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• 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.

• American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, AARP Montana and Montana Primary Care Association present Health Votes Montana 2018 state legislative candidate forum on healthcare issues, 6-8 p.m., Room 139, Arts and Technology Building, FVCC.

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, 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. Saturday, 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. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Kalispell Center Mall. Books, CDs, DVDs, audio.

• 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.

• Glacier Pachyderm Club meets noon to 1 p.m., Sykes, 202 Second Ave. W., Kalispell. Speakers are campaign staffers Ian Sibbert and Taylor Rose; www.gcpachy.org

• 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.

• Epworth United Methodist Church annual rummage sale, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 329 2nd Ave E., in Kalispell. Proceeds support Ray of Hope, Blackfeet United Methodist Parish and pastor support in East Angola.

• 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. today; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Kalispell Center Mall. Books, CDs, DVDs, audio.

• 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. 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.

Thought

“Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.” — George Washington Carver, American botanist (1864-1943).

• 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.

Tuesday

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

• Medicare 101 class, 1-3 p.m., 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., 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., Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp, 550 Lutheran Camp Road, Lakeside. Free for chamber members; $5 nonmembers.

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

Wednesday

• ImagineIF Libraries board meets at 9 a.m., meeting room, Kalispell. Call Connie Behe, 758-5824.

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

• Reception and fundraising event for Montana State University’s School of Art Graduate Program, 6-9 p.m. Montana Modern fine Art Gallery, 127 Main St., Kalispell. Drinks, hors d’oeuvres, drawings for art. RSVP to Moira Keshishian, 406-994-3272.

A look ahead

• 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.

• Free outdoor movie “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Sept. 28, Woodland Park events field, Kalispell. Bring blankets and chairs. Free games for kids starting at 6 p.m.

• 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

• Celebrate National Public Lands Day by volunteering for trail work on the Whitefish Trail 9 a.m. to noon, Sept. 29. Meet at Big Mountain Trailhead. Kid 12 and older welcome. Call 862-3880.

• 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.

• Tree Cycle 2018, 2-4 p.m. Sept. 30, downtown Kalispell. Free, self-guided, family-friendly bike ride to learn more about Kalispell’s urban forest. Begins and ends at Museum at Central School, 124 Second Ave. W. Games, refreshments/ Call 758-7716.

• 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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