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ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE), in cooperation with area high schools, is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries: Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy and Japan, to name a few.

ASSE students are enthusiastic and excited to experience American culture while they practice their English. They also love to share their own culture and language with their host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a rich cultural experience.

The exchange students have pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. ASSE students are selected based on academics and personality, and host families can choose their student from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests.

To become an ASSE Host Family or to find out how to become involved with ASSE in your community, please call the ASSE Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or go to host.asse.com to begin your host family application. 

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First United Methodist Church's 31st annual Back to School Clothing Project will be held Monday, Aug. 14, and the Third Annual Back to School Bash will be held Tuesday, Aug. 15. They are seeking children's socks (ages 4-12 years old), underwear and books. Volunteers also are needed. To donate, there will be a large box placed in the back of the sanctuary on Sundays, July 23, 30 and Aug. 6. For questions call Joe at 406-721-5013 or 406-549-6118, 300 E. Main. 

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North Lake County Public Library in Polson is hosting a Solar Eclipse Block Party on Monday, Aug. 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Polson will see about 89 percent of totality. The North Lake County Library Foundation is hosting a $5 hot dog lunch with all proceeds going toward the library’s Family Summer Reading Program. Mission Valley Eye Center/Ronan Eye Clinic has generously sponsored the purchase of more than 200 pairs of solar eclipse glasses that will be available at the party to safely view the eclipse. There will be crafts for kids, educational displays, a photo booth, music and more. Feel free to bring a lawn chair as available seating is limited. The library will also be holding a huge book sale in the Meeting Room from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the same day. 

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