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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:



Saturday, November 25

A ‘November Gathering’ at Ninepipes Museum on tap


 NINEPIPES — On Saturday, Nov. 25, from 10:30a.m.-4 p.m. Ninepipes Museum would like to thank our community for its wonderful support by hosting a day to gather. 

Join us for a day filled with history, stories, live music, authors and artists, refreshments and great sales discounts on bead supplies, mugs, huckleberry products, toys, etc. Help the Ronan Bread Basket by bringing a non-perishable food item and receive 50% off on entries to the museum (one donated item per entry). 

Meet our featured artist, Jan Kauffman, who will show her oil paintings and basket art, and metal worker and traditional blacksmith, Zach Seligman. From 11 a.m.-2 p.m. informal history/storytelling will take place with museum founders, Bud & Laurel Cheff; and historians, Steve Lozar, Joe McDonald and Bob Bigart. At 1 p.m. Bob Bigart and Joe McDonald will present the SKC Press latest book release, “Agnes Oshanee Kenmille, Salish Indian Elder and Master Craftswoman.” From 11 a.m.-1 p.m. enjoy live music performed by The Late Bloomers.


Shop local on ‘Small Business Saturday’


LAKE COUNTY — Saturday, Nov. 25 is Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. Please join in supporting your locally owned businesses by shopping at a small business in your community. 

Watch tree lighting


POLSON — On Saturday, Nov. 25, at 6 p.m. at the Lake County Courthouse, the annual tree lighting ceremony will take place. Sip hot cocoa and enjoy chocolate chip cookies provided by Lake City Baker. Bring the family and kick off the holiday festivities with carols and fun activities for the kids.

Monday, November 27

Join early learning time at the library


POLSON — Mondays mean Mother Goose. Join us at 9:15 a.m. Mother Goose is geared toward ages 0 to 3, but all are welcome. We encourage parents and caregivers to participate with their children for this early learning time.


Tuesday, November 28

Learn photography basics


POLSON — On Tuesday, Nov. 28, come learn photography basics taught by long-time Polson portrait photographer, Eden Bryant. Learn what is in a photographer’s tool kit, what settings to use, getting a good feel for your camera. 

Bring your own camera, any kind will do. Join us on Nov. 28, from 6-8 p.m. at Nova Vento Entertainment. Cost of class registration is $35. Paypal: Venmo: Questions, contact Jessica at: or 406-350-1332. 


Wednesday, November 29

Join meditation class via Zoom


ZOOM — Mission Mountain Zen offers free online meditation classes on Wednesdays. The classes are held from 6-7:30 p.m. For more information and a Zoom link to the class call Zenku at 847-721-0665 or email at:

Library holds Page Turners’ Youth Book Club


POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library will hold Page Turners’ Youth Book Club on Nov. 29 at 3 p.m. They will be reading “Pie,” by Sara Weeks. Stop by and pick up your book early in the month and come ready to share. Also, we’ll be making and eating some pie, so be sure to bring your appetite as well.

St. Ignatius holds carnival at high school


ST. IGNATIUS — At 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, a Holiday Carnival will be held at St. Ignatius High School. 

The event will include carnival games, kids’ raffle, face painting, crafts, an ugly Christmas sweater contest, and a Christmas movie. 

There will be a Christmas tree lighting at Gariepy Park at 5:30 p.m. and the annual Parade of Lights will take place at 6 p.m. at the Good Old Days Park. 

The evening will include a chili feed, a raffle and live reindeer.


Friday, December 1

Learn how to make cradleboard, yaya doll ornaments


ARLEE — The Arlee Community Development Corporation is offering a free youth art workshop for kids in grades three through eight on Friday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m.-noon. Indigenous artist Jenny Fisher will teach a class on making cradleboard and yaya doll ornaments. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited, so reserve your seat by calling 406-726-5550 or email: 


Polson holds ‘Parade of Lights’


POLSON — The Polson Montana Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual Parade of Lights on Friday, Dec. 1, beginning at 6 p.m. in downtown Polson.


Saturday, December 2

Festival of Trees held


MISSION VALLEY — It’s festival time, Festival of Trees that is. This will be our 23rd year in Polson, so mark your calendar for Saturday, Dec. 2. The festival generates funds for the Mission Valley Youth Foundation.                     

Wednesday, December 6

Commissioner Barron joins Chamber luncheon


POLSON — The Polson Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheons give you access to a network of community leaders. Join us at the KwaTaqNuk from noon to 1 p.m. for a taco bar luncheon ($13). 

These meetings help you promote your business and provides leads from interactions outside of the Chamber. This event helps to give insight to community wide issues and creates synergy and creative collaboration between neighboring businesses. 


Irrigators to meet


RONAN — Flathead Irrigation District will hold a November/December joint meeting on Dec. 6, at 1 p.m. at Mission West Community Development Partners, 407 Main Street SW. 

Join meditation class via Zoom


ZOOM — Mission Mountain Zen is offering free online meditation classes. Join the Mission Mountain Zen Center on Wednesdays, for an online meditation class led by Zen Teacher, Zenku. Class includes meditation instruction, practice and discussion via Zoom. 

The classes are held from 6-7:30 p.m. We will cultivate and deepen our centering skills and meditation practice during the class. 

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:


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