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

• West Shore community dinner, 5-6 p.m., the Gathering Place 238 Adams St., Lakeside. Menu includes a chicken dinner. Free of charge to anyone. Families welcome.

• Humanities Montana presents a program by Greg Smith, “A Visit with an 1879 American Fur Co. Trader,” 7-8:30 p.m., Lone Pine State Park, Kalispell. Life and adventures of author and Blackfeet historian James W. Schulz re-enacted. Free. All ages welcome. Preregistration on Eventbrite required. Called 755-2706.

Saturday

• Annual Rumble in the Bay car, truck and motorcycle show, today and Sunday, downtown Bigfork. Today — Poker run 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; preregistration 4-7 p.m., new VFW. Sunday — Registration 9 a.m. to noon; show and shine 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; awards 3 p.m.; After-Rumble party 5 p.m. VFW. Costume contests, raffles. Call Jesse, 406-260-8385.

• Montana Dahlia Society annual show, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Kalispell Center Mall. Call Kathy David, 752-3031.

• Sons of Norway meet 1 p.m., upstairs at Museum at Central School, 124 2nd Ave. E., Kalispell. Call 253-1702.

• Herman Viola, curator emeritus of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History presents a talk about the National Native American Veterans Memorial and also World War II Marine Corps Pvt. Louis Charlo at 1:15 p.m. Saturday at the Ninepipes Museum diorama room, 69316 U.S. 93, in Charlo. Public invited.

Sunday

• Annual Rumble in the Bay car, truck and motorcycle show, downtown Bigfork. Registration 9 a.m. to noon; show and shine 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; awards 3 p.m.; After-Rumble party 5 p.m. VFW. Costume contests, raffles. Call Jesse, 406-260-8385.

• Montana Dahlia Society annual show, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Kalispell Center Mall. Call Kathy David, 752-3031.

Monday

• 9-11 Honor and Serve Foundation commemorates 9/11 with a memorial service and to recognize Flathead Valley first responders, 2 p.m., Flathead Lake Lodge, 150 Flathead Lodge Road, Bigfork. Free. Public invited. Fundraiser dinners follows ceremony. Cost $35.

• Evergreen Disposal will not be running routes today, Labor Day. All route days the rest of the week will be running one day late.

Wednesday

• Friendship Force meets for breakfast 9 a.m., Sykes Restaurant, Kalispell. All interested in travel welcome. Call Priscilla, 756-9332.

• Museum at Central School is quilting club and workshop begins 1-4 p.m., 124 Second Ave. E., Kalispell. Free. Club meets every other Wednesday. Open to public. Call Betty Jo Malone, 755-6323.

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

• 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. today, Sept. 12 and 19, YogaHeart Studio, 314 Main St., Polson. All welcome. Call 847-721-0665.

• Former U.S. Ambassador and Montana Sen. Max Baucus delivers the 2018 Mansfield Lecture, 7 p.m., Arts and Technology Building, FVCC. Free. Public invited. Call Diane Skyland, 756-3668.

Thursday

• Creston School board regular meeting 7 a.m.; special meeting to discuss Wi-Fi tower at 7 p.m.

• Series of six free, weekly diabetes classes for seniors begin: Lakeside — 2 to 3:30 p.m., The Gathering Place, 258 Adams St. Register by calling 756-8992; Bigfork — 7 to 8:30 p.m., Bigfork Community Center, 639 Commerce St. Register by calling 756-8992 or 837-4157.

Thought

“Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know.” — William Saroyan, American author and playwright (born this date in 1908, died 1981).

• Original verse-play titled “Someday I’d Write This Down,” by Montana’s poet laureate and FVCC instructor Lowell Jaeger, 7 p.m. today through Sept. 8, FVCC campus theater. Tickets are $5 for community members; $2 for students, online at www.fvcc.edu, in the FVCC Bookstore or at the door.

• Rocky Mountain Rollers Good Sam Camping Chapter campout today through Sept. 9, Logan State Park, 77518 U.S. 2 W (6.2 miles west of Happy’s Inn). Potluck, noon Sept. 8; meeting 1:30 p.m. Guests welcome. RSVP to Bob or Lynn, 755-4942.

A look ahead

• Kalispell Public Schools Policy Committee meets 7 a.m. Sept. 7, district office basement meeting room.

• 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.

• Power the Pedal fundraising event, 6 p.m. Sept. 7, O’Shaughnessy Center, Whitefish. Demonstrations of Maya Pedal bicycle-powered machines of Guatemala. Live music by Cocinando. Mayan food. Silent auction. Tickets $15 at Eventbrite.com; limited tickets at door.

• Original verse-play titled “Someday I’d Write This Down,” by Montana’s poet laureate and FVCC instructor Lowell Jaeger, 7 p.m. Sept.7-8, FVCC campus theater. Tickets are $5 for community members; $2 for students, online at www.fvcc.edu, in the FVCC Bookstore or at the door.

• Rocky Mountain Rollers Good Sam Camping Chapter campout through Sept. 9, Logan State Park, 77518 U.S. 2 W (6.2 miles west of Happy’s Inn). Potluck, noon Sept. 8; meeting 1:30 p.m. Guests welcome. RSVP to Bob or Lynn, 755-4942.

• Whitefish High School Class of 1968 reunion, Sept. 7-9. Call Wendy, 406-314-3991; or Steve, 406-862-0091.

• Flathead Valley Parade of Homes, noon to 8 p.m. Sept. 7; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 8; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 9. Advance tickets $12; $15 at door;go to www.buildingflathead.com for outlets.

• Local fantasy author Jess E. Owen will be signing books, 5-8 p.m. Sept. 7, The Bookshelf, Main Street, Kalispell. Call 756-2665.

• Friends of Bigfork Fire Department’s “Brats, Burgers and Band” fundraiser, 5 p.m. Sept. 7, Harbor Village Pavilion, Eagle Bend, Bigfork. Live music by Blue Smoke. Meal tickets are $10, adults; $5, children, $25,family of four. Beer and wine available. Fire engines and an ambulance on display.

• Whitefish High School Class of 1963 55th class reunion, 7-9 p.m. Sept. 7, Casey’s Bar, Whitefish. All classes and teachers welcome. Donations accepted for food.

• Listen to campfire stories from around the world, 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 7, Lone Pine State Park, Kalispell. Bring camp chairs, blankets and hot cocoa. All ages welcome. Cost $6 for 13 and older; 12 and under, free. Register on Eventbrite or call 755-2706.

• Yellow Bay Community Club pancake breakfast, 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 8, at the clubhouse,east shore of Flathead Lake on Montana 35 at mile-maker 18. Menu also includes eggs, sausages and fruit. $5, adults; $3, children ages 8 and under. Public invited.

• 350 Glacier and Flathead residents concerned about climate change Rise for Climate rally, 10 a.m. Sept. 8, Depot Park, Kalispell. Public invited.

• 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.

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

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

• Valley Voices Community Choir begins rehearsals for this season, 6-8 p.m. Sept. 10, 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.

• Flathead Conservation District 310 Stream Permit meeting 7 p.m. Sept. 10, 133 Interstate Lane, in Evergreen. Call 752-4220.

• Kalispell Public Schools district board meets 6 p.m. Sept. 11, Kalispell Middle School Library.

• Suicide Support Group, Surviving Our Loss after Suicide, (SOLAS) meets 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 11, The Summit, Kalispell. Call Joan, 871-1008.

• Flathead Community Connect, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 14, 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.

• 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 10a.m. Sept. 14, superintendent’s office.

• 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.

• Annual Shriners/Spinnaker Chili cook off and wiener dog races, Sept. 15, Spinnaker Bar and Grill, Lakeside; 406-844-2176.

• Annual Kootenai Harvest Festival, noon to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15, Riverfront Park, Libby. Live music, children’s activies, 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.

• 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

• 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.

• 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.

• 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 ofice.

• 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.

• 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.

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

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

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

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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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