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Free meditation class offered

POLSON — A Zen meditation class is offered at the YogaHeart Studio, 314 Main Street, on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m. There is no charge for the class. Everyone is welcome. For more details call 847-721-0665.

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.

New Wednesday after-school library program explores the world

POLSON — “Wiggle Worms,” a new after-school program at North Lake County Library takes place on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. Join us in the after-school hour for stories, activities, and crafts designed to boost a love of learning. While optimized for kids four and up, all ages are welcome to join us as we explore a new part of the world each week.

Recovery support available

RONAN —Recovery support is available for those struggling with addiction at The Never Alone Recovery Hall, at 309 B Main Street, 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.

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Montecahto Club seeks information - 5/20/15

POLSON — The Montecahto Club is seeking the names and addresses of current service men and women from Lake County in order to send them care packages. Please phone Myrna at 406-407-2352 or Kari at 406-370-1443, with this information.




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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.


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New hours announced for MO

POLSON — Miracle of America’s hours are now 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 1:30-6 p.m. on Sundays. Some holidays may be shorter hours as well, so it is best to call 406-883-6804 first. Our free “Night at the Museum” is on the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Donations or treats are always welcome. Schoolteachers are encouraged to give extra credit for a report from attending students.

Montecahto Club invites new members

 POLSON — The Montecahto Club meets the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. We are a social and service organization and sponsor a scholarship for a graduating senior, cook and serve lunch at “Soup’s On,” collect for the Food Bank, send Care packages to the overseas troops and help out wherever we can. We welcome new members. Come to a meeting and get to know us. 
AA Women’s Wing and a Prayer Group meets
ST. IGNATIUS — AA Women’s Wing and a Prayer Group meets on Sundays at 4 p.m. at the Methodist Church on Post Creek Hill. Call 1-888-607-2000 or go to, for more information.
Story Time held in Ronan
RONAN — Ronan Library hosts a weekly story time for young children and their caregivers each Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Join us for stories, crafts and more. For more information, call 406-676-3682.

Area-wide AlAnon meetings available 

LAKE COUNTY — Are you affected by someone else’s drinking? AlAnon can help. Area meetings are anonymous, non-smoking, 12-step recovery for family and friends of alcoholics. Come join us. There are no membership dues. Meetings are held: Wednesdays at 9 a.m. at Lutheran Church on Wall Street in Hot Springs; Wednesdays at noon in Polson at the Alano Club on Third Ave. W ; Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. at the CMA Church on Third Ave. in St. Ignatius; Fridays at 8 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church on Fourth Ave. E in Polson.

Join library’s story time 

POLSON — North Lake County Public Library will host a one-hour kindergarten readiness program for children and their caregivers. Join us for stories, songs, movement, crafts and more. This will be held every Thursday during the school year at 10 a.m. and again at 4 p.m. For more information, call (406) 883-8225.
Join St. Ignatius Neighborhood Watch 
ST. IGNATIUS — The St. Ignatius Neighborhood Watch chapter meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the St. Ignatius Senior Citizens’ Center on north Main Street.
Dance in Elks' air-conditioned ballroom
POLSON - The Elks Club holds a community dance in their air-conditioned ballroom, the first and third Wednesday of each month from 7-10 p.m. Come and listen or dance. Snacks are at 8:30 p.m.
Sexual assault support group meets Wednesdays
PABLO - An adult sexual assault support group meets at SKC's Agnes Vanderburg Building in room 101, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Gather on Wednesdays for support and healing. Call 406-745-3525 for more information.
Marines gather at VFW
POLSON - The Marine Corps League Hellroaring Detachment #1041 meets every second Wednesday of each month (except December) at 7 p.m. at the VFW in Polson. For more information call John Miller at 406-890-0964 or email:
Journey Be hosts NAMI meeting
POLSON - NAMI Mission Valley/LAC meets the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Journey Be Church/Soup's On, 101 Seventh Ave., W. For more information, call 406-883-1086.


Friday, November 24

CASA training offered Nov. 11, 18 and 25

11/11/2017 - 11/25/2017

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.

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Friday, November 24

Quilters complete annual fundraiser

11/15/2017 - 12/1/2017

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.

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Friday, November 24

Ronan Library announces shortened hours, closures

11/21/2017 - 11/24/2017

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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: or calling 1-800-733-2767.

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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.

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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.

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Visit ‘Lights Under the Big Sky’ event

12/1/2017 - 12/17/2017

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.

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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.

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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.

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Enjoy annual holiday extravaganza


HOT SPRINGS — The annual Christmas Extravaganza will be held in the school’s multi-purpose room at 6 p.m.

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Enjoy nachos


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Give to Polson food drive

12/5/2017 - 12/21/2017

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Thursday, December 7

Learn about Catholic faith

12/7/2017 - 12/21/2017

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.

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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.

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