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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.


Tuesday, June 28

Digital photography class offered


POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library will host a “Digital Photography Basics” technology class at 2 p.m.

Quilters to meet


RONAN —The regular June meeting of the Quilters’ Guild will be held on Tuesday, June 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the LDS church in Ronan. Business will be to finalize plans for the regular annual quilt show to be held Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30 at K William Harvey gymnasium in Ronan.

Wednesday, June 29

Powwow begins


ARLEE — The Arlee Celebration Powwow begins with Campers’ Day. Visit for more information.


Thursday, June 30

CSKT guest speaks at reading program


POLSON — At 10 a.m. the North Lake County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program will host Steph Gillin from CSKT Natural Resources.

Powwow includes Stick Game


ARLEE — The Arlee Celebration Powwow will hold a “Memorial,” for all Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribal members who passed away throughout the year. A material Stick Game will also be held.


Ronan Farmer’s Market open every Thursday


RONAN — The Ronan Farmers Market is held every Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at the Ronan Visitor’s Center until Oct. 13.

Friday, July 1

Powwow continues with Cultural Day


ARLEE — The Arlee Celebration Powwow continues with a Cultural Day that includes various afternoon activities. Grand-entry takes place in the evening and includes drumming singing, and dancing.

Annual softball tourney played in Polson


POLSON — The Polson Splash Classic Fastpitch Youth Softball Tournament will be held Friday, July 1 to Sunday, July 3. 

Call 406-890-9215 for more information. Register online at: 

Car races offer family entertainment


POLSON — The Mission Valley Speedway Superoval, 1113 N. Reservoir Rd., is the site of the  “Hobby Stock Fire Cracker 100,” scheduled for July 1 and 2. 

Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for children 8-15; children under 7 are free. Seniors 55 and older, military and first responders pay a $10 admission fee. Family (two adults, three kids) is $40 general admission. RV dry camping fee is $50 per one RV. 

Time trials begin at 6 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. 

Call 406-212-8159 for more information.


Saturday, July 2

First Saturday at Ninepipes is back


CHARLO — Author Georgia Smies will read from her book Journey to the Lake, a children's book designed to teach young learners about local ecology and help readers learn how to protect Flathead Lake from aquatic invasive species, told in both Salish and English. The reading will take place between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Silver Smith Joshua Marceau is the owner, artist, and sole craftsman at Native American Silversmith. Deborah Clairmont-Ross, a descendant of the Muscogee Creek and French-Canadian Creek Tribe, writes her life story, Medicine Prayer Woman, for her son who is the 17th great-grandson of Chief Sitting Bull leaving him a path that explains his heritage. This reading will occur at 3 p.m. Daughter and father music with talented teen Amelia Cronk will liven up the museum with guitars and vocals to raise funds for summer camp from noon to 1:30 p.m. and her father Lyle Cronk will play old western songs from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.


Polson fireworks show planned


POLSON — On Saturday, July 2 a massive fireworks show will act as an opening ceremony for 4th of July festivities. On Sunday, there will be plenty of fun in the sun and wonderful opportunities to support and celebrate with our local businesses. On Monday, July 4, we’ll punctuate our patriotism with our annual 4th of July parade in downtown Polson.

Thursday, July 7

Enjoy ‘Home Games’


POLSON — “Home Games,” a comedy play touching on the 1955 World Series, will be performed four times weekly, (Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.) from July 7-24. For more information and reservations call Port Polson Players at 406-883-9212.


Go to market


RONAN — The Ronan Farmers Market is open every Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at the Ronan Visitor’s Center on Highway 93. The market will continue until Oct. 13.


Library Boat Day on tap at library


POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program continues at 10 a.m. with Boat Day. Come build the strongest boat, keep it afloat and win some pirate booty.

Usborne Book Sale held at Polson library


POLSON — On Thursday, July 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The North Lake County Public Library will host the Usborne Book Sale. Join us in the large meeting room and browse the amazing selection of high quality books. There is sure to be something for everyone. If you aren’t able to come on the 7th, you can shop online at:


Friday, July 8

Big Arm holds potluck


BIG ARM — On Friday July 8 the Big Arm Association will host a community potluck at 6 p.m. at our historic Big Arm School. Please bring a dish to share with neighbors. We are so lucky to have a guest speaker - Justine Valleries - who is the new Region 1 Wildlife Conflict specialist for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Dept. Her presentation will begin at 7 p.m. Come and share in a delicious dinner and a wonderful presentation.


Enjoy Summer Speaker Series: ‘Birds Rock, Montana Wild Wings’


KALISPELL — Beth Watne from Montana Wild Wings will present with live raptors at Lone Pine State Park in Kalispell from 6-7 p.m. Beth will talk about each of the birds’ special features, habitat, where they nest, and what they eat. Call the visitor center at 406-755-2706 ext. 0 to register, as space is limited. Cost is free ($8 park entry fee still applies to out-of-state vehicles). Learn more about Montana’s state parks at: 


Monster trucks show entertains in Plains


PLAINS — Monster trucks will be at the Sanders County Fairgrounds on Friday and Saturday, July 8 and 9, starting at 6 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. Beer and food will be available.


Polson Chamber Blast held at Big Sky Sporting Clays


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. 

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