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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.



Saturday, July 6

Summer program at Boys and Girls Club begins

6/10/2019 - 8/16/2019

LAKE COUNTY — The Flathead Reservation and Lake County Boys and Girls Club in Ronan will operate a summer program Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. from June 10-Aug. 16 (closed July 4). The cost is $20 per week or $150 for the full summer. The summer session is 10 weeks of fun – opportunities for discovery, learning, and activities galore. Applications may be picked up onsite or at:

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Saturday, July 6

‘Magic Moment’ art exhibited through July 26

6/17/2019 - 7/26/2019

POLSON — A members only open show entitled “Magic Moment,” featuring Sandpiper Art Gallery member artists past and present will be exhibited from June 17-July 26. All submissions will be accepted in the artist’s interpretation of the theme. This is member magic at its best. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday.

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Saturday, July 6

‘Mission Valley in Motion’ program begins, through Aug. 8

6/17/2019 - 8/8/2019

PABLO — “Mission Valley in Motion” is a summer youth program that will run from June 17- Aug. 8, at the Joe McDonald Health & Fitness Center. The program is open to students ages 7-14. Please join us for a summer of fun with activities and weekly trips. MVM is a free summer youth program that provides free lunch and breakfast for anyone under 18 years of age. Call 406-275- 4794 for more information.

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Saturday, July 6

Full summer agenda planned for Polson club through Aug. 6

6/17/2019 - 8/16/2019

POLSON — The Boys and Girls Club of Lake County and Flathead Reservation in Polson will operate a summer program Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. from June 17-Aug. 16 (closed July 4). The cost is $10 per week or $75 for the full summer. The summer session is nine weeks of fun - opportunities, discoeries, learning, and activities galore. Applications may be picked up onsite or at: www.

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Saturday, July 6

Arlee Powwow July 3 through 7

7/3/2019 - 7/7/2019

ARLEE — The 121st annual Arlee Celebration Powwow begins Wednesday, July 3, and ends Sunday, July 7. The Arlee Powwow Esyapqeyni is the premier annual celebration of the Salish and Pend d’Oreille tribes, sponsored by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Nation. Please join us for traditional dance competitions, singing and drumming and a big July 4 parade. There are also many vendors with handmade beaded crafts and food booths, which include a variety of Indian tacos for sale. All events are open to the public and free of charge. Arts, crafts, stick games, dance competitions, Indian and other ethnic foods will be available. Absolutely no alcohol, firearms, unleashed dogs or motorcycles are allowed in the camp area.

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Another ‘First Saturday’ planned


CHARLO — Ninepipes Museum is honored that artists will exhibit their beautiful work in the Earl W. Wharton Memorial Gallery during the following “First Saturday” events of the 2019 season: July events at the Ninepipes Museum include the event from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on July 6 featuring the beautiful turquoise and silver jewelry by Joshua Marceau, and two book signings. Ron Mills, a long-time Bob Marshall Wilderness outfitter, will sign his book, "Under the Biggest Sky of All," and at 1 p.m. Sheron Green will read from her book, "Secret Worlds, A True Story of Deception, Illusion and Intrigue." Come by and meet these talented individuals. Light refreshments will be available. Ninepipes Museum is located at 69316 US Highway 93, Charlo and is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Visit: or call 406-644-3435 for event details or to schedule group tours.

Battle in the Bay begins


BIGFORK — Mission Valley 3 on 3’s annual Battle in the Bay will be held Saturday, July 6, at Bigfork High School and hosts 100 plus teams from third grade through adult. There will be 6-foot, 8-foot, and 9-foot dunk contests, 3-point contests and free throw contests held on Leonard Park Logging Inc. - center court. 




Killdeer Artisan Guild opens summer show


ARLEE — Killdeer Artisans Guild will celebrate their 10th anniversary summer show with a  reception on Saturday, July 6, from noon-2 p.m. at Hangin’ Art Gallery, Highway 93 N. Contact Gail Tren?eld for more information about the show at: or call 406-745-3001. For directions or reception information call 406-726-5005.



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Sunday, July 7

Country jam to replace accordion jam


POLSON — We will be starting a new classic country jam at the Elks, effective Sunday, July 7, that will go from 2-5 p.m. This will take the time-slot of the Northwest Accordion Association Jam, (recently disbanded), who played on the first Sunday of each month. We are trying to continue providing the community a place to jam to classic country music, dance, listen and socialize with family and friends for a few hours on a Sunday afternoon. All are welcome. Players and singers do not have to pay but family members and all others will each pay $5 at the door. For further information call Ellen at 406-883-3130.



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Monday, July 8

Flathead Irrigation District to meet


RONAN — The Flathead Irrigation District meeting will be held on Monday, July 8, in the Lake County Community District building, 407 Main Street SW, at 1 p.m.  FID Irrigators we need your input on increasing/decreasing administration fees.  


Register for Native Youth Tech Camp


RONAN — The 2019 Native Youth Tech Camp will be held at the Boys and Girls Club of the Flathead Reservation in Ronan from July 8-12. Registration is open to Native high school students (entering freshmen to graduating seniors) at This camp is offered at no cost. Breakfast and lunch are provided daily and transportation is available for Flathead Reservation communities. 


Students travel to Glacier National Park


POLSON — For the week of July 8-11, a field trip to Glacier National Park is planned for the Polson summer school program. Contact Mandie Steele, Polson School District #23 afterschool program director at 406-212-6784 or email:



Tuesday, July 9

Cruise to FLBS monitoring site


LAKESIDE — Flathead Lake Boat Tours in Lakeside will graciously host an afternoon cruise aboard the Far West to one of the Flathead Lake Biological Station’s lake monitoring sites. Join FLBS researchers for appetizers, beverages, music and an overview of Flathead Lake ecology and the FLBS Research and Monitoring program. Proceeds benefit the FLBS Research and Monitoring program.Reservations are required, as limited space on the tour boat is limited. Cost is $50 per person. For more information call 406-872-4503 or go to:


Thursday, July 11

Get ‘buggy’ at the Elks


POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library announces that on Thursday, July 11, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. the annual “Bug Race” will take place. Join us at the Elks Lodge for this exciting race with toy bugs. Racers will be divided into separate age groups.  Join us.

Join space-center library program


POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library continues their “A Universe of Stories” program at 10:30 a.m. This is a space-center children’s program that will run weekly until Aug. 22.


Submit 4-H fair entries


RONAN — 4-H fair entries are due by 4 p.m. in the Lake County Fair office.


Youth program teaches about great outdoors


BIGFORK — Flathead Fledglings – This one hour program from 11 a.m. – noon, designed for children ages 4-7, gives kids a chance to get outside and learn about the great outdoors. This is the third in a five-part series, although participants need not attend all five. Parents are encouraged to attend with their children. This event takes place at Wayfarers Harry Horn picnic shelter. The fee is $4 per child. 


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Friday, July 12

Free dinner served at Presbyterian Church


POLSON — The July Friendship Table Dinner on Friday, July 12, will be held from 5–6:15 p.m. at the Polson Presbyterian Church, located across from Linderman School. Come join us. This dinner is free and open to all.

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Learn about raptors


BIGFORK — Raptors Around Us – Rescued ospreys, hawks, kestrels, and falcons from Montana Wild Wings will help us explore the adaptations these remarkable animals have that allow them to thrive in Flathead Valley. Come to Wayfarers Harry Horn Picnic Shelter from 7-8 p.m. This event is $4 per person or $10 per family.


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Pachyderms welcome all


POLSON — Pachyderm speaker Wally Congdon, Civil Deputy County Attorney, will share stories of how Lake County is using old treaties to help solve modern-day property disputes. His fascinating presentation will be on July 12 from noon-1 p.m. at the Polson Rural Fire Station. All are welcome. 


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Saturday, July 13

All invited to annual ‘Cultural Arts Fair’


CHARLO — The Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana will hold the second annual Cultural Arts Fair on the museum grounds from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 13. This fun, family-friendly outdoor arts fair will be an opportunity for Montana artists to exhibit and sell their work to visitors enjoying their summer vacations as well as to local friends and neighbors. Nancy Vaughan and crew will provide fry bread and Indian tacos. Call for complete details: 406-644-3435.

Auction benefits Amish School


ST. IGNATIUS — The 17th annual Mission Valley Consignment Auction gets underway at 9 a.m. at 31827 Allison Road. There will be quilts, outdoor furniture, mini storage barns, flowers, tack and more. A portion of all proceeds go to support the Mission Valley Amish Christian School. Lunch will be available. Call 406-218-4885 or 406-745-4395 for more information (no Sunday or evening calls please).


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Monday, July 15

Attend data, donuts seminar in Yellow Bay


YELLOW BAY — The 2019 Data and Donuts Seminar series is offered every summer during the first four weeks of the Flathead Lake Biological Station 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 FLBS at Yellow Bay on Monday, July 15, 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. On this date Scott Mills, associate vice president of Research for Global Change and Sustainability and professor of wildlife biology at the University of Montana, Missoula, will speak on “Climate change, demography and genetics: lessons from population viability analysis to lynx-gate.” Call 406-982-3301 x 229, for more information.


Glacier field trip on tap


POLSON — For the week of July 15-18, a field trip to Missoula to the SpectrUM is planned for the Polson summer school program. Contact Mandie Steele, Polson School District #23 afterschool program director at 406-212-6784 or email:


Hear data, eat donuts


YELLOW BAY — The Data and Donuts Seminar series is offered every summer during the first four weeks of the Flathead Lake Biological Station 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 FLBS at Yellow Bay on Monday, July 15, 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 information about the speaker for this date.


Thursday, July 18

Celebrate Good Old Days


ST. IGNATIUS — The 37th annual Good Old Days Celebration begins with the first annual tennis tournament beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tournament runs through Saturday with singles, doubles, mixed, beginner and advanced games. For more information call 406-273-8203.


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Join free community sing-along


POLSON — The North Lake County Library, 2 First Ave. E, will host a free community sing-along featuring the duo, Tango Cowboys. They will lead a sing-a-long of traditional American folk songs and familiar cowboy songs written for the cinema in the 1930s and 1940s. Get ready to sing out “Shenandoah,” “I Ride An Old Paint,” “Ghost Riders In The Sky” and other favorites. This will be fun for the whole family event. Bring a guitar, your voice, and your family and friends. The event will take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 18.  


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Kiwanis Club holds ‘Night at the Museum’


POLSON — Polson Kiwanis Club will meet at the Polson Flathead Lake Museum, from 5:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 18. There will be a short meeting, followed by a “Night at the Museum” social. Those interested in learning more about Kiwanis and perhaps joining are welcome to attend. Check out artifacts from the 1800s and beyond, including stagecoaches, antique fire engines, “Nessie,” the Flathead Lake Monster, and more. There is no charge for this delightful evening.


Learn star stories, star art at library


POLSON — “Star Stories and Native Skywatchers,” is a program that will be hosted by the North Lake County Public Library on Thursday, July 18, at 10:30 a.m. Amy Williams, many-talented teacher and Indian education coordinator for the Polson School District, will lead us in learning some new and old ways of understanding the cosmos. There will be star stories and star art from Native Skywalkers, an organization that celebrates Indigenous and interdisciplinary STEAM programming.


Open class entries due


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.


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SPLASH at KwaTaqNuk


POLSON — Support Polson Late Afternoon Social Hour (SPLASH) will be held on Thursday, July 18, from 5-7 p.m. at the KwaTaqNuk Resort.


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SPLASH at KwaTaqNuk


POLSON — Support Polson Late Afternoon Social Hour (SPLASH) will be held on Thursday, July 18, from 5-7 p.m. at the KwaTaqNuk Resort.

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Friday, July 19

Good Old Days continues


ST. IGNATIUS — The second day of Good Old Days starts with the Little Mr. and Miss Good Old Days Pageant at 10 a.m. in the St. Ignatius Elementary multi-purpose room. Contestants ages 0-6 will be judged at 10 a.m., the 7-12 year old contestants at 1 p.m. and 13-18 year old contestants at 4 p.m. Call 406-396-7838 or go to: 

Good Old Days Park is the site of the day’s dessert baking contest at 4 p.m. There will be adult and junior divisions, with unlimited entries. There is no entry fee. All entries are welcome.

 There will be fresh roasted beef, potato and macaroni salads, baked beans, fruit salad and dessert for $10 for adults and $5 for kids 10 and under from 5-7 p.m. at Good Old Days Park.

Big toys and a farmers market will take place from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the amphitheater a free concert will play classic country and rock with Jeff Daniels. Fireworks will be displayed at dark (weather permitting).


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Lake County Fair begins


RONAN — The Lake County Fair begins on Saturday, July 20. This year’s theme is “Dusty Boots and Country Roots.” At 9 a.m. the horse show starts with mini horses shown first.

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Live music played in Hot Springs


HOT SPRINGS — Live music at Symes Hot Springs Hotel from 8-10 p.m. Cat Bay Moon will perform blues and rock music.

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Polson class of ’69 celebrates

7/19/2019 - 7/20/2019

POLSON — Polson High School’s class of 1969 is preparing to hold their 50th class reunion this summer the weekend of July 19-20, 2019. Talk to your classmates and stay alert for updates.

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Reunion held for PHS class of 1979


POLSON — The Polson High School class of ‘79 is preparing to hold their 40th class reunion this summer on the weekend of Aug. 9-11. Talk to your classmates or sign on to our Facebook page for updates and details about the weekend.


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Standing Arrow powwow begins


ELMO — The Kootenai Tribe, also known as the Ktunaxa Ksanka Band, welcome all nations and the general public to the 39th annual Ksanka Standing Arrow Powwow at the Elmo Powwow Grounds from Friday, July 19, to Sunday, July 21. 

The Ksanka Standing Arrow Powwow is a Native American gathering featuring drumming, dancing and traditional dress. Thursday is campers’ night.


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