Thursday, January 4
Spiritual Masters film showing
“Life Visioning” with Rev. Michael B. Beckwith of The Agape Center in California will be shown on Thursday, January 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Center for Spiritual Living. Activate your unique gifts and highest potential using the Life Visioning Process. It is a transformational technology to apply deep inquiry and spiritual practice and which enables the growth, development, and unfoldment of our souls. This process can be applied to all life situations including relationships, finances, livelihood and spiritual practice. Enjoy the movie, group discussion, and buttered popcorn. By donation. The Center for Spiritual Living is located at 328 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton. For more information, call Pat, 360-5568 or visit the website: CSLBitterroot.org.
Friday, January 5
North Valley Pachyderm Club
The North Valley Pachyderm Club will meet Friday, January 5 at 12 noon at The Frontier Café, Hwy 93 in Stevensville. Guest speaker will be Terry Nelson, Vice Chair, MT GOP, talking about his trip to Washington DC. The North Valley Pachyderm Club is an educational arm of the Republican Party. All are welcome.
Saturday, January 6
Senior Center bingo
Hamilton Senior Center will be hosting a Special Saturday Bingo on January 6. Doors open at 12 noon, play starts at 1 p.m. Paper cards will be used. Must be 18 to play. Call Cathy, 375-9276, for more information.
Square Dance Club
Boots & Calico Square Dance Club will have a Mainstream dance on Saturday, January 6 called by Ray Dunbar, with Round dance music provided by Don Scheline. Dances are held at the Golden Age Center on 5th & Baker streets in Hamilton. The continuing beginners class starts at 6 p.m. with the dance from 7 to 9 p.m. This is a new dance time. Ray Dunbar is calling the 1st & 3rd Saturdays in January, February and March.
Monday, January 8
Stevi school menu
Monday: Breakfast – Pancake or Yogurt, fruit, toast or cereal bar, milk; Lunch – Mac & Cheese, green beans, apples, bread & butter, milk
Tuesday: Breakfast – Cinnamon Rolls or Yogurt, fruit or cereal bar, toast, milk; Lunch – Quesadilla with lettuce & salsa, bean & corn salad, peaches, bread & butter, chocolate or regular milk
Wednesday: Breakfast – Cereal or Yogurt, fruit, toast or cereal bar, milk; Lunch – Sweet & Sour Chicken, rice, stir fry veggies, mandarin oranges, bread & butter, milk
Thursday: Breakfast – French Toast or Yogurt, fruit, toast or cereal bar, milk; Lunch – Shepherd’s Pie, tossed salad, bananas, bread & butter, milk
Friday: Breakfast – Egg Wraps or Yogurt, fruit, toast or cereal bar, milk; Lunch – Ham & Cheese Sandwich, taters, pears, bread & butter, chocolate or regular milk.
Green Thumbs Up
Green Thumbs Up Garden Club will meet Monday, January 8 at 2 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room of the Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton. The meeting is free and open to the public. The theme of this month’s meeting is Garden Tools – old favorites and new finds. Meeting attendees are encouraged to bring one of their favorite or most useful garden-related tools for show-and-tell. Garden club member Becky Marsh will show some of the ergonomic gardening and household tools designed for comfort and ease of use. People are welcome to bring any garden-related items to place on the free table. Contact Karen at 381-1395 for more information.
Tuesday, January 9
Marcus Daly Rehabilitation Center now offers the exercise class, “Balance for You.” Begin your New Year with some balancing exercises! Starting Tuesday, January 9th is the “Balance Program for You” class in the Marcus Daly Rehabilitation Center. Have you felt a little unsteady on your feet lately? Balance exercises can help you feel steady and prevent falls. Each year, more than 2 million older Americans go to the emergency room because of fall-related injuries. Join us for the next four weeks and improve your balance, strength and flexibility. The Balance Program is 2 times a week on Tuesday and Thursday from 12 to 1 p.m. for four weeks, total of eight classes. Classes are held in the Marcus Daly Rehabilitation Center, 1200 Westwood Drive, Hamilton. Space is limited; register today (406) 375-4570. For more information about Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital services and events visit mdmh.org.
Fall prevention workshop
Stepping On is a workshop offered by Ravalli County Council on Aging that helps older adults prevent falls. The workshop is for two hours, once a week, for seven weeks beginning Tuesday, January 9 at 1 p.m. at St. Francis Pastoral Life Center, 411 S. 5th Street, Hamilton. Contact Kayla Paddock by phone at 363-5690 to register for the workshop. Cost is just $10 for materials (can be waived if necessary).
Stepping On will help participants identify why they fall and different ways to prevent falls, including strength and balance exercises, home safety check suggestions, fall prevention products, and a medication review. The workshop is for both people who have fallen and for people who fear falling. Participants will leave with more strength, achieve better balance, and experience a feeling of confidence and independence as a result of performing various exercises and sharing personal falls experiences as a group.
The program was developed by Dr. Lindy Clemson of Sydney, Australia, to help older adults learn ways to prevent falls. It was brought to the United States by Dr. Jane Mahoney, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging, with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and other partners. The research has found that people who complete the workshop have a 31% reduced rate of falls.
The series will also be held at The Living Centre in Stevensville starting January 10. Call Kayla now to reserve a spot at either series! Make a New Year’s resolution to strengthen your core to help prevent falls and injuries.
NAMI support group
A support group sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness will meet Tuesday, January 9 at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital, 1200 Westwood Drive, Hamilton. The meeting will be in the Blodgett room across from the gift shop and on the 23rd in conference room B. For more information call Donna at 406-381-9884.
Stevi school board
The Stevensville School Board of Trustees will hold a regular board meeting on Tuesday, January 9 at 7 p.m. in the Stevensville Music Center Choir Room.
Thursday, January 11
Women’s Newcomers’ Club
Are you new to the Bitterroot Valley? Have you recently retired? Have you been here for a while and would just like to meet new people? If so, the Bitterroot Women’s Newcomers Club welcomes you to its next meeting, Thursday, January 11 from 10 a.m. until 12 noon at the First Christian Church, 328 Fairgrounds Road in Hamilton. After a short business meeting, the group will tour Ravalli County government offices. After the meeting, there will be a no-host lunch at a local restaurant for members who are interested. For more information call Kaye Olsson at 979-299-2089.
Safe Winter Driving Tips talk
Learn safe winter driving tips with Thom Ainsworth at the North Valley Public Library in Stevensville on Thursday, January 11 at 1 p.m. in this hour-long talk on driving in Montana. In addition to winter specific driving tips, Thom discusses driving tips in general, how driving rules have changed, what changes as you age, and the subject of when to give up driving. Thom Ainsworth is an instructor for Montana AARP and drivers of all ages benefit from the information Thom provides. North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street in downtown Stevensville. The Library enriches lives through free resources for learning, fun, and opportunity. For more information, call 777-5061 or visit northvalleylibrary.org. All library programs are free and open to the public.
Debunking Diet Myths class
Diet, diet and more diet! Are you starting the New Year off on a diet? A healthy diet is one that helps to maintain or improve overall health. This class will unravel the diet clutter and myths between the American, Mediterranean, paleo, dash and other diets, and teach you how to keep it simple and healthy! Join Kathie Herczeg, FNP from Bitterroot Physicians Clinic South, on Thursday, January 11th at 5:30 p.m. at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital and learn about diets and how to get the most out of them!
This one hour class will be held in the hospital’s Blodgett and Canyon View conference rooms. Doors open at 5 p.m. Marcus Daly medical staff work together to offer monthly health education classes. Take this opportunity to meet the medical staff and learn how to become a more active partner in your health care. For more information visit mdmh.org or call 363-2211.
Diabetes empowerment education program
The new, free Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) is a Medicare-approved, evidence-based diabetes self-management education program for people with prediabetes or diabetes to help you prevent and reduce complications resulting from diabetes, such as kidney failure, amputation, vision loss, heart failure, and stroke.
The curriculum is based on national diabetes care and self-management education guidelines and recommendations. It supports, not replaces, professional diabetes self-management training. A trained facilitator from the Ravalli County Council on Aging will provide six free weekly sessions per class covering many topics including diabetes risk factors, complications, nutrition, physical activity, use of the glucose meter, working closely with your healthcare providers, psychosocial effects of illness, problem-solving strategies, and how to access community diabetes resources.
The dates are January 11, 18, 25, and February 1, 8 and 15 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the St. Francis Pastoral Life Center, 411 S. 5th.
Call Kayla at 363-5690 for more information and to sign up. Seats are limited so hurry.
UFOs and Extraterrestrials talk
The North Valley Public Library in Stevensville hosts the Montana Conversations program “Montana UFOs and Extraterrestrials” with Joan Bird on Thursday, January 11 at 6 p.m. in the Community Room, 208 Main Street, Stevensville.
While many UFO sightings can be conventionally explained, a small percentage of reports remain unexplained in both government and private investigations. Montana is home to some of the most significant, well-documented, and interesting UFO reports in the history of ufology. Bird gives a short course in UFO literacy, using Montana events to illustrate different aspects of the phenomenon. Montana seems to be a place where there is a lot of historical UFO activity. The audience is invited to share their own or their family’s stories.
Joan Bird is an author and researcher. She holds a Ph.D. in zoology.
North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call 777-5061 or visit northvalleylibrary.org. All library programs are free and open to the public.
Selway-Pintler Wilderness Back Country Horsemen
It’s time to start dreaming of the mountains and warm spring trails! We will be discussing cookouts, camp outs, pack trips, group activities and work projects. Guest speaker will be Jeff Halligan, Executive Director ID Trails Association. Visitors and guests are always welcome. If you need a break and would like to start planning your 2016 “in the saddle” lifestyle then attend the Selway-Pintler Wilderness Back Country Horsemen’s next meeting on Thursday, January 11 at 6 p.m. at the Bitterroot National Forest building located at 1801 N 1st St in Hamilton. Entry is in the rear. Enjoy coffee, snacks and lots of “trail talk”! For more information contact Christy at 361-0767.
Open Mind discussion group
The Open Mind Discussion Group will have its monthly meeting on Thursday, January 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the dining ante-room at Sapphire Lutheran Homes in Hamilton. Barb McNey will be leading a discussion on the latest discoveries of ancient Egypt. The public is welcome.