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• 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.

• Canyon Community Dinner, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Hungry Horse School. Beef stew, cornbread, salad, apple and dip. All welcome. Call Flo, 250-3406; or Luann, 261-1083.

• 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.

Friday

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

• Mountain Brook Quilt & Craft Market, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today,10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 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, 5 to 11 p.m. today, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday; and Oct. 4-6, Depot Park Whitefish. Admission $5; kids under 12, free.

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

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

Saturday

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

• Mountain Brook Quilt & Craft Market, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 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 noon to 11 p.m. today; and Oct. 4-6, Depot Park Whitefish. Admission $5; kids under 12, free.

Thought

“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” — Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher (1788-1860).

• Bigfork CiderFest, 2-6 p.m., 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. Meet at Big Mountain Trailhead. Kid 12 and older welcome. Call 862-3880.

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

Sunday

• Tree Cycle 2018, 2-4 p.m., 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.

Wild mushroom hike, 2 p.m., Woods Lake Trailhead, Whitefish Trail. Dale Johnson leads hike. Bring a basket. Guide books provided. Free. Open to public. All ages welcome.

Monday

• 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.

A look ahead

• Women Who Wine Flathead, he Brews Brothers and Flathead Community Foundation’s annual Giving Banquet, Oct. 2, Red Lion Hotel Kalispell. Tickets $120/couple, $65/individual. Call 756-9047.

• 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.

• Friendship Force meets for breakfast 9 a.m. Oct. 3, Sykes Restaurant, Kalispell. All interested in travel welcome. Call Priscilla, 756-9332.

• 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.

• Independent wildlife consultant Brian Peck gives an update on status of grizzly bear recovery, 4 p.m. Oct. 6, Montana House, Apgar Village, Glacier Park. Free. Reservations recommended. Call 888-5393.

• 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. RSVP to Dorothy Meyer, 257-7711.

• 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.

• Smith Valley School Fall Festival, 5-8 p.m. Oct. 12, 290 U.S. 2 W., Kalispell. Games and food. Public invited.

• 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.

• Columbia Falls United Methodist Church fall bazaar and silent auction, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct.13, 117 Second St. W. Crafts, fair trade products, books, bake sale, attic treasures. Light breakfast and soup lunch available.

“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.

• Annual North Valley Community Crop Walk to raise hunger awareness, Oct. 14, Marantette Park, Columbia Falls. Registration 1 p.m.; 1K or 5K walk 1:30 p.m. Hot dogs served afterward.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 12:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 15, North Valley Senior Center, Columbia Falls. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 892-4087.

• 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.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 8:0 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 22, Libby Christian Church. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 406-283-7000.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 8:30-11 a.m. and 1-2:30p.m. Oct. 23, Polson Senior Center. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 883-4735.

• 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.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 27, Gateway Community Center, Kalispell. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 752-7266 for a reservation.

• 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.

• Smith Valley School ‘50s-Themed Happy Days Pie Bingo, 6-8 p.m. Nov. 16, 2901 U.S. 2 W., Kalispell. Public invited.

• 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 Heroes” will be shown. Bring Thanksgiving leftovers to share; donations welcome. Call Gil, 883-6804 or 270-7895.

• Smith Valley School Holiday Craft Show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1, 2901 U.S. 2 W., Kalispell.

• 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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