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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:



Tuesday, May 16

RMS Band, Choir host concert


RONAN — The Ronan Middle School band concert will begin at 6 p.m. in the PAC. The choir concert will begin at 7 p.m. in the PAC. To learn more, visit the school website.


Thursday, May 18

Save the date for Women 4 Wellness event


PABLO — Salish Kootenai College will hold the Women 4 Wellness event from 10 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. in the Joe McDonald Health & Fitness Center. Call 406-275-4913 for more information.


Friday, May 19

Bluegrass Jam held


Jam with hosts Lydia Conway and Jim Pettit with the Western Montana Musicians Co-op on May 29 from 7-9 p.m. in the Red Poppy Building. Everyone is welcome. 


Mission Falls Farmers Market starts


ST. IGNATIUS — The Mission Falls Farmers Market will be running Fridays from May 19 - Sept. 29. We have extended hours from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Good ‘Ole Days Pavillion in St. Ignatius. 

Vendors can sign via Facebook or Instagram or we can be reached by email:


Shred Day to be held


POLSON — The 16th annual after-tax Shred Day, sponsored by Glacier Bank and partnering with Western Montana Area VI Agency on Aging, will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at 50510 Highway 93 on Friday, May 19. Protect yourself from identity theft and use the mobile shred truck on site (2 box limit).


Saturday, May 20

Basketball tournament on tap


POLSON — Flathead Lake All-Star Youth Basketball Tournament for girls and boys grades 4-8, will be held May 20-21 at Cherry Valley Elementary School. Saturday is pool play and Sunday is single elimination bracket. Email: or phone/text 406-396-8329. Register by May 10.

Join intro to Pickleball


POLSON —  Acquire a comprehensive overview of the fastest growing sport in America, Pickleball. This event is for adults and covers the basics. Join us at from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at O’Malley Park courts.

Call 406-696-9292 to reserve a spot and further details.


Songwriting clinic


RONAN — Are you interested in the art of songwriting? The best place to start is at SongMT4 Songwriting Workshop with special guest, Eliza Mary Doyle. This free workshop is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bring an idea you wish to explore musically. At 7 p.m. we’ll share our creations at the Songwriters Showcase followed by a concert featuring Eliza with special guest Lydia Conway. The concert is $10.  To pre-register for the SongMT Songwriting Workshop, go and click on events.


Tuesday, May 23

RHS hosts Spring Pop Concert


RONAN — The Ronan High School’s Spring Pop Concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the PAC. To learn more, visit the school website.

RHS hosts Spring Pop Concert


RONAN — The Ronan High School’s Spring Pop Concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the PAC. To learn more, visit the school website.




Wednesday, May 24

Join Summer Solstice Beer, Music Festival


RONAN — The Lake County Fairgrounds will be the site of Ronan Chamber of Commerce’s first Summer Solstice Beer and Music Festival on Saturday, June 24. Over 20 different microbrews will be available. Put this event on your calendar. More information to come.




Friday, May 26

Shepherd’s Table dinner held


POLSON — A Shepherd’s Table dinner will be held at Journey Be on Friday, May 26, from 5-6:30 p.m.

There is no charge and everyone is welcome.


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