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2019 Farmers Markets

Lake County vendors invited to Bigfork through Oct. 9

BIGFORK — The Bigfork Farmers’ Market Cooperative will take place each Wednesday until October 9. The market takes place between 3-6 p.m. on the lawn at The Bigfork VFW, 8098 Highway 35. New vendors from Flathead, Lake or Sanders counties are welcome to join us. For information call 406-249-4698 or e-mail: bffm@bigforkfarmersmarket. com.

Ronan Farmers Market through September 26

RONAN — The 2019 Ronan Farmers Market will open on Thursday, May 16, at the Ronan Visitors’ Center. Hours will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursdays throughout the spring and summer until Sept. 26 (except for July 4). For more information, call 406-676-5901 or go to cryse. They are seeking produce and prepared food vendors. The Ronan Farmers Market offers fresh produce, cheeses, eggs, baked goods, prepared foods, and crafts from the Mission Valley.

Shop local at Polson's farmers market through Sept. 

POLSON — Starting on Friday, May 3, Polson Farmers Market will be open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Friday, rain or shine. The market is located at Third Ave. W. and will have homegrown produce and plants, coffee, jewelry, soaps, popsicles, baked goods, meats, eggs, cheese, preserved foods, fabric, photographic and handmade art, beauty products, wood working and much, much more. All products are by local producers. For more information call 406-675-0177.


Class offers help for caregivers through June 7

POLSON — Are you caring for a loved one? Providence St. Joseph Medical Center is hosting the Area VI Agency on Aging’s six-week series of classes designed to help caregivers with the many physical and emotional challenges they face. The classes begin May 3. For class times and more information visit: https://montana. or call the Area VI Agency on Aging at 406-883-7284.

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.

Move for better balance

RONAN — Tai Ji Quan is a moving-for-better-balance class and will be offered by a certified instructor at the MSU Lake County Extension on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m. beginning May 13. This is an alternative exercise training program for improving balance and preventing falls. There is no cost. Please wear good shoes and clothes you can move in and bring water. Call 406- 676-4271 to sign-up.

Move for better balance through June

POLSON — The spring session of “Moving for Better Balance,” an adapted Tai Chi program, will begin on Tuesday, April 9. It will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-11 a.m. at the Polson Senior Center. The class will run until the end of June. Call Jane at the Agency on Aging to sign up 406-883-7284.

MSU alumni play golf

MSU alumni play golf POLSON — Polson Bay Golf Club will host the MSU golf scramble on July 27. The format will be similar to last year’s event. The scramble will begin with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. followed by a social hour and barbecue. The entry fee is $500 per team. All proceeds benefit the MSU Bobcat Athletic Scholarship Fund. For further information, tickets and registration contact Shad at 406- 883-8803 or email: shad.

New exhibit begins at Sandpiper Art Gallery through June 14

POLSON — Sandpiper Art Gallery, 306 Main Street, Polson, presents until June 14, “As I Was Wandering.” This exhibit will be everything we love about Montanans and the Montana experience. This show will feature past and present member artists; Sue Arneson (Montana Watercolor Artist), Carolyn Ekland-Olson (World Wide Photography), Karla Martinson (3D Paintings & Publisher), Mary Kelley (Plein Aire and the Old Masters in Oil), Judith Wright (Mixed Media). Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday.

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.


Friday, August 2

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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Friday, August 2

‘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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Friday, August 2

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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‘Montana Backroads’ art reception planned


POLSON — Sandpiper Art Gallery will host a reception for their art show “Montana Backroads” from 5-7 p.m.

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Live music performed at Symes


HOT SPRINGS — Live music at Symes Hot Springs Hotel from 8-10 p.m. Shiloh Rising will perform.

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Pioneer Days begins in Ronan Aug. 2 through 4

8/2/2019 - 8/4/2019

RONAN — The Pioneer Days celebration begins in Ronan on Friday, Aug. 2, and will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday Aug. 2-4. Ronan Pioneer Days is a community event with fun for the whole family. There will be plenty of good old-fashioned entertainment. If you have questions or want more information, call 406-675-0177.

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Saturday, August 3

‘Jimni’ to perform live music at Symes


HOT SPRINGS — Live music at Symes Hot Springs Hotel from 8-10 p.m. Jimni will perform acoustic and folk music.

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Alumni to gather at museum


RONAN — The Garden of the Rockies Museum will host an “Alumni Gathering” and story-time with refreshments on Aug. 3 from 1-4 p.m. The old gym is a cool place to visit, and the museum will be open for tours.

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Mission Mountain Classic Runs benefit Boys and Girls Club


RONAN —The 39th annual Mission Mountain Classic Run, (5k and 10k), begins at 8 a.m. behind Glacier Bank. Love the Mission Valley and Mountains? Come out and run it with us this August. This Classic run includes a 5k and a 10k that takes you through the streets of Ronan with fantastic views of the Mission Mountains. All proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the Flathead Reservation and Lake County. The registration fee is $20. For more information go to:

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Ninepipes Museum hosts artist event


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: Aug. 3 and Sept. 7. The museum is located at 69316 US Highway 93, Charlo, Montana 59824. Visit for more information.

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Pioneer Days Celebration continues in Ronan


RONAN — Pioneer Days 3-on-3 basketball tournament will be held on Aug. 3 at Ronan High School. The entry fee $120 per team and registration deadline is July 29 online, by mail or in person at the Ronan Dairy Queen from 7-8 p.m. Ninety-plus teams are expected for participants grade one to adults. There will be 6-, 8-, and 9-foot dunking contests and free throw contests. Go to: for more information

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Sunday, August 4

Classic Country Jammin’ planned


POLSON — Our second Classic Country Jammin’ will be held 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4, in the Elks Ballroom on Main Street. This event will continue on the first Sunday of the month. Bring your guitar, banjo, mandolin, auto-harp, fiddle, drum, bass, sax, keyboard, etc., and join us for a few hours of fun. Everyone is welcome. Coffee and snacks are provided. Cover charge is $5. No charge for singers or players. For more information, please call 406-883-3130.

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Monday, August 5

Field trip to Missoula planned


POLSON —  For the week of Aug. 5-8, the Polson summer school program plans a field trip to the Flying Squirrel in Missoula. Contact Mandie Steele, Polson School District #23 afterschool program director, at 406-212-6784 or email:


RHS credit recovery program continues

8/5/2019 - 8/23/2019

RONAN — Ronan High School students may attend HS credit recovery summer school. The second session will run: Aug. 5-23. Sessions are from 9 a.m.-noon, Monday-Friday.

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Tuesday, August 6

Enjoy camaraderie with horse lovers


RONAN — Mission Valley Back-Country Horsemen will hold their next monthly meeting on Aug. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the VFW in Ronan on Round Butte Rd. During the Ronan Pioneer Days celebration our club will help with the rodeo parking for three days. This month’s program will include information on packing with dried foods by Scott and Bonnie Kiser, who are avid hikers and do packing with horses also. They have many years of experience preparing tasty meals. Come and enjoy the organization’s camaraderie as we enjoy all horse related activities.


Wednesday, August 7

Join community dance


POLSON — Please join us for a community dance at the Elk’s on Main Street from 7 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 7. Music is by Ken’s Country Combo Band playing a variety of country and vintage rock and roll. Coffee and water will be provided. Drinks, soft drinks and bottled water are available for purchase in the bar. Everyone is welcome. No Elk membership required. Cover charge is $5. If you are hungry and want a great burger, you can come early and purchase one from the Elks. Come and check us out.


Polson Chamber hosts monthly luncheon


POLSON — The Polson Chamber of Commerce luncheon will be held at the Red Lion Inn from noon-1 p.m. The cost of lunch is $14.50. No reservations required. For more information call the Chamber office at 406-883-5969.


Thursday, August 8

Outdoors program for children held


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 final 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. 


Watch one-time showing of ‘Apollo 13’


POLSON — Join us at Showboat Cinemas for a special one-time showing of “Apollo 13,” on Thursday, Aug. 8, from 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. This presentation is in partnership with Polson Theatres.

Please make sure to stop by the library after July 18 to pick up your free tickets; you must have tickets to attend. No concessions will be available on the day of the showing. The movie is 2 hours and 20 minutes long. It is rated PG.


Friday, August 9

Biological station hosts annual open house


YELLOW BAY — The Flathead Lake Biological Station will hold their annual open house on Friday, Aug. 9, from 1-5 p.m. The annual open house provides an opportunity to learn more about FLBS research and education around the world along with the ecology of Flathead Lake and its watershed and allows FLBS scientists to showcase the breadth of their activities. Science presentations, boat trips on their 30 foot research vessel, the Jessie B, interactive science demonstrations for the kids, science kiosks presented by FLBS researchers and Monte, the UM mascot are planned. The event is free and open to all. For more information call: 406-982-3301 x 229 or go to the website:


Family programming hosted at state park


BIGFORK — Something to Hoot About - Join a ranger and explore the amazing adaptations that allow owls to thrive in diverse ecosystems, and discuss threats to their habitat today at Wayfarers Harry Horn picnic shelter from 7-8 p.m. After the program, Montana Wild Wings Recovery Center will introduce visitors to several live owls. Visitors may even learn to hoot hello to an owl. There is a $4 per person or $10 per family fee.


PHS Class of 1979 hosts 40 year reunion


POLSON — Polson High School's class of 1979 will hold their 40th class reunion Aug. 9-11. Fellow PHS alumni who graduated in different years around this time are welcome to join the class of '79 at the East Shore Smokehouse on Friday evening. Class of '79 alumni are encouraged to talk their classmates and stay alert for updates. For more information call Ruth Patterson at 406-885-1289 or Laura Burrowes at 406-250-4573. 


Summerfest begins


POLSON — Day one of Summerfest in Polson is Friday, Aug. 9. Events include music, car show and vendors. 


Saturday, August 10

Go batty with Audubon group


Join the Flathead Audubon Society on this cooperative trip with Fish, Wildlife and Parks on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 8:30-11 p.m. The group will go to a site with known bat activity and use electronic equipment to detect the ultrasonic calls of bats flying overhead. Mist nets will be used to capture bats for closer inspection. Wildlife will demonstrate the equipment, handle bats and talk about the amazing adaptations bats have for survival. It is an incredible experience to see bats up close and learn about these amazing mammals. Participants will not be allowed to touch or handle bats. Headlamps or flashlights are necessary. Please wear suitable clothing for the weather. The trip is limited to 25 participants. To sign up call 406-837-3837 or email: For more information, visit the Flathead Audubon website: 

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Rotary Chili Cook-off held in Polson


POLSON — The 13th annual Rotary Chili Cook-off will be held Saturday, Aug. 10, 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. The cash prize awards will be: $500-first, $250-second, and $100-third. An additional non-monetary prize will be given for best decorated or themed booth. 

Anyone wishing to enter the Chili Cook-off  can find contest rules and an application form on the Polson Rotary website: 

For more information call 208-816-1425. 

Taster kits will be sold to the general public for a fee of $3 per kit or 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. 


Sandpiper hosts annual art festival


POLSON — The 48th annual Sandpiper Art Festival will be held Saturday, Aug. 10, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Founded in 1971, the Sandpiper Art Festival is a popular one-day, juried outdoor festival that features fine art and artisan crafts. It is held on the Lake County Courthouse lawn in Polson. Taking place simultaneously with the annual car show (one block away), the Sandpiper Art Festival is typically attended by several thousand visitors and is a great opportunity for sales and exposure to new customers. The festival offers live entertainment throughout the day and several onsite food or beverage vendors. 


Summerfest events, car show continues


POLSON — Day two of Summerfest in Polson. Events include music, car show, and vendors.


Sunday, August 11

Attend final day of Summerfest


POLSON — Sunday, Aug. 11, is the third and final day of Polson’s Summerfest. 


Paddle for clean water


BIGFORK — Bring your kayak, canoe, SUP or other human-propelled watercraft to the fifth annual Flathead Lakers “Poker Paddle” event in Bigfork. The fun starts at 10 a.m. Set your own pace on a short, middle or long course and collect playing cards at marked destinations. An after-party will take place at the Brookside Yard with a silent auction, picnic lunch, music and prizes. The cost is $55. Register by Aug. 5 online at: or call 406-883-1346. This event benefits the Flathead Lakers and the Bigfork Area Chamber of Commerce.


Monday, August 12

Fall sports participation parent night planned


POLSON — Polson High School is hosting its annual Fall Sports Participation Parent Night, at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12, in the PHS Auditorium. For additional information, please call the high school office at 406-883-6351.


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Flathead Irrigation needs your input


RONAN — The next Flathead Irrigation District meeting will take place on Aug. 12 at 1 p.m. upstairs at the Lake County Community Development building, 407 Main Street SW. Installation of officers, a discussion and voting on administration fees will take place. Your input is needed.  


Polson schools’ summer program plans trip to Kalispell


POLSON — For the week of Aug. 12-15, a field trip to Woodland Water Park in Kalispell is planned for the Polson summer school program. Contact Mandie Steele, Polson School District No. 23 afterschool program director at 406-212-6784 or email:


Ronan School Board meets


RONAN — The next Ronan School District board meeting will be held on Monday, Aug. 12, at 7 p.m. in the K. William Harvey Elementary multipurpose room. Members of the public are welcome to attend. 


Thursday, August 15

SPLASH in Polson


POLSON — Support Polson Late Afternoon Social Hour (SPLASH) will be held on Thursday, Aug. 15, from 5-7 p.m. at Whitefish Credit Union.


Watch ‘Earthwise’ documentary


POLSON — On Thursday, Aug. 15, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. the North Lake County Public Library will show “Earthrise.” This 30-minute documentary short from 2018 that tells the story of the first image captured of the Earth from space in 1968.  The “Earthrise” website is: Thanks go to Go Project Films for allowing us to screen this documentary free of charge. This film is unrated by the MPAA. This screening will be followed by fun moon-related crafts and activities appropriate for school-aged children.


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