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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: fwp.mt.gov/stateparks/lone-pine 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: helpinghandsfund1@gmail.com. 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: Jerry.Smyers@gmail.com.

 

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Monday, November 27

Join early learning time at the library

11/27/2023

POLSON — Mondays mean Mother Goose. 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.

 

Tuesday, November 28

Learn photography basics

11/28/2023

POLSON — On Tuesday, Nov. 28, come learn photography basics taught by long-time Polson portrait photographer, Eden Bryant. Learn what is in a photographer’s tool kit, what settings to use, getting a good feel for your camera. 

Bring your own camera, any kind will do. Join us on Nov. 28, from 6-8 p.m. at Nova Vento Entertainment. Cost of class registration is $35. Paypal: secondwind@slashcomma.com Venmo: https://account.venmo.com/u/novaventoentertainment Questions, contact Jessica at: jessica@novavento.com or 406-350-1332. 

 

Wednesday, November 29

Join meditation class via Zoom

11/29/2023

ZOOM — Mission Mountain Zen offers free online meditation classes on Wednesdays. 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 at: Jerry.Smyers@gmail.com.

Library holds Page Turners’ Youth Book Club

11/29/2023

POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library will hold Page Turners’ Youth Book Club on Nov. 29 at 3 p.m. They will be reading “Pie,” by Sara Weeks. Stop by and pick up your book early in the month and come ready to share. Also, we’ll be making and eating some pie, so be sure to bring your appetite as well.

St. Ignatius holds carnival at high school

11/29/2023

ST. IGNATIUS — At 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, a Holiday Carnival will be held at St. Ignatius High School. 

The event will include carnival games, kids’ raffle, face painting, crafts, an ugly Christmas sweater contest, and a Christmas movie. 

There will be a Christmas tree lighting at Gariepy Park at 5:30 p.m. and the annual Parade of Lights will take place at 6 p.m. at the Good Old Days Park. 

The evening will include a chili feed, a raffle and live reindeer.

 

Friday, December 1

Learn how to make cradleboard, yaya doll ornaments

12/1/2023

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: info@arleecdc.org 

 

Polson holds ‘Parade of Lights’

12/1/2023

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

12/2/2023

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

12/6/2023

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

12/6/2023

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

12/6/2023

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: Jerry.Smyers@gmail.com.

 

Thursday, December 7

Join ‘Busy Elves’ workshop held at SKC

12/7/2023

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.

 

Story Time held on Thursdays at library

12/7/2023

POLSON — At 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 16th Ave. E, (temporary location), read about snowmen.

 

Friday, December 8

Light up Ronan

12/8/2023

RONAN — Join your neighbors for the Ronan Parade of Lights, sponsored by Ronan Chamber of Commerce, on Friday, Dec. 8. Parade line up begins at 5:30 p.m. behind St. Luke Hospital. The parade begins at 6 p.m. Candy available on Main Street only. The Holiday Treasures drawings will take place after the parade at the Visitors’ Center.

 

Next Pachyderm meeting planned

12/8/2023

POLSON — The next Pachyderm meeting will take place on Friday, Dec. 8, at noon at the Polson Rural Fire Station, 25 Regatta Road. Our guest speaker for this meeting will be the Lake County School Superintendent, Carolyn Hall.  Carolyn will be educating us about the new laws that were passed by the last Montana State Legislature that will bring changes to our schools and what those changes will look like going forward. Carolyn will also be available to answer any questions you may have.  

 

Saturday, December 9

‘Annie Jr. The Musical’ performed at PHS

12/9/2023

POLSON — Join us for an unforgettable evening of joy, laughter, and toe-tapping tunes at “Annie Jr. The Musical” at Polson High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. Prepare to be mesmerized by the talented performers from Polson Middle School and Polson High School as they bring the beloved story of little orphan Annie to life on stage. With catchy songs like “Tomorrow” and “It’s a Hard Knock Life,” this musical extravaganza promises to captivate audiences of all ages. Whether you’re a fan of the original Broadway production or new to the story, this live performance will leave you with a smile and a song. So, mark your calendars and get ready to experience the magic of Annie Jr. The Musical in person. Adult tickets are $10. Student, senior, veteran tickets are $8 online or at the door.

 

Sunday, December 10

‘Annie Jr. The Musical’ performed at PHS

12/10/2023

POLSON — Join us for an unforgettable evening of joy, laughter, and toe-tapping tunes at “Annie Jr. The Musical” at Polson High School Auditorium at 2 p.m. Prepare to be mesmerized by the talented performers from Polson Middle School and Polson High School as they bring the beloved story of little orphan Annie to life on stage. With catchy songs like “Tomorrow” and “It’s a Hard Knock Life,” this musical extravaganza promises to captivate audiences of all ages. Whether you’re a fan of the original Broadway production or new to the story, this live performance will leave you with a smile and a song. So mark your calendars and get ready to experience the magic of Annie Jr. The Musical in person. Adult tickets are $10. Student, senior, veteran tickets are $8 online or at the door.

Everyone welcome to candle lighting memorial service

12/10/2023

POLSON — The Lake Funeral Home, Shrider Thompson Funeral Home, Partners in Home Care/Hospice and Providence St. Joseph Medical Center invite everyone to a Candle Lighting Memorial Service on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. This event will take place at The Lake Funeral Home, 101 6th Ave. E. If you have ever lost someone special, join our afternoon gathering to light a candle in their memory. This warm ceremony will help you remember them in a uniquely personal way during this holiday season. Open to all families who have lost loved ones. For a time of remembrance and reflection. Refreshment will be served.

 

Fundraiser takes place at Ronan Coop Brewery

12/10/2023

RONAN — On Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Ronan Coop Brewery, a Kokua Maui fundraiser will take place to help with their Maui Ohana. Enjoy Hawaiian pulled pork sandos with pineapple slaw and a selection of tropical sweets. Music by the Late Bloomers will feature the ukulele.

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