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Polson District meeting set Wednesday, January 24
POLSON — All Tribal members and interested reservation/community members are welcomed to a meeting hosted by Polson Tribal Council representative, Charmel Gillin. The meeting will be held at the Polson Indian Senior Center with a meal at 6 p.m. followed by a guest presentation by the People's Center on the topic of Indian Country tourism. Marie Torosian and staff will share expertise gained through education provided through the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA). Overall Polson District goals will be to hold monthly meetings gathering the wealth of knowledge from our CSKT membership and create priorities and working groups to benefit our community. For information or to provide suggested topics, contact Charmel Gillin at 406-675-2700, ext. 1205.

Ronan/Pablo District Meeting set for January 29
PABLO — Join your tribal council representatives to discuss the Probate Code and the Ronan Community Center on January 29 at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers. Dinner will be provided.

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 January 19, 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, refinancing, 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

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren meeting set for January 24
RONAN — CSKT Early Childhood Services, MSU Lake County Extension Office and Sunburst Foundation will be hosting a support group for grandparents or other family members raising grandchildren. This meeting will take place, Wednesday, January 24 and Wednesday, February 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. A light supper and childcare will be provided. This meeting will take place at the Ronan Community Center (next to Ronan High School/Fairground). Childcare will be at Little Critters Childcare. For more information and to RSVP at (406) 745-4509 or email

Gardening Basics Class to begin January 25
PABLO — Join Instructor Rene Kittle of the Flathead Reservation Extension office to earn and discuss the basics of gardening, from soils to seed, care and harvest on Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. from January 25 to March 15 at the Pablo Elementary School Art Room. Cost is $15 + $15 supply fee

For questions about class, call Rene at 675-2700, ext. 7375. Register at Adult Ed website: or contact or phone 676-3390, ext. 7728

'Mission Valley Has Talent' seeks contestants
POLSON — “Mission Valley Has Talent” is seeking musicians of all stripes, stand-up comedians and spoken word artists, dancers, gymnasts, any talent from those between the ages 5 and 95. January 31 is the deadline to register for the competition. Pick up registration forms at valley churches, banks, schools, senior centers or download from the Mission Valley Has Talent Facebook page.

The talent showcase is scheduled for 7 p.m., Friday, March 9, at the Polson High School Auditorium. Two auditions will be held from which 12 competitors will be selected for the final event.

This event is a fundraiser for the Helping Hands Fund, a non-profit ministry of the Polson Ministerial Association. Since 2004 Helping Hands Fund has provided emergency assistance to county residents, as well as to those traveling through who find themselves in need. MVHT sponsors are underwriting prizes for the first three winners of the event; first place, $500, second place, $300, and third place $200.

For more information go to Mission Valley Has Talent Facebook page and LIKE to get updated info, or call 883-2447.

Ronan Middle School Theatre performs on May 9
RONAN — Get ready for a fun mystery put on by the Ronan Middle School Theatre students at the Ronan Performing Center on May 9 at 7 p.m. There are laughs a-plenty and personalities galore in this light-hearted romp of a mystery that has a little bit of everything! This play has it all – from creepy spiders, suspense and comedic chaos comes a sense of familial love, forgiveness, and what just might be the first happy ending. Tickets are available at the box office for $5.