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Kootenai Language classes offered this Spring
PABLO – Join Ig Couture and Wayne McCoy at the Tribal Council Chambers beginning Tuesday, March 31 from 4 to 5 p.m. The Kootenai language classes are open to all interested, ages 12 and up. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the class. The classes will go through May 26.

Lent services announced
ST. IGNATIUS – The St. Ignatius Catholic Mission will have Stations of the Cross on each Friday during Lent. On March 27, there will be soup and bread at 6 p.m. preceding the Stations.

Sacred Heart Mission in Arlee will have Stations of the Cross lead by the youth every Wednesday during Lent at 7 p.m.

Big Productions presents Mud Bay Jugglers & the Tune Stranglers
RONAN – On Saturday, March 28, at 7 p.m., Big Productions brings "Mud Bay Jugglers and the Tune Stranglers" to the Ronan Performing Arts Center. This startlingly inventive troupe juggles genres as easily as objects, weaving theatre, dance, physical comedy, and juggling into a creative and infectious entertainment experience.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 at the door, and children under 18 are free. Purchase advance tickets in Polson at The Terrace and H&R Block, and in Ronan at the True Value and H&R Block, or call Brittany at 676-2427.

Head Start Book Drive
ARLEE — Arlee Early Head Start and Head Start has lost a 40 year accumulation of pre-K library books due to the meth contamination found in the Arlee Head Start building recently. Books lost included infant/toddler soft-sided books and board books.

Please join friends of Head Start for a book drive at the Arlee Brown Building on April 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donations of new books for ages infant to five years old would be greatly appreciated to start rebuilding the Head Start pre-K library. For information, contact Lolita at 726-3170, or Paula at 726-3227.

Flagger class to be held
PABLO — Indian Preference Office is hosting a flagger certification class on April 17 at the new Tribal Complex.

Some Traffic Control Contractors require that the flaggers be 1st Aide/CPR certified. Inquire with the Indian Preference Office for upcoming 1st Aide/CPR classes.

To sign up for the flagger certification class contact Maggie Sheridan at (406) 675-2700, ext. 1045 or Ejay Hammer at (406) 675-2700, ext. 1393.

There will be Tribal Preference-and then it will be open to members of other Federally Recognized Tribes. Limited available seats.

Lake County Public Library April computer classes
POLSON — Free technology classes are being offered at North Lake County Public Library during the month of April. Space is limited, so please call the library at (406) 883-8225 to register. As always, if you see a class you would like to take, but can't make it at the scheduled time, call for an individual free session. The library is located at #2 First Avenue East.

Wednesday, April 1 • 1-2:30 p.m.
iPad Basics

Not sure how to set up or use your iPad? This class is for you! The session will cover: setting up an Apple ID, logging into WiFi, running updates to your device and your apps, and downloading/deleting apps from the App Store.

Thursday, April 9 • 10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
Creating an Account and Using Gmail

Need an email account? This class will help you set up a free account on Gmail, Google's email service. You will learn how to forward, attach files and photos, print, and add contacts.

Tuesday, April 14 • 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Computer Basics: Using Files and Folders

Losing track of your files and photos after you download or save them? In this class you will learn how to create, organize, tag, delete, and rename your photos and documents so you can find them easily.

Wednesday, April 22 • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Up in the Air: What is the Cloud, and How do I Use it?

Wondering where the Cloud is and why you should use it? This class will introduce you to the various ways to compute in the Cloud! Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and Apple all have cloud-based software, and this class will show you each one and give you a short overview of how to set up an account and upload your files. You will need a valid email address to set up any accounts.

Saturday, April 25 • 2-3:30 p.m.
Computer Basics: Microsoft Word

This class is for those with little or no experience using Microsoft Word. We will be learning Word 2010. The session will teach you how to create a new document, change your font size and color, spell and grammar check, and print and save your document.

Good Shepherd schedules Holy Week Services
POLSON – Several worship services are scheduled at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Polson during Holy Week.

The Maundy Thursday service on April 2, will commemorate the Last Supper, and will include a study, hymns and Holy Communion. The service begins at 6:30 p.m.

The Good Friday service on April 3, also begins at 6:30 p.m. We gather in silence as we reflect on the Passion of Jesus.

Easter Sunday begins bright and early on April 5, with a 7 a.m. Sunrise Service. The Youth Group will serve a hearty breakfast at 8 a.m. There is no charge for the meal, however, donations will be gratefully accepted and go toward the Youth Group. The Easter Day service begins at 9 a.m. Holy Communion will be served at both services.

For more information, call 883-5864, email, or visit the website:

Polson School Board meetings
POLSON – There will be a Polson School District Board meeting on Monday April 13, at 5:30 p.m. at the District Office, located at 111 4th Avenue East, in Polson. There is also be a Special Board meeting on March 30, at 5:30 p.m., at the same location.

47th Annual Kyi Yo Pow Wow
MISSOULA – This year marks the 47th Annual Kyi Yo pow wow celebration at the University of Montana. The pow wow will take place April 17-18, with Grand Entry on Friday, April 17, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 18, at 12 and 7 p.m. General admission is $5 per session, or $12 for a weekend pass. Children under the age of 6 and Seniors over 65 are free. Vendor and additional infomration can be found at

Meet with the Arlee Celebration Committee
ST. IGNATIUS — The 2015 Arlee Celebration Committee meets the first and third Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Neil Charlo Building basement. The public is welcome. For more information, go to or contact committee members: Willie Stevens at (406) 270-6958; Alec Quequesah at (406) 273-1024; Gene Sorrell at (406) 261-5523; or Chaney Bell at (406) 212-9835.

Noon meals at the Indian Senior Centers
The Indian Senior Centers are open for their regular noon meals offered to seniors in Polson and Ronan on the specified days listed below:
   • The Ronan Senior Center has its noon meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
   • The Polson Senior Center has its noon meals on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Local Veteran representatives announce schedules
PABLO — Lloyd Jackson and/or Bill Rogers, veteran representatives, will be available each Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the new Pablo Complex, in room 220. They will be available to answer questions and help fill-out forms for health care and benefits for all veterans. Twice each month a veteran representative will be at the Mission Valley Veteran Center, in St. Ignatius. For schedules, call: 675-2700, ext. 1313, 675-4137, or 253-0925.

TABE assessments are available at Salish Kootenai College
PABLO — Students entering Salish Kootenai College are required to take a TABE Assessment, which measures basic skills in Math, Reading, and Language.

TABE tests are given every Monday at 11:30 a.m., and on Wednesdays at 9 a.m., by the Department of Academic Success. The department is no longer located in the John Peter Paul Building, they are now across the street from the Big Knife Building, in building #58. SKC encourages locals to take the assessment early to beat the rush of new students entering the new quarter.

For further information, contact the Department of Academic Success at 275-4986 or 275-4868.

The People's Center seeks instructors
PABLO — The People's Center Education Program is seeking instructors for upcoming classes and activities:
   • Bustle construction
   • Dance outfit construction (men’s and women’s, kids)
   • Family night events: Mini bustles, mini headdress, and other activities families can do together.

Drumming and singing with dance steps for little ones.

If you are interested in teaching/instructing call Marie at 675-0160 (Monday-Thursday).