Bigfork Community Center Activities

This posting will change frequently, to remove activities/events that are in the past, and add new activities/events in the future. The date of the most recent update is listed below.

If you have questions or need more information about any of these activities/events, contact the Center, (406) 837-4157, or drop by the Center, located at 639 Commerce St. in Bigfork, behind the middle school. See also the Bigfork Community Center Facebook page.

Bus Schedule for Bigfork-Kalispell-Whitefish-CFalls LoopSee also in right-hand column under ‘Events’ and ‘Links.’ Cost to ride is only $1 each way.

Activities and events, updated Sept 18, 2017

Sept 18, 2017 adds Six Classes to Help you Make Better Health Choices:

What is diabetes and testing your blood sugars.
Monitoring blood pressure and cholesterol.
Choosing nutrition that works for  you.
Importance of medication.
Exercise that works for you.
How to avoid stress.

Aug 28, 2017 adds Diabetic Support Group/Classes; July 26, 2017 update adds Caregiver’s Support Group.

Unless noted otherwise, all activities/events will be held at the Bigfork Community Center (formerly Bigfork Senior Center), at 639 Commerce St, Bigfork, MT, across from the middle school.


Hot lunch is served at Noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Center. Menus are printed in our newsletter; hard copies are available at the Center, and on the Flathead County AOA website ( Recommended donation for meals is $4.00 for seniors age 60 and over  ($6.00 for non-seniors).


This event at the Bigfork Community Center is always on the second Thursday of the month, at noon:

  • Thursday, October 13, Noon.  JoLynn Yenne will be sharing about the Mt. St Helen’s volcanic eruption, as she was living in Moses Lake, WA at the time. Others are encouraged to share their “ash stories” at this event.
  • Thursday, November 10, Noon

Bring your favorite dish and join your neighbors at the center for a delicious meal.

NEW>> Six Free Classes to Help You Make Better Health Choices

Starting Thursday, Oct 5, 2017, there will be six weekly classes on the following Thursdays: Oct. 12,19, 26 and Nov. 2 & 9, at 1:00  to 2:30 p.m., held at Bigfork Community Center/Senior Center, 639 Commerce St. Bigfork, MT
These classes support, not replace, professional diabetes self-management education.  They are designed for people with Medicare, but anyone with diabetes or pre-diabetes (including family members who are on your support team) are welcome. Take charge of your health and control diabetes.  Learn about diabetes and your body.
Each Thursday class will cover different aspects of diabetes.  They include:
  1. What is diabetes and testing your blood sugars.
  2. Monitoring blood pressure and cholesterol.
  3. Choosing nutrition that works for  you.
  4. Importance of medication.
  5. Exercise that works for you.
  6. How to avoid stress.

Class is limited to 10.  To register or for more information call or email:

More classes will be available after the holidays.  The material was developed by Mountain-Pacific Quality Health in cooperation with Medicare, Everyone with Diabetes Counts, Montana State University Extension, and  Montana Geriatric Education Center.

NEW>> Diabetic Support Group/Classes

Coming in October:  Individuals with Type II diabetics, pre-diabetics and families living with diabetics are encouraged to attend a six week series of classes.  The group size will be limited.  Call JoLynn at 756-8992 or the Center 837-4157 for more information.  The emphasis is wellness through education.

Caregiver’s Support Group

Caregiver’s support group, open to the public, meets at the Bigfork Community Center in dining room the first and third Wednesdays of each month, unless a change is announced. This group has been sharing information and have identified topics and speakers for additional information and education.
Scheduled topics and speakers for August and September:
  • First Wed. August 2 , 1:00 p.m.  Speaker Rebecca Hamilton from Frontier Hospice. Center dining room.
  • Third Wed, August 16: No Meeting

Miscellaneous events:

Wed.  Sept. 6,  1:00 p.m.  “ASSIST”  (Neighbors helping neighbors – affiliated with Kalispell Regional Health Care);  Speaker Director Jane Emmert in Bigfork Community Center dining room.
Tuesday,  Sept. 19, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.:  Medicare 101, Bigfork Community Center;  sponsored  by the Agency on Aging.  Are you, spouse or parents nearing the age to receive Medicare?  Take advantage of getting this up-to-date information.

Other events of interest, special topics and speakers for Seniors  (Open to the Public):

Thursday & Friday,  Sept. 7 & 8,  Governor’s Conference on Aging at the Red Lion, Kalispell. Special speakers on Alzheimer’s disease  and Age Friendly Communities plus several workshops from which to choose.  $50 registration, includes two lunches, both speakers and several workshops. See Event Notice: Governor’s Conference on Aging  on this site, or Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services: Governor’s Conference on Aging for more information.

Keeping active during the winter: Card Games after lunch

This new event will start on Wednesday, January 18 (third Wednesday), at 1 PM (after lunch). Beginning in February, the event will happen on first and third Wednesdays (February 1 and 15; March 1 and 15).

Have you ever played these card games: Euchere, Hand and Foot, or Wizard? Sometimes it’s fun to play something new and different. Leave Bridge and Pinochle at home and learn a new game. There is no charge for card playing.

Join us on first and third Wednesdays for five weeks: Jan 18, Feb 1 & 15, Mar 1 & 15, at 1 PM

On Wednesdays, have lunch at the Center and stay for a couple of hours of cards. No night time driving. A good way to get acquainted with some new people and a new game. RSVP for lunch on the Monday before. A suggested donation of $4 for Seniors and $6 for others.

Call JoLynn at 756-8992 if you have any questions.

Mind and Body Exercise: Qi Gong and Tai Chi

This event will continue into the new year (2017) and is held on Tuesday mornings, once a week. 10:00 – 11:00 AM. All levels – from beginner to experienced – and all ages and those who require sitting positions, are welcome to attend. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and indoor footwear.

Adele Zimmerman is the instructor. She has been studying this type of exercise for over four years, and has been enlightened by the benefits. The whole body is involved; movements are gentle, avoiding muscle and joint strains. Circulation is increased and stress reduced. Adele has been a volunteer in our community in many areas, including First Responder EMT. She is also known to tap dance.

For more information, contact Adele at 755-4905 or Or contact the Center at 837-4157 (leave a message if necessary.


This group will continue into the new year (2017) and meets at the center on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. For more information, call Rocky (837-4157 or ‘seniorcenterbigfork (at) gmail (dot) com) or Robin (837-2294 or ‘robinsticka (at) gmail (dot) com‘ (addresses disguised for security).

Knitting lessons are also available for anyone interested in learning to knit, or for knitting help, whether a beginner or experienced knitter. Anyone interested in other fiber crafts, such as crotchet, needlepoint, embroidery, etc., is also encouraged to attend this group.


No new presentations planned at this time.


Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) may be able help with energy costs. For more information, contact, sponsored by Community Action Partnership of Northwest Montana (CAPNM)  at (406) 758-5433 or (800) 344-5979.

Flathead Electric Coop (FEC) and Northwestern Energy will also averaging of energy bills to provide ease of budgeting. Contact your utility for information.

New Board of Directors:

During the December 2016 board meeting, election of the officers of the Board of Directors was conducted. They are follows; a seventh position will be held open until it is filled:

  • President: Chuck Hubbard
  • First Vice President: Chuck Hanson
  • Second Vice President: JoLynn Yenne – Activities planner
  • Secretary: Rick Baird
  • Treasurer: Bruce Peck
  • County Facility Planning Committee: Phil Bolstad and Rick Baird


Mahjongg game EVENT

Backyard Senior Tours ended in June 2016. They may be started again. They tours are made possible by Flathead Agency on Aging and Eagle Transit..Reservations are required for each tour. Seating is limited, so reserve early; if you want more than one tour, reserve all at same time. If you cannot attend, remember to cancel your reservation so someone else can take your place. Contact Shela at 892-4371 or ‘montanashela (at) hotmail (dot) com’ (address disguised for security), or Roxy at North Valley Senior Center in CFalls, 892-4087.

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