Wednesday, November 29
Victor celebrates End of Wildfire Season
The Victor Volunteer Fire District is celebrating the end of the wildfire season by hosting the community to their “Give Thanks” event on Wednesday, November 29 at the fire hall beginning at 7 p.m. According to Fire Chief Scott Hackett, it has been a difficult wildfire season again this year and we are glad it has come to an end. We want to celebrate a little with our community.”
Dessert will be sponsored by the Fire District with coffee, hot cider, cookies and brownies. A short program is planned to include Thayer Jacques, Hamilton DNRC Unit Forester, and Jordon Koppen, DNRC Public Relations Specialist. Koppen will discuss how to do a home assessment/home preparation in case of wildfire, while Jacques will discuss wildland interface and how to get your home ready to include fuel reduction and forest thinning. Additionally, Chief Hackett will provide the annual status report of the Fire District and Terry Gietz will introduce plans for a new Apparatus Barn for the Fire District in Victor.
Demonstrations will take place with the new Power Load and Life Pack 12 as well as the “Thumper” automatic CPR machine. The Victor High School Choir will perform as well.
The entire Victor community and surrounding area residents are invited to attend and join in the celebration.
Friday, December 1
North Valley Pachyderm Club
The North Valley Pachyderm Club will meet Friday, December 1 at 12 noon at The Frontier Café, Hwy 93 in Stevensville. Guest speaker will be Dr. Al Olszewski running for US Senate. The North Valley Pachyderm Club is an educational arm of the Republican Party. All are welcome.
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. Call 777-5734 for more information.
First Friday at library
The “Squeeze Box Sisters” perform on Friday, December 1 at 6 p.m. in the North Valley Library’s Community Room
Accordion quintet, the “Squeeze Box Sisters” perform December 1 at 6 p.m. in the North Valley Library’s Community Room. Bring your family and friends and kick off the Christmas season with music and fun during our December First Friday celebration. Fun, lively accordion music is performed by popular, local accordion quintet “The Squeeze Box Sisters.” This classical instrument allows you to tour the world, with its amazing layers of sound. Come sing along! 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 on 777-5061.
Sharing Tree meeting
Stevensville Sharing Tree is in need of volunteers to help organize clothing. If you are interested in helping out, please attend a brief volunteer meeting on Friday, December 1 at 6 p.m. at the Light of the Valley Church, 103 N. Kootenai Creek Road (just off of Hwy 93 N). Sharing Tree volunteers are currently collecting socks, underwear and pants of all sizes. For more information, contact Beth Perkins at 406-207-5748.
State Representative Nancy Ballance, Appropriation Committee Chair, will give an update on the November Special Session and how it can affect our citizens and communities on First Friday, December 1 at 7 p.m., at the St. Stephens Episcopal building, 203 Main Street, Stevensville. The public is welcome. For information, call Sue at 369-0406.
Stevensville Playhouse production
“Annie” is a musical based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and book by Thomas Meehan. The original Broadway production opened in 1977 and ran for nearly six years, setting a record for the Alvin Theatre (now the Neil Simon Theatre). It spawned numerous productions in many countries, as well as national tours, and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. The musical’s songs “Tomorrow” and “It’s the Hard Knock Life” are among its most popular musical numbers. In 1933, eleven-year-old Annie is in the Municipal Girls Orphanage along with seven other girls who manage to successfully change their future by sheer determination. “Annie” runs Fri. Sat. Sun. Dec.1-17 at the Stevensville Playhouse. For tickets visit www.stevensvilleplayhouse.org.
Saturday, December 2
Christmas Craft Show
A Christmas Craft Show will be held Saturday, December 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sapphire Lutheran Homes, 501 N. 10th Street, Hamilton. Suggested admission is $1 or one can of food. A Chili Lunch will be available for $5 and Photos with Santa for $5 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. For more information call 363-2800 ext. 103.
Winter clothing giveaway
Free coats, hats and sweaters will be available on Saturday, December 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dayspring Church, 185 Westgate Way in Florence. Enjoy free coffee while you shop.
Photos with Santa
The Lions Club of Hamilton will be helping Santa and his team take pictures of children and their pets on Saturday, December 2 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at Murdoch’s in Hamilton. Santa and his “elves” are looking forward to seeing as many children as possible.
A Cappella carolers at Library
Come hear A Cappella carolers at North Valley Library on Saturday, December 2 at 2 p.m. The wonderful A Cappella Society is helping us get into the Christmas spirit with caroling and costume. A Cappella is a style of music combining multiple voices into rich harmonies, without the use of any other instruments. Dressed in delightful period costumes and performing all your favorite Christmas carols, this event evokes real feelings of a warm, bright, and traditional Christmas. Bring your family and come and join us for this amazing Christmastime treat. The North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call the library on 777-5061.
Square Dance Club
Boots & Calico Square Dance Club will have Barry Bartlette calling a Mainstream dance on Saturday, December 2. The continuing beginner dance class runs from 5 to 6 p.m., then Barry will call from 6 to 8 p.m. Round dance music will be provided by Don Scheline. Spectators are always welcome. Dances are held at the Golden Age Center, 5th & Baker Streets in Hamilton.
Monday, December 4
Stevi school menu
Monday: Breakfast- Pancakes or Yogurt, fruit, toast or cereal bar, milk; Lunch – Baked Chicken Legs, mashed potatoes & gravy, sweet corn, peaches, bread & butter, milk
Tuesday: Breakfast – Muffins or Yogurt, fruit or cereal bar, toast, milk; Lunch – Chicken Fajitas, Spanish rice, applesauce, bread & butter, milk
Wednesday: Breakfast – Cereal or Yogurt, fruit, toast or cereal bar, milk; Lunch – Homemade Grilled Cheese Sandwich, tomato soup, grapes, bread & butter, milk
Thursday: Breakfast – French Toast or Yogurt, fruit, toast or cereal bar, milk; Lunch – Chili & Crackers, fresh veggies with ranch dressing, bananas, bread & butter, milk
Friday: Breakfast – Scrambled Eggs or Yogurt, fruit, toast or cereal bar, milk; Lunch – Corn Dogs, barbecue baked beans, Mandarin oranges, bread & butter, milk.
Child caregiver support group
The first meeting of ‘The Parent Tree: A social support group for caregivers of young children’ will be held Monday, December 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon at the First Christian Church, 328 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton. This group will provide a space to share stories, ideas and inspiration, and to explore the spirituality of caregiving. Discussion topics, crafts, “mommy and me” yoga classes, parenting resources, and more. Moms, dads, grandparents and other caregivers welcome. Supervision provided for babies and children of all ages. Connect with others to strengthen our parenting and our community. Subsequent meetings will be held the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at the same time. For more info, contact Drea Rightsell at 363-8406.
The Monday, December 4th meeting of the Hamilton Rotary Club will focus on the “Meaning of Christmas” with presentations by three club members. The club meets Monday at 12 noon at BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N. 1st Street, Hamilton. The meeting is open to the public. On Saturdays, December 9th and 16th, Hamilton Rotary Club members and members of the Corvallis High School Interact Club will be ringing “Christmas Bells for Kids” at K-Mart, Super One and Hamilton Family Market. Proceeds will be distributed via gift certificates to local needy children to help them have a Merry Christmas. For further Rotary Club information, call 363-2960.
Victor Museum benefit
The Victor Heritage Museum will host its annual Chocolate Tasting Party with Silent Auction Monday, December 4 from 3 to 9 p.m. Enjoy all you can eat homemade chocolate treats by citizens of Victor and the surrounding areas. Come and enjoy wassail and the camaraderie with your friends and neighbors and bid on the great items in the Silent Auction to help support the Museum. This is the only fundraising effort held for the Museum each year. There is a $5.00 charge at the door with no charge for ages 3 and younger. The Museum is on the corner of Victor’s Main Street and Blake Street (3 blocks W. of Hwy. 93); phone 642-3997.
Christmas Bird Count Tune-up Workshops
Was that a Red-tailed or Rough-legged Hawk? A Hairy or a Downy Woodpecker? Get some identification tips at Bitterroot Audubon’s Tune-up Workshops in advance of the Christmas Bird Count. The Stevensville workshop will be held on Monday, December 4 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Community Room of the North Valley Public Library, in Stevensville. The Hamilton workshop will be held on Thursday, December 7 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Community Room of the Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton. RSVP to [email protected] by 12/2 for the Stevensville workshop and 12/5 for the Hamilton workshop.
Tuesday, December 5
Sons of Norway
Bitterrootdalen Lodge, Sons of Norway, will celebrate Christmas on Tuesday, December 5 at 5:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 275 Hattie in Hamilton. The lodge will provide ham, drinks and table service, members and visitors are invited to bring a side dish. There will be the usual explanation of Norwegian Christmas, a language lesson and exchange of gifts. Everybody is invited to bring a gift of less than $10, and draw names, during which up to three “kidnappings” of another’s gift is allowed. This is in recognition of the need to put milk out for the visits of elves on Christmas Eve, to avoid receiving a lump of coal for Christmas. The general public is cordially invited to attend. For more information contact Jackie Bjergo, 961-4538.