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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).


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:


Horsemen stay home for April

RONAN — Mission Valley Back Country Horsemen will not be holding their next monthly meeting in April due to the Covid-19 and CDC guidelines for social distancing and gatherings. Stay at home unless absolutely necessary and be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Stay safe.


Saturday, May 6

Book signing event held at Ninepipes Museum


CHARLO — Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana will host a First Saturday book signing mini-event by authors Joe McDonald and Bog Bigart. There will also be a sale on selected items.

Wednesday, May 10

Registration deadline announced


POLSON — The 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. The deadline to register is May 10. Brackets will be posted May 16. Call or text 406-396-8329 for more information.


Registration deadline for Flathead Lake Youth BB tournament announced


POLSON —  The 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. The deadline to register is May 10. Brackets will be posted May 16. Call or text 406-396-8329 for more information.

Thursday, May 11

Excel II class taught at Mission West


RONAN — Excel Essential Training Part II will be taught by Allison McCarthy at Mission West Community Development Corporation, 407 Main Street, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Thursday, May 11. Call 406-676-5916 with your questions.


Masumola Club to meet


POLSON — The Masumola Club will meet on Thursday, May 11. The program will include Ed Meece to address the casino planned across US 93 from the Rocky Point intersection. Break out those steaks and weenies, it’s time for a barbeque at the Masumola Clubhouse. Jane Mitchell and Karen Swan will host along with their husbands, Mike and Mac. (We know who’s in charge here: The dudes will be following orders.) Please bring your favored selection for the barbeque and a dish to pass. Everyone’s welcome, and hopefully we will still have some of this great weather to enjoy. If it snows, we’ll fire up the stove. Suggested food distribution: A-H  salad or veggie; I-O hot dish; P-Z dessert.


RHS Jazz Band dinner, dance planned






RONAN — The Ronan High School Dinner Dance will be held at 6:30 p.m. under the big tent in the south KWH lawn. Dinner is $20 and tickets can be purchased on the school website or at the HS office. Dinner is smoked pork loin, potato salad, veggies, rolls and dessert.


Friday, May 12

Library to be closed for staff development


POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library will be closed on Friday, May 12, for staff development.

Saturday, May 13

Electronics recycling event held at Transfer Station


POLSON — Lake County’s 14th annual E-Waste Recycling Day will take place at the Transfer Station from 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.


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).


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