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• Finley Point/Yellow Bay Fire Department annual open house, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 30, Finley Point Fire Hall, 35408 Montana 35, across from Finley Point Grill. Hamburgers and hots dogs served. Everyone welcome.

• Ski Heritage Center Museum of Skiing opens for season, noon to 5 p.m., Saddle Club cabin, in front of Stumptown Ice Den, Wisconsin Avenue, Whitefish. The museum is open Thursday to Sunday through Labor Day. Free admission; donations accepted.

• KittyMOM’s Rescue gives a basic kitten care and bottle feeding workshop,1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Kalispell Petco store. Call 752-4460.

• Kila Pub hosts a Fireworks Festival, 6 p.m. to dusk, 4220 U.S. 2 W., Kalispell. Local vendors, live music. Extra parking available at Kila Country Church and Kila School. Call 755-1919.

• Montana State Parks sponsors the first of a two-part speaker series exploring “New Innovations in Environmental Science and Conservation,” 7 p.m., Flathead Lake State Park – Wayfarers Unit, Birch Grove picnic shelter. Diane Whited from Flathead Lake Biological Station give a drone demonstration. Cost $4 per person.

Monday

• Red Cross blood drive, 1-6 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• Glacier Stamp Club meets 6:30 to 8 p.m. Buffalo Hill Terrace, second floor. All are welcome.

Tuesday

• Red Cross blood drive, noon to 5 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• West Valley School Library open to the public 4:30-6:30 p.m. today and every Tuesday, 2290 Farm to Market Road, Kalispell. Enter main entrance.

Wednesday

• Kalispell’s Fourth of July parade starts at 10 a.m., rain or shine. Theme is “Funky Fourth.” Route heads north from the courthouse to Center Street. Old-fashioned ice cream social follows at Conrad Mansion Museum with live music, face painting, and self-guided reduced rate tours available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Bigfork’s Fourth of July parade begins at noon on Grand and Electric Avenues, followed by rubber Ducks for Bucks race on Wild Mile of Swan River. Prizes. No cars allowed downtown after 8 a.m.

• Polson’s Fourth of July parade begins at noon downtown. Free ice cream served at Polson-Flathead Historical Museum. Fireworks at dusk.

• Troy’s Old-Fashioned Fourth of July celebration, Roosevelt Park. All-day family event features a car show, parade, craft and food vendors, live music. Fireworks at dusk. Free.

• Whitefish’s fireworks display begins at dusk from City Beach. Free shuttle from the O’Shaughnessy Center from 7 to 11 p.m. Boat parade line up 8:30 p.m. Whitefish Lake State Park. Cruise the east shore. To register, contact Megan Gonzalez at Whitefish Marine & Powersports, 862-8594. Free.

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

• Somers/Lakeside Fire Department Independence Day barbecue, noon to 6 p.m., Lakeside Fire Department, Bills Road. Hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie dogs, chili, ice cream. Raffle. Prizes. Fire prevention tips and future plans shared.

• Evergreen Disposal will not be running routes today. Customers on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday will be serviced one day later than their regularly scheduled pick up day.

Thursday

• Red Cross blood drive, noon to 5 p.m. Columbia Falls Community Room, Nucleus Avenue.

• Pizza Hut community night, 5-9 p.m., Kalispell. Twenty percent of proceeds will go to Community Action Partnership of Northwest Montana toward homelessness prevention.

Friday

• Artists and Craftsmen of the Flathead Summer Outdoor Show, Courthouse Park West, Kalispell.10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and July 7; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 8. Seventy booths of handmade items by local artisans. Free admission; 406-881-4288.

• Red Cross blood drives: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell; 11 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Immanuel Lutheran Communities.

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“We all live under the same sky, but we don’t all have the same horizon.” — Konrad Adenauer, German statesman (1876-1967)

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

• Whitefish Arts Festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and July 7; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 8, Depot Park. Montana arts and crafts, entertainment, food vendors. Free admission. Benefit for Whitefish Christian Academy; 406-862-5875.

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• Annual Climb Big Mountain fundraiser for Flathead Industries, July 7, Whitefish Mountain Resort. Hike or bike the Danny On Trail. Live music, free lunch, T-shirt, giveaways. Registration $30. Kids 10 and under, free. Call 858-0897.

• Artists and Craftsmen of the Flathead Summer Outdoor Show, Courthouse Park West, Kalispell.10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 7; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 8. Seventy booths of handmade items by local artisans. Free admission; 406-881-4288.

• Whitefish Arts Festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 7; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 8, Depot Park. Montana arts and crafts, entertainment, food vendors. Free admission. Benefit for Whitefish Christian Academy; 406-862-5875.

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

• Glacier Symphony’s “Symphony Night at the Farm” outdoor concert, 7:30 p.m. July 7, Rebecca Farm, 1010 W. Springcreek Road, Kalispell. Gates open 5:30 p.m. Entry is by carload, $30 in advance; $40 day of concert. Call 407-7000.

• Red Cross blood drives July 9: noon to 5 p.m. Family Life Christian Church; 1-6 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• Swan River School board meets at 4 p.m. July 9.

• Flathead Conservation District 310 Stream Permit meeting 7 p.m. July 9, 133 Interstate Lane, in Evergreen. Call 752-4220.

• Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 10, Park Side Credit Union, Whitefish.

• 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.

• Retirement party for Bev Ferris, Evergreen Chamber of Commerce executive directory, 5-7 p.m. July 10, Snappy Sport Senter. Appetizers, beer and wine provided.

• Scholarship Showcase for Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop’s 2018 winners, 6-9 p.m. July 10, Marina Cay Resort, Bigfork. Free. Food and beverages available for purchase.

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

• Flathead County Transportation Committee annual meeting, 9 a.m. Jul 11, Earl Bennet Building, Kalispell.

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

• Red Cross blood drives July 12: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cabinet Peaks Medical Center, Libby; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Polson Fresh Life Church at Tribal Health.

• Parkinson’s disease support group meets 10 a.m. to noon July 13, Gateway Community Center, north conference room, Kalispell. Dr. Jason Aldrich, movement disorder specialist from Spokane will present “ New Developments in Parkinson’s Treatment and Opportunities to Participate in Research in our Area.” All welcome. Call Lois, 871-3767.

• Montana State Parks sponsors the second of a two-part speaker series exploring “New Innovations in Environmental Science and Conservation,” 7 p.m., Flathead Lake State Park – Wayfarers Unit, Birch Grove picnic shelter. Flathead Lake Biological Station’s Cody Youngbull as he measures trace DNA in Flathead Lake. Cost $4 per person.

• Annual Arts in the Park, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 13; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 14; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 15; Depot Park, Kalispell. More than 100 juried fine arts and crafts booths, live music, children’s activity area. Beer and wine garden and food available. Admission $3 daily or $5 weekend pass, includes admission to Hockaday Museum of Art; free for 6 and under; 406-755-5268.

• Red Cross blood drives July 13: 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell; 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Prestige Assisted Living.

• Lakeside Community Club annual fair, July 14. Pancake breakfast 7 a.m., Lakeside Chapel. 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.

• Ferndale Volunteer Fire Department annual Bison Burger Barbecue, noon to 7 p.m. July 14, corner of Montana 209 and Ferndale Drive. Silent auction. Free fire truck rides. Live music. $12 adults, $5 children. Call 837-6900.

• Red Cross blood drives July 16: 12:30- 6 p.m. West Kootenai; 1-6 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• 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.

• Red Cross blood drives July 17: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Leaders Save Lives, at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell; 1-5:15 p.m. Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

• Flathead Conservation District 310 budget meeting 9 a.m. July 18, 133 Interstate Lane, in Evergreen. Call 752-4220.

• Red Cross blood drive, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 18: Saint John Paul II Church, sponsored by Knights of Columbus.

• 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.

• 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.

• Sanders County Arts Council’s annual Artists in Paradise art show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 19-21, Paradise Center, Paradise.

• Red Cross blood drive, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 19, The Wave, Whitefish.

• Red Cross blood drives July 20: 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell; 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Church at Creston.

• Polson Main Street Cherry Festival, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 21; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 22. More than 125 vendor booths. Cherry baking, pie-eating and pit-spitting contests. Montana-made art and crafts, live music.; 406-883-3667; flatheadcherryfestival.com.

• Grand opening celebration for A Ray of Hope’s new women and children’s shelter, 2-6 p.m. July 21, 106 Fifth Ave. W., Kalispell. Barbecue and beverages served. Public invited.

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

• Red Cross blood drives July 23: 12:30-6 p.m. West Kootenai; 1-6 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• Bibler Home and Gardens Summer Garden Party 5:30 p.m. July 23, Kalispell. Hors d’oeuvres and desserts prepared by Culinary Institute of Montana at FVCC. Tickets $60 per person or $110 per couple. Advance purchase required. Call 756-3632.

• Flathead Conservation District business meeting, 7 p.m. July 23, 133 Interstate Lane, Kalispell, 752-4220.

• Red Cross blood drives July 24: noon to 5 p.m. Polson Good Shepherd Church; 12:30-4:45 p.m. Hungry Horse Liquor Store, blood mobile.

• Red Cross blood drives July 25: 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Mackenzie River North, blood mobile; 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kalispell Elks Lodge.

• Bibler Home and Gardens Splendid Summer Evenings tours, 4:30 and 7 p.m. July 24-27, Kalispell. Tickets $15 per adult and $5 per child. Advance purchase required. Call 756-3632.

• Red Cross blood drive, 11 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. July 26, Three Rivers Bank, Meridian Road, blood mobile.

• Joe Coco presents a free seminar “How to Accumulate $50,000 (in five years or less)” 7-8:30 p.m. July 26, Coco Enterprises Conference Center, 6438 U.S. 93 S., Whitefish. Free. RSVP to 862-9400.

• Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. July 27, at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• CASA for Kids Super Hero Fun Day, noon to 4 p.m. July 29, Flathead Lake Lodge, Bigfork. Super hero costume contest 2 p.m., with prizes. Music, face painting, bounce houses, a water balloon zone, a rock climbing wall, dunk tank and more. Police, fire fighters, medical personnel and other heroes will be on hand. Free for families. Call 755-7208.

• Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 30, North Forty Resort.

• Red Cross blood drive, 1-6 p.m. July 31, at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• Bibler Home and Gardens Sweet Summer Days tours, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Aug. 1-3, Kalispell. Tickets $15 per adult and $5 per child. Advance purchase required. Call 756-3632.

• West Valley School Library open to the public 4:30-6:30 p.m. Aug. 3 and every Tuesday, 2290 Farm to Market Road, Kalispell. Enter main entrance.

• 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

• Huckleberry Days Arts Festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 10-11; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 12, Depot Park, Whitefish. More than 100 fine art vendors,food, entertainment; free admission. Huckleberry pancake and sausage feed, 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, Whitefish Central School lawn. Huckleberry dessert bake-off, 9:30 a.m. Saturday; 406-862-3501

• Kalispell Moose Lodge hosts Backpack for Kids event and carnival, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 11, U.S. 2 East, Evergreen. Free backpacks and school supplies for kids in need, games, dunk house, horse rides and more. Hot dogs and hamburgers. To donate, call Kathy Van Dyke, 212-6227.

• 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, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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. 15, Buffalo Hill Terrace, 40 Claremont St., Kalispell. Free. Call 752-9625.

• LIVE on Flathead Lake! The Crown Guitar summer celebration, 5:30-9 p.m. Aug. 18, aboard Far West Boat Tours, from Lakeside Marina. Live music. Montana-style luau. Cash bar. Tickets $60 per person available at Flathead Lake Brewing Co. Pubhouse,116 Holt Drive, Bigfork.

• 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.

• Flathead Land Trust hosts a West Valley Wetlands Conservation Project grand opening and ribbon cutting, 5-7:30 p.m. Oct. 6, bird view area.

• 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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