Monday, December 11, 2023

Owl talk coming up, so is Ladies Night...

| November 8, 2023 2:00 AM

Nature photogs

The Northwest Montana Nature Photographers meets in Columbia Falls, behind the NAPA store at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at Fellowship Alliance Church. Speaker will be Robert Hanson, Robert will be sharing on how to take Silo shots, pre-set up, and camera settings and equipment needed, best times and places. Come join us, everyone is welcome, no charge.

Veterans Day ceremony

The annual Veterans Day Ceremony is from 10:25 a.m. to 11:25 a.m. at the Columbia Falls High School. Guest speaker is Bill Anderson along with remarks from Chad Campbell of Sen. Jon Tester’s office.

Make your own slippers

Farming for the Future Academy will be having a slipper/shoe felting class for adults from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 18. Materials and refreshments are provided. Learn to make your own felted wool shoes and/or slippers. Sign up at www.farmingforthe future or for more information, message 406-253-4369.

Ladies night

Ladies Night in Columbia Falls is Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 6-9 p.m. on Nucleus Avenue. There will be shopping discounts, appetizers, drinks, giveaways, food trucks, vendors and more. Watch for flyers with event participants and more. To learn more check out our Facebook Event:

If you have any questions please contact Kathy Price 406-253-3775.

Support the Bob

The Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation is hosting their annual year-end celebration and fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 10 from 6-9 pm at the Flathead County Fairgrounds Expo Building. The event, previously known as “Voices of the Wilderness,” will feature live music, dinner, drinks, plus silent and live auctions to raise funds for the foundation’s trail maintenance and education programs in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex.

The BobFest will also feature some special four-legged guests: a few of the mules who carry in gear and supplies for the foundation’s volunteer crews will be out front for guests to meet. There will be manty wrapping demonstrations and competitions, as well as a crosscut saw competition for the chance to win prizes. Local outdoor company RightOnTrek will have samples of their backpacking meals, and there will be a kid’s corner filled with activities and games for the younger generation of wilderness lovers. Door tickets include dinner and dessert. Chef Chris DiMaio of Montana Craft Kitchen will be serving a baked potato and chili bar with all the fixings, with dessert by Cere’s Bakery. Sacred Waters Brewing Company is providing the beers for the no-host bar. The silent and live auctions will feature an array of items: art, outdoor gear, wilderness adventures and getaways, and local handcrafted goods. All proceeds raised from the evening will support the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation’s work to open trails, restore habitat, and provide wilderness education next summer in the 1.5-million-acre Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex.

Tickets are $40 for adults; children aged 10 and under are free. Learn more and get your tickets at

Women meet

The Columbia Falls Women’s Connection will host a luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 11:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Columbia Falls. Guest speaker Vera Barnes will share how she helps our community with her Cookie Company and keynote speaker Hilary Ypma, a local Spanish teacher, mother and friend will share her wonderful story. Donations of non-perishable food and personal care items will be collected for the Veterans Pantry. Cost is $10 and all women are welcome to attend. For reservations call Janet at 406-892-3621.

Bird talk

The Flathead Chapter of the Native Plant Society will hold a talk on “Natives Rule” on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at the North Valley Senior Center on how folks can foster native plants in their backyards. Talk will feature how native plants foster native insects which, in turn, are used by native birds to feed their young. Speaker is renowned birder and educator Denny Olson. Talk is free and open to the public.

Owl talk

Founded by Denver Holt in 1987, the Owl Research Institute (ORI) stands as one of the most active owl research groups in the world. For over 35 years, ORI has been dedicated to the pursuit of in-depth and lasting studies that illuminate the enigmatic world of owls and their intricate ecology. Join owl expert Denver Holt for an insightful overview of ORI’s extensive projects and become a part of the journey to protect and conserve these magnificent birds. Denver Holt is a widely published author who has been featured in many newspaper articles and television programs. He has educated and entertained people from all walks of life and enjoys guiding, meeting new people, and expanding his knowledge of wildlife and the natural world.

The presentation is Nov. 13 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Gateway West Community Room 26 in Kalispell.

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