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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: 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.



Saturday, July 23

Beginner Vinyasa Yoga class offered at Lone Pine State Park


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


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


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: for updates.


Participate in Family Trivia in the Park


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


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:


Sunday, July 24

Shotgun event held at Big Sky Sporting Clays


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


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


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: for event schedules or pick up a Fair Book from local retailers.


Wednesday, July 27

Fair 4-H judging takes place


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


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:


Irrigation District to meet


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


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


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.


Friday, July 29

Crab Fest held at fairgrounds


RONAN — The Lake County Fair continues with breakfast from 8-11 a.m. The kid zone is open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. The horse show is at 10 a.m. A lunch special will be offered between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The rabbit show is at 2:30 p.m. The Crabfest takes place from 5-9 p.m. Pre-purchase tickets from the Ronan Chamber of Commerce by contacting: A teen dance begins at 9 p.m.


Library hosts presentation from Montana PBS


POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program continues with Deanna Mydland from Montana PBS at 10 a.m.

Local food available at the Brewery


RONAN — The Ronan Cooperative Brewery will have local food purveyor Hot Diggity Dog available for the evening. 





Quilt Show begins


RONAN — The Mission Mountain Quilt Guild quilt show will be held on Friday, July 29 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the K. William Harvey gymnasium in Ronan. Vendors, demonstrations, featured quilters, and voting for “people’s choice” for best quilts will take place on Friday. Quilted items will be available for sale. Raffle tickets for a beautiful quilt and a fat quarter basket will be sold. A winner will be drawn at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.


Summer Speaker Series continues: Bat adaptations


KALISPELL — On Friday, July 29 from 6-7 p.m. join Lone Pine District ranger and bat enthusiast to learn more about the wild adaptations of this often-misunderstood flying mammal. Bats pollinate species essential for survival, like agave, bananas, and coffee, and save the US agricultural industry over $3 billion annually in pest control. 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 30

Cherry Festival begins


POLSON — The Polson Business Community invites you to participate in the 23rd annual Polson Main Street Flathead Cherry Festival from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31. They are proud to note that this two-day event has been recognized among the top five must-see tourism attractions in the state. The festival includes fresh local cherry sales, artists, vendors, local food and drinks.

Quilt Show holds drawing for quilt, more


RONAN — The Mission Mountain Quilt Guild quilt show continues Saturday, July 30 from 10 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. at the K. William Harvey gymnasium in Ronan. Quilted items will be available for sale. Raffle tickets for a beautiful quilt and a fat quarter basket will also sold. A winner will be drawn at 3:30 p.m.

Ranch rodeo held at fairgrounds


RONAN — The Lake County Fair continues with breakfast at the fairgrounds from 8-11 a.m. The kid zone is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and the beef and dairy breeding and showmanship program is from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The Large Animal Round Robin takes place between 3 and 4 p.m. A ranch rodeo is from 5-8 p.m. All livestock will be released between 7-9 p.m. with clipping chutes removed. 


Sunday, July 31

Barrel race begins early


RONAN — At 9 a.m. the NBHA barrel race takes place at the Lake County Fairgrounds. 


Barrel race begins early


RONAN — At 9 a.m. the NBHA barrel race takes place at the Lake County Fairgrounds.

Cherry Festiva continues


POLSON — The final day of the Cherry Festival takes place on Main Street in downtown from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.


Tuesday, August 2

AIS presentation given


POLSON — Science on Tap, a program by the Flathead Biological Station at Yellow Bay, will be presented by Tom Woolf, AIS Bureau Chief with MT FWP, and AIS inspector. The evening presentation takes place at the Flathead Lakers Offices, Salish building outdoor plaza from 6:30-8 p.m. Come celebrate our AIS Watercraft Inspectors and learn more about Montana’s fight to keep invasive species out of our waters. The event takes place from 6:30-8 p.m.


Owl Research presentation made at horsemen meeting


RONAN — The Mission Valley Back Country Horsemen will hold their next monthly meeting on Aug. 2, at 7 p.m. at the VFW om Round Butte Rd. We are very fortunate to be able to present a Power Point presentation by the Owl Research Institute. If Denver Holt is not available, the institute’s lead biologist, Beth Mendelsohn or Lauren Smith, their Director of Communications, will give the presentation. 

The Owl Research Institute, located in Charlo, maintains long-term research on 10 owl species in Montana and Alaska. Their research is a critical step in understanding how to effectively preserve a future for owls. We encourage the general public to attend this event also. 

You don’t want to miss this folks. They are celebrating 33 years of owl conservation.

Wednesday, August 3

Polson Chamber to meet


POLSON — The next Polson Chamber luncheon is Aug. 3. Our speaker will be State Representative Shane Morigeau; he will speak about the “The State of the Tribes.”


Thursday, August 4

Free Glacier Park entry


GLACIER PARK — Entry to Glacier National Park is free on Thursday, Aug. 25 in celebration of the National Park Service’s birthday.


Fun for kids includes singing, dancing


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.



Summer Soirée held


POLSON —Join us Thursday, Aug. 4 on Rocky Point in Polson overlooking Flathead Lake, for an evening fundraising event. Musical guest Tommy Edwards & Man and the Box will entertain. Light appetizers and drinks will be served. A limited number of tickets are available. Proceeds from this event support the Flathead Lakers. Visit the Flathead Lakers website: or call 406-883-1346 for more information.

Friday, August 5

Listen to Flathead Flute Choir


POLSON — The Lake County Public Library continues its Acoustic Music Series on their first Friday of each month. On Aug. 5 the Flathead Flute Choir will be in the library. Join us for a relaxing musical afternoon in the library atrium. Music starts at 3:30 p.m. Feel free to sit and listen or just enjoy the background music as you browse.  

Motocross event held in Plains


PLAINS — Motocross will be at the Sanders County Fairgrounds on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 5 and 6, starting at 7 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 and $10 for children 12 and under. 

Pioneer Days fun begins


RONAN — The Pioneer Days celebration begins on Friday, Aug. 5 and continues through Sunday, Aug. 7 at the Ronan Fairgrounds. Ronan Pioneer Days is a community event with fun for the whole family. There will be plenty of good old-fashioned entertainment. For more information call 406-676-8300.


RHS class of 1972 celebrates 50th year reunion


RONAN — The Ronan High Class of 1972 will be celebrating their 50th class reunion on Aug. 5, 6, 7. This celebration will include a get-together Friday night, dinner Saturday evening and participation in the Pioneer Days parade on Sunday. For further information, call Jayne Wangerin at 406-249-6448.

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