Community briefs for Nov. 7

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Films at library

The Whitefish Community Library will be showing films from the BZN International Film Festival (Bozeman Film Celebration) on Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 7-9 p.m.

Catch the best 2018 short films: “Drawback,” the story of a young bowhunter as she journeys out on her first hunting experience; “Where the Wild Things Play,” a revolving conversation about females in the adventure industry whether it’s big mountain skiing, filmmakers and big wall climbers; “Mankiller,” the story of an American legend, Wilma Mankiller, the Cherokee Nation’s first woman Principal Chief; and finally “Deux Mains” (“With My Own Two Hands”), a poetic expression of the human experience told through hands.

Decorations

Whitefish Shines, with the help of community volunteers, Flathead Electric Co-op and the city of Whitefish, on Sunday, Nov. 18 will hang the Whitefish Christmas and winter decorations. Volunteers should meet at the corner of Third Street and Central Avenue downtown Whitefish at 8:30 a.m. Volunteers should dress for cool weather and bring gloves if they have them. Please contact Chris Schustrom at 260-1198 with questions, or for more information.

Picky eaters

Jillian Nelson-Nail will hold a discussion and answer questions children who are picky and resistant eaters on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Whitefish Therapy & Sports Center, 2006 Hospital Way. Call 406-862-9378 to RSVP for childcare.

Veterans Day

Whitefish High School will be holding its annual Veterans Day event on Friday, Nov. 9 at 10:30 a.m. at the school.

Blood drive

The American Red Cross will host the last 2018 Whitefish Community Blood Drive on Thursday, Nov. 15 at The Wave at 1250 Baker Avenue from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Appointments are recommended and a blood donor card or a driver license is required at check-in. To schedule your appointment for Nov. 15, please call Jean at 406-862-4332. You can also schedule your appointment online, go to www.redcrossblood.org and search for blood drives in the Whitefish ZIP code. Walk-in donors are welcome; however, there may be a short wait. It is suggested that you eat a hardy meal and drink plenty of water prior to giving blood. Snacks, water and juices will be provided for you at the blood drive. The snacks will be provided by Zucca’s in Whitefish.

FEC scholarships

Flathead Electric Cooperative is accepting applications now for two scholarship opportunities for the 2019 academic year. Basin Electric Power Cooperative (BEPC) awards one $1,000 scholarship each year to a Flathead Electric member’s child, and the Montana Electric Cooperatives Association (MECA) awards one $500 scholarship to a regional electric cooperative member’s child.

To be eligible, the applicant or their parent/guardian must be a member of Flathead Electric Cooperative, and they must be graduating from high school or currently attending an undergraduate college. By completing one online application, students will be considered for both scholarships. Applications will be accepted through Jan. 15, 2019. Awards will be announced in March 2019. For more information or to apply, visit www.flatheadelectric.com/scholarships.

Audubon

Dr. Dave Manuwal will be the featured speaker at the Monday, Nov. 12 meeting of the Flathead Audubon Society at 7 p.m. in the Gateway Community Room in Kalispell. Dr. Manuwal received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University and a Master’s degree working with Dick Taber at the University of Montana in 1968 and received a PhD studying marine birds at UCLA in 1972. Dave taught and conducted bird research for 41 years at the University of Washington’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. After retiring in 2013 as Emeritus Professor of Wildlife Science, he is now an affiliate professor at UM where he recently resurveyed his bird plots at Lubrecht Experimental Forest from 40 years earlier. Dr. Manuwal will talk about his study of birds found along streams in western Montana that was initiated in 1967. Dave mapped the territories of males along three streams and compared the numbers of birds between 1967-68, 1980 and 2008. He also took data on when and where individual males established territories to see if they were responding to specific aspects of the habitat. Focal species were Hammond’s Flycatcher, MacGillivray’s Warbler, American Redstart, and Warbling Vireo. A catastrophic weather event in February 1989 drastically changed the structure of the vegetation. This had some consequences for future birds with territories along the streams. The program is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit the Flathead Audubon website: www.flatheadaudubon.org

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