Thursday, October 11
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.
Thursday, October 11
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.
‘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: email@example.com 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.
Tuesday, October 16
Ronan library open this Tuesday
RONAN — The Ronan Library District will be open on this third Tuesday of the month of October. The library is generally closed for staff work days on the third Tuesday of the month.
Wednesday, October 17
'Meet and greet' candidates
POLSON — On Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 6-8 p.m., the Polson Chamber of Commerce will host a candidate meet and greet at the North Lake County Public Library meeting room. Candidates vying for Lake County Commissioner, District 20 District Court Judge, House District 93 and House District 12 will be on hand. Refreshments will be served.
Check out the Polson community dance
POLSON — Please join us for the community dance at the Elks on Main Street on Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 7-10 p.m. in the Elks’ ballroom. We provide snacks during break at 8:30 p.m. Music is by Ken’s Country Combo band and they play a variety of vintage country and rock and roll. Everyone is welcome. No Elks membership is required. Cover charge for the evening is $5. Come and check us out.
Flathead Irrigation District invites all to meet at RMS Arts Center
RONAN — Flathead Irrigation District invites you to an information meeting on Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ronan Middle School Performing Arts Center. Speakers will be Anna Stradley, senior water master for water court, Ethan Mace, surface water hydrologist for DNRC and Donny Boyd, county commissioner from Klamath Falls. They will share what happens to your community when you lose your water.
Thursday, October 18
Try geocaching at the library
POLSON — Come to the North Lake County Library on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 6 p.m. for a presentation on geocaching by Stephanie Nordberg of the Polson Geocachers. This will be followed by a chance to try out a geocaching application and start your own geocaching quest.
Friday, October 19
Potluck, Antarctic presentation on tap
BIG ARM — The Big Arm Association welcomes you to a potluck dinner at the historic Big Arm School on Friday, Oct. 19, at 6 p.m. Bring a favorite dish to share with your neighbors. Our presentation this evening will be about “Freshwater Lakes in Antarctic,” by Dr. Shawn Devlin, a scientist from the Yellow Bay Biological Station. His presentation will begin at 7 p.m. We are looking forward to a delicious dinner and an informative presentation. Come join us.
Saturday, October 20
'Fall Harvest' art show on display in Arlee
ARLEE - Killdeer Artisans Guild will hold a holiday show with a "Fall Harvest" theme on Saturday, Oct. 20, from noon-2 p.m. at the Hangin' Art Gallery, Highway 93 N. For more information about the show email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 406-745-3001. For information or directions to Hangin' Art Gallery call 406-726-5005. Come check out this surprising local gallery, meet the artists and enjoy an afternoon of conversation. Expect a variety of work - including drawings, paintings, pastels, collage, photographs, mixed media, weavings and quilts - as well as ceramics, sculpture, and smaller hand-crafted items. Look also for smaller, affordable holiday gifts.
Enjoy 'Art in Autumn' reception
POLSON - Please join in celebrating all the beautiful colors of fall with amazing art. Takes Horse Gallery, 49487 Highway 93, is hosting their second annual "Art in Autumn" reception from 5-8 p.m. There will be live flute music by Native Amrican flute artist Troy DeRoche and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 406-224-4943.
Fall Fest, 3K held at Flathead Lake State Park
BIGFORK — Montana State Parks will host the inaugural Fall Fest at Flathead Lake State Park – Wayfarers Unit on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 11 am.-2 p.m. Join us for the first Fall Fest. There will be a 3K Fun Run around the park, followed by a costume contest for kids, dogs, and adults. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes and bring leashed dogs on the run. Registration for the Fun Run begins at 10:30 a.m. The entire event is free and family- friendly. Bring your best Halloween spirit and a smile. For more information go to: http://stateparks.mt.gov/ wayfarers.
Help decorate fairgrounds for 'Lights Under the Big Sky"
RONAN - Let the party begin. "Lights Under the Big Sky" will begin decorating the Lake County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Please come join the fun. For information call 406-644-2863 or you can find us on Facebook under MVLightsUndertheBigSkyl
Zumba to raise funds for animal rescue
POLSON - Please join us for a Zumba-thon fundraiser to benefit Life Savers Animal Rescue on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 12:30 till 3 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 512 Main Street. Let's dance, have fun and contribute to a worthy cause. Shop with vendors, bid in the silent auction, plus there will be drawings for free prizes throughout the event. Buy tickets at the door: adults - $5 and children under 12 are free.
Sunday, October 21
Indigenous film series continues in Ronan
RONAN — The Entertainer Theatre is the site for the annual Indigenous film series. Set for 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21, the film ‘Idaho’s Forgotten War’ profiles the courage and faith of 67 Idaho Kootenai people and the extraordinary Kootenai woman, Amy Trice, who declared war on the United States government in 1974 to save her people.
Tuesday, October 23
Learn about retirement
RONAN - A retirement workshop for all local teachers and public employees will be hosted by the Ronan-Pablo Education Association. This TRS and PERS workshop is for those interested in learning more about retirment. Please join us on Oct. 23 from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Ronan Schools' Performing Arts Center.
Sign up for 'Smart Driver' course
POLSON - A Northwest Montana AARP Driver Safety Class, "Smart Driver Course," will be held on Oct. 23, at the Polson Senior Center from 8:30-11 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. Please call 406-883-4735 for a reservation.
Wednesday, October 24
Free grant writing workshop offered
POLSON — Register now for a free grant writing workshop for small museums and non-profit organizations sponsored by the Montana History Foundation. The workshop will be held Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m-2 p.m. at the North Lake County Library. Lunch is provided but space is limited to 15 attendees. Call 406-883-8225 for more information.