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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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Friday, September 27

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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Family-friendly movie shown at library

9/27/2019

POLSON — North Lake County Public Library presents “Friday Night at the Library.” A family-friendly movie (PG or PG-13) will be shown at 6 p.m. 

Attendees must be in the library before 6 p.m. as the doors lock at that time.

 

Pachyderms discuss ‘Big Tech’ impact on voters

9/27/2019

POLSON — The Lake County Pachyderms invites the public to learn about how “Big Tech’s Algorithms Can Impact Opinions and Votes.” Dr. Robert, a leading psychologist on this matter, has testified before Congress on the rise of Google’s ability to shift millions of votes in any direction by search engine manipulation. Please stop by to watch this compelling video. Afterward, we will discuss what changes citizens or policymakers might want in laws or regulations in order to limit “Big Tech’s” influence on our modern democracy. Join us on Sept. 27, from noon- 1 p.m. at the Polson Rural Fire Station off Regatta Road.

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Saturday, September 28

Enjoy free park admission

9/28/2019

GLACIER PARK — Admission to Glacier National Park is free on this day in recognition of Public Lands Day.

Support Ronan’s seniors, enjoy bake sale, bazaar

9/28/2019

RONAN — The Mission Valley Senior Citizens will hold their annual fall/ winter bazaar and bake sale on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The center is located at 528 Main St. SW. Lunch will be available for $5 per person. Please come and support the center and local small businesses.

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Monday, September 30

Library demonstrates new 3-D printer

9/30/2019

POLSON — On Monday, Sept. 30, from 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m., the North Lake County Library will demonstrate their new 3-D printer. Many thanks to a generous library supporter who made the purchase of the printer possible.

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Tuesday, October 1

2019 Farmers Markets

10/1/2019 - 10/9/2019

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. heiner@lakecountycdc.org. 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.

 

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Horsemen celebrate with potluck

10/1/2019

RONAN — Mission Valley Back Country Horsemen will have an October Fest celebration and also a short club meeting on Oct. 1. It will start at 6:30 p.m. at the VFW in Ronan. MVBCH will supply the ham. Everyone else please bring a food item to add to our potluck. Hope to see you there.

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Quilters gather, invite all

10/1/2019

RONAN — The Mission Mountain Quilt Guild will hold their regular meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the Terrace Lake Community Church in Ronan at 6:30 p.m. We start our “block of the month” at this meeting and it should be fun. Our next class is on Saturday, Oct. 12, and will be taught by Susan Brown. Refreshments will be provided by the Thursday Quilters. Be sure and bring your show-and-tell. Everyone is welcome; it doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or an advanced quilter or just think you might like to learn to quilt. It’s a great place to learn or just have some fun “you” time. We hope to see you there.

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Wednesday, October 2

Classic country, rock played

10/2/2019

POLSON — Join us on Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 7-10 p.m. for the community dance in the ballroom at the Elks on Main St. Music is provided by Ken’s Country Combo playing a variety of classic country and vintage rock and roll. Snacks provided during the 8:30 p.m. break. No Elks membership is required. The cover charge is $5. Come early as Elks members will be cooking up some good hamburgers available for purchase from 5-7 p.m. prior to the dance. Stay after your burger for a fun night of music and dancing. Everyone is welcome.

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MV Children’s Choir begins again

10/2/2019

RONAN — The Mission Valley Children’s Choir will begin its fifth year on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the Faith Lutheran Church, 406 Fifth Ave. SW. Refreshments, “together time” and rehearsals will be held from 3:45- 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday. For more information call Cathy Gillhouse at 406-207-3032 or email her at: gill4748@hotmail. com.

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Speaker addresses human trafficking

10/2/2019

POLSON — On Wednesday, Oct. 2, at Polson High School, a free community seminar on human trafficking will take place from 6-9 p.m. Learn how to protect children from predators and drugs and teach them to be safe. Understand the warning signs and red flags of human trafficking and exploitation. Members of the sheriff ’s office, the Dept. of Justice, Polson police and survivors will be there. Call the facilitating organization, Glory for Ashes, at 1-800-765-1747 for more information.

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Waterfowl Wednesdays’ through Oct. 30

10/2/2019 - 10/30/2019

SOMERS — Join Jake Bramante from the Flathead Audubon Society for “Waterfowl Wednesdays” from 4-5:30 p.m. through the month of October. You will learn how to identify various waterfowl in our area. The group will meet at the Park and Ride at the corner of U.S. Highway 93 and U.S. Highway 82 every Wednesday from 4-5:30 p.m. through the month of October (weather permitting). The Park and Ride is located right next to the split pond near Somers and allows for easy watching of waterfowl. Bring your binoculars and/or a spotting scope if you have one. For more information email: jake@hike734.com or visit the Flathead Audubon website: www.flatheadaudubon.org. The field trip is free and open to the public.

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Thursday, October 3

Meet female authors

10/3/2019

POLSON — The North Lake County Library will host a reading and book signing by some of the female authors in a new collection of 41 women, 41 unforgettable true stories entitled, “We Leave the Flowers Where They Are,” at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3. These contemporary Montana women are telling their stories in a newly published collection with proceeds going to benefit the Zootown Arts Community Center.

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Mission seniors hold rummage, bake sale

10/3/2019

ST. IGNATIUS — The St. Ignatius Senior Center will hold their fall rummage/bake sale on Thursday, Oct. 3, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Weltz to discuss proposed school bonds

10/3/2019

POLSON — Join Polson Kiwanis Club on Oct. 3 from noon-1 p.m. downstairs at KwaTaqNuk in the Koostatah room to hear Superintendent Rex Weltz , Polson School District 23, update us on the schools and the need for two special bond elections. The first is for improvements to Cherry Valley and Linderman schools (elementary) and Polson Middle School. The second bond election will target improvements to Polson High School. A lunch menu will be available. The public is welcome.

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Friday, October 4

Mission seniors continue sale

10/4/2019

ST. IGNATIUS — The St. Ignatius Senior Center continues their fall rummage/ bake sale on Friday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Saturday, October 5

Celebrate with Valley View Women’s Club

10/5/2019

VALLEY VIEW — On Saturday, Oct. 5, Valley View Women’s Club celebrates 95 years and the Valley View Clubhouse celebrates 80 years. Join the celebration on Saturday at 7 p.m. at 40762 Valley View Road. Put your dancing shoes on to boogey to the music of KC & The Valley Cats at 8 p.m. Admission is free but donations are welcome. Refreshments and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. BYOB of choice. Tell all your family and friends. For more information contact: Kelly Bailey at 406-883-2910 or Donna Benson at 406-883-5529.

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Final day for Mission seniors’ rummage, bake sale

10/5/2019

ST. IGNATIUS — The St. Ignatius Senior Center will hold the final day of their fall rummage/bake sale on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

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Sunday, October 6

Jam to classic country music

10/6/2019

POLSON — Classic Country Jammin’ will be held on Oct 6 in the Elks ballroom from 2–5 p.m. Bring your guitar, banjo, mandolin, auto-harp, fiddle, drum, bass, sax, keyboard, etc., and join us for a few hours of fun. If playing, you must have your own equipment. Recommend you bring your own amp. Everyone is welcome to play, sing, dance or just listen. Cover charge is $5.00. No charge for singers or players. For further information call 406- 883-3130.

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Monday, October 7

Flathead irrigators to meet

10/7/2019

RONAN — The Flathead Irrigation District will hold their monthly meeting on Monday, Oct. 7, at Lake County Community Development building at 1 p.m. Join them upstairs.

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Republican women to meet

10/7/2019

POLSON — The Lake County Republican women will meet on Monday, Oct. 7, at 6:30 p.m., at the Polson Rural Fire Hall on Regatta Road. Ron Catlett, Northwest Field Representative for U.S. Senator Steve Daines will be the guest speaker. Members of the public are encouraged to participate. For information call 406-250-2714 or 406-396- 0807.

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Wednesday, October 9

Join community potluck

10/9/2019

ST. IGNATIUS — A community potluck dinner will be held at Leon Hall on Oct. 9. The social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. so bring your preferred beverage. The potluck supper starts at 6:30 p.m. followed by our yearly live auction fundraiser. Bring a treasure that will be treasured by someone else. Everyone is welcome.

Tags:  St. Ignatius  

LCCDC offers free ‘QuickBooks’ workshop

10/9/2019

RONAN — The Lake County Community Development Corporation will offer a free Quick- Books I workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the LCCDC building from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Learn to keep your company’s financial data complete and up to date with QuickBooks Pro 2020 for Windows. Space is limited, so reserve your seat today by calling to register at 406-676-5914 or go online at: lccdc.ecenterdirect. com/events.

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Thursday, October 10

‘Solitary Sandpiper Secrets’ told

10/10/2019

POLSON — “Solitary Sandpiper Secrets” by Jim Rogers will be Mission Mountain Audubon’s evening program on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. in the North Lake County Public Library meeting room. Everyone is welcome. Rogers will provide an overview of the Solitary sandpiper’s unusual breeding behavior and habitat requirements. He will provide an insider’s account of how they followed the clues through mosquito infested wetlands frequented by grizzly bears to chronicle Montana’s newest breeding bird.

Tags:  Polson  

Library closes for staff development

10/10/2019

POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library will be closed for staff development on Thursday, Oct. 10. They will reopen on Friday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

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Mental health training for clergy offered

10/10/2019

POLSON — Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 409 Third Ave. E, will host a “Community Clergy Training Program” to support rural veterans’ mental health on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Lunch and coffee will be provided at no cost. Veterans in rural communities often seek help from rural clergy before anyone else. Montana is among the leading states in most vets per capita. Many returning veterans living in rural areas know little about the VA helping programs. If rural clergy can be helped with a better understanding of the health issues and readjustment difficulties returning veterans have, clergy can better assist them and their families. Please RSVP for meal count at: pastormelaniegslc@gmail.com or call 406-560-6371.

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