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• Northwest Montana Fair, Flathead County Fairgrounds, Kalispell. PRCA Rodeo today through Saturday. Gates open 6 p.m., rodeo 7:30 p.m. Today — Carnival noon to 10 p.m.; www.nwmtfair.com, 406-758-5810.

• Friendship Force of the Flathead’s L.E.O. Let’s Eat Out social evening, 5 p.m., The Lodge at Whitefish Lake. Call Priscilla, 756-9332.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Bigfork High School. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 837-4157.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Eureka High School. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 293-6344.

• Red Cross blood drive, 11 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Libby VFW.

• Evergreen School board meets 4:30 p.m.

• Flathead Land Trust hosts The Land Affair, 5:30 p.m., Cypress Yard, 204 Wisconsin Ave., in Whitefish. Live music by singer/songwriter Mike Murray, local farm-sourced appetizers, beer, wine, champagne. Silent auction and live drive. Tickets are $35 per person or $70 per couple. Call 752- 8293. Space is limited.

• Somers School District board meets 6 p.m., Lakeside Elementary School.

Friday

• Fair-Mont-Egan School board work session 9 a.m., Montana Logging Association building.

• Northwest Montana Fair, Flathead County Fairgrounds, Kalispell. PRCA Rodeo today and Saturday. Gates open 6 p.m., rodeo 7:30 p.m. Today — Parade, 10 a.m. Carnival 1-10 p.m.; www.nwmtfair.com, 406-758-5810.

• Red Cross blood drives: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell; 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Glacier Bank, Kalispell.

• Paws Splash Bash pool party for dogs and fundraiser for Begg Dog Park, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Woodland Water Park, Kalispell. Cost $5 per dog, $2 per additional human.

• Montana House presents Celtic musicians Willson & McKee, 7-9 p.m. today and Aug. 18 Kintla event room, Apgar Village, Glacier Park. Reception follows. $8; reservations required. Call 888-5393.

Saturday

• Montana Center for Native Plants staff give an interactive discussion and 2-mile wildflower walk titled, “Native Plants and Should I Eat This?” 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Lone Pine State Park, Kalispell. Free. Public invited. Call 755-2706.

• Northwest Montana Fair, Flathead County Fairgrounds, Kalispell. Today — Carnival noon to 10 p.m. PRCA Rodeo Gates open 6 p.m., rodeo 7:30 p.m.; www.nwmtfair.com, 406-758-5810.

• Red Cross blood drives: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell; 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Glacier Bank, Kalispell.

• LIVE on Flathead Lake! The Crown Guitar summer celebration, 5:30-9 p.m., 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.

• Montana House presents Celtic musicians Willson & McKee, 7-9 p.m., Kintla event room, Apgar Village, Glacier Park. Reception follows. $8; reservations required. Call 888-5393.

Sunday

• Glacier Park alumni annual picnic, noon, Community Building, Park Headquarters, West Glacier, rain or shine. Bring a potluck dish. Coffee, lemonade, and utensils provided. Families welcome.

• Northwest Montana Fair, Flathead County Fairgrounds, Kalispell. Today — Carnival noon to 8 p.m. Demolition Derby. Gates open 5 p.m. Show starts 6 p.m.; www.nwmtfair.com, 406-758-5810.

• Red Cross blood drives: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell; 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Glacier Bank, Kalispell.

• Paws Splash Bash pool party for dogs, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Woodland Water Park, Kalispell. Small dogs only 4:30-5 p.m. Open swim for dogs, 5-7:30 p.m.; no humans in pool. Cost $5 per dog, includes one human; $2 per additional human. Fundraiser for Begg Dog Park.

Thought

“The most persistent threat to freedom, to the rights of Americans, is fear.” — George Meany (born this date in 1894, died in 1980).

Monday

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

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

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

• Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation hosts “Stories from the Bob: Youth Edition” 5:30-7 p.m., Casey’s, Whitefish. Interns who completed their field sessions in the backcountry will present. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments. Doors open 5 p.m.

• Northwest Montana Posse of Westerners presents a program by Beth Dunagan titled, “Glacier National Park’s Historic Sperry Chalet” 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 752-9642.

• Fair-Mont-Egan School board annual budget meeting, 5:30 p.m., followed by regular board meeting 6 p.m., school library.

• Evergreen School board meets 6 p.m.

Tuesday

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

• United Blood Services Biggest Blood drive, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 23, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 25, Donation Center, 2593 U.S. 2 E., Suite 1, Kalispell. T-shirts, giveaways.

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

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

Wednesday

• Red Cross blood drive, 11:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., St. Joseph Hospital, Polson.

A look ahead

• Kalispell Public Schools IT Committee meets 8:30 a.m. Aug. 23, IT office

• Red Cross blood drives Aug. 23: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Marion Fire District, Community Room; Leaders Save Lives, noon to 5:30 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

Snow & Ice Fest, 5-8 p.m. Aug. 23, Mountain Trails Park, Whitefish (in front of Stumptown Ice Den.) Winter sport nonprofit organizations showcased. Family-friendly. Free food, live music, beer.

• Joe Coco presents a free seminar “So You Want to be your Own Boss,” 7-9 p.m., Aug. 23, Coco Enterprises Conference Center, 6438 U.S. 93 S., Whitefish. Free. RSVP to 862-9400.

• Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 24 at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• Whitefish Trail Hootenanny, 5-9 p.m. Aug. 24, Depot Park, Whitefish. Live music and dancing, craft beer, food trucks, kids’ activities, bike obstacle course, climbing wall, jump stations and more. Advance tickets $15; $20 at gate. Kids 12 and under, free. Tickets available online at www.brownpapertickets.com. Fundraiser for Whitefish Trail.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 25, Gateway Community Center, Kalispell. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 752-7266.

• Pheasants Forever annual banquet, Aug. 25, Hilton Garden Inn Kalispell,1840 U.S. 93 S., Kalispell. Doors open 5 p.m. Dinner 7 p.m. Live and silent auctions, games, raffles.

• Big Arm Association annual Barn Dance, 5:30-9 p.m. Aug. 25, historic Big Arm School. Hamburgers, cole slaw, baked beans and huckleberry ice cream. Donations accepted. 50/50 raffle.

• Red Cross blood drive, 1-6 p.m. Aug. 27, at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• Flathead Conservation District business meeting, 7 p.m. Aug. 27, 133 Interstate Lane, Kalispell, 752-4220.

• Red Cross blood drive, noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 28, Eureka Baptist Church.

• Medicare 101 class, 1-3 p.m. Aug. 28, Flathead County South Campus, 40 11th St. W., Kalispell. Representatives guide through health insurance basics. Cost is $10. Call 758-5730.

• Jeanette Rankin Elementary School ribbon cutting ceremony, 5-6 p.m. Aug. 28, Kalispell. Kalispell School board work session follows at 6 p.m.

• Red Cross blood drives Aug. 29: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Flathead City-County Health Department; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Glacier Bank, Polson.

• Marion Fire District board meets 5 p.m. Aug. 30, Marion Community Center, 180 Gopher Lane. Public welcome.

• Red Cross blood drives Aug. 31: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. National Flood; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• Museum at Central School is quilting club and workshop begins 1-4 p.m. Sept. 5, 124 Second Ave. E., Kalispell. Free. Club meets every other Wednesday. Open to public. Call Betty Jo Malone, 755-6323.

• Former U.S. Ambassador and Montana Sen. Max Baucus delivers the 2018 Mansfield Lecture, 7 p.m. Sept. 5, Arts and Technology Building, FVCC. Free. Public invited. Call Diane Skyland, 756-3668.

• Series of six free, weekly diabetes classes for seniors begin Sept. 6: Lakeside — 2 to 3:30 p.m., The Gathering Place, 258 Adams St. Register by calling 756-8992; Bigfork — 7 to 8:30 p.m., Bigfork Community Center, 639 Commerce St. Register by calling 756-8992 or 837-4157.

• Mission Valley Animal Shelter Puppy Party fundraiser, 6-10 p.m. Sept. 7, Red Lion Inn, Polson. Tickets $50, available at the shelter, Seconds2Go or call 883-5312.

Power the Pedal fundraising event, 6 p.m. Sept. 7, O’Shaughnessy Center, Whitefish. Demonstrations of Maya Pedal bicycle-powered machines of Guatamala. Live music by Cocinando. Mayan food. Silent auction. Tickets $15 at Eventbrite.com; limited tickets at door.

• 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.

• Montana Dragon Boat Festival, Sept. 8-9, Volunteer Park, Lakeside.

• West Valley School board meets 5 p.m. Sept. 10.

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

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

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

• Flathead Democrats Harvest Dinner Sept. 15, Red Lion Hotel Kalispell. Social hour 5 p.m. Buffet dinner 6:30 p.m. Guest speakers are candidates Kathleen William and Rex Renk. For tickets, call 406-730-2741.

• Flathead Valley Out of the Darkness Walk to fight suicide, 2 p.m., Sept.16, Gateway Community Center, Kalispell. Check-in 1 p.m. Register online at outofthedarkness.org/FlatheadValley

• 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 Quilters Guild 2018 quilt show, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 21; 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 22, Flathead County Fairgrounds, Kalispell. Boutique, demonstrations, raffles, concessions. Admission $6; under 12, free.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 22, Swan Chapel, Swan Lake. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 756-5885.

• 28th annual Flathead River Writers Conference, Sept. 22-23, Flathead Valley Community College, Arts and Technology Building. Cost $160 for both days, $90 single day, includes lunch. Call 406-881-4066 or register online at https://www.authorsoftheflathead.org/conference.asp

• Walk to End Alzheimer’s, 1 p.m. Sept. 23, Flathead Valley Community College. Two-mile trip or less if desired. Exhibits, entertainment, refreshments. alz.org/walk or call 1-800-272-3900.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 24, Libby Christian Church, Libby. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 283-7000.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 24, Gateway Community Center, Kalispell. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 752-7266 for a reservation.

• 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 off West Valley Drive, Kalispell. Call Laura Katzman, 752-8293.

• West Valley School board meets 5 p.m. Oct. 8.

• 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.

• West Valley School board meets 5 p.m. Nov. 12.

• 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.

• West Valley School board meets 5 p.m. Dec. 10.

• 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.

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

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

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

• West Valley School board meets 5 p.m. April 8.

• West Valley School board meets 5 p.m. May 13.

• West Valley School board meets 5 p.m. June 10.

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