COVID-19: Updated Sondreson Hall Use Restrictions and Guidelines

The COVID-19 policy for events at Sondreson Hall is based on current CDC guidelines. People who have not been fully vaccinated are encouraged to continue taking precautions, including hand washing, wearing a mask and, where practical, practicing social distancing.

If needed, disposable masks are available at the hall. The suggested donation for a mask is $1.00, but do not hesitate to use a mask just because you don’t have a dollar handy.

Hand sanitizer is also available at the hall.

NFLA Board of Directors
May 23, 2021


Notes

In general, people are considered fully vaccinated:
    2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
    2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

See the CDC website (cdc.gov) for more details on COVID-19 precautions.

COVID-19: Sondreson Hall Use Restrictions and Guidelines – max capacity now 25

I wear the mask to protect the people closest to me - BatmanThe governor has tightened up the state’s pandemic-related restrictions, effective  November 20, 2020. The only impact locally is to reduce Sondreson Hall’s maximum capacity from 50 to 25. Everything else remains the same. Here are the updated “Sondreson Hall Use Restrictions and Guidelines” . . .

The following restrictions, guidelines and notices apply to the use of Sondreson Hall under Montana’s “Phase 2” COVID-19 management plan, the November 17, 2020 “Directive on Group Size and Capacity,” and in accordance with Montana’s mask directive:

The maximum number of people in the hall at any given time is 25. For a given event, up to 25 chairs will be set up, dispersed as widely as practical. If there are no empty seats available, please do not enter the hall until someone else leaves. If the event requires tables, they should be dispersed as widely as practical (ideally at least 6 feet apart) with no more than six individuals seated at each table.

Face coverings are required within the hall for all individuals with the following exceptions:

  • Children under the age of five. All children between the ages of two and four, however, are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering. Children under the age of two should not wear a face covering.
  • Persons who have a medical condition precluding the safe wearing of a face covering.
  • Other exceptions as defined in the Governor’s July 15, 2020 Mask Directive.

No food sharing beyond family groups except under specific circumstances. The exception is when food is distributed in a serving line with the individuals handing out the food using appropriate protection (masks and gloves).

During clean-up after events, please follow the disinfection guidelines posted throughout the hall:

“Please use spray bottle solution to disinfect all surfaces, including tables, counters, the lectern, the stovetop, and the sink area. Also wipe down any chairs that were used during the event. Disposable gloves are provided. The solution contains bleach so be careful with your clothing. Thank you for helping us keep our members and guests safe.”

Hand sanitizer is available several places throughout the hall. Please use it as needed.

If needed, disposable masks are available at the hall. The suggested donation for a mask is $1.00, but do not hesitate to use a mask just because you don’t have a dollar handy.

(To view or download this information as a printable PDF, click here.)

COVID-19: Sondreson Hall Use Restrictions and Guidelines

Sondreson Hall by Gerry StearnsThe following restrictions, guidelines and notices apply to the use of Sondreson Hall under Montana’s “Phase 2” COVID-19 management plan:

The maximum number of people in the hall at any given time is 50. For a given event, up to 50 chairs will be set up, dispersed as widely as practical. If there are no empty seats available, please do not enter the hall until someone else leaves. If the event requires tables, they should be dispersed as widely as practical with no more than six individuals seated at each table.

No food sharing beyond family groups except under specific circumstances. The exception is when food is distributed in a serving line with the individuals handing out the food using appropriate protection (masks and gloves). It is strongly recommended that the people receiving the food be masked as well.

During clean-up after events, please follow the disinfection guidelines posted throughout the hall:

“Please use spray bottle solution to disinfect all surfaces, including tables, counters, the lectern, the stovetop, and the sink area. Also wipe down any chairs that were used during the event. Disposable gloves are provided. The solution contains bleach so be careful with your clothing. Thank you for helping us keep our members and guests safe.”

Hand sanitizer is available several places throughout the hall. Please use it as needed.

If needed, disposable masks are available at the hall. The suggested donation for a mask is $1.00, but do not hesitate to use a mask just because you don’t have a dollar handy.

(To view or download this document as a PDF, click here.)

Last Dance Class Before Winter Ball

Hello North Fork Dancers!

Our last dance class before the Winter Ball is Sunday, February 9 at 6:00pm at the Hall. The Winter Ball is on Friday, February 14 at 7:00pm.

Inexpensive ball gowns ($5-10) are available at the thrift store on the right as you enter Columbia Falls (before the Post Office), but they are only open on Tuesday and Thursday…..They have put their dresses out early because of the NF Winter Ball!

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Winter Ball at the Hall, Feb 14

Hello North Fork Dancers!

Here’s a fun way to spend Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart…

Join us at Sondreson Hall for the Winter Ball on Friday, February 14 at 7:00. Be sure to bring drinks and finger foods to share…and your dancing shoes. Invite anyone who you want. This is open to everyone (even if they don’t dance!)

There are only two more dance classes to get ready for the Winter Ball: Friday, January 31 at 6:00 and Sunday, February 9 at 6:00.

Hope to see you there!
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Only Two More Weekly Dance Classes at the Community Hall

The last two dance classes of the season will be on Friday, January 31 at 6:00pm and Sunday, February 9 at 6:00pm. Invite anyone else who might be interested. If your spouse/partner can’t come, come anyway! The first hour of the class is geared for total beginners. The second hour is dance moves beyond the basic steps. We are learning to waltz, two step, and swing dance. Everyone is welcome.

Winter Dance Classes Starting Next Week!

It is that time of year again! Winter dance classes at the Hall will begin the night after Thanksgiving — Friday, November 29, 6:00-8:00pm.

Dance classes are held once-a-week through February …and beginners are welcome! You can come with a partner or as a single. Debo Powers is the instructor and the classes are free.

Please bring beverages and snacks to share. Volunteers who offer to come early to get the fire going to warm up the Hall and shovel a path to the outhouse are always welcome!

There will be two dance events this winter:
New Year’s Eve Dance Party on Tuesday, December 31
Winter Ball & Valentine’s Day Dance on Friday, February 14

Come out on cold winter nights to have fun with your neighbors and learn to dance!!

October 13, 7:00pm: ‘True Adventures of our Early Pioneers’ presentation by John Fraley

Join us for a presentation by Author John Fraley on the true adventures of people who earned their livings in the wild mountains and rivers of the Bob Marshall Wilderness and Glacier Park during the 19th and early 20th centuries.  Fraley is the author of “Rangers, Trappers, and Trailblazers”, “Wild River Pioneers”, and “A Woman’s Way West”, and is retired from a 40-year career with the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Sondreson Hall, 7:00pm, Sunday, October 13th.  Bring a snack to share if you can.  The last general meeting of the NFLA will follow at 8pm, and canned goods for the Veterans Food Pantry will be collected there.

Sondreson Hall Cleanup 2018

On a gloriously sunny day last Saturday, a smaller than usual crowd showed up for the annual Hall Clean-up at Sondreson Hall.  The North Fork Dancers (those who participated in the winter dance classes) made up most of the group.  Much was accomplished and everyone had a good time.  Firewood was chopped and stacked; the fence was repaired; the outhouses, generator shack, and Hall were thoroughly cleaned; and kitchen supplies were re-organized.  Rachel and Alan Peura provided the lunch by grilling hamburgers and serving side dishes.  The lunch table was set up on the front porch in order to enjoy the perfect spring day!

Thanks to all of the folks who organized the cleanup and everyone who came to help. The hall is now ready for a summer of serious business and serious fun.

Mouse droppings don't stand a chance | photo by Suzanne Daniel

Get back to work your two! | photo by Suzanne Daniel

A well earned lunch | photo by Suzanne Daniel