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SKHA offers “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 September 26, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. This class is free of charge and is open to anyone interested in learning to:
   • fix a leaking faucet
   • fix a Screen window
   • change filters in a furnace
   • repair a hole in the wall
   • unclog a toilet
   • how to properly use a fire extinguisher
   • insurance
   • costs of maintaining the home Call 675-4491, ext. 1517 to R.S.V.P.

American Indian Alumni Social to kick off Homecoming weekend
MISSOULA — The American Indian Alumni Social for the University of Montana is set for homecoming weekend, on Friday, Sept. 26. The social gathering will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Bonnie HeavyRunner Gathering Place in The Payne Family Native American Center.

The social promises an evening of reconnection and socialization with fellow Native Griz alumni. It will feature a welcome from the American Indian Alumni Group Committee, as well as a tour of the Payne Center’s recently finished Eloise Cobell Land and Culture Institute. Light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar also will be available for attendees.

The UM American Indian Alumni Group was formed in the summer of 2003 and helps alumni stay connected to UM by organizing a number of social events for indigenous graduates throughout the year.

Free Compassionate Communication workshops available
PABLO — Free training in non-violent communication for families, couples, teachers, work situations and law enforcement will be available. Trainers are Patrick Marsolek and Aimee Ryan.

Trainings will be September 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Mission Valley UMC, top of Post Creek Hill; and October 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at SKC, Camas Room. A light lunch will provided.

Pre-register at 745-4259. Community participation of all ages is welcomed! Workshops sponsored by Flathead Reservation Human Rights Coalition, Inc. with a grant from the Oleta “Pete” Smith Foundation.

Gold Star Mother’s Day event set for September 28
RONAN — VFW 5652 is honoring mothers who have lost a son or daughter in military service on September 28, starting at noon at the Ronan City Park.

A luncheon will be held afterwards.

Gold Star Mother’s Day is observed on the last Sunday of September of each year. To learn more, visit

Train a dog, get it a home
POLSON — Love Dogs? Want to help get some adopted? Take the Mission Valley Animal Shelter “Train the Trainers” class.

They will train you to work with some of their dogs to help get them more adoptable. Covers leash walking, sit, wait, watch me, confidence building and more.

Lots of fun for you and the dog is in store. Training is Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday September 29, 30 and October 1 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and then commit to eight weeks working with the dogs on your own schedule.

Please call 883-5312 for more details.

2014 Michael Cooper Basketball Camp announced
PABLO — Atlanta Dream WNBA All Star game MVP and former University of Louisville Lady Cardinals guard Shone Schimmel will put an a one-day basketball clinic on October 5 on the campus of Salish Kootenai College from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Joe McDonald gym.

Schimmel was also draft seventh overall in this year's WNBA draft last April and played her high school basketball at Franklin High School, in Portland, Oregon.

For more information you can call Monty Marengo at (406) 212-1699 or email him questions at Cost of Schimmel clinic is $60.

Learn about the American Flags on October 7
POST CREEK — The Kuilix chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet on Tuesday, October 7 at 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, Hwy. 93 top of the hill, north of St. Ignatius to learn about the history of our American flags, presented by Joann Piazzola, DAR MT State Officer from Butte.

Italian-style buffet lunch will be served at noon. Prospective members are welcome. More info call Kuilix regent Bonnie Huber at 745-3118.

SKHA offers free Consumer Scam and Fraud presentation
POLSON — Salish Kootenai Housing Authority is hosting a free "Consumer Scam and Fraud" presentation at KwaTaqNuk Resort and Casino on Thursday, October 23, starting at 4:30 p.m.

In these uncertain economic times, protecting your financial future is more important than ever. Learn how to protect yourself from scams and fraud. We’ll be covering topics such as: outsmarting investment fraud, consumer protection, ponzi and pyramid scams, internet scams, identify theft, fake insurance, health care fraud, loan fraud, telemarketing fraud, and how to investigate your broker. Learn techniques to avoid them and what to do you if you suspect fraud or scams. Dinner will be provided.

Call ahead to make reservations at: (406) 675-4491, ext. 1517.

SAFE Harbor Art Auction set for October 11
RONAN — Each year, SAFE Harbor has its Annual Art Auction and Celebration when community partners from across the region share their creations, talents and services to help raise awareness and financial support.

SAFE Harbor has the only shelter between Missoula and Kalispell, while also providing legal assistance, crisis intervention, counseling, transportation, outreach, education and housing support. Last year SAFE Harbor assisted more than 1,000 primary and secondary clients while also providing over 5500 shelter nights.

This year’s event is October 11 at the Ronan Community Center. At the gala both a live and silent auction take place with original artwork, jewelry, quilts, pottery, carving, sculptures and photography. Special baskets are also auctioned that include lodging, movie passes, theater tickets, concert tickets, travel, dishware, dinner coupons, service vouchers and a variety of other house wares.

SAFE Harbor is currently seeking sponsorships, auction items and those who might be interested in serving as a table captain.

If you or someone you know has something to share or would like further information please contact us at (406) 676-9242 or at (406) 676-0800.

All invited to dry meat social on October 13
PABLO — The People’s Center’s annual Dry Meat Social will be Monday October 13 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hunters are invited to bring their game to slice and dry the meat on the outside rack. The public is invited to participate, learn and share. Lunch will be available for participants.

For more information call Marie at 675-0160.

Polson School Board Meeting set for October 13
POLSON — There will be a Polson School Board Meeting on Monday October 13 at the District Office 111 4th Ave. E. at 5:30 pm.

Annual Health Fair set for October 22
PABLO — The Tribal Health Department Community Health Division has scheduled the Annual Complex Health Fair and Immunization Clinic for Wednesday, October 22 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in The Council Chambers.

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).