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Attend ‘Here Comes the Sun’ Concert

POLSON — The Polson Fairground Amphitheatre is the site of the “Here Comes the Sun” concert. This concert celebrates the sounds and songs of the Beatles at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 29. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Food trucks will be on site at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 each.


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.



Thursday, August 5

Animal Shelter representative, Karen Duty to speak


POLSON — The Summer Reading Program at North Lake County Public Library is for everyone and all ages. You can still register. Special programs will be held on Thursday mornings starting at 10 a.m. We plan to meet in Sacajawea Park across the street from the library. If there is bad weather, the program will be held in the library. Please come wearing a mask. If attendance allows for social distancing, masks can be removed.

Get the READ SQUARED app free for both Android (Google Play) and iOS mobile (Apple) devices. The app allows you to register and easily track your activity. Program registration is also available on our website at: An Animal Shelter representative and Karen Duty from Hell Roaring Kennels will be the guest speakers.

Author to speak at library


POLSON — Author James L. Thane will be in the Library for his presentation: “From Glacier to Blue Deer, to Poisonville and Lakeside: A Look at Some of the Most Entertaining Mystery Novels Set in Montana” at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 5.  He is the author of: “Crossroads: A Flathead Valley Mystery.” Attendance will be limited.  


Monday, August 9

Methodist bible school camp canceled


MISSION VALLEY — A bible school camp for children ages 4-11 planned for Aug. 9-12 has been canceled. Organizers from the Mission Valley United Methodist Church decided to cancel due to too much COVID spread in the valley.


Thursday, August 12

Enjoy ice cream social with library readers


POLSON — The final meeting of the North Lake County Public Library Reading Program will be held with an ice cream social and prize drawing at Sacajawea Park on Thursday, Aug. 12, at 10 a.m.

Friday, August 13

Enjoy tacos at Family Table meal


Family Table will be serving tacos this Friday, Aug. 13; a free meal, served from 5-7 p.m. at the Wander Inn in Polson. Organizers plan to continue providing a meal every Friday from 5-7 p.m. The Wander Inn is located on the corner of Seventh Ave. W and First Street W just north of Cherry Valley School.

We would like to thank those whom have provided time and resources to keep this effort moving forward, including Fishes & Loaves for providing desserts, Evan Bryman with local beef, Susan Evans with local vegetables and Danette Nistler with her time and multiple resources.

Please consider participating in this important community resource by volunteering your services and/or financial contributions. We also welcome farm, garden, orchard and ranch products. Our goal is to serve healthy meals with an emphasis on locally grown. 

For more information you may contact organizers at 406-239-9987 or 406-871-1109.

Unique art show on tap in Bigfork


BIGFORK —  Open AIR Montana, the Bigfork Art & Cultural Center, and the University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station have come together to present a new and unique exhibition. From the macro to the micro, pen to brushstroke, this show is your opportunity to discover new insights into our world through the eyes of artists and scientists inspired by the research happening at the Biological Station. 

The exhibition will feature previous and current FLBS Open AIR Artists-in-Residence, local professional and novice artists, plus historical illustrations created by the FLBS students and scientists. The “Scene + Unseen” exhibit opens Aug. 13 at 11 a.m., with an opening reception from 5:30-7 p.m. The exhibit takes place at the Bigfork Art and Cultural Center, 525, Electric Ave. Center hours are Tuesday- Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. through Sept. 25.  For more information visit: or call 406-837-6927. 


Saturday, August 14

‘Hot August Nights Pro Late 125’ held at speedway


POLSON — Mission Valley Speedway Superoval, at 1113 N. Reservoir Rd., will host Mod 4s, Hornets and Pro Late Models for a $3,000 win. (This race will adopt tri-state pro late rules.) Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for children 8-14 with children 7 and under free. Seniors 55 and older pay an $8 admission fee. Time trials begin at 6 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. For more information call 406-212-8159.

Chili cook-off fundraiser held in Polson


POLSON — Polson Rotary Club is accepting applications for its annual chili cookoff to be held Aug. 14. The Polson Rotary Festival for Youth is an annual fundraiser benefiting Mission Valley youth. Since 2007, the Polson club has distributed over $300k to various programs that benefit the youth of the Mission Valley. Team applications for the chili cook off can be found on the Polson Rotary website at: Contact Brooke Duty at 406-883-3636 for more information.

Cruise by the bay


POLSON — “Cruisin’ By the Bay” car show takes place all day from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in downtown Polson. Registration is $25 per car and $10 for each additional car. See registration details on Facebook’s Mission Valley Cruisers’ page or call 760-964-9405.

Huckleberry Festival held at Swan Lake


SWAN LAKE — For forty years, the second Saturday of August has meant art, food and fun on the shores of Swan Lake. The Flathead Valley’s original Huckleberry Festival will take place on Saturday, Aug. 14, at the Swan Lake Day Park near mile marker 72 on Montana Highway 83. Admission is free. 

The event will open with a pancake breakfast served from 8-11 am. The rest of the day’s activities will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 3 p.m. The Arts and Crafts Fair featuring more than 50 artists and craftsmen will feature Montana-made and handmade works while food trucks and vendors will offer a wide variety of food and drink. And the traditional huckleberry pies and pastries along with huckleberry candy and ice cream will be available to enjoy. The band Silverado will play throughout the day.  

Other scheduled events include a baking contest with adult and children’s entries, auctions, raffles, kids’ games and an afternoon beer and wine garden. 

Visit 50th annual Sandpiper Art Festival


On Aug. 14, at 10 am. to 5 p.m. on the Lake County Courthouse Lawn, 106 Fourth Ave. E in Polson. The event was founded in 1971. The 50th annual Sandpiper Art Festival is a popular one-day, juried, outdoor festival that features fine art and artisan crafts, sponsored by the Sandpiper Art Gallery, a non-profit organization. It takes place simultaneously with the annual Car Show (one-block away). The festival offers live entertainment throughout the day and several onsite food or beverage vendors nearby. For 50 years, the Sandpiper Art Festival on the Courthouse lawn in Polson has made people smile. Join our celebration of art and crafts with music, dance and food all day. The Flathead Courier of old called the event “an astonishing array of talent” that simply gets bigger and better every year. Browse the paintings, jewelry, clothing, fiber crafts, stained glass, bronzes, woodwork, photography and more while music plays and bagpipers hum, all while enjoying huckleberry ice cream and homemade lemonade.

Sunday, August 15

‘Sip and Pour’ on tap in Ronan


Grab a beer and pour some paint, no lines to follow, just your own creativity at the Ronan Cooperative Brewery. Join us from 6-8 PM for a unique night of abstract art featuring a style known as fluid paint pouring. This technique is something anyone can do where paint is poured onto a surface in a variety of ways. The class will be lead by Raven Venturelli. Tickets are $15 with a limited tickets available, buy yours today!

Tuesday, August 17

Flathead Lakers host meeting


The Flathead Lakers will host their annual meeting the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 17, on the plaza of the Salish Building in downtown Polson. Phil Jackson, former LA Lakers coach and NBA Hall of Fame inductee will be the keynote. Dr. Jim Elser of the Flathead Lake Biological Station will give a State of the Lake address. The public is welcome to attend. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. and the program will begin at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, August 18

Flathead Lake Biological Station holds kids’ workshop


BIGFORK — Flathead Lake Biological Station will hold a kids’ workshop, for kids 8 years old and up, on Aug. 18 from 2-3 p.m. at the Bigfork Art & Cultural Center, 525 Electric Ave. The workshop is free with all supplies included. For more information contact Ian Withrow at:


Learn QuickBooks I


RONAN — Mission West Community Development Partners, previously known as Lake County Community Development, is offering free workshops in August to help you learn the skills you need to help your business succeed. QuickBooks Desktop I, will be taught on Aug. 18, at 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. via ZOOM. This is an introduction to QuickBooks Desktop basic uses and features. These workshops fill up quickly, so find out more about each class and register online or call 406-676-5928 to reserve your seat. We are looking forward to hearing from you

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