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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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Friday, April 7

Open Mic Jam held

4/7/2023

RONAN — 7-9 p.m. 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. Check out our talented members 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

 

Saturday, April 8

Community Jam held

4/8/2023

RONAN — From 7-10 p.m. and hosted by Sid Seay and Keryl Lozar, Saturdays are jam night at the Western Montana Musicians Co-op! Stop by at the Red Poppy building at 1 Eisenhower St. SW. Everyone is welcome. The community jam is free. 

 

Two Easter egg hunts planned in Mission

4/8/2023

ST. IGNATIUS — The St. Ignatius Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. on the Mission High School football field on Saturday, April1. Children will be grouped according to age with younger children going first. The second Easter egg hunt will take place between noon and 2 p.m. at the Christian Church.

Sunday, April 9

Four Easter morning events planned

4/9/2023

ST. IGNATIUS — Four events for Easter Morning, April 9, are on the schedule for the Mission Valley United Methodist Church on the top of Post Creek Hill. For early risers, a Sunrise Easter Service will be held at Ninepipes Restaurant at 6:45 a.m. All are welcome to this event. Wear a warm jacket. At 8 a.m., worship will begin in the sanctuary of the United Methodist Church followed by an Easter Brunch in the Fellowship Hall at 9 a.m. All are invited.

The 10 a.m. service will be held following brunch. After the 10 a.m. service children from 0-12 years old hunt for Easter eggs.

 

 

 

Thursday, April 13

Dirt, mud, worms at library Story Time

4/13/2023

POLSON — Stacey Hautanen from public health will be the special guest on Thursday, April 13, 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.

Free Excel Essential Training Part I workshop offered

4/13/2023

RONAN — Mission West Community Development Partners, 407 Main St. SW, is offering a free workshop titled, “Excel Essential Training Part I,” on Thursday, April 13, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 406-676-5901 or go to: missionwestcdp.org/events/excel-essential-training-part-i-2/. The instructor is Allison McCarthy.

 

Kindergarten Round Up held

4/13/2023

RONAN — Ronan School District No.30 is conducting their annual Kindergarten Round Up pre-registration for Ronan and Pablo residents. Registration to pre-enroll for both elementary schools for the upcoming 2023/2024 school year, will be held at: K. Wm. Harvey Elementary School, Thursday, April 13, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Beginning March 29, you may call to make registration appointments by calling the Ronan School District No. 30 at 676-3390 ext. 7700 (Pablo Elementary); ext. 7300 (Ronan/KWH Elementary) or ext. 7450 (Special Services Department). To be eligible for kindergarten a student must be 5 years old, or 4 years old, on or before September 10, 2023. Enrollments for pre-registration of 4-year-olds are limited. 

Masumola group to meet

4/13/2023

POLSON — It’s time to dust off those camp trays, picnic baskets and the special bottle you’ve been saving for the Masumola meeting on Thursday, April 13, at 5:45 p.m. Hosts for the meeting are Dick and Kathy Walsh, Dick and Jeana Goldsmith and Irene Marchello who will be at the Masumola Clubhouse to greet all members and guests for a spring fling: Bring your partner or come on your own with your dish to pass. Suggested food distribution: A – H   Hot Dish; I  – O   Dessert; P - Z  Salad or Vegetable.

 

Register for Ronan Kindergarten Round Up

4/13/2023

RONAN — Ronan School District No.30 is conducting their annual Kindergarten Round Up pre-registration for Ronan and Pablo residents. Registration to pre-enroll for both elementary schools for the upcoming 2023/2024 school year, will be held at: K. Wm. Harvey Elementary School, Thursday, April 13, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Call to make registration appointments at 406-676-3390 ext. 7700 (Pablo Elementary); ext. 7300 (Ronan/KWH Elementary) or ext. 7450 (Special Services Department). To be eligible for kindergarten a student must be 5 years old, or 4 years old, on or before Sept. 10, 2023. Enrollments for pre-registration of 4-year-olds are limited. Parents are asked to bring their child’s county birth certificate, immunization record and Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB) on day of registration. Children will be screened in hearing, speech, basic school readiness and motor skills. Your child’s immunization records can be verified by the school nurse, and immunizations may be available at the time of pre-registration. Registration and screening should be completed in approximately 30 minutes.

Friday, April 14

Open Mic Jam

4/14/2023

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 at the Red Poppy building at 1 Eisenhower St SW, Ronan. 

 

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

 

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