Friday, November 24
CASA training offered Nov. 11, 18 and 25
POLSON — Become a volunteer CASA Advocate. Training with CASA of Lake and Sanders Counties will be offered Nov. 11, 18 and 25. Advocates are needed for abused and neglected children throughout Lake County. Call 406-883-0158 for more information.
Friday, November 24
Quilters complete annual fundraiser
RONAN — Mission Valley Quilters Guild complete their fundraiser challenge for the Ronan Senior Center on this date. During this annual event, quilters display their projects at the Ronan Senior Center and the public votes on them by donations. The center is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, so stop in, bring your spare change and vote on these wonderful projects. This event runs Nov. 8-Dec. 1.
Friday, November 24
Ronan Library announces shortened hours, closures
RONAN — On Tuesday, Nov. 21, the Ronan Library will be closed for a staff work day. The library will close early on Wednesday, Nov. 22, with hours of 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The library will also be closed Thursday, Nov. 23, and Friday, Nov. 24, in celebration of Thanksgiving.
Final day to enter parade
POLSON — Friday, Nov. 24, is the final day to submit your application to be in the Polson Parade of Lights parade scheduled for Friday, Dec. 1. Return applications to Shawneen Turner at the Rack, 308 Main Street in Polson. Trophies and prizes will be given out for: best of parade; best animation; best light display, most whimsical, most creative and most humorous.
Saturday, November 25
Ronan Library open regular hours
RONAN — On Saturday, Nov. 25, Ronan Library will be open their regular hours, from 10 a.m. -5 p.m.
Shop ‘Small Business Saturday’
MISSION VALLEY — Make your way to any smalltown business on Saturday, Nov. 25, and shop “Small Business Saturday.” Local businesses will have specials to celebrate.
Monday, November 27
YLM to elect board members
RONAN — Your Life Matters project will hold annual election of board members on Monday, Nov. 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the “Cottonwood” board room at St. Luke’s Hospital. We invite anyone interested in running as a board member to attend this meeting. The YLM project is a non-profit group of community members and are here to get the word out about suicide prevention and awareness.
Thursday, November 30
Give blood at the Mission
ST. IGNATIUS — Donate blood through the American Red Cross from noon-6:15 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30, at St. Ignatius Mission Parish, 300 Beartrack Ave. Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, or by visiting: redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-733-2767.
Friday, December 1
Gallery welcomes all
POLSON — Takes Horse Gallery, 49487 Highway 93, welcomes you with hot apple cider, fry bread sticks, and berry pudding dip during Polson’s Parade of Lights. Please help us ring in the holiday season while you stop in for great gift-giving ideas. For more information, call 406-224-4943.
Polson holds Parade of Lights
POLSON — On Friday, Dec. 1, beginning at 6 p.m., the town of Polson will celebrate the holiday season with their annual parade of lights. This family fun event includes candy for the kids and of course Santa.
Visit ‘Lights Under the Big Sky’ event
RONAN —The Lights Under the Big Sky event at the Fairgrounds in Ronan begins Dec. 1, and runs the first three weekends in December: Dec. 1-3, 8-10 and 15-17. This Christmas festival will be great fun for everyone. There will be a wonderful Christmas Market, lots of kids’ activities, live music, tasty food and great light displays, all to help make the holidays merry and bright. Hours of operation are 5-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 1-6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $3 per person. A family rate of $15 for six or more people is offered on Sundays. Children 4-years and younger are free. Kids’ crafts will begin in the Elf Workshop at 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 2
4-H Bazaar opens at Lights Under the Big Sky
RONAN — The 4-H Bazaar begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, and closes at 4 p.m. The Community Center will host the Big Sky Christmas Market starting at 2 p.m. The Lights Under the Big Sky lighting goes on at 5 p.m. and kids’ crafts begin in the Elf House at 5:30 p.m. Jimni will play for dancers in the Horticulture Barn from 6ish-9 p.m. The Valley Club will provide a catered bar.
All ages invited to Christmas Carnival
ST. IGNATIUS — On Saturday, Dec. 2, the St. Ignatius Chamber of Commerce with host the annual Christmas Carnival at the Community Center at 2 p.m. There will be games and prizes for everyone of all ages. Come and join the fun. At 5:30 p.m. the town Christmas tree will be lit at Gariepy Park. There will be chili, beverages and cookies followed by caroling on hay wagons that will lead the Parade of Lights parade. The Chamber encourages all businesses, churches and organizations to have a float. There is no entry fee. For more information, contact Darren Orr at Mountain View Cenex. After the parade we will meet back at the park for a free drawing for a nice Christmas gift. Come join the fun.
Enjoy annual holiday extravaganza
HOT SPRINGS — The annual Christmas Extravaganza will be held in the school’s multi-purpose room at 6 p.m.
ARLEE — Enjoy a nacho dinner and some homegrown “LIVE” music at the National Honor Society winter fundraiser at the Brown Building in Arlee on Dec. 2 from 6:30- 9 p.m. Adult dinners cost $5, students 12 and under cost $3. Call 406-726-3216 x2315 for more details.
Enjoy singing, potluck at Big Arm holiday event
BIG ARM — On Saturday, Dec. 2, the Big Arm Association’s Holiday Concert/Dessert Potluck takes place at the Historic Big Arm School at 6 p.m. Charles Lutz and friends will fill our schoolhouse will holiday music. Come join us, bring a dessert to share.
Get involved with Ronan Brewery
RONAN — Love Ronan? Love good beer? Find out how to get involved with the Ronan Cooperative Brewery on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 5-7 p.m. at the Valley Club Bar & Café, 407 Third Ave. NW. For more information, call 406-676-5901.
Lutheran Church holds first annual Christmas Bazaar, Café
POLSON — Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will hold their first annual Christmas Bazaar and Café on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Bazaar vendor tables are available for $35 per table. Café food will include donuts, muffins, breakfast burritos, chili, soup, hot dogs, sausage, chips and drinks. Call for more information at 406-253-1590.
Shop bazaar, munch lunch in Hot Springs
HOT SPRINGS — The Presbyterian Church will hold a Holiday Bazaar and lunch from 9:00 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2.
Sunday, December 3
Elks Memorial Service to be held
POLSON — On Dec. 3 at 10:30 a.m. at the Mission Valley Elks Lodge, members and guests are invited to attend a Memorial Service in remembrance of departed members: Daryl Kerr, Arnold Armstrong, Charles McNeil, Don Torgerson, and Roy Wilson. A reception will follow the service.
Music lovers asked to join in
POLSON — Northwest Accordion Jam is the first Sunday of each month. All singers, players, viewers and dancers are welcome to join in from 2-5 p.m. at the Elks Club on Main St. Bring your guitars, drums, saxophones, accordions, etc. and join us.
Spend afternoon at Lights under the Big Sky event
RONAN — The lights go on at 1 p.m. and the Ukulele Band will perform followed by the Del DesJarlais Band from 2-3 p.m. Kids’ games and the Holiday Carnival takes place from 2-5 p.m.
Tuesday, December 5
Christmas party on tap for Quilt Guild
RONAN — The Mission Mountain Quilt Guild will hold their Christmas party and regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at the Terrace Lake Community Church. It will be a potluck with set up at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Please remember to bring three items for the food bank, your 7x10 mug rug for the exchange and your show and tell. Hope to see everyone there.
Give to Polson food drive
POLSON — Glacier Bank and Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson are co-hosting a holiday food drive. You may drop off your non-perishable, non-expired food items at the Glacier Bank Polson location and the St. Joseph Medical Center lobby. All food collected will be given to Polson Loaves and Fish Food Pantry. The drive runs through Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. Happy holidays and thank you
Horsemen hold monthly meeting
RONAN —Mission Valley Back Country Horsemen will hold their next monthly meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the VFW. Lake County Leader reporter, Ashley Fox, will be there to do research as to what MVBCH does and what it stands for, etc. Election of officers for 2018 will also take place. Hope to see you there.
Wednesday, December 6
Chamber holds December meeting
POLSON — On Wednesday, Dec. 6, the Polson Chamber of Commerce will meet at the KwaTaqNuk Resort from noon-1 p.m. for a luncheon and meeting. Cost of the lunch will be $14.50 and reservations are not required. Members will receive an update concerning the state of the city from Polson Mayor Heather Knutson and City Manager Mark Shrives. For additional information about the Chamber and its activities, call the office at 406-883-5969.
VFW to meet
RONAN — The VFW Auxiliary meeting is on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the VFW Hall in Ronan. For more information, call 406- 676-3380.
Thursday, December 7
Learn about Catholic faith
ST. IGNATIUS — Welcome Home and Adult Formation classes are scheduled to be taught. Fr. Hightower will lead both an Advent and a Lenten series based on the six dimensions of adult faith formation from the USCCB document, “Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us.” Invite your friends home or come as you are to the St. Ignatius Mission Church social hall on Thursdays at 7 p.m. during Advent - Dec. 7, 14, and 21. Light refreshments will be provided.
Luke to speak on VRBO, Flipkey
POLSON — The Kiwanis Club meet the first and third Thursday of each month at KwaTaqNuk Resort, downstairs from noon-1 p.m. Our speaker on Dec. 7 will be Diana Luke, Director of Lake County Environmental Health. Diana recently received the 2017 Department Environmental Quality Excellence Award. She will speak on a number of topics of interest, including the current trend to make homes available to tourists under programs such as VRBO and Flipkey. Please join us; we welcome all.