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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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Friday, July 15

Author to sign copies of new children’s book at barbecue

7/15/2022

ST. IGNATIUS — Author Peggy Browning Schultz will be at the Good Old Days Celebration barbecue on Friday, July 15, from 5-7 p.m. to sign copies of her new book, “Elsie the Itty Bitty Peacemaker.” The book is children’s story about a flop-eared peace-making bunny.

 

Good Old Days cooks up barbecue meal

7/15/2022

ST. IGNATIUS — Good Old Days welcomes all with a barbecue meal on Friday, July 15, at the Good Old Days Park from 5-7 p.m. There will be gourmet burgers with all the fixin’s, fresh roasted beef, potato and macaroni salads, baked beans, fruit salad and dessert all for $12 for adults, $7 for kids under 10. There will also be an adult and a junior dessert baking contest

with a $100 adult prize and a $50 junior prize. The farmers market takes place from 5-7 p.m. At 7:30 p.m. at the Amphitheater “Bottom Feeders” will present classic country and rock for family fun. Fireworks will take place at dark, weather permitting. Expect additional activities.

Learn about forest management, hike

7/15/2022

KALISPELL — Learn about forest management from Holly McKenzie, a forester with the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation at Lone Pine State Park. After the presentation, there will be a hike around Lone Pine to look at the mistletoe areas where salvage work and thinning will take place between September and November this fall. 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. 

Read with Riley

7/15/2022

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.

 

Standing Arrow Powwow begins

7/15/2022

ELMO — The Standing Arrow Powwow will be held July 15-17. The first grand entry takes place at 7 p.m. on Friday evening. Call 406-544-0262 for more information. There will be a $10,000 drum contest. For more information call 406-304-9048. Information about Royalty competition for Miss Kootenai and Kootenai Warrior can be had by called 406-871-6130 or emailing: ktunaxatomcruise@yahoo.com.

Saturday, July 16

Good Old Days continues

7/16/2022

ST. IGNATIUS — Good Old Days continues with dog races at 1 p.m.; food and craft vendors from 1-4 p.m., bingo from 2-4 p.m. and family games (egg races, water balloon toss, sprints, gunny sack races) at 2 p.m. A beer walk takes place at 2:30 p.m. (it’s a hoot) and lawn mower races begin at 3 p.m. The day ends with helicopter rides and a barbeque at the airport from 4-8 p.m. and a tennis tournament at the high school at 5:30 p.m.

Pancakes served at senior center

7/16/2022

ST. IGNATIUS — The St. Ignatius Senior Center will provide a pancake breakfast from 7-11 a.m. as Good Old Days events continue.

Powwow in Elmo continues

7/16/2022

ELMO — The Standing Arrow Powow continues with a $10,000 stick game tournament payout. Registration begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Call 406-471-4384 for more information.  Registration for the 5K Fun Run starts at 9 a.m. and the run begins at 10 a.m. For information about a co-ed softball tourney call 406-203-6662.

Run in Buffalo Run half marathon

7/16/2022

ST. IGNATIUS — The Buffalo Run is part of the family  Good Old Days fun in St. Ignatius. Proceeds from the Buffalo Run benefit the St. Ignatius Chamber of Commerce. The half marathon ($25) starts promptly at 7 a.m. and the 1 ($12), 4 ($17), and 7-mile ($17) fun runs start promptly at 8 a.m. All races start at 112 N. Main Street in front of Gambles. Open to all ages. Register online at: http://www.runsignup.com/Race/MT/SaintIgnatius/GoodOldDaysBuffaloRun

 

Sunday, July 17

Aviation display ends Good Old Days celebration

7/17/2022

ST. IGNATIUS — Final Good Old Days events take place at the airport. Huckleberry pancakes, ham, eggs, coffee and juice will be served at the Fly-In breakfast from 8 a.m.-noon. There will be door prizes as well as a large general aviation display.

 

Ninepipes Museum celebrates Bud Cheff Jr.

7/17/2022

NINPIPE —The Montana Historical Society selected Bud Cheff Jr. as a Heritage Keeper Award recipient in 2021. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Ninepipes Museum has not been able to celebrate this honor with museum friends and neighbors until now. The July 17 celebration is also a fundraiser to benefit the nonprofit 501(c)3 museum and ticket prices are $30 per person. There is limited space for the event so only 75 tickets will be sold. Call the museum at 406-644-3435, or email: info@ninepipesmuseum.org to purchase your ticket. The event runs from 2-5 p.m. and includes entertainment, heavy hors d’oeuvres, auction items, a raffle, and a cash beer and wine bar. The museum will be closed to the public on July 17 for this event.

 

Monday, July 18

Join ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ game night

7/18/2022

POLSON — Dungeons & Dragons game night will be held at the North Lake County Public Library on Monday, July 18 starting at 5: p.m. with an average run time of 4 hours: “Hunt for the Ghost Ship” is the title of our adventure. We will meet in the large meeting room. Light snacks will be provided, but you are welcome to bring food & non-alcoholic beverages. This adventure is geared toward older teens & adults.

Please call 406-883-8225 to reserve a player spot or just drop-in to observe.  

Wednesday, July 20

Atlatis throwing demonstration given

7/20/2022

KALISPELL — Atlatls are ancient weapons that preceded the bow and arrow in most parts of the world and are one of humankind’s first mechanical inventions. Presenters will give a brief history of the atlatl and then give a demonstration of how it was effectively used for hunting. 

All participants will get an opportunity to use these hunting weapons and understand how they work. Children 4 years old and older are welcome come try it out. 

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). 

 

Atlatls throwing demonstration

7/20/2022

KALISPELL — Atlatls are ancient weapons that preceded the bow and arrow in most parts of the world and are one of humankind’s first mechanical inventions. Presenters will give a brief history of the atlatis and then give a demonstration of how it was effectively used for hunting. All participants will get an opportunity to use these hunting weapons and understand how they work. Children 4 years old and older are welcome come try it out. 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). 

 

Friday, July 22

Blues Festival features Northwest musicians

7/22/2022

HOT SPRINGS — For two days on the north lawn of Symes Hot Springs Hotel the annual Hot Springs Blues Festival will feature true blues from around the Northwest. Different bands will play nightly from 6-8 p.m. and 8:30-10:30 p.m. Call 406-741-2361 or go to: symeshotspringsbluesfestival.com for updates.

Learn about Lone Pine State Park’s beauty

7/22/2022

 

 

KALISPELL — Surrounded by the natural beauty of Lone Pine State Park, Kathy Ross, Flathead Valley landscaper/gardener of more than 30 years will talk about the importance of this beauty on Friday, July 22 from 6-7 p.m. 

   Come explore the relationship of native plants, insects and birds, and find out why this relationship is so important to understanding loss of habitats and biodiversity. Learn how you can help native species in your own landscapes. 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). 

 

Saturday, July 23

Beginner Vinyasa Yoga class offered at Lone Pine State Park

7/23/2022

KALISPELL — Enjoy a beginner Vinyasa yoga flow class from 8-9:15 a.m. on Saturday, July 23, at Lone Pine State Park. This 45-minute yoga class will take place as the sun is rising. 

Bring layers and a warm drink as the morning is chilly. Yoga mats will not be provided so bring your own mat, towel, or blanket to set underneath you.

Call the visitor center at 406-755-2706 ext. 0 to register, as space is limited. Cost is $4 per participant ($8 park entry fee still applies to out-of-state vehicles). 

 

Join treasure hunt

7/23/2022

POLSON — The all new Art Trail, instituted by the Sandpiper Art Gallery, is a treasure hunt, a great exhibit and sale opportunity for artists in the Mission Valley in locations from St. Ignatius to Dayton. Contact the gallery at 406-883-5956 for more information

More true blues played in Hot Springs

7/23/2022

HOT SPRINGS — On the north lawn of Symes Hot Springs Hotel the Hot Springs Blues Festival will feature true blues from around the Northwest. Music will be performed 4-6 p.m. with the Wolf Tones performing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mudslide Charley plays from 9-11 p.m. Call 406-741-2361 or go to: symeshotspringsbluesfestival.com for updates.

 

Participate in Family Trivia in the Park

7/23/2022

KALISPELL — On Saturday, July 23, from 7-8:30 p.m. test your knowledge of Lone Pine State Park at the first trivia night of the year. The questions will focus on the history of Lone Pine, plant ecology, and animal ecology. We will go through four rounds of questions to share our knowledge or learn new facts. All ages are welcome and feel free to bring snacks and drinks. 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). 

 

Play poker in Flathead Lake at Poker Paddle event

7/23/2022

FLATHEAD LAKE — Join us for the return of the Poker Paddle for Clean Water event on Saturday, July 23, at 9:30 a.m. at The Shoe restaurant. 

Bring your kayaks, SUPs, canoes or swimming ability on a short or long course to designated stops on the beautiful south end of Flathead Lake in Polson. Collect playing cards along the way. 

Prizes for best and worst hand. Each participant receives a commemorative gift. Food and music to follow. 

For more information contact Amber Stanfield at: amber@flatheadlakers.org.

 

Sunday, July 24

Shotgun event held at Big Sky Sporting Clays

7/24/2022

RONAN — The Lake County Fair starts out with a bang with the Shotgun Sporting Clays event at noon at Big Sky Sporting Clays, 42295 Irvine Flats Road in Polson. Call 406-883-2000, for more information. 

 

Take a Likin’ to Lichen Table Talk

7/24/2022

KALISPELL — On Sunday, July 24, from 12-2 p.m. learn about lichen. 

Table Talks are designed for visitors to chat, ask questions, and learn something new while out hiking in the park. Touch and feel different types of lichen, learn the difference between various lichens and discover why it is so special to have at Lone Pine. We will be stationed at the Lone Pine trailhead, so feel free to stop by. 

Monday, July 25

Lake County Fair begins

7/25/2022

RONAN — The Lake County Fair will hold interview judging beginning at noon. The annual Lake County Fair is a big event in the lives of many boys, girls and adults in the area, especially for 4-H and FFA students. 

Go to: lakemt.gov/fair/events.html for event schedules or pick up a Fair Book from local retailers.

 

Wednesday, July 27

Fair 4-H judging takes place

7/27/2022

RONAN — A 4-H breakfast will take place 7-11 a.m. at the Lake County Fairgrounds. A swine show will happen between 8-11:30 a.m. The horticulture barn opens at 10 a.m. The kid zone is open between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. A non-perishable open class check-in takes place between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. There will be a cat show at noon and a poultry show at 1:30 p.m. At 5 p.m. a family style dinner will be held. At 6 p.m. market beef judging will take place and at 6:30 there will be an open class judges’ orientation with open class judging between 7-9 p.m. 

 

Free meditation classes offered

7/27/2022

ZOOM — Mission Mountain Zen is offering free online meditation classes. Please join the Mission Mountain Zen Center on Wednesday, July 20 and on subsequent Wednesdays, for an online meditation class led by Zen Teacher, Zenku, including meditation instruction, practice and discussion via Zoom. The classes will be each Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 pm, Mountain Time. We will cultivate and deepen our centering skills and meditation practice during the class. Please join us and take advantage of this opportunity. For more information and a Zoom link to the class call Zenku at 847-721-0665 or email at:

Jerry.Smyers@gmail.com.

 

Irrigation District to meet

7/27/2022

RONAN — Flathead Irrigation District will hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 27 at 1 p.m. at Mission West Community Development Partners, 407 Main Street SW. 

The meeting is upstairs.

 

Musicians play at Ronan Co-op Brewery

7/27/2022

RONAN — The Ronan Cooperative Brewery will host live music performed by the Western Montana Musicians Co-op at 6:30 p.m. 

Thursday, July 28

Big Cats presentation given at Ronan Co-op Brewery

7/28/2022

RONAN — The Ronan Cooperative Brewery will host Hugh Robinson of Panthera at 6 p.m. He will give a presentation on Big Cats. Join this interesting evening event.

 

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