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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 www.mackdays.com.

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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: www.polsonfoursquare.org, 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 www.aa-montana.org, 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: mclhellroaring1041mt@gmail.com.
 
 
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: polsoninfo@openaidalliance.org. 
 
 
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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Wednesday, September 11

Move for better balance

8/1/2019 - 9/30/2019

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.

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Rural Fire District Board to meet

9/11/2019

POLSON — The regular monthly meeting of the Polson Rural Fire District Board of Trustees will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 6 p.m. at the Fairgrounds Station number 1, 25B Regatta Rd. The agenda is available on the Monday prior to the meeting. 

 

Thursday, September 12

Library closes for staff development

9/12/2019

POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library will be closed for staff development.

 

Friday, September 13

Democrats picnic at Boettcher Park

9/13/2019

The Lake County Democrats are holding annual Picnic, Friday, September 13th, 5:30pm, Boettcher Park, Polson. Local and State candidates will be on hand to interact with you. A main course is provided please bring a side dish, chair, favorite drink (no glass). Live music by "Jim and I" No charge but fundraiser basket will be passed. (checks allow for candidate accounting)

Pachyderms invite Commissioner Barron to speak

9/13/2019

POLSON — On Friday, Sept. 13, from noon-1 p.m., the Lake County Pachyderm group will reconvene after the summer to welcome the community back. Lake County Commissioner Bill Barron will be the speaker and will share financial updates for Lake County regarding the new fiscal year. Refreshments will be served and the meeting will be held at the Polson Rural Fire Station off Regatta Road. 

 

Saturday, September 14

Art fundraiser features local artists

9/14/2019

BIGFORK — Art in the Park - Enjoy an evening along Flathead Lake at this park fundraiser at Wayfarers Birch Grove picnic shelter featuring the work of several local artists. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Admission is free. The time is TBD. Go to: stateparks.mt.gov/wayfarers for more information.

 

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Explore history of Yellowstone, Glacier, Canadian National Parks

9/14/2019

POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library presents “Early Footprints to the Areas of Yellowstone, Glacier, and Canada’s Mountain National Parks” with Sharon Randolph at 6:30 p.m. Please join us for this 90 minute slideshow and presentation on the early history of the parks.

 

Meetings cluster at SKC

9/14/2019

PABLO — The Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation, the HI5-CCE (High Five Needle Pine-Crown Continent Ecosystem) Management Group, Salish Kootenai College and the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes are sponsoring two days of annual meetings and a Saturday field trip on Sept. 12-14. 

The meetings are about high-elevation forest management and the Whitebark Pine and will take place at the Johnny Arlee Victor Charlo Theatre on the Salish Kootenai College Campus.

Registration is required, but free. More information, draft agendas/programs and registration information and links are available through: https://whitebarkfound.org/conferences/this-years-conference/.

 

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Pancakes served at Big Arm breakfast

9/14/2019

BIG ARM — The Big Arm Association will host our fall pancake breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 8-11 a.m. Please join us at our historic Big Arm School where we will serve pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, juice and coffee. 

Monetary donations are gratefully accepted. For more information contact Nancy at 406-849-5064. 

 

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Watch high schoolers rodeo

9/14/2019

POLSON — Lake County High School Rodeo will be held at the Polson Fairgrounds Saturday, Sept. 14, starting at 9:30 a.m. Two rodeos will be run that day. Watch as the high school and middle school girls and boys participate in a wide range of rodeo activities: barrels, saddle broncs, goat tying, and breakaway and possibly there will be sports shooting. There will be a great concession stand complete with homegrown Montana beef direct from our valley. For more information, call Sheila Young at 406-824-4095.

 

Tuesday, September 17

Brazelton Touchpoints training offered

9/17/2019

PABLO — CSKT’s  Project LAUNCH Program invites you to a training on Brazelton Touchpoints, an approach for building strong family-child relationships from before birth through the earliest years, laying the foundation for children’s early learning and healthy development. For more information about this approach go to: www.brazeltontouchpoint.org. The training takes place Sept. 17-19 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at SKC’s Vanderburg Building. Contact Shyla Collicott at: Shyla.Collicott@cskt.org for more information.

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Wednesday, September 18

Ken’s Country Combo to play

9/18/2019

POLSON — Join us for the community dance in the ballroom at the Elks on Main St. on Wednesday, Sep. 18, from 7-10 p.m. Music is provided by Ken’s Country Combo playing a variety of country and vintage rock and roll. This is our birthday dance complete with a special cake to celebrate this month’s birthdays. Cover charge is $5. 

 

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Wiggle Worms learn about Jamaica

9/18/2019

POLSON — At 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, the North Lake County Library’s Wiggle Worms program will provide books, storytelling, activities and crafts about Jamaica designed to kickstart early literacy and boost kindergarten readiness.

 

Thursday, September 19

Color with grownups

9/19/2019

POLSON — On Thursday, Sept. 19, from 2-4 p.m. the North Lake County Library’s popular coloring program commences its fourth consecutive season. In this session we will try our hand at colorful scratch art. Supplies are provided. 

This program is free and open to the public. 

 

Join Family Convergence in Hot Springs

9/19/2019

HOT SPRINGS — The Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild will present the Hot Springs Family Convergence from Sept. 19-22 in Hot Springs. Permaculture workshops will include organic soils, fertilizers, herbalism, food forest, mushrooms, propagation techniques, fermentation, homesteading, raw food and other hands-on workshops. For additional information call 509-738-7373 or go to: www.inlandnorthwestpermaculture.com. 

There will be vending, camping, live music, Yoga and children’s activities. No drugs, alcohol or pets. Pack it in, pack it out.

 

Learn about huckleberries, bees

9/19/2019

POLSON — “Huckleberries and their Pollinators” by Janene Lichtenberg will be Mission Mountain Audubon’s next education program on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. in the North Lake County Library’s meeting room. Everyone is welcome. Janene will describe her research demonstrating the value of bumble bees for pollinating huckleberry flowers and producing berries. She will also discuss the different species of bumble bees that utilize huckleberry flowers in a mutualistic relationship that benefits both huckleberries and bees. Other visitors to huckleberry flowers as well as some additional flower species that are visited by bees will be covered too. Janene Lichtenberg is the Head of the Wildlife and Fisheries Department at Salish Kootenai College.

 

SPLASH at the bank

9/19/2019

POLSON — Sponsor of the September SPLASH (Support Polson Late Afternoon Social Hour) is 1st Citizens Bank. The event will be held on Thursday, Sept. 19, from 5-7 p.m. For more information, call 406-883-5969. 

 

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Friday, September 20

Join “Global Climate Action” event

9/20/2019

POLSON — Friday, Sept. 20, is a global day of climate action. Join millions of youth and community members around the world and show your voice for Polson. Folks all over the world are gathering to bring awareness to climate disruption. The science is overwhelmingly clear now, this is not an opinion, and this is not a political issue, it is a moral obligation to preserve all life on this planet. 

This event will be held between noon and 2 p.m. in front of the courthouse. Make and bring homemade signs stating why you are here. There will be some speakers at around noon. After the speakers have finished, at around 12:30 p.m., we will walk west on Fourth Street from the courthouse to Main St., to Fifth St., turn at the veterans building and back to the courthouse. 

 

Saturday, September 21

Harvest Fest, Dutch Oven Cook-off provide all-day fun

9/21/2019

RONAN — The 10th annual Harvest Festival and Dutch Oven Cook-off will take place on Saturday, Sept. 21, behind Glacier Bank. This is an all-day event. For more information call the Ronan Chamber of Commerce at: 406-676-8300.

 

Model aviators gather in Mission

9/21/2019

Mission Valley Model Aviators Swap Meet and Fun Fly at the St. Ignatius Airport. Radio Control Airplane pilots from the area will gather Saturday morning starting at 9 a.m. to fly their machines, buy, sell, and trade radio control aircraft equipment. This event will go through Sunday the 22 all free to the public to spectate. There will be a $10 landing fee for pilots with valid proof of AMA insurance.

Sunday, September 22

Pedal to Plate the Mission area

9/22/2019

RONAN — The Mission Mountain Area Pedal to Plate ride is a family-cycling tour of the Mission Valley and its local farms and producers. The 40-mile ride in the Polson and Ronan areas celebrates the diversity of agriculture and cycling in the beautiful Mission Valley. Cyclists will carry their forks (provided) to the farms and sample delicious local fruits, vegetables, and meats along the way. Participating farms have yet to be determined but will be different than last year. The Mission Mountain Pedal to Plate cycling tour begins and ends at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Ronan. Join us after the ride for a locally-sourced dinner served at the Lake County Fairgrounds. Proceeds from this event support the promotion of cycling safety and continuation of efforts to make the Mission Valley a safe and accessible place to cycle and walk. The cycling tour will be held Sunday, Sept. 22, from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Cyclists who have the desire and ability to cycle 40 miles in six hours are welcome to participate. Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Lake County Fairgrounds. Cost is $50 to participate. For more information call 406-676-5913.

Tuesday, September 24

Learn more about Google

9/24/2019

POLSON — The North Lake County Library will hold “Computer Basics Class: Google Part Two” on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 2-3 p.m. In this class we will continue learning about Google and all it can do for you. 

This class is free and open to the public. 

 

Public invited to community investment presentation

9/24/2019

RONAN — Lake County Community Development is presenting a public seminar on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the Grey Leaf Gallery, 400 Main St. SW, at 6 p.m. on using locally derived investment funds as models for development in rural communities. The question we are posing, as the primary economic development organization in Lake County, is “locally derived investment funds are working elsewhere to help communities, why not here?” This presentation is sponsored by Lake County Community Development Corp. in collaboration with the Ronan downtown committee. For more information, please email: 

info@lakecountycdc.org.

Wednesday, September 25

Child Find held at KWH

9/25/2019

RONAN/PABLO — Mark your calendars for Ronan/Pablo Elementary Schools’ fall Child Find event on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at K. Wm. Harvey Elementary School in the special needs preschool classroom from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. This free screening is in conjunction with CSKT Early Childhood Services and CDC center. Children ages birth to 5.11 years old, who live in the Ronan/Pablo School District, will be screened. Appointments are on a first-come basis by calling Janet at 406-676-3390 ext. 7450.

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Two versions of haunted house offered

9/25/2019

RONAN —Thespian Troupe 8746 proudly announces their haunted house fundraiser on Oct. 25 and 26 at the Ronan Performing Arts Center. Entrance will be at the side door by the playground (there will be signs). From 5-6:45 p.m. there will be a “lights on” version of the haunted house, without jump scares. From 7-10 p.m. there will be the scarier “lights off” version of the haunted house. Prices are $3 per person for the “lights on” version and $4 per person for the and “lights off” version. Proceeds go to help our thespian acting troupe travel and compete at the Montana Thespian Festival in February.  

 

Tags:  Ronan   Ronan schools  

Wiggle Worms learn about Finland

9/25/2019

POLSON — At 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25, the North Lake County Library’s Wiggle Worms program will provide books, storytelling, activities and crafts about Finland designed to kickstart early literacy and boost kindergarten readiness.

 

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