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• United Blood Services Biggest Blood drive, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Donation Center, 2593 U.S. 2 E. Suite 1, Kalispell.

• 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.

• Soroptimist Thrift Haus back-to-school bag sale, noon to 4 p.m., 303 First St. in Whitefish. Fill a plastic grocery bag for $5. Proceeds go to local nonprofits benefiting women and girls.

• Author Dave Caserio leads a Writing the Parks workshop, 2-4:30 p.m., Lone Pine State Park, Kalispell. Discussion followed by 1-mile ranger led hike and time to compose and share a written work. Bring writing materials and hiking clothes. Call 755-2706.

• Pheasants Forever annual banquet, Hilton Garden Inn,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., historic Big Arm School. Hamburgers, cole slaw, baked beans and huckleberry ice cream. Donations accepted. 50/50 raffle.

Monday

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

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

Tuesday

• Community Action Partnership of Northwest Montana fundraiser, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Panda Express, Kalispell, Twenty percent of proceeds benefit nonprofit.

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

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

• Flathead County Solid Waste District board meets 3 p.m., landfill office.

• Lakeside-Somers Chamber of Commerce BASH, 4-5 p.m., Lakeside Mercantile Building, 7220 U.S. 93 S. Free for chamber members; $5 nonmembers.

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

Wednesday

• ImagineIF Libraries board meets at 9 a.m., meeting room, Kalispell. Call Connie Behe, 758-5824.

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

Thursday

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

• Canyon Community Dinner, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Hungry Horse School. Menu includes meat loaf, red potatoes, corn on the cob, salad, roll and mandarin orange pig cake. All welcome. Call Flo, 250-3406; or Luann, 261-1083.

Friday

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

• West Shore community dinner, 5-6 p.m., the Gathering Place 238 Adams St., Lakeside. Menu includes a chicken dinner. Free of charge to anyone. Families welcome.

• Humanities Montana presents a program by Greg Smith, “ A Visit with an 1879 American Fur Co. Trader,” 7-8:30 p.m., Lone Pine State Park, Kalispell. Life of author and Blackfeet historian James W. Schulz re-enacted. Free. All ages welcome. Preregistration on Eventbrite required. Called 755-2706.

A look ahead

• Friendship Force meets for breakfast 9 a.m. Sept. 5, Sykes Restaurant, Kalispell. All interested in travel welcome. Call Priscilla, 756-9332.

• 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.

Thought

“Tradition is what you resort to when you don’t have the time or the money to do it right.” — Kurt Herbert Adler, Austrian-born conductor (1905-1988).

• Community Foundation for a Better Bigfork 18th annual fundraising auction, 5 p.m. Sept. 6, Garden Bar, Bigfork. Free food, beer, wine.

• 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 Guatemala. 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.

• Flathead Valley Parade of Homes, noon to 8 p.m. Sept. 7; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 8; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 9. Advance tickets $12; $15 at door;go to www.buildingflathead.com for outlets.

• Friends of Bigfork Fire Department’s “Brats, Burgers and Band” fundraiser, 5 p.m. Sept. 7, Harbor Village Pavilion, Eagle Bend, Bigfork. Live music by Blue Smoke. Meal tickets are $10, adults; $5, children, $25,family of four. Beer and wine available. Fire engines and an ambulance on display.

• Whitefish High School Class of 1963 55th class reunion, 7-9 p.m. Sept. 7, Casey’s Bar, Whitefish. All classes and teachers welcome. Donations accepted for food.

• Yellow Bay Community Club pancake breakfast, 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 8, at the clubhouse,east shore of Flathead Lake on Montana 35 at mile-maker 18. Menu also includes eggs, sausages and fruit. $5, adults; $3, children ages 8 and under. Public invited.

• 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.

• Flathead Community Connect, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 14, Gateway Community Center, 1203 U.S.2 W., Kalispell. Back-to-school and winter wear clothes giveaway, books. Free food, haircuts, mammograms. Children’s activities, music, door prizes. Services and resources for families and veterans. All welcome. To volunteer or donate, call United Way, 752-7266.

• 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 Special Education Cooperative Executive Council meets 11:45 a.m. Sept. 20, Gateway Community Center, United Way Conference Room, Kalispell. Call 257-1857.

• 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.

• Friends of the Library annual book sale, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 21; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 22; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 23, Kalispell Center Mall. Books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks.

• 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.

• Fish, Wildlife and Parks hosts a public hearing and takes public comment on proposed grizzly bear population objectives, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27, Arts and Technology Building, FVCC.

• 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.

• Flathead Special Education Cooperative Executive Council meets 11:45 a.m. Oct. 25, Gateway Community Center, United Way Conference Room, Kalispell. Call 257-1857.

• 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.

• Flathead Special Education Cooperative Executive Council meets 11:45 a.m. Nov. 15, Gateway Community Center, United Way Conference Room, Kalispell. Call 257-1857.

• 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.

• Flathead Special Education Cooperative Executive Council meets 11:45 a.m. Dec. 20, Gateway Community Center, United Way Conference Room, Kalispell. Call 257-1857.

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

• Flathead Special Education Cooperative Executive Council meets 11:45 a.m. Jan. 17, Gateway Community Center, United Way Conference Room, Kalispell. Call 257-1857.

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

• Flathead Special Education Cooperative Executive Council meets 11:45 a.m. Feb. 14, Gateway Community Center, United Way Conference Room, Kalispell. Call 257-1857.

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

• Flathead Special Education Cooperative Executive Council meets 11:45 a.m. March 21, Gateway Community Center, United Way Conference Room, Kalispell. Call 257-1857.

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

• Flathead Special Education Cooperative Executive Council meets 11:45 a.m. April 18, Gateway Community Center, United Way Conference Room, Kalispell. Call 257-1857.

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

• Flathead Special Education Cooperative Executive Council meets 11:45 a.m. May 16, Gateway Community Center, United Way Conference Room, Kalispell. Call 257-1857.

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

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