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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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Sunday, September 24

FREE Pickleball clinic offered

9/24/2023

FREE Pickleball clinic and playing for beginner/intermediate players. For teens and adults, the clinic will cover the basics on rules, skill and of course, playing time. In St. Ignatius, at the new tennis courts on Sunday, 09/24/23 from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Instructor is Mike Marnin from Polson. A former HS/MSU tennis player and 4.0 pickleball player. Registration to reserve a spot is due by Friday, 09/22/23 by calling or texting Kimimi Ashley, 406-273-8203.

Monday, September 25

Hear from Glacier National Park archaeologist

9/25/2023

POLSON — On Monday, Sept. 25, from 6-7:30 p.m. Kyle Langley will present, “Bison Archaeology in Glacier National Park.” This program is another in the Montana Library Network Virtual programming series. This program is free and open to all. You must register to receive the link. Register at: tinyurl.com/GNPbisonMT. Kyle Langley is an archaeologist with Glacier National Park. He studies the past and present human relationship with rugged high alpinwe environments such as Glacier National Park, exploring how humans have found sustenance and meaning in these environments.

Library’s Board of Trustees to meet

9/25/2023

POLSON — The next regular meeting of the North Lake County Public Library’s Board of Trustees will be on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 5:30 p.m. All meetings will be held at our temporary location until further notice. The public is welcome to join us at 301 16th Ave. E (First United Methodist Church) for the Board meetings. 

Lunch and learn at ‘Power & Control’ presentation

9/25/2023

POLSON — This is a presentation on the Duluth Model used with the Batterer Intervention Program, coordinated by SAFE Harbor in cooperation with the courts. Session designed to increase awareness of this program with those working in the justice system including law enforcement, attorneys, judges and department staff. Join the presentation on Sept. 25 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Lake County Court House large meeting room. Lunch will be provided. Zoom option available. SAFE Harbor Men’s Group facilitator Mary Dumontier will be the presenter. For more information or to RSVP contact at ladams@lakemt.gov.

Read, sing, play with your baby

9/25/2023

POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library’s Mother Goose program takes place on Mondays at 9:15 a.m. This is an opportunity for parents or caregivers to interact with their young children. This program is geared toward ages zero to three.

 

Tuesday, September 26

Library’s Board of Trustees to meet

9/26/2023

POLSON — The next regular meeting of the North Lake County Public Library’s Board of Trustees will be on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 5:30 p.m. All meetings will be held at our temporary location until further notice. The public is welcome to join us at 301 16th Ave. E (First United Methodist Church) for the Board meetings. 

 

Lights Under the Big Sky to meet, needs volunteers

9/26/2023

RONAN — Friends of the Fairgrounds announces an Open Organizational Planning Meeting for Lights Under the Big Sky on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the Community Center in Ronan at 7 p.m. The Lights Under the Big Sky event has been held for six years and has become a popular community event drawing visitors from all over Western Montana.

The core group of volunteers that have put on this event is now too small to manage the growth the event has experienced.

Friends of the Fairgrounds is currently seeking volunteers to help set up and dismantle the venue for the event.

For more information, call Patty at 406-676-4925.

Wednesday, September 27

Free online meditation classes offered

9/27/2023

ZOOM — Mission Mountain Zen is offering free online meditation classes. Please join the Mission Mountain Zen Center on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 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.

 

Hear from former Ambassador to Ukraine

9/27/2023

POLSON — Lake County Democrats invite you to attend a webinar presented by the University of Montana Mansfield Dialogues Series on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the Mission Bay Clubhouse, 312 Montana Landing in Polson. Lessons from the Edge: A Community Dialogue with Former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. For further information contact Suz Rittenhouse at 406-250-0480.

Irrigators to meet

9/27/2023

RONAN — The Flathead Irrigation District will be holding their monthly meeting on the fourth Wednesday of the month, Sept. 27, at 1 p.m. Mission West Community Development Partners, 407 Main Street SW, will hold the meeting upstairs and an elevator is provided. 

Join Page Turners Youth Book Club

9/27/2023

POLSON — Come join the North Lake County Public Library’s youth book club, the Page Turners. We’ll be reading “Because of Mr. Terupt,” by Rob Buyea. Come pick up your copy of the book from the library in August and we will meet to discuss the book on Sept. 27 at 3:30 p.m.

Mission Valley Live kicks off season

9/27/2023

RONAN — The Mission Valley Live Season kick-off fundraiser will take place at the Ronan Performing Arts Center at the Ronan Middle School, 35885 Round Bute Road W, on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. Here Comes the Sun Band is five extraordinary vocalists and multi-instrumentalists that love to recreate the fun and excitement of the greatest Rock n’ Roll experience ever – the Fab Four. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in Polson at First Interstate Bank, in Ronan at Ronan True Value.

 

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Ronan City Council meets

9/27/2023

RONAN — Ronan City Council meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 207 Main Street SW Ste A. For more information call 406-676-4231.

Thursday, September 28

Colors on ‘Storytime’ agenda

9/28/2023

POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library’s Storytime Program takes place at 10 a.m. on Thursdays. On Sept. 21 “colors” will be their theme.

 

Friday, September 29

Fifth Friday dinner held

9/29/2023

POLSON — Polson Community Church, 1814 First Street E, is holding the Fifth Friday Dinner on Sept. 29 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

 

 

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Gala fundraiser held for women’s recovery center

9/29/2023

RONAN — Life for the Nations and other community churches will sponsor a Hope for the Mission Valley Gala event on Friday, Sept. 29, 2023. This will be an elegant affair with a “Montana formal” dress code. The purpose of the event is to bring to the Mission Valley a Christ-centered recovery program for those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, specifically a Hope Center Ministries Women’s recovery center in 2024. They are in the fundraising stages and have a goal of raising $300,000. The evening will include a catered meal, testimonials and both live and silent auctions. Tickets are $75 each (150 available) and a full table for eight is $600 (32 available). To donate, sponsor or for more information, call 406-883-0865. Life for the Nations is located at 128 Main Street SW in Ronan. 

 

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Mission Falls Market presents the 2023 Garlic Festival

9/29/2023

ST. IGNATIUS — On Friday, Sept. 29, from 5-7 p.m. at the Good Ole Days Pavilion. Mission Falls Market is excited to announce the return of the Garlic Festival to celebrate food, friends, and community. A local meal featuring the bounty of the Mission Valley, local beverages, and live music from Aarron Waling Jennings will be featured. Purchase tickets online in advance as only a limited number of tickets will be sold the day-of. 

 

Sunday, October 1

Church welcomes all

10/1/2023

POLSON — Feeling lost in your faith? Free guidance every Sunday. Come join us on the hill at Polson Community Church at 10:30 a.m., 1814 First St. E. We also have “Seekers,” an adult Sunday School class, at 9:15 a.m.

 

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Monday, October 2

Read, sing, play with your baby

10/2/2023

POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library’s Mother Goose program takes place on Mondays at 9:15 a.m. This is an opportunity for parents or caregivers to interact with their young children. This program is geared toward ages zero to three.

 

Tuesday, October 3

Mission Valley Children’s Choir starts again

10/3/2023

RONAN — The Mission Valley Children’s Choir will begin its 8th year on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at the Faith Lutheran Church, 406 5th Ave. SW in Ronan. Refreshments and “together time” begin at 3:40 p.m., with rehearsals held from 4 to 5 p.m. every Tuesday.  The choir is open to children from the Mission Valley in grades 2-6. Choir directors are Mrs. Cathy Gillhouse and Wendy Sanders. Participation is free of charge. 

Gillhouse will pick up the children who attend K. William Harvey and bring them to the church. They will meet at the flagpole in front of the school. It is the director’s goal to expose the children to many different styles of music throughout the year, ranging from multicultural, spirituals, folk songs, show tunes, patriotic, sacred and seasonal. Contact Gillhouse at 406-207-3032 or gill4748@hotmail.com, for more information.

 

Wednesday, October 4

Polson Chamber to host MWCD at luncheon

10/4/2023

POLSON — The Polson Chamber of Commerce will host Mission West Community Development at noon luncheon at the Kwataqnuk Resort on Dec. 4. Their goal is to enhance the quality of life and economic well-being of all residents of the communities they serve. Mission West works with small businesses, community development organizations, cooperative businesses, and food and agriculture producers to enhance the economic well-being of the communities and businesses we serve. We offer businesses development services, food processing and manufacturing, cooperative business start-up support, community development assistance, and access to one-on-one free training, coaching, and mentoring from our expert network consultants to help you develop and bolster your business. Visit our website: www.missionwestcdp.org for information about our free business development services and to view our free business training and development workshop offerings.

 

Thursday, October 5

Learn about Russia’s cyber campaign

10/5/2023

KALISPELL — Flathead Valley Community College’s Continuing Education Center is hosting free community lectures and no registration is necessary. Lectures are held in the Arts & Technology building, room 139. “Subconscious Seduction: Russian Cyber Meddling in Eastern Europe” will take place on Thursday, Oct. 5, from 6-7:30 p.m. Russia’s effort to menace Eastern Europe extends well beyond Ukraine as Putin’s regime continues its cyber campaign to influence public opinion (and political leadership) in countries such as Hungary, Serbia and the Baltic States. Winning the hearts and minds of this geostrategic region means securing voters and political party leaders who are sympathetic to Russia and, thus, uncooperative NATO and EU partners. This lecture discusses the nature of the threat and what it means for the U.S. and its allies. For more information about FVCC’s Continuing Education fall class offerings, visit: fvcc.edu/ContinuingEducation.

 

Saturday, October 7

Circle of Security

10/7/2023

Join Families First Learning Lab's Circle of Security program to improve your parent-child relationship. Our facilitators teach you how to support your child's emotional needs, develop their self-esteem, and respect their desire for security. The program includes a free follow-up consultation with a counselor from Families First. 

 

Join us for our next FREE 5-class series starting Tuesday, Nov. 7. Childcare and dinner are provided. Register at: familiesfirstmt.org/mbh.html or email Brittany at: brittany@familiesfirstmt.org. 

Circle of Security

10/7/2023

Join Families First Learning Lab's Circle of Security program to improve your parent-child relationship. Our facilitators teach you how to support your child's emotional needs, develop their self-esteem, and respect their desire for security. The program includes a free follow-up consultation with a counselor from Families First. 

 

Join us for our next FREE 5-class series starting Tuesday, Nov. 7. Childcare and dinner are provided. Register at: familiesfirstmt.org/mbh.html or email Brittany at: brittany@familiesfirstmt.org. 

Circle of Security

10/7/2023

Join Families First Learning Lab's Circle of Security program to improve your parent-child relationship. Our facilitators teach you how to support your child's emotional needs, develop their self-esteem, and respect their desire for security. The program includes a free follow-up consultation with a counselor from Families First. 

 

Join us for our next FREE 5-class series starting Tuesday, Nov. 7. Childcare and dinner are provided. Register at: familiesfirstmt.org/mbh.html or email Brittany at: brittany@familiesfirstmt.org. 

MME holds yard sale

10/7/2023

POLSON — Go to the Mission Mountain Empowerment yard sale on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at 35647 S. Hills Drive.

 

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