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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!


Thursday, June 8

Chainsaw Carving Rendezvous in Ronan


RONAN — Ronan Chamber of Commerce will host the 4th annual Mission Valley Chainsaw Carving Rendezvous starting at noon on Thursday, June 8, to Sunday, June 12, at 6 p.m. They are excited to present 13 of the most awesome, talented artists coming from across United States as well as internationally this year. 

The competition will be intense as they carve a “masterpiece” to be auctioned off on Sunday at 1 p.m. Also, the carvers will do a “quick carve” each of the four days. Some of the “quick carves” will be available for auction on Friday evening June 9 at 6 p.m. 

The competition will be at the Lake County Fairgrounds. We welcome the public to watch these amazing carvers and enjoy the food booths and vendors who will be also on site. No admission fees.


Friday, June 9

Chainsaw carving artist show their skills


RONAN — The four-day Mission Valley Chainsaw Carving Rendezvous will hold nightly quick-carve auctions, carvings for sale and craft and food vendors. 

Grizzly Memorial Tourney held


RONAN — Come join the Mission Mountain Chapter of the Grizzly Scholarship Association at their annual Golf for the Griz Memorial Tournament on Friday, June 9, at the Ronan Golf Course. The four-person scramble begins at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start. Registration fees are $460 per team which includes greens fees, cart, prizes, dinner, and a snack bar buffet. (Rocky Mountain oysters will be served as a special treat.) Extra dinner tickets are available for $25 each. Dinner will be served starting at 4 p.m. There will be a silent auction with lots and a 50-50 drawing for a chance to win some cash. Entry deadline is June 8, but entries are accepted on a first- come, first-serve basis and limited to 32 teams. For more information contact the Ronan Golf Club at 406-676-4653. This scramble is sponsored by the Mission Mountain Chapter of the Grizzly Scholarship Association and all proceeds go for Grizzly Athletic Scholarships.


Homesteader Days held for the 74th time


HOT SPRINGS — The 74th annual Homesteader Days and Open Rodeo, one of Northwestern Montana’s not-to-be-missed signature events, will be held June 9-11 in Hot Springs. Fun-filled family events begin on Friday at noon and ends at 11 p.m. In the evening enjoy music and dancing.


Saturday, June 10

Chainsaw carving continues


RONAN — Watch as amazing works of art are created by international chainsaw carvers at the Fairgrounds in Ronan. The four-day Mission Valley Chainsaw Carving Rendezvous will hold nightly quick-carve auctions, carvings for sale and craft and food vendors. 


Full breakfast served up


BIG ARM — The Big Arm Association will host a pancake breakfast at our Big Arm School on Saturday, June 10, from 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m. We will serve pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, juice, and coffee. Monetary donations are gratefully accepted. For more information call 406-849-5064.

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Glacier Bank Golf Tourney held


POLSON — The Glacier Bank Two-Person Better Ball golf tournament will be held at the Polson Bay Golf Course on June 10 and 11. Contact for more information.

Homesteaders continues for day three


HOT SPRINGS — Kids games, vendors, art and crafts shows, a car show and rodeo continue at the Homesteaders Days festival from 9 a.m.-2 a.m. on Main Street. The Homesteader Rodeo begins at 6 p.m.


Superoval race at Speedway


POLSON — The Mission Valley Speedway Superoval, 1113 N. Reservoir Rd., is the site of the Late Models, Mod 4’s, Hobby Stocks, Hornets and Legends racing. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for children 8-14; 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. Call 406-212-8159 for more information.

View Quilt Show



 RONAN — The Mission Mountain Quilt Show will take place in conjunction with the Chainsaw Carving Rendezvous, on Saturday, June 10, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the High School Gymnasium. 

Our theme this year is “We the People,” exemplified by this year’s raffle quilt. Additional quilted items will also be for sale along with vendors, a consignment market, a raffle basket and more. Come vote for your favorite quilt. There is no admission fee. The guild supports those who’ve lost their homes to fire by giving Tender Loving Care quilts to fire victims in Ronan, St. Ignatius and Polson communities.


Sunday, June 11

Carving auction ends rendezvous


RONAN — Sunday is the final day of the Chainsaw Carving Rendezvous at the Ronan Fairgrounds. The competition will be intense as they carve a “masterpiece” to be auctioned off. The final Chainsaw Carving Rendezvous auction begins at 1 p.m.

Heritage Keeper Benefit to feature singing, drumming


CHARLO — On Sunday, June 11, from 2-5 p.m. Heritage Keeper Benefit fundraising event will be held. A ticketed event with music, food, a live auction will feature Native speakers Aspen and Cameron Decker of “Xwlxlilt”, (Salish for Alive and Well), along with Salish singing, drumming and hoop dancing. For more information call 406-644-3435 or check out our website and Facebook.


Homesteaders’ final day takes place


HOT SPRINGS — The final day for Homesteader revelers takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street. The much-awaited parade begins at noon on Main Street and the second day of the rodeo begins at 2 p.m.

Queen size quilt auctioned


RONAN — At the Mission Mountain Quilt Guild Show a beautiful queen size quilt will be auctioned off on Sunday afternoon.


Race Unity Picnic Potluck


RONAN — On Sunday, from 12-3 p.m. in the large pavilion Ronan City Park off Eisenhower Road, join us in developing bonds of friendships as we look towards increasing unity in our community. Hosted by the Baha’is of the Flathead Reservation, everyone is welcome. Call 406-872-2222 for more information.

Superoval race held at Speedway


POLSON — The Mission Valley Speedway Superoval, 1113 N. Reservoir Rd., is the site of the Late Models, Mod 4’s, Hobby Stocks, Hornets and Legends racing. Time trials begin at 6 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. Call 406-212-8159 for more information.

Monday, June 12

Summer Reading Program begins


POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library will begin their Summer Reading Program on Monday, June 12, at 9:15 a.m. Call 406-872-2066 for more informatio. Summer Reading Program activities will take the place of Thursday Story Time.

WMCPGA Pro Am played in Polson


POLSON — The 2023 WMCPGA ProAm will be played on the closed 18-hole course from 6 a.m.-5 p.m. Contact for more information.


Wednesday, June 14

Book signing held at D'Arcy McNickle Library


The Salish Kootenai College Library is hosting an Author Talk & Book signing from Alix Christie and her new historical novel about Angus and Catherine McDonald. The Author Talk is at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14, at the Salish Kootenai College D'Arcy McNickle Library. Refreshments will be served. For more information contact the Library at 406-275-4875.

Thursday, June 15

Make a patriotic bracelet


POLSON — Members of the North Lake County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program are going to make patriotic bracelets to celebrate Flag Day. Join us at our temporary location: 301 Sixteenth Ave. E (First United Methodist Church) at 2 p.m. This program is free. All materials provided. There will be cutting and bending of wire involved, so well supervised children are welcome.


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