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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.



Wednesday, August 29

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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School begins in Charlo


CHARLO — The first day of school for Charlo Schools is Wednesday, Aug. 29.

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School Begins in St. Ignatius


ST. IGNATIUS — The first day of school for St. Ignatius Schools is Wednesday, Aug. 29.

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Thursday, August 30

Sanders County Fair opens


PLAINS — The 2018 Sanders County Fair buildings open. PRCA Bull riding takes place at 8 p.m. For information regarding 4-H competitions contact the county Extension Office at 406-827-6934. No dogs are allowed in the fairway.

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Friday, August 31

Fifth Friday dinner held


POLSON – Polson Community Church, located at 1814 First Street, E, will serve barbecue chicken, potato salad, baked beans, corn on the cob, dinner rolls and dessert. Dinner will be served from 4:30-6:30 p.m. No offering is expected or accepted. Please come and join us for a wonderful night of food and friendship.

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Saturday, September 1

Native style flutes, music on tap


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. David Weber, a crafter of Native American styles flutes, will bring not only his creations to exhibit at the Ninepipes’ gift shop, but provide entertainment as well. He designs, carves and crafts his flutes from a selection of more than 20 different exotic and tradition woods, birds and keys, and each piece receives careful attention to detail and tuning. Webb will perform several 15-minute concerts in the diorama room on Saturday – on the hour from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Visit with him in the museum gift shop from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. where flutes and CDs will be available for sale. Light refreshments will be served also. The gift shop will offer 10-35 percent off on select items over the Labor Day weekend. Call 406-644-3435 for information.

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Plains Fair continues with rodeo


PLAINS — As the Plains County Fair continues, the Powder River Rodeo L.L.C. will take place at 8 p.m. Carnival, amusement, and midway concessions will also be available. For information regarding 4-H competitions contact the county Extension Office at 406-827-6934.

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Summer hours announced through September 10

9/1/2018 - 9/10/2018

POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library will begin their summer hours on Friday, June 1. They will be open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Sunday, September 2

Dance, jam with musicians


POLSON — Polson’s Northwest Accordion Association’s Jam/Dance will take place on Sunday, Sept. 2. Our accordion jams/dances are held on the first Sunday of each month at the Elks ballroom on Main Street. Accordion, guitar, banjo, violin, mandolin, etc., are all welcome to come and play. Singers who sing country or accordion type music are encouraged to come with or without an instrument and to bring a mic and amp if you have them. If you play, you don’t pay, to get in. Admission is $2 for Association members, $3 for non-members and $5 if you would like to become a member of the Association. We do have a great time together, so please come if you can.

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Watch Demolition Derby


PLAINS — The Sanders County Fair continues at 9 a.m. The Demolition Derby takes place in the main arena at approximately 7 p.m. Carnival, amusement, and midway concessions will also be available. For information regarding 4-H competitions contact the county Extension Office at 406-827-6934

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Monday, September 3

Sandpiper begins new exhibit

9/3/2018 - 10/12/2018

POLSON — The Sandpiper Art and Gift Gallery, 306 Main Street, begins their new exhibit, “Where Were You Hiding?” This exhibit runs from Sept. 3-Oct. 12. This is a non-juried show, open to all artists. Artistic interpretation of the theme, in any medium, will be accepted. There is a small entry fee for non-Sandpiper member artists. Visit: for submission information. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday.

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Tuesday, September 4

Horsemen invite new members


RONAN — Mission Valley Back Country Horsemen will hold their next monthly meeting on Sept. 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the VFW in Ronan. Come join our organization and give your horse and yourself a fun and rewarding job along with the rest of us clearing trails in the backcountry. Learn the ways of leave no trace and horse packing techniques by the experts and enjoy the camaraderie on the trails and around the campfire. Hope to see you there.

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School begins in Dayton


DAYTON — First day of school for Dayton School is Tuesday, Sept. 4.

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Wednesday, September 5

Calling all Republicans


POLSON — In preparation for this important election year we welcome all Republican and conservative volunteers to the Lake County Republican Central Committee on Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to prepare for voter drives, headquarters development and building our team for the 2018 election year. We encourage people to step forward in having a voice to shape your future. Please tell your friends and family who care about America to get involved and make a difference. The meeting will take place at the Polson Rural Fire Department.

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Free Zen Meditation class offered

9/5/2018 - 9/19/2018

POLSON — A free Zen Meditation class offered at the Yoga- Heart Studio, 314 Main Street, on Wednesdays in September will take place on Sept. 5, 12 and 19 at 6 p.m. The classes will be presented by Zen Priest Zenku, Jerry Smyers. There is no charge for the class. Everyone is welcome. For more details call 406- 847-721-0665.

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Polson Chamber meets


POLSON — The Polson Chamber of Commerce general meeting and luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the KwaTaqNuk Resort from noon-1 p.m. Our speaker is Rex Weltz on the state of the school district. For more information, call the Chamber office at 406-883-5969.

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Polson holds vintage country, rock'n roll dance


POLSON — Dance at the Elks' Ballroom, on Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 7-10 p.m. to the Ken’s Country Combo Band. They play a variety of vintage country and rock and roll (pop) tunes that you can vary your dancing to a waltz, one- or two-step, cha-cha, etc. Dress is casual. The valley showed they have an interest in old country/rock and roll, etc., type music by the attendance at Cowboy Country and The Gold Dust Girls dance, held at the Elks a few weeks ago. So, if you want a place to dance, please come and join us on the first and third Wednesday of each month. We provide snacks at 8:30 p.m. during the break. The cover charge is $5 and drinks, soft drinks and water are available for purchase in the bar.

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Thursday, September 6

Ronan Chamber holds general meeting


CHARLO — The Ronan Chamber of Commerce will hold a general meeting on Thursday, Sept. 6, at noon at Allentown Restaurant.

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Friday, September 7

All democrats invited


POLSON — Democrats are invited to Boettcher Park for a picnic/potluck on Friday, Sept. 7 at 5:30 p.m. (If it’s not too smoky.) Ham, turkey, wine, lemonade and water will be provided. You are asked to supply side dishes and desserts. BYOB, chairs and smiles. No glassware please. JIMnI will provide music and candidates Susan Evans, HD 12; Eldena Bear Don’t Walk, HD 93; and Caroline McDonald, Lake County Commissioner; will speak. A wine basket will be raffled. Please give generously to all the candidates when the “giving basket” comes around. It helps their campaigns. We need democrats to win in November. Call LCD Chair, Craig McClure at 406-599-4087 if you have any questions.

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Local food celebrated at Harvest Dinner


RONAN — The annual Harvest Dinner is a celebration of local food and will take place on Friday, Sept. 7, at Glenwood Farms in Polson, from 6-8 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person with a cash bar. This is a fundraiser to support Lake County Community Development Corporation. For more information call 406-676-5901.

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Mission Valley Live kicks off season


POLSON — Mission Valley Life kicks off their 2018-19 season with a fundraising concert featuring renowned violin virtuoso Wai Mizutani and friends. The event begins at 7 p.m. at New Life Church, 1414 Second Street W. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $15. A reception with refreshments will be held prior to the concert beginning at 6 p.m.

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Puppy Party II Fundraiser held


POLSON — The Mission Valley Animal Shelter’s second annual Puppy Party is being held Friday, Sept. 7, at the Red Lion Inn from 6-10 p.m. Finley Point Grill is catering the event. This largest annual fundraiser for MVAS is to raise funds for improvements to the shelter so that it can continue to fulfill its mission to “Save More Lives.” There will be over 100 silent auction items as well as 15-20 live auction items that include a Jamaica vacation, a Whitefish ski package, a handmade cedar kayak, an auto services package, a 14-foot tipi, a Glacier National Park package, valuable art, scenic flights and much, much more. Only 200 tickets are available for the dinner so if you don’t have yours yet, call the shelter at 406-883-5312 to get one ... or two.

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Reception held for artists


POLSON — The Sandpiper Art and Gift Gallery, 306 Main Street, will hold a reception for their new exhibit, “Where Were You Hiding?” on Friday, Sept. 7, from 5-7 p.m.

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Saturday, September 8

Discover new-to-you treasures at garage sale


POLSON — First United Methodist Church of Polson, 301 Sixteenth Ave. E, will hold their annual garage sale on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. Discover new-to-you household goods, furniture, an office desk chair, holiday items, books and much more.

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Dragon Boats compete in Lakeside

9/8/2018 - 9/9/2018

LAKESIDE — The annual Montana Dragon Boat Festival will be held on Sept. 8-9, in Lakeside. The annual Montana Dragon Boat Festival brings family fun, spirited competition and colorful pageantry to Volunteer Park on Flathead Lake in Lakeside, just 10 miles south of Kalispell. Races are 200 meters and begin at 8:30 a.m. There will be live music in the entertainment pavilion. There will be free fun in the Dragon Lair kids’ activity area from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information about registration and the festival, go to:

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Fly-In to Polson


POLSON — The 20th annual Polson Fly-In takes place at the Polson Airport all day.

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Fort Connah Rendezvous depicts fur trade era

9/8/2018 - 9/9/2018

ST. IGNATIUS — The annual fall Fort Connah Fall Rendezvous, which depicts life during the fur trading era of Montana, is on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8 and 9. This is a great opportunity to see the 1847 historic Hudson’s Bay Fort Connah Trading Post come to life. This event is free to the public and includes demonstrations of time era activities, a chuckwagon-style barbecue, a baked goods sale, beer and wine, crafts and kids’ games. There will be historical talks after the opening ceremony at noon on Saturday. The hours are from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days. Fort Connah is located six miles north of St. Ignatius at mile marker 39 on U.S. Hwy. 93. For general information and trader/demonstrator set-ups call 406-745-4336 or email:

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Free Republican training workshop planned


POLSON — The Republican Leadership Institute is traveling around Montana teaching people on the ground to master cutting edge campaign technology, leadership and volunteer networking skills. We won great victories in 2016, but Making America Great Again has just begun. We are building teams across Montana. You are invited to the RLI free training workshop Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. hosted at the Republican Headquarters, 212 Main Street in Polson. For questions call Regional Field Director for Northwest Montana, Ian Sibbert, at 406-261-3212.

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Gold Rush on at Dayton Daze


DAYTON — Dayton Daze, the Chief Cliff Volunteer Fire Department, Quick Response Unit’s annual fundraiser, kicks off at the Dayton Park with “Montana Gold Rush,” a costume event with cash prizes for best costumes. The open car show starts at 10 a.m., (registration at 9 a.m.), with cold treats, sweets, crafts and more, early in the day before the parade starts at 1 p.m., (line-up at noon). All-day activities include the rifle raffle (for a Henry Big Boy .357 magnum/.38 with case), a silent auction, a can raffle, 50/50, Billy Bob’s Barbecue, beer, kids and firefighter games, face-painting, and much more. Even the Dayton Harbor gets into the act with sailboat rides. The Mission Mountain Winery offers free wine-tasting, the Dayton Presbyterian Church will offer food and a ladies’ bazaar; and several historic buildings in Proctor will be open for tours before the parade. After the event closes at 5 p.m., activities will shift to the newly opened Mountain Meadows at Lake Mary Ronan for spirits, food and music. Come out and support your local firefighters and emergency services personnel and have a rip-roaring time with the whole family, including your well-mannered dog(s) on leashes. See you there.

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Join artists around the world


POLSON — Local artists join artists around the world for the 17th annual Great Worldwide Paint-out, sponsored by the International Plein Air Painters Group, on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Polson’s Riverside Park. Contact Margery Christensen at: dcartworks09@ for details on the local event and visit IPAP’s website:, for international events.

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Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser at Yellow Bay


YELLOW BAY — The Yellow Bay Community Club will be serving a pancake breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 9 a.m.—noon, at the clubhouse located on the east shore of Flathead Lake, Highway 35 at mile-marker 18. The public is invited to enjoy a hearty breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausages, and fruit at a nominal cost of $5 for adults, and $3 for children ages 8 and under. For more information on the Yellow Bay Community Club, call 406-982-3437 or 406-982-3064.

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Sunday, September 9

Celebrate peace in Arlee


ARLEE — The 14th annual Festival of Peace will take place at the Ewam Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, 34574 White Coyote Road, on Sunday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. There will be guest speakers, food vendors, arts and crafts, plus live music and dancing. Ewam is a federally registered non-profit – donations are appreciated.

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Monday, September 10

Learn Native culture, traditions


PABLO — The People’s Center holds Native American Awareness Week activities during the second week of September. Events are geared towards educating school children about Salish, Pend’Oreille and Kootenai history, culture and traditions. The week’s activities and events are free and open to the community to participate in. See demonstrations of slicing and drying wild game, fry bread making, hide tanning, drumming and singing and native dancing. There will be crafts for kids, native games and tribal language demonstrations. For more information and confirmed dates, call 406-675-0160.

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Library toddler program begins at new time


POLSON — The Mother Goose reading program offered by North Lake County Library remains on Mondays but now begins at 10:30 a.m. Please take note of this new time. The half-hour program is for toddlers (ages 0-3) and their caregivers any Monday the library is open. There are always nursery rhymes and stories galore. The library will be celebrating the Great American Read/PBS program during September and invites you to check out one of the 100 books America will be talking about.

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Republican women return from summer break


POLSON — The Lake County Republican Women will return from a summer break for their first meeting on Sept. 10, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Polson Rural Fire Department. Women are invited to enjoy social time and the energy of like-minded women looking to influence their world and community for the better.

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Tuesday, September 11

Quilters delay meeting by one week


RONAN — The Mission Mountain Quilt Guild will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday, Sept 11, one week later than normal. It will be held at the Terrace Lake Community Church in Ronan at 6:30 p.m. It’s yearly dues time. Invite a friend to come to the meeting and join in the fun and refreshments. Also, take advantage of the great classes put on by members of the guild during the year. Remember to bring your show-and-tell items; everyone is welcome.

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