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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 28

Sunday with Camo

4/28/2024

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

4/30/2024

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.

 

Wednesday, May 1

‘Coffee is for the Birds’ educational event held

5/1/2024

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

5/1/2024

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: Jerry.Smyers@gmail.com.

Mobile Memory Café held outside library

5/1/2024

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

5/2/2024

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.

Saturday, May 4

Learn how to avoid scammers, more

5/4/2024

POLSON — On Saturday, May 4, from 1-3 p.m. the North Lake County Public Library will present in their community room: “Fraud Prevention: Protecting Yourself from Scams, Phishing & Social Engineering.” Need to understand how to protect yourself and your private information? Want to know how to avoid being a victim of identity theft? This class is for you. This informative class will help you understand what types of electronic threats are out there and will detail common techniques used by scammers. Polson Police Chief George Simpson, Polson’s IT Director, Adam Reed, and our Digital Services Clerk, Brycen, will teach this class together.  

Mobile Memory Café held outside library

5/4/2024

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.

 

 

Ninepipes Museum summer hours and First Saturday Event announced

5/4/2024

NINEPIPES — Ninepipes Museum is now open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10-5 and invites the public to a First Saturday Event on May 4. From 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. there will be book signing and art.  Live Music will be played from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet stained glass artist Sony Moore and writer Cheri Browne, author of “Letters Home, A Small Slice of Jette Family History.”  Enjoy heavenly music by the Flathead Flute Choir while enjoying light refreshments. Enter our season fundraising raffles for outdoor exhibit restoration: Choose either or both of two raffle items: a wool Pendleton blanket and a beautiful birch bark basket handcrafted by Jan Kauffman stuffed with great items, (including a copy of “The Shining Mountains,” a historical fiction based on the life of Angus McDonald.)

 

Run for MMIP Awareness

5/4/2024

PABLO — Come rain or shine the second annual MMIP Awareness 5K Walk/Run will take place on Friday, May 4, from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the SKC Silver Fox Golf Course and the Joe McDonald Health and Fitness Center. Registration from 9-10 a.m.; welcome ceremony and testimonies between 10-11 a.m. and the walk/run starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m. A closing ceremony from 12:30-1 p.m. Volunteers are needed. Vendors are welcome with no fee but must be approved. All inquiries go to: erin.rumelhart@providence.org

 

Monday, May 6

Learn how to plant a garden

5/6/2024

ARLEE — The Arlee Community Development Corporation is hosting a Gardening 101 class on Monday, May 6, from 6-8 p.m. Learn about garden soils, how to prepare a garden bed, and what to plant and when. Refreshments will be served, and participants will plant seeds in pots to take home. To register, email: patrick.mangan@montana.edu or call 406-210-9843. For more information, see the Arlee CDC website at: arleecdc.org

 

Tuesday, May 7

Learn all about choosing health

5/7/2024

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.

 

Wednesday, May 8

Join 2024 Ronan Spring Cleanup

5/8/2024

RONAN — In Cooperation with Ronan Schools, Ronan Chamber of Commerce, the City of Ronan, and through May 9 Republic Services has donated the use of a large dumpster, it will be located across from the Ronan Fire Hall 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.

Join Clean Up! Green Up!

5/8/2024

POLSON — For the rest of the month of May, Polson Community Cleans Up will take place. Bring your own bags and equipment to clean-up when and where you choose. All are needed to help. 

Transit meeting held

5/8/2024

PABLO — The Lake County Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC)will hold their quarterly meeting on Wednesday, May 8, at 11 a.m. at CSKT Transit Center, 52001 Quicksilver Road in Pablo.

 

Transportation Committee to meet

5/8/2024

PABLO — The Lake County Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC)will hold their quarterly meeting on Wednesday, May 8, at 11 a.m. at CSKT Transit Center, 52001 Quicksilver Road in Pablo.

Thursday, May 9

Learn about recreating safely in bear country

5/9/2024

KALISPELL — Join Justine Vallieres on Thursday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m. FWP bear and mountain lion conflict management specialist, for an evening program about recreating safely in bear country. The session will include instruction on bear spray and other information necessary for responsible outdoor adventures. Advance registration is required at 406-755-2706, ext. 0.

 

Join friends at Masumola Club

5/9/2024

POLSON — Please join hosts Penny and Chuck Jarecki and Colleen and Ron Bone on May 9 at the Masumola Club.  This is a potluck dinner with social hour beginning at 5:45 p.m. Please remember your dishes, silverware and a dish to pass (a beverage of your choice is a good idea as well): Suggested food distribution: A–H salad or veggie; I –O hot dish; P-Z dessert. See you at the Masumola Clubhouse on May 9.

Learn about recreating safely in bear country

5/9/2024

KALISPELL — Join Justine Vallieres on Thursday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m. FWP bear and mountain lion conflict management specialist, for an evening program about recreating safely in bear country. The session will include instruction on bear spray and other information necessary for responsible outdoor adventures. 

Advance registration is required at 406-755-2706, ext. 0.

 

Friday, May 10

Enjoy free Theodore Roosevelt presentation CANCELLED

5/10/2024

Free Theodore Roosevelt presentation CANCELLED

5/10/2024

POLSON — The presentation planned for Friday, May 10, from 1–2 p.m. at North Lake County Public Library, Mission Valley Live has been cancelled. 

Join the launch of the Homeschool Advisory Group

5/10/2024

POLSON — The Homeschool Parents Advisory Group will launch on Friday, May 10, from 10-11 a.m.  This group is for parents interested in brainstorming ideas for library events and resources to better serve the homeschool community. Calling 406-883-8225  to sign up, stop by the front desk.

 

Join the launch of the Homeschool Advisory Group at the Polson Library

5/10/2024

POLSON — The Homeschool Parents Advisory Group will launch on Friday, May 10, from 10-11 a.m.  This group is for parents interested in brainstorming ideas for library events and resources to better serve the homeschool community. Youth Librarian, Felicia Gill, will prepare a fun project for school age children (5+), and Brycen will be available to facilitate activities for teens, but space is limited, so sign up ASAP by calling 406-883-8225 or stop by the front desk.

 

Pachyderms to meet

5/10/2024

POLSON — The next Pachyderm meeting will be on May 10 at noon at the Polson Rural Fire Station located at 25 Regatta Road. Our guest speaker for the meeting will be Montana State Senator Bob Fuller who is out of Kalispell.  In the last legislative session Bob Fuller was responsible for SB99 (https://leg.mt.gov/bills/2023/SB0099/SB0099_1.pdf) which prohibits certain medical and surgical treatment to minors with gender dysphoria. Bob will be able to speak about this bill and many other topics as well as answer questions you may have. 

We hope to see you there.

Tribal Health recipients’ outreach event

5/10/2024

DIXON — Join us in the Dixon School’s old gym 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, May 11

Business 2 Business Conference held in Polson

5/11/2024

POLSON — Experience the Polson Chamber Business-to-Business (B2B) Networking Event on May 11, 2024. This event underscores the Chamber’s dedication to bolstering local businesses and fostering the overall economic growth of the community. Exhibitors have the opportunity to enhance visibility, build brand awareness, establish connections within the community, and contribute to the Chamber’s mission. Join us at The Bridge Church of Polson, 46873 US-93. Visit: B2Bpolson.com for more information.

 

Business 2 Business Conference held in Polson

5/11/2024

POLSON — Experience the Polson Chamber Business-to-Business (B2B) Networking Event on May 11, 2024. This event underscores the Chamber’s dedication to bolstering local businesses and fostering the overall economic growth of the community. 

Exhibitors have the opportunity to enhance visibility, build brand awareness, establish connections within the community, and contribute to the Chamber’s mission. 

Join us at The Bridge Church of Polson, 46873 US-93. Visit: B2Bpolson.com for more information.

 

Join The Fungus Among Us: Mushroom ID Workshop

5/11/2024

KALISPELL — Curious about fungi and not sure where to start? On Saturday, May 11, at 3 p.m. a

mushroom identification workshop, led by educator, writer, and former park ranger Julia Smit, will take place. She will guide participants through a classroom portion discussing fungi, mushrooms, and lichen and how to identify them. Learn the art of spore prints and what characteristics to look for when identifying these unique organisms. 

A short walk into the field will follow to explore Lone Pine’s fungi. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Wear sturdy walking shoes, bring water and a snack, and dress for the weather. 

Bring along your favorite field guide if you have one. There is a $4 fee to attend this program and advance registration is required at 406-755-2706, ext. 0.

Take a ‘Wildflower Walk’

5/11/2024

KALISPELL — On Saturday, May 11, at 1 p.m. explore Northwest Montana’s early spring wildflowers on a short, guided wildflower walk through the park with Julia Smit, a seasoned educator, writer, and former park ranger. 

Delve into the fascinating world of flora as you uncover the secrets of the common species that dot our hillsides and line our highways. 

All ages are welcome. Be prepared with sturdy walking shoes, water, and a snack, while dressing appropriately for the weather. Bring along your favorite field guide if you have one. 

Advance registration is required at 406-755-2706, ext. 0.

 

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