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• Kalispell Public Schools Policy and Technology Committees meet 8:30 a.m.

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

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

• Glacier Kiwanis meets 11:30 a.m., 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, 15 Meridian Court, Kalispell. Call 257-1857.

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

• Friendship Force of the Flathead Valley meets at Vista Linda, Somers. Social hour 5 p.m.; dinner at 6 p.m. All interested in travel welcome. Call Pricilla, 756-9332.

• Polson Chamber of Commerce Splash, 5-7 p.m., Polson Health Medical Clinic, 106 Ridgewater Drive. Open to public. Call 883-5969.

• Movie Night Gala, Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts. Lobby opens 6:30 p.m. Bigfork Band performance and showing of the movie “August Rush,” at 7 p.m. Dessert bar. Beer and wine. $15 adults, $10 students/children. Free with donation of functional band instrument. Fundraiser “Making Music” matching grant with Bigfork Rotary to purchase new band instruments and supplies.

• Climate Smart Glacier County four-part educational series presents a forum on “Envisioning Montana’s Clean Energy Economy,” 7-9 p.m., Cedar Creek Lodge, 930 Second Ave. W., Columbia Falls. Free. Open to public.

Friday

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

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

• Glacier Pachyderm Club meets noon to 1 p.m., Sykes’, 202 Second Ave. W., Kalispell. Montana Sen. Jennifer Fielder discusses the U.S. Constitution, by-laws and organizational management; www.gcpachy.org

• 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.

• West Shore community dinner, 5-6:30 p.m., 238 Adams St., Lakeside, across from Lakeside Elementary. Free turkey dinner. Families welcome.

• Crown Stars 4 Montana Relief benefit concert, 6 p.m., Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts. King Solomon Hicks and his All-Star Band perform. Appetizers, drink ticket, cash bar. Tickets $50. Proceeds support music education and wildfire relief. Call 406-270-1559.

• Glacier Climate Action hosts a “Save Our Glaciers” gala and family dance party, 6 p.m., O’Shaughnessy Center, Whitefish. Live music. Speakers. Raffle, pie auction, beer and more. Montana-formal attire. Admission $12 per person. Kids under 12, free.

• FVCC Music Department student choral ensemble concert, 7 p.m., Arts and Technology Building. Free. Public invited. Cal Nicole Sanford. 756-4813.

Saturday

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

• Cabela’s hosts two free seminars, 125 Treeline Road, Kalispell. Pro anglers and staff demonstrate ice fishing tactics and strategies 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Don K Chevrolet offers a winter vehicle safety and preparedness check seminar, noon to 1 p.m.

• KittyMom’s Rescue organization conducts a free cat shelter workshop, noon to 3 p.m., Kalispell Elks Club, 1820 U.S. 93 S. All feral and barn cat owners invited. Build a shelter to keep outside cats warm. All materials provided. Call Sassi, 756-6907.

• Annual community Thanksgiving dinner, noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 18, Big Arm Fire Hall, U.S. 93 and Seventh Street. Free. All welcome. Bring a canned food donation. Call 849-5522.

• Bigfork art walk, 3-7 p.m. downtown Bigfork.

• Crown Stars 4 Montana Relief benefit concert, 6 p.m., Craggy Range, Whitefish. Cameron Miles Lavi-Jones and his Gypsy Temple band perform. Two set show $50, includes light fare until 10 p.m. Admission to second set at 10 p.m. is $20. Proceeds support music education and wildfire relief; 406-270-1559.

Thought

“No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness is his indisputable right.” — Helen Keller, American author and lecturer (1880-1968).

Sunday

• Whitefish Shines group puts up holiday decorations Volunteers should meet at 8:30 a.m., corner of Third Street and Central Avenue. Call Chris Schustrom at 260-1198.

• Benefit concert of sacred music for the St. Ignatius Mission Murals 3 p.m., at the Mission in Ronan. Public invited. Call Anne Stewart, 406-726-3540.

Monday

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

• Flathead County Republican Women meet at noon, Hilton Garden Inn, Kalispell. Buffet lunch available for $13. All welcome. Call RSVP to Dee Kirk-Boon, 250-5098.

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

• Dementia and Alzheimer’s Support Group meets 3-4:30 p.m., Buffalo Hill Terrace, 40 Claremont St., Kalispell. Sponsored by Immanuel Lutheran Communities. Call Carla Wilton, 752-9624.

• Fair-Mont-Egan School board meets 5 p.m.

• Northwest Montana Posse of Westerners presents a program by Bob Brown of Whitefish titled, “Story of Dorothy Johnson: Montana’s Fictional Feminist,” 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 752-9642.

Tuesday

• Red Cross blood drives: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Park Side Credit Union, Whitefish; noon to 5 p.m. New Life Church, Polson.

• Liaison Team meetings between Fish, Wildlife & Parks and F. H. Stoltze Land and Lumber Company for the Trumbull Creek conservation easement, 4-6 p.m., Columbia Falls City Council Chambers, 130 Sixth St. W. Public invited.

• Tuesday Toast, 5-8 p.m., Flathead Brewing, Main Street, Kalispell. $1 of each pint sold donated to Bigfork Food Bank.

• “Light Up Evergreen” tree lighting ceremony, 5-7 p.m., the Hardware Store, Evergreen. Snacks, cookies, beverages. Bring pies for silent auction. Proceeds benefit local food pantries.

• Liaison Team meetings between Fish, Wildlife & Parks and F. H. Stoltze Land and Lumber Company for the Haskill Creek conservation easement, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Whitefish City Council Chambers, 418 E. Second St. Public invited.

• Flathead Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited meets 7 p.m., Fish, Wildlife and Parks building, 490 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell. Fishing guide and owner of Lary’s Fly Shop Hilary Hutcheson gives a multi-media presentation titled, “Kick Plastic — A Changing Tide for Guides.” Refreshments. Door prize. Public welcome. Call Larry Timchak, 250-7473.

• Mission Mountain Audubon meets 7 p.m. Polson City Library meeting room. Tim Olson presents “Five Years of Exploring Mars with the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover.” Free. All welcome.

Wednesday

• Blood drive in honor of Kimberly Peacock, a Columbia Falls High School student battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, next to Pizza Hut in Columbia Falls. Appointments required. Call Emily Jensen, 897-2104.

• Red Cross blood drives: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Our Redeemer Lutheran Church; 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bigfork Glacier Bank.

A look ahead

• Turkey Trot 5K run/walk, 9 a.m. Nov. 23, North Valley Food Bank, 251 Flathead Ave., Whitefish. Entry fee $12; $15 day of event.

• Sykes’ annual Thanksgiving dinner, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 23, 202 Second Ave. W., Kalispell. Free. All welcome. For pick up or delivery, call 257-4304 by Nov. 21.

• Thanksgiving Day meal, 1 p.m. Whitefish Community Center, 121 E. Second St. Whitefish. Reservations needs. Call 862-4923 by Nov. 20.

• Free “Night at the Museum and Thanksgiving leftovers potluck, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 23, Memory Lane, Polson. After dinner, the feature length documentary “Duty, Honor, Sacrifice” about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier will be shown. RSVP appreciated. Call 883-6804 or 270-7895.

• Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 24, at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• Christmas City of the North Parade, 6 p.m. Nov. 24, Main Street, Kalispell. Tree lighting and carols at Depot Park.

• Artists and Craftsmen of the Flathead annual Christmas show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 24-25; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 26, Flathead County Fairgrounds, Kalispell. Free admission. Food available.

• Whitefish Community Center annual holiday bazaar, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 25. Homemade crafts, jewelry, books, holiday items, attic treasures.

• Community Free Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 25, Hockaday Museum of Art, 302 Second Ave. E., Kalispell. Free admission, 10 percent of all gift shop items, free gift bags to first 50 visitors.

• Red Cross blood drive, 2-6 p.m. Nov. 27 at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

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

• Red Cross blood drive, 10:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Nov. 28 Pleasant Valley Apiaries, Marion.

• Whitefish Community Foundation hosts Giving Thanks Tuesday online and live event, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 28, Underscore Art Gallery, 100 Central Ave., Whitefish. Coffee and refreshments; www.facebook.com/whitefishcommunity

• 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.

• Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 29, Kalispell Elks Lodge.

• Red Cross blood drive, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 30, Lincoln County High School.

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

• Canyon Community Thanksgiving dinner, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 30, Hungry Horse School. Turkey with all the trimmings. Call Flo, 250-3406; or Luann, 261-1083.

• Joe Coco presents a free seminar “How to Accumulate $50,000” 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 30, Coco Enterprises Conference Center, 6438 U.S. 93 S., Whitefish. Free. RSVP to 862-9400.

• Kalispell Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. Dec. 1, downtown Kalispell. Merchants open late.

• St. Matthew’s annual Cookie Carousel, 5-9 p.m. Dec. 1, and 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 2, school gym, 602 S. Main St., Kalispell. Homemade Christmas cookies, candies. Coffee shop. Free holiday photo booth; bring your camera. Visit with St. Nick, 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Call 752-6303.

• Polson annual Parade of Lights and Art Walk, 6 p.m. Dec. 1, downtown.

• Columbia Falls annual Night of Lights Parade, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Nucleus Avenue. Festivities continue at the Coop with caroling, warming fires, cocoa, vendors and a live nativity scene.

• 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.

Civil Air Patrol’s annual Stuff the Bus Toy Drive, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2, Shopko, Evergreen.

• Rotary Club of Bigfork annual Breakfast with Santa 9:30 a.m. to noon, Dec. 2, Timber Creek Village, 375 Meadow Lake Drive, near Super 1, Columbia Falls. Free photos with Santa, silent auction. Tickets $10 each. (Kids 12 and under are free).? Call Ron, 249-1445. Proceeds benefit Rotary projects.

• Soroptimist International of Whitefish annual jewelry sale, noon to 5 p.m., Dec. 2, Whitefish Community Library. Vintage, antique, costume pieces. Proceeds support Soroptimists’ mission of improving the lives of women and girls.

• Holiday Parade of Lights, 6 p.m. Dec. 2, downtown Bigfork.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 4, The Summit, Kalispell. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 751-4500.

• FVCC Music Department student concert with chamber and choral ensembles and orchestra, 7 p.m. Dec. 6, Arts and Technology Building. Free. Public invited. Cal Nicole Sanford. 756-4813.

• Anime Club for teens in grades six to 12 meets 4-5:30 p.m. Dec. 7, ImagineIF Library, Kalispell. Show is “Noragami.”

• Whitefish Christmas Stroll, 5:30-9 p.m. Dec. 8, Central Avenue. Music, tree lighting ceremony, fire jugglers, carolers, photos, street vendors. Call 862-3501.

• Annual Christmas at Our House free Christmas dinner, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 9, Expo Building, Flathead County Fairgrounds, Kalispell. Santa brings presents for children. All welcome. No registration needed. Call 261-1398.

• 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.

• Gislason Family Chiropractic holiday toy drive, Dec. 12-13, 5875 U.S. 93 A, Whitefish. On Dec. 12 new patients receive a complete initial exam, including any necessary X-rays, in exchange for a cash payment of $50; On Dec. 13, established patients receive a complimentary chiropractic adjustment in exchange for one, new unwrapped today. All toys and proceeds donated to CASA for Kids.

• Suicide Support Group, Surviving Our Loss after Suicide, (SOLAS) meets 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 12, The Summit, Kalispell. Call Joan Schmidt, 871-1008.

• Teen social for grades 6-12, 4-5:30 p.m. Dec. 14, ImagineIF Library, Kalispell. Food, Wii gaming. Craft is wire wrapping pendants. Free. Public invited.

• Northwest Posse of Westerners shows the film classic, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” based on short story of the late Dorothy Johnson of Whitefish, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14, Museum at Central School, 124 Second Ave. EN, Kalispell.

• Red Cross Blood Drive, 11:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Dec. 15, Gateway Community Center, 1203 U.S. 2 W., Kalispell. Call United Way office to schedule an appointment at 752-7266.

• 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.

• Mom’s Christmas dinner, 2-5 p.m. Dec. 25, Columbia Falls Senior Center, 205 Nucleus Ave., Columbia Falls. No charge. All welcome.

• Community Kitchen-Feeding the Flathead free Christmas dinner, 6 p.m., Dec. 25, Christ Church Episcopal, 215 Third Ave. E., Kalispell.

• Canyon Community Christmas dinner, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Dec. 28, Hungry Horse School. Free. All welcome. Call Flo, 250-3406; or Luann, 261-1083.

• West Valley School board meets 5 p.m. Jan. 8.

• Suicide Support Group, Surviving Our Loss after Suicide, (SOLAS) meets 7-8:30 p.m. Jan. 9, The Summit, Kalispell. Call Joan, 871-1008.

• Flathead Special Education Cooperative Management board and Executive Council meets at noon Jan. 18, 15 Meridian Court, Kalispell. Call 257-1857.

• Winter Warm Up event, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 25, Gateway Community Center, 1203 U.S. 2 W., Kalispell. Free winter clothing, blankets, health, housing and job services, hair cuts, and ID replacement. Free hot meal served 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., children’s activities, educational sessions and more.

• West Valley School board meets 5 p.m. Feb. 12.

• Suicide Support Group, Surviving Our Loss after Suicide, (SOLAS) meets 7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 13, The Summit, Kalispell. Call Joan, 871-1008.

• 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

• Suicide Support Group, Surviving Our Loss after Suicide, (SOLAS) meets 7-8:30 p.m. March 13, The Summit, Kalispell. Call Joan, 871-1008..

• 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.

• Suicide Support Group, Surviving Our Loss after Suicide, (SOLAS) meets 7-8:30 p.m. April 10, The Summit, Kalispell. Call Joan, 871-1008.

• 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.

• Suicide Support Group, Surviving Our Loss after Suicide, (SOLAS) meets 7-8:30 p.m. June 12, The Summit, Kalispell. Call Joan, 871-1008.

• Flathead Special Education Cooperative Executive Council meets at 9 a.m. June 14, 15 Meridian Court, Kalispell. Call 257-1857.

• Suicide Support Group, Surviving Our Loss after Suicide, (SOLAS) meets 7-8:30 p.m. July 10, The Summit, Kalispell. Call Joan, 871-1008.

• Suicide Support Group, Surviving Our Loss after Suicide, (SOLAS) meets 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 14, The Summit, Kalispell. Call Joan, 871-1008.

• Suicide Support Group, Surviving Our Loss after Suicide, (SOLAS) meets 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 11, The Summit, Kalispell. Call Joan, 871-1008.

• Suicide Support Group, Surviving Our Loss after Suicide, (SOLAS) meets 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 9, The Summit, Kalispell. Call Joan, 871-1008.

• Suicide Support Group, Surviving Our Loss after Suicide, (SOLAS) meets 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 13, The Summit, Kalispell. Call Joan, 871-1008.

• Suicide Support Group, Surviving Our Loss after Suicide, (SOLAS) meets 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 11, The Summit, Kalispell. Call Joan, 871-1008.

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