Wednesday, October 2
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. email@example.com. 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.
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.
MV Children’s Choir begins again
RONAN — The Mission Valley Children’s Choir will begin its fifth year on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the Faith Lutheran Church, 406 Fifth Ave. SW. Refreshments, “together time” and rehearsals will be held from 3:45- 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday. For more information call Cathy Gillhouse at 406-207-3032 or email her at: gill4748@hotmail. com.
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.
Waterfowl Wednesdays’ through Oct. 30
SOMERS — Join Jake Bramante from the Flathead Audubon Society for “Waterfowl Wednesdays” from 4-5:30 p.m. through the month of October. You will learn how to identify various waterfowl in our area. The group will meet at the Park and Ride at the corner of U.S. Highway 93 and U.S. Highway 82 every Wednesday from 4-5:30 p.m. through the month of October (weather permitting). The Park and Ride is located right next to the split pond near Somers and allows for easy watching of waterfowl. Bring your binoculars and/or a spotting scope if you have one. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Flathead Audubon website: www.flatheadaudubon.org. The field trip is free and open to the public.
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.
Mission seniors hold rummage, bake sale
ST. IGNATIUS — The St. Ignatius Senior Center will hold their fall rummage/bake sale on Thursday, Oct. 3, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
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.
Friday, October 4
Mission seniors continue sale
ST. IGNATIUS — The St. Ignatius Senior Center continues their fall rummage/ bake sale on Friday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday, October 5
Celebrate with Valley View Women’s Club
VALLEY VIEW — On Saturday, Oct. 5, Valley View Women’s Club celebrates 95 years and the Valley View Clubhouse celebrates 80 years. Join the celebration on Saturday at 7 p.m. at 40762 Valley View Road. Put your dancing shoes on to boogey to the music of KC & The Valley Cats at 8 p.m. Admission is free but donations are welcome. Refreshments and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. BYOB of choice. Tell all your family and friends. For more information contact: Kelly Bailey at 406-883-2910 or Donna Benson at 406-883-5529.
Final day for Mission seniors’ rummage, bake sale
ST. IGNATIUS — The St. Ignatius Senior Center will hold the final day of their fall rummage/bake sale on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
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.
Monday, October 7
Flathead irrigators to meet
RONAN — The Flathead Irrigation District will hold their monthly meeting on Monday, Oct. 7, at Lake County Community Development building at 1 p.m. Join them upstairs.
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.
Wednesday, October 9
Join community potluck
ST. IGNATIUS — A community potluck dinner will be held at Leon Hall on Oct. 9. The social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. so bring your preferred beverage. The potluck supper starts at 6:30 p.m. followed by our yearly live auction fundraiser. Bring a treasure that will be treasured by someone else. Everyone is welcome.
LCCDC offers free ‘QuickBooks’ workshop
RONAN — The Lake County Community Development Corporation will offer a free Quick- Books I workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the LCCDC building from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Learn to keep your company’s financial data complete and up to date with QuickBooks Pro 2020 for Windows. Space is limited, so reserve your seat today by calling to register at 406-676-5914 or go online at: lccdc.ecenterdirect. com/events.
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.
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.
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: email@example.com or call 406-560-6371.
Friday, October 11
Bring favorite dish to Big Arm potluck
BIG ARM — The Big Arm Association will be hosting a community potluck on Friday, Oct. 11, at 6 p.m. in our historic Big Arm School. Please bring your favorite dish to share with neighbors and friends. We will have a presentation by local beekeeper Ken Lambeth. He will discuss beekeeping and honey production. Come join us for an informative evening. For more information contact N. Foster at 406-849-5064
Home brew beer tasting fundraiser
RONAN — The Ronan Cooperative Brewery is hosting a home brew tasting fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 11, from 5:30-9 p.m. The public is welcome.
Learn to drive smart
ST. IGNATIUS — NW Montana AARP’s Smart Driver Course will be taught at the St. Ignatius Senior Citizens Center on Friday, Oct. 11, from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 406-754-4462 for a reservation.
Mission Valley Live presents dance group
RONAN — Mission Valley Live 2019-20 Concert Series brings the Utah Repertory Dance Theater to the Ronan Performing Arts Center on Friday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. URDT is a modern dance group that performs a diverse range of modern dance styles and choreography described as art in motion – graceful and athletic, beautiful and powerful. Advance tickets are available for $13 each in Ronan at R&R Health Care Solutions or Ronan True Value and in Polson at First Interstate Bank or Perfect Shot Tavern. Tickets at the door are $15, $5 for college students with I.D. and as always youth 18 years and younger are free. You can also purchase four tickets for $45.
Saturday, October 12
Brown to instruct quilters
RONAN —The Mission Mountain Quilt Guild will have their first class on Saturday, Oct. 12. The cost is $5 and a downloadable pattern by Grizzly Gulch Quilts will be taught by Susan Brown. The class will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Terrace Lake Community Church. Be sure to bring a sack lunch. Everyone is welcome.
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 http://bit.ly/PolsonOktoberfest. 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 http://bit.ly/PolsonOktoberfest, or contact the Polson Business Community or Polson Chamber of Commerce.
Sunday, October 13
Attend Tribal council candidates forum
ARLEE — On Sunday, Oct. 13, there will be a Tribal Council Candidates Forum in Arlee at the Community Fitness Center on Powwow Road. A feed by Qene’s Catering will begin at 2 p.m. Questions and answers will begin at 3 p.m. This event is open to all candidates.
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.