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‘Park After Dark’ winter hike offered at Lone Pine State Park

KALISPELL — On Wednesday, Feb. 16, from  7:30-9 p.m. experience Lone Pine State Park on a wintery night on this full moon hike. Moon views vary depending on cloud cover, but you’re guaranteed a nighttime adventure that experiences the park after hours. Be sure to dress for the weather. Trails are typically icy at this time of year, so wear micro spikes like Yaktrax if there’s snow on the ground. We’ll have snowshoes available if needed. Please bring a flashlight or headlamp. Call the visitor center at 406-755-2706, ext. 0, to register, as space is limited. Cost is $4 per hiker ($8 entry fee for non-resident vehicles).


Attend ‘Here Comes the Sun’ Concert

POLSON — The Polson Fairground Amphitheatre is the site of the “Here Comes the Sun” concert. This concert celebrates the sounds and songs of the Beatles at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 29. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Food trucks will be on site at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 each.


Country Jam, dances cancelled

POLSON — Our Classic Country Jammin’ scheduled for April 5, at the Elks Ballroom in Polson is cancelled until further notice. Wednesday night dances at the Elks’ ballroom in Polson are also cancelled until further notice. We pray that everyone is staying home and being safe. We do have to go out for essentials and that is okay. Lake City Bakery, McDonalds and Burgerville are open in Polson for take outs. We are all in this together and need to help each other wherever we can, physically or financially. Please encourage one another and we will all get through this. Don’t be prideful and not ask for help, if you really need it. This hardship we are going through may take a little time but if we all work together and for each other, it will pass. We hope to see you all again very soon.

Experience ‘Lights under the Big Sky’

RONAN — On Saturday, Dec. 11, “Lights Under the Big Sky” will provide fun and entertainment for residents of the Mission Valley at the Ronan Fairgrounds from 5-9 p.m. There will be holiday lights displays; family activities and Santa.


Free online meditation classes

ZOOM — Please join the Mission Mountain Zen Center on Wednesday, Dec. 28, and on subsequent Wednesdays, for an online meditation class led by Zen Teacher, Zenku, including meditation instruction, practice and discussion via Zoom. The classes will be each Wednesday from 6-7:30 p.m. Please join us and take advantage of this opportunity. For more information and a Zoom link to the class call Zenku at 847-721-0665 or email at:


Horsemen stay home for April

RONAN — Mission Valley Back Country Horsemen will not be holding their next monthly meeting in April due to the Covid-19 and CDC guidelines for social distancing and gatherings. Stay at home unless absolutely necessary and be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Stay safe.

Ladies Night Out held in Polson

POLSON — Grab your friends for an adult evening of shopping, food, drinks, and deals on Friday, Oct. 28, from 4-8 p.m. Do you like to shop and support all that is local? Would you like some treats and no tricks? Mark your calendars to come downtown for Ladies Night Out. Costumes highly encouraged.Participating businesses will have a $5 Savings Pass available for pick up a few weeks before the event. You can use it at the participating businesses to get $5 off your purchase of $25 or more. The pass is free, but we only have a limited supply available, so hit up those shops soon to claim yours in time! (they will be available soon). The final details are being worked out for the Costume Contest, but you will not want to miss it!

Learn about bats

POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library will hold an evening family program on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Stephanie Gillin, a Wildlife Biologist with the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes will be here to teach us all about bats. Come in all week to help us celebrate bat. Coloring pages and special displays will be out for your enjoyment.


Friday, January 27

Annual Awards Banquet held


POLSON — “Moonlight Over Polson, a Roaring Good Time” is the theme for the annual Awards Banquet scheduled for Jan. 28 at the KwaTaqNuk Resort. 

Social hour begins at 6 p.m., dinner is a 7 p.m. and the awards program starts at 8 p.m. 

Tickets are $50 per person. Attire from the 1920s is  encouraged. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 406-993-5969 or stop by the Polson Chamber office, 402 First St. E. 


Co-op holds open mic night


RONAN — The Western Montana Musicians’ Co-op at the Red Poppy Building, Hwy. 93 & Eisenhower, will hold a open mic night from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27. This event is hosted by Michael Moore. Come play; come listen. Everyone is welcome. For more information call 406-290-3549 or go to:

Saturday, January 28

‘Shiver in the River’ plunge takes place


POLSON — This Law Enforcement signature event is a unique opportunity for individuals, clubs, organizations and schools to support local Special Olympics Montana athletes by jumping, running or slowly crawling into the frigid and icy waters of Montana. 

The Polson event will begin at 11 a.m. at Riverside Park. To register go to: 

The event have grown to 13 different plunges held all over the state with over 11,000 participants raising more than $350,000 annually for Special Olympics Montana.


Celebrate the lunar New Year


HOT SPRINGS — Come celebrate the lunar New Year. This is the year of the rabbit, 2023. The celebration will take place  with a parade down Main Street. Line up for the parade begins at 3 p.m. with the parade starting at 4 p.m. 

There will be a community potluck at the Senior Center. For more information call 406-210-4077.


Co-op holds community jam


RONAN — The Western Montana Musicians’ Co-op at the Red Poppy Building, Hwy. 93 & Eisenhower, will hold a community jam from 7-9 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28. Come play; come listen. Everyone is welcome.                                 For more information go to:


Sandpiper Art Gallery calling for art


POLSON — Sandpiper Art Gallery’s first art show of  2023 opens on Feb. 1, 2023, and runs through March 17. It is a non-juried open show for all area residents and we would love to show your art. 

All participants can show three to five art pieces. For non-members of the Gallery, the cost is $20 (members, no charge).

 All art needs to be delivered to the Sandpipe Art Gallery by Jan. 29, 2023. 

For more information and/or to set an appointment to deliver your art to the gallery, please call or text 406-249-5836.


Wednesday, February 1

‘Adopt a Book’ happening at library


POLSON — Adopt-A-Book is coming to the North Lake County Public Library.  February is “I Love to Read Month.” 

To celebrate, we are offering books to be “adopted” for our youth collection. Each title costs $15. 

Once you choose a book, we will put a bookplate in it with your personal message and it will be added to the permanent collection. 

What a great way to honor someone you love.


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