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New exhibit begins at Sandpiper Gallery through May 11

POLSON — The exhibit, “It’s All About The Timing” will be shown at the Sandpiper Gallery, 306 Main Street, from April 9-May 11. This exhibit features member artists Nathan Eyre (wood); Patrick Berry (acrylic) ; Barb Shrider (watercolor) ; Willie DeJana (mixed media); and guest artists Kristy Humble (found art); Kody Bundy (scratchboard).

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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.


Wednesday, April 25

Library celebrates National Poetry Month

4/17/2018 - 4/30/2018

POLSON — April is National Poetry Month which is the largest literary celebration in the world. North Lake County Public Library is celebrating with “Black-Out Poetry.” Millions of readers, students, teachers, librarians, and, of course, poets, mark poetry’s important place in our lives and culture. Drop in anytime in April for an experience creating “Black-Out Poetry!”

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Thursday, April 26

Story time held at library


POLSON – Please join us at the North Lake County Public Library every Thursday at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. for a one-hour program for children ages 3-5, their siblings and their caregivers. The program for April 26 is “What is your DNA?”

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Tour pioneer village at MOAM event


POLSON — The free “Night at the Museum,” event will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, at the Miracle of America Museum, 36094 Memory Lane. By request, we will be doing an outside walking tour of the outside museum pioneer village with explanations of the history of some of the buildings and artifacts. April programs will cover the east yard. If you want more information, call 406-883-6804 or 406-270-7895.

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Friday, April 27

Get your garden ready


BIG ARM — The Big Arm Association will host a potluck at the historic Big Arm School on Friday, April 27, at 6 p.m. Please bring your favorite dish to share with neighbors and friends. Dinner will be from 6-7 p.m. Our presenter will be Mona Rey - Master Gardner. She will offer advice to help us get our gardens ready for the Montana growing season. Come and join us for a delicious dinner and an informative presentation. Hope to see you there. Call 406-849-5133 with your questions.

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Learn about Boys and Girls Club plans


POLSON — You are invited to hear a speaker at the Pachyderm meeting from noon – 1 p.m. on Friday, April 27, at the Rural Fire Station off Regatta Road. Amy Vaughan, the director of operations for the Boy and Girls Club, will share updates on what the organization is doing to build capacity and impact through various projects in Lake county. The organization plans a new facility in Polson across from the Middle School, which will include a Community Center.

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PHS students serve spaghetti, perform play

4/27/2018 - 4/28/2018

POLSON — Polson High School students will perform the play, “Reality Stars: Greek Gods Edition” by Jonathon Yukich. At 7 p.m. on April 27 and 28 at the Polson High School Auditorium. The cost is $5 for students and $7 for adults. The Spanish Club will host a spaghetti dinner from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the PHS cafeteria for $5 each or $20 for a family.

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Saturday, April 28

Explore the world of birds


BIGFORK — Montana State Parks (stateparks. invites you to explore the world of birds during a ranger-led hike “Birds of a Feather” at Flathead Lake State Park – Wayfarers Unit, 8600 Mt. Hwy 35, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, and at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 3. Meet at the Flathead Lake Ranger Station. Join a ranger on a short 1.5-mile hike to look for birds around the park and learn about some common and interesting species. A bird walk is a great way to get outside, introduce yourself and your family to birding, or refine your skills. A water bottle, sturdy shoes, and weather appropriate clothing are suggested. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. Meet at the Flathead Lake Ranger Station in the Harry Horn Day Use Area. The cost is $4 per person or $10 per family. For more information go to: wayfarers.

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Visit MV Trades Show, Business Expo


POLSON — Mission Valley Spring Trades Show and Business Expo takes place on April 28 at Polson High School. Get your picture taken with a real live Super Hero. Wear a Super Hero costume, t-shirt or hat and win special prizes. Follow us on Facebook to see which super heroes will be at the show. Businesses are invited to participate in this exciting, effective and unique marketing opportunity. The festive environment and tradition of the Trades Fair makes it convenient and fun for potential customers to experience your product or service. We are proud to have a history of a tremendous variety of exhibitors, with virtually all aspects of commerce represented. Space is limited. Reserve your booth today. Our fax number is 406-883-4441. Call 406-883-9200, 406-675-9200 or 1-800-750-5377 for information.

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Monday, April 30

Arlee CDC holds monthly meeting


ARLEE — The Arlee Community Development Corporation will hold their monthly meeting in the Arlee High School library from 6-9 p.m. the last Monday of every month, (April 30). Please join us.

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Tuesday, May 1

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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Lady golfers meet


RONAN — The Mission Mountain Golf Course Ladies League will hold an organizational meeting for the 2018 season at the golf course at 6 p.m. on May 1. There will be a light snack served and the bar will be open as well. Also, we are planning to start play on May 8 with a fun night, if weather permits. There are lots of exciting changes at the course this year and all former and current teams are invited to attend the meeting. Ladies who are interested in forming or joining a team or perhaps subbing are encouraged to attend. Call 406-676-0802 or email the league at:, for more information.

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Mule packing video viewed at meeting


RONAN — Mission Valley Back Country Horsemen will hold their next monthly meeting on May 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the VFW on Round Butte Rd. in Ronan. Our program will include a video on mule packing basics presented by Mack and Connie Long of Bob Marshall Wilderness Outfitters in Charlo. A question/answer period will follow after the video. The public is invited to attend. Hope to see you there.

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Quilters hold busy meeting


RONAN — The Mission Mountain Quilt Guild will be having their regular monthly meeting at the Terrace Lake Community Church. This month’s meeting is jam packed and will be busy, busy, busy. We will start at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, with election of officers followed by presenting your March fabric challenge and show and tell. May is a big month for the Guild, for those of you who are new or are not members yet. May is Brown Bag Auction month, which means you bring anything sewing related in a brown bag. The bag will be auctioned off to raise money. The item can be anything having to do with sewing but have not had time for or don’t need or just don’t want. If it will fit in the bag, we will bid on it. It’s that simple, so bring what you have and let’s have an auction. Make sure to bring your raffle Fat Quarters.

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Wednesday, May 2

Join the community dance


POLSON — Calling all of you who love classic country music to come and join us at our next dance from 7-10 p.m., on Wednesday, May 2, at the Elks on Main Street. The Band also plays music from the '50s, '60s and '70s. If you like hamburgers, the Elks puts out a pretty good one before the dance. The cost of the dance is $5 per person. Come and enjoy yourselves.

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Thursday, May 3

National Day of Prayer event planned


POLSON — A local Christian National Day of Prayer event will take place from noon-1 p.m. at the Lake County Courthouse front lawn. Go to: for more information. All are welcome. Call Pastor Gregg at 406-261-8723 for details.

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Story time held at library


POLSON – Please join us at the North Lake County Public Library every Thursday at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. for a one-hour program for children ages 3-5, their siblings and their caregivers. The program for May 3, is “We the Kids of the USA.”

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Travel Channel airs Flathead Historical Museum’s Flathead Lake Monster story


POLSON — On Thursday, May 3, 2018, at 7 p.m., The Travel Channel’s “Mysteries at the Museum” program will air their program, which includes The Polson-Flathead Historical Museum’s Flathead Lake Monster and an interview with the museum President, Karen Dunwell, about this amazing event. Host Don Wildman digs into the world’s greatest institutions to unearth extraordinary relics that reveal incredible secrets from the past. Through compelling interviews, rare archival footage and arresting recreations, “Mysteries at the Museum” illuminates the hidden treasures at the heart of history’s most incredible triumphs, sensational crimes and bizarre encounters. (Hour-long episodes.) “Lucky Lucca, The Flathead Lake Monster and Bumbling to Berlin” - premieres Thursday, May 3, at 7 p.m. In this episode Don Wildman investigates an explosive tale of a four-legged hero; a fearsome creature found in a Montana lake and a pilot’s attempt to push the boundaries of aviation.

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Friday, May 4

Cleanup in Polson

5/4/2018 - 5/6/2018

POLSON — On Friday through Sunday, May 4-6, Polson will hold their annual “Clean Up! Green Up!” event. On Friday go the North Lake County Library Atrium Room at 2 First Ave. E from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. to pick up trash bags, gloves and assignment area for cleanup. Refreshments will be available there also. Shred Day will take place from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Glacier Bank, 50510 Highway 93. Two boxes per person are allowed. City of Polson Curbside Pick Up will also take place on Friday, May 4. Have your leaves and branches on the curb by 8 a.m. for “free” pickup. No garbage please.

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Silver Ring Thing’ event held at PMS


POLSON — The National Tour for Silver Ring Thing is taking a stop in Lake County at the Polson Middle School on May 4 from 7-9 p.m. A special parent session will be offered at 7 p.m. Silver Ring Thing is an international youth ministry that defies today’s culture of the “meet-up, hook-up, break-up” mindset that contributes to brokenness. The organization’s newest tour, Explicit Truth: Leaving nothing merely implied, presents the truth about love, relationships, sexuality and identity. Ticket prices will be $6 online, $8 at the door, and Silver Ring Thing is offering a special group discount for groups for $5 online. You can register and check out all of the informational videos at: www.silverringthing. com. For more information here in Polson, contact pastorjason@newlifepolson. com.

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Two-day yard sale held in Proctor

5/4/2018 - 5/5/2018

PROCTOR — The Proctor Teacherage will hold a yard sale on Friday, May 4, from 3-7 p.m. and Saturday, May 5, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be lots of household items, small furniture, home decor, infant/ youth clothing, adult clothing and much, much more. All proceeds go towards two local non-profit organizations. The Proctor Teacherage is located north of Dayton, off of Lake Mary Ronan Road.

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Saturday, May 5

'UnVariety Show' raises funds for SKC, embraces diversity


POLSON — A bigger, better, and certainly more amazing UnVariety Show 2.0 is heading to Polson on Saturday, May 5, at 7 p.m. at the KwaTaqNuk Resort. Last year’s event drew more than 200 participants who watched a range of unforgettable performers and then capped the night with a karaoke marathon. Co-hosted by the Salish Kootenai College Spirit of Many Colors, SAFE Harbor and ACLU Montana, it is a night to embrace diversity, celebrate individuality and share in a high level of laughter. This is a night to promote human rights and to embrace “everyone’s value.” The event is also a fundraiser for scholarships at Salish Kootenai College and everyone is welcome. Tickets are $5 per person or $60 for a VIP table for eight. This is an 18 and older show. For more information or to get tickets, call 406-240-0640 or email:

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‘Hammer-In’ all day at MOAM


POLSON — A free blacksmith “Hammer-In” will take place from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, at the Miracle of America Museum, 36094 Memory Lane. Safety glasses and non-flammable clothing and shoes are required as well as parental or guardian slips for minors. These are available for new participants at the museum. We have slips on file from the last activity. For more information, call 406-270-7895

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‘Living in the Moment’ exhibit begins


POLSON — The Sandpiper Art and Gift Gallery, 306 Main Street, will hold an exhibit entitled “Living in the Moment” about everything we love about Montana and will feature member artists Kathy Calkins (acrylic paint), Marla Hall (photography), Mary K. LeProwse (fused glass), Joanne Simpson (Batik watercolor, jewelry) and a yet to be announced guest artist. Call 406-883-5956 for more information.

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Chess Club starts in Polson


POLSON — Join the newly started Polson Chess Club for our first meeting. Come to our home on Saturday, May 5, from 2-4 p.m. at 1209 Eleventh Ave. E. All ages and skill levels are wel-come. Bring your own board. Contact polsonchessclub@ with your questions.

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First day of Fort Connah Spring Open House held

5/5/2018 - 5/6/2018

ST. IGNATIUS — The Fort Connah Restoration Society will host their annual Spring Open House Rendezvous, which depicts life during the fur trading era of Montana, on Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and on May 6 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 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. Fort Connah is located 6 miles north of St. Ignatius at mile marker 39 on Highway 93. For general information and trader/demonstrator set-ups, call Al Williams at 406-546-5067.

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Sunday, May 6

Horsemen ride again


DAYTON — Mission Valley Back Country Horsemen’s 37th annual Steak Ride will take place on Sunday, May 6, at the Meuli Ranch in Dayton. Start between 9-11 a.m. Steaks are served between 3-3:30 p.m. Saturday night campers are welcome. There will be a potluck supper on Saturday night at 6 p.m. Continental breakfast Sunday morning. 50/50 tickets on sale and stick around door prizes to be awarded also. Adults are $25 and children 12 and younger are $10. No refunds. You may call 406-676-0231 or 406-883-5876 to purchase tickets or for more information, or mail your check to: Mission Valley Back Country Horsemen, P.O. Box 604, Ronan, MT 59864.

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