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Adult Salish language classes start
ST. IGNATIUS — The Séliš-Ql?ispé Culture Committee will offer an adult Salish language class for beginning students.  The first class will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday October 4 at the Longhouse. Anyone interested in the class or who would like more information can call Chaney Bell at the longhouse 745-4572 or email

Registration open for Empower Montana Advanced Leadership Training set for October 13-14
POST CREEK — Empower Montana (formerly NCBI Missoula) will be host Advanced Leadership Trainings on the Flathead Reservation on October 13 and 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (each day) at the Mission Valley United Methodist Church located at 70715 Hwy 93.

Empower Montana is still accepting registrations for the Flathead Reservation training. More information and online registration can be found at by clicking here.

House District 11 Representative Greg Hertz to speak on Friday, October 13
POLSON — The Lake County Pachyderm Club will meet Friday, October 13 at the Polson Rural Fire Dept. building on Regatta Road. Social time is from 11:30 a.m. to noon when the business meeting begins.

Guest speaker will be House District 11 Representative Greg Hertz.  He will give an update on Montana’s current budget crisis. Everyone interested in hearing about the issue from the perspective of a member of the HR Taxation Committee is cordially invited to attend.

Help those affected by wildfires
KALISPELL — Montana Television Network in partnership with the Montana Community Foundation are hosting a Montana Wildfire Relief Fund on October 14 at 7 p.m.

Performances include Rob and Halladay Quist, Billy Powell and the Hang Dynasty Band featuring two time Grammy Award winner Billy Peterson, who has performed with Steve Miller Band, Bob Dylan, Ben Sidran, Mick Fleetwood and more!

Admission is $20 at the door and $5 for firefighters with ID.

All net proceeds will be given to the tax deductible MT Wildfire Relief Matching Fun. MTN will match the first $50,000 in contributions.

For show reservations, call (406) 257-6474. Call Aero Inn at (406) 755-3798 for Room Specials.

The American Legion Of Montana fall meeting set for October 14
LIBBY — Mr. Larry King, Commander of American Legion Post #97 in Libby, said about 60 Legionnaires and members of the Auxiliary are expected to attend the Fall meeting of District No. 4 on Saturday, October 14.

Mr. King said there are about 1100 Legionnaires in District No. 4. The Posts are located in Thompson Falls, Columbia Falls, Eureka, Bigfork, Libby, St. Ignatius, Whitefish, Polson, Charlo, Paradise, Kalispell, Ronan, and Troy.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. at Post Home located at 319 California Ave. At 10:a.m. the Department program will begin at the Odd Fellows.  

A joint banquet will begin at noon at the Post home with Department Vice Commander Richard Klose of Laurel as guest speaker.

The Legion business meeting will begin at 1 p.m. at the Odd Fellows. District Commander Glen Sharbono of Ronan will conduct the Legion meeting. The District President, Mary Beth Stroklund of Libby will conduct the Auxiliary meeting.

Preparing a cost proposal workshop set for October 17
From Native American Development Corp.

PABLO — Robert Much from NADC PTAC will be conducting a workshop for “Preparing a Cost Proposal” on October 17 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the CSKT IT Computer Training Room in the lower level of the Old Tribal Complex. It will cover the basics of reading a solicitation and elements of a bid sheet. Following the training, Robert Much will also be available on October 18 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for government contracting counseling assistance.

If you are interested in doing business with the government and want assistance with obtaining your SAM registration, obtaining Duns number and registering with SBA’s small business website, Robert will meet with you at Sovereign Leasing & Financing on the 20 of September.

You may contact Maggie Sheridan at the Indian Preference Office 675-2700, ext. 1045 to sign up. You may also contact Robert at (406) 442-8543 or to set up an appointment.

Time to harvest some good deeds
RONAN — This month’s Resource Roundtable will be SAFE Harbor’s Annual Honoring Ceremony for community members who have stepped forth to help break the cycle of violence. As part of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, SAFE Harbor takes nominees from the community for “hometown heroes” who went beyond the call of duty in the last year. Please join us for lunch and the chance to recognize some wonderful citizens on October 18 at noon in the Lake County Health Department Conference Room.

Your RSVP will help us in planning for the meal.

Get crafty at SKC on October 18
PABLO — SKC’s Craft Café invites you to gain inspiration, bring a craft to work on, learn a new craft or come and visit on Wednesday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the D’arcy McNickle Library’s Common Area.

Learn repair at “Hands on” Home Maintenance class
PABLO — Ever wonder if you could fix it yourself? Join us and learn how! Class will be held in the SKHA boardroom on Friday, October 20, 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. This free-of-charge class is open to anyone interested in learning to:
• Unclog toilet        
• Fix a leaking faucet
• Fix a screen window
• Change filters in a furnace
• Repair a hole in the wall
• Proper use of a fire extinguisher
• Discuss proper home ventilation
• Insurance and costs of maintaining a home

Please call 675-4491, ext. 1517, or e-mail to R.S.V.P.

Light of Unity Festival set for Sunday, October 22
PABLO — Please join us on Sunday, October 22,  at 2 p.m., to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, Founder of the Baha’i Faith, whose inspired teachings are empowering millions of diverse people around the world to create just, peaceful, and healthy communities. The program will include music, prayer, and a short film about Baha’u’llah’s remarkable life. This will be followed by activities for adults and children, and a social time for discussing how we can bring more joy and unity into our own hearts, our families, and our communities. Refreshments will be provided. Everyone is warmly welcome! Please bring your family and friends.

The location is at the Salish Kootenai College, Johnny Arlee/Victor Charlo Theater building. For more information call 872-2222 (local Baha’i voice mail). Sponsored by the Baha’is of the Flathead Reservation.

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 27, 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

Enjoy supper with friends on October 28
POST CREEK — The Mission Valley United Methodist Church invites you to the Annual Harvest Dinner on October 28 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Mission Valley United Methodist Church located at the top of Post Creek Hill north of St. Ignatius. We accept donations only and all proceeds go to Valley Wide Causes.

Women in Agriculture Conference set for November 18
Mark your calendar and join us for inspiration, knowledge and networking on Saturday, November 18 for the 6th Annual Women in Agriculture Conference.

"WE CAN DO IT" is the theme for the sixth annual Women in Agriculture Conference and will be an engaging, interactive day full of inspiration, learning and networking with other women farmers. The 2017 conference is a one-day event held simultaneously in 39 locations throughout Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana and Oregon.

Featured Speakers: Both of our 2017 speakers, Alexis Taylor, Oregon Department of Ag Director, and Anne Schwartz, Blue Heron Farm owner, will inspire participants to strengthen their leadership skills, become leaders in their communities, become more involved with long-time farmers and guide and mentor new farmers.

Panel: Each event location will have a panel of local women farmers who will talk about their leadership roles, the challenges they have faced and how they have used a mentor to develop their skills.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and interact. It will be a full day of learning and networking!

Mark your calendar and join other women to learn, network and be ready to take action!

Visit the website for more information: or contact me at WSU Extension. We hope to see you at one of our locations listed below!

2017 Locations: Montana:  Broadus, Great Falls and Missoula

Watch the website for more locations.

Religious Education Classes offered
ARLEE — Sacred Heart Church in Arlee is offering Religious Education Classes for 4, 5 and 6th graders in the afternoon on Wednesdays through December. Classes for Junior High and High School youth are held in the evenings on Wednesdays. Lots of fun and activities. Call Anne Stewart at 726-3540 for more information or signup forms are in the Arlee School.