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TODAY

• Red Cross blood drive, noon to 5 p.m., Applied Materials.

• Montana Arts Council Poetry Out Loud high school competition, 1 p.m., FVCC. Public invited.

• Transportation Advisory Committee for Flathead County Eagle Transit bus system meets 2-4 p.m., South Campus Building, 40 11th St. W., Kalispell. Public welcome. Call 758-5728.

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

FRIDAY

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

• Red Cross blood drives: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell; 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. National Flood.

• Glacier Pachyderm Club meets noon to 1 p.m., Sykes, Kalispell Local GOP legislators will give an update; www.gcpachy.org

• Annual Cabin Fever Days, today, Feb. 9-10, Martin City. Bar stool races, snowshoe softball, shuffleboard, kids’ activities, live music and more. $5 entry button required.

SATURDAY

• Annual Cabin Fever Days, continues today and Sunday, Martin City. Bar stool races, snowshoe softball, shuffleboard, kids’ activities, live music and more. $5 entry button required.

• Flathead Audubon birding field trip with Denny Olson, 10 a.m. to noon, Kalispell. Call 249-3987 to register and get directions.

• Rocky Mountain Rollers Good Sam RV Chapter spring meeting, 11:30 a.m., Pin & Cue, Whitefish. Guests welcome. RSVP, to Frank or Pat at 970-227-6608.

• South Flathead Modular Railroad group operating session, noon to 3 p.m., Gateway Community Center, Kalispell. Use north entrance C. The public is welcome and can bring and run HO gauge trains. New members welcome. Call Vance Carolin, 755-9412 or Joel Goldberg, 248-514-3207.

• Chinese New Year celebration and parade, 3 p.m., Main Street, Hot Springs. Call 406-741-2148.

SUNDAY

• Annual Cabin Fever Days, Martin City. Bar stool races, snowshoe softball, shuffleboard, kids’ activities, live music and more. $5 entry button required.

MONDAY

• Red Cross blood drive, 1-6 p.m., at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• West Valley School board meets 5 p.m.

• Fair-Mont-Egan School board special meeting 6 p.m.

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

TUESDAY

• Columbia Falls Chamber of Commerce membership luncheon, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., North Valley Hospital Community Room, 235 Nucleus Ave. Speaker is Jeff Mow, superintendent of Glacier National Park. Lunch available by RSVP.

• Sandy’s Friends and Family Ski Pass blood drive, noon to 5 p.m., Kalispell Blood Center, 126 N. Meridian Road. Donors entered in drawing for two Blacktail Mountain day passes.

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

• Kila School board meets 6 p.m.

• Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologist Jessy Coltrane gives a presentation on chronic wasting disease for Backcountry Horsemen of the Flathead’s next meeting at Fish, Wildlife and Parks Building, Kalispell. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., dinner 6:30 p.m., presentation 6:45 to 7:15 p.m. General meeting 7:30 p.m. Call Ed Langlois, 885-3560.

WEDNESDAY

• Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Whitefish Credit Union, Kalispell.

• Parkinson’s disease support group meets 3-4:30 p.m., Gateway Community Center, north conference room, Kalispell. Katie Jackson speaks about communication challenges and skills. All welcome. Call Lois, 871-3767.

• National Park Service in partnership with Glacier National Park Conservancy host Sperry Chalet Industry Night, 5-5:30 p.m., Fireside Room, Red Lion Hotel, Kalispell Public open house follows 6-8 p.m. Public invited.

• Whitefish Women of the Moose monthly meal, 5-7 p.m., Moose Lodge 230 W. 10th St. Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, vegetable, dessert. Call Carol, 260-8493.

• Lakeside/Somers PTA hosts an art night, 6-7:30 p.m., Lakeside Elementary School. Local artists, musicians and writers teach students their craft. Open to student through eighth grade. Public invited.

• Flathead Democrats monthly education series on “Impact of Medicaid Expansion on the Economy and the Health of Montanans,” 7 p.m., Room 123, Learning Resource Center, FVCC. Speaker is Dr. Jason Cohen, North Valley Hospital chief medical officer. Free. Public invited.

THOUGHT

“No one is useless in this world... who lightens the burden of it for any one else.” — From “Our Mutual Friend” by Charles Dickens (born this date in 1812, died in 1870).

A LOOK AHEAD

• Red Cross blood drive, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 14, Bigfork High School.

• Flathead Special Education Cooperative Executive Council meets 11:45 a.m. Feb. 14, Gateway Community Center, United Way Conference Room, Kalispell. Call 257-1857.

• Valentine’s Day thai dinner 6-8 p.m. Feb. 14, Whitefish Moose Lodge, 230 W. 10th St. $25 singles; $45 couples. Lodge opens 5 p.m. Call 862-2669 or 253-3161.

• Manufacturing Technology Expo, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Feb. 15. Meet local manufacturers offer hands-on experiences.

• Red Cross blood drives Feb. 15: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Immanuel Lutheran Communities.

• Kalispell Public Schools Board Governance Committee meets 10 a.m. Feb. 15, superintendent’s office.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 16, Gateway Community Center, Kalispell. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 752-7266.

• Kalispell Mini Maker Faire, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Feb. 16, Expo Building, Flathead County Fairgrounds.

• Free guided 2- to 3-mile hike on Whitefish Trail 10 a.m. to noon, Whitefish Trail. Meet at Lion Mountain trailhead at 10 a.m. Free. Public invited. Call 862-3880.

• Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Flathead Valley Chapter annual banquet and auction fundraiser, Feb. 16, Flathead County Fairgrounds Trade Center. Cocktail social 4:30 p.m.; prime rib dinner 7 p.m. Tickets $70 per person, $105 per couple and $35 for youth age 17 years and under, which includes membership. Call Kim Wold, 406-257-9110 or 406-261-4111.

• Valentines Dance, 7-9 p.m., Feb. 16, Linderman Education Center gym, 124 Third Ave. E., Kalispell. Music, snacks, drinks, door prizes. Cost $5 per single; $15 family of four. All welcome.

Great Backyard Bird Count, 12:30-5 p.m. Feb. 17, Lone Pine State Park, Kalispell. Count and report bird sightings. Birding basics, games, activities.

• Red Cross blood drives Feb. 18: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. National Parks Realty, sponsored by Whitefish Fresh Life Church; 1-6 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• Flathead County Republican Women meet at noon Feb. 18, Hampton Inn, Kalispell. Speakers are Montana Sen. Al Olszewski and Frank Miele. Lunch available. Call Heidi Roedel, 270-5606.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 8:30-11 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. Feb. 19, Polson Senior Center. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 883-4735.

• Kalispell Women’s Connection buffet lunch, 11:30 a.m. Feb. 19, meeting room of Victory Baptist Church, 1830 Montana 35. Program by Jan Williams. Speaker is Susan Hascall. Cost $9 per person. Call Jan, 212-3763, or Rosainne, 257-8098 for lunch and free child care reservations. Affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries.

• Red Cross blood drives Feb. 19: noon to 4:15 p.m. Lakeside QRU; 12:30-5:30 p.m. Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

• Kalispell Public Schools Curriculum and Instruction Committee meets 3 p.m. Feb. 19, assistant superintendent’s office.

• Fair-Mont-Egan School board meets 6 p.m. Feb. 19.

• Flathead County Democratic Party meets 7 p.m. Feb. 19, Kalispell VFW Post 2252 meeting room. 330 First Ave. W. Bring a donation for veterans food pantry. Call Lynne Stanley, 471-8317.

• Columbia Falls Women’s Connection luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Feb. 20, North Valley Hospital Community Room, 235 Nucleus Ave., Columbia Falls. Guest speaker is from Brave Dog Yarn Shop and Sue Hascall. Cost $8 per person. Free child care by reservation. Call Candy, 387-4119; or Janet, 892-3621. Affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries.

• Fair-Mont-Egan School board Policy Review meeting, noon, Feb. 20.

• Red Cross blood drives Feb. 20: noon to 5 p.m. West Valley School; noon to 5 p.m. Troy Baptist Church.

• Kalispell Public Schools Policy and Communications Committee meets 8:30 a.m. Feb. 21, superintendent’s office.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 21, Eureka High School. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 406-293-6344.

• Red Cross blood drive, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Libby VFW.

• Teen social Maker Lab for grades 6-12, 4-5:30 p.m. Feb. 21, ImagineIF Library, Kalispell. Food, Wii gaming. Craft is “Dessert Demolition.” Free.

• Flathead Valley Community College Honors Symposium Series presents “Germany and Europe after Merkel” by Eva-Maria Maggi, 7 p.m. Feb. 21, Arts and Technology Building, FVCC. Free. Public welcome. Call Gerta Reeb, 756-3889.

• Kalispell Public Schools Finance and Operations Committee meets 7 a.m. Feb. 22, district office basement meeting room.

• Red Cross blood drives Feb. 22:10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Flathead City-County Health Department.

• John White Lecture Series presents living history performer Mary Jane Bradbury, 2 p.m. Feb. 24, Museum at Central School, 124 Second Ave. E., Kalispell. Tickets $6 for museum members; $9 for nonmembers. Limited tickets at door. Call 756-8381.

• AARP Driver Safety Course, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 25, Libby Christian Church. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 406-283-7000.

• Flathead County Democratic Women meet Feb. 25, at Hilton Garden Inn, Kalispell. Social at 11:30 a.m. followed by noon buffet lunch for $14. RSVP to Elizabeth Mollica, 837-0939.

• Red Cross blood drive, 1-6 p.m. Feb. 25, at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• Glacier National Park Volunteer Associates Winter Speaker series presents Glacier Park ranger Teagan Tomlin on “If Rocks Could Talks: A Geologic History of GNP,” 7 p.m. Feb. 25, Museum at Central School, Kalispell. Free. Public invited.

• Flathead Conservation District business meeting 7 p.m. Feb. 25, 133 Interstate Lane, in Evergreen. Call 752-4220.

• Red Cross blood drive, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 26, Our Lady of Mercy, Eureka.

• Kalispell Public Schools district board meets 6 p.m. Feb. 26, Kalispell Middle School Library.

• Red Cross blood drive, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 27, Lincoln County High School, Eureka.

• Kalispell Public Schools Information and Technology Committee meets 8:30 a.m. Feb. 28, IT office.

• Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 28, Marion Fire District.

• Flathead Valley Community College Honors Symposium Series presents “Between Two Worlds: Turkey’s Geopolitical Role in Europe and the Middle East” by Monika Fischer, 7 p.m. Feb. 28, Arts and Technology Building, FVCC. Free. Public welcome. Call Gerta Reeb, 756-3889.

• Annual Free the Seeds! seed swap and fair, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., March 2, Arts and Technology Building, FVCC.

• 2019 Wilderness Speaker Series presents a program on wilderness fisheries management by three Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials, 7-8:15 p.m. March 6, Arts and Technology Building, FVCC. Free. Open to public.

• Flathead Valley Community College Honors Symposium Series presents “Post-Soviet Politics and the Rise of Nationalism in Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia” by Marty Manor Mullins, 7 p.m. March 7, Arts and Technology Building, FVCC. Free. Public welcome. Call Gerta Reeb, 756-3889.

• West Valley School board meets 5 p.m. March 11.

• Montana Lakes Conference workshop, “Lake Ecology 101: How Biology, Chemistry and Physics Interact to Shape how Lakes Function” by Shawn Devlin of the Flathead Lake Biological Statio, 1-4 p.m., March 13, Lodge at Whitefish Lake. Free. Open to the public. Call 862-4327.

• Free community presentation, “A glimpse of fading glaciers: Impacts on Life in Mountain Regions,” 7 p.m., March 13, Whitefish Performing Arts Center. Call 862-+4327.

• Flathead Valley Community College Honors Symposium Series presents “The Brexit Battle: What It Means for Europe and America” by Craig Parsons7 p.m. March 14, Arts and Technology Building, FVCC. Free. Public welcome. Call Gerta Reeb, 756-3889.

• Flathead Special Education Cooperative Executive Council meets 11:45 a.m. March 21, Gateway Community Center, United Way Conference Room, Kalispell. Call 257-1857.

• Flathead Valley Community College Honors Symposium Series presents “European Security after NATO” by David M. Andrews, 7 p.m. March 21, Arts and Technology Building, FVCC. Free. Public welcome. Call Gerta Reeb, 756-3889.

• Glacier National Park Volunteer Associates Winter Speaker series presents field manager Adam Osborne on “Rebuilding Sperry-A Builder’s Perspective, 7 p.m. March 25, Arts and Technology Building, FVCC. Free. Public invited.

• 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.

• Whitefish Woody Weekend, June 28-30, Lodge at Whitefish Lake. Public invited to tour classic, antique wooden boats at docks beginning 9 a.m. Saturday. Public boat rides during day. Call Tim Salt, 862-5085.

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