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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:



Friday, June 28

Check out Rock The Dock Concert


POLSON — Music starts at 7 p.m. at the KwaTaq Nuk Resort, 49708 US Highway 93 East, with “Kelley and Ben” providing the tunes. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.


Come to Polson Chamber Sporting Clays event


POLSON — The Polson Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual Sporting Clays event on Friday, June 28. There is room for 20 teams this year.


Flathead Lake book, author on site at library


POLSON — On July 1 at 6 p.m. a Butch Larcombe book talk, and book signing will take place. Larcombe is a local author. He will have a new book, “Historic Tales of Flathead Lake,” coming out in late June 2024. He will share about writing the book and answer your questions. He will also be selling and signing copies of his latest release. We have limited space, so we are asking you to register for this program. Just call the library at 406-883-8225 or sign up to attend the next time you are here. We anticipate this will be a very popular program.

Mission Mountain Rodeo welcomes all


POLSON — The Polson Fairgrounds is the site for the 2024 Mission Mountain Rodeo held on Friday and Saturday, June 28, and 29.

Pachyderms to meet


POLSON — The next Pachyderm meeting will be held on at noon on June 28 at the Polson Rural Fire Station. Our next speaker is author Charles Garner who recently wrote the book titled “A Canary in a Coal Mine - Hope for a Culture in Free Fall,” which is a book on how we can still save our Country. Charles is also a curriculum designer, and a teacher to the church. Please feel free to bring lunch/drinks to the meeting. We look forward to seeing everyone at this meeting - you will enjoy hearing Charles speak.


Take advantage of free entry at Glacier Park


GLACIER NATIONAL PARK — In celebration of National Public Lands Day, there will be no entry fee at Glacier National Park.

Tale advamtage of free Glacier Park Entry


GLACIER NATIONAL PARK — In celebration of Juneteenth National Independence Day, entry fees will be waived at Glacier National Park.


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