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• Annual Bigfork Festival of the Arts, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 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.

• Montana State Drill Team competition, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Sunday, Flathead County Fairgrounds, Kalispell. Free admission. Public invited.

• Rosewater Ski Community water ski event, Rose Crossing, Kalispell. Professional skiers demonstrate and teach community members to water ski. Open house, tours. Food for purchase.

Monday

• 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.

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

• Kila School board meets 5:30 p.m.

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

• Rails to Trails meets at 5:30 p.m. at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks building, 490 N. Meridian Road. All welcome. Call 257-1932.

• Glacier Stamp Club meets 6:30-8 p.m., Buffalo Room, Buffalo Hill Terrace, 40 Claremont St., Kalispell. Topic is making your own album pages. All welcome; glacierstampclubmt@gmail.com

Tuesday

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

• Kila School board meets 5:30 p.m.

• Swan River School board meets 5:30 p.m., sixth grade classroom.

• Somers Rural Fire District board meets 6 p.m. Somers Fire Hall, 207 Leslie.

• Smith Valley School board meets 6 p.m.

Wednesday

• Red Cross blood drives: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Whitefish Credit Union, Kalispell; noon to 6 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• Parkinson’s Support Group picnic noon to 4 p.m., Lone Pine State Park Pavilion near Kalispell. Hot dogs provided. Bring a drink and something to share. Call Lois, 871-3767; or Katie, 434-964-7558.

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

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

• 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.

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

Thursday

• Red Cross blood drives: 10:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Pleasant Valley Apiaries, Marion; 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Chick-fil-A, Kalispell.

• 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.

• Smith Valley School board Negotiations Committee meets 1 p.m.

• Rocky Mountain Rollers Good Sam RV Chapter August Campout, today through Aug. 12, McGregor Lake RV Park, 10 miles west of Marion. Chapter meeting 11 a.m. Saturday; potluck lunch at noon. Guests welcome. RSVP to Bob or Lynn, 755-4942.

Friday

• Rocky Mountain Rollers Good Sam RV Chapter August Campout continues today and Aug. 12, McGregor Lake RV Park, 10 miles west of Marion. Chapter meeting 11 a.m. Saturday; potluck lunch at noon. Guests welcome. RSVP to Bob or Lynn, 755-4942.

• Red Cross blood drives: 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, Kalispell, blood mobile.

• Guitar instructor Steve Eckels leads a “Folk Rewind” group sing-along of music from the ‘50s and ‘60s, 7-9 p.m., Kintla Camp event room, Montana House, Apgar Village, Glacier Park. $5 admission. For reservations, call 888-5393.

thought

“No man ever got very high by pulling other people down. The intelligent merchant does not knock his competitors. The sensible worker does not work those who work with him. Don’t knock your friends. Don’t knock your enemies. Don’t knock yourself.” — Alfred, Lord Tennyson, British poet (1809-1892).

A look ahead

• 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., Aug. 12, 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.

• 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.

• Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 12, Rosauers, Kalispell, blood mobile.

• Glacier Children’s Museum Family Camp Out, Aug.12-13, 123 Greens Road, Coram. Arrive between 2-4 p.m. Saturday and stay as long as you like Sunday. Suggested donation $18 per person; 2 years and under, free. No pets or alcohol. To register, email glaciercm@gmail.com Proceeds go to starting a nonprofit children’s museum in Flathead Valley.

• 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.

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

• Red Cross blood drive, 2-6 p.m. Aug. 14 at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• Flathead Conservation District 310 Stream Permit meeting 7 p.m. Aug. 14, 133 Interstate Lane, in Evergreen. Call 752-4220

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.

• Kalispell Women’s Connection buffet lunch,11:30 a.m. Aug. 15, meeting room of Victory Baptist Church, 1830 Montana 35. Kalispell Chamber presentation of “Staycations.” Speaker is Cathy Benson. Cost $8 per person. Call Jan, 857-2467, or Rosainne, 257-8098 for lunch and free child care reservations. Affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries.

• Red Cross blood drive, noon to 4:15 p.m. Aug. 15, Lakeside QRU.

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

• Northwest Montana Fair officially opens 9 a.m. Aug. 16, Flathead County Fairgrounds, Kalispell. Carnival opens 3-10 p.m. Dustin Lynch in concert 7:30 p.m.; gates open 6 p.m.

• Columbia Falls Women’s Connection luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Aug. 16, North Valley Hospital Community Room, Nucleus Avenue, Columbia Falls. Speaker is Cathy Benson. Cost $8 per person. free child care by reservation. Call Candy at 387-4119. Affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries.

• Red Cross blood drive, noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 16, Troy Baptist Church.

• 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.

• Northwest Montana Fair officially opens 9 a.m. Aug. 17, Flathead County Fairgrounds, Kalispell. McDonald’s Kids and Senior Citizens Day. All 12 and uncer and 65 and older get in free. Carnival noon to 10 p.m. Mutton Bustin, 7 p.m. Grandstand. PRCA Rodeo 7:30 p.m.

• Red Cross blood drive, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m Aug. 17, Libby VFW.

• Red Cross blood drives Aug. 18: 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. KRMC; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• Northwest Montana Fair parade 10 a.m. Aug. 18, downtown Kalispell. Carnival 1-10 p.m. Mutton Bustin 7 p.m. Grandstand, PRCA Rodeo 7:30 p.m., Flathead County Fairgrounds, Kalispell.

• 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.

• Celtic acoustic musicians Willson & McKee in concert 7 p.m. Aug. 18 and 19, Kintla Camp event room, Montana House, Apgar Village, Glacier Park. $5 admission. For reservations, call 888-5393.

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

• Northwest Montana Fair continues Aug. 19-20, Flathead County FairgroundsKalispell. Carnival noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Mutton Bustin 7 p.m. Grandstand. PRCA Rodeo 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Demolition Derby 6 p.m. Sunday.

• Love Lives Here presents the Love Not Hate summer block party, 4-9 p.m. Aug. 19, The Coop, Columbia Falls. Family-friendly event featuring live music, cultural performances, and talks by diverse Montana leaders, local food trucks and beverages, activities for children. Free admission. All welcome.

• Glacier Park annual alumni picnic, 11 a.m. Aug. 20, Park Headquarters Community Building, West Glacier. Potluck so bring a dish to share. In case of inclement weather, picnic will be held indoors.

• 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.

• Look, Listen, Learn speaker series presents plein air painter Nicholas Oberling who gives a painting demonstration and answers audience questions, 5-8 p.m. Aug. 20, Kintla Camp Room, Montana House, Apgar Village, Glacier Park. Reception follows. Free; reservations required. Call 888-5393.

• 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.

• 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.

• Red Cross blood drive, 2-6 p.m. Aug. 21 at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• Red Cross blood drive, noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 22, Eureka Baptist Church.

• Last Best Outdoors Fest celebration of Montana’s outdoor economy, Aug. 22, The Coop, Columbia Falls. Sen. Jon Tester and other speakers. Beer garden, food, kids’ activities. Live music the The Cold Hard Cash Show and The Loose String Band.

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

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

• Red Cross Leaders Save Lives blood drive, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• Deer Park School final community open house, 6-8 p.m. Aug. 24.

• Look, Listen, Learn speaker series presents a presentation by Steven Thompson, chairman of Climate Smart Glacier Country, titled “Climate Change in the Crown of the Continent,” 7 p.m. Aug. 24, Kintla Camp Room, Montana House, Apgar Village, Glacier Park. Reception follows. Free; reservations required. Call 888-5393.

• Red Cross blood drivess Aug. 25: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell; 11 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Prestige Assisted Living; noon to 4:15 p.m. Genesis Healthcare, blood mobile.

• 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.

• Red Cross blood drive, 11 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Aug. 26, Best Buy, blood mobile.

• 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.

• Red Cross blood drive, 2-6 p.m. Aug. 28 at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• Flathead Conservation District business meeting, 7 p.m. Aug. 28, 133 Interstate Lane, Kalispell, 752-4220.

• 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.

• Red Cross blood drives Aug. 30: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Flathead County Health Department; 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Park Side Credit Union, Whitefish.

• Red Cross blood drive, 11 a.m. to 3:15 p.m Aug. 31 Immanuel Lutheran Communities.

• 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.

• Deer Park School Improvement Bond election Sept. 19.

• 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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