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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:



Monday, May 29

Library closed for holiday weekend


POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library will be closed for Memorial Day Weekend. We will be closed Saturday, May 27, through Monday, May 29.


Wednesday, May 31

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library registration kicks off


POLSON — Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Registration kicks off Wednesday, May 31, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is dedicated to inspiring a love of reading by gifting books free of charge to children from birth to age five. The project was initiated in Montana by First Lady Susan Gianforte and sponsored by the Treasure State Foundation in partnership with The Dollywood Foundation. With the help of the Friends of the North Lake County Public Library, the North Lake County Public Library District is the affiliate for all children in Lake County (except Arlee, which has its own program). On registration day at the library’s temporary, 301 16th Ave. E, there will be goody bags, cookies and drinks. Register online at: or stop in and see us so they may receive a new book each month, delivered right to their home.


Art exhibit held


POLSON — The Sandpiper Art Gallery, 306 Main Street, will hold an invitational exhibit of fiber and glass. 

This exhibit will feature several regional artists and their interpretations of the theme. It will continue until July 19.

Art exhibit held


POLSON — The Sandpiper Art Gallery, 306 Main Street, will hold an invitational exhibit of fiber and glass. This exhibit will feature several regional artists and their interpretations of the theme. It will take place until July 19.


Saturday, June 3

Craft fair, hot dog lunch on tap


POLSON — The second annual “Connecting our Community” vendor/craft fair and garage sale will take place from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 301 16th Ave. E. A hot dog lunch will be available for $2 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Enjoy First Saturday event at Ninepipes


CHARLO — The Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana summer events include our “First Saturday of the Month” event from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., featuring artists, photographers, writers, craftspeople, musicians, and the Frybread Ladies frying up their specialty frybread. Call 406-644-3435 or check our website and social media for updates on monthly featured artisans.


Join the ‘Taco throw down’


POLSON — Glacier Brewing Company, 6 10th Ave., will host a Taco Throw Down event by Belly of the Beast and Saddled Up Tacos. Come join us Saturday, June 3, for a taco throw down where our most popular local food vendors are going head-to-head to see who wins the people’s vote. Tickets are $20 and are on sale now. The throw down will take place from 4-8 p.m. and live music, beer, tacos and great company are guaranteed so don’t miss out. 


Sunday, June 4

St. Joseph Scramble held


POLSON — The Providence St. Joseph Golf Scramble will take place at the Polson Bay Golf Course. This is a fun four-person scramble will begin at 8 a.m. and go until 5 p.m. Contact


Tuesday, June 6

Artist event at Ninepipes Museum


CHARLO — The Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana will once again hold First Saturday Artist events where featured artists, authors, photographers, musicians or crafts persons exhibit their work. The second event of the summer will take place on Saturday, June 6. Check out the museum’s Facebook page and social media for updates on monthly featured artists.


Horsemen discuss safety precautions


RONAN — Mission Valley BackCountry Horsemen will hold their next monthly meeting June 6 at 7 p.m. at the VFW on Round Butte Rd. Our program will be about safety precautions while riding your equine friend and the equipment you can use. We will also be discussing projects we have completed, others that need to be completed, the spring weekend ride we just had at the Meuli Ranch, along with club business. So, come to our meeting and find out what this club is all about and meet new friends. Hope to see you there! 


Thursday, June 8

Chainsaw Carving Rendezvous in Ronan


RONAN — Ronan Chamber of Commerce will host the 4th annual Mission Valley Chainsaw Carving Rendezvous starting at noon on Thursday, June 8, to Sunday, June 12, at 6 p.m. They are excited to present 13 of the most awesome, talented artists coming from across United States as well as internationally this year. 

The competition will be intense as they carve a “masterpiece” to be auctioned off on Sunday at 1 p.m. Also, the carvers will do a “quick carve” each of the four days. Some of the “quick carves” will be available for auction on Friday evening June 9 at 6 p.m. 

The competition will be at the Lake County Fairgrounds. We welcome the public to watch these amazing carvers and enjoy the food booths and vendors who will be also on site. No admission fees.


Friday, June 9

Chainsaw carving artist show their skills


RONAN — The four-day Mission Valley Chainsaw Carving Rendezvous will hold nightly quick-carve auctions, carvings for sale and craft and food vendors. 

Grizzly Memorial Tourney held


RONAN — Come join the Mission Mountain Chapter of the Grizzly Scholarship Association at their annual Golf for the Griz Memorial Tournament on Friday, June 9, at the Ronan Golf Course. The four-person scramble begins at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start. Registration fees are $460 per team which includes greens fees, cart, prizes, dinner, and a snack bar buffet. (Rocky Mountain oysters will be served as a special treat.) Extra dinner tickets are available for $25 each. Dinner will be served starting at 4 p.m. There will be a silent auction with lots and a 50-50 drawing for a chance to win some cash. Entry deadline is June 8, but entries are accepted on a first- come, first-serve basis and limited to 32 teams. For more information contact the Ronan Golf Club at 406-676-4653. This scramble is sponsored by the Mission Mountain Chapter of the Grizzly Scholarship Association and all proceeds go for Grizzly Athletic Scholarships.


Homesteader Days held for the 74th time


HOT SPRINGS — The 74th annual Homesteader Days and Open Rodeo, one of Northwestern Montana’s not-to-be-missed signature events, will be held June 9-11 in Hot Springs. Fun-filled family events begin on Friday at noon and ends at 11 p.m. In the evening enjoy music and dancing.


Saturday, June 10

Chainsaw carving continues


RONAN — Watch as amazing works of art are created by international chainsaw carvers at the Fairgrounds in Ronan. The four-day Mission Valley Chainsaw Carving Rendezvous will hold nightly quick-carve auctions, carvings for sale and craft and food vendors. 


Full breakfast served up


BIG ARM — The Big Arm Association will host a pancake breakfast at our Big Arm School on Saturday, June 10, from 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m. We will serve pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, juice, and coffee. Monetary donations are gratefully accepted. For more information call 406-849-5064.

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Glacier Bank Golf Tourney held


POLSON — The Glacier Bank Two-Person Better Ball golf tournament will be held at the Polson Bay Golf Course on June 10 and 11. Contact for more information.

Homesteaders continues for day three


HOT SPRINGS — Kids games, vendors, art and crafts shows, a car show and rodeo continue at the Homesteaders Days festival from 9 a.m.-2 a.m. on Main Street. The Homesteader Rodeo begins at 6 p.m.


Superoval race at Speedway


POLSON — The Mission Valley Speedway Superoval, 1113 N. Reservoir Rd., is the site of the Late Models, Mod 4’s, Hobby Stocks, Hornets and Legends racing. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for children 8-14; children under 7 are free. Seniors 55 and older, military and first responders pay a $10 admission fee. Family (two adults, three kids) is $40 general admission. RV dry camping fee is $50 per one RV. Time trials begin at 6 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. Call 406-212-8159 for more information.

View Quilt Show



 RONAN — The Mission Mountain Quilt Show will take place in conjunction with the Chainsaw Carving Rendezvous, on Saturday, June 10, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the High School Gymnasium. 

Our theme this year is “We the People,” exemplified by this year’s raffle quilt. Additional quilted items will also be for sale along with vendors, a consignment market, a raffle basket and more. Come vote for your favorite quilt. There is no admission fee. The guild supports those who’ve lost their homes to fire by giving Tender Loving Care quilts to fire victims in Ronan, St. Ignatius and Polson communities.


Sunday, June 11

Carving auction ends rendezvous


RONAN — Sunday is the final day of the Chainsaw Carving Rendezvous at the Ronan Fairgrounds. The competition will be intense as they carve a “masterpiece” to be auctioned off. The final Chainsaw Carving Rendezvous auction begins at 1 p.m.

Heritage Keeper Benefit to feature singing, drumming


CHARLO — On Sunday, June 11, from 2-5 p.m. Heritage Keeper Benefit fundraising event will be held. A ticketed event with music, food, a live auction will feature Native speakers Aspen and Cameron Decker of “Xwlxlilt”, (Salish for Alive and Well), along with Salish singing, drumming and hoop dancing. For more information call 406-644-3435 or check out our website and Facebook.


Homesteaders’ final day takes place


HOT SPRINGS — The final day for Homesteader revelers takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street. The much-awaited parade begins at noon on Main Street and the second day of the rodeo begins at 2 p.m.

Queen size quilt auctioned


RONAN — At the Mission Mountain Quilt Guild Show a beautiful queen size quilt will be auctioned off on Sunday afternoon.


Race Unity Picnic Potluck


RONAN — On Sunday, from 12-3 p.m. in the large pavilion Ronan City Park off Eisenhower Road, join us in developing bonds of friendships as we look towards increasing unity in our community. Hosted by the Baha’is of the Flathead Reservation, everyone is welcome. Call 406-872-2222 for more information.

Superoval race held at Speedway


POLSON — The Mission Valley Speedway Superoval, 1113 N. Reservoir Rd., is the site of the Late Models, Mod 4’s, Hobby Stocks, Hornets and Legends racing. Time trials begin at 6 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. Call 406-212-8159 for more information.

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