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Donate your stuff toys
PABLO — The Charkoosta News will be the location of a stuffed animal donation box to benefit children during emergency situations such as fires, illness, accidents, neglect, abuse, homelessness and even weather emergencies. The donations will be given to our tribal police department. We accept new and gently used items for donation. This is a great way to reuse and recycle items that so many people have in their homes and just don’t know what to do with. Your donation can really make a difference for a child when they need it most!

Learn about global climate change
POLSON — “A Climate Change Update” by Ceth Eslick will be Mission Mountain Audubon’s next evening program on Thursday, October 1 at 7 p.m. in the Polson Library Meeting Room. Everyone is welcome. 

What’s the latest on global warming? Climate change expert Ceth Eslick will fill you in by covering the major scientific developments and controversies. Among many topics, Eslick will examine the perceived warming “pause” or “hiatus” as well as recent trends in energy production and prices for both fossil fuels and renewable sources of energy. He will also discuss the Clean Air Act, the President’s plan to address global warming, and proposed climate change legislation. Ceth will conclude his presentation with strategies to convince voters that the scientific evidence is clear; that is, global climate change is real and largely attributable to emissions from human activities.

Ceth Eslick has a computer science degree from Montana State University who provides technical support for the Polson School District. 

CSKT Forestry Native Plant Sale set for October 2-3
RONAN — CSKT Forestry will hold its annual Native Plant Sale on October 2 and 3 at their greenhouse located one block east of the Ronan Dairy Queen on Highway 93 North. Plants include native trees, flowers and shrubs of western Montana. Most plants are $4 to $10 wholesale. Hours of sale are: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. For more information, please call Tony or Monty at 676-3755.

Arlee CDC invites all to Fall Festival
ARLEE — Join us for two days of fun and celebration including an extended Farmers Market on Friday October 2, games and events for children, families and adults, vendors, delicious fall harvest foods and live music on Saturday October 3.

On Saturday, October 3 join us at the downtown stage for live country music from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and enjoy food prepared and served by the Arlee Community Development Corporation to benefit community programs.

Vendors can call Roy Mills, Market Manager at 241-1390. For other information call 726-5550 or visit our website at

Meet the tribal council candidates
ELMO — Elmo hosts a “Meet the Tribal Council Candidate” forum on Saturday, October 3, at 2 p.m., in the green building. Indian tacos will be provided. Contact Lois for more information at 849-9922.

Killdeer Artisans’ Guild’s fall/winter/holiday show
ARLEE — The Killdeer Artisan’s Guild presents new works from Montana artists with an opening reception on Saturday, October 3, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Hangin’ Art Gallery and Café, in Arlee.

This season’s show contains our usual variety of painting, photography, weaving, and ceramics by established and emerging local artists with a strong sense of place, but we are also featuring crafts and small works. Come meet the artists, enjoy the art, and shop for affordable holiday gifts!

Come explore this surprising art destination, located on Highway 93 North. The show will be on display September 21 through January. Refreshments will be provided. The Hangin’ Art Gallery Café’ will have its usual fine soups, scones, breads, and desserts, which are all locally-sourced and freshly prepared.

Experience Spirit of Truth revival
PABLO — Guest Pastor Ron Erpelding from the Great Falls Praise Tabernacle church will be at the Spirit of Truth Church Saturday and Sunday, October 3 and 4.

Service will begin at 6: pm Saturday, October 3.  October 4, Sunday service will begin at 11: am.

The Spirit of Truth Church is located on 57816 Hwy 93 (The old All Red Paints building).

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

Is the US dollar under attack?
POLSON — The Lake County Pachyderm Club will host Dr. Richard D. Erb as its guest speaker on Friday, October 9 at the Polson Rural Fire Hall Meeting Room, with a social time at 11:30 a.m. and the speaker at 12 p.m.

Dr. Erb’s talk will cover current world economic policies impacting the status of the US dollar’s position and vulnerability as the world’s reserve currency, particularly in light of Russia’s, Japan’s, and China’s recent moves affecting their currencies relationship to the US dollar and world trade. Is the US under economic attack from other world powers? This is a subject of huge relevance as we choose the slate of our next leaders going into the 2016 election year.

Dr. Erb is a professor of economics at the University of Montana. Initially appointed as US Director on the International Monetary Fund Executive Board by President Reagan, he became Deputy Managing Director of the IMF serving for a period of 13 years. Prior to his work at the IMF, he served in senior economic policy positions at the US Treasury Department, the White House Staff under President Nixon, and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

Genealogy topic at Kuilix meeting
POST CREEK — The Kuilix chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet on Tuesday, October 13 at the United Methodist Church, Hwy 93 St. Ignatius at 1 P.M. Nancy Mehaffie program will detail the latest genealogy information and sources derived from the February “Roots Tech 2015” Conference held in SLC. Come at noon for a social hour. Prospective members welcome.

Questions? Please call regent Bonnie Huber 745-3118.

Celebrate stamps in Kalispell
KALISPELL — The Bob Marshall is featured and celebrated at the Glacier Stamp Club Show on October 17-18 in the museum at Central School located at 124 2nd Ave. E. Admission is free

Hours are 10 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 18.

Buyers and dealers will trade, sell and buy stamps through the event.

For more information, call Adam at (406) 868-7287.

Veteran Warrior Society Powwow set for November
PABLO — The 23rd Annual Veteran Warrior Society Powwow is set for November 6-7 at the Joe McDonald Athletic Complex located on the Salish Kootenai Campus to honor all veteran's families.

Grand entries start at 7 p.m. on November 6, and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on November 7. First 10 drums will be paid Come to the free dinner on Saturday, November 7 at 5 p.m.

Winner take all specials include WalMart special (female all ages); Les Schwab of Ronan (male all ages); and a "Chicken Dance Special" sponsored by the Veteran Warrior Society and Stuart's NAPA auto parts store.

Up for raffle is a 55" Vizio smart TV. Lots of door prizes will be given away.

For more information, call (406) 210-6113 or 871-7557.

Seniors can get flu shots at St. Ignatius Senior Citizens center
ST. IGNATIUS — The Lake County Health Department will be providing flu shots in the St. Ignatius Senior Citizens Center on Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 4p.m. to 5 p.m. Seniors are asked to bring their Medicare Cards with them.

The center is seeking donations of items for its Annual Fall Rummage and Bake Sale. The sale will be held in the center Tuesday through Friday, Oct. 6 through 9 with a bake sale on the 9. Items may be dropped off at the center. If they need to be hauled, call 745-4151.The activities at the center for the rest of September are listed below.

Bingo is played after almost every lunch. Lunches begin at noon. Dinners begin at 5:30 p.m.  Quilters quilt in the center on Mondays and Thursdays. Lunches may be delivered to qualified seniors.

For more information, call the center at 745-4462 or write to St. Ignatius Senior Citizens Center, Box 758, St. Ignatius, MT 59865.
Oct. 2 - lunch
Oct. 5 - lunch
Oct. 6-9 - rummage sale
Oct. 7 - dinner, 5:30 p.m.
Oct. 9 - bake sale

FLIC film submission deadline closing fast; enter your movie soon
POLSON — Film submission deadline for the Flathead Lake International Cinemafest (FLIC) is Oct. 15, 2015. Films of all genres can be submitted through the FLIC website at under the “Submit A Film” tab, Withoutabox website at https:// and

FLIC, now planning its fourth film festival scheduled for Jan. 22-24, 2016, has grown and exceeded expectations each year in online ticket sales, attendance and the diversity of films screened.

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.

FLIC accepts 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.

FLIC’s mission statement: provide makers of all film genres a venue through which they enrich themselves and their audiences by engaging with film.

For more information please email

North Lake County Public Library resumes extended winter hours
POLSON — North Lake County Public Library will be open from 11 am until 8 pm Mondays through Thursdays through the end of May. This change is intended to better serve the public, particularly students who may need library resources for homework. On mornings when there is an advertised children’s program, the doors will open at 10 a.m.

Friday and Saturday hours will be as follows: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, and 11a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The library is closed on Sundays and holidays.

Please call the circulation desk at 406-883-8225 with questions, or stop by the library at #2 First Ave. E.

Veteran’s group meeting schedule announced
PABLO — CSKT/TSSD Circle of Trust sponsors a veterans’ group every first and third Monday of each month from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the TSSD Respite House kitty corner from Pablo Post Office; it’s the house with a chain link fence and swing set in the yard.

Beverly Swaney, MSW, facilitates meetings. Call 275-4713 for more information.