Swan Range Community Potlucks and Music Jam Sessions


Join us for our biweekly Community Potluck Dinners and Music Jam Sessions at Mountain Brook Community Center*, 2353 Foothill Road.

The sessions are open to all skill levels and to those wishing to listen rather than play.

We meet on alternating Sundays, sometimes with exceptions for holidays and other events, so check the list of dates below for upcoming sessions.

Potluck begins at 5 pm, followed by acoustic music until 8-ish.

Upcoming music:

Feb 25
Mar 10
Mar 24
Apr 7
Apr 21
May 5
May 19
(Summer Recess - Resume in Fall)

Please be considerate of others' health. If you have recently been exposed to COVID, please do not attend.

*Community Center rental fees go to restore the historic Mountain Brook Schoolhouse next door and meet Community Center operating expenses.


This article published on September 17, 2012 • [Permalink]

Last Call for Cinnabar Match!

This is the last call to have your donation matched by Cinnabar Foundation!

Won't you DONATE NOW to help us restore quiet habitats for fish, wildlife and people? Your donation will do double-duty if received this week!

And don't forget our Annual Membership Meeting is Sunday, November 22, at 4 pm. Join us at the Mountain Brook School Library, 2353 Foothill Road, for a quick recap of our accomplishments and election of officers. At 5 pm we'll have a potluck dinner and no-alcohol social hour, followed by a regularly scheduled Swan Range Community Music Jam Session. So come on over and stick around for some good fun and music!

Nearly two-thirds of our work is supported by individual donations from people just like you, so please hit the DONATE NOW button today or send a check to 3165 Foothil Road, Kalispell, MT  59901!

Thank you!

This article published on November 18, 2015 • [Permalink]

Celebrate the Life of Bruce May!

A celebration of Bruce May's life will be held Sunday, June 7, 2015 at the Whitefish Community Center, 121 Second Street, Whitefish, MT, from 3-6 pm!

Join Bruce's wife, Elaine Snyder, family and friends in this celebration and potluck dinner.

Bruce was a fisheries biologist with Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks and an avid volunteer, helping stop the proposed Kootenai Falls Dam and helping secure better protection for fish, wildlife and wildlands in Northwest Montana!

Bruce died April 23, 2015. Click here for his full obituary.

This article published on June 02, 2015 • [Permalink]

Wilderness Slide Show and Book Signing!

Come join us for a wilderness slide show and book signing by Frederick Swanson on Wednesday, May 13, 7-9 pm, at the Swan River Community Hall!

Learn about the hard-fought battles for Wilderness in Montana and Idaho - and be inspired to continue the charge!

Mr. Swanson will emphasize the long fight for the Swan Range's Jewel Basin and Bunker Creek, while talking about his new book "Where Roads Will Never Reach: Wilderness and Its Visionaries in the Northern Rockies."

Admission is free! The Swan River Community Hall is located across Highway 83 from the Swan River School and Echo Lake Cafe northeast of Bigfork.

Click here for a press release that provides more details and background.

Click here to listen to Mr. Swanson's 35-minute interview on this subject with Whitefish Community Radio - but still come to the slide show May 13 to see and hear much, much more!

This article published on April 30, 2015 • [Permalink]

Annual Membership Meeting November 16th!
Swan View Coalition's annual membership meeting will be held Sunday, November 16th, at 4pm!

It will be followed by a potluck dinner at 5pm and a regularly scheduled Swan Range Community Jam Session!

And there will be cake and a quick Swan Crest slide show to help celebrate Swan View's 30th Anniversary!

All will take place at the Mountain Brook Community Library, 2353 Foothill Road!

Hope to see you there!

This article published on November 08, 2014 • [Permalink]

Celebrating 50 Years of The Wilderness Act!

UPDATE: Click here to watch the video of Stewart Brandborg's keynote address and click here for a transcript of his concluding "call to arms!"

UPDATE: In a related matter, click here for a PDF summary of Keith Hammer's 9/12/14 presentation to the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center's Wilderness 50 Conference.

Today we mark the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, but mark your calendars for September 20 and join us in a big celebration of it at the Flathead County Fairgrounds!

Come meet and be encouraged by Stewart Brandborg (above), who worked for eight years alongside Howard Zahniser to pass the Wilderness Act on September 3, 1964!

This foresighted Act initially designated 9.1 million acres of public lands as Wilderness, including the Bob Marshall Wilderness, and in the hands of hard working citizens has since brought the total to nearly 110 million acres.

But many of America's wildest public lands remain at risk of development and the "expanding settlement and growing mechanization" foreseen by the Wilderness Act.

We look forward to Brandborg's words urging all of us to keep up the good fight!

Click here for our short biography of Stewart Brandborg.

Click here for the Missoulian's more detailed accounting of Brandborg's efforts to pass the Wilderness Act.

Click here or see below for the Flathead's Wilderness 50 Celebration agenda!

This article published on September 03, 2014 • [Permalink]

Attend a Forward for Climate Rally this Sunday, Feb 17!

Attend a Forward for Climate rally this Sunday, February 17, at noon in Bigfork, Whitefish, Kalispell, or a city near you! We must MOVE FORWARD NOW!

The four-frame photo of the wolverine above was taken in July by Chad Harder, in the late-season Montana snowpack absolutely essential to wolverine raising their young.

Fish and Wildlife Service predicts these already limited habitats will decline by 63% in this century due to climate warming - threatening the wolverine with extinction in the lower 48 states!

But it's not just wildlife that is at risk, a few degrees of climate warming threatens the very existence of human civilization as well!

If you need convincing, take a few minutes to watch this video on "climate warming made simple" by David Roberts.

We cannot afford to dig up the Alberta tar sands and Montana's coal, selling it to China or elsewhere so it can be spewed into an already warming atmosphere that we all share!

The time for a change in our energy sources and consumption is NOW, before it is too late!

Please act this Sunday to move us Forward for Climate.

For more info visit Forward for Climate: 3 Flathead Valley Rallies, or visit 350.org to learn about the main Washington DC rally or search for a same-day rally in your neighborhood!

Sign a letter to President Obama here, urging him to take firm action on climate change!

Kalispell location: Depot Park at the corner of Center Street and Main Whitefish location: Corner of 2nd Street and Spokane Avenue Bigfork location: Harvest Foods roadside along Hwy 35

This article published on February 12, 2013 • [Permalink]

Annual Membership Meeting November 11!
Swan View Coalition's annual membership meeting will be held from 4 - 5 pm on November 11, just prior to the regularly scheduled Swan Range Community Potluck and Music Jam Session.

We'll quickly summarize the past year's challenges and accomplishments, elect officers of our working committee, then socialize over potluck dinner. Folks are welcome to stay and listen to music or join in making it!

The meeting, potluck and jam session will be held at the Mountain Brook Community Library, 2353 Foothill Road.

This article published on November 06, 2012 • [Permalink]

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