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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.

Men’s Friday afternoon cancer club through May 24

POLSON — If you are a man with any cancer diagnosis this group is for you. Join others for six meetings to discuss the issues men with cancer are facing Friday afternoons from 5:15-6:30 p.m. at the Bickford Building (upstairs). This group is free of charge. Coy Theobalt has been facilitating groups for men with cancer for more than 18 years. Call 406-578- 8078 to reserve a seat.

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 Wednesday after-school library program explores the world

POLSON — “Wiggle Worms,” a new after-school program at North Lake County Library takes place on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. Join us in the after-school hour for stories, activities, and crafts designed to boost a love of learning. While optimized for kids four and up, all ages are welcome to join us as we explore a new part of the world each week.

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.




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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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New hours announced for MO

POLSON — Miracle of America’s hours are now 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 1:30-6 p.m. on Sundays. Some holidays may be shorter hours as well, so it is best to call 406-883-6804 first. Our free “Night at the Museum” is on the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Donations or treats are always welcome. Schoolteachers are encouraged to give extra credit for a report from attending students.

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.


Wednesday, May 30

Join ‘Moving for Better Balance’

5/1/2018 - 7/19/2018

POLSON — Moving for Better Balance, an evidence-based, adapted Tai Chi class, will be offered by the Area VI Agency on Aging on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11 a.m. for 12 weeks, May 1-July 19. Classes will be held at the Polson Senior Center. The fee is $35 for senior center members, $50 for non-members (they get a membership included), but everything is on a slidingscale. Call 406-883-7284 for information or to sign up.

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Advanced Studies students showcase work


POLSON — The students in Polson’s Gifted Program’s Advanced Studies classes (grades 6, 7/8, and 9-12) invite you to an evening of displays and presentations. You may come any time between 5-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30. This event will take place in the library at Polson High School. If you have any questions, please contact Tamara Fisher at: or 406-883- 6335 ext. 328. The students developed their own mini, semester- long, year-long, or multi-year projects or courses of study and would like to share with you all that they have learned.

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Arlee Farmers’ Market season kicks off


ARLEE —The Arlee Farmers’ Market season will kick off on Wednesday, May 30. The Market, located in the south parking lot of the Hangin' Art Gallery and in front of the Merc on 93, will be open every Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. from May 30 -Sept. 26. The vendors will not be charged a booth fee. Items sold must be hand-baked, hand-crafted, and locally grown. Used items will not be allowed. No smoking is allowed on market premises.

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Art Gallery opens new exhibit through June 15

5/30/2018 - 6/15/2018

POLSON — Sandpiper Art Gallery, 306 Main Street, Polson, presents until June 15, “Living in the Moment.” This exhibit will be everything we love about Montana and will feature member artists Kathy Calkins (acrylic painter), Marla Hall (photography), Mary K. LeProwse (fused glass), Joanne Simpson (batik watercolor and jewelry) and a guest artist to be announced. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday.

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Enjoy friends, family at free community dinner


ST. IGNATIUS — A free St. Ignatius Community Dinner will be served from 5:30- 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30. A hot meal will be served at the St. Ignatius Sr. Citizens building. All are invited to come and eat with your community of family, friends, neighbors or just bring yourself. This event is hosted by St. Ignatius Christian Missionary Alliance Church, Pastor Jason Jury.

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Learn about Essiac tea from author


POLSON — Enjoy an evening with Mali Klein, from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30, at the Polson Library. Learn first-hand about Essiac, the old herbal tea that is here to help. Learn what an easy and healing thing a cup of Essiac can be. Mali Klein has been writing and researching Essiac for over 20 years. Her new book, The Essiac Essentials Handbook, has just arrived from the printers. Get a signed copy and Essiac herbs too. All proceeds will be donated to the Journey Be church. Be entertained, informed and inspired. Don’t miss it. There will be free samples.

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Thursday, May 31

‘The Sunshine Days Arrive’ at the library


POLSON — North Lake County Public Library holds Story Time for 3-5 year olds, their siblings and their caregivers. Join us Thursday from 10-11 a.m. or from 4-5 p.m. The theme for the week of May 31 is “The Sunshine Days Arrive.” The library is located at 2 First Ave. E.

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Lake County Democrats host fundraiser


NORTH CROW – Jenny Eck, Montana House Minority Leader, and Jon Sesso, Montana Senate Minority Leader, will be the featured speakers at the Lake County Democrats annual fundraiser on Thursday, May 31, at the North Crow Clubhouse off of Old Highway 93 in Pablo. A delicious spaghetti dinner will be served for $25 per person. The fundraiser begins at 5:30 p.m. There will also be a live auction.

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Soup’s On closes for summer


POLSON — Soup’s On’s last day to serve lunch will be May 31, and then they will be closed for the summer. Soup’s On will re-open in the fall. For more information call 406-261-2018.

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Friday, June 1

Last day of school announced


MISSION VALLEY — Three school districts, St. Ignatius, Dayton and Hot Springs, end school on Friday, June 1.

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Saturday, June 2

Cheff, Davis exhibit artwork


NINEPIPE — Laurel Cheff ’s work will be on display at Ninepipes Museum on Saturday, June 2, along with multi-media artist, Kate Davis. Davis will display some of her latest photographs during her exhibit at the museum. Davis will be on hand from 2-4 p.m.

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Graduation takes place in Mission


ST. IGNATIUS — St. Ignatius High School graduation ceremony from 2-4 p.m.

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Papa Bear Runs again


RONAN — The 8th annual Papa Bear Run will be held Saturday, June 2. The ride will begin at S & S Sports store in Ronan going to Plains, Hot Springs, and Somers and ending back at S&S in Ronan. Sign-up and start at 10 a.m. There is a $10 entry fee. Race ends and awards given at 5 p.m. This event benefits Boys and Girls Club of the Flathead Indian Reservation.

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People’s Center invites artists


PABLO — The annual Artists’ Market will be held at the People’s Center on Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. All artists are invited to promote their work at this event. Simply call and register at 406-675-0160.

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PHS seniors graduate


POLSON — Polson High School graduation ceremony.

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Watch racing in Polson


POLSON — Saturday racing will have Mod $, Big Sky West Coast late models, and Thunderstocks. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. Qualifying time trials are at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. General admission is $10; juniors ages 8-17 are $7. Kids 7 and under are free. Come have some fun. Bring the family. Mission Valley Raceway is at 1113 N Reservoir Road. No outside food, beverages or alcohol. For more information call 406-210-5400.

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Yard sale proceeds go to Relay for Life


ST. IGNATIUS — A yard sale will take place from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, at Mission Valley United Methodist Church (top of Post Creek Hill). All proceeds will support Relay for Life.

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Sunday, June 3

Accordion Jam cancelled for June 3


POLSON — The Accordion Jam scheduled for Sunday, June 3, at the Polson Elks has been cancelled. Jam resumes on July 1 at the Elks from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Church celebrates 25th anniversary


POLSON — Polson Community Church will celebrate their 25th Anniversary on Sunday, June 3, following 10:30 a.m. worship. A lunch will be served. All are welcome. June 3 begins the Church’s year-round worship at 10:30 a.m. Seekers group is at 9:15 a.m.

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Monday, June 4

Boys and Girls Club closed for the week

6/4/2018 - 6/8/2018

POLSON/RONAN — The Boys and Girl Club of the Flathead Reservation and Lake County, in both Ronan and Polson, will be closed from Monday, June 4, through Friday, June 8.

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Tuesday, June 5

Horsemen discuss projects


RONAN — Mission Valley Back Country Horsemen will hold their next monthly meeting on June 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the VFW in Ronan. We will discuss the projects we will be working on this year. Come see what this club is all about. Hope to see you there.

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Wednesday, June 6

Arlee Schools finish the year


ARLEE — The last day of school for Arlee School District. School is out at 12:30 p.m.

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Auxiliary to meet at VFW


RONAN — The Ronan VFW Auxiliary 5652 is having the June meeting on Wednesday, June 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the VFW Hall in Ronan. For more information call 406- 676-3380.

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Dance, learn to dance, watch dancing in Polson


POLSON — Calling all of you who love Classic Country music to come and join us at our next dance from 7-10 p.m., on Wednesday, June 6, at the Elks on Main Street. The Band also plays Rock from the '50s, '60s and '70s. If you like hamburgers, the Elks puts out a pretty good one before our dance. This is a community dance and everyone is welcome. You do not have to be an Elk member to attend. Dress is casual, just come and enjoy the music and meet new people. We would love to see some young dancers come and have some fun with us too. If you don’t know how to dance, I think there are enough of us there that can help you learn. Now, I am talking any age, from those that would like to learn to those who would just like to get back in the “Swing of Things.” It really is fun and we look forward to you all coming.

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Join Chamber luncheon


POLSON — The Polson Chamber of Commerce luncheon will be held at the Kwa-TaqNuk Resort from noon- 1p.m. The featured speaker for this month is Webb Brown from the Montana Chamber of Commerce. Lunch is $11.

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Men’s quartet to play


POLSON — The Ambassadors, a men’s quartet representing Rio Grande Bible Institute, will be at Polson Alliance Church, on Wednesday, June 6, at 6 p.m. A fellowship meal will start off the evening, followed by music and testimony. All are welcome.

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St. Ignatius schools holds surplus sale


ST. IGNATIUS — St. Ignatius Schools will hold a surplus sale on Wednesday, June 6, from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. All purchased material will need to be picked up the day of the sale. Sale items include: desks, cabinets, tables, computers, hardware, chairs, books and other miscellaneous items.

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Thursday, June 7

Basketball Camp held in Ronan

6/7/2018 - 6/9/2018

RONAN — Warwick Workout Advanced Offensive Basketball Skills Girls Camp is designed for players at Ronan School District who are looking to enhance and expand their skill set. Workout trainers will work with players to excel at their respective positions through progression based teaching and repetition. The camp will focus on shooting skills, finishing drills and ball handling. The camp is from Thursday, June 7 to Saturday, June 9. The cost is $40 and athletes receive a T-shirt. Call Steve Woll at 406-261-1521 or email him at: for more information.

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Polson Schools end the school year


POLSON — Last day of school for Polson School District.

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Ronan Chamber meets


CHARLO — The Ronan Chamber of Commerce will hold a general meeting on Thursday, June 7, at noon at Allentown Restaurant.

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Friday, June 8

Enjoy live folk music in Hot Springs


HOT SPRINGS – Live music at the Symes Hotel. Shiloh Rising – progressive folk.

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Final day of school announced for Ronan Schools


RONAN — Last day of school for Ronan School District.

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Free dinner served at Polson Church


POLSON — The June Friendship Table Dinner is coming up on June 8 from 5-6:30 p.m. Polson Presbyterian Church is located across from the Linderman School. Come join us. This dinner is free and open to all.

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Homesteader Celebration provides family fun

6/8/2018 - 6/10/2018

HOT SPRINGS — The 70th annual Homesteader Days celebration is a family fun weekend June 8-10 with arts and crafts, parades, a two-day rodeo, food booths on Main Street and a street dance. For more information call 406- 741-2662.

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Learn about tax reforms


POLSON — The Pachyderms will host speaker Ryan Gage, a certified public accountant with years of experience in tax law, to give an explanation of President Trump’s tax reform. Come out to learn more about the changes to the nation’s tax code. The meeting is held at the Polson Rural Fire Station off Regatta Road at noon on Friday, June 8.

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Sacred Heart barbecue replaces bazaar


ARLEE — All are invited to a barbecue at 6:30 p.m. on June 8 at Sacred Heart Mission in Arlee to celebrate the Feast of Sacred Heart. There will be hamburgers, hot dogs, salad, and desert for $5 per plate or $20 per family. Come enjoy good food, good company and good memories. This is the only fundraiser that Sacred Heart will have and it takes the place of the bazaar. Please come if you can. Coupons will be available at the barbecue, which are good for one free meal. Fr. Hightower will be cooking.

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Softball tourney held

6/8/2018 - 6/10/2018

POLSON – The Polson Splash Classic Softball ASA tournament will be held at the Polson softball complex (behind Cherry Valley Elementary School) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 8, 9 and 10. Thirty-four teams from all over Montana and Washington compete in games starting at 5 p.m. on Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday. For details, call Kelley Druyvestein at 406-253-1590.

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Saturday, June 9

Enjoy pancakes in Big Arm


BIG ARM — The Big Arm Association will host our annual Pancake Breakfast from 8-11 a.m. at our historic Big Arm School on Saturday, June 9. Come enjoy pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice and coffee. Donations will be gladly accepted. For more information call 406-849-5064.

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Watch the races in Polson


POLSON — Saturday racing at Mission Valley Raceway starts at 7 p.m. General admission is $10; juniors ages 8-17 are $7. Kids 7 and under are free. Come have some fun. Bring the family.

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Sunday, June 10

Celebrate 'Race Unity Day'


BISON RANGE — Please join us on Sunday, June 10, to celebrate Race Unity Day with a picnic at the National Bison Range picnic grounds, from noon-3 p.m. We will offer crafts and games for all ages to promote the virtues of kindness, equity, unity, and good will towards all. Our goal is to help create just, joyful, and healthy communities. Everyone is most welcome. Please bring your family and friends. You may bring a dish to share or not. There is always plenty. For more information, call 406-872-2222 (local Baha’i voice mail). Sponsored by the Baha’is of the Flathead Reservation.

Monday, June 11

Young people learn to golf

6/11/2018 - 6/13/2018

POLSON — The Mission Valley Jr. Golf Camp is free and open to youth going into the first through the eighth grade at the Polson Golf Course. Call Cameron Milton at 406-883-8230 for more information. The camp takes place from 8 a.m. – noon on Monday, June 11 and repeats on June 12 and 13.

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