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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: fwp.mt.gov/stateparks/lone-pine 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: helpinghandsfund1@gmail.com. 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: Jerry.Smyers@gmail.com.

 

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Sunday, October 8

New pastor welcomed

10/8/2023

POLSON — Pastor Bruce Richter joins Polson Community Church for the first time of Sunday Oct. 8. Come join us on the hill at Polson Community Church at 10:30 a.m., 1814 1st St E, Polson. We also have “Seekers,” an adult Sunday School class, at 9:15 a.m.

 

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Wednesday, October 11

Mission Mountain Zen offers free online meditation classes

10/11/2023

ZOOM — Mission Mountain Zen is offering free online meditation classes. Please join the Mission Mountain Zen Center on Wednesdays for an online meditation class led by Zen Teacher, Zenku. Classes include 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: Jerry.Smyers@gmail.com.

 

Walk around Lone Pine State Park

10/11/2023

KALISPELL — Come enjoy a pleasant, non-strenuous walk around Lone Pine State Park from at 3-4 p.m.

Meet at the Lone Pine State Park Visitor Center. This program is meant to offer a chance to enjoy the fall foliage in the park with guided information about local flora and fauna. Whether you are new to the area or have lived here your whole life, come learn about the local ecosystem of the Flathead Valley. Please call 406-755-2706, ext. 0, to register, as space is limited. Cost is free ($8 park entry fee still applies to out-of-state vehicles).

 

Thursday, October 12

Masumola Club to meet

10/12/2023

POLSON — Join hosts Jane and Mike Mitchell and Shannon and Mark Nunlist at the October meeting Thursday, Oct. 12, at 5:45 p.m. at the Masumola Clubhouse. Hosts are providing chicken pot pie. Please consider the following as you plan your additions to the meal plan: A – H salad or veggie; I – O hot dish; P - Z dessert. Remember your plates, silverware, beverage of choice and your dues check if you forgot it last month.  Dues are $20/individual or $40/family for the year.

 

Register for virtual scary but true stories

10/12/2023

POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library will present on Thursday, Oct. 12, from 6:30-8 p.m., “Hauntings of Montana” with Ellen Baumler. This is another in the Montana Library Network Virtual Program Series. This program is free and open to all. You must register to receive the link. Register at: https://tinyurl.com/hauntingsMT.  History and the supernatural are the canvas for this program that intertwines the past with the present. Historian, storyteller and award-winning author Ellen Baumler weaves a ghostly web in a thought-provoking journey to Montana’s most spirited places. Basing her true stories on firsthand accounts, personal interviews and historical records, her well-researched tales have scared and delighted audiences of all ages.

 

 

Friday, October 13

German dinner served

10/13/2023

POLSON — A German dinner of schnitzel, spaetzle, red cabbage, salad and dessert will be served for $15 a plate at the Mission Valley Elks Lodge – 1695 on Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. Buy tickets in advance – ask bartender.

 

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Update given on library donations

10/13/2023

POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library’s Friends of the Library group has generously offered to take on our book and movie donation program. Starting now, we will accept encyclopedias that are 40 years old or older and textbooks. Condition rules still apply. There is no longer a limit to how many donations the library can take. However, if you are planning to bring more than three boxes of materials for donation, please contact us ahead of time so we can make arrangements. 

We still do not have the space to house donations, so the Friends will come to the library every other Friday to sort and haul them away to their storage facility for future book sales. 

If you have a large donation, we would appreciate it if you would drop off during the afternoon on either Oct. 13 or Oct. 27.

 

Volunteers are needed

10/13/2023

RONAN — Volunteers are needed for Coaches Day of Volunteers Unified Partners and Referees for Special Olympics Alex Braun Basketball Tournament on Oct. 13 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Call Lindsey Campbell at 406-304-4034 or email: LCampbell@somt.org for more information. 

 

Tags:  Special Olympics   Ronan  

Saturday, October 14

Fall Fest held at Wayfarers

10/14/2023

BIGFORK — Flathead Lake State Park – Wayfarers Unit in Bigfork is holding its annual Fall Fest on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The event celebrates the arrival of fall with all the changes it brings to the park. The event will include food, warm beverages, games, crafts, prizes and fun for the whole family. 

There is no cost to attend the event and no reservation required.

 

Free Indigenous Film Series continues

10/14/2023

POLSON — The Flathead Reservation Human Rights Coalition will sponsor a free film in their 7th Indigenous Film Series at the Showboat Stadium 6 in Polson at 1 p.m. on Oct. 14. 

“Daughter of a Lost Bird” is about Kendra, an adult Native adoptee, who reconnects with her birth family, discovers her Lummi heritage, and confronts issues of her own identity.

 

Sunday, October 15

Church welcomes all

10/15/2023

POLSON — Feeling lost in your faith? Free guidance every Sunday. Come join us on the hill at Polson Community Church at 10:30 a.m., 1814 First St. E. 

We also have “Seekers,” an adult Sunday School class, at 9:15 a.m.

 

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Tuesday, October 17

Harvest Dinner to be take-out only

10/17/2023

 POLSON — The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will hold its 53rd Annual Harvest Dinner on Tuesday, Oct. 17, for takeout only. Meal consists of Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes/gravy, green beans, coleslaw, a roll and pumpkin pie. Please call ahead at 406-883-5864 to place orders. Dinners may be picked up between 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17. Dinner is $15 each. Homemade Lefse will be available for sale as well. It is the desire of Good Shepherd to continue keeping prices reasonable because this dinner is a mission/outreach of our community. Donations are always welcome. Dinner proceeds will benefit Lake County Search and Rescue and Polson’s Senior Center. 

 

Order take-out Harvest Dinner

10/17/2023

POLSON — Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 409 Fourth Ave. E, will hold their 53rd annual Harvest Dinner on Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 4-6 p.m. Take-out orders only for $15 per dinner. 

Dinners will include Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes/gravy, coleslaw, green beans, rolls, and pumpkin pie. Homemade Lefse may be purchased at $5 for a package of four. 

Order ahead of time by calling or will be available for purchase at the door. Call 406-883-5864 to place your take-out order and or Lefse order. 

Everyone is welcome.

 

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Wednesday, October 18

Library’s teen group invited to paint

10/18/2023

POLSON — On Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. the North Lake County Public Library’s TAG (Teen Advisory Group) will hold an event: Glow Crazy Paint by Number. Come paint with us. This event is for anyone interested in joining the library’s Teen Advisory Group. We will have some paint-by-number and some blank canvases - and we even have a bit of glow in the dark paint. If you have any questions, please call Felicia at: 406-883-8225 This program will be held at the library’s temporary location: 301 16th Ave. E (First United Methodist Church Building).

 

Mission Mountain Zen offers free online meditation classes

10/18/2023

ZOOM — Mission Mountain Zen is offering free online meditation classes. Please join the Mission Mountain Zen Center on Wednesdays for an online meditation class led by Zen Teacher, Zenku. Classes include 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: Jerry.Smyers@gmail.com.

 

Thursday, October 19

Discuss the rise of China

10/19/2023

KALISPELL — Flathead Valley Community College’s Continuing Education Center is hosting free community lectures, and no registration is necessary. Lectures are held in the Arts & Technology building, room 139. A lecture on “The Rise of China: Unrestricted Warfare and Cyber Aggression” will be held on Thursday, Oct. 19, from 6:30-8 p.m. China’s rise was built substantially on economic empowerment through engagement with the United States. This process has also included aggressive cyber operations against the U.S. homeland. Discuss China’s rise through the lens of China’s “three strategies” (Belt & Road Initiative, Military Modernization, and “Made in China 2025”) and the counterstrategies employed by the U.S. and its allies to deter this threat of a revised world order with Chinese economic and military power at its center. For more information about FVCC’s Continuing Education fall class offerings, visit: fvcc.edu/ContinuingEducation.

 

Friday, October 20

Polson Climate Cafe held

10/20/2023

POLSON — A Polson Climate Cafe get together will take place on Friday, Oct. 20, from 9-11 a.m. Polson Climate Cafe is an open, accepting space for people concerned about the climate crisis to discuss what they are experiencing, witnessing, and what they want to create. It is sponsored by the Flathead Lakers and 350 Montana. We will gather around coffee and snacks at the Good Coffee Roasting Company on 214 Main St. in Polson.

Saturday, October 21

Free Indigenous Film Series at ShowBoat

10/21/2023

POLSON — The Flathead Reservation Human Rights Coalition will sponsor a free film in their 7th

Indigenous Film Series at the Showboat Stadium 6 in Polson at 1 p.m. on Oct. 21. “Bring Her Home” is about 

three Indigenous women who fight to vindicate and honor their missing and murdered relatives.

Learn about ‘Disgusting Decomposers’ and ‘Bataptations’

10/21/2023

KALISPELL — From 7:30-8:30 p.m. at Lone Pine State Park Visitor Center listen to talks about decomposers and bats. Without decomposers like carrion birds, insects, and fungi, the world as we know it would look very different. There’s a lot to discover about these organisms that help us out, often without us even knowing it. Learn more about how decomposers do their jobs at this ranger talk.

With over 1,400 species of bats in the world, these critters have come up with some creative ways to thrive. Find out more about the one true flying mammal in this ranger talk. Please call 406-755-2706 ext. 0 to register, as space is limited. Cost is free ($8 park entry fee still applies to out-of-state vehicles).

Pre-holiday bazaar, craft fair

10/21/2023

RONAN — On Saturday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Mission Valley United Methodist Church on Post Creek Hill will hold a pre-holiday bazaar and craft fair. There will be baked goods, gift items, and crafts. Get your Christmas shopping done early. Call for a table today 406-745-4327.

 

 

 

 

 

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