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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).


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:


Horsemen stay home for April

RONAN — Mission Valley Back Country Horsemen will not be holding their next monthly meeting in April due to the Covid-19 and CDC guidelines for social distancing and gatherings. Stay at home unless absolutely necessary and be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Stay safe.


Saturday, April 29

Community Jam


RONAN — 7-10 p.m. Saturdays, at the Red Poppy building at 1 Eisenhower St SW, Ronan, are jam night at the Western Montana Musicians Co-op. 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.


Sunday, April 30

Free cooking classes offered


ARLEE — The Arlee Community Development Corporation is offering free cooking classes on April 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: to reserve your spot. Sponsored by the Arlee CDC and No Child Hungry Share our Strength. 

Monday, May 1

Attend fundraiser workout


POLSON — Join Fellowship Fitness for an epic outdoor workout hosted by Glacier Brewing Company. The workout includes 30 minutes of HIIT Cardio and 15 minutes of stretch. The $25 entry fee includes workout and a beverage with proceeds benefiting Fellowship Fitness, a local non-profit serving the community with free fitness classes. Glacier Brewing Company will also donate $1 to FF for every beverage sold on July 1. Games, food, family fun and prizes are also planned. Follow FF on Instagram or Facebook or email to learn more and register for the event.


Celebrate May Day at the library


POLSON — May Day is Monday, May 1, halfway between spring equinox and summer solstice. May Day has been celebrated since ancient times. Please join us at North Lake County Public Library in our temporary location, 301 16th Ave. East (First United Methodist Church), for a light-hearted spring program drop-in style anytime between 2-4 p.m. We will create a simple origami container and fill it with a posy. Your creation goes home with you. Designed for adults, the program is open to all ages with supervision. 


Tuesday, May 2

Free training offered


RONAN — A “Food Formulation Workshop” will take place at Mission West, 407 Main Street, from 9 a.m.-noon with one-on-one sessions offered in the afternoon. Turning a recipe into a successful food product can be incredibly intimidating to take on by yourself. Come meet with product development food scientists from Oregon State University’s Food Innovation Center for a food formulation workshop concerning a diverse range of food product categories. Email: with your questions.

The afternoon sessions are one-on-one confidential meetings.


Saturday, May 6

Book signing event held at Ninepipes Museum


CHARLO — Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana will host a First Saturday book signing mini-event by authors Joe McDonald and Bog Bigart. There will also be a sale on selected items.

Wednesday, May 10

Registration deadline announced


POLSON — The Flathead Lake All-Star Youth Basketball tournament for girls and boys grades 4-8 will be held May 20-21 at Cherry Valley Elementary School. The deadline to register is May 10. Brackets will be posted May 16. Call or text 406-396-8329 for more information.


Registration deadline for Flathead Lake Youth BB tournament announced


POLSON —  The Flathead Lake All-Star Youth Basketball tournament for girls and boys grades 4-8 will be held May 20-21 at Cherry Valley Elementary School. The deadline to register is May 10. Brackets will be posted May 16. Call or text 406-396-8329 for more information.

Thursday, May 11

Excel II class taught at Mission West


RONAN — Excel Essential Training Part II will be taught by Allison McCarthy at Mission West Community Development Corporation, 407 Main Street, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Thursday, May 11. Call 406-676-5916 with your questions.


Masumola Club to meet


POLSON — The Masumola Club will meet on Thursday, May 11. The program will include Ed Meece to address the casino planned across US 93 from the Rocky Point intersection. Break out those steaks and weenies, it’s time for a barbeque at the Masumola Clubhouse. Jane Mitchell and Karen Swan will host along with their husbands, Mike and Mac. (We know who’s in charge here: The dudes will be following orders.) Please bring your favored selection for the barbeque and a dish to pass. Everyone’s welcome, and hopefully we will still have some of this great weather to enjoy. If it snows, we’ll fire up the stove. Suggested food distribution: A-H  salad or veggie; I-O hot dish; P-Z dessert.


RHS Jazz Band dinner, dance planned






RONAN — The Ronan High School Dinner Dance will be held at 6:30 p.m. under the big tent in the south KWH lawn. Dinner is $20 and tickets can be purchased on the school website or at the HS office. Dinner is smoked pork loin, potato salad, veggies, rolls and dessert.


Friday, May 12

Library to be closed for staff development


POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library will be closed on Friday, May 12, for staff development.

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