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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.

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.

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

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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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Discussion forum meets last Thursday of month

POLSON — Join our ongoing “last Thursday of the month” meetings held from 4-5 p.m. (or beyond) at The Good Coffee Roasting Company, 201 Third Ave., right behind Stutzman’s Furniture on U.S. Highway 93. “Polson Gather Round - Walk With the World” is a community discussion forum, where we discuss what is on our minds. We also discuss possible solutions, and specifically how they are related to climate change solutions. Thinking must be elevated past the political parties, and solutions should be fostered by community collaboration, as it relates specifically to the climate topic. For more information call Kim Schmidt at: 406- 214-2020.

 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.
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: 
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.



Wednesday, July 21

Dinner on tap at fair


RONAN — Enjoy a family style dinner at the fairgrounds at 5 p.m. Market livestock weigh-in happens between 6-8 p.m. Open class judging from 7-9 p.m.

Thursday, July 22

Listen to Flathead Biological Station presentation


POLSON — The Summer Reading Program at North Lake County Public Library is for everyone and all ages. You can still register. Special programs will be held on Thursday mornings starting at 10 a.m. We plan to meet in Sacajawea Park across the street from the library. If there is bad weather, the program will be held in the library. Please come wearing a mask. If attendance allows for social distancing, masks can be removed.

On July 22 Stephanie Hummel from Flathead Lake Biological Station will give a presentation.


Watch livestock shows, more at fair


RONAN — Market swine and showmanship takes place from 8-11:30 a.m. at the Lake County Fair. 

The Kid Zone’s games and activities continue from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sheep Judging happens at noon. Sheep showmanship and breeding is from 2-3 p.m. Market beef judging takes place from noon to 2 p.m. The cat show follows sheep breeding and showmanship at approximately 3 p.m. 

The fashion show is at 4:30 p.m. Small fry stock show takes place at 5 p.m. The market livestock sale begins at 7 p.m.


Friday, July 23

Boys & Girls Club members perform ‘Johnny Appleseed


RONAN — Missoula Children’s Theatre’s production of Johnny Appleseed will take place on Friday, July 23, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Ronan Performing Arts Center. This is open to the public and free but donations are accepted.


Mini horses start Fair day


RONAN — The Lake County Fair begins with the horse show (mini horses first) at 10 a.m.

At 3 p.m. poultry judging and showmanship will begin. Kid Zone games and activities take place all day from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 

The Ronan Chamber of Commerce’s Crab Fest begins at 5 p.m. (Tickets must be pre-purchased from the Ronan Chamber of Commerce. Call 406-676-8300 for more info.) 

Rabbit judging and showmanship takes place at 6 p.m. 

The Ambassador Dance takes place from 9-11 p.m.


Saturday, July 24

Art festival draws fine artists and artisans


POLSON — Flathead Lake Festival of Art 2021 takes place on the edge of the bay at Sacajawea Park, three blocks from downtown Polson. Sacajawea Park is a scenic location, highly visible from U.S. Highway 93, with direct views of the Mission Mountains across the bay. This festival emphasizes quality fine art and fine craft from Montana and the northwest. 

Categories include painting, drawing, jewelry, clay, glass, sculpture, photography, wood, leather, fiber, basketry, and mixed media. 


Beef, dairy, goats on stage at fair


RONAN — The Kid Zone at the Lake County Fair is open from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Beef and dairy showmanship will also begin at 9 a.m. Goat judging and showmanship takes place at noon. Large animal round robin starts at 3 p.m. and the small animal round robin begins at 5 p.m. The Ranch Rodeo begins at 5 p.m.


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Watch the car races


POLSON — Enjoy the national qualifier, “INEX Legends Madness,” at the Mission Valley Speedway Superoval. Located at 1113 N. Reservoir Road, there will be Mod 4s, Hornets, late Models, INEX Legends (double points). Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for children 8-14 with children 7 and under free. Seniors 55 and older pay an $8 admission fee. Time trials begin at 6 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. Call 406-212-8159 for more information.


Sunday, July 25

Barrel races take place on final fair day


RONAN — The NBHA Barrel Race will be the final fair activity at the Lake County Fairgrounds. The event begins at 9 a.m.


Sign up for the Bobcat Scramble


POLSON — Polson Bay Golf Course will host the annual Bobcat Scramble to raise funds for scholarships. Everyone is invited to participate. Call 406-883-8230 for more information.


Tags:  Polson   Polson golf course  

Monday, July 26

Mother Goose entertains babies, toddlers


TheNorth Lake County Public Library offers the Mother Goose program on Mondays at 9:15 a.m. The doors open at 9 a.m. Mother Goose is an interactive program for babies, toddlers and their caregivers that will include nursery rhymes and stories. Come in to play with your child and learn new action rhymes to do at home. 


Wednesday, July 28

Flathead Irrigation District to meet


RONAN — The Flathead Irrigation District will hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 28, at 1 p.m. at Lake County Extension Office/Community Center, 303 Third Ave. NW. Please enter through the back door by the kitchen.  


Local Kiwanis Club holds event at KOA


POLSON — Kiwanis Club of Polson is hosting an “Ode to Summer: Wine, Beer and Tasty Morsels” event on Saturday, Aug. 28, from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Polson KOA. Tickets are $20 per person and are available from Polson Kiwanis members or the KOA office.

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