Saturday, July 14
Join ‘Moving for Better Balance’
POLSON — Moving for Better Balance, an evidence-based, adapted Tai Chi class, will be offered by the Area VI Agency on Aging on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11 a.m. for 12 weeks, May 1-July 19. Classes will be held at the Polson Senior Center. The fee is $35 for senior center members, $50 for non-members (they get a membership included), but everything is on a slidingscale. Call 406-883-7284 for information or to sign up.
Saturday, July 14
Summer theatre opens with ‘After the Ball’ through July 22
POLSON —The Port Polson Players’ 2018 summer season, (their 43rd summer season), opens with the musical “After the Ball.” The show features music from the Gay ‘90s through the Roaring ‘20s, along with the title song, parlor tunes, ragtime, cowboy ballads, and Tin Pan Alley favorites. All summer theatre shows are presented at Polson’s beautiful theatre on the lake on the Polson golf course - U.S. Hwy. 93, Boettcher Park. This regional premier plays from July 5-22. Reservations can be made by calling the theatre box office at 406-883-9212 or visiting portpolsonplayers.com. Tickets are $19 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and students.
Saturday, July 14
Annual Cherry Quilt Show held
POLSON — Join us for All In Stitches’ Annual Cherry Quilt Show July 10 – July 22 in celebration of the Flathead Cherry Festival. Quilts will hang in businesses on Main Street from Tuesday, July 10, through Sunday, July 22. Plan some time to pick up a ballot at All In Stitches and walk around Polson to vote on your favorite quilts by July 18. Ribbons will be hung July 19. Feel free to call 406- 883-3643 to talk with any of us if you have questions.
Get muddy at Boys & Girls fundraiser
POLSON — The fourth annual Polson Mud Run will be held on Saturday, July 14, at the Polson Fairgrounds. This is a fundraising event for the Flathead Boys & Girls Club. The 5K obstacle course includes many different types of terrain and obstacles to overcome, including mud. The race starts at 9 a.m. The cost is $40 per person for those 18 years and older and $25 for those 17 years and younger. For more information, call 406-676-5437 or go to: flatheadbgc.org.
Local breweries, bands come together
RONAN — The “Blues, Brews and Booze” event will include 10 local breweries, three bands and go from 2-10 p.m. For more information, call 406-396-0125. This event will take place at the Ronan fairgrounds.
Monday, July 16
Join us for VBS
RONAN — Rain Forest Vacation Bible School will be held July 16-20, from 5:30-8 p.m. at Glacier View School, 36332 Mud Creek Lane.
MVR to meet at Safe Harbor
RONAN — “Mission Valley Rises: Democracy Engaged!” will meet on the third Monday in July at 6:30 p.m. at Safe Harbor in Ronan (corner of Eisenhower and Highway 93). Elaine Meeks will lead the meeting, and Gail Trenfield will take minutes. All of us will bring nutritious snacks, since we are meeting over the dinner hour.
Speakers address ecological topics
YELLOW BAY — The 2018 Data and Donuts Seminar series is offered every summer during the first four weeks of the FLBS 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 Flathead Biological Station at Yellow Bay on Monday, July 16, from 10-11 a.m. These seminars are open to the public, and everyone is invited to attend. Stop by to have a donut and learn more about ecology, and current research in the Flathead. Call 406-982-3301 x 229, for more information.
Watch Mariners play Libby
POLSON — On Monday, July 16, at 4 p.m. watch the Mariners play Libby in a conference game.
Tuesday, July 17
Library sessions address ‘adulting’
POLSON — The third Tuesday of each summer month the North Lake County Public Library holds a fun, interactive program for teens and pre-teens called “Adulting 101.” This program is intended to help prepare the future of our nation to go out into the world (mostly) ready to survive as a new adult. We promise these sessions won’t be boring and will provide lunch. Sessions start at 1 p.m. in the library meeting room. Please let us know if you plan to come so we can be sure there is enough food. You can call 406-883- 8225; email us at: polsoncl@ polson.lib.mt.us or RSVP on our Facebook event. We all know that “Adulting” can be hard … the library is here to make the transition a little easier. On July 17 the session will be “Work, Dating and Social Media Etiquette.” This session will also cover personal safety and the “Freshman Blues.”
Thursday, July 19
Come to 33rd annual ‘Bug Race’
POLSON — With thanks to Kiwanis, the 33rd annual Bug Race will take place at the Elks Lodge #1695, from 10-11 a.m. on Thursday, July 19.
Don’t miss fair entry deadline
RONAN — Open class entries for the Lake County Fair are due by 4 p.m. in the Lake County Fair office. No late entries will be accepted.
Ksanka Standing Arrow Powwow held
ELMO — The Kootenai Tribe, also known as the Ktunaxa Ksanka Band, welcome all nations and the general public to the 38th annual Ksanka Standing Arrow Powwow at the Elmo Powwow Grounds on Thursday, July 19 to Sunday, July 22. The Ksanka Standing Arrow Powwow is a Native American gathering featuring drumming, dancing and traditional dress.
Learn more about recycling at Kiwanis Club meeting
POLSON — The Polson Kiwanis Club meets for lunch meetings the first and third Thursday of each month at the KwaTaqNuk Resort, Koostatah Room from noon-1 p.m. Mark Nelson, Solid Waste Manager at the Lake County Transfer Station, will be the speaker for Polson Kiwanis Club on July 19. Mark will tell us about the state of the recycling program and what is happening locally and nationally. Lake County is making every effort to help its residents learn how to reduce waste and recycle. This benefits the environment, saves the county money, and reduces what goes in the landfill. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Sign up for Good Old Days’ tennis tournament
ST. IGNATIUS — St. Ignatius’ Good Old Days Tennis Tournament starts on Thursday July 19, at 5:30 p.m. and continues on Friday, at 12:30 p.m. (and on Saturday at 3 p.m. if there are enough entries needing Saturday play). There will be singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Junior division is for 12- to 18-year-old players and the adult division for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Registration deadline is midnight on Friday, July 13. You will be called or emailed with first starting times by Tuesday, July 17. To register call or text Kimimi Ashley at: 406-273-8203 or email: kimimiashley@yahoo. com or FaceBook message registration information. Needed is - name, phone number, email address, events playing and junior player age or adult skill level. See you on the courts.
SPLASH in Polson
POLSON — Polson SPLASH will be held from 5-7 p.m. at Kalispell Regional Medical Center Polson Health.
Friday, July 20
Blues Festival invades Hot Springs
HOT SPRINGS — Join us on the north lawn of the historic Symes Hot Springs Hotel located for a two-day music festival. The Symes Hot Springs Blues Festival features true blues from around the Northwest. Come relish the spectacular mineral water, entertainment and small town ambiance. Lodging and camping accommodations are available. Celebrate at the Symes Hot Springs Blues Festival. Opening music begins with Hambone and the Headliners from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, July 20 p.m. followed by Full Grown Band from 8:30-10:30 p.m. Zeppo, Slow Cookin, Mudslide Charley, Kenny James Miller Band and more will play. Barbecue, beer, camping and vendors. Packages, tickets available.
Good Old Days events listed
ST. IGNATIUS — Little Miss and Mr. Good Old Days Pageant will take place on Friday, July 20. The theme this year is the ‘50s. Kiddos of all ages from birth to 17 are welcome. Check us out or register online at: missionmountainpageants@ weebly. com or you can call 406-396- 7838. At 4 p.m. there will be a dessert baking contest. From 5-7 p.m. enjoy a barbecue for $10 for adults and $6 for kids under 12. Big toys events will take place from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and a Farmers Market will be held from 5-7 p.m. Jeff Daniels will provide a free concert at the Amphitheater at 7:30 p.m. A tennis tournament begins at 5:30 p.m. at the St. Ignatius High School tennis courts.
Swim in four events charity event
BIG ARM — The fifth annual Flathead Lake Swim Series will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 20-22, at Big Arm State Park with four swims over 3 days: 5K, 10K, 1 mile and ½ mile. This is a charity event with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Enduring Waves Foundation. The Enduring Waves Foundation is a nonprofit that assists Montana children with various medical expenses. Go to enduringwaves.com for more information.
Saturday, July 21
‘Live History Days’ event links today with yesterday
POLSON — Mark your calendars for a funfilled weekend called Live History Days at the Miracle of America Museum, 36094 Memory Lane, on July 21 and July 22. There will be historic movies Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon. There will be ice cream and other concessions; rides on two trains; Army rigs; spinners and wood carvers; a sawmill in action; a jet trainer cockpit; a blacksmith shop; whirling flywheel engines; a tennis ball cannon; a one room schoolhouse, a flint knapper and educational gun exhibits. The “Country Combo” of fiddlers, pickers, singers and accordions will provide listening and dancing entertainment on Saturday. Join the fun, sell your wares and be a part of history. We welcome new exhibitors and volunteers. Vendors must have a direct link to things historical i.e.: soap making, broom making, pottery, beading, etc. For more information, contact Gil at 406-883-6264 or visit: www.miracleofamericamuseum.org.
Buffalo Run to be held in St. Ignatius
ST. IGNATIUS — St. Luke Community Healthcare’s 36th annual Buffalo Run will be held July 21 and consists of a 1-mile, 4-mile, 7-mile and half marathon runs. The half marathon starts promptly at 7 a.m. with the other races starting at 8 a.m. The annual run begins in front of Gamble’s Hardware and the course is in and around the town of St. Ignatius and is mostly flat. Entry forms are available on the St. Luke website: stlukehealthcare.org or by calling 406-528-532.
Cherries, more take over Main Street Polson
POLSON — The Polson Main Street Flathead Cherry Festival will be held Saturday, July 21, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, July 22, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Come enjoy the great selection of vendors, Flathead cherries, homemade cherry pies, cherry quilts on display in store windows, unique arts and crafts, entertainment, sidewalk sales and specials all weekend long. Saturday’s schedule includes live music from 1-4 p.m.; a children’s and an adults’ cherry spitting contest in front of the Cove Deli beginning at 2 p.m., a children’s and an adults’ pie eating contest starts at 4 p.m. For more information, including vendor applications, go to: flatheadcherryfestival.com.
Class of ‘63 joins Good Old Days Parade
ST. IGNATIUS — During Good Old Days the Mission class of 1963 will have a float in the parade at noon on July 21. Then they will meet at the Olmsteds’ at 4 p.m. to visit and enjoy an Amish chicken dinner and fresh baked pies at 5 p.m. The meal will cost around $7or $8 apiece. Bring your own beverages. Water and iced tea will be provided. For more information or to provide a head count before July 5, please call LaVonne at 406-745-3423.
Pancakes start off Good Old Days events
ST. IGNATIUS — A pancake breakfast will take place from 7-11 a.m. at the senior center. The 34th annual Buffalo Run begins with the half-marathon at 7 a.m. sharp. The 1, 4, and 7 mile runs start at 8 a.m. on the corner of Main and Mountain View Drive. The Good Old Days parade begins at noon. Dog races and lawn mower races are at 1 p.m. and big toys and the climbing wall events are from 1-4 p.m. Family games are at 2 p.m. and a tug-owar is at 2:30 p.m. Enjoy bingo at the senior center from 2-4 p.m. Uke Jam is at 3 p.m. A pizza eating contest is at 7:30 p.m. and the new “Jumanji” movie will be shown at dusk. Tennis contest continues at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 22
Bet on your duck
ST. IGNATIUS — Bet on your duck and support area high school seniors. Purchase ducks at 9 a.m. and the race takes place at 10 a.m.
Fly-in at St. Ignatius airport
ST. IGNATIUS — From 8 a.m.-noon there will be a fly-in at the St. Ignatius airport. A large display of aircraft, door prizes and huckleberry pancakes, biscuits and gravy, eggs and more top off the event.
Shotgun event kicks off Lake County Fair
POLSON — The Lake County Fair will hold a Shotgun Event at Big Sky Sporting Clays at 10 a.m.
Monday, July 23
Lake County Fair welcomes all
RONAN — The Lake County Fair begins in Ronan. This year’s theme is “Calling All Superheroes.” Livestock judging, open class exhibits, agricultural displays, and local live entertainment will return. The mini-horse show is at 8:30 a.m.; the horse show is at 11:30 a.m. and interview judging will take place at noon.
Library serves up vanilla ice cream, reading
POLSON — Join the Parents as Teacher Home Visitors as we partner with Youth Services Librarian Kendra during the North Lake County Public Library’s Mother Goose Story Hour at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 23. The theme will be ice cream, in observance of “Vanilla Ice Cream Day.” We’ll have activities, a craft project, and Kendra will read us fun books on the topic. We will also have some coupons for free child’s cones, compliments of The Cove. Pregnant moms and families with children under the age of 5 are welcome to attend the Parents as Teachers Community Connections. This is a good chance to meet other families with young children, and to learn more about the Parents as Teachers Home Visiting program. Call LCPH at 406-883- 7288 if you have questions about the event, or the Parents as Teachers Home Visiting program in general – it’s free and fun.
Special Flathead Irrigation meeting set for July 23
RONAN — The Flathead Irrigation District will hold a special meeting on July 23 at 1 p.m. The meeting will be held at Lake County Community Development, 407 Main Street SW. A partial list of items on the agenda include a discussion on O & M rates going up and the budget.
Tuesday, July 24
Dog obedience begins fair day
RONAN — 4-H dog obedience and showmanship/ rally and agility will take place at the Lake County Fair from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; large animal check-in is from 3-7 p.m.; 4-H family- style dinner is from 5-8 p.m.; non-perishable open class check-in is from 5-8 p.m.; 4-H and open class poultry/rabbit check-in is from 6-8 p.m. and from 6-9 p.m. large animal weigh-in takes place.
Wednesday, July 25
4-H dinner, entertainment happen at fair
RONAN — The Lake County Fair judges’ orientation begins at 8:30 a.m.; perishable open class check-in is from 9 a.m.- noon; swine showmanship/ judging is from 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.; cat show is at 1:30 p.m.; open class judges’ orientation at 5 p.m.; 4-H family-style dinner and entertainment from 5-8 p.m.; open class judging from 6-9 p.m.; market beef judging at 7 p.m. Concessions by 4-H clubs, commercial, educational and non-profit booths will take place Tuesday, July 24-Sunday, July 29.
Fair barns open to public
RONAN — The livestock barns will be open to the public from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, through Saturday, July 28.
Reservation Fish and Wildlife Board to meet
POLSON — The Flathead Reservation Fish and Wildlife Board will meet on Wednesday, July 25, at 6 p.m. at the Polson City Library. Board Chair Pelah Hoyt invites all interested persons to attend. For more information, contact Germaine White, 406-883-2888 or germainew@ cskt.org.
Thursday, July 26
‘Foxfire’ comedy, drama plays at theatre on the lake
POLSON — The second production by the Port Polson Players is “Foxfire,” a Hallmark Hall of Fame classic. Annie Nations and her husband Hector loved their life together in the Blue Ridge Mountains, but when Hector dies, Annie has to decide if she can handle the wilderness on her own. When son Dillard, a rising country music singing star returns, he must decide the fate of the farm. Montana Governor’s Awards for the Arts recipients and Players’ producers Neal and Karen Lewing are featured. All summer theatre shows are presented at Polson’s beautiful theatre on the lake on the Polson golf course (Highway 93, Boettcher Park. This tender, witty and wise comedy-drama plays from July 26-Aug 12. Reservations can be made by calling the theatre box office at 406-883-9212 or visiting portpolsonplayers.com. Tickets are $19 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and students.
Rock & roll at library
POLSON — The North Lake County Thursday morning reading program invites you to rock and roll with Dickie Williamson from 10-11 a.m.
Round dance workshop, dance given at Ninepipes
NINEPIPES — Mark your calendars for a special treat at the Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana on Thursday, July 26. Leo Charlie and fellow drummers and singers first offer a Round Dance workshop and demonstration from 1-3 p.m. and will then drum and sing for a Round Dance from 6-9 p.m. The round dance is a traditional Native American dance with a message of friendship and spiritual solidarity; a dance for meeting old friends and for making new friends. Nancy Vaughan and her crew will sell Indian Tacos and fry bread from 1-8 p.m.
Sheep, rabbit, poultry, more on tap at fair
RONAN — The Lake County Fair judges’ orientation takes place at 8:30 a.m.; sheep showmanship at 9 a.m.; sheep breeding at 10 a.m. followed by market sheep judging at 11 a.m.; 2 p.m. rabbit showmanship/ judging; 3 p.m. poultry showmanship/judging; 4 p.m. fashion revue; 5 p.m. small fry stock show; 5 p.m. entertainment; 5:30 Buyer’s Recognition Dinner; 7 p.m. market livestock sale.
Friday, July 27
Goats, llamas, more judged at fair
RONAN — The Lake County Fair judge’s orientation begins at 8:30 a.m.; dairy showmanship and judging is at 9 a.m.; llama/alpaca showmanship and judging is at 9 a.m.; market goat judging and showmanship is at 11:30 a.m. and project costume contest is at 2 p.m.; from 5-7 p.m. beef breeding/showmanship takes place and from 9-11 p.m. is the 4-H Ambassadors’ Dance.
Hear about Montana vigilantes
LAKESIDE — West Shore Community Library is holding a Speaker Series. On Friday, July 27, you can hear about “Vigilantes in Montana” by author Carol Buchanan, at 7 p.m.
MSU alumni invited to dinner cruise, golf
POLSON — On July 27, area friends, MSU Alumni, families and Bobcat Boosters are invited to participate in a Flathead Lake dinner cruise. This event is designed specifically for MSU alums, families and friends whether or not you participate in the golf scramble. This is a great opportunity to socialize with other Bobcats, while enjoying a scenic voyage on Flathead Lake. The cruise will be hosted by MSU Head Football Coach Jeff Choate. Cruise on board the “Shadow,” which departs from the Kwataqnuk Resort at 6 p.m. and returns at 9 p.m. A buffet dinner will be served and there will be a cash bar. Tickets are $55 per person. The golf scramble will be hosted at the Polson Bay Golf Club on July 28. The format will be similar to last year. The scramble begins with a shotgun start at 10 a.m., followed by a social hour and a barbecue. Entry fee is $500 per team. Proceeds benefit the MSU Bobcat Athletic Scholarship Fund. For information, tickets and registration call 406-883-8803 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recycling in Lake County addressed
POLSON — All are invited to the Pachyderm meeting on Friday, July 27, to hear Mark Nelson address the changes in recycling and overall operations of Lake County solid waste. The meeting takes place from noon-1 p.m. at the Polson Rural Fire Department off Regatta Road.
Vote for favorite quilt
RONAN — The annual Mission Mountain Quilt Show, in conjunction with the Lake County Fair, will be held on Friday, July 27, from l0 a.m.- 6 p.m. in the Ronan K. William Harvey Elementary gymnasium. Featured quilters will be Rosa Tougas and Linda Schoon. Raffle tickets for theme quilt “Dresden Fireworks” and raffle tickets for fat quarters will be available. All attending are encouraged to be part of the people’s choice voting for favorite quilts.