet Roberta at a book signing on Thursday, September 22, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at The Mill, 140 Cherry, Hamilton or Monday, September 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rainbow’s End Natural Foods, 910 N. 1st Street, Hamilton. Contact Roberta Swartz for more information, 375-0446.


National Recovery Month observance
A National Recovery Month observance will be held Thursday, September 22 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Missoula Indian Center, 830 W. Central, Missoula. National Recovery Month is a national observance that educates Americans about addiction treatment and mental health services that can enable those with a substance use or mental disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. The Missoula Indian Center would like to honor the gains made by those in recovery from these conditions by presenting a workshop. The Indian Center would like to spread the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people do recover. There will be speakers and refreshments. Registration is open to everyone, including clients, and families. For more information call Marvin, Kathleen, or Michelle at 406-829-9515 with any questions about the Missoula Indian Center’s scheduled event for Recovery Month.


Daly Elementary Open House
Daly Elementary School open house will be held Thursday, September 22 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Grantsdale Elementary Open House
Granstdale Elementary School open house will be held Thursday, September 22, from 6 to 7 p.m.


Friday, September 23


South Valley Pachyderm Club
Carl Graham, President of the Montana Policy Institute located in Bozeman,
will be speaking at the Friday, September 23 meeting of the South Valley
Pachyderm Club. The club meets at 12 noon on the second and fourth
Fridays at BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N. First Street, Hamilton. The Montana Policy Institute is a free market think tank focused on Montana issues and Montana solutions. It is a tax exempt 501c(3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to providing information and ideas to Montana citizens and policymakers. There will be opportunity for questions and discussion. The South Valley Pachyderm Club is an officially recognized allied organization of the Republican Party. Members of the public are welcome.


SVCFC benefit dinner
South Valley Child and Family Center presents Turkey Fry and Apple Pie!, a Suppertime Extraordinaire Fundraiser Dinner, September 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. at SVCFC, 515 Madison in Hamilton. Featuring Amazing Fried Turkeys from guest chef Tom Brader and brilliant side dishes and of course, apple pie, tickets are $40 a person. Proceeds go to fund the great programs at South Valley Child and Family Center. Call 363-3450 for reservations.


Trout Unlimited banquet
It will be a Trout Unlimited banquet on Friday, September 23, but you won’t need to be a trout angler to come and have a good time. According to Bitterroot Trout Unlimited (BRTU), chapter president Cassie Buhl, “Of course we will have flies, rods and reels, and fishing trips, but we will also have a great dinner as well as an amazing assortment of art, Native American silver jewelry, clothing, wines, dinners, pottery and many other items. In other words, things that will appeal both to men and women – anglers or not!”
This is the 32nd annual fundraiser for Bitterroot Trout Unlimited and the banquets have become a highlight of the fall season. The group uses the funds to support conservation and education efforts, including the “Bitterroot Buggers,” their decade old program that teaches valley kids about flytying, fishing and native trout. For the last several summers, BRTU has supported a college intern to work with Bitterroot National Forest fisheries biologists on native trout projects.
The banquet this year features a dinner catered by Riversong Gourmet Catering and beverage table by Silver Coin Casino, featuring local Bitterroot Brewing Company beers. Dinner is followed by drawings, door prizes as well as live and silent auctions. Some of the items this year include an afternoon of flytying and dinner with local legend John Foust, a Sweetgrass Rods split-bamboo flyrod in a split-bamboo walking stick rod case, a complete Orvis saltwater outfit. Float trips on the Bitterroot, Clark Fork, Madison and Kootenai Rivers will be offered as well as artwork by Robert Neaves, Dale Jorgenson, Monte Dolack, Kendahl Jan Jubb, and Mary Beth Percival.
The event will start at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 23 at the Bitterroot River Inn. Tickets are $45.00 a piece and may be reserved or purchased now at Fishaus Tackle, Western Flies &Guides, and Osprey Outfitters in Hamilton. Buhl added, “The banquets usually sell out and seating is limited, so people should get their tickets now. And, anyone can come.”
For more information, contact Marshall Bloom (363-3485) or Greg Chester (363-0033).


HHS Homecoming
Hamilton High School Homecoming will be Friday, September 23. The parade will be at 3:30 p.m. The football game will start at 7 p.m.


‘Montana Monologs’ presentation
“The Montana Monologs,” a series of pieces culled from the oral histories of Montana ranch women, will hit the stage of the Roxy Theater at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23-24, and Sept. 30-Oct. 1.
Written and produced by playwright and University of Montana staff member Wendy Woollett, “The Montana Monologs” will feature three monologs: “Bole,” adapted from the late Dorothy O’Neil’s life on the O’Neil ranch in Choteau, performed by Ellen Wade; “Epiphany,” based on the late Lynn Wolfe’s life on the Burnt Fork Creek Ranch in Stevensville, performed by Deborah Goslin; and “7UP,” based on Missoulian Pat Shepard’s experiences on the 7UP Ranch in St. Ignatius, performed by Gretchen Spiess, the show’s director. Musician Paul Kelley’s original score will accompany the acts.
Tickets cost $15 in advance, $18 at the door, and $10 for students and seniors. To reserve tickets call River’s Mist Art Gallery at 777-0520.

Saturday, September 24


Naomi Chapter OES sale

Naomi Chapter #19, OES in Victor is holding a garage sale on Saturday, September 24. The sale will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot behind Farmers State Bank in Victor. Members will also hold a bake sale in conjunction with the garage sale items. Proceeds from the sale will go to support of the Chapter’s charities.


Florence Clean-Up Day
There will be a highway/community clean-up day in Florence on Saturday, September 24, sponsored by the Florence Civic Club.
Because this is the last clean-up day of the year, it is especially important. Everyone is welcome to help – the event qualifies for community service hours for students at Florence High School. Interested participants will be treated to ice cream or soda at Caffé Firenze after the clean-up.
Volunteers should meet at the Town Pump parking lot at 9 a.m. to pick up bags and get their site assignments. Make sure to bring gloves as well as clothing appropriate for the weather, whatever that will be. If you have a weed trimmer (or your favorite gardening tool), please bring it!
This is a great chance to get out and make your hometown look great. Get involved and bring your friends and neighbors. Call 396-7300 with questions.


Sula Historical Society event

The Sula Community Historical Society is hosting an Open House, Bell Ringing and Barbecue on Saturday September 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sula School house. Come see the new renovations! The Sula Schoolhouse is located next to the post office on the East Fork Road in Sula (approximately 2 miles up the East Fork Road). Everyone is welcome.


Stevensville Founders Day

The public is invited to the annual Founders Day Celebration at St. Mary’s Mission and Museum held on the Mission grounds in Stevensville, Saturday, September 24 at 11 a.m. The amazing story of how Montana began, a hundred and seventy years ago, will be told in the form of an entertaining re-enactment, which will include two members of the Salish Tribe, along with well-known local citizens.

Don’t miss the unveiling of the two-wheeled cart hand crafted by local artist Chris Weatherly, which will become a permanent exhibit on the Mission grounds. The cart is a replica of the first two-wheeled carts to come into Montana, bringing the missionaries’ supplies.

You’ll also have the opportunity to try the Mission’s Founders Day Fudge, a creamy marbleized variety of vanilla and chocolate, representing the blending of the Indian and European cultures. It will be sold at Historic St. Mary’s Mission Gift Shop and Charbonneau’s Chocolate Company, proceeds to benefit St. Mary’s Mission.

Come and pay tribute to the courageous and dedicated Indian Tribes and the Blackrobe Missionaries who formed the beginnings of the community.


Travelers’ Rest event
Celebrate National Public Lands Day at Travelers’ Rest State Park with “Hunting and Gathering: The Tradition Continues” on Saturday, September 24 from noon to 4 p.m.
As fall approaches, many Montanans begin to head to our public lands in search of big game – the same game animals that sustained the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the Native American people of this area for thousands of years.
Local experts will be on hand to demonstrate and discuss historical firearms of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and hunting techniques and equipment necessary for success in that time; the making of parfleche containers to store and transport food; the use and history of the atlatl; and root collecting and drying techniques.
Travelers’ Rest State Park is located 1/2 mile west of Lolo in U.S. Highway 12. For more information, contact the park office at 273-4253. This event is free.


Gardening lecture

A free lecture on cover crops and green manures will be presented by Rod Daniel on Saturday, September 24 at 1 p.m. at Sam’s Spade, 111

S. Fourth Street in Hamilton. Winter cover crops, summer green

manures, living mulches and catch crops can be used to build organic

matter, improve soil structure, add nitrogen to soil, increase

microbial activity, suppress weeds and conserve water. Daniel will

present a primer on these useful crops. He will cover all the basics of

crop selection, application rates and appropriate timing for seeding.

This is one of the steps to build your soil in a sustainable and

inexpensive manner. Contact 363-1293 for more information.

Contra Dance

A Contra Dance will be held Saturday, September 24 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Rocky Mountain Grange, 1436 S. 1st Street (south of Hamilton on Hwy 93). A practice session for new dancers will begin at 6:30 p.m. The Celtic Knots will provide the music (fiddle, guitar, whistle, flute, bohdran). The caller will be Morna Leonard. Cost is $5/person, $10/family. Dancers need no experience, all dances are taught, and singles are welcome. The event is fragrance-free. Dances will continue on the second Saturday of each month. For more information call 642-3601.


Fall Equinox at labyrinth

The 12th Annual Fall Equinox Open Walk will be held Saturday, September 24 from dusk to 10 p.m. at Redsun Labyrinth, 1802 Pleasant View Drive, Victor. Come and find yourself on the labyrinth. The labyrinth can be used as a path of prayer and meditation in order to experience the eternal now. All you need is an open mind and an open heart. Consider everything that happens to you on the labyrinth as a metaphor for your life. Redsun Labyrinth will be surrounded with luminaria from dusk until 10 p.m. Bring a candle or flashlight to light your way. You may bring a stone to leave also. There will be music and a bonfire to warm you depending on fire conditions. Be sure to dress warmly. If you cannot attend this event, come and walk anytime. The labyrinth is always open. The $3 suggested donation helps to keep the labyrinth open to the public. Visit for more information and directions.


Sunday, September 25

Pink Pint Night

The 2nd Annual Oktoberfest at the Bitterroot Brewery is going pink on Sunday, September 25 from 4 to 7 p.m. Listen to the sounds of the Bitterroot Community Band performing traditional German music, enjoy delicious German food and celebrate each pint, knowing that you are making a 50 cent donation to the Aid for Mammography fund. At 5:30 p.m. meet the 2011 Mammo Men…the Ravalli County Men that Care Enough to Wear Pink! October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, therefore come out, wear your pink and help get the month-long celebration started! All donations made to the Aid for Mammography fund during the month of October will be matched dollar for dollar by Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital. The Aid for Mammography fund was started by Soroptimist many years ago. This fund provides Ravalli County women in need with the resources to get annual mammograms and other necessary procedures at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital. Last year five women were diagnosed with breast cancer through this fund. Your support might save a local woman’s life. Visit for more information.


Monday, September 26


Stevi school menu

Sept. 26-30

Monday – Breakfast: Cereal, fruit, milk; Lunch: Turkey stuffing casserole, green beans, peaches

Tuesday – Breakfast: Muffins, fruit, milk; Lunch: Sloppy Joes, taters, grapes

Wednesday – Breakfast: Pancakes, fruit, milk; Lunch: Ham and eggs, hash browns, applesauce

Thursday – Breakfast: Egg and cheese wrap, fruit, milk; Lunch: Taco salad, chips and salsa, pears

Friday – Breakfast: Cereal, fruit milk; Lunch: Chicken Tenders, coleslaw, Mandarin oranges


Rotary Club

A special treat is planned for the next meeting of the Hamilton Rotary Club, on Monday, September 26 at noon at BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N. 1st Street, Hamilton. Montana Rotary District 5390 Governor for 2011-12, Arlene Weber, will be visiting Hamilton Rotary Club and presenting her goals for Montana Rotarians during the coming year. This meeting is open to the public. For further information, call 363-2960.


Bitterroot Valley Chorus
The Bitterroot Valley Chorus will begin rehearsals for this year’s Christmas Concerts on Monday, September 26, in the choir room of Hamilton High School. Although rehearsals normally begin at 7 p.m., interested singers are asked to arrive for this first rehearsal at 6:30 to allow time for administrative details. Under the artistic direction of Peggy Leonardi, the chorus will prepare for performance “Do You Hear What I Hear?”, “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord” from Godspell, “Ring Out Wild Bells” and other seasonal favorites. The complete list of music can be found on the Facebook page of the Chorus. The chorus rehearses each Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. from the end of September until the two concerts in mid-December. Singers interested in joining the chorus this year should arrive at 6:30 p.m. and bring the membership fee of $20 per person, which is used to defray costs. For further information, telephone Peter or Helen Allen, 375-0331.


Family finance classes

Take control of your family finances with free financial classes and free child care through the Bitterroot Financial Education Coalition. Most classes take place on Mondays at 7 p.m. at the South Valley Child and Family Center (SVCFC), 515 Madison, Hamilton. Free meals by SVCFC will be served at 6 pm. For more information contact MSU/Ravalli County Extension, 375-6611. Schedule of classes is as follows:

· Should You Start a Business? Monday, September 26
· Managing Your Spending Plan, Monday, October 3
· Resource-Full Seniors! Monday, October 10
· Understand Your Credit Report and Score, Monday, October 17

· Estate Planning for Young Families, Monday, October 24
· Stretching Your Food Dollar$!, Tuesday, November 1.


Fish & Wildlife Assn.

The Ravalli County Fish & Wildlife Association will hold their next General Meeting on Monday, September 26th at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held upstairs at the Hamilton Fire Department, 179 S. 3rd St. Guest speaker will be Jim Posewitz giving a presentation on buffalo restoration. Why we can / why we must.  This meeting is open to the public. Call Tony Jones at 381-0587 if you have any questions.


Tuesday, September 27


Republic Women’s Club

Ravalli County Republican Women’s Club will hold its monthly meeting and lunch on Tuesday, September 27 at 11:30 a.m. at BJ’s Restaurant in Hamilton. Guest speaker will be John Fitzpatrick, Director of Government Relations for NorthWestern Energy. He will speak on HB198, the “eminent domain” bill. Ravalli County Republican Women meet the fourth Tuesday of each month.


Library book sale

Attention all Bibliophiles! The 2011 Annual Friends of the Bitterroot Public Library Used Book Sale is coming to the downstairs Community Room in the Bitterroot Public Library at 306 State St. in Hamilton September 27 through October 1.
The sale will be Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept 28 from 12 noon to 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday, Sept. 29 and 30 from 12 noon to 6 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Tuesday evening only there will be a $3.00 admission for adults. The price for all items is $1.00 per inch thick. Saturday all day will be the ever-popular Bag Sale when all the items that can be stuffed in a grocery bag are $3 a bag or 2 bags for $5 – bring you own bags if possible. Another popular feature of the book sale is free books all week long outside on the sidewalk and in the gazebo. On Saturday after 2 p.m. there will be a Truckload Sale – $15.00 per load! Bring your own truck and load it up! Starting on Tuesday and ending at 2 p.m. on Saturday there will be a silent auction of special books.
Volunteers are welcome and needed to help set up and sort books before, as well as during, the sale. Set up times are Saturday and Sunday, September 25 and 26 from10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A sign-up schedule is posted on the Friends of the Library bulletin board near the front door of the library.
Donations to the book sale may be brought to the Bitterroot Public Library during regular open hours; however, do not put donated materials in the library book return boxes. All proceeds from the book sale go to benefit the Bitterroot Public Library.
For information contact the Bitterroot Public Library at 363-1670.
Thursday, September 29


Blood drive

Someone in Montana needs blood every 27 minutes. Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital and the American Red Cross are having a blood drive on Thursday, September 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Marcus Daly Conference Rooms B & C. Approximately 39,000 units of blood are used in the USA daily. The need is constant. Give blood and save a life. Make an appointment by calling Gary Schulz at 375-4451. Donors, remember to eat complete meals and drink plenty of water before donating blood and for more information visit


Hunter blind drawing

The hunter blind drawing and pre-hunting meeting for the opening weekend (October 1 and 2) of the 2011 waterfowl season on Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge will take place on Thursday, September 29 at 7 p.m. in the Okefenokee Room of the Lee Metcalf NWR Headquarters/Visitors Center building on Wildfowl Lane. Anyone interested in hunting waterfowl on Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge on opening weekend must attend. Participants must bring the following information to be eligible for the drawing: ALS #, Federal duck stamp, and photo identification.


Devotional singing
Take a little time to enjoy harmonies and easy melodies from the world’s spiritual traditions through devotional singing on Thursday, September 29 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 607 B Grantsdale Road, Hamilton. There will be live music accompaniment and no experience is necessary. All are welcome. The singing is led by Brian Vayu Jameson whose gentle nature and humor encourages the shy singers. For more information contact Brian at 381-0617.


Friday, September 30


Car Seat Safety Class

A Car Seat Safety Class will be held Friday, September 30 from 10:30 to noon, at the Local Living Family Center during Ready!Set!Play! regular time. Car seat safety information for parents will be facilitated by Heidi Kestrel. Activity, snack, and story time will also be provided. Low cost car seats will be available to purchase. Local Living Family Center is located at 5501 Hwy 93 N, Suite 3, by the Town Pump in Florence. All activities are free. Call for more information, 273-0142.


Stevensville Playhouse production

“Something’s Afoot” is a musical spoof that takes a satirical jab at the Agatha Christie ‘who dunit?’ murder mysteries. Ten people are stranded in an isolated English country estate during a raging thunderstorm. One by one they are killed in mysterious (and hilarious) ways as they try to discover the murderer’s identity. The situation is complicated by rising floodwaters, power failures and suspicious behaviors carefully noted by Miss Tweed, an elderly amateur detective. Show dates are Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 7-8 and 14-15 at 8 p.m. with matinees Oct. 2, 9 and 16 at 2 p.m. Tickets: adults $10 advance purchase/$12 at the door; children $8 advance purchase/$10 at the door. For reservations call 777-2722.


Monday, October 3


Homeschool choir program

Heartsong Music Studio is offering a homeschool choir program beginning Monday, October 3 in Hamilton. Rehearsals will be on Mondays and Thursdays from 2:15 to 3 p.m. No audition is necessary, but a love of singing is a plus! For more information contact Dawn Matt, Choir Director, at 363-8951.


Corvallis Harvest Dinner

The Corvallis United Methodist Church will hold its annual Harvest Dinner and Dessert Auction (silent and open) on Monday, October 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. A free will offering will be taken. The church is located at the corner of Eastside Highway and Cemetery Road, 1 mile south of the Woodside Cuttoff Road.


Tuesday, October 4


Parenting classes

Parenting with Love and Logic will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from October 4-October 18, 9 to 11 a.m. at the Local Living Family Center. Classes are for parents of children 4-14. Each class will cover a different topic in how to parent with Love and Logic. A light snack will be provided. Call for more information, 273-0142. Childcare is available upon request. Register early. The Local Living Family Center is located at 5501 Hwy 93 N, Suite 3, by the Town Pump, in Florence.


Wednesday, October 5

Speechcraft program
Want to feel more comfortable about public speaking? Want to sharpen your communication skills? A 6-week Speechcraft program designed to ease anxiety in speaking and to improve fluency is being offered by the Bitterroot Toastmasters Club. Participants learn to handle prepared and impromptu speaking situations by practicing in a friendly, non-threatening environment while being assisted individually by friendly, experienced Toastmasters. The program will be offered on Wednesdays, October 5 through November 9, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Perkins Restaurant in Hamilton. Cost, including workbook, is $60. Enrollment is limited to 10 adults. For information and to enroll, phone Pamela Morris, 961-4296; or Ruth Campbell, 210-9638.

Thursday, October 6


Business success seminar
Residents of the Bitterroot Valley and beyond are invited to bounce business ideas off some of the industry’s best minds during a seminar in Hamilton next month.
“The Sunflower MATRIX: Introducing a New Model for Business Success” will feature an afternoon and early evening of business strategy discussions, question-and-answer sessions and mentoring led by three expert panelists. Sponsored by the Bitterroot College Program of The University of Montana, the event will run from 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Hamilton Performing Arts Center.
Victoria Clark, director of the Bitterroot College Program, said the seminar is for people who have a business idea, want to know how to launch a business or are wondering how to improve on a business that already exists.
Panelists are Rob Ryan, founding CEO of Ascend Communications, a company that grew to 5,000 employees and sold to AT&T for a record amount; Joe Graziano, former CFO of Apple Computers Inc. and a retired Silicon Valley financial executive; and Dan Floyd, a business development and implementation strategist and founder/co-founder of VSLI Technology, CASI and Coastal Inns of Distinction.
Each panelist will present an afternoon session and combine for an evening panel.
• 1-2 p.m.: “Your Business Idea,” presentation and question-and-answer session by Ryan.
• 2:15-3:15 p.m.: “Your Business Idea and Financing,” presentation and question-and-answer session by Graziano.
• 3:30-4:30 p.m.: “Your Business Idea and Implementation,” presentation and question-and-answer session by Floyd.
• 4:30-5 p.m.: Intermission, concessions available.
• 5-7 p.m.:  “Putting Your Business Idea to the Test.” Ryan, Graziano and Floyd provide on-the-spot feedback to audience members on their business ideas, as well as troubleshoot issues with existing businesses. Audience members interested in participating may fill out questionnaires during intermission; business ideas and issues are then selected at random from the pool of questionnaires.
The seminar costs $75 if guests register on or before Friday, Sept. 23, after which the fee increases to $100. Those interested in attending only the “Putting Your Business to the Test” panel discussion may register at any time for $50.
All seminar proceeds benefit the Bitterroot College Program.
To register visit or call 375-0100.


Friday, October 7


Art exhibit

The Artists’ Shop, gallery of regional art and fine craft, 304 N. Higgins, Missoula, presents “Forever Barbie,” a mixed media show using recycled Barbie dolls by artist Mary Byers of Hamilton. An artist’s opening reception will be held on First Friday, October 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. The show may be viewed through October (open Mon-Sat).


Saturday, October 8
Florence Homecoming pancake breakfast

On Saturday, October 8, the Florence-Carlton School Music Boosters will be hosting the Annual Homecoming Pancake Breakfast. Immediately following the parade in the old gymnasium, breakfast will be served until noon. Proceeds support the Florence Carlton School Music Programs.


Sunday, October 9


Stevensville Awana

Awana will once again be offered to the Stevensville children beginning Sunday, October 9 at Community Baptist Church, 409 Buck Street, Stevensville. Awana is a kid’s club that offers weekly Bible teaching and curriculum, music, games and awards. Awana helps churches and parents work together to develop spiritually strong children who faithfully follow Jesus Christ. For more information call Lynn at 531-2684.


Monday, October 10


Suppertime program

The Suppertime Program at South Valley Child and Family Center will serve free meals starting October 10. Meals will be served Monday-Thursday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. for families, seniors, any individual in need of a great sit-down dinner and connection with the community. As part of the Suppertime Program, SVCFC also offers the free Culinary Arts Program for middle school students on Monday evenings from 4 to 7 p.m. and for high school students on Tuesday evenings from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday evenings. As a youth volunteer, you’ll get great cooking experience and help serve your community. The first 6-week program starts Monday, October 6. If you’d like to be a part call 363-3450 to sign up.


Veterans affairs clinics

Roxanne Blanche, Service Officer for the Montana Veterans Affairs Division in Missoula, will be available to veterans and their dependents that have questions or need to file a claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs on the following dates: Tuesday, October 11 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Stevensville Town Council Chambers and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Job Service office in Hamilton. For more information, call 542-2501.

Thursday, October 13


Fellowship Club

The Bitterroot Public Library’s Fellowship Club will be meeting on Thursday, October 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to discuss “Home with God in A Life That Never Ends: A Wondrous Message of Love in A Final Conversation with God” by Neale Donald Walsh.

This is the last of nine books that Neale Donald Walsch wrote as “conversations with God” over an 11-year period. It deals mostly with the topic that we all consider the “finality”, about which we all want to know more, and perhaps are most afraid to talk about – death.

In this uplifting masterwork of comfort and compassion, Walsch asks the ultimate questions of existence and transcendence. Through his profound and personal dialogue with God, Walsch explores the process by which all humans must end their days on Earth and begin their new life in God’s Kingdom, to which all eventually return, regardless of their earthly deeds. This astonishingly spiritual work offers hope, comfort, and surprising revelations for all human kind.

Neale Donald Walsch is an American author of the series “Conversations with God.” Walsch’s vision is an expansion and unification of all present theologies to render them more relevant to our present day and time. He created Humanity’s Team as a spiritual movement to communicate and implement his spirituality beliefs, mainly that we are all one with God and one with life, in a shared global state of being.

The Fellowship Club meets every second Thursday of the month in the West Meeting Room of the Bitterroot Public Library and is free and open to anyone seeking to promote individual and collective well being.

Call 363-1670, or email for more information.

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