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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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Saturday, June 17

Free hamburger feed held

6/17/2023

BIG ARM - From noon until 2 p.m. Polson Rural Fire membership will host it’s annual free hamburger feed for the Polson community at the Big Arm Fire Station. Meet local volunteer firefighters and see some of the new equipment and fire trucks. Donations accepted.

Listen to music in the Missions

6/17/2023

ST. IGNATIUS — At 3 p.m., Tanner Laws, one of our own Montana boys, plays a large variety of cover songs as well as many of his own originals. At 5 p.m. The Nate Champion Band, based out of Sheridan, Wyoming, will play. They are a five-piece improvisational mixed genre jam band with an emphasis on fun music that makes you want to get up and dance. From 9:30-11 p.m. Kenny Feidler and The Cowboy Killers will perform. Fiedler’s dark and stormy cowboy lyrics combine with a heavy rock and roll band. Kicking off for Feidler will be up and coming Kellen Smith who is a singer/songwriter from Gillette, Wyoming, who makes his home on the Daly Ranch. All tickets are general admission for $40. There will be parking available at The St. Ignatius Schools (76 3rd Ave, St. Ignatius) for $10 with shuttles available or it is a 5 min walk to the venue. All parking proceeds go to St. Ignatius Schools. There will also be some limited free parking at the venue, 228 Mountain View Dr. 

Make vases

6/17/2023

RONAN — Judy Wright will guide you in making your own fused glass pocket vases during this two-day class scheduled for June 17 and 24. The classes are from 1-4 p.m. each day and located at Judy’s Ronan studio. All materials provided. Call 406-883-5956, for more information.

 

Pride picnic party, fashion show

6/17/2023

RONAN — On June 17 from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., the Pride Picnic Party will be at the Ronan City Park. The family friendly fashion show is open to all with the theme “show off your summer pride style.” There’ll be potluck style catering and live music, yard games, crafting stations, and a poetry slam. BYO lawn chairs and tables. For more information, email dana@safeharbormt.org. 

Veterans Information Expo held

6/17/2023

POLSON — On Saturday, June 17, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at 512 Main Street, (Elks Lodge). The Elk Veterans has teamed up with the Vietnam Veterans Association and Associates to bring in the experts to ensure every veteran can get help/information to get the benefits they deserve.

Visit historic site

6/17/2023

ST. IGNATIUS — From June 15-June 18 live history displays including flint knapping, fur display, black powder and wool spinning will take place at Fort Connah Trading Post on Highway 93 just north of St. Ignatius. Come see the oldest standing wooden structure in Montana. Main events held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 17, and Sunday, June 18. For more information call 406-745-4336 or email: 4winds@blackfoot.net

Watch Sprint night

6/17/2023

POLSON — The Mission Valley Speedway Superoval, 1113 N. Reservoir Rd., is the site of the Legends, Winged Sprints, CAN-AM Sprint 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. Call 406-212-8159 for more information.

Sunday, June 18

Enjoy Father’s Day golf

6/18/2023

POLSON — A Father’s Day two-person scramble parent/child and husband/wife golf tournament takes place at the Polson Bay Golf Course from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Go to polsonbaygolfcourse@gmail.com for more information.

 

 

 

Monday, June 19

Attend Bible Day Camp

6/19/2023

POLSON — The Flathead Lutheran Bible Day Camp will be held June 19-23. The Bible Theme is “Holy Trinity, Wholly Love.” All children entering grades 1–6 (fall 2023) are welcome to attend. The cost is $75 per child and camperships are available. Lots of activities: swimming, arts and crafts, games. 

This Ecumenical program is sponsored by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Polson Presbyterian Church, and the Dayton Community Presbyterian Church. For information and forms, call any of the listed churches or 406-249-3938 or 406-250-8731. 

Data, Donuts provides science information

6/19/2023

YELLOW BAY/ZOOM — The Flathead Lake Biological Station, 32125 Bio Station Lane, will hold science lectures for the public from 10-11 a.m., either on site or via Zoom. Speakers’ topics are determined by their areas of expertise. Contact Gordon Luikhart at 406-872-4517, for more information.

Wednesday, June 21

Join the library party

6/21/2023

POLSON — Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Launch Party is on June 21 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  This program is for children ages 0-5. Many organizations from throughout Lake County will host a fun filled launch party.  There will be giveaways, activities and snacks. Join the party at 301 16th Ave. E  (temporary location in the First United Methodist Church).

 

 

Lakers celebrate 65th Anniversary

6/21/2023

POLSON — Join us on the Summer Solstice for the Flathead Lakers annual meeting and 65th Anniversary Celebration. Social hour begins at 5 p.m. with drinks and appetizers, and the program starts at 6 p.m.

Pro-Am tourney in Polson

 

Watch Ladies Gold Tourney

6/21/2023

POLSON — The PWGA Ladies Invitational golf tournament will be held at the Polson Bay Golf Course on June 21 from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Contact bmvick@yahoo.com for more information.

 

Thursday, June 22

Native Culture Specialist to attend reading program

6/22/2023

POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program will have a Native Culture Specialist at 10 a.m.

 

Visit ‘Wall that Heals’

6/22/2023

KALISPELL — This Vietnam War memorial exhibit includes a 53-foot trailer carries “The Wall That Heals,” which transforms to become a mobile Education Center. The exterior of the trailer features a timeline of “The War and The Wall” and provides additional information about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Additional exhibits give visitors a better understanding of the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the collection of items left at The Wall. The exhibit opens Thursday, June 22, and ends on Sunday, June 25, and will be located at Glacier High School Soccer Field, 375 Wolfpack Way, in Kalispell. Go to: kalispellvfw.com to make a reservation and for more information.

 

 

 

Saturday, June 24

Join Summer Solstice Beer, Music Festival

6/24/2023

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.

Weekly guidance offered at Community Church

6/24/2023

POLSON — Feeling lost in your faith? Receive free guidance every Sunday. Come join us on the hill at Polson Community Church, 1814 1st Street E, at 10:30 a.m. On Sunday, June 25, we will also have “Seekers,” an adult Sunday School class, at 9:15 a.m.

Yellow Bay Community Club holds bazaar

6/24/2023

YELLOW BAY — All are welcome to the Yellow Bay Community Bazaar, Saturday, June 24, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Yellow Bay Community Clubhouse, 23420 Montana Hwy 35 (mile marker 18).  

The day includes several sale tables full of gently used household items, furniture, a used book sale by Polson’s Friends of the Library, homemade bake sale, lunch wagon of hot dog and fixin’s, and free coffee. For more information call 406-982-3064 or email: yellowbayclubmt@gmail.com  

Wednesday, June 28

Democrats hold spaghetti dinner

6/28/2023

RONAN — The Lake County Democrats will host their annual spaghetti dinner and fundraiser on Wednesday, June 28 at 5:30 p.m. at the Mission Valley Senior Center. The featured speaker is Ryan Busse, author of Gunfight, an expose of the gun industry. He is a former firearms executive and an adviser for the US Senate Sportsman Caucus. The cost for the event is $25 per person and gift baskets will be auctioned off. Call Dayna McClure at 406-544-5165 if you have any questions.

 

Enjoy first day of Arlee Powwow

6/28/2023

ARLEE — The Arlee Celebration Powwow begins with Campers’ Day and gates opening at 9 a.m. 

 

Irrigators to meet

6/28/2023

RONAN — The Flathead Irrigation District’s monthly meeting takes place on May 24 at 1 p.m. at Mission West Community Development Partners, 407 Main Street SW. The meeting is upstairs, and an elevator is provided. 

Young competitive golfers invited to golf camp

6/28/2023

POLSON — Future Phenoms Golf Camp is designed for competitively driven Montana youth golfers, ages 12-18, who have goals of state championships or college scholarships. Two sessions will be held: 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. The cost is $200. 

(Two scholarships will be available for each session. Included in the scholarship will be entry into the camp and a $150 travel stipend. Scholarship information can be found by emailing Cameron Milton, PGA at cmilton@pga.com.) Lead instructor is Cameron Milton.

Zoom a meditation class

6/28/2023

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

 

Thursday, June 29

Reading program invites ‘Maker Truck’

6/29/2023

POLSON — All summer reading programs will be held at the library’s temporary location, 301 16th Ave. E. (United Methodist Church building). Steph Gillin will bring the “Maker Truck” with all sorts of fun activities. See you at 10 a.m.

 

Ronan Farmers Market open on Thursdays

6/29/2023

The Ronan Farmers Market is held every Thursday from 3:30-6:30 p.m. behind the Ronan Visitor Center. You'll find locally grown meat, eggs, milk, and produce alongside a selection of arts and crafts from local makers.

Friday, June 30

Annual Chamber Blast held

6/30/2023

POLSON — The Polson Chamber of Commerce will hold their 12th annual Chamber Blast Event on Friday, June 30, at Big Sky Sporting Clays, 3500 Irvine Flats Road. Registration takes place from 10-10:20 a.m.; 10:20-10:30 a.m. a Shooter Safety briefing will take place; from 10:30-2 p.m. the sporting clays tournament will be held and from 2-2:30 p.m. lunch will be served and an awards ceremony will take place. Registration deadline is June 19. The cost is $150 per shooter or $450 per three-person team. Registration includes 100 targets, 100 shells, door prizes, lunch and awards. Send registration to: Polson Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 667, Polson, MT 59860.

 

Powwow honors the Salish ways

6/30/2023

ARLEE — The Arlee Celebration Powwow, “Honoring the Ways of the Salish People,” will begin at 8 a.m. with the Youth Co-Ed 3-on3 Basketball Tourney. Royalty contestant interviews take place at 11 a.m. Social dancing is at 1 p.m. and the Royalty dance exhibition judging is at 2 p.m. Registration for drum and dance competition is a 4 p.m. Supper break is at 5 p.m. Drum roll call is at 6:45 p.m. and Grand Entry is at 7 p.m. Adult women perform Traditional, Jingle, and Fancy dances and men dance Traditional, Grass, Fancy and Chicken dances. The day ends at 11 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Youth softball tourney held

6/30/2023

POLSON — The Polson Splash Classic Fastpitch Youth Softball Tournament will be held Friday, June 30 to Sunday, July 2. Call 406-890-9215 for more information. Register online at: tourneymachine.com 

 

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