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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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Sunday, April 14

Sunday with Camo

4/14/2024

KALISPELL — Join us on Sunday, April 14, for Sundays with Camo, an exploration into the world of our resident bull snake, Camo. Discover the unique characteristics and behaviors of these slithery inhabitants as we observe Camo and witness him enjoy his weekly meal, offering a glimpse into the life of these misunderstood creatures. No registration required for this drop-in program.

 

Tuesday, April 16

Learn about computer file management

4/16/2024

POLSON — Are you tired of sifting through endless digital clutter? Do you struggle to find important files when you need them most? On Tuesday, April 16, from 2-3 p.m. at the North Lake County Public Library learn how to better manage your computer files, practices that will significantly improve the security of your digital assests. 

Learn all about choosing health

4/16/2024

POLSON — Families First and the Mission Valley Youth Foundation will show students in grades 6-8 how to cook, set healthy goals and play fun games in an after-school class in Mrs. Dunford’s room. Food, fun and fitness will take place from 3:45-5:15 p.m. on six Tuesdays. Sign up at the office. Spots are limited.

Training held on responding to sexual assault

4/16/2024

PABLO — On Tuesday, April 16, at Salish Kootenai College from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. “Responding to Sexual Assault: A Community Training” will take place. This training is for criminal justice and community agencies who work with, serve, and provide services to victims of sexual assault. Online registration at: https://forms.office.com/g/LFXii2ardr or visit: dojmt.gov. 

For more information contact MaryAnderson@mt.gov or call 406-444-5296.

Wednesday, April 17

Learn to meditate

4/17/2024

OOM — Mission Mountain Zen is offering free online meditation classes on Wednesdays, with an online meditation class led by Zen Teacher, Zenku via Zoom. The classes will be each Wednesday from 6-7:30 pm. 

For more information and a Zoom link to the class call Zenku at 847-721-0665 .

 

TAG to make ‘Rainy Day Art’

4/17/2024

POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library’s TAG (Teen Advisory Group) will make some Rainy Day Art on the sidewalks around the library at 12:30 p.m. on April 17.

 

Thursday, April 18

Come to the ‘Navigating the Road to Life Transition Fair’

4/18/2024

POLSON — On Thursday, April 18, from 8:30-2 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club this event is to bring together anyone who has a disability, is a guardian/caretaker, and the agencies who serve them. This is open to students, parents, community, agencies, colleges and more. 

For registration and further information email Kris Kelly at:kkelly@polson.k12.mt.us or 406-883-6351 x 206.

Donate Books at the library

4/18/2024

POLSON— Book Donation Day has arrived. You are welcome to bring donations that day from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. There is a limit of two boxes at a time. Our Friends of the Library have taken over management of our donation program and have set the third Thursday of each month as “Donation Day.”  

Please refer to our Materials Donation Policy on our website for more information. 

Join Story Time at the library

4/18/2024

POLSON — Story Time begins at 10 a.m. at the North Lake County Public Library. Guest musician will be Rachel Veelle during this session.

 Story Time is geared toward kindergarten readiness, ages 3-5, but everyone is welcome. We read books, make crafts, and play games. 

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to join in this interactive program. 

 

SPLASH in Polson

4/18/2024

POLSON — The Polson Chamber of Commerce is excited to cohost SPLASH (Support Polson Late Afternoon Social Hour) with St. Luke Community Clinic on April 18, at 5 p.m., located at 104 Rufus Lane. Join us at SPLASH for appetizers, drinks, and a prize drawing.

 

Friday, April 19

Fun to be had at 32nd annual Cowboy Ball

4/19/2024

POLSON — No-host cocktails and a silent auction begin at 5:30 on Friday, April 19, to start off the annual Cowboy Ball. A prime rib dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. along with a live auction at 7:30 p.m. The evening ends with dancing to sho down following the live auction. For donations and information call 406-883-1100. Tickets are $75 each and sold at 219 Main in Polson, Muley Bluz in Ronan, from any fair board member or Mission Mountain Meadows Resort at Lake Mary Ronan.

 

Join Arlee CDC Teen Art Project

4/19/2024

ARLEE — There is still room … High school students in Arlee are invited to join the Teen Art Project (TAP) sponsored by the Arlee Community Development Corporation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Missoula Art Museum. Students will meet at the Arlee CDC on Fridays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. from April 19 to June 20 to collaborate on creating public artwork. The program is free for Arlee teens, with pizza and art materials provided at each session. To register or for more information, call 406-726-5550 or email Cameron Decker at: camdecker1@gmail.com.

Register to join Arlee Teen Art Project

4/19/2024

ARLEE — High school students in Arlee are invited to join the Teen Art Project (TAP) sponsored by the Arlee Community Development Corporation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Missoula Art Museum. Students will meet at the Arlee CDC on Fridays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. from April 19 to June 20 to collaborate on creating public artwork. 

The program is free for Arlee teens, with pizza and art materials provided at each session. To register or for more information, call 406-726-5550 or email Cameron Decker at: camdecker1@gmail.com.

 

Saturday, April 20

Join the Flathead Lake Trail Project

4/20/2024

BIGFORK — On April 20, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the West Shore Unit of Flathead Lake State Park we are calling for volunteers in our first public trail project of the 2024 season. Volunteers will assist with the scarification and revegetation of trails in the state park to encourage visitors to stay on the main trails. In the process, participants will learn how to maintain trails to prevent degradation from happening in the future. Volunteers will need sturdy closed toed shoes, long pants, weather appropriate clothing, water, and snacks. The suggested age to participate is 12 and older. Space is limited to 20-30 volunteers to avoid overcrowding the park trails, so please register to attend this event by calling the Flathead Lake Ranger Station at 406-837-3041, or email: kalle.fox@mt.gov.

 

MV Choral Society presents a Spring Concert Weekend

4/20/2024

ST. IGNATIUS — Mission Valley Choral Society’s Spring Concert Weekend begins with a concert at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, at the St. Ignatius Mission. 

The 30-plus voice community choir, directed by Cathy Gillhouse, will present an 11-piece program that includes classical, contemporary sacred, spiritual, gospel, barbershop and American folk songs. The choir, which has existed in the county since the 1960s, brings a diverse group together united to bring joy through music. The concert is free and open to all. A free-will offering will be taken on Saturday to help the choir with music expenses. Information is available on the MVCS web site: missionvalleychoralsociety.org or Facebook page. Direct contact can be made by calling 406-261-3304 or 406-260-6103. 

 

Pheasants Forever annual banquet held

4/20/2024

RONAN — The annual Pheasants Forever banquet will be held at 5 p.m. at the Ronan Community Center, 300 Third Ave. NW. Tickets are $60, which includes an annual PF membership, a meal ticket and $20 in free raffle tickets. Couple tickets are $85 and youth tickets are $10. For tickets go to: pfqf.myeventscenter.com

 

Sunday, April 21

Mission Valley Choral Society presents second concert

4/21/2024

POLSON — Mission Valley Choral Society’s Spring Concert Weekend begins present a concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 21, in Polson at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. The concert is free and open to all. The Sunday free-will offering and ham and scalloped potatoes meal served following the concert will benefit Helping Hands of Mission Valley. Information is available on the MVCS web site: missionvalleychoralsociety.org or Facebook page or by calling 406-261-3304.

 

Wednesday, April 24

Help prevent elder abuse

4/24/2024

POLSON — On Wednesday, April 24, from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the KwaTaqNuk, CSKT and DHRD will hold the first annual Elder Abuse Prevention Conference. This conference is for elders, and elder caregivers Lunch will be provided, and vendors will there along with incentive giveaways. Topics include, keeping your prescriptions safe, fall and abuse prevention, elder abuse and what to do, financial abuse and dealing with combative behaviors. Registration closes on Wednesday, April 17. Space is limited and you just register to attend. Go to: https//cskt.info/3xlwNsG. If you have questions email: Jamie.cahoon@cskthealth.org or diane.matt@cskt.org.

 

Learn to meditate

4/24/2024

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, including meditation instruction, practice, and discussion via Zoom. The classes will be each Wednesday from 6-7:30 pm, Mountain Time. We will cultivate and deepen our centering skills and meditation practice during the class.  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.

 

Page Turner’s Book Club gathers

4/24/2024

POLSON — The Page Turner’s Book Club will meet from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the North Lake County Public Library on Wednesday, April 24, at the North Lake County Public Library. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White will be read and discussed.

 

Thursday, April 25

Join Story Time at the library

4/25/2024

POLSON — Story Time begins at 10 a.m. at the North Lake County Public Library. We will discuss fmail during this session. Story Time is geared toward kindergarten readiness, ages 3-5, but everyone is welcome. We read books, make crafts, and play games. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to join in this interactive program. 

 

Friday, April 26

John Roberts y Pan Blanco to perform

4/26/2024

POLSON — Mission Valley Live will presents an original-sounding ensemble of musicians playing funk, soul, salsa, orchestral, West African and Jazz on Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m., at Polson High School. Children ages under 18 are free. Adult tickets at the door are $15.

 

 

Tribal Health recipients’ outreach event

4/26/2024

HOT SPRINGS — Join us in the Hot Springs School multipurpose room from 3-5:30 p.m. while the Tribal Healthcare Resource Team assists you and your family in completing and submitting your application for Medicaid, HMK or CHIP. Bring a valid ID, income verification (last 30 days), birth certificate for newborns. Completing the application process enters your name into a raffle for big prizes including: 43” Roku Smart TV, adult bicycle with helmet, or a child’s bicycle with helmet.

 

Saturday, April 27

Join free Buttercup Run/

4/27/2024

ARLEE — Friends of Arlee School, Inc. is teaming up with CSKT Tribal health to continue the much-loved Buttercup Run. This year will be a transition year as the baton is being passed to CSKT Tribal Health. The timed race will be back in 2025 and it will still benefit the same great cause. The 1-mile, 5-K, 10-K Free Fun Run will begin at 10 a.m. at the Arlee Community Fitness Center. Register at: forms.office.com/r/hTTmgMPLv5.

 

Save The Date Events LLC

4/27/2024

All Traders Market will be held at Polson Red Lion Ridgewater Inn & Suites. This is where you can find all your needs for all occasions from local home businesses who work hard to create and provide something for everyone. Held on the fourth Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. If you are interested in setting up a booth with us, please email for more information: SaveTheDateEventsLLC23@gmail.com

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