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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.

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.

 

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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Friday, May 27

Big Arm community holds potluck

5/27/2022

BIG ARM — Come and join the Big Arm Association at the historic Big Arm School on Friday, May 27 for our first Community Potluck of the season. Bring your favorite dish to share with neighbors for dinner at 6 p.m. 

Our guest speaker will be Tyler Linse, who is the Lake County Weed Control Coordinator. He will discuss weed management for our area. His presentation begins at 7 p.m. 

Hope to see you there. For more information contact BAA Secretary-Nancy Foster at 406-849-5064.

MVUMC begins new ‘Pancakes and Praise’ program

5/27/2022

ST. IGNATIUS — We call it PTL (Praise the Lord) or “Pancakes and Praise” or “Eggs and Exaltation.”

Whatever the name, the Mission Valley United Methodist Church is serving an early breakfast and short worship service beginning on May 29.  

Breakfast will be served at 7:45 a.m. and after eating, a 30-minute worship time will follow for all folks who may be heading out for a day on the lake or in the mountains or gardening or who are just early birds. Families as well as singles are encouraged to “come as you are,” ready for your day, and join us for food and fellowship.

We will serve and pray every Sunday this summer and folks from all over the valley are invited. Don’t worry, the regular 10 a.m. worship service is still on for the regular worshippers, as well.

 

Tuesday, May 31

Library closes for Memorial Day

5/31/2022

POLSON —The North Lake County Public Library will be closed on Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day.

We will reopen for our regular hours on Tuesday, May 31. 

 

Quilters to meet

5/31/2022

RONAN — A meeting of the Mission Mountain Quilt Guild will be held on Tuesday, May 31 at the Terrace Lake Community Church in Ronan at 6:30 p.m. Final plans for the Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12 Quilt Show, in conjunction with the Chainsaw Carving Rendezvous in Ronan, will be old business. Everyone also bring a plan to sign up for a favorite committee to be a part of for the 2022-2023 quilt guild year.

 

Used book sale held at library

5/31/2022

POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library District’s Friends of the Library are holding a used book sale Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale features a huge selection of assorted titles, including DVDs and audiobooks, all at bargain prices. 

Along with books, the Friends will be selling raffle tickets for an Amish quilt as part of their fundraising efforts.  The quilt will be on display during the book sale; the winning ticket will be drawn on June 17.

The sale and raffle will be held in the large meeting room at the library in Polson, 2 First Ave. E. All proceeds and contributions will go toward the Friends’ support of the library’s many programs and projects that benefit all in the community.

 

Wednesday, June 1

Free meditation class taught via ZOOM

6/1/2022

ZOOM — Mission Mountain Zen is offering free online meditation classes. Please join the Mission Mountain Zen Center on June 1 and on subsequent Wednesdays, for an online meditation class led by Zen teacher, Zenku, including meditation instruction, practice and discussion via Zoom.  The classes will be each Wednesday from 6-7:30 p.m. Mountain Time. We will cultivate and deepen our centering skills and meditation practice during the class. Please join us and take advantage of this opportunity.  For more information and a Zoom link to the class call Zenku at 847-721-0665 or email: Jerry.Smyers@gmail.com.

 

 

Thursday, June 2

Grammy winners to perform at Red Poppy

6/2/2022

RONAN — On Thursday, June 2 from 8-10 p.m. the award winnning Rogerio Boccato Quarteto will perform at The Red Poppy, 1 Eisenhower St. SW.  $10 is the suggested donation.

Learn social media marketing for small businesses

6/2/2022

RONAN — On Thursday, June 2 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mission West Community Development Partners, 407 Main Street SW, will offer a class on essential and effective marketing strategies for business success. In this workshop you’ll learn: Digital Marketing Strategies for Small Businesses; Social media marketing your business; Facebook Marketing; Instagram Marketing; website and search engine optimization and how to building your email list and control the contact you have with your customers. A workbook will be included for you in this interactive workshop. Register at: https://lccdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/696.

 

Friday, June 3

First Friday Acoustic Music held in the library atrium

6/3/2022

 POLSON — June 3rd starting at 3:30 p.m. First Friday Acoustic Music will be held in the North Lake County Public Library’s atrium. Join us for the first program in this new monthly series. Intentionally scheduled between Friday Farmers’ Market and First Friday downtown shopping and events, this relaxing musical moment in the library will provide a cool respite in summer activities. Local musician Doug Trost will play music in a variety of styles, including jazz and country. 

Used book sale held at library

6/3/2022

POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library District’s Friends of the Library are holding a used book sale Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale features a huge selection of assorted titles, including DVDs and audiobooks, all at bargain prices. 

Along with books, the Friends will be selling raffle tickets for an Amish quilt as part of their fundraising efforts.  The quilt will be on display during the book sale; the winning ticket will be drawn on June 17.

The sale and raffle will be held in the large meeting room at the library in Polson, 2 First Ave. E. All proceeds and contributions will go toward the Friends’ support of the library’s many programs and projects that benefit all in the community.

 

Saturday, June 4

First Saturday event held at Ninepipes’ Museum

6/4/2022

CHARLO — Co-founder of Ninepipe’s Museum, Laurel Cheff, will be the featured artist at the June 4 First Saturday event held at the museum from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with light refreshments will be available. There will be several recent original oil paintings of Mission Mountain scenes and of wildlife, some of which are available to purchase. Raffle tickets for one of her paintings, Glacier Creek, will be sold at the museum starting June 4 and going through July 17. The painting depicts a scene on the south end of Crazy Horse in the Mission Mountains. Tickets prices are three for $10, and seven for $20. The drawing will be held at the event celebrating Bud Cheff Jr. on July 17.

 

First Saturday event held at Ninepipes’ Museum

6/4/2022

CHARLO — Co-founder of Ninepipe’s Museum, Laurel Cheff, will be the featured artist at the June 4 First Saturday event held at the museum from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with light refreshments will be available. There will be several recent original oil paintings of Mission Mountain scenes and of wildlife, some of which are available to purchase. Raffle tickets for one of her paintings, Glacier Creek, will be sold at the museum starting June 4 and going through July 17. The painting depicts a scene on the south end of Crazy Horse in the Mission Mountains. Tickets prices are three for $10, and seven for $20. The drawing will be held at the event celebrating Bud Cheff Jr. on July 17.

 

Pancakes served at Big Arm School

6/4/2022

BIG ARM — The Big Arm Association will host our Spring Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, June 4, at our historic Big Arm School from 8:30-11:30 a.m. We will serve pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, juice and coffee. Monetary donations are gratefully accepted. For more information contact 406-849-5064.

Thank you in advance.  

 

Shoot hoops in Plains

6/4/2022

PLAINS — The sixth annual Plains Wildhorse 3-on-3 Shootout will take place on June 4 at Amundson Sports Complex. Registration deadline is May 27 and the entry fee is $120. For more information, call Erica Swanson Lawyer at 406-544-8493.

Sunday, June 5

St. Joe’s Golf Scramble held

6/5/2022

POLSON — The Providence St. Joseph Scramble will be held on Sunday, June 5 at the Polson Bay Golf Club. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the shotgun start is at 10 a.m. This is an 18-hole, four-person scramble. Entry fee is $250 per team and includes golf, golf cart, gift bag, tee prizes and lunch at Bunkers. Contact Cameron Milton at 406-883-8230 or email: polsonbaygolfcourse@gmail.com to register.

 

Tuesday, June 7

Back Country Horsemen invite public to meeting

6/7/2022

RONAN — Mission Valley Back Country Horsemen invites the public to our next monthly meeting on June 7 at 7 p.m. at the VFW on Round Butte Rd. Come and see for yourself what this great organization is all about.  Hope to see you there.

 

Wednesday, June 8

Cheerful Heart Cancer Support Group meets again

6/8/2022

POLSON — The Cheerful Heart Cancer Support Group is for anyone affected by cancer. The group will meet from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, in the Chapel at St. Joseph Medical Center. Rev. John Payne will lead the group, which is meeting for the first time since March 2020. The group welcomes those recently diagnosed, those undergoing treatment, cancer survivors, and/or family members. Gatherings are informal allowing folks to drop-in when schedules and life permits. Brown-bag lunches are welcome. For more information, call 406-261-3304. 

 

Driftwood sculpting taught

6/8/2022

POLSON — Artist Melinda Jewett will teach “Driftwood Sculpture” at the Sandpiper Gallery on June 8 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The cost is $25 per session. Kit purchased separately. For more information call 406-883-5956 or go to: sandpiperartgallery.com.

 

Masumola Club activities resume

6/8/2022

POLSON — After a long Covid rest, the Masumola Club Board met last Friday and agreed that it is time to resume club functions with a meeting beginning at 5:45 p.m. on June 9 at the Masumola Club House.

In case you forgot, it is located on Masumola Lane. This will be a bring-your-own barbecue hosted open-air, as much as possible, and with social distancing encouraged. Please bring a dish to pass. Suggested food distribution: A – H dessert; I– O salad or vegetable; P – Z hot dish. 

As always, remember your beverage of choice, plates and silverware. Don’t forget all those smiles and stories you have been saving up to share with your friends and neighbors. 

 

MVUMC begins ‘Let’s go to the movies’ program

6/8/2022

ST. IGNATIUS — The Mission Valley United Methodist Church is offering a movie night and barbeque on Wednesdays this summer. Bring a hot dog or burger to fry on the grill and a salad or dessert to share for supper at 5 p.m. The movie starts at 6 p.m. Bring the family and join us for food, fellowship and a family-based movie. The first movie will be shown on June 8 and the sermon to follow will be on June 12.

The movie will become the basis for the following Sunday’s worship service. All are welcome and are guaranteed an enjoyable evening.

 

Polson Chamber Blast held at Big Sky Sporting Clays

6/8/2022

POLSON — The Polson Chamber Blast returns to Big Sky Sporting Clays, 43500 Irvine Flats Rd., on Friday, July 8. Call 406-883-2828 for more information. Cost is $125 per shooter and $375 per three-person team.

Registration from 10-10:20 a.m.; safety briefing 10:20-10:30 a.m.; tournament 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; lunch and awards 2-2:30 p.m. 

 

Rural Fire District Board to meet

6/8/2022

POLSON — The regular monthly meeting of the Polson Rural Fire District Board of Trustees will take place on Wednesday, June 8, at 6 p.m. at the Fairgrounds Station No. 1, 25B Regatta Road.

 

Thursday, June 9

Affordable health screenings coming to Ronan

6/9/2022

RONAN — Residents living in and around the Ronan can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening.  Ronan Community Center will host this community event on  June 9. The site is located at 300 Third Ave. NW.

Screenings can check for: The level of plaque buildup in your arteries, related to risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke and overall vascular health; HDL and LDL cholesterol levels; diabetes risk; bone density as a risk for possible osteoporosis; kidney and thyroid function, and more. Screenings are affordable and convenient. Special package pricing starts at $159, but consultants will work with you to create a package that is right for you based on your age and risk factors. Call 1-877-237-1354 or visit our website at: www.lifelinescreening.com. Pre-registration is required.

 

Kids' activity at Ronan Farmers Market

6/9/2022

Kids Activity at the Ronan Farmers Market: All children are invited to the Ronan Farmers Market from 4-7 p.m. to take part in the Two-Bite Challenge. Try two bites of a new vegetable at the market and receive a reward. The Ronan Farmers Market is held every Thursday until October 13 and features a new activity for kids each week. Located behind the Ronan Visitor Center.

Many vendors available at Homesteader Days

6/9/2022

HOT SPRINGS — The 73rd annual Homesteader Days and Open Rodeo one of Northwestern Montana’s not-to-be-missed signature events will be held June 10-12 in Hot Springs. Fun-filled family events begin on Friday. There will be a variety of vendors on Main Street with art, crafts and food. In the evening enjoy music and dancing.

 

Ronan Farmers Market open

6/9/2022

RONAN — The Ronan Farmers Market is open on Thursdays from 4-7 p.m. at the Ronan Visitors’ Center. Come see what kind of fresh produce or other treasures you can find.

 

Watch four days of chainsaw carving

6/9/2022

RONAN — Watch as amazing works of art are created by international chainsaw carvers from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. on June 9 at the Fairgrounds in Ronan. The four-day Mission Valley Chainsaw Carving Rendezvous will be held at the Ronan Fairgrounds from Thursday, June 9 to Sunday, June 20. There will be nightly quick-carve auctions, carvings for sale and craft and food vendors including a beer garden. The main auction will take place on Sunday at 1 p.m. Meet the carvers during a welcome breakfast June 9 at 7 a.m. sponsored by the Valley Club. The first quick carve begins at 10:30 a.m. Lunch is sponsored by the 325 Bar at noon. Dinner is sponsored by Pizza Café at 7 p.m. Call 406-261-7579 or 406-261-4697 for more information.

 

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