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• 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.

The Springs at Whitefish has a yard sale fundraiser, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.,1001 River Lakes Parkway. All proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Call 862-6322.

• 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.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. 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.

• 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

• Bigfork High School Homecoming Parade, 12:15 p.m., Grand/Electric Aves.

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

• 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 and can of food for Samaritan House. ‘50’s attire recommended. Live DJ, dance, hula hoop contests, 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 charities.

• 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.

• Volunteer service day, 10 a.m. Wayfarers Unit of Flathead Lake State Park. Trail campground maintenance. Bring water, work gloves. Refreshments. Bighorn sheep program 2 p.m., Harry Horn Picnic Shelter. Viewing of world record bighorn ram 2-4 p.m. 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.,Lodge at Whitefish Lake. Speaker is Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Kenneth E. Tovo. Silent, live auctions; 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 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.

Thought

“History is too serious to be left to historians.” — Iain Macleod, British politician (1913-1970).

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.

Thursday

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

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

• Annual Great Northwest Oktoberfest today through Sept. 29; and Oct. 4-6, Depot Park Whitefish. Hours 5 to 11 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; noon to 11 p.m. Saturdays. Today is Local Night. Bring local ID for free admission. General admission $5; kids under 12, free.

• Marion Fire District board meets 6 p.m., 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., Arts and Technology Building, FVCC.

• Free Night at the Museum, 6:30 p.m., Miracle of American Museum, 36094 Memory Lane, Polson. Treats and donations welcome. Call Gil, 883-6804 or 270-7895.

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

A look ahead

• 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.

• Annual Great Northwest Oktoberfest Sept. 28-29; and Oct. 4-6, Depot Park Whitefish. Hours 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday; noon to 11 p.m. Saturdays. Admission $5; kids under 12, free.

• 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. E. 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.

• Cholesterol screening and education, 7-10 a.m. Oct 4 and first Thursday of every month, The Summit, Kalispell. Includes triglycerides, glucose, cholesterol, HDL and LDL. Walk-in clinic; no preregistration required. Fast 8-12 hours prior and drink plenty of water. Cost $35; $31.50 for seniors. Call Kathy Prim, 751-4500.

• Annual Great Northwest Oktoberfest, Oct. 4-6, Depot Park Whitefish. Hours 5 to 11 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; and noon to 11 p.m. Saturdays. Oct. 6 is “Senior’s Day.” Those over 60 years old get in free until 5 p.m. General admission $5; kids under 12, free.

• 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.

• Free Night at the Museum, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25, Miracle of American Museum, 36094 Memory Lane, Polson. Film “The Devil Horse” will be shown. Treats and donations welcome. Call Gil, 883-6804 or 270-7895.

• 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.

• Free Night at the Museum, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 22, Miracle of American Museum, 36094 Memory Lane, Polson. Film “Kelly’s Heros” will be shown. Bring Thanksgiving leftovers to share; donations welcome. Call Gil, 883-6804 or 270-7895.

• 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.

• Free Night at the Museum, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 27, Miracle of American Museum, 36094 Memory Lane, Polson. “Heading Home for the Holidays” filmed in Glacier Park and Browning with Amy Grant and Jimmy Stewart’s “Mr. Krueger’s Christmas” will be shown. Treats and donations welcome. Call Gil, 883-6804 or 270-7895.

• 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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