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

• Evergreen School board meets 1:45 p.m., administration boardroom.

• Lakeside-Somers Chamber of Commerce BASH, 4-5 p.m. Peaceful Bay Stables, 150 Conrad Point Road, Lakeside. Free for chamber members; $5 nonmembers.

• Somers School District board Policy Committee meets 5:15 p.m., followed by special board meeting at 5:30 p.m., Somers Middle School.

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

• Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival, today through Sept. 2, Flathead Lake Lodge, Bigfork. Five nights of concerts by world-renowned musicians and students. Food and drink available. Gates open 5:30 p.m. Concert 7 p.m. For tickets, call 855-855-5900 or www.crownguitarfest.org.

Wednesday

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

• Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival through Sept. 2, Flathead Lake Lodge, Bigfork. Concerts by world-renowned musicians and students. Food and drink available. Gates open 5:30 p.m. Concert 7 p.m. For tickets, call 855-855-5900 or www.crownguitarfest.org.

• Columbia Falls School board meets at 8 p.m., administration offices boardroom, 501 Sixth Ave. W.

Thursday

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

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

• Bigfork Land Use Advisory Committee meets 4 p.m. downstairs of Bethany Lutheran Church, 8559 Montana 35, Bigfork. Call Shelley Gonzales, 837-5346.

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

• Canyon Community Dinner, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Hungry Horse School. Menu features meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, vegetable, dessert. All welcome. Call Flo, 250-3406; or Luann, 261-1083.

• Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival through Sept. 2, Flathead Lake Lodge, Bigfork. Concerts by world-renowned musicians and students. Food and drink available. Gates open 5:30 p.m. Concert 7 p.m. For tickets, call 855-855-5900 or www.crownguitarfest.org.

Friday

• Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival through Sept. 2, Flathead Lake Lodge, Bigfork. Tonight’s concert showcases students performing with their musical mentors. Food and drink available. Gates open 5:30 p.m. Concert 7 p.m. Free; $10 donation appreciated. Call 855-855-5900 or www.crownguitarfest.org.

Saturday

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

• Rumble in the Bay Classic Car Show, today and Sunday, Bigfork. Poker run 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, around Flathead Lake. Show & Shine, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, downtown Bigfork. Rumble Over the Bay fly-in, Sunday, 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

• Sons of Norway meet 1 p.m., upstairs at Museum at Central School, 124 2nd Ave. E., Kalispell. Call 253-1702.

• Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival finale, Flathead Lake Lodge, Bigfork. Five nights of concerts by world-renowned musicians and students. Food and drink available. Music in the meadow 4 p.m. Three performances follow starting at 6 p.m. For tickets, call 855-855-5900 or www.crownguitarfest.org.

Sunday

• Rumble in the Bay Classic Car Show & Shine, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., downtown Bigfork. Rumble Over the Bay fly-in, Sunday, 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

Thought

“Don’t be ‘consistent,’ but be simply true.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., American author (1809-1894).

A look ahead

• 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.

• Polson Chamber of Commerce meets noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 6, Red Lion Ridgewater Inn. Speaker is Nick Kaufman of the WGM Group in Missoula. Lunch available for $11. Public welcome. Call 883-5969.

• Museum at Central School quilting club meets, 1-4 p.m. Sept. 6, 124 Second Ave. E., Kalispell. Free. Some fabric and tools provided or bring your own. All welcome. Call Betty Jo Malone, 755-6323.

• Larry Reed, author and president of Foundation for Economic Education, presents “Seven Principles of Sound Public Policy,” 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 6, Arts and Technology Building, FVCC. Questions and answer session follows. Music by Wai Mizutani. Public invited.

• 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, “The Wall That Heals,” on display 24/7, Sept. 7-10, 2000 U.S. 93 S., between Rosauers and Hilton Garden Inn, Kalispell. Opening ceremonies 10 a.m. Sept. 7. Closing ceremonies 5:30 p.m. Sept. 10. Education Center, digital displays, history of Vietnam War.

• Annual Governor’s Conference on Aging, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 7; 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 8, Red Lion Hotel Kalispell. Keynote speaker is Kristopher Struckmeyer from Oklahoma State University. Presentations, centenarian luncheon. Reception 6 p.m. and Jack Gladstone performs 7 p.m. Sept. 7. To register, call Jackie, 800-332-2272.

• Anime Club for teens in grades six to 12 meets 4-5:30 p.m., Sept. 7, ImagineIF Library, Kalispell.

• 2017 Flathead Building Association Parade of Homes noon to 8 p.m. Sept. 8, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10. Purchase tickets at www.buildingflathead.com or call 752-2422 for outlets.

• Bigfork Volunteer Fire Department “Brats, Burgers and Band” community fundraiser, 5 p.m. Sept. 8, Harbor Village Pavilion, Eagle Bend, Bigfork. Meal tickets are $5, children; $10 adults; $25, family of four. Call Jim Sticka at 837-2294.

• Rebuild for Peace 5K run/walk fundraiser, Sept. 9, Lawrence Park, Kalispell, rain or shine. Registration 8 a.m. Race begins 8:30 a.m. Proceeds support programs for at-risk youth in developing nations. After-race part with food, drinks, raffle prizes and more. Register online at www.rebuildforpeace.org/events.

• 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.

• Swan River School board meets at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 11.

• Flathead Conservation District 310 Stream Permit meeting 7 p.m. Sept. 11, 133 Interstate Lane, in Evergreen. Call 752-4220.

• 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 by Sept. 8 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.

• Puppy Party fundraiser for Mission Valley Animal Shelter, 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 16, Red Lion Inn in Polson. Cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres. Dinner Live auction.Tickets $50 per person, available at the shelter on North Reservoir Road in Polson and at its thrift store, Seconds 2 Go, next to McDonald’s in Polson. Call 883-5312.

• Out of the Darkness Community Walk, 1 p.m. Sept. 17, FVCC parking lot, Kalispell. Access through Kidsports field/tunnel. Proceeds support Ameircan Foundation of Suicide Prevention’s local and national programs. Register at afsp.org/flatheadvalley. Email Alison Schmaltz, alischmaltz@gmail.com

• Deer Park School Improvement Bond election Sept. 19.

• Sons of Norway board meets 9 a.m., Sept. 19, Three Rivers Bank, 552 North Meridian Road, Kalispell. Members welcome. Call 253-1702.

• Marv Sather reads from his new book titeld, Towers of Somers:Flawed Majesty,” set in Somers during the Great Depression, 4 p.m. Sept. 20, West Shore Community Library, Lakeside. Book signing follows.

• Flathead Special Education Cooperative Executive Council meets 1 p.m. Sept. 21, 15 Meridian Court, Kalispell. Call 257-1857.

• Teen social for grades 6-12, 4-5:30 p.m. Sept. 21, ImagineIF Library, Kalispell. Craft is making lava pens, food, Wii gaming. Free.

• 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.

• Flathead Conservation District business meeting, 7 p.m. Sept. 25, 133 Interstate Lane, Kalispell, 752-4220.

• 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.

• Annual Democrats Harvest Dinner, Oct. 28, Grouse Mountain Lodge, Whitefish.

• Annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Oct. 29, Pick’s Bowling Center, Bigfork. To sign up, call 752-0092 or visit www.bbbsfc.org.

• 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 1 p.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 1 p.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 1 p.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 1 p.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 1 p.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 1 p.m. June 14, 15 Meridian Court, Kalispell. Call 257-1857.

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