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• Red Cross blood drive, noon to 5:30 p.m., Bethany Lutheran Church, Bigfork.

• CASA for Kids informative session, noon, Suite 37, Gateway Community Center, 1203 U.S. 2 W., Kalispell. Light refreshments. RSVP to Daniel Verardo, 755-7208.

• Pleasant Valley School board meets 5 p.m.

• Smith Valley School board meets 6 p.m.

• Annual Backcountry Film Festival, O’Shaughnessy Center, Whitefish. Doors open 6:30 p.m.; films start 7 p.m.; Tickets $15; bit.ly/filmfesttickets.

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, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Glacier Park.

• Kalispell Toastmasters meet noon to 1 p.m. every Wednesday, Gateway Community Center, United Way conference room, Kalispell. Call 406-260-6433.

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

• 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.

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

• 2019 Wilderness Speaker Series presents author John Fraley on his book “Rangers, Trappers and Trailblazers, 7-8:15 p.m., Arts and Technology Building, FVCC. Free. Open to public.

THURSDAY

• Red Cross blood drive, noon to 5 p.m., Applied Materials.

• Montana Arts Council Poetry Out Loud high school competition, 1 p.m., FVCC. Public invited.

• Transportation Advisory Committee for Flathead County Eagle Transit bus system meets 2-4 p.m., South Campus Building, 40 11th St. W., Kalispell. Public welcome. Call 758-5728.

• Anime Club for teens in grades six to 12 meets 4-5:30 p.m., ImagineIF Library, Kalispell. Showing: “Wolf Children.”

FRIDAY

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

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

• Rocky Mountain Rollers Good Sam RV Chapter spring meeting, 11:30 a.m., Pin & Cue, Whitefish. Guests welcome. RSV, to Frank or Pat at 970-227-6608.

• Annual Cabin Fever Days, today, Feb. 9-10, Martin City. Bar stool races, snowshoe softball, shuffleboard, kids’ activities, live music and more. $5 entry button required.

SATURDAY

• Annual Cabin Fever Days, continues today and Sunday, Martin City. Bar stool races, snowshoe softball, shuffleboard, kids’ activities, live music and more. $5 entry button required.

• Flathead Audubon birding field trip with Denny Olson, 10 a.m. to noon, Kalispell. Call 249-3987 to register and get directions.

• South Flathead Modular Railroad group operating session, noon to 3 p.m., Gateway Community Center, Kalispell. Use north entrance C. The public is welcome and can bring and run HO gauge trains. New members welcome. Call Vance Carolin, 755-9412 or Joel Goldberg, 248-514-3207.

SUNDAY

• Annual Cabin Fever Days, Martin City. Bar stool races, snowshoe softball, shuffleboard, kids’ activities, live music and more. $5 entry button required.

MONDAY

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

• West Valley School board meets 5 p.m.

• Fair-Mont-Egan School board special meeting 6 p.m.

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

A LOOK AHEAD

• Columbia Falls Chamber of Commerce membership luncheon, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 12, North Valley Hospital Community Room, 235 Nucleus Ave. Speaker is Jeff Mow, superintendent of Glacier National Park. Lunch available by RSVP.

• Sandy’s Friends and Family Ski Pass blood drive, noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 12, Kalispell Blood Center, 126 N. Meridian Road. Donors entered in drawing for two Blacktail Mountain day passes.

• Kalispell Public Schools district board meets 6 p.m. Feb. 12, Kalispell Middle School Library.

• Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 13, Whitefish Credit Union, Kalispell.

• Parkinson’s disease support group meets 3-4:30 p.m., Gateway Community Center, north conference room, Kalispell. Katie Jackson speaks about communication challenges and skills. All welcome. Call Lois, 871-3767.

THOUGHT

“Many excellent words are ruined by too definite a knowledge of their meaning.” — Aline Kilmer, American poet (1888-1941).

• National Park Service in partnership with Glacier National Park Conservancy host Sperry Chalet Industry Night, 5-5:30 p.m. Feb. 13, Fireside Room, Red Lion Hotel, Kalispell Public open house follows 6-8 p.m. Public invited.

• Lakeside/Somers PTA hosts an art night, 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 13, Lakeside Elementary School. Local artists, musicians and writers teach students their craft. Open to student through eighth grade. Public invited.

• Flathead Democrats monthly education series on “Impact of Medicaid Expansion on the Economy and the Health of Montanans,” 7 p.m., Feb. 13, Room 123, Learning Resource Center, FVCC. Speaker is Dr. Jason Cohen, North Valley Hospital chief medical officer. Free. Public invited.

• Red Cross blood drive, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 14, Bigfork High School.

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

• Manufacturing Technology Expo, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Feb. 15. Meet local manufacturers offer hands-on experiences.

• Red Cross blood drives Feb. 15: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Immanuel Lutheran Communities.

• Kalispell Public Schools Board Governance Committee meets 10 a.m. Feb. 15, superintendent’s office.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 16, Gateway Community Center, Kalispell. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 752-7266.

• Kalispell Mini Maker Faire, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Feb. 16, Expo Building, Flathead County Fairgrounds.

• Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Flathead Valley Chapter annual banquet and auction fundraiser, Feb. 16, Flathead County Fairgrounds Trade Center. Cocktail social 4:30 p.m.; prime rib dinner 7 p.m. Tickets $70 per person, $105 per couple and $35 for youth age 17 years and under, which includes membership. Call Kim Wold, 406-257-9110 or 406-261-4111.

• Valentines Dance, 7-9 p.m., Feb. 16, Linderman Education Center gym, 124 Third Ave. E., Kalispell. Music, snacks, drinks, door prizes. Cost $5 per single; $15 family of four. All welcome.

• Red Cross blood drives Feb. 18: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. National Parks Realty, sponsored by Whitefish Fresh Life Church; 1-6 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• Flathead County Republican Women meet at noon Feb. 18, Hampton Inn, Kalispell. Speakers are Montana Sen. Al Olszewski and Frank Miele. Lunch available. Call Heidi Roedel, 270-5606.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 8:30-11 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. Feb. 19, Polson Senior Center. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 883-4735.

• Kalispell Women’s Connection buffet lunch, 11:30 a.m. Feb. 19, meeting room of Victory Baptist Church, 1830 Montana 35. Program by Jan Williams. Speaker is Susan Hascall. Cost $9 per person. Call Jan, 212-3763, or Rosainne, 257-8098 for lunch and free child care reservations. Affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries.

• Red Cross blood drives Feb. 19: noon to 4:15 p.m. Lakeside QRU; 12:30-5:30 p.m. Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

• Kalispell Public Schools Curriculum and Instruction Committee meets 3 p.m. Feb. 19, assistant superintendent’s office.

• Flathead County Democratic Party meets 7 p.m. Feb. 19, Kalispell VFW Post 2252 meeting room. 330 First Ave. W. Bring a donation for veterans food pantry. Call Lynne Stanley, 471-8317.

• Fair-Mont-Egan School board Policy Review meeting, noon, Feb. 20.

• Red Cross blood drives Feb. 20: noon to 5 p.m. West Valley School; noon to 5 p.m. Troy Baptist Church.

• Kalispell Public Schools Policy and Communications Committee meets 8:30 a.m. Feb. 21, superintendent’s office.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 21, Eureka High School. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 406-293-6344.

• Red Cross blood drive, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Libby VFW.

• Teen social Maker Lab for grades 6-12, 4-5:30 p.m. Feb. 21, ImagineIF Library, Kalispell. Food, Wii gaming. Craft is “Dessert Demolition.” Free.

• Flathead Valley Community College Honors Symposium Series presents “Germany and Europe after Merkel” by Eva-Maria Maggi, 7 p.m. Feb. 21, Arts and Technology Building, FVCC. Free. Public welcome. Call Gerta Reeb, 756-3889.

• Kalispell Public Schools Finance and Operations Committee meets 7 a.m. Feb. 22, district office basement meeting room.

• Red Cross blood drives Feb. 22:10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Flathead City-County Health Department.

• John White Lecture Series presents living history performer Mary Jane Bradbury, 2 p.m. Feb. 24, Museum at Central School, 124 Second Ave. E., Kalispell. Tickets $6 for museum members; $9 for nonmembers. Limited tickets at door. Call 756-8381.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 25, Libby Christian Church. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 406-283-7000.

• Flathead County Democratic Women meet Feb. 25, at Hilton Garden Inn, Kalispell. Social at 11:30 a.m. followed by noon buffet lunch for $14. RSVP to Elizabeth Mollica, 837-0939.

• Red Cross blood drive, 1-6 p.m. Feb. 25, at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• Glacier National Park Volunteer Associates Winter Speaker series presents Glacier Park ranger Teagan Tomlin on “If Rocks Could Talks: A Geologic History of GNP,” 7 p.m. Feb. 25, Museum at Central School, Kalispell. Free. Public invited.

• Flathead Conservation District business meeting 7 p.m. Feb. 25, 133 Interstate Lane, in Evergreen. Call 752-4220.

• Red Cross blood drive, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 26, Our Lady of Mercy, Eureka.

• Kalispell Public Schools district board meets 6 p.m. Feb. 26, Kalispell Middle School Library.

• Red Cross blood drive, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 27, Lincoln County High School, Eureka.

• Kalispell Public Schools Information and Technology Committee meets 8:30 a.m. Feb. 28, IT office.

• Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 28, Marion Fire District.

• Flathead Valley Community College Honors Symposium Series presents “Between Two Worlds: Turkey’s Geopolitical Role in Europe and the Middle East” by Monika Fischer, 7 p.m. Feb. 28, Arts and Technology Building, FVCC. Free. Public welcome. Call Gerta Reeb, 756-3889.

• Annual Free the Seeds! seed swap and fair, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., March 2, Arts and Technology Building, FVCC.

• 2019 Wilderness Speaker Series presents a program on wilderness fisheries management by three Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials, 7-8:15 p.m. March 6, Arts and Technology Building, FVCC. Free. Open to public.

• Flathead Valley Community College Honors Symposium Series presents “Post-Soviet Politics and the Rise of Nationalism in Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia” by Marty Manor Mullins, 7 p.m. March 7, Arts and Technology Building, FVCC. Free. Public welcome. Call Gerta Reeb, 756-3889.

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

• Flathead Valley Community College Honors Symposium Series presents “The Brexit Battle: What It Means for Europe and America” by Craig Parsons7 p.m. March 14, Arts and Technology Building, FVCC. Free. Public welcome. Call Gerta Reeb, 756-3889.

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

• Flathead Valley Community College Honors Symposium Series presents “European Security after NATO” by David M. Andrews, 7 p.m. March 21, Arts and Technology Building, FVCC. Free. Public welcome. Call Gerta Reeb, 756-3889.

• Glacier National Park Volunteer Associates Winter Speaker series presents field manager Adam Osborne on “Rebuilding Sperry-A Builder’s Perspective, 7 p.m. March 25, Arts and Technology Building, FVCC. Free. Public invited.

• 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.

• Whitefish Woody Weekend, June 28-30, Lodge at Whitefish Lake. Public invited to tour classic, antique wooden boats at docks beginning 9 a.m. Saturday. Public boat rides during day. Call Tim Salt, 862-5085.

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