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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.

New Wednesday after-school library program explores the world

POLSON — “Wiggle Worms,” a new after-school program at North Lake County Library takes place on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. Join us in the after-school hour for stories, activities, and crafts designed to boost a love of learning. While optimized for kids four and up, all ages are welcome to join us as we explore a new part of the world each week.

Recovery support available

RONAN —Recovery support is available for those struggling with addiction at The Never Alone Recovery Hall, at 309 B Main Street, 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.

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Montecahto Club seeks information - 5/20/15

POLSON — The Montecahto Club is seeking the names and addresses of current service men and women from Lake County in order to send them care packages. Please phone Myrna at 406-407-2352 or Kari at 406-370-1443, with this information.




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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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New hours announced for MO

POLSON — Miracle of America’s hours are now 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 1:30-6 p.m. on Sundays. Some holidays may be shorter hours as well, so it is best to call 406-883-6804 first. Our free “Night at the Museum” is on the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Donations or treats are always welcome. Schoolteachers are encouraged to give extra credit for a report from attending students.

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.


Tuesday, July 31

‘Foxfire’ comedy, drama plays at theatre on the lake

7/26/2018 - 8/12/2018

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 Tickets are $19 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and students.

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Tuesday, July 31

New art exhibit begins at Sandpiper Gallery

7/30/2018 - 8/31/2018

POLSON — The Sandpiper Art and Gift Gallery, 306 Main Street, begins their new exhibit, “Where does the Story Begin?” The show runs from July 30-Aug. 31 and features member artists Carole Carberry (watercolor), Maryann Eikens (sculpture/watercolor), Gitti Miller (basket weaving) Jan Brooks (wearable art), Jan Lindgren (watercolor), Julie Christopher (everything and anything), and guest artist John Ashley (photography). Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday.

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Reserve a spot in ‘Internet Safety’ computer class


POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library will present a computer class on “Internet Safety” from 2-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31. The class will take place in the conference room. Call 406-883-8225 to reserve a spot.

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Wednesday, August 1

Arlee Library begins summer program through August 7

8/1/2018 - 8/7/2018

ARLEE — The Arlee Summer Reading Program is free for all ages and runs from June 12-Aug. 7. Events are on Tuesdays from 9:30- 11:00 a.m. Register with an adult from May 31-June 12 at the Jocko Valley Library. Reading events happen on: June 12, 19, 26, and July 10, 17, 24, 31, and Aug. 7. Library hours are Mondays and Thursdays from 1-5 p.m.; Tuesdays from 9:30-11 a.m. (Summer Reading Program only); and Friday from noon- 4 p.m. Visit our website at:, or call the library at 406-726- 3572, with any questions.

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Boys and Girls Club summer program June 11 through August 17

8/1/2018 - 8/17/2018

LAKE COUNTY — The Flathead Reservation and Lake County Boys and Girls Club will operate a summer program at both their Polson and Ronan sites Monday-Friday (not July 4) from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. from June 11-Aug. 17. The cost is $25 per month and must be paid up front in addition to membership fee. Space is limited. The summer program focuses on academics, good character and citizenship and developing healthy lifestyles. Applications may be picked up onsite or at:

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Polson reading program June 11 through August 10

8/1/2018 - 8/10/2018

POLSON — The national theme for the Family Summer Reading Program is “Libraries Rock.” Registration begins at the North Lake County Public Library on Monday, June 11, and ends on Aug. 10. On Monday, June 11, the library will host the Usborne Book Fair. Come browse the latest books.

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Thursday, August 2

Ronan Chamber meets


CHARLO — The Ronan Chamber of Commerce will hold a general meeting on Thursday, Aug. 2, at noon at Allentown Restaurant.

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SciNation Maker Truck at special reading program


POLSON — The North Lake County Library’s Thursday morning reading program invites you to a special two-hour program with the SciNation Maker Truck. The program is from 10 a.m.-noon.

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Share the Spirit director to speak


POLSON - The Polson Kiwanis Club hold lunch meetings the first and third Thursday of each month downstairs in the KwaTaqNuk Resort, Koostatah room, from noon-1 p.m. Toni Young, Share the Spirit’s director, will speak about the local organization’s efforts since 1998 to make sure Lake County children have the best Christmas possible. Share the Spirit has been in partnership with the United States Marines and Toys for Tots for the past 15 years, and also with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, which raises money for a shopping excursion at Wal-Mart. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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Friday, August 3

Artists’ reception held


POLSON — The Sandpiper Art and Gift Gallery, 306 Main Street, will hold a reception for their new exhibit, “Where does the Story Begin?” on Friday, Aug. 3, from 5-7 p.m. at the gallery.

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Class of ’88 holds class reunion

8/3/2018 - 8/4/2018

POLSON — Polson High School class of 1988 will be having their 30-year class reunion on Aug. 3-4. Information and registration can be found at: POLSONHIGHREUNION.COM.

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Flathead Lake Biological Station hosts open house


YELLOW BAY – The Flathead Lake Biological Station’s annual open house will be held Friday, Aug. 3 from 1-5 p.m. The open house provides an opportunity for the public to learn more about the ecology of Flathead Lake and its watershed, as well as FLBS and its research around the globe. The open house allows FLBS scientists to showcase the breadth of their activities, as well as show examples of how ecological research at FLBS benefits Flathead Lake and visitors and residents. Activities this year include: tours of biological station facilities, boat trips on our 30-foot research vessel “the Jessie B,” exhibits on recent Flathead research, including Flathead Lake ecology, presentations by FLBS research scientists and invited speakers and a visit by UM mascot Monte. The open house is free and open to all. For more information, email Tom Bansak at events@flbs. or call 406-982- 3301 X229.

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Fun, entertainment scheduled for Pioneer Days

8/3/2018 - 8/5/2018

RONAN –– The Pioneer Days celebration begins in Ronan on Friday, Aug. 3, and will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday Aug. 3-5. Ronan Pioneer Days is a community event with fun for the whole family. There will be plenty of good old-fashioned entertainment. There will be a fishing derby from 8 a.m.- noon and happy hour will take place with the Ronan Pioneer Days Company at 5 p.m. The Bulls and Broncs Rodeo is at 7:30 p.m. Scholarships will be given out at the rodeo and you must be present to win. A street dance is planned for 9 p.m. If you have questions or want more information, call at 406-675- 0177.

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Graduates of RHS 1958 reunite

8/3/2018 - 8/5/2018

RONAN — The Ronan High School graduating class of 1958 in having their 60th class reunion on Aug. 3, 4, and 5. We are having a get-together Friday night Aug. 3; a potluck at noon on Saturday, Aug 4; and have a horse-drawn wagon (donations accepted for the driver) for the parade on Sunday, Aug. 5. We hope to see any and all of our 1958 classmates. If you have any questions, call Margaret Burke at 406-212-6800, Roy Bilile at 407-676-2026 or Loren Clary at 406-644-2259.

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Saturday, August 4

Basketball tournament, contests held


RONAN — The 23rd annual Pioneer Days 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 4. Registration and payment are due by Monday, July 30. Either drop them off at the Ronan Dairy Queen between 7-8 p.m. on Monday, July 30, or by mail to P.O. Box 91, Ronan. Special events held on Leonard Park logging/ WBC Woody’s Center Court – free throw contest, 3-point contest and 6, 7, 8 and 9 foot dunk contests. More information about the 3-on-3 tournament can be found at: missionvalley3on3. com, or

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Flower artwork exhibited at Ninepipes Museum


CHARLO — Ninepipes Museum is honored that artists will exhibit their beautiful work in the Earl W. Wharton Memorial Gallery during the 2018 season. Nancy Vaughan’s terrific fry bread and Indian tacos will be available in conjunction with the artist receptions for the next two months — August and September. Nancy Miller, a Montana native, will exhibit her work on Saturday, Aug. 4. Miller paints different mediums and different subjects, but her favorite is flowers. Nancy has been a member of the Sandpiper Gallery for several years. Painting for her is a genuine pleasure and blessing.

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Fundraiser to fund adults-with-disabilities facility


RONAN — On Aug. 4, during Pioneer Days, from 8 a.m.–4 p.m., a fundraiser will be held at the Terrace Lake Community Church, 35663 Terrace Lake Road. The event will include a silent auction, a yard sale and food. Your help will help provide funding for a feasibility plan to turn a local church in Ronan into a proactive assisted living facility for adults with disabilities and more.

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Ice cream, face painting on tap in Lakeside


LAKESIDE — The West Shore Community Library is holding a “Meet Your Volunteers Ice Cream Social,” on Saturday, Aug. 4. Stories and face painting with Making Faces will take place from 2-4 p.m.

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Pancakes, softball, rodeo planned for Pioneer Days


RONAN — Pioneer Days’ second day begins with a pancake breakfast at the VFW, followed by a 3-on-3 basketball tournament at 8 a.m. at the Ronan High School parking lot, and a co-ed softball tournament at 9 a.m. There will be a car show at 10 a.m. and a Kiddie Slicker Rodeo at noon. The open rodeo and Ring of Fire begins at 7:30 p.m. with scholarships again being given (must be present to win). Another street dance is planned for 9 p.m.

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Participate in MM Classic Run


RONAN —The 38th annual Mission Mountain Classic Run, (5k and 10k), begins at 8 a.m. behind Glacier Bank. For those 18 years and older the fee is $22 and for those 17 years and younger the fee is $15. Fees include a T-shirt. For more information go to:

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Sunday, August 5

Watch wild buffalo riders at rodeo


RONAN — Pioneer Days events continue with a 9 a.m. volleyball tournament at the city park; a parade with the theme “Favorite Movie” at 12:30 p.m. (registration is at 10 a.m. at Round Butte Mini Storage); an open rodeo and wild buffalo riding at 3 p.m. and a family karaoke night at the Valley Club at 6:30 p.m.

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Monday, August 6

Mega Sports Camp VBS held

8/6/2018 - 8/10/2018

POLSON — Polson Foursquare Church is holding a Mega Sports Camp Vacation Bible Camp from Aug. 6-10. The program runs from 5-8 p.m. with a free family dinner at 5 p.m. There will be soccer, archery, art classes, singing, games, and more for children ages K-6th grade. Call 406- 883-9347 or register online at: Walk-ins are welcome.

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Tuesday, August 7

Horsemen host speaker to discuss equine therapy


RONAN — On Tuesday, Aug. 7, Mission Valley Back Country Horsemen will hold their monthly meeting at the VFW in Ronan at 7:30 p.m. We are very excited to have Shaunda Albert of Ronan do a program on equine therapy. Equine therapy and retreats include children in foster care and people with addiction issues, and veterans. We encourage the community and VFW members to come and explore what this equine therapy is all about. Hope to see you all there.

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Wednesday, August 8

Polson Rural Fire Board meets to adopt budget


POLSON — The regular monthly meeting of the Polson Rural Fire District Board of Trustees will take place on Wednesday, August 8, at 6 p.m. at the Fairgrounds Station No. 1 meeting room, 25-B Regatta Rd. The agenda will include adopting the FY 2018-2019 budget.

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VFW Auxiliary to meet


RONAN — The Ronan VFW Auxiliary 5652 will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the VFW Hall. For more information call 406-676-3380.

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Walmart site of Safety Day activities


POLSON — On Wednesday, Aug. 8, from 3-7 p.m. in the Walmart parking lot, summer safety activities will take place. Car seat checks, fire extinguisher demonstrations (meet Smokey Bear), bicycle helmet fitting, gun locks, a life jacket raffle, breastfeeding information, safe sleep information and more will all take place during the Summer Safety Day event. If you have questions call Lake County Public Health at 406-883-7288. (There will be a collection box for donated school supplies on site.)

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Thursday, August 9

Join movie day at Polson Theater


POLSON — Have a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Thursday at the Polson Movie Theater with the 10 a.m. North Lake County Library summer reading program.

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Learn about Antarctica fresh water lakes


LAKESIDE — The West Shore Community Library Speaker Series will present a presentation entitled, “Freshwater Lakes in Antarctica and What the Research Means to Flathead Lake” by Shawn Devlin, Ecologist at Flathead Biological Station at 7 p.m.

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Friday, August 10

Final day to turn in reading hours


POLSON — This is the final day, Friday, Aug. 10, at 6 p.m., to turn in Family Summer Reading Program Reading Logs to the North Lake County Public Library in Polson.

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Flathead Audubon goes to bat site


POLSON — Join Flathead Audubon on Friday, Aug. 10, from 8:30-11 p.m. for a cooperative field trip with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to go to a site with known bat activity. Electronic equipment will be used to detect the ultrasonic calls of bats flying overhead and mist nets will be used to capture bats for closer inspection. Wildlife biologists Lewis Young, Lisa Bate and Chris Hammond will demonstrate the equipment, handle bats captured in the mist nets and talk about the amazing adaptations bats have for navigating, catching food and hibernating. Participants will not be allowed to touch or handle the bats. Head lamps or flashlights are necessary and come with suitable clothing for the evening temperatures. The field trip is free and open to the public. To sign up or get more information, contact Kathy Ross at 837-3837 or go to: mtkat67@ This trip is limited to 25 participants. For more information, visit the Flathead Audubon website:

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Sought after group plays at Community Dance


POLSON — Cowboy Country and The Gold Dust Girls will perform at the Elks in Polson on Aug. 10 from 7-10 p.m. They will be playing a mix of classic country, old-style western, vintage rock and roll and blue grass music. This is an eight-piece band who we think you will really enjoy. Cover charge will be $5 per person. Drinks, soft drinks and bottled water will be available for purchase in the bar. Dress is casual. You really won’t want to miss this one.

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Summerfest begins


POLSON — Day one of Polson’s Summerfest is Friday, Aug. 10.

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Saturday, August 11

Courthouse lawn displays art, more


POLSON — The 47th Annual Sandpiper Art Festival on the Lake County Courthouse lawn will be on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Artists and artisans from around the region sell their work in this one-day show. Enjoy a day of art, fine crafts, food and entertainment on the beautiful courthouse lawn. For more information call 406-883-5956 or visit:

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Day two of Summerfest includes car show


POLSON — Day two of Polson’s Summerfest, Saturday, Aug. 11, includes a car show.

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Sample chili at Riverside Park


POLSON — The 12th annual Rotary Chili Cook-off will be held Saturday, Aug. 11, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Riverside Park. Make sure you purchase your raffle tickets, which help raise funds for various children’s programs. Cash prize awards will be: $500 for first, $250 for second, and $100 for third place. An additional non-monetary prize will be given for the best decorated or themed booth. Anyone wishing to enter the Chili Cook-off Contest can find contest rules and an application form on the Polson Rotary website: For more information call 406-883-1842. Taster kits will be sold to the general public for a fee of $3 per kit, 2 for $5. People’s choice ballots will be provided with each kit purchased and must be shown when requesting samples of contestant chili. Chili will be served until 2 p.m. at which time ballots will be tallied and winning teams announced.

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Sunday, August 12

Register early for Poker Paddle event


BIGFORK — On Aug. 12, human-propelled watercraft will start from the Bigfork community dock and paddle a short, middle, or extended distance (5-plus miles) course to designated stops in the beautiful northeastern part of Flathead Lake, collecting one playing card at each location. Prizes are awarded for both the top poker hands and the worst poker hands. Each player receives a commemorative gift. There will be a picnic after-party with live music at Brookside Yard provided by the Flathead Lake Brewing Company. There will also be a silent auction. Participation is limited to the first 150 paddle craft.

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Monday, August 13

Attend VBS in St. Ignatius

8/13/2018 - 8/17/2018

ST. IGNATIUS — Plunge in to Vacation Bible School 2018 at Zion Luther Church. At Splash Canyon VBS your children learn God keeps His promises on life’s wild ride. They’ll look into the Bible, and explore five Bible accounts where our faithful God keeps His promises to be with us and give us life and hope through Jesus, our Savior. Registration is open for ages 5 through sixth grade. Children attend Monday-Friday, Aug. 13-17, from 8:30–11:30 a.m. Come along with us as we sing fun songs, do crazy crafts, eat yummy snacks, play awesome games, and more. For more information call 406-745-4149 or 406-883-4041.

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Ronan School board meets


RONAN — The Ronan District School Board will meet in the Ronan High School library on Monday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m.

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