Wednesday, October 17
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.
'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: email@example.com 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.
Thursday, October 25
48th Harvest Dinner planned
POLSON - The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 406 Fourth Ave. E, will hold its 48th annual Harvest Dinner of Swedish meatballs, potatoes, gravy, homemade lefse, salad and dessert from 4-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, in the church fellowship hall. Dinner is $10 per adult, $5 per child under 12 years. Call ahead to place take-out orders at 406-883-5864, which is available for pick up after 3 p.m. Dinner proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the Flathead Reservation and Lake County.
Make family meal, enjoy family games
ARLEE - The Food Sovereignty Committee and The Family Dinner Project are thrilled to invite you and your family to a free community dinner at the Arlee School cafeteria on Oct. 25 from 5-7 p.m. This event is open to any and all families in the Jocko Valley. At the community dinner, families can get hands-on time in the kitchen making a family meal. While we wait for the food, we'll enjoy some fun games and conversation. We are looking forward to this event and we hope you are, too. If you have any questions, please call 406-531-7975.
Polson students provide dual-school concert
POLSON — A concert will be held on Oct. 25 in the Polson High School auditorium and is for both Polson Middle School and Polson High School. The middle school concert begins at 6 p.m. and the high school concert begins at 7:30 p.m. The choirs are hosting a food drive and donations are appreciated but not expected.
Watch silent movie filmed in part in Montana
POLSON — “Free Night at the Museum” takes place on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Miracle of America Museum, 36094 Memory Lane. The evenings begin at 6:30 p.m. and are free and family-friendly. On Thursday, Oct. 25, the 1926 silent film, partially filmed in Hardin, Montana depicts Rex, “The Devil Horse.” There are enough captions to follow the story line and the movie is 90 minutes long.
Friday, October 26
Joe Read to speak
POLSON — The LCRCC and Pachyderm organizations will co-host a “Get to Know Your Candidate Series” with Joe Read, candidate for House District 93, as their next speaker on Friday, Oct. 26, from noon-1 p.m. at the Polson Rural Fire Station.
Painted pumpkins on display
POLSON — The Kwataqnuk partnered with PBC, First Interstate, Super One Foods and the entire second grade class at Linderman Elementary to make the annual Polson Business Community Pumpkin Painting event happen. All 120 plus painted pumpkins will be on display and judged on Friday, Oct. 26. Judges will be: Shawneen Turner, Shad Hupka, Marilyn Frame, and Evonne O’Neill. First Interstate Bank will provide the first-place prize.
Saturday, October 27
Get a jump-start on holiday shopping
NINEPIPES — Get a jump start on your holiday shopping or birthdays at the holiday bazaar at Ninepipes on Oct. 27 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be lots of local craft vendors, artists and a few retail vendors. There is no fee to enter. We will be taking food donations for a local food bank and also items to help with families in need (toothbrushes, deodorant, socks, etc.). Those items will be given to Salish Kootenai College where Tracy McDonald is in charge of helping students in need there.
Prepare for painted pumpkin party
RONAN - The Ronan VFW Auxiliary 5652 is having a painted pumpkin contest and party on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 2-4 p.m. at the VFW Post 35981 Round Butte Road. Family fun, games and snacks will be provided for preschoolers through adults. Please bring a painted pumpkin (do not carve). For more information, call 406-303-0944.
Quilters to work on 2019 raffle quilt
RONAN - The Mission Mountain Quilt Guild will hold a work day on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the LDS Church in Ronan from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. to work on the 2019 raffle quilt and any other projects you might have going. There will be fabric to cut for the TLC quilts and the quilted hugs project. Please bring you own cutters, mats, machines and your own lunch. Everyone is welcome. Come for a fun day of sharing.
Sunday, October 28
Final Indigenous film shown
RONAN — Excerpts from Mary Kathryn Nagle’s play, “A Slice of the Full Moon on VAWA (the Violence Against Women Act)” and several short films by Ivan and Ivy MacDonald on the topic of missing and murdered Indigenous women will be shown, at The Entertainer Theater at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28.
Tuesday, October 30
4-H shooting sports program begins
RONAN — The 4-H Shooting Sports Air Rifle, Archery and Air Pistol program will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 30. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. in the historic Hort Barn on the Ronan Fairgrounds across from the school tennis courts. A parent or guardian must attend this meeting with the member. Members must be enrolled in Lake County 4-H before they can begin shooting. For more information, contact the MSU Extension Office at 406-676-4271 or Ed Larson at 406-431-5649.
Celebrate Halloween with PAT program
POLSON — The Parents as Teachers program of the Lake County Public Health Department, 802 Main Street, is sponsoring a Halloween costume party open to all area parents of children 5 and under, on Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 10-11:30 a.m. The party will take place in the department’s conference room. We will decorate pumpkins, create some craft projects, share some healthy Halloween treats and have spooky sensory fun. Home visitors will be on hand with information about the PAT program.
The PAT program is a free, voluntary program that provides twice-monthly home visits with age-appropriate activities for children from birth to age 5, developmental screenings, and information and referrals to area resources. Parents can be enrolled in the PAT program as soon as they are pregnant, which many moms-to-be and dads find to be very helpful, since babies don’t come with a manual.
We hope to see you on Tuesday, Oct. 30. For more information, call the Lake County Health Department at 406-883-7288.
Learn about Google Drive and The Cloud
POLSON — A free class, open to the public, about Google Drive and The Cloud will be taught at the North Lake County Library on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Call the library at 406-883-8225 for more information.
Support ice arena, brewery museum
POLSON —Join the first annual OctoberFest benefiting the Mission Valley Ice Arena Association and Montana Brewery Museum on Tuesday, Oct. 30. This will be a fun-filled gathering of friends and supporters of the MVIAA, with proceeds to be split between our organization and the Montana Brewery Museum, right here in Polson. This event takes place on Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Montana Brewery Museum, upstairs at: Lozar’s Total Screen Design, 40735 Highway 35. Tickets are $50 each and include: a commemorative pint glass, a t-shirt, a tour, and a beernotes booklet. Proceeds will go to the MVIAA and Lozar’s Montana Brewery Museum. Reservations are required as the brewery museum has a limited capacity. To make your reservations, call: 406- 207-2998 by Oct. 25.