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Bunco fundraiser for Stonecroft Ministries

Columbia Falls Women’s Connection will host a Bunco fundraising party from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at the North Valley Hospital Community Room in Columbia Falls.

Join other women for an afternoon of fun, refreshments and prizes. You must be 18 years old to play and a $10 donation is requested. Reservations are required by March 27. Call Janet at 892-3621 or email Diana at

All proceeds will be donated to Stonecroft Ministries.

Lone Pine holds community open house

Montana State Parks invites the public to attend a community event called Connect to Kalispell from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 22, at Lone Pine State Park.

Connect to Kalispell is a free open house that brings together community partners for an evening of networking and showcases connections with Lone Pine and the Kalispell community. Whether you are new to the Flathead Valley or are a longtime resident, come greet your neighbors, meet park staff and learn how Lone Pine and its partners can be a resource to you.

Lone Pine partners in attendance will include but are not limited to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks; Flathead Lake State Park; Montana Conservation Corps; Center for Native Plants; Montana Wild Wings; and Flathead Lake Biological Station. KnucklHed BBQ will offer food available for purchase.

Information tables will be set up in the visitor center to display future park programs and events, opportunities to get involved, and Lone Pine partner information.

For more information or ways to get involved, call the park visitor center at 755-2706 ext. 4, or email

Daffodil sales benefit cancer society

Flowers by Hansen in Kalispell is sponsoring Daffodil Days March 18-23. A 10-stem bundle of fresh daffodils is $5. All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society of Northwest Montana. Call early to reserve yours at 752-1313.

Women authors focus ot talk

Immanuel Lutheran Communities hosts a community presentation, “The Hidden History of Women Writers” at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, in the auditorium at Buffalo Hill Terrace, 40 Claremont St. in Kalispell.

Did you know that the first American bestseller was written by a women? Why do we remember more male authors than women? Lauren Davis, Ph.D., will present the history of women writers and their impact on the literary work and beyond.

The event is free. For more information, call 752-9625 or visit

Writing coaches sought for C-Falls, Whitefish

Writing Coaches of Montana seeks community members in Whitefish and Columbia Falls to help local students develop better writing skills. Volunteers meet with students twice per month, helping teachers provide individualized attention.

Professional training will be offered to coaches from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, March 18, at the Whitefish Community Library. Ongoing support for coaches is offered throughout the school year.

“Coaches come from all backgrounds and do not need to have a formal writing background,” said Brian Schott, program director in Whitefish. “The most important qualifications are to believe good writing is an essential skill and the ability to engage young people in a positive manner.”

Writing coaches work one-on-one with students in grades eight to 12, coaching them through first and second drafts of classroom writing assignments in sessions that last 20 to 30 minutes.

The program aims to help students become better critical thinkers, as well as more confident, competent writers. Beyond encouraging good writing, coaching also connects students with outside community members who bring fresh perspectives and valuable life experience to the classroom.

The Whitefish program is sponsored by the Whitefish Education Foundation. Jennifer Robbins leads the program in Columbia Falls, through a grant from the Steele-Reece Foundation.

For more information and to register for training, email Schott at or call 406-261-6190. Find more information at

Physical therapy clinic focuses on pelvic health

PTA Physical Therapy is hosting an open house featuring its pelvic health program at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20. The PTA clinic is located at The Wave, 1250 Baker Ave., Whitefish. Refreshments and appetizers will be provided.

Jessa Brooks is PTA’s pelvic health specialist and will be on hand to discuss physical therapy treatment for urinary incontinence, post-partum issues and pelvic pain disorders. PTA is able to treat many different pelvic health conditions and physical therapy may be a solution to these difficult issues.

Brooks completed her undergraduate degree from the University of Montana while playing basketball for the Lady Griz. She returned to UM and received her Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2018. While in PT school, she focused on sports therapy and research.

For further information contact the PTA Physical Therapy Clinic at the Wave in Whitefish, at 862-5033.

Hospice looking for volunteers

Are you looking for a way to make a difference in someone’s life? Frontier Hospice is seeking committed volunteers to provide patient/family care. Contact Jenna Justice at 755-4923 if you are interested in becoming part of our volunteer team.


Friday, March 8

North/South Pairs

Hartley Leppard – Nuala Uhde 1st A

Mamie Parpart – Marjorie Simpson 2nd A, 1st B

Jan Arnett – Ken Arnett 2nd B

East/West Pairs

Porki Harris – Paulette Fopp 1st A, 1st B

Tie Parker – Anne Gentry 2nd A

Trish Eaton – Linda Petersen 2nd B

Saturday, March 9

Novice Game

Lori Hines – Scott Hines 1st A 1st B 1st C

Judy Martinson – Darci Nielsen 2nd A

Kathleen Trautman – Terry Richburg 2nd B

Monday, March 11

North/South Pairs

Janet Weiss – Dan Shura 1st A

Bill Pellett – George Miller 2nd A

Judith Stewart – Ann Fey 1st B

Marjorie Simpson – Shirley Dean 2nd B

East/West Pairs

Porki Harris – Paulette Fopp 1st A 1st B

Melissa Martin – Alden Boreson 2nd A 2nd B

Wednesday, March 13

North/South Pairs

Michael Boreson – Cathy Brown 1st A

Linda Petersen – Carole Koch 2nd A 1st B

Ann Fey – Judith Stewart 2nd B

Judy Martinson – George Miller 1st C

East/West Pairs

Annie Alex – Marjorie Simpson 1st A 1st B

Melissa Martin – Mary Ann Chestnut 2nd A

Kaye Hoffmaster – Marion Kibbe 2nd B

Bob Sadler –Joan Sadler 1st C

3/13/19 Wednesday evening results

1. Alden Boreson - Trish Eaton

2. Shelley Brown - Sharon Palmer

3. Darci Nielsen - Robin Krogstad

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