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• 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.

• Smith Valley School Negotiations Committee meets with Smith Valley Teachers Association 5:30 p.m.

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

Wednesday

• Evergreen Water and Sewer District board meets at 7 a.m. at the district office, 130 Nicholson Dr.

• 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.

• Columbia Falls School board Long Range Planning Committee meets at 6 p.m.

• Artists and Craftsmen of the Flathead Valley meet at 7 p.m. Flathead Building Association, 309 Main St., Kalispell. Call 881-4288.

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; 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.

• Flathead Valley Recovery Symposium, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Room 139, Arts and Technology Building, FVCC. Presentations and information tables on effective addiction treatment and recovery. Free. Open to public. No preregistration needed. Call Courtney Rudbach, event organizer, 406-250-0471.

• Flathead Quilters Guild 2018 quilt show, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today; 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: 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. today; 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., superintendent’s office.

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

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

• Canvas Church Empty Nesters ‘50s Sock Hop, 7-10 p.m. 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.

Thought

“We want the facts to fit the preconceptions. When they don’t it is easier to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions.” — Jessamyn West, American author (1902-1984).

Saturday

• Flathead Lutherans for Life annual multi-church rummage sale, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., 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., Swan Chapel, Swan Lake. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 756-5885.

• Flathead Quilters Guild 2018 quilt show, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 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 6 p.m.; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Kalispell Center Mall. Books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks.

• Volunteer service day, 10 a.m. Wayfarers Unit of Flathead Lake State Park. Trail and campground maintenance. Bring water, work gloves. Refreshments provided. Bighorn sheep program at 2 p.m., Harry Horn Picnic Shelter. Viewing of world record bighorn ram 2-4 p.m. Public invited. Call 837-3041.

• 28th annual Flathead River Writers Conference today and Sunday, 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

Sunday

• Friends of the Library annual book sale, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Kalispell Center Mall. Books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks.

• Oktoberfest, noon to 4 p.m., 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., Flathead Valley Community College. Two-mile trip or less if desired. Exhibits, entertainment, refreshments. alz.org/walk or call 1-800-272-3900.

• Flathead Quilters Guild 2018 quilt show, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today; 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: 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. today; 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., superintendent’s office.

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

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

• Canvas Church Empty Nesters ‘50s Sock Hop, 7-10 p.m. 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.

Saturday

• Flathead Lutherans for Life annual multi-church rummage sale, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., 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., Swan Chapel, Swan Lake. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 756-5885.

• Flathead Quilters Guild 2018 quilt show, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 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 6 p.m.; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Kalispell Center Mall. Books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks.

• Volunteer service day, 10 a.m. Wayfarers Unit of Flathead Lake State Park. Trail and campground maintenance. Bring water, work gloves. Refreshments provided. Bighorn sheep program at 2 p.m., Harry Horn Picnic Shelter. Viewing of world record bighorn ram 2-4 p.m. Public invited. Call 837-3041.

• 28th annual Flathead River Writers Conference today and Sunday, 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

Sunday

• Friends of the Library annual book sale, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Kalispell Center Mall. Books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks.

• Oktoberfest, noon to 4 p.m., 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., Flathead Valley Community College. Two-mile trip or less if desired. Exhibits, entertainment, refreshments. alz.org/walk or call 1-800-272-3900.

Monday

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 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., 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., Kalispell Vet Center, 690 N. Meridian Road, Suite 101, Kalispell. Services and benefits for veterans and their families.

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

• Free introductory talk for upcoming Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course 5:30-7 p.m., The Summit, Kalispell. Learn how meditation can help with pain, illness and stress. Call Michelle Richards, 261-4112.

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

A look ahead

• 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.

• Mountain Brook Quilt & Craft Market,10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 28,10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 29, Mountain View Mennonite Church, 795 Mennonite Church Road, Kalispell. Handmade quilts, knits, art, jewelry, totes, home decor, baked goods and more.

• Big Arm Association pancake breakfast, 8-11 a.m. Sept. 29, Big Arm Historic School. Menu also includes scrambled eggs, sausage, juice, coffee. Donations appreciated.

• Bigfork CiderFest, 2-6 p.m. Sept. 29, Electric Avenue. Montana ciders, brewers, music. Tickets $30. Proceeds benefit Bigfork Innovations Group (B.I.G.) supporting Bigfork events; www.eventbrite.com

• 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.

• Parents, Let’s Unite for Kids, (PLUK) offers a 10-week program to help parents with special needs children learn successful strategies, 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Oct. 2 to Dec. 4, Gateway Community Center United Way Conference Room, 1203 U.S. 2 W., Kalispell. Cost $125 per person; $200 per couple. Scholarships available. To register, visit www.mtpluk.org. Call Cindy at 406-255-0540.

• Whitefish Shines volunteers begin preparing city decorations for holiday season, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 3, Roy Duff Armory. New volunteers welcome. Call Chris Schustrom, 406-260-1198.

• 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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