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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:



Friday, May 26

Shepherd’s Table dinner held


POLSON — A Shepherd’s Table dinner will be held at Journey Be on Friday, May 26, from 5-6:30 p.m.

There is no charge and everyone is welcome.


Monday, May 29

Library closed for holiday weekend


POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library will be closed for Memorial Day Weekend. We will be closed Saturday, May 27, through Monday, May 29.


Wednesday, May 31

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library registration kicks off


POLSON — Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Registration kicks off Wednesday, May 31, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is dedicated to inspiring a love of reading by gifting books free of charge to children from birth to age five. The project was initiated in Montana by First Lady Susan Gianforte and sponsored by the Treasure State Foundation in partnership with The Dollywood Foundation. With the help of the Friends of the North Lake County Public Library, the North Lake County Public Library District is the affiliate for all children in Lake County (except Arlee, which has its own program). On registration day at the library’s temporary, 301 16th Ave. E, there will be goody bags, cookies and drinks. Register online at: or stop in and see us so they may receive a new book each month, delivered right to their home.


Art exhibit held


POLSON — The Sandpiper Art Gallery, 306 Main Street, will hold an invitational exhibit of fiber and glass. 

This exhibit will feature several regional artists and their interpretations of the theme. It will continue until July 19.

Art exhibit held


POLSON — The Sandpiper Art Gallery, 306 Main Street, will hold an invitational exhibit of fiber and glass. This exhibit will feature several regional artists and their interpretations of the theme. It will take place until July 19.


Saturday, June 3

Craft fair, hot dog lunch on tap


POLSON — The second annual “Connecting our Community” vendor/craft fair and garage sale will take place from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 301 16th Ave. E. A hot dog lunch will be available for $2 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Enjoy First Saturday event at Ninepipes


CHARLO — The Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana summer events include our “First Saturday of the Month” event from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., featuring artists, photographers, writers, craftspeople, musicians, and the Frybread Ladies frying up their specialty frybread. Call 406-644-3435 or check our website and social media for updates on monthly featured artisans.


Join the ‘Taco throw down’


POLSON — Glacier Brewing Company, 6 10th Ave., will host a Taco Throw Down event by Belly of the Beast and Saddled Up Tacos. Come join us Saturday, June 3, for a taco throw down where our most popular local food vendors are going head-to-head to see who wins the people’s vote. Tickets are $20 and are on sale now. The throw down will take place from 4-8 p.m. and live music, beer, tacos and great company are guaranteed so don’t miss out. 


Sunday, June 4

St. Joseph Scramble held


POLSON — The Providence St. Joseph Golf Scramble will take place at the Polson Bay Golf Course. This is a fun four-person scramble will begin at 8 a.m. and go until 5 p.m. Contact


Tuesday, June 6

Artist event at Ninepipes Museum


CHARLO — The Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana will once again hold First Saturday Artist events where featured artists, authors, photographers, musicians or crafts persons exhibit their work. The second event of the summer will take place on Saturday, June 6. Check out the museum’s Facebook page and social media for updates on monthly featured artists.


Horsemen discuss safety precautions


RONAN — Mission Valley BackCountry Horsemen will hold their next monthly meeting June 6 at 7 p.m. at the VFW on Round Butte Rd. Our program will be about safety precautions while riding your equine friend and the equipment you can use. We will also be discussing projects we have completed, others that need to be completed, the spring weekend ride we just had at the Meuli Ranch, along with club business. So, come to our meeting and find out what this club is all about and meet new friends. Hope to see you there! 


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