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"Spirit of Christmas" musical benefit on December 21
ST. IGNATIUS — You are cordially invited to attend a benefit concert with all donations going directly to the restoration project at the Mission. On December 21, at 4 p.m., the Treasure State Chorale will bring the true "Spirit of Christmas" to the church with exciting, festive, and joyous music so plentiful at this time of year. Set aside that Sunday afternoon to leave behind the hustle and bustle and enjoy the music of the season while helping restore the Mission. Any questions can be addressed to 745-2768.

SKHA Home Ownership Education class offered January 16
PABLO — The Flathead Finance Program and the Salish and Kootenai Housing Authority invite you to join the Home Ownership class! Class will be held in the SKHA boardroom on January 16, 2015, from 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and all necessary material will be provided. This class is free of charge and is open to everyone interested in: homeownership, refinancing, remodeling or building their dream home.

This is a certified class, to receive a certificate you must be in attendance all day! To R.S.V.P., please call 675-4491, ext. 1517.

Meet with the Arlee Celebration Committee
ST. IGNATIUS — 2015 Arlee Celebration Committee will meet first Wednesday of every Month at 6 p.m. at the Long House. The public is welcome. For more info go to or you can contact committee members: Willie Stevens, 406-270-6958; Alec Quequesah, 406-273-1024; Gene Sorrell, 406-261-5523;Chaney Bell, 406-212-9835

Get of out the box with FLIC
POLSON — Join the Supporting Cast of the Flathead Lake International Cinemafest (FLIC) scheduled Jan. 23-25, 2015. Those with a passion for independent out-of-the-box films and for the community can now help finance the local film festival.

The FLIC Committee has established a new sponsorship category, “Supporting Cast,” for donors from between $30 and $249. Donor names will appear in the printed program along with other levels of giving. Be among the first Supporting Cast members by sending your donation to Gerry Browning, FLIC Treasurer, 39418 Lakeview Drive, Polson, MT 59860.

FLIC is a non-profit with a mission to provide makers of all film genres a venue through which they enrich themselves and their audiences by engaging with film. For more information visit or e-mail

All-Access Pass to the Flathead Lake International Cinemafest is a great Christmas gift
POLSON — Give the gift of film this Christmas with an All-Access Film Festival Pass to the Flathead Lake International Cinemafest (FLIC) scheduled for Jan. 23-25, 2015.

A limited number of discounted passes are now available online through December at Upon purchase, a printable gift certificate can be used as a stocking stuffer or sent as an electronic attachment. The pass allows entrance to all 2015 FLIC events and film screenings.

In January tickets will be available for individual events and screenings.

Break out the special eyeglasses or shades for the festival kick-off, a “SPECtacular SPECtacle” themed Opening Party, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 23, at the KwaTaqNuk Resort. Film screenings begin at 8 p.m., Friday at the Showboat Cinemas, Main Street in Polson, and continue through Sunday, Jan. 25, with an Awards/Closing Party. The three-day program includes film screenings of domestic and international features, shorts and documentaries of all genres.

For more information visit, e-mail

Noon meals return to Indian Senior Centers
The Indian Senior Centers are open again for their regular noon meals for seniors in Polson and Ronan on specific days listed below. The Centers had been closed for a few weeks due to a lack of a new cook.

   • The Ronan Senior Center has its noon meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
   • The Polson Senior Center has its noon meals on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Local Veteran representatives announce schedules
PABLO — Lloyd Jackson and/or Bill Rogers, veteran representatives, will be available each Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the new Pablo Complex, room 220, to answer questions and help fill out forms for health care and benefits for all veterans. Twice each month a veteran representative will be at the Mission Valley Veteran Center in St. Ignatius. For schedules, call: (406) 675-2700 ext. 1313, (406) 675-4137 or (406) 253-0925 to keep up with the benefit changes.

TABE assessments are available at Salish Kootenai College
PABLO — Students entering Salish Kootenai College are required to take a TABE Assessment, which measures your basic skills in Math, Reading, and Language.

TABE tests are given every Monday at 11:30 a.m. and on Wednesdays at 9 a.m., by the Department of Academic Success on the SKC campus. The Department of Academic Success is no longer in the John Peter Paul Building, they are now across the street from the Big Knife Building, Building #58. SKC encourages locals to take the assessment early to beat the rush of new students entering the new quarter.

For further information, contact the Department of Academic Success at 275-4986 or 275-4868.

The People's Center seeks instructors
PABLO — The People's Center Education Program is seeking instructors for upcoming classes and activities:
   • Bustle construction
   • Dance outfit construction (men’s and women’s, kids)
   • Family night events: Mini bustles, mini headdress, and other activities families can do together.

Drumming and singing with dance steps for little ones.

If you are interested in teaching/instructing call Marie at 675-0160 (Monday-Thursday).