Community Notes: Pick up Thanksgiving at Elks Lodge

Coordinators and volunteers eagerly prepare for the 21st annual Paulson Community Thanksgiving Dinner, which offers a delicious, scratch-free dinner for anyone who will enjoy it.

All meals will either be curbside pickup or delivered from Mission Valley Elks Lodge at 512 Main St. in Paulson. Call 406-471-7076 to reserve a dinner. It is a phone number assigned to text messages or calls to leave a name, phone number, address and number of meals ordered. Pickup and delivery will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, at Elks Lodge.

Free meals at Saint Ignatius the Elder Center

Thanksgiving dinner will be served free of charge at St. Meals are free, and all are welcome to enjoy one or take one for someone in need. This year’s menu includes turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, broth, veggies, wraps, pudding, and a drink.

Spend a Turkey Day at Ronan Community Center

There will be a free community Thanksgiving with friends, fun, and fellowship from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on November 25 at Ronan Community Center, 300 Third Ave. N.W. Call Rita Ulutoa at 406-871-1648 for more information.

Shopping, lighting the tree in Paulson

Businesses in Downtown Paulson will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for small businesses on Saturday, November 27. It’s a day to support local services, retail businesses, restaurants, baristas and coffee makers, and get some great deals. After shopping, there will be a tree lighting at 5 p.m. in the Lake District Courthouse to cover for the evening.

The Parade of Lights is December 3rd

The 2021 Lights Parade is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Friday, December 3, on Main Street in Paulson. Besides the show, there will be concessions, hot chocolate, shopping until 7 p.m., and a visit from Santa. Friday, November 26 is the deadline for submitting offer entries by calling 406-319-2229, or by email at

Ronan’s Guild Christmas Party Quilt

The Mission Mountain Quilt Guild will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 7 at 35663 Terrace Lake Road in Ronan for their regular meeting and Christmas party. Please bring rolled candy to share and enjoy. Please also bring non-perishable food items for delivery to the food banks in St. Ignatius, Ronan and Paulson.

Ford dealerships go up for kids

The Ford Motor Co. Fund donates and Northwest Ford dealerships with about $100,000 to share in Boys and Girls Clubs in Washington, Oregon, Northern Idaho, Montana and Alaska to help feed hungry children during the holidays. The demand for nutritious meals is always high at this time of year because many students lose access to school lunches.

Sixty-five clubs across the five-state region received a $1,100 grant from the Ford Fund as part of the annual Ford Focus on Child Hunger campaign. In addition, participating Ford dealers, including those in Lake County, will match or pass these grants to the Boys and Girls Club in their community this December. The money will help provide snacks and meals at the clubs during the holidays.

Free pet food is available from ARC

Arlee Rehabilitation Center has received nearly 18,000 pounds of donated dog and cat food for distribution to the Flathead Reservation community from Bitsmart and Flathead Food Bank.

Those in financial need are welcome to get free pet food from the Kicking Horse Job Corps facility, 33091 Mollman Pass Trail, Ronan, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on either of the following days: November 24 and 29, or December 1. -2. Donations are available while stocks last.

ARC encourages voluntary donations to its nonprofit mission during receipt. The center serves the Flathead India Reserve by providing a sanctuary where animals treat people and people treat animals. For more information, visit the ARC Facebook page or call 406-207-9338.

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