The Family Forestry Expo is an annual event that offers hands-on exposure to the role forests play in our everyday lives. The Family Forestry Expo returns in 2021 after the large event was canceled last spring due to the pandemic. This year in place of the traditional all-day, in-person event, organizers have planned a self-guided experience for the weekends of May 7-8 and May 15-16. Families are invited to visit the Expo site at the Trumbull Creek Educational Forest and take part in a short, self-guided forest walk to explore and learn about our area forests. The site is located about two miles north of the junction of US Highway 2 and Montana Highway 40, just west of Columbia Falls, Montana. At the trail entrance, visitors can pick up a trail map with forest scavenger hunt activity and follow the marked stops along with the half-mile wood chipped trail that follows Trumbull Creek. Visitors are encouraged to bring their smartphone and tap into the posted QR codes, for a deeper dive into learning about the many parts of a forest, with videos about fisheries, wildlife, forest management, fire, backcountry camping ethics, archeology, riparian areas, plant identification, and logging operations. The videos can also be viewed on the Forestry Expo website or the Family Forestry Expo YouTube channel. During their walk, families can discover the names of common forest plants, investigate the updated forestry and forest practices signs, do some in-depth exploring on how to camp in a low-impact way, get a unique view of Trumbull Creek, find and learn about forest birds, and walk the ?riparian path? along the creek. Forestry Expo organizers ask that visitors ?leave what they find? and make sure to ?pack-it-in, pack-it-out?. During these two weekends, organizers ask that you leave your dog at home. The Family Forestry Expo event takes place through the dedicated involvement of over 30 diverse organizations such as local service clubs, forest industry, government natural resource agencies, conservation groups, professional societies, local businesses, many interested individuals, and numerous local donations. For more information visit www.forestryexpo.org and www.facebook.com/familyforestryexpo.
The Kalispell Police Department invites you to honor those who have served, continue to serve, and most importantly those who lost their lives serving their community, as well as their survivors. There will be a processional parade and ceremony on Saturday, May 15. The parade will start at 12:00 p.m. in Kalispell and travel north on Main Street from 8th Street to Center Street. The parade will primarily consist of emergency vehicles from agencies across the State of Montana. The ceremony will take place at the Flathead County Fairgrounds Expo Center starting at 1:00 p.m. The ceremony will be a time to pay tribute to those who have served and those who serve daily; through their service and sacrifice, they have earned our respect and gratitude. More info. at: https://www.kalispell.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=240
This May 15th, from 11 am-3 pm, invite your friends and neighbors to the Conrad Mansion grounds, where we will be celebrating the kick-off to our 45th summer tour season. Bring a picnic and enjoy live music from the Woodstock Trio, play old-fashioned games on the lawn, and experience our new self-guided tours at a discounted rate. The Conrad Mansion?s Summer Kick-Off is a family-friendly event and is free to the whole community. Proceeds from self-guided tours and raffle ticket sales benefit the Conrad Mansion and donations are always appreciated. The historic Conrad Mansion is located at 330 Woodland Avenue in Kalispell, Montana.