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2019 Farmers Markets

Lake County vendors invited to Bigfork through Oct. 9

BIGFORK — The Bigfork Farmers’ Market Cooperative will take place each Wednesday until October 9. The market takes place between 3-6 p.m. on the lawn at The Bigfork VFW, 8098 Highway 35. New vendors from Flathead, Lake or Sanders counties are welcome to join us. For information call 406-249-4698 or e-mail: bffm@bigforkfarmersmarket. com.

Ronan Farmers Market through September 26

RONAN — The 2019 Ronan Farmers Market will open on Thursday, May 16, at the Ronan Visitors’ Center. Hours will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursdays throughout the spring and summer until Sept. 26 (except for July 4). For more information, call 406-676-5901 or go to cryse. They are seeking produce and prepared food vendors. The Ronan Farmers Market offers fresh produce, cheeses, eggs, baked goods, prepared foods, and crafts from the Mission Valley.

Shop local at Polson's farmers market through Sept. 

POLSON — Starting on Friday, May 3, Polson Farmers Market will be open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Friday, rain or shine. The market is located at Third Ave. W. and will have homegrown produce and plants, coffee, jewelry, soaps, popsicles, baked goods, meats, eggs, cheese, preserved foods, fabric, photographic and handmade art, beauty products, wood working and much, much more. All products are by local producers. For more information call 406-675-0177.


Class offers help for caregivers through June 7

POLSON — Are you caring for a loved one? Providence St. Joseph Medical Center is hosting the Area VI Agency on Aging’s six-week series of classes designed to help caregivers with the many physical and emotional challenges they face. The classes begin May 3. For class times and more information visit: https://montana. or call the Area VI Agency on Aging at 406-883-7284.

Harm reduction saves lives

POLSON — Every Wednesday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Lake County Health Department, Open Aid Alliance is now providing syringe services, overdose awareness, testing and support. Call or text 406-304-7352 for more information or email: 


Hot Springs’ Organic Market offers nutritious food

HOT SPRINGS — Camas Organic Market is open Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. at 300 Main St in Hot Springs. Customers will be able to earn the Double SNAP Dollars coupons on every Tuesday and Thursday starting on July 2.

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.

Move for better balance

RONAN — Tai Ji Quan is a moving-for-better-balance class and will be offered by a certified instructor at the MSU Lake County Extension on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m. beginning May 13. This is an alternative exercise training program for improving balance and preventing falls. There is no cost. Please wear good shoes and clothes you can move in and bring water. Call 406- 676-4271 to sign-up.

Move for better balance through June

POLSON — The spring session of “Moving for Better Balance,” an adapted Tai Chi program, will begin on Tuesday, April 9. It will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-11 a.m. at the Polson Senior Center. The class will run until the end of June. Call Jane at the Agency on Aging to sign up 406-883-7284.

MSU alumni play golf

MSU alumni play golf POLSON — Polson Bay Golf Club will host the MSU golf scramble on July 27. The format will be similar to last year’s event. The scramble will begin with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. followed by a social hour and barbecue. The entry fee is $500 per team. All proceeds benefit the MSU Bobcat Athletic Scholarship Fund. For further information, tickets and registration contact Shad at 406- 883-8803 or email: shad.


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Wednesday, September 18

Ken’s Country Combo to play


POLSON — Join us for the community dance in the ballroom at the Elks on Main St. on Wednesday, Sep. 18, from 7-10 p.m. Music is provided by Ken’s Country Combo playing a variety of country and vintage rock and roll. This is our birthday dance complete with a special cake to celebrate this month’s birthdays. Cover charge is $5. 


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Wiggle Worms learn about Jamaica


POLSON — At 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, the North Lake County Library’s Wiggle Worms program will provide books, storytelling, activities and crafts about Jamaica designed to kickstart early literacy and boost kindergarten readiness.


Thursday, September 19

Color with grownups


POLSON — On Thursday, Sept. 19, from 2-4 p.m. the North Lake County Library’s popular coloring program commences its fourth consecutive season. In this session we will try our hand at colorful scratch art. Supplies are provided. 

This program is free and open to the public. 


SPLASH at the bank


POLSON — Sponsor of the September SPLASH (Support Polson Late Afternoon Social Hour) is 1st Citizens Bank. The event will be held on Thursday, Sept. 19, from 5-7 p.m. For more information, call 406-883-5969. 


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Friday, September 20

Join “Global Climate Action” event


POLSON — Friday, Sept. 20, is a global day of climate action. Join millions of youth and community members around the world and show your voice for Polson. Folks all over the world are gathering to bring awareness to climate disruption. The science is overwhelmingly clear now, this is not an opinion, and this is not a political issue, it is a moral obligation to preserve all life on this planet. 

This event will be held between noon and 2 p.m. in front of the courthouse. Make and bring homemade signs stating why you are here. There will be some speakers at around noon. After the speakers have finished, at around 12:30 p.m., we will walk west on Fourth Street from the courthouse to Main St., to Fifth St., turn at the veterans building and back to the courthouse. 


Friday, September 27

Family-friendly movie shown at library


POLSON — North Lake County Public Library presents “Friday Night at the Library.” A family-friendly movie (PG or PG-13) will be shown at 6 p.m. 

Attendees must be in the library before 6 p.m. as the doors lock at that time.


Pachyderms discuss ‘Big Tech’ impact on voters


POLSON — The Lake County Pachyderms invites the public to learn about how “Big Tech’s Algorithms Can Impact Opinions and Votes.” Dr. Robert, a leading psychologist on this matter, has testified before Congress on the rise of Google’s ability to shift millions of votes in any direction by search engine manipulation. Please stop by to watch this compelling video. Afterward, we will discuss what changes citizens or policymakers might want in laws or regulations in order to limit “Big Tech’s” influence on our modern democracy. Join us on Sept. 27, from noon- 1 p.m. at the Polson Rural Fire Station off Regatta Road.

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Monday, September 30

Library demonstrates new 3-D printer


POLSON — On Monday, Sept. 30, from 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m., the North Lake County Library will demonstrate their new 3-D printer. Many thanks to a generous library supporter who made the purchase of the printer possible.

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Wednesday, October 2

Classic country, rock played


POLSON — Join us on Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 7-10 p.m. for the community dance in the ballroom at the Elks on Main St. Music is provided by Ken’s Country Combo playing a variety of classic country and vintage rock and roll. Snacks provided during the 8:30 p.m. break. No Elks membership is required. The cover charge is $5. Come early as Elks members will be cooking up some good hamburgers available for purchase from 5-7 p.m. prior to the dance. Stay after your burger for a fun night of music and dancing. Everyone is welcome.

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Speaker addresses human trafficking


POLSON — On Wednesday, Oct. 2, at Polson High School, a free community seminar on human trafficking will take place from 6-9 p.m. Learn how to protect children from predators and drugs and teach them to be safe. Understand the warning signs and red flags of human trafficking and exploitation. Members of the sheriff ’s office, the Dept. of Justice, Polson police and survivors will be there. Call the facilitating organization, Glory for Ashes, at 1-800-765-1747 for more information.

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Thursday, October 3

Meet female authors


POLSON — The North Lake County Library will host a reading and book signing by some of the female authors in a new collection of 41 women, 41 unforgettable true stories entitled, “We Leave the Flowers Where They Are,” at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3. These contemporary Montana women are telling their stories in a newly published collection with proceeds going to benefit the Zootown Arts Community Center.

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Weltz to discuss proposed school bonds


POLSON — Join Polson Kiwanis Club on Oct. 3 from noon-1 p.m. downstairs at KwaTaqNuk in the Koostatah room to hear Superintendent Rex Weltz , Polson School District 23, update us on the schools and the need for two special bond elections. The first is for improvements to Cherry Valley and Linderman schools (elementary) and Polson Middle School. The second bond election will target improvements to Polson High School. A lunch menu will be available. The public is welcome.

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Sunday, October 6

Jam to classic country music


POLSON — Classic Country Jammin’ will be held on Oct 6 in the Elks ballroom from 2–5 p.m. Bring your guitar, banjo, mandolin, auto-harp, fiddle, drum, bass, sax, keyboard, etc., and join us for a few hours of fun. If playing, you must have your own equipment. Recommend you bring your own amp. Everyone is welcome to play, sing, dance or just listen. Cover charge is $5.00. No charge for singers or players. For further information call 406- 883-3130.

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Monday, October 7

Republican women to meet


POLSON — The Lake County Republican women will meet on Monday, Oct. 7, at 6:30 p.m., at the Polson Rural Fire Hall on Regatta Road. Ron Catlett, Northwest Field Representative for U.S. Senator Steve Daines will be the guest speaker. Members of the public are encouraged to participate. For information call 406-250-2714 or 406-396- 0807.

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Thursday, October 10

‘Solitary Sandpiper Secrets’ told


POLSON — “Solitary Sandpiper Secrets” by Jim Rogers will be Mission Mountain Audubon’s evening program on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. in the North Lake County Public Library meeting room. Everyone is welcome. Rogers will provide an overview of the Solitary sandpiper’s unusual breeding behavior and habitat requirements. He will provide an insider’s account of how they followed the clues through mosquito infested wetlands frequented by grizzly bears to chronicle Montana’s newest breeding bird.

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Library closes for staff development


POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library will be closed for staff development on Thursday, Oct. 10. They will reopen on Friday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

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Mental health training for clergy offered


POLSON — Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 409 Third Ave. E, will host a “Community Clergy Training Program” to support rural veterans’ mental health on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Lunch and coffee will be provided at no cost. Veterans in rural communities often seek help from rural clergy before anyone else. Montana is among the leading states in most vets per capita. Many returning veterans living in rural areas know little about the VA helping programs. If rural clergy can be helped with a better understanding of the health issues and readjustment difficulties returning veterans have, clergy can better assist them and their families. Please RSVP for meal count at: or call 406-560-6371.

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Saturday, October 12

Oktoberfest event to be held at Polson Fairgrounds


POLSON – The Polson Business Community (PBC) and Polson Chamber of Commerce (PCC) are partnering to host the first official Polson Oktoberfest from Noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Polson Fairgrounds. The event will feature a DJ and live music, and will offer a variety of contests and games. Games will include a beer stein-holding, keg-tossing contests, and a beer drinking competition. Prizes will also be awarded for Best Mr. and Ms. Oktoberfest-themed Costume. Costume contest winners will be decided by popular vote during the event, with prizes going to the costumes that best demonstrate the true spirit of Oktoberfest. Additionally, Oktoberfest planners are working to organize a public trolley that will shuttle people between the Polson Fairgrounds and select locations around town throughout the event. Tickets for the 2019 Polson Oktoberfest can be purchased for $5 at select PBC and PCC businesses. Visit the Polson Oktoberfest Facebook Page for more information at Vendors are being sought to participate in the event. Non-food vendors will have the opportunity to be open from noon until 6 p.m., while food vendors will have the option to stay open throughout the entirety of the event. The cost for vendors is $50 for a 10 x 10 foot space, or $75 for a 10 x 20 foot space. Interested vendors should contact Dusty Kisler at the Perfect Shot Tavern. The 2019 Polson Oktoberfest is a 21 and older only event. Tickets and valid ID are required for entry. For more information about tickets or vendor reservations, please visit the Polson Oktoberfest Facebook page at, or contact the Polson Business Community or Polson Chamber of Commerce.

Monday, October 14

Explore history of Yellowstone, Glacier, Canadian National Parks


POLSON — The North Lake County Library will present “Early Footprints to the Areas of Yellowstone, Glacier, and Canada’s Mountain National Parks” with Sharon Randolph at 6:30 p.m. Please join us for this 90 minute slideshow and presentation on the early history of the parks.

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Wednesday, October 16

Halloween dance planned


POLSON — Please join us for a Halloween Dance at the Elks on Main St. on Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 7-10 p.m. The event will take place in the Elks’ ballroom with music provided by Ken’s Country Combo playing a variety of country and vintage rock and roll. This is also our birthday dance where we celebrate this months’ birthday people with a special cake. You are encouraged to wear Halloween attire/costumes and there will be a prize for best female and male costumes. Costumes are not required. Snacks are provided during break at 8:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. No Elks membership is required. The cover charge is $5.

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Thursday, October 17

Learn about e-cigarette use


POLSON — The Polson Kiwanis will meet on Thursday, Oct. 17, at the KwaTakNuk Resort downstairs in the Koostahtah room from noon-1 p.m. Join us to hear our guest speaker, Keryl Lozar, from Lake County Public Health. She will give a brief history of the tobacco settlement and how our state prevention program is set up. Keryl will update us on e-cigarette use, its advertising and the serious health risks it can cause. The public is welcome.

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Library to close early


POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library will close at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17.

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SPLASH at the library


POLSON — The Polson Chamber October Support Late Afternoon Social Hour sponsors are the North Lake County Public Library and Blodgett Creamery Coffee Saloon. The event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 5-7 p.m. at North Lake County Library, 2 First Ave. E. Please come and network with other businesses and meet the SPLASH hosts. SPLASH works, “To serve, support and strengthen our members by enhancing the business climate, promoting our area, and fostering a sense of community.”

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