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u The Lighthouse Lounge is hosting a free Christmas Eve feeding for the homeless, and police, fire fighters, EMTs etc., starting at 1 p.m., 1035 U.S. 2 W., Kalispell. Call Jade Owens, 406-439-4500

u “A Montana Christmas Carol” performance 2 p.m., Creative Arts Center, Eureka. Admission by donation.

u Community Kitchen-Feeding the Flathead will give out free sack lunches at 6 p.m. at the Montana Building, corner of Second Street East and First Avenue East, Kalispell.

u Rose Crossing luminaria display begins at dusk. Drivers may enjoy the 1 1/2 mile display between U.S. 2 East and Whitefish Stage., Evergreen. Luminarias may be purchased/picked up until 11 a.m. at Evergreen Fire Station, 2236 U.S. 2 E. Call Chief Williams, 752-4636.

Sunday

u Community Kitchen-Feeding the Flathead offers a free full-course meal, 6 p.m., Christ Church Episcopal, 215 Third Ave. E., Kalispell.

Monday

u City of Kalispell Solid Waste Division will be picking up roll-out containers today. There will be no disruption of service.

u Evergreen Disposal will be running normal routes through Friday this week.

Tuesday

u Red Cross blood drives: noon to 5 p.m. Eureka Baptist Church; 2-5 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

u Flathead Avalanche Center hosts Benefit Brews Night 5-8 p.m., Kalispell Brewing Company.

u Jazz Night Out for Justice, O’Shaughnessy Center, Whitefish. Mama Jazz & the Stumptown Boys perform. Doors open 7:30 p.m.; concert 8 p.m. $15 at door. Fundraiser for Abbie Shelter.

Wednesday

u Red Cross blood drives: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center, Flathead City-County Health Department; 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Elks Lodge, Kalispell.

Thursday

u Bigfork Land Use Advisory Committee meets 4 p.m., downstairs of Bethany Lutheran Church, Montana 35, south of Montana 209. Call Gwen Sutherland, 250-5457.

u Marion Fire District board meets 7 p.m., Marion Community Center, 180 Gopher Lane. Public welcome.

Friday

u Red Cross blood drives: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Lakeview Healthcare.

A look ahead

u Flathead Lake Skijoring Championships, Dec. 31-Jan. 1, Lakeside Club, one mile south of Lakeside. Races start 12:30 p.m. daily. Admission $5; children 12 and under, free. Call West Shore Visitors Bureau, 406-668-1866.

u Annual Polar Bear Plunge, Jan. 1, The Raven, Woods Bay, Montana 35, 4.5 miles south of Bigfork. Parade to lake 1:45 p.m. Plunge 2 p.m. Families welcome. Call 837-2836.

u First Day Hike, 10 a.m. Wayfarers State Park on Flathead Lake, Bigfork. Free, family-friendly guided 1- to 2-mile hike. Call 837-3041.

u First Day Twilight Hike, 5-6:30 p.m. Jan. 1, Lone Pine State Park near Kalispell. Free, moderately difficult guided hike. Be sure kids are prepared for hiking uphill at night in the snow. To reserve snowshoes, call 755-2706, ext. 2.

u Evergreen Disposal will be running normal routes the week of Jan. 2-6.

u Somers School District board special meeting 7 a.m. Jan. 4, Glacier Perks.

u Transportation Advisory Committee for Flathead County Eagle Transit meets 8:30-10:30 a.m. Jan. 5, South Campus Building, 40 11th St. W., Kalispell. Public invited.

u Anime Club for teens in grades six to 12 meets 4-5:30 p.m. Jan. 5, ImagineIF Library, Kalispell. Movie is “Soul Eater.”

u West Valley School board meets 5 p.m. Jan. 9.

u Love Lives Here of Flathead Valley and Montana Human Rights Network sponsor a gathering, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 7, Depot Park, Whitefish. Guest speakers promote tolerance in community. Live music, hula performance, coffee.

Thought

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” uThe Rev. Norman Vincent Peale (born 1898, died this day in 1993).

music, hula performance, coffee.

u Columbia Falls Community Choir begins practice for 2017 season,, 2-4 p.m. Jan. 8, Columbia Falls Junior High School. Call director Ron Bond, 892-5174.

u Flathead Conservation District 310 Stream Permit meeting 7 p.m. Jan. 9, 133 Interstate Lane, in Evergreen. Call 752-4220.

u Agency on Aging Advisory Council meets at 2-3:30 p.m. Jan. 12, South Campus building, 40 11th St. W., Kalispell. Public invited. Call 758-5730.

u Flathead Democrats annual Martin Luther King Jr. dinner, 5:30 p.m. Jan. 17. Eagles, 37 First St. W., Kalispell. Cost $15.

u Teen social for grades 6-12, 4-5:30 p.m. Jan. 19, ImagineIF Library, Kalispell. Crafts, food, Wii gaming. Free.

2017 Montana Pond Hockey Classic Jan. 20-22, Foys Lake near Kalispell. Eighty teams across Montana compete. Spectators welcome. Concessions.

u AARP Driver Safety Course, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 21,The Summit, Kalispell. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 751-4500.

u AARP Driver Safety Course, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 23, Libby Christian Church. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 283-7000.

u Flathead Conservation District business meeting, 7 p.m. Jan. 23, 133 Interstate Lane, Kalispell, 752-4220.

u AARP Driver Safety Course, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 26, Risen Christ Catholic Church, Kalispell. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 752-4219.

u Flathead Special Education Cooperative Management board and Executive Council meets 11:30 a.m. Jan. 26, 15 Meridian Court, Kalispell. Call 257-1857.

u West Valley School board meets 5 p.m. Feb. 13.

u Flathead Special Education Cooperative Executive Council meets 9 a.m. Feb. 16, 15 Meridian Court, Kalispell. Call 257-1857.

u West Valley School board meets 5 p.m. March 13.

u Flathead Special Education Cooperative Executive Council meets 9 a.m. March 16, 15 Meridian Court, Kalispell. Call 257-1857.

u West Valley School board meets 5 p.m. April 10.

u Flathead Special Education Cooperative Management board and Executive Council meets 11:30 a.m. April 27, 15 Meridian Court, Kalispell. Call 257-1857.

u West Valley School board meets 5 p.m. May 8.

u Flathead Special Education Cooperative Executive Council meets 9 a.m. May 18, 15 Meridian Court, Kalispell. Call 257-1857.

u West Valley School board meets 5 p.m. June 12.

u Flathead Special Education Cooperative Executive Council meets 9 a.m. June 13, 15 Meridian Court, Kalispell. Call 257-1857.

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