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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, 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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