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Friday, January 16, 2009

Get help starting talk with seniors

It's hard when aging parents can no longer do all the things that they once did. When health makes an older driver unable to react quickly or physically diminishes driving ability, that individual may be reluctant to give up a driver's license.

For families dealing with this problem, "Family Conversations with Older Drivers" can offer resources for talking with the older relative about altering or stopping driving.

The talk is noon-1 p.m. Jan. 26 at Billings Clinic. Free lunch is provided. Register in advance at 255-8440

School-lunch menus listed

Here are the lunch menus for the week of Jan. 19-23:

Billings public elementary schools:

• Monday: No school.

• Tuesday: Beef ravioli, bean and cheese burrito, chicken-patty sandwich.

• Wednesday: Cheesy macaroni, corn dog, pepperoni pizza.

• Thursday: Chili, cheeseburger, taco Hot Pocket.

• Friday: Hot dog, yogurt and fresh fruit, Hawaiian pizza.

All lunches include canned and fresh fruit and milk.

Full-price lunches cost $2.10 for students; reduced-price student lunches, 40 cents; and adult lunches, $2.75.

Billings Catholic Schools:

• Monday: Hamburger, cheese pizza.

• Tuesday: Beef ravioli, bean and cheese burrito, chicken-patty sandwich.

• Wednesday: Cheesy macaroni, corn dog, pepperoni pizza.

• Thursday: Chili, cheeseburger, taco Hot Pocket.

• Friday: No school.

Full-price lunches cost $2 for students; reduced-price student lunches, 40 cents; and adult lunches, $2.70.

Lockwood Schools:

• Monday: Sandwich and salads.

• Tuesday: Macaroni and cheese, chicken-patty sandwich.

• Wednesday: Cheese pizza, chicken-fried steak sandwich.

• Thursday: Chili, chicken strips.

• Friday: Hot dog, yogurt and fresh fruit.

All menus include fruit and milk. Full-priced lunches cost $2 for students and $3 for adults. Extra milk costs 35 cents.

Breakfast will be served to students in kindergarten through eighth grade at 7:30 a.m. for $1.25. Assorted cereals are always available.

Dream-date contest ends on Thursday

Time is running out for you to share your vision of the perfect date and have a chance to win specialty chocolates or cash.

For Valentine's Day, The Billings Gazette would like to hear about your notion of a dream date. Tell us specifically how the day would unfold - where you would go, what you might do.

We'd prefer to hear about things and places in Montana or Northern Wyoming, but, if the setting must be a South Sea island, we can live with that. Be as specific and descriptive as you can get. But, for a family newspaper, your fantasies must naturally be PG-rated.

On Valentine's Day, we'll publish some of the most interesting letters in The Gazette and online.

The top letter-writer will receive a 2-pound box of specialty chocolates, while two runners-up will receive $25 for their efforts. Published letters must be from The Gazette's primary circulation area of Eastern Montana or Northern Wyoming.

To enter, send a letter of no more than one typewritten page, double-spaced. E-mail your entry to dhealy@billingsgazette.com, including "Dream dates" in the subject line. Or mail the entry to Dream Dates; The Billings Gazette; P.O. Box 36300; Billings, MT 59107. You may also fax your entry to the Features Department at 657-1208 or drop it by the newspaper at 401 N. Broadway.

Include your name; full mailing address; and daytime and evening telephone numbers with any entry.

Entries must be received by 5 p.m. Jan. 22.

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