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• Red Cross blood drives: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bigfork High School; 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. First Interstate Bank and Cold Stone parking lot, in the blood mobile.

• Kalispell Public Schools Technology Committee meets 8:30 a.m., superintendent’s office.

• Winter Warm Up event, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Gateway Community Center, 1203 U.S. 2 W., Kalispell. Free winter clothing, blankets, health, housing, veterans and job services, hair cuts, tax preparation, mammograms, and ID replacement. Free hot meals, children’s activities, educational sessions and more. Eagle Transit provides free bus service from regular stops. All welcome. Call 752-7266.

• Fundraiser for Community Action Partnership of Northwest Montana, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Panda Express, Kalispell. Twenty percent of day’s sales go toward local homeless prevention efforts. Mention fundraiser when checking out.

• 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 Dinner and winter wear giveaway, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Hungry Horse School. All welcome. Call Flo, 250-3406; or Luann, 261-1083.

• Free introductory talk for upcoming Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course 5:30-7 p.m., The Summit, Kalispell. Learn how meditation can help with pain, illness and stress. Call Michelle Richards, 261-4112.

• Free Night at the Museum, 6:30 p.m., Miracle of American Museum, 36094 Memory Lane, Polson. Author Charles B. Lutz reads from his historical fiction work, “Eyes in the Sky.” Treats and donations welcome. Call 883-6804.

Friday

• Glacier Pachyderm Club meets noon to 1 p.m., Sykes, 202 Second Ave. W., Kalispell. John Fuller, candidate for House District 8, will discuss “Requirements for Able-bodied People to Work for Benefits”; www.gcpachy.org

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

• Flathead County Libertarian Party first anniversary celebration, 6-8 p.m., Vilya Spirits, 101 E. Center St., Suite 104, Kalispell. Unique cocktails, discussion. Public invited.

Saturday

• Forester and wildlife researcher Brian Baxter leads a free animal and sign interpretation class. Slide presentation “The Essence of Animal Tracking” 9 a.m. Snappy Sport Senter, 1400 U.S. 2 E., Kalispell, followed by field session. To register call Snappy’s, 257-7525.

• Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., Rosauers, Kalispell, in the blood mobile.

• Whitefish skijoring event, noon today and Sunday, Big Mountain Ranch, off of Voerman Road, 1 mile east of Whitefish airport. $5 admission; kids 12 and under free. Free parking, concessions.

Sunday

• Whitefish skijoring event, noon, Big Mountain Ranch, off of Voerman Road, 1 mile east of Whitefish airport. Spectators welcome. $5 admission; kids 12 and under free. Free parking, concessions.

• John White Lecture Series “Home, Home on the Ranch” performance by folk musician Bill Rossiter, 2:30 p.m. Jan. 28, Museum at Central School, 124 Second Ave. E., Kalispell. Tickets $6 for museum members; $9 for nonmembers. Limited tickets at door. Call 756-8381.

Monday

• Flathead Democratic Women “Golden Notable Women” fundraiser luncheon, noon, Village Greens Community Center, Village greens Golf Club, West Nicklaus, Evergreen. Cots $10. RSVP to Ramona, 752-0227.

• Red Cross blood drives: 2-6 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cabinet Peaks Medical Center, Libby.

Tuesday

• Red Cross blood drives: 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., Flathead Electric; 1-5:15 p.m. Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Thought

“Love must be learned, and learned again and again; there is no end to it. Hate needs no instruction, but wants only to be provoked.” — Katherine Anne Porter, American author (1894-1980).

• Lakeside-Somers Chamber of Commerce BASH, 4-5 p.m., Riverbend Integrative Medicine, Lakeside Town Center lobby, 306 Stoner Loop Road. Free for members; $5 for guests.

Wednesday

• Flathead Basin Commission meets 10 a.m., Grouse Mountain Lodge, 1205 U.S. 93., Whitefish. Call Jan Metzmaker, 862-7960.

• Red Cross blood drive, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Kalispell Elks Lodge.

• Flathead Valley Cancer Chicks informal support group meet 6 p.m. at a private residence in Kalispell. All welcome; www.facebook.com

• Ladies Avalanche Awareness talk, 6:30 p.m., Kalispell Brewing Company, Main Street. Free, one-hour presentation by Friends of the Flathead Avalanche Center.

A look ahead

• Flathead County Transportation Advisory Committee meets 8:30-10:30 a.m. Feb. 1, South Campus Building, 40 11th St. W., Kalispell. Vote on the County Transportation Plan. Public welcome. Call 758-5728.

• Red Cross blood drive, noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 1, National Parks Realty meeting room. Sponsored by Fresh Life Church of Whitefish.

• Representatives from Community Action Partnership of Northwest Montana discuss loan and grant programs for seniors for health and safety home repairs, 1-2 p.m. Feb. 1, Kalispell Senior Center, 40 11th St. W., Open to public.

• Red Cross blood drives Feb. 2: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell; 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Kalispell City Council Chambers.

• Kalispell Downtown Association’s “A Chocolate Affair,” 5-7:30 p.m. Feb. 2, downtown Kalispell. Sample treats at over 30 businesses. To be eligible for door prizes, visit a minimum of 10 locations. Must be 18 or older to win. Drop off completed cards at any participating location.

• Annual Whitefish Kiddy Carnival, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 3, Whitefish Middle School gym. Sponsored by Whitefish High School Key Club.

• Annual Penguin Plunge, 11 a.m. Feb. 3, City Beach, Whitefish. Check-in 8:30-10:30 a.m. Appreciation party, 12:30 p.m. Whitefish United Methodist Church, 1150 Wisconsin Ave. Plungers eat free. Benefit for Special Olympics Montana.

• Whitefish Winter Carnival Parade, 3 p.m. Feb. 3, downtown Whitefish.

• St. Matthew’s Catholic School annual Blue & Gold auction, 5-11 p.m. Feb. 3, Hilton Garden Inn, Kalispell. Masquerade theme. Silent and live auctions. Dinner served 6:30 p.m. Call 752-6303 for tickets.

• Humane Society of Northwest Montana Puppy Debut Party, 1-3 p.m. Feb. 4, Petco, Kalispell. Public can meet eight black Labrador mixed breed puppies up for adoption and fill out application paperwork. Adoption appointments will be scheduled following week. Fees are $120. Call 752-7297.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 5, The Summit, Kalispell. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 751-4500.

• Friendship Force meets for breakfast 9 a.m. Feb. 5, Sykes Restaurant, Kalispell. All interested in travel welcome. Call Priscilla, 756-9332.

• Red Cross blood drives Feb. 5: 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Browning High School; 2-6 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• Swan River School board special meeting to discuss heating system, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 5, sixth grade classroom.

• Red Cross blood drive, noon to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 6, Bigfork Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

• Red Cross blood drives Feb. 7: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Glacier Park; 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bigfork Glacier Bank.

• Wilderness Speaker Series presents a program titled “Wild & Scenic Rivers: The 50th Anniversary,” 7-8:15 p.m. Feb. 7, Arts and Technology Building, FVCC. Free. Open to public. Call Carol Treadwell, 387-3847.

• Senior Tour and Tea, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 8, Hockaday Museum of Art, 302 Second Ave. E., Kalispell. Free admission for seniors 60 and older. Docent tour 10:30 a.m. Call 755-5268.

• Red Cross blood drive, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 8, Applied Materials.

• “The Vagina Monologues” performances Feb. 8-9, O’Shaughnessy Center, Whitefish. Doors open 6 p.m. with drinks and silent auction. Curtain time 7:30 p.m. Tickets $15 online at wwwabbieshelter.org and at door.

• Annual Cabin Fever Days, Feb. 9-11, Coram, Martin City, Hungry Horse. Barstool ski races, arm wrestling, mountain man competitions, pool tournament, snowshoe softball and more. Kids’ event at Martin City Fire Hall.

• Cancer Support Community Mardi Gras Gala, 6-11 p.m. 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

• Flathead Parks and Recreation Valentines Dance, 7-9 p.m. Feb. 10, Linderman Education Center gym, 124 Third Ave. E., Kalispell. Door prizes, DJ, snacks. $5 single; $15 family of four. Call Celeste Palmer, 758-7848.

• John White Lecture Series presents Glacier Park biologist Lisa Bate on harlequin ducks titled “What is a Sea Duck Doing in Glacier,” 2:30 p.m. Feb. 11, Museum at Central School, 124 Second Ave. E., Kalispell. Tickets $6 for museum members; $9 for nonmembers. Limited tickets at door. Call 756-8381.

• Mardi Gras Trivia fundraiser, 5-7:30 p.m. Feb. 11, St. Joseph Catholic Church, 719 Utah Ave., Libby. Teams of eight or join an open table. $15 cost includes a beverage and snacks. Concessions available. Silent auction. To reserve a spot, call 406-293-4322.

• 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.

• Opening reception for “Beyond Craft: The Art of Ceramics – Various Artists” 5-7 p.m. Feb. 15, Hockaday Museum of Art, 302 Second Ave. E., Kalispell. Admission free for members; $5 nonmembers. Public welcome. Call 755-5268.

• Montana FWP Becoming an Outdoors-Woman ice fishing program Feb. 16-17. Informational indoor evening class February 16 FWP office; morning ice fishing Feb. 17. Class fee $15; registration required at t fwp.mt.gov. For information, call Sarah Smith, (406) 444-9948.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 17, Gateway Community Center, Kalispell. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 752-7266.

• Flathead Conservation District 310 Stream Permit meeting 7 p.m. Feb. 18, 133 Interstate Lane, in Evergreen. Call 752-4220.

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

• Making Montana Manufacturing/Technology Exp and Kalispell Mini Maker Faire Feb. 23-24, Expo Building, Flathead County Fairgrounds. Friday — Local manufacturers demonstrate products 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday — Enterpreneurs show their inventions 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Glacier Skate Academy hosts “Try Figure Skating For Free” for ages 4 to 12, 5:15-6:15 p.m. Feb. 24, Stumptown Ice Den, Whitefish. Includes skate rental, 15-minute group lesson, hot chocolate.

• John White Lecture Series live history presentation by Mary Jane Bradbury titled “Martha and Me: Reflections of Dora DuFran about the Real Life of Calamity Jane,” 2:30 p.m. Feb. 25, Museum at Central School, 124 Second Ave. E., Kalispell. Tickets $6 for museum members; $9 for nonmembers. Limited tickets at door. Call 756-8381.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 26, Libby Christian Church. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 283-7000.

• Glacier National Park Volunteer Associates Winter Speaker series, 7 p.m. Feb. 26, Museum at Central School, Kalispell. Diane Boyd with Fish, Wildlife and Parks presents “The Journey Home for Montana’s Wolves” about wolf recovery in Montana. Free. Public invited. Call Cheryl Klein, 270-4189.

• Flathead Conservation District business meeting, 7 p.m. Feb. 26, 133 Interstate Lane, Kalispell, 752-4220.

• Opening reception for “Opening Reception: New Artists 2018 – High School Student Art Exhibition” 5-7 p.m. March 1, Hockaday Museum of Art, 302 Second Ave. E., Kalispell. Public welcome. Call 755-5268.

• Special Olympics Montana-Glacier Area hosts Regional Winter Games, March 5, Whitefish Mountain Resort. Call Aaron Gleason, outreach director, 509-993-6841.

• Wilderness Speaker Series presents “The Untrammeled Observatory: Lessons from Wilderness Fire,” 7-8:15 p.m. March 7, Arts and Technology Building, FVCC. Free. Open to public. Call Carol Treadwell, 387-3847.

• Mission Valley Has Talent competition, 7 p.m. March 9, Polson High School auditorium. Musicians, artists, dancers, gymnasts and more. Cash prizes for winners. Fundraiser for the Helping Hands Fund. Call Jason 883-2447 or Valerie 883-4160.

• 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.

• Friendship Force of the Flathead Valley meets March 15, Vista Linda, Somers. Social hour 5 p.m.; business meeting and dinner 6 p.m. for $15. All interested in travel welcome. Call Priscilla, 756-9332.

• Glacier National Park Volunteer Associates Winter Speaker series, 7 p.m. March 26, Museum at Central School, Kalispell. Park wildlife program manager John Waller presents “The Furtive Felids of the Forest” about wildcats. Free. Public invited. Call Cheryl Klein, 270-4189.

• Wilderness Speaker Series presents “The Recovery of Grizzly Bears in Montana,” 7-8:15 p.m. April 4, Arts and Technology Building, FVCC. Free. Open to public. Call Carol Treadwell, 387-3847.

• 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.

• Whitefish Woody Weekend classic and antique boat show, June 22-24, The Lodge at Whitefish Lake. Friday — Evening cruise Saturday — Public viewing on dock, waterski demonstration. Sunday — poker run 9:30 a.m.

• 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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