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Talent needed for Vic Charlo play reading
PABLO — Are there any aspiring actors out there? Kwkwusm Theatre is sponsoring a staged reading of the Beta Cycle plays written by Vic Charlo and Zan Agzigian. Auditions will be held Friday, April 4, 7 PM at the Salish Kootenai College Johnny Arlee, Victor Charlo Theatre. The plays include roles for four American Indian men, two Irish women, and two Irish men, one being a priest. Rehearsals for the staged readings will be held the following day, Saturday, April 5, in the theatre from noon to 4 PM. The talented director, Linda Grinde, will lead the rehearsals. Linda has worked with this script before, and will provide practical and experienced guidance to the actors.

Performances of the readings will take place on Thursday, April 10 at noon for SKC students, staff, and the general public. On Friday, April 11 a performance will be provided at 7 PM for the general public. All of the readings are free and open to the public. Kwkwusm Theatre extends a big thank you to Salish Kootenai College for donating the use of the theatre for this community event.

Get your child ready for school in Dayton
Dayton Elementary Kindergarten Round Up and Child Find is set for April 24. A child is eligible for kindergarten next year if they will be 5 years old on or before September 10. Please contact the school at 849-5484 to set up an appointment.

Learn home maintenance on March 28
PABLO — Flathead Finance Program of The Salish & Kootenai Housing Authority invites everyone to join their “Hands on” Home Maintenance Class on March 28, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the SKHA boardroom in the SKHA building located on Highway 93 south of Polson.

This free class is for those interested in learning to; fix a leaking faucet; change filters in a furnace; apply weather stripping; unclog toilet; properly use a fire extinguisher; get insurance; calculate the costs of maintaining the home and more.

Space is limited to 10 participants. Contact Micky Snyder to reserve your seat at 675-4491, 1517 or 883-4211; fax 675-4495; or e-mail

Lake County Pachyderm meeting set for March 28
POLSON — Mark Shrives, Polson’s City Manager, will be the featured speaker at the Friday, March 28 meeting of the Lake County Pachyderm Club held in the Polson Rural Fire Dept. building, on Regatta Road near the fairgrounds. The business meeting begins at noon; social time begins at 11:30 a.m. Brown bag lunches are encouraged.

Mark became City Manager of Polson on October 15, 2013. He will review his first six months on the job and will also discuss long-term and short-term priorities identified during the recent City Commission work session.

Mark holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration and an undergraduate degree from University of California at Santa Barbara. He also served in the Army for 20 years, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Then he and his wife, Peggy, moved to Hamilton where he started his career in City Management. He served as the Hamilton City Administrator for six years and then moved to Creswell, Oregon, where he served as the Creswell City Administrator for nine years. During his time in Creswell, Mark took one year off and worked in Africa as the U.S. State Department Advisor to the President of the Economic Community of West African States, where he focused on military and political affairs.

He and his wife have six sons and one daughter.

SKC AIBL 3-on-3 tournament set for March 29-30
PABLO — SKC AIBL will host their 1st annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament on March 29 and 30, beginning at 9 a.m. both days at the SKC Gym. Team members must be 16 years and older and must be co-ed.

Cost is $25 per person and registration can be picked up at the Vanderburg building at SKC. Registration is due on March 21, by 4 p.m. Call 275-4853 for any questions.

Become a Montana Master Gardener or join the class to learn the basics of gardening
Two classes are being offered:
   * MSU Flathead Reservation Extension Office the Master Gardener Level 2 course on eight consecutive Friday afternoons from March 14 through April 25, 2014. Classes will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Glacier View School, Mud Creek Lane, Ronan.
   * MSU Flathead Reservation Extension Office will be offering the Master Gardener Level 1 course on eight consecutive Tuesday evening starting March 25 through May 15, 2014. Classes will be held from 6 - 8 p.m. at the CSKT Senior Citizens Center in Hot Springs.

For more information or to register for the MSU Flathead Reservation Extension classes, please contact Rene Kittle at 675-2700, ext 7378, or send an email to

Join sewing and beading nights
PABLO — Early Childhood Services/Head Start in association with the Circle of Trust Program, Parent Partner Project, St. Ignatius School NAS Class, Nkwusum, and The People's Center, is sponsoring sewing nights throughout the winter months in every community to expand cultural knowledge of traditional clothing construction and the winter months. According to our tribal seasonal customs, sewing is done in large part when we are confined to indoors during cold weather months. All are welcome to join in when and where you wish.

Instructors will be making items such as wing dresses, ribbon shirts, moccasins to demonstrate the craft and will also provide instruction on those items you would like to make. If you would like to attend only to observe, please do so. Bring your own materials. A limited amount of materials will be available for use.

The construction classes held at The People's Center will be more comprehensive; along with the above items the tentative plan is to have bustle, dance regalia construction, family activities, drumming and singing. All are welcome to attend.

For more information please Contact Myrna DuMontier at 676-4509. Watch Myrna’s wall on Facebook for cancellations and changes.

ELMO - Beading Circle/Elmo Clinic - every Friday, 6 p.m. to ? - Potluck. For information about the Beading Circle in Elmo, contact Dana Hewankorn at 261-3883.

Applications are now open for the Leadership Montana Class of 2015!
Leadership Montana is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing together business, government, education, nonprofit, healthcare, and other leaders from around the state for a program of leadership development, networking, and education on the issues facing Montana today. The class begins in September 2014 and meets once monthly over the next eight months in various locations around the state. This year’s class will begin with the orientation and retreat in Big Sky, then travel to North Central Montana, Missoula, Helena, Sidney, and Butte, before culminating in the graduation celebration in Billings in April 2015. The Class of 2015 will be the eleventh Leadership Montana class, and will join an alumni organization of over 400 graduates from 50 different Montana communities.

More information is available online at:, or by calling the Leadership Montana office at (406) 896-5877.

University of Montana hosts open houses for prospective students
MISSOULA — Prospective students interested in learning more about the University of Montana are welcome to attend a series of UM Days open houses during spring semester.

UM Days offers students and their families a unique opportunity to learn more about the University, explore student services, dine at the Food Zoo, take campus tours and check out departments and residence halls.

UM Days will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 25. The events are free, but registration is required online at

For more information call Enrollment Services at 406-243-6266 or toll free at 800-462-8636.

Change in the next Polson School Board Meeting
POLSON — The next board meeting will be the first Monday, April 7, not the second (due to spring break). It will be held in the Polson District Office Board Room at 5:30 p.m.

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.

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.

Story time comes to SKC Library
PABLO — D'Arcy McNickle Library of Salish Kootenai College presents "Story Time" on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Story reading and crafts for all ages will be available.

SKC Library is an academic and public library located on SKC campus. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information about library services or Story Time call 275 - 4875.

Bible study set for Wednesday
RONAN — Spirit of Truth welcomes all to know Jesus Christ, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be FREE INDEED” John 8:36 at the Pache Community Building, Beaverhead Lane, on Wednesday.

Bible Study starts at 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday Family worship, adult and child teachings, followed by ministering starts at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Afterward, join in fellowship with food and refreshments. Contact Dr. Mingo Guerrero, Pastor at 837-2637 or Jeannine Padilla at 552-9194.

Arlee Celebration Committee announces chainsaw raffle
The Arlee celebration Committee will hold a raffle for a chainsaw package. Package includes: Stihl MS 441 Magnum, 28” bar with extra chain, Stihl sharpening kit, Stihl felling axe, Stihl timbersport gloves, Stihl Pacifix safety glasses, (2) 5.5” and (1) 7.5 wedges, bar and chain oil.
   2nd chance drawing: $100
   3rd chance drawing: gift certificate to Cedar Creek Salon and Day Spa

Cost is $5 per ticket for three chances to win.

All proceeds will go to the 116th Annuel Arlee Celebration.

Contact June Rae McDonald at 249-9011, Clara Charlo at 531-3689, Vi Trahan at 546-3748 or Salisha Old Bull at 370-3634.

Polson Police seek voluteers
POLSON — The Polson Police Department is taking applications for Civilian Police Volunteers for 2014. Information is available at the Polson City Hall or by calling 883-8212.