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• Cholesterol screening and education, 7-10 a.m. (first Thursday of every month,) The Summit, Kalispell. Includes triglycerides, glucose, cholesterol, HDL and LDL. Walk-in clinic; no preregistration required. Fast 8-12 hours prior and drink plenty of water. Cost $35; $31.50 for seniors. Call Kathy Prim, 751-4500.

• Flathead County Transportation Advisory Committee for Flathead County Eagle Transit bus service meets 8:30 a.m., South Campus Building, 40 11th St. W., Kalispell. Public welcome. Call 758-5728.

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

• United Blood Services blood drive, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Donation Center, 2593 U.S. 2 E., Suite 1, Kalispell.

• Pro Clean PC Car Wash and Valvoline Express Care donate 50 percent of the day’s proceeds to Vets Valor nonprofit equine therapy ranch for veterans and first responders, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 515 E. Idaho St., Kalispell. Barbecue, giveaways.

• Red Cross blood drives: Leaders Save Lives, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell; noon to 5 p.m. Applied Materials.

• CASA for Kids information session to learn about becoming an advocate for a child in foster care, noon, Gateway Community Center, 1203 U.S. 2 W., suite 37, Kalispell. Meet advocates and staff. Light refreshments. RSVP to Daniel Verardo, 755-7208.

• Horse Owners Workshop, 6:30p.m., Triple Take Arena, 300 Morning View Drive, Kalispell. Nutrition and horse body condition scoring. Prizes, giveaways. Free. Public invited. Call Katie Jo Sprague, 406-314-1126.

Friday

• Red Cross blood drives 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell; 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Homewood Suites.

• Bibler Home and Gardens Sweet Summer Days tours, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., 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. today and every Tuesday, 2290 Farm to Market Road, Kalispell. Enter main entrance.

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

• Lone Pine State Park hosts a program “The Soil in Our Lives,” 6 p.m. Guided 2-mile hike to learn about soil types. Fun activities. Adults and children welcome. Free for kids 12 & under and $6 for 13 and over. Register on Facebook or Evenbrite. Call 755-2706.

Saturday

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

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

• Annual Bigfork Festival of the Arts, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today and Sunday, downtown Bigfork. Art, crafts, food, live music. Free shuttles to/from intersection of Montana 82 and 35.

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

• Montana Cup Sailing Regatta, Saturday and Sunday, Flathead Lake; nfyc.org

• Smith Valley Fire Department open house, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 3496 U.S. 2 W., Kalispell. Free hot dogs and refreshments. Bouncy house, station tours and equipment demonstrations.

• Rotary Great Bear Festival, 4-9:30 p.m., Depot Park, Kalispell. Forty breweries, cideries and wineries represented. Live music. Food trucks. Tickets $25, available at Kalispell Chamber of Commerce, Kalispell Grand Hotel, Insty-Prints.

• Swan Valley Wildfire Preparedness Presentation titled “The Era of Megafires,” 7 p.m., Swan Valley Community Hall, Condon. Cookies and beverages provided. Free. Public invited.

• Big Sky Astronomy hosts Space Saturday, 10-11:30 p.m., Lone Pine State Park, Kalispell. Presentation in Visitor Center followed by outdoor telescope and binocular viewing in parking lot. Bring camp chairs and water. Register on Eventbrite or Lone Pine’s Facebook page.

Sunday

• Annual Bigfork Festival of the Arts, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., downtown Bigfork. Art, crafts, food, live music. Free shuttles to/from intersection of Montana 82 and 35.

• Montana Cup Sailing Regatta, Flathead Lake; nfyc.org

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“Ideas are powerful things, requiring not a studious contemplation but an action, even if it is only an inner action.” — Midge Decter, American writer

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.

• Red Cross blood drives: 1-6 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell; 10:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Moose Lodge.

• Rails to Trails meets at 5:30 p.m. at Fish, Wildlife and Parks building, 490 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell. All welcome. Call 250-0819.

Tuesday

• United Blood Services blood drive, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Donation Center, 2593 U.S. 2 E., Suite 1, Kalispell.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., North Valley Hospital, Whitefish. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 863-3627.

Wednesday

• Whitefish Credit Union annual shred event, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 405 Ninth St. W., Columbia Falls; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug.9, 110 Third Ave. E., Polson. Bring personal, private documents for secure shredding.

• Parkinson’s disease support group annual picnic, noon to 3 p.m., Lone Pine State Park picnic area, Kalispell. Hot dogs provided; bring your own drinks, chairs and dish to share. Call Katie, 434-964-7558.

• Kalispell Public Schools Personnel Committee meets 3 p.m., district office basement meeting room.

• Smith Valley School board meets 4 p.m.

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

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• Annual rummage sale 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 9-10, 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 11, Easthaven Baptist Church, 2010 Whitefish Stage, Kalispell. Clothing, furniture, tools, sports equipment, book, housewares, antiques. Proceeds go toward building a well in India and Glacier Bible College.

• United Blood Services blood drive, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 9, Donation Center, 2593 U.S. 2 E., Suite 1, Kalispell.

• Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center Park brown bag presentation, from noon to 1 p.m., Aug. 9, West Glacier Community Building, Glacier Park. Glacier National Park Conservancy Fellow Leah Joyce presents “Beavers, Frogs, and Fungus: Oh My!” Free. Open to public. Call 888-5827.

• Kalispell Public Schools Finance Committee meets 7 am. Aug. 10, district office basement meeting room.

• 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

• United Blood Services blood drive, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 11, Donation Center, 2593 U.S. 2 E., Suite 1, Kalispell.

• 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.

• Free community breakfast to kick off Northwest Montana Fair Week, 9-11 a.m. Aug. 11, Dr. Thomas Pittaway Dental Care Center, 124 First Ave. W., Kalispell. Pancakes, sausage, eggs, fruit, milk, coffee, orange juice.

• Annual Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival, Aug. 11, Swan Lake Day Park near mile marker 72 on Montana 83. Pancake breakfast 8 a.m. Arts and crafts, baking contest, beer and wine garden, kids’ activities. Live music 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

• Lone Pine State Park hosts a program “Traditional Native Games,” 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Stationary and active games, hand games. Free for kids 12 & under and $6 for 13 and over. Register on Facebook or Evenbrite. Call 755-2706.

• Barbecue fundraiser, 5-7 p.m. Aug. 11, Idle Spur, Dayton. Cost $15 per person with proceeds going to the school to fund expansion needs. Tickets available at Idle Spur. Live entertainment 7-9 p.m. with the Best of Bannack string band.

• Guitarist Steve Eckels presents “Folk Rewind” 7-9 p.m. Aug. 11, Montana House, Apgar Village, Glacier Park. Cost $8. Reservations required; call 888-5393.

• Red Cross blood drives Aug. 7: noon to 5:30 p.m. Bethany Lutheran Church, Bigfork; 12:30-44:45 p.m. Kmart, blood mobile.

• Red Cross blood drives Aug. 8: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Whitefish Credit Union, Kalispell; 12:30-5:30p.m. Stillwater Free Lutheran Church.

• Red Cross blood drives Aug. 9: 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. First Interstate and Cold Stone; Don K parking lot, blood mobile.

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

• Red Cross blood drive, noon to 4:15 p.m. Aug. 11 Best Buy, blood mobile.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 13, Troy United Methodist Church. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 293-0100.

• Red Cross blood drive, 1-6 p.m. Aug. 13, at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• Flathead Conservation District 310 Stream Permit meeting 7 p.m. Aug. 13, 133 Interstate Lane, in Evergreen. Call 752-4220.

• Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Aug. 14, Lakeview Healthcare.

• Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center Park brown bag presentation, from noon to 1 p.m., Aug. 14, West Glacier Community Building, Glacier Park. Professor Michael A. Amundson from Northern Arizona University presents “On the Trail of Clyde A. McCoy’s 1940 3D Color Images of Glacier.” Open to public. Call 888-5827.

• Kalispell Public Schools district board meets 6 p.m. Aug. 14, Kalispell Middle School Library.

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

• Red Cross blood drive, noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 15, Troy Baptist Church

• 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.

• Benefit concert for ACES after-school and summer camp program, 7 p.m. Aug. 15, Community United Methodist Church, 750 Electric Ave., Bigfork. Folk, Gospel and country music. Free admission; donations accepted.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 16, 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. Aug. 16, 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. Aug. 16, Libby VFW.

• Fair-Mont-Egan School board work session 9 a.m. Aug. 17.

• Red Cross blood drives Aug. 17: 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.

• Montana House presents Celtic musicians Willson & McKee, 7-9 p.m. Aug. 17-18 Kintla event room, Apgar Village, Glacier Park. Reception follows. $8; reservations required. Call 888-5393.

• 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.

• Glacier Park alumni annual picnic, noon, Aug 19, Community Building, Park Headquarters, West Glacier, rain or shine. Bring a potluck dish. Coffee, lemonade, and utensils provided. Families welcome.

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

• Red Cross blood drive, 1-6 p.m. Aug. 20, at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• 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.

• Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation hosts “Stories from the Bob: Youth Edition” 5:30-7 p.m. Aug. 20, 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.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 8:30-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Aug. 21, 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. Aug. 21, 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. Aug. 21, Lakeside QRU.

• Red Cross blood drive, 11:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Aug. 22, St. Joseph Hospital, Polson.

• 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.

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

• 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.

• 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

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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 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.

• 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. 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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