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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.

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.

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.

Spring Mack Days event postponed News from CSKT

FLATHEAD LAKE — Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Spring Mack Days event has been postponed until further notice. This decision was made by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council in support of Governor Steve Bullock’s stay-at-home order. The governor’s order went into effect on Saturday, March 28. The CSKT Tribal Fisheries Program and CSKT’s Tribal Council will evaluate the situation by April 10 when the governor could lift the order. Anglers who have signed up for the program are asked to check their emails frequently. For further information and updates, please visit the Mack Days website at

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Celebrate Recovery ministers to anyone

POLSON — Celebrate Recovery Ministry takes place at Polson Foursquare on Sundays between 5-8 p.m.

All are welcome to join us each Sunday evening. CR is a Christ-centered 12-step recovery ministry for anyone with hurts, habits or hang-ups. The evening starts off with dinner followed by a teaching and discussion groups with coffee/dessert. Childcare is available. Call (406) 883-9347 or go to:, for more information.

Join ‘Barefoot Church’ service

POLSON — Weekly Sunday “Barefoot Church” services are at 1 p.m. at the Montana Co-op. Come as you are. Bask in the Spirit, no judgment, just love and worship, forgiveness and healing.


NAMI meetings held

POLSON — NAMI Mission Valley/LAC meets the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Journey Be Church/Soups On, 101 Seventh Ave., W. For more information, call 406-883-1086.


Gather for prayers, readings, meal

POLSON -- Soul-food Saturday is a community gathering at the Co-op HUB to share prayers, readings and discussion on the topic of unity, followed by a light meal. Kids of all ages are welcome; supervision is provided.


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Discussion forum meets last Thursday of month

POLSON — Join our ongoing “last Thursday of the month” meetings held from 4-5 p.m. (or beyond) at The Good Coffee Roasting Company, 201 Third Ave., right behind Stutzman’s Furniture on U.S. Highway 93. “Polson Gather Round - Walk With the World” is a community discussion forum, where we discuss what is on our minds. We also discuss possible solutions, and specifically how they are related to climate change solutions. Thinking must be elevated past the political parties, and solutions should be fostered by community collaboration, as it relates specifically to the climate topic. For more information call Kim Schmidt at: 406- 214-2020.

 Montecahto Club invites new members

 POLSON — The Montecahto Club meets the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. We are a social and service organization and sponsor a scholarship for a graduating senior, cook and serve lunch at “Soup’s On,” collect for the Food Bank, send Care packages to the overseas troops and help out wherever we can. We welcome new members. Come to a meeting and get to know us. 
AA Women’s Wing and a Prayer Group meets
ST. IGNATIUS — AA Women’s Wing and a Prayer Group meets on Sundays at 4 p.m. at the Methodist Church on Post Creek Hill. Call 1-888-607-2000 or go to, for more information.
Story Time held in Ronan
RONAN — Ronan Library hosts a weekly story time for young children and their caregivers each Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Join us for stories, crafts and more. For more information, call 406-676-3682.

Area-wide AlAnon meetings available 

LAKE COUNTY — Are you affected by someone else’s drinking? AlAnon can help. Area meetings are anonymous, non-smoking, 12-step recovery for family and friends of alcoholics. Come join us. There are no membership dues. Meetings are held: Wednesdays at 9 a.m. at Lutheran Church on Wall Street in Hot Springs; Wednesdays at noon in Polson at the Alano Club on Third Ave. W ; Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. at the CMA Church on Third Ave. in St. Ignatius; Fridays at 8 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church on Fourth Ave. E in Polson.

Join library’s story time 

POLSON — North Lake County Public Library will host a one-hour kindergarten readiness program for children and their caregivers. Join us for stories, songs, movement, crafts and more. This will be held every Thursday during the school year at 10 a.m. and again at 4 p.m. For more information, call (406) 883-8225.
Join St. Ignatius Neighborhood Watch 
ST. IGNATIUS — The St. Ignatius Neighborhood Watch chapter meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the St. Ignatius Senior Citizens’ Center on north Main Street.
Dance in Elks' air-conditioned ballroom
POLSON - The Elks Club holds a community dance in their air-conditioned ballroom, the first and third Wednesday of each month from 7-10 p.m. Come and listen or dance. Snacks are at 8:30 p.m.
Sexual assault support group meets Wednesdays
PABLO - An adult sexual assault support group meets at SKC's Agnes Vanderburg Building in room 101, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Gather on Wednesdays for support and healing. Call 406-745-3525 for more information.
Marines gather at VFW
POLSON - The Marine Corps League Hellroaring Detachment #1041 meets every second Wednesday of each month (except December) at 7 p.m. at the VFW in Polson. For more information call John Miller at 406-890-0964 or email:
Journey Be hosts NAMI meeting
POLSON - NAMI Mission Valley/LAC meets the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Journey Be Church/Soup's On, 101 Seventh Ave., W. For more information, call 406-883-1086.
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: 
Recovery support available

RONAN —Recovery support is available for those struggling with addiction at The Never Alone Recovery Hall (Hwy. 93, old Boys and Girls Club), every day of the week. The Never Alone Recovery Hall is a peer support dropin center. We are simply recovering people offering our experience, strength, and hope to our community members who are struggling with addiction issues. All groups and services are free. Please feel welcome to drop in and check us out.

On Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays a noon meditation group is held and from 1-5 p.m. individual peer support is available.

Mondays a women’s support group takes place from 6-8 p.m.

Tuesdays there are recovery stories and videos heard from 6-8 p.m.

Wednesdays Narcotics Anonymous meets from 6-8 p.m.

Thursdays an early recovery skills groups meets from 6-8 p.m.

Fridays from 8-9 p.m. The Red Road to Recovery group meets.

Saturdays a co-dependent support group meets at 5 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m. special events take place (events change).

Family movie night happens from 6-8 p.m. on Sundays.

Rotary meets Tuesdays

POLSON — The Polson Rotary’s regular meeting are on Tuesdays at 12:15 p.m. at the KwaTaqNuk.



Thursday, January 24

PSA holds membership meeting, dinner


POLSON — The Polson Shooters Association will hold their annual membership meeting and dinner on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, at the Polson VFW.

Social time with a nohost bar begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

The menu includes spaghetti with green salad and garlic bread and red or white wine. Dinner is $5 per person or free with new membership or renewal of membership at the door.

Anyone interested in shooting sports and who is eligible to own a firearm, is invited join our group for a fun evening and to learn more about PSA.

For more information, contact Rob St. Clair at 406-883-1110 or John Miller at 406-890-0964 or visit our web site at: https://polsonshootersassociation. org

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Friday, January 25

‘Cowboy Country and The Gold Dust Girls’ return to Elks


POLSON — The Cowboy Country and the Gold Dust Girls will again perform at the Elks ballroom in Polson on Friday, Jan. 25, from 6-9 p.m. This is the same seven-piece band that was very well received when they played here last summer. The cover charge will be $5 per person.

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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.

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Saturday, January 26

Book sale on tap at library


POLSON — The Friends of the Library will hold a book sale at the North Lake County Library on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Come and find some treasures.

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Eat prime rib at great price


ARLEE — The Arlee Senior Center will a prime rib dinner on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 6 p.m. for $7. Everyone is welcome.

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Kids’ Winter Wonder Workshop held


BIGFORK — Montana State Parks and Flathead Lake State Park invite you to embrace the cold at the Flathead Lake State Park – Wayfarers Unit, 8600 Highway 35, Bigfork, (meet at the picnic shelter in the Harry Horn Day Use Area) on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 1-2:30 p.m. During this 1.5-hour Winter Wonder Workshop ranger-led program participants will explore winter ecology through a variety of hands-on activities and learn how to safely enjoy winter weather. All are welcome, but this program is intended for elementary-aged children. Participants should come prepared to be outside in cold weather for the duration of the program. Parents are encouraged to attend with their children. Cost is $4 per participant or $10 per family. Advanced registration is encouraged. For more information and to register, call the Flathead Lake Ranger Station at 406-837-3041.

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Lamb of God practices begin


IGNATIUS/MISSOULA — Lamb of God will hold their first choir and orchestra practice on Jan. 26. Choir practice will take place at the St. Ignatius Mission from 10 a.m.-noon. Orchestra practice will be from 4-6 p.m. at 3026 S Ave in Missoula. There will be six performances in April. All are welcome. Song books will be provided. Orchestra members please bring your own stands. For more information call: 406-370-6298, or 509-789-0235, or 406-890-4595.

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Sunday, January 27

Arlee Post 113 recruits new veteran members


ARLEE — The American Legion George Ducharme Post 113 in Arlee will sponsor an evening of Bingo on Jan. 27, from 3-7 p.m. at the senior housing next to the Community Building in Arlee. A meal will be available for for $5 per person. For more information if you are a veteran and would like to join Post 113 or the Auxiliary call Ron Tonasket at 406- 531-9176.

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Monday, January 28

PAT invites you to join family yoga


POLSON — The Parents as Teachers Home Visiting program invites you on Monday, Jan. 28 to Family yoga at 11 p.m. and at 4:30 p.m. Anyone with young children may participate in this free activity. The morning class is for the youngest ones, and the afternoon class is for all ages. Call 406-883-7288 for more information.

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Tuesday, January 29

Computer basics class taught at library


POLSON — Trying to become more familiar with your computer? Bring your own device or borrow one of ours for our “Absolute Computer Basics” class on Tuesday, Jan. 29, from 2-3 p.m. at the North Lake County Library. This class is open and free to the public. Stop by the circulation desk or call the library at 406-883-8225 to reserve your spot.

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Saturday, February 2

Learn helpful health-related information at Wellness Fair


POLSON — The Polson Winter Wellness Fair will take place at the Red Lion Inn on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. There is a $5 entry fee and proceeds benefit Life Savers Animal Rescue. For more information, look up “Polson Winter Wellness Fair” on Facebook, or call 406-883-4216.

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Monday, February 4

FRHRC talks immigration


ST. IGNATIUS — The Flathead Reservation Human Rights Coalition will hold a potluck and conversation on immigration policies and procedures at 6:30 p.m. at Mission Valley United Methodist Church, (70715 Hwy 93, top of Post Creek Hill). There will be a presentation with immigration attorneys Robert Gentry and Randall Caudle and activist Neyreda Calero. Questions and answers and discussion will take place after the program. SKC and OPI credits will be available. For more information please call 406-745-4259.

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Give food for fines at city court

2/4/2019 - 2/28/2019

POLSON — Polson City Court, (106 First Street, E), will hold their annual “Food for Fines” drive from Feb. 4 -28, Mondays-Thursdays from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Defendants with existing fines may reduce the amount owed by donating non-perishable, non-expired food.

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Tuesday, February 5

Deputy, canine to present to horsemen


RONAN — Mission Valley Back Country Horsemen will hold their next monthly meeting on Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Ronan VFW. Our program this month will be with Deputy Scott Sciaretta and his new canine partner. MVBCH members - you won’t want to miss this presentation.

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Quilters encourage ‘Show and Tell’


RONAN — The Mission Mountain Quilt Guild will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the Terrace Lake Community Church. Enjoy refreshments at 6 p.m. and join the regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Inspire someone with a show and tell.

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