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‘Park After Dark’ winter hike offered at Lone Pine State Park

KALISPELL — On Wednesday, Feb. 16, from  7:30-9 p.m. experience Lone Pine State Park on a wintery night on this full moon hike. Moon views vary depending on cloud cover, but you’re guaranteed a nighttime adventure that experiences the park after hours. Be sure to dress for the weather. Trails are typically icy at this time of year, so wear micro spikes like Yaktrax if there’s snow on the ground. We’ll have snowshoes available if needed. Please bring a flashlight or headlamp. Call the visitor center at 406-755-2706, ext. 0, to register, as space is limited. Cost is $4 per hiker ($8 entry fee for non-resident vehicles).


Attend ‘Here Comes the Sun’ Concert

POLSON — The Polson Fairground Amphitheatre is the site of the “Here Comes the Sun” concert. This concert celebrates the sounds and songs of the Beatles at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 29. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Food trucks will be on site at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 each.


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.

Experience ‘Lights under the Big Sky’

RONAN — On Saturday, Dec. 11, “Lights Under the Big Sky” will provide fun and entertainment for residents of the Mission Valley at the Ronan Fairgrounds from 5-9 p.m. There will be holiday lights displays; family activities and Santa.


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.

Learn QuickBooks Level 1

RONAN —  Mission West Community Development Partners, 407 Main St. SW, is offering a free workshop on QuickBooks Level 1 on Sept. 15 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Go to: to register.


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.

Library closed for holiday

POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library will be closed on Monday, July 4 in recognition of the holiday.



Saturday, May 14

Be an early birder


FLATHEAD LAKE STATE PARK — The early bird gets the worm, but did you know the early birder at Flathead Lake gets coffee? Join us at 7 a.m. on Migratory Bird Day to learn about the birds that pass through the units of Flathead Lake State Park, discuss qualities that make birds so unique and fascinating, and identify birds on a short hike through the park. Coffee will be provided even if we don’t see the coolest birds. Birders of all ages and experience levels are welcome to meet at the Ranger Station on Saturday, May 14, at 7 a.m. Bring binoculars if you have them and sturdy hiking shoes. Cost of the event is $4 and reservations are required. Call the ranger station at 406-837-3041 ext. 0 to reserve your spot.


Run in KOA Fun Run


POLSON — The KOA 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run is scheduled for May 14. Start time is 11:30 a.m. Entry fee is $25 for adults and $10 for kids. There will be a party on the patio following the race. For registration/information go to: POLSON @KOA.COM 


Tuesday, May 17

Learn Kumihimo


POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library will hold a Japanese braiding technique (kumihimo) craft workshop on Tuesday, May 17, at 11 a.m. in the library’s meeting room. Basic supplies will be provided along with samples of Tabletree Cherry Juice.


Word Level I taught via ZOOM


KALISPELL/ZOOM — Word Level I will be taught on May 17 (Zoom option). Discover the power of word processing. This class covers the basics like keyboard techniques and shortcuts, formatting, cut/copy/paste, the clipboard, spellcheck, grammar check, autocorrect and other useful tips and tricks. Prerequisite: familiarity with basic Windows functions. Through a partnership with FVCC, Mission West Community Development Partners offers the chance to attend these workshops free of charge. We will enroll you in the workshops and pay the fee. To be eligible, you must own or work for a for-profit small business with ten or fewer employees located in Lake, Mineral or Sanders County. Entrepreneurs who are planning to start a business are also eligible. If you’d like to enroll, call us at 406-676-5928.


Friday, May 20

Indigkitchen cooking demonstration at library


POLSON — Mariah Gladstone  will demonstrate Indigenous cooking on May 20 from 6:30-8 p.m. on Zoom. Mariah will tell the history of Indigenous food systems, the relationship between cultural identity, health and native plants and how the ingredients native to this continent can be incorporated into today’s meal planning and preparation. 

This event is free, open to everyone and registration is required to receive the Zoom link. 

The library will have a watch party if at least five patrons register by Wednesday, May 18. 

If you’d like to join us in the library, call 406-883-8225. To register to watch via Zoom, go to:  


Bison Range Restoration Celebration held


BISON RANGE — Join Tribal members and the community for the Bison Range Restoration Celebration on Friday, May 20. There will be an opening prayer, honor son, honor guard and lunch provided from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. A powwow will take place from noon-4 p.m. that includes Native games.


Glacier Bank Shred Day held


POLSON — The Glacier Bank Shred Day will be held on May 20 from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. at 50510 Highway 93. Two boxes per person will be accepted. 


Saturday, May 21

Anderson Broadcasting hosts Trades Fair


POLSON — Businesses are invited to participate in this exciting and unique marketing opportunity scheduled from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, at Polson High School. The festive environment and tradition of the Trades Fair makes it convenient and fun for potential customers to experience your product or service. For more information go to: or call 406-883-9200.


Learn about library’s summer reading program


POLSON — Have questions about the Summer Reading Program?  Want to come check out the cool prizes? Come on down to the library on Saturday, May 21, at 10 a.m. Felicia will be there to answer any questions, show off some of the prizes you could win, and tell you about some of the awesome guest speakers we’ve got lined up for you this summer. She’ll also go over how easy it is to register now, and answer any questions you have about the READSquared app.  


Transfer Station holds Electronic Waste Day


POLSON — The Transfer Station is accepting TV and computer monitors (flat screen only), cell phones, copiers, printers, cords, electronic waste from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 21.

Sunday, May 22

Half-price entry marks Bison Range restoration


BISON RANGE — To mark the Bison Range Restoration Celebration, a Community Appreciation Day will allow for half-price day passes. For more information go to


Tuesday, May 24

Library holds 3D printer demonstration


POLSON — On Tuesday, May 24, at 2 p.m., in the North Lake County Public Library’s large meeting room, watch a live demonstration of the library’s newly repair 3D printer. You can enter your name into a raffle for a 3D printed prize, have your questions answered, and learn how to design and print a variety of household objects.


Word Level II taught via ZOOM


KALISPELL/ZOOM — Word Level II will be taught on May 24  (Zoom option). Put Word to work to save time and improve the look of your documents. Learn about setting margins, tab stops, indentations, bulleted, numbered and multi-level lists, headers and footers, text boxes and photos, and custom tabs. Prerequisite: Word Level I or familiarity with Word basics. Through a partnership with FVCC, Mission West Community Development Partners offers the chance to attend these workshops free of charge. We will enroll you in the workshops and pay the fee. To be eligible, you must own or work for a for-profit small business with ten or fewer employees located in Lake, Mineral or Sanders County. Entrepreneurs who are planning to start a business are also eligible. If you’d like to enroll, call us at 406-676-5928.


Wednesday, May 25

Irrigators meet at new location


RONAN — There is a new meeting location for Flathead District Irrigators. FID monthly meeting will take place May 25 at 1 p.m. upstairs at Mission West Community Development Partners, 407 Main Street SW. (Previously called Lake County Community Development. Same location we met two plus years ago.) 

St. Ignatius Rural Fire District announces meeting


ST. IGNATIUS — St. Ignatius Rural Fire District notice of regular meeting: The St. Ignatius Rural Fire District will conduct their regular meeting on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at 6 p.m. in the fire hall meeting room. For further information you may contact Chairman Tim Callahan at 406-745-4112.


Thursday, May 26

Red Nose Day is back


POLSON — Stop in on Thursday, May 26, to buy your Red Nose for $1 or just donate. 100% of proceeds go to the Red Nose Day USA fund, which supports the local Flathead Boys and Girls Club, Feeding America, and many other local and national children’s charities. Noses are on sale through May 31. 


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