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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

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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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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, 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.
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: 
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.



Saturday, April 6

Support SoupsOn, JourneyBe

4/5/2019 - 4/6/2019

POLSON — Come and support SoupsOn and JourneyBe at their indoor spring sale happening at JourneyBe, 101 Seventh Ave. W, on Friday, April 5, from 3-6 p.m. and on Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be vendors, a bake sale, an estate sale and more. Bake sale donations are welcome.

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Cherry growers meet in Yellow Bay


YELLOW BAY — The 83rd annual cherry growers’ horticultural meeting will be held on Saturday, April 6, at the Yellow Bay Community Clubhouse, Highway 35, mile-marker 18. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting begins promptly at 9 a.m.

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Join clean-up for Buttercup


ARLEE —The spring community clean-up takes place on Saturday, April 6. We will be meeting at 10 a.m. in the south parking lot of The Hangin' Art Gallery. The Arlee CDC will provide vests, trash bags, coffee and snacks. We will split up into groups to cover the Buttercup Run route along Highway 93 and Jocko Road.

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Join the Bison Stampede run


DIXON — Join the Bison Stampede 5K/10K/fun run and pancake breakfast on Saturday, April 6. Please join us in Dixon to walk, run, cheer and/or enjoy pancakes. Register now at: or at 8 a.m. on race day. Call 406-246-3566 for more information.

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Sunday, April 7

‘Lamb of God’ returns


ST. IGNATIUS — “Lamb of God” is a sacred work by soloists, choir and orchestra to benefit the St. Ignatius Mission fresco restoration. The performance is free but donations are welcomed. Performance begins at 7 p.m.

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Accordion Association holds dance


POLSON — The Northwest Accordion Association will hold a community dance on April 7 from 2-5 p.m. at the Elks ballroom in Polson located on Main Street. The music is not just accordion music. There is a variety of music you can listen to or dance to. You do not have to be a member of the Elks or the Accordion Association to attend, sing or play. However, if you do sing or play you don’t pay. Admission is $2 for members, $3 for non-members, and $5 to become a member of the MVAA. Everyone is welcome. Hope to see you there.

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Club hosts annual brunch


RONAN — Round Butte Woman’s Club will host their annual Spring Fling Brunch on Sunday, April 7, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Please join us for brunch. The clubhouse is located eight miles west of Ronan on Round Butte Road. Please call Geri at 406-676-3054 for more information.

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Monday, April 8

Learn to encourage food source for living things


KALISPELL — Kathy Ross will be the guest speaker at the Flathead Audubon meeting on Monday, April 8, from 7-9 p.m. at the Gateway West Community room in Kalispell. Audubon board member Kathy Ross will discuss food sources for most living things, humans and birds included. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Flathead Audubon website: www.flatheadaudubon. org.

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Wednesday, April 10

Auxiliary meet at VFW Hall


RONAN — The Ronan VFW Auxiliary 5652 will meet on Wednesday, April 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the VFW Hall. For more information call 406-676-3380.

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People’s center to make drums, sticks


PABLO — Traditional arts classes for April are open to everyone. A light meal will be provided for participants. On April 10 from 5:30-8 p.m. there will be large drum making and drum stick making. There’s no fee for making the large drum (which will remain with the center). The fee for making drumsticks is $10 each (covers materials).

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Rural Fire District Board to meet


BIG ARM – The regular monthly meeting of the Polson Rural Fire District Board of Trustees will take place on Wednesday, April 10, at 6 p.m. at the Big Arm Station No. 2, 28565 Seventh Street. The agenda is available on the Monday prior to meeting at the

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Sacrament of Reconciliation offered


ARLEE — The sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered on Wednesday, April 10, at 6:30 p.m. in Arlee.

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Friday, April 12

Free dinner served


POLSON — The April Friendship Table Dinner is on Friday, April 12, from 5-6:15 p.m. at the Polson Presbyterian Church, located across from Linderman School. Come join us. This dinner is free and open to all.

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Learn to drive safely


ST. IGNATIUS — NW Montana AARP Smart Driver course will be taught on April 12 at the St. Ignatius Senior Citizens Center from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 406-754-4462 for a reservation.

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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:

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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 and enter sponsor code: STJOES.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sacred Heart Mission to celebrate Mass


ARLEE — Sacred Heart Mission will celebrate Holy Thursday Mass at 7 p.m.

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Friday, April 19

Church welcomes all to services

4/19/2019 - 4/21/2019

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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