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Fundraising sales in Dayton   
Dayton – The Dayton community will be holding a yard sale and bake sale on Saturday, August 1, in Dayton.Follow the signs to the sale, open 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  All proceeds benefit the Dayton Proctor Park Association and the Teacherage. For more information please contact Beverly at 849-6789, or Pam at 849-6025.

Sweet Pea Festival 2015
Bozeman — If you either enjoy the excitement of a contest, the smell of sweet pea flowers in the air, or mingling with other avid gardeners please join us at the 38th Annual Sweet Pea Flower Show. This year’s Flower Show has something for everyone, including a photo category as well as, new this year, a Sweet Pea quilt category.

If you are a competitor please bring your blooms, and/or photo, to the flower show exhibition tent on Friday, August 7, between 11  a.m. and 2  p.m. Entry for all categories is free! Judging will take place between 2  and 5  p.m. with winners announced at 5:30 pm. The flowers will be on display all weekend. Be sure to stop by the tent before 6 p.m. on Saturday to cast your vote for People’s Choice.

Relationship Seminar open to public
PABLO — The Relationship Seminar is open and free to the public. Bible based teaching on various relationships sponsored by the Spirit of Truth Church.

Dr. Mingo Guerrero is trained in biblical counseling and will talk on various relationships. Relationships will include marriage, youth, and friends.

The seminar is scheduled for Friday, August 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Spirit of Truth Church located on 57816 Hwy 93 (The old All Red Paints building).

Learn how to properly handle and store food
POLSON — The Polson Farmers Market would like to invite you to free food handling and storage classes. Each qualified SNAP recipient who attends an entire class will receive valuable information on food preparation and storage. A $20 certificate will be presented upon completion of the class to be used at the market for Fresh SNAP food tokens. Classes will include children’s activities so bring the kids!

Classes will be held at the Polson Flathead Reservation Extension Office on 701-B 1st Street East. Instructor is Rene Kittie, MSU Extension Agent

Classes are on the following dates:
   Wed., August 12 - Jam Making from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
   Wed., August 19 - How to can 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
   Wed., August 26 - Dehydrating/Drying  2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Class space is limited - Please sign up at the Market with
Melissa Michel or Lou Ann Hopkinson.

Vendors sought for flea Market
POLSON — Vendors are invited to take part in a Community Flea Market from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12, at the First United Methodist Church located at 301 16th Ave. E.

Creators of crafts, quilts, jewelry, and other items are invited, along with vendors of slightly used treasures, books, antiques, household bric-a-brac, furniture, tools, sports equipment, etc., to rent an outdoor space at the market for $25.

Registration forms and information are available from Clao, 883-4015, or Fred, 849-5236.

Calling all Missoula-area teen poets and writers
MISSOULA — Teens in 7-12 grade are welcomed to join Montana Writing Project for a poetry workshop and reading at Fact & Fiction Bookstore located at 220 N. Higgins Ave on August 13 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Don’t let the heat stifle your creativity! Join us for a poetry workshop and open-mic reading.

Immediately following the workshop will be an open-mic in which participants can share work created during the workshop or other in-progress or finished pieces. (Priority on the open-mic will be given to workshop participants.) Participants will also learn how to enter the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards!

The 2015 Summer Series poetry workshop in Missoula is made possible by support from the Alliance, Montana Writing Project and Fact & Fiction. Workshop details are below. A full list of opportunities through Summer Series is available at

To register, contact Heather Cahoon at Limited to first 20 to register.

Farmers Market in Arlee
Arlee — Join us for the all new Farmers Market in Arlee. Enjoy fresh produce, pastries, hot food and locally hand-crafted items. The market is open on Fridays, 4 to 7 p.m., from May 1 through September 25. Located at the Pow Wow Junction Shops, on the corner of Pow Wow Road and Highway 93, in Arlee. Check us out on facebook.

Contact Julia Longacre at (503) 740-3139, or

Early Head Start expansion!
PABLO — Head start services are being expanded for 0 to 3 year olds in Arlee, Mission, Ronan, Pablo, and Polson! Now taking applications for children and staff. Apply today! Call (406) 676-4509 for applications and information.

Flathead Lake International Cinemafest Call for Entries
POLSON – Films are now being accepted for the Flathead Lake International Cinemafest (FLIC) scheduled for the weekend of January 22 to 24, 2016.

FLIC, now planning its fourth film festival, has grown and exceeded expectations each year in online sales, attendance and the diversity of films screened. FLIC will continue to accept a broad slate of domestic and international films. The 2015 festival collaborated with the Salish Kootenai College in presenting a slate of films by, for, and about Indigenous topics.

Films of all genres can be submitted through the FLIC website at under the “Submit A Film” tab, Withoutabox website at and

All submitted films will be juried by a panel of judges from the Polson area. Films selected to be part of the festival will be showcased during the festival and are eligible to receive “Best Of” awards in several categories.

For more information please email

The Spirit of Truth Church wants to get to know you
PABLO — Spirit of Truth Church, 57816 Highway 93, would like to get acquainted with you and your family. You are invited to attend our church services on Sunday and Wednesday. Events will be held throughout the year that you and your family will enjoy attending.

The church will offer free bible studies on Wednesday nights and Marriage/Family counseling as requested. Services are offered:
   • Sunday11 a.m. (fellowship after service)
   • Wednesday7-8 p.m. (beginners bible study)
Counseling is available by appointment (free to members).

For more information contact, Jeannine Padilla at:
552-9194, or Dr. Mingo Guerrero at: 837-2637 (home), or (707) 337-2645 (cell).

TABE assessments at Salish Kootenai College
PABLO — Students entering Salish Kootenai College are required to take a TABE Assessment, which measures 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. The department is no longer located in the John Peter Paul Building, they are now across the street from the Big Knife Building, in 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,  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.