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• Creston School board meets at 7:30 a.m.

• 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.

• National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)/Local Advisory Council meets 1 p.m., Gateway Community Center, Kalispell. Call 253-7880.

• 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 regarding right to petition government in court. Raffle, election of officers. Call Clarence Taber, 406-261-9326; or Jerry O’Neil, 406-250-2503.

• Kila School board meets 5:30 p.m.

• Swan River School board meets at 5:30 p.m.

• Somers Rural Fire District board meets 6 p.m., Lakeside Fire Station, 125 Bills Road.

• Kalispell Public Schools district board meets 6 p.m., Kalispell Middle School Library.

• Deer Park School board meets at 6:30 p.m.

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. Fundraiser for the center.

• 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.

• Kalispell Chamber of Commerce Unwind, 5-6:30 p.m. Conlin’s Furniture, 1441 Montana 35, Giveaways. All welcome. Call 758-2800.

• Evergreen School board meets 6:30 p.m., administration boardroom.

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

• Bad Rock Rural Fire District board meets 7:30 p.m., north fire hall, 23 Columbia Pines Court. Call 892-0438.

Thursday

• Flathead Business Group hosts a Business Check-Up, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Red Lion Inn, 20 N. Main St. Suite 150, Kalispell. Hear from business professionals on how to make your business more successful. RSVP to 257-4555.

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

• Agency on Aging Advisory Council meets at 2-3:30 p.m., 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., Flathead High School. Tickets available at www.eventbrite.com

• Flathead Valley Genealogical Society meets, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1380 Whitefish Stage Road, Kalispell. Business meeting 6:30 p.m. Program at 7 p.m. includes popcorn and movie “Glacier Lodges: Great Lodges of the National Parks.” Free. Open to public. Call Lynne Bradley, 756-9245.

• West Valley Naturalists meet 7 p.m., West Valley School, 2290 Farm to Market Road, Kalispell. Nick Hanson presents a program on “Residentail Radon: What Homeowners and Buyers Should Know about Radon.” Free. Public invited. Call Jeanine Buettner, 755-4733.

Friday

• Red Cross blood drives: 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.

• Kalispell Public Schools Governance Committee meets 10 a.m., district office, 233 First Ave. E.

• The Village at Sunburst offers New Year, New Me-2 resume and interview training, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 2282 U.S. 93 S., Kalispell. Those who attend are eligible for free makeovers, including hair cut, nail, make-up and clothing tips on Jan. 14. To sign up, call Josh or Morgan at 756-8721.

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

• Glacier Pachyderm Club meets noon to 1 p.m., Sykes’ in Kalispell. Joe Coco will speak about the Preamble to the Constitution. Public invited; www.gcpachy.org

• Grandfamilies of Montana Inc. Support Group meets 7 p.m. Support for grandparents raising grandchildren and kinship providers. For location, call 300-1268.

Saturday

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

• Flathead Audubon birding field trip with naturalist Denny Olson, 10 a.m. to noon, 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., Lone Pine State Park, near Kalispell. Guided, moderate hike. Reserve snowshoes in advance by calling, 755-2706, ext. 2.

thought

“In order to go on living one must try to escape the death involved in perfectionism.” • Hannah Arendt, American author and historian (1906-1975)

• Act for America screens the documentary, Islam Rising — Geert Wilder’s Warning to the West,” 3-5 p.m., 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

• Whitefish Winter Carnival coronation of King Ullr and Queen of Snows, 5 p.m., O’Shaughnessy Center,, followed by Disco Party.

• Glacier Institute Fly Tying Workshop, 6-8 p.m. 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.

Monday

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

• Love Lives Here hosts a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration pre-party, 4-7 p.m. Whitefish Middle School cafeteria and gym. Family movie, light meal.

• Love Lives Here Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, 7:30 p.m., Whitefish Performing Arts Center. Singer/songwriter Rob Quest, tenor Mike Eldred and others perform. Guest speakers are Jere Hodgin and David Ackroyd. Local musicians perform. Free.

A look ahead

• 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.

• Friendship Force of the Flathead Valley meets Jan. 17, Vista Linda, Somers. Social hour 5 p.m.; dinner at 6 p.m. Priscilla French presents about her trip to India and Nepal. All interested in travel and meeting people from other countries invited. For reservations, call Pat, 257-1932.

• 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.

• Love Lives Here Martin Luther King Jr., Day, celebration, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17, Flathead High School. Singer/songwriter Rob Quest, tenor Mike Eldred and others perform. Guest speakers Jere Hodgin and David Ackroyd. Presentations by local musicians. Free.

• 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.

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

• Polson Chamber of Commerce Splash, 5-7 p.m. Jan. 19, Montana Co-Op, 401 Main St. Open to public. Call 883-5969.

• 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.

• Glacier Pachyderm Club meets noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 20, Sykes’ in Kalispell. Update from Helena Legislative delegation. Public invited; www.gcpachy.org

• 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.

• Whitefish Winter Carnival coronation of Prince Frey and Princess Freya, 6 p.m. Jan. 21. Whitefish High School basketball game.

• 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.

• City of Kalispell Impact Fee Advisory Committee meets 4 p.m. Jan. 24, City Hall Chambers, 201 First Ave. E., Kalispell. Open to public.

• Kalispell Public Schools district board special meeting and work session, 6 p.m. Jan. 24, Kalispell Middle School Library.

• 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.

• Polson Shooters Association annual general membership meeting, Juna 26, Polson VFW. Social and no-host bar 5:30 p.m.; dinner 6 p.m. Meeting follows. Cost of dinner waived to new members and those renewing. Contact Rob St Clair at 883-1110 or Mauri Morin at 249-2250.

• 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.

• Glacier Pachyderm Club meets noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 27, Sykes’ in Kalispell. Kalispell Chamber of Commerce president Joe Unterreiner discusses legislative bills the Chamber is supporting. Public invited; www.gcpachy.org

• World Invitational Whitefish Ski Joring races, Jan. 28-29, Whitefish Municipal Airport.

• 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.

• Whitefish Winter Carnival Gala, 6 p.m. Feb. 3, Whitefish Lake Restaurant.

• Penguin Plunge, 11 a.m. Feb. 4, Whitefish City Beach. Pie social 12:30 p.m. St. Charles Catholic Church. Whitefish Winter Carnival Grand Parade, 3 p.m. downtown.

• Whitefish Winter Carnival Rotary pancake breakfast, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 5, Whitefish Moose Lodge.

• 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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