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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


Saturday, June 25

Break out you white gloves, hats for ladies tea


BIG ARM — The ladies of the Big Arm Association will host a Ladies Tea on Saturday, June 25 at the historic Big Arm School at 3 p.m. It will be modeled on the traditions of a “British Low Tea” where a variety of teas and finger foods will be served. We are asking that attendees dress in their “Sunday Best-no jeans please.” White gloves and hats are optional but fun. 

Due to limited seating in the schoolhouse, we will be offering tickets for sale with the proceeds being donated to a local women’s charity. The tickets are $15 and can be purchased during our Community Coffee at the BIg Arm School  on Thursdays between 10 a.m.-noon or by calling Nancy Foster at 406-849-5064. 




Firemen’s picnic, auction begins at 11 a.m.


ST. IGNATIUS — The St. Ignatius Fire Department Auxiliary is hosting their annual Picnic and Auction on June 25. There will be food, and a silent auction starting at 11 a.m. There will also be a live auction, and a bouncy house for kids. Activities end at approximately 2 or 3 p.m.


Make earrings


POLSON — Sandpiper Gallery is the site of “Let’s Make Earrings” taught by Wendy Curtis from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on June 25. All materials are included. For more information call 406-883-5956 or go to:


Rodeo events continue


POLSON — The 2022 Mission Mountain Rodeo continues Saturday, June 25. Rodeo events begin at 7 p.m. and include bareback riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc, team roping, tie down roping, ladies & youth barrel racing, breakaway roping and bull riding. Tickets are $10 per adult and $5 for children under 12 and are available at the gate. There are no pre-sale tickets. Food, beverage and beer garden concessions available. 

For general rodeo information call 406-883-1100. 

For vendor information call 406-261-2861.


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