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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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Saturday, February 10

Participate in murder/mystery dinner

2/10/2024

POLSON — On Saturday, Feb. 10, at 6:15 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.), “My Fatal Valentine”, an audience-participation murder/mystery will be held at the KwaTaqNuk. Dinner and the show is $40. Show and dessert is $25.

 

Sunday, February 11

Participate in murder/mystery brunch

2/11/2024

POLSON — On Sunday, Feb. 11, at 10:30 a.m. (doors open at 10 a.m.), “My Fatal Valentine”, an audience-participation murder/mystery will be held at the KwaTaqNuk. Brunch and the show is $40. Show and dessert is $25.

 

Monday, February 12

Take a sneak peek in library during Mother Goose

2/12/2024

POLSON — On Feb. 12 at 9:15 a.m. take a “Sneak Peek” for Mother Goose & Story Time participants at the renovated library. You must be accompanied by a child age 0-5 to join us.

Mother Goose is geared toward ages 0 to 3, but all are welcome. We encourage parents and caregivers to participate. 

 

Tuesday, February 13

Guided tours of renovated library offered

2/13/2024

POLSON — Beginning at 1 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. the North Lake County Public Library will offer guided tours of the full renovated library. Groups will form every 15 minutes at the front entrance.

 

Town hall meeting for Lake County planned

2/13/2024

RONAN — On Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Ronan Community Center, 300 Third Ave. NW, Lake County residents are invited to share details of Western Montana’s Glacier County Destination Stewardship Plan. The plan is to help balance increased visitation with the long-term health and vibrancy of Western Montana communities, natural resources and quality of life for residents. Come gather input on challenges, opportunities and strategies for your community regarding visitors and tourism. Register onine at glaciermt.com/townhall or visit: glaciermt.com/stew

Wednesday, February 14

Learn to meditate via Zoom

2/14/2024

ZOOM — Mission Mountain Zen is offering free online meditation classes.  Please join the Mission Mountain Zen Center on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 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: Jerry.Smyers@gmail.com.

 

Library holds Grand Reopening Celebration

2/14/2024

POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library will hold a Grand Reopening Celebration on Wednesday, Feb. 14, beginning with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. At this time the facility will be fully open and all services will be available. More details are forthcoming on their social media and website.

 

Library welcomes Linda Kittle to TAG

2/14/2024

POLSON — A 12:30 p.m. the Teen Advisory Council (TAG) will hold “Introduction to American Sign Language.” Special guest Linda Kittle will be there.

 

 

 

Library’s Youth Book Club to meet

2/14/2024

POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library’s Youth Book Club wants you to come get your free copy of “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” by Brian Selznick. The group will gather Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 3:30 p.m. to discuss the book. 

Friday, February 16

Polson’s 12th annual FLIC Film Festival

2/16/2024

POLSON — Now in its 12th year, the Flathead Lake International Cinemafest (FLIC) screens full-length narrative and documentary features, shorts, animation, and student films from Feb. 16-18. 

FLIC 2024 once again offers a diverse selection of domestic and international films, featuring entries from twelve countries as well as many homegrown Montana films. 

FLIC 2024 takes place at the Showboat Stadium 6, 416 Main Street, Polson. Email: contact@flicpolson.com.

Saturday, February 17

FLIC holds afternoon mixer

2/17/2024

POLSON — The Cove Deli & Pizza, 11 Third Ave. W, will host an afternoon mixer with complementary food and additional menu items for purchase at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17.

 

Free kids’ screening of ‘The Super Mario Bros. Movie’

2/17/2024

POLSON — On Saturday morning at 9:15 a.m. at the Showboat Stadium 6, 416 Main Street, a free screening of “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” and an egg burrito breakfast will take place courtesy of the Polson Rotary Club.

Shamrockers provide free music

2/17/2024

POLSON — The Shamrockers, from the FLIC film 20 Shades of Green, will provide free music at the Durham Kitchen & Cocktails, 49494 Hwy. 93, on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 9:30 p.m.

Take a polar plunge with your neighbors

2/17/2024

POLSON — The “Shiver in the River” Polar Plunge will take place on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 1 p.m. at Riverside Park.

Sunday, February 18

Breakfast mixer held at Good Coffee

2/18/2024

POLSON — A breakfast mixer for FLIC enthusiasts will be held at Good Coffee, 214 Main Street, at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18. There will be food and drinks available for purchase.

 

Monday, February 19

Library closed for holiday

2/19/2024

POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library will be closed on Monday, Feb. 19, for President’s Day.

 

 

 

Wednesday, February 21

Flathead Reservation Fish and Wildlife Board Meeting set

2/21/2024

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 Stephanie.gillin@cskt.org or Whisper Camel-Means Whisper.means@cskt.org or by phone at 406-883-2888.

 

Learn to meditate via Zoom

2/21/2024

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: Jerry.Smyers@gmail.com.

 

Thursday, February 22

Learn the history of wildland fires in NW Montana

2/22/2024

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

2/22/2024

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.

Friday, February 23

Lake County Pachyderms to meet

2/23/2024

POLSON — The Lake County Pachyderms will meet on Friday, Feb. 23, at noon at the Polson Rural Fire Department, 25 Regatta Road. The guest speaker will be Linda Sauer from the “The Last Chance Patriots.

 Linda’s presentation is titled: “Islam: Gaining Power and Momentum in the United States.” This should be a very interesting presentation/discussion. We hope to see you there.

     

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