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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, February 27

Mother Goose provides fun, learning


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. 

It is important that all children attending have an opportunity for appropriate, safe play for their age.  

Wednesday, March 1

Chamber luncheon held


POLSON — The Polson Chamber of Commerce will hold their monthly luncheon meeting at the KwaTaqNuk Resort at noon on Wednesday, March 1.

Free online meditation classes offered


ZOOM — Join the Mission Mountain Zen Center on Wednesday, Feb. 15, for an online meditation class 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


Thursday, March 2

Tax assistance available


POLSON — The Polson Senior Citizen Center will provide tax assistance on Mondays and Thursdays by appointment until April 14. Call 4068834735 to make an appointment. 

Friday, March 3

Annual Polson Booster Club fundraiser held


POLSON —  On Friday, March 3, the annual Polson Booster fundraiser will be held at the Mission Valley Elks Lodge. The evening will begin with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. At 7:30 p.m. the live auction, golden pint drawing, team basket auction, a dessert auction and a 50/50 drawing events will begin. Tickets are $35 or you can purchase a family ticket by contacting a Booster Club member, emailing: or calling 406-250-3021.

Saturday, March 4

Freezin’ for a reason


POLSON —  Join your local law enforcement officers, Special Olympic athletes and volunteers to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Montana. Register at:  Too chicken to plunge? You can still get in on the fun by signing up to help – go to:

Monday, March 6

Visit with local MT legislators


RONAN — Put March 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the Ronan Community Center on your calendar for a legislative update. It will be hosted by Northwest Counties Farm Bureau in conjunction with the Lake County Commissioners and the Lake County Democrat and Republican Central committees.  Hoping everyone will come visit with our local Montana legislators.

Tuesday, March 7

Horsemen to meet


Mission Valley Backcountry Horsemen is having their next monthly meeting on March 7 at 7 p.m. at the VFW in Ronan.  

There will be discussions about the recent Rally For Public Lands that took place in Helena at our Capitol building, and the upcoming celebration/convention about Back Country Horsemen celebrating 50 years of service at the Majestic Arena in Kalispell April 14-16. Raffle tickets can be bought during our meeting on March 7. For more information go to:  There will be something for everyone at this convention.  

Everyone is welcome.

Wednesday, March 8

Check out spring Job Fair


POLSON — The Lake County spring Job Fair will take place on Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Red Lion Inn and Suites. 

Leon Hall Community Potluck held


CHARLO — Leon Hall Community Potluck will be held on Wednesday, March 8, at Leon Hall, 35964 Leon Road. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. and at 6 p.m. you can line up for pot luck supper.  Open to those in the Mission Valley looking for a low key social evening. 


Meditation class offered


ZOOM — Mission Mountain Zen is offering free online meditation classes on Wednesdays. from 6-7:30 p.m. For a Zoom link to the class call Zenku at 847-721-0665.


Thursday, March 9

Ninepipes Museum opens


CHARLO — Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana is open to the public. March and April early spring hours are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. 5 p.m., with tour groups by appointment only on Tuesdays through Saturdays. Check out the new merchandise and enjoy a walk on our nature trail. Sign up for our monthly e-news updates by sending us your name and email address to:, calling 406-644-3435, or by stopping in.


Friday, March 10

Clarinet, guitar duo to entertain


RONAN — Mission Valley Live presents Jaca, a clarinet and guitar duo that will entertain attendees on Friday, March 10 at 7 p.m. in the Ronan Performing Arts Center. This duo combines classical and world music to bring an adventurous, passionate and original musical style to the stage. Go to: for more information.


Polson Ice Rink benefit held


POLSON — Glacier Brewing, 6 Tenth Ave. E, will host a benefit for the Mission Valley Ice Rink, from 6-8 p.m. The event will feature the Montana ShamRockers, have raffle prizes, a silent auction and 

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