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Rendezvous at Fort Connah on April 30, May 1
POST CREEK — The Fort Connah Restoration Society will host their annual Spring Open House Rendezvous which depicts life during the fur trading era of Montana, Saturday April 30 and Sunday May 1. This is a great opportunity to see the 1846 historic Hudson’s Bay Fort Connah Trading Post come to life!

This event will be FREE TO THE PUBLIC and includes demonstrations of time-era activities, Moose Creek chuckwagon-style barbeque, bake goods sale, beer and wine, crafts and kids games. There will be historical talks after the opening ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

MAIN EVENTS will be held Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 10 am. to 3 p.m. 

Fort Connah is located six miles north of St. Ignatius at mile marker 39 on Highway 93.

General information and trader/demonstrator set-ups call Carolyn Corey/Preston Miller (406)745-4336, email

Coming to Hangin’ Art Gallery
ARLEE — Music and arts events return to Hangin Art Gallery on Highway 93.

Saturday, April 30 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Poetry and Short Stories: JoAnne Troxel will read from her book of poetry “Mean Dog Blues” and Jerry McGahan, Killdeer Artist will read from his newly published book of short stories “The Deer Walking Upside Down”. Join us for an afternoon of readings that celebrate the sense of place that is the Jocko Valley and the Flathead Indian Reservation. Lunch and/or coffee and desserts will be available for sale.

Questions? Call Donna at Hangin Art Gallery at (406) 726-5005 or contact at

Fourth Grade Days starts May 5
POLSON — Lake County Conservation District is again sponsoring 4th Grade Days at the Polson Fairgrounds. Polson and Valley View 4th graders will attend on Thursday May 5 and Ronan, Pablo and Mission Valley Christian Academy will attend on Friday May 6. Students will arrive about 9:30 a.m. with a lunch break about noon, then continue until about 2:30 p.m., weather permitting. They will rotate through a dozen or so stations, spending about 15 minutes at each, where they will learn about weeds, farm animals, watershed, etc.

Homebuyer Education class
PABLO — The Flathead Finance Program and the Salish and Kootenai Housing Authority (SKHA) invite you to join the Homebuyer Education class! Class will be held in the SKHA boardroom on May 6, 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and all necessary materials will be provided.

This class is free of charge and is open to everyone interested in homeownership, refinancing, remodeling or building your dream home.

This is a certified class, and to receive a certificate you must be in attendance all day! Please R.S.V.P. by calling 675-4491, ext. 1517, or e-mail

Get up-to-date on Polson’s waste water changes on May 13
POLSON — If you want to get reliable information on Polson’s waste water changes and grants, the development code including “Old Town” zoning changes, the strategic planning process, an update on the growth policy and the latest news on personnel changes in the Parks and Planning Dept., then come to the Friday, May 13 meeting of the Lake County Pachyderm Club.  Guest speaker is Mark Shrives, Polson’s City Manager. 

The meeting begins at noon in the Polson Rural Fire Hall on Regatta Road.  Adjournment is at 1 p.m.

Get to know your dog
PABLO — Learn more about dog behavior and your relationship with your best friend. Free classes are Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Mission Valley Animal Shelter. Classes are open to participants ages 8 and up.

April 30: Loose Leash Walking
May 21: Dog:Dog Greeting
June 30: What Am I Feeding My Dog?

Call 883-5312 for details and register.

Dog Training Class set for mid-May
PABLO — Mission Valley Animal Shelter is holding another class for people looking to help train shelter dogs on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 16-18 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. each day. You must be available all three days.

We then ask for a minimum 6-week commitment working with the dogs at least twice each week.

Participants must be over 18. Please call 883-5312 or stop by the shelter for more details and to register.

Hear the bells ring this weekend
PABLO — The Copeland Memorial Handbell Choir of First Presbyterian in Polson will host the 35th annual Big Sky Handbell Festival on the Salish and Kootenai College Campus this Friday and Saturday, Aprl 29 and 30.

The Big Sky Handbell Festival is held every year the last weekend in April. This year’s festival involves 25 choirs with around 230 ringers. Our goal is to provide an educational event in a multi-choir environment. David Harris, the director of the Raleigh Ringers out of Raleigh, North Carolina, a nationally known clinician, leads our event. This two-day festival encourages fellowship and great ringing as handbell choirs gather from around Montana and parts of Idaho. The culmination of the festival is a free concert open to the public, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. at the Joe McDonald Gymnasium.

Donkey Basketball comes to Arlee on May 11
ARLEE — Donkey Basketball is coming, Wednesday, May 11 at 7 p.m. at Arlee High School! National Honor Society is proud to host donkey basketball, a fun and family-friendly event that’s also a fundraiser for NHS’s charitable activities.

To watch this entertaining, action-packed event, pay $8 for adults, $6 for students, and $4 for children K-6 in advance at the high school office or buy tickets from any current Arlee National Honor Society member; pay $1 more at the door.

Learn repair at “Hands on” Home Maintenance class
PABLO — Ever wonder if you could fix it yourself? Join us and learn how! Class will be held in the SKHA boardroom on Friday, May 23, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. This free-of-charge class is open to anyone interested in learning to:
• Unclog toilet 
• Fix a leaking faucet
• Fix a screen window
• Change filters in a furnace
• Repair a hole in the wall
• Proper use of a fire extinguisher
• Discuss proper home ventilation
• Insurance and costs of maintaining a home

Please call 675-4491, ext. 1517 to R.S.V.P.

Polson School District Board meeting scheduled
POLSON — The Polson School District’s next regular Board Meeting will be held Monday May 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the Board Room at 111 4th Ave. E.

Work out your cardio native-style
POLSON — Come dance with Naomi Billedeaux and friends at the Native Dance Cardio Work Out on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 4:45 at the Montana Co-OP building located at 104 Main Street. All ages are welcome. Bring a water bottle and comfy shoes or Rock Your Mocs. This class is sponsored by a SAMHSA grant. Call 261-3364 for more information.

Sports legend Johnny Rodgers meet-and-greet set for April 30
POLSON — Johnny Rodgers, the 1972 Heisman trophy winner, will hosts a?”Meet and Greet” dinner at the Lake Bar, located on 101 Main Street on Saturday, April 30 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Cost is $22 each dinner ticket

Rodgers is in the area speaking to students on the dangers of “drugs and alcohol.” He will be at Two Eagle high school students on Thursday, April 28 (Joe McDonald gym) from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and SKC student bookstore from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. On Friday, April 29, he will be at Polson high school from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and Charlo High School from noon to 1:30 p.m.

All profits will benefit the Mission Valley Mariners baseball team seeking donations for new uniforms for the upcoming season. For more information on the “meet and greet” dinner and school appearances, please call Monty Marengo (406) 212-1699.

Join the Spirit of Truth Church
PABLO — Biblical studies for men - Warriors of Promise will meet the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month to begin at 8:30 a.m. with breakfast provided.

As God has appointed the roles of men and women, a man stands in a similar position toward his wife as Christ does to men. A man who is a godly example of loving authority “is the image and glory of God.”

Women’s Fellowship meets every Friday at 11:30 am.
April 30: Garage Sale 10 – 2: pm
May 1: Garage Sale and potluck 10 – 2: pm
May 14: Men’s prayer

They are located at 57816 Hwy 93 (the old All Red Paint’s building).

For more information contact: Jeannine Padilla 406-552-9194 or Dr. Mingo Guerrero, Home: 406-837-2637 or Cell: 707-337-2645.

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, in room 220. They will be available 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: 675-2700, ext. 1313, 675-4137, or 253-0925.