The Bitterroot Gem and Mineral Society meets monthly in Corvallis. It promotes the study of rocks, minerals, and gems through field trips and camp-outs to various mineral sites; one of last year’s trips took members to a dinosaur dig in Bynum. Members can avail themselves of the club’s lapidary equipment. Scholarship monies are awarded to one student each year who is interested in studying earth sciences. It’s monthly newsletter always has interesting information for specimen collectors. Check out it’s Facebook page.
The Tired Iron Club shows off its many members’ old-time farm equipment, and how it operates, at the Ravalli County Fair and at the Daly Mansion during Daly Days. Get a taste for how farmers used to harvest. You can also see them in the various parades throughout the Valley. Meetings are the 1st Thursday of each month at 7pm, at various members’ homes or shops. Contact Bob Thorson, 961 3405, for more information
Corvallis Grange. A family fraternity that focuses on community service, self improvement and legislative issues pertaining to rural life. Meetings are the 2nd Monday of each month at the Grange Hall, 130 Dutch Hill Rd. Call Bob Thorson, 961-3405 for Grange information
Spanish Conversation Group provides an opportunity to brush up on your language skills (not intended as a learning group). Wednesdays, 6-7pm, at the North Valley Public Library, For more info, call the Stevensville Library, 777-5061.
Folk Dancing encourages you to improve your health through square dancing to callers Ray Dunbar and Barry Barlette, two-step, rumba, waltz, cha-cha, and fox trot. Saturdays, 7pm, at the Hamilton Senior Center.
Black Pots Group gets together to compare cooking methods and recipes for Dutch oven cooking over coals and then sample the results. For more information, email Ed Couchman.
Bitterrodders Car Club has as its motto members who will lend a hand, share a skill, provide encouragement, fetch beer…
Bitterroot Genealogical Society. When I get more info, I’ll pass it along. Or, if you know about this group, let me know. In the meantime, you might check out these two sites—FamilySearch and Find a Grave.
Society for Creative Anachronism meets weekly in Missoula. A calendar of events can be found here. This is an educational organization dedicated to studying and recreating pre-17th-century Western Europe, with an emphasis on the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Here’s just a short list of some of the things we do: heavy-armored combat, rapier, archery, thrown weapons, bardic performances, cooking and feasting, calligraphy, brewing, needle work, armor reproduction, leather works.