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2019 Farmers Markets

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. 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.


Class offers help for caregivers through June 7

POLSON — Are you caring for a loved one? Providence St. Joseph Medical Center is hosting the Area VI Agency on Aging’s six-week series of classes designed to help caregivers with the many physical and emotional challenges they face. The classes begin May 3. For class times and more information visit: https://montana. or call the Area VI Agency on Aging at 406-883-7284.

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.

Move for better balance

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.

Move for better balance through June

POLSON — The spring session of “Moving for Better Balance,” an adapted Tai Chi program, will begin on Tuesday, April 9. It will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-11 a.m. at the Polson Senior Center. The class will run until the end of June. Call Jane at the Agency on Aging to sign up 406-883-7284.

New exhibit begins at Sandpiper Art Gallery through June 14

POLSON — Sandpiper Art Gallery, 306 Main Street, Polson, presents until June 14, “As I Was Wandering.” This exhibit will be everything we love about Montanans and the Montana experience. This show will feature past and present member artists; Sue Arneson (Montana Watercolor Artist), Carolyn Ekland-Olson (World Wide Photography), Karla Martinson (3D Paintings & Publisher), Mary Kelley (Plein Aire and the Old Masters in Oil), Judith Wright (Mixed Media). Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday.

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.

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Montecahto Club seeks information - 5/20/15

POLSON — The Montecahto Club is seeking the names and addresses of current service men and women from Lake County in order to send them care packages. Please phone Myrna at 406-407-2352 or Kari at 406-370-1443, with this information.




Saturday, September 8

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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Saturday, September 8

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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Saturday, September 8

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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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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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.

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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.

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Thursday, September 13

Girl Scout registration in St. Ignatius


Girl Scout Registration Night! Sept.13th- St. Ignatius Elementary Cafeteria from 5:30-6:30pm. Come learn about what your daughter can experience through Girl Scouts! Parents can ask questions, sign up their daughter(s) and the girls will make masks to take home. Girl Scout cookies provided!

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Friday, September 14

Child screening held in Ronan


RONAN — Mark your calendars for our annual fall Child Find event on Friday, Sept. 14. This free screening will be held at the K.W. Harvey Elementary School in the Special Needs Preschool classroom from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Children ages birth to five years old, who live in the Ronan/Pablo School District, will be screened. Make your appointments by calling Janet at 406-676-3390 ext. 7450.

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Decker to speak to Republican committee


POLSON — The Lake County Republican Central committee is co-hosting a Get to Know Your Candidates series with the Lake County Pachyderms. On Friday, Sept. 14, from noon-1 p.m., Gale Decker will speak as a candidate for Lake County commissioner. Please come out to meet him and to ask any questions. The meeting takes place at the Polson Rural Fire Department.

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Dinner supports St. Luke Foundation projects


RONAN — The 18th annual St. Luke Community Healthcare Foundation Dinner is on Friday, Sep. 14, at the Ronan Community Center. Join us for a spectacular evening featuring a no-host cocktail reception at 6 p.m. and gourmet dinner at 7 p.m., along with live and silent auctions. Your support will benefit charitable projects of the Foundation. Contact Foundation Director, Joe Bischof with any questions at:

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Join Missoula’s two-day Greek festival

9/14/2018 - 9/15/2018

MISSOULA — This year’s Greek Festival will be filled with all the Greek food, music, dance, and all around fun you can handle. Montana’s Greek Festival will return for its fifth year on Friday, Sept 14, from 5-10 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 15, from noon-10 p.m. Greek food vendors, live Greek music, dance lessons, children’s activities, and much more will be on site. Admission is free. Check out our Facebook page or call 406-478-8722 for more information and to stay up to date.

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Meet, greet, celebrate 50-year PHS reunion


POLSON — Polson High School’s class of 1968 is having their 50th class reunion in September and would like to invite other classmates and former teachers to join them at their “meet and greet” event on Friday, Sept. 14, at the Polson Senior Citizens’ Center, 504 Third Ave. E, from 4-7 p.m.

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Saturday, September 15

Enjoy Ronan Harvest Fest


RONAN — The Ronan Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual Harvest Fest and Dutch Oven Cook-off from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Ronan Visitors’ Center on Highway 93. The day includes food and craft vendors, the Trail of Bales voting, the Dutch Oven Cook-off, emergency services displays, a vintage tractor display and kids’ games. There will be lots of family fun. See you there. The dinner bell for the Dutch Oven Cook-off rings at noon. All proceeds go to the Ronan Beautification Committee. Call 406-676-5323 for more information.

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Parenting self-care day


PARENTING SELF CARE DAY @ TWO EAGLE RIVER HIGH SCHOOL GYM 11:00 am to 3 pm First 40 parents to receive a special self care gift. Parent Care will include: Ledger Art, Yoga, Massage, Cosmetic lessons, Drumming, Door prizes, Arts and Crafts, Lunch from 12-1, Childcare Activities Provided

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Science Activity Fair held


POLSON — A Science Activity Fair will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 11a.m.-3 p.m at the North Lake County Public Library. The library’s amateur astronomy club is partnering with the Coalition for Public Understanding of Science, or COPUS, which brings together brilliant scientists and organizations dedicated to science from around the globe. This year they’re throwing a science fair at the library and will give you the chance to interact with internationally acclaimed scientists and experts as well as catch up on developments closer to home, such as the work being done through SciNation on the Flathead Reservation and the library’s NASA @ My Library grant. This event will feature a variety of hands-on displays and activities, as well as freebies and swag while supplies last. Want your picture taken on the surface of the Moon? Want to meet the library’s newest telescope, thanks to the Space Science Institute and other N@ML partners? Join us.

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Watch Lake County High School Rodeo


POLSON — Lake County High School Rodeo will be held at Polson Fairgrounds Saturday, Sept. 15, starting at 9:30 a.m. Two rodeos will be run that day. Watch as the 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 or Rocky Knight at 406-544-8836.

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Monday, September 17

Spend an evening with the Constitution


POLSON — You are invited to a free program at the Miracle of America Museum on Constitution Day, Monday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m. in the evening. A short tour of Constitution-related exhibits will be given and free pocket constitutions will be available. This will be followed by an entertaining, yet profound feature length 2017 movie, “In Search of Liberty,” in which, a man from the past shows a typical American family using wit, magic, and logic, how our Constitution is under attack and what can be done to save it. Treats are always welcome. An RSVP is appreciated and can be made by calling 406-883-6804.

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Wednesday, September 19

All welcomed at community dance


POLSON — Please join us for the Community Dance in the ballroom at the Elks on Main Street on Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 7-10 p.m. Music is by Ken’s Country Combo playing a variety of vintage country and rock and roll tunes. Snacks during the break at 8:30 p.m. include cocktails and soft drinks for purchase in the bar. Fountain water is also available. On this night we will celebrate individuals who have had or will be having birthdays with a special cake provided. Everyone is welcome. No Elks membership is required. Cover charge for the evening is $5. Come and check us out.

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Purchase used books at SKC

9/19/2018 - 9/20/2018

PABLO — The SKC Library’s “Used Book Sale” will take place on Sept. 19 and 20 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the SKC Library, (the second building south of Two Eagle River School in Pablo on Highway 93). All sorts of interesting titles will be available.

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Thursday, September 20

Hear about Mission Valley Has Talent Contest


POLSON — The Polson Kiwanis Club meets the first and third Tuesday each month at the KwaTaq-Nuk Resort downstairs in the Koostatah room from noon-1 p.m. Our speaker on September 20 will be Tillie Marshall who will talk about Helping Hands and the Mission Valley Has Talent contest. The MVHT is a fundraiser for Helping Hands that raised more than $6,000 this year for the fund, a nonprofit ministry supported by the Mission Valley Ministerial Association. For the 2019 MVHT they are seeking people of talent of all types between the ages of 5 to 95. In 2019 there will be age categories for the performers.

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