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Music gang comes back on Fridays

POLSON — After a dormant year, I’m going to try to revive the “Pickin’ in the Park” gang at the “Boardwalk” in Boettcher Park. The boardwalk is is adjacent to the Port Polson Playhouse. If you sing or play any musical (electric or acoustic) instrument or just want to sit and listen, then join us each Friday at 3 p.m. starting June 16. A lawn chair and blanket may be advisable, and if you get hungry then stop and eat at the Boardwalk food booth. The music genres start in the 1950s, but any year is OK … join us.

Pioneer Museum opens in Polson through Sept. 15

POLSON — The Polson Flathead Historical Museum, “The Pioneer Museum on Main Street” invites you to view amazing exhibits of daily life in the Mission Valley and Flathead Lake area in the late 1800s and early 1900s, such as the stagecoach, chuck wagon, fire trucks, Calamity Jane’s saddle and Flathead Lake’s ‘Nessie” (some say it was, some say it wasn’t, caught here) and much more. We open for the season on Memorial Day each year, and goes until Friday, Sept. 15. The museum is located at 708 Main Street and operates Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Closed on Sundays) There is a visitor fee of $10 and children under 10 years old are admitted free with a paying adult. For more information, go to:

Watch ‘Death by Golf ’ through Aug. 27

POLSON — From Aug. 10-27 the Port Polson Players production of Gregg Kreutz’s comedy-mystery “Death by Golf ” wraps up Polson’s Summer Theatre season. When an escaped convict, an anxious bride, a scheming new husband, and a suspicious attorney all convene at Grandpa’s house, it doesn’t take long for Grandpa to realize he has to reschedule his golf game. This show pays tribute to the Players’ location on the Old Nine of the Polson Golf Course. Reservations can be made by calling the theatre box office at 406-883-9212 or visiting

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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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All classes welcome

RONAN — Ronan High School classes of 1958, 1959 and 1960 meet the first Thursday of each month at Pizza Cafe from 8:30-10 a.m. Enjoy a great breakfast buffet for $7.50. All other classes are welcome also. Share stories about the good old days and visit about what’s new. Please come. For more information call 406-212-6800, 406-676-2026 or 406-644-2259.


 Appointments needed for Law Center

POLSON — The Self-Help Law Center will be at North County Public Library the second Friday of each month. (Nov. 11 visit has been changed to Nov. 18.) Walk-inavailably has been discontinued; an appointment must be made. To schedule, please call the Self-Help Law Center at 406-758-2496 or 406-258- 3428.


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.
'The Nest' offers activities
ST. IGNATIUS - The Nest offers a variety of free activities and parents with children prenatal to age 5 are invited to attend.
The Nest, located at 410 St. Mary's Drive in St. Ingatius, not only provides a residence and supportive services to pregnant and parenting young moms, but also offers classes, workshops and other activities for the greater Mission Valley community, as well. Please feel free to check out what we have to offer, and give us suggestions for future events. Just call 406-745-3757 and ask for Amy or Jen. You can also find our Facebook page at or email: to be placed on our activities mailing list.
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.
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.


Saturday, August 19

Class for Caregivers given through Sept. 12

8/8/2017 - 9/12/2017

POLSON — Aug. 8 is the first day for the caregivers’ class. Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes are scheduled for six Tuesdays, Aug. 8- Sept. 12 in Polson. Time for the class is 10-11:30 a.m. The classes are sponsored by the Area VI Agency on Aging to help caregivers thrive in this most difficult life role. Please call 1-800-266-4188 for more information or to register. Class size is limited.

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Monday, August 21

Join Ronan Community Roundtable meeting


RONAN — A Ronan Community Roundtable meeting is currently scheduled for Monday, Aug. 21, at noon, at the Gathering Room in the Flower Mill on Main St. I’m hoping Chief Weaver and Mayor Aipperspach will make presentations on Ronan City happenings and possibly answer some questions from the group. Please feel free to bring a brown bag lunch and we hope to see you there.

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Join Solar Eclipse Block Party


POLSON — North Lake County Public Library is hosting a Solar Eclipse Block Party on Monday, Aug. 21, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. A total solar eclipse will cross the United States on that day. In Polson we will see about 89% totality. The North Lake County Library Foundation is hosting a $5 hot dog lunch with all proceeds going toward the library’s Family Summer Reading Program. Mission Valley Eye Center/Ronan Eye Clinic has generously sponsored the purchase of more than 200 pairs of solar eclipse glasses that will be available at the party to safely view the eclipse. There will be crafts for kids, educational displays, a photo booth, music and more. We will have limited seating available – feel free to bring a lawn chair for comfort. The library will also be holding a huge book sale in the meeting room from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. that day. We hope to see you there.

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School employees’ luncheon held


ST. IGNATIUS — The annual teacher and school employees’ appreciation luncheon will be held on Aug. 21 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Mission Valley United Methodist Church, (top of Post Creek Hill). School supplies will be available and as a special bonus this year, glasses to watch the eclipse will also be available. For more information, call 406-676- 8571 or 406-644-0122.

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Wednesday, August 23

School begins in Charlo, Arlee


CHARLO/ARLEE — The first day of school for Charlo and Arlee Schools is Wednesday, Aug. 23.

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Thursday, August 24

Help celebrate Gil’s 75th birthday


POLSON — The free “Night at the Museum” held at the Miracle of America Museum, 36094 Memory Lane, is held on the fourth Thursday evening of each month. On Thursday, Aug. 24, the program will answer a couple of the most commonly asked questions from museum visitors. Namely, “How did this museum get started?” and “Where did you get all of your stuff?” This event will also celebrate founder Gil Mangel’s 75th birthday so there will be cake and ice cream or root beer floats. We like to start the programs at 6:30 p.m. If you have any questions, you may call 406-270-7895.

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Friday, August 25

Enter for free at Glacier Park


GLACIER PARK — There will be a free entrance day at Glacier National Park along with all other National Parks on Friday, Aug. 25, in commemoration of National Park Service Birthday.

Revival, preaching held on three days

8/25/2017 - 8/27/2017

PABLO — The Spirit of Truth Church is holding revival services with Brandan Maddox of Springfield, Oregon, from Aug. 25-27. Maddox, who grew up in Mobile, Alabama, will be preaching at 7 p.m. on Friday, at 1 p.m. on Saturday and at 11 a.m. on Sunday, at the church, 59855 U.S. 93 Frontage Road (next to Forkhorn Loop). For more information, call Pastor Mingo Guerrero at 406-837-2637.

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Rodeo fun begins

8/25/2017 - 8/26/2017

POLSON — The Flathead River Indian Rodeo will be held at the Polson Fair Grounds on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 25 and 26, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens, children 6 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased at the gate. For more information, call 406- 890-3309 or email peter@ There will be live music after the rodeo each night. Food and beverage concessions will be available. Vendors spaces are available.

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Saturday, August 26

CASA hosts yard sale


POLSON — CASA of Lake and Sanders counties is hosting a yard sale on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at 39 Mission View Dr. Donations of yard sale items will be gratefully accepted and can be dropped off at this address anytime, or you may call 406-546-5807 for more information.

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Shoot for free at Polson Range


POLSON — The annual Open House and Public Free Shoot Day will take place at Polson Shooters Association Range, 38386 Kerr Dam Road, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26. Join us to check out the range and see what we offer, to sight-in your rifles or hand guns, and for a free lunch of burgers or hot dogs and soft drinks. Bring a friend, neighbor or family member. For more information, call 406- 883-1110 or 406-249-2250.

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Monday, August 28

Bowlers meet, for fall teams


RONAN —The Mission Valley Bowling Association’s fall meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 28, at Lucky Strike Lanes. If you are interested in schedules, teams, or have any pertinent information, please attend this meeting. Regular league bowling will start after Labor Day.

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Wednesday, August 30

2017/18 school year begins


RONAN/ST. IGNATIUS/POLSON — The first day of school for Ronan, St. Ignatius and Polson Schools is Wednesday, Aug. 30.

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Everyone invited to free dinner in Mission


ST. IGNATIUS — The St. Ignatius Community dinner will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 30, at the St. Ignatius Sr. Citizens Center. A homecooked meal is served from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to come eat. Bring yourself, your family, friends and or invite a neighbor. This event is hosted by the St. Ignatius CMA Church and friends.

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Thursday, August 31

Plains Fair begins


PLAINS — The 2017 Sanders County Fair buildings open. PRCA Bull riding takes place at 8 p.m. For information regarding 4-H competitions contact: County Extension Office at 406-827-6934. No dogs are allowed on the fairway.

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Friday, September 1

Kick-up your heels at Plains Fair, rodeo


PLAINS — Powder River Rodeo L.L.C.– at 8 p.m. Carnival, amusement, and midway concessions will also be available. For information regarding 4-H competitions contact: County Extension Office at 406-827-6934. No dogs are allowed in the fairway.

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Learn about permaculture gardens, farms

9/1/2017 - 9/3/2017

HOT SPRINGS — The 7th annual Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence will be held Sept. 1-3 in Hot Springs. Bring the family and tour local permaculture gardens and farms, attend workshops, learn from leaders on the undulating edge of design and application of appropriate technologies, exchange ideas, children’s and teen programs provided by Ravenwood. Permaculture is the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient and can be applied to both urban and rural living. For more information, visit: inlandnorthwestpermaculturecom.

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Saturday, September 2

Demolition Derby ends the fair day


PLAINS — The Sanders County Fair continues at 9 a.m. The Demolition Derby takes place in the main arena at approximately 7 p.m. Carnival, amusement, and midway concessions will also be available. For information regarding 4-H competitions contact: County Extension Office at 406-827-6934. No dogs are allowed in the fairway.

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Hardy to exhibit photographic artwork


CHARLO — The Ninepipes Museum of early Montana, located just south of Ronan, invites local artists to showcase their artwork on the first Saturday of each month, June-October, in the gift shop at the museum. Photographer Cordell Hardy will exhibit his work from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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