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• Kelly Road will be closed to through traffic at the U.S. 93 intersection to South Woodland Drive today for a water tap installation on Kelly Road for new Florence Coffee building. Motorists may need to consider alternate routes. Call Cameron Gillette, 253-3778.

• City of Kalispell performs storm sewer maintenance on South Meridian Road between Second and Fourth Streets West, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting. Expect road closure, detours; local access provided. Call 758-7720.

• Evergreen School board meets at noon, administration boardroom.

• Red Cross blood drive, 2-6 p.m., at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• Dementia and Alzheimer’s Support Group meets 3-4:30 p.m., Buffalo Hill Terrace, 40 Claremont St., Kalispell. Sponsored by Immanuel Lutheran Communities. Call Carla Wilton, 752-9624.

• Fair-Mont-Egan School board meets 5 p.m.

• Northwest Montana Posse of Westerners presents a program by Bill Dakin, “Glacier’s Sun Road Construction, 1910-1933,” Red Lion Hotel Kalispell. Greeting 5:30 p.m.; dinner 6:15 p.m. Cost $19 includes presentation. Program 7 p.m., free for posse members and youth under 16; $5 for nondinner walk-in nonmembers. For dinner reservations, call 752-9642.

• Columbia Falls School board meets at 6 p.m., administration offices boardroom, 501 Sixth Ave. W.

• Somers School District board meets 6 p.m., Lakeside Elementary School.

Tuesday

• Sons of Norway board meets 9 a.m., Three Rivers Bank, 552 North Meridian Road. All members are welcome to attend.

• Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., KRMC.

• Kalispell Women’s Connection buffet lunch and Christopher & Banks summer style show,11:30 a.m., meeting room of Victory Baptist Church, 1830 Montana 35. Cost $8 per person. Speaker is Rosainne Taylor. Call Jan, 857-2467, or Rosainne, 257-8098 for lunch and free child care reservations. Affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries.

• Lakeside County Water and Sewer district board meets 2 p.m., district meeting room, 253 Bierney Creek Road.

• Montana Retired Teachers “Swing into Summer” gathering, 4-7 p.m. Lawrence Park Pavilion, Kalispell. Snacks and refreshments provided. All educators invited.

• West Valley School Library open to families and community 4:30-6:30 p.m. every Tuesday during the summer.

• Coffee with the Chief, 5:30 p.m., Winchester Room, Sykes’ Diner, 202 Second Ave. W., Kalispell. Chief of Police Roger Nasset discusses community issues over free coffee. Public welcome.

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

Wednesday

• Evergreen Water and Sewer District board meets at 7 a.m. at the district office, 130 Nicholson Dr.

• Montana Native Plant Society guided hike with Steve Wirt along North Fork Road to see effects of recent fires and rejuvenation. Meet at 9 a.m. Coffee Traders, Columbia Falls. Three to four stops. Return 3-4 p.m. Call 406-261-2542.

• Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center Park brown bag seminar by Brent Riley, “Discover How Native Peoples Hunted and Utilized Bison by Looking at the Artifacts They Left Behind,” noon to 1 p.m. West Glacier Community Building, Glacier Park. Free. Open to public. Call 888-5827.

• Cops and Bobbers kids fishing event, 3 p.m., Pine Grove Pond, off of Rose Crossing, Kalispell. All kids and families invited; no license required. Loaner rods, barbecue. Free.

• Whitefish Women of the Moose monthly meal, 5-7 p.m., 230 W. 10th St. Ham dinner and all the fixings. Call Carol, 260-8493.

Thursday

• Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., Kalispell City Council Chambers.

• Flathead City-County Board of Health meets 1 p.m., administration office, Earl Bennett Building, 1035 First Ave. E., Kalispell.

• Wisconsin Avenue-East Lakeshore Drive Corridor Steering Committee meets 3 p.m., new Whitefish City Hall, 418 E. Second St.

• Annual Taste of Kalispell, 5:30-8 p.m., Museum at Central School lawn, Kalispell. Live music by John Dunnigan. Food from area restaurants, beer and wine, kids’ zone. Tickets $30 adults, $35 senor 64 and older, $20 youth 11-14, kids 10 and under, free. Call Kalispell Downtown Association, 253-6923.

• Joe Coco presents a free seminar “Setting Up the College Bound for Success,” 7-8:30 p.m., Coco Enterprises Conference Center, 6438 U.S. 93 S., Whitefish. Free. RSVP to 862-9400.

Friday

• Red Cross blood drives: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell; 11:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Gateway Community Center.

• Glacier Pachyderm Club meets noon to 1 p.m., Sykes’ Diner, 202 Second Ave. W., Kalispell. Mark Johnson gives annual Mayor’s Report. Lunch may be purchased. Visitors welcome. Call Todd Bernhardt, 270-6908.

• Whitefish Woody Weekend, today through July 25, Lodge at Whitefish Lake. Classic wooden boats cruise/parade this evening. Public display 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 24, with water skiing exhibitions at 11 a.m. 1 and 3 p.m. Poker run followed by barbecue on the beach, June 25. Free for spectators. Call Tim Salt, 862-5085.

Thought

“Free thinkers are generally those who never think at all.” — Laurence Sterne, English author (1713-1768).

A look ahead

• Flathead Audubon field trip 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 24 along U.S. 2 to East Glacier. Limited to 15 participants. Call Paul Rossi, 406-253-7193, to sign up. Free and open to public.

• Big Arm Association pancake breakfast, 8 a.m. to noon June 24, Big Arm School. Menu includes sausage, scrambled eggs, orange, juice, coffee. Donations accepted. Call 849-5064.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 24, Gateway Community Center Kalispell. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 752-7266.

• Marion Fire Auxiliary flea market and barbecue, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 24, Marion Community Center, 180 Gopher Lane. Silent auction, raffle, kids’ fire engine rides.

• Whitefish Woody Weekend, July 24- 25, Lodge at Whitefish Lake. Classic wooden boat display 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 24, with water skiing exhibitions at 11 a.m. 1 and 3 p.m. Poker run followed by barbecue on the beach, June 25. Free for spectators. Call Tim Salt, 862-5085.

• Big Sky Rising and Indivisible Flathead sponsor a peaceful rally to support Amtrak amid concerns of federal budget cuts, 10 a.m. to noon, June 24, Whitefish Depot Park. Bring signs.

• DeSoto Grill’s Big Shindig ‘50s rock-a-billy themed block party event, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 24, First Street West, Kalispell. Vintage car show, live music, beer garden and food. Silent auction. Following event a “Cruising Main Street” starts at 7 p.m. All proceeds benefit Micayla’s Miracle & Blessings Foundation. Call Sabrina Wisher, 406-261-8782.

• Culpepper & Merriweather Circus, June 25, downtown Somers. Performances at 2 and 4:30 p.m. Pre-ticket sales are children 2-12, $7; adults $10. Tickets at the door are children $8; adults $13, at Sliters locations, Somers Bay Cafe and Somers Company Town Museum. Call 406-471-1531.

• Flathead Southerners annual Catfish Fry & Gatherin’ June 25, Vista Linda Pavilion, 240 Boon Road, Somers. Social hour 4:30 p.m. (cash bar). All-you-can-eat buffet 5:30 p.m. Raffle and silent auction, 6:30p.m. Adults $22, children under 13, $1 per year. For reservations, call Vista Linda by June 23 at 857-3158. Proceeds benefit A Ray of Hope new womens and children’s shelter. For donations, call Bill 406-250-4117.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 26, Libby Christian Church. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 283-7000.

• Red Cross blood drives June 26: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Flathead City-County Health Department; 2-6 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• Flathead Conservation District business meeting, 7 p.m. June 26, 133 Interstate Lane, Kalispell, 752-4220.

• Red Cross blood drive, noon to 5 p.m. June 27, Our Lady of Mercy, Eureka.

• Medicare 101 class, 1-3 p.m. June 27, Flathead County South Campus, 40 11th St. W., Kalispell. Representatives guide through health insurance basics. Call 758-5730.

• Red Cross blood drive, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 28, Glacier Park.

• Marion Fire District board meets 3 p.m. June 28, Marion Community Center, 180 Gopher Lane. Public welcome.

• Annual Arlee Powwow, June 28-July 4, Powwow Road, Arlee. Traditional dance competitions, singing, drumming, handmade beaded crafts, food booths; www.crazycrow.com

• Free 2-3-mile guided hike 6-8 p.m. June 28, Lion Mountain Trailhead of Whitefish Trail to identify noxious weeds. Meet at trailhead at 6 p.m. Registration not required. Call 862-3880.

• Marilyn Bennett leads two free workshops geared to nonproifts June 29 at ImagineIF Library, Kalispell: 10:15-11:45 a.m. Overview of Foundation Directory Online; 12:45-2:15 p.m. Qualifying Possible Funders. Bring laptop or electronic device. RSVP requested to mbennett@imagineiflibraries.org

• Red Cross Leaders Save Lives blood drive, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 29 at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• Kila School board meets 3:30 p.m. June 29.

• Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 30 at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• West Shore community dinner, 5-6:30 p.m June 30, the Gathering Place 238 Adams St., Lakeside. Free of charge to anyone. Families welcome.

• Troy’s Old-Fashioned Fourth of July celebration, 9 a.m., Roosevelt Park. Arts and crafts, food vendors, kids’ games, live music, beer garden. Parade 11 a.m. Fireworks 11 p.m.

• Kalispell Fourth of July Parade, 10 a.m. Main Street. Free ice cream social afterward, Conrad Mansion lawn. Live music, face painting, barbecue lunch for purchase. Discounted $5 self-guided tours of mansion.

• Bigfork Independence Day Parade, noon, Grand and Electric Avenues. No parking downtown; free shuttles from Crossroads Christian Fellowship and St. John Paul II churches. Parking available at Bethany Lutheran Church.

• Polson Fourth of July Parade, noon, from Cherry Valley Elementary School to Main Street.

• Polebridge Fourth of July parade, about noon, in front of Polebridge Mercantile.

• Arlee Powwow and Rodeo, July 4, Powwow Road, Arlee. Parade 1 p.m. Traditional dance competitions, singing, drumming, handmade beaded crafts, food booths; www.crazycrow.com

• Lakeside Fourth of July fireworks show after dark over Flathead Lake.

• Whitefish Fourth of July fireworks show, dusk, (about 10:30-11 p.m.) over Whitefish Lake, Whitefish City Beach.

• 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.

• Glacier Symphony Summer “Pops Goes to the Movies” outdoor concerts, July 7-8, Rebecca Farm, Kalispell, rain or shine. Gates open 5:30 p.m. Concerts begin 7:30 p.m. Bring a picnic or buy food, beer and wine from on site vendors. For tickets, call 406-407-7000.

• Annual Climb Big Mountain fundraiser for Flathead Industries, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 8, Whitefish Mountain Resort. Register in stores or online at www.flatheadindustries.org/cmb, or at event. Free lunch, T-shirts, live music, silent auction. Call Sarah, 858-0897.

• Nooks and Crannies Tour, 9 a.m. July 8, Conrad Mansion Museum, 330 Woodland Ave., Kalispell, $28 per person. Reservations required. Call 755-2166.

• Lakeside Community Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 8, Lakeside Elementary School, 255 Adams St., Lakeside. Theme is “Enchanted Garden.” 7 a.m. — Pancake breakfast, 7 a.m., Lakeside Chapel; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Arts and crafts, food, attic treasures, booths, jewelry, vendors, kids activities. 11 a.m. — Parade; Silent auction closes 2 p.m. Duck races at 4 p.m. at Tamarack Alehouse; www.lakesidesomerschamber.org.

• Lakeside Volunteer Fire Department annual bison burger barbecue and Community Appreciation Day, noon to 7 p.m. July 8, Ferndale Fire Hall, Montana 209 and Ferndale Drive. Adults $12; kids 10 and under, $5. Silent auction, fire truck rides, live music.

• Annual Flathead Lakers Poker Paddle, noon, July 9, King’s Point, Flathead Lake. 1.6-mile, 3.6 mile and 6-mile courses for kayaks, paddleboards, canoes, human-propelled watercraft. Qualified swimmers. Cost $75 includes lunch, after-party, unique gift. Registration closes June 30. Call 406-883-1346.

• West Valley School Library open to families and community 4:30-6:30 p.m. July 11 and every Tuesday during the summer.

• Senior Tour and Tea, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 13, Hockaday Museum of Art, 302 Second Ave. E., Kalispell. Free admission for senior citizens. Coffee, tea and cookies served 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 755-5268.

• Annual Arts in the Park, July 14-16, Depot Park, Kalispell. Fine art and crafts, local food, live music, beer and wine garden, children’s activities. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Admission daily,$3; weekend pass, $5; children 6 and under, free.

• Mission Mountain Winery ice cream social and free program to learn about food and wine pairings, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 15, 82420 U.S. 93 S., Dayton. All welcome.

• Polson Main Street Cherry Festival, July 15-16. More than 125 vendor booths. Cherry baking, pit-spitting contests. Montana-made art and crafts, live music. Hours 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; 406-883-3667; flatheadcherryfestival.com

• Immanuel Lutheran Communities hosts a wellness presentation geared for seniors, “ Brain Fitness” 2-3:30 p.m. July 21, Buffalo Hill Terrace, 40 Claremont St., Kalispell. Free. Call 752-9624.

• Columbia Falls High School Class of 1977 40th reunion, July 28-30. Call 406-250-5275.

• Columbia Falls High School Class of 1967 50th reunion, July 28-July 30. Contact Gail Shay Linne, 406-871-4881 or gslinne@centurytel.net.

• West Valley School Library open to families and community 4:30-6:30 p.m. Aug. 1 and every Tuesday during the summer.

• 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.

• Evergreen Show ‘N’ Shine, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 5, Conlin’s Furniture parking lot, Evergreen. No entry fees. Trophies awarded. Call 885-1212.

• Kila School board meets 5:30 p.m. Aug. 7.

• Nooks and Crannies Tour, 9 a.m. Aug. 12, Conrad Mansion Museum, 330 Woodland Ave., Kalispell, $28 per person. Reservations required. Call 755-2166.

• Rubber Duck Regatta fundraiser for the Flathead Food Bank, 1-4 p.m. Aug. 27, Lawrence Park, Kalispell. Buy rubber ducks to race down Stillwater River. Children’s, families, indivdual and business races and prizes. Winners need not be present. Mobile duck “adoption” centers will be parked at area groceries. Community celebration with food vendors, live music, kids’ activities and more.

• Mission Mountain Winery vertical tasting and free program to learn about food and wine pairings, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 12, 82420 U.S. 93 S., Dayton. All welcome.

• Flathead Lake Aber Days Reunion Concert, 3-7 p.m. Aug. 12, Regatta Shoreline Amphitheater, Polson. Mission Mountain Wood Band, Sam Riddle, Andrea Harsell, Luna Roja. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Advance tickets $35; $40 at gate. Children 7-12, $15; under 6, free; www.aberdaykegger.com. Call Mick Holien, 406-544-2478.

• Immanuel Lutheran Communities hosts a wellness presentation geared for seniors, “ Healthy Aging” 2-3:30 p.m. Aug. 18, Buffalo Hill Terrace, 40 Claremont St., Kalispell. Free. Call 752-9624.

• 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.

• Traveling half-scale replica of Vietnam Memorial Wall on display 24/7 in Kalispell Sept. 7-10. Opening ceremonies 10 a.m. Sept. 7. Closing ceremonies 5:30 p.m. Sept. 10.

• Nooks and Crannies Tour, 9 a.m. Sept. 9, Conrad Mansion Museum, 330 Woodland Ave., Kalispell, $28 per person. Reservations required. Call 755-2166.

• Immanuel Lutheran Communities hosts a wellness presentation geared for seniors, “Medicare 101” 2-3:30 p.m. Sept. 15, Buffalo Hill Terrace, 40 Claremont St., Kalispell. Free. Call 752-9624.

• Mission Mountain Winery Dayton Day free program to learn about food and wine pairings, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 9, 82420 U.S. 93 S., Dayton. All welcome.

• Big Ski Chair Affair, 7 p.m. Sept. 21, Craggy Range Bar & Grill, Whitefish. Auction of 10 decorated vintage quad lift chairs. Fundraiser for SNOW Bus.

• 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.

• Mission Mountain Winery vertical tasting and free program to learn about food and wine pairings, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 7, 82420 U.S. 93 S., Dayton. All welcome

• Nooks and Crannies Tour, 9 a.m. Oct. 14, Conrad Mansion Museum, 330 Woodland Ave., Kalispell, $28 per person. Reservations required. Call 755-2166.

• Immanuel Lutheran Communities hosts a wellness presentation geared for seniors, “ Winter Ready” 2-3:30 p.m. Oct. 20, Buffalo Hill Terrace, 40 Claremont St., Kalispell. Free. Call 752-9624.

• 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.

• Immanuel Lutheran Communities hosts a wellness presentation geared for seniors, “ Managing Stress through the Holidays” 2-3:30 p.m. Nov. 17, Buffalo Hill Terrace, 40 Claremont St., Kalispell. Free. Call 752-9624.

• 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.

• Immanuel Lutheran Communities hosts a wellness presentation geared for seniors, “Festive Holiday Crafting” 2-3:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Buffalo Hill Terrace, 40 Claremont St., Kalispell. Free. Call 752-9624.

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