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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:



Wednesday, March 29

Craft circle gathers in St. Ignatius


ST. IGNATIUS — The Three Chiefs Cultural Center, 77579 U.S. Highway 93, is the site of a craft circle held on Fridays from 1-4 p.m. Bring your favorite craft and join in. There are often featured guest artists and crafts people. Watch their Facebook page:


Free online meditation classes offered


ZOOM — Mission Mountain Zen is offering free online meditation classes on Wednesday, March 29, and on subsequent Wednesdays from 6-7:30 p.m. Call Zenku at 847-721-0665 or email him at:

Night School Jazz Jam offered


RONAN — The Western Montana Musicians Cooperative will be offering a Night School Jazz Jam hosted by Lee Whalen from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on March 29. The Co-op is located at 1 Eisenhower St SW in Ronan. Email for more information.


Friday, March 31

Free 'Defining Domains of Wellness in Selfcare' training held


PABLO — On Friday, March 31, from noon 3 p.m. SAFE Harbor, 63506 U.S. Highway 93, Teresa Nygaard will present "Defining Domains of Wellness in Selfcare."What does it mean to feel well? There is no simple answer to this question because there are different aspects of feeling healthy or well for each individual. It’s not just about the absence of illness or stress, it’s so much more based on one’s life. The facilitator and participants will look at the domains of health and wellness. Each participant will have the opportunity to create their own selfcare diagram and plan.

Credits are available.

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



Open mic night


RONAN — The Western Montana Musicians Cooperative will be hosting an open mic/open jam session from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on March 24 that will be hosted by The Wildflowers. The Co-op is located at 1 Eisenhower St SW in Ronan. Email for more information

Saturday, April 1

Hunt for Easter eggs


RONAN — Mission Mountain Enterprises will host an Easter Egg hunt at the Ronan Fairgrounds at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 1. Children will hunt for eggs in the following age groups: 0-3 years, 4-6 years, 7-9 years and 10-12 years. Come have some fun. If you have questions call Gayle at 406-676-2727 or email: No dogs allowed.

Trail maintenance on horsemen meeting agenda


RONAN — Mission Valley Back Country Horsemen will have their next monthly meeting on April 4, at 7 p.m. at the VFW on Round Butte Rd. We will have a discussion with the Forest Service about trail maintenance projects for this year. We will also have a discussion about 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 April 4. For more information go to: 

Two weekend end concerts planned


MISSION VALLEY — The Mission Valley Choral Society Palm Sunday weekend concerts are scheduled for 1 p.m., Saturday, April 1, at the Mission in St. Ignatius and at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 2, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. A meal will be served in the church basement immediately following the Sunday concert. The 90-minute concerts are free and welcoming to all. Free-will offerings will be taken at each concert. 

For information, contact 406-261-3304 or 406-370-2076.


Monday, April 3

Monday means 'Mother Goose’ at the library


POLSON — North Lake County Public Library’s Mother Goose program is geared toward ages 0 to 3, but all are welcome. We encourage parents to participate with their children for this early learning time. The doors will open at 9 a.m. Remember the library has moved to their temporary location: Polson United Methodist Church, 301 16th Ave. E.

Wednesday, April 5

Free ‘Food Formulation’ workshop held


RONAN — Mission West Community Development Partners, 407 Main St. SW, is offering a free workshop titled, “Food Formulation,” on Wednesday, April 5, from 9 a.m.- noon and afternoon sessions from 12:30-4:30 p.m. The afternoon sessions consist of one-on-one confidential meetings. Register for in-person or virtual attendance by going to Product development food scientists from Oregon State University’s Food Innovation Center will provide this workshop concerning a diverse range of food product categories including sauces, beverages, bars, baked products, and more.

Free online meditation classes offered


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


Friday, April 7

Open Mic Jam held


RONAN — 7-9 p.m. Come on down to open mic for your chance to take the stage and share your talents. We’ll have an open jam once everyone has had a chance to take the stage. Open to the public, and listeners are welcome, too. Check out our talented members at the Red Poppy building at 1 Eisenhower St SW, Ronan. Check us out on our web page for announcements, events calendar and more at:


Saturday, April 8

Community Jam held


RONAN — From 7-10 p.m. and hosted by Sid Seay and Keryl Lozar, Saturdays are jam night at the Western Montana Musicians Co-op! Stop by at the Red Poppy building at 1 Eisenhower St. SW. Everyone is welcome. The community jam is free. 


Two Easter egg hunts planned in Mission


ST. IGNATIUS — The St. Ignatius Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. on the Mission High School football field on Saturday, April1. Children will be grouped according to age with younger children going first. The second Easter egg hunt will take place between noon and 2 p.m. at the Christian Church.

Sunday, April 9

Four Easter morning events planned


ST. IGNATIUS — Four events for Easter Morning, April 9, are on the schedule for the Mission Valley United Methodist Church on the top of Post Creek Hill. For early risers, a Sunrise Easter Service will be held at Ninepipes Restaurant at 6:45 a.m. All are welcome to this event. Wear a warm jacket. At 8 a.m., worship will begin in the sanctuary of the United Methodist Church followed by an Easter Brunch in the Fellowship Hall at 9 a.m. All are invited.

The 10 a.m. service will be held following brunch. After the 10 a.m. service children from 0-12 years old hunt for Easter eggs.




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