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• Red Cross blood drives: 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. KRMC; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• Montana FWP Becoming an Outdoors-Woman ice fishing program Feb. 16-17. Informational indoor evening class, 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.

• Glacier Pachyderm Club meets noon to 1 p.m., Sykes, 202 Second Ave. W., Kalispell. Speaker is House District candidate Matt Regier and Ron Catlett, staffer for Sen. Steve Daines.; www.gcpachy.org

• Free community snowshoe outing with Whitefish Legacy Partners and Cancer Support Community, 1-3 p.m., Whitefish Trail Big Mountain Trailhead. Bring snowshoes or a limited number of pairs available to borrow. Call 862-3880.

Saturday

• 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.

• Winter Wildlife Tracks free, family-friendly guided 2-3-mile hike to learn about common tracks, 10 a.m. to noon, Whitefish Trail Lion Mountain Trailhead. Open to public. Yaktrax can be helpful. Call 862-3880.

• Glacier Woodturners demonstrate their craft, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kalispell Center Mall. There will be also a display of past turning projects.

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

• Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Flathead Valley banquet, Trade Building, Flathead County Fairgrounds, Kalispell. Doors open 5 p.m. Games, raffles, silent and live auctions, no-host bar, dinner and more. Tickets $70, single; $105, couple; $35, youth under 17 years. Call Kim 406-261-4111.

Monday

• Evergreen Disposal will be running normal routes today, Presidents’ Day. All routes will run their normal route day this week.

• The city of Kalispell Solid Waste Division will not be collecting containers today, due to the holiday. All routes will be delayed one day this week. Have containers out by 7 a.m.

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

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

• Northwest Montana Posse of Westerners presents a program by Paul Young titled, “Brigham Young, the Great Colonizer of the West,” 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 756-9671.

Tuesday

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

• Kalispell Women’s Connection buffet lunch, 11:30 a.m., meeting room of Victory Baptist Church, 1830 Montana 35. Michael Connelly from Hooper’s Garden Center shares gardening tips. Speaker is Heather Oberholtzer. Cost $8 per person. Call Jan, 857-2467, or Rosainne, 257-8098 for lunch and free child care reservations. Affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries.

• Lakeside County Water and Sewer district board meets 2 p.m., district meeting room, 253 Bierney Creek Road.

• Red Cross blood drive, noon to 4:15 p.m., Lakeside QRU.

• West Valley School fundraiser, 5-7 p.m., Five Guys Burgers & Fries, Kalispell. 15 percent of sales go toward drinking fountain and water bottle filling station at middle school.

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

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

Wednesday

• Flathead County Trail Plan update meeting, 8:30-10:30 a.m., 40 11th St. W., Kalispell

• Community Action Partnership of Northwest Montana fundraiser, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mackenzie River Pizza Co. South, Kalispell. 20% of proceeds donated when you bring in a voucher from the website www.capnm.net

Thought

“We live by encouragement and die without it — slowly, sadly and angrily.” — Celeste Holm, American actress (1917-2012).

• Columbia Falls Women’s Connection luncheon, 11:30 a.m., North Valley Hospital Community Room, 235 Nucleus Ave., Columbia Falls. Speaker from Falls Creek Cabin and Connie Barker. Cost $8 per person. Bring nonperishable food or personal care items for Samaritan House. Free child care by reservation. Call Candy, 387-4119; or Janet, 892-3621. Affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries.

Thursday

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

• Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., Lake View Healthcare.

• 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.

• West Valley School fundraiser, 5-7 p.m., Five Guys Burgers & Fries, Kalispell. 15 percent of sales go toward drinking fountain and water bottle filling station at middle school.

• Joe Coco presents a free seminar “Raising Money Savvy Kids 7-8:30 p.m., Coco Enterprises Conference Center, 6438 U.S. 93 S., Whitefish. Free. RSVP to 862-9400.

A look ahead

• Making Montana Manufacturing/Technology Expo 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 — Entrepreneurs show their inventions 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Red Cross blood drives Feb. 23: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Flathead City-County Health Department.

• Public viewing of new Boone and Crockett Club record-breaking ram from Wild Horse Island on Flathead Lake, noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 23, FWP building, 490 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• West Shore community dinner, 5-6:30 p.m. Feb. 23, the Gathering Place 238 Adams St., Lakeside. Free of charge to anyone. Families welcome.

• Screening of documentary film “Finding Traction” about ultra runner Nikki Kimball’s run on Vermont’s 273-mile Long Trail, Feb. 23, Glacier High School. Doors open 5 p.m. to meet Kimball and silent auction. Film starts 6 p.m. Advance tickets adults $15, students $12. At door, adults $20, students $15. Fundraiser for Girls on the Run Scholarship Fund. Call Kim Holloway, 406-260-1481.

• Spaghetti dinner fundraiser for Steve and Sandi Buttel to help with medial-related expenses, 5-9 p.m. Feb. 23, Swan River Hall, Montana 83, Bigfork. Dinner $10 adults, $5 children. Beer and wine available. Silent auction. Bingo, cards two for $10. Call Maureen Gleason, 406-982-3233; or Carol Martin, 406-250-8267.

• Paul Gonsorchik’s students give a free concert, 7 p.m. Feb. 23, Flathead High School auditorium. Fourteen bands and one classical guitarist perform All welcome.

• Friends of the Missouri River Breaks Monument present a program at 1 p.m. Feb. 24, Whitefish Community Library. Historical, cultural and ecological significans, Lewis and Clark’s journey and native peoples will be included.

• 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.

Sportsman’s Banquet and Auction, Feb. 24, Kalispell Church of the Nazarene, 1295 Whitefish Stage, Kalispell. Doors open 5 p.m.; dinner 6 p.m. Bring a main dish (game preferred). If your last name starts with A-L bring a dessert; M-Z, a salad.

• 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.

• Red Cross blood drive, 10:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Feb. 26, Moose Lodge, Kalispell.

• Fundraiser for Flathead High School Braves and Bravettes, 5-7 p.m. Feb. 26, Five Guys, Burgers and Fries, Kalispell 15 percent of sales donated.

• 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.

• Red Cross blood drive, noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 27, Our Lady of Mercy, Eureka.

• Medicare 101 Class, 1-3 p.m. Feb. 27, Flathead County South Campus, 40 11th St. W., Kalispell. Flathead County Agency on Aging representatives will provide Medicare basics for health insurance needs. Free. Call 758-5730.

• Kalispell Public Schools district board special meeting/work session 6 p.m. Feb. 27, Kalispell Middle School Library.

• 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.

• Red Cross blood drive, 1-5 p.m. Feb. 28 at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• Kalispell Public Schools Curriculum Committee meets 3:30-5 p.m. Feb. 28, assistant superintendent’s office.

• 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.

Free the Seeds! Seed and Start Fair, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 3, Arts and Technology Building, FVCC.

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

• Preschool child-find screening for 3 to 5 year olds in Cayuse Prairie, Creston, Swan River, Fair-Mont- Egan and Deer Park, 8:30-10:30 a.m. March 6, Creston Elementary School. Hearing, vision, motor skills, speech/language and thinking screenings. Free. No appointment necessary. For a private appointment call Flathead Special Education Cooperative, 2571852.

• 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. Admission $10, adults; $5, students plus two cans of food for local pantries. Fundraiser for the Helping Hands Fund. Call Jason at 883-2447 or Tillie at 249-0837.

• Ronan Women’s Club annual Arts and Crafts Fair, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 10, Ronan Community Center. Over 40 vendors. Doughnuts and coffee breakfast. Indian tacos, fry bread, soup and sandwiches lunch. Silent auction. Call Connie Romero, 406-676-3232.

• Preschool child-find screening for 3 to 5 year olds in Kila, Smith Valley and Marion, 8:30-10:30 a.m. March 12, Smith Valley Elementary School. Hearing, vision, motor skills, speech/language and thinking screenings. Free. No appointment necessary. For a private appointment call Flathead Special Education Cooperative, 2571852.

• 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 Management board meets at noon, March 15, Gateway Community Center, 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.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 17, The Summit, Kalispell. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 751-4500.

• St Patrick’s Day Parade, 4 p.m. March 17, Main Street, Kalispell. To enter, call Mark Lalum, 755-7400 ext. 2233 or 261-1654.

• Preschool child-find screening for 3 to 5 year olds in Somers and Lakeside, 8:30-10:30 a.m. March 19, Lakeside Elementary School. Hearing, vision, motor skills, speech/language and thinking screenings. Free. No appointment necessary. For a private appointment call Flathead Special Education Cooperative, 2571852.• Preschool child-find screening for 3 to 5 year olds in Bissell, West Valley, 8:30-10:30 a.m. March 20, West Valley Elementary School. Hearing, vision, motor skills, speech/language and thinking screenings. Free. No appointment necessary. For a private appointment call Flathead Special Education Cooperative, 2571852.

• 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.

• Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation hosts Mountainfilm on Tour, March 22, O’Shaughnessy Center, Whitefish. Outdoor adventure documentary films. Doors open 6 p.m. Films start 7 p.m. Beer, snacks, raffle prizes. Entertainment by Billy Angel. Tickets $15 at Rocky Mountain Outfitter, Kalispell; Sportsman & Ski Haus, Whitefish.

• Annual Somers Company Town Project Spirits of the Valley tasting event, 6-9 p.m. March 24, Best Western Plus Flathead Inn and Suites, 4823 U.S. 93 S. Appetizers, desserts, local spirits, beer wine. Silent auction. Raffles. Tickets $25, available at door. Proceeds enhance exhibits in Somers Museum and pavilion.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 26, Libby Christian Church. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 406-283-7000.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 26, Gateway Community Center, Kalispell. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 752-7266.

• 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.

• Annual Creston Auction and Country Fair April 6-8, 12 miles east of Kalispell on Montana 35. Friday — Consignment Day, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday — Auction begins 9 a.m. Grounds open 7 a.m. Bid tickets $5. Sunday — RV, Marine Auto and Equipment Sale, 11 a.m. Grounds open 9 a.m. Bid tickets $10. Call 406-250-7396.

• 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 meets at noon, April 19, Gateway Community Center, Kalispell. Call 257-1857.

• Teakettle Quilt Guild 2018 Quilt Show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 21, Glacier Gateway Elementary School, 440 Fourth Ave. W., Columbia Falls. Vendors, boutique, raffle. Bring donations for Columbia Falls Food Bank. Free admission.

• Death by Chocolate fundraiser production titled “Out of This World,” 7-10 p.m. April 27-28, Conrad Mansion, Kalispell. Tickets $60 person available at Mansion Gift Shoppe and The Book Shelf, 101 Main St., Kalispell. VIP tickets are $100, available at mansion only. Call 755-2166.

• Kids Count in Evergreen event, 4:30-6:30 p.m. May 3, Evergreen Junior High School. Free games, pizza, prizes. Future Evergreen Leaders announced 6 p.m. Call Evergreen Chamber of Commerce, 8851212.

• West Valley School board meets 5 p.m. May 14

• 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.

• 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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