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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.


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.

Ladies Night Out held in Polson

POLSON — Grab your friends for an adult evening of shopping, food, drinks, and deals on Friday, Oct. 28, from 4-8 p.m. Do you like to shop and support all that is local? Would you like some treats and no tricks? Mark your calendars to come downtown for Ladies Night Out. Costumes highly encouraged.Participating businesses will have a $5 Savings Pass available for pick up a few weeks before the event. You can use it at the participating businesses to get $5 off your purchase of $25 or more. The pass is free, but we only have a limited supply available, so hit up those shops soon to claim yours in time! (they will be available soon). The final details are being worked out for the Costume Contest, but you will not want to miss it!


Saturday, September 3

candidates to share concerns


POLSON — The Montecahto Club, Lake County Republicans and Lake County Democrats are hosting a Montana Legislature Candidate Forum on Monday, Oct. 3, from 6-8 p.m. at the Montecahto Club, 35432 MT Hwy 35 (opposite the Finley Point Grill). All candidates running for HD 12, HD 15, HD 93 and SD 8 have been invited. 

Please join us at the Montecahto Club to hear our candidates share their legislative concerns.

Mondays mean Mother Goose


POLSON — Join us at 9:15 a.m. at the North Lake County Public Library. Mother Goose is geared toward ages 0 to 3, but all are welcome.  

We encourage parents & caregivers to participate with their children for this early learning time. 

The doors open at 9 a.m.

Museum features artists


CHARLO — The Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana will hold a First Saturday Artist event where featured artists, authors or crafts persons exhibit their work. 

This fourth event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 3. 

Check out the museum’s Facebook page for more information.


Pancakes, sausage more served at Big Arm breakfast


BIG ARM — The Big Arm Association will host our Fall Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 3 at our historic Big Arm School from 8:30-11:30 a.m. We will serve pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, juice and coffee. Monetary donations are gratefully accepted. For more information contact Nancy Foster, BAA Secretary at 406-849-5064. 


Sunday, September 4

Horsemen hold Octoberfest


RONAN — Mission Valley Backcountry Horsemen will hold their next monthly meeting on Oct. 4, 2022, at the VFW in Ronan at 7 p.m. Club members and their families and friends will hold an Octoberfest potluck first at 7 p.m. and afterwards we will have our regular meeting. Bring your favorite dish and enjoy the festivities, see old friends and make new friends. Can’t wait to see you there.


Monday, September 5

Library closed for Labor Day




POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library will be closed on Monday, Sept. 5 in observance of Labor Day. Remember that our digital library is always open! Go to our website at: for more information on our digital collection. You can check out magazines, e-books, audiobooks, watch movies, check out our free online resources and put materials on hold.

Tuesday, September 6

Quilters meet in Ronan


RONAN — The Mission Mountain Quilt Guild will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Terrace Lake Community Church in Ronan. Annual membership dues will be collected.

Friday, September 9

Songwriters gather


Song MT2 - Songwriter Gathering at the Western Montana Musicians Co-op from 5-6:30 p.m. Song writers Doug Ruhman and Joel McColl invite participants from previous workshops to join them. Come prepared to share your progress, share your songs and learn more about the art of songwriting.

Lego Challenge Build held at library


POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library will hold a Lego Challenge Build on Friday, Sept. 9 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Join us for this challenge and be ready to build a character or scene from your favorite book.

Open Mic held on Fridays in Ronan


Friday Night Open Mic at the Western Montana Musicians Co-op  is hosted by Mark & Krysti. Whether you’re a musician, performer, poet, comedian or just love live music Stop by tonight and check out our talented members. We'd love to see ya. Check in when you arrive to sign up to play/perform. We are a member-based, member-funded cooperative. Friday Night Open Mic is free, however, for non-members donations are gratefully accepted and appreciated.

Saturday, September 10

Homesteading named theme for Dayton Daze


DAYTON — Dayton Daze, the annual fundraiser of the Chief Cliff VFD and QRU, celebrates the early settlers of the Flathead Valley with the theme: Homesteading the West. This year’s costume event takes us back once again to the Wild West where we’ll find cowgirls and cowboys, mountain men, settlers, and fancy dancehall girls, along with wagons and buggies from the early 1900s. Activities start at noon with food, beverages, rifle raffle (tickets also available at the Farmers Market throughout the summer), silent auction, can raffle, beer garden, kids’ games, parade (at 2 p.m. with prizes for best entries and costumes), and much, much more. The entire community comes out for this annual event, which offers a full day of family fun - rain or shine. 

Jam in Ronan


RONAN — Saturday Night Community Jam at the Western Montana Musicians Co-op is hosted by Doug Ruhman. Whether you’re a musician, performer, poet, comedian or just love live music, the Western Montana Musicians Co-op is for you. Stop by tonight and check out our talented members. 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. The deets: Community Jam at the Red Poppy every Saturday night from 7-11 p.m.

Peace Festival planned


The 16th annual Peace Festival is a free family event at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas in Arlee, honoring interfaith and diverse cultures, with music that integrates love, humanity, and peace on earth. The festival begins with the 10th annual Mile Walk for Peace at 10 a.m. with participants circling the garden. The Peace Festival begins at 11 a.m. and features several guest speakers, live musical performances, and traditional dancing, food vendors and arts and crafts.

Stock car races provide family fun


POLSON — The Mission Valley Speedway Superoval, 1113 N. Reservoir Rd., is the site of  Late Models, Mod 4’s, Hobby Stocks and Hornets racing. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for children 8-15; children under 7 are free. Seniors 55 and older, military and first responders pay a $10 admission fee. Family (two adults, three kids) is $40 general admission. RV dry camping fee is $50 per one RV. Time trials begin at 6 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. For more information call 406-212-8159.


Monday, September 12

Non-juried art exhibit open to all


POLSON — “Express Yourself” is the theme for a non-juried exhibit, open to all artists. This show is an invitation to our community artists and members to show us your creative side. Artistic interpretation of the theme, in any medium, will be considered for display. If you would like to participate in this exhibit, there is a $20 entry free for non-Sandpiper member artists and a 30% commission. Visit: for exhibit instructions or call the gallery at 406-883-5956 for more information. 


Wednesday, September 14

Business clinic held in Polson


POLSON — The MT Dept. of Labor & Industry, other state agencies and local chambers will host an Assistance for Business Clinic (ABC) on Wednesday, Sept. 14 from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Red Lion Inn.

Registration is $45. For more information or to register email: or call 406-883-7893.


Cancer support group meets


POLSON —A Cancer Support Group for anyone a?ected by cancer meets twice monthly at St. Joseph Medical Center from noon-1 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. Gatherings are informal allowing folks to drop-in when schedules and life permits. Brown-bag lunches are welcome. The group will meet in the Leahy Conference Room on the third floor of the medical center. For more information call 406-261-3304. 

The group welcomes those recently diagnosed, those undergoing treatment, cancer survivors, and/or family members. 


Thursday, September 15

Learn QuickBooks Level 1


RONAN —  Mission West Community Development Partners, 407 Main St. SW, is offering a free workshop on QuickBooks Level 1 on Sept. 15 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Go to: to register.


Learn QuickBooks Level 1


RONAN —  Mission West Community Development Partners, 407 Main St. SW, is offering a free workshop on QuickBooks Level 1 on Sept. 15 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Go to: to register.

Polson Schools conduct Child Find screenings


POLSON — Polson Schools will conduct free health screenings in the areas of developmental readiness, speech and language, motor skills and hearing for children from birth to age 5 on Thursday, Sept. 15. The screenings will help identify areas of special needs for pre-school age children. Call 406-883-6333 for a free appointment.


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Ronan Farmers Market held


RONAN — The Ronan Farmers Market is held every Thursday, May 19-Oct. 14, from 4-7 p.m. at the Ronan Visitors’ Center on Highway 93. You can shop online at: and pre-order and pre-pay, or go visit the market to see everything local vendors have to offer.

Story time takes place at library


POLSON — Thursdays at 9:15 a.m. at the North Lake County Public Library Story Time takes place. The theme for Sept. 15 is “Robots.”

Friday, September 16

Cheer for your school


RONAN — The Ronan High School homecoming football game will take place on Friday, Sept. 16 in Ronan. The varsity game begins at 7 p.m.


Democrat lunch


POLSON — Calling all Democrats. The Lake County Democrat annual Boettcher Park picnic will be held on Friday, Sept. 16 at 5:30 p.m. Turkey and ham will be provided. Bring a dish to share, your favorite drink and a chair. Come meet our candidates. 

Mission Falls Farmers Market held


ST. IGNATIUS — The Mission Falls Farmers Market is open at the Good Old Days Pavilion on Fridays from 5-7 p.m. This great local spot allows the St. Ignatius community and beyond to gather and purchase Montana-made crafts, produce and food. The market is open until Sept. 24.

Polson Farmers Market held


POLSON — The Polson Farmers Market, downtown at Third Ave. W (in front of the Cove Deli), is open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Friday, May through October. The Polson Farmers Market offers locally produced fresh vegetables, fruits, plants, cut flowers, cheese, eggs, honey, jams and jellies, baked goods, meats and poultry, popsicles, artwork, fabric and craft creations, woodworks, jewelry, and much more.


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