The Zumba instructors from Curves and from The Canyons Athletic Club have struck again!

Throughout the year in the valley, you can count on a flashmob or two or three from these active exercisers. Black Friday was no exception.

The squad of adults and youngsters did a short routine to a fast-paced "Deck the Halls" at about a dozen Hamilton retail establishments Friday morning. We caught up with them during the noon hour at Chapter One Book Store and River Rising Coffee Shop (see photo) on Main Street.

They kicked off the Christmas season in fine form, and brought us another reason to shop locally, especially on Small Business Saturday, a national campaign to support independent local merchants. When you shop locally, that dollar helps everyone. And the merchants always are helping non-profit groups with items for silent auctions and more.

And, where else are you going to see a roomful of Zumba enthusiasts singing "Deck the Halls?" Welcome to Christmas in the Bitterroot!