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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.

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: https://lccdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/708 to register.

 

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.

 

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Thursday, June 30

CSKT guest speaks at reading program

6/30/2022

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

6/30/2022

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

6/30/2022

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

7/1/2022

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

7/1/2022

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: tourneymachine.com 

Car races offer family entertainment

7/1/2022

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

7/2/2022

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

7/2/2022

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.

Monday, July 4

Free entry to Glacier Park celebrates GAOA

7/4/2022

GLACIER PARK — Entry to Glacier National Park is free on this day, Wednesday, Aug. 4 in celebration of the first anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act.

 

Fun for kids includes singing, dancing

7/4/2022

POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program takes place at 10 a.m. Come join us for a presentation geared toward younger children titled, “Tribal Waves,” by Sika Ulutoa. There will be interactive singing and dancing for little ones.

 

Thursday, July 7

Enjoy ‘Home Games’

7/7/2022

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

7/7/2022

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

7/7/2022

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

7/7/2022

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: https://myubam.com/r2888/n/event/2362765

 

Friday, July 8

Big Arm holds potluck

7/8/2022

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’

7/8/2022

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: https://fwp.mt.gov/stateparks. 

 

Monster trucks show entertains in Plains

7/8/2022

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

7/8/2022

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. 

Saturday, July 9

Basketball tournament held in Bigfork

7/9/2022

BIGFORK — The 11th annual Bigfork Battle in the Bay Basketball Competition takes place July 9 in the Bigfork Schools’ parking lot. 

 

Join Songwriting Workshop

7/9/2022

RONAN — A Song MT Songwriting Workshop will be held on Saturday, July 9 from 2-5 p.m. at Western Montana Musicians Co-op located at the Red Poppy in Montana. Got an old song gathering dust in the bottom of your guitar case or in the piano bench? Total newbie and want to learn more about the songwriting process? Here’s your chance to wake up your inner songwriter. The Western Montana Musicians Co-op and Song Montana announces our second songwriter workshop and concert series featuring talented singer-songwriters Doug Ruhman and Joel McColl. Workshop participants can expect to share their ideas and passions through the creation of original music. Although no songwriting experience is necessary, some students may wish to share an existing original composition with the group if they so choose. Please bring an open mind, an instrument to compose with (if possible), and one example of songwriting that you love (title and artist; can be performed or played on a recording - we have Bluetooth capability on site). Light refreshments will be provided. After the workshop, we’ll take a break and come back together for a Songwriter’s Showcase at 6 p.m. featuring Doug Ruhman and Joel McColl. Workshop participants are invited to share their songs during the showcase. The workshop is free but we suggest a $10 donation for the Songwriters’ Showcase. More information is available at: https://www.mtmusic.org/events Goatpeakranch@gmail.com 406-290-3548

 

Read with Riley

7/9/2022

POLSON — Read with Riley the therapy dog on Fridays at the North Lake County Public Library. Time slots are from 10-11 a.m. “Pawsitive Reading Partners” will join us on Friday mornings and bring Riley, who is a registered therapy dog, to the library. He is a really good listener and wants to hear our patrons read. To register, please contact Felicia at 406-883-8225 or email her at: feliciag@polson.lib.mt.us  Be sure to save your spot.

 

Song MT Songwriting Workshop

7/9/2022

A Song MT Songwriting Workshop will be held on Saturday, July 9 from 2-5 p.m. at Western Montana Musicians Co-op located at the Red Poppy in Montana. Got an old song gathering dust in the bottom of your guitar case or in the piano bench? Total newbie and want to learn more about the songwriting process? Here’s your chance to wake up your inner songwriter. The Western Montana Musicians Co-op and Song Montana announces our second songwriter workshop and concert series featuring talented singer-songwriters Doug Ruhman and Joel McColl. Workshop participants can expect to share their ideas and passions through the creation of original music. Although no songwriting experience is necessary, some students may wish to share an existing original composition with the group if they so choose. Please bring an open mind, an instrument to compose with (if possible), and one example of songwriting that you love (title and artist; can be performed or played on a recording - we have Bluetooth capability on site). Light refreshments will be provided. After the workshop, we’ll take a break and come back together for a Songwriter’s Showcase at 6 p.m. featuring Doug Ruhman and Joel McColl. Workshop participants are invited to share their songs during the showcase. The workshop is free but we suggest a $10 donation for the Songwriters’ Showcase. More information is available at: https://www.mtmusic.org/events Goatpeakranch@gmail.com 406-290-3548

Sweet Pride in July held

7/9/2022

RONAN — On Saturday, July 9 at 11:30 a.m. at Ronan City Park Sweet Pride in July will be held. There will family fun with a meal, games, crafts, and other activities. For more information call 406-240-0640 or email: dana@safeharbormt.org. This event is sponsored by Safe Harbor and The Spirit of Many Colors.

 

Sunday, July 10

Hike, learn about lichen

7/10/2022

KALISPELL —  Learn about lichen. Lone Pine State Park is home to a very healthy and diverse population of lichen. This hike will focus on local lichens. 

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: https://fwp.mt.gov/stateparks. 

 

Monday, July 11

Greg Smith presents Grizzly program

7/11/2022

POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library will present a Humanities Montana Conversations Program titled, “An Inconvenient Grizzly,” with Greg Smith at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 11. For more information call the library at 406-883-8225.

 

Wednesday, July 13

Gallery art shows off member talents

7/13/2022

POLSON — This members only show, titled “A Fresh View,” will feature all of our talented and creative Sandpiper member family from July 11-Sept. 9. Along with amazing gallery art, our gift shop is full of one of a kind pieces to tempt you. All submissions will be accepted in the artists’ interpretation of the theme. For more information call 406-883-5956 or go to: sandpiperartgallery.com.

Join ‘Workday Wednesdays’

7/13/2022

KALISPELL — Help maintain the integrity and habitat of Lone Pine State Park by joining in trail work including pulling noxious weeds, trail maintenance, and trail building. All ages are welcome and please bring a good pair of work gloves, closed-toe shoes, and some water. 

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: https://fwp.mt.gov/stateparks.

Polson Rural Fire District Board to meet

7/13/2022

BIG ARM – On Wednesday, July 13 a FY 2023 preliminary budget public hearing will be held at 5 p.m. 

The regular monthly meeting will follow at 6 p.m. at the Big Arm Station No. 2, 28565 Seventh Street in Big Arm.

 

The library presents Cheryl Heser as Annie Oakley

7/13/2022

POLSON — Annie Oakley is coming North Lake County Library to share a fascinating part of American history, including not only the most famous woman sharpshooter but also historic figures who crossed her path, including Buffalo Bill Cody, Chief Sitting Bull and famous newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst.  

The public is invited to the half hour performance at the North Lake County Public Library on Wednesday, July 13, at 11 a.m. Annie Oakley is the subject of a living presentation by Cheryl Heser of Forsyth. 

 

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