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• Tip-A-Cop fundraiser for Special Olympics Montana, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., all MacKenzie River Pizza locations. Local law enforcement works as celebrity waiters.

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

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

• Lakeside-Somers Chamber of Commerce BASH, 4-5 p.m., Lakeside Quick Response Unit, 201 Bills Road, Lakeside. Free for chamber members; $5 nonmembers.

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

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

Wednesday

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

• Kalispell Chamber of Commerce Unwind, 5-6:30 p.m., Whitefish Credit Union South Kalispell branch, 1825 U.S. 93 S., Suite G. Giveaways. All welcome. Call 758-2803.

• Somers School District board special meeting 5 p.m., Somers Middle School.

• Whitefish Shines Christmas decorations group begins weekly meeting to prepare decorations for 2017-2018 season, 6-8 p.m., Roy Duff Armory, Whitefish. New volunteers welcome. Call Chris Schustrom, 406-260-1198.

Thursday

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

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

• Social Security Seminar, 6-7 p.m., The Summit, Kalispell. What couples need to know to maximize retirement income. Free. Call Kim Taylor at Investment Centers for America, 752-7232.

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

• Climate Smart Glacier County four-part educational series kicks of with the film screening of “Tomorrow,” co-sponsored by AERO and Farm Hands-Nourish the Flathead, 7 p.m. O’Shaughnessy Center, Whitefish. Free. Open to public.

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

• Annual Great Northwest Oktoberfest, 5-11 p.m., Depot Park, Whitefish.

• Canyon Community Dinner, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Hungry Horse School. Menu includes ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, blueberry cobbler. All welcome. Call Flo, 250-3406; or Luann, 261-1083.

• Glacier High School Football Club fundraiser, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Five Guys, Burgers & Fries, Mountain View Plaza, Kalispell. 15 percent of food sale donated to team.

Friday

• Red Cross blood drives: 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.

• Glacier Pachyderm Club meets noon to 1 p.m., Sykes’, 202 Second Ave. W., Kalispell. Judge Heidi Ulbricht discusses merits of a drug court. Lunch may be purchased. Visitors welcome. Call Todd Bernhardt, 270-6908.

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

• Annual Great Northwest Oktoberfest 5-11 p.m. today, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday; and Oct. 5-7, Depot Park, Whitefish; $5 adults; kids under 12 with parent, free.; www.whitefishoktoberfest.com

Saturday

• Annual Northwest Montana Veterans Libby Stand Down, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Asa Wood Grade School, 700 Idaho St., Libby. Free services and resources for veterans. Bring military ID. Call Allen W. Erickson Sr., 756-7304 or 250-0698.

• Annual Great Northwest Oktoberfest noon to 11 p.m. today, and Oct. 5-7, Depot Park, Whitefish. Today is Kids’ Day. $5 adults; kids under 12 with parent, free.; www.whitefishoktoberfest.com

Thought

“Whatever you think, be sure it is what you think; whatever you want, be sure that is what you want; whatever you feel, be sure that is what you feel.” — T.S. Eliot, American-Anglo poet (born on this date in 1888, died 1965).

• National Public Lands Day volunteer work day, 9 a.m. to noon, Lone Pine State Park, near Kalispell. Trail work, control invasive species. Raffle and lunch provided. Wear sturdy shoes. Bring water. Call Casey Fusion, 755-2706, ext. 4.

• Flathead Audubon Owen Sowerwine Natural Area annual work day. Meet at 9 a.m. at Montessori School on Willow Glen Drive to carpool. Trail, fence and weed work to be completed by noon. Volunteers welcome. Call Bob Lee, 270-0371; or Linda Winnie, 253-7430.

• National Public Lands Day volunteer work day, 10 a.m., Flathead Lake State Park, Bigfork. Litter pick up along shore, weed pulling, refinishing picnic tables. Tools provided. Bring work gloves and clothes. Lunch provided. Call Flathead Lake Ranger Station, 837-3041.

• Seed Saving Workshop 9:30-11:30 a.m., Columbia Falls Junior High School Wildcat Garden, hosted by ImagineIF Libraries and Good Seed Co. Learn how to harvest and save seeds from your garden. Bring garden gloves and be prepared to work in any weather. Take home seeds for next season. Free. Open to public.

• Annual Blessing of the Animals, 10 a.m., All Saints’ Church, 2048 Conn Road, off Montana 40, between Whitefish and Columbia Falls. All pets receive a certificate or St. Francis medal and treat. Ice cream party follows. Pets must be on leashes, in crates or kennels, Call 862-2863.

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

• Coram-West Glacier Volunteer Fire Department 43rd annual Firefighters’ Ball, 7 p.m., 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.

Sunday

• Annual Northwest Montana Veterans Libby Stand Down, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Asa Wood Grade School, 700 Idaho St., Libby. Free services and resources for veterans. Bring military ID. Call Allen W. Erickson Sr., 756-7304 or 250-0698.

• Annual Great Northwest Oktoberfest continues today and Oct. 6-8, Depot Park, Whitefish. Today is Kids’ Day. $5 adults; kids under 12 with parent, free.; www.whitefishoktoberfest.com

• Whitefish Trail Legacy Run, Whitefish Trail. Half marathon, 10K, 5K and family fun run. Sign up www.whitefishlegacy.org/event/whitefish-trail-run/

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.

A look ahead

• 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.

• Polson Chamber of Commerce meets noon to 1 p.m., Oct. 4, KwaTuqNuk Resort. Speaker is Polson School Superintendent Rex Weltz. Lunch available for $14.50. Public welcome. Call 883-5969.

• Free six-week diabetes self-management classes for Medicare, diabetes and pre-diabetes patients, 1-2:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 5, Bigfork Community/Senior Center, 639 Commerce St. Bigfork. Class limited to 10. To register, call 837-4157.

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

• 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.

Whitefish High School Homecoming Parade, 4:30 p.m. Oct. 6.

• Find It Win! Scavenger Hunt, 5-8 p.m. Oct. 6, at participating businesses in downtown Kalispell. Chance to win $70 gift certificate. All ages welcome. Call Raette, 530-209-7769.

• Great Northwest Oktoberfest, 5-11 p.m. Oct. 5-6, noon to 11 p.m. Oct. 7, Depot Park Whitefish. Admission $5 adults; kids under 12 with parent, free.; www.whitefishoktoberfest.com Pumpkin Patch Day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 7 — Games, pumpkins, and more.

• 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.

• Sons of Norway meet 1 p.m. Oct. 7, upstairs at Museum at Central School, 124 2nd Ave. E., Kalispell. Call 253-1702.

• Maya Pedal “Power the Pedal” upcycle event, 3-5 p.m. Oct. 7, Glacier Cyclery, Whitefish. Donate old, functional bikes to be upcycled into machines in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and southern Mexico.

• Flathead Land Trust hosts a West Valley sandhill crane watching tour guided by Denny Olson of Flathead Audubon, 5-7:30 p.m. Oct. 7. Mountain or fat tire bike 7.5 miles then watch birds roost in nearby fields. Space limited. Call Laura Katzman, 752-8293.

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

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 8:30-11 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. Oct. 10, Polson Senior Center. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 883-4735.

• Friends of the Library annual book sale, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 13; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 14; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 15, Kalispell Center Mall. Books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks. $1.50 per spine inch; $2 per bag Sunday.

• 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

• Community cider pressing, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 14, ImagineIF Library, Kalispell. Receive a bottle of fresh cider to take home. Especially for adults and children 6 and older.

• Alpine Artisans Tour of the Arts, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 14-15, Seeley-Swan and Blackfoot Valleys. Self-guided tour of nine studios featuring over 25 artists. Free showing of the film “Charged: The Story of Eduardo Garcia,” Oct. 14 in Lincoln and Oct. 15 in Seeley Lake in respective community halls; wwwalpineartisans.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.

• Somers Company Town Projects Oktoberfest, 5-8 p.m. Oct. 14, Somers Bay Cafe. $14 entrance fee includes German food and first glass of beer or wine. Raffles, Entertainment by Billy Angel. Proceeds go toward pavilion landscaping.

• “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.

• Climate Smart Glacier County four-part educational series presents Montana Climate Science Day, 1-4 p.m. Oct. 16, Arts and Technology Building, FVCC. Free. University of Montana and Montana State University scientsts present. Open to public.

• Beers for the Bob Volunteer Appreciation Night, 5-8 p.m. Oct. 17, Kalispell Brewing Company. Portion of sales benefit Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation.

• Teen social for grades 6-12, 4-5:30 p.m. Oct. 19, ImagineIF Library, Kalispell. Food, Wii gaming. Craft is Mask Making. Free.

• Women Who Wine of the Flathead annual Red, White & You giving banquet, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 24, Red Lion Hotel Kalispell. Tickets $75 available online at www.flatheadcommunityfoundation.org/giving-banquet.html or at door.

• 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.

Conrad Mansion Museum Ghost Tours, Oct. 20-21, 330 Woodland Ave., Kalispell. One-hour tours begin at 7 p.m. and run every 15 minutes until 9 p.m. $17 per person; $15 members. Reservations required. Call 755-2166.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 21, Gateway Community Center, Kalispell. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 752-7266.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 23, Libby Christian Church, Libby $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 406-283-7000.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 12:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 23, North Valley Senior Center, Columbia Falls. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 892-4087.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 24, North Valley Hospital, Whitefish. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 863-3627.

• Salvation Army Harvest-fest Carnival, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 25, Salvation Army gym, 110 Bountiful Dr., Kalispell. Games for all ages, prizes. Costumes welcome. Hot dogs and pop for $1. Children must be accompanied by adult. Free. All welcome.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26, Mission Valley Senior Center, Ronan. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 406-676-2371.

• 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. Guest of honor is Sen. Jon Tester.

• 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.

• Voices of the Wildnerness fundaising event, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 3, The Lodge at Whitefish Lake. Silent auction, wine grab, baked potato bar. Keynote speakers. Live music. Tickets $15 at door or online, www.bmwf.org/events.

• Love INC. Holiday Craft Fair, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 4, North Valley Community Room, 235 Nucleus Ave., Columbia Falls. Hand-crafted arts and foods for sale. Free admission. Light lunch available to purchase.

• 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.

• Climate Smart Glacier County four-part educational series presents “Fire on the Mountain,” multi-media program on hunting, climate change and snow, 7 p.m. Nov. 8, O’Shaugnessy Center, Whitefish. Free. Open to public.

• 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.

• Climate Smart Glacier County four-part educational series presents a forum on “Envisioning Montana’s Clean Energy Economy,” 7 p.m. Nov. 16, Cedar Creek Lodge, Columbia Falls. Free. Open to public.

• 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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