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

• 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.

• Christ Church Episcopal Church and Community Action Partnership of Northwest Montana host an informational community forum with guest speakers addressing assistance for the homeless population in the Flathead Valley, 6:30 p.m. at the church, 215 Third Ave. E., Kalispell. Call 249-5728.

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.

• Free full moon cross country skiing starting at 3 p.m., Glacier Nordic Center, Whitefish Lake Golf Course. Ski rentals available at Glacier Nordic Shop for half-day rates; shop open until 9 p.m. Call 862-9498.

• 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.

Thursday

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

• Whitefish Community Center’s Winter Carnival royal couple meet and greet 10:30 a.m., coronation ceremony 11 a.m. Lunch served 11:30 a.m., 121 E. Second St. For reservations, call 862-4923.

• Red Cross blood drive, noon to 5 p.m., 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., Kalispell Senior Center, 40 11th St. W., Open to public.

• Farm Hands Nourish the Flathead hosts a presentation by Michael McCormick from the Livingston Food Resource Center about root causes and relief of hunger, 3-5 p.m. Bohemian Hall, 125 Blanchard Lake Dr., Whitefish.

• Anime Club for teens in grades six to 12 meets 4-5:30 p.m. ImagineIF Library, Kalispell. Showing this month: ”Kamisama Kiss.”

Friday

• Red Cross blood drives: 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.

• Glacier Pachyderm Club meets noon to 1 p.m., Sykes, 202 Second Ave. W., Kalispell. Sen. Bob Keenan discusses fiscal implications for Montana from increasing Medicaid utilization; www.gcpachy.org

• Kalispell Downtown Association’s “A Chocolate Affair,” 5-7:30 p.m., 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.

• Father-Daughter Winter Ball, 6:30-8:30 p.m., O’Shaughnessy Center, Whitefish. Open to fathers and daughters of all ages. Tickets are $20 per couple with $7 tickets available for each additional daughter. Corsages will be available for purchase. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or call 862-5371.

• Cellist Jessica Chen from Taiwan performs with violinists Wai Mizutani and Lauren Welch, 7 p.m., FVCC Arts and Technology Building. Free. Public invited.

Saturday

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

• Flathead Grows! Seed Library Workshop-Planning Out Your Garden, 10 a.m. to noon, ImagineIF Library, Kalispell. Robin Kelson of Good Seed Co. discusses winter steps for spring gardening. Free.

Thought

“History repeats itself in the large because human nature changes with geological leisureliness.” — Will (1885-1981) and Ariel Durant (1898-1981), American historians.

• Annual Penguin Plunge, 11 a.m., 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.

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

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

• Lone Pine State Park Ranger Program “What’s That Track” and guided snowshoe hike, 3-4:30 p.m., Visitor Center, 300 Lone Pine Road, near Kalispell. Call 755-2706, ext. 2.

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

Sunday

• Glacier Nordic Club’s Winter Carnival Classic ski race, Glacier Nordic Center, Whitefish Lake Golf Course. Entry fees free for 1K, $10 for 4K is $1, $15 for 10K Races start 9 a.m. Register at visit glaciernordiclcub.com or call 862-9498.

• Humane Society of Northwest Montana Puppy Debut Party, 1-3 p.m., 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.

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.

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

• Red Cross blood drives: 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., sixth grade classroom.

• Glacier Stamp Club meets 6:30 p.m., Buffalo Room, Buffalo Hill Terrace, Kalispell. Program is “Retired Dealer’s Collection Sale.” All welcome.

A look ahead

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

• Annual Backcountry Film Festival, O’Shaughnessy Center, Whitefish. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Film at 7 p.m. Advance tickets $10 at Rocky Mountain Outfitter, Kalispell, Glacier Cyclery and The White Room in Whitefish. $15 at door. Raffle entry included with ticket.

• Friendship Force meets for breakfast 9 a.m. Feb. 7, Sykes Restaurant, Kalispell. All interested in travel welcome. Call Priscilla, 756-9332.

• 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.

• Polson Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting, noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 7, KwaTaqNuk Resort. Lunch $14.50. Public welcome. Call 883-5969.

• 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.

• Cellist Jessica Chen and violinist Fang-Liu Chen teach a free master’s class, 7 p.m. Feb. 8 and 15, Arts and Technology Building, FVCC All student and community musicians invited. Call Nicole Sanford, 756-4813.?

• “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.

• Red Cross blood drives Feb. 9: 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Community Action Partnership of Northwest Montana; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• 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.

• “Love at First Flight” family-friendly event, 1 p.m. Feb. 10, Flathead Lake State Park-Wayfarers. Make birdseed feeders, create colorful chemistry, take a short, guided hike to learn about local “love birds.” Cost $4 per person; $10 per family. To pre-register, call 837-3041.

• Lone Pine State Park Ranger Program “The Hibernators,” 5-6 p.m. Feb. 10, Visitor Center, 300 Lone Pine Road, near Kalispell. Call 755-2706, ext. 2.

• 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 Valley Community College Honors Symposium Series presents Peter Kahn on “Technological Nature: Adaptation and the Future of Human Life,” 7 p.m. Feb. 13, Arts and Technology Building, FVCC. Free. Public welcome. Call Gerta Reeb, 756-3889.

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

• Teen social for grades 6-12, 4-5:30 p.m. Feb. 15, ImagineIF Library, Kalispell. Food, Wii gaming. Chocolate Fest. Free.

• 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.

• Evergreen Chamber of Commerce Energizer, 5-6:30 p.m. Feb. 15, Barn Door Event Rentals, 2124 U.S. 2 E. Food, beverages, door prizes. Call 885-1212.

• 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.

• Lone Pine State Park Ranger Program “The Misunderstood Bat,” 5-6 p.m. Feb. 17, Visitor Center, 300 Lone Pine Road, near Kalispell. Call 755-2706, ext. 2.

• 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.

• Pleasant Valley School board meets 5:45 p.m. Feb. 20.

• Flathead Valley Community College Honors Symposium Series presents Michael Goguen on “Re-Programming Evolution: The Promise and Perils of Gene Editing,” 7 p.m. Feb. 20, Arts and Technology Building, FVCC. Free. Public welcome. Call Gerta Reeb,756-3889.

• Marion Fire District board meets at 5 p.m. Feb. 22, Marion Community Center, 180 Gopher Lane. Public welcome.

• 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.

• Lone Pine State Park Ranger Program “Who’s Who for Owls,” 5-6 p.m. Feb. 24, Visitor Center, 300 Lone Pine Road, near Kalispell. Call 755-2706, ext. 2.

• 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.

• Flathead Valley Community College Honors Symposium Series presents Mike Garcia on “The Internet of Things at BNSF Railway,” 7 p.m. Feb. 27, Arts and Technology Building, FVCC. Free. Public welcome. Call Gerta Reeb, 756-3889.

• 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.

• FVCC’s spring semester concert series 7 p.m. March 2, Arts and Technology Building, FVCC. Faculty and guest artists perform. Free. Public invited.

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

• Flathead Valley Community College Honors Symposium Series presents Karen Adams on “Technology and China’s Rise to Great Power,” 7 p.m. March 6, Arts and Technology Building, FVCC. Free. Public welcome. Call Gerta Reeb, 756-3889.

• 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 Valley Community College Honors Symposium Series presents Brian Keeley on “Cyborg Senses: On the Cusp of a New Era in the Philosophy of Perception,” 7 p.m. March 13, Arts and Technology Building, FVCC. Free. Public welcome. Call Gerta Reeb, 756-3889.

• 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.

• Flathead Valley Community College Honors Symposium Series presents Nicholas Carr on “Computers, Automation and the Human Future,” 7 p.m. March 20, Arts and Technology Building, FVCC. Free. Public welcome. Call Gerta Reeb, 756-3889.

• 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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