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Arlee Library begins summer program through August 7

ARLEE — The Arlee Summer Reading Program is free for all ages and runs from June 12-Aug. 7. Events are on Tuesdays from 9:30- 11:00 a.m. Register with an adult from May 31-June 12 at the Jocko Valley Library. Reading events happen on: June 12, 19, 26, and July 10, 17, 24, 31, and Aug. 7. Library hours are Mondays and Thursdays from 1-5 p.m.; Tuesdays from 9:30-11 a.m. (Summer Reading Program only); and Friday from noon- 4 p.m. Visit our website at:, or call the library at 406-726- 3572, with any questions.

Boys and Girls Club summer program June 11 through August 17

LAKE COUNTY — The Flathead Reservation and Lake County Boys and Girls Club will operate a summer program at both their Polson and Ronan sites Monday-Friday (not July 4) from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. from June 11-Aug. 17. The cost is $25 per month and must be paid up front in addition to membership fee. Space is limited. The summer program focuses on academics, good character and citizenship and developing healthy lifestyles. Applications may be picked up onsite or at:

Polson reading program June 11 through August 10

POLSON — The national theme for the Family Summer Reading Program is “Libraries Rock.” Registration begins at the North Lake County Public Library on Monday, June 11, and ends on Aug. 10. On Monday, June 11, the library will host the Usborne Book Fair. Come browse the latest books.

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.

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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.




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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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New hours announced for MO

POLSON — Miracle of America’s hours are now 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 1:30-6 p.m. on Sundays. Some holidays may be shorter hours as well, so it is best to call 406-883-6804 first. Our free “Night at the Museum” is on the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Donations or treats are always welcome. Schoolteachers are encouraged to give extra credit for a report from attending students.

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.
Lions Club meets twice monthly
POLSON - The Lions Club meets at 6 p.m. each month on the first and third Mondays at the Lake Bar and Grill, 101 Main Street. For more information, call Jan Phillips at 406-370-4714.


Thursday, June 21

Join ‘Moving for Better Balance’

5/1/2018 - 7/19/2018

POLSON — Moving for Better Balance, an evidence-based, adapted Tai Chi class, will be offered by the Area VI Agency on Aging on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11 a.m. for 12 weeks, May 1-July 19. Classes will be held at the Polson Senior Center. The fee is $35 for senior center members, $50 for non-members (they get a membership included), but everything is on a slidingscale. Call 406-883-7284 for information or to sign up.

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Develop a championship wrestling style

6/21/2018 - 6/23/2018

RONAN — Ronan School District will offer a Wrestling Camp from June 21-23 at the Activities Center. Breakfast and lunch are included and breakfast starts at 8 a.m. Bring headgear, shoes etc. This camp will teach technique, drills, and skills for all age levels and abilities. Develop a championship style. The cost is $40 per wrestler. Call 406-671- 6615 for more information.

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Friday, June 22

Artists' reception held


POLSON — A reception for a Members Only Open Show entitled, “Let Me Tell You My Story,” will take place from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, June 22, at the Sandpiper Art and Gift Gallery, 306 Main Street.

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Enjoy NRA Rodeo, life music, beer garden

6/22/2018 - 6/23/2018

POLSON – The Mission Mountain NRA Rodeo will be held at the Polson Fairgrounds, 320 Regatta Road, June 22-23. Youth events including mutton bustin’ and mini bull riding begin at 6:30 p.m. NRA Rodeo starts at 7:30 p.m. NRA events include bareback, steer wrestling, saddle bronc, team roping, tie down toping, ladies and youth breakaway roping and bull riding. Tickets are $10/adult, $5/children under 12 and available at gate, no pre-sale tickets. Food, beverage and beer garden concessions available. Live music is planned after Friday night’s performance. Free vendors fair, no food items. Call Sharon at 261-2861 for more info. For general rodeo info call 883-1100.

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Munch up crab at fairgrounds


RONAN — On June 22, the Ronan Area Chamber of Commerce will present “Crab Fest 2018,” which is a benefit for the Bockman (Ronan City) Parks. The dinner will begin at 5 p.m. and will take place at Bockman Park. Tickets are $35 per person,$10 for children 10 years of age and under, or $60 per couple. Purchase tickets at Ronan Flower Mill, Valley Banks, Ronan Napa, Glacier Bank, Bank-Polson, Access Montana and Ronan Power Products. Enjoy fresh crab boiled right there for you. Bring your own beverages, crab pliers and appetite. For more information, call the Ronan Chamber at 406- 676-8300. (Only in the case of severe weather will the event be moved to the Ronan Fairgrounds.)

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Participate in youth conference


ARLEE — A “Strengthening Our Families” Youth Conference will be held on June 22 at the Arlee Powwow grounds. The opening and lunch will be served from noon-1 p.m. and guest speaker Thompson Brothers will give a presentation from 1-2:30 p.m. From 2:30-4:30 p.m. there will be breakout sessions with many activities. Personal stories from “Wrapped in Love” – survivors of suicide will take place. Dinner will be served from 6-7 p.m. and a youth dance hosted by Arlee Youth Connections will take place from 8-11 p.m.

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Saturday, June 23

Annual Fireman’s Auction held at Old Town Field


ST. IGNATIUS — The St. Ignatius Volunteer Fire Department Fireman’s Auction will take place on Saturday, June 23, at 11 a.m. at the Old Town Field. Concessions begin at that time and include hamburgers, hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches with coleslaw and ice cream. Meals will be served until the end of the auction at approximately 5 p.m. (Purchase a meal and you’re entered in the door prize drawing.) The silent auction starts at 11 a.m.; the live auction starts at noon with raffle drawings and door prizes. Raffle tickets will be sold before the auction for a ½ beef; a whole hog cut and wrapped; and a .AR15 rifle with scope. To donate auction items please call 406-531- 4082 or 406-745-4266.

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Celebrate sobriety, family fun day


ARLEE — At the Arlee Powwow grounds a lunch including a chili and fry-bread cook-off will take place from noon-1 p.m. Guest presenters Wade McGee & McGee Brothers will host an event from 1-3 p.m. Native games and more will be played from 3-4:30 p.m. There will be a celebration of sobriety and recovery from 4:30-6 p.m. Dinner served 6:15-7:30 p.m.

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Raceway open for family fun


POLSON — Saturday racing at Mission Valley Raceway will have Hobbys, Hornets, Big Sky West Coast late models and Thunderstocks. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. Qualifying time trials are at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. General admission is $10; juniors ages 8-17 are $7. Kids 7 and under are free. Come have some fun. Bring the family. Mission Valley Raceway is at 1113 N Reservoir Road. No outside food, beverages or alcohol. For more information call 406-210-5400.

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Skatepark holds free Skate Jam


ST. IGNATIUS — Come join us at the St. Ignatius Skatepark on June 23 for a “Free to the public” Skate Jam hosted by Board of Missoula. The event runs from noon-4 p.m. and is open to all age groups. There will be contests for all kinds of things including “best trick,” and lots of free prizes, a raffle and a product toss. There will also be free hot dogs and beverages while they last. For more information call Chris Bacon at 406-721-7774. Thank you for supporting our local skateparks.

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Monday, June 25

Activities planned for parents, young children


POLSON — Join the Parents as Teacher Home Visitors as we partner with Youth Services Librarian Kendra during the North Lake County Public Library’s Mother Goose Story Hour at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 25. The theme will be colors and shapes. We’ll have activities, treats, and, of course, Kendra will read us fun books on the topics. Pregnant moms and families with children under the age of 5 are welcome to attend the Parents as Teachers Community Connections. This is a good chance to meet other families with young children, and to learn more about the Parents as Teachers Home Visiting program. We’ll have a drawing for a door prize, and we often give out free books to the children in attendance. Call LCPH at 406-883- 7288 if you have questions about the event, or the Parents as Teachers Home Visiting program in general – it’s free and fun.

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Arlee CDC meets


ARLEE — The Arlee Community Development Corporation will hold their monthly meeting in the Arlee High School library from 6-9 p.m. on Monday, June 25.

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Listen to talks on ecological topic


YELLOW BAY — The 2018 Data and Donuts Seminar series is offered every summer during the first four weeks of the FLBS Summer Session. The series offers students and the public a chance to hear speakers across a wide variety of ecological topics. Come to the seminar at the Flathead Biological Station at Yellow Bay on Monday, June 25, from 10-11 a.m. These seminars are open to the public, and everyone is invited to attend. Stop by to have a donut and learn more about ecology, and current research in the Flathead. Call 406-982-3301 x 229, for more information.

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Sign up for ‘Operation Arctic’ Vacation Bible School

6/25/2018 - 6/29/2018

ST. IGNATIUS — St. Ignatius Christian Missionary Alliance Church will offer “Operation Arctic” Vacation Bible School. The program runs June 25-June 29, from 6-8:15 p.m. each evening at 529 Third Ave. N, four blocks north of the school on Third. Ave., kitty-corner to the blue water tower. Come explore the coolest book on the planet. There will be games, snacks, crafts, music and learning each evening. Lots of fun and learning to be had. Children 3 years old through entering sixth grade are welcome.

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Tuesday, June 26

Library hosts UofM professor


POLSON — “Antarctic Freshwater Lakes in the World’s Coldest Desert” by Shawn Devlin will be the next educational program of the Mission Mountain Audubon Society on Tuesday, June 26, at 7 p.m. in the Polson library meeting room. Everyone is welcome. Shawn will introduce us to the vibrant benthic oasis of freshwater lakes in the McMurdo Dry Valleys in Antarctica. The coldest desert in the world doesn’t sound like a place you might go to study lakes, but that is exactly the place to find some of the most amazing benthic algae in the world. Dr. Shawn Devlin is an Assistant Research Professor with the University of Montana at the Flathead Lake Biological Station.

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Library offers technology, computer class


POLSON — This program of courses can provide you with computer and technology basics. North Lake County Public Library presents free monthly computer classes and from 2-3 p.m. on June 26 the theme for the class is “Montana Library 2 Go.” All classes will be held in the library community room. Reserve your spot by contacting Heather or the Circulation Desk at 406-883-8225.

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Wednesday, June 27

Free Community Dinner served in St. Ignatius


ST. IGNATIUS — A free Community Dinner will be served from 5:30–6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, at the St. Ignatius Senior Citizens Center. Come enjoy a hot, home-cooked meal with your friends, neighbors, by yourself, or with family, etc. Spend time with your community and fill your belly. All are invited and welcome. Hosted by St. Ignatius Christian Missionary Alliance Church. Call 406-360-0563 or 406-273-8203 for more information.

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Thursday, June 28

‘Firecracker’ baseball tourney begins

6/28/2018 - 7/1/2018

POLSON — The varsity Mission Valley Mariners will host their annual “Firecracker” baseball tournament in Polson from Thursday, June 28, to Sunday, July 1. Game times TBD.

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Check out museum village, sculptures, alien artifacts


POLSON — The Miracle of America Museum will hold their free 4th Thursday, “Night at the Museum,” at 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, June 28. The June program is a walking tour of the west part of the museum village and Montana’s outdoor sculpture gallery. Enjoy the history of selected artifacts and historic as well as recreated buildings. Check in at the alien autopsy center, meet some of the new additions gathered in Area 51, and visit the newest building, the antique gunsmithing shop. Treats and donations always welcome. Call Gil at 406- 883-6804 or 406-270-7895 for more information.

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Science, math more emphasized at program


POLSON — North Lake County Public Library is hosting a free Thursday morning program from 10–11 a.m. Children of all ages are welcome. Programs emphasize Science, Technology, Engineering and Math principles. Call 406-883- 8225 for more information.

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Friday, June 29

Sign up for annual ‘Chamber Blast’


POLSON — The Polson Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual “Chamber Blast” on Friday, June 29, at Big Sky Sporting Clays. Contact the Polson Chamber at 406-883-5969 for more information.

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Watch movie under the stars


POLSON — All ages are welcome for a night under the stars to enjoy a movie and refreshments at Polson Bay Golf Course. This event is from 8-10 p.m. and hosted by Xi Alpha Gamma Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Polson and the Polson Golf Course.

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Saturday, June 30

Help support Valley View Clubhouse at fundraiser


VALLEY VIEW — The Valley View Women’s Club will have their annual fundraiser Rummage Sale and Bake Sale on Saturday, June 30, from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Valley View Clubhouse, 40762 Valley View Rd. Proceeds go to maintenance of the clubhouse.

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Sunday, July 1

Accordion group moves July jam session to Somers


SOMERS — The North West Accordion Jam will be held in July in Somers, behind the Vista Linda Restaurant, in lieu of Polson, so we won’t be at the Elks. We will resume at the Elks on Aug. 4. This is a community event so all are welcome and encouraged to come. The event is outside under a pavilion so please be sure and bring a sweater or jacket if the weather is cool.

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Tour, taste at open house held at Flathead Cheese


POLSON — Flathead Lake Cheese, 208 First Ave. E, will hold an open house on Sunday, July 1, at 10 a.m., full of tours and tastings. Call 406-883-0343 or go to their website: flatheadlakecheese. com, for more information.

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Monday, July 2

Join ‘Date, Donuts’ seminar at Yellow Bay


YELLOW BAY — The 2018 Data and Donuts Summer Seminar series is offered every summer during the first four weeks of the FLBS Summer Session. The series offers students and the public a chance hear speakers across a wide variety of ecological topics. From 10-11 a.m. on Monday, July 2, at the Biological Station, Cody Youngbull, Research Professor at Flathead Lake Biological Station will provide a lecture entitled, “Protecting our waters using novel technologies for invasive species detection.” Please join us. For more information, email Tom Bansak at: or call 406-982-3301 x229 or visit our website at: http://

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July 4th Arlee Powwow begins

7/2/2018 - 7/8/2018

ARLEE — The 120th annual Arlee Powwow celebration begins Monday, July 2, and ends Sunday, July 8. All events are open to the public and free of charge. Arts, crafts, stick games, dance competitions, Indian and other ethnic foods will be available. Absolutely no alcohol, firearms, unleashed dogs or motorcycles are allowed in the camp area. This year’s dance competition will expand to 31 categories. There will be separate style categories for adults age 40-59. Women and men 60 years and over will be in competition categories of all styles combined. The event takes place on the powwow grounds on Powwow Road in Arlee. Wednesday is “Camp Day.” Visit the Arlee Esyapqeyni Powwow Facebook page for more information.

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Wednesday, July 4

Join Polson ‘Montana Roots’ parade


POLSON — Please join us for the July 4th parade in downtown Polson beginning at noon. The theme this year is “Montana Roots.” Parade entry forms are available at the Polson Chamber of Commerce. There is a $20 fee for 2018 parade participants. Please call the chamber office for more information at 406-883-5969.

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