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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).


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:


Horsemen stay home for April

RONAN — Mission Valley Back Country Horsemen will not be holding their next monthly meeting in April due to the Covid-19 and CDC guidelines for social distancing and gatherings. Stay at home unless absolutely necessary and be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Stay safe.


Friday, December 1

Learn how to make cradleboard, yaya doll ornaments


ARLEE — The Arlee Community Development Corporation is offering a free youth art workshop for kids in grades three through eight on Friday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m.-noon. Indigenous artist Jenny Fisher will teach a class on making cradleboard and yaya doll ornaments. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited, so reserve your seat by calling 406-726-5550 or email: 


Polson holds ‘Parade of Lights’


POLSON — The Polson Montana Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual Parade of Lights on Friday, Dec. 1, beginning at 6 p.m. in downtown Polson.


Saturday, December 2

Festival of Trees held


MISSION VALLEY — It’s festival time, Festival of Trees that is. This will be our 23rd year in Polson, so mark your calendar for Saturday, Dec. 2. The festival generates funds for the Mission Valley Youth Foundation.                     

Wednesday, December 6

Commissioner Barron joins Chamber luncheon


POLSON — The Polson Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheons give you access to a network of community leaders. Join us at the KwaTaqNuk from noon to 1 p.m. for a taco bar luncheon ($13). 

These meetings help you promote your business and provides leads from interactions outside of the Chamber. This event helps to give insight to community wide issues and creates synergy and creative collaboration between neighboring businesses. 


Irrigators to meet


RONAN — Flathead Irrigation District will hold a November/December joint meeting on Dec. 6, at 1 p.m. at Mission West Community Development Partners, 407 Main Street SW. 

Join meditation class via Zoom


ZOOM — Mission Mountain Zen is offering free online meditation classes. Join the Mission Mountain Zen Center on Wednesdays, for an online meditation class led by Zen Teacher, Zenku. Class includes meditation instruction, practice and discussion via Zoom. 

The classes are held from 6-7:30 p.m. We will cultivate and deepen our centering skills and meditation practice during the class. 

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:


Thursday, December 7

Join ‘Busy Elves’ workshop held at SKC


PABLO — From 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec.7, in the Sherri McDonald Hospitality Room in the SKC gym, a family wellness event entitled “Busy Elves” will take place. This fun evening will include a light dinner (while supplies last), family crafts, door prizes and a photo booth.


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