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Event Notice: Historic Swan River Bridge Informational Meeting in Bigfork, April 12, 2016

Thursday, March 31st, 2016
Bigfork's Swan River Bridge at Christmastime

Bigfork’s Swan River Bridge at Christmastime

By Catherine Haug, March 31, 2016 (Photo, right, by C. Haug)

The following information is from Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and  Kadrmas, Lee and Jackson (KLJ) who represent Flathead County.

  • What: Open house and informational meeting, to assist with a feasibility study of the Swan River Bridge (the historical 1912 steel truss bridge near the power plant and Sliter Park in Bigfork). The bridge is aging and has been found structurally deficient; meaning the bridge will not continue its current usage without improvements in the near future.
  • When: Tuesday, April 12, 2016; presentation at 5:30 PM; open house from 5 – 8 PM
  • Where: Bigfork Elementary School at 600 Commerce St in Bigfork [the invitation did not indicate which room].
  • Who: all Bigfork residents, home and business owners are invited to attend.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, you may provide your comments by either of two methods, by May 12, 2016. Read on for this and for contact information. (more…)

Event Notice: Herb Gathering in Kalispell, March 29, 2016

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016
Straw Bale Garden (Wikipedia)

Straw Bale Garden (Wikipedia)

By Catherine Haug, March 15, 2016

The following is from Linda Petersen:A new group is forming to learn and discuss more about herbs. This notice about their first gathering:

  • What:The Many Roles Herbs Play in your Health, presented by Linda Petersen
  • When: Tuesday, March 29, 2016,  7 p.m.
  • Where: Kalispell Library (Imagine If) downstairs meeting room; 247 1st Ave E, Kalispell, MT. Use the south side door for direct access.
  • Who: Free and open to the public
  • For more information: Contact Linda, (406) 319-2446

Read on for more about this event.

Linda also reminds us of the upcoming Free the Seeds Fair, Saturday March 19, 10 AM – 1 PM at FVCC. See Event Notice: 1st Annual ‘Free the Seeds’ Fair, March 19, 2016 (posted Feb 24) for more details.


Event Notice: 1st Annual ‘Free the Seeds’ Fair, March 19, 2016

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

By Catherine Haug, Feb 24, 2016

NOTE: Thanks to one of our readers who pointed out the title of this posting has an error in the date. That has been corrected; the correct date is March 19.

  • What: First annual Free the Seeds! seed, start, cutting, scion and resource fair, sponsored by Nourish the Flathead
  • When: Saturday, March 19th, 10 AM to 1 PM
  • Where: FVCC Arts & Technology building, 777 Grandview Dr. Kalispell MT
  • Who: Free and open to the public. Curious beginners and humble experts welcome! Bring your untreated, non-GMO, open-pollinated seeds to share, if you have (bought or saved). Bring your non-GMO, chemical-free starts and cuttings to share, if you have.
  • Booths: If you are interested in having a booth at the fair, see “Additional Information” below.
  • Contact: Free the Seeds Montana, (406) 471-0022; email info@
  • See (more…)

Event Notice: Workshop on Gardening, Feb 6, 2016

Saturday, January 30th, 2016
Bigfork/Ferndale Community Garden, 2014

Community Garden, 2014

By Catherine Haug, January 30, 2016 (Photo, right, of the Bigfork/Ferndale Community Garden, by Sally Finneran, Bigfork Eagle)

Bigfork/Ferndale Community Garden presents:

  • What: Workshop on Gardening, with MonaRae Tuhy, Master Gardener
  • When: Saturday, February 6, 2016, 10 AM
  • Where: St Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 30631 MT Hwy 209 , Bigfork MT; on corner of Hwy 209 and S. Ferndale Rd.
  • Who: Free and open to the public. Children are welcome and encouraged to participate in this fun workshop.
  • Contact: Michelle at 837-0982

About the event:

Our speaker will be MonaRae Tuhy, a 3rd Level Master Gardener and local expert on growing here in the Flathead. At this workshop we will learn:

  • Learn what to look for when ordering seeds from catalogs;
  • Address our optimum planting and maturity dates. What you read on the seed packet may not be the best directions for your garden area.
  • Learn how to make seed tapes, an easier way to plant your garden. Bring some of your own favorite seeds or we will have some available for your use.
  • By starting with your own seeds, you can be sure that your plants have been raised organically from first to last.

Bigfork Community Center Events for December, 2015

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

By Catherine Haug, Dec 5, 2015

The Bigfork Senior Center, at 639 Commerce St., across from the Bigfork Elementary School, is being revamped and reinvigorated as the Bigfork Community Center, with several interesting events planned for December (see below). Note that parking on the Center property is limited, but you can park on the street as long as you don’t block access to the school parking lots and busses. (more…)

Event Notice: Northwest Montana Beekeepers Group, Nov. 24, 2015

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015


From Jason Moore, Polson, 10/27/15 (Photo, right, from Bug Guide (1))

Northwest Montana Beekeepers Group meets:

  • 4th Tuesday of each month, at 6:45pm; upcoming November meeting will be 11/24/15
  • Montana Co-op, at at 401 Main St, Polson. (SE corner of 4th ave. and Main st.)
  • potluck followed by a meet and greet.  Come with your ideas and questions.
  • Current and prospective beekeepers are welcome.

For more information, contact Jason Moore,, Montana Co-op,  35849 Mud Lake Trail, Polson, MT 59860.

On a related topic, see a 2010 posting about Flathead Beekeepers (2).


  2. Flathead Beekeepers Club (article):