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‘Adopt-A-Book’ in February

POLSON — “Adopt- A-Book" is back for its 10th consecutive year and February is “I Love to Read” month. For a $15 donation, choose from our selection of new picture books and juvenile titles. Then add a special message that will be placed in the cover.‘Adopt-A-Book’ in February POLSON — “Adopt- A-Book" is back for its 10th consecutive year and February is “I Love to Read” month. For a $15 donation, choose from our selection of new picture books and juvenile titles. Then add a special message that will be placed in the cover.

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: 


Hot Springs’ Organic Market offers nutritious food

HOT SPRINGS — Camas Organic Market is open Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. at 300 Main St in Hot Springs. Customers will be able to earn the Double SNAP Dollars coupons on every Tuesday and Thursday starting on July 2.

Learn to knit through March 31

POLSON — More needle arts begin in March at the North Lake County Public Library. “Knitting Basics” returns with four sessions on March 10, 17, 24 and 31 from 2-3 p.m. in the library meeting room. Beginning knitters, this class is for you. Master knitters Linda Kittle and Julie Hille can answer any questions you have. They also have the flexibility to help you finish the heel of that sock. Bring your projects and any knitting supplies you have on hand (yarn and needles). We will provide instruction, inspiration and can fill in with donated supplies from area knitters. See you there.

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.

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.


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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.


Monday, October 28

Waterfowl Wednesdays’ through Oct. 30

10/2/2019 - 10/30/2019

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: or visit the Flathead Audubon website: The field trip is free and open to the public.

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Join bicentennial ‘Celebration for Unity and Peace’


PABLO — Join us on Monday, Oct. 28, for dinner and a movie in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of the prophet-founder and herald of the Bahá’í Faith; a religion whose whole purpose is to bring justice, unity and enduring peace to our lives and to our entire planet. We will also be offering local music and lively discussion. The location is the North Crow Clubhouse, 41000 N. Foothills Dr., Pablo. The time is from 6-9 p.m. Please bring your family and friends for physical, emotional and spiritual nourishment. Everyone is most welcome. For more information call 406-883- 1330.

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Tuesday, October 29

Learn to keep devices safe at computer class


POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library will hold another Computer Basics Class on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m. entitled “Better Safe Than Sorry: Computer Backups and How to Do Them.” We will teach you why you need to do backups to keep your devices safe. This class is free and open to the public.

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Wednesday, October 30

Fish, Wildlife board to meet


MOIESE — The Flathead Reservation Fish and Wildlife Board will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 10 a.m. at the National Bison Range. This meeting is open to the public; all interested public are invited to attend. For more information, call 406-883-2888

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Free Excel I class offered


RONAN — Microsoft Excel is an essential tool for managing your company’s data. An Excel I workshop will be taught at the Lake County Community Development building, 407 Main Street, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Bring a brown bag lunch or plan for lunch on your own. Excel I is an entry-level workshop. You’ll learn how to: enter and modify data in a worksheet, format worksheets, move and copy data, create formulas, work with ranges, navigate the worksheet, use the fill handle, use time-saving keyboard shortcuts. Space is limited so reserve your seat today. Check out our full workshop schedule and register online or call 406-676-5914.


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Join young children, decorate pumpkins


POLSON — You are invited to join the Parents as Teachers Home Visiting Team for a pumpkin-decorating, craft-making Halloween event at the North Lake County Public Library at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Parents as Teachers Home Visiting Team will join the Wiggle Worms group for this fun event, open to all with young children. For more information, call the Lake County Health Department at 406-883-7288.


Learn about El Salvador


POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library’s Wiggle Worms program will study El Salvador from 3:30-5 p.m.

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RHS students plan ‘Trick or Can’ Halloween food drive


RONAN — Ronan Family Career and Community Leaders of America would like to announce their Halloween food drive. FCCLA is a club at Ronan High School. This year, members of the club will be trick-or-treating all around Ronan. Instead of candy, we ask for a canned food or non-perishable item. 

After we gather what we have received, we will donate everything to the Bread Basket. Donate if you can, anything helps.


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Thursday, October 31

RHS students plan ‘Trick or Can’ Halloween food drive


RONAN — Ronan Family Career and Community Leaders of America would like to announce their Halloween food drive. FCCLA is a club at Ronan High School. This year, members of the club will be trick-or-treating all around Ronan. Instead of candy, we ask for a canned food or non-perishable item. After we gather what we have received, we will donate everything to the Bread Basket. Donate if you can, anything helps.

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Trick-or-Treat at library


POLSON — On Thursday, Oct. 31, come Trick-or-Treat at North Lake County Public Library. Wear your costume or come as you are. We will be giving out candy until it is gone. 


Friday, November 1

Brainstorm in Polson


POLSON — Are you passionate about the Polson community? Do you have an idea that would enhance our town? Come and explore the possibilities in a fun and engaging event facilitated by the University of Montana’s AMRII team. The evening will include a brainstorming session surrounding the topics of community enhancement and innovation. Persons of every age, background, and level of expertise are welcome. We will meet at Glacier Brewing Company on Nov. 1. Brainstorming will begin at 4:30 pm.

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Learn about MREA


All former members of the Montana education community, bus drivers to administrators, teachers to custodians, paraprofessionals to cooks, even school board members, are invited to learn about MREA--the Montana Retired Educators' Association--at a Meet & Greet Friday, November 1, 1-3 p.m. at Fiesta en Jalisco in Polson. Come for a no-host lunch or just to ask questions and discover the benefits they offer. You might be surprised. For more information, contact Karen Richardson at 406-253-7581 or

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Library offers book bargains

11/1/2019 - 11/2/2019

POLSON — Friday, Nov. 1, and Saturday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. the North Lake County Public Library’s Friends of the Library will hold a used book sale. Come in to the large meeting room of the library. There will be books of every genre, bargains galore. Fill a bag for $5 or buy the Friends of the Library canvas book bag for $15 and fill it up for free. All proceeds benefit the library’s many programs and projects.

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Meet candidate for governor


POLSON — Come meet candidate for governor of Montana, Whitney Williams, on Friday, Nov. 1, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Bickford Building, 220 Main Street. Join hosts Co Carew and Joe McConald for wine, cheese and other goodies.

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Shop, enjoy lunch at church bazaar


POLSON — An annual fall bazaar and luncheon is being held at the First United Methodist Church, 301 Sixteenth Ave. E, on Friday, Nov. 1. Art, homemade crafts and bake goods will be sold from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be soup, sandwiches and an apple dumpling with ice cream served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Proceeds are used for local and church-wide Mission Outreach.

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Saturday, November 2

Group holds free benefit dinner for veterans, Goldstar families


POLSON — Welcome Home Inc. is a new non-profit organization in Polson. They are planning a casual attire benefit dinner to honor local veterans on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 5-7 p.m. at the Red Lion Inn. They are planning on between 100-120 people attending this free event. There will be guest speakers from Sen. Tester's office and Sen. Daines’ office as well as local veterans sharing their stories. Some of our board members will introduce the services we offer free to veterans, gold star members and their families. Our services include a wide range of services from educational, medical and financial to emotional and recreational therapy. There is limited seating available, so RSVP as soon as possible to Jeannie Butler at 406- 890-1405.

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Sunday, November 3

Jam at the Elks


POLSON — Classic Country Jammin’ will be held on Sunday, Nov. 3, in the Elks ballroom, on Main Street from 2– 5 p.m. This event will continue to be held on the first Sunday every month. 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 bring your own equipment and it’s recommended you bring your own amp. You may also play acoustic. Everyone is welcome to play, sing, dance or just listen. The cover charge is $5 and there is no charge for singers or players. For further information call 406-883-3130.

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Monday, November 4

Join Makerspace


POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library continues their forays into Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) principles. This is a come-and-go-as-you need activity for kids of all ages from 3:30-5 p.m.

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Quilters hold meeting


RONAN — The Mission Mountain Quilt Guild will hold their regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Terrace Lake Community Church. You should have your “Easy Hunter Star” done. Be sure to square up your half square triangles to 2 and one-half inches so your block will be 8 and one-half inches. Refreshments will be provided by Terry C., Robyn S., Susan B. and Tereas H. Don’t forget your show-and-tell big or small. Everyone is welcome; you won’t know what you are missing until you check us out. No matter your age, it’s always fun to learn and meet new friends.

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Wednesday, November 6

Check out music, dancing


POLSON — Join us for the community dance at the Elks on Main Street on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 7-10 p.m. in the ballroom. Music is by Ken’s Country Combo playing a variety of classic country and vintage rock and roll. Snacks provided during break at 8:30 p.m. Elk membership is not required. Cover charge is $5. Come early as Elk members cook up great hamburgers for purchase from 5-7 p.m. prior to our dance. Everyone is welcome.

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Polson Chamber to hear from Superintendent Weltz


POLSON — The Polson Chamber of Commerce general meeting luncheon will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at The Red Lion Inn, 209 Ridgewater Dr., from noon-1 p.m. Lunch will be from MacKenzie River Pizza at a cost of $13 each. November’s guest speaker is Polson School Superintendent Rex Weltz. Reservations are not required. These meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. For more information please call the Chamber office at 406- 883-5969 or

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Progressive sale held at library through Nov. 9

11/6/2019 - 11/9/2019

POLSON — A progressive sale where each week’s discounts get bigger while quantities become limited will take place at the North Lake County Public Library. Purchases will be given a five percent discount through Nov. 9. Browse and find the perfect gift for your book lovers. All sale proceeds go towards the purchase of new technology and other items for library patrons.

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Zen meditation class offered


POLSON — A Zen meditation class is being offered at the YogaHeart Studio’s new location, 209 Ridgewater Drive, on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 6 p.m. (located in the Red Lion Inn with private entrance to Yogaheart just south of main entrance) The class is presented by Zen Priest Zenku, Jerry Smyers. We are encouraging all to attend to help establish a regular meditation practice for a healthy body and mind. There is no charge for the class. Everyone is wecome. For more details call 847-721-0665.

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Thursday, November 7

Learn best landscaping practices


POLSON — The Polson Kiwanis Club will meet on Thursday, Nov. 7, at the KwaNaqNuk Resort downstairs in the Koostatah room from noon-1 p.m. Please join us to hear Kathy Ross, a landscape/gardener for 30-plus years in Northwest Montana, discuss the need for native insects, birds and the vital role native plants play in their survival. She'll also explore suggestions for landscaping practices and native plants that are not only attractive garden plants but promote biodiversity. All are welcome.

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Sip tea, color at library


POLSON — You are cordially invited to attend an afternoon tea and coloring in the meeting room at the North Lake County Public Library, 2 First Ave. E On Thursday, Nov. 7, from 2-4 p.m. With the holiday season just around the corner, supplies will be provided to make place cards for a holiday table or a fall note to a friend. Vintage hats are welcome. (One simply can’t color in gloves, however.) See you then.

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Friday, November 8

Library changes movie date for November


POLSON — North Lake County Public Library will hold their “Movie Day” on Friday, Nov. 8, at 3:45 p.m. Please noted this is a onetime only date change for our usual “First Friday Fun-Movie Day.”

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Saturday, November 9

Discover secrets to winning novels


POLSON — On Saturday, Nov. 9, from 1-2:30 p.m. at the North Lake County Library, Gwen Florio of Humanities Montana will present “Five Steps to a Winning Novel.” In judging contests, such as the 2019 Edgar Awards, novelist Gwen Florio read hundreds of books, a process that revealed some very specific things that made a few novels shoot to the top of the list, while other, perfectly well-written books, faded in comparison. This workshop will focus on those key qualities, with specific examples, and advice and techniques on achieving them. Gwen is an award-winning journalist and author. She is the news editor of the Missoulian.

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