Thursday, November 16
Nativity and doll exhibit
A Stevensville Country Christmas will be held December 1, 2, and 3 at Historic St. Mary’s Mission at 315 Charlos Street, Stevensville. This holiday event will feature Nativities and Christmas Dolls from private collections throughout the valley. St. Mary’s Visitor Center will receive private pieces on November 16, 17, 27 and 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or call 777-5734.
Back Country Horsemen
Bitter Root Back Country Horsemen host their monthly meeting on Thursday, November 16, at the Corvallis School Cafeteria on Eastside Highway in Corvallis. The annual Thanksgiving dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the general meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. Elections for the 2018 officers and directors will take place. Members will discuss the December activity which is helping with the Haven House Christmas food pack. Guests are welcome, and for more information call Karen at 961-0101 or check out the website at www.bchmt.org/bitterroot on Facebook at: Bitter Root Back Country Horsemen (BR BCH).
MPAA art show
The Montana Professional Artists Invitational Art Show and Auction is being held November 16-18 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Missoula. Hours are Thursday, Nov. 16 from 6 to 10 p.m., Friday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. until close of auction and booths. A reception begins Friday at 5:30 p.m. with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a live auction at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov 18 hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adding to the 13th Annual June Art Show in Hamilton, MPAA is beginning a new tradition with its November Show in Missoula. MPAA members and invited guest artists from all over the Northwest will compose the 35 artists showing all original art work, plus participating in a live auction Friday evening. The auction will benefit the Montana World Affairs Council.
Friday, November 17
North Valley Pachyderm Club
The North Valley Pachyderm Club will meet Friday, November 17 at 12 noon at The Frontier Café, Hwy 93 in Stevensville. Guest speaker will be Dan Happel from Connecting the Dots Radio Show. This will also be the Thanksgiving lunch with turkey and all the trimmings. The North Valley Pachyderm Club is an educational arm of the Republican Party. All are welcome.
Saturday, November 18
Garden Club bazaar
On Saturday, November 18, the Stevensville Garden Club Bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Community Baptist Church, 409 Buck Street with handmade crafts, bake sale and silent auction. Contact Colleen at 273-3973 for more information.
Florence church bazaar
The Florence/Carlton Community Church will hold its annual bazaar on Saturday, November 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, 20075 Old Hwy 93 just north of Carlton Creek Road, 3 miles north of Florence. There will be handmade items, quality crafts, bake sale and silent auction. Lunch of homemade soup, sandwiches, casserole and pie will be available. Bring your friends!
Western Montana Genealogical Society (WMGS) will present a talk on “Genealogy and Researching Your Family Tree” at the North Valley Public Library on Saturday, November 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. Genealogical Society members provide tips and tricks on how to begin researching your family’s history and a Q&A session to answer specific questions that beginner genealogists may have about their own tree. Researching your family tree is like being a detective into the past; clues are in middle names and locations. There are excellent, no-cost sites available online to assist you, and the WMGS has local records available in Missoula. If you have an interest in researching your family, or have hit an obstacle, then this class is for you. The North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call the library on 777-5061.
The Stevensville Key Club is hosting a Turkey Bowl game on Saturday, November 18 at 2 p.m. Stevensville teachers and high school students will be playing Florence teachers and students in a game of flag football. Come out and support your team! The admission fee is $2 or 2 non-perishable food items.
Model Railroad Club
The train schedule for the Bitterroot Valley Model Railroad Club in Stevensville during the Thanksgiving-Christmas Holidays:
- November 18 (3rd Sat): No running of the trains
- November 25- Saturday: 1-4 p.m.
- December 1 (1st Friday): 5-7 p.m.
- December 2- Saturday: 1-4 p.m.
- December 9- Saturday: 1-4 p.m.
- December 16- Saturday: 1-4 p.m.
In addition, model railroad club members will be setting up their annual Christmas display in the front window of Starrett Photography & Design on Main Street during First Friday, Dec. 1. The display will be in operation during the entire month of December.
Festival of Wreaths Celebration
Plan to join the Bitter Root Humane Association for an evening of holiday fun and festivities at the Festival of Wreaths on Saturday, November 18 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Bitterroot River Inn. Party goers will experience the “taste, sights and sounds” of the Bitterroot with delicious appetizers and decadent desserts, a no-host bar, live performance by harpist Jane Burnham Shigley and some interesting games of chance. The fun continues with shopping in the gallery of everlasting and fresh wreaths which have been created and decorated by area businesses and artists. These beautiful creations along with the table centerpieces will be sold in silent and live bidding, and there will be individually priced decorated fresh wreaths, swags, centerpieces, antique tree ornaments and a raffle of gift baskets. Get into the holiday spirit and support your community animal shelter! Advance reservations, on sale now, at $30 each must be purchased by calling the shelter at 363-5311 or at the BRHA Animal Shelter, 262 Fairgrounds Road in Hamilton. The event has been a sell out the last three years, so be sure to get yours early! For information call Sue at 642-9840 or Mary at 642-3785.
Boots & Calico Square Dance Club will have Ray Dunbar calling for its Thanksgiving dance on Saturday, November 18. Funny hats will be the theme of the evening. Don Scheline will be providing the Round dance music. The evening starts with the continuing beginner dance class from 5 to 6 p.m., then Ray will call the mainstream dance from 6, to 8 p.m. The Club is based at the Golden Age Center at 5th & Baker Streets in Hamilton. Spectators always welcome.
Sunday, November 19
Center for Spiritual Living
“Vision of the Heart” by Douglas Taylor is the Center for Spiritual Living’s Sunday presentation on November 19 at 9:30 a.m. at 328
Fairgrounds Road, across from Hamilton High School. Douglas will be sharing how visualizing what is in your heart can be an art. By learning to trust your heart and use the tools of sincere intentions you can create success in your life. Douglas has been using his heart and spirit to create his art and writing, to create businesses, to help educate art students and artists, and to create a life of his vision. He is pleased to share his process of following his heart through his works. Meditation begins at 9 a.m. For further information call Dave Schultz at 381-2355, visit CSLBitterroot.org or Facebook: CSLBitterroot.
Let People Vote
Let People Vote is a non-partisan group of Bitterrooters representing the ACLU’s national campaign, People Power. The goal of this movement is to uphold, protect, and expand the right to vote in communities across the U.S. It aims to provide information and resource support to people throughout Montana, to ensure that everyone who wishes to have their voice heard can do so. If you are interested in helping protect this fundamental democratic right, plan to attend an organizational meeting on Sunday, November 19 at 2 p.m. at Big Creek Coffee in Hamilton. For more information contact Drea at 363-8406.
Woman’s Club fundraiser
GFWC Bitterroot Woman’s Club will hold a fundreaiser on Sunday, November 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Bitterroot Brewery in Hamilton. There will be a silent auction, gift certificate raffles, and a Split the Pot with all proceeds going towards scholarships for high school seniors throughout the Bitterroot Valley. The BRWC is made up of community volunteers and has been raising funds in the valley for over 100 years. New members are always welcome.
Monday, November 20
Stevi school menu
Monday: Breakfast – Pancakes or yogurt, fruit, toast or cereal bar, milk; Lunch – Quesadilla with lettuce & salsa, corn & bean salad, peaches, bread & butter, milk
Tuesday: Breakfast – Scrambled Eggs or yogurt, fruit or cereal bar, toast, milk; Lunch – Ham & Cheese Sandwich, taters, pears, bread & butter, milk
Wednesday-Friday: No school – Thanksgiving Break
Hamilton Rotary Club member Gordon Finney will be speaking at the next meeting of the Hamilton Rotary Club, on Monday, November 20 at 12 noon at BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N. 1st Street, Hamilton. Gordon will be bringing further information about The Rotary International Foundation. The meeting is open to the public. For further Rotary Club information call 363-2960.
Senior Center pie auction
Hamilton Senior Center will hold a fundraiser pie auction on Monday, November 20, at lunch time. Pies baked by members would be appreciated. No cream pies, please. People attending the meal can bid on the pies.
Bitterroot Audubon’s November 20 program melds together the crisis facing all seven species of Sea Turtles in the oceans around the world and one woman’s unique effort to aid in their conservation. Kathleen Sheard is a nationally recognized wildlife glass artist who has volunteered on several sea turtle rescue projects. Kathleen’s program will focus on the plight of sea turtles, and on her efforts to promote sea turtle conservation through her art, some of which will be on display. This presentation will be Monday, November 20 at 7 p.m. at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Headquarters Visitor Center on Wildfowl Lane north of Stevensville. The meeting is free, and the public is invited. Contact Kay Fulton (360-8664) for more information.
Tuesday, November 21
Attention Business Women of the Bitterroot Valley:
Would you like to meet some new faces? How about exchanging ideas with other like-minded women? Or do you just want to meet more business women in the valley? If so, MBN Bitterroot Sub Network group want to meet you! The next meeting is a brown bag lunch on Tuesday, November 21 at 12 noon at RCEDA in Hamilton. You don’t have to be a member to attend your first meeting. For more information contact Holly at 370-7278.