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• 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.

• Glacier Pachyderm Club meets noon to 1 p.m., Sykes, 202 Second Ave. W., Kalispell. Jason Spring and Jason Cohen make a case for I-185.; www.gcpachy.org

• 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 start 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.

• 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.

• Flathead Audubon work day at Owen Sowerwine Natural Area, 9 a.m. to noon. Meet at Montessori School on Willow Glen Drive. Free. Open to public. Call Bob Lee, 270-0371; or Linda Winnie, 253-7430.

• National Public Lands Day trail improvement, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lone Pine State Park, Kalispell. Volunteers needed to remove noxious weeds and other trail work. Lunch provided. Call 755-2706.

• National Public Lands Day picnic table staining project, 9 a.m. to noon, Lone Pine State Park and Herron Park, near Kalispell. Lunch provided. RSVP to 203-3939.

• 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.

• 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

• Vietnam Veterans of America and FVCC Veterans Association sponsor a town hall meeting for veterans and family members titled “Toxic Chemical in the Military,” 2 p.m., Arts and Technology Building, FVCC. Topics include Agent Orange, burn pits and low-grade radiation.

• 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. Guide books provided. Free. Open to all ages.

• Multi-denominational church choral concert, 4 p.m., Northridge Lutheran Church, 323 Northridge Drive, Kalispell. Free and open to public. Call Craig Naylor, 406-250-8867.

Monday

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Summit, Kalispell. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.);751-4500.

• Glacier Stamp Club meets 6:30 p.m., Billiard Room, Buffalo Hill Terrace, 40 Claremont St., Kalispell. Program on members’ favorite stamps. All welcome; glacierstampclubmt@gmail.com

Tuesday

• Flathead City-County Health Department annual flu clinic, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Expo Building, Flathead County Fairgrounds. Drive-up available for those with special needs. Call 751-8110.

Thought

“To fight oppression, and to work as best we can for a sane organization of society, we do not have to abandon the state of mind of freedom. If we do that we are letting the same thuggery in by the back door that we are fighting off in front of the house.” — John Dos Passos, American author (born 1896, died this date in 1970).

• Women Who Wine Flathead, the Brews Brothers and Flathead Community Foundation’s annual Giving Banquet, 5:30 p.m., 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 today 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.

Wednesday

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

• Kalispell Public Schools Personnel Committee meets 3 p.m., district office basement meeting room.

• USMC Happy Hour for Marines and Navy who served with Marines, 5-7 p.m., Kalispell VFW, 330 First Ave. W. Cash bar. Spouses welcome. Marine Corps Ball tickets for sale. Call 406-249-2448.

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

Thursday

• Children’s reading hour with country music artist and author Buck Buchanan and his book “Denni-Jo and Pinto,” 4-5 p.m., Lone Pine State Park, Kalispell. Free. Register on Eventbrite or Facebook. Call 755-2706.

• Cholesterol screening and education, 7-10 a.m. 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.

• Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center Park brown bag seminar, noon to 1 p.m., West Glacier Community Building, Glacier Park.Citizen science coordinators Jami Belt and Pete Mumford discuss “Plots, Scopes and Goats: Citizen Science in Glacier National Park.” Free. Open to public. Call 888-5827.

• Anime Club for teens in grades six to 12 meets 4-5:30 p.m. ImagineIF Library, Kalispell.

• Annual Great Northwest Oktoberfest, today through Oct. 6, Depot Park Whitefish. Hours 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday; and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday. 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.

A look ahead

• Kalispell Public Schools Finance and Operations Committee meets 7 a.m. Oct. 5, district office basement meeting room.

• 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 Great Northwest Oktoberfest, Oct.5-6, Depot Park Whitefish. Hours 5 to 11 p.m. Friday; and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday. 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.

• 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. Public invited to watch sandhill cranes fly in to roost. 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.

• Flathead Audubon meets at 7 p.m. Oct. 8, in the United Way conference room, Gateway Community Center, U.S. 2 West, Kalispell. Jake Bramante gives strategies for increasing backyard birds. Enter from west side of building. Free. All welcome.

• West Valley School board meets 5 p.m. Oct. 9.

• Kalispell Public Schools district board meets 6 p.m. Oct. 9, Kalispell Middle School Library.

• Suicide Support Group, Surviving Our Loss after Suicide, (SOLAS) meets 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 9, The Summit, Kalispell. Call Joan, 871-1008.

• Flathead Conservation District 310 Stream Permit meeting 7 p.m. Oct. 9, 133 Interstate Lane, in Evergreen. Call 752-4220.

• Opening reception for Heidi Wagner’s photo exhibit “The Passions Project” and launch of Immanuel Foundation,” 5:30 p.m. Oct. 11, Buffalo Hill Terrace lobby, 40 Claremont St., Kalispell. Cocktails, appetizers, Free. Open to public. RSVP to 752-9243.

• Mission Mountain Audubon meets 7 p.m. Oct. 11, Polson City Library meeting room. Ron Huff presents “Wildlife of Botswana’s Okavango Delta.” Free. All welcome.

• Kalispell Public Schools Board Governance Committee meets 10 a.m. Oct. 12, superintendent’s office.

• 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.

• Outdoor educator Brian Baxter leads a wetland ecology field trip to Owen Sowerwine Natural Area, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 13. 2.5 mile, moderate hike. No dogs allowed. Bring lunch, water, binoculars. Free. Meet at Montessori School, 349 Willow Glen Drive, Kalispell. Call 406-291-2154.

• “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.

• Kalispell Public Schools Curriculum and Instruction Committee meets 3 p.m. Oct. 16, assistant superintendent’s office.

• Creston Fire Department’s annual Soup for Supper fundraiser, 3:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 16, Creston Fire Station, 4498 Montana 35, Kalispell. Twenty soups and chowders, salad, rolls, desserts. Dine in or take out. Donations appreciated. Call Gloria Graves, 250-4655.

• 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.

• Sobbacycle in Whitefish sponsors a spin class to raise money for A21, a nonprofit combating human trafficking, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 17. $20 per person. Limited to 20. Call 406-730-8744.

• Kalispell Public Schools Policy and Communications Committee meets 8:30 a.m. Oct. 18, superintendent’s office.

• Kalispell Public Schools Finance and Operations Committee meets 7 a.m. Oct. 19, district office basement meeting room.

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

• Flathead Conservation District business meeting, 7 p.m. Oct. 22, 133 Interstate Lane, Kalispell, 752-4220.

• 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.

• Kalispell Public Schools district board work session 6 p.m. Oct. 23, Kalispell Middle School Library.

Refresh Leadership Simulcast with guest speaker Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.), 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 24, Red Lion Hotel Kalispell. Registration 8-9 a.m. Cost $15; continental breakfast. Call 257-2255.

• Teen social for grades 6-12, 4-5:30 p.m. Oct. 25, ImagineIF Library, Kalispell. Food, Wii gaming. Learn how to use a 3D printer and pen. Free.

• Kalispell Public Schools Policy Committee meets 8:30 a.m. Oct. 25, IT office.

• 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.

• Flathead County Sheriff’s Posse hosts a Trick or Treat community event, 5-9 p.m. Oct. 31, 155 Shady Lane, Kalispell (former Boys and Girls Club Roller Rink). Games, candy, prizes. Tables by first responders and local businesses. Free admission.

• West Valley School board meets 5 p.m. Nov. 12.

• Creston Fire Department offers an adult, infant and child CPR/obstructed airway course, 6 p.m. Nov. 13, at the fire department, 4498 Montana 35, Kalispell. $40 minimum donation. Reserve by Nov. 6. Call 250-4655.

• 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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