Community briefs for May 22

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Farming for the Future

Great Northern Brewing Company, 2 Central Ave, Whitefish, will be hosting a Pints With Purpose fundraising event this Thursday, May 23, 5 p.m. to closing. $1 from each beer sold will be donated to Farming For the Future Academy’s summer programs. Camps are free for campers of all ages and abilities. For more information, visit

Audubon trip

Flathead Audubon will be sponsoring a field trip on Saturday, May 25 from 7 a.m. until noon with wildlife biologist Steve Gniadek. Share the joy of birding in Glacier National Park where you expect to see our resident chickadee species as well as recent migrant arrival like warblers, flycatchers and so many more avian friends. Loons and Harlequin Ducks are sometimes special visitors in this area. The group will bird from Apgar to Fish Creek. For directions and to sign up, contact Steve at or leave a phone message at 406-892-7406. Be sure to bring appropriate gear for weather, and binoculars. Field trip is limited to 14 participants.

For more information, visit the Flathead Audubon website:

LEGO camp

Olney-Bissell School is holding a summer camp focused on engineering, design, robotics, building programing, teamwork and collaboration through hands-on experience using LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 robot kits. The kits can build more than 17 different creations that can be coded to complete simple tasks. The camp is on June 25-27 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the school, and is for incoming fourth-graders through eight-graders. Cost is $30 per child. Registration in advance is required and is limited to 20 students. Contact Mrs. Schmidt or Ms. Hill at 862-2828.

Bear Aware

A Spring Bear Aware Guided Hike is being held on the on the Whitefish Trail on Thursday May 23, 6-8 p.m. at Lion Mountain Trailhead. Join Whitefish Legacy Partners for a guided hike to learn about bear behavior and biology, how to recreate safely in bear country, what to do in an encounter, and practice using inert bear spray canisters Tis event is free and open to the public and is family friendly. Met at the Lion Mountain Trailhead at 6 p.m. and come prepared for an easy 1-2 mile hike. For more information about this hike and other scheduled outings, visit or call 406-862-3880 or email

Choral auditions

The Glacier Chorale conductor, Dr. Micah Hunter, invites singers in all voice ranges to audition for a spot in the 70-voice choir. He is especially interested in hearing baritone and tenor voices.

The auditions will be held on Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15. Potential singers will need to contact Dr. Hunter at to schedule an audition time on one of these two dates.

Auditions take about 30 minutes each and consist of a brief interview, vocal exercises, sight-reading, and some tests of basic musicianship. Auditions will take place at the Glacier Symphony and Chorale offices at 69 N. Main Street in Kalispell.

The Glacier Chorale will perform on three concert weekends during the music organization’s 37th concert Season. The first will be held on Nov. 9-10 and feature the entire ensemble in a selection of choral music. The second will be the beloved classic “Handel’s Messiah - Valley Tour” in three Flathead Valley communities on Dec. 6-8. The Chorale finale will be April 25-26, 2020 with Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, a magnificent mass that is rarely performed and highlights four voice soloists along with the full Glacier Orchestra.

Occasionally, members of the Glacier Chorale have been invited to perform in prestigious events. In December of 2018, 20 members of the Chorale went to New York City to sing at Carnegie Hall where they performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 “Ode to Joy” and Choral Fantasy under Maestro Jonathan Griffith under the auspices of Distinguished Concerts International.

For additional information about the Glacier Symphony, orchestra and chorale visit or call 406-407-7000.

FVCC kids college

Flathead Valley Community College’s Continuing Education Center reminds parents that Kid’s College classes keep children and teens engaged in meaningful learning throughout the summer. Kid’s College offers a variety of week-long morning and afternoon courses beginning June 10 and concluding August 16.

There are still spots available in several classes, including “Dr. Seuss’ Sneetches,” “Beginning Tennis,” “Japanese Language and Culture” and more.

This year’s Kid’s College schedule also includes an expanded lineup of Black Rocket digital arts camps for children who will be entering grades 3 to 9 this fall. Black Rocket camps such as “Make Your First Video Game,” “Minecraft Designers,” “ROBLOX Makers” and others are designed to bring students’ ideas to life in a fun, hands-on learning environment.

For additional youth camp information, including dates, times, cost and registration forms, visit

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