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• National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)/Local Advisory Council meets 1 p.m., Literacy Center of Northwest Montana, Gateway Community Center, Kalispell. Call 253-7880.

• Flathead Braves annual Five Guys Burgers & Fries fundraiser, 5-7 p.m. Fifteen percent of all sales donated to team’s needs. Public invited.

• Kila School board meets 5:30 p.m.

• 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.

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

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

• Deer Park School board meets 6:30 p.m.

• Flathead Valley Gospel Music Association presents the Accounted For Christian group in concert, 7 p.m. First Baptist Church, 301 W. Wyoming St., Kalispell. Free admission. Public invited.

Wednesday

• Tug for Food fundraising event planned today in Lawrence Park in Kalispell has been canceled due to poor air quality. Teams and individuals that raised money are encouraged to donate to Feeding the Flathead. Call 257-6849.

• Parkinson’s disease support group meets 3-4:30 p.m., Gateway Community Center, north conference room, Kalispell. Presenter is Justin Vancampen, pharmacist with Remedies Pharmacy. All welcome. Call Lois, 871-3767.

• Flathead High School retired employees potluck, 4 p.m., Village Greens Community Center, Kalispell. Call 752-8613.

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

• Evergreen School board meets 6:30 p.m., administration boardroom.

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

• 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.

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

Thursday

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

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

• Bear Aware guided hike on Whitefish Trail, 5-7 p.m. Meet at Lion Mountain trailhead for an easy, family-friendly 2- to 3-mile hike exploring bear signs and safety. Practice using inert bear spray.

• Flathead Valley Genealogical Society meets at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1380 Whitefish Stage Road, Kalispell. Business meeting 6:30 p.m. Sylvie Wood present a program at 7 p.m. titled “Isle of Hope/Isle of Tears, A Trip into the Past-Ellis Island.” Free. Open to public. Call Lynne Bradley, 756-9245.

Friday

• Red Cross blood drives: 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., district office, 233 First Ave. E.

• Montana State Ceramic Association annual Ceramic and Doll Show, noon to 5 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Guesthouse Inn, Kalispell. Judged competition in hobby and professional. Raffle. Open to public. Call Sherry Milller, 885-6555.

• Immanuel Lutheran Communities hosts a wellness presentation geared for seniors, “Medicare 101” 2-3:30 p.m., Buffalo Hill Terrace, 40 Claremont St., Kalispell. Free. Call 752-9624.

• FVCC Fall Faculty Concert Series presents Cowboy Country and the Gold Dust Girls, 7 p.m., Arts and Technology Building. Free. Public welcome. Call 756-4813.

Thought

“Find the good. It’s all around you. Find it, showcase it and you’ll start believing it.” — Jesse Owens, Olympic gold medal track and field athlete (born this date in 1913, died in 1980).

• 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.

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

• Tom Osborne offers a class titled “Christianity and Islam, 9 a.m. to noon, Easthaven Baptist Church, 2010 Whitefish Stage, Kalispell. Seating limited. Reserve by calling 752-7021.

• Annual Shriners Chili Cook Off and Weiner Dog Races, 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.

• Immanuel Lutheran Community 60th anniversary celebration, 2-4:30 p.m., Buffalo Hill Terrace, 40 Claremont St., Kalispell. Live music by Zino & the Bel Aires. All welcome. Call Tracy Bridges, 752-9148.

• Puppy Party fundraiser for Mission Valley Animal Shelter, 6 to 9 p.m., 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.

• ImagineIF Libraries offer free, guided knife sharpening workshops, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kalispell branch; 1-3 p.m. Columbia Falls branch. Muse be 18 or older. Bring one kitchen or hunting knife. Dress for outside conditions.

Sunday

• Out of the Darkness Community Walk, 1 p.m., 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

• Begg Dog Park grand opening, 2 p.m., off of Airport Road, Kalispell. Ribbon cutting, spin the wheel for prizes, food trucks, volunteer opportunities.

Monday

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

• Northwest Montana Posse of Westerners presents a program by Ken Egan of Humanities Montana titled, “Montana’s Transition Years, 1864-1889,” Red Lion Hotel Kalispell. Greeting time 5:30 p.m.; dinner 6:15 p.m. Cost $19 includes presentation. Program starts at 7 p.m., free for posse members and youth under 16; $5 for nondinner walk-in nonmembers. For dinner reservations, call 406-407-6189. For information, call Ron, 756-8791.

• Former Montana Gov. Marc Racicot is guest speaker at the Mansfield Lecture, 7 p.m., Arts and Technology Building, FVCC. Free and open to public. Call Gerda Reeb, 756-3889.

A look ahead

• 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.

• Flathead County Democratic Central Committee meets at 7 p.m. Sept. 19, VFW Post 2252, 330 First Ave. W., Kalispell. Bring a non-perishable food item or donation for Northwest Veterans Food Pantry. Call Lynn Stanley, 471-8317.

• ImagineIF Libraries board meets at 9 a.m. Sept. 20, meeting room, Kalispell. Call Kim Crowley, 758-5826.

• 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.?• Columbia Falls Women’s Connection luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Sept. 20, North Valley Hospital Community Room, Nucleus Avenue, Columbia Falls. Speaker is Peggy DeVries of Conrad. Kettle Care Organics presentation. Cost $8 per person. Free child care by reservation. Call Candy at 387-4119. Affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries.

• 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.

• Nurturing Center hosts an ice cream social and open house, 4-6 p.m. Sept. 20, 146 Third Ave. W., Kalispell. Learn about services and meet and ask questions with staff. All welcome. Call Kalie Doretti, 756-1414.

• Public workshop regarding development of Herron Park/Foy’s Community Forest Management Plan, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 20, Lone Pine State Park Visitor Center, near Kalispell. Topics include forestry, roads and recreation. Public comment requested. Call Alex Hogle with True North Land Planning at 406-212-3448.

• 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.

• Friends of the Library meet at noon Sept. 21, ImagineIF Library meeting room, Kalispell. All welcome.

• 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.

• Friendship Force of the Flathead Valley meets Sept. 21, Vista Linda, Somers. Social hour 5 p.m.; dinner at 6 p.m. All interested in travel welcome. For reservations, call Pat, 257-1932.

• 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.

• FVCC Fall Faculty Concert Series presents violinist Wai Mizutani, 7 p.m. Sept. 12, Arts and Technology Building. Free. Public welcome. Call 756-4813

• Flathead Lutherans for Life annual multi-church rummage sale, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 23, Faith Lutheran Church, 405 Liberty St., Kalispell. Donations welcome. Proceeds benefit Hope Pregnancy Ministries and other projects. Call 756-8344.

• 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 Hemophilia Walk, Sept. 23, Lawrence Park, Kalispell. Registration 9 a.m.; walk 10 a.m. To create or join a team go to hemophilia.org/walk

• 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.

• Glacier-Two Medicine Alliance annual Fall Gathering, Sept. 23-24, Summit Mountain Lodge, near East Glacier Park. Keynote by Gloria Flora, executive director of Sustainable Obtainable Solutions. Featured cultural speakers are William Big Bull and Robert Hall. $30 donation per person suggested. Lunch and dinner included; www.gtma-mt.org.

• Humane Society of Northwest Montana Microchip Clinic, noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 23, Adoption Center, 100 Adopt A Pet Way, Kalispell. First come, first served. $15 per animal. Bring pets on leash or in carrier. Call 752-7297.

• Flathead Land Trust annual Barn Bash, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 23, Diamond B Ranch, 2909 Lower Valley Road, Kalispell. Local craft beer, wine, appetizers. Dinner by Piggyback BBQ. Live bluegrass music. Silent auction. Tickets $75 per person. Seating limited. Call 752-8293.

• Hillbilly Fun Day 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 24, Fritz Corn Maze, Birch Grove Road, Kalispell. $5 admission. Drawings, door prizes. Proceeds support victime of Montana wildfires. Call 755-4210 or Dana Higgins, 261-3327.

• 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.

• Joe Coco presents a free seminar “Cash Flow Management,” 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 28, Coco Enterprises Conference Center, 6438 U.S. 93 S., Whitefish. Free. RSVP to 862-9400.

• 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.

• 43rd annual Firefighters’ Ball, 7 p.m. Sept. 30, Dew Drop Inn, Coram. Live Big Band era music by Don Lawrence Orchestra. Dancing, live auction; grand prize full day fishing trip for two. Free admission. All welcome.

• 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.

• Mountain Brook Craft Cooperative annual Quilt and Craft Market, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 7, Mountain View Mennonite Church, 795 Mennonite Church Road, Kalispell. Hand- and machine-quilted quilts and wall hangings, fine art, jewelry, accessories, décor, baked goods, jams and treats.

• 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.

• FVCC Fall Faculty Concert Series presents Micah Hunter, Amy Beth Chisholm, Wai Mizutani and Nichole Sanford, 7 p.m. Oct. 27, Arts and Technology Building. Free. Public welcome. Call 756-4813

• 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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