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2019 Farmers Markets

Lake County vendors invited to Bigfork through Oct. 9

BIGFORK — The Bigfork Farmers’ Market Cooperative will take place each Wednesday until October 9. The market takes place between 3-6 p.m. on the lawn at The Bigfork VFW, 8098 Highway 35. New vendors from Flathead, Lake or Sanders counties are welcome to join us. For information call 406-249-4698 or e-mail: bffm@bigforkfarmersmarket. com.

Ronan Farmers Market through September 26

RONAN — The 2019 Ronan Farmers Market will open on Thursday, May 16, at the Ronan Visitors’ Center. Hours will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursdays throughout the spring and summer until Sept. 26 (except for July 4). For more information, call 406-676-5901 or go to cryse. They are seeking produce and prepared food vendors. The Ronan Farmers Market offers fresh produce, cheeses, eggs, baked goods, prepared foods, and crafts from the Mission Valley.

Shop local at Polson's farmers market through Sept. 

POLSON — Starting on Friday, May 3, Polson Farmers Market will be open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Friday, rain or shine. The market is located at Third Ave. W. and will have homegrown produce and plants, coffee, jewelry, soaps, popsicles, baked goods, meats, eggs, cheese, preserved foods, fabric, photographic and handmade art, beauty products, wood working and much, much more. All products are by local producers. For more information call 406-675-0177.


Class offers help for caregivers through June 7

POLSON — Are you caring for a loved one? Providence St. Joseph Medical Center is hosting the Area VI Agency on Aging’s six-week series of classes designed to help caregivers with the many physical and emotional challenges they face. The classes begin May 3. For class times and more information visit: https://montana. or call the Area VI Agency on Aging at 406-883-7284.

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.

Move for better balance

RONAN — Tai Ji Quan is a moving-for-better-balance class and will be offered by a certified instructor at the MSU Lake County Extension on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m. beginning May 13. This is an alternative exercise training program for improving balance and preventing falls. There is no cost. Please wear good shoes and clothes you can move in and bring water. Call 406- 676-4271 to sign-up.

Move for better balance through June

POLSON — The spring session of “Moving for Better Balance,” an adapted Tai Chi program, will begin on Tuesday, April 9. It will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-11 a.m. at the Polson Senior Center. The class will run until the end of June. Call Jane at the Agency on Aging to sign up 406-883-7284.

New exhibit begins at Sandpiper Art Gallery through June 14

POLSON — Sandpiper Art Gallery, 306 Main Street, Polson, presents until June 14, “As I Was Wandering.” This exhibit will be everything we love about Montanans and the Montana experience. This show will feature past and present member artists; Sue Arneson (Montana Watercolor Artist), Carolyn Ekland-Olson (World Wide Photography), Karla Martinson (3D Paintings & Publisher), Mary Kelley (Plein Aire and the Old Masters in Oil), Judith Wright (Mixed Media). Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday.

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.

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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, July 20

Summer program at Boys and Girls Club begins

6/10/2019 - 8/16/2019

LAKE COUNTY — The Flathead Reservation and Lake County Boys and Girls Club in Ronan will operate a summer program Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. from June 10-Aug. 16 (closed July 4). The cost is $20 per week or $150 for the full summer. The summer session is 10 weeks of fun – opportunities for discovery, learning, and activities galore. Applications may be picked up onsite or at:

Tags:  Lake County  

Saturday, July 20

‘Magic Moment’ art exhibited through July 26

6/17/2019 - 7/26/2019

POLSON — A members only open show entitled “Magic Moment,” featuring Sandpiper Art Gallery member artists past and present will be exhibited from June 17-July 26. All submissions will be accepted in the artist’s interpretation of the theme. This is member magic at its best. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday.

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Saturday, July 20

‘Mission Valley in Motion’ program begins, through Aug. 8

6/17/2019 - 8/8/2019

PABLO — “Mission Valley in Motion” is a summer youth program that will run from June 17- Aug. 8, at the Joe McDonald Health & Fitness Center. The program is open to students ages 7-14. Please join us for a summer of fun with activities and weekly trips. MVM is a free summer youth program that provides free lunch and breakfast for anyone under 18 years of age. Call 406-275- 4794 for more information.

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Saturday, July 20

Full summer agenda planned for Polson club through Aug. 6

6/17/2019 - 8/16/2019

POLSON — The Boys and Girls Club of Lake County and Flathead Reservation in Polson will operate a summer program Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. from June 17-Aug. 16 (closed July 4). The cost is $10 per week or $75 for the full summer. The summer session is nine weeks of fun - opportunities, discoeries, learning, and activities galore. Applications may be picked up onsite or at: www.

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Cherry Festival held on streets of downtown Polson

7/20/2019 - 7/21/2019

POLSON — The Polson Main Street Flathead Cherry Festival will be held Saturday, July 20, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, July 21, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Come enjoy the great selection of vendors, Flathead cherries, homemade cherry pies, cherry products and gifts, unique arts and crafts, specials, food court, entertainment and activities for kids. On Saturday, a children’s and an adults’ cherry spitting contest takes place in front of the Cove Deli at 2 p.m. The children’s and an adults’ pie eating contest starts at 4 p.m. For more information, go to flatheadcherryfestival. com.

Tags:  Polson  

Sunday, July 21

Cherry Festival continues in Polson


POLSON — The Polson Main Street Flathead Cherry Festival continues on Sunday, July 21, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Come enjoy the great selection of vendors, Flathead cherries, homemade cherry pies, unique arts and crafts, sidewalk sales and specials and kids’ activities. Prizes will be awarded from downtown merchants. For more information, go to:

Tags:  Polson  

Good Old Days ends with fly-in, duck race


ST. IGNATIUS — From 8 a.m.-noon the Good Old Days’ Fly-In takes place complete with huckleberry pancakes, biscuits and gravy, eggs, coffee or juice. There will be door prizes and a large general aviation aircraft display.

Beginning at 9 a.m. you can purchase a duck for the 10 a.m. duck race. This event supports St. Ignatius High School seniors.

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Lake County Fair shotgun event held


RONAN — The Lake County Fair holds a shotgun event at Big Sky Sporting Clays starting at 10 a.m.

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Standing Arrow Powwow concludes


ELMO — The 39th annual Ksanka Standing Arrow Powwow at the Elmo Powwow Grounds ends.

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Tuesday, July 23

‘Our Big Sky’ presented at library


POLSON — On Tuesday, July 23, from 5-7 p.m. the Montana Space Consortium will present “Our Big Sky.” The Montana Space Grant Consortium was established in 1991 as a component of NASA’s National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. The Montana program is one of a national network of 52 consortia, working to strengthen aerospace research and education in the United States. This program is free and open to the public.


Lake County Fair fully underway

7/23/2019 - 7/28/2019

RONAN — Lake County Fair events include 4-H dog obedience and showmanship/rally and agility takes place from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Large animal check-in is from 3-7 p.m. From 5-8 p.m. there will be a 4-H family style dinner. From 5-8 p.m. non-perishable open class check-in happens. 4-H and open class poultry/rabbit check in is from 6-8 p.m. From 6-9 p.m. large animal weigh-in takes place. There will be concessions by 4-H clubs, as well as commercial, educational and non-profit booths from Tuesday, July 23, through Sunday, July 28.

Tags:  Ronan  

Wednesday, July 24

Lake County Fair continues


RONAN — At the Lake County Fair, judges orientation begins at 8:30 a.m. and perishable open class check-in is from 9 a.m.-noon. Swine showmanship and judging is from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Open class judges orientation takes place at 5 p.m., and from 5-8 p.m. a 4-H family style dinner is served. At 6 p.m., there is a cat show, and from 6-9 p.m., open class judging takes place. Market beef judging is at 7 p.m.

Tags:  Ronan  

Public invited to free Junior Ranger Day event


BIGFORK — During the Junior Ranger Day drop by from noon–3 p.m. at the Flathead Lake Ranger Station Wayfarers Unit to chat with a ranger, participate in fun games and activities, learn about the park and Flathead Lake and earn your Junior Ranger badge. This is a free event.

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Thursday, July 25

Lake County Fair continues


RONAN — Sheep, goat and poultry showmanship and judging all happen July 25. A fashion revue begins at 4 p.m., and a small fry stock show starts at 5 p.m. The Buyer’s Recognition Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. The market livestock sale starts at 7 p.m.

Tags:  Ronan  

Shakespeare in the Park comes to Plains


PLAINS — Shakespeare in the Park comes to the Sanders County Fairgrounds on Thursday, July 25, from 6-8 p.m. Plains High School is the back-up location in case of bad weather. “The Merry Wives of Windsor” will be performed.

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Solar observation program on tap at library


POLSON — In preparation for the afternoon solar observation program at North Lake County Public Library at 10:30 a.m., our youth services librarian will teach about the sun and other stars: what they’re made of, how they behave and what they do for us here on earth. Crafts and activities suitable for school-aged kids will provide participants with hands-on knowledge. From 2-4:30 p.m., Mark Paulson from Kalispell’s Big Sky Astronomy Club will lead us in a solar observation. This program will begin with some direct observation at 2 p.m., courtesy of Mark’s specialized solar observation equipment, followed by a presentation at 3:30 p.m. that will be geared more toward adults and school-aged children with a hunger for a more advanced understanding of solar phenomena.

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