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TODAY

• Gold, Gem and Mineral Show,10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Expo Building, Northwest Montana Fairgrounds, Kalispell. Admission is free for children through eighth grade, $2 for adults, high school age and older. Door prizes. Free parking.

• Home and Garden Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Flathead County Fairgrounds, Kalispell. Advance tickets at all Glacier Bank and Super 1 locations, and participating businesses. Tickets also available at door.

• Columbia Falls High School Speech and Debate team celebrated its 14th consecutive State Tournament victory, 6-8 p.m., high school Little Theater. Free and open to public.

MONDAY

• Daughters of the American Revolution, Chief Ignace Chapter, meet noon to 3 p.m., 4Bs Restaurant, Kalispell. Sandy Taylor presents a program titled “The Battle of Kings Mountain.” To reserve a seat, call Cate, 755-6781.

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

Bingo, 1 p.m. March 11, Whitefish Community Center, 121 E. Second St. Coffee and cookies. Call 862-4923.

• Swan River School board meets at 4 p.m.

• West Valley School board meets 5 p.m.

• Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group meets 6-8 p.m., The Summit, Kalispell. Lynae West with Summit Independent Living will discuss programs and assistance 6-7 p.m. Survivors, family, friends are welcome. Refreshments. Call Jennifer, 756-4725.

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

• Marion School board meets 6:30 p.m.

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

TUESDAY

• West Valley School fundraiser for kindergarten through fourth grade, 5-7 p.m., Five Guys Burgers & Fries, Kalispell. 15 percent of proceeds support school programs.

• Kalispell Chamber of Commerce Unwind, 5-6:30 p.m. Rocky Mountain Bank, 2405 U.S. 93 N. Giveaways. All welcome. Call 758-2803.

• Smith Valley School board meets 6 p.m.

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

• Kila School board meets 6 p.m.

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

• Montana State University professor Alison Harmon’s presents “$3 a Day - Building Empathy and Compassion for the Food Insecure” 7 p.m., Arts and Technology Building, FVCC. Free. Public invited.

• 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, 2412 Farm to Market Road.

WEDNESDAY

• Red Cross blood drive, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., FVCC, Kalispell.

• Alpenglow Clinic, Kalispell’s state-certified chemical dependency clinic, grand opening 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 285 Second Ave. WN Suite 101, Kalispell. Hors d’oeuvres and literature provided. Call 406-890-2570.

• Parkinson’s disease support group meets 3-4:30 p.m., Gateway Community Center, north conference room, Kalispell. Presenter is pharmacist Justin VanCampen. All welcome. Call Lois, 871-3767. • Whitefish Women of the Moose monthly meal, 5-7 p.m., Moose Lodge 230 W. 10th St. Taco bar. Call Carol, 260-8493.

• Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation annual film fundraiser, today and March 14, O’Shaughnessy Center, Whitefish. Doors open 6 p.m. Films start 7 p.m.

• Montana Lakes Conference workshop, “Lake Ecology 101: How Biology, Chemistry and Physics Interact to Shape how Lakes Function” by Shawn Devlin of the Flathead Lake Biological Station, 1-4 p.m., Lodge at Whitefish Lake. Free. Open to the public. Call 862-4327.

• Free community presentation, “A glimpse of fading glaciers: Impacts on Life in Mountain Regions,” 7 p.m., Whitefish Performing Arts Center. Call 862-+4327.

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

• Character Conference “Fighting for Our Lives in an Age of Anxiety, Depression, Loneliness and Suicide,” 7 p.m. Glacier High School. Free. Public invited.

THURSDAY

• Creston School board meets 7 a.m.

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

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

• West Valley School fundraiser for fifth through eighth, 5-7 p.m., Five Guys Burgers & Fries, Kalispell. 15 percent of proceeds support school programs.

• Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation annual film fundraiser, O’Shaughnessy Center, Whitefish. Doors open 6 p.m. Films start 7 p.m.

THOUGHT

“To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth.” — Voltaire, French writer and philosopher (1694-1778).

• Artists reception for New Artists 2019 exhibition, 5-7 p.m., Hockaday Museum of Art, Kalispell

• Flathead Valley Community College Honors Symposium Series presents “The Brexit Battle: What It Means for Europe and America” by Craig Parsons, 7 p.m. Arts and Technology Building, FVCC. Free. Public welcome. Call Gerta Reeb, 756-3889.

FRIDAY

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

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

• Evergreen Chamber of Commerce luncheon, 11:30 a.m., Snappy’s Event Center, 1400 U.S. 2 E., Kalispell. RSVP by March 12 to 885-1212.

• FVCC Spring Concert series present Cocinando with guest vocal quintet, 7 p.m., Arts and Technology Building. Free. Public invited.

• Eastside Grange annual Breakfast for Supper and silent auction, 5-8 p.m., Creston Volunteer Fire Hall, 4498 Montana 35, Creston. Pancakes, Denver omelets and Belgian waffles. Food drive for veterans food pantry.

A LOOK AHEAD

• Smith Valley Fire District free St. Patrick’s Day pancake breakfast, 8 a.m. to noon March 16, 3496 U.S. 2 W., Kalispell. Meet first responders. Tours.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 16, The Summit, Kalispell. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 751-4500.

• Mission Valley Animal Shelter Spay-ghetti and No-balls dinner fundraiser, 5-9 p.m. March 16, Elks Lodge, 5120 Main St., Polson. Tickets $20 available at shelter and Seconds 2 Go.

• St. Patrick’s Day dinner, 5 p.m. March 16, Eagles, 37 First St. E., Kalispell. Corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, carrots, rolls dessert. Music by Reggie Houston $10 All welcome.

• Park After Dark snowshoe hike, 8 to 9:30 p.m. March 16, Lone Pine State Park, Kalispell. Cost $4 per person over the age of 13; kids 12 and under are free. To register, call 755-2706, ext. 2.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade, 4 p.m. March 17, Main Street, Kalispell. To enter, call 755-7410.

• Northwest Montana Posse of Westerners presents a program titled, ““Morton J. Elrod, Montana’s Pioneer Naturalist” Tom Bansak, assistant director of Flathead Lake Biological Station, March 18, Red Lion Hotel Kalispell. Greeting time 5:15 p.m.; dinner 6 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 drives March 18: 1-6 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell; 1-6 p.m. Trinity Lutheran Church, Kalispell.

• Red Cross blood drive, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 19, Glacier High School.

• Agency on Aging presents a Benefits Check Up Application Information and Assistance event, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 19, Gateway Community Center, 1203 U.S. 2 W. Kalispell, hosted by United Way. Call 758-5730.

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

• Kalispell Public Schools district board work session 6 p.m. March 19, Kalispell Middle School Library.

• Red Cross blood drive, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 20, Saint John Paul II Church, Bigfork; sponsored by Knights of Columbus.

• Columbia Falls Women’s Connection luncheon, 11:30 a.m. March 20, North Valley Hospital Community Room, 235 Nucleus Ave., Columbia Falls. Michelle from Plant Land provides gardening tips. Speaker is Rosaine Taylor. Cost $8 per person. Free child care by reservation. Call Candy, 387-4119; or Janet, 892-3621. Affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries.

• Montana Department of Transportation hosts open house to discuss proposal to widen one mile of U.S. 93 west of Whitefish between Twin Bridges and Beaver Lakes Road, 5-7 p.m. March 20, Whitefish Community Center, 121 E. Second St.

• Lakeside QRU board meets 7 p.m. March 20, Lakeside Community Room. Call Lois Lauman, 253-2841.

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

• Red Cross blood drive, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., March 21, The Wave, Whitefish.

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

• Evergreen Chamber of Commerce Energizer 5-6:30 p.m. March 21, Vitalant, 2593 U.S. 2 E. Food, drinks, prizes. Everyone welcome.

• Annual Loud at the Library, 6-8:30 p.m. March 21, ImagineIF Library, Kalispell. Music by Zino and the Bel Aires, food, beer and wine. Raffle baskets. Tickets $50.

• 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.

• Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 22 at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• West Shore community chili feed dinner, 5-6 p.m. March 22, the Gathering Place 238 Adams St., Lakeside. Free of charge to anyone. Families welcome.

• Connect to Kalispell community open house, 6-8 p.m. March 22, Lone Pine State Park, Kalispell. Meet staff and learn how park partners with other agencies. Call 755-2706, ext. 4.

• Annual Agriculture Appreciation dinner for local farmers and ranchers, March 22, Ronan Community Center. Social hour 6 p.m.; dinner 7 p.m. Call Ronan Chamber of Commerce.

• Eagles lodge International Dinner, 5 p.m. March 23, 37 First St. E. Eight cuisines featured. Funds raised go to charities. All welcome.

• Trinity Lutheran School and Missoula Children’s Theatre present “The Secret Garden,” 7 p.m. March 22, 2 p.m. March 23, 495 Fifth Ave. WN, Kalispell. Suggested donation at the door benefits music program. Call 257-6716.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 25, Libby Christian Church. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 7406-283-7000.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 25, Gateway Community Center, Kalispell. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 752-7266.

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

• 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.

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

• Red Cross blood drive, noon to 5 p.m. March 26, Good Shepherd Church, Polson.

• Medicare 101 class, 1-3 p.m. March 26, Flathead County South Campus, 40 11th St. W., Kalispell. Representatives guide through health insurance basics. Cost is $10. Call 758-5730.

• Red Cross blood drives March 27: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Elks Lodge, Kalispell; 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Glacier Bank, Bigfork.

• Flathead Democrats Monthly Education Series presents “Local Government, Where the Rubber Hits the Road and How You Can Put Your Foot on the Gas,” 7 p.m. March 27, Room 204, Arts and Technology Building, FVCC. Speaker is Whitefish City Councilor Richard Hildner. Free. Public invited.

• Red Cross blood drives March 28: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. U.S. Forest Service, Kalispell; 1-6 p.m. Fuel Fitness, Kalispell, blood mobile.

• Marion Fire District board meets 5 p.m. March 28, Marion Community Center, 180 Gopher Lane, Marion.

• Author and nutrition researcher Peter Greenlaw talks about food, nutrition and health in a presentation, 7-8:30 p.m. March 28, Red Lion Hotel, Kalispell. Free. Public invited. To register, visit https://bit.ly2BLva

• Red Cross blood drives March 29: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell; 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Mackenzie River North, Kalispell, blood mobile.

• Ruth and Sam Neff present a program titled “A Look Inside Iran,” 1 p.m. March 30, Whitefish Community Library community room, 9 Spokane Ave. All welcome.

• Somers Company Town Project annual Spirits of the Valley Tasting event, 6-9 p.m., March 30, Best Western Plus Flathead Inn and Suites, 4823 U.S. 93 S. Appetizers, desserts, spirits. Raffle, silent auction. Tickets $25 at door.

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

• Annual Creston Auction, Country Fair, Auto, Marine, RV and Equipment Sale, April 6-7, 12 miles east of Kalispell on Montana 35. April 5 is Consignment Day.

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

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

• Dream Adaptive Spring Fling, 5 p.m. April 13, Hilton Garden Inn, Kalispell. No-host cocktail hour, prime rib and salmon dinner, silent and live auctions. Live music by Mike Murray Duo. For tickets, call 406-871-6607.

• Lakeside QRU board meets 7 p.m. April 17, Lakeside Community Room. Call Lois Lauman, 253-2841.

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

CASA for Kids Flathead County spring graduation ceremony, April 18, Flathead County Justice Center, Kalispell. Mock trial 4-5 p.m.; swearing in ceremony 5-6 p.m.; reception 6-6:30 p.m.

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

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 8:30-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. April 23, Polson Area Senior Center; $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 883-4735

• Medicare 101 class, 1-3 p.m. April 23, Flathead County South Campus, 40 11th St. W., Kalispell. Representatives guide through health insurance basics. Cost is $10. Call 758-5730.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 29, Libby Christian Church $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 283-7000.

Flathead Democrats spring dinner 4:30 p.m. May 4, Grouse Mountain Lodge, Whitefish.

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

• Lakeside QRU board meets 7 p.m. May 15, Lakeside Community Room. Call Lois Lauman, 253-2841.

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

• Medicare 101 class, 1-3 p.m. May 28, Flathead County South Campus, 40 11th St. W., Kalispell. Representatives guide through health insurance basics. Cost is $10. Call 758-5730.

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

• Lakeside QRU board meets 7 p.m. June 19, Lakeside Community Room. Call Lois Lauman, 253-2841.

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

• 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.

• Medicare 101 class, 1-3 p.m. July 23, Flathead County South Campus, 40 11th St. W., Kalispell. Representatives guide through health insurance basics. Cost is $10. Call 758-5730.• Lakeside QRU board meets 7 p.m. Aug. 21, Lakeside Community Room. Call Lois Lauman, 253-2841.

• Medicare 101 class, 1-3 p.m. Aug. 27, Flathead County South Campus, 40 11th St. W., Kalispell. Representatives guide through health insurance basics. Cost is $10. Call 758-5730.

• Lakeside QRU board meets 7 p.m. Sept. 18, Lakeside Community Room. Call Lois Lauman, 253-2841.

• Medicare 101 class, 1-3 p.m. Sept. 24, Flathead County South Campus, 40 11th St. W., Kalispell. Representatives guide through health insurance basics. Cost is $10. Call 758-5730.• Lakeside QRU board meets 7 p.m. Oct. 16, Lakeside Community Room. Call Lois Lauman, 253-2841.

• Medicare 101 class, 1-3 p.m. Oct. 22, Flathead County South Campus, 40 11th St. W., Kalispell. Representatives guide through health insurance basics. Cost is $10. Call 758-5730.

• Lakeside QRU board meets 7 p.m. Nov. 20, Lakeside Community Room. Call Lois Lauman, 253-2841.

• Medicare 101 class, 1-3 p.m. Nov. 26, Flathead County South Campus, 40 11th St. W., Kalispell. Representatives guide through health insurance basics. Cost is $10. Call 758-5730.

• Medicare 101 class, 1-3 p.m. Dec. 17, Flathead County South Campus, 40 11th St. W., Kalispell. Representatives guide through health insurance basics. Cost is $10. Call 758-5730.

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