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• Glacier Rail Park groundbreaking ceremony 10 a.m., 801 Whitefish Stage, Kalispell. Follow signs for parking. Public invited.

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

• Flathead County Solid Waste District board meets 3 p.m., landfill office.

• Last Best Outdoors Fest celebration of Montana’s outdoor economy, 4-8 p.m., 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.

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

• Good Bee Co. nonprofit company sponsors a free workshop: “Natural Mite Treatment for a Healthy Hive,” 6-8 p.m. ImagineIF Library basement meeting room, Kalispell. Call Allyson, 406-212-3977.

Wednesday

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

• Grand opening ceremony of FVCC’s Founders Hall new on-campus student housing building, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Ribbon cutting, guided tours, refreshments. Live music by guitarist Steve Eckels. Free. Public invited.

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

Thursday

• Multi-family rummage and bake sale, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to noon Friday, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 401 Seventh St. W., Columbia Falls. Housewares, furniture and appliances, kids’ clothing, toys. Friday is $1 per bag day.

• Kalispell Public Schools IT Committee meets 8:30 a.m., district office, 233 First Ave. E.

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

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

• Evergreen Chamber of Commerce Energizer, 5-6:30 p.m. Glacier Bank, Evergreen. Food, beverages, door prizes. Call 885-1212.

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

• 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., Kintla Camp Room, Montana House, Apgar Village, Glacier Park. Reception follows. Free; reservations required. Call 888-5393.

Friday

• Multi-family rummage and bake sale, 8 a.m. to noon, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 401 Seventh St. W., Columbia Falls. Housewares, furniture and appliances, kids’ clothing, toys. Friday is $1 per bag day.

• Red Cross blood drives: 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.

Whitefish Trail Hootenanny Music Festival, 5-9 p.m., Depot Park, Whitefish. Live music, kids’ activities including bike obstacle course, climbing wall, jumping stations. Food vendors, beer. Tickets $15 in advance; $20 at gate; kids 12 and under, free; www.montanatickets.com

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

• Montana State University Road Show, 6 p.m., Museum at Central School, 124 Second Ave. E., Kalispell. Faculty members talk about their innovations from driverless cars and tiny house to Native health and nanotechnology. Free. Public invited.

Saturday

• CASA of Lake and Sanders counties yard sale, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 39 Mission View Dr., Polson.

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

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

• Polson Shooters Association Free Shoot Day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 38386 Kerr Dam Road, Polson. Sight in rifles and handguns. Free hamburger, hot dog lunch. Call Rob, 883-1110; or Mauri, 249-2250.

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

Thought

“Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art.” — Claude Debussy, French composer (born this date in 1862, died 1918).

• Pheasants Forever annual banquet, Hilton Garden Inn, 1840 U.S. 93 S., Kalispell. Cocktails 5 p.m.; dinner 6:30 p.m. Live and silent auctions, raffles, games. For tickets, call Dallas, 406-890-1484. Proceeds support Youth Shooting League.

• Annual Big Arm Barn Dance, 5:30-9 p.m., Big Arm School. Music by Ken’s Country Combo. Hamburger dinner; donations accepted. Gift baskets raffle. All welcome. Call N. Foster, 849-50664.

A look ahead

• Rubber Duck Regatta fundraiser for the Flathead Food Bank, 1-4 p.m., 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.

Monday

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

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

A look ahead

• 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.

• Lakeside Community Council meets 7 p.m. Aug. 29, QRU Building, 201 Bills Road. Open to public.

• Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival, Aug. 29-Sept. 2, Flathead Lake Lodge, Bigfork. Five nights of concerts by world-renowned musicians and students. Food and drink available. For tickets, call 855-855-5900 or www.crownguitarfest.org.

• 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.

• Community Benefit, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 31, Panda Express, Kalispell. Portion of sales donated to Community Action Partnership of Northwest Montana. Mention “CAP Fundraiser” when checking out.

• Marion Fire District board meets at 5 p.m., Marion Community Center, 180 Gopher Lane. Public welcome.

• Flathead Combined Training Association Horse Show, 9 a.m. Sept. 2, Herron Park, near Kalispell. Dressage, jumping, obstacle challenge. Spectators welcome. Free.

• Rumble in the Bay Classic Car Show, Sept. 2-3, Bigfork. Poker run 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 2, around Flathead Lake. Show & Shine, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 3, downtown Bigfork. Rumble Over the Bay fly-in, Sept. 3, Ferndale Airport. Pancake breakfast, 8 a.m. to noon. Free shuttle to/from Bigfork. Free airplane rides for kids ages 8-17 from 9 a.m. to noon. Call Jesse, 406-260-8385 or www.bigforkrumble.com

• Community Benefit Night, 5-8 p.m. Sept. 5, Backslope Brewery, Columbia Falls. $1 of every pint sold donated to Community Action Partnership of Northwest Montana.

• 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.

• Community Foundation for a Better Bigfork annual fundraising auction, 5 p.m. Sept. 7, Garden Bar, Bigfork. Free food, beer and wine. Auction of art, gift certificates, get-aways.

• 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.

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

• Mission Mountain Winery Dayton Daze 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.

• Chief Cliff Volunteer Fire Department Dayton Daze, Sept. 9, Dayton Park. Theme is “Fired Up for the ‘50s. Car show and flea market 10 a.m. Live music by Larry Myer, kids’ games, fire fighter competitions. ALERT helicopter landing. Root beer floats and beer for sale. Free hot dogs noon to 2 p.m. Parade 2 p.m. Rifle raffle, silent auction. Sailboat rides by donation. Main drawing 5 p.m.

• Organist Susan Neilson of Bigfork performs a benefit concert, 3 p.m. Sept. 10, Bethany Lutheran Church, corner of Montana 35 and 209, Bigfork. Free admission; donations accepted toward PEO women’s scholarship program. Meet the artist coffee social follows.

• West Valley School board meets 5 p.m. Sept. 11.

• Tug for Food fundraising even 5-7 p.m. Sept. 13, Lawrence park, Kalispell. Put together a team to compete in “tug off.” Food, children’s games. Proceeds benefit Community Kitchen-Feeding the Flathead. Register or donate at www.epworthkalispell.com/tug-for-food or mail to Epworth UMC, 329 Second Ave. E. Kalispell. Call 257-6849.

• 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.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 16, The Summit, Kalispell. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 751-4500.

• Walk MS event, Sept. 16, Lawrence Park, Kalispell. Check-in 9 a.m.; walk begins 10 a.m. Register at www.walkms.org or call 855-372-1331.

• 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.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 23, Swan Lake Chapel, Swan Lake. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 756-8885.

• Annual Flathead River Writers Conference, Sept. 23-24, Flathead Valley Community College. Guest speakers include award-winning authors and literary agents. Fee is $160 for both days or $90 for one day; www.authorsoftheflathead.org/conference.asp or call 406-881-4066.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 25, Libby Christian Church, Libby. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 751-4500.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 25, Gateway Community Center, Kalispell. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 752-7266.

• 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.

• West Valley School board meets 5 p.m. Oct. 9.

• Treasures and Tombstones Family History Conference, 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Oct. 14, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1380 Whitefish Stage Road, Kalispell. Choose from 17 free classes. Public welcome. Register at flatheadgenealogy.org

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

“A Night to UnWined” fundraiser, 6:30 -9:30 p.m. Oct. 14, Casey’s, downtown Whitefish. Wine tasting, live music, raffle, silent auction. Proceeds benefit Whitefish Community School.

• 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.

• West Valley School board meets 5 p.m. Nov. 13

• 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.

• West Valley School board meets 5 p.m. Dec. 11

• 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.

• West Valley School board meets 5 p.m. Jan. 8

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

• West Valley School board meets 5 p.m. Feb. 12.

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

• West Valley School board meets 5 p.m. March 12.

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

• West Valley School board meets 5 p.m. April 9.

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

• West Valley School board meets 5 p.m. May 14

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

• West Valley School board meets 5 p.m. June 11.

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

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