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• ImagineIF Libraries board meets at 9 a.m., meeting room, Kalispell. Call Kim Crowley, 758-5826.

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

• Libby Friends of the Library host Montana Conversations program “Home, Home on the Ranch” with William Rossiter at Lemonade on the Lawn, noon to 1 p.m., Libby Library. Free and open to the public. Lunch for $5 or bring your own. Lemonade and cookie are free. Call 406-293-2778.

• Kalispell Chamber of Commerce Unwind, 5-6:30 p.m., Park Side Credit Union, 660 Sunset Blvd., Kalispell. Giveaways. All welcome. Call 758-2803.

• Zen priest Jerry Smyers presents a free Introduction to Zen Meditation class, 7 p.m., YogaHeart Studio, 314 Main St., Polson. All welcome. Call 847-721-0665.

Thursday

• Free guided Kids’ Sketch Walk on Whitefish Trail for ages 8-12, 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at Lion Mountain Trailhead at to sketch objects in nature. Call 862-3880.

• Mark Paulson with Big Sky Astronomy Club demonstrates how to build a safe solar eclipse viewing device using a recycled box, 10:30 a.m., Whitefish Community Library. Bring a large empty cereal box. Suitable for ages 5 and older, unless with a parent. Call 862-9914.

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

• Canyon Community Dinner, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Hungry Horse School. Barbecue hamburgers, hot dogs and Polish sausage, macaroni salad, beans, banana splits. All welcome. Call Flo, 250-3406; or Luann, 261-1083.

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

Friday

• Red Cross blood drives: 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., Stonefly Lounge, Coram. Portion of beer sales donated to Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation.

• Flathead High School Class of 1967 50th reunion today through July 30. Meet and greet 5 p.m. today, The Elks. Dinner and dancing 5 p.m. July 29, Red Lion Hotel Kalispell. Brunch 10 a.m. Sunday, Karlen Osorio-Kohr’s home followed by trolley ride through town at noon. Call Randy Ryder Mohn, 406-844-3550.

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

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

• Columbia Falls Class of 1962 reunion mixer, 5 p.m., Jim Coulson’s home. The group will ride on a trailer at the Heritage Days Parade at noon Saturday, July 29. A picnic will be held afterward at Coulson’s place. Call Flo at 250-3406.

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

Saturday

• Wild Wings Recovery Center Feathered Friends Fundraiser, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 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.

• Whitefish Community Center Lunch in the Park, noon, Kay Beller Park, 121 E. Second St. Whitefish. Live music by Calamity Singers and North Valley Music School students. Boxed lunches available. Plasma TV raffle at 1:30 p.m. Bring a chair or cushion. Tickets pre-sold, $10 each. Call 862-4923.

Sunday

• CASA for Kids Super Hero Fun Day, noon to 4 p.m., 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. Call 755-7208.

• Boy Scouts of America Venture Crew informational meeting, 4 p.m., Elks Lodge in Kalispell. All boys and girls and young adults, ages 14 to 21 interested in learning about the program are welcome. Contact Troop leader Samuel Montayne at smontaynesr@gmail.com.

thought

“Diplomacy is the art of saying ‘Nice doggie’ until you can find a rock.” — Will Rogers, American humorist (1879-1935).

Monday

• Kalispell Public Schools Budget Committee meets 7:30 a.m., district office, 233 First Ave. E.

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

Tuesday

• Free guided Kids’ Meet a Tree hike on Whitefish Trail 10 a.m. to noon to learn about local native trees through interactive activities. Meet at Lion Mountain Trailhead. Call 862-3880.

• Bibler Home and Gardens Sweet Summer Days two-hour tours, at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. today and Aug. 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. today and every Tuesday during the summer.

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

A look ahead

• Friendship Force of the Flathead Valley meets for breakfast 9 a.m. Aug. 2, Sykes, Kalispell. All interested in travel welcome. Call Carol, 270-9599.

• Polson Chamber of Commerce meets noon to 1 p.m. Aug. 2, KwaTaqNuk Resort. Speaker is Paddy Fleming, director of the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center. Lunch available for $11. Public welcome. Call 883-5969.

• USMC Happy Hour for Marines and Navy who served with Marines, 5-7 p.m. Aug. 2, Kalispell VFW, 330 First Ave. W. Cash bar. Spouses welcome. Call 406-249-2448.

• 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.

• Annual Bigfork Festival of the Arts, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 5-6, Electric Avenue. More than 160 artisans, food vendors and entertainers. Bus shuttles to/from Potoczny Field east of post office and Bethany Lutheran Church. Free admission. Call 837-5888.

• Somers Company Reunion 10 a.m. Aug. 5, Somers Fire Hall, Leslie Avenue. Potluck lunch at noon. Open to public. Admission is a potluck dish; beverages provided. Dedication of Somers Company Town Museum at 2 p.m. with dessert served.

• Swan Valley Homestead Tour, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 5. Self-guided, self-driving tour of eight original homesteads. Lunch special at Hungry Bear Steakhouse with refreshments, storytelling and open mic, 3-5 p.m. Tickets at swanvalleyhistoricalsociety.org. Call 406-754-2745.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 7, The Summit, Kalispell. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 751-4500.

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

• Pleasant Valley School board budget meeting 5:30 p.m., followed by regular board meeting.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 10, Eureka High School. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 283-6344.

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

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

• Dr. Tom Pittaway and his staff host their annual free pancake breakfast, 9-11 a.m. Aug. 12, 124 First Ave. W., Kalispell. Complimentary pancakes, sausage, fruit, orange juice, milk and coffee served. All welcome.

• Blacktail Hill Climb mountain bike event, 9 a.m. Aug. 12. Ride 13.4 miles from Tamarack Brewing to summit of Blacktail. Award ceremony 1 p.m. at Volunteer Park with beer, barbecue, kids’ race. Register at lakesidecommunityclub.com

• Annual Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival, 9 a.m., Swan Lake Day Park, mile marker 72, Montana 83. Pancake breakfast 8 a.m. Baking contest and sale 11 a.m. Arts and crafts fair, beer and wine garden. Live music by Ashley Creek Ramblers 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Kids’ activities, games, silent auction

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

• North Lake County Public Library in Polson Solar Eclipse Block Party, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Aug. 21. Protective glasses available. $5 hot dog lunch, children’s crafts, educational displays, photo booth and more. Book sale 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Flathead Special Education Cooperative Executive Council meets 9 a.m. Aug. 24, 15 Meridian Court, Kalispell. Call 257-1857.

• 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.

• Jazz Night Out benefit concert for Abbie Shelter, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 13, O’Shaughnessy Center, Whitefish. Performances by drummer Richie Barshay and sax and flute player Erica von Kleist. Doors open 7 p.m. Free admission; donation requested.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 14, Troy United Methodist Church. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 293-0100.

AARP Driver Safety Course, 8:30-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Aug. 15, Polson Area Senior Center. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 883-4735.

• Free admission for women and children Aug. 16, to Hockaday Museum of Art, Kalispell. Sponsored by Soroptimist International of Whitefish.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 17, Bigfork Senior Center. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 837-4157.

• 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.

• Flathead Lake 5K, 10 a.m. Aug. 19, Volunteer Park, Lakeside. Proceeds benefit Flathead Lakers. Register at runsignup.com

• Doggie Dayz of Summer and Puppy Pool Party event, 2-7 p.m. Aug. 20, Woodland Park, Kalispell. Dog/human relay race, photo boot, vendors, food trucks, peanut butter licking pet tricks and cutest dog contests; $5 each. Free admission. Pool opens to dogs at 4:30 p.m. $5 per dog and one human, $2 each additional people.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 21, Libby Christian Church. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 283-7000.

• Open house for Wisconsin Avenue Corridor Plan, 5-7 p.m. Aug. 23, Whitefish City Hall council chambers.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 26, Gateway Community Center, Kalispell. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 752-7266.

• Free admission for women and children Aug. 26, to Hockaday Museum of Art, Kalispell. Sponsored by Soroptimist International of Whitefish.

• Medicare 101 class, 1-3 p.m. Aug. 29, Flathead County South Campus, 40 11th St. W., Kalispell. Representatives guide through health insurance basics. Call 758-5730.

• 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.

• Whitefish Community Foundation Great Fish Community Challenge community celebration and Great Fish 5K Color Run, Sept. 9, Depot Park, Whitefish. Call 863-1781.

• Flathead Special Education Cooperative Executive Council meets 9 a.m. Sept. 21, 15 Meridian Court, Kalispell. Call 257-1857.

• 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.

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

• 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.

• Flathead Special Education Cooperative Executive Council meets 11:30 a.m. Nov. 16, 15 Meridian Court, Kalispell. Call 257-1857.

• 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.

• Flathead Special Education Cooperative Executive Council meets 9 a.m. Dec. 21, 15 Meridian Court, Kalispell. Call 257-1857.

• Flathead Special Education Cooperative Management board and Executive Council meets 11:30 a.m. Jan. 18, 15 Meridian Court, Kalispell. Call 257-1857.

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

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

• Flathead Special Education Cooperative Management board and Executive Council meets 11:30 a.m. April 19, 15 Meridian Court, Kalispell. Call 257-1857.

• Flathead Special Education Cooperative Executive Council meets 9 a.m. May 17, 15 Meridian Court, Kalispell. Call 257-1857.

• Flathead Special Education Cooperative Executive Council meets 9 a.m. June 14, 15 Meridian Court, Kalispell. Call 257-1857.

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