Daybook Jan. 1

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Today

• First Day guided hike, Flathead Lake State Park-Wayfarers, Bigfork, 10 a.m. Open to all ages. Meet at the Flathead Lake Ranger Station and enjoy a 1- to 2-mile, moderate hike around the park. Call 837-3041.

• 25th annual Polar Bear Plunge, The Raven, Woods Bay, Flathead Lake. Registration begins 10 a.m. Parade begins 1:45 p.m. Plunge 2 p.m.

• First Day guided hike, Lone Pine State Park, Kalispell, 5 to 7 p.m. Enjoy a moderate, 1.75-mile guided hike through the park or take a short, self-guided hike to the overlook. Open to all ages. Snowshoes available first come, first serve. To register, call 755-2706, ext. 2.

Wednesday

• Friendship Force meets for breakfast 9 a.m., Sykes Restaurant, Kalispell. Learn about unique travel experiences and opportunities. Call Priscilla, 756-9332.

• Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 2, Lakeview Health Care, Bigfork.

• USMC Happy Hour for Marines and Navy who served with Marines, 5-7 p.m., Kalispell VFW, 330 First Ave. W. Cash bar. Spouses welcome. Call 406-249-2448.

• Zen priest Jerry Smyers presents a free Introduction to Zen Meditation class, 6 p.m., YogaHeart Studio, 314 Main St., Polson. All welcome. Call 847-721-0665.

Thursday

• Cholesterol screening and education, 7-10 a.m., and 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 meets 8:30 a.m., South Campus Building, 40 11th St. W., Kalispell. Public welcome. Call 758-5728.

• Red Cross blood drives: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Columbia Falls Community Room; 11:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. St. Joseph Medical Center, Polson.

Friday

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

• Red Cross blood drives: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell; 11 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Prestige Assisted Living; 11 a.m. to 4 pm. Cabinet Peaks, Libby.

Sunday

• Glacier Nordic Club annual Glacier Glide race, Dog Creek Lodge and Nordic Center, Olney. 1K, 3K, 10K, 15K, kids’ cookie race. Registration 8 a.m.; Races start 9 a.m. Call 862-9498.

• Columbia Falls Community Choir begins rehearsing 2-4 p.m., Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Columbia Falls. All welcome. Call 730-2396.

Monday

• 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.

• Red Cross blood drives: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Community United Methodist Church, Bigfork; 1-6 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

A look ahead

Feat X Feet tap ensemble Pleasant Valley School board meets 5 p.m. Jan. 8.

• Glacier National Park Conservancy open house celebration of Sperry Chalet reconstruction plan Phase I, 6-8 p.m. Jan. 8, Hilton Garden Inn, Kalispell. Free. Public invited.

• Kalispell Public Schools district board meets 6 p.m. Jan. 8, Kalispell Middle School Library.

• Northwest Montana Nature Photographers meet 7 p.m. Jan. 8, Red Lion Inn, Kalispell, small conference room. Program is on Lake Clark by Jack Bell. Public invited.

• Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 9, Browning High School.

• Flathead Parent Group hosts a human trafficking awareness seminar for parents, noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 9, Flathead High School conference room. Learn how teens are lured into trafficking. Call 751-3500 or 1-800-765-1747.

• Kalispell Public Schools Personnel Committee meets 3 p.m. Jan. 9, district office basement meeting room.

Thought

“A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one Year and out the other.” — Author unknown.

• Agency on Aging Advisory Committee meets 2-3:30 p.m. Jan. 10, Flathead County South Campus, 40 11th St. W., Kalispell. All welcome. Call 758-5730.

• Anime Club for teens in grades six to 12 meets 4-5:30 p.m. Jan. 10, ImagineIF Library, Kalispell.

• Kalispell Public Schools Board Governance Committee meets 10 a.m. Jan. 11, superintendent’s office.

• Red Cross blood drives Jan. 11: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell; 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Park Side Credit Union, Whitefish.

• Red Cross Leaders Save Lives blood drive, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 12 at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• Daughters of the American Revolution, Chief Ignace Chapter, meet at noon for lunch at and business meeting Jan. 12 at Scotty’s Restaurant, Kalispell. Program by Cathy Lane on “Chains Across the Hudson.” Call Cate 755-6781.

• Red Cross blood drive, 1-6 p.m. Jan. 14 at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

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

• Flathead Conservation District 310 Stream Permit meeting 7 p.m. Jan. 14, 133 Interstate Lane, in Evergreen. Call 752-4220.

• Flathead Audubon meets at 7 p.m. Jan. 14, United Way conference room, Gateway Community Center, U.S. 2 West, Kalispell. John Ashley presents a program on black-footed ferrets. Enter from west side of building. Free. All welcome.

• Kalispell Women’s Connection buffet lunch, 11:30 a.m., meeting room of Victory Baptist Church, 1830 Montana 35. Guest is Dave McLean with Ray of Hope. Speaker is Wendy Maechtle of Columbia Falls. Cost $9 per person. Call Jan, 857-2467, or Rosainne, 257-8098 for lunch and free child care reservations. Affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries.

• Kalispell Public Schools Curriculum and Instruction Committee meets 3 p.m. Jan. 16, district office basement meeting room.

• Kalispell Public Schools Policy and Communications Committee meets 8:30 a.m. Jan. 17, superintendent’s office.

• Red Cross blood drive, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 17, The Wave, Whitefish.

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

• Annual Black Tie Dinner fundraiser, Jan. 17, Ninepipes Lodge, Charlo. Guest speaker is Patrick Matt Jr. of Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Museum tours 5-6 p.m. No-host social 6-7 p.m. Dinner 7 p.m. Tickets $50. Call 406-644-3435.

• Kalispell Public Schools Finance and Operations Committee meets 7 a.m. Jan. 18, district office basement meeting room.

• Red Cross blood drives Jan. 18: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Kalispell City Hall; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 19, The Summit, Kalispell. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 751-4500.

• Red Cross blood drives Jan. 21: 1-6 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell; 1-6 p.m. Trinity Lutheran Church.

• Medicare 101 class, 9-11 a.m. Jan. 22, Flathead County South Campus, 40 11th St. W., Kalispell. Representatives guide through health insurance basics. Cost is $10. Call 758-5730.

• Red Cross blood drive, noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 22, Polson Methodist Church.

• Agency on Aging’s 2019-2022 Area Plan on Aging public meeting, 1-3 p.m. Jan. 22, Flathead County South Campus Building, 40 11th St. W., Kalispell. Call 758-5730.

• Kalispell Public Schools district board meets 6 p.m. Jan. 22, Kalispell Middle School Library.

• Red Cross blood drives Jan. 23: noon to 4:15 p.m. Kalispell Center Mall; noon to 5:30 p.m. Applied Materials, blood mobile.

• Kalispell Public Schools district board work session, 6 p.m. Jan. 24, Kalispell Middle School Library.

• Red Cross blood drives Jan. 24: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Keller Williams, blood mobile; 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Kalispell Ford.

• Teen social for grades 6-12, 4-5:30 p.m. ImagineIF Library, Kalispell. Food, Wii gaming. “Craft is Electric Style.” Free.

• Red Cross blood drives Jan. 25: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Kalispell Toyota; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• Red Cross blood drive, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 26, Rosauers, Kalispell.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 28, Libby Christian Church. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 406-283-7000.

• Red Cross blood drive, 1-6 p.m. Jan. 28 at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• Flathead Conservation District business meeting 7 p.m. Jan. 28, 133 Interstate Lane, in Evergreen. Call 752-4220.

• Red Cross blood drive, noon to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 29, Church at Creston.

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

• Red Cross blood drive, 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Jan. 31, U.S. Forest Service, Kalispell.

• Flathead County Transportation Advisory Committee meets 8:30 a.m. Feb. 7, South Campus Building, 40 11th St. W., Kalispell. Public welcome. Call 758-5728.

• 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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