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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: 


Horsemen to elect officers

RONAN — Mission Valley Back Country Horsemen will have their next monthly meeting on Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Ronan VFW on Round Butte Rd. We will elect officers for 2020 and discussing our December Christmas party. Hope to see you there.

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.

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.

PHS choral group to perform in Big Arm

BIG ARM — The Big Arm Association will host the Polson High School choral group at our annual Christmas program on Friday, Dec. 13, at the Big Arm Historic School House. Their performance will begin at 5:30 p.m. A snack/dessert time will begin at 5 p.m. so please bring a finger food or dessert to share and if possible, an unwrapped toy for the Marine Toys For Tots drive. Come and enjoy a great evening of holiday music and food. For more information, call Lee at 406-849-5522.

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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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.




Saturday, November 9

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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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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Monday, November 11

Annual Veterans Day spaghetti dinner held


ARLEE — Arlee’s American Legion annual Veterans Day spaghetti dinner will be held on Monday, Nov. 11, from 5-8 p.m. at the Arlee Senior Citizens Center, 34532 Wessinger St. (one block west of the Arlee post office). Dinner is a free-will offering and donations are appreciated. Call 406-726-3798 or 406-531-9176 for more information.

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Audubon group to meet


KALISPELL — Dr. Charles van Rees, a naturalist and conservation biologist at the Flathead Lake Biological Station, will be the guest speaker at the Flathead Audubon meeting Monday, Nov. 11, from 7-9 p.m. in the Gateway West community meeting room in Kalispell. He will share the conservation story of ‘Alae ‘Ula, a water bird endemic to the Hawaiian archipelago. Charles will study aquatic invasive species at the FLBS. The program is free and open to the public. Visit the website:

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Irrigation district meeting scheduled


RONAN — The Flathead Irrigation District’s monthly meeting will be held on Nov. 11, at 1 p.m. upstairs at the Lake County Community Development Center, 407 Main Street.

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Library closes for holiday


POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library will be closed on Monday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day. The library will reopen on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 10 a.m.

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Tuesday, November 12

Progressive sale continues at library Nov. 12 through Nov. 16

11/12/2019 - 11/16/2019

POLSON — A progressive sale where each week discounts get bigger while quantities become additionally limited, is being offered at the North Lake County Public Library. Purchases made Nov. 12-16 will receive a 10 percent discount. 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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Wednesday, November 13

Enjoy potluck dinner at Leon Hall


ST. IGNATIUS — A potluck dinner will be held at the Leon Hall Community Center on Nov. 13, with a 5:30 p.m. social hour and dinner served at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

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Learn about Sri Lanka


POLSON — North Lake County Public Library’s Wiggle Worms program will study Sri Lanka on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 3:30 p.m.

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Rural Fire District Board to meet


POLSON — The regular monthly meeting of the Polson Rural Fire District Board of Trustees will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 13, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Fairgrounds Station No. 1, 25-B Regatta Road. The agenda is available on the Monday prior to meeting.

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Thursday, November 14

Free play uplifts, tickles funny-bone


POLSON/PABLO — “Every Brilliant Thing” is a moving story that is so timely and important. This is a free production that runs for approximately 60-70 minutes. The first performance will be held at the Port Polson Theater at 2 p.m. The second performance will take place at the SKC Arlee/Charlo Theater at 7 p.m. This play is a tribute to the irrepressible resilience inside all of us and the capacity to find delight in the everyday. “Every Brilliant Thing” is a funny, clever, and surprisingly uplifting play about the lengths we go to for those we love.

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Listen to presentation on birding


POLSON — “Birding - Bolivia and Chile” by local bird expert Josh Covill will be Mission Mountain Audubon’s educational program on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. in the North Lake County Public Library's meeting room. Covill and his wife spent five months in South America exploring their passion for birds. Everyone is welcome.

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Saturday, November 16

Thanksgiving meal served in Big Arm


BIG ARM — The West Shore Community Church is hosting their annual Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Big Arm Fire House. There is no charge, although canned food items and donations will be gladly accepted for the food bank in Polson. Everyone is welcome. Call 406-849-5522 for more information.

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Monday, November 18

‘Food for Fines’ program Nov. 18 through Nov. 30

11/18/2019 - 11/30/2019

POLSON — Monday, Nov. 18, is the first day of North Lake County Public Library’s “Food for Fines” program. It runs through Saturday, Nov. 30. You can pay off your library fines by donating food. For each item donated, $2 of fines will be forgiven. Sealed, commercially prepared, nonperishable food items with current expiration dates can be given to the circulation desk. This program does not include fees for lost or damaged items. All donations will go to the Polson Loaves and Fish Food Pantry.

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Progressive sale offers discount at library Nov. 18 through Nov. 23

11/18/2019 - 11/23/2019

POLSON — A progressive sale where each week discounts get bigger while quantities become additionally limited, is being held at North Lake County Public Library. Purchases made between Nov. 18-23 will receive a 15 percent discount. 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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Tuesday, November 19

Donate to food pantry at hospital through Nov. 22

11/19/2019 - 11/22/2019

POLSON — Providence St. Joseph Medical Center will support the University of Montana Grizzlies and the Montana State Bobcats, Nov. 13-22, with a “Brawl of the Wild” food drive. Grizzly and Bobcat fans are encouraged to bring food items to be placed into a Montana or Montana State collection box located in the hospital main lobby, 6 Thirteenth Ave. E. All food collected will be given to Polson’s Loaves and Fish food pantry.

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Learn to drive safely


POLSON — AARP’s Smart Driver Course will be taught at the Polson Area Senior Center from 8:30-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19. Call 406-883-4735 for a reservation.

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Learn to shop online safely


POLSON — On Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m. North Lake County Public Library will offer a free computer class entitled, “Avoiding Scams and Shopping Safely Online.” Heather will teach you how to spot and avoid online scams as well as how to shop safely online. This class is free and open to the public.

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Progressive sale nears end at library on Nov. 27

11/19/2019 - 11/27/2019

POLSON — A progressive sale where each week discounts get bigger while quantities become smaller, is being held at North Lake County Public Library. Purchases made between Nov. 25-27 will receive a 20 percent discount. Browse and find the perfect gift. Proceeds go towards the purchase of new technology and other items for library patrons.

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Wednesday, November 20

Dance in Elks’ ballroom


POLSON — Join us for the community dance at the Elks on Main St. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 7-10 p.m. The music will be presented by Ken’s Country Combo. They play a variety of country and vintage rock and roll. This is the birthday dance where we provide a cake to celebrate November birthdays. No Elks membership is required. The cover charge is $5. If you are hungry and want a great burger, come early and purchase one cookedup by the Elks. Come and check us out.

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Free Excel II workshop offered


RONAN — An Excel II workshop will be taught at the LCCD building, 407 Main Street, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Excel II is an intermediate class for students who have a basic knowledge of Excel. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to: work with lists, work with freeze panes and split panes, use the sort and auto filter functions, use the insert function command to create if functions, use the automatic subtotals and grouping functions, create and work with charts. 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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Learn about the 2020 Census


RONAN — Lake County Democrats are sponsoring a program devoted to the 2020 Census to be held on Wednesday, Nov. 20, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Ronan Senior Citizens Center located at 528 Main Street SW. The decennial census is a count of every person living in the U.S. as of April 1, 2020.

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Mission seniors hold Thanksgiving dinner


ST. IGNATIUS — The St. Ignatius Senior Center will have a Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 20, at 5:30 p.m. and will play bingo following dinner at 6:30 p.m. Bingo cards will be .25 cents a card or 20 cards for $5. Blackout payout will be $50. If you have any further questions, call 406- 745-3396

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Thursday, November 21

Sheriff to speak at Kiwanis meeting


POLSON — The Polson Kiwanis Club will meet on Thursday, Nov. 21, at the KwaTakNuk Resort downstairs in the Koostatah room from noon-1 p.m. Join us for lunch when our speaker will be Sheriff Don Bell. Bell will update us on his office and then discuss the need for new jail facilities in Lake County. The Commissioners have scheduled a county mail-in ballot for Jan. 28, 2020. All are welcome to attend.

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SPLASH in Polson


POLSON — The Polson Chamber’s November Support Polson Late Afternoon Social Hour sponsor is Miracle of America Museum. The event will be held on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 5-7 p.m. at 36094 Memory Lane. The cost is $2. Please come and network with other businesses and meet the SPLASH host. “To serve, support and strengthen our members by enhancing the business climate, promoting our area, and fostering a sense of community.”

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Friday, November 22

Join Friday night movie at library


POLSON — North Lake County Public Library’s movie night takes place on Friday, Nov. 22, at 6 p.m. Family friendly movies (PG or PG13) are shown at 6 p.m. on the fourth Friday of each month. Check our website ( for movie titles. You must be in the library before 6 p.m. to attend, as the doors lock at 6 p.m. You are welcome to bring your own snacks and nonalcoholic beverages. Popcorn will be provided. This program is free and open to the public.

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Polson school superintendent to speak to Pachyderms


POLSON — The public is invited to our next Pachyderm meeting on Friday, November 22nd noon to 1 pm. Rex Weltz, the Polson superintendent of District 23, will be sharing with our community about why the $60 million bond is being proposed to address needs of public schools in Lake County. Snacks and coffee will be served.

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