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• Flathead County Democratic Women meet at Hilton Garden Inn, Kalispell. Social at 11:30 a.m. followed by noon buffet lunch for $14. Guest speaker is Lowell Jaeger, Poet Laureate of Montana. For reservations, call Lynne Bradley, 756-9245; or Judy Cox, 755-1507.

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

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

Tuesday

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

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

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

• Lakeside-Somers Chamber of Commerce BASH, 4-5 p.m. Short Branch Saloon, 7165 U.S. 93 S., Lakeside. Free for chamber members; $5 nonmembers.

• Family Feud competition, 6-10 p.m., 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.

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

Wednesday

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

• FVCC art show opening and awards ceremony, 4 p.m., Arts and Technology building. Refreshments. Public invited.

Thursday

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

• Bigfork Land Use Advisory Committee meets 4 p.m. downstairs of Bethany Lutheran Church, 8559 Montana 35, Bigfork. Call Shelley Gonzales, 837-5346.

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

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

• Showcase of the Chefs gourmet dinner, wine tasting and auction, 6:30 p.m., The Lodge at Whitefish Lake. Ten spots to Cat-ski with three Olympians will be auctioned. Event tickets $85 per person in advance, $95 at the door, available at Sportsman Ski Haus stores in Kalispell and Whitefish, Great Northern Cycle & Ski; Ski, The Lodge at Whitefish Lake and online atwww.fvsef.org.

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

Friday

• Kalispell Art Walk, 5-9 p.m., downtown Kalispell. Merchants open late, many offering treats and refreshments. Enter to win one of several $100 gift certificates. Call 253-6923.

• St. Matthew’s annual Cookie Carousel, 5-9 p.m. today, 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., downtown.

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

A Look ahead

• 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. Donate unwrapped toys to Salvation Army Angel Tree Program in Kalispell.

• St. Matthew’s annual Cookie Carousel, 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.

Thought

“You must be in tune with the times and prepared to break with tradition.” — James Agee, American author, poet and critic (born this date in 1909, died 1955).

• 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.

• Whitefish United Methodist Church annual holiday bazaar, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 1150 Wisconsin Ave., Whitefish. Handmade crafts, jewelry, pottery, Christmas items, baked goods. Silent auction. Cinnamon rolls and coffee breakfast, $3. Homemade soup luncheon at 11 a.m., $5.

• Frostbite Festival and holiday bazaar, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 2, Swan Valley Elementary School, Condon, on Montana 83, mile marker 38-39. Arts and crafts activities,, bake sale, raffle. Call Anne Dahl, 406-754-2538.

• 4-H Country Christmas Bazaar 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2, Eastside Grange, Montana 35, across from Creston School on Creston Road, Kalispell. Handcrafted gifts, baked goods, local direct sellers, face painting. Chili/hot dog/baked potato lunch available. Proceeds benefit Dandy Dudes and Dolls 4-H Club and Eastside Grange. Call 758-7849.

• Annual Whitefish Winter Market 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 2, Roy Duff Memorial Armory, Whitefish. Local crafts, produce, sweets, jewelry, art, soaps. Bake sale, craft activities for kids. Call 863-2473.

• 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.

• Big Arm Association holiday concert and dessert potluck featuring Charles Lutz and friends, 6 p.m. Dec. 2, Historic Big Arm School. Bring a dessert to share. Call 849-5522.

• John Floridis winter benefit acoustic guitar concert for Neighbors in Need, 4 p.m. Dec. 3, Whitefish United Methodist Church, 1150 Wisconsin Ave. Free will donations encouraged.

• 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 art show and sale, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 4-6, Arts and Technology building, second floor lobby. Ceramics, jewelry and more. Call David Regan, 756-3993.

• ImagineIF Libraries board meets at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 6, Bigfork branch library, 525 Electric Av. Call Kim Crowley, 758-5826.

• Transit planning meeting, 4-6 p.m. Dec. 6, South Campus conference room, 40 11th St. W., Kalispell. County residents invited to give input on public transit service in Flathead County.

• 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.

• Christmas City of the North Parade, 5-6:30 p.m. Dec. 9, Main Street, Kalispell. Tree lighting and carols at Depot Park.

• 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.

• Annual Montana Pond Hockey Classic, Jan.19-21, Foy’s Lake, near Kalispell. Up to 80 teams compete on several ice rinks. Concessions.

• 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.

• Cancer Support Community Mardi Gras Gala, Feb. 10, Red Lion Hotel ballroom, Kalispell. Zydeco music and dancing, dinner, games, silent auction. Tickets $100 each, $150 per couple, $750 per table; www.csckalispell.org

• 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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