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• Cholesterol screening and education, 7-10 a.m. first Thursday of every month, The Summit, Kalispell. Includes triglycerides, glucose, cholesterol, HDL and LDL. Walk-in clinic; no preregistration required. Fast 8-12 hours prior and drink plenty of water. Cost $30; $27 for seniors. Call Kathy Prim, 751-4500.

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

• Professional Therapy Associates gives a presentation on improving balance and coping with dizziness, 10 a.m. Kalispell Senior Center, 40 11th St. W., suite 110.

• Red Cross blood drives: 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Immanuel Lutheran Communities; noon to 5 p.m. North Valley Community Room, hosted by Columbia Falls Rotary.

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

• Somers School District board Policy Committee meets 5:30 p.m., Somers Middle School.

Friday

• Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 6 at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• Glacier Pachyderm Club meets noon to 1 p.m., Sykes’ in Kalispell. Whitefish Police Chief Bill Dial discusses local happenings. Public invited; www.gcpachy.org

Saturday

• Montana Wilderness Association Wilderness Walk with wildlife tracker Brian Baxter, Kila. Free interpretive hike. Meet at 9 a.m. at Kila Pub, 4220 U.S. 2 W. Sign up at wildmontana.org

• Red Cross Leaders Save Lives blood drive, 10 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

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

• Flathead County Animal Shelter volunteer orientation, 1-2 p.m., 225 Cemetery Road, south of Kalispell. All welcome; children under 18 need to be accompanied by an adult. Call 752-1310.

• Sons of Norway meets at 1 p.m., Flathead Valley Bridge Center, 22 Village Loop Road, Kalispell. Call 253-1702.”

Sunday

• Columbia Falls Community Choir begins practice for 2017 season, 2-4 p.m., Columbia Falls Junior High School. Call Ron, 892-5174.

• John White Lecture Series presents actor/singer Neal Lewing portraying Thomas Meagher, Montana’s first territorial governor, 2:30 p.m., Museum at Central School, 124 Second Ave. E., Kalispell. Tickets $6 for museum members; $9 for nonmembers. Limited tickets at door. Call 756-8381.

Monday

• Daughters of the American Revolution, Chief Ignace Chapter, meet for lunch at noon at Perkins Restaurant. Meeting follows. Call Cathy Lane, 250-7509.

• Red Cross blood drive, 1:30-5:30p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road.

• Pleasant Valley School board meets 4:15 p.m.

• West Valley School board meets 5 p.m.

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

• Flathead Audubon meets at 7 p.m., in the United Way conference room, Gateway Community Center, U.S. 2 West, Kalispell. William Beyer presents a program on sooty terns at the Palmyra Atoll south of Hawaii. Enter from west side of building.

Tuesday

• Flathead Area Secular Humanist Association hosts Kalispell Skeptics in the Club, 5:30 p.m., Scotty’s Bar, 2205 U.S. 93 S., Kalispell. Open to everyone.

• Montanans for Multiple Use public meeting, 6-9 p.m., Country Kitchen Building, Flathead County Fairgrounds, Kalispell. Update on lawsuit on petition government in court. Raffle, election of officers. Call Clarence Taber, 406-261-9326; or Jerry O’Neil, 406-250-2503.

Thought

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.” • George Washington Carver, American educator/scientist (born 1864, died this date in 1943).

Wednesday

• Red Cross blood drive, noon to 4:15 p.m., Kalispell Center Mall.

• Singer and banjo player Kathy Sullivan performs at 2:30 p.m., Whitefish Community Center. Cost $10. Coffee and cookies served.

• Parkinson’s disease support group meets 3-4:30 p.m., Gateway Community Center, north conference room, Kalispell. Dr. Heather Blanchard talks about dental care with Parkinson’s. All welcome. Call Katie, 434-964-7558.

• Bigfork County Water and Sewer District meets at 7 p.m., district office, 108 Harbor Heights Blvd. Public welcome.

A look ahead

• Red Cross blood drive 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 12, Bigfork High School.

• 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.

• Girls on the Run of Flathead Valley hosts Lunafest, a film festival fundraiser supporting program scholarships for the activities-based youth development program for girls in third to eighth grade, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 12, Flathead High School. Tickets available at www.eventbrite.com

• Red Cross blood drives Jan. 13: 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Glacier High School; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• Flathead Chapter of National Active and Retired Federal Employees meets at noon, Jan. 13, Perkins Restaurant, Kalispell. Social time, 11:30 a.m. Lunch available for $8. Call Doris Warrant, 752-8026.

• Ruth and Sam Neff present a free, illustrated program on their visits to Cuba from 1992 to 2003, 1 p.m. Jan. 14, Community Room, Whitefish Community Library, 9 Spokane Ave.

• Flathead Audubon birding field trip with naturalist Denny Olson, 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 14, Owen Sowerwine Natural Area, Kalispell. Meet at Treasure Lane entrance off Willow Glen. Free. All welcome. To sign up, call 249-3987.

• National Winter Trails Day hike, 10 a.m. Jan.14, Lone Pine State Park, near Kalispell. Guided, moderate hike. Reserve snowshoes in advance by calling, 755-2706, ext. 2.

• Act for America screens the documentary, Islam Rising — Geert Wilder’s Warning to the West,” 3-5 p.m. Jan. 14, Fairbridge Inn & Suites, 1701 U.S. 93 S., Kalispell. Viewer discretion advised due to violence. Tom Osborne facilitates. Reserve seats at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/islam-rising-tickets-29596981368

• Glacier Institute Fly Tying Workshop, 6-8 p.m. Jan. 14, Lary’s Fly & Supply, 604 Nucleus Ave., Columbia Falls. Instructor Jake Chutz from Montana Fly Company. Cost $15 per person; all materials provided or bring your own. To register, call 755-1211.

• Red Cross blood drives Jan. 16: 1:30-5:30 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell; 2-6 p.m. Trinity Lutheran Church.

• Red Cross blood drive, 10:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Jan. 17, Marion Fire Hall. Sponsored by Pleasant Valley Apiaries.

• Kalispell Women’s Connection buffet lunch,11:30 a.m. Jan. 17, meeting room of Victory Baptist Church, 1830 Montana 35. Speakers include Becca Webb from Lighthouse group home and Gina Bickel. Cost $8 per person. Call Jan, 857-2467, or Rosainne, 257-8098 for lunch and free child care reservations. Affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries.

• Flathead Democrats annual Martin Luther King Jr. dinner, 5:30 p.m. Jan. 17. Eagles, 37 First St. W., Kalispell. Speaker is the Rev. Bradley Wirth. Cost $15.

• Red Cross blood drives Jan. 18: 10:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. U.S. Forest Service; noon to 5 p.m. The Springs at Whitefish, blood mobile.

• Red Cross blood drive, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 19, The Wave, Whitefish; 12:30-5 p.m. Kmart, blood mobile.

• Free introductory talk for upcoming Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course noon to 1:30 p.m., The Summit, Kalispell. Learn how meditation can help with pain, illness and stress. Call Michelle Richards, 261-4112.

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

• Joe Coco presents a discussion on “The Economics of Affordable Housing,” 7-8:30 p.m., Jan. 19, Coco Enterprises Conference Center, 6438 U.S. 93 S., Whitefish. Free. RSVP to Erika, 862-9400.

• Red Cross blood drives Jan. 20: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell; 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Three Rivers Bank, Meridian Road, blood mobile.

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

• 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.

• Tom Osborne presents a class on “Christianity and Islam,” 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 21, Easthaven Baptist Church, 2010 Whitefish Stage, Kalispell. Seating limited. To reserve seats, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/christianity-and-islam-tickets-29806674566

• Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Jan. 21, Risen Christ Church, Kalispell.

• John White Lecture Series presents museum executive director Gil Jordan on the history of the Flathead Valley and Central School, 2:30 p.m. Jan. 22, Museum at Central School, 124 Second Ave. E., Kalispell. Tickets $6 for museum members; $9 for nonmembers. Limited tickets at door. Call 756-8381.

• 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.

• Red Cross blood drive, 1:30-5:30 p.m. Jan. 23, at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

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

• Red Cross blood drive, noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 24, Polson Methodist Church.

• Red Cross blood drives Jan. 25: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Parkside Credit Union; 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Whitefish Credit Union, Kalispell.

• 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.

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

• Montana State Old Time Fiddlers perform at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 26, Kalispell Senior Center, 40 11th St. W., suite 110.

• Red Cross blood drives Jan. 27: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell; 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. National Flood.

• Red Cross blood drive, 1:30-5:30 p.m. Jan. 30, at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Jan. 31, Flathead Electric, Kalispell.

• Suicide Support Group, Surviving Our Loss after Suicide, (SOLAS) meets 7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 7, The Summit, Kalispell. Call Joan Schmidt, 871-1008.

• John White Lecture Series presents author/historian Ellen Baumler on “Profiles of African American Montanans, Feb. 12, 2:30 p.m., Museum at Central School, 124 Second Ave. E., Kalispell. Tickets $6 for museum members; $9 for nonmembers. Limited tickets at door. Call 756-8381.

• West Valley School board meets 5 p.m. Feb. 13.?

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

• West Shore Community Library Wine, Dine and Dance for Library Lovers, 6 p.m. Feb. 14, Hilton Garden Inn, Kalispell. Tickets are $75 per person; 100 percent of proceeds benefit library. For reservations, visit www.wsclibrary.org, or call 844-3917.

• John White Lecture Series presents actress/educator Mary Jane Bradbury portraying pioneer photographer Evelyn Cameron, 2:30 p.m. Feb. 26, Museum at Central School, 124 Second Ave. E., Kalispell. Tickets $6 for museum members; $9 for nonmembers. Limited tickets at door. Call 756-8381.

• Suicide Support Group, Surviving Our Loss after Suicide, (SOLAS) meets 7-8:30 p.m. March 7, The Summit, Kalispell. Call Joan Schmidt, 871-1008.

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

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

• Suicide Support Group, Surviving Our Loss after Suicide, (SOLAS) meets 7-8:30 p.m. April 4, The Summit, Kalispell. Call Joan Schmidt, 871-1008.

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

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

• Suicide Support Group, Surviving Our Loss after Suicide, (SOLAS) meets 7-8:30 p.m. May 2, The Summit, Kalispell. Call Joan Schmidt, 871-1008.

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

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

• Suicide Support Group, Surviving Our Loss after Suicide, (SOLAS) meets 7-8:30 p.m. June 6, The Summit, Kalispell. Call Joan Schmidt, 871-1008.

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

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

• Suicide Support Group, Surviving Our Loss after Suicide, (SOLAS) meets 7-8:30 p.m. July 4, The Summit, Kalispell. Call Joan Schmidt, 871-1008.

• Suicide Support Group, Surviving Our Loss after Suicide, (SOLAS) meets 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 1, The Summit, Kalispell. Call Joan Schmidt, 871-1008.

• Suicide Support Group, Surviving Our Loss after Suicide, (SOLAS) meets 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 5, The Summit, Kalispell. Call Joan Schmidt, 871-1008.

• Suicide Support Group, Surviving Our Loss after Suicide, (SOLAS) meets 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 3, The Summit, Kalispell. Call Joan Schmidt, 871-1008.

• Suicide Support Group, Surviving Our Loss after Suicide, (SOLAS) meets 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 7, The Summit, Kalispell. Call Joan Schmidt, 871-1008.

• Suicide Support Group, Surviving Our Loss after Suicide, (SOLAS) meets 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 5, The Summit, Kalispell. Call Joan Schmidt, 871-1008.

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