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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.

May 21: Dog:Dog Greeting
June 30: What Am I Feeding My Dog?

Call 883-5312 for details and register.

Billings author to sign books
POLSON — North Lake County Public Library in Polson will host highly acclaimed Billings author Russell Rowland for a book reading and signing on Monday, May 23, at 4 pm. He will present his new book Fifty-Six Counties: A Montana Journey. The event will be held in the library meeting room. It is free and open to the public.

Rowland spent nearly two years traveling to each of Montana’s 56 counties in order to write the book, which had been called “a gorgeous accomplishment.” He is also the author of three novels set in the state, as well as co-editor of an anthology entitled West of 98: Living and Writing the New American West.

After the reading, books will be available for purchase and signing. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, please call North Lake County Public Library at 406-883-8225 or stop by the circulation desk at #2 First Avenue East in Polson.

St. Ignatius first annual “Senior Walk” Wednesday set for May 25
ST. IGNATIUS — As part of the Graduation Matters Initiative St. Ignatius High School seniors, in their caps and gowns, will parade the halls that got them to where they are going on May 25 at 8:30 a.m.  After senior projects, five year plan and 13-14 years of education, they are going to walk the walk one more time.  They will walk every hall at every level that most of them have attended since they were in kindergarten.

Please help honor these seniors by stepping into the hall and giving the seniors a congrats, a back slap, handshake, a good job, a proud of you, a fist pump, a high five, a note from a underclassman, a picture, a sign, a poster or whatever would be appropriate to say to the graduation class 2016! 

Bereavement support group starts Thursay, May 26
POLSON — This eight-week series is for adults grieving the death of a loved one. The group includes education about grief and loss, and provides participants an opportunity to share their experiences. It is recommended that participants wait at least two months after a death before attending a group. This group is free and open to the public. Donations appreciated.

This series will run from Thursday, May 26 to June 14 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Registration required by May 24 in the O’Maley Conference Room, 2nd Floor St. Joseph Medical Center,

To register or for more information contact: Mary Martin, LCSW - St. Joseph Medical Center (406) 883-8914 or email:

Do you have talent? Show it off on Friday, May 27
PABLO — AIBL is looking for Talent for our 6th annual Talent Show. The talent show will be held on May 27 at 6 p.m. in the Arlee-Victor-Charlo Theater on SKC campus. There are 200 seats available for sale, $5 in advance or $7 at the door.  AIBL will be giving out a People's Choice Award. TALENT, bring your friends and family.

Please contact Tina Begay at 275-4800 or Amanda Roan at

Nk??usm Salish School Student Round-Up
ARLEE — Are you interested in the Salish Language and its revitalization?  Would you like your child to be a part of this revitalization throughout their education?

If so, please plan on attending the Nk??usm Salish School Student Round-Up on Friday, May 27, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

If you are interested in having your child or children attend Nk??usm Salish School for the 2016-2017 school year, please come by for further details.

If you have any questions, please call the school at (406) 726-5050 or visit our website at

Quilt show set for June 10-11
BIGFORK — The Bigfork Piecemakers’ Quilt Guild annual quilt show is June 10 and 11; Friday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 a.m. and Saturday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. at Bethany’s Ark Lutheran Church located at 8559 Hwy 35. Admission is FREE

Quilts will be on display. Lunch available for purchase; Vendors and Boutique

We will once again have our annual raffle quilt. This year it is “Yaak River Cabin” designed by Jackie Robinson of Eureka. This quilt was pieced together by several members of the guild and quilted by Nancy Janikowsky. Tickets will be available for purchase at $1 each or 6 for $5. The quilt drawing will be June 11.

The raffle money collected is used to support our community projects. We provide scholarships, comfort quilts and pillow cases to individuals in need both locally and abroad.

Language and Culture Camp 2016 set for June 13-17
ST. IGNATIUS — The Salish Pend d’Oreille Culture Committee (SPCC) is hosting a week-long Salish Language and Culture Camp at the Longhouse starting on Monday June 13 at 8 a.m. with breakfast and ending Friday June 17 at noon. The camp is a free event, and everyone is invited to come participate, learn, and have fun. SPCC strongly encourages this week to be a family week. All ages are welcome, and breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served for all attendees staring at 8 a.m. every morning. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Chaney Bell at 745-4572, ext. 5309 or

Polson Mud Run seeks volunteers
POLSON — The Boys & Girls Club of the Flathead Reservation & Lake County are currently seeking volunteers to assist with their 3rd Annual Polson Mud Run this July 16 at 9 am at the Polson Fairgrounds to celebrate the opening of the Polson Cherry Festival.

Volunteer duties include setting up obstacles the week before the race, serving as obstacle guides during the run and cleaning up the Polson Fairgrounds after the race. The first 25 volunteers to sign up are eligible to run free and receive a free t-shirt.

If interested, please call Michal, Volunteer Coordinator, at (406) 370-8913 with the following information: Name, Phone Number, E-Mail Address, T-Shirt Size, Volunteer Preference and your Availability the week of July 9-16.

Thank you so much for your consideration.