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

• Red Cross blood drive, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., The Wave, Whitefish.

• Flathead Special Education Cooperative Executive Council meets at 12:30 p.m., Gateway Community Center, Kalispell. Call 257-1857.

• Friendship Force Flathead Valley meets at Vista Linda Restaurant, Somers. Social time 5-6 p.m. Business meeting follows. Carole Jorgenson presents a program on her travels to Mongolia and Siberia. Learn about unique travel experiences and opportunities. Call Priscilla, 250-3583.

• Marion Fire District board meets 5 p.m., Marion Community Center, 180 Gopher Lane, Marion.

• Polson Chamber of Commerce Splash, 5-7 p.m., Miracle of America Museum, 36094 Memory Lane, Polson. Open to public. Call 883-5969.

• Canyon Community Thanksgiving Dinner, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Hungry Horse School. Turkey with all trimmings and pumpkin pie. All welcome. Call Flo, 250-3406; or Luann, 261-1083.

• Friends of the Flathead Avalanche Center free one-hour avalanche awareness talk, 6:30 p.m., Whistling Andy, Bigfork.

• Community Forum for search for new school superintendent, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Kalispell Middle School Cafetorium.

• John Fraley presents stories from his recent book, “Rangers, Trappers and Trailblazers,” and his new release, “A Woman’s Way West, 20th anniversary edition,” 7 p.m., North Valley Community Center, 235 Nucleus Ave., Columbia Falls. Book signing follows.

• Annual Showcase of the Chefs gourmet dinner and auction, The Lodge at Whitefish Lake. Tickets available at Sportsman and Ski Haus, Great Northern Cycle & Ski and the Lodge at Whitefish Lake. Fundraiser for Flathead Valley Ski Education Foundation. Call Tim Hinderman, 406-885-2730.

FRIDAY

• Kalispell Public Schools Finance and Operations Committee meets 7:30 a.m., district office basement meeting room.

• Red Cross blood drives: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. U.S. Forest Service; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• Glacier Pachyderm Club meets noon to 1 p.m., Sykes, Kalispell. Speaker is Flathead County District Court Judge Dan Wilson; www.gcpachy.org

• Smith Valley School annual pie bingo, 6 p.m., Kalispell. Full concessions available.

SATURDAY

• Kila Country Church annual Christmas craft and bake sale, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 150 Cottage Lane, Kila. Lunch available 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

MONDAY

• Red Cross blood drives: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saint John Paul II Church, Bigfork, sponsored by Knights of Columbus; 1-6 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• City of Kalispell Impact Fee Advisory Committee meets 4 p.m., City Hall Chambers, 201 First Ave. E., Kalispell. Often to public.

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

TUESDAY

• Red Cross blood drive, noon to 5 p.m., New Life Church, Polson.

• 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.

• Flathead County Solid Waste District board meets 3 p.m., landfill office.

• Lakeside-Somers Chamber of Commerce BASH, 4-5 p.m. Harbor Grille, 7135 U.S. 93, Lakeside. Free for chamber members; $5 nonmembers.

• West Shore community dinner, 5-6 p.m., 238 Adams St., Lakeside, across from Lakeside Elementary. Menu features Stageline Pizza. Free. Families welcome.

THOUGHT

“Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn’t the work he is supposed to be doing at that moment.” — Robert Benchley, American humorist (born 1889, died on this date in 1945).

A LOOK AHEAD

• Red Cross blood drive, noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 27, at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• Pocketstone Cafe hosts a free Thanksgiving dinner Nov. 28, 444 Electric Ave., Bigfork. Three seatings available: 11 a.m. 12:15 and 1:30 p.m. Call 837-7223 for reservations.

• Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 29, at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

• Artists and Craftsmen of the Flathead annual Christmas at the Fairgrounds, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 29 and 30; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 1, Trade Center Building, Flathead County Fairgrounds, Kalispell. Free admission. Door prizes. Food trucks on site.

• OptOutside hike, 11 a.m. Nov. 29, Big Mountain Trailhead, Whitefish Trail. Easy 3-mile hike. Free. Open to all ages. Free snowshoe rentals if needed. To reserve yours, call 862-3880.

• Troy 88th annual Christmas Tree lighting and community event, 4:30-7 p.m. Nov. 30. Kids’ games, Christmas skits in Lincoln Theater. Santa arrives 5:55 p.m. Tree lighting 6 p.m.

• Acoustic guitarist John Floridis presents his annual Carols and Songs of Winter concert 4 p.m. Dec. 1, Whitefish United Methodist Church, 1150 Wisconsin Ave., Whitefish. Free will offering benefits Neighbors in Need, providing emergency services to local individuals and families.

• 33rd annual Chocolate Extravaganza, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec 3, Red Lion Hotel Kalispell. Tickets on Eventbrite.

• Expressive art therapy gathering to help cope with grief, 4-5 p.m. Dec. 3, Home Options, Kalispell. RSVP to 751-4254.

• Bigfork County Water & Sewer District board meets 6 p.m. Dec. 4, Bigfork Water & Sewer District Office, 108 Harbor Heights Blvd. in Bigfork. Public welcome.

• Evergreen Chamber of Commerce holiday gathering, 5 p.m., Dec. 5, Red Lion Hotel Kalispell. Social hour, silent and live auctions, entertainment. RSVP by Nov. 18 to 885-1212.

• Kalispell Art Walk and Holiday Stroll, 5-9 p.m. Dec. 6, downtown. Crown of the Continent Choir sings Christmas carols at 6 p.m. for tree lighting ceremony at Depot Park. Enter to win one of several $100.00 gift certificates

• Annual holiday bazaar 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 7, Whitefish Community Center, 121 E. Second St. Jewelry, candles, kids’ clothes, baked goods, knits, photography and more. Free coffee and cookies. Free admission.

• West Shore Holidayfest, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7, Lakeside Elementary School. Handcrafted gifts, silent auction, basket raffles, local Christmas trees, bake sale, kids only market, Santa photos, Festival of Flavors, live music.

• Col. Scott Wheeler (Ret.) will be speaking on International Relations. Trinity Lutheran School annual bazaar, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7, 485 Fifth Ave. WN, Kalispell. Handmade items, raffles, games.

• NW Montana Veterans Camp Ponderosa informational meeting, 3-5 p.m. Dec. 7, Swan Valley Community Hall, 115 Swan River Road, Bigfork. Veterans, families and all interested welcome. Light refreshments. Call Cinnamon Davis-Hall, community outreach specialist, 756-7304.

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

• Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group Christmas party, 5 p.m. Dec. 9, Bohemian Hall, Whitefish. Survivors, family, friends are welcome. Refreshments. Call Jennifer, 756-4725.

• Cone with a Cop with Kalispell Middle School Resource Officer Justin Turner, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sweet Peaks Ice Cream, Kalispell. Free ice cream.

• Flathead-Kootenai Chapter of Montana Wilderness Association, 6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 16, Northwest Montana History Museum, 124 Second Ave. E., Kalispell. Story slam contest for $100 cash prize. RSVP to impact.wildmontana.org

• Medicare 101 class, 1-3 p.m. Dec. 17, Flathead County South Campus, 40 11th St. W., Kalispell. Representatives guide through health insurance basics. Cost is $10. Call 758-5730.

• Flathead Special Education Cooperative Executive Council meets at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 19, Gateway Community Center, Kalispell. Call 257-1857.

• West Valley School board meets 5 p.m. Jan. 13.

• Flathead Special Education Cooperative Executive Council meets at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 23, Gateway Community Center, Kalispell. Call 257-1857.

• West Valley School board meets 5 p.m. Feb. 10.

• Flathead Special Education Cooperative Executive Council meets at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 20, Gateway Community Center, Kalispell. Call 257-1857.

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

• Flathead Special Education Cooperative Executive Council meets at 12:30 p.m. March 19, Gateway Community Center, Kalispell. Call 257-1857.

• West Valley School board meets 5 p.m. April 13.

• Flathead Special Education Cooperative Executive Council meets at 12:30 p.m. April 16, Gateway Community Center, Kalispell. Call 257-1857.

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

• Flathead Special Education Cooperative Executive Council meets at 12:30 p.m. May 21, Gateway Community Center, Kalispell. Call 257-1857.

• West Valley School board meets 5 p.m. June. 8

• Whitefish Woody Weekend June 26-28, The Lodge at Whitefish Lake.

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