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‘Park After Dark’ winter hike offered at Lone Pine State Park

KALISPELL — On Wednesday, Feb. 16, from  7:30-9 p.m. experience Lone Pine State Park on a wintery night on this full moon hike. Moon views vary depending on cloud cover, but you’re guaranteed a nighttime adventure that experiences the park after hours. Be sure to dress for the weather. Trails are typically icy at this time of year, so wear micro spikes like Yaktrax if there’s snow on the ground. We’ll have snowshoes available if needed. Please bring a flashlight or headlamp. Call the visitor center at 406-755-2706, ext. 0, to register, as space is limited. Cost is $4 per hiker ($8 entry fee for non-resident vehicles).


‘Prepare to be Bear Aware’ education class offered at Lone Pine



KALISPELL — On Saturday, March 16, at 10 a.m. at Lone Pine State Park Visitor Center, you can learn safety tips and tools to keep people safe and bears wild as they emerge from their dens this spring. Join us as we share practical strategies designed to minimize bear-human conflicts and promote coexistence. From securing garbage bins to proper food storage techniques, we will share provide invaluable insights into creating bear-resistant environments. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn, connect, and take action for the well-being of all. Registration is required as space is limited. There is no charge for this program. ($8 park entry fee still applies to out-of-state vehicles). For more information visit: or call 406-755-2706


Attend ‘Here Comes the Sun’ Concert

POLSON — The Polson Fairground Amphitheatre is the site of the “Here Comes the Sun” concert. This concert celebrates the sounds and songs of the Beatles at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 29. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Food trucks will be on site at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 each.


Country Jam, dances cancelled

POLSON — Our Classic Country Jammin’ scheduled for April 5, at the Elks Ballroom in Polson is cancelled until further notice. Wednesday night dances at the Elks’ ballroom in Polson are also cancelled until further notice. We pray that everyone is staying home and being safe. We do have to go out for essentials and that is okay. Lake City Bakery, McDonalds and Burgerville are open in Polson for take outs. We are all in this together and need to help each other wherever we can, physically or financially. Please encourage one another and we will all get through this. Don’t be prideful and not ask for help, if you really need it. This hardship we are going through may take a little time but if we all work together and for each other, it will pass. We hope to see you all again very soon.

Experience ‘Lights under the Big Sky’

RONAN — On Saturday, Dec. 11, “Lights Under the Big Sky” will provide fun and entertainment for residents of the Mission Valley at the Ronan Fairgrounds from 5-9 p.m. There will be holiday lights displays; family activities and Santa.


Flathead Cheese holds annual open house

POLSON — Flathead Cheese, will hold their annual Open House Week from July 2-7, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, at their shop, 208 First Ave. E. Call 406-883-0343 for more information.

Free 'Utilizing Aces & Trauma Informed Care' training held

PABLO — On April 22, from noon3 p.m. at Salish Kootenai College, Teresa Nygaard will present a free training entitled, "Utilizing Aces & Trauma Informed Care." Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) is a term to describe traumatic events occurring before age 18. Trauma is a deeply distressing or disturbing experience that without supports can have long-term negative effects. When “we” are trauma-informed, we realize the impact of trauma and understand there is potential for recovery. We recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma in those that we interact with and in ourselves. We respond by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into procedures, policies and practices. We seek to actively resist re-traumatization. We stop asking “What’s happening to you?” This training delves into this topic, responding to participants based on their pre-existing knowledge of the topic.

Credits are available.

The training is free but has limited seating. To register, send name, email, and contact number to: Registration confirmation will be sent within seven days. 



Free online meditation classes

ZOOM — Please join the Mission Mountain Zen Center on Wednesday, Dec. 28, and on subsequent Wednesdays, for an online meditation class led by Zen Teacher, Zenku, including meditation instruction, practice and discussion via Zoom. The classes will be each Wednesday from 6-7:30 p.m. Please join us and take advantage of this opportunity. For more information and a Zoom link to the class call Zenku at 847-721-0665 or email at:



Monday, July 15

Gallery Art Show begins







POLSON — The Sandpiper Gallery’s “The Aye’s (Eyes) Have It” Art Show takes place from July 15-Sept. 13. You will say “yes” when you see how our members interpret this theme. 

The Art Show reception will be held July 26, from 5-7 p.m. at the gallery located at 306 Main Street. The gallery is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays; closed on Mondays. 

Call 406-883-5956 or go to: for more information. 



Join Mother Goose activities


POLSON — Mondays mean Mother Goose at the North Lake County Public Library. Join us at 9:15 a.m.  Mother Goose is geared toward ages 0 to 3, but all are welcome. 

We encourage parents and caregivers to participate with their children for this early learning time. 


Wednesday, July 17

Democrats hold Happy Hour


POLSON — On Wednesday, July 17, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Glacier Brewing Company, 6 Tenth Ave. E, the Democrats will hold a fun event for their volunteers and supporters. They also have daily events to volunteer for and get involved with. Contact the Polson Field Office or call 402-507-8240.

Free meditation classes offered


ZOOM — Mission Mountain Zen is offering free online meditation classes. Please join the Mission Mountain Zen Center on Wednesdays, for an online meditation class led by Zen Teacher, Zenku. The classes are held from 6-7:30 p.m. For more information and a Zoom link to the class call Zenku at 847-721-0665 or email:


Polson museum open 7-days per week


POLSON — The Polson Flathead Lake Museum is located at 708 Main Street, Polson and is open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m.

Thursday, July 18

Go to ‘Baskerville’ comedy-mystery play


POLSON — Ken Ludwig’s raucous Sherlock Holmes spoof, “Baskerville” runs July 5 – 21. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. For reservations call 406-883-9212 or go to:


Tags:  Polson   Port Polson Players  

Library holds Donation Day


POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library’s Friends of the Library will hold a book donation day on Thursday, July 18, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. There is a limit of two boxes at a time. 


Rock the Dock Concert provides tunes


POLSON — Music starts at 7 p.m. at the KwaTaq Nuk Resort, 49708 US Highway 93 East, with “Kelley and Ben” providing the tunes. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.

Tags:  Highway 93   Polson  

Watch scuba, snorkel event


POLSON — Missoula Scuba and Snorkel will be at Mission Valley Aquatic Center from 10-11 a.m. as part of the North Lake County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. Visit or call 406-883-8225, for more information.

Friday, July 19

Good Old Days begins


ST. IGNATIUS —Good Old Days begins with the Little Mr. & Miss Good Old Days Pageant from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be adult and junior division dessert baking contests with a $100 adult prize and a $50 junior prize at 4 p.m. Unlimited entries and no entry fee. Everyone is then welcomed by the St. Ignatius Chamber to a barbecue meal, with gourmet burgers, all the fixings, fresh roasted beef, potato and macaroni salads, baked beans, fruit salad and dessert all for $17 per adult and $8 for children under 10, at the Good Old Days Park from 5-7 p.m. The farmers market takes place from 5-7 p.m. and from 5-9 p.m. look for Big Toys. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the St. Ignatius Amphitheater, Jeff Daniels and Western Front will provide family fun by performing classic country and rock music. 


Tags:  St. Ignatius   Good Old Days  

Listen at ‘Rock the Dock’ Concert


POLSON — Music starts at 7 p.m. at the KwaTaq Nuk Resort, 49708 US Highway 93 East, with “Black Cherry” providing the tunes. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.


Tags:  Polson   Highway 93  

Saturday, July 20

Festival of Art takes place


POLSON — The 9th annual Flathead Lake Festival of Art will take place Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21, at Sacajawea Park from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Join Cowboy Camp Sing-Along


POLSON — Get ready to sing-along to your favorite cowboy songs at the North Lake County Public Library on Saturday, July 20, at 2 p.m. It will be fun for the whole family. We will sing “Shenandoah,” “Cielito Lindo,” “Buffalo Gals,” “Streets of Laredo,” “Ghost Riders in the Sky,” “Cindy,” “Tumbling Tumbleweeds,” “Cool Water,” and more. Join this hootenanny and you won’t regret it: singing these beautiful songs together brings a sense of belonging, and a sense of home. Sing-Along Cowboy books will be available, so no one is left out. Rich will lead the sing-along with voice, guitar, and the occasional melodic riff. Rich will have books and CDs available for purchase at the performance. 


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