Community briefs for Jan. 23

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Avalanche awareness

Montana State Parks will host the Friends of the Flathead Avalanche Center for a Know Before You Go Avalanche Awareness presentation at Lone Pine State Park on Saturday, Jan.26 from 4to 5 p.m.

When recreating in avalanche country, be safe and know before you go. Learn general information about avalanche hazard, how to avoid it, and the proper equipment to carry when traveling in avalanche terrain. From experienced back-country skiers to front country snowman-making champions this is a wonderful opportunity to refresh your avalanche knowledge or get an introduction to avalanche safety.

For More information call the park visitor center at (406) 755-2706 ext. 0 or 2.

The FOFAC mission is to financial support the Flathead Avalanche Center and save lives through avalanche education. For more information visit: https://www.flatheadavalanche.org/.

Kiddie Carnival

The Whitefish Kiddie Carnival will run Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. during the Whitefish Winter Carnival. The event will be full of activities for both children and community members at the Whitefish Middle School gym. This annual event will be run by the Whitefish High School Leo Club, a division of the Lions Club. For more information, visit the Whitefish Winter Carnival website at https://whitefishwintercarnival.com/ for a link to all of the events. For questions about the Kiddie Carnival, contact the Whitefish High School Leo Club organizers by emailing Chad Ross at rossc@whitefishschools.org or Damian Estrada at estradad@whitefishschools.org.

Woodstock attendees sought

Attention all citizens of the realm! Did you attend the Woodstock Festival in 1969? Whitefish Winter Carnival would like you to be in the Grand Parade. Please contact Cathy at 249-0136.

Art contest

VFW Auxiliary Post 276, 20 Baker Ave, Whitefish, welcomes all students in grades 9-12 (including home-schooled), who meet the qualifications to participate in its yearly art competition. Download the entry form at https://vfwauxiliary.org/scholarships/young-american-creative-patriotic-art-contest/ Your entry must be received by March 31 at the nearest participating Auxiliary. Whitefish contact is Cindy Fredericks at 862-4949.

Scholarships

The Flathead County Democratic Women are awarding scholarships to local area students toward advanced education. These scholarships are open to students planning on attending colleges at any location, not just Montana schools. Applications can be obtained from the career counselors at the various local schools.

FVCC music

Flathead Valley Community College Music Department’s spring concert series opens Feb. 1 with a performance by world renowned violinist and FVCC music faculty member Wai Mizutani.

Accompanied by Alma Ramlow and Natilee Radosevich, Mizutani will play timeless classical romantic and dance pieces by Spanish and Italian composers, including Pablo de Sarasate, Nicolo Paganini and many others.

The series will continue on March 15 with a concert featuring FVCC music faculty members and guests, including Flathead High School Choral Director Jennifer Stephens, Glacier High School Choral Director Sandee Sauer; Columbia Falls High School Choral Director Emily Hackethorn, and FVCC faculty members Amy Beth Chisholm, Nicole S. Sanford and Wai Mizutani.

Free and open to the community, both concerts will begin at 7 p.m. in the large community room inside the Arts and Technology Building on the FVCC campus.

For more information about the concert series, contact Sanford at (406)756-4813 or nsanford@fvcc.edu.

Nordic skiing at Meadow Lake

On Sunday, Jan. 27, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Glacier Nordic Club and Meadow Lake Resort will be celebrating the grand opening of the Meadow Lake Nordic Trails with free ski passes, lessons and ski rentals. Meadow Lake will have an assortment of snacks and hot beverages throughout the day. Come on out and get some outdoor exercise and learn about cross-country skiing. There will be free 45-minute beginner lessons offered on the hour by Glacier Nordic Club’s professional instructors and free two-hour demo rentals from Glacier Cyclery and Nordic. After a day of skiing, from 3-5 p.m., enjoy a Grand Opening Après Ski Party sponsored by Sacred Waters Brewing at the Meadow Lake Bar & Grille.

Visit glaciernordicclub.com for more information on the event. Glacier Nordic Club is a non-profit, community ski club whose mission is to install a love of cross-country skiing. Meadow Lake Resort is proud to be an integral part of the Flathead Valley for over 30 years. For more information about Meadow Lake’s public year-round accommodations and activities please visit www.meadowlake.com.

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