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

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

• Story Hour: “Wild Women of the West” 5:30 p.m. Bigfork Art and Cultural Center, Electric Avenue, Bigfork. Artist Kay Pricher talks about photographer Evelyn Cameron and rodeo rider Fannie Sperry Steele. $5 suggested donation; free for members. Call 837-6927.

• Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation Scholarship Showcase, 6-9 p.m. Marina Cay Resort, Bigfork. Scholarship-winning guitarist will be introduced. Free. Public invited.

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

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

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

Wednesday

• Evergreen School board special meeting 7 a.m., administration boardroom.

• Red Cross blood drives: 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Glacier Bank, 8251 Montana 35, Bigfork. Call 758-4305 to schedule an appointment; 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Elks lodge, Kalispell. Call Sandy Carlson, 755-7237.

• Flathead County Transportation Committee annual meeting 1 p.m. July 12, South Campus Building, 40 11th St. W., Kalispell.

• Parkinson’s disease support group meets 3-4:30 p.m., Gateway Community Center, north conference room, Kalispell. David Calabretta will talk about tai chi. All welcome. Call Lois, 871-3767.

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

Thursday

• Flathead Conservation District budget meeting, 9 a.m., 133 Interstate Lane, Kalispell, 752-4220.

• Clay Day free kids’ nature program on Whitefish Trail, 10 a.m. to noon. Collect natural materials and make clay impressions with local artists. Meet at Lion Mountain Trailhead. Half-mile walk. Free. All ages welcome. Call 862-3880.

• Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., National Park Realty; sponsored by Mann Mortgage. Call Sandy Carlson, 755-7237.

• Senior Tour and Tea, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 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.

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

• Cowpies for Kids fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Montana during Thursday!Fest, 5-8 p.m., Museum at Central School lawn. Purchase a square for $100 and a chance to win $1,000 if Belle the cow does her duty on it. Raffle for gift baskets.

Canyon Community Dinner, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Hungry Horse School. Menu includes pulled pork sandwich, salad, watermelon. All welcome. Call Flo, 250-3406; or Luann, 261-1083.

Friday

• Hearing Aid Institute of Kalispell customer appreciation day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1305 First Ave. E. Barbecue, prize give-away. $50 of every hearing aid fitted donated to Starkey Hearing Foundation. Call 755-1945.

• Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell. Call Sandy Carlson, 755-7237.

• Annual Arts in the Park, today through Sunday, 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.

Whitefish Parks and Recreation hosts sidewalk chalk day for kids, 2 p.m. Whitefish City Beach. Call 863-2473.

Saturday

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

Thought

“All men profess honesty as long as they can. To believe all men honest, would be folly. To believe none so, is something worse.” — President John Quincy Adams (1767-1848).

• Polson Main Street Cherry Festival, today and Sunday. 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

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

Sunday

• Annual Arts in the Park, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Depot Park, Kalispell. Fine art and crafts, local food, live music, beer and wine garden, children’s activities. Admission $3.

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

Monday

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

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

• Montana Native Plant Society guided hike to Cody Lake Fen near Libby. Meet at 10 a.m. at Mac’s Market, one mile north of Libby on Montana 37 to carpool. Call Jon Reny, 406-334-0459

• Bibler Gardens Summer Garden Party, 5:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and desserts by the Culinary Institute of Montana at FVCC. Self-guided garden tours. Advance-only tickets $60 per person or $110 per couple. Call 756-3632.

• Northwest Montana Posse of Westerners presents a program by Joanna Hardesty of Hungry Horse titled, “Dreams in Wood and Iron: Louis W. Hill’s Glacier National Park, ” Red Lion Hotel Kalispell. Greeting time 5:30 p.m.; dinner 6:15 p.m. Cost $19 includes presentation. Program starts at 7 p.m., free for posse members and youth under 16; $5 for nondinner walk-in nonmembers. For dinner reservations, call 752-9642.

A look ahead

• Red Cross blood drives July 18: 2-6 p.m. 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. U.S. Forest Service Office; noon to 4:15 p.m. Kalispell Center Mall.

• Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center and Glacier Park annual Noxious Weed Blitz, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 18, West Glacier Community Building. Lunch provided. RSVP required to 888-7986.

• Kalispell Women’s Connection buffet lunch and patriotic song fest, 11:30 a.m. July 18, meeting room of Victory Baptist Church, 1830 Montana 35. Speaker is Elaine James. Cost $8 per person. Call Jan, 857-2467, or Rosainne, 257-8098 for lunch and free child care reservations. Affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries.

• Flathead County Transportation Committee annual meeting 1 p.m. July 18, Earl Bennett Building, 1035 First Ave. W., Kalispell.

• Bibler Home and Gardens Splendid Summer Evenings guided two-hour tours 4:30 and 7 p.m. July 18 to 21. Includes opportunities to address questions to Bibler’s head gardener. Advance only tickets $15 per adult and $5 per child. Call 756-3632.

• Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. July 19, Flathead Electric.

• Columbia Falls Women’s Connection luncheon, 11:30 a.m. July 19, North Valley Hospital Community Room, Nucleus Avenue, Columbia Falls. Chef Malcom Orser give a fancy food presentation. Elaine James is speaker. Cost $8 per person. Free child care by reservation. Call Candy at 387-4119. Affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries.

• Marion Fire District board special meeting 3 p.m. July 19, Marion Community Center, 180 Gopher Lane. Public welcome.

• Red Cross blood drive, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 20, The Wave, Whitefish.

• AAC/Arco/CFAC employees potluck picnic, 1 p.m. July 20, Lawrence Park, Kalispell. Bring plates, non-alcoholic drinks, utensils and family. Donation accepted for white elephant exchange. Call Sharon Chubb, 892-5150.

• Friendship Force of the Flathead Valley meets July 20 at Vista Linda, Somers. Social hour 5 p.m.; dinner at 6 p.m. Program by Julie Cliffton on travel to Antarctica. All interested in travel welcome. For reservations, call Pat Sanders, 257-1932.

• Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 21 at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• 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.

• Flathead County Democratic Women’s Club annual garden tour scholarship fundraiser, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 22. Tour eight gardens in Kalispell and Bigfork. Tickets $15 per person; children under 14, free with paying adult. Call Elisabeth Mollica, 837-0939.

• Big Arm Association summer concert, 6 p.m. July 22, historic Big Arm School. Music by Charles Lutz and friends. Ice cream with all the fixings during intermission. Call Lee Engebretson, 849-5522.

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

• Red Cross blood drive, 2-6 p.m. July 24 at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• Flathead Conservation District business meeting, 7 p.m. July 24, 133 Interstate Lane, Kalispell, 752-4220.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 25, Libby Christian Church, Libby. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 283-7000.

• Red Cross blood drives July 25: noon to 5 p.m. Polson Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Kalispell Ford, blood mobile.

• Red Cross blood drives July 26: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saint John Paul II Church, Bigfork, sponsored by Knights of Columbus; noon to 4 p.m. Hungry Horse Liquor Store, blood mobile.

• Red Cross blood drive, noon to 4:15 p.m. July 27, The Springs at Whitefish, blood mobile.

• Marion Fire District board meets 7 p.m. July 27, Marion Community Center, 180 Gopher Lane. Public welcome.

• Red Cross blood drives July 28: 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.

• “Beers for the Bob” fundraiser, 5-8 p.m. July 28, Stonefly Lounge, Coram. Portion of beer sales donated to Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation.

• 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.

• Wild Wings Recovery Center Feathered Friends Fundraiser, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 29, Fish, Wildlife and Parks community room, 490 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell. Live birds on hand, food vendor. Entry by donation of needed supplies: Clorox antiseptic hand wipes, gallon-size white vinegar, Simple Green cleaner, peroxide, paper towels, gallon- and quart-size Ziploc bags.

• CASA for Kids Super Hero Fun Day, noon to 4 p.m. July 30, Flathead Lake Lodge, Bigfork. Food, music, kids’ activities, mini-golf, dunk tank. Super Hero costume contest, 2 p.m. with prizes. Tickets $35 per family includes everything. Call 755-7208.

• Red Cross blood drive, 2-6 p.m. July 31 at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

Bibler Home and Gardens Sweet Summer Days two-hour tours, at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Aug. 1 and 3. Include opportunities to address questions to Bibler’s head gardener. Advance -only tickets $15 per adult and $5 per child. Call 756-3632.

• 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. Free admission. Food vendors. 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.

• Fair-Mont-Egan School board meets 5 p.m. Aug. 14.

• 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, individual 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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