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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.


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:


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.


Wednesday, February 21

Flathead Reservation Fish and Wildlife Board Meeting set


FLATHEAD RESERVATION — The Flathead Reservation Fish and Wildlife Board will meet Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024, from 1-3 p.m. at the Fish, Wildlife & Parks office at 3201 Spurgin Road, Missoula. This meeting will cover enforcement feports, bird hunting regulation updates and a presentation on the MyFWP app. All interested persons are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Stephanie Gillin at or Whisper Camel-Means or by phone at 406-883-2888.


Learn to meditate via Zoom


ZOOM — Mission Mountain Zen is offering free online meditation classes.  Please join the Mission Mountain Zen Center on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 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. We will cultivate and deepen our centering skills and meditation practice during the class. 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, February 22

Learn the history of wildland fires in NW Montana


KALISPELL — On Thursday, Feb. 22, from 6-8 p.m. in the Arts & Technology Building on campus of Flathead Valley Community College, Rick Trembath of Flathead Forestry & Fire Consulting will provide a picture-based presentation featuring area wildfire history and influences from pre-European Native American times to recent wildfire events. Learn from historic fire to better anticipate future fire from a FVCC Forest Fire Management Instructor with 56 years of wildland fire experience. 


Live accordion music to be played at library


POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library’s newly renovated Community Room is the site for the Mission Valley Live Musical Program: Duo Two Accordions. Sergei and Maria Teleshev will perform and teach about accordions at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy a variety of music styles performed by world-class musicians.

Saturday, February 24

New children’s book signing event planned


POLSON — Join Montana author, Hannah Oswine, on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for a new children’s book signing event at North Lake County Public Library. The name of her new book is “Different Name, Still the Same.”

Polson Chamber holds Community Awards Banquet


POLSON — Get ready to experience the glitz and glamour of Music City right here in Polson! The Polson Chamber of Commerce invites you to a night of Nashville-inspired celebration at our Community Awards Banquet. The doors open with social time at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. and the awards ceremony at 8 p.m. 

Dust off your cowboy boots and don your finest country chic attire for an unforgettable evening filled with the spirit of Nashville. The awards ceremony will shine a spotlight on the remarkable achievements of businesses and individuals who have contributed significantly to our town. From entrepreneurs who’ve struck the right chord to community champions who’ve hit all the high notes, we’ll be celebrating the stars of Polson.


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