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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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Friday, March 8

Pachyderms to hear from elections administrator

3/8/2024

POLSON — The next Pachyderm meeting will be held on Friday, March 8, at noon at the Polson rural Fire Station. Our guest speaker for this meeting will be Toni Kramer who is the Lake County Elections Administrator. Toni will speak about the upcoming elections, what the county is doing to ensure a safe and honest election and how we are all able to volunteer and help. We hope to see everyone there.

 

Wednesday, March 13

Cancer support group meets

3/13/2024

POLSON — A cancer support group meets from noon to 1 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month in the Chapel at St. Joseph Medical Center. 

The Cheerful Heart Cancer Support Group is for anyone affected by cancer and is led by Pastor Matthew Connally of the Ronan/Polson Nazarene Church. 

The Chapel is located inside the front entrance to the hospital.

 

Check out the Job Fair

3/13/2024

POLSON — The 2024 Lake County Spring Job Fair will be held on Wednesday, March 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Red Lion Inn & Suites, 209 Ridgewater Drive.

Learn to meditate via Zoom

3/13/2024

ZOOM — Mission Mountain Zen is offering free online meditation classes. Join the Mission Mountain Zen Center on Wednesday, March 13, 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, March 14

Masumola Club to meet

3/14/2024

POLSON — Let hosts Don and Nicky Peters know if you will attend the March meeting of the Masumola Club on Thursday, March 14, by sending a message to them at the following address: outdoorwif@AOL.com. Hosts will provide pork tenderloin and dessert. 

Please remember your plates, utensils, favorite beverage, and a dish to pass. As always, your positive attitude is required. A – H: appetizer; I– O: salad or vegetable; P – Z: hot dish  

Festivities begin with social hour at 5:45 p.m.

 

Show up for Library book sale

3/14/2024

POLSON — On Thursday, March 14, the Friends of the Library will be in the library to accept donations. They will hold their first used book sale in our Community Room Friday, March 15, and Saturday, March 16. Please remember they do not accept items that are damaged, dirty or moldy. They do not accept textbooks or encyclopedia or Dictionaries. 

For the full materials donation policy, please visit our website. Under the “About Us” tab, you will find the policies of the library.

 

Friday, March 15

Bagpipes played at Polson Senior Center lunch

3/15/2024

POLSON — The Polson Senior Center will have special entertainment during lunch on March 15 with the playing of bagpipes to celebrate Irish heritage and St. Patrick’s Day. 

 

Friends of the Library holds book sale

3/15/2024

POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library’s Friends of the Library will hold a book sale on Friday, March 15, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the North Lake County Public Library, 102 1st Street E.

 

Saturday, March 16

Baked goodies on sale at MVUMC

3/16/2024

ST. IGNATIUS — The Mission Valley United Methodist Church is having a bake sale on Saturday, March 16.   It will run 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The church is at the top of Post Creek Hill. There will be banana bread, zucchini bread, cookies, cake and many more delicious items for sale.

 

Book sale continues

3/16/2024

POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library’s Friends of the Library will hold a book sale on Saturday, March 16, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the North Lake County Public Library, 102 1st Street E.

 

CASA/Youth Connection offers parenting classes

3/16/2024

POLSON — CASA/Youth Connection is offering free, three-part parenting co-parenting classes. We cover money issues, long distance, putting down the other parent, and more to help foster a healthy relationship for the benefit of your shared child. Saturdays at 1 p.m., starting March 16 and then on March 23 and March 30 at 410 1st Street E.

 

Wednesday, March 20

Conservation series speaker planned

3/20/2024

CHARLO — “Cats vs Birds” is the title of Dave Manuwal, PhD Wildlife Scientist’s speaking engagement at Ninepipes Lodge on March 20, at 6 p.m. Manuwal will discuss the relationship between the decline in North American bird populations and cats. nThis presentation is free to the public.

 

Learn to meditate via Zoom

3/20/2024

ZOOM — Mission Mountain Zen is offering free online meditation classes.  Please join the Mission Mountain Zen Center on Wednesdays, 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.

 

Library’s TAG group to meet

3/20/2024

POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library’s Teen Advisory Group (TAG) will meet at 12:30 p.m. with lunch provided.

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