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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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Wednesday, September 6

Chamber lunch held

9/6/2023

POLSON — The Polson Chamber of Commerce luncheon will be held at the KwaTaqNuk from noon to 1 p.m. These luncheons give you access to community leaders, help you promote your business and give you insight into community wide issues.

Free online meditation classes offered

9/6/2023

ZOOM — Mission Mountain Zen is offering free online meditation classes. Please join the Mission Mountain Zen Center on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 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.

Polson City Commission meeting date change

9/6/2023

POLSON — The Polson City Commission meets the first and third Mondays of each month (Wednesday, if the Monday falls on a holiday) at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 106 First Street, E. Meetings are open to the public. Monday, Sept. 4, is Labor Day so the Commission will be on Wednesday.

Polson City Commission to meet

9/6/2023

POLSON — The Polson City Commission meets the first and third Mondays of each month (Wednesday, if the Monday falls on a holiday) at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 106 First Street, E. Meetings are open to the public. Monday Sept. 4 is Labor Day so the Commission will be on Wednesday.

Tribal Health Harvest Fest to focus on health

9/6/2023

ARLEE — CSKT Tribal Health is sponsoring a Harvest Fest focusing on health in Arlee on Wednesday, Sept. 6, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Community Center on Powwow Road. The event will feature booths with interactive experiences and information on a variety of health topics, including healthy eating, being smoke-free, and maintaining an active lifestyle. Food demonstrations include a dry meat rack and a fermentation station where attendees can follow a recipe and take home a finished product to complete the fermenting process. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Thursday, September 7

Learn about an immigrant from Haiti

9/7/2023

POLSON — Joanne and Jim Simpson and the Polson Senior Center will present: “Living in America: An Immigrant Story of Haiti: From Slavery to the 21st Century” by Mr. Turnier Esperance. Turnier will share the unique story of Haiti at The Polson Senior Center, on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. Those interested may also join us via Zoom - email: haitiansportsfoundation@gmail.com for a zoom link. 

Pachyderms to meet

9/7/2023

POLSON — The Lake County Republican Pachyderm meeting will take place at the Polson Rural Fire Dept., 25b Regatta Rd. For this one meeting we will be starting at 11:30 a.m. to accommodate the speaker’s schedule.

 Our speaker for this Pachyderm meeting will be Don “K” Kaltschmidt, the Montana GOP Chairman. Come to hear what Don K has to say about the state of the GOP and I am sure there will be time for questions.

 

Friday, September 8

Local goods sold at Polson Farmers Market

9/8/2023

POLSON — The Polson Farmer’s Market is open every Friday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. until October. Located in downtown Polson, 3rd Ave. W, (in front of the Cove Deli) the market offers locally produced fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, cheese, eggs, honey, jams & jellies, baked goods, bedding plants, jewelry, photography, art, pottery, and many more unique craft items.

 

Tuesday, September 12

LCCOA in Ronan site of Transportation Advisory Committee meeting

9/12/2023

RONAN — The Lake County Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) will meet at 2 p.m. on Sept. 12 at Lake County Council on Aging in Ronan to discuss FY25 - 5310 MDT van/bus purchases for Lake County organizations and any amendments to Lake County Coordination Plan. Public and interested parties welcome.

Wednesday, September 13

Free online meditation classes offered

9/13/2023

ZOOM — Mission Mountain Zen is offering free online meditation classes. Please join the Mission Mountain Zen Center on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 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. For more information and a Zoom link to the class call Zenku at 847-721-0665 or email at Jerry.Smyers@gmail.com.

Reserve spot in Mario Kart Tourney

9/13/2023

POLSON — On Wednesday, Sept. 13, starting at 12:30 p.m. join the North Lake County Public Library for an awesome Mario Kart Tournament on the library’s Nintendo Switch. This program is geared toward ages 7-10, with a cap of eight contestants. Call the library at 406-883-8225 to reserve your spot today. Thanks to The Greater Polson Community Foundation for providing our Nintendo Switch.

Thursday, September 14

Enjoy Ronan’s Farmer’s Market

9/14/2023

RONAN — Every Thursday through Oct. 12, enjoy the Ronan Farmer’s Market from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the Ronan Visitor’s Center on Highway 93.

Friday, September 15

Local goods sold at Polson Farmers Market

9/15/2023

POLSON — The Polson Farmer’s Market is open every Friday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. until October. Located in downtown Polson, 3rd Ave. W, (in front of the Cove Deli) the market offers locally produced fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, cheese, eggs, honey, jams & jellies, baked goods, bedding plants, perennials, shrubs, veggie & herb starts, hanging baskets, cut flowers, soaps, skin care products, wood working products, jewelry, photography, art, pottery, and many more unique craft items.

Local goods sold at Polson Farmers Market

9/15/2023

POLSON — Due to limited staffing, the North Lake County Public Library will close at 5:30 p.m. on Fridays. 

 

MSU presents Caregiver Respite Retreat

9/15/2023

POLSON — MSU Lake County Extension office is partnering with MSU Healthy Aging Department to host a Caregiver Respite Retreat on Friday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. This is a free event, lunch is included, and participants will receive a $50 Visa gift card. This retreat is for all those wonderful folks who have stepped into the role as caregiver (fulltime or part-time). Registration is required; call 406-676-4271.

St. Luke hosts annual Foundation Dinner

9/15/2023

RONAN – The St. Luke Community Healthcare Foundation hosts their annual fundraiser dinner on Friday, Sept. 15. Live and silent auctions accompany a fine dining experience. Proceeds will go toward the purchase of an in-house MRI machine. Call 406-528-5218 to make reservations.

Saturday, September 16

Family-friendly Harvest Festival held

9/16/2023

RONAN — Spend the day enjoying a farmers market, craft fair, petting zoo, bounce house, games, food, beer and live music. Come hang out with your local community from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. behind the Ronan Visitor’s Center and Glacier Bank.

FWP to hold Women’s Warden Workshop

9/16/2023

HELENA — Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Law Enforcement Division will hold its first ever Women’s Warden Workshop on Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Montana WILD in Helena. The workshop is open to anyone 16 years or older who is interested in becoming a warden. Registration is not required. 

The workshop will cover topics including: a day in the life of a warden; how to become a warden; opportunities to meet FWP’s female wardens; case presentations; mock investigations; and ride-along opportunities. Anyone who is interested in the warden profession but cannot attend the workshop can contact Warden Brooke Shelley at: brjohnson@mt.gov. 

FWP’s Law Enforcement Division provides conservation law enforcement services to the people of Montana to help steward and protect Montana’s Fish, Wildlife, Parks and outdoor recreation resources. For more information about the division, go to fwp.mt.gov/aboutfwp/enforcement. 

 

Join Life Savers Animal Rescue BBQ

9/16/2023

RONAN — You are invited along with your LSAR dogs to our second annual adopter, foster and supporter appreciation gathering. Join the celebration of everyone that helps make our rescue such a success on Sept. 16 from noon to 3 p.m. at Ronan City Park Pavilion, located on Eisenhower Street and 4th Ave. In addition to the barbecue there will be giveaways, a raffle basket, LSAR merchandise and dogs.

Play in Toys for Tots Golf Tourney

9/16/2023

POLSON — The 8th annual Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots 4-person Golf Scramble, presented by Marine Corps League #1041, will take place at the Polson Bay Golf Course on Saturday, Sept. 16. This tournament is open to the public. Course season pass holders pay $50 entry fee and non-course pass holders pay $60. Deadline for all entries is Wednesday, Sept. 13. For more information call 406-249-2250 or the Polson Bay Golf Course at 406-883-8238.

Sunday, September 17

Lake County Democrats hold picnic

9/17/2023

POLSON — Picnic in the park on Sunday, Sept. 17, at 4 p.m. with Lake County Democrats. It’s a Jambalaya Labor Day Celebration. We’ll provide Jambalaya with rice, rolls, lemonade and water, you bring your side dishes and chairs. BYOB. There will be a quilt raffle and drawing. Join us a Boettcher Park, Shelter No. 2. 

Monday, September 18

Polson City Commission to meet

9/18/2023

POLSON — The Polson City Commission meets the first and third Mondays of each month (Wednesday, if the Monday falls on a holiday) at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 106 First Street, E. Meetings are open to the public.

Read, sing, play with your baby

9/18/2023

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.

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