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Wednesday, November 2


BP Library story time

Preschoolers are invited to meet in the children’s corner of the Bitterroot Public Library on Wednesday, November 2 to enjoy “Transportation – Let’s Go!” with storyteller Kristen Weese. Story time begins at 10:30 a.m. and is designed for children 3-5 years of age. All story times are free and open to the public. For information, call 363-1670.


NV Library Storytime
North Valley Public Library Preschool/Toddler Storytime will be held Wednesday, November 2 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Storytime at the library is an important tool to help develop early literacy skills in toddlers and preschoolers. November is a month to give thanks and this week participants will be giving thanks to the Library. Hear stories about the library, create a bookmark to take home and share a healthy and delicious snack. The event is free.


Thursday, November 3


‘Termination Mechanics’ seminar
Employers are encouraged to attend the “Termination Mechanics” seminar, which will supply information on terminating employees properly, on Thursday, November 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Marcus Daly Hospital. This seminar is hosted by Job Service Employer Committee (JSEC) . Register by calling Heather Mousley at 375-6044 or e-mailing at


Friends of Bitterroot Library
The Friends of the Bitterroot Public Library will hold their annual meeting at noon on Thursday, November 3 in the downstairs meeting room in the library. Action items on the agenda will be adoption of 2012 budget and election of 2012 officers. The meeting is open to the public. For information call Vivian Yang at 363-3198.


A Capella Society supper

Gourmet pancakes and sizzling sausage links will be served up on Thursday, November 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Corvallis United Methodist Church, corner of Eastside Highway and Old Cemetery Road just south of Corvallis, to benefit The Montana A Cappella Society, the Bitterroot Valley’s own community-based, all volunteer musical group dedicated to storytelling through a cappella music. Bring the whole family for a great supper; entertainment will be provided. Free will donations accepted.


Friday, November 4


Emma’s House yard cleanup

Join the Darby Community Public Library and the Bitterroot Public Library in a community service project for Emma’s House, Ravalli County’s children advocacy center in Hamilton. Volunteers will be doing a fall yard cleanup on November 4 at 9 a.m. Bring garden tools such as rakes, trowels and gloves. Sign up in advance at either library: Darby Community Library, 821-4771 or Bitterroot Public Library, 363 1670.


Toddler Play Group

Music and Motion: Toddler Play Group at the North Valley Family Center will take place Friday, November 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon for children ages 2-5. Music and Motion is the perfect opportunity to introduce your child to structure and fun through the many wonders of music. Facilitated by Melissa Sparks and Traci Kutzleb, there will be emphasis on different aspects of being a part of a group who enjoys music. The North Valley Family Center is located at 5501 Hwy 93 N, Suite 3, in Florence, beside the Town Pump. For more information call 273-0142.


North Valley Pachyderm Club
The North Valley Pachyderm Club will meet Friday, November 4, at noon at The Frontier Café, Hwy 93 in Stevensville. Guest speaker will be County Commissioner Suzy Foss. The North Valley Pachyderm Club meets the first and third Friday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at the Frontier Cafe. The North Valley Pachyderm Club is an educational arm of the Republican Party. All are welcome.


Psychic Fair


Three days of Psychic and Healing services will be held at Between the Worlds in Hamilton starting Friday, November 4 at 2 p.m. This fundraising effort will benefit Montana Integrative Therapies, a non-profit organization which secures funding for non-allopathic therapies for those in hospice care, extended care facilities or chronically ill. Exceptional practitioners, selected by their peers, will be offering a wide range of services; Tarot, Astrology, Palm, Clairvoyant and Past Life readings, Myo-Nuero release and energy work. The public is welcome.


Extension Office open house

An open house for MSU Extension Agent Bobbie Roos will be held Friday, November 4 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the MSU/Ravalli County Extension Office, 215 S. 4th Street, Ste G, Hamilton. Coffee and cake will be served. Roos is returning to Scobey. For more information contact Katelyn, 375-6611.


Book signing

The Daly Mansion Archives Writers will be signing their new book, “Copper Gleanings,” at the Mansion on Friday, November 4 from 3 to 6 p.m. during the Holly Jolly Craft Show. Copies of the book will be available for $14.00.


Darby Adult Education
Register to attend the Darby Adult Education courses that begin in November and December. Courses with open registration include:

  • Decorating on a Budget, begins Nov. 4
  • Canning Made Easy!, begins Nov. 5
  • A Meal to Remember, begins Nov. 7
  • Special Treats for the Holidays, begins Nov. 12
  • What’s in Your Attic (or Closet)?, begins Nov. 14
  • Cotton Dyeing Basics, begins Nov. 19
  • Do It Yourself! (And Don’t Spend a Dime), begins Dec. 2

Mailer/course list is available at Darby Public Schools Administration Office, Darby Community Library, the Hamilton Library and the Bitterroot Job Service. The course list and registration form are also available online at, click on Adult Education. Have a question? Email or call Adele Dicken, Darby Adult Education Director, at 821-3405.

First Friday Fish Fry
The Hamilton Knights of Columbus Council 6130 will hold a “First Friday Fish Fry” on Friday, November 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Francis’ Pastoral Center, 411 S. 5th St. The meal consists of fish, fries, coleslaw, vegetables, dessert and soft beverage. The price for the meal is $8.00 per person; children under nine are free. Wine can be purchased separately. Everyone is welcome so come out bring a friend and enjoy the evening. For information contact Nick Hooper at 961-3930.


First Friday at NV Library

North Valley Public Library will host Celtic Knots band Friday November 4, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Celtic Knots is a five-member band featuring a wide variety of instruments including fiddle, Irish flute, guitar, penny whistle, Irish drum and Horu pipes. The band plays traditional Scottish Irish folk music, waltzes, polkas, jigs and reels. This performance is part of the monthly First Friday festivities in downtown Stevensville. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. The North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call the library at 777-5061.


Art exhibit
Marguerite Walz will be the guest artist for November at River’s Mist Gallery of Fine Art in Stevensville. Walz is an artist and teacher whose career has spanned three decades. Growing up in Chicago, she was strongly influenced by “The City of Big Shoulders,” its frankness, vitality, and people. Now living in Askov, Minnesota, Marguerite expresses moods, motifs, concepts and impressions in acrylics, mosaics and woodcuts. Also featured this month will be ceramics by Eva Champagne, award winning ceramicist and woodworking by Vince Sichmeller. The budding artist is Melia Melsness. An artist’s reception will be held on Friday, November 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. The show runs November 4 through November 28. The gallery is located at 317 Main Street in Stevensville. For more information call 777-0520.


Drama production

The Bitterroot Accidental Theatre Company will present the Montana premiere of David Mamet’s brilliant farce “November” on November 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 at 7 p.m. at the South Valley Child and Family Center, 515 Madison in Hamilton. An outrageous comedy about the potential and misuse of the highest office in the land, no rock is left unthrown or person unoffended. Called “maniacally funny” and “a raucous comedy” by top critics, it features Russ Lawrence, April Johnson, Molly Hill, Carrie Storrow and Terry Croghan. Tickets are $10 at the door. Rated ‘M’ for mature language.

Saturday, November 5


Free Cholesterol Screening

Mark your calendars Saturday, November 5 for the free Lipid Profile/Cholesterol Screening at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital from 7:30 to 10 a.m. in conference rooms B & C for all Ravalli County residents ages 18 and older. The screening will include Glucose and HDL, LDL, Cholesterol, Triglycerides and Chol/HDL Ratio, a value of over $100/person. Enter through the Hospital’s main entrance at 1200 Westwood Drive, Hamilton. Bring your drivers license or some from of identification, drink plenty of water but do not eat or have caffeinated drinks 8 to 10 hours prior to the screening. Test results will be mailed to you within one week. For more information visit or call Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital at 363-2211.


Flea market
A flea market will be held Saturday, November 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge, 125 N. 2nd, Hamilton. There will be 23 vendors with 52 tables full of antiques, crafts, collectables, rummage, jewelry, arts, crafts, baked goods and more. Proceeds will go to Bitterroot Library, Hamilton Middle School Music Dept. and Home On The Range.


Refuge tree planting
Help is needed planting trees for the birds at Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge in Stevensville. Over 1,000 tree and shrub seedlings must be put into the ground before freeze up. Join others in the community and help improve your national wildlife refuge at a planting day on Saturday, November 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring a lunch, water, gloves, trowels and dress for any weather. Appropriate for groups of older kids and adults. (If your group can help on a weekday afternoon – call to schedule.) These native plants will improve the quality of habitat for migratory and resident songbirds for your wildlife watching. Call Deborah to RSVP or for more information at 777-5552.


Veterans monument benefit

The Bitterroot Vietnam Veterans invite you to join in an evening of great food, music, dancing and fun on Saturday, November 5 at the Bedford building. Dinner with be catered by Caffe Firenze, followed by dance music from the 40s to the 70s and beyond, a mini concert by the Montana A Cappella Society, silent auction and door prizes. All proceeds benefit the Ravalli County Veterans’ Monument in Hamilton. Tickets are $25 each or two for $40 and are available at Chapter One Book Store, Massa Home Center, Vet Center or call Keith Kehoe at 375-9069 or 202-852-1575 for ticket delivery or questions.


Good-time Jamboree

The monthly First Saturday Bitterroot Valley Good-Time Jamboree will take place November 5 and will feature cowboy singer Doug Hogan doing original songs; The Celtic Knots with Irish music; Shirley Richardson, The Whistling Lady; Linda Bye and the Bitterroot Boot Stompers; The Blue Melon Band with originals and blues; and The Sweethearts of the Bitterroot Valley, Pam and Clem Small. Concert time is 7 to 9:30 p.m. at The Rocky Mountain Grange Hall, about a mile south of Hamilton at 1436 South 1st (Hwy 93 South), just south of the Valley Pet Clinic. For more information call Clem at 961-4949.


Monday, November 7


Florence Community Conversation

Community Conversation Project (and Potluck) will start Monday, November 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the North Valley Family Center. Simple, honest, human conversation, not mediation, negotiation, problem-solving or debate. An opportunity to learn, notice what is going on, to clarify your thoughts and experience and begin speaking to those around you. The family center will provide a main dish, feel free to bring a side if you like. The North Valley Family Center is located at 5501 Hwy 93 N, Florence, in Suite 3 of the Florence Business Center, adjacent to the Town Pump. For more information call 273-0142.


Crisis Line volunteer training
Become a valued member of the SAFE volunteer crisis line team to serve victims of domestic or sexual violence. Crisis line volunteers provide information and a listening ear to victims of domestic violence or sexual assault and other callers. Training will be held November 7-10 at the SAFE office in Hamilton from 6 to 9 p.m. Pre-registration is appreciated. A background check is required of all applicants. Call Theresa Rivera, Volunteer Coordinator, for registration and information.


Tuesday, November 8


Veterans affairs clinic

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 Tuesday, November 8 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Stevensville Town Council Chambers and from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Job Service Office in Hamilton. For more information call 542-2501.


Wednesday, November 9


Wreath-making workshop

The Stevensville Garden Club invites you to a wreath-making workshop on Wednesday, November 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. You will go home with a Fall wreath and the knowledge to change it into a Christmas wreath. All supplies are furnished. Registration deadline is Nov. 1. Call Nina at 239-6822 or JoAnne at 961-5642 for more information.


Alcohol sales training
Western MT Addiction Services will be holding two Responsible Alcohol Sales and Service training on November 9 (register by Nov. 8) and 22 (register by Nov 21) from 9 a.m. to noon at 209 N. 10th St., Suite C in Hamilton. The cost of the training is $15 for materials. The “Let’s Control It” curriculum is approved as a state-mandated RASS training by the MT Dept of Revenue and participants will receive a certificate of completion upon passing the exam. For information or to register call 532-9149 or email


Natural resource presentation

“Our Forested Lands in the Bitterroot (Saving our Natural Resources)” will be presented Wednesday, November 9 at 7 p.m. in the Darby School Lunchroom.


Thursday, November 10


Workplace safety seminar

Supporters of Abuse Free Environments, Inc. (SAFE) is sponsoring a presentation on “Impact of Domestic Violence on the Workplace.” Caring community members and professionals are invited to learn more about the impact of domestic violence on the workplace at an upcoming, free event. The Workplace Issues Committee of the Ravalli County Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence will host a training on Thursday, November 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Francis Community Event Center in Hamilton, 401 South Fifth Street. The training is especially relevant for supervisors, managers, small business owners and other employers. Learn practical ways to make your workplace safer and easy steps you can take to address domestic violence at work. Speakers will include Pam Bucy from the Montana Department of Labor and Industry, Matt Dale from the Montana Department of Justice, local law enforcement and survivors. Lunch is included. For more information, contact Sonya at SAFE, 363-2793.


BPL Fellowship club

The Bitterroot Public Library’s Fellowship Club will be meeting on Thursday, November 10, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to discuss the book “The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore” by Dr. Deepak Chopra.

In this thought-provoking book, best-selling author Deepak Chopra writes that “Jesus was not only real, but perhaps the most significant person in Western history.”

The author identifies three Jesuses: the historical man of flesh and blood who lived more than 2,000 years ago; the figure created by the church and its dogma and doctrines; and the radical mystical teacher who set out to transform the world. The last Jesus is: “The Christ We Cannot Ignore” who lives in “our awareness at the level of God-consciousness.”  In this ambitious work, Chopra sets out to explain the implications of this third Jesus who exists beyond time and yet within each of us, and who points to a new path of enlightenment that offers personal transformation.

Dr. Chopra is an Indian public speaker and writer on Ayurveda, spirituality and mind-body medicine. He began his career as an endocrinologist and later shifted his focus to alternative medicine. Chopra was a top assistant to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi before launching his own career as a publisher of self-help books on spirituality and alternative medicine.

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.


County Museum open house

All Bitter Root Valley Historical Society members and curious neighbors are invited to join the BRVHS Board of Directors at the Ravalli County Museum for an Open House on Thursday, November 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. Enjoy a tour of the recent restoration of this local historic landmark. Celebrate how far the museum has come and see the plans for what is left to accomplish. Apple pie ala mode and other refreshments will be served. Ravalli County Museum is located at 205 Bedford in Hamilton.

Cross Country Ski Club

The Bitterroot Cross Country Ski Club will meet Thursday, November 10 at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 1220 W. Main St. Hamilton. Enjoy vicariously the experience of standing on the summits of Glacier National Park. Come and hear outdoor enthusiast and author Blake Passmore’s power point program on his many climbing adventures as he shares some great photography and stories as well as information on his recent book. Participate also in a silent auction benefiting the club and featuring some exciting items including a gourmet dinner for four, wine, and books. If you have something you can donate for the auction contact Kay at 642-3794.


Friday, November 11


Valley Christian Veterans’ Appreciation Program

Valley Christian school invites all area veterans to a Veterans’ Appreciation Program to be held on Friday, November 11 at 9 a.m. in the school gym. Guest speaker is Vietnam combat veteran Terry Andreesen who will discuss the effects of the Vietnam War on its veterans and our country as well as what veterans mean to the United States.


Lone Rock Veterans Day observance

Lone Rock School’s Annual Veterans Day Appreciation Breakfast and Assembly will be held on Friday, November 11 to honor veterans’ service to our country. A free breakfast for veterans will begin at 8 a.m. with table service by the Boy Scouts. A special assembly with music by Lone Rock students and special guest speakers will begin at 9 a.m. All local veterans and their families are encouraged to attend the assembly with the entire student body. For more information contact Tammy Lysons, Principal, 381-7965 or 777-3314.


Daly Hospital Auxiliary Christmas Show

Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will hold its annual Christmas Show on Friday, November 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in hospital conference room C. The show will feature gifts, decorations, stocking stuffers, bargain table and raffle. All proceeds from the Christmas Show, the Hospital Gift Shop and various Auxiliary fund raisers are used to buy the hospital new equipment.


Saturday, November 12

Florence-Carlton Church bazaar

Florence-Carlton Community Church will hold its annual bazaar on Saturday, November 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be handmade items such as aprons and tea towels for sale, a silent auction of special items, a lunch of homemade soup, sandwiches, pie, apple dumplings, coffee and tea and pony rides from 12 to 2 p.m. (weather permitting). The church is located at 20075 Old Hwy 93, just north f Carlton Creek Road.

Cloverbud Fun Day

Cloverbud Fun Day will be held Saturday, November 12, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the MSU/Ravalli County Extension Office, 215 S. 4th Street, Ste G. Join Ravalli County 4-H Teen Leaders for a free day of fun activities and meeting new friends. Learn about the 4-H program and all that it has to offer to youth ages 5-8. Space is limited, sign up by Friday, November 4 at 5 p.m. at Extension Office, 375-6611.


Back Country Horsemen fall celebration

The Selway Pintlar Wilderness Back Country Horsemen (SPWBCH) will celebrate Thanksgiving by hosting a Dutch oven cookout/potluck and membership drive on Saturday, November 12 at the Lake Como Horse Camp. Arrive at 11 a.m. to set up and start the Dutch ovens; lunch served around 12:30. If you are interested in becoming a Back Country Horsemen, join in and learn to Dutch oven cook! The group will give thanks for the mountains we love, great friends and ever faithful horses and mules! There will be a short general meeting following lunch. Planning winter activities, sharing summer trail stories and upcoming elections will be among the many topics discussed. Bring a hearty appetite, your choice of beverage and a chair. In the event of bad weather the location will be Joe & Kathy Hundley’s at 3448 Wright Way in Darby. Contact Mike at 961-3749 for more info.


Democrat Dinner

The Ravalli County Democrats will host their harvest dinner “Celebrating Community and Honoring Our Veterans” on Saturday, November 12 at the Rocky Mountain Grange, 1436 South First St. (Highway 93), Hamilton. The evening will start with a social hour at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. There will be a choice of vegetarian or meat entrees, vegetables, salad, and dessert. Refreshments available. Come enjoy good food and conversation, as well as optional contra dancing starting at 7 p.m. The cost is $25 for the dinner and $5 if you want to ake part in dancing. Responses must be received by Wednesday, Nov. 9, so the caterer  knows the number of guests to plan for. RSVP at 363-1203 (leave message).
Contra Dance

A Contra Dance will be held Saturday, November 12 from 7 to 10 p.m. (6:30 practice session for new dancers) at the Rocky Mountain Grange, 1436 S. 1st St, (south of Hamilton on Hwy 93, east side). Celtic Knots – (fiddle, guitar, whistle, flute, bohdran) will provide the music. The caller is Janet Grove. Cost is $5 per person or $10 per 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.

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