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• Montana Dragon Boat Festival, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Volunteer Park, Lakeside. Kids activities. Food and drink vendors. Free parking and admission.

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

• Annual Antique Tractor Show and Threshing Bee, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Olsen Pioneer Park, Columbia Falls. Admission $7. Parade of Power, miniature railroad rides, entertainment. Dogs allowed on leash. Call Nick. 892-7700.

• Foy’s to Blacktail Trail thank you party, 4-7 p.m. Herron Park, near Kalispell. Live music, beer, wine, food. $20 suggested donation for meal. All invited.

Monday

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

• Swan River School board meets at 4 p.m., sixth grade classroom.

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

• West Valley School board meets 5 p.m.

• Rails to Trails meets at 5:30 p.m. Kalispell Brewing Company, Main Street. All welcome. Call 250-0819.

• Valley Voices Community Choir begins rehearsals for this season, 6-8 p.m., Music Room, Flathead High School, Kalispell. All welcome. No auditions. Come at 5:30 p.m. to pick up music. Cost $45 per person, includes practice CD. Call Rosella Thompson, 471-6077.

• Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group meets 6-8 p.m., The Summit, Kalispell. Survivors, family, friends are welcome. Refreshments. Call Jennifer, 756-4725.

• Columbia Falls School board meets at 6 p.m.

• Glacier Stamp Club meets 6:30 p.m., Buffalo Room, Buffalo Hill Terrace, 40 Claremont St., Kalispell. Personal collections will be discussed. All welcome; glacierstampclubmt@gmail.com

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

• Flathead Audubon features Tabitha Graves, a U.S. Geological Survey researcher stationed in Glacier National Park, 7 p.m. Gateway Community Center Community Room, 1203 U.S. 2 W., Kalispell. Free. Public invited.

Tuesday

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

• Flathead Electric Cooperative, 2510 U.S. 2 East, invites the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to learn more about and view electric cars, test drive a Chevy Bolt and talk to owners. Free.

• American Legion Post 137 and Auxiliary annual Freedom Walk at noon to commemorate the 9/11 terrorist attack on New York City Twin Towers. Walk begins at Post 137, at 351 Fourth Ave. (north of Smith’s grocery) and ends at Veterans Memorial at Depot Park, Kalispell. Public invited.

• National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)/Local Advisory Council meets 1 p.m., Literacy Center of Northwest Montana, Gateway Community Center, Kalispell. Call 253-7880.

• Reception for Missoula artist Stephen Glueckert, 4-6 p.m., Arts and Technology Building, FVCC. Light refreshments. Free and open to public.

• Joe Coco hosts “Free Money,” a discussion about how to create a more free economic ecosystem in Montana, with Whitefish Libertarian candidate for House District 5 Cindy Dyson. 5 to 6:30 p.m., Coco Enterprises, 6442 U.S. 93 S., Whitefish.

• Kalispell Public Schools district board meets 6 p.m., Kalispell Middle School Library.

• Somers Rural Fire District board meets 6 p.m., Lakeside Fire Department, 125 Bills Road.

• Physicist Edwin Berry gives a talk titled “Climate Shootout” about human and atmospheric CO2 emissions and climate change, 6 p.m., Sykes, 202 Second St. W., Kalispell.

• Smith Valley School board meets 6 p.m.

• Deer Park School board meets at 6:30 p.m.

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

• Helena Flats School board meets at 7 p.m.

• West Valley Rural Fire District trustees meet at 7:30 p.m., West Valley Fire Station on Farm to Market Road.

Wednesday

• Parkinson’s disease support group meets 3-4:30 p.m., Gateway Community Center, north conference room, Kalispell. All welcome. Call Lois, 871-3767.

Thought

“To be happy with a man you must understand him a lot and love him a little. To be happy with a woman you must love her a lot and not try to understand her at all.” — Helen Rowland, American writer, journalist and humorist (1876-1950).

• Applied Materials “Fueling the Flathead” car show, 4-7 p.m., east parking lot, 655 W. Reserve Drive, Kalispell. Food trucks, kids’ activities. Admission and voting $1 per person or two cans of food. Vehicle entry, $5; call Rob Eickert, 758-7553. All proceeds benefit Flathead Food Bank.

• Whitefish Women of the Moose monthly meal, 5-7 p.m., Moose Lodge 230 W. 10th St. “Hobo” (boiled) dinner, salad, rolls, dessert. Call Carol, 260-8493.

• Evergreen School board meets 6:30 p.m.

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

Thursday

• Senior Tour and Tea, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hockaday Museum of Art, 302 Second Ave. E., Kalispell. Free admission for seniors 60 and older. Docent tour 10:30 a.m. Call 755-5268.

• Red Cross “Montana’s Largest Pulse Project” blood drive 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 14, Flathead Electric Co-op, Kalispell.

• Flathead County Agency on Aging Advisory Committee meets at 2-3:30 p.m., South Campus conference room, 40 11th St. W., Kalispell. Public invited. Call 758-5730.

• Annual Flathead High School retired employee potluck 4 p.m. Sept. 13, Village Green’s Coomunity Center, Kalispell. Call 752-8613.

Friday

• Red Cross “Montana’s Largest Pulse Project” blood drive, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Flathead Electric Co-op, Kalispell.

• Flathead Community Connect, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 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.

• FVCC’s Music Department’s fall concert series with faculty 7 p.m., room 139, Arts and Technology Building. Free. Public invited. Call 756-4813.

A look ahead

• 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.

• Kalispell Public Schools Board Governance Committee meets 10 a.m. Sept. 14, superintendent’s office.

• Annual Birds of Prey Festival, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 15, Lone Pine State Park, Kalispell. Exhibits, booths and programs. Fun activities, concessions available. Free. Open to public.

• ImagineIF Libraries, Love Lives Here, Highline Design Company presents a community celebration of inclusion, 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 15, outside the library, Third Street East, Kalispell. Speakers, hands-on activities, snacks. Free. Open to public.

• Begg Dog Park anniversary party, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 15, Begg Drive, off Airport Road. Cake, peanut butter lick contest, raffle baskets.

• Annual Shriners/Spinnaker Chili cook off and wiener dog races, Sept. 15, Spinnaker Bar and Grill, Lakeside. Chili set up 3 p.m.; tasting 4 p.m. Registration 5 p.m.; weiner dog races 5:30 p.m. Fundraiser for Shriners; 406-844-2176.

• Annual Kootenai Harvest Festival, noon to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15, Riverfront Park, Libby. Live music, children’s activities, cider press. Food and craft vendors. Free and open to the public. Garden-to-table dinner $10. Beer available for purchase.

• 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.

• Mountain Brook Community Library hamburger, pie and ice cream social, 5-8 p.m. Sept. 15, Foothill Road, Kalispell. Live music by Swan Range Jammers.

• 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.

• Red Cross blood drives Sept. 17: 1-6 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell; 2-6 p.m. Trinity Lutheran Church.

• 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.

• Northwest Montana Posse of Westerners presents a program by Jim Shelden of Missoula titled, “Glacial Lake Missoula in the Flathead Valley” 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.

• Red Cross blood drive, noon to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 18, Church at Creston.

• Kalispell Public Schools Curriculum and Instruction Committee meets 3 p.m. Sept. 18, assistant superintendent’s office.

• Flathead County Trail Plan update meeting, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Sept. 19, 40 11th St. W., Kalispell.

• Red Cross blood drive, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19, Kalispell Elks Lodge.

• Columbia Falls Women’s Connection luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Sept. 19, North Valley Hospital Community Room, 235 Nucleus Ave., Columbia Falls. Speakers are Ashley Stewart and Nancy Williams. Bring donations of canned goods or personal care items for Samaritan House. Cost $8 per person. Free child care by reservation. Call Candy, 387-4119; or Janet, 892-3621. Affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries.

• 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.

• Kalispell Public Schools Policy and Communications Committee meets 8:30 a.m. Sept. 20, superintendent’s office.

• Red Cross blood drive, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 20, The Wave, Whitefish.

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

• Kalispell Public Schools Finance and Operations Committee meets 7 a.m. Sept. 21, district office basement meeting room.

• 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. Portion of proceeds benefit Farm Hands Nourish the Flathead.

• Red Cross blood drives Sept. 21: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell; 11:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Gateway Community Center, Kalispell. Call 752-7266 for an appointment.

• 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.

• Whitefish High School Homecoming Parade, 4:30 p.m. Sept. 21, downtown Whitefish.

• 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

• Montana Chapter of Special Forces Association annual fundraiser banquet for active duty Green Berets, 6-9 p.m. Sept. 22, Lodge at Whitefish Lake. Guest speaker is Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Kenneth E. Tovo. Silent, live auctions. Tickets online at www.sfa28.org

• 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.

• Red Cross blood drives Sept. 24: 12:30-6 p.m. West Kootenai; 1-6 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• Flathead Conservation District business meeting, 7 p.m. Sept. 24, 133 Interstate Lane, Kalispell, 752-4220.

• Red Cross blood drive, noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 25, Polson Good Shepherd.

• Medicare 101 class, 1-3 p.m. Sept. 25, Flathead County South Campus, 40 11th St. W., Kalispell. Representatives guide through health insurance basics. Cost is $10.. Call 758-5730.

• Retirement open house for Frank Miele, Daily Inter Lake managing editor, 4-7 p.m. Sept. 25, Inter Lake offices, 727 E. Idaho St., Kalispell. Refreshments and snacks served. Public invited. Use side door; look for signs.

• Kalispell Public Schools district board meets 6 p.m. Sept. 25, Kalispell Middle School Library.

• Red Cross blood drive, 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Sept. 26, U.S. Forest Service, Kalispell.

• Kalispell Public Schools Technology Committee meets 8:30 a.m. Sept. 27, IT office.

• Kalispell Senior Center 50th anniversary celebration, 2-5 p.m. Sept. 27, Activity Room, Suite 110, 40 11th St. W., Kalispell. Cake and ice cream, door prizes. All welcome.

• Marion Fire District board meets 6 p.m. Sept. 27, Marion Community Center, 180 Gopher Lane, Marion.

• 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.

• Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 28, at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• Somers Company Town Project Oktoberfest, 5-8 p.m. Sept. 29, Somers Bay Cafe. Live music by Billy Angel, German food, beer wine, raffles. Entrance fee $15.

• Retro Film Festival, Oct. 5-7, Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts. Ten film classics screened beginning 6 p.m. Oct. 5. Guest speakers are Bill Butler and Peter Ford. VIP passes and per movie tickets available. Limited seating; www.bigforkfilmfestival.com, 837-2008.

• Annual Libby Stand Down, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6; 9a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 7, Asa Wood Grade School, 700 Idaho St., Libby. Free for veterans and families. Bring a DD214 or other military ID. Call 756-7304.

• 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.

• FVCC’s Music Department’s fall concert series with faculty 7 p.m. Oct. 12, room 139.Arts and Technology Building. Free. Public invited. Call 756-4813.

“Lights, Camera, Auction” fundraiser for Trinity Lutheran School, Oct. 13, Flathead County Fairgrounds, Kalispell. No host bar 5 p.m. Buffet dinner 6 p.m. Silent, live auctions, games. Tickets $25, available at the school, 495 First Ave. WN. Call 257-6716.

• 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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