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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.

Ladies Night Out held in Polson

POLSON — Grab your friends for an adult evening of shopping, food, drinks, and deals on Friday, Oct. 28, from 4-8 p.m. Do you like to shop and support all that is local? Would you like some treats and no tricks? Mark your calendars to come downtown for Ladies Night Out. Costumes highly encouraged.Participating businesses will have a $5 Savings Pass available for pick up a few weeks before the event. You can use it at the participating businesses to get $5 off your purchase of $25 or more. The pass is free, but we only have a limited supply available, so hit up those shops soon to claim yours in time! (they will be available soon). The final details are being worked out for the Costume Contest, but you will not want to miss it!

Learn about bats

POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library will hold an evening family program on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Stephanie Gillin, a Wildlife Biologist with the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes will be here to teach us all about bats. Come in all week to help us celebrate bat. Coloring pages and special displays will be out for your enjoyment.

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.



Friday, June 10

Chainsaw carving continues


RONAN — Chainsaw carvers will again have breakfast at the Valley Club at 7 a.m. Carving begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Ronan Fairgrounds, the second quick carve begins at 10:30 a.m. and lunch is at noon, sponsored by the 325 Bar. Carving resumes at 1 p.m. and ends at 6 p.m. Dinner is at 7 p.m. and sponsored by the Valley Club.


Open mic night planned at WMMC


RONAN — Western Montana Musicians Cooperative, 1 Eisenhower St. SW – Red Poppy building, is a haven for songwriters, musicians, and performing artists of all stripes and is open to all ages, providing a venue to learn about, enjoy and play music outside of the bar and club scene. Most events are free, but donations are appreciated from non-members. Residents of the rural areas in and around the valley connect at our open mic and open jam nights as performers or audience members. Open mic is planned for June 10 from 7-9 p.m. and hosted by Mark and Krysti.


Veteran to speak at Big Arm potluck


BIG ARM — The Big Arm Association will host our second Community Potluck at our historic Big Arm School on Friday, June 10 at 6 p.m. Pull out your favorite recipe to make and share with neighbors and friends. Our guest speaker will be Senior Vice Commander-David O. Chung. He will be discussing issues concerning veterans-focusing primarily on Vietnam vets. His presentation will begin at 7 p.m. We’re looking forward to an informative evening. 


Saturday, June 11

Acrylics class held


RONAN — Learn “Layered Acrylics” from Judy Wright at her studio in Ronan on June 11 from 1-4 p.m. Bring a wood panel (no canvas). Other materials will be provided. For more information, call 406-883-5956.

Car Show, parade on tap


HOT SPRINGS — Homesteader Days continues with a car show, the Skunk Alley fun run, a horseshoe tournament, a kiddy parade and games, vendors, live music and a yellow-ducky race with prizes. The evening kicks off at 6 p.m. with the open rodeo. Bigfork’s Tommy Edwards will give a live performance for the evening street dance. 


Chainsaw carving continues


RONAN — Chainsaw carvers will start the day at 7 a.m. with breakfast at the Ronan Fairgrounds, sponsored by VFW Post 5652 & Auxiliary. Carving begins at 8:30 a.m. The third quick carve begins at 10:30 a.m. Lunch, sponsored by 325 Bar, is at noon. Carving resumes at 1 p.m. and ends at 6 p.m. Dinner is sponsored by Pizza Café at 7 p.m.


Community Jam scheduled at WMMC


RONAN — Western Montana Musicians Cooperative, 1 Eisenhower St. SW,  is open to all ages and provides a venue to learn about, enjoy and play music outside of the bar and club scene. Most events are free, but donations are appreciated from non-members.  A Community Jam is scheduled for June 11 from 7-11 p.m. This event will be hosted by John Hegel.


Free hamburger feed held


BIG ARM — From 11-2 p.m., the Polson Rural Fire membership will host it’s annual free hamburger feed for the Polson community at the Big Arm Fire Station. Meet local firefighters and see some of the new equipment and fire trucks. Donations will be accepted.

Fun-filled Homesteader Days planned


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.


Golf in Polson tourney


POLSON — The Glacier Bank Two-Person Better Ball golf tournament will be held at the Polson Bay Golf Course on June 11 and 12. Call 406-883-8230 for more information.


Guild uses Quilt Show proceeds for fire victims


RONAN — The Mission Mountain Quilt Show will take place in conjunction with the Chainsaw Carving Rendezvous, sponsored by the Ronan Chamber of Commerce, on Saturday, June 11, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and on June 12 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Ronan Fairgrounds. Quilted items will also be for sale. There is no admission fee. The guild supports those who’ve lost their homes to fire by giving Tender Loving Care quilts to fire victims in Ronan, St. Ignatius and Polson communities.


Mystery authors panel hosted by library


POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library will host a Mystery & Suspense Authors’ Panel at 10 a.m. The panel will include authors: Leslie Budewitz, Christine Carbo & Gwen Florio.


Sunday, June 12

Buffalo Riderz to perform at WMMC


RONAN —Western Montana Musicians Cooperative, 1 Eisenhower St. SW,  is open to all ages and provides a venue to learn about, enjoy and play music outside of the bar and club scene. Buffalo Riderz will perform at 3 p.m.. Suggested donation is $5 and this event is hosted by Lee Whalen.


Final day of carving held


RONAN — The final day of the Chainsaw Carving Rendezvous begins with the VFW Post 5652 sponsoring the best breakfast ever at the Ronan Fairgrounds starting at 7 a.m. Carving begins at 8:30 a.m. Masterpiece carving ends at 10:15 a.m. and the third quick carve begins at 10:30 a.m. Noon lunch is sponsored by the 325 Bar at the fairgrounds. The final Chainsaw Carving Rendezvous auction begins at 1 p.m.


Queen size quilt auctioned


RONAN — The Mission Mountain Quilt Guild will put on a show in conjunction with the Chainsaw Carving Rendezvous on June 12, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Ronan Fairgrounds. There is no admission fee. Quilted items will be for sale and a beautiful queen size quilt will be auctioned off Sunday afternoon.


Sing-a-long on Flag Day


POLSON — Patriotic music can stir emotions and promote pride. Those who enjoy listening to or singing patriotic songs are invited to a Sing-a-Long on Flag Day, from 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, June 14, at the Polson Elks Club. The Mission Valley Choral Society is organizing the Sing-a-Long following the theme “Get America Singing.” Christian Bumgarner will direct such songs as “Battle Hymn of Republic,” “America,” audience suggestions and more. Arrive by 6:30 p.m. and enjoy conversation with a libation of choice.


Monday, June 13

Teen book club begins


POLSON — The First Teen Advisory Board Book Club meeting will be held on Monday, June 13. We will meet in the atrium at 10:30 a.m. and Felicia will pass out the book, “The Mysterious Benedict Society” by Trenton Lee Stewart. This Book Club is geared toward readers in grades 4-8 and will be facilitated by the Teen Advisory Board. 


Wednesday, June 15

Free workshop offered


RONAN — On Wednesday, June 15, 1-4 p.m. at Mission West Community Development Partners’ conference room, 407 Main St. SW. a website free workshop will be held.You must currently have a website – Interactive - bring your laptop - limited to 12 participants.  The purpose of this class is to provide website owners with basic information and skills to choose and do basic manipulation on images that communicate effectively. Contact Karen Dellwo if you have any questions at 406-676-5928 or email:


Thursday, June 16

Qualifying Senior Olympic events held


MISSOULA — This year’s Senior Olympic games will be held in Missoula June 16-18. 2022 competitors are qualifying for the 2023 National Senior Games in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 


Ronan Farmers Market open


RONAN — The Ronan Farmers Market is open on Thursdays from 4-7 p.m. at the Ronan Visitors’ Center.


Visit historic site


ST. IGNATIUS — From June 16-June 19 live history displays of the Fort Connah Trading Post, (the oldest standing wooden structure in Montana ).F lint knapping, fur display, black powder and wool spinning will take place at Fort Connah on Highway 93 just north of St. Ignatius. Plenty of fun and educational experiences for the whole family. Come see.


Friday, June 17

Bingo played in Mission


ST. IGNATIUS — Bingo will be played on Saturday, June 18 at 2 p.m. at the St. Ignatius Senior Center. Cards are 25 cents apiece and there will also be a special prize for the blackout game.


Musical event offers family fun in Mission


ST. IGNATIUS — A family-fun day at the St. Ignatius Park and Amphitheater begins with a community breakfast from 8-11 a.m. Vendors will sell locally made goods until 5 p.m. Food trucks will be available until midnight. Music will be performed from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. 


Pitch, putt, drive in junior golf contest


POLSON —  A pitch, putt and drive contest will be held at the Polson Bay Golf Course on Friday, June 17 for junior golfers in first through seventh grades. Call 406-883-8230 for more information.


Read with Riley


POLSON — Beginning Friday, June 17 at 10 a.m. Pawsitive Reading Partners will join us on Friday mornings, and bring Riley, who is a registered therapy dog to the library. To register, please contact Felicia at 406-883-8225. 


Visit Polson Farmers Market


POLSON — Visit the Polson Farmers Market every Friday, from May to October from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on 3rd Ave. W. in front of the Cove Deli & Pizza.


WMMC plans open mic


RONAN — Western Montana Musicians Cooperative, 1 Eisenhower St. SW,  is open to all ages and provides a venue to learn about, enjoy and play music outside of the bar and club scene. An open mic event will take place on Friday, June 17 from 7-11 p.m. This event is hosted by Jim Pettit.


Saturday, June 18

Circus comes to Ronan


RONAN — The Lake County Fairgrounds is the site of Safe Harbor’s Culpepper & Merriweather Under the Big Top Great Combined Circus. This is a family-fun event. Show times are at 2 and 4:30 p.m. Cost is $8 for kids 2-12; $15 for adults; children under 2 are free.


Community Jam held at WMMC


RONAN — Western Montana Musicians Cooperative, 1 Eisenhower St. SW,  is open to all ages and provides a venue to learn about, enjoy and play music outside of the bar and club scene. Most events are free, but donations are appreciated from non-members.  A Community Jam is scheduled for June 18 from 7-11 p.m. This event will be hosted by COY and Charlie.


Masumola Club to clean road, barbecue


POLSON —  The Masumola Club is planning a road cleanup project for Saturday, June 18 at 10 a.m. The club will provide burgers to grill and refreshments to celebrate the successful completion of our road cleanup along Rocky Point Road. Meet at the Clubhouse at 10 a.m. to pick up your safety vest, grabber, and directions. Please bring your own gloves. 


Pendant making class offered


POLSON — Fran Wilkie will teach “Let’s Make Pendants” on June 18 at Sandpiper Gallery. Cost is $15 with all materials are included. Time to be determined. Call the gallery for more information at 406-883-5956.


Sunday, June 19

Father’s Day golf scramble planned


POLSON — A Father’s Day two-person scramble golf tournament takes place at the Polson Bay Golf Course. Call 406-883-8230 for more information.


Monday, June 20

Pro-Am tourney held in Polson


POLSON — The WMCPGA Five-Person Pro-Am golf tournament will be held at the Polson Bay Golf Course on June 20. Call 406-883-8230 for more information.


SKC library sells used books


SKC Library is holding a Used Book Sale in Room 201 in the SKC Library on June 20, 21, 22 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. We have children's books, non-fiction and fiction in all subjects. Paperbacks are .50 cents each and hardback books & DVDs sell for $1 each. Call 406-275-4875 with questions.

Vacation Lutheran Bible Camp held


POLSON — Vacation Bible Day Camp (VBDC), is being held at Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp on June 20-24. The Bible theme is: “Boundless God Beyond Measure.” Please Help Us Spread the Word. All children entering grades 1–6 (fall 2022) are welcome to attend. The cost is $75 per child and camperships are available.

Space is limited. Lots of activities will take place including: swimming, arts, crafts, and games. This ecumenical program is sponsored by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Polson Presbyterian Church, and the Dayton Community Presbyterian Church. For information and forms, call any of the listed churches or 406-249-3938 or 406-250-8731.


Tuesday, June 21

‘Beach’ read held at library


POLSON — The North Lake County Public library will hold, “Life’s A Beach Read” on Tuesday, June 21 from 11 a.m.-noon. Please join us to hear the backstory of the beach read, explore genrefication (the process of organizing, classifying, and categorizing items into genres), and find your next great “read.”  This read is served up with sea shells and lemonade.


Wednesday, June 22

Flathead Irrigation District to meet


RONAN — The Flathead Irrigation District will hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 22 at 1 p.m. at Mission West Community Development Partners, 407 Main Street SW. The meeting will be held upstairs. An elevator is available.


Learn driftwood sculpting at Sandpiper Gallery


POLSON — Artist Melinda Jewett will teach “Driftwood Sculpture” at the Sandpiper Gallery on June 22 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost is $25 per session. Kit purchased separately. For more information call 406-883-5956 or go to:


Meditation taught online


ZOOM — Mission Mountain Zen is offering free online meditation classes.  Please join the Mission Mountain Zen Center on Wednesday, June 22 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. 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 at:


Thursday, June 23

Democrats gather for fundraiser


RONAN — Lake County Democrats annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser will be held on Thursday, June 23 at 5:30 p.m. at the Ronan Senior Center. Food and drinks will be provided but a $25 donation is suggested. Retired Montana Supreme Court Justice , Jim Nelson, will speak on celebrating the Montana Constitution’s 50th anniversary. 


Dunwell to give ‘Lake Monster’ presentation


POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program will begin at 10 a.m. with a presentation about “The Flathead Lake Monster” by Karen Dunwell of the Polson Flathead Lake Museum.


Ronan Farmers Market open


RONAN — The Ronan Farmers Market is open on Thursdays from 4-7 p.m. at the Ronan Visitors’ Center.


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