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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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Saturday, April 15

Community Jam held

4/15/2023

RONAN — 7-10 p.m. and hosted by Doug Ruhman. Saturdays are jam night at the Western Montana Musicians Co-op! Stop by and check out our talented members at the Red Poppy building at 1 Eisenhower St SW, Ronan. Come to listen or come to play - everyone is welcome.

 

Get ready for Buttercup Run

4/15/2023

Buttercup Run 1M run or walk 5K run or walk 10K run or walk Half marathon Run All ages To register go to www.buttercuprun.org

Sunday, April 16

Rock the Missions High School Jam

4/16/2023

RONAN — 7-9 p.m. and hosted by Dylan Schock. A jam for high school students only! Bring your own instrument or we have several available for you to play. Come to listen or come to play at 1 Eisenhower St SW, Ronan. We are a member-based, member-funded Co-op. 

 

Monday, April 17

Monday means ‘Mother Goose’ at the library

4/17/2023

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.

 

Tuesday, April 18

‘Great Futures’ luncheon held at Boys & Girls Club

4/18/2023

POLSON — Join the Boys & Girls Club in Polson, 110 17th Ave. W, for a luncheon, a “Great Futures” presentation, tours & exhibits on Tuesday, April 18, at noon. Meet the kids, see the club and discover what’s to come.

 

Wednesday, April 19

Drum Circle

4/19/2023

RONAN — 7-9 p.m. and hosted by Doug Ruhman. Join Doug Ruhman for an evening of rhythm and fun. Open to all drummers, percussionists. Come join us at 1 Eisenhower St SW, Ronan. All percussion is welcome. 

Free online meditation classes offered

4/19/2023

ZOOM — Mission Mountain Zen is offering free online meditation classes on Wednesdays, led by Zen Teacher, Zenku, 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: Jerry.Smyers@gmail.com.

 

 

Help clean up

4/19/2023

RONAN — Join community members as they partner with Ronan High School students and Ronan City Hall to clean up the town. From litter patrol to larger projects, this one-day event is sure to leave you smiling as you help beautiful our town. 

 

Thursday, April 20

Discover ‘Things that Go’ at library’s Story Time

4/20/2023

POLSON — “Things that Go” will be the theme for Story Time on Thursday, April 20, at 9:15 a.m. at North Lake County Public Library’s temporary location: Polson United Methodist Church, 301 16th Ave. E.

 

Learn about foraging for mushrooms

4/20/2023

ZOOM — Dr. Cathy Cripps will present “Foraging for Mushrooms” via Zoom from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 20. This presentation is brought to you by the North Lake County Public Library. This event is open to all. Register at: tinyurl.com/mushroomMT

 

Friday, April 21

Have fun at Cowboy Ball

4/21/2023

POLSON — Friday, April 21, is the date  for this very popular western themed event, the Cowboy Ball. It takes place at the Polson Fairgrounds facility, inside a very large heated tent. Don’t miss the fun; great prime rib buffet dinner, catered bar, live and silent auctions, along with great dancing music following the live auction. Donations for the live & silent auctions are welcome. Tickets from PFI board members. Call 406-883-1100, for more information.

 

Open Mic Jam held

4/21/2023

RONAN — 7-9 p.m. and hosted by The Late Bloomers. 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. Whether you’re a musician, performer, poet, comedian or just love live music, the Western Montana Musicians Cooperative is for you. Stop by tonight and check out our talented members at the Red Poppy building at 1 Eisenhower St SW, Ronan. Interested in becoming a WMMC member? Want to know more about us and membership benefits? Check us out on our web page for announcements, events calendar and more at: www.mtmusic.org

 

Saturday, April 22

Community Jam on tap

4/22/2023

RONAN — Saturdays are jam night at the Western Montana Musicians Co-op from 7-10 p.m. Stop by and check out our talented members at the Red Poppy building at 1 Eisenhower St SW, Ronan. Come to listen or come to play - everyone is welcome. We are a member-based, member-funded Co-op. The community jam is free, however for non-members donations are gratefully accepted and appreciated.

 

Free 'Defining Domains of Wellness in Selfcare' training held

4/22/2023

PABLO — On Friday, March 31, from noon 3 p.m. at Salish Kootenai College, 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 helpinghandsfund1@gmail.com. Registration confirmation will be sent within seven days.

 

Free ‘Utilizing Aces & Trauma Informed Care' training held

4/22/2023

RONAN — On Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at SAFE Harbor, 63506 U.S. Highway 93, Teresa Nygaard will present “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 wrong with you?” and begin asking “what’s happened 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 registration is required. To register, send name, email, and contact number to helpinghandsfund1@gmail.com. Registration confirmation will be sent within seven days.

 

Pheasants Forever holds 34th banquet

4/22/2023

RONAN — On Saturday, April 22, the doors open at 5 p.m. at the Ronan Community Center for the 34th annual Pheasants Forever banquet. Cocktails will be available for purchase along with game and raffle tickets and both a live and silent auction will take place. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to purchase raffle tickets online at: pfqf.myeventcenter.com/event/Mission-Valley-Annual-Banquet-73038 or by calling 208-816-1425. Membership and dinner for one is $60, for a couple $85, under 18 years old $25, and under 12 years old $10.

 

Support Dixon School at the Annual Bison Stampede

4/22/2023

Support Dixon School at the Annual Bison Stampede 5K/10K/1 mile fun run & Pancake Breakfast! Registration starts at 8, first race starts at 9 a.m. This is a fundraiser for campus improvements. Register now at www.dixonschool.org or call 406-246-3566 with questions.

Sunday, April 23

Free cooking classes offered

4/23/2023

ARLEE — The Arlee Community Development Corporation is offering free cooking classes on April 23, 30 and May 7 from 2-4 p.m. at the Arlee Indian Senior Center. Residents of the Arlee School District are welcome to attend these classes taught by Chef Addie Steele. Students will use their new skills to help prepare a community dinner to be served May 8 at the Arlee Indian Senior Center. Space in these classes is limited to eight participants, so call 406-726-5550 or email: info@arleecdc.org to reserve your spot. Sponsored by the Arlee CDC and No Child Hungry Share our Strength. 

 

Wednesday, April 26

Free online meditation classes offered

4/26/2023

ZOOM — Mission Mountain Zen is offering free online meditation classes on Wednesdays led by Zen Teacher, Zenku, 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: Jerry.Smyers@gmail.com.

 

Irrigators to meet

4/26/2023

RONAN — The Flathead Irrigation District’s monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 26, at 1 p.m. at Mission West Community Development Partners, 407 Main Street SW. The meeting is upstairs and an elevator is available.

Irrigators to meet

4/26/2023

RONAN — The Flathead Irrigation District’s monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 26, at 1 p.m. at Mission West Community Development Partners, 407 Main Street SW. The meeting is upstairs and an elevator is available. 

Night School Jazz Jam set

4/26/2023

RONAN — 8-11 p.m. and hosted by Lee Whalen. Whether you’re a musician, performer, poet, comedian or just love live music, the Western Montana Musicians Co-op is for you! Always free but donations are most appreciated. 

Bring your Real Books r photocopied lead sheets (consider bringing 3x to share around, yeah?), and let’s put some glide in your stride, some swang in your thang, and a hep in your step at the first jam dedicated to jazz music at the Red Poppy at 1 Eisenhower St SW, Ronan.

Thursday, April 27

Learn about birds

4/27/2023

POLSON — Stacey Hautanen from public health will be the special guest on Thursday, April 27, at North Lake County Public Library’s Story Time at 9:15 a.m. Remember the library is at a temporary location: Polson United Methodist Church, 301 16th Ave. E.

 

Friday, April 28

Open Mic Jam

4/28/2023

RONAN — 7-9 p.m. and hosted by The Wildflowers. 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. Whether you’re a musician, performer, poet, comedian or just love live music, the Western Montana Musicians Cooperative is for you. Stop by tonight 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: www.mtmusic.org

 

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