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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.


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.

Learn QuickBooks Level 1

RONAN —  Mission West Community Development Partners, 407 Main St. SW, is offering a free workshop on QuickBooks Level 1 on Sept. 15 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Go to: to register.


Library begins monthly movie night

POLSON — Enjoy “Friday Night at the Library” on the fourth Friday of each month. North Lake County Library will show movies rated PG or PG-13 ( posted on our website) and make fresh popcorn. This program debuts Friday, Jan. 25. Be in the library before 6 p.m. to be included. Feel free to bring your own nonalcoholic beverage and snacks.

Library closed for holiday

POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library will be closed on Monday, July 4 in recognition of the holiday.



Tuesday, September 27

Technology Program offered: Introduction to the Montana Memory Project


POLSON — On Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. in the large meeting room of the North Lake County Public Library an introduction to the Montana Memory Project. Did you know that the Montana Memory Project provides free access to over 70,000 historic documents, photos, and other digitized objects related to Montana heritage? Learn how to search and browse the collections, use yearbooks for genealogy research and add your own opinions or memories as public comments. 


Wednesday, September 28

Cancer support group meets


POLSON —A Cancer Support Group for anyone a?ected by cancer meets twice monthly at St. Joseph Medical Center from noon-1 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. 

Gatherings are informal allowing folks to drop-in when schedules and life permits. 

Brown-bag lunches are welcome. The group will meet in the Leahy Conference Room on the third floor of the medical center. For more information call 406-261-3304. 

The group welcomes those recently diagnosed, those undergoing treatment, cancer survivors, and/or family members. 


Irrigators to meet at Mission West


RONAN — Flathead Irrigation District will be holding their monthly meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. at 1 p.m. at Mission West Community Development Partners, 407 Main Street SW, upstairs. An elevator is available.

Jazz Jam held


Western Montana Musicians' Co-op Night School Jazz Jam will be held at the Red Poppy Building. The event is hosted by TBA. Whether you’re a musician, performer, poet, comedian or just love live music, the Western Montana Musicians Co-op is for you. Always free but donations are most appreciated. The deets: "Night School" Jazz Jam at the Red Poppy on Wednesday, Sept. 28 8 p.m.- ? Bring your [Real Books]( or photocopied lead sheets (consider bringing 3x to share around, yeah?), and let's put some glide in your stride, some swang in your thang, and a hep in your step at the first jam dedicated to jazz music at the Red Poppy!

Read with Riley


POLSON —  Join PAWsitive Reading Partners at North Lake County Public Library and read with Riley the reading dog for 15 minutes on Wednesday from 3-4 p.m. September 28. 

Registration is required. Sign up for your slot at the library. 


Thursday, September 29

Ronan Farmers Market held


RONAN — The Ronan Farmers Market is held every Thursday, May 19-Oct. 14, from 4-7 p.m. at the Ronan Visitors’ Center on Highway 93. 

You can shop online at: and pre-order and pre-pay, or go visit the market to see everything local vendors have to offer.


Story time takes place at library


POLSON — Thursdays at 9:15 a.m. at the North Lake County Public Library Story Time takes place. 

The theme for Sept. 29 is “Colors.”



Friday, September 30

Friday Night Open Mic held


Friday Night Open Mic Western Montana Musicians Co-op Hosted by TBA Whether you’re a musician, performer, poet, comedian or just love live music Stop by tonight and check out our talented members. We'd love to see ya. Check in when you arrive to sign up to play/perform. We are a member-based, member-funded cooperative. Friday Night Open Mic is free, however, for non-members donations are gratefully accepted and appreciated.

Polson Farmers Market held


POLSON — The Polson Farmers Market, downtown at Third Ave. W (in front of the Cove Deli), is open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Friday, May through October. 

The Polson Farmers Market offers locally produced fresh vegetables, fruits, plants, cut flowers, cheese, eggs, honey, jams and jellies, baked goods, meats and poultry, popsicles, artwork, fabric and craft creations, woodworks, jewelry, and much more.


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