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Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program seeks input on December 1
RONAN — The Ronan Council on Aging and the Community Food & Agriculture Coalition hope to increase access to healthy food and meaningful community interactions to low-income seniors at our farmer’s markets through a Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. We need your input about how such a program would best support our clients here in the community. 

We invite you to our first community planning meeting Thursday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Lake County Council on Aging at 528 Main Street SW to talk about what we’d like to see for our community. Please RSVP with Dara 676-2367.

Glacier Bank Food Drive supports local food bank
RONAN — Ronan Glacier Bank’s Food Drive will benefit the “Ronan Bread Basket.” Your gift will make a difference in the lives of many people. Glacier Bank staff is accepting donated canned or boxed food items from November 14 through December 16. Please drop off your food items at our main lobby in Ronan at 63239 US Hwy 93.

Contact Chris (406) 528-3331 or Brennin at (406) 528-3320 for information.

Let’s go to Mars on December 1
From the Mission Mountain Audubon

POLSON — “A Year on Mars” by Carmel Johnston, will be Mission Mountain Audubon’s next program on Thursday, December 1 at 7 p.m. in the Polson Library Meeting Room. Everyone is welcome.

Carmel Johnston, Commander of HI-SEAS Mission 4, will discuss what it is like to live for a year on Mars. The NASA-funded project constructed a habitat dome high on a Hawaiian volcano similar to the harsh conditions and rocky terrain that future astronauts will encounter on the red planet. Living in an inhospitable landscape with no breathable air, extreme cold, toxic soil, and the lack of water on the surface will physically challenge the toughest astronauts. But the psychological demands of living in such confined spaces with limited resources are just as daunting.

One of the mission’s goals investigated how small groups work together during a simulated journey through deep space and living on an alien world. What makes an effective team? When and why do things fall apart? How does isolation from friends and family effect the crew? “We want to learn everything that can go wrong before it goes wrong in space and prevent it from happening” observed Commander Johnston.

Carmel Johnston grew up in Whitefish and earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Land Resources and Environmental Science from Montana State University. Before her year in the dome, Carmel studied permafrost thaw in Alaska as well as soils in Idaho and Montana, but her focus today is on sustainable agriculture- for both Earth and deep space.

Missoula Community Chorus to perform in Mission Valley
POST CREEK — The Missoula Community Chorus will present songs of Love, Peace and Joy at a concert on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Mission Valley United Methodist Church located on Highway 93 at the top of Post Creek Hill. Donations will be accepted at the door.

Have Happy Holidays with Two Eagle River School Fund Raiser and Christmas Bazaar
PABLO — The Two Eagle River School (TERS) is sponsoring a Christmas Raffle to benefit the school basketball program. The raffle gift baskets are as follows:

• Gift Basket #1 – Christmas Goodies 
Present tissue paper and labels, Christmas Table runner, Christmas towels, ribbon, green garland, outdoor outlet, 15 gift bags, Xmas cupcake decorations, red & white cupcake sprinkles, small Xmas teddy bear, etc

• Gift Basket #2 – Fit for a Princess Four Barbie size Princess Dolls including Bell, Cinderella, Aerial and Merida, 3 fairy sparkle dolls, 2 girl dress up wigs for Cinderella and Merida, lip gloss, nails, and princess Christmas tree decorations,. This gift basket is fit for a Princess!

• Gift Bag #3 – Christmas Reading & Activity Bag
Red reindeer canvas bag, 1 set of Reindeer Christmas lights, 1 soft plush reindeer toy, Christmas Fun Stickers and Activity Book, Mickeys Christmas Carol Book, the Magic of Christmas a Treasure of Christmas Stories, and My Big Book of Christmas Coloring Fun,

Raffle tickets are $1 each, 6 tickets for $5 and an arm stretch for $10. Tickets are available by calling Roberta at (406) 675-2700, ext. 1261, Norrie at ext. 1009, Holly at ext. 1264, Carolee at ext. 1199, and at the Two Eagle River School at (406) 675-0292. Winners will be drawn on Thursday December 15.

Gift Basket raffle tickets will also be sold at the Two Eagle River School Bazaar on December 9 and 10 – at the school. A number of donated silent auction items will also be at the bazaar/school. All proceeds to benefit the basketball program.

Activity authorized by TERS permit # 17-CI-006.

Happy Holidays and a blessed safe Christmas season to all.

Lake County Pachyderm Club Christmas Party set for December 10
POLSON — The Lake County Pachyderm Club will hold its annual Christmas Party at the Polson Red Lion Hotel on Saturday, December 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dinner will be catered by MacKenzie River Pizza Grill and Pub. All members of the community are invited, but please rsvp by Monday, December 5. Contact Norm at for more information and RSVP.

People's Center Events
PABLO — The People's Center invites all to participate in the upcoming events.
December 7, 14 and 21 - Kids Arts and Crafts from 4p.m. to 7p.m. There will be supplies for kids to make Christmas ornaments or Christmas Gifts. Potluck; bring a dish.
December 2, 9, 16 and 30 - Continued Traditional Arts Circle. ALL day from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The education room will be open and limited supplies available. Come make your Christmas gifts, dance regalia or beading project. The People’s Center staff will be there to help you get started. Bring your own lunch.

All are welcome! Happy Holidays!!!! If you have questions, please contact the People’s Center at (406) 675-0160.

Light up the night with Holiday Cheer
By Envision Polson

POLSON — Nothing gives more sparkle and festivity to the Christmas season than the outdoor lighting displays of bright, colorful outdoor lights on homes, businesses, and churches. With shorter days and longer nighttime hours, the beauty of outdoor lighting is cheery and lifts our spirits.

The Beautification Committee of Envision Polson is once again organizing the annual “Celebrate the Season of Light” holiday contest to inspire Polson citizens to make our town the most beautiful community on the lake during the Christmas season.

Categories for the contest are “Best all-one-color” and “Best multiple- color” designs. Awards will be given for first place winners for residences, neighborhoods, businesses, and churches. The area for the contest is the City of Polson, plus residences/neighborhoods/businesses/churches along Hwy 35 to Fulkerson Corner, and along Rocky Point Road to the Kings Point turnoff.

Nomination forms are now available at the Polson Chamber of Commerce and many downtown businesses. Participants are welcome to nominate themselves. The more nominations received , the more successful the contest. Nomination forms are due at the Polson Chamber of Commerce on Friday, Dec. 16 before 2 p.m.

Judging will begin Saturday, Dec. 17 by a team made up of former “Celebrate the Season of Light” contest winners. Signs announcing the winners will be posted in their yards and they will be featured in local newspaper articles. All those nominated will receive a congratulatory card thanking them for their displays and for helping make the contest a success.