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Harm reduction saves lives

POLSON — Every Wednesday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Lake County Health Department, Open Aid Alliance is now providing syringe services, overdose awareness, testing and support. Call or text 406-304-7352 for more information or email: 


Hot Springs’ Organic Market offers nutritious food

HOT SPRINGS — Camas Organic Market is open Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. at 300 Main St in Hot Springs. Customers will be able to earn the Double SNAP Dollars coupons on every Tuesday and Thursday starting on July 2.

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.

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.

Rotary meets Tuesdays

POLSON — The Polson Rotary’s regular meeting are on Tuesdays at 12:15 p.m. at the KwaTaqNuk.


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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.


Saturday, June 29

Summer program at Boys and Girls Club begins

6/10/2019 - 8/16/2019

LAKE COUNTY — The Flathead Reservation and Lake County Boys and Girls Club in Ronan will operate a summer program Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. from June 10-Aug. 16 (closed July 4). The cost is $20 per week or $150 for the full summer. The summer session is 10 weeks of fun – opportunities for discovery, learning, and activities galore. Applications may be picked up onsite or at:

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Saturday, June 29

‘Magic Moment’ art exhibited through July 26

6/17/2019 - 7/26/2019

POLSON — A members only open show entitled “Magic Moment,” featuring Sandpiper Art Gallery member artists past and present will be exhibited from June 17-July 26. All submissions will be accepted in the artist’s interpretation of the theme. This is member magic at its best. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday.

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Saturday, June 29

‘Mission Valley in Motion’ program begins, through Aug. 8

6/17/2019 - 8/8/2019

PABLO — “Mission Valley in Motion” is a summer youth program that will run from June 17- Aug. 8, at the Joe McDonald Health & Fitness Center. The program is open to students ages 7-14. Please join us for a summer of fun with activities and weekly trips. MVM is a free summer youth program that provides free lunch and breakfast for anyone under 18 years of age. Call 406-275- 4794 for more information.

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Saturday, June 29

Full summer agenda planned for Polson club through Aug. 6

6/17/2019 - 8/16/2019

POLSON — The Boys and Girls Club of Lake County and Flathead Reservation in Polson will operate a summer program Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. from June 17-Aug. 16 (closed July 4). The cost is $10 per week or $75 for the full summer. The summer session is nine weeks of fun - opportunities, discoeries, learning, and activities galore. Applications may be picked up onsite or at: www.

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Saturday, June 29

Montecahto rummage sale scheduled

6/28/2019 - 6/29/2019

POLSON — The Montecahto Club will hold its rummage and bake sale at the Finley Point Fire Station on Friday, June 28, and Saturday, June 29, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. On Saturday, the sale will be in conjunction with the Finley Point Fire Department’s fundraiser. The fire station is across from the Finley Point Grill on Highway 35. The sale supports the club’s ongoing service projects, which include several annual scholarships for local students. Please bring item donations for the sale to the fire station on Thursday, June 27. For more information, contact club vice president Alice Erb at 406-250-3189.

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Saturday, June 29

NRA Rodeo returns

6/28/2019 - 6/29/2019

POLSON — The Mission Mountain NRA Rodeo takes place at the Polson Fairgrounds, 320 Regatta Road, June 28 and 29. Youth events including Mutton Bustin’ and Mini Bull Riding begin at 6:30 p.m. and the NRA Rodeo begins at 7:30 p.m. Events include: bareback, steer wrestling, saddle bronc, team roping, tie down roping, ladies and youth barrel racing, ladies and youth breakaway roping and bull riding. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12 and are available at the gate, (no pre-sale tickets). Food, beverage and a beer garden concessions will be available. There will be live music after Friday night’s performance. There is a free vendors fair but no food items. For general rodeo information call 406-883-1100.

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Archers host 3D archery shoot

6/29/2019 - 6/30/2019

POLSON — The Mission Valley Archers will host their summer starter 3D archery shoot on June 29 and 30. There will be two rounds of 20 life-size targets with plaques or medals for the top three scores for each age group that shoot both days. Archery games, a calling seminar and door prizes are scheduled to make it a fun-filled weekend. A choice of fish carvings by Jim Nesladek will be up for auction each day. Concessions will be available. Registration opens at 8 a.m. Irvine Flats Road begins one mile north of the Polson bridge. For more information call Larry Rattray at 406-261-7199.

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Monday, July 1

Field trip to Deer Lodge scheduled


POLSON — For the week of July 1-4, a field trip to the old state prison in Deer Lodge is planned for the Polson summer school program. Contact Mandie Steele, Polson School District #23 afterschool program director at 406-212-6784 or email:

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FLBS teaches seminars


YELLOW BAY — The Data and Donuts Seminar series is offered every summer during the first four weeks of the Flathead Lake Biological Station Summer Session. The series offers students and the public a chance to hear speakers across a wide variety of ecological topics. Come to the seminar at the FLBS at Yellow Bay on Monday, July 1, from 10-11 a.m. to have a donut and learn more about ecology, and current research in the Flathead. The program on July 1 will feature Diane Boyd, wolf biologist with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. She will speak on “Wolf recovery, management, and conservation: 20 years of challenges and progress.” Call 406-982-3301 x 229, for more information. All are welcome.

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Horsemen skip July meeting


RONAN — Mission Valley Back Country Horsemen will not have a meeting in July due the 4th of July holiday.

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Tour business, taste cheese


POLSON — Flathead Lake Cheese, 208 First Ave. E, will hold an open house on Monday, July 1, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Come for tours and tastings. Call 406-883-0343 or visit:, for more information.

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Wednesday, July 3

Arlee Powwow July 3 through 7

7/3/2019 - 7/7/2019

ARLEE — The 121st annual Arlee Celebration Powwow begins Wednesday, July 3, and ends Sunday, July 7. The Arlee Powwow Esyapqeyni is the premier annual celebration of the Salish and Pend d’Oreille tribes, sponsored by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Nation. Please join us for traditional dance competitions, singing and drumming and a big July 4 parade. There are also many vendors with handmade beaded crafts and food booths, which include a variety of Indian tacos for sale. All events are open to the public and free of charge. Arts, crafts, stick games, dance competitions, Indian and other ethnic foods will be available. Absolutely no alcohol, firearms, unleashed dogs or motorcycles are allowed in the camp area.

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Dance in Polson


POLSON — Please join us for the community dance at the Elks on Main Street on Wednesday, July 3, from 7-10 p.m. Music is by Ken’s Country Combo Band playing a variety of country and vintage rock and roll. Everyone is welcome. No Elks membership is required. Cover charge is $5. Come and check us out.

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Thursday, July 4

Attend parade in downtown Polson, fireworks at dark


POLSON — Please join us for the July 4th parade in downtown Polson beginning at noon at Cherry Valley School. Parade entry forms are available at the Polson Chamber of Commerce. Call the chamber office for more information: 406-883-5969. Fireworks take place at dusk. The best place to view the fireworks is Riverside Park.

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Charlo 4th of July parade, get-together planned


CHARLO — The 4th of July and the big Charlo parade are coming. We thought it would be fun to have a get-together at the Charlo Park, too. No RSVP. Just stop by to say “hi” to friends. Everyone is welcome.

Snacks provided but bring your own drinks and finger food if you want. See you there.


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Fire department serves pancakes


ARLEE — The Arlee Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual pancake breakfast from 7-11 a.m. at the old Arlee Fire Hall. The cost is $5 per person and it’s all you can eat. For more information, call 406-210- 4144. Bring a friend.

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Library closed for 4th of July


POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library will be closed on Thursday, July 4, in observance of the 4th of July holiday.

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Museum opens


ARLEE — The Arlee Jocko Valley Museum, run by the Arlee Historical Society, opens for the summer July 4. and will be open until Labor Day. The museum has many historical displays including many photographs of Native and homesteading families. There are hundreds of obituaries with genealogy information. There is also a military display commemorating those who have given their lives for this country. The Arlee Museum is located at corner of Bouch and Fyant (by the grade school). For more information, hours of operation or to arrange a viewing appointment, call 406-726-3167.

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Powwow continues


ARLEE — The 121st annual Arlee Celebration continues. The Arlee Powwow Esyapqeyni is the premier annual celebration of the Salish and Pend d’Oreille tribes, sponsored by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Nation. Please join us for traditional dance competitions, singing and drumming and a big July 4 parade.

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Run in annual 4th of July Firecracker race


POLSON — The annual Polson Running 4th of July Firecracker 1-mile run begins with a dash down Main Street. Join Polson Running at St. Joseph Medical Center for registration at 11 a.m. and start of the race. The route goes down Main and ends on Third Ave. Cost is a canned good or a donation per person. The race starts at 11:45 a.m. sharp. All proceeds benefit the Polson Food Bank. For more information visit:

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Friday, July 5

Man acts like a spider in movie at library


POLSON —A movie about training a man acting like a spider will take place at the North Lake County Library at 3:45 p.m. Popcorn will be served.

Ronan Bread Basket closes for holiday


RONAN — The Ronan Bread Basket will be closed on Friday, July 5, in observance of the July 4 holiday.

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Saturday, July 6

Another ‘First Saturday’ planned


CHARLO — Ninepipes Museum is honored that artists will exhibit their beautiful work in the Earl W. Wharton Memorial Gallery during the following “First Saturday” events of the 2019 season: July events at the Ninepipes Museum include the event from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on July 6 featuring the beautiful turquoise and silver jewelry by Joshua Marceau, and two book signings. Ron Mills, a long-time Bob Marshall Wilderness outfitter, will sign his book, "Under the Biggest Sky of All," and at 1 p.m. Sheron Green will read from her book, "Secret Worlds, A True Story of Deception, Illusion and Intrigue." Come by and meet these talented individuals. Light refreshments will be available. Ninepipes Museum is located at 69316 US Highway 93, Charlo and is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Visit: or call 406-644-3435 for event details or to schedule group tours.

Battle in the Bay begins


BIGFORK — Mission Valley 3 on 3’s annual Battle in the Bay will be held Saturday, July 6, at Bigfork High School and hosts 100 plus teams from third grade through adult. There will be 6-foot, 8-foot, and 9-foot dunk contests, 3-point contests and free throw contests held on Leonard Park Logging Inc. - center court. 




Killdeer Artisan Guild opens summer show


ARLEE — Killdeer Artisans Guild will celebrate their 10th anniversary summer show with a  reception on Saturday, July 6, from noon-2 p.m. at Hangin’ Art Gallery, Highway 93 N. Contact Gail Tren?eld for more information about the show at: or call 406-745-3001. For directions or reception information call 406-726-5005.



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Sunday, July 7

Country jam to replace accordion jam


POLSON — We will be starting a new classic country jam at the Elks, effective Sunday, July 7, that will go from 2-5 p.m. This will take the time-slot of the Northwest Accordion Association Jam, (recently disbanded), who played on the first Sunday of each month. We are trying to continue providing the community a place to jam to classic country music, dance, listen and socialize with family and friends for a few hours on a Sunday afternoon. All are welcome. Players and singers do not have to pay but family members and all others will each pay $5 at the door. For further information call Ellen at 406-883-3130.



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Monday, July 8

Flathead Irrigation District to meet


RONAN — The Flathead Irrigation District meeting will be held on Monday, July 8, in the Lake County Community District building, 407 Main Street SW, at 1 p.m.  FID Irrigators we need your input on increasing/decreasing administration fees.  


Register for Native Youth Tech Camp


RONAN — The 2019 Native Youth Tech Camp will be held at the Boys and Girls Club of the Flathead Reservation in Ronan from July 8-12. Registration is open to Native high school students (entering freshmen to graduating seniors) at This camp is offered at no cost. Breakfast and lunch are provided daily and transportation is available for Flathead Reservation communities. 


Students travel to Glacier National Park


POLSON — For the week of July 8-11, a field trip to Glacier National Park is planned for the Polson summer school program. Contact Mandie Steele, Polson School District #23 afterschool program director at 406-212-6784 or email:



Tuesday, July 9

Cruise to FLBS monitoring site


LAKESIDE — Flathead Lake Boat Tours in Lakeside will graciously host an afternoon cruise aboard the Far West to one of the Flathead Lake Biological Station’s lake monitoring sites. Join FLBS researchers for appetizers, beverages, music and an overview of Flathead Lake ecology and the FLBS Research and Monitoring program. Proceeds benefit the FLBS Research and Monitoring program.Reservations are required, as limited space on the tour boat is limited. Cost is $50 per person. For more information call 406-872-4503 or go to:


Thursday, July 11

Get ‘buggy’ at the Elks


POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library announces that on Thursday, July 11, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. the annual “Bug Race” will take place. Join us at the Elks Lodge for this exciting race with toy bugs. Racers will be divided into separate age groups.  Join us.

Join space-center library program


POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library continues their “A Universe of Stories” program at 10:30 a.m. This is a space-center children’s program that will run weekly until Aug. 22.


Submit 4-H fair entries


RONAN — 4-H fair entries are due by 4 p.m. in the Lake County Fair office.


Youth program teaches about great outdoors


BIGFORK — Flathead Fledglings – This one hour program from 11 a.m. – noon, designed for children ages 4-7, gives kids a chance to get outside and learn about the great outdoors. This is the third in a five-part series, although participants need not attend all five. Parents are encouraged to attend with their children. This event takes place at Wayfarers Harry Horn picnic shelter. The fee is $4 per child. 


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Friday, July 12

Free dinner served at Presbyterian Church


POLSON — The July Friendship Table Dinner on Friday, July 12, will be held from 5–6:15 p.m. at the Polson Presbyterian Church, located across from Linderman School. Come join us. This dinner is free and open to all.

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Learn about raptors


BIGFORK — Raptors Around Us – Rescued ospreys, hawks, kestrels, and falcons from Montana Wild Wings will help us explore the adaptations these remarkable animals have that allow them to thrive in Flathead Valley. Come to Wayfarers Harry Horn Picnic Shelter from 7-8 p.m. This event is $4 per person or $10 per family.


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Pachyderms welcome all


POLSON — Pachyderm speaker Wally Congdon, Civil Deputy County Attorney, will share stories of how Lake County is using old treaties to help solve modern-day property disputes. His fascinating presentation will be on July 12 from noon-1 p.m. at the Polson Rural Fire Station. All are welcome. 


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