Thursday, August 30
New art exhibit begins at Sandpiper Gallery
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Summer hours announced through September 10
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.
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.
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
Monday, September 3
Sandpiper begins new exhibit
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: sandpiperartgallery.com for submission information. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday.
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.
School begins in Dayton
DAYTON — First day of school for Dayton School is Tuesday, Sept. 4.
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.
Free Zen Meditation class offered
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dragon Boats compete in Lakeside
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: MontanaDragonBoat.com.
Fly-In to Polson
POLSON — The 20th annual Polson Fly-In takes place at the Polson Airport all day.
Fort Connah Rendezvous depicts fur trade era
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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@ yahoo.com for details on the local event and visit IPAP’s website: ipap.homestead.com, for international events.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, September 12
Best Beginnings meeting held in Pablo
PABLO — Best Beginnings Children’s Partnership meeting will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 12, beginning at 8:30 a.m. with a light breakfast, coffee and networking. From 9-10:30 a.m. there will be presentations including Dr. Hall from St. Joseph entitled, “Prenatal Substance Exposure and Childhood Behavior: A closer look at prenatal substance exposure effects on early childhood behavior.” Brianna Ewert from LCCDC will talk about childcare co-ops. This meeting is in conjunction with Project Launch’s Child Wellness Council monthly meetings at Tribal Council Chambers in Pablo. For more information call 406- 883-7373.
VFW Auxiliary to gather
RONAN — The Ronan VFW Auxiliary will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the VFW Hall on Round Butte Road. For more information call 406-210-7437.