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TODAY

- Flathead Building Association Home and Garden Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Flathead County Fairgrounds, Kalispell. Discounted advance tickets at www.buildingflathead.com. Tickets $7 per person or $13 per family at door

MONDAY

- Daughters of the American Revolution, Chief Ignace Chapter, meet for a no-host lunch and business meeting, noon to 3 p.m. Scotty’s Restaurant conference room. Program follows. Call Cate, 755-6781.

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

- Swan River School board meets 4 p.m.

- West Valley School board special meeting at 4 p.m., followed by a regular meeting at 6 p.m.

- Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group meets 6-8 p.m., The Summit, Kalispell. Topic is”Strategies for Maintaining Confidence & Self-Esteem” by Lynae West with Summit Independent Living. Survivors, family, friends are welcome. Refreshments. Call Jennifer, 756-4725.

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

- Somers School District board Policy Committee meets 5:30 p.m., Somers Middle School.

- Somers Rural Fire District board meets 6 p.m., Lakeside Fire Station, 125 Bills Road.

- Flathead Audubon meets at 7 p.m., in the United Way conference room, Gateway Community Center, U.S. 2 West, Kalispell. Laura Katzman will talk about her travels to the Okavango Delta in Botswana and Victoria Falls area of Zimbabwe. Enter from west side of building. Free. All welcome.

TUESDAY

- Columbia Falls Chamber of Commerce membership luncheon, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cedar Creek Lodge. Call 892-2072.

- West Valley School (grades K to fourth) fundraiser, 5-7 p.m., Five Guys Burgers & Fries, Kalispell. 15% of all sales go to help fund school projects. All invited.

- Kila School board meets 6 p.m.

- Deer Park School board meets at 6:30 p.m.

- Back Country Horsemen of the Flathead meet at 7:30 p.m., Country Kitchen Building, Flatead Country Fairgrounds, Kalispell. Doors open 6:15 p.m.; food and fellowship 6:30 p.m. Short video from Carson James will be shown. Public welcome. Call 212-8107.

- Northwest Montana Nature Photographers meet 7 p.m., Ballroom B, Red Lion Hotel, Kalispell. Renowned photographer Chuck Haney is guest speaker. All welcome.

WEDNESDAY

- Red Cross blood drive, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., FVCC.

- Bigfork County Water & Sewer District board meets 1 p.m., Bigfork Water & Sewer District Office, 108 Harbor Heights Blvd. in Bigfork. Public welcome.

- Zen priest Jerry Smyers presents a free Introduction to Zen Meditation class, 6 p.m., YogaHeart Studio, 209 Ridgewater Drive, inside Red Lion Inn, Polson. All welcome. Call 847-721-0665.

- Somers Water & Sewer District board meets 6 p.m., Somers Museum.

- West Valley Naturalists meet 7 p.m., West Valley Middle School Commons, 2290 Farm to Market Road, Kalispell. Lone Pine park ranger Derrick Rathe will talk about living with large mammals in West Valley. Free. Everyone welcome. Call Linda de Kort, 755-3704.

THURSDAY

- Creston School board meets 7 a.m.

- Senior Tour and Tea, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hockaday Museum of Art, 302 Second Ave. E., Kalispell. Free admission for seniors 60 and older. Docent tour 10:30 a.m. Call 755-5268.

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

- Columbia Falls Historical Society chili feed fundraiser 4:30-7 p.m., St. Richard Catholic Church. Door prizes, silent auction, raffle, slide show presentation on history of Columbia Falls Aluminum Company. All welcome.

- West Valley School (fifth to eighth grades) fundraiser, 5-7 p.m., Five Guys Burgers & Fries, Kalispell. 15% of all sales go to help fund school projects. All invited.

- Kalispell Lions Club open house, 5:30-7 p.m., 4Bs Restaurant, 660 E. Idaho, Kalispell. All welcome. Call 406-309-0992.

- Flathead Valley Community College Honors Symposium Series presents “Forever Enemies? U.S. Relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran” by Mark Gasiorowski, professor of political science at Tulane University, 7 p.m., Arts and Technology Building, FVCC. Free. Public welcome. Call Gerta Reeb, 756-3889.

A LOOK AHEAD

- Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 13, at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

THOUGHT

“The intelligent man who is proud of his intelligence is like the condemned man who is proud of his large cell.” — Simone Weil, French philosopher (1909-1943).

- Annual Breakfast for Supper fundraiser for Eastside Grange Scholarship Fund, 5 to 8 p.m. March 13, Creston Volunteer Fire Hall, 4498 Montana 35. All-you-can-eat pancakes, Oven Denver omelets and Belgian waffles; donations accepted. Silent auction. Food drive for Northwest Montana Veterans Pantry.

- AARP Driver Safety Course, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 14, The Summit, Kalispell. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 751-4500

- Kathy Borchers presents a program called “Beautiful Ireland,” 1 p.m., March 14, Whitefish Community Library. Irish guitarist Maggie Ferguson performs. Public invited.

- Tim Manley, grizzly bear management specialist with Fish, Wildlife and Parks, presents “Living in Grizzly Country” 1-3 p.m. March 14, Wayfarers Unit, Flathead Lake State Park. Free. All ages welcome.

- St. Patrick’s Day Parade, 4 p.m. March 14, Main Street, Kalispell.

- 10th annual Princess Benefit Ball, 7-11 p.m. March 14, Red Lion Hotel in Kalispell. Dancing, games, raffles, giveaways. Proceeds go to Montana Hope Project. For tickets go to https://valicitysonceuponatime.org

- Kalispell Public Schools Finance Committee meets 7:30 a.m. March 15, district office basement.

- Kalispell Elks Lodge hosts a Flathead Valley Vendors Show, 1 to 5 p.m., March 15, 1820 U.S. 93 S. Free admission. Jewelry, clothing, self-defense items, crafters, cooking and cleaning items, nail art, photography, woodworking and more. Drinks and food available. Call Melody Managhan, 890-4325.

- Red Cross blood drive, 1-6 p.m. March 16, at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

- Fair-Mont-Egan School District board Negotiations work session 4:30 p.m., followed by regular board meeting 6 p.m. March 16.

- Northwest Montana Posse of Westerners presents a program titled, ““Herman Schnitzmeyer: Homestead Era Photographer” by Denny Kellogg of Swan Lake, March 16, Red Lion Hotel Kalispell. Greeting time 5:15 p.m.; dinner 6 p.m. Cost $19 includes presentation. Program 7 p.m., free for posse members and youth under 16; $5 for nondinner walk-in nonmembers. For dinner reservations, call 752-9642.

- Flathead Citizens’ Climate Lobby, 6 p.m. March 16, Brannigan’s Pub, 101 E. Center St., Kalispell. Friendly discussion. All welcome.

- 15th annual Nite of Jazz fundraiser, 6:30 p.m., March 16, Glacier High School auditorium. $5 adults; $3 students. Proceeds split 50/50 between schools and Kiwanis.

- Kalispell Women’s Connection buffet lunch, 11:30 a.m. March 17, meeting room of Victory Baptist Church, 1830 Montana 35. Speaker is Frances Erler. Program features Irish ukulele music. Cost $9 per person. Call Jan, 212-3763, or Rosainne, 257-8098 for lunch and free child care reservations. Affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries.

- Kalispell Chamber of Commerce luncheon, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. March 17 Red Lion Hotel, Kalispell. Lunch tickets $20 members; $25 nonmembers. For reservations, call 758-2803.

- Kalispell Public Schools Curriculum Committee meets 3 p.m. March 17, assistant superintendent’s office.

- Flathead County Democratic Central Committee meets at 7 p.m. March 17, VFW Post 2252, 330 First Ave. W., Kalispell. Bring a non-perishable food item or donation for Northwest Veterans Food Pantry. Call Lynn Stanley, 471-8317.

- Outdoor adventurer and award-winning filmmaker Joe Stone presents “It’s Raining, So What: The Story of Joe Stone,” 7 p.m. March 17, Arts and Technology Building, FVCC. Free. Public invited.

- TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) support group open house, 10-11:15 a.m. March 18, Calvary Lutheran Church, 2200 U.S. 2 E., Evergreen. Dues $32 per year. All welcome.

- Columbia Falls Women’s Connection luncheon, 11:30 a.m. March 18, North Valley Hospital Community Room, 235 Nucleus Ave., Columbia Falls. Speakers are Dave Conner from Columbia Nursery and Mary Frances Erler. Cost $8 per person. Free child care by reservation. Call Candy, 387-4119; or Janet, 892-3621. Affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries.

- Flathead Valley Parkinson’s Support Group meets 3-4:30 p.m. March 18, Gateway Community Center, north conference room, Kalispell. All welcome. Call Marjory, 406-250-5577.

- Evergreen Chamber of Commerce Energizer and ribbon cutting, 5-6:30 p.m. March 18, CHS, 700 Rail Park Drive, Kalispell. Food, beverages, door prizes. Call 885-1212.

- Alzheimer’s Association free educational program on “10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s,” 5:30-7 p.m. March 18, The Springs at Whitefish Glacier Room, 1001 River Lakes Pkwy. RSVP requested at 24/7 Helpline, 800-272-3900.

- Montana Native Plant Society meets at 7 p.m. March 18, North Valley Community Hall, 235 Nucleus Ave, Columbia Falls. Landscaper Kathy Ross presents “The Dynamic Relationship of Native Plants, Insects and Birds.” Free. Public invited.

- Kalispell Public Schools IT Committee meets 8:30 a.m. March 19, IT office; Federal Projects Committee meets 8:30 a.m. Special Services office.

- Kalispell Public Schools Policy Committee meets 10 a.m. March 19, superintendent’s office.

- Red Cross blood drive, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. March 19, The Wave, Whitefish.

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

- 11th annual Loud at the Library fundraiser, 6-8:30 p.m. March 19, ImagineIF Library, Kalispell. Dance music by YYAS, food, beer and wine, raffles live auction. Tickets $50.

- Flathead Valley Community College Honors Symposium Series presents “Brexit, Borders and Markets in a Globalizing World” by Craig Parsons, professor and department head of political science at the University of Oregon, 7 p.m. March 19, Arts and Technology Building, FVCC. Free. Public welcome. Call Gerta Reeb, 756-3889.

- Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 20, at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

Kalispell Elks Lodge hosts an indoor cornhole tournament, March 20, 1820 U.S. 93 S. Sign up 5 p.m. Tournament 6 p.m. $10 per two-person team. Cash and door prize. Food and bar available.

- Nature Kids Child Care is presenting a screening of the film “Missing 411: The Hunted” at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 20, at Cedar Creek Lodge in Columbia Falls. Tickets $25. Call 892-1115.

- AARP Driver Safety Course, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 23, Gateway Community Center, Kalispell. $20 fee ($15 for AARP card-holding members.) Call 752-7266.

- Red Cross blood drives March 23: 1-6 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell 1-6 p.m. Trinity Lutheran Church.

- Fundraiser on behalf of Begg Park dog park, 5-8 p.m. March 23, Bias Brewing, 409 First Ave. E., Kalispell. $1 of every beer donated to Paws to Play nonprofit organization.

- Flathead Conservation District business meeting 7 p.m. March 23, 133 Interstate Lane, in Evergreen. Call 752-4220.

- Glacier National Park Volunteer Associates Winter Speaker Series, 7 p.m. March 23, Northwest Montana History Museum, Kalispell. Mary Riddle, chief of Planning and Environmental Compliance at Glacier Park presents “What We Know and What We Don’t Know for 2020: Planning, Construction and Other Program Activities in Glacier National Park.” Free. Public invited.

- Red Cross blood drive, noon to 5 p.m. March 24, Good Shepherd Church, Polson.

- Red Cross blood drives March 25: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Glacier Bank, Bigfork; blood mobile; 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Kalispell Elks Lodge.

- Red Cross blood drives March 26: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kalispell Ford; 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. U.S. Forest Service.

- Red Cross blood drives March 27: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Kalispell Toyota, blood mobile; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

- United States Air Force Academy Band’s Stellar Brass present a free concert, 7 p.m., March 28, Bigfork Center for Performing Arts. Free tickets available online at eventbrite.com.

- Red Cross blood drives March 30: 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.

- Red Cross blood drive, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 31, Browning High School.

- Fair-Mont-Egan School District board Negotiations works session, 4:30 p.m. March 31.

- Bob Marshall Wilderness Speaker Series presents “Living with Carnivores in Northwest Montana,” by Bryce Andrews, 7 p.m. April 1, Arts and Technology Building, FVCC. Free. Public invited

- Kalispell Public Schools Personnel Committee meets 3 p.m. April 8, district office basement.

- Kalispell Public Schools Finance Committee meets 7:30 a.m. April 10, district office basement.

- 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.

- Kalispell Public Schools Board Governance Committee meets 10 a.m. April 17, superintendent’s office.

- Montana Suitcase Party,benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Glacier Country, 7-10 p.m. April 17, Glacier Jet Center. Cocktails, food, music, dancing, entertainment. Winners will take private jet to Las Vegas for weekend. For tickets call Mandy Anderson, 307-797-1189.

- Glacier Park fee-free day April 18 for first day of National Park Week/Junior Ranger Day. Entrance fees waived.

- Teakettle Quilt Guild annual Quilt Show, 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. April 18, Glacier Gateway Elementary School, 440 Fourth Ave. W., Columbia Falls. Vendors, boutique, raffle. Free admission.

- Alzheimer’s Association free educational program on “Effective Communication Strategies,” 5:30-7 p.m. April 22, The Springs at Whitefish Glacier Room, 1001 River Lakes Pkwy. RSVP requested at 24/7 Helpline, 800-272-3900.

- 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.

- Hockaday Museum of Art’s annual Arts in the Park, July 10-12, Depot Park, Kalispell. Live music,a wine and beer garden, food trucks, free children’s activities. Admission is $5 for a three-day pass; includes entry into the Hockaday Museum of Art. Children age 6 and under are admitted free.

- Glacier Park fee-free day Aug. 25 for National Park Service birthday. Entrance fees waived.

- Glacier Park fee-free day Sept. 26 for National Public Lands Day. Entrance fees waived.

- Glacier Park fee-free day Nov. 11 for Veterans Day. Entrance fees waived.