Weekend update

December 7, 2018

Vets gift store

The American Legion Auxiliary Christmas Gift Store at the Columbia Falls Veterans Home takes place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Veterans will each receive a gift for themselves and one gift for each family member. Members of the Auxiliary wrap the gifts and either give them to the veteran to give to the veteran’s family or package them and send them to destinations throughout the United States and Canada, all at no cost.

Community members are also welcome to volunteer. If you would like to be a part of the event, contact Jeanna Sibbert at 212-5395 (Kalispell Unit), or Cassandra Thommen at 897-2240 (Columbia Falls Unit).

Kalispell Art Walk

The Kalispell Holiday Art Walk takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. today downtown.

The annual Community Christmas tree lighting and caroling will be at 6 p.m. in Depot Park. Bring the children and your cameras at 5 p.m. to get a photo with Santa and play in the bounce house.

Stores will be open late. Shoppers can enter to win one of several 10 you spend with a Whitefish Chamber member on the day of the Christmas Stroll you’ll get one entry into the Grand Prize raffles that’ll be held that night. To enter, bring receipts for your purchases to the Whitefish Chamber tent by 8:30 p.m.

Night of Lights

Columbia Falls Night of Lights is tonight.

A crafts fair gets underway at 4 p.m. at the North Valley Teakettle Room on Nucleus Avenue in Columbia Falls.

The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. After the parade, head to The Coop to visit with Santa and enjoy hot cocoa, chili and a live holiday concert and caroling featuring the Stringlers, Columbia Falls High School Columbians and Sonifers.

Breakfast with Santa

• Woodland Montessori School Foundation’s Breakfast with Santa is from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Flathead County Fairgrounds Expo Building in Kalispell. Tickets are 10 per adult; children 12 and under eat free with a paid adult. Tickets are available at the door or call Doug, 406-407-2445.

Stuff the Bus

The Flathead Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol hosts its Stuff the Bus event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in front of Shopko in Kalispell.

Members of the community are encouraged to donate unwrapped Christmas gifts for the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program.

Church bazaar

Purpose Church (formerly Baptist Church) has its annual bazaar and luncheon from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The church is located at 305 W. Wyoming St. in Kalispell.

Lunch will be served at 11 a.m., featuring Creamy Cheddar Chunky Chicken Chowder, dinner roll, pumpkin dessert, coffee or tea for 5.

Sensory Santa

Parents, Let’s Unite for Kids organization hosts a Sensory Santa event from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Gateway Community Center, 1203 U.S. 2 W., in Kalispell.

Geared for children who are sensitive to noise and stimulation, the event is a quiet celebration of the season with appropriate activities and treats, a cozy space and no lines.

Reserve your family time at mtpluk.org. Call Cindy at 406-407-4392 for more details.

Railroad display

The South Flathead Modular Railroad group operates their HO gauge trains at the Gateway Community Center from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the North end of the mall, entrance C. Those who have locomotives and/or cars they wish to run are welcome to bring them. There is an opportunity to bring related HO train items for sale or swap.

Spectators are also welcome.

Christmas parade

Kalispell’s annual City of the North Parade starts at 5 p.m. Saturday on Main Street.

The parade will travel from the intersection of Main Street and 10th Street to the intersection of Main Street and Center Street. Parking will be prohibited on the east side of Main Street starting at 4 p.m. Saturday and will resume immediately afterward.

The Kalispell Chamber is partnering with the Flathead Marines during parade to collect unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. The Flathead Marines will be the third-from-last entry in the parade and will collect toys from parade spectators.

Winter survival talk

A park ranger will give a “Winter Survivalist” talk from 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Lone Pine State Park Visitor Center near Kalispell. The cost is 5 per child.

There will also be a drawing for three different gift baskets.

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