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• Red Cross “Montana’s Largest Pulse Project” blood drive, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Flathead Electric Co-op, Kalispell.

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

• Flathead Valley Sjogren’s Support Group meets 11:45 a.m., The Summit, Kalispell. Call Tedi, 406-849-5537.

• Glacier Pachyderm Club meets noon to 1 p.m., Sykes, 202 Second Ave. W., Kalispell; www.gcpachy.org

• Flathead Celtic Festival, 3-7 p.m. today; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Herron Park, Kalispell. Celtic games, music, kids’ activities, beer tent, food, vendors. Free admission.

• FVCC’s Music Department’s fall concert series with faculty 7 p.m., room 139, Arts and Technology Building. Free. Public invited. Call 756-4813.

Saturday

• 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.

• Annual Birds of Prey Festival, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lone Pine State Park, Kalispell. Exhibits, booths and programs. Fun activities, concessions available. Free. Open to public.

• Flathead Celtic Festival, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Herron Park, Kalispell. Bagpipe/grand entry parade at noon. Celtic games, music, bagpipes, kids’ activities, beer tent, food, vendors. Free admission.

• ImagineIF Libraries, Love Lives Here, Highline Design Company presents a community celebration of inclusion, 10 a.m. to noon, outside the library, Third Street East, Kalispell. Speakers, hands-on activities, snacks. Free. Open to public.

• Begg Dog Park anniversary party, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Begg Drive, off Airport Road. Cake, peanut butter lick contest, raffle baskets.

• Annual Shriners/Spinnaker Chili cook off and wiener dog races, Spinnaker Bar and Grill, Lakeside. Chili set up 3 p.m.; tasting 4 p.m. Registration 5 p.m.; wiener dog races 5:30 p.m. Fundraiser for Shriners; 406-844-2176.

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

• Mountain Brook Community Library hamburger, pie and ice cream social, 5-8 p.m., Foothill Road, Kalispell. Live music by Swan Range Jammers.

Sunday

• Flathead Valley Out of the Darkness Walk to fight suicide, 2 p.m., Gateway Community Center, Kalispell. Check-in 1 p.m. Register online at outofthedarkness.org/FlatheadValley.

• Benefit concert for Neighbors in Need, 4 p.m., Northridge Lutheran Church, 323 Northridge Drive, Kalispell. Free will offering accepted.

Monday

• Flathead County Republican Women meet at noon, Hampton Inn, Kalispell. Speakers Bob Keenan and Dave Galts talk about Montana initiatives on November ballot.

• Red Cross blood drives: 1-6 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell; 2-6 p.m. Trinity Lutheran Church.

• Dementia and Alzheimer’s Support Group meets 3-4:30 p.m., Buffalo Hill Terrace, 40 Claremont St., Kalispell. Sponsored by Immanuel Lutheran Communities. Call Laura Normandy, 752-9612, ext. 1351.

• Northwest Montana Posse of Westerners presents a program by Jim Shelden of Missoula titled, “Glacial Lake Missoula in the Flathead Valley” Red Lion Hotel Kalispell. Greeting time 5:30 p.m.; dinner 6:15 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.

Montana Disability Voices hosts a public candidate forum with Montana legislative candidates to discuss issues and public policy affecting those with disabilities, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Suite 26, Gateway Community Center, 1203 U.S. 2 W., Kalispell. Free. Register at www.mtdisabilityvoices.org

Thought

“Civilizations die from philosophical calm, irony, and the sense of fair play quite as surely as they die of debauchery.” — Joseph Wood Krutch, American author, critic and educator (1893-1970).

Tuesday

• Kalispell Chamber of Commerce luncheon, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Red Lion Hotel, Kalispell. Luncheon tickets $20. For reservations, call 758-2803.

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

• Lakeside County Water and Sewer district board meets 2 p.m., district meeting room, 253 Bierney Creek Road.

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

• Flathead County Solid Waste District board meets 3 p.m., landfill office.

Wednesday

• Flathead County Trail Plan update meeting, 8:30-10:30 a.m., 40 11th St. W., Kalispell.

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

• Columbia Falls Women’s Connection luncheon, 11:30 a.m., North Valley Hospital Community Room, 235 Nucleus Ave., Columbia Falls. Speakers are Ashley Stewart and Nancy Williams. Bring donations of canned goods or personal care items for Samaritan House. Cost $8 per person. Free child care by reservation. Call Candy, 387-4119; or Janet, 892-3621. Affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries.

• Immanuel Lutheran Communities hosts a community presentation geared for seniors, “Dementia Treatment — What’s On the Horizon,” 2-3:30 p.m., Buffalo Hill Terrace, 40 Claremont St., Kalispell. Free. Call 752-9625.

Great Outdoors Brewery Tour, 5-7 p.m., Kalispell Brewing Co., 412 Main Street. Meet with Outdoor recreation and conservation advocates.

Thursday

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

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

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

• Flathead City-County Board of Health meets 1 p.m., administration office, Earl Bennett Building, 1035 First Ave. E., Kalispell.

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

Friday

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

A look ahead

• 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.

• Red Cross blood drives Sept. 21: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell; 11:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Gateway Community Center, Kalispell. Call 752-7266 for an appointment.

• 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.

• Kalispell Public Schools Board Governance Committee meets 10 a.m. Sept. 21, superintendent’s office.

• Flathead Chapter of National Active and Retired Federal Employees meets at noon Sept. 21, Perkins Restaurant, Kalispell. Social time, 11:30 a.m. Call Jim Reid, 756-8011.

• Whitefish High School Homecoming Parade, 4:30 p.m. Sept. 21, downtown Whitefish.

• Canvas Church ‘50s Sock Hop, 7-10 p.m. Sept. 21, at the Armory, corner of Second St. West and Meridian Road, Kalispell. Admission $5 plus a can of food for the Samaritan House food pantry. ‘50’s attire recommended. Live DJ, dance contest, hula hoop contest, refreshments.

• Flathead Lutherans for Life annual multi-church rummage sale, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 22, Faith Lutheran Church, Proceeds benefit Hope Pregnancy Ministries and other projects. Call 752-6048.

• 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

Fundraiser to maintain the winter bike trails around Beaver Lake,11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 22, Whitefish Bike Retreat. Fat tire bike demos. Taco truck and beer for sale. Free admission.

• 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

• Oktoberfest, noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 23, St. John Paul II Church. 195 Coverdell Road, Bigfork. German food. Beer and wine for sale. Cost $12 adult, $5 children. Call Kirk Penrod, 261-7699.

• 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.

• DAV Mobile Service Office operates 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 24, Kalispell Vet Center, 690 N. Meridian Road, Suite 101, Kalispell. Services and benefits for veterans and their families.

• Red Cross blood drives Sept. 24: 12:30-6 p.m. West Kootenai; 1-6 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

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

• Red Cross blood drive, noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 25, Polson Good Shepherd.

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

• Retirement open house for Frank Miele, Daily Inter Lake managing editor, 4-7 p.m. Sept. 25, Inter Lake offices, 727 E. Idaho St., Kalispell. Refreshments and snacks served. Public invited. Use side door; look for signs.

• Lakeside-Somers Chamber of Commerce BASH, 4-5 p.m. Sept. 25, Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp, 550 Lutheran Camp Road, Lakeside. Free for chamber members; $5 nonmembers.

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

• Red Cross blood drive, 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Sept. 26, U.S. Forest Service, Kalispell.

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

• Kalispell Senior Center 50th anniversary celebration, 2-5 p.m. Sept. 27, Activity Room, Suite 110, 40 11th St. W., Kalispell. Cake and ice cream, door prizes. All welcome.

• Marion Fire District board meets 6 p.m. Sept. 27, Marion Community Center, 180 Gopher Lane, Marion.

• 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.

• Joe Coco offers a free presentation about the marriage between government and economics 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 27, 6442 Hwy.93 South Space limited. RSVP to Erika, 862-9400.

• Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 28, at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• Somers Company Town Project Oktoberfest, 5-8 p.m. Sept. 29, Somers Bay Cafe. Live music by Billy Angel, German food, beer wine, raffles. Entrance fee $15.

• 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.

• Book signing for Miantae Metcalf McConnel’s book “Deliverance,” 4-7 p.m. Oct. 5, The Bookshelf, Main St., Kalispell.

• Annual Libby Stand Down, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 7, Asa Wood Grade School, 700 Idaho St., Libby. Free for veterans and families. Bring a DD214 or other military ID. Call 756-7304.

• Bigfork Community Methodist Church annual bazaar and lunch, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 6, 750 Electric Ave., Bigfork. Handcrafted jewelry, art, pottery, wood, Homemade berry pies and jams. Soups for lunch. Call 837-4547.

• 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.

• Glacier Rail Park grand opening 10 a.m. Oct. 8, 801 Whitefish Stage, Kalispell. Enter from Flathead Drive. Ribbon cutting, tours, refreshments.

• 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.

• FVCC’s Music Department’s fall concert series with faculty 7 p.m. Oct. 12, room 139, Arts and Technology Building. Free. Public invited. Call 756-4813.

“Lights, Camera, Auction” fundraiser for Trinity Lutheran School, Oct. 13, Flathead County Fairgrounds, Kalispell. No host bar 5 p.m. Buffet dinner 6 p.m. Silent, live auctions, games. Tickets $25, available at the school, 495 First Ave. WN. Call 257-6716.

• 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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