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• Red Cross blood drives: 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Flathead Electric; 11 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Immanuel Lutheran Communities.

• Spook Festival and costume contest for children, 1 p.m. The Springs at Whitefish, 1001 River Lakes Pkwy. Refreshments and candy served 2 p.m.

• Nurturing Center Halloween party, 3-5 p.m., 146 Third Ave. W., Kalispell. Trick or treating, photos, ice cream and more. Staff on hand to provide information.

• Alateen support program for teens affected by drinking or drug use by a friend or family member meets every Tuesday at 3:20 p.m., Glacier High School Art Room 122, Kalispell. Call Carol, 406-270-6006.

• Kalispell Center Mall-oween. Children’s games 3-5 p.m. Park Side Credit Union costume contest, 4-7 p.m. Trick or treat 5:30-7:30 p.m.

• Whitefish Trick or Treat Street, 4-7 p.m. Downtown merchants give out candy Park Side Credit Union carnival and costume contest, 1300 Baker Ave. in the credit union parking lot.

• Bigfork trick or treating 4-6 p.m. Downtown merchants pass out candy. Halloween carnival for ages 3 to 10 starts 4 p.m. Brookside yard. The movie “Nightmare Before Christmas” shows at 6:30 p.m.

• Bigfork Rotary Foundation and Bigfork Ladies Service Club Halloween soup supper fundraiser 4-7 p.m., Bigfork Middle School Cafeteria. Soup, bread, dessert and drink $5 per person; kids under 5, eat free

• Flathead Valley Community College Veterans’ Association Trunk or Treat, 4:30- 7:30 p.m., west parking lot. Free. All welcome.

• Family Life Christian Church annual Harvest Festival, 5:30-8 p.m., 1075 Foys Lake Road, Kalispell. Games, candy, bounce house, face painting and drawings. Free. Public invited. Call 257-9315.

• Montana Veterans Home annual trick or treat for children, 6-7 p.m. Residents will hand out candy. No early birds.

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

Wednesday

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

• Red Cross blood drive, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Polson High School.

• Free Falun Dafa Qigong instruction easy-to-learn exercise instruction for all ages, 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays in November, Kalispell Senior Center, 40 11th St. W. Call Katherine, 257-9798.

• Free workshop for students and families applying for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), 3-7 p.m., Lincoln County campus of FVCC. No appointment needed. Call Deb Huisentruit at 406-293-2721.

Thursday

• Cholesterol screening and education, 7-10 a.m. first Thursday of every month, The Summit, Kalispell. Includes triglycerides, glucose, cholesterol, HDL and LDL. Walk-in clinic; no preregistration required. Fast 8-12 hours prior and drink plenty of water. Cost $30; $27 for seniors. Call Kathy Prim, 751-4500.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Eureka High School. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 406-293-6344.

• Fundraiser for Community Action Partnership of Northwest Montana, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Panda Express, Kalispell. Twenty percent of sales donated to local homeless prevention efforts.

• Glacier Kiwanis Club meets 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Perkins Restaurant, Kalispell. Guest speaker is Dr. Nicholas Costrini, program director of KRMC’S Digestive Health Institute of Montana. Public welcome.

• Red Cross blood drive, noon to 5 p.m., Columbia Falls Community Room.

• Kalispell Senior Center hosts a program on mortgages for seniors by Chris Romano with the Montana Division of Banking and Financial Institutions, 1 p.m., activity room, 40 11th St. W. Call 257-1598.

• Public needs assessment hearing 1 p.m., Kalispell City Council Chambers, City Hall, 201 First Ave. E., Kalispell. Public input sought on city/county economic development, housing, public facilities and related topics. Call 758-7756.

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

• Dick Idol Gallery hosts a “Celebrate Our Firefighters” program 6-8:30 p.m., 238 Central Ave., Whitefish. All firefighters welcome to enjoy music by David Walburn and snacks.

Friday

• Trinity Lutheran Church Thimble Club bazaar, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, 400 W. California St., Kalispell. Handmade gifts, placemats, runners, decorations, tea towels and more. International baked goods. Silent auction. Soup lunch 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today.

Thought

“There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them.” — Andre Gide, French author and critic (1869-1951).

• Immanuel Lutheran Communities annual holiday bazaar, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. , Immanuel Skilled Care Center, 185 Crestline Ave., Kalispell. Handmade crafts, jams, jellies, books, jewelry, gifts. Lefse, cinnamon rolls and coffee.

• 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, Kalispell.

• Annual Ski Swap and sale Consignment Day, 1-7 pm. today, The Wave, Whitefish. Bring in good used sporting equipment and clothing. Sale opens 8:30 a.m. Nov. 4 for Big Mountain Ski Club members and 9 a.m. for nonmembers. Pick up unsold items from 3-5 p.m. Call Sue Moll, 862-6635.

• Heritage Museum holiday bazaar, 4-7 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 4, Libby. Decor, crafts, art, specialty food items. Silent auction for a vacation getaway. Homemade soup on Friday. Hamburgers and hot dogs Saturday.

• Voices of the Wilderness fundraising event, 5:30 p.m., 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.

• Canvas Empty Nesters Sock Hop, 7-10 p.m., The Armory, corner of Second Street and Meridian Road, Kalispell. Music from the ‘50 and ’60s. Snacks. ‘50s attire encouraged. $5 at door. Everyone welcome. Sign up at canvaschurch.com/activity.

• FVCC humanities professor Amy Pearson reads from her book “100 Days of Solitude,” 7 p.m., Arts and Technology Building, FVCC. Theater students perform scenes from book. Admission $5; free for FVCC students.

Saturday

• Annual Ski Swap and sale opens 8:30 a.m. for Big Mountain Ski Club members and 9 a.m. for nonmembers. Pick up unsold items from 3-5 p.m. Call Sue Moll, 862-6635.

• Yellow Bay Community Club pancake breakfast, 9 a.m. to noon, at the clubhouse, mile marker 18, Montana 35. Eggs, ham, sausage also served. Cost $5 adults; $3 children ages 8 and under.

• Central Christian Church annual basement bazaar and bake sale, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., corner of Second Ave. East and Third Street E., Kalispell. Proceeds to local charities. Upstairs, vendors sell homemade crafts. Coffee available.

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

• Trinity Lutheran Church Thimble Club bazaar, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 400 W. California St., Kalispell. Handmade gifts, placemats, runners, decorations, tea towels and more. International baked goods. Silent auction. Soup lunch 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday.

• Epworth United Methodist Women annual holiday bazaar 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the church, corner of Second Avenue East and Third Street, Kalispell. Twenty local artisans. Silent auction. Sweet rolls and coffee 9-10:30 a.m.; Soup lunch 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit mission projects.

• Marion Fire Auxiliary holiday craft show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Marion Fire Station, 180 Gopher Lane. Vendors, food. Call Lily, 854-2080 or 261-7028.

• Heritage Museum holiday bazaar, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Libby. Decor, crafts, art, specialty food items. Silent auction for a vacation getaway. Hamburgers and hot dogs lunch.

• Northern Rockies Snow and Avalanche Workshop, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. O’Shaughnessy Center, Whitefish. $25 preregistration at flatheadavalanche.org. $30 at door.

• Sons of Norway meet 1 p.m. Nov. 4, upstairs at Museum at Central School, 124 2nd Ave. E., Kalispell. Call 253-1702.

• Somers-Lakeside annual harvest dinner, 4-8 p.m., Somers Fire Hall, 27 Lesley Ave., Somers. Traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Adults $13; children 4-10, $7; under 5, free.

• Ferndale Sewing Circle pie and bingo event, 7 p.m., Ferndale Community Center, South Ferndale Drive across from Ferndale Fire Hall on Montana 209. Proceed go toward community projects. Call 837-7278.

Monday

• 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.

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

A look ahead

• Creston School board meets 7:30 a.m. Nov. 7.

• Red Cross blood drive, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 7, Columbia Falls High School.

• 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.

• Red Cross blood drive, noon to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 8, Habitat ReStore, Kalispell.

• 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’Shaughnessy Center, Whitefish. Free. Open to public.

• Flathead Valley Community Band presents its Celebrating Home concert, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8, Flathead High School auditorium, Kalispell. All welcome. Free will donation.

• Red Cross blood drives Nov. 9: 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Libby High School; noon to 4:15 p.m. Best Buy, blood mobile.

• Bigfork High School Veterans Day ceremony, 10 a.m. Nov. 10, in the gym. All veterans and the public are welcome, and refreshments will be served afterward.

• Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 10 at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• Light Up a Life bereavement ceremony, 6-8 p.m. Nov. 10, Northridge Lutheran Church, 323 Northridge Drive, Kalispell. Public invited.

• Salvation Army Christmas Craft Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 11, 110 Bountiful Drive. Kalispell. Craft vendors, food, crafts, soap, fine art. Free drawings. Door prizes to first 50 people.

• Cowboy Up Country Cookin’ food truck serves free chicken fried steak to all veterans, noon to 7 p.m. Nov. 11, 651 Somers Road, Somers. Outside seating only. Must prove veteran status.

• Bethany Lutheran Church annual lutefisk dinner, 2-7 p.m. Nov.11, 8559 Montana 35, Bigfork. Alaskan lutefisk, Swedish meatballs, ham, lefse, sidedishes, Scandinavian cookies. Adults $18; children under 10, $7. Portion of proceeds benefit Veterans Food Pantry and Bigfork Food Bank.

• Annual Kick-n-Glide party, 6 p.m. Nov. 11, The Rack Shack, Somers. Cash bar. Ski package raffle. Silent auction. Adults $15; kids $10, at the door. Benefit for North Shore Nordic Club. Call 270-3184.

• Flathead Marines Marine Corps Ball Nov. 11, Hilton Garden Inn, Kalispell. Social hour 4:30 p.m. Ceremony 5:30p.m. Music by Roy Wilhelm and the Ashley Creek Ramblers. Tickets $45, must be purchased by Nov. 3. Call 249-2448

• AARP Driver Safety Courses Nov. 13: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 13, St. John Paul Catholic Church, Bigfork. Call 837-4846; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Troy United Methodist Church. Call 751-4500. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.)

• Free workshop for students and families applying for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 13, room 134 Business & Social Science building. No appointment needed. Call Lauren Krigbaum at 756-3849.

• U.S. Capitol Christmas tree will make a stop in Whitefish on its way to Washington, D.C., 2-3:30 p.m. Nov. 13, Don K car dealership, 6219 U.S. 93 S. The public is invited to sign truck. Hot chocolate and cookies served. Santa plans to attend. Donations of toys for Toy for Tots being collected.

• Red Cross blood drive, 2-6 p.m. Nov. 13, at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

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

• Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group meets 6-8 p.m. Nov. 13, The Summit, Kalispell. Social worker Jennifer Schaffner will speak. Survivors, family, friends are welcome. Refreshments. Call Theresa, 756-4725.

• Flathead Conservation District 310 Stream Permit meeting 7 p.m. Nov. 13, 133 Interstate Lane, in Evergreen. Call 752-4220.

• Lake County Democrats meets 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14, Lake County Library Polson. Greg McCormick with the Flathead Lakers shows the film “Oil and Water Don’t Mix” on the hazards of rail transport of Bakken oil along Flathead Rivers. Call Craig McClure, 406-599-4087.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 16, Bigfork Senior Center. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 837-4157.

• Glacier Kiwanis meets 11:30 a.m. Nov.16, Perkins Restaurant, Kalispell. Kip Smith, executive director of Tele Health, presents a new online urgent medical care platform now available through Kalispell Regional Healthcare.

• Flathead Special Education Cooperative Executive Council meets at noon Nov. 16, 15 Meridian Court, Kalispell. Call 257-1857.

• Teen social for grades 6-12, 4-5:30 p.m. Nov. 16, ImagineIF Library, Kalispell. Food, Wii gaming. Craft is Rice Krispie treats. Free.

• 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.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 18, The Summit, Kalispell. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 751-4500.

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

• Flathead Conservation District business meeting, 7 p.m. Nov. 27, 133 Interstate Lane, Kalispell, 752-4220.

• Family Feud competition, 6-10 p.m. Nov. 28, Expo Building, Flathead County Fairgrounds, Kalispell. Free throw basketball and wheelchair bowling competitions. $1 admission. Proceeds Caring Chiropractic Inc, nonprofit health care. Participants and spectators welcome. Call 755-1113.

• Marion Fire District board meets at 5 p.m. Nov. 30, Marion Community Center, 180 Gopher Lane. Public welcome.

• First Baptist Church of Eureka bazaar, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2, 355 Ninth St., Eureka. Stocking stuffers, wreaths, grave memorial crosses, fresh cut trees, cookies and candy, and more. Call Phyllis, 406-297-7699.

• 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.

• Sparrow’s Nest of Northwest Montana annual sleep out fundraiser, 7 p.m. Dec. 9 to 7 a.m. Dec. 10, St. Peter Lutheran Church, 201 Wisconsin Ave., Whitefish. Sponsors and participants in helping raise awareness about homeless teens may call 406-309-5196.

• 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 at noon 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 at noon. 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 at noon 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 at noon 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 at noon 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 at 9 a.m. June 14, 15 Meridian Court, Kalispell. Call 257-1857.

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