Wednesday, December 13
Visit ‘Lights Under the Big Sky’ event
RONAN —The Lights Under the Big Sky event at the Fairgrounds in Ronan begins Dec. 1, and runs the first three weekends in December: Dec. 1-3, 8-10 and 15-17. This Christmas festival will be great fun for everyone. There will be a wonderful Christmas Market, lots of kids’ activities, live music, tasty food and great light displays, all to help make the holidays merry and bright. Hours of operation are 5-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 1-6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $3 per person. A family rate of $15 for six or more people is offered on Sundays. Children 4-years and younger are free. Kids’ crafts will begin in the Elf Workshop at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 13
Give to Polson food drive
POLSON — Glacier Bank and Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson are co-hosting a holiday food drive. You may drop off your non-perishable, non-expired food items at the Glacier Bank Polson location and the St. Joseph Medical Center lobby. All food collected will be given to Polson Loaves and Fish Food Pantry. The drive runs through Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. Happy holidays and thank you
Wednesday, December 13
Learn about Catholic faith
ST. IGNATIUS — Welcome Home and Adult Formation classes are scheduled to be taught. Fr. Hightower will lead both an Advent and a Lenten series based on the six dimensions of adult faith formation from the USCCB document, “Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us.” Invite your friends home or come as you are to the St. Ignatius Mission Church social hall on Thursdays at 7 p.m. during Advent - Dec. 7, 14, and 21. Light refreshments will be provided.
Thursday, December 14
Bring salad to Community Christmas Dinner
RONAN — The Ronan VFW Auxiliary is inviting everyone to the Community Christmas Dinner at the VFW Hall in Ronan on Thursday, Dec. 14. Dinner will be served from 6-7 p.m. Please bring a salad. For more information, call 406-676- 3380.
Enjoy Christmas Dinner
RONAN — The Ronan VFW Auxiliary is inviting everyone to the Community Christmas Dinner at the VFW Hall in Ronan on Thursday, Dec. 14. Dinner will be served from 6-7 p.m. Please bring a salad. For more information, call 406-676-3380.
Learn about energy in U.S., Northwest
POLSON — “Montana’s Energy Choices” by Ceth Eslick will be Mission Mountain Audubon’s next program on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Polson Library Meeting Room. Everyone is welcome. Ceth Eslick will discuss the state of energy production in the United States with a focus on the Pacific Northwest.
Rural Fire Board to meet
POLSON — The Polson Rural Fire Board’s December meeting of the Polson Rural Fire District Board of Trustees will take place Thursday, Dec. 14, 6 p.m. at the Fairgrounds Station No. 1 meeting room, 25-B Regatta Rd. Please note this is a date change.
Friday, December 15
Holiday Treasures raffle tickets drawn
RONAN — Holiday Treasures raffle winners will be drawn and announced at the Dec. 15 “Lights Under the Big Sky” event at 6 p.m. You must be present to win. There are 14 prize packages valued between $839- $1235. Sign up at local Ronan businesses. Follow the Ronan Area Chamber of Commerce at: www.facebook.com/ronanroots.
Listen to Flathead V8
RONAN — “Lights Under the Big Sky” continues at the Ronan fairgrounds with the Christmas Market open in the Community Center at 5 p.m.
The Reindeer Watering Hole is open from 6-9 p.m. and Flathead V8 will provide music.
Kids' crafts include using 3-D pens from 6-8 p.m. at the Elf Workshop.
Mission Valley High School Rodeo will run concessions.
See holiday lights, Big Sky lights, more
RONAN — Ronan’s Main Street Parade of Lights will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15. Line-up begins at 5 p.m. behind St. Luke Extended Care Facility. Follow the parade and Santa to “Lights Under the Big Sky” for the Holiday Treasures Drawing at the Ronan Fairgrounds. For more information, call 406-676-5323 or 406- 676-5901.
Saturday, December 16
Participate in Hopa Mountain StoryMakers workshop
PABLO — The Best Beginnings Children’s Partnership and CSKT Project Launch are co-hosting a Hopa Mountain StoryMakers workshop on the Salish Kootenai College campus on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 9-11:30 a.m. This interactive workshop takes place at the D’Arcy McNickle Library and is open to all families, (focus is on children up to age of 5). Breakfast snacks will start the day at 9 a.m. and at 9:30 a.m. Hopa Mountain staff will discuss the advantages of reading to your children. While parents participate in the discussion, childcare will be provided for on-site.
Adults may choose books to take home, and since the holidays are soon, gift wrapping will be available so books may be given as gifts. This event is free, including the books. For more information, call 406-883-7209.
Samoans dance at Lights Under the Big Sky
RONAN — “Lights Under the Big Sky” continues at the Ronan fairgrounds with the Christmas Market open in the Community Center at 5 p.m. Samoan dancers will provide entertainment at the Reindeer Watering Hole and there will be other music. Kids crafts take place from 5:30- 8 p.m. at the Elf Workshop.
Visit ‘Busy Elves Holiday Extravaganza’
POLSON — Come check out exceptional gifts by area artisans at the Busy Elves Holiday Extravaganza on Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Polson Red Lion Inn. Search and Rescue will join the show with a gift wrapping fundraiser. Busy Elves Holiday Extravaganza includes gifts from extraordinary area artisans: crafts, arts, baked goods. There will also be turned wood, jewelry, children’s books, hand-worked leather, woodworks, Native arts, beadwork, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, quilts, dolls, Christmas items, home décor, yarn goods, stocking stuffers, candies, butters and much more. The show is a non-profit with space fees donated to Search and Rescue.
Sunday, December 17
Choir sings at ‘Lights Under the Big Sky’
RONAN — “Lights Under the Big Sky” continues at the Ronan fairgrounds with the Christmas Market open in the Community Center at 1 p.m. Cathy Gillhouse’s choir will sing at the Reindeer Watering Hole at 2 p.m. followed by the RHS Jazz Band. A Kids Carnival is from 2-5 p.m. at the Elf Workshop.
Elks hold free throw contest
POLSON — The Mission Valley Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest will be held on Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Linderman Gymnasium. Registration and warm up takes place from 11:30 a.m. – noon and the contest begins at noon.
Polson, Ronan and all surrounding area boys and girls ages 8-13 (age as of April 1, 2018) are invited to participate. Categories include: 8-9 year-old boys, 8-9 year-old girls, 10-11 year-old boys, 10-11 yearold girls and 12-13 year-old boys, 12-13 year-old girls.
There is no cost to participate and no admission will be charged. Winners of each age group advance to the District Contest in Pablo on Jan. 13 to be held at the McDonald Gymnasium.
Free chili and hotdogs will be served to each contestant and their families after the shoot at the Polson Elks Club.
For more information, call 406-250-0771.
Enjoy children’s Christmas play
RONAN — Join us at Lighthouse Christian Fellowship, 207 Eisenhower Street, SW, on Dec. 17 at 11 a.m. for our annual children’s play entitled, “An Emoji Christmas.”
Join Christmas carol sing-along
POLSON —Come one, come all, to an hour of singing with cookies and warm drinks to follow at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 110 Sixth Ave. E, on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 3 p.m. A free-will offering for Helping Hands will take place.
MV Children’s Choir presents Christmas concert
RONAN — The Mission Valley Children’s Choir will present its Christmas Concert on Dec. 17, at 3 p.m. in conjunction with the Lights Under the Big Sky Festival sponsored by the Ronan Chamber of Commerce. The concert will be held at the fairgrounds in the fair barn. The choir will perform secular and sacred Christmas songs and carols. Some selections will feature solos and ensembles with piano and guitar accompaniment. The concert is free of charge.
Monday, December 18
Mission Valley Rises holds general meeting
RONAN — Mission Valley Rises: Democracy Engaged! will hold a general meeting on Monday, Dec. 18, at the Safe Harbor office, corner of Eisenhower and Highway 93, at 6 p.m. Call 406-745-3001 or email: missionvalleyrises@ gmail.com for more information. Mission Valley Rises is a local, non-partisan, community-led group, committed to exploring issues that affect our community. Come join us. At this meeting, we will finalize our plans for a Jan. 9 Community Action Workshop, and look at future projects.
Tuesday, December 19
Ronan library closes for staff work day
RONAN — The Ronan Library District’s library will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 19, for a staff work day.
School holds Christmas programs
HOT SPRINGS — Christmas programs will take place at the school at 7 p.m. A Chamber of Commerce drawing will also take place.
Wednesday, December 20
Dancers wearing festive colors requested
POLSON — Dance to the music of Ken’s Country Combo at the Elks on Main Street, on Wednesday, Dec. 20, from 7-10 p.m. Remember to wear festive colors. Snacks are served at 8:30 p.m. Dancers needed.
Dinner, basket winner announced
ST. IGNATIUS — The winner of the Christmas basket will be announced on Dec. 20 at the St. Ignatius Senior Center Christmas dinner at 5:30 p.m.
Launch Remembrance Lantern
Ronan High School Student Council is selling Remembrance Lanterns for $5.00 from December 1st to December 20th. They will host a release ceremony Wednesday, December 20, at 5:30 pm in the Ronan High School Parking lot. All are invited to attend and participate in the releasing of the lanterns. You may also purchase Sky Lanterns to release on your own. To include your loved one's name, please talk to a Student Council member or call 406-676-3390 extension 7543
School choirs perform
RONAN — The K. William Harvey School first grade choir will perform in the Performing Arts Center at Ronan Middle School on Wednesday, Dec. 20, at 9 a.m. The fourth grade choir will perform in the Performing Arts Center at Ronan Middle School that same day at 1:30 p.m.
Seniors serve Christmas dinner
HOT SPRINGS — On Wednesday, Dec 20, the Hot Springs’ Senior Center will serve a Christmas dinner at noon. A Chamber drawing will also take place.
Thursday, December 21
Enjoy Christmas dinner at Tribal Center
HOT SPRINGS — A Christmas dinner will be served at the Tribal Nutrition Center at 11:30 a.m. A Chamber drawing will also take place.
School choirs perform
RONAN — The K. William Harvey School second grade choir will perform in the Performing Arts Center at Ronan Middle School on Thursday, Dec. 21, at 9 a.m. The third grade choir will perform in the Performing Arts Center at Ronan Middle School that same day at 1:30 p.m.
SPLASH in December
POLSON — Sponsors of December SPLASH event are Providence St. Joseph Medical Center and Glacier Bank. They are holding a joint food drive, so please bring your donations. Dust off those ugly sweaters because there will be an ugly sweater contest during the 5-7 p.m. meeting at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center. For more information, contact the Polson Chamber at 406-883-5969.
Saturday, December 23
Ronan Library closes for Christmas
RONAN — The Ronan library will be closed for the Christmas holiday from Saturday, Dec. 23, through Monday, Dec. 25.
Sunday, December 24
Candlelight service for families planned
POLSON — All are invited to the family Christmas Eve candlelight service at 5 p.m. at the Polson Alliance Church, 46873 Highway 93.