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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:



Saturday, April 20

Join the Flathead Lake Trail Project


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:


MV Choral Society presents a Spring Concert Weekend


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: or Facebook page. Direct contact can be made by calling 406-261-3304 or 406-260-6103. 


Pheasants Forever annual banquet held


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:


Sunday, April 21

Mission Valley Choral Society presents second concert


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: or Facebook page or by calling 406-261-3304.


Wednesday, April 24

Help prevent elder abuse


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// If you have questions email: or


Learn to meditate


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:


Page Turner’s Book Club gathers


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


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


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


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/


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:


Save The Date Events LLC


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:

Sunday, April 28

Sunday with Camo


KALISPELL — Join us on Sunday, April 28, 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 and witness him enjoy his weekly meal.No registration required for this drop-in program.


Tuesday, April 30

Learn all about choosing health


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.


Wednesday, May 1

‘Coffee is for the Birds’ educational event held


KALISPELL — On Wednesday, May 1, at 8 p.m. bird enthusiasts are invited to gather at the Lone Pine picnic shelter for a unique experience on International Dawn Chorus Day. Participants can enjoy a cup of coffee while immersing themselves in the melodies of the park’s birds. Set against the backdrop of the park, attendees will have the opportunity listen and identify various bird species as they serenade the morning with their enchanting calls. This program does not include hiking. Dress for being outdoors. Advance registration is required at 406-755-2706, ext. 0.


Learn to meditate


ZOOM — Mission Mountain Zen is offering free online meditation classes.  Please join the Mission Mountain Zen Center on Wednesday, May 1, and on subsequent Wednesdays from 6-7:30 p.m., This online meditation class is led by Zen Teacher, Zenku and includs meditation instruction, practice and discussion via Zoom. 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:

Mobile Memory Café held outside library


POLSON — On Wednesday, May 1, from 10:30-11:30 a.m., the Mobile Memory Cafe¢ will be parked next to the North Lake County Public Library. We are partnering with the Montana State University Extension office. The Mobile Memory Café engages in social activity and raising dementia awareness for people with early dementia and their care partner. To register for this free event, contact: Dan Koltz at MSU Extension 406-994-4351.

Thursday, May 2

Join 2024 Ronan Spring Clean up


RONAN — In Cooperation with Ronan Schools, Ronan Chamber of Commerce, the City of Ronan, and Republic Services, May 2 through May 9 Republic Services has donated the use of a large dumpster, it will be located across from the firehall at 210 Adams St. SW. The city will pick up large items on request if you call 406-676-4231 to schedule. Please, let’s all take advantage of this opportunity to clean up our town.

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