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Country Jam, dances cancelled

POLSON — Our Classic Country Jammin’ scheduled for April 5, at the Elks Ballroom in Polson is cancelled until further notice. Wednesday night dances at the Elks’ ballroom in Polson are also cancelled until further notice. We pray that everyone is staying home and being safe. We do have to go out for essentials and that is okay. Lake City Bakery, McDonalds and Burgerville are open in Polson for take outs. We are all in this together and need to help each other wherever we can, physically or financially. Please encourage one another and we will all get through this. Don’t be prideful and not ask for help, if you really need it. This hardship we are going through may take a little time but if we all work together and for each other, it will pass. We hope to see you all again very soon.

Horsemen stay home for April

RONAN — Mission Valley Back Country Horsemen will not be holding their next monthly meeting in April due to the Covid-19 and CDC guidelines for social distancing and gatherings. Stay at home unless absolutely necessary and be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Stay safe.

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.

Spring Mack Days event postponed News from CSKT

FLATHEAD LAKE — Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Spring Mack Days event has been postponed until further notice. This decision was made by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council in support of Governor Steve Bullock’s stay-at-home order. The governor’s order went into effect on Saturday, March 28. The CSKT Tribal Fisheries Program and CSKT’s Tribal Council will evaluate the situation by April 10 when the governor could lift the order. Anglers who have signed up for the program are asked to check their emails frequently. For further information and updates, please visit the Mack Days website at www.mackdays.com.

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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: www.polsonfoursquare.org, 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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Discussion forum meets last Thursday of month

POLSON — Join our ongoing “last Thursday of the month” meetings held from 4-5 p.m. (or beyond) at The Good Coffee Roasting Company, 201 Third Ave., right behind Stutzman’s Furniture on U.S. Highway 93. “Polson Gather Round - Walk With the World” is a community discussion forum, where we discuss what is on our minds. We also discuss possible solutions, and specifically how they are related to climate change solutions. Thinking must be elevated past the political parties, and solutions should be fostered by community collaboration, as it relates specifically to the climate topic. For more information call Kim Schmidt at: 406- 214-2020.

 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 www.aa-montana.org, 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: mclhellroaring1041mt@gmail.com.
 
 
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.
 
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: polsoninfo@openaidalliance.org. 
 
 
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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Saturday, March 16

Spay-ghetti, no-balls dinner on tap

3/16/2019

POLSON — Join friends and neighbors for a fundraiser to help offset the cost of Mission Valley Animal Shelter’s annual spays and neuters. Enjoy a spaghetti dinner from 5-9 p.m. at the Elks, 512 Main Street, for $20 each. There will also be a silent auction.

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Sunday, March 17

Dinner, dance to support library

3/17/2019

LAKESIDE — A benefit for the West Shore Community Library will be held on St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday, March 17. West Shore Community Library is an all volunteer non-profit organization serving the communities of Lakeside, Somers, Rollins and Dayton. The event includes prizes, raffles, partying, dinner and a dance at Beargrass Bistro, (Lakeside Town Center, 306 Stoner Loop), for $75 per person and starts at 6 p.m.

Please make a reservation by March 10. Irish attire is encouraged.

You may register by going online at: http:// www.wsclibrary.org/uploads/ 4/4/1/3/44136023/ st_pats_invite.pdf

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Participate in 30th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

3/17/2019

RONAN — The 30th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held in Ronan on March 17 at 2 p.m. Be ready to show your true Irish toughness by participating this year in the rather inclement weather. Entrants should line up at 1:45 p.m. west of the hospital. TRIC (The Ronan Irish Community) appreciates all the past participation and is looking forward to another fun Irish celebration. Headquarters will be located again at the Second Chance Saloon following the parade. Get your Irish on and let’s have some fun.

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Wednesday, March 20

Celebrate birthdays, dance

3/20/2019

POLSON — Please join us on Wednesday, March 20, from 7-10 p.m. for the community dance at the Elks on Main Street. Music is by Ken’s Country Combo playing a variety of country and vintage rock and roll. We had an additional accordion and a base player join us last time. Snacks provided during break at 8:30 p.m. We will celebrate March birthdays with a special cake. Everyone is welcome. No Elks membership is required. The cover charge is $5.

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Enjoy free community dinner

3/20/2019

ARLEE — The Food Sovereignty Committee is having another community dinner on Wednesday, March 20, from 6-8 p.m. in the Arlee School Cafeteria. There will be free appetizers, dinner, desserts and a fun game table for the kids. This event is open to everyone. Call 406- 493-2803 or 406-531-7975 for more information.

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Fish, Wildlife board to meet

3/20/2019

KALISPELL — The Flathead Reservation Fish and Wildlife Board will meet on Wednesday, March 20, at the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 1 headquarters in Kalispell. Board chair, Pelah Hoyt, invites all interested persons to attend. The board is advisory to the state and tribes and is responsible for the development of cooperative management plans, which include fishing and bird hunting regulations. For more information, call 406-883-2888 or 406-751- 4564.

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Lake County Democrats to meet

3/20/2019

POLSON — Lake County Democrats will meet on Wednesday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Polson library to discuss drug issues and enforcement activities in Lake County. The presentations will be given by the Lake County Sheriff ’s Office, the Flathead Tribal Police and the Polson Police Department. Refreshments will be provided.

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Learn yoga with Parents as Teachers Program

3/20/2019

RONAN — The Parents as Teachers Home Visiting Program invites you to attend our group connection at the Ronan Library on Wednesday, March 20, at 11 a.m. Mary Ann Ewert will lead us all in family yoga. Anyone with young children may participate in this free activity. No experience is necessary and you will not need a yoga mat. Snacks will be provided and those who attend will receive a children’s yoga book, courtesy of Lake County Public Health. Call 406-883-7288 for more information.

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Rural Fire District board gathers in Valley View

3/20/2019

POLSON – The regular monthly meeting of the Polson Rural Fire District Board of Trustees will take place on Wednesday, March 20, at 6 p.m. at the Valley View Clubhouse, 40762 Valley View Road. Note the date change. Agenda available Monday prior to meeting

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Thursday, March 21

Museum discussed

3/21/2019

POLSON — Karen Dunwell, president of Polson-Flathead Historical Museum, will speak to the Polson Kiwanis Club on Thursday, March 21, downstairs at the KwaTaqNuk at noon. She will talk about the history of the museum, new developments and upcoming events, including a Flathead Monster Fishing Tournament slated for 2020. The public is welcome. The Lewings from the Port Polson Players had to cancel their March 7 presentation due to the weather but will be at the April 4 meeting. We look forward to hearing from them at that time.

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Register for kindergarten in Mission

3/21/2019

ST. IGNATIUS — St. Ignatius School District No. 28 is having their kindergarten registration on Thursday, March 21, from 8:30 a.m.- noon and from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Student must be age 5 by Sept. 10, 2019. Please bring with you: the student, the student’s birth certificate, the student’s immunization record, proof of residency (copy of electric bill), any tribal enrollment information, and any applicable custody papers. The student will be given a short assessment test. Paperwork will need to be filled out by the student’s legal guardian. For more information you can call 406-745-3811 X 3.

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Friday, March 22

Come watch family-friendly movie

3/22/2019

POLSON — It’s Friday and that means ”Fun Movie Day” at the Polson North Lake County Library. Get there early because beginning at 6 p.m. we will show a family-friendly movie (PG or PG-13) about a funny little bear and his friends reuniting with their now adult friend. You must be in the library before 6 p.m. to attend, as the doors lock at 6 p.m.

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Pachyderms to hear climate specialist speak

3/22/2019

POLSON — On March 22 at 7 p.m., the Polson Pachyderm Club is sponsoring a talk on climate by Ed Berry, PhD, at the Performing Arts Center, Boys and Girls Club, Ronan, Montana. The public is invited to attend at no cost. Ed is a professional climate physicist with degrees from Caltech, Dartmouth, and Nevada. Dr. Ed will focus on how much human CO2 emissions change atmospheric CO2. All government reports assume human emissions are responsible for all the increase in atmospheric CO2. However, no reports back up that assumption with valid scientific data. Attend this presentation to learn what no one has told you before about climate change. See the website: edberry.com, for more information.

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Sunday, March 24

Author to give lecture, book signing at Lakeside library

3/24/2019

LAKESIDE — A lecture and book signing with Carol Buchanan talking about vigilantes of Montana will take place at the West Shore Community Library on Sunday, March 24 at 2 p.m. Carol is the author of four historical books, “God’s Thunderbolt,” “The Devil in the Bottle,” “Gold Under Ice,” and “The Ghost of Beaverhead Rock.”

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Tuesday, March 26

Free workshop on food business offered

3/26/2019

RONAN — On Tuesday, March 26, at Lake County CDC, 407 Main Street, a free workshop about building a food business will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. This wide-ranging class will provide you with a firm foundation for starting your food business. Topics covered will include: target market development, cottage food law, the Food Safety Modernization Act, food product development, and processing options. Register online at lccdc. ecenterdirect.com/events or call 406-676-5914.

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Join computer class at library

3/26/2019

POLSON — From 2-3 p.m. the North Lake County Library will conduct a “Computer Basics Class Part 4- ‘E-Mail’”. Please call the library or stop by the circulation desk to reserve your spot. You can bring your own device or borrow one of ours. This class is open and free to the public.

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Wednesday, March 27

Construct hand drum

3/27/2019

PABLO — The People’s Center will hold traditional arts classes and activities in March. On March 27 from 5:30–8 p.m. there will be a hand drum construction ($10 per drum) class held. All classes and activities are open to everyone. A light meal will be provided. Call 406-675-0160 for more information.

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Learn family yoga

3/27/2019

RONAN — The Parents as Teachers Home Visiting Program invites you to attend our group connection at the Ronan Library on Wednesday, March 27, at 11 a.m. Mary Ann Ewert will lead us all in family yoga. Anyone with young children may participate in this free activity. No experience is necessary and you will not need a yoga mat. Snacks will be provided, and those who attend will receive a children’s yoga book, courtesy of Lake County Public Health. Call 406-883-7288 for more information.

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Receive help figuring out Medicare

3/27/2019

POLSON — The Medicare 101 class is for anyone turning 65 this year. There are many decisions to make, deadlines to meet and penalties to avoid. The Area VI Agency on Aging is offering a class on Wednesday, March 27, from noon-1 p.m. at Providence St. Joseph. The fee for the class is $20 or less, determined on a sliding scale. Call 406-883-7284 or 1-800-266-4188 for information or to register.

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Stations of the Cross recited

3/27/2019

ARLEE — Fr. Hightower will lead the Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Arlee.

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Friday, March 29

Fifth Friday dinner served

3/29/2019

POLSON – Polson Community Church, 1814 First Street E, will have their Fifth Friday night dinner on March 29 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. We will be serving chicken Parmesan, fancy green beans, tossed salad, dinner rolls and a wonderful array of desserts. No offering is expected or accepted. Please come and join us for a wonderful night of food and friendship.

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Wayfarers holds scavenger hunt

3/29/2019

BIGFORK — Montana State Parks will host the Nature is Neat Spring Scavenger Hunt at Flathead Lake State Park – Wayfarers Unit, 8600 Mt. Hwy 35, Bigfork, on Friday, March 29, from noon- 5 p.m. Help your kids discover how neat nature is by bringing them to Wayfarers to grab a scavenger hunt and explore the park during springtime. There will be two hunts available - one with general objects for younger kids, and one with more specific finds for your older explorers. Choose your scavenger hunt based on your child and how much time you have to explore. Prizes for completed scavenger hunts will be available while supplies last.

This is a free, drop-in program. Get your scavenger hunt any time between noon and 5 p.m. at the Flathead Lake Ranger Station in Wayfarers. (http://stateparks. mt.gov/wayfarers/)

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