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New People’s Center hours
PABLO — The People’s Center Museum, Gift Shop and Cultural Center is moving to new fall-winter hours:
Monday-Thursday – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Elder Thanksgiving dinners needed
From DHRD and Sylvia’s store

PABLO — Sylvia’s Store is in need of help to do the Elders Thanksgiving Turkeys this year. DHRD has procured 400 meals, but are short 200 meals.

Food items needed are:
1. 200 turkeys
2. 200 boxes of Instant potatoes
3. 200 cans of cranberry sauce
4. 200 cans of corn
5. 200 boxes of Stove Top Stuffing
6. 200 small cans of pumpkin

Any help you can give will be truly appreciated. Please contact Sylvia’s Store at 675-2700, ext. 1232.

Learn about the National Bison Range on September 29
POLSON — “Restoration of the National Bison Range to Federal Trust Ownership for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes” by Brian Upton will be Mission Mountain Audubon’s next educational program on Thursday, September 29 at 7 p.m. in the Polson Library Meeting Room.

Brian Upton, a CSKT attorney, as well as other staff will be on hand to discuss the Tribes’ draft legislation to restore the National Bison Range land to federal trust ownership for CSKT, with requirements for continued bison and wildlife conservation and continued public access. The staff will also discuss some of the related history and background at the National Bison Range.

Motivational speaker and comedian Kasey Nicholson to appear September 29
PABLO — Kasey Nicholson is coming back to visit local schools and the Job Corps, bringing his talent and humor to youth while discussing topics like bullying, cultural identity and suicide prevention.

On Thursday evening, September 29, from 6:30-8 p.m. Kasey will perform a special show for students, parents and the community at the Arlee/Charlo Theater on the SKC campus in Pablo.

Information about various issues of community interest will also be available.  This event is sponsored by the Spirit of Many Colors gay-straight alliance at SKC and FRHRC, a local non-profit, and is free and open to the public.

For more information call James Steele, Jr. at 275-4712.

Watercolor painting raffle tickets available
ARLEE — Killdeer Artisans’ Guild’s summer fundraiser is a raffle.  Jim Boot, well-known for his skillful and imaginative woodworking, is becoming increasingly known for his watercolors.  See these watercolors at Hangin’ Art Gallery in Arlee, and buy chances to own his donated painting, “Patchy Valley Fog With Chance of Bull.” Framed Dimensions are 21 x 19”, and retail value is $450.

You have until October 1. Winner need not be present for the drawing. The winner will pick the work up at the gallery, or pay to ship.

Chances may be purchased for $2 per chance or 15 chances for $20 and are available at the Gallery. Montana residents may purchase chances online at Non-residents may call the gallery at (406) 746-5005 for information.

Late Clifford Tom Duran, Jr. stick game tournament set for this weekend
POLSON — A stick game tournament in memory of the late Clifford Tom Duran, Jr. is set for in Polson Montana at Kwatuknuk Resort September 30, October 1, and 2.

$10,000 total prizes.

Double Knockout: $125.00. Entry is 2-5 players.

For more information, contact Churchhill and Karla Devine Onespot at 587-777-4940 or Duretta Matt- Billedeaux at 406-239-5222.

Call KwaTukNuk to reserve a room at 406-883-3636.

Come to a Bison Hunt Blessing and Potluck on October 2
ST. IGNATIUS  — Come to a bison hunt blessing and potluck social at the Longhouse October 2 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Please bring a dish according to your name below:
A – G Main Dish
H – P Side Dish
Q – Z Dessert

For Questions call Mike Durglo, Jr. at (406) 261-8903.

The Nest to host second annual fall fest on October 9
CHARLO — The Nest is hosting its second annual “Fall Fest to Feather The Nest” on Sunday, October 9, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Allentown Restaurant at Ninepipes Lodge. Music will be provided by JIMnI, and there will be games for the kids and family, a wonderful buffet supper, a silent auction with lots of amazing items, a couple presentations, and our homemade pie auction to close the day.

Advance tickets for this fundraiser are $50/pair or $30 each; free admission to children under 12 who are accompanied by adults. There are a limited number of tickets, so reserve your spot by calling 745-3757, or sending a check to The Nest, PO Box 726, St. Ignatius, MT 59865.

All proceeds will go towards operating expenses for The Nest, a transitional home in Lake County/on the Flathead Reservation with supportive services for pregnant and parenting young women who wish to raise their children in a safe and secure environment while they are learning the job and life skills they need to lead a happy and fulfilling life.

The Nest is located at 410 St. Mary’s Drive in St. Ignatius. For more information, contact Executive Director Jenifer Blumberg at

Theatre season begins in Ronan
RONAN — Be prepared for the upcoming theatre season at the Ronan Performing Arts Center. In the forefront will the first play of the season; “My Fair Limey” presented by the Ronan Middle School Theatre classes. This will be held on October 10 and 11 in the Center. All tickets will be sold at the door for $5 each, with children under Grade 1 free.

The play will be a spin-off of the Shaw classic “My Fair Lady”. Instead of England, the play will be set in Wildcat Crossing, a lil’ old town in the West. In the play, Barclay Mellonford has one problem; no one can understand a word he says! So, Dixie a spunky, tough talking cowgirl, thinks she can learn him how to talk like real folk. With a surprise ending that’ll leave you pleased as punch, this new spin on an old yarn is sure to be your cup of tea!

Outdoor Event Schedule released by Kootenai Culture Committee
ELMO — Kootenai Culture Committee announces their 2016 Outdoor Event Schedule.

OCTOBER 13-16: Lozeau fall hunting camp. Lozeau Campground.
• OCTOBER 20-23: Dry Fork fall hunting camp. Upper Dry Fork Campground

This is tentative schedule of major events for summer and fall of 2016. Updated information will be sent out via Tribal e-mail, KCC e-mail and phone contact lists and Kootenai Culture Committee Facebook page as event dates and locations are confirmed. If you would like to assist in an event, contact Kootenai Culture Committee at 675-2700, ext. 7400 or 849-5541.

Homebuyer Education class
PABLO — The Flathead Finance Program and the Salish and Kootenai Housing Authority (SKHA) invite you to join the Homebuyer Education class! Class will be held in the SKHA boardroom on October 14, 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and all necessary materials will be provided.

This class is free of charge and is open to everyone interested in homeownership, re nancing, remodeling or building your dream home.

This is a certified class, and to receive a certificate you must be in attendance all day! Please R.S.V.P. by calling 675-4491, ext. 1517, or e-mail