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• Red Cross blood drive, 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., U.S. Forest Service, Kalispell.

• Bigfork community meal, 3-6 p.m. today and every Thursday, 750 Electric Ave. in United Methodist Church building, Bigfork. Pool table, TV, foosball available. Free. Families welcome. Call Dana, 837-4547.

• Bigfork Land Use Advisory Committee meets 4 p.m. downstairs of Bethany Lutheran Church, 8559 Montana 35, Bigfork. Call Susan Johnson, 837-2459.

• Community Tap Night, 5-8 p.m., Kalispell Brewery. $1 of ever beer sold goes to Glacier National Park Conservancy.

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

• Fundraiser for restoring fire Lookouts on Kootenai National Forest, 5-8 p.m., Cabinet Mountain Brewing Co., 206 Mineral Ave., Libby. Portion of sales benefits, Northwest Montana Forest Fire Lookout Association.

• Community trail meeting, 5 p.m. Glacier Perks Coffee House, Lakeside. Heidi Van Everen from Whitefish Legacy Partners talks about connecting Lakeside to County Trail System. Public welcome.

• Canyon Community Dinner, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Hungry Horse School. Menu includes baked chicken, mashed potatoes, vegetables, salad and strawberry-rhubarb cobbler. All welcome. Call Flo, 250-3406; or Luann, 261-1083.

• Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 1 Citizen Advisory Committee meeting 7 p.m., Lone Pine State Park Visitor Center, near Kalispell. Montana State Parks administrator Beth Shumate and Montana Office of Outdoor Recreation director present. Free. Open to public.

Friday

• Annual Rags to Riches rummage sale, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Saint John Paul II Catholic Church, 195 Coverdell Road, Bigfork. Clothing, tools, furniture, linens, collectibles. Bake sale, free coffee. Call Donna Danz, 892-2435 or 261-2435.

• Free car seat check, Kalispell Station 62, 255 Old Reserve Drive.

• Glacier Pachyderm Club meets noon to 1 p.m., Sykes, 202 Second Ave. W., Kalispell. Speakers are Ron Catlett from Sen. Steve Daines office and Robert Welzel, candidate for House District 7; www.gcpachy.org

• Grand opening of James R. Bakke Nature Reserve, 5:30 p.m., West Seventh St., Whitefish. Group walk planned on interpretive trail. Dogs on leash welcome.

• Whitefish Review Issue 22 “The Stories We Tell” release party, Casey’s in Whitefish. Readings by William Kittredge, Annick Smith, Rick Bass and Joey Bulman. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Live music. $10 donation suggested.

Saturday

• Annnual Rags to Riches rummage sale, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saint John Paul II Catholic Church, 195 Coverdell Road, Bigfork. Clothing, tools, furniture, linens, collectibles. Bake sale, free coffee. Call Donna Danz, 892-2435 or 261-2435

• Gene Boyle - A Race to Remember, 8:30 a.m., Legends Stadium, Kalispell. 5K, run/walk or free 1/2 mile stroll. Fundraiser for Alzheimer’s awareness. Race day registration 7:30 a.m.; www.competitivetiming.com; Deanna McElwee, 406-212-9463.

• Join Montana Conservation Corps and Foy’s to Blacktail Trails to do trail maintenance on National Trails Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet at 8:45 a.m. Foys Lake unit of Lone Pine State Park at junction of Foys Lake Road and Lone Pine Road. Crews will travel to Lone Pine or Herron parks from there. Free lunch. Call 755-2706, ext. 2.

• Annual Troy Kids’ Fishing Day, 9 a.m. to noon, Troy Community Pond, Roosevelt Park. Open to kids of all ages. Prizes. Call Jim Dunnigan at 406-293-4161, ext. 200.

• Heritage Museum 40th anniversary grand season opening, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 34067 U.S. 2, Libby. Speakers, music, dancing, lunch in historic cookhouse, Model T rides. Call 406-293-7521. Programs: 10:30 a.m. by Chere Jiusto on “Hand-Raised: The Historic Barns of Montana”; 11:30 a.m. by Anne Foster titled “Alcohol, Corsets and the Vote: A Conversation with Mary Long Alderson.”

• Flathead Adventure Gear Swap, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Flathead County Fairgrounds. Booth $20 and keep all profits. Admission $3 at door; $5 for family of four, includes door prize entry. Fundraiser for Flathead Dragonflies dragon boat team. To register for booth space, go to Facebook @Flathead Adventure Gear Swap.

Thought

“The genius of the United States is not best or most in its executives or legislatures, nor in its ambassadors or authors or colleges, or churches, or parlors, nor even in its newspapers or inventors, but always most in the common people.” — Walt Whitman, American poet and essayist (born this date in 1819, died in 1892).

• Spoke and Paddle art show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 3, 10 Somers Road, Somers. Glass, fiber, fine art, jewelry. Portraits drawn, live music noon to 2 p.m. both days. Free admission. Call Joli, 885-6085.

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

Sunday

• Montana Wilderness Association hosts a free birding hike, 7:30 a.m., Swift Creek Trailhead, Whitefish Trail, 8.5 miles north of Whitefish on East Lakeshore Drive. Easy 5-mile round trip. All ages welcome. Pre-registration required; email ggansauer@wildmontana.org

• Flathead Audubon Society and refuge wildlife biologist Beverly Skinner lead a field trip to Lost Trail Wildlife Refuge and Dahl Lake west of Kalispell, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drive and walk on closed roads with short hikes. To sign up, call Skinner at 406-858-2286.

• Annual Herron Half Marathon, 10K and 5K trail run 9 a.m., Herron Park. Kids’ 1K Fun Run, 11 a.m. Register through race day at herronhalf.org

• Lakeside QRU annual ham dinner fundraiser, 3-6 p.m., Lakeside QRU, 125 Bills Road. Menu is ham, homemade scalloped potatoes and buns, vegetable, coleslaw, beverage and dessert for $10; kids under 6 eat free. Call Lois Lauman, 253-2841.

• Screening of the film “Always,” which was filmed in Kootenai National Forest, 6 p.m., Dome Theater, 6032 Mineral Ave., Libby. Presented by Northwest Montana Fire Lookout Association.

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.

• Swan River School board special session 3:45 p.m., sixth grade classroom.

Tuesday

• Pleasant Valley School board meets 4:45 p.m.

Wednesday

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

• Free Falun Dafa Qigong instruction easy-to-learn exercise instruction for all ages, 11:30 a.m. today and all Wednesdays in June, Kalispell Senior Center, 40 11th St. W. Call Katherine, 257-9798.

• USMC Happy Hour for Marines and Navy who served with Marines, 5-7 p.m., Kalispell VFW, 330 First Ave. W. Cash bar. Spouses welcome. Call 406-249-2448.

A look ahead

• Transportation Advisory Committee for Flathead County Eagle Transit bus services meets 8:30-10 a.m., June 7, 40 11th St. W., Kalispell. Public welcome. Call 758-5728.

• Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center Park brown bag seminar by Rick Trembath on historic fires in Northwest Montana, noon to 1 p.m. June 7, West Glacier Community Building, Glacier Park. Free. Open to public. Call 888-5827.

• Bigfork community meal, 3-6 p.m. June 7 and every Thursday, 750 Electric Ave. in United Methodist Church building, Bigfork. Pool table, TV, foosball available. Free. Families welcome. Call Dana, 837-4547.

• Love Lives Here sponsors a Flat Out Pride kick-off party for LGBT Pride month, 5-8 p.m. June 7, Kalispell Brewing Co., Kalispell. Snacks provided. All welcome.

• Red Cross Blood Drive, 11:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. June 8, United Way Conference Center, Suite 38, Gateway Community Center, 1203 U.S. 2 W., Kalispell. To schedule an appointment, call United Way, 752-7266.

• Classical piano concert with world-renowned pianist I-Heung Lee, 7 p.m. June 8, Arts and Technology Buildling, FVCC>

• Heritage Place yard and craft sale, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 8-9, 171 Heritage Way, Kalispell. All proceeds go to buy plants for residents’ needs. Call Sarah Schussler, activities director, 406-755-8000.

• Veterans Appreciation Day picnic barbecue, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 9, Flathead County Fairgrounds Expo Building, Kalispell. Music, games for adults and children. Pet services and surplus goods for at-risk veterans. Free; Veterans asked to bring a DD214 or other military ID. Call 756-7304.

• Bigfork Piecemakers Quilt Guild annual quilt show,10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 8-9, First Baptist Church, 6933 Montana 35. Bigfork. Quilt and gift baskets raffled.

• Community Action Partnership of Northwest Montana parking lot rummage sale, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 9, Glacier Bank, 212 Main St., Kalispell. All proceeds go to homeless prevention efforts.

• Big Arm Association annual pancake breakfast, 8-11 a.m. June 9, historic Big Arm School, June 9. Pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice and coffee. Donations accepted. Call 849-5064.

• Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Becoming an Outdoors-Woman fly fishing class, June 9, Kalispell. Geared for beginners. Rods provided or bring your own. Cost $15; registration required. Call Sara Smith, 444-9948.

• Stillwater Free Lutheran Church, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 9, 1401 Church Drive, Kalispell. Knockerball tournament, bounce house, petting zoo, face painting, quilt and car raffles, concessions, rummage and bake sale and more.

• Montana Air Adventures hosts annual Kalispell City Airport Day, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 9, 1880 U.S. 93 S. Free airplane/helicopter rides, classic car/motorcycle show, hay rides, aircraft displays and demonstrations, bounce house, bungee jumping, mini-golf, raffles. Food vendors. Call 755-2376.

• Somers Volunteer Fire Department open house and ice cream social, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 9, 27 Leslie Ave., Somers. Beverages, fire prevention tips. Call Debbie, 270-1343.

• Swan Valley Bear Resources hosts an informational Bear Fair, noon to 4 p.m. June 9, Swan River Community Hall, 115 Swan Road, Bigfork. Bear experts give presentations, kids’ activities, free pizza and beer. Public welcome. Call 406-754?-3137.?

• Bill McClaren All for One 5K and kids half-mile fun run, June 10, FVCC. 5K at 9 a.m. $10 advance registration $15 on race day; kids run 10 a.m., free. Call Marjory McClaren, 406-250-5577.

• Annual Older Americans’ Picnic at the Flathead County Fairgrounds Expo Building. Seniors 60 and over invited. Doors open 10 a.m.; lunch served 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free.

• West Valley School board meets 5 p.m. June 11.

• Flathead Conservation District 310 Stream Permit meeting 7 p.m. June 11, 133 Interstate Lane, in Evergreen. Call 752-4220.

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

• Bigfork County Water and Sewer District meets at 7 p.m. June 13, district office, 108 Harbor Heights Blvd. Public welcome.

• Annual Jerry Howard Fishing Without Barriers Day 8 a.m., June 14, Saddlehorn, Woods Bay, Flathead Lake. Free fishing activities and boat rides for all ages of anglers with disabilities. Barbecue 2 p.m. Limited slots available for boat trips. Contact Dillon Tabish with Fish, Wildlife and Parks, 751-4564.

• Community Action Partnership of Northwest Montana poverty simulation workshop, 12:30-3:30 p.m. June 14, Gateway Community Center Rotary Room, 1203 U.S. 2 W., Kalispell. Volunteers needed. Call 752-6565.

• Glacier Park Superintendent Jeff Mow, Park Museum curator Deirdre Shaw and Tom Beaudette with DCI Engineers give a keynote talk on Sperry Chalet, 7 p.m. June 14, St. Richard’s Church, 1210 Ninth St. W., Columbia Falls. Free. Open to public. Dessert reception follows.

• Annual Montana Senior Olympics, June 14-16, Polson, Pablo, Ronan. Senior athletes compete in a variety of sports. Call 406-586-5543.

• Dementia and Alzheimer’s Support Group meets 3-4:30 p.m. June 18, Billiards Room, Buffalo Hill Terrace, 40 Claremont St., Kalispell. Sponsored by Immanuel Lutheran Communities. Call Laura Normandy, 752-9612, ext. 1351.

• Immanuel Lutheran Communities hosts a community presentation geared for seniors, “ Easily Explore Glacier Park — A Ranger’s Insight,” 2-3:30 p.m. June 20, Buffalo Hill Terrace, 40 Claremont St., Kalispell. Free. RSVP to 752-9625.

• Taste of Kalispell, 5:30-8 p.m. June 21, Museum at Central School lawn, 124 Second Ave. E., Kalispell. Food provided by local restaurants, drinks, live music by Cocinando. Tickets $30 adults, $25 seniors (64 and older), $20 youth 11-14, kids under 10, free. Call 253-6923.

• 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.

• Flathead Conservation District business meeting, 7 p.m. June 25, 133 Interstate Lane, Kalispell, 752-4220.

• Northwest Montana author Milana Marsenich signs her new book, “The Swan Keeper,” 5-7 p.m. June 29, South Shore Greenhouse, 39912 Montana 35, Polson. Portion of sales will go to Montana Waterfowl Foundation. Representatives will talk about their conservation work.

• Lakeside Fourth of July fireworks over Flathead Lake, at dusk, choreographed to music.

Flathead Lakers and Flathead Land Trust host an evening cruise on the Far West, 6-9 p.m. June 28. Complimentary appetizers, cash bar, live music by David Walburn. Tickets $50. Call 752-8293.

• Retirement party for Leslie Knuth, longtime volunteer at Lakeside Food Bank, noon to 4 p.m. July 7, Lakeside RV Park.

• Flathead Lake Biological Station research cruise, 3-6 p.m. July 10, aboard the Far West to one of the station’s monitoring sites. Appetizers, beverages, music. $50 per person. Space limited; reservations required; 406-982-3301, ext. 229.

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

• Northwest Montana author Milana Marsenich signs her new book, “The Swan Keeper,” 7 p.m. July 11, Polson Library, 21 First Ave. E.

• Lakeside Community Club annual fair, July 14. Pancake breakfast 7 a.m., Lakeside Chapel. Silent auction and Attic Treasures, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lakeside Elementary School. Food concession open 10 a.m. Parade at 11 a.m. Kids’ Zone and silent auction close at 2 p.m. Duck races, 4 p.m.,Tamarack Brewing Company; lakesidesomerschamber.org.

• Dementia and Alzheimer’s Support Group meets 3-4:30 p.m. July 16, Billiards Room, Buffalo Hill Terrace, 40 Claremont St., Kalispell. Sponsored by Immanuel Lutheran Communities. Call Laura Normandy, 752-9612, ext. 1351.

• Immanuel Lutheran Communities hosts a community presentation geared for seniors, “Are your Cyber-savvy?” 2-3:30 p.m. July 18, Buffalo Hill Terrace, 40 Claremont St., Kalispell. Free. Call 752-9625.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 8:30-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. June 19, Polson Area Senior Center. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 883-4735.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 23, Gateway Community Center, Kalispell. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 752-7266.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 25, Libby Christian Church. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 283-7000.

• The Gathering 2018, July 20-22, Lincoln County Fairgrounds, Eureka. Three days of reunion activities for all classmates and communities. Live music, meals, high school tour and more. Must register to attend: Call Deb or Ken, 406-756-756-7795. Classic car show noon to 6 p.m. Saturday.

• Miracle of America annual Live History Days, July 21-22, 36094 Memory Lane, Polson. Pioneer crafts, demonstrations, activities, food concessions. Call Gil, 406-883-6264.

• Flathead Lake Biological Station open house, 1-5 p.m. Aug. 3, 32125 Bio Station Lane, Polson. Tours, boat trips on research vessel, exhibits, presentations. Free. Public welcome; 406-982-3301.

• Evergreen Show ‘n’ Shine, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 4, Colin’s Furniture parking lot, 1441 Montana 35, Kalispell. Call 885-1212.

• West Shore Community Library ice cream social, 2-4 p.m. Aug. 4, 100 Bierney Creek Road, Lakeside. Games, story time, activities.

• Montana Cup Sailing Regatta, Aug. 4-5, Flathead Lake; nfyc.org

• Blacktail Hill Climb Bicycle Race, Aug. 11, Lakeside. Barbecue and live music afterward, Blacktail Mountain Ski Resort. Fundraiser for Lakeside Community Club. To register, call 250-6714.

• Relay for Life Old Fashioned Shindig, Aug. 11, Bigfork football field. Cancer survivor recognition, family picnic, kids’ jamboree, flea market, rummage sale. Proceeds benefit American Cancer Society. To donate or for information, call Debbie Ingram, 885-7714.

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

• Immanuel Lutheran Communities hosts a community presentation geared for seniors, “Flathead Valley — A Look Back,” 2-3:30 p.m. Aug.1 5, Buffalo Hill Terrace, 40 Claremont St., Kalispell. Free. Call 752-9625.

• Dementia and Alzheimer’s Support Group meets 3-4:30 p.m. Aug. 20, Billiards Room, Buffalo Hill Terrace, 40 Claremont St., Kalispell. Sponsored by Immanuel Lutheran Communities. Call Laura Normandy, 752-9612, ext. 1351.

• Whitefish High School Class of 1968 reunion, Sept. 7-9. Call Wendy, 406-314-3991; or Steve, 406-862-0091.

• Annual Dayton Daze “Montana Gold Rush” celebration and fundraiser for Chief Cliff Volunteer Fire Department and QRU, noon Sept. 8, Dayton. Car show, parade, music, flea market and craft sale, silent auction, rifle raffle, concessions and beer.

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

• Annual Shriners/Spinnaker Chili cook off and wiener dog races, Sept. 15, Spinnaker Bar and Grill, Lakeside; 406-844-2176.

• Dementia and Alzheimer’s Support Group meets 3-4:30 p.m. Sept. 17, Billiards Room, Buffalo Hill Terrace, 40 Claremont St., Kalispell. Sponsored by Immanuel Lutheran Communities. Call Laura Normandy, 752-9612, ext. 1351.

• Immanuel Lutheran Communities hosts a community presentation geared for seniors, “Dementia Treatment — What’s On the Horizon,” 2-3:30 p.m. Sept. 19, Buffalo Hill Terrace, 40 Claremont St., Kalispell. Free. Call 752-9625.

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

• Dementia and Alzheimer’s Support Group meets 3-4:30 p.m. Oct. 15, Billiards Room, Buffalo Hill Terrace, 40 Claremont St., Kalispell. Sponsored by Immanuel Lutheran Communities. Call Laura Normandy, 752-9612, ext. 1351.

• Immanuel Lutheran Communities hosts a community presentation geared for seniors, “Local Political Climate — Issues and Candidates” 2-3:30 p.m. Oct. 17, Buffalo Hill Terrace, 40 Claremont St., Kalispell. Free. Call 752-9625.

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

• Dementia and Alzheimer’s Support Group meets 3-4:30 p.m. Nov. 19, Billiards Room, Buffalo Hill Terrace, 40 Claremont St., Kalispell. Sponsored by Immanuel Lutheran Communities. Call Laura Normandy, 752-9612, ext. 1351.

• Immanuel Lutheran Communities hosts a community presentation geared for seniors, “Fall Prevention and Winter Safety Tips,” 2-3:30 p.m. Nov. 21, Buffalo Hill Terrace, 40 Claremont St., Kalispell. Free. Call 752-9625.

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

• Dementia and Alzheimer’s Support Group meets 3-4:30 p.m. Dec. 17, Billiards Room, Buffalo Hill Terrace, 40 Claremont St., Kalispell. Sponsored by Immanuel Lutheran Communities. Call Laura Normandy, 752-9612, ext. 1351.

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