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Wednesday, May 8


BPL Preschool Story Time

Preschoolers are invited to meet in the children’s corner of the Bitterroot Public Library on Wednesday, May 8 to enjoy “In My Garden!” with storyteller Paula Prescott. 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.


NVPL storytime
Kids Create storytime will be held Wednesday, May 8 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the North Valley Public Library. Kids Create is an enriching early learning program for toddlers and preschoolers. With a different theme each week, kids will listen to a story, engage in fingerplays and songs and create a fun craft. At each storytime, a healthy snack is provided and there is time to play and socialize with new friends. This week, bring your little one down to hear stories about Hedgehogs, meet a live hedgehog and create your own out of pine cones. North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call the library at 777-5061.


Lutheran preschool registration


On Wednesday, May 8, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Our Savior Lutheran Preschool of Stevensville will pre-register three- and four-year-old students for the 2013/2014 school year. Our Savior’s early childhood program is designed to develop and to enrich socialization and basic skills in boys and girls, ages three through five.

Parents unable to attend registration are encouraged to call 777-5625 weekday mornings for more information. Anyone wishing to observe the current three- and four-year-old classes in action should call to reserve a date soon.

Our Savior Lutheran Church, affiliated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, is located at 184 Pine Hollow Road. From the Eastside Highway, about one mile south of the intersection of the Eastside Highway and Middle Burnt Fork Road, turn east onto Pine Hollow.  Cross the tracks and the canal and the church will be on the left, marked by three crosses.


Spiritual Discussion Group

The Center for Spiritual Living invites you to Spiritual Discussion Group on Wednesday, May 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The topic will be “The Miracle of Grace,” facilitated by Dave Schultz. What is grace? How does grace show up in our everyday lives? The discussion will examine areas in our lives where we have experienced the Grace of Spirit. 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 381-2355 or visit the website at


Thursday, May 9


Women Newcomers’ Club
The Bitterroot Women Newcomers’ Club will meet on Thursday, May 9 at 10 a.m. at the First Christian Church, Fairgrounds Road in Hamilton. The speaker will be Linda Looser, physical therapist, who will discuss how to keep your bones healthy. Guests are welcome. Membership is open to new residents or long time residents who are looking to meet new people and get involved in exciting activities. Contact Newcomers at


BPL Lego Club

Lego Club meets Thursday, May 9 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Bitterroot Public Library. Lego lovers ages 4-9, accompanied by a parent, are invited to create and build with Legos in the West Meeting Room of the library. Legos are provided, and the program is free.


NVPL Internet Safety Class for Parents
A class for parents on Internet Safety will be held Thursday, May 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the North Valley Public Library. The internet can provide a world of exciting information, but it can also be a scary place to let your children navigate on their own. In this special evening Tech Training, parents will learn tips on how to keep children safe while browsing the internet. This class is free and open to the public. Call to register as space is limited. North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville, 777-5061.


Cross Country Ski Club

The Bitterroot Cross Country Ski Club along with the Como Trails Club will host their annual potluck at the Woods Cabin at Como Lake on Thursday, May 9 at 6 p.m. Bring your favorite dish and share your stories and celebrate the end of another memorable year of skiing the trails at Chief Joe and Como Trails. Grilled chicken, burgers and apple juice provided. Bring your plates, utensils, cups and preferred beverage. Chairs available but bring your favorite lounging chair for the deck. The public is encouraged and welcomed to attend.


Selway-Pintler Wilderness

Back Country Horsemen

The Selway-Pintler Wilderness Back Country Horsemen’s next meeting will be held on Thursday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Hamilton Forest Service Building, 1801 N. 1st, Hamilton. Entry is in the rear. The SPWBCH is a friendly, hardworking group of volunteers dedicated to preserving the common sense use of horses in the backcountry. Discussions will include summer trail work, scouting rides, pack trips and the upcoming Back Country Youth Day. Guests are always welcome to join in for coffee, cookies and lots of “trail talk.” For more information call Linda at 961-1435.


Tea Party Patriots
Ravalli County Tea Party Patriots will meet Thursday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Willow Court Apartments, 150 Skeels Ave, Hamilton (from Hwy 93 turn east on Foxfield by Tire-rama, then right on Skeels to apartments on left, park across the street). There will be a report on the legislative session, a discussion of Common Core and how to help in making positive change. For information contact Jennine Jones, 369-1656,
BPL Fellowship Club
The Bitterroot Public Library’s Fellowship Club will meet on Thursday, May 9 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the West Meeting Room to discuss the book, “The Shift” by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer.
In this book, inspired by the movie of the same name, Dr. Wayne Dyer illustrates how and why to make the move from ambition to meaning.
As we contemplate leaving the morning of our life, where ego has played a commanding role, and entering the afternoon (and evening), where meaning and purpose replace ambition and struggle, we may encounter unexpected occurrences that accompany this new direction. It’s almost a universal law that we’ll experience a fall of some kind. Yet these falls or low points provide the energy we need to move away from ego and into a life of meaning and purpose. The Shift doesn’t mean that we lose our drive and ambition; it signifies that we become ambitious about something new. We make a commitment to living a life based on experiencing meaning and feeling purposeful, rather than a life based on never-ending demands and false promises that are the trademark of the ego’s agenda.
Dr. Wayne Dyer is an internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of self-development. He’s the author of 30 books, has created many audio programs and videos, and has appeared on thousands of TV and radio shows.
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.


Friday, May 10


Hospice Bake Sale

The Marcus Daly Hospice volunteers have baked up treats for you! On Friday, May 10 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon in Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital conference room C, you can support a great cause by indulging in homemade cookies, candies, pies and more —just in time for Mother’s Day! All proceeds support Marcus Daly Hospice. For information about this bake sale and or hospice services call 363-6503.


South Valley Pachyderm Club
Montana state legislators Ron Ehli (R-HD 88) and Nancy Ballance (R-HD 89) will be speaking on Friday, May 10 at the South Valley Pachyderm Club. They will be reporting on the recently concluded legislative session. The club meets at 12 noon on the second and fourth Fridays at BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N. First Street, in Hamilton. There will be time 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.


LGBT presentation

PFLAG will sponsor “Uniquely Montana: The LGBT Experience” with D. Gregory Smith, MA, LCPC, LMHC on Friday, May 10 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Ravalli County Museum, 205 Bedford, Hamilton. Explore the religious, political and social dimensions of sexual orientation and gender identities, through compassion and understanding. Greg Smith will tell his remarkable story about growing up gay in rural Montana, his journey from Catholic priesthood to mental health therapist, and his return from Seattle to Montana as a happily partnered man. Greg will also discuss the increased burden of guilt and shame carried by LGBT persons,– including the real risk of suicide and depression – and the need for parental acceptance in the life of a gay child. Parents have a very special role in the lives of their children, and sometimes that means changing your dreams for your child after they come out. Participants will work in small groups to discuss experiences and parental acceptance, moving toward a greater understanding of LGBT people—and ourselves. D. Gregory Smith is a gay man, a native Montanan, a former Catholic priest, a therapist, writer and activist who presents and writes on a variety of LGBT issues. Lunch will be provided. Call 381-3526 for more information.


Stevensville Playhouse production

Support live community theatre! The Stevensville Playhouse will present “The Wizard of Oz” based on the MGM motion picture musical on May 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and May 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 2 p.m. Advance purchase tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for 12/under. Showtime price is $15 for adults and $10 for 12/under. For reservations call 777-2722 or email


Lone Rock Bible Church event
The Lone Rock Bible Church will hold Fireworks in May! on Friday, May 10 at 8:30 p.m. There will be food, fireworks, bounce houses, music and message at the church, 1142 Three Mile Creek Road. Celebrate the ascension of our risen Savior! Call 777-2592 for more information.


Saturday, May 11


Flea market

A flea market will be held Saturday, May 11 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Hamilton Senior Center, 820 N. 4th. There will be new and used items, antiques and collectibles, arts and crafts, household items and much more. Lunch and snacks will be available. Rent a table for $5 by calling Katie at 363-2316.


Victor Volunteer Day

On Saturday, May 11, the Victor Park District, Garden Club and local

businesses are sponsoring a Victor Volunteer Day to spruce up the town

for spring. Volunteers will be weeding beds, planting some trees and shrubs,

picking up trash and generally spring cleaning the landscaping along the

highway and in the Victor Park. Volunteers will meet a 9 a.m. near the parking area east of Farmers State Bank and work until around noon. Bring weather appropriate work clothes and garden tools if you can. It will be a great way to spend time with your neighbors and to dress up Victor for spring! Call Roger De Haan at 961-3953 for more information.


Apron Fashion Show

Patchwork Quilts will be hosting its “Heart Strings & Apron Strings on Saturday, May 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1720 N. First, Hamilton. Take part in the apron challenge, check out the apron displays, and even model your apron in the First Annual Fashion Show at 2 p.m. Prizes will be awarded and refreshments served. Call 363-5754 for more information.



Beekeepers of the Bitter Root will meet Saturday, May 11 from 9 to 11 a.m. at 209 N. 10th in Hamilton, parking at the rear of the building. There will be information and ideas about late spring and summer management of bees. Anyone interested in beekeeping is invited. For information call Allen at


Mother’s Day Tea
A Mother’s Day Tea & Luncheon will be held Saturday, May 11 at 10 a.m. at The King’s Christian Church, 9830 Valley Grove Drive, Lolo. Bring a picture of your mother for a game of matching mothers and daughters (no names on the pictures). Shhh… let’s see who can tell! For information call 273-0682.


Mother’s Day Tea

Invite your mothers, grandmothers, and the special ladies in your life to the Daly Mansion’s Annual Mother’s Day Tea on Saturday, May 11. Tea will be served in the beautifully decorated Sun Porch, Formal Living Room, and the Trophy Room. This year to Mansion will be presenting the Victorian Ladies Tea Guild program – Dressing in the 1800’s undergarments to fully dressed plus a Fashion Show. The doors will open at 10:30 a.m., the program begins at 11 a.m., and tea will be served from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Guests will enjoy fabulous food and tea at impeccably set tables. The day will also include live musical entertainment by classical guitarists Jan Jost and Barb Shumaker, gift basket raffles, party favors, self-guided tours, and photos. Admission is $25.00 for adults, and $20.00 for children. This event is recommended for children 6 years and older. Reservations are accepted by calling 363-6004. The Daly Mansion is located at 251 Eastside Hwy. between Hamilton and Corvallis.


Mother’s Day Cake Walk
A Mother’s Day Cake Walk will be held Saturday, May 11 at the Hamilton Farmers’ Market. The cake walk will begin at 10 a.m. on the Ravalli County Museum lawn. Participants pay $1 per game for a chance to land on the lucky square and take a cake home for Mom. More than a dozen delicious cakes will be played for, with proceeds to benefit Supporters of Abuse Free Environments (SAFE).
Photo session

A photo session will be held Saturday, May 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Valley View Estates, 225 N. 8th, Hamilton. Come sit for a professional photo of yourself, the kids or bring everyone for a family photo, just in time to be a gift for Mother’s Day! Receive a free 5×7 photo to take with you (additional prints available for purchase). For information call 363-1144.


NVPL Movie Matinee
Stop by the North Valley Public Library on the first, second and third Saturday of the month for a free and fun flick from 12 noon to 2 p.m. This week, the library features a charming new release film starring Bill Murray as Franklin D. Roosevelt and Laura Linney as his wife, Eleanor. Contact the library for more information. North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville.


Sunday, May 12


Daly Mansion season opens

The Daly Mansion in Hamilton will be open for the season beginning Sunday, May 12. The Mansion will also be premiering the Bitterroot Quilt Guild’s Heritage Group Exhibit. Located in the Mansion third floor exhibit hall, the exhibit will display antique quilts such as a silk 1800’s crazy quilt, a beautiful grandmother’s flower garden quilt, a log cabin quilt and more.

The Daly Mansion is the historic family home of Marcus and Margaret Daly. Marcus Daly was a world-renowned Copper King and the founder of Hamilton. The 24,000 square foot 1910 Georgian Revival home is surrounded by the Margaret Daly Memorial Arboretum and Botanic Gardens consisting of over 40 acres of beautiful shade trees, lush lawns, and vibrant flower beds.

Mansion tour admissions are $9.00 for adults, $8.00 for seniors, $6.00 for children, and children under six years old are admitted free.  Tours are available every day of the week starting at 10 a.m. with the last tour at 3 p.m. For more information, call 363-6004 or visit The Daly Mansion is located at 251 Eastside Hwy between Hamilton and Corvallis.


Mother’s Love celebration
The Center for Spiritual Living celebrates “Mother’s Love – The Feminine Aspect of God” during the month of May and presents Star Jameson speaking on Mothers’ Day – Birthing The Inner Life, Sunday, May 12 at 10 a.m. Everyone is invited to hear this inspirational message. Meditation begins 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 381-2355 or visit the website at


Accordion Association

The 5 Valley Accordion Association invite one and all to join them on Sunday, May 12 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Joker’s Wild on Reserve Street in Missoula. Listen and dance to accordions, banjos, guitars, drums, etc. Admission is $3 for members and $4 for nonmembers. Call 240-9617 for info.


Monday, May 13


Stevi school menu

Monday: Breakfast – Pancakes or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Pizza, glazed carrots, mixed fruit, bread & butter, milk

Tuesday: Breakfast – Cereal or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Chicken enchilada casserole, refried beans, apples, bread & butter, chocolate or regular milk

Wednesday: Breakfast – Cinnamon rolls or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk: Lunch – Mac & Cheese, fresh veggies with ranch dressing, peaches, bread & butter, milk

Thursday: Breakfast – Waffles or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk: Lunch- BBQ pork sandwiches, taters, bananas, bread & butter, milk

Friday: Breakfast – Scrambled eggs or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Chicken tenders, tossed salad, pineapple, bread & butter, chocolate or regular milk.


Rotary Club
The Hamilton Rotary Club will meet Monday, May 13 at 12 noon at BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N. 1st, Hamilton. Eric Larson, Principal, Daly Elementary School, will be discussing the potential Grantsdale-Daly School consolidation. This meeting is open to the public. For further information, call 363-2960.


Green Thumbs Up
The Green Thumbs Up garden club will meet Monday, May 13 at 2 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room, downstairs in the Bitterroot Public Library, Hamilton. Bill Brooks, currently instructing the “Organic Gardening in Zone 4” adult education class at the Hamilton High School and 30 year resident of the Bitterroot, will speak on extending your growing season here in the valley. The meeting is free and open to the public. For further information, telephone Susan Duff, 961-5455..


HHS Planning Night

Hamilton High School will hold a College Planning Night for juniors and their parents on Monday, May 13. Free pizza will be served from 5 to 5:30 p.m. with the event following from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the HHS PAC. Come learn about college prep, financial aid information, dual enrollment, successful college essay writing tips, and receive your post secondary planning guide. For more information contact the HHS Counselors: Ellen Ryter ( or Adam Schraeder ( You may think you can’t afford higher education – come see how to achieve your goals.


Hamilton Garden Club

The Hamilton Garden Cub will meet Monday, May 13 at 7 p.m. at the home

of Joane Cosper, 435 Hidden Lane, Hamilton (961-4879). There will be a

business meeting and discussion on planning and planting the downtown

planters. The annual plant and bake sale to held in June will also be

finalized. If anyone has extra plants they would like to donate,

call Shirley at 363-2198 or Kay 961-1354 for more information. Guests

are welcome.


Tuesday, May 14


DCPL Idea Fair

The Darby Community Public Library will host an IDEA fair on Tuesday, May 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to share information with students, other budding entrepreneurs, as well as the general community. All are invited to discover the creative ways local craftsmen and entrepreneurs have shared their arts and talents for fun and profit. Exhibitors will include Dave Harper, Architectural Blacksmith; R and R Conner Aviation; Black Forest Products; Mike Mackey, Glass Blower; Charise Jackson and Bonnie Vadnais, Udderly Fresh Natural Products; Jeff Abel, Fishing Nets; Sara Cox, Halo Heaven party costumes and supplies; George Wenzel, cartoonist and satire caricaturist; Craig Meskimen, Aviation Refueling Hoses; Jimmy Harrison, Master Hatter; and Marshall Holmburg, Whimsical Creations from papier mache.


NVPL Herb Chat
An Herb Chat on Spring Greens for Your Health will be held Tuesday, May 14 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at the North Valley Public Library. The first greens are popping their heads out of the ground after a long winter slumber. Did you know that these common “lawn weeds” are actually revered for their culinary and healing properties? Come learn how to use them and share your own wild and weedy recipes! Herb Chats are held every second Tuesday of the month and are informal discussions on the many uses of plants and herbs. All are welcome to share your knowledge, ideas, and experiences with fellow herb enthusiasts. North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call the library at 777-5061.


NVPL Organizing Workshop
Spring is here! Let’s Get Organized!” is the topic of a workshop on Tuesday, May 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the North Valley Public Library. Professional organizational consultant Karin Fried will be discussing how much disorganization costs you, the organizing process, and tips on how to de-clutter your home for spring. This workshop is free and open to the public. North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call the library at 777-5061.


PFLAG workshop

“Standing Up (Comfortably) as Allies” interactive workshop will be held on Tuesday, May 14 at Daly-Leach Chapel, 1010 W. Main in Hamilton. This workshop will give you the skills to respond effectively to anti-gay and anti-trans remarks in your school, church or workplace. The next steps for making the Bitterroot a safe and inclusive community will be identified. A light supper will be served from 5 to 5:30 p.m. with the program from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The workshop is facilitated by the NCBI (National Coalition Building Institute). For information call 381-3526.


 Stevensville school board

The regular meeting of the Stevensville School Board of Trustees will be Tuesday, May 14 at 7 p.m. in the Stevensville Music Center Choir Room.
Spiritual Discussion Group
The Center for Spiritual Living invites everyone to Spiritual Discussion Group on Wednesday, May 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The topic will be “Women and The Power of the Sacred Feminine,” facilitated by Dave Schultz. How have women and the Sacred Feminine shaped our lives? How does the Sacred Feminine show up in today’s world? 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 381-2355 or visit the website at

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