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Dixon clean-up set for June 30
DIXON — Instead of a Dixon District meeting we are planning a clean up at Dixon Agency on June 30. A dumpster will be provided and lunch will be served for residents.  Individuals can call Anita Matt at 214-6996.

Community action group to meet on June 23
RONAN — Mission Valley Rises: Democracy Engaged! Meeting is set for Friday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Safe Harbor office located at 63506 Highway 93 on the corner of Eisenhower St. and Hwy 93.

Everyone is welcome to come to the meeting of this non-partisan community-led group that has now merged with the Mission Mountain Community Power group.

Please join us as we explore effective ways to address issues that impact residents of the Mission Valley through sharing of information and positive action.  We are currently planning a forum addressing the local impacts of the proposed national health care reform legislation.

Salish language classes set for summer
ST. IGNATIUS — Early Childhood Services is having two Salish Language classes this summer.

Beginning Salish Level 1 Book 1 will take place at the ECS Admin Building Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting Wednesday July 5 through Friday July 28. There are six slots open.

 Salish Language Level 2 Book 2 will take place at the Eskrgalmi Nuwewlsvtn Building (next to Longhouse) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting Monday June 26 through Friday July 28. There are four slots open.

Sign up by calling 745-4509, ext. 5517 Myrna or call Eskrgalmi Nuwewlsrtn staff at 745-4509, ext. 5540, 5541 or 5542.

Come enjoy camaraderie and scrumptious food at the Arlee Senior Citizens
ARLEE — Welcome back to all of our snowbirds, we missed your company at our meals. Now that you are back we hope to see you and get all the updates on family and friends. Everyone is invited to the meals; you don’t need to be a senior over 65 to enjoy a good inexpensive lunch.

Meals are served MWF each week and the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. Price for anyone 65 and over is $4 for MWF and $5 for Saturday. Price for anyone under 65 is $5 for MWF and $6 for Saturday.
June Menu:
June 23 - Brats with Onion, Chips, Coleslaw, Fruit, Dessert;
June 24 - Baked Ham, Chived Potatoes, Green Beans, Buns, Fruit, German Chocolate Cake;
June 26 - Tamale Pie, Spanish Rice, Veggie Tray, Dessert;
June 28 - Meat Loaf, Potatoes & Gravy, Green Salad, Buns, Fruit, Dessert; and,
June 30 - Beef Kabobs, Baked Potato, Green Salad, Buns, Fruit, Dessert.

Sober Indian Riders Poker Run set for June 24
ARLEE — The Sober Indian Riders 11th Annual Poker Run promotes "Unity, Safety and Sobriety through motorcycling" and will kick off at the Arlee Community Center on Saturday, June 24.

Registration is from 9 am. to 11 a.m. All vehicles are welcome and camping is available.

For more information, contact Emery at (406) 830-1714 or Frank at (406) 871-6991.

Test drive a vehicle, help the community on June 24
PABLO — Don Aadsen Ford and the Boys & Girls Club are partnering June 24 for Ford’s Drive 4 UR Community event held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the SKC Joe McDonald Health and Fitness Center parking lot. Mission Valley residents can support the Boys & Girls Club simply by taking a test drive in any brand new Ford vehicle. This is not a CSKT event and no change of duty will be approved to participate.

For every test drive taken, Ford Motor Company will donate $20 to Boys & Girls Club. The community can help raise up to $6,000 for the Boys & Girls Club. Funds from this event will be used in the summer program for Brain Gain, the Club’s summer learning loss prevention program.

Ford developed the Drive 4 UR Community program, which is modeled after the successful Drive 4 UR School program. Ford dealerships across the United States have helped raised more than $35 million for local schools and non-profits thanks to their hard work and partnership with the Drive 4 UR School and Drive 4 UR Community programs.

CSKT Tribal graduates invited to take a cruise
POLSON — S&K Gaming, along with the CSKT Tribal Education Office, invites graduatesto take a cruise on the “Shadow “as a token of appreciation of your recent graduation.  All students are invited to bring one (1) guest due to the limitation of occupancy. This is first-come-first-serve. Please note the following dates for the cruise. If you have questions, please contact the Tribal Education Dept. at 406-675-2700 Ext. 1223 or by calling the KwaTaqNuk Resort and Casino at 406-883-3636.

• June 26, Monday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. – CSKT Head Start 5 year old Graduates and 8th Grade Graduates

• June 27, Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. – CSKT High School and College Graduates.

Mission Bulldog Basketball Camp scheduled for June 26-30
ST. IGNATIUS — The St. Ignatius High School gym, aka the Dog House, will be the site of the Mission Bulldog Basketball Camp, June 26-30. The Bulldog Basketball Camp will be instructed by St. Ignatius boys’ head basketball coach August McDonald, and assistant coach Derek Azure, along with St. Ignatius High School basketball players.

The camp is open to any boys entering grades 5-8 in the fall of 2017.  The camp will be 12:30-5 p.m. each day. The cost of the boys’ camp is $35.

The Lil Guy camp is open to any boys entering grades 1-4 in the fall of 2017. The camp will be 8:30-11:30 a.m. each day. The cost of the Lil Guy camp is $30.

Registration is open until first session of the camp. Please make checks payable to Mission Athletics. The net proceeds benefit the Mission boys’ basketball program.

Campers should bring appropriate exercise clothes, a pair of basketball shoes and a water bottle.

For more information and/or to register, contact Gus McDonald, at 552-9515, or email:

Watch the Arlee 4th of July Parade
ARLEE —  “OLD GLORY Long May It Wave is the parade theme of the 62th annual Arlee Fourth of July Parade. Registration will be at Arlee High School entryway, with parade line up beginning in the parking lot. The parade begins at high noon, traveling South on Fyant street turning West onto Bouch before turning North and returning to the high school via Morigeau street.

The parade will not be traveling on Hwy 93 due to highway department restrictions.

Parade categories consist of: Patriotic, Clubs & Organizations, Western, Indian, Vehicle, Business, Novelty & Humorous.

Trophies will be awarded at the Arlee Jocko Valley Museum following the parade. The museum will be open on the 4th and throughout the summer 2:00-4:00 every other Saturday. For additional parade & museum information contact Alvaretta Morin 726-3167

Arlee Jocko Valley Museum
ARLEE — Arlee High School student accomplishments will be the display centerpiece at the Arlee Jocko Museum. The state boys basketball and 2nd place state finish for girls basketball will be honored as the featured presentations.

The Arlee Jocko Valley Museum debuts this year’s displays beginning on July 4th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The museum is open every other Saturday 2 p.m. 4 p.m. until Labor Day or by appointment by calling Alvaretta Morin 726-3167.

Paddle for Clean Water in the 3rd Annual Poker Paddle
By Hilary Devlin
Flathead Lakers

POLSON — Bring your kayak, canoe, SUP or other human-propelled watercraft to the third annual Flathead Lakers POKER PADDLE in the Narrows. The fun starts at noon on Sunday, July 9 and goes until early evening. 

Paddlers set their own pace and may launch any time between 12:30 and 2pm. Vessels leave from King’s Point and stop at marked island destinations to collect a playing card at each stop and build their poker hand. Players turn in their scorecards and join the lakeshore party with a silent auction, lawn games and prizes for the winners.

This year’s event includes a short (1.6-mile), middle (3.6-mile), or EXTENDED DISTANCE (6+ miles). Qualified swimmers may swim the course with an assisting kayaker.

Participation is $75 per person and includes a unique gift, lunch and the after party with entertainment by Highway 93 Band. Gourmet Galley will supply lunch and Flathead Lake Brewing Company will provide drinks.

The POKER PADDLE is limited to 150 vessels and registration closes on June 30.

Proceeds benefit the Flathead Lakers education programs and community work to prevent the spread of invasive mussels, promote clean water practices, and inspire future watershed citizens.

Flathead Lakers Narrows event supporting student education programs and community work to prevent the spread of invasive mussels.

Register online at (click on the Poker Paddle logo) or call the Flathead Lakers at 406-883-1346.

Health screenings set for August 11
POLSON — The University of Montana Improving Health Among Rural Montanans will be conducting health screenings from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, August 11 at Lakeshore Pharmacy inside Super 1 Foods.

IPHARM will offer the following health screenings in bone density, hgA1c (Blood Glucose), and cholesterol (this test requires a 9-12 hour fats for complete results; but please drink PLENTY of water)

The cost is $15 per test. Free blood pressure readings will also be available.

Please call Lakeshore Pharmacy at 883-0342 to schedule an appointment.

Aber Day Reunion concert set for August 12
POLSON — Aber Day Reunion Concert is set for August 12 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Regatta Shoreline Amphitheater on the banks of the Flathead River.

Bands include Mission Mountain Wood Band, Sam Riddle, Andrea Harsell and Luna Roja

This event is family friendly; food and beer and wine vendors will be on site. Free parking. Dry camping available. No animals except service dogs. No coolers or glass containers. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Bus pickup at various to be announced locations.

Partners are Anderson Broadcasting, University of Montana Alumni Association, and Missoula Liquid Assets Corp. (MLAC).

This is a non-profit event with proceeds distributed to area non-profits by Anderson Broadcasting Charitable Foundation. Application forms will be available.

Tickets are available May 1 at the UM Alumni Association at