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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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Wednesday, February 7

Learn to meditate via Zoom

2/7/2024

ZOOM — Mission Mountain Zen is offering free online meditation classes.  Please join the Mission Mountain Zen Center on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 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. 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 8

Masumola Clubhouse members to dance, dine, wine

2/8/2024

POLSON — We are doing away with curfews so put on your dancing shoes. Social hour begins at 5:45 p.m. at the Masumola Clubhouse on Thursday, Feb. 8.

Bring your Valentine, if you have one, or just yourself and your smile. We invite you to participate in the Masumola Club meeting on Feb. 8, an early Valentine’s celebration of friendship, love, food, chocolate, wine, and Masumola-style community.

Hosts Shannon and Mark Nunlist, Mac and Karen Swan, Doug and Joyce Crosby and Carrie Sood ask that you please RSVP in the next few days so that they have numbers when purchasing food. Please respond to this email: macswan44@gmail.com. (Should you forget to RSVP, don’t let that deter you from attending!)

Hosts will provide a tomato-based seafood chowder as a main course and bread.

Program begins at 6 p.m. “Exploring the middle shelf:  A wine tasting to discover the best of the reds and whites without breaking the bank.” Gerry Browning, past owner of the Vine & Tap and wine connoisseur, will lead us through a tasting. If you plan to participate in the wine tasting, please bring one bottle of either a white or red wine that can be purchased locally for between $9.49 and $14.49. You will have the opportunity to blind taste varieties, and winners may emerge. Even if they don’t, it sounds like a fun activity. Right?

Dinner will commence following or during the program. Please bring a dish to pass, your utensils and your favorite wine glass. Suggested food distribution: A-M chocolate desserts; N-Z salad or appetizer.

We will have a playlist suitable for dancing to wear off some of those calories. We encourage you to put on the dog and join us at the Masumola Club to celebrate and enjoy each other’s company.

 

 

Receive help with SNAP applications at Arlee CDC

2/8/2024

ARLEE — Katie Wilkins, benefit coordinator from the Montana Food Bank Network, will be at the Arlee Community Development Corporation on Thursday, Feb. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. and on Friday, Feb. 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. Katie will be helping with applications for SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and answering questions about SNAP and other benefits. To make an appointment to talk to Katie, call 406-726-5550 or email: foodpantry@arleecdc.org, or you can just stop by the Arlee CDC at the times above. 

 

West. MT Conservation Commission holds second meeting in Polson

2/8/2024

POLSON — On Thursday, Feb. 8, from 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. the Western Montana Conservation Commission will hold their second meeting at the KwaTaqNuk Resort, 49709 US Hwy. 93. At the second meeting you can meet the new staff and discuss their strategic vision and commission logistics. These meetings are open to the public.

 

Friday, February 9

Attend 'Go Red for Women’ Fashion Show

2/9/2024

PABLO — Multiple categories will be held at the Feb. 9 “Go Red for Women” Fashion Show held at the Johnny Arlee/Vic Charlo Theater at 5 p.m. Empower your hear by elevating women’s wellness through the power of lifestyle. MC April Charlo and keynote speakers Karyn Thornton, PA-C and Rebekah Jarvey will will be part of the show. There will be an Indigenous Market from 5-8 p.m. All vendors welcome, no cost per table.

Contact Casey Sorrell at 406-481-0121 for details.

 

Pachyderms to meet

2/9/2024

POLSON — The next Pachyderm meeting will be held on Friday, Feb. 9, at noon at the Polson Rural Fire Station. The speaker for this meeting will be Lake County Commissioner, Gale Decker. Commissioner Decker will provide updates on where the county stands with PL280 and other important updates as well as be available to answer any questions you may have. This meeting will be an important meeting for all of us to understand where we are able to get engaged with the county and help going forward.

 

Participate in murder/mystery dinner

2/9/2024

POLSON — On Friday, Feb. 9, 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.

 

Receive help with SNAP applications at Arlee CDC

2/9/2024

ARLEE — Benefit coordinator from the Montana Food Bank Network, will be at the Arlee Community Development Corporation on Friday, Feb. 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. helping with applications for SNAP.  To make an appointment to talk to Katie, call 406-726-5550 or email: foodpantry@arleecdc.org, or you can just stop by the Arlee CDC at the times above. 

 

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.

 

 

 

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