Saturday, April 13
Clean-up at Flathead Lake State Park
BIGFORK — Montana State Parks invites you to help clean up our public land in celebration of Earth Day at Flathead Lake State Park – Wayfarers Unit (Wayfarers, 8600 Mt. Hwy 35) on Saturday, April 13, at 10 a.m. There will be multiple projects including beach clean-up, trail maintenance, and preparing the buildings for the coming months. There will be free snacks, and you are invited to join us on a ranger-led hike after the volunteering is finished at 1:30 p.m.
Bring a water bottle, sturdy shoes, and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Meet at the Birch Grove picnic shelter (down by the water) to sign in and break into groups. Please call 406-837-3041 to register for this free event or email at: stateparks.mt.gov.
Connect with friends at annual Pheasants Forever banquet
RONAN — The Mission Valley No. 134 Pheasants Forever will hold a banquet on April 13, at the Ronan Community Center starting at 5 p.m. If you want more information call 406-644-8329.
Enjoy bird prints, drawings, nests at Arlee gallery
ARLEE — Killdeer Artisans Guild’s opening reception for their new exhibit, “Spring’s Return,” will take place on Saturday, April 13, at Hangin’ Art Gallery in Arlee, (Highway 93 N), from noon-2 p.m. Featured guest artists are Claire Emery and Jenah Mead. Claire’s delightful collection of hand-colored woodcut prints and Jenah’s exquisite graphite drawings both feature native birds. Also included, an installation of bird nests entitled, “Winged Makers,” celebrating the ingenuity and craftsmanship of birds (put together by Kathee Dunham.) Killdeer member artists will exhibit paintings, mixed media and photography. Three new members will show in this exhibit as well - Juanita Thames (pastels), Doug Ersson-Hammerberg (photography), and Joel Carlson (sketches). For updates follow us at: facebook.com/KilldeerArtisansGuild.
Enjoy Easter event
POLSON — On Saturday, April 13, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Super 1 grocery store, the Easter Bunny will make an appearance with buckets for the kids, face painting and cookie decorating. There will be a barbecue and bake sale with proceeds going to the local Lions Club for kids who need glasses.
This event is sponsored by Nancy’s Kids, Super 1 and Frito Lay.
Sunday, April 14
All invited to St. Andrew’s Church
POLSON — St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 110 Sixth Ave. E, welcomes all to their Easter week service on Palm Sunday, April 14, at 10 a.m.
Palm Sunday celebrated at Missions
ST. IGNATIUS/ARLEE — Mass will be celebrated at the St. Ignatius Mission Church at 9 a.m. and at 11:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Mission in Arlee and at 5 p.m. at St. John Berchman Mission Church in Jocko.
Monday, April 15
Meet with Mission Valley Rises
RONAN — The next meeting of Mission Valley Rises: Democracy Engaged! will take place on April 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the Safe Harbor office. Please remember to bring nutritious snacks, as we are meeting over the dinner hour. We will need a volunteer to lead the meeting.
Tuesday, April 16
Irrigators hold semi-annual meeting
CHARLO — The Bureau of Indian Affairs, Flathead Indian Irrigation Project, invites interested water users to a semi-annual meeting being held in the banquet room at Ninepipes’ Lodge on April 16 at 5:30 p.m. For more information call the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project at 406-745-2661.
Mission Mountain ladies league organizing
RONAN — The ladies' league of the Mission Mountain Golf Course will be holding an organizational meeting on Tuesday, April 16, at 6 p.m. Any ladies interested in joining a league team or perhaps subbing for a team are invited to attend. We will also hold a “Test Drive” fun night on Tuesday, April 30, for any Mission Valley lady who golfers are interested in trying out league play. All current teams are encouraged to make sure at least one representative from your team is in attendance. For more information contact the pro shop at 406-676-4653 or email the league at: MMGCladies@gmail.com.
Wednesday, April 17
Dance in Polson
POLSON — Join us for the community dance in the ballroom at the Elks on Main Street on Wednesday, April 17, from 7-10:00 p.m. Ken’s Country Combo will provide the music. They play a variety of country and vintage rock and roll. We have Ken Kenmille (guitar and vocalist), Richard Tobel (lead guitar), Liz Steele (accordion), and Betty Carter (southern vocalist). This week we celebrate April birthdays with a cake. Snacks also provided during break at 8:30. Beverages are available for purchase in the bar. Everyone is welcome. Elks membership is not required. The cover charge is $5. Come and check us out.
Participate in blood drive
POLSON —The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at St. Joseph Medical Center (Byrnes conference room – 6 Thirteenth Ave. E), on Wednesday, April 17, from 11:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Call Rich at 406-883-8273 X 78273 to schedule an appointment or go online at redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: STJOES.
Quintana to speak at Democrats’ meeting
RONAN — Lake County Democrats will hold their April meeting on Wednesday, April 17, at the Ronan Senior Center on Main Street. A social gathering will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the program to follow at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Jorge (George) Quintana, who represents Montana on the Democratic National Committee will give a DNC update with a review of 2018 and a preview of 2020, including their plan and changes in strategy for the 2020 election and the presidential debate process.
Thursday, April 18
All invited to Maundy Thursday service
POLSON —St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 110 Sixth Ave. E, welcomes all to their Easter week service on Maundy Thursday, April 18, at 5 p.m.
Free film screening offered
RONAN — A free screening of “A Montana Legacy: The Melton Buffalo Ranch 1948-1962,” a film produced by Caribou Crossing, a local media partnership, and co-directed by Frank Tyro and Larry (Joe) Darlington, will be shown on Thursday, April 18, at the Ronan Community Center small room at 6 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m. DVDs of the 56-minute program will be available at the screenings.
Learn about invasive mussels
POLSON — “Invasive Mussels: What You Need to Know” by Tom Bansak will be Mission Mountain Audubon’s evening program on Thursday, April 18 at 7 p.m. in the Polson library meeting room. Everyone is welcome.
Sacred Heart Mission to celebrate Mass
ARLEE — Sacred Heart Mission will celebrate Holy Thursday Mass at 7 p.m.
Friday, April 19
Church welcomes all to services
POLSON — Polson Community Church, 1814 First Street E, will have a Good Friday service at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 19, and an Easter Sunday Worship at 10:30 a.m. on April 21. All are welcome.
Good Friday observed
POLSON — St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 110 Sixth Ave. E, welcomes all to their Easter week service on Good Friday, April 19, at 5 p.m.
Popular entertainers return
POLSON — If you enjoy country-western, vintage rock and roll, or blue grass, this is the dance for you. The Cowboy Country and the Gold Dust Girls will again perform at the Elks ballroom April 19 from 6-9 p.m. This is the popular seven-piece band who played here last January. The cover charge is $6 per person. Beverages will be available for purchase in the bar. Dress is casual. You really won’t want to miss this one. Hope to see you there.
Stations of the Cross recited
JOCKO — Fr. Hightower will lead the Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. at Jocko Mission on Good Friday, April 19 at 3 p.m.
Washing of the Feet service held
ST. IGNATIUS — St. Ignatius Mission will hold a Washing of the Feet service on Good Friday at 7 p.m. followed by a Procession with the Corpus of Christ ceremony.
Saturday, April 20
‘Lamb of God’ returns
RONAN — “Lamb of God” is a sacred work by soloists, choir and orchestra to benefit the St. Ignatius Mission fresco restoration. This is a special Easter Eve performance at the Ronan Performing Arts Center. The performance is free but donations are welcomed. Performance begins at 7 p.m.
Don’t be late for egg hunt
ST. IGNATIUS — On Saturday, April 20, at 10 a.m. sharp (don’t be late), the St. Ignatius Chamber will sponsor an Easter egg hunt at the St. Ignatius High School football field. There will be a raffle and bake sale with casseroles and baked goodies at the St. Ignatius Senior Center from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Help raise money for the Mission Mountain Pageant. There will be prizes for each age group: 0-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12 years old. You will have an opportunity to take your picture with the Easter Bunny.
Easter Vigil celebrated
ST. IGNATIUS — Holy Saturday Easter Vigil Mass will take place at 9 p.m. at the St. Ignatius Mission.
Episcopals welcome all to Great Easter Vigil service
POLSON — St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 110 Sixth Ave. E, welcomes all to their Great Vigil of Easter service on Saturday, April 20, at 6 p.m.
View spring waterfowl at west valley ponds
KALISPELL — Flathead Audubon will host a field trip to the West Valley ponds in Kalispell on Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m.-noon. The group will visit several ponds in the West Valley area including the new public bird viewing area. Expect to see lots of migrating waterfowl and look for shorebirds, raptors, and early passerines. Roads will be both paved and gravel. This trip will be primarily driving. For details and to sign-up, contact Cory Davis at 406-471-3314 or email: piranga99@gmail. com. Trip is limited to 25 participants and is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Flathead Audubon website: www. flatheadaudubon.org.
Sunday, April 21
Join Easter service
POLSON — St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 110 Sixth Ave. E, welcomes all to their Easter Sunday service on April 21 at 10 a.m.
Resurrection of the Lord celebrated
ST. IGNATIUS/ARLEE — Easter Sunday Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. in St. Ignatius Mission and at 11:30 a.m. at the Arlee Sacred Heart Mission. There will be no Mass in Jocko.
Monday, April 22
Join ‘Earth Day’ fun with PAT group
POLSON — The Parents as Teachers Home Visiting program is celebrating Earth Day with a fun-filled “Group Connection” from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Lake County Health Department’s conference room, 802 Main Street. Families with children under 5 years old are invited to come and enjoy some sensory play, crafts, and learn about planting seeds and other ways to enjoy and care for the Earth. Snacks will be provided and each family will receive a book about Earth Day. The PAT program is a free, voluntary program that provides twice-monthly home visits with age-appropriate activities for children from birth to age five. We also provide developmental screenings, information and referrals to area resources. Families can be enrolled in the PAT program as soon as mom is pregnant, which many moms-to-be and dads find to be very helpful, since babies don’t come with a manual. Call 406-883-7288 for more information.
Tuesday, April 23
Learn how the buffalo were saved
ST. IGNATIUS — On April 23, the Flathead Reservation Human Rights Coalition is sponsoring a free showing of the CSKT film, “In the Spirit of ?Atatice?: The Untold Story of the National Bison Range.” Join us at 6:30 p.m. for a potluck meal followed by the film and CSKT panel discussion at Mission Valley United Methodist Church, (70715 Highway 93, top of Post Creek Hill). This event is family-friendly and educational for all ages. For more information contact Cathy at 406-203-2179.
Smart Driver course taught in Polson
POLSON — NW Montana AARP Smart Driver course will be taught on April 23 at the Polson Area Senior Center from 8:30-11 a.m. and from 1-3 p.m. Call 406-883-4735 for a reservation.
Wednesday, April 24
Arlee Schools’ Title VI meeting on tap
ARLEE — Arlee Schools’ annual Title VI meeting will take place at the Arlee Community Center on Wednesday, Apr. 24, at 6:30 pm. For more information, contact the district office.
Help make community clean, beautiful April 24-28
RONAN — Ronan cleanup days begin on Wednesday, April 24. Meet at the Ronan High School football field where bags and gloves will be supplied for clean-up from 3:45-6 p.m. Ronan students will be pitching in. There will be a dumpster available from April 24-28 to put any collected trash into.
Do you have a large item or multiple items you need to dispose of but can’t get to the dumpster in town? Do you live within Ronan City Limits? If yes is your answer to both these questions, then we can help. Call Ronan Town Hall at 406-676-4231 to schedule a pick up. Please note, this is to assist with loading item(s) and not a clean-up crew to rake or pick up trash. Our volunteers are happy to help load what you need to get rid of but it must be accessible and ready to go. Please bag small items if possible. Pick up dates are between April 24-28. Lake County Sheriff and Ronan Police Department will be on hand for safety and traffic control.
Make a shawl at the People’s Center
PABLO — On April 24 from 5:30-8 p.m. there will be a shawl-making class (please bring your own materials) at the People’s Center. We have sewing machines for your use and will provide instruction for a fee of $15 per person to cover instructor costs. You will need material, ribbon, thread, appliques, heat and bond and anything else you want to adorn your shawl with. You can purchase rolls of fringe in our gift shop. If you are interested in instructing a class or want a certain class to be offered, call Jordan Stasso at 406- 675-0160.
Thursday, April 25
Kindergarten Round Up on tap in Ronan
RONAN — Ronan School District No.30 is conducting their annual Kindergarten Round Up pre-registration for Ronan-Pablo residents. Registration continues to pre-enroll for both elementary schools for the upcoming 2019/2020 school year, but will be held at a new location: K. Wm. Harvey Elementary School on Thursday, April 25, from 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. For more information contact the Special Services office at 406-676-3390 X7450.
Friday, April 26
Cowboy Ball brings fun, entertainment to Polson
POLSON — The 29th annual Cowboy Ball takes place on Friday, April 26, under the big tent at the Polson Fairgrounds. No host cocktails and the silent auction begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. and the live auction starting at 7:30 p.m. Following the auction there will be dancing to music of “sho-down.” Tickets are $50 each. Call 406-883-1100 for information and tickets. Proceeds benefit fairgrounds improvement.
Pachyderms plan community discussion
POLSON — Polson Pachyderms will host a community discussion from a video by Mr. Reagan called “The Brains Behind Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.” It explains the ultimate goals of Alexandria’s campaign manager based on professed philosophy, which combines Nazism and Communism with threats of violence. In order for American communities to combat resurgence of historically dangerous political philosophies we have to become aware of the power behind Marxism and its growing threat in American civil and political life. The group will meet on April 26 noon-1 p.m. at Polson Rural Fire Station off Regatta Road. For questions call Norm Johnson at 406- 249-5303
Share a potluck dish, learn gardening tips
BIG ARM — On Friday, April 26, Master Gardner Mona Rey will be our guest speaker at the historic Big Arm one-room schoolhouse. She always has great information and tips to share on how to grow a successful garden in this area. This event includes a potluck dinner and begins at 6 p.m. Please bring a dish to pass.
Talk about UFOs
POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library, 2 First Ave. E, will host the Montana Conversations program “Montana UFOs and Extraterrestrials” with Joan Bird on Friday, April 26, at 5:30. The presentation is free and open to the public. Montana is home to some of the most significant, well-documented, and interesting UFO reports in the history of ufology. Bird gives a short course in UFO literacy, using Montana events to illustrate different aspects of the phenomenon. Montana seems to be a place where there is a lot of historical UFO activity. The audience is invited to share their own or their family’s stories. For more information, please call 406-883-8225.