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• Red Cross blood drive, 1- 5:15 p.m. Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

• Community Benefit Night, 5-8 p.m., 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., The Summit, Kalispell. Call Joan Schmidt, 871-1008.

Wednesday

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

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

• Red Cross blood drive, noon to 4 p.m., First Interstate Bank, blood mobile. Co-sponsored by Cold Stone Creamery.

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

Flathead Community Foundation and Flathead Basin Commission host a fundraising event and Flathead Lake cruise aboard the Far West, 6-8 p.m. Boarding begins 5:30 p.m. at Far West Boat Tours in Lakeside. Featured speaker is Chad Cartwright, former Glacier Park superintendent. Live music, refreshments, light meal. $25 per person. Buy tickets at wwwflatheadcommunityfoundation.org or call 756-9047.

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

Thursday

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

• Red Cross blood drives: 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Walmart, blood mobile; noon to 5 p.m. Tea Kettle Room, Columbia Falls.

• Rocky Mountain Rollers Good Sam RV Chapter campout, today through Sept. 9, Logan State Park, 77518 U.S. 2 W. Chapter meeting 11 a.m., potluck 1 p.m. Sept. 9. Guests welcome. RSVP to Boy or Lynn, 755-4942.

• Kalispell Public Schools Curriculum Committee meets 3:30 p.m., district office, 233 First Ave. E.

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

• Annual Governor’s Conference on Aging, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today; 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. today. To register, call Jackie, 800-332-2272.

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

Friday

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

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

• Annual Governor’s Conference on Aging continues 8 a.m. to noon, Red Lion Hotel Kalispell. Keynote speaker is Kristopher Struckmeyer from Oklahoma State University. Presentations, centenarian luncheon. To register, call Jackie, 800-332-2272.

• Red Cross blood drives: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dakota Supply Group, Cooperative Way, Kalispell, blood mobile;10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• 2017 Flathead Building Association Parade of Homes noon to 8 p.m. today, 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.

Thought

“History may be divided into three movements: what moves rapidly, what moves slowly and what appears not to move at all.” — Fernand Braudel, French historian (1902-1985).

• Rocky Mountain Rollers Good Sam RV Chapter campout continues today and Sept. 9, Logan State Park, 77518 U.S. 2 W. Chapter meeting 11 a.m., potluck 1 p.m. Sept. 9. Guests welcome. RSVP to Boy or Lynn, 755-4942.

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

A look ahead

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

• Kalispell Public Schools Personnel Committee meets 3 p.m., district office, 233 First Ave. E.

• 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, 9 a.m. Sept. 9, Depot Park, Whitefish. Call 863-1781. 5K starts 10 a.m. Pre-register at greatfishchallenge.org or 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. Proceeds go to Rotary Club of Columbia Falls. For tickets, go to www.fallsfestmusic.com or at gate.

• 2017 Flathead Building Association Parade of Homes, 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.

• Annual Falls Fest outdoor concert, Sept. 9, Marantette Park, Columbia Falls. Three bands perform. Gates open 3 p.m.; music 4-9:30 p.m. Bring chairs/blankets in pavilion. Food trucks, beer, kids’ activities, and more.

• 9/11 Honor and Serve Foundation annual 9/11 memorial service, 2 p.m., Sept. 10, Flathead Lake Lodge, 150 Flathead Lodge Road, Bigfork. Free. Guest speakers, Bigfork High School Band, bagpipes, Crossroads Church 9/11 Choir, Veterans of the Flathead Valley Honor Guard. Public welcome. K9 Care Montana fundraiser brisket dinner follows at 4 p.m., at the lodge. Beer and wine. Advance tickets $35; $40 at event. Proceeds go toward service dogs for wounded veterans and children with autism.

• 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.

• Classical violin and piano recital titled “Trans-Atlantic Wanderings” featuring Byron Wallis and Alfredo Oyaguez, 3:30 p.m. Sept. 10, First Presbyterian Church, Kalispell. Admission $15 adults, $8 students, $35 families. Proceeds benefit Kalispell Area Music Teachers Association.

• Foy’s to Blacktail Trails hosts a grand opening party to celebrate the trail’s completion, 4-7 p.m. Sept. 10, Foy’s Community Center near Herron Park. Live music, beer, catered dinner. All ages welcome. Suggested $10 donation.

• Red Cross blood drives Sept. 11: 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Glacier Bank, Bigfork; 2-6 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• 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.

• Flathead Audubon meets at 7 p.m. Sept. 11, in the United Way conference room, Gateway Community Center, U.S. 2 West, Kalispell. Jay Sumner will talk about the Montana peregrine population. Enter from west side of building. Free. All welcome.

• Kalispell Public Schools district board meets 6 p.m. Sept. 12, Kalispell Middle School Library.

• Flathead Area Secular Humanist Association hosts Kalispell Skeptics in the Pub, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 12, Scotty’s Bar, 2205 U.S. 93 S., Kalispell. Open to everyone.

• 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.

• David Stanley gives a presentation and reads from his new book, “The Glacier Park Reader,” 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 13, Montana House Kintla Camp event room, Apgar Village, Glacier Park. Reception follows. Public welcome. RSVP requested, 888-5393.

• Kalispell Public Schools Special Education Committee meets 8:30 a.m. Sept. 14, district office, 233 First Ave. E.

• Red Cross blood drive, 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Sept. 14, U.S. Forest Service, Kalispell.

• Red Cross blood drives Sept. 15: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell; 11:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Gateway Community Center.

• Kalispell Public Schools Board Governance Committee meets 10 a.m. Sept. 15, district office, 233 First Ave. E.

• 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.

• Annual Raptor Day, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 16, Lone Pine State Park, near Kalispell. Bird hikes begin 7:30 a.m. Exhibits, booths and programs begin 9:30 a.m. Guest speakers all day Outdoor booths and activities 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. All free and open to public. Food available for purchase.

• Annual Shriners Chili Cook Off and Weiner Dog Races, Sept. 16, Spinnaker Bar and Grill, Lakeside. Chili served 4 p.m. Parade of dogs 5:15 p.m. Races begin 5:30 p.m. $5 entry fee.

• 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 American Foundation of Suicide Prevention’s local and national programs. Register at afsp.org/flatheadvalley. Email Alison Schmaltz, alischmaltz@gmail.com

• Red Cross blood drives Sept. 18: 2-6 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell; 2-6 p.m. Trinity Lutheran Church.

• 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.

• Kalispell Women’s Connection buffet lunch, 11:30 a.m. Sept. 19, meeting room of Victory Baptist Church, 1830 Montana 35. Cosmetic artist Hollis McCartney talks about permanent make-up. Guest speaker is Peggy DeVries. 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, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 19 at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• Flathead County Agency on Aging hosts an informational open house on Medicare cost-saving programs, 12:30-2 p.m. Sept. 19, Gathering Place, 238 Adams St., Lakeside. Lunch available. Call Shelly, 546-8537 by noon Sept. 18. For information, call 758-2471.

• Montana Food Bank Network hosts a community conversation on hunger in Montana and Flathead County, 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 20, ImagineIF Library, Kalispell. All interested in learning more about and addressing hunger is welcome. RSVPs appreciated to Elizabeth Weaver, SNAP outreach coordinator, 406-215-1752 or eweaver@mfbn.org

• Red Cross blood drive, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 20, Elks Lodge, Kalispell.

• Marv Sather reads from his new book titled, 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.

• Kalispell Public Schools Policy Committee meets 8:30 a.m. Sept. 21, district office, 233 First Ave. E.

• Red Cross blood drive, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 21, The Wave, Whitefish.

• Flathead County Agency on Aging hosts an informational open house on Medicare cost-saving programs, 12:30-3 p.m. Sept. 21, Kalispell Senior Center, 40 11th St. W. Call 758-2471.

• 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.

• Kalispell Public Schools Insurance Committee meets 4 p.m. Sept. 21, Flathead High School Conference Room.

• 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.

• Red Cross blood drives Sept. 22: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell; noon to 4:15 p.m. Kalispell Center Mall.

• 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.

• Red Cross blood drives Sept. 25: 12:30-6 p.m. West Kootenai Colony; 2-6 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

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

• Red Cross blood drive, noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 26, Good Shepherd Church, Polson.

• Kalispell Public Schools district board special meeting and work session, 5 p.m. Sept. 26, Kalispell Middle School Library.

• Red Cross blood drive, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 27, Saint John Paul II Church, Bigfork. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus.

• Kalispell Public Schools Technology Committee meets 8:30 a.m. Sept. 28, district office, 233 First Ave. E.

• Red Cross blood drive, noon to 5:15 p.m. Sept. 28 at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell. Sponsored by Kalispell Rotary Clubs.

• Red Cross blood drives Sept. 29: 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.

• Plein Air Paint Out party and sale, 5-8 p.m. Sept. 30, Hockaday Museum of Art, 302 Second Ave. E., Kalispell. Renowned artists sell their Glacier Park paintings. Free admission.

• 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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