Monday, October 1
Sandpiper begins new exhibit
POLSON — The Sandpiper Art and Gift Gallery, 306 Main Street, begins their new exhibit, “Where Were You Hiding?” This exhibit runs from Sept. 3-Oct. 12. This is a non-juried show, open to all artists. Artistic interpretation of the theme, in any medium, will be accepted. There is a small entry fee for non-Sandpiper member artists. Visit: sandpiperartgallery.com for submission information. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday.
Tuesday, October 2
Horsemen organize Octoberfest potluck
RONAN — Mission Valley Back Country Horsemen will hold their annual Octoberfest on Oct. 2, at the Ronan VFW starting at 6:30 p.m. This event is a potluck. After the potluck there will be a short club meeting. We hope to recruit new members who enjoy all types of horse related activities and comradeship. Hope to see you there.
Memorial art display continues
ARLEE — “Malcolm 'Magpie' O’Leary, a Memorial Art Exhibit” continues on display at Hangin’ Art Gallery in Arlee, Highway 93 N. until Oct. 6.
Wednesday, October 3
Dance at Elks Club in Polson
POLSON — Please join us for the community dance in the ballroom at the Elks Club on Main Street on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 7-10 p.m. We provide snacks during the 8:30 p.m. break. The music is provided by Ken’s Country Combo and plays a variety of vintage country and rock and roll tunes. Everyone is welcome. An Elks membership is not required. The cover charge is $5. Come and check us out.
Library invites fantasy author to speak
POLSON — The first National Endowment for the Arts’ ‘Big Read’ event takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 4 p.m. at the North Lake County Library. Come meet Jess E. Owen, a Montana writer of “The Summer King Chronicles” fantasy series. She will discuss the influence of fantasy writing and the works of Ursula Le Guin on her authorship.
Mission Schools holds substitute orientation
ST. IGNATIUS — There will be a substitute orientation on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 9 a.m. in the elementary multipurpose room. Call 406-745-3811 ext. 302 for further information.
Say goodbye to Dylan
RONAN — Dylan has been a huge asset to the Ronan Library and our community. He is leaving us to pursue wonderful adventures. Stop by the library to say, “See you another time,” on Wednesday, Oct. 3. Snacks will be available between the hours of 2-5:00 p.m.
Zen meditation class offered
POLSON — An introductory Zen meditation class is being offered at the YogaHeart Studio, 314 Main Street, on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m. The class will be presented by Zen Priest Zenku, Jerry Smyers. There is no charge for the class. Everyone is welcome. For more details call 847-721-0665.
Thursday, October 4
Farmers hear trade damage plan, payments
RONAN — A market facilitation program meeting for Lake County producers is set for Oct. 4 The Lake County USDA Farm Service Agency will host an informational meeting on the Market Facilitation Program on Oct. 4, 2018, from 1-4 p.m. in the Ronan USDA Service Center conference room, 64352 US Highway 93 in Ronan. FSA staff will provide an overview of the program and discuss eligibility and documentation requirements.
Learn about Taoism at the library
POLSON — On Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. at the North Lake County Library meet Carolyn Rutherford, founder of the Jwalan Muktika School for Illumination, as she presents, “Taoism and balance in A Wizard of Earthsea: A discussion on the ideas and themes of Taoism.”
Story Time session held at Polson library
POLSON — North Lake County Public Library is starting a new session of Story Time for 3- to 5-year-old children, their siblings and their caregivers. Please join us Thursdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and from 4-5 p.m. There are different themes each week. Check our website for the list of topics. The library is located at 2 First Ave. E.
Saturday, October 6
Gallery ends memorial art exhibit with reception
ARLEE — A closing reception will be held on Oct. 6 from 4–6 p.m. at the Hangin’ Art Gallery in Arlee, Highway 93 N for the “Malcolm 'Magpie' O’Leary, a Memorial Art Exhibit.” Oct. 6 is the last day for the special display at Hangin’ Art Gallery. Come enjoy great art from a great artist.
Victor Charlo to share his poetry
NINEPIPES — Victor Charlo started writing poetry in high school and at age 81, he still has stories and poems yet to write. One such story he has in his head is about a stick game at Dixon. Charlo will share poems from his first published work, Put Sey, (Good Enough), at Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6. The October “First Saturday” featured artist is photographer Laurie Childs. Her stunning photos “link people and emotions with the land that makes the West distinct. Childs will not be personally present on Saturday, as is the custom for First Saturday artists, but viewing her moving body of work is a not-to-be-missed opportunity. Jim Pettit and Richard Tobel, two of our valley’s talented musicians, will provide favorite songs for everyone’s enjoyment from 2-3 p.m. At 3 p.m. the winning tickets for this year’s season-long raffle will be drawn. The museum gift shop has its end-of-season sale October 1-13. Call the museum at 406-644-3435 if you have questions.
Sunday, October 7
Indigenous film series begins
RONAN — Flathead Reservation Human Rights Coalition fifth annual free film series at the Entertainer Theatre in Ronan begins with their first film at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7. Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Skinwalkers is the PBS adaptation of the Tony Hillerman novel with Wes Studi and Adam Beach as detectives solving crimes among the Navajo. Western Native Vote will register voters from noon-1 p.m.
Northwest Accordion Association invites all
POLSON — The Northwest Accordion Association will hold a musical jam and dance on Sunday, Oct. 7, in the ballroom at the Elks Club on Main Street. There will be a variety of music you can listen or dance to. You do not have to be a member of the Elks Club or the Accordion Association to attend, sing or play. If you sing or play you don’t pay. Admission is $2 for members, $3 for non-members, and $5 to become a member of the association. Everyone is welcome.
Tuesday, October 9
Learn to knit at Polson library through Oct. 30
POLSON — For four Tuesdays in October (9, 16, 23, and 30), North Lake County Public Library is offering four learn-to-knit sessions at 2 p.m. in the library atrium. Library volunteer and “Knitter-Extraordinaire,” Linda Kittle will be available to guide you and answer questions in the process as new knitters learn the beginning steps of casting on, garter and purl stitch, increasing and decreasing and binding off. Needles and yarn for practice will be available. The teapot will be on. Guys and gals, young and old, you can do this.
Ronan library closed for staff work day
RONAN — The Ronan Library District will be closed the second Tuesday of the month for our monthly staff work day (normally held on the third Tuesday of the month).
Rosendale meets, greets in Polson
POLSON — Matt Rosendale, the candidate for the U.S. Senate, will be in Polson on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 9 a.m. for a meet and greet at the Republican Headquarters, 212 Main Street. Please come out to meet Matt face to face; this is a great opportunity for people in Lake County to meet a congressional candidate.
Wednesday, October 10
Annual LCCDC board meeting scheduled
RONAN — Lake County Community Development Corporation will hold its annual board meeting on Oct. 10, from 3-5 p.m. at LCCDC, 407 Main St.
Apply for vacancy on Flathead Basin Commission
POLSON — The Flathead Basin Commission will hold its next meeting on Oct. 10, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Kwataqnuk Resort. The morning portion of the meeting will focus on administrative business as well as discussion and potential decisions on action items. An overview of priority issues will be provided. There is currently a vacancy on the FBC for a governor-appointed position. Interested parties should fill out an application form and apply by emailing email@example.com. Nominations are also accepted. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The FBC was created in 1983 by the Montana Legislature to monitor and protect water quality and the natural resources in the Flathead Basin. All FBC meetings are open to the public and interested parties are encouraged to attend. For more information, call 406-542-4282 or email: email@example.com.
Auxiliary meets at VFW
RONAN — The Ronan VFW Auxiliary will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the VFW Hall.
Flathead Irrigators come together
RONAN — The Flathead Irrigation District’s monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 1 p.m. at the Lake County Community Development Center, (407 Main Street SW), in the small conference room. Please note this is on Wednesday.
Lake County candidate forum on tap in Ronan
RONAN — Lake County Democrats and the Lake County Republican Women are co-hosting a candidate forum at the Ronan Community Center on Wednesday, Oct. 10, beginning at 6 p.m. with a meet and greet. Refreshments will be provided. Local candidates for county commissioner, house and judicial districts will be in attendance. The forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Submit questions you'd like to hear candidates respond to, to: summer@valleyjournal. net or drop them off at the Valley Journal office, 331 Main Street, Ronan by Oct. 8.
Rural Fire District announces meeting
POLSON — The regular monthly meeting of the Polson Rural Fire District Board of Trustees will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. at the Big Arm Station No. 2 meeting room.
Spaghetti benefit helps after-school program
DAYTON — A spaghetti benefit dinner and dessert will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Idle Spur. The cost is $5 per person and $20 per family of four or more. This is a family friendly event and no alcohol will be served. There will be raffle prizes and games. This fundraiser will benefit the Dayton School’s after-school program. The PTO has secured two $5,000 grants to partially fund the program, but there is a matching provision for one of the grants. The PTO must raise $2,500 by Jan. 29, 2019, in order to receive the other $2,500, which would provide over 80 percent of the total funding needed for the program. If you have any questions or would like to donate to the After School Program or donate food items, please call 406-849- 5634 or 406-360-8597 or email: daytonelementarypto@ gmail.com.
Thursday, October 11
‘Foggy, Foggy Forest’ read during Story Time
POLSON — North Lake County Public Library’s Story Time for 3-to 5-year-old children, their siblings and their caregivers will take place from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and from 4-5 p.m. This week’s book is “Foggy, Foggy Forest.” The library is located at 2 First Ave. E.
Join ‘Orange You Glad It’s Fall?’
POLSON — An Adult Coloring Program entitled, “Orange You Glad It’s Fall?” will take place at the North Lake County Library on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 2-4 p.m. in the meeting room.
Sharpen your pencils, coloring fans. Participants will briefly explore the dynamic color orange, followed by a time of relaxed coloring and fun conversation while knoshing on popcorn and drinking pumpkin spice coffee (or tea). All coloring supplies are provided. You may also bring your own. Time to break out the fall colors.
Take a photo tour of Botswana’s delta
POLSON — “Wildlife of Botswana’s Okavango Delta,” by Ron Hoff will be Mission Mountain Audubon’s next program on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. in the Polson Library meeting room. Everyone is welcome. Ron’s photo tour will introduce you to the huge wetland swamp created by the Okavango River and many of its creatures. Ron Hoff earned his Master’s degree from U of M’s Flathead Lake Biological Station and is a retired biology teacher from Hellgate High School in Missoula.
Unpack, organize playground equipment
RONAN — Five to six people are needed to help unpack and organize playground equipment in preparation for the work day to build the playground scheduled for Friday, Oct. 12, at the new Boys and Girls Club location in Ronan (previously Total Home).
Friday, October 12
Help build new Boys and Girls Club playground
RONAN — On Friday, Oct. 12, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., volunteers are needed to help the Boys and Girls Club build a playground at the new club location (previously Total Home). All skill levels are welcome and needed. Please bring cordless tools, shovels, rakes, etc. Breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Saturday, October 13
View dropping of pumpkins at airport
ST. IGNATIUS — The Valley Banks Community Scholarship program is sponsoring The Great Pumpkin Drop, an annual event, at the St. Ignatius Airport on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 11 a.m. All proceeds benefit participating high school seniors in Arlee, Mission, Charlo, Ronan, Two Eagle and Polson.
Sunday, October 14
'Neither Wolf Nor Dog’ shown in Ronan
RONAN — The Entertainer Theatre is the site for the second movie of the annual Indigenous film series. Set for 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, Neither Wolf Nor Dog tells of author Christopher Sweeney who recounts his travels with Indian elder Dave Bald Eagle through the heart of Lakota country. Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult.
Gianforte to speak at Lincoln-Reagan dinner
RONAN — The Lake County Republican Central Committee and the Republican Women’s Club invite supporters to the annual Lincoln-Reagan dinner to be held Oct. 14 from 1-4 p.m. at the Ronan Community Center. Keynote speaker for evening will be Greg Gianforte and a silent auction will follow. Tickets cost $25 and include a harvest buffet meal by Vista Linda. For ticket information call Michel Delgado 406-370-8913.
Go birding in the Mission Valley
KALISPELL — Join Leslie Kehoe and Bob Lee on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 8 a.m. for a great day of birding around Ninepipes and other bird abundant areas of the Mission Valley. It is a wonderful time to see raptors on the move and perhaps winter residents arriving. Depending on the weather, it will be interesting to see who lingers this time of year in this superb birding area. Meet at the White Oak Park’N’Ride on Highway 93 south of Kalispell at 8 a.m. The group will be out most of the day, so bring optics, appropriate clothing and lunch/snacks. To sign up or for more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 406-270-0371. Carpooling is encouraged. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Flathead Audubon website: www.flatheadaudubon.org.
MVMC hosts Mission Fair
ST. IGNATIUS — Mission Valley United Methodist Church, (top of Post Creek Hill), will hold a Mission Fair on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 10 a.m. with speakers sharing experiences on Mission trips. At 11 a.m. there will be a brunch followed with an opportunity to visit with representatives from many local organizations sharing the services they provide in our communities and how we may help them. Everyone is welcome.