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Upcoming Events Calendar


January 17, 2019

Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder

Throughout January and February: A Seeley Lake Winterfest tradition is snow sculptures. Look for the sculptures to be emerging out of the snow banks along Highway 83 and throughout town. Due to the current lack of snow, the snow sculpture competition has been extended! Forms will be available at Grizzly Claw Trading Company starting Feb. 5 and the deadline to register is Feb. 9. Take a photo of the completed sculpture and leave it with the sculpture in a plastic bag. Sculpture maps will be available at area businesses starting Feb. 15. Sculptures will be judged Sunday, Feb. 17 at 12 p.m. Cash prizes will be given out by Alpine Artisans, Inc. and the Seeley Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.

Jan. 25

Seeley Lake Elementary hosts Goodies for Grandparents, 3-4pm, SLE Multi-purpose Room

Jan. 26

• 37th Annual OSCR 50K, 20K, 10K, 5K Freestyle Nordic Ski Race, Seeley Creek Nordic Trails, 16664 Morrell Creek Road. 50K one-time start at 9 a.m. 20K starts at 10:15 a.m. followed by the 10K at 10:30 a.m. and 5K at 10:45 a.m. Due to winter logging activities in the 2017 Rice Ridge fire area, the race will not go over Rice Ridge. Race organizers are working on a multi-loop course that will still be challenging and live up to the OSCR reputation. Cost: 50K, $50; 20K, $40; 10K, $30; 5K, $20. Add $5/race for race day registration. For more info and to pre-register visit or email

• Seeley Lake Volunteer Fire Foundation presents Dinner and a Movie. 5:30pm spaghetti dinner followed by the movie "Small Foot," Fire Hall, 200 Firehouse Lane.

Jan. 27

• Seeley Lake Lions Ice Skating Party, 1-3pm, Seeley Lake Lions Community Park. Chili, hot dogs, cocoa, soda and candy. Skates will be available to use or bring your own.

Feb. 2

• Seeley Lake Biathlon Ski and Shoot 5K, 10K and 20K Races, Seeley Creek Nordic Trails, 16664 Morrell Creek Road. Youth (age 15 and under) $25; Adult $45. Skiers must provide own ski gear. Rifles, targets and ammo will be provided. Awards given for youth, beginner, adult and elite categories. Proceeds go to expanding the event and promoting youth activities. More information at Online race registration will be up soon. Sponsored by the Seeley Lake Nordic Ski Club and Wilderness Sportsman Club.

• Potomac Dodgeball Tournament, 10am start. Potomac Greenough Community Center. Email questions to

Feb. 6

Swan Valley Connections Community Potluck Dinner featuring former hotshot and longtime firefighter Rick Trembath speaking about Fire History of NW Montana. 6pm potluck dinner followed by the presentation at 6:30pm

Feb. 8-12

• 33rd Race to the Sky, Montana's Premier 300 and 100 mile dog sled races for juniors and adults. The race kicks off with a 300-mile vet check on Friday, Feb. 8 at Hi-Country Trading Post in Lincoln from 1-3:30 p.m., followed by a pre-race banquet at the Lincoln Community Hall from 6 - 8 p.m. Saturday from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. will be the vet check for the 100-mile adult and junior teams followed by the official start of all races at Hi-Country Trading Post at 2 p.m. Races travel through the Whitetail Ranch Check point in Ovando to the Morrell Creek Trailhead for the 100 mile finish. 100-mile racers are expected to finish between 3 a.m. – 12 p.m. Sunday. The 100-mile awards ceremony will be Sunday around 1 p.m. at the Seeley Lake Community Hall. The 300 Mile racers will come through Seeley Lake Sunday and Monday with a mandatory layover at the Seeley Lake Community Hall. They will run through the Whitetail Checkpoint on their return to Lincoln for the 300-mile finish, estimated to start around 8 p.m. Monday through 2 p.m. Tuesday. The 300 Mile Race awards ceremony is at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Hi-Country Trading Post. Volunteers are still needed. Email Race Director Chris Jewett at about volunteer opportunities. For more information visit or follow Montana's Race to the Sky on Facebook for GPS maps and updates. The public is invited to all events.

Feb. 9

• Deadline to submit snow sculpture applications to the Grizzly Claw. Applications available starting Feb. 5. Don't forget to take a picture of your snow sculptures and leave in a sandwich bag by your sculpture. For more information contact the Seeley Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, 406-677-2880 or

Feb. 10 **Note Date Change**

2 Valleys Stage presents Men of Worth, 3pm, Seeley-Swan High School Auditorium. Scotsman Donnie Macdonald and Irishman James Keigher, truly Men of Worth, perform Irish and Scottish folk music combining traditional and contemporary styles. They're funny guys – not only expert musicians but extremely engaging performers. They spike their traditional tunes with wonderfully told tales about their homelands and plenty of unscripted comic interplay. There is passion in their performance; when they play, you can sense their delight in music.

Feb. 13

• Uncorked and Creative painting class, 6-8pm, Great Room at at Double Arrow Lodge. Pre-registration required, limited space. Email or call 241-1209

Feb. 15

• Snow sculpture maps available at Seeley Lake businesses

Feb. 16

• Second annual Seeley Lake Chamber Chill Plunge, 1 p.m. at the Tamaracks Resort beach area (plungers arrive at 12 p.m. to register). Freezing for a very good reason! Take the plunge into Seeley Lake to help support the Veterans & Families of Seeley Lake. Ask sponsors to pledge donations to you or your team for taking the plunge. Prizes will be awarded to the individual and the team who raises the most donations and for the best costumes! Fun for all ages. Refreshments will be available next to the bonfire. Co-sponsored by the Seeley Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Forest Service, Seeley Lake Fire Department and Seeley-Swan Search and Rescue. For more information visit, call 406-677-2880 or email

Feb. 17

Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

• Winterfest Snow Sculpture Contest, 12pm. Alpine Artisans, Inc. and the Chamber will judge the fun and creative masterpieces. Maps available at Seeley Lake businesses.

Feb. 23

•40th Annual Snow Joke Half Marathon, 11am, start and finish at the Seeley Lake Elementary School. For more information visit

March 2

• Alpine Artisans Open Book Club presents John Fraley reading from "Rangers, Trappers and Trailblazers," 7pm, Grizzly Claw Trading Company

April 14

2 Valleys Stage presents Gamelan Manik Harum, 3pm, Swan Valley School


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