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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:



Thursday, June 13

Pitch, Putt, & Drive Contest


POLSON — The Pitch, Putt & Drive Contest takes place at the Polson Bay Golf Course from 5 to 7 p.m. This event wraps up the Polson Junior Camp. Awards will be given to highest performing kids from the camp. Email for more information.

Smokey Bear


POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library will have Smokey Bear on hand from 10-11 a.m. on Thursday, June 13, as part of their Summer Reading Program.

Friday, June 14

Ducks Unlimited ‘Frenzy with a Bang’


POLSON — On Friday, June 14, at the Mission Valley Elks Lodge, 512 Main Street, Ducks Unlimited will hold “Frenzy with a Bang.” The doors open at 5:30 and the raffle begins at 7 p.m. There will be 20 super raffles, food, and fames. Register for tickets soon. You do not have to be present to win. Tickets available at the door. For more information call 406-382-0518 or 605-212-4555.
































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Sunday, June 16

Fort Connah Rendezvous


ST. IGNATIUS Fort Connah Historic Restoration Society invites you to the final day of the 2024 Rendezvous at Trading Post located at Post Creek on US Highway 93, 7 miles north of St. Ignatius. 

The Rendezvous is packed with activities: black powder rifle competition, horse-drawn wagon rides, children’s games and more. 

Fort Connah opens to the public at 10 a.m. A bison roast lunch with beans and a biscuit takes place from 1-2 p.m. Historical presentations take place throughout the day. 

For more information or to schedule a tour call 406-644-2882 or email:

Take Dad on a hike


BIGFORK — Take a Father’s Day guided hike on the West Shore Unit of Flathead Lake State Park.

Meet at the boat trailer parking area; the walk goes from 10-11:30 a.m. Please bring/wear weather appropriate clothing, proper footwear, snacks, and a water bottle. 

These hikes are limited to 20 people and registration can be done by calling the ranger station at 406-837-3041 ext. 0. The cost is $4 per participant, and free for kids 12 and under.

View wildflowers


BIGFORK — On Sunday, June 16, Wayfarers Unit of Flathead Lake State Park will hold a walk to view wildflowers. Meet at the boat trailer parking area; the walk goes from 10-11:30 a.m. 

Come learn about the different species of vibrant flowers that grow each spring and summer in our Flathead Lake State Parks. Please bring/wear weather appropriate clothing, proper footwear, snacks, and a water bottle. 

These hikes are limited to 20 people. Register by calling the ranger station at 406-837-3041 ext. 0. The cost is $4 per participant, and free for kids 12 and under.

Monday, June 17

MSGA State Juniors Golf Championship played






POLSON — The Polson Bay Golf Course will host the MSGA State Juniors Championship June 17-18. Email for more information.













MSGA State Juniors Golf Championship played


POLSON — The Polson Bay Golf Course will host the MSGA State Juniors Championship June 17-18. Email for more information.





















Tuesday, June 18

‘Moms Connect’ event provides childcare


ST. IGNATIUS — The Moms Connect Wellness Series is a 5-week series, June 11-July 9, from 5-7 p.m. This free traveling wellness series focuses on different dimensions of health. 

Childcare and dinner are provided. Register at 

On June 18 the meeting will be about culture and meet at Three Chiefs Cultural Center. Nadia Adams will show you how to make a traditional craft.


Cottage Business, Craft Show


POLSON — Maxine’s, 325 Main Street, is where you will find a Cottage Business and Craft Show on Tuesday, June 18, from 1-4 p.m. Come see who is doing and making what.

Wednesday, June 19

Free Glacier Park Entry


GLACIER NATIONAL PARK — In celebration of Juneteenth National Independence Day, entry fees will be waived at Glacier National Park.


PWGA Ladies Invite


POLSON — The Polson Bay Golf Course will host the PWGA Ladies Invite on Wednesday, June 19. Email for more information.

Thursday, June 20

Arlee CDC hosts ‘Beyond the Frame’ exhibit


ARLEE — The Arlee Community Development Corporation, 92555 US Hwy. 93, will host “Beyond the Frame,” a special exhibit of artwork created by local teen artists on Thursday, June 20, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Arlee CDC. 

Everyone is invited to come and meet the artists, see their recent artwork, and enjoy some refreshments. This event is sponsored by the Arlee CDC, the Missoula Art Museum, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Call 406-726-5550 for more information.

Come for an ice-cream social


POLSON — St. Joseph Assisted Living will host an open-house and ice-cream social on Thursday, June 20, from 1-3 p.m. Put this on your calendar. Come take a tour of our beautiful facility.

Call 406-883-8970 for more information.

Dive into ‘Boat Day’ fun


POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library continues its Summer Reading Program with the annual Boat Building Day event. Gary Teggeman, a local boat builder, will be there from 10-11 a.m. Come build the strongest boat you can, and then we will sink it! The boat that holds the most booty before it sinks, wins. 

Donate books


POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library is holding a Book Donation Day on Thursday, June 6. You are welcome to bring material donations today from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on those dates. There is a limit of two boxes at a time. Our Friends of the Library have taken over management of our donation program and have set the third Thursday of each month as “Donation Day.” They added the extra day to give everyone the best selection for the Book Sale in June. Please refer to our Materials Donation Policy on our website for more information. Go to the “about us” tab to review library policies.

Flathead Lakers to meet


POLSON — Join us on the Summer Solstice for the Flathead Lakers annual meeting at the Barn at Finley Point. Social hour begins at 5 p.m. with drinks and appetizers; The program starts at 6 p.m. A Stewardship Award recipient will be recognized, Lakers updates and State of the Lake will be shared. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to participate in our silent auction, featuring a 1981 J-24 sailboat generously donated by a former member.

Library offers Families First presentation


POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library continues its Summer Reading Program with a presentation from Families First from 10-11 a.m.


SPLASH at KwaTaqNuk


POLSON — At 5 p.m. join the Polson business community for SPLASH (Support Polson Late Afternoon Social Hour) at the KwaTaqNuk Resort, 49708 US Hwy. 93. Rub shoulders with other business professionals and enjoy a variety of food and beverage options. 

Friday, June 21

Join Instant Pot cooking class


POLSON — Join this free 9-lesson Instant Pot cooking and nutrition class series by SNAP-ED to learn how to make healthy choices on a budget. Complete the series to earn your own free Instant Pot. Call 406-883-2865 to sign up. This class includes childcare and will be held at Head Over Heels, 36004 Memory Lane, on Fridays, June 21-Aug. 23, (no class July 5), from 9-11 a.m

Saturday, June 22

Fun to be had at ‘Summer Solstice Brewfest’


RONAN — Join us at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 300 third Ave. NW, from 2-6 p.m., for the second annual Summer Solstice Brewfest. With a selection of 20+ brews, plus beverage vendors, loads of food trucks and great live music. Non-alcohol cover charge is $5, a summer solstice shirt is $20, and Summer Solstice Brewfest general admission is $40.

Enjoy ‘Music in the Missions’


ST. IGNATIUS — Music in the Missions in St. Ignatius starts at 5 p.m. We aim to create a sense of unity and purpose among community members by coming together through music, food, and art. We hope to raise awareness about the importance of sustainable land management and wildlife conservation. Opening for Music in the Missions will be Kyle Hunter and The Mountain Standard from 5-6:30 p.m. Next up will be Paul Bryant and Kentucky Border from 7-8:30 p.m. For the finale, we will have The Tanner Laws Band from 9-10:30 p.m. There will be a corn hole tournament with a $500 first place prize, a $200 second place prize and a $50 third place prize. The entry fee is $50. Go to: for more information.

Free hamburger feed held in Big Arm


BIG ARM — From noon-2 p.m., the Polson Rural Fire Membership will host its annual free hamburger feed for the Polson community at the Big Arm Fire Station. Meet local firefighters and see some of the new equipment and fire trucks. Donations will be accepted.

Friends of Lake Mary Ronan invites all to community social


Friends of Lake Mary Ronan invites all to a community social to be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at Mountain Meadows Lodge, 51017 Lake Mary Ronan Road. FLMR would like to say thank you to the community, provide information and updates on the status of our current projects. Free hot dogs, chips, sides and water for all. Even a lake needs friends.

Participate in ‘Pollinator Week’ program


POLSON — On Saturday, June 22, at 10:30 a.m. Pollinator Week Program will take place at the North Lake County Public Library. The Lake County Conservation District is hosting a 90-minute workshop. Learn to identify and track pollinators, their habitats and how to participate in local citizen science initiatives. This workshop will have a short lecture, hands-on learning with the tracking technology, followed by a pollinator walk. This event is open to all ages and backgrounds. 

Plains Wildhorse Shootout held


PLAINS — The Mission Valley 3-on-3 Wildhorse Shootout, held in conjunction with the Wildhorse Sports Association, takes place on Saturday June 22, at the Amundson Sports Complex. Divisions will include 1st grade through adult. Entry deadline is June 8 at 8 p.m. Entry fee is $160 (plus $5 transaction fee if paid online). Packet pickup is at 8:30 a.m. and games start at 9 a.m. If you have any questions, you can contact Erica Lawyer at 406-544-8493. No refunds will be given after brackets are posted.

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